‘Orange You Glad’ Gift Idea (Free Printable Tags)

Oh Hello!

It’s been awhile. We know.

Let’s pretend we haven’t been absent for almost 7 months. Ok? Good.

I’ve seen these cute ‘Orange You Glad’ gifts on Pinterest and decided they would make a fun back to school gift for my kids’ teachers. We made this basket below and added some fun ‘orange’ items. Obviously we are past ‘back to school’. So, I not only made a couple of tags for teachers, but I also made them so that they could be given to friends, co-workers and birthday gifts as well! Scroll to the bottom to print out the free printable tags.

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Here is a cute one from My Pookie Designs.

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I had pinned this idea from Coley’s Corner awhile back which is where I got the idea for the orange tags. I love the cup filled with orange things.

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I love this simple gift idea because it can be one ‘orange’ item or many ‘orange’ items.

Click HERE or on the image below to download and print these free tags.



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Now, ORANGE you glad we came back?


(and Jess…she’s here too…really!)

Our etsy shop {personalized prints and wood signs}

Today we’d like to share with you some of the products we sell in our Etsy Shop.

Last February we sold these signs on Groopdealz. We sold quite a few of them and since then we’ve had lots of requests from our readers to make more. So, today we are happy to announce that we have finally created a limited amount. Click here or on the image below to purchase this sign for only $22.00. 

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We also have other distressed hand painted wood signs as well. Click on any image below to visit our Etsy Shop.

Personalized wood signs for teachers. 5.25 x 5 inches.

Apple Sign (1 of 2)Apple Sign (2 of 2)

7 x 16 inch ‘JOY’ wood signs.

Green Joy      Red Joy   

5.75 x 8 inch wood ‘JOY’ signs.

Wood Signs For Etsy (3 of 18)       Wood Signs For Etsy (6 of 18)      Wood Signs For Etsy (4 of 18)

5.75 x 8 inch ‘love’ and ‘Count Your Blessings’ wood signs.

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8 x 8.5 inch ‘love’ sign.

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We also sell personalized prints.




We will be back soon with more DIY gift ideas!

~Jenny & Jess

pamper yourself gift jars {free printable tags}

Are some of you having a hard time seeing all of the Christmas ideas floating around? Especially when we haven’t even gotten through Thanksgiving yet? Jess’ husband is one of ‘those’ people that struggles with this. Which makes it so much fun for me to present to you another CHRISTMAS gift idea.

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These Pampering Jars would also make great gifts for teachers, neighbors etc. One of the reasons I want to share this idea with you now is because to get the most bang for your buck you need to start purchasing items right away. I actually purchased the jars this summer knowing I would be making these. I got 12 jars for $7.00. Over the last few weeks I have been using my coupons for other things like the shower gel and nail polish. Here is where I got everything and approximately how much they were…

Ball Jars – On sale at Ace Hardware – 12 for $7.00

Hand Sanitizer – Dollar Tree – 3 for (take a guess?)

Nail Polish – Joanne Fabric – 7 for $7.00 (with coupon)

Shower Gel – Joanne Fabric – 7 for $6.30 (with coupon)

Washcloths – Target – 8 for $5.00

Lip Balm – Dollar Tree – 2 for (you guessed it!)

The Almond Roca tin in the picture isn’t the same one that I originally had. I bought a huge tin at Costco for, I believe, $9.99. I’m not sure how many come in the tin because somebody (totally NOT me) ate quite a few of them before I was able to make the jars. So, let’s just estimate them at .10 each.

Pampered Jar & Free Printable Tags 

I was able to make 7 jars and each jar came to a total of $4.50 each. Not too shabby. You could get creative and add other things like lotion or foot scrub and cozy socks. There are lots of ideas.

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Add one of our free printable tags to complete your gift!

Click here or on the image below to download the free printable tags.

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Jess’ husband may not be happy I am posting about Christmas gifts, but I know he appreciates a good deal. Be proud buddy!

I’ll be back soon with another CHRISTMAS gift idea!


Fall Decorations, recipes & Free Printables

The beginning of this school year has been busier than normal for me. I am chairing a fundraiser at my daughters’ school which has taken up all of my extra time. So, while I have a made a few new things for the fall, I thought I would first share some of the things we created last year. We have quite a few new followers. So, for those of you that missed them, here you go. Enjoy…

Fall Decorations, Recipes and Free Printables


Pumpkin Bread & Free Printable Tags

I actually can’t believe I haven’t made pumpkin bread yet this year. I may have to make this today. Yum. We have new 2012 printable tags for you too!



Fall Decoration Ideas & Free Printable



Click here or the images below to download these free printables.



Count Down to Candy



Candy Corn Pudding &I Free Printable Candy Corn Tags



Recycle your tin cans to decorate.



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Burlap Pumpkin Placemats


Frosted Pumpkin Cake



We do love the Fall!

~Jenny & Jess

DIY Mega Bubbles–For all ages!

I have seen these bubbles on other blogs, but for some reason I didn’t REALLY believe they would work that well for me.  If I would have known how easy these were to make, let alone how much fun they were, I would have done them years ago! The picture below was taken with my cell phone the first day we tried them out. Cool, right?

I’ve included the easy directions for you below as well as lots of cool pictures to inspire you.


I ended up making about 8 bubble wands because I knew the neighbor kids would come running when they saw how cool they were. I’m so glad I did, because running they came!


The wands are very simple to make.

What you need:

-2 Dowels

-2 Eye hooks (small enough to screw at the end of the dowels)

-Cotton String

-1 Washer

To Make The Wand:

-Screw the eye hooks to the end of each dowel


-Cut a longer piece of string and tie it to one eye hook, then loop the washer through the string and tie the other end to the other eye hook. Then cut a short of string and tie it to both eye hooks.



To Make The Bubble Solultion:

Mix Together in a tub-

- 6 cups distilled water

-2 cups dishwashing soap (Joy, Dawn etc.)

-3/4 cup light corn syrup


We have made so much bubble solution that it seems to be a different color every time depending on the type of soap we’ve used.

How to make a bubble:

Take your wand with the dowels held close to each other and dunk them in the solution. Lift up the dowels and slowly open up them up while walking (usually backwards) so the bubble starts to form. You can also ‘cut off’ the bubble by bringing the dowels together so it will float.


Then be AMAZED at how big you can get your bubble!


I think my favorite part is how much fun even the older boys think they are.










They even got creative and started putting their head through the bubbles!




Bubble Hunter says…

“Now, go and make these right away. Your kids will thank you.”


You better listen to Bubble Hunter, he’s pretty serious about his bubbles.


DIY Bird feeders

The kids had so much fun making these cute DIY bird feeders.

DIY Birdfeeders

I had pinned this idea from Mom Endeavors awhile back. I LOVED her idea and thought they turned out so cute. But, instead of using paint cans like she did, we used tin cans I had saved from soup, canned fruit etc.
We used both small and large cans. 


We spray painted three of the cans.

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And used acrylic paint with a paint brush on one of them.

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Once they dried we wanted to add some more color to them. Turns out we were having fun with polka dots and ended up putting them on all four cans!

We bought one long skinny dowel and cut it in smaller pieces. Then we attached it with hot glue for the birds to sit on. We attached some ribbon and added some birdseed to the can. Now we are waiting for our little birds to come. My four year old kept going out and checking to see if they had eaten the seed yet!

My ten year old made this one all by herself. Isn’t it cute?

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My grandparents are in an assisted living home and they have birds right outside of their window. So, we made one of these feeders to give to them. I think they will love it!

In the meantime, we will be looking for birds to come to our feeder. Once they do I will make sure to take some pictures and add them to this post!


DIY Beach Candle Holder

This is my birthday gift from Jess.

Of course she made it herself. Don’t you love it?

She used the same technique as her spring candle holders from here.

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I believe she found the bottom part from Value Village and then everything else was from the Dollar Store.

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I love how perfectly the rose matches with the shells. I also love how you can glue a few things together to make something super cute!

What will she make next?


Flower Pot Card Holder

A good friend of mine had surgery last week. She loves flowers, so I bought her a flower pot. I planned to drop it off on her porch, but I wanted to add a card and was hoping it could be ‘attached’ somehow.

Flower Pot Card Holder 


I decided to use one of the printables that I created here. I tried to think of what could hold my card. I walked into my craft room (or as my husband would say-‘his office’…mmmhhhmmm…) and the clothespins were just calling my name.

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You could just use a clothespin to attach a card, but because I can’t leave ‘well enough’ alone, I decided to spruce it up a bit. If you have everything on hand, it really only take about two minutes. I painted one swipe of paint on the clothespin and while still wet added some glitter and let dry! 

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Isn’t it cute and simple? These would make great gifts for teacher’s too!

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I love it!


Flower Pot Card Holder

Ten teacher gift Ideas

10 teacher gift ideas

There are a lot of lucky children on the East Coast that have already started their summer vacation, but for those of us that live in the Northwest, we will be in school until almost the end of June! So, while a lot of you have given your teacher gifts already, this post is for those of us that are just now thinking about the end of the school year.

This cute ‘Thanks A Latte’ card from eighteen25 is perfect for the coffee loving teachers.

thanks a latte


I love this grill gift idea from Mom On Time Out. The men would love this one…and probably some women too!

grill gift


Our teacher tree printable would make a great add on to any gift. You can print it for free here or personalize it by purchasing it here.

Teacher Appreciaion Gift Framed


I actually made similar bags last year like these ones below. They were a hit with the teachers. Check out The 36th Avenue to see how to make them.

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If you are crafty, this would make a fun addition to any teacher’s desk. How Does She gives you step by step instructions on how easy it is to make.

paper and pen holder

This bag makes me smile. Of course it’s from Martha Stewart, so that’s ‘It’s a good thing’!

red teacher bag

How about some cash for that favorite teacher of yours? The Crafting Chicks say this was a huge hit with the teachers!


Tatertots & Jello created this cute printable tag. I love the wording on these tags!


What teacher wouldn’t love this tote full of beach stuff? Skip To My Lou has some great ideas to fill a bag like the one below.

teacher appreciation beach bag

Or make it a bit more simple and just wrap up a new beach towel and a magazine. Go to The Rachel Berry Blog to see how she made these cute gifts.

towel teacher

I’m adding one more (which makes it 11 gifts) but I thought I would remind you of the tiered platter I posted last week. I think it would make a great gift as well. Fill it with some goodies and it would be even better! Click here to see how to make it.

DIY Tiered Platters 

I hope this list helps to give you some ideas. We should all be thanking our teachers for everything they do for our children! Thank you Mrs. C & Mrs. V! 


10 teacher gift ideas

diy tiered Platter–Makes a great Gift too!

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I know, I know there are a lot of these DIY tiered platters out in blogland, but I really like mine, so I wanted to share.

In fact, I actually made the one below for teacher appreciation week. The teachers got to put tickets into baskets for different items that were being raffled off. My friend happened to be running the raffle and she said this platter was a big hit with the teachers! Hmmm…possible teacher gift? You could make some cookies with your kids and wrap them up cute to put on the platter!

DIY Tiered Platters

I’ve made a couple of different platters and I’ve definitely found my favorite stand to use in between the plates. The platter above has a small and a medium sized glass candle holder. I found them at Walmart for around $2 to $3. It is definitely the sturdiest one that I have used and is now my favorite. The plates were from Target and also between $2 to $3, which means this platter will cost you only about $10 to $15 to make yourself.

What you will need:

- 2 plates and a bowl (or 3 plates). I am always looking at the clearanced melamine plates at Target. Always cute.

- candle sticks (either wood like the ones below or my favorite, sturdy glass ones from Walmart.)

- E-6000 glue

- paint (optional for wood candle sticks)

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I think the rest is pretty self-explanatory. If you have the wood candlesticks, you could paint them to match your plates. Then simply take your candle sticks and center them in the middle of the plates and glue them on. Once you have it all glued together I suggest you put a can of food on top to weight it down. Let it sit over night so that it dries really good.

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The last one I made with the glass candle sticks I put rocks inside of it. It’s hard to see in the other finished platter pictures, but it’s cute!

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I put the bigger candle stick on the bottom and the smaller one on the top.

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Here is one I made with a solid plate on the bottom.

DIY Tiered Platters (1 of 2)

I can’t wait to see what the next set of melamine plates will be at Target. I already know who will be getting the next platter!

DIY Tiered Platters