"TOTE"-ally Awesome Year

The twins had a TOTALLY awesome year in kindergarten. I decided to use that as  my inspiration for their end of the year teacher gift. I found a super cute tote bag and added the tag. Cute and easy, right???? Any teacher would be happy with a cute tote, but another family and I  filled it with items they can use by the pool or for summer.
Inside the tote we put magazines, a towel, sunscreen, pool side cup, flip flops, and a Jamba Juice gift card.


Four Alarm Fire Party

We have been so busy with kid birthday parties around here! This past week we had a very special "Four Alarm" Party for my special four year old! How can my baby be four?!?!
For the past two years this sweet boy has been asking for a firetruck birthday party. I was so excited this year when we were able to make it happen. He was one very lucky boy with a very special birthday week. On his birthday he had a very special visit to the local fire station and was given a special birthday tour. The week wrapped up with all of his friends coming over to celebrate and his favorite fireman, Uncle Brian coming to talk to the kids.


The kids had a chance to see the gear, learn some fire safety, ask some adorable questions, and earn their fireman badges. The decorating for this party was pretty easy. I pulled out our collection of fire trucks (we have many), our household fire extinguishers, metal buckets, crates, and some special borrowed real fire gear to decorate. The Silhouette came in handy to cut out small and large hydrants for the party.



For one of the tables to eat at I used a black table cloth and made a turnout table cloth by painting the stripes on a drop cloth.
We were blessed with some beautiful weather that the kids were able to go out and hit a fire truck pinata, play a ring toss game around the fire hydrant, and the best rescue a kitty from a tree.

It was sweet little party for my sweet little boy. We wanted our new little firefighters to go home with a sweet treat so we sent them home with some cookies and a new best friend.
We are including a link to download the thank you cards, welcome sign, and the favor tags today! Click the links below the pictures to download them. We hope you love them and we would love to see how you use them! Don't forget to become a follower so you will know when we upload new prints.
 

Crazy About You - rainbow stripe

 In a rare moment of panic I realized that Valentine's Day parties are just next week! Last week we tackled the teacher gifts, but had yet started on class valentines. I thought instead of overwhelming myself I would tackle one kid a day. I try and avoid doing candy because of the nut allergies in our house so we have to get a little creative. Today Caden decided he wanted to give the crazy straws his sister gave a few years ago because he is CRAZY! I quickly updated the tags and made it a bit more boyish. Next,  we headed to the dollar store to grab straws. The dollar store sells them in packages of six and I made the tags small enough to fit 12 on a page. It makes it an affordable, easy, candy free valentine class set for under $5. Now  one down and 2 more to go. I'm curious what are some other candy free ideas out there?

Knock My Socks Off - Teacher Valentine


 A trip to Target and the craft store for "100th Day of School Project" led to my newest tag. The kids spotted these super cute socks that we decided would be great gifts for their teachers. I scored some super cute berry baskets on clearance at the craft store and thought it would be great to package the socks and some candy. Baskets or bag the socks and tag make for a cute and easy teacher Valentine's Day gift. Be sure to check back next week as we will be posting our new printable valentines for this year.


Tips and Tricks Tuesday - Gratitude/Reflection Jar

Happy 2015!!! We are back from a great break! We enjoyed some much needed time with our family. We are so excited to be back and we have some great posts coming up- Stay tuned. Something new for 2015 - we are now on Instagram. If you are on Instagram, be sure to become a follower @teaspoonsandtwine. We post pics of our products, parties, and around the holidays we posted pics of some of our projects for sale.
My tip today has to do with one of our New Year's traditions. On New Year's Eve we spend some time going through our reflection jar. The kids had fun giggling and laughing as we read through the fun things we did in 2014. There were some sad moments in there, but overall it is fun to see all the exciting things that we did. This past year the kids each lost their first two teeth and they are in a race to see who will be the first to add it to the 2015 jar. We have the jar sitting on our dinner table. At dinner we talk about our day and I write on a circle and add it to our jar. We decided that this year we would add gratitude to it as well. At prayer time we talk about something good that happened to us and something nice we did for someone. I thought it would be neat to add it to the jar. How powerful will it be at the end of the year to read about the great things that someone did for us and all the great things we did for someone else?
Happy 2015 and we hope to see you all as followers on Instagram!

Do You Want To Build a Snowman?

 We have been stuck inside for the past week due to the dreary, rainy weather. The kids and I  were talking about how cool it would be if we looked out and saw snow. Since that is a very, very rare occasion, I decided the next best thing is to build a snowman out of play dough. We rounded up some items from the craft closet and created some very cute snowmen.



 We had so much fun that we decided to make some snowmen kits for Jackson's little buddies. I happened to have left over ice cream containers from the Ice Cream Kit Gifts I gave years ago. They were perfect to package it all in.



Here is what you need to make Snowman Play Dough Kits:
 - white play dough 
- pipe cleaners ( orange for nose and a different color for the arms)
- pony beads
- ribbon cut for a scarf
- top hat ( I used black card stock & glued it to a birthday candle so it would stick in the play dough)
- zipper sandwich bags to hold the play dough and another to hold other supplies
- A container to package it all in ( ice cream containers or a white styrofoam cup would work)
- puff paint or markers to make face on the container.

A  super easy and inexpensive project to put together!

Tips and Tricks Tuesday- Calming Playdough

We have been super spoiled the last few years in the rain department or I should say lack there of. I know we need it so badly, but our kiddos simply don't know what to do being cooped up inside for so many days in a row. I was running out of tricks and decided to make a batch of fresh play dough. Here is a link to my favorite go to play dough recipe. While I was making it I added a few drops of essential oils. I made one batch with peppermint and the other I added a few drops of lavender. Talk about refreshing! And because I have a 6 year old girl who is all about sparkles we added some glitter.  While sculpting it I felt refreshed and relaxed. I also noticed my stuffed up little one playing with the peppermint play dough seemed to be opening up a little. The kids and I had a great time and ended up making some fun treats for their friends. I can't wait to share with you tomorrow what we made.