Y’all…I love themes! When you give me some sort of event to do my first thing to do is to go to Pinterest and find a theme! With May coming up in few short days I thought I would share with you what we did for our teachers this year. No…it’s not the magic of the internet…our school board changed our teacher appreciation week to March. So, that works out great for you because I can share with you the wonderful ideas we came up with!
First, we had a schedule:
…Monday was a campfire breakfast where we cooked everything up in the kitchen and then rolled it all on a cart to serve the teachers breakfast in their room.
…Tuesday was a catered BBQ lunch that everyone said was delicious.
…Wednesday was a picnic, an actual picnic outside with hot dogs on a “grill”. This was my favorite day!
…Thursday we always watch the kids while the teachers go out to eat lunch.
…Friday we had a self serve trail mix bar.
Now that we had our schedule figured out we needed some décor! Luckily we have some very talented and creative parents that helped out and we decorated with things people already had so that didn’t cost us much at all!
Please enjoy the pictures and use them for ideas for your own teacher appreciation week. I wish I had taken more, but I had to drag my two youngest children up there with me every time I went and let’s just say they weren’t so fond of it (especially the 3 year old). But be sure to check out the printable at the end with the schedule for the teachers.
FYI…all the teachers said that they LOVED the theme!
Here is an example of the schedule we gave out to our teachers so that they would know what to be looking forward to. Feel free to print out for your use.
We Need Smore Teachers Like You:
Teacher Appreciation Week
Campfire Breakfast: Please look for the breakfast cart to be coming around to your room that morning to serve you breakfast at your desk!
BBQ Lunch: Please join us in the teachers lounge during your lunch time for a BBQ lunch!
Picnic: We would like you to join us outside for a picnic lunch (inside for inclement weather)!
An Adventure Out: We will be providing all our teachers with money for a lunch off campus while we watch the kids!
Trail Mix Treats: Please stop by the teachers lounge at your convenience to make yourself a bag of trail mix!
PTA will be placing a basket in your room for the students to place presents in through out the week. We ask that you do not peek until they are presented to you on Friday. Hope you enjoy TAW!!!!!
I have this cute little pig that I like to write sayings and such on. Sometimes he gets neglected and has the same old tired “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Birthday” left on him long after expiration. Sometimes he sits there with a blank slate until I become inspired. This morning as I walked by this little guy inspiration hit me out of nowhere. Maybe it’s because of my daily doubt that I can actual stick with blogging. There is so much too learn and so much I don’t know. So many people are SO good at it and do it SO well. Not sure how I can ever compare…why would anybody want to read what I have to say when there are so many better options out there? But you know what? Sometimes pigs fly and things that you doubt would ever happen, do happen! So, if you are feeling a little discouraged about something these days my pig is happy to be sharing this message with you today…
I love homemade stuff and making things from scratch because 1. I know where it’s coming from and what it has in it and 2. I feel like SUPERMOM! But, I also struggle with feeling overwhelmed. I’m one of those “if I can’t do it perfect, I don’t want to do it at all” kind of people. Which is REALLY annoying! So, my guilt consumes me when I don’t have time to make up whatever it is and I end up using the store bought kind. And then I go into this “I’m not perfect” depression and just use store bought for about 3 weeks…it’s a vicious cycle I know! Well, anyway, this is one of those things that I LOVE to make at home, but I’m learning to let go and just use my store bought kind when I need to and not be so hard on myself…I mean, after all it’s just baby wipes for good grief…it’s not like I’m letting them jump off the roof or something…yet…
Ok, so first things first…
Ingredients and Supplies Needed:
2 Cups distilled water (I use distilled for bacteria reasons, but I have accidentally used tap water and didn’t have any issues. I think as long as you use them quickly, it’s ok)
2 Tbsp. coconut oil (not pictured because I buy a big gallon and just put it in jar with no label so I figured you could use your imagination for that)
2 Tbsp. Dr. Bronners Baby Unscented Liquid Pure-Castile Soap (ok, I’m going to give you a link for this on Amazon because ingredients that I’m not familiar with make me nervous and I shy away from a recipe or project that includes them, and sometimes the only reason I did try something is because I had a direct link to the product) Castile Soap
1 roll of papertowels cut in half (I use Brawny select-a-size and love it, but try whatever and experiment until you find the texture, thickness and size you prefer)
1 empty baby wipes box
*10 drops Lavender or Gentle Baby essential oil (this is optional, especially if you aren’t comfortable with essential oils, however I used gentle baby and lavender on my now 3 year old and my 9 month old and I have not had any issues. In fact using these wipes cleared up my middle child’s diaper rash and my baby has never even had a case of it so far. I believe that is from the lack of chemicals and from my personal experience the scent’s of these oils have not caused us any problems.)
Alright, Now for…
First cut the paper towels in half and place in box. (This is your hardest part! But, be smart like me and make your husband do it for you and then it’s pretty simple!
Warm up the water, just enough to melt the coconut oil. I do mine in the microwave about 1 minute.
Put coconut oil in and stir until melted.
Add castile soap and stir
Add you drops of essential oil if you wish.
Pour over the paper towels.
6. Pull the cardboard roll out of the middle and squish down and close the lid.
7. Flip upside down and let sit for 5 minutes and then flip over and let sit another 5 minutes.
8. Then reach down into the middle and pull out the lose end and pull through the opening on the lid.
And That’s it! You’ve made…
Now, I’m not going to sit here and lie and tell you that these come out perfect because…they are homemade…and they aren’t perfect. It may take a little trial and error. I never get the roll started right for the first 10 wipes or so. Just be prepared, they didn’t come from the factory, but I think you will find that the pros outweigh the cons!
Y’all…I had an epiphany! I was thinking today about this blogging thing…I really enjoy it! When I actually get around to finishing and publishing a post it makes me feel super accomplished for the day! Maybe this is what I’ve been missing as my creative outlet. I mean I’ve tried everything…jewelry making, baking, cake decorating, scrapbooking, redoing/painting furniture, sewing, cooking, organizing, party planning, floral arranging…the list goes on and on. Now don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy these things and many more, but none make me feel as accomplished afterwards as blogging. As I mentioned before in one of my previous posts, I wanted to be a stay at home mom and wife. However, making a career out of all the things I enjoyed wasn’t really much of an option and the only role model I had to look up too in this category was Martha Stewart (one of my biggest dreams in life is to get to design dishware for a big chain store). But, she was in a category all of her own and I couldn’t have fathomed actually saying “When I grow up I want to be just like Martha Stewart”. I mean people would’ve laughed at me for sure! Now, the internet with it’s Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter and Instagram and etc. have created a whole new lifestyle for us. It’s given people like The Pioneer Woman amazing opportunities. Basically she is the modern day Martha Stewart (don’t tell Martha I said that). Blogging has become a new career! Who would’ve ever thought of such! I always struggled with what to tell people I wanted to be when I grew up. It was a question I have hated my whole life. It’s a question that bothers me even now! In fact, I spent two years in college trying to pick a major before giving up and dropping out for a little while. Yes, I knew I wanted to be a housewife and a stay at home mom. But, I also wanted something a little more. A way to impact other people with my daily life. I have never been able to put my finger on it though. I always thought I couldn’t make up my mind about a career because I liked doing too many different things and I didn’t want to be pinned down to just one career. My epiphany today was basically this…If you feel that you have a calling and you just can’t seem to figure it out, then just maybe, it’s because it doesn’t exist yet! If you are a young person who is struggling with this same feeling…a feeling of uncertainty and fear of disappointment from others, just know that this world is changing and evolving everyday and the very thing that you were put on this earth to do, might not even exist yet! Now, I don’t know for absolute sure that this blogging thing is going to work out for me, but I’m definitely going to give it a shot. I just think back to that day after I graduated, where I had to stand up in front of everybody at church and say what I was planning to do with my life…what if I had been able to say “One day I want to be a homemaker and a famous blogger…oh and design dishes”!
If you are anything like me then you L-O-V-E any ideas on how to store and organize! So, I thought I would share this little idea with you. Now, I think I’ve mentioned that I live in a house full of boys. I am slowly getting use to all things boy trying to take over my house, however, these little toy cars (who shall remain nameless) are taking over my life! My middle child is obsessed with these, and bribery of getting a new one of these is the only way we make it through a trip to the big “W” (who also shall remain nameless)! Now, if you aren’t familiar with this kind of case let me explain…it’s a thread organizer box. It is double-sided and has slots to hold 48 cars. We double stack and currently hold about 60 in ours (this depends on if it’s truck or cars-most cars can be double stacked). I bought mine from Amazon (they won’t remain nameless bc I am adding a link and you will figure it out anyhow)… Thread Organizer Box Now, I need everything to be monogramed, so I had this vinyl made and put on for around $3 I believe, and viola…A super cute toy car organizer!
This is one of those recipes that my husband asks for ALL the time…It’s not necessarily healthy…but it is GOOD! Since we were celebrating my husbands last birthday in his 30’s (don’t tell him I told you that) I decided to include it in his birthday dinner. Now, you might as well know right now that I’m one of those annoying “a little of this” and “a little of that” kind of cooks. So, I took the time to measure everything out just so I could share this recipe! I hope you enjoy…
3 Large sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp. butter melted in pan
4 Tbsp. butter-cubed
1/3 Cup sugar or brown sugar
1/4 Cup honey or maple syrup
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
All right…here it goes…First peel and cube about 3 large sweet potatoes. While I’m doing that I preheat my oven on 350 and melt about 2 tablespoons of butter in a cast iron skillet. Once the butter is melted, I add the cubed potatoes. Sorry I didn’t remember to take a picture of the melted butter, but take my word for it…it looked yummy!
Then add your cubed butter, sugar, honey, salt and cinnamon on top. Now, I do different things depending on my mood. I actually was out of brown sugar, so I just used white. Which works just as well. Then sometimes I like a little maple syrup instead of honey. This is all a matter of taste and sometimes availability since I can’t always just run out to the store to grab something I have learned to just make do!
Then cook in oven for about 30 minutes and take out to stir. It will be pretty juicy so just stir it all together to mix up the flavor.
Now cook for 30 more minutes, take out, stir, and check again. The potatoes should be pretty soft and the juices should be starting to thicken up some.
It will probably need to go back in for about 15-20 more minutes to get the juice to make that sticky syrup coating that makes it so good. Just remember that the sauce will thicken as it cools.
Now you have you an ooey-gooey bowl of candied sweet potatoes. Enjoy!
Turns out I was right about how hard it would be to keep up with a blog while raising three kids! I have so many things I want to write about and share, but some days it literally comes down to sleep? or blog?…and honestly sleep usually wins! I have some things from our recent spring break trip I want to share, recipes to be exact. I’ve been slowly working on them, but I’m pretty sure recipes won’t be my topic of choice to blog about. While I like to cook and I love to eat…blogging about food is quite time consuming! Having said that, I need to add that blogging is my calm place, I enjoy it very much, just not when between 1 to 4 people are needing my attention! Today has been an especially demanding day…including but not limited to…baby with fever due to shots and/or teething, three year old with some sort of sickness (don’t worry I did take him to the doctor, but they couldn’t give me a straight answer either, so another antibiotic it is) who decided to lock me out of the house in the cold misty rain while I went to check the mailbox, and the eight year old who thinks screaming at his brother from the time he gets home from school actually keeps him from messing with his stuff…So, instead of working on a very time consuming food post I’m doing a quick post on another kind of recipe…DIY eye makeup remover. I went to a party a few weeks back where we did a few make and takes and this was one of my favorites. So, if you are in the midst of a chaotic day like I was, just go shut yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes, wash your face, sniff your DIY eye makeup remover with lavender…and relax!
DIY Eye Makeup Remover
1 TBSP Filtered Water
1 TBSP Witch Hazel
1 TBSP Olive Oil
3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil*
1. Pour all ingredients in a 2 oz bottle (glass is preferable if using essential oil)
2. Shake well before each use.
*If you’re like I was at one time, I would see a DIY recipe for something and get all excited until I saw an ingredient that I didn’t have or wasn’t familiar with using. Then I would dismiss the recipe altogether. So, I do want to point out that the lavender oil is optional. Your eye makeup will come off with ease even without it!