Teacher Appreciation ~ Donuts & Coffee Mason Jar Gift ~ Free Printables!

This fun teacher appreciation gift is easy to put together…just decorate a Mason jar with the provided free printables, fill with donuts, and add a Starbucks gift card! Surprise, friends! Your regularly scheduled recipe is being interrupted today by a new free printable! My longtime readers know that I used to create and share seasonal free printables about once a month, but for some reason, I’ve gotten out of practice. So when my good friend Kristi invited me to take {Read More}

Back-to-School Teacher Survival Kit Mason Jar Gift ~ Free Printables!

This Back-to-School Teacher Survival Kit is full of what teachers need to get through that first week of school — Sharpies, hand sanitizer, caffeine, and chocolate! Free printable tags make this an easy, thoughtful teacher gift! This shop is part of a social marketer shopping insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Yesterday was the first day back to school for my eldest (now 2nd grader!), and I have to {Read More}

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit Gift ~ FREE PRINTABLE!

Kick off the new school year with this back to school teacher gift, a survival kit which is sure to help your teacher make it through that busy first week with a smile! When I was a first grade teacher, there were three things I required to get through the first week of school: energy, sanity, and a boatload of antibacterial hand sanitizer. Now that I’m a mom of a first grader, hopefully my kids’ teachers will appreciate these “survival {Read More}

Top Picture Books for Preschoolers & Early Elementary Aged Children

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my list of Top Board Books for Babies & Toddlers, and today I’d like to keep the good reads rolling with my ten picks for Top Picture Books for Preschoolers and Early Elementary Aged Children! Even as an adult, I lovelovelove children’s picture books, so repeatedly reading them to my kids is something that never grows old and I’m always looking for new favorites to add to our collection. But for now, here {Read More}

Top Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

At our house, we just love books. And we happen to have lots of ’em. As a child, adolescent, and adult, I have always loved reading. As a first grade teacher, I loved teaching kiddos how to read and watching emergent readers blossom. And as a mom, I love fostering in my kids a foundation for literacy from a very young age. So today I’m going to share with you the most popular and beloved board books that have lined {Read More}

{Watch My Reading Soar!} Summer Reading Incentive Program ~ Free Printables

How many of you have a kiddo who started off the summer excited about reading, but now that we’re midway through July, has lost a bit of that initial enthusiasm? If this describes one of the smaller members of your household, don’t give up the good fight quite yet. It’s never too late to employ a few motivational tactics, and what says motivation like a cardstock kite taped to the wall? I came up with this kite-themed “Watch My Reading {Read More}

End of School Smarty Pants Party ~ with Free Printable Banner

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated a successful end to the school year for my Kindergartener and preschooler with a family cupcake celebration that we deemed our Smarty Pants Party. I originally wanted to have our little fiesta as soon as we got home from picking up my Kindergartener on his last day of school, but we decided to wait until the following weekend so that Daddy could be in on the fun.  I thought I’d share here today {Read More}

Free Printable! Last Day of School Lunchbox Love Notes

This Wednesday marks the last day of Kindergarten for my biggest big boy.  I can hardly believe it…where does time go?!  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to come up with fun ways to celebrate a successful first year of school, and it seemed only natural that I incorporate some cheerful lunchbox love notes to commemorate the last day. Over the past school year, I included a special note in my son’s lunchbox each day.  It might be {Read More}