Strawberry Glazed Donuts

Oh how I just love summer. Relaxing, crafting, spending time with my kids and….Strawberries! They bring back such fond memories of my childhood. I remember when I was a little girl, my grandparents would take me out to the strawberry fields every year and we would pick fresh strawberries. I remember putting them in my little green basket and how sweet they tasted. Just perfect! Theres nothing like fresh strawberries in the summer to keep you feeling refreshed.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Do you ever have such a crazy day ahead of you, that you absolutely know there is no time for dinner? Yep! That’s me….a lot of the time! Usually, we head straight for a pizza, quick sandwich or even breakfast for dinner. My crock-pot pretty much sits quietly on a shelf in my pantry, but I had to pull that bad boy out for an emergency this weekend.

My kids are somewhat picky eaters and have a limited menu of what they will eat and actually enjoy. They both love taco night and can pretty much eat chicken any day of the week. So I thought, why not combine the two?

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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Now that summer is here, we need to beat the Florida heat and stay cool and refreshed. So this week, I broke out the popsicle molds! Of course the kids were excited and totally watching the clock, waiting for their chance at one of my strawberry lemonade popsicles.

We used to buy store-bought popsicles, but the amount of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and dyes really bothered us. We do our best to only eat organics and shop exclusively at Whole Foods. Don’t get me wrong, there are many conventional items we still purchase from time to time, but mostly everything in our home is Organic and GMO Free. Just like these popsicles!
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Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes

Our good friends decided to take their summer vacation close to home this year. They packed the car up yesterday, left me with their dog and took off to Key West. All of a sudden, I found myself craving Key Lime Pie! So I decided to whip up a batch of these Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes; in their honor of course.

These sweet treats are the perfect blend of sweet and sour.

If you love Key Lime pie, you are sure to love these!!!
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The Future is so Bright: End of Year Teacher Gift

 

Seriously, when I saw this idea somewhere online….a part of me wanted to get up and dance! It was the perfect gift for a perfect teacher. I was more than excited to take on this challenge and while it did take time, the end result was totally worth it. Tears of happiness!

I took photos of all the children against a solid colored background and asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. I then imported all of my images into photo editing software and carefully cut the backgrounds out. I then added their names and future professions, I printed the image on 11″ x 14″ photo paper at Costco for only $3.99. (Total SCORE!)

I found a frame on Amazon and once it arrived, I couldn’t wait to put the image inside. The end result was nothing short of amazing! Bunbun’s teacher absolutely loved her gift and said it was one of the most creative gifts she had ever received. Sometimes, a little effort can go a long way. She will always remember her Kindergarten class of 2015!

Interested in making one of these for your child’s teacher? Leave a comment or shoot me an email. If there is enough interest, maybe I can upload the artwork I created for these professions…

Student names have been removed for safety.

Up Inspired Bulletin Board > Summer Countdown

When I saw Clicky Pix’s ‘UP’ classroom door, I couldn’t wait for the end of the school year! I reused the clouds I had made for our Lorax bulletin board, grabbed the house image from Google and cut it out. I cut all of the letters in the Teacher’s lounge, blew up a each balloon and stapled it all onto the board. Once I had the balloons in place, I found some leftover yarn in the classroom and attached them at the bottom in a point and stretched them up toward the balloons. I added my house on top and we were ready to start the countdown! Each day, a child wrote the countdown number and stapled it to the board and we counted down the days to summer together.

Spring Classroom Door > Teacher Appreciation

It was so much fun turning Bunbun’s Kindergarten class into little flowers this Spring! I made a chain link rainbow out of construction paper scraps and drew my little watering can with the projector. The grass was a single strip of bulletin paper and I used the Martha Stewart Fringe Scissor to create the blades of grass. I then cut the letters in our teachers lounge and added them to the pink poster board for an extra pop of color. The students loved looking for each other on their flowers and her teacher really appreciated the wording on the door.

What fun Spring decorations and/or themes have you used?

The Lorax Bulletin Board > Spring > Earth Day

I personally wasn’t so welcoming of Spring this year. I love the winter months here in South Florida and never want them to end! I swear, the weather is just perfect…and so is my hair. Bunbun’s teacher loves Dr. Seuss, so for Earth Day, we just had to do a Lorax Themed board. I again took to her amazing projector with my poster board and went to town. The grass was triple folded bulletin paper and I used the Martha Stewart Fringe Scissor to create the blades of grass. Once the board was up, we were finally able get some work up there for everyone to enjoy.

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