{freebie} NEW! TEA-riffic Staff water bottle labels!

It’s almost Teacher Appreciation Week!  This year we’re doing a little treat for the whole staff each day, ending with a big catered lunch on Friday.  One of the little treats the staff will be getting are the water bottles.  Remember these?

Except I needed one that said ‘staff’ to include everyone in the building.  So…TA-DA!  New and improved water bottle labels for ya!  And 4 to a page for easy printing for multiple pages.

You can find the DOWNLOAD HERE

 

{holiday} Happy Valentine’s Day

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*NOTE* This is NOT a sponsored post.  I bought this little gadget because I wanted it…it was not given to me to try or blog about.

 

Last night seemed to be the perfect time to try out my new little gadget, the babycakes cake pop maker.  The perfect time because, first, I wait until the last minute to do stuff, and second, because I needed to make treats for the teacher luncheon at school today.  Ok, so I mixed up a regular chocolate cake mix and poured it into a big squeeze bottle I have.  *I think the squeeze bottle made it ten times easier*  I heated up the babycakes and filled each little pocket almost to the top.  It works kinda like a waffle iron.  If you get it too full it just runs out of the sides.  Trust me, I did this a few times and it didn’t seem to alter the cake pop in any way.  After about four and a half minutes cook time, I opened the machine to find 12 cute little perfectly baked chocolate cake balls.  Which, by the way, really do taste like chocolate cake.  Honestly I was afraid they might taste like Easy Bake Oven food…you know?  I popped them out and set them to cool on the handy dandy little pop tray that’s included.

Traditionally, I guess cake pops stand up on a stick with the pop at the top.  Cute, yes, but I would have had to find some sort of display to hold them and I was running out of time and energy…I decided to go with sitting pops.  I’ve had a set of 25 red and white paper straws from Hey YoYo for a while now.  I figured they would work as little handles for the pops.  Since I was serving to a large crowd, the handles also work well so that everyone is not touching all the food, kwim? I cut the straws in half (good straws, by the way) and dipped the ends in some melted chocolate wafers before I speared the cake pop.

I dipped the whole pop in the melted chocolate wafers and sprinkled them some cute mini hearts.  I added flags to just a few.

The teachers loved them and I spared a few for our dessert tonight.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

{valentine’s, freebie} can you handle s’more Valentine printables?

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Remember these?  I’m guessing you probably do.  It’s been, by far, my most popular post.  Thanks again to Jeni for suggesting it.  I recently had a comment on that post from  Jen, suggesting a Valentine themed s’mores printable.  I thought it was a great idea.  I tweaked the design a little…and just happened to find white and pink marshmallow hearts at Walmart!  Perfect!  Pink toppers with little white and red hearts on them…too cute!  But I have a son.  The printable is pushing it for him, period.  A pink printable with pink marshmallow hearts would put him over the edge.  So I made one in blue too.  I used the pink marshmallows with the pink printable and white marshmallows with the blue printable.  The front says ‘I need s’more friends like you’ and on the back are the directions on how to make a quick microwave s’more treat. I added a little space to write a ‘to’ and ‘from’ also.

 

The download is a two page pdf file.  When you click the link, it will pop up on your screen.  You can either print it right there (print both pages or just the one you need) or save it.  I printed mine on white cardstock that I bought at Walmart. Cut out the toppers, score them down the middle and fold over a clear cello bag.  I used a 4×9 inch clear Wilton treat bag that I also found at Walmart (can you tell which store is closest to my house?).  Staple the folded topper over the folded cello bag.  You can grab the download here.

 

Enjoy!

p.s. I already sent them to Jeni and Jen…they got first dibs on the new printable for their awesome ideas!

p.p.s. I love when you guys leave comments on the post saying that you downloaded :)  It gives me an idea if they are really usable…and cute.

p.p.p.s Just a little reminder that these are for personal use only.  I design them so that I can share with you.  You may make them for others, but please don’t share the file (just send them over, they can download for free, too!) or sell it.
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{valentine, freebie} QR code? more like QT code!

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Ok, so the idea for this one hit me last night. I was working on some other stuff and happened to be using my QR code. QR codes are those little black pixely boxes that you can scan with your smart phone and it brings up a website, text, etc. I made one for this blog and I try to include it on the printables for download. These little codes are popping up everywhere…magazines, at the mall, I even saw one on the garden stake in my last batch of potting flowers I bought.

So bear with me on this idea. It combines the cute printable subway art idea with the qr code idea with a Valentine’s Day theme. With me so far? This may be totally out there, but I decided to give it a try. It appeals to my geeky side. I can picture it framed on someone’s desk at work…maybe a teacher’s or the school secretary’s, maybe even the dentist’s front office desk…for all to see. If someone is curious (I would be), they can pop out their smart phone, scan it with an app like QRReader (that’s the one I have), and a cute little animated message will appear. It’s a secret message, hidden in cyberspace for your friends to find.

Fun? Wanna try? Try scanning this to see the secret Valentine message….

I made both a 4×6 inch and 5×7 inch size. I framed them in inexpensive frames I found at Target this morning.

Let me add a little disclaimer…I tried this many times. I scanned from my phone, from the computer, from the printable. It works for me. I can’t guarantee that it’s gonna work for everyone and every phone out there. And I did try a red heart, but it seems that my scanner didn’t like the red. Pink works much better.  If you’re ready to give it a try, here is the printable.

If anyone is interested in a custom qr code that goes to a personalized, animated Valentine’s message?  I’m thinking these would be cute as Valentines for classmates, too….hmmmmm.  Email me or go to the ‘contact me’ button at the top of this page. Have fun with this! Happy Valentine’s Day!

{birthday, my real life} goodie bags for school

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And since I seem to be in the birthday state of mind…here’s a shot of the birthday goodie bags I sent to school with the youngest.  Her birthday is 5 days before Christmas.  Usually we aren’t in school, but this year we were and since she wasn’t having a party (she got her ears pierced and a special dinner out), she wanted to take goodies to the kids in her class.  I raided the junk aisle (ahem, party favor aisle) at Walmart and found these green paper bags at Michael’s.  I made little tags with the cutest graphic from Kate Hadfield (I worked with her on the popcorn toppers, remember?).

I filled the bags with goodies, folded a piece of ribbon over the top,  and stapled.  Then I added the circles I made with a pop dot.  It seriously took me about 15 minutes to make 22 of these.  quick, easy, cute.  This is officially my new way of wrapping bags!

Remember those tissues and hand sanitizers?

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I know I’m late…really late…but remember these?  I mentioned on Facebook that I had picked up some of those little hand sanitizers from Bath & Body and some cute little tissue packs from the dollar spot at Target.

And I turned them into little gifts for teachers…

And if you still need a cute tag, jump over to my Facebook page, ‘like’ me (if you haven’t already) and download this cute tag!

UPDATE:  There seems to be something amiss with the FB thingy.  It will get fixed :)  Please still go ‘like’ me on Facebook, but for now you can also download the tags here.

 

 

{etsy} cute little ABC book

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These little books were an idea that came to me a long time ago.  My kiddos were barely starting to trace letters; they’re 8 and 10 now.  Badge books were big then…business card little scrapbook pages that were slipped into plastic badge holders and tied together with ribbon.  I had made some for family and friends, one that was even in Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine {I’ll have to find a photo}.  One day someone, somewhere said something about them and it sparked an idea.  Those little plastic holders were almost like lamination…I bet those write-on/wipe-off crayons would work on them.  They do and so do wet erase markers.  And they can be attached to the binder rings with a little ribbon so they don’t get lost.  The little ABC book was born!  Since then, we wore a few of them out and we’ve shared them with friends.  I even had a friend comment on a Pin of these that her kids loved them.

I decided last week to offer them in the Etsy shop.  It’s a 7 page pdf file with all 26 letters in both upper and lower case.  I also included a cover page card, 2 blank cards, and 13 sight word cards to practice.  It’s easy to make…plastic badge holders and binder rings can both be found at Walmart in the office supplies or any office supply store…and it’s a great size to stick in your purse or the car to keep little ones busy.  We used ours a lot riding in the shopping cart at the grocery store and at baseball practice for big brother.  I used them in my preschool classroom, too. And if you wear it out or mess it up…just print another one!

These books make really cute gifts, too, for little friends.  If you’re interested in looking, you can find the book here in the shop.

I’m a Tip Junkie…free educational, printable cards

I’ve been writing some articles for Tip Junkie and sharing some of education background, too.  I’m loving it!  I’ve done three articles so far…be sure to check them out (and download your freebies)! The pictures are linked.

My next article is coming on Wednesday, so stay tuned!

{etsy} Printable Calendars and another giveaway! CLOSED

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I’ve added another item to the shop.  Remember when we made these?  I’m using those same frames to make 2012 desk calendars.  These are a great gift for teachers, co-workers, neighbors…just about anyone.  Everyone needs a calendar!

check them out in the store

Let’s give one of these away, too!  Leave a comment on this post for one entry.  If you’re a Facebook fan, you get another (just leave a separate comment that you are a fan).  I’ll close the giveaway at 11 pm EST on Thursday night.  I’ll draw a name on Friday morning.  Good luck!

 

 

 

 

{Learning} FREE Alphabet Card Printables

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As some of you may know, I am a ‘retired’ teacher.  I mean, before I had the kids, I taught school.  I’ve taught middle school math, third grade, fourth grade, pre-K, and even adult education. That covers just about everybody, right?  It’s hard to say who my favorite group is…although it can be much easier to deal with kids than adults {wink}.  I do always enjoy the itty bitty ones.  Learning is still fun for them and it’s so easy to make the learning fun.  It’s hard to make your 10 year old son’s writing-an-interesting-paragraph assignment a barrel of monkeys.  It’s a whole lot easier and way more fun to learn about letters by building them with crackers and then eating them!  I miss those fun lessons…which is way I’m really excited to have the opportunity to share some fun and educational activities for all ages on the Tip Junkie blog over the next month!  {I feel like I’m back in my dorky teacher groove!}

And what’s a fun lesson without a cute printable??  You can see 25 worthwhile activities to do with alphabet cards and even download your own set of cards over at Tip Junkie.  (they will probably do best printed on cardstock)

Have any other great ways to use alphabet cards?  Come join the discussion on our FB page!

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