Free High Fives Teacher Gift


Hello! I’m back with another teacher gift idea. I was looking for something that wasn’t the typical teacher gift…no apples, no schools supplies, but still exuded teacher when I thought of this saying from a Salty Bison sign (that isn’t currently available). Teacher are the best encouragers! And what student wouldn’t love knowing that their teacher has a unlimited stash of High Fives to give out! That’s how this free high fives teacher gift idea came to be. First, I picked up this ornamental frame thing from Michael’s. I see them all the time but never knew how to use them…until I thought of the chalkboard. I spray painted the outside and waited for it to dry. Once dry, I taped it off and rolled on some chalkboard paint. It will take a couple coats to get it covered really well. Then I seasoned the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over and wiping off. Then wrote the saying. I love [Read More…]

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Mother’s Day Handprint Flower Free Printable


Here is this year’s Mother’s Day Handprint Flower Printable. For the last couple years I’ve offered you a couple options for this printable so you can document those cute little hands for all the Mother’s in your child’s life.  I went a little more simple with the design this year and I hope you all like it.  For ideas on how to use this printable, you can check out the Mother’s Day Handprint Flowers from 2013 Or the Mother’s Day Handprint Flowers for 2014 Whatever you do make sure you take time to show love to all those who mother your child.  And hopefully you men out there will find this printable and make it for the women in your life.  I know I would be so excited if my husband made one of these for me. (hint hint!) Here’s the download for the 3 stem option And here is the 4 stem option All printables are property of The [Read More…]

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30 Summer Salads that we know you’ll love

30 Yummy Salads - Chicken Salads, Pasta Salads, Salads with Acovado... So many great recipes!

Summer Salads just might be one of my most favorite things!  There are so many variations to choose from!  So crisp, so fresh, so yummy, so many salads to choose from!  Today we’re sharing 30 of our most favorite Salads for you to try this Summer.  We think you’ll love them as much as we do! What are you waiting for? Start tonight! For more yummy recipes jump over to our Salad Pinterest Board. 30 Summer Salads 1- Peachy Cobb from Lemon Tree Dwelling 2- Pomegranate Pecan and Pecan Salad with Poppyseed Dressing from Crème de la Crumb 3- Harvest Cobb from Damn Delicious  4- Fruit Salad from Super Healthy Kids 5- Skinny Chopped Veggie Salad from The Wicked Noodle 6- Strawberry Dressing from The 36th Avenue 7- Strawberry Cucumber Salad from Life Created 8- Lemon Berry Salad from Oh, Sweet Basil 9- Broccoli Cauliflower Salad from Chef in Training 10- Blackberry, Bacon and Blue Cheese Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling [Read More…]

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Teacher Appreciation Giveaway


Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. I am work with some of the most talented bloggers to bring an entire month of amazing teacher appreciation gift ideas your teacher will love. Please skip on over to Skip to my Lou to see how we celebrate our teachers! We love our teachers and YOU so much we are giving you a chance to win the most amazing prize package. Yes, you will win TWO of everything….one for you and one for your favorite teacher. Show your Appreciation Giveaway {1 for you and 1 for your favorite teacher}!   One lucky winner and their favorite teacher will receive… 2 101 Kids Activity Books filled with tutorials and crafts kids will love! 2 Silhouette CAMEOS Machines (one for you, one for your teacher). The creative possibilities with the new Silhouette CAMEO® are endless. Michaels gift cards $500 each, you read that right! That is a total of $1,000 in [Read More…]

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Mother’s Day Printable

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner! As a mom I adore the sweet little gifts I receive from my kiddos. I have had many breakfasts in bed that I would have to say were very interesting… but endearing. These past few weeks, I have been brainstorming with my good friend Holly, and we came up with this fun Mother’s Day Printable. It not only gives “Mom” an option of what food she likes and where she would like to eat her breakfast. But, also a 2nd Mother’s Day printable that is all about “Mom” and the kinds of things she likes and enjoys. Such a great way for kids and or hubby to get to know you better! These printables could be used for a very fun Mother’s Day morning full of memories and love. To all you GREAT Moms out there. I applaud you! Its a a lot of HARD work but so very rewarding! Happy Mother’s Day to [Read More…]

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Watch Teacher Gift


I love to give gifts, especially practical/functional gifts. I’ve found the best gifts for me to give are those that 1. come together quickly 2. don’t cost a fortune 3. are a little clever 4. something the teacher will use. This is all 4! I picked this watch band and face up at Michael’s, they have an assortment of band styles and colors as well as watch different watch faces to choose from. To assemble, you simply take it out of the packaging and snap the face into place. It seriously takes no time at all! You can download the “Watching Over” tag below. This was also posted on Skip to My Lou so if you are hoping over from there, we hope you enjoy! Pin It

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Easy Key Lime Cupcakes

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These KEY LIME Cupcakes are divine!  And they are so easy to make…because I cheat a little:) We make these in the summertime.   You can make this same recipe using lemon juice.  Just make sure you use real lime juice in your recipe:) Save Print Easy Key Lime Cupcakes Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  20 mins Total time:  40 mins Serves: 24 cupcakes Delicious Easy Key Lime Cupcakes Ingredients 1 Box of white or vanilla cake mix ⅓ C. Vegetable or Canola Oil 3 Eggs 1 C. Water 1-2 Tablespoons Lime Juice 2-3 Tablespoons Lime Zest (optional) 3-4 Drops green food coloring Frosting: 1 C. softened cream cheese (8 oz.) 1 Stick of butter 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice 1½-2 C. Powdered Sugar 2 Drops green food coloring It is important to use REAL LIME JUICE! Instructions Cupcakes: Combine the mix with water, eggs and oil. Mix on low for 30 seconds and med-high for 2 [Read More…]

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Teacher Clipboard

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Hello Crafting Chick friends! Did you know that I was a teacher before staying home with my boys? It’s true! I taught kindergarten for 10 years and LOVED it! Needless to say, I have a soft spot for teachers and Teacher Appreciation Week is going to be here soon! Our school organizes Teacher Appreciation Week by day for example Monday everyone brings a flower to make a huge bouquet, Tuesday bring a note, Wednesday wear their favorite color, Thursday bring a gift, and Friday bring a sweet treat. For gift day I thought it would be fun to make a Teacher Clipboard that she could hang by her desk or outside of her classroom door. This is the kind of craft that is perfect for using up things in your craft stash! Most of this stuff came from discount and dollar bins at craft stores and Target. Start by painting the whole clipboard {I used Martha’s aqua chalkboard paint.} After the paint [Read More…]

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Caramel Klondike Volcano


Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own. Ice cream is a favorite treat at our house no matter the weather, but especially when it starts warming up. I took the original Klondike bars to the next level with this Caramel Klondike Volcano. It makes a pretty impressive dessert if I do say so myself. And the best part, it takes just seconds to make!   What would you do-oo-oo for a Klondike Bar? Even without the whipped cream and caramel Klondike bars are my favorite ice cream treat. Vanilla chocolate covered in chocolate, nothing fancy just plain delicious.   That plain delicious makes a great base for our dessert. To make a volcano you’re going to take a hot knife (run it under hot water first) and cut into 4ths on the diagonal so you make little triangles   Stack the triangle on end to create Mt. Klondike.   Top with whipped cream, caramel and sliced almonds. [Read More…]

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Aesop’s Fine Birds Free Printable

Aesop's Fine Birds Free Printable! Two options include one to color in yourself and another color version that's ready to frame!

My six year old has just discovered the magic of Aesop’s Fables and the whole family has gotten into the morals of these short stories. I’m Vanessa from Tried & True and I’m so happy to be sharing Aesop’s Fine Birds Free Printable with all you lovely Crafting Chicks readers. Hope you enjoy! So, in case it’s been a while and you need a refresher on Aesop’s Fables, this quote comes from the tale of The Jay and the Peacock. The basic gist of the story is that a Jay finds a bunch of molted peacock feathers and ties them to his tail as he struts around. Much to the Jay’s distress, the peacocks immediately discover his ruse and proceed to peck out the feathers. With no other choice, the Jay returns to his understandably annoyed jay family, to which they reply: “It is not only fine feathers, that make fine birds.” I just love how these old stories are still [Read More…]

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