Inexpensive Teacher Gift Ideas!

Teacher Appreciation Week is quickly approaching and if you are like me, you are trying to come up with some clever and inexpensive teacher gift ideas! Both of my kids schools are going all out for the teachers for the week with a breakfast buffet, taco bar for lunch, desserts, giveaways…it will be a great week for the extremely hardworking teachers! If your kids are like mine, they will also want to personally give their teachers a little gift during the week, as well. Below you will find a bunch of inexpensive teacher gift ideas that are perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Inexpensive Teacher Gift Ideas!

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This adorable idea (and FREE printable) can be found at A Sparkle of Genius. It uses something pretty much all teachers love…Sharpies! Oh…and chocolate. No one can resist chocolate! So head on over and download the free printable and be sure to check out Amazon for good deals (like this one) on Sharpiesinexpensive teacher gift!

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Most years, my kids will pick out a plant to take their teacher for Teacher Appreciation Week. Over at Sippy Cup Mom, you can find the adorable (and FREE) printable for the sign added to the flowers. It adds that extra special touch!

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Some classes like to go in on one big gift for the teacher (which I really like doing too). The nice thing about this gift idea is that you can give the teacher a bunch of gift cards to enjoy his or her time outside of the classroom! Check out your local dollar store for the drink tub seen in this picture and candy to add to the basket!

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My Sweet Sanity has come up with a great way to upcyle an old container into a cute gift idea! Do you have a to die for cookie recipe? Bake those cookies, have your kids decorate the container and don’t forget to stop by My Sweet Sanity to download the cute printable to attach to your gift!

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This is one of my favorite gift ideas! Everyday Savvy put together a very cute and useful teacher gift! Be sure to check out Amazon to see if you can find the cups in bulk (like theseinexpensive teacher gift) that you could split the cost with other parents (in different classes, of course!).

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A handwritten note or this fill-in-the-blank printable that can be found at Frugal Novice is a perfect gift for any teacher, any grade. You could volunteer in the classroom and have each kid fill one out while you work with them and then get it bound at your local office supply store! What a cute book for the teacher to thumb through for years to come!

What are you doing for Teacher Appreciation Week?


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Unique Gift Idea from Canvas People

When I give a gift, I put a lot of thought into it. I am always on the lookout for a unique gift idea. Sure I could run to the store and pick up a gift card and that would make things WAY easier, but it’s really not unique or different. If I can add a picture or a quote to the gift, that makes it even better (it’s the scrapbooker coming out in me). Canvas People offer this unique gift idea with their new Canvas Creations. There is definitely an option for everyone on your gift giving list! Even toddlers! They have an awesome super hero canvas that you have to check out! If my kids were younger, I would totally get that for them!

*I was provided with a Canvas Creation for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own*

As I scrolled through all the different Canvas Creations, I couldn’t help and think about the unique gift ideas for kids, moms, dads, graduations…the possibilities are endless! I had a hard time narrowing it down to the canvas I wanted. At first I wanted to use a picture of my kids that is my absolute favorite from a few years ago. I almost went with that idea, but then I came across one that I HAD to make for my daughters room.

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Remember I said I liked quotes?!? Be You. That right there is my daughter 100%. She likes what she likes; says what she says; and does what she does because SHE wants to and for no other reason. Not only do I want her to continue to grow up with that mindset (maybe with a little less sass!), but I want her to wholeheartedly believe that last part of that quote, as well.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day! There are a lot of unique gift ideas for mom available! If you are planning on ordering one for Mother’s Day, you need to order by April 29th 11:59 am PST in order to get it in time. How would you like to receive 80% off all canvas sizes (Canvas Creations and photo to canvas product)? I bet you said yes! The nice folks at Canvas People are giving you all 80% off. All you need to do is click on any one of the links in this post and order! That’s it! It’s such a great deal! Each Canvas Creations is $99.95. If you take 80% off that price and add in the $19.95 shipping, your total Canvas Creations is $39.95!! Please note that the shadow canvases are not included in this deal. Don’t let this unique gift idea slip away!

Label Daddy Labels for Summer Camp

At the end of the summer, Bella will be heading to a sleep-away summer camp. She went last year and had a blast. One thing that was rather tedious was labeling all of her clothes and gear. I’m not joking, her name went on every single thing she took. With Label Daddy labels, labeling gear for summer camp doesn’t have to be a huge job. Just slap a label on it and stick it in the bag!

*For posting this amazing information, I received a Label Daddy code*

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About Label Daddy Labels

These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwavable safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

Right now, there is a Label Daddy discount code that will save you 25% on your order! You definitely want to take advantage of this awesome deal! I never realized how much kids take to camp with them, but you want to make sure you label each and every single thing your child takes with them…and above all, you want that label to stay on!

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Save 25% on your Label Daddy ENTIRE order using the code FUNFAM25 at checkout. This is the BEST deal out there, so don’t miss out on it! Not going to summer camp??? That’s OK! These labels are perfect for anything you want to put your kids name on!

What will you be labeling this summer?

Citrus Essential Oils – Why You Need It

Making the decision to use Young Living Essential Oils daily was the best decision I ever made for myself and my family. If someone were to ask me what my favorite oil was, I’d have a hard time answering! I mean…I use so many of them for different things. The one only I always have with me is Stress Away. I have two tweens…need I say more?!? Besides stress away, I am also big on using the different citrus essential oils that Young Living has to offer. My favorites being Lemon Vitality, Jade Lemon Vitality, Grapefruit Vitality and Tangerine Vitality.

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils

Young Living, the ONLY brand of essential oils I will use (see their Seed to Seal policy to find out why), has a wide variety of citrus essential oils available. Besides the four I mentioned above, they also offer the following:

  • Lime Vitality
  • Orange Vitality
  • Citrus Fresh Vitality

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Citrus Essential Oil Benefits

So what do I do with my citrus essential oils and why do you need them? I put a few drops in my glass water bottlecitrus essential oils and drink that all day long. I either use Jade Lemon or Lemon by itself, or I like to combine grapefruit essential oils with tangerine (that combo is so good…you must try it)!

**Please note that I will ONLY use Young Living Essential Oils in my water. Their oils are pure, therapeutic essential oils and the oils part of the vitality line are safe to consume. Consuming essential oils from any other brand may not be safe.

 The citrus essential oils are extracted from the peels of the citrus fruits. This is very important to understand. You see, because they are made in this way, they are very high in limonene (D-Limonene) and that is VERY good for our bodies. With me following the Ketogenic diet, it is even MORE important that I drink water with citrus essential oils in it because it helps to balance my body’s pH level. I know that seems crazy, but despite the fact that citrus is acidic, when you consume the citrus oils, it is alkaline forming in the body. The benefits of d-limonene that I like are the fact that it aids in digestion, helps to detoxify the liver and d-limonene also helps to boost your mood. No one wants mama in a bad mood!

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Using a glass water bottle with your pure essential oils is needed. Putting the citrus essential oils in plastic will cause the plastic to break down. You don’t want that in your water! Plus, I don’t know about you, but ice cold water tastes WAY better in a glass bottle than in plastic! It doesn’t matter which citrus essential oils you choose, the benefits are all the same and one that you will want to take advantage of! Just an FYI, Citrus Fresh Essential Oil also contains spearmint. I just wanted to point that out so you are as surprised as I was the first time I tried it. I was NOT expecting a minty flavor!

If you would like to learn more about essential oils, please use the Contact Me form at the top of this page. I would be more than happy to speak with you and go over additional benefits and how you can sign up and take advantage of an amazing 24% discount on your oils!!

Here’s the only water bottle I use (at a good price too!!):

Toyota Camry XSE 2016

Have you ever known someone that has a Toyota? They are all about their cars. Once they buy one Toyota, they drive it into the ground and then buy another one. I know someone that JUST purchased a new car after driving her Toyota since we were in high school (I graduated in 1999…yes, we partied like it was 1999 and yes…that was our Prom song!).

Last week, I had the opportunity to drive the 2016 Toyota Camry XSE for a week. I can’t attest for other years, but the 2016 Toyota Camry was roomy in the backseat for the kids, had comfortable seats up front for the driver and passenger, and it got pretty decent gas mileage. One thing I really like about this vehicle was the trunk size. Given the room my kids had in the backseat, I would have thought the trunk would be a bit smaller, but my son plays lacrosse and his bag is ginormous. It fit, without a problem, in the trunk.


Toyota Safety Ratings

Like most people, safety is my number one priority when picking a car. The Toyota Camry XSE doesn’t disappoint in that department. Check out these ratings:

  • Overall Vehicle Score 5/5 stars
  • Frontal Crash – Driver 4/5 stars
  • Frontal Crash – Passenger 5/5 stars
  • Side Crash – Front Seat 5/5 stars
  • Side Crash – Rear Seat 5/5 stars
  • Rollover – 4/5 stars

With 28 MPG combined city and highway, you save $1,000 in fuel costs over the course of 5 years (compared to the average vehicle). The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Toyota Camry XSE is $26,310. The particular vehicle I drove had the following optional equipment:

  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Smart Key System
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite
  • Advanced Technology Package, which includes, Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beam.
  • Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof
  • Wireless Charging

Let me tell you, I’ve never driven a car with the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control before, but I loved it! If you don’t know what it is, basically you put your cruise on like you would in any other car, but when you get too close to the car in front of you, your car will automatically slow down a tiny bit until you are maintaining a safe distance from the car in front. Pretty cool, huh?!?


When you are looking for a new car, definitely check out the Toyota Camry XSE. I think you might just like what it has to offer! I know I did!