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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How to Make a Finders Keepers Jar

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This probably makes me seem a bit odd, but I like doing laundry. I don’t care for putting it away, but washing it and folding it…doesn’t really bother me. Plus, it’s an excuse to sit in front of the TV and binge watch my favorite show every so often! Not to mention, my husband and kids are forever leaving stuff in the pockets so I fill my Finders Keepers Jar quickly! One thing I like to do is buy different laundry detergents each time. I like to try different brands and the different scents out there. One brand I am really liking right now is the Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Liquid Laundry Cleaner at Sam’s Club! Not only is the price right for what I like to spend on these particular type of product, but it works in any temperature setting and I like to wash my clothes on cold (unless it’s towels and sheets…I wash those on hot).

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Both of my kids play sports. My son plays lacrosse and my daughter plays soccer. As you can imagine, especially this time of year, they get pretty darn dirty. My daughters soccer uniform has white shorts. White. I know. It’s crazy! So when I look for a laundry detergent, I want something that I know will get their uniforms clean. With the Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent, I know that this laundry detergent will give it it’s best shot! Using the patented Ultimate Clean Technology, this detergent will lock on stains and lift them out. Just what I need it to do! My clothes and my whites are brighter with a fresh scent smell! If you are like me and you like to try out other scents, you can also get the Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent in Paradise Splash scent! I can’t wait to try that one out!

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I don’t know about your husband and kids, but mine are forever leaving stuff in their pockets. I can’t tell you how much loose change I find at the bottom of the washing machine. I normally have no idea who’s pocket it came out of and then…one day…it hit me. My family is leaving me a tip! I wanted to put something cute by my washing machine to collect my tips in. Sure I could have used any old mason jar, but then I came up with this “Finders Keepers” sign that not only looks good in my laundry room, but it is SUPER easy to make. Trust me…I am so not a crafty person!

How to Make the Finders Keepers Jar

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  • One piece of wood (I found mine for very cheap at Hobby Lobby)
  • One small sign (also found at Hobby Lobby)
  • Chalk Pen
  • 2 small screws
  • Small dowel rod
  • Small metal bucket (also found at Hobby Lobby)


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Step One: Using a pencil, mark where you want your sign and metal bucket to go.

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Step Two: Using the appropriate size drill bit for the dowel rod that you purchased, drill a small hole to place the dowel rod in. Please note, you may have to cut the dowel rod to the size that you want. It just depends on what you have available. We had a really long one at home. You can use a little bit of wood glue to glue the dowel rod in, if you would like. I did not.

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Step Three: Attach the bucket with your small screw. Piece of advice, using your fingers, press the screw into the bucket to make a tiny indent FIRST! Trust me, it makes it much easier to then use the drill. Do the same to attach your sign.

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Step Four: Using your chalk pen, write “Finders Keepers” on the sign and you are completely finished with your Finders Keepers Jar!!

All in all, this project took, at most, 30 minutes to complete! Isn’t it cute?!? I think it looks good on the laundry room shelf!!

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What is the craziest thing or amount of money you’ve found at the bottom of your washing machine that you could put in your Finders Keepers Jar?

DIY Young Living Essential Oils Car Air Freshener

One of my lifelong dreams is to take one giant road trip and visit all the fun places throughout the United States. Last summer we took the kids on a road trip from Michigan to Arkansas. We wanted to go to Crater of Diamonds State Park. If you haven’t been there, you need to go. It is an absolute blast! You just dig and dig and dig and hope you find a diamond. For real! People actually find diamonds there! Being that this was our longest road trip ever with the kids, the one thing I noticed, not too long into the trip, was how the air in the car started to get really stale. It rained quite a bit on the drive, so opening the window was not an option. Like most people, we stopped to get one of those tree air fresheners for the car. Bad idea. I should have used my essential oils.


They may look cute, but boy are they stinky on a long road trip!

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So back to those air fresheners. Did you know that most air fresheners you see in cars all over the road are filled with nothing but toxins? It’s no surprise that shortly after putting one in our car, we started experiencing headaches. It was horrible. It got tossed in the trash really quick! On a super long road trip (or even short day to day trips around town), no one has time for headaches from something that is supposed to make their car smell fresh.

Making your own DIY Car Air Fresheners are super easy! I like to use Young Living Essential Oils because I know they are the purest oils and their Seed to Seal Promise insures that there is nothing toxic in the essential oils.

Supplies Needed

  • Young Living Essential Oils of your choice
  • Cotton balls


Simply take the oil of your choice (Purification, En-R-Gee, Ylang Ylang, etc) and place a few drops on the cotton ball. Place the cotton ball in between the slats of the air vent and enjoy! If you are interested in any of the oils I mentioned above (or other products Young Living has to offer), please click the contact me button above, I’d love to talk to you about how Young Living can change your life…for the better!


Besides remembering your essential oils when embarking on a road trip, you also want to Google a few places along the way. You want to make sure you’ve either booked hotels or know of where to stop for clean hotels. Another thing you want to make sure you’ve located is various local garages or car dealerships along your route. You never know when something will break down in your car and you don’t want to be stuck with little to no options. The nice thing about car dealerships like the Kernersville Chrysler Dodge dealer is that they often times have service specials that you are able to print out and help save you money for those unexpected trips to their garage. This particular dealer has a 10% off your service coupon (please note, this does not apply to oil changes).

So tell me…what was your favorite road trip AND what tip do you have for a successful road trip?

Stop Your Kids from Yelling and Fighting Now!

Summer is finally here! I know that we are very happy to see the school year end and summer begin. However, with that said, one thing I am not happy to hear is the sound of my kids constantly yelling and fighting with one another. They are relatively close in age, have similar interests and they are both very head-strong. So, as you can imagine, the non-stop fighting and yelling at one another has been crazy…and we haven’t even been out of school for a full week yet!

Taking away electronics for yelling and fighting just ends up punishing me. I had to think of something that would be a punishment for fighting and yelling at one another, but not hurt me in the process. That’s when I realized the ONE thing that means  more than electronics to them, especially my son…money.


This quick and VERY easy DIY project is one that you will want to make this summer. I went to my local craft store, bought a mason jar and vinyl labels. I thought long and hard about what amount I wanted them to pay when they yelled and fought with one another. I finally settled on 10 cents. I figured a quarter was too much. With the way they were going at it, they would be depositing several dollars a day. A penny wouldn’t phase them. So 10 cents it is!

As soon as I told them, their mouths dropped open. But…and I kid you not…since I introduced the jar to them, we haven’t had ANY yelling or fighting at all. Not a single bit. I have the jar sitting out in plain sight. If Bella starts to get worked up, Zack looks at her and says “Bella…the jar” and she immediately stops. Neither one of them want to part with their money!



We started out with the 10 cents, however if we find that it’s not working or working as well as we would like, the kids have been told that the amount will increase. But the kids like their coins so I don’t see this needing an increase anytime soon!

What are your tips for keeping your summer peaceful?

More Alternatives to Store Bought Valentines!

Thanks to Pinterest, more and more people are hand making their Valentines! I love it when my kids bring home a box full of Valentines that their classmates made from them! In fact, this year, we are going to try and make our own too! <–I’m not the craftiest mom, so we’ll see how this will turn out! Earlier this week, I put together a list of some really great DIY Valentines ideas from all over the web. Guess what…I have more for you!!

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Remember back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when slap bracelets were all the rage? Well…those bracelets are back and the lovely blogger at Toys in the Dryer came up with an adorable Valentines idea using slap bracelets! And lucky for you, I found where you can buy slap bracelets in bulk for pretty darn cheap!


I’ve looked at a bunch of DIY Valentines ideas and this one is the most unique I have seen yet!! Audrey with came up with the idea using mini, individually wrapped bags of cereal to make Cerealsly Cute Valentines! Love these!!


My kids, especially Bella, love to have a notebook and pencil with her at all times. She likes to write mini-stories or, her latest thing, is to draw out floor plans of what her new bedroom will look like. This child has watched too many of those DIY television shows! The lovely blogger at has put together an adorable idea for DIY Valentines using stuff you can find at your local Dollar Store!


This next Valentine idea is perfect for any age group! has a cute Valentine that uses melted crayons to create your own heart shaped (or any shape you choose) crayon…in the colors your child chooses!! We’ve made crayons before and Bella always enjoys mixing the colors to come up with her own color!


Do your kids love that loom bracelet maker? Mine do, so this next Valentine idea is perfect for them! And we have a billion (no joke) of those little rubber bands…what a good way to get rid of save some money! Be sure to check out this adorable idea by visiting the site here! Not only is this a handmade Valentine, but it is one that the recipient can wear too!


Kids LOVE to plant seeds and watch things grow…even if it’s a bean sprout that molds (happened to Bella), they still love it because they grew it! So this DIY Seed Packet Valentine that my friend Shasta has on her blog is not only adorable, but also very inexpensive!!


There are so many cute ideas out there. I hope you liked the ones I chose above and the others I found earlier this week! If you choose to do one of these ideas, please leave me a comment and tell me about it!! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!