Candy Gram for the Graduate

Our pastor’s daughter graduated from high school last night!

We are all so proud of her and the beautiful, godly, radiant young woman she has become.

While she was out walking down the aisle in her cap and gown, we thought she might appreciate a little surprise waiting at her front door when she got home.candy gram for graduate - so cute and fun!

I got all of my candy, the poster board, and some double-sided tape at Walgreen’s.

Do you know any graduates that might like a Candy Gram?

Happy Candy Gram for the Graduate-ing! :-)

Gift Card Bouquet for the Teacher

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I saw this idea over at Family Fun a few years ago and have always had the itch to make one myself!

As I mentioned HERE, teachers really love getting gift cards more than anything else (especially more than crayon monograms or mugs).  If you don’t believe me, you should check out THIS POST – it’s pretty hilarious. :-)

teacher gift3I emailed all of the mommies in the Happy Buddy’s preschool class and asked if they could send in 2 gift cards of any amount (1 for the teacher and 1 for the teacher’s assistant.  They happen to be a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law duo so they share the same name!).  I gave them some suggestions of our teachers’ favorite places – restaurants, stores, etc. – in case they wanted to cater the gift cards to their personal tastes.

I also printed these cute flowers (from HERE – found under the May 2013 issue) and sent them home with the students to decorate.

teacher gift2Once the gift cards and flowers were returned, I set to work!

I painted 2 terra cotta pots that I picked up at JoAnn’s in a pretty blue.

After they dried, my super awesome friend who has a Silhouette machine helped me add the teachers’ names and some adorable little polka dots.  Good gracious, do any of y’all own a Silhouette machine???  Oh my word, my life has changed!!!

teacher gift4A little ribbon around the top of the pot was just what we needed for a little extra pop!

I stuck a styrofoam ball in the pot, drizzled hot glue on top and then covered it with leftover Easter grass.

teacher gift5For the flowers, I stuck them to lollipop sticks (cut to different lengths) and added the gift cards with tape.

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It was really easy once I had all the pieces that I needed to put it together.teacher gift1

If you have time, this is a really great gift idea that is SURE to be a winner with your Happy Buddy’s teacher.

Happy Gift Card Bouquet-ing! :-)

Last Day of School Countdown

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Do you remember the Back to School Bus Countdown we did at the beginning of the year?

Well, Friday is the last day of school for the Happy Buddy!

This little countdown popped into my head early this morning.  It came together really fast and was so easy.

last day of school countdown4I made a little sign.

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last day of school countdownEach day we will remove a balloon and celebrate one day closer to summer fun. :-)

last day of school countdown2Happy Last Day of School Countdown-ing!

End of Year Gift Idea – FREE Printable!

Flip Flop End of the Year Gift Idea - soooo cute!  Who doesn't love getting a new pair of flip flops?!

Anyone else love a good pair of flip flops?

I know I do.

Can’t have enough of ‘em!

flip flops1For our last MOM meeting at our church, we thought we’d splurge and get each precious mommy in attendance a pair of Old Navy flip flops to help them get ready for the summer season.

flip flopsI was able to get the Old Navy flip flops for $2.50 each – a total steal.

Their flip flops are really great quality – amen???

flip flops4With the addition of a cute tag – we thought they turned out super fun.

These would make excellent and inexpensive gifts for your child’s teacher, your mommy friends, your daughter’s girlfriends, the gal who drives the bus, your pastor’s wife…  Anyone!

You could even add a gift card for a pedicure if you want to glam it up a notch. :-)

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Happy End of the Year Gift-ing! :-)

*Check out THIS GREAT POST featuring fun Flip Flop Crafts and Snacks for Summer!*

Fun Ways to Celebrate the Last Day of School

last day of school traditions - such cute and easy ways to make the last day extra special for your kids!School around these parts ends NEXT WEEK.

How can it be?!

I think we need to do a little celebrating…

Here are some fun tradition ideas to make the last day of school A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

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Remember those adorable FREE Printable First Day of School signs I posted about at the beginning of the year?

Chickabug created a set for the Last Day too!

Snap a shot of your Happy Buddy holding the sign in the same position as the photo you took back in September.  How fun to watch them grow!

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Crayon Wishes and Popsicle Dreams created this Hello Whatever Grade Your Happy Buddy Is Going Into FREE Printable to stick in a fun after school snack.

What’s even more fun is that she also created a set to stick in your Happy Buddy’s breakfast treat that say ‘Goodbye Preschool’ or whatever grade was just completed.

Say Goodbye at breakfast and Hello after school!

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I am LOVING this surprise Summer Garage Banner created by The Frakers’ Acres.

You can find more Welcome to Summer Banner inspirations HERE and HERE.

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I also thought this Last Day of School Welcome Home Decoration from Kat’s Credence was incredibly do-able!

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How great is this Last Day Candy Gram from Madsen’s Memories?

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Do you have girls?  They will love this cute End of School Year Glitter Toes Tradition from Tatertots and Jello.

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Yup.  This is happening this year.

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Make one of these super simple Autograph T-Shirt Pillows from Family Fun for your Happy Buddies to get all of their classmates to sign.

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I also liked this Have Everyone Sign a Beach Ball on the Last Day idea from Adventures of Room 129.

The ball reads, “We had a BALL in 2nd grade!”

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Grab a plain T-Shirt and some puffy paint to create Last Day of School Shirts for your Happy Buddies to sport all day long.

Send him/her with a bunch of Sharpies and get his classmates to autograph his tee!

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Every year My Crazy Little Projects puts together a Summer Fun Kit filled with all the summer essentials (like new flipflops, sunglasses, bubbles, etc.) for her Happy Buddies to receive upon returning home from the last day of school.

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What a FABULOUS idea from Crafty Mischief!

Line up a few brand new hula hoops with this cute sign and everyone’s sure to be smilin’.

I think this idea would also be fun to do as a family for someone else.  Sneak by another Happy Home’s garage and drop off this happy surprise for them to find when they get home from school!

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Rock the car pick-up line with this Decorated Last Day of School Party Vehicle.

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This is the simplest way to bring a little magic to your Happy Buddy’s last day – a Last Day of School Lunch Bag.

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Bake a batch of happy-looking cupcakes like Pink Lemonade Boutique and write each student’s name on one!

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And, finally, your Happy Buddies will NEVER FORGET it if you let them have a Last Day of School Shaving Cream Fight like Miss Zippy. :-)

Or why not greet them at the bus stop with a bunch of water guns or water balloons?  Take no prisoners!

Your Happy Buddies deserve it after all their hard work. :-)

Happy Last Day of School-ing!

A Fun Way to Give Money As A Gift

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My little brother asked for money for Christmas this year.

I have a hard time just throwing some cash in a card, so I thought I’d take some inspiration from THIS GREAT POST and give him something profitable and fun.

First I took twenty one dollar bills and taped them together.  Then I rolled them up.

I placed them in an empty square tissue box with the first dollar from the roll of bills peeking out the plastic flap.

The tissue box got wrapped up with cute paper and I cut a slit for an opening over the tissue box’s plastic top.

Next I added a ‘Pull Here’ tab to the first dollar and thread it through the slit.

Then the fun began!

money gift 3money gift 4money gift 5money gift 6money gift 7It was so easy and so worth the fun of watching my brother pull that tab.

I think he was actually kind of nervous at first that if he pulled the tab something was going to pop out at him!

If you want to get even more creative, I think next time I would tape the first dollar bill to a tissue and include a note that said, “Don’t BLOW it all in one place!” :-)

Happy Money Gift-ing! :-)

Last Day of School Traditions

last day of school traditions - such cute and easy ways to make the last day extra special for your kids!The Happy Buddy’s last day of school is coming up.

How can it be?!

I think we need to do a little celebrating…

Here are some fun tradition ideas to make the last day of school A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

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Remember those adorable FREE Printable First Day of School signs I posted about at the beginning of the year?

Chickabug created a set for the Last Day too!

Snap a shot of your Happy Buddy holding the sign in the same position as the photo you took back in September.  How fun to watch them grow!

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Crayon Wishes and Popsicle Dreams created this Hello Whatever Grade Your Happy Buddy Is Going Into FREE Printable to stick in a fun after school snack.

What’s even more fun is that she also created a set to stick in your Happy Buddy’s breakfast treat that say ‘Goodbye Preschool’ or whatever grade was just completed.

Say Goodbye at breakfast and Hello after school!

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I am LOVING this surprise Summer Garage Banner created by The Frakers’ Acres.

You can find more Welcome to Summer Banner inspirations HERE and HERE.

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I also thought this Last Day of School Welcome Home Decoration from Kat’s Credence was incredibly do-able!

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How great is this Last Day Candy Gram from Madsen’s Memories?

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Do you have girls?  They will love this cute End of School Year Glitter Toes Tradition from Tatertots and Jello.

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Yup.  This is happening this year.

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Make one of these super simple Autograph T-Shirt Pillows from Family Fun for your Happy Buddies to get all of their classmates to sign.

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Every year My Crazy Little Projects puts together a Summer Fun Kit filled with all the summer essentials (like new flipflops, sunglasses, bubbles, etc.) for her Happy Buddies to receive upon returning home from the last day of school.

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What a FABULOUS idea from Crafty Mischief!

Line up a few brand new hula hoops with this cute sign and everyone’s sure to be smilin’.

I think this idea would also be fun to do as a family for someone else.  Sneak by another Happy Home’s garage and drop off this happy surprise for them to find when they get home from school!

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Grab a plain T-Shirt and some puffy paint to create Last Day of School Shirts for your Happy Buddies to sport all day long.

Send him/her with a bunch of Sharpies and get his classmates to autograph his tee!

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Rock the car pick-up line with this Decorated Last Day of School Party Vehicle.

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This is the simplest way to bring a little magic to your Happy Buddy’s last day – a Last Day of School Lunch Bag.

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Bake a batch of happy-looking cupcakes like Pink Lemonade Boutique and write each student’s name on one!

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And, finally, your Happy Buddies will NEVER FORGET it if you let them have a Last Day of School Shaving Cream Fight like Miss Zippy. :-)

Or why not greet them at the bus stop with a bunch of water guns or water balloons?  Take no prisoners!

Your Happy Buddies deserve it after all their hard work. :-)

Happy Last Day of School-ing!

End of School Year Gift Ideas – Part 2

Here are a bunch of adorable ways your Happy Buddy can send a little summer blessing to the kids he or she has bonded with all year long!

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Grab an inexpensive plastic beach shovel, fill with a treat, and attach this FREE Printable tag from it is what it is.

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A Krazy Straw and a Kool Aid packet is just the perfect summer gift when paired with the above FREE Printable tag from A Cupcake for the Teacher.

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Family Fun shows you how to whip together a batch of School of Fish Cupcakes for your Happy Buddy’s classmates to  celebrate the end of a great year.

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Katherine Marie had her Happy Buddies put together these beary sweet snacks for their classmates.

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How terrific are these See You Later Alligator treat bags from Anything But Perfect?

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Package up some bouncy balls with this great FREE Printable from Dixie Delights.

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Or a summer favorite – beach balls (I saw a bunch in the Target Dollar Bins yesterday).

Attach this FREE Printable from Tami Wilson Photography and your friends will all be beach ready!

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It’s easy to find a box of chalk on the cheap.  Include a note that says, “Chalk it up to another great year!” and you’ve got a gift that will last your Happy Buddy’s classmates all summer long.

Go to Pink Peppermint Blogger for this and other Summer Fun Gift Ideas.

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And last but not least…

To Be Charmed made a super fun FREE Printable that you can wrap around mini Hershey’s bars.

Whatever you choose, your Happy Buddy’s classmates are going to love their new summer loot!

Happy End of School Year Gift Idea-ing! :-)

*See Part 1 End of School Year Gift Ideas for Teachers HERE!^

End of School Year Gift Ideas – Part 1

I cannot believe that the end of the school year is here!

Go out with a BANG using one of these simple End of School Year Gift Ideas for your Happy Buddy’s TEACHER

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Grab a cute notepad and attach this FREE Printable tag from Mommy By Day Crafter By Night for a sweet end of year surprise.

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Vintage Umbrella bought a package of highlighters and spiffed it up with happy ribbon and a cute saying.

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The Busy Budgeting Mama added the tag above to a movie theater gift card as a creative way to say thanks.I think this End of Year Candy Gram is A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

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What parent doesn’t have a million bags of goldfish crackers hanging around?

Package up a few handfuls and include this sweet note from Lauren McKinsey Designs.

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Or use this FREE Printable tag from The Hip Momma’s Journal to attach to a bag of cookies or even a jar of homemade!

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Store and Style picked up an inexpensive pair of flip flops and included a handmade card with a gift card for a pedicure.

How cute is that???

Any teacher would love to get her toes done for summer shoe season.

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Do you remember the Teacher Survey I posted about at the beginning of the year?

You can use the answers you got from that to fill up a simple brown paper package like Counting Our Blessings.

I just looooove stuff like that – a whole bag full of favorite things!!!

Ooo, if I were to receive a bag like that it’d have the Happy Baby in it along with a hundred bags of chocolate granola.

And tickets to Disney because when life gets tough that’s the place I want to escape to! :-)

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Rachel Berry loaded her Happy Buddies’ teachers up with all of the ingredients for this quintessential summer treat.

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This Summer Relaxation Kit from The Lovely Cupboard couldn’t be more perfect!

Any teacher deserves a kit like this to help them kick back and enjoy the stress-free days of summer.

So easy and inexpensive to make – everything you see in the photo came from Wal-Mart!

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Finally, I say it all the time, but the BEST gift you can give a teacher is a handwritten note.

Lil’ Blue Boo makes it easy with this FREE Printable Fill-In-The-Blank Teacher Thank You Card.

Need some more End of School Year Teacher Gift Ideas?  Check out THIS FABULOUS ARTICLE featuring 10 perfect ideas that were created based on the feedback of actual teachers. :-)

Come back tomorrow for an awesome post revealing my favorite End of School Year Gift Ideas for your Happy Buddies to pass out to their friends!

Happy End of School Year Gift Idea-ing! :-)

Fun Ways to Give Money as a Gift!

May is the month for Graduations!

The Happy Hubby is actually a graduate himself this year – May 18th my man will be walking across the platform to receive his Masters of Divinity.

Seriously, with all that we have going on right now, he still wrote two 20-page papers dissecting a piece of Scripture – in GREEK, no less – and turned them in on time so that he can get his diploma along with the rest of his class.

I am so proud of him.

So proud that I am trying to come up with a great gift idea to celebrate all that he has accomplished in the last 6 years of seminary.

Who doesn’t like getting cash as a gift?

But stuffing an envelope with a couple of twenties just doesn’t cut it for this Happy Home Fairy.

Here are some Creative Money Gifting Ideas that any Graduate would love…

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I did this fun idea last year for a gal I knew who was graduating from high school.

She laughed and laughed about it!

Check out the idea over at Create My Event.

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I love this fabulous Money Lei from Your Homebased Mom.

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You could take this Christmas Money Jar idea found HERE and just change the tag!

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Or, instead of a jar, carefully cut an opening in the back of an empty 2-liter soda bottle, insert candy and money, then close and cover with scrapbook paper in the graduate’s school colors.

Read more about this clever idea at Nancy’s Craft Spot.

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I found this awesomeness on Pinterest,

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I really like this easy to make Graduation Gift idea from eighteen25 – complete with FREE Printable!

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Crafts Unleashed transformed a simple box into a graduation cap!

Roll up money like tiny diplomas and line them inside the box for a happy surprise.

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(Every)Nothing Wonderful shows you how to insert money into a bar of soap (not as hard as you’d think!) to encourage graduates to stay on top of showering once they leave home. :-)

Sounds like good clean fun to me!

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A neat birthday gift, but also works great for grads, Making Memories with Your Kids made this fun Money in a Can gift that allows the recipient to pull out a whole chain of dollar bills.

How magical that the cash just keeps coming and coming!

OR, take this same idea but stick the roll of bills in an empty tissue box.  Include a note that says, “Don’t BLOW it all in one place!” :-)

I did this for my brother last Christmas – you HAVE to see the hilarious photos of him pulling out all that cash.  Go HERE.

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Now this is genius!

The Seasonal Home bought an inexpensive umbrella from the dollar store and dangled bills from the inside so that when the graduate opened it up – tada!

A little something for a rainy day… :-)

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Increasingly Domestic hangs balloons with dollar bills inside for each year of her Happy Buddy’s lives on their birthdays.

How cool to get to pop balloons and have money fall out on you?

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And, finally, I just loooove how awesome and creative this Box of Chocolates Money is from Life As Mom.

Are you trying to think of a graduate whom you can bestow a little dough with one of these fantastic ideas???

The Happy Hubby would be a happy recipient – haha! :-)

Happy Money Gift-ing! :-)

*Come to think of it, these ideas would also work great as End of Year Teacher Gifts or Birthday presents!*

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19