10 Ways to Bless Your Child’s Teacher

The Happy Buddy’s classroom is straight across the hall from my classroom.

His teacher lets me pop in and give him a snuggle whenever I need one.

Already we have been so blessed by her faithfulness to provide a loving, nurturing and Christ-centered environment for our boy!

It’s so important to establish a positive relationship with your child’s teacher.  Not just because they invest a whole heaping ton of their lives in our kids, but also because when we are confident in the teacher, our children will be as well.

And that makes for the foundation of a great school year.

Here are some little ways you and your Happy Buddy can bring a little joy into their teacher’s life in the coming months…BLESS THE TEACHER

Happy Blessing Your Teacher-ing! :-)

*Check out all of my other Teacher Appreciation Ideas by scrolling through HERE.*

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! :-)

Cute Teacher Appreciation Door Idea

teacher appreciation doorYesterday afternoon the Happy Hubby took the boys home after church so that I could have a few hours with a friend to decorate the Happy Buddy’s preschool teacher’s classroom door in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week going on right now.

There are mostly boys in the class, so we had to come up with something that would ring true in their little boy hearts.

What better 3-year-old boy theme than trains?

We had so much fun and it turned out so cute I thought I’d share it here in case you want to Pin It for future inspiration.teacher appreciation door1teacher appreciation door2teacher appreciation door3

Are you doing anything for your teachers this week?

Check out all of my Teacher Appreciation Ideas and FREE Printables HERE.

And if you’re looking for more Door Decorating Inspiration, go HERE.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Door Decorate-ing! :-)

8 Great Teacher Appreciation Printables

8 great teacher appreciation printables at happyhomefairy.comWell, I know I said that the best gift you can get a teacher is a gift card.

But, man.  There are some seriously cute ideas out there.

And there are some seriously cute FREE Printables to go with those seriously cute (and easy and inexpensive!) ideas.

So I could not resist!  Here are 8 of my faves…

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Pop into your local grocery store for a small pot of flowers and stick in this cute tag from Landee See, Landee Do.

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I love everything that eighteen25 creates – especially these fun tags for hand soap.

What a useful gift!

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A girl can never have enough shoes or purses, right??

That is why this Tote-lly Terrific Tag to go with a cute new tote (lots of inexpensive bag options at Target!) from Uncommon Designs will be a fabulous choice.

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It’s easy and cheap (think Target Dollar Spot!) to put together a little package of notecards and pencils with this FREE Printable tag from Sweet Metel Moments.

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I have seen this saying before to go with a plate of cookies, but this design from Make Bake Celebrate is definitely my new favorite!

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You can never go wrong with the whole apple for the teacher theme.

This tag from Coton Colors Blog gives it a cute twist.

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Throw some M&Ms in with some popcorn and this cute tag from domesticated lady and boom!  Insta teacher snack.

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And finally, a nail file, some polish and a cute tag from She’s {kinda} Crafty and your teacher will think you’ve really nailed Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6th-10th).

Aren’t these ideas fun?

I hope y’all are having a great weekend!  I have 2 sickos here in our Happy Home so we are doing a lot of pajama and tissue and TV-ing. :-)

Happy Teacher Appreciation Free Printable-ing!

Easy Teacher Appreciation Idea – FREE Printable!

teacher appreciation idea at happyhomefairy.comThe Happy Buddy sure does love him some Dunkin’ Donut Munchkins!

I mean, who doesn’t?!

So I figured Munchkins would be a great little snack to put in the teacher’s lounge at the Happy Buddy’s preschool – in honor of all their hard work.

This idea is so easy – you just need to print the FREE Printable tag (see bottom of post) and then pick up a box of Munchkins.

Bam.  You’re all set.

And the teachers will love you.

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I brought these to the school workroom today and later as I headed back through the hall, I overheard a teacher say (after dropping her students off at the library), “I NEED A MUNCHKIN!”

Apparently they are excellent little stress-relievers. :-)

Get your FREE Printable Teacher Appreciation Munchkin Tag HERE.

Happy Munchkin Teacher Appreciate-ing!

Creative Ways to Give Teachers a Gift Card

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*Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10th.*

As much as we might want to score points as the coolest mom in the class by giving our Happy Buddies’ teachers handmade crayon monograms, 7-layer cakes, or pencil bouquets, the reality is that the best thing to get a teacher is…

A gift card.

I don’t like giving gift cards because there is nothing super glamorous about sticking one in an envelope and handing it over.

But when I saw how these amazing bloggers used giving gift cards as an opportunity to get creative, I had to share!

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With all those crazy hours (early morning conferences, late night grading sessions, endless hours of lesson planning…), teachers need their caffeine!

Love this easy and fun way to present a Starbucks gift card from Hi Sugarplum!

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I thought this FREE Printable Starbucks Cup Thank You Teacher Sleeve from Alphamom was way clever.

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The Happy Hubby prefers the taste of Dunkin’ Donuts‘ coffee, so maybe your teacher does as well.

This adorable FREE Printable from Sweet Metel Moments is just what you need.

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Look how Just A Girl gussies up a bookstore gift card (with dollar bin items, I might add!).

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You can make a Gift Card Snow Globe (it’s quite easy!) at The Creative Mama.

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Tatertots and Jello came up with this happy way to give a gift card to Jamba Juice.

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Anyone else a fan of Pei Wei?!

You can find this Asian-inspired gift card ensemble over at 71 toes.

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The Taylor House sure knows how to send a teacher to  the movies!

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Look at this amazing iTunes Giftcard FREE Printable from Alphamom!

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No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.  That is a Candy Lei with Target Gift Card attached.

How. Awesome. Is. That.

Check out Whipperberry for the how-to.

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Speaking of candy – wouldn’t it be to find a surprise gift card nestled into a jar of M&M’s??

Happy Clippings has this idea AND shares a FREE Printable Teacher M&M Poem (cutest poem EVER) to attach to the jar.

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If I was still teaching, and one of my students gave me a gift card to Target using this great FREE Printable from g*rated, they’d be getting some straight A’s on their next report card.

I’m just sayin’.

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And, finally, I think these hilarious FREE Printables from Chickabug pretty much sum it all up!

You seriously can’t go wrong with any of these ideas.

I guarantee it!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Gift Card-ing! :-)

*You can find all of my other fabulous Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas HERE.*

Sunday School Teacher Gift Idea

This is Morgan.

She is the Happy Buddy’s Sunday School teacher.

She serves the 2 year old class every week – faithfully sharing Jesus (and changing diapers!).

She also happens to be the love of the Happy Buddy’s life. :-)

Several weeks ago I was putting the Happy Buddy to bed and I said, “I hope you have the BEST dreams tonight!”

He looked at me with this big goofy grin and said, “Hehe, I hope they’re of Morgan.”

And he’s only 2 years old!!  Good grief, people!  What am I going to do??

Our church gives the Sunday School teachers a break during the summer, so the Happy Buddy and I had to make something for his special lady.

This is what we came up with (inspiration HERE).

We simply used construction paper and crayons and a little bit of tape.

Then we attached a gift card for an ice cream store to the cone part.

It was the perfect little gift as we head into the hot summer months!

She loved it!

And I am not even kidding when I tell you that usually I have to bribe the Happy Buddy with M&M’s to get him to smile for a picture.

But not with Morgan. :-)

I hope this little idea helps you bless your Happy Buddy’s Sunday School teacher!  What a comfort to know that our children are in such loving hands.

Happy Sunday School Teacher Gift-ing! :-)

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! :-)

Berry Sweet Ideas for May

The Happy Buddy and I were at the grocery store yesterday and as we were walking through the produce section, I almost got knocked over by the sweet smell of strawberries.

I grabbed 5 cartons of those beautiful, fat, juicy red fruits and then felt inspired to do a post featuring all things strawberry!

Here are the berry best ideas I found…

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With Teacher Appreciation Week starting on Monday, here is one more super cute FREE Printable and idea from eighteen25 using some fresh picked items from Bath and Body Works.

Psst!  This FREE Printable also has a version for moms for Mother’s Day!

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Speaking of Mother’s Day, here is a precious Strawberry Mother’s Day Card from All Kids Network that uses your Happy Buddy’s fingerprints as the strawberry seeds.

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Or transform your Happy Buddy’s handprint into a strawberry like this one from Meet the Dubiens.

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I love this Scented Button Strawberry from itmom because once you have painted the strawberry on white cardstock, you get to sprinkle strawberry Jell-O or Kool Aid powder on top!  Yum!

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This clever Strawberry Necklace from Parents is made from a WALNUT (how cool is that?!) and just two other supplies.

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Surprise your Happy Buddies after school this month with these cute Strawberry Mice Snacks from Family Fun.

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People.

Have you ever tasted a Strawberry Pretzel Salad?

I made this a few months ago for our MOMs group at church and I had a flood of emails practically before the meeting was over begging me for the recipe (you can find it HERE)!

This is the perfect thing to carry to a Spring picnic or Summer BBQ.

OR check out this DELICIOUS Strawberry Trifle Recipe that  I made for my mom last Mother’s Day, as well as this addictive Strawberry Salad Recipe.

Thanks for PICKING Happy Home Fairy as one of the blogs you read! :-)

I think y’all are BERRY sweet.

Happy Strawberry Idea-ing!

Great Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Week is FAST approaching!

Here are Happy Home Fairy’s Top 8 Favorite Ideas on how to bless your Happy Buddy’s teacher during the week of May 7-11, 2012.

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Tatertots and Jello put together a happy looking package featuring a Jamba Juice giftcard and clever FREE PRINTABLE tag.

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I love the sweet sentiment Little Pumpkin Grace added to a pot of flowers for her Happy Buddy’s teacher.

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Here’s an ad-mitt-edly simple Teacher Appreciation Gift from Somewhat Simple!

Grab an oven mitt, fill it with school supplies, attach a note that reads, “I have to ad-MITT, you are a great teacher!”, and voila!

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If you have time this week, pop by the school and take pictures of each student in the class holding letters that spell an encouraging message.

Then you can put them all together to create a wonderful keepsake!

Tutus and Turtles used Photoshop to create the print you see above.

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I LOVE this hilarious and easy to put together Teacher’s First Aid Kit from Pioneer Party and Gift.

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I giggled out loud when I read this FREE PRINTABLE tag from Detail-Oriented Diva.

Attach to a box of Krispy Kremes and you’re guaranteed to make any teacher’s day awesome.

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The gals over at eighteen25 provide you with another fabulous FREE PRINTABLE that you can stick in a pretty frame and help teachers build anticipation in their classrooms for the summer!

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Two Busy Blondes gave their teachers some muffins with a note that said, “There’s MUFFIN like a great teacher!”

Plus, they have a neat tutorial on how to transform an egg carton into the perfect muffin carrier. :-)

**BONUS IDEA ALERT!**

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Holy cow, if my students had given me THIS for Teacher Appreciation Week, I would have died and gone to heaven! :-)

I have a bit of a passion for glitter.

Find the simple instructions over at Smilemonsters.

But, in all honesty, the BEST gift you can give your Happy Buddy’s teacher next week is a heartfelt note expressing your gratitude for all his/her hard work in helping your child be the best he or she can be.

Happy Teacher Appreciate-ing! :-)

*Find my other Teacher Appreciation Ideas HERE!*