Frugal Hollywood Style Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

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Appreciate your child's teacher Hollywood Style! From "Behind the Scenes" to "Fan Mail" you can let your child's teacher know you appreciate them on a budget. #TeacherAppreciation  #HollywoodStyle

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up. My daughter’s school is doing a Hollywood Style themed week full of gifts and fun things for the teachers. While sending a gift each day might not work for your budget, you can pick one day to do something for your child’s teacher. I’ve learned that you don’t have to spend a lot of money for someone to feel appreciated. It’s the thought that goes behind it. I’ve also learned that most teachers like practical gifts.

It can be expensive to send a gift each day to your child’s teacher (especially if you have more than one child in school); however, the key to being able to do it is picking up items/gifts all along when you see them at super low prices. For example, shop the school supply section after school has started to grab markers, paper, and other practical items your child’s teacher can use. You don’t need school supply items then, but when it’s at a 75% discount, it is so much cheaper than paying full price when you do need it.

Here is what I did for each day with a breakdown of how much it cost.

Day 1: I’m a “Fan” Day. 

For this day, students are supposed to bring “fan mail” to their teachers. This doesn’t require any money at all! Simply have your child draw a picture or write a note to his/her teacher.

Day 2: “Treat” You Like a Star Day.

This is a day to send a snack/treat for your teacher. I picked up a cup from Target ($3.00), a bottle of Strawberry Watermelon Market Pantry Beverage Enhancer ($2.87), and a bag of Lindt Chocolates ($4.49). I put the bottle of water flavoring in the cup and dropped a few of the Lindt chocolates around it. I wrote a little note and then tied tulle around the cup to attach the note.

I know when I’m stressed, I like chocolate, and teaching can be a stressful job! I wasn’t sure of her teacher’s favorite drink, so I thought sticking with some water flavoring was a safe bet.

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Day 3: “Behind the Scenes” Day.

Teachers do a lot of work “behind the scenes” to get ready for their classes daily; one of which is to clean their classroom. Since by the end of the year most of the cleaning supplies that were on the school list at the beginning of the year have already been used, it’s a good time to send your child’s teacher some cleaning supplies.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either. I went through my stock pile and pulled out Lysol Wipes, a bottle of Method Cleaner, Glade Scented Oil Warmer (almost always a money maker), Glade Scented Oil Refills, and a bottle of Windex Electronics Cleaner. Since I had couponed for everything (except the cute bucket I put it it, which was $3.00 at Target), I spent a total of around $8.00.

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Day 4: “Lights, Camera, Appreciation Day”

For this day, we were asked to send supplies our child’s teacher can use in the classroom.

Once again, I went to my stock pile where I had a pack of Expo Markers I had picked up for just 75¢ (reg. $2.99) at Target after school started back. I didn’t want to send just Expo Markers so I added a bottle of board cleaner for $3.29 from Target, tied a tulle bow on it with a personalized note.

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Day 5: VIP Day

For this day, we were asked to just bring a gift for the teacher. Yet again, I pulled from my stockpile/gift closet. I had picked up a small Stress Free Gift Set from Bath & Body Works back in February when they had them for just $10.00 shipped for a Teacher Appreciation Gift (See my trend here? Picking up items at super low prices before I need them? ).

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to let someone know they are appreciated. I was only able to do all of this because I’ve learned to pick up gifts before I need them, keep a small stock pile, and purchase items at rock bottom prices for when I do need them.

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Make Your Own Crystal Rock Easily (Great For Kids!

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These are great as a little science projects for kids, or you can use this method to make crystals as a room decor piece. The possibilities are endless!

See the video here.

What You Need: 

Borax

Hot Water

String

A Rock

Something  To Stir With

Food Coloring (Optional)

Step 1: 

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Cut a piece of string long enough to wrap around your rock several times to secure it. Also be sure there is enough string to create a tail that you can use to hang the rock later.

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Your rock should look like this.

Step 2: 

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Fill the jar half full with hot water.

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Add 2-3 heaping spoonfuls of borax and stir until the borax dissolves.

Step 3:

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Repeat step 2 filling the rest of the jar.

Step 4:  

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Add food coloring if desired and stir.

Step 5: 

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Tie rock to either a stick or knife and slowly lower into mixture. Allow rock to sit for 24 hours.

Step 6:

Cut off excess string and enjoy :)

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Princess Monogram Signs $14.99 (reg. $29.99)!

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Unfinished Princess Monograms

How cute are these? Grab a personalized monogram princess for just $14.99 your little princess! You can choose from FIVE of the popular princesses: Sofia, Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, or Elsa. These are unfinished, so it would be a fun DIY project to do with your daughter.

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Illustrated Faith Created to Create Devotional Kit $29.99 SHIPPED

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If you’re a crafty person, check out this created to create devotional kit from DaySpring. It comes with 12 devotionals and some fun crafty stencils, tape, and more! It’s a brand new item from DaySpring and it’s just $29.99 with FREE shipping!

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Product Details:

  • Items in kit:
    • 1 devotional booklet
      • 12 devotions:
        • Own It – Exodus 35:31-32; Name It – 1 Corinthians 12;
        • Nail It – 1 John 1:9; Explore It – James 1:5;
        • Make It – Luke 1:37; Pray It – Psalm 145:18;
        • Wait It – Hosea 12:6; Find It – II Timothy 3:16-17;
        • Create It – I Timothy 4:14-15; Honor It – Deuteronomy 6:5;
        • Share It – Mark 16:15; Work It – Proverbs 3:6
    • 1 clear stamp collection
    • 1 stamp pad
    • 1 sheet of cut outs
    • 1 roll of washi tape
    • 1 package of 3 Scripture sharables
    • 1 sticker
    • 1 bow clip

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New Series: DIY Beauty To Save Money and Time

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beauty series

Beauty is pain! That’s how the saying goes, at least. There is so much that goes into taking care of yourself that it can seem crazy. Beauty and great care doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money or time, though. I am introducing a new Beauty Series, which consist of my favorite recipes and articles to make your life as a beauty a little less of a hassle.

What To Look Forward To:

Roundups:

Roundups are a compiled list of recipes or tutorials on how to make your own beauty products! I’ll be doing roundups on skin, hair and health.

Recipes:

Any recipe that stands by itself is one I will personally make and write up. These recipes are either original or based off of a reliable source, and I’ll give you my opinions on whether or not they worked for me.

Articles:

These will be little tips and tricks that I’ve picked up. I’ll share what I use in my beauty routines that save me money and time!

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Fun Activities For Kids To Do On Super Bowl Sunday

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On the big day, kids are likely not going to want to sit still enough to enjoy the game. Here are 10 activities to keep your kids happily entertained while the grownups watch the big game.

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Paper Footballs

Football Worksheet

Super Bowl Bingo

Flick Football

Super Bowl Jigsaw Puzzles

Cross Word Puzzles

Coloring Pages

Trivia

Football Banner

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20 Easy DIY Easter Crafts

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Get crafting with one of these easy DIY Easter Crafts. #DIY #Easter #Crafting

It’s almost Easter, which means nice, Spring weather, and crafting! If you’re looking for some fun Spring and Easter Crafts to do, here is a round-up of twenty crafts to try.

1. Tissue Paper Easter Eggs  by Thrifty DIY Diva

2. DIY Twine Easter Eggs by Cincy Shopper

3. DIY Easter Bunny Bag by Rock A Bye Parents

4. DIY No Sew Sock Bunny by Anne’s Entitled Life

5. DIY Easter Bunny Candy Container by Six Dollar Family

6. Burlap Bunny Garland by Coupons Are Great

7. DIY Flower Power Easter Eggs by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

8. Finger-Paint Easter Bunnies by Midwestern Mommas

9. How to Make Confetti Filled Eater Eggs by Thrifty Jinxy

10. DIY Easter Egg Garland by The Jenny Evolution

11. DIY Chalkboard Eggs by Everyday Savvy

12. Decoupage Easter Eggs by Happy Deal Happy Day

13. DIY Easter Bunny Bunting by Frugal Finds During Naptime

14. DIY Milk Jug Easter Basket by Kids Creative Chaos

15. DIY Bunny Handprint Pot Holders by Coupons Are Great

16. DIY Twine Easter Carrots by Cincy Shopper

17. DIY Easter Chick Napkin Ring by Thrifty DIY Diva

18. No Sew Bunny Food Porch Décor by Six Dollar Family

19. DIY Easter Bunny Wall Hanging by Rock A Bye Parents

20. DIY Yarn Wrapper Eggs Cups by Thrifty Jinxy

What is your favorite one? Have you tried any of these?

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Recycled Organizers: So You Can Stay Both Green And Organized

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Ever have a bunch of empty containers and boxes lying around that you wish had a further purpose? Luckily, they do! Many of the most common recyclables can be turned into organization items!

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Bottle Cap Storage Bags

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Book Organizer

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Magazine Boxes

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Shoe Box Organizer

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Charging Station

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Stacked Organizer

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Tool Shed Organizer

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Wall Mounted Organizers

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Cord Organizer

Desk-organizer

Simple Desk Organizer

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DIY Easter Bunny Bunting

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A super-simple and cute spring craft. It's so easy and quick, you can do it while your kids nap!

Some craft projects can seem daunting and for busy moms who only have a little time to themselves, a full blown craft project may just not be in the cards. Here is a beautiful home decorating craft that you can do during your children’s nap time that looks like a million bucks! Even better it does not cost much to make so that you can maintain your frugal lifestyle. Happy Spring!

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Supplies::

Instructions:: 

  1. Paint your chipboard letters that spell out “Spring” and set to the side to dry.
  2. Trace seven bunnies (approximately 6 inches tall) on your choice of scrapbook paper.
  3. Trace six eggs onto a plain paper (I used purple) with the height and width accommodating the size of your chipboard letters (approximately 4 inches tall). You can use embellished stickers to decorate your eggs.
  4. After you’ve traced the bunnies and eggs, cut them out.
  5. Secure the dry chipboard letters to the eggs using a glue gun or glue dots.
  6. Attach cotton ball tails on the bunnies using a glue gun, double sided tape, or glue dots.
  7. Lay out your bunnies and eggs in the order and with the spacing that you want on your finished banner.
  8. Measure out your twine sot hat there is extra on each side of the banner for hanging.
  9. Starting at the first bunny, start attaching the twine to the back of the bunnies and eggs using a piece of tape on each. This will allow you to adjust the pieces after you hang up the banner.

Now you can hang up your banner! How easy was that?? Now, you have a cute Spring/Easter banner. Pin this project here for later.

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15 Fun Crafts Using Bottles

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Reduce, reuse, recycle! Here are some things you can make with bottles!

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Glass Bottle Vase

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Bottle Chandelier

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Citronella Candle

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Candles

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Bird Feeder

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Wallet

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Votives

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Crown

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Goblet

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Self Waterer

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No Sew Zipper Case

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Icicles

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Owl

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Plastic Vase

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Jelly Fish Jar

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