Saturday, June 25, 2016

End Of Year Teacher Gifts

Teacher gifts can often stress parents out. They worry about what to buy, if they should buy a gift, how much to spend and often put a lot of thought behind what is chosen.  I don't think that teacher gifts are necessary, but I do like to give them a little something at Christmas and end of year to let them know how much we appreciate them.  I don't spend a lot of money, it's normally only a $5 gift card along with a note.

This year I decided to do something a little different.  I am a member of many facebook groups, and in one of them another mom was asking for suggestions.  I always stay away from gifting items that take up space - I look at it that if EACH student gifted them the same item, they wouldn't be able to keep all 20 +. As cute as the little planters are, and the pencil signs with their name on it, you only need 1. If I have the idea, it's quite probable other parents will as well. I typically do a gift card, but one of the moms said that she went to the store and purchased food platters (fruits and veggies etc) and dropped them off for the staff.

I thought this was such a wonderful idea.  I always get a card for the admin staff as well as my kids teachers, but they have contact with most of the staff for various things.  I decided to do the same thing.

Last week I went to the store in the afternoon while the kids were at school. I bought a veggie platter, fruit platter, cheese and pepperettes, a cinnamon cake, pita and dip and I also made some home made cookies to go with everything.

I bought a card and wrote a note to the staff thanking them for all their hard work over the last year (we are fortunate to have an amazing group of educators and support staff) and wishing them a great summer.

The next day, the kids and I packed it all up and dropped it off at the office before school started.   I was so glad that the suggestion had been given in that group. This will now be my go to gift for the end of the year.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Vacation Is Almost Upon Us

We are nearing the end of the school year - hard to believe it's been almost 10 months since the first day of school.  We made it through, and now it's time to for a break.  I am so happy that I get to have this time off with my kids. I love spending time with them and creating memories, but I must admit that I am a little worried about this summer.  Most of Mr. J's friends are in daycare, which means there really isn't anyone his age to play with.  My 2, when left together for extended periods of time, do not get along. At all.  There is often bloodshed or injuries requiring ice because they just want to "play".  Inevitably, one of them (normally Mr. J) takes things too far and someone gets hurt.

Since I am home, they are home.  I send them to daycamp one or two weeks (normally once in July and once in August to try and break up the summer a little), but it's still a LOT of together time.  We have made our summer bucket list, and many of the items on the list are things we will do more than once.

I still fear for my sanity though.  I have some friends that are home with their kids (same or similar ages) so I am hoping that maybe we can plan some picnics or outings together to help fill in some of our gaps.

There aren't enough kids this age on the street for me to be comfortable with just sending them out to play in the morning and having them home for dinner.

Luckily my mother is doing much better than last summer, and my mother-in-law won't be as busy this summer either - so hopefully they will get some time in with their grandparents which was really rare last summer.

So, summer vacation - do you LOVE it or HATE it and what do you have planned for your kids this summer?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Zootopia - Perfect For Family Movie Night

Zootopia is now available on Blu ray and DVD.  It is a perfect film to feature at your next family movie night.  There is something for every age group.  There are a few scenes that might be disturbing to younger children, but would depend on the personality of your kids. Mine were fine with it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer 2016 Bucket List

Each summer, the kid and I sit down and write a list of what we would like to do over the 9 weeks that they are home.  Some of the ideas are quick and easy, and others are more time consuming.

The kids are at home with me all summer, except for 1-2 weeks of day camp. This summer they will do 1 week (mornings only) of vacation bible school in July, and 1 week of Pedalheads camp in August.

Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

Happy Monday everyone. Hard to believe we are coming up to the end of June. School will be over in a week and a half. Time goes so fast. This weekend was a H.O.T. one.  Saturday afternoon the kids had a water fight with a few of the neighbourhood kids. Always a blast for them.  It was so much fun listening to the shouts and giggles.

If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.

If you are linking up, I would appreciate if you would re-tweet the following - it will help to get more exposure for us all

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 Available June 28th {giveaway}

The lovable Po is back with his friends for a 3rd installment in the Kung Fu Panda series.  Available now on Digital HD, and June 28th on Blu ray.
"Po and the Furious Five are back in the hilarious, critically acclaimed hit film your whole family will love! When Po discovers a secret village of fun-loving, clumsy pandas, he must train them to defeat Kai, a supernatural villain who threatens to destroy Kung Fu."
How would you like to win a copy of the film on Blu ray for your family?  All you have to do is enter using the giveaway tools form below! Open to Canadian and US residents that are 18+. Void where prohibited.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Save The Date! #BloggersFete Is BACK This August!

Last year was the very first #BloggersFete event. We had so much fun that we decided to make it an annual shindig, and it will be back this August. There have been a few small changes in the co-host department, but we are sure to have a wonderful time.  Mark your calendars for August 1-10th if you want to participate.

#BloggersFete16 Co-hosts:

Ashley Picco Tales of Mommyhood
Bonnie Way - The Koala Mom
Susanne Rudge - Maple Mouse Mama
Margarita Ibbot - Downshifting Pro
Ladena Racine - My Baby Stuff 

#BloggersFete16 will start with our party posts and blog linky going live on August 1st (will run until August 10th), a kickoff twitter party on August 2nd at 8pm ET, an Instagram loop giveaway, and will wrap up on August 10th with a Facebook party.

We are lucky to have some great party sponsors:
If you are interested in sponsoring the event in any way, please send me an email with #BloggersFete in the subject, or get in touch with one of the other co-hosts.

Remember to keep the dates in mind, and hope to see you partying with us for #BloggersFete16!