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House Warming Gift Basket

Hi y’all! Did you have a good weekend? We celebrated my baby sister’s graduation in Austin with the whole fam! It was the first time we’ve all been in the same place at once in a while and was such a happy weekend! My sister has worked so hard to get where she is and I’m so proud of her!

We crashed my other sister and brother-in-law’s cute new house! They took such good care of us and we were so relaxed, it felt like a bed & breakfast!

Buying and moving into a new home is such and exciting experience. It is also stressful and expensive! There are so many little things you end up needing to buy and it all adds up. When someone I love moves into a new home, I like to make up a gift basket full of little things they might need. 

House Warming Gift Basket

It is such an easy and practical gift to put together. Even the “wrapping” is a gift in itself! I grabbed a long media basket from Target {perfect for holding extra rolls of toilet paper or corralling items in the pantry}, a package of sponges, some hand soap and room spray with pretty packaging, a hand-stamped dish towel, super glue, a seasonal candle, a bottle of wine and “wine-out” {just in case!}. You can put anything in the basket that might come in handy. I bought everything at Target, but the dollar store is also a great place to check for goodies to fill the basket.

House Warming Gift Basket

Before arranging my loot in the basket, a laid the foundation for making it pretty with some colorful tissue paper. Then I got to arranging by starting with the larger items first. Once you do that, you can fill in empty spaces with the smaller items.

House Warming Gift Basket

House Warming Gift Basket

Finish your gift basket with a cute tag. I used some leftover scrapbook paper, a paper doily and washi tape to make a tag. I tied it on with a bit of baker’s twine.

House Warming Gift Basket

What kinds of things would you put in a house warming basket?

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Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag

The Dollar Spot is always my first stop when I shop at Target. They always have great finds filling their bins. Recently, I found these fabulous woven tote bags {I think these were maybe one of the $3 items. When did the Dollar Spot get to be so pricey? ;) } and grabbed a few to use as gift bags. I love “wrapping” gifts in bags and baskets that can be repurposed after the fact. 

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag

 

The bags are great as is, but I wanted to add a bit of color to one — so I painted it! 

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag -- Supplies

To spice up your own tote bag, you will need an inexpensive woven bag, craft paint, a paint brush and a foam brush. 

I just followed the lines in the bag to create my stripes. I tried taping them off with painters tape first, but it was too difficult to get a straight enough line and the tape wouldn’t stick. So, I just laid off the coffee a bit {just kidding…I could never do that} and attempted to maintain a steady hand as I painted a border line on each side of the would-be-stripe. I followed the lines in the bag with a small paint brush. After I outlined my stripes, I filled in the middles using a foam craft brush. I only painted one side at a time so the paint had a chance to dry. Each side took me a bout 10 minutes. 

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag

 Once the paint is dry, you have an adorable bag to take to the beach or wrap a gift!

Hand-Painted Woven Gift Bag

 

I also made a tissue paper flower and attached to the handle with a twist tie. Cuteness! I love wrapping gifts! :) 

Do you typically use gift bags or wrapping paper to wrap presents? Do you have a weakness for the Dollar Spot like I do? 

Have a great weekend! :)

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Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

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Summer is winding down to a close as many kiddos have already headed back to school, and the rest will be making their way shortly. The students in our area have a week left, but our awesome teachers are already back to work prepping for a great school year.

We are really lucky to live in a great school district that is full of amazing teachers and staff. They work tirelessly to educate and love on our kids. That is no easy task! Did you know that teachers actually work around 12-16 hours a day? Did you know that on average, teachers spend $485 a year out of their own pockets to pay for school supplies, instructional materials and other classroom supplies? They still remain passionate about teaching and guiding our kids. I think it is safe to say, our teachers are superheroes! 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

My Mom-in-law is one of the very best! She has been teaching and changing lives for years {including her own boys}. She currently teaches 7th graders. Bless. It takes a special person to teach middle school! I’ve listened to her heart for the students who sit in her classroom, and I see the passion she has for these young people. She works so hard to not only be a great teacher, but to also make her classroom a safe and welcoming place. Many of her students are dealing with some pretty tough stuff at home. I know it must mean so much to them to have a place where they can go and find a listening ear and compassionate heart. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

Before she heads back to her normal routine, I wanted to put together something to bless her. It is impossible to repay our teachers for the blood, sweat and tears they put into their jobs — but it can’t hurt to send a small box of blessings to remind them that we appreciate what they do! 

I had some fun doing a little Back to School shopping at our local Office Depot. Picking up new school supplies is just the best! I set out to collect items to create a “Back to School Teacher Survival Kit”. This is a super simple, but practical gift. All you will need is a pencil box and any items you think a teacher might need in her arsenal. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

For my survival kit, I picked up : 

A pencil box 

Sharpie highlighters

Uni-Ball black ink pens

PaperMate Red Ink Joy Pens {the best! and all teachers need to have their red ink!}

A fun pen holder that can stick to a clip board or desk

Scissors

Sticky notes

Hand sanitizer {because those precious cherubs are snotty and gross}

Tissues {see previous statement}

Breath mints

and chocolate….LOTS of chocolate. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

You might also wanted to consider adding sharpened number 2 pencils, erasers, glue sticks, dry erase markers, gift cards, and anything else that might make their lives a little easier. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

Pack all of your goodies into the pencil box. Add a note of appreciation from either your or your student {or both!}. Fill any remaining space that could be taken up by air with chocolate. You can use this printable label {link at the bottom of this post} to add to the top of the box. The printable is provided in color, but you can print it out in black and white and let your student add some color. 

Your teacher is sure to feel loved and appreciated with this simple gift! And because you know I love great deals, right now, you can save $5 off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch) at Office Depot. You can also buy Sharpie singles for just $.25 each this week {August 17-23}. Because Sharpies are love.  {while supplies last}

 

Don’t forget to sign up for Office Depot Rewards here!  

And download your free label here:  Teacher Survival Kit Label

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