Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 11 of 2011

Have you noticed how all the bloggers are posting their top 11 lists? Top 11 crafts, recipes, funniest moments. Since I am desperate to be part of whatever is going on thought it was a good idea, I thought I would jump on the band wagon.

However, my blogging this year has been pretty sporadic, and not cohesive enough to create a complete list. So, without further adieu, here is my top 11 list of things I c/should have blogged about, but didn't.

11. Christmas
10. Thanksgiving
9. The somber post (still sitting in drafts) about being broken.
8. How cute puppies grow into dogs you hate.
7. Camping
6. Spiritual questions and their journey
5. How Steve Jobs now rules in our house.
4. The side business
3. More crafting adventures
2. Babies
1. The family credo

There. Don't you feel better knowing there is more going on in my life than what the blog shows?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Teacher Gift

Have I mentioned how much I love BG's school teachers? Yes? Well, that's because they are great! I have been really impressed with what she has learned so far this year and am excited to see her progress the rest of the year. I think I'm as excited as she is for their Christmas Program on Wednesday. I wanted to give her teachers something for Christmas that would not only be useful for them, but cute as well. I debated on a gift of home baked goodness, but figured they must get tons of that already.

I asked around on Facebook for teacher ideas as well as Pinterest. There are some really great ones out there that I'm excited to use over the years. Many of the comments on FB followed the theme of either:
  1. No candles, body lotions, or smelly products
  2. Gift cards are great
I've also heard in the past that apple and teacher themed gifts are way overdone. So even thought I really liked the pencil cup holders and apple shaped candy holders, I resisted. Instead I went the gift card route. Who wouldn't like a Target gift card? Much classier than Wal-Mart, but just as flexible for the receiver. Did you know their gift cards are scratch and sniff? These ones smell like peppermint. MMmmmmmmm, peppermint........

I put the gift card in a Ziploc bag (along with some fudge, I couldn't resist) and made these cute little toppers for the bag. It says "Thanks for keeping my learning on Target!" I made the bulls eye with my Silhouette, but it could easily be done with by hand or with circle punches. I distressed the edge of the largest red circle so it would stand out from the red backing. BG wrote "from BG" on the back.

Pretty simple, cute, and functional teacher gift! What are you giving the teachers in your life for Christmas?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

5 Things

Mama Kat is at it again with her Writers Workshop. Here's the prompt I chose this week.
2.) Five Things. List 5 things we don’t know about you, 5 things you’re knowledgeable about, 5 things you know nothing about, and 5 things you believe.

5 Things you don’t know about me:
  1. I taught a class at a local university a few years ago and really loved it. I would love to teach full time.
  2. I'm not sure I would make a good stay at home mom. It makes me feel like a bad mom that this isn't my goal. 
  3. I crave chocolate at 2 pm everyday. 
  4. I have terrible posture. I try to sit up straight but find myself hunched over a lot. 
  5. I'm an efficiency fiend. Almost to a fault. If I can't multi-task/make something more efficient, I don't want to do it at all. Example: I have something that needs to be taken upstairs. If there is only 1 thing, I won't go. I need multiple items to make my trip worth it.
 5 Things I'm knowledgeable about:
  1. Conference planning: I have planned many, many in my career, both big and small. I enjoy all the details of putting it together; mostly I like being in charge. ;)
  2. Healthy Lifestyles: I really try to live one and teach my kids about them. I'm not always perfect, but think I do a decent job. I fight for healthy nutrition choices in my kids daycare.
  3. Jewelry Making: It's been a while since I've done much with this, but I like making pretty things. I'd love to learn more.
  4. Public speaking: I enjoy giving presentations on topics I know well. (Which does NOT translate to speaking/teaching in church)
  5. Cooking: I really enjoy creating healthy, yummy food for those around me.
 5 Things I know nothing about:
  1. Cell Phones: I have one, I use one, but I'm scared of them. My new iPhone arrived three days ago and I'm waiting for JM to get home from a business trip to set it up for me.
  2. Football: Every season, I have to relearn the game to watch them. By the end of the season I can follow a game pretty well, but I lose it all between Jan and Sept.
  3. Business: My hubby has started several and I love listening to him talk about what's going on, because it's all new to me.
  4. The stock market: It confuses me and makes my head hurt.
  5. Single Parenting: After three days of a business trip and I'm desperate for JM to come home. I'm very blessed.
 5 Things I believe:
  1. I believe in God, my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, my Saviour.
  2. I believe that most people are inherently good and doing the best they can.
  3. I believe in choice, that everyone has the right to make their own and live with the consequences.
  4. I believe that respect and good communication are critical to the success of a happy marriage.
  5. I believe that teachers should be paid more for the incredible work they do.