Celebrate Teachers With Fruit And Free Printables

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It’s teacher appreciation week! We know we each had our favorite teachers growing up, and they made a positive impact on our lives. Now, we see our children’s teachers helping them learn and grow. It’s awesome, and honestly, we don’t know how they do it! Since we can’t seem to get enough of all the cute fruit everywhere (recently at Bullseye’s Playground at Target), we’re thanking our teachers with fruit.

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Fruit has irresistible puns, so Jenna (Fleur de lis, a paperie) made fruit-tastic printables for us. Good news because we’re sharing them with you! There’s a tag for cherries, bananas, apples and watermelon; We CHERRY-ISH you as a teacher, You’re awesome to the CORE, You’re one in a MELON teacher and You’re like a PINEAPPLE, you stand tall, wear a crown (of knowledge) and are sweet on the inside! These labels are 4×6, but for our fruit tags we scaled them to 60% when we printed them to attach to the fruit.

Some other fun ideas you can attach the tags to is fruit-flavored gum packets, juice or sparkling water, totes, water bottles or anything else with fruit you can find!

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Take the time to thank the teachers you love this week, or any week. These printables are perfect for Valentine’s Day, back to school time and at the end of school, too.

Print the FREE PRINTABLE here.

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Wrapped with Love: DIY Gift Tags + Keychains

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Gift wrap at Christmas time is an art. Sometimes the gift wrap is so pretty, it’s hard to actually want to open it to see what’s inside. We often wonder why we spend the extra time to make gifts pretty when it’s quickly ripped open and thrown in the trash. There is no perfectly sane reason to the wrapping madness, but there is a rhyme and reason. First, it may be vain, but it’s the truth – it’s pretty.  We (women) like to do things that look pretty. We want the gift to reflect our own personal style, and when it’s wrapped before Christmas Eve (rare in our houses), it’s an added bonus of “pretty” under the tree. Second, our grandma use to save the wrapping paper from opened gifts. She carefully opened every gift without a single tear, gently folded it, and kept it or re-used it.  If she were still here with us, she would keep it. If anyone out there is like my grandma, we better make the wrapping paper worth keeping.

This year, our wrapping is simple, but it has a fun and clever gift tag, which doubles as a gift. Gotta love that! Everyone will get a little keychain from Oriental Trading Company that Jenna made adorable printables for. There are 9 difFerent saying and styles to brighten one’s day, and they are all FREE for you. Everyone needs a reminder every once in a while about how awesome, amazing and beautiful they really are! These keychains do just that!

The printables are classic black and white; however we added some pizzazz to some of them with loose confetti, washi tape and of course, tassels. These make great stocking stuffers, gifts for girlfriends, teachers and of course, gift tags.

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Here’s how to do this insanely easy DIY.

Materials:

Step 1: Print the file, and cut the cards out. Click here for the free file.

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Step 2: Decorate the cards for some extra color and texture if you wish.

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Step 3: Add a To: and From: on the back of the printables, or on a separate sheet of paper that’s cut the same size, so the recipient can remove it, and keep the cute printable on front!

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Step 4: Insert the paper into the acrylic sleeve. Add tassels if you want.

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Step 5: Attach to the gift and you are d.o.n.e.!

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Merry everything!

Oriental Trading sent us some items of our choosing for this post, free of charge. We’re so happy they did! All opinions are honest, and our own. No other type of compensation was received. Thanks for supporting the companies that support j. sorelle. We love Oriental Trading, even before this post. 

A New Holiday Tradition: The Giving Jar + Free Printable

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Christmas brings out the giving spirit in everyone. It’s that time of year when people think beyond their own needs, and consider how they can help loved ones and strangers in need. Whether it’s giving a special gift, or donating time, money or food, it all counts…and it changes lives for the better.

Our kids are young, but this year we tried to teach them about the joy of giving, and helping others. They don’t fully understand what a text donation to Red Cross means, and they don’t quite know the impact of go fund me donations. All that is good, but it has to be tactical for our kids – something they can see, touch and feel. They participated in bake and craft sales to raise money for kids affected by the hurricane in Houston, and made blankets for others in need. But, we wanted something extra at home to keep that giving spirit alive; not just during the holidays, but year-round.

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Let us introduce you to The Giving Jar. It’s a small, but mighty, jar with a small sisal tree in the center to remind us of the spirit of giving at Christmas time, but with enough space around it for money. We retrofitted the traditional glass milk jar from Oriental Trading Company to be more like a DIY piggy bank.

This bank is for sharing only because once it’s full the kids are going to give it to someone in need. In this day and age, it may only be enough money to buy a fancy cup of coffee, or perhaps a new pair of socks. But, the point is not what or how much it can buy, but the way it can make someone feel. The recipient, perhaps in a rut or time of sorrow or struggle, will hopefully feel a bit of hope. A little love can go a long way to lift one’s spirit, and that’s what we hope our Giving Jar will do.

We hope you make one with your kids this holiday season, or anytime throughout the year. Yay, we have a free printable for you to use, too, from Jenna at Fleur de Lis, a paperie. This is a thoughtful and affordable gift to give other families this holiday, so they can have a giving project of their own.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Add a glue dot to the bottom of the sisal tree, and glue it to the bottom of the jar.

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Step 2: Add vinyl stickers to the outside so text on the jar reads, The Giving Jar. You can also use a paint pen to write the words.

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Step 3: Cut a small slit on plastic lid that fits on the glass jar. Make sure it’s large enough to fit money.

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Step 4: Fill it with money.

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Step 5: Attach our free poem to the jar (it explains the gist of the jar to those who participate, and those you give it too). Get the free printable poem here. It reads:

At Christmas time we share joy in the spirit of giving to others in need, 
But why just on Christmas do we do a good deed? 

It’s best to give all year long,
and make kindness part of our daily heartsong.

This is the giving jar to bring year-round joy,
for any man, woman, girl or boy.

Fill this jar with spare change as best you can,
give it to someone who needs a helping hand.

Try it once and you will see,
your heart will be filled with love and glee.

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Step 6: Give. Then, give again.

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Oriental Trading sent us some items of our choosing for this post, free of charge. We’re so happy they did! All opinions are honest, and our own. No other type of compensation was received. Thanks for supporting the companies that support j. sorelle. We love Oriental Trading, even before this post. 

DIY Trolls Valentine’s for Kids

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Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling has been on repeat in our home, car and phone speakers since the beginning of summer. We dressed like Poppy and Branch for Halloween. We’ve seen the movie a hundred times. So, it should come as no surprise that our Valentine’s this year are colorful, bright, a little hairy and Trolls themed!

We just can’t get enough of our little colorful, tiny, song-loving friends.

Jenna made the adorable printables available here for a whopping $1.  Let your kids tell their friends, “I see your true colors, and that’s why I love you.”

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We opted for Trolls rings for the girls in the class, available at Michaels or Amazon. For the boys, they will have fun playing with finger laser rings available at Amazon. One printable for both girls and boys! YAY!

Print, cut, stuff the bags and staple the label on. It’s that easy…plus it’s a non-candy Valentine for the win!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

DIY Cross Stitch Coffee Sleeve

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As we bundle up and head outside this winter, we like to keep a to-go mug of coffee or tea between our hands. It’s a habitual thing. Sure, we need to caffeine most days {okay, everyday}, and we like the taste of tea, but it really comes down to the fact that we like to have something warm in our hands. It feels comfortable and cozy.

Well, we’ve made our comfy habit a bit cuter with our latest DIY featured at our Make & Mingle last week – a DIY cross-stitch coffee sleeve. Anyone can do it…even with no sewing experience.

Thanks to Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Cherry Creek North for the cups and hot coffee, and Colby Elizabeth Photography for the photos.

Materials:

Directions:

  • Find a pattern or shape to cross-stitch. We used this file from Fleur de Lis, a paperie, and printed them at 30% or 40%, so the stars were small enough to fit on our coffee sleeves.
  • Set the print out of the shape on the coffee sleeve, and with your pearl pin in hand, punch small holes on the ends of every line where you will stitch. When you remove the paper, you should see the shape that you want to design on your coffee sleeve. If you need to make the holes more visible, punch them again once the paper is removed.
  • Cut the embroidery string, insert one end through the needle loop, and tie a knot on the other end of the string.
  • Insert the needle from inside the coffee sleeve up through the top of the coffee sleeve. Then go back down through the next hole. Continue going up and down through each hole until you have completed the shape.
  • Once you stitch the last line, tie a knot inside the coffee sleeve with the original knot.

Warm wishes to you this winter!

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Photography: Copyright Colby Elizabeth Photography