Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea + Free Printable

I know a few of us are still heading back to school. This teacher appreciation gift idea and free printable are perfect for the first day of school and the last, and all those teacher appreciation opportunities in between.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea + Free Printable

My free “Thank You For Raising The Bar” candy bar or Rice Krispies Treats wrappers come one to a sheet and can be easily personalized. Just open in Adobe Reader (free at Adobe.com if you don’t already have it), fill in your teacher’s name and child’s name, print, trim and wrap around your treat. Close the paper with a piece of tape in the back and waalaa, instant gift that will make your teacher smile!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea + Free Printable from @kimbyers

And if you like the “I Love Book Worms!” bookmarks and A+ stickers, those are free printables too! Click on the image at the end of the post and grab your copy of those too!

Free Back To School Printables from @kimbyers

The pencil toppers are my fav!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas + Free Printables with @kimbyers

DOWNLOAD my FREE Teacher Appreciation Candy Wrappers now!

Back To School Cake + Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And if you’d like my Back To School party printables, which includes the cute pencil toppers, mini cake bunting, etc, hop over to my original post.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Fun Food: OREO Minion Cookies Kids Can Make

My youngest son is all about Minions. I talked him out of the Minion backpack, but we still had to get the little minion plush to hang on his backpack. (Sidenote, the minion was cute and all, but didn’t have enough storage for a 3rd grader.) And since OREOs are his favorite cookie (yummy and dairy-free!), we decided to combine the two!

Kid Fun Food: Minion OREOs

You know how some moms tell their kiddos not to play with their food? Not so much around here! {wink} We like fun food. It makes the kids smile and they get to show their creative side. Plus, it’s yummy to clean up!

For this fun food craft, you’ll just need:

  • Golden OREOs
  • Candy eyes in large and small (your local craft store or grocery)
  • Chocolate icing
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors

And they’re so easy to make: 

  1. Prep – place wax paper down and fill a resealable bag with chocolate icing. Snip one corner of the bag.
  2. Select faces & eyes – some minions have two eyes and some only have one. Grab several cookies and eyes so you can let your creativity go!
  3. Pipe – pushing the icing to the snipped corner of the bag, pipe a circle, or two, if you have two eyes, and straps to the edge.
  4. Place – place the candy eyes in the piped circles and push them down. The icing will squeeze out and form a ring around the candy eye. Much easier than trying to pipe around the eye. Trust me… we tried it both ways. See below. {wink}

Easy Minion Cookies That Kids Can Make | @kimbyers

Easy Minion Cookies That Kids Can Make | @kimbyers

Easy Minion Cookies That Kids Can Make in Minutes | @kimbyers

Interested in more fun food ideas? Get those kids crafty and make:

How To Make Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Creature chocolate bark (just in time for Halloween)

Or maybe they’d prefer:

Friendly Frankenstein Rice Krispies Treats

Friendly Frankenstein Rice Krispies Treats!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Teacher Appreciation Gift – Three Free Printable Gift Card Holders

Who’s heading back to school? And who loves teachers? Me too! And I love giving Teacher Appreciation gifts. Plus, if you get a few brownie points for you and your kids throughout the school year, that never hurts either. {wink}

Teacher Appreciation Gift // Three Free Printable Gift Card Holders // Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I have a ton of wonderful friends who teach and I always hear two things: how much they love their kids and how much they spend out of their own pockets each year. So this year I decided to kick the year off right and give a gift card to both my son’s teachers. One actually teared up. Her smiles made my day!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holders // Three Free Printable Designs // Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Hop over to my latest post on Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog, The Creative Spark and grab one or all three designs. I created a classic, a whimsy, and one that is a bit more cheeky. {grin}

Pretty Planner Supplies

And while you’re at Jo-Ann, make sure you pick up some of these super cute office supplies. So many cute finds in the paper crafting section!

As always, I hope you are inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Four Fantastic Popcorn Recipe Ideas

I love a good movie night. And I love a good popcorn. As a matter of fact, every single Friday night since I can remember, our entire family snuggles down to watch a movie together. Popcorn and treats makes a perfect ending to those long crazy weeks. And honestly it’s the only time during the week that I get uninterrupted screen time. We have a policy too… once the movie starts it’s just like we’re at the theater… no getting up, no asking for drinks… mom is off-duty. {wink}

Pop Corn Recipes For A Family Movie Night

And since this is a weekly event for us, we’re pretty serious about our snacks. We all look forward to making our own personal popcorn combo. For popcorn, that’s easy, we all love Pop Secret Kettle Corn. Before babies I loved the butter… right… yay butter! And then I had a little one with food allergies. He can’t have any form of dairy. And that is when we all fell in love with Pop Secret Kettle Corn. Oh my. If you’ve not had it, you simply must try it. It’s that perfect mix of sweet and salty. But, if you’re not into Kettle Corn, Pop Secret has over 10 amazing popcorn flavors.

And with the popcorn flavor wrapped up, we all move on to our favorite popcorn recipes and sweet treat combos.

Pop Corn Recipes For A Family Movie Night | @kimbyers

My little one with food allergies, he’s all about the fruit snacks with his popcorn.

Popcorn Recipes for Family Movie Night with @popsecret | @kimbyers

My oldest can’t ever get enough of popcorn and marshmallows. Oh, and a piece of taffy or two…

Popcorn Recipes for Family Movie Night with @popsecret | @kimbyers

For me and the hubby, we’re all about the chocolate. I love caramel with mine and he’s more about chocolate with nuts. It all works! {wink}

Fun and Creative Popcorn Recipes for Family Movie Night

We not only love watching movies at home, we love running off to the movies too. I’m pretty particular about what I let the kids watch at the theater though. Animated is always an easy yes. And we love action so super hero movies are always a fav. Have you seen the new Fantastic Four yet? Well, let me tell you that it’s a good one! Lots of action, no “hide your eyes” moments. A great family night out!

Want a Pop Secret coupon to see the new Fantastic Four movie?! We hopped over to Walmart for all of our goodies, including our Pop Secret! Just buy any 3 Pop Secret items between 7/31 – 8/31 2015 and get a FREE ticket to the Fantastic Four movie (up to $5, so just about any matinee) while supplies last. So don’t wait, grab yours now!!

Movie Night Popcorn Recipes with @popsecret and @kimbyers

Make sure you connect with Pop Secret around social media too for fun recipes and coupons:

    • Facebook: @popsecret
    • Twitter: @popsecret
    • Instagram: @popsecretpop
    • Pinterest: @popsecret

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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Back To School – Simple Apple Plate Craft

Who’s having a back to school breakfast for their kiddos? Me too! Actually, I already did. I shared my simple apple cups. So cute and so easy! And now I’m sharing my idea for a simple apple plate craft!

Simple Apple Plates for Back To School Breakfast

I whipped these up the morning of their breakfast. I was in a huge hurry, but I wanted the morning to be special. See, we started a new school this year. My oldest, heading into 5th grade, takes most everything in stride. He wasn’t nervous. Or, if he was he hid it very well. My little guy however, heading into 3rd grade, had the butterflies. Needless to say, I wanted to do anything to make him smile that morning.

So I grabbed some fun square red plates, brown scrapbook paper and a fun green polka dot paper made by Core’dinations. With the snip snip of a good pair of scissors and some glue dots, these cuties are ready to pile high with pancakes. And that is exactly what we did. I took some pics of the full table, but since they get up at 6:45 in the morning (yep…) no one wanted their picture taken. {wink}

Hoping you all have a wonderful back to school morning! And ass always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY Drink Coasters For A Fruitful Summer Party

This summer the trend has been fruit. Pineapples, lemons, watermelon, strawberries… you see them everywhere in craft projects and party supplies. Did you see these 10 ideas I rounded-up for a Strawberry Party. It makes me wish I had a reason to throw one. The ideas are all so pretty!

DIY Fruitful Drink Coasters | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Well, I couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon and whipping up some fruitful crafts of my own! (And let’s face it, anything with these colorful mason jar lids is super cute.) I crafted three designs with my Cricut Explore and their new texture foam sheets (get Cricut Design Space file). I have to say, I love the look the texture gives the project and a deep cut blade whips it out in a snap.

I’m not sure if my favorite is the pineapple coaster, or the lemon coaster… or maybe it’s the cherry. What do you think?

Pineapple Coaster Craft for a Fruitful Summer | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

DIY Lemon Drink Coaster Craft | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

DIY Cherry Fruit Coaster Craft | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can find all the DIY details, a supply list and my Cricut Design Space files in my post on Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog, Creative Spark. And if you just love those mason jar lids as much as me, you can pick those up at your local Jo-Ann when you grab the supplies for the coasters. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Sources: 

  • Mason jar lids – Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Foam & Cricut Explore – Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Straws – Target

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Summer Sides From The Garden + Hebrew National

Consideration was provided by Hebrew National.

Every summer we grow a little garden in the backyard. It’s not big at all, but my hubby has a green thumb so it really thrives and produces a ton of tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers… and this year we’re even trying cantaloupe and carrots. The kids really love it!

Summer Salad Sides + Hebrew National | Kim Byers

And as you can probably guess, we eat from it as long as it produces. It’s wonderful to run out in the backyard and grab all the fresh goodies to make a salad. And since the kids watch it all grow, they’re excited to eat from it… another advantage to growing your own. {grin}

So for us, the perfect summer side is our own personal homegrown salad. I prep them in little cups while the hubby grills up some Hebrew National All-Beef Franks and maybe some grilled corn on the cob. We of course can’t grow corn in our little backyard garden {wink}, but there are tons of farmers markets around where we can pick up fresh!

Mini Salads From My Garden | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Mini Salads From My Garden | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Mini Salads From My Garden | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Mini Salads From My Garden | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And if you’re wondering why Hebrew National, it’s much the same reason as the garden salad. There is nothing more important to me than my family and Hebrew National has my confidence. Do you ever wonder what makes Hebrew National kosher hot dogs premium? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). They’re choosy about what goes into their franks – using only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by-products. I’d have it no other way for my family!

Hebrew National & Mini Salads From My Garden | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Wanna see a pic of my little garden? It’s king of hard to see, but the entire area to the right is the garden. And that is my pergola, that my sweet hubby built for me, covered in wisteria in the background. And the vine that has gone crazy in the foreground… those are cucumbers. We went away for a week on vacation and came back to them taking over. We reined them back in, but they’re still over in the yard. We have to hold them up to mow. {grin}

Mini Backyard Garden | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Oh, and did you see how I grilled with Hebrew National for a fun summer brunch

Brunch with Hebrew National & Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ve got to hop over and have a look. The kids loved it! And I have to say, I did too! {grin}

For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit them on Facebook

Hebrew National and Mini Summer Salads | @kimbyers

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Simple Apple Cups For Back To School Parties

I love simple crafts, especially ones that look adorable. These apple cups for back to school are both!

Simple Apple Cups for Back To School | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My guys are headed back to school in a week and I’m having a creative, but small Back To School breakfast for them. These sweet little apple cups are one of the touches I have planned.

They’re super simple to make. You’ll need:

  • Red cups
  • Green paper straws
  • Foam
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Cricut Explore and my Cricut Design Space file

Let’s get crafty:

  1. Leaves – with a pair of sharp scissors, cut out an oval. Bring to a point on one end and round on the other. Or, if you have a Cricut you can use my Design Space file to cut out your leaves. I also used my Cricut to cut out those super cute herringbone apples under the cups. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Sources: 

  • Cups & Straws – Target
  • Foam & Cricut Explore – Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

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Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas To Help You Earn Those Brownie Points

My kiddos are headed back to school in less than two weeks. Yikes! And I like to kick the year off with a great teacher gift, something their teacher’s can actually use. You know… not just a coffee mug pencil holder. {wink}

Teacher Gift Ideas | @kimbyers with #backtoschool ideas

So this year I grabbed some Minc materials… love the one that says HELLO… so perfect… I also picked up some chalkboard items, ribbon, frame and snacks. The big chalkboard is magnetic. I have a few for the kids and we love them. It, the frame and the ribbon are from Jo-Ann, along with the Minc supplies. And then I picked up a mini clipboard and darling milk carton box from Target (in the dollar spot section).

Now let’s get crafty!

Back To School Teacher Gift Idea |  @kimbyers

 

For the Heidi Swapp Minc foil items, you’ll need the Minc tags, banners and letters kits. And if you want the herringbone apples, I used the Minc paper pack and cut the apples out before running them through the machine. They might just be a fav! {grin}

Here’s a closer look at the milk carton with “for you” Minc tag and foiled apple. I filled each box (two teachers) with candies and OREOS. I should have filled them with brownies I guess… since I am looking for brownie points. {wink}

Back To School Teacher Gift | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to know more about the Minc machine?

  • Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00 & Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x 10’)
  • Minc Foil Applicator and accessories are available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops
  • The Minc is a fairly light weight and pretty enough to leave out on your crafting table!
  • It has the ability to accept a 12” wide sheets
  • It has adjustable heat settings that allows for foil transfer on sensitive materials like vellum, all the way to more robust chipboard and even thin wood veneer

And don’t forget to check out my other Minc projects. This is one of my favorites, foil butterflies for a It’s A Girl baby shower!

Vanilla Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Or if you’re just getting started and you’re curious how to foil, check out my introduction post to how the Minc works.

Heidi Swapp MINC | Kim Byers

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Simple Flower Cupcakes Dressed Up To Party

I love a cute cupcake. You guys know that right?! {wink} Just recently I was playing around with the new Cricut texture foam and whipped up these cuties! Nothing like a pretty flower cupcake for a summer party or baby shower.

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No special icing techniques needed, just a bright candy or gum ball to top a white cupcake, matching paper tins, and these bold and bright textured foam sheets.  If you have a Cricut Explore, just use my Cricut Design Space project to cut and you’ll be done in minutes. (Tip: I attached the leaves with glue dots.)

Flower Cupcake Coasters | @kimbyers

Did you see my fruit foam drink coasters and more of these darling mason jar lids over on the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog, Creative Spark? Hop over and see all the easy DIY plus get the links to my Design Space project so you can whip those up too. Here’s a peek at my fav fruit coaster of the bunch!

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