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a month of elf on the shelf ideas with free north pole breakfast printables

Elf on the Shelf 2016

This was our third year of having Jingle Bell visit and it is becoming one of our favorite traditions. We always kick of Jingle Bell’s arrival with a fun breakfast and we all just love looking for him each morning.  Here is all of the fun we had while Jingle Bell visited us last year. 

a month of elf on the shelf ideas. Tons of fun original ideas with free printables and links to free printables

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Day 1 – North Pole Breakfast (12/3)

north pole breakfast - elf on the shelf idea - free printables

Since we usually spend Thanksgiving out of town, our elf always arrives the first Saturday of December. Last year, he arrived on December 3rd, 2016.  We hosted our North Pole Breakfast to welcome our elf, Jingle Bell. We had Snowman donuts, strawberry/banana santa hats, chocolate reindeer donuts and gifts. To read more about this tradition and all the fun we had at our breakfast (and to get some free printables), CLICK HERE

Day 2 – Snow Angel (12/4)

snow angel- elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell dumped out some of our fake snow decorations and made a snow angel.

Day 3 – Ornament Hunt (12/5)

hide ornaments around the house to find and add to the tree - elf on the shelf ideas

 

Scavenger Hunts have been a big hit over the years, so this year Jingle Bell hid ornaments around the house. He asked the kids to find them and then put them on the tree.

Day 4 – Spreading Holiday Cheer (12/6)

spread holiday cheer - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell brought us a gift bow and asked us to spread some holiday cheer by doing something nice for someone else. We filled a box with cookies and gave it to our mailman. I know the kids are still young, but I’m hoping as they get older we can continue to teach them about doing nice things for others, especially at this time of year. To get the free printables from Frugal Coupon Living, click here.

Day 5 – Nerf Gun Attack (12/7)

nerf gun attack - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell was hanging upside down pointing a nerf gun at us. Of course, Hudson thought it was hilarious.

Day 6 – Pooping Elf (12/8)

Pooping Elf - elf on the shelf idea

We found Jingle Bell in the bathroom, pooping in a glass and reading the Elf on the Shelf Book. The boys couldn’t believe their elf poops chocolate kisses. This was one of their favorites, by far. In fact, a year later, they are still talking about it. Being a mom of boys has meant accepting that boys think poop is funny, lol. To get the mini Elf on the Shelf Book from A Little of This That, click here.

Day 7 – Disney Gingerbread House (12/9)

gingerbread house - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell brought us a gingerbread kit. The kids loved that it was a Disney themed house and we all had a great time building it together.

Day 8 – Backwards Day (12/10)

Backwards Day - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell declared it Backwards Day. He turned our banner around, wore his clothes backwards, and encouraged us to be as backwards as possible for the day. We had dinner for breakfast, breakfast for dinner and the boys wore their clothes backwards too. It was such a fun and silly day!

Day 9 – Train Ride Around the Tree (12/11)

elf riding a train around the tree - elf on the shelf idea

The kids woke up to find Jingle Bell riding a train around the tree. The kids absolutely loved this!

Day 10 – Elf Yourself (12/12)

Elf Yourself - elf on the shelf ideas

The kids loved looking in the mirror and becoming an elf.

Day 11 – Swinging from the Light (12/13)

elf swinging from a chandelier - elf on the shelf idea

Part of the fun for the boys is trying to find Jingle Bell each morning. JB doesn’t have to always be doing something elaborate, just the fact that he is somewhere else and the kids get to search for him brings them so much joy.

Day 12 – Lego Christmas Tree (12/14)

elf sized Christmas tree - elf on the shelf ideas

Jingle Bell built his own elf sized Christmas tree with legos.

Day 13 – Paper Sack Races (12/15)

sack race with other stuffed animals - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell recruited some of the boys’ other toys to have a sack race.

Day 14 – Nerf Gun Fight (12/16)

nerf gun fight - elf on the shelf idea

Apparently the toys thought Jingle Bell was cheating at the sack races, so they tied him up and had a nerf gun fight. The boys thought it was pretty funny.

Day 15 – Snowball Fight (12/15)

elf on the shelf snowball fight with instructions to make your own ice walls - elf on the shelf ideas

The boys woke up to find Jingle Bell and Buzz Lightyear having a snowball fight. Then they noticed that Jingle Bell had left them their own ice walls and their snowballs so they could have their own snowball fight. It was so fun! One of our favorite Jingle Bell memories and the ice walls and snowballs have provided hours and hours of fun! Click here to learn how to make your own ice walls and click here to purchase indoor snowballs.

Day 16 – Paper Airplane (12/18)

paper airplane riding elf - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell took one of the paper airplanes the boys had made and flew on it.

Day 17 – Glow Party (12/19)

glow party - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell had a glow party in the bathroom. He had glow stick necklaces around his neck and left some for the boys to play with too.

Day 18 – Book Tree (12/20)

new Christmas books decorating the tree - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell brought the boys a bunch of new books and covered the tree in them. It wasn’t quite as funny as when JB covered the tree in underwear, but the kids still liked it. Plus, they loved having new holiday books to read.

Day 19 – Cookie Decorating (12/21)

let's make cookies for santa cookie playset - elf on the shelf ideas

Jingle Bell brought the boys the cutest pretend cookie set and suggested we bake cookies for Santa.

Day 20 – sELF Portrait (12/22)

sELF portrait - elf on the shelf ideas

Jingle Bell painted a sELF portrait. He is quite an artist.

Day 21 – Mini Cookies (12/23)

Elf size cookies - elf on the shelf ideas

We baked our cookies a few days earlier, but didn’t have time to decorate them, so Jingle Bell made some elf sized cookies and reminded us that we needed to finish our cookies for Santa.

Day 22 – Goodbye Jingle Bell (12/24)

Goodbye Letter - elf on the shelf ideas

Jingle Bell said good-bye and headed off the the North Pole.




For more Elf on the Shelf Ideas, check out these posts:

Elf on the Shelf 2015

Elf on the Shelf 2014

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

Halloween Mickey Magnets – Free Printable

Before our first Disney Cruise I made a scrapbook page of our itinerary (You can check it out here). I liked it so much that I decided to make another one for our Halloween Disney Cruise. I love how this helps during the trip, then can be printed and placed in a scrapbook after. Since this was a Halloween cruise, I changed the pages up a bit to fit the theme. I also knew I would need to bring magnets again, but the ones I made for the last cruise didn’t match, so I made Halloween ones. These magnets are perfect for holding up the itinerary, event tickets, the daily navigator, etc. They would also make a great fish extender gift. Or if you just love Disney like our family does, you could use these around Halloween on your white board or fridge. Just click here for your free printable and follow the instructions below.

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

To make the magnets you need the following:

Directions:

  1. Print magnet printable on white cardstock
  2. Cut magnet shapes out
  3. Add glossy accents on top, let dry.
  4. Keep adding layers of Glossy Accents until shape feels sturdy.
  5. Add magnet to backside of each shape with Glossy Accents.

I’ve also added a few cards to the printable. These can be used to write notes about your trip, which can be added to a scrapbook when you get home. They could also be used to leave notes for people in other rooms. Or you could use them to write notes in your own room.

I hope you enjoy these printables and I hope that they make your Halloween Disney Cruise a little more magical.

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

If you want to make a fun countdown for your Halloween Disney Cruise, check out this post.

Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

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Halloween mickey paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

Halloween Themed Mickey Paper Chain Countdown – Free Printable

We do paper chain countdowns for everything in our house. After making a Mickey Paper Chain to countdown to our Disney Cruise I started thinking about how I could do one to count down to our upcoming Halloween Disney Cruise. I must admit that gluing on the ears and attempting to cut out little ovals was slightly time consuming (not really, but you know, as a mom, any corner cutting is gladly welcomed) so I decided to make this one a printable. Not only does this save a bunch of time, but it makes my wannabe perfectionist heart so happy.

Halloween mickey paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

This paper chain could be used for a countdown to a Disney Trip at Halloween, Mickey’s Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise, or if you are big Disney fans, but don’t have any trips to count down to, you could use it to count down to Halloween or as a decoration. I hope you have fun with it. Happy Halloween.

Halloween mickey paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

To download the printables, click on the following links:

Mickey Paper Chain Printable

Minnie Paper Chain Printable

Countdown to Disneyland Sign

Countdown to Walt Disney World Sign

Countdown to Disney Cruise Sign

Countdown to Halloween Sign

Then just print them out on cardstock, cut everything out and glue or staple the links together.

*These free printables from thecreativecopycat.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share or link directly to these files.

Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween
Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween
Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween
may your coffee be stronger than your students free printable - put a gift card in and pass out to teachers for back to school, teacher appreciation or just because.

May Your Coffee Be Stronger Than Your Students – Free Printable

A friend of mine posted a hand-lettered version of this saying the other day and it immediately reminded me of my “May Your Coffee Be Stronger Than Your Toddler” gift card printable so I decided to make one for teachers too. We are only a week into Luc’s first year at Preschool and kids are still crying all day (talk about heartbreaking) and kids are already getting sick; and while two-year old kids are adorable, they can also be quite a handful! Hudson’s been in school a few weeks now and while his age is probably not as challenging in some ways (although they are still dealing with some crying and sickness too), there are a lot of kids in his class and I’m sure they provide plenty of challenges for their teacher. I love both of my boys’ teachers and think they are true superheros, so I figured why not kick off the school year with a little light-hearted gift. I know these early morning drop-offs are kicking my butt (I am so not a morning person and we have already been late more than I care to admit) and figured most everyone enjoys a cup of coffee in the morning. These printables are perfect for sliding in a gift card to any coffee shop and treating your kid’s teachers to a nice cup of coffee to help get them through the day.

may your coffee be stronger than your students free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to teachers for back to school, teacher appreciation or just because.

Click here to get your free printable.

Supplies (you could easily do this without most of these supplies, but they might make your life easier)

may your coffee be stronger than your students free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to teachers for back to school, teacher appreciation or just because.

Directions:

  1. Print out the printable on cardstock
  2. Cut out using paper trimmer and scissors
  3. Use circle punch to remove half circle for tab
  4. Use score board and bone folder to make creases along white lines
  5. Add double-sided tape or glue to tabs
  6. Fold card over and press down to attach to tabs
  7. Gift card should slide nicely inside

Both boys’ teachers were very appreciative of the gift and it definitely made them smile. They may always tell us that they adore our kids and that they love teaching, but just like any job, I’m sure it has its moments, and I’m glad my kid’s have teachers with good senses of humor. And just like with parenting, sometimes one good cup of coffee can make all the difference. 😉

*This free printable from thecreativecopycat.com is for personal use only, you may not sell, share or link directly to this file.

shark week playdate - free banner printable, chumming for sharks yogurt recipe, shark bait recipe, link to popcorn bucket printable and tons of other shark week ideas

Shark Week Playdate and Free Printables

We had our friends over for a playdate during shark week, so I of course used it as an excuse to have a fun, shark themed get together. I love little events like this because it allows me to be crafty and creative without all the work and stress of a full-blown party. I didn’t start making stuff or preparing until Monday (our friends came over on Wednesday) so this is totally do-able for busy or last-minute moms. 🙂

DECORATIONS

I started out like I always do, searching Pinterest for ideas and free printables. I found some really cute stuff to use as well as some fun ideas. I didn’t see anything I could use for a banner though, so I made one myself. I think it turned out really cute and I always feel like a banner makes the table look complete. You can download the free banner printable by clicking HERE. Just cut it out, punch holes in the corners and run string through it. Lately I have been using blue painters tape to hang up my banners then covering the tape up with cute washi.

shark week letterboard idea

I also used my letterboard for the occasion. It was a bit of a challenge creating the shark fin, but I love how it turned out.

SNACKS

Chumming for Sharks Yogurt

chumming for sharks yogurt - perfect healthy snack or breakfast for shark week or a shark birthday

I wanted to have a few snacks with at least one healthy option, but most of the ideas on Pinterest were not very healthy. Usually I am all about desserts, but we have been making an effort to eat healthier lately so I came up with my own snack idea by combining a few ideas from Pinterest. We ended up making chumming for sharks yogurt. The kids helped me make these, which was a lot of fun. To make these you will need the following:

  • Granola (optional)
  • Greek Yogurt (we used vanilla)
  • Blue food coloring (you only need a few drops)
  • Frozen Strawberries in Sugar (we bought this from the frozen section of the grocery store)
  • Plastic Cups
  • Mini spoons
  • Grey construction paper (to make shark fins)
  • Glue gun

We added a little bit of granola to the bottom of the cups, put a few drops of blue food coloring into the yogurt, scooped the yogurt into the cup, then topped it with the chum (the frozen strawberries). I explained to the boys that chum is what they dump in the water to attract sharks and then what do you know, a few sharks showed up and jumped right into our bowls. 😉 The kids loved it! I free hand cut out shark fins out of grey construction paper and glued them onto mini spoons. I also used a few sharks left over from the adorable popcorn buckets I made using a printable from My Printly.

Shark Bait

shark bait popcorn snack is easy, delicious, and perfect for shark week or a shark party

Of course, I had to do one sweet treat, so I made shark bait. It was so delicious and all the little sharks ate it up super fast! I spent Tuesday night driving from store to store searching for shark gummies. I feel like I always see them until the time I need them, then they vanished. I found gummy bears, worms, snakes, octopus, frogs, dinosaurs, alligators and lions! Literally every gummy animal ever made except sharks! Then I thought, why would sharks want to eat sharks, and decided that putting them in my shark bait didn’t make sense anyways. That is when I came up with the goldfish idea. Sharks love eating fish, especially delicious sweet ones. They have so many fun flavors now too that you could use, but I must say, the s’mores goldfish were perfect in this recipe. To make the shark bait you will need the following:

  • Sea Salt Air Popped Popcorn
  • Ghiradelli White Chocolate Chips
  • Blue M&Ms
  • S’mores Goldfish Crackers

I put wax paper on a cookie sheet, spread out my popcorn, sprinkled in goldfish and m&ms, then drizzled the melted white chocolate over it. I put it in the fridge until it cooled then broke it apart and put it in the cutest popcorn buckets from My Printly. These were so perfect for our playdate and I have been refilling the containers with shark bait all week so the boys can munch on it while watching Shark Week.

Ocean Water

ocean water - blue gatorade with a swedish fish makes an easy and fun drink for shark week or a shark party

For drinks, I kept it simple with blue Gatorade and a swedish fish on each straw.

ACTIVITIES

Shark Sensory Bin

shark sensory bin

I set up a shark sensory bin. What I love most about sensory bins is that they don’t always have to be fancy. I didn’t have time to buy anything (and to be honest didn’t really want to spend a bunch of money) so I just used what we already had. A bag of glass circle vase fillers, water and plastic sharks. That’s it! And you know what, the kids loved it and played with it for quite a while. Sometimes, I think we as moms get caught up in making everything Pinterest worthy, but kids don’t need much to have fun. They were getting so creative and having the best time! When you give kids water activities, you usually can’t go wrong.

Shark Slime

shark slime - perfect activity for shark week

We also made shark slime. For our first attempt, the day before the playdate, we tried to use a non-borax recipe, but the slime was so sticky. I watched a bunch of you tube videos and started adding everything they recommended for sticky slime, but nothing helped. So my hubby bought borax and like magic our sticky bowl of blue goop turned into slime. When our friends came over, we made a second batch using the borax recipe and it worked great. The kids loved playing with their sharks in the slime! I used this recipe to make the slime.

Shark Play Doh Mats

shark week playdoh mats free printables

I also had a little play doh station with our shark week playdoh mats, some playdoh and some cutters. My boys had already done this activity earlier in the week and the kids were all having so much fun with the other activities that we didn’t get to this. You can check the play doh mats out here.

Shark Cutting and Tracing Activity

free printable - shark cutting and tracing practice

I also made a fun little printable for Hudson. I printed one out and had it laminated so it could be used as a tracing exercise. Both boys had fun with that. Then I printed one out on regular paper so Hudson could also use it for cutting. Hudson loves cutting so this was perfect for him. You can get the printable HERE. *Graphics were purchased from Prettygrafik Design.

CRAFTS

I had a few crafts to do that I found on Pinterest, but we didn’t get to those either. Good thing shark week lasts an entire week so we can fit in all the fun we planned.

Clothespin Sharks

clothespin shark craft for shark week

I let each of the kids select one craft from Pinterest. Hudson chose clothespin sharks from Kix. This wasn’t an ideal craft for my kids’ ages so I pretty much ended up making these, but the kids did love playing with them.

Toilet Paper Roll Sharks and Paper Towel Roll Hammerhead Sharks

Luc chose to make paper toilet roll sharks. The one he selected was a regular shark, but his favorite shark is the hammerhead so I got really excited when I found a paper towel roll hammerhead shark on Pinterest. We are planning to make both, but so far have only completed phase one. I will update this once we finish the project.

Shark Hats

shark hats perfect for shark week

I was also planning to make shark hats, but the hats we selected required an obscure paper size in numerous colors that was not readily available (please tell me I am not the only one who spends tons of time driving from store to store looking for seemingly basic craft supplies that are actually impossible to find). Luckily, one of my friends, Danielle, from Mama Life Inspiration, who is an awesome blogger, posted an adorable shark hat idea. So we ended up making those instead and the boys had tons of fun finger painting their shark fins and tails. Of course they also loved running around in their shark hats. For more details on the hats and for the link to the shark fin hat template click here. Danielle also has a bunch of other fun shark week ideas on her blog so be sure to take a look.

As you can see, we squeezed a whole lot of Shark Fun into one week. My boys just love sharks so much that I couldn’t help myself and went a little overboard. You could easily pick just a few of these ideas to make your shark week a bit more fun.

I hope you have a fin-tastic Shark Week!!

shark week playdoh mats free printables

Shark Week Playdoh Mats – Free Printables

My boys are obsessed with sharks so Shark Week is kind of a big deal in our house. The boys had so much fun playing with the Playdoh Mats I made. They loved cutting out shark teeth, placing them on the shark and then pretending that the shark was eating fish. They also had fun creating underwater scenes with seaweed, fish and shrimp. Luc had a harder time with this one, but both mats kept the kids entertained for quite a while and since I laminated the printables, I know they will provide lots more fun in the future.

shark week playdoh mats free printables

Here are some of the things I gave the kids to play with (there are so many possibilities, you can easily just use what you have on hand):

Mini Cookie Cutters (we used the triangle for the shark teeth and one that looked like a fish)

Playdoh Set (Any playdoh set with a few basic tools such as a rolling pin, knife, shape cutters and shape molds will work)

To download the ocean play doh mat Click Here.

To download the shark play doh mat Click Here.

I hope you enjoy these mats as much as we do!

*Graphics for these printables were purchased from Prettygrafik Design. These free printables from thecreativecopycat.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share or link directly to these files.

shark week playdoh mats free printables
mama, you inspire me free card printable - perfect for Mother's Day or just because to encourage and uplift your mama friends

Mama, You Inspire Me – Free Card Printable

Just like the Mama, You Rock cards, which you can get here, these cards are perfect for sending an uplifting note to your mama friends. So many of my mama friends inspire me in different ways. I hope receiving a note in the mail helps those mamas to feel appreciated and realize that not only are they doing a great job raising their kids, but they are also making a positive impact on the other mamas in their life too. The best thing about these cards is that they can be used year round and I definitely think mamas deserve love, encouragement and recognition all year!

Click here to get your free printable.

mama, you rock free card printable - perfect for Mother's Day or just because to encourage and uplift your mama friends

Mama, You Rock!

One of the hardest things for me when transitioning from working to staying at home was the lack of validation and re-assurance that I was doing a good job. At work, I didn’t get much of this either, so I figured I would have been better prepared, but I quickly realized that I had figured out ways to validate myself. I made to-do lists, did trending to make sure I was always improving, I had an annual audit where an outside source evaluated my work, then gave me feedback and a score. As a stay at home mom, my to do lists were never even getting looked at, heck, I was barely even finding time to shower and I constantly felt like I was failing. I didn’t really talk to anyone about how I was feeling, but I assumed I wasn’t the only one.

Facing challenges like that again, also brought back a lot of memories from my first year with each of my boys. Hudson had reflux, allergies and eczema and was therefore always fussy and needing to be held. Luc had food intolerances and tummy issues (nothing to the extreme like with Hudson), but he was a terrible sleeper and I was an emotional mess. So many times I would wonder why motherhood seemed to be so much harder for me.

As I talk to more and more mom friends though, I realize that many of us feel this way at one point or another. I had been trying to think of a small way I could make a positive change and had a little lightbulb moment around the holidays and when we were in Australia. Just before we left for our trip, my best friend’s mom sent me a text telling me she was proud of me and that I was doing a wonderful job with my kids and then while in Australia, my sister-in-law also told me that I was doing a great job raising my boys. I cried when I read those words in the text and almost burst into tears the second time too. Their words were so powerful and it got me thinking that many of us moms don’t hear encouragement like that often enough. It seems like the focus is primarily on what we are doing wrong or what we can be doing better (and I am definitely my own worst critic) so it was just nice to feel validated and hear that encouragement.

I decided I wanted to make more of an effort to uplift my mama friends, but sometimes it’s hard or awkward, at least for me, to verbalize praise for my mama friends, especially when most of our gatherings involve chasing after our kids. I figured a card would be a better approach and there is just something special about receiving a hand written note in the mail. I enlisted the help of one of my favorite mamas to do the artwork. She founded the facebook group, First Time Mommy Group, which provided me with so much support and encouragement my first few years of motherhood (you can also find her on instagram, just click here). It seemed fitting that she be involved in creating another way to uplift and acknowledge mamas. I’ve made her beautiful artwork into a printable and can’t wait to start writing notes to send to all my mama friends.  

I hope we can use these notes to tell our mama friends what a great job they are doing, or to share our own struggles so they don’t feel so alone or just to give them a little boost on a tough day (because even the best mom with the easiest baby has those tough days). I hope we can use these cards as one step towards lifting each other up and encouraging each other because Mama, You Rock!

Click here to get your free printable.

*If you send or receive one of these cards and share it on social media, please use the hashtag #mamayourock

may your coffee be stronger than your toddler free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to mamas who could use some positive energy - great way to encourage other moms, random acts of kindness, just because gift for mom friends or a mother's day gift

May Your Coffee Be Stronger than Your Toddler – Free Printable

You know the mom in Target whose kids are all melting down and she is on the verge of melting down herself? Not only have I seen this mom multiple times, but I’ve also been her. Since I know how this feels, I try to give a smile and an “I know exactly how you feel because I’ve been there” nod, but I always feel like I want to do more.

Enter my husband, who one day was complaining about someone buying him his coffee that morning. I’ve been seeing a lot of this lately actually, where the person in front of you at the drive-thru coffee line buys your drink then you pay it forward by either buying the person behind you coffee or with some other random act of kindness. This obviously makes the do-gooder feel great and it is supposed to brighten the receiver’s day too, but my husband, who tends to over-analyze things felt guilty. Was he now supposed to do the same? What if the car behind him was packed full of people with a massive order? Was he supposed to come up with some other way to “pay it forward?” I know he is missing the point (don’t men tend to do that?), but all he wanted to do was buy his coffee and be on his way (I can sort of see his point if I am being entirely honest – don’t tell him I said that ;)).

As I was thinking about all of this, I decided I like the core idea of paying it forward – a random act of kindness to spread joy – and decided that I would like to partake, but in a more intentional way. I came up with the idea to make these cute little gift card sleeves and fill them with $5 coffee shop gift cards so that the next time I see an overwhelmed mama I can hand it to her and hopefully lift her spirits a little.  I know in those moments, we often feel utterly defeated and then on top of that, judged by those around us. My hope is that this card will not only make the mama laugh and give her a little caffeine boost, but also just let her know that I support and encourage her.

may your coffee be stronger than your toddler free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to mamas who could use some positive energy - great way to encourage other moms, random acts of kindness, just because gift for mom friends or a mother's day gift

If you would like to spread some mama love, click here to download this printable.

Supplies (you could easily do this without most of these supplies, but they might make your life easier)

may your coffee be stronger than your toddler free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to mamas who could use some positive energy - great way to encourage other moms, random acts of kindness, just because gift for mom friends or a mother's day gift

Directions:

  1. Print out the printable on cardstock
  2. Cut out using paper trimmer and scissors
  3. Use circle punch to remove half circle for tab
  4. Use score board and bone folder to make creases along white lines
  5. Add double-sided tape or glue to tabs
  6. Fold card over and press down to attach to tabs
  7. Gift card should slide nicely inside

may your coffee be stronger than your toddler free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to mamas who could use some positive energy - great way to encourage other moms, random acts of kindness, just because gift for mom friends or a mother's day gift

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

Peeps Party Photo Booth Printable

My friend dropped off supplies for me to make an adorable Peeps bunny banner yesterday and the wheels in my head immediately started turning (did that make anyone else start singing Journey? Just me? Ok. I’m a little sleep deprived this week, haha). Anyways, we have friends arriving Saturday from Australia and I wanted to make the day fun for them, without overwhelming them as they will have been traveling for a long time with two little kids. Without going too overboard (thankfully that is hard to do when you have two little kids and only one day to plan) I wanted to have a Party with our Peeps. 😉 I figured a few cute treats, a couple of fun activities and our go-to photobooth would be perfect.

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

I bought adorable props for a few bucks at Target, made a fun photobooth sign and set-up our DIY Photobooth. It was really easy and I know we will have so much fun taking pictures with our peeps this weekend!

If you would like to create your own Photobooth, check out this post for all the info.

To download the Photobooth sign, click here.

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter