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.
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)
- Print out the printable on cardstock
- Cut out using paper trimmer and scissors
- Use circle punch to remove half circle for tab
- Use score board and bone folder to make creases along white lines
- Add double-sided tape or glue to tabs
- Fold card over and press down to attach to tabs
- Gift card should slide nicely inside
One of my favorite traditions that we started two years ago are I love you because… hearts. The first year I found a printable on-line, printed them out and wrote a bunch of reasons why I love my hubby on them. Then I taped them to heart-shaped balloons from the dollar store and displayed them on Valentine’s Day. Last year, I couldn’t find the printable I had previously used, so I made my own. Instead of the love notes just being from me though, I got the kids involved. Hudson told me that he loves his dada because he plays with him. Luc wasn’t really talking much, but I knew how much he loved kissing Nic through our stair rails before bed so I put that on the one from him. Hudson loved helping me pick out the balloons from the store and taping our hearts to them and I just love having these hearts to look back on every year, especially since the kids have more and more to say as they get older and they say such cute (or sometimes funny) things. This year, instead of just writing why we love daddy, we are each going to write one for each member of the family. 🙂
If you would like to start this fun Valentine tradition with your family, you can click here to get your own I Love You Hearts printable.
Also, here are a few other ideas for you using these hearts: you could tape a new heart on your child’s door each night so by Valentine’s Day their door is covered with reasons why you love them, or you could stick them in your kid’s lunchbox, or leave one on the mirror for your hubby or string them up and make a banner. The possibilities are endless. However you choose to use these, they are just a fun and easy way to spread a little love.
Anyone else kind of panicking that Christmas is in ten days and tomorrow is the last day of school?! I imagine I am not the only one who was frantically pulling together a last minute teacher gift today so I figured I would share what I did just in case it helps a fellow procrastinator out.
After having pulled these together quickly at Halloween, I thought I would buy two different sized bath bombs from Lush and make snowmen as teacher gifts, but when I went to Lush, they already had something similar so I bought these adorable bath bomb penguins. I felt that they weren’t enough on their own so I added a bag of cookies with a homemade tag. I used lunch bags with about 4.5 inches cut off the tops, filled them with the homemade cookies, used washi tape to seal them, and attached my tag with a mini clothespin. I think they turned out really cute and took less than 5 minutes to put together, which was still enough time for my oldest to pull the pom pom off his new hat and my youngest to throw all his cars around the house!
Click here to get the free printable for the tags I made. If you use them, I’d love for you to let me know. 🙂 Tag me on instagram @thecreativecopycat Thanks and Happy Holidays!
My oldest son is currently in Pre-K and I am still learning all the ins and outs of “school-dom” For example, I did not realize people give teachers gifts for Halloween. I already dropped the ball last Valentine’s Day and had to rush out to buy some cake pops and cookies from a local bakery so I should have been a bit more prepared…but yet here we are. I saw a few friends posting about teacher gifts just days before Halloween so I didn’t have much time. I came up with a nice simple idea, bought bath bombs from Lush, made cute labels (I know the saying is trick or treat yo’ self, but I couldn’t bring myself to write that on a gift going to a teacher ;)) and packaged everything up. Then I had a million things to bring to school, the kids were acting crazy because they were excited for Halloween and I forgot the gifts at home. Oops. Hopefully the teachers will still be happy when they get them late because they really are awesome and they deserve a little relaxing treat. From now on, I am just going to assume that any time I bring classroom treats for the kids, I should bring teacher gifts as well.
To download the free gift labels click here.