Berry Jam Teacher Appreciation Gift | printable

it’s that time of year again, time for teacher appreciation week. if you have been searching the internet for something to give your teacher, here is an idea that is simple and yummy. how about giving your teacher a jar of homemade jam.

i made these for my kid’s teachers on the last day of school last year, and they were a big hit. i made their everyday teachers large jars of jam, and other teacher helpers and workers around the school got small jars of jam.

freezer jam is super simple to make. all you need is strawberries, sugar, and a box of Sure-jell (comes in a yellow box). follow the directions for the freezer jam. i use my blender to puree the 2 cups of strawberries. make sure to measure your ingredients accurately. one box makes approximately two large mason jars or 5 small mason jars of jam.

and there is no wrapping necessary.  i have include the free berry jam printable for you to use. just print it onto cardstock and place it between the jar lids. you can also tie a ribbon with a card to top. there are too option to choose from, “Thanks for being a BERRY nice teacher” and “Thanks for being BERRY sweet.”

click here for the free teacher gift printable


It’s March…

Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Banner

march is here!

i just can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. it’s been a busy but fun year so far. but march is my favorite month. a lucky month filled with rainbows, leprechauns & little pots of gold. it’s the beginning of my kiddies birthday season. one in march, one in april and one in may. and with spring arriving, there is a happy feeling in the air. life is good and i am grateful.

{click here for the St. Patrick’s Day flag banner printable}

Happy President’s Day Craft | Photo Booth Prop Tutorial

Presidents Day Photo Booth Props | Tutorial  #presidentsday #craft Happy President’s Day! 
i hope that you all had a fabulous president’s weekend. just for fun i made these president photo booth props with my boys, because of course you need to dress up like a President on President’s Day. they love taking photos, so they were excited for this craft. these presidential photo props were VERY easy to make…and i was able to make them with supplies i already had n had. it can be a great President’s Day craft to do with the kids. here’s how to make your own….

Abe Lincoln Hat
you will need:
1 sheet of black card stock
1 strip of grey card stock
wooden stick
glue gun and/or glue

• cut a 1.25″ x 9.75″ piece off each side of the black cardstock to make the hat
• glue a 2.75″ x 6″ band of grey cardstock onto hat
• glue wooden stick to back of hat

George Washington Wig
you will need:
3 sheets of white cardstock
wooden stick
glue gun and/or glue

• cut white cardstock into wig shape.
• cut 2 sheets of cardstock into 4.25″ x 1″ strips. (that makes 44 strips)
• staple the ends of 22 strips together to make flat loops
• glue 22 strips into circles
• glue the loops to the bottom half of wig shape
• glue the circles onto the top half of wig shape
• glue wooden stick to back of wig


once you are finished, be sure to take some fun pictures. i set up our pictures in front of the flag we fly at our house just to add that patriotic touch.

say cheese!

Phineas and Ferb: Live Stage Show

i don’t know about yours, but my kiddies love Phineas and Ferb. even my husband loves Fineas and Ferb. and when they found out that there was a Fineas and Ferb Live Show coming to southern California, they haven’t stopped asking me if we were going to see it.

Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!, produced by Feld Entertainment, is bringing Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Isabella, Baljeet, Buford and friends to the stage as they make the most of the last day of summer by building an invention bigger, better and more amazing than ever. before anyone can wonder “Hey! Where’s Perry?,” the pet platypus dons his Agent P fedora, and hilarious hijinks unfold as he battles Dr. Doofenshmirtz to save the Danville Tri-state area and audiences everywhere from the evil scientist’s most havoc-wreaking scheme to date.

audiences will be whisked on a high-energy ride that is part action adventure and part rock concert, while they move it and shake it to a soundtrack of hit songs from the animated series, including “Gitchee Gitchee Goo,” “Squirrels in My Pants,” “Backyard Beach,” “Busted,” “Today is Gonna Be a Great Day,” and “Summer Belongs to You.” familiar songs serve as a main ingredient in the plot, advancing the story from scene to scene, while taking on a whole new feel when fused with fresh, original choreography and inventive special effects.

show dates
Thousand Oaks
Fred Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (2100 E. Thousand Oaks, 91362)
Friday, September 23 – 4:00pm & 7:00pm
Long Beach
Long Beach Terrace Theater (300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802-4825)
Saturday, September 24 – 4:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, September 25 – 1:00pm
prices: $65.00 / $35.00 / $25.00 / $20.00
800-745-3000  OR
remember to use code MOM for a special discount!!!!

The Orange County Fair 2011.

what is summer without the county fair? so we are super excited that the Orange County Fair is opening THIS WEEKEND! there are so many exciting activities for the family to enjoy. lot’s of fun exhibits, shows and entertainment. and be sure to indulge yourself in all that wacky fair food. this years specialties are deep fried Klondike bars and deep fried butter???
here are some activities you will not want to miss:
• of course the food! and the food trucks!
• many great concerts at the Pacific Amphitheater. click here
• The Hanger tribute bands. click here
• Action Sports. click here
• 100’s of exhibits.
• centennial farm
• rides and carnival games
general information
fair hours
open Wednesdays-Sundays, July 15-August 14
wednesday – friday: noon – midnight
saturday – sunday: 10 a.m. – midnight
general $11, seniors 60+ $8
children 6-12 yrs $6, children under 6 FREE
super pass
fair fans can buy the exclusive Super Pass and enjoy admission to the 2010 OC Fair for all 23 days! click here for more info.
$7 per vehicle, $12 Preferred Parking
the OC fair has made it easier for families to attend the fair. check out these promotions that help you get free admission to the fair!
opening hour – july 15th
FREE admission and parking from noon – 1 pm
salute to heros – daily
FREE admission for active duty military with I.D.
kids free thursdays
kids 12 and under receive FREE admission every thursday.
seniors day fridays
$6 admission for those 60 years or older, plus FREE Ferris wheel & merry-go-round rides.
let’s eat fridays
$2 tasting of fair food
$2 ride & game fridays
$2 ride & games 12 noon – 4pm
rise & shine$2 general admission on sat. & sun. 10-11 am
read & ridechildren 5-11, read 2 books, get 3 free carnival rides. click here for form and instructions.
we care wednesdays
bring a donation between noon and 6pm and receive free fair admission!
Food Drive
Wednesday, July 20
Book Drive
Wednesday, July 27
Clothing Drive
Wednesday, August 3
School Supply Drive
Wednesday, August 10
this year’s fair is going to be a great one. don’t miss out on creating those special memories with the family.
for more information about the Orange County Fair, click here.
for directions, click here.