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Back to School Teacher Gift- Jar of Sunshine

I really wanted to make something fun for the kids to give their teachers this year at the open house!
That’s when they find out who they have and they are always so giddy about it.
So I created a fun little jar of sunshine and printable!
You can grab my immediate download printable in my Etsy Shop or work up
something of your own with the same idea.
All you need to do is get a container (I got mine at Target for a couple bucks)
and fill it with yellow candy!
Sunshine Teacher Gift

Then have fun with some yellow curling ribbon and a tag that says
something about wanting to brighten their day.
I grabbed our ribbon at Walmart for a couple bucks.
Still have a ton left for Sophia’s Emoji Birthday party coming up!
Here’s photos of how I worked up the ribbon.
I tie one ribbon around the top, then attach a couple more stands into that center part.
Then just curl away!
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We filled our jars with:
Peanut M&M’s, Yellow starbursts and Butterfingers.
The juicy fruit pack was taped to the outside.
I got the tape in the Target bargain bins this month.
I thought it was a cute school themed touch.
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The printable was the perfect touch!!
I really wanted a star shape. So I made a design in photoshop, printed it on yellow card stock paper
(you can get packs at Walmart!) and then just cut it out. So easy!
I just used some of the tape, rolled up, to attach the star to the juicy fruit pack.
I like how it stuck out, made it even more festive and fun!
The printable I share in my Etsy Shop has 4 per page but it’s endless prints,
once you buy it it’s yours to download and use over and over!
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The big kids start school this week and we are SO ready!
What about you?
One of our goals this year is to really love on and bless our teachers throughout the year.
This is the first of many fun themed gifts we give them…I hope you join us in the gifting!
The teachers love it but my KIDS love it too!! ;)
(Here’s our jars up and away from little hands waiting for the big day!)
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Back to School Shopping | Target + Walmart

It’s that time of year again… time for school supplies!
The kids have been SO excited about this and preparing for the school year to start.
They also were VERY adamant that we film it. It was cute they told me what they wanted
to say and when (for intros) and then the rest was us just filming the crazy that is…
back to school shopping with a large family.
So calm and relaxing… lol.
We hope you enjoyed the video and have a GREAT SCHOOL YEAR!
Back To School Shopping At Target & Walmart

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We are going to be adding more family life videos to our channel all month long.
I think the next video is going to be a house tour update because I’ve been nesting
like a crazy person and rearranging things.
Ben isn’t even phased anymore when he walks in the door
and things are all moved around. ;)

Dino Themed Lunchbox

It’s that time of the year! Lunchbox time!
Today I’m sharing a fun Dino Themed Lunchbox inspired by our favorite Tyson Fun Nuggets!
Micah was so excited about this lunch box. The best part is it doesn’t take
much to make the Dino theme come to life when you use the Dino Nuggets.
I just mixed some easy green-colored recipes

and snacks together and more Dino touches and Micah was flipping over it!
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The Dino Nuggets were the star of the lunchbox of course.
Then we paired them with a favorite recipe of my kids, parmesan and pea noodles.
They like it hot and cold!

The recipe is simple! Just boil up your pasta of choice, then use some
of the pasta water in the sauce with melted butter, grated parmesan and salt.
Just toss in your peas and you are done. We usually get a frozen
bag of peas that we zap in the microwave while the pasta boils.

Can’t go wrong with fruit. I sliced up some grapes and then
sliced the strawberries to look like the back of a stegosaurus!
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I wanted one more fun Dino theme detail to add to the lunch box so we made some Dino sugar cookies!
All you need is a sugar cookie recipe (refrigerated cookie dough,
store bought mix or homemade!) and a dinosaur toy!
The kids had fun being my big helpers and pressing the Dino footprints

in the cookie dough before we baked them.
Couldn’t be easier and the cookies made the whole lunchbox come together!
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Do you have a Dino loving kid too? Use the Tyson Fun nuggets as the basis for your
dinosaur theme and to get your creativity going!
Then just put in your little one’s favorite foods that are also Dino themed!
You could do broccoli with dip and make the broccoli look like trees!
You could also make a hardboiled egg, crack some of the shell off and
then soak it in coloring overnight before peeling it completely.
It’ll look like a Dino egg and get all the giggles at lunch time!
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Do you love a themed lunchbox too? Something so cute about it!
Thank you to the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA)
for sponsoring todays’ post!
I’m on the Cool Food Panel and love sharing meal ideas like this one with you guys!
Be sure to check out EasyHomeMeals.com for even more ideas!
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