Lovely Hands Crafts Treat Bags
LovelyHandsCrafts creates these adorable treat bags in any character or theme you can imagine. I was tired of scouring dollar stores looking for themed party items that weren't worth my time or money.
I love planning my children's birthday parties around their chosen theme and now I can prepare their treat bags to match.
My heart, of course, is with the Ninja Turtle set, but I'm partial to the emojis, too. Which are your favourites?
Has it happened to you, too? Are you the culprit? I'm talking about cheating. Not the physical kind, because that is forgivable. I'm talking about the Netflix kind. I'll give you an example if I can make myself type through my anger.
Remember when Stranger Things hit Netflix, and it was like a message from the gods that good TV was back, and we would be rewarded with one of the best television shows in recent history? Yeah, me too. And I dreamed of sitting down with a glass of wine to watch each episode with my husband because that's what you're supposed to do. Well, didn't he see fit to skip ahead a few episodes when I fell asleep (likely due to all the extra effort I have been putting into being a good wife).
Now this blatant disregard for the unwritten rules of the Netflix code of conduct has created some serious tension in our house. What next? Is he going to watch Lemony Snickett without me and the kids?
Which Netflix shows are non-negotiable, "we watch together" shows in your house?
Jean and Joyce Designs Chalkboards
Hey friends, check out these chalkboards by Jean and Joyce Chalkboards. I know I can use this with my own kids but how great will this be in my classroom.
How great are these chalkboard signs to record some pretty awesome memories? Like that year when your daughter loved hockey and My Little Pony or Art and Spider-Man.
I know what you're thinking. "I can make one of those. I saw something like that on Pinterest. Well, I'm here to tell you that you can't. I should know. I tried and wasted $40 and a pint of chalk paint. Not my proudest moment.
Check out other designs here and use coupon code TeamKate20 for 20% off of your order, which is huge!
Logan Square Woodworks Giveaway
I just really love wood. (Do you need a second to say: That's what she said?). Honestly, so childish. Anyway, Logan Square Woodworks designs these really cool candle holders. Now, I don't know much about working with wood (Go ahead, I'll wait you pervert), but those openings in the candle holders allow the glow of the votive to be seen through the holder and the result is gorgeous.
Noah, the kindly wood genius responsible for these brilliant pieces, sent one of the single votive holders for me to give away to you. It's absolutely lovely, though I prefer them a bit larger (I'm just doing it on purpose now), and because I'm feeling especially saucy this evening I'm going to make you work for it. Please comment below your favorite "that's what she said" sentence and your name will be entered into a draw. Okay, okay, if that makes you blush, you can also be entered by commenting a kind word about the shop.
Nuku Kids Handmade Playhouses
Have you seen these yet? These handmade playhouses by Nuku Kids are amazing. We, of course, had to have the pirate themed playhouse, but there are a number of styles and themes to choose from.
The cloth is heavy and thick and the sewing is perfection. This is NOT a cheaply-made tablecloth/playhouse. The materials are high-end and so is the craftsmanship. Frankly, like my mother always says, 'you get what you pay for'. This is quality work and I want every single one. Even the packaging, and if you read this blog you'll know I find packaging very important, was stellar.
Our pirate playhouse is currently sitting on our dining room table and our girls find their way into it each evening. Sometimes, they take little toys to play, and sometimes they take an iPad and a blanket and a pillow and the house can be quiet for a little while. It's been lovely, to say the least. I haven't told them this yet, but I also plan on taking it use in my classroom, because quiet spaces for kiddos to read and write are hard to come by and what classroom doesn't need it's very own pirate ship?
You can browse the other styles here, and I think you'll have a hard time settling on just one, but I for one can see a pirate-themed birthday party in our future.
I'm such a fan of the artist at GloryBHome. I just love these gorgeous personalized signs. What a lovely way to welcome people to your table.
I was drawn in by the beautiful font but kept coming back for more because of the attention to detail and the personal touch.
Really, just browse this shop. I'm sure you'll find something to love.
The art prints and the personalized banners are next on my must-have list. There are endless possibilities for both my home and my classroom.
What would your sign say?
These handmade Story Stones by MyStoryStoneRock are perfect for teaching letter and sound recognition to your little ones.
As a Kindergarten teacher I can honestly say that ninety percent of the children that have crossed my path prefer a tactile sensory experience during learning. Not only do they retain more of what you are teaching them but they enjoy every moment of it.
These handmade, hand-drawn stones are ideal for this purpose. They are lots of fun, too. You can also use them to initiate conversations in your class ( the crucial and often overlooked social curriculum) and to spark ideas during writer's workshop.
If you are working with your children at home, you can use these stones in the very same way with the luxury of a small group, of course. You're certainly not limited to the alphabet stones, as this artist has created multiple sets for your every need. Check out the slide show below or browse her shop to see many more options. The sweet worry stones might be my most favorite of all.
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