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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Back to School Teacher Gift {printable}

11 Aug
What an honor to be a part of Jen’s Summer Social! Jen and I have been blogging friends for a long time (in bloggy years) and have just recently been able to get to know each other better as we work on the SNAP! Conference team. I can tell you that Jen is just who you think she is from reading her blog, and yes, she really is that nice! I’m pretty sure you could look a long while and never meet a nicer person.
My name is Kendra and I keep a blog called My Insanity. It is where I share all of my crazy/creative ideas. 
And the insanity abounds, but I do like simple projects, too, like this one for a sweet start to the new school year.
Last week my kids went back to school! If yours aren’t already there, undoubtedly they will be shortly. Have you met the teachers yet?
Here is a simple and sweet idea for something to take to the teacher on the 1st day of school or a Back to School night, that will leave an impression, without going overboard.

When my kids went to meet their teachers they handed them each an apple with special teacher sticker.
The teachers looked a bit surprised, but genuinely pleased by the gift. Turns out, most teachers aren’t actually given apples as gifts in real life. But I want to change that! What better to give them? Practical, portable {edible}, and now personal! (This idea was inspired by these clever valentines we gave last year, thanks to these great printable stickers from Twig & Thistle.)
I designed the apple sticker graphic and then printed out a sheet of stickers on label paper (I used Avery 5408 round 3/4″ labels). I tried to create a printable sheet of stickers for you to download here today, but couldn’t figure out how to keep the formatting just right (any advice for me about making printables on label templates?).

So if you’d like stickers for apples for your teachers, click on the apple graphic above, and right click and save it to your computer. You can download templates from Avery for the kind of labels you are using. Then fill in the circles with this graphic. This specific template is meant for use in Microsoft Word. If you don’t want to mess with templates, just get full-sized sheets of sticker paper and place the graphics all over. You might be able to punch them with a sharp circle punch, or just cut them out with scissors.

 Hope this helps you start off the new school year on the right foot with your child’s teacher!
Thanks Jen, for having me!
Thanks Kendra — what a cute First Day of School gift idea!!
  Kendra is so creative — I love her ideas!! 
I love this Bandana Tablecloth!!
Kendra also throws FAB parties:
Check out these Nail Polish invitations Kendra made for her daughter’s Spa Day Birthday Party!
And I’m loving this Rainbow Cake she made for her son’s 1st birthday party

Kendra can do it all– Craft, Bake and Throw a Great Party!!
Pop over and see the fabulous ideas at Me & My Insanity!!
Have a fabulous day!!
PS — It’s almost time to head back to school. Are you thinking about getting organized? I’m sharing my favorite beautiful and organized Pantry Makeovers today over at Babble’s Home Ec blog 🙂

Back to School Dinner: Crepe Party!

27 Aug

The night before school starts we have a few traditions to get ready for another year of learning. One of these is a big family dinner. We like to talk about school goals for the year, chores, other responsibilities for the kids and also have a good time being together. This year we had a crepe party. We made crepes, lots and lots of crepes. (I think I went a little overboard – I doubled the recipe and it ended up making about 50 crepes). We had savory chicken crepes for dinner along with baguette tomato mozzarella and basil appetizers, and then sweet berry crepes for dessert. I think the kids liked making the crepes – we made them the Julia way. I made placemats using lined notebook paper and then put some school supplies by each place setting. For another back to school party idea, check out Cristin’s @ Serendipity. She did some really fun things for hers this year! The first day of school went well. They all seemed to have a nice day. I think I had a harder time than they did!

I hope you are having a wonderful week!