Easy DIY Gift Card Holder: Thanks a Latte!

Thanks a latte

I was searching for a fun and meaningful Christmas gift idea for my son’s preschool teachers, and I came across this creative way to package a gift card. I found the printable HERE and printed them on white cardstock as 5×7 pictures. Then I visited my local Starbucks and picked up a few gift cards and cup holders (that part was FREE!).

thanks a latte gift

I added  some festive ribbon to finish them off. That’s it…super easy! I also helped my son make a homemade card for his teachers by dipping his thumb in green paint and making a Christmas tree out of his thumbprints. I wish I would have snapped a few pictures because it turned out precious! Just another simple idea.

Do you have any creative gift ideas like this that you enjoy giving to teachers, co-workers, neighbors, friends, and so on? I always love hearing and seeing new ideas!

Merry Christmas!



Summer Sugar Scrubs: Part 2

sugar scrubs display borderAs promised, I’m back to share another summertime sugar scrub. Be sure to check-out the Coconut Sugar Scrub if you missed it last week! So back to today—There’s nothing like a cold refreshing glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, right? Well, I was recently inspired by Pinterest to try this Lemonade Sugar Scrub—it is the perfect time of year for such a thing! This pampering scrub is a great addition to manicures and pedicures. It will leave your skin feeling oh-so soft and smelling lemony clean.


sugar scrubs ingThere are only a few simple steps to follow…

sugar scrubs mixMix all the ingredients together in a bowl. I decided to use a combination of oils to even out the strong smell of olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil will add a natural yellow color—perfect for this scrub. It is also a wonderful moisturizer. It can be an overpowering smell though, so I recommend combining it with other oils like almond or coconut.

sugar scrubs up closeIt should look a little something like this.

sugar scrubs packagedPackage it in a container of your choice {a pint size mason jar works well}. If you are planning to use it as a gift, add some pretty ribbon and creative finishing touches. Simple things like that make a big difference. Oh and, Pssst: since you need to zest several lemons for this scrub, you can use the lemon juice to make some homemade lemonade!

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Vanilla-Brown Sugar Body Scrub

vbs sugar scrub

Brown sugar, sweet almond oil and vanilla extract pair together to create this rejuvenating body scrub. It’s perfect for a little “mama pampering” and it’s also a great way to get dry winter skin ready for the spring! 4 ingredients and 5 minutes—that’s all you need!

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1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup sweet almond oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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In a medium-sized bowl mix together the sugars until they are well combined. Add the almond oil and vanilla extract; Stir everything together just until combined. The only thing left to do is to package this fabulous all-over body sugar scrub!

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I packaged mine in a mason jar, but you can use any type of container with a tight seal. This body scrub is a great little treat to keep in the shower, a wonderful addition for at-home manicures/pedicures and it also makes a wonderful gift!



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