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!

hannah

The Canvas of Motherhood

What I Didn't Know

The smiles, the tears, the laughter, the exhaustion, the surprises — all blend together to to paint a picture of a journey unique to every mom. A once blank canvas gets covered in memories, adventures and lessons learned.

No two canvases are the same.

Each canvas represents a story. A significant story.

Sometimes as moms we feel small; other times we see our impact. Sometimes our canvas appears dull; other times its bursting with color.

The peaceful cuddles, the sticky hands that don’t mind the mess, the sweet phrases that make the sun peek through grey clouds — refresh our canvas with life.

It’s no wonder we often say that our kids are our world — their fingerprints fill every nook and cranny of the canvas. They forever change us. They give us a reason to get up every morning, shower or no shower, and embrace the awaiting day.

They need us. And the Great Artist knows that we need them too, because sometimes they are our greatest teachers.

The canvas of motherhood is ever emerging; each brush stroke weaves together, creating a picture that is a part of a greater story. 

His story. 

Micah and Momma2

hannah

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Organizing Baby Clothing and Beyond {Free Label Templates!}

CLOTHING LABELS

Little ones grow quickly and go through clothing even quicker. It seems like just yesterday my son was wearing 6-month clothing and now he’s already in 4T clothing—the time really does go quick! I’ve tried to keep his clothes semi-organized over the past few years as he’s outgrown clothes and moved up to the next size. Since we hope to grow our family, I’m storing them in case we might need them for future use.

They system I had going for storing my son’s clothes wasn’t working too well for me (a.k.a. piling them up in old diaper boxes)—so I decided it was time for a change. I switched over to large plastic tubs and did a more thorough job of organizing his clothing by size. To complete the project I made some corresponding labels. I made firetruck labels since I have a little boy and I decided to make a girl version too since I was in label-making mode. That way I have them in case I need them someday and I also wanted to share them here, knowing that many of you have little girls :).

clothing stacked

The plastic tubs make it easy to access the clothes because all you have to do is open the lid and pull out what you need. I’ve found that the labels stick better to some containers than others. They stick well to the clear plastic containers in the above picture.

blankets...

Beyond just clothing…these tubs are also a great way to store other baby gear like blankets, burp cloths, bedding, and so on.

If you’re looking for a convenient way to store clothes for future use or if you’re looking for an organized way to pass along clothing to someone else—I hope you find these ideas and labels helpful!

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The labels go up to 4T clothing and there are 2 different sets:

Firetrucks for Boys

and

Butterflies for Girls

You will need white shipping labels for printing. The labels I used were 3 1/3 x 4 inches and came 6 per sheet. Avery makes them but I used the slightly cheaper Office Max version. They are in Word Document form so that you can change the wording if needed. 

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Templates:

Boy Labels 0-12 months

Boy Labels 2T and Beyond

Boy Labels Blank

Girl Labels 0-12 months

Girl Labels 2T and Beyond

Girl Labels Blank

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hannah

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