Saturday Sparks — Back-to-School Teacher Gifts

It’s officially August, and that means back-to-school is just around the corner. The kiddos in our area are heading back what seems extra early to me this year, so it’s time to start thinking about teacher gifts. On this warm summer Saturday morning,  I’ve compiled a few ideas to help kick-start your creative spark, some simple and some more flashy (take a look at that school supply cake), but hopefully you find inspiration here to craft something fabulous for a special teacher.


DIY These Super Cute Over-sized Cattails

If you saw a few of my photos from VBS this year, I just know you must be asking yourself, “How do I make those adorable over-sized cattails she’s got going on there?” Well, I’m so glad you asked, because the idea just came to me one day during float decorating and it actually turned out super cute. I think it’s so cool when you look at something, like a pile of ugly brown flannel, and an awesome idea just springs into your head. Something about necessity and the mother of invention, I guess.  Anyway, these cattails are super easy and cheap… Continue reading »


VBS Is In the Books

Whew! Another wonderful VBS is in the books and I plan to put up my feet and bask in the calmness of life. . . as much as a busy four-year-old boy will allow. I donned a new hat for Vacation Bible School this year — that of coordinator for the whole event. I enjoyed it, but it certainly was a lot of work. Thankfully I had an awesome team and fabulous church support, so the week went off with very few hitches. . . unless you count the day I did the entire closing ceremony with my pants unzipped. We… Continue reading »

Wonderful, Crazy, Exhausting Summer?

I’m finally home from an eight-day trek across South Dakota with my husband and son and I can’t wait to share all the details of our quintessential family vacation. It was a perfect getaway for our four year old and fabulous for mom and dad too. We only stopped at “boring” places a few times along the way, and judging by the little guy’s level of engagement, they couldn’t have been that tedious. While I’m eager to share the entire itinerary with you, it will have to wait, because I promptly put on my VBS director hat and my MOMS… Continue reading »


From T-Shirt to Self-Tying Paint Smock 2.0

Since we are in the throes of Vacation Bible School prep, I decided to pull out one of my favorite VBS posts from my first days of blogging and repost it here today. I think it’s just awfully clever (yes, I say so myself) and has proven very useful. This  post was first published on August 6, 2013. Okay, so it’s not often that I have a completely original idea, so here’s one for the books. . . or the blog, or however the saying must go in today’s electronic age. It’s not like it’s an earth shattering discovery or anything,… Continue reading »


Pitching a Tent in the Great Indoors

You might be a redneck, or just testing out new camping cots; but any rate, yes, that is a full-size tent in the middle of my living room floor. My husband and I have been talking about camping with our four-year-old son for several months now and ventured upon an outdoor sale at the local sporting goods store that quickly resulted in a “test run” of our new sleeping arrangements. When my husband suggested we set up the tent to make sure the new cots fit, I thought he meant outside somewhere. Nope, here’s proof that we indeed camped in the great “indoors”… Continue reading »

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