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End of Year Class Gift Ideas

Blog #38:

Its’s the end of the school year and you are thinking of what to get for your child’s teacher.  I remember the preschool years there was no room parent and I would buy for all teachers that worked with my children.  Now that they are in elementary school it is custom for the assigned room parent to ask for $5-10 dollars (you can ask for $10-20) donation to get a class gift.  Some parents send in a little more.  This year I am the room parent for my older son’s class and I did just that.  Not everyone can donate and so the gift is from all the students, regardless of who donated.  My son’s class has an assistant teacher and a paraprofessional that help out in class.  Therefore, I collected for all 3 teachers.

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The assistant teacher and the paraprofessional are each getting a beach towel with a Food Network Magazine, along with sunscreen, a thank you card and a $25 gift card!  I specifically picked a cooking magazine opposed to an entertainment magazine since you can keep the recipes in it!  I sure keep my favorite cooking magazines!  I created a little pocket using the towel so the magazine would not fall threw and keep the gift tidy.

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This a perfect treat for the summer that the teachers will surely use!

The main teacher is pregnant with her first baby!  Therefore I went for a baby theme.  I purchased a diaper pail and thermometer, along with a thank you card and also a $25 gift card!

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I wrapped it in a cute ice cream cone wrapping paper.  Pregnant moms love gifts for their babies.  Especially when there is so much to buy!

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If you are stuck on ideas, feel free to ask for ideas from the other parents.  Many are glad to help!

The day before I present the gifts to the teachers I send an email to all the parents and thank them for their donations and mention the gift is from the whole class, even if some were unable to donate.  I also attach pictures of the gifts!  Parents appreciate seeing the pictures.

For the bus drivers and after school teachers you can gift something small, like a gift card to a local coffee shop or a cup filled with goodies.  Check out some gift ideas I have done in the past, below:

Wine Gift Basket

New Mom and Baby Gift Basket

I hope this helps you decide on gift ideas!

Enjoy!

❤ Azilde

Father’s Day Ideas for Husband

Blog #37:

Father’s Day is around the corner! Finally June and summer weather! There are so many things to so in June to incorporate into father’s day. The last couple of years we have lucked out and gone to the beach.  We are hoping the weather is nice to go again this year. My husband and our 2 sons love the beach. So do I, of course!

Some other things we have done in the past is to make a nice lunch that pairs well with my husband’s favorite wine. Or do dinner. We usually just do something as a family.  This year we plan on going to the beach and instead of making my famous Italian subs I make for our beach lunch, I plan on making lobster rolls! I’ve been craving them!

Some to do ideas:

  • Beach
  • Make a nice lunch or dinner
  • Hike to your local state park and pack a lunch
  • Take a nice walk around the neighborhood
  • Bike riding
  • BBQ

These are our favorite things to do but of course, you can do the movies, restaurant and celebrate with others! We do family time without spending much and not even on purpose! We just enjoy these activities!

For gifts my boys usually make something at school. I usually get something my husband needs. This year I got him a pedicure foot bath. He is very into fitness and his basketball leagues so he is always sore.

Other gifts I have done:

  • Gift certificate for pedicure
  • Gift card to Nike (picky husband lol)
  • Gift card to car wash
  • cleaning supplies for car
  • Reservations to our favorite restaurant (date night)
  • Favorite cologne

My husband is pretty picky about clothes so I do gift certificates to stores or gift things other than clothes! Over all, Father’s Day is so much fun for us all!

I hope this helps you decide what to do for your husband on his special day!

Enjoy!

❤ Azilde

Free Baby Bag from Target

Blog #36:

Hi all!  It has been a while since I posted about my pregnancy.  It is a BOY!  Another boy, my third boy!  If you remember I took the sneak peak test and I was not sure how accurate that blood test would be at 10 weeks but it was!  Nausea is gone and I am eating a lot! At 23 weeks I am honestly half way there.  All my tests came out negative thankfully.

To keep myself more energized I am taking a workout class modified for pregnant moms!  I have been enjoying myself for sure!

I just wanted to give you a heads up on that, if you care of course! HAHA I am actually here to talk about freebies you can get while pregnant!  I absolutely love freebies!  Well who doesn’t!

Target is one of my go to stores and they are located everywhere.  I created a private baby registry on target.com.  They also have the app which I have been using to add more stuff.  I love that I can put it as private and then make it public when I am ready.  You also have the option of just keeping the registry private and share the link with those you wish.  All you have to do is create a registry and add some items to your registry.  Then go to your local Target service desk and tell them you did your baby registry and are looking for the baby welcome bag.  They didn’t even ask to see an email confirmation or they could clearly see I am pregnant lol!  It was super easy!  I did have to go to two different Target’s as the first one did not have any in stock.

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This is what came in the reusable bag:

  • 1 – Size 1 Pampers diaper and a $5.00 off coupon
  • 2 – Size 1 Honest diapers (two different prints)
  • 2- Size 1 Up and Up diapers (Target brand)
  • 1 – Honest Travel pack wipes
  • 1 – Travel Size Water wipes
  • A set of Lansinoh breast pads
  • 2 – Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags
  • 1 – Nuk pacifier
  • 1 – Dr. Brown’s 4 oz bottle
  • 1 – Philips Avent 4 oz bottle
  • 1 – Travel size Johnson & Johnson bedtime bath wash
  • 1 –  Travel size Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion
  • 1 – Mini Eucerin Eczema Relief cream
  • 1 – Sample of Aquaphor ointment
  • 1 – Sample Palmer’s cocoa Butter Formula Stretch Marks lotion
  • Book of over $80 worth of coupons
  • 1 – Sample of babyganics moisturizing daily lotion
  • Breast Pump ordering information

So much stuff! Other places who offer freebies that I signed up for are Huggies rewards, Pampers rewards and everydayfamily.com

Everyday family signs up you up for all the freebies under one website!  I also signed up for Enfamil even though I plan to breastfeed.

Lastly, other registries where you can get freebies is Amazon Prime, babylist, Walmart and buybuybaby.com .

I have only tried Target so far for registries.  I love it!

Talk to you soon and Enjoy!

❤ Azilde

Open Faced BBQ Sandwich

Blog #35:

I just made this open faced sandwich last night and am craving it again!  I wanted to make a quick dinner and wanted to use some left over corn on the cob as well.  I ended up mixing a few things I just had a little left of.

My plan was to make a Homemade BBQ Pizza but my local target did not have any and so I purchased 2 mini loafs of baguettes.  It made about 2 1/2 servings 6 slices.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 baguette sliced, halved
  • 1 lb of cooked chicken, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbs of diced shallots
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced Scallions
  • 3 ears of corn, sliced off the cob
  • 1/2 a jalapeño diced
  • 2 tbs of coconut oil or any oil

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Prepare:

Turn the oven on 375 degrees and let the loaf warm up and get crusty for about 8 min.  In the meantime, heat up your coconut oil and add the corn, jalapeños and shallots to a pan for about 3 minutes; until shallots are transparent and the corn and jalapeños are heated through.  Turn the heat off and put the pan aside.  Mix 1/2 of cup or a little more of the BBQ sauce with the chicken.  Once the loaf is done add the BBQ chicken mixture to both slices of baguette.  Then layer the corn, jalepenos and shallot mixture over the chicken.  Generously add your shredded cheese evenly over the baguettes.  With your oven on HI Broil heat the open faced sandwich until the cheese melts; about 2 minutes.  Lastly, remove the sandwich from the oven and drizzle the remaining BBQ sauce over the sandwich and add the sliced scallions.

I cut mine up into 3 slices each.  You could have this as a meal or make a ton and cut into thinner slices to serve as appetizers!

I hope you enjoyed this yummy recipe!

Enjoy!

❤ Azilde

 

 

 

 

What to do for Mother’s Day and Gift Ideas

Blog #34:

Mother’s Day is around the corner but again you have no idea what to do for your mother, sisters, aunts, cousins and friends. At the same time you want to have your own mother’s day with your husband to celebrate in your own way. What to do?

I personally pick the weekend before Mother’s day or the weekend after to celebrate with my mom. Some years I may invite my sisters to celebrate with us. Some years its just me and my mom (some years they want to do something one on one with our mom). Same thing with friends and relatives. Pick a day to celebrate. It doesn’t have to be on Mother’s Day! The day of Mother’s Day I like to spend home relaxing or whatever my husband has in mind.

Some great ideas on what to do that I have done in the past and new ideas I plan to do are:

  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Brunch at a restaurant or at home
  • Massage
  • A fun restaurant like Hibachi
  • Shopping!
  • Picnic
  • Walk your local state park
  • Movies
  • Spend the day looking at baby pictures with appetizers and a movie at home

These are just some ideas and not all require spending a ton of money. After all its about appreciating what you have with your mom. Not about the amount spent. With that being said depending on the outing, also depends on the gift! If you are spending a little more on the outing you can spend less on the gift. Vice versa. It becomes harder as well to shop for adults.  For example, I feel my mom has everything! And as adults we can buy what we want. Therefore I like to go for thoughtful gifts or things they may need.

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Some gift ideas for the mom:

  • Bouquet of flowers
  • Easy care green plant, like a peace lily
  • Wallet, if you know for sure the style
  • Manicure/pedicure gift certificate
  • Favorite perfume
  • Massage certificate
  • Restaurant certificate
  • Book
  • Arts and craft supplies
  • Yarn for the knitter
  • Food delivery service like HelloFresh or Blue Apron
  • Grocery store gift certificate
  • Favorite store gift certificate
  • Cook together

These are just some fun ideas to spend the day together and celebrate!  Depending how nice it is, there is always something to do!

I hope every mom out there has a wonderful and relaxing Mother’s Day!

❤ Azilde

Easter Basket Ideas

Blog #33:

Easter comes around, meaning Spring is here. The pastel colors, the flowers and spring cleaning.  I love it!  When it comes to making easter baskets I try to buy things my kids need and will use.  Of course I will still buy something they want.  I also try not to go overboard with the goodies, as my children also get 2 additional baskets from family members.

A good tip is to save the easter baskets, grass and eggs for next year instead of buying new ones every year.  I tend to get a few extra ones every year from the extra easter baskets the kids get from family members.  I then reuse these baskets when also making baskets for their cousins. I also don’t give in and purchase easter related gifts.  It honestly goes to waste.

I make 2 baskets for my boys and 2 baskets for the kids cousins.  I purchased everything from Amazon and Target. Here is what goes in each basket.

9 year old son’s basket:

  • head phones
  • 2 basketball posters
  • PJs
  • 2 Books
  • Toothbrush
  • PEZ
  • Gum
  • Candy
  • Chocolate

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8 year old son’s basket:

  • 1 basketball poster
  • PJs
  • Swim Shorts
  • Book
  • Stickers and Activity sticker book
  • Slinky
  • Toothbrush
  • PEZ
  • Gum
  • Candy
  • Chocolate

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4 year old girl’s basket:

  • Dress up activity kit
  • PEZ
  • Gum
  • Chocolate

 

6 month old boy’s basket:

  • 4 pack short sleeve bodysuit
  • Jogger Pants

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I don’t put as much chocolate and candy to the baskets as I do an Easter egg hunt for my boys the morning of.  As you can see these are things they will enjoy and not just wants but things they will use!

I hope this gives you a few ideas on getting things that what go to waste in your easter baskets!

Happy Easter!

❤ Azilde

 

 

Pregnant, Now What?

Blog #32:

You find out your pregnant after taking 4 tests!  Now what?!  My oldest son will be 9 in a few weeks and my youngest is 8.  Yes Irish twins!  My husband and I decided to take a long break before having another baby.  Three has been our number.  It took us 6 months to get pregnant, which everyone says is not a long time.  For me it was as I had my boys back to back.  It has finally happened and we are super excited!  I am technically starting all over again since it has been so long.

To all the first time moms or moms who haven’t had a baby in a few years, this blog is for you.  You honestly forget all the little steps.  I remember nausea and throwing up with my first two pregnancies but I had actually forgotten how awful it feels until I had it again for this pregnancy.

I used an app called Ovia to track my ovulation days, etc.  So once I missed my period I had an idea how far along I was based on the date of my last period.  If you keep track of the date of your last period you then calculate your due date and how far along you are.  You can google, due date calculator to help you get an “exact” date.  Once you find out your pregnant you want to call your ObGyn to schedule your first appointment.  My likes to schedule the first visit at 8 weeks.  I ended up changing Obgyn for this pregnancy as I want to deliver closer to my home.

At the first visit, you will get your first ultrasound to make sure there is a heartbeat and to see the measurement of the baby.  This will give the doctor an exact due date.  I was actually measuring a week ahead.  I then had blood work done and had ALL my questions answered.  My youngest son has special needs, therefore I had a ton of questions.

My second appointment was two weeks after that.  Basically to follow up.  At that appointment I then scheduled the First Screening Test ultrasound and blood work.  This is the test where they test for down syndrome, trisomy 18 and trisomy 13.  I then saw the obgyn 3 weeks later for my results and to follow up and check baby’s heartbeat.

I will be 16 weeks (4 months) this week.  At my 18th week appointment I will have another ultrasound to reveal gender.  My husband really wanted to have a girl as we already have two boys and so we took the Sneak Peak Test and the test said BOY! You can take it as early as 10 weeks.  All it is a blood test.  This test is 90% accurate but some people say if the test says boy you can sometimes get a false positive.  It most likely is another boy but I will get confirmation on my ultrasound in a few weeks!

My nausea has passed for the most part. Certain smells like perfumes make me super nauseous!  But at least I can now smell, cook and eat chicken!  As with my first trimester I  wore a mask to cook chicken for my husband and children.  I could smell or eat it!  It was awful!  I just have to keep my belly full.  If I get too hungry I get nauseas, just as a not pregnant person except I am hungry every 2 hrs!  Luckily I crave fruits!

To keep track of your pregnancy by week check out the OVIA Pregnancy App and Baby Center.  I have both and love them!  This week my baby is the size of an apple or avocado!

I”ll keep you posted 🙂

❤ Azilde