Kid-Made Father’s Day Gifts

Today’s post could be alternately titled Pinterest Fail. Or When Kids Make Something It Doesn’t Look Perfect. In truth I debated whether or not to post my own kid-made gifts, mainly because it didn’t look exactly like the Pinterest perfect images that I got inspiration from. Then I realized how hypocritical that would truly be. Listen, my life is not perfect. My house is not always clean and my kids are not always well behaved. I’d be doing a great disservice to my readers if the only thing I ever showed you was my so-called “perfect” life. Life isn’t perfect. It’s messy and chaotic and CRAZY.

Something I’m really trying to focus on is that true joy comes from finding beauty in imperfection. I hope that is one thing you take away from my posts… I’m am imperfect. I am flawed. I cannot do it all. But I love my kids and I try my hardest and in the end that is enough. These Father’s Day gifts? They may not be pinned a million times. You may look at them and think “Wow… that is not cute.” But my husband will love them because they were made in love, and that’s what matters.

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This apron was a fun project, and wasn’t too difficult or expensive to make. All of the supplies were purchased from Michael’s (and I used a coupon). You’ll need an apron, paint, paintbrush, and possibly a stencil or paint pen if you want to include some sort of phrase or message.

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The apron could have turned out so much cuter, but the mistakes were all user error (i.e. mine). I made a stencil using Microsoft Word and card stock for the lettering. I laid down the stencil on the apron and filled in with paint (puff paint, remember that?!). The problem is that I got distracted by a wildebeest running around with an open container of paint in my house, and by the time I wrestled back control of the paint and cleaned up the ensuing mess the paint had dried… with the stencil still on top. The white you see if little bits of paper that stuck as I pulled off the stencil. I’m hoping it will come off when I wash it. I was also cheap and bought $1 clearance paint for the hand prints and the paint was very liquid-y. I had to get the preschooler to stamp his hand twice for the color to show up. I didn’t even attempt this with the baby because…. well, I already needed a Xanax and I didn’t want to torture myself more.

Bottom line: use a fabric paint pen instead of a stencil and buy better quality paint.

Source (this is one of those pins that leads nowhere, but I did get the inspiration from Pinterest)

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While I was browsing around Michael’s, I stumbled upon a stepping stone kit and thought that would be a fun project and gift for Dad. We’ve been doing a lot of work to our backyard and I thought it would be a meaningful present for Cooper to give to Jason. This is the kit I purchased and it makes 2 stones. It contains everything you need: mold, stone mix, tools, jewels, paint, etc. The decorations were easy and we completed the project in less than 20 minutes. The only tip I have is that the directions tell you to pour the mix and add the water directly in the mold – the mold is shallow and this makes a huge mess. I think if I did this again I would use a throwaway container and then pour into the mold.

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This is what Cooper will be giving his Papa, along with a ticket to a baseball game. My dad loves to snack on peanuts when he is watching sports, so I thought this would be a cute, easy, and inexpensive gift. The tag was downloaded from Don’t Waste The Crumbs.

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We will also be filling out this Father’s Day questionnaire from Family Spice. Click on the link for a downloadable PDF.

For more gift ideas, check out our Father’s Day Pinterest board!

Tickled Peach’s Guide to the Perfect Gift for Dad

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Are you ready for Father’s Day? It is just around the corner! Mother’s Day snuck up on me, so I’m determined to plan ahead for Father’s Day. Make sure you place it on your calendar – Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th, 2014. To help you out, I am dedicating the entire week to dads here on Tickled Peach! Here’s what you have to look forward to this week:

  • Monday: Tickled Peach’s Guide to the Perfect Gift for Dad
  • Tuesday: a special breakfast in bed edition of Delish Delights, perfect for Father’s Day morning or brunch
  • Wednesday: Tickled Peach’s Guide to Homemade Gifts for Dad from the Kids
  • Thursday: a new series called Serving Him – we’ll be talking about different ways to encourage and show appreciation to your spouse
  • Friday: a special edition of #tpconfessions – I’ll be having my husband weigh in on the things I do and say that drive him crazy.

Do you already have a Father’s Day gift picked out for your spouse? No worries if you do not – I’m here to help you out! I’ve scoured the web and polled my guy friends for gift ideas that your spouse will love.

To start off, I wanted to share what I’m getting my husband for Father’s Day. Just a little background: my husband doesn’t love gifts. He does appreciate a gift, but it doesn’t make him over the moon happy the way it makes me. (A key difference between my husband and I: if I said to my husband “don’t look in that closet, okay? Your gift is in there” he wouldn’t look. Me, I’d rip that door open as soon as he stepped into the bathroom.) I do love gift giving and I get especially excited about the receiver’s reaction to my gift, so my husband has always been a challenge. Football season tickets would be met with the same excitement as a boxed set of his favorite television show. Over the years I’ve learned that I need to think outside of the box and I need to keep it simple. My husband has never wanted super expensive or complicated gifts – it just isn’t who he is, and that’s okay.

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Keeping that in mind, I put together a bucket of some of his favorite things. I have several packages of beef jerky, several different types of nuts, his favorite candy, some juice that he loves to use to make mixed drinks, and beer. I also threw in two tickets to a baseball game for daddy & son. This cost less than $40 and everything was purchased at Target.

Some other ideas:

  1. Power tools: This was the most suggested item when I polled my guy friends. One thing several guys mentioned was a chainsaw. This would come in very handy if we ever have another ice storm! How about a cordless drill, a new weed eater or blower, or a ladder?
  2. I like the idea of a spa day for Dad. Dads like massages, too! I highly recommend Retreat Salon and Spa in Evans, GA for local massages.
  3. Another frequently suggested item was a beer sampler and a round of golf. If you really want to make his day, buy a round for his buddies as well and send him on his way! This is the guy equivalent of “why don’t you go shopping, dear?”
  4. Does your husband love to fish? How about a hand stamped fishing lure and a gift card to Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas?
  5. For the grill enthusiasts, I think a grilling basket would be super fun to put together! Round up a bunch of different marinades and dry rubs, a new apron, and maybe an engraved spatula. I love the idea of this wooden Father’s Day card. You could have it laser engraved with a special messagefor your husband. Go one step further – go to a pottery painting shop and have your child make a grill platter for dad.
  6. Does your husband love to take pictures with your “fancy” camera and his iPhone? Then he needs the Eye-Fi Mobi Wireless Memory Card. Any picture you take with your “fancy” camera will be automatically transferred to your iPhone camera roll. Genius!
  7. Is your husband a workout enthusiast? Maybe he’d like some new tennis shoes, a heart rate monitor, or new workout gear. I know anything Under Armour is a huge hit with my brother.
  8. Is your husband a Star Wars fan? Last weekend I picked up the original trilogy at Costco for less than $40. I love the idea of pairing it with these Star Wars Chop Sabers – chopsticks that look and light up like light sabers!
  9. Lastly, don’t underestimate the significance of an act of service. Is there something your husband has been asking you to do for months or something that would ease his load? I know my husband would be over the moon if I cleaned out the garage – a task he’s been nagging me about for months but I keep putting it off. Maybe you could mow the lawn so that he can relax on his day off instead of doing yard work.

I hope you found these ideas helpful! What are your getting your husband for Father’s Day?

Welcome to Summer! Fun Ideas for the Kids

Preschool ended for my three year old last Thursday, and if you are like me you are both excited and nervous regarding summer break. I’m excited that we don’t have a set schedule. We don’t have anywhere we absolutely must go and no time we must be there by. I’m looking forward to days at the pool, going for walks, picnics, and playtime outside.

However, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t the tiniest bit apprehensive about keeping my preschooler out of trouble. Cooper does not do downtime well. If he isn’t engaged, he’s getting himself into trouble. In fact, as I write this I am attempting to calm myself after finding that he decided to “experiment” and see what would happen when he poured nail polish remover on my hope chest. Deep breaths, deep breaths…. In case you are wondering the results of that experiment: nail polish eats away at the varnish on your furniture, leaving your treasured future hand-me-down in desperate need of refinishing.

Deep breaths, deep breaths….

Before all this happened, I decided to put together a “Welcome to Summer” basket for my boy. (I will be holding on to this basket until his behavior improves.) It is no secret that I love celebrations, and what better way to welcome summer than with a gift basket? I scoured dollar spots and clearance aisles for some fun summer gifts.

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The basket is from the Target Dollar Spot ($3), as are the shovels, water gun, water balloon, Jake & the Neverland Pirates puzzle, squishy critter, Crazy 8 card game, bath finger paints, and bug magnifying glass. I also purchased a beach towel, a pool toy (the Mickey weeble wobble thingamajig), and the Spiderman sprinkler.

If you decide to put together a basket, here are some other ideas of things you can include:

  • Water shoes
  • A new bathing suit or coverup
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses or a hat
  • Floaties or a life jacket
  • Pool toys, floats, or noodles
  • Water balloons
  • Water guns
  • Football or frisbee
  • Croquet set
  • Sand toys
  • Beach ball

One thing that I do for birthdays that would also be perfect for celebrating summer vacation is door streamers! How fun would it be for your child to wake up and see this when he or she opens their door?

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My child loves balloons – how about sneaking in their room with some helium balloons? You could also greet them at the car line or bus stop with a character balloon!

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My friend Rebecca from R We There Yet Mom? greets her kids with a special surprise when they get off the bus on the last day of school. One year it was a water gun fight, another a water balloon fight… Click on the picture to see Rebecca’s other ideas on how to welcome summer!

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How do you celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer?

Last Minute Teacher Gifts

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Cooper’s last day of school was last Thursday. It really crept up on me. Well, not the day itself – I’d been halfway excitedly anticipating/dreading that day for weeks. (Are you with me? Say amen!) But the fact that it was the last day of school and I’d need to somehow acknowledge his teachers crept up on me. As in while I was in the car line to drop off Cooper on Thursday. I dropped him off and sprinted to Target to find a last minute gift.

I found these cute polka dot boxes on a clearance shelf and I decided to get them a gift card and some nail polish. I put them together in the cafe before zooming back to preschool for the end of the year party.

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I debated not sharing these pictures but since I do pride myself on keeping it real, here you go. Clearly had I not been in such a rush I would have caught my spelling error. You will notice I got it right on the second gift. Ha! How hilarious is it that I misspelled a word on a card to a teacher?!

My friend Lis from Beach Bum and Baby came up with the coolest teacher gift and I asked her if I could share it with you. The coffee lover in me LOVES this gift.

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When she purchased her gift card at Starbucks, she asked for a cup and they were happy to oblige. She filled it with brown and white tissue paper, the gift card, and topped it with a tag and a ribbon. Super cute!

I polled my teacher friends on Facebook and Twitter to ask what they would prefer to receive as an end of the year teacher gift.

  1. A heartfelt thank you note from you and your child.
  2. Something for the classroom or a gift card to a teacher supply store
  3. A book for the classroom
  4. Gift cards! Every single teacher responded that they loved gift cards. Starbucks, Dunkin’ Doughnuts, Target, Wal-Mart, the movie theater, a gift card for a manicure, a mall gift card.. the possibilities are endless.
  5. “Anything monogrammed” – that one was a direct quote!
  6. One friend said she would love to get gift cards to the Dollar Tree. There are actually tons of educational supplies there!
  7. Several teachers mentioned they loved tumblers. They love them even more when they are monogrammed!

Here are a few things my teacher friends said they would NOT want to receive:

  1. Coffee mugs
  2. “No cheap lotion or candles.”
  3. No Pinterest crafts
  4. Stationary. This one was a bummer to me because I had monogrammed notepads and pens made for my son’s teachers for Christmas.

If you are a teacher, what gifts would you most like to receive? What gifts would you not like to receive?

Readers, do you get your child’s teacher(s) gifts for the end of the year? If so, what do you gift?

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Confession: I”m pretty terrible at giving gifts. I really am. You know how some people just seem to know exactly what to buy for the people they love? They see something in July and the gift recipient’s birthday is in January, and they go ahead and buy it. They probably wrap it, too. Ugh. I am the person who either A) gives a gift card or B) gives the same thing year after year once I find something someone likes. (Dear Niece, glad you liked those pajamas because you’ll be getting some next year as well!)

I’m trying to get better; I really am. I figured I’d get my creative juices flowing by putting together a list of ideas for Mother’s Day. This is more geared towards what you could get your mother or grandmother, but feel free to point your husband my way if you see something you might like for yourself.

Side note: I’ve gotten to the point in my marriage where I just buy my own gifts. In fact (FYI Husband!) I purchased some new dinnerware from Pier One today! Happy Mother’s Day to me! My husband is great at so many things, but he is not a thoughtful gift giver. If I did not buy my own gift, he’d stop at Wal-Mart on the way home from church on Sunday (with me in the car, no less) and buy me some wilted flowers and a Snickers. Truth. This is the same man who went shopping at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve – otherwise known as the year I received Slim Jims (and an off brand Slim Jim at that).

Bless his heart.

Ideas For Moms

  1. How about a gift certificate for a housekeeping session? Seriously, I would lose my mind if I got this. I might even wear something besides my Hanes Her Way t-shirt to bed if this was in my Mother’s Day card. There’s even a Groupon running right now – $60 for a 2 hour deep cleaning session.
  2. Photography session – My brother and I did this for my parents for Christmas, and they really loved it. I got together my brother’s family and my family, dressed us all in coordinating clothes, and then had some canvases printed. I think this is a really thoughtful gift!
  3. Canvas – if you already have that perfect photograph, how about a canvas? I love canvases; I have them all over my house. I think the best size is 16×20. Groupon’s got you covered for that, too: here’s a $29 16X20 print from Canvas on Demand (my favorite canvas company).
  4. I don’t know of any mom that would turn down a spa day. How about a gift certificate for a manicure, pedicure, facial, or massage? I love getting facials from Retreat Salon and Spa here locally.
  5. Charm or Pandora bracelet – This is the gift that keeps on giving, because you can keep buying charms for Christmas or birthdays. Fill it up with charms that reflect your mom’s personality!
  6. I would love a night away at a hotel. BY MYSELF. Yes, you read that right. By myself. I’d take a bath, watch reality shows, order room service, get a spa treatment, and most important – SLEEP IN!
  7. A “stock up” item: this refers to something you know your mom uses and loves. Buy her favorite perfume, a back up of her foundation or her favorite eye shadow palette, replacement brushes for her Clarisonic, etc.
  8. Speaking of the Clarisonic, this makes a GREAT gift. I gifted my sister-in-law with a Clarisonic for Christmas. It will absolutely transform your skin!
  9. A new bible – you can make it extra special by writing her a special note and highlighting verses that remind you of her.
  10. A Kindle. Do you have a book reader in your life? I love my Kindle. It’s the #1 electronic I could not live without (even over my iPhone). Amazon has the most basic Kindle (which is what I have – I just want to be able to read on it) for $49!
  11. A FitBit or a Polar Heart Rate Monitor. Is your mom trying to get into shape? Why don’t get her a gadget that will help? The FitBit tracks step, distance, calories burned, and active minutes. The Polar Heart Rate Monitor tells you how many calories you’ve burned and the amount of time you’ve exercised. I have a Polar FT7 and I love it!

Gifts for Grandmothers

I always get my grandmothers a little something for Mother’s Day as well. Why not show the “other mothers” in your life how much you love them?

  1. A potted plant or a flower. This is my gift of choice for my grandmothers. I like to go and get them some flowers to plant in their garden.
  2. A wreath. Are you crafty? I think a spring or a summer wreath to spruce up their front porch would be lovely!
  3. I love the idea of the My Life Story book. It would be easy (although time consuming) to make a homemade, scrapbook-type version of this book. I think it would be an incredible keepsake as well!
  4. A few frozen meals. I think this would be very thoughtful! My grandmother is having a harder time getting around, and she’d rather make a sandwich than spend time making a meal at the stove. Why not make a few frozen meals that she can pop in the oven when she doesn’t feel like cooking?
  5. Framed pictures – what grandmother doesn’t love pictures of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren?

Gifts from the Grandchildren

When giving gifts from the grandchildren, I think handmade is best. Here are a few ideas from our Pinterest board, Mother’s Day Ideas.

 

Puzzle Piece Frames

These puzzle piece frames are super cute, and you probably have the supplies on hand. You can find the instructions HERE.

Clothespin Butterflies

I think this would be a fun craft as well, and it is an excellent fine motor activity for preschoolers. Find the instructions HERE.

Tell me – what are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?