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    Easiest Teacher Gift EVER

    This year for a teacher gift I wasn’t too sure what we wanted to do. We’re stuck in a strange place because, you want to do something that is thoughtful but if you don’t really know someone, so how do you know what to get them? I also feel like I want to be practical in giving gifts and not pick something out that will never be used or ultimately end up in the garbage. 

    So this Facebook group I’m in did a poll on teachers asking, what is it you really want for Christmas if you were to get a gift from your students and their families? The NUMBER ONE gift request was…GIFT CARDS. I would also like to add that they said personal cards and letters were ULITMATE NUMBER ONE, buuuuuut if you wanted to buy something a gift card was ideal. They said a big no on mugs, homemade food, and nick knacks of any sort.  Of course any gift is appreciated but if you think about it teachers that have been teacher for 5 or more years add twenty plus students you’re bound to get a few mugs every year and those things take up a lot of space. 

    With all of this in mind, I knew this year I wanted to do a gift card of some sort but wasn’t sure how I wanted to display it. I went to target one day and saw these cute little trees for only $5! I thought the nice part of getting these were that they could be used again and again whether at home or in their classroom for next year. 


    Kellan has his teacher and a teacher aid. So I set a budget on what I want to spend for this teacher. The nice part about this gift is that it is SUPER customizable and so easy to change up for person to person. If one teacher likes Target and one likes walmart, well there you go, everyone can get what they want!

    I didn’t want to just have gift cards on there so when we made these little salt dough ornaments a couple of weeks ago at a friends house I thought it would be a nice personal touch to have Kellan decorate them to personalize his gift for them. 

    The nice part is if you’re waiting until the last minute to do these the trees will probably already be on sale!! SCORE! 

    You’ll need a small tree. (I got these from Target for $5 but I’m sure Walmart has similar ones)
    Gift cards in any assortment
    Any added decor you’d like to personalize your gift

    Some of my gift cards didn’t have little hooks so I used twine and hot glue to make my own little ribbons. Just make sure you don’t glue the numbers of the card so they still have access to them if they need it. 

    Also, don’t break the salt dough ornaments if you can. haha

     That’s it! You can spend as little or as much as you’d like! 

    I hope you guys got some inspiration from this extremely easy teacher gift! 
    If you did I would love for you to tag or send me photos of yours.

    You can find me on instagram @ebrooks



    Family Christmas Photos 2019

    This year’s family Christmas photos were my favorite pictures we’ve taken to date. The kids had fun, we were in the comfort of our own home, and it just felt very natural for us to be silly and take pictures.  If  you can’t tell the boys are just maniacs! It was also nice to have Illy be apart of some of our photos. The one of here looking right at the camera was everyones favorite! Here are our 2017 Christmas photos and apparently we didn’t do 2018 haha. 

    Christmas Photos 2017






    Easy Teacher Gift Idea

    This is the first year that we will be buying teacher gifts and I am so excited with how ours turned out! I wasn’t trying to spend a fortune but I wanted to give functional and realistic gifts that not everyone would be giving.  I decided on a basket filled with goodies. Kellan has his teacher and a teachers assistant. So we doubled up on our gifts.  After purchasing our mugs for our teachers it was brought to my attention that mugs are a no-no gift because all parents every year want to give a mug gift. If you decide you want to there is nothing wrong with that but try and add a little something else.

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    Christmas Photos 2017

    We literally only take nice family photos at Christmas time!  Please, tell me I’m not the only one! Since I upgraded my camera last week, I was so excited to try this puppy out. It seriously did not disappoint. Can you believe that I took all of these with just a click of a button from in front of the camera!?  Read more


    VLOGMAS 2016!


    We decided this year to participate in Vlogmas! If you don’t know what Vlogmas is it’s just 25 of videos leading up to Christmas.  I know bad mom here but Kellan, myself, and one of my friends were up until midnight editing this video! It’s always so weird putting yourself out there for everyone to see. I hope you head over and subscribe to keep up with out 25 days of videos!  Let me know wha you think and thank you for watching.


    In the comments leave me your favorite Christmas cookie!






    Christmas Candy Cane Popcorn

    This delicious treat is something I always love making around Christmas time!
    It’s so simple and easy to make and only has THREE ingredients!


    What you need:

    1 bag of popcorn
    Almond Bark (or vanilla coating)
    3 Candy Canes

    Follow the popcorn directions. 2 minutes is perfect for my microwave.


    While the popcorn is popping I take the wrappers off of the candy cane break them up and put in a ziplock bag.  I used an ice cream scoop to smash the candy canes. If you have a food processor that might work better. You don’t want any big chunks. Keep crushing until you have small to tiny pieces of candy cane and set aside.

    I cut three bars of almond bark and microwave for 45 seconds. Take out and stir. If it’s still a little chunky place back in microwave in 10 second increments until it’s completely liquid.


    Pour half of the almond bark onto the popcorn stir and mix it all together. Keep adding more until most of the popcorn is coated. You don’t want too much but just enough to coat all of the popcorn. After you’ve mixed all of the almond bark had half of the bag of candy canes to the popcorn. Mix around and add other half of the bag.


    If you’re impatient like us it’s ready to snack on, you’ll just have messy fingers while you’re eating it. We decided we’re going to gift some to our friends so we got a cookie sheet with parchment paper, spread the popcorn out, a let set for 15-20 minutes. I found some old mason jars we had and put them in their and we decorated the outside.



    If you try it let me know how you liked it!
    What is your favorite Christmas treat?