Summer 2015

by becky on July 6, 2015

Hey Everyone! I am so happy to be able to blog again this summer. I thought I’d return with one of Tara’s famous Monday Made-It’s to share.

Monday Made It 1

In all honesty, I have done NOTHING to prep for next year yet. I have been taking the past few weeks to recouperate, read, relax, and spend time with Lillie. The weather has FINALLY decided to catch up to the season and we’ve been having some beautiful summer days. I’ve been taking advantage and just getting myself back in the right head space for the upcoming year. More on all that later this summer. 🙂

Anyways, onto the fun stuff. It isn’t anything too crazy, but I wanted to get a start on birthday gifts for this year’s kiddos. I made the mistake of not having that done last year, and I had two birthdays on the first day-oy!

Before I share my new gift, I thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and I’d show you what I’ve done in the past. They are all fun memories, but since I have serious issues with repeating ideas, I seem to make more work for myself and reinvent the wheel. #issues

I want to say 4 years ago, I made pixie stick balloons. The kids LOVED them! They were fun, big, and super tasty. I liked making them but it did get a little pricey. However, still one of my favorite projects I’ve made for my kiddos. I still use the container these days to house all my extra rulers and pointers.

Birthday pixie


Next came the incorporation of the birthday “postcard” to my collection. I wanted to have Lillie share in the celebration with the kiddos since she is always an Honorary Student in Team Furlan. One year, I found bubble gum crayons with the cards and a different year, I gave out Pop Rocks. Both were a hit with the classes!

Birthday Crayons


Birthday PopRocks


Last school year, I had all intentions of giving out the Pop Rocks and coordinating card, but I came to find out, that 6 of my students had serious food allergies. My principal made it a rule for any class with allergies that there was no passing out of food. I had 30 packs of Pop Rocks I ended up giving out for Halloween since I couldn’t give them to my students. Instead, they got the card and a pencil. They loved it because they didn’t know any better-ha!

So, FINALLY onto my MONDAY MADE IT– this year this is my plan. I took the following items: Metal Bin from Target, Washi Tape, birthday pencils, birthday badges, and scrap-booking stickers…

2015 Birthday

Then, I let my OCD take over the project part…

2015 Birthday 1

And made these:

2015 Birthday 3

I attached the badges with washi tape so they can either keep them as a pencil topper or they can peel them off and wear on their birthday. Since, I still like the idea of giving them a “card”, I made these to go with the pencils. I have found that several students keep their cards in their folders as a memento. I thought it was sweet so what the heck… what’s a little more ink. 😉 But, these can be printed at school since they are black and white. See, I’m using my brain!

2015 BDay cards


If you have any questions, let me know! I’ll most likely be found here…

summer lillie


Have a great week!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica July 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm

I like all three of the birthday surprises but your new one is my favorite! I need to add this to my to do list.


becky July 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Thanks, Jessica! I decided to err on the side of caution and just do a non-edible treat. And, let’s be honest, kiddos ALWAYS need extra pencils!:)


Stephanie July 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm

I really need to get on the band wagon of prepping all birthdays at the beginning of the year like this, because I forgot at the beginning of the day a few times this year. Your dog is absolutely adorable. We just started talking about getting a dalmation. I feel like it’s so rare to see someone who has one. Thanks for sharing your great b-day ideas.
Polka Dot Palace


becky July 6, 2015 at 11:39 pm

Aww, thanks Stephanie! Lillie is my baby. She’s had a lot of health issues over the past 9 years, but I’m crazy dog mom who will do whatever she needs. She’s the second Dalmatian I’ve owned. They are definitely full of personality! 🙂

Good Luck with the Birthday treats~ I’m in denial that school starts in about a month so I’m doing the “fun” stuff now before the crazy train heads into town.


Pam July 6, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Thanks for the ideas! Beautiful dog! You have inspired me to work on some birthday stuff!


becky July 6, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Yay! So glad I could give you some ideas. This was my “fun” project. One of these days, I’ll look at the new math curriculum-lol. Thanks for stopping by! Lillie appreciates your compliment also. 🙂


ES July 7, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Love your new idea. You are right that it’s better to be safe and go with non-edibles. Plus the pencil will last longer!


becky July 8, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Exactly! The way these kiddos go through pencils-oy! Have a wonderful school year!!! 🙂


Janie July 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

I love all your birthday treats. I love, love, love those pencils though – so cute! I have some birthday toppers for crazy straws and cupcakes to post around the room with their birthdays and names on them that they love and take home at the end of the year. The kids love that little something extra. Thanks for sharing your ideas.


becky July 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Thanks Janie!!! I love the idea of the crazy straw… maybe next year! LOL- I seriously have commitment issues! Have a great school year!


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