DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

Hi Friends! I hope you guys are having an amazing week. Thank you for stopping by today to hang with me for a few minutes. It means the world to me! I wanted to share with you guys a quick little DIY I did over the weekend for Becketts teachers for Christmas. I wanted to get them all something small but meaningful. Everyone loves a cute plant so I thought I would make them all a potted succulent. I hope you guys enjoy this DIY Potted Succulent Teacher Gift tutorial. Its pretty dang easy.

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

Supplies:
Chalk Paint (optional)
White Acrylic Paint
Water
Small Terracotta Pot
Succulent
Letter Stamps
Paint Brush
Potting Soil
Sand Paper
Black Ink Stamp Pad
Acrylic Sealer

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

First thing I did was wipe down my pots to make sure they were clean. Then I got a paint liner and I mixed 50% Water with 50% Paint (I used white paint and a greenish chalk paint). The best way to get a white washed look is by watering down your paint. I then took my paint brush and painted the pot entirely. I only painted down on the inside a few inches to where you think your soil will start. I ended up painting two coats on these to ensure the paint was adhered nicely to the pot. Let them dry completely.

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

I got some sand paper and sanded the paint off to give it a rustic distressed look. Then I got my stamps and my black stamp pad and stamped the pots. I wrote “Thank You For Helping Me Grow”. You can stamp whatever you would like but I thought this was the perfect little saying for a teacher gift. Lastly I sealed each pot with an acrylic sealer to protect the pot from water. Then you pot your succulent!

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

I hope you guys enjoyed this one. I think this gift is thoughtful, creative, and easy. Any teacher would love to receive this for Christmas. Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you all have an amazing weekend. Happy Holidays loves!

Xo, Andie

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Cozy Christmas Tree in 7 Easy Steps

Christmas time is upon us. Let the craziness begin! As we wrapped up Thanksgiving I started feeling sad to say goodbye to fall which is my most favorite time of year. Its always an interesting transition since we go from giving thanks and feeling so grateful to the season of spending lots of money on excessive items that really nobody needs. Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas but the transition period normally takes me some time. This year I thought I would hit it head on and get some decorating done the day after Thanksgiving so that my nostalgia wouldn’t set it. I will also have more time to enjoy the beautiful decorations which is definitely my favorite part of the season. 

Step 1: Go get yourself a beautiful tree. I really wanted to go cut down our tree since that is what my family always did growing up but the cut-it-yourself places closest to us take hours to get to. We settled for an adorable Christmas tree farm out in country that makes you feel those same festive vibes. They have hot popcorn, hot chocolate, and a few different photo set up areas for the kids. Beckett loved it and he had a blast picking it out. This is the first year in our new house so we were able to get a taller one this year since we have vaulted ceilings. We got ourselves an 8 ft. Douglas Fir which is my favorite kind of tree. Once we got it home we pounded the bottom of the stump with a hammer, this helps to activate the cells of the tree (at least that’s what the hubs tells me). This is a useful tip I learned and helps prolong your tree.  Pop it in the tree base and bring it inside. 

Step 2: Add a festive tree garland around your tree. I chose burlap this year. I found mine years back at Michael’s but Hobby Lobby also carries it. I twirled mine to give it a bit more texture. 

Step 3: Add lights. I love clear lights as I am always drawn to the more classic Christmas style. We strung the lights between the burlap sections. We used about 2 rows of clear lights per section.

Step 4: Add a festive banner. I got mine a few years back from Paper Source. I also have another one that I made myself out of craft triangles and twine but I went with the metallic rose gold one this year. The banner tagged here is from Etsy and I love supported small businesses so check that one out.

Step 5: Add lots and lots of ornaments. I went with the modern neutral tree theme this year. All of my ornaments are from Hobby Lobby. I got round copper balls, some bigger faux fur balls to add some texture, some sparkly champagne balls, and some burlap balls to tie in the burlap garland. Try to get various textures and sizes if you plan to do all of the same shaped ornaments.

Step 6: Add your tree topper. I always do a handmade bow, this year I chose a see through gold ribbon for my bow. Every single year I go on the hunt for a modern tree topper and I have yet to find one that I like. If anyone sees a cute modern one PLEASE PLEASE send it my way as they are hard to come by. I love bows so this will do for me.

Step 7: Add your tree skirt. Mine is from Hobby Lobby and I went with a fuzzy textured one to tie in the with the fluffy ornaments on the tree. We shall see how long it takes for my dog to make this her permanent bed. I better get some presents under it ASAP. 

That’s it! Super quick and easy and can be done in one afternoon. I love decorating for Christmas and we had a blast yesterday setting it all up. Now lets see how long it takes Beckett to pull all of the low ornaments off. I give it a day until my tree looks nothing like this. Ahhh mom life, its the best life. Happy Holidays to you and yours. I cant wait to see all of your trees, DM me your pictures.

NOT PICTURED: The copious amounts of Baileys and Hot Chocolate we consumed to get this tree looking just right. 

Xo, Andie

Trader Joe’s Must-Haves for Kids

I thought I would take a break from all of the festive holiday posting, and share some Trader Joe’s kids favorites that your babes will go crazy for. Beckett is 1.5 so as most of you mammas know they are PICKY little guys. Trying to get him to eat a vegetable is like trying to get me to stop eating carbs, impossible. Trader Joe’s is probably my favorite places to shop for Beckett. They make everything quick, easy, and healthy which is exactly what this working mamma needs. I have definitely nailed down his favorites that are my go to every time we go shopping.

Veggie Sticks: These can be found in the chip isle. Beck goes nuts for these things. I love them because they are Vegan and Gluten Free. I always pack these when we are on the go in the diaper bag or for a quick daycare snack. You cant go wrong with these.

PB&J Bar: These can be found right across from the fruit section with the granola bars at the beginning of the store. Beck loves these granola bars. They taste exactly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, without the mess. These are also gluten free. The only issue with these is you have to be careful eating these around other kids because of possible peanut allergies.

Butternut Squash Zig Zags: These can be found in the prepared food area where the chopped/bagged vegetables are. These are quick and easy to cook for your little one. They are washed and ready to go. They cook in the microwave in under 4 minutes. I love to add marinara and parmesan with them for Beckett and act like they are pasta. I love all of TJ’S ready to go food.

This “blueberry walks into a bar” Cereal Bar: These can be found right across from the fruit section with the granola bars at the beginning of the store. These can be a little messy but Beckett loves them. They are great for a quick breakfast or to throw in the diaper bag for an on the go snack. They have better ingredients in them then most cereal bars. They also come in other flavors but our favorite is blueberry. 

Organic Apple Mango Fruit Sauce Crushers: Located in the dry goods isle. These are probably my favorite on this list. They are my favorite because of the size of them. Beckett rarely finishes an entire pouch so the mini size of these is perfect for him. I cant even count the number of pouches I have thrown out because they weren’t finished. I don’t think we have ever thrown one of these out because they are the perfect serving size at 3.17 oz for him. They do have regular size pouches as well but we love these.

Uncured All Beef Hot Dog: Located in the meat section. These hot dogs are definitely Beckett’s favorite on the list. He eats these hot dogs (cut small of coarse) like they are candy. He has probably eaten 3 whole hot dogs in one sitting before. They are so much healthier than other hot dogs I have seen. Also Gluten free without a bunch nitrates added in. We have started calling other foods “hot dogs” so that Beckett will at least give it a try (oops cue the mom shamers)

Bamba Peanut Snacks: Located in the chip isle. These are so delicious even I eat them. They are basically a peanut flavored Cheeto puff. Our doctor recommended these to us to give to Beckett early on so that he was introduced to peanuts right away. Beckett has been hooked ever since. Also a great snack to take on the go. We cannot keep enough of these stocked in our house.

Turkey Meatballs: These are located in the frozen food section. They have a great selection of already cooked, frozen meatballs. We are currently loving the seasonal cranberry meatballs pictured here however these may be gone soon. We do love the regular turkey meatballs as well. They are great with marinara and are ready in 3 short minutes.

Organic Silver Dollar Pancakes: These are located in the frozen food isle. They are so good and just the right size for kids. I just pop them in toaster in morning and we are ready to head out the door. Beckett loves these with jelly or peanut butter on them. We love the size of them so you can easily make for a quick snack. These are a must have in our house.

Battered Fish Nuggets: These are located in the frozen food isle. Beckett will eat four or five of these in one sitting. The only downsize is they do take awhile to cook so just plan ahead for the 10-15 min cook time. He enjoys them with ketchup but will gobble them up plain as well. We have tried a few other brands and we just keep coming back to these  because of the small size of them and they have a shorter cook time than most others we have tried.

I hope you guys will go give these items a try. Please report back and let me know what your kiddos are loving. Also please share with me what some of your favorite Trader Joe’s items are for your kids. I am sure there is still lots to discover and I love trying out new items. I  love how they are always re inventing themselves with new items. It keeps grocery shopping a little bit more exciting.

Xo, Andie