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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Getting Organized and Giving Back During The Holidays

Hi Loves! Hope you are all doing amazing and not stressing to much about Christmas and all the crazy details. Today I want to share with you some organizational tips for getting your house and your kids organized. Do you guys ever get the urge like I do to get organized before Christmas. Just the thought of receiving more toys and adding to the toy chaos we already have going on is just insane to me. I always like to try to give back in some way during the holidays. This year I have decided that we are Getting Organized and Giving Back During The Holidays.

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I love getting organized. To me it is the best feeling in the world for everything to have a place and to look simple and clean. I know, I know its basically impossible with kids but I try my best to keep things orderly when possible. My favorite place to get organization ideas from is Ikea. You cannot beat their prices and they have some modern, good looking pieces. The Kallax Shelving Unit from Ikea is my favorite. We have one in Becketts closet and one in our playroom. You can turn them vertical or horizontal depending on your space. Ikea also has various basket options to choose from that fit inside of these cubicles. They are the best! For Becketts closet I got the one with labels on the outside so that I could label each box and make it easy to find something. This wooden ball garland is a fun way to hang up you child’s artwork for everyone to see. 

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Get your kiddos together and purge those toys! Once you have decided and bagged up all of your giveaways I would research a great charity to donate to in your area. During the holidays there are several charity’s running toy drives. Do some research and choose a place that takes used toys. Some will only take new toys but a lot of them will take used ones as well such as The Goodwill and Salvation Army. It will feel great to have everything cleaned out and organized before you are bombarded with more toys after Christmas.

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I hope you are all having an amazing start to your December. Cheers to a great holiday season. For some great gift ideas make sure to check out my Holiday Gift Guides for the Hubs, for the Hostess, and for the In Laws.

Xo, Andie

Christmas Traditions, Christmas Decor, and Much More

Happy first day of December! Go grab yourself a hot baileys and hot chocolate and lets chat Christmas traditions. What is it about Christmas time that gives us all the warm and fuzzy feels. Is it the twinkly lights on the tree, or the presents we look forward to every year, the baking, or is it the wonder and joy it brings to our kiddos? I can’t believe its here, that means 24 more sleeps until Christmas morning. I really love this time of year as long as I am organized and get as much decorating and shopping done before December. Once December hits I want to have all of my extra time to spend creating Christmas memories and traditions with my family. Two of my most favorite things about Christmas are the Christmas Traditions, The Christmas Decor, and much more.

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Do you guys have vivid Christmas memories in your head from when you were a kid. Were there a handful of things that you did every year that you always looked forward to. When I think back on my childhood I have such fond memories of going and picking out an ornament, advent calendars, opening one present on Christmas Eve, decorating cookies with my mom, and going and looking a Christmas lights. We did so many fun things and I think that is why I always have that warm and fuzzy feeling as Christmas is approaching. Now that I have my own family I have been trying to decide on what traditions to do every year. My son is one and a half so this will be the first Christmas that he will really know what is going on and it is so much more fun. Here are some awesome traditions that I have decided to incorporate into our holiday every year. I hope some of these traditions you can also share with your families, and I hope they give your kiddos something to remember and look forward to year after year.

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-Go and cut down the Christmas tree and decorate the day after Thanksgiving
-Go and pick out an ornament every year
-Christmas box to open on Christmas Eve. Could include new pajamas, book, a movie, hot chocolate, or popcorn. Fun things to throw on when we hop in the car to go look at Christmas lights. After we get home from looking at lights we watch a Christmas movie
-White Elephant with family on Christmas Eve
-Elf on The Shelf
-Breakfast with Santa-most cities will host something fun like this. Check around in your area, its so much better than going to a mall to get Santa photos and waiting in the long line.
-Advent Calendar-regular one with candy or goodies or an activity advent calendar
-Ginger bread house decorating
-Letter writing to Santa
-Give back-donate toys, give out stockings or jackets to the homeless
-25 days of books. Wrap 25 books and unwrap one every day until Christmas. You can find cheap books at TJ Maxx or Amazon
-Ice Skating
-Bake cookies for Santa
-Mariah Carey’s Christmas album on REPEAT

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Please share some of you favorite Christmas traditions with me below. I love to hear what other are doing with their littles during this special time. I hope you all ease into this holiday season with no stress and lots of fun.

Xo, Andie