Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Brighten a Nurse's Day with this Free Printable Subway Art

Mothers, Teachers, Nurses...we all have one very important thing in common.

We take care of people.

When I realized today that this week is also Nurse Appreciation Week, I jumped at the opportunity to make one more free printable to share with all of you. Hopefully you can use it to brighten a nurse's day :-)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Free Mother's Day & Teacher Appreciation Printables

Happy Monday friends! It's time to kick off Teacher Appreciation AND Mother's Day week! Woohoo! 

As a mom and a teacher, I know first hand how challenging and rewarding both roles can be. They are tough jobs and I think it is wonderful that we can spend the week thanking all the special teachers and mothers in our lives!

And with that in mind, we wanted to share some very special printables that we hope will come in handy for you this week. 

First, we have this darling mother's day subway art that can be printed at home and framed for the special mother or grandmother in your life :-)

You can download the file here. It is already sized to be printed on 8.5x11 paper and trimmed down to fit an 8x10 frame.

Next, we have three fun printable tags that can be used in a number of ways for both Mother's Day and Teacher Appreciation gifts.

In case you are wondering how to use these printable tags, here are a few suggestions:

1. Potted or hanging plants.

The only thing better than getting a beautiful bunch of roses in a vase for Mother's Day or Teacher Appreciation Week is getting a potted or hanging plant that can be enjoyed the entire season. You can also find big BEAUTIFUL plants for about half the price of a bunch of roses, so consider that before you call the florist. Then of course, you can attach one of these cute toppers to a bamboo skewer or lollipop stick and just stick it in the plant! I think our teachers will be receiving one with a "Thank You for Helping us Grow" tag :-)

2. A box of cupcakes or muffins.

Baking cupcakes and muffins is an EASY way to get your kids in on the fun. They can help you mix and pour and when they give them to you, or Nana, or their teacher...they can honestly say, "I HELPED!". To spice of the presentation, buy a cute little cupcake box (they have them at Michaels and other stores in the baking section). Then just tie on a tag and you are set! Or, display them on a plate and use the printables as cupcake toppers!

3. A bouquet of pencils...or handpicked flowers...or Sharpies (if that's your thing :-)

Making a simple bouquet out of anything from pencils to handpicked flowers from the yard is another easy, inexpensive way to say "Thank You" and "I Love you". Tie them off with a cute piece of ribbon and one of these tags and you are all set :-)

4. A mason jar full of their favorite candy or snack.

I am a HUGE fan of mason jars and even something as simple as a bag of M&Ms looks more special in a jar tied with a cute ribbon and a tag.

5. A gift card tied with ribbon and a tag.

Okay okay...giftcards are pretty awesome and no mother or teacher can resist them. It's the perfect gift to get (that's not homemade :-). But if you are going to give a gift card, give it a personal touch with a colored envelope and tie it with some bakers twine or ribbon. And of course, attach a cute tag :-)

You see...making Mother's Day and Teacher Appreciation Week special can be simple and easy. I promise you that even taking the time to simply say, "Thank You for all that you do" will make any mother or teacher smile :-)

Here are links to all 3 tags pictured above:

THANK YOU to all the amazing mother's and teachers out there!!