Monday, May 25, 2015

50 (Teacher-Approved) End-of-the-Year Gift Ideas

I'm sure many of you (if you haven't been already) are on the hunt for the perfect end-of-the-year teacher gift idea.  I was once on the other end of this - the gift receiver.  Of course I loved every gift...I really do mean that, because it meant that family took time out of their schedule and money out of their budget to show that they were thinking of me.  Each and every gift really was special!

But, there were a few gifts that stood out.  A few that every other teacher was just a little envious of.  Below, I've got 50 ideas that are both practical and fun for so many types of teachers...gardeners, foodies, beach lovers, and everyday men/women (because, remember, they are people too who have interests outside of school!).






1. Starbucks Gift Card (cute printable tag here)
2. Nail Polish Set (cute printable tag here)
3. Pedicure Gift Certificate
4. Restaurant Gift Card
5. Beach Towel
6. Thermal Coffee Mug
7. Insulated Tumbler with Straw
8. Shower Gel Set
9. Magazine Subscription
10. Massage Gift Card
11. Amazon Gift Card
12. Gift Card to School Supply Store
13. Jamberry Nail Set
14. Thermal Insulated Lunch Bag
15. Clipboard
16. Personalized Notepad
17. International Gourmet Candy Set
18. Beach Bag
19. Flowers
20. Key Chain
21. Target Gift Card (cute printable here)
22. Perfume Gift Set
23. Set of Italian Herb Plants
24. Sharpies
25. Hand Soap/Santizier
26. Desk Organizer
27. Lip Balm (cute printable tag here)
28. iTunes gift card (cute printable tag here)
29. Freezeable Cups
30. Coffee Mug Holder Clip
31. School Supply Cake
32. Spa in a Jar
33. Badge Holders
34. Hand Cream Set
35. Movie Theater Gift Card
36. Student Photo Book
37. Personalized Cutting Board
38. Monthly Beauty Box Subscription
39. Book Store Gift Card
40. Phone Speaker
41. Garden Tool Set
42. Necklace
43. Coffee Mug Personalized by Student
44. Bath Bombs
45. Scented Wax Cubes & Warmer
46. Reusable Water Bottle
47. Wallet/Clutch
48. Monogrammed Baseball Hat
49. Pedometer
50. Jump Drive Key Chain

Here's to a fun summer for teachers, parents, and students!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Making Memories with Kellogg's


It is officially summer around here!  Emmie is out of school (at least for a little bit) and we're already checking off our summer to-do list.  We're making the most of our time together by doing a few of the favorite everyday activities we don't always have time for during the school year!


One of my favorite ways to make memories with Emma Ramey is in the kitchen.  She gets to feel like a big helper and I get to craft recipes that will hopefully be used in our family for years to come... it's a win/win for both of us!  We both love being together and crafting something delicious.  More importantly, I love giving her memories that she'll carry for a lifetime.


But just because we love cooking together doesn't always make it easy.  Anybody that's ever cooked with a small child can tell you it can be a little bit of a challenge.  One trick that I love is having pre-portioned measurements of the ingredients I need.  It's so easy just to "grab and go!"



Kellogg's Cereal In A Cup is a perfect pre-portioned amount of cereal for both snacking and cooking! These are just as great to take in the car for a quick snack as they are for adding a unique element to so many everyday recipes.  Kellogg's Cereal In A Cup comes in many different varieties, like Frosted Mini Wheats, Fruit Loops, Raisin Bran Crunch, and the Frosted Flakes cups pictured above.

Recently, Emmie and I made a few recipes with several different varieties of Kellogg's Cereal In A Cup.  I've listed the recipes below!




Raisin Bran Crunch Muffins

Ingredients

2 Cereal In A Cup (about 2 1/2 cups worth) of Raisin Bran Crunch cereal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg
Cupcake liners

Directions

Mix Raisin Bran Crunch cereal, flour, sugar, and baking powder together until well-blended.

In a small bowl, lightly beat egg, milk, and vegetable oil together.  Pour mixture into cereal mixture and blend well.

Place cupcake liners in a muffin pan and pour batter to almost fill liners.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Raise oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake 5 more minutes, until tops of muffins are slightly brown.

Remove from muffin pan and let cool.




Fruit Loop Treats

Ingredients

2 Cereal In a Cup (about 2 1/2 cups worth) Fruit Loops cereal
2 cups marshmallows
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine white chocolate chips and marshmallows.  Microwave in 30-second increments until mixture is completely melted and smooth. (Mine only took 1 minute total.)

Once mixture is melted, pour in Fruit Loops cereal and mix well.  Pour into a parchment paper-lined pan and put in refrigerator to cool completely.  Once cool, remove from pan and cut into squares.


Frosted Flakes French Toast




Frosted Flakes French Toast

Ingredients

1 Cereal In A Cup (just over 1 cup worth) of Frosted Flakes cereal, lightly crushed
3-4 slices whole wheat bread
3 eggs
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup brown sugar
Vegetable oil
Honey 
Sliced fruit (optional)

Directions

Spread crushed Frosted Flakes on a plate and set aside.

Combine eggs, milk, extract, and sugar in a shallow bowl or casserole dish.  Soak bread in egg mixture for about 30 seconds per side.  Remove and press lightly into Frosted Flakes.

Heat about a tablespoon of vegetable oil on medium heat in a non-stick skillet and fry French toast for 2-4 minutes per side, until golden brown. Layer fried pieces of toast on a plate, drizzle with honey, and top with fresh fruit.





Frosted Mini Wheats Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

2 Cereal In A Cup (about 2 1/2 cups worth) of Frosted Mini Wheats cereal, lightly crushed
pinch of salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions

Mix dry ingredients (cereal, salt, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and flour) in a large bowl.  Pour in extract, egg, and butter.  Mix well.

Fold in chocolate chips until well-incorporated.

Place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet in 1/4 cup increments.  Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes.  Remove from pan and serve warm.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Create It Thursday #107 (Plus Features)





So glad you were able to stop by for another Create It Thursday!

I absolutely loved so many of the creations you guys shared last week!  Below, I've listed a few of my absolute favorites (and one of your favorites, as well!). These will be on the Lamberts Lately Facebook page and the Create It Thursday Pinterest board too.













And this week's fan favorite...



Thanks so much to everyone who shared their creations last week!  If you were featured, here's your button:



Now it's time for a new party!
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Favorite (Free) Graphic-Friendly Fonts

Between designing blogs and making graphics for this blog, I've amassed quite a font collection over the years.  As you design and work with these fonts, you kind of learn what looks best in certain situations.

There are fonts out there that just don't mesh well with graphics for blogs.  I usually like to find one that's fairly thick, doesn't have a lot of squiggles/brush strokes, and is easy to read.  What's the point of making a graphic for your site if you can't read it?  You want one that immediately attracts a reader or Pinterest user.  I like to use bright (but not overwhelming colors) on these.  I also like to test it at multiple sizes, to make sure that, no matter what, the person that sees it will be able to read it to decide whether they want to read your post.  This is usually your first impression on the reader...make it count!

I've listed a few of my favorite graphic-friendly fonts for blogs below.  You can click the links below the graphics to download for free!


Lots of great graphic-friendly, free, commercial fonts!





Lots of great graphic-friendly, free, commercial fonts!



Lots of great graphic-friendly, free, commercial fonts!



Happy designing!
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