Archives for May 2013

Disappearing Act

I really am ALIVE!!!

I apologize from the bottom of my heart for not being around lately…..

I’ve received several emails from some of you asking if I was okay.


I love having people out in Blog Land watching my back and missing me :-).

I had a friend say to me tonight, “Have I missed some of your posts?”

I thought it was time to check in.

We went on a wonderful 2 week vacation.

London, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, and Budapest.

London – we go every year and it’s my favorite place.

This year, I saw Kate Middleton walking her dog.
YES! I was on a street where there is government housing
so you aren’t allowed to take pictures.
I look up and see a woman walking her dog with a man.
I thought, “Wow, that looks like Kate.”
Then I realized the woman was pregnant…
yup it was her!
Of course, no one was with me and I couldn’t take a picture.
I swear I’m not making it up!!!!

P.S.  She has a very interesting laugh.
That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Berlin – Good (I don’t think I’d go back, but hubby loved it)

Dresden, Germany – OMG!  Want to definitely go back again.

Prague – Disappointing.  Too “touristy” for me.

Budapest – LOVED.  Definitely go back again.


Came home and had carpel tunnel surgery on my left hand.

I had the same surgery on my right hand 3 years ago.

So thankful I don’t have a 3rd or I would need surgery on that one too!

So there you go….

Thank you to the thoughtful women out there for checking on me!

Friday I have stitches removed so I’m hoping to get the

“Go Ahead”

From my doctor.

Until then….

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Teacher’s Survival Kit

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Teacher Appreciation week is already here!
May 6th– 10th

I wanted to come up with something quick and easy for the boy’s teachers.

I have seen some different versions of “teacher’s survival kits” and loved the idea.

I decided this would be the perfect gifts for some awesome teachers that have been so wonderful to my boys this year.

I purchased a plastic organizer from Joann’s
(don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon)
and filled it with some basics:

Paper Clips
Push Pins
Sewing Kit
Rubber Bands
Hand Sanitizer
Super Glue
and of course I couldn’t forget the


Next, I needed something snazzy for the tops of my kits.
I found an adorable digital scrapbook kit from
Just So Scrappy“.

I made covers for each of the boxes (filling in the teacher’s name),
laminated them and attached them to the lid with tape.


Katie from Just So Scrappy was gracious enough to let me
share a free printable with you!

Thank you Katie!

Click here to get your “Teacher’s Survival Kit” printable.

Thanks Mandy for having me,
thanks again to Katie
to all of the wonderful teachers out there!!!