BUDGET FRIENDLY GIFT IDEAS FOR TEACHERS

BUDGET FRIENDLY GIFT IDEAS FOR TEACHERS

Are your kids counting down the days until school ends yet? Each year we get Porkchop’s teacher a present, to thank them for their hard work throughout the year. I know a lot of parents like to do this but the challenge can be finding something appropriate that the teacher would actually like to receive. To try and help, I’ve put together a list of budget-friendly gift ideas for teachers.

A Plant

I know flowers are a more traditional sort of gift idea, but I think real plants are that little bit nicer, just because they last. Succulents can be a good choice because they are harder to kill. Or something like gerbera’s are a nice option because they’re so beautiful and bright. I’d avoid things like roses though, as they can be difficult to grow.

A Handmade Christmas Ornament

I always sort of assumed teachers weren’t into these sort of presents because they get enough of them throughout the year. But a teacher friend recently told me that that’s not actually the case as most school work goes home to parents, and that personalised handmade gifts are a lovely way to look back at students from years gone by. Just make sure to include your child’s name and the year to help jog their memory.

Homemade Goodies

Home made treats make great budget-friendly gift ideas for teachers

Who doesn’t enjoy homemade goodies? My go to is usually fudge, because it’s simple and easy to personalise based on the recipients taste simply by changing up the add ins. Would you be interested in seeing some of my fudge recipes? Let me know.

Stationery

This is another gift I always thought might not really be appreciated but apparently not! Teachers go through large amounts of stationery (think pens, pencils, notebooks etc), so a gift of a lovely set at Christmas time will start them off right the next year.

Smarties

If you’re on a super tight budget (or have just run out of time or the desire to head to the shops one more time) a packet of smarties with a cute label that reads, “Thank you for helping us become Smarties!” is a delightful gift. Who doesn’t love chocolate and a good pun?

There you have 5 budget friendly gift ideas for teachers. Do you give your children’s teacher a Christmas present? If so, what are you gifting them this year?

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO DE-STRESS

The last few weeks have been a bit stressful around here and I am feeling wiped out. When this happens, I find it’s important to do a little something for myself to help me relax. As busy Mums we all know how difficult it can be to take time for ourselves, thanks to that charming monster that is “Mum Guilt”. So I thought today I would share 5 things I do when I feel my stress levels rising, that don’t take a lot of time or money, but that help me unwind.

Have a cup of tea

I know this sounds ridiculously simple, but when life is just getting way too much and it feels like things are coming at me from all sides, the best thing I can do is turn the kettle on. Just taking a few moments to take a break and do something for myself can give me that little recharge I need to get back on with life. If tea isn’t your drink of choice, find something that takes a moment to prepare that you can just sit quietly and enjoy. Don’t forget to make sure to use your favourite cup, it really helps, trust me!

Write it out

When I feel my stress level starts building I often find myself getting caught up in my own head. With all those thoughts going round and round sometimes I just need to get them out. For me, writing them down seems to be the best way to do this. Once I’m done, I can rip it up and throw it away if I feel like I really need to be rid of them, or I can simply just turn the page. I also find it helpful afterwards to take a moment and think of 5 good things in my life right now and write them down. This gives me a positive vibe to move forward with.

Get outside

This was something a follower suggested when I asked for ideas on my Facebook page earlier this week. She recommended taking off my shoes and standing barefoot in the grass with my eyes closed for 30 minutes. At first I felt a bit strange, and couldn’t help worrying about what my neighbours would think if they looked over the fence at that very moment, but after awhile I did start to feel calmer. Something about wiggling my toes in the grass and feeling the sun on my skin felt … peaceful. I didn’t last the whole 30 minutes but it’s definitely something that I am going to keep working towards as I think it will be helpful.

Take a bath

Sometimes a cup of team or getting my thoughts out just isn’t enough. Sometimes I need more. Soaking in a warm bath can do wonders for bringing back my sanity. I like to light a candle or two and add some bubbles or Epsom salt to the water. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a little something extra to make myself feel special. I might even pop on some Norah Jones, to really set the mood. It doesn’t have to be a long bath, 15 minutes later and I’m ready to face the world again.

Go for a walk

If all else fails get those endorphin’s pumping. Hopefully you’ll feel better in no time!

So there you have my 5 simple ways to de-stress. What do you do to relax and unwind? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

5 WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR WEDDING

Weddings can be expensive. Ridiculously expensive. This week my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, so I thought it would be a great time to share some suggestions for how to save money on your big day.

Unconventional wedding dressWedding Dress

We all know the biggest choice to make when it comes to a wedding is the dress (well maybe your partner, but the dress is a close second!). My advice is don’t feel you have to wear a proper wedding dress. Instead of a dress, I  wore a beautiful tutu and lace top on my wedding day. I felt like a Princess, no-one knew I wasn’t wearing a “wedding dress” and it actually cost less than my husbands suit.

Groom’s suit

Shop around and buy on sale if you can.My husband wanted to wear a simple black suit so we looked online at all his options (I say we but I really mean me, he only saw my top choices), until he found one he liked. Then we (again mostly me) weighed up renting versus buying. Renting seemed like the more affordable option, until the suit came on sale for 40% off. In the end, we purchased it for about the same price hiring it would have cost, and my husband now has a black suit for any future formal occasions.

Reception

Wedding Reception on a Budget

My best piece of advice for saving money on your wedding reception is think outside the box. I knew pretty early on in our wedding planning I didn’t want a traditional sit down dinner for our reception, although my husband did take some convincing. In the end, we decided to have afternoon tea in the Church Hall, which worked out a lot cheaper and was much more our style. Instead of just going with what you think a wedding reception should be, think about what you and your partner would enjoy. Maybe a buffet, or a pig on a spit. Perhaps just simple canapes, or a picnic. The ideas are endless, so choose something that will make you happy.

Transport

Consider if it is something you need? We had our ceremony and reception at the same venue so transport was something we decided to skip. I had my Dad drive me to the Church in his car which was lovely, as it gave us some time alone before he walked me down the aisle. Then at the end of the day, my husband and I drove away in our car. It seemed fitting really.

Wedding on a budgetFlowers

You can save a lot of money on flowers by buying fake and doing it yourself. We actually saved on our wedding flowers in two ways. The first was I bought beautiful fake roses online for mine and my bridesmaids bouquets which saved as quite a bit. Secondly, we grew and decorated our centre pieces ourselves, well with some help from my Pop. The few days I was left in charge of them I actually almost killed them. But thankfully on the day, we had beautiful pots of white and purple flowers everywhere. Thanks Pop.

I know weddings are an exciting time but I think it’s important to keep in mind that it’s just one day. So long as by the end of it you and your partner are married, the day is a success, no matter what else happens.

Are you engaged at the moment and have any more suggestions? Or if you are already married, how did you save money on your big day? I’d love to hear about your plans and weddings in the comments below.