“Corny” Treats for my Friends

Here is the last post about my Retreat!!

For each day we were there I made them a treat with a note!!

For Wednesday – 

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A plastic tube with Swedish fish and gummi worms!! A second picture shows the whole thing –

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For Thursday – 

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Bag of M & M’s with a complimentary note!!

For Friday –

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A tiny cello bag with a cute topper made from this die over at Avery Elle! Filled with yummy mini gummi bears!

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For Saturday – 

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A little thought with a couple of glow sticks to remind them to glow and be a light for others!!

And there you go – That was our retreat!!

I think it was fun and we all seemed to enjoy ourselves and get a few things done!!

I am grateful for all the friends I have that enrich my life!! I appreciate EACH one of them, near and far!!

Because of the gratitude I have for you and how LUCKY I feel to know you –

***I AM HAVING A GIVEAWAY***

I am giving away this Avery Elle Stamp Set AND a $15.00 Gift Certificate to a store of choice for

ONE of My LUCKY followers!!

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You need to comment on ALL 4 of my Retreat posts – this is # 3

AND be a follower of my Blog!!

You will have until Wednesday, July 15th to comment and Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 16th!!

Thank YOU so much for being a friend and making my day with your visits!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Love Notes for Retreat # 2

Before I start this post – I have a confession to make:

I. CAN’T. DO. EVERYTHING.

I told myself I could BUT then found out I lied!!!

I am SO SORRY to have been lacking in the Commenting area – I know that I have not done well with that and have fallen GROSSLY behind!! I am OVERWHELMED and want to just start a fresh, clean slate!! I love all your blogs and love seeing what delights you dazzle us with and sharing with you what I enjoyed makes me happy so I  will try to be better!! Thank you for your understanding!!

On that note, let me add — I am blogging from bed today about my Retreat because I seem to have caught some kind of yucky flu bug!! Luckily pictures are all taken – and all I have to do is the actual post part!! Hope you enjoy Day # 3!

Today I want to share about the Love Notes Kit I made for each person! The idea was to encourage all my friends to notice nice things about each other and then tell them in a little note!

The Love Notes Kit looked like this:

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And on the back – it had a description of what was in each kit:

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And there was also a pen washi taped onto the back

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And I closed it on the front with a mini tag and a black clothespin that I added a twine bow and button to!

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Here are the mint, toothpicks, and chocolate kiss – this is how I bagged them up

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NOW – For the MINI CARDS that went into the kit!!

I made 8 sets of 8 mini cards and I am going to show you 4 of them today!!

A Group photo of the second four cards

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Card # 1 Love You

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This card was made from a diecut from a Pebbles 12 by 12 paper! It was added to a premade card from Michaels along with a pink heart brad!! The size is 3 by 3 inches!

Card # 2 You Make Me Smile

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Also 3 by 3 inches this card features another die cut from the same Pebbles 12 by 12 paper! I had cut some pink cardstock for these cards and used some envelopes that I had! Sequins were added to dazzle it up a bit!!

Card # 3 All You Have to Do is Fly

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I feel so repetitious because this card is ALSO 3 by 3 inches and made with a Pebbles Die cut – layered it on some pink scraps from my scrap box!! I think this 12 by 12 piece of paper that I cut everything from is amazing!! I will post a pic at the end of the post!

Card # 4 Sweet

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Made from a premade tab note – 2 by 3 inch size! I added Gold paper and a wood button from American Crafts that said Sweet on it – I tied some really thin jute twine through the button holes and used a 1″ glue dot to secure it to the card!!

Here is the picture of the sheet of die cuts that I cut up and used from Pebbles, Inc.

12 by 12 paper by Pebbles, Inc - From Me to You from Sunny Side Collection as it appeared before I cut it apart.

12 by 12 paper by Pebbles, Inc – From Me to You from Sunny Side Collection as it appeared before I cut it apart.

Here are all the pieces that I cut from the 12 by 12 paper - From Me to You in the Sunny Side Collection by Pebbles, Inc. 39 cute pieces in all!

Here are all the pieces that I cut from the 12 by 12 paper – From Me to You in the Sunny Side Collection by Pebbles, Inc.
39 cute pieces in all!

There you have it – the last 4 of the mini card sets I created for the Retreat!!

What a treat it was to make these for my friends to use!! They each had a set of 8, of the same design, in their Love Notes Kit!! I love sharing BEAUTIFUL things with those I love and care about!!

I will be back later today with the “corny” treat notes I gave them each day!! Lots of puns and playing on words!!

I am grateful for all the friends I have that enrich my life!! I appreciate EACH one of them, near and far!!

Because of the gratitude I have for you and how LUCKY I feel to know you –

***I AM HAVING A GIVEAWAY***

I am giving away this Avery Elle Stamp Set AND a $15.00 Gift Certificate to a store of choice for

ONE of My LUCKY followers!!

!luckygiveawayadj

You need to comment on ALL 4 of my Retreat posts – this is # 3

AND be a follower of my Blog!!

You will have until Wednesday, July 15th to comment and Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 16th!!

Thank YOU so much for being a friend and making my day with your visits!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Love Notes for Retreat # 1

As promised I am back to tell you a little more about the fun we had at the Retreat!

Today I want to share about the Love Notes Kit I made for each person! The idea was to encourage all my friends to notice nice things about each other and then tell them in a little note!

The Love Notes Kit looked like this:

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And on the back – it had a description of what was in each kit:

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And there was also a pen washi taped onto the back

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And I closed it on the front with a mini tag and a black clothespin that I added a twine bow and button to!

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Here are the mint, toothpicks, and chocolate kiss – this is how I bagged them up

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NOW – For the MINI CARDS that went into the kit!!

I made 8 sets of 8 mini cards and I am going to show you 4 of them today!!

A Group photo of the first four cards –

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Card # 1 You are the Sprinkles on the Cupcake of Life

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Made using 3 by 3 card base and envelope! Used Stampin’ Up!’s new set Sprinkles Of Life stamped images on background papers and cut out with the Tree Builder Punch also from SU! Also fussy cut the cupcake bottom! Added a flower and a pink brad!

Card # 2 “BEE”utiful card

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For this little cutie I used a 2 by 3 card with a matching envelope! A Bumblebee Doodlebug Mini Doily was glued down first, then I stamped images from Lawn Fawn’s Bee Mine stamp set on a white circle that was layered in the middle of the doily!! The beautiful word is from an older, name unknown SU! set! Colored the bee in and added a Wink of Stella to the wings!!

Card # 3 Hello, Friend

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This card is also a 3 by 3 card with envelope – the bases and envelopes were purchased from Michaels’ bargain bins quite awhile ago! And the hello friend square is from a sheet of die cuts made by Pebbles and mentioned here!

Card # 4 “SODA” lightful

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This is another 2 by 3 card – I trimmed a thin piece off the side with zigzag scissors and layered some scrap of blue behind it! Also layered a piece of yellow and stamped the -lightful sentiment in black on it and the hearts in Real Red!!  I used the following YNS products – Happy Meal and Fast Food Fun Sentiments  Stamp sets and the matching Happy Meal Die SetStamped the outline images and sentiment in Versafine – Onyx Black  inkpad and used Clear ultra fine embossing powder. Colored image in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and a Zig Detailer Watercolor brush!

I will be Back soon with my Retreat Post # 3 – more Love Notes!!

What a treat it was to make these for my friends to use!! They each had a set of 8, of the same design, in their Love Notes Kit!! I love sharing BEAUTIFUL things with those I love and care about!!

I am grateful for all the friends I have that enrich my life!! I appreciate EACH one of them, near and far!!

Because of the gratitude I have for you and how LUCKY I feel to know you –

***I AM HAVING A GIVEAWAY***

I am giving away this Avery Elle Stamp Set AND a $15.00 Gift Certificate to a store of choice for

ONE of My LUCKY followers!!

!luckygiveawayadj

You need to comment on ALL 4 of my Retreat posts – this is # 2

AND be a follower of my Blog!!

You will have until Wednesday, July 15th to comment and Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 16th!!

Thank YOU so much for being a friend and making my day with your visits!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

Welcome Basket for Retreat

Hello There – I arrived home Saturday around noon from my Women’s Retreat!! I had a wonderful time, and as most of you know I share treats and notes with my fellow retreaters! This year I wanted to change things up a little bit and encourage note writing by everybody. More on that in a while!! But I put together a fun WELCOME basket for each lady!!

Here is my basket:

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What was included in their Blue welcome basket (from Dollar Tree) was the following things:

A Mailbox to receive Love Notes in

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Each person had a mailbox made from a gable box with their name on it! I cut a slit in the top part of the box with an exacto knife and a ruler! A couple of fun buttons and twine were added to jazz it up a little!!

A Love Notes Kit

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More information about this Love Notes kit will be in my next post!! But this is what they looked like from the front!

Tissues

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The tissues were for when we had touching moments and there were lots of those!! The message on them was good for a chuckle from the ladies!!

A Scoop of Chocolate

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And no activity involving women would be complete without CHOCOLATE!!! I had some plastic scoops from the Dollar Tree that I filled with Dove chocolates and Lindt truffles!

Water Bottle w/ drink mix and a straw

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Attached to the water bottle was a drink mix packet (also from Dollar Tree) and a cute yellow straw from a Party Goods store! The patterned paper replaced the regular label and on it it says: H2O and juice to go, with a pretty straw to help it flow, to cure thirst, ya know!!!

We lined them up in the hall way on the main floor next to a big chest that was there! We put some of them on the chest as well!!

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When I say WE I mean myself, and two close friends! We arrived first and were able to set these up before the others got there!!

On the last night we took a picture of all of us – 1 Silly and 1 Regular

Here are the wonderful ladies I spent time with:

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Can you guess which one is me?? Just look for the gal in yellow!!!

I am grateful for all the friends I have that enrich my life!! I appreciate EACH one of them, near and far!!

Because of the gratitude I have for you and how LUCKY I feel to know you –

***I AM HAVING A GIVEAWAY***

I am giving away this Avery Elle Stamp Set AND a $15.00 Gift Certificate to a store of choice for

ONE of My LUCKY followers!!

!luckygiveawayadj

You need to comment on ALL 4 of my Retreat posts – this is # 1

AND be a follower of my Blog!!

You will have until Wednesday, July 15th to comment and Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 16th!!

Thank YOU so much for being a friend and making my day with your visits!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!

A “Happy September” Chocolate Cozy

Sometime ago I saw this idea at my Card Club that I attend at my friend and SU! demonstrator’s house!  She called it a chocolate cozy and she had gotten the idea off of SplitCoastStampers in the gallery!! Here is a link to it!  The link tells you to go to this site PrettyPaperCards.com for a tutorial on how to make it!!

I decided that I wanted to make some of these for the office ladies, Principal and my son’s teacher at our elementary school.  I decided on the # 4 because that is how many cozies you can create from one 12 by 12 piece of patterned paper!

To make mine I cut a piece of Doodlebug Design paper that had apples on it – it was from the Fruit Stand Collection.  It was perfect for this project.  I also had an apple tag and a Doodlebug stamp set with an apple in it that I used in my decorative process. So I cut the paper into 4 – 6 by 6 squares, scored them according to the decorations in the tutorial listed above. Then folded it up the way it said to. I picked ribbon to match my paper and twine to tie it off with.  Added a stamped apple to either side and added a “Happy September” tag when I tied the twine!!

Here is a pictures of the front of my chocolate cozy’s:

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Here I have given you a view from the side:

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And then, finally a line-up of all 4 finished cozy’s – all ready for delivery:

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They were pretty easy to make – the hardest thing was the scoring but after doing one I got the hang of it real quick – I did use my Martha Stewart scoring board for that!!  I suggest practicing on a spare piece of 6 by 6 paper so you get the hang of it and then you will always have a pattern also!

I gave these away this week and hope my recipients enjoyed them!

It was fun to add some chocolate to something beautiful and say “Happy September” to some ladies who do so much for our school!! They are always so awesome and helpful!!

Hope you will give these a try  – they really are fun and I have given you the places to go to understand how to make them!! So, please Go Forth – create beauty and share it!!!

Back to School Dinner with Favors

Alrighty, then!! I promised to share about our Back to School Dinner tradition – so here goes, hold onto your seats, cuz it is a long post with details and pics of all 8 favors I created for them with a piece of advice on each one!!

I thought I would show you first the table and the way I set it up and what I used!  Here is the first pic of the table –

A View of the table and how it looked when it was set and ready for our dinner!

A View of the table and how it looked when it was set and ready for our dinner!

And here is another pic with details about the cups and placemats – I made the placecards using scraps of penmanship designer paper and adding a crayon sticker that matched the cup color!!

A view of the 12 by 12 paper I used as placemats from a Back to School Paper collection!  Got the adorable crayon cups in the party section of my grocery store!

A view of the 12 by 12 paper I used as placemats from a Back to School Paper collection! Got the adorable crayon cups in the party section of my grocery store!

The menu for this evening was build your own french bread pizzas – a particular favorite around here!! Then I also made a fruit salad to serve with it.  That is what the clear, plastic cups are for there in the center of the table!

So, let’s talk about the bags at the end of the table – they are just plain white bakers bags each with a library pocket from my banner clipped to the front of them!  Each card within the pockets has a piece of advice that starts with that letter.  The first pocket is hooked onto two bags and there are 2 cards of advice – Back and 2. Then it goes S,C,H,O,O,L!! Here is a close up picture of the bags –

Favor bags - each one has a piece of advice with a favor for my three children!  Notice I clipped to the bags the library envelopes from my countdown banner with Clothespins! Each piece of advice starts with the letter on the bag!!

Favor bags – each one has a piece of advice with a favor for my three children! Notice I clipped to the bags the library envelopes from my countdown banner with Clothespins! Each piece of advice starts with the letter on the bag!!

After our yummy dinner had been consumed by all of us – I proceeded to give the kiddos advice by pulling a card out and reading them the advice and then opening the bag and giving them the favor that went with that item!! Lots of my advice is “corny” to match the items I gave them – you’ll see what I mean!!

So card # 1 was Back – here is the favor and advice on the tag

Be a "Star" - "Burst" Back into school with a great attitude!

Be a “Star” – “Burst” Back into school with a great attitude!

Card # 2 was the number 2

"g" - "orange" you glad for teachers! Remember "2" respect them - do not make them "blue"

“g” – “orange” you glad for teachers! Remember “2” respect them – do not make them “blue”

Card # 3 – the Letter S

Tag says: Stay "sharp" - Do your homework every day!

Tag says: Stay “sharp” – Do your homework every day!

Card # 4 – the Letter C

Advice to go with the crayons - "Color" Lots of Fun into your life!!

Advice to go with the crayons – “Color” Lots of Fun into your life!!

Card # 5 – the Letter H

Advice on this tag - Help Others to feel like they are "No. 1"

Advice on this tag – Help Others to feel like they are “No. 1”

Card # 6 – Letter O

Advice on this tag is -  O"pen" your mind to learning!!!

Advice on this tag is – O”pen” your mind to learning!!!

Card # 7 – Letter O

Tag says - Only "pencil" in time for quality studying!!

Tag says – Only “pencil” in time for quality studying!!

Card # 8 – Letter L

This tag reads - "Lead" others to Do Good!!

This tag reads – “Lead” others to Do Good!!

I had so much fun making this fun dinner and favors for my kiddos – They are awesome and I wanted to give them some advice about succeeding in the school year but I did not want it to be a lecture so this is what I came up with!! They love this tradition and always look forward to seeing what kind of favors I will come up with!! Thanks for stopping by – I hope you enjoyed this rather long post – I appreciate you spending the time to see what it was all about!! You are the best!! Have a beautiful day!!

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Green, Blue, and Purple Treats

Well, hello there!! I am home now from my retreat and have gotten unpacked and had a restful Sunday!!

So, now is a good time to show you the next day’s treats that I handed out!

The First one was Green:

2 pkgs of mint gum - Doublemint and Extra - I added the label and tied them together with green twine!

2 pkgs of mint gum – Doublemint and Extra – I added the label and tied them together with green twine!

  After Lunch it was time for a Blue treat:

Cute paper sack with 4 of these Ghirardelli mini's put inside!! Taped shut with washi!  Added this label and tied with blue twine!

Cute paper sack with 4 of these Ghirardelli mini’s put inside!! Taped shut with washi! Added this label and tied with blue twine!

When things were all cleaned up from dinner, it was time for a purple treat:

Treats in a cello bag with a diecut for the tag - EASY!!!

Treats in a cello bag with a diecut for the tag – EASY!!!

The note on the tag said this –

Text on the back of the diecut for the purple/grape treat!!

Text on the back of the diecut for the purple/grape treat!!

There is only one last treat to share with you and this one was the parting gift I gave after we had breakfast on Saturday  and began to pack up!!

Here it is – the final, parting treat:

Wrapped Hershey nuggets with labels I added color to!  Lined up in a cello bag for pretzel rods by Wilton!

Wrapped Hershey nuggets with labels I added color to! Lined up in a cello bag for pretzel rods by Wilton!

And the tag for this treat said –

Note attached to the Hershey Nuggets Rainbow treat!!

Note attached to the Hershey Nuggets Rainbow treat!!

There you go, a whole “rainbow” of fun Treat notes made with much love for my friends!!

I feel almost selfish because I enjoyed SOOOO much making these for them!! I love making beautiful things to show others I care!!

Red, Yellow, and Orange Treats

Hi – it’s me!  I had a quiet minute at the retreat so I decided to share yesterday’s treats with you!!

So, Red was the first color of the rainbow so I made a strawberry!

Strawberry made by putting fruit snacks into the corner of a sandwich bag and tying with green twine!

Strawberry made by putting fruit snacks into the corner of a sandwich bag and tying with green twine!

And here is how I packaged it:

This little tiny kraft sack is crazy cute!! Love it - I added a stamped strawberry and some twine to cute it up!!

This little tiny kraft sack is crazy cute!! Love it – I added a stamped strawberry and some twine to cute it up!!

And I wrote the note on the back of the bag:

Here is the text that I put on the back of the cute little bag!!

Here is the text that I put on the back of the cute little bag!!

Next came an Orange treat for after lunch  – It looked like this:

"Orange" you glad to know that I "carrots" for you!!

“Orange” you glad to know that I “carrots” for you!!

The containers came in a package of 10 from the dollar store in the wedding section!  I filled them with orange sixlets that I purchased at a Party store!!

Yellow (MY FAVORITE COLOR) was handed out after dinner :

This photo shows how cute and little the jar is - I fit 5 pieces of taffy in it!

This photo shows how cute and little the jar is – I fit 5 pieces of taffy in it!

I found adorable little jars at Hobby Lobby and filled them with yellow taffy!! So cute!

Here is the tag I put on the lid:

Cute jar from Hobby Lobby filled with yellow taffy!! Label says - Oh, Yellow!! A Jar of Sunshine for you!!

Cute jar from Hobby Lobby filled with yellow taffy!! Label says – Oh, Yellow!! A Jar of Sunshine for you!!

SO, there you go, Retreat Day 2 treat notes  in all their sweetness and cuteness!! They were all very graciously and thankfully received by my friends!!  Here is a pic of our group:

This is the great group of ladies I am spending the retreat with this year!!

This is the great group of ladies I am spending the retreat with this year!!

Can you figure out which one is me?  Need a hint – on the front row, with the gray shirt!

Happy Day to you all, and know that I am thinking of all my blog friends and wishing you a happy day!

Thanks for letting my share these things with you!!

A “Rainbow” of Fun

Hello to all my blog friends!! I am popping in to start showing you the fun “rainbow” of treats I made for my friends at our retreat!! Do you see a theme emerging – perhaps a “rainbow” one!! The first gift I gave my gals was this:

Pouch for rainbow kool-aids made by sewing up the sides of this cute, flat kraft sack!

Pouch for rainbow kool-aids made by sewing up the sides of this cute, flat kraft sack!

Here is a photo of the tag that went in the back pocket:

Here is a pic that shows what the tag says that tucks into the back of the sack!

Here is a pic that schows what the tag says that tucks into the back of the sack!

I got this really great idea from Diane Jacquay of Peaceful Lane. She made some for summer using only 3 colors here and I decided to try putting all 6 colors of the rainbow into the pouch!! It was tight but it helped them stay put where I lined them up!! I am so grateful to Diane for the inspiration I received from her amazing blog!!

So stay tuned – today I gave them 3 treats, something red in the morning, an orange treat after lunch, and yellow sweetness after dinner.   I will try to take a quick minute tomorrow to show you!!

Thanks for all the support and well wishes!  I have done close to 75 pages today!! Yeah for me!! I love creating pages to save my children’s precious, beautiful memories

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Love Notes for my Family

Well, today is the day – I am off to my Girls Retreat later this afternoon!! Yes, I am so excited!! I look forward to working on the 126 scrapbook pages I have prepped, making thank you’s for my dad to use, and maybe starting a stitching project too!! But mostly, I am excited to spend time with dear friends!!

It has become a tradition at our house that, while I am away, I will leave a love note for my kidlets and hubby each day!! And I thought I would share what surprises I am leaving for them!  I can show you on here because my husband is the only one in my house who looks at my blog & he already knows what I am doing so I am not spoiling anyone’s surprise!!

This picture shows the envelopes with treats in them all lined up and ready to open on the right day!

Treat envelopes - already to go!! There is one per day I am gone - except Friday! I did two treats for that day!

Treat envelopes – already to go!! There is one per day I am gone – except Friday! I did two treats for that day!

Alrighty – Treat # 1

Skittles with Rainbow notes for Wednesday evening!

Skittles with Rainbow notes for Wednesday evening!

 

Rainbow tag - front and back shown here!  Says - Hope you have a "Rainbow" of fun!!

Rainbow tag – front and back shown here! Says – Hope you have a “Rainbow” of fun!!

Up Next is Treat # 2

Green Apple Laffy Taffys in cello bags with a tag!

Green Apple Laffy Taffys in cello bags with a tag!

Tag for green apple Laffy Taffys - Youre the "Apple" of my eye!!

Tag for green apple Laffy Taffys – Youre the “Apple” of my eye!!

And Then we have Treat # 3

4 cello bags filled with lifesavor candies!!

4 cello bags filled with lifesavor candies!!

Note says - You are my "lifesavor"!!

Note says – You are my “lifesavor”!!

Treat # 4 is this:

Here are the Reese's treats for Friday before bed!!

Here are the Reese’s treats for Friday before bed!!

Tag says - The "Reeses"on for this treat is to say I Love You!!

Tag says – The “Reeses”on for this treat is to say I Love You!!

And last, but certainly not least, is Treat # 5:

Cute monkey tags to go with the Laffy Taffys - I am "bananas" over you!!

Cute monkey tags to go with the Laffy Taffys – I am “bananas” over you!!

Banana Laffy Taffys on a cello bag with monkey tag - I am "bananas" over you!!

Banana Laffy Taffys on a cello bag with monkey tag – I am “bananas” over you!!

These monkeys were created from this idea here!

This is something fun I like to do to remind them that their mom/wife is thinking of them!! It’s just a few beautiful things I make to show my favorite people that I care!!

Thanks for coming by – I hope you are staying tuned because I will be showing the treats I made for my friends very soon!!