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First, I’d like to apologize for my awkwardness in photos. I’ve never done this before, please be nice to me.
For reference, I am a super non fancy size med/large usually. I am about 5’3” and weigh approximately 150 pounds.
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Tank top Amazon finds
I like this one, but the stripes are sewn in (so it’s technically 5 pieces sewn together) and you can feel the seam. If you are sensitive to sensory stuff like that, wear a tank under it or don’t buy it! This is a size medium and the style was “A color black.”
This one I had last year but it was a victim to the crayon in washer incident last year (IYKYK). It is a size large and is one of my favorites for the summer. The style is “B Gray Striped.”
Definitely a keeper. It is soft, stretchy and so comfortable. It is a size medium and the style is called “B Black.”
This one is ribbed which I am not a huge fan of so I will probably return it. I liked the buttons at the top! It is a size medium and the style is “Green&white&black.”
These are super comfy and I want to keep them so badly but I don’t need new pjs. The drawstring is functional which I love. They’re soft and would be very great for sleeping! These are a size medium and the style is “Lake Green.”
This one is too big for sure – the buttons are functional which was kind of annoying but I think if it were the right size for me, it would be super cute. This is a size large and the color is “A-orange.”
I am obsessed with this dress and it is a fucking keeper. It has pockets, is super soft and I love it. I will return and get a smaller size (this is a large, I have a lot of room in it) but it will be a staple this summer for sure. Style is “reverse rainbow-grey.”
Another really cute style. The sleeves aren’t really capped like in the photo but it works. It’s comfortable and would be great for pjs too. It also has pockets! The drawstring is not functional. This is a size medium, color “01-rust.”
This is pretty see through. If you get this one, I recommend a darker color. Would be great for pjs also – haha. Has pockets and a functional drawstring. Size med, color “light blue.”
That is my summer amazon haul for moms! Super comfortable clothes because life is too short for clothes that don’t feel great.
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Teacher gifts – arguably one of the most hot button topics in moms groups as the holidays (and end of the year parties) approach. I’ve polled some teachers and have created a great gift guide for those important teachers in your life!
The holidays are so amazing, aren’t they?
They certainly can be, but I find that the most stressful part of the holidays is finding the best gifts for everyone on your list. But on the top of almost everyone’s list (outside of family) are those teachers. The people who spend so much time with your kids, whether we’re talking daycare, preschool or elementary school. They are such an important part of your lives and your kids’ lives. We want to treat them right, am I right?
First, let me address the “do I need to get my teacher anything?” question. In short, no. You absolutely do not. To be honest, I did not have a list of who was giving gifts and who wasn’t giving gifts. It doesn’t make a teacher treat your kid differently (yes, I’ve heard that question before from parents!). Anything you decide to give is appreciated – whether it be a tiny piece of chocolate or a $50 Target gift card. It means you and your child were thinking of them and that warms their heart!
In my 10 years of teaching and managing, I have received some of the best and some of the most odd gifts you can imagine. In the mom’s groups I’m a part of on Facebook, every year around this time people are asking what we’re doing for our kids’ teachers. Almost always, you have teachers chime in and tell the moms what to get and what not to get.
With the help of my trusty old memory and my teacher mom friends, I have compiled a list for you. Things to get your kids’ teachers and things to take a hard pass on this year. Also, here is a free printable if you want your teachers to fill it out for you so you can get even better stuff.
Teacher gifts to buy:
- Gift cards. I think this one is pretty obvious. Every teacher is so different. I always hate giving gift cards because it feels so impersonal to me. But with teachers, I think it is an exception. I have worked with so many teachers with such different personalities. With a gift card, that teacher can spend it on him/herself – and trust me, they appreciate it! Some gift card ideas:
- Movie theatre
- Liquor store
- Lettuce Entertain You
- Dunkin Donuts/Starbucks
- Red Box
- Visa gift card
- Beverages. But, always ask first! This goes for alcohol and coffee. When I taught, I had stacks and stacks of Starbucks and DD gift cards and you know what? I hated coffee! I didn’t start drinking coffee until I had kids (go figure). As far as the alcohol goes, please make sure they are of drinking age and it’s okay with the higher ups. A gift card might be better in place of an actual bottle of wine 😉 Not every teacher drinks wine and coffee. I know, hard to believe.
- A nice, thoughtful letter. Teachers want to be appreciated. Sometimes it can be the most thankless job out there. So just write them a letter and if your child is old enough, have them do the same. This one was mentioned a lot and I remember really enjoying reading some I received as well.
- Pens. Sounds silly, right? Teachers love different colored pens! Teachers go through pens like water because they get used up or stolen/lost. Buy them one of those huge packs from Costco!
- Personalized blanket. Last year I made these for my son’s preschool teachers (and towels for end of year) and they were a huge hit. I tossed in some warm socks and some R+F stuff for the winter. You can order some personalized ones here (sorry, shameless plug!) but the deadline is 12/1 to make sure they come in time for Christmas break. You could also order some for anyone else!
- Essential oils. Yes, out comes the weirdo in me. A roller bottle for winter time! Ask your local distributor! A couple teachers I polled said they received roller bottles to help with fighting winter colds and they loved them.
- Baking mix. I hate baking because I feel like it takes too long and makes such a mess. One year I had a parent (who is now a good friend and our boys are besties – shout out to Karla!) give me the dry ingredients in a really nice glass canister. It had directions on how to make the cookies (just had to add a few wet ingredients). Bonus – I now have a glass canister I use in my kitchen and I think of Zach each time I make rice! 😉
Teacher gifts to avoid:
- Smelly stuff. Teachers get so much of this. Hand sanitizer, lotions, candles, body washes, etc. A lot of times teachers will get stuff that they do not like. The only exception to this rule is if you know for a fact that they like that scent and want it. I know, I know…”but Melanie, you said get them essential oils!” This is different! Trust me! The oils can help you fight colds.
- Candy. So much candy. Again, the only exception is if you know they like it and it’s their favorite.
- Clothes. Yes, this happens. Stick to a gift card to a clothing store if you are really set on clothes.
- Apple related gifts. Not every teacher likes apples.
So there you have it! A teacher gift guide written by teachers! Have fun 🙂