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Get an A in Creativity

August 7, 2014

Help the kids start the school year off the right way and get to the head of the class by surprising their teacher with a creative gift straight from the heart! All four of these ideas are simple to recreate, so enlist the help of your little students for the perfect activity to get them excited for the first day of school.

Pair these unique DIY teacher gifts with an apple-themed treat, and the will be well on their way to becoming teacher’s pet.

Creative + Cool DIY Teacher Gifts

Personalize a Mini Easel


Add a touch of artistic flair to their work space with this simple and unique DIY Mini Art Easel from Skip to my Lou! Add your own message to the easel or stick to writing out their name for a cool desk decoration. The best part? They can erase the message and fill in with their own well words or wisdom for a gift they’ll love showing off for the entire school year!

Pair Flowers with a DIY Pencil Vase


Sharpen their work space with a vase adorned in #2 pencils with this craft idea from! Using simply a vase, pencils, and a rubber band, you can create a gift that’ll add a fun and festive touch to the whole classroom.

Create a Flower Pen Bouquet


Put a floral twist on the professor’s writing instruments with these DIY Flower Pens from HGTV. Make a few and toss them into a pot or small vase for a bouquet that will wow without ever wilting!

Fill this Terra Cotta Apple Mug with Sweets


Turn an ordinary terra cotta pot into a reusable apple-shaped storage container filled with sweets! This is one DIY gift they’ll want to hold on to and show off during their next visit to the teacher’s lounge with this how-to from Seven Thirty Three.

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Send Your Smart Cookies Some Love at College

August 7, 2014

Your scholar may have moved into their newly decorated dorms, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still reminiscing about family vacations and movie nights! Surprise them with a care package that lets them know they’re near at heart, no matter how far in distance they may be.

When compiling the perfect care package for your special someone, keep in mind their unique personalities as well as their living habits. When picking out the ideal food products for your care package, keep in mind durability and shelf life. For example, Cheryl’s cookies arrive individually packaged and can be frozen for up to 6 months – the key here is the perfect balance of freshness, flavor, and convenience!

Here are 4 unique homemade care package ideas and themes to help inspire and educate:

Box of Sunshine


Who can help but smile when they receive a box full of bright, happy sunshine?! This idea featured on Happy Money Saver is simple; just stick to vibrant, yellow products (sunflower buttercream cookies, anyone?) and throw in a few sunshine-themed cut-outs and confetti to add some serious smile to their day!

Stationery Package


A message posted on a Facebook wall is nice, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling one gets when opening a handwritten letter from the ones they love. Give your special scholar a hand with keeping in touch by surprising them with all of the fixins they need to become pros of the written word with a unique stationery-filled care package like this one featured by Ann Marie Loves.

College Dorm Survival Cake


A college survival care package filled with all of the necessities for dorm life– from school supplies to shower gear – is a great way to give them a head start on college living. Lyah Designs put a fun twist on this classic care package by turning it into a unique “cake!”

Study Break Package


Between getting acclimated to living on their own to late-night cram sessions, those students could sure use a break! Surprise them with a fun and snack-filled care package with this Study Break Package idea featured at In MomoPause. Include your scholar’s favorite treats, energy drinks, and entertainment choices (music gift cards, card games, DVDs) for the ultimate gift to keep them going when the going gets tough.

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Back-to-School Blues?

August 7, 2014

Make the First Day Fun Again!

It’s never too late to start a yearly tradition! Add some excitement and anticipation to your child’s first day of school by starting one (or all) of these traditions; it’ll not only be a great way to track your little scholar’s progress but will also make for some priceless memories and keepsakes you’ll want to hold on to forever.

Make a Back to School Time Capsule


With each passing school year, your child learns, grows, and develops his or her own unique view on things while growing their list of likes and dislikes. Celebrate this growth by letting your child experience it for themselves; help them make a time capsule on the first day of school and then join them on the last day of school as they dig it up and unwrap their memories! Such The Spot shares her take on this fun idea including a downloadable questionnaire they’ll love filling out.

Create and Keep a First Day of School Interview


Each year on the first day of school, have your child fill out a back-to-school interview (with the same questions every time). Create a binder or scrapbook out of their answers; on their last day of high school, gift them with this binder for them to see how far they’ve come! Giggles Galore shared a printable interview to make this one fuss-free activity!

Stage a First Day of School Photo Shoot…with Chalk

Immortalize the memory of your child’s first day of school by staging a first day of school photo shoot!


Take a Photo of your special scholar on their first day, sharing their hopes and aspirations. Create a chalkboard prop similar to the one made by Just Us Four so you can reuse it yearly for less fuss and more fun! Take one every year until they graduate (or become too stubborn to cooperate).


Have your child channel their inner artist with easily erasable and fun chalk like Paging Fun Mums did! Depending on their age, you may want to write their grade number, while having them write or draw out their future aspirations.

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Celebrate Back to School with These Apple-Themed Treats

August 6, 2014

Back to school time can certainly be stressful.

Make the first day of school sweeter by celebrating with festive apple-themed treats and desserts that scholars of all ages will love!

back-to-school-apple-treat-apple-cookies-cheryls Buttercream Frosted Apple Cookies

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but an apple cookie a day will keep them smiling all the way to the classroom! There’s nothing that’ll sweeten their day more than a bite from a delicious Cheryl’s famous buttercream frosted cookie! Our back to school gifts feature a collection of apple-shaped cookie treats sporting their first-day best!


back-to-school-apple-treat-candied-apples-1800basketsCandied Apples

For an apple gift that’s both fresh, festive, and drizzled with a dessert-ready touch, a gift from 1800Baskets’ Candied Apple collection is a must. From nuts to apple pie flavor, you’ll find the perfect decadent gourmet apple treat to satisfy your special scholar.






back-to-school-apple-treat-fruit-bouqets-appletiniChocolate Dipped Apple Slices

Love the idea of dessert dipped apples but can’t handle the crunch of a full apple? Choose from one of the must-try chocolate dipped apple slices from Fruit Bouquets, like this celebration-worthy “Apple-tini,” a great way to toast to the start of a new school year!






Sour Green Apple Popcorn

Chocolate covered apples are tasty, but if your little scholar is a snacking fan, surprise them with a tub of The Popcorn Factory’s famous popcorn in Sour Green Apple flavor! Crunchy, sweet, with a touch of tang, they are sure to love this green snack.





Aback-to-school-apple-treat-celebrations-apple-juleppple Julep Mocktail

All of these apple themed treats are sure to get them thirsty! Whip up a celebratory batch of this Apple Julep Mocktail from to wash it all down with.

Happy Back to School!

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Favorite Back to School memory?

August 23, 2011
Apple Bucket

Apple Bucket

While Summer is coming to an end, we reflect on the many memories we have made during this fun and relaxing season. But, it is also time to move onto another memorable point of the year – Back to School!

Whether you are going back to school yourself or are sending your child to school for the first time, we all want a sweet treat to remind us of home. Our gourmet cookies make wonderful care packages for college students, sweet surprises in children’s packed lunches or to say thanks to your favorite teachers.

So, in honor of the season we would like to know what is your favorite Back to School memory?

We will be giving away 3 of our festive Apple Buckets filled with our delicious buttercream frosted Apple shaped Cut-out Cookies.

To enter, let us know, in 1-2 paragraphs, what’s your favorite Back to School memory.

And the winners are….
Winner #1: Written By Elizabet Valenzuela on August 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm
Winner #2: Written By Tina Z on August 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm
Winner #3: Written By Kathleen Samuelson on August 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm