Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday Made it & Must Have Mondays

Two linkies on this Monday morning.

It's my last Monday to work this school year. YAHOOEY!

As I clean my room for the summer, this is my MUST HAVE!

When I started teaching, this was all we had and it was better than nothing. But, it just didn't work as well.

I wanted something for the end of the year gifts.  Saw this idea on Pinterest.
Cute Orange Gift Bag-an orange bag with orange soda, Cheetos, Reese's pieces and other orange items.

I have been searching for whatever I can that is orange. These are the things I collected. I had 11 gifts to buy so I had to be thrifty. The food was easy. But, I wanted more than just food items.

fingernail polish, nail file, bath sponge, peach tea, Kit-Kat, orange cream gun, cheese crackers,
 Reeses cup, and an orange Popsicle
I made these tags.

Then filled plastic jars I bought in December at Target. We found these after Christmas when they were 70% off. I knew instantly I wanted a bunch. I knew we would eat the goodies and I would reuse the jars. They are perfect. I gave my son's teacher one stuffed for teacher appreciation in May. The rest, I am giving to my department this week as an end of the year gift. (there are 8 of them)

Imagine the tag tied around with orange ribbon. Still have a few days.... 

I found orange pails for my son's teacher and the day care teachers for my youngest.

Pinterest was a lifesaver for me. I learned how to start with this:

and go to this: 

  • Soak the plastic jar in hot water. (the longer the better) 
  • Then wipe peanut butter over the sticky part.

  •  Let sit for 10 minutes and wipe. 
Yes, peanut butter! It was mind blowing to me!!!! But, it works and that's what matters to me! I keep every jar we use. This makes reusing them so much easier.


  1. I found your blog via Sabra's linky party!
    That is an amazing idea for end of the year gifts!! Does Peanut Butter work on glass too? I have been wanting to take the labels off of wine bottles for a while now! It is amazing what things work to solve small problems! I love it!

    1. I haven't tried glass, but I bet it will! I have soaked and soaked glass jars, but this way is so much easier.


  2. I have one of those flat head staple removers:) Breaking down the room was so much more annoying before I found it!

  3. I have one of those staple removers, too. Love it!!

    Fifth in the Middle

  4. Love the orange gifts - so creative!

    Wow - what a fabulous technique for getting a label off! I am so impressed :)

    Flat head staple removers are definitely the way to go!

    Joy in the Journey

  5. Very cute! Love it!! I need to be this creative next year. I was in a rush at the last minute this year and didn't do anything cute! :O(

    Collaboration Cuties

  6. Love the peanut butter idea! So simple yet so effective. :) Love it! Thanks for the great ideas.
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  7. I agree with the staple remover! My teammate is always borrowing mine because it's so handy, lol. LOVE the orange gift! I'm going to have to try that peanut butter trick on my cabinets at school, haha. When I got there there was a lot of sticky residue left from tape on the cabinets and NOTHING is getting it off, not even Goo Gone :o( Thanks for linking up!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  8. I totally agree with the staple remover too. Our school is getting painted this summer and the staples from the past 10 years had to be removed. I'm not a big staple person but some previous folks sure were :-(

    room 4 imagination