And so, today marks the end of Littlebit’s first academic year at play school. She didn’t do a full year, starting in February 2013 but nevertheless it was her first “year” in education.
We’ve been so impressed by the play school we are sending her for an extra day in September so she will increase to 3 days a week. She settled in there everso quickly, mainly down to the kind and caring staff and is always so full of all the activities they’ve been doing when she comes home each day and she quite obviously adores all of the staff and talks about them constantly on her non play school days.
All of this is why we have spent the last few afternoons creating some cards and gifts for the staff, by way of a thank you.
We took our inspiration from Pinterest – pinspiration!
First I printed off some basic thank you pictures from Netmums and Littlebit set to painting them an array of colours. We also tipped some glitter onto some of them and added some sparkly sequins too.
I printed a photo of Littlebit painting these pictures so we could stick them inside the cards.
We scribbled, and stuck, and wrote in each of the cards. Littlebit choosing which member of staff should have which colour and drawing a “picture of them” inside each one. And then choosing which painting should go on the front of each too. This was the cards complete.
As gifts we went to our local Lidl as they always have cute little plants in stock and at reasonable prices. We decided on some Aloe Vera plants, not only fitting of our theme but also a useful plant too.
I printed the little signs, including a photo of Littlebit in her play school uniform, and Littlebit stuck each one on a lollipop stick. Then we popped one in each plant.
We finished off with a print off of 20 Ways To Use Aloe Vera (edited from “How stuff works“) in the cards, just in case they didn’t already know how amazing this ugly little plant is.
1. Pamper yourself to a soothing body rub. Slice aloe leaves lengthwise and use the inner sides as a biodegradable body scrub in the shower.
2. Treat burns from minor mishaps in the kitchen—from grease splatters or hot utensils.
3. For more major kitchen mishaps like a scald, mix some aloe gel and vitamin E oil into a little jar for a homemade burn healer.
4. Banish black and blue bruises by swabbing on the good goo.
5. Soothe and heal sunburn, the feel-good way. Aloe contains cooling properties similar to menthol.
6. Take the sting or itch out of insect bites.
7. Alleviate mysterious rashes.
8. Fight Athlete’s Foot.
9. Swab over blisters for quick relief.
10. Replace aloe with conditioner for silkier, smoother hair.
11. Remove eye makeup.
12. Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma.
13. Make skin new again with an exfoliating organic sugar scrub by mixing together two tbsp of aloe vera, 2 tbsp of organic brown sugar and 1 tsp of organic lemon juice.
14. Replace creams and lotions as a general moisturiser for dry skin. Aloe is fast absorbing!
15. Prevent pesky pimples and treat acne.
16. Soothe Psoriasis and help eliminate Eczema.
17. Prevent scarring and stretch marks.
18. Help rid of Rosacea.
19. Shrink warts.
20. Reverse signs of aging skin and wrinkles. Cleopatra did!