It’s time for another splurge vs. save post, because we love looking good for less! If you’re ITK when it comes to this year’s seasonal trends, then you know sporty skirts are all the rage this summer. This athletic chic look mixes preppy and practical pieces for a look that will take you from a morning on the courts to an afternoon lunch on the boat. Or just, like, running errands around town, dropping the kids off at camp, wistfully gazing out at your backyard wishing you had panoramic views of the Long Island Sound…whatever. See our summer splurge vs. save inspiration below.

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A striped long sleeve tee is a versatile top for summer! This one from J. Crew costs $50, while this one from J. Crew Factory is only $20.

A white pleated tennis skirt is a super trendy seasonal piece. This version from Lululemon costs $68, while this version from Gap is only $29.

A simple cardigan is a classy addition to your look. This version from J. Crew is $40, while this version from Amazon is only $21.

A neutral belt bag is a great on-the-go accessory. This one from Lululemon costs $38, while this style from Amazon is just $9.

And white tennis sneakers are the perfect finishing touch. This pair from Sam Edelman costs $80, but this pair from J. Crew Factory is only $46.

Shade your eyes from the strong summer sun! These ones from Quince are $50, but this style from Amazon is only $15.

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A themed birthday party is the perfect way to celebrate your child by giving them a day full of the things they love the most! Finding just the right decor, snacks, activities can feel overwhelming, but Kristy is an expert party planner and has all the best tips and tricks. She threw this baseball-themed party for her son’s fifth birthday and she knocked it out of the park! Check out her party ideas below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

First up, snacks! This concessions stand is the perfect way to keep all the best baseball game favorites in one place. From popcorn to sunflower seeds to cotton candy, this snack table covered all the bases!

Is it a baseball party without Dippin’ Dots?? I absolutely looked into getting the real thing but it was about $200 to ship!! I love my son but notttttt that much…thank goodness for Walmart! I found these alternatives that are almost like the real thing – they were so good!

I even made this cute sign that I attached to the ice cream cooler and paired with these plastic helmet bowls!

These pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory were a homerun! I grabbed 50 for $30 and got a few different sauces on the side for dipping:

  • Brownie Batter
  • Buttercream (kids’ favorite)
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Mustard 
  • Cinnamon (my favorite)

Game day wouldn’t be complete without the candy! The kids loved being able to grab a couple of their favorite sugary treats throughout the party, and these fun decorative signs kept the theme going throughout.

And of course, a baseball cake with a baseball candle! We did half vanilla/half chocolate and my local ShopRite bakery made it. Also, would you believe me if I told you that when I cut the cake, I literally cut it perfectly down the middle splitting the two flavors…not a crumb of flavors mixed. I couldn’t do that again if I tried! It’s the little things in life, right??

Obviously we needed a few activities to keep the hopped-up-on-sugar kiddos occupied, so I made this baseball scavenger hunt and printed images on cardstock (if you have more time than I did, you can laminate them and reuse)! The kids had a blast! I hid the pieces all over the backyard and they had to find all of the objects before they could redeem a prize – I went to the dollar store and grabbed a bunch of dollar gifts so I’d have enough for everyone.

This cardboard pop-up playhouse was a hit! The kids colored on it all day in between games and food!

An no birthday celebration is complete without the perfect party outfit!! I found this jersey-style top and this adorable headband adorned with baseball-themed charms, and paired them with a pair of jeans and simple sneakers for a sporty chic look!

Check out Frugal & Thriving’s Amazon storefront for even more baseball birthday party ideas!

A themed birthday party is the perfect way to celebrate your child by giving them a day full of the things they love the most! Finding just the right decor, snacks, activities can feel overwhelming, but Kristy is an expert party planner and has all the best tips and tricks. She threw this baseball-themed party for her son’s fifth birthday and she knocked it out of the park! Check out her party ideas below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

First up, snacks! This concessions stand is the perfect way to keep all the best baseball game favorites in one place. From popcorn to sunflower seeds to cotton candy, this snack table covered all the bases!

Is it a baseball party without Dippin’ Dots?? I absolutely looked into getting the real thing but it was about $200 to ship!! I love my son but notttttt that much…thank goodness for Walmart! I found these alternatives that are almost like the real thing – they were so good!

I even made this cute sign that I attached to the ice cream cooler and paired with these plastic helmet bowls!

These pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory were a homerun! I grabbed 50 for $30 and got a few different sauces on the side for dipping:

  • Brownie Batter
  • Buttercream (kids’ favorite)
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Mustard 
  • Cinnamon (my favorite)

Game day wouldn’t be complete without the candy! The kids loved being able to grab a couple of their favorite sugary treats throughout the party, and these fun decorative signs kept the theme going throughout.

And of course, a baseball cake with a baseball candle! We did half vanilla/half chocolate and my local ShopRite bakery made it. Also, would you believe me if I told you that when I cut the cake, I literally cut it perfectly down the middle splitting the two flavors…not a crumb of flavors mixed. I couldn’t do that again if I tried! It’s the little things in life, right??

Obviously we needed a few activities to keep the hopped-up-on-sugar kiddos occupied, so I made this baseball scavenger hunt and printed images on cardstock (if you have more time than I did, you can laminate them and reuse)! The kids had a blast! I hid the pieces all over the backyard and they had to find all of the objects before they could redeem a prize – I went to the dollar store and grabbed a bunch of dollar gifts so I’d have enough for everyone.

This cardboard pop-up playhouse was a hit! The kids colored on it all day in between games and food!

An no birthday celebration is complete without the perfect party outfit!! I found this jersey-style top and this adorable headband adorned with baseball-themed charms, and paired them with a pair of jeans and simple sneakers for a sporty chic look!

Check out Frugal & Thriving’s Amazon storefront for even more baseball birthday party ideas!

close up photography of four baseballs on green lawn grasses

A themed birthday party is the perfect way to celebrate your child by giving them a day full of the things they love the most! Finding just the right decor, snacks, activities can feel overwhelming, but Kristy is an expert party planner and has all the best tips and tricks. She threw this baseball-themed party for her son’s fifth birthday and she knocked it out of the park! Check out her party ideas below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

First up, snacks! This concessions stand is the perfect way to keep all the best baseball game favorites in one place. From popcorn to sunflower seeds to cotton candy, this snack table covered all the bases!

Is it a baseball party without Dippin’ Dots?? I absolutely looked into getting the real thing but it was about $200 to ship!! I love my son but notttttt that much…thank goodness for Walmart! I found these alternatives that are almost like the real thing – they were so good!

I even made this cute sign that I attached to the ice cream cooler and paired with these plastic helmet bowls!

These pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory were a homerun! I grabbed 50 for $30 and got a few different sauces on the side for dipping:

  • Brownie Batter
  • Buttercream (kids’ favorite)
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Mustard 
  • Cinnamon (my favorite)

Game day wouldn’t be complete without the candy! The kids loved being able to grab a couple of their favorite sugary treats throughout the party, and these fun decorative signs kept the theme going throughout.

And of course, a baseball cake with a baseball candle! We did half vanilla/half chocolate and my local ShopRite bakery made it. Also, would you believe me if I told you that when I cut the cake, I literally cut it perfectly down the middle splitting the two flavors…not a crumb of flavors mixed. I couldn’t do that again if I tried! It’s the little things in life, right??

Obviously we needed a few activities to keep the hopped-up-on-sugar kiddos occupied, so I made this baseball scavenger hunt and printed images on cardstock (if you have more time than I did, you can laminate them and reuse)! The kids had a blast! I hid the pieces all over the backyard and they had to find all of the objects before they could redeem a prize – I went to the dollar store and grabbed a bunch of dollar gifts so I’d have enough for everyone.

This cardboard pop-up playhouse was a hit! The kids colored on it all day in between games and food!

An no birthday celebration is complete without the perfect party outfit!! I found this jersey-style top and this adorable headband adorned with baseball-themed charms, and paired them with a pair of jeans and simple sneakers for a sporty chic look!

Check out Frugal & Thriving’s Amazon storefront for even more baseball birthday party ideas!

Father’s Day is just about a month away and that means it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas for all of the fab fathers in your life. Whether you want to give him something practical, something sentimental, or something delectable, these gift ideas will show him just how much he’s appreciated! See our Father’s Day gift guide below.

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1. A bucket list book is the perfect way to make memories with dad. This scratch-off style will keep the surprises (and fun) coming.

2. Another great way to bond with pops is with a game of bingo focused on America’s favorite pastime—baseball! This baseball version of bingo lets you both enjoy the game and each other’s company.

3. For work, tailgating, a day on the boat, or a night of camping, this insulated cooler lunchbox is great for so many occasions.

4. Let him bring his marinating imagination to life with this grilling spice set! ‘Tis the season for smokehouse selections.

5. When the grilling is complete, he can use this funny cutting board to serve up his delicious delicacies.

6. What’s a Super Daddio made of? This tumbler will remind him of his best qualities.

7. And for a more personalized version of the superhero gift, this Super Dad book is customizable and will be cherished forever.

8. Does anything pair better with a dad joke than a box of snacks?! Definitely not. Warning: may be accompanied by a lot of eye-rolling from the rest of the family.

9. A post-snack time nap is always a good idea. Or, “resting the eyes,” as he (and these socks) like to say.

10. For more cozy foot gear, these slippers will be his new go-to for lounging around the house.

11. This golf essentials organizer is perfect for a day out on the links. And now he can’t blame his poor golf game on forgetting his lucky ball marker.

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Super Dad Book
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Bucket Book
Tumbler
Slippers
Cutting Board
Socks
Grilling Spices
Lunchbox
Dad Joke Snack Box
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Father’s Day is just about a month away and that means it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas for all of the fab fathers in your life. Whether you want to give him something practical, something sentimental, or something delectable, these gift ideas will show him just how much he’s appreciated! See our Father’s Day gift guide below.

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1. A bucket list book is the perfect way to make memories with dad. This scratch-off style will keep the surprises (and fun) coming.

2. Another great way to bond with pops is with a game of bingo focused on America’s favorite pastime—baseball! This baseball version of bingo lets you both enjoy the game and each other’s company.

3. For work, tailgating, a day on the boat, or a night of camping, this insulated cooler lunchbox is great for so many occasions.

4. Let him bring his marinating imagination to life with this grilling spice set! ‘Tis the season for smokehouse selections.

5. When the grilling is complete, he can use this funny cutting board to serve up his delicious delicacies.

6. What’s a Super Daddio made of? This tumbler will remind him of his best qualities.

7. And for a more personalized version of the superhero gift, this Super Dad book is customizable and will be cherished forever.

8. Does anything pair better with a dad joke than a box of snacks?! Definitely not. Warning: may be accompanied by a lot of eye-rolling from the rest of the family.

9. A post-snack time nap is always a good idea. Or, “resting the eyes,” as he (and these socks) like to say.

10. For more cozy foot gear, these slippers will be his new go-to for lounging around the house.

11. This golf essentials organizer is perfect for a day out on the links. And now he can’t blame his poor golf game on forgetting his lucky ball marker.

Shop Father's Day Gifts

Baseball Bingo
Super Dad Book
Golf Organizer
Bucket Book
Tumbler
Slippers
Cutting Board
Socks
Grilling Spices
Lunchbox
Dad Joke Snack Box
Baseball Bingo
Super Dad Book
Golf Organizer
Bucket Book
Tumbler
Slippers
Cutting Board
Socks
Grilling Spices
Lunchbox
Dad Joke Snack Box

For most people Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and that usually means there’s going to be a backyard BBQ or two to help kick off the season of sun and swim. Whether you’re hosting or attending, here are some fun outfit, decor, and party essentials to help you make the most of this holiday weekend. See our prep for MDW below.

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The unofficial start of summer means it’s time to break out the best of your warm-weather wardrobe! We’re talking all the shorts, sandals, and dresses you can get your hands on. Obviously a red, white, and blue theme is great if you’re going for coordinating family outfits, and these digs from Old Navy won’t ask you to sacrifice on style or comfort!

Baby Shoes
Baby Onesie
Boys’ Shoes
Boys’ Shorts
Boys’ Shirt
Girls’ Sandals
Girls’ Romper
Men’s Sneakers
Men’s Shorts
Men’s Shirt
Women’s Sandals
Women’s Shorts
Women’s Top

Deck the halls with all things Americana! Let freedom ring and style reign with these decor ideas. From indoors to outdoors, these pieces will help dress your home in patriotic pride.

Pillow Covers
Bike
Gnomes
Welcome Sign
Garden Flag
Banner
Freedom Sign
Wooden Sign
Centerpiece
Stars
Tray Decor
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Gnomes
Welcome Sign
Garden Flag
Banner
Freedom Sign
Wooden Sign
Centerpiece
Stars
Tray Decor

Did someone say cookout?! Grab all your grilling and party planning essentials if you’re hosting the BBQ this year. These must-haves will help you make sure your party runs smoothly so you can kick back and relax (or at least pretend to).

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Cup Holder
Condiment Caddy
Drink Dispenser
Signs
Bowls
Coolers
Food Covers
Grill Tools
Bug Zapper
Buffet Caddy
Cup Holder
Condiment Caddy
Drink Dispenser
Signs
Bowls
Coolers
Food Covers
Grill Tools
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For most people Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and that usually means there’s going to be a backyard BBQ or two to help kick off the season of sun and swim. Whether you’re hosting or attending, here are some fun outfit, decor, and party essentials to help you make the most of this holiday weekend. See our prep for MDW below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

The unofficial start of summer means it’s time to break out the best of your warm-weather wardrobe! We’re talking all the shorts, sandals, and dresses you can get your hands on. Obviously a red, white, and blue theme is great if you’re going for coordinating family outfits, and these digs from Old Navy won’t ask you to sacrifice on style or comfort!

Baby Shoes
Baby Onesie
Boys’ Shoes
Boys’ Shorts
Boys’ Shirt
Girls’ Sandals
Girls’ Romper
Men’s Sneakers
Men’s Shorts
Men’s Shirt
Women’s Sandals
Women’s Shorts
Women’s Top

Deck the halls with all things Americana! Let freedom ring and style reign with these decor ideas. From indoors to outdoors, these pieces will help dress your home in patriotic pride.

Pillow Covers
Bike
Gnomes
Welcome Sign
Garden Flag
Banner
Freedom Sign
Wooden Sign
Centerpiece
Stars
Tray Decor
Pillow Covers
Bike
Gnomes
Welcome Sign
Garden Flag
Banner
Freedom Sign
Wooden Sign
Centerpiece
Stars
Tray Decor

Did someone say cookout?! Grab all your grilling and party planning essentials if you’re hosting the BBQ this year. These must-haves will help you make sure your party runs smoothly so you can kick back and relax (or at least pretend to).

Bug Zapper
Buffet Caddy
Cup Holder
Condiment Caddy
Drink Dispenser
Signs
Bowls
Coolers
Food Covers
Grill Tools
Bug Zapper
Buffet Caddy
Cup Holder
Condiment Caddy
Drink Dispenser
Signs
Bowls
Coolers
Food Covers
Grill Tools

National Nurses Week 2024 is May 6-May 12, and for the nurses in your life that you know and love, giving them a thoughtful gift or two is a great way to show them how much you appreciate them! From everyday accessories to fun ways to wind down after a long shift, these gift ideas are sure to put a smile on their face. See our gifts for nurses below.

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1. This pretty beaded bracelet will serve as a reminder of all the best qualities of a nurse.

2. For a little bit of lighthearted fun, this nurses edition of “What Do You Meme” will offer lots of laughs.

3. For grocery shopping, to-do lists, daily reminders, and more, this nurse’s notepad will surely come in handy!

4. A beautiful sterling silver stethoscope necklace is the perfect everyday accessory.

5. Nurse nutrition facts! High in compassion and courage, but lacking sleep…hence the endless amounts of iced coffee.

6. A carrying case for all the on-the-job essentials! Keep everything organized in one place.

7. This journal is great for tracking daily reflection and recording helpful information, plus it has interior card slots and a zip pouch!

8. Cool Nurses Club…this is the tumbler they’ll take everywhere. Groovy.

9. Who doesn’t love a good pair of novelty socks?? These nurse-themed ones are a cute addition to their scrubs or to their at-home loungewear.

10. Because you know they’re lugging a lot around, like, all the time, this “Best Nurse Ever” tote will be their new best friend.

11. And the absolute necessities: coffee pre-shift and wine post-shift. Winning.

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Carrying Case
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Notepad
Bracelet
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Tumbler
Glass
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Notebook
Carrying Case
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Notepad
Bracelet
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National Nurses Week 2024 is May 6-May 12, and for the nurses in your life that you know and love, giving them a thoughtful gift or two is a great way to show them how much you appreciate them! From everyday accessories to fun ways to wind down after a long shift, these gift ideas are sure to put a smile on their face. See our gifts for nurses below.

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1. This pretty beaded bracelet will serve as a reminder of all the best qualities of a nurse.

2. For a little bit of lighthearted fun, this nurses edition of “What Do You Meme” will offer lots of laughs.

3. For grocery shopping, to-do lists, daily reminders, and more, this nurse’s notepad will surely come in handy!

4. A beautiful sterling silver stethoscope necklace is the perfect everyday accessory.

5. Nurse nutrition facts! High in compassion and courage, but lacking sleep…hence the endless amounts of iced coffee.

6. A carrying case for all the on-the-job essentials! Keep everything organized in one place.

7. This journal is great for tracking daily reflection and recording helpful information, plus it has interior card slots and a zip pouch!

8. Cool Nurses Club…this is the tumbler they’ll take everywhere. Groovy.

9. Who doesn’t love a good pair of novelty socks?? These nurse-themed ones are a cute addition to their scrubs or to their at-home loungewear.

10. Because you know they’re lugging a lot around, like, all the time, this “Best Nurse Ever” tote will be their new best friend.

11. And the absolute necessities: coffee pre-shift and wine post-shift. Winning.

Notebook
Carrying Case
Tote
Card Game
Notepad
Bracelet
Gift Set
Tumbler
Glass
Socks
Necklace
Notebook
Carrying Case
Tote
Card Game
Notepad
Bracelet
Gift Set
Tumbler
Glass
Socks
Necklace

Graduation season is almost upon us, and as you’re getting ready to close out one chapter with your grad and begin a new one, it’s a good time to start thinking about a gift to congratulate them on their incredible accomplishments. Whether you know a student finishing high school or college, these gift ideas will carry them from one journey to the next. See our graduation gift guide below.

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1. Noise-cancelling headphones will help block out loud roommates, chatty coworkers, or anything else that distracts them from getting *ish* done.

2. A wireless charging station for all of their techy gadgets will be the gift they use time and time again. Why does everything always need to be charged?!

3. Jewelry is a sentimental way to celebrate the grad. This compass necklace or bracelet will serve as a reminder to follow their own path.

4. A book of lessons, wise words, and funny anecdotes will inspire, instill joy, and provide a little motivation.

5. This inspirational makeup bag, filled with all her favorites and maybe a gift card or two, would make a great gift!

6. A weighted blanket will keep them warm, help reduce anxiety, and replicate a warm hug from mom when she’s miles away.

7. The tassel was worth the hassle! These funny socks would make the perfect addition to a DIY graduation gift basket.

8. And if they’re a coffee lover, this mug is another basket filler that will get tons of use.

9. A tool kit is a must!! This is one of those gifts that they don’t know they want but will be grateful they have when they’re in a pinch.

10. This phone wallet is super convenient. Pop it on the back of your phone, tuck your cards and cash in, and boom…out the door you go.

11. This themed gift box comes with an “adult merit badge” coffee mug, 400 different fun facts, and a motivational book—a little bit of everything!

12. A 3-piece luggage set will get a bunch of mileage. While they make think it will be for all of their exotic adventures, their broke selves will really be using it for all their trips back home so they can do laundry for free.

13. Who doesn’t love a sweet treat?? This tin of delicious cookies will be gone in the blink of an eye, but the sugar high will keep them going for hours.

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Graduation season is almost upon us, and as you’re getting ready to close out one chapter with your grad and begin a new one, it’s a good time to start thinking about a gift to congratulate them on their incredible accomplishments. Whether you know a student finishing high school or college, these gift ideas will carry them from one journey to the next. See our graduation gift guide below.

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1. Noise-cancelling headphones will help block out loud roommates, chatty coworkers, or anything else that distracts them from getting *ish* done.

2. A wireless charging station for all of their techy gadgets will be the gift they use time and time again. Why does everything always need to be charged?!

3. Jewelry is a sentimental way to celebrate the grad. This compass necklace or bracelet will serve as a reminder to follow their own path.

4. A book of lessons, wise words, and funny anecdotes will inspire, instill joy, and provide a little motivation.

5. This inspirational makeup bag, filled with all her favorites and maybe a gift card or two, would make a great gift!

6. A weighted blanket will keep them warm, help reduce anxiety, and replicate a warm hug from mom when she’s miles away.

7. The tassel was worth the hassle! These funny socks would make the perfect addition to a DIY graduation gift basket.

8. And if they’re a coffee lover, this mug is another basket filler that will get tons of use.

9. A tool kit is a must!! This is one of those gifts that they don’t know they want but will be grateful they have when they’re in a pinch.

10. This phone wallet is super convenient. Pop it on the back of your phone, tuck your cards and cash in, and boom…out the door you go.

11. This themed gift box comes with an “adult merit badge” coffee mug, 400 different fun facts, and a motivational book—a little bit of everything!

12. A 3-piece luggage set will get a bunch of mileage. While they make think it will be for all of their exotic adventures, their broke selves will really be using it for all their trips back home so they can do laundry for free.

13. Who doesn’t love a sweet treat?? This tin of delicious cookies will be gone in the blink of an eye, but the sugar high will keep them going for hours.

Shop Graduation Gifts

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Gift Set
Book
Cookies
Weighted Blanket
Tool Kit
Phone Wallet
Headphones
Charging Station
Bracelet
Necklace
Makeup Bag
Socks
Mug

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th-10th and if you want to show your school spirit and gratitude for our educators and school professionals, a thoughtful gift is a great way to do so. See our Teacher Appreciation Week gift inspiration below.

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If you want to make a whole week of it, doing a color a day for your teacher with each color having some kind of “theme” is a fun idea. Kristy did this for her daughter’s teacher! For red, the first day, it’s all about the teacher….the things she likes and things to spoil her with for the days she’s not teaching. Items include a Bogg bag, apple candle, Sol de Janeiro kit, and a self-care book.

Tag: “ Roses are RED & Apples are too! You’re the best teacher ever, we’re so thankful for you.”

Orange, day two, is focused on recognizing the growth she’s given the students. She also loves to garden, so this is perfect! Orange items include drinking glasses, a succulent, a personalized planter, a mister, and a seed kit.

Tags: “ ORANGE you just such a SUN-sational teacher!“ and “Thank you for helping us grow!“

Day three is yellow, a bright and shining color, so these items show her that she’s the star to the kids. Yellow gifts include a tote, lip balm, hand sanitizer, paper weights, a t-shirt, an essential oil pen, a pillow for the reading corner, and a coffee mug, of course!

Tags: “Thank you for being the STAR that taught them to SHINE“ and “The influence of a good teacher can never be erased.”

Green, day four, is a day for the classroom! These gifts are things she can use in and around like classroom, like a utility cart, Sharpies, a label maker, a pencil sharpener, a journal, essential oils, and modular seats for the kids.

Tags: “Thank you for your Commit•Mint Involve•mint Encourage•mint Invest•mint” and “Green with envy are those who wish they had you for a teacher!“ 

Blue, the final day, is for all things lunch!! Items include a lunch carrier, a mini to-go Crockpot, a Bentgo container, a snacks bag, a sand art light that’s great for lunchtime relaxation or meditation, and a Stanley tumbler.

Tags: “Just something out of the blue to say we appreciate you!“ and “We appreciate you a whole bunch, so please enjoy some lunch!“ 

And if you’d rather do one gift on Teacher Appreciation Day (May 7th), a gift bag stuffed with self-care goodies is always a hit! Grab a tote and fill it with Sharpies, this cute acrylic desk sign, a canvas pouch with keychains, body scrub, body wash, lip balm, a lip mask, face masks, and a facial scrub!

blue green orange and red rainbow design decoration

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th-10th and if you want to show your school spirit and gratitude for our educators and school professionals, a thoughtful gift is a great way to do so. See our Teacher Appreciation Week gift inspiration below.

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If you want to make a whole week of it, doing a color a day for your teacher with each color having some kind of “theme” is a fun idea. Kristy did this for her daughter’s teacher! For red, the first day, it’s all about the teacher….the things she likes and things to spoil her with for the days she’s not teaching. Items include a Bogg bag, apple candle, Sol de Janeiro kit, and a self-care book.

Tag: “ Roses are RED & Apples are too! You’re the best teacher ever, we’re so thankful for you.”

Orange, day two, is focused on recognizing the growth she’s given the students. She also loves to garden, so this is perfect! Orange items include drinking glasses, a succulent, a personalized planter, a mister, and a seed kit.

Tags: “ ORANGE you just such a SUN-sational teacher!“ and “Thank you for helping us grow!“

Day three is yellow, a bright and shining color, so these items show her that she’s the star to the kids. Yellow gifts include a tote, lip balm, hand sanitizer, paper weights, a t-shirt, an essential oil pen, a pillow for the reading corner, and a coffee mug, of course!

Tags: “Thank you for being the STAR that taught them to SHINE“ and “The influence of a good teacher can never be erased.”

Green, day four, is a day for the classroom! These gifts are things she can use in and around like classroom, like a utility cart, Sharpies, a label maker, a pencil sharpener, a journal, essential oils, and modular seats for the kids.

Tags: “Thank you for your Commit•Mint Involve•mint Encourage•mint Invest•mint” and “Green with envy are those who wish they had you for a teacher!“ 

Blue, the final day, is for all things lunch!! Items include a lunch carrier, a mini to-go Crockpot, a Bentgo container, a snacks bag, a sand art light that’s great for lunchtime relaxation or meditation, and a Stanley tumbler.

Tags: “Just something out of the blue to say we appreciate you!“ and “We appreciate you a whole bunch, so please enjoy some lunch!“ 

And if you’d rather do one gift on Teacher Appreciation Day (May 7th), a gift bag stuffed with self-care goodies is always a hit! Grab a tote and fill it with Sharpies, this cute acrylic desk sign, a canvas pouch with keychains, body scrub, body wash, lip balm, a lip mask, face masks, and a facial scrub!

Mother’s Day is only one month away! And while 30 days might seem like an eternity, don’t kid yourself. You know how quickly time flies. So do yourself a favor and start shopping now, and then when May 11th rolls around you can avoid the panic attack and existential crisis that ensues because you forgot to buy mom a gift! Make it a gift that counts without spending an arm and a leg with a little help from the Frugal & Thriving team. See our Mother’s Day gift guide below.

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1. Is it even if a gift guide if it doesn’t include a blanket? This throw blanket is cozy and warm, just like a hug from mom.

2. Smooth skin is in! This body care set of bestsellers from Osea will have her feeling hydrated and refreshed.

3. The only recipe you need! This cute cutting board breaks down all the ingredients of a mother’s love.

4. Because cheetah print + on-the-go tumbler = the perfect gift. Is it water or is it wine?? We’ll never know.

5. And for the days of outdoor day drinking, these pretty mesh wine glass covers will keep the pests away. Well, the airborne ones at least. For the others you’ll just need another bottle of wine.

6. This super sweet personalized book will show mom just how much she means. It’s a sentimental way to let her know how grateful you are for her.

7. “Best Mama.” Pretty much sums it up. These comfy slippers will be her go-to around-the-house footwear!

8. Tea time! These adorable handwoven tea bags with decorative tags are the perfect way to bring a little glamour to her afternoon cup of tea.

9. There’s nothing quite like a handwritten letter, and this shareable letter book is one that can be passed down through the generations. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

10. What’s that smell?! Oh, that’s just mom wafting by and smelling like the absolute goddess she is. This hair and body mist is a cult favorite for a reason.

11. The tote that says it all. Great for groceries, work essentials, travel, and more, this fun tote can be stuffed with mom’s favorite goodies for an added bonus.

12. From morning to night, this coffee and wine set has got mom covered. Whether she needs caffeine or alcohol, she’s got it.

13. Darling daisy pjs for the most darling mother in the world. This soft-knit set is totally acceptable to rock all day. Loungewear for the win, right??

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PJ Set
Coffee and Wine Set
Tote
Hair & Body Mist
Letter Book
Tea Treasure Box
Slippers
Personalized Book
Wine Glass Covers
Tumbler
Cutting Board
Body Care Set
Throw Blanket
bouquet of pink flowers beside white ceramic mug

Mother’s Day is only one month away! And while 30 days might seem like an eternity, don’t kid yourself. You know how quickly time flies. So do yourself a favor and start shopping now, and then when May 11th rolls around you can avoid the panic attack and existential crisis that ensues because you forgot to buy mom a gift! Make it a gift that counts without spending an arm and a leg with a little help from the Frugal & Thriving team. See our Mother’s Day gift guide below.

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1. Is it even if a gift guide if it doesn’t include a blanket? This throw blanket is cozy and warm, just like a hug from mom.

2. Smooth skin is in! This body care set of bestsellers from Osea will have her feeling hydrated and refreshed.

3. The only recipe you need! This cute cutting board breaks down all the ingredients of a mother’s love.

4. Because cheetah print + on-the-go tumbler = the perfect gift. Is it water or is it wine?? We’ll never know.

5. And for the days of outdoor day drinking, these pretty mesh wine glass covers will keep the pests away. Well, the airborne ones at least. For the others you’ll just need another bottle of wine.

6. This super sweet personalized book will show mom just how much she means. It’s a sentimental way to let her know how grateful you are for her.

7. “Best Mama.” Pretty much sums it up. These comfy slippers will be her go-to around-the-house footwear!

8. Tea time! These adorable handwoven tea bags with decorative tags are the perfect way to bring a little glamour to her afternoon cup of tea.

9. There’s nothing quite like a handwritten letter, and this shareable letter book is one that can be passed down through the generations. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

10. What’s that smell?! Oh, that’s just mom wafting by and smelling like the absolute goddess she is. This hair and body mist is a cult favorite for a reason.

11. The tote that says it all. Great for groceries, work essentials, travel, and more, this fun tote can be stuffed with mom’s favorite goodies for an added bonus.

12. From morning to night, this coffee and wine set has got mom covered. Whether she needs caffeine or alcohol, she’s got it.

13. Darling daisy pjs for the most darling mother in the world. This soft-knit set is totally acceptable to rock all day. Loungewear for the win, right??

Shop Mother's Day Gifts

PJ Set
Coffee and Wine Set
Tote
Hair & Body Mist
Letter Book
Tea Treasure Box
Slippers
Personalized Book
Wine Glass Covers
Tumbler
Cutting Board
Body Care Set
Throw Blanket

Everyone knows the best parts of Easter are the candy, the egg hunts, and the cute animal-inspired celebrations (bunnies and baby chicks, don’t deny the adorableness). If you are planning on throwing a classroom party for your kiddos – or even just a fun celebration at home – you’re going to want to see these Easter treat ideas! Kristy planned some really creative festivities for her daughter’s class…see her ideas below.

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These little treat jars are an adorable way to make a tasty nest for your Peeps! Filled with edible grass and jelly beans, topped with a Peep, and finished off with a pretty sticker, these snacks are perfect for the classroom.

How fun is this green apple-flavored edible grass?? With just the lightest bit of flavor, this is a really creative way to make nests, grass-filled baskets, and more! The grass easily dissolves in your mouth which the kids will love.

If you have kids with allergies in your class, you might want to opt for the (slightly more expensive) allergen-free jelly beans and chocolate candies. If you don’t have to worry about that, M&Ms, Cadbury milk eggs, and any type of jelly bean would work! 

These carrot bags are adorable!! Stuff some bags with Cheetos and close off with a green ribbon, and you’ve got your very own Easter treat! This is probably a much-preferred version of carrots for the kids.

For some actual healthy snacks, these fruit skewers topped with Peeps are delicious and nutritious, AND they’re almost to beautiful to eat!!

Egg hunt time! Grab some plastic eggs and fill them with Easter-themed goodies like stamps and mini crayons.

And of course, don’t forget the candy! Throw in a couple chocolate rabbits and Peeps lollipop rings for a sweet surprise.

These burlap bunny bags though!! SO stinkin’ cute!

Fill your burlap bunnies with bubbles, scented dough, puzzles, erasers, scented glue sticks, scented pensscented markers, and candy lip balm!

When all is said and done, the kiddos will be heading home with tummies full of yummy treats, a basket full of fun goodies, heads full of uplifting memories, and hearts full of warm fuzzy feelings.

multiracial girls on floor with plastic eggs on easter day

Everyone knows the best parts of Easter are the candy, the egg hunts, and the cute animal-inspired celebrations (bunnies and baby chicks, don’t deny the adorableness). If you are planning on throwing a classroom party for your kiddos – or even just a fun celebration at home – you’re going to want to see these Easter treat ideas! Kristy planned some really creative festivities for her daughter’s class…see her ideas below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

These little treat jars are an adorable way to make a tasty nest for your Peeps! Filled with edible grass and jelly beans, topped with a Peep, and finished off with a pretty sticker, these snacks are perfect for the classroom.

How fun is this green apple-flavored edible grass?? With just the lightest bit of flavor, this is a really creative way to make nests, grass-filled baskets, and more! The grass easily dissolves in your mouth which the kids will love.

If you have kids with allergies in your class, you might want to opt for the (slightly more expensive) allergen-free jelly beans and chocolate candies. If you don’t have to worry about that, M&Ms, Cadbury milk eggs, and any type of jelly bean would work! 

These carrot bags are adorable!! Stuff some bags with Cheetos and close off with a green ribbon, and you’ve got your very own Easter treat! This is probably a much-preferred version of carrots for the kids.

For some actual healthy snacks, these fruit skewers topped with Peeps are delicious and nutritious, AND they’re almost to beautiful to eat!!

Egg hunt time! Grab some plastic eggs and fill them with Easter-themed goodies like stamps and mini crayons.

And of course, don’t forget the candy! Throw in a couple chocolate rabbits and Peeps lollipop rings for a sweet surprise.

These burlap bunny bags though!! SO stinkin’ cute!

Fill your burlap bunnies with bubbles, scented dough, puzzles, erasers, scented glue sticks, scented pensscented markers, and candy lip balm!

When all is said and done, the kiddos will be heading home with tummies full of yummy treats, a basket full of fun goodies, heads full of uplifting memories, and hearts full of warm fuzzy feelings.

Easter is the first holiday that falls during spring, and that means it’s the perfect occasion to break out out the pastel colors and floral prints! If you have family traditions for Easter Sunday, whether it’s church, brunch, lunch, or just a day with the kids hunting for Easter eggs and eating candy, donning coordinating outfits is a great excuse to snap some adorable family pictures! Old Navy has so many spring styles for the whole family, making your Easter outfit shopping a breeze. See our family Easter outfit inspiration from Old Navy below.

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These gorgeous blues will have you feeling anything but! This shade is a super popular one this spring, so keep your family looking trendy with these pale blues and bright whites.

There’s nothing like a sunny yellow for spring! While the sun shines down on you and your family, you can brighten up any room with these buttery soft shades of yellow.

Bring on the blooms! Pastel purple is balanced with bold florals in this combination…it’s reminiscent of the first budding of crocuses on a warm spring morning.

Pink is always a pretty option for spring. Mix solid shades with dainty floral prints to add a little dimension, and keep it casual by throwing in a bit of dark denim!

easter text on gray surface beside yellow flowers

Easter is the first holiday that falls during spring, and that means it’s the perfect occasion to break out out the pastel colors and floral prints! If you have family traditions for Easter Sunday, whether it’s church, brunch, lunch, or just a day with the kids hunting for Easter eggs and eating candy, donning coordinating outfits is a great excuse to snap some adorable family pictures! Old Navy has so many spring styles for the whole family, making your Easter outfit shopping a breeze. See our family Easter outfit inspiration from Old Navy below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

These gorgeous blues will have you feeling anything but! This shade is a super popular one this spring, so keep your family looking trendy with these pale blues and bright whites.

There’s nothing like a sunny yellow for spring! While the sun shines down on you and your family, you can brighten up any room with these buttery soft shades of yellow.

Bring on the blooms! Pastel purple is balanced with bold florals in this combination…it’s reminiscent of the first budding of crocuses on a warm spring morning.

Pink is always a pretty option for spring. Mix solid shades with dainty floral prints to add a little dimension, and keep it casual by throwing in a bit of dark denim!

You don’t have to be Irish to get lucky this St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks to our handy St. Patrick’s Day guide to fun, you can celebrate with the best of them, without spending all your gold! If you’re planning a classroom party for your kiddo, these themed party favors, craft ideas, and snack suggestions will have your little leprechauns jumping for joy at the end of the rainbow! See our St. Patrick’s Day classroom party ideas below.

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Who doesn’t love a party favor? Make classroom goody bags filled with little leprechauns, St. Patrick’s day stamps, beaded necklaces, and pots (or these) full of gold!

Don’t forget about the crafts and activities! Grab things like foam craft kits, rainbow scratch art, and themed temporary tattoos!!

A photo booth is a really fun way for the kids to make memories and have them for a lifetime! Get cute props and a St. Patrick’s Day backdrop, and see who can take the silliest photo! Let them decorate these picture frames to put their new photo in.

If you’re providing snacks or lunch, a great idea is Shamrock shakes and nuggets, with rainbow Skittles and Rolos as an after-lunch treat! Grab themed plates and napkins to make the meal even more special.

If you’re celebrating at home and want decor inspiration and fun ideas for the kiddos, see our St. Patrick’s Day roundup for a family celebration here!

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Rolos
Skittles
Picture Frames
Photo Backdrop
Photo Props
Temporary Tattoos
Scratch Art
Craft Kit
Chocolate Coins
Candy Cauldrons
Stress Reliever Toys
Necklaces
Stamps
Leprechauns
Goody Bags
overhead photo of st patrick s day props

You don’t have to be Irish to get lucky this St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks to our handy St. Patrick’s Day guide to fun, you can celebrate with the best of them, without spending all your gold! If you’re planning a classroom party for your kiddo, these themed party favors, craft ideas, and snack suggestions will have your little leprechauns jumping for joy at the end of the rainbow! See our St. Patrick’s Day classroom party ideas below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Who doesn’t love a party favor? Make classroom goody bags filled with little leprechauns, St. Patrick’s day stamps, beaded necklaces, and pots (or these) full of gold!

Don’t forget about the crafts and activities! Grab things like foam craft kits, rainbow scratch art, and themed temporary tattoos!!

A photo booth is a really fun way for the kids to make memories and have them for a lifetime! Get cute props and a St. Patrick’s Day backdrop, and see who can take the silliest photo! Let them decorate these picture frames to put their new photo in.

If you’re providing snacks or lunch, a great idea is Shamrock shakes and nuggets, with rainbow Skittles and Rolos as an after-lunch treat! Grab themed plates and napkins to make the meal even more special.

If you’re celebrating at home and want decor inspiration and fun ideas for the kiddos, see our St. Patrick’s Day roundup for a family celebration here!

Shop St. Patrick's Day Fun

Rolos
Skittles
Picture Frames
Photo Backdrop
Photo Props
Temporary Tattoos
Scratch Art
Craft Kit
Chocolate Coins
Candy Cauldrons
Stress Reliever Toys
Necklaces
Stamps
Leprechauns
Goody Bags