FREE back to school printables

I love greeting our teachers each year with a little teacher appreciation gift from the kids. This year I made “Mint To Be” candy wrappers and wrapped them around boxes of Junior Mints! It will make them smile and breaks the ice for what will hopefully be a wonderful year of learning!

And of course I’m giving them to all of you, because I appreciate each and every one of you way more than I can ever express!

There are two versions of the candy wrappers and both can be personalized with your new teacher’s name right inside the file before printing. No special applications needed, just Adobe Reader.

The two candy wrappers say:

  • You were “mint to be” my teacher!
  • I was “mint to be” in your class!

DOWNLOAD these fun FREE back to school PRINTABLES NOW!

Oh, and I’ve included last year’s free owl lunch box notes too! {grin}

Happy Monday everyone and happy back to school planning! {3 more weeks for us… let the countdown begin!}

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back to school pb&j cookies

I ran across these Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich cookies from Julia Usher’s Noshes and Notions blog. The cookies look so yummy and the styling for a back to school party is just adorable! It makes me want to throw one for the boys! Hmmm… {wink}

You can find Julia’s pb&j sandwich cookie recipe on her blog and all of her goodies in her fabulous book Cookie Swap on Amazon.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!  

Photography by Steve Adams.

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back to school t-shirts

I know… back to school already?! We’re on day 53 of our summer vacation… yes… I’m keeping count! And with only 28 days left {whimper} I’m starting to gear up with these fun back to school t-shirts from Sew Jewell on Etsy!  

This one, 2nd Grade ROCKS!, is available in any grade and any color you want, hot pink and purple for your little girl or muted camo colors like my guy chose. And Sew Jewell will even monogram the sleeve with your kiddos name! LOVE it!

And how adorable is this “Smart Cookie” t-shirt?! I want one of these for me! 

Shop Sew Jewell for “School Grade Rocks!” and “Smart Cookie” t-shirts or to have her create something unique for you! She’s amazing, trust me… she’s my mom! {huge smile} Oh, and he LOVED the shirt… the sun was in his eyes a bit!

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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back to school calendars

The other thing I’ve been obsessing about (other than the lunch box) is the calendar! There is so much to keep track of when the little people go back to school.

For us, my boys are at two separate schools (with dropoff/pickup at different times) on different days, plus sports, plus homework reminders, plus special projects due, plus snack day… and on and on. And if you have small kids, you know that all school reminders, like XYZ project due date, are as much your responsibility as it is theirs! What happens if you don’t remind them to get it done?! Yep… it’s your fault.

So these are a few freebies that I found around the web:

  • Week-At-A-Glance from MommyTracked – I love that I can put the whole family on it
  • Goal Making 101 from Jana Laurene – not by person, but pretty and will keep us organized… if I can only get everyone to write smaller. {wink}

And then there are the DIY kind, which might work best for us because then I can make it how I want. Chalkboard is fun! But where would I put it? And would someone accidentally erase something important to draw a picture of their favorite toy? Hmmm…

 I want pretty and functional. Is that too much to ask?

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lunch boxes with promise

As I mentioned on Monday (when I posted our FREE lunch box notes!), I’ve been obsessing a bit about my oldest heading off to first grade (and away from me for the entire day… for the first time since I left my corporate life). Lunch is a big part of that stress. He’s such a picky eater and I don’t want to fill his lunch box with cookies… I may have to, but I’m going on record that I don’t want to.

So, while I’ve been stressing and scouring the net for food ideas, I’ve come across some pretty cool lunch box ideas.

  1. He hates for his food to touch so this divider lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids would be a great option.
  2. He would love to doodle and draw on these frame napkins from Perpetual Kid, and it gives him something to do if lunch time gets boring… or more likely… he doesn’t want to eat what I pack him {stressed again}.
  3. He loves planes and I love the retro, so this linen box from The Land of Nod has promise. (It also comes in a green space rocket and other choices for girls!)
  4. He really loves camoflage right now and I love the monogram and the sturdy sides since he has to put his lunch in a huge bin with all the other kid lunches. So this bag from Pottery Barn Kids is a strong contender. Can you imagine the kid who brings his in a paper bag like I did?! It will be flat! 

More to come on food ideas as school gets closer. Happy Tuesday everyone!

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back to school owls!

Like most of you, I’ve had back to school on the brain for a few weeks now. My oldest is entering first grade… it almost takes my breathe just typing it… and here in Ohio this is the first year he’ll be away from me all day. Needless to say, I’m not looking forward to it. He is. I’m not.

So I created this fun back to school “smartie owl” snack for him. I just love the little glasses! Isn’t he cute?! He’s made of:

  • Body – crumb nut donut
  • Eyes – Keebler Grasshopper Cookie
  • Glasses – yellow jelly candy circles (I found them at Kroger) and yellow pull-a-part licorice
  • Hair – yellow pull-a-part licorice
  • Nose – mini Tootsie Roll (molded slightly with my hands into a hook)

And I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect lunch box, along with a few other accessories. So after making the treat, I decided to create these lunch box notes. I wanted to put a little something in his lunch box every day so that he knows I’m thinking of him. And of course I’m going to share these notes with all of you too!

One more picture of my “smartie owl” because… well… just because. {wink} And now,

DOWNLOAD my FREE owl lunch box note PRINTABLES ~ Enjoy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And stop over at for more of my Kellogg’s ideas.

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encourage reading with the very hungry rolo-pillar

As a mom of two boys (and statistics show that boys read less as they get older), I’ve made reading a bit of a fun requirement around our house. As a matter of fact, my boys see it as a punishment if we don’t get a bedtime story or two… or three. Honestly, it’s a bit of a disappointment for me too so I think it might have happened once in the past six years!

And now that my oldest is six, I encourage him to read to me. I love it. I love hearing him sound out the words and make mistakes. It’s adorable. My youngest, age four, loves a good book too and snuggles up with me every chance we get.

So as summer is approaching we’ve already started to plan what day we’ll move our regular library trips to (since we can go in the middle of the day then, yay!), and I’ve started thinking about fun ways to celebrate books for our summer reading program.

This is my first idea for an old classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The treat is just Rolos topped with M&Ms, served on a tissue paper leaf with jimmies for antenna (and don’t forget to trim out some teeth marks!). It took me all of 2 minutes and the boys were ecstatic. And this idea goes perfectly with the library playdate idea from Family Fun magazine that I blogged about a few weeks ago!

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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teacher appreciation week!

Some of my favorite crafty bloggy buddies have reminded me that next week, starting May 2, is Teacher Appreciation Week! Eeekkkk! But no need to fret because these ideas will keep your little ones on the Teacher’s Pet list for sure!

First off, the clever sisters over at eighteen25 came up with these fabulous “Teacher’s Treats” jar toppers and what’s even better… they’re FREE! This is only one of the them. The other’s are for us moms. Things like “Bubble Gum Bribes” and “Mom’s Secret Stash.” LOVE this idea to hide my dark chocolate goodies! {huge smile}

And next we have a super talented duo. Amy of Living Locurto designing the printables and Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen made these insanely adorable cupcakes. That’s icing on top, not ice cream! Hop over to Living Locurto to download the FREE printables and get all the “how tos” on making these beautiful cupcakes!

And check out Tidy Mom’s Apple Caramel Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream IN A JAR! What teacher would say “I’m on a diet” to this idea? NONE, that’s how many. She’s guest posting over on Skip To My Lou with all the details, lots more pictures and a fabulous FREE printable to boot!

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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library playdate

I fell in love with the idea of a book party, or better, a pretend library playdate while flipping through the most recent issue of Family Fun magazine this past weekend. I’m a book lover. If you could see my office, which I’m going to have to share sometime in the near future, you would see a massive cabinet filled with books, and those are just the ones I felt compelled to purchase.

And my love for books is something that I want to pass on to my boys. We go to the library at least once a week and we spend at least 30 minutes each night reading (I say “we” because my Kindergartener is now reading to me! And yes, my eyes do well up with pride some nights!) so when I saw these fabulous ideas in this month’s issue I knew that this would be one of our summer activities.

Aren’t the official-looking library invitations, filled out with name and date, adorable?! My boys love to see what the last date entry is when we get a book that still has one in the back. And the crafts are so fun: making a library card and paint stamping a book tote (with simple rectangles, how clever!).

Family Fun also had the great idea to appoint a librarian (an ideal job for an older sibling) to stamp the card each time a guest checks out a book to read at the party. And to award kids who collect five or more stamps with an inexpensive book or other goody as a favor. You can see all the details, including how to make those fun book worm rice crispy snacks by hopping over to Family Fun!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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back to school apples


My little ones start school next week and these apple cookies and apple basket cupcakes from Bright Ideas would be perfect for a first day of school snack!

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