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Free printables: lunch notes and lunch jokes

We’ve never tried lunch notes, but I think they look like sooo much fun! What a nice way to remind your children how much you care. These free fruit-inspired downloads are available at Alpha Mom. They are easily made with office supplies you probably have around the house. Disney has lots of fun downloads available here. One of the things I like about the options they offer is... 

Back to school cupcakes

Back to school cupcakes
The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, the brisk breeze blowing through the air, the crunch of leaves underfoot…nothing says tradition like back to school. Okay, so really I hate the smell of sharpened pencils and it’s still stinking hot outside, but we are going back to school and I do love all the traditions associated. We’ve got dozens of things going on, but perhaps our favorite tradition... 

Tame the back-to-school blues

While some kids are excited about the prospect of going back-to-school, others are anxious and overly excited. Books can help parents’ transition kids from the ease of lazy summer days to the schedule and rigor of the classroom. They can add to a child’s excitement or take the edge of another’s nerves. Settle your kids into the new year with a goodnight story and a giggle with one of these... 

The first day of school: milk and cookies

The first day of school: milk and cookies
Check out this newspaper article Cookies and Milk: a wonderful after school snack for kids, circa 1980. Articles like this must have been the norm, because at our house cookies and milk was a welcome snack after our first day of school. It is a tradition my Mom carried out all the way through our college years. Of course, as we aged, the tradition changed from yummy homemade, ooey-gooey cookies... 

Back-to-school ritual: paper avalanche

Before your kitchen is covered by an avalanche of paper, plan on how you are going to display and store your child’s creations. The first step is remembering that less is more. You don’t have to hang on to every item your child brings home. try to save no more than two to three pieces each month. Find a spot to display your child’s artwork – preferably not the fridge. While you... 

Free printables: morning routine cards and after school poster

Oh my goodness. What a lovely little reminder to wake up to in the morning: Living Locurto has created these darling morning routine cards for her little one and generously posted them for download on her site for free!!! And, if that isn’t enough, she has an after school chart and days of the week cards as well. So organized and sooo beautiful!  Read More →
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