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10 Back to School Social Skills Lessons

10 BACK TO SCHOOL

Is your child ready to make a great first impression at school this year? Don’t let technology take over your child’s social skills and manners. These vital life skills are the foundation of kindness and respect and making others feel comfortable. We all want our child to be THAT child – noticed for all the right reasons! Here are ten important lessons to prep your kids to get an "A" in social skills this year! Inspire social skills learning through play and doing. Don’t just tell your kids how to behave, challenge them and encourage them to practice! These simple lessons will lead you and your child in a collaborative effort to bring back a little civility to a new generation. Lesson #1: Make a Great First Impression – Handle yourself with good manners and you will leave a … [Read more...]

Printable Lunchbox Notes {Free! Yay!}

Free Printable Lunchbox Note

In my little part of the world, school has already begun, and with that the most crucial decision of a year - Buy lunch or take lunch?  We've decided to mix it up and do a little bit of both this year.  For those days that my kids will be taking lunch, I've created these cute lunchbox notes to put into with their meals to remind them that they are loved. I thought you might like to share them with your children, too! There are 5 different notes, plus one blank for you to write yourself. Would be adorable for a special birthday wish or a reminder that their babysitter is picking them up that day, etc. You can stick these notes into lunches, snacks, backpacks - even briefcases! If you printed them on sticker paper, you could cute them out and place on a brown paper bag. Old school … [Read more...]

Butterfly Stained Glass Craft

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Try this fun and easy butterfly stained glass craft with your kids this summer.   I don't know about you, but I am always looking for things to do with my kids during the summer.  We try to spend time outside each day, but during the hottest times we like to hunker down indoors.  I'm always on the hunt for quick and easy crafts that the kids will enjoy.  And mom too! This butterfly stained glass craft is easy and lets the kids show their creativity.   The great thing about this craft is that all you need is a few items that I bet you have in your home.  To make your own butterfly stained glass craft you need: Press and seal Glitter or confetti Cardstock paper Scissors Glue or tape Tear out a piece of the press and seal and lay it with the … [Read more...]

11 unique back to school lunch ideas

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11 unique back to school lunch ideas to get you through the school year! It's hard to believe that it's back to school time.  I feel like summer just started and we were excited to stay up late and play in the pool.  It's time to switch gears and focus on getting prepped for the new school year though.  One of the big things is back to school lunches.  If you are looking for unique back to school lunch ideas, you're in luck!  I have gathered 11 great ideas that go beyond the plain ham and cheese sandwich. Easy baked mac and cheese cups  // I love that you can make a big batch of these and have them ready for the week. Pizza pasta salad // Have a picky eater?  I bet they will LOVE this yummy pizza pasta salad! Baked corn tortilla cheese dogs // I love the combination of … [Read more...]

7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

7 healthy back to school lunch ideas

In our house the new school year begins in August.  This means the first week of August leaves me little time to buy back-to-school supplies, clothes, AND go grocery shopping for lunches. Like all parents, I want my kids to have a successful school year. If that's going to happen they're going to need healthy lunches to keep their brains fueled throughout the school day. Fresh fruits and veggies along with a filling sandwich or wrap is always the base of my kids lunches. Add in a sweet treat and a bottle of water and they have a healthy, nutritious lunch. Today I have 7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas that will give you a head start on giving your child a successful school year through a full belly and fueled brain. /1/ BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad Wraps - This chicken salad can be … [Read more...]

Summer Picnic Hosted by Your Kids!

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What better way to take advantage of a sunny day then with a picnic? Ready to inspire your kids to host it? Kids of all ages love to feel empowered by taking over grown-up responsibilities. A summer picnic is a fantastic simple meal for kids of all ages to host. And to top it off, it’s also a great boredom-buster! Here are the steps that you need to get your kids started: Create a menu. The kids do the planning! Click these templates for a FREE or just a that can be colored in by young ones or written out by older kids. Offer suggestions from easy bite-size nibbles, fruits, veggies, dessert and more. The goal here is to encourage them to plan a meal, learn to cook and be independent. Need a new cookbook? Check out this great list of suggestions from childrensbooks.com: … [Read more...]