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A Very Vintage Back to School

There’s something nostalgic about back to school time. I think it’s because we all remember getting ready for a new school year — …. saving those new shoes for the very first day so they’d be all shiny (at least until recess) …. getting excited to learn who would be in your class and who …

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The Essential Guide for Homework Help & Afterschool Activities


I’m always so overwhelmed once the school year gets into full swing.  I think it’s coming off of those laid back summer days and then WHAM! — it seems like there’s hardly any time to relax. 

One of our challenges is finding ways to mix things up to keep them fun during the school year.  The same old lunches can get boring very quickly.  Practicing spelling words and math facts is really a struggle unless you have some fun ways to keep the kids engaged. 

This year, I’m thrilled to be part of the Kid Blogger Network Back to School team!  And we are all ready to help you get ready for a great school year with tips on organizing, homework help, school prep and more wonderful resources to help you ease back into school.

And then there’s all those new things the kids want to learn about — they learn a little about pengins in a science lesson and it leads to 50 new questions at dinner.  LOVE the questions but I always like to have time to explore those new topics with the kids WHILE they have that burning interest.

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10 Ideas for Spending Time with the Kids During the School Year


Time with the kids is precious. 

You really begin to understand this as the kids grow up and especially as those long, relaxing days of summer turn into the more busy back-to-school hours that are beginning this month.

When the kids are born, you have approximately 940 Saturdays together before they fly the coop.  Yes, someone somewhere counted up all those days and we get less than a thousand weekends (really not much when you look at it like that, is it).

When they’re young, “The days are long but the years are short” as Gretchen Rubin would say.  Then they get older and both the days and the years fly by quickly.

I only have 55 more Saturdays with my oldest.

And here’s what’s been eating at me lately — as the kids get older, their schedule becomes full of things (fun things) that they want to do.  BUT (and it’s a big but), they still REALLY need that time with you!

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Getting Kids Involved with School Fundraisers with Labels for Education #Labels4Edu #cbias

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I know, we all dread them — the annual requests for fundraisers.

Just this past week, I’ve received notices about the middle school fundraiser, the choir fundraiser, the Senior class fundraiser and a fall fundraiser.

I’m all for helping the schools to raise money but my time is limited and I don’t like to continually ask family and friends to support these causes (heck, they all have kids too).

BUT, there is one fundraiser that I can get behind 100% —

because it doesn’t cost me any additional money or time

AND the kids can do it all on their own!







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DIY Kids Chalkboard Backpack


Don’t you just love when you can reuse or upcycle something for the kids! 

We needed a back-up backpack for the year {you know, for the days that the regular one gets left at school or to use as a bag for afterschool activities}.

I really didn’t want to purchase another one since we have so many old ones from previous years.  But the issue is many of the older ones have ‘little kids’ pictures on the front or are pretty worn out. 

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