Oct 212016

This shop and my DIY First Day of School Gifts have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Healthy4School #CollectiveBias

Bubbles was so excited to start kindergarten this year.  We spent time talking about what her teacher might be like, the friends she would make, the kinds of things she would learn.

Easy First Day of School Gifts - "Here's to a Smooth Year" free printables

She decided that she wanted to take something special for all the kids in the class.  Because we didn’t yet know what kinds of food allergies there may be, or personal preferences in general, I thought we should go a non-food route.  But I didn’t want to just give pencils (partially because we had just finished dropping off dozens of them at Kindergarten Open House). Continue reading »

Aug 272016

Depending on where you live, school has either just gone back in or is getting ready to start soon.  According to my Facebook stream, back to school shopping is still in full swing as many friends are posting and comparing their school supply lists.

You got the pencils, notebooks, backpack - but here are 5 unique school supplies that you just might not have thought of!

I noticed some odd choices – only yellow notebooks, specific name-brand pencils – that showed up on a few lists.  But there are a few items that no one has mentioned that I think are perfect for back to school.

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Jul 302016

Thank you to At Home stores for partnering with me to share dorm room storage ideas.

Bubbles starts kindergarten in less than a couple of weeks.  Getting her ready for school has had me thinking back to all my first days of school, from kindergarten to high school and even to college.

Dorm Room Storage Ideas - Increase your living space by maximizing the use of your closet and a few wheeled carts

We have a few years before we need to think about college planning again, but I have friends who are sending their kids for the first time.  I wanted to share some of the easy dorm room storage ideas that were most beneficial to me as a college student.  Some of them are so obvious, you may not have even thought of them! Continue reading »

Aug 282015

This list of college essentials is a partnered post.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve run into a lot of college students and parents of soon-to-be college students running around different stores trying to gather up everything they need for school.  Though it’s been (ahem) a few years since I was in the shoes of a college student, it hasn’t been that long since we were getting Ashley ready for college.

College essentials every college student needs! If you're heading off to college for the first time or if you are parents of a soon-to-be college student, check out this list of must-haves!

If you’re heading off to college for the first time, or if you’re trying to figure out what your kids need, here are a few college essentials I think most every student will need. Continue reading »

Aug 212014

I received a prize pack in order to create back to school lunchbox ideas. All thoughts and words are my own.

Kids around the country are heading back to school, triggering the question of “what can I pack for lunch?”  Of course there’s the old stand-by, the sandwich.  It’s a classic for a reason: portable, easy to eat, easy to customize.

Back to School Lunchbox Ideas with an Easy Quesadilla Recipe

But why not send them back this year with something new?  Recently I was challenged by the folks at Azteca to come up with easy back to school lunchbox ideas using their tortillas.  While there are a number of great things I already make that use tortillas, I had to really think about what would be a good lunchbox fit. Continue reading »