The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

DIY End of Year Autograph Scrapbook

The end of the school year is fast-approaching. For a lot of kids (and moms) the end of the year is bittersweet. Your schedules are thrown out of what which can be frustrating. Kids miss playing with friends that they only see at school. On the flip side, you have more time to spend together and strengthen your family. If your kids love school as much as mine, though, they will miss it and all of their teachers over the summer too. Unfortunately you can’t change the school year but you can give your child a keepsake to look back on over the summer break. Let him collect memories of the school year with a DIY end of year autograph scrapbook.

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The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

 

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The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Materials

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 1

Put a ruler sticker border across the center of the cover of your book.

Step 2

Trim any excess off of the border.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 3

Place a sticker with your child’s current grade in the center of your border.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 4

Next, add the school year above the grade sticker and add embellishments.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 5

One the first page, add a border sticker across the top of the page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 6

Then add a teacher sticker to the bottom.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 7

On the next 2 pages create a class autograph section by adding a title to the pages and embellishing them.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 8

Next, add an art page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 9

After you have created your heading, embellish the page.

Step 10

Add a library page next.

Note:

I didn’t have any stickers that I liked for the title so I hand drew mine (and many others in the book). If you choose to use a sticker, skip to step 14.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 11

Start by drawing the “R” in block style in the bottom center of the page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 12

Next, draw the rest of your block letters working out from the “R”.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 13

Fill in your letters by drawing a series of lines inside of each one as pictured.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 14

Finish off your library page by embellishing with a book sticker.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 15

On the next page draw 5 straight lines at the top of the page as pictured.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 16

Next, draw a treble clef and write the word music on the staff.

Note:

I dotted the “i” with an eighth note but that is completely up to you.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 17

Highlight the word “music” with a silver colored pencil to help it pop against the black.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 18

After you have finished drawing the title, embellish your music page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 19

On the next page, draw the word “GYM” in large block letters in the bottom center of the page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 20

Fill in the letters with angled lines as pictured.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 21

Next, embellish your gym page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 22

On the following 2 pages, draw the title “Lunch Time” and embellish.

Tip:

This lets your little one get autographs from friends that are not in the same class.

Step 23

Finish your book off with a recess page to let your child catch anyone they may have missed.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook anytime he is missing school or his friends this summer. You can take it a step further and preserve memories about your child too. On the last page, have him answer questions so that you have a record of this year of your child’s life. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Age
  • Teacher
  • Favorite Subject
  • Best Friend
  • Favorite Show/Movie
  • Be When Grow Up
  • Favorite Food
  • Favorite Toy

These are just some ideas to give you inspiration. Anything that you would be interested in 5, 10, or even 20 years from now would be fun to include. If you want more ways to preserve your kids’ memories, check out these DIY Kids Summer Memory Books! Make one for each kid or complete one as a family to preserve your memories for years to come.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
You never want to believe that being abducted could happen to your child. Keep your child safe from the new stranger danger with these tips.

The New Stranger Danger

A couple of weeks ago the kids and I were at the craft store shopping for supplies. Let me tell you, shopping along in any store with 3 small children is no easy feat. At one point we finished looking in one aisle and turned to go to the next. I turn around and the 2 kids not in the cart are no longer behind me. I go back to the previous aisle to tell them to scoot their booties and they’re NOT THERE! Immediately a feeling of panic washes through me and I start calling their names. Thankfully, they immediately come around the corner but, as any parent that has also and we again went over the rules for the store. It inspired me to make sure that you have the tools to keep your child safe as well and not only in the store. That is why I’m sharing these tips to protect your children from the new stranger danger.

 

You never want to believe that being abducted could happen to your child. Keep your child safe from the new stranger danger with these tips.

1. Talk Early and Often

The first way to help protect your kids is to talk to them early and often. Don’t talk only about how to prevent things like abduction. Also talk with your child about what to do in the event that someone grabs them. If you need tips for what to tell your child:

  • Scream, yell, and make a huge scene. There are no rules in such an event.
  • Make sure your child knows to yell “Fire!” instead of “Help!” People are more likely to respond to the former instead of the latter.
  • Tell your child to immediately drop all of his or her weight. This makes it harder for the abductor to take your child which increases the likelihood that they will give up.

When I worked in retail, we were trained on child abductions and how to prevent them. Speed and concealment are the key factors of abduction. Many kids’ appearances are changed by quickly cutting their hair and/or clothing in the bathroom before walking them right out the door. The more difficult your child makes it on his or her attacker, the higher the chances that the abductor will move on to an easier target.

 

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2. It Is Not About Hiding Names

When we were growing up we were warned against wearing our name on our clothing and monograms quickly went out of style. In this day and age it is really impossible to completely hide your child’s name from someone who really wants it. It can be as simple as following you around the store and listening for you to say it. In addition to that, your children get bus tags at school, names and contact information are put on team rosters, and more. Because this information is so easy to get in the digital era, it is of growing importance to teach your child how to stay safe instead of trying to conceal his or her name.

 

You never want to believe that being abducted could happen to your child. Keep your child safe from the new stranger danger with these tips.

3. Have Clear Rules

Protecting your kids from strangers is sometimes easier than protecting them from people they know. Make sure that you have clear rules in place and go over them often with your child. These rules should include:

  1. You have a boundary radius in public places such as your child not being able to go past the end of the cart in the grocery store.
  2. You child knows never to go with anyone unless it is previously discussed with you, period.
  3. Have hourly check-ins when your child is playing with friends or outside. If your child is old enough to have a phone, tell them to text you each hour. Make sure he or she knows not to tell anyone about this policy.
  4. Discuss the uniforms of workers and law enforcement when visiting a busy area or store.

4. Code Word Plan

This one is important because it helps protect your children from all predators. The concept is simple. Create a code word with your child and help them memorize it. They then do not leave school, daycare, the bus stop, or anywhere else with someone who does not know the code word. This rules needs to apply to friends, family, and strangers. Also, make sure that your child knows to never tell anyone the code word. If you want someone to know it then you will tell them. This helps protect your child from unknown threats that may also be within your social circle.

 

You never want to believe that being abducted could happen to your child. Keep your child safe from the new stranger danger with these tips.

You never want to believe that something like being abducted could happen to your child. You tell yourself things like, “That only happens to other people” or “We don’t see that stuff in our neighborhood”. The harsh reality is that it can happen to anyone, anywhere. Following the steps above will keep your child safer and that is all any parent wants. You can also find out how to make this DIY Emergency Lanyard to keep your child safe on vacations. It is always better to educate before it is too late.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

DIY Duck Tape Backpack Tag

You saw how to decorate your child’s plain jane pencil box. The project is simple enough to totally rock it out in 10 minutes so no worries if you found yourself down to the last minute to complete it. Another accessory that grade school children often get are those large plastic tags to wear around their necks. These contain information for the children (and the adults at the school) to know what bus they are on and who their teacher is. Let’s face it: these tags break long before their usefulness has run out. That is why I’m going to show you how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child’s bag to help them out all year.

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Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

 

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Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Backpack Tag Materials

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 1

First, pull a length of tape from the roll and place on a flat surface sticky-side up. Do not cut the tape yet.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 2

Place the tag on the tape so that half of it is hanging off and there is extra tape at the top and bottom. (See picture above for reference.)

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 3

Now trim the tape and ensure that there is still extra at the top.

 

Step 4

Cut a second piece of tape roughly the size of the piece attached to your tag. (This doesn’t have to be exact.)

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 5

Place your tag on the second piece of tape so that the remaining half of the back of the tag is covered.

Tips:

  • Make sure that the 2nd piece of tape is facing in the same direction as the first before attaching it to your tag.
  • You do not need to match up the designs on this project.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 6

Next, trim the tape around the tag leaving ¼ inch extra on all sides.

Tip:

  • Make the extra tape around the tag larger if using an especially big tag. The one pictured above is 2 inches wide.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 7

Fold up the bottom edge of your tape onto the front of your tag.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 8

Next, fold down the angled top edges of your tape.

Step 9

Fold over the side edges of the tape.

Step 10

Lastly, fold down the top remaining edge of tape.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 11

Cut a small piece of tape from the roll that is slightly larger than the width of your tag. Place it over the top of your tag on the front.

Step 12

Trim the tape using your tag as a guide. This time do not leave any extra tape around the edges. Smooth the cut edges by pressing them firmly to the tag.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 13

Next, punch a hole in the top of your tag. Try to line it up with the original hole. (This will help keep the tag strong.)

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 14

Place an eyelet through the hole you’ve created.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 15

Secure the eyelet using your setter then set the tag off to the side.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 16

Cut a piece of plastic cording 24 inches long.

Step 17

Fold your piece of cording in half twice.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 18

Thread the side of the cording with loose ends through the clip.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 19

Next, pull that same end through the loops at the opposite end of the cording. Pull tight to secure.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 20

Thread that same end through the eyelet in the tag. Do this front to back.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 21

Knot the end of your thread twice and pull tight. (I recommend twice because otherwise the knot may be too small to hold to the back of the tag.) Trim the excess cording at the end.

 

Find out how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child's bag to help them (and school teachers) out all school year long.

Step 22

Fill out the tag with relevant information such as Name, Grade, Teacher’s Name, and Bus Number.

This is such an easy and useful back to school project! Don’t limit yourself to making them just for school, either. These are great for luggage tags for vacation. (You can even make a fun glittery one for your suitcase.) Make sure you’ve entered our Duck Tape giveaway for your chance to score some free tape!

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DIY Duck Tape School Accessories

Schools are getting more and more specific about the exact supplies your kids need for school. This is especially true for grade-schoolers. In our school the color and material of folders is dictated as well as for the pencil box. This year, while shopping for school supplies, my oldest was so disappointed that he couldn’t get any of the pretty and unique pencil boxes he saw. His list dictated that he had to have a plastic one. Frankly, the plastic ones are miserably plain. To cheer him up I told him that we would decorate one of the plain plastic cases. That is what inspired the creation of easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories.  There are over 250 prints and colors to choose from, making each project unique in it’s own way.  Duck Tape is an easy crafting medium for kids of all ages and often does not require additional supplies (glue, scissors, staples, etc.). Have you seen all of the awesome new designs you can find it in? They have everything from glittery tape to your favorite sports teams! You know I love anything glittery but since this project was for my son, alas, we didn’t go with the glitter. Instead, we used the adorable gnome pattern and the rad Star Wars one. Using two totally different tape patterns meant creating 2 unique projects. The first is this crazy easy pencil box.

 

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Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Pencil Box Materials

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Step 1

Cut a piece of tape that is slightly larger than the middle indentation of the box.

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

 

Step 2

Place the piece of tape on the right side of the indentation. Make sure that the ends of the tape hang over the edges.

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Step 3

Next, trim the edges of your tape by opening up your scissors and running the blade firmly down the edges.

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Step 4

Cut a second piece of tape and line up the patterns to match as best you can.

Tip:

  • Cut this piece of tape larger than the first. This makes it easier to match the patterns.

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Step 5

Next, trim this tape as you did the first piece.

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Step 6

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the entire indentation of the box is covered in tape.

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Step 7

Next, cover the outer edges of the box. Start at the back, right corner and carefully wrap around the outside.

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Step 8

Trim the latch indentation with your scissors as you did above.

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Step 9

Also trim the ends and the bottom overlap of the tape (if there is one).

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

Step 10

Add your final piece of tape to the back edge of the pencil box.

Step 11

Lastly, trim any excess from the edges.

 

Duck Tape is a great way to personalize and style up your school supplies and accessories and helped inspired these easy DIY Duck Tape school accessories!

This is such an easy way to dress up a plain pencil box. Choose Duck Tape in the pattern that your child loves to help him or her express style while staying within school supplies parameters. Kick the style up even more with the Duck Tape backpack tag on Monday. It is a great way to label the bag with important information that your child needs or to find its way home if lost.

This pencil will also help your kids express their fun and unique style at school. As if the project isn’t awesome enough, Duck Brand Duck Tape is letting me give you some free tape to create your own back to school accessories! Grab your entries now below. Then start brainstorming your next fantastic Duck Tape project!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Find out how to get your family back to school ready as well as a free printable checklist to crush that first day of school without breaking a sweat.

Get Your Family Back to School Ready

The best way to make any event in your life successful is to plan for it. You plan for weeks for birthday parties, showers, and even interviews. The same planning and preparation is necessary to get your family back to school ready. There are key areas below to focus on that will ensure a fantastic first week back. You will find even more extras on the free printable checklist to crush that first day of school without breaking a sweat.

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Bedtime Rituals

Ease your kids back into the school schedule by pushing bedtimes back to the earlier school hour. Starting a few weeks in advance and gradually working back to the desired time in 15 minute increments is the easiest way to do this is to this. It is also important to reestablish bedtime rituals. If you have been lax about how late kids can play video games or whether they get a shower each night, start reintegrating these habits weeks before the first day of school.

Don’t forget about you as well. If you are a stay-at-home or work-at-home parent then your sleep schedule can be out of whack too. Start trying to get to bed earlier, again working in 15 minute increments for your body to adjust. It is also a good idea to create your own bedtime rituals that will teach your body the natural pattern of getting sleepy.

Wake Times

It is also important to get up at the scheduled time for school. Don’t let your kids sleep in. Instead, start getting them up at the time they will be getting up for school. The same goes for mom. If you have things you like to do in the morning before the kids are up, you will have to adjust your wake time as well. This is also a good time to reestablish the breakfast and general morning routine.

Freezer Meals

Get your freezer back to school ready by making an assortment of freezer meals. Don’t limit yourself to dinners, either. Breakfasts will be a lot easier if you have options ready to heat up in the freezer. Prepare pancakes and waffles in large batches and freeze for quick breakfasts. You can also go for a healthier option with these Protein-Packed Freezer Breakfast Burritos. Casseroles and slow cooker meals are perfect for breakfast and dinner. Make your family’s favorites when getting prepped for quick meals.

 

Find out how to get your family back to school ready as well as a free printable checklist to crush that first day of school without breaking a sweat.

Organize Clothes

Take the time to get your kids’ clothes organized before school starts. If you are buying new clothes for your kids, take the time to clean out old clothes that don’t fit. This will let you know what your child truly needs and what you can save a little cash on as well. Once you have done that, make sure you get an outfit system in place. Use these printable organizing labels to clearly define each outfit of the day. The school year can also include a need to revamp your laundry schedule. Be prepared to go through more laundry, especially if your child wears a uniform or has separate school and play clothes.

Reading

If you haven’t made reading a priority over the summer break make sure to start reintegrating into the daily routine before school starts. Set time amounts instead of page amounts, especially if your child is still a beginning reader. The lack of daily practice might have left them a little rusty. Daily reading will help get them back into the swing of academia before the school years starts and help them start off on a stronger footing. This is also an excellent time to sift through the bookshelves and donate those books that your kids have outgrown.

By focusing on the five areas about you are making sure your child starts the school year off with a bang (in a good way). You will also be making the transition easier on you and less stressful. Don’t forget to grab your free printable Back to School Timeline Checklist before you go. Lastly, check out how to Love Shopping for School Supplies before you get the supply list.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Back to school lunches don't have to add to your stress this year. Check out these don't miss tips for your kids' lunches!

Frugal and Easy Tips for Back to School Lunches

Back to school can throw a lot of curve balls at you. From shopping for school supplies you’ve never heard of (like a very specific Magic Rub eraser?) to the sheer expense of new clothes and uniforms. It can be an expensive and stressful time. Luckily, back to school lunches don’t have to add to your stress. Don’t limit yourself to sandwiches and lunchables. There are easier and more budget-friendly ways and I’m sharing the tips to help you.

 

Back to school lunches don't have to add to your stress this year. Check out these don't miss tips for your kids' lunches!

 

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This week, my first interview is live over at the Dollar Stretcher and it will help you with tips and tricks to make your kids’ lunches fun, frugal, and most of all easy.

Q: With back to school approaching, do you have some time-saving tips for parents on making sure kids get a healthy and homemade lunch?

Marie: The best tip to make sure that kids get a healthy lunch every day is to prep the meals on Sunday for the rest of the week. Pick up multiple containers like the ones in this article about saving money on food on the go and fill them before the week starts. Store them in the fridge, and all you have to do is grab one in the morning and toss it in their lunchbox. I also love collapsible water bottles because they don’t take up a lot of space, and you can fill them with a healthy drink. These are easy to toss in with lunches, as well.

Q: What are some easy DIY lunch ideas for back to school?

Marie: The best lunches for kids are ones that they have some control over. These are great for two reasons: Kids love “creating” their own lunches and only putting lunch components in the containers saves parent’s time. Some great ideas are DIY wraps and lunchables. For wraps, include small tortillas and whatever filling your kids like (such as ham and cheese, chicken and veggies, or beans and salsa). Let them assemble the wraps once it’s time to eat. Make your own lunchables by adding crackers, meat, and cheese that kids can put together as they would the store-bought kind. Ramp up the nutritional content by including some veggies and hummus.”

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This chicken recipes series will convince you to start batch cooking frozen chicken breasts for your family meals!

Frozen Bagged Chicken Recipes Series

The frozen bags of chicken are super easy to bake in one big batch.  Since they are boneless and skinless, you can just cut or shred them for our recipes easily.  Rotisserie chicken which is much more time consuming to deconstruct and because it includes the skin, it is less healthy than chicken breast.  Here are some great recipes all made from batch-cooked frozen chicken breasts.  Be sure to check back every Monday for the newest recipe in our chicken recipes series.

This chicken recipes series will convince you to start batch cooking frozen chicken breasts for your family meals!

Week One : The Best Garlic Chicken Pasta

Week Two: Toasted Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

Week Three: Easiest Chicken Stir Fry Ever

Week Four: Tips for Delicious Chicken Tacos

Week Five: Freezer Chicken Pot Pie Minis

Week Six: Homemade Freezer Chicken Nuggets

Week Seven: Cheddar Broccoli Chicken Rice

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No matter what system you use to organize kids’ outfits, these free printable organization labels will make mornings a lot easier for you.

Free Organizing Labels for Kids Outfits

Mornings are not everyone’s thing. Some people dread that alarm clock every morning. I am one of those people and back to school season can be hard on me. Let’s face it: mornings are hectic trying to get kids breakfast, dressed, and to school on time.  It is even worse when Saturday comes and your child waits until it is time to leave for the game to even look for his or her uniform only to be unable to find it.  Sound familiar?  Eliminate some of those headaches by organizing outfits a week ahead.  These free organizing labels, along with bonus tips at the end of this post, will help your mornings go smoother.

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No matter what system you use to organize kids’ outfits, these free printable organization labels will make mornings a lot easier for you.

Materials

 

No matter what system you use to organize kids’ outfits, these free printable organization labels will make mornings a lot easier for you.

Step 1

Print out the free printable (in your choice of black, blue, orange, or purple) on your sheet of card stock. 

Tip:

  • Only insert one sheet of cardstock into your printer at a time even if you have to print multiples. This will ensure that you don’t waste paper getting it mucked up in the feed.

Step 2

Next, cut out all of the labels you need for each child.

 

No matter what system you use to organize kids’ outfits, these free printable organization labels will make mornings a lot easier for you.

Step 3

Punch holes in the top left and right corners using your eyelet setter.  Then set eyelets into each hole.  Do this for each label. (See picture above for reference.)

 

No matter what system you use to organize kids’ outfits, these free printable organization labels will make mornings a lot easier for you.

Step 4

Next, cut strips of craft lace long enough to attach to your outfits.  (This will vary depending on what method of organization for your child’s outfits you use.)

 

No matter what system you use to organize kids’ outfits, these free printable organization labels will make mornings a lot easier for you.

Step 5

Slip craft lace through each eyelet, being sure to knot on the back side of the label.  Now you’re ready to hang on daily outfits for your kids.

 

No matter what system you use to organize kids’ outfits, these free printable organization labels will make mornings a lot easier for you.

Bonus tips:

  1. Don’t just prepare school clothes.  Set out practice outfits, game uniforms, and church clothes as well.  Spending a little bit of extra time early in the week will save you tons of time and frustration later.
  2. If you want to include socks and underwear when putting together outfits but are not using an organizing system that allows for stacking folded clothes, place them in pockets or shirt sleeves to keep them with the outfit.
  3. The same goes for any accessories for the outfit.  Hair bows, hats, and watches can be kept with outfits to prevent that morning scramble when it’s time to get out the door.
  4. Keep theme days in mind when putting together outfits.  Spirit week, Halloween parties, and drug free week are all examples of times when kids can wear different (or specific) fun and crazy outfits.  Cast a quick look at the family calendar to save you some stress and aggravation later.

This is a crazy easy and inexpensive way to organize your child’s school outfits for the week. Use these as tools to make mornings less stressful for both you and your kids.  If you’re lucky, you may even start to look forward to them (as long as you still get that cup of coffee).  You can make breakfast a breeze, too, with these delicious freezer-friendly breakfast burritos!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

DIY Planner Binder

If you follow DIY Adulation on any of our social media channels, you already know my passion for planning.  (If you aren’t following you should be.  Find DIY Adulation on these channels: Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest * Google+ * Instagram.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you here while you do that.)  Now that we’re all on the same page, here is the reveal of this awesome DIY planner binder that is beautiful and sparkly (just the way you love it)!

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August is the start of a fresh planner in my house.  (Find out why here.) This year I’m actually changing from a smaller planner to an 8.5 x 11 planner.  These means needing a fresh new binder to hold it and the result is fantastic!  This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll want to start decorating all of your organizing binders.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

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Materials

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

Step 1

Tip: I chose to put a piece of paper in the top of the clear pocket on the cover of the binder to keep it from sealing.  If you don’t care if the pocket is usable, you don’t have to do this.

Put a coat of Mod Podge on the front cover of your binder.

Step 2

With the binder on a protected surface, pour a generous amount of glitter over the entire front cover.

Step 3

Shake off excess and allow to dry completely.

**Repeat steps 1 through 3 until achieving your desired look.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

Step 4

Fill in any gaps or light areas there might be by covering the areas with more Mod Podge and covering with glitter. Allow to dry completely.

Step 5

Put a final coat of Mod Podge on to seal the glitter and allow it to dry completely.

Tip: If you are still having trouble with glitter coming off on your hands after applying the last coat, spray the cover with a sealant spray.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

Step 6

Place a piece of paper or newspaper over the glittered area and secure in to place with painters tape.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

Step 7

Open binder and place on a protected area with the covers facing up.  Spray paint it and allow paint to dry.

Tip: Depending on the color of your paint and the color of your binder, it could take multiple coats to cover.  The white binder I used took 2 full coats and one touch-up.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

Step 8

Carefully remove the tape and paper covering the glitter.  Fill with your choice of printable planners (I recommend our awesome Family Planner this one is no longer available) and you’re ready to go.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

 

It is that easy to create you own custom DIY planner binder!  Personalize your colors, sizes, and more without the hefty price tag!  How will you personalize your planner?  Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to get a free copy of the Family Planner monthly calendar and cleaning schedule when you subscribe to our Newsletter!

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These protein-packed freezer breakfast burritos are a great way to save time on busy mornings!

Protein-Packed Freezer Breakfast Burritos

I am not a morning person.  I have tried and it just doesn’t seem to work for me.  Something happens at night and I am transformed into this super-charged go-getter that can conquer a to-do list in 8 minutes flat (or at least it feels like 8 minutes until I look at the clock and see it is well past midnight).  Come the morning, I am tired, cranky, and in desperate need of coffee.  Sound familiar to anyone?

I’ve come to accept that mornings just aren’t my thing, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be a little bit easier.  One trick I’ve learned is to prepare a lot of breakfasts that can be made whenever you have time and then frozen for a quick morning meal.  These protein-packed freezer breakfast burritos are truly perfect; they’re healthy, tasty, and can be served in less than 2 minutes in the morning.

 

These protein-packed freezer breakfast burritos are a great way to save time on busy mornings!

Ingredients

Step 1

Scramble your eggs and cook, seasoning as desired. (We just add a little salt and pepper.)

Step 2

Drain your black beans and stir into eggs.

These protein-packed freezer breakfast burritos are a great way to save time on busy mornings!

Step 3

Fill tortillas with egg and bean mixture and sprinkle with cheese.

**If you want to eat some now, roll up your burrito and serve.

Step 4

Roll each burrito up and wrap in plastic wrap.

These protein-packed freezer breakfast burritos are a great way to save time on busy mornings!

Step 5

Place wrapped burritos into a freezer bag and throw them in the freezer.

**Be sure to label the bag with the name and date of the food. 

These protein-packed freezer breakfast burritos are a great way to save time on busy mornings!

Step 6

To serve, place wrapped burritos on a microwave safe plate and heat for 1-2 minutes each in the microwave.  You can barely cook toaster pastries that fast and these are so much healthier.  Cheers to happier mornings!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.