Printable First Day of School Signs

I can’t believe that it is time to start talking about Back to School! We were just barely enjoying fireworks and parades and now all of sudden it is time for new pencils, backpacks, and first day of school outfits. The schools here start in two weeks so I know there is a lot of to do as everyone prepares. (And celebrates if you’re a parent!) I’ve created some new printables to help you out in at least one part of back to school. The traditional First Day of School Signs for your pictures!

Free Printable Back to School Signs- Preschool thru Senior Year

This is such a fun tradition to do every year with your kids. It is so special to be able to look back and see how they have changed and grown over the years.

**Okay, I’ve got to take a break and be honest for a second. If you were sitting next to me on the couch while I am typing this blog post you’d see me sitting here trying really hard to hold back the tears. Whhyyyy are my kids growing up so fast?! I just watched a video where a dad interviewed his daughter after every first day of school and whew, that one really brought on the tears. So taking these pictures is important, you won’t ever get another chance to capture this time in your child’s life again.**

Free Printable Back to School Signs- Preschool thru Senior YearI’ve made signs for every year of school from Preschool to Senior Year. And while yes, you may have to resort to some good natured mom guilt or bribing to get your teenagers to cooperate, go ahead and take their picture too! They’ll appreciate it when they’re older. At least that is what we moms tell ourselves as we are knee deep in laundry and dirty dishes.  :)

The First Day of School Signs are all formatted to fit on standard 8.5×11 paper so you can print right from your home computer. You can frame them, laminate them, or simply have your children hold the paper while you snap away. Easy peasy! I’ve broken the signs up into two PDF sets due to the file size so make sure you download both sets!

First Day of School Signs – Preschool thru 5th Grade

First Day of School Signs – 6th Grade thru Senior Year

Free Printable Back to School Signs- Preschool thru Senior Year

My Cup Runneth Over…with puns.

I feel like time is slipping away faster and faster these days.   No matter what I do, I cannot get it too slow down. For example, I am working with a client to create promotional material for a conference in 2017.  2017 people!  That is just not right!  I feel old.

You might also be experiencing feelings of time-slipping-away-ness if you know someone who is graduating this year.  Taking the big step from childhood to adulthood.  Leaving the nest.  Moving on into the big wide world.

Well today I have a cute, little gift idea that you can give to that graduate in your life.  If you look, you can find graduation themed cups pretty much everywhere.  Mugs, water bottles, tumblers, etc.  They are lining the shelves in stores!  I found a really cute cup at the Dollar Tree which is perfect if you want to put together several small gifts since it is only $1!  I filled my cup up with just candy but this can easily be personalized depending on the recipient and your budget.  You could easily add in a gift card, some cash, a small box of jewelry, etc. into the cup along with the candy.

"Cup-letely" Awesome Graduation Gift Tag.  Free Printable!And yes.  That tag does say “Grad, You are Cup-letely Awesome.”  I totally went all out cheesy pun on this one!  What can I say?  It is just how I roll.  Don’t you love it?  Well, don’t worry if cheesy puns aren’t exactly your thing.  I went ahead and made another tag that is more generic and can be used for any gift.  “The Tassle was Worth the Hassle!”

Worth the Hassle Graduation Gift Tag.  Free Printable!You can download the PDF for both tags and use whichever one you’d like, or both!  And give a small gift to that special Grad in your life letting them know you are thinking of them and all they have achieved!


Loads of Love (and Laundry)

I recently went to a baby shower for one of my friends who was expecting her first baby.  He has since made his debut and is the cutest little thing.  I have never seen that much dark, thick hair on a new baby head before.  He is adorable and I’m so thrilled for her!

Her shower was really fun and I wanted to share the gift I took because I am so happy with how it turned out.  It got a great reaction from everyone at the shower and yet it was so easy to put together!  In anticipation of the laundry increase she and her husband are about to experience I put together a new baby laundry basket, complete with a little decorative wash line!

Laundry Gift Idea

The laundry basket came from the Dollar Tree and was the perfect size to hold some laundry necessities.  Here are some items you could include if you make your own baby shower gift:

  • Baby Laundry Detergent
  • Hangers
  • Clothespins
  • Blanket
  • Clothes (I put in a cute Pajama set)
  • Socks
  • Towel or Washcloths

But what really pulls it all together is the miniature clothes line.  It was so easy too!  I used small wooden dowels and tied them to the side of the basket using ribbon.  Then I tied some baker’s twine between the dowels and hung up some socks with mini clothespins.

Mini Clothesline for baby shower gift_DSC0862Aren’t little baby socks the cutest thing?  I sometimes forgot how cute they are when I am searching for one of those missing socks in the couch cushions, but they really are adorable.  :)

_DSC0857I made the tag and then created three different colors to share with you so you can use the tag for a boy, girl, or when it is a surprise!

Download the PDF

Baby Shower Gift Idea with Printable Tag in 3 Different ColorsThe PDF download has all 3 colors included- blue, pink, and yellow.  If you put together a similar gift and use the tags please send me a picture!  I love to see your own creativity at work!



GCH Giveaway Winner!

Giveaway WinnerThank you to everyone who entered the giveaway from GCH and congratulations to Ree!  I will be in touch with you soon!

I am happy that so many of you fell in love with the products on GCH’s website, just like I did.  And I loved reading your Christmas traditions, you’ve definitely given me some ideas for new ones to start with my little family.  Have a great day everyone!

Mialisia Jewelry Giveaway

If you are one of those people who really enjoy dull, boring, and blase looks and try hard not to look cute and stylish then I have some bad news.  This post is definitely not for you.  Because this post is all about sparkly, fun, versatile, and so-stinkin-cute accessories with a great prize for one lucky reader!  Now if that sounds like your kind of thing, then let me introduce you to Mialisia Jewelry.

This line of jewelry is made from different pieces with hooks on each end, allowing you to wear each item in multiple ways.  You can get so many different looks using the same pieces.  It’s genius!  Check out how it all works in this great video:

I’ve been working with Tammy for this giveaway (she is one of the designers) and I was lucky enough to receive a couple of pieces of the jewelry to review and I’ve been wearing them all around.  I love them, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on my necklaces.

Mialisa Jewelry Giveaway

(This should officially be the end of my jewelry modeling career.  I had to take an obscene amount of photos to get these few.  Good thing the necklaces are so cute.)

My two necklaces are the Times Square and the Long Island, which are part of the Big City Collection.

Here is a look at some of the other pieces and collections that I love in this line.  Just think about how well they all would mix and match together!

993345_687837887897180_1839482022_n 1011444_687837974563838_1734509535_n 969777_687837951230507_755303229_n60456_687837971230505_1289170648_nNow if you love the Lazy Daisy necklace in the photo ^above^ then I have some good news…one of you lucky readers is going to win that necklace! Yay!  (I was really tempted to pick that necklace up for myself as my review piece.  I personally love it.  So I was really excited for you all when I found out that was the necklace they were giving away.)

If you’d like to enter (and I know you do) then here’s how:

#1. Sign up for the Tammy’s Mialisia Newsletter, you’ll receive about one email a month letting you know about new items and deals.  Sign up here.

#2. Like Tammy’s Mialisia Facebook page

#3. Since it is October leave me a comment telling me about your best Halloween costume.

And that is it!  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  You don’t have to do all three but the more you do the better your chances are of winning!  The giveaway will run through midnight on Tuesday the  8th and the randomly chosen winner announced Wednesday morning.

One more thing!  If you purchase the Hazel Daisy Earrings right now, and then win the giveaway Tammy will refund your purchase!  Nice, right?


Catching Fireflies Giveaway

It has been quite awhile since we’ve had a giveaway so I’m really excited to share with you this giveaway sponsored by Catching Fireflies!

Catching-Fireflies-LogoI met the creative minds behind Catching Fireflies when they asked if they could feature some of my lunch box notes in one of their back to school posts.  I of course said yes, and soon we were also working on putting together a great giveaway for you!

Catching Fireflies has a great story of how they turned inspiration from a favorite painting into a thriving business that features local artists, whimsical gifts, decor, and quirky items you won’t find anywhere else!

I’ve picked a few different items to show you, but just know that these hardly scratch the surface.  They have a large inventory with something for everyone!

Catching Fireflies 21. Owl Wall Clock    2. Cupcake Wall Clock

3. Cuckoo Bird Wall Clock    4. Pretty Peacock Wall Clock

Catching Fireflies 31. Destiny Watch Pendant Necklace    2. Botanical Blossom Necklace

3. Bird Branch Necklace    4. Pretty Petal Necklace

Catching Fireflies 41. Little Picasso Brag Board    2. Cupcake Go-Go Purse

3. Oh Sew Adorable Sticky Bellies (Boy’s available too)

4. Mustache Bandages

Catching Fireflies is giving away a gift certificate to their shop for $43!  “we like to offer up odd gift certificate amounts because it’s fun & quirky – just like us.”  You can choose whichever item(s) you want, the best kind of prize!

There are three ways to enter the giveaway:

-Leave a comment saying one thing you like on Catching Fireflies

-Follow Catching Fireflies on Pinterest

-Follow Catching Fireflies on Facebook

PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY.  You don’t have to do all three but the more you do the better your chances of winning.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday the 2nd.  There are lots of fun items just waiting for someone to win so enter now and good luck!

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