Celebrate Back to School with Easy Meals

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Back to school is cause for celebration, right?  I am that mom who cries the days leading up to the First Day of School.  My babies are growing up, my house will be quiet and empty, and I’m sending my children into the care of someone else for the majority of the day!  So, Back to School is an emotional time for me.  I want my three children to see it as a celebration.  A celebration and excitement that something new is coming.

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Ten Easy DIY Teacher Gifts for Back to School

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Last week, I shared my easy Post it Note Mason Jar Gift Idea.  My daughter is going to give this to her teacher as a Back to School gift next week, and it was so simple!  I like for my children to arrive at school on the first day with a positive attitude, a love for their new teacher, and ready to start the year on a positive note. But, I don’t have a lot of time before school starts to make elaborate gifts.  Nor do I have a ton of money to spend since I’m buying supplies, clothes, and shoes!

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DIY First Day of School Sign

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One of the things I like about back to school time is seeing all the cute pictures on Facebook.   If you are like most parents, you are on the front porch, or in the yard at your typical photo spot, snapping away on the First Day of School.  This year, we have a new twist to back to school in our house…..my daughter is starting Kindergarten.  If this To My Fellow Moms on the First Day of Kindergarten doesn’t just make you cry like a baby….and speaking of a baby, I am sending my baby to Kindergarten……nothing will.

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DIY Cinderella Photo Background

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Every year for my daughter’s birthday, we have a little photo session.  Sometimes I take her out to a local park, other times just out in the backyard.  Either way, I like to put my DSLr camera to good use, and capture her at each age.  Part of the fun of these birthday photo sessions is playing into the theme of the birthday party we have chosen to celebrate that next year of life.  We’ve done butterflies, ladybugs, Minnie Mouse, Tinkerbell, FROZEN, and this year it’s Cinderella.  And, somehow the Disney princesses will make their way into her theme as well.

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Back to School Gifts and Tips

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Back to school brings out the organizer in me.   Does it you?  It’s something about a “new year” that does it.  When I was teaching, I could NOT wait to start a fresh lesson plan book, a clean classroom, a schedule, and new pens.  And lists.  Lists of students, things to do, lessons to plan, the list goes on and on.  I just love the freshness of back to school.

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Easy Back to School Breakfast Idea~Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

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Back to school is around the corner!  I was just telling my husband tonight that after a day of fielding questions, feeding and entertaining three sweet kiddos, and swimming, I am ready for school to start.  I say that now, but on August 17th, when we are the eve of the First Day of School, I won’t be feeling that way!  Getting ready to go back to school puts me into planning mode.  And that includes going back to meal planning and having easy breakfast and snacks on hand to give them variety for breakfast and making lunch packing easy.

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Why You Need Disney’s Memorymaker on Your Next Trip

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Disney’s Memorymaker has me totally hooked now.  You have no idea how hard it was for me to type that sentence!  Why?  Because I’m a picture snob.  I make sure every Disney vacation that I take hundreds of photos to keep those precious moments and memories forever.  I take a DSLr, my small point and shoot, and my phone on every trip. Yes, I love to take photos. Especially at Disney.  This past trip, I added Memorymaker to our Magic Your Way Package.

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Easy LEGO Party Ideas

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Legos are still a hot toy in our house.  In fact, our boys are 12, and I often wonder if their love of Legos will extend into their adult lives.  We are talking about boys who go to the library, find the non-fiction section, and come out with “How to Build…… from Legos”.  They are entertained for hours in the basement on hot summer days, creating and building.  Hopefully all this building, creativity, and brick building will serve them well in their careers one day.

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Easy to Pack Soccer Snacks

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Our Saturdays are often spent on the soccer field.  Most weekends, it is an hour on a Saturday afternoon, enjoying the sun and watching our oldest play a game.  Now that the season is coming to a close, we are in the midst of soccer tournaments.  This means more hours on the soccer field, more prep for me the night before, and I feel like I need to have more options to keep him hydrated and fed between games.

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Spinach and Feta Party Dip

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I’m a sucker for a super good, creamy, spinach dip.  When I am at a party, I tend to gravitate toward the dips, mainly because to me they are a treat!  I don’t make them a lot at home, except when we are having a party.  This time of year, we have been enjoying the big tournament on TV, watching our favorite college team {who is now out, but hey, there are more to cheer for} play basketball.  Extra bonus?  I can pick up all the ingredients at Giant Eagle!  Back to the spinach dip, and eating the yummy food that comes with watching sports….So today, I am going to share my Spinach and Feta Party Dip with you!

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