I can’t believe that the beginning of the school year is just around the corner! The summer always seems to go by faster than I plan and while it has been fun, it has also been a little crazy in our house with 3 little kiddos running around (I’m sure many of you moms know exactly what I mean). This year, we’ll be putting our 3 year old in pre-school for the first time and I know he’s super excited about it! He’s been waiting to go ever since his brother started kindergarten last year.
Today, I’m happy to share with you a “First Day of School Sign” that you can use to capture your cute kiddos on the first day of a new school year. These make it so much easier to help you remember what they looked like on the first day of school in a new grade and what year they actually started that grade. They’re also great for scrapbooking or using them as a binder cover that you keep your child’s projects in for safekeeping.
I’d love to see how you use your First Day of School sign on Instagram! Have a great school year!
Since it’s the last official month of Summer, I had to throw in some popsicles for this month’s wallpaper. I cannot believe that we are already into the month of August and slowly starting to get ready for school to begin. Luckily for my kids, school doesn’t start until the day after Labor Day so we have 1 full month of summer left to play.
As hard as it is sometimes to have all 3 kids home with me, I have also enjoyed having the chance to play with all 3 kiddos and do fun things with all of them! We have gotten almost all of our Summer Bingo activities done already and have gotten at least 3 bingos! If you haven’t seen the Summer Activity Bingo Printable yet, check it out here!
Hope you’re all enjoying your summer! Now grab your colorful and fun wallpaper for the month!
Last weekend we celebrated out little girl’s 1st birthday! She is our 3rd kiddo and each time I am amazed at how quickly that first year goes by. She has definitely been my hardest since she is a lot more clingy to me, but for the most part she has generally been a pretty good baby.
My boys and I are all winter birthdays, so I was pretty excited that I was going to be able to celebrate a summer birthday! I kept racking my brain on what we should do, and I remembered making an invitation for my niece last year for an Ice Cream birthday party. I loved how it turned out and thought it would be awesome to use the same invitation and theme for her 1st birthday! Since we just got back from vacation, I kept it pretty mellow (for me that is) and kind of threw it all together. So, if you’re looking for a really simple and easy birthday party for your little one hopefully some of these ideas will help with your own party planning.
For Riley’s Ice Cream party, I created a simple Ice Cream Bar with different types of toppings and used “candy bowls” that I found from Michaels to hold the toppings in:
-Magic Shell Chocolate
You may see that blueberries are pictured above. Nobody used them, but if you were looking for a healthier alternative, you could make a little fruit salad with the strawberries and blueberries and top it with some whipped cream.
I used waffle bowls that I found at Walmart for guests to use for their bowls, and found these super cute napkins in the party section at Walmart. They fit the color scheme so perfectly, and I loved the gold in the napkins! Here’s a closer look (because I loved them so much). 🙂
And for anyone that wasn’t feeling an ice cream sundae, you could make your own root beer float or in addition to your sundae.
Riley’s smash cake was the centerpiece of the Sundae Bar, and if you look closely you can see that the cake was starting to melt because it was so stinkin’ hot in our house (and sadly lots of homes in Washington do not have A/C… we are those unlikely individuals).
And to tie it all together, I made some cupcakes that looked like ice cream sundaes. I frosted them with a super delicious buttercream frosting, topped it off with chocolate sauce (I used the magic shell chocolate) added sprinkles, a chocolate Hershey’s kiss and stuck the cupcakes in the refrigerator after they were decorated so the shell would harden.
It was so much fun putting this party together, and we all had a great time! So happy to have this little girl in my life and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.
We were happy to have Auntie Connie to celebrate the special occasion too!
I’m a few days behind with my monthly calendar, but I’ve finally got it ready! We’re going to Hawaii in about a week and I’ve got Island fever on my mind, hence the theme for this month’s calendar. Save this wallpaper on your desktop, smart phone or print it out on an 8.5×11 piece of paper to hang in your home or office.
A reader requested that if there could be the option of both a calendar & a quote to choose from, so the quote I’m going with today is simple and short, but in many ways powerful. I hope this helps remind you during those times you need it most to stand tall!
I’m so excited to share with you the 2018 Printable Calendar! This year, I’ve added some fresh new designs, as well as a few returning designs from previous years. If you are someone who likes to write everything out on paper and help keep you organized, this Printable Calendar is just what you need.
This calendar is such a life saver and it helps me plan out my monthly activities, especially with my kiddos. My husband loves using his phone to help him know what events are coming up next, but I’m a visual person and need to write and see everything in front of me for the whole month. You can hang this on a clipboard on your desk, hang it up in your office, or keep this calendar in a binder for those PTA/Booster Club Meetings, church meetings, etc. Have fun staying organized!
If your kids are active like mine, we are always out and about during the summer. I have at least 1-2 big activities planned during the week, and at least one outing a day, whether that be at the going to the playground, library, playing baseball, etc. My son’s school recently had a “Bingo for Books” night for all the families where they did 5 rounds of Bingo and won a book or a prize for each round and since then my kids have loved playing Bingo.
With that being said, I thought my kids would have some fun staying busy and playing Bingo at the same time with this Summer Activity Bingo. I’ve made one with a whole bunch of activities you can follow along with, and one that you can type in and make up your own activities!
Here’s how to edit your blank Bingo Card:
Open the file in Adobe Reader
Click “Sign” in the top right corner of the window
Begin typing in the boxes.
When you are done, click “Done Signing” to save a copy or “Signed. Proceed to Send” on the right tool bar. Save a copy and/or send to a friend.
I’d love to see how your Summer Activity Bingo is going, so feel free to tag me in your posts on Instagram! Have a fun and safe Summer!
I’ve been loving all the “Dad’s Stache” printables floating around Pinterest, and I thought it would be fun to add a personal touch and add the kids to the jar with a printable. The boys thought it was totally hilarious and loved wearing the “mustaches” on their face. That’s what makes this jar even more fun and adds the perfect touch for Dad’s father’s day gift.
Sign to use as a prop (See instructions for number 1)
1) Snap some pictures of your kids wearing the mustache and holding a blank sign (or some other prop they can hold to make it look like they’re holding the printable), or holding the Printable Mustache Sign. If your kids aren’t holding the sign straight, you can always shoot the picture at an angle. 😉
If you printed out the “large printable,” go down to step 4.
2) Once your picture is printed, cut it down so that it will fit the jar and use a box cutter to cut around their hands like the one pictured so you can slip the printable underneath. Getting the printable to fit will depend on your picture and sizes will vary. I made the border of the small printable sizes a little bit bigger so you can cut it down if you need to. You can either use the printable provided or make your own instead. 🙂
3) Put glue on the back of the printable and carefully slip the paper underneath the kiddos hands.
4) Glue the picture onto the jar and stick some Dad’s favorite candy in and your Father’s Day Gift is all set! Since my jar was pretty big, I bought some candy bars to stick in the jar. This is perfect for Dad’s office, man cave, or his secret “stash” on the top shelf of the pantry. 🙂
As each month passes, I can’t believe how fast another one has gone by! We are approaching summer break and I can’t wait for some fun in the sun with my kiddos. Our first summer in Washington I was pregnant and always working. Now that I’m not doing either, I’ve been dying to explore the state of Washington! I’m looking forward to more hikes, exploring the Northwest Beaches (even if they are rocky), water fun, parks and so much more!
I kind of fell in love with this wallpaper, so hopefully you will too! I’ve made one for your desktop, smartphone & one for you to print out. Can you tell that I’m excited about summer yet? 🙂 Hopefully this fills up your space with lots of color and gets you in the spirit of Summer.
We have a couple things to look forward to this summer. First and most importantly, school is almost out! The next big thing on our list is our family vacation to Hawaii, and let me tell ya, we are pretty excited about it. My 3 year old will do the hula dance and it is hilarious, I can’t wait for him to see the real thing! With Hawaii on our minds, I came up with this fun Pineapple Countdown. It’s the perfect way for all of us to see how many days we have left, and a great way to help our 3 year old learn to count (and get his numbers in the correct order).
Everything is easy to put together, the only party I had trouble with was the pineapple tops. I don’t know about your freehand cutting skills but my pineapple tops were garbage. So I made it easier on myself (and for you) with a printable that you can print on green construction paper and you can cut out as many as you need.
Get everything cut out and ready to go. I cut my strips about 1″-1.5″ thick, and cut it horizontally so I had more strips from one piece of paper.
Stick two pieces of tape onto the back of a pineapple top, as pictured above. This doesn’t have to be fancy, since you’ll be taking off the loops as you countdown your days.
Place the pineapple top onto the middle of a green strip of paper, and then form a circle and hold it together with a piece of tape.
Add another “chain” to the green strip by placing the yellow strip of paper through the green strip and holding it together with tape. Then add another yellow strip as pictured above. Your pineapple top may look like it’s going to move all over the place, but I promise once it’s hanging, you can adjust it the way you like and it will stay!
Then add a white strip of paper after the yellow loop and continue the pattern again. It should look like the picture above.
Keep on adding loops until you’ve reached the desired length of your countdown. These are also great for party decorations! I love how these turned out. My husband told me these cracked him up, but I think it got him pretty excited about our upcoming vacation!
What are you counting down for? Share yours on Instagram or Facebook!
If you’re having an Ice Cream Party, you’re going to want to have this Ice Cream Banner around! Pair the Ice Cream Banner with this Tissue Paper Tassel Garland! Super easy and I love how the two go so well together!
In order to create the look, I used a small piece of string and made a loop on the back of the ice cream cone and taped it down, making sure their was a small loop sticking above the printable. I put the tassels and ice cream cones on a large piece of string, sliding the ice cream on after the 3rd or 4th tassel, and repeated the process. Hang it over an ice cream bar, or serving area and you’ve got yourself one cute Ice Cream decoration!