DIY Recipe Binder with FREE Printables!

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About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others.   I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it's true.  It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it's been around for a long time, but that says something right there...it's still around because it WORKS!  I've had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this … [Read more...]

Good Mornings with Eric Carle and Gymboree

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This is a sponsored blog post. I received compensation from Gymboree.  All opinions and text are 100% mine. ----- You know one of the best parts of the day for me?  First thing in the morning, after the morning rush, after breakfast has been served and cleaned up, and after the big kids are on the bus to school.  My three little kids and I snuggle up on the couch, all of us still pajama-clad, with a pile of our favorite books. The house is quiet, and I can concentrate on this special time with my little ones.  The big kids get the attention after schol, when everything is a swirl of activity--homework, piano practice, ballet, hockey practice, violin lessons-- all while I prep for … [Read more...]

Lunchbox Love Notes {Free Printable}

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I've always loved to tuck in a note with my kids' school lunches. Sometimes it's a quickly scribbled message written on a napkin or post-it note--whatever I have time for in the early morning rush.  This year I created some really fun Lunchbox Love Notes, free printable labels that I can quickly peel off and place on a paper sack lunch, sandwich bag, or lunch container! My kids LOVE notes in their lunch, and I know they look forward to them.  One of my girls saved a note her dad wrote her for the entire year!  It's so fun to send them with off with a little reminder of home for the middle of the day. Notes of encouragement or an "I love you" or even a funny joke go a long way for … [Read more...]

Favorite & FREE Fall Fonts

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Are you ready to add to your font collection? I've gathered my most favorite and FREE Fall fonts, and put them all in one place. I'm in love with every single one of them...and aren't those dingbats adorable?  LOVE! These are perfect for everything from gift tags to Thanksgiving placards! Aren't they perfectly perfect? There are so many fun ways to use these fonts throughout the fall season! If you're not sure how to install fonts, it's really quite easy.  Just google "install fonts" and list your operating system (Windows 8, etc.), and it will come right up.  It usually just takes a few short steps.  Once they're installed on your computer, they will automatically show up in Word, … [Read more...]

Thrilled to Pieces Teacher Gift {FREE Printable}!

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I love giving my kids' teachers a little something at the beginning of the school year, and my kids love it too. It's never anything big or fancy, just a small token of our appreciation, and to show them how much we are all looking forward to the school year.  I actually made this fun "Thrilled to Pieces" Teacher Gift at the end of the past school year for my kids' teachers, but I went ahead and made a tag for the beginning of the school year so I could share them both with you! This is SO easy to put together! I filled a mason jar mug with Reese's Pieces, then tied on the cute tag.  I stuck in a orange chevron straw, and added a cute chalkboard flag with my girls' names on it.  When I … [Read more...]

School Papers Storage System {Free Printables!}

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 School is almost in session around these parts, and it means that soon a plethora of papers will be heading my way.  Many of those are my kids' "treasures"--artwork, papers, pictures, and other keepsakes from their school years that I want to keep forever.  They can pile up really fast, and I'm excited to share with you my School Papers Storage system--one that I've used for many years to organize all those special papers! It's super easy.  Easy to put together, and easy to maintain, which are both important, and vital to success.  I bought a plastic filing tote for each child (the kind meant for filing--it has edges on the side of the tote for the hanging files to hook on to), then … [Read more...]

Free Back to School Printables

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Okay, you guys, it's MOVING week!! The movers are coming today, and we will be on our way to the lovely state of New York! We are all just so excited to get there, start exploring the area, and find out all about the kids' new schools. The first day of school is always exciting at our house, and I created a set of darling free Back to School printables to add to that fun first of school picture. I had all ages in mind with these printables--super cute for everyone, but not too "young" for older kids.  Simple.  Adorable.  LOVE them!!  What I like to do is print each one that I'm going to use (I did orange for my boys, and pink for my girls), then laminate them and file them away. Then each … [Read more...]

Picking Berries, Making Jam, and Summer Family Fun!

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Our summer days always include reading.  I don't think a day passes that we haven't sat down and read together, and I love that we aren't feeling the hustle and bustle of a typical school day afternoon.  We also love to have adventures together, and sometimes the two go hand-in-hand.  A couple of weeks ago I posted on Paging Supermom (as part of their Books Alive series) about how the two are combined!  Reading + Adventures (outdoors and in the kitchen) = Summer Family Fun!  They are simple ideas, but those are the best kind!  ☺ Our family is in LOVE with the Frances books by Russell Hoban. That Frances is such a character, and we laugh so hard at all of her adventures...or misadventures.  … [Read more...]

Favorite & FREE Back-to-School Fonts!

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Hello, my name is Kierste, and I'm a total fontaholic.  I LOVE finding and using different fonts in all my projects, and while I have purchased several fonts I adore, I'm always on the hunt for FREE and FABULOUS fonts.  Of course I want to pass on my finds to you, and with the start of school quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to share my most favorite and free Back-to-School fonts! Aren't they delicious?  YUM!! And yes, I'm describing fonts as if I could eat them, because that's how much I love them! Use these darling fonts to create fun gift tags, jazz up school projects, and more! You can even just stare at them a little, like I do.  ☺ Once you download these fonts, you can … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Back to School Countdown Printable {FREE!}

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Back to School time has been one of my favorite times of year since I was small.  The smell of new clothes, new pencils all sharpened and lined up in a pencil box, a backpack hung up and ready to go, all the wondering about the new teacher and all the kids in class--all of these things still make me excited!  Just the sight of all of the school supplies on the store shelves makes me happy. My kids are already picking out their new backpacks, and imagining what their new school in New York will be like.  So...as we are enjoying every last bit of the summer, we are also counting down to the start of SCHOOL! To help us, I created a fun Chalkboard Back to School Countdown! You have some … [Read more...]