Back-to-school love for moms

It may not be popular to say this, especially in late August, but I actually love getting my kids ready for back to school. New backpacks, fresh markers, sharp pencils, all of it! I also enjoy sending little care packages to people, especially to mom friends. Recently, I combined these two things and made a couple of fun, inexpensive care packages for mothers who are looking forward to the start of the school year.

Check out the great little things I found:

Back to school care package

One package included a rejuvenating face mask, jelly beans, nail polish, tea, mints, Advil and a mini picture frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back-to-school care package

The other included mints, a mini-picture frame, an emergency sewing kit, Advil, M&Ms, tea and a Sharpie. Maybe more practical!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also had fun thinking of a back-to-school tie in for the container. Here’s what I came up with:

Back-to-school care package

Lunch boxes in bright colors from the dollar store.

Back-to-school care package

These fit into a standard padded mailer with a little room to spare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, for less than $10, I think these are pretty great. I’m already thinking about some happy mail ideas for fall, too!

 

An interview with Charlotte the Kindergartner

Charlotte began kindergarten today. We’re so proud of this smart and affectionate little girl with amazing comedic timing. Here’s a snapshot of her current likes and dislikes, as well as a few photos from the bus stop.

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My favorite food is: mac and cheese

My favorite sport to play is: baseball

The best show on television is: “Good Luck Charlie”

The coolest person on Earth is: Laurel

My favorite thing about school is: learning

The thing I do the most awesomely is: play

If I could change my name it would be: Charlie

My favorite color is: purple and pink

If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d go to: China

My favorite toy is: my Leap Frog Text and Learn

When I grow up, I want to: be a mom who works at a zoo

Three words that describe me are: funny, cute, playful

My favorite season is: winter

The snack I could live on is: cheese sticks

One food I really don’t like is: mashed potatoes

My favorite book is: “Ladybug Girl”

My favorite movie is: “Despicable Me”

My best friend is: Laurel

If I had one wish, it would be: to be a butterfly

An interview with Sophie the (gasp!) third-grader

Sophie started third grade today. We’re so proud of this smart, beautiful and curious young lady! Here’s a snapshot of her current likes and dislikes, as well as a few photos from the bus stop.

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My favorite food is: strawberries
My favorite sport to play is: kickball
The best show on television is: “Phineas and Ferb”
The coolest person on Earth is: my parents
My favorite thing about school is: science
The thing I do the most awesomely is: laugh
If I could change my name it would be: Jeanette
My favorite color is: green
If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d go to: New Mexico
My favorite toy is: Fluffy
When I grow up, I want to: study butterflies
Three words that describe me are: joyful, smart, outdoorsy
My favorite season is: winter
The snack I could live on is: pie
One food I really don’t like is: bananas
My favorite book is: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
My favorite movie is: “Dolphin Tale”
My best friend is: Olivia
If I had one wish, it would be: to be in Harry Potter’s world