Back to School Teacher Gift with Free Printable Tags

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Back to School Teacher Gift with Organizing Labels and a Free Printable Tag

My kids start school this week!! Any one else starting this week?? Now that the backpacks are purchased and new clothes are ready, don’t forget those fabulous teachers who will be teaching and helping your children for the next 9 months. Teacher gifts for the first day of school have become a tradition around here. Last year we gave them highlighters with a cute tag and the year before we made these cute pencil cans. Or these gumball pencil tubes are a fun idea too!

Supplies for teacher gifts purchased at Office Depot

This year for our teacher gifts, I headed to my local Office Depot to pick up some supplies for our teacher gifts. If you’ve read any of my other posts on this here blog, you’ll know that I LOVE the Office Depot that’s just a few minutes from my house. I get all my printing done there and I’m a huge fan of their Small Business Program and the Office Depot Rewards Program, where you earn points for purchases and copy/print services that you use. On this shopping trip, I picked up some of my favorite Sharpies, mechanical pencils for my son, some cool new EXPO Window markers and a few goodies for myself ;-) Almost everything I bought was on sale for great prices, too!

This week at Office Depot/Office Max, save $5 Off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch) AND all Sharpie singles are $.25 (while supplies last) – you know I’ll be stocking up on those Sharpies because I love them so!

Free Printable Back to School Organizing Labels for Home or the Classroom

With all the new names to learn and supplies that are used in the classroom, I thought teachers could use a little help keeping everything organized. So I made some printable labels, cut them out and had them laminated at my local Office Depot. SAVINGS ALERT: There’s a coupon in the newspaper this week for 40% off laminating services in the copy/print center – that’s awesome!

Laminted organizing tags for Back to School

Laminated labels for Back to School Organizing

Printed and Laminated Back to School Tags for Organizing

Re-use laminted labels with EXPO Window or Dry Erase Markers

Laminated Labels for Organizing

I decided to have the tags laminated so that teachers (or you at home!) could re-use the labels in the future. Use the EXPO Window markers I bought, or any other form of Dry-Erase marker to easily wipe and re-write.

Back to School Teacher Gift with Laminated Labels and EXPO Markers

Bundle your laminated labels together with a fun binder clip and wrap the markers and labels with a cute bow.

Back to School Teacher Gift with Organizing Labels and a Free Printable Tag

Add our colorful printable tag and you’re all set to start the year off “bright”!

Back to School Organizing Labels

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Let's Start This Year Off Bright Tags

free printable tags

Free Printable Back to School Task Lists

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Free Printable Back to School Task Lists for Kids

OK ladies, I discovered something that I absolutely LOVE about summer and I just have to share it with you! I discovered the art of how to get kids to help with household chores and tasks!! We started something new at our house this summer that I have just loved and I’m a little sad to have the kids go back to school for this reason. I decided that my kids had to get a list of things done before they could play with friends or with their electronic devices and it has been wonderful! I think it worked well because of the ages of my kids – they’re 11, 9 & 7 so they can all do a variety of household chores now.

They each had a list of things that had to get done every day (like put their breakfast dishes away, brush their teeth, make their bed, pick up their room, read for 20 minutes, empty the dishwasher, etc.) plus 2-3 other “cleaning chores”. And I just have to tell you that my house has never been cleaner, seriously!! They do the normal things like dust and vacuum and wipe down bathrooms, etc. but then I added things like wipe down the baseboards, vacuum around the baseboards, wipe down the doors, clean the light switches, dust around the tops of walls, etc.

Free Printable task lists for Back to School routines

Now that school is just around the corner (9 days to be exact, but who’s counting?!) our routine will have to change a bit, so I created a task list for each child so they could remember the things that need to get done in the morning before school and in the evening after school and activities.

Back to School task list station

I wanted to create a specific area where we could keep these fun new charts so that they were easily accessible, portable and motivating. I added removable clear plastic hooks to the back of my pantry door in our kitchen, which is where all the action takes place at our house. I then clipped the task lists to some clipboards and added a Sharpie Clearview highlighter to each clipboard with a piece of twine. This way the kids can take the clip boards down easily when they’re ready to mark off their tasks and they always have a highlighter close by to check off their progress. I got my Sharpie Clearview highlighters on sale at Walgreens – gotta love that!!

Back to School task list on clipboards for easy access

The kids were all actually pretty excited about the new system and I think it’ll keep them on track for the new school year and the new schedules.

Free Printable Task List for Back to School routines

I have a blank task list that you’re welcome to download and use at your house to help keep you and your kids organized and on a new schedule for the start of the school year. I know it’ll help minimize the chaos at our house when school starts back up and the kids are wanting to play with friends or on their devices. All I have to do is ask them to make sure their tasks are completed and we both have an easy way to check that!

Free Printable Back to School Task Listfree printable box

Homemade Chewy Chocolate Ice Cream Bar

Pastel Ice Cream Bar

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” When I think back to summers as a kid, one thing I remember is my Dad’s homemade Chewy Chocolate Ice Cream, as he called it. It was a […]

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Summer Camp Link Party

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Remember this fun popsicle banner I shared over at Design Dazzle’s Summer Camp series a few weeks ago?? Well today a bunch of the camp counselors are participating in a big Summer Camp link party and you’re invited! The Summer Camp Link party starts today and will run through Saturday June 28th. Feel free to […]

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Free Printable Summer Popsicle Banner

Free Printable Summer Popsicle Banner

Hi friends!! Today I’m over at Design Dazzle sharing a fun way to celebrate the start of summer for the kids with an ice cream bar and a cute summer popsicle banner! Simply download the PDF file and save to your computer, print at home or your local print shop using heavy cardstock, cut out […]

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Blue Goose Boutique GRAND OPENING + Giveaway

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We’re so excited to help Lauren McKinsey celebrate the GRAND OPENING of their new shop – Blue Goose Boutique, where they will be selling physical products that include their darling designs! I’ve been a fan of Lauren McKinsey for a while, in case you haven’t noticed! ;-)  And I had the pleasure of meeting  her […]

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The Party Hop – Summer Fiesta – Tissue Paper Flowers Tutorial & Games

DIY Tissue Flowers

Well, it’s Friday and the last day of our fun Summer Fiesta Party Hop. I really hope you’ve enjoyed the fabulous ideas that have been shared this week so we’ll leave you with 2 final projects – tissue paper flowers and fun games for your party. Here’s how to make the tissue paper flowers: You […]

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The Party Hop – Summer Fiesta – Placecards, Favors & Tableware

Salsa Party Favor

I’m just loving all the fun and creative ideas that have been shared so far in our Summer Fiesta party hop, and today is no exception! Today we’re sharing cute placecards, fabulous favors & fun fringe party cups. Remember to click on the link below each photo to be taken to the blog with the […]

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The Party Hop – Summer Fiesta – More Decor & Tabletop Ideas

Summer Fiesta - Balloon Flags

Welcome back to our Summer Fiesta Party Hop! Are you having fun yet? I know I am! Today we have some more decor – balloon flags & succulent centerpieces along with some fun fringe drink stirs! Visit Brittany at One Charming Party for the how-to on these fun balloon flags! Aimee from The Elephant of […]

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The Party Hop – Summer Fiesta – Invitations, Decor & More!

Summer Fiesta - DIY Papel Picado

So, are you excited to see more of our Summer Fiesta Party Hop after the sneak peek yesterday? We’ve got lots of fun ideas to share this week! Today we have invitations, decor & more! Visit Dawn at Not Just A Mommy to get the 411 on this DIY Taco Invitation! Sara from Confetti Sunshine […]

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