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12+ Back To School Tips and Organization Ideas


Back to School Tips & Organization Ideas

back to school to do list


 Only a few weeks left before our kids start back to school – Our summer days are flying by. And yet, there are still so many more fun summer activities we want to do! The weather in our neighborhood has felt more like fall than summer for weeks now!  😦


 Whether we want to think about it or not, it’s time to start working on our Back to School to do lists. Here are some of my back to school tips and organization ideas:


 Back-To-School Check-list –


Get your paper & pen out and write your back to school checklist, one that includes everything you need to do to be ready for the first day of school. Writing things down on paper helps to purge your brain of all the things you have to do and eliminates the worry that you’re going to forget something. Not only that, it brings me great joy to be able to cross things off of my list.


 It doesn’t need to be perfect –


Remember, we still have a precious few weeks with our kids before school starts…don’t make yourself crazy by foolishly thinking everything in your home has to be perfectly organized. Spend time with your kids having fun – get the necessities ready now but know that there will be time once the kids are back in school to focus on the other things.


What will they wear? –


Before School Starts…


Clean out kids’ closets/drawers. Before you head out to the mall for the dreaded back to school clothes shopping, go through their closets and dresser drawers. Remember to check clothes and shoes for fit, cleanliness and/or any needed alterations or repairs. Donate the clothes/shoes that are too small. Add the items that you need to buy to your to do list.


During the School Year…


Simplify the morning routine by picking out their clothes the night before or I usually pick out their clothes for the week and label them Monday – Friday. This is a huge time saver! Remember to include hair accessories, socks, etc.


School Supplies 


Your child probably received a school supply shopping list at the end of the school year, if not, check the school website for a list of what your child will need. Check for supplies you may already have before you head to the store. Many stores are having Back To School sales so watch out for the deals. Now is a good time to buy extra supplies for later on in the school year.


Lunches/Snacks –


I’ve mentioned before that I hate making lunches every day. So I try to make the process a little easier (I know, I know, how hard is it to make lunch?) Anyway, this is what I do.


* Prepare some school lunch/snack bins for the refrigerator and cupboard.  

Easy lunches and snacks


* Make the lunches/snacks the night before .


* Lunch notes/jokes. Think about adding lunch notes/jokes to their lunch. My kids love reading the notes/jokes at school. You can print out a bunch in advance so you can quickly add a special note with their lunch.


Healthy snacks – Fresh fruit, vegetables and cheese are great choices. Nuts, whole grains and yogurt are also good snack choices.


Avoid fruit juices, energy drinks , sodas, sticky and chewy foods.


Instead of PB & J’s every single day (my sons favorite lunch) , get creative with a variety of lunches. For inspiration check out my Pinterest Board School Lunches & Snacks http://pinterest.com/BettyJHayden/kids-lunches-snacks-lunch-box-notes-and-jokes/


 Start the School Year with a Healthy Smile –


The Surgeon General calls dental problems the “Silent Epidemic” that results in more than 51 million school hours missed each year! Schedule your child’s Back To School Check-up. 


 Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance! 


No one performs well in the morning if you’re stressed and rushed your kids will be too. Avoid chaotic mornings by doing as much as possible the night before to get ready for the next day! Pack lunches/snacks, get homework and backpacks ready, set the table for breakfast, have their clothes picked out (including hair accessories,shoes, etc.


Paper Clutter – 


It amazes me how many school papers come home every day! Plan now to control that paper clutter. To start, every day right after school I go through the kids’ backpacks and check for any papers that need to be returned, homework, upcoming events and so on. I immediately add any important dates (& the details of the school function/field trip to my Gmail calendar as well as any dates where permission slips/money is due and so on. In the kitchen I have folders for each child for the “now” school papers. And for the papers I want to save, at my desk in my filing cabinet I have 2 folders  w/labels for each child and the grade they are in. In my master filing cabinet I have folders labeled K thru grade 12 for each child so at the end of the school year I simply put the finished grade away and pull out the next grade.


Backpacks –


Have a designated home for backpacks –


My kids are to remove their water bottles and lunch boxes from their backpacks as soon as they get home from school.


I check backpacks for any school papers, homework, etc. Rather than have the kids remove these items I ensure that I don’t miss any notes and that their homework sheets are posted on the refrigerator.


Homework Station / Homework Totes –


I put together homework totes for each child that holds their scissors, glue, pens, pencils, crayons, sharpeners, etc. This has been a huge time saver and has lessened the homework headaches! 

Homework totes school supplies


 School Money Jar –


I keep a jar in the kitchen that holds money for school lunches, donations, popcorn sales, etc.


 Recyclables –


If your school collects Box Tops, Labels for Education, Coke Points, etc.


Keep these things organized to avoid clutter. I have little hanging buckets labeled Box Tops, Labels for Education, Old Batteries, Can Tabs & Coke Points

organizing box tops and recyclables


For your Sanity


Wake up 20 minutes before it’s time to wake up the kids . Use this time to read, take your shower & get dressed or enjoy a cup of coffee/tea in peace & quiet.. Avoid checking your social media pages and emails – time will slip away and before you know it you’re running behind in the morning, or you read a negative email or post that put you in a bad mood, save that for after you drop the kids off to school.  


What are you doing to prepare for the school year or if school already started in your neck of the woods, please comment to share what is working for you.  


 I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy & Stress-Free School Year!


 ~Betty


 

 
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35+ Spring Break Family Activities and Ideas

35+ Spring Break Family Activities and Ideas

spring break fun

Spring Break from School! It seems like we were just talking about winter break.

Let’s hope for Spring-like weather to go with our kids spring break from school.

I put together 35+ Spring Break Family Activities & Ideas.  Many are low-cost and most are FREE!

ATTENTION LOCAL FRIENDS: At the end of this post I will share a list of local businesses to visit!

These activities can be done in a play group setting, just as a family or with friends.

ACTIVITIES For HOME (Indoors):

GAME DAY ~ Get out the Board Games & Cards and set up game stations. Play Minute to Win It games. Serve snacks & have fun!

BAKING ~ Bake and deliver treats to friends & family.

START A GARDEN ~ Kids love digging in the dirt, they love the sense of accomplishment & pride in watching their creations grow! Plant seeds (herbs, sunflowers, etc) in little pots to keep indoors until ready to transplant outdoors.

Don’t forget to make plant markers for your seeds.

READ A BOOK ~ Create a reading log for the family and the family member that logs in the most reading time wins a prize!

COOKING ~

  • Teach your kids how to make a simple meal
  • Make a meal/soup for a friend and deliver to them. Let the kids take the meal up to the door, they’ll love surprising someone with dinner.

CRAFTING TIME ~ Get all the craft supplies out, gather little odds and ends from around the house (look in the junk drawer), empty tissue boxes, & paper rolls, soup cans, beads, flowers, glitter, buttons, etc. and let them create some beautiful spring crafts!

FLOOR TIME ~ Play Legos and or Barbies with your kids!

MOVIE NIGHT-IN ~ Popcorn, treats, comfy pj’s and a good family movie.

FAMILY Videos ~ Watch old family videos together (kids LOVE watching themselves)

JIGSAW PUZZLE ~ Work on putting a puzzle together individually & as a family.

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS ~ Pinterest has lots of fun indoor & outdoor science experiments that your child is sure to love.

MUSIC TIME ~ Turn up the music and dance!!

SPRING CLEANING ~ Now is a great time to do a little spring cleaning. Donate clothes that your child has outgrown & toys they are no longer playing with. (Make a list of the spring/summer clothing you need to buy for your child.)

VIDEO CAMERA ~ Give the kids your video camera and let them make their own movies. They LOVE this!

PICTURE TIME ~ Give them their own camera and let them take pictures of themselves, things around the house, or even outside. I’m always fascinated at seeing photo’s from their perspective.

SLEEP OVER ~Let the kids invite some friends for a sleep over. (Movie, Junk Food, No Bedtime, Games, etc)

CHARADES ~ Play charades, put on a comedy/talent show.

OUTDOOR Activities:

FAMILY PICNIC ~ Pack a picnic for the backyard or a local park.

SCAVENGER HUNT ~ Go on a backyard/neighborhood scavenger hunt. Give your child a list of items to find.

BACKYARD FUN: Play Ball, Jump rope, Sidewalk chalk, skate, etc.

MORE IDEAS:

LIBRARY – FREE! Check out some books, movies, video games and music.

BOOK STORE –  Visit a local bookstore.

ROLLER SKATING ~ One of my favorites ;)

BOWLING ~ You know you love wearing those super stylish bowling shoes!

ICE SKATING – Indoor Ice Skating

BILLIARDS ~ Go shoot some pool.  

PARKS ~ Check out one of our many Beautiful Metro Parks.

SALON ~ Go get a pedicure & manicure with the girls.

THEATER/MOVIES ~ Ticket prices cheaper during the day.

COMMUNITY THEATER ~ Go see a community play as a family.

POOL ~ Community Indoor Pool

MUSEUM ~ Visit local museums,

WATERPARK ~ Break out the bathing suits early and have some fun on the waterslides at an indoor waterpark 😀

BOUNCE HOUSE ~ Let the kids burn some energy at an indoor bounce house.

CHUCK E CHEESE ~ Never gets old (including the germs in those places so, include lots of hand washing!)

SHOP/Visit the Mall ~

ANIMAL FARM ~ Visit a local petting farm 

ZOO ~ Spring is a great time to visit the zoo.

There you have it 35+ activities and ideas to keep your little ones busy & happy this Spring Break!

Visit me on Pinterest – I have a TON of ideas to keep your little ones busy.

Local friends, below you will find even more ideas of fun places to visit right here in our neighborhood!  Enjoy!

Happy Spring Break Everyone!

~Betty

fun things to do in downriver michigan

Local Places:

ROLLER SKATING –

SKATELAND – Woodhaven

Admission: All Ages, most sessions, $5.00

http://www.skatelandfunzone.com/sessions.html

INDOOR GYMNASTICS

MILLS Gymnastics

BOWLING –

Indian Lanes – Wyandotte

Parkway Lanes – Trenton

There are several places to Bowl in the Downriver Area

CHUCK E CHEESE –

Southgate

PAINTING CLASSES –

Pips Painting Pub – Wyandotte

ICE SKATING –

Yack Arena – Wyandotte

Southgate Arena

THEATER –

MJR Theatre, Southgate

COMMUNITY THEATER

Trenton Village Theater/DYPAC

MUSEUMS –

The Henry Ford – Dearborn

Ford-MacNichol Home –Wyandotte

Hands On Museum – Ann Arbor

LIBRARY –

Bacon Memorial Library – Wyandotte

WATERPARK –

Splash Universe – Dundee

POTTERY CLASS –

Pottery Creations – Wyandotte

PETTING FARM –

Taylor Petting Farm – Taylor

LAZER TAG/ARCADE

Zap Zone – Taylor

 

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Fun Things to do for Families in the Downriver Michigan Area

Fun Things to Do for Families in Downriver Michigan

Please Note: For an Updated List (12/18/2015) Visit Here: Fun Things for Kids in Downriver Michigan

Simply click the links for hours, pricing & more…

(Note: This is a partial list of businesses)

ROLLER SKATING –

SKATELAND – Woodhaven

Admission: All Ages, most sessions, $5.00

http://www.skatelandfunzone.com/sessions.html

BOWLING –

Indian Lanes – Wyandotte

Parkway Lanes – Trenton

There are several places to Bowl in the Downriver Area

CHUCK E CHEESE –

Southgate

PAINTING CLASSES –

Pips Painting Pub – Wyandotte

ICE SKATING –

Yack Arena – Wyandotte

Southgate Arena

THEATER –

MJR Theatre, Southgate

MUSEUMS –

The Henry Ford – Dearborn

Ford-MacNichol Home – Wyandotte

Hands On Museum – Ann Arbor

LIBRARY –

Bacon Memorial Library – Wyandotte

WATERPARK –

Splash Universe – Dundee

POTTERY CLASS –

Pottery Creations – Wyandotte

PETTING FARM –

Taylor Petting Farm – Taylor

LAZER TAG/ARCADE

Zap Zone – Taylor

fun things to do in downriver michigan

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25+ Fun Activities and Ideas to End School Break Boredom

Fun winter activities during school break

School Winter Break to kids, means non-stop fun at least that is what they are expecting.

We know that’s not possible, especially because many parents still have to work while the kids are on break.

I put together 25+ School Break Boredom Buster Ideas & Activities. Many are low-cost and most are FREE!

These activities can be done in a play group setting, just as a family or with friends.

FLOOR TIME ~ Play Legos and or Barbies with your kids!

JIGSAW PUZZLE ~ Work on putting a puzzle together individually & as a family.

MUSIC TIME ~ Turn up the music and dance!!

VIDEO CAMERA ~ Give the kids your video camera and let them make their own movies. They LOVE this!

PICTURE TIME ~ Give them their own camera and let them take pictures of themselves, things around the house, or even outside. I’m always fascinated at seeing photo’s from their perspective.

CHARADES ~ Play charades, put on a comedy/talent show.

LIBRARY – FREE! Check out some books, movies, video games and music.

BOOK STORE – The kids love visiting Ukazoo (local new & used book store)

ICE SKATING – Indoor or Outdoor Ice Skating

ROLLER SKATING ~ One of my favorites 😉

SLEEP OVER ~Let the kids invite some friends for a sleep over. (Movie, Junk Food, No Bedtime, Games, etc)

BOWLING ~ You know you love wearing those super stylish bowling shoes!

BILLIARDS ~ Go shoot some pool.  

PARKS ~ Check out one of our many Beautiful Metro Parks.

SALON ~ Go get a pedicure & manicure with the girls.

THEATER/MOVIES ~ Ticket prices cheaper during the day.

MOVIE NIGHT-IN ~ Popcorn, treats, comfy pj’s and a good family movie.

FAMILY Videos ~ Watch old family videos together (kids LOVE watching themselves)

GAME DAY ~ Get out the Board Games & Cards and set up game stations. Serve snacks & have fun!

BAKING ~ Bake and deliver treats to friends & family.

COOKING ~

  • Teach your kids how to make a simple meal
  • Make a meal/soup for a friend and deliver to them. Let the kids take the meal up to the door, they’ll love surprising someone with dinner.

CRAFTING TIME ~ Get all the craft supplies out, gather little odds and ends from around the house (look in the junk drawer), empty tissue boxes, & paper rolls, soup cans, etc. and let them create!

SLEDDING ~ If there is snow of course. (Check out our fun Winter Activities & Craft Board on Pinterest)

POOL ~ Community Indoor Pool

MUSEUM ~ Visit local museums,

Local friends:

Ford-MacNichol Home – Wyandotte – FREE

Ann Arbor Hands on Museum – $10

Henry Ford $17 & $12.50

WATERPARK ~

Local Friends:

Splash Universe – Full & Half Day Pass -General Admission $31.95 $24.95 -Spectator $6.95 $6.95

BOUNCE HOUSE ~ Let the kids burn some energy at an indoor bounce house

CHUCK E CHEESE ~ Never gets old (including the germs in those places so lots of hand washing)

SHOP/Visit the Mall

Local Friends: GREAT LAKES CROSSING has a fun arcade/play area for kids. & Rainforest Cafe

PETTING FARM ~

Local Friends: Heritage Park-Taylor -Barn is heated

ZOO ~ many zoo’s have winter activities.

So there you have it 25+ ideas to keep your children entertained during their break from school.

Coming soon, 25+ ideas to help you recover from your kids being home from school for two weeks. 😉

LOCAL FRIENDS (Wyandotte Michigan Area)  Fun things to do for families in downriver Michigan local business listing.

I would love to hear your ideas too! Feel free to comment below.

Happy School Break Days to you!

~Betty

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GLAD Press’ n Seal Clever Uses

GLAD Press’ n Seal Clever Uses & Tips

I remember buying GLAD Press’ n Seal wrap when it first came out and liked it well enough.  I had forgotten about it until the other night when I was reading Family Fun Magazine and they shared a clever use for it – a Press’ n Seal Art Bib:

Source: Press’n Seal Art Bib via Family Chic & Parenthacks.com

Pretty clever, huh?  I prefer that my daughter use a washable apron first but she is so inclined to wipe her little hands on her clothes when working on any project that could even remotely turn into a messy project so having GLAD Press’ n Seal handy appears to be a wise idea for me.

According to the GLAD website, Press‘n Seal® wrap actually seals to a variety of surfaces like paper, plastic and wood.  And it can be used in the microwave with no problem.

So what other clever uses are there for GLAD Press’ n Seal?
Protect your refrigerator shelves:

Source: Offbeat Home

Easy way to protect your refrigerator shelves from messy spills.

Inexpensive way to Transfer Vinyl

Source (& tutorial) : leiradcardmakingcorner.blogspot.com

Real Simple shared this idea:

Press’ n  Seal Wrap as Fixture Protector 

Source: Real Simple

During home repairs and painting, use the wrap to keep dirt and drips away from vents, lamps, and other household items, just tear, press, and seal.

And this one is probably my favorite of them all…

Single serving food storage

Source: The Tiny Twig

The Tiny Twig says: ” Method I use for “single-serve” freezing. You can use this tip for other “liquidy”-ish things, too. I think it would work well for small portions of pesto,  pasta sauce, yogurt for smoothies, single serve applesauce portions.”

This would be great for broth & baby food too!

Have a painting project coming up?  Try this one:

Paint Tray Cover

Source: alejandra.tv/blog

Did you know that GLAD Press’ n Seal has many, many more uses?  Check out their site for more ideas: Glad Press’ n Seal Uses

Here are a few more:

During the winter,  use a sheet to cover the mail slot in the front door.  (Will look much nicer than the duct tape!)

Protect kitchen counters: Cover the counter top to roll out a pie crust.

Have a broken bone?  Use Press’ n Seal to cover a cast in the shower.

Refrigerator note – write a note on Press’ n Seal and stick to the refrigerator.  (My sticky notes always fall off)

I wasn’t asked by the GLAD people to write this nor am I being paid by them, I just thought I would share some of these ideas that I recently discovered for using Press’ n Seal.

I don’t even have any in the house right now, however, it is on my shopping list.

Happy Press’ n Sealing to you!

~Betty 😀

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Fun with Play Dough

Play Dough is so much fun!

My kids are in third & first grades and both had play dough on their school supplies list for the start of this school year. In fact, at “Meet The Teachers” night, they asked for donations of play dough.  It had me thinking about how much kids (& some adults) like to play with dough.   When the kids were younger we made our own play dough (recipe below) on a few different occasions (pictured below)  and they LOVED it!  We have about 100 different cookie/dough cutter shapes so this project would always keep them occupied for a long time.

Why is it that playing with dough is so much fun and good for your child too?  More on that in a minute, I must first share these adorable faces (yes, I am partial 😉 and I added the recipe we used along with some other dough recipes.

 

They had a blast making their own play dough!

Easy Play Dough Recipe

1 cup cold water
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Food coloring

In a large bowl, mix together water, salt, and oil.  Mix flour and cornstarch and add 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly. (May need to add more or less flour to get the consistency you want.)  If you are making it all one color add the food coloring when mixing the liquids in the first step. I separated the dough to make a few different colors for the kids.  Knead the dough for a minute with floured hands.

Big mess = Happy kids 😉

So why is playing with dough so great?

It’s not just a fun activity for your child, it can be a healthy and safe outlet for releasing extra energy and can help to calm a child during a stressful time. It also assists your child in these areas:

Imagination and Creativity

Science and Discovery

Math and Literacy Development

Fine Motor Development

The Imagination Tree shares each of the areas I listed and explains the  benefits in detail as well they share  a ton of fun ideas for play dough. Seriously, check it out. Very cool information and tips!

Pretty amazing stuff, huh?

Have fun with some dough today 🙂

Happy Dough Making to you and your child!

Thank you for reading this blog post, feel free to leave me a comment and share my facebook page with your friends and family.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Here are some other recipes for making dough:

Oatmeal Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 cups oatmeal

Mix everything together in a large bowl. Then knead for a few minutes.

Kool-Aid Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 package Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan. Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough. Turn out onto a heat proof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle. Dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix and will smell like the Kool-Aid mix. (Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months)

For more edible  dough recipes check out Familycorner.com

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End of School Year Classmates Gift

School vacation is almost here! Wow!  Only two more days left of school for my kids.  Time for end of year gifts for their fellow classmates.

My dear daughter graduates from Kindergarten on Wednesday.  I can’t believe she will be starting first grade! (sigh)

With each child of mine having over 30 kids in their classes, I decided to make it a little easier we would do the same gifts for both.

This is what we did:

End of School Gift for Classmates

Fairly easy but a little time-consuming putting all the bags together but I think they turned out very nice.

My daughter had one of her classmates over with her mom to help us with the kindergarten class gifts.

Some of the supplies 🙂

Supplies:

Tote bag  (3 for $1)

Tags

Foam Bookmark (6 for $1)

Kool- Aid  (10 for $1)

Bubbles  (3 for $1)

Candy

Silly Straws  (6 for $1)

(Glue, ribbon, scissors, etc.)

Oh, and I found those cute little pinwheel picks.  (6 for $1)

Everything came from the dollar store. (Except for the kool-aid)   So really not a bad price!

The tags say:

Have a Krazy Kool Summer!

Hmm, I’m wondering what kind of little gift we will do with the start of the school year. Well, I have some time to think about that one 🙂 Thank goodness.

Did you do any end of the school year gifts?

End Of School Year Gift For Classmates 🙂

I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave me a comment.  Also, feel free to share this post with your friends and family.

Thank you and Happy Gifting to you!

Gift for classmates

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Teacher Appreciation Gifts

How do your kids show appreciation for their teacher(s)?  Show up to school every day?  Pay attention in class? Complete their homework on time?  These are all great ways to show their appreciation but are expected from them too.  Sometimes it’s nice to do something unexpected for the teacher(s).  A little gift is unexpected and most appreciated.

The first full week in May is officially Teacher Appreciation Week.  However, any time during the school year we can surprise the teachers with a gift.  Something homemade, a gift card or a purchased gift are all nice ideas.

The kids wanted to give their teachers something special for Teacher Appreciation Week but we were short on time so this is what we came up with:

Gift Baskets for the teachers…

The gift baskets included some office supplies, mini picture frame, nail files, nail polish, candy & tissues.

Some of the contents for the gift basket

We wrapped it all up and added a flower pen that the kids made. The middle of the flower said:  Thank you for helping me grow. (I would have printed a tag for the flowers but my printer was down.  Still looked cute with the kids handwriting…)

All wrapped and ready to go…

Their teachers LOVED the gift baskets and then I remembered….

What about the Teacher’s Aide?  My daughter has two and they really deserved a little gift too, so this is what we did for them:

We put together little flower pots with a basil plant.  Made little markers one that said “Basil” and the other a flower and the leaf said: “Thank you for helping me Grow.”

How cute are these?

I used foam flowers and butterflies and just glued them to a popsicle stick.

A closer look…

How easy is that?!   Oh, and the cost about $1.50.

It’s nothing super fancy  but I think they are cute and useful.

My daughter was so excited to take them to school today.

These pots would make great hostess and or housewarming gifts, wouldn’t they?

Well, summer vacation is right around the corner so it will be time for us to give the teachers their End of the School Year thank you gifts.  I’m thinking of making these Summer Relaxation Gift Bags that I found on Skip To My Lou, they’re very cool check it out here: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/04/21/fun-in-the-sun-summer-relaxtion-kit-teacher-appreciation/

The kids and I will also come up with something for their classmates…. Hmm, what will we make for 70 kids???

Happy Teacher (& Student) Appreciation Gift Making (or purchasing) to you!

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Regrow Green Onions

Any onion lovers out there?

I use onions a lot in my cooking.  Red, White, Yellow and Green Onions we love them all.

One day, while visiting Pinterest I came across the idea to regrow green onions.  Did you know you can regrow them in water on your windowsill?  Awesome idea!  I had to give it a try.

I saved the white end and simply placed it in a glass with enough water to cover most of the bulb. I put the glass on my kitchen windowsill.

I started with one bulb to see if this would work for me.

In just a day or two I could see new growth, so I added a few more to the glass.

Yay! They’re growing!

And, this is what they looked like after about 5 days…

Still growing….

I quickly realized I was going to need a bigger glass for the onions 🙂

We use our kitchen shears to cut off what we need for meals.

The water will get murky looking so remember to change the water and rinse the roots every couple of days.

Pretty cool, huh? Give it a try and let me know how they turn out for you 😀

Happy Onion Regrowing to you!

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Simplify Snack Time

Note: The following post can easily be tailored to meet your children’s summertime snacking needs!

Preparing lunches & snacks for school is not my favorite thing to do.   So when I found this idea from Real Simple for Grab-and-Go Snack Stashes they had to be made.  Taking a few minutes to prepare the snacks and fill the containers saves me so much time during the week.  Plus, it’s easy to see what I am running low on.

One for refrigerated snacks and one for the pantry.  I labeled them School Snacks.

snack time made easier

Make two more for After School Snacks – which is a great way to control portion sizes.  I can’t stand when I see my kids eating right from a  bag of potato chips.  Having these After School Snacks ready, eliminates over snacking and helps your child to make healthy, smart snacking choices.

By the way, I still don’t like making lunches everyday but this makes the process a lot easier.

Happy & Healthy Snacking to you and your children! 🙂

~Betty

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