Favorite Back-to-School Target Finds

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Hello Makers! It’s that time again… back-to-school season. Is it just me or do the summers go by faster each year? Regardless, it’s time to get organized and prepared for the year ahead and what better way than to get your shopping done at your favorite store… Target!! They have some really great deals for back-to-school that I wanted to share with y’all. One stop for clothes, shoes, lunch boxes, backpacks, school supplies, and even groceries. So grab your favorite icey cold beverage, and let’s parooze our favorite store, shall we? Here are my favorite back-to-school Target finds.

Starting on Sunday, July 30, Target.com is offering savings on women’s & kids’ clothing & shoes, to school supplies, and more! The sale goes through August 5, 2017, so be sure to take full advantage. 

Receive $5 off $50 School Supplies purchase when they use Store Pick-Up. Just select Store Pick-Up option while checking out on Target.com. 

Target has great deals on kids’ clothing for the week of 7/30-8/5 too! Receive a $10 Target GiftCard with $40 Kids’ Clothing purchase, or receive a $5 Target GiftCard with $25 Kids’ Clothing purchase. Jeans, character tees, dresses, and even school uniforms… all included in the sale.

It gets better friends! For the week of 7/30-8/5, all kids’ shoes are buy one get one 50% off! They seriously have the coolest shoes for kids right now too.

Don’t worry moms… there’s a sale for you too!  Women’s Mossimo Supply Co. Apparel
is buy one get one 50% off for the week of 7/30-8/5. I know I need to stock up on cute jeans for fall and winter, so I’ll be taking advantage of this sale for sure. 

There you have it… all of my favorite back-to-school Target finds. But let’s be honest, everything in Target is my favorite!

Are you getting back-to-school ready? What deal are you most excited for?

14 First Day of School Photo Ideas

Happy Friday! Time for the last Must Have Craft Tip post of the month to round up our back-to-school ideas and tips. The first day of school is always an exciting day so why not document the occasion in a fun way? Today I’m sharing 14 First Day of School Photo Ideas!


 I know I love documenting the first day of school… and the last! It’s so fun to see how much your kids have grown and changed over the school year… or years for that matter! Let’s check out some of my favorites that I think you’re going to love too.


 Family Class Photo from Pinterest

 First and Last Day of School Photo Prop from Fynes Designs


Don’t have time to make one of these props or have chalk sitting around to write on the driveway? I’ve gathered some cute printable signs that will work just as well and are just as fun!
 All of these ideas are so cute and are fun to do to keep those memories of the first day of school forever! Which one is your favorite? Do you have a first day of school photo idea that you do with your children?
Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic of Must Have Craft Tips and More posts! 


Have a great weekend! 

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Recycled Desk Organizer

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Hello Makers! Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by? It’s almost back-to-school season! And with that being said, I’m all about prepping and preparing so that we have a smooth sailing school year. I am sure to stock up on all the household essentials as well, that way we aren’t running out to the store on busy school days or nights. The other thing I am sure to do is create an organized space for school work. This year my daughter and I made a Recycled Desk Organizer.

I know that my kid is able to accomplish her school work when she has all the supplies needed. It saves a bunch of time and stress when everything is in an organized place where she can access it all easily, rather than running around trying to find where she last put the scissors or the colored pencils. Everything in it’s place! I promise you it will save you a ton of time and hassle. Want to know the cool part? It’s all made out of recycled materials of things that you already need for your home!

Some of my favorite things to stock up on at Walmart of the school year are:

  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack
  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack
  • Scott® Tissue 20+4 Roll Pack
  • Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls

Besides being stocked on all the necessities, the bonus to buying some of these products are that they come with double the Box Tops! Now you can give back double!

Are you ready to make a recycled desk organizer for your kids? Let’s do it! 

You will need an empty Kleenex® box and enough left over rolls of Scott® Tissue or you can cut down left over Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls to fill the box. My Kleenex® box fit 10 rolls. If you decide to use Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls, you’ll have to cut them in half (or more) to fit. 

First you’ll want to use a utility blade to carefully cut the top of the Kleenex® box off (adults only for this step!). 

Next, decorate the tops of the Scott® Tissue rolls with washi tape and hot glue them into the box so that they are secure.

Then all you have to do is fill up the rolls with school supplies! We filled ours with crayons, markers, pencils, colored pencils, water colors, scissors, and a ruler. 

You can also paint the box and the rolls to create a whole new look! We love this mermaid themed recycled desk organizer. Isn’t it pretty?!

Everything is easily accessible, organized and ready for the new school year!

And with Box Tops on these everyday items, back-to-school shopping is made easier. Even though we homeschool, we have lots of friends who go to public school and will happily take our double Box Tops. 

All these products can be found at your local Walmart, and you’ll be able to give back double purchasing them! It’s a win-win if you ask me! 

How are you getting ready for the back-to-school season? I’d love to know! 

Back to School Projects to Sew

I can’t believe school is starting again soon! This month for Must Have Craft Tips we’re helping you gear up for all the Back to School busyness with all sorts of fun tips and organization ideas. For our post this week I’ve gathered up these cute and creative back to school sewing projects – and it’s never too early to get that school sewing out of the way!

Pencil and Notebook Case

Homemade Sewing Pencil and Notebook Case. Easy sewing project for the beginner. Make great gifts for back to school time.

DIY Backpacks

DIY Water Bottle Cover

DIY Water Bottle Cover - Back to School Sewing Ideas

Cute DIY Snack Bags

DIY Snack Bags

Monogrammed Zipper Pouch

Cool Crafts You Can Make With Fabric Scraps - Monogrammed Zipper Pouch - Creative DIY Sewing Projects and Things to Do With Leftover Fabric and Even Old Clothes That Are Too Small - Ideas, Tutorials and Patterns http://diyjoy.com/diy-crafts-leftover-fabric-scraps

Dry Erase Board Lap Desk

Make this dry erase board lap desk for back to school or anytime of the year! A quick and easy project that your kids will love!

Pineapple Back Pack

DIY Pineapple Drawstring Backback...so fun for all ages! | via Make It and Love It

3 Ring Binder Zipper Pouch

Binder Zipper Pouch - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Charmed Pencil Pouch

Simple Phone Wallet

Cool Crafts You Can Make With Fabric Scraps - DIY Simple Phone Wallet - Creative DIY Sewing Projects and Things to Do With Leftover Fabric and Even Old Clothes That Are Too Small - Ideas, Tutorials and Patterns http://diyjoy.com/diy-crafts-leftover-fabric-scraps

Cute Citrus Earbud Pouch

Cute DIY Citrus Earbud Zipper Pouch

Lunch Money Cuff


I hope you’ve found some cute things to sew up for school!

Make sure you check back next week for more fun back to school projects and tips!

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Back to School Party Ideas

Many many moons ago I was an elementary school teacher, and loved it! I actually never imagined myself NOT being a teacher. But my husband’s job transferred us to Arizona from California during the height of the recession, and trying to get a teaching job was nearly impossible. It seems it was all Gods plan, because now I get to be home with my little man, and I am counting the days down until I can be room mom when he starts school. In any case, school and kiddos hold a special place in my heart.

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I can still remember how excited, nervous, and happy I would get as a kid before the first day of school. As I am sure many kids feel this same way, why not ease those back to school jitters with a party?! Whether you throw a party for just your kids, your kids and their friends, or their whole class, here’s some party inspiration for you! Even if it’s only a special first day breakfast, a back to school party is sure to be a hit! Check out these Back to School Party Ideas…

I love this pencil and rubber band cake from One Charming Party!

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This Back to School Shoppe Party featured on We Heart Parties is precious! Look at the giant ruler, crayon, and pencil!

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Look at the creative hanging centerpieces and rainbow ruffled tablecloth featured on Kara’s Party Ideas.

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This simple S’mores Party would be perfect for an after school celebration for the older kids.

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How much fun is this chalkboard table on I Heart Naptime? The pops of red from the apples are fun too!

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Love the combination of the sweets and the school supply “cake” on this adorable yellow desk from Kara’s Party Ideas.

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If you were going to do a party for your child’s class, this set up from Snap Creativity would be so cute out in front of the classroom door!

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This is such a darling place setting if you want to do a special breakfast for your crew. I love the use of school supplies!

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These “smarties” would be a great treat on your special Back to School table or maybe even as a backpack stuffer!

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I am obsessed with this DIY Ruler Runner! I actually think I would use this as my table runner year round!

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Here are some FREE party printables for whatever type of bash you decide to have! I love these school themed prints!

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Lastly, here is a Back to School Splatter Party done at a local craft studio. Your Back to School Party doesn’t have to be at home or in the classroom!

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Hope this inspires you to make that first day or eve week of school more memorable for your little ones! They will surely remember it for years to come!

Mindy {Mindy Alyse Celebrations}



Back to School Splatter Party

It’s that time of year again, can you believe it?! Back to School season is upon us! As a former elementary school teacher and a current homeschool mom, I can honestly say that I love this time of year. I get super excited to start up the new school year and I like to make it exciting for my daughter (and former students) as well. We love to ring in the new school year with a Back to School Splatter Party!

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This can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. This year our homeschool co-op group opted to take a field trip to Pinspiration for our Back to School Party. And let me tell you, this was one of my most favorite Back to School celebrations yet!

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I shared my love for Pinspiration before (check out this post HERE) and my daughter and I really wanted to share this place with our friends, so we invited them all to join us for some Splatter Room fun and healthy, Back to School snacks. 

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Pinspiration set up a darling Back to School themed table for us, complete with apple plates, plaid placemats, and chalkboard nameplates. The kids enjoyed rainbow carrot sticks with hummus, strawberries and cream, and apple & peanut butter sandwiches for their snack before we geared up and headed for the Splatter Room.

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After the healthy snack, the kids were fueled up and ready for some messy artsy fun! Pinspiration provided canvases for the kids as well as protective gear if we didn’t want to get too messy. We chose to have our kids wear white shirts just for fun! 

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The kids had a BLAST in the Splatter Room and made beautiful works of art. There were lots of giggles and looks of concentration. 

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We all had such a great time during our Back to School Party at Pinspiration. I love that the kids could be totally engaged and as messy as they wanted (without me having a panic attack). They loved that they had paint in their hair, on their faces and thought it was even funnier when one of us moms were caught in the fire (aka: paint). Definitely a celebration we will not forget!

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How do you get your kids pumped for a new school year?  Stay tuned for more Back to School Party ideas from our party expert, Mindy Alyse!


Thank you to Brooke of Pinspiration for the beautiful Back to School table and the awesome fun time we had in the Splatter Room! Can’t wait to go back!

Thank you to SicFit Scottsdale and Michelle Mango Cakes for the delicious and healthy Back to School snacks!

Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags

Hello there friends! Today Shannon of Hustlemama Handmade is back to share one of her amazing back-to-school products from her handmade shop. We collaborated on this post together- she made the items and sent them to me, and I am going to share them with all of you! Check out these awesome Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags that she makes!

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These fold-over lunch pouches come in a variety of fun fabrics and colors! Lego, Frozen, My Little Pony, super heroes, Angry Birds, and more! So kid-friendly!

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I love that these pouches are easy to wash, store, and pack into lunch boxes!

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No BPAs, phthalates, or led coatings! You can wash them with hot, soapy water or machine wash or on the top rack of the dishwasher! 

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They are perfect for packing sandwiches, wraps, chips, crackers, fruit, veggies, pretzel sticks, and more! Easy to store when they aren’t being used and they fit perfectly in a lunch box. I can’t even tell you how much my daughter loves the Frozen set of bags! They are sure to make the first day of (home)school even more special!

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You can find these awesome Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags right in Shannon’s shop! Did I mention how affordable they are too? And don’t be fooled…these bags can be used by mommas too! Anyone can use them!

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Shannon is such a talented seamstress. You’ll have to stop by her shop to check out all of her other awesome, eco-friendly products. I adore her mason jar tumblers with the cute straws and sleeves! It’s my favorite cup…like ever. 

Sweet Shannon is offering a special discount in her shop for MFTM readers… get 10% off using code HUSTLEOVER at checkout. You can also get free shipping on your order until the end of today (July 31st)! So head on over to Hustlemama Handmade and get your back-to-school shopping on! 



Food-a-licious Friday: 15 Fall and Halloween Bento Lunches

Hello there friends!

I have fall on the brain, how about you? I’m ready for cool weather, scarves, boots, playing outside, warm beverages, pumpkins…you get the idea. And with it being back to school season, I thought it would be fun to share a round up of fun lunch box ideas. Take a look at these awesome 15 Fall and Halloween Bento Lunches I found around the blogland!

15 fall and halloween bento lunches

Fall Bento

Pow Wow Fall Bento

Ghost in the Pumpkin Patch Bento

Crisp Fall Air

Halloween Bento Lunch

Scarecrow Bento

Pumpkin Patch Fall Bento Lunch

Halloween Bento

Halloween Bentolicious

First Halloween Bento

Total Creepfest

The Three Witches Snack Bento

Frankenweenie Inspired Halloween Bento

An Autumn Lunch

Willow’s Lunch


Such cute lunches, aren’t they? Be sure to click on the links above to see the full blog posts and photos.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Tot School Tuesday: Top 10 Back to School Books

Hello there and welcome to another Tot School Tuesday where I share kid-friendly crafts, activities, and educational ideas.


If you’ve been around MFTM for a while, you know that I used to be an elementary school teacher (specializing in early childhood development) and you know that I LOVE children’s literature. Today I thought I would share my favorite top 10 back to school books. These books are great as read alouds for the little ones and great for the older kiddos to read themselves. These books can be found at your local library or you can book hoard like me and “buy all the books” on Amazon.

Top 10 Back to School Books

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneburg

A cute story about a girl named Sarah Jane who is nervous about the first day of school. The ending makes you laugh out loud and want to read it again.

Fancy Nancy: Jo-Jo’s First Day Jitters by Jane O’Connor

We LOVE Fancy Nancy in this house. With the fancy vocabulary and fun illustrations you’re sure to love this book.

I Am Too Absolutely Small For School (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child

Lola isn’t so sure about starting school but luckily her big brother Charlie is there to convince her that school is fun.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Such a cute story about a little raccoon seeking reassurance from his mother before his first day of venturing out in the world.

David Goes to School by David Shannon

David’s antics are sure to keep his teacher busy and the kids laughing.

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

We love Laura Numeroff books and this one is a must read for back to school season. Join the silly mouse as each item he needs for school leads to another that is just as important.

My Teacher Sleeps in School by Leatie Weiss

A cute story about the silly things students assume about their teachers.

Little Critter: First Day of School by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter has a lot to do to get ready for the first day of school and he is a bit nervous.

Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois

Franklin is ready for his first day of school…until it’s time to get on the bus.

Countdown to the First Day of School by AnnMarie Harris

A cute book that counts down to the first day of school and talks about all the things you need to do to get ready for the first day.

There you have it… our 10 favorite back to school books. There are TONS of great children’s literature out there…I encourage you to snoop around your public library (I love searching for books online too). If you click on the titles of the books above, it will take you to directly to Amazon so that you can price check and read more about what the books are about.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you find this post helpful while you are looking for new books to read with your kids. Be sure to link up your kid-friendly ideas, crafts and activities below and visit See Vanessa Craft for more Tot School ideas!

Back to School Teacher Gift Tags

Can you believe it’s that time of year already? Back to school season is in full swing. If your kids haven’t started up school again, they probably will in the next few weeks.

Being a former teacher I can tell you how much we love to feel appreciated. I came up with a cute and inexpensive gift to give to any teacher on the first day (or week) of school. And what makes it even cuter? The back to school teacher gift tags that go along with it.

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Cute right? And so perfect for a teacher. The tags look like mini chalkboards!

I found the cute plastic mason jar cup at Walmart (but I’m told they are at Costco as well) for under $5. I filled it with Crystal Light pouches, screwed the lid on, and tied the cute tag on with baker’s twine. SIMPLE but I can promise you that every teacher would love to have one.

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And if you can’t find this exact cup…not to worry! You can pair this tag with ANY cup, mug, the teacher’s favorite drink (mine was diet coke!), or even a gift card to Starbucks. Just download, print, cut, punch a hole, and tie on with twine, ribbon, or yarn. Have your kiddo sign the back and viola! You got yourself a super cute teacher gift.

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You can download a set of 4 Back to School Teacher Gift Tags HERE. I sized mine down (under print settings) before printing.

Please remember that all printables are free and for personal use only. I would love for you to pin and share this with your friends if it’s something you think they will enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Back to School Season, y’all!

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