Best Back-to-School Lunch Box Notes

Hello Makers! Can you believe that the new school year is just around the corner?! Where has this summer gone? This month for Must Have Craft Tips, we’re helping you gear up for all the Back-to-School season with all sorts of fun tips and organization ideas. For our post this week I’ve gathered up the best Back-to-School lunch box notes! These are so fun to print, cut out, and slip in your kids’ lunches throughout the school year, making lunchtime at school a little more fun!

We’ve got lunch box notes for boys and girls of all ages and you can easily search Pinterest for even more when you run out! I didn’t include them in this round up, but there are also holiday lunch box themed notes too! Here are some of my favorites that you could use all year round.

Marvel Lunch Box Notes

Lunchbox Jokes

Inside Out Lunch Notes

Disney Princess Lunch Box Jokes

Emoji Lunch Notes

Minions Lunch Box Notes

Back to School Printable Lunchbox Notes

LEGO Lunch Box Jokes

Star Wars Lunch Box Notes

Pokemon Lunch Box Notes

Frozen Lunch Box Notes

Harry Potter Printable Lunchbox Jokes and Notes

Cute Lunch Box Notes

Superhero Lunch Box Notes

Fabulous and Fun Lunch Box Notes

Star Wars Lunch Box Jokes

American Girl Printable Lunch Notes

Minecraft Lunch Box Notes

TMNT Lunch Box Notes

Peanuts Lunch Box Notes

 

Aren’t these lunch box notes and jokes so cute and so fun?! Try printing a few off and pre-cutting them before school starts. Put them in a drawer that you can easily find them in for when you start packing lunches again for the school year. Such a simple way to create happiness and memories for your kids while they are away at school.

Join us again next week for more Back-to-School tips, tricks and ideas that you will love! Have a great weekend!

 

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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

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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Creative Desk Organization Ideas

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks! It’s a new month and time for a new theme for our Must Have Craft Tips series!

Schools in the south start a little earlier than the rest of the country, so we are going to get a jump start on that and look at some ideas for back to school.

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Today I’m focusing on keeping an organized desk. Let’s face it, no one wants to work on a cluttered desktop. It offers zero appeal to get anything done, whether it’s your desk or child’s. This roundup of tips will help you keep a lot of your supplies up out of the way and keep things tidy.

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Binder Clip Cable Keepers from Wired

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Clear Containers to See Your Supplies from Forever Free by Any Means

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Organize Drawers with Trays from Modish & Main

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Recipe Book Holder for Textbooks, source unknown

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Lazy Susan from The Scrap Shoppe

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Flexible Wall Storage Organization from Bondville

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Quick Desk Organization with Crates from Studio DIY

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Roll-Away Storage Desk from Better Homes & Gardens

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Clipboard Storage from Hawthorne & Main

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Memo Board from Little Glass Jar

 

These are pretty clever, don’t you think? I wish I had thought of that recipe book holder to use for textbooks back when I was in school!

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Travel: Visiting Tacoma with Kids

Hi y’all! My name is Renae and I’ll be sharing traveling tips with you monthly here at MFTM! This month I am really excited to share tips for visiting Tacoma with kids. 

When Kara asked me if I’d be interested in regularly contributing to her blog I was thrilled. Since you probably don’t know me, I’ll tell you I often call myself an un-domesticated goddess because when you look up “domesticated” in the dictionary those adjectives frighten me! But truth be told, I’m a DIY, decor loving, homemaker and recently a stay at home mom – A title that’s sometimes hard for my independent spirit to own. And the ‘home’ part isn’t completely accurate. These days we’re a bit of a traveling circus. I’m the primary caretaker for our 1 1/2 year old son and I “run our household” whether it’s in an actual home or out of a suitcase. My situation is pretty relatable, I had a job I loved at an acting school where I felt creative, inspired, and independent — and then I got pregnant. I thought I’d be able to bring the baby to work with me and when that didn’t work out as planned along with the reality of an hour commute each way and high cost of childcare, things got challenging. Our situation gets a little more unique… my husband is a nationally touring stand-up comedian. INSERT SHAMELESS PLUG HERE He’s hilariously funny with a Netflix special to prove it.  I’m actually a producer on this special, and I work for my husband too! (yes, it gets tricky, but that’s a whole other thing!) We quickly learned with him working in a different city every week, we wouldn’t have much time as a family and I would have been single parenting a lot of the time without any family near to help. Something had to give. We decided what made the most sense was for me to quit my job and the baby and I would join Steve on tour as much as possible and #ourtravelingcircus was born.

I don’t know about you mammas, but life after baby was a tough adjustment for me. I knew I had a pretty amazing opportunity to travel and spend this time with my baby and it was a blessing that we were able to do it, but I cried when I quit my job. When I was pregnant I felt like my body was taken over by an alien, and after I had him in the midst of all the hormone fluctuations I struggled to get back to being me. Work was the one place I felt like myself. Sure, an exhausted version of me. But it forced me to get dressed and I got to be creative, joke around with my co-workers, and have stimulating conversations that weren’t all about my new baby and being a mom. And when that was gone, I felt really lost.

But the last 20 months out on tour with Steve, we’ve made some pretty special family memories traveling across the country by plane, RV, & car. We took our first road trip when our son was less than 3 weeks old. -Not ideal for breastfeeding, but you manage.

And we’ve been able to catch up with friends up and down California, all over Texas, New York, Florida, Arizona and Vegas. And over time, I’ve been learning to embrace this time in my life even though its not what I imagined I’d be doing. It’s likely this won’t work for our family forever and he’s already growing so quickly so I’m trying to take every opportunity that allows me to better mom.

I’m really enjoying experiencing these cities through a child’s eyes, But Its challenging to carve out time for yourself when your sharing one room and balancing your husbands weird work hours which is not compatible with a baby’s sleep schedule. So when Kara asked me to contribute to the blog, I thought it was a great chance to take a moment for myself and get back to being creative. I figure it can only help me continue to discover who I am post baby. And I’ve got lots to share about the adventures of traveling with a little rugrat!

TACOMA
When we visit a city and where we stay is often determined by the comedy club. Lucky for me, most comedy clubs are usually located in busy city centers near nice hotels, shopping and restaurants! Tacoma didn’t disappoint.

Travel tip right off the bat here. Tacoma came at the end of a 2 week run for us, so we thought it would be easier not to drag around a car seat. Wrong! Renting one cost us $10 a day. So we ended up paying almost as much for the seat as we did the rental car. If you’ve got a big drawstring bag from your dry cleaner, just toss the seat in it and check it for free with your luggage.

We stayed at Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma which has lots of cool glass art from the Museum of Glass down the street and the hotel restaurant was great too. Downtown Tacoma offers so much to explore within stroller walking distance. There are some hills, so in it’s worth traveling with a stroller that has some storage as opposed to a little umbrella stroller for this trip. Tacoma is beautiful and green and the cherry blossoms were in bloom when we visited. It didn’t rain, so we were able to go out and explore a lot.

If your little one is an early riser there is a Starbucks close by and the University of Washington has a bookstore attached with a quaint little kids area. We hung out there waiting for the museum to open so I could get my coffee fix and Dad could sneak in a little more sleep.

Our traveling circus has frequented several children’s museums and Tacoma has been one of our son’s favorite. It’s not the biggest, but it’s got plenty to keep kids entertained including a water play area and a really cool plane jungle gym structure to climb all over. We found ourselves strolling there one morning and then back again at the end of the day because he loved it so much.

You’ll have to get in the car and drive, but Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has been one of my favorite places to visit in Tacoma too. It’s one of the prettier zoos I’ve been to with interactive exhibits and a nice big playground. Point Defiance isn’t huge, and a lot of the animals were away sleeping, but we saw peacocks roaming and beautiful lions. I’m a fan of the zoo/aquarium combo. Plenty of grassy spaces too if you wanted to lay out a blanket and pack a lunch.

It’s a beautiful drive over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to Gig Harbor to have a seaside lunch. We spent a relaxing afternoon doing some eating, bird watching and shopping.

And there is still so much more to do in the downtown area! We ran out of time so the Museum of Glass and Tacoma Art Museum are on our list for next time. I loved Tacoma and hope we’re able to go back. It was one of the easier cities to adventure around with a tot and I totally recommend it.

Traveling Take-Aways:

  • Check in your carseat and use a large, drawstring laundry bag.
  • Stroller with storage room.
  • Check out the bookstores, museums, zoos, and parks in the city you’re visiting.

You can follow #ourtravelingcircus on my Instagram! I’ll be back next month with more traveling tips for you!

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15 DIY Backyard Games

Hello, hello! Yay for Friday! 
 
 
Allison here once again and it is time to finish out this month’s summer posts today. I am bringing you lots of ideas for outdoor fun! These 15 DIY Backyard Games are sure to make those summer get-togethers even more fun!

There are so many fun ideas out there and here are 15 that caught my eye! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 How fun are all those games?!
Which one are you going to build this summer for fun with your family and friends? 
 
 
Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic!
 
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Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas

Hello and happy Friday, friends! With it being summertime, it’s the perfect time for partying outdoors with your family and friends. I gathered up the Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas so that you can throw the ultimate backyard party. Everything from food, games, lighting, DIYs, tips, and more!

Watermelon Pops

DIY Outdoor Games

Sunscreen and Bug Spray Station

Condiment Station using mason jars

25 Sides to bring to a BBQ

DIY BBQ Apron

Bubble Refill Station

Easy Outdoor Serving Station

DIY Beverage Station

Creative BBQ Napkin Ideas

Grilled Tiki Orange Cornish Hens and veggie skewers

DIY Summer Picnic Coasters

DIY Personal S’mores Pots

Ultimate Hot Dog Bar

12 Backyard Lighting Ideas

How to Clean the Grill

Grill Cupcakes

Campfire Cones

Aren’t you ready to throw your next backyard barbecue?! I know I am! I can’t wait to try out some of these ideas. 

Stay tuned for more summertime tips and ideas from Allison next week! 

 

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Projects for the Beach, Lake or Pool

With summer finally here, that means that it’s time to head to the beach! (At least, that’s what I wish it would mean). While we might not make it to the beach this year, I’m still dreaming of a trip!

I’ve gathered up some of my favorite projects to make for the beach – but a lot of these would be great for trips to the lake or pool too! Here are some fun projects to make up to get you all set for relaxing by the water!

Splash Proof Phone Case

Sewing Pattern for a "Splash Proof" zippered phone pouch. Totally making one of these for summer.

Easy-Sew Beach Towel Bag

{BLOGGED}: Easy-Sew Beach Towel Bag:

Pom Pom Beach Coverup

15 Minute Picnic or Beach Blanket

DIY Reversible Picnic Blanket

Quick Hooded Towel

Straw Tote Bag

Free Sewing Pattern for a Straw Tote Bag - cute summer beach bag pattern!

DIY Chapstick Holder

DIY Fabric Chapstick Holder....attach to purses, backpacks, keychains, etc. | via Make It and Love It:

DIY Drawstring Bag

DIY Tiki Torches

DIY Tiki Torches - upcycle bottles into portable mosquito repellents!

Retro Beach Umbrellas

The cutest DIY retro beach umbrella for under $100 by Sugar and Cloth! - houston blogger - summer

Simple Beach Cover up

swim cover up

Seashell Collection Bag

Create a small seashell bag for collecting shells down by the seashore. ;) FREE SVG file!

DIY Lounge Cabana

Water Bottle Carrier

Carry-It-All Tote

Carry It All Tote-001

So many fun ideas right? I’m ready to get crafting!

Make sure you come back next week – Kara will have tons of great tips, diy’s and food and more for your outdoor BBQ’s!

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How to Clean the Grill

With summer upon us, we are back to using our grill often. We love to barbecue by the pool or while camping and even on the beach. Most people find cleaning the grill to be troublesome and messy, but I’m here to show you how to clean the grill the easiest way possible. Plus, it’s chemical free, which is a huge win in my book. 

All you need to clean your grill is…

  • dirty grill
  • aluminum foil
  • grilling tongs

First, cover the top of the grill grate with aluminum foil. This will trap the fire/heat. 

*No need to wrap the grate all the way around, just the top.

Next you want to light your grill and put the aluminum foil covered grate back into place. Close the lid of the grill to really heat it up, but be sure to inspect and monitor the smoke. 

If your grill grate is super dirty, you’ll want to turn up the heat and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. If your grill grate is only semi-dirty, keep the heat at medium and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. 

Once the time is up, carefully use the grill tongs to remove the aluminum foil. When to aluminum foil is cooled, you can ball it up and use it to scrap off and scrub the ashes on the hot grate (you can also use a grill brush). Using the grilling tongs, take the grate out and smack it on the concrete to knock off the ash (sweep off the patio to get rid of the ash). 

Now you are either ready to barbecue on a clean grill, or your grill will be ready for the next time you use it. 

**Please remember to be careful and use your best judgement when cleaning and using your grill. Everything is obviously super hot. **

Check out that before and after! What a difference…and no chemicals necessary. 

How often do you clean your grill? If you found this post helpful, I’d love for you to PIN it, bookmark it, or share it with your friends. Happy summer grilling!

If you like grilling, then you’ll love this recipe for Tiki Orange Cornish Hens

DIY Outdoor Decor Ideas

Hello, friends! Michele here with a new theme for our fun monthly series, Must Have Craft Tips & More! This month we’re focusing on all things summer! School’s out. Kids are home. The temps are warming up. There are so many directions for us to take this summer theme!

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
I’m focusing on all things outdoors this week! Once the temps go up, it’s a great time to move your living outside after being cooped up all winter. These amazing DIY outdoor projects will have your space looking top notch!

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
DIY Pergola from That’s What Che Said

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Brick Library from KU Alumni Association

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
DIY Tiki Torches from The Scrap Shoppe

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Simple Outdoor Bench at eHow

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
DIY Lamp Posts from I Should be Mopping the Floor

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Pineapple Door Mat from Lydia Out Loud

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Solar Chandelier from Dive of DIY

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Moss Graffiti from Green Prophet

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Sedum Path from A Garden in Bethlehem PA

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Painted Floor Tiles from Old Brand New

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Wine Barrel Table from Centsational Girl

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Upholstered Patio Furniture from Place of My Taste

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Upcycled Rope Ottomans at Style Me Pretty

Take your outdoor space up a notch with these amazing outdoor decor ideas!
Planter/Hose Holder from DIY Candy

 

I hope you’re inspired! I can’t wait to try a few of these out in my outdoor space.

Must Have Craft Tips & More!

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Patriotic Wreaths

Happy Friday!  Allison here, back with our last week of patriotic goodness for our Must Have Craft Tips and More weekly posts. This week I’m sharing an assortment of glorious patriotic wreaths!
 
 It is Memorial Day weekend and with that comes a longer weekend so why not craft up one of these fabulous Patriotic Wreaths to place on your door for this holiday and for the upcoming patriotic holidays?!
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So many great ideas! Which is your favorite?

 
Stay tuned for a whole new topic of posts next month! 

 


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