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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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


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!