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August 13th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

First Day of School Treats


The first day of school is a day filled with excitement and nervousness. It also is the perfect day to come together with your child after school to talk. Celebrate with some special treats! Your child will most likely be hot, tired, excited and most of all starving!!

Peanut Butter Sushi

Frozen Grapes – String some grapes on a stick and freeze. This is great for the child that is overheated!

S’mores Brownies

Crudite Platter – If your child loves veggies, cut some up and serve with their favorite dip!

Waffle and Peanut Butter – heat up a waffle in the toaster and cover with peanut butter.



Peanut Butter Popcorn


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July 25th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Labeling Your School Supplies

With 32 days left of summer vacation, my family needs to start thinking about school and getting school supplies. Buying the supplies are the fun part, but the labeling of them can take forever! You can go the simple way of labeling with initials or first name using a pen or marker, but I wanted to share some fun ways to label your supplies without all the hassle.

Print some labels like in the picture above. I love these little labels to print names and attach to items. They can also be found in neon colors. I have found that you sometimes need to cover with tape when labeling crayons and markers and others things that are curved.’

Check out these Property of stickers. These would be great for books, folders, and other large items.


Your child can really add personality to their labels when you print these personalized labels.


Mabel’s Labels offers labels for school supplies, lunch boxes, and even clothing and shoes. These offer a great alternative to the printed labels because they are made with labeling items as a sole purpose.

If you have the ability to cut vinyl lettering you can label things like this. This would take a bit of work but makes a big statement. Check out how they labeled pencils with vinyl.

Once you decide what option you are going to use stick a good movie on the tv and go to town! It’s a tedious task, but once you see all those labeled items you will feel like you really accomplished something!

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May 2nd, 2014 at 9:14 am

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Next week (May 5-9, 2014) is Teacher Appreciation Week. This is such a great way to let anyone who “teaches” our children know how much we appreciate their hard work.

One of my favorite things to do is to make a bucket filled with all of a teacher’s favorite things! As you can see in the picture, we fill it with snacks and even a little gift card for them to spend on lunch or an ice cream snack! This is helpful because I have the teacher fill out a wish list at the start of the year telling us some of their favorite things!

Soap Dispenser Gift

Teacher Plant Gift 

Sweet Teacher Gift

Journal Blessing Gift

Chips and Soda Gift

Target Gift Card Holder

Homemade Sweet Treat

Super Hero Appreciation

Homemade Soap Dispenser

Tape or Glue Gift

Teacher Qualities Frame

For more great ideas, you can also check out our Gifts for Teacher board on Pinterest!

I’ve done several of these ideas, but the best thing about them is that you can adapt them to celebrate the teacher’s birthday, teacher appreciation week, or even an end-of-year gift. Take some time to show your appreciation to the teachers in your kid’s life!



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January 23rd, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Lunch Bento Boxes for Kids


Lunchtime is an important meal for kids, especially when they’re in school. It’s best to give them a variety of healthy foods they enjoy, because with all the learning and playing, they work up an appetite and need food that’s good for them and gives them energy. A popular lunch trend for kids is bento boxes. Originating in Japan, bento boxes are compartmentalized meals, usually taken to go. has a number of great bento lunchboxes for kids, but you can always make your own with regular lunchboxes by placing small Tupperware, or dividers such as cupcake wrappers, inside. It’s all about the look of the meal. You can even do bento box themes with your little one’s favorite characters from movies and TV!

Here are some great ideas for lunches your kids will LOVE to eat!

Animals, Flowers and Sports Bento Boxes from

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Baseball Bento Box

Bunny Bento Box

Flower Bento Box

Lion Bento Box

Sheep Bento Box


Character Bento Boxes:

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Winnie The Pooh Bento Box from

Hello Kitty Bento Box from

Toy Story Bento Box from

Angry Birds Bento Box from

Spongebob Squarepants Bento Box from



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August 30th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Boo Hoo or Woo Hoo ~ The Tale of a Mom’s First Day of Kindergarten

This week my youngest son started Kindergarten. I didn’t know how it would go.

With my first born I cried and was sad, but being a stay at home mom I had spent day after day with him. It was weird being home with only one for a whole day. I didn’t know what he would encounter at school and worried that he might be hungry or scared.

After the first day, he came out of school and said “This was the best day ever!” Each day got easier for me as I saw how much he enjoyed school and was so proud of the things he brought home.

This week, when my youngest started school, I thought it would be easy. He is more confident and adventurous than my first born. The night before Kindergarten I read the story The Night Before Kindergarten to him and I started to get teary-eyed. My role as a stay at home mom was changing. From 8-3 it would only be me at home and my boys would be learning about the world from their teachers. I worried that my youngest might make wrong choices in his actions, whether he would interrupt the teacher or have a crying fit. (He has a personality all his own)

The next morning we took pictures, got all dressed with our new backpacks, and we were off. The school held a Boo-Hoo Breakfast where the moms and dad would get to say good-bye to their kids before they would go to their class. It involved the story The Kissing Hand and some information about their day. There were hugs and kisses and they marched upstairs. I got a quick hug and a see you later!, just like I thought. Even though my husband was home, it was quiet – eerily quiet – something that I am still getting used to several days later. At the end of the day I saw his smiling face exiting the school and his first comment was “I Love Kindergarten!”

I have to admit I think about the boys when they are gone at school, wondering if schoolmates are being nice to them, if they are having a good day, and what neat things they are doing. It’s hard growing up, isn’t it? Even for parent!

If you want to use the same fun First Day signs from my picture above you can find them here.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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August 29th, 2013 at 5:00 am

School Lunch Ideas


If the kids haven’t gone back to school yet, they will be very soon!  Here are some cool ideas for meals to pack into their lunch boxes:

Pita Chicken Sandwiches

Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars

Ham ‘n’ Cheese Ranch Rollups

Mock Sushi

Pizza Rollup Bento Lunch

Fruit Leather Rollups

Apple Cartwheels

Oatmeal Animal Crackers

What are some of your child’s favorite school lunches?

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August 21st, 2013 at 5:00 am

Coping with Back-to-School Jitters


Everybody remembers their very first day of school. While some of us may have been excited and walked right into the building without fear, a lot of us probably remember being afraid and not wanting to be left with a strange adult for the day. The first day of school doesn’t have to be scary for your first-time student. There are lots of ways to make your child feel at ease about taking this next gigantic step in his or her life.

First, try to get a tour of the school before the year begins. Show your child where he will be having classes, eating lunch, doing art projects, and where the bathrooms are. If at all possible, it may help to meet the teachers so that on the first day of school, your child will already know what they look like and what they are like.

Talk to your child about what school will be like. They will need to pay attention and listen to their teacher, but they will make friends and learn a lot of new things that they can tell you all about when you pick them up.

Your child may be clingy the first couple of days and want you to walk them into the building.  If the school allows this, then accommodate your child as he adapts to his new surroundings.  It might take a few days, but soon he will be able to say goodbye to you and walk in by himself.

School jitters don’t only affect the younger children. Even veteran students can experience anxiety over a new year and an unfamiliar curriculum. It’s important to be supportive, encourage them to simply do their best, and remind them of their successes in previous school years.

How have you helped your child cope with back-to-school jitters?

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August 12th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Healthy School Lunches

Lunch is one of the meals I like to make the least. I am typically not making the same thing for everyone, so it gets to be a bit bothersome. Plus, I have a hard time making it healthy. One of the best things to do is to stay away from processed pre-made meals, bagged chips, and other items like that.

With school only 16 days away I want to come up with a plan to make healthier school lunch alternatives for those cold lunch days. These are also great ideas for lunch at home.

Make a Sandwich Skewer

Granola Bars – homemade

Make something other than sandwiches

Send along a make your own pizza kit

Veggies and Dip

Mini Veggie Sushi

Successful lunches become a reality with a little planning. Check out this cool lunchbox planning sheet so you can think about what you need to have on hand. A great assortment of containers for your kids to use at school in their lunches also helps. Plus, you can add a little fun to lunch if you take a second to check out my School Lunch Fun post from last year!

I know bothersome school lunch will become a little easier with these tips!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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August 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 am

Getting Ready for Preschool

Is your child counting down the days to starting preschool? This is a big step for your little one! You may be both a touch anxious and sad about your child leaving to be without you and filled with pride and joy for this new adventure. Trust me, they are feeling the same way! Here are some tips to help deal with everyone’s emotions through preparation!

Start talking about preschool. Most likely you may have toured the school and met the teacher. Talk about the different things that your child will be doing in school so they know a little bit about what to expect.

Buy Special Stuff. Have your child pick out a special backpack, clothing, or even school supplies. Make a big deal about getting the stuff because they are starting school.

Get their sleep schedule in sync. Summer is a time of later bedtimes and more spontaneity, but school requires a little more structure at night. Plan out a bedtime and start a morning routine the week before school starts.

Play “School” Think about fun things you do in preschool and act them out. Have circle time, music, or even “show n tell”.

All of these things will make the transition to school a little easier for your little ones! Make sure to take lots of pictures on the first day, make it a quick goodbye, and when you pick them up, plan for a special treat or lunch. They will be thrilled to tell you all about their first day!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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March 19th, 2013 at 5:01 am

What are dual language immersion programs?

Have you ever heard of dual language immersion programs? As bilingualism is becoming more and more popular in the U.S., more of these programs seem to be popping up around the nation and they’re a great option. Although they can differ a bit depending on the school, the most simple way to define these programs is that kids are instructed in both English and Spanish (or English and whatever the target language may be) throughout their elementary education, allowing them to become fluent in both their languages.

The majority of these programs start off with 90% of the instruction in Spanish (or the target language) and 10% in English. While it might seem like those children who are not already bilingual will have a hard time understanding what’s going on if the majority of their instruction is in a language they don’t know, the truth is that they catch up very fast, since immersion is the best way to learn a new language.

Dual language immersion programs are great for kids who are already bilingual too because most of them usually don’t get to learn the mechanics of both their languages. I’d give anything to have one of these programs in my community because even though my daughter is already bilingual, I’m not a teacher and so I constantly worry about her grammar abilities in Spanish, since she’s being schooled in English only.

If you’ve been thinking about raising bilingual children, I recommend you check out if there are any dual language immersion programs in your area. You can always start your research on the bilingual education directory we have on

Photo Credit: Chicago 2016 Photos

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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