Friday, August 21, 2015

Linky Party August Back to School

Welcome back to the Party Gals Linky Party!  This week I'm sharing my Apple Bread Mason Jar mix.  I love to use this as a back to school teachers gift. It's easy to transport and the teachers always love it. For more back to school ideas Visit me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to see more of my own personal faves  - use the hashtag #ThePartyGalsLinky"        

Every other Friday, visit any of us on our blogs to check out a fun party inspired project, idea, recipe or craft. We'll share all our tips and inspiration with you and what's even better is, you get to share your creativity with us too!  Each post will have a linky party tool at the very end where you can link up with other awesome creatives!

Here are more great Back to School ideas from the rest of the Party Gals:

We'd love for you to link up with us too!  Leave a link to a post with a creative idea, craft, diy, recipe or project you would like to share.  We'll select our favorites in a future post and on our Pinterest/Instagram page!

By participating in our linky party and leaving a link below, you give us permission to share your photo and idea on our blogs and social media pages with a link back to you (we promise).  Links to shops, contests, sweepstakes or giveaways will be removed from the party.  Please link to your own blogs and projects and be sure to leave a comment on your favorite projects!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to School in Style

This post is sponsored by Zazzle and contains affiliate links.  I received free products in compensation for this post but as always all opinions are my own and my daughters. When Zazzle asked if I wanted to participate in their back to school blog campaign how could I say no.  With four kids back to school is one of our busiest times of the year and it's also one of the most important.  

I always try to make the transition back to school as positive an experience as possible.  I let them choose cute school supplies and buy a few new outfits for school.  I have them make a list of requests for back to school lunches and breakfast.  I also let them pick what special thing we do at the end of the first day.  One year we had a steak dinner on the first day (I'll never say no to that), last year we got ice cream.  Every year it's different but I always try to fit our activities to their favorite things.  

This year my youngest daughter Mara's favorite thing is her You Tube channel. I couldn't think of any way to incorporate that into her return to school until Zazzle stepped in and printed her You Tube logo on a cute T shirt and lunch box for her.  I don't know who was more excited about this.  This logo is near and dear to me.  My oldest daughter Marina sketched the bunny and then I redrew it and colored it as a digital illustration and created the You Tube banner around it.  This made Mara's logo a family effort and it turned out so adorable.