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The First Month Of School Is An Absolute Sh*tshow, And Here’s Why

I read somewhere it takes over sixty days to start a new routine or lifestyle.

I’m not so sure about that since it took my kids exactly 2 seconds to get used to the freedom known as summer vacation.

On any given morning of summer break, you might find my youngest swaddled in a fur blanket even though we’ve had no less than 80 days of temperatures in the 80s and a zillion percent humidity. That fan two inches in front of his face makes him “chilly.” He’s clutches the iPad and counts down the minutes until his older brother comes down to play Mario Brothers with him. He’s also liked to remind me every day that we are nearing the start of another school year and he’s not sure if he can “handle the stress.”

The feeling is mutual, kid.

When said older brother would make his way down from his cave of a room, he’d be wearing boxers that he’d stay in for as long as possible. My three kids spent all of summer break eating and drinking whenever they pleased. The days were theirs and they gave zero cares about anything.

Rip that lifestyle away from a child and tell them they have to get up early and do things like read and wear actual clothes and no one is going to be happy about it. And honestly, even after 60 days into the school year, we’re still just barely getting by.

There’s nothing like the first month of school to make kids and mothers of the world feel shook. And the thing is, when those precious kiddos come home, everyone’s day is far from over. On any given night during that first month of school, there are a slew of activities we are supposed to attend: curriculum night, beginning of soccer practice, band orientation, open house, the first PTA meeting … the list goes on and on. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

There’s no possible way to come up for air, and I’ve yet to meet a parent whose head doesn’t look like it might spin off their neck at a moment’s notice. We all have that frantic look in our eye, that says don’t fuck with me because I just cannot with one more thing. 

And then there’s the brutal reality that a dip in the pool no longer counts as taking a bath. We’re doing more laundry and nagging our kids to wear something besides their prized hoodie everyday for fear of getting side-eye from PTA Patty with her perfectly dressed spawn.

Sure, the first day of school is exciting with its promises of a fresh start and the possibility of getting our shit together. But then reality sets in and we realize that we’re getting up at the crack of dawn to make lunches, and we’ve got a gazillion library books to keep track of, and a never-ending mountain of paperwork and permission slips that take up permanent residence on our kitchen table. And don’t even get me started on the fresh hell that is helping with homework every night.

The summer slide is real, folks, and re-entry is brutal for all of us — parents have forgotten how the school drop-off line works, kids need to clean up the potty talk, and everyone needs to get to bed at a reasonable time.

After being hands-free all summer long, children are now expected to carry heavy packs with school supplies on their back and keep track of things like jackets and what days they need to wear their sneakers for gym.

Not to mention every virus latches onto every child so they can bring home the germs to share with their family. And the cherry on top of this shitstorm is the first lice notice that arrives in your inbox.

Welcome back, everyone. Let the snot and hand sanitizer flow.

Thank God for those overly optimistic teachers and staff who greet the students and parents every morning. We’re obviously stumbling our way through this first month, taking one breath at a time and barely hanging on to our sanity.

Those blessed souls know it’s a shitshow, but they show up for it and make it bearable for our kids who miss walking around in their undies eating cheese sticks and Goldfish crackers whenever they want.

And every morning when I see their faces, I am so thankful my kids are able to spend their days with them — especially after the morning we’ve just had trying to get out the damn door.

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Lunch Hacks You’ll Still Be Able To Do The 3rd Week Of School When You’re Over It Already

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For a lot of us, the beginning of the school year feels an awful lot like January. It’s a time when we vow that this is going to be the year when we get it right: mud rooms will stay neat and organized, homework will be completed with zero drama, and we’ll send the kids to school with homemade lunches that look like they jumped straight out of Instagram.

You know those lunches: Bento boxes, sandwiches with museum-worthy smiley faces, and mini fruit kabobs that look like someone’s engineering thesis.

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Like sea turtles beginning their treacherous journey from the safety of the dunes to the crashing waves, some of us will make it. We’ll BE those super together, every-hair-in-place, ultra-organized wearers of clothing not intended exclusively for sleep.

And then there are the rest of us.

The ones whose houses will stay neat a good three weeks before we accept ourselves for who we really are: sleep-deprived moms doing the best we can and trying to carve out a little time for ourselves without the wheels falling off.

This isn’t to say we shouldn’t all do our best to help our kids have a great school year. But we should also cut ourselves a couple of giant breaks.

Just think of cutting yourself breaks like the giant slabs of cheese we eat to cope with everything we’re trying to manage. (Wait. That’s just me? OK, carry on.)

Seriously, you don’t need to pull an all-nighter to craft a lunch worthy of the ‘gram.

Here are 6 tips to get you from week 4 through week 36:

1. Tom Sawyer that ish.

You’ve been a parent long enough to have a kid who brings lunch to school. You are very, very good at making dreadfully boring things sound like an adventure. “Now let’s all put on our imaginary chef’s hats and start putting these Cheddar Bunnies into reusable snack bags!”

2. Write a message on a banana.

No, seriously. This is a genius hack. Use a sharp object to carve a message or a smiley face or something cute into the side of a banana. When lunchtime rolls around, oxidation will have turned your art a lovely shade of brown and your child will be delighted. It’s science. This one is so absurdly easy that it’s almost unfair how much it levels you up on the parenting scale.

3. Colors are good.

You know why those Insta-worthy Bento boxes look so appealing? At least part of it is the colors. Tomatoes! Peppers! Hard-boiled eggs! Grapes! Carrots! So bright and cheery. If you’re looking for a cute and colorful treat that’s organic and made without all the scary synthetic colors and ingredients… Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks to the rescue!

4. Think of Future You TODAY.

We tend to give a lot more credit to our future selves than we should. It’s almost like our present self and our future self are two different people. For example, Tomorrow Me is definitely starting a 6 a.m. fitness regimen. Tomorrow Me also has huge plans for make-ahead dinners that she’s going to write down. Here’s a tip: Do something for Future You right now. Freeze a ton of PB&J sandwiches. They stay fresh for 6 weeks, and they’re basically a supplemental ice pack. The you who’s completely OVER IT in October will be so grateful. And honestly? She deserves a break.

5. Use cupcake liners.

Honestly no idea why, but these seem to make everyone happy. Got a rectangular container? Got some cupcake liners? Welp, now you’ve got a Bento box. This is an expert-level hack if you have little ones who don’t like their food to touch and you can make it extra cute by adding a handful of delicious Annie’s Organic Bunny Grahams. So good, you might even steal a few for yourself.

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6. Make enough for leftovers. IF you can handle it.

Packing some of last night’s dinner in a warmed up container is pretty sweet. Especially once fall arrives, kids really love having a warm, comforting lunch. Things like soup, Annie’s new yummier than ever Classic Cheddar Mac & Cheese, and pasta with marinara travel well and can usually be counted on to be a hit.

WARNING: Do not attempt this if you can’t trust yourself. Sometimes a late-night reality TV binge causes that leftover mac to call your name.

Here’s the thing: Even though we don’t keep all our New Year’s resolutions, the intentions are always good. You pack those perfect back-to-school lunches because you want to put as much love and care into that lunchbox as you possibly can. But you’re doing a lot already. Don’t put extra pressure on yourself when there are so many ways to get it right.

Thanks to Annie’s for making deliciously cheesy Cheddar BunniesOrganic Bunny GrahamsOrganic Bunny Fruit Snacks, and more. These snacks are more than just food. They’re perfectly portable snack saviors, lunch heroes, and life hacks that keep carpools calm and hungry bellies happy. Annie’s. More Than Just Food.

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Here’s 12 Reactions To All The FREEDOM You’re About To Experience Because Back-To-School

Your kids have zero enthusiasm for the pool.

Your idea of “acceptable” screen time is increasing daily.

You’re not sure you can handle one more “but her half is bigger than mine!”

All of these sound like bad signs, right? Each one of them seems like an indicator that summer has gone off the rails.

Well, here’s the good news: IT HAS!

That’s right, just about the time you start googling things like “minimum number of weekly baths for kids,” summer break has come to a close. Yes, FINALLY, it’s ovah. Your kids will head back into the classroom sharing every detail of the summer they insisted was super boring.

But what about YOU? You’re about to experience — infomercial voice — total freedom! Sure, it’s hard to picture it right now (your children may be actively pummeling each other right this second) but here’s a sneak peek at all the good stuff coming your way, sister.

When You Remember School Starts Next Week

One day you’re wondering how you’re going to survive the summer and the next — BAM! — it’s over.

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When You’re Headed Home After Drop-Off

Some people are full-on crying. And we get it. But the rest of us are burning moderate rubber to love our kids from a distance.

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When You Realize You Get to Shop Alone

One of the many, many things you don’t think about as you’re choosing the color scheme for that first baby’s room is that you will one day want to grocery shop alone. You will wish for this so fervently, so feverishly that you can almost taste it. And you’re about to be able to wander the aisles of Kroger all by yourself again!

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When You Plan a Kid-Free Lunch With a Friend

Pro tip: Go somewhere without a kids’ menu.

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When You Get to Take a Nap

Like shopping alone, this is one of those things you never imagined you would want so badly. When they were babies and everyone told you “nap when they nap,” you didn’t do it, did you? DO IT NOW.

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When You Realize You Can Actually Plan Meals

Admittedly, this may not immediately stand out as something you’d love to do. But when you start to think about how many summer “dinners” were stale chips with a side of applesauce, the prospect of sitting down and actually reading all those recipes you tore out of waiting room magazines sounds amaaaaazing.

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When You Get a Break From Being a Role Model

If you’ve gotten this far in parenting (congrats, you have school-age kids!) you know how challenging it can be knowing they’re watching every move you make. So the absolute freedom of listening to music with cuss words or stuffing your face with your secret favorite junk food is pretty dang special.

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When You Get to Shower in Peace

Think of it: steaming up the bathroom while you sing, space out, exfoliate — basically do whatever you want for as long as the hot water lasts. Go for it! No one is going to burst in to tell you their brother looked at them the wrong way.

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When You Find Your Zen

It’s not always easy to find time for self-care when the kids are home 24/7. So to finally be able to get back to your practice — whether it’s yoga, meditation, tai chi, or just managing to sit quietly for five minutes — is a pretty incredible feeling.

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When You Zone All the Way Out on the Internet

When the kids are home, you’ve got to be a role model (see above) for responsible internet use. You can’t really justify spending hours going down a rabbit hole of favorite music videos from eighth grade. But now you can!

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When You Go Hours Without Answering a Single Question

Once kids become verbal, they floor it onto the Information Highway. Which, by the way, is YOU. Kids love to ask questions, and they can start some really interesting conversations. But let’s be honest, it’s a blessed relief to be able to just take a few hours to come up with new answers.

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Freedom feels so good. And as happy as you’ll be to get a little time to yourself, there’s one more reaction you’ll have.

This one:

When You Actually Miss Their Cute Faces

It may not happen that very first day back, but it will happen. You’ll start to realize you really enjoy the company of those tiny humans.

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The Kroger Family of Stores is your best spot for people-watching, but if you can’t make it into the store, Kroger’s got you covered. The Kroger app makes it easy to order groceries right from your phone, either delivered to your home or brought right to your car. Download the app to start shopping online today!

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Free Printable School Lunch Box Planner

Last updated on August 21st, 2018 at 09:35 am

This Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner with 85 School Lunch Ideas is a life saver! Helpful back to school tips. Parents will love these healthy and new school lunch ideas for kids.

Free Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner with 85 school lunch Ideas. New healthy ideas for school lunch ideas for kids. Back to school menu calendar.

Free Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner

Isn’t it hard to come up with new school lunch ideas? I’m excited to share a free printable school lunch box planner to help you out! Because our school starts soon, meant it was time to start think about school lunch box ideas. I began writing a bunch of ideas down. Instead of packing the same school lunch each week, I plan to get a little more creative this year. I’ve made super creative school lunches like these Powerpuff Girls Sandwiches, but there is no way I can do that everyday!

To help with planning ahead for fun but simple school lunches, I designed a free printable lunch box meal planner – basically a weekly calendar to help parents get organized. I also put together a free printable list with 85 school lunch items to add to your kid’s lunch boxes.

I hope these school lunch box ideas will help you get organized for the school year with some new and healthier lunches for your kids!

Originally published August 25, 2014 

85 School Lunch Ideas with a Free Printable Meal Planner

 This Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner with 85 School Lunch Ideas is a life saver! Helpful back to school tips. Parents will love these healthy and new school lunch ideas for kids.  

Both of my kids are very picky, so I do my best to find healthy foods to pack for their lunch. My daughter is pretty easy and loves when I add cute notes or draw on her food with edible markers.

Finding creative school lunch ideas for my middle school aged son, who is the most picky, is really challenging. Here are a few school lunch ideas I have packed for him. They might not be the healthiest ideas around, but it’s a start to get him to try SOME healthy things.

 Free Printable School Lunch Box Planner with 85 Lunch Ideas. LivingLocurto.com

Make your own pizza bagels and writing notes on napkins is always fun! He is now in high school and I still make this for his lunch sometimes. Bagels are great for school lunch, because they fill up the always hungry boys and don’t get soggy like bread. We love to use these –> Easy Lunch Boxes!

Free Printable School Lunch Box Planner with 85 Lunch Ideas. LivingLocurto.com

 

Creative School Lunch Idea!

Watch the video below where I make Sandwich Sushi. It’s always a fun lunch box idea that kids love!

 

Get ready for Back to School with a School Lunch Box Meal Planner!

Free Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner with 85 school lunch Ideas. Enjoy this back to school menu calendar.

This Printable School Lunch Box Meal Planner with 85 School Lunch Ideas is a life saver! Helpful back to school tips. Parents will love these healthy and new school lunch ideas for kids.

Download the School Lunch Free Printables

Start planning your kid’s school lunch by clicking the links below to download the free printable planners:

>> Free Printable Weekly School Lunch Planner

>> Free Printable School Lunch Ideas

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I’d love to see how you use these printables! Snap a photo and share on Instagram and use the hashtag #LivingLocurto.

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Back to School – Free Printable Lunch Notes

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Make a Back to school bento lunch box!

A fun food School Bento Lunch is the cutest idea ever! Kids will smile when they open their lunch box to find this adorable edible paper, pencil and eraser.

 

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Why I Won’t Be Going Overboard With School Clothes This Year

My daughter asked if we could go to the mall this year for back to school shopping instead of hitting our usual spots — which include outlets and my favorite discount stores like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls. After I explained we probably wouldn’t be doing that since she has two siblings that need to be clothed, backpacked, and armed with school supplies as well, she was not happy with me.

But here’s the way I see it: Kids need food, shelter, water, and, yes, they do need clothes, but I’ll be damned if I am going to swaddle them in jeans that cost more than the electric bill only to watch them grow out of them in exactly 3 months.

If they want sneakers that cost as much as the tires on the car, they can find a way to earn the money and buy them their damn selves. After all, they are teenagers now and instead of spending their babysitting money on candy and gadgets for their cellphone and video games, they can save to buy those expensive pants that must have golden threads judging by the price tag.

Sorry, kids, I don’t think you should have a more expensive wardrobe than me. I am the mother, after all.

I’d like to sit here and tell them what my dad always told me when I begged him for GUESS jeans: “School isn’t a fashion show, Katie.” But I won’t because it’s annoying. Also, I believed it was a fashion show then, and let’s face it — it still kind of is.

Whether it’s more for the kids or the parents is still in question, but it is important to our kids to look lit and I get it. But my bargain shopping skills are on point and they don’t even appreciate me for it, dammit.

It doesn’t change the fact I don’t feel guilty about sending them to school in off-brand clothes. Or discounted, last-year’s leftovers we got on the clearance rack.

Are they comfortable, warm, and do they still look adorable? Yes, they do. If they are wearing a button-down that didn’t come from Vineyard Vines and don’t own an outfit that cost more than a months’ worth of groceries, they are going to be just fine. Plus, it gives them something to look forward to in life.

Kids grow, they spill shit, they wear out the knees in their jeans no matter how much they cost, and as soon as they see one of their friends take a marker to their pant leg, they are going to join in too. If they want to destroy a decent pair of jeans, they can be a discount brand that I bought on sale.

They play outside, they barf, they bleed, they use their shirts as napkins and tissues and holders for rocks and sticks. They are fucking messy. So if they want designer, name-brand threads just so they can “keep up with their friends,” they are gonna have to work to make the money for these luxuries.

I couldn’t care less about making sure they are wearing all the right things or comparing their wardrobe to their friend’s. In fact, I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

But honestly, the biggest reason I’m not splurging on a back-to-school wardrobe is because they are kids and they don’t fucking need such lavish clothing at a young age. I have better things to spend my hard-earned money on. Like braces, toilet paper, and candles to keep me somewhat calm when they start whining about how they need $200 for a pair of ripped-up jeans.

So yeah, I’ll be dragging my deprived children to all the discount stores, feeling high off all the bargains. They can cringe all they want. But I am doing them a service by making them appreciate the finer things in life by keeping them at bay for a while longer.

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We Know You’re Stressed Out About Back-To-School Spending, So Here’s Our Best Tips To Save Money

Most back-to-school money-saving tips can be summed up with one word: Duh. Which is unfortunate because 87% of parents are stressed out when it comes to back-to-school shopping, and almost half worry about getting the most out of their budget.

Honestly, SAME, we’re right there with you.

This year, parents are expected to spend more than they did last year on items like clothes, electronics, shoes, backpacks, and more. That’s why we partnered with RetailMeNot to bring you back-to-school savings tips that level up beyond the “duh” category and are blowing our minds with “Why didn’t we think of that?”

If You’re Shopping Brick-and-Mortar, Consult Google for the Best Shopping Times

While shopping online continues to grow in popularity, 96% of parents will stop by a brick-and-mortar store during back-to-school season. Before you go, why not consult Google? By searching your store’s location, Google will give you peak shopping times by day and hour — this way you’ll know to avoid, say, Target on Thursday at 4 p.m. because it’s a mad dash.

Know Your Favorite Store’s Policies Inside and Out

Did you know that Bath & Body Works will honor a coupon three days before the sale and three days after the coupon expires? Or if an item you purchased goes on sale within 14 days, you can get the difference back. Holy cash money! No, we did NOT know that.

Exclusively Use Gift Cards Like Cash

Why not use discounted gift cards like cash during your back-to-school shopping? Purchased through RetailMeNot, you can save money off the face value of each gift card. Which means before you’ve even started, you’re already racking up hefty savings.

For Some Reason, Tuesday Is the Best Day for Saving Money

We’re not here to figure out why. We’re just here to tell you shopping on Tuesdays will save you an additional 5% compared to any other day of the week.

Weekend Sales Often Start on Thursdays, So You Don’t Have to Face the Crowds

Yes, it’s true that stores plan their deals around the weekend rush, but have you ever noticed that most of those sales are announced on Thursday? If you want to get that weekend deal, but absolutely loathe wasting your time standing in line, buy your items online Thursday and then utilize in-store pickup over the weekend at stores like Target, Best Buy, and Office Depot.

Consider RetailMeNot Your Best Friend

Seriously, they have you covered at every money-saving turn. Shopping at the mall and want to find deals? Just open the RetailMeNot app, tap on the “Mall Map” feature, and you’ll be guided to back-to-school deals near you. Shopping online but don’t want to go through the extra steps of searching for the best coupon codes? Download the brand-new browser extension, RetailMeNot Genie, and it will pop up during the checkout process with coupon codes and cash back offers to use — Genie even applies the discounts for you! And don’t forget to regularly read their crazy-informative blog posts for gift guides, savings advice, and shopping tips.

Pay a Little Extra for Quality Because of the Unbeatable Warranty

Backpacks take a beating over the school year, so it makes sense to invest in a quality purchase. JanSport, L.L.Bean, and Patagonia are three brands that offer lifetime warranties for their backpacks.

Avoid Trends and Shop Those End-of-Summer Sales

Of course, kids want all of their gear to flash with their favorite characters or pop culture icons, but once they get to school, everything may change. Offer them a compromise, one trendy T-shirt, and the rest basics. This way, you can hit the end-of-summer sales and look for items kids can wear all year like layering T-shirts, hoodies, and more.

Go Through the Aisle With Your Hands Out, and That’s How Many Pencils, Crayons, and Glue Sticks to Buy

Otherwise known as buying in bulk and our most obvious tip, purchasing loads of what kids use the most just plain makes sense. Your typical kid, by the time they reach their 10th birthday, will have worn down 720 crayons. So, yes, throwing all this stuff in your cart and storing it away for midyear restocks, or let’s face it, your own use because WHERE EVEN IS A PEN when you need one.

Set ALL the Alerts and Reminders for Tax-Free Weekends

If you’re Southern, then you love some tax-free shopping days, and this year 16 states are participating along with five — Delaware, Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon — that never charge sales tax. Each participating state has different requirements to receive tax-free status on your purchases, so make sure to check out this handy guide.

We hope you learned at least one new thing for this back-to-school season that will save you money and offer at least two minutes of inner peace before the kids start demanding more snacks.

RetailMeNot is the ultimate destination for saving money when you shop online or in a store. With deals, coupons, and cash back offers on everything you need, it’s easy to save at all your favorite stores and restaurants! If you’re shopping online, the RetailMeNot Genie browser extension finds, combines, and applies savings at checkout — so you don’t have to do the legwork of searching for deals.

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Days of the Week Closet Tags

Printable Days of the Week Closet Tags are a simple way to get organized for back to school and help kids get dressed on their own in the mornings!

Printable Days of the Week Closet Tags are a simple way to get organized for back to school and help kids get dressed on their own in the mornings!

Printable Days of the Week Closet Tags

I love this idea for Days of the Week Closet Tags that I came up with to help keep my kids organized and ready for school. It’s been a lifesaver! No more stressful mornings and my kids learned their days of the weeks at a very young age.

Getting organized for back to school and ready for my kid’s daily routines is a huge help for a busy mom like me. To make mornings much easier, we chose clothes for each day of the week and hung them on a low closet rack for my kids to reach. Then I designed some cute Days of the Week Tags to hang on each outfit’s hanger. The Days of the Week Closet Tags have the day of the week written out and a giant letter for kids not old enough to read.

Printable Days of the Week Closet Tags are a simple way to get organized for school and help kids get dressed on their own in the mornings! 

Originally Published on August 26, 2008

How the Days of the Week Closet Tags Work

To help you visualize how these tags work, I’m sharing a photo of my son’s closet from when he was in kindergarten. We still do this and he is now going into the 5th grade!

The night before school, he takes the designated outfit off of the hangers and lays it on the floor by his door. This way he won’t forget to get dressed before coming downstairs. We usually make silly poses with the clothes and that makes it even more fun!

Get organized for school with cute tags to help kids get dressed in the morning! LivingLocurto.com

These Days of the Week Closet Tags are also perfect for my daughter, because she can go a little crazy on the layering! This causes much less decision making stress in the morning! I designed the pastel pinks and purple Days of the Week tags for her closet.

More great ways to get organized for back to school:

 

Get Organized & Print the Days of the Week Closet Tags

Printable Days of the Week Closet Tags are a simple way to get organized for back to school and help kids get dressed on their own in the mornings! Print in primary colors or pastels. #organization #printables #kids #backtoschool #livinglocurto

Please visit my shop to buy these fun printable Days of the Week Closet Tags in primary or pastel colors. I hope this printable design helps you as much as it did me!

UPDATE: My son is now going into the 10th grade and I still use these!! LOL!! What’s great about a printable design is you keep the file and print as much as you like. Enjoy this one for years!

Click here to print Days of the Week Closet Tags

 

Printables By Amy - Party Supplies and Fun Printable Designs**IMPORTANT** If you have clicked here from a site featuring this as a free printable, sorry that freebie has been expired since 2010 (I created this design in 2008 and my readers enjoyed it free for over an entire year). You can purchase the tags here now at a very affordable price. – Thank you!

 

Days of the week closet tags to get kids organized for back to school.

 

 

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50 BEST Back to School Free Printables

Start the school year off right with over 50 of the BEST Back to School Free Printables!

50 Best Back to School Free Printables. Download amazing printable designs to help get organized for the school year.

Best Back to School Free Printables for kids!

These Back to School Free Printables are just what you need to get kids ready for school. From teacher gifts, lunch box notes, tags and labels, to free weekly calendars and free printable bookmarks you’re sure to find what you need.  I started this Back to School Free Printables list many years ago, and will add to it each year. FUN! It’s always nice to have a little help during the school year and these are some of the best printable ideas around.

These back to school free printables are great for the entire school year, so be sure to come back often to check for updates! If some of these printable links don’t work anymore, please let me know. Thanks and enjoy! -Amy

 

50 of the BEST Back to School Free Printables. Get ready for school with the BEST Back to School Free Printable downloads. Teacher gift ideas, lunch box notes, labels, calendars, bookmarks and more! LivingLocurto.com

Originally published September 8, 2008 

Enjoy these Back to School Free Printables

To help with planning ahead for school lunches, I designed a free printable lunch box weekly calendar. I also put together a free printable with 85 food ideas to add to a lunch box.

Free Printable School Lunch Box Planner with 85 Lunch Ideas. LivingLocurto.com

 

 

Enjoy Free Printable Morning Routine Cards to make back to school life easier with small children!

Kids Morning Routine Free Printable Flash Cards. Visuals to help kids be more responsible on their own. LivingLocurto.com

7 Back to School Free Printable Lunch Box Notes by Paper Crave

Back to School - Free Printable Lunch Notes by PaperCrave LivingLocurto.com

 

 

Cute Free printable school stickers from Paper Crave.

Free Printable School Stickers. Back to School tags by Paper Crave.

 

These Lunch Box Notes by a Blissful Nest are the perfect Back to School Free Printables!

Free Printable Lunch Box Notes by A Blissful Nest.

 

 

 

Free Printable 1st Day of School Signs for each grade by A Blissful Nest!

1st Day of School Photo Ideas. Free Printable Signs & Photo Booth by A Blissful Nest via LivingLocurto.com

 

 

 

Back to School Free Printable Teacher Gift Tags by Giggles Galore.

Back to School Free Printable Teacher Gift Tags

 

Out of this world customizable Free Printable Back to School Star Wars Legos Tags & Stickers.

Free Printable Star Wars Lego Backpack and lunch box Tags - Back to School Free Printables

 

School is Sweet Free Printable Cupcake Tags and book plates.

Back to School Free Printables - Cute Cupcake Backpack and lunch box tags.

 

After School Station with Free Printable Weekly Calendars

After School Station with Free Printable Weekly Calendars LivingLocurto.com

 

Simple Teacher Gift with Free Printable “You’re a Star” Tags.

DIY Teacher Gift in a Jar with Free Printable Tags. Kids Craft by Livinglocurto.com

 

Free Printable After School Routine Poster

Back to School Free Printables

 

Print on Post-It Notes! – Free Printables for School Homework

 Print on Post-It Notes! – Free Printables for School Homework by Livinglocurto.com

 

“Welcome Back!” Free Printable Bubble Labels for Teachers.

Back to School Free Printables

 

Thank You Teacher Free Printable Cards & Tags by Angeli.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea - Free Printable Owl Tags

 

Free Printable How Was Your Day School Notes for kids to fill out about their day.

School Notes Free Printable by Living Locurto

 

Free Printable Personalized School Snack Labels.

Free School Snack Labels - Back to School Free Printables

 

The cutest free printable back to school cupcake topper and wrapper by PaperGlitter.

Back to School Free Printables

 

Back to School Time Capsule Craft with Free Printable 1st Day of School Interview by Giggles Galore.

Back to School Time Capsule Craft by Giggles Galore at LivingLocurto.com

 

Back to School Teacher & Student Interview Card Free Printables

Back to School Free Printable Teacher Interview Cards by Parties for Pennies for LivingLocurto.com

 

Free Printable Teacher Thank You Notes & cute gift idea.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea - Free Printable Tags

 

Happy pencil free printable circle tag from PaperGlitter.

Happy Pencil Tags. Cute for cupcake toppers or lunch box notes. Back to School Free Printables

 

Easy craft ideas for back to school photos with free printables!

Back to School Free Printables

 

Free Printable Thank You Teacher Gift Tags and Ice Cream Sundae Cupcake Treats.

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcake Recipe - Free Party Printabels

 

Really cute Back to School Free Printable Photo Props via Tip Junkie.

Free Printable School Photo Props via Tip Junkie featured on Living Locurto

 

Eighteen25 designed these cute teacher gift labels for fortune cookie containers available for downloading over on HowDoesShe.

Cute teacher gift labels for fortune cookie containers. Back to School Free Printables

 

A cute back to school printable pack by Bird Crafts.

Back to School Free Printables

 

Cute Free Printable lunch box menus by Jennifer at Classic Play.

Cute Free Printable lunch box menus. Back to School Free Printables

 

Love these–>After School Conversation Cards from The Crafting Chicks

After School Conversation Cards - Back to School Free Printables

 

 

Janna Wilson made the cutest Free Printable Teacher Thank You labels.

Back to School Free Printables

 

And these Teacher Note Cards!

Back to School Free Printables

 

Amanda’s Parties to Go has a fun free printable back to school printable collection.

Back to School Free Party Printables

 

Oh my word, these school Lunch Bag Stickers from Martha Stewart are awesome!!

school Lunch Bag Stickers - Back to School Free Printables

 

 

Here are more cute back to school school stickers and book plates from Martha Stewart!

Cute back to school stickers and book plates. Back to School Free Printables

 

Magnetic Lunch Chart by Martha

Back to School Free Printables

 

Make some back to school crayon pretzel treats by Gourmet Mom on the Go. Mandy even has free printable labels!

crayons -Back to School Free Printables - fun food

 

Lunch Surveys by June Pfaff.

Cute School Lunch Surveys for kids! 50 of the BEST Back to School Free Printables

 

 

Back To School Sticker Sheers from Kaden’s Corner

Back to School Free Printables

 

Love book plates? You’ll love Blue Bird Lucy’s Ready for Fall Bookplates.

Back to School Free Printables

 

Print these handy teacher notes by Mommypalooza. She also has a good printable calendar if you use paper organizers.

Back to School Free Printables

A whole list of printable Lunch Notes

Back to School Free Printables

 

Lunch box notes, tags and stickers from Cindy Hopper via Alpha Mom.

Lunch box notes, tags and stickers for fruit. 50 of the best Back to School Free Printables

 

Babalisme’s cute school labels.

Back to School Free Printables

 

Free School Party printables featured on Catch My Party and Bird’s Party Blog.

Free Printables - Back To School Party   Free Printables - Back To School Party

 

Kids will love these sandwich wraps by Little Lovely and cute apple notes from One Charming Party.

Free School Sandwich Wrap Labels    Lunch Notes - free Printable

 

Find great free labels for school at Paper Glitter and One Charming Party.

Free School Labels    Free School Lunch Labels

 

Kim at The TomKat Studio also has adorable Teacher Thank You cards.

ThankYouApple



You’ll also love these Fun Food and Craft Back to School Ideas!!

Back to School Fun Food Bento Lunch at livinglocurto.com

 

 

Over 50 Amazing Free Printables for School! Get ready for school with the BEST Back to School Free Printable downloads for kids and moms. Teacher gift ideas, lunch box notes, labels, calendars, bookmarks and more!

 

 

 

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