Inspirational Back to School Breakfast

Okay we’ve been shamelessly teasing you about this Back to School breakfast, and we are excited to finally share today all the gorgeous photos! Instead of focusing on school buses, apples and the traditional back to school icons, we tried to be inspired instead by a mom’s love and the bittersweet feelings that often overwhelm us all on the first day of school.

I want to do a Back to School Breakfast like this for my kids - all the printables are FREE via @PagingSupermom #freeprintables #backtoschool

We want so much for our children — for all their hopes and dreams to be realized; for them to learn and grow and become amazing individuals; for them to get good grades and get along with others; for them to be invisible to the bullies and never have a bump, scrape or bad day. As much as we wish to, we simply can’t shelter them from life. However we can show them as much love as possible and urge them to be strong no matter what comes.

In my home these back to school breakfasts are a tradition and they are one of the things that I hope will inoculate my kids against all the unknowns of school. We are sharing these freebies so you can quickly throw together a send off breakfast for your kids too. Feel free to use as many or as few of the pieces as you like — we’ve got placemats, placecards, muffin toppers, a banner and even a fill-in photo sign so you can get those first day of school pictures (read our first day photo tips).

Free Printable Toppers for Muffins at a Back to School Breakfast via @PagingSupermom

Worksheet Wednesday: Summer Handwriting

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This week’s worksheet will bring some warm weather excitement to handwriting practice. With our summer words printable your little ones can practice writing, reading and coloring the best of summer.

Books Alive: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

We are super excited that Laura is here from Make Life Lovely to share a fun idea that goes along with one of Bettijo’s favorite children’s books.

I am so happy to be part of this summer reading series! I taught elementary school for seven years, and have a great love for children’s books. One of my favorites as a child was Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. I used to wish that it would rain and storm food in my city just like it did in the story town of Chewandswallow!

Have your kdis make clay food after reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

This book is a classic, and I wanted to make sure that my kids were exposed to the real story, and not just the movie version of the story. I thought it would be fun to sit down with my kids and let them create some clay food straight from the book. It was fun to reread the story and act out the scenes with their clay food. After the story, they plan on using the clay food as food for their dolls, which is a great way to reuse them!

Spaghetti Ties up the Town from #CloudyWithAChanceofMeatballs via @PagingSupermom

We read the book first, and then the kids brainstormed which food they wanted to create. I gave them a big box of clay from my craft stash and let them go for it. I was amazed at how creative they were when given the chance! Of course they wanted to start with spaghetti and meatballs, just like the title of the story. It was easy for my 5-year old to make “snakes” with yellow clay, and then bend them slightly to make them look like curly pasta noodles. Rolling brown meatballs was also pretty easy for her, too. This activity is great because kids of all ages can participate and create at their own level.

Fun Kids Craft to go with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs via @PagingSupermom

Free Printable Back to School Banner

Pennants say "Hit the Books" - love this Free printable Back to School Banner from @PagingSupermom #freeprintables

The transition from lazy summer days back to a strict school schedule can be tough on kids. I like to decorate the house a bit to help the kids get excited for the change. Before I tell you about our back to school banner, though, I wanted to let you know about a easy opportunity…

Books Alive: Beautiful Oops!

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Today we are joined by the talented illustrator and blogger Kiki from Kiki and Company. Hi everyone! I am thrilled to be a part of this Books Alive series — I have a special love of children’s books. I have five little munchkins of my own and from the time they were babies, I loved…

8 Freebies for Back to School

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It’s time to start thinking about the start of another school year. Whether you are excited to load the kids on the school bus or dreading the end of your flexible summer schedule, we wanted to add a little fun to your back to school preparations with eight free printables from our #FabFreebies pals. We…

Books Alive: Should I Share My Ice Cream?

Homemade Ice Cream Recipe to go along with #MoWillems Should I Share My Ice Cream Book -- fun playdate ideavia @PagingSupermom

So happy our friend Emily from is this REALLY my life? stopped by today for our Summer Reading Series. She’s got a funny book and delicious recipe to share… If you haven’t heard of the Elephant & Piggie books from Mo Willems, you simply must get your hands on one! From the same author who…