Easy Star Ruler Wreath

Love this idea from @PagingSupermom. Super easy to whip together for #BackToSchool Decor

We are all sad that summer is over already. I have been trying to cheer things up with a bunch of fun back to school prep. We’ve decorated our mantle (using this and this), we have been clothes shopping, and of course stocking up on school supplies. I think I’ve mentioned before that buying school supplies is my favorite parts of back to school season. In fact, I have been known to buy a bucket-full of paper, pencils, crayons, rulers, glue and more and keep them in a cheerful bucket on my kitchen counter. I swear it cheers me up as much as a floral arrangement, but I know I’m kind of weird.

Love this star ruler wreath idea from @PagingSupermom. Super easy to whip together for #BackToSchool Decor

I love the project we created for this month’s issue of Raising Arizona Kids magazine. It is a super-easy ruler star, and it would look so fabulous on our mantle. I can’t find then one we made for this photoshoot so I’m off to the store today to buy more rulers so I can make one with the kiddos this afternoon — because you know I’m happy for any excuse to buy more school supplies!

Love this star ruler wreath from @PagingSupermom. Super easy to whip together for #BackToSchool Decor

Read moreEasy Star Ruler Wreath

Books Alive: Louise The Big Cheese

These #FreePrintable Bookmarks would be fun to make with the kids via @PagingSupermom

Today we are happy to welcome Kim from The Celebration Shoppe. She has an easy kids craft idea and fun book to share.

I don’t know about you, but back to school is on the brain in my house right now. My kiddos are already excited to get the new notebooks, new clothes, new backpack… I’m sure the excitement will wear off!

Louise The Big Cheese Free Printables for #BackToSchool via @PagingSupermom

So for the Books Alive series I thought it most fitting to share a really fun back to school book called Louise The Big Cheese and The Back To School Smarty Pants. It’s all about how Louise wants to get all A’s this year… but she has a tough teacher… or so she thinks. Your kiddos will love it.

Read moreBooks Alive: Louise The Big Cheese

Inspirational Back to School Breakfast

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

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

Read moreInspirational Back to School Breakfast

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.

Love this free and cute Back to School Banner from @PagingSupermom #freeprintables

Before I tell you about our back to school banner, though, I wanted to let you know about a easy opportunity to help out the Adopt a Classroom foundation through Great Clips #GREATLIST program — all you have to do is download a free app!

Great Clips recently launched a super-convenient Online Check-In App that lets you add your name to the waiting list at your local Great Clips salon (with more than 3,300 salons throughout the United States and Canada, there is bound to be one near you). It’s not an appointment — what it does is let you add your name to the list before arriving at the salon to help save you time, and more time definitely comes in handy during the back to school rush.

The best part is when you download the FREE Online Check-In app, Great Clips will donate to the Adopt a Classroom cause. According to AdoptAC, on average teachers spend $1,000 of their own money to make sure their students have the resources they need to learn. Great Clips has pledged up to $20,000 to AdoptAC and every download of the free Online Check-In app helps.

Read moreFree Printable Back to School Banner

8 Freebies for Back to School

Free Printables for a darling #BackToSchool Breakfast via @PagingSupermom

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.

Cute Alphabet Art Print and other Free Printables for Back to School via @PagingSupermom

We created this Modern ABC Art Print to share in three sizes — print as a 16×20, 11×14 or 8×10. We’re planning to frame it for our mantle, but it would also make a terrific and inexpensive gift for teachers. It looks fabulous in these sleek IKEA Tolsby frames that we love. They go perfectly with the free printable Mod Apple Art Prints we shared last year.

Supermom-Alphabet-Print 1

Here is a sneak peek at the Back to School breakfast that we can’t wait to show you next week, and check out the rest of the #FabFreebies below.

Read more8 Freebies for Back to School