Back to Memories

All across the US school is back in session and Fall is creeping upon us! While summer’s vacations and playdates are over the new school year brings plenty of great times and special memories of it’s own.

I love to digitally scrapbook our lives to help keep these memories for my kids! This year our back to school is a little different as we’re in the middle of a huge change in our lives–Bob is getting out of the military and we’re moving to Texas! This means Amber’s back to school is getting bumped a wee bit back. I’m so grateful that she’s just 4 and in preschool, and also that we’re homeschooling, as this is giving me a lot less stress and a lot more flexibility in our schedule right now and I can just focus in on the move and less on preschool for her!

I print out all my pages and make photo books through Shutterfly–they even have the option to make affordable yearbooksthrough their super user friendly software–I have about 10 photo books now and I can highly recommend them (and I do all the time!)
So whether you’re apple picking, celebrating a first back to school season, or moving across the country be sure you’re taking lots of pictures along the way to document this season in your life!

Keep in touch with Shutterfly through all their social media channels to keep up to date on all the latest deals and specials–I recently got 101 pictures for free just because I was paying attention to their Facebook Page! You can also find them here: Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram: Shutterfly, Google +, and their Blog. This post is brought to you by them-but all gushing and love of them is my own-I really do use them all the time!

Back To School & Box Tops for Education

Amber at Wal*Mart

Can you believe that it’s time for back to school already??!! I mean seriously-where on earth did this summer go?! Several of my friends were posting on Facebook today about their children’s first days of school being today and my brother just wrapped up his summer hire position back west to start up college again in a few weeks.

When I think of back to school in addition to new clothes and school supplies I think of Box Tops for Education. I’m sure you’ve seen, heard, and even clipped a few (or a hundred…..) in your day-they’ve been around since 1996!

Cinnamon Burst Cheerios

I remember cutting them out to bring to my school back when I was in elementary (isn’t great when you look back at the date of something and it actually makes you feel *young* rather than old? Maybe I’m not as old as I’ve felt lately….. 😀 )

Walmart has a great program right now where you can earn additional boxtops by liking Walmart on Facebook!

Fiber One Oats and Peanut Butter

I love that you can earn box tops through buying all the “good stuff”. As you might remember we’re huge Cinnamon Burst Cheerios fans! Even if you don’t have a school to earn for you can still clip box tops and donate them towards a good cause-I was very happy to see a few collection spots at local grocery stores that you can drop your clipped boxtops off into–that’s what I plan on doing with ours! You can follow along with Box Tops for Education on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop and find out about the best ways to earn!

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Bag It Forward this Back to School Season



Don’t let the sweltering days fool you–school is just right around the corner! Although Amber will still be doing preschool with me this year the church that we go to runs a wonderful, if small, Christian school. When I heard about the opportunity to contribute to BagItForward.org by donating a bag (or in our case box!) of quality school supplies they immediately came to mind!


Knowing that the best deals can be found at Wal*Mart me and Amber headed on over. (check out the fun we had along the way in our Google+ Album!) When we got there I wasn’t disappointed–the prices were crazy low– 50 cents for a box of nice quality crayons and $1 for markers? Awesome! I was thrilled that we were able to fill our cart with enough for 4 students, and a few goodies for the teachers, for under $20.



At the display I found information about the Elmers 1st Day App download.  It allows you to take and upload pictures and for each For every photo uploaded, Elmer’s will donate one product to The Kids in Need Foundation(KINF) (up to 200,000 products). If that’s not reason enough for you to download (and I hope it is??!!) X-Acto Desinger Series and Walmart are offering a chance to win a trip for four to Disney World!  Entry form can be found on the 1st Day App site



My little budding artist decided she wanted to help me get the donation all ready so we turned it into a several day long craft! Amber loves to paint so we started off with that!


She refers to Sunday School as “my school” so the entire time she was jabbering about how excited she was to send the “presents” to her “teachers”.  We’re both looking forward to when everyone gets back from their vacations so we can bring it to them!


This was such a fun, easy, and inexpensive project–Amber and I both hope you’ll catch the bug and choose a teacher or student to #BagItForward to as well!

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