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free printable: back to school lunch box stickers

school lunchbox printable

 

Have you been counting the days, hours, minutes and nanoseconds until school starts again, too? I’ll still have one at home, so it’s not that huge a freedom for me, but still. Half the freedom. Not that I don’t love spending every precious moment with my darlings, it’s just that… I don’t always love spending every precious moment with my darlings. Plus, she’ll have to learn stuff if she wants to get a job one day. Her dream job is horse-riding princess mermaid. I’m pretty sure they will cover that in 2nd grade.

 

school lunchbox printable

 

But there is, truly, a part of me that is sad when it’s schooltime and sad on that first day back. No more lazy mornings and avoiding alarm clocks. I even feel a bit of sympathy for the kid. That time when summer ends and school starts? Ugh. I remember the sorrow. I’ll put some notes in my daughter’s lunch box so she knows I’m thinking about her.

 

school lunchbox printable

 

Now this one is just mean:

school lunchbox printable

 

So if you want to be that clever mom that puts clever notes in their kid’s cleverly packaged lunch, I made it easy for you. To make lunch box stickers, just print out the printable (link below) with a color printer on full-sheet labels. Then either cut out along the lines I provide on the printable or use a 1 3/4 to 2-inch circle punch to cut out the stickers. Find links to supplies below, too. That’s it.

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To print the lunch box sticker printable CLICK HERE.

 

school lunchbox printable

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To make it even easier for you, here is what you’ll need:

 SUPPLIES

 

MORE BACK-TO-SCHOOL

A few more school-themed ideas for you:

 

back to school cupcakes

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How to Throw a Cookie Decorating Party for Kids

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It’s really so much easier than you’d think to host a cookie decorating party, and I feel confident using the term “universally adored activity” by kids. In all my years of decorating cookies with kids–at festivals, at parties, at school, at home, wherever–I never met a kid who didn’t join in the fun with glee. Crazy glee.

Visit me over at Fun Family Crafts for tips on hosting a cookie decorating party for kids.

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Wednesday Links: fun food and craft finds AND the Natural History Museum

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Playing tourists:

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Butterfly! One of many. But my kid kept trying to take my phone, so I only got one picture:

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You know what you do when you live in DC and your kid’s school goes back a week after the other schools? You hit up the Mall and the museums. I even got a parking spot right on the mall in one of the meter-free spots without driving around for an hour first. The beauty of the Smithsonian’s museums in DC is that the entrance is free. Free. Free. Gloriously free. And so my kids have been in these museums a jillion times. My daughter used to favor the American History museum, but now… she’s come around to the Natural History Museum. See gross bugs and gorgeous gems and dinosaur bones and cool fish and stuffed birds and way more. Her favorite is the butterfly room (you do have to pay for tickets, but Tuesdays are free). After getting the instructions in the vestibule, you walk through a humid, flower-filled room filled with very brave butterflies that flit around your head and legs and often land on you for awhile. Which, by the way, makes controlling a squirming, squealing toddler difficult.

Here are your links, and don’t forget to follow my Pinterest board to keep all the Wednesday Links in one place.

So pretty and lovely: Style a cake with flowers, herbs or fruit.

Ha! Shellfish. Get it? Turn shells into fish.

Would you try deep fried tequila shots?

Fun! Make color block rock dominos.

I think I can handle making this skirt since it’s no-sew.

Wow. A very cool noodle bead curtain you can make.

Simple and adorable back to school donuts.

I need to make homemade Ho-Hos.

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good-for-you banana oatmeal chocolate chip bar cookies

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I’m going to start off listing the good stuff in these: Bananas, oatmeal, flax seed, wheat germ… Did I lose you? I promise they are so so very good. See those missing cookies along the edge in the photo below? That’s how much I ate before I even finished cutting them.

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A friend of mine made some of these in drop cookie form. I tasted one. I found them delicious. She told me they were full of good things. She gave me a copy of the recipe. They were breakfast cookies by Crazy for Crust, “Hey,” I said. “I know Crazy for Crust. I love Crazy for Crust!” And so I started making them. And then I got a little lazy and started making bars instead of drop cookies. And because I had some wheat germ in the cupboard, I added some of that. Also, I added more chocolate chips to make them less healthy.

healthy cookies

My picky eater even loved these. Until I told her what was in them. Then she decided she didn’t want to eat them anymore. I broke a rule of parenting: Never tell them what’s in them.

healthy cookies

 

So I’m taking a break from the full-on sugary cookie and icing thing. Here are some…

 

Good-for-you Oatmeal Chip Cookies

adapted from Crazy for Crust’s Breakfast Cookies.

 

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a bowl or standing mixer, mix together:

2 very ripe bananas
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons nut butter (I use peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter)

Mix in:

1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons ground flax seed

Mix in:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 cup rolled oats

Stir in:

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper (optional, but I like parchment paper). Lightly grease the paper and sides of the pan with cooking spray. Pour the mixture into the pan and press down until evenly spread.

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Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top begins to brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and cut into squares. Makes 25 squares if you cut them as small as I do. But then I eat five.

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August from the archives: Rainbow unicorn cookies

So I’m joining the rest of DC and checking out for a week in August. My kids are driving me insane. My house is a mess. It’s hot. I’m bothered. I’m doing something I never do… I’m taking a break. I’m using the “advice column method.” When advice columnists are on vacation, they post past posts from the archives, right? So every day this week, through the magic of advanced scheduling, I’m posting something from my August archives. Also, to make things really easy, I’m copying and pasting this paragraph to start each post. So if you visit me every day, you’ll read this same paragraph. I’m OK with you skipping this paragraph.

Your first post from the archives, from August 2011: Rainbow unicorn cookies!

 

For how-tos to make rainbow unicorn cookies, and for rainbow party decoration how-tos, CLICK HERE.

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