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Back to School Lunch Ideas and Block Party

We are already starting to see back to school pictures in our feeds and with back to school time comes lunch time. We have compiled a list of great ideas for your kids lunches!
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It’s time for another Block Party hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly| Housewife Eclectic! Be sure to check out all of our blogs, because we’ve been up to some fun things lately.

Debra here from Housewife Eclectic. I have been creating all sorts of fun geeky things for Back to School. You can check them out below.

Harry Potter T-Shirt / Monster Book of Monsters Books/ Sonic Screwdriver Pens / Tardis Notebook

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Great Back to School Ideas and Block Party

It is crazy to think that this week it’s August!  I am already seeing back to school pictures on my social media feed, it’s crazy.  I am always sad to see summer go but I am always excited for the structure that school brings.  To get ready for school, here are some great back to school ideas to make the transition easier. 
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10 Awesome YA Back to School Reads

Fun reading list full of back to school inspired young adult books to read.It’s Back to School time so I thought why not share a bunch of great books with different school elements. All of these books have good chucks that take place at school, on campus (boarding school) or other back to school-ish quirks. I’ve gathered a variety of contemporary, Sci-Fi, and even paranormal. Fun yes?

Anatoanatomy of a misfit book reaviewmy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes – I read this last week and ADORED it. A hearty dose of good quality teenage sass, mean girls at their best, high school peer pressure and all that crap you’re so happy to be done with once you leave high school. Unfortunately the crap is so true and common. There’s a lot I loved about this book, there weren’t clear cut good choices (how often are there those in life anyways), the characters were realistically flawed and likeable (or hateable), and you could really see how hard it is to be a teen. It’s hard. As an adult looking back (or down) I think we often forget how in the moment doing the right thing, or the kind thing can really sacrifice your “whole” world. Or at least the world as you know it. I love that we see this familiar world through the eyes of a popular girl.

plus one by elizabeth fama book reviewPlus One by Elizabeth Fama – I put of reading this book forever sine the cover just rubbed me weird (I know terrible reason and now after reading it I think the cover is perfect). It hooked me right from the start. An interesting dystopian world where the citizens are forced to time share. Strict laws keep people on opposite schedules so that half never see the day and half never the night. Lots of adventure and drawing on desks during classes. Great characters, romance and such a unique interesting story. I’ve had to force myself to stop reading at 2:30am when I just want to keep going.

eleanor and park book reviewEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – Think school bus rides and misfits but not the hip kind, the awkward real every day kind. The story was refreshingly realistic without feeling like I was watching the news or hearing about the same old same old. I really liked how imperfect and realistic the characters were but at the same time they were special. If you like contemporary books pick this up.

Mila 2.0 bmila 2.0 by debra driza book reviewy Debra Driza
– One of the things I loved about this book was how it started off like a good old contemporary book. The every day life of a high schooler. But then an minor accident reviews that Mila isn’t the average teen she thought she is and what comes out is that she is a stolen government created android. Now she has to run. It’s full of action, adventure, cute boys and really interesting ideas. Definitely a fun read.

beautiful creaturesBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – Let me just say if all you know about Dangerous Creatures is the movie please forget it. That totally cheezified and screwed up a super good and fun book. You know I love my kids with powers and this is no exception. There’s magic, there’s action, there’s romance, great friends and some fabulous banter. And it’s on this list because unlike so many YA books the kids go to school and you see it. I feel like so many others I wonder when they have time for school haha.

anna and the french kiss book reviewAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – How does boarding school in France sound. Delicious? Romantic? If you haven’t yet ventured into the world of Stephanie Perkins let me just say she is the master of sweet cute stories. You’ll fall in love with the characters this is such a fun series (although the books aren’t strict sequels there are more in the the same “world”).

the sky is everywhereThe Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – This is one of those books the really struck me. I felt like I got a lot out of it. I felt like it gave me a peek into other people and reminded me to appreciate what I have. It has some rough content but it’s so worth it. The story is just beautiful and you’ll be smiling and laughing through out well in between your tears but guys the tears are worth it. A must read for anyone with a sister!

extraordinary means book review. this sounds really goodExtraordinary Means by Robin Schnieder – It was hard for me to decide between this book and Robin’s other book The Beginning of Everything. Really both books are great school setting type books. But this has a fun twist. It’s s boarding school that’s for quarantined sick kids. The kids are pretty sick so the adults are all scared to ask to much of them so it’s really 1 part school 3 parts camp and it’s full of sassy characters, great friendships, and fun. Just know it’s got some sad parts but the story is so fun.

get  even and get dirty by gretchen mcneil book reviewGet Even by Gretchen McNeil – After years of putting up with theof their school ranging from the typical tyranical popular girls, to bully jocks, and deluded adults, a unexpected group of girls decides to get even. They mastermind pranks to make the bullies get a taste of their own medicine. But then someone ends up dead. It’s a great mystery and after listening to Get Dirty the sequel I found myself think I need more good mysteries! This was lots of fun.

between us and the moonBetween Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel – And for those of you are are not yet ready to go back to school and want to hold onto Summer with all you’ve got this last book is for you. It’s totally Summer. It’s counting down still school starts again. It’s full of beaches and romance and learning about oneself and growth and I just adored it. I loved the audio version with the quirky main character and her scientific approach to becoming cooler. Also note there are descriptive sexual references and while I think this is geared at teens there are definitely parts that would have parent and kid blush if they were listening to it out loud together. From a parental standpoint I’m torn between whether I think it’s teen appropriate or not (I’m sure it depends on the kid). And while most of the other books do have sexual content this one was just a bit more graphic than I was used to in YA (although at the same time possibly more innocent and took the topic more seriously that most YA books).

Great reading list of YA back to school books

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Back to School Giveaway 150$ Amazon Gift Card

Oh man I’m so bummed to say goodbye to the Summer but I guess if we have to go back to the grind we might as well do it in style. I’ve teamed up with all the awesome bloggers below to bring a fun Back to School giveaway. We’re giving away 150$ to Amazon wahoo! Scroll down to enter through the rafflecopter below!


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Block Party Link Party: Back to School Features

It's Time for a Block Party! Link up at one of these great blogs and be seen on all four! Making the World Cuter, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Rae Gun Ramblings and Keeping it Simple

Hosted by: Making the World Cuter, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Rae Gun Ramblings & Keeping it Simple Crafts

If you missed the news last week Making the World Cuter Monday, Market Yourself Monday, What we Wore Read and Made and Motivate Me Monday are joining forces! This means more exposure for you and less time linking up. Win win right?

This week it’s Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings turn to pick the features.

If you don’t already know me I blog about all things crafty, delicious, and bookish. Here are a few of my recent posts to give you a feel of who I am.

And for this week’s features I’m sharing some great back to school ideas.

Great back to school projects and snack ideas

Peanut Free LunchesColored Pencil NecklaceStudent Birthday PrintableApple DipWinnie the Pooh Snack MixLego OrganizerBack to School OrganizingPlay Doh Recipe

Craft DIY projectsMessenger Bag and Tablet CaseWood Bead NecklaceHalloween and Fall Candy PouchesUpcycled Sweatshirt

Also be sure to check out some of my favorite posts from our hosts from this week!

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Back to School Personalized Pencil Case Tutorial

Easy Personalized Pencil Case Tutorial  - Rae Gun Ramblings

Hey friends today I’m hanging out over at Sew Vanessa Craft sharing this fun back to school personalized pencil case tutorial while Vanessa is on maternity leave. It’s one of those projects that’s quick, easy, and can be tweaked to accommodate tons of different sizes. Also it’s another good one for using scraps which is always a plus for this fabric hoarder!

If you’re stopping by from See Vanessa Craft welcome! I hope you take a second to peek around. You can see some of my favorite posts in the right column. Also if you’re a blogger I do an anything goes link party every Wednesday I’d love you to link up. Last week’s party is still going strong. And if you are a sew-er I have a fun monthly challenge that I do with Bev from Flamingo Toes where we sew a few things for ourselves each month I’d love  to invite you to join in by using the hashtag #sewourstash wherever you post your sewing pictures and come back and share your links in the comments section of our Sew Our Stash posts the last Thursday of each month.


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To make a pencil case you’ll need:
  • outer fabric 6″ x 25″
  • lining/flap fabric 6″ x 25″
  • Strap fabric  4″x 10″
  • sew on snap
  • rick rack 6″
  • Applique fabric
  • Heat bond

Start by sandwiching the rick rack between the right sides of the short end of the fabric. Sew down catching the rick rack. Sew the other short sides together so you have a tube and when right side out it looks like the picture above.

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Make the strap by folding the strap fabric in half lengthwise and sewing down  the long side. Flip right side out the strap and iron. Turn the main fabric and fold so that you have a few inches of the lining fabric hanging above the outer fabric and position the strap ends at the top of the outer fabric. You want the raw ends sticking out and the folded loop inside. Sew down both sides starting at the flap edge leaving a hole to flip right side out on one of the sides.
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Make the applique by ironing on heat bond onto your applique fabric. If you’ve never done that before check out my how to make an iron-on tutorial. I like to cut my iron-ons out on my Cricut cutting machine but you can also do it with scissors. If you want to see how to cut it out on a cutting machine I have a tutorial for that here.
After you make your applique, fold the bag how it will be when finished, position the applique pieces and then iron down. The hold is supposed to be permanent but I like to top stitch them just to add a little extra detail.
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Then folded fold the pouch sothat one the fold hangs over sew up the sides (don’t catch the flap). Sew on a snap and you’re done.  You can tweak the size of the pouch very easily making this perfect for all kinds of bags and gifts. Hope you like it.

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16 Brilliant Back-to-School Crafts Recipes and More and Block Party

Whether your kids have already adjusted to their back-to-school schedule and are all settled in to their new class routine…or you’re like us and will be starting school this coming week (or the next), you’ll love these Back-to-School Ideas we’ve rounded up…

Fabulous ideas for Back-to-school. Crafts, recipes, and kid activities.

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15 Ideas for a Better Back-to-School and Block Party Link-Up


It’s time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly!

Polly, here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  Let me tell you, the last month of this summer is kicking my trash.  It’s been crazy in a good way with vacations and everything.  I haven’t gotten much blogging done, but lots of you have been.  I hope you’re as excited about back-to-school as I am, so I’ve put together a round-up of ideas to help with the transition.
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Block Party: DIY Back 2 School Projects Features

Tons of great DIY Back to school projects - Rae Gun Ramblings

DIY Back 2 School Projects

Outdoor Chalkboard | DIY Watercolors | Flashcard Decor | First Day of School Photos | Crazy Hair Pens | Back to School Countdown Printable | Personalized Bags | Fun Lunches | Harry Potter Kindergarten Letter | DIY Ice Packs | School Lunch Printables |Duct Tape Notebooks | Back to School Printables | Teacher Survival Kit | School Supply Station | Monster Pencil Cases

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Back 2 School $160 Cash Giveaway

To celebrate back to school time, several other bloggers and myself have teamed up to offer you this Back to School Cash Giveaway, and one reader will win a BIG prize: $160 in PayPal cash or Amazon gift card! Brought to you by these wonderful bloggers who love their readers: Inspired By Family Magazine, Tutus and Tea Parties, Ducks in a Row, Narrow Paths to High Places, To the Moon and Back, Project Queen, Rae Gun Ramblings, Life with Lovebugs, 1929 Charmer, Blessed Beyond a Doubt, Love Play Learn, French Press, Smiling Like Sunshine, Cheap Crafty Momma, Covered in Grace, Lessons Learnt Journal, Teach Beside Me, Mrs. Hines Class, Junk in their Trunk, Playdough to Plato and Boy Mama Teacher Mama!

We are so excited to bless someone with this wonderful Cash Giveaway, we appreciate you and every second you spend here and every sweet note you have left us. Also, make sure you stop by Inspired by Family for the Back to School Series, featuring some of the lovely bloggers mentioned above that will be covering lots of great topics, recipes and crafts!

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    • All mandatory entries will be verified so make sure you do the mandatory entries first using Rafflecopter.
    • It’s open to everyone (not minors) and one winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive $160 in PayPal cash or Amazon giftcard.
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