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high points

Life is full…and messy, scary, exhausting, exhilarating, rewarding, challenging and beautiful. All of it, fluctuating day to day,  moment to moment. Why not introduce more “high points” into our days with one gesture – the delivery of an unexpected note.

A simple act, really. The note doesn’t need to be long, witty, or even written on fancy paper. How about giving thanks to the couple next door who often welcome the neighborhood children into their home with open arms. Or before the day begins, drop a love note in your partner’s briefcase, just because. Try tucking a written message under your high-schooler’s pillow, praising his or her dedication to an activity. Next time you pick up your daily latte, drop a humorous one-liner in the form of a note for the Portlandia-extra barista behind the counter. Or slip a note in your grade schooler’s folder for the teacher to find, a little praise for the energy they put into each day.

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If you need help in the idea category with notes or messages, take a look at these clever lunch notes from provisions. If not, cut out a good clip from the newspaper’s funny section. Or handwrite a note on the back of a vacation photo, reminding a loved one of a “high point” from Summer Break.

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Of course, it’s always easy to get the kiddos smiling in the middle of the day with an unexpected joke! Print off the Halloween Joke Notes from All for the Boys for a guaranteed lunch-table laugh.

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This act will literally take you 5 minutes, if that, to a make someone’s day. And also your own.

School Styling

Although we all tried to shut our eyes from the Back to School ads and catalogues which began to appear in mid-July, the time has come. And, although some kids can’t wait to try out their finely sharpened No. 2’s or open a crisp, clean notebook (mini iPads have not taken over all forms of note taking, right?), there are those young scholars who may need and appreciate a surprise hidden in their dusted off backpacks.

Yes, of course, there are the required paper goods assigned to each grade but why stop there? Instead, throw in a few other school supplies…just because you are a cool parent and your child worked their tush off practicing their writing skills over the Summer by journaling or writing letters from camp (or not). And, oh, you want to encourage handwriting as often as possible.

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Any student will feel cool having their very own Petite Pink Notebook for personal needs…a place to scribble down a locker code, a reminder of an after-school sports equipment, Homecoming Dance Committee meeting time, and the new teacher’s favorite baked good.

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I believe texting is a big No-No during class these days. Instead, why not encourage a little note writing with these letterpress Mini Note Pads? If my child was caught passing a handwritten note, I have to say I’d probably smile to know they were writing vs. texting! Sorry teachers.

For those high schooler or college bound kids…

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This Eagle Letter and Pencil Pouch actually makes you look hip. Proven fact.

yellowpencil_1024x1024The Mechanical Pens and Ballpoint Wood Pencils from Delfonics bring young, serious writers to another level…Might also grab the professor’s attention as well.

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Step aside Mead notebooks, make way for the show stopping Gold Polka Dot Notebook.

Before you zip up the lunch box, include a handwritten note to brighten up their day!

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These Library Cards would catch any kid’s attention inside an echoey cafeteria. My dear friend, a 4th grade teacher, is using the cards as name tags on school lockers.

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For the jokesters in the family, these printable Lunch Note Jokes from All for the Boys will keep the cafeteria scene light. The blank notes are perfect for your own jokes or sentiments.

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Pssst…my last suggestion; Be the only parent with a little Summer left in them and throw in a few Tattoo Sets in their backpack. Even children need reminders of the moments of freedom and playfulness you’d all like to hold onto for just a bit longer.

A Fresh Start

(Emmett and the neighborhood gang head off to school)

School is back in session and the entire family is quite pleased about the whole thing. I felt like a kid myself walking Emmett up to his 1st grade class last week, butterflies flapping away in my belly. And as many new parents hear, time starts to fly once First Grade kicks off (sigh). Which makes this next item all the more important to have on hand.

I noticed this notebook at local kid boutique, Pacifier, and grabbed one for each kid. Being a journal lover and also a bit Type A, this School Years: A Family Keepsake of School Memories was right on the mark. With pages for Kindergarten through 12th grade, it’s kind of the “anti scrapbook” with lines for favorite subjects, activities, teachers, friends and an enclosure for artwork, report cards and more. With all the material you are given as a parent of a school aged kid, this should keep me a bit more sane in the coming years.

One item which we’ll be including in our School Years journal is a postcard from Emmett’s teacher, Mrs. Johnson. What a brilliant way to reach out to the students before the year begins and make them feel more comfortable about this new person in their lives.

Now that Emmett is full day, he can bring his lunch to school – And although this might feel like a pain to some parents, this means only one thing to me…Lunch Notes! My parents were big on sending us to school with handwritten reminders of how much they loved us. It’s also another opportunity to challenge your child to a new word or two. And these days I jump at any excuse to handwrite the word Mom. 

(I think I’m hysterical, of course)

You really can grab any old piece of scrap paper for these lunch box notes. However, these days one can find plenty of inspiring cards to put a kick in your kiddos’ lunch box.

Love these notes pads from paper source  – A nice brightener for darker days to come.

 

These mini lunch notes will keep your child all smiles even if he’s not thrilled about the contents of the lunchbox.

 

For the child who might blush at the mention of anything close to “I Love You Maxwell”, you can still include a personal written touch with Food Box Menus which you can print off the net.

But as we know, what it really all comes down to are the school materials. I suppose that’s when those ‘back to school’ butterflies first appeared, in the aisles of Target. Back in mid-August during a trip at the super store, every which way I turned a parent held a different list of what specific item (down to the brand, of course) their child needed for the school year.

 

So when the cooler months arrive and your child might not be so pumped up to head off for the bus, stash away one of these Fuzzy Wuzzy Pencils in her book bag to put a spark in her writing.

Or these groovy pencil bags from Garnet Hill.

I mean come on, this one is a show stopper. Puppet included.

 

So here’s to all those kindergarteners who have just entered a whole new world (Go Marie!).  May they grow to be fine letter writers, journal owners, and lovers of all pencils. Don’t you love fresh starts?