Back to School

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Backpacks, binders and buses—oh yeah, it’s back-to-school time! Whether your child starts tomorrow or still has a couple more weeks, here are some important reminders to make life a little easier.

  • Get super organized by using stylish, colorful folders to send all that required paperwork to the school office.
  • Lunches: to pack or buy? If packing, check out these great sandwich ideas; if not, don’t forget the lunch money.
  • Avoid a first day fashion crisis!  Whether uniforms or regular clothes, review the dress code and get the first week’s wardrobe lined up and hung in the closet.
  • When it comes to school supplies, most schools hand out lists, so shop around for prices and deals.
  • Label, label, label! You can use a permanent marker or order fun, personalized labels to last throughout the school year.
  • Gym clothes, sports uniforms, change of clothes—make sure it’s all labeled and packed. Tuck in an extra plastic bag for the dirty clothes and shoes.
  • Summer reading is standard at most schools, so check that the assignment is completed and set to go!
  • Backpack ready? Make sure you know the school requirements as well as the latest fashion trends for this essential item.
  • Get the kids to bed! Summer is great for staying up late, but now is the time to start getting to sleep—and waking up—earlier.
  • Finally, create a printable card at home and tuck it in your child’s lunch or backpack just to let them know you’re thinking of them on their first day.  It will make them smile!
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Pick the Perfect Birthday Gift

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If you’re like most people, giving someone a birthday present feels great, doesn’t it? Even though it’s said that it’s the thought that counts, we’d like to offer some tips to make sure the thought—and the gift—are really special.

Kids: Kids’ tastes and interests can change quickly, so if you’re buying for a child, don’t hesitate to ask the parent what the child likes, and then get creative! Are they into books, science, trains, dolls? Check out some unique learning sites as well as independent toy stores to find engaging surprises.

Teens: For those hard-to-shop-for teens, create a “this-and-that” basket filled with a variety of smaller fun items they’ll enjoy. Consider nail polishes, ear buds, mints, cool pens, and gift cards. These are things they always need–and always run out of—so they’re sure to appreciate this.

Adults: There are lots of gift-giving options for adults—even the ones who seem to have everything!  Show your thoughtfulness by selecting handmade and one-of-a-kind items from a site like Etsy, or browse a local antique store for some really unique finds.  Food is always a welcome treat, too. Make your own chocolate covered strawberries for a delectable surprise, or try your hand at gourmet oils and vinegars, packaged in unique bottles.

Once you have the perfect gift be sure to wrap it up right—don’t skimp on this step! And, of course, don’t forget about a birthday card. Choose from personalized paper cards, ecards, and printable cards. After all, the right card is the best way to add your special wishes to a wonderful birthday gift!

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How to Choose the Perfect Birthday Card

 

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Everyone has birthdays, and whether or not you send a gift or flowers, you should always send a birthday card. There are so many great ones to choose from, and it can be overwhelming! So how do you decide? Here are some tips we think will help:

– First, start out by thinking of who the person is and what he or she is like. Consider things such as whether they are serious or silly, young or old, trendy or traditional.  Next, consider what your relationship is: are they family, friend, co-worker? Are you heart-to-heart close, or just acquaintances?

– Next, you can decide on the tone of the card, such as “Funny,” “Heartfelt,” “Cute,” or “Romantic.” You can select a general card, or one that is specifically for the recipient—“Grandma” for example. If you’re very close, such as a parent, child or spouse, try looking at photos of the special times you’ve shared for inspiration. The memories can help you decide on the type of card and what you’d like it to say.

– Now you’re ready to add just the right message inside. Here are some great choices:

  • May this year be your best ever.
  • I hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true.
  • I hope that for every candle on your cake you get a wonderful surprise.
  • May your birthday be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter, love, and cheer.
  • Hope your birthday blossoms into lots of dreams come true!

The list of card choices is long these days, and while everyone is familiar with paper cards, there are lots of other options, too.

Birthday ecards are a quick and easy way to send your wishes, and Personalized Paper cards add an extra-special touch. You can even shop the card aisle right from your home computer or even find printable birthday cards you can print from home!

The bottom line –  a birthday card not only brings happy wishes, but it’s also a reflection of the relationship you have with the receiver. So, by thinking about that first, it will make it much easier to choose the perfect one.

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