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Be Cool for School with Zazzle

Be Cool for School with Zazzle

Be Cool for School with ZazzleIt’s that time of year when everyone scrambles to get their supplies and clothes and hair-dos just right for going back to school. I love it! Even though I’m not in school anymore (HA! Been a LONG time), I still honor the annual tradition of buying new clothes in the fall — much to my husband’s delight, as you can imagine. 🙂

But now that I have my own kiddos and nephews and nieces, I get to relive the Back to School traditions through them — and you KNOW I have to make sure they have all the cool stuff, right? Right.

That’s where Zazzle comes in to play. So much cool stuff. And the best part is a lot of it can be completely customized and personalized, so your little one will never mistake someone else’s lunchbox for his own, and your eldest won’t lose his gym bag amongst the piles of others in the locker room.

zazzle back to schoolAnd the clothes — who knew Zazzle had such a cool collection of duds for the school set to dress and impress! Here are a few products I wanted to share with you so that your kids can be cool for school, too – just click on the image to get to my Back to School favorites!

Be sure to take advantage of the SALES by going to Zazzle’s offer page and grabbing yourself a coupon code before you shop!

I love the idea of personalized Binders and Notebooks — they are cool AND you know their yours, right? Since everyone shows up with the same ones from the same local stores, your kids should stand out with their own unique supplies!

Cool Dude Binder

This binder can be customized with any text, so you can put a name on it, or a subject and have different ones for each class… AND you can pick from several colors!


I also made one with a girly font – because I’m just girly like that and I think there are others like me out there..

Chalkboard Notebook

Same with this notebook – it’s a good size for taking notes and can be customized in the same manner with any name or subject! You can find the less girly one here.

And now for some #rad and #awesome back to school shirts!

hashtag rad shirt hashtag awesome shirt

These dudes are ROCKING their Zazzle shirts – are they not totally #rad and #awesome?

hashtag rad shirt

The 3/4 sleeve raglan is my favorite shirt for fall, and comes in a variety of sleeve colors.

hashtag awesome shirt

Boys especially love their T-Shirts and this one in particular will go over well with all the dudes out there. It comes in a variety of colors as well.

sports gym bag

Sports are always in style – and your kids will be too, with these custom gym bags I designed featuring a variety of sports balls, and an athletic font that can be customized with any name. The bag comes in several colors!

Dry Erase Letter Practice Board

For the little little ones, I created this letter practice wipe-off board for hours and hours of quiet time fun. My little one loves to practice his writing, and marvels at the concept of a dry erase board. Hey – he’s only 3!


I ADORE these lunch boxes – there are so many cute designs available, and I love the little containers inside. Perfect for little ones and big ones alike!

chalkboard hashtag ipad case

Technology is just a fact of life these days — and kids are surpassing their parents’ knowledge at a very young age! Keep their tablets protected with a super cool case like this one here! With the chalkboard background, it’s ready for school — you can keep the #myipad text or change it to whatever you want, even your name!

Don’t miss the sales! Check Zazzle’s offer page and get yourself some coupon codes before you shop — not only will you Be Cool for School, you’ll save some pennies too! 

Be Cool for School with Zazzle


*** I am a Zazzle affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any purchases made via this website.. but hey, I wouldn’t share it if I didn’t love it!


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I Dig You, Valentine!

My three year old is obsessed (OBSESSED!!!!!) with all things construction lately. We happen to have a lot of road work and building going on ’round these parts too, so every time we get in the car and leave our neighborhood, my son is in his glory – calling out the names of every construction truck he sees. Digger! Excavator! Bulldozer! Crane Truck! Dump Truck! Jackhammer! Forklift! Oh yes, he knows them all. I do too now, thanks to him. 🙂

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share his obsession with his classmates, so I started digging around online (see what I did there?) and found these cute little pull-back diggers on Amazon. Digger Close Up

To make them cute, my good friend Target helped me with some felt hearts and party bags, and I created my own little digger valentine on cardstock (Thank you, Google Images). 🙂


Sticky dots, always. ALWAYS.


A little hole punching here…


A little twine there…






A super cute and totally rad valentine that won’t give the kiddos a sugar rush or cavities.



You’re Welcome.

Make Your Own!!! supplies

  • Get the Diggers HERE. (You could instead do construction stickers)
  • Get the Printable HERE (Name is left blank so you can write it in)
  • Twine — Target, your local craft store, or my favorite, The Shipping Guru
  • Baggies — Target in the party aisle or your local craft store
  • Felt Hearts — you can get anywhere, OR you could simply use a heart punch on cardstock, OR forget the heart all together and just hole punch the valentine.


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Fort Fun

Play Room Dilemma

Play Room Dilemma

We recently caved and decided to turn our dining room (which we never, ever used) in to a playroom for Logan. We are in a rental right now, so I can’t go overboard and do everything that I would like to do (i.e., chalkboard wall!), so I’ve been trying to come up with some easy but creative ways to make this little room a fun place for Logan.

Here is our dining table with the leaf removed. Makes for quite a nice little cave doesn’t it? I thought about putting sheets over it and cutting out a door and windows, or maybe hanging a giant tent from the ceiling and draping it over the table to make it look like a circus…(I know my husband is rolling his eyes right now).

Big Beast of a Box

Big Beast of a Box

I was thinking on it, and thinking some more, when there came a knock-knock-knocking at my door. Who was it? Oh, it was just Mr. Inspiration, at it again, gifting me with this magnificent ginormous box (which was, by the way, entirely too large for the item that was shipped in it!).

So many wonderful things could be done with this beast of a box! I was all over the place in my mind, coming up with different uses for the box, when all of a sudden the light finally went on and I knew what I had to do.


Super Stickel Logan

This box’s destiny was to become a Super Cool Fort for my Super Cool Son, Logan. YES! I wanted to start right away, but I’ll be honest with you – the box sat in the garage for a while, gathering dust, waiting for the day that it would finally be up-cycled.

Well folks, today was that day!


Here is how we did it!


Super Cool Fort

Super Cool Fort

  • Giant Box
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Heavy Duty Ginsu-like Scissors
  • Big Black Sharpie/Magic Marker
  • Scrapbook Paper (I used two 12×12 pieces)
  • Straw


First, (after dusting it off) I broke down the box, and sliced it open so it that was one long piece of floppy cardboard…

Break down box into one long piece

Break down box into one long piece

I then manipulated the giant beast to fit it around my dining table, bending as needed around the table’s edges — I had to manhandle it a bit, but in the end it submitted. If you don’t have a table, that’s OK, you can use the flaps at the bottom to help stabilize it.

Bend it around the table

Bend it around the table

Next, I cut out the door with my heavy duty scissors. These things are awesome, I think they can cut through metal (as seen on TV), but I have to say my hand was killing me by the time I was done.


Cut out the door

I used some of the painters tape to reinforce the flaps and just to secure it to the table. The painters tape will not harm the table, in fact most of it has already peeled itself off, but the fort is still holding strong!




Fun with a Sharpie

Now the fun part — a little Sharpie action! I drew in some boulder looking things, basically rounded rectangles, and filled in the gaps with black. Then I tried to add some texture with the lines inside the boulders.  IMG_4655


I felt like it needed a little more pizazz after this. I took the piece of cardboard that was left over after cutting out the door, Sharpied it, and sat it on it’s flap on the table behind the front of the fort to give it another tier.

Can I play in it now??

Can I play in it now??

I felt like it needed ownership – someone had to claim this fort! So I made a sign and a flag using the scrapbook paper and a straw..

Sign & Flag Making

Sign & Flag Making

And used more of the tape to attach them to the Fort. All Done!

Super Cool Fort for Logan

Super Cool Fort for Logan

 Linking to Whipperberry on Friday!



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