My Growing Boy

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This post brought to you by Stride Rite. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Balancing Home. When your favorite store (Target) partners with one of your favorite brands (Stride Rite) it is pretty much always awesome. While roaming Target, as I so frequently enjoy doing, we checked out the Surprize shoes for Hudson. Nothing like finding out your child that has been running around in size 8's, needs a size 10, and then right there in the middle of Target you want to cry, because your baby isn't such a baby anymore. There is something about knowing that our fourth, ...

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Coloring Page Binder Cover Printable

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Back in my school days I was quite the doodler. Oh, and on the phone. Remember when the phone was attached to a wall and you didn't really have anywhere to go or anything to do so you would just sit at the kitchen table and doodle? I'm dating myself, huh? Or I would just keep writing some random word from the conversation over and over again. Anyone else? Well doodling is making a comeback. You heard it here first! Were you unaware it ever went out of style? I decided to bust out my doodling skills again and made this fun little coloring page. Color it in however you please. It is ...

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Make Cheap School Supplies Fun & Durable

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This post brought to you by The Duck Brand. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Balancing Home. It is officially back to school season. Notice the supply displays in all the stores? Some of my friends from other parts of the country are already back at school! We don't start until September 1! We all like pretty things, but sometimes the 15 cent folders just make more sense. Amiright? If you want to stock up on the more bland and cheaper school supplies, I have a super fun way to make your school supplies prettier and more durable! Duck tape! With over 200 prints and colors ...

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Back To School Bag Topper Printable

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These fun school themed bag toppers are pretty versatile and are most likely the last addition to this fun back to school collection. Stop by here to see the bunting and first day of school signs. There are also bookmarks, in both the stripes/apple print and the letter print. Find the printable bookmarks here. Today I'm sharing the bag toppers. Two print to a page. You can top just about anything. Trim it a bit for a lunch bag topper, dress up a snack or send a little gift. What will you be topping?       ...

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Back To School Bookmarks Printable

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Quinn was just telling me he needed a bookmark and I thought that would make the perfect addition to our back to school collection. If you are looking for bunting or first day of school signs, you will need to check that out. The bookmarks print four to a page and are a mix of the letter print and the black and white stripe/apple print. They are perfect for at home, to send with the kiddos for school, to use in the classroom as a teacher or a fun little welcome back token. We are currently reading our very first Junie B. Jones book and the fourth Harry ...

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First Day of School Signs & Bunting

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Hard to believe that it is already time to be thinking about back to school. I feel really at peace with the nearing of the school year. Which is saying a lot if you remember how last year went (Need a refresher? Find it here). I'm in no rush to get through summer, but the last few years have been full of angst and worry. Half-way through last year we found the perfect fit! Read about that here. Eleanor will be heading into the same class and Quinn will be starting first grade so he will be starting a new loop. Hudson will be home with me and we will be welcoming a brand new baby girl this ...

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Alphabet Rocks

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Last week I shared this fun Tic-Tac-Toe activty and printable. I told you that the obsession with rocks was big around here. Well, I managed to use up a ton more creating alphabet rocks. I used the same Elmers Painters Pens to write on the rocks. I did two sets of the alphabet and an extra set of the vowels. On one side is capital letters and on the other side are lower case letters. Now we can spell all sorts of fun things! The kids really like playing with them. They like being challenged to spell words or read words that we spell. That green basket on the ...

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My Daughter’s Bedroom

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If you recall from this post, when we found out we were pregnant with baby number four, we started a room shuffle. Everyone switched rooms and not one room is finished. The baby's room is a pile of stuff, our room is awaiting some sort of clothing storage miracle, the boys have their mattresses on the floor and just this one gallery wall done, and Eleanor's clothes are sitting in plastic tubs while we wait for a dresser. Part of the reason everything is sitting in disarray is time and energy, but the biggest reason is money. We kind of had our "face the music moment" and after sitting ...

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Packing The Perfect Lunch

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Rubbermaid through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about LunchBlox, all opinions are my own This summer has been nothing but go, go, go. A little thinking ahead goes a long way in making our outings more enjoyable for everyone. There is no wrath quite like a hungry two-year-old. The Rubbermaid LunchBlox is the perfect way to keep our busy family happy this summer and will be just as useful this fall when we are back in school mode. There are three containers and an ice pack. The best part is the way ...

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Tic Tac Toe Rocks Activity or Gift

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My children, Eleanor in particular, have an obsession with rocks. Their obsession is driving my husband crazy, because we have rocks sprawled all over our yard. I have a few rock crafts up my sleeve though. I have had these Elmer's Painters pens for years. I originally got them for a campaign way back when and have completed quite a few crafts with them. I'll share those projects at the bottom of the post. The rocks were gathered by my children at the beach. You technically only need nine, but a few extra never hurt. The burlap bag was actually part of a crafty prize package that I won ...

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