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Back to School: Calendar

Happy August everyone! For as long as I can remember, I have absolutely LOVED the month of August. One last family vacation for the summer, school registration, school clothes, SCHOOL SUPPLIES (the best thing ever is a box of new pencils and a fresh journal) and of course, actually starting school. I love it so much. I would spend hours – no, DAYS – planning my theme for the year. I would get all matching notebooks and folders and enough art supplies to be able to make my paper bag book covers match (don’t get me started on those fabric one size fits all covers). It truly was the highlight of school starting.

And I have to be honest, I walked through Walmart the other day and they had all of their back to school things in the middle of the aisles screaming, “BUY ME EMILY!!” But the hubby was with me and if that weren’t enough to stop me (which it was) I also knew that I fell into the trap last year and I still have a box of my favorite pencils and a few unused notebooks in my office. Seriously you guys, I have a school supply problem that has slowly morphed into an office supply problem….

Moving on though – I thought that maybe this year, I could share some of my favorite back to school crafty activities and tips with you so that you can share my love for the season. Every week this month, I will be giving you a project that has something to with starting a new school year. Whether it’s getting yourself and your kiddos organized or making cute teacher gifts, I promise you will not want to miss out on this Back to School DIY Series.

For this first week of the series, I will be helping you get you school calendar in order. Growing up, the most uttered phrases in our house were always “But you didn’t tell me that was going on tonight!” and “WHERE ARE YOU? When will you be home?” Mom always knew her schedule because she carried a little day planner in her purse but the rest of us were kind of S.O.L. So a few years ago, Dad came up with a genius plan – get a giant Year Long calendar and hang it for all to see.

This is actually the one I bought that I will be using this year. It is not quite big enough for lots of activities but since its just the Hubby and I ( and Baby B. soon) it should work fine for us. I will just cut out all the pages and have them laminated. Easy Peasy
This is actually the one I bought that I will be using this year. It is not quite big enough for lots of activities but since its just the Hubby and I ( and Baby B. soon) it should work fine for us. I will just cut out all the pages and have them laminated. Easy Peasy UPDATE – I got this in the mail the other day and the squares are actually quite large.

I don’t know why none of us came up with this sooner but it is a miracle worker. At the beginning of the year, Mom transfers the entire school calendar onto the giant calendar and then we all can add / ask Mom to add other important activities that come up during the year. The bonus to having a year long calendar rather than just a month at a time is that you can schedule things out way in advance. Dentist appointments in a month? You’ve got it covered. Can you take a trip in 3 months? Nope, state football playoffs.

When looking for a calendar- make sure it is pretty huge. You need to have spaces big enough to write in all the important info – activity, location, time, & participants. The office supply stores usually have a very nice selection but you can also find some amazingly beautiful ones online. You could even get the big desk ones and just pin all the pages to the wall. Dad had ours laminated so that we could use wet erase markers on it – just in case something changed. I promise that if you utilize this calendar, your school year will be a little more organized.

Until next time,

Emily B.

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