Inspiring Lunchbox Notes to Share With Your Kids This Year

With back to school in full swing, it’s going to be a huge adjustment for most kiddos. After a year of at-home learning, going back to in-person can be exciting, but may also be challenging for some. Many children, and parents at that, have gotten used to this new remote way of doing things. With so much time spent together over the last year, it can be easy to miss them throughout the day now that they’re back in school. 

Because of this, writing sweet lunch notes to your child can let them know you’re thinking of them to add a little pick me up to their school day. The five printables below are the perfect sweet surprise to add to your child’s school bag this year.  

Inspiring Lunchbox Notes

These three lunchbox notes have inspiring messages to send to your child, guaranteed to make them smile. Feel free to color in the images more or add any other messages you see fit. 

Download the inspiring lunchbox notes here

Prompted Lunchbox Notes 

These lunchbox notes include two different prompts you can fill in to send a sweet message to your child. Once you’ve printed them, use the prompts to help you write a personalized message to your kiddo. Let them know why they inspire you and what your favorite things about them are—a sure way to put a smile on their face. 

Download the prompted lunchbox notes here

A simple lunchbox note can really go a long way in making your child’s day. The inspiring messages help boost their self-esteem, while also strengthening the bond you share with them and will continue to share with them throughout their life.

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Create a Mug Herb Garden: DIY Crafts For the Whole Family to Enjoy

You can never have too many coffee mugs — until you realize your cupboard is packed to the brim and you find yourself praying they don’t come crashing down every time you open the cabinet door. When it's time to declutter and get organized, find a new purpose for those unused mugs by making a coffee mug herb garden.

This is a great way to repurpose old dishes while keeping fresh herbs in your kitchen ready to be used for delicious meals. Get the kids involved and make it a fun DIY party that they are sure to enjoy! Read on to find out how to make your own mug herb garden and find inspiration for your next project.

Gather All of the Necessities

With a few simple materials, you can create an atmosphere where your herbs will thrive. These simple mug herb garden materials will create long-lasting herbs that you will love all summer:

  • A fun mug

  • Soil

  • River rocks

  • Decorations if you feel like giving the herb some character

Locate a Sunny Spot

When thinking about what spot in your home is best for your herbs, consider a few options before closing in on one space. This area of your home could be your kitchen, a windowsill, or anywhere with proper access to sunlight. 

Popular Herbs to Grow 

While you may not be an expert on growing herbs, there are a ton of easy, fast-growing plants that you can choose from. As long as you have the proper nutrients and a supportive atmosphere, your herbs will be growing in no time. 

Make sure that you choose a mug that will support the growth of the herb. For instance, tall herbs like basil need a deeper mug while bushy herbs like parsley thrive in wider mugs. Here’s a list of some of the more popular herbs to grow indoors:

  • Basil

  • Mint

  • Thyme

  • Cilantro

  • Rosemary

  • Parsely

  • Chives

  • Dill

Pick your Mug

Time to choose your favorite mug that your herbs will be growing inside. This can be an engaging part of the growing process if you choose to purchase a mug or use a mug that has been pushed to the back of your cabinet. It’s all up to you! 

Plant Your Herbs

Add your soil to the mug about half an inch from the top. You will want to make sure that this is evenly distributed throughout the mug to prevent the mug from tipping over. 

Tease the roots of the herbs if you are using baby herbs and add a bit of water after the roots have been planted. River rocks will add a bit of irrigation for excess water. 

Decorate and Label Your Herbs 

With your location chosen and your herbs budding, you can decorate this area or decorate your mug however you choose. You can go crazy with paints or designs on the outside of the mug as long as you do not disrupt the herb. 

Your kids could even take turns coloring the outside of the mug and grow their own herbs to be used in your famous dinner dishes. Use these printable herb labels that you and your kids will love and look forward to growing more plants this summer. 


Downsizing Checklist: Steps To Staying Organized While Moving

The idea of downsizing can seem like a stressful process at first. Well, you’re in luck because we created a step-by-step guide to help you through the process. 

We have the best tips and tricks to make your move as easy as possible. Our guide even includes a downsizing checklist to help you stay organized along the way.

Downsizing Benefits

Downsizing is increasing in popularity and with good reason. Here are some of the many benefits of downsizing your home.

  • Reduced cost: Downsizing allows you to spend more money on hobbies that you love instead of spending it on higher bills and mortgage payments.

  • Less environmental impact: Downsizing allows you to start using less gas, electricity & water than you did in your larger home.

  • Reduce clutter: Downsizing will force you to declutter and simplify your life for a more stress-free living situation.

Now that you know the benefits, it’s time to go over our best tips for keeping you organized during your downsize.

Take inventory of your belongings

It’s important to take a step back and look at what inventory you have in your current home to gain perspective on what is actually important enough to take with you. Once you take inventory you can start to imagine what will actually fit in your new home.

Measure your furniture

How are you supposed to know what furniture you can bring to your new home if you don’t measure your furniture and new home? Measure all of the items you’re planning on taking to make sure they will even fit in your new space.

Focus on one room at a time

Imagining tackling your entire house all at once can seem like a daunting task, but there are ways to make it feel less daunting. Focusing on one room at a time can help make the entire process more manageable.