Hello there! I’m back!

After nearly three months of being absent from my blog, I had to check in and share a new, FREE product I just added to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. My son, Luke, starts kindergarten in 10 days and he has asked 1.3 million times when he gets to go. I love that he is SO excited and wanted him to have the excitement of a countdown. So, I created this free, cute paper chain countdown for the back to school season. It starts at “10 days until school”, but you can obviously only use 5 days (or 3 or 8) if you start school sooner than that.

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 10.22.14 PMClick here to download it for FREE!

I whipped this up today, so we had to put it together and immediately take off one chain. Hah!

IMG_5535Can you tell that it was a “you can choose what you wear day”? Hah! Still cannot believe I let him get that shirt. It has not and hopefully will never be worn in public.

IMG_5537Only 9 more days until my baby starts kindergarten. Bring on the tissues!

I have LOTS of new ideas for Teachers Pay Teachers products and my hope is that once we get in a school/football routine I will have more time to work on them. And in case you are wondering why I haven’t blogged this summer, well let’s just say we’ve been crazy busy! If you follow me on instagram you are in the know, but in the past two months, we’ve: spent a week at the beach, visited three foreign countries, flew to LA and back in 22 hours (pure madness, but FUN!), finished our forever house, sold our current house, taught VBS, hosted our annual charity golf tournament, moved to our forever house and two days later moved back to Atlanta. Shoo! Oh, and now it’s training camp time, which honestly feels like a break compared to our summer schedule.

Hope y’all have had a great summer! It’s good to be back on the blog train! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite photos of our summer:

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Back to School Prep + Printables

Lately my social media accounts are flooded with adorable photos of kids holding perfectly lettered chalkboard signs declaring it was their first day of school. I knew I needed up up my “sign game” when I saw how lame mine have been in years past compared to what the super moms were creating this year.

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See? Black font on white paper – boring! And can we talk about how little Luke was here? This was two years ago and I thought he was SO big then… oh my!

Handlettering on chalkboards is so trendy and completely first day of school themed, however, there’s one major problem… I have ZERO skill when it comes to writing on a chalkboard. As in, it looks like Luke did it. I have relatively decent handwriting on paper, but when you hand me a piece of chalk it looks like I was blindfolded and just completed a dizzy bat race. It doesn’t help that my best friend has *the* most gorgeous chalkboard in her kitchen that looks like it belongs on Pinterest every single time I see it!

chalkboard hand lettering

photo by: @marketplacegray

Gorgeous, right? I mean, how I compete with that? 

Well, I can’t. Those who can’t handletter on a chalkboard create a digital chalkboard.

I’ve been dabbling in graphic design lately by creating lots of printables that I’ll share in the future and I came up with the perfect sign for Luke. His is actually personalized with the name of his school and starting date, but I also made a plain one for you to download here.

1st Day of Preschool Printable

I also found this adorable 1st day of preschool interview. You can print your own interview here. Don’t worry if your child isn’t in preschool. There’s interviews for pre-k through 12th grade. It was fun to hear Luke’s responses to each question and will be a great keepsake to look back on when he is grown. Some answers were sweet and some made me laugh. I hope to do a similar interview each year to see what changes.

First Day of Preschool Interview

We met his teacher yesterday and got to visit his new classroom. It’s hard to believe he is getting so big! I can’t even think about kindergarten next year… I’m going to need counseling!

Luke at Preschool Open House

Stop back by tomorrow for a free teacher’s gift printable that can be used anytime throughout the school year!