After School Snacks – For the Health Nut

Last week brought a delicious After School Snack Round-Up that didn’t exactly say “Brain Food.”

(You can see all that yumminess HERE.)

So here is a follow-up post featuring some snacks that do your little students’ body some good. :-)

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How cute are these little Fruit Bug Snacks from Snack Picks?

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Little Page Turners made this adorable Banana Caterpillar.

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Carrot and Celery Sticks standing tall in a cup filled with dip – yummy and mess-free fun from HERE.

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Fuel up with these healthy Apple and Grape Car Snacks from Bent On Better Lunches.

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Almost Unschoolers flutters by with these fun Orange Slice Butterflies.

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Your Happy Buddies will slither up to the table to eat some Cucumber Snakes from The Family Kitchen.

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If I could eat grapes forever – I would – so this Peacock Snack from Canadian Family really rings my bell.

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Your Happy Buddies will giggle at these Veggie and Cheese Faces found HERE.

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Y’all KNOW how I feel about crunchy things.  Find a great collection of Healthy Snack Mix Ideas for Kids at Cooking Light.

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And finally, this personal-sized Veggie Rainbow found HERE makes me so happy!

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*Hey, with all the Veggies and Fruits your Happy Buddies will be eating with these great After School Snack Ideas, they will love filling in their very own Fruit and Veggie Tracker Chart.  Print one out FREE at Super Healthy Kids!*

Happy After School Healthy Snack-ing! :-)

An A+ Apple Craft

Happy September!

I don’t know about you, but September makes me go all crazy for apples.

Apples just kind of go with Back to School…  Apples for the teacher, A is for Apple, an apple in your lunch pail… And September also just happens to be the month of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday!

So it seemed proper for the Happy Buddy and I to do an apple craft (inspiration HERE).

So easy.  So cute – right?!

Just paint a paper plate red.

Glue a construction paper stem and leaf to the back of the plate.

Cut a worm from green paper and add some googly eyes.

Make a small slit in the paper plate.

Poke your worm through!

Happy Apple Craft-ing! :-)

*For more great posts on Apples, go HERE!*

After School Snacks – Junk Edition

When I was a little girl, my favorite thing to eat was bread.

Holy cow I could not get enough of the stuff.

The town I grew up in had a little Bread Shoppe that I’d frequent on my walk home from school.

I think I paid 50 cents each for the bakery’s special Cracked Wheat Rolls… Mmmm… Toasted with some grape jam…

Those rolls were the perfect after school snack.

But now…  Now if I had my choice of after school snacks, I’d ditch the bread and dig into one of these delicious options instead…

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These No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod are the very snack that inspired this post!

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Quick and easy to prepare, these Gooey Golden Graham S’mores Treats from Six Sisters’ Stuff would be the best way to end a long day at school.

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I just love how Dukes and Duchesses glammed up a traditional glass of milk for her Happy Buddies to find when they came home from school.

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One of the Happy Hubby’s favorite treats is Reese’s Pieces, so I know he’d gobble up these Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Bars from Joy in the Jumble.

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There’s nothing like good ole’ Cheerios to help things seem better.

Check this yummy recipe out over at Kathie Cooks.

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These colorful cookies from Hoosier Homemade have a happy photograph that speaks for itself. :-)

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And, last but not least, several weeks ago a dear friend brought us a plate of these Rolo Pretzel Turtles from How Does She?.

Let’s just say that between the Happy Hubby and the Happy Hubby, there weren’t any treats left by morning. :-)

And there you have it!

I hope one of these recipes will find its way into your little students’ bellies this Back to School Season!

Your Happy Buddies work hard all day crunching numbers and memorizing state capitols, they deserve something special.

*Stop by later this week for a post featuring After School Snack Ideas for the Health Nut.*

Happy After School Snack-ing! :-)

The Cure for Test Anxiety

Now that school is in session, it is inevitable that your Happy Buddies are going to need to get back into the groove of studying.

Sometimes the art of taking a test, however, can prove to be quite debilitating!

You Happy Buddy could end up stressed, anxious, or just plain exhausted from working so hard in preparation.

These Candy Grams are just the thing to curb those test-taking nerves!

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Skip to My Lou features the above FREE Printable for you to print and hide in your Happy Buddy’s notebook – just add the candy!

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She also has this adorable Airhead Printable.

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You’ll find an entire sheet of FREE Printable tags at Ginger Snaps that pair perfectly with a variety of candies.

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Pinterest has a slew of Testing Candy Gram Ideas, too.

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it is what it is has another great Smarties FREE Printable for test-taking purposes.

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These last two Candy Gram Ideas are from Mads Memories – a super fun way she blessed her Happy Buddies when they were having a rough go of it at the beginning of the school year.

Treats + Encouraging Words… Sounds like my kind of motivation!

I’m starting to wish that I still had to take tests!

Happy Candy Gram Test-ing! :-)

It’s O-FISH-al…

We are o-FISH-ally in the Back to School Season.

The Happy Buddy loves him some goldfish, so I have been busy sticking lots of little bags of them in his lunch pail every day before he heads off to PreK-3.

Here is a post inspired by those crunchy little snacks.

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This would be a fun after school snack for your Happy Buddies.

Stacy Julian set out some goldfish on a piece of blue paper (the pond), then handed out pretzel rods (the fishing rods).

The idea is to dip the pretzel rod into flavored cream cheese, or peanut butter, and then ‘go fishing’ for the snack in the pond (the goldfish will stick to the cream cheese covered pretzel rod).

Brilliant!

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Cute As a Fox shows you how to make these super cool Fish Bowl-Shaped Snack Bags!

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Craft Junkie Too has a FREE Printable Bag Topper that you can staple to a Ziploc and fill with goldfish as a great first week of school goody for your Happy Buddy’s classmates.

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And this Classmate Goldfish Treat Idea from There’s a ’1st’ for Everything is also super adorable.

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Your Happy Buddies will have the most popular lunch in school if you put their PB&J on this adorable Goldfish Bread from Pepperidge Farm (find it at your local grocery store!).

You can even use these little guys to make pizzas!  Check it out HERE.

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Or slip a cute Goldfish/Grape Butterfly Snack into your Happy Buddy’s lunch box for a fluttery surprise!

Find how to make these over at Juggling With Kids.

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Oh, Katherine Marie.  I love EVERYTHING you do.

Check out her Goldfish Themed Week HERE.

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Pinterest reeled me in with this cute craft featuring your Happy Buddy’s fingerprints and pasted on goldfish.

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Family Education shares this cute little Goldfish Color Matching Activity.

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And, finally, if you’re a fan of Ranch flavor, then this Goldfish Bowl Bites Snack Mix from Lick the Bowl Good is the perfect after school munchie for your Happy Home!

Do your Happy Buddies love goldfish???

Happy Goldfish-ing! :-)

School is a Piece of (Cup) Cake

I’ve been promising the Happy Buddy an all out cupcake-baking-and-devouring session when he goes Number 2 in the potty for the first time.

As we wait (and wait and wait and wait), I have been checking out some adorable Back-to-School themed Cupcake Ideas.

Each one is super easy to make and will add a really happy element of surprise to anyone’s day as they say good-bye to summer and hello to a sweet new school year.

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Jeanne Winters made these Crayon Cupcakes in honor of her Happy Buddies’ first day.

Decorate with a little icing, a little sprinkles, and then just pop a crayon through the center.

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These Blackboard Cupcakes from Family Fun look like a beast to decorate, but they are actually quite easy to put together!

Plus, they’ll yield a lot of oos and ahhings.

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Hoosier Homemade featured these adorable and simple Classmate Cupcakes.

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Get to the point with these fun Pencil Cupcakes from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

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These Apple Cupcakes  from The Nature of Grace are my FAVORITE because not only are they delicious, but also there is a hidden surprise in the middle!

You must go check it out!

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Once you’ve decided on which Back to School Cupcake to make, then print out my FREE Printable Hoping Your First Day was a Piece of Cake Tag.

And stick it next to a cupcake to bless your Happy Buddy upon their arrival home from school!

Happy Back to School Cupcake-ing! :-)

FREE Printables for Back to School – First Day Lunch Box Love

Looking for something a little extra special to sneak in your Happy Buddy’s lunch box on the first day?

Here are 4 sweet ideas…

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Whip up a batch of homemade Monster Cookies (recipe provided) like these from Bunny Cakes and then wrap them with the FREE Printable Cookie Band.

What a delicious and happy little package.

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Jasey’s Crazy Daisy created these fun notes for you to slip in your child’s lunch – simply add a gummy worm.

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I love these FREE Printable First Day Sandwich Belly Wrappers from Little Lovely!

A super cute way to jazz up a plain ole’ pb&j.

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And, finally, a small package of Smarties attached to this FREE Printable tag from it is what it is is a sweet reminder to your Happy Buddy of how much you love them.

Whatever you choose, an extra surprise will help make your Happy Buddy’s first day a great one!

Happy First Day Printable-ing! :-)

FREE Printables for Back to School – Teacher Gift Ideas

Looking for a little something to start the year off right with your Happy Buddy’s teacher?

You’ll love these FREE Printable Teacher Gift Ideas!

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One can never go wrong with homemade cookies in a mason jar as a special treat for a special teacher.

It’s Overflowing has the cute FREE Printable tag to go along with your baked good!

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I just loooooove this I was MINT to be in your class/You were MINT to be my teacher FREE Printable from The Celebration Shoppe.

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Tammy Mitchell Designs added this simple FREE Printable tag to a package of soup mix.

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Lil Luna always has cuteness – this vase of long-lasting (laminated paper) flowers and FREE Printable tag is no exception!

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Man, when I was teaching my pencils and pens kept walking off!

This fabulous Pencil Can with FREE Printable Wrapper from Anders Ruff will provide your Happy Buddy’s teacher with something they can count on day after day.

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Candy is excellent therapy for that after-lunch lull.

Love this Smarties Jar and FREE Printable from That’s Country Living.

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This Rain Boot Gift with FREE Printable tag from Whipperberry = Most. Adorable. Thing. Everrrrr.

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As a teacher, I loved knowing that I could count on parents to give me a hand when needed.

This FREE Printable tag and Soap Gift from Skip to My Lou is brilliant.

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I used to give my parents questionnaires to fill out about their kids at the beginning of each year – their learning styles, likes/dislikes, etc.

It was sooooo helpful in getting to know my students a little bit faster – a gift in itself!

Busy Kids = Happy Mom provides some questions you can answer about your Happy Buddy for you to give to the teacher as a way to ease the transition into that new relationship.

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And, finally, print this happy little sheet from Life (Sweet) Life and have your teacher fill it out to give you a better idea of how to bless him/her throughout the school year.

With these ideas, your Happy Buddy’s teacher is going to have the BEST year YET! :-)

Happy Teacher Gift-ing!

*Check out more inexpensive, easy, and cute Teacher Gift Ideas HERE!*

FREE Printables for Back to School – 1st Day Photo Signs

If you missed it, I did a whole post about various ways you can capture your Happy Buddy’s first day of school in a photo last Back to School season.  You can see it HERE – it’s such a cute post.  Seriously.  Go check it out.

One of the photo ops featured was to have your back to schooler hold up a sign announcing the grade he or she is entering.

The idea is so popular that many great blogs have created a series of signs for you to print (for free!) and use year after year.

Here are 6 of my favorites…

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First Day of School Printables at How Does She?.

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Colorful Back to School Printables at i heart nap time.

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The Wheels on the Bus Grade Printables by Lauren McKinsey Designs.

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First Day Printables at All for the Boys.

Simple.  Clean.  Your boys will appreciate the lack of polkadots. :-)

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Free Printable Back to School Collection (not just first day signs – this incredible set has tags, banners,treat toppers, etc.  Did I mention it is FREE?!) from Amanda’s Parties to Go.

I love that a ruler was used as a handle for the sign!!!

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And, finally, Tip Junkie put a clever spin on the hold-a-sign-idea by making a collection of First Day Photo Props – like the adorable speech bubble you see above.

I don’t know about you, but my Happy Buddy has a strange passion for crumpling things up in a ball right now, so we skipped the sign this year (I had to say goodbye to an entire sticker set I loved – *sigh*). :-)

Hopefully you will have better luck!

Happy 1st Day of School Photo Sign-ing! :-)

School Bus Sugar Rush

The Happy Buddy starts school in the morning so today I had to give him an unbelievable amount of sugar to celebrate.

Simply cover a graham cracker with yellow icing, add some square cereal for the windows, and stick on a pair of Oreos for the wheels.

Then gobble it up!

Make sure to make a big school bus mess…

Because school starts tomorrow and it’s back to business and healthy snacks. :-)

Happy School Bus Treat-ing!