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! :-)

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 – 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!

Back to School Bus Paper Chain Countdown

By all means, this is not an original idea (got my inspiration from THIS GREAT SITE), but the Happy Buddy loved his Birthday Paper Chain Countdown so much that he practically begged me to make one to help him visualize how many days until school.

Poor guy is chompin’ at the bit to get back to school.

All he does around our Happy Home these days is hang out playing with his trains and cars while I wrestle the Happy Baby to take a bottle (more on that later). :-)

The Happy Buddy is going to be so thrilled to actually go somewhere and even put on something other than pajamas once school starts up.

We made our countdown using construction paper.

Easy Peasy!

There’s my happy little guy – headed for PreK-3!

Looking for other great countdown ideas?

I made an awesome FREE Printable Back to School Countdown last year – you’ll LOVE it.  Go HERE for it and share it with all of your friends please! :-)

And go HERE if you want even more creative Back to School Countdown ideas.

Happy Back to School Countdown-ing! :-)

School is a Piece of Cake

Last year I posted about how I like to pack a lunch for my next door neighbor (who is a 1st grade teacher) for her first day of school.

I really enjoyed doing that because, as a former teacher myself, I know that at the beginning of the year you’re thinking about a trillion things – none of them including feeding yourself!

This year, though, the Happy Buddy and I haven’t been feeling very well, so I just couldn’t muster up the energy to put together a big whoop-de-la, so I came up with this instead…My neighbor really likes these jumbo cupcakes from Whole Foods so I picked one up and added a little message.

It certainly wasn’t spectacular, but I wanted to let her know that I was thinking about her!!

I thought you might enjoy the FREE Printable yourself if you want to take a cupcake to your Happy Buddy’s teacher on the first day. :-)Get your FREE Printable by clicking HERE.

Happy First Day Piece of Cake-ing! :-)

Gearing Up for Back to School!

Greetings, Happy Home Earthlings.

Objective – Share some Robot-Themed Back to School Inspirations.

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How cute is this Robot Lunch Box?

It’s kind of on the pricey side, but I couldn’t resist including it in this post because I just love looking at it!!!

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Need a place for all of those school supplies you just purchased?

Sara’s Art House created this amazing Back to School Robot that will make storing pencils out of this world!

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Speaking of school supplies, these Robot Scissors are perfect for snipping and cutting!

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Send your Happy Buddy to school with a Robot Sandwich like this one from Cookie Cutter Lunch.

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Your Happy Buddy will love having a Robot Lunch Sack to show off to all his friends in the cafeteria.

The Kid’s Fun Review gives the simple instructions to make one – all you need is some colored paper, googly eyes and a brown lunch bag!

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Don’t forget to throw in some Robot Lunch Box Love Notes like these FREE Printable ones from Tangarang.

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Creative Mamma also has a FREE Robot Printable!

These Labels can be personalized with your Happy Buddy’s information so that his books never go missing again.

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What a cute after school snack!

Fuzz Food shares her recipe for Nuts and Bolts as well as the link for the FREE Printable Treat Topper.

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Dandelion Design set up a Build Your Own Robot Station for her Happy Buddies that included pretzel sticks and marshmallows.

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The Happy Buddy is way into learning his letters right now.

I know he’d love this amazing FREE Printable Robot Lab File Folder Game of matching capital and lower case letters.

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I thought these Robot Wall Decals would look so cute in your Happy Buddy’s Homework Headquarters!

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And when your Happy Buddies are all schooled out and looking for a brain break, give them some empty boxes, aluminum foil, and a bunch of random craft supplies to create Recycled Robots!

Check out Cooking with my Kid for all the details of their creative robot-building afternoon.

I hope you are feeling Geared Up for school!

Happy Robot-ing! :-)

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Homework Headquarters and Helpful Tips

Sometimes Happy Homes struggle to keep the ‘Happy’ when the dreaded hour of homework rears its ugly head.

Would you believe that often all it takes is just a few magical ideas to change the tune of your Happy Home’s afternoon?

Here are some excellent inspirations!

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First, choose a space in your Happy Home that’s least likely to distract your Happy Buddy.

Keep the homework area neat and clutter free, as this promotes focus!

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I love this Homework Station from Mommy Minded!

She even keeps snacks nearby for hungry workers.

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I am OBSESSED with this Closet-Turned-Homework Station found HERE!

What a creative use of space!

The gal who did this reports that her Happy Buddy now begs to do his homework.

Mission accomplished if you ask me! :-)

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You could put all homework materials in a cute Homework Caddy (transformed from an inexpensive utensil caddy found at Target) like this one from I Heart Organizing.

That way everything your Happy Buddy may need is right there!

No more racing around the house searching for pencils or sharpeners or other supplies.

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Keep a clock nearby to help your Happy Buddy stay on task.

I like this Time Timer because it shows elapsed time in red – a great visual for time management!

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Teach your Happy Buddy to stay on top of assignments (no more midnight runs to Wal-Mart the night before the big Science Fair Project is due!  Wootwoot!) by posting a monthly calendar or Homework Planner like the above FREE Printable from Creative Mamma.

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I love the idea of having ‘In’ and ‘Out’ Boxes (or buckets like these from BHG) for organizing school papers.

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Every Happy Buddy needs a little encouragement, so tack up some of his best graded papers, art work, and inspiring words/notes from you in his Homework Station area.

You could even ask your Happy Buddy’s teacher to jot down a quick word to spark the flame of perseverance during homework time.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” Philippians 4:13

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This is a really ingenious idea for those that might not have extra room for a specific homework area.

Raising Tomorrow’s Men used an idea from Family Fun to create a personalized Fold-Up Homework Station out of a display board!

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Y’all know I am a gigundo enormous astronomical huge fan of fairies, :-) so this next idea totally rang my bell!

There will definitely be days when getting your Happy Buddy to do his work will be more challenging than others.

This is when you will need the Homework Fairy.

Apparently the Homework Fairy loves to reward ongoing scholastic endeavors, so flutter over HERE for the whole scoop as well as some FREE Printables. :-)

And, finally, when I was teaching 2nd grade, here are a few ideas I gave my students’ parents to keep homework as exciting as it could possibly be.

*Call or Skype with an out-of-town relative and work on math facts, read out loud, or practice spelling words with them.

*Sometimes having a parent just sit with their Happy Buddy during homework time is helpful.  It’s nice to have a buddy while you’re working.

*Do homework at the same time every day.

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*As much as a consistent homework work space is important, mixing it up every once and awhile can provide fresh enthusiasm to finish a task.  Who wouldn’t love doing their homework in the bath tub or under the dining room table or outside in a tent?

Want more??

Check out this article for more tips on making homework fun (I especially like the stamping idea – or you could simply use a fun hole punch!).

I hope you found some great homework inspiration to keep your Happy Home happy during homework time!

Happy Homework-ing! :-)

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Mommy’s Back to School Survival Kit

You know that the first day of school is often more difficult for us Mommies than for our Happy Buddies!

I saw a cute idea here and decided to recreate it as a gift for the Happy Buddy’s PreK-2 classmates’ mommies.

Mommy’s Back to School Survival Kit!

Simply fill some gift bags with a small package of tissues and a few chocolate Kisses (because when the going gets tough, the tough eat chocolate).

Then print out this gonna-make-you-cry-and-realize-how-important-it-is-to-pray-for-our-Happy-Buddies poem and include it in your gift bag.

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Hand out to the Mommies in your Happy Buddy’s class on the first day of school and see many looks of gratitude as running mascara gets instantly remedied.

And…

In case you were wondering how our Happy Home did on the Happy Buddy’s first day of schoolSome attempted shots with i heart naptime’s FREE Printable First Day of School signs.

He was kind of a wiggle worm that morning as he was kind of excited. :-)Can’t believe the Happy Buddy is in school!

~Sniffle~

I better go get my Mommy’s Back to School Survival Kit.

Happy Mommy’s Back to School Survival Kit-ing! :-)

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