Back to School Notes

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I don’t know about you, but I cannot believe that school is going to start so soon!  This summer was just not long enough.  I’m trying my best to get back in the school mode, though.  One idea that I want to do this year is give some ‘Good Luck’ gifts.  I knew I wanted to give something useful, cute, and inexpensive. I made these back to school printables to go along with what I found.

back to school printable

My favorite item that I found was this mini supply kit.  I found it at Target for $5.  Darling.  My daughter wants it so bad!

School Good Luck

Other useful gift ideas are colorful pens, markers, or highlighters.  If you have some younger kids in mind, crayons, colored pencils, or scissors would be awesome too.

First Day of School

I made a simple tag for you to tie to your gifts.  It adds the perfect touch.  I love that you can use this tag with any gift… a treat, a drink, school supply, or even a note by itself.

Good Luck-Note

Download Good Luck Note

I left just enough space at the bottom of the note for you to sign your name.  A little gift like this goes a long way!  I’m sure it will help your kids, grandkids, friends, or neighbors have an awesome first day of school!

Other posts from Bits of Everything you might enjoy are Back to School Gift, School and Teacher Fonts, and Stress Free First Day of School Pictures.

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3 ways to make your Memorial Day more Memorable

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What does your family like to do for Memorial Day?  Today, I’d like to share with you 3 ways to make your Memorial Day more Memorable.


Memorial Day is usually the last Monday in the month of May each year, and the purpose of the holiday is to remember those who have died for our country.  (For more information on Memorial Day, see

I have found that Memorial Day is much more meaningful if I know the stories of those in my own family who have passed away.


Talk to your parents or grandparents and ask them questions about their relatives.  Learn the stories so you can tell them to your children.   President Thomas S Monson once said, “We discover something about ourselves when we learn about our ancestors.” I have found that to be true!



Take the opportunity to visit a cemetery.  Explain to your children why there are so many flags and flowers.  Find out where your relatives are buried and visit their graves, if possible.  Last year I brought my iPad and showed the kids a picture of the person for each grave we visited.  I was able to tell stories about each one, and it was really neat.


Whatever you choose to do for your Memorial Day, make sure you do it consistently, each year.

My family has visited cemeteries on Memorial Day weekend for years and years.  In fact, I recently found this photo of my Dad’s family doing the same thing.  (He’s the little blonde boy!)


And I am trying to continue this tradition with my own family.


Every Memorial Day we have a pancake breakfast after we visit the Cemetery.    If you’re looking for a fun breakfast tradition, you could make these Patriotic Pancakes every year!

Whatever your family decides to do, make sure you do it together every year.  And don’t forget to take pictures!

I hope your Memorial Day turns out more memorable this year, and every year after!



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Simple Serger Projects

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My husband surprised me with a new toy!  A serger!  I have so much to learn and I’m ready to dive in.  Today I have found 8 Simple Serger Projects that I am going to start with.  This is the perfect way for me to learn my machine and start SIMPLE!



Fabric Ribbon by Made

Fabric Napkins by Doodles and Stitches

Scrappy Strip Rose by Cluck Cluck Sew

Hand Warmers found on The Sewing Rabbit

The Simple Bib by Made it on Monday

Receiving Blankets by Sew Much Ado

Bow Headband by Made it on Monday

5 Minute Pillowcase by Simple Simon and Company

I have finally conquered the threading of my serger, so now I’m ready to sew.  Yesterday I made some fabric ribbon, so now I’m ready for my next simple project.  A lot of these awesome bloggers have some great serger tips too!

What is your favorite project you’ve made with a serger?  I need to add more projects to my list!

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