First Day of School Printables

First Day of School printables

We have about 4 weeks until school starts back up but I know many of you are going back to school much earlier.

I thought I’d round up some cute free printable signs for you to consider for those first day of school shots.  This is one of my favorite things to do each year as it is so fun to go back and see how the kiddos have changed over the school year.

Here are 12 fun ideas:

school sign

school signs

school sign

And here are a few other fun ideas for Back to School:

Apple Rice Krispies Treats- perfect for fall!

Apple Rice Krispie Treats 

21 Ideas for Awesome School Lunches

Free Printables to Get Organized for Back to School

Free Printables for an Organized Back to School


Free Children’s Activities: Week of July 27 – August 2


Here are some free or cheap children’s activities available this week to keep the kiddos busy.  I thought posting these now will help you plan your week.

These are all the things that are free to do this week with just a few that are very inexpensive.

As always, it’s best to confirm with your local store before you make a special trip.

AC Moore: Free “Make and Take” arts and craft activities through August 12th from 1-3pm.  This week’s activity is on July 29th and children will make a Parachute Cord Bracelet.

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will make a Friendship Day keepsake on August 1st.  Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Barnes and Noble: There is a free storytime Tuesday and Thursday as well as Saturday of each week with books, a cookie and usually coloring pages and activities. Check your local store to confirm and verify time. 

July 28 at 7pm there is a special storytime for the release of the new Dr Seuss book What Pet Should I Get.  You can get 50% off a second Dr Seuss book with purchase of What pet Should I Get. (Choices include Horton, Lorax, Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham or One Fish, Two Fish).

July 31 at 7pm there is another Dr Seuss storytime with crafts and activities.

Bass Pro Shop: Your kids can participate in the Free Kid’s Adventures Activities- treasure hunts, crafts and more.  These are weekly activities and vary greatly by location.  You can head over here to find your local store to confirm activities and times. And just a heads up from personal experience, it is best to get in line early. These events tend to be very popular.

REI: They offer the Family Adventure Program with various classes for children and adults.  I saw hiking and camping classes plus fun Geocaching adventures. I also saw outdoor photography lessons.

The selection and dates/times vary by location but you can check to see what your store is offering here. 

Michaels: Stop by on August 1st to make a Rain Stick.  Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of craft fun, including supplies. Ages 3 and up.

They also have a weekly Passport to Imagination Program for children during the summer. Classes are $5 and offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Williams-Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on August 1st. Check your stores for specifics.

Lego Store:  The Lego Store now offers online registration for the free monthly build. Registration for August went live this week and and I would suggest acting fast! The actual event is not until August 4-5 but I wanted to give you the heads up!

Home Depot: The next Home Depot event will be August 1st and your kids will make a Chalkboard Door Hanger. The event is for children ages 5-12.  You do need to register.


If you live near an American Girl Store, you might check out their events.  Times and dates vary.


Target Coupon Code: 20% off Home Items + 10% off Bonus


Target is currently offering 20% off of select home goods.  If you spend $50 you get $10 off at checkout and if you spend $100, you get $20 off.

Today only (7/27) you can get an additional 10% off select items with coupon code.  So this works out to be a great deal!

This is labeled as Back to College items- and there are tons of great things to pick up for college kids- but a lot of this is just cute stuff for any home.

I can see furniture, lighting, bedding, accessories and more.

Target makes things a bit tricky to find exactly what qualifies.  You will want to look for the Buy More, Save More note in red for the 20% off and then the extra 10% off for today will also be noted.

I found this pretty pinched pleat comforter priced at $84 in King size.  I used coupon code COLLEGE for the 20% off and then code MOVERS for the extra 10% off.  My final price was around $64 which is an amazing deal for a King size comforter. (That also includes my 5% redcard discount – if you don’t have one your price will be just slightly higher.)

There are some really fun things available right now.  Head over to Target and click on “All College Deals” to see the items that qualify for the double dip.

target bedding

Starbucks Treat Receipts are Back

starbucks treat receipt

Starbucks is offering Treat Receipts once again.

This time it is a little different- in the past if you purchased a drink and returned in the afternoon you would get a baked good for $1.00.

This time around they are offering a cold grande beverage for $2.50 with your receipt after 2pm on the same day of purchase.

This is valid on the following drinks:

Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas, Fizzio™ Handcrafted Sodas (in participating stores), Frappuccino® blended beverages, Starbucks Refreshers® beverages, iced coffee, Evolution Fresh™ Smoothies

The offer runs from 7/27- 8/9.

So grab your coffee in the morning and you can swing by and get a Frapp or smoothie for the kids in the afternoon.

Please note it looks like this might only be available to registered Starbucks Rewards members.

And if you are a Starbucks fan, here is a really cute idea for Salted Caramel Cupcakes:

Salted Caramel Starbucks Cupcakes- so fun and very easy to make!  Use any flavor of cupcake you prefer. (1 of 1)