Last month I was asked to be part of the Snapfish School’s In Session program where I was introduced to a whole new side of Snapfish and HP. The kids are all back in school and while I thought I was completely done and over with all of the school shopping and organizing, I quickly found I was wrong. It didn’t take long before I found myself in the middle of some learning experiences of my own that I thought would be helpful for other parents.
AVOID THE LOST & FOUND
The dreaded lost and found bin. I’ve had more visits than I’d like to count to that bin because my son, now in 6th grade, has butter fingers when it comes to holding onto his stuff. We’ve found backpacks, lunchboxes, jackets and even his gym shoes there before. It’s a tradition I don’t want to share with my daughter who just started Kindergarten. Rather than waste time digging through that bin I’m big into labeling this year. A Sharpie marker is great for labeling tags in clothing and lunchboxes but there are also some unique ways to label your child’s school stuff.
The 3D and Animated Backpack Tags made by Snapfish are fashionable and functional. I visited Snapfish.com where my daughter and I picked out a floral card design and uploaded two similar photos for her tag that not only make it easy to identify who owns the backpack but create a really cool effect.
With the card in one direction you see the first picture and angle the card another direction you get to see the other picture. She was completely mesmerized by this little picture card and quite happy to tie it to her backpack.
After the bus schedules finally get organized, there’s more work to be done. My daughter made it very clear that she enjoyed the school lunch sometimes and wanted to bring a homemade lunch other times. Knowing how confusing this would get for me I used a Large-sized combo dry erase cork board with magnetic labels to get our lunch schedule in order. On the white board I marked out a calendar labeling hot lunch days and eventually filled in the blanks with different cold lunch ideas.
Using the HP Envy printer I printed some lunchbox notes on plain paper to drop her in box and bring a smile to her face each day. I also used the extra space for created shopping lists as we ran out of items, a copy of the school lunch menu and brainstormed some snack/breakfast ideas.
PRESERVE SUMMER MEMORIES
For us, back to school season isn’t just about saying goodbye to summer, it’s about preserving the memories we made as a family. In the weeks before school started we took a family vacation to Disney World so the girls could spend some time together before they got separated for 8 hours a day.
I used the Snapfish website to create a collage of picture memories all printed on a canvas to hang on our wall. Every day we get to walk by it and remember the great time we had together. Even if a canvas print isn’t something you’re looking for, making a photo book, framed art print or photo calendar would be an easy way to hold onto the best days of summer.
GET TECHNOLOGY TO TACKLE THE HOMEWORK
We also found that with the HP Envy Printer, homework doesn’t have to be boring. It wasn’t a week into school before my son needed to create a school project featuring a poster that was all about him. I was able to let him get creative with printing his own photos, printable stickers and even use the built in printer apps. The Dreamworks app let him choose his characters from his favorite movies and print out project sheets to fold 3D characters.
For even more creative ideas be sure to visit the School is In Session pin board from HPCreate on Pinterest. I hope you’ll find my own personal experiences to be helpful for your family but I’ve also got a giveaway package that should make it even easier. This back to school kit includes:
- Large-sized combo dry erase cork board with magnetic labels
- Bedside caddy – perfect for storing notebooks, remote controls, cell phones, etc.
- Waterproof outdoor blanket (perfect for sporting events, picnics, and beach days)
- $50 Snapfish gift card where you can purchase customized last minute back-to-school essentials and gift items
Use the form below to enter. Open to US residents, one entrant per household.
* As part of the Snapfish School’s In Session Program I received a printer, gift package and one to giveaway. Opinions expressed are based on my own personal experiences.