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I love snack time after school with the boys! It’s one of my favorite parts of the day. I love seeing the boys and having them tell me all about their days! They also love it when I have delicious snacks and treats waiting for them!  Here are some new delicious after school snacks that I plan on incorporating into our after-school routine this fall.

Apple Nachos from Good Cook

  Shot from Good Cook. Grab apples, peanut butter, Nutella and some fun sprinkles to make this nutritious and fun snack! 

Critter Crudites from Good Housekeeping

Shot from Good Housekeeping

Grab some apples, blueberries, peanut butter cream cheese and other fruit to make some delicious and healthy veggies friends! 

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups form Brit + Co.
Shot from Brit + Co

Grab some bread, sharp cheddar cheese and make these tasty little treats for an afternoon snack! 

These are some of the new recipes that I’m adding to our after school snack rotation! For more fun recipes, visit my Pinterest here for more ideas! 

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I can’t believe that the boys will be back to school very soon! They are getting excited to see their friends and I’m getting excited for more structure!

I’ve been on Pinterest lately, looking for some new recipes to incorporate into our meal schedule! Here are a few that I’m going to be making as we head back to school - these look easy and delicious!

This first one is a make ahead breakfast idea, which I love for the busy mornings! 

Greenletes has made these Mushroom Freezer Breakfast Burritos that look amazing! They are packed full of nutrition, which is great! She offers ideas of what to sub out if you don’t like mushrooms, or the cheese she uses, etc! 

Photo from Greenletes 

I love trying new things! This next recipe that I found is Nut Free Cold Noodles from Chelsey Amer's Nutrition Blog. Again, this recipe is filled with protein and nutrition making it an excellent dinner option!

Photo from Chelsey Amer's Nutrition Blog

This final new recipe I’m trying is from Greenletes, again! :) She has so many amazing options, but this one looks especially delicious: Coconut Fried Rice! I can’t wait to try! 

Photo from Greenletes

Have you started thinking about back to school meal prep? If you know me, you know that I don’t meal prep a lot! But these are three recipes that I’m going to try this fall and add to the rotation! They look too good and easy not to try! 


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I can’t believe that it’s already August and the boys will be headed back to school soon! The summer just flew by! 
I’ve started back to school shopping - and I found so many cute goodies on Etsy! Have you ever back to school shopped for your kids there? They have SO many personalized items that make it fun for the boys’! 
Here are my favorite finds so far!
How cute are these personalized pencils from The Pencil Boutique on Etsy? I love the idea of personalizing pencils for the shops, my office and even for the boys to take back to school! 
I love this back to school / last day of school sign for the boys to hold! I’m sentimental for all the pictures - especially back to school pictures! 
This personalized homework folder is so adorable! I think I’m ordering one for the boys and myself! I love having their names on as many school supplies as possible - it’s easier for me to make sure they are in the right backpacks the next day! 
I found this jumbo pack of sticky notes that is perfect to keep around the house to add to the boys’ school folders whenever necessary! 
Picking out your pencil box is always such a big deal, making sure that you’re finding the perfect one! I love having the boys be able to pick out their favorite color and then put their name on it! 
Have you seen this awesome back to school classroom kit from honest? It includes disinfecting spray, hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, and hand sanitizer gel. This is such a nice way to appreciate the boys’ teachers as they head back to school! 
These two cute pouches are for me! I love to throw all my pens and pencils in my tote bag and I always lose them! So having a cute little pouch is always perfect!
Have you started back to school shopping? If so, I’d love to hear what you’ve found!
Also, I wanted to include this fun FREE lunch note printable - I’m going to include these little notes in the boys’ lunches their first week back!
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            Sadly, summer is coming to an end and college students are getting prepared for the upcoming semester. Looking through our stores we have so many products that would be the perfect addition to this school year. I found 5 products from Little Luxuries, Canvas and Paddle and The Artist Market that are essential for college students. See our favorites below:

 Little Luxuries Of Mackinac Island 

1Canoe2- Peach Today Notepad:

          In college you always want to stay organized with this note pad you are able to have your schedule on one side and your tasks on the other side. Having goals is always important so having this feature at the top is great to always remind you to keep going!

Swig Mug 18oz.:

            Having this mug handy will be a lifesaver in college. This mug can keep drinks cold for up to 9 hours and hot for up to 3 hours. Weather you need a cold sip of water to stay hydrated or need hot coffee to help you keep going through the day this insulated mug is perfected to do just that!

Hand Sanitizing Wipes:

            Not only are these wipes easy to take on the go but these sanitizing wipes can be used both for surfaces and skin which is great for college students.

Island Girl Tote:

       This reusable Island Girl tote is perfect for college students! It could be used for groceries, trips back home and even to hold all of your books for classes.

Mackinac Sherpa Blanket:

            With the cold season coming ahead and if you go to school somewhere cold this double-faced Sherpa blanket is perfect to keep you warm and can match any college room aesthetic.

Canvas and Paddle 

Mackinac Awesome Fudge Coffee:

            Caffeine is a must for some college students, this Michigan made fudge coffee is a must have! Having a little taste of Mackinac fudge is a great way to help you study day or night.

Shopping List:

            Has anyone ever lost their shopping list? I know I have!! This jumbo shopping pad is a great way to keep track and organize what you need from the grocery store. Plus, it is made in Michigan!

Storage Bowl:

            Storage is always important when it comes to college students, these multipurpose storage bowls are great for snacks, food in the fridge, or even your jewelry. The black and white pattern can match anyone's room décor.

Stormy Kromer Hat:

            With summer and warmer weather winding down, and colder weather will be here before we know it! This cozy Stormy Kromer hat is ideal to keep anyone's head warm which can be helpful for those cold walks to class.


            Customers love the backpacks at Canvas and Paddle. They are durable and essential to   hold your books, laptop, pens and pencils and more!

The Artists Market of Mackinac Island 


            Want to add a little personality to your laptop or water bottle? These stickers are a perfect addition. Stickers are a great conversation starter in class and are a fun way to decorate your water bottle or laptop with.

Essential oils:

            College can be taxing as everyone knows, we have a handful of essential oils that can help from stress relief, help sleeping, and more, we have it all!

Alleviation Aromatherapy:

            A great addition to the Essential oils is the Alleviation Aromatherapy we have. All you need to do is sniff the oils to help with countless things such as sinus, migraines, and if we need boost of energy. They are small and can fit anywhere, which makes it perfect for on the go college students. 

Soap and Washcloth:

            Having products that serve two purposes is even better for college students. This fun multicolored ball is soap and a washcloth in one made of wool. Each color has a different essential oils, so come and pick your favorite scent today!

Key Chain: 

Never lose your car keys or dorm keys with this key chain. This product is not only cute but the perfect size where you can easily find them in your backpack or purse.

I hope you enjoyed learning about our top back to school essentials. Shop online or in the the store, we are open till 10 pm!


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Once again, here we are at the beginning of a new school year! Tommy is going into Kindergarten this year and Louis is going into First Grade! They are so excited for a new school year!

I love back to school shopping - all the new pretty pens, paper and accessories! If you haven’t shopped our new Back to School collection on the website, click here to shop!

Here are a few items that I’ve grabbed for the boys as they head back to school:

Skoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears: Even though John isn’t going to school this year, I read great reviews about this toy that will facilitate learning for him! It will encourage color recognition and basic math for him all while he is just playing!


Bentgo Kids Childrens Lunch BoxThis 5 compartment lunch box comes in three fun colors - blue, green and purple. It’s the perfect way to send a little of everything in just the right amount. It is BPA free and leak proof. It makes sending a variety of food so much easier - remember having to put 5 different Tupperware containers in your kid’s lunch last year? This will be such a time saver!

Clif Kid ZBar: I had to get the boys their favorite bar for the beginning of the school year! They LOVE these Clif Kid bars - especially the chocolate chip and brownie flavors! They are organic and NON-GMO and have just the right amount of sweetness in them!

Lunch Box Cards: One more thing I’m excited about for the new school year is sending little lunchbox notes to the boys! Write your message in the white rectangle and cover it with the scratch-off sticker provided. Scratching will reveal your hidden message! These tiny notes are the perfect size to slip into a lunch bag or pocket of someone special.

We all know that this school year is going to be way different than usual, but I want the boy’s to be excited about going back, so if I can do that with fun lunch time surprises, then that’s what I’ll do! Tell me, what are you doing to make sure your kid’s know that this year is still exciting and special?

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