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First day of school free printable

Its time for school to start again. Hard to believe, isn’t it? I love taking photos of my kids holding First day of school free printable every year. Its a fun way to commemorate them growing up. This year we have not one, but two awesome printables to pick from! Both say the same thing, but come in bright or pastel shades.

First day of school free printable

Back to school is such a fun time of year! I love the excitement for the kids. Yes there are definitely nerves too, but you can’t help but feel excited for the new experiences they will get each year.

I made the printable in two color schemes because I my daughter requested the more subdued, pastel shades. She wasn’t super excited about the brights. Which one do you like better?

To print them, you can either right click the image, save it to your computer and print from there. Or you can go the more high quality image way and click on the highlighted wording to open up a PDF and print from there. The PDF will be both images, but you can choose to print one or both here First Day Of School 2017-2018

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Boredom Buster, make your own books!

This was such a fun project for my kids! They got creative and had a chance to use their brains while thinking it was all fun, I’m sneaky like that. 😉

I found these awesome books at Target in the One Spot, but just in case they don’t have them at your Target, here are some that are similar, but in fun colors, which I really like.

Another great thing about these is that there aren’t a lot of products needed. Just the books, markers, crayons, or colored pencils and your imagination!

Here are some other thrifty summer fun ideas!

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Trampoline sidewalk art 

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Drawing on the Trampoline with Sidewalk Chalk

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Drawing on the Trampoline with Sidewalk Chalk, Thrifty Summer Fun

Kids get so bored during the summer!  It is sometimes hard to come up with things that entertain them without spending a lot of money.  Well, this idea is so simple, yet is sure to entertain for a little while!  Make it even more fun by letting them have a squirt bottle, or squirt gun to spray their art off when they are done!

All you need is some sidewalk chalk, and a trampoline.  We don’t usually think about drawing on things other than sidewalks with our sidewalk chalk, but we have done this many times and it washes of without any damage to your trampoline.  We have used squirt bottles to “erase” our drawings when we are done, or turn on the sprinklers and let them get wet while their art work disappears.  Either way,your kids will have fun and you won’t hear “I am bored” , for a few minutes anyway!

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More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids.

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
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Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
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Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
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Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
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Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
SNOW-DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ SNOWMAN COOKIES
NEW YEARS EVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS~ “GOODY BAGS”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
SHARPIE TIE DIE SHIRTS ~ EASY SUMMER ACTIVES FOR KIDS
FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY
VALENTINE CRAFT FOR KIDS ~ HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, QUICK AND EASY
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How to make Flubber
Lava Lamp Bottle
Cloud Clay -2 ingredients to make the softest clay EVER 
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Summer Boredom Buster Idea
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White rice in the electric pressure cooker, comes out perfect every time

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White rice in the electric pressure cooker, comes out perfect every time!

I wish this photo did the fluffy, perfect, grains of white rice justice! Really, every time I have done this method in my pressure cooker, it comes out perfect. Not too sticky, not too wet, not too hard. So give it a shot and tell me what you think.

Let me begin by saying that I know this works for white rice, I haven’t tried this method with other types of rice yet, so keep that in mind.

Start by spraying the pot of your electric pressure cooker with a little bit of cooking spray. It doesn’t have to be the whole pot, the bottom part that will have rice in it will be all that needs sprayed.

Once you have sprayed, pour in the desired amount of rice. Once the rice is in, add water. The amount of water you need will be twice the amount of rice, minus 1/4 cup. Example: If you use 1 and 1/2 cups of rice, you will want to put in 2 and 3/4 cups of water. Double is 3, minus 1/4 makes it 3/4. So always double the water, minus 1/4 cup.

Next, dump the water into the pressure cooker and give it a small stir to mix it.

If you have a 7 in 1 type pot like the Instant Pot which is what I use, than you are going to just hit the rice function button. However, if you have an electric pressure cooker that doesn’t have the pre-programmed settings, set it for 10 minutes.

Put the lid on, seal it and let it do its thing!

I have cooked this rice ahead of time and warmed it up, and it was still perfect! No gloppy, sticky mess!

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