Back to School Checklist

25 Jul

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It’s still summer, but I am already thinking about back-to-school.  Every store you go into, back-to-school supplies are everywhere!  Every year I feel a little overwhelmed trying to make sure I’ve covered everything for back-to-school.  I’ve made a checklist I follow to help me organize my thoughts and everything I need to get my kids ready.  Keep in mind my list is for grade school and middle school aged kids.

Back to School Checklist

  • Physical / Sports Physical.  Every state has different rules on what they require, but make sure you book these in advance so you get them done in time.
  • Dental and eye exam.  Again, every state is different, but many require current dental and eye exams on file for different ages.
  • Backpack.  If you are using a backpack from last year, wash it in the gentle cycle and hang dry it so it’s fresh for the new school year.  Otherwise, make sure you invest in a quality backpack that can handle all their books, lunches, snacks, jackets and gym shoes.
  • School Supplies.  Schools provide a list of needed items – but it’s best to shop early so you get your choice of items.  Sometimes stores run out of certain color binders or certain brands.
  • Gym shoes.  You always need a pair of gym shoes … whether you keep them at school or wear them on gym days, your child will need a pair that fits well.
  • Lunch bags.  I make sure I have two lunch bags for each child.  The reason is that in case they forget it one day at school, there’s always a back-up.
  • Bag tags.  I have personalized bag ID tags for my kids backpacks and sports bags.  They are a great way to label your kids backpacks and sports bags and can serve double duty as luggage tags for Spring Break!
  • Water bottles.  I give my kids their own personalized water bottles so they can stay hydrated all day.
  • Clothes.  Whether you kids love or loathe clothes shopping, it’s always good idea to get a few new items to freshen up their wardrobe.

What other things would you add to the checklist?  I would love to hear what items are “must have” back-to-school items for your family.

xoxo,

Jennifer

P.S.  One last tip … label everything!

 

 

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Understanding Paper Weight

21 Jul

 

text-weight2Have you ever thought about paper weight and wanted to understand it a little better?  Anyone who understands paper can tell you that whether a note card is thicker or thinner is something that can be a little confusing.

There are two elements that go into determining Paper Weight:

1) The TYPE of paper stock (ex. BOND, TEXT or COVER)
2) The WEIGHT of paper stock (ex. 60 lb, 130 lb, etc.)

Just because an item has a higher weight doesn’t mean it’s thicker.  Here is an example:  A 100 lb. Text stock is actually lighter than 80 lb. Cover stock.

Examples of of paper types are often used:

Bond stocks are often used for note pads.

Text stocks are often used for note pads, Post-It® notes, light-weight note cards, and medium-weight note cards.

Cover stocks are often used for medium-weight note cards, heavy-weight note cards, holiday cards, business cards and invitations.

Board stocks are similar to cover stocks except they are available in much heavier weights. At 60 pt., board stock is extremely rigid and thick, similar to the cover of a hardcover book.

text-weightTo compare paper stocks, view the TYPE and the WEIGHT.
You can see the lightest weight stocks fall under the BOND column and
the heaviest weight stock numbers fall under the COVER column.

Further information for paper enthusiasts

So, why isn’t 80 lb. Text the same weight as 80 lb. Cover While the weight in pounds for most paper types is based on the total weight of 500 sheets, the dimensions of each individual sheet may vary for different TYPES of paper stock.  For example, Text stock is weighed based upon 25″ x 38″ sheets, while Cover stock is weighed based upon 20″ x 26″ sheets.   Also, due to manufacturing differences in paper, not all papers of the same type and weight will feel the same.

Paper weight in stationery and note cards is ultimately a personal choice.  Whether you select thinner or thicker stock is really up to the designer and the user.   Many people like thicker stocks, however, not all.  Bear in mind that some very fine, thinner stocks are made by the very best manufacturers and are beautiful in their own right.  Further, price is not necessarily determined by thicker or thinner stock in many situations, but rather by the process used for production and the specialty nature of certain papers.

No matter whether you note is written on thicker or thinner stock, I wish you happy letter writing!

Best wishes,

Renee

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7 Great Packing Tips

17 Jul

moving-boxes

Summer is a popular time for people to move.  The weather is nice, it’s before the new school year starts and it makes it easy to meet new neighbors, too.  However, moving can be an overwhelming and stressful time.  I found a list of 7 great packing tips from move.com to help you get ready!

Packing Tip #1: Don’t procrastinate. This seems simple enough, but getting started can be difficult. A few weeks prior to your move, start packing several boxes a day. Begin with items that are least essential to your daily life. If you pace yourself, you will be more organized and the job won’t be so overwhelming. Make packing easier by not waiting to get started.

Packing Tip #2: Pack room-by-room. Focus on one area of a room at a time and don’t mix items from different rooms in one box. To prevent miniature knickknacks and small items from being lost or mistakenly thrown out with the packing paper, wrap them in brightly-colored tissue paper.

Packing Tip #3: Label clearly. On the top and side of each box, write a general description of the contents and the room name. Use different colored markers for each room, which will provide additional clarity for you and your movers.

Packing Tip #4: Stay clean. Regular newspaper may bleed ink onto your possessions. Use white packing paper to wrap all items.

Packing Tip #5: Use boxes designed for moving. Boxes obtained from grocery or liquor stores are not always clean and might not hold the weight of the items that you will be putting in them. In addition, varying box sizes can make loading more difficult.

Packing Tip #6: Know what you can’t pack. Some common household items can’t be shipped because they are hazardous. Don’t wind up on the wrong side of the law.

Packing Tip #7: Don’t box up everything. You should personally transport heirlooms, important papers, legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), and valuables. Make packing easier by decided what doesn’t need to be packed.

Of course, once you settle in, you need to let everyone know that you’ve moved.  While we can’t help you move (sorry … we have plans that day!), we can help you with moving cards and moving announcements, personalized stampers, labels and more.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

7 Packing Tips Source:  Moving.com

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