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School Picture Day Scrapbooking | Third Grade

Scrapbooking school moments are a must for me. It’s fun to record the events of the school year, so we can look back at the year and see how much our baby girl has grown. This year she started fifth grade and I created a layout to document the moment. This was the first year I didn’t print and laminate her a sign. She said she was okay with not having one. She seems over this photo thing. I had to beg her for a photo before we left that morning. As I went through the other pages, I could not find one where I scrapped her third grade photos from the first day. That was her last year at school in Wisconsin and I tried to document every thing before we left.

At the bottom of this post I will link to previous years scrapbook layouts relating to school. For some reason, I cannot find the one for first day of fourth grade, so here is the layout I created with her first day photos. I made her banner a little differently last year. I have been collecting so many glorious freebies from Creative Market and really wanted to use them. Plus, the flower collage was a new trend at the time and I really wanted to use that as inspiration and it helps that her shirt had embroidered flowers on it, too. I had a lot of fun creating a layout to go along with the feel of her mini poster. She loves colors, and especially when she can have a lot of bright colors altogether.

Back to third grade, I wanted to create a layout using her school photo. This was probably the first year I bought them and was excited to do so. I take many great photos of my children myself, so it takes a lot for me to purchase the ones at the school. For this set, I purchased the package with wallets and a few 5x7s that included a digital high resolution version of the photo. That way I could edit and scrapbook it as I pleased.

The inspiration for this page came from this gorgeous page I found in the gallery. Sometimes I need direction and inspiration and Floramfarkas’ gallery is giving me all the life. To create my digital layout, I used a lovely new kit from Kelly Bangs Creative and Libby Pritchett called I Heart School available at Sweet Shoppe Designs.When I saw the color palette, it immediately reminded me of these photos. I love when the perfect kit comes along for a photo, and this was definitely that.


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First Day of School | Fifth Grade

My baby girl is now in the fifth grade. We had a lot of important conversations over the summer. As usual, she was so ready to go back to school so that she could use her school supplies. She is so funny. Her dad and I love our stationary and it seems she is the same.

While I make sure to get what is on the teacher’s supply list, I let her pick out some cute and fun supplies to have of her own. Her favorite item this year is her unicorn pencil case. My main hope for this school year is that she does well academically and come out of her shell a bit more. She has friends, but is very picky about who she will or will not deal with, which is a good thing. One of the things I have been glad about, after playing Overwatch with her, is she is not afraid to speak up for herself.


This year I did not make a cute little sign. I figured since I scrapbook a page with all of the details and include a bit of the story, that should be good.



This layout was created using some items from today’s SOSN sale at The Lilypad.


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Milk Allergy: No More?

My four year old loves ice cream. When he was about 9 months old,  I would supplement  breast milk with soy formula. We had no issues. Our pediatrician and even the nurses, residents, and doctors at the hospital when was born asked why I chose soy. I chose it because it worked for my daughter and we had no issues, so same for this little guy. I tried milk-based formula one time and never again. He cried so much that night. He could not lay on his tummy at all; that was how bad it was. With each of my children, at about 9 or 10 months old, their appetites picked up even more and I was not able to keep up. With my son, it was a little easier since I did not have to work outside of home. With my daughter, I would call my boss and let her know the deal. She eventually saw what was more important and took time to show me where I could pump milk at work.

All of that to say, at a  year old, I started introducing my son to cow’s milk. I hate milk. The most milk I have is in cereal a few times a month. His first couple of bottles of regular milk (2%) mixed with breast milk were okay. Then, one morning around 4:30 am, he woke up for a bottle and I made it half mama’s milk and half cow’s milk, and he drank a little of it and started playing. He was ready to settle down and wanted his bottle back. He finished it and stayed awake. He ended up crying hysterically and started to swell in his face and get hives all over his body. My husband was working night shift, so he came home (his office was like 3 minutes away, thankfully) and we all headed to the ER. I thought it may have been the milk but was not sure. The ER doc could not confirm, so they gave baby boy meds to clear the allergy symptoms and said to make a list of all he’d come in contact with and ate. We go home and eventually has another bottle and reacts immediately. We go back to the ER and I am like, it has to be the cow’s milk. We got meds and a couple of prescriptions plus an epi pen. A week later we had a blood test done, since he had no reaction to the skin test for milk, and confirmed it was the milk causing the allergic reaction. All of this happened in September of 2015.

The weirdest thing about it was I would buy M&M ice cream cones and he could eat them with no issues. He could not eat any other ice cream though. If milk was cooked as part of a recipe, he had no reaction. It was weird.

Fast forward to 2017, and he has outgrown his milk allergy. He will not drink milk, not even chocolate milk, but he loves ice cream. I try to tell him it’s all the same. He just does not believe me.


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