‘Favorite Things’ Charm Necklace

Last week was Jason’s first week of kindergarten, a pretty momentous occasion in his life thus far. With so much focus on Jason starting ‘big boy school,’ we may have underestimated the change for Jenna, who started pre-k at a new school as well. Unlike Jason, who dives right in to new environments and makes friends everywhere he goes, Jenna is more reserved and cautious in new surroundings.

The difference in attitudes was immediately apparent: Jason would come home from school telling me how “awesome” his new school is. Jenna only talked about how much she missed me.

In addition to being apart from her brother, one of the biggest changes is that she can no longer bring her own belongings to school. Carrying around ‘stuff’ is a big deal for Jenna, and in the past she never left for school without a loved object from home in her hands.

I started to think of ways to send a little bit of home with her everyday, and decided on a photo charm necklace with pictures of a few of her favorite things.

I started by taking pictures of some of her favorites:

  • Her lovey, which she’s had since she was born
  • Teacups, because playing tea is her favorite
  • A card that I wrote to her just after she started ballet class
  • Her mittens, which she wears year round
  • Her favorite book, which is so worn it no longer has a cover
  • And, finally, me!

Once I took the photos, I cropped them to 3/4 inch circles, printed them onto photo paper and cut them out using a hole punch (3/4 inch diameter).

Next, I assembled some additional materials:

  • Glue and sponge brush
  • Metal 1 inch jewelry discs (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
  • Pink string

I glued one image to each side of the circles. I chose 3 circles, but you could include more. I was thinking about making a larger assortment of ‘charms’ and then letting her choose which ones she wanted to take each day, but quickly realized I didn’t need an extra step in our morning routine.


Once everything was dry, I placed the circles on the string and tied the ends together.

Voila, Jenna can carry her most precious objects right by her heart.

Starting a New Tradition: Back-to-School Portraits

Today is Jason’s very first day of school. He was pretty excited about starting ‘big boy school,’ and even woke up before his Darth Vader alarm sounded. That. Never. Happens.

I knew this morning would be hectic and emotional, so I decided in advance that I wasn’t going to document every second in my usual photography-momma kind of way. But I definitely wanted to commemorate the event somehow, so this weekend I decided to start an annual tradition: back-to-school portraits. For our inaugural portrait, Jason and I went to his new school to play on the playground. I also snapped a few pics of him sitting in the empty parking lot, which ended up being my favorites. What can I say, photography momma loves stripes.

What about you, do you have any annual start of school traditions?

I Heart: Vintage School Style

We’re down to less than 2 weeks before Jason’s starts school. I haven’t seen his classroom yet, but I’m pretty certain it will look nothing like the classrooms I remember. The desk in #6 looks so ancient to me now, but I’m certain I sat in one of those back in the day. I can’t help but have a bit of nostalgia for the classrooms of my childhood, but I certainly hope Jason’s digs are more comfortable.

Sources: 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 / 06 / 07 / 08

A Back-to-School DIY and A Few Favorites

Anyone else planning some back-to-school shopping this weekend? I’m eager to get started, but also telling myself that I should wait until the tax-free weekend that starts on the 17th. Since the start of the school season is foremost on my mind, I thought I would also share a quick DIY for the composition notebooks you’re likely to have in your cart at Target this weekend.

The Materials

Chalkboard Paint / Composition Notebook / Paintbrush

The Process

And speaking of back-to-school, here are a few of my favorite links from the week:

Happy Weekend!

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I Heart: Back to School Shopping

Jason is starting kindergarten in a couple of weeks, so it’s time to start back-to-school shopping. I knew that I was more than a little excited about this annual tradition, but as I was preparing this post, a package (or maybe three) arrived at our door. Turns out, I’m not the only one excited about back-to-school shopping. Grandma got bit by the back-to-school bug too. Jason is going to be one stylin’ little boy!