Crayola Creativity Pack Giveaway and Reminder (Back-to-School Tips)

Just a reminder tomorrow night is your last chance to tweet with Crayola and other experts on getting the kiddos back to school.

Tomorrow nights topic will be “Back-to-School Tips”

I have included the details here or you can goto MomItForward. (That is where this information was obtained from)

  • What: Crayola Creativitycast on #gno (Click here to learn more about #gno!)
  • When: Tuesday, August 18, 9-11 p.m. EST
  • Where: We party on a custom Tweetgrid. The link to the Tweetgrid for this week’s party will be posted on Tuesday at noon ET. (Use hashtags #gno & #crayola.)
  • Topic: Back-to-School Tips (making the back-to-school shopping season fun and affordable)
  • Who: @brandyellen from Happily Blended, @cerisecheri from Crayola, @katjapresnal from Skimbaco Lifestyle, @michellelamar from White Trash Mom, @razzmatazzrob from Crayola, @skybluestacy from Crayola, @tjstaab from Currently Crafting
  • Party Favors: Click here to check out this week’s giveaway sponsored by Crayola.
  • RSVP: The link list is not working this week, so please leave your Twitter ID in the comments.

Also thanks to MyBlogSpark and Crayola I still have one more Creativity pack to giveaway…

Mandatory Entry: 1. Give me a tip on what you do to get the kiddos back to school. YOU MUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU DO NOT YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT COUNT, AND NEITHER WILL ANY EXTRAS YOU DO!!

Do you really want to win? Then you can go ahead and do some extras. Make sure to leave a separate comment.

2. Blog about this giveaway and give me a link back. (5 entries)

3. Follow me on twitter and tweet this give away. I made it easy for you just copy and paste “Enter to win a Crayola Pack @Jammie79 (2 entries can be done daily)

4. Subscribe to my blog via email. (3 entries)

5. Tell me something you learned from last weeks GNO.

Disclaimer: This giveaway will end August 23th @ 11:59pm CST the winner will be determined by I will contact the winner by email and they will have 72 hours to contact me with their information so I can pass it on to the sponsor.

I would like to take the time to thank Crayola and MyBlogSpark for giving me the opportunity to spread the word about GNO with Crayola, as well as review these wonderful products.

About Jammie Morey

Jammie is of Native American descent, she has family from the Ojibway/Chippewa tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She was born and raised in Michigan, where she later moved to Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Jammie and her husband home school their daughter, and enjoy doing many things together as a family. Some of those activities include geocaching, hiking, fishing, playing games together as a family, and just being silly with their daughter. Jammie is Owner of The Neat Things in Life. For more information visit on Google+.


  1. We go back to school shopping to get my daughter excited about going back to school.

    All summer my daughter works on her summer reading list and her bridge workbook.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  2. A good tip is to arrange a tour of the child's classroom/school before the first day so that they can meet their teacher and get comfortable.

    mfalcon13 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  3. Anonymous says:

    we love meet the teacher night at school! Getting to see all the friends again is fun!

  4. jemscout425 says:

    i set their school bedtimes a week earlier

  5. jemscout425 says:

    follow on twitter and tweeted

  6. My children will start back to school on the 24th.
    The week before we get into our bedtime routine,
    lie out our outfits for the week and get our backpacks ready to go.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  7. Amanda S. says:

    We start getting back to early bedtimes a week or two before school starts.

  8. Make them part of the process and have them identify what they want to be different.

  9. I take each of our children, one by one shopping. Then we go to lunch together and just have a nice day, one on one.

  10. Mysharona says:

    we start sending the kids to bed earlier a week before school.

  11. Denise S. says:

    My kids are homeschooled, so they are learning all year long and don't have any special ritual to get into it.

  12. Teaching Mommy says:

    My son isn't in school yet, but as an elementary teacher, my advice would be to get them back into the going to bed early and getting up early routine a week or two before school is back in session. Their teachers will appreciate it!

  13. Jaina's Mom says:

    I make a big deal of "Back to School shopping" I make it an entire day of just me and my daughter, we shop go for lunch and come home and unwrap all the supplies and get her backpack ready. this way she starts to understand she will not be with mommy all day.

  14. Michelle AKA blabla3269 says:

    we ghet back into the school schedule the week before

  15. Stephanie says:

    shopping for chothes and supplies, talk about what expectations are for the year.
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  16. Plan a special "first day of school" breakfast.

  17. we start going to bed at 8 again a few weeks before school starts and waking at 7 so they will be in the habit by the time school starts

  18. cstironkat says:

    We make special sugar cookies for their lunches. This gets them excited. We also go to orientation so they feel comfortable their first day.

  19. We attend the back to school open house so he can meet his new teacher.

  20. It's important to get on an early to bd schedule before school starts.

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  22. scarlette10 says:

    I think getting them excited with new clothes and school supplies/lunchboxes is the best way!

  23. Sharon Harmon says:

    What helps get my kidlets back into the swing of school are these positive self-affirmation notes I put into their lunch boxes, pockets, any hiding place they will discover them! I use affirmations like, "I am a Winner!", "No one is any more or less worthy than I am". They love them and it helps their self-esteem when they are starting a new school year! Thank you for the contest!

  24. mscoffee77 says:

    We meet the teacher and tour the school before school starts.


  25. Jennifer, A Self-Confessed Foodie says:

    Start getting ready in the morning on a "school schedule" so that you're not rushed when school starts!

    jlsemon at gmail dot com

  26. Give me a tip on what you do to get the kiddos back to school.

    I always took and take each child separately to do the back to school clothes and shoe shopping, along with their haircut. then we both go out to lunch and congratulate ourselves for a job well done.

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  28. I follow on Twitter cdziuba and tweeted

  29. Start in early August doing daily lesson plans at home so the kids are ready to sit still, concentrate, and learn when school starts. Helps the transition from the freedom of summer to the discipline of school

  30. Anonymous says:

    I give them carnation instant breakfasts to drink before school instead of wasting precious time cooking.

  31. We prepare for the kids to go back to school early in the summer so that we are not in a panic the couple weeks before school starts and we then can relax and enjoy each others company!
    cjnedrow at

  32. purplepassion126 says:

    The start of the new school year is exciting, but sometimes getting back in the habit of going back to school can be a drag. We try linking going back to school with something they are excited about like seeing their friends or gearing up for the various back-to-school events or participating in fall sports. This way their excitement for these things will hopefully get them excited about getting to school and getting back in the groove.

  33. purplepassion126 says:

    Subscribed via email #1

  34. I try to get the kids one special thing for them to take back to school. For example my daughter got a Jonas Bros. folder…

  35. justicecw says:

    I get my son involved by taking him to pick out his new school supplies. Then we make sure he gets enough sleep the nights before school starts. thanks,

  36. justicecw says:

    Email subscriber #3

  37. justicecw says:

    Last week I learned that has 1000's of printables available to download. Thanks,

  38. I get them all excited by getting excited myself. We usually shop for school supplies and clothes together.

  39. Lower Mitten Kitten says:

    We attended our school's open house so my son could meet his new teacher.

  40. andersonann48 says:

    Shop Shop Shop! Oh and get to bed early again, back to routine! haha

  41. We start 2 weeks before school getting up early. Really helps come the first day of school.

  42. Our process to get ready for going back to school was pretty standard–some new clothes and picking up required school supplies.

    clynsg at

  43. Be enthusiastic and let them pick out supplies that they like. They will be more excited about doing school work if the tools they have are visually appealing to them.

  44. I start both my son and myself on a school sleeping schedule. Earlier bedtime, bath time and reading time.

  45. I get her on the right meal and sleep schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

  46. Carolyn G says:

    Make sure that everything is organized the night before so you don't stress in the morning.

  47. Anonymous says:

    We shop for supplies and clothing about a week or so before school starts so they're up and running, and ready to go on day one.

  48. I learned there are tons of printables on the site. Thanks for the chance.

  49. courtneystoffel says:

    We start school shopping early. That way we have everything and don't get caught up in that last minute rush.

    hebert024 at aoldot com

  50. We shop for school supplies and clothing together. We have a blast!

  51. randycur0962 says:

    We practice getting up early a week before school starts. That means going to bed earlier…oh man!

  52. We start going to bed early the week before school starts so they can get up.

  53. Girly Remix says:

    We go school shopping a MONTH early to get the good stuff. :)
    And two weeks before we start re-learning things from the previous year. Also, the bed times go down an hour or two. :)

  54. My son hates it but we put him to bed earlier. Thanks!

  55. We used to plan something fun for Saturday, if everyone went to school everyday, and didn't put up a fuss.

  56. My boys are not school age yet, but my mom use to always start a week before school making us go to bed early and wake up early. Thanks :)

  57. For my little ones we start a month before school reviewing their letters and numbers so they start school having not forgotten what they already learned.

  58. We start going to bed earlier right before summer ends. THis helps get them mentally prepared for school. thankyou


  59. We start practicing our morning school routine a few weeks before school actually begins. That way they know what I expect each morning and we are all ready for the first real day.

  60. TXsunlover says:

    School starts Monday and we started with earlier bedtimes a couple of weeks ago.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  61. Ah back to school shopping and then getting things prepped ahead of time.

  62. We start prepping for school with "dry runs" a few weeks before going back. We have a few practice sessions of packing lunch and putting out clothes the night before, getting up and out the door on time. Then we get to go back to bed :)

  63. Anonymous says:

    It is always fun to start back to school with the new school supplies and clothes we just purchased during the back to school sales! Thanks!

  64. janetfaye says:

    I always talked to my kids about what to expect from school before it started.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  65. We make sure they have at least one outfit they're excited about for the first day of school, and go pick out all new school supplies. We also always talk positively about school so they're excited to go!
    Thanks so much!

  66. We switch to school bedtimes several weeks before school starts so the kids aren't so cranky the first week of school!

  67. bridget3496 says:

    My son gets excited because school time is also football time!

  68. I don't have kids, but I have nieces and nephews! Good tip is to organize a scavenger hunt (with prizes) for misplaced last year school supplies.


  69. ShesAnAngel says:

    To get my kids in the spirit to go back to school, I buy them each a bag they actually like and some other accessories which make them feel like they have an input and that they matter!

  70. Anonymous says:

    get them go to bed early 2 weeeks before school starts ty.

  71. taylorbagels says:

    Motivate with good cheer and positveness.

  72. Betty Norton says:

    I always have a back to school party for old and new classmates. You can get a list from the teachers at school. we make freind items to take to school the first day and it always has the kids looking forward to that first day to see everyone again and share the party crafts.

  73. Our family likes to take a big vacation the week before school starts.

  74. kngmckellar says:

    I take them school shopping and let them pick a couple of outfits out and their school supplies!
    I start getting them to bed earlier a couple of weeks before it starts.

  75. We start a few weeks in advance goin to bed/getting up early so it's not so hard the first da yo school to get back into the routine!

  76. My son starts the 8th,so we have started getting back into a schedule


  77. My daughter starts back tommorow so I'm washing and getting ready a weeks worth of clothes so there is no sock searching and being late for the bus

  78. Everything is done months beforehand – like seriously, do the back to school shopping at the end of the school year before, because that when it's the cheapest and the lines are the shortest!


  79. 2kidsblogger says:

    my kids love helping pick out school supplies – really gets them in the mood for BTS

    I'd love to win this prize, thanks for sponsoring this.


  80. I usually do really fun stuff (revolving around school) for the whole week before school starts

  81. We make sure the routine of going to bed earlier and getting up earlier is accomplished at least a week ahead of time and lay out everything we need the night before..and i make sure they have their favorite breakfast that morning!

  82. Every year we pick out new backpacks. Having a brand new backpack makes it feel like a new year and makes school a little more exciting!

  83. FDP 4 Life says:

    we get prepared about a month early that way we beat the rush

  84. We are planning on going to see the school next week before she starts. We are also talking about it a lot and talking about different lunches she can have.

  85. I learned about a cool rake that you use sidewalk chalk in!

  86. kathy pease says:

    i look for sales and clearances all summer and by the time school rolls around im pretty well set :)

  87. We ease into it and prepare ahead of time

  88. rbailey1958 says:

    It isn't easy getting 4 kids back into the routine of getting ready 4 school. I try at least a week ahead to get them used to going 2 bed earlier, and getting up earlier, it isn't easy though.

  89. We encourage the girls to explore new things in their new classes, to step out of their comfort zone.

  90. We stock up on super cheap school supplies to last the whole school year :)

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