Is Your Dog or Cat Ready for The New Baby?

 
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Here’s some sweet ways to honor your pets at the Baby Shower—they Are a part of the family, after all!

When it was time to plan my sister’s baby shower, I knew we needed to honor their beloved fur babies as well. They’ve been there through thick and thin and are truly a part of the family. I’ve included some simple ways to honor our beloved pets as we make room for baby!

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At my sister’s baby shower, I created a personalized iron-on transfer onesie craft station where guests could create their own custom onesie for the baby on the way. I made sure to include some photos of their Goldendoodles as well as some phrases like “My Siblings are Goldendoodles” cut out in the shape of a heart. I outline specifically how I created it on this blog post

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Another great way to include your pups (or kittens!) is their very own page in a personalized ABC Coloring Book Activity! Not only is the book customizable with baby’s name or siblings and family pages, but you can also include a page for your beloved family pet. Guests each color a page and sign the bottom of the page so it doubles as a guest book as well. This is such a great activity for young and old! Low-pressure, low-key, and a GREAT memory! It’s also perfect for a long-distance baby shower. Mail the pages out to family and friends and ask them to color, sign, and return to assemble into a book for the baby.

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Not only is it a great way to include your pet, but it’s also a great way to remember this season and take a “snapshot” of life before baby. Personalized pages are also perfect for human siblings, too.

Buy your own Illustrated ABC Book and personalized pages in our shop here. (Available as an instant PDF download or printed and mailed!) Also, read rave reviews and find even more “Baby’s First Book” options in our Etsy shop here!

 

School Theme Baby Shower for Teachers (and Education Lovers!)

 
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Planning a Baby Shower for a teacher in your life? This is the perfect way to celebrate their new little one. I used a combination of classic vintage schoolhouse theme along with chalk boards, red apples, cursive, yellow pencils and stacks of old and new children’s books. Much of this theme can be pulled together with what you already have. And the best part was having each guest color a page from my new Baby’s First ABC Book (School Theme)! The Baby’s First ABC Book is not only a great baby shower activity for anyone, it’s also a great teacher appreciation gift from the class for a teacher that’s expecting. It includes the class in the excitement and gives the a teacher a sweet keepsake of memories.

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I created a table runner out of lined D'nealian paper by stapling pages together in a long line. Nothing had to be perfect and it came together so quickly. So simple to create and it would also work well for a photo backdrop or wall hanging. The vintage copy of Wizard of Oz was from my Dad’s childhood collection. I also had access to (too many!) children’s books to display around the room. Accents of black and white dishes and decor with pops of red apples along with jars of yellow pencils and stacks of children’s books all around. Chalkboard signs were also perfect to direct guests throughout the shower.

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My illustrated School Theme ABC Book is the perfect baby shower activity and keepsake to complete the theme! Each guest lovingly colored and signed a page for baby. The ABC Book pages double as a decoration—I hung them on a clothesline which made it easy for guests to choose their page to color. Then when they were done coloring, they hung them back up to display! Another great option would be to have small clipboards ready for guests to use as they color their pages. Then all the pages can be laminated and bound or put into a photo album. (See my ABC Book Template post about how to print and book and put it together.)

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The School Theme Illustrated ABC Book comes in 3 different page size options, as well as downloadable PDFs that you print yourself or 4x6” printed cards with photo album ready to go! See all the options in my Etsy Shop here.

I’d love to hear about your other School themed decoration ideas! Let me know in the comments.

P.S. When you sign up for my email list, you get these FREE COLORING SHEETS! Great for a Baby Shower or just a Children’s coloring activity! (Coloring Sheets include: “I’m a Big Sister,” “I’m a Big Brother,” and “B is for Baby,” illustrated by yours truly!)

 

Free Personalized Christmas Gift Tags for the Kids to Color

 
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As some parents of little one’s know, it’s sometimes hard (ie. time consuming) to include your small children in helping with a task like wrapping presents. So finding a task for them that occupies them for a bit and makes them feel included is a win-win.

My little busy bee at work

My little busy bee at work

I’ve put together these adorable Christmas Gift Tags that you can personalize and print. Then let your little one color and decorate them while you wrap presents. (Or let’s be honest, while you partially wrap a present, get someone a cup of water, respond to a text message, let the dog in, clean up a spilled drink, and hopefully finish wrapping at least one gift.)

6 unique tags in all! Type the name in or delete the name and write it yourself after printing.

6 unique tags in all! Type the name in or delete the name and write it yourself after printing.

It’s easy!

  1. Click here to access the free PDF file from Samantha B Design’s VIP Community library.

  2. Once downloaded, open the file in Adobe Reader. (A free program available to download here. Please note, fonts don’t work as well in other PDF programs.)

  3. Type over the names with the names you want. Or alternatively, clear the names to print without pre-printed names.

  4. Print on white 8.5x11” card stock.

  5. Trim along gray border (works well with a paper trimmer or X-acto knife/ruler to trim or trim with scissors).

  6. Use a hole punch to punch a hole and attach string to tie to package. -

Kid’s LOVE seeing their names in print and it’s an accessible activity for all ages. Plus it’s personal and meaningful!

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These tags are yours for free when you join our VIP Community--a gift from Samantha B Design! Just subscribe and we’ll send you a link to our free printable library!

P.S. Do your kids love to color? Check out the Holiday Coloring sheets in my shop! Personalize and print a sheet for EVERY friend in your child’s class—as many sheets as you need! Customize the text and print easily from your computer, tablet, or phone. Great for class parties or gifts!

Personalized Holiday and Christmas Coloring Sheets from Samantha B Design

Personalized Holiday and Christmas Coloring Sheets from Samantha B Design