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School Accessories Giveaway, 10 Winners!

schoolgiveawayI LOVE back-to-school time.

Love it. 

I love the smell of notebooks and pencils and binders and books. I love that every year for the first day of school the kiddos and I go out to breakfast, go shopping for one new school outfit each, head to the park to feed the ducks, make “About Me” books, and then take school pictures in our new outfits. Such fun!

We also have a little tradition of walking to the school bus with the neighborhood kids, you know, solidarity and all. As the neighborhood kids board the school bus, my kids wave goodbye and say, “So long suckas!” I kid, I kid on that last part!

Well, in honor of almost back to school (and for sure back to school in the South, where you all are CRAZY starting so early), and The Type-B Homeschool Planner, I give you DaySpring and some super cute school accessories to begin the year with!

Today, you have a chance to win all of things shown above!

And how about the fact that there will be 10 WINNERS! Yep. 10 of you will get to take home the four items in the above picture, BUT they will be your choice. So, if you don’t want a bearded notebook, you can have a cute owl one, or a mustache one. Perhaps instead of the “Shine” water bottle, you’d like the “Joy’s of Life” one instead. Your choice!


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Want to know more about the Type-B Homeschool Planner? Click HERE!

Hold, write in it, love it! Click below to get the spiral-bound physical copy for only $24.99 (FREE shipping, unless it’s international – email me sarahmaewrites (at) for international rates!)

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To enter the giveaway, just fill out the form below! Good “luck”! And be sure to come back tomorrow for ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! WOOT!

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Love, Sarah Mae

P.S. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the Type-B Homeschool Planner AND Chevron Scarf from Sorta Southern Boutique! If you buy the planner and then win the planner giveaway, you will get a full refund!

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  • Rebecca

    These items are wonderful!

  • katrina

    We have no traditions yet, as this is our first year! Making some this year though, like photos, little gifts, etc.

  • Ashley Scheirer

    we try to take pics with cute little signs every year at school or at the bus stop
    …when they cooperate that is 🙂

  • Lauren Shintani Lim

    special breakfast, taking a picture

  • Jess

    We don’t have any yet – but looking forward to starting homeschool kindergarten this year!

  • Clever Colleen

    Pretty boring around here…just pictures the morning of. 😉

  • Jenn

    First day school pictures, first year questionnaire, and out to lunch to celebrate our first day

  • Rachel Anna

    We will be starting homeschool preschool this year – maybe we’ll start a special breakfast tradition!

  • christinaburrell

    We have ABC shaped pancakes on the first day and ice cream after school.

  • Kristin

    We take pictures with a chalkboard telling the child’s grade.

  • Patty

    Join the discussion… We take a first day of school photo each year with our kids holding a piece of paper with their new grade on it. It’s fun to see the changes throughout the years.

  • Heather Nations

    We started a new tradition this year of donuts for breakfast on the first day. The kids all voted they like that tradition! Lol

  • Nicole Corman

    New outfit and new ambitions from the kids

  • Danielle Hull

    We really need to get some traditions! We are supposed to have cheesecake for breakfast on the first day 🙂

  • Sabrina

    We homeschool, so I make a big batch of yummy grain-free pancakes and the kids go crazy that morning {we usually do something after breakfast that is active in order to expend some of that ‘sweet’ energy}. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Jen H

    We take a pic of them getting on the school bus!

  • Gina Ogden

    I take a picture on the first day of school, just like everyone else. Maybe I should come up with something else…

  • Eowyn

    I love your first day of school tradition! I might have to steal it 🙂

  • Jen

    None yet! This will be the first year with my 4 year old!

  • Amy D

    Started our first year of homeschooling soon, so new traditions are on the horizon.

  • Alisa

    New school supplies, a special breakfast and a little note!

  • Paula Romer

    We are just in homeschool pre-school, so we are able to glean great and creative ideas from others to implement! I did by a back pack and lunch box since we will be attending a co-op once a week, but I need to come up with some fun, memorable ideas. Thanks for the great giveaway, Sarah Mae. I would love to win your planner!

  • Not So Average Mama

    We are unschoolers, so we really don’t have a back to school tradition.

  • Elle

    No traditions yet!

  • kelly rau

    I love the idea of going out to breakfast the first day of school…we might have to do that this year!

  • Katherine

    No traditions yet, since this is our first year of school (and our first year of homeschooling). But I have plans for annual first day of school pictures with each kid holding a sign that says their name, age, and grade.

  • Jamie

    We always go out to dinner at a restaurant of the kids choosing.

  • SaraR

    Well, this year will be different because now we’re officially homeschooling 2 and there’s no special homeschool school day for the one but we are doing a coop. So maybe that’ll be the day I do pictures, which is all we really did. I think I need a tradition. Is there something past being a Type B because I think that’s me.

  • Elizabeth P. Deans

    We have a back to school dinner.

  • Sadrac N Sheila Sepulveda

    We don’t have any yet but I really like your idea of going out to breakfast, new outfits, park and pictures. I may have to steal that one 😉

  • Stacy Halbach

    We always line up outside the first day of school and dress up/take pictures!

  • thefiveharts5

    To celebrate the first day of school, we do pics on the porch, pray for our school year, order pizza for lunch, have kids’ choice for dinner, and cake for dessert. To celebrate the first day of the public school in our area, we’ll go to the zoo and Chuck E Cheese for lunch…they’re not crowded anymore and much more fun that way! lol

  • Connie Trudeau Helland

    tradition: cleaning our playroom/school room together to create a place and space for new learning…this may be more fun for the teacher 🙂 and less fun for the kiddos however hopefully it is good modeling of how to declutter and create space and breathing room

  • Lacey Cummings

    We do back-to-school pics!

  • colleen_evelyn

    This year my two oldest girls are heading to school away from home for the first time. My mama’s heart is breaking a little at the change… but I am hoping to make it special for them! Maybe we will sneak in breakfast out before drop-off. I am also planning on getting them their first ever manicure a few days before. 🙂

  • Randi S

    We make pancakes and take pictures with “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up” signs. 🙂

  • leigh dusek

    We don’t have big traditions. But we do have a fun breakfast with cute 1st day of school pictures. 🙂

  • Paulette

    Used to do traditions maybe this year we will be back to them. Thanks for the fun reminder.

  • Need A Nap2

    We homeschool, we usually don’t start until after Labor Day and then homeschool pretty much year-round.

  • Hannah Reid

    I was homeschooled as kid, so our tradition included taking a picture of me and the teacher (my mom) on the first day of school.

  • Jessica Locklear

    Cute stuff! Starting our first year of homeschooling with my Kindergartener!

  • Cassie DeLapp

    Actually we have none. My daughter is 10 and I have never done anything special for the first day of school. Would love to try something special this year.

  • Becky Wenrich

    My daughter is only 4, so we don’t have any traditions yet. But I want to plan a day of shopping for school supplies, school clothes, and a special meal.

  • phoward336

    We always take pictures in the morning and visit our local ice cream shop afterschool.

  • lisa michele

    We don’t always have my stepson on the first day of school but when we do, our tradition is to take a photo either at our font door or at school. Some years we have gone our for frozen yogurt or some other treat to celebrate the first day.

  • Tessy

    Just pictures I guess to document what they looked like at the beginning of the year. Nails and fancy hair sometimes.

  • Melinda Todd

    How fun! We always take a photo in the morning and have a special treat for snack when they get home.

  • Tammy Bertelsen

    For back to school we always have a special breakfast, then get out all of our new school supllies, talk about the exciting books we’re going to read and things we will be studying and pray for the year ahead.

  • RJ

    Just starting them this year! Did school shopping together last night 🙂 and I think we’ll do special family supper out the first day.

  • Becky Bridell

    We do the pictures and questionnaire and new school stuff even though its all at home. Its still fun to have those records

  • Deirdre

    We take pictures and this year they are going to make a special bookmark for their reading books.

  • kathy d

    First day pics, breakfast at IHOP.

  • Amie

    We take a picture outside the morning of the first day holding signs that say what grade they are in. Amie

  • tammy cordery

    we take them to school and have a picture in front of the school with what grade they are going to.

  • MelanieB

    We take first day pictures and try to have a fun snack ready when they get home.

  • Kristy

    We start everything together with great excitement, we make it all into a big deal.

  • Megan

    We haven’t started any yet. But I’m thinking a big breakfast and lots of fun!

  • amy

    cool would love to win!

  • Sarah Bdf

    We take pictures in front of the same tree every year with signs telling which grade they are going into…will make a fun memory book one day!

  • Krystal

    It’s my first year with a pre-schooler & I think the going out to breakfast & school pictures with a new outfit sounds super fun!

  • Kelli

    This is our first year, homeschooling with our preschooler! I think I will make his favorite breakfast and then take pictures by our front door. I think it’s time to get a little chalkboard that he can hold and I’ll write his grade on it each year for pictures.

  • MaryJo

    Haven’t started any yet, but can’t wait to!

  • Charice

    We take a picture with the kiddos holding a grade level sign that they’ve designed and colored….and this happens after Labor Day! LOL Even though we do “school” all year long.

  • Melanie

    I can’t say we really have a back to school tradition. But, I love that idea of going to breakfast together and waiting at the bus stop with friends. Last year was our first year to homeschool 3rd & 8th grade. Yes, you are right, the south starts back to school way too early. I remember when I was growing up we didn’t start back until after Labor Day.

  • doreenwrks

    Haven’t done any yet, cool giveaway!! 🙂


  • Debbie O.

    This is a great giveaway, thank you for doing this! I love back to school and the office supplies I get to shop for! I always take pictures of my 3 kiddos together on the first day of school.

  • Jaci

    Looks like lots of fun stuff! And thanks for the tradition ideas. We have none at this point….

  • Deanna

    My kids are 4yrs and 18 months, so no real traditions here. I usually scour the target dollar section for flash cards, workbooks, or other manipulatives to use in the future though. ; )

  • Lisa F.

    I love back to school time!

  • Jill

    We take pictures and have a special breakfast, but I’d love to add more.

  • Abby

    Budget is tight around here, this would be a wonderful way to bless my children!

  • Tamara A

    This will be our first year taking homeschool back to school pictures and I’m going to do a question/answer sheet of their favorite things too!

  • Debbie Wenger

    My oldest is still only 4 so I’m looking forward to starting some traditions and am loving reading about everyone else’s. One I’d like to do is going out for breakfast on the first day of school (if my kids will get up early enough to make it happen). 🙂

  • Liz Lanza

    We eat a big homemade breakfast, take pictures and have a long question and answer session at dinner , asking them all about their day.

  • HolisticHomemaking

    We don’t really have a tradition, sadly. I would love to adopt some meaningful ones though.

  • Katie

    we take pictures on the first day of school

  • Melodie M

    I’m gearing up for my second year of homeschooling. I’ll have a kindergartner and 1st grader (and a toddler that I’m sure will be into everything! ). I love these fun traditions for your first day. I need to come up with some of my own. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Emily @OAAA

    we usually take a picture. we homeschool, so we are always going to school.

  • Debbie

    we take pictures and my husband joins us to walk to school.

  • Joanna

    Each kiddo who is going to school, two this year, has a back-to-school supply shopping date with just a Mom. After buying all of the needs, we go out for a ice cream or some other treat. The one-on-one time means the world to them and is worth the few extra dollars of supply costs.

  • Gloria Cottrell Phillips

    We homeschool and to start the year we always take some fun pictures and I’m hoping to start using some fun ideas I have found on pinterest.

  • Carrie

    We go school shopping for new clothes and pencils and stuff.

  • Jennifer Lambert

    I do notbacktoschool blog linkups. I’m a loser at back to school traditions. We school year-round and move across the world every 2-4 years. Isn’t that enough outta me?!

  • Erin

    We don’t have any traditions really yet – my oldest starts kindergarten this fall. Last year for pre-K, we took a picture of her outside of our house, we’ll probably do the same.

  • Erykah

    Taking pictures

  • Dianna Auton

    We do back to school pics on the first day of the year.

  • Amber B.

    We always take a few pictures in the morning before school.

  • Joanna Adams

    We fill the day with fun activities, and of course do pics.

  • CW

    We always ease into school, starting with placement tests and assigning new books.

  • Taylor C

    School supplies shopping was always the most fun part! I’m super organized so even as a little kid I would gather all my supplies and get them organized in my binders and pencil bags. School photos are always exciting, too.

  • J S

    We take a picture on the first day of school at home by the same tree every year…and then again on the last day of school!

  • Rachel

    We homeschool so every year I’ll take each of my kids in to a photography studio for school pictures. Love everything you do, sounds like such fun!!

  • Amy Carter

    Pictures! They are so cute!

  • Sharon Howard

    Our family always goes camping the week before school starts and we just try to have enough fun to last the school year.

  • Jenn Walden

    We have a big “not back to school” celebration the day all their friends start school. This usually includes a trip to the park, ice cream, games and pizza for dinner!! So much fun and a great way to start the year!! 🙂

  • Sam

    We always take pictures before school starts. 🙂

  • JC

    first day of school pictures!

  • Leesa Chesnut

    We take pictures the morning we start. This year we are starting a fun breakfast and a “school supply hunt” before the day begins! 🙂 We also start a staggered schedule so that everyone is not starting everything the first day.

  • Jennifer

    Starting homeschool kindergarten this year…new traditions being planted now! Love reading the comments for ideas.

  • Heather Howard

    We take Picture with sings of each grade they are going into to. I add it to there scrapbook

  • Amanda

    I remember back to school lunches with my mom fondly, but we’re only on our second year, so nothing feels really traditional yet.

  • Noelle Summit

    We take pictures of them going out the front door…like they are headed to school….jackets, backpacks,etc., and then they come back inside and put on their jammies again! 😉

  • LeighAnn G

    This will be our first year homeschooling! Our little girl will be starting preschool. We have a cute outfit picked out for pictures and we’ll probably do a special breakfast. We’re pretty excited to get started

  • billie the girl

    This is our first year so we took a “first day of school” picture.

  • Karen L

    Organizing all their new school supplies, their shelves, bulletin boards and desks. Then they get to decorate all of their “view” binders. They get one binder per subject times four girls is a lot of binders.

  • rachieannie

    I love love love browsing the school supply aisles and suckering into new pens and highlighters and notebooks and whatever other pretties catch my eye, even though no one in our family is in school. But you always need school supplies!

  • Sherri J

    We always make sure we have our notebooks all organized for the first day.

  • Tami Lewis

    Each of the five kids picks a color for each thing, including the crate to keep it in, and we buy everything they have for each color.

  • Lisa White

    We school year-round, but it’s very low-key with lots of days off, so it’s all good!

  • Sara S.

    We are just starting so I am excited to start making some!

  • quitecontrary1977

    I always take my daughter’s photo on the steps with a sign that says which grade she’s entering this year.

  • Jessica

    I honestly do not have any traditions. We started one this year. Just simply taking a pic of the kiddos.

  • Robin

    Oh boy I have so many…school clothes and supplies shopping….special breakfast on the first day….new outfit and pics….ice cream after school and an all about me printable….it’s so fun! Thanks!

  • Edie S

    We do the first day of school pic with the cute sign. But our first is just starting Kindergarten, so I just have a couple of preschool pics so far!

  • Linda

    My husband knew I wanted this Planner and since I am a procrastinator…..He ordered it for me and surprised me!!!! I can’t wait to use it!!!!

  • Dawn

    We do the first day pictures! Love it!

  • jen t.

    We take first day of school pictures and have a “back to school party”.

  • Lady Violet

    Really just buying school books and supplies, and jumping right in! We keep planning to have pictures for back to school–maybe we’ll get to it this year.

  • Jillian

    We are just beginning but I hope to make some traditions!

  • Angelue’ @ Nestpirations

    We take pictures, have a special breakfast, and have a little free time with all the new and shiny school supplies before getting started!

  • me

    We are copying your traditions this year. Love the planner! Writing in it today!

  • Jennifer C.

    We are starting a new tradition this year of going out to breakfast to celebrate the first day of school! I was seriously believing you were following the neighborhood kids out to the bus…until you called them “suckas” lol!

  • Bek D.

    I always make a planner for my children. Kind-of like a photo, school, journal book, all rolled into one. I laminated photos on pretty paper that I pick out, so it doesn’t get “gookie” from the littlles. They can check-off or “sticker” off, their daily duties and school subjects. Lots of room for memorable moments and more photos inside. My children (even our olders) LOVE to look at the books. I also fill a shoe sized plastic container with new school items, such as crayons, markers, glue, etc., for each child. We used to have one box for each of these items, but with so many children needing them at the same time, we found it best for our family to give each child their own. Cultivates the lovely character trait of Responsibility!!! New to this blog…look forward to reading more! Blessings!

  • Lisa Lawton

    We do the cute pictures with the sign. I am hoping to add something else fun this year if I can get myself organized!

  • Bugs & Sunshine

    I wear a denim jumper and seasonal sweater vest on the first day of school :). Kids think it is hilarious!

  • Sadie

    We take pictures at the mailbox on the first day of school.

  • Gigi

    We homeschool year-round, so we don’t have any first-day traditions.

  • Tiffany DeOs

    We eat donuts on the day that the public schools start. 🙂

  • Kim B

    We make pancakes in the shape of the grade they are starting.

  • sarah

    This will be our second year of homeschooling. We’ve started an “about me” photo in front of our chalkboard. We’ll also do a special breakfast with a package of school-related/arts/crafts goodies to be opened at the table!

  • Heather

    We always take pictures and pick out the outfits the night before!

  • Amy

    New school supplies and shoes.

  • Amber Ann Amelia Chapais

    our school tradition would have to be going shopping for supplies and then going for icecream.

  • ep27

    None yet, Just starting out!

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