Back to School Ideas

As kids head back to school, moms get organized. Here are a few back to school ideas that we’ve found helpful, including using book stickers as personalized gifts for teachers, or address labels to organize and identify your kids’ belongings. And don’t forget to stock up on your own school supplies. You’ll get an A+ for organizing.

Book stickers instead of apples for the teacher
A great sticker ideas is placing a book sticker inside the front cover of a book to identify whose it is. Book stickers make great teacher gifts. Read more…
Book stickers instead of apples for teacher gifts

Creative organization ideas for back to school
These creative organization ideas include using stick-on address labels to label kids’ stuff and to organize storage spaces in dorm rooms and around the house. Read more…
Creative organization ideas for back to school

School Supplies for Mom
Kids aren’t the only ones who need new supplies for the school year. This is the perfect time to re-stock stationery drawers with note cards, address labels, teacher gifts and more. Read more…

Shop for personalized note cards, book stickers and address labels at Pear Tree. And you’ll find more teacher gift ideas and stationery ideas on our blog.

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What’s Hot This Month – August

Here’s a look at the top five items others are buying at Pear Tree Greetings this month!

1. Photo Booth Session — Photo First Birthday Invitations
Kids birthday invitations

2. Calling All Superheroes! — Superhero Photo Birthday Invitations
Kids birthday invitations

3. Kids Birthday Blowout — Note Card Sets
Note card sets

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Happy National Aviation Day!

In support of National Aviation Day, which according to the national register of official-holidays-that-aren’t-really-holidays is a “federal observance celebrating the advancement and history of aviation,” we present a few of our favorite airplane designs!  Happy Aviation Day!

Airplane Delivery -- Fun NotelettesAirplane Delivery – Fun Notelettes
Whatever your big news may be, it deserves a special delivery. The airplane icon on these fun notelettes soars to deliver the important message. With rounded edges and an aqua striped backside, these greetings are full of color and style!

Paper Airplane -- Unique Moving AnnouncementsPaper Airplane – Unique Moving Announcements
Let the news soar – you’ve moved! These unique moving announcements are shaped like paper airplanes, offering a fun and creative way to share your big news that your loved ones are sure to remember. Top it off with your choice of colors from a palette of more than 25 options.

Anticipated Arrival -- Thank You CardsAnticipated Arrival – Thank You Cards
Your gratitude featuring a cute airplane design.

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Goal: be more ‘intentional’

This year on my blog, Infarrantly Creative, the word of the year I chose was “intentional.”  I have such a desire to live my life on purpose, to be intentional in my relationships and the things I choose to spend my time on.  I want to keep short accounts with people.  I want people to always know where they stand with me and how much I love and appreciate them.  So this year has been a mission to try to do that.  I have been doing everything from scheduling monthly lunches with my best friend to remembering (and being on time!) birthday gifts and taking that extra minute to make that phone call.

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Love note to a soldier

Memorial Day
photo by: nestegg

I recently went to a going away party for a man who was leaving for Kuwait the following week. His wife, a friend of mine, was pregnant with their first child. Heartbreaking, I know! As a going away present, I decided to give them personalized note cards–two sets–one that said “We miss you,” for Mom and child to write to dad; and another that said, “I miss you,” for Dad to write to Mom and child.

They seemed to love the cards, but after the party was over my friend came up to me and said, “These are great, but mailing notes just takes soooo long to get there.” She planned on using mostly email and Skype to communicate with her husband. Of course, nothing can beat the immediate satisfaction of a video call, but I hoped she’d come to realize that handwritten notes, unlike emails or video chats, would become keepsakes of this important time in their lives.

I couldn’t even imagine the mental stress she would be experiencing, going through a pregnancy and childbirth while he was gone. But I do know that there is something about sitting down and writing a note that makes you feel connected to a person. A love note to a soldier can be about anything. Just the fact that you’re writing a note tells him that you love him. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Say “Happy Mother’s Day”

When we were kids, it was easy to show Mom how much we cared on Mother’s Day. You’ve gave her flowers or dime-store bath beads, and you brought her breakfast in bed. Now that you’re all grown up, and maybe even a mom yourself, you know how much even a little gesture from your kids means to you. It’s the thought that counts, right?

If you’re looking for mother’s day gift ideas, here are a few thought starters for notes to Mom that we know she’ll appreciate. And all you need is a pen, pretty note cards, and a stamp.Mother's Day Gift Ideas #peartreegreetings #stationery #thankyou

Top 10 memories of your mom
The time she visited your 3rd grade classroom and brought cookies. The time she stood up for you against the neighborhood bully. The time you were sick and she watched chick flicks with you all day. The list goes on and on. Continue reading

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Organizing ideas that control the paper clutter

Organizing ideas that control the paper clutter
I am getting the itch to do some spring cleaning. I don’t mean washing windows, vacuuming curtains or polishing silver. I mean digging out from under the landslide of paper that has built up over the winter, so that I can see my kitchen counter again.

Paper piles are everywhere. While it may look disorganized, it is anything but. Each pile holds something specific: bills; coupons; kids’ school work; recipes I intend to try someday; holiday photo cards sitting around since Christmas; craft and school paper for the kids; stationery, greeting cards and mismatched envelopes. There’s a place for all of it. Unfortunately, that place is usually my kitchen. Continue reading

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Every day is Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Ideas
Just a heads up–May 8th is Teacher Appreciation Day. Many families choose to show their appreciation with a gift at the end of the school year, instead. But it doesn’t matter when you say it, as long as you say it.

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Color Me Happy

Thank you card ideas for kids #coloringcards #peartreegreetings #thankyoucards
Kids are always being asked to write a note or draw a picture for someone. It’s part of being a kid. Whenever I’d ask one of my boys to write a thank you card, I’d get the big, melodramatic sigh and the sad-eyes look, and then he’d slowly drag out the crayons and construction paper and say, “Okay, what do I draw?” Not exactly the artistic type.

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Tipping and gifting those who make our lives easier

Thank you ideas #stationery #thankyou #peartreegreetings
Spreading holiday cheer to those who perform important services for us all year long is what Christmas is all about. Giving a gift to your child’s teacher or day care provider may be obvious, but there are plenty of other people, including the mail carrier, school bus driver, newspaper delivery guy, doorman and garbage collector who shouldn’t be forgotten, and these thank you ideas are sure to please.

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