Back to School Encouragement

A girl looking at a greeting card

I’ve been mentioning it all week… school is just around the corner.

No more sleeping in, no more late nights filled with popcorn and movies, no more throwing caution to the wind, no more summer break.

This year I have two little munchkins heading off to school. One sweet girl who is growing up extremely fast, too fast. She’s my rock at home. The “second mom”, if you will. Always there to help out with her brother and little sisters.

As she heads off to 3rd grade I have to remember that she is still only 7. And while she tries to conquer the world by herself, she still needs her mama to tuck her in at night.

A little boy smiling holding a card

Then there is my rock star. My little man. My one and only boy. This is his first year of school. The “big K.”

I am so excited/nervous/happy/scared for him. It’s a big change in his life. He’s so used to having me around him non-stop, all-day, 24/7….ok, he’s probably more anxious to ditch me then I am to lose him. But no matter what I will be there for him, and he knows it.

Sometimes it’s important to make sure your kids know these things. To let them know they are so very special to you. What better way to show them, then with a Hallmark card? I know my kids eyes get 3 times their normal size when they receive mail.

It’s epic.

A boy and girl demonstrating the words on a Text Band

Last month when I attended EVO Conference, Hallmark happened to be a sponsor. They had a wonderful booth set up where they had all sorts of inspirational and encouragement cards for kids. We were able to pick out cards and send them to our little loved ones.

You bet their eyes nearly popped out of their heads when the mail arrived.

They also sent everyone home with their newest gadget. Text Bands.

These bands wrap around your wrist and allow you to send personalized texts between bands. The best part? In order to get your message from one band to the next, you have to high-five, fist-bump, or just bump the bands together!

Two hands demonstrating how they can view the message on their Text Bands

My kids love these things! They are so fun easy to use.

And guess what?

Hallmark wants to give a pair of these fun Text Bands away to one lucky I Wash…You Dry reader!


A display of Text Bands, one black and one purple
photo courtesy of Hallmark

On top of these innovative bands, they are also throwing in a pack of five assorted Hallmark Kids Encouragement greeting cards, and a Hallmark Gold Crown coupon for $2 off of three greeting cards!

A display of two greeting cards
photo courtesy of Hallmark

Can you imagine how big your kid’s eyes will bulge when they see that sweet card and awesome text band? Yeah, they’re gonna love it.

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Leave a comment in this post telling me what your favorite year of school was!

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A girl giving a high five to a hand wearing a Text Band

disclaimer: Hallmark provided me with greeting cards and text bands; but all opinions are my own.

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
32 Responses
  1. barbara n

    My favorite year of school was 10th grade since I met my husband – was 15! We have now been married 33 wonderful years!

  2. Carolyn

    Okay, PLEASE don’t tell me that school is just around the corner. But these are super cute. Um, favourite year of school? Grade 7, I think, when I started at a new all-girls school and found the best bunch of friends I’ve ever had.

  3. Amie

    My favorite year of school was probably my junior year. Upperclassman, lots of fun, without the serious and scariness of senior/preparing for college. 🙂

  4. Mary Elizabeth

    Never heard of these text bands. How cool! My favorite year of school was definitely first grade. I have great memories of that year!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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