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Approved Birthday Treat

Unlike when I was a kid, most schools have an approved snack list for birthday treats. Non-food items and also encourage by our school. The goal is to help our kids make healthier choices. The only negative is healthy options aren't as fun or as simple as cupcakes.

The first time I had to bring a healthy option, I was at a loss. After some creative thinking, these are what I came up with, and has been my go to ever since.

Applesauce pouches, pencils, and custom avery labels.

For a class of 22 students two boxes of Applesauce Pouches were $12 total. We always have lots of fun pencils on hand, so my daughter enjoyed picking her favorites. If this isn't the case in your home, stopping at the store or searching "party favor pencils" will find good options. Avery address labels are another item we always have on hand. Label templates can be made and printed at

From the websites home page, click the three lines in the top right corner. Click on 'templates' in the drop down. Then select 'find a template'.
In the search box enter the number from your Avery label packaging. After you select your label you will click "start designing" and create an account. (This allows you to save your projects and print them again in the future.)
There are a lot of templates yo chose from or you can select a blank and add what you like.
Once you have your design. You can print select 'print pdf' and it will open the file for you to print as you normal would.
I have also used the Microsoft Word address label template in the past. The only issue there are things don't always line up, but it can work if you don't want to go this route. I will say once your account is made, it makes things really simple.


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