Printable | Swell Lunch Box Notes
Printable Lunch Box Notes for Back to School. By Swell Made Co. Be kind. Be bold. Be you.

Printable Lunch Box Notes for Back to School. By Swell Made Co. Be kind. Be bold. Be you.

Summer days are numbered, which means it’s back to school time. Sigh. Even though fresh starts are nice, it’s bittersweet to see the lazy days come to an end. With sun kissed faces and hearts and minds full of memories; we hope you had a truly swell summer.

To get into the spirit, we have a sweet printable for kids, big and small. Lunch box notes. Never underestimate the impact of simple, but optimistic words. Especially during those early days back when the novelty of the first day has worn off. Transitions can be tricky for some parents and kids. So, here’s something simple to help.

All you have to do is print this PDF and trim the notes with scissors. Any paper will do. Then, simply add to your lunch boxes. There are four notes in total and only one reminds everyone to eat their veggies, we promise. Feel free to add your own note on the reverse side. These are sweet, but nothing beats a handwritten note from you.

Happy back to school and fall, swell friends! Until then, enjoy the remaining days of summer. Don’t worry, there are still two weeks left. Lots of time to check those items off your bucket list, read that book, take that road trip or do nothing at all.

Printable Lunch Box Notes for Back to School. By Swell Made Co. Your are magic, kid.

Printable Lunch Box Notes for Back to School. By Swell Made Co. Your are magic, kid.

Printable Lunch Box Notes for Back to School. By Swell Made Co. Eat your veggies, please.

Printable Lunch Box Notes for Back to School. By Swell Made Co. Eat your veggies, please.

Printable Lunch Box Notes for Back to School. By Swell Made Co. Today is going to be a good day.

Printable Lunch Box Notes for Back to School. By Swell Made Co. Today is going to be a good day.

Love It | Family Friendly Style
Love It | Family friendly style with Swell Made Co.

Love It | Family friendly style with Swell Made Co.

This past week, 30 plus members of my family descended the shores of Lake Huron for a summer reunion. With the chaos, mess and pure bliss of family time on my mind; I thought it was the perfect time to come up with a LOVE IT list for family-friendly style. If you have kids, you know that there are definitely some considerations that have to be made to accommodate family living; but that doesn’t mean you can’t have style. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Investing in some classic pieces, over time, helps you live through the years of wear and tear of family life while creating memories a long the way.


Here are a few of our favourite pieces for family life:

  1. Rainbow art print by Swell Made Co. Shine bright in your home with this happy rainbow art print that grows with your family.

  2. Jericho Vintage Rug from Eski Design. Rugs are a big investment, but they literally last a lifetime. Who knows? Maybe your vintage rug will become and heirloom, but in the meantime bring colour and pattern into your home with a colourful rug. These well-made rugs stand the test of time and the classic patterns hide inevitable stains and mess that come with family life. Eski Design, Casa Alma and Rug & Weave all have options.

  3. Wooden Backgammon Game by REMEMBER from Smallable. Classic board games are a great way to spend time together on rainy days. Whatever your favourite game is, invest in a set that will live on year after year like this wooden game by REMEMBER. This Danish company also offers Dominoes, Chess and other classics.

  4. Confetti Soap. Kids have sticky hands. All. Of. The Time. Make washing fun with this hand made bar of confetti soap.

  5. Marimekko Oiva Rice Bowls from EQ3. If there is one dish on repeat at our house, it’s the humble ice cream or rice bowl. For said ice cream and rice, but also for cereal, snacks, dinner. The list goes on just as the request for something to eat. Little bowls pull some serious weight, so have lots on hand.

  6. Frank Tray by GoodThing from West Elm. You can never have enough trays around the house with a family. Make cluttered chaos appear neat and collected with trays for all the things. A modern take on a classic paper hot dog holder, this lacquered steel tray is a catchall for everything from keys to jewelry to desktop accessories.

  7. The Nix Chair by Capdell. As a family, you’ll spend a lot of time gathered around the table for meals, games, homework and family meetings. Invest in solid, easy to clean chairs. Our go to is the Eames chair; but if you have a big budget I give you The Nix Chair. Sleek and iconic, this chair will see you through to adulthood and beyond. Available in a variety of colours (beech shown above).

  8. FAMILY art print by Swell Made Co. Six letters that spell what matters most. Need we say more? We are family.

Want to see more family-friendly style? Follow us on Pinterest. Other items that are high on our list for family style are baskets and hooks to keep everyone’s stuff in place in an effort to stay organized. Throw blankets and pillows to create a cozy vibe for snuggling, reading and movie nights. Also, foot stools for added height while kids are small, but also for extra seating when you have friends and family around. What are your favourites for family-friendly style?

Gift It | Wedding + Housewarming
Gift It | Gift ideas for wedding and housewarming season with Swell Made Co.

Gift It | Gift ideas for wedding and housewarming season with Swell Made Co.

Summer is wedding + housewarming season, so we’ve come up with a GIFT IT list that has you covered all year-long. Keep it simple with these gift ideas that are tried and true to help you celebrate life’s milestones with friends and family. They’re thoughtful, but easy. Add a card with a note from the heart to make it even more personal. Our This Calls for Champagne and BIG DAY cards are the top-sellers for tying the knot.


Here are a few of our favourite gifts for newlyweds and new homes:

  1. This Must Be The Place art print by Swell Made Co. Whether it’s a new house or a new life together, this art print with lyrics by the Talking Heads is a new take on the classic “home sweet home.”

  2. Curl Up cotton throw blanket by Swell Made Co. Every home needs a good place to curl up. Gift this blanket to encourage slow living and together time. You know, the important things in life.

  3. Keytags by Swell Made Co. New life = new keys! It’s the little things that count. Grab a keytag for your friends and family that speaks to them. We have a styles for all.

  4. Green Glass Vase by Bloomingville. Give the classic gift of a simple vase. A vase is an easy way to bring in some playful colour, shape and texture into your recipient’s home. Fill it with flowers (also timeless) if you like. If not, the new owners will always think of you when they do.

  5. This calls for wine. For both occasions, of course. Pick up a good bottle of wine to commemorate the occasion. Bonus points if the vintage year is special to them (year they met, etc.). Like a good relationship, a good wine only gets better with age.

  6. Carafe with Glass from Maison Balzac. For the wine (and water) lovers, you can also pick up this carafe with glass. Another gift of classic coloured glass, this set is available in jewel tones and opaque options. You can also purchase additional matching gobelets in the same colour or complimentary colours.

  7. House plant. Calathea Freddie in a Hyde Planter from The Sill. A plant is always a great gift. Plants cleanse the air, promote a sense of calm and make a home look lived in with colour and texture. Choose a plant based on your recipients level of care (beginner to advanced) and lighting conditions. Pair with this self-draining planter available in 4 neutral colours.

  8. Johnny Cash art print by Swell Made Co. Johnny Cash knew a thing or two about simplicity. This quote describes paradise in his own words. Perfect for romantics and newlyweds.

Happy celebrating, swell friends! How many weddings are you attending this summer?


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