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A Day In The Life: Back to School Edition

Back to School Tips Tricks and Hacks

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I can’t believe it’s that time of year already, but my Facebook feed does not lie and the overwhelming about of cutesy back to school photos are a dead giveaway. It’s completely forgivable because they are pretty adorbs, aren’t they? I forget how much I love scrolling through and liking each one, but I have a true confession: Gulp. Ready? I forgot to snap Kiddo’s first day of 4th Grade photo this year. But, I did accidentally snap this one on the way in. 
4th Grade Back to School Photo
File this one under: #totalmomfail

Back to School Tips + Tricks

Perhaps I failed in the “capturing the precious moment” department, but I have to say, the morning transition from lazy summer to complete chaos,  wasn’t that bad. I like to think it is because I have this whole back-to-school routine on lockdown, but the truth is my family thrives on organization and well thought out time management. 
Over the years since Kindergarten, we’ve tried out many back-to-school tips and tricks finding these work best for our home. Each week, I scan Mission Control a.k.a. my family’s central calendar, and consult with Siri about the weather, and plan exactly how we’re going to tackle the next five days with ease and smiles. 

Stylist Sundays

This might be my favorite because in has not once failed in all these years, and I kinda like how it allows her and I to have some extra mom/daughter time. On Sunday afternoons, she picks out all of her clothes for the week. Not just the outfits, but everything in between including shoes and socks, belts, playground shorts, and hair accessories. I suppose it’s also a testament to just how much I despise mornings + avoid any sort of chaos before 8am. I avoid it like the bubonic plague.
I installed a removable tension shower rod eye-level in her closet so every morning she can pick from one of these choices, but nothing else. She has free range to be creative + no one gets hurt. 😉 Each outfit is hung in no particular order, so can wear what she wants, when she wants, depending on the weather and what’s on the schedule, like P.E., for the day. 
Back to School Tips and Tricks

Meal Prep

Snacks and lunches are packed the night before school and placed in her backpack first thing in the morning. I have gone from one of those moms who loves coming up with great, nutritionally balanced bento box lunches, to let’s toss in “one of these” and a “few of these…” Hmmm? I wonder if “she’d like to try this?”
But this doesn’t stop me from trying. On Saturday nights before I turn in for the evening, I skim Pinterest to see if there are any cool ideas to try for the week and I usually find at least one or two. She’s recently been on a sandwich wrap kick, so I’ll take some of last night’s leftover protein, add some salad, a bit of Ranch dressing and she’s a happy kid. 

After School Activities

Kiddo has one window after school to have a snack and get her homework done before swim starts. The last thing I want to be doing is harping on her to find out whether her things are ready to go for practice. So to get her in the routine of packing her own stuff, I placed a sticky on the back of her bedroom door with what her bag must have:
Once it’s packed, it sits by the front door and all she has to do is toss it in the car! 
back to school tips and tricks

Charge it!

Kiddo gets to bring home her school issued iPad this year and it’s her responsibility to make sure the tablet returns to school each morning 80% charged. This actually has been a great thing for all of us. We now have a designated “Charging Area” and before we turn in every night, we made it a habit to plug everything from our phones, to iPods and iPads in to charge. 

Move + Groove

It’s never too early for music. In fact, I’ve noticed that the right song not only sets us off on the right foot, but gets the energy in our home soaring more than even the best shot of espresso. We have a “Kitchen Dance Party” playlist that I press play on at 6 a.m. and it plays in the throughout the kitchen all-day until the our kitchen “closes” at 7 p.m. 

Set It and Forget It

This habit is something I picked up from the many summer I spent staying at my grandparents house, and I like that it reminds me of how much love they had for each other. Every night, she would set my grandfather’s place-setting at the table, just in case he woke up before she did. She’d leave out a box of his favorite cereal, next to the placemat with bowl, spoon, and paper napkin. Next to an empty juice glass, she would carefully leave his vitamins for the day. She knew if she didn’t, he’d forget altogether. And she was right.
back to school tips and tricks 
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  • Barb Webb September 20, 2016

    Awesome tip for setting up the morning table ahead of time. That would be such a time saver and definitely a way to remember everything. Will have to try doing this for my crew, maybe I can catch an extra z, or two!

  • Kim Croisant September 20, 2016

    Love your tips. My son has been back to school for 3 weeks now and a good vitamin to start off the day is what we do too!!

  • Alicia Taylor September 20, 2016

    I used to use that “set-it-and-forget-it” method when my children were in pre-school. I would already have an educational video for them loaded in the VCR (yep – old school.) A saran wrapped bowl of cereal sat on the table and a saran wrapped glass of milk waited in the fridge. It made them feel so independent – and gave me an extra hour of sleep.

  • Heidi September 20, 2016

    I love your “accidental” back-to-school photo! Time to get back into the swing of things for Fall. Thanks for the reminder that it’s time to get my kids to take vitamins again. We used to do it regularly, but with summer, we’ve forgotten!

  • Jennifer September 21, 2016

    I don’t have kids, but my sister has two. Back to school is the most hectic time of her year. I cannot BELIEVE how much planning has to go into getting the kids to school!


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