Whenever a new school year begins, I always like to think of it as a fresh start for all. My daughter gets to start a new school year from scratch, and the excitement of learning new things, making new friends, and having new experiences, makes for a really fun time in her life. This year is especially thrilling, since we moved to a new town, bought a house, and everything is completely new for her (and us). As for me, when she starts school, it becomes my fresh start as well. I like to look back over the year so far, and take note of how it is going, what goals I have hit, and what I need to change, in order to finish off the year strong. I have more “me” time, which translates into making it to the gym regularly, figuring out a way to decorate a house for the first time, and staying on top of my blog. It also means coming up with a routine that works for our family. With longer commutes, after-school activities, and a return to setting the alarm clock to before 7am, I’ve found that being prepared is the easiest way to stay on track throughout the week. It is something that my dad would always say, and being that I am basically a clone of my father, here I am today instilling the same lesson into my dear, sweet child.
There are a variety of ways that we prepare for the day, week, and weekend. First off, we live by our Google calendar. School events, date nights, vacations, doctor appointments, girl’s nights out, weddings, networking events – pretty much anytime we leave the house, or anything we need to remember, it goes on it. Bret and I sync our calendars, so there’s no confusion on what’s going on.
Secondly, I keep a To-do list. Right now I keep a chalk board above our desk, and write down things to accomplish that current week. A chalkboard is easy to make adjustments to, and it’s in a location that I’m sure to see.
Another way we stay on top of things, is by designating a school stack of papers. Over the first couple of weeks we’ve received numerous papers, each with different information, and due dates to return. Typically, I try to return any paper I can the following day, that way I know it’s taken cared of. If I can’t do that, then it goes in the school paper stack, and I’ll check it daily to ensure that I know what’s to come the following weeks. This way I’m not scrambling through a stack of mail, drawings, bills, and the sort looking for that picture day order form.
Additionally, we prepare things the night before. Brooke picks the next day’s outfit as part of her bedtime routine. Any papers or homework are placed in her school folder. These are simple things to do, and it enables us to sleep in longer in the morning (and who doesn’t enjoy that?)
Lastly, we stock up on food and snacks. I wish I could say that I’m one of those mommies who makes themed Bento boxes each day for their munchkin, but I tend to choose sleep and quick and easy, over time-consuming and creative, at seven in the morning. This is why I stock up on snacks that I can easily throw into her lunch bag without any fuss. One of my go to places to stock up, my Snackation Destination if you will, is Walmart. They carry all our favorite Smuckers and Jif products, from Uncrustables to Fruit Fulls to On-the-go dippers.
The great thing about these snacks is that they are not only perfect for her school lunches, but as a snack after school, or when we are out and about on the weekends. I can throw it in my purse, and it’s ready for whenever her little belly (or mommy or daddy’s big bellies) start to rumble.
Hope these tips help to keep your life chugging along smoothly now that the kiddos are back to school. Check in next week with how I put these snacks to work in our daily life.
This post was sponsored by Sverve on behalf of J.M. Smucker company-all opinions are my own.