Back to School tips (to make it easier)

This summer has flown by. My kids go back to school in just a couple of weeks. And I always struggle with keeping everything organized. So this month I am getting organized, getting creative and giving you all the Tips and To-Do’s!

Tip: Decorate Notebooks and PencilsThis is another easy craft that will make your old school supplies look that much cuter. Buy some super cheap, plain notebooks and make them unique and adorable with colorful Washi tape. I guarantee you’ll get compliments.

notebooks

 

Mornings made easy

 School mornings are rough! Here are some ideas to help you get going quicker (while keeping your sanity intact)

Breakfast of champions. Trying to get out of that Summer routine means we’re always rushed and some days the kids have to eat breakfast on the way to school, so I’ve decided to freeze more breakfasts for those super busy mornings. Here are 10 ideas for easy and tasty make ahead freezer breakfasts!

  1. Breakfast Burritos- Burritos are one of my favorite foods, and I love that you can customize it exactly the way you want. I personally like eggs, breakfast sausage, cheese, bell peppers, and onions, topped off with some fresh cilantro! When reheating wrap in a moist paper towel for best results.
  2. Quesadilla – Similar to a breakfast burrito but flatter!
  3. Breakfast Sandwiches – Who doesn’t love a breakfast sandwich? And who knew they freeze so well? Just pop them in the microwave and you’re set. You could also make this with croissants!
  4. Green Smoothies – Green smoothies are a staple in our house. Our whole family loves them and we make them a couple times a week. It’s so easy to freeze individual portions into ziploc bags so that all you need to add is the liquid and then blend!
  5. French Toast Sticks – I used to make these in big batches all the time. I love that you can bake them. They freeze beautifully, and you can reheat them quickly in the toaster or toaster oven. You can even sneak in veggies by blending in some pumpkin or squash into the batter — they’ll never know!
  6. Pancakes – Pancakes and waffles also freeze great.
  7. Muffins – Make your favorite muffin and pop them into freezer bags. When reheating wrap in a moist paper towel for best results.
  8. Egg muffins/Mini Frittatas – These are easy to make and easy to customize with your choice of ingredients — no bread needed!
  9. Breakfast cookies – Everything tastes better when it’s in cookie form. Oat cookies work amazing!
  10. Pop tarts – You can make your own healthy pop tarts with puff pastry or premade dough. Reheat them in the microwave or toaster oven and you have a quick, easy breakfast your kids are sure to love!

& Don’t forget to pre-set your coffee maker so it’s ready when you are!

Conquer clothing clutter. When putting your laundry away, separate 5 outfits, one for each day of the school week, and label them for easy access. If your child is older or picky about what they wear, this can be one of their weekly chores, it will save time trying to decide what to wear in the morning and trying to find something that matches.

mornings made easy

Prep lunches the night before. Get that lunchbox packed the night before and put it in the fridge for a quick grab and go. See “Lunch time” below for some more great ideas.

Lunch time

Let’s be honest, those sandwiches that look like sheep and fruit shaped into flowers are cute and fun but who has time for that? Every year I always start out doing the super cute and fun lunch boxes but by the end of the second week I have run out of steam and ideas! Keep it simple and shake it up every now and then, the kids will be more surprised when it’s an occasional lunch party box then an everyday routine.easy lunch box

Save yourself some time and space by dedicating one of your kitchen drawers to a “Lunch prep drawer” and keep everything you need in one location.

lunch prep drawer

I store the juice boxes in the freezer to use as the ice pack. This will keep you from trying the find the ice pack every night and having to remember to wash it and put it back in the freezer. Just throw it in the morning of, or even the night before and keep it in the fridge.  

After School Showdown

I don’t know about your kids but mine go straight for the snacks as soon as the stumble in the door. Create a snack basket of things they can grab and eat while doing that homework “they don’t have”.  This will keep them from eating junk after school and get them back on track.

after school snack station

Create a “drop off” location in your house, somewhere the kids can kick off their shoes (so they can find them in the morning) drop off their backpack (so it’s not lying on the floor somewhere) and write down any important notes or dates (before they forget them).  I also like to add a basket or file holder that they can put those data folders or papers that need to be signed or reviewed.

backpack station

 

Back to School Shopping:

I have compiled a list of the biggest sales to complete that supply list. Some of them even offer free in store pick up, which means you do the clicking and they do the picking! Save yourself some isle wandering and kid wrangling while you shop from your couch!

Target back to school link: Here

Staples back to school link: Here

Dick’s Sporting Goods back to school link: Here

Best Buy back to school link: Here

Walmart back to school link: Here

Office Depot & Office Max back to school link: Here

 

Thanks for coming and as always I love to hear from you guys, so if you have any comments questions or ideas please post them below!

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