Thursday, August 14, 2014

Homework: Back to School Ideas to Make Life Easier

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Where did the summer go? It seems like a minute ago, the entire summer was ahead of us. I had big plans. I was going to get refreshed, organized and ready for fall. And then in a blink, summer is almost over and I’m not refreshed, organized or ready for fall. Oh well, like it or not, fall is around the corner and it’s back-to-school time.

I love all the back-to-school inspiration. I’m in awe of darling bento box lunches with sandwiches in the shape of animals and wonderful embroidered lunch bags. But for me, I need easy and make-life-easier type projects. Back to school means getting organized and ready for the hectic schedule.

I’ve rounded up some ideas that are easy to achieve and some that will make life a little easier as the school activities take over our lives.

hanging newGet clothes ready for the week so that mornings will go smoother and there’s no wasting time deciding what outfit to wear. A little pre-planning will go a long way and these Day of the Week Markers by Authentic Parent are perfect for getting organized.

back-to-school-cupcakesThese back-to-school cupcakes won’t necessarily make your life easier but aren’t they fun. Celebrate the first day of school with something special. Back to school cupcakes by Dukes and Duchesses.

Teacher-Emergency-KitThis Emergency Back to School Kit by The 36th Avenue is cute and practical. Make your teacher’s life easier with essential items and package it up in the cutest first aid kit ever!

Back-to-school-countdown-aManage the kids expectations with these Back-to-School countdown cards by The Idea Room. By the time they are on the last day, they’ll be so excited for the first day of school. Well, maybe…

free-printable-gift-tag-back-to-schoolAnother great teacher gift and this one couldn’t be easier. Pretty liquid handsoap and an offer to help out. Skip to My Lou even has the printable available for all of us.

binder-covers5The Happily Hope has 25 Binder Cover printable just ready to print out. Jazz up plain white binders with these pretty ready to print covers.

Washi-Tape-School-SuppliesDo your kids want special school supplies. I hate paying extra for the “cute” supplies. A little Washi Tape will jazz up a plain #2 Pencil and other supplies. A great idea by Unsophisticook.

colorblock_set01This project by Kraft Mint is a little more time intensive but what pretty results. Before school starts, carve out some time for one more crafty afternoon with the kids and personalize notebooks and planners.

yarn-pom-pom-ball-bookmark-8Who can resist pompoms? Design Mom shares these darling PomPom bookmarks. These are super easy to make and couldn’t be cuter.

WS_HH_Day8_fruit_nut_bars_-4351-652x654The key to a less stressful week is to have the cupboards and fridge stocked with after school snacks. If you have some time over the weekend, make a batch of Chewy Fruit Nut Bars for a healthier alternative to the typical after school snack. Recipe and photo by William Sonoma.

CUTE-OFFICE-ACCESSORIES-MODPODGE-DIY-GLITTER-PENCILS-BRUNCH-AT-SAKSAnother great idea for sprucing up school supplies by Brunch at Saks. A little glue and glitter will go a long way and really makes these pencils look special.

omelet-burrito-13School mornings… can anything be more hectic. Packing lunches, sorting backpacks and driving carpool. Who has time for breakfast. These freezer breakfast burritos are genius. I’ve seen many, many variations but these Omelet Breakfast Burritos by She Wears Many Hats look pretty yummy to me.

OrganizedKidsLunchBasket3This refrigerator lunch bin by I Heart Organizing gets an A+ for organization. There’s nothing worse than running out of lunch food mid-week. Corral all your luncheables in a bin so that they don’t get eaten. Pull it out in the morning to make lunch making a snap.

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Are you ready for back-to-school? Now is the time to get organized and prepared because once they’re back, time management takes on a whole different meaning.
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1 comment :

  1. Darling ideas :) When I was a Young Mom of 4 school aged daughters,I loved Sept. and back to school.Clean quiet home,Autumn in the air.Ah! Days of long ago :)


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