Did I cause this lovely change in life, for my family? Yesterday I wrote about gratitude and today I’m being tested on this very topic. Such is life. The temptation is to crawl under a rock and hide. What do you do when you are … Continue reading Life’s Tests
Sometimes the epiphany of the day is that the thing you are focusing on, fretting over and stressing out about doesn’t even exist! It could be the potential to lose your job, the financial distress you expect is looming in the near future, the challenging … Continue reading There is no spoon.
If we had a Kate we would not have had to pull little man from 1st grade. I’m encouraged and feel more empowered by Kate’s insights and affirmations and am admittedly jealous of her kids. I wish my kid was in her class! Until then, … Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned Teaching Gifted Children
We are officially in homeschool mode and it’s exciting to feel the stress level lower, no longer hear myself yelling, see my son happier and more free than he was in public school. It’s day 3 and I can see things improving already! I’m not … Continue reading Our first project!
So, today’s epiphany is really something that has been brewing over the last few months. My PG 7yr old who is in 1st grade is about to be suspended for bad behavior. If you knew the kid I’m talking about outside the school setting you … Continue reading Homeschooling…it’s my turn.
A high school friend lost her husband just over a month ago. We are the same age. She has a beautiful daughter and wonderful friends and family close by. Today is her 9th anniversary with her husband and I’m so blown away by her strength … Continue reading I’m Alive
I know there is clutter in many areas of our home and sometimes I just think it will always be that way. Even when I get help cleaning my home, the deeper cleaning gets taken care of, like the toilets, floors, carpets, windows, laundry and … Continue reading 10 Minutes to Declutter
One of the biggest challenges on school days is the morning routine….am I right?!
My son is schedule challenged, wherein he has no sense of the schedule we must keep in the morning to get him to school on time so we are not in the office getting written up because we didn’t arrive before the last bell and now all the gates are locked and we can’t sneak in and you know how the story goes.
Since his dresser was on it’s way out anyway I tried something new. I can’t take all the credit, I did see something similar in a friend’s house so I’m just adapting it to our situation.
I bought a hanging closet organizer (affiliate link) and then placed his t-shirt and shorts for each day of the week (M-F). I let him know it was there and that he would need to grab his clothes in the morning, get dressed and come downstairs for breakfast. Before this new setup I would usually go into his room, pick out clothes and set them on his bed and would have to nag the entire morning until it was time to leave and there was no time for breakfast and breakdowns would ensue. With this new system, he has been empowered and has made it down for breakfast each morning on his own with plenty of time for breakfast! I also kept everything in view (we just haven’t replaced the dresser yet and may not if this continues to work well) and he grabs his undies and socks separately. I use the bottom cubby for pj’s and on the weekends we are relaxed so there’s plenty of time for him to pick out his own clothes or for me to go in and pick out some for him.
Hope this helps, Happy New School Year!
HOORAY ~ IT’S HERE!
I’ve compiled my REALISTIC 2-week meal planner based on what I’ve been cooking.
This menu is based on personal experience with an agreeable husband, semi-picky 6yr old and anything goes 18-month old.
Every child is different and has different likes / dislikes. This is meant to give you a template to continue planning your meals 2-weeks at a time. It will also give you options and a go-to menu if you just don’t want to think about it or need some new ideas.
I’ve also included a few of my favorite recipe sites so you can add to your collection. Hope you enjoy it!
For green shakes, my basic recipe is:
- coconut water
- protein powder
- power green mix (kale, chard, spinach)
- frozen banana & frozen mixed berries
NOTE: I did not accommodate for any food allergies or sensitivities so adjust your menu accordingly and although my family tries our best to eat all organic, you can choose according to your budget where and how you shop.
This may be a bit late but I need to get ORGANIZED! So, in the event that there are any other parents out there like me, waiting until the last minute (really, I think it’s just me wanting to stay in denial that the school year is actually starting and summer vacation is over!) I will be blogging for our good fortune this week on Organization.
- An Organized 2-week meal plan w/menus and recipes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner!
- Organizing a week’s worth of clothes so that your kids can help themselves!
- Pre-organizing for paperwork and artwork that will definitely be coming home.
- Organizing your calendar with activities, sports and meetups.
- An organized weekly family time because really, this is the most important time of the week!
So follow along, our first post will be up first thing tomorrow morning (unless, like always once I get started on something I just can’t stop and it ends up getting posted later today!!)
Good Luck to all you parents and kids out there with a new year of adventure, learning and growing! Happy Laboring today for the first day of school!