Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Workin' It Wednesday: Back to School

Hello! Happy Wednesday, and thanks for stopping by today as I link-up with Erika and Erin to share about my back to school prep! My friends who I link up with for Ladies Who Link are doing a similar link-up next Thursday, so if you have more tips, make sure to link-up again and share! I think I'll show you some of my back to school fashion buys next week!


So, onto today's prep! Every July, I like to take stock of what is in everyone's closets. I recently reorganized mine from colors to types of clothing. This really helped me to see that I really don't need another black cardigan or another white tank! It will also make outfit planning a lot easier now that I can reach for items by category instead of color.


After sorting through the closets, I make a master list of everything we need for the next school year so I don't get sidetracked in the stores. I didn't always do this, but I'm so glad that I did this year. We really didn't need much other than shoes, jeans, backpacks, and lunchboxes. If you're in the market for more tees for yourself or the kids, Target is running a great sale on tops, plus they're doing their kids' BOGO shoe sale! I can't justify any more clothing purchases in our house, so you go shop and report back to me on your findings! :)


Speaking of lists, a few weeks ago, I went through my Pinterest boards, including my Try It Thursday recipe board, and I started planning out dinners for the next 15 weeks. Yes, that sounds/IS crazy, but having a game plan that I can change if needed works wonders on my sanity when it's time to write out the grocery list. Plus, it'll keep us trying new things, and I won't have to worry about getting stuck in a rut.


When I've been out grocery shopping, I've been looking for any deals that I should take advantage of and have started stocking up on lunch and snack essentials. My pantry certainly does not look like this, but I'm definitely happy to have a head-start on meals so I don't have to worry about it later. Also, now's a good time to go through the cupboards and see what's about to expire or what can be used to make a meal that your family hasn't enjoyed in a while.


So, speaking of meals, I love the kid lunch ideas that Jenna from Tractors and Glam shared a few weeks back. One of the ladies commented on Jenna's post that she uses THESE for her kids' lunchboxes, so after measuring our lunchboxes to ensure they would fit, we ordered a pack to make lunch prep a thousand times easier come September.


If you have a young elementary student like me, then you may want to have your kids practice with his/her new lunch gear. With these new boxes, I want to make sure the kids are able to open them without assistance and open up any drinks or packages independently. When Trip was little, we also worked on finishing lunch within the time period since he was a pretty slow eater prior to kinder. I took advantage of a Target deal a few weeks back and ordered THIS lunch kit for Ari, THIS one for Trip, and THIS one for me. 


Probably one of the hardest parts of prepping to go back to school is getting back into habits and routines. We're about 3 weeks out until the first day of school, so I'm doing my best to try to get back into bedtime habits, workout habits, and eating habits. I'm getting back to my New Year's resolution of reading each day, and I'm working on making this a habit that sticks. 


Last but not least, if you have kids in school, please take a moment to read this post that has gone viral on Facebook. I think it is a great reminder for us all:


Are you prepared to send the kids (or yourself!) back to school? Tell me your best tips in the comments below!

Link up with me tomorrow to share your favorite recipe of the week! You know I love to have a bunch of ideas to fill in my meal plan! See you soon!


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26 comments:

  1. I bought those Bento boxes on Amazon and they are the BEST!! I cannot believe it is Back to School time already!!

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    1. So far, so good. I had to have the kids practice with them today because they're a little tight, but I love the portion sizes!

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  2. Loved this! And I truly think we are soul sisters, lol...

    Loved that FB post, so, so true. I always try to buy more items and send with throughout the school year. I also used to email their teacher a week before school to "introduce" them to our daughter(s). I ALWAYS got email back saying how wonderful that was!

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    1. Well, and I can't volunteer in the kids' classes since I'm working at my own school, so I have a little bit of mom guilt and try to send supplies or gift cards for the teacher.

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  3. Ugh...lunches.....I really think my favorite part of summer is not having to prep my pantry and frig for my kids to grab lunch items. I use those containers for my meal prep and I love them.

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    1. See and I'm the opposite- I love the school year so I'm not being asked for a snack/meal every 10 minutes of the day! :)

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  4. So I wanted to ask you if you get the "back to school butterflies" the way we did when we were kids...I imagine it is probably similar as you are getting to meet your students each year- seems so exciting!!! :)

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    1. I'd say no except for when I start somewhere new like this year. It can be tough to learn the ins and outs of a new school and make new friends that I basically feel like a middle schooler again! But once I've become a veteran on a campus, it's not nerve-wracking but more exciting and fun.

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  5. Thanks for the shout-out!!! I am glad you liked the lunch ideas. I was the same with school clothes this year. We really didn't need much and although Guy needs jeans, he won't have to wear them until October-ish (maybe towards the end of September) so I am going to hold off. The pantry idea is such a great one (getting stocked up). Costco is having some great deals right now on a lot of my kids favorite things so each time I go I try to get something from their coupon book that the kids will like and have it stocked. I love that you meal planned for 15 weeks! HOW NICE is that going to be?!?! Have a great day.

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    1. Do you all have a Crazy 8 or Children's Place nearby? The kids used to wear Cherokee jeans from Target but once that brand went away, the Cat and Jack fit them differently. We found jeans for under $10 at Crazy 8 this summer, so I couldn't pass that deal up. I also like Wrangler pants from Walmart for Trip- they're pretty durable out on the ranch.

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  6. That viral post offers such great advice! And you are so smart to plan your meals so far in advance. With all that planning, you're going to have a wonderful school year!

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    1. I hope so! I made sure our Mondays and Tuesdays were easy meals since the kids' activities will be on those days. But then again, you know what they say about the best laid plans! :)

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  7. 15 weeks of meal plans?!? You go girl! I see that IP Mexican Shredded Beef is in the rotation. It is here too. It's so good, huh?

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    1. It is so yummy! My aunt is the one who made me buy an Instant Pot, but she had never cooked beef in it, so I taught her that one when we went to visit this summer, and she is hooked, too!

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  8. Holy moly 15 weeks of meal plans?! That is awesome!! And do you cook seven nights a week?! If so, then props to you, Momma! I'd go insane! Haha. I usually cook Mon - Thu and then on Fri and Sat we go out. Then Sun my mom cooks for everyone. It's so nice!

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    1. Yes and no- we're not poor by any means, but going out to dinner quickly adds up, and I'd rather use the money on activities, clothes, desserts, etc. Plus, cooking at home usually tastes better than a lot of the restaurants we have close by! I'm trying to reign us all in on weekend lunches- we usually are lazy and pick something up after soccer games or swim meets, so I'd like to improve in that area.

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  9. I love that list of do's and don'ts. I think we often forget teachers are normal people. Once you become friends with them, you see it differently. You go on that meal planning friend! Seriously impressive. I'm too fickle to do that. I've told Kent numerous times I can't imagine just eating what is placed before me every night. I've got to cook according to what I'm in the mood for. You are awesome for planning!!! Happy Wednesday!

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    1. There are definitely days where I throw in the towel and switch the menu up or tell Robert to bring home Subway or pizza instead. I have a grocery store right by my new school, so I'm excited to have that to pop into if I need to do any last minute switcheroos.

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  10. W.O.W! You are so organized...closets, lunches, pantry, meal planning! I wish my closet looked like that, mine is a disaster right now. I really need to get it in gear for school. We just school shopped too! It is pretty easy with a teen. We hopped online this year, best shopping experience with a 15 year old ever! I saw and loved that FB post, preach! Have a great week!

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    1. OMG I dream of the days when my kids are teens! And, I only showed you my hanging clothes- you should see the shoes and tees sections- yikes!

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  11. Thanks for linking up. We just went through closets here and I agree, I know exactly what they need and all they needed were shoes for now. SO I can shop as I see things for later! I love that note that you posted. Teachers DO work so hard and I am so thankful for my kids teachers who pour into them every.single.day! xoxo ERIN

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    1. Even as a teacher myself, I needed to remind myself of some of these things, especially the whole, "This is a NEW teacher! She isn't last year's teacher!" part.

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  12. I love love love the list of tips to make the school year a great one. I am always so giving and understanding of my little guy's teachers because let's face it... I couldn't survive a room full of 5 years so BRAVO for them for doing it for over 20+ years!

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    1. Oh my gosh- I totally hear you! I get volun-told to chaperone for field trips for my kids, and within 30 minutes, I want to cry! We picked up a back to school small gift for the kids' teachers today.

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  13. As a former elementary school teacher, I love that list of 10 things! So true!

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    1. I love it too- it's a great reminder for all parents!

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