Back to school round up

Are your kiddos (or you) back to school yet?  Here in NY, we’ve got a couple weeks left (woo hoo) but D day is fast approaching!  Here’s a little round up of all things back to school at our house!

Thank you Lord (and the PTO) for the School Tool Box!  All I have to do is go online, choose my school and grade level, and click “order.”  Voila!  A box of school supplies for my son is shipped to the school and my supply shopping is done!  This is the best.thing.ever.  My supply shopping was done in July!

Prior to this year, I ordered most of my kids’ clothes online from places like The Children’s Place and Carters, and then got a few things at GAP and Old Navy when we did our yearly outlet shopping trip (sans kids).  Well, now that my son is older (a 2nd grader you know!) he has become MUCH pickier about what he wears. So this year he is coming along for the school shopping!  I plan on hitting Kohls (thank you 30% off coupon), and probably the Nike, Adidas and Under Armour outlets (because apparently in 2nd grade you can only wear athletic wear).  Wish me luck!

Ugh.  It’s always a struggle and  fight.  This year my plan is kids in bed at 8:30.  BUT they can read or look at a book until 9pm to relax and wind down.   I know some kids go to bed at 7:30, but this just doesn’t work for us.  For one, sometimes we’re not even home from activities yet (soccer practice, etc), and for another, my kids will NOT sleep at 7:30.  Like no way, no how.  It just doesn’t happen.  So this is what works for us.

I am in charge of mornings.  My husband typically leaves for work right as the kids are getting up.  So that leaves me to get myself ready, get the kids ready and out the door, and take care of the animals.  Mornings are STRESSFUL!
My 4 year old is up at the crack of dawn, but my 7 year old…not so much.  He also gets very grumpy when I wake him up.  So, we have agreed that this year instead of me waking him up, he will use an alarm clock.  We’ll see how it goes!  I am also instituting a no TV or electronics rule until breakfast is eaten and they are dressed.

Since my husband gets home before me, he is in charge of homework (all the praise hands!).  He also sometimes (maybe 2x a week, on a good week) takes care of dinner.  I am tasked with baths and bedtime, and prepping lunches and outfits for the next day.   Doing the lunches and outfits the night before has been a big time saver for my mornings.

This year I also want to up my lunch game.  My kids are super picky eaters, but I think if I make a list of foods to mix and match from each week, I can get some good variety.   If you have any new and interesting lunch ideas, please let me know! Another idea I am toying with is picking out all the week’s outfits on Sunday so they are ready to go.  I hate searching for matching socks on weeknights when I could be relaxing on the couch!

How are you preparing for back to school?



And then it was August

Well hello!  How’s your summer been?  Like almost everyone else, I am in denial that it is already the middle August and summer is winding down!  I feel like it hasn’t been super summery this year, at least in regards to weather.  The weather in NY has been wet and rather cool.  I think we’ve only hit 90 one or two times this summer, and while I don’t really mind the temps hovering in the high 70s and low 80s, it does make me feel like I’ve missed out on “real” summer.  But alas, here we are.  The rest of our August is jam packed and while I can’t wait for all the fun, I’m sad that it signals the end of summer.

This summer has been: summer camps, swimming, soccer, family, friends, playgrounds, Cape Cod, pirate ships, water guns, ice cream, bike rides, movies, fun parks and late nights.   Oh, and we got a cat!  Please welcome Bosco to our family!

Next week will be school shopping and attempting to transition my kids back into actual bedtimes!  Then the last week of August we are going on vacation!  We all are super excited for a relaxing week in Maine chilling out (hopefully not for real) by the ocean.  Sprinkled into all that will be soccer practices, my husband starting a new position at work, and me playing catch up at my job!  Then once Labor day hits, it’s back to school!  It’s time to WORK kiddos!

I plan to be making more frequent visits to this blog come September too, so be sure to stay tuned!

So what did you do this summer?


Friday Favorites- Happy 4th!

It’s Friday and the start of a long weekend!  As soon as I’m done with work today, we are headed to the beach!  Woo hoo!  Originally the plan was camping, but we had a last minute change and now we’re headed to the Cape.   Ocean and AC instead of black flies and a tent?  Yup, I’m OK with it!

So before we get this party started, let’s take a look at my favorites from the week!

#1  This little guy won awards for excellence in math and good conduct.  I’m so proud of him and the caring and kind person he is becoming!

#2  We also finished up the T-ball season.  Alec was so excited… “Mom, I got my first trophy!!”  Definitely a favorite!

#3  Date night on the deck was another favorite.  The hubs made us a delicious dinner (grilled chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob and garlic bread) and we just chilled, chatted and enjoyed each other’s company!

#4  We have had a lot of crazy weather lately, but that has resulted in a lot of beautiful rainbows!  This one was just perfect!

#5  Summer camp started this week.  Can I get an amen?  Unlike school, Nick is up and ready to go!  No arguments, no fighting over what he’s going to wear (because he gets to wear shorts every day).  He loves going to camp and that just makes our mornings run so much smoother!

Happy 4th of July weekend friends!  What are your plans for the holiday?


Linking up with:

Mom Summer Exchange

If you were a reader over at Life As I Know it, then you probably remember how much I love a good blogger swap!  I just can’t resist the chance to get to know a new blogger and exchange a fun package!

This swap I was paired up with the lovely Bri at School in Our Slippers.   And guess what, Bri just had a baby!  Like, just last week had a baby!  So be sure to congratulate her when you go check out her blog!

Somehow between her normal busy life and getting ready to have a new baby, Bri put together a wonderful package for me.

How beautiful is this wrapping paper?!

The wrapping paper was so pretty, I was tempted to not even open my gifts.  But of course I did!!

The entire package was just perfect, but my favorite parts are the gorgeous travel mug and awesome journal she sent!  I love guided journals and I cannot wait to get started on this one.  And you can bet I’ll be sipping some coffee from my new mug while I do!

It was so much fun getting to know Bri and I truly appreciate the thought she put into my package!  I just wish she lived closer so we could go have a coffee date together!

If you want to check out what I sent Bri, be sure to head over to her blog and take a look.

I can’t wait to see everyone else’s packages!

Just mind your own business


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It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is being mom-shamed.  Whether it’s Jessica Simpson for posting a picture of her daughter in a bikini on Instagram, or the mom down the road for getting her kid a happy meal for dinner, mom shaming is rampant and real.

Mom Shamer examples:
You took your 8 year old to a PG-13 movie??
You let your children use electronics when they are out to eat??
You let your kid eat happy meals/cereal/ice cream for dinner??
You let your kid have (insert sugary beverage) kool aid, juice, soda??
You pack your child a Lunchable for his school lunch??
You let your child sleep in your bed??
You let your kids stay up until 10pm??
You spank your child??

Before you judge someone, ask yourself this question:  Is anyone in imminent danger?   If the answer is no, then mind your own business!

I know my kid better than you.

Maybe I let him play the ipad at the restaurant because that was his reward for getting 100 on his math test.
Maybe he’s eating a happy meal for dinner because it’s his birthday and that’s what he chose.
Maybe he drinks juice because that’s the only way he will consume fruit.
Maybe he sleeps in my bed because he has night terrors.
Maybe he goes to bed at 10pm because his dad works the night shift and doesn’t get home until 9:30.

OR… maybe I don’t have any “good” reason at all.  Maybe I let my kid eat a happy meal for dinner because I think it’s OK to have a happy meal every once in a while.  Or maybe it’s because I just didn’t have time to make dinner.  Maybe I let him drink juice because he likes it.  Maybe I let him play his ipad when we’re out to dinner because it keeps him quiet and makes a more enjoyable evening for all of us.  Maybe I let him go to bed at 10pm because it has never caused a problem.

It boils down to this:

You don’t know me, you don’t know my life, you don’t know my kid like I do.
I’m in the best position to make decisions about my child.  Not you.

What works for your child and your family may not work for mine.
We are all individuals and there is not a one size fits all solution to parenting.

No one is a parenting expert.  Not me, not you.   Your way is not better or more righteous than mine.  My way is not better or more righteous than yours.

If your child is happy, healthy, and well adjusted, keep doing what you’re doing. Let your child sleep in your bed, have kool aid at dinner and stay up until 10pm.
Why?  Because it’s working.  It’s working for you, for him, and for your family.

We don’t have to agree on parenting strategies.  We don’t have to agree on screen time or bedtimes or how we discipline our children.  You do it your way, and I’ll do it mine.  It’s OK to take different paths.

Parenting is hard.  The last thing we need is judgment.  Let’s support each other.  Let’s lift one another up instead of tearing one another down.


P.S.  And mind your own business!