School Morning Routine Checklist With Free Printable

When it comes to getting kids out the door on school days, it can seem like a total struggle, even for The Organized Mama!  My kiddos are not morning people, so to keep us on track I pulled some of my favorite tricks from my teacher days. I try to prep the night before when it comes to outfits. I have fruit and veggies cut up to use when we pack our lunches in the morning. And we try to pack our backpacks with everything before we go to bed. I have also used a school morning routine checklist … [Read more...]

Pesto Grilled Veggies with Penne Pasta

During the summer meal planning tends to slip through the cracks.  With all the traveling, late afternoons at the pool and hot summer days I find myself not wanting to spend much time in the kitchen cooking.  But, with school right around the corner it's time to start planning meals and getting back into the dinner routine.  This Pesto Grilled Veggies with Penne Pasta dish is definitely going to become a meal-time favorite at our house. This dish is the perfect back to school … [Read more...]

Girls Painted Back To School Shoes

I'm not quite ready for summer to end, but reality is looming and a new school year is almost here.  One of the best parts of a new school year is shopping for back to school supplies and new clothes.  Everybody wants to have the latest and greatest back to school trends and it's even more fun to create your own, like these painted back to school shoes. Turn ordinary canvas shoes into fun kawaii inspired shoes that are perfect for back to school.  My oldest daughter has … [Read more...]

Monogrammed Reusable Snack Bags

The first thing my kids do in the morning after having breakfast is pack their snacks for school.  And the first thing they do when they get home is ask to have a snack.  These growing kids are constantly hungry and it seems like "snack time" is more important now than when they were toddlers.  Lately I have felt like we are wasting so much money buying snack size baggies so I decided to fix that with these cute and easy monogrammed reusable snack bags. These little snack bags … [Read more...]

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Orange you glad it's Friday?!?  I know I am. This week our kids headed back to school and it's been a whirlwind of emotions, activity and adjustments.  Let's face it, the first week of school can be a little hard for everyone so today we are celebrating with homemade cinnamon rolls with orange cream cheese icing. We are all excited to have a routine again, but it does take some time to adjust to all of the changes.  So while we work on getting back on track for those early mornings, packing … [Read more...]

Home Alone After School: Is Your Child Ready?

August is here and you know what that means - it's time to start thinking about the kids heading back to school!  It's been a fun summer, and my kids and I have made lots of great memories.  We enjoyed lazy afternoons by the pool, popsicles and summer vacations, but as the August heat starts to soar and vacations come to a halt, it's clear that we are all ready to get back into the swing of our regular routine. Once the school supplies have been purchased, new school clothes are picked out … [Read more...]

DIY Succulent Ruler Planter

We will still have a good month of summer left to enjoy, so it's a little hard to imagine that a new school year is just around the corner.  I actually really love when my kids head back to school, not just because I'm ready to get back into a routine, but because I get excited about meeting their new teachers and seeing who will be helping shape their little minds throughout the year.  I love creating fun little gifts to show those teachers just how excited we are, so this year with the help of … [Read more...]

Personalized Kids Labels for the Win

It's no secret that the moment you have kids your life becomes clutter with lots and lots of stuff.  Add a few more to the mix and soon your head will be spinning on how to keep up with all of it.  Fortunately one of our favorite clients, Name Bubbles creates the best personalized kids labels for the win! When the new school year starts I'm always amazed at all the stuff we have accumulate and need to keep track of. With three kids and multiple lunch boxes, water bottles, pencil boxes, sports … [Read more...]

DIY Apple Treat Bags & Printable Lunch Box Notes

It's finally here, the first day of school! We are so excited about starting a new school year and can't wait for all the adventures this year will bring.  We know that starting a new school year can be stressful for everyone, but we believe it should also be lots of fun and memorable too. Which is why I created these fun DIY Apple Treat Bags & Printable Lunch Box Notes to make the first day of school extra special for my kids. I am always looking for creative and easy ideas to turn the … [Read more...]

Back to School Morning Routine Checklist

I'm not a morning person.  My kids are not morning people.  Mornings are usually rough for us, especially during the school year because nobody is eager to get up and moving.  Last year I learned that having a routine was vital to making sure our mornings run smoothly, but this year I decided to get serious about keeping the kids accountable with a Back to School Morning Routine Checklist. Last year I create an After School Routine printable that really helped my kids ease into kindergarten. … [Read more...]