We are back-to-school and I have to say, the amount of paperwork that has come home this first week is unreal! Times three girls and I have a pile quickly… see what I’m talking about?
September is about me being on my game. While I do elicit the help of the girls and Ryan at this time (we’re all getting into a new ‘team’ routine!), I understand that they cannot fill out their own paperwork. That, unfortunately, is a ‘Mommy and Daddy job’. Upon receiving the paperwork, I immediately sort it into one of four groups: Do It Right Now (to my desk), File It, Recycle It, Save It For Memories. This one teeny tiny act will save your counter-tops from the mail, flyers, school paper etc. stacking up. (We won’t even go into the Feng Shui effects right now… that’s a whole other blog post!)
How about lunches?
Lunches seem to be the bane of all moms with kids returning to school. What fun creations will we come up with daily? Healthy, home-made, store bought or otherwise… for ten whole months! ~sigh~ If you think outside the lunchbox, you’ll find many suitable lunchbox fillers. Don’t let Pinterest get you down — let it inspire you! (But don’t pull out the sandwich shape cutters just yet!) You do not have to live up to others Pin-worthy ideals. Sending leftovers in a thermos can easily be done (just make a little extra) and bento box style servings are all the rage, offering up a variety of options for the child who thinks sandwiches are not fun. Heck, if your children are old enough… they should make their own! This whole lunch thing doesn’t have to be a big deal. It would be best if kids could come home each day for a healthy hot lunch, but the reality is that cannot happen for many families (including ours). Don’t sweat the lunches! Just feed the kids exactly how you have been all this time and for the older ones, instill a little independence.
This is a great time to get rid of clutter! A site I love to frequent called UsedEverywhere.com is having a great contest! Simply post an item (with image) in the household section on UsedEverywhere.com Canada or U.S.A and automatically be entered to win ! Each posting counts as one entry in the contest and there is no limit to getting uncluttered. Win one of 4 – $1000 prizes! (Enter before September 15, 2013!)
Last but not least, to celebrate the release of ‘Be That Mom’ October 1st…
#WIN 1 of 3 book sets (includes Be That Girl & Be That Mom) ! Giveaway closes September 23, 2013 at 12:01am MST and is open to Canadian and U.S residents over the age of 18. Winner has 48 hrs to respond by email or another winner will be chosen.
Tina O’Connor, BSc Psych.
President & CEO, Be That Books Inc.
Author, Entrepreneur, Mom, Wife, Professional Organizer, and Cool Chick.
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