Van’s Back to School Giveaway – with Joy Bauer!

Please Note: This giveaway was facilitated by Van’s Foods. I was not compensated for this post but did receive free product samples and all opinions are my own.

Well, are you back to school yet? About half of us around here went back to school earlier this week, and the rest will hit the books bright and early Monday morning! Woot woot! And along those lines, I am SO excited to partner with Van’s to celebrate modern moms and help make their lives a little easier, just in time for back-to-school!

And what is one of the most important keys to a successful back to school routine? Breakfast!

But breakfast doesn’t have to be stressful. Quick, wholesome options like Van’s waffles offer protein and whole grains that are so delicious moms feel great about serving them and kids love eating them!

For instance, check out this recipe for Banana & Honey Minis!

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Van’s conducted a survey of 1,000 moms and asked them to describe their mornings.

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On the Road in August

All right, folks, NOW I’m excited. It’s September!!! And while I can hardly believe the time is going so quickly, I LOVE September. Any guesses why? (Think September 23…)

FALL! Fall comes in September! And fall is my most favorite of all! So Happy September, everyone! Oh, but first, help me bid a fond farewell to August. These are the top five posts here on the blog last month!

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Organizing for a SAFE & HEALTHY Back-to-School!

Can you believe it?! It’s almost time for the kids to go back to school! Wow, that felt QUICK! Hopefully everyone has had an amazing summer and is ready to get back to a normal schedule. And while it’s important to get those school supplies, and uniforms, and all the accessories that seem to come into play every August, another very important aspect of going back to school is health and safety. Let’s face it: school won’t do much good for any child unless the child is healthy and safe!

While it’s true that we have no kids at home right now, I can remember preparing triplet boys and their little brother for school like it was yesterday. Quite the task! And, as always, preparation and organization are KEY. Let’s look at some ways YOU can organize in advance so your kiddos can stay safe and healthy when going back to school! 

Staying Safe & Healthy When it Comes to Cleaning

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  • It’s always a great idea to have your children go back to school leaving a clean room behind. Get rid of all the toys that have been broken or “played out” over the summer, and go through their clothes to check and see how things are fitting. This way, if you come across a few blank composition books that have been lost under the bed, or that extra pair of next-size-up jeans that’s still sporting the tag, you can mark these things off your shopping list and save time…and money!

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On the Road in August!

Happy September, all! I can hardly believe it. By the end of this month, the house will be decorated for Fall, we’ll be planning Halloween and Thanksgiving and then CHRISTMAS. WOW. We gotta make time slow down, people! So, as is customary around here, when we hit the first week of a new month, I like to look back on the previous month to see what was “trending” on the blog! Without further ado, here are the top five posts for the month of August: 1. How to Deal with a Dirty Dishwasher – It’s always important to remember to keep the “cleaning machines” clean, too! Dishwasher_with_dishes 2. On Organizing Car Compartments – Yes, my organization extends beyond my home, and so can yours! DSC_0084 3. A Unique Way to Organize Your Spices – This solved my space issue! Can it help you? DSC_0010 4. Tips for Keeping Your Bedroom Clean & Tidy – There’s nothing better than the peace that a clean bedroom brings! 6 Tips for Keeping Your Bedroom Clean and Tidy (1) 5. 10 Back-to-School Photo Ideas – This was, by far, the favorite photo from this post! Did YOU use the idea? 3a1b1c5137cdb52e3a017ce383e28836 Another month gone by! I hope you caught all of the above posts! Which one was your favorite?

10 Back-to-School Photo Ideas

One of my favorite times of the year is when my news feed starts to fill with pics of kids headed back to school! Love it! And those who know me here know that I run a photography business on the side, so yeah, maybe I’m a little partial to pics, but there’s nothing wrong with that…right? I think not! So, with that in mind, here are 10 Back-to-School photo ideas that I’ve come across recently!

For more than one kid {VIA}

I like this one because it contrasts the kids against each other – and it’s no too fru-fru for your “cool” junior high-ers!

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Use what you have {VIA}

Hello?! Driveway and chalk! Anyone can do this one, and it’s SO cute!

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