Back To School: 6 Tips To Getting Out The Door on Time

For many families across the United States, summer is almost at its end and school will be back in session.  Gone will be the days of casually waking up and strolling out the door.  The mad rush to get everyone up, dressed, fed and getting out the door on time has arrived.

So, take a deep breath, you still have some time to plan and prepare for a great Back to School with these 6 Tips to Getting Out The Door on Time.

1. Pre-pack. Our morning routines can be hectic so, be proactive and pre-pack.  This includes your briefcase and your child’s backpack.  If

preplan and prepack

preplan and prepack

your child reads, put a checklist next to the backpack so that every morning he/she can checkoff their list.  If he does not read yet, then have some fun and use pictures instead.  Allowing your child to pack his/her own backpack not only frees up time for you to take care of other things but it gives him/her a sense of ownership and responsibility, which kids crave.  Once everything is packed then place it by the door.

2. Set a breakfast menu. Here’s a great list of 10 Make Ahead Breakfasts for Back-to-School from Health.com.  Don’t be afraid to try something new with your children, and don’t think you have to be Martha Stewart.  A well rounded breakfast of cereal and fruit is sufficient to start the day.

3. Pack lunches the night before. Packing a brown bag lunch should not ruin your morning.  Pack lunches the night before.  Choose meals that are nutritious and quick.  When you have a little more time, make a special lunch that your child will delight in. Delicious and Fun Lunch Ideas for A Stress Free Start to the School Year.

4. Pick out what to wear ahead of time.  Stop the dreaded, “I don’t have anything to wear” tantrums in their track.  Organize your child’s wardrobe for the week, ahead of time.  Create separate labels for Monday thru Friday and hang everything in its place and ready to go.  We like this tutorial from I ♥ Organizing. Don’t be too rigid though.  If your child wants to wear Wednesday’s clothes on Monday, roll with it.

Easy to make closet organizers

Easy to make closet organizers

5. Set A Schedule.  From a bathroom schedule to who is to feed the pets, set a schedule and make a chart so that your children know who is to do what when.  Taking a little bit of time to do this will save you from numerous headaches by squashing screaming matches before they even have a chance to happen.

6. Set Rules.  Have a rule at your house that kids do not get their privileges—watching TV, playing video games, talking on the phone—until they fulfill their responsibilities. Stand firm.

Monday Morning Mommy: Tip#1 Uses for Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Good Monday Morning, Mommies!

This week on Frolic and Whimsy I am beginning a new feature and calling it, Monday Morning Mommy.  Tips to help you check off the tasks on your crazy Monday Morning ‘To Do’ list.

After years of denial, I have finally accepted the fact that, my Monday morning ‘To Do’ list is out of control. Not only does it include my normal tasks, chores and errands, but it also includes all those tasks that I didn’t get around to doing.  Most of the time it’s because time just ran out, after-all weekends are family time, but there are those times when I just didn’t know the best way to get things done. Tell me you know the feeling.

Monday Morning Mommy:  Issue #1

‘To Do’ List Issue:  Grime-y little fingerprints and footprints on the interior of your car.

Your ‘To Do’ list includes cleaning the little fingerprints and footprints off the leather or vinyl interior of your car.

Solution:  Try using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. After trying almost every chemical cleaner, I used one of these and it worked like ‘magic’ removing dirt and grime, even in the littlest crevices! Best of all, no chemicals were needed, just a little water!

Estimated Time: 15 -20 minutes.

Where to Buy:  Your local grocery store.

File Under: Uses for Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue! 4th of July Party Ideas with Style!

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Can you feel it?  The excitement surrounding 4th of July is electric!  The children can not wait to decorate their bicycles and scooters for the town’s annual 4th of July parade, parents are preparing food for the cookout, and everyone is ready for what promises to be the BEST fireworks display ever! I Just Love […]

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Dressing Your Baby in Summer: What every mom should know

Dressing Your Baby for Summer

Normal Temperature for Newborns. During pregnancy, your baby’s temperature is regulated inside the womb. Once delivered, it is like stepping out of a warm bath, which is why hospitals have strategies to minimize heat loss. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), hospitals; Maintain the delivery room and all other patient care rooms at […]

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Baby Shower Ideas. 6 Steps to Planning A Great Baby Shower!

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Perfect for a baby boy or girl

Who doesn’t get excited when a baby is on the way? Your friends and family will most certainly get that undeniable thrill when the announcement is made and soon plans get underway to celebrate the baby’s arrival.  So, now it’s time to have a blast with a baby shower party! Planning a baby shower can […]

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