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Back to School is Here, Are You Ready Mama?

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Listen, I don’t know about you, but I’m slightly freaking out!!!!
I have a 3rd grader and a kindergartner!!!! Yes, I’m yelling… Are you yelling? Are you freaking out? I seriously can’t be the only one.

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, and I know I’m not alone because you’re still reading this, right?
Cool… let’s dive in!


Here’s the scoop, going from a summer filled with late nights, late mornings, park hangs, PB&J every day, missed flossing, and eating way too much take-out can be hard to let go of.
Especially when you go from that to every-single-minute-of-your-life-is-on-a-calendar! That is hard. Trust me, I’ll be the 1st to admit it.

But after getting the kids through the most difficult school year, I’ve learned a thing or two; last year, I learned a thing or two…so here it is.

1. Meet my Google Calendar…She’s my best friend.

I keep her pretty with color codes, alerts, and notifications, and she syncs to EVERYTHANG.


Doctors appointment- Google Cal

Need to return that permission slip- Google Cal

Lunch money balance low- Google Cal Oh!

Its the book fair-Google Cal

Tuesday night’s dinner Google Cal (that’s a new addition for me)

If your school is really cool, you can even get their calendar synced up to your google calendar…BOOM!

2. Prep, Prep, Prep

Prep their lunch
Prep their clothes
Prep dinner- have some easy meals, take out and delivery options on deck
Prep anything they need to take to school with them.
You know that feeling of running around in the morning with a half-eaten piece of toast in one hand, a child yelling down the stairs saying they can’t find their yellow shirt and you digging through the pile of papers hoping and praying you can find that permission slip. Is that what you want every morning, girl? NO!
So please do yourself a solid and take that precious hour before bed, pop in some headphones and listen to an audiobook or podcast and get it done!
Trust me; you’ll be feeling like Mary Poppins in the morning!

3. Wake up Early, I know its hard

But wouldn’t the morning be just a little sweeter if you got your coffee before you have to tell your kid to brush their teeth 5 times.
I’m just saying.
Even if it is just 15 minutes, it will change your life.

4. Go ahead and lower your exepectaions right now

I know we all want that dramatic moment during drop-off.
You know the one where your kid runs back to you and says, “mommy, I don’t wanna go,” with tears in their eyes.
Listen, there is a 90% chance that isn’t going to happen (sorry to break it to you).
You know what’s going to happen… I’m going to tell you, so you’re not broken-hearted leaving the school with all the other sad and salty moms.
Your kid is going to hop no scratch that leap out of the car, slam the door, do a quick half-turn wave, and leave you in the distance.
That might be a bit dramatic, but seriously when I dropped Zanella off at the bus, she was so ready for me to leave.
She barely hugged me and was on her way

Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
There is not enough room on that 1st day for both of us to cry.. I’ll take the L on that one.


Hey Mama! You will be amazing this school year, no matter what decision you make for your kiddos. You know what is best for you are your family, and you are going to rock it! Oh, and don’t forget to snap the 1st day of school pic; they grow up so fast.

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