Two Tips For an Easy Back 2 School Season



I am excited to share some fun ways to get organized for Back to School.  Now, for those of you who are in my neck of the woods, don’t shoot me!!  Yes, for those on the west coast, we still have at least 1 1/2 months of summer left, but for those on the east coast and mid-west, school days are coming quick.

If you are a new reader, you may not have become familiar with my Back 2 School Survival Guide.  This product released three years ago and has been a great help to many moms who need to re-focus for the upcoming school year.  There are great sections on setting up routines for home and school, how to set goals and track them, battling homework hassles, dealing with bullies, expectations,  anxiety and more.  Over 80 pages of helpful information that you will access year after year!

Back 2 School Survival Guide- make that back to school transition easier

If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with Back to School – go on over and check it out.

Back-to-School-SliderMy next Back to School “fix” is with the help of eMeals – yep, you know how much I love it.  Here I shared my love for the eMeals Paleo plan and I will posting again next month on a different plan and let you know how we liked it.  I have used eMeals now for over 5 years – LOVE!!   Simple and easy is my middle name and eMeals makes planning and preparing dinner one thing to ‘almost’ take off my to-do list.  I love it!  

With eMeals you choose a meal plan based on eating style {there are so many to choose from – Clean Eating, Classic, Paleo, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Carb, Kid Friendly, Vegetarian and more}, your family size and your favorite grocery store. Once a week you get an email with 7 dinner recipes, a shopping list organized by section and coordinated with weekly sales at grocery stores.   They also have an APP where you can easily access the lists to grocery shop from and do your cooking.  

So I was thrilled when I just got news that they were also kicking off Back to School with a special.  You can grab a new membership to eMeals for 20% off using the discount code  SCHOOL.  In addition, if you are a new subscriber or already subscribed you will get access to a FREE BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE full of easy recipes for breakfast, lunch boxes, easy weeknight meals and more:

  • 3 Power Breakfast Recipes
  • 2 Lunch Box Recipes
  • 2 Weeknight Dinners
  • 2 Afterschool Snacks
  • 1 Yummy Dessert

10 perfect recipes to get you back into the swing of things for the school year!   Here is a FREE recipe for you to try on your family now!!

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Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-Ups (from the Back to School Survival Guide PDF)

8 slices bacon


1 (8-oz) package store-bought guacamole

4 (8-inch) flour tortillas

1/2  lb thinly sliced deli turkey

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or any shredded cheese)

1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce (optional)

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; drain. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise and guacamole over each tortilla.

Layer turkey, bacon and cheese on each tortilla.

Add lettuce, if desired. Roll up tortillas, and cut in half.

Makes 4 servings.

I will be grabbing some Gluten Free Tortillas to make this while on vacation with my family this next week – a time saver and easy to serve.  Perfect pool food!

No Martyr Moms Allowed



I asked a few weeks ago in my bi-monthly newsletter (if you do not get it, you can subscribe here!)  what you needed help conquering in your daily life – and many of you responded with pleas!

So every few weeks I will be responding to some of those questions with some tips from my own personal experience.

Today I will be sharing my suggestions to this questions I got from Elena:

The thing I really struggle with is delegating chores/tasks to my kids, and asking my husband for help.  I end up trying to do it all, which of course I can’t, so I crash and burn, hold my resentment in and feel like a martyr.  Not good!  
I am sure we can all relate  – I am the worst at asking for help, but you know….I am also the only one to blame when I do not.  Here are some tips to help you conquer this tricky issue.
You can’t do it all
Realize that it is totally okay and logically that you cannot run every aspect of your home on your own.  Period!  I think we often feel like we have to have our hands in every aspect of running our home and it doesn’t always work the best like that.  Giving yourself permission – it’s a good thing to let go.  The Weekly Household Planner is a great place to jump off to assigning small tasks to others, you can highlight tasks by color for different people, which many moms have found super helpful!
Small Tasks
Take baby steps in doling out tasks to others in your home.  If the dinner hour is overwhelming and you find yourself blowing your top because too much is going on and expected of you, then assign something to someone else.  Table setting, clean-up, a “mommy’s helper” for each night in the kitchen, or even give a night over to your older child or spouse.  It is okay – and likely will be the best thing you can do – giving up that responsibility.
Start Young
The younger you start to pass tasks and jobs onto your children, the better it is for everyone.  It becomes habit and an expectation, rather than as the years go by you decide to “ask” them to help out.  Everyone lives in your home so everyone should help with it’s running.  A home will not run smoothly or in harmony when one person is doing it all.
Do Not Nag
When you set up expectations for help around the home, whether it is with your kids or spouse, set up the expectation and also the consequence.  Perhaps it means if certain tasks are not completed the family won’t be able to play a game in the evening.  Having a chore system in your home is critical to success.  I wrote a few posts on tips with chores if you need more help in this area.  If you need more help, I share some extra tips on home management here too.
Learn to enjoy the benefits of having other help out.  I struggle with pride issues with regard to feeling like I have to do everything in my home in addition to thinking that everyone else should be able to read my mind, which logically is ridiculous.  So I have to really pray and remember that I am human and so is everyone else.

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Creating a Happy and Organized Home



Hopefully you’ve managed to grab yourself a copy of the 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner for FREE {and perhaps even grabbed the Supplemental kit for only $6} and are ready to tackle the New Year.  I am thrilled with what you all are sharing with me on how your first week went….

This is my second year using your planner and I love it! I also am currently reading The Christian Homemakers Handbook, after you had posted on it this past summer, and I love it!   Thank you!!!

LOVE the planner!! I’ve been looking forward to doing my planned “chores” each day and no longer feel like I need to do EVERYTHING EVERY DAY! I suddenly have so much more time in my day and my house is still getting taken care of Thank you so much for offering this to us for free!!

So excited! My first week of the new year with The Confident Mom Household planner was a success. Along with help from my boys, we crossed everything off the list.

Love my Confident Mom planner. I went with the free one and it’s perfect for keeping me organized. Not everything gets crossed off…but that’s okay.  The world won’t end.

So how can you find happiness and success among your to-do list in the planner?

Get a Plan

Whether you print one page of the planner out a week, or print the entire contents out and put it in a binder, find a method that will work for you.  No one likes to get re-organized each week – so pick a method and go with it.  My method is to print the year out, take it to Staples and spiral bind it for $4.  I can then write all over it and I actually will keep my previous years planners because of all the notes I’ve written on the pages.  I am also a big fan of the just tell me what to do version – that is my kinda gig!


Maybe you are a print each week as you go so you can type in the editable fields kids gal – then do that.  Post it on the refrigerator or place it in a notebook.  I have also heard from moms that have been able to use the planner pages on their tablets – 

  • If you have a tablet, like an iPad you can use the Weekly Household planner “paperless” with any app that allows you to “write” on a PDF – for example Notability.
  • On the Kindle, you can download “Note Everything” for free and use it too!

I have not done this myself, and will likely experiment with this, but if you have had success please share in the comments so you might be able to help another mom out.  In addition, many have downsized the planner pages, but changing the printer settings on their printers, for example – printing two of the pages on one 8 X 11 page….if you have done that please share here too!

Give Yourself Grace

I especially love the last comment  – she is right….if all the tasks do not get crossed off each day – the world won’t end!  You need to be real with yourself and have realistic expectations each day {I shared a post on this last year that was very helpful} – your home is not like your friends’ home or the mom who is sharing on Facebook about how she managed to get all ten of her kids to complete the entire task list for the week in one day – you are you.

You need to realize each day is different and if you do not get it crossed off – oh well!  This is a guide – not a mandate!  I have placed tasks on the planner in a reasonable order and frequency to allow your home to stay picked up, tidy and in order, but if you miss a few things here and there – things will not fall apart.  Just pick up the next day and move on.


You will need to gain help – in one form or another.  I shared a post last year about delegating more tasks in your Weekly Household Planner – this is key.  You are doing a big favor for yourself, but also one for your children if you bring the entire family into play when helping to keep your home in order.  They will earn life skills that will anchor them to be responsible adults when they leave home.

You can use color coded highlighters to delegate tasks for each child – this is one way to share in the process.  Allow your children to pick one task out of each day that they can help with and then when all the tasks are done, do something fun together – like a game, make a snack or get outside to ride bikes.  

Working together for the better good of the whole is a great family lesson to teach at home.

Quick Tips

For many weeks on end I posted a Weekly Household Quick Tip each Monday as we ventured through the planner the past two years.  If you need some inspiration, just type Weekly Household Quick Tip in the search bar in the upper right corner and get some encouragement or find a tip for a certain task listed in the planner.  Need a natural Laundry Rinse that is  inexpensive and easy to use, how about some ideas on how to begin your quiet time routine, or cleaning the garage?  There is a lot of great information buried in these pages – just type a search word and phrase and hit go! 

Summer Survival Mini Challenge


Here we are, wrapping things up with the Summer Survival Mini Challenge that Hello Mornings has put together!   If you need to get your summer organized, grab a copy of my  Summer Survival Calendar and join us.  It won’t take long to catch up!

We have this week’s homework tasks for week 3 – finishing up everything and getting ready to kick summer off with a bang!

We are sharing Week Three ideas, if you missed week one, or week two – hop over to review them now!

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Summer Survival Mini Challenge


I’ve decided to continue sharing the great tips and plan that Hello Mornings is sharing with regard to getting on track with summer using my Summer Survival Calendar.  Why mess with a good thing.  I will be sharing their homework tasks for the week and my additional tips in my audio this week.  I hope it helps kick-start you into SUMMER!

We are sharing Week Two ideas, if you missed week one, hop over to review it now!

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