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Back to School Countdown Series: The Extras

Back to School Countdown

If you have been following along with my Back to School Countdown, you should have school clothes and supplies purchased and organized, school lunches ready to go, and a homework station waiting for the first worksheets that will come in your door. So what now?

This post is for the over-achievers out there. If you have all of the above ready to go, and are on a roll, try out some of these ideas to make the school year even easier?

  1. Start making or gathering teacher/coach/crossing guard gifts now. You know all those teacher gift ideas you pinned last Christmas? Make a couple of those. Put them in your closet. When Christmas comes this year, have a hot chocolate and read your favorite book instead of rushing around. If you aren’t crafty, you can always be on the lookout for cute gifts and it doesn’t hurt to have a gift card or two on hand for emergency gift giving. I put together a fun pin board of teacher gift ideas here.
  2. Review your children’s upcoming extracurricular activities and start preparing now. Pack a tote for each child, for each activity. Put everything they need in each tote. I even put clean uniforms in the totes. When it’s soccer day, they grab the tote, get dressed, and then take the tote with them. Think about stocking up on snacks too. If you know you will have to be the snack mom and some point, stock up on juice boxes and granola bars the next time they go on sale.

The most important thing to remember when preparing for the school year is to take care of yourself. In this day and age, we seem to put way too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect parents. Let’s face it-perfection is impossible, and your kids won’t care if you aren't perfect. Think about your childhood. I bet some of your best memories are the result of your parents messing up. Ice cream for dinner because there isn’t anything else in the house? Best night ever! Take it easy on yourself and enjoy these years with your child. They'll be off to college soon enough. Here's to great new school year!

Back to School Countdown: School Lunch

Back to School Countdown: Lunches & Dinners: Laura Bray Designs

We're in the final stretch of the Back to School Countdown. My daughter starts school in a week and a half. I know many of you have already started. Don't get discouraged! You can still work through the Countdown with me. Better late than never, right? Today, we're going to talk a little about food.Continue Reading

Back to School Countdown: Paperwork Organization

Back to School Countdown Paperwork Organization: Laura Bray Designs

Paperwork is probably one of the leading causes of clutter. My child brings tons of paperwork each week. It can easily take over your home and make you stressed out. After a few years of trying different organization methods, this is what works for me. The best tip I can give you is to dealContinue Reading

Summer isn’t over yet

Summer isn

Today, I'm a little break from the Back to School Countdown. My daughter doesn't go back to school until September 4. While I want to be as prepared as I can for it, I also don't want to lose these precious last days of her break to planning. We are spending extra time at theContinue Reading

Back to School Countdown: Homework Organization

Back to School Countdown: Homework Organization: Laura Bray Designs

Yes. I said the “H” word. Many of us are veterans of the homework wars. There will be lost homework, fights over doing homework, and general tears. I can’t guarantee that these issues will go away, but a little organization might make it all go easier this year. Designate a homework station. Organize a deskContinue Reading

Back to School Countdown: School Supplies

Back to School Countdown to Organization with Laura Bray

How are you doing on your Back to School Countdown? Are you ready for the first day of school? Did you get the school clothes in order? Today, we're talking school supplies. I think school supply shopping has always been my favorite part of back to school time. I love the smell of new pencils!Continue Reading

Back to School Countdown Series: School Clothes Craft

Organize your school day mornings with this simple tip!

Yesterday, many of you of told me you really liked the idea of how I my daughter and I pick-out her school clothes weekly. It really is a great tip that will make your mornings go much faster. Last year, I posted a tutorial for creating hangers for the process, but my daughter and IContinue Reading

Back to School Countdown: School Clothes

Back to School Organization: School Clothes

It's almost time for school start. I'm determined to be better organized and more prepared this year and, since school is now less than a month away, I figured it was time to get started. I also figured you might need a little push too, so I'm going to do a little blog series aboutContinue Reading

Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady by Laura Bray

Back in the day, when I was doing more collage, I collected a few vintage photographs. They've been collecting dust in a photo box ever since. I'm trying to do a major overhaul of my studio right now and, when I stumbled over these photos, I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them (whichContinue Reading

Summer Mornings

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins: Laura Bray Designs

What I wanted to do yesterday morning: Work What I did yesterday morning: Baked homemade, chocolate-chocolate chip muffins and watched a movie with my little girl. Why I did it: Because in a few, short years she'll be sleeping all day or off to the beach with her friends. I'll have all the time inContinue Reading