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Has back to school madness hit you yet? Where I live, today is the first day of school. We will start next week to allow me some additional much needed planning and organizing time. A lot of our activities begin this week. I. am. not. ready. I love the less structured days of summer. But alas, the school year must begin and I must go back to being a homeschool mom and business owner. Some days it is a lot to deal with and a lot to fit into 24 hours. I am often asked how I do it. Today, I’m going to share how I do it. I’ve got some organization tips for you as well.

Help tame the back to school craziness with these great back to school organization tips and ideas for busy moms! #BTS #Organization #organize #Organizing #ad #InspireStudents #TeachersChangeLives #PMedia #BusyMoms

I’m pretty sure the thing I hear most from both readers and friends is, “I don’t know how you do it.” I can tell you it doesn’t happen by accident.;-)

Today, I’m going to share exactly how I do what I do. At least the being organized in order to have a fighting chance of doing what needs to get done each day. I’ve got an arsenal of tools, planners, and methods to my madness. I’m certain that you can pick up an organization tip or two from what I do. I truly hope that what I share can help you if you are feeling anxious about what needs to get done each day.

I don’t get done what I do by living like I do in the summer. Carefree, lazy days go by the wayside during the school year. Pretty much every moment of my day is scheduled. It can be tons of fun and it can be totally stressful. Just depends on the day, the kids, and the deadlines.

First, what exactly am I talking about. In case you aren’t familiar with me, I’m a homeschooling mom. I also own a business, this blog. I also run the house and take care of my two girls, most of the time by myself as my husband travels A LOT. My girls are active in a  homeschool class (or maybe 2), girl scouts and 1 additional extra-curricular activity each. I am also a Girl Scout leader. It is a lot and most days I love it all and wouldn’t even begin to know what to give up. Though there are days I want to give it all up. Right?! You know what I mean…I know you do.:-)View full post »

  • kristin - September 2, 2014 - 11:10 am

    Love all these tips, thank you! I need to get something in place, I’m so disorganized right now.ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ DIY on the Cheap - September 2, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    Great tips! I really need to work on getting more organized. Pinning this!ReplyCancel

As I’m sure you are quite aware, the school year is fast approaching or has perhaps already started for you. I always seems to struggle with healthy snacks for my kids during the school year. They get hungry every afternoon and I am usually in the middle of something else and really don’t want to stop to figure out what they can or can’t eat. I’ve got a great idea for you and I today for easy and healthy snacks for the kiddos!

Get those after school snacks together with these easy ideas for healthy snacks for the kiddos. #HealthySnacks #Snacks Ad #NatureBoxSnacks  #BacktoSchool #RealCoake

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may remember when I made the snack station for my girlies. I filled it with all kinds of healthy snacks for kids. The thing is that the snack jar has gotten totally neglected over the summer. We have been on summer time, meaning we often eat breakfast at 10 or 11 am, lunch at 2 or 3 and dinner at 7ish. Snacks really aren’t needed. I also know that last year the jar was forever running on empty, waiting for someone to fill it. With the school year rapidly approaching, I need to get the snack jar taken care of and I need it to be quick, easy and healthy. That is where  Nature Box comes into play.  View full post »

With school starting next week (or maybe you’ve already started), that also means back to Girl Scouts! This year, I’m moving up from the Daisy level to being a leader of the Brownie level. I’m looking forward to a fun year. I also know this year we will complete a Girl Scout Journey. I’m so glad the Girl Scout organization sponsored this post and I get tell you about a great free resource to add to your Girl Scout Journeys this year! It will help you teach healthy habits to your girls. Perfect! It seems like such a natural thing to add teaching healthy habits to Girl Scout programming.

Great FREE resource for Girl Scout leaders to use with the Journeys to teach girls about healthy habits. #GirlScout #GirlScouts #HealthyHabits #Ad

My daughter, Pumpkin, earned her Daisy Summit Award and has plans to earn the Brownie Summit Award as well. Therefore, I need to make sure we complete a journey this year. I’m feeling a little intimidated at working with the Brownies this year. I know it isn’t as involved as some of the older girl levels, but it is definitely more than the Daisy level and for some reason it has me feeling just a bit intimidated or nervous.

While I’m feeling a little intimidated, I know I can do it and make it fun for myself and my girls. No matter what I know I will totally enjoy the girls and enjoy working with them. As I know I’ve shown you in the past, that usually means fun, creative, active and healthy ideas. View full post »

  • ohjennran - August 27, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I haven’t seen this. I plan to share this with my SU. This is a great supplemental item for the journey. I think it will also help my troop parents understand that healthy snacks at meetings are really the way to go!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 27, 2014 - 9:00 pm

      You are so welcome! So glad that you will share it with your Service Unit. I think you will enjoy using it with the Journeys. Yes, we make healthy snacks mandatory…though there is always someone who things cookies are healthy. Hmmm…maybe we need to teach the parents, too. ;-) ReplyCancel

I’ve got more kid’s bedroom ideas for you today. As much as I love the IKEA Expedit shelving and diy desk I showed you last week. I think the reading nook I created in Pumpkin’s room is my favorite element….well at least in her room. I do love the shelving and desk in the other room. The reading nook is just so cozy. I wish I had one in my room.

Kids Bedroom Ideas to create a cozy reading nook in the corner of a room. Perfect for encouraging reading. #Kids #Bedroom #Reading #RealCoake

Pumpkin LOVES to read. In an effort to give her something new in her room, since her big sister was getting new furniture, etc. I decided to make her a cozy reading nook in one corner of her room. It was easy and inexpensive to create and Pumpkin LOVES it and uses it often.

Let me show you how to create a reading nook in your house as well. Oh and if we could just ignore the fact that I need to paint her room and that the walls are patched but not painted, I’d be forever grateful…UmKay? View full post »

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You guys remember how I love spending time with my family? I know you enjoy spending time with your family as well! We LOVE a good family game night at our house. How about you? It is always fun to find a new game to play that the whole family will enjoy. Sometimes with the 5 years between my girls that can be a bit challenging.Plan a  family game night to promote conversation, connection and fun as a family! #FamilyGameNight #GameNight #FamilyFun #Qsracetothetop #pmedia #ad #RealCoakeSometimes as much as I want us to have fun together as a family, I also want to make sure we are making time for connection and for talking. That doesn’t always mix well with a family game night. I also, as you probably remember, love to get my girls and myself moving. Keeping active is important to me.

For our family game night this week, we found a game that puts all three of those components together! Fantastic, right? View full post »

  • Ginger Bergemann - August 25, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    Love family game night. This game is just right for my kids almost 3 & 5. I’ll have to show it to my husband.ReplyCancel

  • Britni - August 25, 2014 - 11:37 pm

    This looks like such a fun game!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Sims - August 26, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Looks like a fun game! Looking forward to family games nights when our girls are a bit bigger!ReplyCancel

  • kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor - August 26, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Looks like such a great time!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Garofalow - August 27, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    Sounds like such an awesome game! I think my kids are at great ages to play games together. We really should start family game night! ReplyCancel

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