Welcome to August—or, as we call it at Simplified, Fresh Start 2.0! So much of our community is in the throes of Back-to-School prep, whether you’re getting littles ready for a new school year or or just getting yourself ready to get back to a routine that doesn’t include ice cream for dinner three nights of the week. It take s a bit of a brain shift to get back into the swing of things, so Emily’s here to take you by the hand and gently guide you into five things you might want to put on your Back-to-School prep list. From lunches and schedules to getting your kid emotionally equipped to tackle a new school year, these are doable things that’ll help you get your home and heart ready for a fresh start.
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“You can create a fresh start anytime, anywhere. But this season, after a summer of rest, is one of my favorite times for a fresh start, because we get to springboard back into routines that work for us and make sure they still work for us. ” – Emily Ley
“There's a lot we know about our kids, but there's also a lot we don't. We don't know exactly how they're feeling all the time, and that goes for school, too. Sometime before the school year, just casually asked your kid how they're feeling about the upcoming year.” – Emily Ley
“You don't have to follow a checklist someone gave you in order to be a good mom. You already are one because you love your kid and love is going to take you all really far.” – Emily Ley
A Blessing for Your Week
As you embark on a brand-new season, may you be filled with energy to do good work in the days ahead.
May your arms be strong as you shoulder your tasks, and your hands be soft as you gently care for those you love.
And above all, may you find blessings and lessons all along the way.
Simplicity Tip of the Week
Sometimes the easiest way to get everything you need to do out of your head is getting it onto a piece of paper—or even a marker board!
Do you follow Smitten Kitchen? She’s a fantastic food blogger, and I love how she makes her meal plan for the week. She does it on a little marker board, and I bet she does it for a few reasons: one, it’s easier to see you plan when you write it down; two, you can see how to use leftover ingredients or how to repurpose leftovers into a new meal; and three, kids can know exactly what’s going to be on the dinner table that night (making the “what’s for dinner?” question a little less frequent).
A marker board, a Simplified Planner, a Meals workbook, a Notes app, a napkin—however you need to get your tasks out of your head and onto something you can look at, do that thing. It’ll help your plans come together way more quickly, and bring your stress levels down much more quickly too.
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