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Is Social Media Good for Schools?

The start of the new school year has arrived and this year I'm particularly aware of an increased use of social media by individual schools. And frankly, it has me asking if social media is good for schools at all. As an involved parent with kids in multiple schools (including college), I follow the Wake County Public Schools Twitter Feed. If you've never checked it out, it's particularly brilliant during exams and with weather delays. When the >> Read More

Back to School ~ 5 Spaces to Organize Now

August has arrived and if your kids haven't already gone back to school (I can't imagine but then you get out at by Memorial Day too which seems so unfair!) you feel the last days of summer surely nipping at your "want to relax and enjoy the summer" heels.  Stores are stocked to the ceiling with everything you need for the best school year ever. Which is fabulous. Really.  Nothing like all the back to >> Read More

Top 6 College Shopping Tips for Moms

Today its all about college shopping tips. It's overwhelming time in your life as a Mom and if you have a college freshman you know exactly what I mean…a LOT more tears and a lot less focus. But to know me is to know that whenever I go through things with my kids that require organizational prowess, I love to share them with you! So here is what I learned last year when we got our >> Read More

Back to School Bundle ~ Printables by GO MOM!

Have you heard the buzz about my favorite GO MOM!® printable at this crazy time of year? The  GO MOM!® Back to School Bundle is literally the ONLY way I can guarantee my own organized success. Seriously. Over the years I've shared all kinds of tips and insights about how to scale the insanely long to do lists that seem like they appear from no where (even though we knew it was coming all summer long!) and deal with >> Read More

A Mom’s Guide to Senior Year

  If you are the Mom of a high school senior, the back to school fall of his or her senior year takes those "My baby is all grown up!" mixed emotions to an entirely new level.  While this season in their lives has always seemed so far away, this fall is when the grown up rubber meets the road and its game on for you to be organized.  Seriously.  Your GO MOM!® DIY Planner is likely >> Read More

Fun Activities for Teacher Appreciation Week

For Room Moms all over the country, its game on for deciding what to do for National Education Associations' Teacher Appreciation Week.  Because it so often falls the week before Mother's Day, it can be a busy time for volunteers at home and at school.  Most PTAs provide guidelines about required activities and in some schools, this can last all week long.  A few years ago, my daughter's school decided to mix things up and make >> Read More

The Problem with Spring Break

Amen for Spring break! Ask any student, no matter how young or old, and they'll all tell you they can't wait for Spring break.  A week to sleep in, do fun things, perhaps travel with your family on a short or long trip, and just take a breather from the rigors of school. While little ones need a break for different reasons than older ones, universally this week in March or April is all kinds of >> Read More

Valentine Party Ideas for Room Moms

If you are an elementary school room mom, right about now you may find yourself scrambling for Valentine party ideas.  Volunteering is almost always more work than we anticipate and I'll be the first to give you a fist bump for saying yes to serving as the room mom either on your own or by default. But please don't ever feel bad if you find yourself behind the "not nearly ready to have the party" eight ball >> Read More

Easy Teacher Gift Ideas for Christmas

When it comes to teacher gift ideas for Christmas, I'm all about easy while making sure any gift is truly special.  As a room mom this means I've got my clever thinking gap (and Pinterest) on to find just the right item.  Because we've really only got a few weekends to pull things together before the class party chaos begins, its time to make sure I've got the basics in place before the first gift is >> Read More

A Classic Christmas with Stone’s Education and Toys

The holiday shopping season is upon us and I'm excited to get started finding the perfect gift for the ones I love. I'm one of those people who needs to actually be in the season before I can decide what I want to buy for everyone. I know, seems opposite of my organized ways, but I think for me this is really about tradition. I love to visit the stores when they are decorated from >> Read More