I spend most of August fighting the reality of back to school season. Visual reminders are everywhere ~ even the grocery store! ~ with shelves stocked to the ceiling with everything you need for the best school year ever. Which is fabulous. Really. Nothing like all the back to school eye candy in the world just waiting for you to color code your entire year. And your closet. And your…wait what? Only me? Because the start >> Read More
College Move In Day Tips For Moms
If you have college aged kids, mid August means navigating College Move In Day. If it were only about logistics, you know we'd be fine, getting the job done like the awesome Moms we are. But it's the part about letting go a piece of your heart that makes for all kinds of chaos, tears, extra long hugs, and yes, that edginess and silence that comes with knowing you are walking through a HUGE moment >> Read More
College Mom Bundle ~ Printables by GO MOM!
If you are the Mom of a high school junior, senior, or rising college freshman, it's time you discovered the GO MOM!® College Mom Bundle! With one son midway through college and a second about to begin, I'm just like any Mom in this stage ~ figuring out how to navigate this vast to-do list while raising up independent young adults. And it's been CRAZY! Four years (how is that possible?) of researching, learning, testing, deciding ~ so >> Read More
Are Test Corrections the New Extra Credit?
Does your child's school offer the opportunity for test corrections? I have children that span middle school, high school, and college. When my oldest child was in middle school, he attended a private school that allowed students who performed poorly on tests to submit test corrections to raise their grade. When our middle son went to public middle school, he rarely had this same opportunity for poor test scores. Only when an entire class took a >> Read More
Why Your College Student Should Intern at Disney
If you are the parent of a college student, you know how important the right internships can be in opening doors for your young adult's future. Not only through the experience they will gain but the exposure to different environments and the opportunity to get on the radar of their dream company too. And if they don't already have one scheduled for the summer, they may find it's time to look ahead to fall semester or >> Read More
How to Coach Your Child Through a Code Red
Have you ever thought about how you would coach your child through a code red? I absolutely hate that I have not only thought about and discussed it with our kids but just recently had to put it in to practice too. While I'm all in for sharing tips and processes to help you better organized your world, this isn't a "How-to" post with any kind of expertise applied. I have no idea if this is >> Read More
Easy Teacher Gift Ideas for Christmas
With the busy holiday season upon us, finding easy teacher gift ideas for our children to give is high on my list of time saving tips. While not everyone may choose to gift at the holidays, we do and we thank every educator that our children come in contact with. That means homeroom, switch teachers, specials teachers, the carpool supervisor ~ you name them, my kids are thanking them. And that means not only is that >> Read More
Back to Campus with Barnes & Noble MasterCard
As the parent of high school and college students, back to campus shopping is never easy on the budget. No matter how hard I try, there are always unexpected expenses that pop up and they often surround text books, study guides, and supplies. Thanks to ResourcefulMommy Media for engaging me to write this sponsored post by the Barnes & Noble MasterCard, powered by Barclaycard, this fall I've got a few new tricks to try to keep those expenses >> Read More
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
Top 6 College Shopping Tips for Moms
Today its all about college shopping tips. It's an overwhelming time in your life as a Mom. If you have a college freshman you know exactly what I mean…there's a LOT more tears and a lot less focus. 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! Here is what I learned last year when we got our son >> Read More