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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

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

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

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

Last Minute Halloween Party Treats

Even though Halloween is weeks in the making, sometimes the best plans are the last minute ones you never expected. If you find yourself invited or hosting a last minute Halloween party, here are a few super easy ideas for party treats you can whip out in no time at all!  Above you’ll see Halloween cupcakes ~ what makes them special are the themed cupcake wraps, sprinkles, and Halloween toothpicks. You can still grab this >> Read More

5 Tips for an Organized School Book Fair

October means its Scholastic Book Fair time and today I’ve got some first hand tips about how you can create a truly organized and successful school event. While I always volunteer for our book fairs, I’ve spent a few of those years serving in a leadership role and have come to find out there are a few key things to keep in mind no matter if you are simply volunteering to staff set-up, preview or buy days, tear >> Read More

Planning for Fall Celebrations and Holidays

Come October, fall celebrations and holidays are everywhere I turn. As the leaves begin to change color and those colder temperatures settle in, I’m eager to keep our organized momentum going that we worked so hard to put into place all September long.  My family is busy so when it comes time for October, the excitement of the new school year that September really commands is swiftly traded for fall celebrations and holidays we all enjoy >> Read More