How is your transition into fall going? We start school this coming week! I have been doing a little prep in the attempt to have the first week go smoothly.
If you are looking for a smooth transition into fall, I have a few quick tips to share.
Make a freezer stash for lunches. I like to keep a stash of food that I can throw in my daughter’s lunch if I am getting low on groceries. It’s nice to have something I can grab out of the freezer to put in her lunch if I’m getting desperate. Here are a few of my favorite items to have in the freezer:
- Chocolate Zucchini Bread – made into muffins. I make my own streusel instead of the sugar topping on this recipe.
- Oatmeal To-Go Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins – this are also great for breakfast! I reduce the sugar a bit.
- Energy Bites – I make a variation of these recipes: No-Bake Energy Bites or Homemade Energy Bites
Review your weekly schedule on Sunday evening. Either spend just a few minutes going over the schedule for the week or have a full planning session with meal planning, budget review, and all that. I just typically do a quick skim a few days before the week starts so I know what is coming up. I don’t like to be caught off guard with something I forgot!
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Prepare the night before. A great morning starts the evening before. Doing a few minutes of prep at night helps keep morning stress down. Spend a few minutes going over tomorrow’s schedule.
- Make sure your children’s clothing is picked out and backpacks are packed and by the door. (Put some of this responsibility on them!)
- Program your coffee maker. (Wake up to your Bulletproof Coffee)
- Put lunches together.
Your mind will be more at ease when going to bed, knowing that you just took care of a bit of your morning stress.
Get everyone to bed early!
You are doing your child a HUGE favor if you prioritize their sleep. You are setting them up for a much better day at school if they are well-rested.
If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources:
- Sleep It Does a Family Good: How Busy Families Can Overcome Sleep Deprivation
- Make Over Your Mornings
- How to Create a Morning Routine (includes printable worksheets that I created)
Get your kids on a routine. Check out these free Morning and Evening Routine printables from KiwiCo! Use the schedules to help kids stay organized, get out the door for school, and wind down for a good night’s sleep.
- Daily Walk with God: Meditations for Every Day
- The One Year At His Feet Devotional
- Write the Word journals