Setting the stage for a healthy, happy back to school season

This post is sponsored by Clorox, but all opinions are my own!

As the first day of school approaches, I can't help but sit back and reflect on the kids’ previous FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL. I remember feeling super excited for my oldest daughter’s first day. As a lot of you know, Aya is gifted and she was craving a social and learning atmosphere that she just was not getting being home with me. Of course, I was sad my little partner in crime was leaving me but there comes a point when you just know they are ready and she was well beyond that point. My son's very first day of school wasn't as easy. I've mentioned it multiple times on the blog before but if you are new here my son is Autistic. School can be overwhelming and be overstimulating for some kids on the spectrum. My son is one of them. Learning a new classroom, getting comfortable with a new teacher, and being in a room filled with students meant he could take months to adjust and this was happening every year! Until last school year, his fourth-grade year was where it all changed.




We switched schools, started our back- to- school routine about two weeks before school actually started, and tried to prep him as much as possible. Now, while I was over- thinking everything and having a slight mom-attack (you know that small panic attack moms have when making life-changing decisions for our children), getting ready for this new adventure King actually surprised us all! He had the best first day back to school ever! This was the first time in his entire school career that he didn't have a complete meltdown. Back- to- school usually meant crying fits during morning drop-offs, followed by dried- up tear stains during pick up. I was heartbroken seeing that evidence of his school day meltdowns lingering on his little cheeks. It took a few years and trying many different things but one thing I've learned over the years of parenting him is that routine is everything! Knowing what comes next in his days helps ease anxiety and helps his days go smoother. This also applies to our daughter as well; all of the kids thrive better when they have a routine. With that being said, we tweaked things here and there and their back to school routine was born! 

















We readjust bedtimes, make sure everyone has a morning routine that works for us all, we attend orientation so the kids can meet their teachers before the BIG DAY (sometimes they even get to meet a few classmates), and make sure all our back- to- school shopping is done. We also have a tradition of making sure our spaces are clutter free and clean the day before school starts and that also helps a lot. I'm a firm believer that a clean space helps make for a clear and calm mind and sets the stage for a happy, healthy school year. Thank you to our friends over at Clorox for helping us to keep up with this tradition. I'm completely confident that the first day back to school will be just as successful this year because we will be kicking off the new school year with Clorox to help us maintain a disinfected, clutter-free, clean house which will give us clutter-free minds and a fresh start!




Random but does anyone else send 
Clorox disinfecting products to their kids’ teachers?? 
They're number one on my list because there are so many germs in the classroom and I want to make sure the teacher has the supplies she needs to make the space a healthy, germ-free classroom so the kids have fewer sick days, and more time spent learning and experiencing new things.
#momproblems


In fact, teachers need more than just Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for back to school. This season, join Clorox in supporting www.donorschoose.org, which allows teachers across America to create projects and request resources students need to enable first moments in their classrooms. For every $5 spent on qualifying Clorox products purchased, you earn a $1 reward and The Clorox Company will donate $1 to classrooms in need through DonorsChoose.org. That’s a win-win!

Snack'n made easy with Lance Sandwich Crackers

Ok so while I love a good Pinterest style snack realistically I just don't have time to cut out cute shapes or come up with snack themes to match whatever book we just read every time one of my kids need something to munch on. Now don't get me wrong if that's your speed LANCE can hook you up with that too. During the school year for my family snacks are meant to be easy, fast, taste good, and be good for you. Whether it's the first thing in the morning or a late night snack Lance has us covered! Here are a few ways we like to enjoy our Lance Snacks.













  • Morning Snack: While my oldest two children are up and eating breakfast before school my youngest, who isn't in school, likes to lay in her bed for a while. She's never been the wake-up and eats something type which can throw our morning school routine off. Most mornings when we are ready to leave she's just now getting in the mood for breakfast. No worries, though because Lance Sandwich Crackers has us covered. She can grab a pack of portable fuel peanut butter crackers and she's ready to go, starting her day off on a good note!
  • Lunchtime Snack: Who says you can only enjoy Lance Sandwich Crackers during "snack time"? Peanut butter anything is my sons all time favorite so I love to add a pack to his lunch. They're quick and easy to toss inside his lunch bag and I'm satisfied knowing he had something wholesome and yummy to eat.












  • After School Snack: Now I don't know about yall but my kids come home from school starving. They want something, quick, and I want something that's good for them. With Lance, made with real peanut butter and goodness baked in, it's easier to make positive snacking decisions. 
  • Late Night Snacks: Theses crackers can even be given as a small treat before bed. Deserts after dinner are always fun I know but I'm not trying to pump my kids full of sugar right before bedtime. This mama looks forward to that end of the day exhale. Plus I can sneak some peanut butter crackers and enjoy a simple little snack all to myself. #momlife 
This post is sponsored by lance sandwich crackers
 but all thoughts and opinions are my own

Comment down below and share with us which Lance snack you and your family enjoy the most? 







6 Back To School Tips For Kids With Autism


As you all know my son is Autistic. For years back to school was a time I dreaded not because my baby was growing up, or because I wasn't ready for the summer fun to end but because this time of year was the most difficult on my son. Up until last year, his 4th-grade year, he spent the first few MONTHS struggling to adjust. Our mornings were filled with cries and out nights were filled with anxiety about the next day. King has been going to school since he was three years old in order to help with language and social skills and it wasn't until the beginning of the fourth grade that those month-long breakdowns stopped. I credit most of that to our decision to transfer him to a school better suited for his needs, but his maturity and a few extra steps played a big part as well. I'll share a few tips on how we manage back to school.

1. Start your back to school schedule ahead of time: King doesn't start school until around the end of August so around the end of July/ beginning of August we like to put him back on his school routine. While we try to create some sort of schedule throughout the summer it isn't as strict as it is during the school year. He may have to get in bed but still get to watch tv whereas during the school year bedtime means just that time for bed. This way he is eased back into things and is already readjusted to his schedule when school starts.

2. Visit the school and meet the new teacher ahead of time: We take full advantage of orientation every year and I bring him along with me. This way he gets to see his new classroom and meet his new teacher before school even starts. The classroom is already set and if there are assigned desk the teacher already has them assigned (of course things may change once the year gets started and the teacher figures out their students needs more) but this gives him a chance to see where everything will be when he gets there his first day and where he will be sitting. He even gets a chance to meet a few other classmates. All of this helps with that first day back to school anxiety that a lot of kids feel.

3. Buy sensory friendly back to school supplies: King no longer needs school supplies his private school provides everything he needs but things like noise canceling headphones, penicl grips, and even this penicl case from TARGET can help get your little one through the day. The pencil grips and pencil cases were both things that were already on his back to school list (when he had one) but picking out sensory friendly ones helped get him through the day.


4. Buy comfortable back to school clothes: My son has enough to deal with during the school day so the last thing I want him to be worried about is feeling uncomfortable. I try not to get anything that will take extra steps just so he could use the restroom, anything that will irritate him with hard tags or stitching. Basically, anything that is too fussy is a no go. Something like a tiny stitch rubbing up his toe can ruin his morning before he even gets to school so we try to get his the comfiest options we can while still staying in dress code. Targets adaptive clothing brand helps make shopping easier with their tagless seamless options. You can read all about the line on my blog post here

5. Pack a lunch for school: King is an extremely picky eater and there is nothing worst than being at school and being hungry so if it's not pizza Friday he take a lunch to school. This way I know he has gotten a good meal and he can get through the day without feeling tired, grumpy, or sick. He is his mother's child and we don't play about our food. Can you say Hangry?

6. BE POSITIVE: It's simple enough. Be positive about the new year get them excited about all the new friends they will meet, new things the will learn. You know your child and what works for them. Whatever it is that get them going use it! Kids are smart they feed off our energy so put those positive vibes out there!  

Race Back To School With OSMO


Say it ain't so! The final lap of summer is here and we are racing back to school with Osmo Hot WheelsTM Mindracers. For a limited time, you can bring hot wheels to life with your Osmo play system for 30% off! Check out www.playosmo.com for more back to school offers on all the games and kits. 





All three of my kids, one boy and two girls, ranging from ages 10 to 3, had so much fun with this Osmo game. It's nice to find something they can all enjoy together. After picking out their favorite car they took turns, going two at a time, revving up their hot wheels engines at the starting line. At the signal, they hit the accelerator and the races have begun! This may have been my youngest favorite part but the big kids loved seeing the competition zoom straight through the screen onto a digital race track. They had to throw down tokens to control their car's action to win. The first one across the finish line took the title as the undisputed champion of the universe!   




The game came with:

  • MindRacers LaunchPad
  • 6 Hot Wheels™ cars
  • 32 game tokens
  • Stackable storage
  • Game poster





Like all Osmo games and kits its all about having fun and learning at the same time! While your littles may think they are just enjoying a fun racing game they are also learning sportsmanship, quick decision making, and real-world dexterity. Have you tried the Osmo Hot Wheels Mindracers? Let me know in the comments below! 



Don't forget this game is 30% off for a limited time NO CODE NEEDED