Back to School Tips!

A5I’ve got to share some tips with you that’ll get the front end of the school year off to a good start (you can also find these along with hundreds of other tips in Chapters 2 & 3 of my book).  They’ve saved us year after year!  Ready?  Ok, let’s go!

Family Calendar

I’m sure you’ve hit this speed bump already if you’ve been to open house or get school emails.  I’ve already seen the school volunteer email, PTA email, open house email, etc.  What’s that mean?  DATES.  How to beat the rush?  As soon as you see it, put it in your calendar!  I bounce around between 4.  Yeah, sounds crazy but it’s a must for us at this point.  I keep a calendar in my phone, one in my office, one in our kitchen & I use my alarms on my phone as an iron clad reminder system.  If I had less trust issues, I’d probably use Google calendar to keep track & let it pop up on my computer screen.  But I don’t trust it.  Y’all may need to encourage me on that!

Arts & Crafts

If you have little bitty ones, get ready!  The arts & crafts are coming!  If you had medium & big ones, a science project approacheth.  Just get your little area ready and have it stocked.  We’ve dedicated a shelf in our closet to surplus supplies & thanks to my daughter, a ton of arts & crafts supplies.  Everything from colored paper, cardboard, paper tubes, glue, colored pencils, crayons & more are in there.  Think you won’t need it?  Keep livin’…

Files for Each Child

I thought I posted on this before, but I can’t find it!  Anyway, here’s an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book:

Files for Each Child

          If you have multiples, keeping a set of files for each child will become more important as they grow older. Once those school records, health records, awards and other documents start to pile up, you want to be able to find them easily. Consider separating them by file folder color or design or file documents according to age. There are also hanging wall folders for families with multiple children. Label each folder and keep their papers on the side of the fridge, on the inside of the pantry door or on the pantry wall. Anywhere that is accessible but out of the way will work best.

I took this idea a step further when I looked up organization on Pinterest.  Here’s what I came up with.


Each child now has their OWN cart!  Last year they each had their own drawer in one cart.  We may label each drawer, but we haven’t decided yet.  Maybe one for homework, one for old papers and another for extra school supplies?  Underneath we keep bulky toys & our fuzzy, snuggly blankets for family movie time (which occurs often).  We also have a cork board that may be used for reminders just for the kids.  The storage doesn’t stop there!  Oh, no!  We also have a desk drawer with hanging file folders for other important school documents.  And we also post stuff on the fridge.    It’s still a work in progress and it may change even after we do all of this!  My motto?  Stay flexible!  There’s always change coming.

So this year I rearranged part of one of our hall closets & dedicated a shelf to school supplies.  I may pretty up that box, but who knows.  It’s just for functionality right now.  Knowing me I’ll find a cutesy organizer at Dollar Tree & ditch the cardboard.

wpid-wp-1440336764488.jpgwpid-20150823_093108.jpgSo there you have it.  Our initial back to school overhaul.  You can find additional projects & ideas on my Pinterest board for Kiddies & organization & more here.

So enjoy sending the babies back to school!



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How My Children Saved My Business

I know you must be wondering how that could be the case. It’s true, though. They saved my business!

I’m an author, but I’m also an entrepreneur.  If you’ve followed me a while you’ve heard me mention my business, The Jewelry Lady.  I’ve owned this retail store (initially online & now a storefront as well) for over 5 years.  I love it! I mean, what woman doesn’t love jewelry, right?  But there were many times that I thought about throwing in the towel because I’d come to the end of myself . But countless times my children were there with little nuggets that helped get me out of my funk.

Let’s start with the youngest.  She’s 8.  While on vacation, we came across a crafter called My Froggy Stuff (I think I told you guys about them before.  If not, here’s their YouTube channel-they have 2)

That child me gluing, sewing, taping, brainstorming & drawing til the cows came home!  Let’s just say she was the reason I redesigned my store many, many times to keep it interesting.  100_4119100_6012




She’s also the reason that her dolls now have a jewelry store & 5 doll houses & a sweet shop (more to come I’m sure)!  And did I mention she asked, “Mommy, can I be The Jewelry Lady once you retire?”  Priceless.

On to my middle child, age 10.  He caught the YouTube bug way before his sister.  His fetish? Lego & dinosaurs!  He couldn’t get enough.  He even used his dad’s camera so much that well, yeah.  He broke it.  I haven’t told my husband yet.  I’ll just have to replace it.  But if I remember correctly, there are over 900 pictures that came out into a 6-part Lego video!  Talk about creativity & being driven!  He’s the reason I started doing videos & kept getting back on the horse when I felt like giving up on ideas.

Finally, the oldest. He’s my heart. There were many occasions when someone shredded a concept, dream or 2-3 day effort for no good reason. He was there with insight, perception & encouragement.  He also helped me understand when to let some people go and pray for their hearts.  Everyone can’t come with you!  I’m just in love with his peaceful ways & his strength.  He reminds me so much of my husband.  Here’s his current “thing”.

So, that’s it.  That’s a few ways that my children saved my business.  Oh yeah, the biggest way they helped?  They MAKE me play!  They remind me when I’ve worked too hard and need to take a movie/popcorn/hotchcolate/dolly/lego/wrestling/cartoon break.  They’re the best!  There are times that I think they manage me more than I manage them, but hey, as long as they’re doing a good job, why argue?

I hope you enjoyed my post. If you want to check out my store, stop by or shop online!

wpid-untitled6The Jewelry Lady
2307 W Cone Blvd
Suite 112
Greensboro, NC 27408
Tuesdays & Thursday, 5p-7p
Saturdays 11a-2p

Until next time, try not to kill your kids before they turn 18!

Small Change, Big Difference!

Hi! I hope you’re doing well!  I’ve realized something.  There are indicators that change needs to come.  Sometimes we’ve waited for change to happen and we really need to make a change ourselves.  The indicator?  It’s when you’ve felt it forever and tried to work around it, ignore it or trudge through it expecting the best to come from it. However, things don’t work that way in life all the time.

At least for me in my scenario. So what is it?  I’m changing my post day. No biggie, right? I know this small change I’m making to my blog will make a world of difference. Well, it’ll help me a lot. Honestly, it was a face palm moment. I am off on Tuesday. My idea for posts come on Tuesday. I never make my deadline of Monday. So I’m just changing it. Tuesday Mom Tips are official now!

Oh yeah, this post also doubles as my tip for the week. If you feel slighted, go back and read the 4th through 8th sentences of the first paragraph and apply it to your personal life. Look for areas that have needed change and you’re just not letting go. It could be something small like moving a chair to a new location to open up space in a room (don’t minimize this-it can change your entire feeling about a room).  Maybe it’s changing careers. I don’t know. You know your thing. You know what’s been grating at your very essence for change and you’ve been avoiding it for some reason. Try it. Have faith it’ll work out and you’ll learn something about yourself. I believe you’ll have more peace when you let go of the rigor of the situation. The energy you’ve been using to fight it will allow you to soar in another area of your life. Best hopes and wishes & God bless you!  (Oh, and see you next Tuesday!)