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5 Back-to-School Hacks to Save You Time & Stress

August 18, 2016

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It’s that time of the year again. Kids are heading back to school, and we’re here with some back-to-school hacks to help make the transition and the school year easier.

bus-1319360_1280We parents dream of stress-free mornings where kids get ready with ease, eat a nutritious breakfast, and are ready to head out the door with everything they need in their backpacks and with time to spare.

Ha!  The reality for most parents is that they are scrambling every morning to get kids dressed, fed, and out the door on time with everything they’re supposed to have.

Kids are shouting about lost socks or underwear, homework gets forgotten, lunches are a disaster, and everyone leaves the house feeling frazzled and irritable. It doesn’t have to be the case.

In this post, we will share with you 5 incredibly simple back-to-school hacks you can implement to help you and your kids get organized and feel more peaceful and prepared each morning. These tips will ease your morning, prepare your kids have a better experience at school, and leave you feeling super.

1. Set Clothes Aside The Night or Weekend Before.
Many parents lose precious minutes every day because their kids don’t know what to wear and/or they’re searching for lost items.

This tip ensures that you won’t have to deal with these issues each morning.

The night before lay out EVERYTHING your child will need for school the next day – from undies to hair ties.

If you want to amp this up to the next level, get 5 gallon-sized plastic baggies and label each one with a day of the week. On Sunday, set aside and bag outfits for every weekday. All your child has to do is grab that day’s baggie in the morning and everything she needs will be in there.

2. Organize the School Folder & Backpack
Have you ever been half-way out the door or half-way already to school and had your child discover that they had forgotten their homework, to bring their uniform for that after-school sport, or to have you sign that field trip permission slip? There is a simple way to avoid this problem. Organize for your child or have your child organize his/her backpack and review your child’s school folder the night before school. Sign what needs to be signed, and make sure everything is in the pack – from homework to any items needed for the next day’s extra-curricular activities. Preparing the night before will save you from scrambling last minute in the morning.

3. Freeze Sandwiches.
The morning lunch prep can be stressful and very time-consuming.   One easy way to save time is to prepare the sandwiches the night or weekend before and freeze them to keep them fresh.

The trick is to remember what can and can’t be frozen and make sure the bread doesn’t get soggy. Bread, meats, cheese, and condiments are great frozen. Items that CAN’T be frozen are: lettuce, tomato, cucumber, celery, apples, grapes, and raw onion.

To keep your bread from getting soggy you need to make sure nothing watery can be absorbed into it. One of the simplest way to do this is to put a layer of something high in fat (like butter or peanut butter) over the insides of the bread.

girl-holding-up-a-plastic-bag-in-her-left-hand-that-contained-a-number-of-apple-slices-362x5444. Pre-Slice Apples & Other Fruit
Another quick lunch time-saver is to pre-slice and bag up fruit to easily grab and put into lunch. If you pre-slice an apple and want to keep it from turning brown, you can place it in a tub with some lemon juice or lemonade and water.

5. Use Checklists.
A big stressor and time-suck is having to remember everyone’s morning tasks and making sure everyone is doing what they need to. Creating checklists beforehand can help you easily avoid having to do that.

Our tip is to create a morning checklist for every family member. As long as they’re able to read, you can save time by not having to tell them what to do. All they have to do is look at their checklist and follow it.

My daughter’s checklist includes everything from brushing her teeth to making her bed to making sure she has everything in her backpack.

Use the Checklist Parent app to organize all your checklists, shopping lists and to-do lists in one place.

Let us know in the comments if you found these helpful and/or what your favorite time-saving hacks are?

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the co-owner and Chief Creative Officer of Checklist Parent.  She has made it her mission to empower parents to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, yogi, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Parent Facebook Page and on twitter as @monickpaulhalm.

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5 Beach Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

July 8, 2016

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It’s Summertime and that means trips to the beach! In this post we share with you 5 ingenious beach hacks to help you have a super fun, safe, and relaxing beach day!

  1. Photo by Monick Halm 2016

    Photo by Monick Halm 2016

    Put Your iPhone in a Sandwich Bag
    We all want our smart phones with us at the beach, but you don’t want them to get sandy or wet. Putting your iphone in a sandwich bag will protect your phone from the elements, but still allow you to work the touch screen.

  2. Store Your Valuables in a “Used” Diaper

    You want to go off into the ocean, but what do you do with your valuables left on the shore? You can put your money, keys and other valuables in a stealth item no one will thing to touch – a seemingly used diaper! Only the sickest person will try for that. If you don’t have a diaper, you can also use an empty jumbo sized sunscreen bottle or an empty tampon box.

  3. Use Baby Powder to Remove Sand

    You are done with the beach and even though you’ve showered off, sand is still sticking to your feet, legs, hair, or other parts of your body? Here’s a great trick to quickly remove it. Use baby powder. It removes moisture and the sand just comes right off.

  4. Blow Up a Balloon to Unclog Your Ears

    You went into the ocean or pool and have water in your ears? A quick way to get rid of it is to blow up a deflated balloon. If it doesn’t work at first, try plugging up your nose while blowing.

    Photo by Monick Halm 2016

    Photo by Monick Halm 2016

  5. Put Steering Wheel in Upside Down Position When You Park

    Ever come back from a long day of surf and sun to an excruciatingly hot steering wheel? You can avoid burning the skin off your hands by putting the wheel in upside down position when you park. The bottom will get heated, but the top where you place your hands to drive will be cooler.

5 Beach Hacks

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Parent Facebook Page and on twitter as @monickpaulhalm.

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