Living Loving Making Baking – Settling in

LLMB Settling in February 18 - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

School is back and February is here. I feel like my year can finally begin!

I often don’t feel like I can get really stuck into the new year until my children have returned to school.

This year it has taken even a little longer, with my eldest starting high school meaning an extended settling in period as we all get used to new schedules and processes – high school certainly is a whole new world!

But even with Miss 2 at home with me, I have been knocking so many things off my ‘to do’ list over the past two weeks and it feels pretty good!

Yesterday, I printed and laminated a timetable of my children’s activities, which lists specialist subjects they have each day and may need to bring items along to school for, like sports gear or library bags, as well as any after school activities. It lives on the door of our fridge and really helps us to keep on track, particularly in the mornings when we’re packing bags and getting ready for school.

If you’re interested in ways to stay organised during the school year, check out the blog post I put together last year covering how I try to stay on top of things – click here to find out more.

Today I’m continuing my series ‘Living Loving Making Baking’. If it’s your first time reading one of my LLMB posts, it’s a place where I give a monthly update on what I have been up to lately – things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, sewing and crochet projects, yummy baking recipes I have come across and so on.

 So, here’s what’s happening in my world right now:

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Staying organised throughout the school year

Staying organised throughout the school year - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

School is almost back and this year I’m determined to stay organised by putting a few simple strategies into place.

Even after all of these years, I often find it takes me several weeks to get back into the swing of things once my children return to school but I’ve found some simple ways to help keep on top of things in our family.

Let’s face it, getting organised and staying organised goes well beyond the chime of the 3.30pm school bell. Beyond the school lunch box there are after school activities, meal planning, appointments and family schedules to take into account.

Here are some ways I find useful to keep everyone on track in my family …

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Back to school 2017 with Smash + Tips for choosing the right lunch box

Back to school with Smash - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

* In conjunction with Smash

Finding the right lunch box for your child might sound like a simple task, but in reality it can actually be rather tricky. With so many items on the market these days, it is easy to feel a little overwhelmed when staring at the aisles of possibilities.

From insulated lunch boxes, bento boxes, drink bottles, food and snack containers, ice packs, sandwich cutters, there are so many things to consider.

My family had the opportunity to road test some of Smash’s new back to school range for 2017. My girls and I were super excited to check out what they have on offer – I think I have a slight obsession with collecting lunch box items (along with my addiction to stationery) which I have obviously passed on to my children!

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