Start Back with Lots of School Supplies Printable

Thank you to Great Clips for sponsoring today’s discussion and inspiring my family to support teachers!

This week I got an email from our civic association. They were asking families to donate backpacks that were filled with new school supplies like pencils, markers, crayons, folders and notebooks.  I was a little surprised by this drive that was coordinated by our neighborhood and the Big One’s elementary school.  Most of the kiddos at the school don’t seem to be lacking, and I know the PTA has a healthy budget to support a bevy of extracurricular programs at the school.  Why was the neighborhood trying to collect 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for children?  It turns out in our wonderful little school, that has a great PTA and lots of kids who seem to have plenty that a third don’t have enough to buy the necessary school supplies.  Who picks up the slack– it’s usually the teachers. I assume.  Those teachers, who don’t make nearly enough for all that they do, spend their own money to make sure the classroom has what it needs to run!

My Mom Made That: Back to School Supply Printable

Apparently the average teacher spends $1000 or more on school supplies for students during each school year.  School supplies for your children, my children!  Well, I thought I would share a little printable that I made for us to use to start the school year off right.  To let the teachers know that we’ve got their back!  It’s a small 3×5 card that I can tape to the top of a package of paper, or tied to a bundle of pencils or pens.   I’d rather my sons’ teachers be focused on teaching my sweet boys than worrying about getting more supplies.  I want them to feel appreciated!  (If you’d like to use this printable, just click on the picture above, as I’ve saved in a full size image).

My Mom Made That: Back to School Supply Printable


I’d like to share another group that is trying to help teachers with the burden of buying school supplies.  Great Clips is the world’s largest salon brand  with over 3300 salons throughout the United States and Canada.  If you click the picture above, you’ll be taken to a page to watch a video of a classroom makeover and see how Great Clips has already fulfilled two teachers’ classroom wish lists. In order to help other teachers throughout the U.S. and Canada, for every person who downloads  the Online Check-In app, Great Clips will contribute to (up to $20,000) to help continue to support teachers and students.   What is the Online Check-In app?  Itlets you add your name to the waiting list at your local Great Clips salon. It’s not an appointment – what it does is let you add your name to the list before arriving at the salon to help save you time.  We take the Big One to Great Clips fairly frequently to get his shaggy mane trimmed.  It’s great to know that you can get “call-ahead” seating when go, particularly when you are rushing around to get ready for the start of the school year.

This year Great Clips is also  hosting a contest to send $100 worth of school supplies to your door.  Think about how much your teachers would appreciate all those pencils!  To enter the #GREATLIST contest, go here.  Every day, one lucky winner will get their school supplies bought and shipped to their front door for free!   Plus #GREATLIST contest entrants receive a $2-off Great Clips coupon with their confirmation email the first time they submit a school supply list.  The contest has already started, and is running until September 5th, 2014.  Be sure to enter!

Trying To Do It All: A Printable for Working Moms versus SAHM {Day 1 of 31 Days}

My Mom Made That: 31 Days Logo

I grew up with a working mother.  I don’t remember my mother not working.  I believe that she only worked part time when I was an infant and toddler-aged, but I’m not sure.  I also grew up with a liberal feminist mother.  I remember being taking to an ERA rally when I was only 3 or 4-years-old. When I was in high school, I thought that only women who were weak-minded, or slow decided to stay home with their children.  Why would anyone stay at home with their kids, when they could be working?  When I was 18, and just starting college, I did honestly think that the goal of life was to be a Superwoman.  A Woman Who Did It All.  I wanted to have the job, not just a job, a good career.  I wanted to be at the top of my field.  I wanted to be a wife who kept a perfectly clean house that was beautiful decorated.  I wanted to be a mom with two or three well-behaved, brilliant children.  Boy, was I naïve!
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Finding the “Is” in Life: A Printable

Well, I’ve talked on other posts recently about my life transitions, and my words of pause and balance.   I’ve decided that a lot of my frustrations over the past two weeks are as much about Monkey’s horrific acid reflux, on top of some work stress, as they are about my new role as a SAHM/WAHM.  I had one of my bimonthly visits into the office, and had a long day away from the house (and of course, the baby), and gained some new perspective.  It’s amazing what getting out of the house, particularly at the end of February will do for your outlook on life.

I also had lunch with a colleague from work last week, and we were talking about challenges with several projects that we were working on.  We both agreed that a lot of times that we have expectations of the way things are supposed to turn out– we envision the end result before we get there, and then are disappointed when the final product isn’t what we anticipated.  I thought she had some very sage advice, when she mentioned that focusing on what we think should be rather than working with what the true end results are.  Now granted, she was talking about our jobs and research, not everyday living.  She  mentioned a quote during our discussion:

A man should look for what is, and not what he thinks should be.
~Albert Einstein

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Weird True Love: A Printable

Well, I was returning yesterday from the Target pharmacy where I had stopped to pick up Monkey’s acid reflux medicine.  Bless his little heart, he is the happiest of babies, but he does spit up, and sometimes it makes him quite uncomfortable.  As I was walking back to my car, I saw a quote written on the windshield of someone’s car.  It read:

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”

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Pause: My Word of 2013 {Printable}

Take a moment.

I hadn’t considered my word for 2013. I wasn’t even planning on having a word. I had other things on my mind. You see, I’ve been busy. Busy juggling. Juggling the Monkey and the holidays, travel to visit family out of state, and Frogs’s extracurricular activities… and so on and so forth.  And then a week ago, I had to prepare to go back to work.  Technically, I returned from maternity leave at the start of December, but then had several weeks off for the holidays, so a week ago on Friday was my first real day back.  I was nervous.  In fact, that’s a gross underestimate.  I was terrified.  MM and I talked and talked, and I had come to the conclusion that I needed to re-evaluate my work-family balance.  Working full-time after the arrival of Monkey had become an untenable position.
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