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First Day of School Photo Ideas

Are your kids starting school this month? Why not commemorate the day with a fun back-to-school photo? Many parents are getting super crafty with all of the first day photos. You may or may not be a super crafty parent. But we are going to give you some incredible tips that will help you to get that super-crafty first day at school photo without a lot of work.

Check out theses fun and simple ideas:

You can even try chalkboards for a quick and interchangeable look every year:

 

Simple Dinners: Summer Garden Meals

My summer garden has been very productive this year. I have tomatoes coming out of my ears! I love tomatoes, and so do my kids. So I try to incorporate them in to a lot of my meals. However, during part of the summer my niece and nephew were visiting and they are not huge fans of tomatoes. So I had to try and use them in a way that would make them still want to eat. They love spaghetti, so I thought of making that and using my tomatoes to make sauce. But it is still so hot here and I hate to be int he kitchen using the stove for so long. So instead I found this amazing summer fresh-tomato spaghetti recipe by Martha Stewart that actually impressed everyone in my house.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 1/4 pounds unrefrigerated ripe tomatoes 
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti or spaghettini
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

What You Will Do:

  1. Finely chop tomatoes, basil, parsley, and garlic, and mix together with oil (or pulse ingredients, including oil, in a food processor to blend).

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, and toss it in a serving bowl with the raw sauce. Transfer to 6 shallow bowls, and drizzle with oil. Serve with cheese.

    This dish gave that perfect little taste of Italy without the heat of the stove in my kitchen. It was great for a quick meal, and it used up a LOT of my tomatoes. My niece and nephew even sat there and ate their entire bowls. We added some bread to the side and the kids used their bread to pick up what was left of their tomatoes. It was a perfect night.

Back to School hacks for Mom and Dad

August is finally here! School is already starting for many kids, with many more just around the corner. How is your family adjusting to the new routine? Returning to school after a long break is hard for everyone, not just the kids. So much of the routine is factored around us parents. Many of us are the lunch packers, morning alarms, launderers, bus drivers, and homework checkers in our households. Without us being on our game and ready to roll — school does not happen.

So we are here to help you find ways to get it all done and ready for that first big week back. Here is our top 5 list of things you need in your life to make the week run smoothly.

Our top 5 back to school hacks:

  1. School Lunch Station: this hack is amazing. Not only is it a time saver, it also enables your kids to get involved and pack their own lunch. Check it out! Back to school hacks - lunch station
  2. Bedtime routine: Like many of you, my kids stay up later during the summer. We also wake up later. This causes a huge shock to our system when we have to wake early for school. This mommy blogger has some great ideas for returning to proper bedtime routines.
  3. Time management: when those kids get home they seem to revert right back to summer mode. Now you can combat that attitude with a new and improved after-school schedule.Back to school hacks - after school routine
  4. Homework station: this is a great tip. Homework is an important part of back-to-school. You want your kids to be ready to go and ready to excel. With these tips, they will be on the right track. Back to school hacks - homework station
  5. Breakfast on the GO: We have all been there. School is hard to adjust to, and sometimes you run late. Here are some amazing make-ahead breakfasts for those on-the-run days. Back to school hacks - Breakfast recipes

We hope you enjoy your newfound freedom without the kids at home, but mostly we hope you adjust quickly and easily to your new routines!