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Our tips + Picks for Back to School!

JESS

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When I was young, one of my most favorite things about the Summertime coming to a close, was going with my parents to buy my school supplies, getting my new uniforms {I wore one my whole life!}, a new backpack and just getting ready of the new school year. It made me excited to see all my friends everyday again, find out who my teachers were and get back into the after school activities.

But, I like really really loved getting fresh new school supplies and then regaining them all in my new backpack. Theres noting better then brand new pencils, they smell good and they write so great!

I still love office supplies so much! I just do.

My littles are headed to second grade and kindergarten! They are super excited to be at the same school and our son said he is going to walk his little sitter to her classroom every morning. He melted my heart!

I can not believe it and I always get so weepy when the school year starts. I get super sentimental and the time flies thing is just so true. I love the so much and I love spending the days with them. But I am so excited for them to learn new things, have fun & grow even more into who they are.

Anyhow, I picked a few things I love for my littles as some good back to school ideas.

  • The Sticky Lemon Backpacks are made so well and in my opinion, just adorable. they are made from recycled materials and the perfect sizes.

  • The Sugarbooger Bento Boxes are BPA free and the perfect size for almost every lunchbox. And my kids love the little sections. It makes packing much easy.

  • I also adore the utensil sets by January Moon because they are easy to pop in everyday and not have to use something disposable. {Plus, they are so cute!}

  • I love good old school pencils. I am always buying my kiddos pencils because I always want them to write!! Not just use a computer. It is extremely important to me. And they love it!

  • I had Hemming Birds make us a pencil pouch. I sent her the dimensions and style I wanted and she did great! I want one of our patches to be with our kids every day so it gives a great reminder to be the good.


HEATHER

Here on Hilton Head Island back-to-school is about a month away. Its crazy how fast Summer blasts by. Although I love SUMMER, I've always loved the change of seasons. The beginning of the school year is refreshing and exciting.

This year is especially exciting for us because my eldest, Ella Grace will be starting 1st grade at a new school. She is really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, Ella Grace (6yrs) and Rose (3yr) will be at different schools for the first time. For the past couple of years they've attended our local Montessori Preschool together. We've been having lots of conversations about how this Fall will be a little different but that's okay. Ella Grace has loads of adorable questions: "Do you think Rose will be sad we're not at the same school", "Will I have homework", "Will some of my friends be there?". I'm trying to keep her excited about 1st grade and her new school without creating too much anxiety. One big change for me will be our morning routine. I will be doing TWO separate drop-offs and both schools are on completely opposite ends of the island. I've already started thinking about how our morning routine needs to efficient and full of LOADS of coffee.

Here are some of my picks to make those morning and afternoon routines a little easier.

  • Lunch Ideas: My "go-to" website for lunch ideas for my kiddos is "My Lovely Little Lunchbox". I started following this BLOG when Ella Grace was a baby. There are tons of amazing recipes to get your children eating more than just chicken fingers. I revisited this site to get ideas for their lunches. The FRITTERS are my absolute favorite and you can freeze them. Nothing could be easier. Bonus: the recipes are really tasty and adult approved which comes in handy when I'm on the go too! You should totally check it out: https://mylovelylittlelunchbox.com

  • Do you ever find yourself saying "please Lord, I hope I don't have to get out of my car in the carpool lane this morning". ha! We've all been there. I'm definitely the mom with a top knot, no make-up, a HUGE coffee and basically wearing my PJ's. Our "Be the Good" adult sweatshirt is perfect for those, "I don't really want to get dressed to drive carpool" days. Its super comfortable and looks adorable with anything. This is my CARPOOL UNIFORM for sure!

  • The Morning Commute: So...most of us Moms become "taxi drivers" at some point. Right? This year I will be driving to two different schools that are pretty far in distance plus all the after school activities. I love Podcasts and have found that my kids do too! There are bunch of really great Podcasts for kids out there. "Ear Snacks" is one of our favorites. My girls really enjoy it and I find it keeps the "peace" in the car. To find kid friendly Podcasts, visit: commonsense media.org and download Ear Snacks anywhere you get your Podcats (earsnacks.com).

  • Car Snacks: My kids are literally asking for snacks 24/7. During the week, we will be spending a ton of time in the car. I love my Bogg Bag (we use it at the beach, boat, pool...literally everywhere) and I'm obsessed with cooler insert. Its absolutely perfect for the car! I keep healthy snacks within arms reach and it makes the afternoon commute a lot easier. Locally I grabbed my Bogg Bag from Island Child Boutique located on the south end of Hilton Head Island. http://www.islandchild.com

  • Coffee: Let's talk about mornings. I love, love, love coffee. I'm an afternoon tea drinker but must of my caffeine fix in the morning. A few years ago, my little baby Rose was literally never sleeping. One day I was literally in tears from lack of sleep and our coffee maker had broken. Luckily, my husband had just gotten some gift cards from a client and we totally SPURLGED on this ridiculously amazing coffee maker from Jura. Please note, we don't usually "go big" on appliances like this but we were desperate. It is literally the best coffee maker ever and makes those early school mornings a lot easier. Don't worry, my kids are left out. I make a mean hot chocolate for them! Besides my kids and my husband, I might love this coffee maker the most. ha! Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Jura

Lastly, cheers to a NEW school year! It always brings back the best memories. Last year we hosted a "Be the Good" patch party for some of our pals. All the kids put Heartward patches on their backpacks and it was so fun to see them all lined up walking into school together. We're looking forward to spreading the word this school year and giving our "Be the Good" Patches to some new faces. Happy Back to school, Mamas! You've got this.

An Ode to All Mothers
 

We love honoring others and being the best we can at spreading love and goodness. And, we probably get a bunch of that from our mamas!

In thinking about the upcoming day we focus on them, we wanted to share some words of wisdom from our very own moms and what we have both learned in our few years as moms ourselves. 


Heather’s Mom, Allison, is a mother of four. Heather is one of four, the only girl and the oldest. We asked Allison to tell us her words of wisdom, pieces of advice for us to share with all y’all and here is what she shared.

1. Notice wonder & curiosity in my child more than winning

2. Share daily highs & lows at dinner time

3. Mom’s need “time-out”

4. You can restart your day at any time

5. Let go of what things should look or be like

One thing I would have done totally differently would be to “cherish the now more than the next,“ and to take more time savoring the simple gifts surrounding me.

Nothing will ever come close to the joy I feel when I am with all four of my children together; being their mother is my life’s greatest privilege. 

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Heather shared the below, as a mom of two little ladies. 

1. Don't take yourself too seriously

2. Perfection is impossible.

3. The mantra "this too shall pass" during the tough times {ex. sleepless nights, tantrums}

4. With that said, it all goes by quickly. Try to enjoy all the little things 5. Laugh at yourself, your kids, your husband....that's the good stuff.

If you had to do one thing totally different as a mother, what would it have been?

Worry less about food. Ha! I was so worried about organic this and veggie that. Now, I have a 3 year old that literally survives off of pasta and cheese. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with us? 

I've found so much comfort in the help of my own Mother and friends. We all do things differently. However, I think keeping an open mind and not judging other Mothersis so critical. I've formed some of the best friendships through Motherhood and my kids have greatly benefited from it. It truly takes a village, don't shy away from that. 

Jess’s mom, a mother of two girls. Jess is the oldest of the two, shared the following words of wisdom. pieces of advice with us to share. 

1. Follow your instincts.

2. Ask for help if you need it.

3. Realize your children are not extensions of yourself, but their very own “self”.

4. You cannot shield them from hurt but you can guide them through it.

5. Forgiveness and Faith is imperative. Love them.

If you had to do one thing totally different as a mother, what would it have been?

Probably not to worry so much about things that you cannot control.  Because it takes some of the joy away.  And Not to question my instincts.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us? 

You may get the highest highs and the lowest lows from parenting. Embrace it. 

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Jess, mother of a little boy and a little girl, shared these bits with us. 

  1. Love is everything. Make sure no matter what, how upset you get or disappointed you may feel- make sure they know you love them unconditionally. 

  2. Teach your kids what you really want them to learn. 

  3. Lead by example and always explain why you are or are not doing something. 

  4. Laughter is so important! I always say that it is one of my very favorite things in life so I make sure we are laughing a a lot. 

  5. Collect all the moments. Share them. Do not get caught up in all the stuff, that all never matters. 

I would say that I know I will never regret the amount of time I spend with my kids! Spend as much time with them as you can, you can never take it back or get it back and it goes by so fast! And life can change in a split second, so enjoy every second of every minute. 

And lastly, never stop dating your husband. I am crazy about mine and he and my kids are everything and more to me! I always make sure we go on dates and spend time together.