Back to school routine

This blog post is just based of my experience sending my child into the school year the last 3 years . I’ve always been to excited to look forward to the day my children start school . Its a milestone and something i can always be proud of and challenge myself to teach them even more as they go . For my first child we decided to put her in preschool for two years . Mostly to get familiar with other children being around and not having to worry about childcare expenses . In most places if your child is potty trained they can attend head start or pre-k at 3 years old .

So here we are the first week into First grade . So far the last week has just been getting to know her teacher and peers . We are going into the next week where all the fun learning begins with homework and school projects.

Here is the most important things i do :

1 . A good night sleep

Disclaimer : My children ages 1,3,5 have all slept through the night and still take naps . So this may be different for you . Although i do believe children need a good sleep routine.

A good time frame for a school aged child to sleep is 6-8 hrs . I set bedtime at 7:30 pm or 8:30 pm the latest depending on, if dinner went a little late or you know the before bed rough playing or fighting their sleep happens . If a child is well rested before waking up early for school they will be in a better mood and prepared for a full day of studying .

2. A good fulling breakfast

Luckily this school year breakfast and lunch is served for free to all students. I wake Belle up a hour before heading out to school to have enough time to wake up , wash up and eat a good breakfast at home . Usually i will make a oatmeal filled with good superfood ingredients like nuts and seeds with fresh fruit . Or if im really in a good mood , a whole breakfast meal . Pancakes , eggs , bacon , etc . If she still is hungry she has the option to also eat breakfast at school .

3. Laying out school clothes

I like to layout clothes and shoes for the next day only because , we live somewhere with bi polar weather and the next day is never promised for a set weather temp . But currently it is in the triple digits so that’s pretty obvious of what the fall outfits look like. Belle is at the age where she knows her style , what she likes , dislikes and what is also inappropriate for school like open toed sandals .

I’ve seen some parents who set out clothes for the entire week which is also pretty cool . So if that is more your style .. go purchase a organizer and have fun !

4. Stay involved with your child’s education !

This one is a really big deal for me . I grew up where my parents was busy with work and gone most of the time . But one thing my mom always made sure of , was to check homework and make sure it was done . We currently live in a low scored school district. And instead of complaining or struggle to drive miles out to a new district. It is my job as a mother to keep up with school work , asking her teacher how everything is going , what i can do to help improve my daughters learning at the same time as making sure she is not overwhelmed and going at her speed of learning . Remember every child is different and there are many ways to teach something your way and how others will understand .

5. Invest in a calendar and stay organized !

As a family of 5 , two working parents and three children at different ages with dr appointments , meetings and play dates . Things can get pretty stressful and complicated . I currently use the planner , notes and reminder app on my iphone . Which is so perfect for on the go and i also keep a planner at home with a wall calendar . I know it sounds like so much , but for me as a blogger it is just a habit to stay on top of everything and organized .

Motherhood Hashtags for Instagram

Hey loves ! So if you have been following me on Instagram you know I’ve been talking more about how to grow as a Influencer or Blogger . If you are looking to grow your engagements by 2x and possibly get featured on a hub account . These are the ones that has helped me in the last year . There has been a ton of talk whether putting hashtags in your caption or in comments work best. But honestly it is a hit or miss for me , i like to change it up and sometimes put 15-25 hashtags in a comment and put a few in my caption . I also try to use different hashtags everyday . So here are a few .. I hope i can help at least a little ! And if you want more blog post’s like this one please subscribe to stay in the know (:

#babies_coffee #childhoodunplugged #clickinmoms #candidchildhood #motherhoodrising #letthembelittle #momitforward #ig_motherhood #littleandbrave #magicofchildhood #thehappynow #mytinymoments #littlefierceones #mynameismama #acupofmotherhood #dailyparenting #stopdropandmom #unitedmomsnetwork #kidsforreal #storytellingmama #motherhoodinspired #igmotherhood #parenthood_unveiled #lifeasmama #parenthood_moments #joyfulmamas #heaventhroughmylens #littlepiecesofchildhood #ourcandidlife #instakid #momtog #momtogs #letthekids #instamom #pixel_kids #runwildmychild #myhonestmotherhood #motherhoodthroughig #wildandfreechildren #readtoyourkids #mumsofinstagram #mumlife #motherhoodlens #momcommunity #momentsinmotherhood #watchthemgrow #momlifeisthebestlife #moments_of_mom #justmomlife #messy_motherhood #featuremama #memoirsofmotherhood #clubmomme #slowmotherhood #lovingtheordinarymoments #magicofmotherhood #inspiremothers #instamommy #stunningbabies #teammotherly #unitedinmotherhood #momswithcameras #mommymoments #toddlersofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #bestofmom #simplymamahood #honestlymothering #cameramama #raisingthefuture #documentyourdays #motherly #instamama #momlifestyle #mytinytribe #motherhoodintheraw #mumswhostyle #littlemomentsofhappiness #mamasgotthis #ohmamamoment #mommystatus #mommaandme #momdotme #mommylifestyle #mommalife #mommydiaries #momlove #bloggermom #mommymode #momliferocks #vsco_mom #ohheymama #toddlerhood #momblog #momswhoblog #wondermom #momsoninstagram #momlyfe #beingamom

Bath bomb heaven

Hey loves ! I wanted to share with you just some phone pictures from our outing at Lush . Bath bombs and bubbles are a girls happy place . When i first step in in Lush , i feel a bit overwhelmed because i don’t know what to get . Everything just smells so good and looks to cute to touch . For that last few years i have been buying the cute little robots for the kids . One thing i dislike about it , is you do have to use the entire thing . And the plus side of it is its fun and maker your skin so soft.

Did you know your little ones can go in and test out some fun products ? Penny had so much fun picking her favorite colors and watching it all go down . To make my children feel like they have some what of a responsibility for ages 5 and under , i usually give them the money to hand over to the cashier .

Baking with a toddler

Im all for sunny days since i am from Socal . But this weekend it started raining and , i decided it would be a day to bake and get the little ones involved with something . Usually i am the mom that will not let the kids be around the stove or oven … but i also want to have my children say , ” I use to bake with mommy ” and also learn something new. Penny will be 3 in June i feel she is more advanced in somethings , her big sister was not at her age only because she had someone around 24/7 to play and learn from besides us . All penny did was give the bowl a little mixing and it was the coolest thing to her it seemed. My heart was so full

The Big 5

5 years ago i became a mother . It has been such a amazing and exhausting motherhood since but totally worth it . Our first has always been the little person who enjoys the little things in life . From her 1st birthday up until her 3rd birthday party, we would go all crazy from fun themes like Carnival and Under the Sea . Caterings from our favorite Chinese restaurants and services from bounce houses , cotton candy machines and more . I always planned for the parties 6 months ahead of time to ensure i didn’t stress. As soon as Belle was able to talk clearly and mention what she loves and wants . We started to ask her what does she want for her birthday or what plans should we do . And every year since that 3rd birthday it gets real simple. Her 3rd birthday was a surprise family trip to Disneyland in SoCal and it was very fun for the whole family . Last year she simply requested a cousin to come visit us and grab a dozen of donuts from Krispy Kreme . I didn’t complain ! Great company and who doesn’t love donuts ??