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Kids are back in school…..It’s me time!

August 1, 2016

Well my kids went back on last week Friday. I know…..a Friday….how crazy right. Most of the schools have went back today which you would think would be better but my school district feels that if they get the first day of school jitters out the way on Friday….then we can go hard starting that next week. WHATEVER. Now that the kids are back in school it’s time for a little me time! Here are a few things I will be doing once the kids go back

  1. Going to Panera once a week. I will make this something I do on a weekly basis to get out of the house. I can drop my kids off go to Panera in the morning and sit there until around 11am. Have breakfast there or wait until later and get lunch. Or maybe a soup will do. I would do Starbucks but I need food and the Starbucks near me stays crowded because it’s so small. Getting out of the house once a week will be good for me and I get to have some human interaction.
  2. Getting pampered once a month. So I have a beard…yeah I know gross. I have to get that waxed at least once a month so from now on I am going to get my feet done, nails done, eyebrows done, and beard waxed….every month. I need to do a massage too….I just need the whole thing. I think it’s vital to take care of you once the kids go back to school. Have yourself a free morning or if you work full time….a free lunch…add 30 minutes to that lunch and tell your boss to call me if there are any problems *side eye*
  3. Get a bike and go bike riding. Yep I will be purchasing me a bike and once a week I will ride my neighborhood 5 times around the entire subdivision. I will make a commitment to do this. Get my music and go with the wind. When it gets colder I will do it once the sun comes out! If I can learn how to put the bike on my car (I need a boo) I will even go to the parks and ride. Great way to get some exercise in!
  4. Napping. I am still the nap queen and I can’t function without an hour nap. Especially when I have to get up at 5:30 in the mornings to get kids off to school and I am the only one that has to do it…every single morning. I need to find someone my kids can carpool with. Anywhoo….I will take a one hour nap most days but not everyday…..who am I kidding I will probably take a one hour nap everyday. It’s good for me!
  5. Making smoothies ahead of time. So I do love my smoothies so I am going to do the frozen pack one and put some in the freezer and have it as a breakfast at least twice a week. I will start that this week. I can’t wait!
  6. Read a book. I read about 4 books over the summer it’s the most I have read in over 4 years. I think it’s good to take a step back and just read. It’s a great way to find content for your site, learn some things, and be inspired.
  7. Have a mastermind session.ย  If you know other work at home moms then meet them twice a month. Meet somewhere fun like maybe ihop bring your computer and have a mastermind session. If you connect with someone out of state do a Skype session over lattes. You can’t run stuff alone and having a sounding board or a person you can confide in to help you get things done would be a great thing to do for your business.
  8. Take time to clear your mind. Take an hour to just clear your mind. If not an hour at least 30 minutes (this is where my nap comes in because I normally fall asleep when my mind is clear lol) Meditate and get your thoughts in order. Put down social media, your laptop, and adjust your mainframe everyday.

Our schedule this year will be tough as it’s the first entire year without the hubs and we have to adjust. I have to get my rest and I have to run my business plus be a mom. I plan on shutting down everyday from 4-6 so that I can cook, help the kids with homework, and make sure that they have my undivided attention. We will also be squeezing in dance and boxing so my schedule will be a bit busy. On weekends I plan on resting and not going anywhere since we will be going going going during the weekdays. I will make weekend days to just chill and plan for the next week. If we have to go out we will but I would rather not. Grocery shopping will be done while one of the kids is at their classes so that I can drop one off, grocery shop with the other. I have to make sure I use every minute and every hour to my advantage and get things done. Even if I have to bring my laptop with me and sit in the car!

My son is now in the 5th grade and his work is getting harder and harder. My daughter is in the 2nd grade and she is required to do more. Since my kids go to a charter school they have homework every night with a project due on a weekly basis. Someone get my coffee cup ready cause I just might convert over this year.

When does school start back for you? Are you ready? Are the kids ready?

Kids are back in school.....It's me time!

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    August 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    The kids and I are both ready! They’re excited to see all their friends, and I’m excited to have a little kid free time.

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    Kristy
    August 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    School starts for my son in 8/3 a Wednesday. I thought that was weird too but whatever. He starting a new school I’m nervous about that. He’s going from a private school to a magnet school. It’s much bigger and I don’t want him to get lost in the shuffle. I plan to be more active this year just to help with the transition.

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    Catherine Sargent
    August 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I use to love to go to the mall and walk around before picking my son up. I was always ready for some me time after summer break,

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    Bren Pace
    August 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I’m trying to figure out, is the kids going back to school a GOOD thing or BAD thing? ๐Ÿ™‚ Never forget to pamper yourself, gf. You deserve it! I hope the kids are happy to be back to school!

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    Brandy
    August 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    We’re all ready for school to start. It’s going to be so much quieter around the house with out the kids!

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    Jeanine
    August 1, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    We still have a while before our kiddos go back to school. their first day is the 6th of September but they cannot wait, and neither can I….. This summer has been truly awful.

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    Pam
    August 1, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    I used to be a school teacher so I didn’t get time to myself when the kids are back in school. It sounds like you are making good use of your free time.

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    Lisa Favre
    August 1, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Love this “me” to-do list. The bike riding one sounds like something I would enjoy doing!

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    Chrystal | Nevermore Lane
    August 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I can’t believe its back-to-school time for some. For me, it just means making sure I spend some time at the gym and making sure I spend more time on myself.

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    Nellie
    August 2, 2016 at 12:13 am

    YES to all of these self care tips!! I think I need to schedule in an hour nap as well but it usually takes me so long to fall asleep though ugh!!

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    Meagan
    August 2, 2016 at 12:14 am

    We homeschool so we are in school year round but we are gearing back up for our more active part of the school year.

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    Mitch
    August 2, 2016 at 12:25 am

    My son is away at camp for two more weeks, and then home for three more! I am shocked how many folks started school today! Good luck and enjoy your time!

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    Stefanie
    August 2, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Back to school just means more time to work for me. But I love the idea of monthly massages!

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    Kristin
    August 2, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Oh it’s so nice when the kids go back to school. I can not wait for it so I can spend more time focused and just get back to our routines.

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    Val
    August 2, 2016 at 2:54 am

    This is great, back to school happens soon but not quite yet here. I would love to win some cash to have me time!

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    Melisasource
    August 2, 2016 at 3:15 am

    My kids better be ready! I love my kids but the silence when they’re away is nice. I can finally get things done.

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    Rachel Ferrucci
    August 2, 2016 at 3:17 am

    I love your list and I’m adding some to mine! Wish we lived near each other, I’d meet you at Panera!

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    Liz Mays
    August 2, 2016 at 3:28 am

    I’m definitely liking your ideas. I may have to copy some of them! My kids are grown up anyways!

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    Nikki Wayne
    August 2, 2016 at 11:33 am

    My son is not yet in school. I will share this with my sisters as their kids are in school.

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore.com
    August 2, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Love your post! You definitely needed time for yourself. Its hard when they’re on vacation but for other moms it is also a lot of work once the school started!

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    Nicole Escat
    August 2, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I wish I can do these things when my son is going for school. But I doubt it due to my job.

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    Dawn McAlexander
    August 2, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I have never understood the school system’s need to start back at the end of the week. I know one year, when my daughter was in school, she went back on a Thursday…and the following Monday was Labor Day! Why not just wait til after the holiday to start? Geesh!

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    Amanda Love
    August 2, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    It’s important to squeeze in some me time, regardless if it’s once a week or once a month. A little me time for mommy means that there’s a lot more love to go around once she’s back. It’s one of the ways that we can take care of ourselves!

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    August 3, 2016 at 12:06 am

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    Rosey
    August 3, 2016 at 12:18 am

    My back-to-school tip is to involve the kids in making their lunch the night before. They like to do it, are happy with their lunch and it’s one less thing you have to do in the a.m.

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    Crystal
    August 3, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I’ve been pretty sad about summer coming to an end, but this is reassuring. I could definitely use some me time. Love the ideas you’ve collected.

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    Becca Wilson
    August 3, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I am so ready for when all of my kids are school age so that I can say that I can do all of this with no disturbances. My best tip and trick is to make sure that I go to bed at a decent hour so that I can be up and ready with my kiddos in the morning to get them off on the right foot.

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    Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place
    August 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    My kids won’t be back to school until the first week of September. I know, right? I’m still really enjoying them though. I don’t want them to go back to school yet ๐Ÿ™‚

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