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For all NEW Kindergarten Moms and Dads – this post is for you!

5 Tips for a Successful First Year of School small

Two years ago, I was a new Kindergarten Mom! My daughter was 4 1/2 years old and off to Junior Kindergarten she went. She was my first born. It was a very difficult day for me! Last year, my daughter was 5 1/2 a seasoned pro at Kindergarten and off to Senior Kindergarten she went with butterflies in her belly. This year, my daughter is 6 1/2 and she is starting Grade ONE! She will be going to school every day Monday to Friday. She is growing up. She is slightly nervous and very excited and for different reasons than … Continue reading

Bullet Journal Spreads to Organize Back to School Time In Your Family

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By now, you likely all know that I’m a former Kindergarten teacher and I’m passionate about helping Moms transition into Back to School mode. Whether it’s your first time sending your child off to Kindergarten or you’re a seasoned Mom, getting the family organized and prepared for school is an important part of August. I’m thrilled to introduce you to Krista Hicks, Simply Breathe Now founder. She is going to walk us through how she organizes herself and her children. And trust me, you’re in for a treat! I’ve been using Krista’s Bullet Journal monthly planners and spreads for a … Continue reading

Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Teaching children about Halloween Safety including tips like never trick-or-treat alone (get your free safety tip printable here) is extremely important. Children need to understand that when it is dark outside, there are additional safety hazards that present themselves. Many people light up their Jack-O-Lanterns with real candles. This has never sat right with me! When I was a Kindergarten teacher, I came up with the idea to light up our pumpkins with a battery-powered flashlight instead of a candle. This way, you don’t have to e concerned with children (you know, the little ones who aren’t watching where they … Continue reading

Encourage Children to DREAM

Encourage Children to DREAM

We need to encourage children to DREAM! On my very first day of school, when I was in Kindergarten, I was encouraged to dream. I remember being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was also asked to share my favourite food. I recall randomly throwing out “firefighter” and “oatmeal” as my choices, two completely random things that sat on a piece of paper above my cubby for the entire school year, staring me in the face. I liked oatmeal, but certainly didn’t love it. Perhaps that was what I had for breakfast that morning, I … Continue reading

What Kind of Lunch Container Option Do You Prefer?

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What exactly do I mean about SAFER school lunches? This time, I’m not talking about WHAT we are packing for lunch, but rather the types of lunch container that we are choosing for our children. Back when my children were starting Kindergarten, I searched high and low for the best lunch container option that was: Easy to open. Easy to close. Was spill-proof. Back then (and it wasn’t that many years ago either), I settled on leak-proof plastic containers for all of the above reasons. The only other option that I considered (for a BRIEF moment) was glass, but decided … Continue reading

Do You Know if Your Child Has a Vision Problem?

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When I was in grade one, my Mom got a call from my teacher who was very concerned for my well being because my eyes were doing some funny things. She was actually concerned that I might have epilepsy. As it turns out, I had a lazy eye and I needed glasses. My eyes weren’t focussing to allow me to see the chalkboard properly. I remember feeling so frustrated, but not knowing that I should communicate my struggles with anyone. I have worn glasses ever since grade one and I cannot live without them. My eye sight in my one … Continue reading

Homemade Peanut Free School Snacks

Peanut Free School Snacks

I wrote about how to prepare your child for taking their lunch to school when they are in Kindergarten. For most Kindergarten children, this is their first exposure to lunch bags and containers and I’ve shared some tricks to help them in their first few weeks. Now, we need to talk about WHAT to pack in their lunch bag! Many children (including mine) do not love sandwiches (other than peanut butter and grilled cheese), which makes it challenging to pack their lunches. The first few weeks are usually relatively easy, but come week 3 or 4, I often find myself … Continue reading

Teaching Your Preschooler How to Spell Their Name

Teaching Your Preschooler How to Spell Their Name

Once a Kindergarten teacher, always a Kindergarten teacher! Even though I don’t teach children in a school setting anymore, my eyes open up wide and my ears perk up with regards to children and education. Education can come in many forms and what I love best about teaching young children is that you can make games, crafts and fun activities into educational ones so easily! When my friend Tiffany from Naturally Cracked shared her super idea for teaching Your preschooler how to spell their name, I was ALL OVER IT! What a fun way for a young child to have … Continue reading

14 Amazing FREE Alphabet Printables

Free ABC Printables

I have a healthy addiction to finding amazing FREE Alphabet Printables, as well as any other kid friendly printable that I can find. I particularly love preschool aged printables. It must be the former Kindergarten teacher in me. So, if you are on the hunt for a free printable in any subject or theme, feel free to contact me to find out if I have already done the searching as I am always happy to share! Perhaps one day I will share links to all of my findings right here on the blog! Until then, Kristen from and I have … Continue reading

5 Tips for How to Declutter Your Basement #40Bags40Days

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As many of you know, I am participating in a challenge this month called 40 Bags in 40 Days. I have been spending as much time as I can organizing, decluttering and purging items in my home. As I mentioned in my first decluttering post, one of my main cluttered areas is my basement. We have an unfinished basement where I store many, MANY things. Almost 10 years ago, I taught Kindergarten. As a teacher, and specifically, a Kindergarten teacher, I always kept things for my classrooms. When I had my daughter, I left my teaching career in order to … Continue reading