Bullet journaling saved my life. Ok, that’s a really strong statement and I mean it in the most dramatic way. But it did. I was functioning between multiple planners in the most inefficient way. And then I discovered the flexibility that the weekly spreads offer in bullet journals and I was hooked.
Customizing your weekly spreads allows you to have the freedom and flexibility to plan anything from homeschool lessons to your blogs editorial calendar all in the same space. When I started out, my weekly spreads would be PAGES long. Like 4 pages of weekly spread. Since then, I’ve cut it down to be more succinct and what I need.
Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads
One of my favorite tools to use in a weekly spread is a Dutch Door. If you’re new to this planning thing, when I say Dutch Door you may think of the nifty piece of furniture that allows you to peek in on your kids without letting them out of the room. Genius invention, right? Well so is the Dutch Door in a weekly spread. It allows you to add lots of nifty information without the commitment of adding thousands of pages.
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School starts in just a few short weeks and in truth, I don’t know who is happier about this–me or the kids. Sure, we rocked out with homeschooling and that worked for us until it didn’t. Now all three–yes, BC is being booted as well–are heading back to school and Dollar General is making getting prepared super easy. Want to be able to shop for school, classroom and lunch supplies in one area without breaking the bank? Same.
My Back To School Dollar General Haul
One of the things that I really love about Dollar General and shopping there is that I get a great bang for my buck. I can go in with $40 and come out with some rather high-quality items. As someone who works really hard to stick to a budget, this matters big time.
They had all of the basics that we needed from highlighters to crayons and notebooks. We got all of that from there! They even had the fancy scented crayons that I may (or may not) have gotten for myself. Crayola is readily available for everyone there!
I want to minimize the number of germs my kids inevitably come home with so I don’t have a problem dropping off cleaning supplies! Dollar General has their DG|Home line and their prices are super affordable so stocking up is something that won’t empty my accounts.
Lunch Box Goodies
Did you know that you can get super cute and functional lunch box pieces from Dollar General? I know!
I grabbed this bright rainbow unicorn lunch box that’s large enough to store their lunches plus extra snacks to have throughout the day. There was a great selection of small food storage options that will make keeping the variety of foods packed nice and neat. I love to use smaller sized storage for things like yogurt and applesauce. It’s more environmentally & budget-friendly to buy the larger container of applesauce or yogurt and divvy them up.
Because my kids will be in nut-free environments, there will be no peanut butter and jelly sandwiches–a household favorite. These kids LOVE a roll-up with turkey, cheese, and hummus though! This is such an easy, delicious and nutritious lunch option for them. To make, just grab tortillas, cheese, and turkey which are all available at Dollar General!
My kids are snack hoarders so I typically opt for higher in fat and protein snacks for them like seeds and nuts. Because no nuts are allowed, I grabbed some pumpkin seeds to see how they like them since they are some of my faves!
Dollar General School Supplies Hacks
Find your school Teacher’s List on Dollar General here. You can just enter your zip code and pull it up!
Are you a teacher? Make sure you show your ID when shopping! You can save 20% on your stationery purchases.
Teachers aren’t the only ones saving. Dollar General has a spend $15, save $5 on school supplies. This includes backpacks, lunch kits, folders, glue, pens, pencils and more!
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Did you know that 1 in 4 children in America grows up without learning to read and that literacy has direct links to poverty levels?
Literacy has always been something that I’ve been passionate about. In fact, it was reading that was the connection between my husband and I. My household is filled with avid book lovers and this is truly a gift.
But not everyone has access to books or someone to teach them to read. J.L. Turner, the co-founder of Dollar General, was functionally illiterate. He only had a third-grade education when his father died in an accident and he quit school so he could help provide for his family. In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor so that they could help others better their lives and the lives of their families by providing grants to literacy organizations.
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Happy birthday to me! There are a lot of days that I look at myself in the mirror and it’s hard to comprehend that I’m beyond my mid-thirties now. I don’t mean this in a bad way but it still feels surreal that I’m now 36, married and a mother of 3 children. Anytime I tell my husband this, he looks at me like I’m crazy but it’s the truth. So what have these past 36 years brought me?
A lot of lessons, trials, tribulations, successes, failures, tears, laughter and more.
36 Things 36 Years Have Brought Me
It’s ok to cry. It’s cleansing.
If you cry a lot, make sure you drink a lot of water.
Take risks–you’re worth it.
Stop wearing clothes that don’t fit the body you have now.
Love everyone–we all deserve it.
Always apologize genuinely.
There’s always a time and a place for petty.
Smile when you feel like it.
Go to the doctor.
Stop putting yourself on the backburner–you’re worth being first to yourself.
Failure isn’t the end, it’s truly the beginning.
Relaxing is part of the work.
Drink wine. Or don’t.
Drink lots of water.
Work out because you want to be healthy, not skinny.
Loving yourself is a daily commitment.
Self-help books are really helpful.
Find a planner that works for you and then make it work for you.
Get a good bank account.
Learn new things.
Love the differences.
Don’t give up on the people you love.
Fight for yourself daily.
Take your vitamins.
A good probiotic is life-changing.
Find an outlet for stress relief that works for you.
Set goals and then set up plans to achieve them.
Play in makeup.
Kiss your spouse often.
Have lots of sex.
Know your worth and then add tax.
Moisturize your skin.
Allow yourself the space to emote and feel.
Tell the truth–to your and others.
Happy Birthday To Me eShakti Style
One of the reasons I started sewing was because it was too hard to find clothes to fit my body after having children. As much as I love making new clothes, sometimes I just don’t feel like it. For my birthday this year, I ordered a piece from eShakti and now I’m questioning whether or not I need to feel pressed to sew for myself. This kimono-sleeved jumpsuit is EVERYTHING!!!
Ordering was so easy. I just took my measurements, plugged them in and my jumpsuit arrived a week later. When there was a question about my sizing, they shot me an email to clarify. And now I want to live in this jumpsuit because, well, see number 4. Happy birthday to me!
What are some of the greatest lessons or most memorable moments you’ve had thus far?
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The temperatures in Atlanta keep rising. I’m not sure if we’ve had a day where the temperatures have been under 80 degrees. As the heat rises and the kids stay active, so do the chances of summer dehydration. Getting them to slow down and hydrate can be difficult unless you prepare for pushback in advance.
Tips To Preventing Summer Dehydration
Depending on the kid, getting them to drink water can be a chore. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are some tips to getting them to drink more water during the summer heat.
Make Fruit Infused Ice Cubes
Infusing water with fruits and herbs has become really popular in the past couple of years. Making ice cubes is a fun way to get them involved with their water intake. Have them choose their flavor combinations so that they feel like they’re part of the planning. If going with berries, mash them so the flavors really pop. Some of our favorite combinations are cucumber and mint, oranges and strawberry, lime and strawberry, and lemon and ginger. Keep a bunch frozen and ready to add to water throughout the day!
Keep Water At Ideal Temperatures
The only time I like cold water is when I’m pregnant. I’m a room temperature kind of girl. So are my kids–unless they’re super hot and then they want ice-cold water. We keep water at both temps so there’s no room for them to say things like, “Well the water isn’t cold/is too cold so I don’t want to drink it.”
Give Them A Special Water Bottle To Drink Out Of Daily
This was a hack that my husband gave me. Whenever he has the kids, he starts them out with filled water bottles and then challenges them to fill them up multiple times. They are super competitive so they love this.
Switch Things Up With good2grow Fortified Waters
I would be lying if I said I didn’t get tired of water all the time as an adult which means that you know kids do too. We stumbled upon the good2grow Fortified Waters when we were at the Decatur Beach Party where it was sweltering. After seeing that each 10oz bottle only had 3 grams of sugar and no added sugar, I was more than ok with them drinking them. And they were excited about it too because they got to choose the collectible podz that they wanted!
About good2grow Fortified Waters
good2grow Fortified Waters come in two really delicious flavors: Rasberry Lemonade and Orange Mango (a fave around here). The top twists off making it easy to chug the water inside. The waters have been fortified with Calcium and Vitamin D making them not just your basic water. Click here to find a retailer near you that has them!
What tips do you have to prevent summer dehydration?