9 Quick Tips on How to Get Your Kids Ready for School in the Morning

Do you get overwhelmed preparing your kids for the new school year? Do you wonder how you will get them ready in the morning and to school on time? Well these are all things that I’ve been thinking about over the past few weeks, as my kids Summer break comes to an end and a new school year begins.

This year my kids will not be homeschooled (not by my choice), so the adjustment to sending them to public school has been a little challenging. That being said, our school dynamic this year will be different than last year, and it may take some getting used to.

In order to avoid too much chaos for my kids and myself, due to the change, I put together some quick tips to stay organized. That way our mornings will not be stressful and our day, overall, will go by as smoothly as possible.

Here are my tips:

  1. Weekly Outfits (including shoes)-I found that setting the kids clothes out for each day will make mornings a lot easier. I purchased 6 3 drawer utility storage units (2 per child), you’ll find a picture of this below. So the top 5 drawers will be used for their outfits for each day (let the kids decorate their own day of week labels to tape to the front of the drawers) and the last drawer on the bottom will be for their shoes and socks.

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2. Make school lunches the night before- Although the school my kids will be going to will provide lunch, I prefer to send them to school with a lunch made from home. So my suggestion is to make your kids lunches the night before and add a little snack just in case they are hungry at recess.

3. Check their backpacks the night before and place them by the front door- From what I can remember, sometimes the teachers will send home forms that need to be completed or a request for items that you child needs to take to school with them the next day. I suggest making sure their homework, school supplies, and any necessary forms are safely tucked away in their backpack. Then place their backpack near the front door so that they can grab it on the way out in the morning.

4. Keep yourself organized also- As for me, I will be getting for work at the same time my kids are getting ready for school, so I will have my outfits set out for the week also. I suggest that, if you do work, that you organize and prepare what you need for the week. If you don’t work out of the home, you can still keep your home work area organized and clean, to be a good example to your kids!

5. Set your morning alarm 15 minutes early- I can honestly say that having those few extra minutes definitely limits stress levels for the whole family.

6. Set a timer- If your kids have a hard time staying on task in the morning you can set an alarm so that they know how much time they have to get ready. I have planned to play gospel music in the morning also, to set the atmosphere for the day and to also keep the kids moving.

7. Have a specific bedtime routine- Many of us know that kids do a lot better if they are on a specific schedule. I suggest having a normal night time routine that calls for an early bedtime, so that your kids get the right amount of sleep. Thankfully I have followed this method even before my kids were school age. We have a specific night routine that consist of bathing, brushing teeth, reading, prayer. This starts at 7:30 pm, and the kids are asleep by 8:30pm.

8. Ban TV before bedtime and in the morning- Too much screen time can cause your child to have a hard time falling asleep. And if they watch TV in the morning, it may slow them down.

9. Simplify breakfast- Choose healthy and quick options that are packed with protein and that they can eat on the go.

What are some of your morning routines either for work or getting your kids ready for school? Share some info in the comments below and let’s chat.

8 Of My Favorite Parenting Quotes

Hi friends!

Today I want to share 8 of my favorite parenting quotes with all of you. Of course there are so many inspirational parent quotes out there and several others that I like, but I just wanted to share my top 8.

Although parenting is a very special gift, it can be overwhelming at times and sometimes we just need a little bit of encouragement. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, first I pray to be filled with joy and peace, and then I read these quotes either in the notes on my phone or post cards that I have at home.

Reading these helps me put my role as a parent into perspective and I am able to look at the joy of parenting instead of focusing on the tantrum at hand lol.

1. “Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” ~Saadi

2. “Making the decision to have a child-it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” ~ Elizabeth Stone

3. “Be the parent today that you want your kids to remember tomorrow.” ~Unknown

4. “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” ~Unknown 

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5. “Remember: You are not managing an inconvenience. You are raising a human being.” ~Kittie Frantz 

6. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” ~Peggy O’Mara

7. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” ~Bill Ayers 

8. “There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.” ~Sue Atkins 

What are your favorite parenting quotes?

Which one above is your favorite? (My favorite is #2)

Feel free to leave a comment below and let’s chat!

5 Ways I Teach Humility to My Children

Hello readers!

Today I wanted to share some information with you about how I teach my children humility. I have seen in today’s times, that many humans (young and old) are very self-centered and unappreciative.

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One of my goals as a mother is to teach my children humility. I want them to know their value and the value of others. I also want them to be considerate of others as well as knowing that everything we have is a blessing from God. Here are a few steps that I take with my children:

1. I teach them to be thankful

My children and my spouse and I have been blessed to have several people around us that are very loving and giving. My children get monetary and material gifts pretty often, however, we teach them to always say thank you and we assure them that monetary and material things do not have more value then the family and friends we have around us.

2. I teach them to be apologetic

I have had discussions with my children about being apologetic. As a family of 7, there are plenty of sibling disagreements that we have to work through and sometimes they say things to each other that are not so nice. Our house is a house of love and we do not allow name calling. However, if they do hurt each other’s feelings we have taught them that it is okay to be sorry and genuinely apologetic.

3. I teach them to be helpful

My husband and I help other’s as often as possible. Our children see this and they have naturally learned to be helpful, especially to elderly people. We strongly feel that teaching our children to be helpful will teach them to put someone else’s need before theirs. We are actively looking for charity events in Southern California, that are kid friendly, so that we can participate in helping our community.

4. I teach them to have self-confidence

In a society that is all about appearance, I will be honest and say that instilling self-confidence in my children has been challenging. Of course I always tell them how smart, pretty or handsome, creative, unique, beautiful etc., that they are, but it’s difficult when we are in public and mostly everything they see is about looks, weight and trends. I believe that continually teaching my children that their character is more important than their looks, will help them keep their confidence up.

This is actually one reason I created this blog. I want to empower and encourage people to love themselves inside and out, as I am teaching this to my children also.

5. Lastly, I am patient with my children

Since I want the trait of humility to stay with my children throughout their life, I have learned to be patient and loving. These are little humans that I am raising and basically everything that they are learning is new to them and takes time to learn. Of course sometimes they are not thankful, not as confident, not helpful, and not apologetic, but I keep my patience and remind them that these are traits that we want to have to build good character.

I hope you enjoyed this read and remember to leave a comment.

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We’ll Talk Next Time ❤

 

“Life Lately”

Hello Readers!

I know I have been gone for a while, but the reason why is because my baby girl has arrived and I have been transitioning from 4 children to 5. The transition has been going pretty well. The support I have, along with prayer, has really helped me.

When I began this new journey I can admit that I was a little nervous. I was just getting the rest I truly longed for, I was feeling that I was getting a little piece of myself back, and my husband and I could really get back to spending uninterrupted quality time together.

I really did not know how to feel, but once I heard the little heartbeat and felt the little movements in my belly, I couldn’t help but feel so much joy in my heart. From that point forward, I could not wait to meet my baby girl.

Before my baby girl was born, I did not know how my youngest son, 18 months, would accept the new baby. I read so many articles and asked other mothers, who have children 18 months apart, to get some sort of guidance. Above all I prayed that the transition for him and I would not be difficult.

When we brought baby girl home it was the sweetest thing. All my son wanted to do was help, hold, and hug his baby sister. He loves helping and wants her to walk already!

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My life lately has been very busy and one of the greatest rewards I have experienced. Since I’m still on maternity leave from my job, I am enjoying spending time with all my children and cherising these moments. Many times I have caught myself looking at old pictures of my children when they were babies and I’m reminded of the reality of how quickly this time passes.

As I manage this new transition I am also looking at ways to be more present in posting here and on Instagram to keep you all updated with what is going on with me and my family.

-Until Next Time XOXO

Surprise Announcement!!!!

Hello Readers!!!

I have a special announcement to share with all of you!!!

As the end of 2017 came to a close, and my youngest child turned 1 year old, I felt just a little bit closer to having some more ME time. So as the days went by I realized that there was a change I was experiencing, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to believe the change that was happening.

I finally decided that I had to face this reality and I had to accept this new journey and adventure. Although I was a little scared, I was also filled with joy because this is something that my husband and I always talked about but we didn’t really know how quickly it would happen.

So without further delay……..my husband and I are expecting a Baby Girl this Summer!!!

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We made our announcement to our family and close friends and everyone is extremely excited for us and they are eager to meet the new baby. I’ve also been thinking about having a home birth this time around. Has anyone experienced a home birth before, please reply in the comments and let me know. Please also let me know if there are any pregnancy related info that you would like me to post:)

Until Next Time XOXO

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My 1st Experience at Disney on Ice

Hello Readers!My oldest daughter just turned 7 and my husband and I were thinking about an exciting way to celebrate her 7th birthday.As we searched around, we found an upcoming show that was coming to a city near us. It was Disney on Ice-Follow Your Heart. I immediately knew that my daughter would absolutely love to see a show like this.To say that the show was amazing is an understatement. We had an amazing time! We surprised her once we actually got into the venue. She had no idea and she was in extreme excitement when she walked in and saw all the Disney characters.During each performance I would glance over at her from the corner of my eye and I was filled with joy. She was in complete amazement, watching her favorite characters with so much talent, performing on ice skates.There were times where she smiled, screamed and even jumped up and down in happiness.My parenting style does not involve only giving my children material items. That is why I’ve decided to celebrate their birthdays with experiences that they will remember forever. It is also important for me to spend quality time with them. I know they grow up so fast, and that is why I cherish each day the Lord blesses me with them.As a mother, I was reminded of how blessed I am to be her mother. I was really happy to see my daughter have so much fun and really enjoy herself, so I just had to share this experience with all of you.XOXO Until next time!Follow me on Instagram @ my_own_kind_ofbeauitful and snapchat @mykindbeautiful

Christmas with My Children

Hello readers!Christmas is fast approaching, and I’m trying something new with participating in “blogmas,” but since I missed my December 1st post, I’ve decided to publish two post today. I hope you enjoy!christmas2“Tis’ the season” as many people say, and my children have been making there Christmas list and we have all of our Christmas decorations set up.However, this year I have decided to do something different with my children, for the Christmas holiday. I have told them that this year is more about giving to others, than receiving.We usually gather their Christmas list from them and buy most of the toys they ask for. This year I just felt that doing something different would have a greater impact on their lives. They are a bit older now and can understand how helping others is more fulfilling than always thinking of themselves.So I decided to do the following:

  1. Buy them something they NEED-for example (clothes, Pjs, shoes)
  2. Buy them 2 items they WANT-(from their Christmas list)
  3. Let them choose 3 items to give to other children– Donate to Toys for Tots Community Toy Drive
  4. Choose a local charity- to participate in serving food to those in need

Please share some of your holiday traditions you have and how you celebrate Christmas with your children.XOXO! Until next time!Follow me on Snapchat: mykindbeautifulFollow me on Instagram: my_own_kind_ofbeautiful

Fall Activities with My Family

Hello readers!Oh my! I know I have been gone for a while. There has been so much going on that I have neglected my blog :'(, but I am back now!!!! I missed you all. tree-99852_1920So as I’ve said so many times, I LOVE FALL!!! and I think my children notice how much I love fall too. They have been so excited about baking and they are begging to make all things pumpkin.I’ve been watching the Food Network channel and searching Pinterest (of course!!!) for inspiration for fun DIY crafts, family outings, and baking goods that I want to make with the little ones. Of course they want to make everything in one day, but momma bear has to spread these family activities up.Here is my list:

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch
  2. Make pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake (although my husband won’t eat it)
  3. Make and decorate fall themed cupcakes
  4. Make and decorate fall themed cookies
  5. Visit and Apple/Pear Orchard
  6. Spiritual themed pumpkin carving
  7. Make a wreath for the front door
  8. Cook apple chips
  9. Take fall family photos

Feel free to share the things you want to do with your family this fall season.Follow me on Snapchat: @mykindbeautifulFollow me on Instagram: @My_Own_Kind_Ofbeautiful

Homeschooling

back-to-school-2628012_640Happy September and Happy Saturday!!!This weekend marks the first weekend of the homeschooling school year for my two oldest children.This year I am teaching my 1st grader and  4th grader, and so far the 1st week has gone by smoothly. I am anticipating this to be a great and fun year. I have been looking over the projects for this year and I think I may be more excited then my children are.I don’t know if any of you are homeschooling your children (please let me know if you are) but the transition from public school to homeschooling has been both challenging and fulfilling.When I first became a mother, I never thought about homeschooling my children. I thought it would be extremely difficult to do and I also did not know anyone who homeschooled their children, at that time. But once I took the leap to try it out, it definitely proved beneficial for me and for my children.I am able to spend a lot of time with them, give them the help they need, and just be involved in their early stages of learning.I look forward to this school year and I will make sure to share their completed projects with all of you.Until next time! Enjoy this holiday weekend:)XOXO