One Way I'm Simplifying Back To School

I'm at the point in the summer where I'm starting to have heart palpitations over the fact that my kids start school in two weeks. Typing that last sentenced just heightened the anxiety. I already know that I'm not going to be that mom who easily falls into the swing of having two kids in school. Heck, I'm going from having two kids at home full time to having both of my kids starting preschool the same year. It's so weird to me that my three and five year old are both leaving the nest for the first time the same year. 

Since my kids are going to separate schools at different times, I know it's going to take me a month or two to settle into our new normal. I'm planning on giving myself a little grace and doing small things now towards the end of the summer to prepare, so that when school does start, I have things in place to help make it a little easier for me. 

One thing that I did yesterday morning was make a ton of breakfast burritos to store in the freezer for the next couple of months. I was already making them for breakfast anyways and thought, "Why not make 20 more, and then have extra breakfast/dinners for the fall when I don't feel like cooking?" I made them all up, and then stored them in some Reynolds Kitchens Bakeware, and then took the #LazyGirl status up another level by serving them yesterday morning on some Hefty Foam Plates, which I will have zero guilt about using when school is in full swing and the bedtime is fast approaching. 

I love using Reynolds and Hefty products in our home since we can clip the boxtops to send off to our kid's schools. I remember my grandma buying tons and tons of "Box Tops" items when my brother and I were younger, and sending us off to school with huge piles of them to turn into our school principal. It's a fun and easy way to give back to schools, and a program that's really held the test of time since it's founding in 1996. 

Right now Reynolds and Hefty are having a sweepstakes with Box Tops for Education where you can enter each day from August 21st-29th, where 50 instant winners, and 5 grand prize winners will be drawn each day. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 to a school of their choice, and you can enter daily! Be sure to enter to give your child's school a little funding boost this fall!


  1. you literally posted about caring about the environment less than a year ago before the election and now you're advocating using styrofoam plates at home for no reason?? if you're that tired you could just do dishes the next day or at least use something that's recyclable/compostable. it's honestly irresponsible to be using styrofoam at this point and incredibly disrespectful to your children who will inherit the messes you leave on this planet.

    1. Tanner,

      Thank you for reading my blog for so long. You're right that styrofoam is harmful to the environment, and I thank you for bringing that to my attention. Truthfully, we maybe go through one pack of disposable plates a year if that. The ones we purchased before these were paper (mostly because of price they were the cheapest option), and then when I was reached out to Hefty for this post, I hopped on board because we do use disposable plates on nights when we're feeling stretched, like this week when my husband has been in and out of the hospital and several different doctor appointments. Thank you for bringing to my attention a way that my family and I can be better consumers and stewards over the planet, as it is something that I truly do care about, although it is hard to consistently remember all the ways we could be doing better.

      Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.


  2. Thank you for reminding me about school starting! So nice of you! I am using paper recipients! I fond them asking a local package seller since I din't find the right ones at regular shop.