It’s hard to believe that the school year is upon us. In fact, our district went back two weeks earlier than our neighboring counties, so the first week is already behind us, and it’s been an emotional roller coaster. I now officially have college, high school, middle school, and elementary aged children. Even though our first four children are only five and one half years apart, the grades fall perfectly like this for a year. Since three of our five are homeschooled, you’d think the typical back to school activities don’t pertain, but alas, they are drawn to fresh new school supplies and clothes just like those that hop on the bus each day.
It’s the first year that I am having to make a school lunch every day, and considering it’s for our very large 17 year old son, it’s been quite a challenge, but I’m up for the task.
He may be nearly a man, but every once in awhile I can love him likes he’s my little boy (because he always will be), and make him feel extra special by tucking something unique into his lunch. You may have a child that rolls their eyes at this idea, but trust me, years from now, they will remember it fondly. So whether they are pre-school or high school give it a try.
“Make them smile and let him/her know you’re thinking of them during those long days when they’ve gone back to school. Place a smiling piece of fruit accompanied by a silly note in his lunch bag. Use a nontoxic dry-erase marker to make faces that are safe to eat, but actually, a damp paper towel wipes it right off. (Don’t worry, you can always use just a banana if this idea makes you nervous.) While a smile is always nice, a slumbering fruit with closed eyes is cute, and a jolly face with a tongue sticking out is saucy and fun. Then write a short happy note to include with the fruit, such as ‘You’re apple-solutely fabulous or I’m just bananas about you!’
Read about some more Back to School Ideas and Traditions such as a Bus Stop Breakfast Bash or Carpool Wishes over here.
As much as I would like to think that our kids head back to school with the sole purpose of learning on their mind, I am the first to understand that their fashion choices and appearance have a great impact on their self image. As our 13 year old daughter wrestles with that typical self consciousness that puberty brings, we spend a lot of time building up her self worth, assuring her that her truth beauty has nothing to do with the outside.
I still help encourage her with wise clothing choices and skin care tips for girls, yet each year that passes, she gains a bit more independence. This is the first year we are letting her wear some make up, a small amount, mind you, but for me, it’s still a milestone for my little girl. I’ve shared how I partnered with Willa Skincare -a wonderful company that focuses on natural products for girls. I’m so thankful I found them, since they are unique.
As I tip toe into the world of make up, their Smile Shimmer Lip Gloss which has just a hint of color and a load of natural ingredients to keep lips hydrated, healthy and happy is perfect for our daughter. For the one day a week that she goes to “school,” it has a cool clip that can easily be hooked onto her backpback.
Next week she begins soccer, so their On the Go Lavender Face Wipes are also perfect to keep in there for a quick pick me up. She’s still working on building up a habit of a daily skin care routine both morning and night, but she has the night time ritual down, so that is great.
Willa Skincare wants to celebrate the Back to School season with a fun giveaway for that special girl in your life.
One fortunate winner will receive:
- A Willa Travel Set (which includes face wash and moisturizer)
- One Smile Shimmer in Clear
- One Fresh Face Mask
How can you win?
You can enter up to 4 times:
1) Leave a comment letting me know your special Back to School tradition.
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US citizens eligible. Giveaway will end Friday, August 23.