July 22, 2014

It’s Here: Back to School (Traditions & Ideas)

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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:

How can you win?

You can enter up to 4 times:

1) Leave a comment letting me know your special Back to School tradition.

(Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “Post Comment”. You must be on my site –
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Win a great skincare set for girls from @mywilla and @beautyandbedlam http://beautyandbedlam.com/tag/giveaways/

3) “Like” Balancing Beauty and Bedlam  and/or Willa Skincare on Facebook (if you already do, share this contest on your page)

4)Subscribe to my site by email or in a reader to stay on top of all of the tips and ideas that I write about each week! If you already subscribe, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you are currently a subscriber (thank you!).

US citizens eligible. Giveaway will end Friday, August 23.

 


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  1. Sheila Laurence says:

    I am a subscriber.

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  2. Our tradition always includes a special dinner on the night of the first day of school. The girls request their favorite meal and we all eat dinner together and talk about how the first day of school went. It helps us get back into our school year evening routine of dinner, homework, bath, & bedtime.

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  3. I am a subscribe on Google Reader.

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  4. Our back-to-school tradition… we don’t really have one because we sort of slowly start school in mid-July. We begin with the workbooks (math, grammar, and logic books), and then about a month later we start science. We do that for a couple of weeks before starting school full-force toward the end of August. I suppose that is a tradition, isn’t it? Everyone expects it, though not everyone loves it as much as our end-of-school tradition – a trip to Krispy Kreme donuts!

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  5. We always made a big deal out of back to school shopping. It was fun that way. We also would have a special dinner on the first day of school.

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  6. Like you both on FB

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  7. I’m an email subscriber.

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  8. Our tradition is to take a photo the first day of school, and I like to pack a note in there lunches letting them know I am thinking of them and excited to hear about the first day.
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  9. I follow on facebook
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  10. I subscribe via email
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  11. I love your blog and have been a subscriber for a long time. You always give such great tips. I have ground beef in my crock pot right now:)

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  12. We are starting our third year of homeschooling. I had dropped the “first day” picture tradition, but we are going to do it again. Just don’t be surprised if they are in their PJs for the picture!

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  13. I had already liked you on FB, but I did go and like Willa. These products look like such an answer for my girl. Thanks for sharing! (Picking me for the giveaway would be appreciated, too;)

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  14. I had neglected to follow you on Twitter, but I have corrected that and also followed Willa Skincare.

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  15. We have pizza for dinner the first day back to school and talk about our first day.

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  16. When I was a kid we always took a photo on the front steps in our very though out first day of school outfits. I plan to do the same with my boys.

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  17. I follow you on FB….. faithfully!

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  18. Jennifer M says:

    We homeschool, so the day that our books arrive is always cool and we have a big breakfast on the first day.

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  19. Jennifer M says:

    I subscribe via email.

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  20. Jennifer M says:

    I like your fb page.

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  21. We have a ‘back to school’ tradition of taking a picture of both of our children right outside our front door on the first day. It’s so much fun not only to see how much they’ve grown from the year before, but to also see what they’re wearing… most of it usually bargain/thrift pieces.

    As always, thanks for your wonderful inspiration!
    Heather

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  22. The night before all the kids are measured and marked on a long board to see how much they have grown in a year.they love it.

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  23. We order out at my daughter’s favorite restaurant in town the night before school starts :)

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  24. I follow you on Pinterest.

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  25. I shared my comment about your contest on my FB page. I am a loyal follower!

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  26. I am a current subscriber to your email news.

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  27. Our tradition lately has been for my 2 girls & I to go have a pedicure together. It usually lasts about a month and is a fun girly reminder of our time together.

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  28. I am an e-mail subscriber.

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  29. I follow you on Pinterest.

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  30. I make a cake the night before school starts and my children get to eat it for breakfast. Yes, I know breakfast should be healthy, but I want starting school to be a celebration. I take a picture every morning, too. My oldest will be in her 12th back-to-school-cake picture when the time comes this year!

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  31. We’re homeschoolers and typically go out to lunch on our first day of school, but this year we’ve decided to go out for breakfast. I will also take pictures. We start Monday.

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  32. Our tradition is to take a picture of the first day of school for each of my kids.

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  33. Another tradition is to go shopping for new school clothes with my kids.

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  35. I am an email subscriber.

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  36. Elizabeth says:

    We used to go out for dinner at the beginning of a school year and my mom would ask us each what our dreams and goals were for the coming year.

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  37. Elizabeth says:

    I subscribe via RSS.

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  38. Joanna Warren says:

    This is our first year sending a child to school. I have started the tradition of back-to-school date with just one child and myself, including a special dinner out and supply shopping. One-on-one bonding time for the hours that I will miss while they are away!

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  39. I LOVE this idea to teach my daughter how to take care of her skin early on. She is already beginning to show some blackheads around her nose, yuck and I purchased a scrub. But I think these products look so much better because they are natural. Our back to school tradition will be starting with good habits in hygiene with my oldest 12 year old son as well as my pre teen daughter. Thank you for introducing me to this company!

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  40. I liked Willa on FB.

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  41. I am an email subscriber.

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  42. I am following Willa on Twitter.

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  43. Facebook fan.

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  45. Having a special breakfast the morning of the 1st day of school.

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  46. My daughter likes me to roll her hair in sponge rollers the night before the first day of school.

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  47. Michelle A says:

    We always take pictures the first day of school and have a special dinner the night before the first day

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  48. We tend to ease into the new year. My kids love getting a new notebook or composition book for writing a journal entry every year.

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  49. I am an email subscriber.

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  50. Jennifer Mc says:

    We are beginning this year so the traditional photo is a must!

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  51. my daughter’s favorite tradition is unwrapping all of her specially selected school supplies for the new year and carefully packing them in her backpack for the 1st day of school

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  52. I follow and shared on fb (Moey Shay)

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  53. I subscribe via email

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  54. like you on fb

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  55. I like to put a joke in my son’s lunch each day. We always take a pic the first day as well.

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  56. Our back to school tradition is to take lots of pictures in the same place in the house every year.

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  57. I follow you on Pinterest

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  58. I like Beauty and Bedlam on Facebook and shared the giveaway.

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  59. I’m a subscriber and would LOVE to win some of the Willa products :)!

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  60. Trung Nguyen says:

    We take our kids on back to school shopping at every store

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  61. Trung Nguyen says:

    email subscriber

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  64. Janice K. says:

    I don’t have a tradition, but I love the idea of starting one!

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  65. Janice K. says:

    I’m an email subscriber

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  66. Janice K. says:

    I follow you on FB

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  67. I always bake a special casserole. Its so yummy and my kids love it!

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  68. I get your wonderful emails.

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  69. I have “liked” on facebook.

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  70. Michele Laramay says:

    I am loving the Willa day face sunscreen. It would be fun to win this!

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  71. shannon oelrich says:

    I dont know that we really have a back to school tradition.

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  72. shannon oelrich says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber

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  73. Our special tradition is to take pictures the morning of the first day with a sign that says the age and grade of the child. Also i like to interview each child before they start the year!

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  74. Our tradition is to shop for school supplies with them having their choice of backpack.
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  75. email subscriber
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  76. i follow on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!
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  77. i am an email subscriber!

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  78. I’m a subscriber, this is my first year with no kids going to school! :( but believe it or not for many years my tradition was to put the flag out. I read it in an erma bombeck book – and i thought it was great and did for several years the first week of school.

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  79. We have a tradition of boring breakfasts all summer long building up to extravagant back-to-school breakfast with egg muffins (beaten eggs with chopped spinach, mushrooms, and ham), waffles with yogurt, fresh fruit, and bacon… (As you pointed out with your egg post: a lot can be made ahead so it doesn’t interfere with last-minute needs!)

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  80. Hi There! I have a 10th grade daughter, and I just began homeschooling her this year. We have a daily routine where we meet for breakfast, study Proverbs, go over her goals for the day, and pray. We are using the ACE curriculum which is self-paced, and I help her as needed. So far, so good!

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  81. Also, I follow you on Pinterest, Facebook, and am a e-mail subscriber.

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  82. Corrie Weaver says:

    We always have a special dinner the night before heading back to school.

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  83. Corrie Weaver says:

    I already subscribe by email

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