Snow Day Love

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My sister-in-law sent me this today and I thought it was such an incredibly cool picture, I needed to share it with you!  A perfectly shaped leaf heart laying gently in the snow!  We have been hit here in Michigan this week with a big snowstorm that left us with two very much appreciated snow days home from work and school.

There is just something about the feeling of anticipation of a snowstorm coming and the possibility of a snow day!  I am a teacher and the workplace atmosphere on Wednesday was nothing short of kids on Christmas Eve as we all discussed the possibility of a snow day!  People checking their messages, waiting for the call-would they call it the day before or wait until the morning?  Peeking out the window watching the snow blow by and seeing the cars creeping by on the road-a sense of excitement mixed with anxiety over the worsening weather conditions.  Parents picking up their kids early from school to get home before the storm worsened. Sneaking a peek at the weather channel on our lunch breaks.  If we knew the night before that school was cancelled -we could turn off our alarms and blissfully sleep in to our heart’s content!  I could hear the whoops and screaming from my desk before I even saw the message!  School was canceled!

We just needed to brave the trip home, as we dreamed of jumping into our pjs and staying in them the whole next day, curled up on the sofa with tea and hot chocolate, catching up on TV shows, reading and watching movies (as a type A person who can’t sit still that long, I have to admit I got all of my laundry done and cleaned the house-not exactly a dreamy snow day but I felt great about getting caught up-since we actually got two snow days!)

So when my sister-in-law sent this picture to me I thought it was a perfect symbol of what a snow day means to those of us in the north!  A small, perfect reward for enduring the long, cold days of winter, a mini-vacation, a chance to be cozy and snuggle with our loved ones!  Snow day love!

I hear there might be another storm brewing for next week!  Is it to early (or greedy) to start dreaming of another snow day?

~Blessings,

Jen

Back To School Inspiration- An Organization Idea

Hi Friends!  As a teacher, my summer officially comes to an end today.  Although I am very sad to see the laid back days of summer end, I have to admit I am a little bit excited to get us all back on a regular schedule.  I haven’t posted many organizational ideas to our blog yet, but one thing you will learn about me is that nothing makes me happier than an organized space!  It brings me peace to have a clutter-free environment and I feel like it frees up my mind to think inspirational thoughts!

This inspirational back to school idea I have for you today is one I found last year on the web (I can’t remember exactly where I found it…).  If you have kids in school, you know one of the biggest issues to manage is the amount of paperwork that comes in the door (newsletters, permission slips, art projects, homework and on and on and on….)!  It can be overwhelming, especially at the beginning of the school year.

So, to tame the clutter, I purchased a pack of wall mounted file folder holders from the local office supply store.  The one I bought came as a three pack.  I only have two kids, so I saved the third in case one ever broke.

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I used large Command Strip hangers instead of the enclosed hardware so I did not have to drill holes in the wall.  They have held up for a year and are still going strong!  Before mounting them on the wall, I taped a picture of each girl on the inside (face out).  Oldest Daughter got the high spot and Little One got the low spot on the wall so she could reach the slot to file all of her papers.  I chose silly pictures from our Disney vacation because they remind me of a fun family time. Notice the Mickey ears and silly faces! (Who doesn’t need a reminder of a little fun when filing school papers!)

IMG_2791 back to schoolFinally, I purchased some cute file folders and each girl was assigned a color and two folders in their slot.  One folder is for extra-curricular papers and the other is for school related items.  Little One also uses this space to store her homework folder and library book (no more scrambling on library day to find her book).  She is really good about unloading all of her school papers into the slot, then I go through them when I have a moment and toss what we don’t need and file the rest.  This system is located next to the door where we exit and enter the house so the papers all stay contained in one place.

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This whole project took me about 10 minutes from start to finish and has been a real lifesaver in managing the truckloads of paper that come home from school!

Do you have a favorite back to school tip?  We would love to hear your ideas in the comment section!

I wish everyone a smooth, happy, organized and inspirational new school year!

~Blessings,

Jen