Sunday, August 23, 2015

Back To School Series: Creating A Great Homework Station

Setting up a homework station is a simple yet necessary task. It really is essential that children have a quiet, calm place to do their homework. Lord knows they will be siting in this space almost daily. The goal is to create a space that is conducive to learning and focus.

Here are some tips to get your space ready for homework.

Keep it quiet

  • Create a space that is quiet and free from distractions. This may be a no brainier but make sure the tv is turned off and that there are no other distractions. Quiet and calm is best for focusing and studying.

Keep it decluttered 

  • Create a space that is inviting and bright free from clutter. Papers and other clutter make it difficult to focus.

Keep it accessible 

  • By providing a designated homework space for your children, you are setting the stage for success. Making sure that it is easily and readily accessible to the children ensures there are no excuses. 
Keep it stocked with supplies

  • Provide all of the supplies children will need such as sharpened pencils, colored pencils, pens, markers or crayons, and paper. 
Keep it kid friendly
  • Maintain a space that is for the children, if possible. Hang up their graded schoolwork or artwork. 
Wherever you may decide to set up a homework station, dinning room table, bedroom, or desk, remember these simple tips to help your children stay focused and be succesful. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Back To School Series: Packing Lunches Tips & Tricks

Some folks are already back to school and some of us are getting ready. Either way if you are packing lunches as my family plans to, then this post is for you. I will share with you some of the tips and tricks that I have learned along the way. Children are in school for 180 days out of the year, that's a lot of packing. Anything that can help make this less stressful, is welcomed in my book. So let's have a look on how to save time and money on packing lunches for children as they head off to school.

Make as much as you can ahead of time

  • Whether you can prep items for an entire month, week, or just a couple of days at a time, do as much as you can ahead of time
  • Include fresh fruit; wash and prepare, place into several containers
  • Prepare parts of the homemade lunchable ahead of time, separate into several containers
  • Include fresh fruit and veggies, prepare ahead of time and separate into containers
  • Pack lunch boxes the night before if you can {except the frozen pb & j, you want to pack it in the a.m.}

Freeze it!

  • If it can be frozen, then make huge batches of it and freeze it
  • Prepare pb & j sandwiches and freeze them, then in the morning, place in container in lunchbox, by lunch time it is perfect and ready to eat. {Just like an uncrustable}
  • Berries can be frozen in batches and placed in containers the morning of. They will defrost and be ready to eat by lunchtime. This way you can prepare a whole bunch and they will last much longer in the freezer
  • Prepare some foods like pizza pockets or ham and cheese stromboli ahead of time and freeze for those "I don't have anything to pack for lunch moments" Heat in the morning and toss it hot lunch container.

Let the kids help

  • Include the kids in the washing, prepping, and storing of the fresh foods
  • Allow the children to pick out some of their own items, they can choose from all the healthy choices you have already prepped
  • Encourage the children to pack their own lunch boxes {with mom or dad checking, of course}

If you are looking for great storage containers for fresh foods, but do not want to buy the plastics {like me} or glass for many reason (kids are careless being the most evident) then you may be interested in these Mira Stainless Steel Containers. I once did a review for this great product, indestructible and sturdy stainless steel with BPA free plastic tight fitting leak proof lids. I recommend these to everyone and now to you. As I am a new Amazon affiliate, should you choose to buy these great storage containers, you can do so through this affiliate link. It will help a sister out:}

Looking for more back to school tips? Here is a post on creating a great homework space.
Enter this back to school giveaway event, you could win some amazing prizes.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2015 Back To School Event

Big Foot Tribe is participating in another terrific giveaway! As we prepare for back to school, why not win some awesome prizes. Enter below and as always thanks for stopping by.

The 2015 Back 2 School Event is LIVE!!

Andersons Angels, This Mama's Life, and The More The Merrier are all ready for school to start! To celebrate, they have teamed up with the best group of awesome bloggers and fantastic sponsors to bring you great products to help you get back into the school year swing of things! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package!

The Prize Package includes items from these sponsors:

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Office Depot - $15.95 ARV
ThinkBoard Pack - $25 ARV
Sugar Bowl Bakery - $30 ARV
iCoffee - $100 ARV

These are great items that will surely help your students head back into the classroom! Are you ready to enter? It’s simple! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below. There are plenty of entry options, and the more you do, the better your chances of winning are!
The 2015 Back 2 School Event is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Monday, August 17, 2015 through 11:59pm EST Monday, August 31, 2015. Best Of Luck!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Back To School Must Haves

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Back to school shopping has begun for most of us. It can be hectic going through the store with your list. Online shopping is ideal for this and Amazon is offering special deals right now on back to school shopping, school supplies, and other must haves. I will share with you some deals and must haves.

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Here’s my list of back to school must haves:

Primary grades:
First I would like to say as former preschool teacher, please buy the brands that offer quality products. When it comes to school supplies, the lesser value products often times are of lesser quality. The teachers will appreciate the quality products.

A quality backpack is a must for younger children. Adorable prints and sturdy to last all year, these backpacks are a must for your child as they return to school. And if you have a younger child, check out the nap mats. Such fun prints and so soft for nap time.

Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks
Elmer's Purple disappearing glue sticks is not only a preferred choice for the teacher, but the children all wanted that kind too.

Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad
I love Melissa & Doug products. Drawing paper is a must for young children for all of those art projects, coloring, and painting.

Crayola Crayons, 24 Count Box &Crayola 10ct Classic Broad Line Markers
Crayola is a preferred product of both children and the teacher.

Dixon Ticonderoga Pre-Sharpened with Erasers Pencil
These are a must for pencils. Anything of less value, the lead just falls out over and over. You know the children are going to blow through pencils with all the writing they will be doing.

Filler Paper by Mead, Wide Ruled
The children will be writing as they learn. Filler paper is a must have.

Elmer's Washable No-Run School Glue
Again, quality glue is a must. Elmer's is the preferred glue by teachers.

For high school & college:
Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator
When it comes to a calculator, Texas Instruments are the best. If you are taking any kind of upper level math courses, you will need the TI-84 for graphing and such.

SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 USB Flash Drive
A good flash drive is a must for saving your school work. Save your school work to your personal flash drive in addition to your other methods of saving it.

Blue Sky 2015 Wire-O Weekly/Monthly Planner 8 x 11 Inch Pink/White (16159)
A good planner with both a weekly and a monthly view is a must. I love Blue Sky planners, they offer quality planners with adorable prints and colors. They offer several sizes too.

There is Big Foot Tribe's back to school list of must haves. Thank you for stopping by today and reading. Where do you love to shop and what are your back to school must haves? Please share in the comments.
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Super Easy Summer Pasta Salad

I am in love pasta salad this summer. It could be that it is so easy to make in batches to where I have several days of lunch done. Or it could be that the heat has me beat and the refreshing cold pasta creation has me in love. I would like to share my super easy pasta salad creation with you.

Super Easy Pasta Salad


Pasta of choice, cooked and chilled
Spinach, cooked with pasta
Small can of black olives
Tomato, diced
Onion, diced
Green pepper, diced
Fully cooked diced chicken
Italian dressing


Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Add as much Italian dressing as desired. Make as much or as little as you'd like. I love to make several days worth of lunch and store it in Pyrex dishes. 

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