School Night Hustle

Mom Hacks for a Stress- and Clutter-free After School Routine

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Things around here have been a little insane. With the kids back at school and more activities than ever, we were legit struggling there for awhile. Between homework, extracurricular activities and informational school meetings, we had to get organized, and fast.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite mom hacks for school nights. These tips help keep my family on track so we have more time to do the things we love.

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Lunchbox Jokes Printable

Back to School Lunchbox Jokes Printable

My free lunchbox printables are always super popular this time of year – the one time we moms *actually* feel organized enough to do things like print cutesy lunchbox notes! In the spirit of mom unity, I’ve added another lunchbox jokes printable to my offering so we can all score an A+ in “Pinterest Mom: 101.”

Thanks to my girlfriends who tirelessly pumped their kids for their best jokes to help create this fun collection. Happy back to school season, fellow moms! We can do this!

Free lunchbox jokes printable, just in time for back to school season! | Five Marigolds

Download your free Lunchbox Jokes printable here. (Psst..Don’t forget to share this free resource on your favorite social channel to help me continue to offer these fun freebies!)

More lunchbox printables:

 

 

 

Back to School Wardrobe for Girls

Back To School Capsule Wardrobe for Girls for $100

Earlier this week I posted my BTS capsule wardrobe for boys, and now I’m sharing my Back to school wardrobe for girls. It’s amazing what great pieces you can afford when you plan ahead and really envision how they will all work together to create multiple outfits. Here, I’ve put together 10 key pieces that work together create 10+ outfits, head to toe, for just around $100.*

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Fill In The Blank Lunchbox Notes Printable

Is it just me or are summer breaks getting shorter and shorter? My kiddos are dreading going back to school in just a few weeks, but we’re having fun gearing up with new school supplies and goodies, including a newly designed set of fill in the blank lunchbox notes.

I love tucking a fun lunchbox note into their cold lunch at school, and this year decided to make a blank set of notes for when I just want to add my own personalized message. Fill In The Blank Lunchbox Notes Printable | Five Marigolds

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Children’s Artwork Display for Less Than $5

This is one of my favorite projects to date – also the easiest and least expensive: the children’s artwork display located in our Family Command Center  – otherwise known as the mud room.

I wanted plenty of space where the children could hang their artwork and good grades with pride, without that messy cluttered look on the fridge. It also needed to be really flat to the wall, since the area I’d designated is in a space the width of a hallway.

Mud Room Family Command Center DIY Kids' Art Display | Five Marigolds Mud Room Family Command Center DIY Kids' Art Display | Five Marigolds

Here’s how I did it:

  • Buy these eye hook screws and wire at the hardware store for less than $5 total (or spend a few extra bucks and shop Amazon at the links above if you want to save a trip to the store).
  • Drill holes into the wall where you want your eye hooks to go. Screw the eye hooks into the wall by hand.  Then, wrap your wire around one of the hooks a few times. Stretch it to the other eye hook, pulling and straightening as you go. Wrap it around that eye hook 2-3 times and cut the wire.
  • I already had these cute little inexpensive clips on hand, leftover from Eve’s party favors.They work great for holding the various art and school papers the kids bring home.
  • Voila! Children’s art center complete in 20 minutes and for less than $5.

Mud Room Family Command Center DIY Kids' Art Display | Five Marigolds

As for the rest of our family mud room command center, it’s still a work in progress. I have dreams for this space!

Mud Room Bench Storage | Five Marigolds

Mud Room Key Drop | Five Marigolds

I found that sign at the thrift store. I think it was from a hotel long ago. I just love it!Mud Room Family Command Center Key and Mail Drop

What do you think of my low-tech art center for the kids?

Sources:

  • Rug, Homegoods (similar here and here)
  • Basket, Mary & Martha (similar here)
  • Door Paint, Sherwin Williams Tidewater
  • Walls, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
  • Drawer Pulls and Knobs, Restoration Hardware
  • Key Hook Sign, thrifted (similar here, here,  here and here)

New Quaker Chewy Thin Mint Bars and Free Printable Wrapper

We’re gearing up for Back to School around here, which is why I was thrilled when BzzAgent recently sent me two free boxes of their new Chewy Girl Scouts Thin Mint granola bars. Talk about a beautiful marriage of foods! Each year we buy Thin Mints in bulk and hoard them until the next cookie selling season, so I’m thrilled to start seeing Thin Mint flavored goodies popping up in the grocery store year-round.

Back To School Granola Bar Wraps Free Printable | Five Marigolds

BzzAgent is an organization that works with brands and provides its ambassadors with samples and coupons in exchange for trying products, sharing their honest opinion, and spreading the word. In this case, the task is easy, because these granola bars are super yummy and kid-approved.  When Dub took his first bite he proclaimed it “Ahh–mazing” and asked if he could have it as his lunchbox treat at school. No problem!

I love to slip little notes and jokes into his lunchbox daily to let him know I’m thinking of him, so I made a few super simple granola bar wraps to add a special touch to his treat. Of course, I couldn’t leave Evelyn out so I made a couple of girly-girl wraps as well.

Want to try these granola bars for yourself? They can find at your local grocery store. Want the wrappers for your kid’s lunchbox? Click here to download your free granola bar wrap printable!

 

Free Back to School Printable: Minecraft Lunchbox Jokes

Dub just loves clever jokes and puns. When I asked him what he most wanted me to pack in his lunch box for his first day of school, he told me he wanted a Minecraft joke.

There aren’t many options out there for Minecraft lunchbox printables, so I created one on me own, and today I’m sharing it with my subscribers!

Minecraft Jokes Free Lunchbox Printables | Five Marigolds  Minecraft Jokes Free Lunchbox Printables | Five Marigolds

Lunchbox: Happy Jackson

Minecraft Jokes Free Lunchbox Printables | Five Marigolds

Just click the above image or here for your free Minecraft lunchbox jokes freebie.

Want to see more like these? Let me know in the comments below!

MORE FREE MINECRAFT PRINTABLES: Like these printables? Be sure to check out my other free Minecraft Printables and inspiration:

Minecraft Lego Steve Favors | Five Marigolds

DIY Minecraft Lego Steve Favors

Be Minecraft Valentine's Day Printable

Be Minecraft Printable

Minecraft Birthday Party on a Budget | Five Marigolds

DIY Minecraft Birthday Party

 

Back to School Wardrobe for Boys – On a Budget

For many, it feels like school just got out for the summer. But in our neck of the woods, summer is already more than half over! Every year I scour summer sales to help build our back to school wardrobe on a budget. I try to find a variety of mix and match pieces to maximize our budget in style. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Back to School Wardrobe for Boys On a Budget | Five Marigolds #BTS

Shopping information:

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12

What do you think? Do you shop sales early for back to school season, or do you wait for the fall sales?

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12+ Back To School Outfits for less than $165

12+ Back To School Outfits for less than $165


Back to school for boys – on a budget

UPDATE: Find my updated Back to school wardrobe for boys here and here.  Since this is an older post and continues to get a lot of Pinterest traffic,  I do my best to link to similar items from this set, below. Thanks for stopping by!
Little Dub is going to be in kindergarten this year.  He’ll be going full days, every day.  I have to admit I’m a little nervous for him – it will be a huge change, but one that I think will be good for him.  He will be wearing a uniform this year which is pretty uninspiring fashion-wise, but I was pretty happy when I scored his full wardrobe during the Old Navy uniform sale for only around $110!
Even though Dub will be in uniform, I had fun laying out a back to school wardrobe for boys.  My goal was to put together a minimum of 10 outfits for $150.  I failed –  mostly because the pants alone accounted for around $60 of the budget.  However, if you chose a less expensive brand for the pants and denim this set would be much closer to $150.
Where are you finding the best wardrobe staples for boys this fall?
Back to school wardrobe for boys - $170 / 10 looks

Back to school - boys wardrobe - $170 / 10 looks

Back to school - boys wardrobe - $170 / 10 looks

Back to school - boys wardrobe - $170 / 10 looks

Back to school - boys wardrobe - $170 / 10 looks

Back to school wardrobe for boys - $170 / 10 looks

Back to school wardrobe for boys - $170 / 10 looks

Back to school wardrobe for boys - $170 / 10 looks

Back to school wardrobe for boys - $170 / 10 looks

Back to school wardrobe for boys - $170 / 10 looks

Back to school wardrobe for girls, on a budget


I can’t believe it.  Sweet Eve will be starting preschool this year.  Even though I sent Dub to preschool two years ago with not a lot of angst, this one is different.  My shy, sensitive girl will be going out into the world on her own, and my protective instinct tells me not to let her go!  But, I know she’s also ready to make friends, crafts, and all the things she sees her big brother do.  So now I’m distracting myself with the back to school process, buying supplies and…a super cute wardrobe.

 

Here’s how I envision Eve’s preschool wardrobe – that’s 14 pieces/10 outfits for $150*.  I’d say that’s doing pretty well.  What are you back to school wardrobe shopping tips?

Toddler Girl Back to School $150

Back to School 11+ Outfits under $150 | Five Marigolds

Toddler Girl Back to School $150 by shellrock1 featuring h&m cardigan