September is here and it is time to both rejoice in back to school routines and get recommitted to those January goals! A second chance at your intentions for the new year with the freshness that is September. I know some of my goals went by the wayside early February so NOW is my chance to get them into gear before the winter. One of my goals for my family is to get more organized. I have come up with two ways to achieve this goal and want to share them with you.
1. If you talk to money people and health people they will tell you that meal planning is key to their receptive focus. Meal planning saves cash by avoiding those hangry moments when you cant figure out dinner and just order take-out. Dollars to cents, you will save money every time you eat at home. In addition, you will more likely use the food in your fridge before it goes bad because each item has a purpose. Another win for your purse! Similarly, meal planning is better for your health as you are able to control what goes into your body by adding and subtracting ingredients yourself. You can plan out you and your families health better by taking a week by week approach. Balance the red meats, fruits, vegetables, fats and treats by scheduling them into your week. Have I convinced you yet to get better at organizing your families' meals? Great! I made us (you and me) a weekly planner that you can print out and get started on right away (PDF below). Do yourself a favour and print out 5. That will take you to thanksgiving (seriously) and evaluate then if you are eating better, wasting less food, saving money and feeling good about getting organized! I promise to get back to you on ours!
2. The second thing I have been doing to get more organized is batch buying gifts. When I place an online order, I usually try to think ahead to the birthday's, special celebrations and possible invites we have coming up in the month. I have a designated drawer that I put these extra non-determined gifts in and have found they have saved my sanity on more than one occasion. Another mom I know does this and calls it insurance. LOL. Anyways I wanted to create a service to make gift giving easier for all you Toronto based parents (I have plans to expand this service-send me an email if you live elsewhere and are interested). I have curated a list of "go to" gifts that you can access anytime and have delivered to your door. There is one item per age 0-8 and the beauty is they work for more than one age range and both genders. I have calculated all shipping and tax, so the price listed is the price you pay. I am going to suggest you print one out for reference for home and one for work. Breath easy when your husband tells you, you were invited to his boss' daughter's third birthday on the weekend and you don't have time to go out to purchase a gift. Give me a call/text/email shop the "go to" gifts (always in stock) and I will deliver that item to your door. Easy Peasy! What to wear to said party- that is something I can't help you with! The rest of the details are on the one page print-out. Check it out and never scramble for a unique, educational and fun gift again!
Lets get organized this September and Rock the back to school routine! If you missed the post I wrote about helping your new Kindy transition to Full Day Kindergarten it isn't too late to start preparing him/her! Check out my 10 tips here http://www.carolynndarrell.com/blog/kindy-prep-look-whos-starting-school-in-september .As always I LOVE to hear from you, please get in touch! My favourite things to chat about are child development, play, toys and starting your own business!