As I sit here playing connect the dots with the mosquito bite scars of summer still gracing my arms, I can’t wait for cooler weather to cover them up again. I’m a bit relieved that summer has officially come to a close, and not just because of the annual scratchy souvenirs they leave behind. If there’s one thing warmer months teach me every year, it’s that I’m best built to endure harsh nordic winters. Fall LEWKS are my jam.
As a mom, you have one of the most important – and difficult – jobs in the world. Navigating the pandemic with your family was no easy feat. Between shifting from shuttling kids to school in the morning to hosting Zoom school at your kitchen table, to keeping an upbeat and reassuring attitude in front of your family when you yourself weren’t sure what was happening, coming out on the other side of it now has to feel pretty good.
Remember the night before the first day of school when you were little? Just thinking about all the new teachers, new friends, new faces, and new routines always had me practically vibrating with excitement at what the next day would hold. The smell of new crayons, the first-day outfit planning-- it was all so routine, until last year.
It’s that time of year again! The season of BBQs and fun in the sun is slowing down, and the slow hum of cicadas going back into their dens marks the countdown to back-to-school. Like the start of a new year, the commencement of a new school year makes for the perfect moment to reflect and do a refresh that will set you up for success.
There are things you typically think about getting in preparation for your kids going back-to-school-- clothes, shoes, and school supplies, for sure. But there are often things that they’ll need above and beyond those everyday basics that Goodwill can help with too. All those things that are parallel to school, like dances, extracurriculars, and sports are all good things to keep in mind.
It’s starting. Back to school flyers are popping up in mailboxes and store advertisements are hinting at long lists of items students need for back to school. And as students scramble to finish up their summer reading assignments, teachers are already handing in their final lesson plans for the year and are starting to get their classrooms organized for fall.
I always love making my own inexpensive versions of popular decor trends, so this summer I decided to tackle the floral wall hangings that I’ve been seeing around! By using supplies I found at Goodwill, I’m able to save money, save stuff from the landfills, and come up with something that’s one-of-a-kind.
A lot has changed these past few months. A significant portion of the country has been vaccinated, restaurants have lifted capacity restrictions and indoor dining is allowed again, and stores are welcoming their customers with open arms.
There’s nothing like a long, relaxing walk in a flower-filled park to make you appreciate the natural world around you. There is so much to be in awe of when it comes to the environment, and so much more we can do to help the Earth remain the beautiful, season-changing place we grew up with.
Thrifting or shopping secondhand is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint while finding some really cool and unique items that you wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere.