in Featured, Lifestyle, Parenting

Save Your Sanity on School Mornings

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

It’s saves my sanity on school mornings.
It’s cheap and easy to use.
And it even makes me look like a superhero some mornings.

Run–don’t walk–over to Target to grab a 6-shelf hanging closet organizer, like this Michael Graves one that’s on sale this week for just $12.99.  Buy one for each of your school-aged kids and you are on your way to easy mornings, even if you don’t have the luxury of finishing your cup of coffee before the morning rush begins.

On Sunday night, I take a few minutes to check the weather for the week, and I proceed to then fill the sections with an outfit–complete with socks, underwear, and hair bows–for almost the entire week.  I leave one “free” day {usually gym or art day} where I only pack underwear and socks–because, seriously, my kids could skip those two entirely and be okay with it!  I usually call the kids in to see their outfits as a chance for them to “approve” their wardrobe for the week {at the most, mine may decide to swap days!}

They understand our system and know that there is no chance of wasting time spending an extra 15 minutes having “nothing to wear.”  And I don’t have to be bothered with fielding the whining about not liking their outfits before my coffee kicks in.

What about the free day? 
This is where I feel like a superhero.  I get to be lazy and not choose one outfit, and then I get to use that to my advantage all week!  Even though they start the week with this free spot, they need to earn to in order to keep it.  And they know that arguing with me about an outfit they “approved” on Sunday night is grounds for me taking away their free day.  My kids really enjoy having the creativity of putting together funky outfits, so taking away  this independent activity is actually a punishment that works in my house.

Even more! 
As soon as your kids come home with their class schedules, you can also label each section with the special classes they have each day so that you don’t forget when they need to wear things like sneakers for gym, or bring in their library books {my kids actually place their library books into the day of the week section when they are done reading it!}.  Another great way to save your sanity on school mornings!

in Family-Life, Lifestyle, Parenting

Back-to-School with #CookiesKids

As a kid, my favorite part of “Back to School season” was the hours of shopping my mom would allow my sisters and I to do just so that we have brand new everything to start off the school year.  I wanted to treat my kids to the same excitement, but being the frugal mama that I am, I opted to allow them to shop for a “First Day” outfit, as opposed to a whole new wardrobe, as well as a few favorite new pieces to pair with something else from their already-overflowing closets full of clothes.

I set myself a budget for each of them, and thanks to Cookies Kids, I was able to stretch my dollars further than I thought possible!  Turns out, Cookies Kids is a fabulous little treasure of a kids department store online that offers everything from clothing to school uniforms to outwear and even shoes!  They offer clothing from the biggest name brands including: Akademiks, Apple Bottoms, Coogi, Ed Hardy, Nautica, Levi’s, LRG, Hello Kitty, The North Face, Rocawear & more!

Miss Mac quickly learned how fun it is to online shop (I may have created a little monster!) and as her and I browsed the pages of adorable girls sets, she helped me put together her first day outfit (you can see more about our online shopping adventure here):

With a budget of roughly $30 to shop online at for a few new pieces for her Back-to-School wardrobe, I decided to pick up the adorable two-piece set that she wants to wear on the first day, as well as a pair of new black leggings which can easily transform this early-September outfit to a Fall staple.  Here is a look at everything we picked up for Miss Mac to add to her Back-to-School wardrobe:

Does your little one have a strong sense of style like my little diva?  Have you introduced her to the world of online shopping?  I must say, I’m totally impressed with the quality of the clothing we ordered, and the fashion styles offered for girls my daughters age was exactly the look she was going for!  And for the price, you can let your little diva pick out a few pieces she likes without breaking your Back-to-School budget!

Cookies Kids is celebrating 40 years in Business!  Here’s a little history about the company:

In 1972, a young man named Cookie and his brother Marvin went into business together. They rented a 1600 square foot store in Jamaica, Queens, fixed it up, bought inventory and Summer and Fall, and opened a day after Thanksgiving with a full stock of holiday toys. The toys were a success and they put the extra money toward buying children’s clothing for the next season. When that did well, they bought more clothing. The business was on it’s way. As the brothers Cookie, Marvin and Sonny, who had come in as a third partner in the business, began to open new stores in new locations, inventory expanded. Besides the latest fashions, our customers wanted shoes, toys, backpacks and accessories and we were prepared to deliver. By the late 1990′s there were six superstores throughout the NYC area, and though they previously had different names, by that time they were all named Cookie’s Kids. Also in the late ’90s came an important addition to Cookie’s Kids’ inventory: school uniforms. It was the steady success in uniform sales that paved the way for founding in 2007, which originally sold uniforms and soon after the entire Cookie’s Kids Inventory.