6 Simple Ways To Get Back to the School Routine

6 Simple Ways To Get Back to the School Routine

Inside:  Love it or hate it, the school routine keeps the wheels turning. Put these 6 ideas in place and rock the new school year!

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This time of year always brings up mixed emotions.  You probably don’t miss alarm clocks and keeping up with school supplies.  But then again, getting back into a routine makes life flow more smoothly.

Over the years, I’ve found some awesome resources that keep our family on track when the school year begins.  Here are 6 things you can do to rock the new school year!

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Cool Birthday Presents That Will Actually Be Remembered

Cool Birthday Presents That Will Actually Be Remembered

Inside:  Here’s a whole list of cool birthday presents that people will actually want! Buy the kids something they won’t throw on a forgotten pile for once.

Several years ago, Kung Zhu Pets were all the rage.  Every kid wanted them.  And because they were so cheap, I was happy to spread the word to family and friends that they could grab one for just $4 and the kids would be happy.

Remember me??

And they were.  They played with the pets for a couple of days… before they added them to their giant pile of ignored and forgotten toys.

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6 Amazing Mom Hacks That Will Make Summer a Breeze

6 Amazing Mom Hacks That Will Make Summer a Breeze

Inside:  Don’t let summer bucket lists get the best of you. Try these Mom hacks to simplify life so you can focus on what really matters…the best summer yet!

Have you ever tried to create the perfect summer bucket list?  One that makes you itch to scratch everything off in record time.  Proof that you’re giving your kids the best.summer.ever.

It’s funny how we don’t realize that the simplest things are the ones we enjoy the most until it feels too late.  You think you need that amazing deal you found at the store.  Until a couple years later when you’re carting it out of the house to a donation box, because no one ever used it after all.

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8 Of The Most Durable Backpacks for Kids Who Are Tough On Stuff

8 Of The Most Durable Backpacks for Kids Who Are Tough On Stuff

Inside: Choose from one of these Mom approved most durable backpacks for your student. Buy once and save year after year! These bags hold up to the toughest kids.

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When my oldest was going into kindergarten, the explosion of internet ideas for doubling coupons and getting free stuff all the time was in its heyday.  We had just switched houses and were still adjusting to losing my income (I became a stay at home mom when the third child was born).  So when I saw ads for free backpacks, I jumped at them!

You could get a free backpack by spending $10 or $20 at the store you were buying them from.  That was no trouble, because I needed groceries anyway.

Sometimes these backpacks even had my 5 year old’s favorite characters on them!  That made me even more excited for such a fantastic deal.

But by Christmas break, that backpack was nearly ruined.  The cheap material wouldn’t stitch back together. (Not that I’m much in the seamstress department to begin with.)

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How To Solve The Bored Kids Epidemic

How To Solve The Bored Kids Epidemic

Inside: Are your kids always bored? Let’s talk about kids these days…and it isn’t about screen time. Here’s an idea you might not have considered.

Summer is here, and the battle with boredom has already begun.  Life these days is hectic as we try to keep up with busy schedules and bucket lists.  So when there is down time, kids aren’t sure how to handle it.

If you’re like me, you love the idea of having a slow summer. And you regularly tell your kids that it’s ok to be bored.  But in reality, when the kids get bored, they spend more time bickering with one another.

I think there’s a solution that’s easy to overlook in today’s times.  I’m so thankful to The Humbled Homemaker for letting me share my thoughts on this subject today!  Be sure to click here to read Why Your Kids Are Bored At Home (And It’s Not What You Think).

My kids are bored all the time, but I'm not so sure it's all about screen time. This is something to think about.

Welcome to Medium Sized Family!

Are you new to the Medium Sized Family blog?  I’m so happy to have you here!  I’m Jamie, wife of one and mother to 5 kids.  We’re digging out of debt and have implemented a #yearofno that helped us pay off thousands so far.

Here you’ll find money saving tips (including a popular series every Friday called The 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week).

Some posts you might like to start with:

101 Cheap But Fun Things To Do As A Family

Give Your Kids The Best Things In Life By Telling Them No

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101 Cheap But Fun Things To Do As a Family

101 Cheap But Fun Things To Do As a Family

Inside: Occupy everyone with these fun things to do as a family all summer long! They’re all cheap, and many are even free. How many will you cross off?

A 1970s style summer seems awesome in theory.  Keeping things slow, simple, and (of course) cheap is a must.  But don’t worry, I’ve got a ton of ideas to try.  I may have even bribed asked my kids to help me put this list together.  That makes this list both kid and Mom approved!

Be sure to pin this one for later, because you’ll want to see how many you can try out this year.

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