5 things every “Back-to-Schooler” should know!

GRRR!  It’s that time already! Some of us are scrambling for back to school items..hitting the Target Dollar Spot at pivotal restocking times to feed our stationery obsession.   Some of us have already made that transition from summer to school, right now as we speak.  Eventually as summer fades, fall will enter and kid free days will be endless…well until fall break!?!  But as our back-to-schoolers get hyped about going back, there’s 5 simple things they gotta know-

1.-School’s not that serious! Wait mom……before you stone me, deep breaths! Yeah its important, but not that serious. Students-don’t get overwhelmed with all the assignments, projects, gossip, trends, blah, blah, blah.  Take it in small chunks, plan your days, be consistent, and expect to be successful.  Trust me, I’m a teacher, it works.

2.-Having a boyfriend or girlfriend during the school year is a great idea! Again parents hear me out!  Positive relationships during our formative years lay the ground work for our future.  Going “steady” at the appropriate age and time can add value and provide avenues for personal growth.  Students-we are giving you an opportunity to make healthy decisions during this process…if we see that you’re not…you’re done!

3.-Social Media A Must!-If any parents are still listening….allow your student to snap chat, instagram, periscope, face-time. etc.  We live in a technology driven society and not being tech savvy now-a-days is a disservice.  But parents you must monitor the usage and set ground rules and cut off times for social media.  In my house, the dinner table is a tech-free zone, and all devices are off, shut down, and in a central location by 8pm.  Parents be firm, consistent, and let your student know that if they violate the terms……they loose the device.

4.-Be Sure to Study Last Minute-I know I’ve lost all of you on this one!  But studys show that students who study right before bed time and the morning of the test do better!  So cram on!  Well….don’t try to cram the entire chapter into one night of studying!  That never works!

5.-Always Pray-Hey I know school life can be difficult and uninspiring- thats all the more reason to speak to God about it.  He knows everything about you and can help in all situations, if you pray and invite him into your life, He will show up on your behalf.  With out a doubt…I promise He’ll be there.

So Happy Back to School Yall!

❤ bbprep

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Planner Joy!

For planner girls(or guys??) the hottest thing going is your actual PLANNER!  Whether you are a FiloFax Phenom, Condren Crazy, or Midori Maven, we love our planners!  Since we like to combine styles and function, ie the Kiki Condren or Kate Dori, naming all of them would be nearly impossible.  I’m a lifelong planner, but about 6 months ago I kicked it up a notch!  Using my beloved washi, duct tape, page flags, and post-it notes, weekly planning got REAL!  Real what?- really fun, really serious, really relaxing, really creative, really joyful.

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Looking at my current week (above), you see I have a lot going on.  Between being a wife, mom, educator, entrepreneur……it’s madness!  So writing things down is a must.  I’m a list gal, post-it note freak!  Visual reminder must haves!  So what makes me happy, what gives me planner joy?!- viewing my to-do list  and appointments on well decorated pages.  AHHHHHHH! I feel calm just thinking about it!  We all love it. Our instagam accounts can attest to that!  Hashtags like, #weeklyplan, #planwithme, #plannerglam, # plannerlove, #poshplanner, #plannerlife, followed by the “pic of the day”, all testify that connecting with others who share your weird addition is the icing on the cake, a feeling of great pleasure and happiness-joy!

Daily, when I reach for my planner, not only am I reminded of what’s ahead for the week, I’m reminded of Romans 15:13-“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Our lives can be full of lists, to-do’s, reminders, appointments, and a bunch of nonsense!  But God desires to fill it with hope, joy, and peace as we trust him.  Trust him daily with your stuff, and watch him plan the best day ever.

So forge ahead my planner addicts, creating those daily works of art!

Wishing you planner joy.

-bbprep ❤

Washi and the Lamb

Lamb washi tape- Photo Credit-TheBaubleWrapBar www.etsy.com

My obsession with tape use to be a hidden passion that I only shared with fellow crafties, but as the tape industry earns millions of dollars a year, I see there’s plenty of tape freaks out there!  Duct tape, washi, masking, packing tape, for me it doesn’t matter.  Having a slew of colors, designs, or patterns- that’s important! What is it used for?  Why so much?  It’s simple.  To make things pretty.  To put my own creative touch on things.  So that when you see a planner, a journal, a bible cover you know it’s mine!  I wonder if that’s how God thinks?  Did he send the Lamb, Jesus, to die for our sins to put his own creative touch on us? So that the world will know that we belong to him? The bible tells us-“..these are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.  They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”(Revelation 7:14)  Jesus is the only one good enough, great enough, humble enough, perfect enough to make our robes clean.  Through his redemptive blood, God has placed his creative signature on us.  Making us special, desirable unique and one of kind.  So much so, that just a simple smile, a pleasant look, or the words “have a blessed day”, become seeds for those searching for their creative signature.

So the next time you craft, pull the washi!  Choose something bold, unique, bizarre, classy, or glammy.  Let it be a reminder of what God has done-given us great washi tape, and Jesus the Lamb!

-bbprep ❤