Leslie Likes: Back to School!

back to school suppliesLike it or not, the time is here – it’s time to start preparing and getting organized for going back to school! I personally love this time of year, seeing all of the fresh new school supplies and organizers lining the isles of stores. I’ve been out and about for weeks, checking out the latest and greatest supplies out there and have been so excited that I’ve recorded several videos sharing my very favorite items.   If you haven’t already, you can check them out over on our Facebook page – Order Out of Chaos. I wanted to share a couple of my favorites here on the blog too.

Start the School Year off Right with 5 Organizing Strategies for Your Student!

schoolBack-to-School is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to take stock and get your student organized for the new school year. Here are five sure fire tips for starting off the school year on the right track.

1.  Use an academic planner to help your student plan and stay on track. Whether they use a paper planner (we recommend Order Out of Chaos’ “Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management” or electronic calendar, make sure their planner is set up as a grid system so they can see their week at a glance.Record all their class assignments, after school activities, chores, even plans with friends. This will allow them to know what they need to do AND when they have time to PLAN to get things done.


Food for Thought: Apple Cookies

If your kids are anything like mine, they are starving when they get home from school. Lunch has burned off and the afternoon crash is about to strike. Avoid it with this energy and brain boosting after school snack! Apples contain antioxidants and fiber, peanut butter (or nut butter) is packed with protein, and walnuts deliver healthy omega 3 fatty acids. You’ll love that these are such a healthy, delicious and easy combo to throw together for the kids after school. Serving it up in rings, or “cookies” and varying the toppings makes this a super fun snack the kids will love too.

Leslie Likes: Lunchbox Organizers

Before you know it it will be time for the kids to head back to school. Take advantage of the summertime and plan now for an organized school year. There are tons of great organizing school supplies out there, and one of them that is often over looked is a great lunchbox organization system. It’s no secret that the better our children eat, the better they are able to focus, the more energy they will have and the better they will feel. Being organized and planning ahead helps end the morning chaos too. Below are a few of my top picks to organize those healthy lunch-boxes packed with brain foods!


5 Tips to Get Elementary Students Ready For the New School Year {FREE PRINTABLE}

Summer has come and gone and it is time to face the music: school is coming. How do we prepare our little ones (and ourselves) for a successful start to a new school year?

Here are 5 tips to jump-start the new school year:

    1. Make an organized storage space for school supplies. Gather up all of the supplies your child will need for this up coming school year and keep them in this storage space. This will help your child stay organized and keep you from worrying about having to look for their notebook at the last minute.
    2. Color code School supplies. This mostly means by student since they don’t yet have multiple subjects. Pick out supplies in each of your children’s favorite colors so each of your children knows who has what.

Top 14 Things College Students Forget to Pack

We all know to buy bed risers and under-the-bed drawers to create more space in a small dorm room. But check out my MUST HAVE list of Dorm Room essentials that most parents and college students forget to purchase! Trust me, your kid will thank you for it! 

Bedside and desk lamps with light bulbs: A lot of dorm rooms are small and dark, so extra lighting and back up light bulbs are a must. A bedside lamp is perfect for those nights your student wants to read in bed without disturbing their roommate, while a desk lamp will be necessary for studying.  

Essential Energy Foods To Power You Through Your Day

Guest post by Caroline @ eHealthInformer

The student lifestyle can be draining. With so much work to do both in and out of the classroom, a boost of energy is often needed. Unfortunately, a lot of students’ focus is taken up with work and leisure activities, leaving little time for nutrition. This is a real shame since the foods we eat go a long way towards determining our energy levels and concentration.

In today’s article, we’re going to discuss a simple yet effective way to help you harness your inner energy, improve concentration and become more productive. Specifically, we’re going to look at some great foods to add to your diet, either at breakfast, lunch or dinner, that will help you perform at your absolute best.

10 Organizing Tips for Tackling Senior Year of High School {FREE PRINTABLE}

School, homework, activities, jobs, SATs, college search, friends… When you are a senior in high school your time is managed pretty well—by everyone other than you! Here are some sure fire tips for staying organized during your senior year.

Use an academic planner to stay organized. Whether you use a paper planner or electronic calendar, make sure your planner is set up as a grid system so you can see your week at a glance. Record all your college visits, after school activities, class assignments and application due dates. Include a row in the planner for “College” so that you can plan your essay writing, SAT studying with your class assignments and exam dates.

Manage Distractions and Motivate Kids with Habyts!

habytsGetting homework done is a double-edged sword. Although the internet can make homework easier and more time efficient, there are also great tools on the web that offer a lot of distractions.  With social media apps, YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, just to name a few, it is hard for our students to remain focused on their homework. So, as a parent, how do we help our children focus when its homework time or have more control over how much play time they have on their devices? Well, there’s an app for that! It’s called, Habyts. Habyts was specifically designed to help children lower their screen time and create better daily habits. Here’s how it works: