Back-to-School Survival Tips: Part One | The Momma Diaries

Friday, October 3, 2014

Back-to-School Survival Tips: Part One

Disclaimer: I received compensation from McDonald's in exchange for writing this review. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Well, we've been in the back-to-school routine now for a couple of weeks. This was our second year preparing for the upcoming school year. Which basically means we're pretty much pro's, right?! Ha!

Last year was insane with me being enormously pregnant, preparing for Lincoln's baby brothers arrival. And this year Avery is actually here, so we're adjusting from one to two children! Our lives are insanely busy, but that's how we seem to like it!

This post is going to be part one of a two part series, featuring back-to-school survival tips. Today will focus on preparing for school before it actually starts. Next week we'll talk about tips to help you transition into your new routine those first few grueling weeks.



Tip #1 -- Ease into your routine the week before. For the past couple of months, your kids have been enjoying the lazy days of summer. It's time to get them ready for the hustle and bustle of the school year! Have them go to bed at their school night bedtime. When they wake-up, practice their morning routine. During the day you can focus on more educational activities, and try to keep electronics limited. Beginning your daily routine the week before, will really help your children adjust to their new crazy schedule. Plus, children thrive on routines...it's a known fact!

Tip #2 -- Make back-to-school shopping fun! When I was a kid, I LOVED back-to-school shopping with my mom. We always made a day of it, with going out for lunch and ice cream afterwards. What some people see as a dreaded task, my mom turned it into a memory...and one that I want to pass down to my children. Although Lincoln is only in preschool, I get him completely involved in his shopping for the school year -- from clothing, to school supplies!

Tip #3 -- Stock up on freezer meals. When I was pregnant with Avery, my mom visited one weekend and we banged out enough freezer meals to last us for one month. This was so, SO helpful when Avery was born. Cooking was the last thing I wanted to do after having my baby. Those newborn snuggles don't last forever! This also really helps when going back-to-school. All day you're "go go go" that when you finally come home, cooking isn't something you really want to do. It's so helpful if you can just pop a freezer meal into the oven.

I have another secret that makes my life a whole lot easier when preparing for back-to-school. McDonald's. Lincoln LOVES Happy Meals. While he loves the fun toy, I love that it's a convenient complete meal for only $2.99.





This past July, McDonald's started to offer customers the option to choose between a bag of apple slices or GO-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt, which has 25% less sugar than the leading kids yogurt. If you have kids, then you know the LAST thing they need is more sugar! GO_GURT is also a great source of vitamin D and calcium. Lincoln devours his in under a minute. No joke.

This fall McDonald's is set to offer Cuties clementines as another option to their Happy Meal. Lincoln will have a tough time choosing between those and the apples -- I know he won't give up his GO-GURT!



I really appreciate how McDonald's is truly committed to the well-being of children. They are continuously making efforts to make a positive impact on nutrition. You can follow them on twitter to stay updated on their developments.

Now here's the fun part. I'm giving away a $25 Arch Card to one lucky winner! To enter, I want you to share with me some of your back-to-school survival tips! Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck, everyone!

I received compensation from McDonald’s in exchange for writing this review. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.




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72 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of the nuggets! I hate having to share with my 3.5 year old though :-)

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  2. I love their vanilla milkshakes!

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  3. My secret treat is a regular cheeseburger and small fries. I think it brings beck memories from my childhood!

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  4. I like their strawberry milkshake

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  5. I love their grilled chicken sandwich
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    megan tilley

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  6. I absolutely love the mcchiken's :D

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  7. I love their chicken nuggets and sweet and sour sauce-yum!

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  8. I'm classic: I like plain cheeseburgers :)

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  9. My favorite McDonalds item is the McGriddle.

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  10. I love their chicken nuggets and fries. They are always crispy!

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  11. Oh my favorite is the filet of fish sandwich! Oh my favorite!!!

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  12. My favorite item is the McDouble burger.

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  13. I love that they have apple slices since my daughter loves apples. Letting my daughter pick out what she wants for her backpack and clothes.

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  14. I like their Fruit N' Yogurt Parfait.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  15. I love the french fries.

    Jennifer Marie

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  16. I like their triple cheeseburgers

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  17. Our favorite has got to be thier french fries and we are also realy foond of the McRib when its on the menu.

    ellen beck
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  18. I love there fries.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  19. the fries and southern chicken sandwich

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  20. Heather Hayes PanjonOctober 4, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    I Love The Apple Pies!
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  21. I love their chicken nuggets with sweet n sour sauce.

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  22. i like their chicken nuggets !:)

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  23. My favorite item is the french fries.

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  24. hot fudge sunday
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  25. I love their fires. Just being honest..

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  26. I love the daily double burger and their fries.

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  27. I love their fries and Big Macs :)

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  28. I happen to like their strawberry banana smoothies. I had one yesterday and it was amazing, even on a day that was cold.

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  29. I like the double cheeseburger and fries
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  30. McDonald's fries are by far the best fries I have ever eaten!

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  31. Oreo Mcflurry is my favorite thing to get at mc D's!

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  32. I love their Mcwraps and my son loves their chicken nugget kids meals

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  33. I love their filet of fish! It's been my favorite since I was a kid. :-)

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  34. My favorite item from McDonald's is the Big Mac.

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  35. My favorite thing from Mcdonalds is hot fudge Sunday. Thanks :)

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  36. My favorite item is Egg McMuffin.

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  37. I have my kids pack up their back pack the night before so they aren't running around in the morning trying to find things.

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  38. My favorite is the Fish filet sandwiches.

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  39. My favorite at McDonald's is their Crispy Chicken Classic Sandwich.

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  40. My favorite McDonald's item is the Big Mac

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  41. One of my favorite items from McDonald's is the mcnuggets.

    mendyd15@yahoo.com

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  42. I love the chicken BLT grilled! Yum! (liz n)

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  43. I really like the fries, mcnuggets and big mac.

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  44. I love their french fries and mcflurries!

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  45. I really like Big Mac's.

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  46. The double cheeseburger is my all time favorite McDonald's menu item.

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  47. I like the fish sandwich and
    the sweet Ice Tea
    Cathy Truman

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  48. I like their big breakfast deal!

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  49. i love chicken nuggets

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  50. My favorite is the Steak, Egg and Cheese Bagel for breakfast!!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  51. I like the chicken nuggets the best.

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  52. My favorite item on the menu is the vanilla ice cream cone.

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  53. My favorite item is the chicken ranch premium wrap.
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  54. I like the Big Mac

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  55. only thing I eat from there is the mcchicken.......


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  56. I love the McChicken sandwiches.. extra pickles

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