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And Back to School we go

As the school summer holidays draw to a close its back to school we go.  Over the summer many of us have lost our regular routines and now its time to kick-start them again.

Back to making those dreaded pack lunches and being super organised with the kids.

Mine go back today and I am really hoping they come back with a list of dates for throughout the year.  I don’t know about you but we have numerous mufti days, dressing up days, school discos and bring something into school days plus not forgetting the dreaded school photograph days and if I don’t write all these down I will forget. On top of this there is the school trips and payment plans that also need to be added in you don’t want to be that parent that the school have to chase for money on a regular basis.

I use a wall planner and have a colour code for each of mine and then also repeat this information into my phone calendar with numerous alerts.

Then don’t forget the endless bits of paper they will come home with to make all the paperwork easier I have created a system of plastic folders that I keep in a box folder in my office.

One for each of them which allows me to keep any special achievement awards and certificates as well as important letter and grade cards. Then I scan into the computer any of their artwork that I would like to keep but I don’t want hanging off my fridge.

Getting younger children organised in the morning

If you have younger children leave a get ready for school chart in their bedrooms so you don’t have to keep asking them to do things in the morning rush. I used to find that this really helped me when my were younger as they used to be proud that they had finished their list of morning jobs to do:

  • Come down for breakfast
  • Brush teeth and have a wash
  • Get dressed
  • PJ’s away tidy
  • Pack school bag
  • Don’t forget your lunch Box
  • Shoes and coat by 8.20am

Small lists/charts like this can really help take the strain off so its definitely something I recommend you try.

Uniform

By now I bet this is all labelled and ready to go. A nice fresh clean PE kit all ready, bright white polo shirts and non scuffed shoes. Photos of this perfection will be displayed all over our social media this week but how long does this last.

If you’re a busy working mum makes sure you have 5 sets of school uniform so if you don’t get time to do washing in the week you know that your child will always be going into school looking neat and smart

Invest in some Ace for whites to keep those white shirts and polo t-shirt looking good.

Have your Scuff polish to hand

Pack Lunch ideas

Love it or hate it we have to feed our kids when they are at school. Schools dinners aren’t everyone’s idea of a good meal although saying that they have come on a long way over the years.  Mine actually like a pack lunch.  The girls sort themselves out these days I give them the options and they make a healthy sensible snack but I still like to do Jake’s. His more than capable but it’s me having the need to a spotless kitchen all the time.

A few simple ideas I have for mixing the lunches up a bit. I like to keep my colourful to keep them interested too. 

Sandwich swap

Tuna pasta. Sweetcorn, mayo, wholemeal pasta and tuna served cold. Fried rice with spring onions, soya sauce and bacon serve cold. Cheese and Apple. – Grate hard cheese with grated apple add a drop of lemon and mayo for a cracker topping.

Snack ideas

You can use snack pots here, prepare and label one for each day of the week)

  • Carrot and cumber sticks and hummous
  • Fruit salad
  • Fruit kebab
  • Popcorn
  • Olives
  • Crackers
  • Sultanas
  • pumpkins seeds
  • Yogurt drops
  • Home made flap jacks

I also find when they back to school planning ahead your weekly meals really does help too. I have created a FREE printable to download CLICK HERE plus you can also follow my 4 week simple meal plan by clicking  HERE

Homework

Give it a week or two and this will start flooding in. I like to know what homework mine have and try to be involved as much as I can. Plan some time in your routine for homework support even if it’s just 30 minutes a week and dedicate this time to your child without any distractions. I have always encouraged mine to do their homework downstairs and not in their rooms and I created a little homework station where they can find everything they need from stationary to a clear work space. I have always believed that doing homework in a messy and congested bedroom can’t be good for their learning.

Encourage your child to have a few educational apps on their tablet too

Try to keep your school routine so that everyone in the house follows it too. A few days of knowing when to leave and when to do homework is all it takes for it to start be the normal. If it helps make pack lunches the night before and hang school uniform out ready in bedrooms with polished shoes by the door.

Your 5 Minute Challenge is easily doable in the morning before the school run. You don’t need to do every room but set yourself a goal to at least do one room. Set your timer and go go.  You may also find that my daily Cleaning Calendar will keep you on top to.

Enjoy the first week back and thank you for reading

Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox

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Christmas stocking gift ideas

I always struggle filling up my children’s stocking.  Its not always easy looking for small gifts that easily fit.  I went on a Christmas Stocking mission last year and this is what I have come up, hopefully this will help give you a few more ideas. Putting together the stockings at Christmas is one of my favourite Christmas activities.

  • Scratch card
  • Gift cards
  • Lego min figure
  • Plasticine pack
  • Hair bobbles
  • Hair clips
  • Match box car
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Money
  • Key ring
  • Socks
  • Tattoo
  • Stickers
  • Glow sticks
  • Card game
  • Glitter
  • Badge
  • Nail polish
  • Funky tooth brush
  • Bouncy Ball
  • Marbles
  • Christmas earrings
  • Nerf Bullets
  • Chocolate
  • sweets
  • Candy Cane
  • Book mark
  • Bag decoration
  • Small action figure
Free Printable click to download for a more organised Christmas

Hope this has given you some stocking inspiration don’t forget my Christmas Calendar countdown is now available.

Happy Christmas Planning

Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox

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Did you know you can use the power of Steam to clean many household items?

Steam is great at helping you keep your house clean.  There are so many amazing Steamers on the market these days that come with a whole host of additional home cleaning tools. Steam Cleaners have come a long way over the past few years and now produce a dry hot steam rather than drench the floors. Steam can be used to refresh items in your home and remove stubborn ground in dirt. Steam is also great for helping to kill dust mites, bacteria and allergens that you can’t see.

I have put together how I use  th power of steam in my home other than cleaning the floors and this will hopefully make you realise how you can truly benefit from owning a Steam Cleaner.

Remember when using steam to clean you eliminate the need to use toxic product as steam will kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria.

Refreshing the carpet

Most Steam Cleaners will come with a carpet refresh option allowing you to use the additional carpet glide tool and go over carpets.  Steam won’t deep clean your carpets but it will kill germs and eliminate nasty smells.

Toilets

Using a Hand Held Steamer you can give the toilet seat and the pan a really good blast, killing nasty germs and bacteria.

Clothes

Garment Steamers are great at helping you save time especially if you are not a massive fan or ironing. A shot of steam will take creases away in seconds.  Also Garment Steamers are great for outdoor wear big heavy coats that are hard to wash and items that require dry cleaning.

I am a huge fan of the Swan Garment Steamer

Curtains and upholstery

I also steam my sofa’s I probably do this at least 4 times as week as it kills all those germs that we have on our clothes when we sit down.  I also like to give the curtains a good steam too.  I always notice upholstery looks so much better after it has been steamed. It comes back to life.

Car seats

Cars seats can get very messy especially if you have children so a quick steam every so often will help your car to stay looking good.

Shower doors and screens

Steam is amazing at getting rid of water marks and limescale. A light steam weekly with help keep your shower looking like new and you will say bye bye to stubborn watermarks.

Tiles and Grout

Steam will lift ground in dirt from tile grout and will leave your tiles looking nice and shiny.

Ovens

I don’t think many of us find the oven a particularly nice job to do but a shot of steam will make this job so much easier for you.  If you have grease on the tops of your cupboards and your extractor fan from cooking steam will cut right through the grease allowing you easy cleaning.

Garden Furniture

Handheld Steamers are great for taking outdoors to clean your garden tables and chairs. The steam will blow away any leaves and cobwebs and make lighter work of all the scrubbing.

Mirrors and windows

One of my favourites which I literally do daily is steam my mirrors and windows, Steam Cleaning is great for removing sticky hand prints.

To read more on the benefits of steam cleaning please click here

I would like to share with you some of my favourite steam cleaners

VAX Steam Fresh Power Plus and it’s currently on offer so amazing value click here

Polti Vaporetto – CLICK HERE my discount code is MOP40QOC

Swan Garment Steamer Click Here

Shark Kick n Flip pocket Mop – On offer too – CLICK HERE

As always thank you for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean XOXO

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