Eeks almighty! It has NOT been easy. We have had our "eat-lunch-at-school" dramas and "no-one-to-sit-by-on-the-bus" meltdowns. We've been tired and grumpy, consoling ourselves with sugar cookies (for her) and stupid, poopy trail mix (for me). (Side note: This back-to-school stuff is driving this pregnant mama to the brink of an anti-Gestational Diabetes, "inhale-all-chocolate-bars" breakdown.) I've cried. I've prayed. I've wanted to pull my hair out. I've slapped a smile on my worn-out face and have tried to stay ultra positive for my kid.
My point is, this time of year can be hard on moms! We pay fees and buy pencils. We go school shopping for lunch boxes and shoes. We pray our seventh graders don't get shoved into lockers. We tearfully bid "farewell" and "good luck" to our brand spankin' new high schoolers. Like "the jolly old elf," we make lists and check them twice. We attend Parent Night and meet our child's teacher and hope he or she isn't a goober. We do so much, and we do it because we love our kids like crazy!
Well, guess what? I think moms need some back-to-school love too! Here's a cute and easy gift idea you can make for your amazing mom friends, to show them your love during this hectic time of year:
First, I wrote a little poem and made some cute tags out of scrapbook paper.
Next, I tied ribbon on bubble bath I found at Target. (Oh my gosh, this stuff is my favorite! Ultra-moisturizing milk bath and body wash by Village Naturals Bath Shoppe. I use it as bubble bath and it is fantastic!)
Lastly, I used tiny, painted paper clips to attach the tag to the ribbon. I love how darling these turned out!
Did your kids start school this week? Are they surviving? Are YOU?! Remember to take time for yourself this weekend, to breathe deeply, mellow out, and to relax!
Bubble baths help.
**Here is a copy of my poem, if you would like to use it:
It's that special time of year,
When the kids go back to school--
When mamas worry, maybe feel sad,
And start to lose their cool.
So if you're looking to soothe your soul,
There's one thing you can do--
Take a deep breath, soak in a hot bath,
And remember that I love you!