5 tips For Back To School Success | Featuring PayLess


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Today I am sharing 5 tips for back to school success.  The Lord knows I need them and the past two weeks have taken it out of me!! I think this week we may be getting more into a routine! Ava is in 2nd grade, Savannah is in Kindergarten and Judah will be starting Pre-School. At the same time school started we had to figure out juggling the extra-curricular activities which took up every evening with the exception of Friday’s. Ava is on a competitive soccer team, Savannah is in gymnastics and tumbling and J starts soccer on Tuesday. Each activity requires 2-3 days from each child.  You get the idea, and needless to say I need to get organized and stay organized!! Here are a few things we are working on:

Routine: They say that kids thrive on routine and I am finding that to be true— knowing when to get up, when to shower, what time to do homework, when dinner is– helps them better predict their schedule and know what to expect.  The biggest routines we are working on are right now are when they wake up and right before bed.

Own That Laundry: Getting on a laundry routine that works for our family has been so key for us.  With kiddos, and even Ben (He plays soccer and baseball some evenings) being involved in sports all week long, their gear needs to be clean. Doing one load of laundry per day and then putting the clothes away every two days has kept us on track.  Luckily I have spent the summer training the kids to separate and put away their own clothes (not folded lol).  This in turn has cut my laundry time in half. They are 4,5 and 7, but being a working mom amongst other things, I need their help!

Labels and Ownership: My mother-in-law came for a visit one year and helped me organize the kids.  They have a place with their initials for their coats and their back packs.  They each have their own laundry baskets and dressers.  Now with school starting I am working on getting a filing system with their names on their sections for all of the paper work they come home with.  Once I do that, I can give them ownership over their items from school and they can file everything them themselves.

Consistent Bedtimes: Studies have shown that children who have consistent bed times scored better on cognitive tests throughout grade school. I have some friends that have been able to get their kids in bed by 7 and I have begged them to train mine to do the same! Mine are an 8-830 bed time.  We are able to keep these times most nights depending on evening activities.

Attitude: I am a firm believer that attitude is everything and that we are our kids first teacher.  As they say, learning always starts at home and our children’s mood will affect how well he or she learns. A positive attitude is one of the best ways we can inspire our children to keep them performing well at school and willing to tackle their homework in the evenings.

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On to our sneakers! We are wearing Kangaroos! Do you remember these super cool sneakers from back in the day with the pockets and compartments to hold your coins, on the side?! They’re back!! When these arrived in the mail, the kids flipped out! They were trying to sleep with them on. They arrived just in time for back to school and the kids felt so cool and confident in their new kicks!!

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We are always adventuring as a family!! We love to go on mini hikes or for long walks with Charlie (our black lab) and in all honesty, these have been our go-to footwear.  Besides the fact that they are dead cute, they are extra comfortable and supportive.  I have had a few pairs of sneakers over the past few months and these rank the highest in comfort + style in one!! PayLess is doing it right and for an affordable price!

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We are well into our second week of school and so far we are doing ok!! I will be sure to give y’all an update next week when we add J into the mix!! He is SO excited to start pre-school!! As always,  Thank you for stopping by the blog.


Much love,

Ruthie xo


Outfit Details:

Ava and Savannah’s Tops + My back Pack: Serengetee

  • Comments ( 61 )

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    Ruthie, your children should be models. They are SO STINKIN’ CUTE!!! What a fun back to school post!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Ya’ll are seriously the cutest little bunch. Such a fun back to school post!


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    Your kids are so adorable! They could seriously all be models. Hope they all have a greats school year!

    xO – Steph


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    Love those new sneakers. All great tips – being organized is definitely important. Making lunches the night before definitely sets my morning up right!

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    Laura B

    I love their sneakers. I just love you and your family so much. They are so stinkin’ adorable!

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    Shelby Skaggs

    Oh my gosh! Your little ones are beautiful! Such cuties!


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    Eeek obsessed with your cute family! &’ great tips.

    Dede Raad

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    Nina – the HSS feed

    Such cute littles! Thanks for the great tips, I know I’m ready for the routine and consistency that back to school time brings.

    xx Nina

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    Ok SO cute! Love these photos!


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    Anna English

    Such a cute bunch, I hope they’re having a great week back at school!

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    Anna Cobbs

    Cute post! I love your tips and couldn’t agree more that a consistent bedtime is so important!!!

    xx -anna

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    Adore this post! Such great tips and photos are adorable! xx, gracie

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    Great, great tips!!! Having a routine with busy kids is a must!! The laundry and the bed time routine is two of my pet peeves even with me being a free spirit. Lol. Your kids are gorgeous. I adore each picture of them. You are a good momma. Love ya


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    These are really great tips and your kids are so beautiful!

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    How adorable are these shoes?!! We have 2 more weeks before school starts here in NY. I’m not sure I am ready for the summer to end !

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    What a beautiful family you have! My kids are obsessed with their Kangaroos as well! They’ve been asking to wear them everyday! Loving all your tips! Need to apply a few for my household.

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    Payless has the best options! Your kids look stylish and ready for school! Good luck getting the routine down!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    Your kids are absolutely adorable and I love their names! They’re going to be so stylish this year with their cool new kicks 🙂

    xo Brie

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    this post is so adorable, I love the personal touches! I don’t have kids but I will definitely put this one away for the future… thanks for sharing!

    Here’s The Skinny

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    Your kids are adorable, they will styling on their first day of school.

    Sarah || http://www.stylishsassyandclassy.com/

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    Neely (@Neelykins)

    I love payless! I always find such cute stuff there! You have the CUTEST kids!

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    lorrin sell | photographer of wild things

    i love those shoes!! they are adorable!!

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    Krista Williams

    The gorgeous babes look so dang cute per usual! Love the part about consistent bedtimes 🙂


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    Pamela Li (Rookie Parenting)

    Hahaha, I’ll most likely fail at “own that laundry”. I have pretty much given up on folding anything!

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    Jacki Q

    These are all great tips and your kiddos are adorable!! Consistent bedtimes is super important to me.

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    January Hart

    ADORE this post, Ruthie!!! Your kiddos are gorgeous and those new kicks are so fun!! They look so happy!!
    Ps…when you come up with s good filing system for all those papers that come from school everyday, please do share! Our kitchen table is always a hot mess of kid papers!

    Great post, babe!!

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    Nicole Leffew

    Love this post Ruthie! You are such a good mama and what great tips! I love those kangaroos! They are cute! And your kids are the CUTEST!!! Xo

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    Jessica Weinberg (@whatsfordinesq)

    Such great tips and your kids are so cute!
    xo Jessica

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    Lee Anne

    Oh my word you have the most beautiful family!! My little guy has the same shirt 🙂
    Lee Anne

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    Adorable babes! I don’t even have kiddos and I need to work on the tackling my laundry mantra.


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    Jaime Cittadino

    Love the color kicks you got! Mine are mint and navy and I love them so much!! As always, your kids are ridiculously adorable and photogenic. Loved all your back to school tips!! XOXO

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    Kristin Leahy

    Such a cute back to school post! Hope they’re having a great week so far!! xo

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    Makayla M.

    Your kids seriously need to be models… they are so beautiful! I adore this entire post!!


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    For reals your kids are too cute!


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    such cute shoes! Back to school is such an exciting time, I know we value the routine being consistent in this house!


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    Tiffani at Breton Bay

    Omg, I just related to every single things you mentioned ☝?️☝?. Routine, laundry, attitude, 7pm bedtime in our household…otherwise things get too out of control too easily. And those kangaroos are adorable, I LOVE the bright colors!! I’m gonna have to check out Payless soon!!


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    Nina L

    Such cute kiddos!!

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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    Aww I love seeing your kids all dressed up! These sneakers are too cute and thanks for sharing all those great back to school tips… I’m definitely going to be utilizing them this semester!

    xoxo, CiCi

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    ashley hargrove

    Oh my gosh, this is the cutest!!!

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    Brittani Friedman

    Your kids are seriously models! They’re definitely going to be the best dressed in their classes!



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    Cara Owens

    A. your family is adorable!! B. I had those same pink kangaroos when I was in school! Love them! Such cuties! 🙂

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    Your children are beautiful! Love this post!

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    Are you super mom?? All of these things, I love. And as a teacher, I can so GREATLY appreciate your effort on the homefront! Also, I used to LOVE those shoes!!! I had like 3 or 4 pairs when I was younger, all bright colors:)! I had completely forgotten about them!

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    Lawren Bagley

    Cutest kiddos, & cutest sneaks! Great post!


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    Look at your littles! They are so so sweet! and seeing them on your insta-stories is just amazing!
    xx | jordan taylor | petiteMODERN

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    Diana Catapang

    Definitely fun and cute kiddos! 🙂 Have a great school year angels! 🙂

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    Adaleta Avdic

    I used to shop at Payless ALL the time, and I’m not sure what changed but I haven’t been back in quite some time! This post really makes me want to go check it out and get a new pair of shoesies. Love all these adorable photos of your kiddos! xx Adaleta Avdic

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    I don’t know how you handle everything, but you are doing an amazing job! Keep it up girlfriend!! Hopefully you get some relief with the kiddos being back in school! I’m always a text or call away if you need some GIRL TIME! xo Annie

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    The photos in this post are adorable 🙂 I used to get new school shoes every year as a kid to get new school shoes!

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    Annie @ It’s just my life…

    Great kicks and thanks for the back to school tips! By the way your children are adorable!

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    Lisa (Klipdrifters)

    Beautiful photos and awesome photos! Love the little guys KangaROOS shoes, they just too cute!

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    Shanna Battle

    Such great tips to get the kids off on the right track for the school year!

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    All Things Big and Small Blog

    What great tips for getting into back to school mode! I need to be better about doing the laundry! I get it clean but never get around to distributing it!

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    Great tips! The laundry is my downfall. I get it all washed and folded and then it sits in the basket all week. Love the sneakers. Super Cute!

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    Marlynn Jayme Schotland

    Those shoes are awesome! I agree with all of these, especially routine and attitude. Our attitude often dictates how situations unfold!

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    Your children are so cute!!! Loved the tips!

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    Your children are so beautiful!!!
    Thank you for the tips!
    xo, Shell

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    Amanda | Glitter & Spice

    Oh my goodness I can barely keep up with my own life… I don’t even know how you manage to keep up with yours AND these [super adorable] little tikes!
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

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    This post is too cute. You’re little ones are beautiful and you have perfect BTS tips! Hope the kiddos have had a great start to their school year!

    Brittany || The Everyday B.

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    Mindy Thompson

    What an adorable post! LOVE LOVE LOVE all the back to school looks!

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    Love to see your back to school style and excitement!! Check out a blog I found with some tips on managing this hectic season http://instanatural.com/blogs/news/5-back-to-school-hacks-for-moms . I hope you’ll find it to be just as helpful as I did!

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