How To Set Up a Homework Station

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Ah, homework! Back to school means back in the begrudging afternoon homework routine. Some don’t mind it, for others, it can feel like pulling teeth! Never fear, proactive parents, we’ve got a few tips for creating a peaceful place where the focus can be… well… focus!  Training our young children to be efficient time managers is a daunting task, but it can certainly start with the homework station. Keeping this space organized (and helping your child maintain it) is the key component to an inviting, peaceful learning environment that they will want to come home to enjoy. Mainstreaming this process and making it a routine they don’t have to think about will make homework less painful, and hopefully lead to an easier after school routine!

First things first, find a spot in your house away from distractions. This means a room or area with no TV, no phones, no devices. If your child has a device, make sure they turn it in to you for the duration of the homework period or have them put it out of reach. If your homework is timed like ours is, then give them a separate timer, like an egg timer or kitchen timer. Do not use one on a digital device or they will be tempted to play games, or worse, ask Siri for the answer!

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The Chair! This is important, especially if you have younger school children. Because most chairs at home are suitable for adults, the place where your child will sit each day after school should be fitted to their height. Be sure to have a chair that is the correct height: the child’s feet should be flat on the floor in order to stabilize themselves when they write. There is a direct connection to nice, controlled handwriting and their feet being flat on the floor! Some desk chairs are height adjustable, so be sure to take time to fit your child to the chair every few months.

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Supplies! Set this desk up with the same love you’d have to set your own desk. Get a set of colorful supplies to be used exclusively used at this homework station- meaning one glue stick, one nice set of colored pencils, one set of markers, plenty of pencils and erasers, paper clips, stapler, scissors, etc. to avoid breaking concentration in order to go sharpen a broken pencil lead or find a highlighter to mark an important place in the reading. Don’t forget a scratch pad and file folders! Keep everything they might need within reach to avoid having them get up and lose focus. Additionally, sticking to the same time for homework each day will help set the routine. For example, my kids come straight home, have a quick snack and then get right down to homework.  Whenever I get a little homework push back, I always pull out my favorite quote, “Let’s get it done so we can have some fun!”

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How Do You Sticker?

It’s probably no surprise to y’all that I am a very visual person… so when it comes to seeing my schedule, I am a sucker for stickers! Without the array of asterisks, colorful flags, and motivational quotes, it would be much tougher for me to make sense of my days- and a whole lot less fun! We know our fans are just as stoked for stickers, which is why we’re constantly developing new books and sheets so that your personality can shine through your sticker design!

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to use our stickers – I encourage you to find the system that suits you! However, if you need some ideas and inspiration, we’ve put together two short videos featuring our monthly and classic edition 2 books to walk you through all the ways you can sticker your way to success! I’ve also outlined the different ways I use some of our sticker styles below.

Monthly Sticker Book:

Classic Sticker Book Edition 2:

Flags: I attend a LOT of weekly meetings, so the brightly colored and uniquely cut flags are a regular lifesaver. The metallic accents make them pop against the page, they’re the perfect size to write on, and I love that I can color coordinate them so I never get confused on which meeting is which!

Asterisks: Aside from being adorable, I use these stickers to mark appointments and errands! We cut them in many different ways to fit all areas of your weekly and monthly spreads.

Quotes: Perhaps my proudest sticker accomplishment, the stunning metallic quotes are cut to fit the daily boxes of your weekly LifePlanner™ layout, giving you a a weekly dose of motivation or inspiration!

Borders: I’m a total weekend warrior, so I love to anticipate a fabulous weekend of fun by bordering my Friday-Sunday stretches with the metallic border stickers! Cut them to the size you need, or use them to fill the margin above your monthly spread header- they are just the right dimensions!

Sheets: The most versatile of all our sticker collections, designer sheets are a do-it-all dynamo when it comes to organizing your LifePlanner™! These sheets can be cut to make all sorts of stickers (more info on that here) and look absolutely lovely in the margins of a neutral planner to add pops of color!

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Easy Summer Entertaining With Erin

Those who know me will tell you: any excuse to throw a party, you can count me in! So when I saw our posh palms design printed on wine totes, trays, and placemat pads, it got me SO excited to plan an elegant summer soirée!

Whether you’re the one greeting guests at the door, or you’re on the hunt for the perfect hostess gift, no evening is complete without a sip of something refreshing while the sun sets! For a themed event, try customizing the bottles with gift labels – I love this look for engagements or anniversaries when you may want to keep the bottle as a keepsake. Or if you’d rather leave the label clean, a wine tote in palms print is the perfect way to present your favorite beverage to the host.

Feed your fancy side by whipping up a charcuterie plate! It’s not actually as fancy as it sounds- just an array of cured meats, cheeses, and dried fruit, but when served on a palms acrylic tray is charcuterie-chic! I love the green and white palette in an outdoor setting, but you could also customize the colors in bright fuchsia or orange for a tropical-themed fiesta!

In keeping with the sophisticated style of the theme, fern fronds are a super simple way to decorate your table scape. Place settings in palms are just too posh, especially with matching placemat pads. String lights overhead add a finishing, romantic touch that will lead your guests to linger long into the night!

This gorgeous, garden get-together would not be complete without green tea macarons. Served in a palms acrylic box, they are a charming treat on top of an exquisite evening!

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Labor Day With Vintage Stars & Stripes

Labor Day is my favorite way to send summer out with a bang, and this year, the backyard barbecues just keep coming! Instead of giving yourself a hostess headache, keep it classic with a simple theme like vintage stars & stripes (featuring s’mores and hotdogs, of course!) Leave the fancy hors d’oeuvres and fine china for another time – stick to a darling design that will be enjoyed long after you’ve lit the last citronella candle!

Whether your long weekend takes you over the river and through the woods, or you’re planning a simple staycation, having a notepad on hand for fun family games or your grocery list is an entertaining essential. I especially love that this design works for both boys and girls, making it the perfect pick for your back to school supplies as well.

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Once the kids are set up with plenty of paper & pencils to keep them occupied, it’s time to focus on the central elements of this backyard soirée: the tablescape! Buffet-style service lets everyone help themselves, and on a picnic table with a large lemonade dispenser, you simply can’t go wrong. To add to the ambiance, we filled outdoor candle holders with mini LED string lights for an elegant effect without the fear of flammability.

The real stars of the show (pun intended!) are the vintage stars gold metallic acrylic trays and boxes – so festive and fun! This design adds to the timelessness of a backyard barbecue, and when used to hold a hot dog bar, looks absolutely iconic! Added bonus: the tray inserts are interchangeable, meaning you can swap out the design any time you like.

 

Finally, a little dessert before you dive back into the school year or work schedule is a must at any Labor Day party, and we could think of nothing more delicious or delightfully simple than s’mores! The print looks so classic on the acrylic box, it’s sure to become your year-round cookie jar! As a sweet send-off, try making to-go s’mores kits (cellophane bag + stars & stripes gift labels are SO cute!) for a summer they won’t soon forget!

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3 Reasons You NEED Neon!

They say trends come full circle, and after working in a creative environment for the last ten years, I’ve come to realize it’s totally true- and in the case of neon, totally AWESOME! How can you not be drawn to the energy of these bright, brilliant hues? I’ll leave my big hair and headbands in the eighties, but neon is never going out of style!

1. Blossom and ikat were the perfect picks for the neon prints- against bold backgrounds, it makes for a fun twist on classic designs! The repeating patterns contrast against the lunar blue, lift off lemon, outrageous orchid, and plasma pink colorways are enough to get anyone’s pulse racing!

2. When we set out to design this collection, it was extra-important to me that we do justice to the vivid colors that set neon apart from its sister shades. That’s why we selected specially dyed paper to pump up the palette as much as possible! Furthermore, to make our patterns pop, we needed a special white ink to create contrast. This is not something that’s easy to find in the printing world – but we really wanted to nail it with neon, so that’s exactly what we did!

3. It’s amazing to see just how beautiful these designs are in person, especially when you mix and match them. We were so struck by how lovely they look, we knew we couldn’t stop at just books. Keep your eyes and ears open for matching neon elastic bands coming soon.. how radical is THAT?!

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