My kids went back to school this week and I’m pretty sure none of us were excited about that. I know most moms were probably doing a dance in the driveway when the big yellow bus pulled away, but this mom just wasn’t feeling the joy this year.
Now that my kids spend part of their summer away in another state with their dad, our vacation time together is a bit brief. Sure, we packed a lot of fun activities in those few weeks, but it’s not quite the same. Still, they had so much fun with their dad and got to do some pretty fantastic things with him. So that’s a wonderful thing.
Besides feeling like I didn’t get a lot of time with them, I really wasn’t keen on getting back into the homework thing, the pack the lunches thing or the back to school shopping thing. I’m not even going to tell you how much I spent on back to school. Even with all my thrifty ways, I still spent much more than previous years.
That back to school supply list keeps getting longer every year my kids are in school. I remember when I was a kid needing pencils, glue sticks and paper. Now the list is about a dozen items deep and includes flash drives. My, how times have changed.
And can I remind you that I’m not a morning person? A couple of weeks ago the kids and I were visiting the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and while Shannon was snapping this pic of me above, she told me this was me before my coffee in the morning. Yup, a pretty accurate statement.
Once the bus came and I blew kisses to my girls who didn’t even look out the window to return the favor, I went inside to relax with a cup of coffee. I know I haven’t shared many pictures of my new home yet, so I figured I’d show you where I drink my coffee and do most of my work.
The sunroom is my happy place. This is where I chill, tap on my computer and enjoy the scenery that surrounds my home. This week I’m especially loving my coffee because the folks from Seattle’s Best Coffee sent a very lovely back to school survival kit filled with three of their coffee blends; Toasted Hazelnut, Born in Seattle House Blend and Dark Intense #5.
This week I’m drinking Dark Intense #5 because I need all the strong coffee I can get.
They also sent some fun goodies like a Moleskin notebook, a Tile fob which will help me find my keys when I lose them (happens often), and a super cute Seattle’s Best Coffee mug….
Oh, and a to-go tumbler and backpack. Fun, right? A nice way to get back into the swing of things for sure.
To make it even sweeter, the folks from Seattle’s Best Coffee would like one of you to have a back to school survival kit as well! One lucky reader will win all the same goodies they sent to me. A surefire way to make back to school a little easier on any parent!
To enter, comment on this post with your first name, last initial, the state you are from and your thoughts on how your back to school experience is going thus far. And if you’re not a parent, feel free to enter too. Everyone deserves a good cup of coffee! Entries must be received by Friday, September 4th 11:59pm EST.
This is not a sponsored post. Seattle’s Best Coffee did send a complimentary back to school kit to facilitate my review. All thoughts are my own.