How to Handle Back to School Like a Boss

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The heat is on in Virginia. School will be back in session in approximately two weeks.  While I still have a little back to school items to purchase, I have our morning routine already planned so we can easily slip back into it. Therefore, today I’m sharing how I am handling back to school like a boss.

The steps are easy to follow and they may help you make your mornings less stressful too.

See Also: How to Encourage a Positive Attitude About School During the Summer

#1 Get Up Before the Kids

As an entrepreneur, I always must be up early if I want to get some work done before the house is full of noise. However, during the summer it’s not that important since the kids go to daycare and I get majority of the day to work and I can always work late. With school in session, even if you don’t work, it’s important to be up before the kids and here’s why:

  • It gives you time to have a moment of peace before things start going crazy
  • You can finish the cleaning or other chore you neglected the night before
  • You can make lunch for the kids without being interrupted
  • You can check your emails and/or make your to do list for the day (If you need help staying on task with your to do list I highly recommend Habitica).

#2 Make Use of the Night Before

The night before each school day, it’s important that you get major things out of the way. For me personally I like to do the following things the night before to ensure the morning runs more smoothly:

  • Take my shower before bed to avoid being rushed for time in case something goes wrong in the morning.
  • Have the kids take their showers before bed.
  • Plan dinner for the next day (especially important since the kids have football practice and need to eat dinner before practice – basically it must be made right when they walk in the door)
  • Take out the kid’s clothes and shoes so they are already ready when they wake up in the morning
  • Take out the trash, load the dishwasher, and put a load of laundry in the washer and/or dryer
  • Make sure that everything the kids need is already in their backpacks
  • Make sure the lunch boxes have been cleaned out and are on the counter waiting for me in the morning

#3 Make Your Morning Routine Quick

While having three kids means that I already must have a simple hygiene routine, back to school means that little luxurious I have come to love during the summer, must be eliminated and replaced with a routine that takes no more than 15-20 minutes.

By taking a shower before getting in bed I am saving time, so in the mornings (either while the kids are doing hygiene or during my 1-2 hours of being up ahead of them) I still must brush my teeth, do something with my hair, and take care of my face.

My Back to School Morning Routine

The first thing I like to do is either have a cup of green tea or lemon water upon wakeup. They both give me a boost of energy and allow me to relax and prepare for the day.

Next, it’s time to brush my teeth. This consists of me flossing, brushing with whitening toothpaste, and using mouthwash.

After that, it’s time for my face. If I have extra time in the morning and haven’t done a facial mask in a while, I’ll put on a facial mask for 5 minutes while I check my emails to make sure nothing work-related needs my immediate attention. If I don’t need to use a mask, I’ll just grab one of my favorite cleansers and then apply the Vineyard Gold Facial Oil by Merlot Skincare. Now, all that’s left is my hair.

If it’s winter, I won’t worry too much about it because I can just comb and brush it and throw on my hoodie. However, if it’s not jacket season and my hair isn’t done, I’ll usually just throw it in a messy bun unless I find extra time (meaning getting up even earlier) to straighten my hair.

About the Vineyard Gold Facial Oil

I know you probably haven’t heard me mention the Vineyard Gold Facial Oil before, so I’ll take a few moments to fill you in on the details about that since it is a product that I am considering making a part of my permanent back to school morning routine.

I like this product because it features grape seed, which is great for acne. It can be used during all seasons yet it’s especially effective for combating dry winter skin. The best part is it is 100% pure and nature so it absorbs instantly. No worrying about having that greasy feeling on your skin while out waiting for the school bus.

#4 Don’t Be Afraid to Use Tools

I’ve already mentioned using Habitica to stay on track with your to do list. I’ve been using the free app myself for about six months or so and it is amazing for keeping me organized with my personal and business life.

However, this year, in addition to using Habitica, I felt we could use a more physical reminder that everyone could see. Therefore, I purchased a refrigerator calendar from Amazon. With this, it keeps everyone in the loop about football practice, football games, blogging events, and any important school dates that we need to be aware of.

As part of my back to school last minute shopping, I’ll be doing these next two weeks, I plan to get some more organization tools so I may do a blog post about that or share my insider hacks via a newsletter.

Final Thoughts on Handling Back to School Like a Boss

The summer is fun and it’s easy to get out of the hustle and bustle of the back to school flow. However, by implementing the four things mentioned above I find that I can handle back to school like a boss, therefore, not bringing too much stress into my life.

How do you handle back to school like a boss?



  1. I have my back to school schedule down pack now. My skincare routine I mainly do at night because I’m so much in the rush getting the girls to their schools.

    These products sounds like something I would use on my skin when it’s dry.


    1. Lou,

      I have mine down now too. So far I’ve been going to bed around 11 and up at 4:30. However, football practice has been canceled each day this week due to the weather so once that starts again I’ll see if I’m still feeling like I have everything under control lol.

  2. These are all great tips!!! I’ve been trying to wake up a few hours before my kids so I can have some me time and get some work done before we start our homeschool day. This has been a big help for me.

  3. I wish I could use face oils because I hear they’re moisturizing . They just end up breaking me out and I get pimples everywhere! #productreviewparty

  4. Merlot product is a must have beauty care . I have their moisturizer perfect for summer and winter.

  5. I like that it can help my aging skin look better. We all like getting better looking.

  6. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    I am getting older and my wrinkles are starting to show I would love to try your products by by wrinkles 🙂

  7. Christina Graham says:

    I need to find a moisturizer that won’t break my skin out.

  8. Harley Castagne says:

    This would help my skin get more moisture that it really needs.


    My skin could really benefit from this!

  10. Margaret S Porter says:

    I have skin that is Saggy and dry in spots. This would help me im sure.

  11. Jenna Tomaszewski says:

    Pregnancy is changing my skin, this should help!

  12. debra lord says:

    My skin is so bad currently, everything and anything would be a benefit!

  13. Helga says:

    Now that I’m older I like using better moisturizers so I would like to give this a try.

  14. Teresa A Thompson says:

    It would help hydrate my dry skin.

  15. I think my medicine is messing with my skin, I hope this will help.

  16. Patricia wright says:

    I am 59 and I need some help

  17. Maryann D. says:

    I do hope this would help me with dryness and redness of my skin.

  18. I think that this would be helpful to get rid of fine lines and moisturize my skin

  19. Alexis T says:

    As I age, my skin is much dryer . Love to try these awesome products.

  20. Holly Wass says:

    I would love to try it and see the results of fine lines

  21. Gabrielly says:

    It would help my skin to look healthy.

  22. Christy caldwell says:

    Anti Aging is something I really need. At 42 I am noticing the dreaded signs. It’s perfect that they use natural, plant based ingredients too.

  23. It would help me with my wrinkles and dryness.

  24. Leela says:

    I would love to see an improvement in my skin.

  25. Darlene Owen says:

    I am now 65 and my face is showing it , this would work great for the wrinkles, hopefully.

  26. I think schedules are so important. I’m trying to plan more because I was all over the place so I ended up buying a white board and writing down my schedule for the week. It helps a lot.

  27. Helga says:

    I would use it on especially hot and dry days when my skin needs an extra boost of moisture.

  28. this weather is so hot, I need help just keeping my face hydrated.

  29. Maryann D. says:

    This should help with the dryness and redness that my skin has.

  30. monique s says:

    it could help with smoother youthful skin texture

  31. I’ve been interested in trying oils for better moisturizing. I’d like to see if it would help my skin.

  32. I need the moisture it will give my face. It needs it.

  33. This year’s back-to-school has me more stressed out than usual! I’ve been having blemishes all over my face. Love the idea putting the mask on and reading/replying to emails at the same time.

    1. admin says:

      I know what you mean. My youngest is starting school this year and it’s a nerve wracking experience this year for me as well.

  34. Maryann D. says:

    I do need this product to help with Anti-aging. I am seeing more and more signs of aging now.

  35. We are making sure to get back into the routine the week before school starts so we don’t go into shock when things start up again. Kids don’t go back to school until after Labor Day so we still have some time left to enjoy summer.

    1. admin says:


      Yea, we go back after Labor Day as well. It is quickly approaching, though.

  36. Sandra Watts says:

    It would be beneficial to me because it hydrates & softens skin.

  37. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I love these tips! Vineyard Gold Facial Oil would add some much needed moisture to my skin.

  38. Helga says:

    I use serum presently on my face at night so I would like to try this one.

  39. I always get up before my son and just like you, I also prepare everything that he needs for school the night before like his clothes, shoes, backpack, etc. Easier and less stressful that way because I still have to prepare his breakfast in the morning.

  40. Angela Ricardo Bethea says:

    Preparing things beforehand or even making a to do list is a must if you want to avoid a commotion early in the morning. And that facial oil product sounds great, I might try it someday.

  41. I think Vineyard Gold Facial Oil would make my skin better and therefore cut back on my daily regiment.

  42. HilLesha says:

    These are wonderful tips! I always try to get many things accomplished the night before to help simplify the mornings when I’m getting my son ready for school.

  43. Product sounds amazing and getting up before he kids is a must!

  44. Adaleta says:

    Prepping everything the night before is seriously a life saver!

  45. I don’t have kids and I’m not in school but I always feel like I need to get back into a routine this time of the year. It always helps me get more focused and organized and I just love this time of year!

  46. Gabrielle says:

    I think this could help keep my skin young and pretty.

  47. .Christine L says:

    I have a lot of issues with dry skin and I think the Merlot oil would be a great help with that

  48. I have found the best thing that works for me and my stress face is good food and staying hydrated. It really does help. Not too much school stress to battle these days.

  49. Sunnie says:

    I would love to use with my moisturizer, more help cant hurt for wrinkles!

  50. We have 6 kids in school and I get up before almost all our kids to make sure everyone wakes up on time. These are some great ideas.

  51. I could definitely use something like this in the mornings. My kids are grown, but my mornings are still busy. I also use a fridge calendar to let my adult sons (who sometimes borrow our vehicle) see our schedule.

    1. admin says:


      You definitely have a good use for your calendar. Driving is far off for my boys, but I could only imagine what a nightmare it would be needing to go somewhere only to find out the kids had the car.

  52. I am so thankful that we homeschool, and so the start of the school year for us is much more laid back than others. We have a calendar very similar that we use though for all the activities we have planned.

  53. Gabrielle says:

    This would definitely add kick to my skincare routine.

  54. Kelly McGrew says:

    I think it will help keep me moisturized!

  55. I need to be better about being organized. School mornings are tough! I feel like we can barely get out the door and then I’m racing to get my own stuff done before I rush off to work. It’s just all too crazy. These beauty products look easy enough too, to fit into my hectic routine.

  56. I should get up before the kids, but I can’t. I already struggle getting up at 6 AM as it is, so I wake up, get my daughter, and sort of veg out on the couch. She’s old enough to get ready on her own. I’m basically there to make sure she doesn’t fall asleep on the couch because she does it often!

  57. Great tips! Transitioning back into our typical school routine is always stressful! I am a firm believer that preparing before the big day makes a huge difference.

  58. For us it’s all about prepping the night before. Clothes have to be laid out and lunch has to be semi-packed. It’s all about minimizing delays and sending the kids off with as little stress as possible.

  59. Joely Smith says:

    Great tips! And YES! We can’t forget to take care of ourselves too! I really want to try that Merlot face oil!

  60. Aduke Schulist says:

    I am always nervous about using oils on my face. I’m scared they will clog my pores and break me out.

  61. Maryann D. says:

    Vineyard Gold Facial Oil could benefit me by protecting and repairing my skin.

  62. Barrie says:

    I could really use an anti-aging oil for my skin. I turned 50 this year and I notice more wrinkles and dry areas! GAH!

  63. Getting up before the kids is so key in having everything prepared before all the mayhem takes place! And a good kind of mayhem, I must say.

  64. I can always use a good moisturizing in the morning.

  65. Gabrielle says:

    It would be a perfect addition to my skincare routine as the weather cools and my skin needs more moisturizing.

  66. Gabrielly says:

    It would help my skin to look younger.

  67. We are just getting back into the swing of things here. School started last week and I’m remembering things slowly but Shirley to catch us up. There are a few things that we do still in the morning that I would like to get done at nights that we’re working our way there hopefully by the end of this week we will be there. These are all wonderful tips.

  68. Awesome giveaway and awesome tips. Back to school is a beast that must be tamed if you want to save your sanity!

  69. I am getting old and it shows in my face. Any help would show up. It could give my skin new life.

  70. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    I would love to try this product my skin is a mess from lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and tons of medication.

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