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School is officially back in session around our block!

The college kids have all been successfully moved into their perspective dorms and apartments.

And the youngest Simply2Moms kid started back to school this week for her senior year of high school.

It’s been a busy summer but I’m also looking forward to a bit more of a schedule that comes with back to school.

Working from home is a bit challenging during the summer with everyone coming and going all the time.

But that could also be because I work right in the middle of the flurry of activity in our house at my kitchen table.

Maybe it’s time to get myself an official office.

Nah…who am I kidding…I love to be available to my kids during my work day…even if that means I work later at night to get everything done.

Random thoughts for you today..

1. Being able to work from home with my bff who happens to live across the street is definitely something I don’t take for granted. I was a SAHM for years and filled my time between taking care of the kids with volunteer work and a small Etsy shop business. But now I get to do something I really love everyday AND earn money doing it! Tell us something you are grateful for.

2. In addition to working on our blog, I got my side hustle back at Mom’s Taxi Service since Emma sprained and fractured her foot last month. I really do enjoy the extra time with her picking her up from school and driving her back and forth to work and dance. But I’m also realizing just how much time I used to spend in my car going back and forth all around town with three kids. Geez! So the extra time with her now is great but I’m also kinda hoping she can drive again soon!

3. Driving Emma back and forth to work isn’t so good for my waistline because I’ve been rewarding myself in iced chai tea lattes from Clutch, which is a local drive thru coffee bar like Starbucks. Today I was good and got an unsweetened iced green tea. But oh my…the iced chai is soooo delicious! Do you prefer hot or iced tea or coffee?

4. Do you remember when we ripped out our shrubs in front of our house in the late spring? Then it got too hot to plant anything new so we thought we’d wait until fall to decide what to do. Well…fall will be here before we know it so we need to plan what to plant out front. We want something that will be stay fairly small and will be evergreen. I want it to look great all year not just in the spring and summer. Help me! Drop some of your favorite low maintenance foundation shrubs in the comments below.

On the blog this week…

It was another awesome week for our Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop.

Check out these fun football party ideas.

And the best menu for tailgating.

You’ll definitely want to make these for breakfast this weekend.

Look at all the fun stuff we found on the web this week…

This pretty fall tablescape idea.

These fall essential oil blends.

50 yummy apple recipes.

This back to school checklist for older kids.

I’ve been thinking of investing in one of these craft machines.

This farmhouse fall porch.

This simple but beautiful fall craft.

These pretty autumn colors.

This awesome DIY project.

This fun outdoor living idea.

Until next week sweet friends!