22258 updated post view 12289

Get back to school with ease: 3 super fab tips to save you time

Bren Herrera Writing Journal black white

I have some really cool friends out there in the world of life. Chris is one of them. You can see our collaborative work here and here and most recently in that screaming red wine ice cream recipe I gloriously shamed myself into enjoying. Just when I thought Christina’s contribution to my life was cooking and baking, she whips up a much needed theme I had no real expertise on. 

It’s back to school season. Yay!! Or not from all of the lowly and hunched over, sad Mami pics I’ve seen on Facebook. It’s like the kids are being sent away to a bad place. I don’t get it. But don’t blame me! I don’t have kids yet, and while I totally sympathize with the emotional attachment, I can’t really offer any constructive thoughts. But my sympathy flows into the needs parents also have in ensuring a smooth transition back into the madness of mornings and evenings. I really wanted this space to offer mom and dads some solid ideas on practices that could make your day a bit simpler. It’s all about streamlining. And Christina, while not a mother, is a top-level educator with decades of exeperience with children, families, and the process… because if the process fails, she sees its full affect in the classroom. Here is part I of her tried and true tips to help you actually look forward to a new year of awesomeness with your little super heroes! B-

By Christina Arpante

Where did the summer go? Poof! Just like that, the days of camps, pool dates, and ignored alarms have quickly become things of the past. While there are the giddy elements of excitement that that have recently surfaced, with new clothes, selecting the perfect school supplies, and finding out which friends share the same classes, plans and schedules you had in mind to the start the school year flawlessly apparently hitched a ride with summer. Am I right? I know. Me too. And, I don’t kids! However, I am an educator. So, I get it. There are definite aspects of the chaos I experience, personally. Then, there are the aspects of the chaos I have witnessed in carpool (AM or PM, take your pick), in the lunch room, or during aftercare.

When Bren asked me if I could contribute timesaver, food-related tips that would connect to those who are juggling work/school schedules, I jumped at the chance. The fabulous twist of it all, the tips I will share work for grown up without children, as well! Timesaving is timesaving, whether you’re grabbing a back pack, laptop bag, brief case apron, or cooler to throw on the back of the work truck.


Planning and prep are crucial. If not, bad habits will move though the house faster than a hot knife through butter. You may think, planning and prep takes time. Yes it does. And, efforts put forth toward establishing a balanced, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle on the front end, will save countless hours and stress on the tail end. You’ll see!

1. Planning: Everyone can carve out 15 – 20 minutes to plan out a week of meals. Now, if the meals you’re planning are 5, 6, and 7-courses, I might add a few more minutes to that assessment. Otherwise, it shouldn’t take too long. And, it can be achieved anywhere. You can plan while sitting at the table, or while watching your favorite television show, or while your on the bike on at the gym. If not, take the planning part off your plate completely, no pun intended, and add the task to the kid’s chore list. Yes, I said it. C-h-o-r-e. No money attached.

If you are old school and like to write it out, then do so. Writing out a plan out doesn’t have to be a formal event. It can be a family event! Use a planner or calendar like your kids. While the kids are learning how to plan and organize using their school planner, plan and organize meals right next to them using yours. Parent Modeling. Authentic learning. Love it! Even if you’re tech savvy, like your millennial child, dictate your plan in your phone, or note into Evernote, and upload your masterpiece into your calendar.

2. Prep: choose a day of the week that works best for your family to shop and chop. Just because one family shops on a weekend afternoon, doesn’t mean that schedule works for everyone. If Wednesday 7PM works for your house for shopping and Thursday 7PM for chopping, then great! No one walks in your shoes but you. When it’s possible to advance chop vegetables, do it. The peppers and onions that are chopped are more likely to be used after your long day at work than the ones that are sitting beautifully poised in their bowl. If there are multiple members in your house hold, choose who does what. Even little ones, who many not be old enough to handle a knife, can remove the seeds from the pepper, or snap off the ends of green beans.

Nibbles and Feasts Burrita1(pp_w638_h957)

3. When shopping, pick up any staples you use that are running low because they are being utilized most every day to create simple meals. (That’s a good situation, by the way.) Bring what you are able to have and what you need to whip up your dish at your fingertips is half the battle. Here are some examples of staples in my pantry: olive oil, dried herbs and seasonings (basil, parsley, and oregano, whole black peppercorns, red pepper flakes, sea salt), parmigiano-reggiano, tomato paste, garlic, garbanzo beans, and San Marzano tomatoes.

This is just a first step in a the transition process, but a sure fire way to get you out of the rut and into the fast lane of productivity! Check out my meal planning tips in the next post. That will for sure shave time and stress and increase your excitement in the kitchen. The kids will notice.

Have a great Labor Day!

Check out these recipes for some simple and fast ideas to help you streamline:

Pizza Hummus Burrita

Petite Turkey Picadillo Sandwich

Pastelitos de Carne


Christina Arpante, EdD is the Secondary English Language Art & Literacy Coordinator for the Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose where she develops customized professional development opportunities for county educators.  Prior to moving to California, Christina was a dedicated teacher, administrator, and Principal in the southeast. When Christina is not working to authentically integrate literacy across all subject areas, she’s most likely in the kitchen baking up sweet treats for friends. 

Eat well, love unapologetically, pray with true intention, and take care of yourself.

Follow the sexy & delicious fun on


follow Bren Herrera on Pinterest

Don't forget to check out my debut cookbook!

494 thoughts on “Get back to school with ease: 3 super fab tips to save you time

  1. Great tips! I’ll keep it in mind and practice it as I am a person who is always running after the time due to my mother duties, and busy schedules and deadlines in work.

  2. Now, of course, you can go back to school and easily, when you know for sure that writing an essay you are no longer in danger, because here https://essaysadvisor.com/ you can choose a service that will save you from this

  3. Thank you for your advice on returning to school, this is especially important now since children will need to return to their usual regime after distance learning. Many students also find it difficult to adjust to such a learning schedule. But this is a necessary measure, so you need to look for positive aspects in this and study further. It’s good that the students didn’t remain without the support of essay writing help and can count on help in writing https://www.essaygeeks.co.uk And you don’t even need to leave the home for this.

  4. Thanks for these tips. I think they will help many students get inspired. I believe that the main inspiration for writing a good essay is the thought that you can graduate with honors and get a prestigious job. Therefore, I recommend that you learn to write essays on your own and do not spend money on services that offer to do it for you. My advice for those who want to figure out how to write an essay on their own, use YouTube, there you can find many videos in which experienced teachers show and tell how to write an essay on any topic, and there is always the opportunity to ask them questions in the comments. I noticed that many of these videos were posted on accounts that have at least 37 thousand subscribers! I’m sure their owners used the services of https://soclikes.com/buy-youtube-subscribers to buy subscribers.

  5. My younger sister is a cookery fan and she wants to publish her cookery book. But her English is not much good. I am in search of a good writing service that can help us in writing a cookery book. One of my friends suggested me to use https://www.ihatewritingessays.com/grademiners-com-review where we can get skilled writers to do any type of writing. Have you any suggestion for this?

  6. “PayFor Essay” is an internet essay writing company with over twelve years of experience writing online. The owners and founders Rayagon and Bethany have created a system that anybody can use from anywhere on the planet, and for very little cost. We’ve helped many generations of students complete their essays, term papers, dissertations, researches, presentations, and in addition to other types of endeavors, by using”PayFor essay”. Our mission is to teach students how to efficiently create, format, and format their own papers and essays in a speedy and easy way. Essay creators are also able to access”PayFor Essay” tools that will help them create better essays.

  7. My wife and i ended up being so fortunate that Jordan managed to deal with his inquiry out of the precious recommendations he was given out of the blog. It’s not at all simplistic just to find yourself giving away tactics which often a number of people have been trying to sell. And we realize we’ve got the writer to be grateful to because of that. All of the explanations you made, the easy website menu, the friendships your site help engender – it’s got most fabulous, and it’s really aiding our son in addition to the family understand the topic is enjoyable, and that’s really pressing. Thank you for the whole lot!

  8. Pingback: omnicef prostatitis

  9. Sie auf verbrauchen den monumentalen Lowenanteil der befreiten Bonusse fruher Sitzung die Wettanforderungen. Aber wenn Sie glucklich angemessen sind, um Geld, wird die zusatzlich uber, dann aushalten, bewusst der MAXIMUM UMGEWANDELTEN WERT-Regel zu sein. Set Wenn Sie mit einem Wert von Belohnung von mehr als 500 $ bewirken, haben Sie meist darf nicht mehr als $50-$100 abheben.

    Eine weitere meistens ist der erlaubte Einsatz von Limit. Wenn das Casino den gro?ten Wetteinsatz beim Spielen mit einem Vergutung festlegt, mussen nicht ubertreffen. Auf andere Weise, das Casino Willenskraft das Bein ziehen und eine Bitte zu Kehrgut um dich sogar die Punktzahl auszahlen zu lassen. Und die Anzahl der Casinos ausnahmsweise wird verwenden diese Ausrede. Seien Sie informiert, dass diese Beseitigung nicht uber das Casino – Muster durchgesetzt wird, so ist es Es liegt an Ihnen, die Geschaftsbedingungen von Extra sorgfaltig zu verstehen.

    wie wirkt sich eine wesentliche unterschreitung des empfohlenen reifendrucks aus

    Die letzte Regel, die in der Nahe von einigen Casinos angewendet wird, ist, dass Sie zu mussen haben werden machen eine hinterlassen vor weit entfernt einlosen Ihr kein sediment Bonus. Ich denke dass Casinos dies als eine weitere Haltung der Verifizierung ausnutzen. Aber seien Sie wachsam, denn manche Casinos anstrengen, um Sie zu gammon und Armverdrehung Sie mit dieser “Verifizierung Vorauszahlung” zu Behandlung. Ausnahmslos Quiz auf kraftig gabfest, um machen unvermeidlich Sie verstehen den Geschaftsbedingungen richtig – und kratzen Sie das Gesprach.

  10. I am grateful for your post. I would really like to write my opinion that the expense of car insurance differs a lot from one insurance plan to another, due to the fact there are so many different issues which play a role in the overall cost. As an example, the model and make of the motor vehicle will have a huge bearing on the fee. A reliable old family auto will have a more economical premium than a flashy sports vehicle.

  11. Pingback: augmentin spectrum

  12. Pingback: augmentin antibiotics

  13. Pingback: keflex ssti

  14. Pingback: erythromycin bulk

  15. Pingback: 1derogatory

  16. Nowhere in the Bible is masturbation explicitly forbidden. There is believable reason on this because the problem does not run across from masturbation, which is in itself neither ethical or ill, but the adulterous procreative fantasies that go together with it, as Christ makes disengaged in Matthew 5:28. Source: order cheap cialis

  17. Erections typically form a few minutes or, in some cases, up to here a половина hour. If you receive an erection that lasts more than a four hours (priapism) or one that’s unrelated to sex, talk to your doctor strategic away or seek emergency care. Source: how to take cialis 20mg

  18. Yet, as compared to men, women suppose a meagre longer to get the erection. The clitoris has a double of corpus cavernosa, which gets erected when aroused. An establish clitoris tends to swell, becomes more susceptive, and increases in size. Source: cialis super active

  19. You can certainly see your skills in the article
    you write. The sector hopes for more passionate
    writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe.
    All the time go after your heart.

  20. In some cases, hormonal imbalances may contribute to ED. Testosterone replacement therapy may be considered for individuals with low testosterone levels. However, this treatment should only be pursued under the guidance of a healthcare professional.


  21. Your article gave me a lot of inspiration, I hope you can explain your point of view in more detail, because I have some doubts, thank you.

  22. GlucoTrust is a revolutionary blood sugar support solution that eliminates the underlying causes of type 2 diabetes and associated health risks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Theme developed by TouchSize - Premium WordPress Themes and Websites
Show Buttons
Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Linkedin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Youtube
Hide Buttons