Last I checked, July is too early for back to school shopping.

I was shopping in Target this weekend and found two shocking occurrences in the store. (And, no, one of the shocking occurrences was not that I left the store with only one item. Let’s be realistic here.)

Summer items were on clearance, and back to school items were taking over a large part of the store.

It’s July. Barely mid-July. In Maine, summer has just begun. We’re just now getting used to regular warm weather and frequent visits to the beach.

Do you know what our winters are like? We endure those winters in order to live in Vacationland during the summer.

The last thing I want to see in July are binders and pencil boxes.

G’s backpack is used to bring swimming gear, sunscreen, a water bottle and lunch to summer camp.

welcome back sign

This photo is from a Wordless Wednesday on 9.5.12. September. Not July.

Is it just me or is this back to school stuff early this year? It’s like seeing a giant blowup Santa in October.

Maybe I need to stay out of the stores for a while. I’m clearly not going to find any of my summer needs there.

Are you even thinking about back to school shopping yet?

Wordless Wednesday: Let it Go (Preschool Edition)


I may be biased, but this is the best version of “Let it Go” I’ve heard yet! And, yes, it’s from Biz’s preschool graduation. He’s the giant in the middle.

p.s. How is my baby in kindergarten already?

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When Life Gets Overwhelming

With everything that’s going on in my life right now, it’s been a challenge to stop myself and just focus on the task at hand. Or just stop really. I thought I would pull this post out from the archives and give myself a little reminder to act like a kid every now and then. If you need me, I’ll be having a dance party in my living room.

When Life Gets Overwhelming, Act Like a Kid

This post was originally published on MAY 25, 2011

I’m not one that relaxes easily. I always have a ton of things going on in my life, and I have always been like that. I thrive in a certain amount of chaos. I think I get bored too easily.

Every now and then I have to stop and remind myself not to take life so seriously. Or to just slow down.

Luckily my kids are constant reminders of how incredibly wonderful and exciting life can be, even when things aren’t going your way.

Next time life seems to be overwhelming, try doing the following:

  • Throw your arms up in the air and yell “wheeeeeeee” while going down a hill in the car.
  • Run around in circles until you fall. Get up and try to walk. Repeat over and over.
  • Play peek-a-boo with a perfect stranger.
  • Say “I don’t waaaaannnnna” when you don’t agree with someone.
  • Respond to every question or statement with the question “Why?”
  • Pick dandelions and act like they are the most beautiful flowers in the world.
  • Walk around on all fours and tell everyone you are a dinosaur. (Alternately, throw on an old bridesmaid dress and tiara and tell everyone you are a princess.)
  • Fall on the floor in a dramatic fashion to show your utter disgust with a situation.
  • Pull a chair across the room, stand on it and watch a fish for ten minutes without moving.
  • Play with your food.
  • Plan your day around a nap.
  • Request cookies for breakfast.
  • Put your jacket on upside down and show everyone.
  • Loudly declare things like “That man is wearing a green shirt!” as you walk down the street.
  • Have an impromptu phone conversation on a banana.
  • Make up your own language.
  • Dance and sing whenever and wherever you are. Loudly.
  • Jump in puddles. No. Wade in them.
  • Ride the dog.

Life gets overwhelming sometimes. But life’s too short not to live like a kid again every now and then.

Take a few cues from children around you. They know how to appreciate life.

Photo Credit: Dreamstime

How will you act like a kid today?

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