Hodgepodge Back to School Cookbooks and Art Kit

We are getting you ready for the thick of back to school! Some of us might not want to think about back to school time. If you are one of those, just know that you can win this basket of goodies and tuck it away for later. Plus, we have a bonus ebook that will help with that return of the routine.

Hodgepodge Back to School Cookbooks and #Art Kit www.hodgepodge.me What we are offering up to you helps with a couple of challenges: getting supper on the table and fitting in some extras in your school day.

What’s in our Hodgepodge Back to School Tool Kit?

Three Cookbooks (Sunday Savings, Southern Celebrations and Slow Cooker Batch Cooking) – Because after a day of back to school, Mama is usually tapped out. So, I want you to use your slow cooker and be armed with recipes. All you’ll need to do is tuck the ingredients into the slow cooker while you are making lunch. Voila! Tasty supper and you can put your feet up and rest, Mama.

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook – And, of course, I am passionate about including art in your homeschool. Because it’s not only a great joy but making time for the creative side in each of us sure helps with the rest of the day. And what a reward to see that joy on their faces when creating! So I am offering you 45 tutorials from Master Artist Lucia Hames (Nana). You’ll have a lesson a week for the whole school year. Plus, A Simple Start is for all ages – no need to buy separate grades.

I’m also including a starter set of chalk pastels. So you just need to add the paper!

Return of the Routine at Southern Hodgepodge Bonus! Return of the Routine: Six Steps to Success ebook

Special! If you purchase our chalk pastel bundle now and win the giveaway we will surely refund your money! Right now you can get our newest Chalk Pastels Through the Seasons for FREE ($7.99 value) when you buy A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels. All details in our Art for All Ages Bundle.

Don’t miss the giveaways at our Southern Hodgepodge sites: Curriculum Choice and Habits for a Happy Home! Those giveaways are also listed below amongst all the great back to school tool kits!

Now for the giveaway!

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iHN-Back-to-School Be sure to click over and enter to win all these wonderful tool kits from the bloggers of iHomeschool Network…
(1) Back to School Toolkit from Milk and Cookies
(2)†Back to School Toolkit from These Temporary Tents
(3)†Back to School Toolkit from Spell Outloud
(4)†Back to School Toolkit from Great Peace Academy
(5)†Back to School Toolkit from Gricefully Homeschooling


(6) Back to School Toolkit from Raising Lifelong Learners
(7) Back to School Toolkit from WriteShop
(8) Back to School Toolkit from Preschoolers and Peace
(9) Back to School Toolkit from Starts at Eight
(10) Back to School Toolkit from Joyful Mothering


(11) Back to School Toolkit from Harrington Harmonies
(12) Back to School Toolkit from Ponder the Path
(13) Back to School Toolkit from Forever, For Always, No Matter What
(14) Back to School Toolkit from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
(15) Back to School Toolkit from Habits for a Happy Home


(16) Back to School Toolkit from Curriculum Choice
(17) Back to School Toolkit from See Jamie Blog
(18) Back to School Toolkit from Beautiful Motherhood
(19) Back to School Toolkit from Sam’s Noggin
(20) Back to School Toolkit from This Reading Mama


(21) Back to School Toolkit from Teaching Mama
(22) Back to School Toolkit from Adorable Chaos
(23) Back to School Toolkit from The Pelsers
(24) Back to School Toolkit from Hodge Podge
(25) Back to School Toolkit from Sallie Borrink


(26) Back to School Toolkit from The Kennedy Adventures
(27) Back to School Toolkit from Flourish
(28) Back to School Toolkit from Our Journey Westward
(29) Back to School Toolkit from Meet Penny
(30) Back to School Toolkit from On Faith and Coffee


(31) Back to School Toolkit from Our Abundant Blessings
(32) Back to School Toolkit from Holistic Homeschooler
(33) Back to School Toolkit from The Encouraging Home
(34) Back to School Toolkit from Motherhood on a Dime
(35) Back to School Toolkit from The Homeschool Scientist


What is your biggest challenge at back to school time?

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.


  1. Joscelyne Hilton says:

    My biggest challenge in getting back to school is motivating my child.

  2. this year i’m using some new curriculum…so, the part i’m worried about is how it is going to work for my kids… are they going to like it or not?!? also, how to keep my 3 preschoolers occupied while i teach the older sister is always a challenge.
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  3. RaShell S says:

    Redoing my schedule to include more formal education of the up and coming children is always a challenge for me. But, we usually get into our groove after a couple weeks. :)

  4. We are enjoying summer vacation but in just a month it will be back to school for us! Your basket looks like it has some good ideas for me and fun for my daughter! Thanks!
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  5. Laureen E. says:

    Getting the kids into a school routine

  6. We’re trying new methods this year, so that in itself will be a challenge. That, and motivating my nine year old. And it’s the first time to homeschool more than one child.

  7. My biggest challenge is keeping everyone focused. We live in a small house, so it’s hard to avoid distractions, especially with a 3 yr old in the house!

  8. My biggest challenge has been unschooling, we are just getting started this year.

  9. As my oldest enters 7th grade, figuring out how to create a schedule where he can be more responsible in recording/following his own schedule to complete his assignments, etc. Overall, creating a planner for him. Nervous and excited a the same time.

  10. The biggest challenge is getting back into the schedule of doing schoolwork, work, taking care of the house and still having time just to hang out with my kids.

  11. As a first time homschooler, my biggest challenge will be making it through the first few months as my kids and I figure this all out :)

  12. Jennifer S. says:

    My biggest challenge is getting back into routine. My kids do love to learn, but trying to go by a schedule makes it seem too boring for them. I am trying to think of a creative way to have structure without boredom…not sure that exists. Love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. xotchil danio says:

    Love the basket

  14. Teresa M says:

    My biggest challenge is getting my kids excited about starting school.

  15. This year, my oldest is starting highschool. So I’m trying to get all that ready to go and trying to get as much of it to mesh with the younger children’s curriculum as I can. I’m excited about it, but it’s probably my biggest challenge this year. Getting food on the table and not letting things pile up is also harder once school starts. :)

  16. Sarah M. says:

    My biggest challenge is meeting the needs of all my kids. My oldest is 6 and easy to engage. I find myself really struggling to spend the needed time with my 2nd, who is learning to read and thrives on the one-on-one time. I’ve made up a schedule, though, which has really helped me since we began our school year last month!

  17. shannon stout says:

    I am soooo excited about this giveaway!!!!!

  18. Getting dinner on The table

  19. Christene says:

    How wonderful these giveaways are

  20. Getting the kids in the school routine.

  21. My biggest challenge is getting myself back in to a school routine! My husband is home for the summer, so these months are very different from our school year.

  22. leah wall says:

    my biggest struggle is keeping my word to my kids – especially regarding schedules.

  23. My biggest challenge is giving everyone the attention they need and still get everything done.

  24. Jessica Woodard says:

    My biggest struggle is getting everyone back into the swing of it all…including meals. I really hope I win those cookbooks…I could sure use the help!

  25. Getting back in to a routine and getting out of summer mode!

  26. My biggest challenge is time management.

  27. Thank you for the giveaway! I would say my biggest challenge is getting back to the daily routine. We are trying a different schedule this year to make things a bit easier!
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  28. this is my first year hs both my kids. So, probably just establishing a routine….thanks for doing the giveaway!

  29. My biggest challenges are getting meals done on time and routine. I have 6 children still living at home 18 down to 6. I do find it getting easier now that my little guy is getting bigger, but I also feel that I am missing out on so much by not being organized or consistent :( I guess my biggest tip for this time of year would be to really know YOURSELF and what works for YOU and DO it. (speaking to myself!! again LOL) Also take time out to enjoy life and your family. Being physically active and spending time with my family has been a huge blessing. We have been walking and playing at the park, swimming at the lake and going to the library on a regular basis. People have even been asking my children and me what we have been doing because we all look healthy and happy, even our pediatrician was impressed and commented when she saw us.

  30. Jodie C. says:

    Getting back into a routine. We are starting slowly with math and I’m trying incentives for nice work such as cooking lessons or trips to the park.

  31. Getting into a routine can be challenging

  32. My biggest challenge is getting everyone excited to restart school and then keep them excited.

  33. yes! how happy I’d love to win the Sunday Savings!
    Blessings, Deanna
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  34. Kathleen P. says:

    We take a full summer break so our biggest challenge is getting back into school mode. My biggest tip is to ease back into the school year by starting with just a few subjects for 2 weeks, then moving into the full schedule.

  35. Biggest issue is trying to maintain some kind of routine for my kids with a husband who has no routine.
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  36. Brenda Torres says:

    My biggest challenge is choosing the right curriculum. I tend to get overwhelmed with all of my choices and put too much pressure on my kids to “do it all.”

  37. Biggest challenge is finding a workable routine.

  38. Kimberly R says:

    My biggest challenge is getting on a routine and having the kids motivated to do their work.

  39. my biggest challenge is keeping it simple. I want to try EVERYTHING, and end up getting burned out and overwhelmed.

  40. The hardest part is getting back to the routine so we start in August and when September rolls around we are quite comfortable with curriculum.

  41. My biggest challenge is finding a curriculum that will work for all the kids.

  42. My biggest challenge is just having so many balls in the air to juggle. Right around the time school starts, we start having a lot of outside activities. This makes it hard to feel like I am actually accomplishing anything.

  43. the routine is hard to get back into!

  44. Getting all of us back on schedule :)

  45. NW Homesteader says:

    getting into a schedule!

  46. Getting dinner on the table is a struggle all year ’round! Otherwise, I honestly don’t have problems with back-to-school time.
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  47. Well, we only stopped this year for a little travel (we are learning through travel as well!) so it isn’t as hard getting back into it. We love it!

  48. Thanks for the giveaway! Getting organized and in a routine, and keeping the littlest happy is my biggest challenge!

  49. I really love your blog (just found it a few weeks ago), we have been having fun!!!

    My biggest challenges are getting organized from the following year (should have been doing that throughout the year!) and getting prepared for the next. And, revamping the things that are not really working for us as we grow and age and change. Then, getting back into a good schedule. Meals become difficult (we have many allergies). I do love my slow cooker!

    Thanks for all the encouragement your blog offers! I’m seriously loving it and we are all benefiting greatly from your pastel lessons, SO FUN!!!!!

  50. Getting back in routine and keeping the house clean.

  51. We are farmer’s and have a very busy summer. It is hard to get organized and get started again.

  52. trisha kilpatrick says:

    My biggest challenge is probably meal planning. I find that the crockpot can help a lot. Pinterest is a real lifesaver when it comes to planning meals. It is really hard to find menu options that I can cook around swim outings, bowling league, soccer games/practice, church, my daughter’s job schedule, grocery shopping, etc. Every Thursday, I spend hours trying to figure our what obligations and activities we have for the following week, what affordable meals I can prepare within the time constraints of that day, what ingredients I will need to buy within my weekly budget, etc. Thursdays are usually a bit of a crabby day for me.

  53. Melanie Nicklin says:

    great basket items, thank you

  54. Art is our favorite subject!

  55. jennifer cervantes says:

    Getting everyone back on schedule

  56. Gabrielle Dota says:

    Our biggest challenge is always getting back into the “schoolwork” routine. It’s so hard to get back into doing homeschool when we’ve been doing summer activities almost every day. This year, we’ll be starting on a Wednesday, slowly adding a couple more subjects each day so the weekend comes sooner and Monday won’t seem like such a huge change!

  57. Transitioning into a more scheduled day and less summer ‘free play’

  58. Jamie Palau says:

    It’s always a chore to get my children motivated!!!!

  59. Routine!

  60. My biggest challenge is finding a rhythm. I really like Kris’ approach (over at Weird Unsocialized Homeschooler) I usually try to allow my child to sleep in and then start on a more natural schedule, but with sports and ministry we had run into some issues with not having enough time. The last few months of last year my child synced with my most productive hours, which tend to be late, so we would start school between 8-midnight and finish around midnight-3am. Not sure what were going to do this year. :/
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  61. Last one staring middle school. New territory being explored!

  62. My biggest challenge is teaching my kids to be teachable. I long to disciple them through God’s Word and to be slow to speak and quick to listen!:)
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  63. My biggest challenge is working around everyone’s schedule. It seems that everyone in our church wants us to do activities so that we have to skip school days. It takes some tact and patience before they realize that we have a job to do.
    The best tip I can give is use your crockpot. I probably use it 3 times a week. What a time saver for us. We can concentrate on doing school and setting up our routine and not have to worry about being too tired at 5 o’clock to think of what to eat.

  64. Lynn Renander says:

    Staying organized and keeping on schedule.

  65. Finding time to plan ahead and stay organized while keeping life and the house going is always a struggle.

  66. My biggest struggle is definitely getting back into the routine and dealing with the busy schedule of activities.
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  67. Jess McCarthy says:

    Getting back in the routine is so hard for us, so we will be starting to ease our way back into school over summer.

  68. Stephanie S says:

    Keeping on task.

  69. It is always a challenge getting back into the daily routine. I am trying to be more relaxed this year and hope that will allow the kids to be able to focus on doing good work instead of sticking to my time table. Most days we do well with getting dinner ready. I try to get most of the things we will eat prepared on the weekend. It makes it more relaxing for all of us.

  70. Our biggest challenge for back to school is figuring out how to schedule all the extras. Our daughter is a dancer and musician. Then there are the fun things she wants to try out. Added to that are a lot of doctor and orthodontic appointments. Sometimes it seems like we can’t manage to be home, ever.

    My best tip for this time of year is to relax and don’t be too rigid with the schedule.
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  71. Getting the kids back into the mindset of school!
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  72. Leslie R says:

    I really enjoy your blog! Our biggest challenge is going to be feeling like we haven’t had much of a summer since we have been dealing with chicken pox for most of June and July :(

  73. Becky Honey says:

    Time management getting it all done…schoolwork, housework, farm chores …..doesn’t seem like enough hours in the day….

  74. Michelle says:

    Getting everything organized!

  75. Jennifer Garcia-Hicks says:

    Looking forward to homeschooling my 3 kids for the first time this fall!!

  76. Getting back into a routine is always the hardest part for us.

  77. Kristen W. says:

    Definitely getting back into a good routine (including me ;))

  78. My biggest challenge is learning to balance teaching & school with all of my other at-home jobs – laundry, cooking, cleaning, gardening, farm animal care, and my at-home business of making candles, soaps, and other sewn products.
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  79. It is difficult to get back into a full routine (we continue math, science, grammar through the summer) because it means that we have to move from a more relaxed day to a more disciplined day. That transition is always difficult when the sun is shining so bright and we want to do other things. I think the transition is made easier by knowing when the start date will be (usually a couple of weeks before our co-op starts) and planning for it by trying to make sure that there are not a lot of other things cluttering our schedule while we try to transition back into a full load of school.

  80. Christine says:

    I love back to school time. Planning for the new year and buying new books is always fun!

  81. jeanine feldkamp says:

    my biggest struggle is teaching 5 different grades all in 1 day.

  82. mellymomma says:

    thank you

  83. Kandi C. says:

    It is hard to give up summer break.

  84. Getting the house clean in my challenge.

    I recommend easing into the academics and celebrating the new school year.

  85. Amazing giveaway!

  86. Catherine says:

    My biggest challenge is keeping all of the household tasks up to date while homeschooling. It seems I can do one or the other but not both at the same time!

  87. One helpful thing we do is just start with the basics the first week or two and add in the extras as we get into a rhythm with the basics.

  88. Balancing the children and making sure I make time for my husband.
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  89. Christina says:

    My biggest struggle is figuring out how to juggle everything and everyone.

  90. My biggest challenge is making sure that I spend time with my two year old and four year old before working with my first grader. They behave so much better if I spend time “teaching” them first…I learned that the hard way last school year. :)

  91. Yeah, the routine is tough. We are pretty relaxed during the summer, and it’s hard to get back into it.

  92. Getting back into a routine is the hardest part. Especially with a new baby this year.

  93. Angela Hall says:

    The hardest thing for me is to get myself going. I lack motivation. But I need to remember to just breathe and take one day at a time. If you miss something to don’t get it all done; don’t worry we have the next day.

  94. Sarah W. says:

    My biggest challenge is remembering to take it slow and to remember to enjoy each day, learning is supposed to be fun!! My biggest help is to remember to listen to my kids, especially when they are frustrated sometimes you need to just talk it out or try something different.

  95. Nedra M. says:

    Biggest Challenge: Scheduling and dinner for sure, not to mention finding fun things to do for my 2 year old. But, learning to “schedule” school to fit our day and not the other way around.

  96. Rachel Anderson says:

    My biggest challenge is getting the littles used to mom being busy “doing school” with the big kids.

  97. Getting back into a routine is definitely the biggest challenge!

  98. We’re doing much more art this year, and starting with pastels! Our biggest challenge has been getting to the extras, but this sumer we’ve been trying something different to help us get to it. It is working well!
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  99. April Pachuta says:

    My biggest challenge is getting organized before the school year begins and my top tip is to not take everything too seriously. They learn the important stuff!!!

  100. Definitely getting dinner on the table! OY!
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  101. finding routine

  102. Jessica Medina says:

    1st time homeschooler

  103. Brandi Hoff says:

    My oldest is just starting preschool so I haven’t had much experience with that yet :)

  104. Thanks for participating in the giveaway! My biggest challenge: after playing school all summer, my girls will moan and groan and whine about doing real school. Go figure.

    OK, that and the huge mess that has already accumulated in the schoolroom.

    My advice? I have to laugh. just thinking that I could offer anyone advice. How about “enjoy the homeschool conference shopping?” :)

  105. Danielle Hull says:

    I love to play but have a hard time pulling it off! Not sure if it’s just me or the unplanned events that pop up with little ones!

  106. I struggle with getting back into a routine.

  107. My biggest challenge this year is just simply having the heart for it all.

  108. Heather Bessman says:

    Getting myself into a routine, so that I can attempt to do something along a routine for the kids

  109. Bridgett Connell says:

    Getting back into a routine has got to be the hardest thing for me and my children.

  110. My biggest challenge is getting my lesson plans done and organized. I can’t just teach from the curriculum. I always feel the need to tweak, add and delete items.

  111. Jemima Hoover says:

    My biggest thing is getting started and on a schedule.

  112. Tammy Jones says:

    I homeschooled my daughter (9) last year for the first time and now I’ll have my son (11) home this year too along with a 3 year old. I am worried he isn’t going to be a willing participant.

  113. No tips, yet. We are still new to thing. My biggest struggle is starting the routine! Or just starting period. We are always very excited to start… but… tomorrow!

  114. Kendra Brimhall says:

    My biggest challenge is planning too much for one year. I suppose the old saying better too much than not enough could apply:) My biggest tip is to have a routine, but one that allows for flexibility when things come up. I like to have the routine in place to fall back on for the “regular days.”

  115. It’s always hard to get back into a balanced routine. Now that I have a teen, the hardest thing for me is to know when to push and when to stand back.

  116. Victoria says:

    new curriculum in three subjects, schedule for 4 schooling 2 “helping”, dinner for multiple food allergies, and getting myself motivated! Thanks for the opportunity!

  117. The challenge is to motivate my child want to sit still occasionally and myself to keep up with all the other household tasks.

  118. Stephanie O says:

    Hardest thing is getting back into a routine/schedule.

  119. Em Walker says:

    Our toughest thing is getting back on schedule! Tips? I have no tips, other than remembering patience daily is gift that pays back dividends!

  120. My greatest challenge is getting organized and getting into a routine.
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  121. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great basket! Our biggest challenge during the school year is getting organized and staying organized. We are hoping this year will be easier with our new planner! :)

  122. My biggest challenge for this time of year is figuring out what I need to do and in what order for our first year of homeschooling. My tip would be to always make the time to enjoy the time with your family.

  123. Sonja A. says:

    Our biggest challenge is making sure no matter what comes up, we stay on track. Being a military family, that is sometimes hard to do…

  124. My biggest challenge is keeping my kids motivated.

  125. Christina Lyon says:

    Great baskets

  126. Developing a routine is my biggest obstacle–I feel like I need the “perfect” one before I begin.

  127. My biggest challenge is meeting with other children. My tip would be to try and start a club!

  128. Roxanna Alcantra says:

    My biggest challenge is getting back into a routine and time management.

  129. Stephanie Brewer says:

    It’s our first year… so the whole thing is really overwhelming.

  130. Christine says:

    I am new to homeschooling this year and so far I am struggling getting everything organized- and I am typically an organized person :( If anyone else has ideas for me (Kindergarten and Pre-School) I would love to know :)

  131. Alicia Winkler says:

    Though we keep some routine in the summer, getting back into a school schedule will be challenging.

  132. Melanie Schemanski says:

    My biggest challenge is being consistent and not running out of steam too soon

  133. StephJem P says:

    My biggest challenge is keeping up with housework and laundry AND school.

  134. Amanda Pennington says:

    Cringing just thinking of Back-to-School!

  135. The biggest challenge for me is getting everything scheduled and back on track. It does help to introduce a new subject each week instead of jumping in to all at once.

  136. Ashley B says:

    Getting organized and figuring out a schedule.

  137. My biggest challenge is getting going even though I’m never completely organized. And using our time wisely.

  138. jen thompson says:

    I think our biggest challenge this year will be that the baby is going to be 8 months old. Trying to keep him occupied and still getting everything else done too.

  139. Biggest challenge will be cutting myself some slack this year and recognizing that it is just kindergarten and my first time ever doing this, so we have a little room for making mistakes and learning what works and what doesn’t as we go.

  140. the biggest challenge will be for me is everything because this is my first year doing it.

  141. Getting dinner on the table is always a challenge for me!

  142. One of the hardest parts of starting back to school is finding our rhythm so our days run smoothly. We usually start with “half school” for a week or 2 and then gradually slide the rest of our school/day into the groove.

  143. My biggest challenge is getting and staying organized and keeping a schedule.

  144. My biggest challenge is not letting tasks become more important than relationships.

  145. my biggest challenge is following through and doing all the fun stuff I find on pinterest!

  146. My biggest challenge is not getting ahead of myself. I need God’s direction on what’s best for this school year.

  147. Amy Caton says:

    My biggest challenge is staying organized with meal planning and housekeeping!

  148. I think the hardest thing this year will be getting back in a routine, especially since we will have a new baby!

  149. Leah Williams says:

    Getting back into a routine.

  150. My biggest challenge is meal planning….

  151. Getting the kids excited and continuing that beyond the first week.
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  152. RejoicedOver says:

    My biggest challenge is getting into a routine.
    One thing that works for me is freezer cooking and using my wonderful slow cookers!!

  153. Belinda Hardesty says:

    Getting the house cleaned and organized. The kids love to be creative, but that equates to our school room always being in a state of disarray.

  154. Jessica D says:

    My biggest challenge is getting into a routine and keeping my two year old occupied. I haven’t really found anything yet that works this is only my second year homeschooling.

  155. Getting back into a routine and keeping up with our busy schedule on top of it.
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  156. My biggest challenge is getting dinner on the table. We tend to lose track of time if we get on something we really enjoy, so my best suggestion…Freezer Cooking! Not only does it save time and money, it helps keep the OCD in me in check! :)

  157. My biggest challenge is to get a 10th grader to decide that he needs to do as he is told instead of him thinking he is the boss and can tell me what he is going to do.

  158. My biggest tip is to limit outside distractions. Conversely, my biggest challenge is……outside distractions!

  159. My biggest challenges are getting my child/student back into a routine and keeping my house clean.

  160. Dinner! After a full day of school and a full evening of taekwondo dinner is always a big question.

  161. My biggest chalenge is having supper ready and the house clean by the end of the day. I try to finish all schoolwork before the hubby comes home so we can spend the rest of our evening as a family. If i didn’t have a crockpot, none of this would be possible!

  162. My biggest challenge is getting everything done.

  163. Jennifer Poe says:

    My biggest challenge this year is writing my own lesson plan. This is our first year using all new stuff so I’m writing all new plans and it’s been a little hard but I know we’ll get there!

  164. My biggest back to school challenge is narrowing down the list of what we will do. There are WAY too many fabulous things out there, and I want to do them all!

  165. getting back into the routine!!

  166. Holly Brown says:

    Biggest challenge is figuring out how to get organized and all that I need!

  167. Our biggest challenge is getting/staying organized!

  168. getting everyone up and started for the day

  169. Definitely the routine!! Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier is harder for the kids to adjust to.
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  170. My biggest struggle is getting everything done that I want to do.
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  171. Just as soon as I get a new ipad (mine was stolen) I am planning to buy this art curriculum for our year! We can’t wait to use it (and blog about it!). Of course, it would be lovely to win it!!

  172. My biggest challenge is the routine… I am a bit of a free spirit.

  173. Katherine says:

    My biggest challenge is motivating my kids to get back into a routine!

  174. Jessica G says:

    My biggest struggle is getting my children back in a routine and motivated!

  175. Christine says:

    This is a great give away.

  176. This year my biggest challenge is finding everything and getting organized after a move.

  177. Jessica A. says:

    My biggest challenge is getting back in the routine!

  178. My biggest challenge is maintaining the rest of my routines (cleaning house, supper, etc.) while beginning a new school routine. It takes the first six weeks to get everything running smoothly again.
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  179. I think definitely getting into a routine is the hard part but once I’m there, I settle in quite nicely.

  180. My biggest challenge is getting into a routine and time management!
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  181. Angela Robbins says:

    Adjusting the routine is so hard…. Thank you for the giveaway!

  182. I figure my biggest challenge will be keeping up all the usual “house stuff” and schooling, but I figure public school teachers do it every day, and have larger classes. So I guess focusing on priorities is the real challenge!

  183. Jennifer says:

    My biggest challenge is getting organized on time. With 2 little ones and a busy summer, it’s hard to set aside time to prepare.

  184. michelle h says:

    definately finding the routine again!

  185. My biggest challenge for “back to school” is compiling all the curriculum together, especially now that I will be teaching two. My best tip is to buy curriculum right at the end of the school year as opposed to right before the new school year. That way, prices are somewhat easier on the wallet and you wont be scurrying to find everything last minute.
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  186. My biggest challenge is getting excited about next school year. Once we get started, the biggest challenge will probably be settling back into a bed time routine.

  187. My biggest challenge is time. I will be teaching five children, have an 11 month old and am currently pregnant.

  188. My biggest challenge is always gearing up with the new outside assignments. This year we are doing Jr. Master Gardeners, AWANA, and many others. Getting back into the swing of those things is always a challenge, and this year most of these activities are new to us, too.
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  189. Getting everybody out of bed at a decent hour!
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  190. MichelleH says:

    The biggest challenge is getting the puzzle of activities to fit together nicely. Every year there are a few activities that require juggling in order for everything to fit.

  191. Melissa C says:

    I have a hard time getting back into the routine. The kids want to sleep in and I want to read while the quiet lasts 😉

  192. One of the reasons we choose to school year round is we all had so much trouble getting back into the routine, by having school be our default routine year round we can do fun things when the mood strikes, “guilt free”, and we never get out of the school routine, it makes this time of year an “easy” season since the heat tends to keep us inside happy to read books in the a/c :)
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  193. Carol Graft says:

    what a great giveaway! Thanks.
    Biggest challenge: after being way too laid back for way too long I want to get back into the school mode. Not so structured they can’t learn like they have been but definitely more focused diligence etc. 2 15yo and 1 9 yo. I still want it to be fun.

  194. Getting dinner, staying on schedule, budget, etc.

    I also have difficulty fitting in the extras. You have wonderful ideas. I am trying something different. 2 weeks of primary curriculum and 1 week of fun and your choice (the girls pick) curriculum.

  195. Jennifer Ganley says:

    My biggest struggle is finding the time to do everything we want to do in a day!!

  196. I think it’s really hard to stay organized!

  197. What fun books. I have been wanting to try the pastel chalks one for quite a time now. Maybe, just maybe?
    Hope that you have a wonderful day. God bless.

  198. Denise DePietro says:

    This looks like a fun Basket! Thanks for the chance to win!

  199. My biggest struggle is finding a routine that works for the entire family. And planning. I’m NOT a good planner!

  200. One of my biggest challenges is staying motivated and balancing everything. There doesn’t seem to be any amount of me doing for my house to look like anyone cleans it.

  201. We use start school when we are still harvesting the garden, canning, etc so it’s hard to determine what is most important.

  202. Elizabeth Truett says:

    My biggest problem is staying organized and not getting overwhelmed when things become chaotic.

  203. My biggest struggle is not over-planning and keeping room in our schedule for fun!

  204. Tammie Paul says:

    My biggest challenge is keeping a routine. We have started fostering this year so this change to our schedule and life is very new! The way we press on is through lots of prayer!

  205. Joann Calderone says:

    Staying organized and not letting drs. appts. etc. throw us off track.

  206. Heather Hoog Shoemake says:

    We homeschool year around so it is hard to stop and take a break from it…

  207. My biggest challenge is getting out of the way with my own wants and desires to teach my children and listening to God’s will for them. I strongly recommend everyone take time to pray before they decide how they are going to run the year. Listen to God’s will and obey! It is so rewarding!! If you feel like you are getting off track, pray more and God will reveal His decision to you!

  208. Gabreial W. says:

    Patience is my biggest challenge!

  209. Melissa C. says:

    I really struggle with dinner ideas and making a good dinner for my family each night. seems like I always revert to the old standbys, or I’m paralized with indecision!

  210. My biggest challenge is getting into a schedule that works for homeschooling and taking care of the house.

  211. Scheduling!

  212. Rebecca S. says:

    My biggest challenge is getting to bed early enough to wake up early enough for my “alone” time!!

  213. staying organized is my biggest challenge

  214. Patti Wykoff says:

    My biggest challenge is to get all of those summer to-dos DONE

  215. Virginia H. says:

    My biggest challenge is fear. This is my first year officially homeschooling. My husband and I decided to pull our children out of the public school system after being in it for years. They are both in middle school this year and I pray that I can do this.

  216. Heather Bardin says:

    Biggest challenge is grace in the moment and not reaction, remembering to model godly virtue/character and not just expect it :) I love your basket, I have an artist who would love this, so I know there are so many who would be blessed in stretching out the gift and talent!

  217. Kim Wells says:

    Biggest battle is helping my kiddos get back into the swing of things. Best advice from me is to have at least 10 minutes a day for mom to spend time with God and align my heart and head for the day.

  218. Biggest battle is having the money for curriculum. This is my husbands slow time of year at work so money can be pretty tight and that can be tough.

  219. Jennifer E. says:

    Getting organized!

  220. Alisha b says:

    My biggest change this year is going to be trying to set up a routin that works with three school age kids and a baby.

  221. My biggest challenge at the beginning of the school year is getting files/paperwork organized, and keeping homeschool items from taking over the house!

  222. I think the biggest problem is adjusting to a schedule to keep homeschool and home life in order.
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  223. Sarah MK says:

    The hardest thing for me is getting back into a full day routine. We homeschool year round, but our summer schedule is very flexible.

  224. Finding a way to fit everything in!

  225. tStephanie Branch says:

    My biggest challenge is organization. Its a constant struggle.

  226. Our biggest challenge: Organization & fitting all of the subjects in that *I* want to get in…. but my tip (to myself) would be to RELAX more. It’s homeschool and I can improvise if I need to or play “catch up” reading the history book on the porch as a family. :)

    Thanks for such a fantastic give away! My daughter is SO excited about the cooking materials. :)

  227. great basket

  228. We school year round, so this is not a busy time of year at all for us! In fact, we slow down in the fall because my parents own a pumpkin farm!

  229. Rebecca Barry says:

    Toughest part: getting back into a routine. Advice for this time: breathe, pray, be abundant in grace…for the kids and yourself :)

  230. Lesley M. says:

    Just getting started. This is our first year and I am very nervous!

  231. DeAnna Loibl says:

    This is my first year. I’m looking forward to waiting to see what God’s plan is for us.

  232. My biggest challenge is feeling motivated to get back into a routine & getting my kids motivated!!
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  233. If I plan, I don’t have trouble getting supper on the table. I have been in a rut and need some new ideas we all love. Plan to use my slow cooker more often this year.

  234. Keeping on track without killing the enthusiasm is always a struggle!

  235. my biggest challenge is keeping the house clean, but that’s a struggle year round. LOL

  236. Tracy O. says:

    I think the hardest thing is getting everyone back into the routine.

  237. Kristine says:

    My biggest challenge right now is my son moving from mostly play with some homeschool up to a 1 grade year.

  238. Marlene C. says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head…twice! The biggest challenges for me are getting into a routine and cooking. Another mom mentioned another biggie: keeping the house clean. Over all, there’s a lot of juggling to be done!

  239. I’m especially excited about those chalk pastel resources — cool! I love cool weather, so I’m always eager for fall, plus, I love getting a few new supplies and such.

  240. This is my first year so the biggest challenge so far is the planning!!

  241. Getting into a routine. We never successfully did it in my opinion last year. Hoping this year will be better.

  242. Great giveaway!

  243. Find / plan a routine that works for you- be true to yourself and be realistic.

  244. Michelle W. says:

    I think that “mommy” motivation is going to be the hardest thing this fall. :(

  245. We have just loved your free chalk pastel tutorials online. The book would be amazing! And all the other prizes too of course. 😉 Thanks for running such a great website!

  246. Colleen Schilinski says:

    The biggest challenge is getting into a routine – because we all seem to get lazy over the summer.

  247. Kimberly canlas says:

    I would so loooovvveeee to win this !!!

  248. Kelly Schmidt says:

    Getting back into the routine will be MOST challenging

  249. School and sports schedules!
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  250. My biggest challenge is just getting started. Once we get into a groove we’re good.
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  251. My biggest challenge is getting a routine.

  252. Judith Martinez says:

    I’m very stressed that I haven’t been able to afford all my curriculum or have some time to plan.

  253. My biggest challenge during back to school is getting in the routine of earlier bedtimes and earlier rise times! :)

  254. Having grace and keeping everything in balance is tough for me…

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