Thrive! Don’t Just Survive Back to School Basket

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Back to school is an exciting time, but it can also be a bit overwhelming and a lot of work!  

The goal isn’t to merely get through another year, the goal is to thrive!  We want our children to thrive too of course, but if mom is struggling, usually so is everyone else.  As moms we often make sure our husband and our children have what they need to be successful, and put ourselves last.  

While it may seem silly to need things like a pretty planner or colored pens, I say absolutely not!  God himself loves beauty and created all the colors of the rainbow, we should enjoy them to the fullest.  A pretty planner and post-it notes in bright colors makes me happy.  I hope it makes you happy too.

I wanted to include some items in the basket that will help make this your best year yet!

Basket of Homeschool Mom Goodies

Included is a pretty planner from Blue Sky.  Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, so I included a journal that matches.  A planner to plan your days and journal to record your thoughts and dreams. 

Also some fun {and practical!} pens, highlighters, and sticky notes to make planning and recording even more enjoyable.
These Skoy clothes are new to me, they came highly recommend by my blogging buddy Jess @ Teachable Moments.  I happened find these while doing some shopping when we were at Heritage Camp.  I picked up a pack for me and a pack for you.  I have been using my clothes and have been very happy with them.  After you get done cleaning up, you can pamper your hands a bit with some lavender lotion from Crabtree & Evenlyn.

A basket from me wouldn’t be complete without a couple samples of Shakeology and a couple of other Beachbody goodies.  Taking care of your physical health is an important component to thriving, not just surviving!

Quick Note: I wanted to include a yummy dark chocolate bar, because let’s face it, there are some days we just need chocolate! but I didn’t think shipping chocolate in July was such a great idea.  Sorry :(

May God bless you abundantly in your homeschool journey this year.  Thank you for being here!
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  1. Aadel Bussinger says

    Don’t shoot me – but I’m not a huge fan of chocolate! I guess my favorite treat would be choc chip cookies – with dark chocolate chips.

  2. Jessica says

    What a fantastic idea! Mom supplies…….I love supplies. I love new pens and planners and the possibilities that a blank page holds. You totally inspired me to list out my favorite Mom supplies and I am crossing my fingers on this fabulous giveaway.

  3. Sarah M. says

    You seriously want me to pick ONE chocolate treat? Haha! Hershey’s Special Dark and peanut M&Ms are definitely some go-to’s!

  4. HarringtonHarmonies says

    A wonderful basket! I’m not sure that I can choose one! Chocolate is amazing! Hmmm. You’ve struck a chord here. I can’t choose. Mostly I go for truffle stuff I guess:)

  5. A Slice of Smith Life Smith says

    Right now with my gestational diabetes, I’m really enjoying my green smoothies and I make them chocolaty by adding unsweetened Hershey’s Cocoa and a bit of Stevia. :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! It looks great!

  6. Kate H says

    Thank you for the reminder that it’s ok for me to have pretty supplies :) Anything to keep motivation up!

  7. Jen says

    New homeschooler here (we start in a month!),so I’m not sure what we’ll need or what to expect. Favorite chocolate treat? Sometimes for a snack I’ll mix a handful of almonds with a (smaller) handful of TJ chocolate chips. Yum!

  8. Dianna Kennedy says

    mmmm …… iced mocha, ghiradelli chocolate chips, reese’s pb cups, York peppermint patties …..

  9. cheryl says

    My favorite chocolate is anything that incorporates a bit of salt–peanut butter cups, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate sea salt caramels…. Oh, now I am hungry!

  10. thefiveharts5 says

    I love chocolate in all forms, except white, which is not really chocolate. haha My very very favorite would have to be dark chocolate covered blackberries, which are only available about 2 weeks out of the year.

    Thanks for the info on the Skoy cloths, I’ve added them to my next Amazon order. I love practical *and* cute!

  11. brynna says

    Dark Chocolate Chips – Chocolate cake -Fudge- Brownies- Candy- Icing- Chocolate no bake cookies the list is endless! I LOVE ALL CHOCOLATE

  12. Trisha Kilpatrick says

    I’ve never met a chocolate I didn’t like. My favorite chocolate might be Dove or Godiva, but Hershey’s is really good, too. Who am I kidding? No chocolate is safe around me.

  13. Brittney says

    I make a mean double chocolate cookie, and I make it a bit too often – sometimes I bake them, sometimes I don’t!

  14. Emily @OAAA says

    Right now, I am loving the Godiva chocolate bar that is filled with caramel. They are conveniently located at Target’s check out lanes.

  15. Ky says

    Such a sweet, thoughtful gift. The cleaning cloths look cool, and I think I already eat too much chocolate, so no worries there. :)

  16. Nedra M. says

    Favorite Chocolate Treat: The dark chocolate bars from IKEA. But, any dark chocolate will do in a pinch. 😉

  17. Melissa M says

    Hmmm…. I guess any milk chocolate w/ caramel (like Carmello)! Yum!

  18. Amy says

    I love chocolate – but rarely get to have it because it is a major migraine trigger for me. Every once in a while I take the pain in exchange for some M&M’s! I know – I could do better than that if I’m going to risk it! :)
    Great giveaway!

  19. Barb says

    I can’t have chocolate. :( But I can have carob. So I put carob chips and peanuts on vanilla ice cream. Some times I just need a chocolate fix so I eat a handful of carob chips. I miss the chocolate but my body doesn’t like it.

  20. Christina Hirst says

    Eeeek! I don’t like chocolate. :/ I never liked it as a kid, despising chocolate cake and ice cream at birthday parties, lol. I still don’t enjoy it as an adult.

  21. Steph says

    I love both white chocolate and really, really dark chocolate. Green & Black’s is my absolute favorite brand of chocolate bars.

  22. zekesmom10 says

    All chocolate, but especially anything with dark chocolate. Don’t worry, win or lose, I’ll buy my own chocolate. Thanks for the chance.

  23. Bridget says

    I love truffles. But in Canada they have these chocolates called Icey Squares that are indescribably good. They turn to liquid chocolate in your mouth! I think those are my favorite.

  24. Melissa says

    one of my most favorite chocolate candies…..are lindt truffles. OMG!!! I’ve been trying to eat better….so no when i’m needing chocolate, I eat dove silky smooth promises dark chocolate. Lindt makes great chocolate, too. Let’s face it…..I love chocolate.

  25. pickledpandas says

    Chocolate almond all natural organic pop from Hillstreet Market

  26. DCB says

    Thanks for participating in this giveaway! My favorite chocolate treat has to be Moose Tracks ice cream. Y. U. M. :)

  27. Lorie S says

    My favorite chocolate treat is a Mocha coffee! Not really practical in July – but I love chocolate and coffee!!

  28. Kristen@TeachingStars says

    Honestly- I’ve been enjoying the small portion of a Hershey’s kiss. It’s a perfectly proportioned pick-me-up.

  29. Joanie says

    What a fun basket! Sorry but dark chocolate is awesome. It is even better when you add caramel and sea salt. hmm time to raid my stash!

  30. Kelly H says

    Honestly, anything chocolate is my fave…..I’m totally not picky when it comes to chocolate:) Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Em Walker says

    I’m not hard, anything dark chocolate – ANYTHING! Unless there is nugget involved and then forget it! :)

  32. Sonja A. says

    Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. I only get it once a year or so, because it’s soo bad for you…but yum! These baskets are soo fun!

  33. Bethany G says

    You have asked the ultimate question to which there is no real answer. I love ALL chocolate! The darker, the better. :)

  34. Ashley Azzopardi says

    Favourite chocolate? Cadbury!
    It’s rich, creamy, flavors are great and they are English (where our family is from) :)

  35. Megan says

    Chocolate in any form is a friend of mine, but I have to go with black magic cake. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  36. Carol G says

    Currently hooked on Almond Joys or mounds. but really my fav is the chocolate that is like 72% dark/bitter chocolate. Midnight something. I know the package. lol

  37. Julie says

    All chocolate, but I made some peanut butter coconut oil chocolate in the freezer last night. Delicious!

  38. Luz says

    Chocolate when I’m happy, chocolate when I’m sad, chocolate as a treat and even sometimes for a meal, if you know what I mean.

  39. Jackie Gallagher says

    I would have to say just your regular Hershey’s bar!!! Love to pop them in the fridge for a couple hours to chill them for a perfect treat!!!

  40. AdenaF says

    MALLO CUPS!!! Sometimes they are hard to find but they look like Reece cups but have marshmallow filling inside instead of peanut butter.

  41. Casey says

    Just one is hard to choose. I love dark chocolate, but my son and I also “fight” over reeses cups

  42. crafty_cristy says

    I am actually trying to refrain from chocolate this year, but my favorite is chocolate chip cookies.

  43. Lisa Maille says

    ummmm, this one is so difficult! Brownies, snickers, chocolate covered strawberries, Reese’s……

  44. Lori_KeepingItSimple says

    Awesome basket!! I can’t wait to actually order shakeology (still waiting for same reasons). I think it will be good for when the busy school months start.

  45. grace says

    Actually, chocolate is not my fav treat … I am a salty kind of person, so I will pick anything is salty before chocolate but I will occasionally took a bite of Kit-Kat :-)

  46. Ann says

    I LOVE chocolate….. my favorite is Dark choc with almonds, like the Doves…. Mmmmh. Okay, now I am going to have to have one…..

  47. Eleni says

    I love anything chocolate, I don’t know if I can choose just one lol….. Dark chocolate dove candy if I have to choose… :)

  48. Dawn Spurgeon says

    What a great package. Not only is some lucky homeschool mom going to get off to a great start with being organized but you added some goodies to pamper her as well. YAY Some of us dont get that very often. I am a dark chocolate girl. But if you stick any chocolate in the fridge so it is nice a cold I will eat it. Yeah not sending chocolate to us in the mail this time of year is a good idea, thanks for the lovely thought of adding it to this goodie basket though. OH and this is my first time to your blog. Lovely family! Bless you all.

  49. Heather Bardin says

    This is such a sweet idea! Back to School always seems to happen in the midst of planning and encouraging excitement in our children, what a great way to encourage and boost Mom, too! :)

  50. Tiffany S says

    I’ve recently been making “gourmet” s’mores with pina colada marshmallows and dark chocolate with almonds. Yum!!

  51. rose says

    Hmm. there are so many wonderful ones, but I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Reese’s peanut butter cups.

  52. Kim McCurdy Wells says

    Ooh! What a wonderful basket of goodies!! Favorite chocolate treat is ANY chocolate treat!!

  53. Amanda H. says

    lately it’s been Dove’s milk chocolate silky smooth promises. A friend gave me a bag after my Husband had surgery and they are SOOO good!!

  54. Rosana says

    That is a hard one, almost anything chocolate! Ice-cream (especially milkshakes), and anything with chocolate and peanut butter together.

  55. Kat says

    My favorite chocolate splurge is a chocolate brownie with icecream, sprinkled with plain M&M’s and covered with Hot Fudge! Can you say Yum in my Tum!

  56. April says

    My favorite chocolate is Ghiradelli chocolate chips. They’re easy to grab a handful out of our cabinet and munch on the go.

    Thanks for such an awesome give away! :)

  57. Erin Towsley says

    My favorite chocolate treat is…pretty much anything with chocolate!! It has been too hot to bake so my husband and I make puppy chow :)

  58. Patty B says

    Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter cups are sooooo good! Oh and Choceur milk chocolate bars sold at Aldi’s!

  59. Tabitha Ferreira says

    I’m a chocoholic so any chocolate will do but I really love a nice thick slice of chocolate cake! I’m so glad Safeway sells them by the slice, it lasts me all week and I don’t share!

  60. Amie Carroll White says

    Believe it or not, I’m not a huge fan of chocolate. I usually like chocolate covered strawberries, though.

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