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Look like an organized mama at back to school and avoid procrastination during the year by using an index card as reference when filling school forms out. Any old basic index card will do, but printable versions available from neatontheinside.com.

There is nothing complicated about the back to school index card, but that does not mean it's any less of a game changer for me.  This practical solution has saved me time, stress, embarrassment, and procrastination-related shame.  When using it in public, I also score some major organized mama points.  Simply put, it is a basic index card with emergency contacts, health insurance information, and the name & number of our pediatrician.  Instead of gathering all of the necessary information each time I fill out a form, I now only gather and fill one of these out a year.  I bring the index card with me…

Some years back I lamented how, after laughing at yet another adorable thing my child said, my memory of the event would soon be lost forever.  If you're a parent, you've probably experienced something similar.  Poor sleep habits can lead to diminished memory and, let's face it, submariners get better sleep than parents do, especially in the beginning.  Even when they're sleeping through the night, the average wake-up time is pretty early even if you don't have an early riser.  Add another puppy or two to the litter and you've got 10 years of potentially terrible sleep ahead of you…

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