Back to School Shopping at Target #BTSwithTarget

Target has everything child(ren) need for the Back to School season, from supplies to apparel. We got supplies a while ago, and the kids spent many, many hours organizing and reorganizing their backpacks before the first day of school.  I don’t like to do supplies and clothes shopping all in the same day- I get overwhelmed and the kids do too.  We find too much at Target, every time we go…but I digress.

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I actually enjoy bringing the kids to look for clothes. I love to see what they’ll be drawn to, and what they like for colors, patterns, fabrics, styles, etc.  My son LOVES plaid shorts, and he almost made a beeline for the Cherokee Boys’ Chino Shorts in Baked Red.  He was giddy when he found a “totally hilarious” Minion shirt that has a Minion doing a photobomb on it! He actually put it on over his shirt to make sure it would fit without me even ASKING him. (He hates trying things on!)

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I do love Minions. I also love the price on these shirts. He also found a Ninja Turtle one with his fave Raph on it. Score. He didn’t need much for school but we do like a new first day of school outfit!

My oldest- well, she’s turning into quite the little fashionista. Right before my eyes, in spite of me being fashion clueless.

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Sigh. At least I can afford the stuff she likes when it’s from Target!!  The whole outfit was under $25. 3 pieces!!

She’s also having fun playing around when shopping, being goofy, and silly. Reminds me of how I was with my friends in stores…

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She totally wants a purse.  For her smartphone.  That she doesn’t have. We settled for some fun socks – I think one pair had phones on them.

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First day of school outfits, complete.  Little sis had chosen new stuff that is more for colder days… these skinny overalls might just be like the cutest thing EVER.

 

I think the best part of our Back to School shopping at Target was 3 kids on good behavior, a fun ice cream outing after shopping, and 3 kids’ school supplies, outfits and stuff ALL for (well) under $300!

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Every little thing is a really big deal.

 

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Get a haircut and donate a hair cut #ShareaHaircut

During the entire month of August, Hair Cuttery hosts its largest charitable program of the year- ‘Share a Haircut.’  The program provides haircuts to children in-need. By taking your child (18 and under) to Hair Cuttery for a haircut (just $13 at our salon), you are also donating a haircut to a child in need in your community.  This isn’t the first year that Hair Cuttery is doing the promotion- this is the 15th year of it, and to date, over 800,000 kids have received a free hair cut right before school starts! The folks at Hair Cuttery want to hit the 925,000 mark this year, and I’m hoping we can all help them.

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Once your child’s haircut is finished, they’ll get a sticker, and have the chance to take a picture with Joey, the “face” of the Share a Haircut promotion.

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My son was in need of a good cleanup from his early summer buzz cut, and we headed to a local Hair Cuttery yesterday to get him looking spiffy before school starts.  He was so excited that just by having his hair cut, he could make sure that another child would have a nice new haircut to start their school year with, too.

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We had to leave to get to our appointment right when my son got out of his swim lesson so he was in a damp bathing suit and rather chilled for much of his appointment.  Jamie, his stylist, was quick to offer a towel and an extra cape for him to try to warm him up.  As it was, he was still chilly (the a/c was on) and she popped him under the dryer for a few minutes to warm him.  Extra touches like that make a big difference!

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Each year the program is a little different, but in 2014 there will be a ‘Share a Haircut’ microsite fans may visit to upload a picture of themselves to the gallery wall and/or share on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  Each share/upload to the gallery equals one (1) haircut to the effort.  It’s a virtual experience of when you make a donation in-store and the store associate provides a wall decal for you to sign.  However, this program requires no monetary donation.

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 Have you done your kids back to school cuts yet?  Will you participate in #ShareaHaircut? 

 

We’ll be going back to get the girls’ trimmed up before school starts.  With prices from about $13-15 each, it’s a fabulous deal- and we can support our neighbors in need!

 

 

Thanks to Hair Cuttery for asking us to partner with them to promote Share a Haircut.  Opinions are my own. 

Fun Kool-Aid Crafts and Recipes

Growing up, we had Kool-Aid a lot. Well, maybe not a lot, but at parties, celebrations, we definitely did.  I remember we had these really cool Kool-Aid man mugs and I really really loved those mugs. We might have had a pitcher, too.  Whatever- they were AWESOME.

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Photo Credit for these beauties goes to Nothyme4Presents 

(and excuse me while I go rock in a corner because the cups are sold. Probably eons ago.  But not to me).

Because it was the 80’s and everything was awesome.  The Kool-Aid man would be on commercials busting through walls of houses to SAVE ALL THE PARTIES bringing his Kool-Aid with him.

And it was awesome.

But the mugs are gone and it probably wouldn’t be well received if the big pitcher-head-guy decided to blow through anyone’s house walls.  So we’re left with memories. And other cups.

ALTHOUGH….

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it is the um…teens?  You know. It’s 2013. The time of Pinterest. And Creativity abounds in this world. And now you can do oh so much more with Kool-Aid besides “just” drink it. You can drink it and make things with it.  Bonding time.  Family time. Crafty time. Fun time.  Making memories time.

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Fun ways to use Kool-Aid 
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How to Dip Dye Your Hair Using Kool-Aid 

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Kool-Aid Play-Doh

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How to Tie Dye TShirts with Kool-Aid

(which is on our list and we have supplies but this mama is not feeling well at all this weekend and sadly it’ll have to wait)

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Grape Granita Recipe 

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2 Ingredient DIY Lip Balm

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Edible Play-Doh

This is a sponsored post with Lunchbox.  Opinions are my own.

6 Tips for Managing the Busy Back to School Season

This is a sponsored post about managing the back to school season. We’re still over a week out from school starting here but I’m already sort of cringing a little bit inside at what is yet to come.  I’m a Brownie leader, apparently also now a Sunday School teacher (although I’m sharing this with 2 other moms), I have 3 kids who will be playing soccer, a son who’s going to start Boy Scouts, a daughter in gymnastics and a daughter in dance.  Trying to sort this whole new routine out is a little daunting, but I’m making a list of things to help stay organized and on top of things.

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1. Calendar.  Have a calendar on the wall that has a color for each kid.  That way, even the kids who can’t read can know that they have “something” on the day they see their color.  I need to find an enormous calendar so I can put things like stickers for gym days, dance shoes for dance…that kind of thing. Or I need to get separate calendars for each kid.

Not just for kids, but include meal ideas on the calendar.  Even if you have a family “meeting” of sorts on Sundays to decide what you will eat for the week, it leaves the person who has to prepare dinner with a plan and ideas.  It also makes shopping for groceries easier since you know what you will prepare- and save time in making lists.

2. Organization board.  Wouldn’t you just know that we’re in the middle of gutting our breezeway but I have this decent-sized cork board and I’m going to make it into organization/calendar central.  This is where we can keep papers for each kid, things that have to be signed or saved, their weekly schedules, etc., keep track of library books due.  That kind of thing.

With the beginning of the school year comes all of the papers to fill out and be signed.  Parents, you know what I’m talking about.  Eleventy billion pieces of paper…multiplied by how many kids you have.  It’s a LOT to keep track of, and not always something that we can sit down and complete in one sitting.  That’s why each kid will have a folder on that board- clearly labelled- so we can all keep track of who’s paper is what. I actually filled out my son’s paperwork in triplicate last year before realizing what I’d done so not only did I waste all that time, cover my pinky in ink (I’m a lefty) and get a cramp in my hand, I had to humbly ask for 2 more sets of papers from the school and fill them all out AGAIN for each of the girls.  Don’t be like the Brett of the 2012-2013 school year.

I am going to have a meal plan section for this too so I can get all of our favorite meal ideas up and hopefully help simplify my dreaded what do I make for dinner times.  Being organized with meal and menu plans will also help ME to get dinner prepped and cooked on the days when we have after school activities and I won’t be able to cook after school, but will need to cook midday.  (My actual organization board/station is a work in progress since that room is under construction but when it’s done, I”ll update this with a photo).  Being organized saves a LOT of time and makes that hectic back to school season a little less hectic.

3. Routine. We need to get into a routine.  Routines are great for all families. Figuring this out BEFORE school starts is key- so, starting today?  We’re getting up, making beds, cleaning out backpacks, and doing extra journaling.  Bedtime isn’t whenever anymore, it’s 7:30 sharp.  Baths or showers after dinner…you know.  Whatever our school routine is going to be, that’s what we’ll be practicing.

4. Delegate.  No matter how old or young your kids are, even toddlers can help with household tasks.  All 3 of my kids fed the dog and/or cat before they were 2.  Scoop of food into dish.  Voila.  My kids also clear their own dishes from the table.  Life is going to be busy, and hectic, but for example- my oldest is 8 and wants to have money of her own.  So she’ll be able to earn $1 each time she sorts the laundry baskets full of laundry into each family members’ piles.  Putting away the laundry can earn her more money.  She’s learning reponsibility and I have effectively delegated a task.  Win- win, right?

There’s a lot that kids can help with- it also teaches them responsibility at the same time. We keep the kids’ dishes in a drawer next to the dishwasher- that’s so they can access whenever they want. It also means that from a young age, all 3 kids have been able to help unload the dishwasher.  They are able to help and it’s a little less for me to do.

5. SYNC.  This just may be the most important one for we parents.  Sync those calendars.  The schedules. Routines.  If the soccer coach emails one parent the practice and game schedules, forward the email to your spouse.  I can’t tell you enough how much having a calendar feature on my phone that is synched to my email account has saved me and made me more organized.  There’s many many reasons I love this amazing and wonderful and glorious calendar feature on my phone, but

  1. I can set reminder alerts for whenever I want.
  2. I can see if we’ve already got other things going on that day and NOT overbook myself
  3. Did I mention the reminder alerts?  I can have email and pop up alerts to my heart’s content.
  4. We can share a calendar.  By we I mean my husband and me.  So even if he forgets to tell me he’ll be wicked late because he has a work meeting, I can see it. Or if we’re not going to be home until super late because there’s a game in a neighboring town, he can see that too.

Seriously. I can’t even explain how much I love having a calendar for family activities that is accessible to me almost 24/7.  It’s saved me and helped me be more organized. It might be my favorite tech thing ever.  It’s a beautiful thing!

Help your family manage the back to school season with Sprint’s limited time Buy One, Get One FREE offer on the brand new HTC One. Got a kid heading back to school?  Get one for them, and one for you!  Or get one for you and one for your spouse. I won’t judge. Of course, if one of you wanted to get the HTC One but didn’t have someone to give it to, I would gladly help you out. I’m hearing really great things about this phone and would love to try it!  (Kidding. Mostly).

 

 

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Pretty Poppies for Back to School ($100 Gymboree Giveaway)

This post about Pretty Poppies for Back to School is brought to you by our fashion forward friends at Gymboree.  I don’t even think I have a lot to SAY about these pieces- I think the photos kind of speak for themselves.  Gymboree is known for quality clothing that comes in lines that mix, match and coordinate to your heart’s content.  My oldest chose this Pretty Poppies outfit specifically SO she and her little sister could match for back to school and I think she did a great job choosing pieces.

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You can see that my little one has some growing to do before these fit her really well, but thanks to adjustable waist jeans, she can wear them now with no issues.  They will fit better length wise when she actually wears shoes, but hey, it’s August and we’re not back at school and the only person who wears shoes consistently in our family is my husband.

Speaking of shoes, both girls are upset that I didn’t order the adorable and glittery navy ballet flats that go with this outfit.  I promise you I would have but honestly? I couldn’t afford to include EVERYTHING! I did notice they ARE on sale when I was looking for the link to the outfit so they may just show up at the front door in the next week or so.  They really truly would be the perfect way to finish off this outfit!

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I am amazed that my 8 year old is wearing jeans- and willingly.  She’s NOT a jeans girl.  But these are nice and soft, plus adjustable waist, and how can you not love the poppies on the bottom?  Too cute.  The seam that goes down the legs just gives the jeans a little extra bit of fun and she loves that.  The over-the-top-cute patent leather bow belt was a must for her.  We did not get the belt for my 4 year old because, well, she’s still learning to undo snaps on her pants and she waits way too long as it is to go to the bathroom. We dont’ need any obstacles in her way.

Little sis got the bracelet (pictured above) in lieu of the belt.  Actually, she got 2 bracelets, because my older daughter declared that it was too tight and doesn’t fit. (So there you go.  The bracelet runs small). My little one is the accessory girl in our house anyway, so she’s happy to wear 2 or 20 bracelets, necklaces and anything else she can put on her little person.

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One of the things I love the very most about Gymboree is of course that they make a great quality product, which means I’m getting my money’s worth, but also…at the end of the day, they stay true to the idea that they are making clothes and fashion FOR KIDS and they design the clothes to be played in.  Sometimes I find brands forget that kids move and climb and jump and cartwheel and however else they want to move and aren’t just sitting at a desk or in a magazine shoot.  Gymboree does not forget.  My girls were MORE than happy to strike a bunch of poses to show just how much you CAN do with their fabulous new outfits.

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So, now that you’ve decided that you want your children dressed just like my girls for back to school….or maybe not (…although I won’t be upset if you decide to tell me how darling they are or how cute they look.  I really won’t.), who wants to win a gift card to spend for back to school or whatever else you’d like???

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One reader will win a $100 Gymboree Gift Card!

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Back to School Fashions and Adventures #KidsGotStyle

This post is the last in a series about back to school fashion as part of my involvement with the #kidsgotstyle campaign with Glam Media. On Friday, my whole family went to Target for some back to school shopping.  As much as I want to say it was fun, well, it was exhausting.  Parts of it were fun- but my husband had this idea in his head that we could get my son’s stuff quickly and then head to Home Depot and Lowe’s to look at flooring options for the breezeway.  In under an hour.  (I am going to assume that most of you, like me, found that idea amusing!). My son’s never really wanted to choose his own clothes before- so this was a big day for both him and me.  It wasn’t necessarily easy for me to let go and let him take charge, but it was actually pretty fun to watch him.  Target asked us to go shopping and using our Stylagram they sent as a guide, let our little guy get some back to school fashions.If you haven’t seen it, this is the Stylagram we got from Target- isn’t it awesome?
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Here’s our little guy with his new super cool Shaun White flip flops, Minecraft Tee and Cherokee pants.
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As you can see above, he’s pretty happy with his choices.  His first and TOP PRIORITY was the flip flops above- Shaun White‘s line, and they are red.  Both sisters got flip flops in recent weeks and my little guy was feeling really left out.  He was happy to have such cool flip flops AND to be able to choose himself.  The pants were a great find- they are definitely too long, but he hates snaps or buttons on pants and these have neither…so he’s a happy guy.  He chose the same pants in 2 colors!  Below, he’s wearing the same Cherokee pants and Minecraft tee but this time with a nice plaid shirt over it- which will be great for cooler weather and also for church!

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My son also discovered the hat options at Target when we were there.  With his Alopecia, I like to be sure he’s got hats he won’t mind wearing- and while he’s not got any bald spots right now, that can change in an instant.  So…we have a “cool” new Iron Man hat in his closet. (You can see little sister in the background looking for some boxer shorts for big brother to wear-isn’t she helpful?)

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Once he had his hat, we had to go back to look at more cool tee shirts.  Which is how we ended up with a second Minecraft tee. He’s happy.  I’m happy that he’s got clothes he’s going to want to wear.

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Never fear, we did plan for footwear into fall and winter.

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The same outfit with the other plaid shirt he chose on top- great for cold days!

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These shoes are a HUGE hit for him- and honestly, I’d probably never even have noticed the shoes had Target not put them in our Stylagram…but my little guy really likes them for 2 main reasons- they have laces (am I the only one who finds it odd that it is hard to find sneakers with laces for kids?) and there is RED in the shoes.  He loves red.  It’s his absolute favorite color. You’ll also note in this photo that he’s playing with his new calculator, which he’s so excited about (he loves math) and real pens…just for him.  We did get him new scissors as well but since we’re not allowed to send scissors to school that have been opened, they aren’t in the photo…they are in the bag with his other school supplies for the first day of school in a few weeks.

What have your kids chosen for back to school fashions?

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Healthy Snack Options from Simply Balanced

This is a sponsored post about healthy snack options from Target Simply Balanced.  Opinions are my own.  We’ve had a really busy summer in our family- swim team, tennis lessons, swimming lessons for the past 6+ weeks….and now we’re finishing up swim lessons but have a few weeks of camp to get through…and in the blink of an eye we’ll be back to school.  We want to make sure that we are offering healthy snack options to our children, especially when they are so busy and on the go, to keep their bodies fueled and energy levels up.
healthy-snack-options-simply-balanced-foods Target’s new Simply Balanced takes the guesswork out of eating well-all Simply Balanced foods meet nutritional requirements that include: low sodium and fat, zero Trans Fat, no Hydrogenated Oils or high fructose corn syrup, and no synthetic colors, artificial preservatives, flavors or sweeteners.  If I’m able to choose, I’m always going to choose healthier, better for you options for my family.  My favorite thing about this new line of foods is that it’s all priced affordably and I can grab it when I’m at Target (which is, you know, thrice weekly or so). I like being able to get the most for my money!!

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There’s  a pretty wide range of healthy snack options from Simply Balanced- my husband actually packed the Nut & Fruit Clusters to bring for his lunch today, and my kids have eaten their way through two bags of the freeze dried Apple Slices in just 2 days.  If my kids are going to bring fruit strips, I want them to be full of real foods and not high fructose corn syrup- the kids think they are a special treat and I don’t mind them having one once in a while if it’s actually made of fruit. healthy-snack-options-freeze-dried-apple-slices

 

I’ll be including a lot of the Simply Balanced line in the kids and the husband’s lunches this year for sure- paired with fresh fruits, veggies, and some protein, they’ll have a full and balanced lunch/snack on the go.   My oldest and my husband both love chili on cool fall and winter days- they’d love some tortilla chips as a side with that chili for sure!

Some of the Simply Balanced products include: 

Fruit Strips

Fruit Twists

Fruit Crispies

Corn Tortilla Chips

Tea

Granola Bars

Crisps

Popcorn

Most products come in an assortment of flavor varieties and have easy to read, easy to pronounce ingredients on the packaging.  That’s a win for all of us!  Which Simply Balanced product are you wanting to try first? 

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Back to school and back to fashion! #KidsGotStyle

This is the first in a series of sponsored posts about back to school must-haves.  School starts in a few weeks- which is going to mean some pretty big changes in our house.  We’ve been at the pool or tennis lessons all summer which means bathing suits and shorts/tshirts…or bathing suits and coverups.  The kids and I have been relaxing and enjoying the summer, but now that it’s August, it’s time to start getting ready for back to school and back to clothes!  This year, for the first time, my kids have very specific items on their lists for school clothes, shoes and accessories- even my littlest one.  Even my soon-to-be-first-grader has a list of must-haves and have-nots, and he’s never had a preference before.

One of my favorite parts of back to school shopping, aside from the brand new supplies that I’d organize and reorganize about 400 times before the big first day actually arrived, was picking out the outfit for the first day of school.  My mom always understood how much we each wanted that special something to wear for our first day, for the impression we’d make with teachers and classmates.

I asked my kids this morning what their MUST-HAVEs are for back to school this year.

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My almost 6 year old son: 

Sharpies ( I don’t know what Sharpie markers have to do with back to school but he was insistent that I include them!)

big kid clothes

cool jeans with no buttons

Star Wars and Lego and Superman stuff

a Flat Brim Hat (I’m hoping he knows what this means, because, my friends, I do NOT!!)

plain socks like dad’s

Cool shirts for soccer and basketball

My 4 year old daughter:

Princess dress

Princess shoes

Rainbows

Sparkly shoes

Sparkly clothes

Care Bears underwear

 

My 8 year old daughter: 

Maxi dress

glitter

more dresses

sparkles

earrings

headbands

skirts and leggings

new shoes

Thankfully, most, if not ALL of these items on their wish lists can be found at our beloved Target!!  My wish list for back to school is affordable stuff that they will WANT to wear that won’t sit in the drawers or on hangers without being touched.  I’m slowly embracing the fact that my kids are old enough to have their own idea of fashion and what THEY want to wear to show their style at school and it’s actually kind of fun to see them show their personalities through their wardrobe and accessories!

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Tips for Getting ready for Back to School

This post about getting ready for back to school : health is part of a partnership with Glam Media and This coming August, Glam is L’il Critters vitamins. We have just under a month left here before it’s time to go back to school.  Even before we’re back in school, things are starting to gear up for school.  Getting ready for back to school isn’t just about backpacks, shoes, school supplies and new clothing.  For us, it’s more about getting our bodies ready for back to school! 

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We’re working on getting the kids back into a bedtime routine– an earlier bedtime routine- having to get up by a certain time in the morning means that we need to make sure they get to bed and to sleep at a time that leaves them plenty of hours for sleeping.  Without a good night sleep, kids won’t have the ability to concentrate at school nor to fight off the germs they’ll be around once the doors to school open for the year.

Checkups– maybe this is just my kids because they have summer birthdays but we always have our back to school physicals so we know that things are all in proper working order and that the kids’ bodies are developing as they should be.  Routine health care visits are crucial. Before bed, everyone must brush and rinse and say a prayer.  Even if you aren’t religious, it is good for everyone to take a moment and reflect upon something or someone that they are thankful for or thinking about.  We brush, rinse, pray and read a book in our house- the kids love the snuggle time and we love sharing the stories and adventures with them.

Move to the beat– any beat!  Kids need to exercise.  They need to M-O-V-E.  Most kids are running around, swimming, going to camp, playing sports all summer….when school starts, they are back to sitting at a desk for several hours a day.  Make sure to incorporate time daily for some physical exercise.  Even if you make up silly games to get some movement in right before dinner- right in your kitchen- just get them moving.  I’m planning to move right along with them.  Can’t get outside?  Improvise.  Jog in place.  See who can do it longest.  Jump rope.  Hop.  Skip.  Do silly stretching.  Try yoga!  Whatever that beat- slow, steady, fast, sporadic- move to it.  Find something no one hates and make it part of the daily routine. for a program all about happy and healthy kids!

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Rice Krispies Make Mornings Better (Giveaway)

Yes, she did have Rice Krispies for breakfast. Yummy breakfast plus new clothes made for one happy girl.

Here’s something I bet you don’t know about me.  My all time favorite cereal is Rice Krispies.  With milk, without milk, in a bowl, in a cup, out of a baggie…it doesn’t matter. I love them.  Rice Krispie treats? Yes, please.  Obviously I love the taste of them, but I’ve grown to love them even more as my kids have come along, particularly now, as we’re back to school and mornings are often rush, rush, rushed.   I prefer when my kids are happy and smiling before school- a good breakfast and an organized mom in the morning helps me with that goal…

Rice Krispies are good for filling bellies, they are easy to serve, and when else does your breakfast “talk” to you the way Rice Krispies do?  With some fruit, they make for a healthy, filling start to a busy day at school or work. 

Besides serving Rice Krispies (which I buy at BJ’s because it’s more cost effective and I don’t run out as soon)– some other tips to make school (or work) mornings busier for moms:

1. Pack Lunches and Snacks the night before. I can’t say this enough.  It leaves you time to make and drink some coffee in the morning instead of fumbling around trying to put together a semblance of a healthy, filling snack or lunch. Put the whole lunchbox/bag into the fridge, and you’ll save a LOT of your time in the morning.  I try to force myself to do this before bed- it doesn’t usually even take me 10 whole minutes- even to do my husband’s lunch…but the time and stress saved in the morning makes it SO worth it. 

2. Backpacks/bookbags: Ready to go the night before.  Chances are, the homework’s done, and it’s easy to check the calendar for any “specials” like library books that must be returned, or sneakers that have to be brought for gym class.  Share day?  Get it ready the night before!

3. Calendars are on our walls, USE THEM.  When I was a nanny, and I won’t lie, I’m not as good as I was then, but each person in the family had a color.  So all of their “stuff” was written on the calendar in their color.  So if they were able to read or not, they’d know if there was ‘something’ for them to remember.  Share (show & tell) days, library, field trips, appointments, scout meetings, club meetings, sports-pictures….all of these things can be on the calendar.  The visual cue can be a reminder not just to us as the parents, but also for the kids to see and help learn to be responsible for their belongings.  

4. I’d love to tell you to set out breakfast table settings the night before, but that won’t ever happen in my house.  It would probably make life easier, but with a small kitten in the house, for me?  It would probably make life harder, and messier, because I can almost guarantee that our little Sunshine kitty would be climbing onto that table and knocking dishes off at some point.  

5. If your kids are not “morning” people, try new ways to wake them.  Sing a silly song, make a silly face when you wake them.  Make getting shoes on a “race” to see who can get ready to head out the door first.  I find that if I’m being silly and having fun, sooner or later, the kids fall into being silly and fun, and we have a little less grouchy and a lot more smiley.

  • Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal and memories go hand in hand. This back-to-school season, spark a moment of joy at the breakfast table with the simple grains of rice you can see and the Snap!™, Crackle!™, & Pop!™ you can hear.
  • With vitamin- and mineral-fortified Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal, moms don’t need to worry about sacrificing nutrition when getting their family out the door each morning. Rice Krispies cereal is made with simple ingredients and is fortified with 11 essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Share your back-to-school magic breakfast moments sparked by Kellogg’s Rice Krispies on their Facebook fan page.

Rice Krispies Giveaway Photo

 

Kellogg’s would like to make one reader’s mornings a little smoother with a Rice Krispies prize pack:  a box of Rice Krispies cereal, a set of four fun cereal bowls, and a Kellogg’s Retro Character Scrapbook Album.

 

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