Supplies and StuffAug. 25th

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Now that the kiddos are headed back to school, we have to get organized. Back to school shopping is so fun! Let’s take a stroll back to our own childhood. Here are some fun back to school essentials.

Backpacks:Backpack Buying Tips (Parenting.com)
How do you pick the best backpack for your child when you’re facing a full aisle in the store? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping.
Two straps: This will distribute the weight evenly and is safer for the carrier’s back, neck and shoulders.
Reflective: If children will be walking home from school or out at night, their backpack should have pieces of reflective material on the bag.
Fit: Have your child try on the bag before you purchase it. The bottom of the bag should meet the lower back, but should not be more than 4 inches below the waistline. The point at which the bag and straps meet should be 1 to 2 inches below the top of the shoulders.
Weight: When you’ve selected the right backpack, make sure you don’t overload it. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that a backpack should not exceed 15 to 20 percent of a child’s body weight, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not exceeding 10 percent.

We love the ones on Land of Nod!

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Lunch bags: We found some cute snack bags on Etsy.com

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Labels: Cute labels for lunch boxes, cups and such. Keep track of your kid’s stuff. (Stuck On You)

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Supplies: Scented pencils?! Yep, gourmet pencils for all flavors! (Smencils)

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Cups/Feeding: Camelbak has great cups for kids!

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Learning Station:

Fun ideas from Decoist.com

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Hope your kids have a smooth transition! Make sure you take the tissues when you drop them off;) Happy school year!

Playful EatsMay. 19th

As children, we were taught not to play with our food. Now we have reached a time where we are saying the opposite to our own kids. It is now acceptable to play with our food!Have a picky eater? No problem. Try making meals fun, but getting creative with food.

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Here are some cute examples of culinary cuteness at its best. You have the creative freedom to do what you want. Fool your kids into wanting to try new things. Come on…everyone is doing it;)

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Now it’s playtime. See what fun creations you can come up with and how they work for your child. Get on the food bus and see where it ends up. Good luck!

 

 

Back to School tipsJul. 29th

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Vacation time is almost over. Time to start thinking of what the kids need for school. It can be stressful and expensive. Don’t fret…we searched the internet for deals and specials on back to school stuff. Here’s what we found.

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Gap Kids has Free shipping on $50+ orders and free returns. Their semi annual kid’s sale is happening now. Check it out!

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Old Navy has a sale going on online! It ends today, but use the coupon code:BIGTIME for discount. All school uniforms are on special, $5 polos and $10 khakis. Activewear is on sale too! Free shipping on orders over $50 and free returns.

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Carter’s has 40%off everything! They have sizes 7-12 online too.

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Macy’s is taking an extra 20% off with coupon code:BTS. Free shipping on sales of $50 and over.

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Nordstrom’s anniversary sale is on! Prices are being slashed on all kinds of great items!

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Crazy 8 has a sale on school uniforms. 40% off! Basic jeans are $12 and tees and polos are $10. Up to 80% off when you take an extra 30% off all clearance items! Shipping is always $5!

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Gymboree has up to 50% off! Free shipping over $75. Take 20% off new items and sale is up to 75% off!

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The Children’s Place is doing 40% the entire store online til the end of today! Free shipping on all orders too!

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Target has deals on all things back to school! Tees starting at $5, jeans starting at $10 and shoes starting at $15. Backpacks, lunch boxes and more are on sale too.

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Lakeshore Learning Store has a big back to school sale going on too! Hundreds of items on sale and free shipping on orders over $79, with coupon code:SHIPBTS

Whatever you need, we can assure you there are tons of things on sale right now! For more school supplies, try Dollar Tree, Walmart, Office Max, Staples, Michael’s, CVS and other well known stores. Happy shopping!