This is a sponsored post on behalf of Box Tops for Costco and Acorn Influence. #CostcoBoxTops
Get into the Back To School groove by collecting Box Tops and encouraging your children to contribute to their classrooms!
This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Back to school season is in full swing and if there is one struggle all parents experience, it’s how fast our children grow out of their clothes! Before you toss out the threads that no longer fit, snap a photo to win big in The Perfect Fit Sweepstakes.
A well balanced lunch box plays an important role in the quality of your child’s day. Not only does it give them energy and help them focus but it also provides parents with the opportunity to make healthy food choices exciting. When packing a lunch for your kids you have to remember two things- (1) If they don’t like it, they won’t eat it and (2) It’s okay to think outside the lunchbox. In fact, they are more likely to eat what you pack them if you find a way to make the food appealing and fun. For the most part Toodie is no longer a picky eater that fights me on trying new things but sometimes I have to tap into my inner creativity to sneak the fruits & veggies in. Lately I have noticed her lunchbox returns home with a sifted through fruit salad. The watermelon is always missing in action but the other fruits like grapes, blueberries, and pineapple are left behind.
The Red Robin information and gift cards have been provided by Red Robin.
It’s never too early to teach your children how to give back to their community, especially when there are so many opportunities for them at their very own school. For the past year or so I found a passion in volunteering and being an active PTA member at my daughter’s elementary school. Whether it’s collecting Box Tops or purchasing from the seasonal fundraiser, I am always willing to do my part in helping to support the education of our future generation. This is why I was excited to hear that one of our favorite restaurants, Red Robin, has created a new program to help build better schools.
We may only be two weeks into the new school year but First Grade has been keeping Toodie and I both very busy. Adapting to a structured routine after a relaxed summer has actually been much easier than I anticipated. I’m still struggling with the early mornings but it can’t all be sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s been a complete breeze. Waking up earlier than need be, writing thoughtful lunch notes, carefully crafting themed bento boxes, ironing uniforms, and making flashcards can be exhausting. Insert more over-achieving mom problems here. First Grade is proving to be much different than Kindergarten, from the challenging curriculum to the weekly spelling tests. Each day there is something new to be learned. If there is one thing that makes it all worth it, it’s the enlightening car ride home where I get to hear about the highlights of Toodie’s day.
My family is enjoying healthy snacks as part of a sponsored series with GoGo squeeZ and Socialstars. #GoGosqueeZSquad
As a parent the task of creating a memorable and fun lunchbox can seem like a chore, especially during the first few weeks of school when we’re running around like headless chickens. It can be a hectic time for all of us and the struggle of getting back into a routine is the real deal. From waking up before the sun rises to dragging your half asleep kiddo out of bed- packing a lunch that makes a statement is probably the last thing on your mind. I get it. There are days I suffer from a lack of creative juices and have no clue how to turn an everyday turkey sandwich into a masterpiece. But sometimes us moms and dads stumble upon products that inspire us and that’s all we need to go from a boring brown bag lunch to a brilliant themed bento box.
Yesterday the summer officially came to an end when I dropped Toodie off for her first day of First Grade. As an overly emotional parent I had the expected feelings of excitement, fear, and a hint of sadness. I was going to miss hanging out with my little person all day. I knew the house was going to be extremely quiet without her giggles and endless energy. It always takes me a while to get back into the swing of things the first week or two. After last year I have learned it’s perfectly natural to twiddle my thumbs while counting the hours until I can pick her up, kiss that little face off, and ask a million questions about what she did in class. Of course, she still looks at me like I am crazy but I can’t help but act as if she was away for months. We’ve kind of become attached at the hip as she has gotten older. I know it won’t always be this way so I am savoring every moment before she becomes a teenager and wants nothing to do with me!
Is your family prepared to head back to school? I can’t believe we only have a few days left! After a long summer of sunshine, relaxation, and endless fun it can be hard for children to get back into the swing of things without a fuss. Sometimes they need a little extra encouragement to ease the pain of transitioning back to early mornings and homework. A special surprise like these Back To School Candy Poppers can make the first day of school a lot sweeter. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or volunteer- you can make these colorful candy push-ups for the entire class to enjoy. Smiles are guaranteed!
Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to shop the Fall trends at the Children’s PLACE.
Fall trends have made their way back into stores and The Children’s Place has the most fashionable picks for your the kiddos this season. Back to school shopping has been conquered but I am already bored of the basic solid colored polo shirts and stiff khaki pants Toodie has to wear every single day. I’m sure she is too considering the first thing she does when she gets home from school is rip them off and throw on anything in her closet with a pop of color. After a month of dull colors and plain Jane outfits it was time to bring some life back into her bland wardrobe. Bright colors, sparkle, sequins, and embellished graphics- yes please!