A Safer, Quieter School Bus—Why Propane Could Be the Answer

We live four blocks from my son’s elementary school, so I’m happy to say that we get to walk to the drop-off line together every morning. It’s become our own relaxing little ritual, and a calming way to start our day. Of course, when my big boy first learned that he wouldn’t be taking the long yellow bus, he was disappointed. As a new Kindergartener, this was a rite of passage he didn’t want to be denied.

I can’t say that I felt the same way… I have some not-so-fond memories of riding the bus as a kid. That horrendous diesel exhaust smell resulted in regular, recurring headaches and the overall volume level was anything but peaceful.

Worst of all, though, I remember the bullying. There was an overweight girl on our bus, and she was teased endlessly, mercilessly—it was awful. Unfortunately, the bus driver wasn’t able to help. How could she? It had to have been impossible for her to hear anything happening in the rear of that big roaring vehicle.

These are just a few of the reasons why propane-fueled school buses are a better alternative, on the rise. Today, there are nearly 13,000 propane school buses in operation—serving 800,000 students in 750 districts, nationwide. School districts in 47 states use propane buses—so it’s certainly a trend that’s on the uptick, but we do have a ways to go to make this the norm.

Truth is: Despite those aforementioned headaches, the noise, and the bullying, I never would have given the issue a second thought—diesel vs. propane. Potatoes, pot-ah-toes, right? But now that I’ve been educated on the topic, it’s something I want to push for in my own district.

The Top 3 Benefits of Propane School Buses

  1. Propane school buses are, not only, more efficient they’re also more economical. That means they can help districts save money over time that can be put back into the classroom to be used for academic purposes. (As a bonus, the Propane Education & Research Council has, once again, teamed up with AdoptaClassroom.org to donate funds to teachers, in recognition of their district’s adoption of propane buses.)
  2. A reduction in harmful emissions, like diesel exhaust—results in a safer, healthier ride for everyone.
  3. A quieter propane bus means a calmer and safer ride. Propane school buses are significantly quieter than diesel buses, allowing drivers to focus more on the road and happenings both inside and outside the bus. With less distraction all around, drivers can also more easily identify and prevent bullying on buses.

These are just three reasons why public figure, mom to two, morning talk-show correspondent, and former teacher, Jenna Bush Hager is so emphatic in her support and work for PERC.

Earlier this month, I joined Hager at an intimate brunch in New York City to learn more about her role for the organization and her passion for the cause.

She shared her personal experiences, both from the perspective of a kid and an educator, and she brought up an additional point that hadn’t been previously presented. A quieter bus also means a “calmer arrival.” As a teacher, she knows that children can benefit tremendously from a little less chaos and a little more zen in the morning—to catch up with a friend, to finish homework, to just enjoy a moment of peace before the busy go-go-go of the school day commences.

“The school day begins and ends on the bus for many children,” Hager said. “When we give our kids a safe, quiet and healthy start to the day, it can improve their entire experience in the classroom and at home, too.”

This really resonated with me—it circles back to those early AM walks to school with my little guy. I get to see him off with a content and eager smile on his sweet face. No bullying, no headache, no frenetic energy… Just a calm moment between the two of us. It’s something that all kids deserve—whether they car pool, walk, or take the bus every day. Who knew that propane could by the simple solution.

If you want to inquire about school bus safety propane-fueled buses in your community, visit BetterOurBuses.com.

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We’re Feeling the Flower Power This Back-to-School Season

Let’s talk about a pattern that never goes out of style: florals! Bright, feminine, playful, and vivacious, flower-embellished designs are all the rage right now. You could call it a trend, but since it’s so timeless and classic, we’re just gonna go ahead and deem it a fool-proof, fail-free, evergreen standby!

This back to school season, we’re seeing flower power in an even bigger, better, and bolder way. Floral dresses, tops, and accessories are must haves for the tween and teen set, offering an easy way to express personal style without looking too cutesy or cloyingly sweet. It’s a bit more mature, but still has a youthful, fun edge.

And lucky for bloom-loving beauties, floral patterns have extended far beyond wearable pieces. Staples has all the flower-power you could ever want with backpacks, notebooks, folders, planners, and pencil cases for your back-to-school shopping pleasure.

We recently took a trip to my local Staples to stock up on floral-inspired school supplies and found a plethora of pretty goodies. Add a few shimmering, shining, pastel accessories, a metallic ruler, glitter pens, and some markers, of course, and this lovely JanSport backpack will be fully stocked and primed for the picking on the first day of school.

Speaking of that always-exciting first day, we’ve got the perfect outfit to help your little lady make her new-grade debut: a floral romper. It’s an easy, effortless, comfortable, and totally stylish option. A one-piece is an instant outfit. It’s an adorable option paired with some simple slip-on sneakers, flip-flops, or flat espadrilles. Add a floral backpack, and it’s an A+ outfit…. Now all you need is a fresh bouquet to make her first day even sweeter!

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Back-To-School Trends & a Giveaway

We are enjoying the last days of summer and although we are packing as much as humanly possible into our downtime, we are all pumped up for to go back to school. We spotted three new back-to-school trends to get your kiddos’ year started off on the right track.

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To get the year started and continued on the right foot (pun intended), we are counting on pediped for, not only, the latest in on-trend footwear, but for their quality and durability. It’s just what us savvy mamas are counting on.  Our kids need shoes that can stand up to lots of time on the playground, and pediped is always up for the challenge. I love that many styles are machine-washable. Moms know that pediped footwear is a smart choice for parents concerned with the long-term development of their children’s feet, and has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for creating shoes that promote healthy foot development. Styles that fit my kids well, are good for their feet, and that they want to wear? Yes, pediped gets an A+ from this mama.

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One thing that I stress about the most as a mama is how to feed my kids well so that they are getting what they need to keep up their energy level, especially while on-the-go. My children (like most!) are involved in a myriad of after-school activities, and I am always searching for a quick snack that is made well, tasty and convenient.

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I hit the trifecta with MadeGood® tasty snacks. Not only does MadeGood® offer four varieties of granola bars, they have crispy squares (a healthier treat) and granola minis which are great for my youngest (or to place on top on yogurt). All MadeGood® snacks are made in a dedicated peanut and tree nut free facility, (making them great for back to school), allergy friendly, gluten-free, organic, non-GMO verified, vegan and even contain nutrients found in one serving of vegetables. If that doesn’t make them live up to their MadeGood® name, I don’t what would. Delicious, nutritious and convenient–a happy trio to satisfy my family, whether it be for a quick and easy breakfast, part of a healthier lunch or a convenient, yummy snack on-the-go.

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One of the biggest trends, and something constantly on the minds of moms, is whether or not our children are properly hydrated. It has been proven time and time again that the only thing children need to stay hydrated is water.

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Sounds easy enough, right? But, how much water do they need per day? How do we get them to drink it? Well, Gululu has the answer. Gululu is the world’s first interactive water bottle that keeps kids hydrated. Gululu helps children stay hydrated by caring for a virtual pet (my son picked a ninja turtle). As kids drink more water from Gululu, their chosen virtual pets grow and make friends. Parents stay informed of their children’s progress through a connected app. Not only does Gululu help kids stay hydrated but they’ve partnered with Generosity.org, and for every Gululu bottle purchased, a child in a developing country will be provided with clean drinking water for life. All Momtrends’ readers can save 15% on their Gululu purchase from now until the end of September, by using code : IUSC5YM9 

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Not only are we bringing you the hottest trends, but we are giving away a bundle of back to school prizes including:

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  • $75 gift certificate to pediped
  • MadeGood® prize pack including a variety of snacks, a t-shirt and a MadeGood backpack
  • 3 Interactive water bottles from Gululu

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Back-to-(School) Bedtime Routine

We’ve been lax about bedtime this summer… to say the least. With a focus on carefree fun and sun, our usual routine has gone out the window, and our turndown time has gotten way, waaaaaaaaay later than intended.

With school starting in just one week, I’m committed to getting my little people back on a bedtime schedule sooner than later. They need rest, relaxation, and plenty of zzz’s. And, equally important, I DO TOO! Of course, it’s not like flipping a switch. Getting back to a regular routine is a gradual process. For the kids… and for Mom!

We’re sharing a few ways to get those booties back in bed at a more reasonable hour–so that they’re refreshed and ready for successful days at school and nights at home.

Bump Up Bedtime–Slowly But Surely

You can’t expect your kids to dutifully report to their beds at 7:30 PM sharp after two months of begrudgingly going to sleep at 9, 10, or, gulp, even 11 PM. Bump bedtime up by just 15 minutes every night, and your kids won’t feel a big difference; and in just a few nights they’ll be back to their regularly scheduled bedtime hour. Easy-breezy.

We also introduced the Sam the Lamb Sleeptrainer. Erratic bedtimes in our home have led to unpredictable mornings. This ingenious “clock” helps teach kids when it’s time to sleep, when they need to say in bed (I’m looking at you, early risers!), and when it’s okay to get up. When it’s time to sleep, Sam automatically closes his eyes and the clock display changes to red. Thirty minutes before wakeup time, the display turns green, and twelve stars count down the end of bedtime. Finally, Sam’s eyes open and the display turns green when it’s okay to get up.

Turn Off the Gadgets

We’ve been guilty of watching movies every night before bed this summer–so instilling a no-screen policy for an hour before bed hasn’t been the easiest adjustment, but studies show that kids get more and better sleep with limited access to technology leading up to bedtime. Our nightly Moana viewing happens just a little bit earlier, followed by some wind-down coloring and Play-Doh time.

Get Some New Bedtime Books

Add a few new relevant reads to your routine. As you and your kids gear up to go back to school, consider some books about returning to the classroom. Graduating a grade or beginning school for the first time can be a source of worry for some, so find books to put their minds at ease. I just got “The Night Before Kindergarten”and “The Night Before Preschool” (among other thematic picks) for my twosome. They’re excited about the new books–and I love how it eases their anxiety about starting at a new school.

Put on New Jammies

Nothing gets us ready for rest, relaxation, and cuddles like a cozy-cute new pair of PJs. Bonus points if they’re coordinating sibling styles! This pair says it all “Past My Bedtime”… “Still Awake.” Well, hopefully not for long! This set from Burts Bees Baby is perfect for the night before the first day of school.

Update Their Bedrooms

Creature comforts go a long way. We recently updated my kiddo’s bedroom to reflect his current interests. He’s a big boy going into Kindergarten and he deserves a big boy bedroom that he WANTS to spent time in.

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A Back-to-School Plan for Head Lice

Binders. Backpacks. Pencils. Glue. The kids are ready for that first day of school! Woohoo! But between the lunch snacks and school supplies, there’s one more important item to make sure to throw into your back-to-school shopping basket: lice prevention.

Every year more than 12 million kids get lice with preschool and school-aged children the most at risk. Luckily, parents don’t have to sit around, waiting and worrying about that lice letter coming home. There are easy steps parents can take to both decrease a child’s risk of lice AND a simple, one-step solution if lice does make its way into your house. Here’s how…

Here’s my back-to-school plan for preventing and dealing with head lice this school year.

Defense is the best offense

I cringe whenever I find that dreaded half-sheet note from the nurse’s office in my son’s backpack revealing that someone in the class has lice. This year, instead of waiting for the bad news to arrive, I’m starting my defense early by having my boys use Vamousse Lice Repellent and Nit Defense. While the boys brush their teeth in the morning, I’ll give their hair a quick couple of spritzes. The spray dries quickly, doesn’t smell gross, and is made with essential oils that work to repel lice for up to 8 hours (!) without any synthetic pesticides. To my kids, it’s just one more step in the morning routine. To me, it’s a superpower lice defense system that keeps my kids protected all day long and helps me rest easy – even when that lice letter does come home.

Be on the lookout

I admit that the only time I check my kids’ heads for lice is a) when I hear someone at school has it and b) when one of my boys says his head is itchy. But the “itchy head” test is not an effective method. First, not all kids get an itchy head from lice, and second, the itching can take up to 4 to 6 weeks to show up – which gives lice lots of time to spread to other family members. So this school year, once or twice a week when I’m cuddling with my boys in the morning, or watching a movie with them Friday night, I’m just going to take a quick little peek at their scalp and look for lice. About the size of a poppy seed, lice eggs are often located on the hair shaft next to the scalp and can look like dandruff that doesn’t brush away. Be sure to pay particular attention to the nape of the neck, behind the ears, and on bangs – places lice love to hide.

And – sigh – if lice do arrive….

A one-and-done solution

I’m keeping my fingers crossed my boys don’t get lice this school year, but if they do, I’m reaching for a clinically proven treatment solution like Vamousse Lice Treatment. Pesticide-free and made with safe, non-toxic ingredients, I’ll rest easy knowing that with just one 15-minute treatment, the lice and their eggs will be history and my boys and I can get back to daily life. Make sure you grab a bottle of Vamousse’s Lice Elimination Powder too. While lice can only live one or two days without a host, those few days are still enough time for lice to spread to friends, siblings, and, gulp, even parents. After you use the Lice Treatment on your child’s hair, get rid of lice on bedding, clothes, and stuffed animals by washing, soaking, or drying on high heat (at least 130°F). For non-washable household items like couches, carpet, or car headrests, sprinkle on Lice Elimination Powder, let it sit for 60 minutes, and then vacuum it up. A simple, fast, and easy way to prevent lice from spreading. Click here for even more household cleaning tips to prevent lice reinfestation.

Now if only there was a product to prevent homework complaining….

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A Lesson in Back-to-School Must-Haves at #MomtrendsSchool

Okay, guys. Imma get real and raw here for a minute (wouldn’t the first time… probably won’t the be the last). Truth is: I’m having a really hard time swallowing the fact that my first baby, my big boy, the little dude that made me a mama is going to be in Kindergarten come September.

Wasn’t it just yesterday that I dropped him off in his two-and-a-half hour Pre-K program for that much-anticipated first day? Now, in just a little over a month, I’m going to send him to elementary school until almost 3 PM every day, Monday through Friday. I could cry just thinking about it. But I know he’s going to be great and do great and enjoy every educational moment… And I might get more consecutive hours of work done than I have in years – ha!

Still, I have a lot to learn about sending a big kid off to Kindergarten, and that’s why I was so excited to go back to #MomtrendsSchool earlier this week.

Momtrends invited a few of our favorite brands and some VIP NYC bloggers and influencers to be schooled in the latest and greatest must-haves for the back-to-school season.

Better yet, we’re going to send YOU to virtual Momtrends School and give you a freebie lesson, via this blog post, in everything you and your kiddos will want and need to go to the head of the class. So without further adieu…

Ozery Bakery: My early-morning weekday breakfast woes have been solved, thanks to Ozery Bakery’s “Morning Rounds.” These delicious, wholesome breakfast breads are baked with hearty whole grains, fruits, and seeds for a satisfying, flavorful start to the day. Their “One Buns” are pre-sliced for your lunch-packing convenience, and, better yet, chock-full of fiber and protein. The “Snack Rounds” and “Brioche Bites” are the perfect after school snacks for hungry kiddos and moms alike.


Luv 2 Nosh: So you know those cracker-cookies you give your baby? This is that, but better–because they’re organic and available in so many unique and delicious flavors. Nosh has munchables, melties, and individual serving puff packets. My babe loves all of their “goodies” and even my soon-to-be Kindergartener asks for a “Nosh” cookie. Since there’s practically nothing in them, it’s a “treat” we can both feel good about.


Kite Hill: I have to admit, as a regular milk and cheese eater, I was skeptical of trying a dairy-alternative product. But Kite Hill’s artisanal delicacies are made with the simplest ingredients, and their best selling nut milk yogurts, and awarding winning cream cheese style spreads are actually insanely good. I’m sold, and I’ll definitely be packing these delights in my big boy’s lunchbox.


Name Bubbles: I would lose my head if it wasn’t attached to my body… and I’m starting to recognize that my son may have inherited my knack for, well, misplacing personal items. We have already had to buy multiple thermoses and backpacks and sneaker sets. Ugh. Well, Name Bubbles to the rescue. Their goal is to keep your kids’ items OUT of the lost & found with customizable, colorful, and cute name labels that withstand the test of time.

We had our own version of a Lost & Found box at our own Momtrends School event, where bloggers had to find and fish their own “name bubbled” item. It took me back to my childhood. Except this time, there was no question which item was mine!


Raisels: My guy loves sour candy. But I don’t particularly like how it’s loaded with all sorts of mystery ingredients and food dyes. But Raisels are a great alternative I can feel good about. Their golden raisins are sprinkled with sour fruity flavoring so they taste like candy, but they’re really just fruit! I can’t wait to break these out for our next movie night.

Hasbro: We love to play board games in our home. Pizza, some games, and quality time together is how I plan to spend our first Friday night of the school year! These Hasbro games (which we all went home with!) are going to be such a bit, and I’m looking forward to surprising my little guy and rewarding him for a successful first week of school.

Staples: Staples is our one-stop-shop for all the functional and fashionable school supplies a budding scholar could ever ask for. With emoji-inspired essentials, fun flamingo backpacks, and even donut and macaron mini erasers, Staples once again brings the cool back to school… as always!

Twelve Little: I’ve been a fan of Twelve Little’s incredibly chic and practical diaper bags for some time now; and I couldn’t be more excited about their totally awesome backpacks and lunch bags. The comfortable and clean designs look good and the functionality can’t be beat. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Momtrends event without a fun activation; so we customized lunch bags with iron-on patches and then challenged our bloggers to pack them with all the good foods they collected throughout the night.

Orchestra: We had a few of our bloggers’ kids on hand to model some of the super-charming styles from Orchestra, a European brand making its way to the United States. With wardrobe staples for kids from ages newborn to 14, it’s got a classic vibe with a bit of edge.

American Girl: Growing up isn’t easy. Kids and tweens these days have a lot to deal with on a daily basis. And they don’t always want to listen to mom and dad’s words of wisdom. That’s why we adore the advice series from American Girl. These books offer practical, useful, and digestible nugget for girls about everything from bullying to digital overload. (I think I might even need that one.)

Bath and Body Works: These luxurious lotions, potions, creams, and soaps from Bath  and Body Works are amazing for the home, for dorm rooms, guest bathrooms, and everything in between. And that hooray candle is necessary – along with a bubble bath and a glass of vino – after  a long hard work and school week. (Fri-Yay!)

 

JC’s Pie Bites: We love treating the kids (and ourselves) after a long hard day hitting the books–and JC’s Pie Bites are creamy and lush on the inside with a punch of crunch on the outside. Perfect for an end of day goodie.

As always, our #MomtrendsSchool students left with some hefty homework… in the form of three amazing gift bags, including an adorable backpack courtesy of Staples and lots of swag! School isn’t easy, but it sure is rewarding.

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3 Ways to Manage the BTS Paper Overload

Anyone else drowning in back-to-school paperwork? The very first day my three kids came home from school with at least 30 pages each of forms and information and calendars and supply list and aaaahhhhh! We’re already a few weeks in now and already my desk has a growing pile of soccer schedules and artwork and classroom reminders and permission slips. Sounds familiar? Here are 3 ways to manage the back-to-school paper overload.

3 Ways to Manage the BTS Paperwork

1. There’s an app for that.

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You live on your phone so make it work for you by getting important dates and times on a digital calendar now. Toss the paper soccer schedule and school snack calendar and put it all on a calendar app. Color code after school activities by kid, share calendars with your spouse or S.O., and set reminders for items like buying snacks for Girl Scouts or what days you are helping in the classroom. Using a digital calendar will help you stay on top of things and keep your desk clean(er).

2. Make it digital.

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If you need to save the information but want to toss the physical paper, pick up one of these space-saving portable scanners. I use this one that connects seamlessly with Evernote so that info about how to log on to see my kids’ grades online or the outline for the monthly book report is saved – digitally. Then instead of digging through a mountain of saved papers looking for that one piece I need to reference (because that’s always fun), I can easily search Evernote with tags and keywords to bring up the needed doc with ease. This can be a great way for kids to save important info for their classes too.

3. Preserve with a pic.


I saw this brilliant idea for managing artwork on Instagram recently from graphic designer and mom of three Ashlee Proffitt. She laid out her kids’ favorite artwork on white poster board and snapped a picture. Then she uploaded the pics to Shutterfly and made a book at the end of the year! No trying to decide which art projects are save-worthy. No trying to figure out how to store that life-sized silhouette tracing of your toddler. And best of all – No. Glitter. Projects. So put that collage on the fridge for a week and enjoy it. Then snap a picture to save for the end of the year and “file” the original in the good ol’ “circular file” (aka the trash).

What are your tricks for managing the back-to-school paper overload?

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5 Lunch Boxes to Make Your Life Easier

As much as it pains me to say….lunch-box-packing season is upon us. Wah! I jest. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to pack your kids nutritious food that not only fuels them for the day ahead but hopefully teaches them healthy habits along the way. That being said, I’m ALL for lunch boxes that make my life easier. Here are five I’m eyeing this back-to-school season.

LUNCH BOXES

From making lunch packing simpler to cleaning a breeze, here are five lunch boxes that can make your M-F a bit easier.

OmieBox

Hot & cold together at last. Do you have a kid who loves to bring soup but also a cold sandwich? Or longs to bring warm mac-n-cheese along with cold apple and carrot slices? Finally there is a way to do both! In the SAME LUNCHBOX. #genius The OmieBox lunch box lets you keep hot food hot and cold food cold all packed in the same cute bento-style box. The insulated no-spill bowl can be filled with soup, noodles, pasta or other warm foods and the specially designed lid is easy for small hands to remove. The OmieBox has a handle so it can be carried on its own or you can throw it in a traditional lunch bag if you wish. I also love that the company sells replacement parts so if something breaks or wears out, you don’t need to toss the whole box. BUY: Amazon

planetbox lunch box

Bag-free and dishwasher-safe. I am a huge fan of Planetboxes and have used them for the last five years with my three kids. First, I love that the design of Planetbox means that I don’t have to put everything in little baggies. Before Planetboxes (B.P. as I like to call it), I could easily use 4-6 plastic sandwiches baggies for each of my kid’s lunch! 6 bags x 3 kids x 5 lunches a week = 90 baggies a week! All of which often ended up in the trash. Cringe. Now, I plop sandwiches and grapes, carrots and cookies into little compartments and am bag-free. Second, the stainless steel design means that the lunch box doesn’t stain, doesn’t absorb smells, and is super easy to clean. They are dishwasher safe though I find it easy just to spray them out in the sink and let them sit on the counter to dry. Choose the Launch for kids who eat a full sandwich and the Rover or Shuttle for kids who like lots of little nibbles. They are an investment up front, but we are still using the ones I got five years ago. BUY: Amazon

PackIt Lunch Box

No more lost ice packs. It happens at least 2-3 times a year. One of my kids comes home with his lunch box sans ice pack. Did it get thrown away in the trash? Left on the cafeteria table? Who knows, but I’m regularly having to replace them. The solution? A freezable lunch bag by PackIt. Available in a variety of kid-friendly sizes, shapes and patterns, PackIt lunch bags go directly into the freezer overnight, allowing the built-in freezable gel to get nice and cold. In the morning, simply fill with food and you’re ready to go! No ice packs to remember to put in. No ice packs for kids to remember to bring home. PackIt lunch boxes are designed to keep food cold for up to 10 hours, and I also love that it also solves my problem of where to store lunch boxes for the next day – stashed in the freezer! BUY: Amazon

Bentology lunch box

No-touching food separation for picky eaters. Have a child who hates when foods touch? The solution is the adaptable compartments of the Bentology lunch boxes that let you mix-and-match different size compartments to keep food separate while still giving you the option to send different size and shape food each day. Use all five included compartments one day or remove them if needed to fit larger food in like a drink or yogurt container. Either way, food is never ever ever touching another food. BUY: Amazon

Prepd Pack Lunch Box

A grown-up lunch box: Last but not least, I’m loving this new Prepd Pack lunch box that is the solution to just eating your kids’ leftovers for lunch. This lunch box has “adulting” written all over it, from its stylish modern design and being eco-friendly, to saving you money on buying lunch each day and, get this, helping you calculate your calorie and nutrition intake with the Prepd app and recipe collection. Say goodbye to that sad smushed PB&J and hello to a grown-up, delicious, nutritious real food lunch.

 

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Arizona Denim for Back to School

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Heading back to school can evoke many feelings. It can be a time of excitement, anticipation, and for some kids, nerves. It is a time that I want my children to feel most confident in themselves. I want them to feel ready and able to face any challenge put before them. I am proud to support JCPenney’s partnership with the YMCA to ensure all kids head back-to-school confident and prepared by offering all of the basics they need to start the school year right.  We headed to JCPenney and nabbed the cutest denim styles from Arizona.

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We shopped the cute Arizona denim looks to gear up for back-to-school. Not only did we find bejeweled jeans, but every girl’s gotta have a denim jean jacket, no? It adds a cool vibe to any outfit and is a stylish way to sneak in a layer. For our soon to be preschooler, I could not skip over an adorable denim skirt paired with a two in one hoodie and denim jacket. The bright pop of color was a perfect contrast to the denim and kept her look age-appropriate and fun.

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The partnership between JCPenney and the YMCA will bring both an Arizona Jeans promotion and a means of volunteerism.   JCPenney associates will have the opportunity to connect with their local Y branch to volunteer in many ways including supporting summer camp activities, helping with youth programs, doing community clean up and tutoring or mentoring.

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It feels great knowing that I’ll be doing double duty when shopping Penney Fridays and Saturdays. Not only will I be able to get affordable styles for all of my littles, I will be supporting JCPenney’s give back program. JCPenney will donate $1 for each pair of Arizona Jeans sold to support the Y’s academic achievement programs and help all kids get ready for back to school. Knowing that I am helping give every child a chance to head back to school ready to learn makes me feel good, and reminds me to continue to instill in my children not to take anything for granted.

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In addition to the everyday value you can count on while shopping at JCPenney for the whole family, don’t forget their Penney Fridays and Saturdays deals. Head to JCPenney this August 19th and 20th   and grab great deals on the latest trends for BTS trends. Deals like $13 Arizona kids’ jeans and $17 Arizona jeans deal for this week’s Penney Saturday. JCPenney has an additional 15% off coupon for customers using Pokemon Go who verbally tell an associate or show an associate in-app their favorite character.

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Shopping JCPenney for back-to-school will not only get me affordable and on-trend, Arizona denim styles my kids love, but the real value is knowing I will be helping give all children a chance to start the year off on the right foot.

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Share your JCPenney Arizona denim back-to-school finds on instagram, twitter and Facebook and don’t forget to use #SoWorthIt to show how you’re heading back in style.

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Get your game on with PouchCouch

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We are headed back to school in just a few short weeks, and that means back to a jam-packed schedule. We are a very active family and there’s not a sport our kids don’t enjoy. With three children in various activities, I am constantly on the go. I am often running all around town carting them to where they need to be, only to rush back in hopes of finding my place on the field.  Now that I have a convenient PouchCouch, my battle for seating is over.

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What is a PouchCouch? It is a go anywhere, affordable lounger that inflates in mere minutes. it doesn’t require a use of a pump either so it’s super portable and can be set up anywhere. The PouchCouch makes time on the field so much easier for any busy parent. Not only is it lightweight, (it comes in a handy carry pack and slings easily over my shoulder!) it is compact so I can leave it in my trunk without it taking up valuable space. The PouchCouch is less bulky and cumbersome than a typical chair and so much easy to carry and head to the field. I always am so weighed down when heading to watch the kids’ games, now I have one less clunky thing to carry!

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The PouchCouch is perfect for back to school whether your child is in elementary school, high school or even college. It can be used both indoors and out and holds up to 500 lbs. The kids will love sharing the PouchCouch when watching a movie with their cousins, their sibling on the field or even relaxing at the beach. A big bonus? No more whining about wet grass at the field!

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and for those headed to to dorm life, the PouchCouch is a great buy. It is perfect for watching college sports, and is the perfect solution for cramped dorm rooms. It inflates in mere minutes using the air around you. When not in use, simply roll it up into a convenient pouch that you can store anywhere.

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Watch how easy it is to inflate the PouchCouch.

PouchCouch is a portable couch that is lightweight, durable, and inflates using air. No pumps, required! Perfect for the park, beach or field!

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