A new school year means change. Some kids take that head on, others need a little more encouragement. We are facing a BIG change this year. My Princess, my first born, is going to Middle School. *Stops to sob in the corner* She is starting the year off in a new school, with kids she doesn’t know, and the dreaded changing for gym thing is happening. Although my son isn’t changing schools, he is moving on to second grade with a new teacher. He isn’t always the most eager when it comes to change. So what can we do as parents to help them feel comfortable with all changes a new school year can bring?
Thank you to Hanes for sponsoring this post.
Whether they are facing a new school or just a new classroom, these 5 tips will help them keep calm, comfortable, cool, and ready to tackle the new school year.
5 Tips for First Day of School Comfort
1. Visit the School/Open House
If your child is attending a new school, check to see if that school has summer hours. It is a great time to get them in the door and begin acclimating to their new surroundings without a million kids in the way. Also check for an Open House or Meet the Teacher event. My kids love seeing their new classroom, desk, and meeting who is in charge of them during the year.
On the first day of school, they will look like pros who don’t need their mom and just walk away leaving her to trail behind… I mean, look how confident they are!
2. Find Your Path
Car riders, walkers, and bus riders all need to know when they need to get out the door. If your child walks or rides a bike, take them on the path so they are familiar with how to get to school. Bus riders should know where to stand and what time is the latest they can run out the door and still make it on time. I was guilty of pushing that limit a few times!
3. Clothing Essentials
Hanes.com has all the back-to-school basics my kids need and for really great prices. I can also snag essentials for my husband and I, one-stop shop? Yes please. Why are we so #HappyinHanes? Hanes products are comfortable, durable, and made with your needs in mind.
EZ Sort® socks might be her pick because she likes the feel and colors, but I like the not hunting for matches thing. With the perfect for layering, ComfortBlend® Girls’ TAGLESS® Camis, she doesn’t feel weird about having to change in front of the other girls during gym class. The X-Temp™ technology keeps them cool from the classroom to the playground. And FreshIQ™ advanced odor protection technology, saves my nose when my son takes off his shoes!
4. Talk it Out
Before the chaos begins, set aside some time and snuggle up on the couch or grab lunch one-on-one. Talk with your children about how they feel going into the new year. Talking about their concerns and hearing encouragement or even an embarrassing story or two, will help them feel confident walking back into school.
5. Enter this Giveaway
I’m partnering with Hanes to give one lucky reader an mazing Back to School Comfort Kit! The winner will receive:
$50 Hanes Visa Gift Card
3 Back-to-School styles from Hanes (based on age and gender of winner)
Styles will include selections with Hanes X-Temp™ and FreshIQ™ technologies to keep kids cool and fresh all day!
This post is sponsored by Hanes. All opinions about boys’ smelly feet are my own.
At Whole Foods Market you can get everything you need for your better built Easter basket. When you shop there, you know any of the food you buy contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or sweeteners. I visited my local store and found exactly what I was looking for and more.
Chocolate lovers: Trust me, those Lake Champlain and Divine chocolates are so tasty you won’t want to share. So maybe pick up another basket to fill just for yourself! Dibs on ALL the peanut butter ones!
Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans, Annie’s Organic Bunnies, TruJoy organic lollipops, oh my! Does someone want to make a basket for me?
They also have eco-friendly grass, natural egg dye kits, eggs made from plant materials, adorable plushes, books, and more to fill their baskets.
My son has a tree nut allergy so I have to be careful about what he eats. Whole Foods Market makes it easy for me to find treats that are not only safe for him to eat but that taste good too.
Enter the Giveaway
One lucky winner will win a $50 gift card to Whole Foods Market! Find your local store here.
Disclosure: I have a partnership with Whole Foods Market and was compensated for my work, but all words and opinions are my own.
- Barbecue Sauce
- Ranch Dressing
- Jalapeño Hot Sauce
- 2 Bags Tortilla Chips
- 1 Bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Baby Back Ribs
- Cream Cheese
- 1lb Cooked Chicken
- Unsalted Butter
- Chocolate Syrup
- Already Cooked Chicken Wings
- Precut and Washed Vegetables
- Freshly Made Guacamole
- Southwestern Grille Seasoning
* Everything on this list is either Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value or made in house by Whole Foods Market. With the exception of the strawberries.
Tip: Whole Foods Market has a lot of made in house items that will save you a ton of time and work. The freshly made guacamole is a must have.
Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 1lb Cooked Chicken*
- 1 Bottle of 365 Jalapeño Hot Sauce
- 1/2 Cup of Unsalted Butter
- 8oz Cream Cheese
- 1 Bag of Shredded Cheese
- 1/2 Cup of Ranch
*Pro Tip: Grab a pound of chicken off the salad bar area at Whole Foods Market. Then just cut/shred it before adding it to the crockpot.
Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours, reducing to warm until ready to serve.
Baked BBQ Ribs
- Baby Back Ribs
- Southwestern Grille Seasoning
- 365 Everyday Value BBQ Sauce
- Use the Southwestern Grille Seasoning as a rub for the ribs. Coating generously.
- Broil the ribs meat side up for 5 mins
- Bake on 300 for 1.5 to 2 hours.
- Add BBQ sauce then bake in oven for an additional 30 mins.
- Serve as is or with more BBQ sauce on the side for dipping.
Dip strawberries in chocolate syrup and allow to harden in refrigerator or freezer. Melt white chocolate (also available at Whole Foods, I already had a stash 😉 ) to use to make the laces.
And that is all the prep work you need to do. High five!
Touchdown! Big Game food is served!
Those ribs tasted as good as they look. And no one is the wiser on those jerk chicken wings. They are made in house, just not this one!
A little bit of kick but nothing that will burn your face off. Add more hot sauce for a fiery taste.
Veggies cut, washed, and ready to go in the bowl.
Messy but tasty. Maybe use a fork to enjoy these!
Now if only Whole Foods Market also offered a cleaning service for after the party!
Head over to the Facebook page to enter for a chance to win a $100 Whole Foods Market Gift Card!
This post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market all opinions are my own.
This special sneak peek of Mickey and the Roadster Racers in select movie theatres nationwide is happening on Saturday, January 14th! This one-day event includes a $5 offer to the Disney Store, a free e-book download, as well as other giveaways!
Free activities: Mickey and the Roadster Racers Printables
In this brand new series, Mickey and the gang run a super-cool garage where they take care of their brand-new, transforming roadsters, as they get ready for races around Hot Dog Hills and around the world! When they’re not on the road with Mickey competing for trophies, Minnie and Daisy run their own business, “The Happy Helpers”, solving problems for anyone needing a helping hand. Minnie’s skills know no limits and her style will still be as fashionable as ever.
Mickey’s Big Celebration is coming to a theater near you! Kids and parents can sing and dance along with all your Disney Junior favorites, so grab the wheel and join the fun!
- Visit FathomEvents.com for participating theaters and ticket information.
- Date: Saturday, January 14
- Time: 10:00 a.m. (local time)
- Run Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (approximate)
Enter for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets (guaranteed seating) to the showing at Cobb Village 12 in Leesburg, VA! Giveaway ends Thursday January 12th at 8:00pm EST.
Entry is simple: Leave a comment below telling me which character is your favorite!
*This giveaway is sponsored by Disney Junior and Fathom Events. All opinions are my own. One winner will be chosen and emailed his or her tickets before the show.
Tis the season for joy, tasty cookies, pretty presents, and germs? How can you stay healthy during the holidays and not miss out on all the fun? Read on and learn how Renew Life Probiotics can help bolster your immune system.
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What do probiotics have to do with our immune systems?
Our “gut” is considered the core of our body’s well-being. 70% of our immune system is located in the intestinal tract! You don’t need to be good at math to know that, that is a significant amount. If the gut is not functioning properly, it can affect the rest of the body including immunity and digestion.
Leading experts agree (and I do too based on personal experience) that taking a probiotic supplement like Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics is a good way to replenish good bacteria and support the overall balance of the digestive tract.
How to know if you need a probiotic?
After having out-of-the-blue gallbladder surgery, I learned quickly the importance of my digestive tract health. Something I picked up on were signs that my gut was in need of TLC. Watch out for occasional bloating, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, and weight gain amongst others.
If you have experienced a digestive/gut issue in the past year you are not alone. In a recent survey, nearly 72% of women have gone through the same thing. No one really wants to talk about this. I know I don’t call my friends to talk about my bathroom habits.
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Once you start taking Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics you will definitely feel a difference around 7-14 days. I know I don’t um, function well without it thanks to my missing gallbladder!
Try It For Yourself!
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Renew Life Probiotics.