School Essentials Set from Starling Skincare #BackToSchool #Vegan #AllergenFree

Check out the Starling Skincare Back to School Essentials Set for all your “back to the classroom- virtual or not” needs. Finally – toxin-free, plant-based, and organic formulations that were created for those with allergies and sensitivities in mind. Or for those just trying to be sensitive to the needs of the planet and go Vegan. Starling Skincare has eliminated all common allergens, including nuts, gluten, soy, synthetic fragrance, and preservatives. For children, tweens and teens suffering from allergies, Starling Skincare offers peace of mind to parents when choosing the right skincare items for their child.

The set includes 2 of the best selling kid’s deodorants, Force Field and Birthday Cake, plus hydrating lip balm and a bottle of super safe orange punch hand sanitizer. Whether your children are heading off to school or learning virtually, start the school year off right…safe and smelling fresh.

All-Natural Kid’s Deodorant is perfect for late summer fun, back-to-school sports and more, allergen-free and chemical-free children’s deodorants from Starling Skincare keep children smelling fresh all day! Gentle enough for tweens and teens, each deodorant is made without aluminum or synthetic fragrances, so it is safe to use and non-irritating for kids. Three varieties are available, including Force Field, Birthday Cake and Birthday Cake Sensitive.

Starling Skincare’s all-natural, moisturizing hand sanitizers clean + moisturize in one easy step with effective plant-based ingredients. Starling Skincare’s hand sanitizers meet CDC recommendations and are effective against most common germs. The quick-drying formula is hypoallergenic and allergen-free, with no rinsing required — use anytime, anywhere. Safe for both adults & children. Gluten Free. Cruelty Free. Toxin Free.

You can’t start the school year without a moisturizing lip balm. It’s long lasting and healing, so that your child’s lips will stay healthy and non irritated throughout the day. Vegan and Allergen-Free, key ingredients include Blueberry Seed Oil and Mango Butter.

Visit the website to see more, or to get the basic Back To School Set for your kids. ($28)

Here are our thoughts on the products as we first opened and tried them!

Make Lunchtime More Fun with Lunch Pets™ (and a #Giveaway )

Lunchtime is always an adventure with the all-new Lunch Pets™! These huggable, plush pals are the perfect snacking companions for a child on-the-go. From school to dance practice and everything in between, Lunch Pets are sure to keep your child smiling and their lunch at the desired temperature. 

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We recently took ours on a road trip to a theme park, and it did it’s job. My son didn’t whine (too much) about carrying it, and when he got annoying about it, we just clipped it to my bag. It clips easily to strollers as well.

These furry friends come in 4 styles – SnackyCat, Tumicorn, HungryPup and Munchosaur – and kids can pick their favorite cuddle buddy to spice up any lunchtime routine. The machine-washable  (hang to dry) lunch bags feature an easy open flap to securely hold their food and insulated storage to keep lunch fresh, Lunch Pets are both cute and functional. The Pets paws even snap together to make a handle or attach to your child’s bike.

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Lunch Pets are recommended for children ages 3 and up and are available at Amazon and www.lunchpets.com.

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Back to School Shopping for @BTFE at @Costco #ad

Disclosure- I receive monetary compensation from General Mills in exchange of my endorsement of Box Tops For Education.

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Getting ready for back to school always requires a fairly big shop. When you have kids, so does the weekly grocery shopping trip, am I right? It’s bananas how much food these little hoovers consume. I have no idea where they put it, either. This is one of the main reasons I became a Costco member- that, and because they are often cited as one of the most ethical large companies out there. I try to shop small, shop local, and shop ethical whenever humanly possible. They tend to have higher quality products, sustainable sourced and ethically produced, as well as a fair pay for employees and a compassionate working environment. Imagine that! If only all companies acted like that. They do well for it, as well. The stores are always clean, and shopping experiences are easy and pleasant. Well, that’s not counting for the kids- but no store is responsible for that, LOL.  They almost always have “sample stations” throughout the store that you can bribe the kiddos with, however. Smart thinking, Sell more products, since we buy what we like, AND no hangry customers. Very smart.

The prices are fair, and less since you buy in bulk as well. This also means more time between trips, hopefully! I also like that they don’t use bags- bring your own, or use boxes, or just load directly into your car. Easy.

You can get SO MANY Box Tops for your kids school while you are shopping for items you already love, like Lucky Charms, Mott’s Fruit Snacks, and Nature Valley. Because the boxes are large, you often get “bonus” Box Tops as well- more money for your child’s school. Bonus, indeed.

What’s stopping you? Head over and become a member today. You can even pick up a prepared dinner while you were there. What? Hey, it totally counts as cooking. Shhh.

Plus, they have a contest going on where you can win 100 Box Tops! Check out this site to see more.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  GAME OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES AND D.C. WHO ARE 18+ WHO ARE MEMBERS OF BOXTOPS4EDUCATION.COM AND HAVE DESIGNATED A SCHOOL TO SUPPORT AT  TIME OF ENTRY. MEMBERSHIP TO BOXTOPS4EDUCATION.COM IS FREE AND AVAILABLE AT BOXTOPS4EDUCATION.COM. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Online instant win game starts 7/16/18 at 12:00 a.m. ET & ends 9/10/18 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit www.CostcoBTFE.com.   Sponsor: General Mills Sales, Inc., One General Mills Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55426.

Back To School with Amazon

Disclosure- This blog post is sponsored by Amazon.

 

Getting the kids ready for going back to school? It’s that time of year, and if you are anything like me, you also dread back to school shopping. I try to get at least some of it done online. Amazon is the one-stop-shop for all things BTS – allowing moms, dads and kids to find products that are as unique and individualized as they are, which gives kids confidence walking through the halls on the first day of school.

Amazon makes it easier, with just about everything you need available at the click of a mouse.  Most schools send home a list of what the kids will need for the upcoming year either at the end of the school year prior or have one available online at some point over the summer. Then, of course, will come the “Surprise! You still need these things!” list that will come home on the first day of school, which is just done to mess with us parents who just want some normalcy back in our lives already, LOL.

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Yes, you can even find coveted glitter glue.

Between your facepalmed fingers, take a look at Amazon’s school supplies list and make your lives just a little easier. They deliver. You can stay home. No, you don’t even need to put pants on if you don’t want to, and no one will ever be the wiser.

It’s true.

From the basics like notebooks and pens to more fun items like “smelly markers” that are maybe a little nostalgic for mom and dad, your back to school shopping needs will be that much easier and faster to pick up in one fell swoop.  Regular felt tip markers in several varieties as well, if that’s your preference.

Don’t forget to check the kiddo’s backpack, lunchbox, and sneakers while you are at it. Goodness know they have likely destroyed (or ourgrown) everything by now. Yes, you can grab uniform gear as well- whatever you need.

That’s one less thing I need to worry about this week. Now, if only I can figure out how 3 kids ate 12 yogurts and 2 bunches of bananas in 2 days, I’d be in good shape. They are teaching that in common core now, aren’t they? I think I need a class on that…

4 Tips to dealing with a stuffy nose during the busiest time of the year

Back to school can be an exciting and stressful time of year. There is so much to do and there is no time to deal with feelings of sickness or allergy related symptoms. Whether you are new to having seasonal allergies or you have been dealing with them all of your life, congestion, itchy eyes, and constant sneezing can really be a thorn in the side. There are some things that you can do to help manage the allergy symptoms and we will explore them in this article. Should you find the topic to be of particular interest and you want to read more, look at here.

  • Use a humidifier. A humidifier is a great machine to use if you experience dryness in your room or home. A humidifier turns water into vapor which slowly increases the moisture in the room. Avoiding dry air can be helpful to those with congestion as moist air can help thin mucus and ease the tension you are feeling in your sinuses.
  • Try a decongestant. There are many over the counter medications that can help with allergy relief but a decongestant can also help with the reduction of swelling and help with pain you may feel from not being at your best. Depending on the type of decongestant you need to help with your symptoms, you may not need a doctor’s prescription to get the medication. You will also need to determine if you prefer a nasal spray or the medication in pill form. Knowing this will help you select the brand and type of medication that is best for your personal preferences. Do note that while you may not need a prescription, some of the medication you may be looking for, such as Sudafed, is offered in a local drugstore but you need to ask a pharmacist for it as it is kept behind the counter.
  • Drink lots of water. Congestion is caused by the buildup of mucus in your nasal passage and drinking water and plenty of fluids can help to break down this clog. By drinking fluids, you can help the mucus pass through which will relieve some of the sinus pressure you are feeling.
  • Drain your sinuses. Many people find that using a neti pot or a similar item can help them relieve some of the sinus pressure they are feeling by draining the excess mucus out their nose. Use warm water and make a saline or salty type mixture. The hold your head over a sink and look downwards by tilting your head to one side. Pour the warm liquid into one nostril and you will find that after the water penetrates the clog in your nose, mucus will come out of other nostril. While this is not the most fun of procedures, it is a natural remedy that is worth a try.

 

 

Back-To-School Ready With Understood.Org

The back to school season can be a trying time for both parents and children. You have to get your child re-accustomed to waking up at a certain time, picking out their clothes the night before and then there is the dreaded new school year paperwork that seems to never end. But the beginning of a new school year can be an even more challenging time for families with children who struggle with reading and writing, math, focus, and organization.

Understood

One in five children in the U.S. have learning and attention issues, like ADHD and dyslexia. Children with these types of challenges can feel especially stressed during the back-to-school season as they face new subjects, teachers, and schools. Together the Ad Council and Understood.org have partnered together to promote ways children and their families can be First-Day Ready. Understood.org is offering a free First-Day Ready Guide to help parents with students at every age successfully navigate back-to-school transitions and manage challenges with academic, organization and social skills. Below you will find some tips from the guide.

Every child has a different story – some may love school, some may dread the thought of going back, and for some, it may scare them enough to cause real issues for them. Starting school can be an exciting, confusing and even scary time for kids with learning and attention issues, and for their parents. New teachers and classmates, new schedules and demands—these changes can be a lot to prepare for and absorb.

Plan early – A few weeks in advance, make checklists and calendars, and start settling into the school year routine with earlier bedtimes and wake-ups. If your child is starting a new school, schedule a walk-through to learn the lay of the land and help your child feel more comfortable finding their way around

Connect with teachers ASAP – If possible, reach out before school begins to discuss your child’s needs or learning style. You can fill in this card in advance to help guide that conversation If you can’t meet with the teacher in person, send your child to school with an introduction letter that can help your student speak up about his challenges.

Get support – Many parents and students are going through the same experience. Ask around at your school to make connections and build your support network. You can also follow Understood’s Facebook page to connect with parents across the country to share information and learn from each other.

So, no matter your child’s age or needs, make this Back-to-School season a seamless transition and positive experience!  If you could use some help getting started on the right foot this school year, Understood.org is a great place to start. 

All kids learn in different ways and at different paces. With the right support, all kids can thrive in school and in life.

 

Kids Learn to Love STEM with Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy

Kids Learn to Love STEM with Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy

Technology has undoubtedly made learning more fun for kids today. One of our favorite toys-for-learning is The Zumo Smart Turtle Toy. The Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy is seriously the perfect gift for any children Pre-K through 3rd grade! It makes learning science and math easy and fun with its ability to engage and go at your child’s own pace.

Summer has finally come to a close and the “Summer Brain Drain”  – yes, this is a real thing – has set in. Children, especially young children, often forget things they learned during the school year, so going back can be a challenge. So using cool learning toys like Zyrobotics’ Zumo Learning System and its mobile technology can give your kids a leg up in the STEM subjects while making them fun and interactive.

Kids Learn to Love STEM with Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy

While Zumo Turtle might look like an everyday stuffed animal, as soon as kids touch his shell, reading, science, and math games come alive on the screen. These reading, math and science games are geared towards three through seven-year-olds but is great for any child needed a refresher course in one of the STEM subjects taught in school.

“We developed Zumo after years of research into understanding how to make learning accessible for young children,” said J. MacCalla, Ph.D., CEO of Zyrobotics, creator of the Zumo Learning System. “Zumo Turtle incorporates game-based learning techniques with physical movement to give children a fun, engaging and immersive way to embrace and enjoy STEM and other subjects. As STEM continues to gain importance, learning math and science early can provide a head start for children in school and help prepare them for future careers in STEM fields.  “With math in particular, tactile-based learning helps children more easily grasp abstract concepts,” MacCalla said.

Kids Learn to Love STEM with Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy

Now through the end of October, the STEM Zyrobotics’ Zumo Smart Toy is on sale for only $159.99 and it is regularly priced at $299.00. You are saving $139.01. Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping and save a ton at the same time.

For more information, visit www.zumolearning.com. Zyrobotics LLC, an award-winning creator of educational technologies for children, was founded in 2013 as an inclusive technology company. As a Georgia Tech spinoff company, Zyrobotics addresses the diverse needs of children by developing personalized technologies to make a difference in the lives of children between the ages of three- to 12-years old. Their mission is to enable freedom through technology by developing products that are adaptive to each child’s capabilities. Their products uniquely focus on promoting the stimulation of social, cognitive, and motor skills development in a child. For more information, visit www.zumolearning.com.

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Support School Supply Initiatives with The Clorox Company #ad

The Clorox Company Partners with DonorsChoose.org to provide $100,000 to schools in need all over the USA. DonorsChoose.org is a charity website that helps teachers get the funds they need for various classroom projects and supplies. This allows them to focus more on their students and less on where to get the much-needed supplies for their classrooms this year.

If you have school-age kids like I do, you have had the notes come home that “require” you to send in extra school supplies for the classroom that weren’t on the school supply list. Or, if you have friends who are teachers, you have more than likely heard them talk about purchasing supplies out of their own pocket to ensure that students have what they need. This doesn’t have to happen.

School supplies are an important necessity for education - Thanks to DonorsChoose organization for helping

You can help Clorox in supporting schools one shopping trip at a time. “We can all relate to the chaos of back-to-school preparations and we understand the desire to make sure our children and their teachers have everything they need for a successful start to the school year,” said Stacy Stokes, Associate Brand Director, The Clorox Company. “That’s why we are excited to partner with DonorsChoose.org – so we can help make the back to school time easier for all of us with products that keep our home and classrooms clean and healthy.

The back to school shopping frenzy is always a busy time – it is never easy. And unless you are a superhuman – you probably want to pull your hair out by the time you are done, especially if you have more than one kiddo in school. But this year you can feel good about helping others while you shop Clorox®, GLAD® and Hidden Valley® products. By simply doing the school shopping you are already doing anyway, you will be helping schools and teachers in need while checking off items from your back to school shopping list at the same time!

Through Clorox’s new receipt validation program you can help schools by shopping for back to school necessities; and earn rewards when you buy Clorox®, Hidden Valley® and Glad® products. Then choose to donate your rewards to DonorsChoose.org or redeem for money back via Paypal. With the donation, Clorox provides a “Double Your Impact” offer on DonorsChoose.org, which allows the company to match donors’ contributions dollar-for-dollar! Can you imagine the impact you will be making? It may seem small, but the teachers and students receiving these supplies don’t think so. By donating to a project with The Clorox Company match offer, donors will be doubling the impact of their donation and helping get resources to even more schools and teachers in need.

Clorox and DonorsChoose dot org provide school supplies for classrooms in need.

For every $5 spent on participating products, you will receive $1 that you can either redeem to donate to DonorsChoose.org or have it go towards future purchases. Your reward, your choice! Just snap a picture of your receipt and follow the simple instructions on CloroxForSchools.com to redeem your rewards. SO easy right? So go do it!

In addition to the DonorsChoose.org partnership, Clorox hosted pop-up shops in the communities of Chicago and Philadelphia; Clorox partnered with World Vision and Douglas Taylor Elementary to host the pop-up shop in Chicago and with the Andrew Hamilton School in Philadelphia to host the pop-up shop. At each event, essential school supplies and products from Clorox, Glad and Hidden Valley Ranch were distributed free of charge so that families and teachers could focus on having a happy and healthy school year, rather than worrying about the cost of school supplies.

For more information, visit www.Cloroxforschools.com. To donate to Clorox’s match offer projects, go to www.DonorsChoose.org and search for Match Offers.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Between 7/12/16 and 9/30/16, purchase any qualifying Clorox, Glad or Hidden Valley product(s). Then, choose to participate in the Offer or the Donation program. If you choose to participate in the Offer, your Offer will be fulfilled 10/31/16. If you choose to participate in the Donation, Clorox will donate $1 for every $5 spent to DonorsChoose.org (up to $100,000 in donations). For all details, including a list of qualifying products, see the Program Terms. For details about DonorsChoose.org, visit DonorsChoose.org.

This is a sponsored post with Back-To-School and it’s partnership between Clorox and DonorsChoose.org. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see “I Disclose“.