Lunch With A Punch: Alternative Ideas for Healthy Kids

It is back to the lunch packing grind for many parents! We know that it can be easy to fall back on the “Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich” train when you are rushing to get the kids out the door. However, did you know that children who eat a well balanced lunch often do better in school and are more alert? While breakfast is the most important meal of the day, lunch rounds in at a close second! Without your child in front of you, it can be difficult to monitor what they eat. You may have to up your game to get kids to actually eat what you’ve packed. Maybe your family follows a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, perhaps your child has a gluten restriction, or possibly you are just looking for some awesome, healthy lunchbox tips and ideas! Well, you have certainly come to the right place!

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School Year Favorites

A new school year has begun! Pencils are getting sharpened, lunches packed and new crayons are ready to be used. Besides the supply lists, there are many items your kids may need or want to help them make the most of the school year, so we have searched high and low to bring you the (best of the best) fun school year favorites.  These products are designed to help your child have the best school year yet, and also LAST the school year. In addition to being well made, we have rounded up products that are made with quality and eco-friendly materials so both your wallet and the Earth will be happier. So whether it’s reusable containers, adorable stationary, or some of the latest tech gear, whatever you are looking for- we’ve got you covered!

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What you need to know about Bullying

What you need to know about Bullying

Bullying is a term that has had a profound impact on school systems, especially in more recent times because the internet. It is a serious problem that needs to be addressed before it starts. Ultimately, it is up to us, as parents, to ensure our kids safety and security. But what exactly can we do about it? Let’s discuss a few alarming statistics and explore ways to prevent bullying.

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Our Favorite School Gear

If you ask any kid what their favorite new items to get when school time comes, new backpacks and lunch boxes will top the list! All kids love showing off their  backpacks to their friends on the first day of school and “Oooooh check out that cool lunch box!! Where did you get it?” is a hot conversation in the lunch room. As most seasoned moms of school-aged kids know, certain backpacks and lunch boxes may look fun and have your child’s favorite character on them, but often these bags will NOT last the school year. Constantly taking books and binders in and out of bags wears on the pockets, zippers and bottoms of bags and many a parent that has been suckered into buying one of these cheaper bags, often are buying a new one mid-way through the school year. This year, we have gathered some pretty awesome looking backpacks and lunch boxes that not only are super cute, but are made with quality and safe materials that will last through out the school year!  These backpacks and lunch boxes are great for not only school time but for any time! They are so well made, you kids will be begging you to take them to sleepovers, to their sports activities or even just to tote all of their gear to visit a friend.

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Bringing Books to Life: ABC’s

Bringing Books to Life-ABCs

When we read, we often find ourselves so engrossed in the story that it’s like we’re part of it! The book comes to life around us and we really feel as though we’re living the story. And isn’t that what makes reading awesome? When it comes to children, they’re no different. But to take it a step further: imagine their excitement when the story actually comes to life. In this post, we’ll discuss books your kids will enjoy as well as break down a corresponding activity to bring them to life!

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How to Boost Your Child’s Vocabulary

How to Boost Vocab

We know that every child develops in his or her own unique way and may or may not follow the developmental milestones outlined in books. However, something that is always helpful for every child is giving them opportunities to grow, explore, and allow their minds to expand so they can ask questions and learn. Here are some simple tips for helping your child build his or her vocabulary in a stress-free and positive way.

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Simple & Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Back to school is here and that means back to packing lunches! If you a health conscious parent, you know that some school districts lunches can be laden with high sodium and heavily processed foods so packing your child’s lunch is often the healthiest option. Most of us parents begin the year with all sorts of delicious combinations and ideas and soon those fade away when as the days pass on and on and on. We want to help out with that by giving you some healthy options from each food group that you can pick and choose from to create simple and healthy lunches for your kids for each day of school.

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50+ FUN Ways to Practice Spelling Words

Spelling words are apart of every child’s curriculum and can be a challenge to study at home. Between tired kids, sports, extracurricular activities, reading logs and other homework, kids can be overworked as it is- but these words are important to study, so what’s a parent to do? When we were kids the common way to practice our new lists was to write them. Over and over and over again. Sure, this may have done the trick but it was B-O-R-I-N-G boring! Did we ever look forward to that? Probably not. These words are no less important to practice now then they were wayyyyy back then, but now -a-days we can come up with more fun and interesting ways to practice them!

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5 Ways to Make School Lunch Fun!

5 Ways to Make School Lunch Fun! OPTION ONE (1)

The kids are going back to school and you have so much on your mind in terms of getting them ready – clothes, books and supplies.  And, you almost forgot, you are faced with another year of packing lunches!  Not only do we have excellent resources like our post on Simple & Healthy School Lunch Ideas but this post is dedicated to making those kid lunches fun.  Not crafty or creative?  Don’t worry!  We have done all the work and it is easy to turn boring school lunches into masterpieces!

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Scheduling for Success: Tips for Timely Homework

Tips for Timely Homework

Wrangling your kids to sit down and do their homework after school can be tough.  After spending several hours at their desks in school, asking them to sit down at home for another hour or two just seems cruel.  Fortunately, there are ways that you can schedule homework time that will help your kids be productive and minimize their protests.  Interestingly enough, setting your kids up for success depends greatly on parent attitudes and behaviors.  Read on for our tips on how to help your kids have time at home for both play and work.


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Creating the Perfect Homework Station

Depending on where you live, back to school time may already upon you or, perhaps, just around the corner. Back to school means new clothes, school supplies, a stricter schedule and homework– sometimes lots of it. Homework is an essential element to school success because it helps to reinforce the concepts that have been taught in class. It also helps to strengthen that home-to-school connection, allowing parents to be aware of concepts that their children have been working on and shows them how well their kids understand these concepts. Certain topics, especially in the primary grades, can be lost on kids if they are not practicing them over time. Homework is one opportunity for this to happen so creating the best environment for your child to do their homework in is essential.

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How To Get Your Kids Excited About Homework

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One thing that kids will never ask for but definitely need is structure. Structure can come in many forms, but what it means with regard to not only getting your kids to complete their homework but to–gasp!–get excited about their homework is to establish a set of basic expectations or a routine. Structure helps children to not only feel safe and secure, but to also feel happy. And when your kids are happy–YOU are happy. Having happy kids also means that motivating them to do their homework becomes less of a chore and possibly even exciting.

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School Bus 101: A Parent’s Guide to Bus Riding

One of the hallmarks of school days is riding the school bus. Whether your child is riding the bus to and from school on a daily basis or just on the occasional field trip, riding the school bus for the first time can be both exciting and nerve wracking for kids and parents! Riding the school bus doesn’t have to be scary though! We are here to share some surefire ways to make your child’s bus riding experiences the best they can be!

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Homeschooling Curriculum Options

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Perhaps you are considering or have made the decision to homeschool, a choice you and your spouse or close family probably thought long and hard about. Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute describes homeschooling as “the fastest-growing form of education.” (1) Making the decision to homeschool is only the first step– next you need to select a curriculum that best accommodates all educational aspects for your child. Read on for an overview of the potential options to choose from!

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Juggling After School Activities

School is almost back in session. You pull out your calendar, wistfully flip past the empty summer months pages, and get ready to fill up your days again. You know that even when the school day is over, your day is far from over. Once you hustle the kids in the door from the bus, grab them a bite to eat, and make them do a few pages of homework, next come the piano lessons, soccer practice, and Boy Scout meetings. Take a deep breath Mom. Let’s start the school year off right by learning how to juggle those after school activities with ease!

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