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Classroom Central Hijacks First Day of School Pictures – Guest Post

You know those first-day- of-school photos where smiling kids proudly hold up signs to commemorate the big event? Parents often post those pictures on social media to share their joyous moments and celebrate what it means for their children to go to school.

 

Classroom Central launched its first social media campaign, featuring those same first day of school photos of disadvantaged children showcasing troubling statistics to raise awareness.

 

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As you can see in the sign, low-income students are seven times more likely to drop out and three times as likely to be unemployed.

 

The campaign was developed pro bono by Eric Mower + Associates, and it’s designed to get people to donate money and school supplies to low-income students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

 

Right now, the poverty level forces many teachers to spend an average of $500 to $1,000 of their own money each year to provide school supplies for low-income students. Classroom Central helps further. It provides paper, pencils, folders and other materials to more than 82,000 kids, helping support teachers from 200 schools in six districts.

 

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The goal this year is to supply children with a total of 1.8 million of those basic tools. Every monetary donation is matched by The Leon Levine Foundation.

Will you consider giving to the Classroom Central Fund? How about sharing this blog post to raise awareness?

Check out more details here: Classroom Central and consider how you can help these low-income children, their teachers, and impact our community.

From First Bell to Recess – Back to School Must Haves 2014 – Giveaway

School’s in session {at least for most of the country}. Some are getting into the groove of their schedules and others have just started. Whether or not you’ve had kiddos in school this school year for weeks or minutes my comprehensive list from First Bell to Recess – Back to School Must Haves will have at least one amazing thing you’ll want/need/love/like.

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Don’t miss the first bell!

1st Period: Technology

Kidecals will make any technology or computer class come to life. If your child has a school laptop or computer at home, these fun “sticker” designs go on fast and come off easy. Kids will love the cool styles and parents will love the functionality.

Back to School Must Haves KideCals MommyB

 

Kidecals has keycals, address/phone stickers, labels for food allergies, and more! Order yours from their website: kidecals.com

Snack

Fill your child’s water bottle with confidence this school year. With Nalgene’s leak-proof design your kiddos can choose from lots of designs or customize their own. Nalgene bottles come in so many great styles, sizes, and shapes and best of all no spills, no ruined textbooks, and no tears!

 

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Take your pick of great bpafree drink cups by heading over to Nalgene.com or your local retailers.

Want your kiddos to munch on something that’s good for them and they’ll have fun crunching? Lil’ C loves Harvest Snaps and so does her mom {that’s me!}.

Back to School Must Haves Harvest Snaps MommyB

 

Harvest Snaps have a full line of flavors and products that your family may just fall in love with. Harvest Snaps offers a healthier snacking option, without sacrificing taste. We love that they are baked – not fried, high fiber and protein, and are low in sodium and fat.

Head to HarvestSnaps.com to check out flavors and add to your student’s snack.

Looking for a great reusable snack bag?? We heart BooginHead Pack’Ems snack bags. Their designs are fun and they reduce waste.Packemsjpeg

 

These packs features include: BPA, PVC & phthalate free, top-rack dishwasher safe, are environmentally friendly and cost conscious, and come in two sizes in each package.

To find out how you can add Pack’Ems to your child’s snack or lunch head to their website: booginhead.com

2nd Period: Study Hall

Master Lock has been known for years of keeping all your students belongings safe whether they’re in lockers or on a bike chain. Today is no different, only Master Lock’s variety and technology has improved. Check out their digital locks, laptop locks, and other safe spaces.

 

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Master Lock is dialing up back-to-school shopping fun for students and parents with a new interactive game, “Master Lock Photo Hunt Challenge.” participants can go to www.MasterLockPhotoHunt.com through September 7 for a chance to win back-to-school security items and create a Master Lock shopping wish list.

Players can add any of the Master Lock products they see while playing the game to their wish list and email it to mom or dad for easy back-to-school shopping. In addition, by sharing the Master Lock Photo Hunt Challenge on Twitter, entrants are able to earn an additional entry per day. One lucky grand prize winner will win a Samsung Smart Media Center Package that includes a 60″ HD 1080p Smart LED HDTV. There are 65 total chances to win, which includes 1 grand prize, 8 weekly prizes, and 56 daily instant win prizes.

3rd Period: Art

Have an art lover in your family, or a student who loves to express themselves through color and fashion? We love the stylish hair accessories and fashion scarves that Urban Halo offers.

 

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Urban Halo has choices for little girls to teenagers {and even us moms!}. Whether your child’s style is simple and pretty or fun and funky, there are lots of designs to choose from. Let your child take ownership of their style in a fun way. Take a peek at what Urban Halo has to offer: urbanhalo.com

Lunch

Parents, make sure you pack your child’s lunch with great food and quality lunchbox products. The Skip * Hop Zoo Lunchies from PishPosh Baby are adorable, insulated lunch boxes that are the perfect size for your little one’s lunch needs.

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Lil’ C adores her kitty cat lunchbox because it’s, “so cute” and I love that there is enough room for her small meal, and a mesh pocket for her utensils and napkin. These awesome lunch boxes come in several character styles, check them out here: PishPoshBaby.com   Your kiddos will love you this school year when they find Crofter’s Organic spreads on their sandwiches.

 

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Our school, {like many } is a nut-free zone and though Miss A loves peanut butter and jelly we want to keep other children safe we forgo the pb but with 1/3 less sugar and non-gmo verified we love the benefits and taste of Crofter’s Organic products. Miss A is most fond of the Strawberry spread, but we also love the Wild Blueberry too. For other flavors and where to buy check out CroftersOrganic.com

4th period: PE

The cutest shoes of the season from Rack Room Shoes

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Rack Room Shoes has amazingly cute shoes for students in all grades, and best of all they have amazing prices, a great rewards program, free Ship2Home program, and great return policy. Check out Rack Room Shoes’ latest styles and promotions here: RackRoomShoes.com

Recess

We are lucky enough to work closely with several of these great brands and have a giveaway for one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader. Here’s your chance to enjoy your recess, enter the giveaway to win:

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Any thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I received no compensation for this post and all giveaway prizes are donated and fulfilled by the brand or company representing them.

Back to School – School Supplies Round-up

I was provided some samples of the following and others are included because I liked the products and companies.

 

Cool Back to School Supplies MommyBKnowsBestWhether your child is about to start school after the Labor Day holiday or has already started, here are a few cool school supplies that I found that are not essential to have on the first day and may even be on discount after school starts {wink, wink}.

Because Miss A’s school provides a great shopping list for school supplies for the school year we didn’t have to buy many items that weren’t on the list. Of course as a curious mom, I’m always scouring the web for really cool school products, if not for Miss A then for kiddos we know. In my search I found some really fun, helpful items that I wanted to share with you. Take a look, and be sure to share with friends!!

 

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1. Every child needs a backpack right? These cool, non-character backpacks are great for school. The owl backpack from Skip Hop ($20) is the perfect size for preschoolers and Kindergartners and the Men’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack ($39.99) is soft and comes with a really cool mask {different colored masks available}.

2. Two words: Trapper Keeper!! ($15.99) Not only is this truly a nostalgia piece {I definitely considered buying myself one when we were school shopping}, but they’re truly a nostalgia piece. Seriously though, I love Mead products, and why mess with a classic right? These binders come in several colors and they’ve also updated the look if your child doesn’t want to go “old school”.

3. Every time I pack Miss A’s lunch I put a note in with it, whether it’s silly or sentimental, this is just something I wanted to do to make her school day special. There are a million lunch notes out there, but I love Oriental Trading Company, and found these lunch box notes ($5.25), they’re colorful, fun, and they’re really affordable too!

4. PersonalCreations.com is another one of my favorite websites to buy from. As I was looking for fun lunchboxes, I stumbled on these adorable personalized lunch boxes ($19.99) (that come in several styles for both boys and girls). Unlike some other personalized lunch boxes, I like that these are fabric aka washable, and that you can read the name on the product {so many are too patterned where the name is not legible}.

5. Want to be the cool parent? Featured in the image above are keycals from kidecal.com, not only does kidecal.com carry these cool decal stickers {designed to customize your keyboard}, but they have labels for your children’s belongings, mustache stickers, allergy alerts. Really this is a great place to shop for dishwasher safe, washing machine safe, no-residue-left-behind, decal/stickers. Prices vary depending on the product, but beware, if you go to the website you may just find something for yourself too…

6. If you want to “spice” up your child’s lunch, make it squeezable {phew that really is a word}. I love Squeez’Ems reusable food pouches ($7.99 for 2-pack) because you can make your own creations and pack them for your kiddo, or send them to school filled with your child’s favorite applesauce, yogurt, smoothie. They’re really easy to open and freezer, microwave and top rack dishwasher safe.

 

What cool back-to-school item did you purchase or do you have your “eyes on”?

 

I received review samples from Squeez’Ems and Kidecals for this review. All opinions and thoughts in this post are my own honest words. Your opinions may vary, and I would love to hear them if you want to leave a comment. Please note as with any item for sale online prices are subject to change {since I have no control over that}.

Back to School – Send Parenting Advice with your Kids

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Ever wish you could be with your children when they are at school? I know many of us parents say, “If I could be a fly on the wall of their classroom…” While it would be kind of silly to see one of us sitting in an elementary school desk or hiding under our college student’s dorm room bed, there are plenty of ways that our kids can “take us with them” to school, or at least the most important advice we can give them.

Sometimes when we’re put on the spot it’s hard to think of what we really want to say to our children, but we know we want it to come from the heart. This is where Papersalt comes in. Papersalt is a company that provides, “simple tools for families”. Their books cover a variety of parenting topics including some great products for back to school.

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Papersalt’s, “Being a Boy”, “Being a Girl”, and “Being a Teenager” books would be a perfect backpack addition. Just slip one into your child’s backpack for them to read during quiet times throughout the day or trips to their locker to give them the boost or reminder they need through their day of classes. {You can also add your own words of inspiration!}

Me JournalWhen your child gets home and needs to decompress and express themselves I love the “Me” Journal. We hear it time and time again that writing down our feelings is one of the most therapeutic activities available, and if we enable our kids to reflect on their school days and emotions we are equipping them for an even fuller life.

Lastly, for the high-school and college students out there {and maybe even for you parents too}, the “How to Ditch Your Parents” book comes with loads of great advice for living on your own, preparing your child for the working world, and advice that you as a parent may think is common knowledge.

Those are my favorite back to school items from Papersalt.  I encourage you to check out other books on their website that fit your family, give advice when situations that arise, prepare fo life changes, and more www.papersalt.com Their site allows you to “browse” through the books, learn more about the company, and of course purchase their products. If you like Papersalt, follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well.

What words of advice do you give your child to keep with them at school?

This is a sponsored post, that being said, all words and opinions are my own. If I didn’t think this was a great product to showcase I would not put it on my site. Please note your opinions may vary.

Back To School Trend – Gutzy Gear

Looking for a great way to personalize your child’s school gear now that it’s Back To School Time? I know my daughter and many of her friends attend schools where they don’t allow characters on their backpack, clothing, lunch boxes or drink cups. While I completely understand their reasoning for that specific rule I definitely want to find ways for Miss A to express herself in a positive, fun way. She can do exactly that with Gutzy Gear.

Gutzy Gear are basically detachable velcro straps that attach to your child’s backpack. The great thing about the straps is that they are the perfect foundation for Gutzy Gear Gutzies {aka velcro patches}. Gutzies come in so many different styles, for girls and boys, and cater to each child’s personality. We had a variety of children at our Gutzy Gear party #GettinGutzy, and every child left happy.

MommyBKnowsBest Gutzy Gear Party

I really like the fact that Gutzy Gear is interchangeable, easy to remove AND clean, and fun for my kids. My only worry is the wear-and-tear of the product which I can only find out after a few months of use, I’ll keep you posted on that front.

Gutzy Gear Backpack Straps are $9.99 retail and Gutzies come in a pack of 2 and range in price from $4.99 to $5.99. Gutzy Gear products can be purchased at Kmart, Office Depot, Shop Rite, Target, Toys ‘R Us, Wal-Mart and online.

Do you want to Get Your Gutzy On?!?! Check out Gutzy Gear’s website: http://www.gutzygear.com/, also between now and September 7th, your kids can win 1 of 100 Toys ‘R Us gift cards, worth more than $5000 by showing how you “go gutzy”! Head over to www.facebook.com/gutzygear to participate and upload your photos.

What Gutzy Gear products would be your kiddo’s favorites??

As a member of MomSelect I was given the opportunity to host a Gutzy Gear party and invite all my friends to try Gutzy Gear products.