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Janelle Funari Spring Summer 2017

During New York Fashion Week, Janelle Funari showcased her newest line of handmade artisan eco-couture, which is both feminine and edgy. The show began with a choreographed dance by a young model in a modern black and white cape, which mirrored the JFNY logo. The model kept the audience in suspense as she walked towards the crowd backwards. When she turned around, she danced down the runway putting on a show, wearing an architecturally and sophisticated designed outfit.

Technology meets fashion

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Throughout the show, we saw elements of a floral laser-cut design, some with black diamond Swarovski crystal embellishments. We couldn’t take our eyes off the Maia, which is a catsuit with a detachable tulle and Georgette chiffon open-front, floor-length skirt, making the look both modern and wearable. We can’t wait to be invited to the right event to wear this look!

Timeless and versatile pieces

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There is no denying that when the children came down the catwalk, the crowd went wild! One after the next, the girls came out poised in a variety of dresses made of silk charmeuse, layered tutus and lace accents. The organic cotton jersey linings ensured that the little girls remain comfortable while in extravagant dresses. One show stopper after the next displayed these versatile, dreamy dresses with removable satin waistbands, sparkly tutus, removable flowers and capes.

A modern design that shimmers and shines

Janelle Funari Spring Summer 2017

The new children’s dresses include accents that shimmer and shine including beaded sleeves and belts. The Ava dress is unlike any other children’s dress. This dress is designed for the girl with an eye for modern design and is a true masterpiece. The A-line dress is hand-painted with metallic holographic lace, features an asymmetrical pleated empire waist, cape, puffed neck detail and French scalloped lace Swarovski crystal embellished cuff.

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At the end of the show, we spoke with some of the models who shared their excitement about the line. In speaking with them, we learned that Janelle gave them the freedom to choreograph some of their own dance moves to showcase on the runway as many of them are competitive dancers. This made the show unique and captivating for the audience who sat in awe as they enjoyed the show thoroughly. For the models, they were left with a sense of pride after they showcased their individuality, creativity and passion, all elements which Janelle includes in each of her pieces. The connection between Janelle and the models proves that she understands the importance of making each children’s garment wearable and unique.

Fashionable and personable

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Meeting Janelle was an absolute pleasure as well. She was so easy to connect with on a personal and professional level. The children seemed to gravitate to her as she praised their performances and posed for pictures with them along with her dog who was incorporated into the show.

Comfortable twirling princess

Janelle Funari Olivia Dress

After watching this incredible fashion show and seeing some of the wonderful dresses, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to put Addison in the Olivia dress. The organic cotton lining made it comfortable to wear and she loved spinning in it all night long, continuously calling herself a princess! The bold accents in the delicate layered tutu allowed her to sparkle and shine her way through the night. In addition to the lining of the dress being comfortable, the silk charmeuse bodice was soft on her underarms, which made the dress comfortable for her to dance the night away in! She was a showstopper in this incredible dress!

To see more of the incredible dresses in the Spring/Summer 2017 line, watch the slideshow!
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Minecraft
Play Minecraft in a movie theater with Super League

If this isn’t your Minecraft-obsessed kid’s dream come true, we don’t know what is!

Super League Gaming is returning to a theater near you! The world’s first in-theater recreational video game league allows gamers of all ages to play Minecraft with all of the action broadcast on the big screen. It’s a fun, social, and in-person experience unlike any other.

From September 20 to October 1, gamers can take part in Minecraft Adventure. Every Tuesday and Saturday of the week, participants will explore custom built worlds and play a variety of games in Super League’s one-of-a-kind Minecraft mods. Each event will feature its own theme, ranging from superheroes to outer space.

Super League events empower gamers to use their creativity and imagination, fostering sociability and team-building as they play on teams of 4-7 members. While all of the games are rooted in having fun, they’re also designed to help gamers develop reading, organization, and S.T.E.M. skills.

Tickets cost $20 — come to one event, or come for them all! Parents, friends, and family can attend for free and are encouraged to cheer the gamers on.

Use promotion code SAVVYSASSY5 to save 25% on your ticket purchase!

For a full list of locations and to buy tickets, visit superleague.com.

Find a Los Angeles location nearest to you

Cinemark Playa Vista and XD, 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90094

iPic Westwood, 10840 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Century Huntington Beach and XD, 7777 Bella Terra, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

iPic Pasadena, 42 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103

This post is sponsored by Super League. All opinions are our own.

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Kids are so proud to have their parents helping out in their classrooms… and they aren’t the only ones who get excited to see parent volunteers walking through the door. Teachers absolutely love when they have a little extra help in their classroom. Some teachers might have parents come into the class help with centers, while others might want volunteers to help with putting up a bulletin board. No matter what the job, there are a few things to keep in mind so we’re here to give you our six tips for being an awesome classroom volunteer.

6 Tips for being an AWESOME classroom volunteer

1. Have your credentials

Sometimes, just getting into schools can feel like going through airport security, but remember it is all for the safety of our kids. Your school might buzz you in when they see you or others might require ID to be admitted to the school. No matter what system your school has in place, just be sure you know what is needed ahead of time so you don’t show up unprepared. Oh, and be sure to keep on that visitor sticker so everyone knows you are supposed to be there!

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2. Be on time, but be flexible

The school day can move pretty quickly, so be sure to be on time (or a little early) so that you are ready to jump in and help when the teacher is expecting you. With that said, lesson plans are made with the best intentions, but when you are working with kids you have to learn to be flexible. Sometimes those plans don’t always work out so there is a chance that things might start early or end a bit later than you had expected. Be sure to plan for a little extra time built into your volunteer day, just in case.

3. Dress appropriately for the job

If you are just helping in the teacher workroom, it probably doesn’t matter what you wear, but if you will be working with the kids there is a chance you might end up on the floor. Especially in the younger grades, if you are assisting with a literacy center, playing math games or even just reading with the kids, the floor becomes your friend, so wearing a dress or skirt might not be the best option.

4. Leave little ones at home

While you think your toddler is well behaved and can hang while you are volunteering, chances are having them with you will become a distraction to the class. Some teachers are more lenient with this and others have strict guidelines on siblings in the classroom. Check with your teacher before bringing other kids in the class, but when in doubt, arrange for a babysitter so you can really focus on the kids in the class and the task at hand.

5. Go the extra mile

Maybe you were just signed up to be a center parent, but if you have time before leaving it doesn’t hurt to ask the teacher if there is anything else you can help with. A lot of teachers don’t like to ask for help, but if you offer they will gladly take you up on it. It might just be that they need a few extra copies made or something laminated quickly. Whatever it might be, they will be grateful for your help because it means on less thing they have to do after school.

6.   Soak it up

Ever want to know what it feels like to be a rock star? Just show up to volunteer in your kid’s classroom. They are so proud to show you off and announce to their friends, “That’s my mom!” We all know it won’t be like this forever and soon they will be teenagers who would rather not be seen in public with their parents. We are all busy and the never ending to-do list can feel overwhelming, but don’t let it keep you from becoming a classroom volunteer every chance you get.  Make it a priority while your kids are young and you have the chance. The days are long, but the years are short so soak it up while you can.

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Starting school is an exciting time for everyone, but with every change comes anxiety… for both you and your little one! Here are some quick tips on how to make the transition for those first few weeks into school a smooth one.

Back-to-school transitions made easy… with helpful teacher tips
Tip No. 1: Dive into friendships

Start by talking about all of the new friends your child has met and is still going to make at his new school as the year progresses. If possible, access a class list or do some networking during drop-off and pick-up to set up play dates with friends, both new and old. Play dates are such a great way for your child to become familiar with the other children in the class to begin fostering these friendships.

Tip No. 2: Pack your calendar

Go to every event you can! If there is a school barbecue or class get together, try to attend. This way your child has the opportunity to acclimatize to the school, teacher, classroom environment and all of their new friends.Books for Back to School

Tip No. 3: Use books as a tool

Read books daily about your child’s feelings about school-related activities to stimulate conversation and talk about anything they aren’t sure about. Read your child’s favorites again and again!

Here are few that are tried, true and tested;

A Good Day, K, Henkes
Franklin Goes To School, P. Bourgeois
Friends, E. Carle
Let’s Play, H. Tullet
My Teacher is a Monster, P. Brown
Noni is Nervous, H. Hartt-Sussman
Oddrey and the New Kid, D. Whamond
Read To Your Bunny, R. Wells
Ready for School Murphy? B. Murphy
The Kissing Hand, A. Penn

Tip No. 4: Help your child become autonomous

Routines are key! Check and prepare your child’s backpack daily. Help them identify their cup, coat, extra clothes and belongings by sharing in this packing process. Invite your child to help you select and prepare the items to bring to school. Label all of your belongings with your child’s favorite decal or back to school labels.

Begin supporting your child with dressing themselves. Show them what goes on first, next and last to instill order of the process and foster independence. Practice daily and praise all efforts, this is hard work and a ton to remember! Keep a bin of dress up clothing available for your child to practice these newfound skills.

Establish independent eating routines at home to help your child gain control of utensils, foster independence and feel secure with new skills.

Tip No. 5: Set them up for success

We know the mornings can get crazy and that’s when the anxiety levels rise. Here are a few things to keep in mind to make mornings easier.

Prepare as much as you can the night before. This includes packing lunches, picking out clothes for the next day, putting their shoes out at the front door and packing their backpack to ensure they aren’t running around the house just before it’s time to leave.

In the morning, give yourself lots of time. Plan to leave early because chances are you will leave late! Planning to leave early gives your child time for an unexpected bathroom visit or an extra-long breakfast without feeling pressured. If you truly end up leaving on time, great! This will give your child a few extra minutes to run around before school starts. Arriving on time for school is essential for your child to start the day off on the right foot. When they arrive on time, they enter the class with their peers instead of after them which allows them all to participate in the morning routine together.

Consistency and patience are essential! It is important to communicate all of the new skills that you are working on at home with your child’s classroom teacher so they can continue to foster your child’s development at school.

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Our Ask a Teen expert is experienced in all sorts of scenarios and is often heard giving advice to her friends. Ask a Teen will lend an understanding ear to teens and give helpful advice from her own perspective.

Ask a Teen: Back-to-School Edition

Mia is finishing her last year of high school with ease after experiencing all the ups and downs as many teens do. As an active member on student council, Mia has mastered dealing with every issue that school can throw at you. She has mentored and tutored younger students, and knows the exact advice to give them to help make their lives easier. What better advice can you receive about your children than from an expert teen? She’s willing to answer any questions and offer excellent advice, so send in any questions that you or your children have and she will help!

Q: I’m extremely nervous to go back to school this year. I had a rough end to the last year, and I’m dreading the beginning of the school year. How do I overcome this?

A: Whenever I go back to school, I like to think of it as a fresh start. You have new pencils, new markers, new clothes and new classes with different people. Remind yourself that since it’s a new year, you’re able to start it however you want to. You can form a new friend group or you can set new goals for yourself, but it all depends on your attitude. If you enter the school year miserable and gloomy about the past, then you will only give yourself a negative start to the new school year. However, if you are optimistic and see the new opportunities you have for the school year, the beginning of the year will flow much more easily! It’s all about what you make of it.

That being said, even if the beginning of the year is rough at first, don’t panic — I promise it will improve! I remember the first-week-of-school where I would come home and cry, because nothing seemed to be working out. However, those moments do not sum up your entire year. There will be other moments in your year that you will remember and they will outshine all of the bad memories. Whenever I look back on my previous years, I see all of the positive memories; such as laughing with my friends or being super proud of a grade I received. It’s inevitable to avoid some bad moments from happening, but be sure to not let them define your year!

Lastly, be happy! The happier you are, the happier people will be around you. Laugh a lot and make jokes about scary situations. Sit with friends in class, do work with other people and smile whenever you have a chance. You can create the best years of your life by simply approaching the year with joy!

Everyone gets a bit nervous for school, but don’t approach it with negativity, never let bad memories define your year and be happy!

Q: I really want to be more known in my school this year… how can I make a name for myself?

Once you have a core group of friends, popularity will matter less to you. However, there are ways to make a name for yourself and be known by the school without dealing with drama or dropping friends. All you need to do is find something you love and get involved.

What matters to you the most in school? Is it planning events, academics, sports or clubs? It becomes much easier to adapt to your school life once you find an aspect that makes you happy. Personally, I love planning events and academics are very important to me. I found a route to pursuing these things outside the classroom through student council and tutoring. I got so happy planning events on student council and being responsible for fun days for the student body. This genuinely made me enjoy going to school more, since I found something I loved to do within the walls of the school.

Next, get involved and be the person who makes a difference! It doesn’t have to be a big council or role in the school, it can be a small committee that you can take charge of. My school allows you to make your own clubs and committees, so you can be the founder of a very popular club. Once you earn a role on a committee, you can make a difference in other students’ lives too and encourage them to join and get involved. This allows you to make a name for yourself in the school environment solely based on doing something you love. Whether it’s joining a pre-existing club that you’re passionate about, or taking a leadership position and creating your own, this can be your breakthrough moment in school!

Since I got involved, I have established a positive name for myself at school and it has also enhanced my high school experience since I get to participate in activities that I love!

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Building a registry can be exhausting. And, if you’re a first-time mom, it can be downright overwhelming. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a seasoned mom at this point, or because of my complete and utter obsession with all things baby, but I am often called upon by family and friends for help with this monumental task. At the very least, I often get texts saying “Where should I start and where can I find adorable and unique items for Baby?” Usually, that answer has to come in two separate spaces… until now. Introducing a new store that has become a one-stop-shop for adorable, unique, registry must-haves: The Baby Cubby.

The Baby Cubby is a fairly new online retailer for all things baby — from strollers to mobiles to bath toys, The Baby Cubby has you covered. I recently got a chance to online shop my little heart out and I was not disappointed. Their selection was large and varied from big names like Tea Collection and 4moms to smaller names like Oemi and Tubby Todd, with free shipping over $49.

However, after learning about their brick and mortar store in Utah’s Provo-Orem area, I might just have to make my first trip out to Utah and skip shipping all together! In-store purchases are offered perks like drive-up ordering, 10-minute massages with minimum purchase, a play area for kids, and they even offer iPads you can use to research prices for price matching (they even price-match with Amazon!), ensuring you’re getting the lowest price possible. Why am I not on a plane yet??

What also sets The Baby Cubby apart is that they strive to be more than just another baby gear store. They work hard to not only bring parents the best gear available today (and, with the research to hunt it down behind each item!), but they’re also passionate about engaging their customers into a community they can trust and rely on… for baby gear and beyond.

Nursery must-haves

Nursery Must-Haves to Register For

Every nursery sees tons of poop — it’s a fact of life — so why not have a stylish and functional diaper pail? My choice for must have diaper pail (and I’ve had a few) is the Ubbi. Easy to load, easy to clean, easy to lock, but the best part is that your favorite 10-gallon trash bags will work perfectly with this diaper pail — no need to buy specific refill bags. (Money saver!) The Baby Cubby carries the powder-coated steel Ubbi diaper pail in three of the most popular colors, perfect to accent any nursery. (Ubbi Diaper Pail, $80)

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A nursery is more than just a place for Bay to sleep and be changed. It can also be beautiful and unique, just like you and your baby. Adding a special few touches here and there can make all the difference. Wall decals are an inexpensive and easy way to add art to the room without the cost of framing. The Baby Cubby has so many different wall decals, it’s difficult to choose just one… or since they are only $20 a pop, go for more than one! Each wall decal is printed on fabric and comes with a bio about the individual artist. I picked this one not only because it matched my nursery, but it’s also one of my favorite verses. So sweet. (Fabric Wall Decal, $20)

Mom must-haves

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Just because your diaper bag is filled with crumbs and Butt Paste doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful on the outside! My pick for the registry must-have for moms is this beautiful mini tote by Petunia Pickle Bottom, a name that is well-known in the baby world for having high-quality, gorgeous bags with pockets galore and a wipes case. Although this bag does come in a larger version, the mini size just feels right — big enough to carry the essentials without being obnoxious. And the pattern. OMG the pattern. It’s beautiful for year-round carrying. In fact, I carry this bag even when I’m not with the kids and have had more than a few young and obviously non-child-having ladies just fawn over my bag — you should see their faces when I tell them it’s a diaper bag. The Petunia Pickle Bottom Mini Tote comes in several patterns to suit your fancy, or go for the full-size tote, The Baby Cubby has them both. (Petunia Pickle Bottom Mini Tote, $120)

Baby must-haves

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If there’s one thing a baby needs its cozy, comfy pajamas and I have yet to find anything cozier or comfier than Kickee Pants. Lucky for us, The Baby Cubby carries a huge amount of Kickee Pants footies and blankets. Kickee Pants are made from 95 percent viscose bamboo and five percent spandex, making them stretchy and oh so soft. My favorite thing about Kickee Pants, aside from the fact that have no shame in saying I want to wear them myself, is the sweet little patterns and details like tush flaps, ruffles, and attached mittens. (Kickee Pants Footies, $32)

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The one thing to remember when doing your registry is to not only register for things you need now, but for items you will need in the future, as well. Yes, while your infant might not do much besides sleep and be cute when she’s born, one day, she will be splashing and playing with the best of them, and that’s when bath accessories like the Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover and the Skip Hop Light Up Surfers Bath Toy will come in handy. The bath spout cover keeps little heads safe when they inevitably knock into the spout, while still giving access to the shower diverter. The Light Up Surfers magically light up in the warm water keeping Baby entertained all bath long. (Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover, $13, Skip Hop Light Up Surfers Bath Toy, $10)

All this and so much more can be found on The Baby Cubby online store, or if you’re lucky enough to be in the Utah area, you will find The Baby Cubby store in Lindon. (Please let me know how that massage is!) Also, be sure so swing by their blog for some really amazing resource guides like how to pick a jogging stroller, diaper bag or breast pump. Make sure you follow The Baby Cubby on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, too!

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As a parent, back-to-school means the daily tasks of folder checking, homework monitoring, and the dreaded lunchbox packing also resume. Packing lunch is tough enough as a parent —  Are you sending in enough lunch? A healthy lunch? A sandwich in the shape of a princess with a sparkly cheese crown? Throw in a food allergy or two and that task can sometimes seem overwhelming. Whether its your own child you have a concern for, or a classmate, packing an allergy-free lunch to keep everyone safe, happy, and fed during the school day is always on your mind. From gluten-free to completely allergy-free, we have found some simple and yummy ways to pack that lunch box.

Allergy-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids

What’s on the allergy-free menu

Long gone are the days of scouring each and every label in the grocery store to find even just a few items that might be free of gluten, dairy, peanuts, or any of the other common food allergies. Now, entire aisles are dedicated to allergy-free foods, and several allergy conscience brands have emerged to help make the task of packing allergy free lunch boxes much less daunting. We’ve found that brands such as Enjoy Life, Go Organically, and Go Raw (just to name a few) are kid-tested, kid-approved when it comes to even the pickiest of eaters, and that, my mommy friends, is lunch box gold.

In addition to creating yummy grab-and-go allergy-free foods, we love that certain allergy conscience brands, like Crispy Green, are creating community awareness with amazing back to school programs. Crispy Green has the Produce for Kids, Power Your Lunchbox campaign. This program is in its second year and helps promotes proactive eating habits while donating $1 to Feeding America for every parent that takes the Power Your Lunchbox pledge. Knowing that you are able to help others while helping your own children enjoy allergy-free foods simply makes lunchtime that much sweeter.

Here are just a few of our favorite easy allergy free lunch box ideas.

Allergy-Free Lunch Ideas

Lunch Idea #1:

– Non-peanut butter roll ups (made with Sunbutter & Udi’s Fajitas)
– Go Raw Sprouted Flax Snack in Zesty Pizza
– Go Organically Fruit Medley fruit snacks
– Blueberries
– Enjoy Life Crunchy Minis in Chocolate Chip

Allergy free: gluten, dairy, tree nuts, soy, & wheat

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Lunch Idea #2: 

– Turkey meatballs
Ginger’s Healthy Habits Veggie Trail Mix in Pepperoni Pizza*
– Enjoy Life Caramel Apple granola bar
– Strawberry and blueberry fruit mix
– So Delicious Yogurt Alternative

Allergy free:  gluten, dairy, peanuts, soy, wheat, & egg
*contains almonds and cashews

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Lunch Idea #3:

– Turkey and ham roll-ups
– Raw baby carrots and hummus*
– Red grapes
– Go Raw Apricot Chewy Bars

Allergy free: gluten, dairy, tree nuts, wheat, soy, & egg
*look for hummus without the ingredient tahini

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Lunch Idea #4: 

– Turkey roll-ups
– 1 serving of strawberries
– Enjoy Life Plentils in Garlic Parmesan
– Go Organically Tropical Fruit Snacks
– Go Raw Lemon Sprouted Cookies

Allergy free: gluten, dairy, wheat, soy, tree nuts & egg

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Lunch Idea #5: 

– Faux peanut butter and jelly sandwich (made with Sunbutter and All But Gluten Bread)
– Crispy Greens Fruit (We mixed the apple and bananas, but there are SO many good flavors available!)
– Watermelon
– Enjoy Life Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
– Enjoy Life Fruit and Seed Mix

Allergy free: gluten, dairy, wheat, & tree nuts

In addition to our lunch box ideas, check out our allergy free lunch inspiration board on Pinterest.

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The time has come for your child to head off to college. You have been preparing for this move for years and your child has been telling you that she is ready and well-equipped to handle this huge milestone. So why is letting go so difficult?

Tips from a Mom Sending Her Daughter to College

I could use one million words to describe the feeling of sending my daughter off to college, but none are adequate. It truly is a bittersweet experience, which taught me about letting my children take the wheel for this journey, and remaining a passenger, instead of a backseat driver. Since my daughter was majoring in English, when we sent her off, I gave her a book called, Magic Little Words, by A. Delaunois to share how impactful little words can be. This book describes how little words have huge meaning and represent bigger concepts. This gift was tailored to my daughter, as she loves to write, and I wanted to let her know how the words she speaks and write have impact, no matter how “little.” Here are some tips we have learned after her first year away at school.

Network with older students

Mom: Set your child up with a mentor or a friend of a friend who has been to or going to the same school to help your child acclimatize and navigate through the new intricacies of their environment.

Daughter: Join a club to meet older, more knowledgeable students. It’s good to have a friend who will sell you their textbooks, without ripping you off.

Start doing the laundry at home together… before she goes to school

Mom: Create a laundry schedule at home, separating colors, talk about items that have to be hung verses thrown in the dryer (hopefully most clothing can be put in the dryer, there is not a ton of hanging space in dorms).

Daughter: Tide Laundry Pods are your friend. Easy, and basically effortless. I was always nervous about leaving my clothes and sheets alone in the public laundry room, so I would station myself on top of the laundry machine I was using, and get some homework done while I waited for the end of my washing cycle.

Organization is key

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Mom: Ensure that you are organized for what’s to come. Make lists, talk to other parents of children who have moved to the same college. Start “nesting” and gathering items needed for the dorm room, buy second hand books, furniture, and bed risers.

Daughter: My dorm room ended up looking like a hurricane hit, but my drawers and accordion hanging shelves helped. My advice is to be sure to make time to shove all your dirty clothes into your closet before mom visits.

Think ahead for data use

Mom: Look into a family plan that optimizes long distance and data. FaceTime can be your best friend while she’s away.

Daughter: All schools have WiFi all over campus — I rarely found a reason to go over my allotted data in my family’s plan. Plan to pack a portable charger in an overnight bag, or you may find yourself walking back to the dorms late at night with no way to contact friends.

Pick room decor that matters

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Mom: Allow your child to select items that are practical and that can travel with them the following year. Will they need bed risers once they move into an apartment or in shared housing?

Daughter: Print TONS of pictures, and buy tons of sticky tack.

Try not to worry!

Mom: Of course there will be crying involved! Your child is growing up and it is time to let go and explore the world. It is a very exciting time!

Daughter: Worrying is inevitable. Just enjoy the ride!

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Summer is officially coming to a close after this weekend and that means back-to-school is in full-swing, from coast to coast. Whether you’re just diving into your child’s meet-and-greet to kick off the school year or you’re already a few weeks in, these back-to-school gift baskets for teachers are a simple way to show your new teacher just how excited you are to be in their class.

Easy and Quick Teacher Gift Basket Ideas

Setting the tone

Being a former teacher, I think I really have a greater appreciation for teachers and love to spoil them with little gifts throughout the year. They have such an important job to help shape the future of our little ones! Going a little above and beyond is our way to show them how much we appreciate all of their hard work and dedication to our kids. Lots of people do holiday gifts and end-of-year gifts, but we like to set the tone for a new school year with a back-to-school gift. We’ve come to learn that Meet & Greet can be a pretty hectic day, so what better way to leave a lasting impression with your new teacher than to leave them with a special treat!

What goes inside

I began making these back-to-school gift baskets for teachers a few years ago and they were such a hit that I have made it a tradition every year. The kids and I pick out items like fun pens, colored notepads, hand sanitizer, gum, chapstick and really anything else that we think they may enjoy.

What to include in a back-to-school teacher gift basket

Mini bottles of pain reliever are also always included in our baskets. I’d like to think that my kids’ classrooms will be quiet and calm at all times, but chances are that at some point during the school year the kids are sure to give the teacher a headache. Hopefully the teachers will stick these away somewhere in their classroom so that they will be prepared for that day!

After all of our items are gathered, I let the kids help put them in cute plastic containers or baskets. I also have my kids write a note telling their teacher just how excited they are to be in their class. We include the notes in the basket and then I wrap it up in clear cellophane and tie it with a cute ribbon.

Back-to-School Teacher Gift Basket Ideas

Ice breaker

Some kids might feel nervous about going back to school, starting a new grade, and meeting a new teacher. These teacher gift baskets are a great ice breaker! Holding the basket gives the kids something to do with their hands and it gives them motivation to walk into their new classrooms proudly because they are excited to give their teachers the gift.

Teacher Gift Baskets are a Great Back-to-School Icebreaker

It is always a pleasant surprise for the teachers and they are just delighted to be given something by one of their students. They love being shown how much we appreciate them from day one and it puts a smile on their face, which is exactly why we do it!

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Backpack? Check. School supplies? Check. New clothes? Check. Now what about a snazzy new lunch box? Long gone are the days of the plastic box with Snoopy on it. Now kids want pizzazz, they want style, and apparently, according to Pinterest, a lunch that looks like art instead of food. Whether it’s the traditional lunchbox, or something to properly display R2D2 made of carrots and celery, I’ve got the perfect, super cool, lunch boxes kids love — and you’ll love them just as much.

3 Lunch Boxes Kids Love... and Parents Do, Too.
Ore Originals

There’s something to be said for a traditional metal lunchbox. They’re lightweight, no frills, hold everything, and if we’re talking about the Retro Metal Lunchbox from Ore Originals, then add absolutely adorable to the mix. This Birds are Butterflies pattern is one of eight designs to choose from, but this one was the favorite of my little butterfly lover. Pair it with a matching water bottle, snack containers and utensils, and you’ve got everything you need for back-to-school cuteness (Ores Originals Birds and Butterflies Retro Metal Lunch Box and Water Bottle, $28).

Bentology Lunch Boxes for Kids
Bentology

Of all of the lunch boxes currently on the market, the Bentology is a happy medium between a traditional lunch box and a full-fledged bento-style box. This modular plastic box comes with five interior containers (three with leak resistant lids) that you can add or subtract to fit your liking, plus a perfect place to put your utensils. For kids, Bentology Kids come in so many fun colors and patterns, the hard part will be to pick just one. For moms, Bentology is made of recycled material here in the USA and is BPA-free, dishwasher and microwave safe. I personally found the size and weight to be perfect for my 6-year-old to handle. But, to my surprise, when I had my book club over recently, three of the five girls said they also use Bentology for their own lunches because of the perfect portion sizing! Looks like I might have to steal my daughter’s lunch box (Bentology Bento Kit, $40).

Which Bento Style Lunch Box is Right for You?

Planetbox

While on vacation recently with my best friend, she casually mentioned, “If you every do a post about lunch boxes you must include PlanetBox. My kids are obsessed.” Flash forward a few months — here we are, and boy, was she right. According to the word on the playground, this bento-style lunchbox is the Cadillac of lunch boxes. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s also worth it. PlanetBox lunch boxes are made of high-quality stainless steel and warrantied for five whole years, meaning they’re built to last. They’re eco-friendly and, despite the high price tag, will save you money in the long run. Each little well is the perfect size for portion control and since it’s made of stainless steel you can stay goodbye to a stained and stinky messes — even if you haven’t checked it in three days.

PlanetBox has three different sizes to choose from with tons of carry bags to fit any style. Want to personalize even more? Go for pre-printed decorative magnets that you can change daily. You can even design your own. The only downside I saw was their weight, so keep that in mind for your smaller kids — I would say that for age six and below this might be a tad much to carry daily (PlanetBox Rover with Sleeve, $68).

 Which is your child’s favorite lunch box?
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