Back to School With Macy's

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Have you guys finished your back-to-school shopping yet? I remember all too well the weeks leading up to the end of the summer. Wondering if I had all that I needed.

Mami would shop for me. She'd head to the mall and bring back bags with that red star on them. Macy's was her preferred store and now, in a way, it's become mine.

While the Frog Princess wears uniforms for school, she still needs clothes to make it through the school year. Now it's my turn to head out and come home with the spoils of the shop.

On Sunday, August 23 you can join Macy's at the Florida Mall at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of crafts and activities including Disney Princess and Star Wars coloring books (I may or may not be at the coloring book station. Don't judge me!). The kids can make their own princess crown and even pose for a picture in the Disney Princess and Star Wars-themed photo booths. How cool is that?

Oh and rumor has it a certain Daniel Skye will be there. If you don't know who that is, just ask your girls, they will.

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I have to pick up a few things including what I call "uniform accessories". This includes tights and long sleeved shirts that she can wear under her uniform when the weather gets cooler. I also like to get her little cardigans and hoodies. With the Florida weather the way it is, it can be in the high 50's in the morning and 70's in the afternoon so it's nice to have a good selection of items to layer.

Here are some pieces that I would like to add to the girl's wardrobe.

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The cardigan looks totally adorable and would go great with her uniform. I'm in love with the jean dress and wonder if they have this in my size? Also, that plaid dress is everything! Yes, I'll be hunting for a similar dress for myself. The leggings are perfect for her to wear both when it gets cool under her uniform and also after school and on the weekends. Favorite characters at a little more personality to those so yes, we have Anna and Elsa and of course, Minnie. She loves leggings and tunics so that adorable flower tunic is going to make her fashion heart happy.

If you're not in Orlando, have no fear! Check out the schedule to see if there's an event near you.

Soooo, who is meeting me at Macy's on Sunday? I'll be the one with my arms full of clothes.

Minding Back to School: 3 Tips For a Great Year

September is here and millions of students are officially back-to-school! Parents and children have been making some major adjustments to their daily routines that often come with a bit of stress and anxiety. Here are some tips on how to ease into the fall season seamlessly! TT_Back_To_School

1)  Mind Their Routine: it is time to reinstate the chores, study time, curfews and bedtimes that may have been relaxed during the summer. Parents should make sure that they are aware of their child’s academic and extracurricular obligations and create boundaries around them that will facilitate their child’s success. Depending on their age, consider including your child in the creation of these rules and boundaries to increase buy-in and compliance.

2)  Mind Their Body: a strong mind begins with a strong body. The carefree eating of summer has come to an end. It is time to incorporate healthy food staples back into your entire family’s diet. This helps promote academic success and optimal physical development. The national “Let’s Move” campaign offers some tips on how to improve your family’s overall diet.

3)  Mind Their Mind: as your child adjusts to their new classroom, teacher, friends and school, make sure you regularly inquire about their experiences. Having routine conversations with your child about the things that matter to them creates a foundation of trust and feeling of safety within the family unit. Remember it is not your job to solve every problem for your child, but they should be comfortable discussing any of their problems with you. Key themes to keep an ear out for during your talks are:

  1. Evidence of bullying
  2. Self-esteem changes
  3. Mood fluctuations
  4. Self-destructive behaviors

The beginning of a new school year is exciting for both children and parents. It is imperative for parents to take a proactive role in ensuring success during this transition period. If your child demonstrates problems during this time that seem extreme or go on for an extended period of time, I encourage you to contact their school to set up an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and school counselor. They have a plethora of resources available to support you and child, as well as access to specialized community-based resources such as counselors and therapists if necessary. Congratulations in advance on having a wonderful school year!

#KmartBackToSchool Cuteness

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Also, I'm not responsible for any accidents caused by chair dancing while watching this video. Kmart got my attention this summer with their back to school commercials. I mean really, have you seen the "Yo Mama" commercial? Whoever came up with it had a stroke of genius. "Yo mama is so fiscally responsible, she got all that on free layaway!"  We've begun attempting some of our own "yo mama" jokes at home. My brother and I can't help but smile when we see these.

BUT, when I saw the video below, it turned from laughin' to jammin'.  This is a real kids rap group out of Minneapolis. They range from ages 10 - 13 and can certainly keep us wiggling our butts in our chair with some age appropriate goodness.  Without further ado, here is (I love this title) My Limo by Da Rich Kidzz!

Wasn't that adorable?! I love them! They could be the kids next door (or in the next room). The video reminds me of all of the excitement I felt going back to school each year. The anticipation. The clothes. The Trapper Keepers!

Now, go forth and have this little jam stuck in your head all day long. It's my way of sharing the back-to-school fun with you. You're welcome!

Disclosure: Presented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart #BackToSchool blogger, though all opinions are my own.