From the category archives:

Back to School

first day of schoolWhether your child is excited or nervous to be heading back to school this fall, special traditions can make it a little more fun to get back to the books!  Take a special photo, make a summer scrapbook, celebrate a successful first day & more!  {keep reading…}

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Berry Flower Reusable Sandwich BagStart the year off right by filling their lunchboxes with healthy food in fun containers this fall!  Ditch the plastic sandwich bags and upgrade to reusable containers that your kids will love toting to school.
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Boys RucksackSummer is drawing to a close, school is looming on the horizon, and the time has come to gather all the necessary supplies… pencils, notebooks, binders, glue sticks… the list goes on further than I’d like.  It’s also time to pull out last year’s backpack and assess the need to upgrade to something bigger, or purchase that special first backpack for your preschooler.   Check out our backpack roundup for some great options for your student this fall!  {keep reading…}

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School mornings can get hectic at our house, especially if I need to spend time following the kids around, nagging reminding them to get dressed, brush their teeth, find their shoes and backpack, etc.  I recently came across this Morning Routine Chart on How Does She, and thought Eureka!  This is exactly what we need to help the kiddos be more independent!  I made a few tweaks of my own, and came up with this Back to School Morning Checklist

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The words are short and simple, perfect for my kindergartener and 2nd grader, and the pictures make it easy for my preschooler to follow along too.  {keep reading…}

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As we are preparing for back to school, this inevitably means back to the sidelines too for us moms!  Today Ladybug Photography shares 5 basic tips for taking better sports shots from the sidelines with your point and shot cameras:

1. Sports are fast; your camera has to be fast. If you have the option on your camera to switch to a sports setting, it will pick a faster shutter speed with the appropriate ISO and aperture settings.


2. Watch your backgrounds. Make sure you are not shooting with the parking lot or a garbage can as your background.


3. Look at the big picture and the details. Get shots of the whole game, the sidelines with the coaches and the dug out, but don’t forget to get a shot of her first glove or the bright shoelaces he insisted on having in his sneakers.


4. Anticipate the shot you want or the action that is going to happen, and have your camera pointed that way and ready.  Sports photography is fast so you need to be one step ahead of action.   {keep reading…}

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salon capriNeed a little “me” time after an entire summer with the kids?  Check out this offer from SalonCapri on spa packages for parents throughout the month of September:

WHAT: The kids aren’t thrilled about heading back to school after summer vacation, but a little parental alone time after a jam-packed season of family fun is worth celebrating! During the month of September, SalonCapri is offering moms and dads discounted pampering treatments as a reward for all those summer sleepovers, kids’ pool parties and T-ball games. To confirm you are a parent, just bring a photograph of your kids (iPhone pictures work too!) to either of our locations and receive reduced rates on some of SalonCapri’s best services.

WHEN:  Thursday, September 1st – Friday, September 30, 2011

SERVICES: Come in and relax with one or both of the services.

For Moms: 

  • 20% off Haircut (regularly $45+)
  • 20% Single process color or highlights (regularly $60+)
  • $30 Pedicure (regularly $45)
  • $35 Shu Uemura “Ume” Ceremony (regularly $50)  A relaxing 15-minute shiatsu-inspired scalp massage, followed by a customized shampoo and conditioning treatment

 For Dads:           

  • 20% Haircut (regularly $45+)
  • $35 Shu Uemura “Ume” Ceremony (regularly $50)  A relaxing 15-minute shiatsu-inspired scalp massage, followed by a customized shampoo and conditioning treatment  {keep reading…}

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