From the category archives:

Back to School

Have you finished your back to school shopping yet?   Besides a shiny new pair of sneakers and a nice shirt for the first day, my kiddos didn’t get much in the way of new clothes yet.  They’ll be sporting this summer’s shorts and t-shirts for quite a while, so I haven’t put too much effort into stocking their drawers with pants and sweatshirts, but I know that day is coming soon.

If you’ve still got a shopping list to tackle for your kids, we’ve got great news!  The Westgate Mall is giving away a $250 shopping spree to one lucky South Shore Mamas reader!   Enter using the form below, gain more entries by following South Shore Mamas and the Westgate Mall, and by leaving a comment here on this post!

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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.

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

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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.

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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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