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    8 of the Top Back to School Apps for Parents and Kids

    Kids aren’t the only ones gearing up for going back to school, a lot of times parents are too. However, with the abundance of families that have smart phones and tablets, getting prepared for the upcoming school year has never been easier. Kids and parents alike now have a plethora of applications, at their fingertips, to help tackle the tasks involved with going back to school. To try and help both you and your kids survive the school year, here is a compiled a list of some top back to school apps that can help ease first day jitters, help you brush up on your math skills and help you stay on top of all of your kids’ assignments.

     

    Digital Tutor: Need a refresher course in math, English, and other subjects? School A to Z helps you answer your student’s homework head-scratchers and gives project suggestions on a variety of topics. Download the app from iTunes

     

    iStoryTime Kids Book: Is your son or daughter nervous about the first day of school? iStoryTime Kids Book- My First Day of School is an interactive book about a boy who is getting ready for his first day of school. Though he is excited, Charlie is also a little scared, but he ends up really loving school. Download the app from iTunes

     

    Evernote:  Evernote is your one stop shop for quickly and efficiently managing your growing to-do list: Record a voice note on the go for your partner or type up some tasks for your kids. Everyone has access to the notes on any of your family’s devices. Download the app from iTunes

     

    myHomework: myHomework is a free app that will help you never forget an assignment again. Students can quickly organize and access homework assignments and classes and colorcodes them so you know exactly when they’re due. It also includes a calendar, reminders and the ability to sync to your student’s home computer and other devices. Students can see what classes they have each day and what assignments are late, complete or coming up. Download the app from iTunes

     

    Graphing Calculator: Graphing Calculators are definitely a little pricey and somewhat of an investment but not any more thanks to this free app.  This free calculator includes your standard arithmetic and exponential functions, and can graph up to four color-coded equations at once. The only issue being your teacher may not let you have your phone out during a test. Download app from iTunes

     

    KinderTown: KinderTown finds and organizes the best educational apps for your kids. Each app that gets selected has been tested and reviewed by parents, educators and kids. Download app from iTunes

     

    Stanza: Stanza is a great app for book lovers, it includes 50,000 free classic titles as well as another 50,000 contemporary titles from partner stores. Add your favorite books to personalize your digital library. Download app from iTunes

     

    AllRecipes: With works, school & extra-curricular activities figuring out the answer to the age old question, “What’s for dinner” can be quite a challenge, but not anymore. AllRecipes has thousands of member-tested recipes offering a wide variety of menu options for cuisine, dish type and difficulty.  They also have a Dinner Spinner app that easily allows you to search for ingredient or give your phone a shake and get a surprise recipe, the choice is yours. Download app from iTunes

     

    Share the apps you like to use to help with homework, scheduling, and managing a busy household.

     

    20 Snack Ideas for School & Home | Save 20% on Back to School Essentials from Organize.com

    Many people are jumping on the ‘healthy band wagon.’ For some it’s in an attempt to live a healthier lifestyle and for others it’s because they have children with allergies and strict dietary concerns. Regardless of the reason, parents have started to make a conscious effort when it comes to preparing snacks for their kids’ school lunches and celebrations. With that in mind, we have handpicked the most creative, delicious, and nutritious treats that your kids will love.

    Check out our list below, and for corresponding recipes head to our Pinterest board.

    1. Fruit: fruit is a great snack/dessert choice for children. There are so many different options. Get creative by using a hollowed out watermelon as a bowl.
    2. Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Snack Mix and grapes in a ziplock bag closed in the middle with a clothespin to resemble butterfly.
    3. Popcorn: sometimes we forget how easy and healthy natural popcorn can be. Get creative and put popcorn on skewers with fruit or nuts (if your school allows).
    4. Mini marshmallows (or cheese bits) stuck between two apple slices to create a silly smile.
    5. No bake energy bites (oatmeal, nut-butter, honey, coconut) formed into balls to provide an extra kick of energy in the afternoon. Note: if there are any nut allergies in your child’s classroom you can replace with seed butter such as sunflower butter.
    6.  If there are no nut allergies, these PB&J sushi rollups with fruit are adorable and delectable!
    7. Honeydew, raspberry popsicles for warmer days.
    8. Scooter snacks! This is a scooter made out of string cheese, veggies, and pretzels. This would be best if your child has a small class or if you and your child want to make something fun and delicious together.
    9. Frozen yogurt stuffed raspberries. A cool and delicious treat!
    10. Hard-boiled egg and cheese boat. Perfect for a mid-morning snack.
    11. Apple chips! Crispy apples with a small amount of oil and sugar.
    12. Banana pops: bananas, yogurt, granola, and a few chocolate chips (or raisins) on a stick!
    13. A super healthy cake batter pizza! Throw in a few colorful sprinkles and it will be a birthday celebration to remember!
    14. Healthy snack cones: ice-cream cones filled with Cheerios, raisins, popcorn, dried fruit, and any other healthy treat that will fit.
    15. Create a school of fish with pretzels, mini apricots, a little bit of cream cheese, and mini chocolate chips.
    16. Frozen yogurt dots. Make in tons of colors or throw in frozen chocolate chips. Arrange in ice-cream cones, zip lock bags, or an empty ice cream box.
    17. Oatmeal banana flax muffins.
    18. Sliced apples with do-it-yourself toppings such as nut butters, coconut, raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
    19. Delicious and healthy banana chocolate chip bread. Can be made gluten-free and vegan!
    20. Don’t underestimate the power of whole grain chips or crackers with some fresh salsa or homemade guacamole. The healthy fats in the avocado will definitely keep the kids full for a few good hours!

    For carrying around these great snacks, we love these reusable snack bags from organize.com. They come in a variety of designs, are perfect for kid’s lunches and travel and are machine washable and reusable. Shop now and get 20% off your order at checkout with code “DORM12.” You’ll also enjoy FREE 2-Day Shipping from ShopRunner.

    Back to School | Free Lunch Kit with any Kid’s Backpack Purchase at Toys “R” Us

    The first day of school is just around the corner and that means that it’s time to starting thinking about one of the back to school essentials: the backpack.  Not only have backpacks become a part of a child’s daily routine, but they are also a great way for a child do share their personality and/or favorite characters.

    Right now, Toys “R” Us is offering a great deal on a large selection of backpacks plus, get a FREE Lunch Kit (up to 9.99 value) when you buy any qualifying backpack priced 12.99 or more! (see details here) Even better,  you will get FREE 2-Day Shipping with ShopRunner!

    Offer valid only while supplies last.

    Get Ready for Back to School with ShopRunner

    Back to School - Kids

    Summer is almost over and a new school year is about to begin — that means it’s Back to School time. With the start of school many parents may be running around trying to get all the necessary supplies, school outfits and backpacks ready for their grade school, high school or even college-aged children. But avoid all the hassle this year and save time by shopping from home, save money with great offers, AND get your items shipped fast & free!

    Shop these Back to School Deals & More!

    Save with these deals AND MORE when you visit the ShopRunner Back to School site. Best of all, shop with confidence knowing that you will get FREE 2-Day Shipping with ShopRunner!

     

    Quick ShopRunner Tip:

    Parents of college students: order from ShopRunner participating stores and have your order shipped fast & free to your daughter or son’s college — surprise them with a care package every now and then.

     

     

     

    How to Help Get Your Kids Ready to Go Back to School

    Magnetic Chore Chart

    Change may be good, but it’s not necessarily easy. Trying to ease your family back into a routine after a laid-back and carefree summer can be a challenge for both kids and parents alike. Moving from days that consisted of going to the pool or beach, movie watching & friends to homework, new teachers & classes, extracurricular activities and more homework is quite difficult. One thing I have found to be very helpful in easing my kids back into a routine are Chore Charts. Not only do they help establish a daily routine at home they also give your child a sense of personal responsibility which, filters over into the classroom.

    Providing consistency will help keep children on track and organized. I have pulled together a list of what I think are some great ideas for Chore Charts that will have your kids back into the school routine in no time. Keep in mind that depending on your children, and the areas in which they struggle, some of these will need to be tweaked to better fit them and your family’s lifestyle.

    This chore chart (above photo) centers around one large magnetic chore board and individual, personalized magnetic boards for each child. Each chore is broken down and listed on a magnet. You can choose to have a monetary value attached to it or not. Once a child performs that chore, they move that magnet onto their personalized board to track progress. This gives kids a clear understanding of what needs to be done and recognizes when they have done it. This chore chart is genius!

    ALTERNATIVE IDEAS TO A CHORE CHART

    1. Write chores on small pieces of paper and fold them up into a jar.  Let your kids pick from the jar and see which chore they randomly get. It adds some excitement and surprise into the mix.
    2. Turn on music! Designate a certain time and day of the week for chores and play loud fun music. Dance, sing and clean all together.
    3. Create individual clipboards for each child that outlines the tasks they need to complete to prepare to leave the house in the morning and a separate list that outlines the weekly chores they must complete. If they follow the clipboard and mark off each item, then you clip a dollar bill to the clipboard. You can also create personalized “coupons” that they can redeem for a reward of their choice, some ideas are a movie night, new toy, ice cream trip, sleepover with friends, etc.
    4. Time it! Bring out your child’s competitive side and see if they can complete their chores before the timer goes off. According to Empowering Parents, this makes it more exciting and stimulating for the child. And while your child won’t lose anything if he or she doesn’t get it done, you can reward them with something if they do. That kind of reward system is always preferable to one in which the kid loses something, because it’s more motivational and less punitive. You’re giving your child an incentive to do better.

    AGE-APPROPRIATE CHORES/TASKS

    2-3 year olds:

    Pick up toys and books
    Take laundry to the laundry room
    Help feed pets
    Help wipe up messes
    Dust with socks on their hands
    Pile books and magazines

    4-5 year olds:

    Clear and set the table
    Dust
    Water flowers
    Bring in mail or newspaper
    Help cook and prepare food
    Carry and put away groceries

    6-8 year olds:

    Take care of pets
    Vacuum and mop
    Take out trash
    Help make and pack lunch
    Fold and put away laundry

    9 years and older:

    Help wash the car
    Learn to wash dishes
    Help prepare simple meals
    Clean the bathroom
    Rake leaves
    Operate the washer and dryer

    *Editorial Credit: Family Sponge

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    Tips to Preparing Kids’ School Lunches + Save $5 at Organize.com

    Parents have many concerns as a new school year approaches. From school sports to school supplies, it all seems equally important. However, one of the most crucial things parents should worry about is their children’s nutrition.  School lunches may not be as nutritious as you may have hoped, that is why many parents have chosen to send their children to school with home cooked (or packed) lunches. With the increase in childhood obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol, this is a wonderful idea!

    Some things to remember when packing your child’s lunch:

    • Whole grain carbs are much healthier than white flours/pastas or other refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates turn to sugar which then turns to fat aiding in the obesity epidemic.
    • Skip the chips and the cupcakes. Processed foods wreak havoc on little bodies causing children to ‘crash’ after lunch.
    • Also avoid sugar laden treats and high fructose corn syrup which is damaging to growing bodies and minds.
    • Fruit is a healthy and delicious dessert with good-for-you sugars.
    • The fiber found in many vegetables keeps children fuller longer.
    • Bento style lunch boxes make preparing lunch a snap which can be easily found at Organize.com which is currently offering $5 off your purchase when you spend $40 with coupon code SR540.
    • There is more power in numbers. Get a group of parents together to trade lunch ideas. Your kids are more likely to eat something healthy if all of their friends are eating it as well.
    • Lastly, do your research. Google your little hearts out. There are plenty of books, blogs, articles, and websites to help you prepare the best food for your children. (Some great blogs to check out: Oh She Glows, GF Vegan Mom, The Wellness Junkie, Healthy Happy Life). Don’t forget Pinterest which has a wealth of information and pictures!

    Here are some health child-approved lunch ideas:

    • Whole grain pasta with vegetables
    • Club sandwiches (some deli meat and lots of veggies) on whole grain bread
    • Veggie burgers
    • Turkey and cheese rollups (in whole grain tortillas)
    • Rice and beans
    • Cucumber sandwich
    • Grilled veggie sandwich
    • Almond butter and jelly sandwich (on whole grain bread)
    • Meat, cheese, and veggie skewers
    • Chili
    • Homemade pizza on a whole grain tortilla (just pop it in the toaster oven)
    • Tuna and crackers

    And dessert and snack ideas can include many fruits, vegetables with dipping sauces (such as hummus, almond butter, etc.), homemade trail mix, or granola bars.