These hairstyling do’s and don’ts to give your little one the best shot at the cutest school photo ever, and are equally good for holiday photos.
DO shampoo your kid’s hair the night before and use a leave-in conditioner (like the SoCozy Cinch Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner) to enhance curls, smooth hair, and add body and shine. If hair is dry, flat, or full of static in the morning, spray it with a bit of water and a little more leave-in conditioner.
DON’T get a haircut the day before picture day. Ideally, schedule your appointment one to two weeks before. Hair will look more natural and any uneven areas can be corrected in time.
DO try to capture your kid’s everyday look, so that when you look back in thirty years, it’s a true representation. Nothing too fancy!
DON’T forget that school-picture day is a regular school day and not a private studio session. Keep your kid’s hairstyle simple and you’re more likely to end up with a photo everybody likes. For girls, that means no bows or hair clips.
DO use a light styling cream, such as the SoCozy Behave Styling Cream, or alcohol-free styling gel in the morning to hold a neat, smooth style that doesn’t look stiff or slick. But keep in mind the rule for styling products is the same for school glue: A little dab will do ya!
Are you a little too compulsive with your own photo-taking? Watch this video before the holidays!
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Haven’t finalized your weekend plans? You may want to dig out your party hat! On September 27, Lakeshore Learning Materials–a developer and retailer of children’s educational products– is celebrating its 60th anniversary by hosting a “60 years of Learning” event at stores nationwide. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children and their families and friends are invited to participate in fun games, activities, and special crafts (such as decorating their own party hat!) at their local Lakeshore store. The event is free and kids will receive a goodie bag, too!
During its six decades of service to teachers, parents, and children, kids nationwide have the ability to grow and learn–all while having fun. Lakeshore produces new products every year for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children–covering all subject areas including math, language, science, music, and art.
“We’re extremely honored to be celebrating such a major milestone in our company’s history,” said Bo Kaplan, president and CEO of Lakeshore. “It is a huge testament to our people, our products and the loyal customers who have wholeheartedly supported us over the years. And, we are beyond excited about the future. We look forward to delivering the highest-quality products and service for many years to come.”
Besides helping children reach developmental and educational milestones in the classroom, Lakeshore Learning Stores have become a valuable part of the community by hosting family-friendly, year-round events with authors, folk singers and more. This October, Lakeshore is hosting a nationwide event in celebration of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, a national campaign celebrating early literacy.
For those little feet that always seem to be growing, it can feel like you’re constantly buying new shoes. But rather than throwing out his old shoes the next time you need a new pair, you can now do some good (and save some green) in the process.
Through Sept. 30, as part of the “Big Hearts, Little Shoes” campaign, Stride Rite is teaming up with the international charity, Soles4Souls to donate as many shoes as they can collect to children in need both here in the U.S. and abroad.
For every pair donated in-store throughout September customers will get 20 percent off a same-day purchase of new shoes. And as a bonus with that purchase, families will also receive a certificate for a free class at The Little Gym. (You can also donate online and still receive the 20 percent off.)
Hundreds of millions of children live in extreme poverty throughout the world, and these kids might not have access to adequate footwear, which leaves them more susceptible to disease and often, unable to attend school. Soles4Souls has provided shoes to kids in nearly every state in the U.S. at homeless shelters and disaster areas, among others areas, as well as to dozens of other countries around the world.
Sending your kids back to school involves buying new school supplies and possibly a new wardrobe (or at least it feels that way). Your kids continue to grow, and styles continue to change, but what do you do about the clothes that no longer fit? Donate them, of course!
Not only can you donate your child’s gently-worn clothing, but you can donate to their school as well by purchasing or donating like-new clothes through Schoola.com.
How it works? It’s as simple as the ABCs! Gather your child’s outgrown clothing, enter your address and school on Schoola.com, and wait for the pre-paid donation bag to arrive in your mail. Fill it, then leave it for the postal service to pick up. Schoola tags, photographs and posts the clothing in its online store–obviously at thrift-store prices. For each purchase made, $2 of every $5 in sales goes to the school designated by the donor. It’s a win-win situation!
Stacey Boyd, founder and CEO, has these tips on cleaning out your kid’s closet before school:
“Kids grow so quickly, it’s important to refresh their closets every school year. I try to clean out my daughters’ closets at least twice a year, as that’s how fast she seems to outgrow her clothes!”
“Remember what your child wore and didn’t wear last year. If your kid hasn’t worn something in the past year, they probably won’t wear it this year–if they still fit into it.”
“Always consider donating the clothes your kids no longer wear, and if you can find a store like Schoola that gives the proceeds back to organizations in need–even better!”
Want more tips on how to save on back-to-school clothes?
Whether or not your youngest enrolled in preschool this year, it’s never a bad idea to get a jump-start on her ABC’s and 1, 2, 3′s!
To help prepare your little one for the first day of preschool, all the way through 1st grade, School Zone® is giving ONE (1) lucky winner a chance to receive his or her own School Zone® Little Scholar™ Tablet–prize value worth $200. However, the tablet is currently on a back-to-school sale at $170!
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on September 8. Be sure to check back on September 9 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. We’ve also posted all of the Official Rules. Goody luck!
Congrats to our winner, Amy Magee! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!
Want tips and tricks on how to prepare your child for preschool?
It’s time to hit the books! That’s right, school is in session! Whether your kid is starting preschool or middle school, showing up prepared is always in style.
To kick off the new school year and save you some cash, BIC® is giving three (3) lucky winners a chance to receive his or her own BIC® backpack filled with fifteen BIC® school supplies–each prize has a total value of $50.
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on August 25. Be sure to check back on August 26 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. We’ve also posted all the Official Rules. Goody luck!
Congrats to our three winners: Lisa Ahlstedt, Bonnie Leigh and Janelle Klosterman! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize.
One school supply company wants to make more of an impact this fall. Yoobi, a brand that will also be exclusively at Target stores, not only wants to offer up fun designs including pretzel erasers, mini and jumbo highlighters, and neon-colored ballpoint pens, but it wants your purchase to benefit students nationwide.
Research shows that teachers spend $1.6 billion annually on school supplies out of their own pocket, so Yoobi wants to help. Teaming up with a national nonprofit, the Kids In Need Foundation, Yoobi identified U.S. schools with students who have the greatest need for supplies, focusing first on younger classrooms (K-3rd grade). For every Yoobi item you purchase, the company will distribute an item to a classroom in need (think Tom Shoes, but for school supplies). Plus, everything Yoobi sells is affordable (everything is under $10).
“With Yoobi, our goal is to make school supplies phenomenal, while solving an important problem along the way: Providing fundamental access to those in need,” says co-founder Ido Leffler. “We want to provide tools that engage kids and make them eager to learn, while also instilling the values of community and giving back. I’m proud of our goal, but I know it’s just the beginning of what we can accomplish.” Yoobi aims to change the lives of more than 750,000 students by 2015.
Target is giving away one $100 gift certificate to celebrate the Yoobi launch! To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on Monday, July 14. More Qs about our giveaway? Here are the official rules. Be sure to check back on July 15 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
Head over to Yoobi.com to stock up on school supplies or visit your local Target. Watch a video below to learn more about Yoobi:
Whether you’re planning an end-of-year gift or looking for a little something to honor your child’s instructor during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9!), we’ve got you covered.
If you want to…opt for the oven. Sweet treats are a simple and inexpensive way to say “thank you,” and you can easily involve your child in the baking process. Place cookies or brownies in a tupperware container that Teacher can keep, and top off the tin with curled ribbon or a bow.
If you want to…give grub. Every professional appreciates a night off from cooking. Purchase a gift card to the hot new restaurant in town so that she can dine out with a friend or significant other. If she lives a few towns over, consider choosing a place in that area. Looking to spend a little less? A $10 gift card to the nearby ice cream or coffee shop is sure to please–she can sneak on over after school!
If you want to…get crafty. Younger kids looking to get creative may enjoy decorating a wooden box or picture frame incorporating their teacher’s name, school mascot, whatever! Head to a craft store to pick up the supplies for this easy, engaging gift. Check out these other artsy ideas!
If you want to…contribute to the classroom. Before heading to the mall to pick up a present you think your child’s teacher may like, try to get a sense of what he or she seems to need in the classroom. Maybe the pillow on Mrs. Smith’s rocking chair has seen better days or Mr. Jones’ class library is a bit depleted. Suggest some ideas to your little one and have him report back after school. That way, he’ll be involved in the planning process.
If you want to…require relaxation. You know how you live for those Mother’s Day spa gift cards? Odds are, your child’s teacher could use some pampering, too. Give her a certificate to your local nail salon so that she can get a manicure (or perhaps a pedicure right as sandal season is starting!).
No matter what you choose, be sure to include a thoughtful card, too!