Back to School 2018, College Bound, Education, Gift Guides, Kids, Parenting, Reviews, School

Back To School Guide 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Back to School Guide

Back to School Guide 2018

“An Investment in Knowledge Pays the Best Interest” – Benjamin Franklin

They are heading back to school! Fun in the sun and vacations are coming to an end! Are you prepared? Do you have a buy list to complete still? Have the kids style and sizes changed? Is one off to college and you have no clue what you may be forgetting to buy or discuss with them? I hope I can help you out with topics, reviews and some fun below!

*If you are a brand, contact Erin at erinnsluka(at)gmail(dot)com to get your product featured!

Keep checking back as there are more posts added several days a week through summer and fall!

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Fashion, Giveaways, Graduation Gift Ideas, Open Giveaways, Reviews, School

THERAFIT Lexi Premium Tote Bag – Review and Giveaway

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Welcome to the Therafit Lexi Premium Tote Bag Review and Giveaway

Six! There are six features that make this bag great for anyone. Whether you are a Mom that needs extra pockets or a student or business women and need to carry a laptop safely up to 15″ this bag is for you. It is called the Lexi Premium Tote Bag and it is made from Therafit, known for their comfortable shoes.

Let me list the features below I love most about this bag!

  1. Made with water resistant nylon for any weather day or near the family pool
  2. Zipper closure so you don’t lose your valuables
  3. Multiple compartments and pockets-lots of them!
  4. Fits laptops up to 15″
  5. Includes a removable wristlet
  6. Should strap is adjustable to a drop length of 11″

You can keep yourself very organized on the go with this many pockets and compartments. There are pockets that are perfect for your cell phone and the attached wristlet zips closed for makeup and money/cards. Stash laptops, agendas or diapers and extra clothes with plenty of room to spare.

 

I love that it is water resistant because I can carry it in the rain and take it to the beach where wet feet are running all aa round without worry.

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Education, Father's Day, Gift Guides, Graduation Gift Ideas, Reviews, School

We Are Celebrating Teachers and Dads with GIANTmicrobes

I have partnered with GIANTmicrobes for feature. Samples were sent and opinions are my own

We Are Celebrating Teachers and Dads with GIANTmicrobes

Can you believe another school year has come and gone? Now we begin to celebrate summer and Father’s Day as well as thanking our teachers for spending nearly 6 hours a day with our children. We are celebrating with GIANTmicrobes and it has been a hit!

Anthony wanted to gift his 4th grade teacher and his Health/PE teacher the Heart GIANTmicrobes from the 2-pack Heartfelt box for Teacher Appreciation Week last week. This meant we opened the box and got 2 gifts in 1! It was perfect in a year he did a lot of science in class and also for his health teacher. They thought the gift was so clever!

Each GIANTmicrobe comes with its own card with a bit of education and a connection to how relative it can be to your giftee. It’s the first thing Anthony grabs and reads on these fun plush!

 

The gift packs are really the way to go because the box designs are so adorable and they make great collections for your Teacher’s classroom or even dad’s office. No matter who or what you are celebrating you will have fun finding the right gift that will make for a great conversation piece with GIANTmicrobes.

Gift Guides, Kids, School, School Gifts

Easy Kids Birthday Favors – Free Printable Tags

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Easy Kids Birthday Favors - Free Printable Tags

 Our youngest will be 9 in a few weeks and I just booked his party at and now have Invitations, party favors and classroom favors to prepare. The party is for 10 cards and his class favors are for 24. Because a student in his class severe allergies she does not allow food gifts so kids typically bring in trinkets to hand out. I found some water bottles for under $1 and am doing those, but I needed tags to print and attach.

HP Gift Tag

This is what I use my HP Print and Photo Projects download for. I have it installed on my Mac and I just open it, choose a project and design and print. I found this tablet, changed the text and had them printed in under 10 minutes. It took me longer to cut all the string for tying these onto the bottles.

Birthday favor tags

I have an HP Instant Ink eligible printer. The HP Envy 7640 costs under $130 and can print, fax, scan, copy and do photo wirelessly. I am so excited about the wireless feature on this printer because I can sit on the couch and while reading emails or messages, I save it as a document right on my phone then open my HP All-in-One Remote app and hit print! My copy is sitting on my printer and I never left the couch or promised myself I will print out later only to forget.
Why do I need an HP Instant Ink compatible printer? Because it works with my ink cartridge to send a message to HP when I am low and I have ink at my door within days and before I run out! How simple is that?

Making gift tags

If you can’t find water bottles, try attaching tags to bulk and inexpensive favors like keychains. Until I stumbled across these bottles, I almost used some Emoji keychains I found for under $15 that was enough for his entire class.

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I printed 24 copies, cut them each out and cut 25 strands of ribbon. Used a hole punch so I can insert the ribbon and tie to each bottle. The great thing is that these bottles were under $1 and were BPA free plastic.

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Having my HP Envy printer and access to a Project Download that anyone can access makes these party set up projects so easy. See all of the projects you can do with HP Printables.

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Education, Kids, Parenting, School, STEM Learning

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Apps, Education, Kids, Parenting, School

Kids Online Math Games with Smartick

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With the school year about halfway through you would know by now how much help your child may need in math at school no matter what grade level. Smartick is an engaging online math game for ages 4-14. Even if your child is not struggling at math but is unmotivated Smartick has a system just right for them too.

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I set up an account for my son who is in grade 3. He does very well in some aspects in Math and ok in other areas. Even though he is not behind, I use this to motivate him to get extra practice. How? By installing incentives via the parent control panel.

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There are 2 ways to log in- child and parent. In parent mode you can see your child’s progress, create incentives per number of ticks you set, and get performance reports. For various activities like completing without errors, playing multiple days in a row, completing sections and more they get ticks. These ticks can be used in their virtual world to buy items and upgrade their world. They can buy a home, add to it and other fun world items with their Avatar they can personalize. As a parent, you can set tick rewards, like movie time or choice of dinner after so many ticks as incentive.

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In child mode they do 15 minute daily sessions. First they will take a placement test. It is a bit difficult by design to really guage the level of your child and create an accurate profile of games for them. Each day they come back for a 15 minute session. That is enough time to get some practice in yet not too long that they become bored or frustrated.

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The Results:
  • 94% of Smartick students improve their mental calculation and agility
  • 83% of Smartick students improve their grade in math, and half improve in other subjects

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You can start a 15 day free trial right now at Smartick