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(Back to) school is in session and thanks to Dollar Tree who helped with our back to school shopping haul. Every parent knows that a successful school year starts with checking everything they need off the kiddos’ school supply list, and that just so happens to be Dollar Tree’s best subject.
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As a big time Stella and Dotcustomer, I am always browsing their site for new arrivals to hit their site. The Summer 2017 catalog and the Fall 2017 catalog never failed to live up to the hype: Not only does the lookbook tell us what new items to expect from this boutique-style jewelry and accessories line, it also provides a few subtle hints on the trends that will be making waves in the coming year.
And now, the wait is finally over: The one of a kind brand that are adored by both fashion editors and celebrities just made this huge announcement over the weekend!
When I was contemplating on giving up my corporate job to become a stay at home mom, it was not an easy decision to make, as one may think. You see, I was Ms. Independent, had been working since I was 13 years old and grew up watching my mom work 3 jobs, so the mere thought of no longer being dependent of a steady paycheck increased my heart burn even more.
Fast forward to seven years later and I have not looked back at the corporate world.
However, becoming a stay at home mom didn’t mean I had to give up my passion. I turned my passion into a project and with hard work and commitment it has now turned into a business. So, if you and your partner are in talks about you becoming a stay at home or if you are looking to get into a side hustle (which every mom should) then you are at the right place. Let dig into 10 ways you to can be making money right now (and there are tons to be made out there):
Parents begin to enroll their kids in team sports as early as age 3 or 4 years old. Most parents believe that by doing so at such an early age, we are setting them up for success. By meeting new friends, developing confidence or simply for establishing a commitment to an active lifestyle. Most parents also believe that the focus should be on general movement and play, not learning specific sports skills.
My youngest, Tyler, at 3 years old playing soccer
We then begin seeing a shift at around 7 or 8 years old, where our kids are taking part in organized sports activity for competition. During these years, organized sports are teaching our kids accountability, teamwork and of course the concept of winning and losing.
My oldest, Blake, at 7 years old getting ready for a baseball game
Of course, in the end, we see how playing sports can bring joy and fulfillment to our kid’s lives, but, in return, one may argue that unstructured play has decreased, or has it? Is there really a difference between play and sports? And are our children missing out on the overall play aspect when competition is involved?
Once our kids take part in structured sports we begin to worry that our children are setting themselves up for a competitive lifestyle, a lifestyle where they need to succeed by any means necessary. Instead, by encouraging them to have fun and enjoy playing with their peers they can in turn allow them to lead a stress-free lifestyle.
Simply by working together to decide which game to play, what agreeable rules are, and how to manage scenarios that invariably involve differing perspectives really all constitutes as playing. Haven’t you notice how excited your child’s mood has become? This is where we as parents; can see the similarities that playing sports is simply a disguise of play. Whether unstructured or structured.
So, instead of adding pressure to the game at play, parents must benefit from knowing that while our kids are playing together, they are building the social qualities that we all wish for: empathy, self-awareness, self-regulation, and flexibility.
With summer break, it can be a little challenging to head outside, for kids its so easy to catch up on TV shows or take out that electronic device. So instead, hide those electronic devices and sign up your kids up for summer activity. Check out your town rec center and sign up your child for summer programs. This can improve motor skills, hand eye coordination all while keeping them active so that they can become students once the semester begins.
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Wondering what to wear to a networking conference can sometimes be a daunting task, but when I learned that this particular conference had a fitness series, I jumped at the chance to showcase my recent partnership with prAna clothing line.
You see, prAna designs clothing that not only looks great on any body type but is versatile enough for any lifestyle and any adventure. It’s common for prAna fans to wear their gear to work and to go for a hike.
But wait, before your whip out that credit card and enter the discount code , let me show you how beautiful and unique the prAna clothing line really is.