[Edited to Add: This giveaway has ended and WE HAVE A WINNER - Congratulations, Donna C.!!!]
Welcome to Day 4 of our Back-to-School Picks & Giveaway sponsored by some awesomely generous people who have graciously agreed to provide some really cool stuff for you (yes, YOU!) and your...I mean, mine...okay, isn't it time we ALL kicked our kids...back-to-school!?!?
Seriously, I've got lots of great stuff to share with you.
Our kick-off giveaway drew 400 responses - Holy Craps! - what a great way to celebrate the last week of summer!
Having 4 kids, attending 4 different schools this year, we've got something for everyone and giving cool stuff away, everyday:
Day 5: TGIF: It's movie night.
Day 6: Lunch Box Fun and Healthy Snacks.
Day 7: Best Tressed for School.
Day 8: Study Guides for Kids and Parents, too!
These picks, as always, are advertorial free. No one is paying me, to talk about their product. It's just some really nice stuff that I thought you guys would like, too.
Phew, here we go AGAIN!
School starts in less than a week and -- though, I'm not even close to being done shopping and should probably be wigging out right by now -- I can't even get my head wrapped around the fact that I've got a kid in high school, this year!
Yep, my oldest baby girl (she's 14) is heading into the 9th grade and I pray that we get through it in one piece - by we, of course, I mean her!
The girl is seriously lacking in organizational skills and...YES!...okay, she get's that from her mother.
Thank goodness for blogging friends like Vanessa Van Petten, author of "You're Grounded!" and Webmistress of On Teens Today - it's where I often turn for inspiration on today's parenting issues, from a teen's perspective.
Because, you know, getting my teenager to talk is sort of like pulling teeth and often times a brain-numbing experience.
Here are two of my favorite articles, to date:
Ultimate School Supply Checklist: Middle, High School College Students: There are so many things people forget. You have to equip your kids with the perfect study central area. Here is the list Vanessa uses with clients.
Back to School Tips for Teens and Tweens: Some good websites and questions you should ask your kids to get their goals straight before the school year begins.
Aaaand, you'll never believe what my 14-year-old admitted to me, yesterday:
"My teachers were right, I need to get organized!"
Seriously, teens do NOT listen to their parents.
"Using a backpack would be good, for starters."
She hasn't used one since the 6th grade.
Lands' End Multi-Tasking Backpack meets with my teen's keen sense of style and my insisting that back-to-school gear be functional, as well:
- Stash panel for a jacket, sports gear or bike helmet
- Separate bottom chamber to stow a set of shoes
- 360° reflective trim to keep kids visible
- Mesh side pockets to hold water bottles
- D-ring to clip on extras, like a lunch box
- MP3/CD player pouch for tunes
The wonderful folks at Lands' End are sponsoring Day 4 of our Back-to-School Event and have generously offered to ship their popular Multi-Tasking Backpack to one of you (yes, YOU) very lucky readers!
(Retail Value: $39.50)
FIND IT HERE: Lands' End
WIN IT: Just leave a comment on this post by 10:00 a.m. on September 3rd (Wednesday) and you ARE automatically entered to WIN IT! One winner will be picked (via random.org) and announced on September 4th (Thursday) via email and post on PRIZEYWinners!
HEY, you (yes, YOU!) are you a blogger? Excellent! Blog about this contest and get THREE chances (for a total of 4) to win! Check out the instructions to see how.
Remember, join us here August 25th - September 1st to celebrate our week long Back-to-School Event and get a chance to win something really cool each day!
Good luck and, you know, wake me when September ends!
[Oh, and did you know that we host a Review Bloggers Carnival, too?!?]