Give Back for Back to School – SoCozy + State Bags

We’re giving back at back to school with SoCozy’s exclusive State Bags Give Back Pack. Thanks to SoCozy for sponsoring this post.

Do you remember when “I Wish My Teacher Knew” went viral? Basically, a pretty awesome teacher in a school district of predominantly low income families asked her students to write down one thing they wished she knew about them. As you can imagine, many of the the responses were heartbreaking. One in particular has stuck with me many months later.

 “I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.”

SoCozy State Bags back to school

The thing that really struck a nerve about this child’s problem is that it’s one which is totally avoidable and easily fixed if only someone cares enough to help.  It made me realize that this child is probably one of hundreds of thousands of children facing the same unbelievable issue of not having the most basic of tools to succeed. Pencils should not be an economic privilege.

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Giving Back with Glitter Slime

I created my Giving Back with Glitter Slime project in partnership with Elmer’s and their let’s bond initiative. See this activity and more in the Elmer’s Kids Summer Crafting E-Book.

If you enjoyed bonding with your child over my easy glitter slime then I hope you’ll consider sharing the experience with another family. Summer is the perfect time to give back.  In many communities, resources that are available to children in need during the school year fade away – creative activities from the classroom and subsidized meals just to name a couple.

kids projects to give back glitter slime

You and your child can help others in need by creating some simple kits to provide an exciting activity for a child this summer. First, go make some easy glitter slime together. I promise it’s SO much fun, a little messy (but not too messy) and just awesome to watch their spongy brains soak it all in. Then, get ready to show them how to give back by providing an opportunity for another child to have the same experience with their own parent.

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Easy Glitter Slime

I created my  Easy Glitter Slime with Elmer’s Glitter Glue. This two ingredient glitter slime is so easy to make. Thanks to Elmer’s for sponsoring this post.

Let’s face it. If you have children between the ages of 5 and 10, glitter and slime make them happy. Combine the powers of glitter, slime and a hands on activity and you’ve got a winner. So heading into summer, Kayla and I whipped up some easy glitter slime using only two ingredients. As you can tell, it was a blast!

super easy glitter slime burst

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The Amazing Freedom of Accepting Your Imperfections

This post was sponsored by AVEENO® through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated  to write a post about AVEENO®, all opinions are my own.

Becoming a mom taught me that there are a TON of reasons to be self-conscious or second guess myself. It has also taught me that there are far more important things to focus on. What I never could have expected was that having a baby (or two) which is essentially like sending your mind and body to war would be the thing that would make me the most accepting of my imperfections.

aveeno beautiful imperfection

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Stylish Baby Travel Favorites

Traveling with a baby is sort of like traveling with a herd of elephants. You have no idea how it’s going to work, there is going to be a lot of poop and odds are someone will wind up squished under an elephant. Or a piece of baby gear. If you’re like me and you want all of the same comforts of having “your stuff” when you travel but need super smart, compact (and dare I say stylish) items I’ve got you covered. Here are my current stylish baby travel favorites.

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