Thursday, September 21, 2017

Have a Bear-y Good Day!

This post was sponsored by Nabisco as part of an Integrated Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

It's hard to believe we are already two months into our school year. Even harder to believe we are already on our first break of the year! It's amazing how quickly time flies during the school year. The constant "go, go, GO" keeps you on your toes and days, weeks, months become a blur of busy activity. We've managed to keep the chaos to a healthy normal, and even though our schedules seem jam packed, we've enjoyed our transition into the new school year.


Before the break we snuck in a few fun activities. It was a short week because of the hurricane, but that wasn't going to stop me from having my turn as mystery reader in Little Cute's classroom. This is one of my favorite parent participation activities we get to do throughout the year. I love seeing how excited my kids are when I walk through that door! It is a memory I hope I never forget!



L.C.'s current classroom theme is bears. They've been studying about the letter "B", and even have a prayer bear that they each take turns bringing home throughout the year. 

Not one to miss a good theme, I jumped on the chance to incorporate bears into my mystery reading duties. I chose a few bear themed books that I knew would be a huge hit, and then I thought of the perfect snack to include with my reading.


The kids have been loving these Teddy Soft Baked Filled Snacks lately, and I decided they would be perfect to use as my bear themed snack!


I mean how much cuter could they be?!

The Cutes love them because they are something new and fun shaped (not to mention - chocolate filled!), and I love them because they don't contain any artificial flavors, colors, or corn syrup. They are actually made with real high quality ingredients such as milk, eggs, and chocolate. Knowing how important lately it has become for me to understand what we are snacking on, I appreciate that Teddy Soft Baked Filled snacks are something we both agree on.


Cute has been begging me to be mystery reader for his class too, and when he heard these bear-y yummy snacks were involved he was so jealous. I've already logged this idea for his classroom when it's my turn in there too.


Cute snuck off to Walmart to help me snag enough boxes for both classrooms. I typically find the Teddy Soft Baked Filled Snacks on Walmart's snack aisle, organized with the other individual wrapped snack packs.



They come in two different flavors - chocolate and vanilla - but Cute informed me chocolate was the best.



After bringing home our purchases, I set to work to create a fun printable to coordinate with our bear theme. I think it turned out so fun, and loved how the adorable bear themed snack help tie everything together.



My bear theme was complete, and the kids were so excited to get a little something extra fun with the reading.  They could eat right away their treat right away or save for when they had snack time at home. It was easy, mess free, and the perfect addition to our bear themed fun! I love great on the go snacks that make little projects like this so easy for me!

Yummy Teddy Soft Bakes filled snacks make for the perfect on the go snack for kids. Share the fun with this fun Beary Good Day printable and snack idea! #WalmartSnacks2Go #IC #ad

HOW TO CREATE A "BEARY GOOD" THEMED SNACK

What You'll Need


Directions

1: Print and cut out favor tags. Set aside. 

2: Place Teddy Soft Baked Filled Snacks into individual treat bags. (I kept some in their original packaging and some I removed, depending on the school's policy regarding snacks.) 

3: Secure with coordinating ribbon, and attach favor tag. 

4: Share and enjoy giving everyone a "Beary Good" snack!



A "BEARY GOOD" GIVEAWAY!

We are so excited about Teddy Soft Baked Filled Snacks that we are helping to giveaway the chance for 12 lucky readers to win a $50 gift card to Walmart to join in our snack time fun! In addition, two lucky grand prize winners will be given the chance to win a $200 Walmart gift card! The giveaway will run through September 29, 2017.  I-C will randomly select 14 winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes. Enter below and good luck!


Nabisco Snacktime Sweepstakes




What "Beary Good" snacks do your kids love to share at school? 

Jen

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sid the Science Kid at the Atlanta Children's Museum

The Atlanta Children's Museum. A fun and interactive museum designed for young children.

Over the weekend I took my little scientists to see the new Sid the Science Kid exhibit currently on tour at the Children's Museum of Atlanta. This was right up The Cutes alley, and I knew they would be so excited to check it out. They love to watch the PBS show, and enjoy anything having to do with science activities and experiments.



From the moment we entered the exhibit their faces lit up. It's literally a kids perfect play area. The exhibit is inspired directly from the Sid the Science Kid show, and features a wide variety of science based activities, hands on experiments, and interactive shows designed to let kids get a little peek into Sid's world and become science kids themselves. 


Sid even makes an appearance or two himself. The kids thought it was so neat to see him in person. He also gave them each their own kaleidoscope to take home with them. They were so in awe to see one of their favorite television characters in person!


Everywhere you turn in the exhibit there is something for the children to touch, see, and play with. The space is well organized and guides the children - even the youngest - easily through each activity.



The kids are able to investigate everyday science questions as they pass through Sid's home, school, playground, and (our personal favorite) the Super Fab Lab. 


Cute was in his element, and soaked up every single experiment presented to him. He loved taking on each challenge and learning more about simple machines, the laws of motion, and magnetism. 



The digital displays were a huge hit too. In the age of electronics the kids were masters at this portion, and had a blast putting their skills to work. 


Especially when it came time to add in their dancing skills! :)



The playground area was a popular place with all three of them and they almost didn't want to leave this section.


It contained a mixture of traditional playground equipment, and various science activities. Needless to say the kids loved it!


The Super Fab Lab was where they spent most of their time though. They spent over an hour just taking in each experiment, using the microscope to dig further, and recording their findings down in the provided journals. They felt like real scientists and told everyone who would listen that they now worked in a lab.




And the fact that they could wear costumes in this area pretty much sealed the deal that this was the best place ever. 




All three Cutes were able to soak in the science teachings presented to them in their own way. The exhibit is designed for ages 0-8, and I would say it was spot on for our little crew. I felt like each one was able to learn, play, and enjoy themselves.


And based on their smiles and constant chatter about what they learned, we will definitely be making a trip back soon to visit Sid.  


The exhibit is on display until mid-January 2018. It's a traveling exhibit, so if you aren't in the Atlanta area I would check to see if it comes to your area soon. But definitely put it on your radar if you have little science lovers too! Not to mention the Children's Museum of Atlanta is just a super fun place for kids in general!


Do you have science kids? What science activities do they like to participate in? 

Jen

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** Thank you to Brave PR and Children's Museum of Atlanta for providing tickets to this event in exchange for review. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own. **

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

10 Tips for Introducing Tweens to Social Media

About a year ago I realized that many of my daughter's friends were starting to get their own social media accounts because they started following me!  That was kind of crazy, but the more I looked into their posts and interactions with their peers I loved how positive they were.  My girls would always look on my accounts to look at their sports teams and ones they look up to to see pictures and videos of inspiration. It's crazy how motivating it can be to watch athletes a few steps ahead of you and I really saw it give them the drive and determination they needed to push themselves to get to the next level so for my oldest she was allowed her own account when she turned 10, but with a lot of stipulations.

I'm a sticker and don't want to see this all day: 

However, I do think there are some great benefits and positive things to come from social media so I'm over on Savvy Sassy Moms today sharing 10 tips for introducing tweens to social media. Head on over and check it out! 



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Friday, September 15, 2017

Fashion Fix: Team Spirit

Football season is officially underway and we couldn't be more excited! We will always be summer girls, but in the South fall is full of so many fun things. Leading the list is football and cheering on our favorite teams (Go Dawgs! Go Falcons!). 


Fall football also means fall Game Day attire. Getting dressed up (or dress down) for Game Day is almost as much fun as the game itself. You know we love us a good theme wear situation and down south game day provides the ultimate of theme wear opportunities. 

So today is all about our favorite team spirit gear, and some of the most trendy, comfy, and fun game day attire that we could find!


Team Spirit Tees

What's a Game Day without the perfect comfy tee?  We love showing off our team spirit, but we love be comfortable while doing so. Game days tend to be long and you are on your feet a large part of the day.

These vintage style tees from Stewart Simmons are some of our favorite! Stewart Simmons has a ton of super cute items for football season and beyond. They are one of our newest favorite small shops and we love love love they are based in Atlanta!


The tees are super soft, and we love that the Bulldog logo is simple and not over the top. This Bulldog Pocket Tee has been Carrie Beth's Game Day go to since the season started. It's something we feel we can wear any day of the week!

Love this vintage tee and hat for UGA football Game Days! Super cute women's clothing line for tailgate attire. Southern style tailgate style!

But don't worry. If you aren't a Dawg fan (but why aren't you?), there are tons of cute tees available in other school mascots.  Seriously, how cute are these tees?

Cute and trendy game day tees for college game days. Perfect tailgate attire for women!

That is just a small peek at the adorable tees Stewart Simmons has. We probably will pick up a couple more before the season is over just because of how much we love them. 

We've also spotted some super cute tees while we have been out and about. Especially if you attending a tailgate, game or party, but aren't necessarily cheering on one particular team.



The "Tailgates & Touchdowns tee" had us swooning and is currently on a delivery truck headed to one of our houses. Love it!

Our girl Kathryn at Feathered Nest Boutique has some super cute stuff as well. We have a few things on order for us and the kids but in the meantime check out this cuteness...


Dresses

 Football season wouldn't be complete without throwing in a good dress or two in the mix. In the South it's typically tradition to wear dresses to the games, but as we've gotten older we've become a little more casual about our game day attire. That's why we love this cozy pocket shift dress


How cute is it, with the little bulldogs all over it?!  

Cute dresses and hats for college game days. Great comfortable game day tailgate attire.

It is super soft, and looks good on almost any body type. It looks great dressed up with booties or casual with flip flops. It's been one of our go-tos this season. It also comes in a red version that would be so cute with a black scarf or blazer once things cool off.

Cute dresses for game days!

Stewart Simmons also makes some other  super adorable game day themed dresses. While we aren't huge Tennessee fans, this little shift is something we can get behind. We love the hound dog detailing at the bottom.


Shoes & Accessories 

Sometimes all you need to get in the spirit is a fun little accessory or two. Throw on a plain white tee and some jeans, or a solid color shift dress, and then put on a team inspired accessory and your tailgate outfit is complete!

Cute UGA Bulldogs vintage style hat for women. Super cute game day ball caps and accessories!

Hats are by far one of our favorite accessories. Especially during the hotter part of the season. Our faces are protected. We don't really have to worry about humidity killing our perfectly styled hair. They are the perfect game day accessory. Our favorites this year are these vintage styled ball caps.


Aside from hats, our second favorite accessory is a good themed purse. We like them to be light, easy, and functional. Just large enough to hold our phones, tickets, and any other game day needs. Years ago Dooney and Bourke came out with their team spirit lines and we absolutely adore them! 



They have both NCAA teams and Pro teams available in a variety of styles and patterns. They are beyond cute in person. The crossbodies and wristlets are our favorite because they allows us to be hands free for the day. The totes are our go to when we have the kids with us, and we need something a little larger for their needs too.

Fun monogrammed clear tote for game days. Pro stadium style.

We know some stadiums have a no bag or a clear bag policy and that puts a limitation on what you can bring. We were so excited when we learned our girl Kathyrn came through with a super cute clear tote option. And it has a monogram!

These game day shoes might be the cutest thing our eyes have ever seen!


Cute game day tailgating shoes!

I mean how stinking cute are those wedges?! This little show line was something we stumbled upon while searching Amazon and died of the cuteness. The rainboots, flip flops, flats, and wedges are all so much fun. They come in a variety of team options and all have a removable bow. Love that! Especially with how cute these are to wear daily and not just on game days.


Spirit wear is just so fun! See our favorite teams colors and mascots displayed proudly on game days just makes us happy. We are so excited to have found so many fun new pieces to add to our tailgate closets this year! Do you have any fun ones to add? Do share because there is always room for more. ;)


Who will you be cheering on this weekend? 



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