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Yes, the same Mom who has been posting on social media to soak in every last drop of summer is now talking about back to school! It really creeped up on me this year! Luckily, we’re in great shape thanks to OshKosh B’gosh! They have a variety of fall essentials and plenty of different pieces designed for today’s active and expressive kids.
Shopping for my soon to be tween has gotten more interesting as her sense of style has evolved over the past couple of years. With creative designs and graphics my kiddo was able to pick out new wardrobe additions that didn’t make me cringe! Even better you know when you shop with OshKosh you’re bringing home quality products so kids have the confidence to excel in the classroom and beyond in the upcoming school year.
New wardrobe additions from OshKosh meant one thing….PHOTOSHOOT!!!!
Still shopping for back to school basics? Check out OshKosh today! Add a bold print or a touch of glow with B’Gosh Blue Jeans or with the new black, white and indigo collection.
If you want to help ensure kids are prepared for another school year you’ll love the B’gosh Jeanius Campaign! In partnership with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., and DonorsChoose.org customers will be given the chance to donote a new pair of jeans or make a cash donation to students in need this year. All denim donated between July 28, 2015 and September 16, 2015 will be delivered to local children in need. The Carters Charitable foundation will match all cash donations up to $50,000 and all denim donations with a new item of clothing. Learn more today!
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As a kid growing up Saturdays meant one thing. Waking up early and CLEANING! Gosh I hated it, but our house sure got messy with four kids and often a handful of foster kids coming in and out. I know getting us to complete our chores was pretty similar to the pain you feel when you get your teeth pulled. But there is hope! Today Gregg Murset, Founder & CEO of MyJobChart.com shares his eight tips to get your kids to help out around the house:
- Take Advantage of Kid’s Love of Technology. Why threaten to take away a child’s technology when you can use that technology to take advantage of a teachable-moment or drive home a larger message about being responsible? By using an online job chart like MyJobChart.com, children consistently log in, see their responsibilities that need to be done, register the completion and find out their rewards. Your kids will find themselves motivated by seeing their bank account grow or positive notes from mom and dad.
- Let Kids Earn Money to Support A Special Charity They Pick. Help your child find a charity or cause they want to support, and tell them by finishing tasks around the house, the money they earn will go as a donation. The donation could be made once a year, every month or every week, depending on your child, but if they can see how their hard work helps animals, another child or to help find a cure, they will be more engaged.
- Parents/Grandparents Match (Double) Any Savings or Donation. Make an agreement with your kids that whatever they earn, you (and even grandma/grandpa) will match the dollar amount to go toward a charity or that new toy they have been wanting.
- Connect Helping Around the House with a Special Day or Additional Activity Time. Sometimes all a child wants is some special time with mom and dad, maybe a trip to the zoo, to see a movie or to go out to eat at a favorite restaurant. Have a standing arrangement that every week or month, if assigned tasks are completed properly, you will grant them one wish to do something.
- Allow Overtime. Just like mom and dad, give your kids the chance to work overtime to earn more money. Even though some jobs have a clear ending, find other jobs that your children could go above and beyond if they request. Examples include working in the garden, painting a room, doing advance homework or helping neighbors with their projects.
- Go on Strike. If you give your children something to do and they skip out on it, do not do it for them. Even the most stubborn teen will take notice when they run out of clean laundry.
- Allow Help. During summer break or on a long weekend give your kids a large project to complete and let them invite friends over to help. While painting the backyard fence or shoveling mulch for the yard might not sound fun to you it could be a blast for a group of kids. Especially if you offer to host a pizza party after the work is done.
- Create Trades. Competition runs rampant between siblings so take advantage of it. If one of your kids is assigned a task and he/she doesn’t want to complete it, allow for trades between kids. The child who wants to trade his/her task can give up the reward tied to that chore to a sibling in exchange for the sibling doing it. If one sibling is willing to put in all the effort, the others will quickly take notice and want to contribute when they are not getting any of the rewards.
What tips do you have for encouraging your children to complete their chores at home?
I really wish I loved cleaning as much as I love chocolate or the beach. Growing up in a very busy household with four kids Saturday mornings in our house weren’t filled with cartoons and lazy brunches. Instead, we all got up early and cleaned the house from top to bottom. Even though I don’t love cleaning, I still want to ensure the products I’m using are not only safe for everyone in my family (pooch included), affordable and environmentally friendly. Enter: Seventh Generation!
Haven’t heard of them? I got ya covered! Seventh Generation is a natural household and personal care company and take cleaning seriously, ya’ll. They are on a mission to rid the world of toxic chemicals and have a whole line of awesome products from dish soap, laundry detergent to all purpose cleaners – all of which smell amazing. All of their products are plant based, environmentally friendly and many are made with coconut oil, I just recently learned.
Cleaning ain’t easy so this year Seventh Generation is making the task manageable, fun and friendly with their Clean Swap mobile tour! A couple weekends ago I visited the #cleansweep mobile tour outside the Whole Foods on River street in Cambridge where I got to learn more about their awesome products and swap some of my toxic cleaners for FREE full sized Seventh Generation products! Awesome…I know!!
The Clean Swap Tour allows community members to trade in their traditional toxic cleaning products for Seventh Generation’s non-toxic plant based cleaners for FREE. Anyone else love FREE?
Be sure to stay on the lookout to see if the Seventh Generation Clean Swap Tour is coming near you, because you won’t want to miss it! Oh and I also mention they have coupons as well? Seriously, the best!