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August, 2009 | Everyday Childhood

Archives for August 2009

Back to School with Lovable Labels!


Lovable Labels is a Canadian based company with over 400 independent agents all over North America. I was given the opportunity to freely review the Back to School Mega Pack. This was perfect for me because my oldest daughter, Rachel, started Kindergarten this year!

Read more about Loveable Labels and get your discount code here!

My Firstborn Turns Five…

A New Chapter… School

I took this video at the crack of dawn on Rachel’s first day of school… I’m probably the only one who will enjoy this… but I love how sleepy we are and how she says… I love you mommy.

Reflecting on five… My oldest daughter started Kindergarten Monday…

I think I did most of my crying leading up to the day. Sunday I was a mess… By the time Monday came around… I felt ready.

What caused this sudden change? Rachel was ready. Not one tear or clingy apprehension… My quiet, shy girl walked onto that playground as if she’d been there before. She set her backpack on the wall near the classroom door and started to play.

I watched her through the lens of the video camera… watching her explore in her own special way. When it was time to line up… I watched her do that too. Such a big girl… picking up her things and falling into line as if it was second nature.

I watched her walk into the classroom and sit on the big carpet on the floor… I couldn’t help but grab one last kiss.

Not yet five (Aug. 25th)… but already ready…

Me too Rachie… just don’t let go too quickly… I love you.

A New Chapter… School

I took this video at the crack of dawn on Rachel’s first day of school… I’m probably the only one who will enjoy this… but I love how sleepy we are and how she says… I love you mommy.

Reflecting on five… My oldest daughter started Kindergarten Monday…

I think I did most of my crying leading up to the day. Sunday I was a mess… By the time Monday came around… I felt ready.

What caused this sudden change? Rachel was ready. Not one tear or clingy apprehension… My quiet, shy girl walked onto that playground as if she’d been there before. She set her backpack on the wall near the classroom door and started to play.

I watched her through the lens of the video camera… watching her explore in her own special way. When it was time to line up… I watched her do that too. Such a big girl… picking up her things and falling into line as if it was second nature.

I watched her walk into the classroom and sit on the big carpet on the floor… I couldn’t help but grab one last kiss.

Not yet five (Aug. 25th)… but already ready…

Me too Rachie… just don’t let go too quickly… I love you.

Virtual Sandwich Swap ‘n’ Share program: Spread the word to win a $250 grocery store gift card

As moms, we know that no matter what lunch we prepare for our kids, they always seem to want to swap sandwiches with their friends once they get to the cafeteria at school! When it comes to the time-honored tradition of swapping sandwiches, our kids may be having all the fun.

Luckily, Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® Mayonnaise has teamed up with musician and actor Billy Ray Cyrus to encourage people of all ages to celebrate their favorite childhood ritual and join the virtual Sandwich Swap ‘n’ Share program to raise money for Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

For every sandwich created as part of the virtual Sandwich Swap ‘n’ Share program on Facebook.com/hellmanns, Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® will donate 7 lunches[1] to Feeding America®.

If that isn’t enough to get you to click over right now, you just might win something, too! Each sandwich created will automatically enter you for a chance to win a $250 grocery store gift certificate.[2] And for every friend on Facebook®[3] that you share your sandwich with, Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® will donate an additional 7 lunches to the charity!

So check out the Hellmanns/Facebook application and start swapping those sandwiches today!

*post courtesy of MomSelect.

End of Summer Party with Nick Jr. and MomSelect!

My oldest daughter will be starting Kindergarten on Monday. I’m sure I will do a lengthy post all about it… but before I break down into tears…. I want to share with you the awesome End of Summer Party we had courtesy of Nick Jr. and MomSelect.

Check out the spread… The Nick Jr. SpongeBob plates, cups, and napkins were a hit! Many rounds of “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?” were sung as they snacked on Great Value Fruit Smiles.

I asked Rachel what she wanted to eat at the party and she decided on Mac ‘n Cheese. The girls helped me make the Kool Aid. Helping in the kitchen is one of their favorite things to do!

We put out some yummy grapes and no party is complete without mini cupcakes! (Just ask my 3yr old Allison… she ate 1 of them without me noticing and used another to write a giant “A” on the wall in frosting just minutes before the party no less…) No worries though… I managed to clean it up and not loose my cool before our guests arrived.

A good time was had by all! That’s Lucas… Isn’t he handsome? He even told us so! :) Smiles seem to be the theme of that picture… between the Great Value Fruit Smiles and the grinning SpongeBob cup… Lucas fits right in!

It was a great party and a nice memory for Rachel to take with her as the last summer before she starts school comes to a close. Thank you Nick Jr. and MomSelect for giving us the opportunity to share this moment together. Can someone please pass me a Kleenex?