Back To School: Getting Organized by Rachel and Company

My organization guru and favorite read when I want to believe that home life order is actually possible? It's Rachel Rosenthal, owner of Rachel and Company! Check out her accessible and school-year-changing tips for getting organized during the back to school season and contact Rachel and Company if you need professional organizing services. For most of us our kids are back to school and we are knee deep in getting the kids out the door on time, getting paperwork signed and returned, Read more...

Visionworks Eye Exams for Kids and PAW Patrol

At the top of my back to school to-do list? Taking the kids for their annual eye exams. As both my husband and I needed glasses at children, we believe monitoring our kids' eyesight is essential. In fact, 1 in 4 kids has a vision problem.Last week I took Alice to our local Visionworks for a just-for-kids eye exam. There Alice had a wonderful experience, thanks to the caring optometrist, Dr. Cypress, who truly reflected Visionworks passion for offering young children a positive and Read more...

Coolest Back to School Items at School Specialty.com

I don't want to go out physically shopping for the items on my kids' school supply lists. Imagine Melisandre intoning "The summer is busy and full of errands" and you will understand exactly how I feel.Rather, my kids and I can snuggle up together at home and choose all their necessary items for the 2017-2018 school year on School Specialty.com. This site has everything we parents need to hunt down for our kids. The exact notebooks, paper, pencils, folders and more that your children's Read more...

Cool Back to School Gear

I always have a great time visiting Great Day Washington with Markette Sheppard, Chris Leary, Meaghan Mooney and Darrell Green. This morning they had me on because they know that back to school shopping is a big deal for kids … and for us parents seeking to make life easier in the school year ahead. Here are some of the newest or most innovative items to hit the back to school shelves for 2016.Check out the clip and get more information on the recommended products, and also check out Read more...

DC Schools Served by Surprise Donation from STAPLES

I love the DC Metro area.I love our local schools.I love surprises.So I am totally in love with the amazing announcement that Staples made this morning. Staples has made a surprise donation of more than $117,000 to local classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org All literacy projects and all career and college prep projects that were posted on DonorsChoose.org by teachers in the DC metro area received full funding this morning as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org!With Read more...

Hair Cuttery Back to School Haircuts for Good: #ShareAHaircut

Getting ready for back to school in our house always means shopping for springy tennis shoes, sharpening a bushel of new non-chewed-on pencils, and heading out for fresh haircuts. New tees, jeans and school folders are nice, sure. But as long as you have comfy new shoes, bright yellow pencils and a reflection in the mirror that makes you smile, you're ready to face a brand new grade.We all may know of a few local and national back to school programs that connect kids in need with necessary Read more...

#StaplesForStudents Helps Teachers, Students Can Win Scholarship and Meet Katy Perry!

Teachers rock! As the daughter of an elementary school teacher and the parent of three school-aged children who are tirelessly served by incredible educators, teachers are our family’s superheroes.Not only have teachers dedicated their careers to expanding the minds of our kids, they selflessly put their own, (under-paid, IMHO) earnings right back into their classrooms. It is estimated that 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, frequently Read more...

Rio Washingtonian Share the Love Family Outings (You could WIN!)

Squeeze the last bit of fun out of summer at RIO Washingtonian in Gaithersburg with your family. There are so many options for family fun! And you can WIN an amazing day .... In one blissful afternoon, my children and I celebrated the beginning of the new school year together at RIO Washingtonian.The kids liked walking around the lakefront on The Lakeside Path to Wellness boardwalk and viewing and feeding the massive fish in the lake from the gazebo. Bring quarters for fish food!The kids Read more...

Sunday Free Workshop for Parents and Teachers from We Teach

What are you doing this Sunday morning, September 15, from 10am-noon?If your schedule is open, join WeTeach and TeachMama.com's Amy Mascott, me and more local parents and teachers for a fabulous workshop at  Lilly Magilly's Cup Cakery in Gaithersburg.  The #WeTeach DC workshop will be all about technology, tips and tricks to make the back to school season better for parents' households and teachers' classrooms. The two hour, totally free learning session will be jam packed with Read more...