Lindsay Gill: August 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

6 ways to prepare for back to school with Carter's #CountMeInCarters

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Luke will be starting preschool this Fall and I've started to feel the back-to-school (or just-starting-school) itch!  There is a whole range of emotions that I feel towards his first day: nervous, excited, proud...

I try to focus on the things that I can control.  Here are some things that I am trying to focus on to prepare us for back to preschool:

1.  I can control that we are sending him to a wonderful environment.  I can control how I respond to my range of emotions.  I definitely don't want Luke to sense my anxiety.  I want him to feel confident, competent, and safe.

2.  I can try and adjust sleep and wake schedules.  The summer sun is the best but certainly has Luke going to bed later than an ideal time.  I think transitioning back to school schedule is going to be a slow process and take some effort and careful planning, but be worth it!

3.  Evaluate what Luke can do on his own.  I sometimes forget to ask Luke to help.  He actually loves getting his toothbrush ready, putting his clothes in the laundry, and putting his sneakers on.

4. Get all of the forms completed and returned.  There's no need to let that paperwork stack up.

5.  Use the weekend to prep for the week.  Laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning.  This makes for an easier week.

6.  Back to school shopping at Carter's. I certainly do not want Luke's wardrobe to interfere with his education.  I've seen him trip on his pants at gymnastics, or get distracted by the tags on his clothes.  We've been late to morning play dates because we couldn't agree on something to wear.  I want him to be comfortable, classy, and like what he's wearing for the day.

I've had great luck at Carter's for everything from underwear to outerwear.  I can confidently say that they offer a wide selection of colorful and fresh clothing for both boys and girls with a variety of cute styles to satisfy our Fall fashion needs.

They offer clothing without tags, and clothing that Luke approves.  At the same time, they are affordable and we don't have to worry about every little stain during our fun filled days.  I also like that you can mix and match pieces to create easy and modern outfit sets.  Carter's now offers clothing up to size 8 and shoes up to 3 youth!

Here's what we found at our local Carter's!  You know it's been a successful shopping trip when both mommy and toddler leave happy!

New rain boots just in time for some puddle fun!  I think this top will be perfect for a Fall birthday party we are attending, too!
With potty training, the stretchy waistband is a must.
Luke is really into trucks right now.  I love that he can have fun with his fashion but still look classy.
I was surprised to learn that 4-5T underwear is not easy to find.  But Carter's has them!
Layering is essential for Fall! Toddlers are so active that they need to be prepared for the cold, but also prepared to get warm after running around and exploring!  This winter coat is lightweight and I think it will easily become a favorite.

Don't miss these upcoming sales and see below for an extra coupon!  Also be sure to follow Carter's on the social media links below to stay updated.

Count Me In Preschool Sale (Up to 50% Off): 8/5 - 8/31:
·       Doorbuster 2 or more: $6 leggings, long sleeve tees, boys terry pants & slogans (Entire Event)
·       Single Doorbuster: $8 fleece pants, $10 moto jegging, $12 boys hoodies (Ends 8/17)

Labor Day Weekend 50% off Entire Store or More: 9/1 – 9/7:
·       Doorbuster $12 5-pack bodysuit, $9 2 pack pants, $10 turn me around sets (9/3 -9/7 only)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

8 Best housewarming gifts

My brother and sister-in-law just closed on their beautiful new house!  Of course, we want to get them something special to help make their house a home.  My favorite of the list below is the DIY housewarming bucket.  It seems like the necessary tools are always what you need first, and find last during a move!  I really like the tree kit idea might be fun to plant something on closing day as a reminder of how far you've come over time!   (None of the links below are affiliate links and I receive no compensation for posting them, I'm just sharing some of my finds!)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Two year old toddler gift guide

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My niece will be turning two very soon!  It is amazing how much toddlers change each day, and it amazes me even more that I can't remember what Luke liked back in January when he turned two.  Here are some of the gifts I came across for two year old toddlers...let me know if there is something you would add to the list!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Road trip travel with a toddler

Our six hour car ride between Buffalo and MA used to feel long when we were dating.  We would stop at Starbucks and get a special drink.  We would take turns taking naps.

We thought our six our car ride between Buffalo and MA used to feel like when Luke was an infant.  We stopped at Starbucks for steamed milk to put in his bottle.  He would get antsy.  I had to nurse in the rest stop parking lot a few times.

Now, we listen to Luke scream "I'm stuck!" for six hours.  This past trip, we were determined to make the trip more bearable yet stay on our budget.  Here's how we managed our road trip with our toddler:

1.  Bring a potty in the trunk.  I was concerned about continuing out potty training throughout this trip but now keep a potty in the trunk.   Luke told us when we had to "stop the car!" in order to use the potty.  We had tried bringing the potty into the rest stop but for now, it's easier to set it up in the trunk or in the parking lot.

2.  Buy snacks ahead of time.  I can't believe how much the rest stop snacks add up.  This is more cost efficient and convenient and probably healthier in most cases.

3.  Leave at nap time or bedtime.  It doesn't make sense to me to leave right when Luke gets up in the morning.  He's fresh and ready to run, not ready to be strapped into his car seat.

4.  Have the Kindle Fire charged.  Or any tablet with downloaded shows or games.  We made the mistake of using Netflix on our phones one trip and used all of our data for the month very quickly!  The Kindle Fire car chargers are about $6 at Best Buy.

5.  Research activities along the way.  We found a pool at our half way mark that was completely perfect.  It was an entire pool that was 2 ft-2.5 ft and Luke could play on the playground and reset.  It was the perfect break we all needed.  If you are on your way from MA to Buffalo, the pool is the town pool in Sherrill, NY behind the Plymouth Alliance Church.  It was $2 to get in and had a great playground as well.