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How To Rock Athleisure at school

Thanks to DICK’s Sporting Goods ® and Vocalpoint for partnering on today's post!

The kids and I headed to our local DICK’s Sporting Goods ® to get them ready for Back To School. My kids are in 2nd and 5th grade this year. They have a lot of opinions on what they wear to school. Heading to school with the perfect backpack is on the top of their list. Mia absolutely loved the selection of backpacks! All the backpacks are high quality, stylish and affordable.

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One of the hottest fashion trends these days is Athleisure. Let's face it fighting your kids to get dressed in the morning before school isn't fun. I have found if I have Athleisure clothing for both my kids, they get dressed much easier and faster! For that reason, I say embrace this trend and make your morning less stressful!

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The best place to get your kids outfitted in the athletic trend is at DICK’s Sporting Goods ® . Girls love printed capris, yoga pants, graphic t-shirts, hoodies, headbands and colorful sneakers.

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Mia loves that she is comfortable but still stylish when she heads to school. Its very easy for her to mix and match her athletic wear to come up with different outfits. Which is important for this fashionista fifth grader!

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Boys love rocking basketball shorts, graphic tees, hoodies and sneakers. Dylan loves showing off his favorite sport with a fun graphic tee.

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My kids go to PE class 3 times a week. A pair of great sneakers is a must! DICKS has an amazing selection of shoes for everyone in the family both in store and online.

What trend are your kids rocking this year?

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P.E. Style with Sports Authority

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P.E. Style with Sports Authority

It might be just my kids, but on "Gym Days" just throwing on a pair of sneakers is not enough.  They want to wear athletic wear.  These kids want to look like professional athletes.  Where do we go for stylish P.E. clothes?  Sports Authority!sa one

 

Madeline is a girl after her daddy's heart and loves the Cleveland Browns, specifically Johnny Football. She's been wanting to show her support for her favorite QB and this Menziel 2 t-shirt is perfect.

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Other than Johnny Football, Mads loves rainbows.  These rainbow Skechers are like "walking on air" with their foam inserts.  Their colorful style works for any school outfit, not just for P.E.

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The orange and brown of the Cleveland Browns can be a bit depressing in an outfit.  Madeline picked out multicolored shorts with tonal oranges, pinks and greens to make the outfit more her style.

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Ellie, in 3rd grade, thinks the Nike Swoosh is about the coolest thing ever.  She wants it on her shoes, her shirt, everywhere.

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Ellie loves just about every sport and her P.E. class gives her a chance to try them all.  Nike running shoes give her the support she needs on the playground and the gym courts.

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Visit your local Sports Authority or SportsAuthority.com to see all of the styles for kids!

 

Thanks to Sports Authority for providing gift cards for this post.  All opinions are honest and my own.

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Smile, it's Picture Day!

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Smile, it's Picture Day!

The first day of school outfit might get all the glory, but we know that Picture Day is the real deal!  When choosing a picture day outfit, you really need to be conscious of the outfit from the chest up.  Unless your child is doing preschool pictures with larger than life pencils, then this rule does not apply. Chasing Fireflies has super cute outfits for all days, especially picture day.  Here's what our kids wore this year.

Ellie wore the Chasing Fireflies Field of Flowers Dress with Personalized Toms.

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These shoes!  Our family has been fans of Toms for years, but being able to select a little icon and have your name on your Toms?  That's about the coolest thing ever.chasing fireflies picture day 3

Madeline wore the Floral Lace Dress with hot pink Doc Martens.chasing fireflies picture day

Doc Martens just give me a '90s flashback that makes my heart skip a beat.  The fact that they are hot pink?  Love them even more!

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Mia's crochet and ruffled cardigan and girls crown tee are really detailed towards the shoulder and make a great picture day outfit.  The detail at the top will give her Picture Day look personality.  The custom Ugg Boots take this fab fall outfit to the next level!

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Dylan is looking super handsome in his mixed print button down shirt.  The boys pineapple shirt is stylish and works great for picture day.  Paired with shorts or pants, it's a great transitional shirt for fall.

school photo outfitYou can check out all of Chasing Fireflies' picture perfect outfits at Chasing-Fireflies.com!  We'll be sharing our kids' official picture day photos when they come in.  Share yours with us using the hashtag #TLSFPictureDay and we'll share some of our favorites!

 

Thanks to Chasing-Fireflies for providing outfits for this post.  All opinions are honest and our own.

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SPRK Learning with a Tiny Robot

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SPRK Learning with a Tiny Robot

Meet our new buddy, SPRK!sphero 4

Sphero SPRK Edition is an app-enabled robot that has changed the way Ellie is learning...and playing.  Sphero SPRK Edition and the SPRK app are designed to inspire a love of robotics, coding and STEM principles while teaching the power of cause, effect and conditions in programming - all through play.

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Ellie is in 3rd grade this year and will start to learn coding in computer class this year and SPRK has really ignited excitement about writing programs.  Sphero SPRK Edition comes with sample programs loaded for those just starting out on their coding journey.  Or you can create your own programs if you are more advanced.  SPRK even comes with a protractor, pencil and notebook.

 

 

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Sphero SPRK Edition does so many cool things.  He (we made it a him) can roll in a many different shapes and configurations.  Figure 8's are no biggie for SPRK.  He can also change colors on command and even jump.  So cool!sphero 2 Even when the student is using built in programs, you can always tap the code symbol and see all of the code that runs the program.  I admit that sometimes toys like this overwhelm me or easily frustrate the kids.  But everything about the Sphero SPRK Edition is so easy and user friendly.  Ellie downloaded the app, plugged it in to charge and was having our SPRK do tricks all over the house a few minutes later!

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Our Sphero SPRK Edition will be visiting Ellie's 3rd grade class later this month.  Her computer teacher is going to use it to demonstrate coding to the class.  How cool is that?!

The Sphero SPRK Edition robot retails for $129.99 on the Sphero website.

To learn more about this cool little robot, check out Sphero on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

Thanks to Orbotix for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are honest and our own.

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Dinotrux + Gymboree & a #Giveaway!

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Dinotrux + Gymboree & a #Giveaway!

Dylan started first grade a few weeks ago. One of my hopes for him this school year is to develop close friendships. He is a person that has a huge heart and loves making friends where ever he goes. Of course that means the social aspect of school for him is one of his favorite things. I still cherish the friendships I developed when I was in elementary school. I want him to create lasting friendships. Gymboree Dinotrux collection Dylan has fallen in love with the new DreamWorks animated series Dinotrux. Dinotrux combines a boys 2 favorite things dinosaurs and trucks and delivers an entertaining show that combines comedy, advneture and also teaches about cooperation and friendship.

gymboree dinotrux collection On September 8th Gymboree launches the exclusive Dinotrux collection.  Dylan absolutely loves this Dinotrux collection. It is stylish, cool and comfortable while still being able to showcase a boys love for Dinotrux.

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On September 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. join the Dinotrux event at a select Gymboree store near you! You can RSVP here.

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We are giving one lucky reader a $75 Gymboree Gift Card!

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Disclosure: We were provided with samples from Gymboree for review purposes. All opinions are honest and our own.

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