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Back to School Shopping for Kids Eyeglasses

Back to school shopping is happening in our family!  Sixteen days to go until the big first day.  While we hold off a little bit on shopping for fall clothes, we are busy getting everything ready for a perfect first day.

If you're a longtime reader of The Little Style File, you'll know that in Pre-K Ellie was diagnosed as far sighted with an astigmatism.  After wearing glasses for the end of Pre-K, Kindergarten and the first part of 1st grade, her vision improved and she didn't need glasses anymore.  Unfortunately at this last eye exam, her far sightedness corrected itself but it made the astigmatism worse.  So here we are, Ellie entering 3rd grade in a few weeks and added eye glasses to our back to school shopping list.

When you learn that your child needs glasses, your initial reaction is to walk out of the exam room and buy a pair of glasses.  Right that second.  It's a combo of guilt and wanting to fix things and it can lead to paying a whole lot more money than you really need to.  One of the best back to school sales happens every August at JC Penney.  JC Penney has kids eyeglasses for $29.99.  I know!  $29.99!  It includes frames up to $120 and kid proof lenses along with a one year warranty.  If the frames you pick are over $120, you just pay the difference.  It's the best back to school deal around!

Here's a peak into our back to school shopping trip for kids eyeglasses.

Ellie had two requirements for her new glasses :  style and comfort.  She wants to look good and feel good and who can blame her?  She does not like the glasses with those little nose pads so she went straight to the plastic section.  Here are a few of her favorites...

back to school shopping for glasses

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how to shop for kids eyeglasses

shopping for kids eyeglasses

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What do you think?  There is a serious purple and tortoise shell trend going on here!  Her favorite pair that we ordered are tortoise shell and they will arrive in 1-2 weeks.  But I'm going to order her favorite purple pair as a surprise.  For under $30 it's too good to pass up!  Plus having a back up pair makes things a lot easier if she forgets a pair at school or wants to change up her look to match her outfit.

Does your child wear glasses?  Where is your favorite place to shop for kids eyeglasses?

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Tooth Tunes Radio Disney Music Awards

Tooth Tunes Radio Disney Music Awards

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tooth Tunes.

A few weeks ago the girls had a visit to the dentist.  For Ellie it was no big deal, she's been getting cleanings for years and has always been cavity free.  But four year old Madeline has never let a hygienist or dentist do more than 'count her teeth' and at this visit she was going to get her first cleaning and set of x-rays.  Because her big sis always gets a stellar report, we were shocked to find out that Madeline did not hit the genetic jack pot in the dental department.  Her teeth are really close together and while we thought we had been doing a good enough job brushing, the x-rays told a different story.

The girls had seen commercials for Tooth Tunes and were dying to try them out.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Ellie loved her One Direction Tooth Tunes toothbrush and Madeline went wild over her Alphabet penguin toothbrush.

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The first thing we noticed is that two minutes is actually a pretty long time!  The girls brushed for the entire song and I know without the music playing we would have stopped about one minute in, not nearly the length of time that is recommended.  After the song was over, the kids wanted to brush their teeth again.  Tooth Tunes is a hit!

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Madeline says, "My favorite part about my Tooth Tunes toothbrush is everything!  I just really like the song and the toothbrush and the button and the tune and well....everything!"

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Ellie says, "I really like the music in my Tooth Tunes - it puts music in my mouth!  My new toothbrush really makes my teeth sparkly clean!"

Their dad and I hope that with Tooth Tunes and an exciting new way to brush their teeth, Madeline's next visit to the dentist will be a much more pleasant experience.

 

Now for really fun news - the Tooth Tunes Radio Disney Music Awards Winning Smile Instagram Sweepstakes is happening now!  Here's how to enter to win a trip to the Radio Disney Music Awards!

  • SMILE! Photos should show off your best “Tooth Tunes smile.”
  • It is not required that the Radio Disney Music Awards custom photo frame from the Radio Disney App be used to enter, but each entry must be hashtagged #RDMAToothTunes to be eligible to win. Using the photo frame does not increase chances of winning.
  • In order for your Entry to be valid, your Instagram Account must be public and viewable.
  • One winner will be randomly selected on March 31, and will receive a three-day, two night trip to the Radio Disney Music Awards for four people.  (A prize worth $4,000!)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tooth Tunes.

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Kellogg's Great Starts Tips: Like Mother Like Daughter

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Kellogg's Great Starts Tips: Like Mother Like Daughter

 

The winter is an easy time to be less active.  It's so tempting to snuggle on the couch all day and forget to get that blood flowing.  Noelle Pikus-Pace, skeleton racer, has a great way her and her daughter stay active indoors!

 

Madeline, my four year old, has a strong love of yoga.  And she's pretty good at it.  Now that I'm due with baby #3 in about a month and a half, yoga is one of the best ways we can still stay active indoors together.

kids yoga

Yoga for children is a great way to keep them active and flexible.  We have found several books and short videos to guide us through yoga poses that are age appropriate.  We have the best time doing poses on our own and also working on some together.

mom and child yoga

After all of that exercise we always need a snack.  Our go to is Kellogg's Special K.  Madeline likes hers dry but I prefer it topped off with ice cold milk.  It's the perfect way to chat about all of the fun we just had fill our tummies.

kellogg's great starts tips

How do you and your kids stay active indoors?  For more great tips, visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips!

Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Come Great Things®. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s™ and Team USA dietitians. The thirty days leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature fun pieces of advice to help families fuel just like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s. To see all 30 tips, visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips.

Disclosure:  Compensation was provided by Kellogg’s via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kellogg’s.

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5 Tasty and Fun After School Snack Ideas

The first thing we hear when the door flies open after school is:  I'm HUNGRY!  Are your kids getting tired of the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich or are you looking for a fun and creative way to get your child to eat more fruits and veggies?  Would you like to put a stop to the fruit and veggie power struggles? If this sounds like your family then you are in luck!  I'm excited to be sharing with all of you some fun and easy school lunch and after-school snack ideas. These snacks are sure to be a delight for even the pickiest of eaters!

No more boring peanut butter and jelly sandwich when served on a stick!

after school snack ideas

Have any car lovers in your family? I do, and my little one loves eating her apples this way!

after school snack ideas

Hummus and carrots might make lots of kiddos wrinkle up their noses but what if it's served to resemble a pumpkin patch?!

Of course we can't forget about having a sweet treat! These chocolate, peanut butter, granola apple bites are the perfect balance for keeping a sweet treat healthy.

kids snack ideas

Finally, my all time favorite snack that you must try are these adorable school bus graham cracker cookies!

From all of us here at TLSF we hope your kiddos back to school year is off to a great start!

 What are your kids favorite after school snacks?

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