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Pack School Lunches Your Kids Will LOVE to Eat!

July 17, 2017 By · No Comments

Learn How To Pack School Lunches That Your Kids Will Actually Eat– and Won’t Trade for.

Summer is sadly coming to an end and school is about to start.  Yes, some of you will be shouting “Hurray.” while others will be sad to see the time end. Kids I’m sure will be counting down until they can see some of the friends they haven’t seen all year. But this also means it is time to start planning those lunches out and getting all the school supplies on that list.  Basically, it’s time to get back into a school year routine. Part of that routine in many households is packing school lunches. Yes, that sometimes dreadful task. Packed lunches are a great option when your child isn’t too fond of what the school has to offer or you want a little more control over what your child is eating.
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Back To School with One Step Ahead Giveaway

August 3, 2016 By · No Comments

Back To School With One Step Ahead Giveaway

Welcome to the Back To School With One Step Ahead Giveaway! I know everyone right now is either scrambling to get all those school supplies or just beginning their summer vacation. For myself, my kids started last week. Talk about a fast turn around. No I do not have all the items they need yet. Back-to-School giveaways like these would definitely help, which is why I wanted to post this. Good luck!

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I have always loved these little machines whenever we have stayed the night at hotels. Such an easy way to dispense cereal when you have 5 kids. Less mess.


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Back-to-School Safety Travel

August 1, 2013 By · No Comments

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Whether They’re Walking, Cycling, Or Carpooling, Get Your Kids To School Safe And Sound

Summer is just ending and bustling back-to-school season will be here before we all know it. BubbleBum founder, Safe Kids USA certified CPST, and Travel Expert Grainne Kelly knows the best way to keep kids safe en route to school:

Walking to School:

  • Talk to other parents in your area about how their children get to and from school. Create a “Buddy System” by getting a group of kids to walk to and from school together, and plan the route. This can even be chaperoned by an adult, where parents take turns walking with the kids.
  • Walk the route with your children so they know the way to and from school, in case they ever get separated or lost from friends. This will help the kiddos feel more comfortable and confident about the route.
  • Coming into the winter months and darker mornings and evenings, make sure your children wear high visibility clothing that other road users can easily see.
  • Teach the kids how to be safe and obey all road signs, signals, and traffic officers when walking. Remind them to always look left, right, and left again before crossing any street.
  • If your children listen to headphones or use a cell phone when walking, remind them to pay extra attention and remove these devices before crossing the street.
  • Teach the kids to never talk and walk with strangers, or walk through parks, vacant spaces, and fields where there are no other people around.
  • Make sure your kids know their home address and telephone number, in case there is an emergency or they get lost.

Cycling to School:

  • Analyze your child’s cycling skills before allowing him or her to cycle to school. Make sure your child is stable, has the ability to ride in a straight line, and knows how to signal.
  • Make sure your children wear a helmet that meets safety standards.
  • Carry out regular safety and maintenance checks on the bicycle to ensure that everything is in working order. Check the brakes, tires, and lights to make sure everything works correctly.
  • Make sure your kids wear appropriate clothing: sensible and sturdy shoes, clothing and shoes that won’t get caught in bicycle wheels and gears, and waterproofs, depending on the weather.

Taking the Bus:

  • Teach your kids to arrive at the bus stop early, so they are not late and rushing to catch their bus.
  • Teach your children to stay out of the street and the bus driver’s blind spots when waiting on the bus. Also remind them to wait until the bus fully stops before attempting to board.
  • Remind your kids that they must stay seated at all times while on the bus, keeping their heads and arms inside! Make sure they know how to install their booster seat (we like the BubbleBum inflatable booster seat) and fasten their seatbelts for the journey.


  • Make sure kids know how to be courteous to other passengers and not distract the driver.
  • Ensure your children have their BubbleBum car booster seats on hand and know how to install them properly.
  • Remind your children to wait at the pick-up location and not move until someone they know comes to collect them.

Please use the below credit:
Grainne Kelly is a USA certified CPST and  the founder of BubbleBum, the first-ever inflatable booster seat that weighs in at less than one pound and can deflate in minutes.  This revolutionary car booster seat is perfect for road trips, fly ins with car rentals, cab rides, and everyday carpooling. Available at http://www.bubblebum.us

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Wordless Wednesday: Back to School Edition

August 15, 2012 By · 4 Comments

Well it is that time of year again. Last week I went to open house to see the younger two’s new school. This week they started school. I won’t lie, it hasn’t been a piece of cake for mom. But look at these two….aren’t they cute? Yes I am a proud mommy, but we all are.  Happy Wordless Wednesday! Don’t forget to leave a comment and your link.


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I Had the 1st Day of School Blues, Not My Kids

August 13, 2012 By · No Comments

The kids were anxious, everyone had their clothes for school the night before. The only thing left to do was put their clothes on, brush hair/teeth, eat and make lunch. Of course being as excited as they were the night before they ended up waking around 6 am which meant no matter what mom must stay up. She quickly made sure all backpacks had everything.  Little A’s lunchbox was ready and all the clothes were still laid out.

Tip: Always have the clothes laid out before bed. Makes it less of a hassle to find everything in the morning.

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With the cartoons on, everyone slowly came down, talking about what they might see and what teacher they had. BalletGirl was hoping she and her friends would have the same classes.  BabyGirl couldn’t wait to get to school and make some friends.  SoccerBoy just wanted to go to see his girlfriend and Little A was just excited. Mom of course, had butterflies in her tummy, this would be her last baby, the one she wanted to stay small. But not only was this changing for her, later this week she would be entering the work world outside the home. Knots came and went throughout the morning, she decided a walk to the school would serve to ease her mind. Not the case.

If your child is nervous, ask them why. See if there is something you can do to comfort them.

As she said goodbye for the millionth time she could see he was excited about the day.  It was only she that was a nervous wreck.  It wasn’t like this was her first child getting off to school. She’d been there, done that.  This was the first time she’d ever had the feeling, hopefully things would go smoothly. Once at home, the house as quiet as anything besides the meow of the two kittens at her feet. She quickly walked to the tv and left it on the channel it had been before she left….cartoons. Cartoons the one thing she refused to watch when the kids were home. Now it seemed like something she had to have, she turned up the cartoons and walked upstairs to clean the bedrooms.

Yes, moms will fill the void with what normally happens. 

The house was almost all pretty, yet all she can do is count down until they will all be home and mess it up again. Isn’t it ironic?

Tip: For those moms hitting this time, you will get through it. Start making plans for things you can get done during that time period. Shopping, errands, cutting the grass, join a club, etc.

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