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Tips For Flying With An Infant

Flying with an infant can be stressful, but with a little planning ahead you can make sure your trip runs smoothly.  Check out these 8 tips from Liz, from our iFamily Mom Squad on how to make flying with an infant easy!

Tips For Flying With An Infant This Summer

With summer vacation in full swing right now, it’s important to know what to expect when heading to the airport with your little babe. I recently traveled with my 10 week old infant on a  non-stop flight on Southwest.  These are my biggest take-aways that I learned!

1. When flying with your baby (2 and under), make sure to have a copy of their birth certificate.

2. The stroller and car seat do not count against your 2 free bags! Yay!

3. The baby can  ride in the stroller all the way to the gate.

4. When going through security, an adult carries the  baby while the stroller and car seat go through the X Ray machine or patted down manually.

5. If bringing breast milk and formula through security, allow time for extra screening.

6. Any ice pack that is used to keep your milk cold MUST be frozen while going through security.

7. Stroller and car seats are not allowed on the plane, (unless you have purchased a seat for your baby, then a car seat is allowed). Before actually boarding the plane, leave the stroller and car seat at the end of the jetway.  It will be safety loaded under the plane.  When de-planing, the stroller and car seat will be on the jetway for you to pick up.

8. During take off and descending, ease your baby’s ear pressure by nursing or giving a bottle (swallowing helps relieve the pressure).

When flying an airline other than Southwest, make sure to check your airlines website and the TSA guides regarding traveling with a baby.

Don’t stress at all about the thought of flying with an infant. You can maintain your sanity just by being prepared.  Honestly, flying with a young baby is super easy given you don’t have the extra baggage of toys and snacks yet.  Give your baby a good feeding during take off and enjoy the snuggles flying high.

From iFamily to Yours,

6 Things to Expect On Your First Day at Gymnastics

Autumn is right around the corner here in the metro area and, like you, many parents are looking for fun activities to enroll their kids in for the upcoming school year. If gymnastics is your child’s preferred sport for the upcoming school year, you’re in for a treat today. We have a guest post submitted by our friend at Champions Gymnastics Academy on six things you should expect to see and experience on your first day at gymnastics. Take a look…

 

Things To Expect On Your First Day at Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a fun, dynamic sport that lets kids feed their dreams to let their inner circus performer, daredevil or Olympian shine. Pro Tips highlights 6 key things to know when beginning gymnastics.

How do they do that? Watching gymnasts hurl their bodies through the air while twisting and spinning, all the while under complete control, is an awe-inspiring thing. Being able to do it is another. While spunky students may, indeed, try to launch themselves in the air during that first class, the goal of the coach or instructor is to teach kids the fundamentals and have fun, so they will fall in love with the sport and therefore further develop their skills.

Don’t expect any Yurchenkos or full-in back-outs on day one. Use this guide to prepare your child, find out what to expect and pick up a few tips on making this a rewarding experience for all of you. Let’s get tumbling!

#1 Sights, Sounds, & Smells!

When you first walk into a gymnastics facility, it can be overwhelming and exciting. Something you may notice right away is a lot more equipment than when you watch a gymnastics competition on TV.  Do not be surprised to see mats shaped like over-sized building blocks — wedges, cylinders, bridges, rectangles — or even a “pit” filled with foam blocks.

Sound

The overall murmur of a gym filled with multiple classes taking place, punctuated by athletes punching off of beatboards, may feel like chaos. However, there is order to the rotations of gymnasts moving from event to event, activity to activity. If your child is easily overwhelmed, it may be helpful to have them watch a class or two before signing up to ensure they are excited about the opportunity and are able to deal with the environment.

Smell

Another thing you may notice is the somewhat “locker room” smell. Gymnasts at all levels work hard and a facility training athlete will often remind you of this the moment you enter.  Kids usually are not fazed, and for former gymnasts, that smell is the smell of “home.” So, whether you personally thrive on that aroma or not, just don’t be taken aback.

Sight

If the classes you have decided to enroll in take place at a community center or school gym, you may encounter a slightly different set up. For example, folding mats might replace a full floor exercise.

Equipment may need to be set up and broke down for each class or might be a bit sparser due to sharing the space with other activities. Generally, fewer classes take place simultaneously at any given time, and your class may be the only one happening in that window. This does not mean the instruction you receive will be better or worse than that of a dedicated gymnastics facility. The coach’s style and philosophy, how many students are enrolled and what works best for your own child’s temperament are what should drive your choice when you are just starting out.

#2 Down to the Basics

Much of an introductory-level class session will focus on developing strength and flexibility, as well as good listening skills. It will also help youngsters become comfortable with the gym equipment — and the often-discombobulating sensation of being upside down!

The types of skills taught can vary based on the age of the children in the class. For example, older students are able to understand complex instruction better than 2-4-year old’s. An experienced coach will tailor the instruction to the age group.

Generally, the class will start with a warm-up that often includes stretches and other exercises. Gymnastics for both men and women requires flexibility, and this is something that even elite competitors work on constantly. Many programs will make warm-ups a set routine so that eventually students can take turns leading the warm-up. After, the class typically moves on to instruction and practice.

You can expect skills such as rolls, handstands, bridges, cartwheels, as well as leaps and jumps, to be covered. If your child desperately wants to learn how to “flip,” let them know that the skills they are learning now are the foundation to build up to that skill. Before you can land a back tuck, you need to learn a backwards tuck roll. Before you go for an aerial, you must master the cartwheel. Each skill is a building block towards a more advanced skill. They should not try advanced skills on their own until their coach lets them know they are ready

#3 Come Prepared

This sounds a bit like stating the obvious, however coaches will tell you it is worth repeating: it starts with arriving on time. Being late may mean the athlete will not have had the time to warm up properly, not to mention the disruption to the other students when someone joins in late.

Bring your child to class clean, dressed and ready to participate.  Wear fitted clothes. Kids will be going upside down. You do not want them trying to hold their shirt down when they should be focused on their form and the safe execution of the skill at hand. For girls, a leotard and compression shorts are recommended. Avoid tights as the footing can be slippery. Leggings and footless tights are generally fine. For boys, a compression shirt or t-shirt which can tuck in and athletic shorts or compression shorts should work. Gymnasts may wear socks; if they find them slippery, they can be easily removed. At the beginner stage, special accessories such as grips or beam shoes are not necessary unless specifically directed by your coach.

  • No Jewelry

    If ears are newly pierced and earrings cannot be taken out, they must be low-profile studs. Rings, necklaces, bracelets (excluding medical) and dangling earrings should be left at home.

  • Pull Hair Back

    Since kids will be rolling, they may find a bun to be an obstacle on their head. Some kids prefer a braid so that on twisting moves their hair does not whip them in the face. Your child will quickly find what styles work best for them, but most kids will be fine with a simple pony tail or pig tails. The key is to keep it out of the face so it is not a distraction or something they need to swipe aside when they finish a skill. Elastic headbands can be another help here, so long as they have enough grip to not fly off when practicing.

  • Eat Long Before Class

    As stated before, kids will be going upside down. Upset tummies lead to a mess for the instructor, so ensure your child has had proper time to digest their meal before class starts.

  • Bring Water

    Even if the class is only 30-45 minutes, it sets a good habit for your child on the importance of hydration as an athlete.

  • Bathroom Before Class

    Finally, have them use the bathroom before class. Especially with the youngest students, when one kid has to go during class, suddenly they all need to go!

#4 On Spotting

Gymnastics is a sport that requires a great deal of hands-on help from the coach. And this is a literal hands-on. Spotting can range from nudging the gymnast to completely carrying the gymnast through the motion. Most of the time, in order to best support a child and be there in case they bobble or fall, the coach will guide the athlete at their midsection — sides, stomach, back and shoulders. The arms and legs are also spotted to help move a gymnast through a new skill. This not only helps the athlete feel the proper form and technique, it also helps provide a safer experience as new skills are being developed.

#5 What Parents Can Expect 

Many gymnastics facilities will have an area set aside for parents to hang out while class is in session. It is important to stay within these designated areas.

For some little ones, an audience is a big distraction. If they are constantly looking over to see if mom or dad are watching, instead of focusing on what the instructor is saying or what skills they are doing, you may want to consider using class time to run an errand or two.

At any age, avoid gesturing to the child to pay attention, or stepping in when the child is nervous about a skill. Well-meaning parents can quickly become a distraction for the coach, as well as the kids. If the coach does need your assistance, they will reach out and ask.

Generally, programs without viewing areas will offer specific days in the session to observe, typically the first, middle and final class. This way, parents can see progress and gymnasts can show-off what they have learned.

The rules and philosophies vary by gym, so ask questions if you are unsure of proper protocols.

#6 Be Prepared for Fun

Gymnastics should be fun from the beginning, filled with new friends and new experiences. And while there may be challenging moments as the gymnast progresses and the skills become more difficult, it’s hard to top that feeling when you learn — then master — something new!

Fair warning: the fun usually does not end at the gym. Many a parent has been dismayed to find the arm of a couch being used as a vault, the bed a perfect crash pad and walls filled with feet marks from “spotting” handstands. The whirling dervish of arms and legs going every which way is just a tell-tale sign that your son or daughter has fallen for gymnastics!

For more information on Champions Gymnastics’ incredible programs, camps, and classes, visit them online at cgakc.com or call (816) 360-9879. 

 


Planning Fun Family Outings With Your Kids In 7 Easy Steps

Is planning a fun family outing a chore in your household?  Today Liz, from the iFamily Mom Squad, shares some tips on how you can eliminate the chaos and put the FUN back into planning those FUN family outings!  Take a look…

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Planning An Outing With Your Kids In 7 Easy Steps:

 

The splash pads of Kansas City are some of the easiest and fun places to take your kiddos this summer! Here are 7 tips I have found that help make this summer outing a success.

1- Avoid morning chaos by packing the night before. That seems so easy but that one extra step saves much time and frustration in the morning when everything is ready to go out the door.

2- Beat the heat! A great time To head out is around 9 am before the mid- summer sun hits its peak. Also, it’s not as crowded giving you the option to choose your bench or table in the shade. The same goes for the later in the afternoon when the sun starts to fade.

3- Timing is everything! Allow enough time to play & splash before you head home for lunch and the littles need their naps.

4- The best news, splash pads are free! Just in case things don’t go as planned you will not feel guilty spending any money.

5- Give a good pep talk. I have found with my toddler, getting her to jump up out of bed in the morning is easy when I tell her we are headed to the splash pad! She is so much more cooperative In the process of heading out the door.  She also enjoys knowing what’s going on ahead of time. I let her know where we are going, how long we will stay, what I’m bringing for snacks and what else she can expect from the morning there. In turn I let her know what I expect from her.

6- What to pack.  Snacks and more snacks. I swear my daughter is only hungry when she sees other little people around her eating.  In our bag is her swimsuit, water shoes, swim diapers, hat, towel, sunscreen, water, snacks or lunch in a small cooler & an extra change of clothes for the ride home. If you don’t want to carry an exhausted child to the car after the fun than make sure you bring the stroller.

7- What does mom wear? Be comfy, it’s hot out! You can find me in a tank, shorts and flip flops and often taking my turn to cool off in the water.  If you want to wear a suit and jump in with your kiddos, go for it mama!

There are a few great splash pads around the Kansas City area! Find one that’s convenient for your family, cool off and have fun!

From iFamily to Yours,

 


What You Need to Know About Back To School Shopping

It’s hard to believe that the end of July is sneaking up (quickly, like a tiger) upon us and it’s time to seriously start thinking about back to school shopping for clothes, shoes, supplies, and everything else that the kids need to get through another year. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t! Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad is here to help with some fantastic tips to make your shopping experience a little bit easier this year. Take a look…

 What You Need to Know About Back To School Shopping

What You Need to Know About Back To School Shopping

Yes, we are really talking about back to school shopping! Even though we started in the beginning of July (we home school), seeing all these sales really makes the “Back to School” season feel real! All those awesome backpacks, locker decor, and crayons really seem to say summer is over.

So this year as you get ready to pick up all your school essentials, Check out these local places for insane deals and all the things you and your kids will love!

Office Depot

Office Depot has one of the best deals. And by deals, I mean .01 deals! During certain times, they will offer items for only .01! You just have to keep track of the ad. But most of their school supplies is under $5 and backpacks are only $10. You can pick up the paper ad or even see you current stores deals by checking them out online.

Staples

Staples is another great place for cheap Items. Currently, Staples has all of their writing and coloring supplies for .97. They even have Crayola (my family’s fave) Marked down. Compared to 2.50- 4.00, that’s a huge score!

Target

Target was one of my first stops last year! They had almost everything you need for on .50! Notebooks, glue, index cards… you name it! We were able to stock up well into this year with the awesome deals they had. Not to mention, they have a wide variety of colors and package sizes as well.

Dollar Tree

Over the past few years, Dollar Tree has really stepped up their merchandise! Before, I would be hesitant to buy certain things from there because of the quality and also the style as well. But the other day when I was perusing around my local Dollar Tree, I found some of the trendiest notebooks, folders and journals! Perfect for kids of all ages along with more traditional composition notebooks.  Not to mention they have an outstanding teacher corner as well! Plus, you can never really break the bank there because everything is a dollar!

Walmart

Walmart tends to be a lot of people’s go- to store. When I was there last week, they had everything for every grade. Especially some really cool printed notebooks for your trendy teen. I even bought several to have for myself! I mean rose gold foil prints?!?! I’m sold! Not to mention they have a lot of 1.00 or less items as well. Once major steal was a Scotchtape pack of 2 for only $1. That is a pretty good bargain! Plus tons of glue sticks for .25-.50 and folders for only .97!

So, as you get ready to venture out, into the crazy world of back to school shopping, keep these places and deals in mind!  Happy shopping!

Pro-Tip: Check several ads throughout the metro area. Not all cities and counties have the same deals. Last year, I found small price differences that not only saved me money, but saved me time from driving all around!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Let’s Talk About Your Mom Bag – What Should You Have In It?

We all have one, the mom bag…the thing we hurriedly pack on our way out the door for the day.  Have you ever stopped to think about what you need to be packing just for an outing with your kids?! Gabrielle, from our Mom Squad team, shares her thoughts on what you need to pack in your mom bag! Take a look…

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Let’s Talk About Your Mom Bag – What Should You Have In It?

There are a lot of changes that come with motherhood.  Physical and emotional changes are to be expected, but there was one change that caught me completely off guard.  The more children I had, the bigger my purse got.    I started off with a convertible planner that had an attachable purse strap.  I transitioned to a bag that was a large enough to carry my planner and a make-up pouch.  Not long ago, I was shopping in a department store and found what I thought was the perfect bag.  Then I looked at the price.  I could not figure out why the not-a-name-brand bag was so expensive.  Then I looked up at the overhead sign.  Apparently, I had wandered into the luggage section in search on my perfect purse.  So basically, I’m wandering the streets with a carry-on bag hanging from my shoulder.

With a bag that size, the surprises are unending.  It is not unusual for me to reach down in my purse and find anything from an Arizona Iced Tea to Zoo passes from two weeks ago.    It is also not unusual for me to turn my purse upside down only to find that the one thing I’m looking for is not in there.  My purse manages to be both a vacuum and a black hole.

I made a conscious effort to pare down the number of items in my purse.  I did a web-search for “What should I have in my purse?” What I found is that some of you are magicians and are fitting twice the amount of items I have in my bag into your cute little clutches.  I also found at that I’m missing a few essentials, and I’m carrying some things I might not ever need.  Anyway, after a couple of searches, I narrowed it down to a few essentials.

Some form of Picture ID

This one is self-explanatory.  The day you leave it at home is the day you’ll be pulled over for speeding or  the day your favorite cashier asks for your ID when you try to buy that bottle at home.

Money

Paper or plastic?  I strongly suggest both, and a little pocket change wouldn’t hurt either.  That way when the mom in front of you is fishing around for two pennies to cover her groceries, you can swoop in and be the superhero.

Cellphone

This item is to remain in your purse until you have reached your destination. Absolutely no texting and driving!  It can also be used to make a call to explain that you’re running 10 minutes late if necessary.  (It’s almost always necessary at my house.)

Breath Mints

Another no-brainer.  They can be actual life-savers (See what I did there?) Ranch dressing breath is not attractive.

A Mirror & Lip Gloss

You can do wonders with fresh breath, a sparkling smile.  (Just use the mirror to make sure you got the remaining spinach out of your teeth.

Hand Sanitizer

Because you’re a mom, and public restrooms are just gross.

Facial Tissue

Because you’re a mom and kids are just gross.

Personal Care Items/Toiletries

This category is broad on purpose.  Tailor it to fit your needs.  Just be aware, accidents and emergencies do happen.  Be prepared.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle

 

 

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The Gravity Of War Comes To Life On The Big Screen: Dunkirk Review

Let’s face it, Kansas City, it’s really (really, really) hot out this weekend and we know a lot of you are looking for fun and exciting indoor opportunities for your weekend. Maybe you’ve got a date night planned or have the chance to sneak away from the kiddos for a couple of hours to catch a film. Regardless of your reasoning, you might be wondering what’s good out in theaters. We had the chance to send Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to see the brand new war movie Dunkirk this week and she shares her thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…

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A Movie Review: Dunkirk

Two words, Tom & Hans! Okay, so more like two names... Tom Hardy is, by far, one of my favorite actors and Hans Zimmer is my absolute favorite movie score composer. So, I knew when they teamed up again, it was going to be phenomenal!

Dunkirk, starring Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”), Harry Styles (One Direction) and Fionn Whitehead (“HIM”), is the astonishing true story of the French and British armies that were trapped on the shores of Dunkirk, France. Surrounded by the Germans, over 300,000 men were slowly evacuated home. All the while, being covered by the Air Force and small troops on ground.

From the time this movie started and  to it’s end, I was in utter suspense. I have never, in my entire life seen a movie so intense! In the beginning, it seemed as if only a mere 5 words were spoken, but the intensity level was at a constant high. Even the music added levels of intensity that I have never experienced in a movie.

The acting itself  was incredible but it certainly did not outshine the direction of Christopher Nolan (“Inception”). From aerial views to bomb dropping explosions, Christopher Nolan outdid himself and his talent is purely shown in this film.

To be honest, this isn’t your typical war movie. There is no grotesque moments of men being killed and no foul language. Overall it was fairly a clean movie. Definitely one I will show my kids when it’s time to discuss WWII.

I was beyond pleased with this film, I literally left with the theater with goosebumps! I would rate this movie a solid 10! It is a must see!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Save Big This Year On Back to School Shopping

Time never seems to slow down for us as parents, does it?! Sarah, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, was shocked at what she discovered while she was out shopping (read on to find out more!). What she saw reminded her that back to school season is nearly here. She’s sharing her tips for saving big on supplies today on the blog. Take a look…

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Save Big This Year On Back to School Shopping

Seems like summer gets shorter and shorter. As I walked through Hobby Lobby last week I was shocked to find turkey’s and pumpkins next to my 80% spring clearance. I am still decorating with Spring, by the way! Bonus! Two more aisles down—they had Christmas! The classy woman who was nice enough to ignore me when a favorite cuss word exited my mouth is truly a saint!

The more I thought about the coming months I realized just how expensive the last part of the year is! And now we have one entering Kindergarten in the next month—which means school supplies and backpacks and clothes! In fact, a survey on back to school spending from the National Retail Federation found that we spend $27.3 billion on school supplies. I am a type A control freak who likes to get things done early. Waiting until Missouri’s tax free weekend, on August 4th, is completely out of the question! Besides I have coupons that expire before then.

Obviously to save a lot of money, wait for the tax free weekend and head to the Missouri side for the larger items and for the clothes. However for school supplies and backpacks there are some pretty good sales going on right now that you could check out. Below is a few tips on places that you may have not thought of!

Walmart and Target

Obviously. Wal-Mart can usually beat anyone’s prices on the basics–folders, pencils, etc. So check there first, however I know more than one person who won’t set foot in a Wal-Mart so unless these people are closet online Wal-Mart shoppers then head on down the road to Target.  I am a frequent Target Dollar spot shopper and it is amazing what you can find there. For instance I bought the cutest red, blue and Fourth of July patterned stem less wine glasses at the dollar spot—by the way those aren’t dishwasher safe. Now I have the cutest red, blue and Fourth of July patterned children-sized cups! Anyway the dollar shop is a good place to just check for folders and pencil cases; you can usually find these things with no problems and at fair prices.

Dollar Stores

Speaking of dollar spots, Dollar General and the like are a great place to find things from backpacks to larger items like calculators and notebooks. I know these things are much cheaper here than they would be at a big box store so take a look next time you pass one.

Garage Sales

This is way out of the box thinking but just maybe. I know I have some supplies like notebook paper, pencils and pens that yes have been opened but honestly does it matter? Loose leaf paper is going to go in a notebook anyway and pens will be opened and thrown in a backpack. Also backpacks are a good find at garage sales- most are still in great condition and will be a fraction of the cost brand new. The old is new again—old is now called vintage!

Oriental Trading Company

I never thought of my go-to for party supplies and favors to have their share of school supplies as well! Some of their items are going to be sold in bulk but it is worth a look. Bulk stores is another great option for supplies. I am not sure how many people would use 1,000 pencils in a school year but maybe you want to buy for the next 18 years and that is fine. Instead of thinking that far in the future, as my Type A control freak self commends you for thinking that far in advance, let’s stick to a more realistic time period.

I am sure that you know the other parents in your child’s class, you’ve been to PTO meetings with them, you have talked in the halls, you are Facebook friends and maybe even vacationed together; so why not organize a supply master list. All families chip in a said amount, head to the bulk stores and buy the economy sized pencil supply and then you can divvy up the pencils as well as the savings to each family.

6PM- Backpacks

I can remember my favorite part of school shopping was the backpack buying! I always was a JanSport fan and loved the great designs they always had. In researching for this post I found a TON more brands to choose from and the choice is unlimited when you go online. The above site 6pm Backpacks.com has pretty much any brand, color, style that you could ever want and at pretty significant savings. I bought, I mean found, a Vera Bradley backpack for $69.99, which is about 50% of the retail price. And my beloved JanSport? Way more expensive than I remember but at this website still 40% off.

Grocery Stores

Finally, I am always out for the gas rebates from my favorite grocery store. When school gets closer they usually run promotions on school supplies. You can usually rack up quite a few rebates when buying these items. They may not be the cheapest, but you do get to save somewhere in the budget.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Are You Ready For Back to School? Early Shopping Tips!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already closing in on July here in the metro area and, before we know it, back to school time will be upon us. Even though we’ve got another month before the kiddos return to their classrooms, it’s never too early to start preparing and grabbing those must need items from the store to stock up for the coming year. Gabrielle, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, shares three simple tips to help you get a head start on your upcoming year today on the blog. Take a look…

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Are You Ready For Back to School? Early Shopping Tips!

As usual, my bi-weekly Target run was full of wonder.  There were the usual adorable finds in the $1.00 bins, a great pair of yoga pants that I just had to have, and some surprising deals. But when I got to the checkout line, I was hit with the most unexpected reality check.  (And not the usual one of “OMG, I only came in here to pick up two things.  How did this cart get full?)

This was different.  Directly in front of me was a little girl, gleefully loading her newly purchased school supplies into her newly purchased backpack.  The little girls eyes sparkled with delight, while mine widened with fear. I haven’t done half the things I wanted to do this summer.  It cannot be time to buy school supplies already.  A quick look at my calendar tells me I am wrong.  The school year is quickly approaching, and if you’re anything like me, you haven’t even peeked at the supply lists the schools sent home.  Don’t worry.  Here are few tips to help you get prepared.

Tip 1: Don’t Panic

There are still a few weeks left.  You do not need go into the nearest store and empty the office supply shelves.  That’s a great way to waste money on lots of things you do not need.  However, now would be a good time to gather those aforementioned lists.

Tip 2: Check Your Inventory

My kids came home on the last day of school with tons of barely used binders, un-sharpened pencils and at least 3 functional pencil boxes.   We have several unused backpacks that we received as birthday gifts or from church giveaways.  All of those can be used again next year.

Tip 3: Buy Some Essentials

There are a few items on almost everyone’s list.  Plan to pick up a couple of packs of paper, and a few spiral notebooks on the next Target run.  Next week grab a box of crayons and a couple of packs of pencils.  Throw a box of Kleenex and some hand sanitizer in the cart next to that cute little top from the clearance section.

Doing a little bit at a time takes the sting out of back-to-school shopping.  Using what you already have on hand will save time and money, and sticking to your list will help you avoid unnecessary clutter  and confusion.  I’ll try to remember that next time I head to Target.
From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle

 

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The Importance Of Impromptu Dates With Your Significant Other

Impromptu dates with your significant other not only help to keep your relationship exciting but also serve as an important time to spend some time connecting without the kiddos in tow. We’re excited to share today’s post, and to welcome, the newest member of our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, Gabrielle. Today’s post is one that is near and dear to her own heart. Take a look…

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The Importance Of Impromptu Dates With Your Significant Other

A few years back, my husband and I decided to play hooky from work.  We dropped the kids off at school and then met for breakfast.  After breakfast, we went to the mall, hung out at our favorite book store, and did a little window shopping.  We saw a movie, then we grabbed some lunch and hung out for a bit until it was time to pick up the kids from school.  We had such a great time that we decided to do it monthly.  Now I know many couples have standing monthly date nights.  They hire a baby-sitter for the night, or send the kids off to grandma’s house for the weekend.  I absolutely support this, but I strongly recommend trying a date day at least once.  The benefits are amazing.

First, we save money.  There’s no need to hire a baby-sitter.  Also, the meals are much cheaper during the day.  My husband and I can eat both breakfast and lunch for the same amount of money that we would spend on a dinner date.  Lunch dates are a great way to experience fancy cuisine in smaller portions and at a cheaper prices.  Check your favorite spot to see if there is a lunch menu.  Want to see a movie, instead? The theaters are empty and most offer matinee pricing.

Second, we save time.  My husband and I once attempted an impromptu dinner date on the weekend.  We found ourselves wandering up and down 119th street looking for any place that didn’t have an hour and a half wait for dinner.  We were so hungry, we wound up at a chain restaurant eating tacos.  On date days, the longest we’ve ever had to wait was a couple minutes for a server to actually notice there was a customer who walked in the door.  Not only that, but a six-hour marathon date provides enough adult conversation, that you don’t go crazy when you return home to non-stop Disney channel reruns.  We don’t have to try and get everything in between the appetizers and dessert.  We have all day.

Finally, it’s like a micro-vacation.  Who does not need a day off in the middle of the week?  When is the last time you spent eight hours alone with your significant other?  Our date days allow us time to slow down and just enjoy time with each other.  We can go to the amusement park and not be stuck in the kids section, riding the same tiny roller coaster multiple times.  We can go gaze at million dollar homes and dream together.

Date days have become a priority in our household.  We tell every couple we know to at least give it a try.  The only people we haven’t told are the kids… and grandma (because she’s our daycare provider and we do not want to ruin our good thing!)

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle

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Ultimate Staycation: 9 Must See Spots You’ll Love in Downtown KC

Happy Friday, Kansas City!

There are so many incredible activities and opportunities available to you and your family here in the metro area and we are so excited to share 9 places you can visit in downtown KC this summer. Take a look…

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Ultimate Staycation: 9 Must See Spots You’ll Love in Downtown KC

Alright folks, Summer is in full swing and back to school shopping is already in the talks! So if you haven’t had the chance to take that once a year vacation as a family, consider these places for an amazing staycation. Kansas City has so many wonderful family friendly places to visit! And don’t worry about that bank account, there are Cheap and FREE places too! Check them out.

Crown Center

Crown Center is a great place for everyone in the family. There are awesome toy shops, cool local threads, great food and fun discovery centers! Currently, Crown Center has a free exhibit featuring Thomas the Train! It is great for the younger kids.

Savings Tip: Check out their website for free movies and music on the weekends this summer!

Coterie Theater

The Coterie Theater is another family favorite. While tickets can be a little pricey for a larger family, they have great group rates as well. The theater runs various shows throughout the year and they vary in topics and age ranges.

Science City

Whether you are looking to explore nature or architecture, Science City is not only educational but fun for everyone! I always find something to explore when I go myself lol. Grab your walking shoes and plan a day filled with Science.

LegoLand Discovery Center

Next to Crown Center, LegoLand Discover Center is perfect for the creative mind in your family. Spend the day exploring the world of Legos in a fun interactive indoor attraction including rides, a 4-d theater, and a massive supply of Legos perfect for your master builders!

Savings tip: Your kids go FREE using our exclusive code that you can find here

Kaleidoscope

This is probably my family’s favorite place! The Hallmark Center donates art and craft supplies for kids of all ages to create and express themselves artistically! This Free space is open Monday- Saturday and they offer various times.

Savings tip: This activity is FREE for families! 

College Basketball Experience

Located next to the Sprint Center in downtown KCMO, your family can learn about college legends and experience the game of college basketball! They are open daily this summer.

Savings Tip: Save $2 on admission with our exclusive discount offer here!

Sea Life

Located directly next door to LegoLand, explore the deep sea at Kansas City’s #1 aquarium! They are open daily and with over 5,000 sea creatures, you can touch starfish and more in the touch pool!

Savings Tip- Your kids can get in absolutely FREE using our exclusive coupon code found here!

City Market

The famous City Market has amazing restaurants, fresh produce and on the weekends, unique entertainment. Visit the market and grab a bite or two with fun activities inside the market, like the Steamboat Arabia.

WWI Museum

A stellar museum full of history and a memorial, visit the WWI Museum to learn and explore the history of America and its part in WWI. Also check their calendar for special events and programs.

Savings tip: The museum offers FREE Hands On History and Storytime At The Museum sessions each month!

Summer vacation will be over before you know it! Make sure you check out these local favorites before school starts! Also, since all of these locations are located downtown, you can ride the free KC Street Car to avoid extra parking costs!

From iFamily to Yours,

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