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Earlier this month, I shared some tips on how we’ve been preparing (Essley and ourselves!) for back-to-school season. I mentioned how last year was Essley’s first year of preschool, which made this our first official summer break, and that we’ve been experimenting with ways to make the transition easier. One tip/topic I didn’t cover that has been huge around here for Essley (and admittedly, for me too) is back-to-school clothes shopping. As a kid, picking out new clothing and accessories was my absolute favorite part of heading back after summer break. And now that Essley is really starting to show an interest in fashion and dressing herself, the act of getting new duds for the school year has been getting her more excited than anything else. In fact, she told me that she was going to “do a blog post about some of her new school clothes,” and proceeded to “take photos” of them with her toy camera. I’m sure you can imagine how pumped she was when I asked her if she’d like to do a real outfit post featuring these clothes for mommy’s blog. So here we are.
Essley’s preschool doesn’t have a dress code, but they do require closed toed shoes and comfortable clothing that allows for play and movement. Thankfully, there are all sorts of choices for casual, practical pieces that are also stylish and fun at Kmart.com. Essley says these silver Maisy Sneakers make her feel “magical.” And while they may seem fancy to her, they’re well made and designed for comfort, making them the perfect shoe for running around at school. Her new Basic Edition Girls’ Skater Dress is also equal parts style and practicality, with cute marled jersey knit and a fun fit-and-flare shape. I love how it works for late summer/early fall with bare legs, but will be great for winter paired with tights. And you can’t beat the price! Her other favorite back-to-school outfit features the cutest Floral Smock Shirt (I mean seriously, look at that print!) and on trend Piper Faves Girls’ Skinny Jeans (which have an adjustable waist to allow for growth and stretch denim to allow for play). Essley is also super stoked on her new Owls Backpack by Joe Boxer. (Those of you who follow me on social media might be aware of “Owly,” Essley’s favorite stuffed animal; the girl loves her some owls.) It has a durable canvas design, lots of space for everything she needs to bring to and from school, and is even more adorable in person. And it’s under $ 10! I know I’m biased, but I think Essley looks pretty freaking cute in her new gear – and the fact that it’s making her more excited to start school is a major bonus.
In addition to the back-to-school clothing, shoes, and accessories we were able to get at Kmart.com, we were also able to grab some school supplies, including a box of 24 Crayola Crayons (on sale for 50 cents through 9/16!), Fiskars Blunt Scissors, and Elmer’s Giant Glue Sticks. Essley is almost as excited about the supplies as she is about her new clothes. I’m actually pretty excited myself not to have to run a bunch of errands to different places to get everything we need for her to head back. Three cheers for back-to-school multi-tasking from your living room chair!
If you’re in need of back-to-school clothing, accessories, shoes, supplies, and other fall shopping goodness, Kmart is having all sorts of really incredible sales right now. All denim jeans for the family are on sale starting at $ 8 (through 8/26) – we definitely took advantage of this one. All backpacks (including Essley’s beloved owl bag) are 35% off (and some are $ 5 on sale!) through 8/26. And also on sale through 8/26 are Basic Editions Kids’ Mix-and-Match Separates – for just $ 5! You can find all sorts of other specials on apparel, accessories, shoes, and school supplies (including Elmer’s 4 ounce School Glue for 50 cents, 10 Paper-Mate Write Bros Ball Point Pens for $ 1.50, Poly 2 Pocket Folders for 50 cents, and a whole lot more) at Kmart.com.
Who else has a little one with an affinity for back-to-school shopping? Any parents out there who (like me) might have even more fun with it than their kids?
We’re proud that Halo’s own Director of Sourcing and Ingredient Stewardship Dave Carter is helping launch this important conservation effort!
Excerpts from the Major Bison Restoration Campaign Launch press release:
One million bison, one continent and one cohesive commitment to bison herd restoration. If the bison industry achieves its goal, the North American bison herd will swell to 1 million strong by 2027. This aggressive growth goal was announced at the 2017 International Bison Conference as the “Bison 1 Million” campaign. More than 600 bison ranchers, producers, marketers and enthusiasts were in the capacity audience when National Bison Association executive director Dave Carter announced this new and audacious brass ring for bison herd expansion.
Representatives of The National Bison Association (NBA), Canadian Bison Association (CBA), InterTribal Buffalo Council (ITBC) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are participating in the formal announcement today as a demonstration of the collaborative commitment to bison restoration among private ranchers, public herd managers, tribal leaders, conservationists, government agencies and other stakeholders in the United States and Canada.
“Six years ago, many of us came together in the successful campaign to establish bison as the National Mammal of the United States. Today, we are reaffirming our commitment to continue to work together to restore bison in commercial, conservation and cultural herds across North America,” said Dave Carter, executive director for the National Bison Association. “In the coming months, each of our partners will be providing outreach education on the activities that will help promote the continued restoration of bison on private, public and tribal lands,” Carter added.”
Read more about the major bison restoration campaign.
What wonderful stories of real people, one of whom I am proud to know personally and call a friend, Berenice, you and your whole family rock! I know this is going to be four very long and dismal years, but we will persevere, none of you are alone. #Resist.
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Such a wonderful story – both Chappy and Crystal deserve each other and deserve to be happy, supported and loved. I hope this story helps other blocky dogs find a way into homes that need them. Thank you BAD RAP for all your good works – for dogs AND humans.
Dogs with OCD (or Osteochondrosis) suffer a great deal of pain and mobility issues.
When a dog has OCD, fragments of bone and cartilage become detached from larger bones and end up floating around the area encompassing a dog’s joints. The result is that any movement in the joint where those fragments are located will cause a dog to suffer …
Steven Taddeo and his family were camping in Blanchetown, South Australia when they had a dangerous encounter with a mob of angry emus. Thankfully, their mini labradoodle Chia stood up to the giant birds and protected the family.
According to AdelaideNow.com.au, Steven, his father Paul, and his nephew Pietro were chopping firewood when they noticed a mob of eight emus approaching. Emus are large birds and the biggest in this mob was estimated to be “about 6 feet tall” according to Steven. Steven knew that emus “can do quite some damage” so the family was “extremely terrified,” in his words. The family had accidentally gotten close to some young emus, which is why the mob approached and started to circle around them.
Thankfully, Chia was with the family while they were chopping wood and stepped up to frighten away the dangerous birds. Chia ran at the largest emu in the group. Her fierce behavior scared the birds so that they stopped circling the family and went away. Steven told reporters, “When we got back to camp Chia had a hero’s return” and they gave her some of her favorite foods. He believes that Chia’s actions prevented serious harm from befalling his family.
The experience caused Steven to reflect that “dogs really are a man’s best friend.” We’re glad that Chia kept her family safe and strengthened their love of dogs.