Back to school and back to a better routine - Van's & Plackers giveawaway

The summer is winding down and school (if it hasn't started) is just around the corner. With the purchases of backpacks, pencils and crayons, families are getting back into a different routine.Gone are the days of goofing off, late nights and sleeping late. These are the days of waking up early, eating better and a solid routines to make your schedules go smoothly.

Here are a few back to school tips to help get your family on track for the school year. These tips are provided by Van's Natural Foods and Plackers Kids flosser

  • Make breakfast a priority. Kids who start the day right with a solid breakfast keep their minds on their studies and not on their stomachs. Plan ahead to have some quick, easy breakfasts that are high in protein and whole grains and low in sugar (for example, Van’s Natural Foods 8 Whole Grains Pancakes and Waffles, or its latest better-for-you option, Ancient Grains cereal featuring 6g of protein and 5g of fiber), and make sure your morning routine includes time for kids to eat. 

  • Have happier trips to the dentist. The morning rush can make time for brushing and flossing scarce. Plan time for kids to brush their teeth before school and add a Plackers Kids flosser, in fun animal shapes and tasty berry flavors, to help keep the dentist’s drill at bay all year long.
  • Go to bed earlier. A good night’s sleep is important for concentration and mood. Reading and other quiet activities before bedtime help children wind down better than TV or video games.
  • Exercise. Kids who play outdoors after school, whether in organized school or community sports or just with friends at the local park, are less likely to gain weight than kids who flop on the couch for hours of TV, and they have an easier time falling asleep at bedtime because they are actually tired.
  • Healthier eating. Lunches and afterschool snacks don’t have to include chips, cookies and sodas. Healthy snacks like cheese sticks, cut-up fruits, veggies and dip, frozen yogurt, whole-grain versions of kid favorites like Goldfish are just a few ideas for kids who need a snack between and dinner.
 Is your family prepared to make the change this school year?  Van's and Plackers have graciously given me a prize package to give to one of my readers.

What can you win?  Here's what is in the prize package.
It includes a full-size bag of Plackers Kids flossers, 2 coupons for free Van’s products, plus extra samples of other Plackers products with cents off coupons and a $1 and $2 off coupon for Van’s product.

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Disclosure: I was asked to participate in this back to school campaign. I was not compensated for this post and the prize is provided by the sponsors.  

28 comments:

  1. My best tip is to try to get on the school time schedule a few weeks before school starts.
    justicecw@hotmail.com

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  2. Be organized and be prepared and then RELAX! :)

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  3. My best tip is to prepare lunches and lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before. Then mornings are smoother and kids AND mom are less stressed!

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  4. Get them ready the day before, have clothes ready baths taken and all school supplies together.

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  5. Start moving up the bedtimes very gradually a few weeks before school starts. It's so much less painful that way :)

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  6. Get things ready like clothes books etc the night before so you don't feel so rushed in the morning

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  7. Stock up on school supplies during the summer when they are on sale.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  8. Get everything ready the night before.

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  9. Make dinners for the coming week on sunday amd have kids help pack lunches the night before
    Ttrockwood@yahoo.com

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  10. be on a daily schedule mverno@roadrunner.cm

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  11. Get them up early!
    jcarrturq5@yahoo.com

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  12. Start prepping before school starts by having the kids wake up at the time they would for school

    caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

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  13. lots of sleep, exercise and great food!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  14. stick to a schedule and get sleep.
    rusik76@hotmail.com

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  15. shop early. i forgot to get a stapler and cant find them anywhere!

    dani marie

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Shop all yr round to get best deals

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  17. Pack backpacks the night before so the morning goes smoothly and stress free!

    arifamily at comcast.net

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  18. Get clothes and book bags and lunches ready the night before

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  19. i get their clothes ready the night before
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. do the routine at least a week early,early bed,get up earlier etc..
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. start going to bed earlier at least a few weeks before school starts to get into the swing

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  22. Get things ready the night before

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  23. shop during the year for great deals on basic supplies so you don't spend so much when school starts back

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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  24. I have them practice some of the work they did the year before like Math, Writing etc a few weeks before school starts so they can remember some of the things they learned.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  25. Stock up for supplies during sales.

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  26. prepare lunches and pick out clothes the night before :)

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  27. My best back to school tip is start getting bed times set a week before and getting the kids used to getting up early again and going to sleep early again!
    fb: rab pom

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