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Holiday Cards from Frecklebox

The holidays are quickly approaching and there’s no better time to sparkle and shine with Frecklebox Holiday Cards! We’ve got 15 super cute designs by Simon+Kabuki. Holiday cards are printed on premium matte cardstock and come with blank envelopes. And to kick off their introduction, we’re offering 50% off Frecklebox Holiday Cards until Sunday, November 2! Use code HAPPY50 at checkout to receive your discount.

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Halloween parties with Frecklebox

October is finally here and we’re already excited about Halloween! This time of year is so fun — decorating, stocking up on bags of candy (ok, eating that candy and buying more on October 30), dreaming up costumes and planning parties.

Have you been thinking about your Halloween party yet? Between the food and games and favors, there’s so much to do! Let us make it easy for you with personalized placemats and stickers. The kids will love seeing their name on their very own party favors that they can take home and use every day!

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Bonus, Frecklebox Halloween treats are 25% off this week! Spooky Stickers are now just $2.96 and Festive Placemats are now just $7.46. Use code BOO25 at checkout to receive your discount. Hurry, offer ends Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014! Cannot be combined with other offers.

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We’ve also got Free Personalized Coloring Pages — a fun activity for the party or at home. Just personalize with your little ghoul’s name, download and print at home!

Happy party planning!

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Fab kids birthday parties

I’m a big fan of my birthday and will celebrate it with anyone who stands still for two seconds. I’m far from being a kid, but truly enjoy hanging out with friends and family and…well, if I’m being honest, eating cake with my name on it! Are you planning your child’s next birthday party? Here are a few fun ideas to get your imagination hoppin’, plus take a peek at our Birthday Fun Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

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Crayon Art Party Invitations from Craftgawker

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Superhero Party Favors from SomewhatSimple

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Polka Dot Inside-and-Out Cake from Handmade Charlotte

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Rainbow Balloon Photo Wall from Momtog

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Fruit and Veggie Party Snacks from The Tomkat Studio

 

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And remember Frecklebox for Personalized Party Favors and Gifts!
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When should you step in?

School just started and your child is already having an issue with another kid. Bullying, teasing, harassing — call it what you like, it’s someone being mean. Is your philosophy to step in right away or wait to see if the problem works out on its own? It’s tough to know when to get involved, but positive communication is a good place to start.

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Communicate with your kids. Talk about bullying before it happens. Your child might fear retribution if they “tattle”, so keeping quiet could be their solution and make matters worse. Restore confidence by offering helpful solutions and tactfully stepping in further, if necessary.

Tolerance is key. Remind kids to be understanding and accepting of everyone. The kid at school who doesn’t wear the right clothes or act a certain way doesn’t make them inferior. Kids learn by watching us, so set a good example and be kind to everyone who crosses your path.

Quality time. Spend some alone time with your child if you think they might need to open up to you. They could be worried about discussing their issue in front of the whole family, but would feel more comfortable one-on-one. A little support can go a long way.

Second set of eyes. If your child is being bothered at school, ask a teacher or counselor to keep an eye out during the day. Kids feel better knowing a trusted adult is watching out for them and they don’t have to go it alone.

Here are a few good resources to help parents deal with bullying:

What parents can do from the National Crime Prevention Council

How to talk about bullying from Stop Bullying

Helping bullied kids from Help Guide

Respect and acceptance are essential habits in life. Being different is what makes the world go ’round!

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It’s OK to take a break

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You’re a Mom. This means you’re a taxi, a mediator, a project manager, not to mention the other 10,000 responsibilities you take on every day. Once the kids are back in school, you think you might have a minute to breathe, but guess again! Meetings, paperwork and school supplies can bog you down and feeling like you need a break, even though it’s all just begun. It’s important to take time out for yourself — either alone or with your pals. We love these ideas for decompressing and keeping your sanity.

Take a Mommy timeout. When you can’t add one more thing to your plate, carve out 15 minutes to do nothing. Tell the family you’re on a timeout and will be back in a bit. Walk into the backyard to breathe in some fresh air or just sit down in a quiet room (if there is one!) and close your eyes. Even a few minutes can help restore sanity.

Be a lady who lunches (without her kids). Grab a few friends and go to lunch at a place that has tablecloths and doesn’t make you order at the counter. Maybe even organize a lunch at home or picnic at a local park. Revel in the delight of not being interrupted 100 times during your meal.

Sweat it out. Grab your kicks and get moving — plain and simple. A trip to the gym or walk around the neighborhood can do wonders to clear your head and energize you. Having your fave tunes on the iPod will make the time fly by! Perhaps the gym has a steam room or spa, where you can get in a little pampering at the same time.

Trade away. Other parents are in the same boat, so work out a trade to give you extra time during the day. Something as simple as you dropping the kids off at school and someone else picking them up can free up a little “me” time. There’s no shame in asking for help.

Join a support group. There are lots of Mom support groups out there and can help ease daily stresses. Sometimes you just need someone to listen and confirm that you’re doing it all just fine.

Here’s to hoping you can take a breather every now and then, even if it’s just a few minutes a day!