Helpful Tips for a Smooth Back-To-School Transition

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owl backpack1 300x300 Helpful Tips for a Smooth Back To School TransitionTrading in a lazy summer schedule for a structured school day can be tough on kids, but we’ve put together some great tips to help make their back-to-school transition go as smoothly as possible.

First thing’s first, we suggest breaking the back-to-school news to your kids gently by announcing that it’s time for back-to-school shopping! Kids love picking out school supplies and it tends to help soften the blow by reminding them that a fresh new year with endless possibilities lies ahead.

Your children’s school should offer a checklist that includes all of the school supplies they’ll need throughout the school year, including a backpack, lunch bag, folders, notebooks, a pencil case, etc. You can find all of these items in designs perfect for students of all ages in our Toddler and Youth, Preteen and Teen, or College Student department in the Back-to-School Store!

Let your kids have fun looking through our wide selection of designs that are perfect for boys and girls of all ages.

Picking out their favorite school supplies will help them warm up to the idea of going back to school and the personalized folders and notebooks are an added bonus as they will help them (and you!) stay organized all year long!

usb 150x150 Helpful Tips for a Smooth Back To School TransitionPersonalized school supplies not only help your kids stay organized, they also help prevent your kids from mixing up their belongings with another friend or student’s – this is especially important with the new item that’s popping up on almost every school’s checklist: USB drives.

Most kids will bring in the same black flash drives hard to label and distinguish from the rest, but with our “You Name It!” Bamboo Flash Drive – your kids will never worry about mixing up their school work with another student!

bookmarks 150x150 Helpful Tips for a Smooth Back To School TransitionOnce you have all the school supplies you need, it’s time to prepare your kids’ brains to get back in the swing of things. Encourage your kids to do some summer reading and/or brain teasers as soon as possible so they can start flexing their brains (which may have been on cruise control throughout the summer) and be prepared to return to a full day of learning. If you’re having a hard time getting your kids to read this summer, try motivating them with one of our Personalized Bookmarks or create a reward system that results with a prize or treat every time they meet one of their reading goals. Starting some reading or light academic work as soon as possible promotes a gradual back to school transition that will help your children feel more comfortable and confident as they start the new school year!

Finally, help your children make a smooth back to school transition by calming any first day jitters they may have. Ask your kids how they’re feeling about going back to school and if there is anything that they’re anxious or worried about. For example, if your little one is headed to their very first day of school, or their first day at a new school, they may be nervous about navigating through the building or riding the bus.

We suggest helping them calm their nerves by taking them on a “trial run” before school starts. Start by walking them to the school bus and explaining what time the bus will pick them up on their first day. Then take them to the school and walk them through the hallways and straight to their classroom so they know which way to go on their first day. We also suggest showing them around the entire school, including where the bathrooms are located and, if possible, introduce them to their new teacher or school principal. This little “trial run” will answer any “what ifs” they may have and will have them feeling much more confident about their first day of school!

Follow all these tips plus make sure they eat a nice healthy breakfast and get a good night’s sleep and your little ones are sure to be fully prepared for their first day back to school!

Check out our Back-to-School Cheat Sheet!

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slide4 300x163 Check out our Back to School Cheat Sheet!The school year will be here before you know it so we put together a “Back-to-School Cheat Sheet” that’s full of valuable coupon codes, great tips and fun ideas that are sure to help both you and your kids start off the year right!

Each day from July 21st through 25th we’ll unveil a new article that features back-to-school tips and at least one special coupon code!

All of the coupon codes will help you save big on personalized gifts in our Back-to-School Store, school supplies, coffee mugs, photo frames and more!

We even offer some free printables for you to use in back-to-school photos for your kids!

So head on over to our Back-to-School Cheat Sheet now to take advantage of all the valuable coupon codes and helpful tips!

Happy National Flip Flop Day!

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flip flop cookies1 1024x682 Happy National Flip Flop Day!We’re so excited to kick off summer with today’s National Flip Flop Day!

We found some great ideas for Flip Flop lovers on Pinterest including ways to store them, ways to decorate them, and these adorable Nutter Butter Flip Flop Cookies from Diddles & Dumplings, which really got us in the mood for some fun in the sun!

If you love flip flops as much as we do, you’re sure to love our personalized flip flops and flip flop-themed gifts!

flip flops Happy National Flip Flop Day!We have a wide selection of personalized youth and adult flip flop designs (at right) that you can customize with any name you’d like!

Your kids will love having their own special flip flops and it will help everyone keep their sandals straight so you no longer have to worry about mismatched pairs between siblings or friends!

Create a pair for the pool, beach, summer camp, vacation or just for regular ol’ summer fun.

The flip flop love doesn’t stop there!

flip flops decoration1 300x267 Happy National Flip Flop Day!Add a personalized touch of summer to your home’s entryway with our cute Wipe Your Flip Flops Here doormat!

This exclusive design (at left) features 3 sets of colorful flip flops and can be personalized with any first names, family name or message at the bottom.

So what do you say? Are you feeling the Flip Flop Love? Tell us what you think of our Flip Flop Gifts in the comments!

Our Hot New Father’s Day Gift is Sure to Make a Splash!

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We’re excited to share our new Father’s Day Gift that’s perfect for all the outdoorsman in your family!

fishinglures 300x203 Our Hot New Fathers Day Gift is Sure to Make a Splash!We just introduced Personalized Fishing Lures, which are available now in three different designs!

The three designs, the “Big Catch,” “Fishing Stripes,” and “His Catch” Photo Design, all come with the option to choose from a wide range of colors and styles. You can even add your own photo to the “His Catch” Photo Design lure!

The new Fishing Lures retail for $12.95 but if you act fast, you can personalize them for only $10.35 thanks to our Father’s Day sale going on now through Sunday, June 8th, 2014.

If you’re a fan of our new fishing lures, you should also check out all of our other Personalized Fishing Gifts - they’re sure to make a splash with your loved ones!

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

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comicbookday 300x300 Happy Free Comic Book Day!Good news for all you superhero fans out there! National Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd, 2014!

You’ll be happy to hear that on May 3rd, you can head to your nearest participating comic book shop (find your nearest participating shop HERE), to get a FREE Comic Book!

To celebrate this fun holiday, we thought we’d offer our fans something cool, too!

That’s why we’re giving away a valuable coupon code worth 30% off all of our Personalized Marvel®, DC Comics®, and Ultimate Spider-Man® Gifts! That means you can save big on personalized gifts featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Spiderman and all of The Avengers, too!

Head over to our Facebook Fan Page to find the secret coupon code – but hurry, this coupon is only valid through May 10th!

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