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3 Tips Every Parent Needs to Know Before School Starts

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Your kids may be headed back to school soon, but they’re not the only ones who need to be prepared!

That’s why we put together some great parent tips that will help get you organized and prepare you for your kids’ first day back to school and every day after that, too!

from the mom of notepad 300x300 3 Tips Every Parent Needs to Know Before School StartsLife is about to get crazy, so crazy in fact, that you’ll feel as though you don’t have a second to spare in your entire busy day.

That’s why we suggest personalizing your very own “From the Mom of…” Notepad (at left) complete with all of your kids’ names plus your contact information, including your name, cell phone number and email address.

These cute notepads are sure to come in handy the next time you need to write a quick note for the babysitter, teacher, coach or even another parent you’re trying to schedule a play date with!

Think of it like your own personal mommy or daddy business card – it’s sure to save you a ton of time and stress whether you have one child or a dozen!

simply organized calendar pad1 300x300 3 Tips Every Parent Needs to Know Before School StartsAnother way to reduce stress as you’re preparing for the new school year is to update your own planner or home calendar with the entire school calendar, including all after-school activities your children may have.

You’ll be happy to have everyone’s schedule all in one spot that you can refer to throughout the year (especially parents who have children in different schools). However, in order to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, we suggest personalizing our “Simply Organized” Calendar Pad which will help you keep your entire family’s schedule organized on a week-to-week basis.

Your calendar will be much more manageable and much less intimidating so you’ll be more likely to stick to it (we also offer Personalized Calendar Pads that your kids can use to help keep their individual schedules organized, too)!

travel tumbler 150x150 3 Tips Every Parent Needs to Know Before School StartsWhile both of the above tips should help reduce stress, any realistic parent knows that stress is inevitable.

The best way to fight that back-to-school stress is to be at the top of your game, by making sure you’ve started the day off right with your morning coffee! Head over to our Personalized Coffee Mug Department and have fun picking out a new back-to-school mug or travel tumbler design that you can personalize with your favorite photos, colors and message!

The back-to-school stress and morning carpool will be much more manageable when you’re facing it with a warm cup of coffee in your hand or cup holder!

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!

Gift Ideas for Long-Distance Love

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longdistancelovequote 240x300 Gift Ideas for Long Distance LoveIt’s not easy being in a long-distance relationship, but a beautiful quote, like the one at left which we found on Pinterest, can help raise your spirits and keep things in perspective.

PMall.com’s Personalized Romantic Gifts Store is full of great gift ideas for people who are in long-distance relationships and want to keep that healthy perspective alive while their loved ones are away.

For instance, our brand new “Sending Love” Personalized Wood Postcard, which has become a big hit among our Facebook and Pinterest Fans, plays off the long-distance love theme with a postcard design that your loved one can look at every day and be reminded of you.

This exclusive design is truly unique and is sure to bring a smile to your loved one’s face when you’re not around to make them smile yourself.

postcard 300x300 Gift Ideas for Long Distance LoveThe words ”I Love You” are artfully engraved on one side above your closing sentiment and name, while the other side of the postcard features your loved one’s name and any 1-line message.

This beautiful keepsake is made of 1/4″ thick alder wood and retails for $18.95 (that includes free personalization!).

It also comes with two wood stands for a tabletop display so your significant other can showcase it prominently at home or on their desk at work!

Another great long-distance love gift idea is our Blown Away By Love Personalized Pillowcase Set.

The set of pillowcases is available in white or black pillowcases and costs $45.95.

pillowcases Gift Ideas for Long Distance LoveIt comes with the option to personalize a male or female stick figure design on either the right or left pillow, which you can customize with any name! We love the idea of personalizing the set of pillowcases so that each of you gets to keep the pillowcase that reminds you of your significant other so you don’t have to go to bed lonely every night.

Thanks to this adorable gift idea, you’ll be able to find some comfort going to sleep at night knowing your loved one is laying their head down on the same matching pillow case that you have!

If you like these ideas, head over to the PMall.com’s Personalized Romantic Gifts Store now to check out these gifts and plenty more that are perfect for people in long-distance relationships. You and your significant other will still miss each other while you’re apart but at least you’ll have a thoughtful keepsake to remind you of them each and every day in the meantime!

 

Jump into Fall with PMall!

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pumpkinbread1 Jump into Fall with PMall!Here at PMall, we can’t get enough of all of the yummy seasonal recipes that the fall season brings and of course all of the beautiful colors that nature creates during this time of year.

Before we get started on ideas for enjoying those beautiful fall colors around your home, we thought we’d share an awesome fall recipe that we saw on Pinterest. Everyone knows that the two big flavors of the fall season are apples and pumpkins … that’s why we suggest drinking a nice warm apple cider while you enjoy this Peekaboo Pumpkin Pound Cake (at left) that looks almost too pretty to eat (Click the link to be directed to SheKnows.com for the full recipe)!

The combination of pumpkin bread and pound cake would be delicious enough, but this recipe also includes a brown butter pecan icing that’s out of this world! One slice of this tasty treat is sure to give you a boost of energy to help you stay warm during the crisp fall air.

Though it may be hard to admit after seeing this recipe, there is more to fall than just pumpkin flavoring. For us, it’s all about the warm, rich colors that the fall season brings! Our favorite thing to do during this time of year is to see all of the leaves change into deep shades of red and orange and fall off the trees. We love the colors of fall so much, we’ve come up with some great Fall Decorations that will help you enjoy those beautiful colors around your home, too!

blogflag1 300x300 Jump into Fall with PMall!The Autumn Hues Monogram Personalized Garden Flag, one of our customers’ favorite fall gifts, has a design filled with leaves, acorns, pine and berries featured in vibrant colors. This enchanting piece artfully displays any single initial, along with any name or address you choose, to warmly welcome others to hearth and home! The design is printed on a removable flag so you can replace it with other designs throughout the year, as desired. You can personalize the flag alone to be interchanged for just $19.95 (Shop during our Fall Favorites sale now through Sunday to personalize the flag for just $14.95), or add our optional garden flag stand, which is sold separately, for $11.95. After you’ve acquired the flag stand, you can have fun personalizing other flag designs to interchange for all of the holidays, seasons or for upcoming special occasions like birthdays, graduations or other milestones! Browse through all of our designs in our Personalized Garden Flag Store. For those of you who love the Autumn Hues design as much as we do, be sure to check out our personalized doormat and yard stake that also feature the design.

blogdoormat 150x150 Jump into Fall with PMall!If you love the fall leaves, but don’t want them tracked into your house from your family and friends’ dirty shoes, the Happy Autumn Personalized Doormat is perfect for you! The doormat features an elegant design of leaves in rich brown and orange colors and serves as an elegant accent piece to create an inviting welcome for friends and family this fall season, indoors or outdoors. We’ll custom personalize your doormat with any title and any family name or first names that you choose – all for just $22.95 (Act fast and you can personalize this doormat for only $17.20 during our Fall Favorites Sale now through Sunday)! It will look lovely on your front porch or if you’d like to enjoy the warm fall colors inside your home, place the doormat by the fireplace. It will add a personal touch to the room and provide a safe place to store the fire wood. You’ll be able to enjoy the personalized doormat while you pick up a good book, snuggle up on the couch and get warm and cozy next to the fire!

blogyardstake 150x150 Jump into Fall with PMall!Another great way to welcome friends and family to your home this fall is to personalize the Autumn Greetings Personalized Yard Stake and Magnet for you home. Our exclusive design features a border of falling leaves in rich, warm tones with a delicate leaf background. It’s sure to provide a distinctive finish to your home while attractively displaying your home address or family name. Personalize the magnet with the yard stake for $32.95 or the magnet alone for $15.95 (now only $24.70 and $11.95, respectively when you shop before our Fall Favorites Sale ends Sunday). Once you have the yard stake, you can interchange the magnet with a new design whenever you’d like. Check out all of the different designs we offer in our Personalized Yard Stake Store.

Are you a big fan of fall like us? We’d love to hear your fall recipes or fun fall crafts that you do with your family! Leave a comment below or email us at social@pmall.com and your tip could be published here for all of our fans to see!

Happy fall to all!

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