Headed Back To School With A New Routine + A New Pair Shoes

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It is time to start coaxing our brains to slowly get into Back To School mode. This time of year is always so bittersweet for me. I thrive off of routine and prepping my kids for school, even if it is just preschool as of now. My favorite time of year is Fall and I love knowing that pumpkins and scarfs await me. Though, it is sad to wave goodbye to lazy beach days, family BBQ’s, and cooling off our sun kissed skin with a dip into the pool. Our home is buzzing with happiness as we prep Mila for her second year of preschool. Only one year older and Mila is directing us with things she “needs” for school this time around. A polka dot backpack, rainbow stickers for her water bottle, and “shoes that light up when I take steps.” Typically before our kids start school we like to do a little celebratory dinner and we try to decide on one new thing to add to our morning routine. Whether that be having a quick dance party, make pancakes at least once during the week instead of the weekend, or try a new cereal. This year Mila asked if she could walk to school and while we live too far to walk I felt like I needed to make her request happen. So, I’ll be driving Mila to school, but parking about a block away so we can indeed walk to school. I aim to please. Mila is thrilled!

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Can you tell Mila is just a little excited about her new light up shoes!

Can you tell Mila is just a little excited about her new light up shoes!

This school year will begin extra special as we’ve happily partnered with Saucony to help spread the word of their new Kids Flash Glow light up sneaker! This partnership couldn’t have come at more perfect time, as Mila has been begging for a pair of light up shoes. She spotted a child wearing them a few months ago and insisted she needed a pair. I hadn’t found the right pair until now. The new Saucony Kids Flash Glow shoes are pretty incredible! These shoes were built just like a comfortable athletic shoe for kids, keeping their feet supported while they run and play. With a glowing heel that brightens with each jump, step, and dance move. As a parent, I find the best feature to be a subtle on/off switch on each Flash Glow shoe. You can actually control when you want the shoes to light up or not! The addition of the on/off switch is something I’ve never seen before and feel it to be a total game changer. Mila can wear the Flash Glows everyday and light up the pavement! When it is time to settle down or head into school we can turn off the light, then turn it back on whenever we want.

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This past week we took a practice walk to school. Mila was able to break in her Flash Glow shoes and we even took out her backpack so we can all get the real feel. We turned on her Flash Glow shoes and were off! Now that Mila has light up shoes she loves to pretend they make her run faster and jump higher. Our walk was filled with her demonstrating all her new found moves for me. We also slowed down and chatted about school starting soon. We talked about her friends. What she was most excited about this second time around in preschool. It was really neat to see her brain work and listen to her talk. Such a difference from just one year ago. My little girl growing up right before me, making me so proud. I love the new addition of walking to school. It will give us some time to connect before she goes her separate way. I see it developing into a sacred time with her where we can openly talk about anything. I also love that it was her idea. I know she just wanted to do something fun, but maybe she was trying to tell me something. Maybe she was trying to tell me that we needed this time together in the morning to bond. Especially with this new baby coming! If you can swing it, I recommend working in a quick walk before school. Where there are zero distractions and you and your little one can just be, before the day begins.

We are beyond proud to have Saucony Kids as a partner this Back To School season and I can’t scream loud enough about their new Flash Glow sneakers. I’ve always been a fan of Saucony for myself because of their comfort and look when running. Now I love them for my kids for the exact same reason. The Flash Glow is the perfect Back To School shoe! Because the Flash Glow was built like an athletic shoe they can keep up with and support your child while they play hard during recess and learn new things. Plus, the light up feature is just so fun for them. The on/off button gives you the control of the light up feature which parents I think will find helpful. Mila loves putting them on each morning and that makefs me happy. (It also makes getting ready in the morning quicker. Sort of ;) If you are searching for a great Back To School shoe for your kids, definitely check out the Flash Glow by Saucony Kids. Click HERE to see all the color and size options!

Showing me how fast she can run in her new shoes! GO MILA!

Showing me how fast she can run in her new shoes! GO MILA!

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Love the look of these! There are three more color options fit for both girls and boys so be sure to check them out  HERE !

Love the look of these! There are three more color options fit for both girls and boys so be sure to check them out HERE!

Showing Mila how to click the Flash Glow button on/off to control her light up shoes! That on/off button is a game changer!

Showing Mila how to click the Flash Glow button on/off to control her light up shoes! That on/off button is a game changer!

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Every year starts as a blank slate, which feels invigorating! I learned that if you let your little ones take the reigns a bit when picking and choosing what their Back To School season will look like, you’ll end up with a positive outcome.

Here are some simple tips to make your Back To School season a bit more special …

  • Try adding something new to your morning routine.

  • Try to rework some things to make room for new things.

  • Celebrate the end of Summer with a Back To School dinner or go out for dessert.

  • Make a list of the things your child wants to accomplish during this school year.

  • Come up with an encouraging word that your whole family will strive to live out during this school year.

This year we have added a quick walk to school and I can’t wait to learn more about my own daughter as we spend time together in the morning. I look forward to seeing what you and your own families come up with! Let me know if you have any other great ideas for Back To School season.

Only her second year of preschool and it some how feels like she may be leaving me for college soon!

Only her second year of preschool and it some how feels like she may be leaving me for college soon!