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Giveaway: 5 prize packages!

Posted August 17, 2012


We have a great giveaway today which includes free Plackers Flossers and Van's free product coupons! Five lucky readers will each win one of these prize packages! Read on for the details on how to enter and some tips for making back to school easier on the kids (and you!).

The prize package will include a pack of Plackers Kids flossers,  a coupon for any one Van’s 6- or 8-count Waffle, Waffle Sticks, Pancake or French Toast Sticks AND a coupon for any one Van’s 6-count English Muffins, plus a $1 off and a $2 off the same products respectively!

Here are some tips for getting off to the right start with the new school year from the folks offering the giveaway. I will say that I agree with every one of them, especially eating a healthy breakfast with protein and flossing every day!  I see such a difference in my kids when they get a full night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.  And they sleep better when they have had some exercise.

"While most people think of New Year’s resolutions in January, for families and kids, the new year really starts in the fall. The start of a new school year is a great time for families to make their resolutions to set healthy routines that will serve them all year long.

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."

ENTER TO WIN: To enter to win one of the prize packs, share a tip for making back to school easier on the kids (and the parents) in the comments section below.

I will randomly pick the 5 winners on Tuesday, August 21 at 1:00 pm and post  the winning usernames soon after 1:00. Good luck!


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 21, 2012

    And the winners of the prize packages are:






    Congratulations to you all! Please send me an e-mail by Friday at to claim your prize.

    Thanks to all for entering and for your great ideas on getting the kids ready for school!

  • Smilepal Aug 21, 2012

    A week before school starts resume your school night bed time schedule. This will give your child a week to adjust to the new sleep pattern.

  • texasrangers282 Aug 21, 2012

    Have everything ready the night before so you are not in a rush in the morning.

  • eje1015 Aug 21, 2012

    Getting all things ready and packed the night before so mornings go easier.

  • nickijragland Aug 20, 2012

    I prepare everything except sandwiches the night before for lunches, including separating into individual containers for each lunch, putting any non-refrigerated items into the lunch bags already, etc. Makes mornings easier! I also lay all the clothes out the night before. Kids are hard enough to get up, but if they have to make decisions, they are more grumpy! I have them make the wardrobe choices the night before.

  • Queenbee12 Aug 20, 2012

    enforce school scheduled bed times a week or two before school starts..:)

  • ecuaoii Aug 20, 2012

    Do a practice run the morning before your first day. It never fails that we forget something and with the practice run, we are always on time for the real deal! I think the most important thing is to be prepared and have a calm, relaxing attitude. It rubs off on the kids...

  • soojmagooj Aug 20, 2012

    A lot of people have said it already, and we do it too - pack lunches the night before.

  • IamwhatIam Aug 20, 2012

    Practice good communication with your child's teacher(s).

  • chipper4800 Aug 20, 2012

    Do as much as you can the night before. Example: put out cereal boxes, bowls, spoons, glasses and napkins. Line up bookbags, lunch money etc at the back door.