Lucky & Me Blog

My oldest son turns 5 in October, and today had his last swimming lesson of the summer. It’s midway through August and the back-to-school blog articles are in full force on my Facebook news feed. This year, when it comes to back-to-school obligations, I’m still sitting out and watching as other parents get in the school groove. As my son’s last year of preschool kicks off, my emotions about the subject are still buried underneath knowing that I have just one more year of my boy being truly little.
When shopping for back to school, it’s easy for you and your kids to get distracted by the trendy pieces of clothing. Those ones that they wear on the first day of school but never quite look that good again. It’s almost like the moment you take the tags off, the timer starts ticking for when they are either out of style, stained, or just not the same after a few washes.
If you want your clothes to last as long as possible, it’s important to understand which variables can affect them in the wash. One big one is water temperature. Clothes are made from different materials, and water temperature should not be the same for everything. Here’s a quick breakdown of which temperature works best in which laundry situation. 
There really is no authority on how often you should buy your kids new underwear and why. In fact, when I was poking around the internet, I found a lot of moms asking other moms how often they buy. Underwear isn’t really a popular topic among parents during a play date. So I took to Facebook and put it out there. I asked a group of my own mom friends from across the country, how often they buy their kids undies and why. Here are some of the responses I got:

When do kids start dressing themselves? Like every part of child development, the timing varies, and they can do different tasks at different times. Generally, by the time your child is 5, they can dress themselves start to finish without supervision, but there are many steps along the way to help them get there. Here are a few milestones and general ages when kids tend to hit them:

Why are there so many varieties of girls underwear styles? Kids come in all shapes and sizes, and their underwear should too! Some girls feel comfy in a bikini cut, while others may like boy shorts. Our goal is for kids to feel so comfy in our underwear, that they don’t have to think about it. When they’re comfy, they can focus on what they should be—playing and being a kid!
Fireworks are great. But when the sun doesn't go down until 9pm and your preschooler hasn't had a nap, having them stare at bright balls of fire and listen to thundering booms might not be an option. Don't worry! You can still have a great time celebrating with your kids, and make sure this Independence Day is one they will remember for years to come. Here are 5 activities you can take part in that don't involve fireworks this 4th of July. 
It's obvious that your kids like to move. They’re creative and they like to have fun. Dancing for them is a no-brainer. But there are many more benefits that come with dancing that you may not even have thought about. Here are just 7 reasons why all kids should dance.
Did you know that cotton crops use 25% of all agro chemicals and 10% of the world’s fertilizers? For using so many chemicals, it’s even more surprising when you find out that cotton only accounts for 3% of the world’s agricultural crops. 
For kids, summer is all about discovery. Every year there are lots of activities that they haven’t tried yet because they just weren’t ready. Or their parents weren’t ready… because they were completely exhausted and forgot what real life was like. My two boys are now 4 and a half and 2 and a half (yes, the half matters), and with Memorial Day behind us, I’m getting excited for all the things they're going to be able to participate in this year. And all the places we can go without having to drag a stroller along with us. Here are just a few of the things I’m excited to do with my preschooler this summer.

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