How are you feeling about back to school time? We often think about the kids dreading back to school time but sometimes parents aren’t really looking forward to it either. I mean, for me, back to school always meant that life got busier, that I had less time to enjoy my daughter’s company, that we were going to be back to the battle of waking up and getting out the door on time, and that we were going to be faced with making lunches for school again too.
The freedom and fun of summer will soon be over for the kids and the reality of routines and homework is about to start. While we might be eager to get the kiddies out of the house at last, the reality is that it comes with a few “drawbacks”:
Laundry: Summer comes with its fair share of stains but soon gym clothes and uniforms will take over – big time. If your kids wear a uniform to school, you know the importance of keeping these in good condition. There’s nothing worse than having to replace something mid-year. Then there are the extra-curricular activities…hello hockey jerseys and ballet leotards! These items are pricey and it’s important to care for them properly. What are the odds these items will make it through the school year?
Step 1: beg and plead with your kids to treat these items with care (good luck!). Step 2: Equip yourself with a killer laundry arsenal that’s always at your fingertips. For example, stock up on OxiClean™ Colour Shield Liquid Laundry Stain Remover, it keeps colours looking their brightest. And OxiClean™ White Revive™ Stain Remover Powder has your whites covered as it’s specially formulated to maintain whites – without chlorine bleach!
For inevitable stains, turn to OxiClean™ Laundry Stain Remover Spray and OxiClean™ Max Force™ Gel Stick to pre-treat in advance of your next laundry day. Let me just sing the praises of OxiClean™ products here. My daughter has been away for the past 2 years working in the UK and a lot of her wardrobe was stored in my basement. Well, we were headed off to a Blue Jays game the other day and she wanted to wear her jersey. As she pulls it out of the box, she is sad to see that it has a sizeable stain on it. We have no clue what the stain is nor how long it’s been there but it could have been there that whole time just setting in more and more. She asked me advice on what to do and I pulled out my supply of OxiClean™ and told her, if it can’t get that stain out, nothing can. One wash cycle later, the jersey looked like new.
Aches and pains: Real life will ramp up again quickly for you too. Whether you’re back at the office and adjusting to sitting at a desk all day or you’re just trying to keep up with your kids, topical pain relievers such as RUB·A535™ Extra Strength Heating Cream are essential to have on hand for those muscle aches and pains. It delivers fast-acting, warm, penetrating relief of muscle, joint, back and arthritic pain. Having permanent injuries and a pretty nasty knee condition, I use these products on a regular basis. I love the RUB·A535™ Arnica for bruises and mild inflammation. The lavender cream is great for helping ease my pain at night while the lovely scent helps me drift off to sleep.
Cavities: Before you know it, Halloween will be approaching and then the holidays are not far behind. For you this means an extra-long to-do list. For your kids, it’s the start of a regular diet of candy and chocolate so brushing their teeth will be key! When brushing is fun, your kids are more likely to want to brush their teeth. They’ll love the novelty of the moving brush head on Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Kids Battery Toothbrush and designs such as My Little Pony™ and Paw Patrol™ will get them even more excited.