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Last Chance at a Crayola Prize Pack and GNO!

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Are you ready for the next #GNO event, sponsored by Crayola? You have one last chance to get in on the fun -- tonight -- with another chance to win! See all the details for how it works on our original post and head on over to sign up at MomItForward. You can read more about GNO , or see for yourself at Crayola's website:http://www.crayola.com/promos/creativitycast/

We are also offering ONE MORE CHANCE TO WIN a Crayola Creativity Pack for our readers! It includes lots of back-to-school basics (like crayons and markers), as well as a few some new, innovative stuff (like possibly the Tadoodles Washable Crayon Buddies, for example.) To be entered to win our weekly prize pack, just leave a comment on this post with your tip for Back-to-School survival! You have until next Monday, Aug. 24th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in!

Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!


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  1. yea i'm first. these kits are so great. thanks for all of you bloggers that had this fun contest
    pksanddancer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. Gosh-Back to school survival-
    Get to bed early. Pray, Pray, Pray :)

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  3. pack lunches and get clothes out the night before

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  4. Best back to school survival tip: arrange a tour of the classroom/school prior to the first day so that your child can meet his/her teacher and get comfortable.

    mfalcon13 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  5. Partner with your children to understand their situation and help them navigate each year's fresh start.

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  6. Do things the night before school days....tidy the house,pack lunches, get backpacks ready, sign papers. Do whatever it takes to make the mornings go smoother, and make sure everyone eats a great breakfast. Treat yourself to a nice Starbucks the first day of school!

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  7. Put your kids in "training" a few weeks prior -- back to routine bedtimes, etc.

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  8. shop sales early for clothes and supplies. talk about expectations for the year and personal goals
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  9. Back-to-school survival tip: Enjoy these last lazy days of summer with a trip to the zoo or local pool with the kids.

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  10. My best tip for surviving the school years is don't sweat the small stuff. I never obsessed about it, and now as the grandmother can sit back and enjoy watching everyone else obsess!

    clynsg at yahoo.com

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  11. For back to school survival, plan ahead! Set out clothes, plan ahead for lunches, don't leave school supply purchases to the last minute. Every little bit of planning helps!

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  12. My back to school survival tip is to make lunches the night before with your kids and then leave it in the fridge so that you are not fighting with them to pack healthy things in the morning when they need to be heading out the door.

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  13. We start getting in to bedtime routine the week before. We also match outfits for the first week and get backpacks ready and hung by the door.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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  14. My tip for back to school survival would be to not wait til the last week to do your shopping but plan even months ahead to get the best prices and to avoid panic!
    cjnedrow at gmail.com

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  15. Back to school survival tip, get there earlier than usual. There will be a lot of first time lost parents which will make things more chaotic.

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  16. Organization is key! If things are organized around the home, then getting ready for school is a lot easier and less stressful. We love Crayola!!

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  17. Buy something cute for the first day of school, and then wait! Back-to-school clothes go on deep discount as soon as school actually starts. Shop then.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  18. my BTS tip would be to stock up on all the school supplies now, when they are very cheap. Then stash them away so have as needed the rest of the year.
    smilefest (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  19. I say, organize,prepare and stock up!! Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  20. This is my daughters first year of school, but I do have a tip, take tylenol before you go school clothes shopping! lol, I learned the hard way!
    Other than that I guess my tip would be to buy some extra supplies while they are cheap to replace what they lose later in the year. My mom had to do that a lot with me!
    Thanks!
    hawkgirl_16{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  21. I agree to make sure you are organized way before school starts! For the day before school starts make sure you have everthing prepared for the first day of school!
    Thanks!
    coolnatty12@yahoo.com

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  22. My survival would B keep a planner. Always get kids clothes, lunches, and backpacks ready each night, so they will get out the door on time.
    pkbailey@charter.net

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  23. The best tip I have is to get organized!

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  24. always go to open house so ur child knows his/her teacher and they see who is in thier class

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  25. Two weeks before school start make the kids start going to bed and getting up at the times that they will have to for school.

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  26. get a whole weeks worth of clothing completely picked out and ready every sunday so the rest of the week is easy

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  27. Our back to school survival tip is to lay out clothes the night before.

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  28. hi

    This would be a great money saver this year!! My mom homeschools 10 children and she is great! one tip that works wonders for her for the little ones is that she sets up a movie nearby or she sets up a coloring station at the table so that they feel like they are big doing school! I have little ones who love going to mamma's!!

    Angela Mcneal
    schlepping@imin.org

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  29. If you are a working mom, try to arrange to take the whole day off on the first day of school. Do two things... be there for the kids both at the start of their day and after school, encouraging conversation about the new school year's start.

    The second thing to do though is to give YOU a day. While they are in school, take a few hours for yourself in the now peaceful, empty house and just enjoy!

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  30. Back-to-school survival tip: a bedtime routine,ending with a proper amount of sleep and a good breakfast is important. jelly15301@gmail.com

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  31. My back to school survival plan is to talk with your child's teacher before school. Even better, arrange a meeting with her so you and your child can meet her and see the new classroom. I feel this helps with a lot of the first day anxiety of both parent and child!

    mscoffee77(AT)juno(DOT)com

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  32. When it's time for my precious kidlets to go back to school, I make these small cards with positive affirmations on them, and I put them in their backpacks, pockets, shoes, anywhere that will surprise them!! It gives them self-confidence as they start school! Thank you for the contest!
    txgigggles@yahoo.com

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  33. I have them pick out their clothes and things the night before.I pack lunches the night before.Being ready and organized in the morning makes it easy and stress free.

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  34. Balance extracurricular activities and even down time with your teen’s study schedule.
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  35. Start your schedule early so that they're used to being dressed, fed and ready to go well before the bus would be there to pick them up!

    jlsemon at gmail dot com

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  36. My tip for back to school survival is to schedule a lunch trip in the middle of back to school shopping. It gives everyone a chance to rewind and regroup.

    Thank you.
    msurosey@yahoo.com

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  37. My tip would just be to have as much organized the night before as you can so that you won't be rushed on the big day.

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  38. I'll be getting a weeks worth of clothes sorted out in advance. I hate searching for socks in the morning

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  39. Start getting to bed early, because you have to wake up early!!

    hmahan_0529 @ yahoo dot com

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  40. Get as much fun as you can before school starts!!!!

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  41. My tip for back to school survival is to get a huge majority of your school clothing and other items online! You get more selection, better prices and less footwork!

    justine417@comcast.net

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  42. Ugh! Back to school is such a busy time. My tip would be to get the kids used to an early bed time a couple of weeks before school starts. Less grumpy kids in the morning means a less grumpy mom all day. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  43. Well for survival I'd say be organized in rounding up supplies and shopping for clothes and dont be over stressed about school beginning, its just another day
    electricisland(at)gmail.com

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  44. My tip is to have a common place near the door for the kids to keep their backpacks and such. That way there is never a mad hunt in the morning.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  45. We always get back in our school routine 2 weeks before school starts. That way the kids aren't tired and are ready to get up early again.

    hebert024 at aol dot com

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  46. We make sure that we have done everything that we had planned to do for the summer. If we planned to go somewhere or do something we make sure we do it. Where does the summer go! Soon after school starts we start thinking of fun things to do when the next break comes around! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

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  47. Make sure to organize everything. Makes life easier.

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  48. Start getting an earlier bedtime routine about a week before school starts.
    lgrieser(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  49. Make a Schedule! I live by them.



    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  50. I try to get the kids back on their "school" bedtime schedule and wake-up schedule about a week before school starts. It is super hard if you wait until the last minute. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

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  51. My back to school survival tip is a back-to-school Ready Freedie party. I invite my daughter's friends and parents over to our house with instructions to bring extra school supplies that someone else might need. So we have a swap and eat pizza.

    It's great because, if you're like me, I'll get a ton of folders on sale, but miss out on loose leaf paper because I was working. All the mom's love this because school supply lists are totally out of hand!

    I hope this hint helps someone, and I enjoyed reading all the other hints. Thanks, heather

    dontaskme22@yahoo.com

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  52. everything is done the night before,clothing,packing the lunch/backpack

    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. Get clothes,books,papers ready the night before. Also put together as much of the lunch as possible so there is less to do during the morning rush. Thanks!

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

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  54. I have the kids write a postcard to their new teachers telling a bit about what they did over the summer --it's a way to break the ice and most teachers either write back (which the kids love) or acknowledge the postcard when they meet the kids at Open House.

    marielay@gmail.com

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  55. Tip: start back to school morning routines at least a week early!

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  56. Switch your kids to school bedtime schedule a few weeks before school starts! They won't be cranky and tired the first week!

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  57. Back to school Survival: Be organized and get to know the new teacher--keep communication open.

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  58. Try to get the supplies as early as possible and fill the backpacks a week or two before school starts.

    ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. truthfully im the kind that puts it off to the last minute and always end up feel rushed and harried, sometimes more than my kiddo lol
    taintedtears102@yahoo.com

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  60. My tip is to do as much as possible the night before--picking out and ironing clothes, packing lunches, etc. :)

    Katie
    showbizkp[at]gmail[dot]com

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  61. get everything prepared in advance to cut down on the stress of the actual day

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  62. My number one tip is shop early!

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  63. I put all the snacks in baggies on Sunday so all I have to do is grab the snacks and throw into the lunchboxes the night before.

    fooks213@yahoo.com

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  64. I do not think it is a good idea to wait for the week before to get things ready. In a perfect world, I would have the back to school stuff done during the summer months. Thankyou

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. Back to school survival tip: Make sure everyone gets enough sleep!! Sleep deprived children are very crabby! :)

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  66. Great supplies for back to school! We make sure to pack backpacks with all signed notes, homework, etc the night before. Plus we have a spot to keep the backpack and put anything else, like school projects, gym clothes, after school activity items, etc there so it's easy to grab it all quickly the next morning.
    Thanks so much!
    pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  67. We get a calendar and post all our events on it. This includes gym and music days, field trips, appointments, games and any thing else that is happening. We look at the calendar every morning to see what we need and figure out who has to be where. Things are alot more organized and I don't get stressed out trying to remember everything.

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  68. Back to school survival tip is just to schedule, schedule, schedule, don't forget anything hehe.

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  69. I have everything ready the night before. In my case, because I have a large family, I also have to prepare myself mentally for all the paperwork I know I am going to have to sign. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. Stay calm and don't sweat the small stuff!

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  71. evrything ready few weeks before ty.
    vivianbl@olg.com

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  72. GO to bed early the nite b4, get the backpacks ready... get the kiddos up early to have a healthy breakfast... CROSS UR FINGERS!!!

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  73. get the kids 2 weeks early before school starts get used to school schedule ty
    vivianbl@olg.com

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  74. Make sure you get to bed early too so your not grumpy with the kids!

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  75. My tip for Back-to-School survival is to be well prepared.

    lilyk@mail2world.com

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  76. Shop early (July) for school supplies and stock up
    rosans4@comcast.net

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