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First Day of School 2014

Today is the first day of school! William is back at his wonderful preschool, and Zachary is starting an amazing, big adventure with his first day of Kindergarten.

Zachary was very excited this morning, with a good dose of nervousness, as you’d expect, but no one would have ever known. He ate his breakfast and got dressed faster than I’d ever seen him do before! We snapped a couple pictures, and then it was time to walk down the street to the bus stop! He made a friend while we waited, a little second grade girl. I reminded him twice of all of the things he had to do when he got to school. Then the bus came. A quick hug later, he boarded the bus confidently, and the bus headed off to school. I could not have been more proud of my big boy!

As his mommy, I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t nervous this morning. I was worried that he would be okay to get on the schoolbus. I was worried that he would find his way into the cafeteria and get to his classroom. As I write this, he should be sitting in his classroom now, only 20 minutes away from lunch time. I hope he is having a good time. I hope he’s having fun and making friends. I hope he wasn’t too scared this morning. I hope his classmates are nice. I could go on for another paragraph with my list of worries, but it’s nothing that any other mom hasn’t thought before on their child’s first day of Kindergarten. I’m pretty sure I was way more nervous than he was!

Here is Zachary on Friday, when we attended the Meet & Greet at the elementary school. His classroom is large and inviting, and the teacher seems very nice. Zachary is lucky that he gets to go to the same school that I attended as a child! I think that is super special! I told him that if he gets worried, he can always think of his mommy walking around the same hallways as a little girl.

First Day of School 2014 © Karen Ziemkowski - BRIGHT AUTUMN SUN

Here is Zachary this morning! I was so happy that we had a gorgeous day for the first day back to school. I can’t wait to hear about everything he did when he gets home!

First Day of School 2014 © Karen Ziemkowski - BRIGHT AUTUMN SUN

We took a selfie at the bus stop to commemorate the special event:

Me and my big boy waiting at the bus stop! He was such a grown-up boy as he got on the bus this morning to go to kindergarten!! I'm so excited to see how his first day of school goes. #kindergarten #kids #school #busstop #firstdayofschool

Here’s William! This picture is from the Meet & Greet with his teachers on Thursday, last week. As soon as we walked into his classroom, he made himself at home playing with the toys. I know he is going to have a great time this year! His teachers are both so sweet and loving, too.

William had fun checking out his new #preschool classroom this morning at meet the teacher day! His teachers are wonderful. So excited for school on Monday! #toddler #toddlerlife #preschooler

William is going into the two year old classroom and he was SO HAPPY to be back at preschool this morning. He ran right in like he owned the place! He just loves school. I know he is in great hands and look forward to seeing his sweet smile when he is finished with his day.

First Day of School 2014 © Karen Ziemkowski - BRIGHT AUTUMN SUN

Here he is after I dropped him off at school. As you can see, he was so absorbed in playing with the dinosaur toys, he barely even noticed me. I love that he has so much fun at school that he doesn’t cry when we leave, and he loves to stay and play with his teachers and friends!

William had fun playing dinosaurs in his new classroom! He didn't even notice me leaving! What a big boy! #kids #firstdayofschool #preschool #preschooler

Are your kids back at school this week? How did they do on their first morning back?

JanetteAugust 18, 2014 - 11:35 am

They are so adorable!! You must be one proud momma :)

JudyAugust 18, 2014 - 11:41 am

What an exciting day! A universal moment for the children and parents. The First Day of School is a wonderful rite of passage!

JenniferAugust 21, 2014 - 11:26 am

These are great pictures! I can’t believe our babies are going off to school! It’s so incredibly surreal.

And on another note, 3 days ago I would have told you how brave you are for being able to put him on the bus. Buses make me so nervous. But now, after braving the car drop off line at Greenleigh’s school (and spending a whopping 24 minutes in the line only for her to STILL be late), I say you’re smart. Very smart.
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Amanda @TheMommyMixAugust 21, 2014 - 12:53 pm

My son goes back in two weeks… Grade 1. Like you his first day, first week of Kindergarten actually I was a worried, he takes a school bus and I think I called daily for a week straight to make sure he got to class alright. After that the secretaries knew my voice lol.
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Parent’s Choice Diapers at Walmart are also my Baby’s Choice!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Parents Choice Diapers at Walmart

As a mom, there are about a million things that run through your head when you first have a baby. One of the biggest issues for me was the diapers. I worried about a ton of “what if’s” – What if the diapers are scratchy and cause my baby to get a rash? What if they leak all over the place? What if, what if, what if? Putting your baby’s precious little tush in a comfortable diaper is a top concern for many moms, and some of us go through what feels like every brand trying to find the best one.

Having had two children, I can tell you that I’ve tried several brands of diapers myself. I’m happy to save you the stress of having to try them all out by reporting that Walmart’s exclusive brand, Parent’s Choice diapers, are a new favorite in both comfort AND savings! When I was invited by #CollectiveBias to do a post about Parent’s Choice, I was thrilled to be involved and share not only how much my little William enjoyed wearing his Parent’s Choice diapers, but how #BabyDiapersSavings affects my life by using Parent’s Choice compared to one of the other leading brands.

We purchased our Parent’s Choice Diapers at the Super Walmart in Cumming, GA. This is a brand new flagship store in the area right near my parents’ new house! It is a beautiful store. Everything is clean, orderly, and easy to find. They have diapers in all different sizes to fit every baby, and they carry both regular and overnight sized diapers!

Parents Choice Diapers at Walmart

Parents Choice Diapers at Walmart

Since my child goes through tons of diapers both at home and at pre-school, I’m constantly doing double-duty (ha, ha, see what I did there?) by purchasing two times the amount of diapers that I normally use. This cost adds up sooo quickly! I can easily go through several LARGE packages of diapers per month. Not to mention, we use the overnight diapers at night, another costly expense. Oh, and my son wears a Size 6 diaper. Did you know that baby diapers cost more as the baby gets bigger? They do. Another thing you don’t know when you first have kids!

Let’s do the math! For this comparison, I used the pricing for regular diapers, not overnights.

  • A package of 60 size 6 Parent’s Choice Diapers at Walmart costs $13.97. That’s only $0.23 per diaper.
  • An “economy package” of a competitor’s brand of 76 diapers on a discount website costs $38.94, which is a whopping $0.51 per diaper.

I estimate that we use at least six diapers per day (if not more). That’s a minimum of 3 packages of Parent’s Choice, or about two packages of the competitor’s brand.

  • Parent’s Choice cost for 3 regular size packages (180 diapers) = $41.97
  • Competitor’s cost for 2 large packages (152 diapers) = $77.88

There you have it. Switching to Parent’s Choice is a no-brainer. With the competitor you get less diapers, for nearly double the price. That’s a savings of a minimum of $35.91 per month or an astounding $430.92 per year!!! That is worthy of an O-M-G!!!

So before I go on to tell you some of the things you can do with this type of savings, let me share some adorable pictures of William enjoying his diapers!

Parents Choice Diapers at Walmart

As you can see from the first picture, when I told him to show me his diaper, he was delighted to get up and show off his cute tush! As far as the diapers go, they are made of a very soft and absorbent material. The pattern on them has polka dots and a cute little teddy bear illustration, which makes them perfect for both boys and girls. Additionally, they don’t leave any random indentations on my child’s skin and they are comfortable no matter how he plays… from sitting with a toy or running around the house – he is wrapped in comfort. I am also extremely pleased that these diapers don’t leak. They advertise 12 hour coverage, and while I do use an overnight diaper at night time, I use a normal diaper for naps, and I can tell you that we haven’t had a leaky nap time diaper yet. They hold up really well. I’m thrilled to know that I will be saving over $400 per year by using Parent’s Choice Diapers!

What can you do with an extra $430? Here are a few things that I would do:

  • Road trip to visit family. The money will pay for gas, meals, and admission to a few fun outings.
  • Take a 2 day trip to one of the major Orlando theme parks. $430 covers 2 tickets plus meals.
  • Get my car fixed – I have a repair that needs to be done this week that is going to cost $375. Thank goodness I am using Parent’s Choice!
  • Buy enough books on my e-reader to last me for two years!
  • Put the money in savings or invest in the stock market.
  • Donate to a favorite charity.

Want to get some of your own Parent’s Choice diapers? Head on over to Walmart! I have a coupon for you, too!

JudyAugust 18, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Parents Choice Diapers offer value and quality. They will definitely be in my shopping cart when I am at Walmart.

Heather {Brie Brie Blooms}August 19, 2014 - 10:54 pm

You’re right, that is O-M-G worthy! Switching to Parent’s Choice diapers is obviously the logical choice! Your son is adorable and it’s great you are able to save so much without compromising quality. #client
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ValerieAugust 20, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Good to know! We’ve never tried Parent’s Choice. We use cloth during the day and Luvs disposables at night. I wonder how PC would work at night. Hmmm…..
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