Get this FREE Back-to-School Printable Pack

Are you ready to go back to school? Ready to pack lunches, check homework, and be a responsible parent? Yep, it’s that time of year. School is gearing back up for the year along with opportunities for growth for ALL OF US. Get this FREE Back-to-School Printable Pack Take things a little easier this year by […]

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Save Grocery Money in 5 Simple Steps

Your grocery expenses are the ones that you can most easily control and improve. Check out these easy ways to save grocery money each week. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons. The opinions and text are all mine. Years ago when we made the move from two incomes to […]

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10 Questions to Ask Your Kids Before the First Day of Preschool or Kindergarten + $50 Gymboree GC Giveaway

This post about back to school fashion and this school year’s #KidGoals is sponsored by Gymboree.


Heading back to school is a big deal when you’re 5 years old. Bear is counting down the days to when she gets to see her friends again (you know, the most important part of school to a kindergartener).

But this back to school season is different this time around. Little Man is heading to school with her, starting preschool next month [big, huge crocodile mom tears].

Before the school years starts, I sat down with both of them to see what their goals are for this school year. Their answers, in true form, cracked me up.

10 Questions to Ask Your Kids Before the First Day of Preschool or Kindergarten

Back to School Q&A with 2 Toddlers

1. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Bear: Ummm.. I want to be a princess and live in a big castle with my mommy and daddy and brother.
Me: I thought you wanted to be a doctor?
Bear: No, not anymore. I want to be a princess.
Little Man: Powise offica.

2. If the school bus could be any color, what would you want it to be?
B: Pink
LM: Gween, no…bwu.



3. What do you hope to find in your lunch on the first day of school?
B: Peanut butter and jelly
LM: I like a donut and a pizza.

4. If you could sneak one stuffed animal or doll in your backpack, who would it be?
B: Pandora (her doll, of course)
LM: A sheep (he doesn’t have a sheep.)


5. Where do you hope your class takes a field trip to this year?
B: Disney World
LM: Airpwanes (note the plural)

6. What activity do you want to try this year?
B: Ballet
LM: Indians (so, baseball?)


7. What are you most excited to learn this year?
B: Drawing. I want to draw a baby with a little blankie and a head and eyeballs and pink pants and cupcake shirt…a pink one.
LM: Baketball

8. What show do you want to watch after school?
B: Frozen
LM: Batman

9. If one princess/sports player could come to your school, who would it be?
B: Rapunzel
LM: The Indians. All them.

10. What do you want to wear on your dress down day?
B: Leggings and a dress – my star one (completely unprompted – she looooves this outfit)
LM: Baketball and bayball…to pweschool

While these answers are silly, they provided insight into what is going on in their growing minds – favorite colors, foods, characters, activities, and more!

Before you head back to school, be sure to check out Gymboree’s collection for Back to School 2017. Gymboree provides quality, coordinated looks for every occasion (including the first day of school!) that my family has loved for the past 5 years since becoming a mom!

What are your little one’s #KidGoals for this upcoming school year?

$50 Gymboree Gift Card Giveaway

gymboree-gift-card-giveaway 2017

To celebrate the upcoming school year, Gymboree is graciously offering one reader a $50 Gift Card to Gymboree. To enter for a chance to win, use the entry form below. Giveaway will close at 11:59PM ET on August 14, 2017.

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How to Keep Floors Clean in the Summer

This post has been sponsored by Spot Shot® Instant Carpet Stain Remover. All opinions are my own. Get out and enjoy the sunshine and waves this summer, knowing you won’t need to break a sweat to keep floors clean. Check out these easy tips. Summertime and the living is easy, right? Well, in some ways. There’s […]

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Is Your Child Falling Behind in Reading and Writing? Signs to Watch Out For

As your child starts their first year of school, parents can hope for nothing but the best. Their hopes are that their child will succeed, make friends, learn to be independent, and have an enjoyable experience throughout their entire school years.

However, because kids learn at different speeds and in different ways, the learning experience isn’t always the same for all kids. As a parent, it’s important to be aware of the common signs to watch for so that if your child is falling behind in such things as reading and writing, you know how to react.

Don’t Wait – Jump on the Issue Quickly

One of the biggest tips for parents is not to wait. If they suspect their child may be having difficulty with reading and/or writing, it is best to act right away. Ignoring it can make the situation worse, and it can be stressful on the child who is falling behind. Typically, these issues begin to present themselves in preschool and during the kindergarten years, so this is also the best time to do something about it.

Do They Have Trouble with Alike Sounds?

A big indicator that your child may be having problems reading is if they show difficulty in manipulating sounds. This can be seen with words that have the same sounds. If you play a rhyming game with them and they struggle to correctly identify rhyming words, then there is a good chance they are having a problem with reading.

For those children who are learning English as their second language, this can be even more common, especially if English isn’t the language spoken at home. In this case parents may not be the best ones to be correcting them, or helping them, but instead might want to look for a professional.

You may want to spend some time reading about Helen Doron English teaching, as she has mastered the art of teaching English as a foreign language. There are programs that start as early as infancy and continue to the age of 19. In fact, they have helped more than two million children learn how to read English.

Do They Have Problems Remembering New Words?

Another sign to watch for tends to present itself in grade one, since the learning becomes a bit more intense. If your child is having problems learning, pronouncing, and then remembering new words this can be another warning sign. Typically, this means they are having a problem letter and sound association.

Does Your Child Have Problems Talking with Other Kids?

Again, this is more obvious as they enter kindergarten and first grade, but can also be a good indicator that they are experiencing issues. If your child has problems talking and playing with others, and seems to feel unsure, then they may in fact have an issue with language.

Help Can Turn Things Right Around

The wonderful part about stepping in and helping your child at a young age is that they are so receptive to learning, and tend to take it all in very quickly and easily. By knowing the signs to watch for, you’ll be able to provide them with the help they need to succeed.

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How to Get a Free Breast Pump Through Insurance with Aeroflow (+ Motif Duo Pump Giveaway)

The following post about breastfeeding and breast pumps is sponsored and written by the folks at Motif Medical. This topic is near to my heart as a struggling breastfeeding first-time mom and exclusive pumper after my son’s nursing strike. I also used Aeroflow to obtain a free breast pump through my insurance in 2014 (so I can confirm that this is legit!).

Motif Breastpump Working Mom

According to the CDC, breastfeeding rates have steadily increased over the last few years, and it’s no surprise why since there are many health benefits for mom and baby. But while there are high breastfeeding initiation rates, the breastfeeding rates drop among infants at 3 and 6 months.

These dropping rates show the importance of National Breastfeeding Month to “build support for the policy and practice changes needed to build a ‘landscape of breastfeeding support.’”

Aeroflow is dedicated to increasing the rates of breastfeeding in the United States by promoting access to breastfeeding support, supplies, and services for all families One way we do this is by helping moms receive maximum reimbursement for a breast pump through insurance.

To commemorate National Breastfeeding Month, we’ve partnered with Motif Medical who wants to support your breastfeeding journey with a giveaway of one of their brand new pumps – the Motif Duo – so be sure to enter once you’re done reading this post.

How To Obtain Your Free Breast Pump through Insurance

Do You Qualify for a Free Breast Pump Through Insurance?

An electric breast pump can help support breastfeeding. The most common reason a mom uses a breast pump is to return to work and continue to provide breast milk for her baby. But that’s not all. If a baby has difficulty latching, a breast pump can help to maintain a mom’s milk supply. If a mom worries she is under producing, a breast pump can help increase her production.

Because of these benefits, the ACA requires insurance to cover the cost of a breast pump. Filing an insurance claim can be a pain. Contacting an insurance agent, navigating the various call menus, collecting and collating the paperwork are all a pain.

We’ve made that process as easy as possible.

Get Your Pump Through Insurance

1. Sign up online

The process starts with the simple qualify through insurance form. All you need to do is provide some basic information like your contact information, baby’s due date, and your primary insurance info. We’ll handle the rest!

2. Chat with You Breastpump Specialist

Unlike your insurance agency, we have dedicated Breastpump Specialist that ensure you get maximum reimbursement AND helps you find the right pump. Some insurance agents only know of the one insurance pump offered.

After your Breastpump Specialist verifies your insurance coverage, she’ll request a breast pump prescription for your doctor and submits the required paperwork to your insurance. 

3. Pick a pump

You’ll first want to decide on a manual or electric pump. We always suggest a double electric pump. A manual pump is an ideal secondary or backup pump. Because of the strain it puts on your hand, it would be tiring to use for each pump session.

Your insurance plan will (probably) cover an electric pump. Aeroflow carries double electric pumps that can also be used as a single electric pump. Your Breastpump Specialist will explain the different electric pumps you qualify for and how they differ.


Some things to consider are how often you will pump, the size of the pump, its power source, the suction power, and noise level.

  • Pump Size – An easy way to understand the size of the pump is what bag you carry the pump in. None of the pumps are heavy but some require larger bags to conveniently carry. For the larger pumps or if you’re commuting with your breast pump every day, a breast pump bag makes for an essential accessory.
  • Suction Power – Each pump has enough suction to express breast milk. A mom would need a more powerful pump if she plans to exclusively pump and/or is returning to work or school. The more powerful pump can hold up for longer over a longer time period. The Motif, Spectra and Evenflo would be ideal. If a mom will be able to nurse her baby the majority of time and only needs the pump to supplement, suction power isn’t as important to consider. We do suggest first time moms consider a stronger pump because she won’t know what her milk supply will be like. A strong pump can help encourage her milk supply.
  • Noise Level – If you’re returning to work or going back to school, you might worry about the noise levels. Is it quiet enough for a conference all? Will my coworkers know when I’m pumping? None of the pumps are loud, but you might hear your pump talking to you. The Motif Duo & The Spectra S2 are by far the quietest pumps.

4. Determine if You Want to Upgrade

Insurance companies cover only what is considered “medically necessary.” Medically necessary is simply expressing milk. Aeroflow Breastpumps has contracted rates with various insurance companies.

Your insurance plan could entitle you to an upgrade at little to no cost. An upgrade could include additional storage bottles, additional power options, or bag.

5. Consider Supplies & Accessories

Because insurance only covers what is “medically necessary,” you might consider purchasing a few accessories to help, but it can be difficult to know what you really need. We’ve heard moms value extra storage options, a hands-free bra, and nipple care.

Most moms need extra bottles and storage bags. Without extras, you’ll spend an overwhelming amount of time hunched over the kitchen sink cleaning bottles and shields. Some women experience nipple pain during breastfeeding. This can be treated by skin therapy solutions with all natural ingredients that nourish the skin.

If you’re returning to work or school, a breast pump bag is a great storage option. Most have separate storage sections that will keep your breast pump accessories away from your keys, wallet, and laptop. If you don’t plan to spend time away from your baby and have a small pump, you might not need a breast pump bag.

Free Shipping, Quick Delivery

Aeroflow Breastpumps can take care of everything. Our process is simple and takes the stress. The best part? We’ll ship everything (pumps, accessories) for free!

Introducing the Motif Duo + GIVEAWAY

Motif Medical was started with one thing in mind – family. With that, Motif has created products that help families stay happy and healthy.

The Motif Duo is adaptable to meet your individual needs.

  • Virtually silent motor
  • Fully customizable memory setting
  • 5 hour battery life
  • Plus it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, perfect for moms-on-the-go

Aeroflow-Breastpump Giveaway

One lucky reader is going to WIN a Motif Duo! To enter to win, use the entry form below. This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+ now through August 14, 2017 at 11:59PM ET.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Spit Up is the New Black is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. Prize to be fulfilled by Aeroflow. Open to residents of the US, ages 18+ from July 31, 2017 at 12:00AM EST through August 14, 2017 at 11:59PM EST. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen randomly through Giveaway Tools random selector. The winner’s entries will be verified. Tweets and follows must be PUBLIC to be eligible. The amount of entries determines the odds of winning.

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A Month of Meals on the Go – No More Lunch Envy

Enjoy great food away from home with a Month of Meals On the Go. It’s jam-packed with delicious, affordable meals you can pack to go. Do you ever find that life is just GO GO GO? Do you inadvertently end up eating more fast food than is good for you? Would you like FOR ONCE […]

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