The New Normal for Back to School: A Guide for Parents and Kids

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Ereka Vetrini—TV host, lifestyle expert, and host of Lifetime’s Access Health, partners with TruGreen, D S Simon Media, and OSUCHLUCK Productions on nationwide media tour to share A+ ideas for parents.

This back to school season will be unlike any other. With families juggling more than ever before, keeping things at home as easy as possible will help maintain a level of sanity throughout the coming months.

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Here are some A+ ideas for parents from Ereka Vetrini, TV host, lifestyle expert, and host of Lifetime’s Access Health.

Get Outside:

So much change can be hard on kids. That’s why so many parents are trying to create a welcoming and inspirational setting for learning. One recommendation is to schedule as much outdoor time as possible. In fact, studies have shown that learning outside can help reduce distance learning fatigue. Now, more than ever families need to utilize every bit of outdoor space whether it be for homework, snack time, playdates, family time, or small gatherings. For this reason, it’s important your lawn looks its best.

Your lawn, trees, and shrubs need ongoing attention to stay green and beautiful, which is why so many people trust the experts at TruGreen. TruGreen’s scientific expertise and tailored, customer-centered approach can help homeowners feel proud of their outdoor living space.

As we’ve made the transition into fall, most homeowners don’t know this is one of the most crucial times for lawn care and landscape maintenance. It’s important to have an expert like TruGreen tend to your lawn before it goes dormant. That way, homeowners can get a beautiful lawn come spring. Luckily, new customers can save 50% off their first service.

And for families dealing with pesky mosquitoes and other outdoor pests, TruGreen can help treat that too! Don’t let the mosquitoes keep you inside, especially with all of the changes this school year. TruGreen is the solution to getting rid of the mosquito problem in your backyard as well as getting your lawn, trees, and shrubs on the right path so you can enjoy more time outdoors.

Ready For Anything:

Whether you’re facilitating virtual learning, getting the kids to school, commuting to work, or working from home, things are going to be just as busy this fall. That’s why families have Chinet® Comfort Cup® insulated hot cups on-hand for several reasons.

The Chinet® Comfort Cup® insulated hot cup holds 16-ounces and fits most single-serve coffee machines. It keeps coffee or tea warm, while the outside stays cool to the touch. Ultimately, allowing someone to carry on with their busy day without worrying about spills or messes.

They’re also super functional for kids, who can use them for snacks in the car on a road trip or at their desk.

Mornings are busy for parents. Make getting a move on the day is made easier with Chinet® Comfort Cup® insulated hot cups.

Time-Saving Tips:

For families on the go, meal planning is a huge time-saver. One time saving tip is on Sunday prep all your families proteins and veggies for the entire week. Then, when it is time to make dinner- cook up the protein, throw in veggies, and toss with Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Sauce for Broccoli Beef, Orange Chicken or Lettuce Wrap. These sauces make it easy to prepare delicious meals at home in minutes and are a must-have pantry staple in my kitchen- a particular family favorite is Panda Brand Beef & Broccoli sauce. Lee Kum Kee has been sharing authentic Asian flavors for over a century. They have over 200 sauces and condiments and plenty of quick, family-friendly recipes on their website. Available in the Asian food aisle of your local grocery store.

Whether distance-learning or doing after-school homework, all kids need feel-good snacks to help them focus. That’s why keeping a freezer stocked with Farm Rich snacks is another time-saving tip – they’re easy to make, wholesome, delicious, and packed with calcium and protein. Kids LOVE Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks(America’s favorite!) and the Mozzarella Bites (microwavable). They’re made with real cheese and go great with dips or a cup of your kid’s favorite soup. For quick weeknight dinners, keep a bag of their frozen Homestyle Meatballs in the freezer. Find Farm Rich at your local grocer in the freezer section, and online. There’s a helpful product locator at

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