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Soccer Shots Partners with Former U.S. Women’s National Team Players, Angela Hucles Mangano & Heather O’Reilly in the Ultimate Soccer. Mom. Promotion



MIDDLETOWN, Pa. /PRNewswire/ — Soccer Shots, the leading youth soccer program for children two to eight years of age in the United States, is thrilled to announce its exciting partnership with two former U.S. Women’s National Team players who are also moms, in an innovative promotion titled Soccer. Mom. The partnership comes as the world gears up for the much-anticipated Women’s World Cup Tournament this summer in Australia and New Zealand, kicking off in July.

“Heather O’Reilly and Angela Hucles Mangano have excelled not only on the soccer field but also as moms!”

Soccer Shots is trusted by parents across the U.S. and Canada because of the brand’s dedication to providing high-quality, age-appropriate soccer-programming to children across the United States and Canada. Soccer Shots’ character-building curriculum taught by fully trained coaches makes their programs ideal for introducing children to sports. With this collaboration, Soccer Shots is focusing on moms by celebrating the incredible journey of former Women’s National team players who have not only reached the pinnacle of their sport, but just as importantly, also embraced the role of motherhood.

Angela Hucles Mangano, Currently the GM for Angel City FC, former U.S. Women’s National Team player and two-time Olympic gold medalist, joins Soccer Shots along with Heather O’Reilly, US Women’s National Team World Cup Champion and three-time Olympian, showcasing their most important title, Mom.

The Soccer. Mom. promotion highlights these exceptional women and all their titles and trophies, but also their roles as moms and why for them, it was important to introduce their children to the benefits of sports at a young age.  The digital partnership will showcase these amazing athletes and their biggest fans, their kids.

Additionally, Soccer Shots will be launching a nationwide social media campaign encouraging all Soccer Shots moms to submit their stories for why they chose Soccer Shots for their kids using the hashtag #soccermom and #momgoals.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with these incredible women who have excelled not only on the soccer field but also in the role of motherhood,” said Megan Bruton, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Many times, Soccer Shots is the first sport experience for children and the confidence they build through our programming along with lessons like how to be a team player will stick with them long after their soccer sessions. Through this collaboration, we hope to highlight that all of us moms, even those at the top of their game, want the same things for our children – a safe, age-appropriate program where they have a whole lot of FUN – that is why Soccer Shots stands out.”

The Soccer. Mom. promotion aligns perfectly with the Women’s World Cup Tournament, where the world will witness the amazing talents of female athletes competing at the highest level. By highlighting the accomplishments of former Women’s National League players who are also moms, Soccer Shots aims to inspire a new generation of young girls and boys, and further promote the love of soccer.

About Soccer Shots


Based outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Soccer Shots is an international franchise system that provides children ages two through eight with developmentally appropriate soccer classes taught by fully trained soccer coaches. The brand’s curriculum-based program designed by early childhood specialists, is offered in more than 300 territories across nearly 40 states and Canada, serving over 600,000 children each year. Founded by two professional soccer players, Soccer Shots is owned by Stronger Youth Brands who also owns UK-based Little Kickers, the largest international youth football organization serving children 18-months to 8 years in 27 countries. To find a Soccer Shots program near you, visit SoccerShots.com.

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Crayola Teams Up with Kohl’s for Color-Forward, Limited-Edition Merchandise Line



EASTON, Pa., Sept. 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Crayola, the brand that unites imagination and self-expression through color, and fashion retail giant Kohl’s are teaming up this holiday for the first-time to launch a merchandise collection, Crayola x Kohl’s, available exclusively at Kohl’s and on Kohls.com beginning Monday, October 2nd.

The limited-edition line, aimed at engaging consumers through color and creativity, features merchandise across several categories including fashion apparel, accessories, gifts, impulse buys, home décor and more. Stand-out products include joyful jammies for the whole family, a vibrant Jetson scooter, cheerful tabletop décor, and so much more. In addition, the merry home collection will feature extensions of the Crayola Colors of Kindness line, designed to amplify the conversation during this season of color with words of kindness and positive self-talk through scented candles, home décor and fun accessories.

“Crayola’s collaboration with Kohl’s will capture all the joy and excitement in retail this holiday season. The robust ensemble of merchandise will bring celebrations and traditions to colorful life with unexpected products that will surprise and delight,” said Warren Schorr, Crayola Senior Vice President, Business Development, Global Licensing and Experiences. “The Crayola x Kohl’s collection empowers kids and adults alike to express themselves through gift giving in bright colors and kind sentiments—including every shade of happy.”

To view and shop all the items in the Crayola x Kohl’s collection, consumers can head to Kohl’s stores nationwide and Kohls.com on October 2nd. Kohl’s Rewards members can access the collection on September 29th.

About Crayola

Crayola LLC, based in Easton, Pa., and a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated, stands as the global trailblazer in children’s creative expression products. Born from the iconic Crayola Crayon in 1903, the Crayola brand has blossomed into an expansive portfolio of art tools, crafting activities, toys, and digital platforms, allowing children to color their world in imaginative ways. Dive deeper at www.crayola.com or join the community at www.facebook.com/crayola.

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Set Children Up for Day Care Success: 6 ways parents can prep little ones for child care

Long days of school, first trips to day care or even a return from a period of at-home care can be difficult or downright nerve-wracking for parents and children alike.



(Family Features) Long days of school, first trips to day care or even a return from a period of at-home care can be difficult or downright nerve-wracking for parents and children alike. This new adventure can bring challenges from keeping children healthy to supporting their nutrition and more. Sending a little one to day care can even result in maternal separation anxiety.

To help alleviate some of the anxiety and parental concerns, the childhood nutrition experts at Gerber teamed up with Dr. Whitney Casares – a board-certified practicing pediatrician and creator of “Modern Mommy Doc” – to share these tips for families preparing their little ones for child care.

Keep Important Factors Top of Mind
As part of appreciating the milestone of the first time at day care, Casares encourages parents to remember that, while daunting, day care means new experiences, new friends and opportunities for growth, fun and healthy development. As part of the transition, she suggests paying attention to critical factors like sleep, nutrition, illness prevention and emotional development.

Support Their Immune Systems
Offer little ones a diverse array of nutritious foods during the transition to day care. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is essential for building immune systems. Additionally, iron-rich foods like iron-fortified baby cereals, eggs, beans and meat are critical for a strong body. Caregivers should frequently wash hands and focus on good sleep hygiene.

Put Nutrition on the Menu
When packing lunch boxes for a day of care, it’s important to keep nutrition in mind. Once children transition to finger foods, Casares recommends snacks from Gerber like Peach Puffs, Fruit and Veggie Melts and Wonderfoods Superfood Hearts, which come in a variety of flavors and include vital nutrients to optimize health.

Be Prepared for Separation Anxiety
Not all infants and toddlers experience separation anxiety, but many can, so it’s good to be prepared. Casares encourages parents to pack a familiar swaddle blanket in infants’ diaper bags to help ease those anxieties. Some toddlers benefit from having a beloved stuffed animal or blanket with them. Try introducing these transitional objects to little ones early so they smell and feel familiar when drop-off comes around.

Pack the Essentials
While nutritious foods, like Gerber Fruit and Veggie Pouch Blends, are certainly near the top of the list, there are plenty of other essentials to pack for each day. Don’t forget to add breast milk or formula, bottles and extra nipples alongside snacks and meals. Also remember to pack extra sets of clothes, diapers, wipes and those anxiety-soothing must-haves like blankets and stuffed animals.

Prepare for Appetite Changes
It’s common for children’s appetites to decrease during their first few days of child care as they may eat a little less while growing accustomed to their new environment and surroundings. There’s no need to worry – parents can adapt to these changes by understanding they’re often a natural part of the transition. While you may find little ones are hungrier before and after day care, this behavior should ease over time. If it doesn’t, schedule an appointment with your pediatrician to be sure babies stay on track.


To find more childhood nutrition advice, visit Gerber.com.

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5 Tips to Cut Costs While Traveling

Whether it’s gas prices, airline costs, limited lodging options due to high demand or a multitude of other factors, it can get expensive to travel.



(Family Features) Whether it’s gas prices, airline costs, limited lodging options due to high demand or a multitude of other factors, it can get expensive to travel. Depending on the destination and length of your stay, planning a vacation can take months of saving and research on everything from activities to accommodations and more.

However, these tips can help you keep travel costs down and get the most enjoyment out of your trip.

Stick to a Budget
After accounting for your transportation and lodging – the largest portions of most trips – set spending limits for the rest of the trip, including food, activities and souvenirs. If you have a set budget, you’ll be more willing to pass up spontaneous temptations, knowing you’ll otherwise have to cut back elsewhere. Also remember to track your spending during the trip to avoid going over your intended budget.

Take Advantage of Rewards Programs
Many retailers offer special perks, like discounts or exclusive coupons, to loyal customers to help encourage repeat visits. Taking advantage of these rewards programs, which are typically free to join, can be a simple way to save money on purchases you’ll likely make anyhow. For example, the global convenience store chain Circle K launched the free Inner Circle membership program, which rewards customers who download the app and sign up with instant access to save 25 cents per gallon on their first fill ups and five free beverages. In addition, members can save up to 5 cents per gallon on fuel and receive offers like buy five, get one free on select snacks, fresh food and beverages. There are also upgrades for customers who reach certain spending thresholds and opportunities to stack membership offers with Easy Pay to save an additional 10 cents per gallon on every fill-up, allowing the savings to build up while on the road.

Consider Alternative Lodging
While hotels are a tried-and-true option for vacation lodging, there are other options to consider, especially when planning an extended stay or traveling with a large group, that can help you save money. Booking a rental home or apartment unit may be a more cost-effective option despite the requirement of a deposit, which is typically returned at check out, assuming there is no damage and all cleaning requirements are completed. If the stay is shorter, you could also consider boarding at a hostel.

Limit Dining Out
While one of the biggest perks of traveling is often trying cuisines and restaurants you’re unable to at home, opting to make some meals yourself can provide considerable savings. If exploring the culinary scene for dinner is a must, consider a simple lunch like making sandwiches in your rental kitchen or hotel room and packing grab-and-go snacks to hold you over while exploring. If your hotel offers a complimentary breakfast, this is another easy way to save on food costs since it’s already rolled into your lodging.

Look for Free Activities
Even in more expensive destinations, there are typically no-to-low-cost activities. Some museums and zoos are free of charge to enter, but concessions and amenities can cost extra. Many major cities also offer free walking tours. Checking with your concierge if staying in a hotel may also lead to free or reduced cost passes to attractions.

Visit CircleK.com or download the app for more cost-saving ideas and to find the nearest participating location.


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