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Back To School Sensory Kit Giveaway!

Don’t worry Moms and Dads of Sensory Sensitive Kids!  SmartKnitKIDS has just what you need for Back to School time.  Many moms and dads dread BTS time because they know it means a struggle to get their kids out the door in the morning for school.  And once you get your kiddo there, it’s a struggle for the teacher in keeping them focused and ready to learn.

That’s why we assembled this amazing BTS kit from several of our favorite sensory items we’ve come across in talking with occupational therapists and parents of sensory kids.  We have one kit for one lucky winner!  You can enter to win anytime between right now and the end of our sale on August 15 at 11:59 pm.  Enter by subscribing to our email list; commenting on any of our posts about the giveaway; visiting our SmartKnitKIDS facebook page or following @smartknitkids on Twitter.  It’s just that simple.

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But, if you’re not the lucky winner, don’t despair.  We’ve made it very easy for you to order your own Back to School Sensory Kit.  Follow the links below to purchase each piece from our website www.smartknit.com or from our friends at Amazon!

$25 SmartKnit Gift Card

We love to make our amazing seamless socks, undergarments and compresso-t products part of every giveaway we do.  But, we know that size, style, color preferences, sensitivity and even needs vary from each individual kid, that’s why we don’t include any specific product as part of our giveaway.  Instead,  we always include an e-gift card that can be used to purchase any of our seamless products from www.smartknit.com.  You get $25 that can be used to buy whatever you need most.

Bouncy Chair Fidget

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This is a top fidget for kids with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder.  This specialized elastic band easily attaches to child’s chair and offers kids a change in environment needed to help them focus and be ready to learn.  The chair fidget is heavy duty and can withstand frequent kicking.  Another great feature is that it is silent – perfect for the classroom since it doesn’t cause noisy distractions.

Marble Fidget

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This small, handheld fidget is the perfect tool to help children that need to keep their hands occupied.  It is great for kids that tend to have desk distractions like pen clicking or pencil tapping.  Marble Fidgets are heavy duty and can withstand lots of “abuse” from active kiddos.  But, if it does break, no need to worry.  It comes with a guarantee!

Desk Buddy Textured Chewable Ruler

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Here’s another great fidget for your child to keep at his or her desk.  It was engineered by a team of occupational therapists and teachers.  Lay it at the top of your child’s desk and if the need arises, they can touch the sensory bar.  Several different textures will keep fingers happy!  And, it is made of FDA-approved material that is safe to chew on.  But, don’t worry if your child likes to put this item in their mouth.  It’s naturally bacteria resistant and dishwasher safe.

Lavender Scented Calming Putty

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This therapeutic calming putty gives a multi-sensory experience.  It provides a calming touch and smell, as well as working the hand muscles.  Children can twist and squeeze the putty, which helps build arm and hand muscles.  Lavender is known for its soothing qualities and then scent from this lavender putty can have a calming influence on a child or even promote sleep if used near bedtime or naptime.  Made of silicone, it is safe for children ages 4 and up.  Free of gluten, casein, latex and soy.

Raising a Sensory Smart Child by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske

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We love this book at SmartKnitKIDS.  It has definitely helped us to better understand a child with Sensory Processing Disorder.  It is a winner of the NAPPA Gold Award and iParenting Media Award.  The best thing about this book is that it helps parents learn how to advocate for their children at school and to empower their children in the world.

I’m Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder by Chynna Laird

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This children’s book is told from the SPD child’s perspective and is a great tool for helping to explain SPD to other children.  It is truly a perfect addition to a classroom that has an SPD kid.  The book was inspired by the author’s own daughter.

Other Great Sensory Items that We Love

Net Therapy Indoor Swing

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Sensory Chewable Droplet Pendant

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Hypnotic Liquid Motion Spiral Timer Toy

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Cozy Canoe for Sensory Diet

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Body Sock Sensory Sack

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And more!

Don’t forget to enter our contest to win your own Back to School Sensory Kit!

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Beautiful Purses Giveaway for Mother’s Day

We are very excited to be able to offer two very unique giveaways for Mother’s Day!!  These two beautiful purses were made with love by a long-time Knit-Rite/Therafirm employee, Gloria Ladines.  Learn about Gloria and her bags from Gloria’s Creations below and click on the link to register to win.  Contest ends on Saturday, May 7 at 11:59 p.m. Contiguous U.S. states only.

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When Gloria Ladines retired from Knit-Rite’s Sewing Department in 2014, the highly skilled and talented seamstress wasn’t able to rest for long.  She put her skills to work making beautiful diaper bags and purses.

Gloria began sewing as a 13-year-old girl in the Philippines, where she eventually opened her own shop making wedding dresses with her sister-in-law.  In 1972 she married Dionisio Ladines, Jr. and together they had three daughters, Laurie, Leonida and Lourdes.  Dionisio then began working towards immigrating to the United States for his family and by 1984 they had been accepted to immigrate.  Gloria closed her wedding dress shop and the family came to the Kansas City area where soon after Dionisio Ladines began working at Knit-Rite.  He had brothers-in-law that were already working at Knit-Rite, so it became a natural fit and a family tradition. Gloria stayed at home raising their daughters.  In 1991, Dionisio and Gloria and their family became U.S. citizens.  Once the youngest daughter, Lourdes, graduated high school in 1996, Gloria began working at Knit-Rite as a seamstress.  For the next 10 years, she and Dionisio had lunch together every day while working.  They watched all three of their daughters also come to work for Knit-Rite – Laurie and Leonida still do!  Dionisio retired from Knit-Rite in 2006, before passing away in 2013.

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Gloria and Dionisio Ladines and their daughters, Laurie, Leonida and Lourdes shortly after arriving in the United States.

Now in her retirement, Gloria will occasionally work a temporary part-time shift applying her skills and talents to many of Knit-Rite’s products.  But, the majority of her time is spent with her daughters and grandchildren, and making her beautiful purses and diaper bags.  Her bags are extra special because of the amount of love she pours into everything she makes.

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Gloria today.

Easter Bunny Bugsley Coloring Contest

Easter is this Sunday, March 27.  To help our SmartKnitKIDS fans celebrate, we got Bugsley to pose as the Easter Bunny for this adorable picture:

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But, something happened to our picture!  Somehow it lost all of the color before we could save it.  We’re hoping you can help!  Download our picture from the link below and add your favorite colors to make a SmartKnitKIDS Easter Masterpiece!

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Submit your coloring page to info@smartknitkids.com, post on SmartKnitKIDS’ Facebook page or tweet it (tag @smartknitkids in your tweet) on Twitter by March 31 at 11:59 p.m. CDT to join our coloring contest.  One winner will be chosen and will receive a $25 gift card to http://www.smartknit.com.  Be sure to have your child write his or her first name and age on the coloring sheet.

Happy Easter from Bugsley and your friends at SmartKnitKIDS!!

Create-A-Bugsley for International Creativity Month

Who knew that January was International Creativity Month?!  At SmartKnit, we love creativity!!  Being creative was how SmartKnitKIDS socks were born.  So, in honor of International Creativity Month, we wanted to get in on the action!

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We know that our loyal customers love our Bugsley and even collect the different Bugsley cards found in SmartKnitKIDS packages.  Do your kids have ideas for a Bugsley design?  Let’s get creative and make some new Bugsley designs.  Have your kids draw or design Bugsley doing an activity they love.  How about football or hockey, ballet or gymnastics or maybe riding a bicycle.  The possibilities are endless.  And don’t forget about Bugsette!  Bugsette designs are encouraged also. You can use one of our templates to start with OR get really creative and draw Bugsley or Bugsette from scratch!

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Submit your designs between January 10 and 16 by posting them to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #createbugsley.  Or you can email it to us at info@smartknitkids.com.  On January 17, we will post an album with a selection of the entrants.  The entry with the most likes, shares and comments by January 19 will be our winner.  The winning design will be eligible for production with management’s approval.

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So, get to drawing, get creative!  We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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*** Disclaimer – By submitting, you agree to hereby give to Knit-Rite, Inc. the absolute and irrevocable right and permission with respect to the artwork provided:
a) The unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use, re-use, publish, and republish the artwork in whole or in part, individually, or in conjunction with other photograph in all media including illustration, art, promotion, advertising, trade, web or any other purpose whatsoever.
b) Entrant hereby relinquishes any right that they may have to examine or approve the completed product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter.
c) Entrant hereby relinquishes any right for compensation for use of artwork.
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100 Great Reasons to Go Seamless!

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At SmartKnit, we think the reasons to go seamless are truly endless!  But, to celebrate our contest for a $100 Smartknit.com gift card for one lucky winner, we thought we’d list 100 reasons to go seamless!  But, who better to tell you about why you should go seamless than our happy customers.

100 Super Reasons to go Seamless!

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  1. “Great product. My son can’t do without them. Only socks he will wear. Great service with quick shipping.” – Nicole J.
  2. “Socks have been a daily morning trauma for our daughter. She loves these. We are replacing her entire sock drawer with SmartKnit. The savings in time and peace of mind are worth the cost.” – Andrew L.
  3. “These are the only socks my daughter will wear now. I am so thankful for your socks with truly no seems. My daughter used to wear flip flops in the winter just so she didn’t have to wear socks. Now that we found these we don’t have to go through tantrums and melt downs every morning. My daughter obviously has sensitivity issues so these socks have been a God send. Thanks.” – Liese Z.
  4. “My kids love these socks! They are easy to put on, and they love being able to walk around without having to worry about seams that might twist around and hurt their feet. I’m so glad I don’t have to argue with them about putting on socks. Great purchase!” – Jeri E.
  5. “These socks are the BEST! My 5 year old has been complaining about socks for as long as she could talk. These are game changers! No more frustration, no more tears, no more spending over 5 minutes each morning trying to get the toe seam just right. The first time she put on a pair, you could see the relief in her eyes! Thank you SmartKnit!” – Kelly W.
  6. “Our son has Sensory Processing issues, anxiety, and ADHD. Little basic tasks like putting on socks can ruin his mornings. He hates the seams and specifically the knots at the end of the seams. Thank goodness for these socks. Now he wants to put on his socks and is happy to get ready instead of battling every pair of other socks. Thank goodness we found these socks! I’m so thankful these are available for someone like our son. It makes our days better starting it off on the right foot!” – Tiffany W.
Boys Seamless Boxer Briefs

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  1. “Wonderful! Our 6 year old w/SPD loves them! Thank you!” – Laci W.
  2. “Amazing.. my son will wear undies now :)” – Tara B.
  3. “My son loves these boxers! He puts them on and never complains that they bother him. It would be nice if they came in more colors.” – Jennifer P.
Girls Seamless Boy Cut Undies

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  1. “My daughter was so excited when she put them on. She said they felt as comfy as her jammies. That made for a happy mom, too.” – Sarah D.
  2. “My daughter hated panties and did everything to avoid wearing them. When the teachers started checking every morning, I had to find a seamless option. A Google search for SmartKnit turned everything around for us. Now she wears panties without tears and doesn’t think about them for the rest of the day. Life changing!” – Sophia D.
  3. “These are the only underpants my daughter will wear. We’ve struggled with getting dressed in the morning because every type of underpants has seams that really bother my daughter. Thankfully we found these!” – Anna L.
Seamless Bralette

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  1. “My daughter with sensory processing disorder loves the way it feels! That’s a win to me!” – Lori H.
  2. “I am extremely satisfied with my order! My daughter loves everything and is much more comfortable! Thank you!” – Michelle F.
  3. “Excellent product. My very “seam sensitive” daughter wears it and is comfortable.” – Kathryn E.
Seamless Compresso T

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  1. “It is very comfortable to wear for my five year old grandson compared to his heavier vest. It is a lot cooler to wear for summer.” – Geri L.
  2. “What a fabulous product for our little ADHD guy. Tagless and gives him a little pressure which helps with proprioceptive and tactile senses. Seriously thank you!” – Kathy H.
  3. “My daughter loves her “hug shirts”. Her attention span in school is much improved with them. I highly recommend them if your child is working through sensory issues.” – Erin S.

Whew!  That’s 18 great reasons to go seamless.  We’ve got stacks and stacks of these here on our desks, and even more in the mailbox.  But, we want you to add to our list.  Give us your best seamless stories.  What are the reasons you can think of to go seamless?

Don’t forget to enter our contest to win the $100 gift card to SmartKnit.com.  One week only – December 14-20!

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Back to School PHOTO CONTEST!

School Kids“The First Day of School” is different in every part of the country, but one thing they all have in common is the annual First Day of School pictures.  Beginning about the middle of August through the week after Labor Day there is a steady stream of First Day photos popping across social media.

Now with Labor Day squarely in the rear view mirror, kids across the country should be down to business in their school routines.  And it’ll be another year before we see those First Day photos again.  Or will it?!?

At SmartKnitKIDS, we’re so excited about Seamless Back to School days that we’re not quite ready to wait until next year!  So, we want to see photos of your child’s Seamless Back to School.  One lucky poster each week will win a $15 gift card to be used at Smartknit.com.  Who doesn’t want more SmartKnit?!?

To ENTER, post your photos to our Facebook and Twitter pages and use the hashtag #kidsmissionpossible.  One winner each week until October 3.  Now get to posting your Seamless Back to School photos!

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August is Family Fun Month

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Life is fast these days.  Most families are two-income families meaning that both Mom and Dad leave the house every day.  And kids are busy, too.  Evenings many times consist of racing to pick up the kids, before feeding them quickly and whisking them off to some activity.

Do you remember the phrase, “Take time to smell the roses”?  Sometimes we need this gentle reminder to slow down and enjoy the life.  To me, Family Fun Month is just that reminder.  I need to take a few minutes to slow down and enjoy my family, just like we all do.

Family Fun Month is truly celebrating having fun with our families and enjoying being with the people we love.  It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do it together.  And one more thing; put the devices down and be engaged in each other.  It won’t be long before your children are off to college or have families of their own.

Here are some great suggestions for celebrating Family Fun Month at every price level:

  1. Visit an Amusement Park – What kid doesn’t have memories of their favorite amusement park ride. Make some memories riding or sliding.  Whether you have a family of roller-coaster-riding dare-devils or the tamer sort that prefers the carousel, this is truly a great place for family fun!
  2. Host a Living Room Dance Party – You heard that right! Move the furniture out, dim the lights and turn on your favorite dance music and have a blast dancing with your family.  It’s great exercise, too!
  3. Beach Day – Take the family for a day at the beach. What family wouldn’t enjoy a day playing in the waves, building sand castles and soaking up the sun?!  Even if you’re land-locked like my fam, there are plenty of beautiful and clean lake beaches to take advantage of.
  4. Go Camping – Take a drive out to a state park in your area and set up your family tent. After a day spent fishing or camping, gather around the campfire for some s’mores and story telling.
  5. Scavenger Hunt – Choose a location for a family hike – could be your neighborhood or a local hiking trail. Make up a list ahead of time of things you know you’ll find.  Have the children check off the items during your hike.
  6. Miniature Golf – Visit a local miniature golf course and play a round. You can play the traditional version outdoors with the windmills and such, or try one of the indoor cosmic courses under the blacklights.
  7. Water Balloon Fight – Fill up a tub full of water balloons and set it up in the middle of the backyard. Ready, set, go!
  8. Go on a Picnic – This doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. Just pack up your lunch, some paper dishes, a blanket and you’re off!  You can have your picnic in the backyard, a local park or just about anywhere that you enjoy.
  9. Go on a Bike Ride – What a great way to spend time with your family and get some great exercise, too. Start out slow with a trip around the block.  For the more adventurous sort, you can go much further.
  10. Family Game Night – Pop some popcorn and pull out a classic board game or puzzle. Keep the TV off and spend time playing with your family.

SmartKnitKIDS wants to help you with your first Family Fun Month activity.  Guess the number of puzzle pieces in the jar below.  The closest guesser to answer soonest wins the puzzle (we promise all the pieces are there) AND a $40 gift card to purchase some family games at Fat Brain Toys (www.fatbraintoys.com).

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