Fun DIY Sock Bouquets!!

As both a Mom and a Daughter, I completely believe in homemade Mother’s Day gifts.  I love getting these sweet gifts from my kiddos and I totally love giving them to my mom and my mother-in-law.  Sometimes the creativity is just not flowing, though, and I look all around for new ideas.  This year the Knit-Rite/Therafirm team got some inspiration from our own products.  The best part is, we were able to use products from several of our brands to create these adorable sock bouquets.  They’re cute and easy enough for the kiddos to do, too.  Watch our demonstration video below!

List of Supplies Needed:

• Socks of multiple colors, shapes and sizes
• A pair of tights, pantyhose or a piece of fabric of similar size and length
• Rubber bands
• Safety pins
• Your favorite vase

We used some discontinued colors of our Preggers and Therafirm brands, as well as current colors of TheraSport, SmartKnitKIDS, SmartKnit and Therafirm.  Happy bouquet making!

Introducing Bugsley Buckets!

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Introducing Buckets Bugsley!  This guy is a champion 3-point shooter and is the captain of the All-Star Seam-Free Basketball Team.  Bugsley never plays a game without his seamless socks.  They ensure that his feet are not irritated by annoying seams while he leads his team to victory with a dribble, shoot and score!  SmartKnitKIDS socks are a slam dunk!

Look for the Bugsley Buckets card in your packages of SmartKnitKIDS socks! He’s a great addition to your Bugsley starting lineup.

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, it is the best time to expand your Bugsley collection.  All orders over $50 will receive Bugsley Bucks – money that can used for purchases May 1 – June 16.

Orders $50 – $79.99 receive $10 in Bugsley Bucks.

Orders $80 – $109.99 receive $20 in Bugsley Bucks.

Orders $110+ receive $30 in Bugsley Bucks.

5 Tips for Helping Teens and Adults with Autism Manage Stress

In Bugsley’s Blog, we talk a lot about issues faced by autistic children, aspergers and sensory processing disorder.  In regards to these conditions, there are a lot of things that we, as a community, have learned over the years, and there are a lot of things that we still don’t know.  But, one thing we know for sure is that children living with autism, aspergers and sensory processing disorder grow up to be adults with the same conditions.

Many of the issues that these children live with, they will continue to live with as they become adults and this can lead to added stress.  And just like anyone else, autistic people can have stress from many areas of everyday life.  An autistic person that is not handling stress well may have any of these key signs: anxiety, crying spells, depression, desperation, difficulty concentrating, feeling overwhelmed, hopelessness, lack of enjoyment, nervousness, sadness, thoughts of suicide, trouble sleeping or worry.  But, there are lots of ways to help people living with autism to cope and manage stress.  Here are several.

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Help Them Engage in a Hobby – Hobbies help people to relax, recharge and are a good release of stress.  The possibilities for a rewarding hobby are as numerous as the stars.  Perhaps one may be interested in a creative hobby like music, painting, knitting or woodwork.  Reading is a good hobby.  Some like mysteries or poetry.  Maybe writing poetry, as well as reading.  Maybe a sport like soccer or running.  Do a little exploring to find out what you enjoy.

Let Them Make Home Decisions – Sometimes loss of control is a trigger of stress.  Returning some control, even small things, can help alleviate some stress.  Choosing what to eat for dinner, what to watch on TV, when to complete household chores and what to do on a Saturday afternoon may be things that will help give back some lost control.

Encourage Them to Be Open About Emotions – Holding back on one’s emotions may greatly contribute to stress.  Helping and encouraging talk about them can help manage some stress.

Stay Involved – Some autistic people are high functioning, while some are not.  As high-functioning autistics become teens and then adults, there is a tendency to step back and let them take the reins.  And this is okay, but stay involved in their lives.  Keep abreast of their progress in high school and college.  Engage in conversation about their interests and other aspects of their lives.  The interest and encouragement can help lower stress.

Offer Support – Finally, offer plenty of understanding, support and reassurance to help them work through their stresses.

Introducing Bugsette!

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You’ve seen Bugsette before!  She’s the sweet purple-y sister of our friend Bugsley!  She models our bralette and girls’ undies, and she loves to wear SmartKnitKIDS pink and purple socks!

Bugsette enjoys lots of fun activities just like SmartKnit Kids!  She likes to play soccer. She loves to play make-believe with her brother Bugsley.  And she really loves her dance class. Her seamless SmartKnitKIDS socks, undies and bralette keep her super comfortable while she navigates all the super activities that make her Bugsette!

Look for the Bugsette card in your packages of SmartKnitKIDS socks! She’s a great addition to your Bugsley collection.

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, it is the best time to expand your Bugsley collection.  All orders over $50 will receive Bugsley Bucks – money that can used for purchases May 1 – June 16.

Orders $50 – $79.99 receive $10 in Bugsley Bucks.

Orders $80 – $109.99 receive $20 in Bugsley Bucks.

Orders $110+ receive $30 in Bugsley Bucks.

 

Introducing Sock It To Autsim Bugsley

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Some of our most seam-sensitive kids are autistic kids.  That’s why SmartKnitKIDS and Bugsley work so hard to “sock it to” autism, or in other words to make a sock that autistic and seam-sensitive kids can happily wear – with no seams to bug ya!

Sock It Bugsley is a karate champion.  When he’s not winning tournaments around the world, he likes to practice his karate moves on seams!!  If Sock It Bugsley finds a seam, he immediately gives it a kick or a punch and it’s gone.  Just like that!

Make sure you add this awesome Bugsley to your collection!  Now shipping in SmartKnitKIDS seamless sensitivity socks!  Since April is Autism Awareness Month, it is the best time to expand your Bugsley collection.  All orders over $50 will receive Bugsley Bucks – money that can used for purchases May 1 – June 16.

Orders $50 – $79.99 receive $10 in Bugsley Bucks.

Orders $80 – $109.99 receive $20 in Bugsley Bucks.

Orders $110+ receive $30 in Bugsley Bucks.

Announcing The Retirement of 5 Beloved Bugsley Cards

How many of your SmartKnitKIDS kiddos collect the Bugsley cards that come in the boxes of SmartKnitKIDS socks? All of them, right?!  We thought so. Well it is time to meet some new Bugsleys, which will come during the next few weeks in April.  And as the saying goes, “out with the old, in with the new,” so we’ll be retiring some the following Bugsleys. Hope you got one!

Officer Bugsley – Finding Seams and Taking Names! Officer Bugsley is on patrol to find all those offensive seams. Don’t worry, though, he’ll still be working hard even if his card is retired!

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Astronaut Bugsley – This awesome explorer roams the universe looking for the best seamless solutions for all our seam-sensitive kiddos out there. Just like Officer Bugsley, he’ll still be on the job.

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Blue Sox Bugsley – This slugger hits home runs daily for Team No Seams! He’s one player that we’re glad is on our team.  The No Seams Team are the Home Run Champions!!

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Bend It Like Bugsley – GOOOAAALLL!!  This Bugsley is on the Champion Seamless Soccer Team. He’s the king of dribbles and scores!

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Super Bugsley – It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s Super Bugsley!  Keeper of the Seam Free Universe, this Bugsley works hard to keep your world Seam Free!

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These Bugsley cards have been some of our favorites, but we can’t wait to introduce you to 5 new friends coming to your SmartKnitKIDS socks boxes!  Stay tuned  . . .

10 Activities to Beat Cabin Fever

Tired of being stuck inside and running out of ideas for indoor play? Grab some household items and bust that boredom with these easy and cheap activities!

#1 Fun with Shaving Cream: Squeeze some foamy shaving cream onto a tabletop, tray, mirror or plastic bin. Encourage your child to use his/her fingers to draw pictures or practice writing letters, words and numbers. Give your child different utensils to use (e.g. eraser end of a pencil, plastic orange peeler) if your child does not want to touch the shaving cream. If your child doesn’t like the smell, place some shaving cream inside a large Ziploc bag before playing with it.

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#2 Bed Sheet Swing: Have your child lay inside a sheet and, with another adult, grab the ends, lift your child slightly off the ground and gently swing him/her back and forth. Count out loud for each swing or incorporate nursery rhymes. Or, play some soft, soothing music and turn down the lights while swinging slowly to help calm your child.

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#3 Pouring and Exploring: Grab some kitchen ladles, measuring cups, pots, Tupperware containers and plastic bowls. Put the items into an empty plastic storage bin. Add some dry foods (e.g. beans, noodles, cereal, oatmeal, salt, rice) and encourage your child to transfer the dry food to and from the different containers. Feeling brave? Instead of dry food, use water and add a variety of cups, pitchers and a turkey baster.

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#4 Parachute Play: Use a flat sheet as a parachute. Throw some balloons or soft, light toys (e.g. stuffed animals, balls, small bean bags) on top and have fun bouncing them around together. Have your child sit underneath or on top of the sheet and shake the sheet fast and then slowly.

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#5 Flashlight Games: If your child is comfortable in a dark room, dim or turn off the lights and have fun playing with flashlights. Take turns shining the flashlight on the floor while the other jumps or stomps on the light. Give your child the flashlight and ask him/her to find an item in the room to shine the light on. Read a book in the dark by shining the flashlight on the words. Put on some music and have fun dancing with flashlights. Make shadow puppets or move your body to make your shadow dance on a wall.

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#6 Cleaning Toys: Lots of kiddos love to help out and often feel pride when they do. So, why not accomplish two things at once? Give your child a plastic bin filled with water or fill up the sink or bathtub. Then, have him/her help wash hard, plastic toys (e.g. Legos, animals, vehicles, blocks, magnetic or foam letters, action figures, dolls). Just add a little soap (kid’s shampoo will also work), water, sponges, rags, toothbrushes and/or dish scrubbers and let your child wash away! You’ll be surprised on how much fun he/she can have. J Place the toys on a towel or tray to dry.

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#7 Buried Treasure: Bury small objects like beads, pennies or, our favorite, wiggle/googly eyes into Play-Doh and have your child pull and stretch the dough to collect each one. Use the empty Play-Doh container as a place to put the found objects. Take turns and allow your child to hide the items for you to find.

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#8 Balloon Play: Blow up some balloons and have fun hitting them back and forth to each other. Kick it up a notch by using fly swatters, cardboard tubes (wrapping paper or paper towel tubes work best) or foam pool noodles to hit the balloons. You can also tie the balloon to a pool noodle to make it easier for beginners.

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#9 Slapping Post-Its: Grab a fly swatter and some Post-its. Use markers to scribble colors, draw shapes and write letters, numbers or words on the Post-its. Then, place the Post-its on a wall or door. Call out a color, shape, etc. and let your child use the fly swatter to slap the Post-it that matches the label. Add a second fly swatter so a friend or sibling can join in on the fun!

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#10 Bedsheet Hammock: Knot the ends of a bedsheet together in the middle of a sturdy table to create a child-friendly hammock! Give your child a cuddly toy and some books or a device to lay back and unwind with for a while.

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About Our Guest Blogger: Melissa Ames has over 16 years of experience working with children with autism, SPD and other needs in both home therapy and school settings. While serving as a dedicated Early Childhood school teacher, ABA home therapist and case manager for home therapy programs, Melissa naturally supported parents of the children she worked with. She observed that parents lack hands-on, ready-made resources to help them be more successful at home, as well as better connect and have fun with their child. Melissa became the change she wanted to see in the world by starting her own company, EarlyVention, which designs fun and interactive subscription activity boxes for children with different abilities and the parents who love them. EarlyVention also provides vocational opportunities for adults with special needs, who help assemble the activity boxes, creating an ecosystem of impact.