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Best Back-To-School Tips For Los Angeles Parents

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Back to school time can be stressful for both parents and kids, so here's a list of some great resources to help save you time and even a little money.

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California Fresh & Fit

This LA prepared food delivery service offers a wide variety of meal plans tailored to the client's individual needs. Does the morning madness have the kids skipping breakfast and mom stressed making lunches? Having California Fresh & Fit deliver your kid's breakfast and lunch in a cooler bag to your front door every morning is a brilliant solution. Several chefs develop recipes and oversee preparation of nutritionally-balanced, kid-approved meals in the company's Culver City kitchens. Customers select from a monthly menu with three offerings for each meal. Breakfast choices include: egg whites, turkey bacon and cheese on a whole wheat English muffin with a side of fruit or peanut butter and chocolate chip oatmeal pancakes. Lunch choices include: baked breaded chicken fingers with sweet potato fries or turkey pepperoni pizza with side salad. Daily meal delivery to your home starts at $12/day.

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Fallas Paredes

If your kids need school uniforms, Fallas Paredes is the store to visit for your back to school shopping. A sampling of what they have: polo shirts $1.00-$6.00, pants, $6.00-$10.00, skirt/skorts $5.00, jumpers/dresses $6.00-$7.00. Parents "in the know" say to buy one and even two sizes up to allow for shrinkage in the wash. At that price you might as well stock up for the rest of the year. There are multiple locations all over the Los Angeles area.

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For Kids Only

746 North Fairfax Aveneu
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 650-4885

18155 Ventura Boulevard
Tarzana, CA
(818) 708-9543

Known as LA's "Loehmann's for kids," all bargain savvy LA moms know to shop at For Kids Only for their excellent variety of kids' dress clothes and shoes at as much as 60% off retail. Does your son need a suit for some upcoming Bar Mitzvahs? Odds are someone will tell you to go to For Kids Only. They have back to school clothes and shoes and are known for their European brands.

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Mabel's Labels

Have you ever looked at the Lost & Found pile at your children's school and decided everything looks navy blue so how would you know which one was your son's or daughter's hoodie anyway? With Mabel's Labels, your kids have a better chance to be reunited with their possessions. Founded by a group of moms, these personalized peel and stick labels are microwave, dishwasher and laundry safe. The Ultimate Back-to-School Combo is value- priced at $39.00 (limited time only – until 9/24/10) and includes four different labels from their product line as well as teeny tags: small metal tags for labeling backpacks and lunchboxes. While you are ordering labels for your kids, check out the Household Labels and Kid Safety Products.

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Childcare for Sick Kids

It's a dilemma that hits many working parents. The kids are too sick to go to school but mom and dad need to go to work. Two LA area hospitals offer sick childcare programs. It's stressful enough that you can't be with your child, isn't it a relief that you know they will be cared for by nurses for just a few dollars per hour?

Torrance Memorial Hospital

3330 Lomita Boulevard
Torrance CA 90505
(310) 325-9110
Their TLC program is available Monday-Friday from 7:00am-11:30pm for $4/hr

- Elizabeth Peterson blogs at Traded My BMW For a Minivan.

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