Back to School Guide for 2014

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Back to School time is such a great time for parents and kids of all ages.  It’s time to start a new chapter in your life and enjoy the new life lessons you’re going to learn.  I, for one, love back to school time and always want to make sure I’m prepared with all the newest electronics, containers, apparel, snacks and beverages to enjoy.  To help get you in the spirit of Back to School time I am highlighting a few of my favorite, must have products to be enjoyed by kids and yourselves.

Motorola Scratch Phone – At last a smart phone that doesn’t require an expensive calling plan that makes you go broke month after month.  A Scratch phone is a fantastic smart phone that allows you to call, text and browse the internet by using Wi-Fi in your area.  There is no calling plan needed and everything is 100% free.  Use your existing cell phone or have a brand new phone number assigned.  These are perfect for kids’ attending college and connecting to your Wi-Fi so you have one less bill to pay.  See my review here.

Washi Tape – Washi Tape is a thin, decorative japanese tape that is used for crafts, DIY projects, sealing and more.  Washi Tape is the newest rage right now and comes in hundreds of different patterns to choose from and suit everyone’s design style.  I now have over 54 rolls of decorative tape that was obtained from Oriental Trading and I couldn’t be anymore excited.  The options of Washi Tape DIY projects are endless and where there’s a spot, there’s room for Washi Tape takeover.

Fruit Shooters – Fruit Shooter Juices are sugar free juices that will have your kids begging for more.  Enjoy Apple, Grape, Orange and Strawberry Raspberry.  See my review here.

Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies – After having 3 kids you can only imagine how much I try to take care of myself to keep my body in shape.  I love desserts but don’t favor the sugars and all the other ingredients in there because they make me feel guilty about losing weight.  Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies are delicious, crispy, crunchy and once you have one you’ll be hooked and reaching for more.  All products exclude gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts so everyone that has allergies can enjoy a sweet treat now and than.  You’ll feel great after 1 cookie knowing they are Non-GMO, All Natural and contain Og Trans Fat.  Lucy’s Gluten Free cookies are available in Chocolate Chip, Maple Bliss, Ginger Snap, Chocolate, Cinnamon Thin, Oatmeal Cookie, Sugar Cookie and Costco Chocolate Cookie.  Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies can be purchased at your local retailer.

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Free Slip N Slide Wave Rider from Toys R Us

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Wow!  I have an amazingly awesome freebie for you that is happening at Toys R Us and it’s perfect for Summer time.  The kids are going to be saying Thank you over and over again!  Hurry over and grab a Free Slip ‘N Slide Wave Rider for 100% free.  This deal is HOT and I’m so excited.

Here’s the deal:

1. Sign up for a new Top Cashback account.
2. Scroll down and find this exclusive deal for the FREE Slip N Slide and click “Get Cashback”
3. Add the Slip N Slide to your cart (be sure not to add anything else)
4.  Choose in-store pick up to avoid shipping costs!
5. Pay $6.99, and receive $8 Cash Back within 7 days.  So not only is this deal Free but it’s a moneymaker

Note: Transactions must only contain one Slip ‘N Slide Wave Rider priced at $6.98 to ensure $8 cashback is credited to TopCashback accounts. If another item is purchased or additional items are purchased at the same time, the cashback amount awarded will be 2% instead of $8.

Thanks, Coupon Clipinista


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DIY Twine & Yarn Vase

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I absolutely love Do-it-yourself projects because there is nothing better than taking something so plain and turning it into a colorful masterpiece to blend in with your home scheme.  DIY projects are perfect for practically any place in your entire home from bedrooms, living rooms, family rooms, kitchens, garages and even outdoors and DIY means you’re going to LOVE the end result.  This week I ventured onto another DIY project and took a plain and ordinary vase and turned it into a turquoise masterpiece which fits perfectly in my master bedroom!   Ready to recreate this project yourself?

DIY Twine & Yarn Vase

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Supplies Needed:

  • Old Container (i.e tin can, glass container)
  • Yarn & Jute Twine
  • School Glue
  • Scissors

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Directions:

Starting at the top of the container, working in small sections, apply a liberal amount of glue.

Press down the end of yarn or twine in to the glue and slowly wrap it around the container. While wrapping, keep tension on the line to avoid it becoming to lose.

Adjust any gaps in the line by gently pressing the twine or yarn upwards.

If doing stripes, measure out our container and decided how thick you want each stripe to be. Continue with the same process just switch out the colors for each stripe.

To give it a more finished look, start and stop each color on the same side of the container.

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How to Organize with Fun Tips

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Organizing is always fun no matter what age or role you have. There are several things you can do to make organizing around your home a little more fun. Check out these organizing tips that will help make your life a little easier as well.  I go through spurts of Organization overload and it definitely lightens the load when you actually enjoy what you’re doing.  If you don’t enjoy organizing you’ll end up with a pile of stuff all over your home and will be tossing it right back in the cabinet where it came from.  Hopefully one of these below tips will help you make organizing fun!

#1. Color Coding
Never forget that color coding was created to make your life easier. You can color code everything from your pantry to the toys.  My entire closet and dresser drawers are color coordinated and it makes it look so pretty.

#2. Drying Rack
It’s been said that a drying rack makes a really clever organizing tool. You can organize pesky items like food storage lids.

#3. Utilize Toilet Paper Rolls
Toiler paper rolls are awesome on so many levels. You can use them to store cords or even socks if that’s what your heart desires.

#4. Put Shelves Everywhere
One of the biggest storage options you have is to place shelves and hooks all over your house. If you have no more room on the floor in your home, it’s time to look for a higher space.

#5. Shoe Organizer
In my opinion, you can never have too many shoe organizers in your home. Put one on the back of every door to have an incredibly organized home.

#6. Laundry Baskets
You know that laundry baskets aren’t just for laundry right? You can actually use laundry baskets to hang from ceilings with screw hooks. You can place anything your heart desires inside of a laundry basket.

#7. Plastic Tubs
To organize things a little better, inside your home, place a plastic tub underneath your sinks. You can put all of your items in those plastic tubs to help keep everything from falling too far back.

#8. Baby Wipe Containers
These containers are too useful to throw out. You can use them for everything in your home from storing beans to storing game pieces.

#9. Corkboard
This next tip is pure genius. Take actual corkboard and place it inside one of your cabinets, or several. You can hang items up on the corkboard to help you stay more organized. However, you remain clutter free because your counter doesn’t have papers all over.

10. Get Rid of the Junk
How much stuff do you have to organize? My main tip is to get rid of the junk. You don’t need to keep all of that stuff inside of your home. It’s really time to let go of some of it.

Taking the time to organize your home will help you feel incredible. No more clutter and no more hours of cleaning on the weekends. Learn to clean and organize as you go! Any tips you would add?


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Ergobaby Carrier Clearanced out at Target

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Wow! This deal is hot and if you are a baby wearing mama you have to snag this deal!  Right now Target is clearancing out the amazing Ergo Baby carriers for as low as $36.  Some Targets have the carriers marked down on clearance, while others you just have to scan to check it out for yourself.  These are perfect for infants, babies and toddlers and would make an amazing baby shower gift as well!! Good Luck on finding them.

Thanks & Photo Credit, Hip2save 


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Ice Ceam Cone Cupcakes Recipe

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There is nothing more amazingly fun for kids than a cupcake in an Ice Cream Cone.  My kids went crazy over these the first time I made them and they make the most perfect additions to birthday party and playdates.  These Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are sure to be a real crowd pleaser and you’ll have the kids coming back asking for more!  Yummy.  Ready to get started?

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cake mix
  • 2 containers of frosting
  • Sprinkles
  • 24 cupcake papers
  • 24 (flat bottom) ice cream cones

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Directions:

1. Prepare cake mix as directed on the box and be sure to preheat oven for proper temperature before preparing cake mix.
2. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners and fill each cupcake 1/3 full.
3. Place ice cream cone on top of batter, gently pressing down.
4. Bake for the desired amount of time that the box states.
5. Let cool 15 to 20 mins. Remove “cupcakes” out of pan and carefully peel off papers.
6. If cupcake is uneven, press cake down into cone.
7. Using your favorite piping tip, pipe the top of the cupcake and make it pretty.
8.  Top off with some brightly color sprinkles and enjoy!


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