Getting Ready for Preschool with Disney Junior

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Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #Ready4Preschool You would think that since I have a preteen now that I would be used to the sad feeling that my child is old enough for preschool.  I just cant believe it has been that long.  I wont say that we havent been looking forward to this though.  My middle child has a late birthday so he wont get to go to Kindergarten for THREE MORE YEARS! Isn't that silly? So I signed him up for 3k preschool this year.  … [Read more...]

Making Christmas More Musical with Music & Arts

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There is nothing like enjoying the sounds of your child playing on their very first instrument. My oldest son has always been very musically inclined. He sings all day long, he is always dancing, and he is forever tapping out beats on random objects. He told me that he wants to be a singer when he grows up. I always wanted that as well and even though it changed as I got older, the gist was the same. Country singer & a vet, spice girl & a vet, death metal singer & a vet. I think you see where I am going with this. I would apologize for … [Read more...]

Rent Textbooks with Campus Book Rentals

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I know I always complain about being SOOOO old but really I am younger than I care to admit.  I am old enough to have three kids, a house, a career, and a husband but not old enough to be free of my student loans.  I have three college degrees so I really brought it on myself but still.  I went to a private collage so even though I was super poor (like super poor making $600 a month poor) my grants only covered part of my tuition and my small scholarships still didn't met it all.  So every semester I had to take out a loan to afford my books because … [Read more...]

Divorce Rates in the U.S.

I have always been very open with my children about the big topics and since my husband and I are always listening to NPR and watching the news, I know my older son knows pretty much what is going on with the world.  He asks us lots of questions.  We heard a great piece on NPR the other day about an 11 or 12 year old and his feelings on his parent's divorce.  It was enlightening to hear what a child that age thought of something as big as divorce.  So my son (who is 11) asked me why I got divorced from his dad.  I was never married to his dad who is … [Read more...]

Raising Frugal Kids

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Raising Frugal Kids Children are rarely involved in the day to day decisions of their family’s financial picture but constantly want things that cost money. There should be a better step by step guide to raising frugal kids but here are some tips. Why shouldn’t kids learn the value of money by helping the family budget their money or pay bills? Wouldn’t teaching financial responsibility early in life help children grow up to be financially independent and capable of managing money? When my children were younger they would always ask if they could … [Read more...]

Finger Food Ideas for Sensory Tables for Toddlers

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Finger Food Ideas for Sensory Tables for Toddlers Sensory tables are a great way to help your little ones explore new things and food adds excitement to the activity. At this age kids love exploring new foods and aren’t picky eaters as they haven’t developed their need for independence nor have they had a lot of experience with food choices. It’s a great time to introduce new foods and luck will have it that they are less likely to resist new foods given to them at this age. Introducing healthy foods now will plant the seeds of good eating … [Read more...]

Jingit and Box Tops 4 Education #Jingit4Edu

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I think everyone knows that I love Box Tops 4 Education. I have half my family collecting for Little M. His schools always do contests between the classrooms and I want him to always win.  Every little bit counts for the schools especially now that money is so short. That is why it is so awesome to be able to collect more Box Tops for my son's school by using Jingit! Jingit is super easy to use. It is a free mobile app that you can make money from. They will also donate extra box tops to your choice of school. You can download the app on your phone … [Read more...]

Saying Thank You and Donating with Elmer’s #BagitForward

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School is back in session for public schools here in Alabama and it has been crazy in the stores! My mother and I usually start the school supply shopping as soon as the sales start and we continue all summer. I know that sounds crazy but we usually get everything we need for our own kids for less than $10 to $20 including bookbags so why keep going? We have a huge stockpile of school supplies that we give to members of our family and we donate to our community at the end of the summer and we start again the next year. This year I am super excited … [Read more...]