Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to get *cash* back for shopping online

Swagbucks is offering double cash back at dozens of different stores (like Macy's and Target) during their 2017 Holiday Sale. Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping. Shop through the links and earn cash back at stores you were already going to shop at (Sephora, Target, Macy's, etc)!
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In order to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set! Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash! I just cashed in points last week and got a $25 eBay gift card!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

14 of the best Cub Scout Snack Ideas

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If you are the parent of a cub scout, you know there will inevitably be a snack sign up sheet/email floating around.  I've searched the web to find some ideas for when it is our turn to bring scout snacks and today I'm sharing those ideas with you!

1. Smores in a Bag

From the blog A Girl and a Glue Gun (which has TONS of crafty ideas), this is a super cute and easy snack perfect for Cub Scout meetings.  
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2. Armpit Fudge

Yeah. Gross.  Exactly why the scouts will love it!  This snack idea comes from CubScoutIdeas.com

3. Tiger Cub Cuties

How adorable is this snack for your den of Tigers?!  Just buy a bag of the "cuties" oranges and get out a Sharpie.  This image was on Pinterest without any website linked to it. Here is the link to the pin!
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4. Cub Scouts are one in a Minion

AkelasCouncil has the free printables you need to make this for your scout pack! 
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5. Turkey Snack Bags

As we approach Thanksgiving, these snack bags (from That's What Che Said) would be fun for your scouts. You could make them ahead of time and bring them to let the kids enjoy at the meeting, or hand them out as a take home snack, or have the scouts assemble them and take them home.  Of course you'll use scout popcorn. ;)

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6. Tiger Tail Pretzels

Another snack for the Tiger cubs in your life.  These chocolate dipped pretzels from LaForce Be With You are easy and cute!  Directions are on her website!
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7. Camp Nachos

This requires you to cook the beef ahead of time, but don't they look delicious!?  From Spindles Designs
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8. Individual Fruit Cups

A healthier snack option for Scouts.  Plus, these can be prepped ahead of time!  Courtesy of Family Friendly Frugality.
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9. String Cheese Snowman

Another healthier snack for your Scouts!  These snowmen string cheeses (from An Onion Exposed) are super cute.
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10. Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

This great idea from A Thrifty Mom just requires refrigerated canned cinnamon rolls, roasting sticks, and about 8 minutes of cooking time.
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11. Dirt Pudding

What kid doesn't love dirt pudding??  Directions from Gummy Bears and Ponytails.
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12. Campfire Pies

Easy to make!  See the details on Made With Happy.
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13. Dutch Oven Dump Cake

Simple to make and it can cook over the fire while the scouts do other activities.  There are all kinds of dump cake recipes you can pick from.  Here's one from Diana Rambles.

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14. Pie Iron Pizza

You'll need pie irons for this. Hopefully your pack has some or you can borrow from other parents!
From Twin Dragonfly Designs.
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There you have it!  Fourteen snack ideas for your next cub scout meeting!  If you know of any other great ideas, please comment and let me know!  

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Funnies

It's Friday!!  Here are 3 new funnies for you this week....

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hesitating to join Swagbucks?

**This is a sponsored post from Swagbucks and the links are referral links.  Swagbucks is a free website that allows users to earn points towards gift cards.**

This is the time to join!  Right now you'll get an extra 300 points, called "SB" for signing up during October as part of their Three For Fall promotion.  That's worth $3.  No, you won't get rich.  But you wouldn't turn down someone handing you three bucks, right?  Of course not!

Swagbucks is a site I've posted about lots of times before.  You earn points and redeem them for gift cards or cash.  Last week I cashed out my points for $50 PayPal cash!  The points are easy to earn: web searches, watching videos, answering a daily poll, etc.

PayPal not your thing? That's okay. You can also get gift cards for places like Target, GameStop, Amazon, Sephora, Kohl's, Walmart, and TONS more.  

When you sign up through me this month, you get the extra $3.  Here's how:

  • Sign up with this link.
  • Earn 300 points before November 1st.  You'll get the extra 300 SB bonus!

Easy, right?

I usually earn several hundred dollars a year in Swagbucks.  The $50 Paypal I got last week went to buy a specialty chair for my classroom (I'm a special education teacher and my kids need special stuff ;) ).  It was great to be able to afford the chair without costing a dime of my own money!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Funnies: Pumpkin Spice

Time once again for some funnies about America's bizarre love of all things pumpkin spice.

The 6th member of Spice Girls:

This one I shared last year. It's too good
not to share again!  Who knew zombies
don't like fall flavors??
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Luau for Swagbucks

**This is a sponsored post from Swagbucks and the links are referral links.  Swagbucks is a free website that allows users to earn points towards gift cards.**

I've never been to Hawaii.  The pictures look beautiful but it's such a long plane ride. Over an ocean.  *shudders*

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This week I'll be pretending to be in Hawaii with Swagbucks' new team challenge that is luau themed.  

Swagbucks is the site where I earn points, called SB, for doing things like searching the web, watching short videos, and answering daily polls.  I cash in those SB points for gift cards.  Most recently, I used Amazon gift cards for things for my classroom.  

If you want to join me, click here to join the team challenge.  You'll earn your SB and points for your team. The winning team gets bonus points, called Swag Up Rebates.  It's an instant rebate the next time you cash in for a gift card.  I have used these multiple times and they always credit right away. 

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The winning team will get a 100 SB Swag Up rebate!  2nd place team gets 50 SB, and 3rd place team gets 30 SB.

This starts MONDAY so be sure to click over and join!  PLUS, if you join using my referral links here and earn 300 SB by September 1st, you'll get an extra 350 SB points!  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

9 Cutest Tees for Teachers

**Update**-I bought #8 and love it!
Hey, hey fellow teachers (or friends of teachers)!  School is back in session!  If you're ready to show your pride, here are some of my favorite teeshirts for teachers! If you're not a teacher but have one in your life, consider gifting one of these cute shirts! (Yeah that's a lot of exclamation points.  BUT I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THESE SHIRTS!)

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1. Difference Maker $16 on Etsy  Wouldn't this make the sweetest gift for a teacher / speech therapist / principal?
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2. You better show your work, work, work, work, work.  $20  LookHuman.com  Hahaha.  I could see some of the teachers at my son's middle school wearing this.  It's the perfect middle-school-teacher-tee.
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3. I love my first graders  $20 by teachertshirts.co  Awww.  Cute design!

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4. Don't make me use my teacher voice  $20 by ILoveApparel   Great tshirt for a teacher with a sense of humor!
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5. Kindness is always cool  $20 by SunFrog  Not only would teachers love this shirt, but school counselors would too!  Our district always does a kindness week and this would be perfect!
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6. Straight Outta  $26 by TeeSpring  Suitable for any teacher starting in February.  All the stuff that was new in August is gone/lost/broken by February.  
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7.  Second Grade Rocks (any grade level can be used) $22.50 by zoeysattic on Etsy.  I love that you can put the teacher's name on this shirt!!  And that font is so cute!
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8. (Perfect shirt for a special education teacher!) This teacher runs on velcro, visual schedules, and coffee.  $18 by TaelorMadeGifts on Etsy.  Yeah like I'm actually about to buy this teacher shirt for myself.  And velcro.  I need more velcro.

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9. School House Rock $12.99 at Target. (I have this shirt! It's super soft and comfy!) This can be found in the men's department at every teacher's favorite store: Target.  
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Have you found any other great shirts for teachers?  Comment or email me some links!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Another Swagbucks SWAGO opportunity

**This is a sponsored post from Swagbucks and the links are referral links.  Swagbucks is a free website that allows users to earn points towards gift cards.**

If you are a Swagbucks user (and let's be real: you should be.  I made several hundred dollars last year by using Swagbucks) be alert---a new SWAGO is starting!  
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It starts today, August 7th, and ends Thursday, August 10th at 3pm EST.  Click here to join!  You'll earn points for clicking store links and browsing around.  Once you have a bingo on your SWAGO card you can redeem it for points (called SB).  SB are redeemable for gift cards (Amazon, Sephora, and Target are my 3 faves) and PayPal.  

Be sure to click the "Join Now" button to activate your SWAGO board.  
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What will you spend your gift cards on?  

Be sure to join Swagbucks (it is FREE) and start earning your gift cards!  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Funnies

Here comes the weekend!!  Enjoy these three funny pictures and have a great weekend!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Funnies

School starts soon (or may already be back in session for some of you)!  Here are some school related funnies to start off your weekend!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Funnies

Here are your funnies for this week! Have a great weekend!

I think she and I could be BFFs.
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So this one is me: 
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

10 Books to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Last summer as I was getting my little one ready to start Kindergarten, I gathered books and read him several to help him prepare for what school would be like.  He had been in preschool but never in an all-day program.  He transitioned fantastically and we had a wonderful year. :) 

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Here are ten great books to help your little one transition into 'big kid' school!

1. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten

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In this picture book, readers watch the Kindergarten teacher, Miss Bindergarten, and each student as they get ready for school.  Each animal-student starts with a different letter of the alphabet.

2. First Day Jitters

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Not specific to Kindergarten but great at talking about fears and 'jitters' with a super surprise twist at the end that kids love.  This is probably my favorite back-to-school book.

3. Clifford Goes to Kindergarten

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Clifford books have been around for ages and it's because they are so timeless and well-written!  I managed to get this as a hard back for $5 at Kohl's last summer during one of their Kohl's Cares campaigns (you know how they always have $5 items by the cash register?).  I also snagged a $5 plush Clifford and gave it and the book to my new Kindergartener.  

4. The Night Before Kindergarten

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Rhyming text reminiscent of "Twas the night before Christmas," tells this story of children in town getting ready for Kindergarten. They worry about if they will still get to play and what their teacher will be like.  This books does a great job at vocalizing things your little one may subconsciously be fearing.

5. Kindergarten Rocks!

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Dexter Dugan is starting Kindergarten and he's not scared but his stuffed dog is!  Luckily his older sister, a 3rd grader, has been to Kindergarten and can tell him all about it.

6.  Planet Kindergarten

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This book is newer, it just came out in 2016, and has a clever space theme.  I love the bold illustrations!

7.  How Do Dinosaurs Go To School

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All of the "How Do Dinosaurs...." books are great.  They all focus on social development and appropriate behaviors.  Plus, what kid doesn't love dinosaurs?!

8. On The First Day of Kindergarten

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Tish Rabe authored this cute read-aloud book. It's set up similar to "The Twelve Days of Christmas" because the story goes "On the first day of Kindergarten....On the second day of Kindergarten..." and so on.

9. Tom Goes to Kindergarten

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Tom, the panda, heads off to kindergarten along with his mom and dad. The parents are so cute as they enjoy playing in the classroom too and are sad when they have to leave.  A word of caution though---if your child's school doesn't let parents into the classroom on the first day (and many don't) this book may make your child think you'll get to come back with them.  Know your school's policy so you can talk about it with your child if you choose to read this book.

10.  We Share Everything

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Amanda and Jeremiah are kindergarteners who have to learn to share.  This book will be especially good for incoming kindergarteners who have little experience in being around other children or who are prone to arguing with others. 

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Be sure to pin this post so you can find it when you head to the library or bookstore!