Super Hero Back to School Shopping Tips

31
Jul
2014

Back-to-School-Shopping-Tips

It’s that time of year! Your child needs school supplies and clothes. Where do you start? How do you pay for it all?

I love tips, especially easy tips for back to school - Here are some tips for making the grade with your grade school kid this year.

Dressed for Success

Your grade school child may not have the picky tastes of a teenager, but he or she is going to need some new clothes this year.  I know, we all hate the dreaded school shopping.  I love the season I am in right now.  I have a 17 year old who basically does his own shopping and we give him a budget.  I don’t have to worry about our 13 year old, and our 4 year old is very easy.  By the way, my favorite kid clothing store is Old Navy – purchasing online is my cup of tea!

Before you get started, make sure you go through last year’s clothing and find out what fits and what doesn’t. This includes shoes, socks, and underwear, too. Grade school kids can grow really fast!

Here are some more ideas for clothes shopping with your grade school child.

  • Plan your shopping trip for a day when you don’t have to rush, and when you don’t have anything planned the night before. Being rested and ready helps everyone’s mood, and so does being able to take your time. Or better yet, save time and energy by shopping online, especially for basics.  Target and Old Navy are perfect for underwear, socks and basic t-shirts.
  • Call the school where your child will be attending and make sure there aren’t any changes to the dress code. If your child will be attending this school for the first time, you’ll want to find out what the dress code is.
  • Keeping it simple helps a lot. Depending on his (or her) age, he will be better able to dress himself as the year goes on. Having easy-to-fasten clothes can help a lot to facilitate this process. Tough buttons (or lots of buttons), lacings, belts, and small head-holes can make dressing a frustrating experience. Go for clothes with large head-holes, zippers, and easy (and few) buttons.

School Supplies

Moving on to school supplies – like the clothes, it’s a good idea to check with your school list – you can access that list online usually or even find the specific grade list at your local stores.  I know that some teachers specify brands, colors, and so forth, so making sure you have the exact teacher/grade list is important.

Here are some other tips for shopping for school supplies with your grade school child.

  • Go generic on writing items like pens and pencils. Getting fancy, unique writing implements only leads to competition in the classroom and the possibility that your child’s fancy pens will get stolen. Unless the teacher requires otherwise, go with standard #2 pencils.  I love simple!
  • Markers should be water-based, and crayons are usually needed in packs of 16. Consider a box to store and carry these small, easily-lost items.
  • Erasers are always needed in grade school. A large, pink eraser like you had in school is a good purchase. Some erasers that fit on the ends of pencils are inexpensive additions, too.
  • Your child’s school may not supply paper like they did in the old days, (I don’t even remember going and buying many school supplies when I was a kid – maybe I am really dating myself!)  Find out from your teacher/school if you need to supply ruled (lined) paper, which will differ from teacher to teacher and grade to grade.
  • Notebooks come in many forms. Your grade school child will probably need some spiral-bound ones as well as some binders. Think slim and trim so the notebooks fit in your child’s desk, no matter what type is required.
  • You also might want to purchase some dividers or pocket folders to help your child stay organized. In addition, the printable Student Planner, that can be found in the Back 2 School Survival Guide can be placed in your child’s notebook.  Having one main place to keep track of daily homework assignments will help your child keep track of due items, but also keep things in one spot ready to turn in.

Let’s get organized for school so you can keep enjoying what’s left of summer!

Emeals Makes 4th of July Easy!!

3
Jul
2014

E-meals-4th-JulyI love how eMeals makes meal preparation and planning so easy – even better for holiday dinners.  Do you have a great menu planned for the Fourth of July yet?  If not, or even if you do – you might find a new recipe to start a new Fourth of July tradition here from eMeals.

Ready for great food and good times on Independence Day? Get inspired with eMeals’ FREE Fourth of July Menu.

This menu includes:

Easy Baby Back Ribs
Bacon Potato Salad
Marinated Slaw
Crunch-Topped Squash Casserole
Watermelon Salad
Berry-Topped Thunder Cake

It is FREE with any eMeals subscription purchase, so check out 1 of their 60 meal plans on their website today to help you get dinner on the table in a snap every night.  I especially love my meals menu plan for the week, but it is so fun to have a special holiday menu ready made for me – then I can enjoy family time instead of searching for new and interesting recipes to make a holiday special.

Now, onto the sneak peek recipe for Bacon Potato Salad from the July 4th menu!

Bacon Potato Salad:

4 lb Yukon Gold potatoes
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
6 slices bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped tomato

Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover with 1 teaspoon salt 20 minutes or until tender; drain and cool 15 minutes.
Cook bacon until crisp.
Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, pepper and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl.
Peel potatoes; cut into 1-inch pieces.
Add potatoes and eggs to mayonnaise mixture.
Stir in bacon.
Sprinkle with tomatoes.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe serves 8-10

If you have missed hearing about eMeals, I have shared about how I use it in my home and how it saves time and money for us.  It has made my life much easier and I love supporting a family business too!  Save 15% with the code:  FOURTH on your meal plan today!

All Natural Homemade Bug Spray

20
Jun
2014

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I’m sharing with you today a super quick and easy recipe to make your own homemade bug repellent spray that actually works.

Simple ingredients, including the essential oils that all come in your Young Living Premium Starter Kit will have you sailing through summer with out annoying bug bites ruining your time outdoors.  Plus, this recipe only cost me $7.36 to make and that included the spray bottle.  Talk about being frugal and healthy all at the same time  :-)

Most bug sprays have DEET in them and that can be nasty stuff.  If I don’t have to use chemical ladened sprays to protect my family I certainly won’t.

Here I am explaining this simple recipe – if you are reading through an RSS feed or email, you will need to click through to the blog to view the video!

Here is the easy peasy recipe!!

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For those who want to start on the journey of using essential oils in your home and keeping the chemicals out, I have a special offer good until the end of the month.

Purchase a Premium Starter Kit as a member and become a member of my community and you will get my normal offerings which include:

  • A FREE Quick Reference Guide
  • A Private Facebook Page – perfect for finding support, encouragement and resources for incorporating oils in your home
  • Monthly ongoing educational classes and events

AND a FREE bottle of Young Living Orange Essential Oil – which is perfect for welcoming summer!

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You can grab that cute “BUG OFF” printable label here to make your project complete!

Wonder what Orange essential oil is good for?

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Six Phone Apps That Make My Life Easier

19
Jun
2014

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I thought it would be fun to share what APPS I have on my phone and why.  Normally I am a pretty minimalist kinda gal, so I am not into all the latest and greatest, especially when it comes to APPS.  But there are a few that I find help and can save you time, your sanity and make things just a bit nicer too!

YouVersion Bible APP

I have shared this one several times before, but I always have new moms stumble into my community so could not pass this one by.  YouVersion is a FREE Bible on your phone, iPad or Tablet, but honestly – it is way more than that!

You can access an entire bible in many different formats just with the touch of a finger, but you also have access to hundreds of devotionals, videos and more.  This is what I currently have for my morning quiet time. I am able to do several different devotions and it keeps track of my reading, making it very easy!

Website:  youversion.com

The Bible APP for Kids

This is a creative Bible story APP that is perfect for kids age 6-8, although my four year old loves it.  There are stories from the Bible read and activities they can do along the way.   There are stars to collect through the reading and this makes kids eager to keep reading.

Website: bible.com/kidsscreen568x568

Letter School

This is one for the kids!  Voted the best Younger Children’s APP 2013 – KAPI Award, you will see why.  It is a great handwriting APP for both numbers and letters right on your phone or iPad.  Perfect for little fingers to get the idea of how to maneuver their fingers to make letters and also fun in the process.

It is great for using while waiting for an appointment or driving in the car.  I am not a huge screen user in the car, but it does come in handy for sure – plus they are learning something useful with letters and numbers.  That I like!

iTunes:  LetterSchool

Period Tracker LITE

I admit, I am not the best at keeping track of my monthly cycle.  I know, probably lame.  But this APP I’ve been using for over a year has made it so much easier to keep track of where I am in my cycle, helps me understand any moodiness which may come on (which honestly has been really diminished with the use of Young Living’s Progessence Plus Serum) as well as quickly being able to see when my period is due to arrive, especially if I am traveling out of town.  They also have a version for $1.99 which has a few more options, but the free version is great for me.

iTunes:  Period Tracker LITE4067c5_3cff470ce0c249cf8af8763f1205a9e1.png_srz_237_445_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srz

EveryDay Spirit

My newest APP purchase and so worth $1.99!  Every Day Spirit is a collection of 180 beautiful, hand-crafted iPhone wallpapers designed to be a daily reminder of goodness, joy and light.  I love being able to change the face of my phone with a scripture or other inspirational quote.

You can choose from Kindness, Gratitude, Joy, Faith, Love, Prayers, Peace and more.   Funny enough, the shot from their site is exactly the first one I chose for my phone!   It’s $1.99, but in my opinion, well worth the Joy it will put in my day when I glance at my phone sixteen trillion times!

Website:  Everyday Spirit

Pro HDR

I learned about this APP from my friend Myra {My Blessed Life}  while we were in Hawaii together.  She kept taking stunning sunset photos and when I asked her how, she spilled the beans!  She was using this APP.  I am not a blogger who does a lot of photography, but lately it has come in handy to have an APP that really takes great photos – food, family, outdoor shots, sunsets, beach scenes and more.

I love it and so does my hubby who also downloaded it.  If you are looking for an APP to help you take higher quality photos, this is the one!

iTunes:  Pro HDR

Now go download Pro HDR and take some fabulous summer photos!! 

Stress Away Essential Oil

21
May
2014

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Here we are on Day Seven – our last day talking about Young Living’s Stress Away Essential Oil.  This blend smells like heaven, or at least I that is what I hope heaven will smell like!  I wish I had smellavision for you all – really!  If you missed yesterday where I shared about PanAway, make sure you catch it!  

Stress Away is just that – a reliever of stress, anxiety and more. It can take a stressful situation and quickly diffuse it, whether it is your kids going crazy or a tense moment with your spouse.  Frustrated due to a long day and your temper is short, this is your GO-TO oil!

Today’s short video is about the benefits of Stress Away Essential Oil and how you can use it this summer.

 {If you are viewing this post via RSS or email, you will need to click through to the blog to watch the video}. 

Today is the last  post in the series – but remember there are still FOUR other oils that I did not talk about in this video series:  Valor, Frankincense, Thieves and Peace and Calming.  You get those too – but I had to only pick seven!!  I could have went on for four more days.  :-)

If you are ready to dive into essential oils, you can find out more HERE

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.