Category Archives: Children

Snack Holders/Containers

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A few days ago, I was laying in bed watching the Food Network channel. The show “Unwrapped” with Marc Summers was on. Well, they were discussing back to school and snacks. The word “snacks” just sends your stomach into a grumbling mess. Believe me. On this particular episode, during one segment, they showed all different types of containers to hold snacks. I found this not only fascinating, but I was a (tad) bit jealous. I do believe that they did not have any of these snack containers when I was younger. So, I decided to do some searching (online) to see if I could find any of the ones I had seen on the television. So far, out of the 10 (okay, maybe 6) I saw, I’ve found 2.

Really, there is a point to this jumbled madness. If you have young’ins or you want your kids to be able to hold onto their snacks while eating or carrying, then snack holders are just for you! Some of these holders are very tough, so if they accidentally drop it, there’s no reason to get upset. They won’t get broken- unless dropped from a 4 story building, maybe.

51z539feApL._SL500_AA280_Meet Twinkie, The Kid. He is is a Twinkie holder. So, if your kids are  taking Twinkies to school as dessert or a snack, then place the Twinkies in here so it doesn’t get squished. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate eating squished Twinkies. Plus, you never know; it could get extremely messy and hard to clean up. You just don’t want to mess with a sticky backpack filled with Twinkies filling. (PS: That link is to the Amazon sellers page)

Also, who doesn’t like the Goldfish snacks? I know I certainly do! They also sell containers to hold those fishies inside. This would have been great for my sister’s last job. She worked at a church as basically, a babysitter. The kids would often have snack time, and most of those times, the snack would be Goldfish. So, they would either sit at a table or on the floor. There would be a huge mess to clean up afterward. So, if the church would have invested in some of these little guys, the babysitters (there were usually 2 working with my sister that day), wouldn’t be cleaning an hour later!
containerSo don’t be afraid to send your children to school with snack containers. Most of their peers might even think they are neat and will ask their own parents for one.

Let’s look at the benefits of snack containers:

  • They hold quite a bit of snacks inside
  • They do not break when you drop them- especially for the little ones’ hands.
  • They are neat looking. I want one!
  • They save you money. You no longer have to keep using sandwich baggies to hold those snacks.
  • After you have used them and the kids don’t want to use them to hold snacks, they can use it to hold anything else they want! It can be useful in 2 ways.
  • No messes to clean up in the backpack. The snack stays still even if your child isn’t.

If you want to grab some of these, head to your grocery store or search online. You’ll never know when one will pop up!

    Back To School: Supplies List

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    Every state has them! I’m talking about supplies list for back to school shopping! When I go into WalMart, I see a kiosk-type thing with tons of list from every grade and every school in my area. So, I decided that I would help you and give you some links on where you can find a list of supplies your child may need. Now keep in m ind that these are just ordinary lists- they don’t involve also what you may need from your school.

    logoHave you had trouble finding a list from the school your kids are going to? Well, at PrintSchoolList.com, you have the ability to search for that list. All you have to do is plug in your zip code, find your state, and then find what grades your kids will be going into. Unfortunately, none in my city are listed. That means that I must head to Wal-Mart and fight the crowd! It’s really easy to search. Not every school will be on there. I’m thinking that the smaller cities ma have to go another way of getting their school list.

    At GreatSchools.net, they give you a a list to get you going. They also advise you not to spend money on writing utensils that don’t work or will quit working. Keep it to a normal pencil and erasers. I would have to agree. While it may be a cool look, it can also be distracting to some when they see the eraser light up. We weren’t allowed to have those things in class when I was younger. It’s good to see that some of the times haven’t changed and they still make education number 1!

    I’ve mentioned WalMart before, but never did I know that they had a Back To School Shopping List finder! Wow! This takes out a lot of the guess work on seeing if they have the list at the stores! Again, they don’t have every city listed. Unfortunately, it’s back to the store for me! However, this allows you to download or print your supply list. They also have pre-made lists for you to print out. So, if you can’t find your list on the finder, you can have a backup! Just a little note, when you click on the finder link, and on the left side of the page, you will see the links to the pre-made supplies lists.

    Staples also is helping you with supply lists. They have divided the supply lists into groups: Pre-K to Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and College. I am so happy to see that they have included the college students! Not everyone going back to school is young, and this helps those college students who have no idea what they need to have. Personally, I may have to print out the college list so I have it on file when I go to college!!

    For those who are eco-friendly, there is also a list out there that tells you what to buy and what to avoid. Some of these ideas may not be for kuba_crystal_earth_recycleeveryone. We didn’t have those options when I was going back to school shopping. Most of them were not made yet, or they were way too expensive for us. On EcoMall.com, they suggest not buying any magic markers or acrylic paints. The acrylic paints can contain lead which can be fatal to small children who want to eat them. They also suggest to do your shopping online. I think this is a fabulous idea for those who can do it. Not only can you find the best eco-friendly websites, you know exactly what you’re going to buy and what is in it! I do have to suggest that you go to those green sites that only you know about. If you need to, do a little research on the sites you are thinking about buying from for the first time. If it looks like a great catch, then go ahead and buy!

    BTS: School Shopping On A Budget

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    When my sister and I were in school, Mom knew she had to spend as less money as possible. That’s not to say that she didn’t get everything we needed- because she did! She was the master at making a budget of how much she wants to spend. Of course, I learned a few things from her all of those years ago and I thought I would share what I learned! I will tell you that this won’t work for everyone.

    • When buying clothing, look for sales! Your kids don’t always have to wear name brands! As long as the clothes are in good shape and seem like they would last your kids a long time, then there is no problem. Often times, WalMart will have a sale on clothes for going back to school!
    • Try the dollar stores! My mom would get most of our supplies from the Dollar Store. Not only were they only a couple of dollars, there wasn’t a huge crowd in it. She was able to shop with ease and knowing that she would save money! So, instead of getting a pack of pencils for $5 at WalMart, she would get them for much less!!
    • Backpacks don’t need to make a fashion statement! Some kids want that more expensive backpack because it’s cool. Buy a backpack that is half the price you would regularly buy. Remember, your kids are only using it to store their school stuff in. They aren’t going to a fashion show and walking down the runway with it on!
    • Check online for sales! If you like to buy your school supplies online, then go ahead! You can always search for great deals. If you need a little help, just Google “back to school sales 2009.” You will be able to find a ton of sales and save money!
    • Reuse last years supplies if possible. Most likely, the lunchboxes and backpacks are still good. If they are, then you won’t need to rush out and buy those again! Keep in mind, you are saving money! I know some kids will go “Mom! That was last year! This year, I want a new one!”; just hold your ground!
    • Buy in bulk! If a store is having a great sale on supplies, buy as much as you can and keep it back for next year. This allows you to save more money next year and it will still be brand new to the kiddies!
    • Make your kids’ lunch at home. If your child is young enough to take his lunch, but still old enough to get a paid lunch at school, I’d go with the first one. Making your kids lunch at home will be cheaper than sending him to school with money for food. Plus, you will know that he’ll be getting a much healthier lunch than he would at school!
    • Don’t be afraid to use coupons! If you have 8 coupons for 8 different items for supplies, use them! Even if they are only a few cents off, that’s a few cents you could be saving than having to buy them at full price!
    • Place only what you want to spend in an envelope. Putting the money in an envelope helps you to not overspend! You will know that the money that is in there is the only money you will spend when you go school shopping. Of course, my mom was buying for me and my twin sister, so amounts will be very different!

    These are just some of the ways to help you this year!!! I’m sure you will be able to come up with your own, too!

    BTS: Shopping For Twins

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    Who knew that going school shopping for twins was not only exhausting but expensive? Not I! I’m pretty sure my mom is happy that she doesn’t have to go back-to-school shopping this year! Boy, I don’t even think I have the energy for it!

    So, my sister and I are going back to school (just pretend!). My mom has made a list of everything she needs and how much she’s planning to spend. Of course, when you have to buy two of everything, you might need to redo the budget. We all pile into the car and whisk away to WalMart. We all jump out of the car and walk in to grab a basket. We see that it’s a mad house! It reminds me of alligators fighting over their prey. I take a hold of the basket and walk very slowly. While I go off with Angela, I try to stay out of people’s way. I don’t want to get run over by the parents trying to grab their son the last Superman backpack. Who knew it could get catty? I can still spot my mother in the sea of estrogen. Not all is lost! Hooray!

    We go back over to my mom who has gotten two of everything. Two red notebooks. Two blue binders. Well, you get the idea. She eventually asks us to pick out a backpack, but to keep the price under $20. I can do that! We each choose a backpack that has black in it. We didn’t like the colorful ones as much. Plus, it was cheaper.

    After Mom has paid for everything, we head on home. My sister and I are excited about the new stuff we have! Even though it’s a week before school even starts, we put everything together anyways. The notebook paper goes into the binders. The pencils stay… well, in their original box. The pencil sharpeners,  rulers, map pencils, etc go into pockets that are hidden through out the backpack. Let’s just hope I remember where I put everything.

    Welcome to the Back To School Series!!

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    It’s that time of year again! Yup, the kids go back to school and you get a reprieve!  I can almost smell the sharpening of a new pencil. That distinct sound of new notebook paper. Oh, and who can forget the backpack? I absolutely loved getting new backpacks because of how they felt! You knew that when you started school, you had a backpack that could hold a million bricks. Well,  when you’re young, that’s what you believe.

    My mom would buy us school supplies the week before. As soon as we’d get home with our bags, we’d fix everything up. Put the notebook paper into the binders. The pencils stay in the box. Any pens we had would be put into something to hold it- usually a pocket on the backpack. We’d also search the new backpack for cool hiding places. If someone got a cool notebook color and the other person wanted it, we’d trade. By the time school started, we were anxious to use our new supplies. Of course, the first day of school makes one nervous, but then we’d settle down in our class and get started. I remember that when we were in elementary (and sometimes middle) school, the teachers would hand us “About Me” sheets to fill out. It was fun and made us a little less scared of not only our teacher, but the year ahead.

    Ahh… school year starts again!

    Back-To-School Series- JOINING

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    Since Christmas In July was such a success, myself as well as another blogger have decided that we should have a Back-To-School series! This will be a great and helpful tool for those mothers who have kids that will be going to school! If you’ve never joined us, it’s quite simple. The Back-To-School series will run from August 1st to August 31st. Now, we are changing one thing this year, but it’s not that bad.

    • Instead of a Mr Linky, I have decided that it would be much easier if you leave a comment letting us know you want to join. Now remember, you can join us any time through August.
    • Once we have a button made, all participating blogs will receive that button! If you are wanting others to place that button on their blog, make sure you link it to your blog in the HTML. If you need help with the HTML code, please let me know! If need be, I’ll post a “How-To” just for those new to blogging.
    • You can post anything you would like about going Back-To-School. You can post tips, giveaways, reviews, memories, anything. However, please make sure it is family-friendly.
    • You do not have to post a Back-To-School entry every day! If you only have a few days out of the week that you are able to, that’s perfectly fine. Post it only when you have the time!
    • Before each post, please put “Back-To-School” or “BTS” before the regular title. This helps other identify it!
    • You are able to post regular posts outside of Back-To-School. Like I said, you don’t have to do a post every day!!

    So, join us and let’s have some fun getting those kiddies back to school!

    This will be the last series until October!

    EDITED TO ADD: If you are going to college, this series is also for you! Don’t worry about feeling left out!!

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    CIJ- Christmas Crafts

    Whether you are or aren’t creative, crafts are always a fun and cheap way to decorate for the holidays. Even kids can get on it!! With tons of craft sites out there, I chose only one and I will share a few of the craffts from that website! I would share my o wn, but I’m not as creative as these people are!

    This Pencil Snowman is perfect for the kids!

    Materials Needed:
    l pencil
    l chenille stem
    l bell
    1 button
    glue
    2″ sq. black felt
    5″ X 1″ felt strip
    white card stock
    fine black marker
    pink marker or crayon

    Directions:

    1. Cut a circle about 3/4″ diameter from white card stock, and glue onto the pencil, just below the metal of the eraser.
    2. Center one side of 2″ black felt square over the forehead area of the white circle, and glue in place. Bring the other two sides to the back, and glue.
    3. Cut 1″ from a chenille stem, pass the bell through, and gather the top of the hat, and twist the chenille stem around the top of the hat.
    4. 4. Glue the center of the scarf strip at the back of the pencil, bring the two ends to the front, cris cross, and glue in place.
    5. Glue a button in the center of the scarf.
    6. Add facial features with fine black marker, color cheeks in with pink marker or crayon.

    I think it’s rather cute!!


    I don’t remember ever doing this next craft, but frankly, who hasn’t? It’s the Popcorn Garland!

    296_main_popcornstringMaterials Needed:
    Fishing line
    Popped Corn
    Blunt darning needle for threading
    (ADULT SUPERVISION NEEDED)

    Directions:

    1. Using a needle, thread the fishing line through each piece of popcorn. Continue until you have a garland long enough to decorate a tree or room then tie a knot to secure.
    2. Try using Colored pop corn for a festive look.
    3. There are a couple of ways to successfully color popcorn.
    4. Add food color to the oil prior to popping, this gives a very faint color finish.
    5. Add powdered food coloring (found at cake supply stores) to popped corn for a more intense color.
    6. Add a little water to some food coloring and pour into a bag. Add the popped corn and toss till it is well coated.
    7. If the popcorn is NOT going to be eaten use a Powdered Poster Paint which can be bought from a toy store or the school may already have some.
    8. Then toss the powder over your popped corn. This gives off a very very vibrant color but it is NOT Edible.
    9. Generally these powder paints are actually non toxic so no harm would actually be done, but still not really edible.

    Ahh… the smell of popcorn in the air!! Fantastic!


    Next up is a Reindeer Christmas Ornament. This one is also perfect for kids and simply adorable!!

    1127_main_1127_main_reindeerMaterials Needed:
    1/8″ red ribbon
    1 red craft fuzzy ball
    2 craft google eyes
    3 wooden, hearts
    brown acrylic paint
    paint brush/sponge
    hot glue gun
    (ADULT SUPERVISION NEEDED!)

    Directions:

    1. Start by painting all three of the wooden hearts with the brown paint on the front and back. Let dry approximately 30 minutes.
    2. Glue the hearts together according to the picture given. The top two hearts should be upright and the bottom heart (the face) should be upside down.
    3. Next, tie a small bow out of the red ribbon. Place on top of the upside down heart. Glue on the eyes and nose (fuzzy ball) according to the picture given.
    4. Finally, create a loop with the red ribbon and glue to the back of the ornament. Write your name and year on the back of the ornament as a personal touch.

    Are you feeling the creative juices flowing? Perfect!! For more crafts to do this year, visit Craftbits.com.