Back to School Savings with Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Phones4School #CollectiveBias

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Going back to school is intimidating if you are at a new school. We have a foreign exchange student living with us for the next 10 months and everything is so different here then it was for her in Korea. I took her to enroll today and it was scary for me! Choosing classes and how the schedule changes on a daily basis and then add that one of the classes is off campus. Very hectic and confusing. Above and beyond that, we went to test out the code on the locker…and couldn’t get it unlocked! Janika doesn’t know ANYONE besides our family…and she barely knows us at that! We needed something to help us out! Something with Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web!

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We needed a way to connect and talk through out the day and Walmart Family Mobile saved the day on this one! We didn’t want to get locked into a long term contract, but needed the ability to text and call each other. We went to Walmart and headed over to the electronics department where we found the display that you see pictured above! We picked out the Alcatel One Touch Fierce on sale for $99.88. We are paying just $34.88/month Unlimited Talk, Text & Web service plan. With this phone, we also needed to purchase a $25.00 starter kit. It took less then 10 minutes to set up the new phone line. The Alcatel One Touch Fierce is very simple to use and has an awesome touch screen as well as a sleek design. 

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This phone is great for our family because we never have to worry about going over on text messages or data. Janika is 15, and I am more then sure she will be texting up a storm before we know it. This phone is light weight and will easily fit into her back pocket. I love that it was a great price and the service is strong in our area…which means minimal dropped calls. If you are considering getting your kiddo a phone as they go back to school, this is a great one! Cheap, slim, and everything they need to stay connected.Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 10.35.59 PM

You can read more about the Alcatel One Touch Fierce and the Walmart Family Mobile plan here. You can also connect with Walmart Family Mobile on Twitter! Follow their handle: @FamilyMobile

 

Spoiling our Teachers with Effortless Meals at Walmart

*I have partnered with Coca-Cola to tell you more about a stress free meal deal for your family. I received giftcards to review these meal options and to have fun with my family…out of the kitchen.  All opinions are my own and are honest.

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Going back to school to crazy for all but extra crazy for teachers! This year we are spoiling our teachers by swinging by Walmart to pick up Coca-Cola effortless meal bundles. We are picking up for both our teachers….and ourselves! Here is the poem that we created and gave our teachers:

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These awesome Effortless Meals lets moms spend less time working in the kitchen and more time connecting with their kids, while still providing a delicious meal that the whole family will love. As a mom, I know my least favorite time of the day is about 4:PM. My kids start asking about dinner and I just want to spend time with my kids, enjoying the afternoon. The thought of cooking just isn’t on my radar.

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In fact, as I look at our schedule this week, we have something going on EVERY night! Soccer practice, church, basketball, and more. With so much on our schedule, it’s hard to sneak in time to create a meal for our family to share!  These Effortless Meals are less then $10 and I found coupons hanging on the Coca-Cola to save $1 off!

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Here is what we will be enjoying tonight! Coca-Cola, Pizza, and I’ll add a salad! It’s perfect for a quick and easy meal on a busy day!


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Last Minute Staycation: Six Flags Over Texas

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Six Flags Over Texas recently invited my family to check out their newly updated Bugs Bunny Boomtown! There are five brand new rides, plenty of seating and shade, plus expanded walkways which are great for strollers or wheel chairs.

Kids can play at Looney Tunes Adventure Camp—an interactive play structure where kids can climb, slide and discover fun surprises. Taz Tornado Swings will have children spinning round and round as they twirl above the park in pint-sized swings. Bugs Bunny Cloud Bouncer will allow youngsters to take on new heights, while Marvin the Martian Space Rockets offers the perfect flight for future aviators. Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters gets everyone engaged in a fun water battle as riders spin around in water barrels, splashing everyone within reach. Moms and Dads can join in on the excitement of BUGS
BUNNY Boomtown by riding with their little ones on some of these great family-friendly rides and attractions.

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Six Flags Over Texas is currently open weekends. For more information on operating hours and BUGS BUNNY Boomtown, visit www.sixflags.com/overtexas. Here are a few upcoming events that you will not want to miss out on!

Fright Fest.  It begins September 27 and runs through November 2.  By day, the park offers Halloween-themed shows and treats for younger guests and families.  Then by sun’s set the ghastly ghouls, goblins and zombies emerge and the hunting and haunting begins throughout the park’s midways.

Holiday in the park is November 22- December 23.  From more than a million twinkling lights, holiday shows, toasty campfires, delicious hot cocoa, and roller coasters, to the nearly 60 foot Holiday Tree of Trees, Santa Land and of course Santa Claus. Special moments and thrills can be found at North Texas’ largest holiday festival.

Saving on Healthy Essentials as we go Back to School

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

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Do you have back to school routines? We do! These start weeks in advance and the day before we do the following:

We sleep in (one last time!) then enjoy brunch together! We pick our our clothes for the following day, and pack our backpacks. We then go to church and lunch as normal. Then in the afternoon, we paint our finger nails and toe nails and lay out our lunch boxes and prepare what we can for the following day. We take nice long relaxing baths and I blow dry my girls hair. (We use Johnson’s No More Tangles to make this easier!) They are then sent to bed by 8PM to get plenty of rest. 

As the mom of three little ones going back to school, I need to get up and get moving long before they up! The following three things help get me moving in the mornings:

1.)  Black Coffee w/two Splenda

2.) Neutrogena Oil Free Face Wash Pink Grapefruit

3.) Freshly brushed teeth (no one likes coffee breath) and Listerine

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I love that I can click over to the Healthy Essentials site and print more then $40 worth of savings on several of the items that I use on a daily basis! Check it out! HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® also offers tips & tools and so much more.

Here are a few of the coupons that you will find:

• Save $1.00 on JOHNSON’S® Baby NO MORE TANGLES® or Extra Conditioning hair care product (excludes sizes 1 oz.-4 oz., JOHNSON’S® BUDDIES® and JOHNSON’S® KIDS® products)
• Save $2.00 on any (2) AVEENO® products (excludes cleansing bars and moisturizing bars,
trial sizes and 2.5 oz. lotion sizes)
• Save $2.00 on any (1) RoC® Anti-Aging product
• Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Cleansing, Moisture, or Acne product
• Save $1.00 on any (1) SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Product
• Save $1.50 on any (1) VISINE® product (0.5 fl. oz. or larger)
• Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash, or (1) LISTERINE®NATURALSTM
Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN® Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE,
or (1) LISTERINE® ZERO®, or (1) LISTERINE® FLUORIDE DEFENSE® Anticavity Mouthwash product (Valid on products 1L or larger)

Chickfila: Fun Boredom Busters

Check out this fun that Chickfila has created for familys to enjoy together.

Giveaway Winners!

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I’ve had a few giveaways end and here are the winners! If you see your name, please check your email for your email confirmation and reply back asap so I can get your prize sent to you!

  • Disney DVDs: SueAnne, Angela, Jenn L
  • Sol Republic: Lindsey
  • Pampers: Jamie
  • Wall Pop: Rebecca

The following giveaways are still active, go enter!

 

Family Fun with Scholastic Parent and Child KidQ App

This is a sponsored post that I have written in partnership with Scholastic Parent & Child. All opinions are mine and are honest.

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I love how kids can be so inquisitive. They always seem to ask questions that are inspired by the world around them. Mine are constantly soaking in information and are hungry for more. I was recently introduced to an App that is so fun for parents and kids! Scholastic Parent & Child has a new KidQ app for iPhone and Android that facilitates conversation via fun Q&A’s about the things that kids (and parents!) are the most curious about, like Why is the sky blue? And Why do we say “ears” of corn? Each day, users are notified of a new playful question that serves as a conversation starter along with the official answer.

We’ve been playing on it a few days and the questions have me stumped! I am just as excited to learn the answers as they are! We play it at stop lights or while we are waiting for our meals! It’s a great conversation starter!

You can download the free KidQ app from Scholastic Parent & Child for FREE!

Here are a few of the questions we got:

  • Why do some things smell really good,…and some really bad?
  • Why do yummy smells fill the house when food is cooking or baking?
  • What ocean animal is related to the elephant: the manatee, the sea lion, or the whale?

Most of the questions are answered and then fun facts are also offered on the subject! This creates even more open doors for fun conversations. My oldest, Chloe, thinks she knows it all…and this has stumped her. I love that she is learning fun facts from a trusted source.

Go check it out! You’ll love it and since it’s free, your wallet will love it too!

Disney’s Club Penguin Frozen Party

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Oh my goodness! i might not see my kids for the next few days! Why you ask? Because there is Disney Club Penguin Frozen Party going on right now!!

From August 21-September 3, your kiddos can dress up like their favorite characters from the film, participate in a snowflake quest, and decorate their own Ice Palace Igloo. This fun and exciting party will also feature a special instrumental performance of “Let it Go,” and even give members the chance to create their own snowman Puffle!

During the Frozen Party, Club Penguin and “Disney’s Frozen” fans can:

· Choose from a number of member-only costumes to dress their penguin characters in, including Olaf, Sven, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff themed outfits
· Search for seven magic snowflakes that will give members special powers to freeze items around the island. All players can thaw frozen objects by using the heart emote
· All players can visit Elsa’s Ice Palace igloo to hear a special instrumental performance of “Let it Go,” as well as decorate their own free Ice Palace themed igloo
· Members will also be able to transform themselves into Marshmallow or Olaf or even create their own snowman Puffle

Check out this video review that my daughter did for you! She is SOO loving this! (As a mom, I am totally cool with this VERY safe Club Penguin play time!)

Club Penguin, is Disney’s #1 virtual world for children. Club Penguin works to maintain a fun and safe online entertainment experience by using filtering technology and live moderators. The award-winning virtual world of Club Penguin contains no third-party advertising and is free to use and enjoy, however a subscription membership provides access to additional features that enhance the play experience. Club Penguin, headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, is enjoyed by children around the world, and can be played in English, German, Portuguese, French, Russian and Spanish.

Great prices on Duct Tape Craft kits for kids

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Do your kids love Duct Tape Bangles? Mine do and I am grabbing this deal on Amazon today for $10.04 to put this in my gift closet for Christmas!

Rip, wrap and wear
Create 6 bracelets
Easy to make

You can also grab this ALEX® Toys – Do-it-Yourself Wear! Hot Duct Tape Fashion for $8.64, down from $13.99!

Tear, stick and wear
Decorate binders, bags, bracelets and more
May be used as a refill for other Alex Duct Tape kits

(Thanks HappyDealHappyDay for the heads up on this deal!)

Getting ready for Back to School Routines

I was invited to participate in a fun Sponsored California Raisins #SnacktoSchool party. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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We have one more week before the girls go back to school. I’ve got to admit, I am excited about routine again! It’s been nice to sleep in and not have to wake at any given time, but there is something about routine that is soothing! Here are a few things that come to mind when I think back to school:

1.) Quick and Easy Breakfasts

2.) Packing healthy lunches

3.) After school snacks

These three things all are struggles for me. I wish I were more prepared, but often times I am not. As we start this school year, I want to plan a little better. For breakfasts, I am going to try to bounce between these four items: yogurt/toast, cereal, waffles, and homemade muffins. Muffins are easy to make the day before and my girls seem to do well with them. I made a test run of Cinnamon Raisin muffins to see if the girls like them. Super simple to make and they DID enjoy them. Here’s the recipe:

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Cinnamon Raisin Muffin Recipe

Incredients:
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar (Can sub splenda)
1 egg
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup California Raisins

TOPPING:
1/2 cup sugar (can sub Splenda)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, melted

  1. Mix shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk until well combined. Last, fold in California Raisins.
  2. Fill greased muffin cups half full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  3. Last, Melt butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip muffin tops in butter, then in cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Super simple! For lunches, I like to pack easy and sometimes prepackaged items. A normal days lunch includes:

sandwich, chips, fruit, yogurt, and a drink.  The fruit is usually one of the following: apple sauce, mixed fruit, an apple, or raisins. Changing it up is key!

And last, I love having a snack for my hungry girls when they come home. They always ask for something on the walk home. With a little planning, I can have snacks prepped and ready to go. I love offering healthy options. One thing that they really enjoy is applies with peanut butter. To mix things up, I sometimes stir raisins into the peanut butter before giving it to them to dip.

We recently attended a fun #SnacktoSchool party and here are a few of my favorite pictures!

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California Raisins are a great addition to any snack on meal and are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids as they head back to school or offering as an after-school snack. The ingredient list says it all: Raisins.

Both convenient and portable, California Raisins are a great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking. They are a great value, too. According to the USDA, raisins are the most economical dried fruit. They have Zero fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar. Plus, raisins offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving).

Visit http://bit.ly/1qOeEps for more information about California Raisins and find them on Facebook  where you can sign up to receive a California Raisins prize pack! Limited supply; while quantities last.

Giveaway:

Want to win a Fun Raisin Prize pack consisting of a stuffed raisin plushie, snack container and other raisin related items?(ARV $15.00). Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite Raisin related snack is. Can have Raisins in it, on it, but they must be part of the snack! Giveaway ends on 8/27 at 5PM CST.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf California Raisins.

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