How I organize my family of five and Back to School Deals

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I love the thought of summer and relaxing but I also love getting organized and ready for Back to School. I have tried several different methods on organizing my family of five and all have failed miserably. I finally found something that has worked for our family for the past 6 months. It has really helped us to stay on top the weeks events and everyone can see what is upcoming, so that there are no surprises. Each month, I fill out our dry erase board and we add to it as needed. The kids enjoy marking off each day as it ticks by. Ours is located on the back of the door leading out to our garage, so we pass it daily. You can pick from several different styles on Zulily right now!

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There are lots of Back to School deals at zulily! My girls take their lunches each day and we own several of these reusable bags. We love them!

Gymboree: FREE Shipping and $12 Sleepwear Sale

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Back to School shopping and deals have begun! Get Free shipping and $12 sleepwear for 2 days only at Gymboree!

Beat Summer Boredom with Beados

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Moose Toys has re-launched a fun toy for kids everywhere, Beados. We were sent a Quick Dry Design Studio to check out and review. This is a super fun arts & crafts line that features adorable designs and characters out of beads. These awesome beads stick together with just a spray of water. Using the included beads and templates, kids design their Beados character, spray their design with water using the included spray bottle and watch their designs fuse together! Best of all, this one requires NO heat, no glue, no extra stuff! Every you need comes in the box. (Well almost, you will need water and two double A batteries.) Chloe had so much fun making this little dog! I have a feeling that we will be buying refills VERY soon!

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You can pick up Beados on Amazon, Walmart, Kmart, Target, ToysRUs, or Walgreens. These are perfect for any child ages 4-15 and the kit comes with:

1 x Station Unit
500 x Beads
1 x Tweezer Pen
2 x Suction Cups
1 x Spray Bottle
2 x Design Trays
1 x Bead Storage Tray
1 x Display Stand
1 x Connector
6 x Design Templates
1 x Instruction Booklet

FREE Redbox Movie Promo Code

Get a FREE movie rental from Redbox when you use this code: FRIENDS  Remember this code is valid thru 7/17.

Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Hits opens on July 18th

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This sequel is just as good if not better than the original as Dusty, played by Dane Cook, goes through quite the journey of character development. Imagine getting too old to do the job you always loved. The heartache and disappointment of being beyond repair only gets pacified by a need that turns out to be more than expected.

The kids will be engaged with the high quality animation and adults will enjoy the plot and character development. Dusty has a new compadre in the heavy-lift helicopter named Windlifter and this character increases the quality of the movie immensely.

I love a movie that entertains and has a great moral lesson for the kids. Planes: Fire and Rescue does not disappoint and delivers on this goal. I am grateful my family and I saw it.  I recommend this movie to all audiences. It will be worth your time.

Check out this video clip:

We went to an instore DisneyStore event and my girls got to do tons of Planes activities. Check with your local store and see if they have some planned this week! (Totally worth your time!)

 

Honey Bunches of Oats Printable Coupon (+ Walmart Deal)

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Hurry and grab this $1/1 Post Honey Bunches of Oats Giant Size Cereal (18 oz or larger) coupon! (zip 62946)

Use it at Walmart to get the following deal:

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$1/1 Post Honey Bunches of Oats Giant Size Cereal (18 oz or larger) coupon
Total: $2.24

I like to make this yummy treat with Honey Bunches of Oats! My kids love it!

(Thanks, Printable Coupons and Deals!)

All things Frozen: Back to School Deals

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Amazon has a few awesome deals right now on Frozen themed back to school fun! Hurry over and grab this lunch box for less then $10 or this thermos bottle for just $17.99.

Pay it Forward with Hawaiian Falls and Team Connor

Team Connor was started by the parents of Connor, a sweet boy who lost his four year battle with cancer in 2009. They started this foundation because they saw the toll childhood cancer took on families, both emotionally and financially.

FACT:

Cancer kills more children each year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined, yet the National Cancer Institute allocates only three percent of its budget to pediatric cancer.

TeamConnor has raised $1 million in its mission to find cures for childhood cancers. And the fight continues. All because of one inspirational little boy with a warrior’s heart.

SAVE and Pay It Forward:

Today, Hawaiian Falls has teamed up with TeamConnor to bring awareness and raise money! You can currently buy $20 tickets (good thru the rest of the year!) by going to teamconnor.org

They have a run coming up in Frisco in October. I’ll be posting more about that soon as well.

Family Game Night with #ZoursFace Fun #Shop #CollectiveBias

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We try to take a weekend each month to enjoy a game night. I feel it’s great for our family to relax and laugh together. My girls really look forward to it. One of their favorite games to play is Bingo. It’s great for them all. My oldest is very competitive and my youngest is learning her numbers still! Throw in some Zours Mike Ike candy and we were set for a fun night! I love fun candy ideas!

We found the Mike and Ike Zours candy at Walmart. In fact, we went to a sampling and enjoyed trying this new sour candy! Here are some of our #ZourFace family fun moments instore!

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You can find these in the candy isle for less then $1. Or maybe not! We grabbed the LAST box at our Walmart! My girls love the sour flavors! This new variety of Mike and Ikes Zours includes: Sour Lemon, Sour Green Apple, Sour Watermelon, Sour Blue Raspberry, and Sour Cherry. They were definitely sour! In fact, they bit me in the neck…you know…down below the ears! I have to admit that I too loved the sour watermelon best!

I knew exactly what we were going to do with them! (I am a smart mama…I don’t give my kids “free” candy…they earn it in our house!)

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To make our family game night extra fun, we decided to play Bingo and replace the bingo markers with Mike and Ike zours candy. I told the girls that they could eat theirs IF they got a Bingo. This meant war to my oldest! She was serious business. My middle one was trying hard, and my youngest kept “running out of markers.” Pretty sure she was eating them through out the game! It was so much fun and the kids really enjoyed the fun (and tasty) twist to Family Game Night.

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Could your family use Mike and Ike Zours to create a family fun night? We have a few other games that we could use them for. My youngest wanted to make candy necklaces as well. That would make a great craft for an older kiddo who could use a needle safely. The possibilities are endless!

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Fun way to tell your kids you are going to Disney

Parents everywhere have come up with some really awesome ways to tell their kids that they are going to Disney. I wanted to do something super fun and had some help along the way!

First and foremost, I must say that planning and packing for a Disney trip is SUPER stressful and hard to not talk about! I had to wait to pack while the kids were at school, which didn’t leave much time to make sure I had everything. I made lists that helped some…but then I stopped stressing because I knew that I could find a Target if needed.

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Here is a fun way to tell your kids that you are going to Disney!
1.) Have a really awesome gifted friend who owns a bakery make you some adorable Minnie Mouse Cakepops. (I suggest Megan with Black Flour!)
2.) Have your hubby distract the kids while you seek out the flight attendant at the gate. Inform her of your game plan to tell the kids on board in mid flight. I suggest you do this with Southwest Airlines because they are super friendly and laid back. (The original plan was just for her to deliver the cake pops and I would tell them!)
3.) The flight attendant actually went above and beyond and made an announcement over head. (As seen in the video above!)

My girls were super excited and we only had an hour before we would land at LAX, so I wasn’t bombarded with a million questions! So much fun!