Staples Teacher Appreciation Week Aug 2-8th

I have many Teachers in my life that deserve the up most appreciation. One of my good friends is a 1st grade teacher, my aunt teaches and I have several other friends that teach. I even went to school to teach special education, but that is a story for another time.

Thankfully there are stores like Staples that are willing to make sure that our great Teachers who typically spend $400 plus a year of their own money in their classrooms don’t go unnoticed. During Staples’ Teacher Appreciation Week, teachers can get an exclusive coupon that provides 40 percent back in Staples® Teacher Rewards on popular items including school supplies, teaching and art supplies as well as cleaning and supplies for the classroom from brands teachers love such as Sharpie, 3M and Crayola.

The discount applies to in-store purchases only, made from Sunday, August 2 through Saturday, August 8, and excludes technology, Staples Less List & Extreme Deal offers.   The Refer a Fellow Teacher offer extends the savings to other educators.

Teachers GET 40% back in rewards this week!

Save on your classroom needs – this year and next. Stock up in store 8/2/15–8/8/15, so you can make more happen for your students every day.

For this week only (August 2 through 8), Staples Teacher Rewards members can purchase a customizable Staples brand teacher planner for only $24.99 (regularly $39.99) with discount code, online only.


To sign up for free Staples Rewards membership or for more information about the Teacher Rewards program, please visit

End Summer with an ICE CREAM Party!!

As summer is winding down I am looking for a few last minute ways to get my kids to embrace the back to school life that is just a few weeks away for us, August 17, to be exact. Image result for ice cream clipart

There is no better way to keep the last of the good times rolling this summer with Blue Bunny! Ice cream parties are easy to do and loved by kids of all ages.  I have a few Ice Cream brands I like but one of my favorite has to be Blue Bunny especially the Bunny Tacks. The ice cream is made in Le Mars, Iowa, uses fresh milk  from local dairy farms and can be found at most grocery stores across the 50 States

I have also heard that local newspapers are having a special Blue Bunny offer on ice cream cartons, cones, sandwiches and bars redeemable at your local retailer. in this Sunday’s Paper August 2, 2015 so it’s the absolute perfect time for me to grab all the Blue Bunny flavors and Ice Cream bars I can get my hands on.

Whether your looking for the signature Bunny Tracks, classic Simply Vanilla ice cream sandwiches or irresistibly fun Mini Swirls, ice cream aficionados  throughout all 50 states can choose from tantalizingly tasty Blue Bunny ice cream flavors and a delectable collection of cones, sandwiches and bars.

Ice Cream Sandwiches are perfect for making Super Easy Ice Cream Cakes too, nothing beats and ice cream cake just look at this Blue Bunny 7 Layer Birthday Bars Cake Recipe.


Be sure to check out all the products, recipes, coupons and other ideas from Blue Bunny by visiting,

Label Daddy has you covered for Back To School

As summer winds down the inevitable is pushed into reality. Getting the kids ready to go back to school. For many of us this means all new gear because lets face it last years stuff is either broke, smashed, ripped, colored on or just too small. There is nothing more annoying than getting all the stuff you need for your kids only to have them misplace it during the first week of school.

Luckily Label Daddy has a variety of options for you to use to label all your kids stuff. From clothing, sports equipment, electronics, and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, vacation, and other places. Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with others. These labels are great for adults too! — Put them on your sunglass/eyeglass case, phone, camera, sports equipment, tablet, e-reader, hats, clothing, and more.

Label Daddy labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant!

You design your own labels! So no more cheesy looking labels, you pick your colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, sports team logos, and more.

These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

SavyGreenSaver Readers can Save 20% on your entire Label Daddy order !

Just use Use code USFAMILY20 at checkout

Check Out AdoramaPix

If your like me then you love to collect photo books with all your digital pictures of your family vacations, Birthdays and more.  That is why every chance I get I make sure to take advantage of coupons on digital photo books. Allow me to introduce you to…

AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their custom photo books display your captured memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Thick, durable, professional grade photo paper resists fading and ensures that your photos will be just as colorful for future generations. The binding is lay-flat, so even panoramic images can splash across two pages without any separation. Your memories deserve to live in a stylish, archival home with AdoramaPix photo books.

These books make wonderful gifts and you can find all the fun gift ideas HERE:

Plus 25% off our square photo books (6×6,8×8,10×10,12×12).

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UpCycle Food Jars and Coffee Cans!

The possibilities for these Containers are endless, Vases for Flowers, Toy canisters, etc. Simply Clean and save your empty cans, or jars and then let the magic begin!!

We made Personal Piggy Banks from Pickle Jars like the one below! Mine with flowers and my son had a blast making his to match his Space Themed room!! Jars will need a strong cutter to get a slit at the top if you want one, but I just leave them with no hole. 
The plastic containers and Oatmeal containers are PERFECT if you want a hole at the top because they are easier to cut. The paint will look different depending on what container you use, the plastic works best with permanent marker and the paper oatmeal containers are great for little ones because you can use crayons or paint.

You can even gather items like shells, pictures, pom poms and more to hot glue/tacky glue to the container. 

Smaller Salsa Jars make GREAT crayon holders you can paint them, put a paper around it to decorate or leave it like I did so it’s easy to see your crayons.
Or what about a treat jar? this Old Salsa Jar is what I use I haven’t even bothered to decorate it but, it helps me limit the amount of Candy the kids keep around the house, if it does not fit in the jar then it does not stay. (I do have a small hidden collection from Easter leftovers to refill but typically if it does not fit it goes)
The funny thing is you would think since they see it all day they would be asking for candy all the time but it’s quite the opposite :) They never ask!!
My son likes to keep his Legos in an Old Coffee Can!


What do you Save and reuse at home!!

Breaking Emotional Eating Habits

Eating is a part of life.  Your body gets its nutrients from food.  Sometimes we can go overboard with our eating habits and it can result in gaining weight.  One issue with food is emotional eating.

The problem of emotional eating may end with the scale but it begins in the mind.  Stress takes its toll on your life.  When your defenses are compromised your health takes a hit and so do your emotions.

Everyone has good days and bad days.  How we deal with the bad ones brings emotional eating into play.  You look for comfort for your hurts.  People who turn to food for comfort find a coping mechanism that won’t judge them, hurt them or tell them “no.” To complicate the issue, eating pleasurable foods can stimulate the release of endorphins just like exercise.  So, after you eat, you feel better.

Emotional eaters use food to relieve stress.  They hide behind the food instead of seeking solutions to the problems.  This is not uncommon when the stressor is something horrible such as physical abuse or a death.

But, how do you know you are using food in this way?  The first sign is obvious.  You will gain weight if you eat too much.  In light of the weight gain, examine other areas of your life:

* Have you been under stress lately at work or at home?
* Has anything traumatic happened in the last year?
* Are you dealing with a problem but haven’t found a solution?

Answering “yes” to any of these questions could mean that you are an emotional eater.  You eat but you are not necessarily hungry at the time.  The foods that you choose are what we term “comfort foods”:

* High fat foods like French fries, fried foods
* High carb foods like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes
* Sugary foods like ice cream, donuts, cookies, cake

There is help for emotional eaters.  The first step is recognizing that you have a problem.  You’ll experience feelings of helplessness and guilt.  The guilt is over potentially ruining your health and the helplessness lies in the fact that you don’t see a way out.

Secondly, seek counseling.  There are many types of counselors out there that can meet your need.  Emotional eating has nothing to do with dieting or changing your eating habits but gaining control over your emotions.

A counselor might suggest things like visualization, practicing problem solving skills, relaxation techniques and family support.  Visualization helps you to see your problems in a realistic way and not blown out of proportion.  You will also learn to see food as nutrition for the body and not an emotional crutch.

Thirdly, your family can learn your triggers for stress and be on the lookout for changes in your eating habits.  They can help you be aware of the foods you are eating, assist you in making healthy food choices and exercise along with you.  Proper diet and exercise increases immunity, blood flow and positive thinking.  Yoga enhances the mind/body connection so you don’t eat when you aren’t hungry.

Finding new ways to solve your problems and deal with stress will push food out of the equation.  You’ll feel good about finding solutions which will replace the dependence on food.

Kids Bowl Free All Summer 2015

I have participated in this program now for four years and I can not say enough about it! During a hot summer day when your ready to pull out your hair or worse, on a rainy day when the kids are ready to kill one another Mommy saves the day with bowling. 


I print out our tickets that are e-mailed once a week and off we go! 2 games for my kids are plenty all you pay for is the shoes plus tax!


If you want to join your kids you can buy a family pass for up to 4 adults to receive 2 FREE games every day all summer long for only $24.95. This is completely optional but a great way to save!!


As You can see my boys love bowling (who doesn’t?)

Go register for free today and enjoy some affordable family time this summer!
2. Create your account, choose your local bowling ally
3. Choose to buy the family Plan then or buy one later or not at all!
4. Print your coupons and go have fun!!
(fyi…every year you have to re-register.)



August Summer Giveaway

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Free Book from Barnes and Noble

From now until September 2nd your 1st- 8th grade kids can earn FREE books!!

It’s easy and a great motivator for summer reading, just have your kids Read 8 books and log them into their Reading Journal.

Once they have 8 logged bring their Journal  to your local Barnes and Noble.  Then they may choose 1 book for each log turned in.

Books are while supplies last, so don’t waste time this summer or you will miss out!


Do your kids like to read during the summer? My oldest loves it and my youngest is just now reading on his own! YEY!!


Summer is almost HERE….eeek help!!!

summerIn just two terrifying weeks my children now 6 and almost 11 will be home ALL day and while I love the idea of being able to sleep in (kinda). I am running ragged trying to make sure that I have enough to keep them from driving each other ME up the walls. “OH but summer is supposed to be a time of relaxation and bliss” (if you believe that seek help).

If you have boys who love to antagonize and get in each others faces just because they can, summer is just a BOMB waiting to explode all over your house. Did I mention that we also live in South Florida so guess what they DON”T want to do all day long? Be outside anywhere because it’s too stinkin’ HOT! Kids during the summer here revert to indoors like children do in the North during winter. Sure they all play outside a little but they can only last so long because it really HOT!

So here’s the game plan so far:

1. Summer Enrichment– Yes I am that mean mommy who refuses to let her children’s brains frizzle over summer.  We are going to the library (a lot), local museums courtesy of our local library (who gives out 1 pass per kid to a museum of your choose per day each month until they are gone), nature parks, of course they are doing math, and reading lots of reading (or I may have to feed them to the museum birds!)

2. Bowling (it’s indoors in A/C and it’s free nearly free) See Kids Bowl Free All Summer

3. MOVIES (again indoors with A/C yey!! and FREEish depending on your location) See Free Movies For Your Kids

4. Summer Camp (they think it’s cool and MOM gets a break hallelujah!)

5. Beach Trips  We live in Florida Hello!! (word of advise early in the day or late in the day DO NOT GO MIDDAY to the beach in South Florida in the summer EVER!! unless you like roasting like an ewy gooey marshmallow)

6. FUN  oh yeah we are going to have dance parties, sprinkler runs, water balloon flights, painting and crafting terrors and just make a general mess!

7. Food Creations in addition to fun I use food as a way to keep busy cool off and have the kids learn too!  An easy way to cool off is with Watermelon Water

I would love to know how you all keep busy during your summers, as I am still stockpiling ideas! Any freebies I am all ears!!