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Back To School!

‘Tis the season. If you aren’t experiencing this as we speak this Monday, you are sure to soon. Gone are the days of camping and vacations and entertaining your kids all day long, but only to be replaced by lunch packing, school supplies, and carpools. There’s been TONS of deals and cute ideas all over the internet for back to school, and I wanted to share some of my favorite ones!

Deals

Ah, Staples, a staple in back to school shopping. Check out their site for all their sales from $7 for 4 dozen #2 Pencils, to $3 for a 24 pack of Crayola colored pencils to $3 for a 10 pack of Crayola markers. Essential items, discounted.

Walmart is also an incredible discount resource that makes life easier by allowing free in-store pickup and even free shipping in some cases. Save yourself some time and check out some of their deals. From $7 4-pack composition books and $7 4-packs of spiral notebooks to $5 for 2 dozen ball point pens they’ve definitely got you covered. Also interesting are their bundles! Prices range for their K-2nd Grade bundles but these allow you to get all the essentials in the styles you’re looking for. Makes it much easier not to overbuy or forget necessary items. Love it!

Back to School purchases aren’t limited to supplies – your growing kids need some new clothes for the new year as well. I always hate splurging on clothes that hardly fit them after a mere year, so I stand by Old Navy as my go-to! They’re stylish and trendy and definitely do not break the bank. They run tons of promotions and discounts and you know you are NEVER paying full price – the best feeling! Old Navy has everything from $20 for a 4-pack of uniform collared shirts to $8 denim – insane!

Back to School Fun

Back to School is also an opportunity to be, well, adorable. I still have pictures from my first day from Kindergarten to my Senior Year of High School. I was annoyed while they were happening, but I truly treasure them now.

I absolutely adore these FREE chalkboard printables – print them, frame them, and voila – adorable.

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First Day of School [http://www.yellowblissroad.com/first-day-of-school-chalkboard/]

Thanks, YellowBlissRoad!

Also totally adore MeAndMyInsanity’s idea of simply using a spiral notebook. It’s to theme, it’s cheap, and so, so easy.

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Back to School [http://meandmyinsanity.com/2013/08/an-apple-soda-for-the-teacher-back-to-school-gift.html#comment-15656]

The options are endless, and you’ll really love having these keepsakes. Hope this was helpful, and don’t forget to also check out Free Printable Lunch Notes to make sure your kids know you are thinking about them all day long and to have a wonderful day!

FREE Poo~Purri (You Heard Right!)

Here’s something silly! I think the whole family will get a kick out of poo~purri!

Poo~purri promises a toilet spray that REALLY WORKS. When you spray poo~purri into the bowl before you go, their formula creates a protective barrier on the water’s surface. The barrier is designed to trap unpleasant bathroom odors beneath the surface and keep them out of the air. All you’ll smell is a refreshing bouquet of essential oils!

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Poo~purri [www.poopurri.com]

Keep this in your personal bathroom or even your handbag and what you do in the bathroom is YOUR business only! The product is environmentally and septic-friendly. They even offer a 30-day money back stink-free guarantee – that’s pretty serious!

If you buy any $7.56 bottle (not terrible), you get a FREE 50 use 1oz bottle of their original formula. Plus, don’t forget – money back guarantee if you aren’t feeling it.

This makes a hilariously awesome gift, too!

As they say, the proof is in the pooping! Enjoy, haha 🙂

FREE Arm&Hammer™ Toothpaste Sample!

Every time I go to the dentist I get a lecture about two things:

1) Flossing

2) Enamel protection

Flossing, this can’t help you much with. Frankly, I’m not sure what will help me remember to floss daily.

Enamel protection, at least this exists to make things easier. I drink a lot of lemon tea/water and coffee – it’s important to understand that this dulls down your enamel and can be potentially dangerous. Some toothpastes may be able to help prevent this.

With this, I tell you to check out Arm&Hammer’s™ Truly Radiant Rejuvenating Toothpaste enhanced with a refreshing twist of mint. This toothpaste is said to go beyond whitening the surface to strengthen, clean, and repair tooth enamel in just 5 days!

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Truly Radiant

Get your free sample here.

Are Beanie Babies Worth Anything?

If your storage area looks anything like mine, there are at least 3 plastic bins full of Ty’s Beanie Babies, all tags still on. Beanie Babies were THE collectible to have in the 90’s, and I’ll never forget racing to the store each time a new ‘class’ dropped to make sure that I had them all. And the rare/exclusive ones? Don’t even get me started how much were paid for those ‘have to have thems’.

At this point, the toys hold no sentimental value and are just taking up space, and I’m considering selling them on eBay. Before I pull the trigger, I took to some research around the internet to see if this was worth my time, and the information was so interesting that I’d like to share it with all of you readers!

The bad news: the mass produced, common Beanie Babies really aren’t worth much. This pricing guide let me know that these are generally only worth $0.50-$1 apiece [https://bernurban.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/beanie-babies-value-guide/]. IMO, still worth selling them to clear up some space and make some easy cash.

The good news: if you have ‘rare’ Beanie Babies, you’re in business. Thefiscaltimes.com recently released an article noting the most valuable Beanie Babies – it’s SHOCKING! Check them out here, and listed below:

  • Employee Bear – $2,000-$3,000
  • Mystic the Unicorn – $1,800-$3,000
  • Chef Robuchon – $1,500-$2,500
  • #1 The Bear – $1,500-$2,000
  • Hong Kong Toy Fair 2010 – $800-$1,500
  • Patti the Platypus – $600-$1,500
  • MC Beanie – $500-1,500
  • Humphrey – $500-$1,200
  • Spot – $500-$1,100
  • Coral Casino – $500-$1,000
  • Peanut – $475-$700
  • Squealer – $400-$900
  • Teddy – $400-$900
  • Legs – $400-$750
  • Teddy (magenta) – $375-$900

Talk about a payday! Always check your specific Beanie Babies if you think it is a rare one – and if the tags and quality are intact? Even better.

Stay Healthy This Summer!

During my commute this morning – coughs.

Walking into my office this morning? Sneezing and common colds.

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Free Sample of Emergen-C!

Who knew how common getting sick during the summertime was? I’ve got way too many upcoming events to deal with that sort of bump in the road for me, my husband, or any of my kids – what a hassle.

Call me crazy, but I’m a firm believer in Emergen-C and boosting vitamin C intake as a means to stay healthy and ward off such inconveniences. When I was browsing around to order a case of the most appealing flavor, I found an awesome deal. Looks like all you need to do is sign up and take a brief consumer survey and they’ll send you at least 1 free sample. Why not, right?

Free Emergen-C Sample!

The Honest Company

I was lucky enough to see Jessica Alba speak about her company, The Honest Company, at SXSW in Austin this past March. Knowing very little about The Honest Company going into the panel, Alba blew me away.

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[cnbc.com]

The company makes nontoxic, eco-friendly products for children and the household – generating $150 million in sales in 2014. Alba shed a ton of light on the chemicals introduced into our household on a daily basis by buying big name brands – attributing a lot of her own family’s allergies, rashes, etc. to contact with these toxic ingredients.

So much immediately hit home. From the fact that I have to  use clear, unscented detergents in my own home, to an immediate transition to organic upon having children. You want to provide the best products and keep them pure, safe, and happy. The Honest Company embodies this – their ethical products are what I’ve been using for my household needs since.

Alba was so incredibly well spoken and clearly passionate about her cause. I’ve been scouring the internet to find some snippets of her video, and all I could find were articles discussing how she debuted her latest haircut during this panel. ::sigh::

Lucky for all of you – The Honest Company is offering a FREE sample discovery kit of diapers, wipes, essentials and/or health & wellness products so you can check them out for yourself. Order your free trial and enjoy all of the amazing products that they have to offer. They’re so much more than just a famous face to the brand!

Click below to check it out!

The Honest Company – Trial