Make a Difference In Your Community #GivingBackPacks

Giving Back Packs

Now that summer is almost officially over and most of the kiddos are back in school, it’s time to finish purchasing all those school supplies your kiddos need to make the start of their school year a great one! With coupons and sales I spend about $40 on school supplies and backpacks per each child, but the average most parents spend is $100 per child! When buying supplies for 4 kiddos this adds up very quickly, plus buying clothes, shoes, getting new hair cuts, etc you can quickly need a small loan to snag everything your kiddos need to head back to school. school supplies
With these costs there are many kiddos heading back to school this year that won’t have new clothes or shoes but also won’t have school supplies. Not having pencils, folders or paper makes for a very hard time to get through class work. Each year I donate school supplies to local schools and churches that help these kiddos start the school year off with supplies! This year I teamed up with some great bloggers, Madame Deals and Wonderful Almonds to make a big change, #GivingBackPacks. The idea behind #GivingBackPacks project is that each of us can do something to help others!
This is the third year for Giving Back Packs project and I’m so excited to be participating this year. Once you give back and see how it greatly effects just one person, it will make you want to help more! Helping a child, knowing that they will have a more positive school day with the supplies they need, donated by you, makes it even better!
The backpack that I got to fill was donated to a local church back pack drive that will be then donated to a local school to help a child in my community!
This time of year is probably one of my favorite times to shop. Not only do I get great deals on back to school supplies but I also get to grab snacks for the kiddos that are great for lunches and after school snacks! Wonderful Pistachios and Wonderful Almonds are great snacks for your kiddos and are available in convenient packs that will be great for lunch boxes.
Wonderful Pistachios tube packs are the perfect snack options that are both nutritious and delicious, and are are available in Roasted & Salted, Sweet Chili and Salt & Pepper flavors. Bottle water is a great addition to any lunch or after school snack.
FIJI Water keeps the whole family hydrated on-the-go and comes in a variety of different sizing perfect for an occasion.

The goal of this campaign is to inspire our readers to also put together back packs to give in their community. What have you done lately for your community?

#GivingBackPacks with Wonderful Almonds, Wonderful Pistachios, and Fiji Water. The Wonderful group provided a back pack, almonds, pistachios, and bottles of water plus a $25 gift cards to each of our bloggers to help them fill the provided back pack of school supplies for a child in need in the community. Just Trying To Save Money received a $25 gift card to purchase school supplies and donate to a local child in need in the community. No additional compensation was received. My opinion as always is 100% my own.

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Review & Giveaway- Five Little Bunnies Die-Cut Board Book & CD Set- CLOSED


If you start seeing bunnies on everything at the stores, it most likely means that Easter is on it’s way. Which means Spring is here!! In honor of Easter and Spring, I have found this great board book and CD set, Five Little Bunnies! If you kids are anything like ours, then they love to sing and dance and this board book and CD set help your little ones do just that! 

The illustrations in this book are absolutely adorable! Five Little Bunnies Die-Cut Board Book & CD Set has simple rhymes and is oversized to help your little ones see all the great illustration in this book! It also teaches them numbers from 1-5 and is meant for Ages 0 to 6. This book is very durable, our 2 year old is very rough on her toys and books. This book has help up very well for the amount of wear and tear she gives her books!

 The Music CD includes the recorded story plus 19 new and classic children songs. Our girls love the Apples & Bananas song!! Here is the complete list of songs included……

  • Five Little Bunnies Read Along
  • I Can Wiggle
  • She’ll Be Coming Around The Mountain
  • If You’re Happy And You Know It
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • Apples & Bananas
  • Sing A Long
  • Can You Swing Your Arms
  • Look At The Monkeys
  • Let Everyone Clap Hans Like Me
  • The Green Grass
  • Grew All Around
  •  S-M-I-L-E
  • Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow
  • Do Your Ears Hang Low?
  • Down In The Valley
  • Down By The Station
  • I Had A Cat
  • Traveling Is A Dream
  • The Gray Mare
  • It’s Silly Time

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Staycation Idea: Spa Day


Here is Staycation Idea 2- Spa Say, thanks to Madame Deals for the idea!

Oh Spring Break is upon us and the kids are home. The cash is tight and the ideas have dried up and it is only day two of spring break. Introducing the spa day. This easy to do activity is kind on your wallets and our state of mind. It is also educational! Salvation at last! The first rule of spa day is everyone must be calm, cool, and collect. This is a day of peace and quiet. We usually do spa activities in the bathroom or the kitchen. We grab chairs, a sheet, a radio, bowels, towels, flash lights or candles depending on the age of your spa guests.

We head into the kitchen to create our pampering creations. This is a great way to introduce math through following directions, sequence, and measurement and those skills coupled with reading makes this activity relaxing and educational.

If you have young kids with limited attention spans keep your spa services to a minimum. You can do a face treatment, hand, and feet. If you children are older you can do multiple treatments. You can have them conduct a scientific experiment to hypothesize what the results of the procedure will be. You can ask the children what they think the potion will smell like, feel like, and taste like based on the ingredients. (Only taste if the ingredients are food). You can extend this activity to have them create their own potions and try out their effectiveness and chart the results. You can also have them create a service menu and perform the treatments on you, their friends, or other family members. If you would like to extend this activity further you could set up a spa experience with distinct cost. You will be able to work with money, supply and demand, and possibly barter. This day event could turn into multiple hours/ days of enjoyment.

Here are a couple of recipes for treatments. They are fast and easy and most importantly accessible and inexpensive. If you want to make a longer spa day do the easy procedure first and then add the complex procedure.

  • Easy- Place a well-mixed blueberry or strawberry yogurt on their face. Then rinse off. 
  • Complex- Take 1 cup of cheerios grinded into a fine powder, some honey and a couple squirt of lemons to create a mask. Then apply to their faces until it dries rinse off.
  • Easy- Get a bowl and fill it with warm water and soak your hands with a tablespoon of olive oil. Then put lotion or Crisco, or Vaseline on your hands and place them in gloves (dish kind work) or use socks. If you let the lotion, Crisco, Vaseline site for 30 minutes their hands will be very smooth. 
  • Complex- Take one Tablespoon of cane Sugar and baby oil. Then rub your hands together. Then wash off the mixture and follow up with the easy suggestion above.
  • Easy- Fill a bowl with warm water and add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda. You can place flower petals on the top or orange slices.
  • Complex- 1 cup of brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons of water, and enough honey to make it liquid, and ¼ cup of oatmeal mix. Then rub your feet to remove dead skin. I would then place their feet in socks with Vaseline, lotion, or baby oil.
  • Easy- A warm bath with bubbles and cucumbers on their eyes. You could also place one cup of Apple Vinegar in the bath it improves circulation.
  • Complex- Create a body scrub- Use cane sugar and vanilla extract. You could also have them rub pineapples on their skin to remove dead skin. You can have fun and create your own scrub using sugar, oatmeal, bananas, and honey.

What are some ideas that you see for extensions to this simply idea?

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