Ahh, and college is starting soon

School starts soon. Kids are off to college? Everone needs to save money on college

This is a sponsored post from Campus Book Rental, a great way to save money on college. As always, all thoughts are my own.

It is about to be a big time around the 6 Pack. Anthony graduated from high school last year and is looking at his first year of college. Joey is starting his senior of high school. Serenity is starting in the middle school for 6th grade and Willow is starting in kindergarten. Did you catch that? I have a kid in every single school. One starting college and one starting kindergarten. That is a tremendous gap. It is an expensive gap.

School starts soon. Kids are off to college? Everyone needs to save money on college

Thankfully I have learned some great ways to save money on things that the kids need for school. I have been able to find great deals on school supplies. I can find great deals on clothes. Being a part of the blogging community has helped me find blogs that can lead me in the right direction when it comes to saving some serious cash. Another great way to save money, that works if you have kids in college, or if it is you in college, or even kids taking college classes, is using Campus Book Rental.

I remember when I was taking college classes. I bought a ton of books and they told me I can sell them back at the end of the year. Each book was over $200 a piece but I felt better that I’d get something back for them later on. Here is the problem. At least 3 of those books were retired at the end of the year. That means, they do not buy them back. Guess who was out of luck. I ended up not getting any money back, AND I had to find a way to recycle these books, because I can’t just throw them away.

Campus Book Rental is a site where you can go on, rent the books you need for the semester and then mail them back when your class is over. That in itself sounds nice but also:

  • save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  • free shipping both ways
  • can highlight in the textbooks
  • flexible renting periods
  • But my favorite of all is that they give back. They donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

Campus Book Rental is a great way to save money on college. Now I need to start looking for the rest of my deals for school. How do you save money for school?

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What’s Your Big Game Ritual? Sponsored

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Sports are a great way for children to learn discipline, team spirit, working together, sharing, winning, losing, and so much more. As parents, we love watching our children play their favorite sports and win. We also expect them to lose and to learn from that experience.

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Some of us even have special little rituals before a game, and I love watching the teams do their before a game starts or after it ends – no matter whether they win or lose!

It’s good knowing that we’re not alone in our little quirks as a family of little leaguers! As a matter of fact Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® is celebrating Little Leagues everywhere with their #ShowYourStripes initiative!

This Little League Season Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® wants every child to enjoy the season, to experience the camaraderie, the wins and losses like a boss!

I think that what really gets me is the pregame rituals each team has. Some do a dance, some chant, some just run laps and high five each other. Whatever your ritual is, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® wants to see them!

To help get you and your team in the spirit check out this video below!

 

You can share your own rituals and action shots on Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® Facebook page and Twitter page!

Join in on the action and #ShowYourStripes, while seeing what other Little Leagues are up to. No matter how you show your team spirit, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® will be right there along side your team!

Stay Connected and #ShowYourStrips with Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes®

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Surprisingly Easy “Fried” Ice Cream

Surprisingly Easy Fried Ice Cream

This recipe is sponsored by Honey Bunches of Oats. All thoughts are my own.

 

I have a thing for fair food. I love it. Corn dogs, funnel cake, fried Oreos, fried ice cream, pass the junk and I am a happy girl.  But sadly, because I have no will zero will power, I have to be careful. I over indulge and then feel lousy. Since I have learned to make a few fair favorites at home, I am learning that I can have my treats without being at the fair.

Surprisingly Easy “Fried” Ice Cream

Surprisingly Easy Fried Ice Cream

Honey Bunches of Oats recently shared their version of fried ice cream with me and not only is it so simple to make at home, it is healthier too.

“Fried” Ice Cream with Cinnamon-Chocolate Sauce

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Serves 4, 1 ice cream ball each

Ingredients

“Fried” Ice cream:

1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Almond cereal

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cups vanilla ice cream

Cinnamon-Chocolate Sauce:  

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3 Tablespoons heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

1. Place the cereal in a bowl and crush it up. It works well using the back of a spoon or your hands. Add in the coconut and chili powder.

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2. In a skillet, heat up the oil. Toast the cereal mixture until golden brown, which takes about 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat, and let it cool completely.

3. Scoop out 4 servings, about a 1/2 cup each. Form into balls, place on a tray or plate and put back into the freezer for 30 minutes.

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4. Take the ice cream balls out of the freezer and roll it into the Honey Bunches of Oats mixture.Then place them back in the freezer for 30 more minutes

5.  When you are ready to serve, make the chocolate sauce. To make the sauce add the chocolate chips, cinnamon and heavy cream into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir to combine.

6. Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the ice cream, add whipped cream if desired, and enjoy.

Surprisingly Easy Fried Ice Cream, finished

Let’s just say these ice cream balls never stood a chance. The girls and I devoured them while having a movie day at the house. Also, if you don’t have the patience to wait for everything to freeze, the cereal coating makes a great ice cream topping sprinkled on top.

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Making Any Day a Sundae Fundae

Making Any Day a Sundae Fundae

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Smuckers and #SundaeFundae. All thoughts are my own.

This summer has been crazy around here. It is one of those summer where I feel like we have not done anything special, but we HAVE been all over the place. We have gone camping, and spent the day hiking at a state park, went zip lining, spend half a week with my grand mother. I have also been away at Blogger Bash. It is just been non stop. But since we usually have big adventures, like long vacations and many planned events, it seems like we have not had time for anything.

Making Any Day a Sundae Fundae

I have been looking at my calendar for the upcoming week, and I wanted to spend some special time with the kids because of being away for 4 days in NYC. I think we will have a Sundae party. It’s gonna be a #SundaeFundae.

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I needed to do some shopping at Walmart, mostly for groceries and the odds and ends we need in the house. As I walked past the frozen food and got a glimpse of some of the toppings that Smuckers has for sundaes.

We picked up some great ice cream toppers and can not wait until next week. We are planning to get as many of the 6pack as we can to actually be home so that we can dig in to our Sundaes.

 

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Wicker: Still The Best Furniture Choice

Wicker, commonly used as the substance from which ancient crafts were made, today is enjoying a resurgence of sorts, in the world of home decor and home furnishings. Having been researched and documented as first being widely used throughout the Iron Age and in ancient Egypt, wicker’s building material mostly came from reed and swamp grass.

Today, the popularity of wicker has not seemed to diminish having been widely used up to the 1970s–indoors. In the later part of the 20th century, wicker was gradually moved outdoors to the dismay of many wicker admirers.

For clarity sake, let us make mention of the fact that “wicker” refers to the process of inter-weaving certain materials to make a finished style design. It is not the name of a particular material. In fact, wicker furniture can be made up of various materials from sugar cane to plastic and resin.

Where Does Wicker Go Best

Up until the Edwardian or Victorian years, wicker was used in the interior of homes: in the living room area, bedroom areas, the nursery, the library and sewing rooms as well.

As the years passed, wicker was relegated to indoor, outdoor living–meaning an extended sun-room, screened-in front porch or screened-in back porch area. Not generally part of the overall interior house design, wicker pieces of furniture usually were found underneath a roof of some kind or an awning.

Many times distinctly elegant and appropriate for any area, casual, formal or even a playroom, wicker can be found in bedroom sets, dining room sets and living room furniture as well. There is nothing more relaxing than to find these pieces in an ocean side cottage porch area or even in one’s backyard in a cedar gazebo.

Indoors Or Outdoors

Until this very day, there remains an ongoing debate as to where is the best place to arrange wicker–indoors or outdoors. Whether it is elegantly placed around a poolside deck area or underneath an old oak tree, it is perfectly proper to use a wicker piece outdoors, esthetically speaking.

However, it is not too wise as it will be exposed to the elements and subject to all that the elements bring with them. Wicker fibers will rot from the rain and hardwood frames eventually fall off, peel or flake off. As common sense dictates, it’s best to keep these beautiful furniture pieces underneath some sort of overhead covering.

Today, magnificently made furniture pieces can be found quickly and conveniently through many quality online stores such as Wicker Paradise. Dining sets, king chairs, sofas, outdoor deck sets and everything in between can be viewed and purchased via the Internet at the click of a mouse.

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Summer Activities for Baby

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Summertime is upon us and finding activities to do with our little ones can be challenging. I have compiled a list of some of the best free activities that you can do with your teeniest of summer adventurers. The older children will also enjoy these activities as well, so it’s a win-win!

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Blow Some Bubbles

This simple activity doesn’t have to take you out of your home or your own yard. All you have to do is get some bubbles, even the dollar stores will work, and have some fun. You baby will not know what to make of the bubbles if they have never seen them before, so it will be a great milestone for parents as you watch them be amazed.

There is nothing quite like being outdoors and soaking in the sunshine in the summer time, so let your little one be barefoot and experience everything that the outdoors has to offer. They are soaking in everything and learning at every turn. Something so simple to us as blowing bubbles outside is an extraordinary new world to them.

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Pick Some Strawberries

Picking strawberries was something that I enjoyed as a child. It is a great way to get outdoors and experience a delicious activity with our little one. This baby-friendly activity is one that is great for baby-wearing parents. Pick the strawberries and enjoy them as you go or make sure that they end up in the basket and find a shady to enjoy them under after the fact. Either way spirits will be happy and tummies will be full.

Library Story Time

An early love of reading and story telling is also a great way to get out of the heat this summer. Check and see if your library has a special baby only story time. Most do. They may also have some other types of programs that your little one will love such as performance series. These can be a great way to also get to know other parents of children similar in age to your own.

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Get in Some Pool Time

Let’s face it, summer can be hot. Sometimes it can be unbearable to take your little one outside to play because it is just so sticky. Either take a trip to your local pool or set up a pool in your own backyard. You will be enjoying the outdoors but the heat is going to take a backseat to fun. Your baby will love the idea of being able to splash and make a mess with the water. If you are a parent like me, splashing is a no-go when it comes to bath time inside the home. They will feel like they are being spoiled and of course water play is great for their developing skills.

Head to the Beach

Who can forget to head to the beach as a summer activity? I certainly didn’t. I grew up going on family vacations to the beach, but if you live near a beach this can be a regular activity for you to experience with your baby. The sand and seashells along with all of the play toys available for water and sand play will make this a fun experience. Dip your baby’s toes into the water and watch their reaction. They may love it and they may not, but experiences like this also help with growing their skills.

Now that you have some ideas of what you can do to get out of the house and even beat the heat with your little one, get planning. I want to hear about all of your adventures! Anything to add to this list that other parents may want to know about? Feel free to comment below with your experiences and suggestions for a fun summer experience for the smallest adventurers!

 

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DIY Back To School Crafts

10 DIY Back to School Crafts

One of the things I used to love about school was being able to create my own style pieces and put my crafting love to use. I have always loved making different things to wear, or to personalized my back to school supplies. Now that my daughters are in school, I know it is something that they will enjoy too. Here are some easy to make ideas that will look great and be a fun way to spend some time during the summer.

10 DIY Back to School Crafts

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  2. DIY Wire Wrapped Headband Tutorial
  3. Fun Fall Backpacks
  4. SMILEY BACKPACK TAG
  5. Bling Bling Calculator
  6. SCHOOL PHOTO CHAIN MAGNET
  7. How to Dye a Thrift Store Shirt Bright Yellow with Turmeric
  8. Cat Face Shoe Décor (Or Hair Clip)LEGO Inspired Printable Backpack Tags
  9. Blinged Out Thrifted Sweater
  10. BACK TO SCHOOL PENCIL HOLDERS
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Heading to Blogger Bash

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One of the perks of blogging is getting to make connections with brands and other bloggers. Networking is extremely important to get ahead in this field. Believe it or not Blogging is very competitive. Sometimes it feels like it’s a first come first serve basis.

 

One is constantly trying to better themselves, their blog, and their numbers. Realistically the better the blog is, the more information we can procure for you, the reader.

So today, my friend and colleague, Maria from Adventures of the Mommy Homemaker is on her way to my house. From here we will be driving to New Jersey and staying at her Dad’s house so we can attend Blogger Bash 2015 at Chelsea Piers, NYC!

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We could have opted to stay in NYC, but we decided to save that money so we can do some fun things while we’re out there – yea I know we’re a bunch of smart savvy ladies, if I must say so myself!

 

Our schedule is so packed and so full, I was exhausted just looking at it. First things first though, what do any bloggers do when so many will be at a conference? They meet up for dinner, drinks, and some fun, before getting down to business. We’ll have no rest once we reach NJ – because we will be meeting up with some of the most influential bloggers out there!

 

We will be connecting, showing off our knowledge, gaining some new insight, and all to bring bigger and better things for you all to enjoy – making it beneficial for everyone all around.

 

I’ll be Tweeting and Facebook Touting the whole throughout the entire event, so stay tuned to my social accounts to catch what cool things we’re being exposed to! Hopefully when I return, there will be amazing things in store for you, my faithful readers.

 

If you’ll be in NYC this week, and want to meet up, please email me and let me know! I would love to meet you all and maybe have some coffee together!

 

I’ll post more of what’s going on as the week passes. Definitely stay tuned for some amazing news this week! As a matter of fact, come back and read tomorrow for some awesome news!

Will you be in NYC this week?

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Ant-Man and Little Ant-Man featurette

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If you’re not aware yet, Ant-Man opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, July 17!

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In the mean time I’m going to share a few fun facts with you!

 

Marvel's Ant-Man Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2014

Marvel’s Ant-Man Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)
Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2014

  • If you ever wondered how the Ant-Man suit works, here’s the answer. The suit encapsulates the Pym Particle technology that allows a person to shrink down to the size of an ant. When the wearer wants to change size, he uses a button on the suit that regulates the Pym Particles, which run through the suit and helmet like an intricate system of veins. The particles are volatile and change the distance between atoms, so the suit and helmet serve as protection for the wearer. Although Ant-Man does not technically have super powers, when he shrinks down in the suit, he actually exceeds the strength of a normal person because energy and mass compacted create a more powerful force.

 

  • In the movie, the villain’s heavily armored Yellowjacket suit can withstand bullets and has articulating arms that can shoot plasma rays, plus it incorporates sensors and infrared vision. Like the Ant-Man suit, the Yellowjacket suit has the shrinking technology built in.

 

  • For the scaled-down Ant-Man sequences, the filmmakers used a combination of motion-picture macro photography, still macro photography, motion capture with the actors, motion capture with the stunt people, and for every set they built miniature sets, called macro sets. Macro photography is extreme close-up photography that produces photographs of small items larger than life-size.

 

  • When you watch Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” look closely at some of the set dressing in Hank Pym’s house. You’ll see a little chair or a tiny weapon or other miniature everyday items. There are items placed all around the house that hint at the adventures Pym had when he was Ant-Man and suggest the experiments that he made shrinking inorganic objects before he made the breakthrough to shrinking organic objects.

 

  • In the spirit of shooting everything in miniature, the macro photography team built a mini clapperboard, the device filmmakers use to help synchronize picture and sound. Originally made of wood and handwritten on with chalk, clapperboards now have digital features, but the one for the macro sets was of the old-fashioned variety

 

So these facts are pretty neat huh? And really keeping in the spirit of miniature, check out this adorable video featuring Little Ant-Man:

Taking candy from a baby sounds easy, right? Well, not if that baby grows up to be LITTLE ANT-MAN!

 

Don’t forget, ANT-MAN opens in theaters everywhere this Friday, July 17th!

For more fun facts and more info on Ant-Man follow along on social media!

Like ANT-MAN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antman

Follow ANT-MAN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/antman

Visit the official ANT-MAN site: http://marvel.com/antman

 

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Things You May Not Know About Jeanette McCurdy

One of the hottest your actresses in Hollywood is Jeanette McCurdy. She has been on the Nickelodeon show iCarly and in countless movies. Many of her fans know here onscreen persona, but do not know a lot about the young actress. There are a number of facts that may shock and surprise people when they hear about Ms. McCurdy. Recently, she was in the middle of firestorm of controversy when jennette mccurdy sexy photos were leaked on the internet. This made many people stand up and tack notice that Jeanette was not a little girl anymore. Here are a few things about Jeanette McCurdy that you may not know.

She is From a Large Family and Is the Only Girl

One of the most interesting things to note about her home life is that she is one of four children and the only girl. Many people have suspected she came from a dominantly male household due to her tomboyish wans. By all accounts, the McCurdy family is a very close knit clan and most of her brothers have accompanied her to a number of industry events.

One Tough Cookie

Having to grow up in a home full of boys certainly made Jeanette tougher than most. She has stated in interviews that she has taken different martial arts classes. She also said that she has grown up playing football and rough housing with her brothers. Her character in the iCarly television series was loosely based on here, hence the tomboy sensibilities and fierce attitude. One this is for certain that Jeanette is not your typical Hollywood starlet. Many of the roles she has taken on have been a bit of a departure from her actual personality, which shows her range as an actress.

A Great Singer

Another fact that most people fail to realize about Jeanette is that she is actually a great singer. She says the home she grew up in was always full of music and her love of country music is what convinced her to write an album. The country album she recorded was well received and really allowed her to show off her range and musicality. She says she plans on recording a follow up to the album just as soon as her acting career slows down a bit. With all of the talent that this young woman has, you are sure to see her on the big screen for a long time to come.

If you are looking for the hottest pictures of Jeanete McCurdy, then be sure to visit the GamedayR website. They have a collection of the best photos of all of the great looking girls in sports and entertainment.

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