20+ Crafty Back-to-School Supplies

This year give your school supplies your own personal twist with these school supply craft ideas perfect for back-to-school.
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Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

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This is another great recipe for those busy weeknights, when you don’t have time to make anything complex.  Though my own kids could write the book on picky eating, I could see a lot of kids even being ok with this one.  The flavors are fairly mild, but still really good.  It definitely throws together very easily, and if you’re like me, a lot if not all of these ingredients are things you often have already on hand, making this a great go-to recipe when you haven’t planned ahead.

While these obviously aren’t a real philly cheese steak sandwich, I was surprised at how closely the flavor does resemble that of the real deal.  I really enjoyed the steak sauce in these.  Since I am a cheese-lover I doubled the cheese on ours and think that is definitely the way to go.  They aren’t called cheese steak for nothing after…

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Yard Sale Confidential: August 13 is National Yard Sale Day

Source: http://www.vocalpoint.com – by Alyssa B.

Yard saleAugust 13 is National Yard Sale Day, so gather up your family’s unwanted and unused items and start prepping for your killer yard or garage sale. The most important feature of a great sale is planning, so check out these tips before you put up your first sign!

•Check with your neighborhood or homeowners association or local government about any yard sale requirements or rules in your area. Some developments and communities may have regulations about signage and how frequently you can have yard sales.

•Consider the day of your sale. Nix holiday weekends when people may leave town. Saturdays and Sundays seem like no-brainers but consider having your sale on a Friday—that’s often when dealers and retirees like to shop and you’ll have less competition.

•Ask your neighbors or friends if they’d like to join in the sale with you. It’s great to have extra help on sale day, plus a sale with lots of merchandise is more enticing than a paltry one.

•Put a price tag on everything. You can buy preprinted dot tags for smaller items, but use 3×5 index cards for larger items like furniture. You’ll (hopefully) be really busy on sale day, and having everything priced ahead of time will be a lifesaver. If you have a lot of things like paperbacks or matchbox cars you could always put them in a box labeled $0.25 each or 5 for $1.00 or make a sign stating that.

•A note on pricing: the point of a yard sale is to sell, and shoppers come expecting yard sale prices. So even if that Norelco razor you bought hubby for father’s day five years ago is still untouched in it’s original box, it’s used to your customers. Try using a 50-30-10 guideline when pricing items: price nearly new things at 50% of retail, slightly used items at 30% of retail and used items at 10% of retail.

•A week before your sale, start putting up flyers on community bulletin boards and list your sale on a site like craigslist.org or local online site. You could also alert your immediate neighbors about your sale. They’ll appreciate knowing in advance, rather than being surprised by extra cars and people when they step out to get their newspaper that morning. The night before your sale or early that morning, put up your signs directing shoppers to your house. Be sure to use sturdy cardboard, poster board and Sharpie type markers to make your sign. Write in big block letters so drivers can easily see your signs. Consider including big arrows directing people to your location.

•Most yard sales are morning and early afternoon gigs. Be sure to put a beginning and an end time on your signs, like 8am-3pm. You could include the phrase: “PLEASE NO EARLY BIRDS” to discourage the inevitable early bargain hunters, but expect some will show up anyway.

•The day before your sale, hit the bank for $75-$100 worth of small bills rolls of quarters, dimes and nickels.

•On the day of the sale, be sure to remove non-sale items from your garage or yard or cover them with sheets. You can guarantee that someone will want to buy your lawnmower or other items not for sale if they’re visible.

•Take some time to merchandise your wares. An organized, attractive looking sale will encourage drive-bys to stop and browse. Cover tables with cloths and group like items together (glassware, books, kitchen gadgets, garden tools etc.) and don’t display anything on the ground except furniture.

•Instead of a cash box, wear a fanny pack or multi-pocketed apron. That will reduce the risk of your profits accidentally walking away

•If you have a dog, no matter how friendly, it’s best to keep him/her inside on sale day. And don’t let any customers inside your house to use the restroom. Instead, direct them to the nearest gas station or fast food joint


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Children’s Book Week

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It was Children’s Book Week a few weeks ago and I stumbled upon Half Price Book’s list of 40 Books Every Child and Adult should read. (There’s also a list on the site of 21 Books to Start Baby’s Library.) Check out the printable lists on their summer reading site.

How many of these 40 have you read?



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“You will know what to live for when you determine what you’re willing to die for.”

Live for“You will know what to live for when you determine what you’re willing to die for.”
— J.R. Morales

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Half Birthday Party Ideas: Our First Half Birthday Celebration

Half birthdays are great to children born around the holiday. They always seem to get cheated out of the birthday parties other kids get. I gave a half birthday dinner party for an adult friend born a day or two before Christmas. She said at 50 something, it was the first birthday party she’d had.

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Baby boy turned 6 months old!

That’s a pretty big milestone and we thought it deserved a little celebration 🙂


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Flip Golf for Preschoolers

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In this golf game, which features hazards such as sand traps, a pond, and trees, creating the hole can be as much fun as playing it.

What you’ll need
Small box (ours is a tea box)
Small plastic tub (we used an empty cream cheese tub with a drinking straw flag taped inside)
Assorted hazards (a plastic plate full of salt for a sandtrap, a pie tin with water for a pond, small potted plants for trees)

How to make it
1. SETUP: Place the tea box – the tee – at one end of the table, the plastic tub – the cup – at the other end and strategically locate the hazards between them. We outlined our hole with a rope boundary.

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2. HOW TO PLAY: Tee off by squeezing a quarter between your thumbs, setting your hands on the tee box,and flipping the quarter toward the cup, as shown. As with real golf, you want to get your “ball” in the cube in the fewest “strokes.” But because your ball can roll beyond the rope (out of bounds) or off the table, playing conservatively is the best strategy. Players continue flipping from where the coins land, with the person farthest from the hole going first.

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3. REF SAYS: If your ball lands in a hazard, you get one penalty stroke (place your ball beside it for your next shot). If it lands out of bounds, you get two penalty strokes (move it just inside the rope). If it lands off the table, you get three penalty strokes and must tee off again.

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