Donating School Supplies: One Way Our Family Can Serve

Disclosure: “I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.”

 

Many of you know that I’m a homeschool mom.  I don’t actually send my children off to school, but we do love it when school supplies get cheap.  We always feel the need to stock up, so we don’t have to purchase them the rest of the year!

Donate School Supplies - One Way Our Family Can Serve

Just because I don’t send my children to school, doesn’t mean that I think that all children should be homeschooled.  In fact, I know that there are many who definitely should not be.  This year, I decided that I wanted to do my part in helping the community children who can’t afford the school supplies, to get the supplies that they need.

 

Did you know that more than 16 million American children live in poverty?  It makes sense that these children’s families would have a hard time purchasing the items that they’re expected to bring.  I am definitely one who thinks education is very important, and these supplies are the tools that the children need, to begin getting that education, one that can eventually bring them out of poverty if they so choose.  That’s why it is important for us to join together and help them get the supplies that they need for the upcoming school year. 

 

Champions for Kids - Donate Supplies to Local Students

 

I was at Walmart with my husband, shopping without my kids.  I spotted these backpacks from Champions for Kids.  It’s full of many of the items that a child would need for his or her school year and they’re nicely placed inside a backpack.  The cool thing about these backpacks is that they cost only $19.95, but they have a coupon book attached to the outside for you to take off before you donate it, that can save you up to $50!  You could easily save the money you spent on the backpack, when using the coupons!

 

Champions for Kids Back to School Backpacks

 

I decided to go ahead and purchase the backpack, so that my kids and I can donate it.  That way they would have the experience of getting to donate something to the local community, as I believe this is an important thing for children to learn.  While I was out shopping that evening, I got the call that my 8 year old was not doing well with her asthma and we ended up taking her to the hospital that evening and haven’t left since.  When we get back home and settled, I will be taking my children back to Walmart, so that they can make our family’s donation.  Will you join me?

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Crockpot Freezer Meals Printable Week 3 NOW AVAILABLE

The latest e-Cookbook from Sidetracked Sarah is here!

Freezer to Slow Cooker Ebook Week 3
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Crockpot Freezer Meals are a hot commodity here on SidetrackedSarah!  Over 13,000 people have subscribed by email to Sidetracked Sarah, most of whom arrived because they wanted to get their hands on a free printable menu!

You asked and I listened.  You wanted to know if I would convert the other menus on my site into a printable menu.   Slowly, but surely, I’m getting them done.  Today, I’m releasing Week 3 of the printable menus!   If you love the Crockpot Freezer Meals but want an easier way to print them, this is your chance.  For just $2.99, you can have that week’s menu in a PDF file.  This way you can have it printed out on your counter while you’re cooking and not leaning over a tablet, phone or computer!

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  • 6 recipes
  • Shopping list
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  • Labels for your freezer bags

 

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The following recipes will be included:

  • Slow Cooker Potato Soup
  • Roast, Potatoes & Carrots
  • BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
  • Italian Chicken
  • Montereys
  • Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

 

Many others have said what an amazing difference these meal plans have made in their lives!  Just the fact that you can prepare all your dinners for the week in an hour or two is amazing!  You’ll save so much time, the $3 you’ll spend is more than worth it!  Many people have shared how much their grocery bill goes down, too.

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5 Ways to Fend Off Funsuckers

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents.

 

We love summer!  Don’t you?  There’s so many fun things to do in the summer time, that you can’t do the rest of the year.  Things like riding tricycles…

2 on Trikes

Boy on Trike

 

and blowing bubbles!

Bubble Blowing

But sometimes, there’s some things in summer that suck the fun right out of it.  (Hint:  That’s why we call them Funsuckers!)

You know what I’m talking about, right?  Funsuckers, like extremely hot temperatures; blood sucking insects like mosquitos and ticks; sweat; and dirt.  They can take the fun right out of our summer if we let it.  We can hull up inside, avoiding every uncomfortable thing out there, OR we can put together a game plan and fend off those funsuckers.

 

5 Ways to Fend Off the Funsuckers:  Don’t Let Them Steal Your Summer

  1.  Cool off in the water. - Because playing in the water not only cools you off, but it’s so much fun, too.  My kids love to play in the hose in the front yard.  Sometimes they fill up their small pool or make a water slide.  Other times, they play with water guns or water balloons.  Regardless of how they play in the water, it’s always a great time for them!
  2. Get in the shade. - Sometimes you can’t or don’t want to get wet.  If you’re stuck outside and can’t get cooled off with water, at least find a shady spot.  I’m always amazed at how much cooler the shady spots are, especially if there’s any breeze at all.  Ahhh, I love a breezy summer day in the shade.
  3. Shower regularly! - Because we tend to sweat a lot in the summer time, showering regularly is a necessity.  Sometimes we find ourselves taking 2 or 3 showers a day, depending on how active we are.  (3 sounds crazy to me, lol, but I’ve known people who do it!).  Try taking a cool shower instead of a warm shower for a nice refreshing twist.  You won’t want to do that in the winter, I can just about guarantee it!
  4. Don’t forget the sunscreen.  Nothing ruins a night more than lying down in bed and realizing that you forgot the sunscreen.   Now, you’ve got large, painful blisters.  Use sunscreen any time you’re going to have prolonged exposure to the sun.  Little bits of time are fine, but if you’re going to be out there for an hour or more, get that sunscreen on!
  5. Use Cutter® Insect Repellent - Mosquitos are such a pain.  We’ll be enjoying a nice, cool summer evening and you look down and see your arms and legs covered in those little funsuckers!  ICK.  I hate them.  That’s why when they’re at their worst, I use Cutter® Insect Repellent.

 

In fact, I was able to try 3 different kinds of Cutter® products.

 

We tried:

  • Cutter® All Family® Mosquito Wipes
  • Cutter® Dry &
  • Cutter® SKINSATIONS®

 

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The last time we were outside playing, we had forgotten to put on any insect repellent.  This was the wrong day to do that!  We had so many little bites.  In fact, my daughter has scratched hers open so many times.  I just can’t get her to stop scratching them!

 

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We loved all of the products, but with kids, I’m especially fond of the wipes!  It’s so easy to grab a wipe and wipe down all your kids real fast.  Or you can hand them one and let them do it themselves!  What’s better is that these products don’t smell like your typical stinky insect repellents!  They have a nice smell and they’re not oily either.

Using Cutter Wipes

 

Now that we’re remembering to use something to get rid of the mosquitos, we can go back to all that summer fun we’ve been having.  Check out our fun times in the video below……

 

Have you tried Cutter® Insect Repellent before?  What’s your favorite way to Fend off Funsuckers?

 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents.