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DIY Red Angry Bird Blanket & Family Movie Night Snacks!

August 15, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #AngryForSavings #CollectiveBias
Who has seen The Angry Birds movie? Our recent family night included snuggling up with a fun blanket and munching on a tasty snack with red juice to wash it down with. We had so much fun and with it being that time of year that the schedule gets busy, it was nice to have a family bonding night watching The Angry Birds movie.

We like to stay entertained during our family nights and Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan can help with that. The Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan gives you unlimited Talk, Text, and Data for $49.88 per month. I purchased the Coolpad Catalyst for **$59.88. My out of pocket was really low compared to other prepaid carriers - only $19.88 to get started. The Walmart Family Mobile Plan includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE plus you get a free movie on VUDU every month ($7 value) per line. 

With the extra data this plan offers, not only will we be able to enjoy a variety of movies as a family each month but I will be able to keep in touch with my daughter. I worry that some places may not have wifi access, but with the available data we can stay in touch, if we need to. 

By the way, did you know that you can stream your free VUDU movie using your SmartTV, ROKU, or Chromecast. We used our Chromecast for our family movie night.
I love that our local Walmart had everything I needed to make our family night a success and to top it off, I saved money all around. To find the Walmart Family Mobile Plan section, just head to the electronics section of your local Walmart store. 
Before heading to your local Walmart, be sure to visit the Walmart Family Mobile Hub to find out where the nearest In-Store Mobile Family Event Table is taking place and the in-store rep will be available to answer any questions you may have. While you are enjoying the festivities, you can can scan the Angry Birds Display to access an augmented reality selfie experience with hatchling. Also, the event will have a code that you can scan to receive a free power up for the Endless Runner Game on the Angry Birds Action. How fun does that sound?

Wait, I mentioned The Angry Birds Movie earlier! I have to share with you what our family night consisted of. Our favorite Angry Bird of all time is Red. So, in honor of Red, we had a red themed movie night that included a DIY Red Angry Bird Blanket (will discuss that next), red candy coated pretzel snacks, and a red drink.

First, I want to quickly discuss our red themed snack. It was candy coated pretzels. They are a quick and easy snack and doesn't require many ingredients and effort. All you will need is pretzels (you choose your favorite), candy coating, and parchment paper.
Step 1: Roll out Parchment Paper, Step 2: Melt candy in the microwave (be sure to check and stir often to avoid  burning), Step 3: Stir the melted candy to get the consistency you desire, Step 4: Dip pretzel into the melted candy (I dip just one side), Step 5: Place coated pretzel on the parchment paper to dry. 
We snuggled up with our very own Red Angry Bird blanket, which is a circular blanket made of fleece with the facial features of Red made from felt. This is a no-sew blanket, and if you are anything like me, you are short on time these days.

* 2 yards of red fleece material  (I used the Anti-Pill Fleece)
* Sheets of Felt (Black, Yellow, White, Orange)
* Fabric Glue
* Scissors
Step 1: Sketch, Trace and Cut the facial features of the Red Angry Bird using the felt.

Step 2: Fold the 2 yards of fleece in half, and get a visual of where you will need to cut your half circle. I used a yard stick and measuring tape to help.
Step 3: Cut out a half circle (once it is unfolded, it will be a full circle).
Step 4: Position felt pieces onto the blanket and glue the pieces in place. The fabric glue I used bonds really quickly, so I had to be sure of where I wanted it placed.
Step 5: Completed Blanket
After it was all said and done, we collected our snacks and gathered in front of the television and enjoyed our movie night together.
How often do you enjoy a family movie night?

Until Next Time!

**Please note: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/4q-u1 or your local Walmart for current pricing.

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Giving the Gift of Literacy While Shopping at Walmart!

August 9, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg Company, J.M. Smucker Company, and The HERSHEY'S Company. All opinions are mine alone. #StartSchoolLikeAChampion #CollectiveBias
Just like many families this time of year, we are preparing to head back to school and it is time to begin planning meals, snacks, and schedules. In addition to the back-to-school preparations for families, the United States athletes are preparing to compete in Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Olympic games. We will be front and center in front of the television to watch the Olympic games as a family. Because of that preparation, Team USA sponsors Coca-Cola®, Kellogg's®, HERSHEY'S and ©/®J. M. Smucker have teamed up with Scholastic to create the "Walmart-exclusive" "Start School Like a Champion" program. I love that they want my champions to start the year off by providing a free Scholastic book with every participating product purchase at Walmart, and they want the same for your champions, as well.  

My children attend our local public schools and for my son, his teachers and school welcome book donations from all avenues. Teachers not only need books for their classrooms libraries, but the school needs books for so many reasons. Our local elementary school is by far the best we have experienced and the entire school is so welcoming and loving that you want to help and provide all that you can. Last year, I provided the school with books that I obtained at conferences and other means, and his teachers were so appreciative. As a school librarian, I understand the need for books for the entire school community. It is for this reason, I plan to donate the books to my son's school using the "Walmart-exclusive" program to collect one book for every Walmart purchase of participating products. This is easy for me, because they are brands and products we already purchase.

What better way to start the school year than with free books for your child's school. I want to share with you how easy it is to redeem your Scholastic credits
1. Buy any participating Coca-Cola, HERSHEY's Kellogg's or J.M. Smucker's product at Walmart between 6/29/16 and 9/30/16. Be sure to visit StartSchoolLikeAChampion.com for a full list of participating products. 
2. Once you arrive at the StartSchoolLikeAChampion.com website, click to learn more and get signed or logged in. 
3. Upload your receipt from Walmart within 30 days of purchase. Be sure to place a star next to the items in question prior to the upload. 

4. Choose to order or donate your free books. I will pay-it-forward and gift my son's school with the books I redeem. It will ask for your school's information and take you to the order screen.
5. (1)Using your Scholastic Credits, you are ready to place your order (or donation). (2) Choose the Category of books that appeal to the specific age of your children. (3) Choose your books and complete the process.
All of the products can be found easily at your local Walmart. Thankfully, I know where everything is in my local store. 
You too can stock up on many of the promotional products and use those credits to order your own set of free Scholastic books or donate them as you see fit. Remember that 1 item equals 1 book. This is the reason that Team USA sponsors created the "Walmart-exclusive" because they know that back-to-school time is important. We will definitely go back during the promotional period to stock up and donate more books.

What will you do with the Scholastic books you obtain?
Until Next Time!

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Back-To-School For Educators - How To Maximize Those Last Few Days of Rest!

August 6, 2016

Can you hear it? You can't? I sure can. It is the school bell ringing in the distance (like a week of distance, for me).

As an educator, it is not a pleasant sound, especially when you have been on "hiatus" for the last two months and have gotten used to the new routine (relaxing). But alas, the school year is coming and nevertheless, it is here and time for me to return to work and greet another school year of students. 

As an educator, I am excited about the school year, however, I have 3 ways to maximize those last few days of freedom.

1. When friends or family text you about school related subjects, immediately delete the text without reading it. I know what you are thinking, "that is mean". No, not really. You delete the text and then you respond to the person and change the subject. See? (Ha!)
2. Avoid social media as much as possible. Why? Because news feeds are filled with Back-To-School information, and you want to hold off as long as you can, right?. There is an exception... when friends post about their children's first day, go ahead and respond because those pictures are great. Still reminds you of school, but make the exception.

3. Place a chair in front of your television so that you can watch all those DVR'd shows on your DVR that have not been watched all summer (while you were off). At this point, the days are few to get this in. Sitting closer to the television helps one to avoid having to wear glasses (not me, but a "friend"). Also, with the DVR, you can fast-forward through all those Back-To-School commercials you have been avoiding.
Seriously, I am happy about the possibilities of the new school year. I not only get to see my own children grow, but I get to see the students I interact with grow as well. That makes getting the school year started worth it. I have lots to do with meal planning, homework and extracurricular activities for my children, but I would not have it any other way. Happy Back To School Educators!!!

Still not ready! Just sayin'. (haha)

Until Next Time!

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