• Snickerdoodle Bites Recipe

    Snickerdoodle Bites PIN

    Snickerdoodle Bites Recipe

    I love baking around the holidays and these cookies are no exception! Warm cinnamon and sugar cookies that make your house smell divine. These are perfect for an afternoon treat for the kids, a dessert (add some ice cream for an extra treat) or for your holiday entertaining. I hope you enjoy these Snickerdoodle Bites as much as I do!

    Snickerdoodle Bites Recipe

    Snickerdoodle Bites
     
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    Ingredients
    • ½ cup butter
    • ½ cup shortening
    • 1 ½ cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 ¾ cup flour

    • For Rolling:
    • 2 teaspoon. cinnamon
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add eggs and stir until incorporated.
    3. On low speed, slowly add in salt, and baking soda, and flour. Mix until incorporated.
    4. In a separate small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.
    5. Shape dough into tablespoon sized balls and roll into cinnamon-sugar mixture.
    6. Place balls 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes.

     

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  • 7 Dollar Store Back to School Essentials

    Dollar Store Back to School Essentials7 Dollar Store Back to School Essentials

    If you have a child heading back to school this fall, you know how expensive it can be to buy all of the supplies you need. Backpacks, lunch bags, markers, scissors, and all of those other supplies can really add up, and fast! Luckily, your local dollar store can still be a treasure trove for back to school supplies at a great price. Dollar stores offer plenty of quality supplies that will help your child get back to school for less. Take a look below at seven items you can find at your local dollar store that are perfect for getting back to school for just pennies. These dollar store back to school essentials will help you save! You will also find what items to avoid as they are not of ideal quality or a good value. Take a peek!

    Dollar Store Back to School Essentials

    1. Pencils.
    Dollar stores carry a large variety of pencils. While the colorful and decorative ones are fun, you’ll find that they don’t sharpen very well. Instead, stick to the plane yellow variety. You can get a pack of 12 for one dollar and they will hold up much better than the decorative ones.

    2. Erasers.
    Your local dollar store sells decorative erasers 12 for a dollar or plain pink erasers 2 for $1. These are great to have on hand for all those mistakes that are made, however the pink erasers are a better value. No you don’t get as many as the decorative packs, but they erase better than the decorative ones.

    3. Folders.
    While your local dollar store may not have very many decorative folders, you can always buy plain colored folders and decorate them yourself. Grab folders at your local dollar store as well as a sheet or two of stickers so your child can decorate their folders themselves. They will enjoy giving their folders a personal spin.

    4. Crayons.
    Dollar stores sell boxes of crayons in a 24 pack variety of colors for just one dollar. These generic brands are just as good as the name brands and offer colors there just as rich and bright. Buy a few boxes at this great price so you have plenty though out the year. Dollar stores sell several different varieties of crayons, so be sure you are getting the biggest box and getting the most bang for your buck.

    5. Lunchbox supplies.
    While your local dollar store may not carry lunchboxes, it does carry sandwich baggies, juice boxes, plenty of dried snacks, and plastic storage containers. These items are perfect for all of your lunch needs and a great value at $1. Avoid single serve snack items as chances are you can find them for less at your local grocer.

    6. Homework materials.
    Your local dollar store will have plenty of homework practice books, notepads, rulers, markers, and other supplies perfect for all of the homework projects that will be coming home. Grab a plastic storage container while you are there to keep all of these supplies in so you will always have what you need on hand.

    7. Organizational materials.
    Your local dollar store offers calendars, storage containers, planners, and other supplies that can keep your child organized. Stock up on these items as they are usually of great durable quality and for just a buck, are truly a steal.
    Head to your local dollar store and take advantage of these hot finds!

    Your local dollar store is the perfect way to get back to school for less while still getting plenty of the important items you need. Good luck!

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    How to Set a Back to School Routine

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  • Back to School Clothes for Less | 5 Tips to Save

    find back to school clothes for less Find Back to School Clothes for Less

    Back to School Clothes for Less – Whether your child is in school uniforms or traditional clothing for school, you are probably looking for ways to get back to school for less. Buying back to school clothes can be quite pricey, and leave you feeling broke before the school year even begins. Don’t let that happen! Instead, take a look at some great tips for how to find back to school clothes for less. You don’t need to sacrifice quality in order to get some great clothes that will last you all year for less. Take a look  at these Back to School Clothes for Less ideas!

    Find Back to School Clothes for Less:

    1. Look for hand me downs.
    Talk to the parents of children older than yours. Chances are they have clothing items their child no longer fits. Ask if you can purchase it at a discount, or perhaps they would even be willing just to pass it on to you. It never hurts to ask!

    2. Attend clothing swaps.
    Back to school time brings clothing swaps to many areas. Check your paper or local events board to see if any kid’s clothing swaps are happening in your area. Then, dig out your old children’s clothing items and get ready to do some trading. Can’t find one in your area? Start your own!

    Tip: If your child wears uniforms, ask the school if they have a uniform swap scheduled. This is a great way to get rid of clothes your kid has outgrown and get the items you need for less.

    3. Check out eBay.
    Good deals are still to be found on eBay. Look for clothing lots in your child’s size. You will also be able to find plenty of uniform items. Look for items with free shipping and save even more. Craigslist.com is also a great place to look for clothing online, and since it is local you won’t need to pay shipping.

    4. Use coupons and coupon codes!
    Use coupons and pair them with sales to help you save. If you aren’t sure where to find them, check a store’s website, their Facebook page and/or sign up for their email newsletters which many times have coupons. If you are shopping online, check out Savings.com for coupon codes or just bookmark the coupon code page I have for you.

    Tip: You can also get cash back on your online purchases by shopping through Ebates – you can get anywhere from 1%-20% cash back depending on the store!

    5. Hit up fall garage sales.
    Even in the fall months, garage sales can still be found. Check your local paper or Craigslist for sales in your area advertising children’s clothing. You may be able to find items for as low as a quarter. Good luck!
    Give these couple of tricks a try and see how easy it can be to find quality back to school clothing for less. Whether you need shirts, pants, shoes, skirts, coats, or uniform pieces, chances are one of the ideas will net you some results!

    If you are specifically looking for school uniforms, check out my Tips to Save on School Uniforms.

    How else do you save on back to school clothes?

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  • 50 FREE Activities Your Family Can Enjoy this Summer

    50 FREE Activities Your Family Can Enjoy this Summer50 FREE Activities Your Family Can Enjoy this Summer

    Are you looking forward to that final school bell of the year ringing so you and the kiddos can spend a fun and exciting summer together? Or does the sound of the end of the year school bell have you shaking in your sandals, knowing that you could be shelling out some big bucks to keep the family entertained this summer? If the thought of beating summer boredom also makes you think of draining your budget, you are going to want to keep reading. Luckily, enjoying fun and family friendly activities this summer doesn’t have to mean taking out a mortgage on your home to do so. With a little planning and creativity, you can easily enjoy a summer that is entertaining for family members of all ages while still keeping plenty of cash in your pocket. Below, you will find a comprehensive list of 50 free activities your family can enjoy! Yes, FREE!

    Don’t think this is possible? Take a look and see how you can easily keep your family entertained without spending a dime. Reading will be believing!

    50 FREE Activities Your Family Can Enjoy this Summer:

    1. Host a neighborhood dog wash. Gather your soap and buckets and offer to wash the neighborhood dogs for free or for a small donation you donate to your local shelter.

    2. Enjoy a backyard bonfire. Tell scary stories while you gather.

    3. Go bird watching at a nearby park. Look at pictures of the various birds in your region online before you go.

    4. Visit your local library for free story hours.

    5. Take advantage of free admission days at your local museums. Don’t know when these are? Just call!

    6. Take a nature hike and collect beautiful leaves you find along the way. Scrapbook them.

    7. Visit a fireworks display put on by your city or local parks.

    8. Take a picnic dinner to the beach after 5 p.m. which is when most stop charging admission.

    9. Take a tour of your local fire department. Just call ahead and ask.

    10.Make freeze pops at home using fruit juice, ice cube trays, and toothpicks.

    11. Rent free children’s movies from your local library.

    12. Enroll in one of the many free book clubs offered by stores such as Crate and Barrel and Barnes and Noble.

    13. Create murals with sidewalk chalk.

    14. Make your own bubble solution with dish soap and water and hold a bubble blowing contest.

    15. Volunteer as a family at a local animal shelter.

    16. Find free vacation Bible school camps in your area.

    17. Attend a free make and take clinic at your local Home Depot.

    18. Attend a free concert. Just look in your local newspaper for upcoming events.

    19. Watch a local sports team practice, or enjoy a free game if one is offered.

    20. Ask a local bakery if they will give tours.

    21. Attend a free crafting session at your local library.

    22. Watch the stars at night and look for various constellations.

    23. Hold roller skate races.

    24. Spend some time tending to a family garden.

    25. Set out the sprinkler and host a bike wash.

    26. Visit your local post office for a tour. Just call first.

    27. Have a bike parade around the neighborhood.

    28. Set up an obstacle course in your backyard.

    29. Enjoy the many free kid’s printables on the internet. You can visit sites such as ABCTeach.com and PBSKids.org to find all sorts of fun and free print outs.

    30. Have fun after a storm making mud pie.

    31. Enjoy a fun old fashioned water balloon fight.

    32. Gather old costumes and clothes and have a funky fashion show.

    33. Make your own kite out of newspaper and any scraps you have around the house.

    34. Play flash light tag once the sun sets.

    35. Go on a hunt for butterflies and make a journal or scrap book about the ones you spotted.

    36. Enjoy a family movie night with a Red Box movie. You can find free movie codes by doing a simple Google search for them!

    38. Gather your crafting supplies and make cards for your local nursing home.

    39. Organize a dog parade in your neighborhood.

    40. Visit your local zoo on free admission days. Just call ahead to see when these might be offered.

    41. Patronize eateries where kids can eat free with an adult.

    42. Organize a field day for your neighborhood that includes various skill games.

    43. Get creative with the leftovers in your fridge and have a cook off.

    44. Get out the nail polish and have a spa night.

    45. Have a fun sensory experience with a can of shaving cream. You can spray it, write your name in it, even dye it with food coloring.

    46. Visit a local pet shop to see and pet the various animals available.

    47. Take advantage of free educational classes or presentations offered by your local library.

    48. Go to a plant swap. Take some plants from your own yard so you can trade them for new ones at no cost.

    49. Find free music downloads then host a living room dance party.

    50. Make bird feeders by rolling pine cones in peanut butter and seeds.

    As you can see, this is quite a variety of free activities that can appeal to children of all ages. Plus, you may have noticed that some of them allow children to have fun while serving others and their community as well! So, which ones will you choose to try this summer? If you tried just one per day, that is nearly a month and a half of activities for you and your family to try that don’t cost a dime. Now that is a great value! Have fun!

    What else would you add to this list?

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