Disney Tangled The Dreamer in Me Secret Journal #giveaway US ends 2/15

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Creativity is a muscle that must be exercised.  When you were little, did you love to express yourself through your writing and doodles?  I sure did!  The Disney Tangled Dreamer in Me secret journal from Parragon is the perfect platform for such fancy thoughts!  [Read more…]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Chex Muddy Buddies recipe — great for holiday parties and teacher gifts #ad

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When I went into my first teaching job, there were lots of things I had to learn.  Classroom management and lesson plans were part of my work day, of course.  One thing I never realized was this….teachers love to EAT!  For example, we’ve designated each Wednesday in December as “Treat Days.”  We take turns bringing in our favorite recipes to share with the rest of the staff.  If you could be there with us, you’d see lots of smiles, enjoy laughter, and get to try delicious dishes.  I just know my work friends will love this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios™ Chex™ Muddy Buddies™ recipe!  The ingredients are easy to find at Publix, and this makes a huge batch so it’s perfect for sharing with friends! [Read more…]

giftYou makes it easy to create and share holiday wish lists #ad

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My husband and I are Tennessee transplants. He’s from Pennsylvania, and I’m from Kentucky.  Both of our families live in those areas, so we miss out on many family holiday events.  My mom desperately wants to please my children on birthdays and at Christmas, but it’s so difficult to explain what they really want.  She’s not into teen trends, nor does she know what types of games are currently being played at my house.  I’ve often thought that it would be so much easier if she could just go shopping with me so that I could point out what my kids are wishing for.  Thankfully, giftYou makes it simple to create a Christmas wish list and share it with anyone, anywhere. [Read more…]

Make Reading Fun

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Reading with my kids has been such a wonderful experience.  The smiles and hugs are the best part, but seeing my children love the written language is just wonderful.  If you’re looking for ways to make reading fun for the children in your life, consider these ideas. [Read more…]

Gift Ideas for Your Little Justice League Fan #giveaway US

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There’s a little Justice League fan in my house. He lives and breathes all things superhero.  This year at Christmas, I’m sure we’ll have to have some League gifts for him!  Here are some of the items on the list I’ve started.  Feel free to add your ideas below!  [Read more…]

Flower Art craft kit – coloring book and paper flowers #giveaway

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Crafting isn’t my strongest skill. Though I enjoy creating, it’s very important that I have all the necessary materials at the ready. Otherwise, my crafts tend to go unfinished.  Parragon Books craft sets top my list because they contain a fully stocked kit.  Remember the Sock Monkey we shared with you?  Here’s a Flower Art version! [Read more…]

Accepting Submissions for the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide


Savings in Seconds is now accepting brand and product submissions for the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!  Complete the form here to request more information. [Read more…]

National Geographic Has Gift-Worthy Books for Kids

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For years, I tucked a $20 bill inside a great book for my nieces and nephews on gift-giving occasions.  My children usually request a title or two for their own gifts.  You don’t have to be a language arts teacher, or even a bookworm, to find fabulous gift-worthy books!

Many of my students have told me that they received a book from a relative as a gift, and it became a favorite.  Wouldn’t it be an honor to be the one to gift that beloved book? [Read more…]

Get Kids Crafting With The Sock Monkey Kit

Disclosure: I received this kit from Parragon Books. Opinions shared are mine.

Like many moms, I have a box that contains treasures my children made when they were small.  Inside, you’d find handprint portraits, colored masterpieces, and assorted Christmas ornaments.

Thank you, daycare, for teaching my kids how to craft.

I didn’t receive the crafting gene, so I depend on other people to make it easier for me.  Even Pinterest isn’t enough; I need a boxed set with instructions.  Thankfully, Craft Factory exists.  Take this kit for example — it contains most of the supplies you’d  need to create a Sock Monkey! [Read more…]

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