Thrifty Tip: Repurpose Old Containers for New Storage

Revamp your pantry when you repurpose old containers for storage.  You only need a couple items that you already have at home!

I am sucker for organization.  I like when things have their place.  But I hate the price tags on those organizational units.

Recently, I was shopping and found the cutest containers with silver lids to put my baking storage items in.  I was already imagining how they would look in my pantry.  Then I saw the price tag–$10 a container!  No way could I do that!  But they looked easy enough to replicate.  So after finishing a few of our family’s favorite treats I was able to repurpose old containers for my own pantry storage.

How to Repurpose Old Containers for New Storage

Only 2 items needed to repurpose old containers!

Silver spray paint and primer

Plastic Containers with lids

1 – Remove the lids from your containers.  Spray the silver spray paint on the outside of the lids and let them dry.

It's so easy to spray the lids off your old containers to make them look like new!

CAUTION: Make sure you position the nozzle so the spray paint goes onto the lid the first time.  By the way if anyone has any secrets for getting spray paint out of hair let me know!  :)

Use olive oil to rub off the labels off of old containers!  So easy!

2 – While the lids are drying (about 15 minutes) remove the labels from the jars by using  olive oil around the edges of the label.  The oil helps lift off the label easily.  Peel off the rest of the label and the glue.  If your glue is quite thick add a tablespoon of salt and either a dry paper towel or a scrubber to get a clear surface on the container.  Clean the container off and dry completely.

Repurpose old containers in 3 easy steps!

3 - Add the dry lids to your containers and fill them with any baking supply you want.  Right now I love to use these containers for sugar, pasta and my homemade brown sugar.  Add labels for organization or keep it clear for the clean, sleek look!

8/22 Amazon Deals / Bracelet, Pencil Pouch, Oral-B Dental Floss, Cuisinart Food Processor, Cuisinart Pan, Barbie Car, Coleman Sleeping Bag

Happy Friday my fellow deal seeker friends!  I’m looking forward to this weekend–it’s been a long week!!  Starting today off with a beautiful bracelet that I absolutely love.  Cuisinart is having a sale–we have listed a few items, so make sure to check them out!

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LOVE this bracelet!!!  Pretty sure I need to have it.  Don’t you? For only $4.50 (was $18)–pick up the Kensie “Shooting Star” Silver-Plated Flex Oval Mint Stone Bracelet.  Free shipping for Prime members when buying this Add-on Item.

For 50% off, pick up a BAZIC Bright Color 3-Ring Pencil Pouch with Mesh Window.  Only $4.97 (was $9.99) plus it has FREE  SHIPPING.

Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Comfort Plus Mint Flavor Floss Twin Pack is on sale for just $4.98 (was $18.90) when you clip the coupon and choose subscribe & save.  This ships as add-on item–so if you are an Amazon Prime member and  have $25 in your cart, you will get this also shipped for free.

When I think of the brand “Cuisinart” I think of this food processor right here.  This is classic and quality.  It’s not a cheap item–but definitely worth it.  It’s at a great price today–so if you’ve been thinking about getting one–now’s your chance!  Cuisinart Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor is just $99.94 (was $180.00) and it will ship to you in just 2 days if you are an Amazon Prime member.

Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 5-1/2-Quart Multi-Purpose Pot with Glass Cover is only $19.19 today plus you get free Prime shipping if you are a member.  That’s a 76% savings!  Unbelievable!

Be sure to check out a few more Cuisinart pans here, and here.

Every Barbie lover needs a convertible!  Such a classic!  Today Mega Bloks Barbie Convertible is on sale for $10.49 (was $16.99) plus it will ship free with Amazon Prime.

There is still time for some camping before it gets too cold.  September would be a GREAT time to go camping with this new Coleman Green Valley Cool-Weather Sleeping Bag.  It’s on sale for $30.25 (was $45.99) and it will ship free with Prime.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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8/21 Amazon Deals / Color Wonder, Dice Game, Baking Cups, Toaster Oven Broiler, Pampers Wipes, Necklace, OshKosh Shoes

Amazon didn’t disappoint today with the sales and deals.  There are many options starting with some Crayola Color Wonder.  There is a game for the family that is half off today as well.  I love the Toaster Oven–it has an $8 off coupon bringing it to over 60% off.  What a deal!  If those things done sound interesting…wait till you see the necklace.  It is discounted so much and is beautiful.  I think I’ll be adding that to the cart myself!  Have a great Thursday everyone!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

 

Color Wonder is so wonderful.  My kids love it and so do I!  These new metallic ones are so cool–same great color wonder–new look.  We love to take these on trips, or to church or even the doctors office.  It’s so easy and mess free and kids love it.   Crayola Color Wonder Metallic Paper & Markers is $6.49 today (was $14.99) and it will ship free with Prime.

TDC Games Campbell’s Alphabet Dice Game looks like a fun game.  It’s on sale for just $9.99 (was $19.99) and it will ship free with Amazon Prime.

Love these baking cups.  So cute for a birthday or just jazzing up those muffins.  Wilton Snappy Stripes Mini Baking Cups, 75 Count is just $1.84 (was $6.52) and Free shipping for Prime members when buying this Add-on Item.

So many options on how to use this Toaster oven broiler!!   Cuisinart Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler is on sale for $48.53 when you clip the coupon (was $145) and there is free Prime shipping as well.  That’s a savings of over 60%!!

Pampers Softcare Baby Fresh Wipes 7x box, 504 Count is on sale for $10.79 (was $15.99) when you clip the $.50 off coupon.  It also ships for free with Prime.

Gorgeous necklace here.  This is one of my favorite colors.  It goes with everything and this is a great price.  Simple Hand Knotted Oval Shaped Turquoise Necklace, 18 Inches is on sale for $15.97 (was $79.99) and it ships free with Prime.

Love these cute shoes!!!  Love the price too!  OshKosh B’Gosh Alex-4G Boat Shoe is on sale for just $10.25 (was $43.99) plus it will ship free with Prime.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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8/20 Amazon Deals / Papermate Pens, Crayola Crayons, Twistable Colored Pencils, Glad Trash Bags, Lysol Wipes, Rice Cooker, Leggings, Boots, Mrs. Doubtfire

There are a a few school supplies/office supplies to start off with.  But the deals get better as you go down the list! Seriously!  There is a Rice cooker and steamer in one!  Sounds like dinner is done with this one.  I love the deal on Lysol wipes.  They are discounted really well–especially since it’s a 2 pack of the larger tubs.  Love it!  Enjoy your deals today!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

 

I love the colors of these pens!  Not just the plain old red, blue and black pens anymore.  Such a great variety of color at an awesome price today.  Paper Mate InkJoy 100 Stick Medium Point Advanced Ink Pens, 8 Colored Ink Pens is only $1.78 (was $3.00) and Free shipping for Prime members when buying this Add-on Item.

Even if you are done school shopping–these are so great!  They are WASHABLE!  Yes, I know.  How wonderful is that?  Crayola Washable Crayons, 24 count is on sale for $1.99 (was $4.65) plus it ships for free as an Add-on item if you have Prime.

Deal alert!  Over 58% off today!!  Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils, 12 count is just $2.50 (was $5.99) plus it’s  Free shipping as an Add-on Item.

Glad Tall Kitchen Flap-Tie Trash Bags, 13 Gallon, 40 Count is just $3.44 (was $7) and it is Free shipping for Prime members when buying this as an Add-on Item.

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Ocean Fresh, 80 Count (Pack of 2) is just $8.53 when you clip the 25% off coupon and choose subscribe & save.  It’s also a Prime item, so you will get it in 2 days!

Did you know you can cook a whole meal in a  rice cooker?  You can even cook breakfast!  These things are so versatile and easy.  Aroma Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer is at a great price today for just $36.92 (was $99.99) and it will ship for free if you have Amazon Prime.

Leggings are so popular right now!!  This deal pretty much can NOT be beat.  So pick up a pair or two!  For this price…why not??  Steve Madden Legwear Women’s Legging is on sale for just $4.00 (was $20) plus they are Free shipping for Prime members as an Add-on Item.

Last year was so cold–I wore my boots almost every single day.  I HAD to.  I’m sure this year will be no different and this is a great price for tall boots!  Ukala Women’s Toni High Snow Boot are only $29.36 (was $75) plus free Amazon Prime shipping.

Oh man–this movie is so funny!  What a deal today to get Mrs. Doubtfire (Behind-the-Seams Edition) for only $4.99 (was $14.98) plus free Prime shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets {Freezer Friendly}

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

My homemade hot pockets are a perfect lunch or snack on the go.

With school coming up I get busy again and need to have some freezer meals that I can make up quickly and that last a while. I like to make a huge batch of these babies and freeze them for busy afternoons and for my kids school lunches. They really are the perfect addition to my make ahead cold lunches. If you have no clue what I am talking about, please click the link. It’s one of my more popular posts here on happymoneysaver and I promise it will make your life easier.

We add ham & cheese to half of the hot pockets and pepperoni, cheese & pizza sauce to the other half. My kids absolutely love them! I make my own pizza dough so these are definitely healthier than that store bought junk.

Homemade Hot Pockets From Scratch

Make up a batch of pizza dough. My favorite go to recipe is done in my food processor. First add flour, salt and yeast to mixing bowl with blade attachment. Pulse until combined.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

Next pulse in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

Add in warm water with the machine turned to the on position and let run until the dough pulls away from the edges and starts to form a ball. Turn off machine.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

Remove dough and add to a well greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

When dough is done rising, you are ready to go.

Shape dough into circles. I usually make mine about the size of my hand all spread out. They bake up pretty big and I get about 6-8 when I do it that way. For smaller eaters, make smaller circles.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

Add toppings. Our favorite is ham with cheddar and mozzarella cheese. We also do pepperoni pizza ones because all my kids love them.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

 

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

 

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

 

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

Fold half of the dough over to the other side making a half circle, and seal the edges. I roll the dough up and push down to seal.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

 

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

Using a knife, cut 2 small slits on the top of the hot pockets. We usually do 3 slits on pepperoni and 2 on our ham ones. It helps us to remember what kind we are getting.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

 

Let cool completely. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and place in gallon sized freezer safe bag. Freeze.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

To reheat from frozen, unwrap plastic wrap, cover in a paper towel and heat for 1 1/2 minutes in the microwave. If you will be reheating these after they have been thawed, heat up in microwave for 30-60 seconds.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

Look at that cheesy goodness! These homemade hot pockets healthy and delicious.

66% cheaper than store bought, these homemade hot pockets from scratch are a perfect lunch or snack on the go. Make a huge batch and freeze them for busy afternoons or school lunches.

But is it worth the cost?

The big question is if it’s actually worth it to make your own vs. buying them from the store. And I will tell you I refuse to eat hot pockets from the store because you just don’t know what you are getting. They taste weird and I get stomach aches from eating them. So I am a bit biased there…but anyways. Cost breakdown.

Here is the cost breakdown for 1 batch of my homemade hot pockets from scratch:

To make 8  large homemade hot pockets is – $2.72

A box of 12 at Walmart is around $12 dollars. Making them about $1 per hot pocket.

Homemade= $2.72

Store Bought= $8.00

That is a savings of 66 %!! And that my friend is a lot.

Not only are my homemade hot pockets from scratch better tasting, they are made with real ingredients, are pretty simple to make and are way less expensive than the store bought ones. I think it’s a win all around. Definitely worth it. What are you waiting for? Go make up a batch for you and your family, freeze the leftovers and thank me later! ;)

homemade hot pockets from scratch {Freezer Friendly}
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tbsp yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 2½ cups of chopped meat (ham or pepperoni)
  • 1½ cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1½ cups cheddar cheese
  • pizza sauce (for pizza hot pockets)
Instructions
  1. Add flour, salt and yeast to a food processor with the blade attachment. Pulse until well mixed.
  2. Pulse in olive oil.
  3. Turn machine to the on position and while running pour in warm water. Let machine run until dough pulls away from the edges and forms a ball.
  4. Put dough in a greased bowl and cover. Let rise until doubled in size.
  5. Take handfuls of the dough and roll out into a small circle about the size of your hand. Add some cheese and meat and fold the circle of dough over to make a half circle.
  6. Seal the edges and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  7. To freeze: After baking, wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe ziploc bag. Freeze for later use.
  8. To reheat from frozen, unwrap plastic wrap, cover in a paper towel and heat for 1½ minutes. After it has been thawed, heat up in microwave for 30-60 seconds.
Notes
This recipe makes about 8 large hot pockets. If you are using this dough to make pizza, it will make about 2 12 inch pizzas.

 

Check out more of my freezer meals and meals from scratch.

7/19 Amazon Deals / Wite-Out, Lunchbox, Food Processor, Cuisinart Toaster, Biore Strips, Hedge Trimmer, Basket

The deals keep coming for your Tuesday!  We start with Wite-Out–a pack of two so you can have one at home and one for work.  There is an adorable lunchbox for little girls that I’m sure they will LOVE!  There are a few appliances for the kitchen , and even a trimmer for outside.  I hope you find something you love.  Have a great Tuesday!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

 

It’s  always a good idea to have Wite-Out in the office or at home.  BIC Wite-Out Correction Tape, 2 Tapes has a coupon for $1.00 off making it $1.40 and it has Free shipping for Prime members when buying this Add-on Item.  (was $6.69!!)

How cute is this lunchbox?  Wildkin Horses in Pink Lunch Box is on sale for $14.39 (was $21.99) plus free Prime shipping.

Black & Decker 8-Cup Food Processor is only $25.60 (was $49.99) plus free Amazon Prime shipping.

I love all of the function items on this toaster–but more importantly I love the price!!  Cuisinart CPT-122 Compact 2-Slice Toaster is on sale for $27.06 (was $55) plus it qualifies for free Prime shipping.

These strips are the BEST!  Have you ever used them?  They are so nice to have when your skin starts to get problematic.  This is a great price today–plus there’ s a coupon too!  Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips Combo Pack, 14 strips is just $6.47 (was $12.99) when you clip the coupon–plus free Prime shipping.

It’s getting to be that time of the summer where I want to give my hedges one last trim before fall/winter.  Black & Decker Hedge Trimmer, 17-Inch is on sale for 34% off at $33.24 (was $49.99) plus free shipping with Prime.

Make your shopping trip easier and “greener” by using this basket for goodies.  JanetBasket Large Aluminum Frame Basket, 18-Inch x 10-Inch x 9.5-Inch, Black/Red  On sale for $14.49 (was $27.99) plus free Prime shipping.  This would be great to keep in the car!

 

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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8/18 Amazon Deals / Shampoo, Aussie Deep Conditioner, Scott Paper Towels, Oral-B Toothbrush, Duct Tape, Indoor Grill, Electric Skillet, Hook Blu-Ray

Good Monday morning to everyone!!!  We start off today’s Amazon deals with some shampoo and conditioner that are too good of a price to pass up!  Scott paper towels are at a great price as well.  There’s even an electric skillet and an indoor grill that I’m pretty excited about as well.  Lastly, there is a Blu-Ray of the movie Hook that might be of interest to you as well.  Enjoy!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Herbal Essences Unbreakable Seduction Anti-Breakage Shampoo, 10.1 Fluid Ounce is only $1.49 when you clip the coupon.  Free shipping for Prime members when buying this Add-on Item.

As the weather gets cooler, my hair starts to get a little bit more dry.  This year I will be prepared with a bottle of Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Conditioning Treatment.  It’s on sale today for just $2.22 when you clip the coupon.  It will ship free as an Add-on item.  Don’t worry–we have plenty more deals today to get you to that $25 minimum so you can have free shipping.  :)

Scott Choose-A-Size Mega Roll Paper Towels (Pack of 24) is on sale today for only $18.69 (was $39.12) when you clip the coupon and choose subscribe & save.  These also qualify for free Prime shipping.  That’s just $.77 per roll!!

Great deal plus a coupon for an Oral-B battery toothbrush!  Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean + Gum Care Precision 3000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is only $53.99 (was $96) when you clip the  $15 off coupon.  What a great deal!  It will ship to you in just 2 days if you are a Prime member.

Duct Tape crafts is still popular for the kidd-os!  Here is a set on sale today.  ALEX Toys – Do-it-Yourself Wear! Duct Tape Bangles is just $9.96 (was $16.99) plus free Prime shipping.

Keep grilling all year long indoors with this Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler.  Today you can get it for 57% off at just $79.99 (was $185) plus it ships free for Amazon Prime members.

Presto  11 inch Electric Skillet w/glass lid is on sale today for only $23.88 (was $52.58).  That’s a savings of 55%!  This will also ship free if you have Prime.

A great movie today for you to remember Robin Williams.  Hook [Blu-ray] is just $7.99 plus free Prime shipping.

Don’t forget! You can save even more with Amazon Prime! As an Amazon Prime member I get free 2 day shipping on the majority of the items on Amazon as well as free instant videos, movies and ebooks. It’s just $99/year to be a member, which is only around $7.50 each month to have all these freebies and FREE 2-day shipping. Click here to try it out for FREE for 30 days.

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“The Classic” Apple Teacher Gift Idea

“An Apple for the Teacher”

I’ve always heard this saying, but have never actually given an apple to any of my teachers.

Have you?

A commonly said phrase is, “A is for Apple” and if you think about it that’s the grade we all want in the end. Soooo…… if we give our teachers an A at the beginning of the year, we can get for an A at the end of the year, right? Well, maybe not…..but we can try:)

You’ll love my new Happy Thought this month…….. “THE CLASSIC” Apple Teacher Gift Idea.

This is a wonderful apple teacher gift idea for the new upcoming school year! #happythoughts #theclassic

I bought a package of these shipping labels so I could turn my printable into a sticker for the apple.

Use these labels to create this apple teacher gift idea. #happythoughts #theclassic

 

Gather some apples and buy some shipping labels. Then click on my printable link…right click and save it. I like to copy and paste mine in Word and size it there. I made my circle just under 1 inch in diameter. I sized it to fit with my circle 1 inch hole punch. Don’t have a hole punch? Well then, just cut ‘em out:)  The apples are round, so the smaller the circle the better or the sticker won’t lay flat very well.

Use this free printable sticker to give your kids teachers an awesome apple teacher gift. #happythoughts #appleclassic

The stickers look great on any color of apple. I can tell this is going to become a fun, easy tradition for my kids at the beginning of each school year. Hhhmmmm….the start of a new tradition…….. you might just have to check back next year for a new printable sticker:)

Use any kind of apple for this apple teacher gift idea. Brighten your teacher's day! #happythoughts #theclassic

Ready to get started? Go here to get my “The CLASSIC” Apple Teacher Gift Idea FREE PRINTABLE

Use any kind of apple and the free printable and create the perfect apple classic teacher gift idea. #happythoughts #appleclassic

 

Use this Apple Classic Teacher Gift Idea to start you kids' school year off right! #happythoughts #appleclassic

8/15 Amazon Deals / Paper Mate Pens, Hello Kitty Thermos, Spot It, ArmorAll Wipes, Diaper Bag, Ice Pop Set, Hand Mixer, Clothes Drying Rack

Yay for the weekend!!!  It’s our last weekend of summer before school starts next week and we will be busy this weekend.  There is a last minute deal on pens if you still need any for school.   If not, just add them to your office!  There is also a Thermos in case you need one for a girl who loves Hello Kitty.  There are a lot of great kitchen and home items as well.  Even a VERY fun game for the WHOLE family.  Have a fabulous weekend!!!!

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*Disclaimer: Amazon prices can – and often do – change quickly. So if you see something you like, be sure to snag it fast before the price goes up!

Are you done school shopping yet?  I’m not quite done since we don’t start school till next week.  Even if you don’t need school supplies–this is a good deal on pens.  Paper Mate InkJoy  Retractable Medium Point Ballpoint Pens, Assorted Colors, 8 Pack is just $2.98 (was $4.64) plus it ships Prime–so it will be here in 2 days.

I have searched for a Thermos before and they can get pretty pricey.  Today this Thermos Funtainer Bottle, Hello Kitty is on sale for $12.99 (was $17.99) and it ships free with Prime.

Have you played Spot It yet?  It’s on sale for just $9.50 plus free Prime shipping. (was $14)  It is one of our very favorite games.  We have given it as gifts to so many friends and family members too.  It’s a big hit–if you don’t have it–you need it.  Really, so fun!

ArmorAll Leather Wipes Canister is only $3.50 (was $30.28) and it will ship free as an Add-on item.  These wipes are so convenient to use and will sparkle up that car ASAP.

I SO wish that I had this cute diaper bag when my babies were small.  I swear they didn’t make them this cute even a few years ago.  Well, today this Skip Hop Duo Essential Diaper Bag, Onyx Tile is on sale–so pick one up if you are in the market for a new diaper bag.  This bag is just $29.99 (was $58) and it will ship free with Prime.

Remember this post on making your own frozen yogurt pops?  Now you can make your own delicious and nutritious yogurt pops with these.  Norpro  4-Piece Silicone Ice Pop Maker Set is on sale for $7.96 (was $12.99) and they qualify for free Amazon Prime shipping.

I love an item that is HALF OFF!  Today the Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Classic Hand Mixer, Silver is half off at just $19.99 (was $39.99) and it will ship to you for free if you are a Prime member.

Whitmor Folding Clothes Drying Rack is on sale for just $18 (was $32) plus it will ship to you free with Prime.

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7 Ways to Spice Up Cold Lunches

Cold lunches getting boring? Use these 7 tips to Spice up those cold lunches! So easy and fun!Successful cold lunches have always been a quest of mine. I remember the days of warm peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on soggy bread and seeing other kid’s lunches with jealousy oozing from my eyes.  I vowed then and there never again would any of my posterity go through horrible cold lunches!

Last year I developed my system on how to make ahead cold lunches and it has worked great. I figured this year I needed a little update.

Here are Seven New Ways to Spice Up Cold Lunches

1 – Make a lunch menu. Preparation is everything when it comes to cold lunches. When you know what you are going to make the process is smooth. It also creates an easier and more accurate shopping list.

2 – Use a sponge instead of an ice pack. Place a frozen sponge in a plastic bag and add to the cold lunch. As it thaws the sponge will absorb most of the water and the plastic bag will protect the rest of the food from getting soggy. These freezer sandwiches also create a functional ice pack too!

Use a sponge as an ice pack in kid's lunches!

3 – Create a work station. I cleared out one of my drawers and put all of my Ziploc bags or reusable bags , any reusable containers, foil and plastic wrap that I may need to make lunches. I also keep lists of previous successful ideas for cold lunches and my menu. It sounds simple but when I have all of my supplies separate from the rest of my kitchen materials it is easy to stock my buckets.

4 – Make your own lunchables. Save money by creating a lunch your child can make. If you don’t have a container with dividers use cupcake liners to separate the different food items. Make sure all containers fit into their lunch box!

Make your own lunchables with cupcake liners

5 – Write notes for their lunches. Slip a little note of encouragement into your child’s lunch every day with their lunch. It could be as simple as an “I love you” or “Good luck on your spelling test!” or even a funny joke that they could tell their friends. It could be on a post-it, on a napkin or even on a banana!

6 – Change up the originals. My daughter ate peanut butter and jelly every day for a full year. I managed to get creative about halfway through the year when I could see she was getting sick of it. Her favorite thing was when I would roll out a piece of white bread, spread a thin layer of peanut butter and jelly and then roll up. Cut into circles for PB&J sushi! You could also make fruit kabobs or add googly eyes to the outside packaging of their food.

Cookie cutters add variety to school lunches.

7 – Celebrate holidays or big things going on at school. I like to use cookie cutters to cut out my sandwiches themed with the closest holiday. For example – October = pumpkin, December = Christmas tree, February = heart. It is also fun to have theme lunches. Last year for St. Patrick’s day I made all my kids a green lunch. For special occasions you could also decorate the inside of their lunch box.

What are your favorite lunch box tips?

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