Back to School in Style

Timmy missed the cut off to begin kindergarten this year by 12 days. TWELVE days. I should be happy that he won’t be going off to school all day – the youngest of all of my children to do so – but he is SO ready. He would benefit greatly by being able to start kindergarten and I know he would succeed, in spite of being twelve days too young. Most of all, I believe he is ready socially. All of his siblings are gone all day and he is so sad not to have any of his siblings around.

In spite of all this, there is nothing we can do this year, so Ray and I have decided to homeschool Timmy for kindergarten. To ensure he gets to be around kids his age, Timmy will attend preschool three days a week and I will work with him the other two. We have discovered that by doing this, we will be able register Timmy for first grade next year and he still gets a bit of socialization this year.

You would not believe how thrilled Timmy is to begin his kindergarten year at preschool! He is counting down the days, has picked out his first day of school outfit, has packed his backpack, and even made his lunch for his first day. (I had to gently convince him that his peanut butter sandwich will not last 54 days!)

Ready for Kindergarten in Style

super hero backpacks

Tennis Shoes

We found all of Timmy’s Spiderman-themed first day of school goodies at Walmart. They have a great selection of backpacks, lunchbags, and apparel that fit Timmy’s style and my budget. That backpack/lunchbag combo was only $12.88, and you can’t beat $less than $15 for a pair of sneakers!

But, we didn’t stop there. Julia found a great backpack for only $9.88 and some school supplies that she was excited to begin making her own. Her favorite find was this school planner – a must-have for a middle schooler.

Spark their Style

Backpacks for teens

Walmart really is a great place to pick up all of your back to school items, whether your kiddos are beginning kindergarten (or preschool!), high school, or going off to college. You will be surprised at what you can find to help spark their style!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fruity Dessert Pizza

There is nothing quite like enjoying fresh fruit in the heat of summer. Biting in to ice-cold watermelon. Enjoying popsicles made with fresh, juicy strawberries. Tossing raspberries in to a crisp green salad. I could go on and on.

My most favorite fruity dessert to make with my kiddos, though, is Dessert Pizza. It’s super easy, pretty quick to make, and tastes yummy. It satisfies any sugar craving on a hot evening. For all of us.

Fruity Dessert Pizza

What you need:

  • 1 package refrigerated Crescent Rolls
  • 1 small tub of Marshmallow Creme
  • 1 8oz package of Cream Cheese
  • Fresh Fruit, sliced
  • Coconut Flakes (optional)

Fruity Dessert Pizza - what you need

sliced fruit makes great toppings

What to do:

  1. Roll out the crescent rolls and cut in to circle. Bake as directed. Cool completely.
  2. In a bowl, blend together the marshmallow creme and cream cheese. Set aside.
  3. Spread mixture over crescent crust.
  4. Top with fresh sliced fruit. sprinkle with coconut flakes (not shown). I make a special pizza pie for Timmy with just bananas and strawberries… The possibilities are endless!
  5. Slice and serve.

Enjoy your dessert pizza this summer!

Where do you purchase your fresh fruit? I prefer to buy our produce, especially fruit, at Walmart because of their 100% money back guarantee. They purchase their fruits and vegetables directly from growers and leverage their produce experts, distribution centers and trucking systems. They also check their produce weekly in all of their stores, making sure WE purchase the freshest and bestest.

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5 Essentials for Summer Road Trips

This last weekend we packed the kids up and headed to Fort Worth for a little road trip staycation. My cousin has been working on Oklahoma and we wanted to meet half way for some fun and sun. Before heading on the road, however, I made sure we had a few essentials. After all, almost three hours in the car with seven children can be challenging if not properly prepared!

essentials for summer road trips

Portable chargers – There are just not enough charger plugins in the car for everyone, but everyone has a device and you never know when one will die. Best be prepared, so everyone stays happy. You can find some at walmart.com for about $10.

Travel with Extra Juice

Car Games – My kids only played on their devices for a bit this last trip before we whipped out a list of good old-fashioned car games. We played the alphabet game and the state license plate game, but there are many more that can keep the kiddos busy for hours. Check out these printable travel games – I’m using these for our next road trip!

Snacks – Pack up some goodies in the Igloo Quantum Cooler ($14.97 at Walmart. The one pictured below is a Coleman.), so as to avoid multiple stops when the kiddos begin complaining that they are hungry or thirsty. Bottles of water, boxes of juice, cheese sticks, and chips or crackers should keep their bellies full.

pack a cooler for road trips

First Aid Kit – I put together our own and included band-aids, pain relievers, after sun care, hand sanitizer, and of course my essential oils (which are helpful in dealing with a multitude of problems).

Sunscreen – I know sunscreen isn’t exactly needed while in the car, but it certainly will be once you arrive at your destination. Our favorite is Banana Boat. I just love the scent and it’s not greasy or too thick.

What would you add? Visit walmart.com to check out some more great ideas in the Walmart ad online!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Easy Summer Hair Styles

On a hot summer day, I tend to want to just throw my hair up in a messy bun and call it good. But, there are so many ways to jazz up your look and stay cool, too. Enter the multi-way head wrap. This fabulous piece of stretchy cloth (that looks like a tube when not on your head) can be used in so may ways. Here are just a few —

Easy Summer Hair Styles

1. The Loose Bun – A variation of my favorite summer hair-do, this ‘do can be achieved with either a sock bun or loose bun (as shown). The wrap will create a finished look when used as a headband.

2. The Bandana – This is a great way to keep your hair out of your face after hanging at the beach or pool. Leave those lock down and use the wrap as a bandana.

3. The Headband – I have such crazy hair, so I wear headbands often. I don’t typically wear them across my forehead, but this is kind of a fun look, especially with the wrap. Best part is that it doesn’t pinch and is not too tight.

The Multi Way Wrap can be found in the jewelry department at your favorite Walmart, but unfortunately it isn’t sold on Walmart.com. In fact, your local Walmart carries a wide variety of wraps, headbands, sock buns, and other hair accessories. The best part about buying hair accessories at Walmart is the price – The Mutli Way Wrap shown above was less than $5. I grabbed one in every color!

What is your summer go-to hair style?

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Freedom Pops

It’s almost Independence Day. It doesn’t matter what you believe or where in the U.S. you live, you will celebrate with the rest of our country with a huge party, right? After all, freedom deserves a celebration.

As part of our nation’s celebration, we will fly our nation’s flag and don our red, white, and blue. So, it shouldn’t be a bit of a surprise that everyone will be creating decorations and dishes that show our patriotic spirit.

Walmart asked me to show y’all how I plan to serve up some red, white, and blue for this special day. Since I am all about ease, and very little fluff, I decided I’d tell you how easy it is to make some tasty Patriotic Pops.

<make your own patriotic pops>

Here’s what you do:

  • Grab some of your favorite Gatorade flavors in red, white, and blue (of course).
  • Pick up some popsicle molds at Walmart (my kids love the Ice Pop Sippers – found only in stores, but similar to these).
  • Choose your favorite add-ins.
  • Freeze each layer until solid, before adding the next flavor.
  • Add diced strawberries to the last layer of red Gatorade before freezing.
  • When all layers are frozen solid, remove from molds and roll in Pop Rocks before serving.
  • Enjoy!

<freedom pops dipped in pop rocks>

Of course, you can make popsicles at home any time. The kids love to help, especially when it comes to choosing flavors and fun add-ins. The possibilities are endless and they are a refreshing treat on a hot day. Chocolate milk pops are a fun alternative to fudge pops, and any fruit juice tastes delish frozen, especially when loaded with fresh fruit.

<patriotic pops>

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.