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Make Outdoor Memories With These 5 Kid Friendly Activities

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Sometimes it can feel nearly impossible to drag your kids outside to enjoy a beautiful day. Outdoor play can not only keep your child happy and healthy, but it can also spark their imagination and curiosity. Here are 5 kid friendly activities you can do with your children to create long lasting memories.

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Cool, Cute, And Entertaining Gifts For Kids

Last year, I went to my son’s family picnic event that was hosted by the special education classes, held at the end of the year. It was so nice to talk to his teachers and assistants that help out in his classroom. After that, I told myself I would make more of an effort to get involved with his class. I am going to chaperone as many of his field trips as I can. I haven’t decided if I’m going to volunteer in his classroom, I’m not sure what how he’d feel about seeing me at school! I also want to help in any of their community activities that his class participates in. This year, we gathered a few cool, cute, and entertaining gifts for kids! 

Cool, Cute, And Entertaining Gifts For Kids
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I don’t keep toys in the house just because my son will destroy them or they will be lost, discarded, or worse. Instead, any toys, books, and such that I receive, I’ve been saving to donate to his classroom. For instance,I was sent two different children’s books which I plan on donating to his classroom!  I also have a handful of beauty products that are brand new that I’m going to give to his teachers. I prefer to share anything extra that I receive!  

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Spooktacular Treats and Activities for Halloween

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October is almost here and I can already hear, Tim Burton’s “This Is Halloween” lyrics echoing throughout my home. These lyrics are a telltale sign I need to get on track for prepping for this year’s Halloween fun. With multiple children ranging in age groups, finding the perfect ideas for entertaining the crowd can be a little tricky. This year, I have come up with some new ideas for this season and I think you’ll like them too!

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Free or Low Cost Fall Themed Activities for Families

Free or Low Cost Fall Themed Activities for Families

Happy Fall, Ya’ll

 

I mean, I know we’re in the dog days of summer and it’s about ten degrees shy of Satan’s kitchen out here in the South. Can you really be too prepared for those great, breezy fall days though? I have Facebook friends sharing some great fall crafts and it got my wheels turning for some low cost fall themed ideas and activities to work up for myself and my four year old daughter. I came up with a handful of things and I just had to share. I can’t be the only one anxiously waiting for the moment it’s appropriate to don my holiday gear and binge eat some Candy Corn.

Here’s the list of my top 10 favorite Free or Low Cost Fall Themed Activities to keep your family busy during the fall season:

Fall is the best season of the year!

 

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Simple Indoor Toddler Activities


Simple Indoor Toddler Activities

Hello! I thought I’d introduce myself as a new writer here on Beauty Brite. My name is Misty, and I am the mother of 4 little ones. On a side note, summer is here, which means fun in the sun! Summer also means afternoon rainstorms if you live anywhere like I do in North Carolina. They are quick thunderstorms, but it does mean dragging the kids inside until it passes which brings in the inevitable whining of, “I’m boredâ€.

As any mom, I am always searching for fun indoor toddler activities!

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Innovation In Kids Should Be Encouraged

Innovation In Kids Should Be Encouraged
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Winter is fast approaching and it is time to find activities my son will enjoy indoors. We are big advocates of education and learning through play time. If you were to walk into our home it is not laid out with the newest technologies. We have the latest version of things but I have them put away. The first thing my son can see are educational toys. I feel this truly encourages him to play with them first verses electronic devices. Ever heard the saying “outta sight, outta mind”?

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6 Tips for Keeping the House Clean During The School Year

The school year is in full swing and there are many activities that go along with this. As parents, we are already tasked with keeping up with doctors and dentist appointments, family events, making sure the family is fed, and so much more. It’s easy to let cleaning go as you are focusing on keeping the family on track.

As a single mom, I find myself running around in circles, especially if I don’t have a plan. Each day, I prepare a daily list of things I want to accomplish the next day! This helps keep me organized. I hope my tips for keeping the house clean during the school year will help you!

6 Tips for Keeping the House Clean During The School Year

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You don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore but more of an opportunity to get your family involved and teach them how to do it well. I am going to give you some tips that will help keep you on track with keeping your house clean! Relax, this won’t take much time but you will feel better knowing that your house is clean.

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Calling all Pokemon Trainers

Calling all Pokemon Trainers
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I remember as a kid when Pokémon first came out and hit the scene. It was a massive hit and everyone wanted to be a trainer just like Ash and his trusty sidekick Pikachu. Little did I grasp that twenty years later the Pokémon crazy would still be going just as strong.

Pokémon Adventures!

Pokemon Trainer

I was 9 when the craze hit the US. We would spend recess at school trading cards, talking about our favorite characters what our favorite Pokémon was ( mine are Bulbasaur and Togepi ). Which actually ended up causing the school to ban bringing the cards to school because they caused so much of a distraction. One of my very first movies seen in a theater was the original Pokémon movie. I remember my dad actually picked me up early from school to go see it. That in itself is a memory I cherish dearly since my dad is no longer alive.

I was so excited when my oldest daughter first asked me “mom” have you ever heard of Pokémon? Being the nerd I am, I was so proud that, that gene got passed down. It’s a great show and franchise to be able to share. One of our favorite things to do is go to the park and play Pokemon Go. Not only has it brought us closer as a family but it gets the kids active and moving. Plus who doesn’t love trying to catch your very on Squirtle, or Charmander?

Pikachu Walkie Takies

Now having four kids my house is full of fun Pokémon toys all the time. From a handmade Ash costume to tons of plushies, trading cards, and even some really fun Pokémon Pikachu Walkie-talkies! With Pikachu right by your side, these walkie-talkies can reach long distances and are static-free. Perfect for those outside adventuring activities.

Walkie talkies

In today’s day and age it’s really refreshing to be able to have something like Pokémon to be able to share with my kids. It’s so fun to be able to look back on a simpler day and time. To see the joy on my kid’s faces when they are telling me all about their favorite Pokemon or something they caught while playing one of the games. In my opinion, that’s so much of what this world needs these days are to go back and take a breath and look with the eyes of a child and find joy in the little things.

Whose your favorite Pokémon?

Quarantine Halloween: Making The Best Of It With Family

Halloween is looking mighty different this year due to the pandemic. In my town, trick-or-treating is not an option since we are in the red with COVID cases. At the very last minute, I decided to throw my family a small Quarantine Halloween party just for the 8 of us!

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Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child’s School

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite
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Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child’s School

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If you’ve read some of my previous posts on Beauty Brite you might have heard me mention my affection for Diet Coke. It’s one of my favorite drinks. I often have an icy cold glass of it next to me while writing, playing around on the internet, cleaning, reading or crafting.

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite

They used to have a rewards program that I participated in. I entered codes from their products and traded those points for cool stuff. I think the coolest thing I received through that program was a silver tumbler with a lid and plastic straw. If I had enough points and there wasn’t anything else I was really interested in, I would trade points for a coupon for a free 12-pack of Coca Cola.

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite

Each code you entered earned a specific number of points. The only thing I didn’t like about that program was that you there was a limit on how many codes you could enter to earn points each week.

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite
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First of all, several family members knew I was using that rewards program and would save all of their codes for me. In addition to the codes I had from purchased products, I often had some I couldn’t use until later.

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Also, I was pretty sporadic about remembering to enter codes. This resulted in the accumulation of zip loc bags full of caps as well as codes torn from 12-packs of Coke building up in my mudroom.

Then, the company announced their intention to discontinue that rewards program, which bummed me out a bit. I was very happy to hear that they intended to launch a different rewards program. So, I held onto the cap codes until I could find out if they would be able to be used with the new rewards program.

This summer has been a bit hard so far with all the unrest in the country and the coronavirus stuff going on. So, I decided it was a good time to check out the new rewards program and do something fun to get my mind off of everything going on in the world for a short time.

I like their Coca Cola Give program because there isn’t a limit on how many codes I can enter (at least that I’ve found, so far).

You probably think I’m joking about having a bunch of codes built up. I assure you, I’m not. Check it out, here are all the codes I had sitting in bags in my mudroom to use when they launched this new program.

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Yeah. Not joking! I had been collecting caps in quart-size zip loc bags, using gallon size bags only when I was out of the smaller size and even brown paper lunch sacks when I had no zip loc bags in the house at all. In the end, before taking this picture, I had nearly 30 various bags of caps. It was nuts! It took me about a week of working every evening for a couple of hours to get all of these codes entered into the website.

In looking at their new rewards program, I decided I was interested in using my codes to make monetary donations. To try it out, I chose the American Red Cross and entered a few codes. It is so easy and quick to do!

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Then I realized that you can make donations to schools! So, I have subsequently been entering codes with my daughter’s school designated to receive the donations.

If there isn’t a school you’re interested in donating to, here are the other organizations you can choose:

National Park Foundation

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital

American Red Cross

Special Olympics

USO

And for all of you out there about to say I need to find a healthier snack — here ya go!

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite

I thought an apple was a fitting snack while entering codes to benefit my daughter’s school, cuz teachers … apples … pretty neat little connection there. LOL

After entering all the codes you can see in the pictures above, here’s where my total donation history stood.

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite

Yes, that’s nearly $65 donated to my daughter’s school. But, some time has passed since this I took these pics. I have gathered more codes to enter.

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite

As it stands right now, I have donated a total of:

$71.60!!!

It feels good to do a nice thing for my community. Our children’s schools have always been appreciative of the different ways that parents have supported their efforts to provide kids with fun activities and additional educational opportunities that would otherwise be beyond their budgets to provide.

I think this is definitely a much more fun and consistent activity to support our local educational institutions than constant fundraisers. Our local Kroger also has a program that shoppers can sign up for to support schools, so I do that, also. I like these two programs because it’s easier for parents to do things like this. Also, if there were more programs like this, it would mean less time for school personnel researching fundraising efforts and more time doing what they love most — helping our kids to grow into successful, well-rounded adults.

What is your favorite way to support your schools? Alternatively, which of the organizations listed above would you donate to through Coca Cola Give?