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5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must

by Jennifer Wieland
Today’s post is sponsored by Entenmann’s Little Bites. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

<SIGH> Every year I have these grandiose plans in my head for how this school year is going to be it! This school year will be the year that I FINALLY become that mom who has it all together. You know the mom I’m talking about. The one who is showered, dressed and ready for the day before she even has to wake kids up. That mom that neatly packs a week’s worth of lunches for the kids and has them all labeled and ready to go in the refrigerator on Sunday night. That wondrous mother who has her children so organized that they have their clothes laid out for the week, their homework ALWAYS done and backpacks at the ready. Sadly though, that’s just not me. No, I’m the mom who rolls out of bed and scrambles to wipe the sleep from her eyes while rousing the kiddos from their slumber. That is usually followed up by whining, crying and occasionally faking sick from children to avoid school. I consider the week a success if I had one day of not running around, yelling and ranting like a loon and all the kids made the bus each morning without forgetting anything. Luckily for me, Entenmann’s Little Bites helps me give the kids a school snack they love and that’s quick, easy and convenient for me to toss into their lunch boxes. 

5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must in My House #LoveLittleBites

5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must in My House

  1. Entenmann’s Little Bites come in convenient pre-portioned pouches that make for the perfect lunchbox staple or easy afterschool snack. The muffin varieties also make an ideal grab-and-go breakfast when kids are running late to the bus. 
  2. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® come in more than 10 varieties of yummy baked snacks that are ideal for today’s families and their on-the-go needs. They have a flavor for every snacking personality including Crumb Cake, Blueberry, Fudge Brownie, Strawberry Yogurt and limited edition flavors like Pumpkin.
  3. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® have the great taste kids and adults love! While giving you the label happiness you want for your family. Little Bites® contain no high fructose corn syrup. They’re made with real ingredients like blueberries, bananas and strawberries. Plus they are even certified Kosher.
  4. Most varieties of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are less than 200 calories per pouch and contain zero grams of trans fat per serving.
  5. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is a proud recycling supporter. In fact, they are currently holding a recycling contest.

5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must in My House #LoveLittleBites

How to Enter the Entenmann’s Little Bites Back To School Recycling Contest

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® has partnered with TerraCycle, an international recycling company that turns waste into plastic that can be used for other products. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® is running a contest that encourages participants to send in their pouches in celebration of the back to school season until October 31, 2017.

There are two ways for individuals, schools and organizations to participate:

  1. There is a collection contest to send in the most Entenmann’s® Little Bites® pouches. 
  2. Schools and organizations can design, build and create a unique collection receptacle for the Entenmann’s® Little Bites® pouches

Entenmann’s® & TerraCycle will provide tiered prizing for winners

The Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Pouch Recycling Program is open to any individual, school or organization interested in reducing local landfill waste. To learn more about the Entenmann’s® Little Bites ® Pouch Recycling Program, please visit: http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/entenmanns-little-bites-pouch-brigade

5 Reasons Entenmann’s Little Bites is a School Lunch Must in My House #LoveLittleBites

For more information and to stay in the know on all the latest flavors, coupons and contests, be sure to check out the Entenmann’s Little Bites website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram. If you want to see some fun DIY ideas on how to turn these little treats and other Entenmann’s products into fun and festive edibles be sure to check out the Entenmann’s YouTube channel.

 

 

 


Earn Double Box Tops with Walmart Back to School Shopping

by Jennifer Wieland
Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

 
 Back to school shopping isn’t just about getting your kid the coolest backpack, supplies to fill their desks or the perfect outfit. It’s also about getting the teacher what they need for the classroom for the year. Right now you can earn high marks from your kid’s teacher and school with classroom school supplies while you earn double Box Tops for Education!

Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

Every year I get a school supply list for each of my kid’s classrooms. Boxes of Kleenex are always listed as a required school supply and often times paper towels can found on the school supply lists for the younger kids. Having both volunteered and worked for our local school district I know how important those boxes of Kleenex are to have on hand. When seasons change and allergies kick in lots of little noses get runny. When cold season hits boxes of Kleenex need to be on hand to help with runny, stuffy noses and to cover coughs and sneezes. In the classrooms for the little kids in our district paper towels go a long way in helping to keep rooms tidy and clean.

Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

Even if your school doesn’t ask for these supplies you can make mornings less hectic by keeping bathrooms stocked at home with Scott toilet paper. I’ve learned from experience that having a large family and only two bathrooms in the house if there is any delay in bathroom timing in the morning it can throw off everyone’s morning schedule.

Right now you can earn high marks from your kid's teacher and school with classroom school supplies and double Box Tops for Education! #EarnDoubleAtWalmart #ad

Earn Double Box Tops for Education for Your School

Currently at Walmart select Kleenex, Scott and Viva bundles earn double Box Tops for Education on them!

  • Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue – 4 Pack, 85 Sheets
  • Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue – Finding Dory – 3 Pack, 210 Sheets
  • Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue – Captain America – 3 pack, 160 Sheets
  • Scott 1000 – 20 Rolls
  • Scott Extra Soft Double Roll – 30 Rolls
  • Viva Vantage Big Roll – 6 Rolls


 

Does your school collect Box Tops for Educations? If so, do you collect them at home and turn them in?

 

 


Getting Geared Up for Back to School with Groupon

by Jennifer Wieland
Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad
Thanks to Groupon for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

It’s hard to believe that we are already in August! This summer seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. Now though comes the mad dash to get the kids geared up for the best back to school ever! Luckily, you can find phenomenal deals for getting geared up for back to school with Groupon!

That’s right! Groupon is not just your go to spot for great local and travel deals. You can also shop their Groupon Goods and find fabulous deals to use in your everyday life and have them shipped right to your door. That eliminates having to hit the mall and battle all of the other frantic parents trying to gear up their kids as well.

Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad

If you are trying to find just what your college kid needs to have the best dorm life experience while moving from home for the first time all while keeping costs down then check out Groupon and search up the keyword dorm.

Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad

Looking for the perfect for your headphones and tech toys for your teenager to make surviving the school bus ride to and from school more tolerable then head to Groupon and search technology or headphones. Another great find for your high school age child is class rings for your senior.

Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad

Find the absolutely coolest school supplies or lunch boxes to make your elementary age kids the cool kids in class. Just search for school supplies or lunch boxes to find just what you need.

Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad

Groupon is also your one stop shop for all of the awesome teachers trying to get their classrooms ready. You can find all kinds of amazing deals to make sure you have just what you need to make your classes year a success!

Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad

To find out about specials and coupon codes from Groupon be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to make their already great deals even better!

 

 

 


Kidecals Helping to Organize and Decorate My Life

by Jennifer Wieland
Kidecals Waterproof Canning Labels
Thanks to Kidecals for providing products for me to review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Now that all of my kiddos are in school full-time I have been on a purge and organize mission in my house. I’m pretty sure that each week my garbage man curses me along with my husband who is hauling out all of the junk to the curb. I’ve been cleaning and organizing like a woman on a mission and one of the tools that has been helping me with the organization is Kidecals.

Kidecals are delightfully versatile and cray durable decals for your family, your life and your home. They have labels for just about anything you can think of and do make custom labels as well. You can get wall decals, kid’s labels, chalkboard labels, keyboard labels, bumper/laptop stickers, even canning/baking labels and many more. The labels are both dishwasher and washing machine safe. So that means you can go ahead and label your kid’s clothing, lunch boxes, book bags and toys and the labels won’t be going anywhere. It also means that you can label items around the house as well and these lovely labels will hold up.

Kidecals Waterproof Labels

Since I am on an organization kick I personally ordered some of the chalkboard labels. I am trying to store and label all of my baking supplies and these are going to be a great help.

Kidecals Waterproof Chalkboard Labels

I also ordered some absolutely beautiful, canning labels with my blog name on them and blank fields to label what the item is. These are going to come in so handy at Christmas time for homemade gifts!

Kidecals Waterproof Canning Labels

Lastly, I ordered a fun little laptop sticker. My laptop is boring old gray and when I saw the stickers on Kidecals I had to have one to make my laptop a little more personal and a lot more me.

Kidecals Waterproof Labels

Could you use some new labels and decals for the kids, yourself or your home? Then use the code ilovelabels with your order, which will give you a 15% discount on any Kidecals orders and remember that shipping is free on all orders!

 

 


Star Wars Lunchbox Notes Printables

by Jennifer Wieland
Star Wars Lunchbox Notes Printables - My Sweet Sanity #backtoschool #freeprintables

(Cue John Williams Star Wars Theme Song in all its instrumental glory.) A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… back to school was approaching quickly and I wanted to create some fun new lunchbox printables for the boys. My seven and ten-year olds have recently started liking Star Wars through video games. I know, I know somehow I failed as a nerdy mom there because we have been valiantly trying to get Luke into Star Wars since we named him. Seriously, my husband walks around saying, “Luke, I am your father.” all the time. He’s getting there now though and that’s all that matters. He also happens to be the child who most likes to get lunchbox notes. So I decided to create some fun, nerdy, totally cool Star Wars Lunchbox Notes Printables to use in the boys lunchboxes this school year. They are adorably geeky and oh so perfect for the sci-fi loving family.

Star Wars Lunchbox Notes Printables - My Sweet Sanity #backtoschool #freeprintables

I had a lot of fun making these. I wanted the characters to be more kid-friendly in their appearance and I think it works for this purpose. I was also able to find a cool Star Wars font to use and then the real fun began. I knew some quotes from the movies I was going to use but I wanted to get quotes to use with each of the characters I had. Some were a little harder than others to find a kind phrase from. Darth Maul, Boba Fett, Darth Vader & Emperor Palpatine aren’t exactly sweet guys known for their warm and fuzzy feelings in the movies and cartoons. Luckily though I was able to find some or snippets of some that totally worked for this little project.

Luke is really into getting lunchbox notes. Last year he would save each one in his lunchbox and bring it home to show it to me and tell me what he thought of the note I had left for him on that day. It was really rather sweet and cute and for an Autistic child to want to start a conversation voluntarily it’s always a good thing. I am hoping him and his brother really get a kick out of these.

To download your own Star Wars Lunchbox Notes Printables just click on the pictures below.

Star Wars Lunchbox Notes Printables - My Sweet Sanity #backtoschool #freeprintables
Seriously! Aren’t these adorable?
Star Wars Lunchbox Notes Printables - My Sweet Sanity #backtoschool #freeprintables

Stay tuned for more lunchbox notes printables.

Do you like to add a little note to your kids lunchbox or backpack to make them feel special, give them a laugh or even a bit of encouragement?

 

 

 


Back To School First Day Printables for Photos

by Jennifer Wieland
First Day of School Photo Printables - My Sweet Sanity

Everyone loves taking those first day of school photos of their little munchkins so they can remember and see the changes in their kids from year to year. I admit I am totally one of those moms. I buy them each a special outfit to wear for their first day of school, get them gussied up all pretty like (since the rest of the year will be a craps shoot on how they look from day-to-day.) and imagine that the beautiful children will remain just as perfect as they are in that moment. So in the spirit of summer ending I have created some back to school first day printables for photos. There are two for each grade K-6th so there is some variety. All you need to do to use them is print them out and have your little ones hold them and snap away as many pictures as you like or to make it fancier you can buy a pretty frame and frame them and then have the kiddos hold the framed printables for photos.

First Day of School Photo Printables - My Sweet Sanity

I know some of you read that last paragraph and are all like, what it’s not even August yet! The back to school sales are already in full swing though. Doctors and dentists are all booked up with school exams needing to be done for all the kids before school. Many parents have already reached the, that was fun spending time with the kids but how much longer until they go back to school stage of summer. Then there are some parents like me, who are chomping at the bit waiting for school to start. Who are deliriously, unashamedly excited about it this year. This year all of the kids will be in school full day. My daughter, the last child starts kindergarten this year and the school district was so kind as to start full day kindergarten this year. That means I will have seven hours of kid free time! When I clean there will now be a window of time each day that it actually stays clean! Had to pause in typing there to dab the happy tear from my eye. This is going to be such a beautifully amazing thing! So if you wanted to know why I felt the need to get these printables up already now you have it. I’m excited for a clean house. I’m such a simple girl!

 First Day of School Photo Printables - My Sweet Sanity

So proud of this guy! This is his second year being integrated back into our regular school district and he has made leaps and bounds in advancing in school because he doesn’t let his Autism define him. 

 First Day of School Photo Printables - My Sweet Sanity

This guy has worked so hard that last year he was declassified as being special needs in school! My little Asperger’s Syndrome man isn’t letting anything stop him.

First Day of School Photo Printables - My Sweet Sanity

My little princess is so excited to finally be a big kid and heading off to Kindergarten. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

What about you? Are you looking forward to the start of the new school year or are you wishing for more time this summer with the kids?

 


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