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School’s back in session and you’re already back to the daily grind of 8:00 a.m. classes, evenings slaving over term papers and Homecoming party preparations with your sorority sisters.

That savings from your summer job where you were “supposed” to save enough money for the school year is looking a bit low after books, game day gear and and a new semi-formal dress have already made a big dent in your budget. 

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Finger Painting with a Twist

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Lucky for us, this year’s America’s Top Sitter, Nikki O’Neal, is super crafty. Be sure to keep an eye out for more artsy posts from her in the coming months! 

It can be a little challenging (and messy) to find art projects appropriate for young children still working on their motor skills. However, encouraging hands during messy experiments is a great and fun way to help improve these skills. This hands (and feet)-on painting project is perfect for doing just that!

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The ABCs of Nanny Taxes

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By Lori Bolas, Director of Communications at SurePayroll.

You’ve invested so much to find just the right nanny to care for your children, the last thing you want to worry about is payroll taxes! Calculating, filing and paying your nanny’s payroll can be intimidating and confusing. Don’t worry—we’ll walk through the ABCs of nanny taxes together. We promise this won’t take weeks and you shouldn’t lose any sleep!

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Make Your Own Magic Wand

Bring a little magic into your home! This homemade magic wand is a fantastic addition to any costume and makes for great imaginative play. All you need are a few items from around the house, and you and your little magic maker can create a unique wand for all their hocus-pocus needs.

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Egg Bake Cupcakes: An A+ Back-to-School Breakfast

Shake up breakfast with these easy egg bake cupcakes. Kids will love to make  — and eat — them! All you need are some common kitchen ingredients and you’re on your way to a delicious and nutritious breakfast that’s great for hectic school mornings.

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Creative Tips to Save Money on School Supplies

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Buying back to school supplies doesn’t have to leave you feeling broke. Here are five easy ways to save money on back to school essentials:

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Couponing with Kids

Put the kids to work helping with the grocery budget (if they can hold a pair of scissors they can cut coupons). Not only will cutting coupons help develop their motor skills, but it’s also a great lesson in saving money. Plus, with back-to-school just around the corner, you can have the kids keep an eye out for deals on school supplies they want! Encourage them to maintain their own coupon folder with their favorite things that they can pick out the next time you go shopping. 

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