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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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Sweet Treat to Beat the Heat – Gummy Bear Popsicles

Gummy bears and popsicles, what’s not to love?! These popsicles are made with only two ingredients and are a refreshing summer treat. The kids will have just as much fun making these as they will eating them!

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Afternoon Angst: Top 5 Strategies for Creating Peaceful Playtimes

By Jennifer Robertson, Founder and President of Chicago Kids Yoga LLC

People may think that the time after lunch (and if you’re lucky after nap time) is a breeze. Everyone is fed and happy and the afternoon is a mix of strolling in the park and chalking faces with great big smiles. And while sometimes it does work out that way, sometimes it doesn’t.

Either the nap wasn’t in the plan, or lunchtime was a battle of carrots versus cupcakes. Whatever the case may be, even when we try our hardest, sometimes the unexpected happens and we are all out of balance. The kids are fighting. They can’t be soothed. You feel frustrated. Everyone starts to lose their tempers…you know the story.

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Fourth of July Windsock

Feeling patriotic? Start your Independence day with a bang and try this crafty project to celebrate our freedom. This makes a fantastic 4th of July decoration and is super easy to make. 

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5 Certifications to Boost Your Resume and Land More Jobs

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A well-trained sitter is worth her weight in gold. According to a Red Cross survey, more than 80 percent of parents say they would pay more for a sitter who is trained in CPR, first aid and child care skills.

In this competitive job market, adding additional courses and certifications to your resume will not only help you stand out from the pack, but also increase your bargaining power during pay negotiations.

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Combat Summer Brain Drain With A Reading Chart

School’s out for the summer! While there’s plenty of time for water balloon fights and trips to the pool, don’t forget to make time for fun learning activities. Did you know that kids forget an average of two months’ worth of knowledge during the summer if they don’t engage in some sort of educational activity? Help combat “summer brain drain” with this simple and engaging reading chart.

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