Back to school organization from SteelMaster - review

As the kids get ready to fill their brains with knowledge, parents begin organizing. School equals mounds of paper from all the teachers. Since no one wants to have piles sitting on the counter, finding some ways to store it can make life easier. SteelMaster, available at, has some stylish organization items.

Perfect for busy families,  a pen and note holder works for the homework area. With the holder, kids always have a pencil ready for the essay or math problems. The division can hold several pieces of paper or even folder. Having a single area for all paperwork keeps items safe and no one will say I forgot my homework.

Since families are dependent on their smart devices, a tablet stand is a must in the house. Personally, I like a stand that is simple, classic and stands up to daily wear and tear. A stainless steel stand works great because it can be easily cleaned, is sturdy, and is gender neutral. From my ipad to the kids tablets, we all can share it and I decrease house clutter.

Have you ever noticed that kids love to receive a treat from a treasure box?  With the Store-It-Box, families can have their own locked, treasure chest to reward the kids for exceptional behavior. From doing the dishes without being told to folding extra laundry, a treat from the special box can make all the work worth it.

Shoplet is the online super store for all the back to school shopping needs. From office supplies to office stationary, this one website has it all.

Is your family ready for back to school?

Disclosure: I received these product to review. All opinions are my own.

Walmart thanks teachers with cash back on back to school shopping

Did you know that teachers often spend large sums of money on purchasing school supplies for their classrooms? Data shows that 53% of teachers received less in funding last year. This year Walmart is offering teachers across the country 10 percent savings on classroom supplies. 

Teachers who shop at Walmart stores during its Teacher Appreciation Week, July 25 to 31, are eligible to receive a Walmart eGift Card for 10 percent back on nearly 15,000 products. From pencils and glue to classroom decor, teachers will receive savings on their purchases. 

“On average, teachers around the country spend about $1,000 readying their classrooms, and half of that comes from reaching into their own wallets to make sure students have what they need,” said Steve Bratspies, executive vice president, general merchandise for Walmart U.S. “We’ve had a commitment to supporting teachers in the communities we serve for many years.  This program is one more way we’re helping lessen the cost, increase support and set teachers up for success.”

The Teacher Appreciation Week savings runs July 25 through July 31. Follow these simple steps to obtain the teachers back to school savings.
  • Shop Walmart stores for classroom supplies (savings does not apply to online purchases)
  • Visit by August 15 to register receipts by entering teacher’s school information and receipt transaction code.
  • Savings on eligible items from select departments will be delivered on a Walmart eGift card via email within 14 days of submitting the receipt online.

Parents and teachers alike can turn to the online tool Classrooms by Walmart to find classroom specific supply and uniform lists. Back in its third year, teachers can create classroom registries as well as add their own supply lists to help parents simplify their shopping. Local Walmart stores are prepared for the back to school shopping season with everyday low prices. 

Join the growing back to school excitement and start the shopping at your local Walmart. 

Mange Fresh Fruit Vinegar adds depth of flavor to recipes- review

Opening a bottle of store bought salad dressing is easy. The variety on the store shelf is overwhelming. Even for the novice home cook, homemade salad dressings, vinaigrette, and sauces can be easy to master. Using a fruit vinegar, like Mange, can make your next creation four star worthy.

“If you’ve ever tried cooking with a fresh fruit vinegar, chances are you weren’t able to stop,” says Christopher Spivak, owner and founder of Mangé, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in gastronomic cuisine.“Most people think that if you’ve tried one vinegar, you’ve tried them all – I certainly felt that way,” recalls Spivak. “That was until I traveled to France and experienced a real fresh fruit vinegar. At that moment, I knew there was an undeniable difference between fresh fruit vinegar and every other vinegar on the market.”

Unlike infused or syrup-based fruit vinegars, Mangé’s fresh fruit vinegars are made using fruit that has been picked at its peak, puréed and preserved in vinegar. “Our process allows the vinegar to capture the true essence of the fruit’s natural flavor,” explains Spivak. “Each one of our vinegars starts with a flavorful burst of fruit and finishes with a balanced, acidic kick.

Mangé’s full line of fresh fruit vinegars offer eleven flavors that are sure to please every palate, including: Blackberry, Blood Orange, Cherry, Fig, Green Apple, Mango, Passion Fruit, Pear, Raspberry, Red Pepper and White Peach.

Unlike other infused or syrup-based fruit vinegars, Mangé’s fresh fruit vinegars are made using fruit that has been picked at its peak, puréed and preserved in vinegar. The process allows the vinegar to capture the essence of each fruit’s natural flavor, creating a brilliant burst of fruitful flavor that can be added to any appetizer, entrée, dessert or cocktail.

I have been using these fruit vinegars in a variety of recipes. But the one recipe that my family keeps requesting is the summer asparagus salad. With farmer's market asparagus and the Mange Red Pepper Fruit Vinegar, the salad is light yet satisfying. 

Summer asparagus salad with red pepper vinaigrette 
1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
6 slices of bacon, crumbled
2 eggs, hard boiled, whites and yolks, separated and crumbled

For vinaigrette
2 tablespoons of Mange Red Pepper fruit vinegar
1/2 small shallot, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons oil olive
Salt, pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tender herbs (such as chives and/or tarragon)

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning once, until browned and crisp, 5–8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain; let cool, then crumble.

Cook asparagus in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, 3–5 minutes, depending on thickness. Drain and transfer to a large bowl of ice water to cool. Drain and pat dry.
Whisk shallot and fruit vinegar, together in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil until emulsified (which means it's incorporated together, no separation), then whisk in vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper.
Serve asparagus drizzled with vinaigrette and topped with eggs, herbs, and bacon.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Early Holiday Shopping

Although the holiday shopping season is roughly four months away, there are several deals in the warmer months. It’s never too late to start shopping for these deals. Clothing, toys and jewelry are excellent gifts to give to children, other family members and friends. By utilizing all the deal in summer, after summer and when the holiday season shopping hits, substantial savings can be enjoyed.

In addition, by shopping online for these deals, everyone can find a bargain. It’s also a great time to shop for winter items since their price will naturally be reduced right now. When items aren’t in demand, they are significantly cheaper than when they’re bought in the season they are needed for. Think of shopping for gloves, mittens, scarves and sweaters now. They will not go out of style and a lot of money can be saved by getting these items now. There are many large stores online that will be equipped with these items. During the colder months, clothing for warmer weather can be purchased. By implementing this shopping habits, people can save anywhere between 70 and 90 percent off their total purchases for the year.

Toys can be purchased at the time of the holiday season. Depending on the toy, they can be cheaper when the holiday shopping season takes off. This is especially true if there is a newer toy coming out. These toys can be picked out the months before the holiday season. However, if toys are hot items, they can be expected to be sold out and marked up for a higher price. Children are eager to tell their parents of all the toys they want to buy. Make a mental note or look for them online ahead of time so that when a deal can be found, the toy can be obtained.

The only thing to consider with shopping so early in the year: Where can all the things purchased be kept out of sight until it’s time to be given? There are remedies for this. Things can be kept up in the attic, special compartments under the bed or in the back of a car. A little imagination can go a long way, but it may be tempting to give all of the gifts much sooner out of excitement.

OOFOS, comfort and style at the pool, feel the OO - review

As a swim mom, I spend a tremendous amount of time at a pool. While there are times when I can sit, most of these long, tiring days are spent on my feet.  By the time the sun goes down, my feet and legs are exhausted and I didn't even swim a meter. These long days require comfortable shoes, like my OOFOS.

OOFOS are specially designed recovery footwear. Whether you lead an active lifestyle or like comfortable footwear, the OOfoam technology and patented foot bed provide unparalleled impact absorption, comfort and support while reducing fatigue and enhancing recovery.

Technical advantages of OOfoam™ over traditional cushioning materials:
-Significantly more comfort, cushioning and natural articulation
-37% more impact absorption
-Longer lasting support and cushioning
-Arch support for most foot-types
-Durable wear
-Machine washable

My OOFOS are bright magenta, thong style. I choose the color because I wanted something a bright color to offset the bright blue water of the pool. Plus, my boys would never steal a pink pair of shoes.

I wore these shoes to a weekend long course meet. Even after spending over 8 hours at the pool, my feet felt relaxed and ready for another 8 hours the following day. Plus, my calves didn't ache at the end of the day. These OOFOS definitely had me feel the OO.

OOFOS have three unisex styles and twelve different colors.  A pair retails for $39.95.

Are you ready to put on a comfortable pair of shoes and feel good all day long?  Check out OOFOS and you'll be feeling the OO.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

It's Pintastic- $100 Amazon Cash Pinterest Blast


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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

Zipz Shoes, back to school fashions - Mission Giveaway event

When it comes to kids fashion, trends change in an instant. One day the colors trend toward neon and the next month the colors are neutral. For any parent, keep the kids clothes up to date can be a full time job and expensive. Zipz shoes are a better way.

About Our Sponsor

Zipz shoes are the world’s first, true, and only interchangeable shoe system! Our inventive and worldwide patented technology in both utility and design provides our customers the ability to interchange shoe components in the same size as they see fit. Whether its fashion, function, or fun Zipz shoes have it covered. Simply purchase a completed pair of Zipz and then accessorize your footwear purchase with more Zipz “Covers” now or in the future. You can match any Zipz “Covers” from our Offshore, Boardwalk, X Games, or Cali-Classic collections with the same size Zipz outsole to create one of a kind mix and match shoes to suite whatever mood you’re in.

The Prizes

Winner will receive two pairs of Zipz. One pair to keep and one pair to share with a friend. Must be from current available stock (no custom printed Zipz). Retail value $65 per pair! Keep: One pair of Zipz Shoes of your choice from available stock (no custom printed Zips). $65 Value Share: One pair of Zipz Shoes of your choice from available stock (no custom printed Zips). $65 Value

How to Enter

The Giveaway will open up on 7/22/14 at 12:01 am EST and Close on 8/1/14 at 11:59 pm EST. Open to U.S. residents only.

Complete the mandatory entries on the Rafflecopter below.

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