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August 20, 2014

Get more for Less with #StaplesLessList & Win one of 5 Staples $25 Gift Cards - Ends 9-3

This is a sponsored post on behalf of #StaplesLessList and #MomBuzz. I was provided with products and a gift card in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Is it just me or does it seem like every year the school supply lists get longer and longer? My daughter just started 3rd grade last week and I felt like I was buying supplies for two kids instead of just one when I went shopping with her list. Trust me I totally understand that kids use and sometimes break their supplies so they need to be replenished, but sometimes I think they go just a little overboard. I mean really what kid actually needs (and uses) eight dry erase markers in one school year? Thankfully places like Staples offer us great deals just in time for back to school season. And now they even have a whole Less List full of great products at a fraction of the cost. For example all of the products shown in my photo above total up to just $10! Now you can't tell me that's not an awesome deal.

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August 19, 2014

New Learning Apps from Kids Academy

If you have younger age children you might want to check out Kids Academy on iTunes. They have some new apps that feature activities for preschool and kindergarten, and they are FREE!

This app from Kids Academy is probably one of my favorites. Not only do kids get to trace letters to learn them, but they also get to collect fireflies along the path and then they are deposited into their jar. The jar then fills up as they progress through the alphabet, a perfect way to keep kids motivated to not give up and keep trying if they have trouble with a letter. It also has the option of creating multiple profiles if you have more than one child using the app, and you can even track their progress along the way to see just how well they are doing. I like this option because you can let them play independently, then check how they did later.

Another app from Kids Academy that's a must if you have a preschool age (or even below) children is all about learning. From the graphics and sounds to the fun and interactive learning activities they will definitely stay engaged while learning the basics they will need to know for school.

This app is also great for early learners. It teaches them letter recognition as well as the sounds of the letters and examples of words they appear in. I like that it's so easy to navigate that children can open the app on their own and pretty much just do it all with out any help. It keeps them entertained, but also teaches them useful information instead of just wasting their time.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kids Academy. However all thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by the sponsorship.

Enter to #win a 55-piece Ateco Decorating Set PLUS The Perfect Cupcake!


Win it: One lucky winner will get a 55-piece Ateco Stainless-Steel Decorating Set PLUS free enrollment in the new online Craftsy class The Perfect Cupcake! In this online class, you'll learn how to combine creative cupcake flavors, fillings and frostings with gorgeous decorating for out-of-this-world treats!

Link: Enter to Win the Perfect Cupcake Set & Class

No purchase necessary. One entry per contestant. Winner will be selected on/about August 27, 2014. Prize includes a 55-piece Ateco Stainless-Steel Decorating Set plus free enrollment in the new online Craftsy class The Perfect Cupcake. Contest open to residents of United States and Canada.