Friday, August 18, 2017

Gearing up for the new school year!


Gearing up for the new school year!


It’s that time again!  Back-to-School season is officially here!  Whether you’ve just begun prepping for the new school year, or your kids have already started – this can be an exciting but hectic time for both parents and kids. We are about to start our 3rd week of school already...can you believe that? But we are still trying to adjust to our new busy schedule.


The beginning of a new school year can be an especially challenging time for families with children who struggle with reading and writing, math, organization and focus. Did you know that one in five children in the U.S. have learning and attention issues, like ADHD and dyslexia? Children with these types of challenges – many of whom have never been formally diagnosed – can feel especially stressed during the back-to-school season as they face new subjects, teachers and schools.


The Ad Council and Understood.org have partnered to promote ways children and their families can be First-Day Ready. Understood.org is offering a free First-Day Ready Guide to help parents with students at every age successfully manage back-to-school transitions. Understood.org is a free, easy-to-use online resource and community designed to support parents and caregivers of children with learning and attention issues.


As the new school year approaches, we were excited to get personalized tips from the First-Day Ready Guide to help our kids make a great start. Our youngest son is in the 5th-grade sections this year and the guide was so helpful to get him on track and excited for the new year.




Check out these back-to-school tips from the Understood.org website.  They helped my family; hopefully they can help yours too.


  • Planning early is important to help relieve stress.  Creating structure and routine around the start of the new school year—with checklists, calendars and other organization systems— helps prepare kids for class expectations. The Backpack Checklist was very helpful in making sure we had everything prepared and in place for those hectic first days.


You can also take your child on a school tour to help ease fears by showing them how to find their classroom, nearby bathrooms, the cafeteria and other important places the first week of school.  This can be a huge stress relief whether the child is new to the school or not. Just knowing where to go can help them feel more comfortable.  


  • Connecting with your child’s teacher early on benefits everyone and creates a great starting point for the new year.  This will give you an opportunity to share your child’s needs or learning style while expressing your support for the teacher and the challenges he/she may be facing with a new classroom full of students.  You will help create an atmosphere of cooperation while speaking up for your child and his or her challenges.


  • Finally, get support!  Many parents and students are going through the same experience. Understood.org and Understood’s Facebook page connect parents across the country to share information and learn from each other. You can also ask around your community and school to find other parents you can connect with.


So, no matter your child’s age or needs, make this Back-to-School season a seamless transition and positive experience!  If you could use some help getting started on the right foot this school year, Understood.org is a great place to start.  

All kids learn in different ways and at different paces. With the right support, all kids can thrive in school and in life.

Enter to win a $200 Amazon gift card from Trends Micro

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Trend Micro. The opinions and text are all my own.



Welcome to the Trends Micro $200 Amazon gift card Giveaway!
Prize: Amazon gift card a $200 value - 1 winner
Dates: Beginning Date: 8/18/2017 11:00 am EST
Ending Date: 9/18/2017 5:00 pm EST


This giveaway will run through 09/18/2017 at 5:00 pm EST and is open to residents of the US & Canada ages 18+. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 90 days. The winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 24 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions or concerns about this giveaway please email wrappedupnu@gmail.com (please consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as the winning email notification will be sent from this email).

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Trend Micro Protecting Your Family from Cyber Activities

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Trend Micro. The opinions and text are all my own.

For most of us, it's back to school time. It's a time for new things like clothes, backpacks, papers, pencils, etc. It's also when our children are spending more time online working on school work and projects. Do you ever stop to think about the information we as adults have stored on these same computers? After all, we live in a digital world, I couldn't tell you the last time I used a paper check to pay a bill or place an order. What could happen if this information got into the wrong hands? From bank records, taxes, photos, and passwords - it's all out there. Easy pickings for those that would like to do us harm. So, it's a good time to think about protecting your computers valuable information with computer security you can depend on. Wrapped Up N U is delighted to be teaming up with Trend Micro to help you understand more about protecting your family from cyber activities.


We as parents often talk with our kids about stranger danger. But kids don't always understand there can be danger online in the unknown. I'm the first parent to admit my children can get what I call "click happy." What exactly is click happy? To me, it is when they just click on any and everything they see. They see a "free" game and click everything it says not even thinking of the consequences to the action. I highly recommend having a talk with your children. No, not "THE TALK", but a talk. Try to explain the dangers in ways they understand, pull up a chair and talk to them while they are on the internet. It's a great time to open up communications and discuss what they are doing. I would also suggest that you have your computer in a family room too. My 3 children are age 15, 14 and 10 and could possibly know more than I do about the internet. But I do insist on putting safe guards in check. For example, I DEMAND to know all their passwords and usernames and will check their accounts at any time without warning. Don't be scared to change the security settings and privacy settings on your child's devices. It's always better to be safe than sorry.


In 1988, Trend Micro was co-founded by Steve Chang, Jenny Chang, and Eva Chen to develop antivirus software—but it didn’t stop there. Over the last three decades, we’ve become a market leader in hybrid cloud security, network defense, small business security, and endpoint security.

IT infrastructure continues to change, user behavior becomes riskier, and threats evolve. We continuously innovate to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. Our founders have set the tone, the culture, and our road to innovation – building a strong team of people who work together to help achieve a goal of making the world safer to exchange digital information.

Trends Micro offers 3 different levels of protection for your family. Please note these offers and prices are subject to change. They also offer free tools that you can use at no cost.
  • Maximum Security is currently on sale for $59.95 and offers the largest range of coverage and can be installed on 5 devices.
  • Internet Security is $49.95 and can be installed on 3 devices.
  • Antivirus + Security is $39.95 and is limited to 1 devices.
Any of these will give you the protection you can trust and peace of mind to know your family is protected with 24/7 expert customer support.


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Coleman Steak Snacks Giveaway Ends 8/31


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Momma Lew created this delicious Steak & Eggs Breakfast Bake using Colman's Steak Snacks! Be sure to check out her recipe and find out more about Colman's Steak Snacks! 

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How would you like to win a prize package containing an assortment of Coleman Steak Snacks? To enter, follow the steps in the giveaway form below! Giveaway will end on 8/31 at 11:59p ET and is open to US Residents, 18+. One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. Winner must have a U.S.-based address to receive the prize. Good luck!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fresh Southern Strawberry Pie


Nothing says sweet summer time better than a Fresh Southern Strawberry pie. It was always one of my favorites as a child and is always a crowd pleaser.


INGREDIENTS
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries

DIRECTIONS
Line unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until slightly cooled.
Meanwhile, arrange strawberries in the crust. Pour gelatin mixture over berries. Refrigerate until set.

Yield: 6-8 servings


TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min. + chilling


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day with Otis Spunkmeyer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Otis Spunkmeyer.

I guess that should really read August 4th was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. But who are we fooling, is there really ever a day that shouldn't be National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? This year the nostalgic sweets brand is celebrating 40 years in the fresh-baked cookie business (founder Ken Rawlins baked the first batch in 1977!), and launched a new Grab-N-Go line featuring the chocolate chunk cookies, among other baked goods, all made with ‘no funky stuff.’



Make sure to also check out this cool treat of CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIE ICE CREAM SANDWICH. They are perfect to beat the heat of summer!

Cool off with this fun ice cream sandwich recipe. Easy to make with the Otis Spunkmeyer Grab-N-Go Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and your favorite ice cream flavor. (recipe by Food Dad) 


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Back to school with Crayola

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Crayola. The opinions and text are all my own.

If the new school year bells have not already started to ring they surely will be in session soon. Back to school shopping list will be full of things that kids will need to make it a prosperous school year for all. As parents, we can all agree on the fact that the back to school list has really changed since we were kids. Lots of new must have items have been added but one thing has always been a constant ever since I was a kid, Crayola


When our review box arrived from Crayola to say our children were excited would be an understatement. I can understand how they feel, there is just something about a new box of crayons, markers and color pencils. So, to see that they also included the silly scents collection just totally rocked their world. Admit, we all know the cool kids always had the smelly markers in school! 


Silly Scents are the newest color fun line from Crayola. They are sure to be a smelly fun hit for the young and the young at heart. These outrageously fun Silly Scents combine many of the same bright, colorful art products you’ve come to expect from Crayola but with a whiff of something extra. Silly Scents markers, crayons and colored pencils contain fun-smelling colors that offer a multi-sensory scent-sation! Kids will sniff and sketch the day away on creative projects that smell as good as they look! Let these sweet smells inspire your little ones this school year and see just how creative they can be. Silly Scent selections currently available are:
  • Silly Scents Washable Markers
  • Silly Scent Markers (in various pack sizes)
  • Silly Scents Twistable Crayons (in various pack sizes)
  • Silly Scents Colored Pencils
Of course, there are also the original Crayola items we all use and love. These are at the top of every teacher's must haves for back to school essentials. These are the tried and true products that we can all count on to last. They are dependable colors and hold up to the wear and tear of everyday use.

Check out Crayola to find out more about the full line of products. Wishing you and yours a fabulous school year full of Crayola colors.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Go Back to school with Hanes Giveaway

Ready or not it's back to school time! It's time to stock up on some great items from Hanes!


It is time for back to school shopping and for many families just like ours that means school supplies, clothing, haircuts, shoes and more. Some statistics indicate that the average family spends $600 on back to school shopping! New clothing is nice, but what about what you wear underneath it? It can get particularly embarrassing both for boys and girls, especially when you have classes like middle school physical education and hot Houston days. That is why Hanes is on my back to school shopping list! To make it easy for it to be on your back to school shopping list too we want to showcase for you some of the great Hanes products our family is wearing, share with you some special deals and bring to you this $50 Gift Card Prize Pack Giveaway. insert image sample here - both or as it pertains to your life Money Saving Parent has a house full of girls who have their personal favorites from their Hanes BTS Shopping experience. 

Our personal favorites include socks and tees.I know one thing which can bring a smile to both parents and our kid's faces and that is winning this Back to School Comfort Kit Giveaway! The prize pack includes a $50 Gift Card and 3 back to school styles based on age and gender and the styles will include Hanes X-Temp and FreshIQ technologies to help keep the kids cool all day, even under the pressure of getting to class on time, outside for recess and changing clothes in the locker room. Must be 18+, valid US address (sorry no PO Boxes) and all other terms and conditions as stated in the Giveaway Tool below. Enter for your chance to win! Good luck with the giveaway and all your back to school shopping.

Mickey and the Roadster Racers: Start Your Engines on Disney DVD August 15

Mickey and His Pals Hit the Road in their Transforming Roadsters
Racing Around the Town of Hot Dog Hills AND Around the World!


MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS:
START YOUR ENGINES

Bring Home the Wild Adventures on Disney DVD August 15th
Includes a FREE Exclusive Roadster Racers Flag!



Get ready to ride along with Mickey and the gage on a wonderful adventure! As a child, I loved watching Mickey and friends and now being able to watch it with my own children is ten times the fun. It's fun for the whole family full of giggles and grins.

Mickey and the Roadster Racers are back and cruising full speed towards fun adventures around the globe! MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS: START YOUR ENGINES will be zooming towards its Disney DVD debut on August 15th, and you will want to keep up with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy! Join Mickey and the Roadster Racers for the ride as they encounter the world’s best spy, compete in a hot-air balloon race, and even help the Queen with her stolen Royal Ruby! At the heart of MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS: START YOUR ENGINES is friendship, teamwork, and exciting adventures that will make you want to be a part of the gang!

Synopsis: Mickey and the Roadster Racers are back with more fast-paced adventures on wheels!

Join your favorite characters – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy  – and their high-speed transforming Roadsters as they compete in thrilling races stretching from Hot Dog Hills to Hawaii…and all the way to London, England!  You’ll meet the world’s greatest spy, zoom through the skies in a revved up hot-air balloon race, and even return the Queen’s stolen Royal Ruby!  It’s all about great friendship, teamwork, a little competition and humorous high-spirited adventures!



Voice Cast: Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse; Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse; Bill Farmer as Goofy/Pluto; Daniel Ross as Donald Duck; and Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck.

Executive Producer: Rob LaDuca

Co-Executive Producer and Supervising Story Editor: Mark Seidenberg

Episodes:                       Agent Double-O-Goof
                                        It’s Wiki Wiki Time
                                        Ye Olde Royal Heist
                                        Abra-ka-Goof!
                                        Guru Goofy
                                        Going Upppppppppp!
              
Bonus Episodes:            Goof Luck Charm
                                        The Haunted Hot Rod

Release Date:               August 15, 2017
Ratings:                          TV-Y (US); G (CE/CF)
Total Run Time:              Approximately 88 minutes (including bonus episodes)
Aspect Ratio:                1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)
Audio:                            2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages:                   English, French & Spanish

Subtitles:                        English SDH, French & Spanish

Download Mickey And The Roadster Racers - Start Your Engines Activities

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Disney DVD.

Big Kahuna from Brooklyn Bean Roastery

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Brooklyn Beans Roastery. The opinions and text are all my own.

Back to school has hit our home in full force...I really was not ready! Long gone are the late nights of binge watching TV into the wee hours of the morning. Thank goodness I can still pretend I'm on a tropical island every morning when my alarm beckons me from my slumber. This month I had the opportunity to try out the flavored roast of Big Kahuna from Brooklyn Bean Roastery. Big Kahuna is 100% Arabica coffee beans in the flavor of macadamia nut and white chocolate. It is also a limited edition seasonal so just like summer, it's only available for a short time. 


This white chocolate and macadamia nut flavors make for a sublime brew of coffee that's just as yummy as the cookies. I'm a huge fan of macadamia nuts and have been since I was a small child. So this coffee was true bliss to me. To me, this is a dessert coffee and I am a big fan of anything sweet! It has a smooth, rich and delicious flavor that hits my sweet tooth just right. It is also a lighter roast so I feel like I can enjoy this coffee all day if I wish. This flavor goes perfectly with a vanilla coffee creamer. I've really enjoyed it brewed over ice and find it very refreshing on these hot South Georgia summer days.
Make sure to take the time to check out our giveaway to enter for your own chance to win this decadent coffee for yourself by clicking HERE or buy it now on Amazon.

Best wish from my cup to yours! 




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Big Kahuna from Brooklyn Bean Roastery Giveaway!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Brooklyn Beans Roastery. The opinions and text are all my own.



Welcome to the Big Kahuna from Brooklyn Bean Roastery Giveaway!
Prize: Big Kahuna from Brooklyn Bean Roastery a $24.00 value - 1 winner
Dates: Beginning Date: 8/14/2017 5 pm EST
Ending Date: 8/29/2017 5:00 pm EST


This giveaway will run through 08/14/2017 at 3:00 pm EST and is open to residents of the US ages 18+. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 90 days. The winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 24 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions or concerns about this giveaway please email wrappedupnu@gmail.com (please consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as the winning email notification will be sent from this email).

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Don’t Be Left Out This Left Handers Day (8/13)


To celebrate Left Handers Day (August 13, 2017), BIC commissioned a survey* that revealed the day-to-day struggles and feelings on being a “leftie”. Findings include:
  • Two-thirds of lefties (66%) frequently feel frustrated by everyday objects that are made for right-handed people, such as writing utensils or objects with right-sided handles
  • More than two-thirds of left-handed Americans (67%) have ruined an important document or project specifically because their left hand smeared the pen or pencil on it
    • Interestingly, that figure is higher for millennials as 80% of millennials surveyed recall a time that an important doc was ruined thanks to the smear
  • 58% of lefties believe they are more creative than right-handed people

Luckily, BIC has created the new Gel-ocity Quick Dry gel pens that dry 3x faster** and come in a variety of vibrant colors for less smearing and more creativity! After all, it doesn’t matter whether the pen sits in your left hand or your right – it’s the final creative product that counts! And now, thanks to the new BIC Gel-city Quick Dry pens, what you’ve created, stays created.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Back to school shopping with Kmart

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kmart. The opinions and text are all my own.


Ready or not the back to school shopping is upon us. I'm willing to admit back to school shopping really stresses me out.  We were thrilled to be able to team up with Kmart to make back to make back to school shopping more affordable and less stressful for all. We decided to avoid the crowds and take our shopping online. We let our youngest do the shopping this go around and it was all about casual comfort. 
Our online shopping experience was awesome. Kmart.com made our shopping quick and simple. The site is easy to negotiate and search. We found everything we were looking for and the sizing charts made it easy to find the perfect fit.


First on Wade's list of must haves was this Marvel Deadpool Graphic T-Shirt at just $8.00 that we paired with these Basic Editions Shorts in the color Black Combo for $9.98.


Wade's just had to have this Nintendo Pokemon Graphic T-Shirt that featured Pikachu for $9.99 paired with the Basic Editions Shorts in the color Quiet Shade for $9.98.

And finally, there was the DC Comics The Flash Graphic T-Shirt for $8.00 matched with these Basic Editions Shorts in the color Plaza Taupe for $9.98.

Our total for all 6 of these items was $62.54 and we even received free shipping! 


Make sure to check out these other Kmart’s Back-To-School Deals


Show Off Your Style

All jeans on sale for the family starting at $10
Stylish Sneakers

BOGO 50% off kids’ character athletics
BOGO 50% off kids’ casuals, athletics, and fashion boots
Budget-Friendly Backpacks
Back-To-School Basics
  • 25¢ 1 Subject Notebooks 
  • 50¢ Elmer’s 4 oz. 
  • 88¢ College or Wide-Ruled 150-Sheet Filler Paper 
  • $1 Crayola 10-ct. Broad or Fine-Tip Classic Markers 
  • $1.99 Fiskars 5” Blunt or Pointed-Tip Scissors
Decked Out Dorm
This back-to-school season we can all enjoy stress-free shopping paired with ridiculously awesome savings on must-have school essentials at Kmart. From the hottest trends in apparel, footwear, electronics and school supplies, Kmart is the one-stop shop for finding everything you need this back-to-school season all in one place.


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