HUGE Dollar Tree Back to School Haul & Giveaway!

You asked… so here it is!  Back to school supplies are already out in full force at Dollar Tree.  To get your kids ready for this school year (or just fulfill your own office-supply loving desires) here are my favorite finds of 2016.

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*This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own.  Giveaway ends August 10th, 2016 at 12:00 am EST.  Open internationally.  One (1) winner will be chosen.  Winners must be 18 or older or have parental permission.  Winners will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter within a week of the giveaway ending and be notified by email. Winners have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Youtube are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone.  I will use your information only for the purpose of contacting the winners.*

Great gift & teaching tool | Butterfly Garden

Over the past weeks (if you follow me on Snapchat @doitonadime or watched my family vlog) you’ve seen us share about our butterfly garden and what a beautiful learning tool it has been for Carson.

So many of you have sent me snaps and messages asking where I got the kit and if I would recommend it.  Wholeheartedly YES!  It makes a great birthday present on a budget (just $18) and is a perfect teaching tool for kids of any age.

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You buy the full kit that comes with a butterfly tent, a feeding tube, and instructions for hatching butterflies from caterpillars.  The caterpillars are free and you just pay $5 do have them shipped to your door.

Ours arrived in a couple of days with all the food they need to survive until they turn into a chrysalis.  Then, transfer your chrysalis to the butterfly garden, wait for them to hatch, feed them fruit and flowers, and finally release them.

The entire process takes about 3 weeks.  If it’s 55 degrees or warmer in your area for the foreseeable future, this would be a great adventure to start with your kids!

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A few tips we learned along the way:

  1. When our 5 caterpillars arrived, it looked like some of them were dead.  They are just very inactive after shipping and bounce right back after a couple days when they start eating.
  2. Insect Lore guarantees that 3/5 caterpillars will become butterflies or your money back.  All 5 of ours hatched.
  3. The butterflies prefer fruit to sugar water.  We fed ours oranges and apples.
  4. They will crawl right on your finger when you release them, so don’t miss out on this experience!

Here are more ways you can create a learning experience with your butterflies.

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*This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  Links contain affiliates.*

How to make money decluttering!

Have lots of STUFF hanging around your home?  Taking the first step of decluttering and getting rid of the excess is the single best way to help you get organized.  Studies prove it!

Donating is great because it supports your local community and offers tax benefits, but many times you can make extra cash for your family selling what you don’t to someone else who CAN use it.  Garage sales are a LOT of work, so here’s how I make money decluttering.  I’ll show you how I use social media and VarageSale to make sales, how to make your posting stand out, and what sells well.  I’ve sold over $100 worth of “junk” this month along and it feels so good!

Looking to sell on VarageSale?  Download the apps (they are completely free to download and use!)

Apple App
Android App

You can also check out my friend Jen’s social media “store” if you are in the greater Charlotte, NC area: Jen’s Facebook / Distressed Dragonfly Designs

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*Thanks to VarageSale for Sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.  I’ve made hundreds of dollars for my family using this app so I was really excited to partner with them!  Decluttering statistics source.*

TARGET HAUL & HACKS | Organization and more

Bullseye’s Playground at Target (the $5 and under section right when you walk in the store) has TONS of great items for this back to school season.  The kids’ supplies, teacher gear, and dorm essentials are all ROCKIN’ this year.  Here are two videos showcasing some of my favorite organizers and toddler learning materials.  Everything is $5 and UNDER.  Score!

Hope you enjoy!

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*This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.*

Dollar Tree Hack | Mason Jar Luminaries

Looking for an elegant way to spruce up your back patio or decorate for an event?  Here’s a a quick Dollar Tree Hack for making Solar Light Lanterns.  The glow is beautiful!

P.S.  If you are having trouble finding solar lights at your Dollar Tree right now, check the garden section at Walmart!  They are 98 cents 🙂

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Day in the life with a newborn and toddler

Today I share a day with a newborn baby (three weeks old) and my three year old toddler.  Life is full and we are so, so blessed.  Sometimes I look around at all the Lord has provided us with and I could just burst.  Here’s a typical day with my two boys.  Hope you enjoy!  It means to world to me that you are sharing this journey with our family.  This video is in loving memory of Courtney.

Magnetic Sleeper

Awesome water table

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Stop Hoarding!

In this declutter motivation vlog, I share with you four things that many people (including me!) hold onto that you can let go of and NOT feel guilty.  And your home will thank you for it.  Just do it already!

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$1 Grocery Organization….from Dollar Tree

Grab Bags (like from the infomercial!) retail for $15, (although you can find them on Amazon for about $7) but Dollar Tree just started carrying them.  Two for $1!  This is an incredible score and they will help your shopping happen without a hitch.  Word to the wise: this product will fly (FLY!) off the shelves.

Dollar Tree first tarted carrying Grab Bags in late June of this year, and recently new shipments are coming into stores.  Our store didn’t even have them out of the boxes, yet (we had to ask them to bring out the newest shipment and open for us).  We you do go to look for them, they will be in a display right by the entrance.  Check your local Dollar Tree…and FAST!

Can’t find Grab Bags at your store?  I’ve got ya covered!  Five of you will be winning a grab bag box of your very own.  I’ll ship anywhere.  Love you guys!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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*This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own.  Links contain affiliates.  Giveaway ends July 16th, 2016 at 12:00 am EST.  Open internationally.  Five (5) winners will be chosen.  Entrants may only win once.  Winners must be 18 or older or have parental permission.  Winners will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter within a week of the giveaway ending and be notified by email. Winners have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Youtube are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone.  I will use your information only for the purpose of contacting the winners.*

Amazing Avocado Ice Cream! (Dairy Free)

This is a delicious, dairy-free avocado ice cream.  It’s healthy, quick, and you don’t feel guilty indulging!  (Make sure you use dark chocolate topping to keep it dairy-free!)

INGREDIENTS:
14 oz coconut milk
2 avocados
1/3 cup honey
juice of 1/2 lemon (optional to prevent browning)

DIRECTIONS:
Put coconut milk in fridge overnight.  Puree the avocados in a blender or food processor until smooth.  (Add lemon juice to prevent browning).  In a mixer (free-standing or hand-held) scoop out fat from refrigerated coconut milk.  Do not use liquid.  Mix until stiff peaks form.  Fold in avocado and honey.  Place in an ice cream container or a freezer safe container and freeze until solid.  You may have to set the container out for a few minutes before spooning to allow to soften.
This is also great with coconut and slivered almonds on top!

Looking for the dairy version?  Try this recipe!

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*This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.*