Sunday Sprinkles And Dreaming of Spring

Happy March! We had a waffle fail this morning as the sprinkles just sort of oozed into the batter, but in my heart I knew they were there…sprinkles!

Hope ya’ll have a great Sunday. This girl is ready for Daylight Savings Time and spring in a few weeks!

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Fun Facts, Powerful Pics: National Geographic Kids Books Make Science Cool

National Geographic Kids Bug Book


Only a National Geographic photographer could make a bug look this up close and personal and amazing.


I grew up seeing copies of National Geographic at our house in the magazine rack and today we continue to receive the magazine (thanks to a gift subscription from my brother each Christmas.) I love the amazing photography and indepth articles in each issue. Did you know that National Geographic also publishes an amazing line of children’s books focusing on nature and science?

If you follow me on social media you also know that I’m a huge fan of Zulily, a great flash sale sight featuring tons of great brands and deals for your entire family and home (and even your family pet)! Zulily is featuring a big sale on National Geographic for kids this weekend. These gorgeous books make wonderful gifts and are the perfect choice for sparking your child’s interest in science, nature, animals, and more. My 4th grader also loves their Weird But True series and will literally finish one in an afternoon – she has a couple of the books that she has selected at her school book fair.

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Zulily sent us two amazing hardback books from the National Geographic sale: Bugpedia  and the Animal Encylopedia (both on sale this weekend for just $12.99). My 9-year-old daughter loves them and was so excited when they arrived! The timing was perfect as well since we have had 8 snow days here in Nashville and screen time was beginning to chip away at our brain cells.

These are awesome books that your kids will spend hours poring over. They’re filled with really cool facts, beautiful full-color photography, and are a great way to encourage your kid to unplug. Yes there may be an app for everything now, but these are beautiful books that make a great addition to any kid’s library and they’re the type of books that you’ll save.

Have you ever purchased any National Geographic book for kids?

 

 

10 Time Savers For Busy Moms

Time Saving Tips for Moms

Disclosure: I am working with Dryel as a blog ambassador this year and receiving compensation for my posts in exchange for my honest opinion about their product. As always, all words here are mine!

What does every busy mom want (besides wine and a personal chef)?A busy mom wants more time. Time I tell you!

There was a point in time when I visited the dry cleaners weekly. Thankfully I work in a more casual office now and when I do need to dry clean something I can use Dryel at home. An eliminated errand is like gold to a busy mom. Gold! Why am I dishing about dirty duds at my house? I’m working with Dryel as a blog ambassador this year and I wanted to share some of my favorite time-saving tips with you this week. Here you go!

Eradicate Unnecessary Emails Do you know how many email addresses I have? It boggles the mind. Between work, my blog, my secret agent double life (just joking…are you still reading) and my personal email address I have FIVE. I’m sure you can relate. Right? (At least I hope so.) Now I promise I am not an email address hoarder and I’ve taken steps to cut out the extraneous emails. I use Unroll.Me to easily unsubscribe to all those sale updates and other emails I signed up for once upon a time that are not just clogging up my inboxes.

Order Stamps Online Do you know how many times I’ve scrounged for a stamp in the bowels of my purse (only to find lint-covered gum)? Order a book of stamps online. If your post office is like mine, there is always a line a 10 miles long. Avoid the hassle and order stamps online and stash them in your wallet.

Schedule Your Caffeine Invest in a coffeemaker with a timer so that your morning jolt of java is ready as soon as you step foot into the kitchen.

Hold A Regular Weekly Family Meeting Go over the week’s schedule with your family on Sunday evening during dinner so that everyone knows expectations for the week.

Use An Online Scheduler Our Girl Scout troop has been using SignUpGenius to coordinate our many cookie booths. It’s a life saver, and a time saver.

Organize Your News Use a service such as Feedolu (which I love as it’s very visual) to create themed walls for articles you want to clip and save electronically for work research, etc. Netvibes is also an incredible online aggregator of all your feeds.

Share a Calendar I am a long-time holdout of the almighty paper planner and cute pens, but my husband and I share a Google calendar now and it makes things much easier to keep track of on a daily basis.

Use a Slow Cooker Every time I fire up my slow cooker I wonder I don’t use it for every meal. It really is a sigh of relief to walk in the door after a crazed day and smell dinner cooking!

Schedule Your SoMe Are you a blogger or do you moderate a Facebook or Twitter account for a small business? Use a scheduler such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to schedule posts. Here’s a handy dandy list of nearly 60 (yup) free Twitter tools. So seriously why are you NOT timing at least some of your Tweets?

Dry Clean at Home Use Dryel to refresh your nicer dresses, sweaters, and tops at home and save money and time by eliminating another errand across town.

 

 What time-saving tips do you have to share with me? Any cool websites or apps that you’ve found that really help you save time?

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