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Happy 8th Birthday, Ethan!

And just like that, Ethan is 8. I am a bad mom and I’m over a week late in posting this Happy Birthday for him, but it’s not because I don’t care or didn’t want to. It’s because we’ve been so busy!

With school starting, a kitchen remodel, and the birth of my 6th niece, things have been chaotic. Not having a kitchen is a real pain, let me tell ya!

So I’m sorry that this is so late, Buddy. I can’t believe my miracle baby is already 8 years old. You’ve changed my life in so many ways, and I  love you to the moon and back and then back again.

Happy Birthday Ethan!

Ethan meeting Baby Presley Lynn. I couldn't love this picture more!

Ethan meeting Baby Presley Lynn. I couldn’t love this picture more!

Daring 

Self Confident

Funny

Smart

Independent

Minecraft Lover

Curious

My Favorite Boy In the Whole World

Make Collecting Box Tops For Education Fun!

I recently told you about why we collect Box Tops for Education and how the kids are also excited about helping collect them. In fact, shopping for products that have Box Tops for Education has become a scavenger hunt!

Do you support Box Tops for Education? Make it fun for the kids to support their school by collecting Box Tops. Whether it's a scavenger hunt at the store or preparing their own lunches with Box Tops products, my kids love to collect them!

And the kids always get really excited when we shop at Walmart and they find Bonus Box Topson select General Mills® products because they’re worth 5 times more than a regular one!

Do you support Box Tops for Education? Make it fun for the kids to support their school by collecting Box Tops. Whether it's a scavenger hunt at the store or preparing their own lunches with Box Tops products, my kids love to collect them!

And while we look specifically for products that have Box Tops for Education on them, I’m always suprised by how many products that we use regularly have them. It’s such an easy way to get the kids involved in helping and supporting their school.

One of the ways that I keep the kids excited about supporting Box Tops for Education is to let them pack their own lunches using the products that we purchase.

Do you support Box Tops for Education? Make it fun for the kids to support their school by collecting Box Tops. Whether it's a scavenger hunt at the store or preparing their own lunches with Box Tops products, my kids love to collect them!

On Sundays, I let the kids sit down with all the things that don’t need to be refrigerated that we put in their lunch (Lila loves eating Cheerios) and they can put together lunches for the week. Then each night of the week, they pack all of the lunch stuff into their lunch boxes and put them in the fridge to take to school the next morning.

Do you support Box Tops for Education? Make it fun for the kids to support their school by collecting Box Tops. Whether it's a scavenger hunt at the store or preparing their own lunches with Box Tops products, my kids love to collect them!

They like being the last one to eat something in a box with Box Tops on it because then they get to cut out the Box Tops for Education out and put it into our little plastic baggy that we keep pinned to their school bulletin board.

Do you support Box Tops for Education? Make it fun for the kids to support their school by collecting Box Tops. Whether it's a scavenger hunt at the store or preparing their own lunches with Box Tops products, my kids love to collect them!

Each time they add to it, they get to take it down and count how many are there. When they’ve collected 20 Box Tops, they know that they get to take them to school and hand them in to their teacher. This is something that each of them look forward to doing!

Box Tops for Education -and getting the kids inolved and excited to support their school – is important to me as a parent. The school recently purchased many new computers and when I explained that Box Tops for Education helped the school be able to do that, they felt proud that they were a part of the process. They ask what the school will get next, and that makes me proud because they understand the concept of giving to their school. Giving is something I strive to teach them, and it’s good to know that they are “getting it”.

Do you support Box Tops for Education? What fun things do you do to get the kids involved in the process?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Nominate Your School To Win $1,000 From Tyson Project A+™

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Nominate your school to win $1,000 to use however they would like through Tyson Project A+! It's an easy way to support your local schools.

I recently told you about the Tyson Project A+™ program and why we shop at Walmart to purchase Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips to support our school. I buy chicken weekly, so it’s an easy way to purchase what I need and also get cash to the school!

Nominate your school to win $1,000 to use however they would like through Tyson Project A+! It's an easy way to support your local schools.

Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips makes it super easy to prepare quick and easy dinners during busy school nights, and they taste like you grilled the chicken yourself! I’m all about semi-homemade cooking, so these strips are a must have in my kitchen.

Flip over the Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips package and you’ll find the Tyson Project A+™ label that you just clip off and send to your school. For every label submitted,Tyson® will give the school cash and the school can use the money for whatever it needs.

Nominate your school to win $1,000 to use however they would like through Tyson Project A+! It's an easy way to support your local schools.

Another thing that I like about supporting theTyson Project A+™ is that I was able to nominate my children’s school to win $1,000 inTyson Project A+™ labels. It was so easy to do that I wanted to share it so that you can nominate your local schools too!

Head over to theTyson Project A+™ page on Walmart’s site. Click on Nominate A School.

Nominate your school to win $1,000 to use however they would like through Tyson Project A+! It's an easy way to support your local schools.

Fill in a bit of information about where you live and why you want your school nominated. Once you are done, you’ll get a thank you and every day you can nominate your school again!

Nominate your school to win $1,000 to use however they would like through Tyson Project A+! It's an easy way to support your local schools.

How excited would your school be to win $1,000?! Do you participate in Tyson Project A+™?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

Why We Participate In Box Tops For Education

Do you participate in your school's Box Tops for Education program? It's a simple way to earn money for your school on products you use every day! Shop at Wal Mart and you'll find Bonus Box Tops worth 5 times as much as a normal Box Tops!

I’m sure you’ve seen them in the store. They are onmany of the products you use every day. They are Box Tops for Education…but do you know what they are?

Box Tops for Education can earn money for your child’s school, but they don’t cost you anything. Before I had kids in school, I had always noticed them but never really paid attention to them. I didn’t realize that every time I threw one away, I was throwing away money that could help out local schools!

Then when Ethan started school, they sent home a note at the beginning of the year explaining how the program worked. It explained that Box Tops is one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs, and that over 80,000 k-8 schools participate. By sending in the Box Tops from products that you use all the time, your school can use Box Tops cash to buy whatever they need. Each Box Tops is worth $0.10 for your child’s school. It allows me to support the school simply by clipping off a box top on a product that I use regularly.

Do you participate in your school's Box Tops for Education program? It's a simple way to earn money for your school on products you use every day! Shop at Wal Mart and you'll find Bonus Box Tops worth 5 times as much as a normal Box Tops!

And here’s a tip: when you shop for Box Tops at Wal Mart, you can find Bonus Box Tops that are worth 5 times the normal amount!

Do you participate in your school's Box Tops for Education program? It's a simple way to earn money for your school on products you use every day! Shop at Wal Mart and you'll find Bonus Box Tops worth 5 times as much as a normal Box Tops!

The kids now know to look for Box Tops on products – for instance, when we buy granola bars, Lila knows to look for ones that have Box Tops that we can send to school with her. And lately, we’ve been looking for the Bonus Box Tops!
Do you participate in your school's Box Tops for Education program? It's a simple way to earn money for your school on products you use every day! Shop at Wal Mart and you'll find Bonus Box Tops worth 5 times as much as a normal Box Tops!

Do you participate in your school's Box Tops for Education program? It's a simple way to earn money for your school on products you use every day! Shop at Wal Mart and you'll find Bonus Box Tops worth 5 times as much as a normal Box Tops!
Box Tops for Education has contributed over $525 million to participating schools since the launch of the program in 1996, and I’m happy to say that we’ve been collecting Box Tops since 2010. The kids know to cut the Box Tops for Education off after the box is empty, and then they put the Box Tops in a little baggie we have on our school bulletin board.

Do you participate in your school's Box Tops for Education program? It's a simple way to earn money for your school on products you use every day! Shop at Wal Mart and you'll find Bonus Box Tops worth 5 times as much as a normal Box Tops!

When we collect 25 of them, the kids take turns taking them to school and giving them to their teachers. They have ownership in the program, and are proud to hand the Box Tops for Education in. They get excited when they clip Bonus Box Tops too!

Get your family involved in the Box Tops for Education program at your school. You’re just throwing away money if you don’t!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Make A Difference At Your School With Tyson & Walmart

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine.

It happens at the beginning of every school year, so I don’t know why I’m always surprised. It feels like we are always rushing and there’s never enough after school time to come up with healthy meals that everybody will eat. So when I found Tyson Project A+ at Walmart, I knew that it would allow busy moms to make delicious, healthy meals in less time AND make a difference at your school at the same time!

Make a difference at your school with Tyson & Walmart! For every label submitted from participating Tyson® products, your school can earn .24¢!

It’s a fact: Schools never have enough money and spend a lot of time and energy finding ways to make it easy for parents to help support their fundraising efforts. So when I recently learned about the Tyson Project A+™ program, I was excited to help spread the word about it!

Make a difference at your school with Tyson & Walmart! For every label submitted from participating Tyson® products, your school can earn .24¢!

What is the Tyson Project A+™ program? It’s a simple way to help raise money for your children’s school. For every label submitted from over 40 participating Tyson® products your school can earn .24¢! Look for the label on participating products and start collecting today. It looks like this:

Make a difference at your school with Tyson & Walmart! For every label submitted from participating Tyson® products, your school can earn .24¢!

Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips are ready to go right out of the bag because they are already fully cooked. These chicken breast strips are 100% all-natural and made with all-white meat and 97% fat-free. You can make a quick, easy and healthy dinner without even cooking by throwing them in a premade salad or eating them with some crisp veggies. They ‘re also an effortless way to make healthy home cooked meals, like my Ridiculously Delicious Baked Chicken recipe…just mix all of the delicious spices together with the chicken and heat it up! Serve with a side of my Best Brocolli Ever for a simple home meal. Or add the chicken to my Arugula Pasta Salad (it can be made in advance and stays delicious for days) for a simple no-cook meal. Yum!

Make a difference at your school with Tyson & Walmart! For every label submitted from participating Tyson® products, your school can earn .24¢!

Now head to Walmart and purchase Tyson Project A+ products like Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips to kill two birds with one stone: you can create quick, healthy meals and make a difference at your school while doing it!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.