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Your Brilliant Laundry Ideas & Our Progress

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all the laundry tips and encouragement you shared.  Seriously, with five kids, laundry is a whole THING.

At the suggestion of a few people I ordered these little babies:

SimpleHouseware Mesh Pop-Up Laundry Hamper Basket With Side Pocket. Four of them.

Each boy has one next to their bed or in their bathroom.   I wash clothes one basket at a time, so one kid at a time.  Colors and whites together, on cold.  Simplicity was the goal here friends.

It So much faster and less chaotic.  There is no sorting. There are not 27 piles of clothes that are loaded into a basket and carried down stairs only to be rifled through and need folding and sorting again.

I have not gotten fancy and assigned a day to each child. They just bring their baskets when I ask. When they see their basket at the top of the stairs full of folded clothes they take them downstairs and but them away. I have no idea why I didn’t do this earlier.

I love the idea of the older kiddos doing their own laundry but we’re not quite there yet. Baby steps.  🙂

My next goal is to start organizing all my closets. I cannot handle how crazy some of them are. So, bathroom closet, laundry room shelf, toy closet organization ideas are welcome right now. And, before anyone asks, no I am most definitely not nesting. 🙂  With how busy life is I am just feeling the need to clear out clutter and streamline our home.

PINCHme Free Sample Boxes- What’s Coming in June & What Was In My PINCHme Box

So I just received my PINCHme blogger box for June!

Are you a PINCHme member?!

If not here’s the deal-  PINCHme lets members discover and try free samples from the world’s leading brands! It’s 100% FREE – free products and free shipping! No credit card is required. All they ask for is your honest feedback on the products. Every month, on Sample Tuesday, new free samples are released on PINCHme.com for members to claim. They will offer a variety of samples, from beauty, snacks, baby, pet, personal care, cleaning products, and household items – so there’s something for everyone!

This month Free Sample Tuesday is scheduled for June 20, 2017 12Noon EST. Here is list of possible Free samples you could get:

Food & Snacks:

Hidden Valley® Simply Ranch Classic Ranch
Quaker® Chewy Bites
Pure Leaf Home Brewed Teas

Personal Care & Health:

Carol’s Daughter Shampoo + Conditioner
LISTERINE® COOL MINT® Zero and Total Care Zero Alcohol Mouthwash
Bug Protector All Natural Bug Repellent
ZzzQuil Nighttime Sleep-Aid
Sundown Naturals B12 500mcg Gummies
Tummy Zen Total Heartburn Relief
Gillette Cool Wave Clear Gel 0.5 oz.
Sensodyne® Deep Clean

Home & Pets:
Fancy Feast® Creamy Delights™ Wet Cat Food
Cesar Dry Dog Food
Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller

Here’s How It Works:

Step 1: BECOME A PINCHERSign up for free now on PINCHme.com, take the shopper survey and tell them about yourself. They’ll find the best samples for you. *Tip- be sure to fill out all of you profile. That increases your chances of getting your best samples.

Step 2: PICK YOUR SAMPLES
 -On Sample Tuesday, choose samples to add to your PINCHme box. No credit card required.

Step 3: GIVE  FEEDBACK- Samples are completely free. In exchange, PINCHme asks for a bit of your time and plenty of opinions.

JOIN THE PINCHme COMMUNITY
Become a part of something bigger than the box. Join over 2.8 million members across country!

**I received my PINCHme blogger box for free from PINCHme so I would have a chance to review it before Free Sample Tuesday. All opinions in this post are mine.

Curious what was in my June box?  Check out the video here.  Also if you are already a PINCHme member I would LOVE to hear about your experience. Leave a comment and share!

 

Regal Summer Movie Express 2017: $1 Family Movies Start Tomorrow!

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Just wanted to remind everyone that Regal  Cinemas will once again host their Summer Movie Express! Family friendly movies are just  $1 each throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and all the frugal fun starts tomorrow, June 6, 2017.

In our area, Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX, Regal Knoxville Center Stadium 10 and Regal West Town Mall Stadium 9 are participating in this promotion.  Movies will start June 6, 2016. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days.

Week 1

Tue June 6 and Wed June 7

Kung Fu Panda 3
Ice Age: Collision Course
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 2

Tue June 13 & Wed June 14

Trolls
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 3

Tue June 20 & Wed June 21

Monster Trucks
Penguins of Madagascar
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 4

Tue June 27 & Wed June 28

Rio 2
The Boxtrolls
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 5

Tue July 4 & Wed July 5

The Secret Life of Pets
Sing

***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 6

Tue July 11 & Wed July 12

Kubo and the Two Strings
Ratchet and Clank
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 7

Tue July 18 & Wed  July 19

The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The Adventures of Tin Tin
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 8

Tue July 255 & Wed July 26

Happy Feet 2
Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 9

Tue August 1 & Wed August 2

Storks
The Lego Batman Movie
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Zoo Knoxville: $5 Off Admission for Knox, Anderson, Union, Grainger, Jefferson, Sevier, Blount, Loudon and Roane County Residents (June 5-8)

To kick off summer, Zoo Knoxville is offering residents of nine local counties $5 off general zoo admission Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, 2017. Residents of Knox, Anderson, Union, Grainger, Jefferson, Sevier, Blount, Loudon and Roane counties are eligible for discounted admission.

The zoo is offering this discount to encourage locals to visit on a weekday before peak tourist season. “We have had a lot of interest from our local residents about all the exciting new things happening at Zoo Knoxville. We hope by offering discounted admission on days when our crowds are lighter it will encourage an early summer ‘day-vacation’ so they can experience it for themselves. Residents of Knox and our neighboring counties are great zoo supporters and our best zoo ambassadors for tourists visiting our area, and we appreciate them.”

We finally made it to the Tiger Forest at Asian Trek exhibit last week and it is fantastic! The zoo also has a full schedule of encounters with animal ambassadors and talks by animal caretakers, camel rides and the Clayton Safari Splash water play area available daily.
To receive $5 off zoo admission, residents of eligible counties may show any identification with their address at the zoo’s ticket window. This offer cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon.

Screen Time Issues Solved : Our Summer System

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Screen Time. 

It is a whole thing in this house.  

During the school year it is not that big of an issue because we are busy but then summer…..

I have been reading a lot about kids and video game/ screen time addiction. I am a believer. We are three days into summer break and I just cannot take anymore asking, arguing, whining, fighting, eye rolling, zoning out.  I. Cannot.

Ultimately THE HUSBAND and I are to blame because we allowed the Xbox, Kindle, iPad, computer, TV etc into our home.  So I solved it with the token system. 

My hope is that their brains don’t turn to mush this summer, that they realize playing outside or with friends really is more fun and a little responsibility and work along the way is a good thing.  This should help us get all the rewards from summer reading programs. 

I cannot take total credit for this system. My bother-in-law has used it for a while and shared the details with me, then I customized it to our house.  

 

The Rules

Everyone gets 5 tokens for the week.

Each token is good for 30 minutes of screen time. (ANY screen)

You get new tokens every Monday.

If at the end of the week , by some miracle, you have tokens left over you get $1 per token.  The do not roll over.

Using your Tokens

You are responsible for setting your own timer, or asking me to set one.  If you do not, or you go over your time you lose the rest of your tokens.  (It’s also about personal responsibility and integrity. Plus, you have 3 brothers ready to throw you under the bus at any time. 🙂  )

You  do not have to ask to use your tokens, you can use any screen you want to play approved games etc.  Just put your token in the jar.

Earning Tokens

You can earn extra tokens for reading and math

Oldest Son (11)- 3o  minutes of reading and two math pages from the books his teacher sent home= 1 token

Middle Sons (7-9) 20 minutes of reading and one math page /or 10 minutes on with multiplication flash cards= 1 token

Youngest Son (5)- 15 minutes “reading” , working on his letter sounds or looking through books and one math page=1 token

Special Rules

Help me, they have already thought us so many special scenarios where they do not have to use tokens.

Family movie nights

ABC Mouse or Relfex Math on computer

Of course the play room has to be picked up in the morning and all chores have to be done before any screen time.

What is your system for electronics?!  I always love hearing how you guys manage things.   Feel free to try any or all of this, change it to fit your household and let me know how it goes!

The Brand New Ibotta App! Better Navigation, Faster Speed, $10 Bonus Offer & More

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Attention Ibotta users!   Ibotta just rolled out lots of new features to make the app more user-friendly! If you’re not a current Ibotta user, NOW is the perfect time to sign up as they are offering a limited-time $10 bonus whenever you redeem your first rebate this month!

So What is New?

The updated app is faster and features more personalized offers with your favorite stores on the home screen – no need to sort through hundreds of items to find offers you want. And, you can now redeem select rebates 2-3 times per receipt instead of one time only!

Also, with the Ibotta update, you won’t need to scan product barcodes for most of your items as the app will automatically detect which rebates are on your receipt and verify the rebate in real time. The first retailer that will offer this feature is Walmart, with more stores to come.

If you have never used Ibotta it is a free app that pays you cash for everyday purchases with exclusive rebates at your favorite grocery stores, retailers and shops. You can see how our family uses it here.

Sign up NOW and earn a $10 bonus when you redeem your first rebate!

Free Summer Reading Programs 2017

 

Summer is here and that means plenty of free time for my kiddos.  I love anything that will encourage them to keep reading this summer.  To that end, here are a few of the Summer Reading programs available this year.  There may be others, locally or nationally, that are out there and I would love to hear about them in the comments section!  I hope one of these will provide some motivation and fun for your family this summer.

Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program

If you live in East Tennessee this is a program that you will want to check out. The Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program is for Smokies fans 12-and-under.

There are five levels of participation that are to be completed by each child participating. To complete a level all your child has to do is read 10 books, 10 chapters, or have 10 books read to him/her (if your child is not reading yet). Once your child has completed his/her first level, bring the Level 1 reading program form to the ticket office at Smokies Park, and exchange it for prizes and free tickets to a Smokies game. We did this last summer and it was great!  There are several levels you can reach, get all the details here.

And don’t forget they also offer the Straight A program-

Straight A Program

If your child has earned the equivalent of an “A” average or attained perfect attendance for the year, they will get to go to a Smokies game for FREE! Bring their report card and/or perfect attendance certificate to the Smokies Ticket Office and you can receive a free Bleacher Level ticket. The program is valid for students in K-12 and can only be redeemed once per child.

 

Knox County Library Summer Reading Club

Summer Library Club is a fun way to help children maintain and improve reading skills through the summer break, but it’s not just for kids! Read together as a family and receive an awesome rewards package or prize. Prizes and requirements vary by age group.

Passport program - colorful roadways overlayed with a passport stampNew in 2017 for Readers and Teens: Join the Passport Program to enrich your Summer Library Club experience. Visit the 19th century, travel to ancient Egypt, conduct a scientific experiment or ride a camel. You can experience up to 5 adventures in lieu of 5 hours of reading. Visit 10 locations and enter to win a drawing at Visit Knoxville (link is external) for a grand prize basket of goodies. Passport logs available May 20.

 

 

Barnes & Noble- Earn a Free Book

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program allows you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017. Find a Store
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

 

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children that runs through September 8th, 2017. After registering, kiddos are to read as many minutes as they can, log their minutes and earn rewards.

 

SYNC

Sync

SYNC is a program that gives away two FREE audiobook downloads every week each Summer for readers ages 13+. (each week features a current Young Adult title paired with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title). Titles are delivered through the OverDrive app which can be downloaded for free. For more information, head here.

Reading with Chuck E.

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You can download and print these Chuck E. Cheese bookmarks for all the books your kiddos are reading this summer!  They are good for 5 FREE tokens if you are dining at Chuck E. Cheese’s this summer. (one per child)  You can check you local store to see what other summer reading promo they are doing.

 

Book Adventure

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Kids from grades K-8 can head to BookAdventure.com where they can search for books, read them offline, come back to take a quiz and win prizes! Parents and teachers will even have the opportunity to track their child’s/students work (just click on the “Teacher’s Lounge” OR “Parents Place”). Go here to get started searching for a book and check out this video for more information.