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Weekly Writing idea for kids

I will be sharing one weekly writing idea for kids each week for the summer. Let them write whatever form they like (or you choose). Then you can send it in the mail, put them in a binder to save, or whatever else you come up with.

This weeks idea: How did you spend the Fourth of July?

Happy Teddy Bear Picnic Day

What you didn’t know either?!? Never heard of such a holiday? Me either!

I saw this and thought, Teddy Bear’s – I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t have one as a child.

Might be a great day for the children to picnic with there favorite stuffed animals.

Click here to read about this holiday!

An Idea, Tip, something to think about

I was reading a blog the other day, completely unrelated to mine and there was one thing I read that seemed like a good idea to try.

Whenever your trying to make a big decision, envision what your day to day life will be like if you make the change. Not just one day or two but how will you feel about your choice a month or even a year later.

I think this can help in some situations, what do you think?

Healthy Tip – Water

I’ve heard water is good for you, but did you know all this?

3 Fun things to do with your kids!

Have a neighborhood outdoor game day. Revisit 4-square; Red Rover, Red Rover; Duck, Duck, Goose; and Mother May I. Or better yet, learn some new games!
Click here for ideas!

Spoil your pet for a day. Give your dog a bath, play ball with him, and take him for a walk. Likewise, cuddle your cat, pet your hamster, talk to your bird, etc. Spoil your pet several times over the summer. Turn it into a habit!

Choose a day–or two–and perform random acts of kindness. See how others respond
Click here for stories and ideas!

What is a Catalina

When you look at coupon match ups for stores they may mention Catalina’s.

A Catalina is a coupon that prints at the register after you are done paying. It prints out of a machine next to the register, after your receipt prints. It is usually triggered by an item that was purchased in that transaction. Most the time you have to buy a certain number of times, like buy 10 items and get a $10 Catalina. It also can be triggered when you buy a dollar amount like $20 of participating products and get a $5 Catalina back. They offer incentives good on your next shopping trip to that retailer, A few different things can print, an ad, a coupon but what most of us are looking for is a coupon for a dollar amount off your next purchase, that you can use like cash.

Catalina Category Marketing (CCM) rewards purchases of promoted products with “catalinas”, also known as “check-out coupons”. These offer incentives good on your next shopping trip to that retailer. There is usually a 4-week window on any given program/incentive promotion.f

If you ever have a problem with the store not printing your Catalina, save your receipt and call the Catalina company Their toll free numbers are 1-(888) 322-3814 or 1-888-8COUPON (1-888-826-8766)

It is VERY important that you get to the $ amount BEFORE tax, or your Catlina WILL NOT print.Once you have hit your required $ amount before tax, you can then use coupons to bring your total down.

Each store is a little different in how you can use these coupons

Most but not all stores will only take there own Catalina’s.

Walgreen’s Catalina tips:

At Walgreen’s they call a Catalina a Register Reward or RR
Will not honor after it expires, so watch your expiration dates close
Walgreen’s will ONLY take their own Catalina
You can pay with more than one Catalina as long as the Catalina total does not go over the amount due. They will not give cash back. But you have to make sure you have more items than coupons, and they consider a Catalina coupon. Example- If you try to pay for a your two toothbrushes with 2 MFR coupons and a Catalina the register will beep at you……it is because the Walgreen’s only allows one MRF coupon per item. They count the Catalina as a MFR coupon. If you have more coupons than items, some times you have to use “filler” item, find something cheap like a 10 cent pencil. Some cashiers know why the register beeps for this problem……. but most of them don’t. If you get one that does not know, They get flustered a will tell you that your coupon is not good……It is always so important to be an informed shopper!
DO NOT use your Catalina to pay for the same item or another Catalina WILL NOT print.
Make sure you only buy the amount of items the sale says- example if the sale says buy 5 fruit snacks and get back a $2 Catalina, but if you buy 10 fruit snack all at once you will still only get 1 $2 Catalina to print. It is best to buy 5 at a time and each set of 5 you will get $2 back.

3 fun things to do with kids!

Understand the science behind fireworks.
Click here for some information!

Turn up the music and DANCE!

Learn to hula hoop and master some fun tricks! Learn the science behind it as well!
Click here for tricks!and here for how it works!

Camping Style Crescent Rolls

A great camping idea: Once you have your fire going and you are waiting for it to burn down to a pile of embers, carve your stick to roast your crescent roll on. Look for a nice stick that is rather thick, about as thick as your picky or so, and has a Y bend in it. After slicing the bark off the Y and the handle, “braid” the crescent roll around the Y. This will make the dough thinner than if it is simply wrapped around the stick, reduces cooking time and allows it to cook evenly and doesn’t leave you with a gross sticky mass of uncooked dough in the center. Yuck.

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