Freeze School Lunches | Make a Week of Sandwiches in One Night

Are you bad at mornings?  Here’s a great tip for making school lunches in advance!

I’m a terrible morning person, and an incorrigible night owl.  Give me something I can do at night so I can sleep in 5 more minutes, and I’m sold.  This is one of those tips that might just change your life if you’re a night owl….

Make the whole week’s worth of school lunch sanwiches ahead of time.  Then put each one in a ziploc bag and store in the freezer. When you toss them in the kids’ lunch bag the next morning, it will be perfectly thawed and soft by lunchtime!

I’ve done this for my kids for the last couple years – and was worried at first that it would get soggy from freezing and thawing.  They said no – that it tasted soft and normal – so I give it a thumbs up!  Their lunch bags are a lot like this one here.

*For sandwiches with condiments, leave them plain and include packets of mayo, etc.. in their lunchbox.

I have some picky kids who only like peanut butter, or ones who like turkey and cheese, etc…  To tell the difference, I draw faces on the baggies in permanent markers in different colors.  You can also write an initial on the bag, or whatever you want – but come on, these are just fun… :)


I bet this would also be handy for those of you with kids in sports who do sandwiches for supper once in awhile – just stock a corner of your freezer with grab-n-go sammies and save yourself the hassle when you’re in a crunch!

Do you have any little tips that make your life run more smoothly?  Please share them with us so we can try them out on our families!!

Backpacks for Teen Girls | Cute Styles from $5.99!

Looking for a cool backpack for your teen/tween girl? Amazon has lots of backpacks for teen girls on sale right now – some for as low as $7.99!  Here’s an updated roundup for this week – but also check out these Kavu bag deals and these SUPER affordable Sling Bags that are only $5.99 :)
  • 100% Polyester
  • 15″ shoulder drop
  • Hand Wash
  • 16″ high and 13″ wide
This price dropped back down again!!
  • Drawstring closure
  • Dimensions with 11.8 x 16.5 x 4.7 inches (W x H x D). Carrying up to 1,100 cubic inches or 15 lbs.
  • Multi Compartment: Main drawstring closure compartment, zippered internal pocket, interior organizing panel for cards, interior organized padded 15.6 inches laptop sleeve, one exterior front zipper pockets.




Trailmaker Girls Backpacks (TONS of prints and colors!) - $7.99 Shipped

Generally 5-Star Rated!!! Comes with storage compartments and pencil pouch!




High Sierra Fat Boy Backpack - prices from $21.99 Shipped (Reg $60) *Varies by color


  • Large, multi-compartment design
  • Premium organizer with multiple pockets and key fob
  • Media pocket with headphone port
  • S-shaped, padded Vapel mesh shoulder straps with Suspension System and integrated media pocket
  • Attach extra gear with monster hook


Roxy Shadow Swell Backpack - $35.02 Shipped (Reg $44)


  • Zipper closure
  • 15″ shoulder drop
  • 20″ high and 13″ wide
  • Sunglass stash pocket
  • Storage compartment


Eshops Casual Daypack Backpack – $12.93 Shipped

  • Material: nylon and oxford fabric
  • Size: 17.1″x11.3″x4.8″(HxLxW)
  • Attribute: Waterproof, durable, adjustable shoulder straps

Product Description

The Jansport Superbreak Backpack’s proven design and not-too-huge sizing will make it the big bag on campus…again. With plenty of space for books, workout clothes, or the day’s provisions (and no extra clutter), the Superbreak works as nicely in the commuter circuit as it does on campus. Jansport designed this simple, durable daypack with 2/3-length back panel padding for cushioning while you navigate a sea of students. The front accessory pocket includes a built in media sleeve, so you can rock out from point A to point B.

10 Crockpot Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights (Perfect for Back to School)


10 Busy Night Dinner Ideas

It’s back to school time here in Tennessee again, which means busy evenings and sometimes no time to cook.  That shouldn’t mean you let the family dinnertime ritual fade away however, it’s easy to keep it up with these recipes!  Put a few ingredients in the crockpot early in the day and you can spend your pre-dinnertime hour helping with homework or snuggled on the couch watching a movie with the kids :)

Here are 10 of our favorite busy-night slow cooker recipes:

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Kohl’s: Character Backpacks w/ Matching Lunch Kits ONLY $5.39!! (TODAY ONLY)





So I know I said you’ll save big money if you wait and get your kids’ new backpack in September – but I might have just changed my mind because this backpack deal is COMPLETELY AWESOME!!

Right now at Kohl’s, select popular kids character backpacks WITH matching lunch kits are just $12.99.  (reg $30)  Plus get 20% OFF with code BTS20, making them only $10.39 each.  Plus, choose store pickup to avoid shipping!

In addition to all that good stuff, check your inbox for a code worth $5 off ANY purchase (it should say “Yes2Monday” in the subject line”)  That will make the backpack only $5.39!




If you consider that a lunch kit is usually at least $5, it’s like getting these backpacks for $5 too. Not too shabby for Minions and Jurassic Park and whatnot!  However you slice it – this is really a nice deal!

Check out more Online Deals


Target: School Uniform Deals + FREE Shipping + $10 off $50 Kids Coupon

Through August 15th, Target is offering FREE Shipping on every order!  This is great because kids uniforms are awesomely inexpensive at Target right now, with Polos starting at $5 and bottoms at $10.
Also, you’ll get $10 off every $50 you spend on kids clothes and accessories!
Check out all the items included in the Buy More Save More offer here.

Walmart: Igloo 3.2 cu ft Eraser Board Refrigerator only $89! has the Igloo Eraser Board 3.2 cu ft. Refrigerator on price drop for only $89 right now – reg $149!!!

This is absolutely the BEST deal I’ve seen on a dorm-size fridge – and it’s so fun with the dry-erase board front!  I’m considering getting this for our youth group room at this price!

Check out more Online Deals


Staples Ad: Aug 2 – Aug 8


Check out all the Staples back to school deals going on this week and see ALL the Back to School lists in our Back to School Deals category.

Backpacks & Lunchboxes


Backpacks – 25% Off

Ful Tremelo Canvas, Assorted – $74.99

High Sierra Swerve – $44.99

Jansport Big Student Multi Peacock – $45.75

Jansport Big Student, Black Galaxy – $45.74

Jansport Big Student, Spanish Teal – $45.74

Reebok Axel Delta, assorted – $59.99

Reebok Thunderchief, assorted – $49.49

Home Supplies

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, 4 x 35 ct – $5.99

Out-of-Pocket Price: $5.49
Final Price: $5.11

Kleenex, 4 pk – $3.99

Final Price: $3.49

Purell, 1 L – $5.00

  • $1.00/3 Purell Products – 7-26-15 SS (exp. 09/20/15)
Final Price: $4.66

Staples Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz – $1.69

Office Supplies

Kids Scissors, 5″ – $1.00

Staples 12″ Ruler – $0.35

Staples Glue, 4 oz with Glue Stick – $0.50

Organization School Supplies

Locker Accessories – B3G1 Free

Paper School Supplies

$20 Easy Rebate


Staples MultiPurpose Paper, 5 Ream – $29.99

Out-of-Pocket Price: $29.99
Final Price: $9.99

$4.79 Easy Rebate


Staples Multipurpose Paper, 500 sheets – $7.79

Out-of-Pocket Price: $7.79
Final Price: $3.00


Staples 2 Pocket Folders – $0.15


Staples 3×5 Index Card – $0.48

Better Binders, 1″ – $6 each wyb 3

Case it Slim Binder – $8.99

Five Star Notebooks 5 Subject – $6.00

Final Price: $5.50

Five Star Notebooks, 1 subject – $3.00

Final Price: $2.50

Five Star Poly Cover Composition Notebook – $3.00

Final Price: $2.50

Five Star Reinforced Filler Paper – $3.50

Final Price: $2.50

Staples 1 Subject Notebook – $0.75

Staples 1″ Basic White Binder, 2 pk – $4.00

Staples 5 Subject Notebook – $3.00

Staples Composition Notebook – $0.50

Staples Composition Notebooks – $0.50

Staples Filler Paper – $0.75

Staples Filler Paper, 400 sheets – $3.00

Staples Filler Paper, Graph Ruled – $3.00

Staples Notebook, 1 subject – $0.25

Staples Poly Cover Composition Notebook – $0.75

Staples Reinforced Filler Paper – $2.00

Staples Spine Guard Notebook, 5 Subject – $8.00

Staples Spine Guard Notebook. 1 Subject – $3.00

Staples Wireless Notebook – $0.75

Tech & Gadgets

Lexar S50 USB Flash Drive, 2.0 – $6.99

Writing School Supplies


BIC #2 Pencils, 8 pk – $0.75

Final Price: $0.25


BIC Mechanical Pencils, 5 pk – $1.00

Final Price: $0.50


BIC Soft Feel Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 5 pk – $0.75

Final Price: $0.25


Crayola Broad Line Washable Markers, 8 ct – $0.75

BIC Altantis Ballpoint, 4 pk – $2.00

Final Price: $1.50

BIC Atalntis Retractable Gel Pens, 4 pk – $3.00

Final Price: $2.50

BIC Atlantis Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 12 pk – $6.00

Final Price: $5.50

BIC Brite Liner Highlighters, 24 pk – $6.00

Final Price: $5.50

BIC Mechanical Pencils, 24 pk – $5.00

Final Price: $4.50

BIC Round Stic Pens, 60 pk – $3.00

Final Price: $2.50

BIC White Out Correction Tape, 4 pk – $5.00

Final Price: $4.50

Bic Round Stic Pens, 10 pk – $1.00

Final Price: $0.50

Cayola Crayons, 24 pk – $0.50

Crayola Colored Pencils, 12 pk – $0.97

Crayola Crayons, 64 ct – $3.00

Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, 24 pk – $5.00

Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils, 18 pk – $5.00

Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Makers, 10 pk – $3.00

Crayola Watercolors – $2.00

Crayold Colored Pencils, 24 pk – $3.00

Expo Dry Erase Markers, 8 pk – $5.00

  • $1.00/1 Expo Dry Erase Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 4 ct or Larger Only (exp. 09/20/15)
Final Price: $4.00

Expo Low Odor Chisel Tip – $6.00

  • $1.00/1 Expo Dry Erase Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 4 ct or Larger Only (exp. 09/20/15)
Final Price: $5.00

Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencils, 12 pk – $3.00

  • $0.55/1 Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils – 7-26-15 SS (exp. 09/20/15)
Final Price: $2.45

Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencils, 5 pk – $3.00

  • $0.55/1 Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils – 7-26-15 SS (exp. 09/20/15)
Final Price: $2.45

Pentel Super Hi-Polymer Lead Refills, 90 pk – $3.00

Sharpie Metallic Markers, 4 pk – $4.00

  • $0.75/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 3 ct or Larger Only (exp. 09/20/15)
Final Price: $3.25

Sharpie Permanent Markers, 24 pk – $10.00

  • $0.75/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 3 ct or Larger Only (exp. 09/20/15)
Final Price: $9.25

Sharpie Permanent Markers, 5 pk – $3.00

  • $0.75/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 3 ct or Larger Only (exp. 09/20/15)
Final Price: $2.25

Ticonderoga, #2 Pencils, 18 pk – $3.00

Ticonderoga, #2 Pencils, 24 pk – $3.00

Uni-Ball Air Rollerball, 3 pk – $5.00

  • $1.00/1 Uni-Ball 307 or Air Pack – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 2 ct or Larger Only (exp. 09/20/15)
Final Price: $4.00

Zebra Z-Grip Ballpoint Pens, 24 pk – $5.00

Target 70% Clearance on Backpacks is Coming… (Wait for it!)


Jamie here, I don’t know what your finances are like at this time of year – but if you’re struggling to buy the kids new backpacks (on top of the shoes, clothes, and supplies they need) I want to share a tip with you.  I make my kids wait until the first or second week in September for new backpacks.

Gasp!  I know – I’m a mean, mean mommy – what amount of therapy can ever heal them from such shame!  Just kidding – my kids actually are FINE with this.  When else would they hear the words “Choose any one you want – don’t worry about the pricetag!”


Last year I just couldn’t swing new backpacks before school started – there were too many other expenses pouring in.  SO we waited.  When Target finally marked backpacks down around the first week of September – we pounced.  (Of course, if you need a new backpack pronto – we found some surprisingly low prices here!)

To give you an idea of what to expect, Embark Backpacks were $4.50 (Reg $15) and the Puma ProCat backpacks were only $12 (Reg $40).  My little one was SO excited to pick out this regularly pricey Puma Procat backpack. (I later saw on a magazine cover that it’s the same one Gwyneth Paltrow’s kid has!  :) )

In addition to backpacks – other back to school stuff is also on clearance come early September.  Think lunchboxes, dorm room decor (aka – stuff for my kids’ rooms) and patio furniture.

Here’s my post from early September last year with some goodies we found:

I’d told my kids at the beginning of the school year that they needed to wait on new backpacks until the prices went down – and boy am I glad I did!  The entire wall of backpacks was 70% OFF so they were thrilled when the words “choose any one you want” came out of my mouth :)

I was BLOWN AWAY by the amount of 70% OFF Clearance I found….

One of the first thing I spotted was a couple Patio Tables for 70% OFF – making them only $20!  I don’t need anything glass in the vicinity of my rowdy boys and their friends – so I passed on this one.  Right next door to the patio aisle was a wall of backpacks that had me beating a swift path in that direction….



Patio and School Whatnots 70% OFF

Besides Backpacks – a lot of school supplies and lunch kits were on sale as well for 50% – 70% OFF.  This BYOB Neoprene Lunch Bag by Built was only $3 (Reg $12) – so cute!  This RE waste basket was around $1.50 (Reg $5).  I also picked up a pack of LEGO Ninjago Pencils for asteal.


Dorm Room Clearance 70% OFF

I wanted to see if there were any more of those great clearance stools or ottomans we posted back here. The Dorm Room stuff I’d picked up last week for 50% OFF was now 70% OFF!   That made both of these lamps $5 each, and this cute stool only about $5 as well!


Bedding Clearance 70% OFF too???!!

At this point I thought I’d probably give my husband a heart attack when I came home – but then I also found a King Size Comforter & Shams for only $29.99 (Reg $99.99) and a couple pillows that look nice together for about $7 each! (Reg $24.99)   At this price, I just honestly couldn’t walk away.  It’s been about 10 years since we got a new comforter – it was time!

All in all I walked away with some awesome deals – the backpacks alone at full price would’ve costwhat I spent on everything else combined.




I’d LOVE to hear what you found in your store – please share in the comments!