February 21, 2017

Get Your Kids Valentine’s Day Ready at Target

With Valentine’s Day being just around the corner, many parents are not only wondering about what gift to give their significant other, but just as important, what to get their own special bundle of joys.  Valentine’s Day holds a special meaning to children and it’s a great opportunity to demonstrate love and affection for one another. You can make homemade treats, arts & crafts or dress kids up in a Valentine-themed outfit for a fun photoshoot.

Target is your one-stop shop to deck your little one out in the cutest Valentine’s Day attire. With their large selection of styles, you are sure to find something for everyone in your family to get them ready for the loveliest day of the year.

Whether you are looking for casual, playful outfits or something a little more formal, Target has just what you need to bring the whole outfit together! Check out some of the brand names like Just One You™ Made by Carter’s and Cat & Jack for sweet apparel that are perfect for V-Day.

1.     Just One You™ Made by Carter’s Baby Boys’ Ladies Love Me 2 Piece Pant Set Cream, $9.99

2.     Just One You™ Made by Carter’s Baby Girls’ My First Valentine’s Day 2 Piece Tutu Set, $10.99

3.     Just One You™ Made by Carter’s Baby Boys’ Single and Loving It 2 Piece, $9.99

4.     Just One You™ Made by Carter’s Baby Girls’ Loved Bodysuit, $5.99

5.     Just One You™ Made by Carter’s Baby Boys’ Cutest Bachelor Bodysuit, $5.99

6.     Just One You™ Made by Carter’s 2 Pack Socks, $3.99

 

1.     Cat & Jack Baby Boys’ Long Sleeve Bowtie Body Suit White, , $4.99

2.     Cat & Jack Toddler Boys’ Pullover Sweater Red Velvet, $14.99

3.     Cat & Jack Toddler Boys’ Jogger Sweatpants Red, $11.99

4.     Cat & Jack Big Boys’ Flannel Lined Straight Fit Jean Black Wash, $16.99

5.     Cat & Jack Baby Girls’ 2 Piece Ruffle Back Tunic with Cuffed Jersey Legging Set Baby Coral, $9.99

6.     Cat & Jack Big Girls’ V-Day Heart Icon Dress Pink, $14.99

7.     Cat & Jack Toddler Girls’ Skinny Jeans Medium Wash, $10.00

8.     Cat & Jack Toddler Girls’ Rainbow Heart Long Sleeve Sweatshirt Green, $5.00

9.     Cat & Jack Big Girls’ Tutu Skirt Coral, $14.99

10.   Cat & Jack  Big Girls’ Happy Love Day Valentines Day T-Shirt Heather Gray, $6.99

11.  Cat & Jack Big Girls’ Valentines Day Heart Print Leggings Ebony, $7.99

12.  Cat & Jack Girls’ Red Heart Valentines Day T-Shirt Red Pop, $6.99

  • Cat & Jack, a new line of owned-brand kid’s apparel and accessories that is inspired by kids.

  • Most Cat & Jack items are under $20.

  • Cat & Jack includes colorful and spirited everyday apparel, accessories, footwear, swimwear and sleepwear in addition to school uniforms.

  • All Cat & Jack items are meant to last but, if anything doesn’t, you can return it up to 1 year later with receipt.  That is a 1 year guarantee on kids clothing – WOW!

I took my youngest, Micah, on a shopping trip to Target to find him a comfortable and cute Valentine’s Day outfit.  He had a lot of fun trying on some of the newest gear as we rolled by many of the great selections.

Not only was I able to get him a complete V-Day ready outfit (Cat & Jack Toddler Boys’ Pullover Sweater Red Velvet, Cat & Jack Big Boys’ Flannel Lined Straight Fit Jean Black Wash, and Cat & Jack shoes), but I was also able to get him socks and pacifiers for all under $50! Great Savings + Cute Outfit = Valentine’s Day Win!! 🙂

Don’t worry, if your little one just has to have their favorite characters on their shirt, because Target’s got you covered! With their large selection of character themed valentine shirts from Mickey, Snoopy to Paw Patrol, the various character themed clothing will be sure to please your favorite little Valentine.

Visit your nearest Target store or Target.com
Facebook: facebook.com/target
Twitter: @Target

From my family to yours, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored by Target.
All opinions stated here are our own.

Freezer Meal: Burrito Pie Recipe

Print Recipe
Burrito Pie
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9x13 casserole pan (or 2 - 8x8 casserole pans)
Ingredients
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9x13 casserole pan (or 2 - 8x8 casserole pans)
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the ground beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until onions are translucent (about 5 more minutes). Drain any excess fat, if desired. Mix in the olives, green chile with tomatoes, and enchilada sauce. Stir mixture thoroughly, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. While meat mixture simmers, spread a thin layer of refried beans on one side of each tortilla. Set aside.
  3. In the bottom of the casserole dish(es), spread a thin layer of the meat mixture. Cover with a layer of tortillas that have been smeared with the refried beans, followed by more meat mixture, and then a layer of cheese. Repeat tortilla with refried beans, meat, and cheese pattern until all the tortillas are used up. Top off the casserole with a layer of meat mixture and cheese.
  4. On the day you are ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place thawed dish into oven and bake for 20-30 mins. Remove foil the last 10-15 minutes of baking, so the top can brown.
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Freezer Meal: Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Print Recipe
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9x13 casserole pan (or 2 - 8x8 casserole pans)
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9x13 casserole pan (or 2 - 8x8 casserole pans)
Instructions
  1. Grease casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Layer the chicken in the bottom. Dump in the marinara sauce and mix with the chicken. Next, top with both cheeses until all the chicken is covered.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, olive oil, fresh herbs and a dash of salt and pepper together.
  4. Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumbs over the top.
  5. Put casserole together and freeze it before baking. When you're ready to cook it, let it thaw in the fridge over night. If it's still slightly frozen in the middle, you'll just have to cook it longer than the recipe calls for or defrost a bit in the microwave before baking. Cover it with foil if the top gets too brown in the oven. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden on top and bubbling on the sides.
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Freezer Meals: Burrito Pie and Chicken Parmesan Casserole Recipes

Let’s talk freezer meals!

I’m not talking about those box meals in your local grocery store’s freezer section.  I’m talking wholesome, healthy, KID-FRIENDLY freezer meals! I got into freezer meals a little over a year ago because dinner time was the HARDEST part of my day! With multiple children running around, who were usually cranky from a full day of play, when it was time for dinner – it was a nightmare! There were nights I would throw a frozen pizza in the oven and heat up a bag of broccoli and call it a night! (Don’t judge me because you know we have all been there a time or two). 🙂 I decided there had to be a better solution to deal with this constant dilemma.  I wanted to find a way to still provide my family with a healthy, home cooked meals that didn’t both break the bank and require 2 hours in the kitchen prepping, cooking and cleaning.  So, I did what any good, respectable mother would do…I headed online of course!

Before we get to online recipes, I want to briefly share about Freezer Meal 101.

What are Freezer Meals and Freezer Meal Prep?

The idea behind freezer meal prep is to always have healthy and affordable meal options available in your freezer. It’s a great way to plan in advance, save money on groceries, and avoid the extra costs associated with take-out meals or dining out. Having meals in your freezer prepped and ready to heat will bring peace to your mealtime and remove the stress of the last minute feeling just before dinner time when you are forced to ponder that constant question of “what’s for dinner?”.

How Does it Work?

You take 1 – 2 days to buy your ingredients, prep your food, and then cook it and assemble it into freezer safe dishes or pans to be used as you need. When you are ready to eat, place a meal from the freezer to your fridge the night before so it’s thawed for you to heat up the next day. You can also pull it out of the freezer the same day and to let it thaw out completely on a flat surface.

What Are the Benefits?

Saving time by cooking only 1 or 2 days, instead of every single day. Saving money (and saving on your grocery bill) when you buy ingredients in bulk to assemble the meals. Items are cheaper when you buy in bulk and you are not wasting food because you are preparing several meals at one time.  Save frustration by always having a meal in the freezer to pull out when you have run out of ideas or time—or both! Another great benefit is always having a meal on hand to take a friend who may have just had a baby, or been in the hospital. In my opinion, freezer meals really are the BEST THING EVER!

Now back to online recipe hunting. Here is the thing about searching on Pinterest, Facebook, etc., you will get flooded with a TON of different recipes and ideas. A lot of those recipes being ones that you piece together raw and still have to actually cook the day you want to eat it.  I don’t know about you, but to me that defeats the whole purpose of what I’m trying to do here.  I want meals ready to just be thrown into the oven (or crockpot/slow cooker), eat, enjoy and then just throw that pan away! As the new #AccidentalCookingMami for Mami of Multiples, I am sharing below two of my favorite and easiest freezer meal recipes to try for yourself.

These recipes are all tried personally by my family and are both hubby, and more importantly, KID APPROVED! The best part is I’ve already gone through all the fails for you so you can take confidence in what you are preparing won’t be thrown in the trash and Pizza Hut being called at 7 o’clock at night with screaming children at your feet! You are welcome! 🙂

Also, be sure check out our Facebook Live video at the top of this post so you can see how to prepare these two meals at home.

Freezer Meal: Burrito Pie Recipe

Print Recipe
Burrito Pie
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9x13 casserole pan (or 2 - 8x8 casserole pans)
Ingredients
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9x13 casserole pan (or 2 - 8x8 casserole pans)
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the ground beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until onions are translucent (about 5 more minutes). Drain any excess fat, if desired. Mix in the olives, green chile with tomatoes, and enchilada sauce. Stir mixture thoroughly, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. While meat mixture simmers, spread a thin layer of refried beans on one side of each tortilla. Set aside.
  3. In the bottom of the casserole dish(es), spread a thin layer of the meat mixture. Cover with a layer of tortillas that have been smeared with the refried beans, followed by more meat mixture, and then a layer of cheese. Repeat tortilla with refried beans, meat, and cheese pattern until all the tortillas are used up. Top off the casserole with a layer of meat mixture and cheese.
  4. On the day you are ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place thawed dish into oven and bake for 20-30 mins. Remove foil the last 10-15 minutes of baking, so the top can brown.
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Freezer Meal: Chicken Parmesan Casserole Recipe

Print Recipe
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9x13 casserole pan (or 2 - 8x8 casserole pans)
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
9x13 casserole pan (or 2 - 8x8 casserole pans)
Instructions
  1. Grease casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Layer the chicken in the bottom. Dump in the marinara sauce and mix with the chicken. Next, top with both cheeses until all the chicken is covered.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, olive oil, fresh herbs and a dash of salt and pepper together.
  4. Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumbs over the top.
  5. Put casserole together and freeze it before baking. When you're ready to cook it, let it thaw in the fridge over night. If it's still slightly frozen in the middle, you'll just have to cook it longer than the recipe calls for or defrost a bit in the microwave before baking. Cover it with foil if the top gets too brown in the oven. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden on top and bubbling on the sides.
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Grocery List

To help you prepare for the meals, we complied a grocery list.  Click on the picture below to print out the grocery list.

freezer-cooking-grocery-list

Recommended Tips

  • Plan ahead and check your local grocery stores for coupons or BOGO (buy one – get one free coupons) so you can save when purchasing ingredients.  You can sign up to your grocery store’s email list for coupons or use coupon apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51, Flipp, SavingStar, RetailMeNot, SnipSnap, Grocery IQ and Grocery Smarts.

  • Use Reynolds aluminum foil or aluminum pan lids to cover dishes before placing in freezer.

  • Use disposable trays or pans for easier clean up.

  • Once you cover the dish with foil to place in the freezer, put tape on the top of the foil and write out the reheating instructions so you won’t have to remember when you are ready to use.

I hope these freezer meal recipes are a benefit to your family as they have been to mine.  Please feel free to leave a comment below, ask any questions and/or connect online using the hashtag #AccidentalCookingMami

Find more easy recipes at bit.ly/momeasyrecipes or mamiofmultiples.com/category/food

Happy Cooking!

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Get Creative with DIY Halloween Costumes at Goodwill (+ $25 Gift Card Giveaway)

Growing up, Halloween was one of the biggest holidays in my household! My mother was a costume making superstar! I’m talking, banana trees, caterpillars, and life size baby bottles! Though I have a long way to go before matching her creative abilities, I have one tool my mom didn’t … the wonderful world of Pinterest-inspiration! So with a little browsing, motivation, and hubby’s blessing, I packed up my spunky toddler and set out for materials at our local Goodwill Industries of Central Florida store!

 Goodwill Industries of Central Florida

I arrived with the idea that we would be Disney & Pixar’s Finding Nemo characters.  I’d figure out the specifics based on what materials were available and Goodwill did not disappoint!

If you aren’t looking to create a costume yourself, they have a huge selection of already made costumes right now. There were five or six racks with anything from princess dresses and wigs to masks and costume make up. I actually got to chatting with another mom, who was also shopping for Halloween costumes, while we were there and we both were pleased with vast selections and very affordable prices.

We were able to find all our main DIY materials at Goodwill.  With a little creativity and our Goodwill finds, Payton will be dressed as Nemo, my husband, David, will be Dory and I will be a Jellyfish for Halloween this year!

Halloween costumes are typically only worn once, so why not find a low-cost costume and help support our community in the process? When we shop at or donate to Goodwill, we are helping to keep items out of landfills and funding job training and placement programs that assist Central Floridians with barriers to employment. This includes people with disabilities, those with limited work history, military veterans transitioning to civilian jobs, as well as others within the community.

In 2015, Goodwill served approximately 42,000 people in its Job Connection Centers across Central Florida!

After Halloween, please consider donating your costumes to Goodwill instead of packing them away in the attic. With convenient drop-off sites and dozens of stores, it’s easy to make a donation…and to make a lasting impact in your community. To find a location near you, visit www.goodwillcfl.org

Thanks to our friends at Goodwill, we are giving away a $25 Goodwill gift card to help you create your own DIY Halloween costume and help support our communities!  One winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.  You can enter the giveaway more than once using the Rafflecopter entry form below.

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For more information or to find a location near you, visit Goodwill Industries of Central Florida goodwillcfl.org

Facebook: facebook.com/goodwillcfl

Twitter: @goodwillcfl

Instagram: instagram.com/goodwillcfl

#GoodwillHalloween

Happy Shopping!

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, however, all opinions are our own.

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Run! Don’t Walk to Target on Sunday, August 28 #TargetRunDay

There is something special happening at Target stores and Target.com
this Sunday, August 28…

*Drum Roll…Please….*

For the first time EVER, Target is offering a 10% discount both in stores
and on Target.com! ONE DAY ONLY – Sunday, August 28 – #TargetRunDay

Target is offering an extra 10% off your entire purchase storewide
and on Target.com this Sunday, Aug. 28.

#TargetRunDay

HOW DOES THE SALE WORK?  In one word…EASY!

  • If you’re headed to Target, just grab the coupon from Sunday’s Weekly Ad.
    -OR-

  • Text RUN  to TARGET (827438) for a mobile coupon to use on Sunday. Scan at checkout and you’re golden!
    -OR-

  • On Target.com, checkout like usual and the extra 10% off will automatically apply—no code needed.

AND…don’t forget to use your REDCard, as always, to save an extra 5% and get free shipping.

Go to Target on Sunday, Shop and Save on….

Back-to-School Supplies

There is still time to save on back-to-school shopping!

School Shop at Target

Our top back-to-school shopping tips to help save time and money include the following:

  • Use Lists

    • Put together what is needed for each child into one major list (after you searched your home for any extra supplies) so you can streamline the process.

  • Know When to Shop

    • Check Target’s weekly ad for August 28 – September 6, 2016 for specials.

    • Take advantage of #TargetRunDay with 10% off your purchase this Sunday!

    • Check the Cartwheel App for new deals with up to 25% off back-to-school items

Target's Cat & Jack

  • Invest in a Bigger Size

    • Cat & Jack, a new line of owned-brand kid’s apparel and accessories that is inspired by kids.

    • Most Cat & Jack items are under $20.

    • Cat & Jack includes colorful and spirited everyday apparel, accessories, footwear, swimwear and sleepwear in addition to school uniforms.

    • All Cat & Jack items are meant to last but, if anything doesn’t, you can return it up to 1 year later with receipt.  That is a 1 year guarantee on kids clothing – WOW!

  • Stick To Your Budget

    • Taking a little time to organize and become informed will help create your back-to-school budget. Remove (and donate) any clothes that they won’t be using anymore so you can know exactly what clothing items are needed to help save when shopping.

Gear Up for Fall & Football Tailgating

Whether you sending summer out with a tasty Labor Day BBQ or gearing for after-school fall sports or football tailgating, Target has everything you need to have a great time!

Holiday Shopping

Its never to early to start your holiday shopping! Target has something for everyone from kids to hard-to-buy-a-gift-for-relative.

Need ideas? See our Holiday Gift Guides from recent years that feature select Target products.

2015: mamiofmultiples.com/2015-holiday-gift-guide-momholidaygifts

2014: mamiofmultiples.com/2014-holiday-gift-guide-momholidaygifts

2013: mamiofmultiples.com/2013-holiday-gift-guide-momholidaygifts

Visit your nearest Target store or Target.com
Facebook: facebook.com/target
Twitter: @Target

Dont Delay!

Run and Save at #TargetRunDay this Sunday!

5 Reasons You Should Attend MommyCon in Orlando (+ 2 Conference Tickets Giveaway)

Hello fellow Mommies! When I became a Mom, I naturally fell into attachment parenting. I’ve always followed my instincts and read A LOT, taking whatever advise I find agreeable and pertinent to my family. I have found an amazing support system of like-minded mommies online and in my own town which is such a blessing. When my friend Emy told me about MommyCon many months ago,  I checked out their website to get a feel for it and see what the event was exactly. I found out that MommyCon is a nationwide convention for parents (including expectant parents) that is dedicated to natural and organic parenting methods. Yes, Yes Yes!

MMCN CB Logo

For anyone sitting on the fence about MommyCon, or for those of you who don’t know much about it, here are the top five reasons why I think you should join me at MommyCon at the Caribe Royale Convention Center on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016.

1. It takes a village to raise a child!

I am so excited to meet all of the parents, speakers, and educators that have rallied together for this event. There is nothing better than being surrounded by supportive people while getting your questions answered and learning about the things YOU want to know. This years speakers include Angel Laketa Moore, decorated actress and YouTube sensation, who will share stories about her journey as a mother of three boys, including twins.  MommyCon sponsor and founder/CEO of Cotton Babies, Jennifer Labit, who is returning to discuss the importance of cloth diapering.  Also, one of my personal favorites, outspoken breastfeeding advocate, Jessica Martin-Weber of The Leaky Boob! Jessica is a mom of six and is dedicated to helping mothers find the strength and courage to breastfeed in an unsupportive society. She will provide a raw and emotional look into nourishing babies, toddlers, and mothers. How exciting!

2. It’s a FUN afternoon for the family — that doesn’t involve excessive amounts of sweating in the Florida heat!

I love spending my days with PJ! Unfortunately, there are just some places that aren’t designed with toddlers in mind and so I find them more stressful than fun. MommyCon is set up with our families in mind! There are nursing stations,  kiddie play areas and plenty of refreshments. You can also bring your own food and drinks, which I love and will personally be taking advantage of. Workshops include an expanded selection of babywearing specific seminars such as Babywearing 101, Wrapping 101, Toddlerwearing (presented by Beco Baby Carriers), and How to Ring Sling, educational symposiums on environmentally friendly menstruation products and potty training, plus sleep consultations.

3. Giveaways and freebies galore!

giveaways at mommycon

If you’re like me, you know how valuable freebies can actually be! Sometimes I need an extra nudge or special reason to try a new product. It’s hard to spend money on something you aren’t sure will be LOVE. So to all of the little trinkets that are sure to creep into my life at MommyCon and make me wonder how I ever did without, I say bring it on! Contests too? Sign me up!

4. You get to try out products! 

cloth diapers at mommycon

MommyCon Orlando will feature a product showcase hall of 80 exhibitors! I’m personally on the hunt for a toddler carrier now that Payton is outgrowing her standard Tula. Will I get extender pieces? A toddler Tula? A Kinderpack? Will I start wrapping? Being able to try out products and talk to the experts is one of the many valuable resources available at MommyCon!

5. Shopping! Shopping! Shopping!

There will be vendors on site that love and genuinely care about us and the well-being of our families, giving us attention and making us feel special as we browse around. If you love shopping where your kiddo is free to explore and the products are tailored to you, MommyCon is the place to be!

Event Details for MommyCon Orlando

Date / Time: Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 9:30 AM to 5.30PM

Venue: Caribe Royale Convention Center
8101 World Center Dr Orlando, FL 32821

Tickets: $20-$100 thru MommyCon.com 

I am a member of the MommyCon 2016 street team which gives me access to a $5 off coupon code to share with you! This code (STSM16) can be used in conjunction with the $2 discount that they are currently offering on their website when you share the event on your Facebook page during checkout.

MommyCon Orlando

Thanks to MommyCon, I’m delighted to share that we are giving away 2 conference tickets to MommyCon Orlando  here on Mami of Multiples! Two winners will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.  You can enter the giveaway more than once using the Rafflecopter entry form below.

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Learn more by visiting www.mommy-con.com

Facebook: facebook.com/mommyconusa

Twitter: @MommyConUSA

Looking Forward To Seeing You There!

4 Back-To-School Shopping Tips to Save Time and Money ( + 100 Target Gift Card Giveaway)

Back-to-school season is underway with many schools starting the new school year in August and others after Labor Day in September.  As parents can relate, school supplies can get costly for families especially when having various school aged children.  In our family of 4 boys, we have 2 school aged children (twins) and 1 recent high school graduate who is preparing for college.  According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, families with children in grades K-12 plan to spend an average $673.57 on apparel and accessories, electronics, shoes and school supplies.  College students and families with children in college plan to spend an average of $888.71, according to the survey.

School Shop at Target

With so much planning and organization needed to prepare kids for another school year, having a one-stop store to shop – Target – to find all of your back-to-school items is key to save time and money.

4 Back-To-School Shopping Tips to Help You Save Time and Money (#BTS @Target #TargetStyle) Click To Tweet

1. Lists are an Absolute Must!

Get your school supply list from your school early (by visiting the school or print a copy from your school’s website) and make a list of everything needed for each child.  See what you have at home in supplies that can be used for the new school year and then finalize your school supply list.  Put together what is needed for each child into one major list. Combine what is needed so instead of four lists mentioning the need for 2 boxes of pencils, put 8 boxes of pencils on the master list. With have 1 master school supply list, you take only one list to the store to help streamline the process.

2. Know When to Shop

Utilize the back-to-school tax free holidays, back-to-school sales and specials to stretch your dollar.  At Target, during the weeks of August 7th and August 14th, anytime you spend $25 on back-to-school items, you will get a $5 Target gift card back! Its awesome to know that while you are spending , you will be getting money back in your wallet! Throughout August, there are more savings at Target that will help with budgeting.  All kids apparel are up to 30% off all week-long starting August 7th and all uniforms will be 30% off during the weeks of August 7th and August 14th.

Kids' Uniforms at Target

 

3. Invest in a Bigger Size

Kids grow rapidly.  Often through their regular sports activities and physical education throughout the school year, it can seem like you can’t keep them in right sized clothes fast enough.  One year I had bought the twins a new pair of sneakers for the new school year and a few months later in December, the sneakers didn’t fit them anymore.  They grew another shoe size in 4 months.  Think about the growth and development of your child.  Try not to purchase clothes that fit them “just right” exactly now but buy clothes that give kids room to grow.  A really affordable investment is Target’s Cat & Jack, a new line of owned-brand kid’s apparel and accessories that is inspired by kids.

Target's Cat & Jack

Reasons to love it?

  • Most Cat & Jack items are under $20.

  • Cat & Jack includes colorful and spirited everyday apparel, accessories, footwear, swimwear and sleepwear in addition to school uniforms.

  • All Cat & Jack items are meant to last but, if anything doesn’t, you can return it up to 1 year later with receipt.  That is a 1 year guarantee on kids clothing – WOW!

  • Cat & Jack includes sizes 4-18 and 2T-5T, and Baby Cat & Jack includes sizes 0-24M, offering families one high-quality, affordable brand that they can shop together as kids grow.

4. Stick To Your Budget

Taking a little time to organize and become informed will help create your back-to-school budget.  Stores like Target start to advertise their back-to-school sales and specials early (in July and August) so you can start to plan ahead for the specific school needs of your children.  (Target’s Cartwheel will feature a number of back-to-school offers through September).  Before you shop, take inventory of whats in your children’s closets.  Remove (and donate) any clothes that they won’t be using anymore so you can know exactly what clothing items are needed to help save when shopping. Even if you don’t have your school-specific list available, you can start purchasing the basics (pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) when they go on sale during the summer.

Star Wars at Target

Thanks to our friends at Target, we are giving away a $100 Target gift card to help you with your back-to-school shopping! One winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.  You can enter the giveaway more than once using the Rafflecopter entry form below.

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Want to learn more about the back-to-school styles? Check out Target.com/BacktoSchool
Facebook: facebook.com/target
Twitter: @Target #TargetStyle

Twins and School Supplies at Target

For more back-to-school content on Mami of Multiples, visit http://bit.ly/mombts

Happy Back-To-School Shopping!

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored by Target, however, all opinions are our own.

3 Reasons to Back-To-School Shop at Goodwill (+ $25 Gift Card Giveaway)

As a wife, mother, mompreneur and business owner, quality and affordability are important to me. Thrift stores can sometimes be overlooked but is a great asset for families and shoppers on the hunt for unique and hard-to-find items. Goodwill stores are a terrific resource for parents looking for back-to-school savings and school-related products.  At the same time, shopping at Goodwill is a way to teach children to give back to their community.

 Goodwill Industries of Central Florida

We recently visited our local Goodwill Industries of Central Florida store with our 8 year old twins and learned 3 top reasons to go (back-to-school) shopping at Goodwill.

Brand Name Clothing at Goodwill

1. Brand name clothing without brand name prices

Goodwill carry heavily discounted clothing that allow consumers to save money on everyday merchandise, including brand name clothing. Out-of-print and vintage pieces of major designers like Vera Wang, Gucci, and Chanel are available at very affordable prices. Often new clothing, with price tags still attached, are easily found. For example, we found a children’s’ size Polo by Ralph Lauren shirt that was originally $3.49.  However, when we went to check out at with the cashier, the final total for the shirt was reduced to $1.99.  Affordability + Brand Name Clothing = BIG WIN!

 

2. Kids will want to shop too

Its easy to shop at Goodwill with your kids because everything is categorized.  Clothes, toys, books, shoes, electronic, bags, etc. were all properly labeled, sectioned and within reach (even for kids).  We found clothing separated by color, which makes it simple to color coordinate a child’s outfit.  With all the products being so accessible at Goodwill, the twins were actually helping to find their size and pick out clothing they liked.  The entire process of shopping at Goodwill lets your kids define their unique style and use shopping at Goodwill as a teaching moment to guide them toward positive ways to help others, while managing a family budget.

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3.  Teaching the importance of giving back

Kids these days are socially and environmentally conscious young people eager to serve their communities.  When I walked in the door, I noticed the sales sign indicating the items that were 50% off throughout the store. When my 8-year-old twins walked in the door, they noticed the sign on the fitting room door saying by shopping at Goodwill, we were helping someone get a job. The statement made an impact on the twins.  They immediately understood the importance that our shopping trip was helping someone else.  When you shop at or donate to Goodwill, you help keep items out of landfills and help people find jobs. Goodwill sells donations in its stores to help fund programs that help people build their careers, earn paychecks and care for their families.

Donating and shopping at Goodwill funds job training and placement programs that help Central Floridians with barriers to employment. This includes people who have disabilities, those with limited work history, military veterans transitioning to civilian jobs and others. In 2015, Goodwill served about 42,000 people in its Job Connection Centers across Central Florida!  With convenient drop-off sites and dozens of stores in neighborhoods near you, it’s easy to make a donation … and to make a lasting impact in your community.

Thanks to our friends at Goodwill, we are giving away a $25 Goodwill gift card to help you with your back-to-school shopping and help support our communities!  One winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.  You can enter the giveaway more than once using the Rafflecopter entry form below.

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For more information or to find a location near you, visit Goodwill Industries of Central Florida goodwillcfl.org

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Disclosure: This post is a sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, however, all opinions are our own.

National Back-to-School Sales Tax Holidays

Back-to-school season is already quickly approaching with many schools starting the new school year in August and others after Labor Day in September.  As parents can relate, school supplies can get costly for families especially when having various school aged children.

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To ease the annual financial burden of buying your kids new clothing, school supplies, electronics and dorm gear, many states temporarily suspend levies on non-commercial purchases of specific items. The sales tax holidays usually fall in late summer and last anywhere from a weekend to a full week.

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See the following list below of 17 states that have upcoming sales tax holidays and what’s exempted:

Alabama Aug. 5-7. Clothing $100 or less per article, excluding accessories (such as jewelry and handbags) and protective or recreational equipment (dance shoes, cleats, band instruments and such); single purchases ($750 or less) of computers, computer software and school computer supplies; school and art supplies ($50 or less per item); and books, $30 or less per item.

Arkansas Aug. 6-7. Clothing and footwear less than $100 per item; clothing accessories and equipment less than $50 per item; and school supplies, art supplies and instructional materials (including textbooks, maps and globes).

Connecticut Aug. 21-27. Clothing and footwear less than $100 per item (excludes most accessories, protective wear and athletic gear).

Florida Aug. 5-7. Clothing, footwear, wallets and bags with a sales price of $60 or less per item; school supplies with a sales price of $15 or less per item.

For 2016, the yearly savings event in Florida has been changed from 10 days into
3 days, running Aug. 5-7. Florida shoppers will not have to pay taxes on clothing items of $60 or less, down from $100 per item last year.

Exemptions on certain school supplies of $15 or less is unchanged. However, computer and related accessories — more than 40 items — have been removed from the list. In 2015, the first $750 in taxes were exempt on those items, from laptops to flash drives.

Among tax-free items: Clothing, shoes, backpacks, purses, lunchboxes and notebooks. Taxable items include football pads, briefcases and printer paper.

Georgia July 30-31. Clothing and footwear with a sale price of $100 or less per item; computers, components and software with a sale price of $1,000 or less per item; and school supplies with a sale price of $20 or less per item.

Iowa Aug. 5-6. Clothing and footwear less than $100 per item (excluding most accessories and sporting gear).

Louisiana Aug. 5-6. There’s a partial break on the state sales tax charged on most purchases during the 2016 sales tax holiday. The first $2,500 of a purchased item will be taxed at 3% rather than the full 5% state sales tax.

Maryland Aug. 14-20. Clothing, footwear and some accessories, $100 or less per item.

Mississippi July 29-30. Clothing and footwear (excluding most accessories), $100 or less per item.

Missouri Aug. 5-7. Clothing $100 or less per item (excluding accessories); school supplies, $50 or less per item; computer software, $350 or less per item; computers and computer peripheral devices, $1,500 or less; and graphing calculators, $150 or less per item.

New Mexico Aug. 5-7. Clothing and footwear items, less than $100 per item (excluding most accessories, and athletic or protective clothing or footwear); school supplies, less than $30 per item; computers, e-readers that have computing functions, and tablets, $1,000 or less per item; certain computer-related items, $500 or less per item; book bags, backpacks, maps and globes, less than $100 per item; and handheld calculators, less than $200 per item.

Ohio Aug. 5-7. Clothing priced at $75 or less per item; school supplies and instructional materials priced at $20 or less per item.

Oklahoma Aug. 5-7. Clothing and footwear, less than $100 per item (excluding most accessories, and athletic or protective gear).

South Carolina Aug. 5-7. Clothing and certain accessories; footwear; school supplies; computers, printers and printer supplies and computer software; and certain bed and bath items.

Tennessee July 29-31. Clothing, $100 or less per item (excludes clothing accessories or equipment); school and art supplies, $100 or less per item; computers, $1,500 or less per item.

Texas Aug. 5-7. Clothing and footwear, less than $100 per item (excluding accessories, athletic or protective clothing, and rentals of clothing or footwear); backpacks under $100 used by elementary and secondary students; most school supplies, less than $100 per item.

Virginia Aug. 5-7. Clothing and footwear, $100 or less per item (excludes most accessories, and protective or sporting equipment); school supplies, $20 or less per item.

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