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It is back to school time and I’m always looking for the best deals on school supplies.  Aren’t you?

And, since I’ll be serving as co-president of the school PTA again this year, I know our PTA needs supplies too!  Honestly, I don’t think there is such a thing as too many scissors and pens when you’re running a volunteer office!

Thanks to Passion For Savings, here’s a short list of what’s on sale this week at Office Max.

Office Max School Glue (4 oz.) – $0.01
Limit 2 with $5 Minimum Purchase
Final Price: $0.01

Schoolio Paper Folders – $0.01
Limit 10 with $5 MinimumPurchase
Final Price: $0.01

Office Max Multipurpose Paper – $6.99
Buy 1, Get $6.98 in Max Perks Rewards (Must be a Rewards Member)
Final Price: $0.01

Office Max 14-Month Academic Deskpad Calendar – $8.99
Includes $50 worth of Coupons Buy 1, Get $8.98 in Max Perks Rewards
Final Price: $0.01

Schoolio 1 Subject College or Wide Rule Notebook (70 Sheets) – $0.20
Final Price: $0.20

Office Max Solid Color Composition Books – $0.50
Limit 5
Final Price: $0.50

Schoolio 1″ or 1.5″ 3-Ring Poly Binders – $1.00
Limit 5, Each Additional $1.49
Final Price: $1.00

Schoolio Colored Pencils (12 Pack) – $1.00
Limit 5, Each Additional $2
Final Price: $1.00

Office Max Wide or College Rule Poly Notebook (70 Sheets) – $1.00
Final Price: $1.00

Schoolio Poly Folders – $1.00
Final Price: $1.00

Schoolio 5″ Blunt Scissors (2 Pack) – $1.00
Final Price: $1.00

Schoolio 7″ Pointed Scissors – $1.00
Final Price: $1.00

Avery Glue Stics (4 Pack) – $1.00
Final Price: $0.25

Paper Mate Clearpoint Mechanical Pencil Starter Sets – $1.00
With In Ad Coupon (1 Per Customer)
Final Price: $1.00

Expo Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers (4-Pack) – $1.00
With In Ad Coupon (1 Per Customer)
Final Price: $1.00

12-Pack of Sharpie Fine Point Black Markers – $1.00
With In Ad Coupon (1 Per Customer)
Final Price: $1.00

Be sure to check out the full list of Office Max (and lots of other stores) over at Passion For Savings here!

 

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As a parent who strives to cultivate curiosity in my child, I try to find teachable moments in every day life.  Sometimes it’s doing a quick math problem to figure out how many laps were going to be raced in Sunday’s NASCAR race (in the most recent race at Las Vegas, it was 267 1.5 mile laps to equal 400.5 miles) or maybe it’s having her figure out how much a cookie will be at her favorite fast food restaurant—after she added in tax!  (And ummm, is there an easy way to calculate sales tax on a partial dollar amount?)

I want her to wonder about everything!  Why is the sky blue?  Why is Mars red?  I want her to also be able to find out the answers for herself.  Experiment with Google.  Learn researching skills.  Know what is a reputable source and what isn’t.

 

12 Open Educational Resources from InformationWeek

 

Just found this phenomenal listing of 12 Open Educational Resources from Information Week, a special slideshow they compiled in recognition of Open Education Week, March 11-15, 2013.  (Who knew there was such a thing?!)

 

Khan Academy logo

 

While I was familiar with some of these opportunities, like Khan Academy, I wasn’t aware of others.  Which means, my curiosity has been piqued and I’ll be doing some research.

Why?  Because I’m curious too!  Because I’m firm believer that if you stop learning, you may as well be dead.  And I’m not ready for that now and hopefully never will be!

Tell me something you learned today!

 

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Believe in the Power of Breakfast (from Kelloggs)

Kellogg’s is donating the financial equivalent of a school breakfast everytime someone shares about this on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter.  Won’t you help out?  Go to the Kellogg’s site to find out more!

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Green Hill Celtic Music Sampler

 

It’s time to start thinking about St. Patrick’s Day and what better way to get ready than with a FREE MP3 album from Amazon?

Green Hill Music is offering their Celtic Music Sampler for FREE today!  Go HERE to download your copy now.

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I *knew* I wasn’t the only one!  Thanks, Jessica, for affirming my belief!!

 

What if I NEED that empty toilet paper roll later?

 

Thanks, Pinterest, for validating my {ahem!} not-quite-hoarding-but-really-close tendencies!

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Want to find a light display that looks like this?

 

beautiful Christmas light display featured on ChristmasLightFinder.com

 

Or this?

 

beautiful Christmas light display featured on ChristmasLightFinder.com

 

Then check out Christmas Light Finder!  They have listings from all over the US, sortable by ZIP code.  There weren’t a lot in Upstate SC, but maybe your area will have more.  And hopefully, the more folks that know about Christmas Light Finder, the more folks that will list their own displays… and then there will be lots for all of us to go see!  We love to go “light ridin’” this time of year!

 

Christmas Light Finder logo

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Free holiday music at Amazon

Don’t miss it!!  Today’s the last day that  Amazon is giving away more free holiday music!  This year, instead of having a free song each day, they’ve given away 5 free songs every 5 days.  And today is your last chance to grab this FREE music!!

Here’s the link to get the last 5 free holiday downloads.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this awesome collection of FREE Holiday music.  I know I have added some new tunes to my playlist with this promotion.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas….!  ;)

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Free holiday music at Amazon

Wow, if you didn’t already know, Amazon is giving away free holiday music!  Instead of having a free song each day as in previous days, they’re doing 5 free songs every 5 days.

Here’s the link to get 5 free holiday downloads.  And, I’ll post this friendly reminder again on December 21 (Friday).  ;)

Deck the halls….

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Today my heart is breaking.  My thoughts are with the Newtown, Connecticut, community in the aftermath of today’s horrors.  I cried when I heard the news today…. as I’m sure many of you did.  I have worked at Ariel’s school for the last two days, helping with holiday crafts.  We completed them earlier today than  I had thought we would and I was able to start unexpectedly on another project.  I was deep in thought–and more than a bit worried about the new project–when the news came through.

And all I could think about was my sweet, precious girl.

All I wanted to do was to bolt to her classroom and hug her tightly.  Squeeeeeeze her so tightly.  Never let her go.  Ever.

But I didn’t. I didn’t want to alarm her or her friends.

So instead I sat with my PTA co-volunteers and gasped.  And wept.  And worried.

I counted the minutes to the end of school, when Ariel would happily trippy-trot into the PTA room and unawares, find me still reeling from the news and begging for a hug.  And she would oblige, although blissfully ignorant of my deepest unspoken fears.

I realize that living in fear is pointless.  I cannot lock her up in a tower — a la Rapunzel — and hope no one finds her there.  I want her to experience the world with all its ups and downs.  Especially its ups and downs.

While I want to protect her from heartbreak and sorrow, I know that those experiences add depth and breadth to her existence in a way that books and songs and poems cannot.  By themselves, without the associated memories and emotions, notes and words are flat.  Poetry and music gain meaning to us when we can empathize with the words and moods.

I want Ariel to be a “real” person.  I want her to have depth and breadth.  I want her to have compassion.  I want her to have life experiences.

And I want her to be safe from all harm.

How to accomplish that in these often crazy times?

I don’t know.  I don’t have all of the answers all of the time, contrary to what I tell Ariel.  ;)

All I know is that I’ll be begging for a lot more hugs in the future, treasuring every one.

And wishing I could somehow give those faraway parents and friends and loved ones just one more hug from their child, their brother or sister, their teacher, their mother, their friend.

Do me a favor tonight to honor the memory of those 26 slain today.  Hug your child an extra long time tonight–with an extra long squeeze.  They might not get it, and that’s okay.  But you will.  Treasure the smell of her hair and the slightly funky smell emanating from her sneakers.  Revel in how much she’s really grown over the last 10-12-14 years.

And take every day one step at a time.  Enjoy the small insignificant moments with your tween.

And hug them.  Don’t ever forget to hug them!!

 

 

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Free holiday music at Amazon

Here’s your FREE music reminder!!  I promised to remind you…. so here’s your reminder!!  Amazon is giving away more free holiday music!  This year, they’re doing 5 free songs every 5 days (instead of having a free song each day like they did in previous years).

Here’s the link for you to get 5 free holiday downloads.  And, yes, of course, I’ll post this again as a friendly reminder on December 16 (Sunday) and 21 (Friday).  ;)    ‘Tis the season….

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