Back to School!

Here in Nashville, school starts in just a little over two weeks. It is really hard to believe that the summer break is almost over! July always seems to fly by, and then suddenly we are thrust into schedules and homework again. Plus with all of the back to school shopping it can be a little overwhelming, financially and mentally. Today, I wanted to give you some tips for easing back into a schedule and getting ready for back to school shopping.

The one thing that I prioritize every year is getting our family back into a normal bedtime routine.

This can be especially difficult for those of us who are SAHM’s or teachers, as we have also been going to bed later and sleeping in as well. About two weeks before school starts back, I like to gradually scoot bedtime back to a reasonable hour. Then by the time we are starting back to school, we are ready for those early morning hours.

*A note: You have to be really intentional about getting back into a routine, because it can be easy to put it off and then struggle that first week back.

By far though, back to school shopping can be the most stressful part for me, because I am trying to budget all this extra money for school supplies and clothes.

I always struggle between just going to buy the stuff or waiting until tax free weekend, which can actually save you a good bit of money. Especially if you are buying big ticket items like computers and tablets.

So here is my number one rule for shopping on tax free weekend: Go EARLY on Friday morning. This way you miss quite a bit of the crowds. Most Walmart’s are open 24 hours or really early, so you can go at midnight if you want. I prefer a more reasonable hour, like say 6 or 7 am! Another plus of going that early is that you can leave your kids home sleeping while your husband gets ready for work. If you can at all avoid it, do not go shopping after Friday! It is sure to be crowded and chaotic!

Check with your school principal or PTO to see if you can go ahead and get a supply list now. By the time school starts, the supplies are pretty picked over. If your school has a Facebook page, check to see if the lists are uploaded there.

Here are some great deals on Amazon that can be disbursed between your children:

Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks – $8.79 Shipped

Ticonderoga Pencils 96 count – $9.96 Shipped

Walmart, Target, and Staples will usually be your best bet on the prices for crayons, colored pencils, and folders. But watch your grocery store ads because they sometimes have good deals too. At Target, you can order online and pick up in store for free, which is a great deal!

Check Out Crazy 8’s deals on school Uniforms

Finally, it’s time to get back on track with your meal planning!

You should read my article Meal Planning Tips and Tricks first and then check out my Recipe Index to get some ideas on easy meals. I will be back to posting my weekly meal plan and deals the first week of school, so stay tuned for that!

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My Target Beauty Box – July Edition

I decided that I wanted to try out a beauty box, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it. So, I had heard that Target has $7 boxes and thought I would give it a try. I was pretty impressed with all of the items they sent.

I ordered a men’s box and a women’s box just to see what the men’s was like too. Now granted, the husband liked what came in the box, he just didn’t care about it as much as I did. But it was still nice for him to get a package in the mail too.

The men’s beauty box had some great brands to sample, and they sent his favorite brand of soap. The women’s box also had some good brands in it as well. I typically don’t buy as many beauty products for myself, so this will be a nice, cheap, way to pamper myself a bit.


If you want to check them out, click the link below!

July Beauty Boxes are here & they’re awesome.

Waterpik and More Prime Deals!

Here are some more prime day deals for you to check out:

Waterpik Water Flosser – $39.99

Nintendo Switch, 64 GB Memory Card and $20 Nintendo Cash Card – $299.99

Buy $60 of Household Essentials, Save $20


Save 20% off select Camelbak – Discount taken at checkout.

If you don’t already have Amazon Prime, checkout my post on how to get a free trial!

This post contains affiliate links, see my disclosure policy here.

More to come tomorrow! See you then.

Prime Day Deals!

I have been searching through the Prime Day Deals and here is what I have for you so far:

 This deal is $12.95.

This deal is $8.15

This deal is $5.38

This deal is $32.49

This deal is $10.39

All of these deals have time and quantity limits so go and check them out now.

I will be gathering and posting throughout the evening and tomorrow. So stay tuned.

Prime Day is Here!!

Today, starting at 3 pm, Amazon is having their annual Prime Day! If you don’t have Amazon Prime yet, it is not too late to get it now! You can get a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime, just in time to get the deals.

This post contains affiliate links, you can read my disclosure policy here.

If you are already a member, they are currently running deals on their devices as a lead up to the other sales. Here are a few of them:

If you don’t have Prime and you are a college student (even if you are an adult), you can get Prime Student and get all the prime benefits at half the cost! It looks like they are offering a 6 month trial right now, so take advantage of this deal!

Deals will be starting at 3 pm, and I will be finding the good deals and posting them. So keep an eye on my blog and social media for the deals!


Crock Pot Express Honey Garlic Chicken

I have been wanting an Instapot for a long time! I just never seem to have the extra money when they go on sale. Last week, I took the kids to get some summer clothes at Kohl’s and got $50 in Kohl’s cash from the shopping trip. I had noticed the Instapot and the Crock Pot Express in the store, and was thinking that maybe I could get one for half off. But after a 20% discount and my Kohl’s cash, I was able to get the Crock Pot Express for less than $14!!

I have been researching recipes all weekend and reading up on how to use it. I had a whole chicken in the freezer, so I pulled it out to thaw, and have that be my first test in the new Crock Pot Express. I know, I am such a nerd with my new cooking toy. But, this is supposed to be this awesome way to cook , and I have been missing out!

Well, the Crock Pot Express did not disappoint! My chicken turned out great! It was tender, juicy, and fell off the bone. It wasn’t dry or soggy, it was perfect! Since it turned out so well, I am going to share the recipe so you can try it too!

Crock Pot Express Honey Garlic Chicken

Crock Pot Express Honey Garlic Chicken
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  • 1 Whole Chicken 3-6 lbs
  • 2 Tblsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • For the Rub:
  • 2-3 Tblsp. Honey
  • 1 Tblsp. Garlic and Herb Mix
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder

  1. Remove the chicken from packaging and clean out the neck/gizzards etc. Discard. (Or whatever you want to do with them)
  2. Place the chicken on a plate or cutting board, and coat with olive oil using a basting brush.
  3. Salt and Pepper the entire chicken.
  4. Place into the cooker and press the sauté button.
  5. Sauté on each side for 3 -5 min. (If you have a large set of tongs it will help flip the chicken easier)
  6. Remove chicken from the cooker.
  7. Pour the water (or broth) into the cooker.
  8. Place the steaming rack inside.
  9. Mix ingredients for the rub together and using a basting brush coat the entire chicken. (You can cut the skin and rub underneath on the chicken breast)
  10. Place the chicken back into the cooker.
  11. Put the lid on and lock. Move steam valve to closed.
  12. Press the Poultry Button.
  13. Adjust the time to 6 minutes per pound. (ie. 6lbs = 36 minutes)
  14. When the cooking time is done, allow the cooker to release pressure for 10 minutes. (Mine counts the time up after cooking)
  15. Using a utensil and pot holder push the steam valve open. (Watch your fingers, it's hot!)
  16. When there is no more steam coming out, it is safe to open the lid.
  17. Remove the chicken and place on a plate to cut.

Yield: 6+


Let me know in the comments if you try and like this recipe!