Get Your Home Ready For Back To School

Get Your Home Ready For Back To School

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It's almost time to go back to school. Get your home ready for back to school with these tips from www.drugstoredivas.net.

We’re about a month away from back-to-school time here in North Carolina. It’s so crazy. I say it every year, but the summer just flies by. We went on a really nice vacation to Hilton Head Island this year, so I at least feel like we’ve had a summer vacation. But I’m still not ready for it to end. I doubt you are either. But, it will happen soon. You, your kids, or (if you’re like me) your husband will be headed back to school in a few weeks, so now is the time to make sure you’re ready. Not just you, but you want to make sure your home is back-to-school ready. We have a few things you can think about now so you don’t rush when school starts.

Get Your Home Ready For Back To School

Create a command center.
We have a mudroom that is right off the garage. It’s perfect if we parked in the garage because we would just be able to use it as a place to take off our shoes and hang up our jackets. If you have an area near your garage or front door (depending on where you park), you can create a command center there. Put in a bench where your kids can sit and tie their shoes. Add pegs above the bench so your kids can hang their backpacks and jackets. You can also put up hooks to hang homework or artwork. And add storage cubes if you have other items that need to be accessible.

It's almost time to go back to school. Get your home ready for back to school with these tips from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Stock up on healthy, easy-to-open snacks.
Last week, we were able to get a package of peanut butter crackers for $.25 after coupons. I wasn’t in the mood for peanut butter crackers at that moment, but I bought them because I knew we would eat them eventually. You know your kids are going to need snacks for school and after-school snacks too. So if you see a sale or have a coupon for healthy, easy-to-open snacks (so your kids can open them themselves), stock up now. I mean, you’re not going to buy bunches of bananas now, but anything packaged will last until school starts. Well, it won’t expire. Can your family go all summer without eating those snacks? I’m not sure.

Start buying school supplies.
There’s a good chance your young kid will need glue sticks. And pencils. And a ton of other stationery items that are actually already going on sale. Each week, I get tons of emails about getting paper for a penny and pens for a quarter. We don’t even have school-aged kids, but I still run out for these deals. We can always use those items at home or Pete can bring them with him to school. If you start picking up school supplies now, while they’re on sale, you won’t feel rushed when you finally get that School Shopping List from the teacher.

Organize dressers and closets.
How much has your kid grown during the school year? Or how many shirts have taken a beating this summer and are torn and tattered? It happens. That’s part of the fun of being a kid. Take some time, though, to go through items that don’t fit or can’t be worn anymore and remove them from dressers and closets. If they’re too ruined to even be play clothes, turn them into rags to clean the house. If they’re still in good condition, donate them. Then, figure out what you need and pick up some new back-to-school clothes, new sneakers, and a fun first day of school outfit. I always loved picking out a special outfit for the first day. It made going back worth it.

Be sure to check our Gymboree too for a ton of back-to-school deals going on now. You can shop Gymboree online, which means you can do it while you’re out at the pool with your kids. Maximize your time! 

It's almost time to go back to school. Get your home ready for back to school with these tips from www.drugstoredivas.net.

What are your tips to get your home ready for back to school? Leave them in the comments to help everyone else get ready too!

5 Ways To Conserve When You’re In A Hotel

5 Ways To Conserve When You’re In A Hotel

If you're going on vacation soon, you can still think about the earth. Find out 5 Ways To Conserve When You're In A Hotel from www.drugstoredivas.net.When you stay in a hotel, there’s a tendency to leave the lights on and have your linens washed daily. You don’t live there, so you’re not paying the electric bill every month. And that means you may not actually be thinking about it. When you go away, though, you still should be thinking of the environment. I always do. There are ways to conserve when you’re in a hotel that you may not even think about … but you will after reading this post!

5 Ways To Conserve When You’re In A Hotel

1. Turn off the lights.
This is an easy one. When you leave your hotel room, turn off the lights behind you. I don’t know why people don’t do this, but I’ve often come into hotel rooms where the lights have been left on while we’ve been out.

Maybe you have your reasons to, but if you’re thinking about conserving electricity, you’ll want to turn them off. And if you’re only on one side of the room, maybe only use one desk lamp. You might not need all of them on.

2. Don’t have your linens washed every day.
Be honest: How often do you wash your bedsheets? You probably make your bed every day, but I highly doubt you are washing your sheets every night. So why do you need them washed every day when you’re in a hotel? You don’t, but it feels like a luxury.

There are hotels that will actually incentivize not having your linens changed. The last hotel we stayed at offered us a resort credit for food or drinks if we didn’t have our sheet washed. So if you’re cheap like me, and you don’t mind sleeping in the same sheets a few times, you can get a treat on the house — and save a bunch of water in the process.

3. Use one trash can.
Housekeeping is great. The staff will come in and clean up after you. They’ll do a great job too. Like, if you only have one bottle cap in your trash can, the staff will come in, tie up that bag, take it out, and replace it with a new bag. What a waste of plastic!

Instead, use only one garbage. Decide if you’re going to use the one in the room or in the bathroom. Then, when the staff comes to clean your room, they’ll only take one garbage out and you’ll save a bag of plastic.

4. Be conscious of the thermostat.
If you’re going to be out all day, vacationing and exploring the city, you don’t need to have the air conditioning on. You’re cooling the room down for no one. Same goes for the heat in the winter. If you turn it off when you aren’t in the room, you will save a bunch of electricity.

5. Reuse your towels.
When you first walk in the hotel room, the towels are always folded so nicely. And there are always an abundance of them. You could use a different towel ever time you washed your hands if you wanted. But do you need to?

Instead, reuse your hand towel. If you take a second shower, use your same towel.
The hotel staff will come in, collect the ones off the floor, and replace the ones that aren’t folded so nicely. The ones that aren’t used don’t get washed, and that saved water will add up over time.

What other methods do you have to conserve when you’re in a hotel?

Foil-Packet Grilled Vegetables

Foil-Packet Grilled Vegetables

If you're grilling, be sure to add a healthy side with these Foil-Packet Grilled Vegetables from www.drugstoredivas.net.We grill a lot during the summer. A bunch of our neighbors come over, which is really great. Mostly, though, they come armed with beer and protein. Whenever my mom comes, she always brings a salad, so at least I know there will be at least one healthy option. On July 4th, though, my parents were out of town, so I had to make sure to make a healthy side dish. I decided to make foil-packet grilled vegetables. They are so great and really easy to make, especially if you already have the grill going.

Foil-Packet Grilled Vegetables

If you're grilling, be sure to add a healthy side with these Foil-Packet Grilled Vegetables from www.drugstoredivas.net.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Olive oil

What You’ll Do:

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Clean and chop your zucchini and squash and put them in a bowl.

Add the chopped garlic.

Drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt, pepper, and dried oregano (I use fresh dried from our garden).

Toss to make sure they’re coated.

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Put the vegetables onto a piece of foil. Fold in two opposite sides, then roll up the other two sides.

If you're grilling, be sure to add a healthy side with these Foil-Packet Grilled Vegetables from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Cook on the grill for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender.

If you're grilling, be sure to add a healthy side with these Foil-Packet Grilled Vegetables from www.drugstoredivas.net.

You can do this with other combinations of vegetables too, like red and green peppers, banana peppers, onions, etc.

What vegetables would you add to your foil-packet grilled vegetables?

Foil-Packet Grilled Vegetables
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Ingredients
  1. 2 zucchini
  2. 2 yellow squash
  3. 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  4. Salt
  5. Pepper
  6. Dried oregano
  7. Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Clean and chop your zucchini and squash and put them in a bowl.
  2. Add the chopped garlic.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt, pepper, and dried oregano (I use fresh dried from our garden).
  4. Toss to make sure they’re coated.
  5. Put the vegetables onto a piece of foil. Fold in two opposite sides, then roll up the other two sides.
  6. Cook on the grill for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender.
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20+ Trendy Dog Products

20+ Trendy Dog Products

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National Ice Cream Day Freebies & Deals

National Ice Cream Day Freebies & Deals

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with these freebies and deals. List curated by www.drugstoredivas.net.Sunday (July 16) is National Ice Cream Day. Yup, there’s a day for everything it seems. If you want to celebrate, there are a bunch of places that will have deals and freebies on Sunday. Be sure to keep coming back to this post, too, as I’ll be updating if I hear of any new deals.

National Ice Cream Day Freebies & Deals

Baskin-Robbins:  Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treat Sampling, noon to 5pm, Friday, July 14.

Carvel:  Buy one get one free on any size soft ice cream cone or cup. July 16 only.

Cold Stone Creamery: $5 off a $25 gift card. Until July 16 or while supplies last.

Dippin’ Dots: Free mini cup of Dippin’ Dots. Two hour window on July 16. Check times with your local store(s).

High Road Ice Cream Factory Store: Free pint to the first 200 visitors on July 15.

Magnum New York:  Two decadent Magnum bars for the price of one.  July 16 only.

McDonald’s: Free vanilla cone offer in the mobile app, 2pm to 5pm,  July 16 only.

PetSmart PetHotels Location: Free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes. July 16 only.

People’s Bank Park: Free Yuengling ice cream to all fans in attendance. July 16 only.

Wendy’s: Get a Frosty for $.50.

Whole Foods: 2/$6 Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and frozen yogurt pints. July 16 only.

Ice Cream Desserts

Chrissy’s Famous Ice Cream Cake

“Ice Cream” Cookies

Super Simple Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

How To Clean White Sneakers

How To Clean White Sneakers

Did your white sneakers get dirty? Find out how to clean white sneakers in this post from www.drugstoredivas.net.For my birthday two years ago, my parents got me a pair of white Converse slip ons. I wear them pretty seldom because they’re white, so I don’t want to ruin them. I wore them to the farmers’ market recently because that’s basically me just sitting for six hours. No big deal. Except the week I happened to wear them, it rained. And getting rained on under a tent was okay, until puddles formed and made awful marks on my white sneakers. So of course, I did what any normal person would do. I texted my mom to ask how to clean white sneakers.

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Of course she knew. That’s the thing about moms. They just know everything. But, in case you don’t know, I’m gonna tell you her trick.

How To Clean White Sneakers

Did your white sneakers get dirty? Find out how to clean white sneakers in this post from www.drugstoredivas.net.

First, pour some laundry detergent in a bowl. Now, grab a toothbrush out of your stockpile. If you still coupon like me, you won’t be hurting if you use a toothbrush on this.

Dip the toothbrush in the detergent and rub it on the fabric of the sneakers.

Then, use the same method on the soles (including the sides and bottom).

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Put the sneakers in a washing machine safe lingerie bag and close the bag.

Toss the bag into the washing machine and run a cycle.

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Put them outside to dry.

That’s it. You can also wash other sneakers with this method too, now that I think about it, but I never wash my other sneakers this way.

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