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Save $15 instantly at OfficeMax when you buy $300 in Visa gift cards #OMaxVisa15

This post has been sponsored, but the opinions are all mine!

Back to school shopping kind of gives me the blues. I want the kids to look great and have everything they need, but geez, how expensive it is to get them ready for school!

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to save a little money without making sacrifices on needed supplies or the quality of the supplies and clothes needed for the school year? Well, by golly! There is a way to put a little cash back in your pocket without giving up on the brands your family likes and without skipping any needed items on the list!

Right now, if you head to Officemax, there is a way to save $15 on Visa gift cards- which you can use to buy all of the supplies your kids need- at any store where Visa is accepted!


The deal is- buy $300 in Visa gift cards and get $15 off instantly! I don’t know about you, but I love saving money and face it, $15 is $ 15 I could spend on any number of things! Such as a nice lunch for me when the kids are back in school! {wink!}

There is even a way you can add even more savings to that $15! Keep reading and check out the offer details for a way to stack your savings at Officemax, for a limited time only!


Save $15 instantly at OfficeMax when you buy $300 in Visa gift cards

Dates: Offer runs 8/23 to 8/31

Retailer: OfficeMax

Participating Content Partners: Visa Gift only

Program Restrictions:

Activation fees apply

Limit 2 per household

See store for details

Customers can double dip on savings if they have a Chase Ink Business credit card! These cards offers increase rewards on purchases made at office supply stores, so customers can earn an additional 4x points or 5% cash back on their Visa gift card purchase.

Visa gift card: Use everywhere in the US Visa Debit is accepted.

Not only am I giving you a scoop on back to school savings, but guess what!? A handful of awesome bloggers, including me, have a great giveaway going on right now! One very lucky reader is going to win $50 to spend on amazon! This giveaway is a short one, so don’t delay! Enter today for your chance to win!


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DIY Dishwasher Detergent Recipes

Dishwasher detergent and tablets are expensive! To get a really good clean on our dishes I usually spend about $8 for 16 loads. I often consider how much money I could save if I were hand washing the dishes or if I could find a cheaper product that actually worked for my standards of clean dishes.


As I found these recipes for homemade DIY Dishwasher Detergent, I was shocked, thrilled and making a list of things I need to make my own dishwasher detergent! I had to share these with you!


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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Letters from Sunnybrook has a recipe for Eucalyptus Dishwasher Detergent that sounds amazing!

Saved by Grace has a recipe for DIY Dish Tabs. I love tabs so I will be trying this recipe soon!

Crystal and Co has a Homemade Dish Tab recipe that I want to try too!

Have you ever made your own cleaning solutions? Do you use a dish washer or hand wash? Leave a comment to share your thoughts!

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Cleaning Tricks

With kids in the house it seems like the house is always a mess! Despite picking up toys all day long and giving a good effort to keeping up with everything, it gets out of control quick! Is it like that at your house too? Do your little ones seem to be on a seek and destroy mission? Is there always a smear of something across a window in your house too?


I have been looking for the best tips and cleaning  tricks to cut my cleaning time down while keeping my home as clean as I can! I can’t wait to share these cleaning ideas with you!


Crafty Journal shared the info on how to clean your oven- always a job I groan over- this almost seems too easy!




Life of Lovely had me at No Scrub. This No Scrub Bathtub Cleaning seems too good to be true!




This tip is mind blowing. Every Friday my son comes home with a sticker on his shirt, and despite best efforts to recall that sticker, it often gets washed. I seriously just bagged up 7 shirts with sticker residue! Raising Memories shared how to remove sticker residue with peanut butter!!




Do you clean your fridge often? 3 Boys and a Dog has tips on how to Professionally Clean Your Fridge.



Do you have a best cleaning tip to share with us? How often do you clean your house?

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Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids


The importance of reading over the summer for kids as their skills can fizzle with a 3 month break from school. By encouraging kids to keep reading we can help them excel in spelling and reading in the next school year.  My kids love to read and we read daily and encourage quiet reading time where they look at books and explore the pictures.



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Kids bookshelf with German and American childrens books (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





If your children are not so quick to dive into a book for the sheer fun of it, I compiled a list of FREE summer reading programs for kids to help them get lost in a good book with an incentive to do so.






Your Local Library – at our library the kids get a reward for every 5 days they read 15 minutes. The prizes range from buttons, stickers, books, a pool party, free lunch at Taco Bell and more!






Book Adventure awards prizes after kids read a book and take a short quiz on the book.  Prizes range from temporary tattoos to magazine subscriptions, candy and more.






Half Price Books  has programs for small kids and high school students. After reading for 300 minutes kids can redeem their reading log for bookworm bucks good at HPB.






Barnes and Noble has a reading program that kids will earn a free book from completing.






TD Bank will give kids $10 in their savings account for reading this summer!






Chuck E Cheese will give kids free tokens for reading and completing the log they provide online.






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11 Lemon Cocktails for Summer

Luscious Lemon drinks were made for summer days, to melt the heat away along with stress. Lemon is refreshing for everyone, but these drinks were made with grown ups in mind! I wonder which of these adult beverages you will want to try first!?



11 Lemon Cocktails

Boozy Whipped Lemonade from Who Needs A Cape

Blueberry Limoncello Sangria from By Dawn Nicole

Lemon Drop Martinis from Cooking with Curls

Raspberry Lemonade Moscato Wine Spritzer from Who Needs A Cape

Lynchburg Lemonade from Tamillee’s Tips

Spiked Frosty Pink Lemonade from Spend With Pennies

Passion Tea Lemonade from Cooking With Curls

Moscato Slushies from Wines With Charm

Cruzan Rum Lemonade from Greta’s Day

Hero from Sweep Tight

Lemon Chia Fizz from the Rebel Chick

What is your favorite lemon beverage? Tell me all about it in a comment! Do you have one picked out from this list to try first?

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