Back-to-School Shopping Costs on the Rise

As a kid, you always remember that exciting feeling you get before heading back to school. Not only does it mean swapping summer stories with your friends or finding out who your teacher is, but it also means new outfits, fresh pencils, cool binders and fun lunch boxes.

As parents, we know that another school year always means buying new clothing and school supplies. However, these purchases are virtually necessary and the essentials can really add up. Let’s take a look at some stats to help us break it down.

Back-to-School by the Numbers

  • Projected average spend per person with school-age children: $688
  • Last year’s spend: $603
  • Projected spending increase: 14%
  • Online Shopping: 40% of shoppers plan to buy B2S items online
  • Last year’s online shopping: 32%

We can see that Back-to-School shopping is on the rise, so at Totsy we want to make sure every family is getting everything they need at an affordable price. No need to cut items from your list or break the bank, Totsy is offering up to 83% off on all Back-to-School items including apparel, accessories, backpacks, lunch boxes, gadgets, shoes and more! To sweeten the deal, we have FREE SHIPPING over $75!

To do the math quickly, that means you can save over $500 just by shopping with us!

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Taco Pizza! Ole!

While browsing Pinterest (naturally), I came across this great dinner idea! I like my meals to be easy and comforting – for the most part anyway and this Taco Pizza is just that! Very easy to make because it bakes in no time and it makes a splendid appetizer if you plan on having a few people over last minute. Love! Thanks to Life as a Lofthouse for this recipe.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef – or turkey for a healthier alternative
  • 1 envelope of taco seasoning
  • 1 (10 oz) of Pillsbury pizza dough found in your grocery’s frozen section
  • 1 (16 oz) can of refried beans
  • 2-3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (Pepperjack, Colby and Monterey Jack are faves)
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup of sliced black olives
  • 4 green onions, chopped

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat the overn to 375 degrees
  2. Brown the beef (or turkey) in a large skillet on medium high and drain grease
  3. Add the taco seasoning to the ground beef – follow package directions
  4. Unroll pizza dough onto cookie sheet
  5. Press dough over the bottom and along the four sides of cookie sheet
  6. Bake pizza dough until lightly golden  – 8-10 minutes
  7. Remove from oven
  8. Microwave refried beans for one minute and stir well.
  9. Spread the beans over the warm pizza crust. Top with cooked ground beef mixture, sprinkle cheese, tomatoes, black olives and green onion.
  10. Put cookie sheet back in the over for another 5-7 minutes (or until cheese is melted)
  11. Serve immediately!

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DIY: Heart Elbow Patch

Pinterest is amazing for so many reasons, but one can always find a awesomely creative way to add individualism to a plain piece of clothing. This DIY is simple & super cute. It adds just the right amount of design to a dull sweater. Perfect for those cool summer nights!

Materials: 

  • wool sweater
  • 36 gauge felting needle
  • piece of dense foam
  • wool roving
  • 3” heart shaped cookie cutter
  • an iron

Instructions:

  1. Put your sweater on and place a piece of tape half an inch below each elbow.
  2. Take off sweater and place foam block in the sleeves.
  3. Align and center the cookie cutter along the top on the tape. Pinch off a few tufts of wool roving.
  4. Fill the cutter, make sure the wool fiber is evenly distributed.
  5. Repeatedly stab the wool roving until the surface is flat and even.
  6. Remove the cutter and patch up any bare spots by adding more wool roving.
  7. Carefully pull sweater away from foam block (the wool should have gone through sweater)
  8. Spritz with water and press with iron to smooth heart.
  9. Repeat steps on other sleeve.

Visit Honestly WTF for pictures showing exactly how to do each step!

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Dine With Diana: Cajun Grilled Corn On The Cob

Okay y’all – today’s recipe was inspired by both the amazing grilling-out summertime weather I’m enjoying with my family every weekend and my Gulf Coast upbringing.

When I was growing up, there were three shakers on the dining room table. Salt. Pepper. And Tony’s. What I mean by Tony’s is actually Tony Chachere’s (pronounced sa-sure-rays) Original Creole Seasoning.  On the Gulf Coast, between New Orleans and Mobile, AL, creole cooking was a way of life and Tony’s seasoning went with just about everything that hit the dinner plate.

The other thing my Dad put on the table almost every night was Tabasco red pepper sauce. From raw oysters to spaghetti and meatballs, there’s nothing a little Tabasco doesn’t make better. Or at least that’s how we feel where I grew up.

One of my favorite ways to bring a little Gulf Coast flare up to New York is to add some Tony’s and a little Tabasco to some melted butter and brush it over the fresh summer corn my Hubs grills up every weekend lately.

Let me know if you add a little spice to your life this weekend!

Xo,
Diana

Cajun Grilled Corn on the Cob

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
  • 1 or more drops of Tony Chachere’s original creole seasoning
  • 2 or 3 drops Tabasco red pepper sauce
  • 6 ears corn with husks

Instructions:

  1. Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat
  2. In small bowl, mix butter, Tony’s Chachere’s Cajun seasoning and Tabasco red pepper sauce. Reserve 1 tablespoon butter mixture
  3. Carefully pull back husks of each ear of corn; remove silk. Generously brush butter mixture over corn. Pull husks back over ears
  4. Cover and grill corn over MEDIUM heat 20-26 minutes, turning frequently, until tender
  5. Remove husks. Brush corn with reserved 1 tablespoon butter
  6. ENJOY!

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Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Now, y’all know that I do quite a lot of baking, so when I say that something is just plain fabulous and a new favorite, I hope you’ll know that I mean it. These are fabulous. They are a new favorite.

My husband took one bite and exclaimed, “These are amazing!”

I usually have to ask him for his opinions and then I always get “They’re good.” No exclamation points attached or anything.

So, yeah. These are amazing! Eat ‘em.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, malted milk powder, chocolate syrup, and vanilla for 2 minutes. Beat in the egg until well combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and stir to combine.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix well.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chunks and chips.
  5. Line a 7×11 baking dish with parchment paper. Press the cookie dough into the dish.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 28-30 minutes.
  7. Cool in the pan on a cooling rack.

ENJOY!

For more delicious recipes visit Buns In My Oven

About:

Hi there. My name is Karly and I’m a homeschooling mama of two kids and married to my high school sweetheart. My husband and kids demand that I feed them every day, and for some reason they don’t consider cold cereal a proper dinner. As you can see, life is hard. I decided that if I’m going to be forced to cook for my family, I may as well have fun with it and share my favorite recipes with you. Enjoy!

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How to Soothe Sunburns with Ice Cubes

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Sunburns are definitely not pleasant and when I get them, I just want to soak in a tub filled with cold water all day. So when I came across this tip on RealSimple.com, I just had to share with you folks!

The night before you hit the beach, take a bottle of aloe vera gel and fill an ice cube tray with the gel. Freeze it. If you find yourself burned after the beach, pop one of these babies out and gently rub it over the burn.

This helps in two ways:

  1. The ice cubes will cool the overheated skin.
  2. The aloe vera gel contains an anti-inflammatory substance that will relieve the pain of the burn.

So next time, before you hit the beach or pool, have these babies ready, just in case!

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DIY: Meal Planning Board

With work, the kids and everything else, life can get pretty hectic. Make your week a little easier by planning it out with a Kitchen Command Center. This DIY from The Clay Family adds fun to organization & meal time! A meal-planning board allows everyone in the family to make suggestions and turns dinnertime into fun family time.

(Image from The Clay Family )

Materials:

  • cork board
  • craft paint
  • scrapbook paper/letters
  • mod podge
  • clothes pins (7-one for each day of the week)
  • push pins
  • fabric

Instructions:

  1. Start with an empty cork board, paint the edges with craft paint if you prefer a different color
  2. Choose scrapbook paper to glue over the cork part
  3. Glue 7 clothes pins to the across the top part of the cork board (one for each day of the week)
  4. Glue one letter to each clothes pin
  5. Use fabric to form pockets (favorites, fast and new-but you can choose any categories you please)
  6. Use push pins to hold the pockets in place

For more on this craft visit All Things Beautiful

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