Back to School Shopping Ideas!


Back to school shopping can simultaneously be one of the most fun and stressful times of the year. Scouring through circulars, battling your way through stores, beating out other shoppers to be the first to grab the best deals while they’re still around. Piggy decided to go to Office Depot early this morning to see what he could save on, and boy did he save! Here are some of Piggy’s favorite deals.

1. Pennies for supplies!

What a deal, what a deal! Office Depot decided to offer some of those back to school staples for just pennies on the dollar. Loose leaf paper, erasers, and book covers for just 25¢! Glue for just 1¢! Needless to say, he picked up a few of these items.

2. 5 Star School Supplies

Next Piggy decided to go with some sturdy 5 Star products. They’re built to handle a beating in the backpack, while keeping your homework nice and secure. They also look really sharp.

3. Making School Fun

School shouldn’t be all about killing your hands and pushing lead, and that’s where these products come into play. Piggy found some awesome highlighters that are sure to brighten up any set of notes.

He also found some Crayola products at prices that won’t make think twice about not hanging this one up on the wall.

And a binder that’s guaranteed to brighten up even the most dull history lesson.

4. Math Class

Don’t let all these fun product fool you though. When it comes to getting down to business, Piggy sure does know his way around a Texas Instrument calculator. He likes to keep a TI-34 handy for calculations on the fly, and of course a TI-89 at home for when some serious derivatives need graphing.

5. And a bag to hold it all

With all these back to school products purchased, the question arises of where to hold it all. Office depot hooked it up with some great deals on backpacks. Now this is one happy piggy.

Now that all of the back to school shopping is done, it’s time to sit back and relax until Piggy becomes the cool freshmen on campus!

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Inspired by The Summer Olympics!

There’s no doubt that the athletes that compete in the 2012 Olympic games inspire feelings of pride for one’s country. They are skilled beyond belief at their respective sports and they are shining examples of what hard work and determination can accomplish. But most of all they remind us what an average person can accomplish should they too put in the time and effort.

Now the majority of us aren’t going to drop everything and start training for the 2016 Olympic games. But for those feeling a bit inspired to get in shape, here are some work out tips that you can do without having to sign up for an expensive gym membership.

1. Work Out Gear

The first and maybe not so obvious tip is to buy yourself some work out gear. The proper work out gear can be the difference between just running around and actually pushing yourself to a point where you improve. We took a trip to Dick’s sporting goods today to check out some of their sale items and here is what we found.

First things first, not only is it uncomfortable to work out on an injured knee, but it can have lasting effects on the way you walk. If you feel any aches or pains before you start to work out, take precaution and wear a brace.

Get the right work out clothes. A good set of work out clothes not only makes you look and feel better while working out, but they can also inspire you to follow through with your work out plans.

If you decide to start playing a sport to get in shape (a good idea if you usually have trouble enjoying a workout), then you’ll want to equip yourself with the proper sports gear. Now we’re not saying that you need to choose soccer as your sport…but it is a great sport that can make running for 45 min straight a lot of fun; and they have some pretty cool looking cleats :).

2. The Workouts

There are many workouts you can do that don’t require a gym and all that fancy equipment. For most people, all you need is your own body weight to start your journey to a more fit you.

You’ve all heard that saying, “You have to walk before you can run.” Well, there’s some truth to it after all. A good way to start getting back into working out is by going for regular walks. When you’re ready, you can pick up the pace and eventually start jogging.

For those of you who want to take advantage of their time outdoors and see a bit more of the scenery than walking will allow, biking is a great alternative. Not only is it a great form of transportation, it also provides for less impact than walking or running and can be a great option for those with knee injuries.

For all of those who want to do a little more than cardio, there are many ways you can work out without weights and see results. Some of the basic and classics include push-ups, sit-ups, leg lifts, squats, wall sits, and the front plank. All you need to do these is an open space and some motivation.

3. Workout Fuel

The last and most important tip to having a solid workout, is to keep hydrated!

While shopping at Dick’s today, we came across an awesome sale that Gatorade is having to promote their G Series. Gatorade, or a similar sports drink, is definitely recommended during your workouts. Sports drinks work better than water because they provide you with the electrolytes that you need to keep yourself in the game.

Follow these tips and you can begin your journey to a more fit you. Who knows, maybe this will be the beginning of your run at being a future Olympic competitor. Until then, best of luck to all those competing in the 2012 Olympic games!

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Great Ideas For Lazy Summer Days!

It’s the middle of summer and the sun is out! You’ve already been outdoors and enjoyed the tolerably hot days, wrestled you’re kids to and from camps, and had a family summer vacation. Now it’s time to slow down a little and enjoy a lazy summer day! Here are some tips to make the most out of it.

1. Hammock

The quintessential item that symbolizes a lazy summer day is the hammock. Hammocks are not only easy to make and set up, they’re also incredibly easy to take with you. So weather you’re lounging at home, or off in some remote area, don’t forget to set up your hammock..you WILL NOT regret it!

2. A Refreshing Drink

Another must on a day like this is a cool summer drink. While most might grab for the lemonade, don’t be so fast in your selection. There’s plenty of drinks that will do that job..who knows, you might find a new favorite.

The “Best Lemonade Ever” Recipe

Pomegranate Daiquiri

Fresh Mint Margaritas

3. A great read

To accompany your hammock and drink, you’re going to need something to read. If you have a book already picked out, that’s fine, but if not then we suggest grabbing yourself an e-reader. From there, the options are endless!

Follow these three simple steps, and you’re guaranteed a great lazy summer day!

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Tips For Healthy Summer Living!

Didn’t quite start those new year resolutions yet? Well no worries, summer time is a great time to get healthy, tone up, and enjoy the outdoors. Here are some tips on how to start your path to a healthier you.

1. Healthy Eating

A healthy summer starts with healthy eating. One of the first things that you should eat every day are berries. Barries are loaded with antioxidants and help reduce age related illnesses as well as damage to tissues; important when you are working out.

Summer also means outdoor BBQing. So next time you have a BBQ, throw some vegetable skewers on the grill. This makes for a delicious way to eat your veggies and still enjoy their natural health benefits.

And of course there’s the classic watermelon. Watermelons are a great way to stay healthy and hydrated during the summer. They’re about half water, so have no fear and enjoy all of the sweetness that they have to offer.

2. Keep Active

Eating healthy is only the first step to a healthier you. The second step is keeping active. This doesn’t mean that you need to hit the gym every day for hours on end, instead find something that works for you and your schedule. One of my personal favorite ways to stay active is yoga. Try to get to the yoga studio at least 3 times a week. And if you have the luxury of living by a beach..yoga on the beach can be especially relaxing.

When the heat is on during the summer months, swimming can be a great way to stay in shape while keeping cool. It’s also a great form of exercise for anyone who might have joint pain, cartilage problems, or pain in their feet or legs.

3. Healthy Habits

A good compliment to a healthy diet and exercise plan is to practice healthy living habits. This is especially important during the summer months when the heat is up and your body is under a lot of extra stress. One of the first things you should consider doing is putting sunscreen on when you go outside. Even if your skin tone isn’t the most prone to being burnt, it’s still susceptible to skin cancer should you soak up too much of the sun’s harmful rays.

For all of those who aren’t a fan of ultraviolet A and B rays, sunglasses are a must! Not only do they look stylish, but they also help protect you from getting cataracts and bags around your eyes.

Don’t forget to sleep! We know the summer days can be long, and vacations can make it enticing to stay up late. But a healthy sleep cycle can do wonders for the body and your stress levels. Make sure to get your 8 hours every day and avoid alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime.

4. Get Help

Sometimes staying healthy can take some motivation. Here are two of my favorite apps that will help you do just that. The first on our list the My Plate calorie tracker by Livestrong.com. This tracker has a great database that lets you look up about any dish that you might be ready to consume. And for those who might have went over their daily calorie goal, it suggests workouts that will help you burn those extra calories and keep you on track.

Another great app is Yoga Stretch. This app provides you with a yoga instructor on the go! Now whether you’re traveling for business or just taking a vacation, you have no excuse not to get some yoga in.

Follow these tips and you’ll see the differences in no time!

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Creative Saving Tips For Celebrating July 4th!

July 4th is a time for fun, BBQ, fireworks, and family outings. Here are some creative savings tips to help you celebrate this patriotic day.

1. American Flag Shorts

Show your patriotism with a pair of DIY American flag jean shorts. Not only is it denim, but it’s also an American flag…what could be more patriotic than that?

2. Flag Cake

Not only is this cake delicious, but it’s also patriotic. No matter how you slice it, everyone is getting a piece of the flag in this one.

3. Sparkler Party Favors

Make sure everyone you invite is holding a sparkler when it comes time for fireworks. These DIY sparkler party favor tubes are sure to be a hit at your holiday party.

4. Festive Strawberries

Put your guest in the independence day mood with these red, white, and blue strawberries. Not only delightful to the eye, but awesome on the tongue as well.

5. Holiday Pie

No 4th of July celebration would be complete without a delicious pie. After a nice evening of entertaining guests, stun them with this home made pie!

Have a happy 4th of July celebration 🙂

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Summer Vacation Saving Tips!

It’s summer and it’s time for a vacation! Whether you’re packing up the kids for that yearly family reunion or you’re planning a quiet exotic getaway with just you and your significant other, here are some helpful tips to make sure you get the most out of your vacation dollars.

1. Hotel Smarts

Resorts aim to keep their rooms booked to capacity, especially during the summer months. For this reason they often offer great deals for those who book their rooms far in advance. Sometimes though, they’re unable to book all of their rooms. This is when you get those awesome last minuet deals that the resorts throw at you so you just can’t say no. Moral of this story, when booking a vacation, either book early or wait to get lucky at the last minuet.

2. Road Trip Entertainment

If you’re going on a road trip, you’re going to want to be entertained during the long drive. A good way to go about this is by not buying expensive DVD players and DVDs for the kids. Instead save on the entertainment by hitting the library before you leave and renting out some audiobooks. This way you can keep your eyes on the road, the kids entertained, and have enough money for gas to get you where you’re going.

3. Eat Smart

When traveling around, food can become a major cost. In order to save some money in this area, budget accordingly. There’s many places on the road that offer free kids meals with the purchase of an adult entree. Also, when booking your hotel, look for hotels that offer a fridge, microwave, or even a small kitchen that allow you to make your own meals. It’s also a good idea to take a cooler with you for picnics along the way!

4. Cheap Flights

If you’re flying to your destination, try to book your flight for off peak days. Take a look at tickets and you’ll notice that a round trip ticket that leaves Thursday and comes back Tuesday is far cheaper than one that goes Friday to Sunday/Monday.

5. Leave the kids with grandma

You work hard as parents on a day to day basis, you’ve earned this time to enjoy to yourselves. Plan a vacation that doesn’t involve the kids…a quick little weekend romantic getaway. Not only will it save money, but you’ll also get some well deserved time to spend with each other.

We hope you enjoy!

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Cooling Down During The Summer!

Record heat waves across the U.S. Mid Atlantic and Northeast have people finding all sorts of creative ways to stay cool without seeing a massive electric. Here are some tips that will keep you cool even on the hottest of days.

1. Spray Bottle/Mister

First in our arsenal of cool down tricks is the refrigerated spray bottle or mister. This technique provides a quick blast of cool water to your face whenever you feel that the heat is just too much.

2. Cool Bandana

A cool bandana is another awesome (and potentially fashionable) way to stay cool during these summer months. Simply moisten a bandana, place it in the refrigerator, then place around head and/or neck once it is cold. I like to have a few bandanas ready to go in the fridge so that I always have a fresh one around my neck.

3. Ice Cubes

Now of course ice cubes can cool you down, but to get the maximum effect it all matters where you put them. Place ice cubes on pressure points for maximum cooling power. I usually place them on my wrists.

4. Foot Bath

Playing off of the pressure point idea, a cold foot bath is a great way to cool down. Simply fill up a bucket with some cold water, put your feet in, and feel a cool sensation run all throughout your body.

5. Cold Foods

Most of all though, cooling down should be fun. Enjoy your favorite cold foods these summer months and take time to try out some new ones. One of my personal favorites is the ice cream sandwich.

Stay cool everyone!

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