Box Tops for Education - Earn Money For Your Schools!




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You know those little Box Top symbols you see on so many every day products? Well, I've been collecting those things for almost 2 decades, even before I had kids of my own. I collected them for nieces, nephews and cousins even though I never quite understood how they worked. Although those cuties are all grown up now, I have children of my own and have continued cutting, collecting and passing them on to their schools. Now we have grandparents, aunts and uncles collecting for US! 


I was so happy and eager to participate in this campaign to help spread the word about this wonderful program that General Mills started in 1996 and how it can help your school and others across the country. Box Tops for Education makes it easy to give back to schools on your every day purchases. Simply look for the Box Tops label, clip, save and pass along to your schools of choice. Schools will receive $.10 for every box top you clip/save/send and can earn up to $20,000 a year!

Here are a couple quick tips that will save your PTA and parent volunteers a world of time and effort:
  1. Please cut as close as you can on the Box Top dotted line as they need to be precise to be submitted. Otherwise they will have to be trimmed by a wonderful, devoted volunteer. :)
  2. Make sure they aren't expired. :)
I headed out to my local Neighborhood Market Walmart to do a little shopping for this post:



If you're like me, you might have wondered if collecting these really make a difference for your school - believe it or not, they really do! Little Sis' elementary school earned about $2600 last year and $25,000 total in the almost 10 years it's been open. That's not shabby at all! Just think of some of the wonderful things this money could do for you school, for example, new technology equipment, playground equipment and/or improvements, a school garden, outdoor learning areas, fresh coat of paint and/or murals for their hallways, classroom supplies/necessities, books, just to name a few. How each school/PTA chooses to utilize these earnings will differ but it's all accomplished by the same simple task of clipping these little gems! Who knew that it can make that much of a difference? To see how much your school's earned over the years, just click here: Box Tops for Education School Earnings.

I have to say, I was a little disappointed to see that earnings at our school have been steadily declining over the past 4 years so it's my hope to spread awareness and get those numbers back up! To be honest, I had gotten a little lazy about clipping them over the past couple years, so you can bet that not a single Box Top will be escaping our scissors here on out! Especially since we have a hungry mouth to feed now...

And just because you may not have a school aged child in the family doesn't mean you can't still participate! Collect them and send them to relatives, friends, or just turn them into your nearest school - they will be so appreciated!

Why not make collecting Box Tops more fun by adding a craft that can get kids involved in saving for their school as well!? There's a huge sense of pride and accomplishment when they can bring their collection into their teachers during school-wide Box Top competitions to help their class win that pizza party or simply bringing them in when the jar is full. Or monster, in this case!


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To make this, we simply used the box from one of my purchases, the taco kit in this case, glued some construction paper onto it, cut a hole and had some fun.


I used to save my Box Tops in just an envelope, but then I got lazy and didn't feel like opening up the flap to put my Box Tops in each time, lol, so I cut a slit in the top of a baby food plastic container and made a little storage box. You can also stuff 'em in a lidless canning jar or make this Box Top-eating monster. It really doesn't matter how you collect them, as long as you collect 'em! :)


And of course I have to show you a lunch I put together with my purchases. Last night's dinner turned into today's lunches along with some sides. Make your own tacos at school!




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That's it! Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner, following My Epicurean Adventures on Facebook or on Instagram - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

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Ad: Get Organized for Back-to-School Meals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReimagineYourRoutine #CollectiveBias

I've been packing lunches for my girls for 9 years now, starting from when Big Sis was a mere tot in preschool. Wow, that's a lot of lunch making! Back then, it was pretty easy. Life was just slower paced and we really didn't have places we NEEDED to be. The girls themselves might have required more work, but we had a pretty easy-going life. Fast forward 9 years and though the girls are more self-sufficient now, life has become a mad dash. Between their school, 6 soccer practices, piano lessons, and basketball and my own volleyball league, we are constantly on the move Monday through Friday.

With back-to-school looming for some and already in full swing for others like me, it's so important to stay organized and simplify life where life can be simplified. One of the major areas in my life that requires planning and forethought is in the food department. Between breakfasts, school lunches and figuring out dinners in the midst of relentless activities, my refusing to hit the drive thrus and take out as much as possible, my kitchen and fridge need to be organized. Whether you're a working mom or a stay-at-home one like me, life is just that much easier if you can get organized.

Now's the perfect time to starting thinking about back-to-school routines and stocking up on those items that make life a little easier and run a little smoother. While I love to cook and make things from scratch as often as possible, sometimes you just need the quick and easy. Luckily there are great affordable options that my kids love like State Fair® Corn Dogs, Tyson® Chicken Nuggets and Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage.

On top of the hustle and bustle of activities, I also have a very skinny picky eater, and we are determined to put some meat on her bones and get her to grow this year. Protein is our tool of choice. Not only do these three items fit into that category (all three are high in protein), my choosier one LOVES every one of them, as does the less picky one. Yay! :)


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I found these at my Neighborhood Market Walmart in the frozen foods section. State Fair® Corn Dogs are found in the Snacks & Appetizers section, Tyson® Chicken Nuggets in the Dinner Foods section and the Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage in the Breakfast section. While you're there, be sure to stop by the refrigerator section for a wide selection of yogurts, cheese and other cold snacks. And don't forget to make a pass through the produce section as well, to pick up favorite veggies and fruits to complete your meals!

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Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #29-51

Even though our new school year has started, I'm just now finishing up my collection of last year's lunches! Though I started with weekly posts, I quickly slowed down into monthly, now 4 months worth in one. lol. These lunches aren't all unique, nor did I capture each one I made, but here's a collection from the last few months of school. Hope you see something you like! :)

Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Week #29-51. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

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Here's a closer look at each of the lunches. Just click on the pix to get an even closer look! It's fun to mix up some of the favorite main entrees with different sides. Let me know if you have any questions!
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Tomato Cucumber Mozzarella Salad

Tomato cucumber mozzarella salad - the perfect summer side dish to any meal. So easy and so delicious, it can really be served any time of year!

Tomato cucumber mozzarella salad - the perfect summer side dish to any meal. So easy and so delicious, it can actually be served any time of year!

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Caprese salads have been a long time favorite of mine and the hubby. We've been having it for years and years as a quick, easy, refreshing, healthy, tasty side that goes with just about anything. Last year Little Sis asked if she could try some. Up until then, she was adamant that she didn't like tomatoes, but after years of watching us, she just couldn't resist it any more. And what do you know, she LOVED it. She loved it so much that she would jump up and down in excitement whenever we'd make it. Her enthusiasm for it even made Big Sis want to taste it! Though she wasn't as crazy about it, she just prefers the mozzarella, lol, we were so excited she even wanted to try it and asks for a little every once in a while.

Just last week, we hosted a family gathering to celebrate our amazing Nana's birthday. We had brats, smoked mozzarella pasta salad, corn, mac and cheese for the kids. I wanted to serve some sort of simple salad, too. We had tomatoes and a cucumber that needed to get used up, so I threw this together, a nice little variation with a little more crunch volume, thanks to the cucumbers.


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So here it is:

Tomato Cucumber Mozzarella Salad (with basil of course)
by happyvballgirl @ My Epicurean Adventures
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com/2016/08/tomato-cucumber-mozzarella-salad.html

Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 English cucumber, halved and cut into 1/4 inch slices
8 oz grape tomatoes, cut into halves or thirds (mine were thirded - lol)
4 oz fresh mozzarella, cubed
3-4 fresh basil leaves (about 1 Tbsp), chopped + more for garnish if desired
1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
  1. Place cucumber and tomatoes in a large bowl and top with fresh basil.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine the vinegar, oil and spices. Whisk until mixed well.
  3. Pour over veggies in large bowl and the veggies are evenly coated.
  4. Place in fridge until serving time.
  5. Just before serving, add mozzarella gently mix them in.
  6. Top with additional basil for garnish if desired
Enjoy!

Tomato cucumber mozzarella salad - the perfect summer side dish to any meal. So easy and so delicious, it can actually be served any time of year!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner, following My Epicurean Adventures on Facebook or on Instagram - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

   

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