Recycle Gently Used Clothes + Save an Art Program

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Isabella has been attending an art camp all summer.  She really enjoyed the art program at her school this past year, so we decided to continue that during break.  It’s been so fun to watch her skills evolve over the past 6 weeks. 

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Art can be one of the most important parts of a young student’s life. It teaches kids that it’s okay to be creative and take risks at school—not just in the art room, but in math, languages, and every other subject they study.  Before camp Isabella would always ask me to “help” her draw things, and say it was because she couldn’t do it as well as me.  Now, she no longer asks me and isn’t afraid to try it first on her own.

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The educational benefits of an art program are well known, but it’s still not covered by most public school budgets.  The parents at Yick Wo Elementary make sure that their school’s students have art class anyway, and Schoola is forming a community to help them do it.

Schoola is an online shop dedicated to recycling brand-name children’s clothes, with 40% of the proceeds going to schools in need.  Launched in 2012-2013 by Stacey Boyd, a parent/teacher and school principal, the program as a simple fundraiser that has now grown to 3,000 schools strong. 

 

“If we sell one bags worth of clothes with Schoola, we can fund five kids worth of art supplies.”

So how does Schoola work?  You have two ways to help: request a donation bag or shop on Schoola. 

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It’s time to get back-to-school shopping, so why not browse Schoola and support a school in need while you’re at it?  Or, start cleaning out last year’s gently used items and send them off to Schoola!  Request a donation bag here.  Once you receive your bag, fill it with it with clean, gently used clothes, package it up, and ship it.  The shipping is even paid for by Schoola.  It’s as simple as that!

What is your child’s favorite program in school?

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Watermelon Cookies

Watermelon Cookies- made from sugar cookies with pink frosting and mini chocolate chip "seeds". So cute for Summer!

I haven’t done much baking this summer, instead I’ve relied pretty heavily on my crock-pot. I saw these super cute watermelon cookies shared on Instagram made using refrigerated dough and thought they would be delicious made using my Very Vanilla Pudding Cookies recipe.  These are so perfect for summer and would be a hit at any backyard bash.  Truth be told, I don’t actually like watermelon… but I do love these!

Watermelon Cookies- made from sugar cookies with pink frosting and mini chocolate chip "seeds". So cute for Summer!

Get the cookie recipe here.

Remember to add green food coloring to tint the cookies. I used a silicone spatula to slice the cookies in half while they were still warm on the baking sheet. Let them cool 1 minute before slicing, and then allow to cool completely before moving to a wire rack. It took quite a bit of icing to cover all of the watermelons. Top the cookies with mini chocolate chips before the icing has time to set.

Take these with my Cheeseburger Cupcakes to your next BBQ or cookout!

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Ingredients
  1. 5 cups powdered sugar
  2. 4-6 tablespoons milk
  3. 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
Instructions
  1. Slowly add the milk to the powdered sugar using a stand mixer until you've reached your desired consistency (thick enough while still easy to pipe, but not too thin or it will run). Add the vanilla and food coloring and incorporate fully (add more powdered sugar now if the consistency has changed). Add the icing to a piping bag and decorate the cookies.
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Clean Eating vs. Flexible Dieting (IIFYM)

I love working out- be it going for a run, playing volleyball, or spending time at the gym.  I’ve always considered myself an athlete and have no problem throwing weights around.  The one area I struggle with the most in my fitness journey is my diet.

Clean eating vs flexible dieting (IIFYM)

Isn’t that so true?  Like the saying goes- abs are made in the kitchen.  During these past couple of months I’ve really struggled to find a diet plan that works for me.  Lately it seems like there are two main schools of thought: clean eating vs. flexible dieting.  Flexible dieting is often referred to as IIFYM or ‘if it fits your macros”. Continue reading

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Pin It Thursday

Welcome to Pin It Thursday! At this party you can link up anything YOU have made that you think is “Pin-worthy”! This can be a yummy treat, a craft, blog tips, DIY projects… anything you personally have created to share. Please no Etsy shops or giveaways, and be sure to link up directly to your post… this makes it easier to pin and share! I will feature my favorite links at the next party and pin them to my Pinterest account… so please share your link, visit other links, and pin the links you like! Browse, mingle, leave comments… that’s what makes this a party! Although it is not required, it’s fun… so make sure you follow me on Pinterest! Grab the button for this party here:

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Thank you to everyone who linked up at the last ‘Pin It Thursday’! Here are the features from the last party! 

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