Vote for a school to receive a Scholar Dollars Grant

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Schools from all over the country were invited to apply for a ScholarDollars grant last month and now the fun begins. We all get to be part of the process as we vote for schools to get one of the grants offered by ScholarShare!

How to vote: From March 1, 2017, through March 24, 2017, parents, relatives, boosters, and community supporters are encouraged to vote for their school. Top vote getters in each category (according to school size) will receive an award, to be announced in early April.

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About Scholar Dollars

The Scholar Dollars grant program will award 20 grants of up to $25,000 each to eligible K-8 public and charter schools in California. Schools are free to spend the grants on musical instruments, computers, library books, sports equipment, or support enrichment programs such as tutoring labs, student counseling, science and technology and many other activities. There are two parts to the program: registration period (Feb. 1-22, 2017) and the voting period (March 1-24, 2017).

Scholar Dollars grant program

Schools have registered online at MyScholarDollars.com and applied for a grant. All registered schools appear on an online ballot, along with respective details on how each plans to use the funds if they are selected. From March 1, 2017, through March 24, 2017, parents, relatives, boosters, and community supporters are encouraged to vote for their school. Top vote getters in each category (according to school size) will receive an award, to be announced in early April.

How to vote

Voting is so easy! Just jump onto MyScholarDollars.com and scroll down. There you’ll see the schools currently in the lead. If you keep scrolling, you’ll see a search bar where you can search to see if your school participated.

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Once you find a school, you can click on the school name and a box will pop up with their intentions, should they win the grant. Once you find a school to vote for, click “Vote For This School” button and a box will pop up. A short form asking for your name, email address and zip code will appear and once you complete that, you’ll get an email in your inbox. 
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Jump over to your inbox, confirm via the email and that’s it! You can vote up to once a day until the last day, March 24th.

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Unfortunately, you school did not participate in the program, so what I’m doing is finding a local school and voting for them… because when one grows, right?

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p.s. I’m a big fan of ScholarShare, it’s where I have both of my kids’ 529 plan. If you’re looking to open up a college savings account for your kid(s), I highly recommend that you visit them. They’re not a broker, and you can open up an account with them with as little as $25!

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The program is administered by ScholarShare.
 
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Disney Cruise Tips: Fish extenders and door magnets

We took our first Disney Cruise this month as part of the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. Having never been on a Disney Cruise before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I learned a lot, and even picked up some new terminology – like “fish extenders,” and pulled together some last-minute DIY door magnets to personalize our room. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have learned about fish extenders and door magnets for a Disney Cruise if I hadn’t of accidentally read a thread on the Disney Social Media Moms group.

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I figured I can’t be the only one not knowing these tips, so I pulled together a few resources for you in this Disney Cruise Tips post so you can be prepared when you go onboard with your very own fish extenders and door magnets.

Fish Extenders and Door Magnets for Disney Cruise

DIY Door Magnets

The doors on the Disney Cruise ships are magnetic! So about an hour before we left for our flight I pulled together these DIY Mickey Mouse door magnets for our Disney Cruise ship door. They were super easy to pull together! I used this Mickey Mouse head template from PrintableTreats.com. They have a bunch of free templates. To access them, share the link at the bottom of the page under “Downloading and Printing” and then they’ll give you access to the templates.

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I printed the Mickey Mouse heads on colored card stock and then added stickers to spell out our names, some Mickey cheer with Disney-themed stickers and some cruise-themed stickers to fill in empty space. I asked the kids to help me out while we drove home to speed things up. Once the stickers were on I ran them through the Xyron Creative Station machine to laminate on one side, and add a magnetic side on the other. If I were to do it over again, I would apply a stronger magnet to the back.

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Customized Disney Door Magnets

If you have time before your cruise and don’t want to make your own, you can head over to Etsy and buy some that will fit you and your family perfectly! Alluna specializes in customizable door magnets and available for download at home. A complete set is about $10. She hosts sales throughout the year so definitely keep an eye out for them. This Disney Family Cruise To Do List by Peachy Graphic is cute too. The kids loved walking down the halls looking at everyone’s door magnets.

If you forget, or don’t want to travel with your door magnets, you’ll find a few sets available for purchase at the gift shops onboard. I saw them available for about $15.

Also, I would suggest bringing along a magnetic board to place on the door as well. You can use it to engage with other cruisers onboard, asking questions like, “Yoda or Chewbacca?” and leaving a dry erase marker on the door for people to answer. The magnetic board can also be used to leave messages for your family to let them know what you’re up to during the day.

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Fish Extenders on Disney Cruise

Fish Extenders

Fish extenders are a fun way to meet other cruisers and exchange gifts. The name comes from the fish located outside each door that is typically used for notes from the crew. This fish is also the perfect hook for hanging your fish extender.

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Participating does take a little bit of planning as you need to find a group to join and participate in the fish extender on your cruise. Typically you’ll join a group that you find online and the size of your group will vary. If you go to the DIS Meets Board on the Disney Cruise Line Forum, you can look and see if someone has already started a Fish Extender exchange for your sailing. From there, you can start planning out your fish extender and decide if you’ll be making your own (like Dawn from ANewDawnn.com) or buying it online (visit StitchNBows – she comes highly recommended).

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Fish Extender Gift Ideas

Once you figure out your fish extenders then you can focus on the gifts. You can do anything from coloring books and sunglasses, to hand sanitizers and candy. You can also choose to make your own fish extenders gifts, like these DIY Mickey Mouse keychains from TheFarmGirlGabs.com. Here are some more fish extender gift ideas:

  • a deck of playing cards
  • sand shovel
  • magnetic clips
  • Disney-themed magnets
  • magnetic dry erase boards with marker
  • mini-bubbles
  • bottles of water
  • luggage tags
  • key chains
  • glow sticks
  • stamps
  • hand sanitizer
  • sunglasses
  • tic tacs/mints
  • elastic hair bands
  • magic towels
  • sharpies
  • mini first-aid kits
  • personalized picture frames
  • earrings
  • nail polishes
  • baby wipes
  • sanitizing wipes
  • lip balm
  • mini flashlights
  • snacks
  • LEGO Disney minifigures

I hope these Disney Cruise tips featuring door magnets and fish extenders are a good jumping off point for your upcoming Disney Cruise. And if you’ve done a Disney Cruise before and have more tips for us – please leave them in the comments below. Bon voyage!

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Beauty and the Beast Coloring Pages for Adults

We are so excited for Beauty and the Beast!!! I mean, I know it’s a Disney movie and all, and probably meant for kids, but I cannot wait for the live action film to open across the big screens all over the U.S. I’m gearing up (and de-stressing) with these Beauty and the Beast Coloring Pages for Adults! I say they’re for adults because I use them (I do!) and the detail in the coloring pages will keep adults focused and entertained while we wait for the film to be released.

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Beauty and the Beast Coloring Pages for Adults

To access, click the name of the printable and a PDF file will open. Another option is to hover over the name, right click and save.

Beauty and the Beast “Belle” Coloring Page

Beauty and the Beast “Belle and the Beast” Coloring Page

Beauty and the Beast “The Beast” Coloring Page

Beauty and the Beast “Mrs Potts and Chip” Coloring Page

Beauty and the Beast “Gaston and Lefou” Coloring Page

Beauty and the Beast “Lumiere” Coloring Page

Beauty and the Beast “Cogsworth” Coloring Page

Beauty and the Beast “Cadenza” Coloring Page

Beauty and the Beast “Garderobe” Coloring Page

Beauty and the Beast “Plumette” Coloring Page

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Mexican Cactus Salad Recipe

My mom gave me a Princess House glass container for Christmas and I absolutely adore it. It’s perfect for using at home in the over, in the freezer and for pot lucks! I decided that the first dish that I’m going to share is a Mexican cactus salad. It’s absolutely delicious, refreshing and goes great on corn tortillas with some queso fresco.

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I love that this cactus salad is so easy to make, and you really don’t need to measure out any ingredients either. You can make it extra spicy by adding more jalapeños, or not spicy at all by omitting them. Either way, it’ll taste delicious.

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Cactus Salad (Ensalada de Nopales) Recipe

Ingredients

  • Nopales
  • Salt
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeños
  • Onions

Directions

  1. Cut cactus into bite-sized pieces
  2. Rinse cactus under cold water
  3. Add to sauce pan and add salt and garlic cloves
  4. Cook under low heat until cactus turn a darker green
  5. Remove from heat and rinse well under very cold water.
  6. Drain and rinse again if needed. There should be no gelatinous sap.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeños and onions to taste
  8. Chill for up to 24 hours before serving if desired, or serve immediately.

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This cactus salad is great alone, or topped with some queso fresco and avocado. You can serve it on a tostada or corn tortilla for an easy meal.

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Binge-watch Timeless before the season finale

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I have an alarm set up for 8 p.m. and when it goes off it says, “party time!!!” This is the time that the kids are sent to bed and the Hubster and I relax, drink coffee and catch up on favorite shows. We tend to watch a few different shows during the week, and lately we’ve been crushing on Timeless on NBC (although we watch it on Hulu). Have you seen it yet?

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About Timeless

A thrilling action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, a soldier and a history professor, who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. But can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late?

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The show has twists and turns, but I’m especially in love with the outfits worn by the female character, Lucy. It’s so fun to see all the different period pieces, like the cutest green suit she wore during Capone’s era (shown in the image above). Because the show takes place during different times in history, we get to see a variation of outfits worn by women, and hairstyles to match. At the same time, we experience defining moments in history like Lincoln’s assassination, the capture of Benedict Arnold and the moon landing. Timeless is also rated PG, so sometimes I’ll leave it playing in the background when the kids are home from school knowing that it’s safe for them to watch.

The cute outfits, settings and cast are just a few reasons to tune into the show. I invite you watch the show live on Mondays on NBC (and catch up on old episodes via Hulu). The season finale airs on February 20th, so you have just a few days to view the last 15 episodes. Maybe make it a binge-watch this weekend? Enjoy! Let me know how you like it.

Watch the season finale of Timeless LIVE this Monday 2/20 at 10/9c on NBC!

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