Carlee AKA Frugal and Fun Mom

Aug 312014

Thank you to Bic for providing the awesome school supplies for my Teacher Appreciation Baskets.

Teacher Appreciation Basket With Supplies

If you are looking for an item to give to your child’s teacher for the new school year, or are already brainstorming for next year’s Teacher Appreciation Day, then you will want to check out this Easy Gift Basket.

It features items that a teacher can use in the classroom, along with goodies that can be used to recharge his or her energy during the day. I ended up making 2 of these for my kid’s teachers.

Teacher Appreciation Basket 3

If you would like to recreate this basket, this is what you will need:

Plastic Container

Bic Pen Products (See details below)


Travel Coffee Mug





Tissue Paper

Printer with Hard Stock Paper

Hole punch


(FYI, I got most of the items to fill the basket from a Dollar Store, the Tea was BOGO at Publix, and you can find these Bic products at retailers nationwide.)

Teacher Appreciation Basket 2


Simply start with tissue paper in the bottom of the plastic tote.  Then arrange all the items inside. I suggest tallest in the back and shortest in the front.

I actually added in an extra coffee mug for the classroom assistant.

Teacher Appreciation Basket 6

Then, type out the saying.

Ours was, “A Box of TREATS for a Teacher that is NEAT!!! With supplies for your class and snacks for your break, we look forward to learning, because we know you are GREAT!”

Teacher Appreciation Basket 7

Print this out on hard stock paper and cut it out.

Finally, punch a hole on the side of the note and attach it to the tote with a piece of ribbon.

Teacher Appreciation Basket with Bic Pen Products

Bic Pen Product Details:

BIC Kids Mechanical Pencil comes in pink or blue, and includes an eraser and lead refill with six leads. Students can also personalize their pencil with stickers. The Suggested  Retail Price (SRP) for a one-pack is $3.49.

BIC Kids Pen is available in purple or green, and includes stickers for personalization. The SRP for a one-pack is $3.49

BIC Kids Stylus offers an innovative tool for small hands that helps children navigate tablets in the classroom or at home. The stylus has a soft grip and comes in black with a yellow guiding line. The BIC Kids Stylus has a SRP of $3.49 for a one-pack.

BIC Mechanical Pencil is now available in a fun, new shiny, holographic design! Whether taking a test with its #2 lead or simply doodling, this pencil is perfect for any type of writing! It has a SRP of $2.20 for a five-pack.

Teacher Appreciation Basket Bic Pens and Pencils

BIC 4-Color Metallic is available in five vibrant, metallic barrel colors: silver, turquoise, pink, lime green and purple. It has a SRP of $2.99 for a one-pack.

BIC 4-Color Mini provides the same fun appeal of the popular 4-Color, but in a convenient mini size—perfect for school or on-the-go! This fun addition to the line of 4-Color products has a SRP of $2.50 for a one-pack, and is available in both original and fashion colors.

BIC Atlantis Comfort features BIC’s exclusive ink system for long-lasting smoothness. Students will find their ideas flowing freely with this pen, which also includes a comfortable full body grip for ease of writing. The BIC Atlantis Comfort pen has a SRP of $3.99 for a three-pack.

BIC Atlantis Exact has a fine point for exact, precise lines and clean writing! With a full grip area and smooth ink system, it is perfect for the studious note-taker. The BIC Atlantis Exact has a SRP of $3.99 for a three-pack.

Teacher Appreciation Basket Bic Dry Erase Markers

BIC Magic Marker Brand Dry Erase Marker has a long-lasting ink supply, high-performance dry erase marker that erases easily. It offers a consistent flow of vivid, bold colors and low odor in one marker. Available in black, blue, red and green, a four-pack of BIC Magic Marker Brand Dry Erase Marker has a SRP of $5.99.

BIC Wite-Out Brand Zap This correction tape is great for schools and easy for lefties or righties to use. It comes in a compact size and is available in a two-pack, with a SRP of $2.97.

Want to stay up to date on Bic products? Visit their website at and also follow them on Facebook at

Teacher Appreciation Gift

Have you ever made a Teacher Appreciation Gift before? What items did you include?

This is an easy and fun Appreciation Gift to create, and it has items that a teacher can really use.

Both my son and daughter’s teachers sent home really nice thank you letters.  One of the teachers even took a photo with my daughter and thanked us again.

Giveaway Details

And, thanks to BicI have been authorized to Giveaway a Bic Pen Back to School Prize Pack to one (1) lucky Frugal and Fun Mom readers. This is a $35 value. 

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Aug 302014

You Could Win a #Vacation for Four to Kissimmee! #T2RSweeps Tweet to Repeat Sweepstakes!

Over the summer my family vacationed in a great spot called Kissimmee. We really liked this location because it is centrally located near Orlando Florida, the theme parks, and other fun attractions in the area. On this particular trip we were visiting SeaWorld along with the Kennedy Space Center but because we were so close, we could have easily stopped over at Disney, Universal, or Downtown Disney.

Well you could imagine my excitement, when the PR group from Kissimmee wanted to get together this past Thursday to share an awesome Sweepstakes that they are currently running.

You Could Win a #Vacation for Four to Kissimmee! #T2RSweeps Tweet to Repeat Sweepstakes!

To help spread the word, Kissimmee was kind enough to treat a group of bloggers to lunch, and also set-up some really SWEET gift bags with info about the area and the Tweet2Repeat Sweepstakes.

After a great meal, chatting, and getting all the details, this is what you need to know!

If you love Kissimmee, tweet it for a chance to win a 4-day/3-night getaway for you and up to 3 guests. Make sure you Follow @Kissimmee and tweet out something you would like to experience in the destination using hashtag #T2RSweeps.  Once this is complete, you will be entered into the Sweepstakes for a weekly prize package and a Grand Prize vacation.

You Could Win a #Vacation for Four to Kissimmee! #T2RSweeps Tweet to Repeat Sweepstakes!

I have to admit that I would love to have this prize package!

Grand Prize includes accommodations provided by Meliá Orlando Suite Hotel at Celebration, airfare, rental car, theme park tickets provided by Kissimmee Guest Services, an airboat tour provided by Wild Florida Airboat & Wildlife Park and tickets to Capone’s Dinner & Show. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at the end of the campaign. Limit 1 entry per person, per day.

The Sweepstakes runs till September 28, 2014. For Eligibility, Official Rules, and complete prize details, visit

Have you ever stayed in Kissimmee? If you won this prize, which theme park would you love to visit?

Have fun sharing your favorite things about the area, and Good Luck!


Aug 292014

THANK YOU to all the organizations that sponsored these giveaways and CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!

Littlest Pet Shop Strike A Pose

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Entry #832 Lisa P.


Sunday Brunch at Bonefish Grill on Date Day

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Entry #3995 Kim R.
Entry #4550 Carolyn D.
Entry #2799 Shana M.

Kuddles Baby Products at Winn Dixie 8

Looking for more Frugal and Fun Mom giveaways?  Look to the right side of the page for links!

Good Luck!


Aug 232014

I was provided a Tribest Blender to help facilitate this recipe post. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Chocolate Coconut Vanilla Shake Recipe

If you are a fan of yummy Milkshakes, then you will want to check out this Chocolate Coconut Vanilla version I made.

Since I just wanted enough for myself, I made the combination in a mason jar that is attachable to my Tribest Mason Jar Personal Blender.

Chocolate Coconut Vanilla Shake Recipe

If you want to recreate the Chocolate Coconut Vanilla Shake you will need:

1 to 1 1/4 Cups of Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 Cup of Sweet Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Tbsp of Coconut
2 Tbsp of Milk Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Coconut Vanilla Shake Recipe


Fill Your Mason Jar Up 3/4 of the way with Vanilla Ice Cream. Add the Almond Milk, Coconut, and Chocolate Chips.

Chocolate Coconut Vanilla Shake Recipe

Blend until completely combined, and serve immediately.

Chocolate Coconut Vanilla Shake Recipe

Of course once my son saw how yummy my treat was, he wanted some.

Since I had an extra mason jar on hand, I simply recreated the recipe again and attached it to the blender. It worked just as well.

Chocolate Coconut Vanilla Shake Recipe

What are your favorite items to add to a milkshake? What else could you use this blender for?

This Tribest Personal Blender retails for $99.95 . It comes with multiple attachments including a grinding blade, blending blade, along with a blender cup attachment, mason jars, and tops for storage. In addition, it also has a commuter lid to convert the cup into a drink for on the go.

Tribest Mason Jar Personal Blender

So far I have used it as a food processor, to puree fruit, and to make lots of milkshakes. I really like this blender because it helps eliminate wastefulness since the portions are for an individual. I LOVE IT since it is small and easy to store.

For more information on the Tribest Mason Jar Personal Blender PB-350 visit, you can also check them out Facebook at

I am looking forward to trying it out as a coffee grinder and making smoothies next. 

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And, thanks to TribestI have been authorized to Giveaway a Tribest Mason Jar Personal Blender PB-350 to one (1) lucky Frugal and Fun Mom readers. This is a $99.95 value. 

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Aug 222014

This post is brought to you by El Monterey Mexican Food. They provided me with samples of their breakfast burritos, opinions are all my own.

Breakfast Bar With El Monterey Burritos and Peach Salsa

School is in and that means mornings are a little rushed.  My kids need to be out the door by a certain time, however this doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice eating a delicious and filling breakfast.

This week I put together an EASY Breakfast Bar for my family that was made with conveniently prepared foods along with fruits to compliment.

Breakfast Bar With El Monterey Burritos and Peach Salsa

First thing I did to get our meal ready, was put 3 varieties of individually packaged El Monterey Breakfast Burritos into a preheated oven.

This included SausageJalapeno, and Bacon Flavors. FYI, if you are really in a rush, you can make these in the microwave in 1 1/2 minutes.

Breakfast Bar With El Monterey Burritos and Peach Salsa

While the burritos were cooking, I made dipping salsas by pureeing a 15.25 oz can of half peaches (drained) in the food processor.

I took a 1/2 cup and added in 1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Red Pepper and combined.

Breakfast Bar With El Monterey Burritos and Peach Salsa

This was a Spicy Peach Salsa that I then placed in a decorative glass bowl and labeled “Spicy”.

Next I took the left over peach puree and added in 2 cut Strawberries. I ran this through the food processor again, and this Strawberry Peach Salsa was also put into a decorative bowl and labeled Sweet.

Breakfast Bar With El Monterey Burritos and Peach Salsa

Before the burritos were done, I put out fresh fruit like Honey Dew Melon, Grapes, and Bananas, and also set out glasses with Orange Juice.

Breakfast Bar With El Monterey Burritos and Peach Salsa

When everything was ready, I then placed the Bacon, Sausage, and Jalapeno Flavors onto a dish and labeled them with small chalkboards.

After the kids were up and dressed, they were welcomed with a nice display and able to serve themselves.

Breakfast Bar With El Monterey Burritos and Peach Salsa

My family agrees that  El Monterey Breakfast Burritos are tasty and definitely easy to prepare.

I like how they are all in one and individually packed. This makes them convenient to even take to work.

Breakfast Bar With El Monterey Burritos and Peach Salsa

After taste testing all of these, it is tough to pick a favorite. I will admit though that I go for the Jalapeno ones first.

FYI, the fruit salsas were a perfect compliment to these.

Breakfast Bar With El Monterey Burritos and Peach Salsa

Do you ever make a breakfast bar for your family? What items do you include?

To learn more about El Monterey and their other products visit You can also check them out on Facebook at and Twitter at @elmonterey.

I hope you enjoy making your own Breakfast bar and enjoy Back To School!


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Aug 222014

Superstar Frame Back To School #Craft #DIY

School is back in session, and that means our children will be bringing home works of art, spelling tests, math sheets, and other projects that they are proud of and want to display.

Personally, my regular magnets don’t always do a great job of holding these beautiful creations and “Superstar” school sheets up on my fridge and my husband has the same problem on his file cabinet at work. The papers end up sliding down or falling off all together.

I started to brainstorm on a way that I could show off their prize assignments and also praise them at the same time.

Superstar Frame Back To School #Craft #DIY

After looking at the crafting supplies, utilizing magnet strips, using an empty cereal box, I have found a solution for this school paper dilemma along with creating a fun craft for my kids. We put together “Superstar” frames!

If you would like to recreate this craft with your own children, you will need:

-An Empty Cereal Box (preferably 12 inches high or more) -Ruler -Scissors -Pencil -Glue -Magnet Stripping (Can be found at craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby) -Stickers, markers, or other items to decorate the frame with like dried macaroni, strips of colored paper, or buttons

Superstar Frame Back To School #Craft #DIY

To get started, you will first need to cut apart a cereal box, and on the non-decorated side measure out 2 – 12 inches long, 1 1/2 inch wide strips of cardboard. Then, cut these out. Next, measure 2 -10 inches long, 1 1/2 inch wide strips and cut these out.

Glue all four corners together to make a rectangle shape. This should overlap a standard 8X10 piece of paper.

Superstar Frame Back To School #Craft #DIY

Tip: Depending upon your child’s maturity they may be able to do this, however I went ahead and cut the form out in advance and glued it.

Once the glue dries hand the frame over to your child to decorate it anyway they like.

Superstar Frame Back To School #Craft #DIY

When they finish, cut strips of the magnet to go along the patterned side of the cardboard. 

After this, lay it over the top of your child’s paper and put it on a fridge or metal file cabinet.

Superstar Frame Back To School #Craft #DIY

It is that easy, and your children will have a great place to display their AWESOME papers from school!

Looking for others ways to keep your children’s artwork and school papers?

Check out these 3 additional ways:

- Pick up a frame at a craft store and have your child sign their art work. Put it in the frame and find a place in your home to display the creation.

- Take a notebook and add plastic sheet protectors inside. Use each sheet to display 2 pieces of school work front and back and label the notebook with your child’s name and school year. Hand it over to be decorated. They now have a book that is all about them, and their papers are neat, organized, and preserved.

- If you don’t have a notebook and still want to create some type of school book for your child, simply get 2 large pieces of construction paper and put all of the school papers you want to keep between the 2 sheets. Line it up and staple it 3 times along the edge. You now have a book of school work that can be labeled with the school year and the kids can decorate this as well.

Superstar Frame Back To School #Craft #DIY

Have you made a similar craft before?  How do you display your child’s school work.

If you make this with your family, enjoy displaying your child’s accomplishments!


Aug 212014

Thank you to Fruit Shoot for sponsoring today’s post however, my love for their juice and endorsing children’s imaginations is all my own!

Fruit Shoot Products on the go

Thursday seems to be our busiest day of the week since my kids have school and my son has piano practice. This is also a day that I give them a drink or snack in the car to help keep up their energy on the way home.

I do have to admit that I am not a fan of eating or drinking in my vehicle, but sometimes it can’t be avoided.  This week though, we did things a little differently and the kids got to try an after school hydration drink called Fruit Shoot.

Fruit Shoot Products

So first off, I was super excited to know that this beverage has a no-spill cap. However, I was totally won over by the fact that it is naturally flavored and also contains Vitamin C. FYI, my kids love the way the drink tastes.

Fruit Shoot comes in 4 flavors including Orange, Apple, Berry Burst and Strawberry/Raspberry and is also available in low sugar versions.

I was able to locate 3 of these flavors at my local 7/11, and since I bought 6 of them I also get to redeem a Mail In Rebate for a FREE Waboba Ball.*

Want to try your own bottle of Fruit Shoot?

Enter a 30 second or less video of your child in the Have a Ball Stunt Hunt competition and you will receive a FREE Product Coupon.

To get started simply visit the contest homepage, Have a Ball Stunt Hunt. There you will upload a video of your kids showing off their best tricks, stunts, and super-cool abilities with a Fruit Shoot bottle and any ball.  Check out the ones we created below.

As a bonus, be sure you share your upload with friends and family and encourage them to vote for your child’s video. Every week Fruit Shoot will be choosing a winner to receive a full-on Hollywood special effects treatment to their production, and then sharing it on the Contest Homepage. Promotion ends September 1, 2014.

How do you encourage your children to have active lifestyle? What are their favorite ways to exercise and use their imagination?

Have fun filming your video, and enjoy your FREE Fruit Shoot and Waboba Ball as well!


*Rebate must be postmarked by 9/22/2014, see form for additional details.

Aug 202014

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bright Star Kids. The opinions and text are all mine.

This past week, my husband and I got our children’s items ready for back to school.

Part of that preparation was putting names on supplies and to do this, we had labels for my son and used a permanent marker for my daughter. Guess whose items were easier to label?

I don’t know how many times markers have not shown up on surfaces, worn away, or even become illegible after the ink absorbs in fabric. Not to mention, I have made a mistake before and was left with a “Lovely” scratched out group of letters.

Being able to place clearly printed labels on school items looks nicer, creates less mess, and makes it easier for the teacher and child to locate belongings.

Since my family just went through this process, here is a List of 10 Items To Label For School!

Hope you find it helpful!

1. Lunchbox

2. Reusable Drink Bottle

3. Backpack

4. Pencil Holder

5. Crayons

6. Folders

7. PE Uniforms

8. Jacket

9. Book Covers

10. Mat for younger children

Looking for a convenient way to label this year?

Be sure to check out Bright Star Kids and their School Labels Value Kit. I just read a few of the reviews, and parents are raving about the quality. Plus, it is less than $40 with the Special Coupon Code.

Save 15% off Storewide Plus FREE Delivery. Enter Code: LABELS at checkout. Min Spend $30, offer ends 15th September.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bright Star Kids. The opinions and text are all mine.

Aug 172014

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions about Cool Whip are mine alone. #AddCoolWhip #CollectiveBias

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Wanting to greet your kids after school with quick and easy snacks?  I just created a recipe made with Kraft Cool Whip and Jell-O Chocolate Pudding that is exactly that.

Last week, I needed to do some shopping for birthday parties and back to school, so I headed up to Walmart to get what I needed.  While I was there, I figured I would also look for afternoon treats for the kids.

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As I shopped around, I happened upon the perfect shade of lipstick, located presents in the toy area for weekend parties, and paid a visit to the snack isle.

I saw one of my kid’s favorite kind of cookies so I grabbed a package, and then made my way over to the baking isle where I found a wide variety of Jell-O Pudding Mixes.

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I had been brainstorming snack ideas, and decided I could incorporate the cookies and pudding into some sort of pie.

Of course pie wouldn’t be right without Cool Whip, so I added a tub from the freezer section to the cart and also picked up cherries from another isle to go on top.

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Having this combination of items worked out great because I printed a $1.00 off Coupon for Cool Whip and 2 any size Jell-O Pudding Mixes (While supplies last) before I left home.  I was happy to put it to good use.

After this I was finished shopping, so I checked out and headed home.

Cookies and Cream Dessert Chocolate Pie Cups #AddCoolWhip #shop #cbias

The next day, I was ready to give my dessert a trial run. To get started I first took 14 of those favorite cookies and put them into the food processor.  This made cookies n’ cream crumbs.

I then added 2 tablespoons of those crumbs to 8 clear containers and packed the contents down with the back of the scoop, this was the pie crust. Any left over cookie crumbs were put into a sealed plastic bag to be used later as a topping.

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Next, I prepared a 5.9 oz Box Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding for “pie filling” by adding 2 1/2 cups of milk to the mix and stirring with a whisk for 2 minutes.

I poured this mixture over the top of the cookie crumbs and filled each container up about half way. These were then placed into the fridge for an hour.

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When the cups were ready, I pulled out a few and added 2 heaping tablespoons of Cool Whip to the top. After that, I sprinkled the left over cookies crumbs, and added a cherry on top.

This was then handed over to my son the “official taste tester”.

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As you can tell by the photos my son enjoyed the snack, and he announced to me, “THAT was SO GOOD!”. The next day he asked if he could have it after lunch, and I said “Sure!”.

I think these are a good portion for a snack, and they are definitely convenient to prepare since they were all ready in the fridge.

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What simple snacks recipes do you create for after school? Which dishes do you use Cool Whip in?

I am really looking forward to making this again, and greeting my kids with special snacks and warm hugs after school!