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25 Ways to Play and Learn with Pom Poms
Ever since my kids were toddlers, I have kept a large supply of assorted sized pom poms in my craft closet. The reason? You can use them for so many fun learning activities and crafts. Plus, my kids just love how soft they feel. You'll be shocked at all the...
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Free Shoe Matching Game for Preschoolers
This post brought to you by Stride Rite . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Mess For Less. My girls are very rough on their shoes. If you think that only boys put a ton of wear and tear on their shoes, then I am here to tell you that girl...
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Southwestern Baked Chicken
Many thanks to Mountain High Yoghurt for sponsoring today’s story on Southwestern Chicken  Strips. While my family enjoys chicken, sometimes they get bored with the same old chicken dishes I typically prepare. To switch things up a bit I made this Southwest...
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K-Cup Activities for Kids
This post is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee  K-Cup® Pods for the   Mom It Forward Blogger Network . Are you a coffee lover like me? Being from the East Coast, my favorite place to grab a great cup of coffee was Dunkin' Donuts. Since moving to Northern ...
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31 Dinner Conversation Starters - Free Printable
I am a big believer in the family mealtime. As much as we are able, we all try and have dinner together each night. I understand this is not always possible for everyone because of work schedules and other commitments but even just weekend dinners together ...
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These are great!  I really could use them to get my boys talking more at meals! 
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10 Minute One Pot Pasta
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Safeway, Inc. for IZEA . All opinions are 100% mine. Occasionally, I get to do some kid free grocery shopping. If you are a mom and have ever done this, then you know how exhilarating that can be. Every ti...
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4th of July Craft - Noisemaker
Last year we went to a 4th of July parade. The kids enjoyed watching the parade and I thought it would be fun for them to make some 4th of July noisemakers so they could take part in the festivities. This 4th of July craft is great for preschoolers, but you...
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Saving for College PLUS Free Summer Tracing Printables
This is a sponsored post on behalf of ScholarShare. I received compensation but all opinions are my own. When we moved to Northern California we were shocked at the high cost of living. We had lived in a New York City suburb before and that isn't cheap, but...
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Octopus Hot Dogs with Spaghetti
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bar-S Foods for IZEA . All opinions are 100% mine. If you are a longtime reader than you may recall my mentioning that my kids are picky eaters. Lunches and dinners are often a struggle but there are a few...
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Teaching Better Brushing Habits
Now that my kids are no longer toddlers, tooth brushing has become a task that we have turned over to them. This is a great relief and one less thing for my husband and I to do, but we noticed a disturbing trend. Our kids were not brushing correctly. They w...
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Octopus Hot Dogs with Spaghetti
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bar-S Foods for IZEA . All opinions are 100% mine. If you are a longtime reader than you may recall my mentioning that my kids are picky eaters. Lunches and dinners are often a struggle but there are a few...
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Adorable!  What a cute idea +Mess For Less 
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Pressing Flowers with Kids
One of our favorite things about Spring is the blooming flowers that pop up all over our backyard. My daughters love to pick them, but they feel sad when the flowers quickly die. We decided to try and press flowers to preserve and enjoy them longer. This is...
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Mess For Less is a blog for moms and teachers that provides ideas for fun kids crafts and activities that can be done on a budget. You will also find kid friendly recipes and parenting tips and tricks.