Tax Free weekend for School items 2014

July 20th, 2014

Here is a list of tax free weekends for back to school items.  For a complete list of what is included look up your states information because I know each state has to be different.

Happy Shopping!

Here’s a list of Participating States & Dates:

Alabama Tax Free Weekend – August 1-3, 2014

Arkansas Tax Free Weekend – August 2-4, 2014

Connecticut Tax Free Weekend – August 17-23, 2014

Florida Tax Free Weekend – August 1-3, 2014

Georgia Tax Free Weekend – August 1-2, 2014

Iowa Tax Free Weekend, August 1-2, 2014

Louisiana Tax Free Weekend, August 1-2, 2014

Maryland Tax Free Weekend, August 10-16, 2014

Mississippi Tax Free Weekend, July 25-26, 2014

Missouri Tax Free Weekend, August 1-3, 2014

New Mexico Tax Free Weekend, August 1-3, 2014

North Carolina Tax Free Weekend, 2014 – There is no tax free weekend this year in North Carolina. 2013 was the last year for this state.

Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend, August 1-3, 2014

South Carolina Tax Free Weekend, August 1-3, 2014

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend, August 1-3, 2014

Texas Tax Free Weekend, August 8-10, 2014

Virginia Tax Free Weekend, August 1-3, 2014

 

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Recycle those plastic hangers! Chip clips

July 12th, 2014

Take an old hanger that had the clips on the side and just bend them off the sides. You have clips snacks, chips, cereal and you didn’t spend a cent!!

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Coupon Preview 7/13/14

July 12th, 2014

Here is a look at what should be in this weekends paper regarding coupons.

Looks like at least two coupon inserts!  Remember that coupons and inserts vary by size of city and area of the country that you live.  You can always go to coupons.com and print some out if you can’t get a paper with coupons in it.

Looks like Huggies wipes and diaper coupons in the Smartsource this weekend!!

RedPlum Insert

Aleve $2/1 40ct+ product excludes D (9/28)
Allegra $1.50/1 anti-itch 1oz cream (8/12)
Angel Soft $.50/1 facial tissue item (8/13)
C&H $.75/1 organic blue agave nectar bottle (9/30)
C&H $1.25/1 light product (9/30)
C&H $1/1 sugar quick dissolve superfine or pourable brown in a flip-top canister (9/30)
Centrum $4/1 flavor burst, chewables or liquid multivitamin (8/2) ETS
Centrum $4/1 multivitamin (8/2) ETS
Centrum $4/1 silver multivitamin (8/2) ETS
Classico $1/3 pasta sauces (8/24)
Crest $.75/1 toothpaste 3oz+ or liquid gel excludes cavity, baking soda and tartar control (8/31)
Crest $1/1 rinse 327ml+ (8/31) ETS
Dunkin Donuts $1.50/1 11oz+ coffee bag (8/24) 
Fancy Feast $1/4 broths gourmet cat complement pouches (10/31)
Fixodent $1/1 adhesive 1.4oz+ (8/31) ETS
Gain/Era/Cheer $.50/1 gain detergents or fabric enhancers or era or cheer detergents 25oz+ excludes gain fireworks, gain flings and trial (8/31)
Gain/Era/Cheer $1/2 gain detergents or fabric enhancers or era or cheer detergents 25oz+ excludes gain fireworks, gain flings and trial (8/31)
Garnier $2/1 moisturizer (8/23)
Garnier Fructis $1/1 style product (9/6) ETS
Garnier Nutrisse $2/1 haircolor (9/6)
Gillette $3/1 male disposable razor (8/31)
Hefty $1/2 slider bags 12ct (10/31)
Icy Hot $5/1 smart relief pain therapy kit (9/30)
L’Oreal $1/1 Paris eye product (8/9)
L’Oreal $1/1 Paris eye shadow or liner (8/9)
L’Oreal $2/1 Feria haircolor product (8/9)
L’Oreal $2/1 Paris cosmetic face product excluding magic perfecting base .17floz mini size (8/9)
L’Oreal $2/1 preference haircolor products excludes preference mousse absolue (8/9)
L’Oreal $4/2 oleotherapy, everpure, everstrong, eversleek, evercreme or evercurl shampoo, conditioner or treatment products (8/9)
L’Oreal $5/2 preference haircolor products excludes preference mousse absolute (8/9)
Oral-B $.75/1 pulsar, 3d white, pro-health, complete or 2 indicator or cavity defense toothbrushes (8/31) ETS
Right Guard $1.50/1 xtreme clear or clinical clear product (8/10)
Right Guard $2/2 total defense 5 or xtreme antiperspirant or deodorant (8/10)
Right Guard/Tone $2/2 body wash or 6-bar product (8/10
Garnier Fructis $1/1 shampoo, conditioner or treatment (8/23) ETS
Sally Hansen $1/1 nail color 1.97 or more (8/13)
Sally Hansen $5/1 salon gel polish kit 39.99 or more (8/31)
Snickers/Twix/M&Ms/Milky Way/Dovebar $1/1 ice cream multipacks 3-6ct (8/24) DND
Tide/Gain/Downy/Bounce $1/1 tide pods, gain flings, downy unstopables, bounce bursts or gain fireworks (8/31) ETS
Tide/Gain/Downy/Bounce $2.50/2 tide pods, gain flings, downy unstopables, bounce bursts or gain fireworks (8/31) ETS
Vaseline Buy 1 spray, get 1 mens spray lotion up to $6.49 (7/27) ETS
Venus/Daisy $3/1 disposable razor (8/31)

SMartSource Insert

Arm Hammer $2/2 liquid, power or single use laundry detergents (8/23)
Bausch+Lomb $5/1 ocuvite lutein 25 product (8/31)
Bausch+Lomb $5/1 ocuvite product (8/31)
Benefiber $2/1 product (9/30)
Chex $.50/1 cereal (8/23)
Colgate $.50/1 toothpaste 3.4oz+ (7/26)
Curel $1/1 moisturizer 3.5oz+ (8/16) ETS
Dole $1/1 strawberry dippers, banana dippers or banana dippers with almonds (9/13)
Edge $1/2 shave gels or shave creams excludes 2.75oz (8/24)
Energizer $1/1 batteries or flashlight (8/9) 
Fiber One $.75/1 streusel bars (9/6)
Gas-X $1.25/1 product (9/30)
Gas-X/Benefiber/Prevacid 24HR/Perdiem $5 off $25 purchase (8/31)
General Mills $1/3 big g cereals (8/23)
Glade $.55/1 jar candle (8/23)
Glade $.55/1 premium room spray 9.7oz (8/23)
Glade $.55/1 wax melts refill excludes warmer (8/23)
Glade $.75/1 automatic spray refill (8/23)
Glade $.75/1 plugins scented oil twin refill or 2 single refills (8/23)
Glade $1/1 wax melts warmer (8/23)
Glade $2/1 automatic spray starter (8/23)
Glade $2/1 plugins scented oil customizables starter kit (8/23)
Honey Nut Cheerios $.50/1 regular or medley crunch cereal (8/23)
Huggies $.50/1 baby wipes 32ct+ (8/9)
Huggies $1.50/1 diapers (8/9)
Huggies $2/1 little snugglers, little movers or overnites diapers (8/9)
Hydro $2/1 hydro silk disposable (8/23)
Jergens $1/1 natural glow moisturizer (8/16) ETS
Jergens $1/1 natural glow+protect daily moisturizer sunscreen with SPF 20 sun protection (8/16)
Jergens $1/2 moisturizers 3.5oz+ (8/16) ETS
John Frieda $3/1 colour refreshing gloss or intense after colour conditioner excludes precision foam colour kits (8/16)
John Frieda $3/2 hair care products excludes precision foam colour products, colour refreshing gloss products, trial sizes, appliances and brushes (8/16)
Kleenex $.50/1 hand towels (8/23)
Kleenex $.50/3 50ct+ boxes or 1 bundle pack (8/9) ETS
Nature Valley $.50/2 granola bars 5ct+, granola thins, soft-baked oatmeal squares or breakfast biscuits (9/6)
Nestle $.50/2 single girl scout crunch or regular crunch candy bars 1.3-1.55oz (9/15)
Nestle $1/2 girl scout crunch fun size bar boxes 7.8oz (9/15)
Old Spice $1/1 styling product (8/31) ETS
Old Spice $3/2 shampoo or 2in1 products (8/31) ETS
Oreo $.75/2 mini family size packages 13oz+ (8/30)
Perdiem $2/1 product (9/30)
Pompeian $1/1 olive oil or olivextra 15oz+ (8/15) DND
Pompeian $2/1 varietals collection bottle (9/15) DND
Prevacid 24HR $3/1 product (8/31)
Purina $2/1 3lb+ beyond dry dog or cat food (8/23) TARGET COUPON
Schick $1/2 hydro shave gels (8/24)
Schick $2/1 hydro razor excludes disposables (8/24)
Schick $2/1 hydro refill (8/24)
Schick $2/1 hydro silk razor excludes disposables (8/23)
Schick $2/1 quattro for men or quattro for women disposable razor (8/9)
Schick $2/1 quattro for men razor (8/9)
Schick $2/1 quattro for women razor or refill (8/9)
Schick $3/1 hydro silk refill (8/23)
Schick Buy quattro for men refill 4ct+, get quattro for men razor up to 10.99 free (8/9)
Scott $.75/6+ towels rolls (8/9)
Scott $.75/8+ bath tissue rolls (8/9)
Scott Naturals $.50/1 flushable cleansing cloths tub or refill (8/9)
Skintimate $1/2 shave gels or cremes excludes 2.75oz (8/24)
Tena $1/1 product (8/13)
Viva $.50/1 roll regular or vantage paper towels (8/24)
Viva $1/1 6pk+ regular or vantage paper towels (8/24)
Ziploc $1/2 bags (8/23)

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My Son Evin Chose Jesus

July 12th, 2014

So thankful for the salvation of my son Evin!  I like to write about what happened so we can remember forever that day and the happenings of the week.

The week started out pretty good with just a minor leak in our refrigerator that we were able to stop.  We determined that the frig does need to be replaced though since it is several years old and rusting out.  We started looking for a new frig and since I didn’t have to work on Monday due to sickness we decided to go shopping for one.  We got an awesome deal and felt really great about it.  I was glad to have taken the steps before an emergency situation came up.  By the way July 4th week is a GREAT week to buy appliances other than black friday it is the best time.

Tuesday night I noticed water on the floor by the water heater!  I had a bad feeling about it and my feelings were confirmed that night when we finally were able to find the leak which was slowly dripping down the side of the water heater.  I put in a call to our home warranty company to schedule an appointment the next day.  It took my most of the day to get the appointment scheduled after several calls back and forth they finally came first things Thursday to look at it.  It was definitely leaking water all up on the inside of it.  It needed to be replaced the next day! ugh

After they left regarding the water heater I was in the playroom playing with the little girl I care for and my son Evin was in there playing as well.  He was kind of talking to himself about Jesus and love.  I started asking him some questions again about Jesus and heaven.  Next thing I know daddy and I are on the floor talking to him and he asked if he could pray to Jesus to come into his life.  BEST FEELING EVER!!

Together my boy and I, with daddy sitting with us, all prayed together and he told Jesus he was a sinner and they he believed he died for him on the cross for his sins.  He asked Jesus to come into his life and be with him forever!  and of course I immediately started crying.  It was a really special moment.

Evin was all smiles all day long!

Evin 4 years 7 months old 6/9/2014

 

After all the horrible house things going wrong it was a such an awesome event have happen. I was on cloud nine all day in between scheduling another appointment for our water heater the next day!

God is so awesome and I am thankful that now both of my boys have Jesus in their lives!

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Lego Storage

July 12th, 2014

Lego storage has become a huge problem with my boys since we started on the Lego journey.  I had high hopes that everything would stay together and they wouldn’t take anything apart after we spent hours putting them all together.  Boy was I wrong!!  They stayed together for a little bit and then they slowly broke or were deliberately taken apart.  Once this started happening Lego pieces were everywhere.  I didn’t want to deal with it.  I didn’t even want to look at it.  I would throw them all in a big box and push it under their table.

Once they started to get more Legos I decided that something needed to be done.  Plus they actually wanted to start rebuilding some things  again and finding pieces is near impossible all in one huge box.

This is what the box looked like!

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I started investigating pinterest but I don’t have funds for a huge set up and a lot of boxes.

I then starting watching the online garage sales on FB and it was like it was meant to be! A friend from my church posted a storage set that would be perfect for right now.

$15.00 later and we have a nice little set up to sort Lego’s by color. It was missing a box so I found two shoe box size bins at the dollar Tree since then and they fit perfectly.

Thankful for how things work out.

How do you store your Legos?

LEGOS

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That One Fun Place – Daytona Beach

July 7th, 2014

Ever since it opened up I couldn’t wait to take my boys to “That One Fun Place” it just looked like so much fun with all the big slides and obstacle courses to play on.  Yesterday I dropped everything and I took my boys for a couple of hours right when they first opened.  Here is a little bit about our experience and about the place.

We got there right at 10:00 and we were the only ones there for a few minutes.  My boys tried everything out before anyone else showed up.  First off when you get there you need to pay of course.  But if you haven’t signed the waiver online before you get there you will have to take a minute to do it.  Since I had signed it beforehand I paid and they gave us our wristbands, made sure we all had socks and we were off to play in a matter of minutes.

The staff was super nice and attentive to show the boys how to do something or make sure they were walking and not running.

That one fun place

This is a picture of the front of the building by Publix but if you park around the back of the building you have more parking options and don’t have to worry about Publix shoppers.

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This is the front desk (door to come is to the left) This will be your first stop as you come in.  Pay and get your wristband and you are almost ready to play.  If you look in the back they do have lockers that you can rent to put your items in if you want.  To the right in the picture is the toddler area with seating all around.  In the back hallway is the party room(s), restroom and drinking fountain.  They also have bottled water for sale at the front desk.

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Toddler area

that one fun place

Party room

You can book parties online and have 45 minutes of play time and then the party room for a few minutes to eat pizza and have cake.  One thing to keep in mind is one of the rules is that you cannot go back to play after eating at the party so plan accordingly or have the kids come earlier to the party if they want more play time.  I agree that jumping and a stomach full of cake and food is not a good mix and could cause problems.  Click HERE for party information.

Somehow I missed getting a picture of the shoe cubby’s but there are places right as you walk in to leave your shoes and put your socks on.  Everyone MUST have socks in order to play.  If you forgot them they do sell them at the front desk.  Everyone wearing socks keeps the place cleaner.

Here are a bunch of the slides and things to play on.  They have five big things to play on and then a cannonball air blaster and also zero gravity ball throwing.

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My boys were red faced and sweaty by the time we were ready to go and they both had made friends to play with while they were there.  We weren’t back out to the car yet and they were begging to go back.  It is just good clean fun.  Even when more kids and adults showed up it still wasn’t crowded because the areas are so big and plenty of things for everyone to do and not have to wait to play on anything!

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So go visit “That One Fun Place”  tell them that Ally sent you from Ally’s Helpful Hints and have a blast.

Make sure to check out their FB page and website.  Their website has hours and cost depending on what time you go.  My family being a homeschool family we can take advantage of the low rates during the day while all the other kiddos are in school.

Thank you “That One Fun Place” for a great time!! We will be back.

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Pampers Reward Points! 7/4/14

July 4th, 2014

Enter TWO Pampers reward codes for 10 points and 5 points!

Happy 4th of July from Pampers

FBJULHAP8764O14   10 points

TWIT87JL6HPY014   5 points

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Babysitter Gift Idea

June 23rd, 2014

I take care of two little (I call them babies but they are getting bigger now) girls in my home during the week.  The one thing I struggled with was what to get them for a gift for their 1st birthday’s.  What do you get a little girl from a babysitter/caregiver besides more toys?  So I started asking around secretly without the moms knowing what I was doing.  They follow my blog and FB page so I couldn’t’ post a question on their.  Thankfully I have a couple of friends on other pages and they posted the question for me.  I got a couple of fabulous ideas.  They have both had their parties so I can finally post what I did for them.

I got them each a Shutterfly book of a bunch of photos I have taken of them while in my care.  The great thing about having a phone in my pocket is a camera in my hand all day to capture smiles and things they do.  Most days I will text them a video or a picture so they know what is happening and to let them know they are thought of during the day.

I am not going to post a picture of either of the books because it has pictures of them on it on every page!  BUT Shutterfly has amazing deals throughout the year.  and if you have a Pampers account and save points you can use 1,000 of the points and get a free 8×8 book and just pay shipping cost! a GREAT deal.  The 8×8 books are a perfect size and you can customize it anyway you want once you get started.  Very personal gift that mom will love and baby will love later knowing what she did while in the care of someone else when she was small.

I also found a cute little doll for each of them that is personalized just for them.  Again I searched for something cute and little more unique but something if they chose to play with it they could.  This is what I found.  I can’t remember the price, sorry.

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I also put in a footprint dishtowel that we had made around their birthday times just for something a little extra.  Again mainly for mom, but a one year old won’t remember that I didn’t get them a toy.

How about you? What would you want to get from a babysitter or what have you given in the past?  Would love to hear your ideas!  I think this will be an annual gift for me to give.  I’m sure the mommies won’t mind getting the same thing every year.

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Sunday Coupon Preview 6/22/14

June 22nd, 2014

Looks like two inserts in the paper today!

Remember that inserts vary by area and size of city.  I see a difference between the Daytona Beach and Orlando paper and the Orlando paper.

Here is what could be in the inserts

SmartSource

Belvita $1/2 breakfast biscuits 8.8oz+ (8/9)
Betty Crocker $.50/2 Fruit shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers or Fruit Roll Ups or Ocean Spray/Mott’s/Sunkist/Fiber One fruit flavored snacks (8/16)
Blink $2/1 tears or geltears (7/28)
Bull’s Eye $1/2 BBQ sauce 17.5oz+ (7/20)
Cheerios $.50/1 original (8/2)
Complete $1/1 12oz+ multi-purpose solution (7/28)
Complete/Blink $1/1 complete blink-n-clean lens drops or blink contacts lubricant eye drops (7/28)
Coppertone $1/1 suncare product 2oz+ (8/10)
Coppertone $3/2 suncare products 2oz+ (8/10)
Cottonelle $.50/2 toilet paper 4pks or 1 9pk+ (8/3) 
Cottonelle $.75/1 upright dispenser (8/3)
Drops $1/1 flavor enhancers (8/17)
Edwards $.75/1 singles 5.2oz+ (7/31) DND
Expo $1.25/1 ultra fine product 4ct+ (8/17)
Farmer John $1/1 hot dogs (8/24)
Farmer John $1/1 sliced lunch meats (8/24)
Fat Hair $1/1 stylers and finishers (9/30) ETS
Fiber One $.50/1 chewy bars, 90 calorie products, protein chewy bars, streusel bars or meal bar (8/16)
Grey Poupon $1/1 mustard bottle or jar 8oz+ (7/20)
Hershey’s $1/2 milk chocolate 6pk (8/2)
Hershey’s $1/2 syrups 17oz+ or Hershey’s, York, Reese’s or Heath toppings 7.25oz+ (8/17)
Honey Maid $1/2 grahams 14oz+ (8/2)
insync $5/1 natural probiotic (9/30)
Kikkoman $1/2 sauces (9/30) DND
Kraft $.20/2 jet-puffed marshmallows 8oz+ (8/2) DND
MagniLife $1/1 sciatica relief or tinnitus relief (7/21)
OGX $1/1 hair product 3.3-25.4oz (8/22)
OGX $3/2 hair products 3.3-25.4oz (8/22)
Sargento $.75/2 tastings cheeses (9/30)
Sunsweet $1/1 64oz smart juice cocktail (8/31) DND
Tom’s of Maine $1 /1 kids toothpaste or rinse excludes trial and toothpaste under 4oz (8/2)
Tom’s of Maine $1.25/1 deodorant or bar soap (8/2) ETS
Tom’s of Maine $1.25/1 toothpaste or mouthwash excludes trial and toothpaste under 4oz (8/2)
Tom’s of Maine $1.50/1 naturally dry antiperspirant (8/2) ETS
Twizzlers/Jolly Rancher $1/3 10.5oz+ candy (8/17)
Van Camp’s $.50/2 baked beans (8/2)
Wonderful Pistachios $.50/1 4.5oz+ (8/22)
Zegerid OTC $3/1 14ct (7/27)
Zegerid OTC $6/1 42ct (7/27)

 

RedPlum

Belvita $1/2 breakfast biscuits 8.8oz+ (8/9)
Betty Crocker $.50/2 Fruit shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers or Fruit Roll Ups or Ocean Spray/Mott’s/Sunkist/Fiber One fruit flavored snacks (8/16)
Blink $2/1 tears or geltears (7/28)
Bull’s Eye $1/2 BBQ sauce 17.5oz+ (7/20)
Cheerios $.50/1 original (8/2)
Complete $1/1 12oz+ multi-purpose solution (7/28)
Complete/Blink $1/1 complete blink-n-clean lens drops or blink contacts lubricant eye drops (7/28)
Coppertone $1/1 suncare product 2oz+ (8/10)
Coppertone $3/2 suncare products 2oz+ (8/10)
Cottonelle $.50/2 toilet paper 4pks or 1 9pk+ (8/3) 
Cottonelle $.75/1 upright dispenser (8/3)
Drops $1/1 flavor enhancers (8/17)
Edwards $.75/1 singles 5.2oz+ (7/31) DND
Expo $1.25/1 ultra fine product 4ct+ (8/17)
Farmer John $1/1 hot dogs (8/24)
Farmer John $1/1 sliced lunch meats (8/24)
Fat Hair $1/1 stylers and finishers (9/30) ETS
Fiber One $.50/1 chewy bars, 90 calorie products, protein chewy bars, streusel bars or meal bar (8/16)
Grey Poupon $1/1 mustard bottle or jar 8oz+ (7/20)
Hershey’s $1/2 milk chocolate 6pk (8/2)
Hershey’s $1/2 syrups 17oz+ or Hershey’s, York, Reese’s or Heath toppings 7.25oz+ (8/17)
Honey Maid $1/2 grahams 14oz+ (8/2)
insync $5/1 natural probiotic (9/30)
Kikkoman $1/2 sauces (9/30) DND
Kraft $.20/2 jet-puffed marshmallows 8oz+ (8/2) DND
MagniLife $1/1 sciatica relief or tinnitus relief (7/21)
OGX $1/1 hair product 3.3-25.4oz (8/22)
OGX $3/2 hair products 3.3-25.4oz (8/22)
Sargento $.75/2 tastings cheeses (9/30)
Sunsweet $1/1 64oz smart juice cocktail (8/31) DND
Tom’s of Maine $1 /1 kids toothpaste or rinse excludes trial and toothpaste under 4oz (8/2)
Tom’s of Maine $1.25/1 deodorant or bar soap (8/2) ETS
Tom’s of Maine $1.25/1 toothpaste or mouthwash excludes trial and toothpaste under 4oz (8/2)
Tom’s of Maine $1.50/1 naturally dry antiperspirant (8/2) ETS
Twizzlers/Jolly Rancher $1/3 10.5oz+ candy (8/17)
Van Camp’s $.50/2 baked beans (8/2)
Wonderful Pistachios $.50/1 4.5oz+ (8/22)
Zegerid OTC $3/1 14ct (7/27)
Zegerid OTC $6/1 42ct (7/27)

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Unicorn Poop Cookies!

June 19th, 2014

Here is a recipe that a friend sent me the other day that she found it is for unicorn poop cookies.

Link and picture is taken from Kids Activity Blog.

let me know if you make them and like them

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