48 Premium Chalkboard Labels by KANAS

I am an elementary school teacher and I love to use stickers in my classroom as well as at home.  Not only that, I LOVE to be organized.  Recently I was given the opportunity to review Kanas 48 Premium Chalkboard Labels. Of course, I fell in love with them!

The variety pack includes rectangles, ovals and two cute vintage styles. Ranging from 3-3.5 inches x 2 inches, you will be able to label a variety of items.  Need them for a smaller area?  No problem!  Simply cut away with scissors and you are good to go.

I used some in my classroom to label my filing cabinets.  I had index cards on it and trust me…these looked so much better!



I also used them at home in the bathroom and kitchen to label various containers we had.  I am also going to use them on candles for a bridal shower!  Honestly, the possibilities are endless!

They are great as jar labels or jar stickers, on coasters, coffee mugs, glasses, candles, gifts, diy chalkboard calendar, jar lids, bulletin board decal and more!  These reusable chalkboard stickers are easy to clean and are waterproof! Once clean, use your chalk, chalk pen, or chalk paint to create a new label.

48 Premium Chalkboard Labels by KANAS



These are available on Amazon for $7.99  and they come with a 100% Lifetime Promise! “Our premium labels are built to last. If for any reason, at any time you are unhappy with them please let us know and we’ll replace or refund, no questions asked.”


Now, what are you waiting for!  I know you want some!

Check them out!  There are several label packages that you can order!

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a sample of the product for review purposes.  I was not financially compensated.  Opinions presented are 100 % my own.

Georgia’s First time Camper Program

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Long-time campers know the gooey fun of making s’mores over the fire, but for those who have never slept in a tent before, spending the night outdoors can be an unfamiliar adventure. Through Georgia State Parks’ First-Time Camper Program, curious guests can see if they enjoy sleeping under the stars before investing in their own gear. More than 300 families have participated in the three-year-old program, which expands this March to include 13 state parks.

For just $50, guests spend two nights in a modern campground, trying out all the necessary gear. Park staff or volunteers will greet campers upon arrival, give tips on setting up the tent, and offer a Camping 101 lesson. Equipment donated by REI and Coleman includes a family tent, sleeping pads, chairs, camp stove, fuel and lantern. Bathrooms and hot showers are a short walk from the campsite. At the end of their getaway, campers return the gear and go home with memories to last forever.

“We often hear visitors say they like the idea of camping, but they don’t have the equipment and aren’t sure they’ll enjoy it,” said the program’s coordinator Ellen Graham. “Once they see how easy it is to pitch a tent and maybe even experience the thrill of hearing an owl, they’ll realize how much fun camping can be.”

Georgia’s State Parks currently in the program include A.H. Stephens in Crawfordville, F.D. Roosevelt in Pine Mountain, Fort Mountain near Chatsworth, Fort Yargo in Winder, General Coffee near Douglas, Gordonia-Alatamaha in Reidsville, James H. Floyd near Summerville, Magnolia Springs in Millen, Reed Bingham in Adel, Red Top Mountain on Lake Allatoona, Richard B. Russell on Lake Russell, Skidaway Island in Savannah and Stephen C. Foster in the Okefenokee Swamp. Both Fort Mountain and Red Top Mountain have enough equipment for larger families or groups up to 20 people.

Author Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods shined a light on America’s growing disconnect with nature – coining it “Nature Deficit Disorder.” Park officials hope that projects such as First-Time Camper will give families an incentive to explore and appreciate the natural world around them.

Anyone who has never camped in a Georgia State Park may participate. While leashed dogs are normally welcome in campgrounds, they are not allowed in the First-Time Camper program since gear is shared among participants. Once settled in, guests can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, boating, geocaching, mini-golf, wildlife programs and many other activities. Reservations are required and must be made by calling the individual parks.

To learn more, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/FirstTimeCamper.

Celebrate Read Across America March 2

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students’ reading.

Want some fun ideas to celebrate at school or home?  Check out my Pinterest board!  There you will find a lot of fun  and creative ways to celebrate the beloved Dr. Seuss!

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.

In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book,
Let’s pass it around.

There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.

Come join us March 3rd
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.

©Anita Merina


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Frozen Fever Short Coming March 13!


Frozen Fever is coming back to the big screen in a short!  So, when can you see it?  It will be coming to theaters March 13 and will be aired prior to Cinderella!  I know I can’t wait to see it!  Here’s your preview Frozen fans!

Visit the official CINDERELLA Website: http://disney.com/Cinderella

Like CINDERELLA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cinderella

Follow CINDERELLA on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CinderellaMovie

Follow CINDERELLA on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DisneyCinderella

Follow CINDERELLA on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/cinderella

Follow CINDERELLA on Google +: https://plus.google.com/+disneycinderella

CINDERELLA opens in theaters everywhere on March 13th!

Winter Jam 2015

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Check out Winter Jam 2015!  One of Christian music’s hottest tours featuring some of today’s top Christian artists.  For only $10 at the door, you can be apart of all the action!

2015 Tour Featuring:


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Remaining Tour Dates Include:

FEB 26, 2015 Tupelo, MS BancorpSouth Arena

FEB 27, 2015 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center

FEB 28, 2015 Houston, TX Toyota Center

MAR 1, 2015 Tulsa, OK BOK Center

MAR 5, 2015 Springfield, MO JQH Arena

MAR 6, 2015 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena

MAR 7, 2015 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Center

MAR 8, 2015 Ft. Worth, TX Ft. Worth Convention Center

Emergen-C® Vitamin Drink Mix


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Turbo Tax 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deduction Edits


Intuit TurboTax, the nation’s #1 best-selling online tax preparation service, helps millions each year keep more of their hard-earned money. TurboTax guides taxpayers through easy-to-answer questions, so they get every deduction and credit they deserve.

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My family was selected to host a House Party Turbo Tax celebration this February.  We had a BLAST working on our taxes with this great software!  You really need to check it out!  It is so simple and leads you right through the whole process! As someone that is new to doing taxes on my own, this was a piece of cake!





Check out the 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions Edits from House Party and Turbo Tax.

1. State and Local Sales Tax Deduction

This tax deduction is a huge benefit for those taxpayers who live in states that don’t have a state income tax (like Texas and Florida), because now taxpayers can chose whether to deduct state income tax or state and local sales tax. Even if you pay state sales tax you can chose to deduct state and local sales tax if you made large purchases like a vehicle, boat, or furniture. Don’t worry about the calculations, TurboTax will figure out your state and local sales tax deduction and which deduction gives you the most money back in your pocket. Just have your receipts for your purchases ready when you sit down to file your taxes.

2. Out-of-Pocket Charitable Contributions

It’s hard to overlook the big charitable gifts you made during the year by check or payroll deduction. But the little things add up, too, and you can write off out-of-pocket costs you incur while doing good deeds. Ingredients for casseroles you regularly prepare for a nonprofit organization’s soup kitchen, for example, or the cost of stamps you buy for your school’s fundraiser count as a charitable contribution. If you drove your car for charity in 2014, remember to deduct 14 cents per mile.

3. Student Loan Interest

In the past, if parents paid back a student loan incurred by their children, no one got a tax break. To get a deduction, the law said that you had to be both liable for the debt and actually pay it yourself. But now there’s an exception. If Mom and Dad pay back the loan, the IRS treats it as though they gave the money to their child, who then paid the debt. So a child who’s not claimed as a dependent can qualify to deduct up to $2,500 of student loan interest paid by Mom and Dad.

4. Moving Expense to Take First Job Here’s an interesting dichotomy: Job-hunting expenses incurred while looking for your first job are not deductible, but moving expenses to get to that first job are. And you get this write-off even if you don’t itemize. If you moved more than 50 miles, you can deduct 23.5 cents per mile of the cost of getting yourself and your household goods to the new area, (plus parking fees and tolls) for driving your own vehicle.

5. Child and Dependent Care Credit

A credit is so much better than a deduction- it reduces your tax bill dollar for dollar. So missing one is even more painful than missing a deduction that simply reduces the amount of income that’s subject to tax. The Child and Dependent Care Credit can be worth a credit up to $$1,050 for one child and up to $2,100 for two children or more, but it’s easy to overlook if your childcare bills are paid through a dependent care benefit plan. If your employer provided dependent care benefits you may be able to exclude the amount provided from your income. Your employer can tell you if the plan qualifies.

6. Earned Income Credit

Millions of lower to middle income people miss out on this every year. 25% of taxpayers who are eligible to take the Earned Income Credit fail to claim it according to the IRS. Some people miss the credit because they aren’t aware they qualify. The EITC is a refundable tax credit – not a deduction- ranging from $496 to $6,143 and is dependent on your income, marital status and family size. In order to qualify you also have to earn money from working either for an employer or being self-employed sometime during the year. In order to get the Earned Income Credit, you have to file your taxes, even if you don’t owe any money. Moreover, if you were eligible to claim the credit before and didn’t, you can file or amend your previous tax returns to claim a tax refund within 3 years of the return due date.

7. State Tax You Paid Last Spring

Did you pay state taxes when you filed your 2013 state tax return in 2014? Then remember you can include the amount you paid for your state taxes in 2014 with the state income taxes withheld from your paychecks or paid via quarterly estimated payments if you itemize your deductions.

8. Refinancing Points When you buy a house, you get to deduct points paid to obtain your mortgage all at one time. When you refinance a mortgage, however, you have to deduct the points over the life of the loan. That means you can deduct 1/30th of the points a year if it’s a 30-year mortgage—that’s $33 a year for each $1,000 of points you paid. Doesn’t seem like much, but why throw it away? Also, in the year you pay off the loan—because you sell the house or refinance again—you get to deduct all the points not yet deducted, unless you refinance with the same lender.

9. Jury Duty paid to Employer

Some employers continue to pay employees’ full salary while they are doing their civic duty, but ask that they turn over their jury fees to the company. The only problem is that the IRS demands that you report those fees as taxable income. If you give the money to your employer you have a right to deduct the amount so you aren’t taxed on money that simply passes through your hands.

10. Reinvested Dividends

This isn’t really a deduction, but it is a subtraction that can save you a lot of money. And it’s one that many taxpayers miss. If, like most investors, you have mutual fund dividends automatically invested in extra shares, remember that each reinvestment increases your “tax basis” in the fund. That, in turn, reduces the amount of taxable capital gain (or increases the tax-saving loss) when you sell your shares. Forgetting to include the reinvested dividends in your cost basis—which you subtract from the proceeds of sale to determine your gain—means overpaying your taxes. TurboTax Premier and Home & Business tax preparation solutions include a very cool tool—Cost Basis Lookup—that will figure your basis for you and make sure you get credit for every dime of reinvested dividends.