Are You a Back to School Penny Pincher?

Cute Beltz Back to School Sale!

We have all been aware that Back to School is coming!! Well, for some it is here! Running across your social media timelines, TV, radio, newspapers you have watched Back to School sales and suggestions for the last 2 months and if you are like me, I just didn’t want to hear anything about school. I needed a break.  So, now we are in the thick of it, can you say you are ready?

This year, I decided this is how I’m rolling:

  1. Recycle last years supplies.  Some of the notebooks they barely used and some of their folders are in great condition. Fewer items I have to purchase, whoo!!
  2. They definitely need new book bags because those take a beating every year, but what they don’t need is lunch boxes! I purchased from Lands End last year and I must say, the quality was great and they can withstand another year.
  3. Now that my kids are getting older, I will be purchasing the essential supplies to get them through the first week of school. Why? I am waiting for the REAL list to come home from each teacher. Every year, there is always something additional that needs to be purchased so I’m waiting….(in limbo).

What do you think? Am I onto something? What have you learned over the years? Are you in limbo like me or do you say FORGET IT and purchase everything new every year?

Here’s to an awesome School Year, Parents! – Cute Beltz

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#ICYMI MISTY COPELAND & YO-YO MA ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT

It’s amazing the spark Misty Copeland gives off, she had the social media world all a buzz last night. Yo-Yo Ma and Misty Copeland gave a mesmerizing performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Thanks to Misty and Yo-Yo trending on Twitter I was able to catch the performance. 🙂 Checkout the full performance.

Question Of The Day – What’s Your Favorite Movie and Why?

Growing up my mother, sister and I were true moviegoers. Every Saturday, we were at the movies and to this day I watch a lot of movies, but not at the theaters as much.  Well, I go to the movies, but it’s generally to watch a kids flick. You know how it goes, you have kids and things change.  Thankfully, there is the Library(my #1 source), pay per view, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and so many other outlets that make movies available quickly.

One of my favorite movies is “The Bridges of Madison County.”  A true love story and one that truly reveals why some of us live and sacrifice for others.  The characters Francesca, played by Meryl Streep and Robert, played by Clint Eastwood are soul mates that have found one another. As the movie progresses, you are brought into Francesca’s struggle of whether she should stay or go.  She stays. Often it’s not that we don’t deserve to be happy we choose to love the one we are with, especially when children are apart of the equation.  My favorite line from the movie is, “this kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime…” Ohhh, just makes me melt.  At the end of the movie, they have both passed away and I love that Francescas’ last request was for her ashes to be spread into the water by the bridge where Robert & her met. I choose to believe they found their way back to one another and spent eternity together. 🙂 Beautiful ending.

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I have many more movies I love like, The Notebook, Up(yes, kids movie, but I love a good love story), Overboard, Seems Like Old Times, The Outsiders, and so many more….

Ok, so you know my favorite(s), let’s hear what movie you love and why?

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Fur Sure: Don’t Miss This Sesame Street Exhibit!

For all the Sesame Street fans, there is a great exhibit in NYC. Have fun! – http://www.cutebeltz.com.

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Kids are born loving “Sesame Street.” Babies go gaga for Elmo, and the appeal of Kermit and friends endures for the toddler set and beyond. That’s why Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Learning on Sesame Street, on view now until January at Lincoln Center, is a must-see for both new and old fans of the groundbreaking show. It’s got life-sized Muppets, archival art and clips, and an off-the-hook play space. Kowabunga! (Double Kowabunga: It’s free!)

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A collaboration between Sesame Workshop and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the exhibit fills the 3700-square-foot Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery with over 250 items from “Sesame Street”‘s history. When you enter (at the West end of Lincoln Center plaza) you’ll first encounter a mechanized Oscar the Grouch, who lifts his head out of his trash can when a green button at kid-height is pressed. While the little ones are…

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3 Last Minute Getaways for Family Fun this Labor Day

I was looking for a last minute get a way for Labor Day, so I am happy to see this post from Red Tricycle. I’ve been thinking about visiting Mystic, CT for quit some time and it seems they have lots to do. Have you visited any of these places? Any tips?

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Before you break out the sweaters or buy back-to-school supplies, here’s your chance to enjoy one last summer getaway with the fam. Even if you haven’t booked a vacation yet, you can still avoid the crowds this Labor Day weekend and check out these under-the-radar yet super fun family destinations not too far from the city. Pick your choice of the mountains, a lake, or the beach and go for it before summer is gone for good!

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Photo courtesy of Church Street Marketplace via Yelp

Burlington, Vt

Are we there yet: 1-hour direct flight or 5.5 hours by car

Keep ‘em busy: This charming small town is settled along picturesque Lake Champlain. Explore the Burlington Waterfront Park with a boardwalk, picnic areas and amazing views. Rent bikes and pedal along a 7.5 mile long waterfront Bike Path.

Take a swim and enjoy the beach at North Beach featuring kayaking and a snack bar. Oakledge Park

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