Organize Your School Locker

It’s back to school time and everybody’s preparing their stuff for the big school day.  For some students who own a locker or want to have one, it is time to think of decorating and organizing your locker to help you stay as efficient as possible during the hectic school year.  These products will help you declutter, stay focused and well-organized.


Quartet – Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

Quartet - Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

Quartet – Magnetic Dry-Erase Board – $8.46, 5.58 shipping – Available at Marketplace

International Solutions – Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror

International Solutions - Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror

The locker organizer with mirror holds all those little things that get lost at the bottom of the locker. Two pockets a mirror and a zipper pocket will keep things organized.

International Solutions – Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror – $18.95, 5.23 shipping – Available at Marketplace

Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin

Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin

The Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin is a great place to store pens, pencils, notepads, index cards, a pocket calculator, hair accessories and personal care items

Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin – $6.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store

Container Store – 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4″ X 10″ X 26″ H

Container Store - 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4

Maximize vertical space in your locker with our ingenious Janus Locker Shelf. Two adjustable shelves provide multiple levels of storage for books, notebooks and school supplies.


Container Store – 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4″ X 10″ X 26″ H – $24.99, 9.45 shipping – Available at The Container Store

Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4″ X 1-3/4″ X 7-3/4″ H

Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4

A great place to store pens, pencils and personal care items. A mirror provides a place to check your look between classes. Super-strong magnets on the back keep it securely in place.

Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4″ X 1-3/4″ X 7-3/4″ H – $7.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store

Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue

Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue

This stacking bin can also be a good addition to your school locker to neatly stack up and maximize the space. You can put small items here like your pens and scissors, erasers or other trinkets you may use for school.


Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue – $2.73, Free shipping – Available at Global Industrial

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Top Ten Costume Themes of 2014 For Halloween

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Top Ten Costume Themes of 2014
With Halloween right around the corner (really? already?), and a summer filled with mega movie blockbusters, it probably isn’t all that difficult to guess what the hottest costumes for 2014 are. I bet you’ll be surprised at some on the list, so let’s test your knowledge! 

Disney Frozen Deluxe Elsa Toddler / Child Costume

Batman Dark Knight The Joker Grand Heritage Collection

Pink Poodle Infant / Toddler Costume

Pop Quiz! What are the Top 10 costume themes of 2014?

1. Always a female, sometimes in distress, this little lady loves everything from snowflakes to sleeping. She is pretty as a…<click for answer>

2. There are only four of them, but they have been rocking reptile power for 30 years. Guess who they are—<click for answer> 

3. This theme is rated PG, possibly PG 13. Sometimes dark, sometimes sparkly, but always sexy… guess this top ten costume theme! <click for answer> 

4. They usually come in all black, but are sometimes spotted in white or red. Silently they slip through the night, wreaking vengeance in the name of honor. They are… <click for answer> 

5. Golden lassos, silken threads, even a star spangled shield… this group has the hottest toys and the best outfits around, even if they get teased for their tights. Who are they? <click for answer> 

6. They rarely ever move beyond black (or really dark charcoal), but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have style and pizazz. Their outfit may be the darkest (on several levels) but it is also the most slimming! They are the… <click for answer> 

7. This group of characters come from faraway lands, deal in fairies, elves and talking animals, and have adventures that appeal to children and adults alike. They go from goth to golden and everything in between. Do you know who they are? <click for answer> 

8. Do or do not (to figure out this costume theme), there is no try. It is… <click for answer>

9. These costumes look best on toddlers, but not so much on truckers or construction workers. They would be the…<click for answer> 

10. Hey, if he’s not going to listen, run off and go missing all the time anyway, he might as well be dressed appropriately. A Where’s Waldo costume is perfect for your little… what? <click for answer> 

Where’s Waldo Woof Pet Costume

Sleek N’ Sexy Bodysuit Adult Costume

Ninja Turtles Movie Deluxe Leonardo Child Costume

Now that you’re an expert on costume themes, you’re going to want to check out Orange Tuesday on September 2nd at BuyCostumes… it’s the official kick-off celebration of the Halloween season! Orange Tuesday will boast the biggest trends in costumes at rock-bottom prices. 

Browse the full selection of all of the hottest costumes for the entire family at

Don’t miss out on these fabulous Halloween costumes! Join the Life’s Better in Costumes from BuyCostumes and you may have a chance to win $1000 in prizes!!! Click here to join the giveaway!

BuyCostumes “Life’s Better in Costume” Giveaway


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Clearance Sale of Cute Costumes for the Little Ones at Birthday Express

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Do you have a little dinosaur lover, a sweet feline princess or an action warrior in your home? Are you looking for a way to jazz up the usual birthday hullabaloo or turn a plain old Sunday into a FUN DAY? Birthday Expresshas the clearance sale for you! Take a look at these costumes on clearance for little ones, all for under $15! 

Red Pterodactyl Infant / Toddler Costume
Available in size 18 – 24 mo.
Now just $9.99
Why not turn a regular weekday into Pterodactyl Tuesday and dress your dino lover up for a special trip to the museum or a backyard sandbox bone hunt!

Princess Kitty Child Costume
Available in size X-Small (4)
Now just $9.99
Tea time takes a turn towards fantastic when you invite a royal feline to the table!

Super Mario Bros. – Wario Deluxe Toddler / Kids Costume
Available in size Small (4-6)
Now just $9.97
No Super Mario Bros. birthday party is complete without a main character making an appearance! Make sure he finally captures Princess Peach and gets to enjoy all the spoils of a “bad” guy.

Robo Knight Power Ranger Megaforce Muscle Chest Child Costume
Available in sizes (4-6) and (10-12) 
Now just $14.97
What backyard fort doesn’t need to be defended? Now your little one can storm just about any castle in your community thanks to this outfit of awesomeness.

Take your pick! These costumes will also be great for Halloween and it’s not far from now. You might as well take advantage of this great offer while it’s on! Happy shopping!

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Cookies Kids Giveaway

Welcome to Cookies Kids Giveaway

Sponsor: Uplifting Families

Cookies Kids Giveaway

Cookies Kids carries quality children’s clothing for less. You can find brand such as Nautica, Carters, French Toast, Guess, NBA, US Polo and many other great brands. They have been in business since 1975 in New York and then expanded their market online. You can find everything from school uniforms, clothing, shoes, and toys all in one convenient location for less. They focus on providing quality children clothing and excellent service to its customers. If you place an order and if you have a problem, simply contact a customer service representative or log into their website to request a return authorization. They have a referral program and you can earn $10 for each friend that you refer to Cookie Kids.

Christy from Uplifting Families had the opportunity to review a boy’s outfits from Cookies Kids. The clothing that we received was high quality and my boys loved their new outfits. You can read the full review here.

How would you like to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Cookies Kids? One lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card to Cookies Kids. This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older. This giveaway is open from August 11th through August 28 at 11:59pm. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond to the email.


Join now and Good luck!

Disclosure: Uplifting Families received samples or credit facilitate the review and giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own. One entry per household. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to participate in this giveaway. All participating bloggers aren’t responsible for prize fulfillment and weren’t compensated to participate. This giveaway isn’t affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, or any other social media platform.

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Tips To Waterpoof Your Basement



Having a basement is a good thing as it adds valuable space for storage, utility and another functional room in your home especially if you have a limited living quarter. Maintaining a basement and keeping it clean, mildew-free and waterproof is a different story.

One of the common issues many homeowners tackle is a leaky and damp basement.  This will be the case to most homeowners whose properties are already constructed. There is not much you can do about it but to ensure you follow these tips in basement waterproofing.

  • Have an ocular inspection around the perimeter of your home and check out any cracks on the basement wall and foundation.
  • If your downspout discharge is too close on the wall of your basement, try to extend it at least a minimum of 5 feet away from the wall of your home.
  • Fill hollow spots outside your home and level them to a gradual decline away from your basement walls. If your lawn is not leveled properly, the water will always gravitate towards the place where there is least resistance, in this case, your basement.
  • Plant shrubs at least 1 feet away from the basement walls.  Shrubs or small plants can help collect significant amount of water away from your basement walls.
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  • Install an internal water drainage system. It may be a bit costly but it will help if persistent leaking and flooding occurs in the basement. This internal water drainage is called a sump. This is a hole in your basement floor which contains a pump. The purpose of this sump is to detect the water level in the sump area. If it becomes too high then the pump is activated and draws out the water out of the sump. The water is discharged outside the house at least 10 or more feet away from the foundation. You will be creating a home in the floor of your basement, excavating a whole, lining it, installing the wiring of the sump pump and installing plumbing outlet from the pump to the outdoors. This is best done by the professionals.
  • Check your internal basement walls and floor for any cracks, leaks and seepage. Fill and repair them with waterproofing mixture.

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