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  • Morning Coffee: Free 11×14 photo canvas and Star magazine subscription, & More

    Morning Coffee is published daily and includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    ~ Canvas People: Get a FREE 11×14 photo canvas {$69.99 value; just pay shipping of approximately $20; these make FABULOUS holiday gifts for grandparents!}

    ~ Today’s Kindle Kids Daily Deal: Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson for $1.99 {$16.99 value; 4.7 stars in 63 reviews; grades 5-8}

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    ~ Value Mags: Free digital subscription of Star magazine

    ~ New printable coupon for $5/1 Zarbee’s Elderberry Gummy Immune Support

    ~ Staples: Coupon for a FREE case of spring water {brand depends on your geographic location, but here in SoCal, it looks like Arrowhead; valid through tomorrow only!}

    ~ Life Your Way: German Pfeffernusse {think Christmas cookies}


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    Evening Roundup: Cheap Boom Chicka Pop, Great news for Target Starbucks customers & More

    Evening Roundup includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Instagram: Hot deal I found at Target on Boom Chicka Pop single-serving bags {my kids love these, and I’m totally ok with them because they’re non-GMO and only contain 3 ingredients! and they’re just $0.28/bag!}

    Freebies 4 Mom: Free Mom Made coupon booklet

    Southern Cali Saver: Cheap Mazola cooking spray at Food 4 Less

    The Kitchn: $250 kitchen update

    Hip2Save: You can now redeem rewards at Target Starbucks locations, plus get bonus stars through 10/19

    Printable Coupons: Cheap Starbucks Refreshers at Walgreens


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    LAUSD Magnet Schools: Is a Magnet School right for your child?

    Is a magnet school right for your child? - chieffamilyofficer.com

    Many parents think that since magnet schools are “better” schools, their children should attend a magnet school if at all possible. However, while magnets are often “better” schools, they are not one-size-fits-all.

    Factors to consider include:

    The school’s theme – Each magnet school has a specialized theme that should be considered when choosing a magnet school, along with the child’s interests and abilities. For example, a child interested in performing arts might be well-suited for a Fine, Performing and Visual Arts magnet program but ill-suited for a Math/Science/Technology magnet program. Or a child may not be able to handle the extra academic workload at Gifted/High-Ability magnet programs. Carefully consider whether your child and the school will be a good fit for each other.

    The reputation of the school and its staff – You’ll need to talk with other families who know the school you’re considering, but this is the only way you’ll be able to find out how responsive the teachers and staff are to parents, and what the atmosphere at the school is like. Again, this information will help you determine whether the school will be a good fit for your child.

    The school’s facilities and programs – Some magnet schools are attached to other schools or share their campus, while other magnet schools are free-standing and have their own campus. Magnet schools that share a campus with non-magnet schools may have access to greater facilities and programs. For example, I know one parent who chose not to apply to a free-standing magnet because the school did not offer any after-school care programs.

    Location – LAUSD will provide transportation if the student resides certain boundaries. The district recommends that parents contact LAUSD’s Transportation Branch at (323) 342-1340 before applying to a magnet school to determine if the closest pick-up/drop-off point is a reasonable distance from your home.

    Other options – I know many parents whose children attended a magnet elementary school, but went on to a different type of program in middle school. Many schools have other educational programs, such as GATE (gifted and talented), SAS (School for Advanced Studies), academies, learning communities, and more. Like my friends, you may find that one of these programs, rather than a magnet program, is the better fit for your child.

    Learn more about LAUSD Magnet Schools here.

    Image via FreeDigitalPhotos.net by Grant Cochrane.

    Morning Coffee: Cheap OxiClean detergent, Free taco seasoning and crackers, & More

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    ~ New Coupons.com printables:

    • $2/1 Tide PODS 31ct+
    • $3/1 OxiClean™ Laundry Detergent {manufacturer’s coupon that prints with Dollar General logo; you should be able to use it at Vons/Pavilions to get detergent for just $2 today only!}
    • $0.40/3 Campbell’s Condensed soups
    • $0.50/1 Command™ Brand Product
    • $0.55/1 Sargento Sliced Natural Cheese Item

    ~ New SavingStar offer for a FREE Ortega® Taco Seasoning packet

    ~ Today only: Ralphs/Kroger shoppers can get a digital coupon for one FREE Triscuit Thin Crisps Crackers

    ~ Deal Mama: Peanut butter deal at Albertsons {no coupons needed}

    ~ Southern Cali Saver: Today’s $5 Friday deals at Vons/Pavilions and possibly all Safeway stores


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    Sponsored: Get in shape with Sprint Fit Live

    I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf Influence Central for Sprint. I will receive a thank you item for participating in this program. All opinions are honest and my own. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    A couple of weeks ago, I attended a demonstration and information session about Sprint Fit Live, a complete mobile health and fitness package that gives users access to their favorite fitness applications in one place. Sprint is collaborating with Under Armour, MapMyFitness and Spotify to offer mobile solutions for today’s active lifestyles through the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport, which you can use to track your workouts and monitor your heart rate. The S5 Sport will even offer you “coaching” and encouragement to help you stay motivated and achieve your fitness goals.

    Sprint Fit Live screenshot

    With MapMyFitness MVP (available through Google Play™), you can track, monitor, and share workout activity, and even get customized audio coaching, training plans, live tracking and more. The sharing feature makes it easy to team up with someone else so you can encourage each other, no matter how far away you live! With Spotify, you can get hundreds of Workout playlists (all Sprint customers get at least 3 months of FREE Spotify Premium service). Plus, you can customize the look and feel of fitness tracking, education, music and healthy living content displayed on the lock screen, wallpaper, or full screen.

    I have to admit that my favorite feature of Sprint Fit Live is the Samsung Gear Fit, a wearable watch/fitness device that can interact with your Galaxy S5 Sport. As I mentioned on Facebook during the info session, I want one of these! It’s a pedometer, so you can track your steps. It includes a coaching feature to encourage and motivate you. It has a built-in heart monitor and a sleep monitor. You can also use it to take or reject calls, or view (and act on) emails, texts and alerts. And of course, it’s dustproof and water-resistant so you can wear it during your workouts. It even has interchangeable bands so you can match its look to your outfit!

    Gear Fit in action

    As you can see in the (badly lit) photo above, Sprint brought in a personal trainer, Nathaniel Gosslein, to demonstrate Sprint Fit Live. I loved it when he started a jogging workout and went super slow, so the Gear Fit told him he needed to speed things up!

    Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport at Sprint

    If you’d like to learn more, visit the Sprint web site.

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