Best Clear Bags for Game Day

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Can you feel the excitement as football season comes near? Whether you are watching the game on the big screen with friends, or in the stadium of your alma mater, football games are a treasured weekend tradition in the south especially. Make sure you are ready with the best clear bags for game day!

clear bags for game day

The dress code varies from school to school, but in the Southeastern Conference you can count on women to wear sundresses, boots, stylish sunglasses, and a tote to carry the essentials. In 2017 amid safety concerns, clear bag guidelines were established between the NFL and the SEC (and others, but these are the ones I am familiar with). Now, anything you want to carry inside the stadium must fit inside a clear bag no larger than 12 x 6 x 12 inches, or a clear gallon Ziploc bag! Since we ALL know we have more style than a Ziploc bag (even if you are minimalist) and moms have things we have to have, here are the best clear bags for game day!

 

This clear stadium bag on Amazon is basic, but incredibly affordable and useful. At $5.99 at the time of writing (click link for updated pricing from Amazon), you cannot beat this deal. If you need a spot for kids’ snacks or toys, or your own items, this bag fills the bill.

best clear bags for game day clear tote

Vera Bradley has a line of collegiate bags that are so functional and well-made that you can see here, but they also have clear bag options.  This clear bag from Vera Bradley is stadium approved, at 7.5 x 5.25 x 2 in, and is a smaller clear bag for just the game day basics.  

clear bags for game day Vera Bradley clear bag stadium approved

This clear mini bookbag style gets excellent reviews.  At 12 x 11.4 x 5.5 in it is within the acceptable stadium approved range and can hold everything you may need to take in to the game!  

 

clear bags for game day clear bookbag

Love this clear Michael Kors bag from Macy’s!  Small-sized at 8-1/4″W x 5-1/2″H x 2-1/4″D, it holds your essentials stylishly and effortlessly.  For this and all of the other clear bags, make sure you check our deals page before you purchase!  

clear stadium bag from Michael Kors

Now for the custom collegiate bags that you are going to love, Etsy comes through!  You can monogram your clear tote, wristlet, or backpack, or choose a college-specific bag.  Etsy has SO many affordable options, there is no reason to go to the game without!  

For $15.99 at time of writing, this clear bag sold on from Etsy is stadium approved at 11.5 x 8.5 and includes monogramming!  So perfect for a college girl or mom attending a game.  

monogram clear bags for game day

 

For times when you need to bring in the kids’ essentials and more, you need the full size allowed in the stadium which is 12 x 12.  This clear tote on Etsy is perfect for that.  

best clear bags for game day

 

Finally, this clear bag is perfectly stylish for game day, concerts, and whatever else you may need it for.  This clearly classic crossbody from Madly Yours on Etsy is 9 x 5 x 2, so its perfectly sized to be comfortable, but also large enough to hold the essentials.  

clearly classic crossbody clear bag for game day

Whether you are the mom who is toting the kids’ snacks or just need a place to hold your money, keys and phone, we hope you have found the perfect clear bag for your game day experience!  Subscribe to our newsletter so we can share more relevant, time-saving finds as well as encouragement for you!  

 

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I do love this quote and reminder from C.S. Lewis: “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” Fore more inspirational quotes, verses and devotionals, see Inspiration

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Celebrating National Ice Cream Day

celebrating national ice cream day with easy homemade ice cream

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ONLY because it is National Ice Cream Day and our families deserve a fun summertime treat am I going to share these recipes for easy homemade ice cream. Who knew that the third Sunday of July is considered National Ice Cream Day in the United States and the entire month of July is called National Ice Cream Month?!! Ronald Reagan created this holiday back in 1984 as a tribute to this classic treat. What a perfect reason to celebrate with ice cream!

Easy Homemade Ice Cream with Simple Ingredients

We have had the fun opportunity this summer to try out a few new local ice cream shops that recently opened in our town, which are so fun and offer different and creative ideas for ice cream combinations. But homemade is still the way to go in my opinion. You can better control the ingredients going into your ice cream and it’s just a fun experience to make your own!

I want to share with you some of our favorite easy homemade ice cream recipes and how simple they are to make- your kids can dump the ingredients in and almost walk away!

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Our kids LOVE to make ice cream and until recently, we only made it at the lake house because that is where we kept the classic ice cream maker…you know the one with the rock salt on the sides? Well, I now own a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment, and that has been a game changer! It is now SO easy to make ice cream- it’s dangerous! Really, we don’t eat it TOO often, but it’s a special occasion when we do. This National Holiday definitely qualifies as a special occasion! 🙂 And with school starting back soon in our area, it’s a perfect treat for the end of “summer break.”

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Kitchenaid ice cream maker attachment

Classic Churn Ice Cream Maker

Rock Salt

Simple Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

A simple homemade vanilla ice cream recipe without eggs that you can modify with add-ins to make it your own recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword simple easy ice cream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Freeze Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author prioritysites

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 cup of whipping cream into a medium saucepan and add the sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir over medium heat, just until the sugar dissolves.

  2. Remove mixture from heat and pour into pre-chilled (according to product instructions) KitchenAid ice cream mixer attachment. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low.

  3. Remove mixer attachment and place in the freezer according to product instructions until ready to enjoy.

  4. Add in toppings like oreos, brownies, toasted pecans, etc. or enjoy over a cobbler. The possibilities are endless with this easy simple recipe. Enjoy!

Janie and Jack Summer Sale

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Exciting news!! Janie and Jack and the kids clothes we love were bought out but they’re not going away!  If you haven’t heard, Janie and Jack was purchased by Gap, Inc and they’re still offering special discounts and incentives to our online readers.

Right now, the Janie and Jack summer sale is going on, with prices up to 60% off on sale styles. Also, today, Monday, July 8, Janie and Jack is offering free shipping on ANY Janie and Jack order- ONE DAY ONLY!

ONE DAY ONLY Earn Free Shipping on ANY Janie and Jack order! Take Advantage of New Arrivals and Free Returns! Valid 7/8, Online Only.

Don’t forget to take advantage of Janie and Jack’s Season Finale – Earn Up to 60% Off Sale Styles! Valid through 7/28. 

Also, if you miss this free shipping sale today, don’t worry.  If you spend $100 or more, you still get free shipping.  Free Shipping on Orders $100+ Plus Everyday Returns at Janie and Jack

Walmart Next Day Delivery

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For some time now- several years possibly- Walmart.com has been offering 2 day delivery on items ordered online and shipped to your home. The 2 day delivery is a loose classification, because delivery has not been consistently 2 days for me at least. I didn’t mind, though, because with free delivery and similar pricing to in store, I can wait and avoid the store, extra time spent at the store, frustration at the store, … ya know what I mean?

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Well, now Walmart is beginning to offer next day delivery. We will see if they deliver on the promise of next day (with an order size of $35 or more, and available only in certain areas- click here to see if you are in their qualifying area). It is such a convenience to have these items delivered to your door, without paying a membership fee or even shipping.

I will warn you … make sure you know your prices. In the past, pricing on Walmart.com matched in store pricing exactly. However, I have noted big differences in the prices online for some items. They also group together items so ordering in bulk may be more cost effective, but not always, so know your prices. Still, the convenience and time saved by shopping online and not traveling to the store, IF you only buy the items with good pricing, will make you grow to love online shopping!

Moms, Shop for Your Own Tires Online and Save Money!

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Honestly, this is one area that I have not touched in my efforts to save money and be like the Proverbs 31 woman! My habit- all I’ve ever known- is to go to the tire store and have them price tires for me, and install them while I wait. Basically, I feel like you have little choice in the tire situation, because what do I know about tires? I just take what they tell me- because I trust them on a certain level- and go with it, because I do not have the time or the knowledge to find tires myself.

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Well, I truly believe Walmart could be on to something big here.

Find tires online at Walmart.com!

Now, I can shop for tires online by simply knowing my car make and model, and what kind of tires I currently have. That is easy enough. Walmart has a tire finder that searches across dozens of brands and pulls up the best fit for my vehicle. You can even pull up available rebates from tire brands! Probably, these rebates have gone to the tire dealer in the past because of my lack of knowledge and available transparency.  Walmart.com offers a wide variety of good brands including Goodyear, BFGoodrich, Michelin, Radar, Cooper and others.

Now, only time and experience will tell if this is a good deal or not, or whether it is worth it. The tires can be shipped for free to your store (or your home, if you are a real DIY’er) and you can have the Walmart tire department install them. I just appreciate the ability to search for myself and find the best deal. Thankfully, it is not time for me to purchase new tires on my almost new vehicle just yet. But, I am going to go through the process to see how simple it could be. If you have experience from Walmart online tire shop, I’d love to hear from you at momspriority@gmail.com or comment below.

To have 4 tires for my 2018 Expedition sent to my local Walmart or to my home, it is $511 including tax and free shipping. Installation at Walmart adds another $15 per basic tire. This is not a bad price for 4 SUV tires; however, I have not had new tires put on this vehicle so I am not completely sure.  Here are all of the links so you can check it out for yourself:

Find tires online at Walmart.com!

Find rebates

Find special deals

Tax Time Tire Savings

Auto Care Centers for Tire Installation Packages

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I’d love to hear what you think!  This is a new program Walmart is offering. Email me at momspriority@gmail.com!

Clinique Bonus Time is Currently On Until April 9

Clinique Bonus Time at Macy’s is NOW ~ Don’t Miss it!

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Choose your free 7pc gift with any $29 Clinique purchase (A $100 Value)  This is the easiest way to buy your makeup!  You don’t even have to find time to go shopping.  Simply go to Macy’s online by clicking the picture to the right, and order your needed items.  Spend just $29 and the bonus gift is automatically added to your bag. If you spend $55, you get to choose additional items like a large eye shadow for free.  Choose your free 2piece beauty duo with $55 Clinique purchase. Shop now at Macys.com! Valid 3/27 through 4/9

If you wear Clinique, it is so simple to order online with free shipping and have your makeup delivered to your door!  It doesn’t get much simpler!  Or faster!

Clinique Products 

I have been approached multiple times to get on the multi-marketing bandwagon with another skincare provider from other women, and my answer is always no for several reasons.  The primary reason is I have no interest in switching.  Clinique products have been good to my skin for many years, back to the teenage years when my skin needed lots of help!  I think many in my generation grew up on Clinique, as our moms used Estee Lauder!  No reason to change a good thing!  Also, I am thankful for the ability to easily purchase my Clinique makeup without making a trip to the mall.  Ordering online is so simple, and your makeup typically arrives at your door within 2 days.  Ordering Clinique on Macys.com is so simple- why complicate it?  While you’re on macys.com, check out the sales in other departments and get free shipping with any beauty purchase.

Clinique Bonus Time at Macys
Clinique Bonus Time at Macys

This bonus only runs through April 9, so make sure you order your makeup today! Free 7-piece Clinique Gift with qualifying purchase! One per customer, while supplies last. Shop now at Macys.com! Valid 3/27-4/9.


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Vera Bradley Outlet Sale Now!

Did you know Vera Bradley has an online outlet for marked down products? You can find amazing deals on beautiful and durable purses, lunch boxes, book bags, and more at the outlet! Now through March 20, you can take an extra 30% off already-reduced styles, AND receive free shipping at the Vera Bradley outlet sale!! This truly is a great opportunity to replace WELL worn items with new! Click here to browse their selection: Online Outlet Exclusive: Take an extra 30% off already-reduced prices, plus free shipping! Only at outlet.verabradley.com. Valid 3/17-3/20

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Quality Bags that Last

I say “well worn” because if you’ve ever purchased Vera Bradley before, you know these items last and last! We have a baby diaper bag that we’ve had for 12 years now. Amazingly, my daughter now uses it as her overnight bag. It has held up so well, that once I found a sale, I didn’t hesitate when our daughter asked for a Vera Bradley lunch box and book bag. Even though the prices are high initially, with these sales and free shipping as well, these quality items can be purchased for a steal.

Vera Bradley Outlet Steals

We found some steals at Vera Bradley’s outlet, like this triple zip hipster. Clearanced down to $24 (originally $68), plus additional 30% off and free shipping makes it about $17!

Triple Zip Hipster

Or this leopard print 13″ tablet sleeve, regularly $38, marked down to $11.50. With additional 30% off, it’s only about $8! You can’t beat these deals. These would also make great teacher, graduation, birthday, and mother’s day gifts!

Vera Bradley 13″ Tablet Sleeve

We have a selection of our Mom’s Priority online shopping platform devoted to Vera Bradley items; we love them that much! After checking out the outlet, you should head over to our online platform and browse around. The patterns and quality materials Vera Bradley uses makes these bags great for school, work, travel, and more.

Don’t miss this Vera Bradley Outlet sale, going on today through Wednesday. Over 300 items are clearance down on the outlet, so shop now for best selection and availability. Click here Online Outlet Exclusive: Take an extra 30% off already-reduced prices, plus free shipping! Only at outlet.verabradley.com. Valid 3/17-3/20.

For more deals from other inspiring companies like Vera Bradley, check out our deals page.

5 Disney Money Saving Tips

Disney World is on many families’ bucket lists of places to experience with kids, and truly, it is an amazing family fun experience for families!  Even if you can’t or won’t spend thousands of dollars on a vacation, you can still experience Disney World with these Disney money saving tips.

5 Disney Money Saving Tips

5 Ways to Save at Disney

Plan in Advance

Plan your trip well in advance.  Hotels, while plentiful in Orlando, can book up with the number of visitors and conventions that are ongoing in that city.  Planning in advance also makes sense with regards to meal reservations and fast passes.  We’ll talk about that more below, but people start booking these up to 6 months in advance, so don’t wait!  You also can find out when is the best time to go to Disney.  We’ve found that November is a wonderful time!  The park is already decorated for Christmas, the weather is very nice, and it’s not that crowded.

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Plan Your Itinerary

Once you nail down the dates of your vacation, plan your days in detail.  Sound like planning takes away the spontaneous fun, right?  Well, time is money in Disney World.  One-day ticket prices start at $109/day per person and $99/day per child age 3-9, depending on the Disney park you are visiting and season!  The price seems steep, but only until you realize how much you get for your money, with all of the shows, parades, rides, and character visits!  But, if you spend your time waiting in line unnecessarily because you didn’t plan well, you will miss out.  So, plan your days.  Look at the crowd calendars available on touringplans.com and undercover tourist.  Decide which days you want to go to which park, based on the crowd levels and what features you’re looking for in your day.  You can choose from the electric parade which vary in hours at night or the extra magic hours that you can receive by staying at certain hotels.

Plan Your Park Day in Detail

Once you decide your days, plan out your route around the park.  Keep your meal reservations, character visits, and fast passes in mind.  Doing this in advance will make the day go SO much smoother when you’re in the park with your family!  You can book character meals up to 180 days in advance.  These reservations fill up so often you need to check back before your trip to see if better times/days become available.  Also, remember if you have a really young one, you can do Rider Swap on certain rides, meaning the parents can switch without waiting in line twice.

Consider Food Options

When planning your hotel and meals, consider a hotel that offers a free continental breakfast in the rate, and remember that you can bring in food and drinks.  You can eat breakfast at the hotel, pack PBJ’s, snacks, and waters and take in the stroller, and then eat an off-time dinner in the park.  Buy a few fun treats/snacks like ice cream when you really need a break from the day or in the evening. We have stayed at the Hampton Inn near Disney World in Orlando, and enjoyed the free breakfast and free transportation to the Disney parks.  Save up to 15% off when you book early at thousands of Hampton by Hilton. Book early & save big! Another option is to stay at a hotel inside the park, making it easily accessible to return back for a midday break, and then you can go back to the park later.  This is great particularly Magic Kingdom!  You can enjoy the nighttime parades and fireworks, hopefully avoiding the exhaustion and tantrums! We’ve done this also, and it was awesome, just much more expensive.

These are just a few tips on creating a memorable family trip at Walt Disney World.  Check out these websites for more tips on a wonderful Disney vacation!

Other Disney Resources

All Ears

MouseSavers

Frommers

Undercover Tourist

Touring Plans

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How to Find the Best Black Friday Deals

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how to find the best black friday dealsBlack Friday is less than a day away!  Get ready to find the best black Friday deals, possibly the best this Christmas season!!  Retailers have been planning on this week all year because this is when the bulk of Christmas shopping will happen this year.  Peak Week starts the Monday before Thanksgiving and goes through the following Monday, referred to as Cyber Monday.  * Black Friday is a term almost used to describe this entire time period for many retailers.* I like to think of getting this task complete (or close)- Christmas shopping- so we can all enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas together a little more.

Back to Black Friday shopping, get your lists ready!  I do believe you will find some great deals this week if you are ready to make a purchase.  If you have any questions about securely shopping online, read this post to shop smart online this Christmas season.  We want to help you find the best Black Friday deals online and in stores so check Mom’s Priority daily for updates.

Best Black Friday Deals

We will be updating our list of deals daily as we receive them from retailers here on the Black Friday Deals page, accessible from the main page.  You may want to bookmark this page.

Here are a few tips to save money this Christmas season:

  • You need to remember to check prices before you buy.  Even though a retailer claims to be offering a great price on an item, that doesn’t mean it is the BEST price.  One great website resource to check Amazon prices is https://camelcamelcamel.com .  This is a legit site that does behind the scenes work for you.  You can even sign up for price drop alerts if you are shopping Amazon and need to find a particular item.
  • You should review the Black Friday Ads for major retailers below, which are linked below for your convenience.




Department Store Black Friday Ads

Black Friday 2018 is coming November 23!  Retailer giants like Amazon and Walmart have already begun their deals of the day and door busters, with more coming each day.  Here is a list of the bigger department store Black Friday ads we have so far.

Sam’s Club Black Friday Ad

Kohls Black Friday Ad

Macy’s Black Friday Ad

Walmart Black Friday Ad

Amazon Black Friday Ad

Target Black Friday Ad

Best Buy Black Friday Ad

 

More Black Friday Tips

  • Use promo and coupon codes whenever possible.
  • Note retailers that price match, and ask for a price match if you find an identical item at another store.
  • Consider a free trial of Amazon prime just for the holidays for the free shipping benefits. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.
  • Always keep your budget in mind and think about creating a Three Gift Rule to keep the focus off all of the gifts.  See our post about the Three Gift Rule here.

These are just a few of the ways you can find the best black Friday deals this week.  Good luck!!