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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!  

 

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!

5 Must-Have Wreaths for Farmhouse Decor

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In order to achieve farmhouse style, a casual farmhouse wreath or two- or five!- is a must!  Wreaths are a casual way to decorate  your home in farmhouse style.

5 Farmhouse Wreath Styles

Olive branch wreath

I love this wreath because it looks real and it’s affordable!  This particular one is from Amazon, and we have it hanging in our entryway in front of a mirror.  For the price, you can’t beat it.  It looks great and should hold up for years to come.

Magnolia Wreath

A magnolia wreath is the quintessential southern farmhouse wreath!  We planted a magnolia tree years ago when we moved in, and I am proud to say it finally has an abundance of beautifully fragrant flowers.  It seemed like it would never produce flowers!  I absolutely love it in the corner of our yard and so do the bus stop kids (including our own); they love to climb on the tree’s sturdy branches!  I haven’t mastered preserving the leaves and flowers long term, though, so I still depend on a purchased wreath.  This magnolia wreath from Hobby Lobby is a great alternative to last for years to come. (use a coupon on our Deals page for 40% off!)
magnolia wreath

Boxwood Wreath

I have this preserved boxwood wreath hanging over our Kohler sink in the kitchen, and I love it!  It is very well-made, arrived perfectly, and is lasting.  I am spraying it weekly with water, because it is made of real boxwood cuttings.  The boxwood wreath is perfect for farmhouse décor.  This particular wreath is from Mud pie.

boxwood wreath

Moss Letter

This one is not exactly a farmhouse wreath, but it still fits into the same category.   I list it because it is perfect for farmhouse style and would be an elegant addition to your home!

 

Cotton Wreath

Finally, the cotton wreath is definitely farmhouse style.  It is relaxed farmhouse décor and perfect in a bedroom or on a gallery wall.

farmhouse wreath cotton

 

Whether you are looking to adorn a front door or a gallery wall, these farmhouse wreaths are all beautiful, yet timeless styles that you can enjoy for years to come.

How We Do Doctors Visits for Free

Doctors visits for free sounds crazy, but it’s true!  Here’s our story:   doctors visits for free

Our Story

My kids have both had strep throat recently.  It has been going around their school and although we were healthy all year, it finally caught us.  The good news is it didn’t cost us anything!  We were able to make an appointment for a phone consultation with MDLive, the company that Medi-Share partners with, each time and consult with a doctor immediately!   No cost for the appointment, or for the amoxicillin that we picked up within the hour from the pharmacy.  Our kids were back to no fevers within a day, and we continued through the antibiotics for 10 days.  Life changing!!  Read below for more details, and for all the ways we are saving on insurance, read HERE.

Virtual Doctor’s Visit

Thankfully, we can do doctors visits for free with Medi-share’s Telehealth program.  With Medi-Share we were able to “see” a doctor immediately virtually with their tele-health program.  You can review the available doctor’s certifications before selecting your preference among those available.  They were able to diagnose and treat our issue and prescribe medication to our local pharmacy…immediately!

For the germaphobe that I am, this was such a nice change.  No germy waiting room.  No waiting.  We didn’t even have to leave the house!  The best part:  it was free!  NO cost to see a doctor; this is included in our membership to Medi-Share.  I am not receiving any kind of commission for sharing this info; I just think it’s too good not to share!  This does not replace our regular doctors, and they will send the records to your doctor’s office if you wish.  This virtual service is very helpful, though, in these situations, and saves us a ton!

Sharing to Help You Live Your Priorities

If you are looking to save money on insurance so you can live your priorities, I highly recommend Medi-Share.  I think it’s a great service that is helping many people when health care is otherwise unaffordable.  We have saved a TON on insurance costs this year (thankfully, and fingers crossed), so I highly recommend you reading this page.   Our auto and home insurance changes have been life-changing as well!  Save money on these expenses, so you can live your priorities!

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!

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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.

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