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Our Sparklers! We hope you are all doing well during this trying time for our country. It has really been quite unbelievable hasn't it? All of us here at SIP have been trying to make sense of this and really thinking about what we can do to help. We weren't planning to do a blog post until Easter but decided a blog post would be good to help some of you prepare or deal with what is happening, and help keep the kiddos entertained during the break as well. Our schools here in Utah have been closed for at least two weeks. I just wanted to show you a few things I have come up with to help make the next couple weeks a little easier and fun. It's all about routine in our house so if I can have a plan, we will all be much happier!! ☺️
 
My kids are all about crafts as I'm sure yours are too. I made it a goal to keep this unexpected time as inexpensive as possible. I went to the Dollar Store and made my girls this craft tote. All new art supplies; canvas, construction paper, pipe cleaners, stickers, paint, etc. And I also got a few learning books they have for my kid's ages. This whole tote cost under $15 total and will make for lots of creativity! Even though we already have most of these items, something about it being new really excites my kids and having their own little tote makes for no fighting over who gets what color! Haha
 
I also saw this cute "bowling" idea with just using cups and a ball. Which I'm sure most of you already have. You can play with neighbors, play it outside, etc. Great idea for toddlers!
I'm sure a lot of you have seen the videos of the germ experiment using water, pepper, and soap. I wanted to show my girls why we are so adamant about hand washing several times a day and always when coming inside the house. Especially now!
All you need to do is fill a bowl with a little water, and put pepper in it. Then have your child put their unwashed finger in the pepper water. Let them see all the "germs" (pepper) on their finger. Then dip their finger in the soap and do it again in the water. They will see all the pepper float away from their finger. The soap reflects the germs and this is a great visual activity so they can really understand what hand washing does. My girls thought this was so cool!
To wrap some ideas up, here is a daily schedule example that we will be using in our home. The reality that it will actually go as planned is slim, but one can hope! Haha. And also, a list of free online learning websites. My girls love to do learning apps or sites, so we will definitely be looking into all of these and letting them stay in the school mode as much as we can.
Finally, we really wanted to express to all of you that our thoughts and prayers go to everyone. This can be scary for kids and even us as parents. But if we can all focus on the positive and see the good in this situation, things will improve much quicker. We have strangers helping strangers, buying necessities for elderly, or those less fortunate. That is what we all need to do. 
That being said, we wanted to offer a different kind of giveaway for this blog. We want to help some of those in need. Whether it's yourself, or a family member or friend, we want to give back a couple of gift cards to stores for some family necessities. We will be giving away gift cards for Visa and Venmo! We know our giveaways are normally for our store, but there are families who need this more and that's what we're going to do!
TO ENTER: Comment on this blog post if you or someone you know could use a little help. No need to specify a name, we will reach out to you if you are a chosen winner and get the details. But let us know what some struggles are and some necessities or items you or a friend are having a hard time finding during this time. We wish we could help all those who enter, but we will do as much as we can for those who really could use some help. Let's all work to make the world a better place! Winners will be carefully chosen and notified in a few days. Thank you! 💗

 

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    Lynda Stallard

    My granddaughter’s mother is a teacher, the teachers here are not going back to work for the rest of this school year. Her income paid some bills but the most of it went to buy groceries for the family, at this time she doesn’t know when she will be able to return to work. If you look at my ordering history, you will see that I buy a lot of clothes for my granddaughter at SIP. Thanks for helping others in a time of need. May God Bless you always.

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    Dana Wright

    Hello I would like to help a bus driver who is a single parent. She usually drives field trips and after school programs to make ends meet but is currently out of work.

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    Rissa

    THis is such a wonderful idea. Thank you for thinking about those in need, during this difficult times. I’m getting the hang of being a homeschool Mom. Still trying my best to read emails form teachers. They absolute are doing an amazing job, making sure our kids still have education and time to learn. We have now just got word, that we have a curfew that we need to follow, until April 9th. Let’s all lift up our prayers, and hopefully this will calm down soon. Keep our Faith strong, and our prayers stronger. God Bless you and all the SIP employees and the people that are making sure, that we still have our orders arrive in time. Aloha

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    Kim

    Thank you so much for posting such essential information. During this time it’s important to stay hopeful and trust Gods plan. This didn’t catch him by surprise. Take this opportunity to spend more time with God and your family. Read a book you always wanted to read. Cook meals together and take a walk outside. Just try to stay positive and just know this to shall pass!

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    Ver

    This is an absolute crazy time. You guys are absolutely God sent, thank you for the wonderful giveaway to help a family in need.
    There is a single mother of 4, under the age of 6yrs old. She is a stay at home mom because she is fearful of putting her two youngest boys at risk of getting sick, a simple fever puts them in the hospital for days, so you can imagine how she’s feeling with this virus going around. She hates to ask for help but relies on her family to help her get where she needs to go as she looks for a cheap enough vehicle to fit her family in. Times like this where people are panic buying makes it hard for her to get diapers, wipes, and other necessities she needs for her children as well as food they can eat. She’s trying her best to stay strong but she’ll admit that it’s very tough right now. I know that if chosen she would be very thankful, if not it is going to another family in need which would make her just as happy.
    God bless you and your families, and wishing you all health, and reassurance in this crazy time. <3

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    Denise

    Thank you for the giveaway!🙏🏽 I have my parents who are both out of jobs due to Covid-19 and they take care of three of my brothers. They buy whatever food they can and try to pay their bills. However, they’re having a hard time doing that right now. This money can definitely help them!

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    Norma Guzman

    Hello, thank you for bringing so much positively during this time. Happy to hear you listed a morning walk & fresh air break during this time. There’s something amazing what it does to our bodies, mind & soul to get these walks/ fresh air moments ❤️
    I have this single mother of 2 with no job due to this current situation, no vehicle & very fearful of how she will provide for her family with no job. She has no family or friends in MN. I met her by offering a ride to her one winter with her 2 kids & groceries in their hands.
    God bless you & your family for doing something so kind for others & God bless you family & business ❤️

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    Heather McLamb

    Thank you for this! Our Schedule has been so off… I just copied it and am planning to try it! From one parent to another!

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    Fortunata Cozzolino

    I’m going to try and do that schedule that begins at 9:00 am and have some thing to do every hour.

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    Kristi Pena

    Ya’ll are awesome!!
    There are so many people in need now and will be many more in weeks to come!
    The uncertainty of everything right now is mind blowing! We are a small business too and are on the verge of loosing everything! All we can do right now is pray and remember God is in control and put it all in His hands.
    It truly is hard not to be anxious in a time like this. I, as I am sure everyone else here have never seen anything like it.
    We are monitoring our grand princess now, we sure could use some prayers.
    Thank you ladies for everything you do to make this time just a little more bearable.

    And if you can hook me up with the lady that has baby needs, formula and stuff, I can reach out to my friends and see if we can’t help her!
    Stay entertained and stay safe throughout these crazy times!!

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    Edna

    I’m loving the daily schedule idea!!!

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    Chelseia Williams

    Thank you for the ideas!

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    Alexis Chavez

    I wanted to reach out and say thank you so much for taking time out of your day to create something like this for other families! We are all cooped up in our home and as a SAHM its important for me to keep my children entertained. Hope everyone stays safe and healthy in this chaotic time! 💞

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    Kristen

    Love this! Hope everyone is staying safe. It’s so hard to find groceries, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, Clorox, much more where I live. It’s crazy!

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    Jennifer OMeara

    This is my first time on this website. Everything is so cute, I wanted to buy it all. I was referred by my daughter in law. One thing I cannot seem to get is toilet paper. Where is it all going?

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    TIffany Blizzard

    Thank you so much for the schedule and activity ideas. I am a SAHM with 2 of my 5 babies out of school for what looks like the rest of the year. We are going to start homeschooling soon on top of have a 4 year old we where already prepare for pre-k a 2 year old that will be the death of me and a sweet little 7month old that wants to be held 24-7. My husband is being activated for the National Guard and we are rushing to prepare before he leaves. We are having trouble finding necessities such as nursery water formula wipes TP. We were able to pick up diaper this morning!! We are usually the ones reaching out and helping others but I am so worried because I cannot just pack everyone up and go hunt these thing after he leaves. Thanks for reaching out to help! We just love your boutique🥰

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    Kylie Alvarez

    My daughter and I absolutely love SIP! We are a big fan of the mommy and me❤️. I love the idea of your daily schedule and in fact made one myself but plan to alter it after seeing some of your ideas! Thanks for that! I am grateful for the opportunity you are giving the world and If I win I plan to use it towards supplies for my father who is on hospice due to kidney cancer and is unable to leave a hospital bed in his home. I haven’t been able to go see him because my daughter has severe asthma and it is flared up. He is low on supplies and lives 40 minutes away from me. I would love to order and have supplies and food delivered to him. Currently I am struggling to find disinfectant supplies of any kind for my own home, milk for my under 2 year old, eggs, stores are empty. Traveling may be my only result. I have 4 children 3 of which have compromised immune systems. Just trying to be as safe as possible. Thanks again for this opportunity! God is good and he is working through you! We are grateful and I speak for all others who have commented on the blog!

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    Misty

    I want to give it to my friend who is out of work due to it. Yes, she is still getting paid but for far less than what she was making. It would help get her and her dog food and other things she would need. She doesn’t ever ask for help and she is always there for me. So I figured I would try to return the favor!

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    BLake

    Keeping open a small business (you know that fear), not letting fear take over. Having a hard time finding toilet paper, MEAT, and cleaning supplies for my business and home!

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    Jacquelyn Robert

    I love ideas! Although I am a single mom and out of work because of the school closure, my work is being great and paying partially. Thank you for doing this but I know others are more in need than myself at this time.

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    Sara Powell

    I would love to win this please. Me and my 8 year old daughter likes Sparkle in Pink. You guys have so cute clothes and outfits too. Never won before on here on this blog post. Thanks for the chance to win. Good luck 🍀 everyone. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

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    Katie Cantrell

    while the kids are out for 2 week (at minimum) I am out of work. I work in child care so since they are closed we are depending on my husband’s income.

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    Sara

    Hi. My name isSara. This is so kind and generous of you. My daughter and I love SIP. As everyone is dealing with the schools being closed. We are having a difficult time finding childcare. My husband is in the fire academy right now. And days off are not an option. I also work in the medical field and we are always open. I am also pregnant and they have classified pregnant women with the elderly now on who are more than likely to get this horrible virus. On top of all that worry. Bills and such I still have 2 other children to care for. Also two elderly parents in their 70’s to take care of and make sure everyone has supplies and are being fed. So any help would be extremely helpful. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    NIcole

    Hi,

    Me and my 9 month old, Cassidy, are pretty worried about what is going on, I’m a single mom who works nights as a waitress here in Michigan. They just closed down restaurants here until further notice so I’m honestly more scared than ever. I have been saving up for a new radiator for my car but after months of saving I felt as if I could no longer use that money to fix my car but instead I used it to try and stock up on as much baby wipes, diapers, baby food and formula as I could for Cassidy. We are very worried about what the next few weeks has in store. I set aside some money for bills because my work could be closed for weeks but I worry by the time bills are due I will have needed to use that extra money towards food and supplies too (although the stores are pretty much wiped clean). Any help would be extremely appreciated and would help this momma sleep a little better at night!

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    Rae

    Right in the middle of this outbreak, my little family is having to move. We can’t take any of our cold things with us, and will basically have to start from scratch when we get to the new place. I’m so nervous because shelves have been empty and as soon as they’re restocked, everything is gone again. I’ll have to scope out stores next week when we move in. This giveaway would help tremendously because we all know how expensive moving can be. Thank you!

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    Lynnsey

    My name is Lynnsey and I am a single mom of 2 girls, ages 12 and 18 months. I am having a hard time finding wipes for my baby and of course any type of disinfectant cleaning products, such as Lysol and Clorox wipes. Also toilet paper and certain foods, like meats, are very hard to get now. I am doing my best but any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Neika

    My girls and I love SIP. I am a single mother of 2 girls one 8 and the other 6 . My 6 yr old is disabled and legally blind. I also take care of my disabled and legally blind mom who is an amputee with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. She was just recently in the hospital last month for having a mini stroke. It’s hard for my family now we have been through a lot recently we had a house fire in 2018 and then lost everything later that year to Hurricane Michael. We are living off a fixed income . We are having a hard time finding diabetic supplies, toilet paper, Clorox wipes, and disinfectant spray. It’s hard trying to find things because I can’t go out because of my mom is elderly with so many pre conditions. I don’t want her no I to get the virus. We are all each other have. Thanks for having this wonderful opportunity for families that are having a hard time.

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    Brandi Killian

    This is so kind and generous of you. I have a sister who is single, working a full time job as a CNA and raising a 2 year old son & new born daughter on her own. Her family tries to help as much as we possibly can but it’s not always enough. Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much and god bless

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    Christy

    ❤️💜

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    paula

    i have a niece that is a young mother who is working in a nursing home taking care of the most vulnerable in this epidemic. She loves the people she cares for and is now spending extra time with them because visitors are restricted. She could really use something extra..and I know she would share with the people she takes care of ❤️

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    Emily

    Such a kind offering of you. I am a kindergarten teacher in an area with a 60% poverty rate. Our district has stepped up big time to offer free breakfast and lunch for kids. However, i have been feeling as if I could do more for my class. If chosen, i would use the money to purchase groceries/dinner for those in my class who truly need it right now. I know we will have many parents that are not able to work right now or who will have unexpected child care expenses, groceries is something I would hate for anyone to worry about on top of everything else. Thank you for the generosity to whomever you choose.

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    Candice Terry

    It is a tough time for everyone! We need to remember that God is in control and no matter if it gets better or worse He knows! He may not choose to take it away or in our timing but it does not mean that he doesn’t care. He has a greater purpose for each of us & we don’t always need to know the “why” or the “how”. Trust in Him for He alone does know!

    If there is anything that is a need at this point it is just making sure that we have the food we need. It’s been crazy with shelves of food and water being sold out.

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    Dana L

    Currently the issue in Pennsylvania is it is hard to locate toilet paper or paper products of any kind, milk eggs bread, meats, soups,Obviously hand sanitizer alcohol masks gloves and bottled water. I like to call my friends a village, and if need be we will all come together and share our food and products together to get through this, also all local school district’s will be giving children free meals through the drive-through services, The major issue is my child continually screaming how bored she is already. Not to mention how bills are going to get paid with everything shut down.

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    Sherry

    Many are in need. It is bad for everyone in different ways! But I feel for my elderly neighbors who don’t have family close by. One of the neighbors doesn’t drive. They need the necessities and our local stores have not had toilet paper and cleaning supplies readily. I’d love to buy it all for them but at this time I’m not able to, I’m a single parent.

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    Christy

    I have been having a hard time with a lot of things. My Mom is in a nursing home and we are caring for my Dad until she goes home. We have not been able to make ends meet since all this began. He has Alzheimer’s so I can’t work and leave him with the kids.

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    Laura

    My sister (who has two kids) is the only working one, and her work is considering closing for two weeks or more. She definitely could use some help!

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    Melissa

    Right now we are in the midst of many establishments closing and many of friends and coworkers are out of work without pay (since we cannot do our jobs at home) and with kids out of school. My daughter has a page (@project.bee.kind) she uses to do daily acts of kindness and this would really help us get some of our neighbors, friends and coworkers some essentials. We also live directly around some elderly so I know it would help them greatly to have some essentials as well, especially because they cannot go and get it themselves. Thanks for helping out, it’s such an amazing thing!

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    Jess

    I am a widowed mother of two children and currently my industry (preschool), we are having to close or drastically cut hours, and because we are a private not for profit preschool connected to a church we don’t qualify for assistance, we can’t work from home and obviously we don’t get paid if we aren’t open. We just need a little extra help to make ends meet as far as bills and necessities go. It’s my son’s birthday month and it’s certainly been a rough one.

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    Lauren

    I have a friend who is a single mama with no help from the father! The industry we work in, its not possible for us to work from home. Our place of work May close in the midst of all this and she’ll definitely be needing some help
    God bless y’all for doing this!

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    Ashley Cramer

    Hi all,

    My name is Ashley. My daughter is four and solely relies on my for income, however as a waitress that’s no longer possible. Our governor just closed almost all food service jobs and even cut back retail hours. We live in Lake Stevens, Washington. In Snohomish county where the first case was found in the US. There are now more than 700 cases around us. My daughter wasn’t in school because she has severe asthma and immune problems. We are so scared and being a newly single mom I feel so alone about all of it. We love your clothing and love that you are doing this! You have an amazing company.

    Thank you to everyone who reads this!
    Love,
    Ashley and Ava <3

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    Jocelyn

    I work at a hotel and our hours have been cut. We were already struggling prior to this so it’s going to be even tougher now. The kids are out of school for the next 3 weeks so making sure they are properly fed is my main concern. Any kind of help would be absolutely amazing!

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    Heather

    Im a food service worker, they are talking about closing our store for just carry out. Sales have already been down. Im super worried about making rent with hours being cut. On top of that i didnt panic buy groceries, so now stores are out and i cant get basics. My daughter has been constantly sick with influenza/ viruses and ear infection. Im worried she’ll end up with it.

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    Melissa Smith

    I would like to nominate my sister. She is a hair stylist who recently for the first time made a huge leap of faith & decided to go into business for herself (is renting a chair at a studio instead of actually working for a salon). She is a single mom who has spent every extra dime she makes to get custody of her son. She lives where there are many confirmed cases, so her clients have all canceled and she can’t find toilet paper anywhere (some of the stores thought she was prank calling them)! She is so worried about losing her studio space (if she does, she will not get her son back that’s she been working so hard to do for almost a year & her final return home court date is set for the beginning of April), paying her other bills, and just finding the basic necessities to live on. She’s also worried about her son, his health and if he’s getting everything he need, and being away pretty far from him doesn’t help matters. She gets to visit with him next weekend & I know that the $ will help her with money to get down here to see her so as well as help pay her chair rent, so she doesn’t lose her studio spot.

    I really think that what y’all are doing is wonderful!! I know this virus has been really hard for our country as well as the world, but the way that people are uniting & helping each other is incredible.🥰

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    Gris

    Hi, sparkle in Pink! We’re so grateful and blessed that you’re helping out anyone in need. Especially families who really need it during this time of event. I greatly appreciate what you’re doing and God bless you and your family.

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    J

    Would love to enter. Me and my husband just separated a few weeks ago after finding out of his 3 year long affair. We have 2 small children and I have been a stay at home mom for years. So to say I’m starting over from nothing is hard.
    You guys are amazing! And have been a customer since day 1. I might now be able to buy as much anymore but we sure love all your adorable clothes

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    Tanya

    So great what you are doing. We are a family of 6. Schools are closed, grocery stores are emptying out and no hand sanitizer, masks or toilet paper. We live on one income, are still waiting on our income tax return and are in a tight financial situation…at the worst possible time. Thank you for considering our family and for helping others in this time!

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    Rachel

    I’m a police officer who is required to interact with the public on a daily basis, we have not changed any policy on how to interact with the public as of yet. I have a 1 1/2 year old and fear bringing any germs back. There have been multiple cases of infected individuals that fellow officers have come into contact with. I am blowing through cleaning supplies trying to keep me/my gear/ my car/ and my home as clean as possible and sanitized to try and keep any germs from coming home. I am struggling to keep the cleaning supplies handy. We have been lucky so far with wipes and diapers but they are quickly coming up short in all the stores.

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    Rachel Kipfer

    Bless your heart! Such an amazing thing to want to help in time of need. We all appreciate it so much ❤❤

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    Megan

    This is amazing. We could all use a little help right now! Thank you for your kindness and generosity. You’re making the world a better place ♥️

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    Sabrina

    Y’all are amazing for doing something like this. Our family could use a little bit of help with things like toilet paper diapers and wipees and baby food. You’d be surprised the things. Are out of stock at our little town you can not find any wipees or any diapers and I just went to Walmart and I could hardly find any baby food. Don’t even make me mention the whole toilet paper situation thankfully I found a few cheapy Dollar Store toilet papers which I gladly bought because there’s just no toilet paper around here. I have a four-year-old and a 7-month old little girls and with school being out I have to find things to keep my four-year-old busy instead of going to pre-k which this post blog did awesomely she’s very excited to try the germ and soap one, so thank you for that! I’m very fortunate to have my in-laws here to help my family whenever they’re able to and my family only lives an hour away so they can help as well I would just really like the security to know that I would be able to provide for my own family. Nonetheless thank you so much for all of these awesome ideas to keep my little one busy.

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