walmart-household-goodsThe Walmart gift cards and information in this post have been provided by P&G.

Most of the time, I end up picking up my basic household supplies at the grocery store when I’m doing my shopping. On those occasions where I need paper towels (we only go through about a roll a month), toilet paper, laundry detergent and more, it feels like it takes up my entire cart and it’s a hassle to haul around.

I had never really thought about buying those types of items online – I always thought shipping costs would outweigh the hassle of lugging them around the store. Then I learned that Walmart offers great prices on household items  and they offer free shipping on purchases over $50!

I was at that point where I needed more toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, ziploc bags, kitchen trash bags and razors, so I decided to give shopping on Walmart.com a try. I ordered Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels, Charmin Ultra Strong Toilet Paper Mega Rolls and several other household items with the gift card I was provided.

I found it to be very convenient, and I got updates whenever a package was delayed or shipped. There’s nothing better to coming home and finding that FedEx dropped boxes off and you didn’t have to haul their contents through the store and across town.

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girlsreadingWe’ve all seen the statistics about children who have books available to them at home. Data shows that children who are read to (and read) at home have a higher success rate in school.

  • The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency (Educational Testing Service, 1999. America’s Smallest School: The Family.)
  • Students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores. (Educational Testing Service, 1999. America’s Smallest School: The Family.)
  • 26% of children who were read to 3-4 times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet compared to 14% of children who were read to less frequently. (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2000.)
  • The home environment – specifically the availability of reading material – is a stronger predictor of later academic achievement than socioeconomic status. (Bridges to literacy, David K. Dickenson, 1991.)
  • In the US, growing up in a home with 500 books would propel a child 2.4 years further in education than would growing up in a similar home with few or no books. (Research in Social Stratification and Mobility)
  • Children who are read to frequently are more likely to count to 20 or higher, write their own names and
  • read or pretend to read (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2000.)

Our girls have a ton of books at home, my guess is hundreds of books. I have always cherished books, and hoped for my girls to do the same.

They have always shown an active interest in books, but due to our space constraints, their books have been kept in drawers in their room. This makes it hard for them to access them without an adult’s help – not the best way to encourage them to read the books regularly.

I was just telling Brian that we really needed to get a bookshelf for the girls since their book drawers were full and I felt like they didn’t have easy access to the books they do have when I was approached by Tidy Books. After checking out their website, I was instantly in love with their concept.

Instead of showing the spines of the books like most bookshelves, it allows the books to face out so your kids can see what books they want to look at or read.

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