StarKist Tuna Class Action Settlement


There is a class action lawsuit alleging StarKist Co. under-filled some of its 5-ounce canned tuna products. StarKist denies the allegations but has agreed to settle the class action lawsuit to avoid the expense and risk associated with continued litigation.

Well if you bought any of the following StarKist products between Feb. 19, 2009 and Oct. 31, 2014 you are one of the class members:

5 oz. Chunk Light in Water
5 oz. Chunk Light in Oil
5 oz. Solid White in Water
5 oz. Solid White in Oil

You can choose to either receive a cash payment of $25 or $50 in product vouchers redeemable for StarKist tuna products. No proof of purchase required, good thing because that would be a long time to keep a grocery receipt ;).

You will need to fill out a claim form by 11/20/2015.


Full details on this lawsuit can be found here.


Thanks Top Class Actions



Coastal Kids Market Fall Sale Is Here!


Get ready to score some AMAZING deals on items for your children: clothes, books, toys, and more! If it is related to children you can find it at Coastal Kids Market. The prices are awesome, and it is run by a wonderful lady and a dedicated team of volunteers! If you live within driving distance of Savannah, you do not want to miss this sale!

The next sale is August 27 – August 29th. The sale will be held at The Shoppes of Savannah, (formerly known as Savannah Festival Outlets).

Coastal Kids Market is a semi-annual consignment event for families. Basically, it is a HUGE event, every 6 months, where you can earn money on your children’s gently used (but GOOD condition) items, and where you can purchase GOOD condition, new-to-you items for your entire family.  Coastal Kids Market is ONLY open for a few days every 6 months, so you do not want to miss it, or you will have to wait a while until the next one!


I had the chance to talk to Allison Gard, the lady who is in charge of Coastal Kids Market this week, as she prepares for the upcoming sale.

How long have you been doing Coastal Kids Market?

“I started consigning with Coastal Kids Market in spring 2010 and my first sale as owner was in the spring of 2012.”

What drives you to put on these events?  

“I consider myself a veteran consignor, having consigned at over 25 different sales since my children were born.  I love dressing my kids in cute outfits. By buying their outfits at consignment sales, it allows me to dress them at a fraction of the cost of retail. I’ve also bought lots of gifts, toys, books, and shoes as well.  My goal with Coastal Kids Market is to share this passion I have for consigning with other families in the community to help them save money too.  I love seeing the excitement on shoppers faces when they find that special deal they were looking for as well as the smile on consignor’s faces when I hand them their check.

How many sales does Coastal Kids Market have a year? 

“Coastal Kids Market is a seasonal consignment sale, meaning we have 2 sales a year, one in the spring that focuses on spring/summer items and one if the fall that focuses on fall/winter items.  You’ll find toys, books, and baby related items at both.”

Coastal Kids Market holds a charity hour with proceeds benefiting The Dream Campaign!  The Dream Campaign’s mission is:  “Creating opportunities for at-risk youth and their families to discover their gifting, develop as leaders and dream for their future.” The charity hour is on 8/27 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  By bringing in a $10 cash entry fee, you will get to enter the sale at 5pm on Thursday, August 27th.

What others are saying about Coastal Kids Market:

“I have been consigning with Coastal Kids since 2009, for a total of 13 shows. I started consigning my children’s gently used clothing and toys to earn extra money for the holidays. It never ceases to amaze me how much money I can make by just cleaning out the closets! There is always a wonderful, high quality selection of items at very reasonable prices. Volunteers are always friendly and helpful, too! If you are looking for a place to consign your children’s gently used clothing and toys or are looking for new ones to buy, this is the place to go!”

-Jennifer H.

“I’m from Beaufort, and I have been consigning & volunteering with Coastal Market since 2010. It is by far the BEST Children’s Consignment Sale in the Lowcountry and surrounding areas. The selection of items, the quality of clothing, the prices, and the wonderful friends I have made by volunteering at this event made keeps me coming back year after year. The Coastal Kids Market is definitely worth the drive!”

- Theresa R

“I like the variety, price point, & quality of items for sale.  I always manage to find the majority of items on my list for a value that I can’t find anywhere else.”

- Melissa S


As a Coastal Kids Market consignor, you get to choose the price you want your items to be sold for and get a LARGE percentage back on your sold items.

As a Coastal Kids Market shopper, you will find FANTASTIC deals on toys, children’s clothing, maternity clothing, cribs, strollers, baby equipment, and more!

Hours & Dates for the next Coastal Kids Market:

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 (Consignors and Volunteers ONLY) CHARITY HOUR: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

CHARITY HOUR: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open to Public: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 28th, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 29th, 2015, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Visit Coastal Kids Market for more information

***Select items will be half price on Saturday


Free Lessons for Kids About Ancient Egypt

King Tut Mini Unit - EducentsStudents LOVE to learn about King Tut and Ancient Egypt! Download a FREE lesson for kids about Ancient Egypt and jump into King Tut’s history! The freebie has several activities included in this pack, including reading comprehension, math review, map skills, and timeline practice, so there are a multiple ways to use them.

Hieroglyphics Math

King Tut Mini Unit - Educents Use these fun pages to practice place value and/or addition and subtraction skills! Page 12 of the King Tut Mini-Unit Freebie asks students use the symbols to determine the number. The following page goes a step further and asks students add or subtract numbers.

Fun facts about Ancient Egypt:

  • The Egyptian alphabet contained more than 700 hieroglyphs!
  • Egyptians believed cats were a sacred animal and having a pet cat would bring a household good luck.
  • Ancient Egyptians invented pens, toothpaste, and a game very similar to bowling.

More Ancient Egypt resources:

Mini Bio: King Tut – Here’s a mini bio about King Tut to go with your mini unit!

Ancient Egypt Lapbook – Study interesting facts about the discovery of hieroglyphic writing, the Rosetta Stone, the great King Tutankhamun, the lovely Cleopatra and more.

Recipes From Egypt – Delight your little cooks with
two authentic and easy-to-make recipes from Egypt: Tameya (the original veggie burger), and Basboosa (Semolina cake with honey and lemon).

My Book About Egypt - My Book About Egypt takes elementary students to the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, and Giza.

King Tut Mini Unit - Educents Want free lessons for kids about Ancient Egypt? Download the King Tut Mini-Unit Freebie on Educents!


Ready-to-Go Geography Lessons

About the Sets

Mona MELisa Mini Peel & Play Sets go beyond the World Map. Learn about all the themes and ways to use the sets in your lessons. Peel and Play EducentsTheme options: Math, science, geography, spelling, counting

Great for: all ages, visual learners, kinesthetic learners (kids will love touching the pieces and moving them around from place to place), auditory learners (sets can be combined with verbal instruction)
Parents: Stick your sets to a car window, on any wall at home, or on your child’s bathroom mirror to practice counting while brushing teeth.
Teachers: This tool will save you hours preparing any of your lessons. The labels are made and ready to go! Homeschoolers: Provide hands-on lessons for your students! Visual learners will love the colorful map, and kinesthetic learners will enjoy sticking and unsticking parts of the map.
What’s included?: The Mini Peel & Play sets are fabrics with a safe, adhesive backing. They sets measure 11 by 17 inches.

Bonus!! You can download ready-go-to lessons to accompany the Peel & Play sets. Check out the World Map Teaching Guide.

Click here to find the Mona MELisa Mini Peel & Play World Map at a discount on Educents!


10 Ways to Encourage Healthy Study Habits


Back to school season is upon us, and while you are stocking up on folders, pencils, and backpacks, you might be wondering what else you can do to help your child prepare for a successful school year. Sometimes, the resources your child needs the most can’t be purchased in store, it is something that comes from you! When it comes to buckling down and developing effective study habits, you can be the most influential as far as how your child approaches studying and how successful they are at it.

Developing effective study habits is a way for your child to feel success in their schooling, and so below you will find 10 ways to encourage healthy study habits. You will see that you don’t need to be an educator or invest in any fancy tools in order to teach your child healthy study habits. You just have to be consistent in following these  tried and true tips. Take a look!

10 Ways to Encourage Healthy Study Habits:


1. Create an exclusive study space.
Your child needs a quiet and organized space that is for studying and homework only. This can be a quiet corner of the house, set up with a small desk and chair or even a t.v. tray and chair if that is all you have space for. Nothing else should happen in this space, so that it is associated only with learning.


2. Have materials organized.
Study time can be quickly disrupted if your child does not have the supplies she needs and needs to run around looking for them. A simple shoe box filled with markers, highlighters, a calculator, sharpened pencils, and scrap paper is all you need. This way, they don’t need to leave the space to find materials. Encourage the organization and maintenance of these materials to be your child’s responsibility.


3. Set a scheduled study time.
Set a time each day in your home that is just for study and homework. This can be the hour you get home from school after the children have had a snack, or perhaps the hour after dinner. Children will enjoy the consistent routine and know that during that hour, learning only is taking place.


4. Shut off distractions.
Your child will not be able to become absorbed in their work if there are televisions and music blaring. Make study time a quiet time. Turn off all cell phones, televisions, and video games. Ask other members of the family to respect this time as well by observing a quiet time.

5. Provide gentle stimulation.
While blaring noises are bad, soft stimulation is good for the brain and can promote learning as well as relaxation. Soft classical or instrumental music is great, or you can turn on a small, trickling tabletop fountain. These soft sounds will promote a relaxed but effective learning environment your child will love.   You can find a small table top fountain for as low as $10.00.

6. Make yourself available.
During study time, keep yourself close. You don’t have to hover, but children should know it is ok to ask for help or guidance if they need it. Encourage your child to work independently but let them know you are in the next room should they need you.

7. Demonstrate how to make study aids.
Children need to be shown how to make flash cards and charts for themselves that can help keep important information organized. Give them the materials and model how flash cards and bullet point charts can be helpful. Model how to use a highlighter to highlight important information as well. You can find reusable dry erase boards perfect for this as low as $2 $2 especially during back to school sales.

8. Encourage open communication with the teacher.
If your child does not understand an assignment, he needs to know how to ask for clarification. Encourage open communication and even role play how this can be done so your child can be comfortable doing this on their own.

9. Create a task chart.
It may be easiest to have a dry erase task chart that your child can write nightly or weekly assignments on and erase or check off as they are completed. This way both of you know what is done and what needs to be done. I have found these as low as $3 that is both child friendly and colorful! I recently purchased a Melissa & Doug organizational calendar and task board for $3 at Goodwill. If you are familiar with Melissa & Doug products, you know this was a great deal!

10. Provide positive reinforcement.
There should be plenty of verbal praise for a job well done. Use encouraging and supportive language to keep kids motivated and feeling successful. Encourage them to pat their own back so to speak when they finish a task or their hard work pays off. Maybe even treat them to an outing, such as a trip to a museum or a historical landmark. Not only is this something the entire family can enjoy, many of these places offer discounted or even free days. As an added bonus your child may learn something while exploring with you, turning this outing into an educational one as well!

As you can see, these tips make encouraging healthy study habits a cinch. Give them a try and see how easy it is to raise lifelong learners. You may just be surprised how well your child will respond to these very basic tips. So give them a try and enjoy the results!