With "Back to School" approaching, I thought I'd share a quick recipe to keep the kids and adults happy. Especially after a productive day Back to School shopping at Staples!
I had the pleasure of shopping at Staples Canada for a sponsored post recently. Staples sent me a gift card to go Back to School shopping in their Back to School Centre. It's a cool thing when you can choose to either shop online or in store. We opted to hit the store, live and in person.
We had a game plan before going in. Get what we need, stay on budget and try not to trip over our own feet in the process. Let's just say two of those things happened, and someone fell down. Not pointing any fingers though. >me<
We knew we needed a new printer. Ours kicked the bucket not long ago and we've been meaning to replace it. We were lucky to get two amazing employees, Scott and Jonathon, who were happy to fill us in on which ones are a great buy. They also ran us through the ink situation, because let's be honest folks, any time you buy a printer you want to make sure you're not committing to a bad marriage with the ink company. It's super important to delve into these little details so you don't want to divorce your printer a week later. Our choice was the HP OfficeJet 6600. It was on sale for $79.92, which, quite frankly was a huge perk. We tend to be hard on our printers, so spending a big whack of money on one is not an option. This one is wireless, and able to print from any computer or device. With kids in university this was a crucial detail. We picked up the extended warranty for a great price, and extra $9.99 for 2 years instead of one. Worth every penny.
My daughter had picked up a computer not long ago and it didn't come with some key software. So we also used our gift card to pick up Microsoft Office 365, the University edition of it. It was a bargain at $79. She has two computers, one monster sized one she keeps at home, then a small one she brings to the U every day. This software will go on the small one so she can work easily on school projects from either computer.
Another purchase she made was a moleskin shell. It's essentially a case she can keep things like her phone and things in. She's not a purse carrying girlie girl so this was perfect for her. It came in at $24.93, she says it will be worth it's weight in gold because she won't drop her phone all the live long day. So it was a good buy.
We also picked up back to school essentials. Things like paper, notebooks, binders, pencils, erasers, pens, highlighters, white out and post its. We managed to score some double-sided tape as well, because let's be honest, kids dig that stuff at any age. Mine are always slapping stuff up on the walls with it. It works great for adhering dry erase boards to the wall so they hooligans can stay organized.
What I dig about Staples is that it's super convenient to us. There are two stores we can get to quickly. We picked the Walker Road location in Windsor, and I have to say both the dudes who helped us at the store were friendly and knowledgeable. I also loved that they were honest, they asked questions, assessed our needs and gave honest feedback. So to Scott and Jonathon, thank you both. You really helped us get what we needed, without wasting time or money. I also know that if I need to return anything it will be easy because Staples return policy rocks.
Some things to keep in mind if you're shopping at Staples Canada: They offer air miles in store and online, which if you travel as much as I seem to is a big deal. They also offer free delivery on purchases over $45. That's a great thing for when you're busy, or if you're being lazy while watching Netflix. Seriously, you know we all do that.
The thing for me is personal attention without being annoying about it. I love when employees offer help but don't hover. Nothing can turn me off quicker than an over eager employee, or one who tries to hard sell you. I want my experience to be laid back and easy. Our trip was fabulous and Staples hit their mark. I was quite impressed with the service. So hit your local Staples. Shop till you drop.
You can get all your back to school shopping done at their Back to School Centre. You can find Staples Canada on social media as well, because they're cool like that. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also get their handy-dandy mobile app, download it today to shop from your cell phone. Now there's a dangerous option for all us shopaholics out there.
So all in all it was an awesome trip. Two thumbs up from the hooligan who stated this was the first time we've ever done all our back to school shopping in one whack. Usually we piecemeal it all together. So she was thrilled to get everything done early, and in one fell swoop. The hooligan digs you Staples. That's a big deal, she doesn't give the thumbs up to just anyone.
No back to school shopping excursion would be complete without pizza. I know all of us busy parents are always looking for easy and kid-friendly recipes for the back to school season. These Mini Taco Pizza Bites fit the bill. These are super easy to make, and your kids will go crazy for them. Of course that's if you can get your hubby to leave them along long enough for the kids to get any. Mine was gobbling them up at rapid speed. So for a recipe that will please kids and adults alike take these Mini Taco Pizza Bites for a spin. It will free up more time for shopping at Staples Canada, or watching Netflix. Or both.
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Mini Taco Pizza Bite
- 1 package of pillsbury french bread
- 1 cup prepared pizza sauce
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
- 1 cup prepared and seasoned taco meat
- Optional Toppings:
- Tomatoes diced
- Shallot sliced thinly
- Onion sliced thinly
- Peppers sliced thinly
- Lettuce shredded
- Salsa any kind you prefer
- Sour cream to taste
- Pop the package for the french bread. Lay it on a cutting board but don't roll it out. Leave it intact and then cut slices off it, sort of like slicing cookie dough. You should be able to slice off 18 to 24 pieces.
- Spray two muffin tins with non-stick spray. Line each one with the french bread round. It helps to take your palm and flatten the dough a bit.
- Spread a little sauce on each one, to taste.
- Toss the cheddar cheese over each one.
- Spoon on the taco meat evenly.
- Place in oven and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and use a spoon to help remove the pizzas.
- Top each with whatever toppings you dig.
- Serve with a big old back to school smile!
Now get into your back to school groove, make these Mini Taco Pizza Bites and head to Staples Canada to shop for all your back to school needs.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Staples and BlogHer. I was provided a gift card so I could write about my back to school shopping experience. I was also compensated for this post. Sponsored posts help keep the blog alive and kicking. All opinions are always my own and honest.
Toodles and smoochies! xx