November 30, 2009


Sorry for the slowness around here...S has been sick, the holidays are a busy time and I've started a new part-time job!  I am uncertain as to the future of the blog, but keep checking back in case I find a few extra minutes in the day ;)

November 27, 2009

Highchair Stickers

I usually shower in the morning before my husband leaves for work, but he was out of town a few weeks ago and I needed a way to contain and occupy S while I showered.  I brought his highchair into the bathroom and gave him some stickers and paper.  He still has a lot of trouble removing stickers from the backing, so I peeled each one off and placed a corner of each one along the perimeter of the highchair tray.  He was able to easily remove each one to stick to the paper and I was able to shower!  Feel free to leave your shower-occupying tips in the comments. 

November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Megapost

I thought I would just list a bunch of Thanksgiving activity ideas since I'm behind on posts: 
  • Feather color matching:  See above photo.
  • Place setting vocabulary and matching:  I printed this place setting from Nick Jr. and placed it inside a clear sheet protector.  We have been naming and matching the parts of the place setting and we will use it as a placemat during Thanksgiving dinner. 
  • Food photographs:  I have been cutting out photographs of traditional Thanksgiving foods from catalogs, ads, and foodie magazines and gluing them down on a paper plate to help S learn turkey, corn, sweet potatoes, squash, pie...
  • Thanksgiving coloring book:  I printed several Thanksgiving coloring pages from here, added a cover page and stapled them all together to make a Thanksgiving coloring book.  The original purpose was just to keep S busy, but it has been a good visual to learn Pilgrim, boat, turkey...
  • Painting with feathers:  Simply use feathers as your paintbrush.
  • Turkey hand prints:  An oldie, but goodie.
  • Corn sensory tub:  Be sure to use dried corn!  Add various containers, funnels, and scoops to the tub as well.
Thanks, Activity Mom and April Flowers!

Note:  I did end up getting my free contact solution.  Thanks, Christy!

November 23, 2009

Free Sample of Seventh Generation Dish Soap

No longer available...

Go here to request a sample of Seventh Generation dish soap.  You will have to login or register if you are new.  I thought I would post this freebie because I like to use dish soap samples for traveling.  They are good to have on hand for washing breast pump parts in hotel rooms.

November 22, 2009

CVS $10.84

Well $10.84 may not seem great, but I earned 14 ECBs and diapers cost money.  Though we are a Pampers family, I was sucked in by the Huggies deal.  Here's today's trip:

Huggies Jumbo pack diapers (x2)
$18.99 for 2 packs
- 4.00 (2 x $2.00 mailers)
= $14.99

Huggies Mega pack wipes
- 0.50 (mailer)
= $6.49 and earned 5 ECBs for spending $20 on Huggies

Clean and Clear Facewash (x3)
$5.49 each
- 2.00 (printable)
= $3.49 each and earned 5 ECBs for spending $15 on Clean and Clear

Used a $5 off $30 printable for taking a Medicare quiz

Used a "Earn 4 ECBs on $20" card found in the CVS Season to Save booklet at store

Used 14 ECBs 

Paid $5 on CVS $5 giftcard earned for free by purchasing a CVS eGift card at

Total OOP = $10.84 and earned 14 ECBs and an extra $1.25 for submitting a Caregiver's Marketplace form for the Huggies diapers

Note 1:  You can get FREE contact solution at CVS too this week, but my store was all out by the time I went this afternoon :(

Note 2:  Saving with Shellie has CVS Black Friday deals posted.

Reader Question: Coupon Organization

A reader asked:  "Would you do a post on how you organize your coupons?"  There are 3 basic components to how I keep my coupons organized:
  1. Large accordian file for Sunday inserts:  I keep the inserts whole and write the date at the top.  I then file them by month.  This way if I read about a deal and the coupon is from "11/8 RP" I can just pull it out and snip.  I like this because there is no unnecessary cutting.  If I need to buy something and I want to know if I have a coupon for it, I use A Full Cup's coupon database to search for it.  It's free to sign up. 
  2. Small accordian file for loose coupons:  This is used for coupons I receive in the mail; cut from magazines; print "in case"; pull from blinkies in stores; find in or on packaging; cut out of an insert and planned to use, but never did; etc.  It is organized by type of coupon (bathroom, cooking, dairy...)  I go through and clear the expired ones out at the end of each month. 
  3. Envelopes:  When I plan a CVS or Target trip, I make my list on a junk mail envelope.  Note:  these are great for saving for many reasons.  I then store the needed coupons, gift cards, CVS card, printed coupon policy, a stock-up price list, etc inside the envelope to take with me.  I have a Target, CVS, Mall, and BRU/TRU envelope at all times. 
Just because this works for me, it may not suit your needs.  Some people like to cut out all coupons and make a coupon binder with trading card inserts.  Others like to carry around a box with little index dividers.  You just have to find what works for you.  Please feel free to share your own organization system in the comments.  Hope this helps!

November 21, 2009

{late} CVS $0.40

Things have been very busy around here and as a result I didn't go to CVS until today (which doesn't do you much good).  Chances are good I will go tomorrow as well for the start of a new week so stay tuned.  Here's this past week's deals:

Kleenex 110 ct. (x2)
- 0.75 (printable)
= $0.24

Ragu (x3)
$1.67 each (3/$5 and earn 3 ECBS when you spend $10 in Ragu/Skippy/Hellmans)
- 0.30 (11/15 RP)
= $1.37 each and earned 3 ECBs

Skippy (x3)
$1.67 each (3/$5 and earn 3 ECBS when you spend $10 in Ragu/Skippy/Hellmans)
- 0.40 (11/15 RP)
= $1.27 each and earned 3 ECBs (same as above, not 3 more)

Earned 1 ECB for 4 visits with a bag tag

Used 8 ECBs

Total OOP = $0.40 and earned 4 ECBs

S's Christmas Wish List

This may be odd, but I thought if I shared S's Christmas list you may get some ideas for your little ones:
Note:  This is a very long list.  I do not plan for S to receive all of the above!

If you have any great ideas you would like to share, please leave a comment (not that this list needs to get any longer).

November 19, 2009

Baby Magnets

Sorry it's been slow on I was cleaning off our fridge and realized S didn't play with these anymore, but I wanted to share the idea for those of you with older infants/younger toddlers.  When S was younger I was eager for him to play with magnets on the fridge, but they were always too small for his hands or mouth so I took some old wooden blocks and put self-adhesive magnetic stripping on the back to turn them into chunky magnets that he could manipulate.  You can get the magnetic stripping at craft stores or you can also cut pieces off free promotional magnets and glue them to the blocks.

November 17, 2009

Pampers Gifts to Grow

Are you redeeming your Pampers Gifts to Grow points yet?  If not, you may want to start and I have some codes to get you going.  You can find codes to redeem on packages of Pampers diapers and wipes and enter them at the Pampers site to earn rewards (gift cards, small toys, books, etc).  Shipping is included in your reward as well.  Pampers also releases promotional codes and I will start posting them when new ones are out.  Here are two current new ones:

XKCMYXFVD96VXVK (3 points)

You can find past promotional coes at Freebies4Mom.  Some of them may be expired though. 

Thanks, Freebies4Mom!

November 16, 2009

Kids Eat For

S is now to the age where we need to order him something of his own when eating out (which is on a rare occasion these days).  My husband showed me this site the other day and I thought my readers may be interested in it as well.  It shows you a calendar for your area of where/when kids can eat for free or cheap. 

November 15, 2009

Window Sill Book Display

I really love front-facing book displays for children, but we just don't have the space for one right now.  So instead I display books I want to draw S's attention to on the window sill of our playroom.  That is until I find time to make one of these:

Free Photo Ornament

Update:  I just learned from the company that this code was specifically intended for people that had purchased mall Santa photos which I was not aware of before posting.  I apologize for the misinformation.

You can get a free (no shipping!) photo ornament from See Here with code mallornament (Note: It's being reported some people are having trouble with the code, but are having better luck with a space after the code.  Try both ways I guess.  I'm not sure what I did, but it worked!)  You must choose one of the two $12.99 ornaments.  I ordered the white one with S on it, but used our dog above for illustrative purposes.  I am not sure when this offer expires. 

November 14, 2009

Counting Mittens

Since we have been talking about weather this month, we have also read/talked about clothing words (coat, hat, umbrella, mittens...).  I had these mitten stickers and thought I would make a "counting strip" because S is now saying "choo, choo, tree" (translation: one, two, three) as he points. 

Then yesterday during our toy library visit we ran across this activity pack:

The book is about a farmer searching for lost mittens for himself and the animals.  The "mittens" the kit came with are not the most attractive, but you could easily cut out paper or felt mittens to retell the story.  This book is also great for older children because it teachers odd (not a pair) and even (a pair) numbers. 

Free Sample of Pampers Extra Protection

I realized after I posted the Huggies sample and received my Pampers sample in the mail yesterday that I never posted about it.  Go here to get a free sample of Pampers Extra Protection and coupon. 

November 13, 2009

And the winner is....

#31, Noreen!  Noreen, I will email you to get your address.  Congrats!

Last Chance...

Our giveaway for a set of Gaddy Nipper Silly Swirls Holiday crayon set ends tonight.  So make sure you enter before I go to bed!  I'll post the winner and email them to get a mailing address.  Good Luck!

Note:  Make sure to comment on the original post to enter.

November 12, 2009

Coats at Old Navy (Today Only)

If your child (or yourself) is in need of a coat for this winter, you may want to head to Old Navy this afternoon.  They are having a 50% off outerwear sale through the end of the day AND their Give and Get 30% Program (printable coupon) starts today, so the two deals overlap.  This means a $40 coat should cost about $14! 

Book Exchange and 30% off Borders

A friend of mine sent me a children's "book exchange" letter (AKA chain letter) about a month ago and since I am such a rule follower, I couldn't break it.  While I may not have received the 36 books that I was suppose to, it was worth partaking for these five wonderful books! 

One even sent an additional Border's gift card!  The timing couldn't have been better because Border's has a 30% off one item coupon (exp. 11/16).  You need to become a Rewards Member (it's free to sign up) before you use the coupon though. 

S and I went today to get him a book for under the tree with our 30% off and gift card combo and I was surprised by Border's vast toy selection.  They have lots of Melissa and Doug, Lauri, and Alex toys.  So you could also use your 30% off coupon on a Christmas gift for your little one(s). 

November 11, 2009

Target $0

I am a little disappointed in my Target trip this week.  Target had some really great deals this week, but one of two things kept happening to me.  Either the coupon was regional and my coupon inserts didn't have the coupon or I had the coupon, but my Target was out of stock.  Anyway, I guess I can't complain about getting Hefty storage bags and Always pads for free!

Hefty One Zip storage bags
$0.97 (17 ct. gallon bags on price cut)
- 1.00 (11/1 RP;  Note:  I had 50 cent ones in 2 of my inserts and a $1 in the 3rd insert.  Go figure.)
= free

Always Infinity pads (18 ct or less)
- 3.99 (FREE box mailer coupon from Being Girl sample)
= free

Total OOP = $0

Felt Turkey

I made this felt turkey the other day and S has really enjoyed playing with it even though I still need to add google eyes!  S is still a bit young for color patterns, but we have named the colors and counted the feathers. 

Let me know if you know a cute rhyme to go with our turkey. 

November 10, 2009

50 Free Photo Cards!

No longer available....

Update:  Read this update from Freebies4Mom

I can't believe I am just now posting this since I've know about it since last's okay there is still time.  Freebies4Mom has a special code for See Here (by Fuji Film) to get 50 free photo cards (no shipping!) AND it doesn't expire until November 30th so you have lots of time to design a Christmas card or birth announcement!  Just enter "freebies4mom-1109" at checkout. 

Free Sample of Huggies Little Movers Diapers

You can get a free sample of Huggies Little Movers diapers at  Free diaper samples often come with coupons and are great to stick in the car for emergencies.

Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!

Bubble Wrap Fun

As you begin to receive more packages in the mail during the holidays, make sure you save your bubble wrap for some rainy day stomping fun!

November 9, 2009


I am so excited to tell you that we have our first sponsor- Gaddy Nipper Crayons!  Nichole makes the most precious crayons from hand poured molds.  They make great stocking stuffers, gift tie-ons, and party favors.

She sent us a sampling of some and we love them!  We received some cars, numbers and a holiday mix.  They are the perfect size for S's little grasp and don't break as easily as regular crayons.
S had fun "driving" his cars along some roads I drew.  Then he had fun scribbling all over them!  Older kids would enjoy drawing in houses, signs, trees, etc. 

Now for the great news-  as our first sponsor, Nichole wants to send one of my readers a free set of 9 Silly Swirls Holiday Crayons (photo at top)! 

To enter to win, leave a comment letting me know your favorite blog post to date.  For an extra chance to win, you can leave a second comment if you become a "follower" of this blog on the right sidebar.  Make sure to include your email in each comment or have it enabled in Blogger.  I will choose a winner by generating a random number on  After I email the winner, they will have three days to reply with their address before I choose a different winner.  The giveaway ends November 13th and is only open to US residents, so comment soon!

If you don't win, you can still get some for yourself or gifts at Nichole's Etsy store!

November 8, 2009

7 Preschool Games for Less Than $4 at TRU!

S is too young for these, but I couldn't resist such a deal.  I will either save them as gifts or they would also be great for a Christmas toy drive this year.  Of course Memory I will keep for matching!   Here's the deal at Toys R Us:

Preschool Milton Bradley/Hasbro Games $3.99 Each
  • Candy Land
  • Cootie
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Don’t Break The Ice
  • Hi-Ho Cherry-O
  • Ants in Pants (I did not get this one)
  • Memory
Buy $25 in Hasbro games, get a $10 gift card
Submit Hasbro Rebate of $2.00 per game
7 games ($3.99 each)= $27.93
- $10 gift card
- $14 rebate ($2 per game)
= $3.93 (or 57 cents each!)
*Note 1:  My store let me buy 6 games and included the tax towards the $25, but others haven't been as lucky.  So I actually bought 6 games for $1.94 (that's 33 cents each!).
*Note 2:  You can't buy multiples of the same game for the rebate to work.
Also, if you only wanted Memory, you could buy it for $3.99 now and fill out the $2.00 rebate so that the final cost is $1.99 (still a good deal since these are noramlly priced at $10 each).

If you are new to my blog, we are currently giving away a set of Gaddy Nipper Crayons here!

Weather Windows

Our November "theme" (though I am likely to get distracted by Thanksgiving-related activities much like Halloween) is weather.  My goal is to reinforce basic weather vocabulary: rain, sun, cloud, snow, snowflake...I thought it would be a good idea to hang images of these weather words on our playroom windows.  However, I think I have confused S because he already knew real rain and sun and now when we name them on the windows he looks outside with a confused look as if to say, "Mom, it's not raining."  Oh well.  At least he now knows "snowflake" and a paper cut-out of one is as close as he's going to get to the real thing where we live. 

I also plan to do some acitivites that reinforce "hot" and "cold".  I printed these pictures, backed them with construction paper and laminated them several months ago when S was fascinated with the idea that the oven was "hot" and I think it was a good visual to help him understand a semi-abstract concept.  I plan to do a similar one for "dangerous". 

Please leave me a comment if you have any good weather activity ideas for an 18 month old.

November 5, 2009

Leapfrog Learn and Groove Musical Table

No longer available... has the Leapfrog Learn and Groove Musical Table for $19.  Shipping is free if you have a Walmart near you and choose site-to-store pick up.  The table is normally almost $40.  We do not own this toy, but it's such a popular one that I thought I would let you know about the deal because it may make a great Christmas gift!

Thanks, Baby Cheapskate!

Couponing at the Mall

There are so many great offers to take advantage of at the mall (obviously each mall varies, so below is a sampling).  The key is to combine these offers with sales.  Also, it's important to get on mailing and emailing lists to receive offers.  Not all of the below have current offers and though some of the current offers below expire soon, there is usually another to follow.  I try to make a mall trip once a month (at least to get my free Godiva):

  • Gymboree:  Gymbucks (earn $25 for every $50 spent within timeframe) and mailed coupons

  • Children's Place:  Place Perks Rewards (earn $10 for every $75 spent), printable (15% off exp. 11/16) and mailed coupons
  • Old Navy:  Old Navy Weekly printables and cardholder deals (exp. 11/8)
  • JCPenny:  If you are on the JCP mailing list you may receive a coupon for $10 off $10 or more in the mail a few times a year.  I always use these to get S an article of clothing for free or almost free!
  • Stride Rite:  emailed (20% off exp. 11/15) and mailed coupons.  I always buy Stride Rite shoes when they are on sale with a coupon. 
  • Pottery Barn Kids Book Club:  For each Pottery Barn Kids storytime your child attends, he/she gets a stamp.  When you have collected 5 stamps, you get $10 towards anything in the store (which is like earning $2 per storytime). 
  • Build-a-Bear:  $5 off $10 printable coupons
  • Bath and Body Works:  emailed printables and in-store coupons
  • Aveda:  printables for free samples
  • Sephora:  printables for free samples
  • Godiva:  free piece of chocolate each month with a rewards card
  • Yankee Candle Factory:  printables and in-store coupons (ex. $1 votives)
  • American Cookie Company:  free cookie printables

November 4, 2009

Target Toy Coupons

Target has released printable toy coupons that expire November 25th.  There should also be a copy of a coupon book at the customer service desk with the same coupons.  Some of these coupons have manufacturer's coupons that you can stack.  Thrifty Jenny has a complete list.  A few that catch my eye are...
Note: prices are from and may not reflect exact store prices

November 3, 2009

Memory Matching

Today I borrowed my childhood Memory game from my mom's house.  Like Twister, Memory (aka Concentration) is another great game for toddlers.  While S is not ready to play Memory, it's fun to use for matching and vocabulary development.  Of course you could get the original Memory, but I think these are very cute: 

November 2, 2009

CVS $0 + earned $5 rebate

Today at CVS I got some MORE Glade candles for free and I plan to submit another SC Johnson rebate form to earn $5. 

Glade Scented Oil Candle Holder (x2)
$5.00 ($2.50 each)
- 2.00 (9/20 SS)
= $3.00

Glade Scented Oil Candle Refill (x2)
$5.00 ($2.50 each)
-$5.00 (free refill wyb holder 11/1 SS)
= $0

Earned $3 ECBs with $10 Glade purchase

Used 3 ECBs

Total OOP = $0 and earned 3 ECBs and $5 SJ Johnson rebate

Spelling by Letter Matching

S has really taken to matching so I decided to give this activity a try.  I actually did S's name, but made a "dog" one for the purposes of the blog.  I used Pringles lids, posterboard and a Sharpie.  S has far from mastered this, but he is able to match some of the easier letters in his own name.  If nothing else, I think it will help him to start recognizing his name.  Note:  I obviously completed the above photo. 

Thanks, Activity Mom for a similar idea!