November 30, 2009
November 27, 2009
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
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.
Note: I did end up getting my free contact solution. Thanks, Christy!
November 23, 2009
No longer available...
Thanks, Money Saving Mom!
November 22, 2009
Huggies Jumbo pack diapers (x2)
$18.99 for 2 packs
Huggies Mega pack wipes
- 0.50 (mailer)
Clean and Clear Facewash (x3)
- 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 CVS.com
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
November 21, 2009
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)
$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
$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
This may be odd, but I thought if I shared S's Christmas list you may get some ideas for your little ones:
- Melissa and Doug latching board
- Melissa and Doug wooden food
- Melissa and Doug lacing beads
- Lauri stacking pegs
- Tree Blocks
- lowercase alphabet puzzle
- Animal Baby magazine subscription
- cardboard bricks
- a quiet book
- Leapfrog Fridge Phonics
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
Sorry it's been slow on here...today 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
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)GROWWITHVILLAGE (1 point)
You can find past promotional coes at Freebies4Mom. Some of them may be expired though.
November 16, 2009
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
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:
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.
Thanks, Money Saving Mom!
November 14, 2009
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.
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.
Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!
November 13, 2009
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
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!
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
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.)
Always Infinity pads (18 ct or less)
- 3.99 (FREE box mailer coupon from Being Girl sample)
Total OOP = $0
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
No longer available....
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.
November 8, 2009
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
- Chutes and Ladders
- Don’t Break The Ice
- Hi-Ho Cherry-O
- Ants in Pants (I did not get this one)
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!
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
No longer available...
Thanks, Baby Cheapskate!
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
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...
November 3, 2009
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
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)
Glade Scented Oil Candle Refill (x2)
$5.00 ($2.50 each)
-$5.00 (free refill wyb holder 11/1 SS)
Earned $3 ECBs with $10 Glade purchase
Used 3 ECBs
Total OOP = $0 and earned 3 ECBs and $5 SJ Johnson rebate
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!