Admin Sarah here, and I wanted to take the time to mention how AMAZING House Party is, and how generous their sponsors are. About a month ago, I was accepted for the Fisher Price Playdate House Party.
THE PARTY PACK
I got an email stating that my Party Pack was on its way. Imagine my surprise when a very large, very heavy box shows up, packed to the brim with OVER $350 worth of toys!! I was just blown away, they went above and beyond anything I had imagined. They had also shipped out the Party Favors, for me to give to the guests, and even those were very generous. The guests each got a coloring book, a Wheelies vehicle, a dvd, a cd, a $5 off $25 coupon, and more. They even sent the gift bags and tissue paper!! My daughter, because of her age(26 months), received the Toddler pack. This included the Disney Princess Little People Songs Palace, along with two Figure packs, the Little People Wheelies Loops N Swoops Amusement Park, and the Servin Surprises Kitchen & Table set, along with 5 Accessories, including the Tea Party Set, the High Chair Set, the Birthday Set, the Ice Cream Party Set, and the Barbeque Set. On top of all this, they also sent 14 AA batteries!! I was just astounded at how much they sent, and amazed that they would be so generous!!
So this past Saturday, we had our Party, and the kids LOVED it!! My boys, 5 and 7, were playing with the Wheelies set all day, they loved the full loop the cars made going down the steep slide. My daughter and her friends played with the Princess Castle, which I think is amazing, when you set a Princess on the pedastal and push down, she says her name, a phrase from her movie, and then sings part of a song from the movie! My favorite is Ariel, who sings “Part of that World”, can’t wait for The Little Mermaid to come out of the vault in Fall of 2013 so I can buy it in Bluray! My nephew, who just turned 1, mostly played with the Wheelies cars, he was too cute, driving them around the bottom of the Rampway and Amusement Park, making his little motor sounds. They were not too interested with the Kitchen, but I have no doubt that as my daughter gets older, she will definitely play with it. It was so cute to see all these kids crammed into my daughters’ bedroom with all the toys. We have been Fisher Price customers for a long time, so on top of the 2 Little People sets they sent, we set up a “village” and added them to my daughters’ Castle, Zoo, Farm, House, and Rampway that she got for her 2nd Birthday.
When I was little, my parents invested in all of the Little People sets, and my sister and I would be out on the living room floor bright and early setting up our village, we played with those sets for hours!! When she was first learning to talk, she referred to them as Peepios, and the name stuck! Our parents would lay down on the floor and play with us, driving the little cars around our town, taking kids to school, the park, the swimming pool, the grocery store, etc, and we were so happy that they were playing with us!
A MILLION THANK YOU’S
So I want to thank House Party and Fisher Price, your generosity truly amazed me, and I am absolutely thrilled that I get to carry on a great part of my childhood, and repeat the playtime with my children. I am almost 30, and still enjoy those “Peepios” just as much as I did when I was 5!!
“Give Me Five!”
So, I am probably the last person on the planet or on the internet to hear about this, but just in case I’m not I thought I would share a simple money-saving idea on to everyone.
While sitting at football practice with the other football moms tonight I overheard one of the moms say, “Yup I saved $70 this week already.” Immediately my radar ears went up and I asked her to repeat how she did it because up to that point I wasn’t paying attention…here is what she said.
She said that she carries cash to pay for everyday items and that any time she paid for something and received a $5 bill back she would not spend it. She would put it in a separate part of her wallet and then when she has 20 of the $5 dollar bills she will go to the bank to deposit that into a savings account. She said at first it was tough, because she had gone to get a quick drink at Sonic paid with a $20 and the car hop had given her 3 five dollar bills. She admitted that she asked for a ten, because she had other things she “wanted” to use that money for rather then “needed”. So she put the 3 fives in their separate space and went on with her errands. She has decided to do this for her family to save for an upcoming vacation.
I thought this was an interesting, fun, and unique way to save money. While it does take some discipline to get into the routine, it could add up quickly especially if you transfer the money from a savings account to a higher interest rate account such as a CD. I also thought it might be a good way for kids to learn to save money maybe by starting this with quarters and going up from there.
Happy Saving! If you decide to give this a try please feel free to comment and let us know how much you saved. 🙂
One of the biggest expenses that comes with a baby
is having to buy diapers. I know I am looking forward to the
day when my little guy is potty trained.
I was looking for tips and tricks for potty training and ran
across these FREE tools from Huggies Pull-Ups
to encourage potty training.
There is a timer that you can download to set a
Potty Break reminder for your child, you can
choose either Lightning McQueen or Minne Mouse:
Also on the page there is a place where you can
schedule for your child to get a phone call from either
Mater or Cinderella
to also encourage them in their potty training:
My four-year old is starting to take interest in helping my cook. So I am going to try to make ” Cooking with you Kids” a weekly blog post with a new recipe each week.
Another bonding idea is to let your child(ren) have the coupons and list in their hands and let them pick out the items for their special dinner 🙂
Mini Taco Bowls
HEAT oven to 350°F.
MICROWAVE tortillas on HIGH 30 sec. Line each of 8 muffin cups with 1 tortilla. Carefully fold back edges of tortillas, leaving opening in centers for filling.
BAKE 10 min. Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in salsa; bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 min.
SPOON meat mixture into tortilla bowls; top with remaining ingredients.
**Kids can help with the tortilla lining and scooping the ingredients into the cups after they cool a bit.
$1/2 Chi Chi’s Tortillas (any variety) 5-20 SS insert
$0.75/1 La Victoria Tortillas 5-20 SS insert
$1/1 Wholly Salsa PRINTABLE
$0.50/1 Newman’s Own Salsa 06-03 SS insert
$1/2 Chi Chi’s Salsa Jars 5-20 SS insert
$1/1 (one pound) Land O’ Lakes Deli Cheese PRINTABLE
$0.50/1 Newman’s Own Salad Dressing PRINTABLE
$1/2 Kraft Salad Dressing 5-20 SS insert
20 Years Later…I can FINALLY Leave the House!
I know this is kind of a Taboo Topic, but I had to share this with all of you! I have literally suffered for 20 plus years when it is “That time of the Month” for me. Once I turned about 16, my menstrual cycle got so heavy, when it was that time, I could barely leave the house the 2nd and 3rd day of my cycle. No matter which SUPER PLUS Tampon I used (and yes I tried them all) I would flow through within a matter of a half hour, Even after my doctor put me on Birth Control to try and help manage it.
For 20 years, the only Tampon that would make it even bare able with a Maxi Pad on at the same time was Tampax Super Plus. (With these I could at least last an hour, sometimes two until I flowed through)
Recently (and yes, it was because I had a coupon for them and found a really good sale) I decided to try U Kotex. WHAT A DIFFERENCE. I keep asking myself, “WHY DID I NOT TRY THESE SOONER?” I have been using U Kotex Super Plus now for the last three months, and it is the first time in my life I can go and do what I want when I want during my Menstrual Cycle! YES, EVEN on my heaviest Days!
If you have suffered like I have, Please, Give U Kotex a try, You will be happy you did, I guarantee it! I have not been endorsed in anyway from U Kotex for this blog post, I wanted to write this post because their Tampons have truly made a HUGE difference in my lifestyle and wanted to share this with you all!
You can get a $1/1 Coupon HERE right now!
Want to save a FORTUNE on your grocery bill EVERY year, and get healthier? PLANT SOME ZUCCHINI! My freezer is full year round! Chopped Zucchini, Shredded Zucchini, Zucchini Boats! Did I mention I have a separate chest freezer JUST FOR Zucchini? It is SUPER easy to grow, does not need a lot of watering, and let me emphasize again HOW MUCH IT WILL SAVE YOU ON YOUR GROCERY BILL!
First, let me explain the benefits of this amazing vegetable! The dietary ﬁber in zucchini helps lower cholesterol, it helps prevent cancer, it is GREAT for prostate health, it is an anti-Inflammatory, it helps prevent heart attack and stroke, it helps lower blood pressure, and it is high in manganese. (Get more details here)
Now let me explain how it is going to help you save on your grocery bill! I add zucchini to pretty much ALL my dishes! I replace half of the ground beef in a recipe with zucchini, I add it to my soups, I even add shredded zucchini to my mashed potatoes & brownies. The great thing about Zucchini is it takes the taste of what you are baking or cooking! You are going to use less meat in your hamburgers, meatloaf, chicken tacos, whatever you are cooking…THROW IT IN! You can make YUMMY bread with shredded zucchini and even make Zucchini Crisp. (Tastes just like apple crisp)
So get out there, buy a packet of Zucchini seeds for $.99 and get your plants growing! That one time $.99 purchase years ago, has saved me thousands over the last few years! (When I clean my zucchini’s I dry some of the seeds and use them the following year)
This is going to surprise A LOT of you…But one of the worst things you can do to your computer everyday is shut it down! Booting and rebooting your computer can really take a toll on it!
A few years back, an IT person at where I worked told me this, and I have to admit I was skeptical, but I am now a believer! We have officially had our E-Machine now for six years! YES, six years with no problems what so ever for this cheapie desktop we paid under $300 for. Sure we slow down a little here and there, but it tunes right back up without a problem!
So, stop shutting the poor little guy off at night and give him a break, you will use a little more electricity, but in the long run you will save more than buying a computer every couple of years!
Do you do the St. Nick Tradition?
Does your family celebrate the St. Nick Tradition? I assumed everyone’s did, but I am finding out many do not know about him, especially in the United States, so I just wanted to take a second to explain in my own words.
St. Nick visiting is an old German Tradition my Mother always did for us kids, even as we got older. On the Eve of December 5th, Us kids would put outside our bedroom door our shoe or boot, or hang our Christmas Stocking so St. Nick could fill it with goodies! This usually included a nice little note letting us know if we had been Naughty or Nice and what we needed to improve on. (Of course always signed St.Nick) If you have been extra naughty, you would not get any goodies, just a lump of coal. (And yes, I had a few years of Coal)
I think St. Nick is a great thing to start as a family tradition for a few reasons. The first being, Kids get sooooo excited for the holidays, it is a nice way to settle them down a bit with just a few little goodies and trinkets. It is also a nice tradition they will carry on with their family. My grandmother did it, my mother did it, and I also did this for our son. It is a great way to help build your Childs self esteem, When you write the letter, of course there will be a few “Need to improves” on there, but you can sandwich these comments with praise and appreciation for wonderful things they have done through out the year! Playing nice with their siblings, sharing, helping out around the house, etc.
Another idea I have heard others suggest is making December 5th a family get together, Instead of using their shoes or boots, pick up some of the plain old Red and White Christmas stockings and decorate them as a family event that night, then have them hang them out for St. Nick to fill and leave his special little note in!
Now…Who has heard about the Christmas Pickle? Oh the FUN we have with that on Christmas Morning when it is hidden in the Christmas Tree!