Introduce Your Kids to Plants and Science With Uncle Milton

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

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It’s fun to see what my kids are interested in. One day pretend play may be a teacher, the next a nurse, and the day after Taylor Swift…yeah…I know. But whatever my kids decide to do, I want to broaden their horizons within subjects they show interest in. So I was VERY excited to introduce them to plants and science! I was able to do both with Grow and Glow Groot and The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience. Both from Uncle Milton, these are just a few things to introduce your child to and watch them grow themselves!

 

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GROW AND GLOW ROOT

Create and grow your very own Groot plant using real sprout and vine seeds! Learn how to grow two different kinds of plants. Then, turn off the lights and watch as Groot glows in the dark. Includes packet with real seeds and beans for sprouting.

Ok. Let’s be honest. This little guy is ADORBABLE. At least I thought so. You get your very own Groot to grow using seeds that are provided. It was a fun way to teach patience with my kids as they looked the next morning thinking GROOT would be there in all his glory…Nope.

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We have not quite reached full GROOT status at our house, but what a fun time we had getting our pot ready. We talked about the two different kinds of seeds and how they both served a purpose. My kids were learning Science and didn’t even know it! I would recommend having a parent there with the kids, the instructions are included, but it will take some coaching from Mom or Dad to get it going. We cannot wait for GROOT to appear so we can watch him glow in the dark! Keep growing GROOT- were excited to see you!

 

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The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience

So while GROOT is growing, we went right for STAR WARS SCIENCE!

Now you can move holograms with just the power of your mind! Re-enact famous Jedi challenges as you advance through 10 different levels of Force Training. Develop your powers of concentration and see if you can reach the rank of Jedi Master.     

FEATURES:

  • Bluetooth headset that reads and interprets your brainwaves
  • Holograms featuring different Jedi Challenges from the Star Wars galaxy
  • 10 levels of Jedi Training
  • Music, sound effects, and personal instruction from Master Yoda
  • The Force™ Trainer II App with Episode 7 Update 
  • Science learning poster included
  • Ages 8 and up 

Okay. So THIS thing is STELLAR!! Seriously. I may have spent more time playing with it than my kids! I loved to show them that within science there is NEUROSCIENCE. We talked about our brains and how they “talk” to our bodies and with the The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience, they are talking to the toy!

You will need a tablet device with this toy. However, it does work with most popular tablet devices including iPad (must be 2011 and newer) and Android devices (Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1 recommended). If you have a question about whether your device will work- and “The Force” is simply not working, then call up their customer service guys. They will hook you up! We watched the video so my kids knew what to expect and how it worked before we called upon Master Yoda to give his instructions. Then it was only a matter of how long the kids would let each other last before it was “My…er their turn” to have a go. If you have a child that is showing some interest in Science, I would highly recommend this! As Yoda would say, A Jedi Master you will appear to be- simply for buying it! Have fun…and may the force be with you!

Charity



Mother’s Day Deals Under $100

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

Deals of the Week

Here are the deals of the week as featured on Good4Utah today. Make sure to tune in next Thursday for the new deals! And check back here every day for all the other great deals you can score.

 

canvas discount

Get a 16 x 20 photo canvas for just $24.80 from Canvas Discount! Plus, delivery is guaranteed by Mother’s Day if you order today.

 

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Get a Kindle Paperwhite for just $99.99 from Amazon! It is normally priced at $119. Plus, you can Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial and still get it in time for Mother’s Day!

  • Higher resolution display (300 ppi)–now with twice as many pixels
  • Now with Bookerly, our exclusive font, hand-crafted from the ground up for faster reading with less eyestrain
  • Built-in adjustable light–read day and night
  • Unlike tablets, no screen glare, even in bright sunlight
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours
  • Massive selection, lowest prices–over a million titles at $2.99 or less
  • Lighter than a paperback, holds thousands of books

 

polaroid snapYou can also snag the Polaroid Snap for just $99.99!

  • Striking Minimalist Design is Reminiscent of all Classic Polaroid Instant Cameras
  • Compact Size Slips Neatly Into Your Shirt Pocket; Price is Equally Wallet-Friendly
  • 10-Megapixel Sensor Captures Brilliant Images; Micro SD Slot Holds 32GB (Max)
  • Integrated ZINK Instant Printer Produces Full-Color 2×3″ Prints in Under 1 Minute (Available Separately)
  • Adhesive Back Makes for Easy Posting; Digital Copy is Saved for PC/Social Media

adult coloring books

If you are looking for something that costs even less? Head over to your local dollar store! I found tons of adult coloring books in mine. This is a perfect idea for when your kids want to use their own money to buy a gift or if your budget is low.

 

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Or, you can snag the Kindle Fire 6 for $30 off making it only $69.99! Plus, you can Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial and still get it in time for Mother’s Day! This deal only lasts through Saturday so make sure to order yours now.

  • Beautiful 6″ HD display with over a million pixels (252 ppi / 1280 x 800)
  • Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $20,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free – including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more
  • Enjoy more than 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and games
  • Available in five brilliant color choices
  • Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz for quick app launches and fluid graphics
  • Rear-facing HD camera and front-facing VGA camera
  • Create personal profiles, link two Amazon accounts to share books, apps and games, and set device usage limits for kids


50% off + Free Shipping + Free $20 Credit for New Members = FREE Clothes

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

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Through April 30, Schoola is offering 50% off your total order with coupon code: TIME2SHOP. PLUS, shipping is free on all orders! Even better, Schoola is offering all new members a FREE $10 credit whenever you sign up for a new account through this link (yes, this is my referral link).

PLUS new and existing members can earn a FREE $10 credit just by creating a custom collection (takes 2 minutes or less)!



Cricut Explore Bundle Only $164!

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

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Amazon has marked down the Cricut Explore One Mother’s Day Bundle to only $164.00! Plus, you will get Free Shipping as the Gold Box Deal of the Day! Design with the 50,000+ images, projects, and fonts in the Cricut Image Library, or upload your own images and fonts for free.

This bundle includes:

  • Electronic cutting machine for DIY crafts and projects
  • Spatula tool precisely lifts images off Cricut cutting mats
  • Scraper is custom designed to easily scrape and clean Cricut cutting mats
  • Includes one 12″ x 12″ Light Grip adhesive cutting mat. The cutting area is what is 12×12, meaning the material that goes on the mat itself is up to 12×12.
  • Replacement cutting blades for all paper-cutting Cricut machines

 



R.E.V’s Robotic Enhanced Vehicles

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

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My boys’ race. They race to the bathroom to brush their teeth. They race to the car when I pick them up from school. They race to bed…oh wait. Ok. Maybe not that. But they are always on the move and moving FAST! When they are not on the move racing from one place to another, they are on some sort of electronic device. Well. Did I have a surprise for them! Because of the genius of which, simply put, is who I am…ok. No. I am not the genius inventor, but I sure am the user of these amazing toys! The name says it all. REV.

R.E.V’s are Robotic Enhanced Vehicles that are designed for combat. Leave the track behind, and the let the world be your battlefield. Equipped with cutting edge Artificial Intelligence, in conjunction with BeaconSense technology, Each vehicle is outfitted with BeaconSense technology, a proprietary indoor GPS system that enables them to sense their surroundings and navigate accordingly. REV does not require a special surface or mat to play on, and up to 16 different vehicles can enter the game at any time. Introducing REV by WowWee. REV are Robotic Enhanced Vehicles that are app-enabled and built for battle. REVs can think, drive and fight for themselves- no player two required. REVs are hardwired to outwit, outplay and outlast YOU, their human opponents.

  • REV set includes two cars; pick the car you want to control with your smart device
  • In single player mode, battle a series of A.I. Characters that can drive, think and fight all by themselves.
  • In multiplayer mode, play against multiple human- or A.I.-controlled cars at once. Up to 16 different players can enter the game! Choose from different modes such as team battles or free-for-alls.
  • REV vehicles track the status and location of other REV vehicles and adjust their tactics in real time.
  • Handle most surfaces, including carpet, hardwood and tile

 

My boys had a REVving good time with these cars! I loved that I did not (well unless I wanted to) keep them cooped up in one small area of the house. They were able to make a racetrack going through our Living room (carpet) and into the kitchen (tile) and these little suckers took it like the champs they are!! Gone are the OLD SCHOOL remote controls that you really had no control over…and welcome to the age our kids live in. My kids picked a car, grabbed the smart device and were cruising! And if one of the boys didn’t want to play (or…maybe was put in a time out for being mean…just sayin) the other boy could still play solo- against a computer. WHA?! Yes. The movie Terminator may have flashed across my mind…but so far, no machines have come to the door looking for their version of Sarah Conner….

What has entered my house is HOURS of fun had by my boys with these REV cars. If you’re feeling really over achiever like, you could always have your own car safety course….or not. Just let boys be boys. And they can with these REV cars. So ready. Set. GO!



Huggies Diapers as Low as 9 cents Each!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016

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There is a HOT Deal on Huggies Diapers right now! Clip the 30% off coupon PLUS get 20% off with your Amazon Prime account when you check out with Subscribe & Save. Or 15% off with no Prime account

As low as 9 cents for the smaller diapers, but seriously all of these prices rock!

Snugglers coupon —> http://amzn.to/1pDCVUq

Snug and Dry coupon —> http://amzn.to/24iNCLR

Little Movers coupon —> http://amzn.to/1TcKFV8



Great Deals on Huggies Baby Wipes From Amazon!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016

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If you need baby wipes (and really, who doesn’t?) then here is an awesome deal for you!

HUGGIES Simply Clean Unscented Soft Baby Wipes, 648 Count
Only $8.43 shipped when you clip the 30% off coupon and opt for Subscribe & Save

HUGGIES Natural Care Unscented or One & Done Refreshing Baby Wipes, Refill, 648 Count
Only $9.73 shipped when you clip the 30% off coupon and opt for Subscribe & Save

 



Delicious & Easy French Dip Sandwiches With Jones Creek Beef

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016

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If you have read my blog much at all you know I’m not a great cook. I tend to choose simple and easy recipes. But just because I like simple and easy doesn’t mean I don’t want things to taste good. So here is one of my faves. It’s so easy that anyone can do it (even me). And it’s delicious!

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French Dip Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced (I often skip this)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 8 oz thinly sliced & cooked Jones Creek roast beef
  • 4 hoagie buns, cut in half (we used croissants)
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese, cut in half

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Directions

  • Heat oven to 500°F. Heat 12-inch skillet over high heat. Spray onion with cooking spray; add to skillet. Cook 11 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently and adding water 2 tablespoons at a time, until onion is golden brown.
  • While onion is cooking, heat broth over medium heat in 2 quart saucepan until hot. Remove from heat; add beef, pushing beef down into liquid until covered. Let stand 5 minutes.
  • Place buns, cut sides up, on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 4 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  • Remove beef from broth. Place beef, onion and cheese on bun bottoms and cover with bun tops. Serve with warm broth for dipping.

Make sure to follow Jones Creek Beef on social media for even more recipes and tips!

JCB Facebook Page

JCB Instagram

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Just as a heads up, cooking with grass fed ground beef is slightly different. Here are some tips:

  • Lower the cooking temperature. Because grass-fed beef is leaner than its grain-fed counterpart, you need to cook it at a slightly lower temperature (at least 50 F) for 30-50% less time. Otherwise, you cook off the fat that’s there and are left with a dry, tough, unappealing mass of meat that’s lost many of its nutrients. (The more cooked your grass-fed beef, the more Omega 3s and CLA you lose.)
  • Start steaks and roasts at room temperature. This is a good rule for all meats, but especially for grass-fed beef. By starting your meat at room temperature, it will take less time to reach the ideal internal temperature while cooking. This gentler cooking method will help your meat stay juicy and delicious.


NewAir Pure Spring Water Dispenser

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

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About the NewAir Pure Spring Water Dispenser:

NewAir Pure Spring WAT40B BPA Free Hot & Cold Bottom Loading Water Dispenser The NewAir Pure Spring WAT40B BPA Free Hot & Cold Bottom Loading Water Dispenser is the most convenient way to keep icy-cold and piping-hot water close at hand in your home or office. Built by a brand you can trust, the dispenser provides cool, refreshing water on hot days and warm water for coffee and tea on cold days. The dispenser is equipped with a powerful, energy-efficient compressor. It cools water to as low as 39 Degree and heats it up to 185 Degree, so you always have plenty of thirst-quenching water to drink.

 

Review:

Recently my sister got a new fridge. Her fridge has a water and ice dispenser built in. And as my family visited her house I noticed how much more my children were choosing to drink water instead of juice or milk. That’s all it took for me to realized this was something I wanted at my house too. But, alas, I live in an older house. And my house does not have room for a fridge that is big enough to have a water and ice dispenser built in. But did that stop me? No way! I just knew I had to get a little more creative? So when I saw this NewAir Pure Spring Water Dispenser? I was sold!

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I can’t believe how much this thing rocks! It comes in both black and white so you can choose the color that matches your kitchen. Before my kitchen remodel white would have been best, but since we have redone our cabinets and counter tops and are now replacing all of our appliances to black that’s what I went with. At first I was worried about how this little baby would look in my kitchen. But it couldn’t look any better. The water jug does not go on top like typical water dispensers. Instead, it is loaded underneath so you no one ever even realizes it’s there!

The hot water is perfect for making hot chocolate, it definitely gets as hot as it says it does, which is 185 F. There is also a safety lock so you don’t have to worry about your children getting burned by the hot water side. This was a big concern for me since I have littles at home so I’m extremely happy about this feature. Plus, the cold water is super cold. I will admit I’m a bit of a water snob and only like super cold water. With the NewAir it gets my water as cold as 39 F.

I have been so impressed with this overall. It’s super easy to get it set up and working. And my whole family is drinking more water because it’s so easy to use. I couldn’t be happier!

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This post is Sponsored. I was given products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.



The #1 Coupon Mistake I See People Make

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

Deals of the Week

Don’t forget to check out the list of match ups check out our Grocery Store Match ups list.

I get asked a lot how to make coupons work best for you and to get things for such great deals. Since learning how to use coupons I have cut my grocery budget by more than 60%. It’s so much easier than you think! So I’m going to tell you the #1 mistake I see beginning couponers make and how to fix it.

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The number one mistake I see is not using coupons on sale items! This is not going to help bring down your grocery budget overall. When you get a coupon for a product you love it’s really tempting to run to the store and put it to good use. But don’t do it!

Instead, wait to use your coupon until the item goes on sale. This is how you are going to make the most of your money and get the best deals! Let me show you an example.

Let’s say a box of cereal is regularly priced at $3.89. You get a coupon for $1/1. If you run to the store and use your coupon right away you drop the price to $2.89. Not bad, but you can do so much better! If you wait a few weeks, the cereal will likely go on sale. The price often drops to $1.50 or so with a sale. If you use your coupon now you will pay only 50 cents per box. HUGE difference!

Regular price = $3.89
Regular Price with coupon = $2.89
Sale Price = $1.50
Sale Price with coupon = 50 cents

Want even more coupon tips? Check out all of our coupons 101 posts! And feel free to ask any questions in the comments or shoot me an email to jacki@mamasonadime.com.

Plus, don’t forget you can now get the Deseret News and/or Salt Lake Tribune (Sunday only subscription) for only $20 per year! That’s only 38¢ per issue!!

If you’d like to subscribe just click this newspaper order form link and fill out the info. It’s as easy as that. If you have any questions feel free to email me at Jacki@MamasonaDime.com with Newspaper in the subject line and I will get back to you with more details.

I cannot change any of your current subscriptions, but I can add on to what you are getting now. You can get up to 4 papers at this awesome price!