Cubbie Lee Toys: Make Memories That Last!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017

You know those toys that you know are going to last forever? The ones that spark the imagination AND hold up to wear and tear? Yeah, these are those toys. I LOVE Cubbie Lee Toys! These toys are gorgeous and definitely high quality!

Each of the pieces we received were super easy to put together (if any assembly was required at all). The desserts & stands are adorable, well painted, and sturdy for years of fun to come. I love the variety and bright colors, the details are simple and pleasing to the eye, and the desserts are the perfect size for small hands to hold.

These are the toys my daughter gravitates to day after day. Because the possibilities are endless. There are no batteries to replace, no switches to turn on, she is only limited by her imagination. Which means I win too. Because imagination? Definitely not used enough anymore. I couldn’t be happier with these lovely toys. And I know you will love them too!

 

When Cubbie Lee’s founders, Zach and Sarah Lee, had their first child, they quickly became aware of how difficult it was to get good, quality toys that were affordable.

Rather than filling the nursery with flashy, plastic toys that broke easily, they wanted toys that would last. They wanted toys that provided both educational value and heaps of fun for their little one (and their other two children that soon followed!).

It was on one of these searches that Zach and Sarah decided to take matters into their own hands, and the Cubbie Lee Toy Company was born (the name comes from their much loved family dog). Today, Zach and Sarah work with a team of toy-lovers, to bring the finest wooden toys to parents around the US.



Big Life Journal: My New Favorite Christmas Gift for Tweens + a Giveaway!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017

I struggle every year with finding gifts for my kids that aren’t going to be discarded in two minutes AND that are meaningful. That’s why I was so freaking excited to find Big Life Journal. It is not only well made and beautiful, I know it’s going to be the gift that keeps on giving. The memories we make/write down in this book are going to be something we keep forever. I can’t wait to give the books to my boys (ages 11 & 8) and see what they do by themselves as well as the pages we complete together.

The pictures are gorgeous, the pages thought provoking, and the lessons are invaluable. I can’t sing it’s praises enough!

Packed with stories, poems, quotes, illustrations and writing prompts, this guided journal is the world’s first growth mindset book created specifically for children. Growth mindset activities help children to recognize their ability to learn and motivates them to harness the power of their own mind. It helps children learn to embrace challenges, to persevere, and how to grow from feedback. Through stories children will get inspired by failures and successes of people like Elon Musk, J.K. Rowling, Walt Disney, and others. Our guided children’s journal is broken down into 26 weeks with each week covering a new theme or topic including: Make a Difference in the World, Dream Big, Follow Your Heart, You Are Not What You Have, Believe in Yourself, Take Action, Be Persistent, Effort is Key, Love Learning, Be Mindful, Be Grateful, Failure is Learning, Be Positive. The Big Life Journal lets children learn at their own pace in an exciting and organized way. With colorful illustrations, plenty of space to draw and write, and guided worksheets to help them discover important life lessons, this children’s journal will help them to enjoy learning. Our beautiful guided journal for children has a hardcover for durability and is made of over 200 pages of high quality paper, making it a great keepsake for your children as they grow older. The book lays flat when opened so it’s easy for children to write and draw in, and has a sewn-in satin ribbon bookmark so it’s easy for them to find out where they left off.

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Head to this post on FB and see how you can save 40-50% off Big Life Journal printable kits and posters!

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This giveaway ends Tuesday, November 28 at 11:59 pm.

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HURRY! Instant Pot DUO Mini ONLY $51.99

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017

Hurry over to Amazon! While supplies last you can get the Instant Pot DUO Mini for only $51.99!

Instant Pot Duo Mini, the ideal companion to the Instant Pot Duo, the number # 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Rice Cooker, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer.



Harry Potter Complete Book Series Special Edition Boxed Set $44 Shipped

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017

Amazon has the Harry Potter Complete Book Series Special Edition Boxed Set – Paperback marked down from $100 to only $44.34 with free shipping. Only $6 per book!

The perfect gift for collectors and new readers alike, we now present a breathtaking special edition boxed set of J. K. Rowling’s seven bestselling Harry Potter books! The box itself is beautifully designed with new artwork by Kazu Kibuishi, and the books create a gorgeous, magical vista when the spines are lined up together. The Harry Potter series has been hailed as “one for the ages” by Stephen King and “a spellbinding saga” by USA Today. Now is your chance to give this set to a reader who is ready to embark on the series that has changed so many young readers’ lives.



10 Ways to Save Money this Christmas

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017

Christmas is coming up fast: only 39 shopping days left! Here are our top ten ways to help you save money this Christmas. Do you have your own frugal Christmas tip to share? Let us know about it!

 

1. Sign up with Swagbucks!
Use Swagbucks to earn gift cards to help pay for gifts. You would be surprised how quickly you can earn gift cards. I average 2-3 $5 Amazon gift cards per month. And that’s not putting in a lot of time or effort. That means you could earn $150 or more per year for just a couple minutes a day! Not sure what Swagbucks is? Check out our Swagbucks 101 post.

2. Make a list
Make a list now of who you need to buy for and then brainstorm gift ideas. Then you can watch for deals on those gifts instead of running out on Christmas Eve to grab the present they want at a price you don’t.

3. Shop for deals!
I know this is the no brainer, right? But sometimes we get carried away getting excited to be done with our shopping and forget to shop around to find the best deal. The internet is an amazing thing. It’s super easy to research prices and find the best deal without ever leaving your house. One of our favorites for this is Amazon’s Movers and Shakers. They are updated often with the hottest deals right now and you can score big on everything including baby, Kindle, electronics, toys, and more.

4. Go homemade
I’m not necessarily super crafty. But I also don’t want to shell out big bucks for neighbor, teacher, or co-worker gifts. So instead I get my kids involved and we make cookies or cards or both and give those instead. All those receiving the gifts seem to love seeing the things from our kids and that helps me to feel like it matters. Plus, grandparents especially love these kinds of gifts.

We’ve found Pinterest to be the best source of ideas and inspiration. You can also follow our personal Pinterest boards if you so desire, but keep in mind these might not be as “professional” as the Mamas on a Dime Pinterest boards because we don’t necessarily censor ourselves there. We are more a bit more active with these though: Becky’s Pinterest and Jacki’s Pinterest.

5. Use coupons
Hello, this is a given, right? There are coupons or coupon codes all the time. Even for gift cards. We posted deals in the past where you could save 15% on iTunes gift cards. Take advantage of those types of deals. Or you can also use Gift Card Mall to get discounts on gift cards. And don’t forget to use coupons and stock up on grocery deals for dinner, breakfast, and parties for the upcoming holiday season. Crazy4Smiths is my go to site for the best grocery deals.

6. Get personal
Everyone loves pictures, scrapbooks, or maybe even unicorns. Whatever it is that your friend/relative is into, focus on that. You might be able to get a much better deal on the skillsaw your husband has been lusting after than you would on the gift card for him to buy it himself.

7. Set a budget and stick to it
It’s also a good idea to set a budget for each person. I find that when I write out my list and add up the amounts for each person I often realize just how unrealistic those amounts are. When you see the numbers written down it will make it easier to prioritize. Plus, you can make sure to stick to your budget! If you budgeted $50 for grandma don’t buy her a gift for $75 just because it’s a good deal.

8. Give Service
Instead of giving store bought gifts, give coupons for service. You could offer up babysitting, weeding a flower bed, organizing a closet, extra TV/video game time, or a million other ideas. Have fun with it and the recipient will be thrilled with the gift.

9. Picture perfect
There is nothing grandma likes better than pictures of the grandkids. Make a photo book, photo collage, or calendar and give it as a gift that will keep on giving all year long. Check out sites like Shutterfly or Artscow to look for great deals and spend very little out of pocket.

10. Buy after the Holiday for next year
As soon as the holidays are over the clearance begins. Most stores mark down holiday decor, toys and more at least 50% the day after. And the prices just keep falling from there. So head out and snag, plates, cups, and some gifts for next year at a killer deal.



Star Shower Laser Lights Star Projector $14.98 *Today Only*

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017

Amazon has the Star Shower As Seen on TV Static Laser Lights Star Projector marked down from $39.98 to only $14.98 as the Gold Box Deal of the Day! Shipping is free with your Prime Membership or any $25 order. This offer is valid today only or while supplies last.

You can take your home from dark to dazzling with an amazing light show in just a few minutes. Instantly project thousands of still laser lights onto your house without having to climb ladders and spending hours hanging string lights.



Letters to Me, When I Grow Up Book JUST $8.97

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017

Head on over to Amazon where you can score this Letters to Me, When I Grow Up Book for only $8.97 (regularly $14.95).

This book is one of Oprah’s Favorite Things found on her 2017 Holiday Shopping List. There are 12 prompted letters bound into a keepsake book where kids can share stories, draw and reflect on what they know now and imagine for their future.

This kids’ version of the bestselling Letters to My Future Self brings young writers a fun new way to capture their childhood. Twelve prompted letters bound into a keepsake book invite kids to share stories, draw, or make lists reflecting on what they know now, and what they imagine for their future. When they’re grown, this paper time capsule becomes a cherished—and likely hilarious—look back on who they once were and who they have become.



Rock-n-Stroller Volumes 1 & 2 Will Knock Your Socks Off!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

My kids love listening to music. And I love listening to music with them. I love watching them dance and sing and get excited when their favorite song comes on. But sometimes I worry about the language included in the songs I like. And I get ridiculously bored with the “baby” music.

My 11, 8, & 4 year old all LOVE these CD’s. They love that they have songs that are fun to dance to. And I love that they are not only kid appropriate, but that I don’t mind listening either. Overall, they are great CD’s that the whole family can enjoy together. And, seriously, how many CD’s can the whole family really enjoy together? Very very few.

Snag your own Rock-n-Stroller volume 1 & 2 for just $9.99 each from Amazon. So say goodbye to the same song for the millionth time that your littles seem to LOVE and you can only loathe. Say hello to upbeat songs that you already know and love & your kids are about to! You can see some of the songs included below.

Rock-n-Stroller Volume I, currently available on Amazon and iTunes, features some of the greatest hits of all time like Don’t Stop (Fleetwood Mac), I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Whitney Houston), Sweet Dreams (The Eurythmics), and Start me Up (Rolling Stones) all performed by talented young singers.  Rock-n-Stroller Volume II which debuts September 8, will feature pop and rock favorites like Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles), Surfin’ USA (Beach Boys), Dancing Queen (ABBA), I Love Rock and Roll (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts), We Belong (Pat Benatar) and Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns n’ Roses), and many more!

Rock-n-Stroller Volume I

  • 867-5309 / Jenny

  • Don’t Stop

  • Into The Groove

  • Don’t You Forget About Me

  • Take On Me

  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody

  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

  • De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

  • Start Me Up

  • Baby Love

Rock-n-Stroller Volume II

  • Boys of Summer

  • Sweet Child of Mine

  • Surfin’ USA

  • Dancing Queen

  • Rock this Town

  • I Love Rock & Roll

  • Heart of Rock & Roll

  • Here Comes the Sun

  • I’m Still Standing

  • We Belong

 



Jumbo Bananagrams Board Game ONLY $16.49 (Was $44.99)

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017

Amazon has the Jumbo Bananagrams Word Board Game marked down from $44.99 to only $16.49 and shipping is free with your Prime Membership or any $25 order.

Jumbo BANANAGRAMS is addictive, educational play for kids from 7 to 107, at home or on-the-go. Players race against each other to build JUMBO crossword grids and use all their letter tiles as quickly as they can. Features 144 water-resistant, 3 square tiles in a jumbo banana-shaped tote bag.



16 & Pregnant: What’s a Girl to Do?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017

When I was 16 and pregnant and struggling to know what to do with my baby and my life, prayer was my answer.

I talked my options through with multiple people: my mom, my sister, my friends, my counselor and more. While I had an idea of what my choice should be, I didn’t feel sure. I made lists of pros and cons. I cried. A lot! I moved forward with my decision to place my son for adoption. After many steps, my counselor gave me some profiles of families hoping to adopt. I put those families in order of who I liked best to least. Based on? I have no idea. And finally, I decided I needed to pray. And not just say the words before I fell asleep, but to pour my heart out to my Heavenly Father and ask for his guidance.

When I finally did this, I KNEW. I knew with every fiber of my being that that precious baby boy wasn’t mine. I KNEW that he was meant to be with his parents now. I KNEW this was the right decision. And I knew that it was only through the power of prayer that I could feel this way. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t still hard or that I didn’t cry and sob and ache for that baby. But, even now, 20 years later, I KNOW it was the right decision. And without the power of prayer, without our loving Heavenly Father, I’m not sure if I ever would have known.