Are you #NoseBlind? Febreze Coupons + giveaway


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This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, however, all opinions are 100% mine.

So we’ve all seen the Febreze commercials over the years, where blind-folded “testers” smell a freshly Febreze’d space, remarking how lovely it all smells, only to take off their blind fold and see the nastiness surrounding them.  That would be the definition of “noseblind.”

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Have you taken the Febreze #noseblind challenge yourself?  I recently put my parents to the challenge.  (And, sorry, my gruff dad and shy mom simply would NOT allow me to put their pictures on the blogosphere – sigh!)  First, we took a survey asking about the smells in my home.  …I, of course, didn’t really detect anything in my home, because it’s my home – I’m used to the smells.  Then, we popped some popcorn, and took another survey.  It was no surprise I thought the house smelled of popcorn, right?  Then, we enjoyed the popcorn, and had an extended playdate with my kiddos.  We took a third survey, about an hour and a half later.  The smell of popcorn was still there, slightly lingering, but we really had to …erm?  stretch to smell it.  Finally, we

Then we educated ourselves about the human olfactory system (that’s a fancy word for your sense of smell!), and how our nose can become “desensitized” to odors over time.  Hence: noseblind.  I experienced this phenomenon a few weeks ago, when I had the oh-so-lovely task of helping my husband haul off scrap wood at the dump.  (Don’t be jealous, y’all!)  If you’ve never experience the stench of a dump, be thankful.  I truly wish I had brought a mask, or a clothes pin, or …something.  (Febreze, perhaps?)  The first few minutes were agonizing, as the gagging smell was SO strong.  But after a while, things got a little less intense because my nose had become used to the odor.

However, once we got back home, my children IMMEDIATELY noticed the smell, because it had mingled in with our clothes.  Ugh. …wished I’d had a good ol’ bottle of Febreze then!  I may or may not have DOUSED myself in it after that ordeal.

I digress.  My long-winded point is this: we all become noseblind to the things we are around for extended periods of time, including the odors in our own household.  Febreze doesn’t just mask odors, it eliminates them, and offers a pleasant alternative to stinky odors.

Of course, I wouldn’t be Atlanta’s Frugal Mom if I didn’t offer you ways to SAVE on Febeze, right?  Make sure you print out these great HIGH-VALUE Febreze coupons, to stretch your savings further – print them now before they’re gone!!

 $1.00 off ONE Febreze Candle  $1.00 off ONE Febreze Fabric Refresher  $1.00 off ONE Febreze Noticeables Refill
 Febreze Coupons - $0.75 off ONE Febreze Air Effects  Febreze Coupons - $0.75 off ONE Febreze Set/Stick & Refresh  Febreze Coupons - $0.75 off ONE Febreze Car Vent Clip


Now, would you like to win this Febreze gift pack, along with a $60 AMEX card?  (Duh!  Who wouldn’t?!?)  The prize pack includes:

  • 1 Febreze Air Effects
  • 1 Febreze Fabric Refresher
  • 1 Febreze Noticeables with refill
  • 1 Febreze Candle
  • $60 AMEX card

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It’s simple, first, comment below telling me where in your life you’ve become “noseblind” and could use Febreze.  Then, fill out the form below – and make sure to comment, Tweet, or “share” on Facebook daily for extra entries!  Good luck, y’all!!

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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5 Cool Facts About Chick-fil-a


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Facts about Chick-fil-a

It’s no secret I super-big-fat-puffy-pink-heart LOVE Chick-fil-a, right?  I mean, I’ve made that clear in the past, right?  RIGHT?  So I wanted to tap in to some facts about Chick-fil-a that you may not have known – be prepared.  You may be shocked.  ;)

  1. Cow Appreciation Day – Ok.  So unless you’ve been living under a social media rock, you may have already heard about Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a.  It’s done every year -typically around the second week of July.  You can either dress in full cow garb, and snag an entire free meal at  most locations, or dress as a partial cow and get a free entree.  (Truth be told, depending on which location you visit, you may get an entire meal for even just a partial outfit.)  You can get your cow costume started with their cow costume starter kit – or peruse Pinterest for even more elaborate ideas.
  2. FREE Ice Cream – So perhaps “free” ice cream isn’t completely accurate.  However, did you know you can trade in a kids’ meal toy for a small ice cream?  Yep.  ‘sure can, with a choice of a cone or a cup.  And if you have an extra super-cute kid, they may even throw in extra sprinkles.  ;)
  3. Recycle that Styrofoam – ….this, by far, has me the giddiest!  Around the metro Atlanta, you can recycle your styrofoam cups and other materials.  Until now, most styrofoam “recycling” I’d ever seen meant it was incinerated in a manner to release less nasty chemicals.  However, CFA actually has a company that takes the styrofoam and re-uses it to make other products!  You can learn about all the other ways Chick-fil-a is making strides in environmental responsibility.
  4. Secret’s in the Sauce – Ok, well not really a “secret”, but have you tried the new(ish) “Chick-fil-a sauce”??  It.  Rocks.  And I have it on good authority the sauce is a tasty combination of honey mustard, barbeque, and ranch.  Yeah, I would imagine some folks were playing around in the back, and *boom* concocted an -ahem!- awesome-sauce idea!
  5. Mom Valet or Mobile Ordering - Yes.  These things exist in specific locations!  For the “mom valet” you can order in the drive-through, and ask to have a table set up with your order – I’ve even heard stories of table clothes, and the kiddie placemats being in place, as well.  Then all do is schlep the kiddos inside, and *presto*, you’ve got your meal ready for you.  OR, order from your mobile phone, and pay from your mobile device, and they’ll deliver your order right to your vehicle, in designated parking spaces.  How.  Cool.  Is.  THAT!?
  6. BonusFreebies -  I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tell you how to snag great freebies at Chick-fil-a, would I?  First, make sure you “like” your locations’ Facebook page.  (You can search for your location, if you’re not sure, then find their Facebook page.)  Also, some locations offer freebies via text.  So sign up for that with your local Chick-fil-a.  You can call or ask in person for your location – OR, once again, utilize your locations Facebook page.

P.S.  Please do not bring politics in to this post.  Please believe me when I say I love and support folks, no matter whom they love.  Period.  But my Southern heart (and Southern booty) has a super-soft spot for delicious waffle fries, ahhh-mazing chicken, and sweet tea.  Plain and simple.  You do not have to agree with me, nor with Chick-fil-a’s politics.  We are all entitled to our opinions and viewpoints.  If you disagree with CFA’s viewpoints, I respect that – but I do not wish for this blog (MY blog) to be used as a soundstage for one’s political stance.  Mmkay, y’all?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Quick! I Need Diapers! Diaper Deals for 7/20/14


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Weekly Diaper Deals Round-up

Did’ja just realize you’re on your LAST diaper, and are now scrambling to snag a pack of diapers?  Well, let me save you the trouble of searching for the best deal — they’re all here!  And when you have a moment, make sure to read about how I find cheap diapers so you can stock up.  Huge thanks to Moola Saving Mom for sharing this week’s deals!

Also, check out the diaper deals available at Amazon, and use your Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom perks, too!  Finally, don’t forget my own, automatically updated list of printable baby coupons!

 

Weekly Diaper Deals Round-up

Did’ja just realize you’re on your LAST diaper, and are now scrambling to snag a pack of diapers? Well, let me save you the trouble of searching for the best deal — they’re all here! And when you have a moment, make sure to read about how I find cheap diapers so you can stock up. Huge thanks to Moola Saving Mom for sharing this week’s deals!

Also, check out the diaper deals available at Amazon, and use your Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom perks, too! Finally, don’t forget my own, automatically updated list of printable baby coupons!

 

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Pampers Wipes, 168 – 192 ct – $5.99
$0.50/1 Pampers Wipes, 56 ct or Higher; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
$0.50/1 Pampers Wipes; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
$0.20/1 Pampers Wipes, 56 ct or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 7-6-14 PG – (exp. 07/31/14)
$0.50/1 Pampers Wipes, 56 ct or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 7-6-14 PG – (exp. 07/31/14) [Read more...]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Check out the latest printable coupons from coupons.com — all without leaving AFM! :)

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--Barbara

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Back to School 2014 Weekly Deals


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Back to school 2014 weekly deals

It almost seems sacreligious to start even muttering “back to school” in July, but the truth is, most of the metro Atlanta will be back in session before we know it!  So, whilst I sip on my ice cold sweet tea, and wipe the sweat from my brow, batting down the heat and humidity, I introduce to y’all the first Back to School 2014 roundup.  Super-special thanks to Melissa from This Mommy Saves Money for sharing this list!

Back to School 2014 Weekly Deals

Staples 7/20– 7/26

110% Back To School Price Match Guarantee 

Top Deals

  • Buy any Backpack get 25% off all your School Supplies
  • Crayola Washable Markers: 50% off 1

Provide in store coupon code 57089 at checkout.

  • Staples 1-subject notebook, 8″ x 10.5″, 70 sheets: 0.17
  • Staples 12″ Beveled Wood Ruler: 0.25
  • Staples Ruled 3″ x 5″ White Index Cards, 100 pk: 0.48
  • Staples Composition Book, 100 sheets: 0.50
  • Crayola Standard Crayons, 24 pk: 0.50
  • Staples #2 pencils, 12/pk: 0.68
  • Staples dual dome pencil sharpener: 0.68
  • Staples Pink Cap Erasers, 12 pk: 0.96
  • Crayola Classic Markers, 10 pk: 0.97

All Back To School Deals

  • Paper Folders, 2-Pocket: 0.15
  • Staples school glue, 4 oz: 0.39
  • Staples poly 1-subject notebook, 8″ x 10.5″, 70 sheets: 0.50
  • Slider Pencil Case: 0.75
  • Staples Filler Paper, 8″ x 10.5″, 120 sheets: 0.82
  • Staples Pink Handheld Erasers, 3 pk: 0.96
  • BIC Cristal Ball Pens, 10 pk: $1
  • BIC Mechanical Pencils, 0.7 mm, 5 pk: $1
  • Staples glue sticks, .26 oz, 4 pk: $1.25
  • Staples Filler Paper, Graph Rule, 8″ x 10.5″, 80 sheets: $1.76
  • Staples Standard View Binder, 1″: $3.99

Save $2 instantly on the purchase of a new binder for each one you recycle
$3.99 – $2 binder recycling = $1.99

Final Price: $1.99

  • Sharpie Accent Gel Highlighters, 3 pk: $2
  • Staples Stickies ½ ” tape flags, bright colors, 125 pk: $2
  • Staples Reinforced Filler Paper, 100 sheets: $2
  • Staples Spine Guard 1-subject notebook, college ruled, 11″ x 8.5″, 100 sheets: $2.99
  • Fiskars 5″ soft grip scissors: $3
  • Staedtler Mars Plastic Erasers, 4/pk: $3
  • Staedtler 2-Hole Pencil Sharpener: $3
  • Paper Mate InkJoy: $4
  • Studio C Reinforced Filler Paper, College Ruled, 8.5″ x 11″, 80 Sheets: $4.99
  • uni-ball 207 Retractable Gel Pens, 4 pk: $5
  • Backpacks: 25% off
  • Five Star and Caseit Zipper Binders: $17.99 – $24.99

Teacher Supplies

Final Price: $.50


  • BIC Wite-Out Correction Pen or Tape, 2 pk: $2
  • Sharpie permanent markers, 5 pk : $2
  • Ziploc sandwich and gallon-size bags: $2.99

$1.00/2 Ziploc Bags – 7-13-14 SS (Expires 08/23/14)  7-13-14 SS

Final Price: $2.49

  • Kleenex facial tissues, 3 boxes: $3.99

$0.50 off Kleenex Boxes or Bundle Pack, exp. 8/9/14 (SS 07/13/14)

$1.00/4 Kleenex Boxes, 50 ct or Larger or (1) Bundle Pack; Excludes Trial and Travel Size – 7-13-14 SS(Expires 08/09/14)  7-13-14 SS

Final Price: $2.99

  •  Clorox wipes, 35 wipes/tub, 3 tubs: $4.99
  • Epson Photo Paper: B1G1
  • Brother PT-90 personal labeler: $9.99
  •  All 5- and 10-ream cases of Copy Paper: B1G1 50% off

Rewards/Rebates

  • 10% back in Staples Rewards wyb $60 in HP Ink
  • Staples 8.5″ x 11″ Multipurpose 20/96 Paper, 500 sheets/ream: $7.99

$7.79 – $3.80 easy rebate – $1.99 coupon = $2

Final Price: $2

Other Good Deals to Keep In Mind

  • All tech and mobile accessories Extra 20% off

Provide in store coupon code 22894 at checkout.

  • Scotch adhesives 25% OFF
Add coupon code 15449 at checkout.
  • All Arc customizable notebooks: 25% off

Provide in store coupon code 19965 at checkout.

  • Lexar TwistTurn USB flash drive 2.0, 8 GB: $6
  • Lexar TwistTurn USB flash drive 2.0, 16 GB: $8
  • Staples 700MB CD-R, Spindle, 50 pk: $13.99

OfficeMax/Office Depot 7/20 – 7/26

 Top Deals

  • 2-Hole Manual Pencil Sharpeners

Limit 3 offers per household

  • Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand Marble Composition Book: 0.10

Limit 3 offers per household

  • Sharpie Single Permanent Markers: 0.25

Limit 5 offers per household

  • OfficeMax Brand & Scholastic Glue Sticks, 4-PK: 0.25

 Limit 3 offers per household

  • Office Depot Brand, 3-PK & OfficeMax Brand, 4-PK Highlighters: 0.50

Limit 3 offers per household

  • Crayola Crayons, 24 CT: 0.50

Limit 3 offers per household

  • Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand Multipurpose Paper Ream: $1

Limit 2 rebates per household

  • Free PC Tune Up

All Back To School Deals

  • Office Depot Brand or OfficeMax Brand Poly Index Card Box with 100 Cards: $1
  • Pencil Pouch with Mesh or Clear Window: $1
  • Scotch Glue: $1
  • Crayola Construction Paper, 9″ x 12″, Pack of 96 Sheets: $2
  • Norcom Reinforced Filler Paper: $2
  • Paper Mate EraserMate Pens, 5-PK: $2
  • Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pens 5-PK: $2
  • Really Useful Boxes, .55L Pencil Box: $2
  • Sharpie Blade Highlighters, 4-PK: $2
  • Paper Mate Profile Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 4-PK: $2
  • Post-it Page Markers, 10-PK: $3

$1/$4 Post-it Brand Flags or Tabs Purchase printable

$1/$4 Post-It Brand Flags or Tabs printable

Final Price: $2.50

  • Pilot “Bottle to Pen” B2P 86% Recycled Gel Retractable Pens, 5-PK: $3
  • Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 12-PK: $3
  • Sharpie Clearview Highlighter, 3-PK :$3
  • 1.5″ Wilson Jones Heavy Duty & 1.5″ OfficeMax Brand Durable Binders: $3

Limit 2 per household

  • BIC 4-Color™ Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 3-PK: $3
  • Dry-Erase Boards: $3
  • Master Lock Combination Locks: $3
  • Locker Culture Locker Shelves: $3
  • Pentel WOW! Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 12-PK: $4
  • Pilot G2 Pens, 4-PK: $4
  • Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Pens, 3-PK: $4
  • Post-it 1/2″ Study Flags, 8-PK + 2 FREE Arrow Flag Pads: $5

$1/$4 Post-it Brand Flags or Tabs Purchase printable

$1/$4 Post-It Flags printable

Final Price: $4

  • Office Depot Brand or Just Basics Wood Pencils, 72-PK: $5
  • FORAY 12-PK & TUL 10-PK Liquid Ink Highlighters: $5
  • Pilot Precise V5 or V7 Liquid Ink Rollerball Pens, 5-PK: $5
  • uni-ball 207 Retractable Gel Pens, 4-PK: $5
  • Sharpie Accent Highlighters 20-PK: $10
  • Pilot G-2 Retractable Gel Pens, 12-PK: $10
  • ALL Paper Mate InkJoy Pen Multi-Packs: BOGO
  • Yak Pak, FUL & High Sierra Back Packs: 50% off
  • ALL Five Star 1, 3 & 5 Subject Notebooks: 25% off
  • ALL Crayola Washable Products: B2G1
  • Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator: $12.99
  • Advantage Pre K-8 software: $14.50  with purchase of ANY school backpack

Teacher Supplies

  • ALL Expo Dry Erase Markers and Accessories: B2G1
  • Permanent Self-Adhesive Reinforcement Labels, 200-PK: $1
  • Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand Paper Clips, non-skid, #1, 100 per Box, 10-PK: $2
  • Office Depot Brand or OfficeMax Brand 8″ Scissors: $2
  • Adams Password Journal: $2
  • Sharpie Retractable Permanent Markers, 3-PK: $2
  • Sharpie Pens, 4-PK: $3
  • PaperPro Compact Desktop Stapler: $6
  • Sharpie Permanent Markers, Assorted Colors, 24-PK: $10
  • Paper Mate Flair Pens, 12-PK: $10
  • Brother P-Touch Handheld Label Maker: $10
  • Memorex DVD+/-R Recordable Media, 100-PK: $24.99

Rewards/Rebates

  • Double Recycling Rewards wyb $59 of HP ink and recycle cartridges

Limit 5 cartridges.

Other Good Deals to Keep In Mind

  • Lexar JumpDrive S50 USB 2.0 Flash Drive 8 GB: $6.99
  • Lexar JumpDrive S50 USB 2.0 Flash Drive 16 GB: $9.99
  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus For 1 PC: $9.99
  • Lexar JumpDrive S50 USB 2.0 Flash Drive 32 GB: $17.99
  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus For 3 PCs: $14.99
  • $5/$25 All Same Day Printing Services
  • $15/$50 All Same Day Printing Services
  • Buy 2  Brother Inks get  2XL Spoke Earbud by Skullcandy Free
  • 20% off Dell Ink or Toner
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Atlanta restaurant coupons


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Here are some great Atlanta restaurant coupons for this weekend.  Also, don’t forget to check Scoutmob, Groupon, and Living Social for additional deals near you!  Super special thanks to Surviving the Stores for sharing many of these coupons!
Atlanta Restaurant Coupons

Atlanta restaurant coupons 7-17-14

  • Beef O Brady’s – $3 Off $15 or $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 7/31/2014)
  • Biggby Coffee – $1.99 Any Size Iced Coffee (exp: 8/31/2014)
  • Carrabba’s – $10 Off Dinner Entree When You Buy 1 Entree (exp: 7/27/2014)
  • Denny’s – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Dickey’s Barbecue – Free Kids Meal When You Buy Adult Meal (exp: 7/31/2014)
  • Juice It Up – Buy 1 Get 1 Free 24 oz. Just Peachy Smoothie (exp: 8/31/2014)
  • Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 8/1/2014)
  • Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Lunch or Dinner Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 7/27/2014)
  • Noah’s Bagels – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/29/2014)
  • Red Mango – $1 Iced Coffee, $2 Iced Latte or $3 Frozen Lattes (exp: 7/31/2014)
  • Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • White Castle – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sriracha Chicken Sliders (exp: 8/3/2014)

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--Barbara

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Retail Therapy Anyone? Printable Retail Coupons Roundup


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printable retail coupons - shopping bagsHad a long week?  Need to get away?  How about some retail therapy?  :o)  Here are the top printable retail coupons that are currently available!  Huge thanks to Surviving the Stores for this week’s list!

printable retail coupons 7-17-14

  • Aeropostale – 30% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Ann Taylor Factory – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Belk – 15% Off Sale Price Purchases + More (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Crabtree & Evelyn – 20% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • Gordons Jewelers – $25 Off $150 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Hibbett Sports – $20 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Kohl’s – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Macy’s – 20% Off Select Sale & Clearance Apparel for Him, Her & Kids + More (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Michaels – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • OshKosh B’Gosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 7/23/2014)
  • Payless – 20% Off Red Tag Clearance Items (exp: 7/21/2014)
  • Rue 21 – $10 Off Every $30 Purchase (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • Shoe Carnival – $5 Off $39.98 Purchase (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • Sports Authority – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • Staples – $5 Off $25 Purchase + More (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • Ulta – $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 7/26/2014)
  • Yankee Candle – $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)

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--Barbara

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7+ Great Toddler Action Books


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Toddler Action Books

In my continued effort to share good books to promote literacy, I have a list of cute little toddler action books that my kids have enjoyed over the years.  By “action book”, I mean books that have flaps to lift, doors to open, pop-ups, etc – anything tactile to get a toddler engaged in the story at -ahem- hand.  Do you have any favorite action books you’d add to this?

Toddler Action Books

  1. Hop, Dance, Jump: Action Words and Fabulous Flaps by Maureen Roffey – This dandy little book is one of my son’s current favorites.  It’s got flaps to lift up, and flaps to lift down, with action words and (near) opposites on every page.  Each page depicts a character doing one action, you lift or lower a flap, and she’s doing the opposite, or near opposite: laugh/cry, sit/stand, walk/run, etc.
  2. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle – One of my all-time favorite children’s authors is at it again.  This adorable story, with repetitive phrases tells the tale of a very busy spider spinning his web.  On each page, your child can feel the spider web, and watch in wonder as the busy spider’s web grows.
  3. What Makes a Rainbow: A Magic Ribbon Book by Betty Ann Schwartz – Your toddler will enjoy watching the rainbow grow, as they turn the pages of this colorful book!
  4. Ten Chirpy Chicks and Ten Little Ladybugs by Debbie Tarbett – These delightful books, just two out of a whole collection, help a child count backwards from ten, and allow for counting, touching each chick or ladybug as you go, and watch each one disappear as you turn the page.
  5. Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz – Well, you’ve got to lift the flaps to help baby.  That belly button won’t find itself, in this delightful playful book.  You can also check out Karen Katz‘s other interactive books for tots.
  6. Spot the Dot by David A. Carter – The toddler book based on the popular app.  Yep, a book based on an app – but your kids will LOVE it, and stay engaged!
  7. The entire Bizzy Bear series by Nosy Crow – With chunky sliders to push and pull, this robust little board book is perfect for active toddlers. Rich in visual detail and with touches of humor, it is sure to become a classic in the family library.


 

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--Barbara

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Signs of Kindergarten Readiness


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Kindergarten Readiness

My daughter starts Kindergarten in less than a month.  While I am not ready to let my baby enter the big world of Kindergarten, I am confident I have paved the way for this milestone, and am certain she is ready.  …but what exactly does “kindergarten readiness” look like, really??

Whether you’re sending your first or fifth child into kindergarten, it’s never an easy time. You have a lot of pressure on your shoulders to make sure your child knows certain concepts before you send them off. There are some things you can start doing now to prep your child for Kindergarten in the fall.

Signs of Kindergarten Readiness

  1.  Letter Sounds – Every child entering kindergarten should have practice with their letter sounds. You’ll want to start teaching them their letter sounds by making sure they know the alphabet first. Knowing the alphabet plus their letter sounds is one way a kindergartner starts the reading process. You can help your child learn their letter sounds by repeating them on a daily basis, using flash cards, hands on activities, and even playing educational computer games.  I started each of my kids with a simple ABC puzzle, and as they placed the letters in the puzzle, I would help them identify the letter, and it’s sound.  “Oh, ‘t’ says /t/ like ‘turtle’.”
  2. Reading & Writing – Kindergarten is all about learning to read and write. There are so many activities your child will do in kindergarten to help them learn these skills. However, there are also several things you can do as a parent to help prep your child for learning these skills. The number one thing you can do is always read to your child at every chance you get. Secondly, let them explore with writing. Their words might not always make sense, but they will increase their knowledge of writing as well as get their writing form down.  My daughter loves writing messages right now, and I interfere as little as possible with spelling.  We go through each sound and she writes out her words sound-by-sound.
  3. Independence – If there’s one thing your child needs to learn for kindergarten it is about independence and self sufficiency. While it may be common for you to help them with things now, it’s important that you let them learn how to do things on their own. To help make your child a little more independent, let him or her do small things on their own. You get to decide what the independence factor is as it’s your child, but it is time to loosen the reigns just a little bit.
  4. Relationship Building – For one of the first times in your life, you will be sending your child off to make his or her own relationships. Your kindergartner will form a bond with their teacher and classmates. You can prep your student for this by allowing them to be in situations where they can make friends on their own. You won’t always be there to help them make friends, so it’s important to let them learn to create this bond on their own.

These four tips will help your child learn a few basics before heading off to kindergarten. Just remember that it’s not just about the academics, but the social and emotional growth as well. What tips would you add to this list?

 

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--Barbara

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Make Money from Your Smartphone While Shopping!


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Did you know you can make money from your smartphone?  I have some AWESOME apps to share with you: iBotta, Checkout 51, Shopkick, and now Top CashBack!  All reward you for doing the shopping you already do!  And they’re pretty darn easy to use, and therefore to make money!  And the best part is ALL of these are free apps, available in the app store!

Make Money from Your Smartphone - Ibotta
iBotta is available at countless stores nationwide — here’s a just a few.

iBotta works much like an electronic coupon app, but with a fun twist!  Take quick surveys, read recipes, and view videos related to particular items– all to earn higher value coupons for select products.  Then after you’ve purchased these items, scan your receipt to redeem these coupons.  (And, yep, this allows you to “stack” store, manufacture, AND iBotta coupons all at once!)  If you sign up through my link here, you can get a $5 “friend” bonus!  Seriously, you can’t lose with this one!!

Checkout 51 offer great rebates on items you buy all.  the.  time.  Got milk?  Get money back from it!  Once you’ve gotten at least $20 in rebates, you’ll get a check in the mail.  Pretty darn easy, huh?Checkout 51 Offers

Shopkick keeps the spirit of “checking in” to places alive with this clever app.  By simply walking in to your favorite stores (Tar-zshay, anyone?) you earn “kicks”.  If you have a little time to spare, and want a fun little treasure hunt, scan select items for bonus kicks.  Also, collect kicks by browsing “look books” for participating stores.  Kicks can be traded in for gift cards to your favorite stores, like Target, Best Buy, iTunes, Old Navy, CVS, and Macy’s — just to name a few!  This one is, by far, my FAVORITE app!

Make Money from Your Smartphone - Shopkick

Top Cashback - TopCashback has partnered with a wide range of stores to offer discounts on your online shopping. When you shop via their partner stores, they will pay a commission for your purchases. Your TopCashback account will be credited and so long as you don’t return the goods we will be able to pass this commission onto you as ‘cashback’, Easy! TopCashback offers a wide range of payment options (PayPal, Amazon, direct deposit, , with NO MINIMUM payment!  And best of all, when you refer a friend, you earn TEN BUCKS!

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Disclosure: these links are my personal referral links or affiliate links, and you do support AFM if you sign up under me.
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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