Caillou Talking Doll – A Big Hit!


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Caillou Talking Doll with accessoriesWe recently were sent a talking Caillou doll to play with and review.  (And by “we”, I mean my five-year-old daughter and two-year-old son, of course!)  We’ve seen “regular” (non-talking) Caillou toys in stores before, mostly at Babies R Us and Toys R Us, but the talking doll takes the cake.  Both of my kids (5 and 2) have long been fans of watching Caillou, and were thrilled when I surprised them with the doll.  Imagine they’re delight when they discovered he could TALK, too!  He’s got several cute phrases, including teaching about the seasons, counting to five, colors (and gives examples), naming his friends (and he includes his little sis – bonus points in my book!), naming animals, teachers “thank you” and “hello” in French, and thanks you for playing with him. [Read more...]

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--Barbara

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2014 Atlanta Summer Camp Guide


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Atlanta Summer Camp Guide

Here’s my Atlanta Summer Camp guide, as well as camps for spring break around the metro area.  Don’t see one?  Let me know, and I’ll include it.  :) [Read more...]

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--Barbara

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Sweet Bananas and Honey Dessert


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bananas and honey

As you may know by now, my goofy kids are quite picky eaters.  (Okay, fine, so are their parents.  After all, apples don’t make peaches, right??)  I’ve already shared how the enjoy applesauce spiked with frozen peas.  But a secret favorite treat of theirs is one that’s actually quite healthy for them:  bananas and honey.  (or as my otherwise quite articulate 2-year-old son calls them “gananas”.)  It’s a simple, kid-friendly recipe that they gobble up every.  single.  time. [Read more...]

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--Barbara

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway


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With the return of (hopefully) warmer temperatures -and pollen here in the South- comes the glorious signs of Spring.  Just look outside: trees are blooming, grass is starting to come up, flowers paint a colorful landscape around us.

Amidst the majestic landscape with which we are blessed comes this desire by many to clean up.  Spring clean, if you will.  I’ve teamed up with some pretty fab Atlanta-based bloggers who’ve done some spring cleaning of their own, and boy, do we have a fantastic stash of goodies, ready to pass on to one lucky winner!

Spring Cleaning Giveaway

You see, Twitter apparently has been doing a little spring cleaning of their own, and are poised to launch their new interface.  If you’ve not been on Twitter yet, or simply aren’t active, now is the perfect time to give it a whirl – and following each of these lovely bloggers can benefit you twofold: amazing Twitter content from which to follow, AND the chance to win some fabu prizes.

Check out the loot one lucky winner will get from this spring cleaning giveaway, valued at over $200:

  • Three (3) Julep Maven Nail Polishes ($14 each) thanks to @SpelKen
  • a Jane Satchel in Black valued at $75 thanks to @MommyTalkShow
  • $25 Bebe Gift Card thanks to @KeciaHambrick
  • $25 Publix Gift Card thanks to @SaverInTheCity
  • $20 Sephora Gift Card thanks to @ThePoshBlog
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card thanks to @AtlantasFrugalM (that’s me, y’all!)
  • Lotty Dotty Tote ($40 value) from @MK_Snellville
  • Upcycled Spring Pendant with Stainless 24 inch Ball Chain ($26 Value) from the Etsy shop of @MundaneMagic
  • Flow & Wendell book – by William Wegmen ($16.49 value) from @MacKidGACanton

So how does one win all this fabulous loot? It’s simple. First, comment below, telling me which items you find most appealing. Then, fill out the form below, following each of these bloggers on Twitter and tweeting about the giveaway.

You’ll have through Monday, April 28 to enter to win.  Good luck, y’all!!
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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Fisher Nut Exactly debut + giveaway!


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Disclosure: In exchange for this post, I received a form of compensation, including -but not limited to- a bag of this ridiculously delicious snack!

Holy Mary, mother of popcorn!  I have found my newest addiction: Fisher Nut Exactly.  I was sent a package of this amazing treat, and -to be honest- I just can’t bear to share it with my family!  Shhh, don’t tell ‘em!  It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty and crunchy.  Seriously: this is Good.  Stuff.  Yet, surprisingly, I don’t feel the need to chow down on the whole bag – a handful satisfy my sweet tooth, then I’m done.

Fisher Nuts is launching a first-of-its-kind snack product – Fisher Nut Exactly – exclusively at Costco stores in the Southeast. This snack contains no artificial ingredients and is created with the perfect combination of crunchy roasted almonds and whole grain popcorn, rolled into a snack-sized bite that’s dipped in rich 66% cacao real dark chocolate.

To help celebrate this new product, we would like to invite you to write a blog post sharing your tips for throwing the perfect spring get-together.  With Fisher Nut Exactly’s sweet yet savory taste it’s the perfect snack for entertaining and will appeal to everyone. We also ask that you help us announce the arrival of Fisher Nut Exactly, which will be available April 6th at Costco stores throughout the Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee).

Costco stores throughout the Southeast will also have sampling of Fisher Nut Exactly on:
·         Sunday, April 6th
·         Saturday, April 12th
·         Wednesday, April 16th
·         Saturday, April 26th

So -if nothing else- you can go get your snack on at Costco.  — I know I will! ;)

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Now, would you like a chance to WIN a Fisher Nut Exactly prize pack?  One lucky winner will get a bag of Fisher Nut Exactly, as well as a $50 Costco gift card.  Not too shabby, huh?  It’s simple.  Simply comment below telling me which part of the Fisher Nut Exactly snack sounds most intriguing to you, OR what you would do with a $50 Costco gift card.  (You can comment daily for more entries!) Then fill out the form below, and Tweet and share daily on Facebook to increase your odds of winning!  Good luck, y’all!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Alpha-Bits Snack Mix


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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Post Alpha-Bits cereal and the Little Free Library.  I was given a form of compensation in exchange for this post.

Ever have one of those moments when you realize YOU are in charge of snack for your child’s class, and you only have an hour to throw something together?  Yeah, I’ve been there more times than I care to admit.  And the idea of plying my child and her classmates with junk food just because it was easier simply doesn’t sit well with me.

So when I found myself in this quandary about a week ago, I was lucky to have a good supply of pantry items I could mix together to make a snack mix.  Thanks to the good folks at Alpha-Bits, it was something the kids seemed to really enjoy, too!  Bonus: it’s so easy, even my five year old can make it, but not without sampling it as she goes.

This really is simple.  Like not even really recipe-worthy.  But I’m going to recipe it up for y’all anyway. 

Alpha-Bits Snack Mix

  • 1-2 part raisins
  • 2 parts pretzels of choice
  • 1-2 parts marshmallows (I used the very same ones I used for Peppermint Chocolate Popcorn)
  • 2 parts Alpha-Bits cereal

Alpha-Bits Snack Mix ingredients [Read more...]

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--Barbara

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Alpha-Bits Spelling – Encouraging Emerging Readers


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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Post Alpha-bits cereal and the Little Free Library.  I was given a form of compensation in exchange for this post.

Alpha-Bits Spelling

My freshly-five-year-old daughter is becoming an emerging reader, and thus an emerging speller these days.  (Yep, I’m gonna pat myself on the back just a little bit for that!)  We’ve practiced sight words to no end, but now that she’s interested in spelling, I decided it was time to start seeing what she could do with her writing/spelling skills.

Yesterday we had the perfect opportunity to play around with her spelling skills.  And snack a little too.  We used a little glue, cardstock, markers, sight word cards (for reference), and assorted Post Alpha-bits cereal pieces.  We dubbed it “Alpha-Bits Spelling”. [Read more...]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Atlanta restaurant coupons 3-28-14


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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 3-28-14

  • Bakers Square – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/18/2014)
  • BJ’s – $5 Off $20 Food Purchase (exp: 4/7/2014)
  • Buffalo Wings & Rings – 5 Free Wings with $5 Purchase (exp: 4/17/2014)
  • Corner Bakery – Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 4/8/2014)
  • Del Taco – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Egg & Cheese Muffin (exp: 4/2/2014)
  • Jamba Juice – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Juice or Smoothies (exp: 3/30/2014)
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Lunch Combos (exp: 4/11/2014)
  • Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Dinner Entree WYB 2 Drinks (exp: 4/6/2014)
  • Olive Garden – Free Dessert WYB Adult Entree (exp: 3/30/2014)
  • On the Border – Free bowl of original queso with purchase of an adult entree. (varies)
  • Outback Steakhouse – $5 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 4/10/2014)
  • Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Salad (exp: 4/3/2014)
  • Red Lobster – $10 Off 2 Lobsterfest Entrees (exp: 4/13/2014)
  • Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 3/30/2014)
  • Taco Bueno – Free Muchacho Crunch with Any Purchase (exp: 3/29/2014)
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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2014 Alive! Expo Atlanta


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As you may recall, I’m working hard these days on cleaning out my pantry.  Imagine my delight when I was invited to attend this year’s Alive! Expo Atlanta.  It’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about all things natural, green, and healthy.

10th Annual Alive! Expo Atlanta 2014

April 26 & 27, 2014
Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C4
235 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

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Alive! Expo is an interactive “Natural Products & Green Living” consumer event filled with cooking demos, health lectures, fitness demos, kids area and lots of natural product and food samples. Alive! Expo brings together local and national companies that specialize in natural, organic, and eco products to showcase, sample and educate attendees interested in leading a green, clean and healthy lifestyle. Alive Expo is a fun and exciting weekend event for the entire family.

Its mission is to inspire and encourage individuals to embrace a life of health, wellness, fitness and environmental living through awareness of natural, organic and alternative products and solutions, advanced medicine research, education, nutrition, exercise and lifelong benefits of living a green, clean and healthy lifestyle.

Get your tickets Alive! Expo Atlanta tickets here – use my exclusive discount code*: ATLFRG14 to get $5 off your ticket.

* disclosure: When you purchase using my discount code, I make a small commission.  It’s just another small way you can support Atlanta’s Frugal Mom.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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2014 Atlanta Baby and Child Expo *GIVEAWAY*


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Atlanta Baby and Child Expo 2014

The Atlanta Baby and Child Expo is fast approaching! I had such a delightful time attending last year and the year before that, and am super-excited about it’s upcoming return.  Also, I’m happy to offer tickets to purchase, and a giveaway for one lucky winner, too!  (see details below)

THE premier event for expecting and new parents in the Southeast is returning to the Fox Theater!  We bring in the ultimate in parenting and baby products and professionals.   It’s an elite experience, intimate in setting and not overwhelming.  It’s a party for YOU, the expectant, the new parent, the grandparent and the supporting cast of family and friends.  This event features a Maternity Fashion Show, Red Carpet Photos of attendees as they enter, a Stroller Trial Track, Cravings Corner and so much more!

2014 Atlanta Baby and Child Expo:

April 26, 2014 from  11am to 2:30 pm
(VIP ticket holders get early entry, starting at 10:30am)
Fox Theatre Ballrooms, 660 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Tickets: www.atlantababyandchildexpo.com has all the details and tickets

Not only did I score some cool loot last year, but I also learned quite a bit, and was introduced to some new (to me) products!  Check out the loot from years past:

Atlanta Baby and Child Expo loot

These are the items I *won* from Atlanta Parent Magazine!

Atlanta Baby and Child Expo loot

photo courtesy of My Life as Super Lady

Atlanta Baby and Child Expo loot

photo courtesy of My Life as Super Lady

Purchase tickets for the 2014 Atlanta Baby and Child Expo here*, or you can WIN tickets HERE!!  First, comment below with who in your life is expecting or has a little one (even if it’s YOU.)  Then, enter with the form below for a chance to win!  Good luck, y’all!
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* disclosure: Tickets purchased through my link here generate a small commission for me.  It’s just another small way you can support Atlanta’s Frugal Mom.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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