Coolest Christmas Toy Ever

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Today we finally opened and braved putting together what I now think is the coolest Christmas present ever (well, of the material/toy kind)-the Ravensburger XXL Children’s Globe 180 Piece Puzzleball!

My oldest is really into puzzles and misses his globe we sold (because he NEVER played with it), so Santa brought him the Ravensburger XXL Children’s Globe 180 Piece Puzzleball.  I thought this was going to be a monster to put together but it was AWESOME!

You simply follow by number order and each piece has an arrow pointing to where the next piece should go. It only took like 45 minutes to put together and amazingly it seems very stable!  The kids LOVE it!

Right now the Ravensburger XXL Children’s Globe 180 Piece Puzzleballis currently on sale for $16.46 (normally $24.99), but they have limited numbers in stock so hurry over if you want to try it out!

The Magic School Bus-The Complete Series Over 50% Off!

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When I taught public school, my students loved The Magic School Bus movies.  Now that I’m a mom, I am always looking for educational deals and this one is great!

Right now you can get the The Magic School Bus: The Complete Seriesfor only $39.41.  This is over 50% off the normal price of over $79!

This 8-DVD set containing all 52 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning animated science-adventure series. Based on the bestselling books, kids everywhere can get charged up about science with this collectible, first-ever The Magic School Bus Complete Series.

Ride with Ms. Frizzle, teacher extraordinaire, and her enthusiastic, inquisitive students as their Magic School Bus takes them on cliff-hanging field trips inside the human body, back to prehistoric times, far out into space, and everywhere else in between!

Grab a seat and hang on for all four seasons of the longest-running kids science series ever! Inside find a full list of episodes, science topics, experiments and more!

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

 

I Want My Kids To Know They Can Mess Up

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As a mom, I mess up ALL THE TIME!

Before having kids, I knew exactly how parenthood was going to be, exactly how I would handle problems, melt downs, etc.  And honestly, with my first son, things were going pretty smoothly and according to my plan.  Then came my second son-and everything went out the window.  Our oldest began competing for attention, and by this, I mean he started making some pretty bad behavior choices.  And as an exhausted mommy, so did I.

It’s not everyday that I feel proud of my parenting ability.  Sometimes it takes a few days to go by to feel as if I’m doing anything right.  Have I cried myself to sleep after a stressful day full of meltdowns? Absolutely.  Have I gone to sleep with my last thought being how my sons showed amazing manners to a complete stranger?  Yes.  As we all know, there are good moments and there are bad moments.  On days when the bad outnumbers the good, it’s HARD to feel like you’re doing anything right.  But I know I try.  And I try, and try and try…but the patience runs out and other life stresses take their toll.

There is one thing I know I am doing right.  I am letting my kids know it is ok to mess up.  Every single night I talk to my boys about the day and I make sure to apologize if I’ve lost my temper or handled things the wrong way.  We also review our day together and discuss what was the most fun, what we thought was best, and also we talk about situations that went wrong, how they could have handled things differently to make things better, and what choice they can make the next time.  I make sure to also discuss how we all could have handled things differently in certain situations.

We talk EVERYDAY about how it is ok to mess up.  That EVERYBODY does it.  That every single person on the face of the earth makes bad choices and/or has a bad day.  But how you handle the mess up defines who you are.  You can fix the mess up and make things better or you can throw a tantrum (or a toy) and make things worse.  You can try to blame someone else (“but he hit me first”) or you can take responsibility for your own actions and FIX THEM.  You can be the solution to the problem or make the problem even bigger.

So yes, I probably raised my voice today.  Yes, I may or may not have threatened to take away a Christmas toy or a future playdate-BUT-I said I was sorry and I FIXED the problem.  I talked it out, kissed it out, and hugged it out-and we moved on.

My kids know it’s ok to mess up.  But they also know they need to fix their mess ups and try to make things better.

 

New Year’s Eve Activities & Crafts For Kids

I love creating crafts with my sons and love making more traditions as well!

Here is a great round up of  New Year’s Ever crafts and activities that can be done in under an hour (some just minutes) and are all frugal to help you bring in 2013!

 

New Year’s Eve Shakers

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New Year’s Eve Rocket Boosters-Blast into the new year!

New Year’s Eve Bubbles

New Year’s Hand Print Comparison-Simply have your children leave their hand prints on paper labeled with the year and compare them each year!

 New Year’s Time Capsule (love this idea and will be doing it this year!)

Year in Review Sheet

Exercise/Go for a Run (what better way to help with your “Get Fit” resolutions than involving your kids?!

25 Kids Books For Only $1 Each!

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I love that my boys enjoy reading and what’s better than $1 kids books???

Right now you can get 25 Kids Books For Only $1 Each!

There are a lot of great titles included in the sale but here are some of my favorites!

 Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming! (Things That Go)

Pirates, Ho!

Goldilocks And The Three Bears

Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

DIY Santa Christmas Ornament

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We love making and giving Christmas ornaments during the Holiday season!  Here is an easy DIY Santa Christmas Ornament that was super easy to make!

DIY Santa Christmas Ornament

Materials:

Round Clear Plastic Ball Ornament
Red & Black Paint
Gold Glitter
Glue
Paint Brush

Directions:

1.  Paint the entire ornament red to create your Santa suit.

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2.  Have your child paint a black line all the way across the middle and allow to dry.

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3.  Using glue, draw a square in the middle of the black “belt” and then cover in glitter.

4.  Shake off extra glitter and allow to dry.  It’s now ready for your tree or a gift box!

These ornaments are easily personalized-simply paint your message on the front or using a Sharpie marker write on the back.  We leave the back of our ornaments paint free if we are planning on using a Sharpie marker because the marker will take the paint off.

Christmas Crafts For Kids-Lots Of Ideas!

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If you’re looking for Christmas Crafts for Kids, look no further than this list!

 

My friends and I have come up with a huge list of awesome Christmas crafts for kids this year!  Don’t forget you can find more crafts for kids under my Kids Frugal Fun page and if you’re looking for Elf ideas, check out my Elf on the Shelf Ideas page!

 

Paper Plate Santa

Christmas Mouse

Countdown to Christmas Bell and Chain

Christmas Handprint Wreath

Snowmen Handprint Ornament

DIY Snow

Snowman Lightbulb Ornament

candy cane ornament

Candy Cane Ornament

Homemade Gift Tags and Bags

Thumbprint Ornaments

Footprint Reindeer

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Toilet Paper Santa and Rudolph

Mistle”Toes” on Canvas

Gingerbread Man Candy Dish

Twine Candy Cane Ornaments

Graham Cracker Santa Snack

DIY Snowman Shirt

 

More Christmas Fun:

Christmas Jokes for Kids

Christmas Traditions and Fun Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

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Candy Cane Christmas Decoration (DIY Ornament)

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We love making and giving Christmas ornaments during the Holiday season!  Here is an easy Candy Cane Christmas Decoration that was super easy to make!

Candy Cane Christmas Decoration (DIY Ornament)

Materials:

Round Clear Plastic Ball Ornament
Green, Red, and White Paint
Paint Brush

Directions:

1.  Paint the entire ornament Green to provide a nice background.

2.  Have your child dip one finger in red paint and one finger in white paint.

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3. Help your child create a pattern with the red and white paint that will create a candy cane design.

4.  Allow to dry and it’s ready for your tree or a gift box!

These ornaments are easily personalized-simply paint your message on the front or using a Sharpie marker write on the back.  We leave the back of our ornaments paint free if we are planning on using a Sharpie marker because the marker will take the paint off.

 

LeapPad 2 Explorer Only $39.99!

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This is a HOT toy item for the holidays and my boys absolutely LOVE their LeapPad!

Right now GameStop is offering the LeapPad 2 Explorer for only $39.99!

Here’s how to score this deal:

Click HERE to go to GameStop.com.

Search for “leappad2 explorer learning tablet.” and you will see the price as $39.99

To make the deal even sweeter, use the coupon code SAVER to get free shipping on orders of more then $24!

Happy Shopping!

Thanks, A Frugal Chick

Cloub b Products As Low As $18.99!

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My boys ADORE their Cloud b turtle-like really really love it!

Right now you can get Cloud b products as low as $18.99 via Zulily!  I priced checked the prices with Amazon and most if not all are cheaper in this sale!

Cloud b helps babies sleep. This internationally recognized brand was established with the philosophy that all little ones deserve and need a sound night in dreamland. Each of their products is developed in consultation with an advisory board of pediatricians and sleep specialists who are focused on achieving better, safer sleep for little ones, making Cloud b the number one company in the sleep niche category today.

Zulily is a member’s only site but sign up is FREE and only takes seconds!

Elf On The Shelf Ideas: How The Elf Returns!

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Do you have an Elf of the Shelf?  We purchased The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition last year and loved every second of it!  We are always looking for new Elf on the Shelf Ideas and when my friend told me about this one, I HAD to do it.  Don’t forget to check out all of our Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

The boys and I have discussed the need to clean out the playroom and put some toys aside for other little boys who would love to have them.  My friend told me yesterday about seeing somewhere that someone’s elf had arrived with boxes to help with this chore. So I decided to do our own version of this.  Our elf does not arrive for the season until we put our tree up for Christmas, but this morning he made a special appearance!

He came with a note and shopping bags explaining for each boy to fill up a shopping bag with gently used toys and that he would return around Thanksgiving to see how they did. When the boys went in the playroom to fill up their bags, I quickly hid the elf and replaced him with some treats.  They were thrilled at his visit and said they can’t wait for his return so they can thank him for his candy!  I promised I would email Santa with a picture of their filled bags.

Wow! New Amazon Mom Members Get $25 In Free Diapers!

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Wow, wow, wow!  This is a GREAT deal!

Right now if you join Amazon Mom you can get $25 in FREE Diapers!  You read that right, FREE diapers!

Here are the details:

Now through November 10, 2013, New Amazon Mom Members with Amazon Prime can receive a $25 Promotional Credit on Diapers to use between November 18, 2013 and December 18, 2013. To redeem this offer you will receive an e-mail notification on November 18th that the $25 has been added to your account to use on a qualifying purchase.

I would take this opportunity to sign up for  Amazon Mom NOW!


Wondering how to get the $25 in free diapers?  Here you go:

1. Sign Up for Amazon Mom between October 28,2013 and November 10, 2013. Plus you get a FREE 3 Month Membership to Amazon Prime (Just in time for the Holidays!)

2. On November 18th, 2013 you should get an email letting you know the credit has been applied to your account.

3. Add one Qualifying Diapers Item to your Cart and the credit should apply (AFTER 11/18/13) and save $25!

What’s so great about being an Amazon mom?  Check out the reasons:

  • 20% off diapers and wipes subscriptions with Subscribe & Save (exclusive to Amazon Mom)
  • 20% off other family essential subscriptions when 5 or more Subscribe & Save items arrive on your monthly delivery day (exclusive to Amazon Mom)
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items with Amazon Prime

Plus, expecting Amazon Mom members will receive a 15% baby registry completion discount

 

So what are you waiting for-become an Amazon Mom Now!

Animal Jams-Free Game For Kids From National Geographic!

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My 4 year old and I just had a few minutes to check out this new online game Animal Jam, and he really liked it!

Animal Jam is an online virtual playground for children who love animals and the outdoors, and is the result of an ongoing creative collaboration between Smart Bomb Interactive and National Geographic Society. Our goal is to provide a fun, exciting, and safe environment for kids to play online, while inspiring them to explore and protect the natural world outside their doors.

Will’s favorite part was customizing and naming his animal.  We played one game and browsed the site a bit but plan on checking out some of the animal stories later!

We ended up naming our animal Fauna Tinybird…and he was green-what did your child name their animal?

Healthy After Schools Snack Ideas + Win $25 Whole Foods Gift Card!

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School has been is session in my area for over a month and let me tell you, my son comes home STARVING!  I try my best to have snacks waiting for him that are healthy but did you know that research shows that kids are more likely to eat healthy snacks when they help to create them themselves?  I teamed up with Whole Foods to test this theory and found that as usual, research is correct!

The Whole Foods site has a ton of super easy and healthy meal ideas and I adjusted some of their snack ideas using my boys’ favorite items and they were a big hit!

Fancy Ants On A Log:

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Ingredients:
Celery
Peanuts
Cranberries
Grapes
Honey

We simply covered the celery with peanut butter and Will dropped his favorite toppings on top-healthy and delicious!

“Strawberry Grahams”

Ingredients:
Graham Crackers
Peanut Butter
Strawberries
Honey

This snack was also simple!  We covered the graham crackers with peanut butter, put sliced strawberries on top, and Will drizzled the honey as a fun topping.

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How would you like to head to Whole Foods and pick up your own ingredients to create healthy snacks for your family?  Well, luckily for you, Whole Foods has given me 2 (TWO) $25 gift cards to give away so two of my lucky readers will win!  Here’s how to enter!

Mandatory Entry:
1.  Leave a comment telling me your family’s favorite healthy after school snack.

Optional Entries:  You can choose none or ALL of these choices.  You will get an entry for each method so the more you do, the better your chances!

1.  Like Whole Foods Virginia Beach on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a comment that Momondealz sent you. Return to this post and leave a comment letting me know you have done this.

2.  Visit my Kids Frugal Fun Page. Leave a comment here letting me know what your favorite craft is from the ones listed.

3.  Visit my Pinterest page.  Repin at least one of my pins and then leave a comment here with the link to the repin.

4.  Leave a comment on Momondealz’s Facebook page saying “I am entering to win one of the $25 Whole Foods gift cards from @momondealz”. Leave a comment on this post letting me know you have done this.

5.  Share this giveaway on Facebook.  This can be done every day!  Be sure to leave a comment here with the link to your share.

The winners will be able to pick up their gift cards at customer service at Whole Foods Virginia Beach.  This contest will be open until 10/20.  The winners will be emailed 10/21 and have 24 hours to respond to avoid another winner being selected.  Good luck!