Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Earn Points with Your Honest Kids Drink Purchases!

Honest Kids has a great program out now where you can enter codes from juice pouches purchases and earn points to redeem for some really cool prizes!

500 Points will get your kids some cool looking spy gear
1000 Points and up will score you $25 gift certificates to Target, Publix, Harris Teeter and more!

From what I can understand on their website, each purchase of the 8 pouch cartons will earn you 20 points. So, it'll take awhile to work your way up to free gift cards - but if you buy this juice anyways, it makes it a great deal! You can check out their Pouch Points Program here.

I looked around for any coupons to make this deal even better and couldn't find any - however they do suggest that you follow them on Facebook and Twitter for occasional sales.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Amazing Organic Giveaway @ The Frugal Greenish Mama

I love finding organic giveaways! Check out this great one going on now at The Frugal Greenish Mama!

Free Cabbage Patch Kids Video

Get a free Cabbage Patch Kids video download when you purchase one specially marked packed of Apple & Eve's Fruitables! All you need to do is enter the video code here!

You can also print out a coupon for $0.55 off one Fruitables by clicking here.  

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

My family and I have done a few things so far this season to help get us into the holiday spirit! Not that it's hard (at all) for us to get into it - it 's just always the time of year that I feel the real urgency to give to others. It always makes me think that while we may not be rich, and we may not have all the things we want....we are still some lucky people. We have a nice warm house to call home, food on the table and each other. It makes me sad to think about people that don't even have what I sometimes consider to be the simple things.

Our local radio stations hosts an "Adopt-a-thon" every year where you can 'adopt' local families and help them out with Christmas. Many of these families...without the help...would go without any gifts for their children or even a nice Christmas meal. My church group adopted a family with a 28 year old single mom of three - ages 13, 9 and 2 months. I called the mother after we got her information and she was very nice - and we talked for awhile. I think about the things that my two kids ask for on their Christmas lists.....Wii games, $50 Transformers, DVDs and DVD players for the car......while her kids wish list items are new socks, underwear and her 9 year old would really love a remote control car.

Just breaks my heart.

Worst was that this lady didn't have a Christmas tree. She said their tree had broke a few years ago and she'd never had the money to replace it. I can't imagine having Christmas without a Christmas tree.

I put out a call to our church group members to see if anyone can get a hold of a cheap or free Christmas tree and tonight I put an urgent request on Craigslist. Hopefully, someone has a nice tree they can donate to us.

Tonight we all went out after visiting Santa, and stopped by the Dollar Tree for a few items for this family. Nothing big - some shampoo for the kids (Batman and Elmo!), books for the baby and I found the cutest piggy banks for all three kids. I'll head over to Target this coming week to go shopping for some more items with the money collected yesterday at church.

We're hosting a wrapping party at our house this coming Saturday - everyone will bring which ever gifts they bought and we'll spend a few hours wrapping everything together. I'm making some Amish Stew (watch for this recipe) and some chili along with cornbread for everyone.

I'm really excited to do this! Plus, we get to deliver everything to the family when we're done. I'll make sure and fill you in on my progress!

What have you done so far to get yourself or your family into the Holiday spirit???

Friday, December 2, 2011

50 Pens

I'm sitting here writing my 'About Me' and realized that I have about 50 pens sitting on my desk. I know for a fact that only about half of them....or maybe like a third of them actually work. See here.

Fun and Easy Advent Calender

I had really been wanting to buy an Advent Calender - it's a good start to the season around here. The only problem for me is the chocolate. I think my kids get enough candy during the holidays that I really don't need to give them anymore.

The problem was that I needed something that they would still be excited about....which for two boys - ages 7 and 2 - this can be a difficult task! I decided that I needed something that would give us 'jobs' to do each day that would help get us into the holiday spirit and remember what we are really celebrating.

Here's what I came up with:

I decided to go simple. How much simpler can you get then a paper chain?

I came up with 24 ideas that would be great for my family...here are a few examples:

  • Visit Santa
  • Write Santa a letter
  • Make Christmas Cookies
  • Read "The Night Before Christmas" together
  • Be Santa's secret helper
  • Build a snowman
  • Watch "The Grinch" together
  • Stay in our PJs all day
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Cook dinner together
  • Take cookies to the neighbors
and on Christmas Eve, our link says that we need to read the story of Jesus' birth.

Thinking now, it would have been more 'green' to just write the tasks out on the pieces of paper instead of printing them - but I just wasn't thinking then!

I used some extra pieces of Christmas scrapbook paper and let my oldest son, Ashton, cut them into strips. I took over from there and glued the pieces of paper into the links so that he wouldn't know what the tasks were and would get a nice surprise everyday.

Sneaky mom trick: I put the links in the order that I wanted. For example...I know that on Sunday we're going to go see Santa. So, I made sure that when we rip the chain on Sunday that it will magically tell us to go see Santa! On the day that I know we'll be having some people over for a Christmas party, I put the link that we were suppose to "Be Santa's Secret Helper".

I hung the chain up yesterday and Ashton was really excited to see if when he got home. We waited until Dad got home from work before we ripped the first link - it said we were suppose to drink hot chocolate. I think tonight we're suppose to watch a movie together.

I really love this idea - because I could tailor it to my family, without giving the kids more candy and each task is something we can do together as a family and get into the Christmas spirit!

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