I found a megacool site today that I had no idea existed before! It’s called ThredUp. ThredUp is an online community that basically serves as a marketplace for Kids’ Clothing and Gear. It’s as easy as swapping your children’s outgrown stuff for other stuff that fits them! You can even earn money from ThredUp and become a “Super Thredder”, receiving special benefits and offers, if you send a certain amount of boxes. Go here to sign up and try it out!
Oh, and I calculated with a nifty tool that they have on their website that I could be saving over $1400 a year by using this online swapping community! Megacool and happy swapping!
If you have been following the sales lately, there is a coupon out for Softsoap for $.35 off 1 in the July 24 SmartSource insert, and there is also a sale at KMart in which you can get Softsoap for FREE with $1 off 1 Softsoap coupon that you can find in the Shop Your Way Rewards coupon booklet at the front of the store. Anyway, if you have a lot of old soap bottles, you can do something fun and creative with them to keep your kids entertained!
I filled my old soap bottle with water and colored cooking sprinkles (made of sugar) to make different colors of water in the soap bottles. My son then had a blast squirting out the different colors into bowls, seeing what colors would be made from all of the different colors of water! He literally played at this for about 45 minutes! (I’m sure the novelty will wear off soon, but this is good for a rainy/snowy day!) Speaking of snow, you could even take these outside in the snow and “paint” with them! MegaCOOL!
Here is an example of one that I made…
soap bottle fun!
Also, something you can do with all those toy catalogs and ads you get in the mail…
I had my four-year-old son sit down and go through a One Step Ahead catalog and place a circle around everything he liked and a triangle around everything he thought his two-year-old sister would like. This also occupied him for about 20 minutes or so, then I had him tell me about why he wanted or his sister wanted the products. This is excellent fine motor skill practice, and to make it even better, you could have them cut out the pictures of the products! Be creative and make use of the things you have to entertain your kids during those cold and rainy days!
As you can see, my son circled almost everything on these two pages!
One Step Ahead is an awesome company that offers the best of baby and kids’ products on the market. I have purchased many things from them, including the “bumper pads” for my brick fireplace stoop and a personalized toy box and storage bin for my kids’ toys. Right now, they are running a promotion in which you could win $100 gift card from them! In order to participate, go to their website, subscribe to their emails (get exclusive offers and coupons), and then enter to win! While I was on their site, I spied this super cute zip toy bin that you can personalize for your kiddos…what a nice gift for the little ones in your family!
Also, Seventh Generation is running a sweepstakes right now in which you could win $10,000 to buy environmentally friendly products (available at Target and WalMart) for your home AND 1000 families in your town will win a FREE kit ($55 value) from Seventh Generation to help “green” their homes, too! Just go to their website for more details!
If you haven’t heard of Plum District, it’s a nice site that offers up daily deals for busy moms and their families at a discounted rate. Use this link to sign up today and receive a FREE $5 credit toward your purchase. Currently, they are offering $50 of JCPenney.com credit (and FREE shipping for online orders over $49 using the code SHIP49) for just $25 and $40 of Buildakit.net credit for just $20!
JCPenney is great for Back-to-School clothes shopping and Buildakit.net is an online school supplies store, created by teachers! They have a very nice selection of top-of-the-line products at good prices.
What a nice way to get your school shopping started- HALF OFF of EVERYTHING! Woohoo!
(Remember, you must go through Plum District first to get these deals….then you can use the credit you purchase through them to shop at the retailers websites!)
So, here’s your chance to travel around the world! World Market just started a sweepstakes in which you can win a trip around the world! Just “like” them on Facebook and click on the “Around the World” Sweepstakes tab on the left! And, while you’re at it, you may as well score a good deal shopping at World Market! Here is a link to a printable coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase there! (expires 8/21)
Also, while you’re on Facebook, you may as well head over to the Melissa and Doug page and enter their sweepstakes, too! They will be giving away a prize for every 1,000 fans that “like” their page until they hit 100,000! Once they have 100,000 fans, they will be giving a special surprise to all of their fans! I LOVE Melissa and Doug toys…they are awesome quality, wooden, educational toys for children. I have quite the collection in my home! (Our favorites are the puzzles and wooden food for my daughter’s play kitchen!). If you visit their website (linked above on their name) you may want to enter their Toy and Birthday club for exclusive offers and coupons on the days of your children’s birthdays and your birthday. Megacool!
Calling all teachers! I’m sure that if you are a teacher, or even if you know one, you know that we spend money out of our own pockets every year to supply our classrooms with necessary items. I know that some of us spend more than others, but any little bit helps! Well, RoseArt is sponsoring a sweepstakes in which teachers can win supplies for their classroom! Just go to the RoseArt page on Facebook, “like” them, and click on the “BTS Sweepstakes” tab on the left to enter! Good luck!
Also, RoseArt has a nice website that has a really neat interactive online drawing tool for kids! I discovered this while perusing their site and will be using it with my four-year-old! Go here to check it out!
Your child’s diet and his/her behavior
I read an article yesterday that I would like to share with all of you Megacoolmamas! As you know if you’ve read “My Philosophy”, mostly everything my family and I eat is as close as it can be to all natural. Not only do I feel better physically when I eat “clean”, but, most importantly, I know I am doing something good for my family by choosing products that do not use artificial ingredients. This article chronicles one mother’s conversion from artificial to natural products and the effects she realized those artificial ingredients were having on her child’s behavior. Here is the link to the article. Enjoy!
And, speaking of eliminating artificial ingredients, it’s easier than you think! And, you might think it’s more expensive to do so, right? Not necessarily! That’s what my blog is about…helping you make that change and save you money at the same time! I’m sure that if you follow my tips, you will save money on what your old grocery bill used to be! I spend a LOT of time researching good, healthy buys for my own grocery list, and I share them with you! I hope you can benefit from all of my hard work!
Happy Tot find at Target
Have you seen the “new” trend in helping kids get their fruits and veggies lately? I’m sure many of you Megacoolmamas already know about this, but I just wanted to share…Happy Tot is a brand recommended by Dr. Sears that produces these cute little pouches of fruit/veggie purees that are chock-full of everything good for your little one! They are 100% organic (yay!) and can be re-sealed and re-used at a later time (their no-spill top is awesome)! Here is a pic of what I got today at my local Target at $1.19 a piece…my kids LOVE them! And I LOVE knowing they are getting their fruits and veggies!
Healthy Lunch Maker Tool
So, I found this neat online tool that helps you know whether the lunch you are packing for your kids is nutritionally appropriate for his/her age and nutritional needs! I tried it and found that my son is probably getting too much protein in his lunch, so it was useful! Here’s the link…let me know what you think!
Have you tried eliminating artificial ingredients from your child’s diet? Did you notice any changes? Let me know!
I know a lot of us Megacoolmamas have our kids in sports, and soccer seems to be one of the most popular sports for little ones in my area. If one of your little ones plays soccer, you may want to check out Totsy and see what they have! I was just looking and found THE CUTEST designed soccer balls, shin guards, backpacks and soccer cleats for kids!
For example, I found this soccer ball for a little girl that originally retails for $17.50, and it is priced at 10.50 on Totsy
I also found this one for little boys at the same price!
They also have mini trainer versions of the same soccer balls priced for $6 and shin guards with cute designs for $6.50!
This would be a great opportunity to stock up on Christmas gifts for all the little soccer players in your family…don’t forget to look around for yourself while you are there! :) You can sign up for a Totsy account here!
Swagbucks…right now Swagbucks is offering 250 Swagbucks when you shop through them at Gap online. Even better, you get 30% off your order of $29 or more before shipping and taxes! Woohoo! If you don’t know what Swagbucks is, it’s a search engine (just like Google) that actually “pays you back” for searching! You earn “Swagbucks” every time you do a search through them, and then you can trade them in for things like Amazon gift cards once your balance hits a certain amount. Occasionally, they have deals like the Gap one I described above that I like to take advantage of as well, so, just thought I would share! You can sign up for an account with Swagbucks here!
Stay tuned for more deals later on today!
Quick update…Shop at Home is offering the following deals which would be GREAT for Back-to-School shopping!
Here they are:
- JCPenney- 10% cash back *NEW*Use this coupon in stores or online to score $10 off a $25 purchase! (exp. 8/6)
- Kmart- 10% cash back AND FREE SHIPPING on orders of $49 or more with code EPICYEAR
- Kohl’s- 8% cash back AND 15% off orders of $100 or more with code BTS15SAH (they have TONS of stuff on clearance from 60-80% off!)
- Barnes and Noble- up to 12% cash back (there is a 45% off deal on a lot of books and supplies right now, too!)
- Old Navy- 10% cash back and sales galore! (great deals on clothes for the entire family- I found lots of stuff for $1.97 and up!)
- Walmart- 5% cash back
- DSW- 10% cash back and FREE SHIPPING on orders of $35 or more
Don’t forget! Every time you use Shop at Home, you get cash put back into your account with them. They send you a $20 check in the mail once your account reaches $20! And, they have a promotion going on right now that will get you a FREE $5 credit with your first purchase! Get some of your Back-to-School shopping done right at home! Yipppeee!