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*WALMART* Banzai Wigglin’ Waterpillar $5 + Free Store Pickup

4 Aug

This looks like such a fun water toy for the kiddos doesn’t it?

The Banzai Wigglin’ Waterpillar is currently on clearance for $5 + free store pickup (or 97¢ home shipping)

Don’t forget to go through ShopatHome for 3% cash back

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*REPOST* 25 INEXPENSIVE (AT HOME) SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS $5 OR LESS!!

25 Jul


With the kiddos going back to school soon, I thought I’d share this again 🙂

So far my girls and I have done about 5 of these activities

My eldest went to stay with her grandparents for a month this summer so we haven’t had a chance to do them all

Now that my daughter is back home we will start right back where we left off…number 6 🙂

 

  1. Make peanut butter cups out of used broken crayons here
  2. Make a hot air balloon & have the kiddos fly it outside in the evening (purchase helium filled balloon @ a dollar store (Dollar Tree/99¢ ONLY) here
  3. Have a “Pajama/Movie Day” (you & the kiddos stay in your pj’s all day while watching movies checked out from the public library (free). Also have your kids help you make breakfast i.e. mixing the pancake batter & for lunch/dinner help them make their own mini pizzas
  4. Pot edible plants (made of yummy chocolate pudding & cookies!) here
  5. Create temporary tattoos here. Have your kiddos draw out their favorite character/design, cover it with temporary tattoo adhesive film and cut it out to apply (temporary tattoo paper is available @ stationary stores/online). I found it on ebay for as low as $4 shipped
  6. “Give to Others” day. Have your children help you fill boxes with items you/they no longer need/use to donate to a local food bank, shelter or non-profit organization. They can take out toys they no longer play with or clothes that don’t fit. They can also help you take out snacks/canned food items they didn’t really enjoy eating. Explain to them the importance/benefits of giving to others. As an added bonus, they can draw & color a picture of how it made them feel to help others, then stick it in an envelope and drop it into one of the boxes of donated items 🙂
  7. Have a water balloon fight in the evening (water balloons as low as $1 @ dollar tree/walmart)
  8. Make a bird feeder here. Reuse the mesh bag that many produce items (onions, avacados, apples…) come in
  9. Make your own ice pops here. You can reuse yogurt containers to use as molds and produce is fairly inexpensive here in AZ (especially on Wednesdays)
  10. Make a watermelon pinata here. Most of the craft items can be purchased @ the dollar store or Michael’s with a 40-50% online or sunday paper ad coupon 🙂
  11. Decorate a pair of flip flops here & here, $1 flip flops @ dollar tree/Target’s $1 section. Decore items can be found @ dollar tree/Michael’s
  12. Play sponge ball tag outside with homemade sponge balls here. Great project for those who got in on the free brillo estracell sponges a few months back 😉
  13. Have the kiddos help you make homemade strawberry jam (they can do the mashing of the berries and measuring/adding of the ingredients). Recipe here . FYI, lemon juice is optional. Ball/kerr jar coupons can be found in the 6/06/12 smart source for $3/2 or printable coupon at coolsavings.com. I purchase jars from walmart (~ $5 with q) but you can also list a “wanted” item request on craigslist for free/inexpensive jars.
  14. Plant your own indoor fruit/veggie garden. Here is a list of fruits/veggies that grow well indoors. You can reuse plastic containers to plant your fruits/veggies. A variety of inexpensive seed packets & potting soil can be purchased at walmart, 99¢ only stores, home depot/lowe’s. Here’s a cute idea for decorating your planting containers 🙂
  15. Make fish bowl gelatin here. I purchased these glass bowls @ Dollar Tree but I’ve also seen them @ Michael’s for ~$3-$4 (great price when paired with a 40% off q)
  16. Make sidewalk chalk paint here
  17. Make sun print cards (think father’s day!) here
  18. If your kiddos ♥ rockets & all things space related then they’re sure to enjoy making this, fyi, you can also use a paper towel tube, a wrapping paper tube or a toilet paper tube (for a mini rocket hehe)
  19. Tie-dye an old t-shirt here . Fabric dye can be purchased @ michael’s & clothes pins can be found @ dollar stores/walmart. If you don’t have a plain white t-shirt, purchase one at a second hand store, 99¢ only store, walmart, fallas/factory 2 U or michael’s.
  20. Make a no-sew apron out of a bandana ( reuse an old one or purchase at walmart/99¢ only stores) or t-shirt here & here  These will be super cute to wear while making all our other crafts 🙂
  21. Make a bottle piggy bank here. Great craft to teach kids how to earn & save their own money
  22. Help your kiddos make colored pasta bead jewelry here. Pasta is usually free with coupons or less than $1 without.
  23. DIY lava lamps here
  24. Have a “Spa Day”. You can do manicures & pedicures, style each others hair, and make an all natural face mask together to put on each other.
  25. After a great summer of doing all these fun activities together, gather all the pictures you took while doing so and have your kiddos make their very own no-glue scrapbook here or you can create a coloring book with your photos (how to here) for your kiddos to color and enjoy the memories of a great summer for years to come!!

Hope everyone has a great & fun-filled Summer!!

Photo credits: marthastewart.com, lilluna.com, familyfun.com

TARGET CLEARANCE 70% OFF SUMMER ITEMS

15 Jul

While picking up a few odds & ends at Target today, I came across this awesome clearance sale on Summer items including beach chairs, camping chairs, coolers, picnic supplies…

Youth camping & beach chairs as low as $2.70!!!

I tried to take a few more pics but as you might have guessed, the aisles were packed with people…

As I mentioned in my previous post, I didn’t bother posting this find earlier because items were being cleared off the shelf at lightning speed lol

I text my sis to let her know but she was too late at both of her nearby Targets 😦

Here is a pic of the items I was able to pick up

$16.38 + tax

The beach chairs were $2.70, the pitcher was $1.19 and the extra loooong lol beach towel was $3.xx

It was perfect timing since we’ll be heading to the beach in 2 weeks 🙂

Hopefully this clearance sale is going on or will happen soon at your local Target

But please keep in mind that clearance will vary from store to store

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

25 INEXPENSIVE (AT HOME) SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS $5 OR LESS!!

13 Jun

SCHOOL’S OUT!!!

Summer vaca has commenced

and if your kiddos are anything like mine, they are already driving you bonkers!! lol

My 11 yo is enrolled in a summer enrichment program this Summer. But it’s only for a few hours a day, 4 days a week

So the rest of the day is filled with “What are we doing today?” and “I’m bored!”

or it’s constant yelling and bickering amongst siblings 😦

Since I’m located in AZ, outdoor activities are a no-go during the day (unless I take them swimming). So I decided to look into fun & inexpensive ways to keep them entertained without having to leave the comfort of my home every day!

BELOW is a list of the top 25 fun at home activities I plan to do with my girls

Hopefully, you’ll find it helpful as well 🙂

  1. Make peanut butter cups out of used broken crayons here
  2. Make a hot air balloon & have the kiddos fly it outside in the evening (purchase helium filled balloon @ a dollar store (Dollar Tree/99¢ ONLY) here
  3. Have a “Pajama/Movie Day” (you & the kiddos stay in your pj’s all day while watching movies checked out from the public library (free). Also have your kids help you make breakfast i.e. mixing the pancake batter & for lunch/dinner help them make their own mini pizzas
  4. Pot edible plants (made of yummy chocolate pudding & cookies!) here
  5. Create temporary tattoos here. Have your kiddos draw out their favorite character/design, cover it with temporary tattoo adhesive film and cut it out to apply (temporary tattoo paper is available @ stationary stores/online). I found it on ebay for as low as $4 shipped
  6. “Give to Others” day. Have your children help you fill boxes with items you/they no longer need/use to donate to a local food bank, shelter or non-profit organization. They can take out toys they no longer play with or clothes that don’t fit. They can also help you take out snacks/canned food items they didn’t really enjoy eating. Explain to them the importance/benefits of giving to others. As an added bonus, they can draw & color a picture of how it made them feel to help others, then stick it in an envelope and drop it into one of the boxes of donated items 🙂
  7. Have a water balloon fight in the evening (water balloons as low as $1 @ dollar tree/walmart)
  8. Make a bird feeder here. Reuse the mesh bag that many produce items (onions, avacados, apples…) come in
  9. Make your own ice pops here. You can reuse yogurt containers to use as molds and produce is fairly inexpensive here in AZ (especially on Wednesdays)
  10. Make a watermelon pinata here. Most of the craft items can be purchased @ the dollar store or Michael’s with a 40-50% online or sunday paper ad coupon 🙂
  11. Decorate a pair of flip flops here & here, $1 flip flops @ dollar tree/Target’s $1 section. Decore items can be found @ dollar tree/Michael’s
  12. Play sponge ball tag outside with homemade sponge balls here. Great project for those who got in on the free brillo estracell sponges a few months back 😉
  13. Have the kiddos help you make homemade strawberry jam (they can do the mashing of the berries and measuring/adding of the ingredients). Recipe here . FYI, lemon juice is optional. Ball/kerr jar coupons can be found in the 6/06/12 smart source for $3/2 or printable coupon at coolsavings.com. I purchase jars from walmart (~ $5 with q) but you can also list a “wanted” item request on craigslist for free/inexpensive jars.
  14. Plant your own indoor fruit/veggie garden. Here is a list of fruits/veggies that grow well indoors. You can reuse plastic containers to plant your fruits/veggies. A variety of inexpensive seed packets & potting soil can be purchased at walmart, 99¢ only stores, home depot/lowe’s. Here’s a cute idea for decorating your planting containers 🙂
  15. Make fish bowl gelatin here. I purchased these glass bowls @ Dollar Tree but I’ve also seen them @ Michael’s for ~$3-$4 (great price when paired with a 40% off q)
  16. Make sidewalk chalk paint here
  17. Make sun print cards (think father’s day!) here
  18. If your kiddos ♥ rockets & all things space related then they’re sure to enjoy making this, fyi, you can also use a paper towel tube, a wrapping paper tube or a toilet paper tube (for a mini rocket hehe)
  19. Tie-dye an old t-shirt here . Fabric dye can be purchased @ michael’s & clothes pins can be found @ dollar stores/walmart. If you don’t have a plain white t-shirt, purchase one at a second hand store, 99¢ only store, walmart, fallas/factory 2 U or michael’s.
  20. Make a no-sew apron out of a bandana ( reuse an old one or purchase at walmart/99¢ only stores) or t-shirt here & here  These will be super cute to wear while making all our other crafts 🙂
  21. Make a bottle piggy bank here. Great craft to teach kids how to earn & save their own money
  22. Help your kiddos make colored pasta bead jewelry here. Pasta is usually free with coupons or less than $1 without.
  23. DIY lava lamps here
  24. Have a “Spa Day”. You can do manicures & pedicures, style each others hair, and make an all natural face mask together to put on each other.
  25. After a great summer of doing all these fun activities together, gather all the pictures you took while doing so and have your kiddos make their very own no-glue scrapbook here or you can create a coloring book with your photos (how to here) for your kiddos to color and enjoy the memories of a great summer for years to come!!

 

Hope everyone has a great & fun-filled Summer!!

 

Photo credits: marthastewart.com, lilluna.com, familyfun.com

COOKING IS DANDY WITH SANDY — GRILLING EDITION

8 Jun

It’s that time of year!

Summer grilling/BBQing season has begun

Of course here in AZ we prefer to grill in the spring

(115 degrees isn’t ideal for cooking outside over an open flame lol)

Last night we fired up the grill and cooked a parillada (variety of cooked meats)

I grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts & sirloin beef strips together with a variety of organic bell peppers, white onions, jalapenos and tomatillos

Seasonings included: salt, pepper, garlic salt with parsley

Of course you can also add marinades OR sauces to your meats

It all depends on what you’re in the mood for

I prefer to marinade the meats in teriyaki sauce overnight when I’m making stir fry on the grill

I also made a potato salad to go with it and here’s how it all came out

Very YUMMY and super EASY to make!

VACATION OR STAYCATION?

3 Aug

With summer in full swing and the kiddos home from school there’s nothing more common than planning a family vacation. However, times are tough and everyone’s looking to save a few bucks when traveling.

So my question is, why not try a staycation?

You might be asking yourself, “What the heck is a staycation?”

Well a staycation is nothing more than a vacation spent at home or doing activities in your own home town instead of traveling out of town i.e. going to the zoo, movie night, waterpark

A few weeks ago I was speaking to my sister about the fact that my eldest daughter really wanted to go swimming but the pool @ our place had been emptied out and I’m not a fan of public pools…childhood memories of um, “unsanitary” pool habits from other people play in my mind when I think of public pools.

I mentioned to my sis that money was a bit tight so a trip to the beach would have to wait but I really wanted to do something fun with the girls. Well she had a brilliant suggestion!

Why not book a hotel in town and take the girls swimming there?

At first I thought it was a bit silly…but then I got to thinking, why not?!

So I did!

AND

I’m so glad I did!

I booked a hotel online through hotels.com & paid ~$40 for an overnight stay. I booked through shopathome so I could receive a % cash back and the one night stay counted towards my free night stay reward offered through hotels.com

The hotel was only 5 miles away from home. When we arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the amenities…pool, jacuzzi, free full breakfast (not just a continental) and the rooms were great! Not to mention all the tourism brochures by the elevators…they were full of coupons for local attractions like the zoo, museums, waterparks…LOVE coupons!

As soon as we got there the girls put on their swimsuits and we headed to the pool. They had a blast. After 2 hours of swimming, we went back to the room and got dressed to get a bite to eat. We got some burgers & fries from down the street and took it back to our hotel room. We put on a movie and ate in the room. The girls really enjoyed it. The next morning, they got up really early and headed out to the lobby for free breakfast. They were serving sausage, eggs, waffles, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal…you name it, they had it!

Our check out time wasn’t until noon so we got to take our time and relax a bit. After we checked out we headed to the local park to let the girls play at the playground and feed the ducks.

Then we headed back home…only a mile away lol

We really enjoyed our little staycation and the best part was that we didn’t spend a ton of money and we weren’t all exhausted from a long drive back home 🙂

So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive mini weekend getaway, I highly suggest taking a staycation!

TOP 10 REASONS WHY I ♥ THE PUBLIC LIBRARY

2 Aug

10.  Free air conditioning (110° here in AZ & my a/c is always on full blast…not cheap!)

9. Free movie rentals (including new releases!)

8. Kid’s summer reading program (coupons & passes for museums, baseball games & free stuff).  It motivates children to read during the summer!

7. Free use of their computers (my dd loves playing the games)

6. Story time (for all ages)

5. Free coupons! (some have grocery item tear pads at the front desk…I found bread & ice cream q’s recently…WOO HOO!)

4. Arts & Crafts programs for children

3. Teen programs (book clubs, movies, games, community involvement…)

2. Educational workshops (including computer, ESL, college and literary)

1. You get to read all the books your ♥ desires…for FREE!

 

These are just my top 10 reasons why I ♥ the public library, but there are many many more reasons! I highly suggest going to the public library. They have so many wonderful programs & incentives and most are FREE!