Saturday, April 12, 2014

5 Ways to Help your Toddler's Imagination Grow

My son is such a little ham. I catch him flying around the house like an airplane and some how change into a car, then a machine. Oh, sometimes I can't help but laugh at how absolutely adorable he acts. I love the possibilities he creates for himself, who knows where it will take him. 

I found some really great ideas to help promote your child's imagination. Try these 6 ways to help your toddler's imagination grow.

"Imagination is the Key": Photo Credit by Bianca Alice
Multiple Areas
Promote creativity by making different areas such as, a kitchen for the chef's, or a tent set-up and ready to become a cave for explorers, or even a hide out for your little bear. Through out the day remember that you don't always have to have every hour with activities, instead give your child the opportunity to play on their own. By doing this you are also encouraging independence and confidence.

During my son's free time he creates railroads with his train tracks, every time making different routes to destinations all through his room, down the hallway and into the next room. We don't help him unless he asks (which he usually does not) and he will be there for a couple hours into his own world filled with trains. It's such a great site to see.

The Simple Toys
This is referring to all those cartoons that are on TV or in movies with your toddlers favorite characters in them. Just note that if a kid recognizes a characters voice or personality, they are more likely to be more rigid about what they will and will not do. Example, they will portray that specific character's personality traits, because they are in their mimicking stage. Try getting basic cars and trucks, blocks for building, dolls, kitchen, sand box, and stuffed animals. Even play toys that make sounds or move at the push of a button allow your toddler to interact with the toy with simplicity, instead of high-tech gadget toys that make them come up with their own sound. 

A good Old time favorite that my son has now, and is getting the hang of is Lincoln Logs. Remember those? Yes, they're still around. So freakin' awesome. Making all kinds of cabins, and water feeding areas for your animals. Good times!


Take Note
When your toddler is in their own imagination being a dog, or a cat, feel free to join them in play. If your toddler rejects how you are interacting with them or their story, back off. Remember that this is normal, so kid's use dramatic play as a soothing mechanism for themselves and do not want anyone else to play.

Sometimes my son will be pretending he is a train, the hallways are his tracks and he will transform into a car, then a truck. During this time I will try and join him as another vehicle of some sort. Half the time he allows me to play, and the other half he'll start saying "No Mama, no!" or "Sit down... watch". I don't take it personally, just smile and leave him be. He's perfectly content at what he's doing and doesn't need any further attention at that moment. So fun to watch though.

Read, read, read...
Reading is very important in a child's learning. It encourages more than just imagination but also vocabulary. The more they see the words, letters, and pictures it will become like second nature for them. Choose books that are simple with basic sentences. Limit e-books that are overly animated because it will be too much for them to take it all in. They are still learning the basics. Board books are great for toddlers and will last a lot longer because your little one will probably want to read that same book repetitively. Also, have them weigh in their opinion and/or ideas about the story you're reading to them. Ask them to point out animals or objects in the pictures; or if the dog is going to find his way home. Try to maintain enthusiasm throughout the story to keep your toddler hooked into the story.


Personally I choose some books that have the alphabet in them to introduce the letters along with a story line in them. One of my son's favorite one's is the "Thomas the Engine ABC Book". At 2-1/2 years old he could read the book by himself. It's amazing what kid's remember when you take the time with them.
 
Arts & Crafts Time
This one is a must; having art supplies around at all times. Or even if you create an art corner where your toddler can let their imagination run wild. Stock up on painting supplies, stuff to draw with, foam cut-outs, play-dough or anything clay-like for sculpting, these are great ways to get the creative juices flowing. You can pick out a story or make up a story and have your child illustrate it. Use the play-dough to create shapes, animals, or characters.

My son's favorite thing to do is build rockets and trains out of empty toilet paper rolls. Simple, but a lot of fun for him. We use paper, stickers, pipe cleaners, ribbon, and glue to create these masterpieces.


Till' next time, have fun with your children!
~Bianca Alice
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Do you have any great ideas for activities that will help toddler's imagination on expanding their creativity? Feel free to share about it in the comments below or link back to your blog/site.


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

$1 Computer keyboards, As Seen on TV!, only at Dollar Tree

I was strolling through the Dollar Tree and right by the register were these keyboards that I saw on an infomercial a while back. They were only a $1, so I got 2 (for my son) because they are spill proof. At least that's what's advertise. Still a great deal! I plugged them both in to check and see if they work and we're good to go. Check out your local store.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Baileys Coffee Creamers $0.75 off Any One (1) printable coupon

$0.75 off Any One (1) Baileys Coffee Creamers Who loves coffee? Oh I love coffee and I know half of you out there use it to wake you up every morning. I'm right there with you, I do need my caffeine to start my engine for the day. Here's a money saver for you if you love those tasty Bailey's creamers. A printable coupon for $0.75 off Bailey's Coffee Creamers. Print them out before they're gone, I just did :)



Did you find any great deals with this coupon? Feel free to share about it in the comments. 

Apples to Apples Party Box Game $5.00 off one (1) printable coupon

$5.00 off one (1) Apples to Apples Party Box GameHeading to any birthday parties this weekend? Apples to Apples is a great game for kids and even a better gift. How awesome is this... there is a $5.00 off one Apples to Apples game printable coupon. I know you all love to save and so do I, so print away :)  

Print my $5.00 off one (1) Apples to Apples Party Box Game
Did you find any deals with this coupon? Share about in the comments. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How to Use Online Coupon Codes


Struggling economic conditions have suggested a diversity of promotional benefits online nowadays. For a thrifty and money-wise buyer, online coupon codes are an ideal way to save a significant amount of money when shopping through various online shops. Coupon codes have served a great purpose for both online merchants and online consumers. It offers a cheaper way to obtain products for consumers while serving as an incentive for online merchants to increase their sales force by attracting more and more consumers.

However, despite the fact that these coupon codes online are somewhat easy to use, there are several factors that you have to realize in order to ensure that the promotional coupons you use are correct and eligible for benefits. In the event that you don't utilize the given coupons correctly, you are at risk of compensating for the product in full price instead of obtaining a discount for the coupons. Follow these simple yet useful steps in order to ensure that your purchase is indeed credited by the online company.


First: Look for Your Coupons Online.


Of course, the first step in using these discount coupons is to get a hold of one. You can find these coupons at the web by visiting websites specializing in coupons and promo codes. At present, there have been a lot of promo code and discount websites that have appeared from the internet as a result of the decreasing economic values around the world. You can also find these promo codes from the main product manufacturer's website itself. You can also view other promotional details they may have or discounted items they are currently retailing to the public.


Second: Copy and then Paste the Code.


In common scenarios, the coupon providing website will have a list of coupons and promo codes at disposal. You'll have to be careful as some sites may not regularly update their site and may still contain expired coupon codes. Make sure that you are able to copy the code and paste it directly onto a document or email that will safely store it and you can remember in the future. Furthermore, ensure that you copy the code exactly the way it is provided and make sure to copy the website's URL where you managed to find the coupon in case you've forgotten to store the code or if you've copied it incorrectly.

Third: As Pointed out Earlier, Make Sure that the Coupon Codes are Updated.


One of the main dilemmas when finding a coupon code online is it's difficult to tell if the coupon has already expired. Distinct from the common grocery coupons where there is a clear date of expiration written on the paper, online coupons often make it difficult for the date of expiration to be seen. Before you count and estimate your savings or payments for your purchase, ensure that you verify the date of expiration to avoid problems.


Fourth: Know Where to Find the Section in Which to Enter the Code.


Most websites will make use of their shopping cart section as the place to input the coupon codes. When you process your orders online, there should be an inputted text box named "coupon code" or something of that sort.


Overall, finding the best coupon codes online can also start from asking your friends or relatives who you know to be an online shopper. They may know a thing or two about these online coupon codes and how to use them properly.




About the Author: "Online Coupons" is a freelance writer for coupon tips and finds.

$0.49 for Arrowhead Water, only at Albertsons!

Photo Credit: SouthernCaliSaver.com

This week, you can snag a great deal on Arrowhead water at Albertsons! You will find the 700 ml bottles on sale for just $1.99: 


Arrowhead Water $1.99 700 ml Sport Tops $1.99
Use $1.50 Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, exp. 7/28/13 (RP 06/16/13 R)
Final Cost= $0.49+ CRV

Also, the smaller 8oz bottles are $1.99 as well...

Arrowhead 8oz Bottles $1.99
Use $1/1 Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, exp. 7/28/13 (RP 06/16/13 R)
Final Cost= $0.99 + CRV 



Thanks, Josie from SouthernCaliSaver!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

2013 Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule

2013 Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule
*This schedule may vary by state/ region by insert type and coupon amount.

January
1/6 – Redplum (2), Smartsource (3), Target
1/13 – Redplum, Smartsource
1/20 – Smartsource
1/27 – Redplum, Smartsource

February
2/3 – Redplum, Smartsource, Procter & Gamble
2/10 – Redplum, Smartsource
2/17 – Redplum
2/24 – Smartsource

March
3/3 – Redplum, Smartsource, Procter & Gamble
3/10 – Redplum, Smartsource
3/17 – Redplum, Smartsource
3/24 – Redplum, Smartsource
3/31 – No Inserts

April
4/7 – Redplum, Smartsource, Procter & Gamble
4/14 – Redplum
4/21 – Smartsource
4/28 – Redplum, Smartsource

May
5/5 – Redplum, Smartsource, Procter & Gamble
5/12 – Redplum, Smartsource
5/19 – Redplum, Smartsource
5/26 – No Inserts

June
6/2 – Redplum, Smartsource, Procter & Gamble
6/9 – Smartsource
6/16 – Redplum, Smartsource
6/23 – Redplum, Smartsource
6/30 – Redplum

July
7/7 – Procter & Gamble
7/14 – Redplum, Smartsource
7/21 – Smartsource
7/28 – Redplum, Smartsource

August
8/4 – Redplum, Smartsource, Procter & Gamble
8/11 – Redplum, Smartsource
8/18 – Redplum, Smartsource
8/25 – Redplum, Smartsource

September
9/1 – Procter & Gamble
9/8 – Redplum, Smartsource
9/15 – Redplum, Smartsource
9/22 – Smartsource
9/29 – Redplum, Smartsource

October
10/6 – Redplum, Smartsource, Procter & Gamble
10/13 – Redplum, Smartsource
10/20 – Procter & Gamble, Smartsource
10/27 – Redplum, Smartsource

November
11/3 – Redplum, Smartsource
11/10 – Redplum, Smartsource
11/17 – Redplum, Smartsource
11/24 – Redplum, Smartsource

December
12/1 – Procter & Gamble
12/8 – Redplum, Smartsource
12/15 – Redplum, Smartsource
12/22 – No Inserts
12/29 – Procter & Gamble


Resources: Sundaycouponpreview.com - a great website where you can view your local sunday paper coupon inserts all on one page. 

Huggies Coupons Online with Huge Discount


By "Huggies Coupons"

Huggies is one of the top leaders in producing top baby products. The company is well-recognized across the globe. If you're a parent like, you cannot stop to buy  Huggies diapers provide the best quality comfort to the little baby.  The products of Huggies indeed confirm to the changes of our newborn's baby.  The huggies  has developed diapers that are extremely cottony soft with ultimate leak lock system to keep babies dry and comfortable.  Huggies diapers are designed with specialized materials to keep the newborn's skin comfortable. You must bear in mind that an infant's skin is extremely soft and   flexible.  So you need to wrap your baby with the best quality products on the market.  While you have shop for the trusted diaper brand like Huggies  coupons to save your money on the baby products.


If you have Huggies  coupons  in your pocket, you are definitely assured of savings in every product when have you shop.  In the present economic situation, with the recession and downsizing, you can't afford to miss every single opportunity to save your struggling pocket. Every one want huge discount when going to have a shop. So coupons are the best to use for discount.

Parents Make Uses of  Huggies Coupons
After marriage in each family want to bloom their home with a little baby and every year parents nurturing newborns  and spend thousands of dollars on baby products  like clothes, milk, medicines, and diapers,  toys etc.  Parents can spent more and more on newborn takes so much of their lives, especially on finances.  Parenting is indeed a blissful responsibility and every parent want to perform it well but sometimes turns out to be daunting as well. This is fact when you are tight on budget.  In the current economic time, you must be keen on making use of financial-assisting tools from different resources. Discount coupons is One of the best way to save money when raising a child is to utilize  such as free Huggies coupons offered by respective companies.


As we all known about the baby skin, It is very soft and delicate. Why compromise your baby's health when you can purchase good products like diapers by using free Huggies coupons online any way If you ignore this fact then better save in advanced.

Advantage of Huggies coupons
Huggies Coupons using is a cheaper diapers may save your budget but if you got right place,  Perhaps saving is good, but quality highly matters. Huggies is one of the most prominent names in the world for baby's products, you can be assured of best quality diaper for your baby. If you're tight on budget, make sure to use of Huggies coupons for free.
There are many tools where you can avail of Huggies coupons for free.  If you ready to find them on newspapers, internet, flyers. If you doubt you can produce of Huggies coupons for a year supply, ask your friends. There are people whose favorite pastime is cutting coupons. You wouldn't know until you knock for help anyway so you may take help from your friends or elders. When you're really eager to give the best care for your newborn baby then you will never ignore this.

When you're taking advantage of coupons you can definitely save on Huggies diapers. Huggies coupons can offer different kind of discount rates. If you continuously utilize discount coupons you will certainly be amazed how much you saved at the end of the year.



 About the Author: Goes by the pen name "Huggies Coupons" and is a freelance writer of articles that show you where you can get deals and discounts. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Target Weekly Ad Coupon Matchups for Week 6/9 to 6/15



Here is Target's Ad matched up with coupons, Target Cartwheel and Target mobile coupons/ printable for the best deals this week 6/9 to 6/15. A big thanks to Totally Target for help compiling list of deals.

Pepsi Products 12 pk. 12 oz Cans or 6 pk Bottles - 4/$11.00 or 2 Liter Bottles - 4/$5.00
Use 5% Off various Pepsi Products (Target Cartwheel Offers exp 7/6)
AND use $1/1 Dr. Pepper Ten 2-Liter Bottle or (1) 12Pk Cans (SS 6/9/13 exp 7/21)
or use $0.75/1 Dr. Pepper Ten 2-Liter Bottle or (1) 12Pk Cans (SS 6/9/13 exp 7/21)
Final Cost= $0.25 each for Dr. Pepper Ten

7Up, A&W and Select Others 2 Liter Bottles - 3/$4.00
Use $1/1 7Up Ten, A&W Ten, Sunkist Ten, Canada Dry or RC Ten 2-L Bottle (SS 6/9/13) exp 7/21
or use $0.75/1 7Up Ten, A&W Ten, Sunkist Ten, Canada Dry or RC Ten 2-L Bottle (SS 6/9/13) exp 7/21
or use $1/2 7Up, A&W, Sunkist Soda, Canada Dry or Sun Drop 12Pks or (3) 2-L Bottles (SS 6/9/13) exp 7/21
Final Cost= $0.25 each

Pepsi Products 12 pk. 12 oz Cans or 6 pk Bottles - 4/$11.00 or 2 Liter Bottles - 4/$5.00
Use 5% Off various Pepsi Products (Target Cartwheel Offers exp 7/6)
AND use $1/1 Dr. Pepper Ten 2-Liter Bottle or (1) 12Pk Cans (SS 6/9/13 exp 7/21)
or use $0.75/1 Dr. Pepper Ten 2-Liter Bottle or (1) 12Pk Cans (SS 6/9/13 exp 7/21)
Final Cost= $0.25 each for Dr. Pepper Ten

Grapes, Red Seedless 1.5 lb Bag - $3.49 or $1.99 lb.
Use $1 Off Fresh Fruit Purchase of $1 or more [Target Mobile Q (text PICNIC to 827438) exp 6/12]
Final Cost= $0.99 per lb.

Ground Beef 80% Lean 1 lb pkg. - $2.49
Use $1/1 Market Pantry 80/20 Fresh Ground Beef [Target Mobile Q (text PICNIC to 827438) x6/12]
AND use 5% Off All Natural Ground Beef (Target Cartwheel exp 7/6)
Final Cost= $1.42 each

Sara Lee Bread, Select (Soft & Smooth shown) $2.49
Use $1/1 Sara Lee Bread Variety 20oz. (SS 5/19/13 exp 8/31)
or use $0.75/1 Sara Lee Bread Variety 20oz. (SS 5/19/13 exp 8/31)
Final Cost= $1.49 each

Eggs, Grade A Large Dozen - $1.59
Use 5% Off Market Pantry Dozen Eggs Target (Cartwheel coupon exp 8/3)
Final Cost= $1.52 each

Silk Milk 64 oz. - 2/$6.00
Use $1/1 Silk Pure Almond Milk Half Gallon - printable coupon (use zip 33033)
Final Cost= $2.00 each

Market Pantry Frozen, Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts 2.5 lb Bag - $6.50
Use $1.50/2 Market Pantry Frozen Chicken Items (Target Coupon exp 6/22)
or use $1/2 Market Pantry Frozen Chicken Items [Target Mobile Q (text PICNIC to 827438) x6/12]
AND use 5% Off Market Pantry Frozen Chicken Breasts (Target Cartwheel exp 8/3)
Final Cost= $5.46 each wyb two (2)
 



Did you want the full list of deals at Target this Week? Click here to get Target's entire list of deals this week.

Walgreens Weekly Ad matched with Coupons Week 6/9 to 6/15




Here's Walgreens Weekly Ad matched up with coupons for the best deals this week 6/9/13. A big thanks to Christie from Wild for Wags for helping compile list of deals. 

Nivea for Men Sensitive Shaving Gel or Moisturizing - $3.59
Use (1) $3/1 Nivea Men Face Product or (2) Shave Gels or Foams - printable coupon
Pay $0.59, Get $3 BRP (3,000 Balance Rewards Points)
Final Cost= FREE, plus $2.41 MONEY MAKER!

Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush Starter Kit & Caddy - 2/$6.00
*Get $1 in Register Reward (RR) wyb two (2)
Use 2- $3/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush Starter Kit & Caddy - printable coupon
Pay $0.00, Get Back $1 RR
Final Cost= FREE, plus $1.00 MONEY MAKER!

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste 5.8 oz or Mouthwash 8.45 oz; 360 Surround, Optic White, Floss Tip or Pro-Relief Toothbrush - 2/$6.00
*Get $2 in Register Rewards WYB two (2)
Use $0.75/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste - printable coupon
or use $0.75/1 Colgate Total Mouthwash - printable coupon
or use $1/1 Colgate Mouthwash, exp. 6/16/13 (SS 05/19/13)
or use $2/1 Colgate Mouthwash, exp. 6/29/13 (SS 06/02/13)
or use $1/1 Colgate 360 Manual Toothbrush, exp. 6/22/13 (SS 06/02/13)
or use $1/1 Colgate Toothpaste, exp. 6/15/13 (SS 06/02/13)
Pay $2.00, get $2 RR
Final Cost= FREE Mouthwash wyb two (2)

Glade Plug Ins Warmer, Spray 8 oz or Decor Scents Refills - $1.29 ea. or 3/$3.00
Use $1/1 Glade Decor Scents Holder or 2 Refills - printable coupon
or use $1.00 off any Glade PlugIns Scented Oil warmer or starter kit- printable coupon
or use $1/1 Glade Decor Scents Holder or 2 Refills (SS 05/05/13)
or use $2/3 Glade Sense & Spray PlugIns Scented Oil or Decor Scents Refills (Parade 05/19/13)
Final Cost= FREE

Pepsi or Dr. Pepper 2 liter products - $1.99 ea. or 4/$4.00
Use B1G1 Dr. Pepper 10 Two Liter - printable coupon
or use $0.75/1 Dr. Pepper Ten, exp. 7/21/13 (SS 06/09/13)
Final Cost= $0.42 each wyb six (6)

Yardley Bar Soap 4.25 oz. - $0.79
Use $1/4 Yardley Bar Soap, exp. 7/7/13 (SS 05/12/13)
Final Cost= $0.54 each wyb four (4)

Select Nabisco Single Serve Cookies or Crackers 3.8 to 8 oz. - $0.99
Use $1/3 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers (SS 05/19/13)
or use $0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers (SS 05/19/13)
Final Cost= $0.62 each wyb two (2)

Gain 9 oz. or Ajax Dish Liquid 14 oz. - $0.89
Use $0.25/1 Gain Dish Liquid, exp. 6/30/13 (P&G 05/12/13)
or use $0.20/1 Gain Dish Liquid, exp. 6/30/13 (P&G 05/12/13)
Final Cost= $0.64 each

Bisquick 20 oz; Betty Crocker Cake, Cookies or Brownies Mix 15.25 to 18.3 oz; Warm Delights 3.1 oz; Frosting 16 oz. - 2/$3.00

*Get $1 (1000 pts. in Balance Rewards)  WYB four (4)
Use $0.50/1 Bisquick Product - printable coupon
or use $1/2
Betty Crocker Bisquick, exp. 7/13/13 (SS 05/19/13)
or use $0.50/1 Betty Crocker Bisquick, exp. 7/13/13 (SS 05/19/13)
or use $0.75/2 Betty Crocker Frosting; Brownie, Dessert Bar, Cake or Cookie Mix - printable coupon
Final Cost= $0.75 each

Clorox Concentrated Liquid Bleach 64 oz 2/$5.00
*Get $1 (1,000 points in Balance Rewards) WYB two (2)
Use $0.50/1 Clorox Product - printable coupon
Final Cost= $1.50 each

Smart Balance 15 oz or I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spread 16 oz. - $2.99 ea. or 2/$5.00
Use $1/2 Smart Balance Buttery Spreads, exp. 6/26/13 (SS 05/12/13)
or use $0.50/1 Smart Balance Butter, exp. 6/26/13 (SS 05/12/13 R)
or use $1/1 Smart Balance Spreadable Butter, exp. 7/17/13 (SS 06/02/13)
or use $1/2 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (RP 05/19/13)
or use $0.30/1 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (RP 05/19/13)
Final Cost= $1.50 each

Do you want the full list of Walgreens deals? Click here for entire Walgreens deals.