Friday, July 29, 2011

Free Kashi Cinnamon Cereal or Dark Chocolate Granola Bar sample

Yummy!  Sign up HERE for a free Kashi Cinnamon Cereal or Dark Chocolate Granola Bar sample.

The Big Latch On (8/6/11)

Big Latch-On

On Saturday 6th August 2011 at 10:30am in locations across the USA and beyond, nursing mothers will gather to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and try to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously! 

At each registered location, witnesses will count all the mamas and babes that are latched on for one minute at 10:30am.

Find a location HERE.

FREE Invisible Glass Cleaner Sample

Get a FREE Invisible Glass Cleaner Sample!
You will get 4 Wipes + a Rebate Offer!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Little Green Books Review & Giveaway (3 Winners)

I'm so excited to talk about Little Green Books from Simon and Schuster!  They are just about the cutest children's book I've seen, and every book has a great message.  From recycling, to planting, and anything earth-friendly.  And to top it all, the books themselves are made from recycled materials. 
The fact that the books are made of recycled materials was a great way for the kids to get interested in the books and get curious about what they would learn. 
We received four books to review.

I Can Save the Ocean!: The Little Green Monster Cleans Up the Beach: by Alison Inches, Illustrated by Viviana Garofoli.
AGES: 4-6
"Max the Little Green Monster is a cute, furry green monster that loves the outdoors (especially the beach), but Max and his friends don't like cleaning up after themselves! After a picnic on the shore, they leave a big mess behind and go scuba diving. Max is excited to meet lots of new ocean-swimming friends from crabs to colorful fish to an ink-squirting squid, but along the way he learns how his carelessness and littering may have harmed the beautiful ocean. The Little Green Monster then goes on a quest to clean and protect the beach and finds out what it means to be environmentally green."

The kids were really able to relate to this book.  We live near the beach, so they really understood the importance of keeping their beaches and oceans clean.  The book is really well illustrated, and gets the kids to really understand what behaviors it takes to pollute by following Max around.  It also shows that certain things can not only make the beaches and oceans dirty, but it can also hurt the animals around.  I loved that it also gives examples of ways for them to be able to help "save the oceans".  It gives example likes, using reusable bags, reusable bottles, etc...  The kids were excited to see that they already do some of these things, and how they can do more. 

Don't Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing.
by Lara Bergen, Illustrated by Betsy Snyder.
Ages 4-6

"Follow an eco-conscious super hero as he teaches kids how to recycle and reuse common household items! The five large flaps throughout show that ordinary trash is really a treasure. From turning old clothes into fun costumes or an old box into a brand new car, kids will learn that saving the environment is super cool!"

This book was really fun for the kids as they could use their imagination to see what these old household items could be turned back into.  It shows them an old item and asks what it could be turned into, and you flip the flap to see what they suggest.  My two year old also enjoyed this book, and the kids found it fun that these examples were easy to accomplish at home.

My First Garden
by Wendy Lewison, Illustrated by Miki Sakamoto
Ages 2-5

"Come along with a mother and daughter as they dig up soil, plant a flower bed, and water the seeds to make their very first garden. Together they watch the colorful vegetables grow, grow, grow! This book teaches a first concept of colors as well. The book has a handle die-cut through on every page so kids can take the book with them wherever they go!"

This was very cute book, and perfect for my kids as we just started a growing a garden this year.  The kids had fun guessing what veggies were growing.  It was very sweet and short, and definitely great for younger kids.

The Adventures of an Aluminum Can
by Alison Inches, Illustrated by Mark Chambers.
Ages 4-6 

"Peek into this diary of an aluminum can as it goes on a journey from inside a bauxite rock under the beaches of Jamaica, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into its new a baseball bat! "

This was a cute story written from the point of view of a laid-back aluminum can through her diary.  It takes you on her adventures starting as a small speck of alumina to becoming several things, after being reused and recycled.  It really got the attention of my 5 year old, who enjoyed seeing how recycling a simple aluminum can, can become something completely different.  It is a little longer book, and I would suggest it for 5 and 6 years old, as my 4 year old lost interest after a few pages.

Little Green Books has several other titles, make sure to check them out here.  Another great thing, is that they offer fun activities and downloadable assets to go along with the books.  Find those here.

BUY IT~ You can buy these books at any of these retailers, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powell's Bookstore, IndieBound, Books-A-Million, Simon & Schuster.

 ~Giveaway~ (CLOSED)

Little Green Books very generously offered to giveaway their Books to 3 Kids and Deals readers.

One Grand Prize: One winner will win all four books reviewed.
Two First Prize: Two winners will win one book of their choice from the books I reviewed.

How to Enter:

Mandatory Entry: Follow Kids and Deals on Google Friend Connect (click follow on the right), AND tell me which of their books you would like to have.  (If Google Friend is not showing, follow Kids and Deals on facebook).

Make sure to make separate comments, and enter an email address so I can contact you if you win!

Extra Entries:
  • Follow Simon and Schuster on Facebook.
  • Follow Kids and Deals on Facebook.
  • Follow Kids and Deals on Twitter.
  • Post about this giveaway on your blog, facebook or twitter. (post link to your post). You can push the facebook and twitter buttons below.
  • Tell me where you heard about this giveaway.
This giveaway will end on 8/10 at 10:00 pm. Winners will be selected through and will have 48 hours to respond to my email. Good Luck!


Disclosure: I received the books to review for free, I did not receive any other form of compensation. The opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mixbook Photobook Winner

And the winner of the Mixbook Photobook is Arabelle. 

Congrats, and thanks to everyone who entered!

Don't forget you can still get 25% a Mixbook photobook with code KDNDLS25.  Start HERE.

Klorane Tresses Tuesdays Sweepstakes


Visite Klorane on Tuesdays, use their hair analysis, and they'll randomly select 5 winners to get one of their product recommendations for FREE!  I Won the first time I tried it!!

All you have to do is try our hair analysis tool, make sure you save your results, and you will automatically be entered to win.  Start HERE.

Monday, July 25, 2011

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Pier 1 Imports: $10 off any purchase coupon (Facebook offer)

Click the “Like” button on the Pier 1 Imports Facebook page and then click the “Daily Deal” link on the sidebar to print a $10 off any purchase coupon.
This coupon is good through July 27, 2011.

I'm sure you can find something for Free, I'm heading there later, I'll update on what I find for $10 or under.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sour Patch Kids Instant Win Game

Sour Patch Kids

There are lots of prizes to win over at the Sour Patch Kids facebook page!

Enter HERE.  You can enter every day! 

I won the T-shirt :)

Today's Winner is...

Congratulations to Amy Hollingsworth post #15, you are the winner of the Seventh Generation Diapers!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and don't forget to enter the Mixbook Photobook giveaway, it's low entry!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Shout out to Tag*a*Long

Last year, I did a review, and a giveaway for Tag*a*Long and I just wanted to mention them again because I absolutely love my Tag*a*Longs!  Yes, there's an "s" at the end of Tag*a*Long, I have 4, and I use them all the time!  I have two on my double stroller, one on my single stroller, and one that I keep in the car, and use on the shopping carts at the stores.  They're a mom lifesaver, and if you haven't heard of them, check them out here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Make Your Own: Frozen Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

My kids love uncrustables, but I just can't justify them on our budget.  So I started making my own.  It's like the kids never knew the difference, and it's so much better on the budget!

You will need:
  • 24 Slices of bread
  • 1 Jar of Jelly
  • 1 Jar of Peanut Butter
  • Cut the crusts off all sides of the bread.
  • Spread a very thin layer of peanut butter on half the slices. That thin layer will prevent the bread from getting soggy.
  • On that thin layer, add a layer of jelly.
  • On the other half of the bread slices, spread a normal amount of peanut butter.
  • Assemble your sandwiches.
  • Wrap them individually in either a sandwich bag or foil.
  • Put them all back in the bread bag, or a large freezer bag.
  • And freeze.

It's that simple, and will save so much time when in a hurry.  Just let it thaw for a few minutes when you need one.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Free Earth-Friendly Kid Activities

Here are some fun earth friendly things to with the kids. 

Sand Art:
  • You will need: Construction paper, Glue, Sand.
  • Give each child a piece of construction paper, and allow them to draw a
    picture or write words with the glue. Make sure that they do not put globs

    of glue in any one spot.
  • Before the glue dries take the picture over to dry sand and with your hand pour sand onto the glue.
  • Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake off the excess sand.
  • Let it dry flat for about a half an hour.
Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop:
  • You will need: Plastic laundry bottle, Markers, Stickers (optional), Scissors or a sharp knife.
  • Cut the top of the laundry bottle off, leaving the handle.
  • Remove packaging labels and wash the outside to remove any residue.
  • Wash the inside thoroughly, making sure that all soap residue has been removed.
  • Decorate the outside with markers, stickers, or anything else you want.  (You can glue decorations).
  • Let dry completely before using.
Build a Dirt Castle:
  • Let the kids make their own version of a sand castle with dirt.  Save old margarine and yogurt containers and use them to mold the dirt into castle towers. Make sure the dirt is moist.  You can use leaves, sticks and rocks to add windows, doors, and flags.
Have Fun!

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    And The Winner Is.....

    Thank you to all of you who entered the Learning Link Brain Training System Giveaway!!
    The winner through is #7 Mindy25414!  Congratulations, I hope you're children can benefit from the system.

    And don't forget to enter Kids and Deals' other giveaways:

    Free and Cheap Deals from Target

    Target has some pretty nice deals going on right now.  I don't usually try to get their deals, because by the time I get to the store, they are usually out of the items.  I gave it a try yesterday, and got away with some nice free and very cheap stuff.  All using Target Printable Coupons.
    Here are some of the deals I got:

    Bought 2 packages of Sharpie Permanent Markers Fine or Ultra-Fine (2-ct) – $1 each
    Used 2 $1/1 Target coupon
    My Final Price: Free after coupons

    Bought 2 Papermate Crystal pens (10-pack) — $1.02 each
    Used 2 $1/1 Target coupons
    My Final Price: $0.02 each after coupons

    Bought 2 Pairs of Toddler Jeans - $3 each (Clearance)
    Used 2 $2/1 select newborn and kid’s jeans coupon
    My Final Price: $1 each after coupons

    Bought 1 Ritz Crackerful - $2.40
    Used 1 Target $1 Ritz Crackerful
    Used 1 Manufacturers $1.50 coupon
    My Final Price: Free after coupons, $.10 MM

    Bought 1 Up & Up Pantiliners (20 ct) – $0.89
    Used 1 $0.75/1 Target printable
    My Final Price: $0.14 after coupon

    Bought 1 Kotex Pantiliners (20 ct) - $0.96
    Used 1 $1.50 Catalina Kotex coupon
    My Final Price: Free after coupons, $.54 MM

    Bought 2 Pairs of Men's Jeans- $9.98 & $11.48 (Clearance)
    Used 2 $3/1 select denim jeans coupon
    My Final Price: $6.98 & $8.48

    Bought 1 Women's Shirt - $6
    Used 1 $3/1 women’s plus size apparel coupon
    My Final Price: $3

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Mixbook Review and Giveaway

    I love taking pictures of my kids and keeping memories, but who has the time to have them printed and put in photo albums with little ones running around. 
    I decided about a year ago that I would abandon the whole photo album thing, and transition to photo books only. 

    I was very excited when I was given the opportunity to try Mixbook photo books.  I've tried many different companies, and I was interested to see what made Mixbook different. 

    I really enjoyed the photo book making process. 

    Their books are a 100% customizable, and allows you to begin with either a blank book or an existing template that can then be edited to your liking.  It was very easy to use and fun to customize.  I am definitely not the most artistic person out there, but they give you lots of examples, and ideas that it becomes really easy to add-in little decorations and text.

    We just got back from a little vacation to Orlando, so I took the opportunity to make my vacation photo book.  I used one of their many templates, and was able to easily change a couple of the backgrounds so that they blended with my pictures better.  I loved using their "Stickers" to fill in any empty spots on the pages.  Overall, I was very pleased with the "making" process of the book, now all that was left was to wait until it arrived to see the real result...

    My Mixbook photo book came out beautiful!  And it shipped a lot quicker than expected!  The colors are great, and the quality is amazing.  I would definitely recommend their books.  Everyone who has seen this Mixbook photo book was impressed, and thought I must of worked for hours on it. I won't tell them Mixbook did all the work!! 

    BUY IT:  They offer many sizes and different prices.  Use Mixbook Coupon Code: KDNDLS25 to get 25% your order!!  One time use per customer.


    Eric at Mixbook generously offered one of Kids and Deals readers to win a Complimentary 20-page, 11x8.5 landscape, hardcover photo book with free US Ground shipping!!

    How to Enter:

    Mandatory Entry: Follow Kids and Deals on Google Friend Connect (click follow on the right), AND tell me what kind of photo book you would make. (If Google Friend is not showing, follow Kids and Deals on facebook).

    Make sure to make separate comments, and enter an email address so I can contact you if you win!

    Extra Entries:
    • Follow Mixbook on Facebook.
    • Follow Mixbook on Twitter.
    • Follow Kids and Deals on Facebook.
    • Follow Kids and Deals on Twitter.
    • Post about this giveaway on your blog, facebook or twitter. (post link to your post).
    This giveaway will end on 7/25 at 10:00 pm.  A winner will be selected through and will have 48 hours to respond to my email.  Good Luck!

    Disclosure: I received a free photo book in order to provide a review, I did not receive any other form of compensation.  The opinions are 100% mine.

    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    Prefense Giveaway Winner!

    Thanks to all who entered the Prefense giveaway!

    Out of 91 entries, the winner was #81 chosen through

    Congratulations to Pridelandmama!

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    MixBook Buy 50 Cards Get 20 Free

    Mixbook, the company that brings you the most customizable high quality photo products, is back with another great deal! Until July 18th, for every 50 Premium Cards purchased, you will receive an additional 20 Premium cards for FREE!!  Use Code: 50FREE20
    Hurry!! Only valid for the first 50 customers. Shipping is not included.

    Think about all the great occasions coming up soon that you can use these for! Weddings, Moving Announcements, Baby Stationary, and Party Invites are all easily customizable and ready for you to create.

    Seventh Generation Diapers Review & Giveaway

    When it comes to taking care of my little ones, I try to give them the best products out there (ones that I can afford), but I'm definitely one to go with convenience.  Some moms go with cloth diapers, and I admire them, I just couldn't do it.  But did you know that most disposable diapers are bleached with chlorine?  Yeah, not great to think we are putting that one our little ones bottoms...
    Seventh Generation's Free & Clear diapers to not include chlorine processing, fragrances, latex and petroleum based lotions.
    Seventh Generation wants to offer you an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at their newly re-launched Free & Clear diapers. With the same great performance that parents have come to expect from Seventh Generation, Free & Clear diapers have a brand new look that makes it `clear´ what makes them so special.

     In an effort to contribute less overall landfill waste and continue to ensure a premium standard of absorbency, the new Free & Clear diapers have been redesigned with a lighter-weight core. With processed chlorine-free wood pulp in Free & Clear diapers, Seventh Generation also makes certain that no chlorine is released into the environment during the totally chlorine-free (TCF) whitening process of the diapers and training pants.
    Seventh Generation has also reduced the size of the diapers´ plastic packaging, meaning that each pack now contributes even less overall landfill waste than before. In fact, Seventh Generation Free & Clear diaper packaging can now be recycled at local supermarkets where plastic bag recycling collection boxes are available.

    I used Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers with my youngest one.  She's three months old, so her skin is still sensitive, and i'm careful about what we use on her.  I loved the fit of the diapers, her skin stayed nice and healthy, and very importantly, we did not experience any leaks!  We plan on buying Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers as much as possible in our effort to try to live a "greener" life.

    And Seventh Generation is helping us stay on budget while buying their products! 
    Visit to download a printable coupon for $2.00 OFF any ONE Seventh Generation Baby Product (Diapers, Training Pants, or Wipes)!

    ~Giveaway~ (CLOSED)

    Seventh Generation and MyBlogSpark are offering one Kids and Deals reader to win a package of the new Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers.

    Mandatory Entry:  Follow Kids and Deals on Google Friend Connect AND tell me what you love about eco-conscious baby products. (If Google Friend is not showing, follow on Facebook)

    Make sure to include an email address so I can contact you if you win.

    Extra Entries: Post in separate comments.

    • Like Seventh Generation on facebook.
    • Follow Seventh Generation on Twitter.
    • Like Kids and Deals on facebook.
    • Follow Kids and Deals on Twitter.
    • Post about this giveaway on facebook or blog.
    • Tweet about this giveaway.  Example tweet: Win Diapers from @SeventhGen and @kidsanddeals #myblogspark
    • Tell me where you heard about this giveaway.
    Giveaway will end on 7/22 at 10:00 p.m., a winner will be chosen from and have 48 hrs to respond to my email.

    The coupon, prize pack, information and giveaway were all provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.  All opinion are 100% mine.

    Walgreens: FREE Photo Book (7/8 – 7/9 Only)

    Walgreens Photo Center

    Here's what you can do with these pictures from your summer vacation!

     Get a FREE 8.5 x 11 Classic Linen Photo Book when you use code: CREATEBOOK
    This offer is only valid Today (7/8) and Tomorrow (7/9). Head over HERE to get started!

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    New Movie Codes Free Blockbuster Express Rental

    I updated the movie code tab with 8 more Free Blockbuster Express rental codes.  These are great right now since there's not much to watch on TV!  Enjoy you're evenings!  Remember you can reserve your movie online and enter the code at checkout, so once you get to the box, all you have to do is pick up the movie.

    See the codes HERE.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Freebie Finds Around the Stores

    Here's a few things you can find for free this week:


    Photo Supreme 8.5"x11" Paper (50 pk.), $14.99 Get $14.99 Easy Rebate
    Final Price: FREE after easy rebate!


    Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush, 2/$2

    Use Coupon $2/1 Oral B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage, or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense Manual Toothbrushes, exp. 7/31/11 (P&G 7/3/11)
    Final Price: FREE after coupon!


    Cascade Compete All-in-One Action Pacs 3-ct $0.97

    Use $1.00/1 Cascade Coupon (7/3 P&G Insert)
    Final Price: FREE after coupon!

    Monday, July 4, 2011

    Spent $2.67 Saved $13.50 & the Kids Got a Treat

    Scored a great deal at ToysRus today, I had to share it!  Yesterday and today only they had 4 items on Sale for $.25 each, 2 per person.  So the kids each got an Ice Cream Sandwich or Popsicle, and I also got 7 Pepsi 20 oz bottles.  For a Grand Total of $2.67!!
    25 Cents for a 20oz bottle is definitely a deal for me, you can't get a can for that price!

    This week has been good, I also got a 16 pack of Charmin for $2.99 at Staples!