Monday, January 25, 2010

FREE Sample of Kashi Go Lean Cereal or Cereal Bar

Another HOT Freebie to keep your mailbox stuffed! Choose between 3 different Kashi GoLean Products and receive your FREE sample in 4-6 weeks!

LeapFrog Big Clearance Event up To 80% off!

Don't miss the huge post holiday clearance sale at LeapFrog! They have some amazing toys for under $10 right now!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

FREE Dunkin Donuts Coffee Sample!!!

Dunkin' Donuts. Dunkin' keeps me blogging. Try Dunkin' Donuts Coffee For Free. Get a Sample

FREE Potty Training Kit From Pampers Easy-Ups!!

Here's a great FREEBIE for potty training or soon-to-be potty training parents!
Pampers is offering a FREE Potty Training Kit which includes:
  • A FREE Sample of Pamplers Easy-Ups Training Pants

  • High Value Pampers Coupons

  • Fun Stickers and Coloring Pages for Your Little One!

  • Potty Training Tips and Progress Chart

  • Diego (for boys) or Dora (for girls) Potty Training Trophy!

FREE O.B Tampons Trial Pack!

Another great money saving FREEBIE! Get your FREE trial pack of mighty small O.B Tampons!

FREE 1-Year Subscription to AutoWeek Magazine!

Here's a HOT Freebie for a man in your life! I ordered my FREE One Year Subscription to AutoWeek for my son.
The Dodge Challenger wants you to get an AutoWeek subscription for FREE! Hurry! Only the first 5,000 registrants will receive the FREE one year subscription!

Register to be one of the first 5,000 to receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to AutoWeek Magazine (valid for new subscribers only).


Thanks Smart Cents Mom!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

FREE Sample of SpongeBob Squarepants Cream of Wheat Hot Cereal (or any variety of Cream of Wheat)

Another great freebie! You can recieve a sample of the NEW SpongeBob Cream of Wheat Hot Cereal, or you can choose to receive a sample of any other variety of the HOT Cream of Wheat!

FREE Baby Einstein/Baby Mozart Download!

In honor of Mozart's birthday on January 27th, Baby Einstein is celebrating classical music during the entire month of January. Check out some of their most popular classical music products, discover some interesting facts about Mozart, and enjoy a FREE download of one of Mozart's most beloved songs orchestrated especially for little ears by the Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra! It's their gift to you.

Save 20% off Your Total Purchase at Gap! In-store OR online!

Another HOT Gap coupon! Save 20% off your TOTAL purchase! For in-store purchases print out and bring in the coupon to save, for online purchases, use the code "GAP20" at checkout to save 20% off your TOTAL purchase!

20% Off Your Entire Purchase at Big Lots! Printable Coupon!

I'm lucky enough to have a Big Lots! literally one block from my home, and I love checking out their deals, I've saved some real money there!! Here's a HOT printable coupon you can use to save 20% off of your TOTAL purchase! The coupon is valid 1/23-1/31/10 only so hurry!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

How To Talk To Your Kids About The Earthquake In Haiti

Talking to kids about tragedy

Talking to children about tragedy is a job most parents would love to avoid. If only our children did not need to hear about things like this week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti. But of course, they do hear. My students at school as well as my own kids at home have been very touched by the images they have seen and brushing this event to the side will only cause them to have fear and worry.
And they are full of questions: Could this happen to me?
What’s going to happen to the children? Can I do anything to help the children I see on TV?

World Vision US, a Christian humanitarian relief organization with hundreds of staff on the ground in Haiti, suggests eight ways to make a tough job a little bit easier.

1. Start by listening.

Find out what your kids already know. You can then respond in an age-appropriate way. The aim is not to worry them with the devastating details, but to protect them from misinformation they may have heard from friends or disturbing images they may have seen on television.

2. Provide clear, simple answers.

Limit your answer to the question asked and use simple language.

3. If you don't know the answer, admit it

If your child asks a question that you can't answer, tell them so, and then do some research to try and help them sort it out. If they ask “Why did this have to happen?” don't be afraid to say “I don't know.” If you are part of a faith community, the reassurance offered there can be invaluable in helping your child sort through the awful truth that awful things happen.

4. Follow media reports or online updates privately.

Young children in particular are easily traumatized, and seeing or hearing about the horrifying details of the quake are more than they can cope with. Adults, too, should ensure they are dealing with their own emotions by talking to others, so they can continue to respond well to their children’s need.

5. Concentrate on making them feel safe.

When tragedies occur, children wonder if the same event could happen in their hometown. If it was an act of nature that could not be repeated in your area, tell children that. Placing themselves in the situations of victims is not all bad—it is a sign of empathy, an essential life skill, but watch for signs of excessive worrying.

6. Give children creative outlets.

Some children may not be prepared to speak about what they have heard, but may find drawing or other creative activities helpful to deal with their emotions and stress. Their drawings can be helpful starting points for conversation.

7. Model involvement and compassion.

Tell your child that, as a family, you will be helping the people in Haiti by giving a donation to a reputable charity such as World Vision.

8. Give your child a chance to be involved.

Being involved in the solution will help relieve some of their anxiety. Invite them to contribute to the family’s gift by giving something out of their piggy bank.

Thanks to World Vision for these tips on how to talk with our children about tragedies such as the earthquake in Haiti. World Vision has been working to improve life for Haitians for over 80 years and has staff currently there assisting with the disaster relief.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

FREE SunMaid Recipe Booklets, 5 to Choose From!

Here's some great recipe cookbooks for FREE from SunMaid! Choose from the following FREE recipe cookbooks:
  • Fruit & Sunshine
  • New Taste of Tradition
  • Healthier Eating
  • Family Favorites
  • Fall Favorites

FREE Pink Tote from Nursery Water to the First 100 each Day!

Here's another HOT Freebie! Get this awesome tote bag with carrying pouch for FREE! The only catch is that you have to be one of the FIRST 100 People each day so first thing in the morning is the time to do this! If it says there are 0 left, try again the next day!

More Hot Name Brand Coupons

 I want to share another way You can print several $1.00 off coupons from name brands such as Yoplait, Green Giant, Progresso, Cheerios, Fiber One and More! Simply sign up for your FREE Eat Better America account and instantly print your coupons!
Your FREE Eat Better America account also provides you some great online resources to help you and your family Eat better! They have healthy recipes, fitness and diet information and an online community! But at least the coupons will help you save some money!

Mastermind Board Game Review And Giveaway

As a mother and a teacher I'm always seeking fun, engaging activities for my children that are educational as well. Things that let them unplug themselves from the Ipods and the cell phones and have fun yet strenghten math, logic and problem solving skills at the same time. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to review the MasterMind Board Game and to give one away to one lucky reader too!

MasterMind is a classic game that has been around since the 70's and since then has sold over 55 million copies in over 80 different countries! It's been a great resource for parents and teachers for over 30 years! And MasterMind even won the Dr. Toy Best Classic Toy Award for 2009!

MasterMind Board Game is a game of logic and deduction. The 2 players must use strategy, logic and problem solving skills to outsmart their opponent. One player is the codemaker and sets a code of colored pegs. The other player is the codebreaker and attempts to break the code with help from clues given by the codemaker.  The 2 players take turns being codemaker and codebreaker and whoever breaks the code in the least amount of moves wins!

 Check out this quick commercial:

So...What Did I think About MasterMind?

I started out playing the game with my almost 14 year old son one night and it turned out to be alot of fun! The two of us can get pretty competitive, and this game was right up our alley!
Right away I liked how little room the game takes up and how simple it is to set up and get started. I'm a dedicated directions-reader so my son set it up while I read the instructions. They were clear and easy to understand and we took turns being Codebreaker and Codemaker!

I really enjoyed playing this with my son because it allowed us to forget the rest of the world and just focus together on something which is all too rare around here! We also got to communicate and have conversations which I liked, it's not the kind of game where you just sit there silently and stare at cards or tiles! You provide clues to your opponent as they attempt to break your code!
I will say that I was very impressed with my son and got to see his higher order thinking skills in action which was nice! I'd like to say I won each and every time but ah, seriously, my son kicked my butt at this game!

The game is made for ages 8 and up so my 8 year old son and I also had some fun playing against my oldest son. Obviously, the two of them are not even matched opponents, so I worked with my younger son to play against his big brother. You do need to have two players who are somewhat evenly matched in that aspect or the older sibling will crush the younger sibling.

With my 8 year old son, I was impressed with how much thinking and problem solving he was engaging in! He was strategizing and thinking up a storm! It was refreshing to see him that stimulated and I was thrilled with just how educational MasterMind Board Game truly is. As a teacher, I know very well that kids don't learn just from hearing facts and memorizing them. Kids need to manipulate the information they learn and play with it in many different ways.
 When playing the MasterMind game, you develop a code as a codemaker which utilizes your higher order thinking skills in a way that most games don't do! As a codebreaker, you must identify patterns, use deductive reasoning and solve problems by strategizing.

Besides my own kids, I decided to bring the MasterMind game to school one day and try it out with some of the kids in the after school program. (If you don't already know, I teach at a junior high school in my area!) Right away I noticed how appealing the idea of being a codebreaker was the the students! They were ready to challenge each other and my only problem at that time was only having one game! Several students played the game and once again I was impressed with their focus, concentration and thinking! They ignored the computers they were previously clicking away on and played! Since then I've had many requests by students to bring it back so I've promised them I'd bring it back next week! I also found out from several teachers that they have used this game in the classroom for years, especially for Math classes.

I must say that MasterMind Board Game is a definite must have for any home schooling household and classroom alike! It's also a great tool to help you spend some time with your children while helping them to become better thinkers, problem solvers and students!!

MasterMind also comes in several Different Editions including Advanced, For Kids, Travel Size and more!

And thanks to and MasterMind, One lucky Save Your Money Mama reader will win a MasterMind Board Game (Classic Edition) of their very own!

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Rules: This giveaway will end on Friday, February 5th, 2010 at midnight Pacific Time
Winner will be notified via email and posted here on Saturday February 6th, 2010 and will have 72 hours to respond to my email. You must be 18 years of age to enter and prize is only shipped to US addresses.
Your email must be visible in your blogger profile or leave your email in your comment! If I have no way to contact my winner I will choose an alternate winner. Your prize will be sent directly from

Disclaimer: Thanks to Shopatron and PressMan Toy for providing me with One MasterMind Classic Edition Board Game for me to review and for planning to provide One MasterMind Classic Edition Board Game for my winner. I did not receive any further compensation and my review contained only my honest opinion on the game.

Get over $30 in Coupons From Johnson & Johnson Beauty For All Ages Plus $10 Rebate Offer!

Sign up free to instantly receive over $30 in coupons for beauty care products for the whole family from Johnson & Johnson Beauty Care Brands which include Clean & Clear, Aveeno, Lubriderm, ROC, and more!
There's some great coupons that are instantly available through and a $10 mail in rebate offer too!

FREE Sample of Clorox GreenWorks Cleaner of Your Choice!

Another great household FREEBIE! Boy there's been some great freebies lately! My mailbox has been reaping the rewards! You can choose a free sample of the kitchen, glass and surface, OR all purpose cleaner! I love free samples of new cleaners so I can try them out before purchasing!

FREE Uni-Ball Check Fraud Prevention Pen!

Here's another HOT Freebie! Each day beginning at 1pm Eastern time, Uni-Ball will give away 10,000 Uni-Ball Pens first come first serve! These pens are amazing and have what they call super-ink that helps prevent check fraud! Remember to go ASAP beginning at 1pm Eastern time today!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

FREE Sample Of Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets!

Here's another HOT Freebie! If you haven't tried Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets, now's your chance to try them FREE! I was lucky enough to get to review a pack of these last year, and I can tell you they are amazing and work on even the toughest Mom laundry! Try them FREE!

Get a FREE Bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser and $10 in Downy Coupons!

Downy is having an awesome promotion on their site right now!
You can receive a coupon good for a FREE 3oz. bottle of the new Downy Wrinkle Releaser Spray by simply submitting a photo of something wrinkled....or something not wrinkled! So snap a photo of your kids' feet after a long bath, grandma's hand, or your wrinkled towels!
How Easy is that?
And enter your email address in the bottom right corner of the site to sign up for Downy's email newsletter to receive your $10.00 in Downy Coupons!

Monday, January 4, 2010

FREE Parents' Internet Safety Kit From The Polly Klaas Foundation

 Do you ever worry about your children's safety online? What kinds of things do you do to keep your kids safe online?
Did you know that half of all teens 13-18 have communicated with a stranger online? What can you do to make the Internet safer for your children and family? The Polly Klaas Foundation is offering a FREE Internet Safety Kit for Parents.

This FREE Internet Safety Kit contains guidance for parents on ways to: (from the site)

•Keep your children safer online

•Help open communication about the Internet with your children.

The Kit also includes a free download of Wired With Wisdom, an Internet safety training program for parents from Web Wise Kids.

Thanks to BlogEnergizer for the information!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

FREE Atkins Diet Quick Start Guide Including 3 FREE Atkins Bars

Here's a great freebie for you for the New Year! Join the Atkins Online Community for FREE and you will have some great dieting resources available online for you, but even if you don't use that you will still receive your FREE quick-start guide with absolutely no obligation! The kit includes:
Your Atkins Kit includes: (from the Atkins site):

  • The Atkins Quick-Start Guide
  • Atkins Comprehensive Carb Counter
  • 3 FREE Atkins Bars No obligation required. Open to US residents only. Limit one per household.

Get a $5 Coupon for Healthy Choice Frozen Meals! Hurry!

Here's a HOT coupon you can print out to save $5.00 off of any 5 Healthy Choice Frozen Meals! I buy frozen meals like this to bring to work each day for my lunch, which saves me money and keeps me eating healthy. In fact, once I stopped eating out for lunch and started bringing a low fat frozen meal each day, within 3 weeks I had lost 10 pounds! Just for that!

FREE Sample of Rachel Ray Nutrish Dog Food

Have dogs? I have two large dogs so FREE dog food samples are always welcome! If you don't have a dog of your own, maybe a family member or friend's pup would appreciate the FREE sample!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Healthy Breakfasts With General Mills Cereals

All Moms want their kids to start the day with a healthy breakfast, however, mornings don't always turn out the way we intend them to. With three kids to get going and myself to get ready for work, mornings are the most hectic time of the day for my family. I rely on breakfast cereals often to provide my kids a quick, easy breakfast that they can fix for themselves and that they want to eat. There is always the struggle between the cereals I want them to eat and the cereals they want to eat, and I'm glad that General Mills is doing something to make the delicious cereal our kids want healthier for them to eat. That's a win win situation for Mom.
General Mills has recently announced a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.

Think Cereal is unhealthy? Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children’s diets.

Other cereal benefits:

  • Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children’s diets.

  • Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today.

  • More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.

As a junior high school teacher, I see the effects of kids who don't eat breakfast each and every day. Students that are hungry never do well and have so much trouble focusing. It's especially easy for parents to allow tween and teen kids to miss breakfast because they can do it on their own, but trust me, they don't always do it. Texting in the morning is more important to many tweens and teens than eating breakfast. Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.
What's Your Family's Favorite General Mills Cereal? Ours is Cinnamon Toast Crunch!! Yummy!

For more information about kids and cereals, please visit  The Cereal Health & Wellness Page of GeneralMills.Com

The information regarding breakfast cereals and health was provided to me by General Mills through My Blog Spark. I was also provided with four free General Mills Ceral Product Coupons by General Mills through My Blog Spark, so that my family could enjoy General Mills Cereals for a delicous, healthy breakfast! My opinions are not altered in any way and General Mills Cereal has been a staple in my kitchen for well over 10 years!

Get FREE Disney Tickets For Your Family This Year!

Happy 2010!! One of my resolutions is to get my kids into volunteering their time. My oldest has been volunteering as part of a school requirement and I want my younger kids to experience the spirit of giving as well. We also have been planning a trip to Disneyland Resort in California for this summer. I'm super psyched now because Disney is offering an awesome new program for 2010 called the Give A Day. Get A Disney Day! Anyone 6 and older can register to give a day of volunteer service to a designated organization, get a one-day pass to Disneyland OR Disneyworld FREE! They are giving away one million of these one-day vouchers first come first serve and you need to Preregister your family online and check the available volunteer opportunities in your area. That's a FREE day at Disney for your family! You have until December 15, 2010 to use the one-day vouchers.