Retail Round-Up: August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Great holiday weekend deals over the next few days. Happy shopping!

Disneystore.com: Extra 25% off with code EXTRA25, exp. 9/3/12

LOFT.com: Shop the Fall Fashion Fix Sale-all items $35 and under, no code needed, limited time offer

BananaRepublic.com, OldNavy.com, Gap.com: 30% off any purchase with code FALLCALLS, exp. 9/3/12

LandsEnd.com: 25% your purchase plus free shipping with code APPLE and PIN 2930, exp. 9/4/12

TheChildrensPlace.com: Free shipping on every order NO CODE NEEDED thru 9/3/12 and 15% off ever order with code K3H2012 at checkout thru 9/10/12

Kohls.com: Save 20% when you spend $100+ with code LOVEME20 or save 15% on every order with code LOVEME15, exp. 9/3/12

BathandBodyWorks.com: $1 shipping on orders of $25+ with code LABORDAY25, exp. 9/4/12 OR FREE item of your choice (up to $14 value) with any $10 purchase with code FREEFALL50, exp. 9/3/12

CompanyStore.com: Free shipping on any order of $5.95+ with code H12FS4Dy, exp. 9/3/12

Gymboree.com: Extra 20% already reduced items, no code needed, exp. 9/3/12

Reading Eggs {Free} Eggy Word App

August 27, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection

Reading Eggs now has an app for iPhone and iPad! This app will help your child recognize sight words while playing engaging games and activities. We love this app because it was created by classroom teachers!

There are two Eggy Word Apps available:

Eggy 100

This app is free and contains the first 100 sight words available for this app.

Get it for Apple Get it for Android

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{image via Reading Eggs}

Eggy 250

Once your child has mastered Eggy 100, you can move on to Eggy 250. This app costs $1.99 and has the same features as Eggy 100, but includes more sight words.

Get if for Apple Get it for Android

This app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android and is suitable for children 3 years and older.

My children LOVE this app! We are also big fans of ReadingEggs.com and have a subscription. If you’re not sure Reading Eggs is for you, they do offer a free trial {but we guarantee you will be hooked}!

We were not paid by Reading Eggs to promote this app. All the opinions in this blog are that of SharpMoms.com.

Shutterfly Photobook Updates to Take Place in September

August 24, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

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We love Shutterfly, especially their cards and photobooks. However, if you currently have a photobook using their Classic Custom Path that is incomplete you might want to hurry up and finish it because after September 10, 2012 you will no longer be able to edit unfinished books.

Here’s the complete memo directly from Shutterfly:

Classic Custom Path is being discontinued on September 10, 2012. However, you will still be able to access and share your Classic Custom Path photo books. If you want to order die-cut covers (fabric, leather, cloth, satin) you’ll need to change the cover to a photo cover before September 10, 2012. You will be able to order your Classic Custom Path photo cover photo books at any time.

Simple Path and All New Custom Path photo books are not affected.

If you have die-cut cover (fabric, leather, cloth, satin) or photo cover Classic Custom Path photo books that you want to purchase or edit after September 10, 2012—CONTINUE READING FOR MORE INFO.

If you don’t have any Classic Custom Path photo books in progress and don’t want to edit these books after September 10, 2012—NO NEED TO DO ANYTHING.

How do I know which path I used to create my photo book?
1. Sign into your account, go to the My Shutterfly page and then click on the “View All Projects”
link.
2. Now you will be at the My Projects page. Click on the project you wish to view.
3. Click on the “Edit Project” link.
4. If you see a loading animation (a small book with flipping pages on the center of the screen),
then the book was created using either Simple or All New Custom Path. These photo books are
not affected by the discontinuation of Classic Custom Path.

CLASSIC CUSTOM PATH PHOTO COVER PHOTO BOOKS:
After September 10, 2012 you will no longer be able to edit Classic Custom Path photo books with photo cover in the following sizes: 5×7, 8×8, 8×11 or 12×12. You may still view, share and purchase your Classic Custom Path photo cover photo books.

CLASSIC CUSTOM PATH FABRIC/LEATHER/CLOTH/SATIN COVER PHOTO BOOKS:
After September 10, 2012 you will no longer be able to edit or purchase Classic Custom Path photo books with leather/cloth/satin covers in the following sizes: 5×7, 8×8, 8×11 or 12×12. You will still be able to view and share these books. Want to purchase them? Change your cover into a photo hard cover before September 10, 2012 and you can re-order it at any time.

Retail Round-Up: August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Oldnavy.com: 25% your purchase with code ONTAKE25, exp. 8/26/12 (Halloween merchandise is available!)

Newportnews.com: Shop up to 75% off clearance, no code needed, exp. 11:59 pm 8/24/12

Kohls.com: 20% off everything with code BACK2SCHOOL OR print in-store pass, offer good 8/24-8/25/12

Disneystore.com: New markdowns-up to 50% during fall sale, no code needed

Vistaprint.com: 25% off site wide, no code needed, exp. 8/31/12

What We Love Right Now August 22, 2012: Delicious Beef Tips with Gravy

August 22, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Meals In Minutes

Alright, many of us may have a great recipe for beef tips but I assure you—this one is SO easy and no-nonsense, plus is tastes DELISH! With just a couple ingredients and some great sides you’ll have a yummy meal ready for your family.

Beef Tips with Gravy

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What You’ll Need

1 lb. beef stew meat

1 can cream of mushroom

1 can french onion soup

Fix it Fast

Okay this one is not ready in minutes, but it is worth the extra cooking time!

1. Lightly brown meat if desired.

2. In a large bowl mix meat,  cream of mushroom, and soup. Stir well.

3. Spray a 9×9 (or larger) baking dish and pour mixture into dish.

4. Cook, uncovered, at 275 degrees for 3-4 hours.

Serve over rice or mashed potatoes or even egg noodles.

This recipe will serve 4 people. To make for a larger crowd just double all ingredients and bake 4-5 hours.

**For those who like to use the slow cooker, use same ingredients and cook on low for the same amount of time.**

Perfect Educational App: TeachMe: Kindergarten

August 21, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection

If you’re the mom of a preschooler or kindergartner this year don’t miss out on this great app, TeachMe: Kindergarten. At just $0.99 and available on iPhone and iPad, you’ll be glad you spent the change!

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{image via iTunes}

This app offers reinforcement in math, reading, and spelling. Your child can choose their subject (addition, spelling, etc.) and their difficulty level. Each correct answer earns your child coins which can be used to “buy” rewards like stickers or fish for their virtual tank (my kids’ personal favorite!).

Bottomline: This app is very engaging and a fun way to keep your child learning at home. At only $0.99 it’s worth every penny!

Download TeachMe: Kindergarten

**This app is also available for toddler and by grade**

Printable Quiznos Coupons: Free Kids Meal and More!

August 19, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

quiznos

If you love Quiznos, then don’t miss this round of great printable coupons good until 9/3/12. This batch of coupons includes two meals for $9.99, a free kids meal with the purchase of any sub or salad, and more!

To print your coupons click here.

Retail Round-Up: August 17, 2012

August 17, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Happy Shopping!

1. thecompanystore.com: 15% off plus free shipping on your entire order with code R3DFREES, exp. 8-19-12

2. thechildrensplace.com: 25% off your $50 order with code L2J2012, exp. 8-19-12

3. oldnavy.com: 25% off new arrivals with code ONNEW25, exp. 8-19-12

4. loft.com: 50% off sale items, no code needed, while supplies last

5. Gap.com: 25% off your order with code gapfall25, exp. 8-18-12

What We Love Right Now August 15, 2012: Refreshing Summer Smoothie

August 15, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Health & Fitness, Meals In Minutes

With the end of summer heat still in full effect here and back-to-school time upon all moms, a good boost from a yummy smoothie is just what you’ll need to get through the long, busy days ahead. This yummy concoction calls for blueberries and strawberries–great for reducing belly fat, boosting your immunity, and getting in your daily dose of antioxidants.

Super Summer Smoothie

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Makes 1-2 8 oz servings

What You Need

Handful blueberries

3-4 strawberries

1 small container plain yogurt

1/2 cup vanilla soymilk or reduced fat milk

Fix it Fast

Blend all ingredients together until you reach desired consistency!

3-6 ice cubes

New Pampers Gifts to Grow Code

August 13, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

pampers

Pampers is showing their appreciation to their community of parents with this 10 pt code: FB8THXHAXTW7412.

This code expires at 11:59pm CT on August 19th.

Enjoy!