Deal Alert! FREE Krispy Kreme Donuts and Valentine Cards

January 31, 2013 by admin  
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Buy 12 Chocolate Iced and Sprinkled Heart Donuts and get 12 FREE Valentine Cards redeemable for FREE doughnuts at Krispy Kreme. What a great “treat” for your child’s classmates and friends.

KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT CORPORATION HEART DOUGHNUTS

Choose From:

  • Sprinkled Heart- A white iced, heart-shaped doughnut with red and white sprinkles is sure to make their hearts melt.
  • Valentine Sprinkles- A chocolate iced ring with red and white sprinkles to let that someone special know “I like you a hole bunch.”
  • Chocolate Iced Heart- A chocolate iced, heart-shaped doughnut with red drizzle for that special someone with a heart of gold.

{Purchase a dozen doughnuts and receive 12 FREE Valentine cards each redeemable for one FREE doughnut of your choice. Offer ends February 14, 2013.}

For more info from Krispy Kreme click here.

FREE iPad, iPhone, & Android App: The Kissing Hand

January 30, 2013 by admin  
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One of my all-time favorite children’s books is now available for FREE! The Kissing Hand is such a special story and a must read for all families.

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Download it for your iPad, iPod, and iPhone HERE

Download it for your Android HERE

Deal Alert! Chili’s Kids Eat FREE Coupon Jan. 28-30, 2013

January 29, 2013 by admin  
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Kids eat free at Chili’s January 28-30, 2013! Child must be 12 or younger. CLICK HERE to print.

Free Sofia the First Printable Activity Book

January 29, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Family, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

Little princess fans will love this Sofia the First activity book. 13 pages of fun!

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CLICK HERE to print.

Deal Alert! Tanga Designer Inspired Tote $8.99 + $2.99 Shipping

January 28, 2013 by admin  
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Looking for a fun, versatile tote? These little gems were $45 but are now only $8.99! They come in a variety of colors. Hurry on over to Tanga TODAY to grab yours!

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Restaurant Coupon Round Up {January 28, 2013}

January 28, 2013 by admin  
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Eat, drink, print, and save some money!

Carrabba’s Coupon – Free Dessert Rosa When You Enter Contest (exp: 2/10/2013)
Einstein Bros Coupon – Buy 1 Egg Sandwich Get 1 Free (exp: 2/10/2013)
Macaroni Grill Coupon – $5 Off Any Entree with $20 Purchase (exp: 2/10/2013)
Marie Callenders Coupon – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off WYB 2 Drinks (exp: 2/1/2013)
Noah’s Bagels Coupon – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Egg Sandwich (exp: 2/10/2013)
Papa John’s Coupon – 35% Off Any Large Pizza with code VOTE35 (exp: 2/2/2013)
Smashburger Coupon – Buy 1 Smashchicken Sandwich Get 1 Free (exp: 2/5/2013)

FREE Phone Call from Mater or Cinderella for Your Potty Training Child

January 28, 2013 by admin  
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Are you currently potty training a little one? If so, a phone call from one of their favorite characters might just help speed up the process. Get a free phone call from Mater or Cinderella compliments of Huggies!

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Deal Alert! Gymboree FREE Bodysuit Coupon

January 27, 2013 by admin  
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Calling all new moms! This is a new special offer from Gymboree. CLICK HERE to receive a coupon for one FREE bodysuit (up to a $7.95 value) when you spend $10 or more. Coupon must be used within 60 days.

Deal Alert! Crayola Play N Fold Art Studio $17, Shipped

January 26, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Get this really hot deal while supplies last! This $40 Crayola art easel and stool set is currently on sale at Walmart.com for $17 shipped if you use the site-to-store shipping option. What an amazing deal!

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Item Description: The Crayola Play N Fold art studio offers little artists a comfortable and imaginative space to create original pieces of art. It’s a brightly colored art desk for kids that converts to an easel with an easy-to-clean chalkboard. This kid’s easel desk comes with four sheets of colored paper and an eraser.

Get this deal HERE

Deal Alert! Free One-Night Video Game Rental from RedBox

January 26, 2013 by admin  
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Have a game night for free with this deal from RedBox. Text POINTS to 727272 and you will get a FREE code to use at a Redbox kiosk on a 1-night video game rental.  The code is valid through 2/13/13.

Printable Coupon: $1.00 off Maybelline Baby Lips

January 26, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

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Save $1.00 on Maybelline Baby Lips with this printable coupon!

Disney Review: Port Orleans Riverside {Royal Guest Room}

Recently we got the chance to stay at Port Orleans Riverside in a newly refurbished Royal Guest Room. Initially I heard that Port Orleans was a really neat resort, but I did not know much about the Royal Rooms. These rooms can only be found in Oak Manor and Parterre Place and come with  a preferred location-close to the pool/bus stop/main building. These rooms are not remodeled rooms, just refurbished, but they did not disappoint. Right before our trip I read a review stating these rooms were at best comparable to a Ramada Inn room. I would say that review was wrong!

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The rooms are smaller than rooms at a deluxe resort, so if you are used to that then the size of these rooms may seem small to you. We really liked the Royal Rooms. They are perfect for young girls who love princesses. There are touches all around the room from various Disney princess movies. Each room has a small two-seater bistro table and on it is a letter from your host, Princess Tiana. Perfect since Port Orleans is set down on the Bayou!

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Other fun touches around the room include framed portraits of Tiana and all her princess friends, hooks featuring Cinderella’s carriage, golden genie lamp faucets in the bathroom, and a fun magic carpet on the floor.

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Perhaps the most fun feature of these rooms for young princesses are the headboards. Each headboard has a side button and when pressed the boards light up! It only runs for a few seconds, but our kids never grew tired of pressing those buttons.

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The room was well equipped with a nice mini fridge, plenty of drawer space, and a flat screen TV. There are two queen beds in each room. Our room spotless upon check in. The views of the resort around the Royal Rooms are pretty nice as well. We had a garden view room in Parterre Place. The fountains and flowers within the garden were really nice. We were also near the river and short walk to the main lobby, dining halls, and South Depot bus stop.

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All in all, we give this resort 5 stars. The theme is great-not too over the top. The room was very comfortable. The price was affordable. The pools at this resort were great too (sorry no pics!). As mentioned, the Royal Rooms and grounds are clean and beautiful. There is also a ferry boat service that takes you from Port Orleans to Downtown Disney, a nice change of pace from the bus rides.

This is a large resort, much like Caribbean Beach. It can be a hike to fill your mugs at the quick service restaurant, Riverside Mill. Once you get your bearings and find the best route from your room to the main building/pool/bus depot you should be good to go. The walks are enjoyable though, as there is much to see and the landscaping is beautiful. The trekking around might be the only con of this resort.

If you don’t want to pay deluxe resort prices and would like a really nice place to stay during your next Disney vacation you should consider Port Orleans Riverside {and book a Royal Room if your family would enjoy it!}.

15 Easy DIY Valentine’s Crafts and Treats

January 18, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk, Party Planning

Our Valentine’s Day DIY Round up is here!

1. Sorted Button Heart via

A fun color sorting craft for toddlers and preschoolers.

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2. Festive Valentine’s Day Banner via

This banner is easy to create. Buy supplies at your local craft store or use scraps of left over cardstock or scrapbook paper you may have at home.

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3. Bear Hugs DIY Valentine via

So simple, so cute!

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4. Edible Cookie and Candy Centerpiece via

A no-bake treat for the centerpiece at your Valentine’s Day playdate party or family dinner.

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5. Cherry Chocolate Cookies via

One word: YUM!

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6. Crayon Valentine Card via

This is a great way to reuse all those broken crayons.

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7. Starburst Valentines via

A candy favorite packaged with a catchy verse!

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8. Candy Box Lunch via

We thought this was a really neat way to reuse those heart-shaped candy boxes.

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9. Conversation Heart Pencil Toppers via

Not all Valentine “cards” have to include candy. Buy some festive pencils and top with these conversation hearts. All you’ll need is construction paper, markers, and pipe cleaners.

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10. Fabric Scrap Wreath via

This wreath is made of twig and fabric scraps. We think you could substitute with patterned cardstock as well!

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11. Love Bugs via

Toilet paper rolls, construction paper, and pipe cleaners are the few things you need to create these adorable bugs!

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12. Robot Valentines via

Craftier kids will love making these homemade Valentine cards, independently, for their friends.

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13. Heart Suncatcher via

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14. Valentine’s Day Spinner via

This is a cute activity to do with your kids the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

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15. Button Heart Ornament via

Cute button ornaments make a great addition to your mantle garland or Valentine’s Day tree.

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Printable Coupon: Chili’s Free Chips and Guacamole

January 15, 2013 by admin  
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January 15 and 16, 2013 you can enjoy some free chips and guacamole with your meal at Chili’s. Just print your coupon here to take advantage of this offer.

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Simple Mexican Casserole Recipe

January 15, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Meals In Minutes

If your family loves Mexican cuisine then this casserole is a must serve!

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What You Need

1 lb ground beef

1 pack taco seasoning mix

1 can refried beans

1 15 oz jar of salsa

1 small green bell pepper, diced

1 small bunch green onion, diced

1 small can sliced black olives

1 bag shredded mexi blend cheese

1 bag tortilla chips

1 cup shredded lettuce

1 small tomato, diced (optional)

Fix it Fast

1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef and drain.

2. Add refried beans, salsa, and taco seasoning to beef. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 7 minutes.

3. Crush about one cup of chips and add to  a 2-quart baking dish as first layer.

4. When beef mixture has simmered, pour on top of chips.

5. Sprinkle bell peppers, onion, olives, and cheese on top of mixture. Then bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

6. Top with lettuce, tomato, and a few more crushed chips.

We served this with spanish rice and corn bread. The whole meal was very flavorful!

25 Indoor Activities for Kids

January 11, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection

The holiday craze has come to an end and the doldrums of winter have settled in. Winter can bring on a whole new lot of challenges when it comes to keeping kids busy. It’s usually too cold to be outside for long, not to mention the days of rain or snow, leaving everyone cooped up indoors. Here’s a list of things to keep you and your kiddos occupied {and maybe not glued to the TV most of those snowy days}!

1. Bake–make it easy with break and bake cookies, try something from scratch, or conjure up some no-bake goodies like these cute snowmen donuts

2. Build with Legos {we like to make houses and “towns” which can turn into quite the afternoon project}

3. Play a board game, or two!

4. Make magazine art/collages

5. Make a blanket and pillow fort

6. Create an around the house scavenger hunt

7. Have a tea party

8. Make cards for friends/family

9. Finger paint

10. Play restaurant {make menus, play-doh food, etc.}

11. Read favorite storybooks

12. Cook-Kids love helping in the kitchen. Try a family pizza night.

13. Have a dance party to your favorite songs

14. Make a family tree

15. Put on a talent show

16. Make a felt creatures

17. Create a story or play

18. Host a puppet show

19. Create a chore chart–then do a chore or two!

20. Have an indoor picnic lunch

21. Make snowflakes {yep, the good ole paper kind}

22. Play dress up

23. Make Valentine’s Day decorations

24. Make a masking tape race track for HotWheel cars {Safe on carpet, tile, and wood floors!}

25.Take a Bath-Sounds silly, but just by adding a few around-the-house, waterproof “toys” your kids will find new found fun in bathtime

And here a few things to try if you feel like venturing out on those crazy blustery, cold days:

If weather permits, visit local zoo {many zoos offer wintertime discounts}

Visit local children’s museum

Visit your library {free and fun!}

Disney Dining: 1900 Park Fare-Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner

January 10, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Everything Disney, Girl Talk, Travel

Would your little princess like to meet Cinderella, plus her entire family? 1900 Park Fare located within the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offers a wonderful character dining experience for just 1 table service credit.

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This meal has plenty of perks. For starters you will be dining within one of Disney’s finest resorts. A little upscale for most park goers, but definitely worth a walk around the lobby and grounds of the Grand Floridian before or after you dine. 1900 Park Fare is a buffet style meal, so plan on eating all you can enjoy from yummy salads, two-three meat choices and plenty of desserts. Not to mention the famous Strawberry Soup, which you can only treat yourself to at this restaurant!

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{we promise it is really good!}

Throughout your meal you’ll be treated to visits by Cinderella, Prince Charming, Anatasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine/Fairy Godmother. Usually Lady Tremaine and the Fairy Godmother are not present on the same nights. The step sisters are in true character, as is their mother. Don’t be alarmed when they tell your daughter her Cinderella gown is atrocious!

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A photo opportunity is also available before you are seated. Sometimes Cinderella or the Fairy Godmother are present for the picture. This is not included in the meal, so if you’d like to have these pictures there is an extra charge.

When we arrived for our dining reservations we were seated right away, but near the door for entering and exiting the dining hall. We asked to be moved since we had several young children in our party. The cast member accommodated us with no problem. The food was wonderful and there were lots of things to choose from: Ceasar salad, several pasta salads, chicken stew, prime rib–just to name a few. The kids station had corn, cheese pizza, and mac n cheese. There was also a great fresh fruit station available. We left room for dessert and there were several choices there also: brownies, cookies, and a variety of mini cakes.

If you are not staying at the Grand Floridian you may be wondering about transportation to 1900 Park Fare. If you are visiting Magic Kingdom just hop on the monorail (or ferry). If you are at any other park take the bus to Magic Kingdom then get on the monorail. If you are at your resort you can take a bus to Magic Kingdom, then take the bus, monorail, or ferry to the Grand Floridian. If you prefer you can take a taxi for around a $10ish fare from any of the resorts. Allot yourself at least 45 minutes of travel time if you choose to use Disney’s transportation.

All in all we give this character meal two thumbs up. The food is great and the characters are a must see. The only negative is the noise level. This is a large dining hall with lots of people and movement. Perfect for those dining with children, maybe not so great for couples.

Coupon Alert: BOGO FREE Burger King Whopper Sandwich Printable Coupon

January 8, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

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BOGO Whopper coupon while supplies last. CLICK HERE to print coupon.

Disney Dining: Garden Grill Review

If you are planning your next Disney World vacation and are looking for a fun, delicious character meal then the Garden Grill at Epcot is a must do.

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The Garden Grill is located in the Land Pavilion and overlooks the Living with the Land attraction. There are really no negative aspects of this restaurant. Here are some of the added bonuses:

  • This restaurant rotates! That’s right. It isn’t too fast, of course, but you will make a 360 from the start to finish of your meal. You’ll have views of the Land Pavilion and the Living with the Land attraction while you dine.

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  • While dining you get to meet some classic character: Mickey, Chip, Dale, and Pluto.

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  • The food is delicious! One big plus is that it is an all-you-can-eat, family-style dinner but NOT a buffet. You will get extra helpings of whatever you like! Plus, no need to get up for those extra helpings–it’s brought right to your table.

Our advice would be to make dining reservations in advance for this restaurant. We arrived a little early for our ADR but we were seated on time. They were not taking any walk-up diners so again, book those reservations!

Our meal could not have been better. The Harvest Feast kicks off with a garden salad and delicious hot rolls with honey butter.

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Next up, you’ll get three meats: Turkey, Beef, and a fish (our fish was Talapia).

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The main course is also served with veggies. We got mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. The entire meal was delicious! We ran out of beef and our server brought us more without us even asking. We had bready muffin berry cobbler for dessert and it was very good as well. And, did you know most of the ingredients used to create your meal are organic and come from Disney’s own greenhouse garden (as seen in the Living with the Land attraction)?

The kids meals are plentiful as well. Our child sampled the chicken drumstick, mac n cheese, broccoli, and sweet potato fries.

This meal provides a lot of food for hungry park-goers after a busy day. You will not leave hungry!