Magnetic Business Cards $2

March 28, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

We LOVE these magnetic cards from Ink Garden. They are great for teachers, business owners, moms, and more!

We think these styles are great…

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teachercard

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Grab 50 magnetic cards for just $2 with code MAGNET2 until May 30, 2013!

Visit Ink Garden to get started!

**Offer good for new customers only**

Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter Just $0.78 SHIPPED

March 27, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Party Planning

Are you throwing a Mickey Mouse themed party? This cookie cutter shaped like Mickey will help you make some yummy treats!

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We love these fun cookies from Ms. Fox’s Sweets!

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Get your super cheap Mickey cookie cutter here!

Cuisinart Stainless Cookware Set $132 SHIPPED

March 27, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

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Looking for a new cookware set? This Cuisinart 77/10 Stainless Steel set is priced just right at $131.99 + Free Shipping (originally $400). This set would also make a great housewarming/wedding gift too!

Set features:

  • Classic cookware made of mirror finish stainless steel
  • 8- and 10-inch skillets; 1-1/2- and 3-quart covered saucepans
  • 3-1/2-quart sauté pan with cover; 8-quart covered stockpot
  • Solid, riveted handles, aluminum in base for even heating
  • Safe for dishwasher, freezer, broiler, and oven to 500 degrees F

Head over to amazon.com to get yours!

Pampers Gifts to Grow Spring Code

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

pampers

Enter code SPRING2013MARCH for 10 free Gifts to Grow points!

18 Piece Super Mario Brothers Figures Playset $17

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

Do you have a Mario fan at your house? This mini figure set is the perfect gift for any Mario fan! Each figure is about 2 in. tall and there are 18 figures in the set. These are great for an 80s party, Mario themed kid party, or just great for everyday play!

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This set has been marked down to $17 (plus free shipping over $25) from $44!

Get your set here!

3 Great Toy Organizers

March 25, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection

Spring cleaning is underway! Here are 3 pieces to help you {re}organize your child’s toys.

1. Bongo Buddy

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These might be good as a fun laundry bin, but we like these Bongo Buddy bins for storing all those stuffed animals your child collects! They come in fun colors and as kids’ favorite animals–duck, puppy, gator, and more!

2. Pencil Bookcase

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We love this adorable pencil bookcase! Wouldn’t it be cute in a little boy’s bedroom or a unisex playroom? It’s perfect for storing your child’s favorite books, special toys, or art supplies!

3. Hanging Wall Bin

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Ever get tired of seeing baskets of things on the floor? Hang up your child’s toys, books, and more with these sturdy wall bins.

Deal Alert! Vintage Peacock Bracelet $3.00 SHIPPED

March 22, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

peacock-bracelet

We LOVE this vintage style bracelet! We stumbled upon this great deal over at amazon.com. It can be your next great accessory for just $3.00 plus FREE shipping!

We also love this great owl pendant necklace, just $0.72 shipped!

5 Quick Ways to Add a Little Extra Fun to Your Spring

March 21, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Family, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

The weather is warming slowly but surely. It’s a great time to get outdoors when you can or have some fun indoors when a spring shower pops up. Here are five ideas to add to your day when you might need a little something extra to occupy your child.

1. Start a Nature Scrapbook

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My kids LOVE collecting things from the outdoors. Sometimes it’s just a weedy flower, but to them it is very special. Usually these items get left behind or shoved in the bottom of my purse for me to find days later, dried a crumbled. Starting a nature scrapbook is a great way for your child to keep their favorite outdoor treasures. It’s also fun for them to glue new things into their book, decorate each page, etc. All you need a notebook and craft glue!

2. Make Pizza Cookies

All you need is some pizza dough, sugar, cinnamon, and sprinkles to make these fun treats. Just divide pizza dough into lumps and let your child flatten them out {they can use their hands or a potato masher}. Sprinkle with sweet toppings and bake!

3. Garden Together

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All kids love digging and getting dirty. Boys like finding bugs and worms and little girls love smelling flowers {and finding bugs, too!}. Planting some small potted flowers or pulling weeds together is a great way to spend some time outside AND get some work done too. Tomatoes are very easy to care for and can be planted in a pot. Your child will love caring for it and seeing their yummy tomatoes grow!

4. Visit Your Local Library

On rainy days a great way to break up your morning or afternoon is visiting your local library. My kids like just reading in a comfy chair in the children’s section. Sometimes we luck up and visit right at story time and every loves checking out a few books to take home and read.

5. Take a Photo Walk

You can do this at your local park or around your neighborhood. Be sure to wear comfy shoes and pack your camera! As you take your nature walk be on the look out for creatures, critters, flowers, etc. You can snap pictures as you go and when you get home you can have your pictures to review with your child. Take it a step further and print your pics to make a book all about your photo walk.

FREE Rita’s Italian Ice {Offer Good March 20, 2013}

March 19, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Celebrate the first day of spring with a FREE Italian Ice from Rita’s. Offer is good on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 only.

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For more details click here.

Printable Coupons: My Little Pony, Play Doh, & More!

March 15, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

We’re loving these fantastic coupons from Coupons.com. Some of these toys and games would be make great, affordable Easter basket fillers or birthday gifts.

Remember you can print 2 or each coupon per computer!

$3.00 off CANDY LAND or CHUTES AND LADDERS game
$1.00 off PLAY-DOH Case of Colors 10-Pack
$5.00 off Draw Something or Words with Friends
$2.00 off PLAYSKOOL HEROES™ Toys
$5.00 off one NERF N-STRIKE ELITE ROUGHCUT Blaster
$5.00 off one SESAME STREET LOL ELMO Toy
$2.00 off BABY ALIVE KICKS & CUDDLES NEWBORNS Doll
$1.00 off any one MY LITTLE PONY Figure
$3.00 off one OPERATION Game or BATTLESHIP Game
$2.00 off MR. POTATO HEAD toy
$2.00 off 1 PLAY-DOH Playsets
$5.00 off LITTLE PONY WALKIN TALKIN PINKIE PIE Toy

Kids Bowl Free Summer 2013!

March 15, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection

The popular Kids Bowl Free program is back for 2013! All summer long and lanes all across the U.S. kids can bowl for free (up to 2x per day!).

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For more info on free bowling in your area, registration, and more click here.

Fun with Food: Monkey Snack

March 14, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection, Meals In Minutes

monkey-snack

We recently saw this cute money snack in our grocer’s ad. How easy and simple! All you need is bread, bananas, raisins, cheerios, peanut butter or Nutella and you have a cute, healthy snack for your kiddo!

Travel Tips: NYC Hotspots {for Kids}

Thinking of venturing to The Big Apple with your family? There is so much to see and do! We’ve narrowed it down to 5 must see spots around the city.

1. Dylan’s Candy Bar off 3rd Ave.

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Most children have a major sweet tooth and if your child does then Dylan’s Candy Bar is a place you’ll want to visit. This store is the mega candy heaven {Wonka himself would be jealous}! Wall-to-wall goodies all around! When you’ve head your sugar fill, moms will delight in a little shopping at Bloomingdales {it’s right across the street!}.

2. Serendipity 3 on 6oth St., Upper East Side

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Known for its famous frozen hot chocolate, Serendipity 3 is another spot not to missed. Aside from their killer dessert, Serendipity also offers a great menu–burgers, chicken pot pie, an array of pasta dishes, and much more. As you can see form our photo, there was a wait and patrons were waiting outside for their reservation time. We suggest making reservations in advance. To make a reservation for lunch or dinner please call 212-838-3531 {also note that this eatery can not accommodate strollers and the like}.

3. FAO Schwarz off 5th Avenue

FAO-NYC

You can not visit NYC and pass up a trip to the flagship FAO Schwarz store. From modern toys to Muppets and candy, this toy store has it ALL! Aside from the toys and trinkets, there’s also the very famous Big Piano. Your whole family will love jumping on those keys!

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4. The Rink at Rockafeller Plaza, 5th Ave. at 49th and 50th St.

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If you visit NYC during the holidays or winter months a stop at Rockafeller Plaza’s skating rink is another must do! If it’s a nice day another great thing to do is visit The Top of the Rock, also right on the plaza and offering a great view of the entire city. There is also some great shopping nearby, including an ever-popular American Girl Store.

5. Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 83rd St, Upper West Side

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Take a break from sight seeing and window-shopping and venture over to this 5-story children’s museum. There’s fun for all ages here, but it is mostly geared for ages six and under. Some fun features are a Dora the Explorer play area, Play Mobil exhibit, City Splash water exhibit {spring/summer only}, and more!

Disney Dining: Katsura Grill {World Showcase Japan Pavilion}

March 13, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Everything Disney, Girl Talk

I recently had the opportunity to dine at the quick service restaurant Katsura Grill at Epcot’s Japan Pavilion in World Showcase. I’ll be honest, this was not one of the best Disney meals I’ve ever had. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate it a 5. Here’s the review:

katursa-grill-menu

The menu at Katsura is nothing too special. The options are traditional beef and chicken combos along with sushi and udon options, as you would see in most Japanese eateries. While dining here we tried the Shogun Combo, Teriyaki Chicken, and Kids Meal.

shogun-combo

The Shogun Combo {pictured above} and Teriyaki Chicken were both just okay. They meats were tender and loaded with sauce, but the sauce lacked something in its flavor. The veggies were good and soy sauce made the rice tasty. My kids enjoyed their meal: Teriyaki Chicken, veggies, rice, drink, and dessert. Since the sauce didn’t have a strong flavor they really enjoyed the chicken.

For dessert I chose the Green Tea Cheesecake. Again, it was just okay. Nothing to rave about. It did have a unique flavor, but it is not something I would order again.

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The seating inside Katsura was tight. I dined around 11ish for lunch and by the time our group was wrapping up chairs were almost touching. There is plenty of outdoor seating, so if it’s a nice day take advantage!

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With all the other options for dining in World Showcase, I wouldn’t put Katsura at the top of your list. However, if you like Japanese cuisine you might want to give it a try for yourself. I didn’t try the rolls but they looked super yummy!

Have you dined at Katsura Grill? Leave us a comment about your experience!

What We Love Right Now March 13, 2013: Shamrock Cookies

Before I bake I always ask myself a few questions: “Does this recipe have a lot of ingredients?” “Is there a lot of prep?” “Can the kids help?” If I answer “no”, “no” and “YES!” then I’m usually good to go. Just ran across this shamrock cookie recipe via Pilsbury and had to share! The prep time for this one is a little longer, but the kids can help so it’s worth it. Only 3 ingredients and 3 simple steps!

shamrock-cookie

You’ll Need:

1 package of Pilsbury refrigerated cookie dough {in a roll}

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 jar of green sprinkles or any festive St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles

Fix it Fast:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in flour until well blended. Work with half the dough at a time; refrigerate remaining dough until needed.

2. Shape dough into 70 (3/4-inch) balls; reserve 7 balls. Roll each of the remaining balls in green sugar. To form each shamrock, place 2 balls with sides touching and 1 ball on top on ungreased cookie sheets. For stems, divide each reserved ball into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into ball, then in green sugar; shape into a triangle. Place 1 triangle pointed side up at bottom of each cookie between 2 balls for stem.

3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

This recipe is directly from Pilsbury.com. Check out their site for more great ideas!

Printable Coupon: Free Dessert at Chili’s

March 12, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Get a free Molten Lava Cake dessert with the purchase of an adult entree. Offer good March 12-14, 2013 at participating Chili’s restaurants.

molten cake

Print here

Deal Alert! Auto Open & Close Magnetic Screen Door Just $4.99

March 12, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

We ran across this super cheap {87% off!} magnetic screen. If you love being outdoors hosting barbecues this will come in handy. No need to keep opening and closing your door with full hands. Keep bugs a bay and come and go freely with this automatic open/close screen. Fit most single doors, sliding doors, and even good for RVs!

magnetic-door

Get yours here.

Printable Coupon: Hobby Lobby 40% off One Item

March 12, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

hobby-lobby

We love Hobby Lobby! This week’s coupon is good for 40% off one regularly priced item. Coupon expires 3-16-13.

Get your coupon HERE.

Step2 Splash & Scoop Bay with Umbrella Just $39.99 SHIPPED

March 12, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Warmer weather is around the corner and what fun would this play set be in your backyard?! We love this set for many reasons. For one, the price is just right at $39.99. We also love the umbrella provided for extra shade on super sunny days. This set also includes for extra accessory pieces for even more fun!

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This set is guaranteed to provide loads of entertainment! CLICK HERE to get yours today!

**Please note: This offer may become invalid at anytime. Check site for pricing and availability.

Healthy Snacks for Kids {ABC Style}

March 12, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Kid Connection, Meals In Minutes

Sometimes as moms we get stuck in a rut with everyday routines. I know I notice myself packing the same lunches two or even three days in a row. Sure kids like certain things but it’s not always easy to remember to change it up. When you do finally remember to mix things up a bit you might be wondering what foods to offer. We’ve got a list of 26 snacks to try, from A-Z, and they’re all healthy!

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A: ants on a log {my kids love these with peanut butter or cream cheese}

B: bean burrito

C: carrots and low fat dip

D: dry cereal, preferably low sugar

E: egg, hard-boiled

F: fig newtons

G: graham crackers

H: honeydew melon, if in season, or hummus dip with veggies

I: low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt

J: Jello

K: kabobs–cheese and fruit

L: low-fat granola with plain yogurt

M: mozzarella cheese sticks

N: nuts {if old enough to chew} or nectarines

O: orange slices

P: popcorn

Q: quick oats

R: raisins

S: salsa with baked chips or strawberries

T: turkey roll ups

U: unsalted pretzels

V: vanilla pudding

W: whole wheat crackers

X: extra lean ham bits

Y: low fat yogurt

Z: zucchini sticks {lightly bread and bake for crispiness}

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