Favorite Toddler Books

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My 16 month old son has favorite books that he likes to read every day and multiple times a day. He really enjoys the pictures and words. His choice of books aren't my favorite books or my husband's. Since we read them so much, I can just glance at the picture and recite the words on the page. Despite my annoyance, I am glad that he is gaining an interest in reading. Its important to read to your kids when they're young and to read to them throughout the day. This helps increase their vocabulary and helps prepare them to read when they get older. Here are my son's top picks:

How to Get Rid of Ink off Painted Walls / Window Ledge

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Yesterday, my little toddler found a leaky ink pen and somehow smeared it on his face, hands, arms
and all over our window ledge within a matter of seconds. Immediately, I threw away the offending pen, washed his arms and face, and checked his mouth for ink.
I didn't realize he had covered the window ledge with ink until several hours later. First, I tried rubbing alcohol and that just made a smeary mess. Since that didn't work, I googled how to get rid of ink and saw that there were recommendations to use hair spray or a magic eraser. Hair spray did absolutely nothing to the stain, however the magic eraser worked with a lot of scrubbing. I cut the magic eraser down to make it easier to use. I ended up using five magic erasers, but the stain is gone. If you ever find an ink mess on your hands, I would highly recommend using magic erasers.

March Giveaways to Enter (some low entry)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Here are some low to moderate entry giveaways that I've found on other blogs. I have been entering giveaways for over a year now and have won various things from a $50 Jcrew Gift Card, $150 Boden Gift Card, Krusteaz Baking Prize Pack, Pampers Prize Pack, Fisher Price Car, Gorton's Prize Pack, Activia Yogurt Coupons, $25 Ross Gift Card and more. I do my own searches for them and then post them on my blog for others. I will continually post additional giveaways in March so check back often. Low entry to moderate giveaways are easy to enter (usually you have to leave a blog comment and follow the blogger and/or sponsor on various social media avenues) and are worth your time in entering (if the giveaway allows for you to come back another day and gain an additional entry I highly suggest doing it). If you win a giveaway that I've posted please let me know either by contacting me via the contact page or leaving a comment. So far this year, there have been 3 wins from my postings.

$100 Jcrew Gift Card (ends March 2, 2015)
Stonyfield Baby Prize Pack (ends March 2, 2015)
Free Cuties Mandarin Oranges Coupons (ends March 2, 2015)
$50 Target Gift Card (ends March 3, 2015) 
Berenstain Bears Thank You Book (ends March 3, 2015)
Krusteaz Breakfast Night Kit (ends March 4, 2015)
Frankie and LouLou Rattle (ends March 4, 2015)
$10 Pay Pal (ends March 4, 2015)
Krustez Breakfast Pack (ends March 4, 2015)
Pacifica Wipes Clinique Mascara and $50 Nordstrom EGift Card (ends March 5, 2015) 
Simply Great Prize Pack (ends March 5, 2015)
Stonyfield Baby Yogurt (ends March 5, 2015)
Stonyfield Petite Creme Yogurt (ends March 5, 2015)
Krusteaz Breakfast Pack (ends March 5, 2015)
Pampers Prize Pack (ends March 5, 2015)
$25 Target Gift Card and Neutrogena Products (ends March 5, 2015)
Krusteaz Breakfast Pack (ends March 6, 2015)
Stonyfield Baby Yogurt Prize Pack (ends March 6, 2015)
Berenstain Bears Thank You Book (ends March 6, 2015)
Chuck E Cheese Guest Pass (ends March 7, 2015) 
Berenstain Bears Thank You Book (ends March 7, 2015) 
Littlest Bunny Book (ends March 7, 2015)
Berenstain Bears Thank You Book (ends March 7, 2015) 
$25 Aro & Company Store Credit (ends March 8, 2015) 
$100 Ace Hardware Gift Card (ends March 8, 2015)
$100 Mikarose Gift Card (ends March 8, 2015)
Freshly Picked Moccasins (ends March 8, 2015)
2 Peanut Butter and Co. Jars (ends March 8, 2015)
2 Peanut Butter and Co. Jars (ends March 8, 2015)
$25 Whole Foods Gift Card (ends March 9, 2015)
Chuck E Cheese Guest Pass (ends March 9, 2015) 
Chuck E Cheese Guest Pass (ends March 9, 2015) 
Jamba Juice Gift Card (ends March 10, 2015)
Pampers Prize Pack (ends March 11, 2015)
Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Cranberries (ends March 12, 2015)
Berenstain Bears Thank You Book (ends March 12, 2015) 
General Mills Cereal (ends March 13, 2015)
General Mills Cereal  (ends March 16, 2015)

Using Coupons

Friday, February 27, 2015

Using coupons, can help save your family money especially if you pair the right coupon with the right sale. There are two types of coupons: manufacturer coupons are the coupons from the manufacturer and store coupons are from the store. If you use coupons with sales, you can get things for really cheaply or free. Couponing Blogs like hip2save or krazykouponlady will weekly post what coupons to use with the sales.

To get coupons, you can get a newspaper subscription, ask at church to see if anyone doesn’t use their Sunday newspaper coupons, dumpster diving and you can print some of them from online sources like coupons.com or smartsource.com. Online coupons have a print limit 1-2 per computer and a limit to how many people can print them out. Some grocery stores like Kroger and it's subsidiaries and Randalls will also allow you to load coupons on to your discount card through their website.  Also, anytime you get any kind of junk mail check it for freebies. My husband and I have gotten free small pizzas from a local pizzeria in Austin and free smoothies from McDonalds.
Made With Love By The Dutch Lady Designs