Kindle Fire – Kindle Fires Extra 15% OFF (Today Only)

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Kindle Fire

Looking to get a Kindle Fire? Amazon  is currently offering 15% OFF Fire tablets! This is a today 2/24 offer only. They have some of the lowest prices we have seen on some of these tablets. Prices start at just $84!

This is a great savings on the Kindle Fires if you have been looking for one:

If you sign up for Amazon Prime then you will get access to free books to borrow, streaming movies and TV and free 2 day shipping.

*Remember that Amazon prices are subject to change at any time. Make sure the price is current before you purchase the item. 

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Valentine Day Gift Baskets – 10 Affordable Ideas For Kids Gift Baskets (Including #Hallmark #IttyBittys)!

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Valentine Day Gift Baskets

Looking for ideas on fun and affordable ways to put together Valentine Day Gift Baskets for kids? We have 10 options that won’t break the bank, that you can use to make a special basket for the little ones you know!

I think Valentines Day is a great opportunity to help teach kids about loving others, so these are also kid friendly options if they want to make a basket for a friend that could use some encouragement this Valentines Day.

We grabbed our gift baskets for a dollar each, but other budget friendly options to use for the basket include: 

  • Shop thrift stores for various basket options
  • Upcycle items you have around the house (like small boxes, baby wipes containers, etc). A dollar can of spray paint and some tissue paper can dress up just about any container with the right dimensions
  • Ask for paper bags at the grocery store. Double one up inside the other, and cut them down to half size (keeping the bottom half. Fold the top over, and staple little paper shapes around the top for a fun container.

10 Affordable Ideas to use in your Valentine Gift Baskets for kids include: 

Itty Bittys

1) To fill our basket we started with these adorable Itty Bitty dolls from Hallmark. We liked these, as they are small enough to not take up too much space, but quality plush’s so they should hold up over time. Plus they come in many favorite characters (we had Toy Story and Nemo above. They also have Frozen, Disney Princesses, Mickey, Star Wars, Batman and many more to choose from).

In addition to the Itty Bitty dolls, we love the following ideas:

Bubble Gum Machines

2) DIY Bubblegum Machines – these can be put together for just a couple of dollars, but kids love them!

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Valentine Treats – Candy Kabobs! + FREE Printable To Make Cards With!

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Valentine treats Candy Kabobs

Valentine Treats – Candy Kabobs!

My kids love when we make these Candy Kabobs for Valentine treats! They are super easy (and kid friendly) and are really affordable as well. That makes them perfect for last minute ideas. The other thing I love is that they act as an activity for the family too. We made this set last night for an upcoming bake sale at school, and I got big kudos from the kids. They had a blast! Plus, we have a FREE Printable below, that you can use to turn these Valentines Treats into Valentines Day Cards to hand out!

Candy Kabobs Final

I got all of my ingredients at our local Dollar Store, but you can pick up candy where you find the best prices. The Winco bulk candy bins would be another great spot to grab affordable candy for these kabobs.  I grabbed 5 different types of candy, but really you could use just 3 or four. We were able to get 24 candy kabobs out of the 5 bags of candy (and we made pretty full kabobs). You could make yours a bit smaller, and get more or bigger for less.

Making Candy Kabobs

The other great thing about these Valentine treats are that set up and clean up are also very easy. I grabbed a foam board at the Dollar store too, just to create a work station for the kids (contains any mess, and makes clean up easy). To make it feel more festive, I dumped the candy in some pretty white dishes I had on hand. We chose to color coordinate our candy kabobs for a Valentines Day theme, but you can really use any colors you like.

Candy Kabob Kids Making Them

The trick with the candy is to find items that are soft enough to push onto the kabob sticks. Gummy candies or marshmallow types are perfect. I especially loved the licorice squares we found. If you bend those and push on the kabob they have that old fashion ribbon candy look that works great on these.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 3-5 bags of soft candies (gummies and marshmellow candies are perfect)
  • Wooden Skewer Sticks (I prefer the shorter ones, to make your candy kabobs look fuller)

Making these Candy Kabob Valentines Day Treats:

  • Put out the candy so you can easily grab
  • Simply add one candy at a time to a wooden skewer, until you have the look you want (we found 5-6 candies per skewer made a nice sized treat).
  • Thats it. Its that simple! Next either eat them, or show them off.

Candy Kabobs Display

 Displaying the Candy Kabob Valentine Treats:

You can use a display as simple as laying them out on a plate for folks to enjoy at a get together. I used an apothecary jar that I had. I found these round Styrofoam pieces at my Dollar store (2 to a pack, so $.50 ea). I poked the holes in it first, then placed it in my jar and added the finished candy kabobs. This way I can keep them out for the kids to enjoy before Valentines Day.

valentine treats

For their school bake sale, we covered with cellophane bags and ribbons for individual sale.

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FREE Valentines Day Printable:

You can also print out these FREE printables to turn these Valentine Treats into Valentines Day cards. Just put them in the cellophane bags like pictured above, and add one of these printable tags to it. They are perfect for school valentines day parties, or make a candy bouquet for your sweetheart! There are two versions. One is black and white printable, if you don’t want to use color ink. The other has a splash of red, for a little color!

Download the “I’ll Stick By You Free Valentines Day Card (In Color) here, to print!

Download the “I’ll Stick By You Free Valentines Day Card (In Black & White) here, to print!

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Valentine’s Day Roundup 2014

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Valentine's Day Deal Roundup

Showing someone you care does not mean emptying out the bank!  Snag some of these deals for an inexpensive Valentine’s Day treat tomorrow!

Valentine’s Day Deal Roundup::

Restaurant Deals::

Burgerville – $1 sundaes all day on Valentine’s Day – hot fudge, caramel, or triple berry with local ice cream or nonfat frozen yogurt

California Pizza Kitchen – 1 appetizer, 2 entrees & 1 dessert for $30

Godfather Pizza – Buy a heart-shaped 1 topping pizza and/or a heart shaped Strawberry Dessert Streusel

Jamba Juice – Buy One Get One Free Smoothie or Juice thru 2/17

Krispy Kreme – Purchase one dozen doughnuts & receive 12 coupons for free doughnuts

Olive Garden – 2 for $25 menu – 2 entrees from select menu & 2 small plate appetizers or dessert

Outback Steakhouse – Steak Menu for 2 – appetizer, 2 entrees & dessert for a special price (they don’t share online what the price is though, so you might want to call & check first

Papa Murphys Heart Pizzas–  Get a Heart Shaped Pizza for $7-$8 (price varies depending on your location – my location is $8). Generally you can buy pepperoni or sausage, but again – it will vary by location.

PF Chang’s – $10 off your purchase of $40 or more

Qdoba Coupon – Buy One Queso Entree, Get an Entree FREE on Valentine’s Day when you share a kiss with someone on Valentine’s Day

Red Mango Buy 1 Get 1 Free Frozen Yogurt coupon

SafewaySave $5 when you buy 3 Hallmark Cards  (excluding $.99 cards)

Starbucks Coupon Buy One Get One FREE Latte on Valentine’s Day between 2 & 5pm.

Gift Card Deals – Buy as presents or buy before heading out to dinner::

Applebees – Buy $50 in digital gift cards, get a $10 digital gift card for free

Buca di Beppo – Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 coupon for 1-800 Flowers.com

Valentine Cards::

Handmade Valentine Cards – We have 6  great last-minute Valentine printable card ideas, with items you can throw together from your pantry or a quick trip to the store.

More Valentine’s Ideas for kids – Here are a few more printable Valentine’s card ideas for kids

Valentine Food & Party Ideas::

Hot Fudge Cupcake with Marshmallow Hot Fudge Frosting

Heart Shaped Dessert Pizza & Fruit Filled Nutella Pies

Valentine Party Ideas – Fruit Pizza, Decorating Cookies, Heart craft, Decorations & more

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Let us know if you see anything we missed to add to our list!

Valentine’s Ideas for Kids – Roundup of Easy, Last-Minute Valentine Ideas

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Last Minute Valentine Ideas

I know that Valentine’s is only a day away, but there may be many of you still undecided on what you want to do for Valentine’s for your kids (or your kids are undecided & need some direction). Hopefully I’m not the only last-minute mom. :) I love the idea of homemade Valentine’s and there are some super-cute Valentine ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest, so I thought I’d compile some of my favorite Valentine ideas for you.

Smores Packets:

 

I stumbled across this super cute Valentine’s idea last year over on the Domesticated Lady blog and the best part is that she offers a  FREE printable for the gift tag to go with it.  I changed it up just a bit but there are several different ways you could make these. We did these last year (pictured below) and then again this year for my daughter’s preschool class yesterday. We were in a hurry last night & totally forgot to take pictures of those, though. These could get more expensive for larger classes, though – but these are great for a smaller preschool class or for a playdate or Valentine’s Party.

Items Needed:

  • Graham Crackers ($1.99)
  • Hershey bars (mini or snack bar size)  – they should have these at the Dollar store or I bought mine at Walmart (you could just use a regular wrapped chocolate candy that you find for cheaper, though to keep the cost down)
  • Heart-shaped Peeps – I found these for $1.28 at Winco & Target (or even better, buy the pink heart-shaped marshmallows where you get a big bag for around $2 at Walmart or $1 for a bag at the Dollar Tree!)
  • Plastic Bags – I used these sucker bags at Michaels last year (for $1.99 which had 20 bags) – but this year, I was going for frugal, so just used regular sandwich bags

Lollipop Lily:

I’ve made these Lollipop Flower Valentine’s 2 or 3 times for Valentine’s with my kids. I love them because they turn out so cute, yet they are so simple and very frugal.   If you have older kids, they could even cut out all the flowers and then assemble them with the lollipops, but even for younger kids, they can add all the lollipops and then sign their name.  This picture shows using  tootsie roll pops, but you could just as easily use regular Dum-Dum’s or other lollipops that you have on hand for a very inexpensive Valentine idea.

 Pop Quiz Valentines:

This is such a fun idea to make with ring pops – to make Pop Quiz Valentine’s.  I found a box of about 15 ring pops at Walmart for around $3-4. Over the Big Moon has a free printable which you can print off and then stuff baggies with a ring pop & maybe some extra wrapping.  Staple the printable tag to the top and you’ve got a super easy but fun Valentine for the kiddos.

 Glow Stick Valentines:

We found a bunch of glow sticks in our craft supply as we were decluttering, so I think this is what we will be doing with my older gal who’s in First Grade. Kommunicated has a cute FREE printable to use with glow sticks, so make sure to head over to her site to print off the tag to add to the glow sticks.  I like the idea that it’s not candy as the kids will be getting tons of candy with Valentine’s and their party, and kids always love Glow Sticks. They’re super cheap, too! My girls love to take several glow sticks into the bathroom & turn out the lights and we practice making letters with 2 or 3 glow sticks.

Heart-Shaped Homemade Crayons:

My little gal already exchanged Valentine’s yesterday with her preschool and even though she loved the candy, one of her favorite items was a heart-shaped crayon that was made from recycled crayon pieces. She’s been having fun writing with it & trying different angles to get different colors. Our Best Bites  has a great tutorial on how to make these heart-shaped crayons along with a FREE printable! The best part is that the only cost would be the cost of the bags & paper as hopefully you have a lot of broken crayons hanging around your house that you can recycle!  I think I want to try this with my preschooler next year!

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What are your favorite Valentine’s ideas for your kids to share with their friends?  We’d love to hear some more creative ideas! 

Valentines Day Free Printable Card – “I Chew’s You”

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Valentine's Day Card Printable I Chew's You

This is our last of the Valentines Day FREE printable card options we are sharing this week. I love the sentiment of the “I Chew’s You” saying and the best part about this printable is it can be used with so many different options of candy or gum. You can really keep this low-cost by choosing candy that is inexpensive such as the bags of gum from the dollar store or gummy bear candies in the bulk bins.  There are often many coupons available for packs of gum as well, so you may already have this in your stockpile to use with these Valentine cards.

It would be a fun Valentine to leave for your spouse in the morning on Valentine’s Day, too! Let us know if you have any other fun ideas to pair up with this printable card.

Here are a few of the different options:

  • Gumballs
  • Any gummy candies – I have pictured gummy Valentine looking rings (watermelon flavored – beware, these are totally addictive – you can’t just eat one), but any of the gummy candies work
  • Salt water taffy – this was my daughter’s favorite – Winco has Valentine taffy right now
  • Pack of gum or individual pieces of gum  – the Dollar Tree is a great option for bags of gum
  • Laffy Taffy

Free “I Chew’s You” printable:

I Chew's You Valentines Day printable

Items Needed:

Valentine Chewy Candy at Winco

  • Chewy Candy or gum
  • Plastic Bag – you could just use a regular plastic sandwich baggie(non-resealable). I had some bags leftover from a previous project from Michaels. You can buy these with a printable/mobile coupon from Michaels
  • Cardstock – to print your printable on & make it sturdier
  • Ribbon – to tie it all up

Directions::

  • Print off the “I Chew’s You” printable on card stock
  • Cut out your Valentine printables & use a small hole punch to put a hole in one of the top corners (I also put a layer of black cardstock in the back just to make it stand out more)
  • Tie it all together with ribbon

This is a fun last-minute Valentine idea where you can pull together any fun chewy candies that you have & create a unique Valentine’s card for kids or adults.

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Free Valentine Card Printable – “You’re a Great Catch”

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Free Valentine Card Printable You're a Great Catch

We’ve been sharing FREE Valentine Card printable ideas with you all week and here’s a great printable that can be used in a few different ways. The “You’re a Great Catch” printable can be paired up with Swedish Fish for a yummy treat. Or for a healthier snack but still adding some fun on Valentine’s Day, make up little baggies of Goldfish crackers or just buy the pre-packaged Goldfish crackers to tape these to.

I found the Swedish fish candies once again at Winco, both in the bulk food section as well as a large bag on an end cap for $3.98 for 1.9 lbs. The bulk candies were just $2.18/lb for the Nordic fish (if you want the multi-colored).

Goldfish crackers

You can also buy the Goldfish in bulk in a large box either at Costco or Winco as well. If your child’s school requires pre-packaged items, then you can buy the packaged Goldfish snack bags & tape the printable to the front.

Free “You’re a Great Catch” printable:

You're a Great Catch free printable

Items Needed:

Swedish fish at Winco for Valentines Day printables

  • Swedish Fish or Goldfish crackers 
  • Plastic Bag – you could just use a regular plastic sandwich baggie(non-resealable). I had some bags leftover from a previous project from Michaels. You can buy these with a printable/mobile coupon from Michaels  OR use a pre-packaged bag of Goldfish crackers
  • Cardstock – to print your printable on & make it sturdier
  • Ribbon – to tie it all up

Directions::

  • Print off the “You’re a Great Catch” printable on card stock
  • Cut out your Valentine printables & use a small hole punch to put a hole in one of the top corners (I also put a layer of black cardstock in the back just to make it stand out more)
  • Tie it all together with ribbon

Such a cute & easy Valentine & you can make this healthier or a treat, whichever you prefer!

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Free Printable Valentine Card Idea – “I’m Bananas for You”

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Preschool Valentines Day Card Free Printable

Free Printable Valentine Card – “I’m Bananas for You”

We’ve been sharing FREE Valentine’s Card printables this week and this printable is a fun one as it’s different than many of the typical card sayings.

If you’re using this with younger kids  you could actually use real bananas as a fun playdate treat. Otherwise, you can use the candy bananas for a yummy treat. I’m sure they have the banana candy at party stores or other stores, but I was at Winco checking out all the other Valentine candy and they didn’t have the banana candy by itself, so I just use the bag of candy fruit runts & separated out the bananas.  

Free “I’m Bananas for You” printable:

Items Needed:

Fruit runts candy for Banana Valentine card

  •  Candy (or real) bananas 
  • Plastic Bag – you could just use a regular plastic sandwich baggie(non-resealable). I had some bags leftover from a previous project from Michaels. You can buy these with a printable/mobile coupon from Michaels
  • Cardstock – to print your printable on & make it sturdier
  • Ribbon – to tie it all up

Directions::

  • Print off the “I’m Bananas for You” printable on card stock
  • Cut out your Valentine printables & use a small hole punch to put a hole in one of the top corners (I also put a layer of black cardstock in the back just to make it stand out more)
  • Tie it all together with ribbon

Once again, another easy Valentine card to make with your kids, with a unique twist on the typical  Valentine’s candy.

Find more Valentine’s Day recipes, deals, crafts & more we’ve shared.

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Valentine Card Ideas – “I’m Stuck on You” Free Valentine’s Day Printable

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Valentine Card Ideas 

Valentine Card Ideas – “I’m Stuck On You” Free Printable

Our next FREE Valentine’s Day printable is one that you may already have the items all on hand if you’re in need of a last-minute Valentine’s card idea. It’s super easy & frugal, too!  The card is “I’m Stuck on You” and you can really use any sucker / lollipop to attach to the Valentine’s card. It’s up to you whether you want to add a ribbon or not, too.

I headed to Winco to check out their selection of Valentine candy and they had such a great variety of Valentine candies. They had two different bulk bins of heart lollipops – red & pink heart pops for $1.58/lb  & strawberry cream heart pops for $1.88/lb. This is definitely a great way to get the exact number you need for your Valentine’s.

Another option is to use the Yummy Earth Organic lollipops so you know exactly what your kids are eating & giving them a “healthier” version of candy (I’m sure other parents would appreciate this too). I’ve bought these thru Amazon when they’re on sale & they seem to last forever – and my girls really like them, too!

Free “I’m Stuck On You” printable:

Items Needed:

Valentine Lollipops at Winco

  • Lollipops / Suckers –  You can just use regular lollipops, organic lollipops or use Valentine heart-shaped lollipops. Once again, Winco had a great selection of heart-shaped lollipops as I mentioned above. I also saw bags of heart-shaped lollipops at the Dollar store.
  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon – I just use ribbon I have on hand but you really don’t need it – it’s just an extra touch if you want to add a little more to it

Directions::

  • Print off the “I am STUCK on You” printable on card stock
  • Cut out your Valentine printables & use a small hole punch to put a hole in one of the top corners
  • Attach the sucker thru the hole & then tape on the back. Or you can just tape it right on the front – just make sure to leave enough room on  the side when you are cutting out your cards so you don’t cover the words when taping it.

This is a great, last-minute Valentine’s Card for class parties or to share with friends at a playdate.

Find more Valentine’s Day recipes, deals, crafts & more we’ve shared.

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Homemade Valentine Cards – “You are the Highlight of My Life” – Non Candy Alternative for Kids & Adults!

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Homemade Valentine Cards

Homemade Valentine Cards – “You are the Highlight of My Life”

This week, we are featuring some fun, FREE Valentine Card printables that you can use for your kids at school, playdates, or use with your friends, co-workers, neighbors & more. This card is a functional yet frugal idea which would be great for older elementary kids & teens or for co-workers. It’s also great if you have a teacher who has requested no candy to have this cute alternative. I think it would be fun to give to your co-workers at a school or office, too!

Free Printable::

Items Needed:

Highlighters for You are the Highlight of My Life Valentines Printable

  • Highlighters – I got a 4 pack of highlighters at the Dollar Tree for $1 – they also had a few different options (2 pk & more) but this was the best value
  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon – I just use ribbon I have on hand (this was leftover from a Ballet party I threw my daughter)

Directions::

  • Print off the “You are the HIGHLIGHT of my life” printable on card stock
  • Cut out your Valentine printables & use a small hole punch to put a hole in one of the top corners
  • Attach the printable to a highlighter with ribbon

This printable is super cute & easy! I’m thinking I might have my daughter do this for her Valentine’s cards to her classmates this year – I think they would think it’s pretty fun to get a highlighter as a unique gift.

Find more Valentine’s Day recipes, deals, crafts & more we’ve shared.

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