Happy Easter Xbox 360 Kinect, Kinectimals & Kinectimals Plush Giveaway 4/18

Microsoft and Xbox360 want to give YOU an Easter Surprise this year- the 4GB Xbox360 bundle with Kinect!  I’m all for non-candy Easter treats, but this one might top all other Easter surprises!!  What a great gift for parents, kids, and parents with kids to enjoy!!

The 4gb Xbox360 with Kinect offers a way to play the Kinect games using your body and not a controller.  I know my 3 year old has a hard time with controllers and coordinating his movements, this would be so much fun to play with him!

This bundle does come with Kinect! Adventures, which will allow even littler members of your family to Kinect their little hearts out!!

The X box Easter Bunny hasn’t stopped at the bundle- there’s more!!  He’s also going to send the Kinectimals game AND 2 Kinectimals Plush!!

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Wanna Win Something?

$298.00 Coach Purse
bareMinerals Skincare Products *2 winners* Ends 04/13
8 X 10 Canvas Print
$50 GC to The Vintage Pearl
Another $50 GC to The Vintage Pearl
$25 GC to Tiny Prints
HD Flip Camera
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Manhattan Toy’s Boysterous Action Figure Line (Giveaway) ends 4/30

You know, having girls and a boy means that the “lines” between boy and girl toys are often very blurry in my house.  My girls love to play with cars and trucks and my son sleeps with baby dolls.  But truth be told, when it comes to HOW they play with toys, there is a difference with  the way my son plays with his toys and how my daughters play with theirs (and yes, age is a factor of that, but I do think their sex has a bit to do with it too!).

Manhattan Toy has brought a whole new kind of action figure onto the toy playing field, and to be perfectly honest?  I LOVE the entire line.  These are action figures of the best kind- real life kids, who are “boys” boys and who are, at the end of the day, boys…not superheros, not magicians- just all sport loving kids!  In all,(so far) there are  5 of the Boysterous Boys: Slope Shreddin Sean, Goalie Gavin, Halfpipe Pete, Slapshot Sam, and Touchdown Dylan are all new to the field, but I have a feeling (and great hope) that they’ll be around a very long time.  Each of the boys comes with an accessory that goes along with his name- and the accessory is magnetic, as are their hands and feet, so even a young 3 year old can play successfully with the Boysterous crew, and not worry about dropping things as he follows his imagination.  The figures are poseable so your little guy can have tons of fun making them bend this way and that way!  There’s also no batteries required…none to replace…and no battery operated parts to break.

These toys are built for rough and tumble play, too, which is so key.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we PLAY with toys in my family.  Toys are not for looking and admiring.  They are for playing.  What fun are toys that don’t work or fall apart?  None at all.  I think my son’s favorite part of these toys is that they are moveable- lots of the action figures meant for little guys don’t seem to actually “do” much and he wants them to DO things.  The Boysterous Boys definitely DO things- lots of them!

We received 2 Boysterous Boys (Gavin Goalie and  Slope Shreddin Sean) and and the Extreme Sports Zone- which, as if it wasn’t cool enough, also doubles as storage for the figures and accessories.  How cool?!  That’s one thing that really makes me excited about this product line- aside from genuine kids being the action figures- the play set IS the storage- and it zips shut.  No lost pieces.  No separation of the “guys” from the “bin” and no big or little sister cramping someone’s style and getting into his “cool guys” as he calls them!!
The Extreme Sports Zone is a dual sided play environment that’s also storage. Show off your skate park and snow boarding tricks on the half-pipe, or send your player down the field for a long pass. Features 3 in 1 sports field setting that combines amenities needed for football, soccer and hockey play use . Also includes a half-pipe and zip and fold sides with Velcro-like closures. All the settings for the sports you love in one easy to carry bin.

I’m really excited about the Boysterous Boys. I hope they stick around.  I think they will.  They are a bit pricier than most action figures (ARV $18.00) I’ve seen for the 3 year old crowd, but I know me and I know my readers and we’ll look to find sales…They are very well constructed and as I said above, made to last- so it may be worth paying a bit more up front for a better quality toy that can DO more with your child that will last them through a few years of play.  The ages recommended on these toys are 3-8 and I can definitely see several years of play with both the figures and the sports zone!

One of my readers will win one of the Boysterous Action Figures! (Company will send one of the 5)

Mandatory Entry: Tell me who you’d like to win this for!

Extra Entries:

Like Manhattan Toy on Facebook +1

Tell me which of the Boysterous Boys you’d most like to have at home! +1

Follow me on GFC, RSS/Email Subscription or Facebook (+1 entry each)

Share this giveaway on any social networking site: “#Win @ManhattanToy #BoysterousBoys sports action figure from @mamatomjr http://wp.me/p1qA6G-18E ” (can be done 2x/day per share site, at least 1 hour apart)

This giveaway will end on April 30, 2011 at midnight, EST. US only.  Winner to be chosen using “And the Winner is” plugin.  Winner has 48 hours from my initial contact to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks for the sample of this product to facilitate my review to Manhattan Toy through my affiliation with MamaBuzz.  Opinions expressed within are my own.

Kmart This Week



Here are a few highlights for this weeks Kmart ad. To get the full list of match-ups, check out Just Trying To Save Money.

Playskool Step Start Walk n Ride $14.99 each

$5 off with playsaver.com printable coupon
= $9.99 each after coupon


Colgate Selected Total, Max or Kids 4-6oz Toothpaste; Max Fresh or Max White 1ct Toothbrush $3 each

-$1/1 Colgate Toothpaste, exp. 4-23-11 (SS 04/03/11)
or use – $0.50/1 Colgate Kids Toothpaste, exp. 4-30-11 (SS 04/10/11)
or use – $1/1 Colgate Manual Toothbrush, exp. 4-16-11 (SS 03/27/11 #2)
=$2 each – $2.50 each after coupon

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Good Friends Just Click

 

Let’s be friends, link, click, and connect! No rules!

Now just follow as many as you can on the link below and become friends- because you know, blog friends are some of the best friends you can have in life -just ask us! 

Leaving comments is a plus on your way to new friendships. Stumbles, Tweets, and FB Likes are a great way to show love too! 

Great deal on American Girl Mini Dolls!

I am super excited about this- my oldest is dyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyying for an American Girl Doll but she’s not old enough (they are for ages 8+) and she is totally not ready.  That said, a friend of hers, Kathryn, has some of the American Girl Mini Dolls and adores them, and I just stumbled on them at Barnes and Noble.com – up to 42% off!!  These are dressed the same as the full sized dolls with the same features, just downsized to 6.5 inches from 18 inches.  .  They come with a little book as well! 

If you want to save an EXTRA 4%, go to Ebates.com first, and sign up or login, and click through to Barnes & Noble.com from there.  That will get you 4% back!

Then, type in a search for American Girl Mini Dolls or click the link here and go directly to it.  Molly is $12.65 and Ruthie is $13.46!!  If you spend over $25.00, shipping is FREE.  That’s all before the 4% cashback through Ebates of course…At this price, you can grab a few to keep for gifts for later!! I just grabbed a Molly and  a Ruthie for my girlie’s birthday in July! :o)

If you decide to grab one (or some) please let me know- I love knowing what people shop for.  I shop vicariously through you!

Big Savings for Family Game Night!! Hasbro Coupons inside!!

I know lots of places already had Spring Break but ours is next week and with April showers, there will be LOTS of time for family fun including game time!!  Great timing for these awesome savings on family friendly games!!  (I view games and books as 100% justified purchasing, so I’ll be grabbing a few this week- will you???)

$3.00 off the purchase of one BOP IT! game
$3.00 off the purchase of one ELEFUN game
$3.00 off the purchase of one SORRY! Sliders game
$4.00 off one Electronic SCRABBLE Flash game
$3.00 off the purchase of one OPERATION game
$3.00 off the purchase of one CONNECT 4 game
$3.00 off the purchase of one CUPONK game
$4.00 off one MONOPOLY Electronic Banking game
$3.00 off the purchase of one BOP IT! Bounce game
$3.00 off the purchase of one GATOR GOLF game

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Giveaway) ends 4/23

I love Peanuts specials.  Always have.  As a child, they were aired but once per year, and it was a family event at our house.  Now, of course, you can purchase them on DVD and enjoy them at anytime, which is nice- because I can share them with my kids over and over again.  There’s just *something* about the Peanuts gang that draws you in- and I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone in my travels who cannot imitate what an adult sounds like on any Peanuts special…

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, is a new Peanuts special, the first new special in 5 years.  Linus is faced with a dilemma- give up his beloved blanket before his grandmother arrives for a visit, or she’ll get rid of it for him.  The Peanuts gang all try to help Linus to get rid of his blanket- with the exception of Charlie Brown, who can’t deal with seeing his friend so upset.  Lucy uses her psychiatry skills to help…and there’s more, of course…but you’ll see that as you watch the special. 

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Frugal Friday (on Saturday) Make your own bubbles!!

With Summer fast approaching, that means more time outside! My kids love bubbles, but we go through so much of them! Whether they use their bubble lawn mower too much or they just pour them out, we us a lot!
So, I thought it would be a cool idea to share with you how to make your own! It’s very inexpensive and super easy to do!
Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid (if you coupon this is always free)!
  • corn syrup

Directions:
Stir together 6 parts water, 2 parts Joy dishwashing liquid (this brand works the best), and 3/4 part corn syrup. Store in a covered container. **Try to recycle something to save even more money! I would say a laundry detergent bottle you just finished using!
Another money-saving tip is to find creative objects around the house to make your own wands! Have your kids get involved and search for things to use! Maybe an old wire hanger. Twist it into the shape of a wand. What are some of your ideas?
Image source from petitelefant.com

Thanks, Triad Super Savers!

Ask an Accountant


As we all know, it’s that dreaded time of the year-Tax time! In honor of tax season, I have a new series called “Ask An Accountant”. Send in your tax questions each week to momondeals@yahoo.com and I will post the question and give an answer from an experienced accountant
Question:
How do I determine the amount of office space to use for a write off?
Answer:
A home office is defined by IRS guidelines as “any area of your home used exclusively for business”. This means, it cannot serve any other purpose other than business use. If an area of you home qualifies, the easiest way to determine the area is to estimate the suare footage of the business area of the home as a percentage of the entire square footage of the home.
This is reported on Form 8829, then you are able to apply that percentage to mortgage interest, real estate taxes, hazard insurance, repairs, and utilities and get a better deduction than you would normally get from those items on schedule A. The remaining percentage of the mortgage interest & real estate tax then goes on the appropriate line on Schedule A.
Here is an example: Your home is 1,000 sqaure feet and your home office is 100 square feet. Therefore your business percentage is 10%. You would then apply the 10% to your mortgage interest, real estate taxes, hazard insurance, repairs, and utilities. Your remaining percentage of mortgage interest and real estate tax would be 90% and would go on your scedule A.
*Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

photo credit: austinpost.org

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