FREE Kids’ Workshops the 1st Saturday of each month

Do you know that Home Depot has a FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm?  I do know, and have known, although we haven’t actually gotten there yet.  I have heard it is tons of fun for kids and a great way for them to learn new skills!

    Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
    All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. [click to continue…]

Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™Review & #Giveaway

Smart Snacks Alpha Pops

Smart Snacks® Alpha Pops™ from Learning Resources allow children to pop together a rainbow of frozen treats to match uppercase and lowercase letters. They are fun to play with and offer many benefits to children’s development.   They are great for classrooms, homeschools or really, anyone!
Meant for ages 2-5, these pops are:
  • Double-sided to include all 26 letters
  • Self-checking by color
  • Also great for fine motor skills and imaginative play!
  • Single Alpha Pop™ measures 4″L x 1.25″W
  • Ages 2+
This is a “guest review” from my son’s preschool teacher, Mrs. O, who is the teacher for the Peer Model preschool program at our town’s elementary school.  She’ll be doing a few other reviews for us so you’ll get some feedback from special education teachers like Mrs. O as well as the school’s Occupational Therapist who also works alongside Mrs. O.  My son loves being able to share mom’s “blog packages” with his friends at school, and I love that we’re able to pay things forward to our community through my blog. [click to continue…]

Joovy’s Toy Bundle in Pink Dot #Giveaway 2 winners!

Joovy Toy BundleWe are very serious about our baby dolls in this house.  Or rather, about our dolls. I guess now that my oldest has evolved into the world of 18 inch dolls and all that comes with them, it’s not just baby dolls anymore?  Anyway, we’ve loved the toy strollers we had to pieces, and I mean that literally.  It was time to get something new, something that was a bit more sturdy, that will last until the kids maybe don’t want to push a doll stroller around.

Let me tell you right now, when THAT particular day comes, I will be a weepy mess.

Thankfully, we’re years from that sad day.

Joovy, a well known, quality brand that makes high end strollers and other baby gear items, offered up the perfect solution to a problem I didn’t even know I had.  They make a Toy Bundle. Transporting 18 inch dolls- AND the baby dolls!!  The Joovy Caboose is a well-known, great option for families with older kids who might sometimes need a little ride…but not a full stroller seat all of the time.  Now there’s a toy option for your kids that looks every bit as sleek and stylish as the full-sized version- only the print on the stroller is a little bit funkier.  Not only that, but there is an infant seat (with removable base, of course), a toy play-yard and a doll booster seat to coordinate.  A matched set.  Just like mom and dad’s. [click to continue…]

The Perfect Bum Reusable Cloth Diaper & T-Shirt Set #Giveaway

Here at This Mama Loves Her Bargains, we just love a cute cloth diaper! Between both of us Mamas we have tried A LOT of diapers, and I think that we can both agree that cuteness is a must. Back when I first started cloth diapering 3 years ago it was mostly about functionality. There weren’t a lot of “cute” diapers out there. There has a been a growing trend in cloth diapering that allows you to diaper your baby in style. I love a diaper with an applique or design that I can match with a cute onesie or t shirt. So, when I had the chance to try out the Perfect Bum Reusable Cloth Diaper and T-Shirt Set I was game! The Perfect Bum set comes with a cute diaper cover with a tri-fold insert and an adorable matching t shirt. They have a lot of cute designs to choose from, and offer 3 sizes to fit your baby. [click to continue…]

Got Eczema? Check out Neosporin Eczema Essentials #Giveaway

Neosporin EczemaNeosporin is a trusted brand for First Aid care and has expanded their product line to include Neosporin Eczema Essentials.  I was really glad to hear this because I have eczema and my son has it as well- Neosporin is a name my family has always trusted and I feel confident that we’ll have a good result with this new product line.   I like that the products are fragrance free and gentle enough for daily use.

Introducing the new Neosporin Eczema Essentials

When children have eczema, its negative effects are not felt by the child but by the entire family. Parents want to be the hero and bring relief to this popular skin problem so Neosporin has come out with a line of products to bring relief to the skin and the entire family overall. Get visibly healthier skin in 3 days!

Get visibly healthier skin in 3 days! Here’s how it works: [click to continue…]

Reading Kingdom Review

As a parent of a Kindergartener I am always looking for tools to help us continue learning at home. My son loves school, but as a 6 year old boy, there is a limit to his attention span. With a 3 hour school day there is only so much my child can learn at school. Needless to say, I found myself looking for programs to supplement our school’s reading program. It would have to be something fun and rewarding, without a huge time commitment. I learned about Reading Kingdom and was so excited to try it out.. This is an online reading program for children ages 4 to 10. I love that this program was created by Dr. Marion Blank, a top expert in literacy. This program focuses on 6 skills that are crucial in reading and writing success.

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I gave my daughter some sage advice. I’m going to follow it.

Today, just like on Sunday afternoon, I took my 6 year old on the bike path with me so I could run.  I signed up for the O’Hartford race and have a month to get myself ready.  She loves to ride her bike, with one of her beloved dolls in the doll bike seat, so I figured this would be a win-win situation.   We’d get some mommy-daughter bonding time, the little kids could nap (hubby was home) and we could both get some exercise.

I was feeling all kinds of awesome about this, and we even had our dog, Tobey with us.  Things went FABULOUSLY for about 10 yards.  Little Busy girl was already ahead of me, and turned her head

“Mom?  I thought you said you were going to run while I ride my bike!?”

“I am running.  This is how I run!”  (Still feeling great about starting this up again)

“Well, you aren’t very fast.”

“Nope, I’m not.” [click to continue…]

Johnson’s Natural Baby Care

johnsons naturalLiving more naturally is something that so many of us, myself included, are trying to do. I have to confess that before I had children, I wasn’t really concerned about what I put into my body or onto my body. Motherhood changed that.  In so many ways.  Where before I loved the smell of chlorine  bleach throughout my house, I suddenly felt ill at the thought of those fumes being breathed in by anyone in our family.  Over time, I changed to cloth diapers- full time…even had all 3 kids using cloth in one way or another at one time.  I made my own laundry soap.  I make my own cleaners.  We started recycling.  No more individually wrapped packages for us- I got some quality food containers and cute snack bags…reusable water bottles were the only thing I’d let into the house.   Compost?  Yes, please.  Rain barrels?  Let’s see how much rain water we can collect!  I am far from 100% natural, in fact, I stopped making my laundry soap (it didn’t work with our cloth diapers and the water in our well) but am hoping to start again now that we’re done with diapers.

One thing that’s always been kind of out-of-reach for us is natural and organic skin care products.  I would love to use all natural, all organic things across the board but it isn’t financially possible.  So I’m always glad to see when mainstream companies respond to the masses and start changing for the good.

Johnson’s Natural Baby Shampoo, Baby Lotion, and Head to Toe Foaming Baby Wash are a more natural version of a brand that’s been around for so long it’s definitely a household name, and one that many parents rely upon.  I was so happy when I heard that Johnson’s was working to include more natural elements in their product line, because we, as a family, strive to live a more natural lifestyle as a whole.  Natural and organic products are wonderful but are often cost-prohibitive to many families, including my own at times, and it isn’t an easy choice for parents (or anyone, for that matter) to have to weigh the cost before the benefits.  I love this line because it’s natural, gentle to my kids’ sensitive skin, smells wonderful, and AFFORDABLE!!

Johnson’s is a household name that has so many years of quality behind them, and they offer us a more affordable line for more natural ingredients.  I am glad that they are recognizing the need for more natural inclusion and I hope they will continue to rework their formulas in the same manner.

Johnson’s Natural line recently won the 2012 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Award! [click to continue…]

Free Weekend Activities

free family activitiesLooking for some Free weekend activities to do with your kids?  I know we are (at least when the kids aren’t sick like they are now)


Coupons Are Great has compiled a big list of free activities nationwide this weekend. There is a Insect Event at Pottery Barn kids and a cabin craft at Lakeshore Learning.

Babies R Us: Saturday February 18th from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm
Baby safety day – from car seat & home safety to other great baby tips.

Kidtoons Films: Various times throughout the weekend
Watch Barbie in Mermaid Tale 2 – a family friendly movie with a family friendly price! [click to continue…]