Little Tikes Cupcake Kitchen (Giveaway)

The Little Tikes Cupcake Kitchen is a whole lot of sweetness in a compact package. With the smaller profile of this kitchen, it can easily be slipped into any sized room for hours of pretend play. The muted colors suit our living room far better than our former play kitchen (which now lives in the church nursery) and the kids have had a blast preparing cupcakes and tea parties galore. This toy was seeing a lot of play time before the big storm last week but with zero power and no school for a week, the kids were really getting a lot of serious play time in, and I can’t even tell you how many tea party picnics they had with their baby dolls (yes, even my son) in the living room enjoying some of the treats made in the Cupcake Kitchen. (My batteries were dead, no photos. Sad. Very sad).

This kitchen does not take a long time to assemble. An 18 volt power drill made fast work of the screws that do need to be put in but I think you could do it without a drill – it might take longer. I had the entire thing assembled with stickers in under half an hour. (This is something that I want to know when I think about toy purchasing that requires assembly, so I’m sharing with you). [click to continue…]

#Win $200 Learning Tower from Heirloom Wooden Toys #CouponCabinHop

One of my readers will win a $200 Learning Tower from Heirloom Wooden Toys!! These Learning Towers are not only a beautiful crafted wood addition to your home, but they are very functional, very versatile, and help keep kids safe and secure while helping in the kitchen, playing, cooking, you name it. These are rightfully sold by Heirloom Wooden Toys because once your own children have stopped using this, years down the road, you can pass it along to your grandchildren, or keep it at your own house- most definitely an heirloom in the making!! . Cooking, baking, puppet shows, playhouses, pirate ships, play props- the options are endless. Available in a wide variety of colors to suit any decor, too!! Enter in the Rafflecopter form below and THEN be sure to keep reading below because this is part of a HUGE hop with prizes for just about anything and everything you can imagine!!

The Little Partners Learning Tower is a tool that can serve your child for years, helping with everything from parental bonding to increasing self-esteem and knowledge through participation and practice. Although, the Learning Tower’s main purpose is to bring young toddlers to countertop height in the kitchen, its potential uses extend far beyond the kitchen. In fact, the more ways you can use it, the better.

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Archer Farms Snacks- Delicious and Affordable Options for Snacks, for Lunch and anytime!

I have much love for Target already but with the newly expanded product line at my local store to include GROCERIES and a much expanded snack selection, plus produce (albeit limited) and meats, I’m head over heels.  The fact that I can justify any purchases there doesn’t hurt…but in all seriousness, I have a mad love for the Archer Farms brand products I’ve tried so far- and that would be many different kinds of products.  From kid snacks to grownup stuff, allergy free foods, and lots in between, the Archer Farms selection is very wide in range, and very budget friendly.  I haven’t come across any of the Archer Farms stuff that I didn’t like!! Good quality products at affordable pricing- and given they are sold at Target stores, easy to find!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Egg Carton Pumpkins

Each week Mom on Dealz brings us a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. This Friday is World Egg Day and since I love using recycled materials in crafts, I thought “Why not do some crafts with egg cartons?” Be sure to read to the bottom where there are egg related educational activities you can do with your child based on the standards of learning. Egg Carton Pumpkins [click to continue…]

Educational Insights Playfoam® and Alpha Catch™ (Giveaway)

My 4 year old attends a Peer Model Preschool Program at our local elementary school.  One of the things I love the most about this program is that all of the children are treated equally, and the special needs of the children are incorporated into the entire classroom.  Some of the children have sensory issues, some are working on fine motor skills, and the sensory table is a key component of the classroom.  I asked Educational Insights if we could try out their Playfoam® Combo 20-Pack to send in  for the children to enjoy because I knew that this product would be wonderful for the children in the classroom- color recognition, fine motor skills, and sensory exploration.

  Preschoolers are free to express their creativity — with no mess to clean up afterward! Just squish up the Playfoam®, shape it however you like, squash it back down, and start all over again. Playfoam® never dries out so the creativity never ends — and the secret no-stick formula means you can take it anywhere for creative fun on the go!

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Free Weekend Activities

I love this list Coupons are Great compiles for us each week- lots of free or close to free activities all weekend long!! 

AC Moore: Sunday Saturday October 8th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
Free Make & Take: Duck Tape Candy Corn Treat Cup

Disney Store: Saturday October 8th
Come dressed as your favorite Lion King character to take part in the store’s mane event – featuring The Lion King story time, sing-along, parade, and more!
Session time are 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:30 pm

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store: Saturday October 8th
11:00 am until 1:00 pm Fiskars & Colorbox Papercrafting Demo
1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Wilton Halloween Treats Demo
1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Open House: Meet instructors & see projects!
3:00 pm until 5:00 pm 3M Wrights & Uchida Fabric-crafting Demo [click to continue…]

How to make Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costumes (on a budget!)

One of Disney’s costume designers Zachary Bilemdjian came up with quick, easy and affordable costumes you can make at home for Jake, Cubby and Izzy!!    If your little ones like (LOVE) Jake and the Neverland Pirates on Disney Junior, you are going to want to save these instructions!! They look like even *I* could handle them!!



Red fabric 17” square or bandana

Grey fabric (long enough to wrap around your child’s waist)

Black yarn or ribbon

Yellow duct tape

4 large buttons

White T-shirt

Dark blue vest or jacket

Blue jeans or pants

Brown boots

Brown cardboard 


1. Cut out collar ribbing on white T-shirt and remove

2. Make a V shaped cut in center front of the collar

3. Make a few V shaped cuts in the sleeve

4. Using a needle with a big eye, thread the black yarn or ribbon. Stitch an X center front V at collar

5. If using a dark blue jacket, cut out the sleeves to turn it into a vest

6. Use the yellow duct tape to cover the buttons and attach to vest

7. Tape the outline of the vest using the yellow duct tape. Don’t forget the lapel

8. Cut out a “J” from the yellow duct tape, and attach to the boots.

9. Add a yellow strap on the boots using the yellow duct tape

10: Draw a sword shape on the cardboard and cut out 

Putting it all together:

1. Wrap the red fabric or bandana around forehead leaving the tails long

2. Tuck T-shirt in the blue pants or jeans

3. Wrap the grey fabric at waist and tuck the tails in the back

4. Add the vest and boots

5: Grab your sword and Go! [click to continue…]

A Batman bed and room for a little boy…

What do you do when you have a girlie-green dollhouse bunkbed that a 4 year old boy is about to inherit?  When you are one of the Bargains family, you think, think, and think some more, get a little crazy, and come up with the idea to make the dollhouse bunkbed into the Batcave.   Our son is wild for superheroes, and really wanted a “bad guy” room (he calls superheroes “bad guys” for some reason- always has.  The bad ones are “really” bad I guess??)  A Batman bed and room it was for our little guy!

It took a bit of paint, a LOT of hours of designing (because the rocks had to look just “so” and some creative thinking (it isn’t easy to put a secret door panel into a bed, although totally doable) and when you add elements like:

Batman drawer pulls….

“Metropolis” (Valspar)colored paint on an already-made bookshelf…

An Etsy ordered lampshade, a lightswitch cover from Ebay & memory board made to match the super-cool Pottery Barn Kids Batman sheets…

batman lampbatman sheets

boys batman room

well…sometimes you end up with a Batman themed room that you think (hope, pray?) your son can love and enjoy and grow up with for many years…

batman bed(Note the toy that inspired this all…the Imaginext Batcave!)

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Kids Frugal Fun: Columbus Day Ship

Each week Mom on Dealz brings us a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Next week is Columbus Day so she  decided to make a ship with things they found around the house.


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Cranium Brain Breaks: Great for #FamilyGameNight (Giveaway)

Another great game from the folks at Cranium is here- and you’re going to want to grab it fast!!  Full of over 200 different games that are all able to be played in under 1 minute, CRANIUM BRAIN BREAKS offers family friendly fun for all ages, and the small packaging means its totally portable- teachers, doctors, friends, family, just about anyone will love to own this fun game!

I love the classic elements of this game, combined with the fast pace of each individual game- being able to play games in 1 minute can really make for some fun times- and also keep everyone’s attention better than perhaps some longer games might, especially for the younger kids. If you are going to have Family Game Night anytime soon, add this to your must- have list! [click to continue…]