Monday, December 21, 2009

Some last minute Amazon finds

Guess Who Extra, normally $27.99, now $9.99.

Strawberry Shortcake cloth Madame Alexander doll, normally $44.95, currently $9.99.

Set card game, normally $14.99, currently $5.99.

Melissa and Doug Cutting Food box. Was $19.99, now $9.99.

If you signed up for a free trial of Amazon Prime (or have it already) all of these things can be delivered in time to be under your tree on Friday!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Homemade Christmas

In our family we have the tradition of the kids making gifts for each other. In the past they've come up with some great ideas and been able to pull them off with a bit of help from Mom.

Most were made from things we already had around the house, which makes them cheap too!

Hits from last year included:

Sleeping bags for their favorite stuffed animals:

Just sew up a fleece into a rectangle.

A car mat.
(the 3 yr old made this for the 5 yr old. He drew the path for the car, I cut it out and he helped me use the machine to sew it up. I cut out the houses and he glued on the windows.)

A tutu and a "dancing hoop"/crown:
For the tutu just cut long lengths of tulle and tie onto elastic. For the hoop tie different lengths of ribbon onto quilting/embriodery hoop.

The oldest sewed fleece pillows for each of her brothers. (no picture.)

The 5yr old made a "no-sew" blanket for the one year old to use in her car seat. (no picture) She liked playing with the fringe and it kept her cozy!

The almost 7 yr old made a resuable lunch bag for her dad's lunches. She sewed up a rectangle of fabric and added a drawstring.

This year the 6 yr old has made crayons for the almost 2 year old. He took all the broken bits and pieces of crayons, removed the paper and placed similar colors in the individual cups of my mini muffin pan. Tutorial here.

He also made a sacrifice chain for his big sister. She's been wanting one, and now she'll have one made with love by her little brother! Tutorial here.

The 4 yr old has made a decorated picture frame for a holy card of the 7 yr old's favorite saint:

He also has made a game for his nearly 2 yr old sister. (It's an idea 8isgreat gave me when my oldest was nearly 2.) He took a clean, empty parmesan cheese container, decorated it with stickers and cut drinking straws to place in it. Now she can shake them out and put them in individually through the tiny holes, or more than one at a time through the larger opening. She LOVES dumping stuff out and putting it back in so I know she'll really like this toy.

This year my almost 8 year old made a "Black Apple" doll for her little sister. She did most of it herself, tracing and cutting the pattern, picking out fabrics, sewing it up and stuffing it. It's all done (but the face to be painted). I'd love to share a picture of it but it's hiding in the same room as the almost 2 year old is sleeping in, so a link to the tutorial on Martha Stewart will have to do.
This is from Martha:

I also got into the act of homemade gifts last year. I'm no sew-er but I play one at my kitchen table this time of year!

I made:

Felt food:
There are lots of free patterns and ideas you can find just by searching "felt food" online. If you make some I'd suggest using wool felt since it will hold up better.

A frog bean bag/lilypad counting game:
I saw this idea and got the frog pattern somewhere online, but I can't remember where now.

Capes for each of the three biggest:
I found a free pattern online.

A babydoll "miracle blanket".
I looked at our regular miracle blanket and tried to size it down:
A baby doll sling. Really eay, just sew a loop of fabric and fold in half:

Bean bags with a drawstring bag. (no picture of the bag)
I think I cut these 4x3 inches and used yellow lentils to stuff. I started with black beans, but you could see the beans through the lighter colored fabric. These have been the biggest hit around here. They've become doll pillows, are hidden by one kid for the others to find, are used to help teach my almost 2 year old her colors, and thrown all around. (They love to hear the "splat" they make!)

Crayon rolls.
There are lots of tutorials online my my no sew-ers eyes start glazing over when I read words like "interfacing", so I just tried to wing it and used felt. They turned out cute. The one pictured was one I made earlier for a gift. In the ones I made for the kids I used regular fabric for the outside. (I put "Twistables in my kids's rolls.)

Eye Spy bags
I looked at several tutorials online and took bits and pieces of each and found what worked best for me. This is a quiet activity the kids like to pull out of the toy cabinet from time to time.

Appliqued Number Tshirts
Each kid got a tshirt with their age number appliques on.

Felt tic tac toe set.
Similar to this one on etsy, but I used felt backed baseball flannel fabric for the "o"s and used my ric rac cutters on the felt and made the "x"s stand alone, not on other circles. I also made it a pouch (sewed 2 pieces of felt together and made one longer so it could fold over and velcro to the back to hold all of the pieces inside.

I do have more ideas of things we've made or are making, but it's taken me two days to get this post together already and I just want to get it posted while it still might be of help to someone!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Melissa and Doug items at Amazon

In case you missed the Melissa and Doug birthday cake for $7.99 it's currently back for $9.99.

Also the Cutting Food Box is down to $14.99 and that's the lowest it's been for at least the two weeks that I've been monitoring it!

Also--AC Moore has all Melissa and Doug items "buy one, get one free" which would make each item $10. They run this sale regularly and every time I've tried to get them everything has been sold out by the time I get to the store. If there's a week the Melissa and Doug stuff isn't on sale it's possible to use your 40 or 50% off coupons.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Toys R Us: Rose Petal Cottage, Sweet Lily castle

Toys R Us has the entire line of Rose Petal Cottage, Sweet Lily Castle, and market place line at least 70% off this week. The Sweet Lily Castle that's selling for $118 on Amazon is $29.99 in the store.

The Rose Petal Cottage rings up $14.99

The Cherry Blossom Market is $10.49.

The food sets are $5.10, the washer and sink sets are $9 and and the baby set (crib and changing table are $12.)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

For your doll lover

American Girl Doll Tees: Sparkling Shirts Make Your Doll Shine! was $19.99 now $11.66 and qualifies for free shipping.

This looks like a neat craft kit for your favorite doll lover.

This will find it's way under the tree this year for my oldest. I actually picked it up at Michael's using a 40% off coupon a few weeks ago, but this comes up a bit cheaper and there's no tax and it qualifies for free shipping! Since I already bought one at Michaels I plan on keeping that onefor my daughter to bring to a friend's birthday party and I'll ship this one from Amazon to my in-law's house so that's one less thing for us to have to pack and bring!

A tip for making holiday travel easier

My in-laws are an 18-20 hour drive from us. We make the drive usually twice a year and load up the van with videos, stories on cd, coloring books--the works--to make the trip easier for all of us. For years I had tons of DVD and CD cases at my feet along with all the snacks. Getting ready for one trip last year I realized we didn't need all those cases! Instead, I placed all of the disks into one disk holder like this:

I have no idea why I never thought of it before, but it's worked so great that we now keep all of our DVDs in one at home as well. It takes up much less space than all the cases and every disk is right at hand and easy to find.

So just in case you have a big trip coming up and need a little extra space in your vehicle, you might want to try a case like this!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Amazon Lightning Deal: Matchbox Mega Rig $9.99

Lightning Deal--Matchbox Mega Rig $9.99

You need to act quickly as this is only available for a short time, while supplies last!

NoVa people: Free $20 giftcard at Springfield Mall

December 12-13th you can get a free $20 Springfield Mall gift card when you buy a $100 mall gift card. (Offer good for the first 250 customers, while supplies last.)

Each time they offer this promo I take advantage of it because there is a Target in the mall, so I buy the $100 mall gift card, get a free $20 gift card and use those to get $120 in Target gift cards because I know that we will always be buying things at Target. So--I get free $20 at Target!!

Fisher Price Trio

Amazon has Fisher Price Trios on sale and currently you can save an additional $10 when you buy $25 worth of Trio items shipped from Amazon. Enter code TRIOSAVE.

My son got several sets for his 6th birthday and both he and his 4 year old brother really enjoy them.

We have the King's Gatehouse (now $9.99 instead of $24.99)

We also have the Hammerpult ($14.99)
And the Siege Tower ($9.58 instead of $14.99)

Just saw they reduced the price of the Castle (which my son has asked for repeatedly!) to $34.09 instead $74.99!

Amazon--Flip camcorder

If you bought the Flip camcorder check your email---I just got a note that I qualified for a $10 rebate (or subscription to wired magazine.) If you missed the $89.99 price--it's currently $99.99 but after the subscrption rebate it would go back down to $89.99. Also--if you create an Amazon "PayPhrase" you can get an additional 5% back. AND it still qualifies for a free 12 month calendar from Shutterfly.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Amazon: Guess Who Extra

Guess Who Extra was $27.99 currently $17.99. This game has gotten lots of good reviews from friends.

CirKis $7.99

Hasbro CirKis was $19.99 now $7.99.

This is a new game that looks neat and I think my kids will enjoy. I believe it might find it's way under our tree this year! (And I think I will pick up a couple extra for birthday presents!)

Melissa and Doug Cookies

Everyday I've been checking on amazon the price of these Melissa and Doug cookies and they've FINALLY moved below $19.99! Currently they are $14.02, so I snatched them up! These are absolutely adorable. The prices on all the other food have been fluctuating slightly throughout each day. So act quickly.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Amazon--Wii Fit Plus

Don't know how long it will stay this price, but the Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board is currently $85.99 rather than $99.99!

10 free boxes of crackers at Safeway

Gina at Moneywise Moms has found a deal my family will be most appreciative of--10 free boxes of Wheat Thins (my daughter's favorite crackers!)

Read all about it here!

Amazon--Bearpaw boots 50% off.

Bearpaw Womens Altai Boots 50% off today. These boots would be $27.90 shipped!

Amazon--Crayola Intereactive DVD $4.99

Crayola Undersea Adventure interactive DVD was $14.99 now $4.99

Amazon--cheap magazine deals

Family Fun magazine $4.95 after immediate $5 discount. 1 year subscription.

Good Housekeeping magazine $5. 1 year subscription.

Parents Magazine $4.97 after $5 immediate discount. 1 year subscription.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Amazon: Wikki Stix

Amazon has a 468 ct box of Wikki Stix for $19.16 currently. (I'm pretty sure these are the original "Bendaroos" but made in the USA and not China.)

We bought these for a long car trip for the kids and they were a nice quiet activity for them to do.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Baby Robeez $14.99 shipped at Lands End

Baby Robeez were $24.50 now on sale for just $14.99.

We got an adorable pair of sailboat ones from a friend when our youngest was born and they are wonderful! We had Target knockoffs for our last baby and these are really much nicer and at this price they might even be less than the Target ones and you don't even have to leave your home to get them!

Shipping is free with code BRISK & pin 3224.

Don't forget to order through ebates for an additional 3% back! If you are not already a member of ebates you can get $5 just for signing up!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Save Money Online Shopping

I'm sure you've seen the commercials for the new search engine, but what you many not know is that they offer you cash bask for shopping at certain stores. I just noticed that is currently at 20% cash back.

That makes for a great wii and wii fit deal. The Nintendo Wii, Wii Fit Balance Board Value Bundle is $298.00 and you can get free "site to store" shipping. After receiving the cash back the total comes down to $238.40 (before tax) which is less that what the wii system itself sold for just a couple of months ago!

To find out more about the cash offers, click here.

Other big cash back stores right now include Old Navy and Gap with 25% cash back, Macy's 25% cash back, and you can even get 8% cash back shopping on ebay!

50 Free Photo Cards

SeeHere is offering 50 free 4x8 or 5x7 photo cards all month long! All you need to pay is $3.19 for shipping!

Set up an account at SeeHere, then create your card, order 50 cards and enter newbaby in the promo code section at the check out.

Just this week I got a Christmas card in the mail from a friend who had taken advantage of this offer and it looked great!

Thanks to Gina at Moneywise Moms for the heads up on this offer.

$5 off any purchase at Hallmark coupon

from Money Saving Mom

Click here to print a $5 off any $5 or more purchase at a Hallmark store.

Be sure to hit "back" after printing to print a second coupon.

Should make for some free wrapping paper!

Neiman Marcus: Monogrammed Ralph Lauren towel $11.49 shipped!

I've been waiting for this!

$11.49 shipped for a monogrammed Ralph Lauren towel. I bought them for my 4 kids last year--each kid a different color and it's been great everyone knowing which towel is theirs. After we had our baby this summer my eldest commented that Santa was going to need to bring him one for Christmas this year too! Now Santa actually has something to bring him! For him I went with the Bay Leaf green with khaki stitching.

Link here!

Enter DECNM for free shipping

Also, they are a great gift to buy now if you know someone graduating from high school soon who will be going off to college!