Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Get dressed up, be something new!



Halloween is so much fun! My kids love to get dressed up and pretend to be something new, and I loved to do the same when I was a kid.

I really like trying to find coordinating costumes form my kids since we have so many.  Oriental Trading had some great group costumes!




This year, we picked out the rock, paper, scissors costume set... it's a great simple set that makes any outfit a costume.





The kids really liked these and, of course, had to act out the game of rock, paper, scissors at least once.

I like that these costumes are super easy to put on/get off. These are great for the kids to take to school for their Halloween parties! I don't have to worry about them completely destroying them before trick-or-treating.






We also got a more scary costume for our almost teenager. He wanted to stick with his horror movie theme for Halloween.


 Last year he went as the guy from Chainsaw Massacre... this year he wanted to be Jason from Friday the 13th. I think he pulls it off very well!

 All of these costumes, and many, many more are available from Oriental Trading, as well as other Halloween goodies that you may need!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fun filled grab bags for Halloween!

I received items from Oriental Trading to facilitate this post.



Each year I love to make grab bags for my kids to take to class for their Halloween treats. It's a fun way to let them celebrate. And, of course, there are lots of other ways to hand out grab bags. Whether you're doing a church or community event, or if you just want to hand out things other than candy to the trick-or-treaters coming to your door, Oriental Trading has you covered for all the Halloween necessities.



For our grab bags we used a fun printed bag, a spider ring, a monster tattoo, and a candy stick... then fastened the bag with an orange & black friendship bracelet.
These are fun for the kids to put together themselves and they love giving them to their friends.

Of course, you could put nearly anything in your bags with the amazing selection that Oriental Trading provides! Make them scary, make them religious, make them full of candy- or not! There's something for everyone... really!

And if you need anything else for Halloween, like great Halloween Costumes, check out the other offerings at Oriental Trading!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Finding style.

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.


So, our son Liam (11 years old) has been really into everything Native American lately. He has some Native American ancestry, and the knowledge of that has really sparked something in him lately. He's been wanting to bow-hunt, fish (he wishes he could spear), and he's been asking for some Native American style apparel.  This kid is SUPER picky about his clothes... all the rest of the kids- they don't care; Liam- it has to fit just right AND be his style. I try to accommodate when I am able, but a lot of local stores don't supply his specific requests.

He wants moccasins, a native styled hoodie, and pretty much anything that resembles or reminds him of Native culture. Well, I hopped on over to Groupon Goods to see if I could find a good deal on any of those things, and I found a really cool sweatshirt that I know he'll love.  I also found this sweet Native American coin set that I think will be a great Christmas gift (you can never start too early... it isn't that far away)!


Sometimes you just have to turn to online shopping to get a decent deal and find what you are looking for!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Eight kids to clothe....

This post is sponsored by Groupon. All opinions are my own.



If I had a dime for every time someone asked how I could afford "all these kids" I might not have to be so frugal. Really, though, I have to be. I am GOOD at saving money (if I do say so myself)!

With school shopping just out of the way, I think it's a good time to explain some of what I do.

I don't want my kids to just wear whatever, either. I want them to be in nice clothes that will last.  It's amazing how much money you can save by just paying attention to sales and looking for a coupon.

For example. I do a lot of my shopping for my kids at JCPenney. To get the best deals I head to the clearance rack first. I have no qualms with this because who's gonna know if you bought it clearance or if you purchased it a month or two earlier at full price- it just plain saves you money. In fact, I found many t-shirts on clearance for under $2. That's a fabulous price anyhow, but add in a coupon and make it 25 to 50% off that price- BONUS!

I also tend to purchase items on clearance for the year ahead. Let's say I know I am going to need snowpants for my kids next fall, in the spring I will buy them when they're 75% off or more, saving me ridiculous amounts of money (and I usually can find a coupon for most stores, too! Check out Groupon Coupons). Yes, this takes a little more planning, and sometimes you can't estimate your child's size perfectly, but at the prices I buy most of this stuff at, I don't mind donating it or reselling it if it won't fit one of the kids.

Shoes are one of the most difficult things for me to get deals on. My kids like name brand shoes, and I'd rather have their shoes last the year than buy several pairs of cheap shoes. We actually purchased a pair of Nike athletic shoes for under $11. Again, I looked at clearance and had a coupon. That was a great score to me. This year I was able to find a couple pairs of great Reebok shoes for under $20. When each kid needs at least two pairs of shoes it adds up quick, so I'm glad to find some deals.

Pairing in-store rewards and coupons can also help you save even more. JCP has rewards, as does Kohls, Children's Place and many others. Many times you can use rewards, coupons, sales and clearance prices all combined making for some incredible savings. 

Do you shop to save? What's your best "score"?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mom.... I'm bored! (Oh no you're not... I've got something for you to do!)

I was provided with Oriental Trading merchandise in exchange for this post. Any opinions are my own. 


Ahhhhh... SUMMER!

I love summer, and so do the kids, but sometimes the days can be a little uneventful- especially when the weather doesn't cooperate. 

Sometimes it seems like no matter how many fun activities you have planned for the kids during summer you can just never keep them engaged. Keeping some structure throughout the days can help, and what better than having some craft time and outdoor play? 

Oriental Trading has tons of great summer crafts you can keep on hand for days like that. Most crafts are easy for kids and super cute!
We usually purchase the craft kits from Oriental Trading, but they now have some really great idea pages, too! Check out these cute crafts, click the picture to see what you need to make them!

      


Or, how about some night-time fun?  What makes summer nights more fun than glow-in-the-dark products??? 

Our kids love glow-in-the-dark tag, or hide and seek.  And glow necklaces help us keep our kids visible at night when we are in large crowds (we use these each time we go to a fireworks display!). 


      


There's plenty of other games and activities available as well- great for outdoor fun, parties and get together,s and bored kids who don't know what to do. ;)
 
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