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Posted on January 29, 2017

“I’m Stuck on You” Glue Stick Valentine + FREE Printable Cards

Glue Stick Valentine Free Printable

As the winter months drag on, I usually find myself sending in a fresh round of glue sticks, crayons and other assorted school supplies to restock Lily’s depleted pencil box. Last week while I rounded up some things to send to school, I came up with the idea for a Glue Stick Valentine. I thought this would not only make a great non-candy Valentine option, but it might help out the teacher if every kid received a shiny new glue stick.

If you stocked up on glue sticks during back to school shopping, you might still have some on hand.  I ordered this Classroom Pack of 60 Elmer’s Glue Sticks on Amazon and had enough for the entire class with plenty left over.

Glue Stick Valentine Cards

To make these Valentines, you will need: Read more..

Posted on January 18, 2017

DIY Digger Box – Sand Play for Kids

DIY Digger Box Tutorial

DIY Digger Box

Have a sand loving kid?  How about a digger loving kid?  Perhaps a kid who loves to be kept busy and a little sensory thrown in for kicks never hurts?  Read on, friend!

Ever since Landon’s birthday last year, I have been hanging on to some extra CAT digger toys.  Our plan was to make him a construction themed cake and Bob and I picked up the exact same vehicles to stick on top.  Of course, I never got around to returning the extra set but figured they would come in handy for something or other because our boy LOVES dump trucks and excavators (and every piece of machinery in between)!

DIY Construction Vehicle Cake

Okay, back to those extra toys.

Today was a typical winter day when we were stuck inside and Landon did not have school.  Once the Legos, batallion of firetrucks and Netflix all lost their luster, we needed a boredom buster.  I’m pretty much psyched about how cool this one turned out – to say that it was an instant crowd-pleaser is an understatement!

To make your own DIY Digger Box, here’s what you need: Read more..

Posted on November 11, 2016

Christmas Toy Challenge from Your Elf + FREE Printable Poem

A Christmas Toy Challenge

Every year as the holidays roll around, I am always looking for teachable moments to share the importance of helping others and paying it forward to my kids. I love the Christmas Toy Challenge because it produces two outcomes: it teaches kids to think about others and also gets rid of a little bit of the clutter in the playroom before Santa arrives with a fresh haul.

Our Elf on the Shelf arrives every year on December 1st, though you certainly do not have to participate in the Elf tradition to take part in the Christmas Toy Challenge.

The concept is super simple: challenge your kids to fill up a box of toys that they are interested in donating. Not only are they learning to pay it forward, this is also a wonderful introduction to the world of recycling and upcycling.  Most toys can be donated to local thrift stores, daycares, etc.

Elf with Box of Toys

I wrote up this little poem and am uploading it for you to use!

Christmas Toy Challenge Printable

To download a free copy of this poem, just click here or click the image below.


If you need other ideas for your elf make sure you check out my Master List of Elf on the Shelf Ideas – HUNDREDS of ideas!!

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Posted on October 26, 2016

2016 Kids Eat Free on Halloween Restaurant Deals

2016 kids eat free halloween

2016 Kids Eat Free on Halloween

I’m pleased to report, there are plenty of options for free and cheap kid meals on Halloween (10/31/16) this year!  As always, please call your local restaurant to confirm participation before heading out.

Applebee’s – Kids eat FREE with adult entree purchase on 10/31/16. In the past, this offer has been regional. Please call to confirm that your restaurant is participating.

Baja Fresh – Kids in costume eat FREE with adult meal purchase between 10/24/16 and 10/31/16.

Baskin Robbins – Enjoy $1.31 (+ tax) scoops of ice cream on 10/31/16.

Bertucci’s – Kids in costume eat FREE on 10/31/16 with adult entree purchase.  Dine-in only.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co – Kids eat FREE on 10/31/16 with adult entree purchase and you must print or show this coupon.

Chipotle – Dress up in a costume and get a $3 taco, burrito, bowl or salad after 3 pm on 10/31/16. This one is for all ages, not just kids.

IHOP – Kids get a FREE Scary Face Pancake on 10/31/16. No purchase necessary!

Joe’s Crab Shack – Kids in costume eat for FREE with this coupon and the purchase of an adult entree.  Valid 10/31/16, dine-in only.

Krispy Kreme – Anyone wearing a costume on 10/31/16 gets a free doughnut. No purchase necessary! This one is for all ages, not just kids.

Old Country Buffet – This may vary by location.  In the past kids in costume ate for FREE on 10/31 with the purchase of an adult meal.  THIS YEAR it looks like every TUESDAY through 11/17 kids can eat for $1.99 with adult meal purchase after 3:30 pm.

Olive Garden – In previous years, kids ate FREE at Olive Garden on Halloween with adult purchase and a coupon.  I don’t see this one posted (yet?) on their FB page, so I would call your location to see if they are participating again.

Outback Steakhouse – Save 15% on your entire bill with this coupon.  Some restrictions apply.  Valid through 10/31/16.

Sbarro – Kids in costume will receive a free slice of pizza on 10/31/16 or during Halloween-themed mall events. $5 purchase required.

Sonic Drive-In – In previous years, 50 cent corn dogs were offered on Halloween.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page for this year’s offer.

Spaghetti Warehouse – Kids eat FREE between 10/29/16 and 10/31/16 with adult entree purchase and this coupon.

Tijuana Flats – Kids eat FREE on 10/31/16 with the purchase of an adult entree and this coupon.

Check out the other HALLOWEEN DEALS that have posted!

Posted on October 22, 2016

IHOP: FREE Scary Face Pancake for Kids on Halloween

ihop spooky pancakes

This is so cute!

Kids 12 and under will receive a FREE Scary Face Pancake (no purchase necessary!) on Monday, 10/31/16, between 7 am and 10 pm.

Limit of 1 per child.

I recommend calling your local restaurant before heading out to confirm their participation.

Check out the other FREEBIES that have posted!

Posted on September 21, 2016

Toys R Us FREE LEGO Disney Beauty and the Beast Building Event 9/24


Take the kids to Toys R Us today for a FREE LEGO Disney Princess Building Event.  This week’s theme: Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast.

Event runs Saturday, 9/24/16, from 12 – 2 pm.

Recommended for ages 5+ and make sure you call your local store to confirm their participation.

Check out the other FREEBIES that have posted!

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