Friday, June 15, 2012

Frugal Living Friday: Baby Sale At Tea Collection

Did you know that in the United States, summer months have higher birth rates than winter months?      I can believe that - all my kids were born in the summer.  Whether you're a mom-to-be, or you want to stock up on baby shower gifts, be sure to shop with Tea Collection! For 4-days only, Tea Collection is offering $15 off Tea Baby with promo code BABY15 during their Tea Baby Sale, no minimum purchase required

Also, now is the time to stock up on baby shower gifts, because when you buy two Gift Boxed Sets, you will receive an Explore Gift Boxed Set for free. Enter GIFTGIRL for a free Explore Akita Gift Boxed Set (size 6-9 months). Enter GIFTBOY for a free Explore Moon Gift Boxed Set (size 6-9 months). GIFTGIRL and GIFTBOY codes cannot be combined on one order and cannot be combined with other promotions. Be sure to check out the Tea Baby Sale today because quantities are limited. 


So what are you doing this weekend?  How about saving some moolah while filling the kids' closets with beautiful and unique clothing?  Enjoy!

Give Your Home A Pop of Color With One Kings Lane

Is your home long overdue for a makeover?  Don't have the time to give the walls a new coat of paint but would love to give the rooms new colors?  Don't fret, and look no further than the One Kings Lane Day of Colors Sale.  This weekend, you can brighten up any room in your home without leaving it's comfort.  So no matter if you're expecting rain or 100-degree temps the next few days, your computer will be your perfect shopping companion.

Look over your room(s) of choice, peruse the site, and choose from Citrus Hues, Black & White (with Color), Pink & Gold, Blue & White, and New Neutrals to give your home the perfect accent! There are tons of products in fresh colors that will make your guests wonder if Nate Berkus has given your home a personal do-over?


Purchase new serving ware made from bamboo, make your own frozen treats with ice pop mold sets, or become paper-less with colorful cloth napkins.  This sale is on for only 2 more days, so head on over and pick out your colors today!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Minimalist Monday: One Umbrella

How many umbrellas do you have in your home?  At our house, we have 3 - one large one for all of us to use, and two girly ones that my daughter has received as gifts.  My children take turns using the kiddy umbrellas around the house or outside when it's lightly sprinkling or the sun is blasting down on them.  They are not the best umbrellas to use for massive rain storms, so that's when our gigantic umbrella comes into play.  Sometimes I wish we had an extra one, just in case we need it, but I'm actually happy that we only have this one reliable umbrella.

ONE.  That is a concept that can be applied to other things in our homes.  One pair of comfortable winter gloves.  One lunchbox for school, work, or picnics.  One BPA-free water bottle.  One versatile, color-neutral coat.  One polarized and stylish sunglasses.  One durable keychain.  One key hook or bowl.

If we only had one of these things, wouldn't it be easier and simpler to find them when we need them?  As a society, when we are at the mall, grocery store, or our favorite shop, we have a tendency to forget (or choose to forget on purpose) that we already have a similar item at home. We want different colors or styles or looks of something, not realizing that we're just brining more stuff into our homes - stuff that we may end up forgetting we had and will never use.  Back in the days of "Little House on the Prairie," people were happy to have one set of cooking utensils and dinnerware, clothes to last a couple of days, one doll or toy for each child, and one pair of shoes to use to get from Point A to Point B and everywhere in between.  Nowadays, closets are the size of those prairie homes filled with clothes and shoes that still have price tags on them. And they continue to be pushed to the back as we continue to shop for more of the same things.

Look around your home and evaluate everything you have.  Do you have one too many of the same things?  Can you live with only one of something and still get through the day without feeling deprived or neglected?  If so, maybe this coming weekend will be a good time to donate these extra things or to hold a garage sale.  You'll find it'll be easier to keep up with the things you need, and who knows - maybe you'll end up with more time doing other things you want to do instead of looking for that "thing."

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Save Our Planet Saturday: The Cost of Changing Your Light Bulbs

After seeing this info-graphic on another blog, my husband and I decided that it is time for us to change our our light bulbs to LEDs.  We have been using CFLs for the past few years and have been happy with making this change.  But if we can do more to save money as well as lessen the toxic mercury and carbon dioxide emissions in our home, then why not take another leap towards greener pastures? 

I was not sponsored or paid to share this information nor am I suggesting to use one brand of light bulb over another.  I just wanted to share some simple information that may help in your decision to choosing more sustainable alternatives for your home.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Frugal Living Friday: Amazon's June Listing of Kindle Books for $3.99 or Less

Amazon is back with 100 Kindle books for $3.99 or less, and here are some that has caught my eye:

"Fair Trade For All" by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Andrew Charlton - $2.99

"Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement" by Neil M. Maher - $2.99

"The Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food" 
by Amy Cotler - $2.99

"14,000 Things to be Happy About" by Barbara Ann Kipfer - $2.99

Don't forget that these prices are only good until June 30, 2012, so download them soon!  If you don't have a Kindle, purchase a reader now or download a free Kindle reader app.  These great reads are priced right to start saving you money and living with more "green."  Also, it's a great gift idea for Father's Day!

Celebrating World Ocean's Day

The United Nations has declared today, June 8, as World Ocean's Day, a day for every being on our planet to globally celebrate the Great Blue.  The theme for 2012 is Youth: The Next Wave For Change, inspiring young people to learn about the ocean's inhabitants, how we as humans affect these creatures, and how we all connect together.

Show your spirit for this wondrous day by wearing a blue t-shirt, visiting the World Oceans Day website to find an event near you to bring your children or favorite kiddo (they'll enjoy lots of activities including crafts, story time, and aquarium visits), or by sharing this video on your blog or other social medias:

Also, Zulily is offering lots of cool Dr. Seuss activity pages that can be downloaded and colored then pinned, posted, tweeted, or emailed all in one place.  Dr. Seuss' World Ocean Day theme this year is "Ocean's of Inspiration,"giving children lots of ways to get their creative gears going.  These pages are only available until June 11, so head on over there today!

And now until June 11, you can visit the Zulily Dr. Seuss Boutique that is offering lots of "One Fish Two Fish" and "The Lorax" items on sale.  There are also other Dr. Seuss character products available for purchase.

In celebration of World Ocean's Day, since my family doesn't live anywhere near the water, the kids and I are having a movie day, viewing great flicks that feature the ocean (and only makes us wish we lived closer to one).  Here are some of my favorites:
What are you and your family doing today to get acquainted with the ocean?  What are you doing to spread the word of the importance of this phenomenal body of water?

Friday, June 01, 2012

Frugal Living Friday: Saving Some "Green" at Abe's Market

I'm so excited to share with you that the Abe's Market Spring/Summer Natural Baby Catalog is now available and is filled with products such as organic clothes, bedding, baby gear, toys, and so much more. Abe's Market only selects the highest quality natural products for their baby and kids category, because they have children of their own. They realize nothing is more important than your family. Best of all, Abe's Market is offering 10% off all baby and kids products when you spend a minimum of $49 with promo code BABY10 valid through 6/13/12. Enjoy! 

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