FREE Family Circle Magazine Subscription

 

Hurry and snag this FREE 1 year subscription to Family Circle Magazine.  I love magazine subscriptions and you can’t beat free!!!  You don’t need to share any credit card info and you’ll never receive a bill!

Thanks The Freebie Blogger!

Add Santa To Your Photos for FREE

For those of you who’re not aware, last year, we got custody of our twins on December 21st. To say they’d had a rough life up to that point would be an understatement. Anyway, we wanted to make Christmas magical for them.  And despite all the garbage they’d been through, they still believed in Santa.

When I came across ICaughtSanta.com, I knew I’d found the perfect way to delight the kids.  And it worked.  I created the picture above on the website and then I emailed it to my mom’s phone and saved it to her photos on her phone.  It looked like I had taken it with her cell phone.  The kids were so thrilled that they’ve talked about it for the past year to anyone who mentions Christmas.

This year, we took our kids to a Christmas party that had a “real Santa” at it.  When it was the twins’ turn to sit on Santa’s lap, they were like “Remember last year when our mom took your picture?” and they were going on and on about it!  I was in the background vigorously nodding my head to get Santa to go along with their story.  {Thankfully, he did!}

Anyway, all that to say, you really need to check out ICaughtSanta.com.  Between now and December 10th, you can get a FREE photo from ICaughtSanta.com when you use promo code SantaShare.  Tonight after the kids go to bed, I’ll be taking pictures and getting my Santa picture ready for this year!

You don’t just have to use your photo like I did!  There are lots of other options! Create a keepsake photo for your kids like I did or make it special for your family. Do you want Santa by the Christmas tree? Coming down the chimney? Eating milk and cookies? Sleeping on YOUR sofa? Stealing a kiss from Mommy? Anyone can bring back the wonder of Christmas and be a hero to children by catching Santa “in the act.”

Do you send Christmas cards or eCards? Now you can add Santa to make a unique Christmas card. Add him to a family photo or add him and Rudolph on the front lawn in the snow. Be creative and use your imagination. Make it funny or festive!

Head over to ICaughtSanta.com and make sure to use promo code SantaShare to make your special Christmas photo!

Disclosure:  Last year, I paid for my own ICaughtSanta.com photo and it was totally worth it.  This year, I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Free Kindle Book: Tell Me A Story: 250 Great Books for Kids by Grace Sandford

It’s hard to find books that your kids will like. Thankfully, Grace Sandford has done that for us. In Tell Me A Story: 250 Great Books For Kids, she shares great books for kids from babies to teens.  And today and tomorrow, you can snag a FREE Kindle download of this book!

This is a great resource to help you shop for books that your kids and grandkids will love and that will help encourage a love of reading!

Click here to download this book!

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Review

October 1, 2013: The day our adoption was finalized.

The last 12 months has brought on quite a bit of change in our family. We went from being a family of 4 to a family of 6.  We went from having only teenagers in the house to having 6 year old twins.  We moved…because the addition of 2 little people in our already crowded house made for a pretty chaotic existence.  And just 6 short weeks ago, we made the decision to homeschool the twins.

Homeschooling is one of those things that I never thought I’d do.  We’ve always had our kids in Christian school and we’ve been quite happy with that decision.  Our decision to homeschool had nothing to do with the school and everything to do with our littles.  They were extremely behind academically.  There was a lot of stress involved with going to school and because of some behavior issues, one of the twins was spending part of every day in the principal’s office.  Needless to say, this wasn’t a good thing for anyone.  Since my husband and I both work from home, we decided to adjust our schedules so that we could homeschool.

Since I didn’t have the foggiest notion of what to expect as a homeschooling mom, I reached out to friends who homeschool and I also scoured the internet for good homeschooling resources.  I was surprised by the amount of information I found.

Two of the most comprehensive resources I found were put out by the same people: SchoolHouse Review Crew and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (November/December issue).  While I’m sure all the issues are great, I started with this one since it was the most current.

I was pretty excited to find that The Old Schoolhouse Magazine comes in digital form AND is available as an app to download on iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and Nook HD. I tend to read everything on my iPhone, iPad or Kindle Fire so this is right up my alley.

The first thing I noticed when I checked out The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is that it’s not some quickly thrown together magazine.  The November/December issue has 180 pages (including the cover).  This magazine was packed with extremely helpful information for homeschooling families including Reading Strategies That Work, Creative Letters for Pre-School, 2013 Excellence in Education Awards (Readers Chose the Best Curriculum), Writing a Great Essay and Introducing Your Child to Classical Music. After reading through this magazine, I ordered a few books to supplement my homeschooling efforts.  I also found some resources that I know will be helpful to my kids in high school (even though they’re not homeschooled).  Last but not least, I discovered that some of the authors have blogs that I think will be beneficial to our family as we embark on this homeschooling journey.

The Table of Contents makes it easy to find the information you want and need.  Here are some of the categories included: The Classical Homeschooler, The Unit Study Homeschooler, The Engaging Homeschooler, The Artistic Homeschooler, The Tech Homeschooler, Teaching Godly Character, Phonics and Reading and the list goes on and on.

Even if you’re not a homeschooling parent, there is information in here for you.  Teaching Children to Serve is a beneficial read for all parents (and is extremely important in this me-focused culture).  They also included a Last Minute Gifts Directory which was full of education tools and toys.  Many of these items would make a great gift for both homeschool and non-homeschool families.

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine includes practical tips for teaching and training your kids and also includes helpful information to help with the “school” portion of homeschool….and best of all, it’s FREE!  With all the useful info in there, I’d gladly pay money for it.

Quick Breakdown:

Product: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Vendor: www.TheOldSchoolhouse.com

Price: FREE

Age Range: Homeschooling Families or Moms

My Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Freebie Friday: November 8, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Freebie Friday RoundUp post, but with the holidays just around the corner, I figured you all could use a little break from spending your hard earned money! :)

Hot Freebies

2 Months FREE TasteGuru {Gluten-Free Food Club} – Get 2 months free…just pay shipping!

Try ABCMouse.com FREE for 30 days {My kids use this every day and absolutely LOVE it!  After 30 days, the price is very reasonable and my kids have learned a ton!!!}

Play Animal Jam for FREE {This is another fun game for kids and it’s by National Geographic.  You can purchase a membership if you like, but it’s also fun to play for free)

FREE Credit Score and Monitoring – I signed up for this 2 years ago and am so glad I did!  Credit Sesame is awesome!

FREE Online Chore Chart

Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bear Vitamin Sample (Enter code: freeyummi)

Books  & Audiobooks

Quilting Techiniques for Beginners by Elizabeth Betts

100 Easy Recipes In Jars by Bonnie Scott {Many of these would make great Christmas gifts and you could even use items that you have in your pantry to create these gifts}

Past Forward:The Beginning by Chautona Havig {I absolutely love her books.  Not only does she write books, but she also writes serial novels and releases new episodes each week.  She also offers a freebie at least once a week}

Be Delivered (Exodus): Finding Freedom by Following God (The BE Series Commentary) by Warren Wiersbe

The Choice (Lancaster County Secrets Book #1): A Novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Homemade Christmas Gifts: 14 Gift Ideas & DIY Home Decor by Editors of FaveCraft

The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steven J. Lawson

Beautiful One: A Deeper Walk In Intimacy With the One Who Created Us by Multiple Authors

The Adventures of Crog the Frog Prince by Emily A Cabot

Eating Out? Smart Diner Dining by Shirley Miller

In A Pit With A Lion On A Snow Day by Mark Batterson (Audiobook)

Health and Beauty

Free 3 Day Pass for 24Hour Fitness

Free Arthritis Guide

Music

Green Hill: Christmas Music Sampler

Must Have Christmas Masterpieces

The Artist Sampler – Mishara Music: 5

Printables, Coloring Pages, and Activity Pages

Thanksgiving Color Pages and Printables

“T is for Turkey” Printables

The First Thanksgiving Voyage Tour and Printables

Roll A Turkey Activity Page

Epic Coloring Pages

Magazines

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine November/December 2013 (Digital)

American Baby Magazine (due date must be between 2 months and 9 months of subscription)

OK! Magazine Free 1 Year Digital Subscription

Shape Magazine Free 1 Year Digital Subscription

Recipes and Cookbooks

Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving Recipes Cookbook

Good Eating’s Thanksgiving Recipes by Chicago Tribune

Perfect Holiday Menus from Earthbound Farms (email sign up)

Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Copycat Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Don’t forget about 2 of my favorite ways to earn FREE gift cards {and money too!}

 

Swagbucks

Inbox Dollars  You’ll also get a $5 signup bonus!

 

Thanks Savings Lifestyle for your help in compiling this list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Workout Videos on your iPhone, iPod, Android, and More

Every year on my birthday, I set goals for the year. This year, I had lots of health and fitness goals.  Last week, I realized that in the course of our move, all of my workout DVDs had come up missing.  I’m sure I’ll eventually find them (probably someplace that will completely boggle my mind), but I digress…

I was pretty bummed not to have my workout video collection, but I was quite thrilled when I discovered Daily Burn, a site that allows me to stream workout videos to my iPad, iPhone, iPod, computer and more.  This site has a variety of videos to choose from for all different fitness levels!  And best of all, right now you can get a FREE month of Daily Burn!  It’s definitely worth looking into as it allows you to keep up with your fitness routine…even when you’re traveling!

FREE Cheeseburger from Ruby Tuesday (First 100,000)

FREE Cheeseburger from Ruby Tuesday

Hurry!!!!  Ruby Tuesday is giving away 100,000 FREE Cheeseburgers in honor of National Cheeseburger Day.  Connect your Facebook or Twitter account, fill out a short form, and if you’re one of the first 100,000, you’ll get a coupon for a free cheeseburger!

FREE Online Chore Chart that Teaches Kids About Money

Two years ago, I shared about MyJobChart.com, an awesome way to teach your kids about money.  I loved almost everything the site and it worked great for us for a while, but eventually the kids got annoyed with having to wait to get on the computer to track their progress.  I asked MyJobChart if they’d ever thought about developing an app and they said that one was already in the works!

I’m thrilled to tell you that the app is here, it’s FREE, and it makes MyJobChart even better than before!

If you’re looking for a way to teach your kids about handling money, about the correlation between work and pay, and to instill in them a heart for giving, I can’t say enough great things about MyJobChart.com. And best of all…it’s FREE!

Click here to get signed up!

 

Free Month of Lego Fun with Pleygo

Disclosure: As a US Family Guide Blogger, I received a 3 month Pleygo subscription in exchange for sharing this awesome offer with you! Talk about a win-win! I get to share something cool with you and we both get something FREE!

Pleygo is Netflix for Legos | Lego Subscription Service

We LOVE Legos at our house.  Our twins could spend hours doing “hard work” as they would say building intricate creations.  Even our 15 year old spends hours creating with legos whenever we visit my in-laws.  And while we love Legos, they can get expensive…especially when your kids want each and every cool LEGO set that comes along.  I’m so thrilled to share a cool new company with you that will change the way our family plays with Legos!

Pleygo is a Net-Flix like service for Legos!  Subscribe, rent, play, and exchange sets of LEGOs unlimited times per month.  Shipping is always free both ways and sets are sanitized when returned.  We offer a convenient, quick, and inexpensive solution that relieves clutter and saves space at home while saving money.  Co-Founded by influential parenting blogger and creator of A-List mom Elina Furman, Plegyo is the perfect way to supply your child with endless developmental tools and allow for that much needed quiet time at home!

Three levels of subscription starting at just $15 allow you to find the plan that best suits you.  They offer credit towards your account for sets and mixed bricks that you donate to us, and they provide the shipping label too!  Pleygo is a perfect gift for a family friend, loved one, or birthday party.  Purchase a gift subscription and send it with a special message from you! The best part is Pleygo is constantly expanding their inventory with more sets!

I’m thrilled to share a cool offer with you if you want to give it a try.  You can receive your First Month of Pleygo FREE  when you click here or go directly to www.Pleygo.com to register!

FREE Pampers Gifts to Grow 15 Point Code

Pampers

Right now you can get 15 free points in your Pampers Gifts To Grow account when you enter code PAMPERSREWARDS1. If you’re not a member yet, you can join now and get 100 free points just for joining!

Pampers Gifts to Grow is a free program, but keep in mind that it’s not just for parents. There are free codes all the times and the rewards aren’t just for baby items. You can get photo gifts, magazines, and even things like razors!

Click here to sign up today!

FREE Money from Capital One 360: $100 When You Open a Checking Account and $76 When You Open a Savings Account


I’m pretty sure that there aren’t many freebies that are better than FREE Money!  When I first started working to get out of debt, I read an article about opening up bank accounts when they offered bonuses.  I did just that…and not only did I get the free money, but I found a bank that I love!

Today, that bank (Capital One 360) is kicking off a Financial Independence Event.  You can get $100 FREE when you open a 360 Checking Account and $76 FREE when you open a 360 Savings Account!


Get a $100 Bonus when you open a 360 Checking Account:

Open a new 360 Checking account between July 1 and July 3, 2013 and you’ll get a $100 bonus added to your account. This must be your first 360 Checking account and you’ll need to deposit at least $500. You’ll also need to make 5 purchases (pin based or signature) using your 360 Debit card, make 5 CheckMate deposits, or any combination of the 2 within the first 45 days.


Get a $76 Bonus when you open a 360 Savings Account:

Open a new 360 Savings Account between July 1 and July 3, 2013 and you’ll get a $76 bonus added to your account. This must be your first 360 Savings account and you’ll need to deposit at least $500.

Despicable Me 2 in Theaters This Week and Fun Despicable Me 2 Craft at Home Depot

If you loved Despicable Me, then this is the week you’ve been waiting for!

Despicable Me 2 is coming to theaters on July 3rd (hurry and    	 Fandango - We've Got Your Movie Tickets!) and to celebrate, Home Depot and Despicable Me have teamed up to offer a very fun surprise craft on July 6th!

Click here to register!

 

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {6/14/2013}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Baskin Robbins Coupon – $1 Off Any Medium or Large Frozen or Iced Beverage (exp: 6/30/2013)
BJs Coupon – $5 Off $20 Food Purchase (exp: 6/14/2013)
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Coupon – $1 Off Any Waffle Cone or Freeze (exp: 6/14/2013)
Buca di Beppo Coupon – $10 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 6/16/2013)
Chevy’s Coupon – $10 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 6/15/2013)
Chili’s Coupon – FREE Flatbread to the First 1 Million (exp: 6/30/2013)
Del Taco Coupon - Free Baja Shrimp Taco WYB Any Beverage (exp: 6/25/2013)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit Coupon – Buy 1 Sandwich or Meat Plate Get 1 Free WYB 2 Drinks (exp: 6/16/2013)
Friendly’s Coupon – Buy 1 Fribble Get 1 Free (exp: 6/18/2013)
Godfather’s Pizza Coupon – Buy 1 Regular Priced Large Specialty Pizza Get Medium 1-Topping Pizza Free (exp: 12/31/2013)
Joe’s Crab Shack Coupon – 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/8/2013)
Macaroni Grill Coupon – 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/8/2013)
Marie Callenders Coupon – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off WYB 2 Drinks (exp: 6/27/2013)
McDonald’s Coupon – $1 Egg White Delight McMuffin (exp: 6/20/2013)
Outback Steakhouse Coupon – $5 Off 2 Dinner Entrees and $4 Off 2 Lunch Entrees (exp: 6/15/2013)
Pei Wei Coupon – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 Free (exp: 7/7/2013)
Smokey Bones Coupon – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 6/15/2013)
Starbucks Coupon - 50% Off Any Espresso Drink (exp: 6/18/2013)
Starbucks Coupon – FREE Tall Cold Drink Including Frappuccinos (exp: 6/18/2013)
Taco Bueno Coupon – Free Crispy Beef Taco with Any Purchase (exp: 6/20/2013)
Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen Coupon – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Pan Pizza Slices (exp: 6/30/2013)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Despicable Me 2 Craft at Home Depot

Are your kiddos looking forward to seeing Despicable Me 2? We certainly are.  We loved Despicable Me and the kids watch it quite regularly.

Despicable Me 2 is coming to theaters on July 3rd and to celebrate, Home Depot and Despicable Me have teamed up to offer a very fun surprise craft on July 6th!  Don’t worry, I’ll remind you as the time gets closer!

Click here to register!

Free Credit Score from Credit Sesame

Did you know that Credit Sesame  allows you to monitor your credit score for free?

Do you know what your credit score is?  While this number isn’t something you typically share with your friends over dinner, it’s important to be aware of it.

My husband and I are in the process of buying a new house and the interest rate for our mortgage was dependent on our credit scores.  If you have a high credit score, you’ll get a low interest rate.  Thankfully, we were able to get a good rate.

With rates going up, it’s important for your score to be as high as possible.   A recent FTC study showed that 20% of Americans have errors on their credit report that are costing them money. Make sure you’re not one of them!

Get your free credit score from Credit Sesame!

 

 

Monsters University is Coming to Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics

My family is really looking forward to Monsters University.  We’re counting down the days til it comes out and we’ve watched Monsters Inc. quite a few times over the last few weeks!  It seems that Lowe’s is as excited as we are because during the month of June, you’ll get to build some fun Monsters University items at their Build and Grow Clinics.

Head to Lowe’s on Saturday, June 8th or Sunday, June 9th and your kids can build their own Monsters University Scarers!  You’ll also want to take them to Lowe’s on Saturday, June 22nd or Sunday, June 23rd to build a Monsters University Chest.

Sign up here!

 

Friday Freebies

It’s hard to believe today is the last day of May!  School is out around here and so I thought I’d celebrate by sharing a bunch of fun freebies with you!

FREE Products

FREE Gluten-Free Betty Crocker Product Coupon

FREE $10 Gift Card to Amazon, Walmart, Target, and more with ANY purchase at McDonald’s

FREE Father’s Day Mug from York Photo Use Promo Code MYMUG (New Users Only: Just Pay Shipping)

FREE Baby Sling Use promo code “ENBABY” (Just Pay Shipping)

10 FREE Graduation Cards Use Promo Code MYGRADUATION (New Users Only: Just Pay Shipping)

FREE Carseat Canopy  Use promo code “ENBABY” (Just Pay Shipping)

FREE Atkins Start Up Kit: (Atkins Guide and 3 Atkins Bars)

FREE Udder Cover  Use promo code “ENBABY” (Just Pay Shipping)

FREE Nursing Pillow  Use promo code “ENBABY” (Just Pay Shipping)

Health and Fitness Freebies

FREE 7 Day Pass to 24 Hour Fitness

FREE Kit to Help Manage Arthritis Pain

Schiff Move Free Ultra Omega Sample 

FREE Ebook

The ABC’s of Money by Natalie Pace

The ABC’s of Freezer Cooking by K.M. Logan

Organize Your Life At Home by Higher Read

 The Sustainable Living Book for Beginners

Make Money Online Volume 2 by Connie Brentford

Analysis Without Paralysis by Babette E. Bensoussan and Craig S. Fleisher

Pie-Rits:  A Pirate Adventure

FREE Printables

FREE 4th of July Cupcake Toppers or Tags

FREE American Girl Drawstring Dress Pattern

FREE Summer Reading Bingo Printable (Grades 1 – 6)

FREE Father’s Day Printable

Other Freebies

FREE Armor of God Vacation Bible School Curriculum
Today is also Mega Swagbucks Day so don’t forget to do some searching on Swagbucks!  It’s one of my favorite ways to get FREE stuff!

 

 

 

FREE $10 Gift Card to Amazon, Target, Walmart or more with ANY Purchase at McDonalds

Here’s a super sweet deal for you!

Right now you can get a FREE $10 gift card to Target, Walmart, Amazon, Kohl’s or even Starbucks when you sign up for Plink and make a purchase at McDonald’s by 6/9/2013.

This offer is for new members of Plink only and you must link a debit or credit card to your account. If you’ve never used Plink before, you’re missing out. Plink rewards you for your purchases at stores and restaurants and you can redeem your Plink points for gift cards. This is a great way to pay for Christmas or to pay for an extra date night here and there!

Free Kids Book- Pie-Rits: A Pirate Adventure

Last night I finished reading the first book in The Boxcar Children series to the twins.  When I finished, they wanted another story, but I hadn’t downloaded more books in the series yet.  I headed over to Amazon and downloaded the cutest kids book.  It’s called Pie-Rits: A Pirate Adventure. The kids loved it…although they did say it made them hungry! :)

Right now you can download a FREE Kindle version of Pie-Rits: A Pirate Adventure.  Your kids will thank you!

Here are a few more free kids books that are available right now.

Lily Lemon Blossom Welcome to Lily’s Room

The Ugly Duckling (Illustrated)

If You Have A Hat. A Silly Rhyming Children’s Picture Book

Cougar Cub Tales: I’m Just Like You

FREE Gluten-Free Betty Crocker Product

 

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cookie Mix and Rice FlourHere’s an awesome freebie for you!  Right now you can sign up to get a FREE Betty Crocker Gluten Free Product!  I just bought a box of the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cookie Mix yesterday and it was almost $5, so this is definitely a freebie worth snagging!

Make sure to share this with all of your gluten free friends!