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Top Educational FREEbies 2/28

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Even though my kids aren’t homeschooled, I love using all the wonderful educational resources available to keep their minds active and teach them about the places we travel, holidays, or just reinforce their learning at school.  Thanks so much to How to Homeschool for Free for putting together this fabulous list of educational FREEbies.  Whether you are a teacher, homeschool your kids, or are just looking to supplement their education, you’ll love this list of FREEbies :)

Six Flags Read To Succeed Program - earn free tickets to Six Flags with 6 hours of recreational reading (Deadline March 5, 2014!)

Free App Friday - 27 FREE apps on 2/28/14 only!

Multiplying with LEGO bricks printable

HUGE List of St. Patrick’s Day Printables and Activities for kids

Elementary Color Theory Pack

Free Science Curriculum - several listings of completely free general science curriculum options

Free Changes In States Of Matter Printable Worksheets (Solid, Liquid, Gas, & Plasma)

Handwriting Worksheet Generator - make full-page custom handwriting worksheets

Free Kindle Books For Children – The top 100 completely FREE Kindle Books for kids!

MIT Open Courseware for High School Students - many subjects available to take online for free!

FREE Phonics to Vocabulary Workbook (Grades Pre-K – 5th available)

 
 
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DIY Barbie Doll Organizer {Cheap & Easy!}

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Do you have a little girl with Barbie dolls or maybe Disney princess dolls, as is the case at our house, scattered all over her room?  No matter how many times you place them in a pretty basket they end up in the same place…how can she find the one she wants without dumping the entire basket?!  Well I found the solution.  Both you and your daughter will love this easy DIY Barbie doll organizer!

Some time ago I came across a great idea to create a doll organizer using PVC pipe couplings.  I loved the idea!  When I looked into it though I realized that it would be pretty pricey since the PVC couplings averaged about $1 each.  Since my princess has quite a few dolls that could add up quickly.  I knew there had to be a less expensive alternative.  With the help of my hubby, here’s what I came up with…

How to make a DIY Barbie doll organizer…

DIY Barbie doll organizer

Instead of PVC couplings we used plastic shower hooks!  I found them at Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, $1 for a pack of 12!  The supplies we used included a 1″ x 8″ board in the length desired, paint, level (or ruler or tape measure), round shower hooks, 1/2″ cable staples, hammer, drywall screws, drill, and pencil.  The board we used was scrap wood we had from past projects.  If you don’t have any around the house, check the scrap wood at your local hardware or home improvement store.  You’ll usually find a steal there and sometimes even find what you are looking for for FREE!

DIY Barbie doll organizer

First we painted the board.  I had some leftover paint in the color we used to paint the wainscoting in my daughter’s room so I used that.  But if you want your organizer to be bright and bold, go for it!  You might also consider using patterned duck tape to add some pizzazz ;)  

DIY Barbie doll organizer

Then we decided on the spacing of the shower hooks and measured it to be consistent across the board.  We used a level to be sure our hooks were straight too.

DIY Barbie organizer

Then it was time to anchor our shower hooks to the board.  We simply hammered the cable staples over the hooks and into the board, leaving a nice gap.  You don’t want the staple to be too tight or the hooks won’t lay flat when they’re not in use ;)

DIY Barbie doll organizer

We attached our organizer to the wall behind the door in my daughter’s room.  What a great way to use that otherwise wasted space!  We pre-drilled holes into the organizer so the wood wouldn’t split and then used 1-1/2″ drywall screws to attach it to her wall.  If you have any spare screws see if they’ll work or you can use nails to hammer it to the wall also.  Always try to use what you have lying around first to save on your spending.

DIY Barbie doll organizer

And that’s it!  Fill your organizer with dolls and you’re all set!  My little princess loved how easy it was to find exactly the doll she was looking for and she likes that she now has some royal decorations for her formerly plain wall :)

DIY Barbie doll organizer

I love that it gets the dolls off of her floor virtually without taking up any space since it’s behind her door.  It’s an added bonus that using the shower hooks instead of PVC couplings allows the hooks to lay flat when they aren’t being used.  And if dolls ever get stuck, you can simply open the hooks to get them out.

Have boys?  I’m sure this organizer would work just as well with action figures in a boy’s room too :)

What do you think?  Will you be giving this DIY Barbie doll organizer a try?  
What other creative ways have you come up with to store dolls?

 
 
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Three 8-Foot Vinyl Birch Trees with Birds or Butterflies and Name Only $35.99!

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I love this deal today at Jane!  And let me tell you, since I’m familiar with the price of vinyl, it’s one great deal!

Through 2/28, or while supplies last, you can get 3 vinyl birch trees, each measuring 96 inches tall, a set of 10 birds or 60 butterflies, and name for only $35.99!  WOW!  I’m trying to think of where I can put them just because I love this deal!  They would look perfect in a living room (with your family name?), office, hallway, or nursery.  Hmm, maybe my little Sofia fanatic would love a secret garden in her room?

You’ll choose one color for the 3 Birch Tree set and Name and an additional color for your choice of birds or butterflies.  Colors available are…

vinyl colors

*white *black *grey *brown *tan *beige *olive *mustard *chocolate *cherry *rust *forest *navy *plum *lilac *lavender *ocean *lime *berry *pumpkin *sunshine *keylime *sky * powder blue *lilac *hotpink *buttercream *aspen *powder *aqua *bubblegum *cottoncandy *tickled pink *lipstick *teal *metallic silver *gold.

<< Shop at Jane for this awesome deal and many more! >>

Deal available through 2am EST on 2/29/14 or while supplies last.

 

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I found another great site featuring daily boutique deals!  Jane has so many trendy and adorable deals on clothes, accessories, home decor, and much more!

 
 
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zulily Under the Sea Sale! Save Up to 60% Off!

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If your home is anything like mine, you got a good dose of the Little Mermaid over the weekend.  On Disney Junior we watched  The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid II, and Ariel’s Beginning quite a few times over the last few days.  So how perfect that zulily is now having an Under the Sea sale!  Hmm…wonder if this sale timing was planned?

Head over to zulily where you’ll find the most adorable mermaid costumes along with all sorts of bathing suits,  summer clothing, and accessories for your little beach bums.

There are lots of kids’ styles in both boys and girls available…

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Take a look at those prices!  

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zulily is like a ticket to an amazing sample sale where only members can take advantage of their low prices.  Membership is free and signing up is fast and easy.  Once you’re a member, you’ll be the first to know what we’ve got to offer every day.  Sale events only last 72 hours…then they’re gone.  So don’t miss your chance to grab the best brands at a fabulous price!

 
 
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Top Educational FREEbies 2/22

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Even though my kids aren’t homeschooled, I love using all the wonderful educational resources available to keep their minds active and teach them about the places we travel, holidays, or just reinforce their learning at school.  Thanks so much to How to Homeschool for Free for putting together this fabulous list of educational FREEbies.  Whether you are a teacher, homeschool your kids, or are just looking to supplement their education, you’ll love this list of FREEbies :)

Supercharged Science Homeschool Science Lessons & Step-by-step Videos - 5 Fun Experiments + How To Teach Science Guide (K – 12th grade experiments)

Free Kindle Books For Children – The top 100 completely FREE Kindle Books for kids!

Free App Friday - 27 FREE apps on 2/21/14 only!

Learn the Months & Seasons Free Charts & Worksheets - 16 page download

Unit Study for Teaching Children About The Five Senses

FREE Minecraft Multiplication Flashcards

Free Food & Nutrition Unit Study - 21 page study with book ideas, learning activities, worksheets, and more!

HUGE list of Unit Study Resources for Black History Month

St. Patrick’s Day Cut and Color or Winter Fun Cut And Color Math and Literacy for Kindergarten

FREE “Meet The Masters” Art Appreciation Curriculum - 250 pages art history and appreciation program for elementary age students

Olympic Games Activities - 8 activities to celebrate the winter olympics

Multiplication Practice - Online self-correcting multiplication quizzes

Free Guitar Videos - take guitar lessons online for FREE

 
 
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Full House Complete Series DVD Collection $54.49! {68% Off!}

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Wow!  What a fabulous Easter basket stuffer for my son!  Get the Full House Complete Series DVD Collection for only $54.49 with today’s Deal of the Day!  That’s 68% off the $169.72 price!  You’ll also get FREE shipping with Amazon Prime or Super Saver Shipping ;)

One of my favorite shows growing up was definitely Full House.  I remember sleep overs at my Babci’s house on Friday nights watching the whole T.G.I.F. lineup which consisted of Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, and hmmm…I can’t remember that last one!  Anyone know? Oh!  Boy Meets World?

Fast forward to today and Full House has now become one of my 6-year-old son’s favorite shows.  Disney Junior was always our go-to channel for him to watch in his room as he dozed off, but a few months ago our cable company made that channel only available for digital cable and not regular cable which is what we have in his room.  Do you know how hard it is to find a kid-friendly show at night if you don’t have Disney Junior or Sprout?!

Full House Complete Series DVD Collection

Well as I was flipping through the channels I came across Full House on ABC Family.  At first he gave me some trouble…probably because the show had real people and not cartoons like Jake, Sofia, and Doc.  But after a few nights, he loved it!  Now he’s always asking me when it’s on and he can’t wait to watch more of the Tanner family adventures.

So I think I’m going to grab this great deal for him!  He’ll love that he can watch Full House any time of the day and not just at bedtime.  Included in this complete series DVD collection you’ll get 32 discs with all 192 episodes.  Now that’s A LOT of Full House! :)

<< Get your Full House Complete Series DVD Collection >>

Since this is the Deal of the Day this price will only be valid through 3am EST 2/22/14. 

 

If you’re not an Amazon Prime member yet, give it a try!  You can enjoy a 30-Day FREE trial to see what you think!  << Find out more about Amazon Prime >>

 
 
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Crazy 8 FREE Shipping + Up to 60% Off!

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FREE shipping is always a great score when shopping online at your favorite stores.  But getting FREE shipping AND great sale prices can’t be beat!

For a limited time and while supplies last, you’ll get up to 60% off everything for baby at Crazy 8 with the Crazy Baby Sale.  You’ll also get FREE shipping through 2/23 with code GOSPRING  :D

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I just love this Bow Star Dress for my little fashionista.  It’s only $9.99!

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This Cable Tunic Sweater might be more me than her, but I’m sure she’ll love it too.  I know I do for only $8.99 :)

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Need St. Patty’s Day tees for your munchkins?  I’m definitely grabbing these for my kiddos for only $6 each!

<< Shop the Crazy 8 FREE shipping + up to 60% off sale! >>

 

 
 
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Top Educational FREEbies 2/14

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Even though my kids aren’t homeschooled, I love using all the wonderful educational resources available to keep their minds active and teach them about the places we travel, holidays, or just reinforce their learning at school.  Thanks so much to How to Homeschool for Free for putting together this fabulous list of educational FREEbies.  Whether you are a teacher, homeschool your kids, or are just looking to supplement their education, you’ll love this list of FREEbies :)

10 Science Experiments To Do In The Snow - from How Stuff Works

FREE Presidents’ Day Printables - worksheets geared towards upper-elementary to learn about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington

Free Kindle Books For Children - The top 100 completely FREE Kindle Books for kids!

FREE Minecraft Addition Worksheets from Frugal Homeschool Family

FREE Biography Journal Page - from Kathy’s Cluttered Mind

“The Long Winter” by Laura Ingalls Wilder - FREE MP3 Audio Dramatization

FREE Abraham Lincoln Sight Word Reader from Educents

Bibliography Makers - easily style your research paper’s bibliography for free

Chemistry Unit Study and Lap-n-Note Student Guide

Free App Friday - 26 FREE apps available on 2/14/14!

Free Homeschool High School Credit Planner from Five Js!

Printable Notebooking Pages - for Art, Holidays, Language Arts, Math, Music, Science, and Social Studies

Khan Academy - completely free, video-based math curriculum for all ages and levels

Story Nory - a huge selection of completely free audio stories for kids

Reading Eggs - 14 Day free trial membership to Reading Eggs

 
 
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Pick Your Plum: Beautiful Girls Empire Waist Dresses $6.99!

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If my daughter is anything, she’s girly!  I can’t get that munchkin out of her princess attire!  She comes home from preschool and the first thing we have to do is put one of her Dress Up Nightgowns back on.  Thank Goodness she doesn’t give me trouble about wearing pants in the cold, snowy winter we’re having.  I guess, for this year at least, I’m winning that battle.

So, I know she’s just going to LOVE these adorable empire waist dresses for only $6.99 today at Pick Your Plum.  They’re available in quite a few colors for kids and even in white for ladies.  They seem to be selling fast so if you’re interested this is one I wouldn’t wait on ;)

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FOR THE TWEENS

  • Easy: (NAVY) Empire Waist Smocked Dress – Small, Medium, Large
  • Breezy: (BLACK) Empire Waist Smocked Dress – Small, Medium, Large
  • Chic: (MINT) Empire Waist Smocked Dress – Small, Medium, Large
  • Girly: (PINK) Empire Waist Smocked Dress – Small, Medium, Large
FOR THE LADIES
  • Comfort: (WHITE) Empire Tube Top Dress – Small, Medium, Large

The “Juicy” Details: TWEEN dresses – Small fits (4-6), medium fits (8-10) and large fits (10-12).  LADIES dress – Small fits (0-4), medium fits (4-8) and large fits (10-12).  The chest area on the tube top dress stretches.  Dresses are made of 100% cotton.  Wash instructions: machine wash or hand wash cold, do not bleach and hand dry.

<< Shop for your dress! >>

Fine Print:  US Shipping $4.99 / Canada Shipping $14.99. Pick Your Plum is committed to keeping shipping costs low. Buying multiple plums with multiple shipping prices…not a problem, one (highest) shipping cost will be charged to each order.

Pick Your Plum is one of my favorite daily deal sites for craft supplies, party goodies, and lots of other fabulous finds!  They have limited quantities on some of the most swank supplies.  Each day a new deal pops up at 9am EST and they sell it ’til it’s gone or ’til time is up!  You leave feeling like you just won Martha in a crafting contest and the supplies arrive in 7-8 shipping days.  You’ve just picked your ‘plum’!  Doesn’t it feel good?

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5 Adorable & FREE Printable Valentines

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Running out of time to come up with the perfect idea for your child’s Valentine’s Day party?  Take a look at these 5 quick and easy FREE printable valentines!

printable valentines

{ Download & Print –> My 3 Monsters }

Hey Smartie

{ Download & Print –> Seven Thirty Three }

free valentines

{ Download & Print –> Positively Splendid }

free valentines

{ Download & Print –> Craftiness Is Not Optional }

fortune cookie valentines

{ Download & Print –> Feels Like Home }

Which ones will you be creating?  Be sure to share your finished valentines with us on Instagram @savingbydesign :)

 
 
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Top Educational FREEbies 2/7

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Even though my kids aren’t homeschooled, I love using all the wonderful educational resources available to keep their minds active and teach them about the places we travel, holidays, or just reinforce their learning at school.  Thanks so much to How to Homeschool for Free for putting together this fabulous list of educational FREEbies.  Whether you are a teacher, homeschool your kids, or are just looking to supplement their education, you’ll love this list of FREEbies :)

Angles Chart and Flashcard Set - free set teaching angles of a circle and flashcards to help kids to memorize them

Olympics Winter Games Coloring Book - FREE from Educents!

FREE App Friday at Smart Apps For Kids - 20 free apps available on 2/7/14 only

Winter Olympics Games Book - FREE My Country 2014 Winter Olympic Games Activity Book

Biography Research Paper Resource Pack - for ages 9-13

Several FREE Writing lesson printables (scroll down for the Young Writer’s Survival Kit) from Melissa Forney

Free Mad Minutes Math Game For 2nd Graders

Free Doctor Pretend Play Printables - an eye chart, checkup report and more (for younger kids)

Visual Latin - 2 intro lessons + 2 FREE lessons of Latin

Handwriting Practice Sheets - lots of free printables for every age

Free Valentine’s Day Printable Cards - choose from dinosaurs, fairies, oceans, or owls

Free Piano Lessons with Zebra Keys

Free Kindle Books For Children - The top 100 completely FREE Kindle Books for kids!

Reading Eggs - 14 Day free trial membership to Reading Eggs

 
 
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Pick Your Plum: Kids Personalized Wooden Baseball Bats Only $14.99!

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Last year I got one of these awesome personalized wooden baseball bats for my little man.  He was so excited to have a real wooden bat (his size) with his name on it.  You know how it is…kids think just about anything personalized with their name is super cool and since he LOVES baseball, he never puts it down!  They’re also adorable to display in a nursery if you’re little all-star isn’t quite big enough to swing it yet :)

If you missed out on the past deal, I’m happy to say that you can grab one today!  Get your personalized wooden baseball bat for only $14.99 before they sell out.  The regular price on them is $39.99 so you’ll save 62% with today’s deal!  Shipping is just $5.99 no matter how many you purchase.

kids personalized baseball bat

Choose from 5 different font styles…

  • Pinch Hitter: (PERSONALIZED BASEBALL BAT) – SCRIPT Style
  • Batter Up: (PERSONALIZED BASEBALL BAT) – BLOCK Style
  • Swing for the Fences: (PERSONALIZED BASEBALL BAT) Baseball Player Style
  • Home Run: (PERSONALIZED BASEBALL BAT) Baseball Seams Style
  • Out of the Park: (PERSONALIZED BASEBALL BAT) Baseball Game Style

The “Juicy” Details:  Bats are made from poplar wood.  They have a 2″ barrel and measure 25″ long.  Remember to triple check your spelling!  We will print it exactly how you type it…and the text is CASE SENSITIVE!

<< Order your bat! >>

Fine Print: US Shipping $5.99 / Canada Shipping $29.99. Pick Your Plum is committed to keeping shipping costs low. Buying multiple plums with multiple shipping prices…not a problem, one (highest) shipping cost will be charged to each order. DUE TO PERSONALIZATION: please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery.

Pick Your Plum is one of my favorite daily deal sites for craft supplies, party goodies, and lots of other fabulous finds!  They have limited quantities on some of the most swank supplies.  Each day a new deal pops up at 9am EST and they sell it ’til it’s gone or ’til time is up!  You leave feeling like you just won Martha in a crafting contest and the supplies arrive in 7-8 shipping days.  You’ve just picked your ‘plum’!  Doesn’t it feel good?

 
 
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Top Educational FREEbies 1/31

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Even though my kids aren’t homeschooled, I love using all the wonderful educational resources available to keep their minds active and teach them about the places we travel, holidays, or just reinforce their learning at school.  Thanks so much to How to Homeschool for Free for putting together this fabulous list of educational FREEbies.  Whether you are a teacher, homeschool your kids, or are just looking to supplement their education, you’ll love this list of FREEbies :)

Free BOB Book Printables - Printable FREE worksheets to go with the set of Bob Books (sets 1 -5)

WannaBe eBook Series - Christian-based occupation unit-study series geared towards ages 8-13. Free for a limited time.

Groundhog Day Unit Study Resources - Groundhog Day is Feb. 2nd and there are lots of great activities to do with the kids!

Free App Friday - 25 FREE educational apps for kids available on 1/31/14!

Graphing Through The Super Bowl - a printable graph for kids to fill out during the Super Bowl!

Football Fun Free Printables - 15 more great worksheets for the Big Game weekend!

Multiplication Practice Worksheet For Numbers 3-12 - Free printable worksheet for kids to practice their 3-12 multiplication facts

Black History Month Calendar Connection Cards - 29 fact cards to learn about 27 African-Americans who have contributed to our country in some incredible ways! (Written for 3rd – 6th grade level)

Homeschooling With Netflix - a great resource on Facebook that lists all of the videos on Netflix that can be used for educational purposes!  If you’re not a member of Netflix then you can try it out for one month for free here!

HUGE Winter Olympics Printables Pack - for ages 2-9 and over 120 pages!

ALEKS Math Program - FREE 2-month free trial for homeschoolers!  (Designed for grades 3-12)

FREE Children’s Kindle Books - the top 100 completely FREE Kindle Books for kids!

Number Bond Worksheets - use these worksheets to help your kids learn their addition and subtraction fact families!

Free Printable Logical Fallacy Poster - you can print it on your own  printer for free or they can print and mail one to you for $20.

Free Spelling Practice With Spelling City - they have word lists for all grade levels, or you can input your own word list for extra spelling practice!

 
 
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Thomas & Friends Magazine Subscription Only $14.99!

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Yippee!  This great deal is back by popular demand!

If you have a train lover in your family, head to DiscountMags.com where today only, 1/22, you can snag a 1-year subscription to Thomas & Friends magazine for only $14.99!  That’s 62% off the cover price!  You can order up to 2 years at this price…just use code SAVINGBYDESIGN at checkout.  

This offer expires on Wednesday 01/22/14 at 11:59 PM EST.

<< Get your Thomas fan a subscription! >>

Thomas & Friends is a Fun to Learn bi-monthly magazine for children 2-7.  Each issue is filled with stories your children will love, a collectible poster you can hang on your wall, and a pull out workbook filled with activities like counting, matching, and reading. This magazine subscription features Thomas the Train and his friends like Sir Topham Hatt, and Oliver.

 
 
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Disney Princess Magazine Subscription Only $13.99 per Year!

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My kids LOVE getting their own mail.  And I’m sure you can only imagine how much my little princess who says our cat goes potty in the “glitter box” would LOVE pulling the latest issue of Disney Princess magazine out of the mailbox!  I mean really, who else besides a princess would say something like that?! 

Today only, 1/21, subscribe to Disney Princess Magazine for only $13.99 per year (64% off the cover price)!  You can order up to 2 years at this price!  Just enter coupon code SAVINGBYDESIGN at checkout.

This offer expires on Monday 1/21/14 at 11:59 PM EST.

<< Get your Disney Princess Magazine subscription! >>

Disney’s Princess is a bi-monthly Fun to Learn magazine for girls ages 4-9. Each issue is filled with magical stories, fun projects, games, activities, and more. This magazine subscription is narrated by Disney’s leading ladies like Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and Snow White and every issue features a pull out poster your child can hang on her wall.

 
 
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