Category Archives: BABY/KIDS

GIVEAWAY: Win a Crocheted Frozen Elsa Easter Basket! {2 Winners}

Saving by Design giveaway extravaganza
 
Print Friendly

Saving by Design giveaway extravaganza

Amy’s Crafty Little Creations is made up of the many handmade items that owner, Amy, makes.  She loves to craft!  Everything on her page is handmade by her including crocheted hats, scarves, cowls, afghans, pillows, lovie/security blankets, and Easter baskets/gift baskets.  Amy also does cross stitch, plastic canvases, light up glass blocks, wreaths, and diaper cakes.  You can see many of her past creations in her Facebook albums.  If you do not see what you are looking for and would like to special order something, just contact her.  She would be happy to make it for you! :)

Saving by Design giveaway extravaganza

With Easter right around the corner, Amy’s Crafty Little Creations is making handmade crocheted Easter baskets.  There are many styles available including Frozen Elsa, Ana & Olaf, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Rapunzel, Monster High, Mine Craft Creeper, TMNT, Hello Kitty, Batman & Robin, Spiderman, Superman, Minions, Monsters Inc., Cowgirl Hat/Cowboy Hat, One Direction, Football (NFL), Baseball (MLB), NASCAR, and WWE.  

One of her most popular baskets now is the Frozen Elsa Easter Basket.  This basket has tulle, rhinestones, and snowflakes all over it. It’s perfect for any little girl who loves the movie Frozen!

And guess what?  Thanks to Amy, two lucky readers will each win
an Elsa Easter Basket/Gift Basket valued at $30!

To enter simply follow the Giveaway Tools form below.  
This giveaway will end 3/24/14 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!

 

This giveaway is part of Saving by Design’s 15,000 Fan Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see all TWENTY giveaways here.  Come join the fun!

Saving by Design giveaway extravaganza

 
 
19 Comments

Top Educational FREEbies 3/14

homeschool free resources
 
Print Friendly

homeschool free resources

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 :)

St. Patrick’s Day Sight Word Reader

Free Wordly Wise 3000 Flashcards for iPad

100 FREE Worksheets for 1st Graders

Free Introduction To Linux online course - starts summer 2014 but registration is open

Free App Friday - 30 completely free apps on 3/14/14

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

Free Study Guides for popular classic books from the Glencoe Literature Library

HUGE list of FREE educational videos from Watch Know Learn

FREE Codecademy lessons in JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PHP and more!

Free Language Arts Worksheets from School Express

List of Free Learning Resources for Preschoolers

Free Printable Family Travel Maps from I Heart Family Travels

FREE Online Art Classes For K-12 from Art Class 4 Home

 
 
Leave a comment

Authentic Disney Princess Costume Deal – Only $30! {Reg. $44.95!}

authentic Disney princess costume deal
 
Print Friendly

authentic Disney princess costume deal

There is a fabulous authentic Disney princess costume deal going on at the Disney Store!  Through this weekend you can get Disney princess costumes for $30!  These are the authentic Disney costumes regularly priced at $44.95!!  As part of Tink’s Treasure Deal of the Week costumes are 25% off which makes each costume only $33.71.  If you purchase 4 or more you can use code DMR15 to get $15 off your purchase of $100 of more + FREE shipping.  That makes each gown only $29.96 :D

authentic disney princess costume deal

Since I’m in full swing of planning my little princess’ Sofia the First Tea Party for her 4th birthday, this deal popped up at the perfect time.  I grabbed 4 dresses for only $119.84!  

authentic Disney princess costume deal

People always ask what my kids would like for their birthday and since my daughter LIVES in her princess gowns I knew she would love an assortment of them as gifts.  So I combined everyone’s gift into one order and scored us a great deal!  We got Sofia (which I’ll give her the morning of her party to wear!  Shh!), Cinderella, Aurora, and Rapunzel. 

authentic Disney princess costume deal

<< Shop the Disney Princess Costume sale! >>

DisneyStore.com states this is the last weekend for this deal which would make the last day March 16.  Don’t miss it!

 
 
Leave a comment

Top Educational FREEbies 3/7

homeschool free resources
 
Print Friendly

homeschool free resources

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 App Friday - 22 completely free apps on 3/7/14

Educents Subjects Coloring Book

Free Shakespeare Copywork - Quotations From Shakespeare’s Plays

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

9 Free Creative Writing Lessons - geared towards 5th – 7th Grade

Free 48-page History Worksheets eBook

10 Different Completely Free FULL Homeschool Curriculum Options

Free Multiplication Copywork (2-12s)

FREE You Be The Chemist Activity Guides - for K-4 or 5-8

Benjamin Franklin’s Secret Message - Free PhysicsQuest Workbook

 
 
Leave a comment

Top Educational FREEbies 2/28

homeschool free resources
 
Print Friendly

homeschool free resources

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)

 
 
Leave a comment

DIY Barbie Doll Organizer {Cheap & Easy!}

DIY Barbie doll organizer
 
Print Friendly

 DIY Barbie doll organizer

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?

 
 
2 Comments

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

vinyl birch trees
 
Print Friendly

vinyl birch trees

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.

 

jane.com

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!

 
 
Leave a comment

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

under the sea sale
 
Print Friendly

zulily beach sale

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…

zulily beach sale

Take a look at those prices!  

<<SHOP NOW>> 

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!

 
 
Leave a comment

Top Educational FREEbies 2/22

homeschool free resources
 
Print Friendly

homeschool free resources

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

 
 
Leave a comment

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

Full House complete series
 
Print Friendly

Full House complete series

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 >>

 
 
Leave a comment

Crazy 8 FREE Shipping + Up to 60% Off!

crazy 8 60% off
 
Print Friendly

crazy 8 60% off

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

crazy 8 free shipping

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

crazy 8 free shipping

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 :)

  crazy 8 free shipping crazy 8 free shipping

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! >>

 

 
 
Leave a comment

Top Educational FREEbies 2/14

homeschool free resources
 
Print Friendly

homeschool free resources

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

 
 
Leave a comment

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

Pick Your Plum
 
Print Friendly

Pick Your Plum

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 ;)

Pick Your Plum

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?

Skimlinks Test

 
 
Leave a comment

5 Adorable & FREE Printable Valentines

printable valentines
 
Print Friendly

 printable valentines

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 :)

 
 
Leave a comment

Top Educational FREEbies 2/7

homeschool free resources
 
Print Friendly

homeschool free resources

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

 
 
Leave a comment