Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fun preparations

This past weekend was quite enjoyable. I was given the pleasure of a baby shower thrown by my future in-laws.
We played games, ate cute snacks
and I received so many gifts for my baby girl that I had to have help from a friend getting everything home. It was Star Wars themed. We are totally bringing in a new generation of nerds. This one is getting the earliest start. My future mother and grandmother in-law did a wonderfully funny skit about caring for a baby. 
My daughter will come into a family that is genuinely excited to meet her as well as love her dearly. Her bed is now completely ready with all the handmade bedding that was made for her by 3 generations of women.
I couldn't be prouder to bring her home to this. 

My other children had the fun of building Lumiere at a free Lego event at Toys R Us. 
On Sunday, we took the kids to the park to wear off energy and play with friends. 
I'm hoping for another fun weekend to come. 

AdoramaPix information and promotions!


US Family Guide is partnering with AdoramaPix again in promoting deals and getting the word out about their holiday products.
Its time to prepare for the holidays of sending out Christmas cards, family photo cards, or ordering gifts for those that are difficult to purchase for. I absolutely love AdoramaPix! They have so many amazing products to choose from. And the creativity in making something is only limited by your imagination. I have posted reviews for them before. See here.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Back to School clearance for charity

My fiances sister is a new teacher who could always use school supplies. So lately, I've been checking the clearance aisles to see if there is anything I could pick up for her. Not to mention, anything useful that I could set aside for my kids school needs next year. But now I have another reason to get marked down supplies. Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child.
I did this once or twice when I was kid. We filled a shoe box with little toys and school supplies and donated them to Samaritan's Purse. The boxes were wrapped and sent overseas to children who were less fortunate than we. They were also given hope and love and the Word of God. So much from a shoe box. I have decided to do the same with my kids. At least once, I want them to think about someone else. To think about what they want to share with a child somewhere else in the world. I picked up 3 boxes from Family Christian Bookstore at the Forum. Now days, you can get pre-cut boxes that you fold into the shape of shoe boxes. They already come in Christmas red and green, with the Operation Christmas Child logo on them.
You also get a pamphlet of things that are acceptable to be sent. And on the back, there is a label to attach to the box you fill. You can choose to host a box for a boy or girl and choose the age group you want; 2-4, 5-9, 10-14.
If you are looking to join in, go to
samaritanspurse.org/occ for locations on where to pick up and drop off the boxes. National collection week is November 14-21. 
My kids were super excited about it. I already had a few things around the house to drop in their boxes. Pages of stickers, pencils, pens, extra pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, and a couple little toys that were new. I ran the kids to Target to look around as we didn't have the "wow" toy as its called. There should be a main toy item that catches the child's attention as they open the box. Sadly, I didn't find any at Target this time to pick up. But in the back to school clearance, I found things had been marked down to 70% off. Glue stick packs had stickers saying .25, but the scanner said .15 each. 9 pack Paper Mate InkJoy pens were half off their original prices of $1.49, so I grabbed a couple for .74 each. Everyone knows that pens have a bad habit of walking away. 
My oldest son did pick up some Hot Wheels cars for his box. And here's a hint - the .99 single packs are cheaper than getting the $4.99 5 pack... by .04, but still. I thought buying bulk was supposed to be cheaper. 
I picked up a Minecraft backpack to put aside for next year. With how my kids are, I know it just might come in handy. If not, I'll keep it stored away for when I need it. Normally $29.99, it was only $8.98. 
I also found a dragon kite for $2.08, normally $6.99. 
We took a few minutes to check out the costumes in the Halloween section.
My children love to dress up and play pretend as their favorite characters. 
On our way to check out, we looked at party supplies. Some of the Star Wars, Disney princess, and Frozen themed items were 30-50% off. 
They also had these in the party favor section that would be great for the boxes. 
They could also be used as stocking stuffers for Christmas. So keep your eyes open and be open-minded to the possibilities! 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fun times with the kiddos!

Yesterday was all about taking the kids to do fun stuff. We went to Toys R Us for the Lego Princess build. Each of them got to build a Cogsworth figure from Beauty and the Beast. Line was relatively short so the kids weren't begging to leave. 
I really do think it's better to let them build in store. This way, they can make sure that they get all the parts needed. 
Then we went to the Good Games Expo at New Horizons CLC. Hosted by EdYOUcation and San Antonio eSports. So many great games were set up for play. Students got a $3 discount off admission. 
The kids enjoyed Smash Bros the best. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

PosterMyWall review

I was offered the chance to try out postermywall and write a review, through my connection to US Family Guide. Postermywall offers free templates and free downloads to create posters, flyers, and more to promote a host of different things. You can create a family collage,
inspirational poster, event flyers, business cards... the list goes on. Using their templates or creating one of your own ideas, this can be sent via link in an email to download. Then you can print from home or have a professional company print it for you. You could also order directly from postermywall.
I chose to order a downloadable version of our goofy wanted poster.
Then have my mother-in-law print it as she works for FedEx. These are the high quality download options. 

They also have where artists can submit poster designs and get paid for them! 
I don't personally have a lot of use for things like this, but I think its a great idea for those who host events. It will save time and energy when it comes to creating your posters and flyers. Is there anything you could use them for? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!

Back to School clearance

Is it just me, or is time flying by too quickly again? Already, the back to school season is coming to a close. School items are hitting anywhere from 30-70% off depending which Target you go to in San Antonio.
Today I found stuff at the Forum one was just hitting 30%
while at Blanco and 1604, we found slim pickings of some things at 50-70% off. I'm waiting for the notebooks, binders and construction paper to drop more so I can get some of those.
 I did find packs of pencils at .22,
pronged folders were .04 each, 2 packs of Up & Up glue sticks were only .25 each... I picked up those and some other things that my sister-in-law will be able to use for her pre-kindergarten class. The clearance Dollar Spot items were back there. Black Triangle is the symbol to look for, but check the scanners to be sure. I picked up these alphabet stickers. 
As well as some crafting paper that works great for wrapping boxes that you have to ship. They had brown (what I got), black, red and blue. 

And they had adhesive felt letters and numbers that could be useful for crafting. 
I also can't wait to grab backpacks and lunch boxes at 50-70% off. Having a spare is always a good idea in case your kids breaks or needs another for next year. 
There were also a lot of summer items on clearance for 50% off. Mostly bubbles, but there's other things for swimming and outdoor activities that you might still be able to catch at super low prices.
Bubbles were .48 each. 
I was so tempted to get the Star Wars ones for my boys... 
Kids beach towels are half off too. 
In Cartwheel, they have the Fashionista Barbies 50% off. Each one is $9.99 regular price. This is a great stocking stuffer or small gift idea. Especially since this line is the one that had tall, petite and curvy dolls. 
If you like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, they are currently 4/$10
plus 5% off in Cartwheel. 
Now we have Halloween rolling in on us... And with that comes the very little fall decor. Next thing you know, you will see Christmas items. Probably even before Halloween actually arrives. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Adoramapix review

Once again, I was blessed with the opportunity to create a product with Adoramapix through the partnership they have with US Family Guide.
I chose to review their 10 page 8 x 8 photo book. They make things so simple. From choosing a design to auto-filling the pages.
You just have to approve of the layout, make sure each picture fits correctly, and add your own captions. If you want to take the time to add "stickers" or change the colors, or maybe even take it page by page and design your own, you can!
I generally try to keep it simple as I don't often have the time to put into it. But I like having the options. It took me a while to finish this one, only because I had to wait for the final picture I needed for the cover.
Once ordered, shipping only took a couple of days. I ordered on September 3rd, it shipped on the 6th and arrived on the 8th. The book was very well done. Pictures are inside the covers as well as on pages of the book. 

I also ordered some prints while I was at it. I got an 8x10 for my great grandmothers Christmas gift. 
I ordered a 10x10 collage as another gift. I love the deep red patter inside and the sharpness of the images. 
And another 8x10 collage. 
Overall, I love ordering from them. I've gotten metal prints from them. They are brilliant and easy to hang. And now they have options to get magnets on them for mounting! I do wish they made it easier to delete old albums. So far it looks like you have to go into each one to delete the album. It would also be nice if they put all pictures uploaded the same day into the same album instead of creating a new album if you decide to add pictures after the initial upload.