Huggies Costco Promotional Coupon

**I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating

 

As you can probably guess, I love a great deal! But I not only love great deals, I love getting deals on items my family actually uses. With having a baby in the house diapers are one of our number one regular expenses, so any deal I can get on brands we like to use I jump on it. AND I have great news for you. Are you ready?

Right now at Costco you can get $6 off every box of Huggies diapers and $5 off every box of Huggies wipes. Sale will be available from 8/7-8/31. No coupon is needed to get this deal and you can even get the discount purchasing Huggies diapers  from the Costco website, too.

Huggies Diaper Coupon at Costco

So my size 4 diapers that I will be buying 15.7 since a diaper which is less than the generic we were previously getting at the beginning of summer that were giving my daughter a huge rash. Sweet deal, right?!?!?!

Huggies Diaper Coupon at Costco

You better believe I am going to stock up when I go to Costco this weekend! I am also going to make sure to tell all my pregnant sister-in-laws so they can stock up to for their new arrivals coming soon.

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And don’t forget that every box of Huggies wipes will come with a 1160 wipes, 5 resealable refill packs, a cute Clutch N’ Clean travel pack and a refillable wipes tub. When you are done with your wipes tub you can use it to create a fun activity bucket for your toddler. My daughter loves playing with hers!

Toddler Activity Bin

If you have not tried Huggies diapers or wipes, this is the perfect chance to give them a try! Checkout @Huggies on Twitter.

Preschool ideas for back to school {Review}

I received product to facilitate this review but all opinions are 100% my own!!

Back to school time is upon us and is an exciting time for everyone. Here are all of my kids ready for the their first day of school!

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We homeschool so the kids are all getting new books, folders, pencils, markers etc. and then there is the 3 year old. I always try to make my preschooler feel special too by getting some things for her to do during school time as well. Here are a few of my favorite things to keep your younger kids entertained during school!!

I normally pull a couple different things out everyday so that she doesn’t get bored. She likes the variety and I like not having to clean up after every toy we have!!

Educational Toys: I have lots of fun games and activities. Ross is honestly my favorite place to pick these up. They always seem to have a bunch a great inexpensive prices. They have lots for big kids too!

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This is my favorite line of preschool toys. They have a large variety and entertain the kids for forever. They are great for learning and fun.

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Puzzles: Hard puzzles are great. I pull out a couple different ones a day.

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Books: I like to start my school day off reading a book to my preschooler and then half way through our school day read another and then end reading one more. It helps her get one on one time with me making her feel included.

Coloring Books: My 3 year old loves to color so a new coloring book goes a long way! I rotate through pulling out colored pencils, washable markers and crayons. Changing the art medium helps keep her entertained and keeps it new each day.

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LeapPad3 by LeapFrog: This is my daughters favorite way to pass school time so I don’t get it out until she has done all the other stuff first. We have an IPAD that she always wanted to play but it is so easily dropped and broken I hate letting her play with it, so this LeapPad3 is the perfect thing for her little fingers!!!

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It is full of games that are perfect for her age and even has some great learning cartoons. It is easy enough for her to use all by herself but her sisters enjoy using it with her too.

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One of her favorite parts is she gets to take pictures and then make funny faces with the included app. Not necessarily educational but hours of giggly fun!!

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It is Wi-Fi capable so it is super easy for a me to add new games for her. I like that the games can be downloaded and
I don’t have to worry about keeping track of cartridges. Anything that makes my life easier, I am all in!!

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 What are some things you do to keep your preschooler entertained during school time? I would love to hear some new ideas!

Edible Homemade Finger Paint – Smells Good Too!

Summer is hot and the kiddos are often up for some sort of art activity. I saw this Scented Edible Finger Paint activity over on Fun At Home With Kids and I was immediately intrigued. I haven’t done a lot of hands on texture activities with my youngest because everything goes in her mouth. She absolutely loved this and even better, all the other kiddos in the house were begging for their turn when they saw how much fun she had!

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

What you need:

  • Plain yogurt – you can even get vanilla if you want them to eat it
  • Kool Aid (1 packet of every color you want to create)
  • Plastic bags
  • Paper
  • Masking tape – to tape down the paper

 

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

Directions:

Step 1: Prep your bag. Use a cup to hold the bag open so you do not have to fight with it while you are adding the yogurt and Kool-Aid. It’s so much easier when you have kiddos helping add the ingredients.

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Step 2: Add 1/4 cup yogurt and Kool-Aid color of choice to the bag. We only had to use 1/2 a packet of Kool-Aid and 1/4 cup of the yogurt lasted all 5 of the kiddos and we still had extra of all the colors. It looks pretty cool when you add the color!

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Step 3: Seal the bag and let the little helpers squeeze away. Everyone loved mixing the colors and it felt so good since it was cool and we are in the middle of our hot Arizona summer.

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The colors were so fun to line up!

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Step 4: Tape the paper down to the table or sheet on the floor to keep it in place and lay out the colors of choice. And plop down a little of each color for your little artist to create with.

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Let’s just say she loved it and since it smelled so good, she had to tasted it (see first pic below). LOL She discovered the plain yogurt was sour and did not tasted as good as the smell! I’m sure if we used the vanilla there would not have been any left for the bigger kids to paint with!

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Tips and Tricks + The Big Kiddos Get a Turn!

After watching my youngest all the older kiddos could not wait any longer. We did half sheets for each of them and for my sanity only 2 at a time! And of course, everyone wanted to taste the finger paint, which was totally okay and the sour faces were awesome to watch. ;-)

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

How To keep it Organized and Clean

To keep everything clean and organized, I discovered using a large baking sheet lid (this is for the cupcake tray) helped keep all the colors visible and the yogurt in the bag. No dripping all over the place = a sane me!

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

What Is The Best Paper?

With the toddler we used the butcher type paper, similar to printer paper, and it lasted her experimenting, but barely. With the older kids we used construction paper and although it looked like they would not last they did and dried way better than expected.

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Smelly Art

And even better they still smell great dried!

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

The BEST smelly Artwork for sure!

What They Will Learn

  • Experience texture and temperature
  • Practice with color
  • Introduction to many scents
  • Creativity
  • Play with taste buds, too, if they get to tasting it

What is your favorite art to do with kids?

 

 

Family Chores {Part 1}

 

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With 6 kids I am constantly being asked how we handle chores in our house. What kids do what chores? Do we pay for chores? What age do you start chores? How do you take care of all that laundry? etc. There are lots more but you get the idea, so I thought I would share what works for us.

I homeschool so we are home all day long everyday which means our house is always busy and can get messy in the blink of an eye. Without a plan my house would be a wreck all the time!! I have tried many things over the years but I have been doing this system for the last couple of years and it seems to work the best for us.

First make a list of all the things that need to be done everyday to make your house run smoothly. My list looks like this….

Vacuum family room

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Breakfast dishes in dishwasher

Wash and dry one load of laundry

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Sweep under kitchen table

Unload dishwasher (top and bottom and can be split into two chore areas)

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Feed and Water Dogs Morning/Evening

Alternate cleaning sliding glass door and dusting family room

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Vacuum dining room/living room alternate days

Sort dirty laundry into baskets (I have a container in my laundry room that we sort the laundry into. We sort clothes into colors, whites, and darks)

Swish and swipe main bathroom (Clean counters, mirror and tidy up. Clean toilet and floors on Saturday.)

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Swish and swipe girls upstairs bathroom

Get my 3 year old and 1 year old dressed

Empty bathroom trash cans (every couple of days)

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This is my current list but I tend to revise it every 6 months and it is about time to do it again. I like my kids to rotate chores about that often so that they learn how to do each of the things in the house instead of just one area. Each of the 3 big girls (ages 11, 9, 8) gets 3 morning chores. I let them choose one and assign the other two. My 6 year old is an apprentice right now and is learning how to empty the dishwasher and sort the laundry.  She is the reason that I need to redo our list now because she is ready to have her own assignment. I will probably keep her as a helper for a new chore and keep an old chore as her own responsibility.  My three year old empties the bathroom trash cans and helps with the dishwasher and with taking the laundry out of the dryer.

I don’t currently have an evening chore list except the feed and water dogs. We do a family clean up of the down stairs in the evening and a group cleaning of any other area that needs our attention.  Often this ends up being the upstairs hallway or the girls upstairs bathroom.

All of these chores are done for free. They contribute to the house because they live here. I do offer pay chores for other things that I want done that go above and beyond their normal chores. I will have a post coming up soon all about pay chores so make sure you check back!!!

Hope you find this info useful and I would love to hear what works in your families so if  you have other ideas please share!!!

 

Fun ways to make your kids feel special {Kids Cards Review}

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I love having a large family with lots of kids but sometimes it can be hard spending one on one time with each of them everyday. I want my kids to grow up and feel special and know that I love them each for who they are. I have come up with some fun ways to show your kids you care and let them get the special attention they deserve!! Ideas that are as easy as giving kids cards to taking them on a special date! Any thing you take the time to do will be important to them. #kidscards

Here are all of girls and I. They range in age from 3 to 11. Here are some of the ways we like to make each of them feel special!

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Highs and Lows: At the dinner table we go around the table and each person gets to tell the best thing about their day and the worst. They each have the whole families undivided attention when it is there turn. They love having everyone focus on them and it is their favorite dinner time activity.

Stay up Late: This is something a friend told me about years ago and it is awesome!! Every night you let one kid stay up 30 minutes later than everyone else and they get one on one time with a parent to play a game, talk, craft or work on a project they want help on. It is a fabulous way to get special time with your child and really makes them feel important!

Date Night: I know we all love our date nights but I am talking about dating your kids! This can be as simple and inexpensive as you want it to be. Some ideas are going to the library and playing the computer or putting together a puzzle with your child, playing at the park, taking a hike, going out to ice cream, taking a craft class, going bowling, going shopping, or going to a movie. We try to take each kid out on a date once a quarter and we rotate something inexpensive with something a little bit more pricey. My kids love it and look forward to their turn!

Card or special note: This one is so much fun and really doesn’t take a lot of effort. I like to leave them notes or cards in their backpacks, under their pillows or tucked in a book they are reading. The kids love the notes of encouragement and it always puts a big smile on their face.

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Hallmark makes it super easy with their Hallmark Card Rewards Program that gives you points for every 5 cards you buy. With 5 girls points add up quick! Hallmark makes it even more fun with the new Hallmark Poster Cards for kids.

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I went to my favorite store which I happen to be at every other day it seems Walmart. #CollectiveBias

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They have a great selection of Poster Cards for kids! The cards all have fabulous messages and sayings that worked great for making your kids feel special!!

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I got one for each of my girls even though my three year old can’t read I knew she would be crushed if she didn’t have one.

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They are just too cool!! I loved watching their faces as the unwrapped their cards. I gave each kid their card separate so that they wouldn’t know what was coming. It was so fun and I am pretty sure their next card or note will be a huge let down after this!

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I would love to hear ways that you make your kids feel important and special!! Please share:)

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How To Save Time Shopping for Back To School Essentials

This is a helpful list that I thought would help me next year and my readers.  This post contains affiliate links and product has been provided to assist in creating a complete list of supplies. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own!

 

Nothing is more exciting to my kiddos than getting a box delivered to the door with something in it for them and this year we had some fun the week before school because I did something crazy for me…I ordered almost all our back to school supplies online and L.O.V.E.D. it! I normally enjoy going to the store to let my kiddos help pick out everything they need. It’s an exciting time, but after our first trip to go shoe shopping took close to 3 hours, I was burned out and so were my kiddos. Going back into another store was not on our “Most Exciting Things To Do List!” Plus, I remember last year buying way more than I planned because my oldest daughter kept sneaking in extra supplies into the cart that I did not discover until we got home. It was chaos!

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So, this year I popped on line and ordered all my supplies. I was hoping to shop Amazon to get free 2 day shipping, but I discovered Walmart had the best online deals and shipping was free if the order was over $50. Perfect and such a sanity saver!

I ordered all my supplies about 10 days before school started and almost all our supplies arrived within 5 days later, which I thought was super fast. If you are going to order via Walmart, give yourself enough time to get your supplies before school starts. Between 10-14 days should give you plenty of time. I also loved that I was ordering from Walmart because it would have been easy to add on more to get to my $50 limit. Toilet paper anyone? :lol:

Here is my shopping list that I ordered. I’m going to keep this so I have easy access to it for next year and you might as well benefit, too! These supplies were ordered for a 1st grader and a 3rd grader, but I think a lot of the supplies are good for all ages.

Bottle of White Glue x 3

Scissors - luckily we only needed one since we saved our scissors from last year

Ruler x 2 – these are flexible so they won’t break if bent a little

Pencil Cap Erasers - this is a large pack

24 Pack of Crayons x 3

Wide Ruled Composition Notebook x 2

Box of Tissues - 3 pack

Glue Sticks 30 Pack - One kiddo needed 12 and the other needed 6, so this was the best deal and I love having extra glue sticks around for later in the year when the teachers run out.

Single Subject Notebook – Wide ruled x 6

Watercolor paints

Large Pink Eraser - 3 pack

Pencils - 20 pack

Dry Eraser Markers - Set of 8, so I divided them up between my 2 school aged kiddos

Pack Wide Ruled Paper

Index Cards x 2

Hand Sanitizer x 2

3 Pack Bottle of Clorox Wipes 

Pencil Box

Contigo Water Bottles: We bought these Water Bottles in a 3 pack from Costco and love them. They are awesome! I can’t find them on Costco’s website, so here thy are on Amazon. There are patterns with butterflies and planes, which are super cute!…

Great Water Bottles for Kids for school

KidCal Labels: Waterproof, perfect for labeling anything the kiddos need labeled and stick to any surface…water bottles, sweatshirts, backpacks, etc. I can not tell you how many times I had to rewrite my children’s names on their water bottles because the permanent marker rubbed off.  You can order them customized specifically for your family and Kidcals guarantees their durability, so you get to keep your labels forever. Another bonus, is Kidcals always offers free shipping!

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We just ordered these initial basic labels and will update this picture above once they come in a couple of days. We will be able to label everything!

What are your back to school survival tricks?

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