Angela's Top 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Angela’s 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Angela's Top 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Angela's Top 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Last year, I had such fun playing Oprah and coming up with my list of 10 Favorite Things for 2014, I decided to do it again!

Why should you care about what I bought? Well first – when it comes to buying things for myself, you should know I can be pretty cheap. Meaning, I actually don’t buy a lot of things for myself. The things I end up purchasing usually only come after extensive hemming and hawing.

After much consideration, here are the 10 best things I purchased in 2015 and can heartily recommend to you!

Believe Running Journal

Item #1: Believe Journal (~$15, Amazon)

I purchased this journal back in the spring as a way to log my running. Previously, I’d just printed out a monthly calendar page and jotted my schedule on it. This is so much better! In addition to ample space to journal your daily running, there are pages to plan your goals, the logistics and reviews of your races, and an annual calendar. Peppered throughout the journal are helpful articles on everything from body image to nutrition and more, by pro women runners. I absolutely love this journal and recommend it to all my girlfriends that run. It would make an amazing gift!


Item #2: Nuun (~ $11-13 for a 4-pack, Amazon)

I discovered Nuun this year and am crazy about this stuff! It’s basically a little disc that you throw in a bottle of 16 oz water that flavors it and provides electrolytes. The flavors are amazing, and I love that it’s very low in sugar and calories. It’s a great alternative to other sports drinks that can be high in both! One tube of 12 discs will run you about $7-8 in a grocery store, but you can score a 4-pack on Amazon for about $11-13 right now. In talking to representatives from Nuun at races I’ve participated in, they agree Amazon is generally the best place to score a deal. It’s great during or after a long run or hard workout, or even if you’re just trying to get more water in and prefer a bit of flavor.

Canon Rebel

Item #3: Canon Rebel T5 DSLR (~$500, Amazon)

I’d thought about getting a nice camera for awhile, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to stomach the price! While this camera was among the bigger purchases I made this year, my only regret was not buying it sooner! It’s amazing for any number of subjects – kids, sports, food, gardening, nature, landscapes, cityscapes, and more. I also love that I was able to figure it out relatively quickly too. [Read more…]


Best Holiday Card Offers + Coupon Codes



Best Holiday Card Offers 2015

Want to get a jump on your holiday cards? We’ve rounded up a huge list of the best holiday card offers and coupon codes we could find going on right now. Most of what you see here are deals available to purchase through Groupon (you can get some great deals!), but you can still find big savings by using coupon codes directly at the retailers themselves.

Please note that we have not personally vetted all of these companies; if you have experience with any of them feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts with other readers. Enjoy!


printerpix groupon


Custom Greeting Cards and Invitations from PrinterPix – $5 for 25, $7.99 for 40, $14.99 for 75, $24.99 for 125, $34.99 for 175 or $48.99 for 250 + FREE shipping
This works out to as low as $0.20/card!


4″x8″ Slimline Photo Cards from Mailpix – $5 for 25, $9.99 for 50 or $19.99 for 100 + shipping
This works out to as low as $0.20/card (plus shipping)!

If you’d rather order directly from MailPix, use the coupon code GREET to take 40% off photo cards.

York Photo

Shop York Photo and get 40 free prints if you’re a new customer. Plus, these deals are currently available:

staples groupon


25, 50, or 100 5″x7″ Custom Matte Next-Day Holiday Cards at Staples – $8 for 25, $14 for 50 or $25 for 100 (requires in-store pickup)
This works out to as low as $0.25/card!

staples holiday cards

*NEW* Also, today only (Monday, 11/30) get a 50-pack of holiday cards for $9.99 when you use the coupon code 48038 at That’s just 20¢ each! You’ll need to choose free in-store pickup; shipping to your home is not available.

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crazy8 cyber monday holiday tees

Crazy8: Holiday Tees for $4 + FREE shipping

crazy8 cyber monday holiday tees

crazy8 cyber monday holiday tees

Crazy8’s Cyber Monday sale is going on right now – they’re offering an extra 20% off with coupon code JOY, plus you’ll get FREE shipping, no minimum purchase required!

I found these holiday tees priced at just $5 (reg. $10.88), so only $4 shipped with the coupon code JOY. I’m thinking these would make for fun Christmas pictures if you haven’t already gotten your family’s pictures taken. Otherwise you could roll them up and stick them in your kiddos’ stockings.

Some of my faves:

Sugar & Spice Candy Cane Tee

Sugar & Spice Candy Cane Tee: $5 (reg. $10.88)
Use the coupon code JOY
Bottom line: $4 + FREE shipping!

Metallic Reindeer Tee

Metallic Reindeer Tee: $5 (reg. $10.88)
Use the coupon code JOY
Bottom line: $4 + FREE shipping!

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fisher-price little people nativity set

Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Set for $22.49 (reg. $44.99)

fisher-price little people nativity set

fisher-price little people nativity set

Get set for the holiday season with this Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Set for just $22.49 (reg. $44.99) from Family Christian Stores!

This set includes 16 Little People figures and a stable with a light-up star. Place the angel atop the stable to activate the star and hear “Away in a Manger” play.

Pick up your order in-store for free; otherwise, shipping is around $4.50 or is free on orders of $50 or more.

This price is only good for a limited time – head to to make your purchase!

wild waves holiday with lights

Wild Waves Holiday with Lights: 50% Off Admission on 12/12 with Toy Donation

wild waves holiday with lights

wild waves holiday with lights

Locals, mark your calendars: On Saturday, December 12th you can get half off admission to Wild Waves Holiday with Lights when you donate a new, unwrapped toy! Wild Waves will be open from 5-10 pm on this day.

To get in on this offer, drop off your toy(s) at the Sleep Train Foster Kids booth at Wild Waves. Your toy donation will help area foster kids have a gift to open on Christmas morning. The most requested toys include sporting equipment, art supplies, gift cards and electronics.

For more information, please check out the event flyer and the Sleep Train Foster Kids website.


Interested in other holiday lights discounts in the Seattle area? Check out this post!


Holiday Lights Discount Tickets (Seattle Area)



If seeing a holiday lights display is on your “must-do” list this holiday season, read on to see how you can get holiday lights discount tickets for Seattle-area displays! These dates and prices are good for 2015 and include popular displays like Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park, Holiday with Lights at Wild Waves, Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and more!

Holiday Glasses

Bonus tip: pick up some of these fun holiday glasses (Amazon carries a number of styles). When your family wears them and looks at the holiday lights, they’ll magically transform into small images like snowflakes, Santa, or reindeer! I just purchased a set for my family and they really work and we can’t wait to use them.

Please leave a comment if you know of any other discounts for these locations and we’ll add them to the list. Enjoy!


Fantasy Lights | Spanaway Park

  • 11/26 – 1/1, 5:30-9 pm daily
  • $14/vehicle (up to 24 passengers)
  • Fantasy Lights discount tickets available for $11/vehicle at Lakewood Community Center and Sprinker Recreation Center or print a Fantasy Lights coupon for $3 off admission
  • Half price nights: 11/30 – 12/2, 12/7 – 12/9

garden d'lights

Garden d’Lights | Bellevue Botanical Garden

  • 11/28 – 1/2, 4:30-9 pm daily
  • $5/person, children 10 and under free
  • Individual membership holders get 1 free ticket, Family membership holders get 4 free tickets
  • Free nights: 11/30 – 12/3, 12/7 – 12/10

holiday with lights


Holiday with Lights | Wild Waves Theme Park (Federal Way)

  • 12/4 – 1/2 (select dates and times)
  • $14.99/general admission, $9.99/child, senior, military or AAA member admission, children 2 and under free
  • Holiday with Lights discount tickets available for $9.99 online or at Albertsons or Safeway

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Thanksgiving Food Coupons – Extensive List!


Thanksgiving Food Coupons {extensive list!} - to help you save money on your Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanksgiving Food Coupons

Are you starting to gather food for your Thanksgiving dinner? If so, I wanted to share a collection of coupons that will help you save money! This will be the last update to this post this year – so do take a look if you’re about to make a last-minute trip to the store.

To get the best bang for your buck, try to combine these coupons with my Thanksgiving Food Stock-up Prices for the best deals.

Last updated: Tuesday, November 24th

Turkey & Meat Coupons

Butterball Rebate Offer: Buy a Butterball Turkey, Receive (5) $1 coupons on future Butterball purchases – form in 11/15 Red Plum

Butterball Rebate Offer: Buy a Butterball Turkey, Receive $5 by mail printable rebate offer

$0.75/1 Farmland Bacon coupon from 11/15 SmartSource

$0.75/1 Farmland Bacon printable coupon

$1/2 Hormel Pepperoni printable coupon

$3/1 Hormel Party Gathering Tray printable coupon

$1.50/1 Wright Brand Bacon printable coupon

Produce Coupons

(Note: we don’t see a lot of produce coupons from manufacturers, which makes complete sense to me! I hope that most of the produce at my store comes from local farmers, not big food manufacturers that would put out coupons. What we will see around this time are stellar prices on holiday produce items including celery, potatoes, yams, and fresh cranberries. Some stores may additionally put out store coupon offers.)

$0.50/1 POM Wonderful Fresh Pomegranate coupon from 10/25 SmartSource

$0.50/1 POM 4.3 oz coupon from 10/25 SmartSource

$0.50/1 POM 8 oz coupon from 10/25 SmartSource

$0.50/1 Wonderful Halos 2 lbs or larger coupon from 11/15 SmartSource

$0.50/1 Wonderful Sweet Scarletts (Grapefruit) 5 lb or larger coupon from 11/22 SmartSource

Dry & Canned Goods Coupons

$0.40/4 Campbell’s Condensed Soups printable coupon

$0.40/4 Campbell’s Condensed Soup coupon from 11/8 SmartSource

$1/2 Country Store Baking products printable coupon

$0.50/2 Dole Canned Pineapple printable coupon

$0.30/1 French’s Fried Onions printable coupon

$0.30/1 French’s Friend Onions from 11/8 SmartSource

$0.50/2 Green Giant Canned Vegetables printable coupon

$1/1 Hellmann’s or Best Foods Mayonnaise printable coupon

$1/1 McCormick Spice or Herb coupon from 11/1 Red Plum

$0.50/2 McCormick Spice or Herb printable coupon

$0.50/1 Red Star Vinegar printable coupon [Read more…]

victorian country christmas groupon

Victorian Country Christmas: $6/Ticket on Groupon!

victorian country christmas groupon

victorian country christmas groupon

Right now on Groupon, you can score half price tickets to the Victorian Country Christmas at the Washington State Fairgrounds! Pay just $12 for 2 admission versus the $24 price you’d pay at the gate.

Here is the fine print about this offer:

Promotional value expires Dec 5, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Not valid on 12/5 or 12/6. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Valid December 2-4 only; not valid on Saturday or Sunday. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Head to Groupon to take advantage of this offer quickly. It’s only good for a limited time and already 700+ vouchers have been sold!

Veterans Day: Freebies & Deals (for Active Duty, Retired & Reserve Military)

Veterans Day Freebies and Deals 2015

Veterans Day: Freebies & Deals (for Active Duty, Retired & Reserve Military)

Veterans Day: Freebies & Deals (for Active Duty, Retired & Reserve Military)

Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans Day! If you are active duty, retired, or reserve military, you can take advantage of many freebies and discounts on these days. I’ve done my best to round up as many as I could find, but if you are aware of one I’m missing, I’d love to know about it to update this list!

As always, I’d phone ahead to make sure your local store or restaurant is participating and to confirm any details such as if additional purchases are necessary. I also strongly recommend that you bring your military ID to make sure you can get these freebies most easily.

Unless otherwise stated, all freebies and deals will be good only for Wednesday, November 11th.

Veterans Day Freebies and Deals – 2015

AARP – 20% Off Membership
Veterans can join or renew their AARP membership at a discounted rate (20% off) now through November 16th.

Applebee’s – Free Entree
Veterans and active duty military get a free entree from a limited menu (beverage and gratuity not included).

bandb for vets

B&Bs for Vets – Free Night’s Stay
Select inns and B&Bs are offering a free night’s stay to active and retired military and one guest each on November 10th and 11th. Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible. WA readers: there are four B&Bs in the state participating as of today.

Big Lots – 15% Off
Past and present members of the armed services get 15% off their entire purchase, just show military ID at checkout. This offer is also available to retirees and families of active duty personnel.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – Free Entree
Show your military ID to get a free entree (under $12.95).

brown bear car wash

Brown Bear – Free Car Wash
All military personnel get a free car wash at any tunnel location. (Note: This is being offered through Grace For Vets. If you don’t have Brown Bear in your area, you might have another participating car wash to choose from.)

California Pizza Kitchen – Free Entree
All veterans and active military receive a free entree from a special menu. Must be in uniform or show your military ID or other proof of service.

Children’s Museum of Tacoma – Veterans Day Event
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma always offers “Pay As You Will” admission, but on Veterans Day they are also having hourly patriotic bubble parades and encouraging visitors to come dressed in red, white and blue.

Chili’s Grill & Bar – Free Meal
Veterans and active military personnel receive a free entree from a select menu.

Chuck E. Cheese’s – Free Pizza w/Purchase
Active and retired military service members can get a free individual thin & crispy 1-topping pizza with food purchase and coupon.

Claim Jumper – Free Meal
Veterans with official verification get a free entree from a special menu on November 9th (note the different date).

dell veterans day

Dell – 15% Off
Military members save an additional 15% on select PCs and electronics through November 15th at 7am ET.

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What’s a good price for a turkey (per pound)?


What's a good price for a turkey? Wading through store promotions, prices, and factors

What’s a good price for a turkey?

As in years past, this year I’ll be tracking the current best prices of turkeys at local grocery stores (for my area – the Puget Sound). This is a topic I’ve spent a fair amount of time and effort compiling and my goal is to help you save big on what may well be the biggest dinner you’ll prepare this year!

I wanted to start by updating you on some general information on finding the best deal on a turkey for 2015, as well as provide some past prices. There are a few factors to consider when looking for the right turkey deal for you:

Most stores require a grocery purchase for the best turkey price.

When looking at where to buy your turkey, consider first where you do the bulk of your shopping. Most stores are offering a solid discount on a turkey, but only if you spend money on additional groceries in the store. For instance, last year Safeway offered a turkey at $0.69/lb when you spent $35 or more. If you spent $35 or more at Albertsons in 2014, you could score a “buy one, get one free” turkey promotion. And if you spent $150 or more at Fred Meyer in 2014, you’ll score a FREE turkey. This is something to consider as you don’t want to start making random purchases to meet the threshold that will ultimately negate your turkey savings.

Obviously, the less you have to pay to get the deal, the better. Some stores even include the turkey as part of the grocery purchase, and some stores use the price before any coupons are deducted as the minimum. Make sure you understand the fine print of the offer as it’s likely to vary from store to store.

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Halloween Freebies & Deals 2015


Freebies & Deals you can get on Halloween

Halloween Freebies and Deals – 2015

Halloween is just around the corner! We’ve hunted down the best Halloween freebies and deals available both nationwide and in the Seattle area. Please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll add them to the list.

Updated: October 30, 2015

Halloween Restaurant Freebies and Deals

Baja Fresh – Kids Eat FREE
Kids in costume get a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree from October 27-31.

baskin robbins 1.31

Baskin-Robbins – $1.31 Scoop
Enjoy any scoop for $1.31 at participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide on Halloween.

Bertucci’s – Kids Eat FREE
Kids in costume receive a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree on Halloween. Plus, print a coupon for 15% off your order.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market – Kids Eat FREE
Get a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree on Halloween when you print or present this offer.

Carrows Restaurant – Kids Eat FREE
Kids in costume eat free from 4-7pm on Halloween. Up to two free kids meals with the purchase of one regular adult entree.

Chipotle – $3 Burrito
Come into any Chipotle dressed in costume with an “additive” from 5pm-close to get a burrito, bowl, salad or tacos for just $3. [Original post.]

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – BOGO Pumpkin
Select locations in CA and AZ are offering Pumpkin BOGO on October 30 from 2-6pm.

Edible Arrangements – FREE Ghost Pineapple Pop
Stop in on Wednesday, October 28 for a free Ghost Pineapple Pop while supplies last, limit 1 per customer.

Hot Dog on a Stick – One Stick Item for $1
Visit any participating Hot Dog on a Stick location from October 25-31 and say the phrase “Stick-or-Treat” to receive one stick item for $1. Choose from a turkey dog, Nathan’s beef dog, veggie dog, or Cheese on a Stick.

IHOP Restaurants Scary Face Pancakes

IHOP – FREE Scary Face Pancake
All kids 12 and under receive a free Scary Face Pancake on October 30 from 7am-10pm. [Original post.]

krispy kreme

Krispy Kreme – FREE Doughnut
Come in costume to Krispy Kreme on Halloween for a free doughnut of your choice, including the new Monsters doughnuts. No purchase necessary; limit 1 doughnut per customer. [Original post.]

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Sterino Farms (Puyallup): $0.99 Pumpkins through 10/31!



I’m so excited this local sale on pumpkins is back for a second year in a row! Through Saturday, October 31st, you can snag pumpkins for just $0.99 each at Sterino Farms in Puyallup, Washington. This offer is while supplies last, so hurry on down for the best selection. And yes, you read that right – that’s $0.99 for the entire pumpkin. The best price I’ve noted this year in my area is about $0.25 per pound – so this tops that, by a longshot. (Edited to add: thanks to reader Loni who shared on Facebook: The winco in federal way had them for $0.18/lbs when i was there yesterday.)

Additionally, Sterino Farms is selling sugar pie pumpkins 2 for $5.

For more information, please visit their website. Sterino Farms is located at 6006 52nd Street E, Puyallup, WA (kind of near River Road).

Looking for a pumpkin patch to take your kids this week?

Puget Sound Pumpkin Patches



Free Peanuts Pumpkin Stencil & Stickers at Participating Pumpkin Patches



Head to a participating pumpkin patch, and you can receive a FREE pumpkin stencil, stickers and take a photo with Peanuts characters!

I counted 15 participating pumpkin patches for the greater Seattle area (and by that, I do mean greater – there are participating locations in Olympia, Silverdale, and Auburn, for instance). For details and the full list of locations, please visit this website.

Looking for other options for this fall? Make sure to check out our posts:

Monster List of Halloween Events

and this one…

Puget Sound Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Bash

Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo: Kids in Costume Get in FREE!

Pumpkin Bash

Pumpkin Bash

Here’s a fun Halloween outing to put on your calendar: swing by the Woodland Park Zoo on 10/24 or 10/25 for the Pumpkin Bash. This special event runs from 9:30am-3pm both days and is FREE with zoo admission or membership. Plus, kids in costume get in FREE with a paid adult! (One child free per paid adult.) PS – This year, kids in costume also get in FREE on Halloween!


Pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and more are in store for little goblins and ghosts at Woodland Park Zoo’s family-friendly Pumpkin Bash. See how pumpkins bring out the animals’ wild instincts as hippos chomp, elephants smash, meerkats dig, and bears crunch their way through the festive treats.

If you want to avoid the ticket lines, you can buy your general admission tickets online in advance. Adult admission (ages 13+) is $13.75 and child admission (3-12) is normally $9.25 (kids 2 and under get in free).


For more family-friendly Halloween events, be sure to check out our h-u-g-e list of Family Friendly Halloween Events (Puget Sound Area)!

Have you been to Pumpkin Bash before? Leave a comment with any tips!


The Monster List of Family Friendly Halloween Events (Puget Sound Area)


Family Friendly Halloween Events Puget Sound Area

Looking for family-friendly activities for Halloween in the Puget Sound region? Look no further – I’ve got a “monster” list of stuff you can do! To keep the frugal emphasis of this blog, I’ve worked to include as many free/low-cost activities as possible.

Daily Events

Halloween Costume Swap (Bainbridge Island, WA)
October 3-30, Kids Discovery Museum
Donate any gently used Halloween costumes, costume pieces and accessories and exchange them for something new (or “new-to-you”)
More information

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch (Tacoma, WA)
October 13-November 1
10 am – 4:30 pm (closed Mondays), W.W. Seymour Conservatory, Wright Park
Bring the kids in for a unique indoor Halloween picture opportunity
$3 suggested donation
More information

October 16, 2015

Fall Festival (Carnation, WA)
10 am – 4 pm, Camp Korey, Carnation Farm
Hay rides, farm animals, crafts, pumpkin bowling
More information

Harvest Fest at Norpoint (Tacoma, WA)
5:30 – 7 pm, Center at Norpoint
Hands-on activities and crafts, carnival-style games, pumpkin fun and live entertainment
More information

Pumpkin Walk (Bainbridge, WA)
6 – 8 pm, Bainbridge Gardens
Walk the nature trail with a display of nearly 300 lighted, carved pumpkins; hay maze and bounce house
Free, suggested cash donation for each attraction
More information

October 17, 2015

Zoo Boo (Tacoma, WA)
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Indoor and outdoor activities, treats, photos, special pumpkin enrichments
Free with zoo admission ($2 off admission when you show up in costume)
More information

Ecotober (Woodinville, WA)
10 am – 1 pm, Brightwater Education Center
Hands-on art and science projects, live music, Halloween costume exchange
More information

Fall Festival (Carnation, WA)
10 am – 4 pm, Camp Korey, Carnation Farm
Hay rides, farm animals, crafts, pumpkin bowling
More information

Fall Family Harvest (Seattle, WA)
11 am – 3 pm, Occidental Square Park
Inflatable obstacle course, face painting, live music, candy
More information

Harvest Festival (Woodinville, WA)
11 am – 4 pm, Molbak’s
Puppet show, live music, crafts and games
More information

Truck & Tractor Day (Lakewood, WA)
12 – 3 pm, Fort Steilacoom Park
Hard hats and pumpkins while supplies last, hayride
More information

The Haunted Theatre: Backstage Tour & Eerie Dances (Tacoma, WA)
3 – 4 pm, The Merlino Art Center
Tour the backstage filled with ghostly and whimsical characters, then enjoy a spooky Halloween ballet
More information

Pumpkin Walk (Bainbridge, WA)
6 – 8 pm, Bainbridge Gardens
Walk the nature trail with a display of nearly 300 lighted, carved pumpkins; hay maze and bounce house
Free, suggested cash donation for each attraction
More information

night walk

Night Walk (Tacoma, WA)
7 – 9 pm, Tacoma Nature Center
Walk the trails after dark, warm up with hot cocoa and cookies
$6, pre-registration required
More information

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chipotle boorito

Chipotle: $3 Burrito on Halloween

chipotle boorito

chipotle boorito

Chipotle’s “Boorito” promotion is back for 2015! Head to Chipotle on 10/31 from 5pm-close and you’ll get a $3 burrito when you show up in costume. They want you to add an “additive” to your costume for a twist (so add a beard to a fairy costume, a clown nose to a robot costume, etc.).

For more information, please visit

Excludes online, iPhone, Android, fax or catering orders. Only one Boorito per person in costume. Promotion valid in all Chipotle restaurants.


20 Princess Costumes Under $20



20 Princess Costumes Under $20

Does your little one want to be a princess for Halloween this year? (Or any other time of year, really!) Considering this is the #1 most popular Halloween costume for 2015, I wanted to share with you these 20 princess costumes, all currently priced under $20 at Amazon. These all get solid reviews, too!

Most of these items ship free with an Amazon Prime account – if you’d like, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime to get this benefit. Enjoy!

Disguise Disney's Frozen Elsa Deluxe Girl's Costume, 4-6X

#1: Disguise Costumes Frozen Queen Elsa Costume: $13.99 (best selling!)

Fairy Tale Princess Costume - Large

#2: Official Costumes Fairy Tale Princess Costume: $15.06+

JerrisApparel Snow Queen Elsa Party Dress Costume Princess Cosplay Dress Up

#3: JerrisApparel Frozen Princess Anna Costume: $17.99

Sofia the First Royal Curtsy Dress

#4: Sofia the First Royal Curtsy Dress: $14.19

Frozen Anna Coronation Gown Classic M (7-8)

#5: Frozen Princess Anna Coronation Gown: $11.58+

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ABC’s Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween” – October 19-31



Can you believe we’re in September already? Yahoo! I love the fall and everything about it! And, next month it’s Halloween. Once again, ABC Family will be running 13 Nights of Halloween, with special programming from October 19-31. Queue the DVR and pop the popcorn!

Even though this is for ABC Family, I’d make sure to use viewer discretion on some of these, particularly for the littlest viewers.

Here’s the line up. All times are ET/PT.

Night One – Monday, October 19th 

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1: 1:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Hocus Pocus: 9:00 – 11:00 pm
  • Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride: 12:00 – 2:00 am

Night Two – Tuesday, October 20th

  • Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Hocus Pocus: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Stitchers Halloween Episode: 9:00 – 10:00
  • Casper: 12:00 – 2:00 am

Night Three – Wednesday, October 21st

  • Casper: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Addams Family Values: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • The Hunger Games: 8:00 – 11:00 pm
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer: 12:00 – 2:00 am

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Father’s Day Freebies & Deals 2015


Father's Day - Freebies, Discounts & Deals!

Father’s Day Freebies and Deals – 2015

Father’s Day is coming up soon! We’ve rounded up a big list of Father’s Day Freebies and Deals 2015 to give you a heads up on many ways to save.

Whether you’re a dad or have a dad you want to show some love to, you’re bound to find something of interest in this list. (And please help us and other readers out by leaving a comment if you know of any other freebies or deals – thanks in advance!)

National Father’s Day Freebies and Deals

Cards, Crafts & Printables

Free Printable Father’s Day Cards
If you’re on a tight budget, check out thirteen different free printable Father’s Day cards that you can just print and send.

Cardstore – Father’s Day Cards for $2.49 Shipped
Through June 15, you’ll pay $2.49 each to have a personalized Father’s Day card mailed to your recipient from with coupon code CAH5485.

Hallmark – Buy 3, Get 1 Free Cards
Use the promo code SUNNY at checkout to get a buy 3, get 1 free deal on Father’s Day cards at through June 21.

lakeshore learning father's day craft

Lakeshore Learning – Free Fishing Pole Craft
Kids ages 3 and up can stop by Lakeshore Learning stores on Saturday, June 20 from 11am-3pm to make a free Great Catch! fishing pole.

Michaels – Father’s Day T-Shirt Craft
Make Dad a tie dye t-shirt at Michaels on June 13 from 1-4pm. You’ll need to purchase a t-shirt for $7, but they’ll provide the materials.

Pottery Barn Kids – Free Newspaper Craft
Stop by on June 13 from 11am-12pm to make a free newspaper craft for Dad.

shutterfly father's day card

Shutterfly – Free Photo Card
Use the coupon code CARD4U to get a free photo card for Dad (you’ll need to pay $0.99 for shipping).

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Lunchbox Laboratory dads eat free

Dads Eat Free at Lunchbox Laboratory on Father’s Day

Lunchbox Laboratory dads eat free

Lunchbox Laboratory dads eat free

Dads with ‘staches (real or fake) eat free this Father’s Day at Lunchbox Laboratory. This is a local-to-me restaurant (locations in S. Lake Union, Bellevue and Gig Harbor) and it is sooooooooo good!

Don’t have a ‘stache of your own? No worries – they’ll have one for you to wear during your meal. Offer is valid on Sunday, June 21 only.


Need more Father’s Day Freebies & Deals? Check out our roundup here.


Mother’s Day Freebies & Deals 2015


Mother's Day Freebies & Discounts - Huge List!Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals – 2015

In case you haven’t gotten the memo, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! We’ve rounded up a big list of Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals 2015 to give you a heads up on ways to save.

Whether you’re a mom or have a mom you need to treat to a day out, you’re bound to find something of interest in this list. (And please help us and other readers out by leaving a comment if you know of any other freebies or deals – thanks in advance!)

National Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals

Cards, Crafts & Printables

kids crafts ebook

Free Kids Crafts eBook – Sign up to receive a free Kids Crafts eBook to get some ideas for Mother’s Day crafts.

Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards – Don’t want to buy a card? Check out these free printable Mother’s Day cards on If Mom is a Disney fan, these free printable Disney Mother’s Day cards from Disney Movie Rewards might do the trick, too.

Free Printable Mother’s Day Coupons – Find a template for free printable Mother’s Day “coupons” on Zulily.

Free Printable Mother’s Day Questionnaire – Have the kiddos fill out a free printable Mother’s Day questionnaire for a unique and amusing memory-making opportunity.

Educents – Send a free $10 Educents gift card to a mom in your life.

Lakeshore Learning – Kids ages 3 and up can make Mom a free Garden Blooms Photo Frame on Saturday, May 9 from 11am-3pm.

Lowe’s – Kids can make a free Mother’s Day Planter at Lowe’s on Saturday, May 9 at 10am. You’ll need to register in advance as space is limited.

Orchard Supply Hardware – Kids 12 and under can make a free Paint-a-Pot for Mom on May 9 from 9am-12pm. All supplies are provided, including the plant.

Pottery Barn Kids – Stop by the week before Mother’s Day (starting May 4) to make a free tissue-paper flower craft for Mom or Grandma.


Shutterfly – Use the coupon code CARD4U to get a free photo card for Mom (you’ll need to pay $0.99 for shipping).

walgreens free print

Walgreens – Get a free 8×10 photo enlargement with coupon code FREE2PRINT through May 9. Opt to pick up your order in-store to save on shipping.

Williams-Sonoma – Kids ages 5-13 can learn how to use some kitchen tools to make a meal for Mom, then create a delicious treat with the free Junior Chef Class this weekend.

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Mother’s Day Gifts Under $25



Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for $25 or Under!

Mother’s Day is just two weeks away (May 10, in case you don’t already have your calendar marked). If you’re stumped by what to get the mom in your life, I’ve rounded up several Mother’s Day gifts under $25. Take a look!

 OPI Nail Lacquer 10-Piece Set, Take Ten Mini Kit (currently $23.50)

Authentic Pigment Snap-On Large Canvas Tote (currently $17.64 shipped)

Oceanside Breeze Tub Spa Bath Gift Set

Oceanside Breeze Tub Spa Bath Gift Set (currently $23.99)

Apollo Pink General 39-Piece Tool Set (currently $19.99)

NEW Clinique Skin Care Makeup 8 Pc Gift Set 2014 Fall All About Eyes & More! ($70 Value)

Clinique 8-Piece Skin Care & Makeup Gift Set (currently $21.99)

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Earth Day Freebies 2015



Earth Day Freebies 2015

Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day, which means you can snag some great freebies and offers out there! Please note that these offers are good on select days only and some may be while supplies last. As always, I encourage you to phone ahead to inquire if your store is participating (or to check on quantities left) before making a special trip out.

Nationwide Earth Day Freebies & Deals

Ahava: Get a free Earth Day kit (a $22 value) + free shipping on orders of $50 or more with coupon code EARTH15.

The Four Seasons - An Earth Day Interactive Children's Storybook

Amazon: Download a free interactive Earth Day children’s storybook.

Amazon: The highly rated Earth Day, Birthday! eBook is currently available for $1.99 on Amazon for Kindle (list price $3.99).

Amazon: Save up to 50% on DVDs and Blu-ray discs that raise your awareness of nature and our ability to protect the planet.

Anthropologie: Kids ages 5 to 10 can stop by for a free Rainforest Crafts for Kids event. Dates and times vary by location.

Better World Books: Save 25% off 4 or more used books that ship from Better World Books through 4/24, plus get free shipping.

Buckle: Pick up a free water bottle while supplies last when you make a $50 purchase using your Buckle credit card. (Thanks, Passion for Savings!)

Care2: Check out a number of free Earth Day e-cards you can send to a loved one.

earth month tumbler

Caribou Coffee: Buy this Earth Month tumbler in stores or online and get unlimited coffee refills for free all April long.

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Seattle Children's Museum Earth Day

Seattle Children’s Museum: FREE Monorail Rides on Earth Day

Seattle Children's Museum Earth Day

Seattle Children's Museum Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day next Wednesday (April 22) at the Seattle Children’s Museum! This year you can enjoy FREE Seattle Monorail rides included with your admission to the museum.

You’ll need to sign up in advance for a Monorail Tour (10:30am, 12:00pm or 1:00pm), then show up and purchase your admission. You’ll start with an educational activity with a Museum educator, then head upstairs to meet the Monorail staff for a tour and your free ride from the Seattle Center to Westlake Center Mall and back.

I recommend buying your tickets online in advance to save time. Admission prices are as follows:

  • $8.25/child or adult
  • $7.25/grandparent
  • $7.00/active duty military
  • FREE for children under 1

You may also qualify for reduced admission depending on your family’s income.

Want to make a day of it? Here are some other activities happening at the Seattle Children’s Museum on Earth Day:

Discovery Bay Hang Out: Do you have a new little one at home? Are you wondering how to engage them with their constantly changing skills and abilities? Join us in our Discovery Bay exhibit for a drop-in play session alongside other families just like you. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am our education staff will facilitate play for you and your kiddo as we all just hang out! – 10:30-11:30am

Wellness: Earth Day Clean-up Party: Recycling and composting makes the world a better place! Practice sorting different “trash” items together. – 11:30am-12:00pm

Planetary Story Time: Can you name all the planets in our solar system? Join us for some stellar stories about outer space. – 12:00-12:30pm

Wellness: Water Cycle Wellness: What happens to puddles after it rains? Where does the water go? Explore the water cycle through this wacky obstacle course. – 1:00-1:30pm

Kids Cook: Healthy Earth Fruit Snacks: What is the earth made out of? Explore geology while making a sweet and healthy snack! – 2:00-2:30pm

Stay tuned for more Earth Day freebies!


Tax Day Freebies & Offers 2015



Tax Day Freebies & Discounts for 2015

Tax Day is right around the corner, and you’ll be able to snag some freebies, coupons, and offers to “celebrate” the event. I’ve listed the ones alphabetically I was able to find, but please leave a comment on this post if you’re aware of another one. Also note that some of these do not apply for our region. As always, head to their websites to check on individual store locations.


Remember: most of these offers are only valid on Tax Day (Wednesday, April 15th). Some may have restricted hours you can redeem the coupon, too. So please, read the fine print of any offer you want to use and as extra insurance, you may want to call your local store or restaurant to make sure they are participating.

PS – If you don’t have your taxes done yet, you have until the end of the day. Check out our Best Tax Software Deals roundup for some last-minute deals!

Ace Hardware: Save $10 off your $40+ purchase of regular-priced merchandise with this printable coupon, or use the coupon code TAX15 to get this same discount online at

Bonefish Grill: This isn’t specifically a Tax Day deal, but it’s good through 4/20: get $10 off your purchase with this coupon.

Boston Market: Buy one individual meal, get one free – no coupon necessary. Limit 3 BOGOs per person.

Bruegger’s Bagels: Get a Big Bagel Bundle for $10.40 with the coupon sent out to eClub members. You’ll need to sign up by 4/9 to receive your coupon.

Buca di Beppo: Email subscribers can take 15% off your order through 4/19 with the coupon sent via email.

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25 Easter Basket Fillers Under $5


25 Easter Basket Fillers Under $5

Need some ideas to fill your Easter basket? I found 25 items priced at $5 or less.

Whether you need items to fill the Easter eggs themselves or to fill up the Easter basket, you’re sure to find something of interest here – check it out!

Easter Spot-the-Differences

Easter Spot-the-Differences (currently $1.26)

Glitter Easter stickers

Glitter Easter Stickers (currently $1.50)

Easter stencils

Easter Stencils (currently $1.50)

Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad

Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad (currently $2.99)

The Night Before Easter  Natasha Wing, Kathy Couri  0038332150858  Books

The Night Before Easter Paperback Book (currently $3.49)

Crayola washable crayons

Crayola Washable Crayons 16-Pack (currently $3.49)

niceEshop(TM) Cute 10pcs Velvet Animal Style Finger Puppets Set +niceEshop Cable Tie

10-Piece Animal Finger Puppets Set (currently $3.49)

Goody Ouchless Medium Elastics 2mm, 40 Count

Goody Ouchless Medium Elastics 2mm, 40 Count (currently $3.69)

Crayola Art Smock-

Crayola Art Smock (currently $3.79)

Action Bible Songs CD

Classics: Action Bible Songs CD (currently $3.99)

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seattle's child easter egg hunts

HUGE List of Seattle-area Easter egg hunts at Seattle’s Child

seattle's child easter egg hunts

seattle's child easter egg hunts

**Update: ParentMap has a great list, too! Check it out here.

I thought some of you might be interested in this excellent resource put together by Seattle’s Child: check out The Ultimate Guide to 2015 Seattle-Area Easter Egg Hunts! They’ve compiled a huge list of egg hunts and seasonal activities starting this upcoming Friday (March 27) all the way through Easter Sunday (April 5).

Each entry includes a short description, cost, address and website (if applicable), including the Wright Park Egg Hunt in Tacoma, EasterFest in Federal Way, and lots more:

Wright Park Egg Hunt. Over 20,000 eggs will be hidden in the park for kids ages 11 and younger to find, plus they’ll enjoy bouncy houses and face painting. 10 to 11:30 a.m. FREE. S. Sixth Avenue and S. Yakima Avenue, Tacoma.

EasterFest. Kids 12 and younger can hunt for eggs by age group, plus enjoy games, prizes, bouncy houses, food and more. 10 a.m. to noon. FREE. Register online and receive a cotton candy voucher. Federal Way Church of the Nazarene, 1525 S.W. Dash Point Road, Federal Way.

Head to Seattle’s Child for the full list!


20 Cute Girls Easter Dresses Under $20


20 Easter Dresses $20 or Less

Looking for a cute Easter dress for your little girl, but trying to stay on budget? I decided to do some online shopping today and I found 20 adorable styles priced at just $20 or less!

Easter Dress#1: Striped & Floral Dress: $18.71 
Sizes: 2T – 5

Easter Dress Pink Chevron#2: Pink Chevron Dress: $19.71
Sizes: 2T – 6X

Easter Dress Tulle#3: Tulle Overlay Dress: $12.21
Sizes: 2T – 6X

Easter Dress Purple Flowers Tulle#4: Purple Flower Tulle Dress: $13.99
Sizes: 2-5

Polka Dot Dress#5: Sweet Heart Polka Dot Dress: $18.71
Sizes: 2T – 6X

Easter Dress Eyelet Dress#6: Eyelet Woven Dress: $19.99
Sizes: 2T – 4T

Easter Dress Chiffon with Belt#7: Chiffon Dress with Belt: $19.99
Sizes: 4- 6X

Easter Dress with Brown Butterflies#8: Butterfly Dress with Bows: $10.99
Sizes: 4 – 12

Easter Dress with Bow#9: Champagne-Colored Dress with Bow: $16.99
Sizes: 2 – 10

Easter Dress Pink with Bow#10: Pink Dress with Ruffles and Bow: $15.99
Sizes: 2-10

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easter candy coupons

Easter Candy Coupons Roundup

easter candy coupons

easter candy coupons

Easter is coming up in just a few weeks (I know, right?), so I thought it would be helpful to round up the latest Easter candy coupons I’m finding around the web and in the Sunday coupon inserts. Click any of these images for quick and easy access to free printable coupons:

$1.00 off (2) MARS Chocolate M&M'S and others

$0.50 off Butterfinger Easter Mini Bars 11oz

$0.50 off NESTLE Crunch Easter Mini Bars 10 oz

$1.00 off 2 NESTLE, Butterfinger, Crunch NestEggs

$1.00 off 2 NESTLE Jelly Beans, Laffy Taffy, Nerds

$1.00 off Two (2) Bags of Fruit Vines Bites

$1.00 off of any one (1) WARHEADS Sour Jelly Beans 14oz. or  WARHEADS Sour Combo Egg 4.23-5.22 oz.

Other Printable Coupons

Target Easter Cartwheel

Insert Coupons

Looking for an Easter candy coupon in one of the Sunday coupon inserts? Here are some that you may find (but remember, coupon values and availability may vary greatly by region):

  • $1.50/3 Cadbury or Reese’s Eggs Multipacks 4.8 oz.+ from 2/22 Smart Source insert (exp 3/21)
  • $1.50/3 Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Hershey’s Miniatures, Hershey’s Eggs, Cadbury, Jolly Rancher or Whoppers Easter Bags 8 oz.+ coupon from the 2/22 Smart Source (exp 3/21)
  • $1/2 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate or Cookies ‘n’ Crème Drops, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis, York, Kit Kat or Rolo Minis, or Reese’s Pieces Candies Stand-Up Bags 8 oz.+ from the 3/15 Smart Source (exp 5/10)
  • $1/2 Mars Easter Products: M&M’s Chocolate Candies 2 oz.+, M&M’s Minis Chocolate Candies 2 oz.+, Minis Mix Variety Bags 10.5 oz.+, 3 Musketeers Minis, Twix Minis, Snickers Minis, Milky Way Minis, Snickers Bunny, Dove Chocolate Silky Smooth Eggs & Bunnies 4.5 oz.+, Snickers Eggs 6 pk., Snickers Peanut Butter Eggs 6 pk., Twix Eggs 6 pk. and Milky Way Simply Caramel Bunnies 6 pk. coupon from the 3/8 RedPlum (exp 4/5)
  • Buy 1 Mars M&M’s Chocolate Candies 9 oz.+, Get 1 M&M’s Crispy Chocolate Candies Bag 1.35-2.83 oz. Free (max value $2.09) coupon from the 2/15 RedPlum (exp 3/29)
  • $0.50/2 Skittles, Life Savers, Hubba Bubba or Orbit Specially Marked Easter Products from the 3/15 RedPlum (exp 4/5)
  • $1/2 Starburst or Life Savers Jellybeans Bags 13-14 oz. from the 3/15 RedPlum (exp 4/5)
  • $1/2 Twizzlers Bites or Jolly Rancher Bites Bags 10 oz. from the 3/15 Smart Source (exp 5/10)

Target Savings

If you’re a Target shopper, you’ll also want to check out the Target Easter printable coupons they have available on their website as well as some awesome Target Easter Cartwheel offers, including


Want to put something in the kids’ Easter baskets besides candy? Check out my post on 26 Easter Egg Filler Ideas!


26 Easter Egg Filler Ideas {Hint: Most aren’t Candy!}


26 Easter Egg Filler Ideas {Hint: most aren't candy!}

I always love having an informal Easter egg hunt for my kids. You can control what goes in the eggs, how many there are, and where they get hidden. And, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can always bring your egg hunt indoors.

Easter Bunny in a Cute Basket

This year, I decided to hit up my local Fred Meyer for my kids’ baskets, eggs, and candy. However, I also wanted to see what additional creative ideas I could come up with for filling your eggs. If you want to keep the sugar to a minimum, you might be interested to see what non-food ideas I came up with! To keep things interesting, I challenged myself to see how many options I could come up with. Today’s list includes 26 ideas!

But first…. let’s talk candy.

DSCN9234 (800x784)This is how I found the seasonal department of my Fred Meyer store. There are so many choices!

candyI love that there are lots of inexpensive choices as well. With that, let’s start our list!

1. Jellybeans. Probably my favorite candy to eat at Easter! I picked up a couple bags for just $1 each.

2. Small Chocolate Bunnies. I found a package of 6 small chocolate bunnies for $1 total. Divvy them up, and put them in larger-sized eggs.

3. Foil-wrapped Chocolate Eggs. Fred Meyer was selling several varieties for $1.50 per bag.

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4. Hot Tamales Jelly Beans. These looked really fun – and they were only $2 a bag! If you’re not a fan of the classic jelly bean, Fred Meyer has lots of other fun flavors, too.

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