Earth Day Freebies 2015

Earth day is on April 22nd. Here is a list of Earth day freebies. Make sure to check back as I will continue to update these as I find them:

National Parks Week:  April 18 – 26


View of Half Dome at sunset from Glacier Point when we visited Yosemite.

Remember:  Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military

  • Available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members.
  • Must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

Caribou Coffee


Get unlimited coffee all April with the 2015 Earth Month Tumbler.


Disney Store



FREE Reusuable Tote Bag Earth Day Exclusive Offer! On April 22, visit Disney Store to receive a Free Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Reusable Tote Bag with any purchase. *While supplies last.

Find the location nearest you here.




 Get a FREE Eco Chic Tote & Bracelet with any purchase, AND they will plant a tree for you!


Pottery Barn Kids


Join Pottery Barn Kids on 4/21 for their Plant It For The Planet Event. Decorate biodegradable flower pots and plant seeds. To find a store near you click here.




Join Anthropologie to enjoy Rainforest crafts. Simply call your local store to RSVP.




Head to your local Evos to get a FREE Organic Milkshake on 4/22. To find the location nearest you click here.




Make It a family movie night. Get a free 1-day DVD Redbox rental when you enter the promo code PLKMP982 at


10 FREE Earth Day Activities for Kids

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Earth Day is April 22nd, how will you celebrate this year? Here are 10 FREE Earth Day Freebies for kids!!!

10 Earth Day Freebies for Kids

  1. Earth Day Sort – Help kids learn the difference between reducing, reusing, and recycling!
  2. Happy Earth Day Writing Activity – Kids of all ages can reflect on ways their family, school, and themselves can help keep the Earth healthy. Also encourages handwriting practice!
  3. Earth Day Coloring Pages – Creative kiddos can color the Earth with their colors of choice, or follow the color-by-code page to add critical thinking to art hour.
  4. Earth Day Poof! Subtraction to 5 – This Earth Day themed game builds fluency with subtraction facts to 5. It can be played in a small group or as a partner game. It is a fun way to practice those facts!
  5. Earth Day Word Search Freebie – Enjoy this Earth Day themed word search puzzle with 21 eco-friendly terms like atmosphere, compost, and recycle.
  6. Earth Day Bookmarks – The perfect Earth Day treat for your students. Available in full-color and black-and-white.
  7. Earth Day Survey and Graph – A fun and different way to practice graphing in your classroom while encouraging collaboration between students.
  8. Spring Coloring Book – Let your little ones COLOR & SPELL Spring words.
  9. Love the Earth Mystery Picture Graph – Students will love discovering the mystery picture by coloring in the correct squares on the alphanumeric grid using the coordinates given. This is a great addition to an Earth Day or recycling unit!
  10. April 2015 Journal – A month of free journaling for learners age 8 to 100! Read about important historic, artistic, and current events that happened during the month of April – including J. Robert Oppenheimer’s birthday and Earth Day on April 22nd. Then develop vocabulary and critical thinking skills.

Want to turn your Earth Day celebration into an educational experience? Discover new ways to learn about the amazing planet we live on (without breaking the bank!) –> Earth Day learning resources.


Family Dinner Night With Hamburger Helper & Free Ground Beef!


As a mom, I know first hand how busy life can be. And that it can catch us off guard some days. Maybe there’s a baseball game. A piano lesson. An unexpected trip to the doctor when your child isn’t feeling well. A last minute letter just has to be mailed within the hour.


Luckily, for crazy days like these, there is Hamburger Helper! Just one box and one pound of ground beef is all you need to put an easy yet delicious dinner on the table for your family. Something this simple can really save a busy mom’s sanity!


Tonight we made Hamburger Helper Deluxe Beef Stroganoff! Let me rephrase that, my little guy made it, I supervised him. He was so excited to make dinner for his family! He was able to make the entire dinner in 1 pan.  He added fresh mushrooms, to give it a little zing! The entire family loved it, and there were no leftovers.



I find that the Hamburger Helper saves me time on days when things are hectic. I look forward to sitting down in the evenings, and making a quick meal lets me clean the kitchen and relax sooner!


Helper has always been a value brand—launched in the 1970’s to help consumers stretch their dollars while also enjoying a delicious and hearty meal. The company is demonstrating our value again, in a new way, with free ground beef!


About the Free Ground Beef Rebate:

1. Visit your local grocer, and purchase three Hamburger Helper products and Ground Beef.
2. Visit the campaign landing page. You will see the digital rebate: “Free Ground Beef, when you buy 3 boxes of Helper.” Please note that you may also buy Chicken Helper or Tuna Helper.
3. Click on the rebate.
4. Print and mail in the rebate form.


Not only does Helper help you stretch your dollar, but all of the hamburger varieties, use one pan.  It’s that simple, one pan prep!


I ate Hamburger Helper often growing up in a household of kids Not just my sister and I at our house, but usually a few neighborhood friends joined us as well, so I know it’s a time saver for moms. It seemed there was always a practice, game, or meeting to go to after my mother got off work. This meant we got home too late for her to spend an hour or more in the kitchen.


These boxes of delicious noodles and seasonings made a last minute change of our evenings more bearable too. If Mom worked late or we needed to go visit a family member, we were still able to forego the drive thru and eat together at the dinner table on weeknights.


Serving Hamburger Helper on busy days is also cost effective. You can save a ton on your meal planning by incorporating a box of the good stuff! Ground beef isn’t that costly, and with the current rebate for free beef (click to get your coupon) when you purchase three Hamburger Helper varieties, you can make dinner even more affordable!



Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids 2015


Here is a list of Summer reading programs for you and your children to enjoy. Children can lose up to 2 months of reading achievement during the Summer months. Help your children gain reading skills instead of losing them, with these fun Summer reading programs that will engage and reward your children.


  • Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge May 4th- September 54h Read & log minutes all summer. Take weekly challenges & earn rewards. Help set a new reading world record! Sign up Here
  • Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program:  Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Choose a FREE BOOK from their Reading Journal list at the store. Get your Reading Journal here. Get your FREE book with your completed reading log 5/19 – 9/7.
  • Chuck E Cheese’s Read a book every day for 2 weeks and get 10 FREE Tokens at Chuck E Cheese’s. One free token award per child per day. Food purchase is required. (Valid through 12/31/15)
  • Sylvan Book Adventure: Book Adventure is a free, online reading program for children in grades K-8. Kids learn to love reading through interactive tools, games and motivational rewards. At Book Adventure, reading is rewarding!Within the Prize Library, kids can search for a prize they’d like to win or exchange points for a prize they have earned by reading books and answering quiz questions correctly. Register here
  • Pizza Hut:  This program runs June 1st – August 15th. Keep your kids reading during the summer months with the BOOK IT! Spark Your Greatness Summer Reading Challenge.


Waiting for more 2015 info for:

  • Half Price Books
  •  Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge

No Summer reading program this year:

  • TD Bank
  • BJU Press Summer Reading Program 

Local reading programs

  • Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading Program (South East Georgia): Summer reading program begins June 1st!! The theme for the 2015 year is Superheroes!!! Will post more as details are released! 
  • Beaufort/Bluffton/Hilton Head: Summer Reading Kick Off is June  6th  Program runs through July 18th  More details soon!!!



Decorating Your Spring Garden

Garden2It’s that time of year where we start thinking about our gardens, and are actively looking for deals for items to decorate our garden with. Here are a few items to help you with ideas for your own garden!

Making Friends Solar Lighted Garden Statue


A curious bright-eyed boy shares a playful moment with his beloved pet turtle and a visiting butterfly joins in the fun. The light-up solar accents add a charming glow to your garden that you can enjoy after dark.

Peacock Birdbath


A stunning decorative piece for your garden. Made from durable glass. Includes 2 piece stand with a new 3 prong ground stake.

Tall Frog Sitting Up Garden Statue


9.5-Inch tall Cute and Whimsical Frog Sitting Up, Smiling and decorated with flowers Garden Statue. Home and Garden Accent, Resin Stone Mix.

Cherub Girl Birdfeeder Statuary


Beautiful Cherub Girl tends to the birds from the folding of her dress. (Dimensions: 8 x 8.9 x 13.9 inches ; 4 pounds)

Grape Vine Vintage-Style Garden Bench in White


This intricately detailed Powder-Coated Aluminum Grape Vine Garden Bench is an update on a vintage classic. It’s a wonderful retreat for sipping wine or enjoying a spring flower garden. Place our Powder-Coated Aluminum Grape Vine Garden Bench near a garden path or patio; it’s relaxed seating for two and a work of art on its own. Durable cast aluminum with a beautiful powder-coat finish; easy assembly. Available in Black and White. Size: 41-3/4″L x 22″W x 34″H.

Gnome Tree Decor


Add whimsical charm to your outdoors with Gnome Tree Decor. Cold cast ceramic pieces come ready to hang on a tree, wall or fence. In the set of 2 Window Gnomes, a woman (6-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ x 3″) is calling down to a man (5″ x 5″ x 3-3/8″) who is trying to hear her.

Mosaic Courtyard Outdoor Garden Water Fountain


Impressive fountain gives your garden the instant grandeur of a palace courtyard! Graceful faux granite columns and bowls feature a stylish mosaic-look trim; sculpted pineapples add a stately welcoming touch. Weight 21.3 lbs. Polyresin. Electrical Pump included. UL Recognized. May Require Additional Freight Charge 19 1/4″ diameter x 34 1/2″ high.

Home Garden America Garden Flag


Decorative Art Flag.Toland Flags are made from durable 600 denier polyester and are UV, Mildew, and Fade Resistant. All Toland Flags are machine washable.

River Rock Stepping Stones


Naturally smooth river rocks offer durability and organic beauty in our Zen-inspired stepping stones. Stepping stones have a water-resistant, PVC backing that allows soil to settle between stones. Each piece is an original. Set of three. Size 14″ dia.

Sammy Squirrel Solar Outdoor Garden Stake Light


Things can get pretty squirrelly out there when Sammy goes to work lighting up your yard with his giant glowing acorn. Sammy is crafted of hand-painted polyresin and perches atop a wooden pole that stakes into the ground. His solar powered acorn lights up each evening to illuminate your yard.


5 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks for a Safe, Healthy Home


Spring is here and that means spring cleaning. I love this time of year. I open up the windows, get the stale air out of the house, and clean up a season’s worth of grunge. Spring cleaning is great, but you have to be careful of chemicals and children or pets. That’s why I’ve put together my top 5 spring cleaning tips and tricks to get your home clean while staying safe and keeping the cost down.

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks – Simple, Safe, Effective, and Affordable

I love to get the house spic and span when spring rolls around, but I don’t love paying an arm and a leg for caustic chemical cleaners that can be dangerous to my family. Over the years, I’ve accumulate quite a few ways to keep the cleaning effective, safe, and affordable. Here are my top 5.

Lemon and Salt

Have you ever wondered why so many household cleaners always make sure to let you know that they have lemon in them? It’s because lemon is an excellent cleaning agent. Its acidity makes it great for breaking down grime, and they smell nice. Bonus! Lemon and salt on my list of spring cleaning tips and tricks because it’s a one-two punch. The lemon on its own is great for loosening grime and breaking up oil, but when you add salt to it, it becomes a super affordable scouring cleanser. For more delicate surfaces, use table salt, as it is less coarse. For something that needs a tougher approach like an older porcelain sink, use sea salt. Its larger size makes it a more coarse scouring agent. It’s exceptionally easy to do. Just cut a lemon in half and sprinkle a liberal amount of salt onto the surface you want to clean. Then, with the cut side down, start scrubbing away.


Vinegar is another super effective, all natural cleaner which is totally safe for humans and pets. I mean, we put it in our recipes. The great thing about vinegar is that it cleans well AND it’s an odor eliminator. You can use vinegar for everything from cleaning floors to cleaning pipes. One of the best uses for vinegar that I’ve found is soap scum and mold removal. All you need is a sponge and full strength vinegar. The vinegar breaks up the soap scum and the mold, and it eliminates that wet, mildewy, moldy smell that comes along with soap scum and mold.

Baking Soda

Baking soda makes my top 5 spring cleaning tips and tricks list because it’s another affordable, safe, and effective cleaner. Its ability to whiten and eliminate odors is what makes baking soda really shine. For example, to brighten grout, simply make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub a dub dub. You’d be surprised at how well and how quickly it works. Is the drain in your kitchen or bathroom getting a little ripe? Pour some baking soda and vinegar down the drain. It will do the whole “volcano school project” thing, simultaneously eating away at the pipe crud and eliminating the odors. All you need to do is pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. Follow that with 1/2 cup baking soda, and then follow that with 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of very hot water. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then flush with water. Instant pipe cleaning!

Easy Pest Prevention

This is another great tip, because it’s not all about cleaning in the spring. Spring cleaning encompasses actual cleaning as well as prevention of things that could introduce dirt and dangers to your home. That’s why pest prevention has made my list of spring cleaning tips and tricks. This is also a great way to rope your husband into helping. To help prevent mice and bugs, plug any holes in the exterior of your home with exterior grade caulk. It comes in various colors, so you should be able to find one that looks good with your house. Also, make sure that the weather stripping on your garage door is fully intact. A garage door with damaged weather stripping is an open door to mice and other pests.

Easy Dusting

You don’t really need those dusting sprays to get your home dust free. For one thing, they’re expensive. For another thing, every time you use them, you’re introducing chemical into your home’s air. Instead, use dryer sheets for dusting. The used ones work perfectly fine, so you won’t have to worry about your home becoming overly fragrant. The same properties that get rid of static clean in your dryer also work to trap dust. This is an affordable and safe option for dusting that I really love. Rather than just using my dryer sheets and tossing them, I can get even more use out of them!

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks – Save Your Arm and Your Leg

I love spring cleaning, but getting the house back in order doesn’t supersede my family’s health or my pocket book. With these 5 spring cleaning tips and tricks, you can get your home squeaky clean without breaking the bank or wheezing from the fumes of traditional cleaners. Give it a try!