Giveaways Galore

Of the 1,189 entries, the winners of the Start Creative Doodle Books are:

Emily (Emmilee@)
Jamie (trinbellmom@)

All winners should have received an email with further instructions on claiming your prize.

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Giveaways Galore

Of the 1,189 entries, the winners of the Start Creative Doodle Books are:

Nachelle (nachellesampson@)
Lindsey (lgcheatham@)

Both winners should have received an email with further instructions on claiming your prize.

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Are you giving something away on your blog this week? If so, post your link below and let all the readers here know so they can get in on the action! Your giveaway must be family-friendly and no-strings-attached. In addition, to make it easy to navigate, your link must go directly to your giveaway post. Links going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog besides the direct link to your giveaway post will be deleted. Links left solely for the purpose of promoting an affiliate link will also be deleted.


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Educational Deals & Freebies Round-up

Educational Deals & FreebiesHere are some of the best educational deals and freebies available right now from Katie who writes at Cincinnati Cents:

50% Off Green Toys: Today only, Amazon is featuring 50% off their Green Toys. From kitchen and gardening sets to cars and trucks, there are a variety of toys available. Prices start at just $5.50, and you’ll receive free shipping with Amazon Prime or with orders of $35 or more.

VeggieTales DVDs for $6.97: Family Christian Store has several of their VeggieTales DVDs on sale for $6.97 each. The following titles are included in this sale – A Snoodle’s Tale, Duke & the Great Pie War, Gideon Tuba Warrior, God Loves You Very Much, MacLarry & the Stinky Cheese Battle, Pistachio: The Little Boy that Woodn’t, Tomato Sawyer & Huckleberry Larry’s Big River Rescue, and Larry Boy & the Fib From Outer Space. Plus, if you choose in-store pick up, you’ll receive free shipping as well.

Magic School Bus Journey Into the Human Body for $13.66: Amazon has their Magic School Bus: Journey Into the Human Body Set on sale for $13.66. This set enables young scientists to bend bones, make joints, map out taste buds, expand lungs, build a stethoscope, measure lung capacities and heart rates, perform the iodine starch test, spin glitter, simulate synovial fluid, create a human body poster, and more. This kit comes complete with all the supplies you’ll need for the experiments aside from common household items. Plus, you’ll received a detailed manual with guidance through the experiments that has been designed just like the famous Magic School Bus books.

Free Minecraft-Themed Chore Chart: Educents is featuring a FREE Minecraft themed chore chart that’s sure to get your little ones excited about helping out around the house. This set includes 3 Minecraft themed chore charts with 10 days of chores and a spot just for rewards.

Boys Life Magazine for $5.95: Purchase a one-year subscription to Boys Life Magazine for just $5.95. You can also purchase 2 years for $8.95 or 3 years for $15.95. Boys’ Life offers a variety of features such as jokes and games, outdoor activities and gear, hobbies, projects, and fun. There are informational articles in each issue about plants and animals that might be encountered on an outdoor excursion, as well as instructional articles about hiking safety, tying knots, building a fire, setting up a tent, and many other helpful topics.

Up To 50% Off Online Classes from Craftsy: In honor of National Craft Month, Craftsy is offering up to 50% off all their online classes. You can choose from a variety of topics such as photography, cake decorating, gardening, paper crafts, jewelry crafting, sewing, quilting, embroidering, and more. This sale is valid through March 16th at 2 p.m. EST.

Free 2-Month Trial of ALEKS Math: ALEKS Math is offering homeschooling parents a free 2 month trial of their program(you must be a new user in order to qualify for this offer). This web-based program is designed for students in grades K through 12. The adaptive nature of this program quickly assesses where your child is at and presents individualized instruction to effectively meet their mathematical needs.

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock for $10.39: Amazon has their Melissa & Doug Shape-Sorting Clock on sale for $10.39. This wooden clock features 12 removable pieces as well as rotating minute and hour hands to help teach the concepts of time, shapes, colors, and numbers.

Free Spring-Themed Writing Pages: Educents has a free set of Spring-themed writing pages available for download. This set features 7 fully lined pages and 7 half-lined pages for students who choose to illustrate their writing.

Fisher-Price Pet Care Center for $11.24: Amazon has their Fisher-Price Little People Pet Care Center on sale for $11.24. This set features a Pet Care Center, Little People Tessa, a dog figure, a cat figure, and a variety of accessories. Plus, kids can even play a matching game by flipping the animal scenes on the back wall of the play set.

LEGO Legends of Chima CHI Raider Set for $24.49: Purchase the LEGO Legends of Chima CHI Raider Set for just $24.49. This set features 3 mini figures, the CHI raider, missiles, and more.

Splash ‘n Catch Bath Time Fishing Set for $6.99: Amazon has their Splash ‘n Catch Bath Time Fishing Set on sale for $6.99. This set includes several colorful characters that can be linked together or caught in the net for bath time fishing fun.

Free Women’s History Month Worksheets: Education.com has a variety of free women’s history month worksheets available for download. Some of the worksheets that are available include Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, and many more.

Liberty’s Kids Complete Series for $5: Amazon has their Liberty’s Kids Complete Series on sale for $5. This set received a 5-star rating from over 500 reviews and has over 800 minutes of run time.

Free Alaskan Travel Guide: Request a free Alaska State Guide Vacation Planner. In addition to planning for a vacation, this guide would make a nice supplement for teaching U.S. geography.

LEGO Ninjago Anadondrai Set for $16.24: Purchase the LEGO Ninjago Anadondrai Set for just $16.24. This set typically retails for $19.99 and it includes over 200 pieces for hours of building fun.

Resurrection Eggs Set for $12.74: Family Christian Store has their Resurrection Eggs on sale for $12.74. This set of 12 eggs are a wonderful hands-on way to explain the true meaning of Easter to kids. The colorful plastic eggs are packaged in a realistic plastic egg carton, and each egg contains a small symbol that explains the series of events that led up to Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. This set also features a booklet with illustrated Bible stores to explain the significance of each object as well as fun Easter activities for kids and adults alike and decorative stickers. Plus, if you choose in-store pick up, you’ll receive free shipping as well.

Free Cooking Class: Craftsy is offering a free Cooking Mistakes Class taught by Sur La Table’s senior resident chef, Joel Gamoran. This class covers such topics as essential knives for the kitchen, mastering timing in the kitchen, under seasoning vs. over seasoning, cooking perfect pasta, cooking perfect chicken, and avoiding tough steak. You’ll receive 6 HD video lessons that can be accessed anytime, anywhere as well as detailed instructions, explanations, and demonstrations. You can find more free classes from Craftsy here.

Katie is a wife and homeschooling mother of four who writes at Cincinnati Cents about saving money and having fun as a family without breaking the bank. She enjoys sharing new recipes, ideas for frugal family fun, and tips for spending less at the grocery store.

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HUGE List of FREE Homeschool Curriculum & Resources

 

This is the weekly list of Free Homeschool Curriculum and Resources compiled by Jamerrill from FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. If you aren’t a homeschooler, but you’re a parent, teacher, babysitter, or nanny, you’ll probably find at least a few useful freebies in this list. You may also want to go through the Educational Deals and Freebies from earlier this week for more.

Spring has sprung, well at least online it has. This week we began seeing a variety of spring themed learning packs as well as Easter and Resurrection printables. However, we have not forgotten those of you who are just looking for the basics. So read on and grab a few goodies!

St. Patrick’s Day Themed Learning

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While there are other St. Patrick’s Day themed learning resources farther down this list, below you will find some fun printable packs to get you started!

Preschool

Here is a FREE Updated Preschool Daily Learning Notebook, great for meeting time with toddlers.

Have fun in the medieval times with this FREE Preschool Activities: Castles, Catapults and Shields Printables.

Can you ever have enough busy bags? Learn the alphabets while playing with this FREE Preschool Alphabet Busy Bag Printables.

Fine motor skills are a must for preschoolers. Here is a great Free Fine Motor Skills Printable Pack (100 Pages!).

Prewriting skills make learning to write even easier. Try this FREE Pre-Writing Printable.

Bible Based Learning

Easter card template in the form of the cross of Calvary against the rising sun

Get into the Word with this FREE LEGO Easter Story Challenge and Printable, these FREE Names of God Card Printables, and these FREE Printable Verse Cards.

Wondering how to talk to your child about Heaven? Here are FREE Talk to Your Kids about Heaven Printables.

Math

Grab these FREE Shamrock Math Multiplication Printables before they expire on 3/14/15.

Here are FREE Skip Counting by 5 Clip Cards Printables to practice multiplication.

Review or learn the numbers 1-4 with this FREE Romping and Roaring Numbers 1-4 Review Pack.

Make math time fun with a FREE Multiplication Spinning Game Printable Worksheet.

Science

It’s never too early to start chemistry with these FREE Chemistry for Kids Printables and Activities.

Toddlers will enjoy this FREE Printable Bug Hunt Activity.

Puzzled about where to start with Biology? Snag this FREE 35 Page Cell Unit Study – Limited Time!

Reading and Phonics

If you are teaching reading in a phonics based program, you may want to know what Phonics Rule is Busted: When Two Vowels Go Walking and why.

Practicing sight words is a fundamental skill when learning to read. Use these FREE Romping and Roaring Primer Sight Words (set 5).

This FREE St. Patrick’s Day Literacy Pack (subscriber freebie) is not just for fun, it also includes many educational resources as well!

History and Geography

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Studying world history? Here is a FREE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND CAPITALS PACK (instant download).

March is women’s history month, and here is a FREE 29 Page Women’s History Notebooking Page Set to start you off right.

Random Homecshool Goodness

Did you know that sometimes children learn cursive easier than print? Here is a FREE Kindergarten Cursive Verse Handwriting printable so your child can give it a try.

Learn how to read a story so it comes alive with this FREE The Storyteller Tips ebook (subscriber freebie).

Here are 25 FREE STEM Books for Your Homeschool and FREE Homeschool Resources for High School.

Don’t miss this FREE Spring Printables Pack (33 pages!)

Click here thousands of homeschool freebies!

*Don’t forget! If you are looking for additional free homeschool resources please check the huge growing list of free homeschool curriculum and resourceson MoneySavingMom.com!

Jamerrill is the homeschooling mother of a large and growing family. After seasons of spending $50 or less annually to homeschool her children, she started Free Homeschool Deals in 2012 to help all families afford the homeschool life. You can follow the homeschool goodness on Pinterest and Facebook.

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Brigette’s $63 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

1 3-ct pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 large bag Kale – $1.99

2 1-lb pkgs frozen Ground Turkey – $3.78

2 pkgs Garden Salad – $1.18

1 5-lb bag Red Potatoes – $1.79

1 16-oz bag Tilapia Fillets – $3.49

1 bunch Bananas (2.07 lbs @ 0.35/lb) – $0.72, plus receive back $0.25 from Checkout 51 – $0.47 after rebate

1 3-head bag Garlic – $0.79

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.98

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99

3 16-oz pkgs Baby Carrots – $2.07

4 1-lb pkgs Butter (only $1.89 each!) – $7.56

2 8-oz cartons Mushrooms – $1.58

1 3-lb bag Yellow Onions – $0.99

1 3-lb bag Sweet Potatoes – $1.69, plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon – $1.44 after rebate

1 16-oz bag Frozen Peas – $0.89

Total after rebates: $35.98

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Harris Teeter

10 8-oz bags shredded Cheese, various kinds (B2G3)- $13.00

1 gallon Milk – $2.99

1 12-oz bag Sorrento Stringsters – $2.49, used $1/1 Sorrento Galbani Stringsters or Sticksters Snack Cheese (SS 01/11/15 #2 R) – $1.49 after coupon

1 pkg Sargento Tastings Cheese – $1.49, used $0.75/1 Sargento Tastings Cheese, exp. 3/22/15 (SS 01/25/15) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 box Fiber One Protein Cereal – $3.00, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled), plus $0.75/1 Harris Teeter evic, plus receive $0.75 back from SavingStar – FREE after coupons and rebate

1 box Tetley Tea – $1.29, used $0.75/1 Tetley Tea, exp. 3/31/15 (SS 02/08/15 R) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 head Cabbage (3.60lbs @ $0.25/lb) – $0.90, plus receive 20% back from SavingStar – $0.72 after rebate

2 8-oz Dawn – $2.00, used 2 $0.25/1 printable (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupons

1 32-oz bag frozen Spinach – $2.29

2 Yoplait Yogurts – $1.00, used $0.40/2 printable (doubled) – $0.20/2 after coupon

4 pkgs McCormick Gravy Mix – $2.00, used 2 $0.50/2 McCormick Gravies, exp. 4/12/15 (RP 03/08/15 R) – FREE after coupons

1 8-oz container Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa – $3.89 (NOT a good price – but Aldi was out of cocoa powder today, and I NEEDED cocoa powder! :))

Total after tax and rebates: $25.90

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 Flower Foods Bakery

6 pkgs Bread and Hoagie Buns (reduced to $0.33 each) – $1.98

Total: $1.98

Weekly Total: $63.86

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Strawberries (from the freezer) x 3

Veggie Omelettes x 2

French Toast with Homemade Strawberry Chia Jam x 2

Lunches

Cheese Sticks, Crackers, Carrot Sticks, Bananas x 2

Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar (Lettuce, Kale, Mushrooms, Carrots, Boiled Eggs, Shredded Cheese, Sunflower Seeds), Toast x 2

Baked Sweet Potatoes, Apple Slices, Tuna

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Egg Roll in a Bowl, Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes with Ham (a friend gave us a huge ham this week!), Sautéed Zucchini, Tossed Salad

Chicken and Gravy over Brown Rice, Steamed Buttered Carrots, Toast

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Oranges

Pan Fried Tilapia, Baked French Fries, Tossed Salad, Steamed Peas

Date Night (SO excited for a night out with my man! :))

Leftovers

Snacks

Smoothies, Popcorn, Yogurt, Cheese Sticks, Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

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Brigette’s $63 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

1 gallon Milk – $2.99

1 3-ct pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.99

3 1-lb pkgs frozen Ground Turkey (not pictured) - $5.67

1 can Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate – $1.69

2 12-oz  pkgs American Cheese – $3.78

1 32-oz container Greek Yogurt – $3.89

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

2 heads Cauliflower – $3.98

1 bunch Bananas – ($2.76lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.21, plus receive back $0.25 from Checkout 51 – $0.96 after rebate

8 0z Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.89

1 pkg assorted Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.99

2 5-lb bags Flour – $2.78

1 16-oz jar Salsa – $1.49

I 6-oz pkg Raspberries – $1.49

1 8-oz pkg Swiss Cheese – $1.79

Total after Rebate: $40.66

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Harris Teeter

2 18-ct cartons Eggs  – $3.54 (limit 2)

1 box Cheerios (B1G1 @ $3.39) – $1.70, used  $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.20 after coupon

2 9-oz Dawn Dish Detergent – $2.00, used 2 $0.25/1 Dawn Product, exp. 3/31/15 (P&G 03/01/15)  (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupons

2 8-oz chunks Cheese – $2.54 (limit 2)

2 Colgate Toothpaste – $2.00 (used a rain check from several weeks back), used 2 $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, exp. 3/14/15 (SS 03/01/15) (doubled) – Free after coupons

3 4-ct pkgs Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding (B1G1 @ $2.99) – $4.49, used 3 $0.75/1 Kozy Shack Pudding, exp. 3/31/15 (SS 01/18/15) (doubled) – Free after coupons

1 pkg Shirataki Miracle Noodles – $1.69

Fuji Apples (3.02lbs @ $0.99/lb) – $2.99

4 pkgs Gwaltney Hotdogs – $3.88, used 2 $0.75/2 Gwaltney Hot Dogs, exp. 3/15/15 (SS 02/01/15 R) (doubled) – $0.88/4 after coupons

Total: $13.09

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Sawyer’s Produce

By far the score of the week was discovering – thanks to a sweet friend – a produce warehouse just a few miles from our house that was selling flats of organic strawberries for $5 each! They are sweet and not over-ripe. I am freezing most of them, and we will be enjoying them mixed into oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, etc. for the next several months!

16 1-lb cartons Organic Strawberries (plus a couple of oranges they sent home for us to sample) – $10.00

Total: $10.00

Weekly Total: $63.75

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Strawberries x 3

Cereal

Scrambled Eggs and Toast x 3

Lunches

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Chia Seed Jam Sandwiches x 2, Mini Peppers

Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese, Sautéed Zucchini, Apples

Baked Potatoes with Toppings (Salsa, Greek Yogurt, Broccoli, Shredded Cheese), Raspberries

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Roasted Cauliflower x 2

Leftovers

 Dinners

Taco Salad, Oranges, Steamed Peas

Pakistani Kima over Brown Rice, Tossed Salad

Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes, Turkey Bacon, Bananas

Pan Fried Tilapia, Baked French Fries, Steamed Broccoli

One Million Vegetables Lentil Stew, Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Chicken Tetrazzini (leaving out the mushrooms), Steamed Cauliflower, Italian Garlic Bread

Leftovers

Snacks

Pudding, Smoothies, Overnight Strawberry Refrigerator Oatmeal (for me), Strawberry Crumb Bars (for the family), Popcorn

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