Jun 032014
 
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I purchased tickets for my family to see Maleficent, opinions expressed are that of my own. Photos and Activity sheets have been provided by Walt Disney Studios.
Maleficent Movie Review

This past weekend, my son and I went to see Maleficent in the theater and we loved it!

I won’t tell you too much as to not spoil it for you, but in one word I would describe it as “AMAZING!”.

In my 8-year-old son’s words, “It should get 3 thumbs up!” and if you need more proof of how good it is, he wants to go see it again and already requested a copy the DVD. Plus as the credits rolled at the end of the film our audience began to clap.  Now you really know it is a Summer must see.

Maleficent Poster Angelina Jolie

If you want additional insight into the film, it has a twist on the original Sleeping Beauty.  The film is not scary, just maybe intense a few times with medieval style type fight scenes. It has an overall great story with magical and mystical backdrops. There are comedic moments and I even cried a little towards the end.

Angelina Jolie nails the role of Maleficent and through her emotion, expression, and the films special effects, you can see how the character evolves into the iconic villain we are all familiar with.

Maleficent Activity and Coloring Sheets

If you and your family are just as excited about this film, you will want to print out the following FREE Activity and Coloring Sheets. Just click on the links below.

Maleficent Activity and Coloring Sheets

Scene Maker Maleficent

If you saw the film, what did you think?  Who was your favorite character, other than Maleficent?

If you want to know more about the film Maleficent, visit the website at movies.disney.com/maleficentThe movie is out in Theaters NOW!

FFM

 


 

Dec 092013
 
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LEGO. All opinions are 100% mine.

FREE Minifigure Family LEGO Ecard

Is your child a fan of LEGO bricks? If so, there is a neat online activity that your entire family can enjoy together. 

LEGO is offering a FREE customizable Holiday eCard, where you can create your own unique LEGO Minifigure Family. Each member of the Minifig’ family can be customized to match skin tone, facial expressions, outfits, and more.

My son and I worked on our card together, and we turned each of our family members into unique Minifigures.

Making his LEGO Family Minifigures

My husband got a goatee and Santa hat, I was given blond hair and a sporty outfit, and my other two kiddos also got customized with cute outfits and their hair color.

We even added our 2 dogs and cat and my son made a perfect figure for himself with red hair and a Santa suit.

Once we finished making all the family characters, we then picked out a background for our card. There were 12 scenes to choose from like a fireplace, outer space, and the beach. We enjoyed looking at them all, and finally narrowed it down to a Christmas stage theme.

LEGO Family e Card postcard

This activity was so much fun, and my son had a great time making Minifigures. I’m pretty sure he wants to play around with the program again, and make another card.

After we finished our card, I actually shared it on my Facebook page so family and friends could enjoy it as well.

Do you have a LEGO fan in your home? How would you customize your personal LEGO Minifigure?

To create your own FREE LEGO Minifigure Family Holiday Card visit LEGO Minifigure Family.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

FFM

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Oct 282013
 
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The following is a sponsored post on behalf of the GreatCall Urgent Care 24/7 Medical Help App. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Urgent Care App 24 7 Medical Help

 

Imagine a Sunday night and your little one is starting with a cough. There is no fever and he/she has a clear runny nose.  You want to make your child comfortable so they will sleep well, but you also want to find out if you can give them a medication and what the correct dose is.  This is not a moment to leave up to an internet search and you really want to speak with a medical professional.

The GreatCall Urgent Care app allows you to do exactly that. It provides access to a live nurse for advice 24/7 and if needed your call can be escalated to a board-certified physician. Services provided include health-related assessments, general health information, diagnosis or even a prescription. The app is FREE to download, and you are only charged if you place a call. The call rate is $3.99. In addition, you have access to a FREE easy-to-understand medical dictionary and you can also research your symptoms with the medical symptom checker tool.

 

Urgent Care Ap

 

My daughter happens to be getting over a cold and I used her scenario as a means to review this service. I first researched her symptom, and then placed a call via the app. After about 3 minutes or so, the line was answered by a receptionist. She acted like a Triage, and asked who I was calling for, what was going on, and my daughter’s name, age, and symptoms. Once she collected the information, she sent it onto a nurse. After a few minutes the nurse got on the line.

The nurse, whose name was Jennifer, then confirmed my daughter details. We then started discussing the condition and Jennifer asked me various questions about my daughter’s symptoms.  The questions were extremely detailed.

Examples:

Does you daughter have a fever?

Is she vomiting?

Are her lips blue?

Is she wheezing?

Urgent Care Ap look-up

 

After we narrowed down that it was not life threatening, we discussed ways to treat her. She said to stay away from medication based on her age, and gave me some ideas on how to keep her comfortable.  One thing that was new to me, was warm apple juice seems to help a cough. I gave my daughter some warm juice before she went to bed, and it did seem to help, I did not hear any coughing in the night.

In addition, before the call was ended the nurse also instructed me to take my daughter to a Doctor if she had a fever, became lethargic, or her symptoms become more severe.

I feel that this app is great for when you don’t have time to run to the doctor or the office is closed, not mention in comes in handy on weekends and in the middle of night. This is technology at its best, and it is easy to use and extremely helpful to a mom like myself. The individuals handling my call were professional and understanding at the same time. I like the piece of mind of knowing that I am helping my children when they need it most.

As always in life threatening situations you should call 911, and you are directed to do so as well by the app. 

When would you use the GreatCall Urgent Care App service?  What do you like most about it?

To learn more about this application visit GreatCall Urgent Care.  This is compatible with both iTune Users and Google Play devices.

You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/greatcall  and Twitter at twitter.com/GreatCallInc.

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FFM

Oct 212013
 
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The following is a sponsored post on behalf of PlayTown: My Story Maker.  Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Screenshot Intro PlayTown

I was asked to review a NEW App for kids called PlayTown: My Story Maker here on Frugal and Fun Mom. This FREE App intended for children ages 3-9 allows kids to create, personalize, and narrate stories.

PlayTown: My Story Maker begins by having your child select an Adventure Play Set. These play sets can range from traveling to playing sports or even exploring outer space. My kids played with the Pirate’s Treasure Hunt, Travel Around the World, and Princess Party Adventure Play Sets.

PlayTown My Story Maker App adventure Play Sets

Next, My Story Maker will invite your child to create and build adventures, select their own stages, props, accessories and cast of characters. These can be princesses, pirates, children, monsters, and much more. Your child can even use personal photos and drawings.

Screenshot PlayTown

Once they have set their scenes up, they will then create their own dialogue by recording their voice for each character. They can then set their story to music.  Once they finish the story, it becomes live with a play back feature and this can then be shared with family and friends within the app.

Screenshot PlayTown Monster

My son took right to this and started creating a story.  He told me that he liked the Pirate themed one the best, and I got to listen to him making pirate sounds and sentences for his adventure. He also figured out how to customize the various characters and starting changing out their clothes.

Screenshot PlayTown Pirates

My daughter is really into Mermaids, so of course that is one of the primary characters she ended up creating. Then, she decided that she would sing her stories.  She proceeded to do this over and over again, and then she would bring it over for me to listen. She keeps doing this, and it is SO CUTE!

Screenshot PlayTown Mermaid

My children continue to amaze me on how quickly they figure these applications out. They both got into this app and I can tell it is a a hit since they both want to continue to play with itI asked them why they like it, and they both said, “It records our voices!!!”. I like it because it is FREE and it encourages them to use their imagination.

PlayTown My Story Maker App Creating Mermaid

I also asked my kids if they had any advice for other children playing the program and they said, “Speak up so your voice can be recorded.” and my son said, “Make sure you tap each character when you are recording so they can talk to each other.”

Mermaid in PlayTown

Have your children played this application before? What did they think? If not, what aspects of the App do you like?

PlayTown is FREE to download for Android and iOS and includes 3 Adventure Play Sets. Additional play sets can be purchased for $1.99 each. For more information visit PlayTownforKids.com. You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/playtownforkids.

FFM

Oct 082013
 
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I was up early again this am and came across another good FREEBIE!

This will definitely come in handy over the next couple of months especially with all the good holiday food and tailgating at football games!

If you have missed this FREE Sample of Prilosec before, it is back again! Head on over and fill out a short survey to request yours!

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Go Here–> FREE Sample of Prilosecavailable while supplies last.

Let me know if you get it!

FFM

Oct 042013
 
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Free Grocery Tote York

I just ordered my son a FREE Halloween Tote Bag from York Photo! It is a $9.99 value, and after shipping, I paid $3.99.

He is going to be so excited, and after Halloween he can use it for his piano books!

 

If you are interested in ordering this tote as well, CLICK HERE–>FREE Halloween Tote Bag from York Photo, and use the CODE TRICKTREAT at check out. Offer available through October 31, 2013.

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Which bag did you choose, and who are you ordering this for?

Update:

Here it is, my guy is so excited!

Free Halloween Tote

Enjoy the FREEBIE!

FFM

Oct 032013
 
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free sample of simple face products

In my spare time (Ha Ha!) I love to request FREE Samples. Actually this how I got my start in blogging because all of my buddies wanted to know where I was getting all my freebies, and I would post them.

Well life has gotten busier so I can’t hunt them as often, however, when I do come across a really good one, I will post it here.

I happen to be up early this am and saw that Target is giving away FREE Samples of Simple Skincare products.

CLICK HERE–> FREE Samples of Simple Skincare  to request yours! Only available for a limited time.

I just got the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer, which one did you get?

Good Luck in snagging one, and enjoy!

FFM

Aug 082013
 
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The following is a sponsored post on behalf of PowerMyLearning.org. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Child at Powermylearning.org

I was asked to give my open and honest opinion about a FREE educational website called PowerMyLearning.org and the math games it has to offer.

Before I get started with my opinion of the site, I want to mention a couple of things. When you go to the page, it does give you the option to set up an account for the parent and then administer your child’s account. I did this. FYI, I did have some initial difficulty setting up and found that I needed to go into Internet Explorer.

In addition, my son’s school was not listed, so I was advised to pick a school in my area to finish registering. If you are not interested in having a parent account, your child can just set up an account of their own.

Power my learning

PowerMyLearning.org is said to be “Your destination for the best free online learning activities from across the web!”.

Because this site is beneficial to the child as well as the adults, I decided to let my son who is entering the 2nd grade weigh in on this review. By asking him a couple of questions, I feel his responses fill in some of the important answers that would be of interest to parents.

What do you like about PowerMyLearning.org?

“Finding games from different websites that I have never seen before. They are FUN games.”

Have you learned anything?

“Yes, I learned about fractions and odd and even numbers.”

Is it easy to log in and is the website easy to use?

“Yes.”

Does this website make learning fun?

“Yes.”

What are your favorite games so far?

“Cross the River/ Fractions, Jet Ski Addition, and Odd or Even Monkey Drive.” (These are found in the 2nd Grade Geometry and  Operations Algebraic Thinking tab.)

Odd and Even Monkey Drive

From a parents perspective, I like this site because it has so many games and eliminates the need for me to go out and search.  This saves me time and money since it is FREE.  I can also go in and see what games my son has been playing and for how long.  Plus, if my son’s school was set up, he could access homework assignments through the account.

I do want to point out that it does show ads from the original game sites. It also allows the child to go off-site if they expand the window. My suggestion is to monitor the child’s internet usage and explain to them why they should not click on anything other than the game itself.  There is a link at PowerMyLearning.org that discusses Family Internet Safety.

Do you use on-line games to teach your children? What type of games do they like to play?

FFM

Jul 232013
 
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Do you like to try out new products, and have a group of friends who like to as well? 

Moms Meet is looking for Mom Ambassadors to host a FREE Sampling Opportunity for Unreal Candy. I have reviewed their products in the past, and my kids really like them. Visit BzzAgent Review of Unreal Candy! The Peanut Butter Cups are Delicious! for more details on the product.

Not a Moms Meet Ambassador?

I have hosted 2 events thus far through Moms Meet. They are very generous, and quality of the products they distribute are great. Check out my previous events Moms Meet Event! Kashi Chocolate Soft-Baked Squares! and Moms Meet Sampling Event of HONEST KIDS Organic Juice! 

If you are interested in this opportunity first sign up at Moms Meet Mom Ambassador to start receiving emails about upcoming opportunities. Then proceed to apply to the Unreal Candy Moms Meet Event.

Have you hosted an event through Moms Meet before?  If so, which product did you try?

Good luck getting in!

FFM