Mar 072014
disclosure for site

I was provided a Scrabble Board Game to facilitate this post. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Scrabble Game Picture

The 2014 National School SCRABBLE Tournament Is April 26th and 27th, and the 1st prize winner will walk away with $10,000!

Since 1992 Hasbro has worked with teachers and the National SCRABBLE Association to bring this popular game to schools through the National School SCRABBLE Program. Since then, more than a half million kids have SCRABBLE in over 20,000 classrooms nationwide.

Scrabble Game Night

This program offers teachers a specially-priced School SCRABBLE Kit at a cost of $95. It includes 6 specially designed wooden SCRABBLE boards, 12 racks, 6 sets of tiles and 6 tile bags plus the most current word source, The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, Fourth Edition.

In addition, National School SCRABBLE Program has a tournament for grades 4-8. Teams from the USA and Canada are invited to participate in the multi-day event that includes 8 rounds of competition and fun on-site events. For more information about the tournament visit

Scrabble Game Night

Thanks to Hasbro, my family also got an opportunity to enjoy the game. We were sent our very own Scrabble to play, and facilitate some fun quality time together.

Scrabble Game Night

This was actually the first time my kids had been exposed to this game, and my hubby admitted that he had never played before.

I have been a fan of Scrabble for years and like how it requires strategy, is challenging, and educational all at the same time. I was happy to introduce this classic to my bunch.

Scrabble Game Night

We split up into 2 teams, Team M for Mom and Team D for Dad. I then gave everyone a tutorial on how to play, and we went right to it.

It did not take too long for my husband to catch on, and he was racking up the points. My daughter isn’t quite spelling yet, but that didn’t stop her from trying and cheering on Team D.

Scrabble Game Night

However, my son and I were sitting with a Q and X in our row of 7 and we ended up pulling in some large points. In the end Team M won, and my son now has another game that he likes to play.

I look forward to playing again and trying out the Power Tiles, they look fun.

Do you have a Family Game Night? What is your family’s favorite board game to play?

Scrabble Game Night

Scrabble is intended for Ages 8 and up and is for 2-4 players. It retails for around $14.99 and can be found at stores nationwide.

To learn more about this Hasbro game and the National School Scrabble Program visit

Giveaway Details
And thanks to Hasbro,(1) one lucky Frugal and Fun Mom reader will win their own Scrabble Game, this is a $14.99 Value.

To enter, please allow a moment for the Rafflecopter Form to load below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Feb 232014
disclosure for site

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

I wanted to do something fun for St. Patrick’s Day for the kids, so we took 2 containers and transformed them into a Pot of Gold Craft.

Keep in mind the fun doesn’t end with the project though, it continues until the actual holiday.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

Here is what is needed to recreate this craft:

-1 Coffee Ground Container or Peanut Container
-1 piece of Black construction paper
-1 piece of Green construction paper
-1 piece of Yellow or Gold construction paper

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

FYI, I made one in advance as an example for my 5-year-old daughter, and then prepared the parts by cutting them out for her.  She was in charge of the pasting. Depending upon your child’s maturity they may be able to do less or more.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

Here is the step by step:

First, clean out the containers and dry. Second, line up the black construction paper and cut the extra paper off.  Paste this to the container.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

Third, trace a 4 leaf clover from the green construction paper and cut it out. I made sure it was taller than the container. 

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

Use this to cover any gap from the black construction paper or place anywhere on the side of the container. Paste this on as well.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

Finally, use the top to trace a circle on the yellow or gold construction paper.  Discard the tops.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

After you cut it out, you will need to shave off additional pieces to make it fit into the lip of the container.

This will just lay on top so it can be easily removed.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

As a reminder, the fun doesn’t end with the craft. The night before, I am going to put goodies from the Dollar Store inside the containers along with some coins.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the kids open up their Pot of Gold and get a surprise!

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

My daughter has already told me that she wants me to dress up like a Leprechaun when I put the goodies in!

Do you do anything similar for your kids? How do you set up your craft? If you make one, let me know how it goes!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Feb 192014
disclosure for site

I was provided a Guest Pass to Chuck E. Cheese to facilitate this post and to test out the #RipItSipWinIt Game.  Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Chuck E Cheese "Rip It Sip Win It" Game

As if Chuck E. Cheese wasn’t fun enough already, they now have a peel ‘n win promotion called Rip It Sip It Win It!

From now until March 31, 2014, visit your local Chuck E. Cheese for a chance to win great prizes like a Disney Cruise, XBox One, Razor Crazy Cart, Chuck E. Cheese’s gift cards, board games, and much more!

Each 18-ounce adult-size cup includes a game piece and guests can purchase additional cups for more chances to win.*

Chuck E Cheese "Rip It Sip Win It" Game

We got to try this out with our meal package, and we were given 4 opportunities to win BIG!

The kiddos could not wait to grab their cups and Rip It Sip It Win It.

Chuck E Cheese "Rip It Sip Win It" Game

Since every cup is a winner, we ended up with additional tickets for the kids to use at the end of the evening at the prize desk.

My kids were excited for opportunity to get a better toy.

Chuck E Cheese "Rip It Sip Win It" Game

Once they were done with “Ripping”, they got out and started playing!

My daughter is a big fan of the rides, however her favorite place this evening seemed to be the indoor activity center. It has a built in slide and tunnels, and she kept yelling over at me to as she popped out, ”Look at ME!!!”.

Riding a ride at Chuck E Cheese

Of course I was ready to eat, and Hubby watched the kids so I could head up to the salad bar. Shortly thereafter, our pizza arrived.

By this point the kiddos were ready to take a quick break and grab themselves a slice. We got a half bacon half pepperoni and it was AWESOME!

Salad at Chuck E Cheese

This lasted for a moment, the kids inhaled their food and were back at playing again.

My son is really into the racing games, and I couldn’t even get him to stop to pose for a picture. Can you tell by his expression?

Playing a Game at Chuck E Cheese

We all had a great time, and the kids were so excited about the prize upgrade they got at the end of the evening with their extra tickets. I was excited to have a nice warm indoor activity!

Is Chuck E. Cheese one of your family’s favorite places to visit? Which Rip It Sip It Win It prize would you love to win?

For #RipItSipItWinIt details and official rules, visit

You can also connect with Chuck E. Cheese on social networks at Facebook and Twitter.

*There is no purchase necessary to enter or win; void where prohibited. The game ends on March 31, 2014, or while game pieces last at participating locations. It is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older. Many will win ticket prizes, few will win other prizes. Winners must redeem their prize by May 31, 2014. Game pieces are subject to verification.


And thanks to Chuck E. Cheese, I have been authorized to give away One Guest Pass (1 Large Pizza, 4 Soft Drinks, and 30 Game Tokens) an approximate $30 Value, to Two (2) lucky Frugal and Fun Mom readers.

To enter, please allow a moment for the Rafflecopter Form to load below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Dec 172013
disclosure for site

I was provided complimentary tickets to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay to facilitate this post. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Being a Penguin at Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

If we weren’t ready for the Holidays before, this trip definitely got us into the Spirit!

This past Sunday, my family went on an adventure to Christmas Town Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida. This was such a fun event for the entire family, and seeing the kids smile as much as they did, was absolutely PRICELESS!

Riding the Carousel at Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

As we walked into the park, there were lights everywhere and we were instantly transported into a world of Christmas wonder. Once we took it all in, we turned and headed off into the direction of Penguin Point.

There, the kids had fun posing as penguins and also saw real live ones. There were also lighted animals along with the parks actual animals moving around in the background.

Meeting the cast of Madagascar Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

After this, we went straight over to Timbuktu and rode the carousel. As we explored the park, we saw the characters from Madagascar Live! Operation: Christmas Vacation and grabbed a photo opportunity. My daughter was so excited to meet Alex and Gloria.

We also had a photo opportunity later with a real live “Snowman”.

Lighted Trees Christmas Town Busch Gardens

For this event select rides are open, so in the background we could hear the roller coasters. My son and I actually took a couple of rides on the SandSerpent in Timbuktu and my husband took the kids on the bumper cars.

Lights at Christmas Town Busch Gardens

For the most part though, we just wandered around looking at all the light displays. As we walked through Sesame Street Safari of Fun, there we could hear the show Elmo’s Christmas Wish going on with Elmo and Friends.

Lighted Flamingos at Christmas Town Busch Gardens

If you have ever been to Busch Gardens in the past, you know that they have an enclosure for Flamingos. This area was made pink with lighted pink Flamingos. It was really neat. 

There were so many light displays around at Christmas Town, I don’t think the photos I took did them justice.  Take my word for it though, they are beautiful.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Of course, the main event was entering SnowWorld Presented by Coca-Cola. This was really all that my kids talked about seeing all night. “We want to see SNOW!”. This is why we saved this part for last.

Hunger was overtaking us at this point as well, so while in SnowWorld, we checked out the food. Our choice was the Belgium Waffles. We actually got 2, one with apples and ice cream, and another with blueberries and whip cream.  They were yummy!

Belgium Waffle at Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

My kids have never seen real snow before, so their facial expressions were adorable.  They kept walking around, picking it up, sliding around, and directing HUGE smiles towards my husband and me. It was tough getting a picture because they would not stay still.

After this, we rode the on an ice slide with inter tubes. It was fast and FUN!

Playing in snow at Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

It was hard to drag them away from the snow, but we wound down our evening by taking a train ride and singing Christmas Carols in Penguin Point.

Have you ever been to a Busch Gardens Christmas Town event?  Are you planning on attending this year?

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens playing in the snow

There was A LOT to do at Christmas Town, and we probably did just as much as we missed.  We had planned on trying to see Santa first, but the kids wanted to find snow, so we were going to come back later. As we swung back around, there was still a line at 11pm. My suggestion is get there early, and see Santa first. The kids didn’t mind though, they had so much fun and were totally exhausted.

Christmas Town is open 18 select nights in November and December from 6 to 11 pm. For more information, visit

Tickets for the 2013 season are $40 for Adults and $10 for Children when you purchase in advance. Look for special offers like Promo Codes and Deals to Christmas Town Busch Gardens at local businesses.

Hope you enjoy the event as much as we did, and Happy Holidays!


Oct 112013
disclosure for site

Halloween tree plain

I have seen Halloween Trees decorated in the stores and thought that they looked really cute.  However, I also thought to myself, “I can make this! and it would probably be cheaper and A LOT more fun as a family craft.” I was right!

Halloween tree free paint

I also told the kiddos I was thinking about making one of these, and they were completely on board and ready to craft.

Since I am a firm believer in using what I have and upcycling, I grabbed a container of sample black paint I got from Lowe’s for free, a branch, a Terracotta pot I had in my backyard, and other misc things around the house.

Halloween tree DIY items

What we used:

A tree branch (sturdy with lots of little branches coming off)

Small Terracotta pot

Black paint

Sponge Paint Brushes


Paper fill (you could also use newspaper, and paint it black once it is in place on top of the pot)

Candy Corn


Halloween tree cardboard part

How we did it:

We first painted the pot and tree branch black.  I let this dry over night. (I highly suggest doing this outside or in the garage.  Black paint can get pretty messy.) Then, I put paper fill into the pot, cut a piece of cardboard to fit over this.  I poked a hole in the cardboard and pushed the tree branch through this. FYI, I did this to support the decorations and the branch in the pot. 

Halloween tree plain with out decor

I would have liked it plain as well! Looks spoooooky!

This was then topped off with more fill and I added candy corn. You will also notice the branch looks different, that is because I needed a sturdier one and had to redo that part. I then put the decorations on and placed it in a highly visible area.  I picked up Halloween ornaments for the kids to color from Michael’s that were on clearance. :)

halloween tree decorated

This craft was that simple, and was truly a collaborative effort from both my older kids and me.  We all painted, and I assembled the tree for them. It was fun and I LOVE that we did it as a family! I think this would even be a fun way to display candy for Halloween by hanging it, and then using this as way to give out goodies at a party.

Do you create anything like this in your home? If so, what do you do and what do you display?

If you decide to put your own DIY Spooky and Fun Halloween Tree together, let me know how it goes.


Sep 222013
disclosure for site

“Frugal and Fun Mom is a Nuby Mommy Blogger. I did not receive any compensation for this post, although as part of this program I may receive items to sample or review. Opinions expressed about the Nuby Sea Scooper are that of my own.”

Nuby Sea Scooper Tub

Thanks to Nuby, I was sent a Nuby Sea Scooper Bath Toy to review here on Frugal and Fun Mom with my children.

The Nuby Sea Scooper Bath Toy actually serves 4 purposes. It is a toy that the kids can play with, it can scoop the toys up out of the water for clean-up, it drains the water from the toys, and it conveniently store the toys.

Demo Sea Scooper

It comes with a wall mount that has adhesive pads so you can attach it to the wall in your bath area. I happen to have an uneven surface on the tiles in my bath, so the pads would not stick. I ended up using 3M Command Mounting Strips to get it to stay, and they have worked out well so far.

Wall Mount Nuby Sea Scooper

My daughter plays with this in the tub and pretends the whale is the mommy whale to one of her characters. She also uses her imagination and says that the whale is eating everything in the tub. This makes clean-up time fun.  My daughter can also put the toys into it once it is up on the side of the tub. I really like how it drains the water from the toys once it is on the wall, this will help with preventing mildew.

Kids playing with Nuby Sea Scooper

I have to give credit to Nuby for being an innovator.  This product has been the motivator for me getting the rest of my bathroom organized. I had actually been meaning to clean out my kids bath toys for a while since I was storing half of the toys in my son’s baby bath (inside of my tub), and the other half in a plastic basket under the bathroom counter.  Most of  toys were gathering dust and were an eyesore. I decided to use this review opportunity to get organized and to take back some of the space in my bathroom. It has encouraged me to only allow enough toys in the tub that will fit inside of the whale. (I hope I can stick to it.)

Do you currently own any Nuby products and which one?  If not, visit their website and tell me another product you would like to have.

Clean up with Nuby Sea Scooper

To learn more about the Nuby visit their website at You can also check them out on Facebook at, Twitter at @nubyusa, Pinterest at, and Instagram at

The Sea Scooper Bath Toy is currently available for purchase at

Giveaway Details:

Thanks to Nuby, one (1) lucky Frugal and Fun Mom Reader, will receive a Sea Scooper Bath Toy, a $14.99 Value!

To enter, please allow a moment for the Rafflecopter Form to load below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sep 142013
disclosure for site

VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase front view

Thanks to VTech, I was given a Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase to review here on Frugal and Fun Mom with my 13th month old son.

This toy has been a wonderful distraction for my little one, especially when I am working on the computer, cooking, or cleaning.

The Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase is a travel-themed toy with an interactive activity panel.  It has four light-up piano keys, a removable phone, a dog on a plane character, along with 3 removable luggage items including a shirt, hat, and socks.

VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase

The suitcase opens and closes, and the 3 removable items fit through holes in the back of the toy.  Inside there is attached flip book and a lip to store parts. It also includes more than 25 melodies and sing-along songs.

VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase inside

It’s songs have words like, “I’m a great traveler pulling my suitcase here and there…”. and ”Open my suitcase, put my things in, close my suitcase…”. In addition, it asks questions to get interaction and it sounds to draw the child’s attention back to it.

The Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase is intended for children Ages 12-36 months and the suggested retail is $36.99.

VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase side

There are so many working parts on this toy to keep my little one entertained. It has flashing lights, pieces that he can pull off, and the songs it plays are fun to listen to.  My son enjoys taking off the phone and pretends that he is talking to his grandma. There is also a section in the back that has slots for the removable pieces. He hasn’t quite mastered opening and closing it yet, but we are working on it. This toy is definitely great for teaching hand-eye coordination.

To learn more about the Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase visit VTech’s website at  You can also follow on Facebook at and Twitter at

What do you like best about the VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase? Who would you give this toy to? 

 Giveaway Details 

And thanks to VTech, I have been authorized to give away the same Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase, a $36.99 value to (1) one lucky Frugal and Fun Mom Reader.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Jul 302013
disclosure for site

The following is a recap of a sponsored event from MommyParties, and Cadbury Ice Cream Bars. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Children and Cadbury Ice Cream Bars

Thanks to MommyParties, and Cadbury Ice Cream Bars I was sent free boxes of Cadbury Ice Cream Bars made with Blue Bunny Ice Cream to host a Cadbury ‘High Tea’ Mother Daughter Event with my friends and their little girls.

Moms at Tea Party

In addition, I was sent a child’s tea set, party hats, and facinators to help set the scene, and get us into the spirit of the day.

Girls at the tea party

My daughter and I have tea parties all the time, but we had never hosted one with a bunch of friends. We were excited to use all of these items, and I was ecstatic to finally have an excuse to break out my wedding china.

Little Girl in Tea Hat

The menu for the day included, Bacon Chicken Salad Sandwiches, a Cucumber Triscuit AppetizerSummer Vacation Trail Mix with pretzels, fruit salad, and sweet tea.

Tea Party food

For dessert, I created an Ice Cream Trifle for the adults with Cadbury English Toffee Ice Cream Bars. Check out the details here–> 7 Layer Pretzel and Toffee Ice Cream Dessert!

Cadbury Bars Ice cream Dessert

The girls dessert included the Cadbury Royal Dark Ice Cream Bars and the Cadbury Vanilla Chocolate Ice Cream Bars. Later I tried the Caramello version, it was YUMMY!

Tea Party dessert Cadbury Bars

We had much fun, and my daughter and I really enjoyed dressing up. This was truly a memory we will always cherish.

Mother and Daughter at Tea Party and attire

Not to mention, this was such a nice event because the kids played and the moms were able to visit and chat. We got to eat lots of yummy food and try out new delicious desserts from Cadbury and Blue Bunny Ice Cream.

Tea Party Fun with Hats

Do you play tea party with your little girl? If so, what items do you include in your event, and on your menu?

 I can’t wait till we host our next tea party event!


Jul 292013
disclosure for site

Rice Krispies Treat Flower

If you are planning on making Rice Krispies Treats, this is something easy to mix up the usual appearance of the dessert, and it is fun for the kids. All you need in addition to the regular ingredients is food coloring and parchment paper.

Kids making Rice Krispies

I used the following directions for preparation, Original Rice Krispies Treats however I divided the recipe up into 3 parts and used 1/3 of the ingredients for each of the colors of the flower.

FYI, both kids helped me prepare the treats but I carefully monitored this since the stove and pot are hot. I handled the food coloring and the forming of the shapes. 

Center of Rice Krispies Flower

Tip: I put around 7 drops of the food coloring into the marshmallow mix before I added in the Rice Krispies. Red made pink, green made green, etc. You can add more to get your desired color.

To make the shapes, I simply formed each part while it was still warm with the parchment paper. The center first, peddles next, and then the stem and the grass. I used the same medal cooking pot for all, and did not worry about the little bit of color left mixing into the next batch.

Rice Krispie Flower Pedals

Tip: I put mine to set on Aluminum Foil. In the future, I will put it on the Parchment Paper so it will peel off easier.

This activity was  easy and delicious. The kids thought it was awesome.

What do you use Rice Krispies Treats to create?

If you try it out, let me know how it goes. :)