Nov 272013
 
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Frugal and Fun Mom is an Ambassador For Tickety Toc. I was sent a package of Tickety Toc Toys to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are that of my own.

Tickety Toc Clockhouse photo

 

If your children love Tickety Toc, you will want to check out these exclusive TOYS at Toys R Us!

Thanks to Tickety Toc, I was sent a package with the latest Tickety Toc merchandise to check out with my kids and review here on Frugal and Fun Mom. This included a Tickety Toc Clockhouse Train Set and a Tickety Toc Musical Pufferty Train.

Tickety Toc Clockhouse Toy

Even if your children don’t watch Tickety Toc, they will quickly become fans once they see these awesome toys. 

The Tickety Toc Clockhouse Train Set is intended for children 3 years and up and includes a train track with a movable Pufferty Train and Tommy and Tallulah figures.

Tickety Toc Clock House Train set fun

My daughter plays with this by sending the train down the track. As she navigates around the Clockhouse, she sings the Tickety Toc theme song and acts out a scene from the show. She says, “It’s Chime Time!”. I enjoy seeing her have a good time with it and she enjoys using her imagination.

The Tickety Toc Clockhouse Train Set retails for $39.99.

Tickety Toc Pufferty Train

The Tickety Toc Musical Pufferty Train is also intended for children 3 and up and comes with 3 figures.  These characters include Tommy, Tallulah, and Tooteroo.

Why is the Tickety Toc Musical Pufferty Train a great toy?

3 Top Reasons are it is a train, it plays music, and it has my favorite character, Tooteroo.

Of course it is fun to play with and travel around the house by kid powered locomotion.  When the smoke stack gets pressed in the front of the train, it plays the shows theme song. Plus, as it moves Tommy and Tallulah go up and down like a see-saw and Tooteroo spins in the caboose.

The Tickety Toc Musical Pufferty Train retails for $24.99.

Tickety Toc Pufferty Train Picture Toy

Looking for any of these Tickety Toc items?

Tickety Toc toys can be found online at Toysrus.com and at your local Toys R Us store.

For more information on the series visit nickjr.com/tickety-toc. You can also “like” them on Facebook at facebook.com/ticketytoc or follow on Twitter at @ticketytoc.

Does your child (children) watch Tickety Toc? Which Tickety Toc toy do you think they would like?

I asked my daughter why she liked these toys and her response was “They have my favorite character TALLULAH!”. I should have known that would be the answer.  :)

Giveaway Details

And, thanks to Tickety Toc, I have been authorized to Giveaway a Tickety Toc Clockhouse Train Set to one (1) lucky Frugal and Fun Mom reader.  This is a $39.99 Value. 

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 FFM

Nov 192013
 
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The following is a sponsored post on behalf of Swap.com. I was also provided a shopping credit to facilitate this post, opinions expressed are that of my own.

second hand glove from swap

Recently I asked by Swap.com to shop and evaluate their website and goods here on Frugal and Fun Mom. They gave me a credit to shop their site, and I in turn navigated around and checked out the various categories.

Personally I love to shop thrift for the thrill of a great find, so this made this shopping experience fun for me.

Swap dot com

If you asked me to describe Swap.com in 3 words, I would say new, secondhand, & quality. I choose those 3 because they not only have gently used but they also have items that have never been opened.

Like New at Swap dot com shopping

According to Swap.com they are a site that specializes in buying, selling and trading high-quality kids and baby items. They have books, clothing, games, toys and even maternity clothes.

swap dot com shopping

I looked around the website and found LEGO toys, Star Wars themed merchandise, Melissa &Doug, and Build-a-Bear. I also saw craft related items, sports equipment, and clothing. Some these items were new, and some were used.

Clothing at Swap dot com shopping

 

I compared prices on random new items and some were cheaper than other retailers, some prices were the same, and few were slightly higher.

Stepping Stone Craft item

Since my daughter’s birthday is this month and Christmas is around the corner, I decided to purchase new items for gifting. I found a neat Stepping Stone Kit and Pop Art Necklaces. I also took a look at a couple of websites, including Amazon, to compare and find the prices on these items. On these particular ones, I found Swap.com to be cheaper.

pop art at Swap dot com item

I had also been wanting to order my daughter a baseball glove so she could go out side and play ball with her Dad and brother. I did not see a new one, but I found a pink one that was listed in Good Condition for $8.  It looked really nice based on the picture, so I decided to order that one for her as well.

Baseball Glove secondhand

Once I was finished shopping and was ready complete my order, I put in all of my shipping information, used Paypal to make the purchase, and that was it.  I even got FREE Shipping since this was my first purchase. FYI, if you login as a guest, you can shop with a credit card.

order from swap

My order came a week or so later, and everything was nicely packaged in plastic. When I opened up the baseball glove, it looked brand new.  I decided to give it to my daughter as a last-minute birthday present.  The other items were put away for Christmas.

how swap dot com works

If you are interesting in trading or selling items at Swap.com, they will sort, categorize and professionally photograph the items and let you know when the items are on your account. You select what you want in exchange for your items, or set the sales price. Paypal is required for this service. There is even an option to donate proceeds from sales to your favorite charity. 

If your items have not traded in 45 days they will even buy them. Check out the Swap.com SureSell Guarantee.

What do you think of the concept of shopping thrift or consignment online? Please visit Swap.com and tell me an item that you would like to have?

I would definitely purchase from the site again and continue to compare pricing as well. I might have to test out the swapping service soon, I have toys and clothes that my kids are growing out of.

Giveaway Details

Thanks to Swap.com, 1 lucky Frugal and Fun Mom reader will win a $25 Gift Card to the site. A first time shopper also gets FREE Shipping.

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FFM

Oct 302013
 
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I was provided a sample for review. Opinions expressed in this post are that of my own.

Glow in the dark Gak in package

I was sent a container of Glo Blue Glow In The Dark Gak to review with my son, and it has now given him another way to enjoy playtime with Gak.

I have reviewed Gak from Nickelodeon in the past and as you may recall, it is a stretchy and squishy material that can be pulled into all kinds of directions. It can have bubbles blown into it, and creates popping and weird noises when folded over and smashed. Each package of Gak comes with a resealable air-tight container to keep it fresh and reusable.

Gak that glows in the dark

Before my son started playing with the Gak, I placed it outside in its packaging to get sun light.  We then opened up the container in the closet so he could play with it. He thought it was cool. However since only one side gets the light, as he mixed it around it lost the “glow in the dark” relatively fast. On the flip side, it does charge up quick, I just put it back under a light for about 5 -10 minutes to reactivate it again. I would encourage my son to not only play with it in the dark, but to keep playing with it in the light as well.

Glow in the dark gak in the closet

Glow In The Dark Gak comes in 3 additional colors including Glo Green, Glo White, and Glo Orange. You can find these products online and at your local Toys R Us. For more information on Gak visit gakisback.ca.

Do your children play with Gak?  If so, what is their favorite color or colors?

FFM

Oct 072013
 
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Frugal and Fun Mom is an Ambassador For Tickety Toc. I was sent a  package of Tickety Toc Toys to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are that of my own.

Tickety Toc Talking Tallulah

Thanks to Tickety Toc, I was sent a package of toys to check out with my kids and review here on Frugal and Fun Mom.

My family was so excited to get these, and when we opened the package, there was a  Tickety Toc Talking TallulahMini Plush – Tommy and Mini Plush - Tallulah, plus a 40 Piece Floor Puzzle featuring Tommy, Tallulah, and other characters .

Of course my daughter immediately grabbed the Talking Tallulah Doll and wanted me to get her out of the box.

The Tickety Toc Talking Tallulah is a plastic doll with movable arms and legs that says several recognizable phrases, and sings the show’s theme song.  A couple of the phrases featured are “Perfect!” and “Well done!”. This doll retails for $19.99 and is intended for children 3 and up.  FYI, if your little one is a Tommy fan, there is a talking version of him as well.

Tickety toc puzzle parts

Next my daughter decided to dive into the puzzle.  This was so nice to have on hand because it kept her busy.  She put it together, and then took it apart and proceeded to put it together again the next day. This Floor Puzzle is perfect for her size hands, and is great for hand-eye coordination and problem solving. The puzzle retails for $9.99 and is intended for children 3 and up.

Tickety Toc Puzzle

Finally, she was ready to have playtime with Mini Plush – Tommy and Mini Plush - Tallulah. Of course, we had to set up an imaginary Tickety Town.  We got out my son’s train set for Pufferty and set up Madame Au Lait’s house and the Clock House where the twins go to “Chime Time”. We did all of this with other toys and structures my daughter already had.

Tallulah and Tommy from Tickey Toc dolls

My entire living room was transformed into a fun imaginative place, so Tickety Toc at home could begin. Each of these Mini Plush dolls retail for $7.99 and they are intended for children 3 years and up. These dolls are soft and absolutely adorable.

Tickety toc dolls

Looking for any of these Tickety Toc items?

Tickety Toc toys will be rolling out this Fall and can be found online at Toysrus.com and at your local Toys R Us store.

For more information on the series visit nickjr.com/tickety-toc. You can also “like” them on Facebook at facebook.com/ticketytoc or follow on Twitter at @ticketytoc.

Does your child (children) watch Tickety Toc? Which of these items do you think they would like?

Tickety Toc

Giveaway Details

And, thanks to Tickety Toc, I have been authorized to Giveaway a Prize Pack with a Tickety Toc Matching Game (from Wonder Forge) and Wooden Puzzle (from MEGA brands) to one (1) lucky Frugal and Fun Mom reader.  This is a $16.98 Value 

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FFM

Jun 272013
 
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“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Polly Pocket. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Polly Pocket Zipline Adventure Pool and Wall Party Tree House

Have a little girl who loves to play with dolls?  How about Polly Pocket? 

Well my little girl loves them both, and as soon as I told her that I received a Polly Pocket Wall Party Tree House and the Polly Pocket Zipline Adventure Pool to review, there was a scream, a frantic search for the box, and she then proceeded say, “This is going to be so FABULOUS!”.

Polly Pocket Wall Party Tree House

 

The Polly Pocket Wall Party Tree House is a safe-for-walls multiple level toy with a basket lift, trap door, and a slide. This set includes Polly doll, 2 sleeping bags, kitty, additional themed piece-count and 4 Command strips from 3M (1 is an extra).

Polly Pocket Wall Party Tree House installed on the wall

This is what it looks like up on the wall.

 

Polly Pocket Zipline Adventure Pool

 

The Polly Pocket Zipline Adventure Pool set has multiple levels connected by a zipline. The Polly doll starts at the top of the zipline while a chain reaction sets of a monkey who twirls, and puppy that goes down a slide.

Polly Pocket Zipline Adventure Pool with little girl

Here is the pool put together.

Want to purchase these Polly Pocket items for your little girl?

Check out the following direct links to the Amazon Store below! Plus, if you spend more than $25, the purchase is eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping!

Once we got these sets put together my daughter was one busy girl, so I am glad we got an opportunity to check these out!

Is your daughter a fan of Polly Pocket?  What is your favorite set?

FFM

Apr 202013
 
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ClosetMaid 9 Cube Organizer Espresso

Thanks to ClosetMaid, I was given a 9 Cube Organizer plus 3 Cubeicals Fabric Drawers to review here on Frugal and Fun Mom.

The ClosetMaid 9 Cube Organizer is a shelving system that can hold crafts, toys, CDs, DVDs, office supplies, and so much more. It comes in 5 different colors including white, black, espresso, alder, and dark cherry. In addition, it can be customized by adding colored fabric drawers called Cubeicals.

The  Cubeicals provide a way to store loose items in an organized and clean way.

9 Cube Organizer from ClosetMaid Before

  Here is my room before.

I was needing a way to neatly display my kids DVD’s, coloring books, crayons, and other crafting supplies. In the before picture our stuff was intermingled together in totes, boxes, and baskets. The kids had a hard time getting to their items, and would often times forget they even had them. When I walked in the front door of my home, I would see a garbled mess.

9 Cube Organizer from ClosetMaid

Now that their items are in the 9 Cube Organizer, the kids are rediscovering the DVDs they forgot about, and are using the coloring books and play-dough that are now stored in Cubeicals.  I was also able to get rid of a few storage items and put them to better use in other areas of my home. Everything is easily accessible, and instead of seeing a big mess, I see a nice organized area.

9 Cube Organizer from ClosetMaid After

Here is my room after.

Getting my kids stuff organized was such a motivator for spring cleaning. As I moved the totes around, I dusted and vacuumed under and behind them. I also ended up flipping the room around, creating a space for our home office, a space for my crafting, plus I set up an area strictly for the kids. Having our own areas in the room makes using this part of the house much more pleasurable. 

To learn more about ClosetMaid, their products visit closetmaid.com. You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/ClosetMaid and Twitter at twitter.com/ClosetMaid for organizational ideas.

How do you organize your kids toys? Have you tried any of the ClosetMaid products? If so, which one?

FFM

Frugal and Fun Mom did not receive compensation for this post, but was provided items for free to review. The opinions expressed are that of my own. 

Apr 062013
 
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Lalaloopsy Book from Kelloggs

I am so excited because today I redeemed part of my Kellogg’s Family Rewards points for a FREE book for my daughter!

I have been pulling codes from Kellogg’s Cereal and my Morning Star Farms products over the paste couple months to earn this reward. It took me 4000 points, so now I will start working towards another FREE book for my son. Needless to say, this book will be put back for summer time so I will have something to keep Little Miss occupied. (at least for 5 minutes)

Update: The book came about 8 days later.

Book from Kellogg's Family Rewards

Have you started saving up your points?  What have you redeemed yours for?

If not, click on the box below to learn about the program!

 

Plus, try putting in the codes below for extra points!

KFRFAVPOPTARTS10 -10pts

HOWITWORKS20PNTS -20pts

Enjoy!

FFM

Thank you for the codes RetailMeNot!

Feb 192013
 
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Recently I signed up for the Kellogg’s Family Rewards program, and I already have enough points to grab a FREE Reusable Grocery Tote or coupons! However, I am holding onto my points for a FREE Book for the kiddos.

As a member of this program, you can redeem points earned from this for Free Stuff Like Toys, Books, Giveaway Entries, Coupons, and More! I just checked and you can start redeeming at as little as 25 points!

Also, they are giving away $200 in groceries! 576 – $200 Prizes will be awarded! You will automatically receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes each time you enter a Kellogg’s Family Rewards code! Ends 12/31/13. (FYI, you get a FREE Entry, check the giveaway details to get yours).

If you have not signed up as of yet, GO HERE–> Kellogg’s Family Rewards to get started.

And, as of today, there is a NEW BONUS CODE for 50 points that just came out!  Use 2013KFRBonusCode.

Also, here are some additional bonus codes to try as well:

20 – HOWITWORKS20PNTS (Thanks Become a Coupon Queen)

10 - KFRFIBERPLUSPOLL (Thanks Coupon Clippin Daddy)

25 – HALLOWEENPARTY25

50 – JOINKELLOGG2SAVE

50 - MYFAVCHARACTER50

20 – KELLOGGSMEDAL20P (Thanks Raining Hot Coupons)

Enjoy your rewards!

FFM

Nov 292012
 
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I was recently contacted by CoolZips, a kids toy and accessories company, and asked to check out their website and share information here on Frugal and Fun Mom about the neat kids items that they sell.

If you are looking for “Cool Stuff for Really Cool Kids”  you will want to head on over to CoolZips. They carry a wide assortment of kid related products which include Star Wars, GoGo’s Crazy Bones, plus one of this years hottest items, Furby.

 

 

They also carry over 800 styles of Japanese Puzzle Erasers! These include animals, food, people, and sports related erasers.  I think the Sushi Erasers are absolutely adorable.  Prices start at less than a $1 each!

 

 

If you are looking for bling for your teens smartphone, they carry Plugy phone accessories!  A Plugy simply plugs into the ear phone jack to add decoration to the phone. These retail for $4.99.

 

CoolZips also sells U-Lace!

Have a kid wanting to make a statement?  Why not let them lace their shoes in bold color combinations!  

U-Lace are pop-in, quick-change lace segments for customizing sneakers. They are stretchable and can be popped in and out to create fun and complex looking lace-up’s.  This would be a product that would likely keep my almost 7-year-old occupied. U-Lace retail for $2.99!

All of these items would make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers. Plus, shipping is a flat fee of $2.99 on most orders, so you can keep your holiday expenses down!

For more information on CoolZips or to make a purchasevisit their website at coolzips.com or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/CoolZips or Twitter at@coolzips.

FFM

The following was a sponsored post on behalf of CoolZips.  However all opinions expressed are that of my own.