How To Be Frugal {Save Money}

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Would you love to know 50 ways to save money? Here are some general tips on how to be frugal, ways to save money in your household, with your kids, and when feeding your family.  Do you have a tip for frugal living? Please share your ideas here at Kids Activities Blog in the comments or […]

101 DIY Gifts for Kids

{Kid-made Gifts} Over 100 ideas of things your kids can make to give this Christmas

Want some ideas for homemade, personalized gifts? Something from this list should inspire or help you! Have any ideas that were not listed? Lets see if we can come up with more! Leave a comment with one of the gifts you have made in the past (or one you hope to make) or feel free […]

On a Bounty Search

I was recently at the Highland Village Wal-Mart to pick up paper towels. When I got to the bright and shiny aisle, I looked around. And around. I needed white, large rolls of Bounty in a big package for the best price. Is that too much to ask? Yep, there is over 20 feet of […]

Mattel Toy Store in Fort Worth {Save Money}

The holidays are upon us.  Catalogs are rolling in and kids will soon be starting their wish lists for Santa. But don’t fret, Mama.  I’ve discovered a little secret for saving bundles of money on toys. It’s the Mattel Toy Store.   Although is is not an outlet store, they offer incredible deals, coupons, and specials […]

Hubby Was Right

Hubby likes to be right. This doesn’t happen very often, but occasionally he is right.  At that point he announces to anyone who will listen, “Hey, I was right today!”  Women stare back at him like he’s nuts, while the guys smile and give him a high-five.  This is because they too are seldom right. […]

Bye-Buy Consign Children's Sale

Cribs, diaper pails, and baby gates… Elmo, tool benches, and doll houses… Cute kid clothes from Gymboree, Tommy Hilfiger, and The Gap… All at discounted prices – 50-90% below retail!  Woo hoo! How is it possible?  Bye-Buy Consign, that’s how! Bye-Buy Consign is having their Spring/Summer consignment sale next weekend.  I always find great deals […]

Funky Finds Spring Fling

I love finding funky things – unique handcrafted items, old junk that has been repurposed and given a new life, or just art work with a special creative twist. I love things that you don’t just pick up at a store in any mall. One of a kind pieces of home decor or fashion that […]

Richardson Reflexology & Aromatherapy Online Store Discount

I was recently introduced to Tanya of Happy Feet, Healthy Body Reflexology in Richardson through a mutual friend. Tanya is an ITEC certified reflexologist. ITEC is an examination organization that based in Europe that ensures that therapist are taught with the highest quality and they are graded on their knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, professional […]

Shopping Made Easy: Him & Her Gift Guides

The holidays are here and so is the stress over finding the perfect gift.  Shopping for your guy or girl just got easier! Check out my picks, you just may find something they will love. Be inspired! For Him 1. Macrame Cord Bracelet from Catherine Zadeh $145 at Barneys 2. Body Care Essentials Set from Jack […]

Mail Call

Free Christmas Coloring pages - great for kids to paint

We have a ritual in our house when it comes to mail. Mail is brought in and divided into 3 categories: junk mail, bills and magazines/catalogues. It’s an easy task to rifle through the stack of mail and toss the obvious junk items. “No, for the umpteenth time we do not need a coupon for […]

$10 for $20 Worth of Toys at Learning Express Toys

Here’s the answer to summertime boredom: find them new toys so awesome and unique you’ll be guaranteed at least two hours of peace each and every day! Today’s DEAL will help you with this endeavor, for you’ll get $20 worth of endlessly engaging toys and such from Learning Express Toys in Southlake. $10 for $20 […]

$100 worth of food for $30… and a $1000 Shopping Spree giveaway!!


My wish, for Mothers Day, is to not wash a single dish, make a single meal or do any other chores but… we are also in the midst of an adoption of two kids and money is tighter than normal.  I am thrilled that I managed to get $100 worth of restaurant food for $30.  […]

53% off Facial or Massage at Shawn Kristopher Salon in Highland Village

Is it time you relaxed and treated yourself to something good for your body and soul? Take your pick of treats with today’s DEAL! $35 let’s you choose from a Glycolic Skin-Refining 45 Minute Facial, a 60 minute deep tissue massage, or a mama/baby-loving 60 minute Prenatal Massage. The highly skilled professional staff at Shawn […]

50% off Salon and Spa Services at Lemongrass in Southlake

Need a break and a little pampering?  Then you need to take advantage of this incredible DEAL from Lemongrass Salon and Spa… You pay only $15 for $30 worth of services at Lemongrass Salon and Spa. Lemongrass, an Aveda salon, is one of the top 200 picks in Salon Today magazine, and for good reason: […]

Vegetables: Are They Really a Necessity?


I woke up this morning with a fever.  Something I’ve dreaded since winter began. I could feel it all over, to my very core.  I’m not sure I can handle this right now. Is it the flu? Pneumonia? Some new virus brought on by the mosquitoes that have already started feeding on me in this […]

Now only $5 for $20 to spend at Brilliant Sky Toys in Highland Village!

She Is Dallas recently promoted a Juice In The City deal for $10 for a $20 purchase at Brilliant Sky Toys.  That’s a great deal but now it’s even crazier! They are running the deal again but the price has dropped!  You might want to sit down for this one…. Only pay $5 for $20 […]

Deal Sites for Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

I don’t know if you have been following QM for long, but we have recently decided to adopt, two boys, from Ethiopia.  We are excited to add to our family and shocked – legal and paperwork fees – Ouch!  Meanwhile, the kids still want to have lessons out of the home, we are planning a […]

Braille Jewelry to Promote Braille Education

A local Denton woman has a passion and a mission. As a mother of a son who was blind by the age of only two months old, Leslie Ligon is passionate about promoting braille literacy.  It seems unbelievable but 90% of people who are blind or visually-impaired are unable to read braille.  Unfortunately, braille illiteracy […]

Dallas-Fort Worth Spring 2011 Children Consignment Sales


Get Great Deals on Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Toys What is a consignment sale? A consignment sale is an organized event where people can buy and sell gently used items.  Children consignment sales include items such as nursery furniture such as changing tables and cribs, safety items such as safety gates and baby monitors, […]

Saving Money with Daily Deal Sites

  I’m sure by now you’ve heard of group-buying or daily deal sites. These sites are great ways to save big money on entertainment, relaxation, gifts, restaurants and more. You can also end up spending more than you bargained for, and the deals can end up being duds. So how will you know if you are really […]

Bamboopink Jewelry

“Home shopping” has become a everyday word in my household since the arrival of my first child almost 5 years ago. Leisurely trips to the mall for lavish clothes, gorgeous jewelry and fancy handbags have been replaced with internet searches for the latest deals on baby gear, childrens’ clothing, and kids’ activities. So when I […]

Free Wedding Planning Tips This Weekend

Market Street is hosting We Do “I Do’s” Wedding Expo so stop by to get wedding planning tips from experts on hand. At the Expo, you will have access to some great information including fabulous menu ideas and delicious recipes.  However, the best part of the event is likely to be the cake and dessert […]

Neiman Marcus Beauty Event

Seeing the announcement about the Neiman Marcus Beauty Event reminded me of one of my favorite times of year. BONUS TIME! I remember when department stores first started the beauty counter gift with purchase events. It was a very exciting time that only lasted a week.  And don’t even think about waiting until the end […]

My Meal Planning

Recently I was inspired by Jes to post my meal planning routine in case it helps anyone else out there! I think we all have our own methods, but it’s always good to get a different perspective. How I Plan a Meal – 1.  Plan my recipes: This year I signed up for E-Mealz, a […]

Need a Gift?

The Dallas/Fort Worth area Massage Envy centers are offering a special Valentine’s Day offer: Buy a gift card valued at $75 or more and get a free half-hour massage promotional gift card. This offer is only valid at the 27 DFW area Massage Envy centers and while supplies last. A Massage Envy gift card is […]

Remember Magic Rocks?

What a perfect find for experiment-loving little boy! I remember Magic Rocks from when I was little. Put in some little colored rocks, add some water and chemicals and voila! You’re growing crystals. It was a simple and easy.  I happened to find a kit at our favorite toy store, Constructive Playthings ( in Plano […]

Supermarket Spa


Who Needs a Massage When there’s a Grocery Aisle to Roam? I recently spent 10 cold minutes huddled over a freezer full of turkeys probably left over from last Thanksgiving, agonizing over the merits of a 12- versus 18-pound bird. I’d had my heart set on a 15-pound one, and choosing anything else was one […]

it is jeanetic

Holly got ready. Ready for something she hasn’t done in years. Holly realized that she had only one pair of jeans that fit well. She had no choice but to go shopping for another pair. Why has Holly not been jean shopping for years? Maybe because last time she went shopping for jeans she entered […]

Grocery Games for your Preschooler & $100 of FREE Groceries

Grocery game at Save-a-lot

JDaniel’s Mom had a great guest post from when I was on maternity leave, it was brilliant.  She used colored paint chips and had a color hunt grocery game that she did with her preschooler, Daniel.  We adapted it slightly last week when we were at the new Save-A-Lot that opened in Grand Prairie, TX.  […]

Unconventional School Supplies

Preschool School supplies

What do gel food dye, borax, shaving cream, cornstarch & cream of tartar have in common? All of these are on my “must buy” list when it comes to school supplies (in addition to the obvious things like glue, markers and construction paper). You can make so many things with those five ingredients! . Gel […]