Thanks to Scholastic Parent & Child for sponsoring this post about the educational app, KidQ. I received compensation, yet as always, all opinions are my own.

Scholastic Questioning

At a recent conference I was given this statistic. I’ll never forget it.

Moms are asked 288 questions per day by their kids on average. I believe it.

Funny thing though….my daughter wasn’t that typical 2-year old who bombards her parent with a gazillion questions. No, she waited until she was in elementary school. Interesting, huh?

In fact, her favorite subject right now is science. She reminds me quite often about the role of a scientist – to seek knowledge. Now you understand where her love of asking questions is coming from.

And as much as it can get annoying when I’m bombarded with those questions, I want to encourage her to ask questions, and not just at home or in school, but in and “of” her community.

Scholastic Parent & Child KidQ App

Scholastic Parent & Child believes that one of the best ways to connect with your child is through conversation. I couldn’t agree more. Engaging with my daughter when she is in question mode can make for some interesting conversations, but it’s wonderful quality time.

To help facilitate that conversation time, I’ve been introduced to KidQ, a FREE App from Scholastic Parent & Child.

The KidQ app facilitates conversation via fun Q&As about the things that kids (and parents!) are the most curious about, like “Why is the sky blue?” and “Why do we say ‘ears’ of corn?” Each day, users receive a playful question that serves as a conversation starter along with the official answer. Families will have a blast as they compare their explanations to the facts!

KidQ App Question and Answer

Here’s an example of what we’ll be doing with the KidQ App, and this question was right in my daughter’s wheelhouse, so to speak. She loves animal facts!

Did you know the answer? That’s the best part, it’s not just kids who are learning. I think that’s important for kids to see…….we never stop learning.

This question led to more conversation. We didn’t just stop there. I talked about how I’d seen Manatees in the wild and shared my experience.

Mommy/Daughter bonding. :-)

Scholastic Parent & Child KidQ App – FREE – available for iPhone and Android!

Check it out and see what you learn in the process!


Food Fun – Big Hero 6 Lunch, Baymax Sandwiches

by A Frugal Friend on September 30, 2014

Baymax Sandwich Big Hero 6

We’ve had a fascination with Big Hero 6 here in my family lately. Having Mommy interview Big Hero 6 Directors and Producer a couple months ago while in L.A. sparked the interest in my daughter. And because Mommy has seen extended scenes from the movie, she can’t wait for November 7th to roll around.

So, I thought we’d have a little food fun with a Big Hero 6 Themed Lunch.

How about this idea for lunch? Big Hero 6 Lunch Baymax Sandwiches to take to school? I think the kids will be envious!

Follow these simple instructions:

Big Hero 6 Lunch Baymax Sandwich

Step 1 – Prepare the bread. Create into oval slices using cookie cutter.

TIP: I didn’t have an oval cookie cutter, so I slightly bent my circle one into an oval shape. Super easy.

Step 2 – Create your sandwich filling. PB&J, Ham & Cheese, anything. Place the top slice of bread over the filling.

Step 3 – Create the eyes of Baymax. I used Chocolate Covered Raisins, attaching them to the bread with a tiny bit of peanut butter. Regular raisins would work too. Get creative.

Step 4 – Cut length-wise a tootsie roll very thin using a sharp non-serrated knife. Place the tootsie roll slice in between the eyes, touching. The tootsie roll is sticky, so no need to use peanut butter to attach.

VOILA – Meet Baymax! Super easy and fun!

Big Hero 6 Staff

Be sure to check out my post from my visit to Disney Animation Studios with Big Hero 6. This post for lunchtime fun was all on my own and certainly not required by Disney.

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Halloween Candy Coupons – Hershey, Jolly Rancher and more

by A Frugal Friend on September 30, 2014

$1.10 off (2) Hershey's Snack Size Bags 9oz - 22oz Affiliate Link in Post

Print these Halloween candy coupons out now and wait to combine with a sale over the next few weeks!



Shhhhhhhh!!!! #LetsTalkBums + High Value Cottonelle Coupon

by A Frugal Friend on September 28, 2014

Thanks to Cottonelle® for sponsoring today’s discussion. #LetsTalkBums

And there’s a high value Coupon…..but more about that below!


It’s not discussed.

We musn’t mention it.

But Let’s Break the Rules!

Maybe it’s my age or may it’s because I’m a mom and my daughter has already gone through potty training, but certain topics aren’t taboo anymore.

I wonder why it’s taken so long for this conversation to happen. After all, haven’t we been cleaning our children’s bums for centuries? And while we’ve come a long way (hello disposable diapers and wipes), why is it that we’re just now talking about how a wet + dry system is better for adults and not just babies?

As I’ve taught my now 7-year old, sometimes more toilet paper is just “more”…..not necessarily “better” or “cleaner”. As parents we’ve all been there. Wipes are next best thing to a bath or shower. Shouldn’t they be a part of our bathroom routine?

#LetsTalkBums Math

Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths are the perfect addition to the two-ply Cottonelle® Clean Care Toilet Paper

The Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths feature SafeFlush Technology, so they not only offer you a confident clean but also start to break down immediately after flushing.

The alcohol-free wipes are great for the entire family. Don’t forget those children going through potty training. Any extra help they can get with cleaning is important.

Are they a part of your bathroom routine? Your spouse’s? Your child’s? How about starting a conversation?

Grab this $1.50 Cottonelle Coupon Now!

TIP: It will go up to $2 if you share with friends!


american girl sale


HURRY! Certain dolls already SOLD OUT. Most Bitty Baby Packages still available!

SHOP - American Girl Bitty Baby Collection and My American Girl Collection

Retail price: $124 to $169

Now ONLY: $50 to $67

Discount code: JILLSEP14

Accessory discounts too on strollers, carriers, outfits etc! You’ll see the discounts at the top in RED!

These deals will not last and expire tomorrow morning (Sept 27th at 8:30am CST), if they are not sold out.

When the bigger dolls are sold out, consider the American Girl Bitty Baby – we love ours! Read about our Bitty Baby doll here –> Meet our American Girl Bitty Baby

American Girl Matching Outfits


Elsa Costumes Back in Stock – Hurry!

by A Frugal Friend on September 26, 2014

Elsa Costume Affiliate Link in Post

Elsa Costumes (and Anna ones too) are back in stock at The Disney Store, but likely not for long.

You can find the dresses, wigs, shoes, crowns and more right now!

Hurry! They just became available again (I had tried to order last week and all sold out)!

SHOP - Disney Store – FROZEN



Thanks to The Coca-Cola Company for providing compensation and inspiration for this blog post. All opinions are my own.
Effortless Meals Typical Busy Day

It’s fall and that means our busy schedules have gotten even busier. I’ve noticed that some days I can’t even fit everything on the calendar. It’s that packed.

But there’s one thing I always make a point to do. Well, almost always. I try. Really hard.

Family Time.

Sometimes it’s really hard, especially when we finally get home and it’s time to prepare dinner. Sometimes that just defeats me. I want to snuggle on the couch with my daughter who has been going and going all day long.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Okay, so it’s not so little and it’s not a secret, but…..well. :-)

To make family dinners a little more convenient for moms, Coca-Cola and Walmart have come together to create options – Effortless Meals - take ‘n bake pizza, flavorful sandwiches and ready-to-serve rotisserie chicken.

Walmart Effortless Meals Sandwich

I love that term…..Effortless Meals!

These meals let me spend less time in the kitchen and more time with my daughter and husband.  Sometimes I need a break and having meals like this ready to buy at Walmart makes it easy to say no to the drive-thru line.

Walmart Effortless Meals

When we are on the go, sandwiches are an easy choice. Walmart has so many choices – some cold and some easily heated in the microwave.

Rotisserie Chicken is always a go-to item for me. The first night, I just cut it up since it’s ready to go. There are always leftovers and I can make chicken salad or a quick casserole with it. Paired with a salad – super easy and delicious.

Walmart Effortless Meals Pizza

Of course, a pizza to go is always a great option and loved by all. Paired with a quick salad and we’re all set!

In fact, Walmart and Coca-Cola are so excited about Effortless Meals that there are My Coke Rewards !


Simply buy highlighted Effortless Meals from Walmart and Coca-Cola, then head to My Coke Rewards and enter the UPC Codes to gain 10 bonus points!

This program goes through November 30th, 2014!

Marketside Pizza

You don’t have to twist my arm! This week has been crazy busy. So tonight, I’ve got salad, Marketplace pizza and Coca-Cola…….voila, dinner! I’ll have some extra time to snuggle with that little girl of mine before she heads off to bed.

Sometimes that extra time is what a mom needs. Grab that time when you need it with the help of Effortless Meals from Walmart and Coca-Cola!

What’s your favorite Effortless Meal?