Keeping It Clean with Cottonelle #LetsTalkBums

by A Frugal Friend on August 28, 2014

Thank you to Cottonelle for sponsoring this post and getting the conversation started #LetsTalkBums!

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I’m a mom. I’ve dealt with all kinds of “accidents”. The okay kind and the OMG kind. Oh, the stories I could tell.

Moms are used to talking about “Bums”. It’s out of necessity. We talk to our kids. We get advice from other moms.

But when it comes to our own “Bums”….”Mums the Word”.

Let’s talk and be real. Babies and young children, they probably get a lot more clean in that area than you or I do. They have someone cleaning for them and paying attention to detail. Ha!

But the average American, well, we just leave it at using bath tissue. That’s it.

Why do we work so hard to get our babies clean and yet ignore our own? Good question!

So I challenging you to give the Cottonelle wet+dry system a try! And I’m going to make it even easier for you with a $1.50 printable coupon!

Yes – a great coupon! Perfect timing, huh?

Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths


Now, I remember from my early Mommy days, that you disposed of wipes in the trash, not the toilet. But with the Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths, they feature SafeFlush Technology…….so they start to break down immediately after flushing.

Yes, flushable and sewer and septic safe!

Pair them with Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper for that extra clean that we all want (and might need)!

One thing that I really appreciate is that the Cleansing Cloths dispenser is so neutral and simple that it fits right in with any bathroom decor you might have.

So try it out! But, HURRY – This $1.50 Coupon won’t last forever!


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It’s the Gymboree Labor Day Sale! Grab your 20% off coupons (you are on their mailing list, right?) and check out the clearance section + new arrivals!

gymboree cape cod cutie

I have to admit I fell in love with the new Cape Cod Cutie Collection!

Gymboree Rewards – Sign up now (link below) and be halfway to your first reward!

Sweepstakes – There’s an amazing Eric Carle Sweeps that goes through next week (link below)!

SHOP:  Huge Gymboree Labor Day Sale



Shopping at for Back to School #ZapposStyle

by A Frugal Friend on August 27, 2014

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for I received product samples to facilitate my review.
Back to school shopping can be fun… times.

I love watching my daughter pick out a special folder or notebook. I enjoy the smell of a brand new package of crayons. BUT, truth be told, there’s one aspect of back to school shopping that I dread. Yes, dread.

I loathe the complaining that inevitably occurs as I take my daughter from shopping location to shopping location in the Texas heat. It’s absolutely miserable. But she needs new shoes. She has outgrown last years clothes. What’s a mom to do?

Oh…..I’ve found exactly what a mom is supposed to do! Head to for Back to School!

I’m going to be honest here. I thought was just shoes. Oh my, was I ever wrong.

Yes, they have shoes (everything from Mary Janes to tennis shoes and Uggs), but more importantly they have clothing for all ages, accessories, even items for your home like cutlery and cookware. Who knew?

Back to School Finds at

  • Kids Shoes – athletic shoes, dress shoes, casual, even boots
  • Kids Clothing – athletic, casual, and dressy too
  • Backpacks and handbags
  • Lunch Bags
  • School Uniforms

It’s the perfect one-stop place to shop. No children complaining in the summer heat. No endless trying on clothes. No store after store. You’ll find brand names and more all in one place!

AND returns are made easy!

AND shipping is super quick… day if you order by early afternoon! Impressive. That means there’s plenty of time to shop now before Monday!

So….I did a bit of back to school shopping in the convenience of my own home thanks to!

stride rite claire shoes

What did I purchase?

I can’t wait to show you pictures! Stay tuned for more!

But in the meantime, what are you waiting for? Next day shopping if you order by early afternoon! Head to for Back to School shopping – less headache!

Be sure to follow Zappos on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter!


Spot It! Disney Frozen Edition – Hottest New Item

by A Frugal Friend on August 26, 2014

spot it disney frozen game Affiliate Link in Post

Spot it! Disney Frozen Edition releases this week and it’s going to be the hottest new item I’m predicting.

Perfect size for a stocking stuffer!

Only $13.99 right now – yes, you can pre-order right now and on the 29th (3 days) it will ship to you!

Develops focus, visual perception, language and fine motor skills!

But this game isn’t just for little kids. My husband and I play Spot It! with our 7-year old and nieces and nephews. They are fascinated by the fact that there are ONLY 2 items that match on any given 2 cards… matter what. :-) This truly is fun for the entire family!

Includes 55 cards and illustrated rules in a durable (and adorable) travel-size tin

2 to 8 players, ages 3 and up

IMPORTANT – Even though it officially releases Aug 29th, you can ORDER Now and it will ship the 29th!

SHOP: Spot it! Disney Frozen

There are other versions of Spot It! that are fun too – themed! Brilliant! So if you have some kids who aren’t into Frozen, check out these others!

Only $9.89 – Spot It Junior Animals (we have this one)
Only $12.92 – Spot it! MLB (for the baseball fans)
Spot it! Splash Card Game – Summer themed – I’m grabbing this one for next year!
Only $10.50 – Spot it! Halloween Card Game

More for my Disney fans:

Spot it! Disney Pixar – Words
Spot it! Disney Princess – Words

Have fun shopping!


Football Cutting Board – We Use This All the Time!

by A Frugal Friend on August 25, 2014

bamboo football cutting board Affiliate Link in Post It’s football season! Whether you love college football or professional, game day is always fun and the perfect excuse to entertain!

And whether we are getting together with friends or just enjoying an afternoon at home, we love this Football Cutting Board! It’s perfect to use as a cutting board for game day prep or just to use as a serving tray!

I had no idea they made football cutting boards until I received one as part of a Libbys Vegetables campaign a long time ago. Love this board they sent me and I found it online for you too! They are selling like hotcakes right now!

Libbys Game Time Giveaway

Priced around $18 right now and measures 15″ L x 8 1/2″ W x 3/4″ H.

SHOP: Football Cutting Board

TIP – Would make a great holiday gift for the sports fan in your life too!


A huge thank you to Westgate Resorts who hosted my family and I on a Westgate Town Center Resort Trip and visit to Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida! All opinions are my own.

Westgate Town Center Orlando FLorida

If you have been around here a lot, you know how much I love ALL things Disney. From the thrill of theme parks to the sweetness of characters like Mickey Mouse, I’m always looking forward to visiting Orlando, Florida.

I’ve stayed both on Disney property and off, as there are advantages to both, but this last time we stayed at the beautiful Westgate Town Center Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, just a hop, skip, and jump away from Walt Disney World.

Westgate Town Center Orlando Grounds

The entrance is inviting. The grounds are simply gorgeous with palm trees everywhere. I couldn’t put my camera down. It was just what my family and I needed for a quick weekend getaway.

Westgate Town Center Buildings

Westgate Town Center features more than 2,800 luxury villas filled with incredible amenities you’d only expect from home.

The villas range from efficiencies to five-bedroom villas, so you know you’ll find just the right size for your family no matter how big or small. The balconies were even screened in so there were no worries about mosquitos – LOVE that, especially since those little critters seem to adore me. :-)

Westgate Town Center Bed

We were placed in a two-room villa and the sleeping arrangements ended up a bit different. My husband caught a cold unexpectedly and we placed (SECLUDED) him in the smaller bedroom. But though his room was smaller than the master, it still featured its’ own bathroom. SWEET! No germs for us!

Westgate Town Center Rooms

Let’s talk about the luxuries of home which you’ll find at Westgate Town Center.

  • Kitchen – You have a full kitchen complete with dishes, cookware and utensils. This saves you money. Not only can you go to the grocery store and purchase food to cook in the hotel room, but you can even grocery shop on-site!
  • Washer/Dryer – Yes, there is a washer and dryer in your room. Perfect for drying those swimsuits before packing to go home. Ideal for parents with little ones who have accidents. Oh, I could have used this during several trips.
  • Bathroom – While you don’t have daily maid service like at a typical hotel, there are plenty of towels tucked away. You won’t need to be making any phone calls. You’ll even find a magnifying mirror, which is  a must have for those of us over 40! LOL The only thing lacking is lotion, so be sure to pack your own!
  • Jacuzzi Tub – You’ll love the jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom, complete with curtains around it for extra privacy. This is in addition to the shower.
  • Living Room and Flat Screen TVs – Yes, these villas are spacious!

Westgate Town Center Activities Badge

And though the rooms were incredibly nice, while in Florida I certainly intended to be outside and soaking up the sun with some fun! And thankfully, Westgate Town Center was just the place we needed for family fun. So much fun that you really never need to leave the resort at all. And I’m not kidding.

Westgate Town Center Miniature Golf

I’ve never visited a resort which had so many activities to choose among, all on-site. Perhaps one of our favorites, Jurassic Golf, which featured a miniature golf course along the lake with dinosaurs at each stop. So fun for kids and adults alike.

PHOTOBOMB: If you look closely below you might spot one dinosaur who decided to photobomb me!

Westgate Town Center Activities

From playgrounds and crafts to bike rentals and boat rides, there’s something for everyone. We had so much fun enjoying our boat ride in the Swan Paddle Boats, playing miniature golf at Jurassic Golf, painting a birdhouse, watching “Frozen” yet again while coloring sheets, swimming, enjoying an ice cream break and more!

All that was in just one afternoon! We were busy and loving every minute of it.

Westgate Town Center Train

One of our favorite relaxing activities was catching the train that goes around the resort to all the buildings. The resort is so large that we never made it completely around.

Don’t you love the Thomas the Train TRAIN? It will take you throughout the resort grounds to the restaurant, the pools, the activities center, etc.

Westgate Town Center Water Park

And there will be more fun to be had in the future as a water park and more restaurants are being worked on now!

Westgate Town Center Sells Disney Tickets

But no trip to Orlando is complete without a trip to Disney in some form or fashion (told you I was a Disney fan). The best part is that you can purchase your tickets right at Westgate Town Center, where you’ll find a Disney castmember willing to answer any questions and help you plan!

In fact, we were lucky that weekend. We were heading out with some other bloggers to Downtown Disney for a night on the town!

Westgate Town Center Downtown Disney Trip

I will NEVER turn down a trip to Downtown Disney. :-)

Neither will this girl of mine. :-)

Westgate Town Center Downtown Disney fun

We ate a quick dinner at Earl of Sandwich since we didn’t want to waste any time on our Disney fun! We shopped at our favorite toy stores, watched fireworks (you could see the Epcot ones from Downtown Disney) and yes, we had Disney treats! Always a favorite – Mickey Mouse ice cream sandwich!

Westgate Town Center Security

It was hard to say goodbye but we’ll back again one day!

Be sure to visit Westgate Town Center Resort online to learn more and as always visit my Travel Tab above for more travel posts!


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It’s almost fall and that means I’m going to start bringing you the best deals I spy on items for the holiday season. I like to spread out my shopping to make it easier on our budget. I bet you do too!

Here’s one for all our Frozen fans:

Frozen Princesses Anna and Elsa 48 Piece Puzzles (Set of 2 Puzzles) only $6.38!

That’s $3.19 per puzzle!

Happy Shopping!