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I’m excited to bring you this sponsored post about the Market Street Kids Club!

Market Street Logo

This month, Market Street announced a new program, one that will make kids and parents alike smile!

Market Street will offer kids a free piece of fruit each time they shop as part of the Market Street Kids Club.

This gives children something to look forward to when tagging along with Mom and Dad.  I dare say it also gives parents a sometimes needed distraction before a meltdown occurs. We’ve all been there.

 

Market Street Kids Club Free Fruit

It couldn’t be easier.

To get your fruit you have 2 options:

  • Pick up a card in store

OR

  • Sign up for Kids Club on the mobile app

I simply had to find an employee in the Produce section of Market Street. He had an entire stack of these Kids Club cards. The card is re-usable – you keep it with you and use it every visit. Simply give the card to the cashier at checkout.

NOTE: It is totally okay if your child eats the fruit before you get to checkout, just simply let them know and hand them the card. :-)

Market Street School Lunch shopping

In fact, we just checked out the new program this past week as we needed to restock on some school lunch supplies like small bottles of water and applesauce pouches.

We headed to Market Street after school, which in all honesty can be a double-edged sword. It’s great because I’m already out and about and it’s the perfect time for a quick stop. BUT…..by this time it’s been a long time since my daughter’s school lunch break and I can always tell. A little bit of low blood sugar and her mood changes. Happens to us all.

So…..I can’t tell you how grateful I was to be able to give her a piece of fruit while we shopped. For one….it’s a healthy choice. Two….it changes her mood completely and she with her blood sugar back up, everything is well in the world. :-) Three….it’s FREE!

Market Street Apples

Kids can choose from a snack size banana, apple or orange.

Market Street has so many options even among those fruits!

Market Street Kid

Here’s my little helper with a smile on her face and a healthy fruit in her tummy!

NOTE: Kids can still get a free small cookie in the bakery each visit too (no card needed) in case you are looking for a special treat, but I certainly love this new healthy option!

Be sure to visit Market Street soon and don’t forget to ask in the Produce section for your Free Kids Club Card!

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Disclaimer:  Disney sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of the red carpet world premiere of Cinderella and Frozen Fever. All opinions are my own. 
Frozen Fever before Cinderella

Have you heard of Easter Eggs in Disney animated movies? When someone mentions they have spotted an “Easter Egg”, it refers to something animators hid within the movie. Did you know there is an Easter Egg in FROZEN FEVER?

Yes….FROZEN FEVER, the new Disney short that plays right before the new live-action film, CINDERELLA, playing in theaters now!

SPOILER AHEAD!

I will tell you what to look for, but not where it is!

You see, in addition to Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff, we have some new characters in FROZEN FEVER. I’m referring to the Snowgies, the cute little snow people featured above who Olaf just loves!

The Easter Egg (Hidden Disney Character) – Be on the lookout for one of these Snowgies to look like Baymax (from Big Hero 6)! BRILLIANT!

Did you spot it in the short? There are so many of the little Snowgies in the film, so it’s not easy.

Read more Cinderella World Premiere Press Trip Blog Posts here, including my red carpet experience!

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2015 Yankee Candle Spring Collection Giveaway

by A Frugal Friend on March 24, 2015

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There was snow on the ground just a couple weeks ago. HERE – in Texas of all places! But with the arrival of March 20th last Friday, Spring made a sudden appearance. And though I might be sneezing already, I can’t tell you how excited I am for warmer weather, buds on the trees and time spent in the park.

Yankee Candle has been ready for Spring for a while now! They’ve introduced their 2015 Yankee Candle Spring Collection and I dare you to just pick one favorite!

Each of the ten new fragrances offers a fresh way to experience the approaching spring season from the comfort of home – whether it’s a picnic in the park, an afternoon in a tropical paradise, or a bite of fresh peach cobbler.

Yankee Candle 2015 Spring collection

CLASSIC JAR FORM: NEW SPRING FRAGRANCES –  new fragrances that will renew senses this spring season.

  • Red Raspberry – Tangy sweet and full of nature’s goodness … there is nothing quite as delicious as ripe, rosy red raspberries.
  • Picnic in the Park – Warm and sunny … like an afternoon daydream stretched out on a soft blanket under a shade tree.
  • Blue Summer Sky – Under a bright blue sky … breathe the clean, earthy, airy scent of a heavenly summer day.
  • Peach Cobbler– Peaches, from the farmer’s market, perfectly baked with cinnamon and honey sugar.
  • Wild Sea Grass –  Kissed by the ocean breeze, the green scent of dewy sea grass atop the sand dunes.

 

PURE RADIANCECOLLECTION: NEW SPRING FRAGRANCES 

  • Pearlescent – Sophisticated pleasure … there’s a shimmery glow of elegance in this lovely, powdery floral bouquet.
  •  Whisper – Heavenly sweet and luxurious, this perfume captivates the senses with its quietly enticing beauty.
  • Escape – Get away anytime with this perfect blend of refreshing beach air and a delicious tropical drink.
  • Paradise – Bask in a gentle, relaxing island breeze filled with the alluring scent of native fruit blossoms.
  • Meadow  Wonderfully carefree and playful … a clean, fresh scent filled with green fields, golden sunshine and blue skies.

Now some extra fun for you:

GIVEAWAY:
One (1) Winner will receive the Large 2015 Spring Collection Classic Yankee Candle of their choice !
(one of the first 5 listed)

HOW TO ENTER:
For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me which new Spring 2015 Classic Collection candle you’d want to win! That’s it.

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Giveaway ends at Midnight (central time) on  Tuesday, March 31st, 2015! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.

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Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

You won’t want to miss this (pay special attention to the Ro*Tel coupon deadline) – Print Now!

Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary.

COUPON ALERT: Click this link http://cbi.as/4wqx  to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL, you will get 1 can free!

Hurry, this coupon expires on April 6th and is only while supplies last!

Be sure to look for RO*TEL in either the Pasta or Hispanic aisle in Walmart!

How do you use Ro*Tel? My mom always made a special dip!

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A Cinderella Themed Party – Showing our #DisneySide

by A Frugal Friend on March 22, 2015

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Showing my DisneySide with this Cinderella themed party! Thanks to the Disney Parks team in partnership with MomSelect, I received many complimentary Disney and non-Disney goodies to help me create a most wonderful Disney themed party. Read on to find out why I picked Cinderella!

Cinderella Themed Party

Our house has been all about Cinderella for the past 2 months.

If you are new here, let me fill you in.

It all started with an invitation to the ball!

YES, I’m being serious! The invite came via email – I was invited to the Red Carpet World Premiere of Cinderella – My First Red Carpet!

You can imagine the excitement!

But here’s the thing, I couldn’t bring my little girl on the press trip to LA. Even though she knew this was a Mommy thing, I could see the disappointment in her eyes.

So…..I had to think of a way to make her feel a part of my experience and I couldn’t think of a better way than to have a Cinderella themed party right before I left!

#DisneySide SuppliesAffiliate Link in Post

The Disney Parks team sent a HUGE box of supplies and our Disney Side @Home Celebration Kit featured items from various companies, Disney items and non-Disney items alike. And while I certainly couldn’t use them all to help with a Cinderella theme – oh, it’s fun because I have supplies for yet another party now!

So a huge thank you goes out to all the suppliers, like Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios (see my tie-die cupcakes below), HP, All, Snuggle, Wisk, Wilton, and more!

I started brainstorming right away. I knew right from the start that I needed to incorporate not only icons from the original animated movie, but also from the Disney Parks as well.

Bibbidy Bobbidi Boutique DIY

Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother certainly has made her “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” line famous, but Disney Parks stepped it up a notch years ago when creating their own Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutiques at various theme park locations.  It’s here that little girls turn into princesses with hairstyles, makeup and more (oh, and there’s fun for boys too)!

So, I set out to create my own Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique station for our party!

DIY Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Boutique – I needed a boutique, so I started with the base, which was something we already had in the playroom – Melissa & Doug Deluxe Grocery Store / Lemonade Stand. I removed the grocery store bins to make it really simple and clean looking.

Create a Sign – There are two sides to the awning, so I wanted to cover that up. I traced the same shape sign on white paper and made my own lettering with markers. Super easy!

Fairy Godmother – Next up, I needed the Fairy Godmother herself watching over everyone. We had a Fairy Godmother doll already. Perfect! (You can find both the animated type doll or even the doll from the new Cinderella live action film).

Disney Princess Nail Polish

Nail Polish - There has to be some pampering at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and thanks to Disney , I was able to use the Disney Princess Nail Polish Set (Peelable and Non-Toxic) that came in our kit. LOVE this set as it has so many Disney princesses. I might have said “dibs” on the Cinderella glass slipper one – I was attending the red carpet after all. :-)

Palace Pets – Our kit came with a couple Palace Pets. With each pet being the pet of a specific Disney Princess and coming with a brush, they were the perfect addition to our boutique for a little playtime.

Cinderella Nail Polish Fun

The girls were so excited when they saw their very own Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!

I’ll admit it was hard splitting up the nail polish colors…….with so many fun princesses, they each wanted them all!

FUN TIP: Since the nail polish is totally peelable (so easy to do), I let my daughter give me a manicure for the very first time. As expected, there was nail polish all over the place, but I didn’t have to worry. It peeled right off. Great for kids learning how to paint nails!

Cinderella Themed Food

What’s a party without food?

It was time to put on my thinking cap and come up with Cinderella themed food ideas! I called this area Cinderella’s Royal Table at Walt Disney World, after the themed restaurant at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Cinderella Clock Cookies

First up – CINDERELLA CLOCK COOKIES!

Without the clock striking midnight, there would be no epic Cinderella fairytale, so I had to incorporate the clock somehow. What better way than with a cookie!

Prepare round sugar cookies using a circle cookie cutter. This will just help with sizing as the cookie bakes to keep everything uniform. Follow your recipe or box instructions.

Let cookies cool completely. I use a wire rack to speed up cooling.

Using piping tools (or a small Ziploc bag with a corner cut off), use chocolate frosting to pipe the details of the clock……the hands and numbers.

Voila!

Cinderella Themed Tie-Dye Cupcakes

But we had to have more than cookies, right?

Cinderella Cupcakes to the rescue!

Cinderella Tie-Dye Cupcakes

Our DisneySide kit contained a Duff Goldman Tie-Dye Premium Cake Mix, yet I didn’t want all those colors. After all, this was Cinderella-themed.

Aha! I only used the blue dye that came with it! Blue & White – the perfect Cinderella concoction! I actually used a Blue-Raspberry frosting too.

For the toppers, I had a Cinderella themed mini-Lalaloopsy doll playset packed away in my closet to surprise my daughter. These mini items were the perfect size for cupcake toppers! From the pumpkin coach to the glass slipper – adorable!

#DisneySide Party Fun

Misc. Fun!

We had oranges for a fruit snack – to represent Cinderella’s carriage of course.

Disney Word Search

Disney Parks Bingo

We even had a race using wands we got when we ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table at Walt Disney World.

Palace Pets Fun

Fun was to be had!

But remember, I had a red carpet event to go to…..

Cinderella Red Carpet Dress Vote

To make this extra fun and tie it even more into my Red Carpet Cinderella experience, I let everyone who came to the party vote on which dress I should wear on the red carpet!

I had narrowed it down to two choices.

This vote would decide!

And the winning dress was…….

Red Carpet World Premiere of Cinderella

What a party we had! Later that week, I flew off to LA for the  Red Carpet World Premiere of Cinderella – My First Red Carpet!

Read all about my Cinderella press trip here – from interviews with cast (Yes, Cate Blanchett!!) to my complete red carpet makeover, I’ve got everything in one spot for you!

Thank you Disney for helping this Mommy make her little girl feel like she went to the ball too! We like to show our #DisneySide around here!

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Penguins of Madagascar On Blu-Ray + DVD (Giveaway)

by A Frugal Friend on March 22, 2015

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Complimentary movie  provided as a courtesy thanks to FHEInsiders as part of the Penguins of Madagascar giveaway campaign.
penguins of madagascar

My daughter LOVES penguins. Of course that could have something to do with the fact that she’s come face to face with an Emperor Penguin in real life. So she couldn’t be more excited that this just arrived at our house! I’m talking about Penguins of Madagascar , which recently released on Blu-Ray & DVD & Digital HD!

They’re cute…they’re cuddly…they’re back! From the creators of MADAGASCAR comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds! In DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private—join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world. It’s a side-splitting, globe-trotting adventure the whole family will love!

A little fun for the kids….

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EASTER FUN: For a limited time, get 2 hopping Penguin toys only with the DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Easter DVD and Blu-ray™ pack – perfect for Easter baskets.

Penguins of Madagascar toys

GIVEAWAY:

One (1) lucky winner will win Penguins of Madagascar Blu-Ray, DVD Combo with 2 Poppin’ Penguins Toys

HOW TO ENTER:

For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me why you’d like to win. That’s it.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

You can earn one extra entry for each of the following (leave separate comments for each):

2. Follow A Frugal Friend on Pinterest
3. Subscribe to A Frugal Friend via email or on Bloglovin
4. Follow A Frugal Friend on Instagram
5. Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter
6. Follow Fox Home Ent on Twitter
7. Tweet the following as is: Win Penguins of Madagascar Blu-Ray/DVD Gift Pack from @AFrugalFriend http://tinyurl.com/q333wb8 #PenguinsInsiders

(leave as separate comments please for each entry)
Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Monday, March 30th, 2015! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.

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Complimentary movie  provided as a courtesy thanks to FHEInsiders as part of the Night of the Museum Secret of the Tomb giveaway campaign.
Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb

It seems as though we’ve never said goodbye to Robin Williams. He lives on forever in so many films, this one I’m drawn to in particular because it releases after his passing. He will always make me smile, laugh.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has released on Blu-Ray and DVD this month!

If it’s laughter you’re after, get ready for the most hilarious night ever! Ben Stiller leads an all-star comedy cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais, for one final, fun-filled Night at the Museum. This time, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life!

DEAL: With this Blu-Ray/DVD, you get a FREE bonus Digital HD movie: your choice of either Night at the Museum or Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Perfect for us since our daughter hadn’t seen the original, very first movie!

Plus, there are 90 minutes of improv, deleted scenes and more! I promise you’ll want to see this – I always love the outtakes!

How about some family fun…….

Night at the Museum Crossword
night at the museum word search

 

 GIVEAWAY:

One (1) lucky winner will win a copy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb on Blu-Ray/DVD!

HOW TO ENTER:
For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me why you’d love to win. That’s it.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

You can earn one extra entry for each of the following (leave separate comments for each):

2. Follow A Frugal Friend on Pinterest
3. Subscribe to A Frugal Friend via email or on Bloglovin
4. Follow A Frugal Friend on Instagram
5. Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter
6. Follow Fox Home Ent on Twitter
7. Tweet the following as is: Win the Blu-Ray/DVD Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb from @AFrugalFriend http://tinyurl.com/mmprmma

(leave as separate comments please for each entry)
Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Sunday, March 29th, 2015! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.

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