10+ Weekend Frugal Finds for Busy Moms

I love free stuff. That’s actually how this blog started out… When I found out that I was pregnant, I started looking for tips on stretching my budget farther, which led me to the world of super smart blogs written by super clever moms. I learned that there were tons of ways to earn money from home, shop online for free, and get free stuff. Between requesting samples of cool new products and winning a lot of fun giveaways, checking my mailbox started to feel like Christmas every day!

When I lost my job right after having Abby, I decided that I’d share some of the cool tips that I’d learned – in addition to the freebies, I’d also become a master at the whole, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” type of lifestyle. We grow our own fruits and veggies, do a lot of canning and freezing, clip coupons, and love DIY. So I started Sunshine and Sippy Cups as a way to share all of that fun stuff! So I’ve decided that on the weekends, as I go through my emails and find cool free stuff and frugal ideas, I’ll share my favorites in a list with you ladies too. Welcome to the first edition of Frugal Finds for Busy Moms :)

How to find free and frugal stuff - for moms

Frugal Finds for Busy Moms

  • Free LeapPad apps: When you log in to your online LeapFrog account, look for a button on the left side that says “redeem codes” – then enter these two codes, and you’ll get the apps, totally free! Abby adores the Alphabet one. Alphabet Stew – Regular Price $7.50 – FREE with Code  5813-0790-4610-4973, and The Book of Super Awesome Stuff – Regular Price $7.50 with Code 5813-1140-1518-1413. [Read more...]

Design Your Own Free Father’s Day Card

If you missed the  FREE Father’s Day card offer from Treat earlier this week, I have good news for you… They extended it through the end of the month! So you’ve got a couple more days to take advantage of this amazing freebie from one of my all-time fave card creation sites.

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How to Create a Gratitude Journal with a Free Memory Jar Printable

Free Memory Jar Printable… For the new year, I haven’t quite finished writing down, planning for, and deciding on all of my goals. {I’m close though.} But, there are a family goals that I did decide on – I want to build some better routines, so that I’m not so stressed with work and homemaking tasks, and can really live “in the moment” with Abby more often. I want to make sure we celebrate the little things more often. I want to make sure I really and truly show and tell my family how much I love and appreciate them – I want them to feel valued. And, I want to practice gratitude in my life daily. I already tend towards being one of those optimistic, Pollyanna-ish types who always find the silver lining on their glass that’s half full. But I know that I have so much to be grateful for, and want to ensure that I focus my energy and thoughts on that in 2013, versus getting down about any of my challenges.

Gratitude Jar Printable

Free Memory Jar Printable Download from Paper Coterie

This is such a genius idea – Instead of trying to keep up with a daily journal, scrapbook, or other record-keeping, why not simplify it all, and break it down to a super-doable way of capturing those great moments in your life? Yep, Paper Coterie, my absolute hands-down favorite paper products company, is giving you a free Memory Jar Printable to use this year. How awesome is that, right? They make it so easy to keep your memories alive by recording them for the future. Keep reading to learn how it works…

Journaling gratitude printables

Start your own Gratitude Journal in 2013

Here’s how it works – Print out the prompts, the jar label, and the bookplate. Put all of those prompts into your Gratitude Jar, and then simply pull one out each week, tape to your journal page, {use a cool vintage Paper Tape for some fun style} and then write a little page once a week, using that prompt to guide you. Super easy, and super meaningful.

Paper Coterie

Paper Coterie is a circle of friends who are passionate about documenting the beauty of life well lived. Whether it’s in a photo book, guest book, journal, or one of their custom personalized books, they’ll help you capture the memories you want to save and share. Want to document your growing child? Don’t worry. They’ve got that covered. Choose from one of their awesome personalized growth charts, wall décor posters, baby books, or shower guest books. Want to join Paper Coterie as an affiliate? They rock, and you’ll love learning about the newest products too.



Got a New Kindle? Get Tips for Mastering the Kindle Fire

Mastering the Kindle Fire… I bought my Kindle Fire as my Christmas present for myself, a few weeks ago. But – as excited as I was to finally buy one – and get a sweet deal on it too! – I haven’t sat down to really figure out how to use it. Life has been over-the-top crazy lately. One of my goals for next week is to fully learn to use that, as well as learn how to get the most out of my new Windows phone. I buy these gadgets to help me get organized and save time – but I’ve had no time to use them. *Sigh* Being a work at home mom has a lot of perks – but it’s a BUSY job!

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How to Get Free Kleenex Care Kits to Share Some Kindness this Season

Learn how easy it is to get some totally free Kleenex Care Kits, so that you can share the softness – and some kindness – this holiday season… Since we’re smack dab in the middle of what’s expected to be a pretty nasty cold & flu season, it’s the perfect time to stock up on supplies like cold medicine and Kleenex. Because moms don’t have time to get sick, right?

Moms don't have time to get sick [Read more...]


Wedding Paper Divas: 10 Free Save the Date Cards

At this time of year, we’re usually thinking of sleigh bells. But if you’re one of those lucky ladies who are also thinking about wedding bells – I’ve got a really fabulous little goodie for you today – Enjoy ten (10) free save the date cards or save the date postcards using the code SAVEYOURDATE at checkout. How awesome is that?

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Make your Season Brighter Without Making your Wallet Lighter!

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….” – Yep ladies, it’s that time of year – the holidays are here! I’m about as festive and holly jolly as you can get, so I get SUPER excited as we pass Halloween, and head into my favorite season. We actually just put up our Christmas lights on the outside of the house, the fences, and in the trees this afternoon, before it starts snowing here. Then, after we’ve all been stuffed with too much turkey, we head out across the street, and mom flips the switch to turn on all of the lights! Love it. If you’re in the holiday spirit too, I’ve got some sweeeet deals just for you.

Love Tiny Prints Card [Read more...]