Friday, April 22, 2011

Free Blockbuster Express Rentals with Promo Code at Food Lion until June

Hi, All,
This little blogger was happy to find this deal today at Food Lion! Get a free DVD rental at the Blockbuster Express kiosks that are located at Food Lion stores. The offer is good for one night and per person on the regular $1.00 DVDs until June 30, 2011. Just be sure to return your DVD the next day to avoid additional night charges. Here's the promo code: FOODLION. (You'll still have to swipe your credit card.)

[If you are still putting together Easter baskets, here's a link to my best deal finds ( Easter Deals Link).]

Little Blogfish

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Teaching Long and Short A with Games

Ready to Learn Short and Long Vowel Sounds

Is your child ready for first grade? If so, it's time to work with learning vowel sounds. Let's start at the beginning and teach about the long and short A sound. First, the short A makes the sound you hear in words like back, ban, bank, and bat. The long A sound is heard in words like bake and bay.

Play a Game to Learn the Sounds

Here's a game I play with my son to teach him to recognize short and long A sounds. Below you will see five dice. Click the file below on a sheet of card stock or thick sheet of paper. You will need three pages in all. Ask your child to cut out each die. Then assemble the dice, taping the ends together.

Letter Dice A Fun

With your child, toss all five dice. Each of you should work for a set amount of time (depending on the child, set your own time limit), and try to create as many words as possible with the letters that land facing up. You and your child should each write these words on a sheet of paper. Then, to determine who wins the game, each person gets one point for each word. Then, if the child correctly identifies the word as having a long A or short A sound, the child gets an additional point. before the game, plan to play until one player get to a particular point value. We like to play to 25.

For example, if you roll an ACK, AKE, B, T, and V, a child may list words like back, bake, tack, and take. He's get 4 points for the words with 4 bonus points for identifying back and tack as having a short A sound and bake and take having a long A sound.That's eight points for the first round.

Game Pieces

Click HERE to download the dice for the game.

Extra Practice

If you'd like to work with some long A and short A words before you begin the game, here's the list of ending sounds from the dice. We used these ending for writing practice and spelling tests when we added letters to the beginning.

Short A Sounds
  • ack
  • an
  • ank
  • ap
  • at
Long A Sounds
  • ail
  • ake
  • ate
  • ay
I hope you enjoy this lesson. Be sure to check back to my follow my blog, follow me on Twitter at @littleblogfish and on Facebook at Little Blogfish.

Recommended Fun Read-- Suzy Mule: Teaches Long Vowel Sounds
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Best Deals for Easter Baskets, Jelly Beans, Peeps, Play-Doh, Candy and More for 4/17-4/23

If the Easter Bunny did like I did this year and waited until the last minute to shop, here’s where the best last-minute Easter deals are from Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens. There’s no need to hop all over town for that bunny to fill the Easter baskets for the kiddos.

**This Easter Bunny probably won’t be using coupons, but search online through the coupon databases to make these deals even better, and feel free to share a comment below if you have a better deal. Be sure to verify these prices with your local store advertisements. I’ve also added a link up for you to add your blog post about Easter savings or giveaways at the bottom of the post.

Easter Basket
Bamboo Easter Basket at Walgreens for $0.79 with in –ad coupon
Bamboo Baskets at Target for $1.50
Felt Basket at Target for $2.00 (it’s cute, so it may be worth the extra $)

Plastic Easter Eggs
12-ct. Plastic eggs at Target for $0.65
42 Small bright eggs at Walmart for $0.97

Real Eggs
One dozen eggs at Target for $1.19
One dozen eggs at Walgreens for $1.29 (2 Free RedBox rentals when you buy two cartons-limit 1 per offer)
Egg Decorating Kit
PAAS kit for $1.99 at CVS 3-day sale with card (with $1.99 bonus bucks—but this bunny doesn’t do a good job of keeping up with those)
PAAS kit for $1.97 at Walmart (these are pretty COOL kits)

Easter Grass
1.5-oz. Easter grass at Target for $0.25
2-oz. Easter grass for $0.99 at CVS 3-day sale with card (with $0.99 bonus bucks—but this bunny doesn’t do a good job of keeping up with those)

Jelly Beans
14-oz Starburst Jelly beans at Walmart for $1.78
14-oz Starburst or Lifesavers jelly beans at Target for $2.00 and Walgreens (size not listed)

10-12 count Peeps at CVS for $0.99 with card
4.5-oz chick Peeps at Target for $1.50
15 or 16 pack bunnies or chick Peeps for $1.50 at Walgreens

Best Chocolate Egg Deal
Russell Stover Chocolate Eggs (limit 8) at Walgreens for $0.39 (these are just GOOD!)

Toy Story 3 Operation, Memory, or Candy Land at Walmart for $5.00

Play-Doh 24 Pack of Colors, Cake Makin’ Station, or Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shoppe at Walmart for $10.00
Pla-Doh Fun Factory at Walgreens for $4.99 (free Play-doh party pack with purchase)

Godiva Chocolate for the Easter Bunny
7 oz. Godiva Bunny at Target for $9.99
3.6- or 4.25 Godiva gems assorted truffles egg at Target for $5.99

Please add a comment below with better deals for other Easter deals for the kiddos. Feel free to add a link to your blog post too if you’re sharing Easter deals and especially if you have an Easter giveaway. 

I’m a teacher, and as a teacher you learn that the best thing to do is share resources. That rules applies here too.  You can also cut and paste this post and put it on your blog if you leave my link below. I hope this helps out the Easter Bunny—now get hopping.

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--A homeschooling mom of two, sharing about baby and kid deals, life as a mom, and fun things to do to teach your children--

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Get National Geographic Little Kids Magazine for $5.00 or $9.00

Today's deal from Mamapedia is great. You can get a One-Year Subscription of National Geographic Little Kids Magazine for $10.00. If you are new to Mamapedia, enter the code MOMS5 to get the deal for $5.00.  Returning Mamapedia members can use the code EASTER10 and get 10% off the $10.00 which makes the deal $9.00. This is a good resources for children 3-6. Click my link HERE. (I'll get a credit too--thanks.)

natgeo3 may give you $3.00 off for new members
FRIENDS5 should also give new members $5.00 off

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Groupon Pay $2 for $5 of One-Night DVD Rentals at BlockBuster Express

Hi, all,
I just got a great Groupon deal. I paid $2 for $5 worth of one-night DVD rentals at BlockBuster Express. I'm really excited that my little town finally has a BlockBuster Express! Now, I can pick the kiddos up a few movies for Friday night after I grocery shop at Food Lion. Just be sure to return it the next day so you aren't charged more. Here's the LINK to the deal and the information about the deal.

$1.00 Off Stonyfield Farm Yogurt

Here's a great way to score a $1.00 off coupon for the 32 ounce container of Stoneyfield Farm Yogurt. Go to the site below and share how you reuse Stoneyfield containers to get the coupon. Hurry, they are only giving away 3,000.

Here's the link:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Baby and Kid Giveaways Link Up

I'm always on the lookout for great deals for babies and kids. I love giveaways too. I thought I'd give this a shot and see if I could get some giveaways linked here on my site. If you have a giveaway this week and the prize relates to babies or children, add your giveaway link below. If you have more than one giveaway, add a link for each giveaway.

Diapers, crayons, books, crafts, toys, bibs, strollers, baby carriers, Easter dresses, cloth diapers, monogramming---please add them all for a fun free Friday or super Saturday. I'll post this again next Friday earlier in the day.

I'm just a little blog, so please share my site with your friends too. Thanks! Here's hoping that I get at least a link or two this week. ;)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Zulily Invitation

I just saw an ad for Zulily and it looks like a great place to get some baby and mom deals. Here's the link to Zulily.

Zulily offers daily sales at up to 70% off on top-quality apparel, gear and other goodies for moms, babies and kids.  Membership is free, and you can use my link above to sign up.

They have some pretty cool Skechers on sale until 4/4.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Food Lion-$2.99 Pampers-$3 off meat-Free Philadelphia Cookbook-$2 off Milk-$4.00 DiGiorno Catalina

(April 8th update--click here for my baby and kid giveaway link up.)

I love to get a good deal at my local Food Lion. I went shopping on 4/1 to take advantage of the three-day sale that has Pampers for $7.99. These are my deals for this shopping trip.

$2.99 Pampers

Here's how I got mine for $2.99. Check with your store first to make sure it will work for you. First, this Friday (4/1) through Sunday, Pampers are $7.99 at Food Lion with your MVP card. Second, I went to Food Lion's site to print their online Pamper coupon for $3.00 off. I printed this last month and it was reset to print again today. Click here for the coupon page at Food Lion Baby Care. (There are more coupons here including formula coupons.) Next, I used a P&G Home Mailer Pamper's coupon for $2.00 with the Food Lion store coupon. My final cost was $2.99.

$3.00 off meat

For the other sales this week,  I used their $3.00 of $8.00 of meat coupon (Click Here) to get a good deal on some reduced meat. You can also get the coupon from Food Lion's Facebook page. 

I noticed that one chicken pack had a $1.50  off chicken when you buy Philadelphia cooking cream.

Free Philadelphia Cookbook

Also, in the magazine section, you can get a FREE Philadelphia cookbook when you buy four Philadelphia products.

$2.00 off milk

I also got $2.00 off milk when I bought two Pillsbury cookies priced at $2.50. I found a pack with a $1.50 off three coupon on it, so we're having cookies and milk for snack.

$4.00 DiGiorno Catalina Coupon

I also purchased a DiGiorno Pepperoni Pizza with Wyngz. I used a $4.00 off coupon from a House Party that I attended. The best part was that as soon as the pizza scanned, another $4.00 coupon printed from the Catalina.

Yeah. Some good deals today. I got close to $85.00 of groceries for $35.00 and that's good when you are getting, meat, milk, and diapers. Check your local sales flyer for Food Lion and ask your cashier if these deals will work for you.

Hope you're having a good day!
Little Blogfish --Robin