Category Archives: Freebies


A Healthier Alternative to Candy: “Beary” Special Valentine Treats (with Printable Cards!)

beary-special-valentine-treats-1I try to eat healthy, and I try to make my kids eat healthy too. So there’s no reason I should include candy in my son’s Valentine’s cards to his classmates. Thankfully I came across this adorable idea using Teddy Grahams from my dear friend at Saving Toward a Better Life.

These are particularly great if you have a toddler in preschool and you want to give treats to the class without having to resort to candy that the little ones shouldn’t have. Plus, it’s completely frugal. You can make Valentine’s for an entire class of students for around $3.00!

“Beary” Special Valentine Treats


  • Teddy Grahams (or store brand equivalent) – fills about 10 bags halfway
  • Valentine bags
  • “Beary” Special cards printed on card stock


I don’t think you should really need any. 🙂 Just have fun creating this yummy Valentine treat that is a healthier alternative to candy. Get your little munchkin involved too. Just try not to eat too many along the way.



Kids Frugal Craft: Brownie in a Jar

Brownie-in-a-JarThis week’s Kids Frugal Craft from Mom on Dealz is a Brownie in a Jar. She tries to make December crafts geared toward gift giving. This craft is something that everyone will love!

Brownie in a Jar


  • 2 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Hershey kisses
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small plastic baggie
  • Sprinkles
  • Ribbon
  • Mason Jar
  • Labels

1. Pour sugar into the mason jar and press down.
2. Add cocoa powder and press down.

3. Pour in flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips.
4. Pour sprinkles in small baggie and attach “love” tag.
5. Attach directions for brownies to the jar.

Directions to attach on jar
1. Empty mix into a bowl and use hands to mix up.
2. Add 3/4 cup butter and 4 slightly beaten eggs. Mix until well until blended.
3. Spread batter into greased or sprayed 9 X 13 pan.
4. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until done.
5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with “love”.

Educational Activities

  • Math This craft/gift lends itself perfectly to practice measuring skills. Have your child examine the measuring cups and make observations about the sizes and numbers displayed.
  • Language Arts Have your child help write the labels and/or directions. If they are not old enough yet, you can write them and discuss the letters and sounds. Remember that drawing pictures is also an early form of writing for children so they can illustrate the directions by drawing the steps next to the words.
  • Science Discuss liquids and solids and how the solids in the jar don’t mix but if they were liquids they would. Also talk about when you add the remaining ingredients in the directions, they will become a liquid, then bake into a solid again.

Other crafts can also be found in the Free Craft Newsletter.


Enter to Win the Full Sesame Street Video USB Set *Ends 12/17*

Remember my Sesame Street Video USB giveaway? Well, there’s good news! If you didn’t win, you now have another chance. ATP is giving away two full seven characters sets of the Sesame Street Video USB! Check out their YouTube video.


The Sesame Street Video USB Holiday Giveaway Contest asks people to send ATP an email at or write on their facebook wall telling them what you would do with the 7-piece collection during the holidays. The two most creative winners will receive all seven (Elmo, Abby, Big Bird, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Grover, and the Sesame Street Sign) characters! Enter by Dec 17th and receive your prize before Dec 25th! Good luck. 🙂


Disclosure:  I was asked by ATP to post about this promotion. I received no compensation for this post. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official Disclosure Policy.