A Year of Dollie and Me PLUS Win $50 Totsy Credit!

Little girls and their dolls! I remember when I found out I was having a little girl, the thing I was most excited about was the opportunity to play dolls again! 😉

Nowadays, the “in” thing to do is to buy outfits that have matching outfits for your dolly!

A Year of Dollie and Me is a subscription based service that actually sends you several Dollie and Me sets for your little girl and her doll throughout the year!

  • In February: a duo of darling Easter dresses
  • In April: a pair of 2-piece Birthday legging sets
  • In June: two beautifully breezy sundresses
  • In August: two late summer legging sets
  • In October: a sweet set of matching sleepwear

This service ordinarily costs $412.50! However, Totsy currently has it available for 60% off! You pay $165.00 and you receive an outfit for dolly and daughter 5 months of the year!

Here’s the ordering info (you’ll also see it on the sales page):

How to order:

Step 1: Choose your child’s dress size from the drop down menu. We recommend you order one size larger to allow room to grow because you’ll receive the same size girl’s outfit all year.
Step 2: Choose your doll type (pictured at left) from the drop down menu.

  • Each doll is 18″ tall
  • Imported
The sale is only active a bit longer, so go check it out!
This giveaway is over.

Win $50 inTotsy Credit!

Totsy has also decided that they want to give away $50 in Totsy credit to ONE Family Friendly Frugality reader!

To enter, you must be a Totsy member (sign up for Totsy here).

Then just leave a comment under this post telling me which current Totsy boutique you would like to spend your $50 of credit in! 

For a bonus entry, you can do any of the following as well:

Subscribe by email to Family Friendly Frugality. Leave a comment telling me you subscribed

LIKE Family Friendly Frugality on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you “liked” the FFF page.

JOIN the Family Friendly Frugality Facebook group. Comment and tell me you joined!

FOLLOW Family Friendly Frugality on Pinterest. Leave a comment with your Pinterest profile so I can follow you back!

This giveaway will end on 11/16 at 11:59pm cst.

Disclaimer: Totsy offered me Totsy credit to facilitate this giveaway. All opinions are my own. 

White Chocolate Chunk Salted Oatmeal Cookies

Do you bake fairly often?

I love to bake (although I hate to wash dishes after baking!).

My favorite thing to bake?


I am a cookie freak.

A homemade cookie freak , that is (okay okay, I’ll totally down a sleeve of Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip cookies if you hand it to me).

I like experimenting with different cookie recipes and adding different and unique ingredients to my tried and true recipes.

Recently, Silpat sent me one of their Half Size Baking Mats to try out.

I’ve always just baked my cookies on a traditional baking sheet. I’ll admit my cookies do not cook evenly in my oven. I’ve kind of figured out how to make it work. It involves flipping the pan around midway through the baking time…taking the cookies out early and allowing them to cook a bit more on the pan and THEN transferring them to the wire rack to cool.

This often results in great tops and burnt bottom cookies.

Not cool.

I decided to give this Silpat Half Size Baking Mat a try using my White Chocolate Chunk Salted Oatmeal Cookies (say that 3 times fast!).

These cookies never cook evenly for me. I love them, but they don’t love my oven!

I baked the majority of my cookies on the Silpat Half Size Baking Mat and baked one pan just on an old baking sheet I typically use (minus the Silpat Half Size Baking Mat).

The difference is glaringly obvious.

Same oven. Same temp. Same time.

The White Chocolate Chunk Salted Oatmeal Cookies baked on the Silpat are perfectly done. Brown on top and bottom and ready to be immediately moved to the wire rack to cool (they also slid off easily…no cookies crumbled!).

The cookies on the baking sheet are both burnt AND undercooked. This is a problem!

I think the results speak for themselves…I am in LOVE with my Silpat Half Size Baking Mat!


White Chocolate Chunk Salted Oatmeal Cookies

inspired by Smitten Kitchen


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 14 tablespoons softened salted butter (I always use salted…you can use unsalted if you want since you’ll be sprinkling the cookies with sea salt)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 6 oz of white chocolate cut into chunks (you’ll notice I didn’t have all white chocolate! SOMEONE got into the bar before I could bake with it. Hence the random semi sweet chocolate chips in this batch of cookies 😉 )
  • Sea Salt for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder together.
  4. Slowlybeat the flour mixture into the sugar mixture.
  5. Add the oatmeal and stir it in.
  6. Add the chocolate chunks
  7. Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto your Silpat baking mat lined pan ( 😉 ).
  8. Top with a sprinkling of sea salt.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

These cookies will be crisp, chewy and a bit crunchy. That is how they should be! They are sooo tasty.




Win a ChapStick® Limited Edition Holiday Prize Pack

Did you know ChapStick® has special limited-edition flavors just for the holidays?

ChapStick® prepares lips for those special holiday kisses with new limited-edition seasonal flavors Apple Cider and Chocolate Truffle and back by popular demand, seasonal flavor Candy Cane. These lip balms even have a convenient gift tag on the back of each package, taking the hassle out of gift wrapping or adding an extra surprise to gift packaging.

I love ChapStick®! ChapStick® has been a stocking stuffer staple in my family for years. I don’t know about you, but the moment the temperatures drop…my lips automatically dry up!

To avoid flaky and ugly lips, I always make sure I have some ChapStick® nearby! I have personally tried all 3 of these flavors and I LOVE them! I have to say though…the Candy Cane is my FAVE! My daughter loves the Chocolate Truffle the most and we both like the Apple Cider!

ChapStick® seasonal varieties are available November 1st in the cough and cold aisle at food, drug and mass retailers for the SRP of $1.01-$1.99. *ChapStick® Chocolate Truffle can be found exclusively at Wal-Mart.

You can have ChapStick® Limited Edition flavors handy this winter too!

Enter to win the prize package above! An iron on personalized stocking and the 3 limited edition ChapStick® seasonal flavors!

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Skylander Giants Starter Pack Giveaway from Family Friendly Frugality

My son is obsessed with Skylanders Giants!

We have Skylanders Giants for the Playstation and it’s been such a hit with our 5 year old.

It’s a fun interactive game for kids or adults and I love that the gameplay can continue off the TV with the characters!

I’ve decided that I want one of the Family Friendly Frugality readers to enjoy Skylanders Giants just like our family does so I’ve decided to run a giveaway!

Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win the Skylanders Giants Starter Kit on the system of your choice!

  • Bring the Skylanders Giants back from banishment to join the Skylanders once again
  • Unleash the power of the Skylanders Giants with the Portal of Power
  • Includes game, portal of power, 3 Skylanders figures, 1 character collector poster, 3 sticker sheets with secret codes, and 3 trading cards

(the game system is NOT part of this giveaway, so be sure you already own a compatible game system. The giveaway is ONLY for the Skylanders Giants Starter Kit)
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21 Days to a More Disciplined Life Review (UPDATED with Winner Info!)

The giveaway is OVER, but…right now the ebook is just $.99 (here’s the Kindle version link)! The price will go up to $4.99 starting on Friday, so if you want it at the low price of $.99…you should grab it now.

I like to think I’m a pretty good disciplinarian.

I discipline my kids consistently when I need to.

In fact, I bet they would say I’m GREAT at being a disciplinarian 😉 .

However, there’s one person I consistently struggle with disciplining.


Sure, I have great discipline in some areas of my life.

I always make sure I get enough sleep. The consequences of too little sleep require me to be disciplined about going to bed on time.

I bathe, brush my teeth, take care of my hygiene without much thought. The consequences of not showering mean my hair is greasy and gross. The consequences of not brushing my teeth mean I have horrible breath all day.

However, what about those things in life that DO NOT have immediate consequences? Where I lack discipline because the result of letting things go isn’t so immediate?

√ I don’t work out consistently. Miss a day? NO big deal. Miss a week? It’s not going to kill you. Miss a year? That’s when you really see how it all added up.

√ I overeat far too often. This is not a big deal for one meal. Probably not a big deal for 2 meals. But over time, all those indulgences can really add up!

That’s why, when I heard one of my favorite bloggers had put out a series entitled: 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life, I knew I wanted to take one of those 2 habits and really work at it.

The only problem? I wasn’t disciplined enough to keep up with the series! Oh boy!

Well thankfully Crystal Paine (of Money Saving Mom) decided to release 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life in ebook format. This is what I need.

She’s made it easy for us! All the information is in one easy to read e-book. No excuses. You just go through day by day and work on those areas of your life that you struggle with discipline.

For me, that’s over eating and not exercising for now. 

In time, I think I’ll also work on keeping the house clean and organizing my schedule weekly, but first things first!

Do you want to join me on this challenge to lead a more disciplined life?


Well, first off…Crystal has offered to give FIVE Family Friendly Frugality readers a FREE copy of 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life! 

This will be a one day giveaway and I’ll be choosing a winner tomorrow via Random.org.

To enter: Just leave a comment below this post telling me where you struggle with discipline in your life. 

The giveaway is OVER! Here are the winners!



Kimberly Schotz


Lisa O

All winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond!

In addition, right now the ebook is just $.99 (here’s the Kindle version link)! The price will go up to $4.99 starting on Friday, so if you want it at the low price of $.99…you should grab it now.

Let’s work on our most disciplined life together!

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook to facilitate this review and this giveaway. I am also an affiliate for this ebook. All opinions are my own and I’m so excited to bring this giveaway and this offer to you because I think we all need a bit more self discipline in our lives!


Chuggington Traintastic Adventures DVD Review and Giveaway

Do you have Chuggington fans in your family? My kids love this show, so I was very excited when I found out about the Chuggington Traintastic Adventures DVD that just came out.

About the DVD

The DVD has 6 Traintastic adventures that my kiddos just love!

“Traintastic Adventures” features six engaging episodes – plus a bonus Badge Quest short – filled with upbeat stories and fortified with positive messages designed to keep preschoolers on the right track as they learn and grow.  In “The Brewster Booster,” Brewster tests out the Booster, a new invention from Dr. Ling that can help make Chuggers go faster than ever.  But with his new super-speedy ability comes an important lesson in responsibility too….  And, in “Koko’s New Look,” Koko sees the pretty design that Lori painted on Zephie’s face and she wants one too!  When the two friends find themselves competing for the biggest and best design, things get out of hand and their “new look” includes spiders and a moustache!  Koko and Zephie soon learn they don’t need a new look after all – they’re both beautiful just as they are!

Additional episodes on the new release include: “Lights, Camera, Action Chugger,” which follows Action Chugger as he comes to town to film a movie; “Wilson And The Steam Team,” where Speedy and Harrison each lead a team in a “chug of war” competition to decide who will collect rolling rock from the mine; “Stunt Brewster,” in which Brewster and Koko accompany Action Chugger to a film shoot to learn stunts and “Hodge and the Chugnav,” in which Hodge takes matters into his own “hands” and tries to fix the track lift.  Inside the DVD, young fans will find an exciting surprise: four collectible trading cards featuring their favorite Chuggers!  With a series of 22 different trading cards, preschoolers will be honking their horns for all the “Chuggington” characters.

Our Thoughts

This DVD has quickly become a favorite in our collection.

My kids love matching the Trading Cards to the trains in the show and I love the great lessons embedded in each and every episode of Chuggington.


Right now you can even enter to win a Delta Vacations trip for 4 to Colorado!

Ride the Rails through the Royal Gorge and Visit the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park featuring over 360 acres of trains, history and fun! Trip includes flights and hotel accommodations.
A Chance to Win 1 of 20 weekly drawings for Chuggington Prize Packs!

Head on over HERE to enter to win.

Where You Can Buy the DVD

You can purchase Chuggington Traintastic Adventures anywhere DVD’s are sold. It’s currently on Amazon.com for just $9.99.

The Giveaway

Want to WIN a copy?

Simply fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter to win (your entry will only count on the rafflecopter form. Feel free to comment but commenting is NOT a valid entry.)
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Diamond Candle Review and Giveaway-Soy Candles with a Ring Inside!

Have you heard of Diamond Candles? Diamond Candles are soy candles with…you guessed it! A diamond inside!


Diamond Candles are incredible soy candles that smell amazing. I was sent a Vanilla Cream Diamond Candle to review.

I have to admit, I was MORE excited to see what kind of ring I would uncover than what my candle would smell like at first.

Until I unwrapped it and smelled it.

Mmmm! I am a HUGE vanilla candle fan. I just love the scent. It makes me think of a warm clean home in the fall. So I actually enjoy burning Vanilla candles year round.

The Diamond Candle is encased in a tall glass container. The wick is nice and long so you don’t have to worry about chipping away at the wax to light it.

It doesn’t take long to get down to your “diamond”…I had mine out within the first day.

The ring is encased in foil and inside the foil it’s in a plastic baggie!


The promise of a Diamond Candle is that you’ll find a ring worth $10-$5,000.

Now I’m pretty sure my ring is a $10 one, but I still need to post it to their Facebook page to get the (very engaged! No pun intended) Diamond Candle Facebook Community to weigh in!

Regardless, it’s very very pretty!

(I have heard there is a swap group that you can join in case your ring doesn’t fit well or you want a different ring. Mine only fits my pinky, but I kind of like it that way!)

Would you like to purchase a Diamond Candle? Check out their website. You can see pictures of the rings found by real customers and shop through the different scents.

In addition, you can watch this video to learn more:

Carter’s $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway: Wear Now, Layer Later Sale!

You know, Back to School shopping in Texas can be quite difficult.

In fact, shopping for kids in Texas in general can be such a hassle.

You see, we have hot, hotter, hottest and cold. Even our cold isn’t THAT cold though.

That’s why we LOVE the layered look. I buy t-shirts year round and when it’s cold, we just throw long sleeved shirts underneath. My daughter wears skirts with leggings underneath and cute light jackets.

FINALLY a store I love is understanding how important layering and the ability to mix and match is to parents!

Carter’s is making the transition to fall EASY with their Wear Now/ Layer Later sale!

From now until August 31st, they are offering 40% off sweet and sporty tees for girls:

You can stock up on tops and bottoms that all mix and match. Your little princess can easily dress herself! Tunics and leggings that can be worn now, when it’s hot and layered later for a cooler weather outfit. Throw a cardigan or one of thier adorable hoodies over the outfit and you have a look that transitions easily from summer to fall!

Boys can get in on the action too!

Starting at $8, you’ll find a huge selection of fun graphic tee designs. Grab some cargo shorts for warm weather and some lined hoodies for layering in cooler weather!

Complete the look with accessories, all those trusted little extras at prices to make you smile!

Of course, don’t forget!

Carter’s is the destination for baby shower gifts or great gift bundles for various occasions. What kind of gift do you want to give?

Follow along with Carter’s on Social Media:

Find a Carter’s Store near you!

Guess what? Carter’s has offered to give a $25 gift certificate away to one lucky reader!

All you have to do is answer the following question in the comments!

What is your favorite graphic tee and hoodie that your Carter’s kid can “Wear Now & Layer Later”?

This giveaway will end on 8/20/12. The prize will be provided by Carter’s. Please leave a valid email in the email form so I can contact you if you are the winner!

Good luck!

Carter’s Disclosure Statement
Carter’s partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote Wear Now, Layer Later.  As part of the program, I received product or gift cards.  Carter’s believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. Carter’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.


iPad Giveaway from Coupons.com! Enter Daily for Your Chance to Win!

Who wouldn’t LOVE an iPad? Coupons.com is hosting a fun iPad giveaway, today through August 9th!

One new iPad will be given away each day, with a total of seven winners. Winners are chosen during a daily drawing and will be notified via email.

Enter each day for your chance to win in this *HOT* iPad giveaway from coupons.com! 

*Just so you are aware, after you enter, several pages of coupons will automatically print. If you prefer to NOT print all the coupons, but still enter the giveaway, you can click the “X” in the top corner.

Let us know if you win!


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