18 Frugal Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Boys 5 and Under


My last post regarding girls stocking stuffer ideas was a great hit! So I decided to do it for the other age groups my kiddos are and share those ideas with you all as well! I have the most fun shopping for Stocking Stuffer’s so these posts are pretty fun for me to write up. Plus, I get to ask the kids to help with the list so I know what to get them too!

This time around I asked my 5 year old what he thought and here were his ideas!

  1. Lego — ($1-$5)
  2. Play Doh — ($1-$3)
  3. Bubbles — ($1)
  4. Puzzles — ($1-$1.50)
  5. Colouring books — ($1-$2)
  6. Crayons — ($1-$2)
  7. Bedroom wall stickers — ($1-$3)
  8. Hot Wheels Cars — ($1-$1.50)
  9. Thomas/Cars/Planes DVD — ($5-$15)
  10. Mini Board Books — ($1-$5)
  11. Stuffed Animals — ($1-$6)
  12. Finger Paints — ($1-$3)
  13. Bath Fizzys — ($1-$3)
  14. Bath Crayons — ($1-$3)
  15. Animal Crackers — ($1-$5)
  16. Flash Cards — ($1.50-$3)
  17. Socks — ($1-$3)
  18. Slippers — ($3-$8)

Again, like the last list most of these can be purchased at the dollar store! My favorite place to get stocking stuffers! You can get so much for so little and most things tend to last I’ve noticed! My 3 youngest are boys so they will be getting most of these items in their stocking under the tree this year!

Any ideas what you will be giving in Stockings this year? Do you even do Stockings?

Why Influenster Is One Of My Faves! #Influenster #InfluensterApp


Have you ever heard of Influenster before? Well, I am here to tell you why I love Influenster and why I think everyone should join!

I joined Influenster January 2013. At the time there wasn’t very many options for Canada so I waited, and waited. FINALLY They opened up Canadian Vox Boxes! I was thrilled.

What are VoxBoxes? Well, I’m glad you asked. VoxBoxes are a special box you receive and you need to review the contents of the box! Here is a few examples of what I have received from Influenster in my VoxBoxes! I have not received a single one I didn’t like!




Pretty cool, huh? Best part of it all? It’s all FREE. All you have to do is connect your social networks and when you receive an e-mail asking to answer a few questions in regards to the upcoming VoxBoxes – answer them honestly and you could be getting a VoxBox delivered right to your door!

Influenster is not like any other perk website or review website I have been apart of before – You don’t have to jump through hoops or have a specific requirement they are looking for to even prequalify. You simply answer an e-mail they send! The boxes and products are ALL full size products and products we know and love! What’s in it for them? Exposure for brands, and our honest opinions! What’s in it for us? Free products of course! No Gimmicks, just products in exchange for honest opinions and reviews! Simple, Easy and Effective!

Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.

Influensters meet here to learn about new products from our favorite brands as well as review the products they already use in their day-to-day lives!

We invite our most active and social media savvy members to participate in exclusive rewards campaigns, such as:

  • - VoxBox campaigns where members receive complimentary full-size products to test and review!
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In return, all we ask of our members is to do what they already love to do: share their opinions with their friends & followers on social media!

And there’s more. We’ve recently introduced a new destination on Influenster.com called The Hub, which showcases articles written by the top members of our community blogosphere. Here you get the inside scoop on products: tips & tricks, testimonials, top picks and more.

Influenster lets you flex your social media influence and earn rewards. Sign up now to give direct feedback to brands you love and claim ongoing VoxPerk offers, rewarding you with discounts for the Social Impact you hold. Go on, take a look around! — influenster.com

Sounds pretty amazing, huh? That’s because it is! So why not come on over and join us!

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18 Frugal Stocking Stuffer Ideas Little Girls Would Actually Use


What better way to find out what girls REALLY want and will REALLY actually use than to ask them? So, I asked Kyla and Ava what they would put in Stockings for each other or their friends. They came up with a pretty impessive list of 18 items, all of which they are hoping to get in their very own stockings this Christmas! Keep in mind Ava is 7 and Kyla is 8.

  1. Lip Balm — ($1-$5)
  2. Barbies — ($5-$10)
  3. Head Bands — ($1-$5)
  4. Monster High DVDs — ($5-$15)
  5. Bangle Bracelets — ($1-$10)
  6. Hello Kitty Socks — ($1-$5)
  7. Rainbow Loom — ($1-$5)
  8. Diary — ($1-$5)
  9. Leg & Arm Warmers — ($3-$10)
  10. Frozen Dolls & Stuffys — ($10-$25)
  11. Silly Straws — ($1-$8)
  12. Sunglasses — ($1-$10)
  13. Mini Nail Polishes  — ($3-$8)
  14. Bubble Bath  — ($1-$5)
  15. Tights/Leggings — ($5-$10)
  16. Bubbles —  ($1-$3)
  17. Hair Clips & Bows — ($1-$5)
  18. Coin Purse & Coins — ($5-$10)

All very clever ideas! Perfect for stocking stuffers! Most of these can be found at the dollar store! My girls are very picky and particular but they were able to come up with this list fairly quickly!

So, if you are having a hard time trying to figure out just what to put in that lovely stocking, and want to make sure the kids will actually use what you put in… These are some great ideas to work with and none of them will break the bank!

Week 2 Homeschool Art Shares


Kyla has asked every week if I would post her art she does during the week. She is so very proud of all she is learning and we are too!

This week she excelled at art and math. She was a rock star when it came to spelling and reading! What a change in her!

This week in art we made 3 items.

Dream Catchers, Unique Butterflies and Christmas Ornaments!

The dream catcher is very special. When I had told her about when I was a little girl and the bad dreams I would have that went away when I made a dream catch made it her #1 art project this week.


She did a fantastic job. She did it all herself, and I made a sample one that I gave to Ava.

We couldn’t figure out what to do midweek, so we decided to use toilet paper rolls and see what we could come up with. This was the result.


It started out as a butterfly and ended up being more of a peacock like creature but what she said to me while making it really made my heart melt.

She told me she wanted it to be a butterfly but a different butterfly, one who isn’t like any other..”kinda like me” she said… And it turned out just beautiful!

Lastly we made Christmas ornaments! Such a good idea and I have a feeling they won’t be the last ones made this year.


Adorable right?

Week 2 went just as well as week 1!! We are still trying to figure everything out! We received our Ontario Curriculum books and even though I know we were doing work following the curriculum now I’m able to completely make sure and do exactly what is expected and ensure she doesn’t fall anymore behind.


After 2 weeks it’s clear Kyla is eager to learn and that this was the right decision. I want to make it clear though that this post I had written about it though was extremely vague – there was WAY more to it and it was vague because that’s how I wanted it to be. I could have gone into great details and mortified everyone, however I didn’t.

All that matters right now is Kyla was heard, by us and we are here to protect her and make sure she is well taken care of and learning what she needs to be learning. She is much happier this way, and I’m much happier seeing her beautiful smile all day everyday to give it even a second thought.

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The Barefoot Book Worm


Books, Books, BOOKS!

Who doesn’t love books? I know I do and so do my kids. We are constantly looking for great new books that are not only entertaining but educational! Books that actually teach our children something? Who doesn’t love that!

Today I’m going to tell you a bit about The Barefoot Book Worm!

The Barefoot Book worm is a Founding Member Ambassador for Barefoot Books. Wonderful and educational books for children.

About Barefoot Books

Barefoot Book is a company started by Nancy Traversy and Tessa Strickland in 1992. They wanted to create meaningful and creative careers while still keeping their children the main focus of their lives. For over twenty years they have created bright and colorful books for children combined with beautiful artwork and captivating story telling. These books help foster creative thinking, spark the imagination and curiosity of children of all ages, and help instill a respect for cultural, social and ecological diversity.

Barefoot Books have some traditional stories such as jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, The Red Hen and many more. But what I think sets this company apart is that a lot of the books are original stories with original illustrations and artwork. There are books for all ages 0+, 3+,6+, 8+ and 12+. There is an Independent readers section for early readers, confident readers and advance readers. Many of the books have lesson ideas and guided reading downloads available for free on the website. It is under the For Schools section but it is a great resource for homeschooling family as well. Many of the popular books are available with a sing along CD which makes it extra fun. Barefoot offers not only books, but puzzles, puppets, games and other learning aides.

In the for kids section there are many fun tools such as Arts & Crafts Activities section where you can download the activity and/or templates if required. They are very creative and fun activities to do together as a family. Some examples are “Lola’s Fandago” make your own Lola doll, Jolly Paper Twirlies by Barefoot Books, “The Barefoot books of Earth Tales “ Pine Cone Bird Feeder, and more. There are Story Podcast where you can listen to many stories as well as a new one each week. This is a company which I am excited to work with because not only does it appeal to the book lover in me, but I feel that their style of story telling and colorful illustration will help get my children excited about reading. — thebarefootbookworm.com


Manufacturing Standards at Barefoot Books

Barefoot Books supports a common, internationally recognized social accountability standard to cover working conditions, health and safety issues, remuneration, working hours and the prohibition of the use of child and forced labour. It’s called the CARE Process. It is the standard used by the global toy industry and is managed by their industry body, the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI).

All of our printing partners carry ICTI CARE certification. See www.icticare.org for more information.


All of the ink used by our printers is vegetable based.


Our print suppliers have systems in place to feed paper offcuts and wastage back into their supply chain. Our packaging is made from recycled material and recycled again after use. We recycle as much as possible in our own offices and Studios.

Freight from Manufacturer to Warehouses

We control and reduce our carbon footprint by tailoring print runs to fill shipping containers. This has allowed us to reduce the number of shipments that we send via sea freight to our warehouses.


Sounds pretty amazing right? The books are unique, affordable and fun! There is a book for everyone! Not only do they have wonderful stories with wonderful meanings and teachings for children they are also extremely relevant and important! Kids are learning so much as such a young age, why not have them learn through fun reading!



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was compenstated in some form to write this review/post. However all opinions are mine and 100% true.

Always Discreet & Your Life After 25 Giveaway and Twitter Party.. Because #PeeHappens

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No Cost Things To Do During The Always Changing Fall Weather With Kids!

thingstodofallFall is one of my favourite seasons! It can be either really cold, really rainy or in between during Fall where I live. It varies from day to day. So often, I have no real plans but I’ve come up with ideas for things to do on any such day with my kids and figured I would share with you all and hopefully get some ideas from you as well! You don’t have to constantly spend money, be out of the house or on the town or do extravagant things to have fun as a family!

For the Chilly Days:
If you still want to get out don’t be afraid to! Get dressed warmly and take the kids (and/or dogs!) for a walk. One of my all time favourite things to do during Fall is to take kids on walks. We can do a Nature Hunt where they take a bag and collect things from outside the represent Fall. Different Colour Leaves, Pinecones and anything else they may find and think “fall” when they see it! We can also just go for a walk and enjoy walking and talking!


We also often stay in, get in our pjs, light some candles, pop up some popcorn and throw blankets all over the living room floor and watch movies! We do this a lot during the winter too but it’s a favourite in the Fall!

For the Rainy Wet Days:
Grab a board game! Put away the electronics and have a family game day/night! We usually play Pictionary, Charades, and we just got Monopoly Junior! The kids love this and it gets us all laughing, hollering and having fun!


Puzzles! Who doesn’t love puzzles? This is one of my girls absolute favourite things to do. They can sit for hours at the table together doing a puzzle! It’s quiet, requires focus and team work!

In Between Weather:
You can do any of the above! But we love going outside and playing with the tons of leaves all over the place!

Making piles and jumping. Grabbing handfuls and throwing them around while giggling and yelling! It’s so much fun.


Leaves can also be great for art! As well as Pinecones! So on those in between days we like to go collect some leaves and Pinecones and see what we can come up with for arts and crafts!

Any you can think to add? What does your family like to do during the always changing Fall weather?

Mr. Beams Stick Anywhere Task Light Review


“The Mr Beams™ LED Slim Lights are compact enough to fit under cabinets, cupboards and shelving units and are the perfect backup for a power outage to provide light bright enough to finish a project or cook a meal without overhead lighting. “– MrBeams.com

I received two of the Mr Beams Stick Anywhere Task lights for review.


I was anxious to get one of these into my pantry as it’s very dark and something like this would be wonderful. So, I set one up and we now have a light in our pantry. My favorite part of these lights is they are motion sensor. So, if the door of the pantry is closed the light isn’t on – but once the door is opened it turns on! Pretty cool, and saves battery.

This help’s a great deal because at night instead of having to use one of the “night lights” on our phones we can just open up the pantry and the light turns on for us. Help’s the kids — this is the pantry we keep the popcorn, granola and other goodies we all head to grab at night! I haven’t had a chance to mount it up in the pantry but I’m making my husband this week and we will probably move it to the middle of the pantry so all shelves are very brightly lit!



  • Motion Sensor Activated: The Slim Light instantly turns on when it detects motion from up to 7 feet away
  • Easy to Install: No wires = quick and easy installation in less than 5 minutes; no electrician required
  • Energy Efficient: Our quality LED never needs to be replaced. It’s so efficient; you will get more than 25 hours of light on one set of batteries
  • Bright LED: The bright, powerful LED provides 35 lumens of light using a high CRI LED to provide a higher quality of light in a compact design
  • Multipurpose: Great anywhere in the home including kitchens, work spaces and closets
  • Small Compact Design: Brightly illuminates the smallest of spaces with this low profile light
  • Auto Shut Off: Mr Beams™ Slim Light turns off automatically after 20 or 60 seconds (2 options) of no motion, conserving battery life

Have you ever bought an LED light and been disappointed? I have, usually shortly after I get home with it. So Mr Beam’s has been a nice surprise because over a week later and the lights are still functioning properly and brightly.

Specifications From Website:

  • Battery Life: 1 Year (25 hours) or more on Alkaline batteries
  • LED Color: Neutral White
  • Installation Skill Level: Easy/Beginner
  • Auto Shut-Off Description: Turns off automatically when no motion is detected for 20 or 60 seconds (2 options).
  • Weight (without batteries): 1 ounces
  • Dimensions: 2.6” H x 4.4” W x 1” D

I haven’t figured out what to do with my second light yet. However, the girls night light broke the other night so Kyla asked if she could use a Mr Beams until she fell asleep, which was about 3 minutes after she got the light and it turned off on its own! Pretty awesome, huh? It worked when we were in a pickle. The light is also so bright, and amazing for an LED I have zero anxiety about power outages this winter because we have these lights. Stick them anywhere and go!


If you have any “Problem Areas” in your home that could use an extra bit of light I highly recommend the Mr. Beams Stick Anywhere task light. You can visit the website to see all the different products here.

Could you use one of these in your home?

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.