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Motor Works by Discovery Toys

16 Oct

I find it incredibly challenging to shop for kids, especially in the 3- to 5-year age bracket. I like to strike a balance between something that is fun for the kids (that they can get excited about) and something that won’t drive the parents insane. This is why whenever we are invited to a birthday party I find myself standing in front of a row of toys in the store completely unable to make a decision. I often leave empty-handed.

Enter Discovery Toys. I purchased a few several years back when my daughter was a baby, and I am impressed with how well they have stood up to her destructive creative play. No broken pieces, no fading. So when my friend’s son turned 4 this year we bought him Motor Works, a versatile toy for the budding mechanic.

Motor Works by Discovery Toys

Motor Works includes a sturdy toolbox, manual and electric screwdrivers, and the parts to build a motorcycle, plane, and race car. The bright colors are pleasing to kids without being garish, and it only requires two AA batteries (not included). My friend said Motor Works was an instant hit with her son!

I love the idea of parents sitting down with their children to build something. It seems like the longest lasting toys (in terms of years of active use) are the ones that inspire kids to create and build.

My friend Karen is a Discovery Toys consultant. If you’re interested in purchasing Discovery Toys, please visit her website at www.discoverytoyslink.com/karenchao. For a limited time Karen is offering a 10 percent discount to my readers! Be sure to place your order by e-mailing Karen at DiscoveryToysKaren@gmail.com and mentioning Domesticated Mama. Orders placed through the Discovery Toys website directly will not qualify for the discount.

I did not receive any compensation to write this post. I just think Discovery Toys (and especially Motor Works) are pretty awesome.

Site Review: Coupon Chief

29 Aug

As a frugal mama, I spend a fair amount of time online comparing prices of potential purchases. With our second baby on the way, I have a feeling I’ll be doing even more online shopping soon enough. There are some amazing deals to be had online, but I hate spending money on shipping or paying full price.

Enter online coupon sites, like http://www.couponchief.com. Coupon Chief invited me to review their site, and after visiting it the first time I quickly bookmarked it.

New to coupon sites? Here’s how they work:
Simply enter a store name, item or category in the search box. Coupon Chief returns with a list of coupon codes that you can enter during checkout at your selected store for a discount – a virtual coupon.

My Experience
The first search I tried was for Babies ‘R Us coupons. A code popped up for 20 percent off a single item, so I traveled to the BRU web site via the “Use It!” link and placed my dream stroller in my cart and applied the coupon code. Rejected. Thinking certain brands might be off-limits, I removed the stroller from my cart and added a diaper bag. No dice. This isn’t completely unheard of in the world of online coupons; there is a fair amount of digging to be done to find the ones that give you the real deals.

Next, I searched for Sephora coupons. I found one for 20 percent off any Bare Escentuals Get Started kit, so I tried it out on the Sephora site. Success!

Coupon Chief does have a circle you can click on to let others know whether a particular code worked for you, which is a handy way to “review” the code’s validity for fellow coupon hunters.

The site also provides a Pays-2-Share program, where you can earn 2 percent of the sales each time someone uses your uploaded coupon, and a Coupons-4-Causes program, where you can select a favorite charity to receive a donation whenever you buy something from a Coupons-4-Causes store.

All in all, I plan to add Coupon Chief to my arsenal of online coupon sites.

Disclosure: Coupon Chief invited me to provide an unbiased review of their site. I received compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine. Honesty is the best policy.