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August 15, 2012

The time has come to grab a new backpack for the upcoming school year. If I remembering correctly, backpacks tend to take a bit of a beating throughout the school year, so it is important to find one that will last. Plus, you can earn Cash Back through Ebates.

1. A bright plaid pack with lots of pockets

2. Protect your tech with a special backpack for computers

3. Classic Jansport pack will always look cool

4. Sturdy North Face packs will hold up for years

5. Break the bank for this Lonchamp backpack


August 6, 2012

To the chagrin of students and joy of parents; back-to-school is just around the corner! Now is the time to take stock and begin the familiar back to school gear up.

Here are a few ideas to create a meaningful and memorable start to the school year.  Begin by addressing Bullying once and for all with the Bully Free Pledge Magnet and make sure every student signs one. The magnets stick around all year and will be a reminder to stand up against bullying. 

Atlas_ebates-FTO_07242012.jpgWith Bullying addressed, it is time to inspire, and what better way than to remind students of the great things they can accomplish in life! The Future Leaders of America Class Roster Ruler is printed with your entire class roster along with images of every President of the USA. It's a keepsake that will long be remembered and prized by the children who receive them. 

Finally, as you set out to tackle another school year ensure your kids are geared up with Personalized Pencils (89¢ per set of 3) and Teachers are stocked with a bundle of Custom Pens. In school there are plenty of distractions, make sure finding their pencil isn't one of them.

Now for the good stuff! Shop now at For Teachers Only and enjoy 7% cash back plus FREE shipping with your order. Use promo code EBATES01 at checkout and save! Hurry, offer expires 8/31/12. 

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winners will be contacted via email. Thank you for entering*

For a chance to win one of three Back-to-School supply kits valued at $150 from For Teachers Only, leave a comment about your favorite back-to-school memory!


June 12, 2012

Summer has hit, kids are out of school - but what can you do to have fun, encourage simple and classic entertainment and do it all for less, or even better for FREE?!

We wanted to provide you with a list of 10 things you can do this summer that are FREE to help your budget, time and maximize that summer fun! The best part is that many of these activities will possibly give you more time together as a family!

Here's a list of 10 ideas of FREE things you can do:

  1. Free fishing - Enjoy FREE fishing days in the month of June and other summer months all across the country meaning that you do not need a fishing license to fish! Check out the list Free Fishing Days 2012 to find out what dates are available in your area.
  2. Find free roller skating across the nation - Wow, this brings back memories from our childhoods! This is a new program and you can check out the list of roller skating rinks that are currently part of the Kids Skate Free program that are participating now. If there is not one in your area, they have a letter already drafter that you can send to your local rink to ask them to participate.
  3. Summer Reading Programs - This is definitely a family favorite as Alex and I remember loving these reading programs at our local library! They are available all over the country from your local libraries to some national chains. You will want to check the list of Kids Summer Reading Programs 2012 for the full list!
  4. Free bowling - There are many great ways to bowl for free across the nation as part of the Kids Bowl Free summer program. Check out the details and locations on the Kids Bowl Free site.
  5. Free summer movies or concerts in the park for the community - Check in your local newspaper, your local city's or county's websites for the calendar of events for the low-down on the community movies and concerts in the park. Plus you may see other ideas or activities going on in your area too!
  6. Free museum entrances - There is a possibility that you have many local museums that are free in your area. See our previous post on the topic of Free Museum Entrances.
  7. Lowes has their build and grow clinics for kids to build a fun activity for FREE- You can see their calendar of Lowe's Build & Grow Clinics. This is a fun hand's on building experience!
  8. Home Depot Free kids building workshops - Similar to Lowe's, Home Depot also has a kids free building workshops. You can see their schedule of projects on the Home Depot Kids Free Workshops site.
  9. Don't forget movie night - If you or a friend have a projector and a sheet, schedule a outside movie night and invite your friends! If you want to add a fun dimension to it, if you and your friends chip in you can rent a cotton candy machine; what kid doesn't love cotton candy? :)
  10. Schedule with your friends to have fun playdates throughout the summer - If you or your friends have a trampoline, pool and even a swingset it can be a fun way for the kids to get together and play with your family's summer fun toys while the adults enjoy some time of relaxing as well.

Also, consider summertime a great time to educate your children on the topic of finances and complete the family financial focus worksheet together and learn about the family's budgeting. It can be a good time to get them involved with couponing too! They can learn everything from cutting and counting (for the younger kids) and organizing in groups and categories (for the older kids). There are so many more skills even such as addition/subtraction/fractions/multiplication practice and the challenge of getting as much as they can with the family's grocery budget on items your family would eat (obviously for the older kids on this one!) while at the same time build those life application skills from preschoolers all the way through high school! Plus you will enjoy the help from coupon cutting to grocery shopping trip planning and implementing!

Enjoy these ways to play, learn and have fun over these summer months!

Alex and Cassie run the site The Thrifty Couple but haven't always been thrifty - in fact, after they were first married they racked up over $100K and learned the hard way how to pay it off in seven years. They started their site to share those tips and resources to help you \meet your every financial goal.


April 19, 2012


Help create the perfect birthday party for your child with the help of Birthday Express!! To help aide the planning, Birthday Express is giving away $100 one time use coupon codes to three lucky participants.

The contest is simple, to enter just leave a comment about your best birthday party experience! 

Three winners will be chosen at random. This giveaway will be open through Friday April 27th. Entrants must be over 18 years old and reside in the United States.


February 2, 2012

This contest is now closed - much thanks to all our wonderful entrants. We will be in touch with the winner soon!

Everyone loves to welcome new babies!  There is a whole industry that revolves around Baby Shower planning!  You have to make sure you put up the baby themed decorations, play the baby themed games, eat baby themed snacks and of course have baby shower party favors!

At Beau-coup we have Baby Shower favors and gifts that will please every mom-to-be. Do you know someone who is pregnant? Check out our site! Which baby shower favor is your favorite? Post it here with a comment about why you picked it and you could win a $100 Gift Voucher to Beau-coup!  Good luck!

Here are some of our most popular and highest rated baby shower favors:

Custom Baby Shower Cookies
Each one is hand decorated with great care and personalized for the extra special touch.

Mini Jungle Animal Baby Shower Candles
These candles will light up your baby shower as favors or table decorations.

Personalized Lip Balm Baby Shower Favor
Practical & popular, get a baby-soft pout in time for baby's arrival.

Personalized Baby Shower Goodie Bags
They won't just be your favor bags, fill with your own cool stuff & they'll be your favorite bags!

Don't forget to visit beau-coup and post your favorite here with a comment about why you picked it and you could win a $100 Gift Voucher to Beau-coup!  All entries must be in by 2/9/12.  A winner will be drawn at random and notified by email.  Good luck!


October 31, 2011


Wishing everyone a safe and scary Halloween!


October 26, 2011

I will concede that Halloween decor is a serious guilty pleasure of mine. Being able to earn Cash Back through Ebates makes creepy, scary decor much easier to justify. Here's to a spook-tacular Halloween!


1. Spider Cupcake Holder from Crate and Barrel

2. Happy Halloween Metal Plaque from Bed, Bath and Beyond

3. Skull Stein Glass from Urban Outfitters

4. Skeleton Hands Servers from Cost Plus World Market

5. Black Paper Crow from Cost Plus World Market


October 5, 2011

I love the Fall.  Love the Fall.  Did I mention that Autumn is my favorite season?  The air turns crisp (or if you live in Southern CA, crisp compared to the summer), the leaves turn amazing, spectacular colors (but if you live in Southern CA, you might have to wait until December or January for the wonderful bursts of color), and it seems like everyone instinctively knows that NOW is the TIME to enjoy the outdoors.

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I've lived in the North East and the North West, which just might be where my love of Fall was solidified.  The leaves, oh the leaves and the colors they burst forth every Autumn left me running for the window every morning first thing when I woke up just to see how they changed over night.  Now that I live in Southern CA where we don't really have traditional seasons, I still find myself searching the trees for that burst of color that lets me know that Autumn has arrived.


My love of Fall comes with a few traditions, and Fall just wouldn't be Fall without doing these 6 Fun Activities:  

1.  Take a Drive and look at the Fall Foliage.  There is nothing like driving through Fall Foliage  and stopping off for a treat!

2.  Go Apple Picking.  All across the country, I think that every family should be flocking to apple orchards.  It's such a fun way to spend the day, and a wonderful way to show kiddos and adults alike what it's like to pick one's own apples, and not from the grocery store bin. either.  Once you've got those apples home, well, the sky is the limit.  Apple sauce, apple crisp, apple pie?  So many yummy things can be made with apples.  Add a little cinnamon  and it's officially a Fall treat!

3.  Enjoy local corn mazes:  Growing up I never experienced a corn maze.  I missed out.

4.  Hop on your bike and go for a ride:  The temperature is usually perfect for a nice ride and what can be better than enjoying the great outdoors on a leisurely bike ride?  It's scenic and good for you!  Plus, the kids love it.

5.  Make a pumpkin pie from scratch:  Use a real pumpkin, not canned puree and see how much fun it can be.  Be warned though, it takes a bit more time.  

6.  And last but not least, go shopping:  It's a great time to find deals on end of summer clear outs, plus the holidays are right around the corner.  The holiday money crunch is a whole lot better when you spread the buying out over the course of a few months!  Don't forget to use Ebates for cash back on your purchases and to find additional deals to maximize your spending power!

 Bio:  Angie is a word loving, book devouring, designer jean obsessed mama to 5. She's also a sunshine hoarding, organizationally devout, stringer of letters, words and paragraphs, who loves a great deal.  She writes about her tales of motherhood, otherwise known as "tales from under the big top" at Seven Clown Circus.


April 13, 2011


When it comes to selection, no one offers more murals and unique mural art work than Murals Your Way. With thousands of wall mural images to choose from and custom sizes to fit every need, we make it easy to find the right mural for any decorating occasion, or for that any room!

And, right now, we are offering a $200 e-gift certificate to one Ebates member - just in time for Spring, aka: home improvement season!

To enter, visit and meander through the 1,000's of images, pick your favorite, and then comment on this thread. Let us know about your favorite mural and what room you plan to use it in. You can even create your own room using a mural, with furniture, etc.

It's that simple!

The lucky winner will receive a $200 e-gift certificate from Murals Your Way and Ebates. Entries must be submitted by April 19th and the winner will be chosen on April 20th. Whether you are looking for a mural for your family room, dinning room, kitchen, master bedroom, guest room or child's room, Murals Your Way has the mural for you, and Ebates has 7.0% Cash Back!

Good luck!


January 31, 2011

Today's guest blogger is Jodi from Live FabuLESS. Read on as she shares some of her tips on how to turn kid chaos into home heaven.

Keeping my house from being overrun by paper is a daily battle. Each day a deluge of permission slips, artwork, catalogs, magazines, and homework comes flooding in. After eight years and three kids, I can successfully say I've developed a system to keep the clutter contained. Here are a few of my tips on how to reclaim your home.

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My kitchen is my command center. Like most moms, I'm the official COO (Chief Operating Officer) of my family, and I need to know everything that's going on with all five members. To keep on top of schedules, shopping lists, and other important info, I use a chalkboard. Easy to clean, I created the one to the left with paint.
Chalkboard and/or magnetic chalkboard paint is available at Home Depot. To hide rough edges, you can purchase a kit that includes a frame, or use removable chalkboard wall decals.

Kids' Artwork

art workAs a mom, I cherish every scribble and squiggle that my kids draw, but if I kept each masterpiece my home would soon be overrun with construction paper and littered with sparkles. Not wanting to discourage my kid's love for art, I purchased several shadowbox frames. Each of my three kids selects their favorite pieces which are then hung in our rotating "gallery". I purchased my frames from Target, and they work better than regular frames because they can accommodate three-dimensional art. Be sure to select frames that are large enough and easy enough to open so you can constantly swap out the contents as new projects come home.  

When it comes to keeping these items for years to come, I like to photograph and save them to a digital photobook from Shutterfly. As an added bonus, you can easily make duplicate books with just one click and send a copy to the grandparents. They're easy and fabuLESS holiday presents, plus you can have them shipped directly, too!


December 16, 2010

There's no mistake children benefit the most during Christmas. This year, spoil the kiddies without damaging your wallet. These hot toys are listed $10 and under, and all come with cash back from Ebates! Don't forget to shop them with December Double Cash Back!

Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster 1.0%  - 2.0% Cash Back
My Little Pony Pinkie 3.0% Cash Back
Robot Stencil Set 4.0% Cash Back

Baby's First Blocks 6.0% Cash Back

CandyLand Board Game 4.0% Cash Back

Dora The Explorer 3D Play Set 4.0% Cash Back.


November 24, 2009

Zhu Zhu Pets Mr Squiggles At Ebates I will be honest: when it comes to toys and children's goods, I have no clue whats hot, what's new, or whats the latest must-have toy. Luckily, we here at Ebates are resourceful and know where to look and where to get just about anything. If you find yourself lost in a sea of toys this year, check out this informative article about the most wanted toys. You will realize quickly that the must-have toy this year are Zhu Zhu Pets: little fake hamsters that make wonderful pets (they move about like the real thing without the mess and the biting!) Plus, they are an affordable, that is, if you can find them.

Luckily, our team of savvy shoppers would not let the hamster-loving tots on your list go without their own Zhu Zhu pet: so we compiled a page of Zhu Zhu hamsters and accessories all from eBay (they are sold out everywhere) with 2.0% Cash Back when you shop through Ebates. It is the best deal you will find on this sold-out everywhere toy phenomenon! Make your search easy and shop Zhu Zhu pets through Ebates! Zhu Zhu Hamster Car and Garage From Ebates

So put a smile on the face of a kid on your list this year and some cash back in your wallet!


October 22, 2009

With the release of the Spike Jonze-directed feature length film this past Friday, all of the internet is abuzz over "Where the Wild Things Are". The movie, which brings to live a timeless childrens book, has fortunately brought a renewed interest to the book itself.

Where the Wild Things AreBeing a fanatical reader, I'm one of those old-fashioned types who believes that the book is pretty much always better. That's why the kid in me is so up on the idea of Glamma Toys. Right now their featured products are all various shapes and sizes of plush characters from the movies, puppets of the characters, or packages including the stuffed characters along with a copy of the book itself. So, in other words, anyone who wants to can play director and make their own home production to see how they stack up against Jonze, who is somewhat of a cinematic hipster wunderkind. 

Want to save money on these great products? Then buy before Halloween and use the coupon code EBATES10 - it's our exclusive offer to get an extra 10% off your purchase. Plus, remember, when you shop through Ebates, you will also get 3.5% Cash Back at Glamma.

Find just what you're looking for in our Games & Toys category!


September 23, 2009

Okay folks, not only do I love this site for it's British-ified name (even if it is a Canadian-run site), I also love them for their mascot, an adorable little beaver with a maple leaf t-shirt. But beyond the cosmetic stuff, which includes an absolutely beautifully designed site, I really love Please Mum for their five magical words: free shipping on all orders.

please mum beaverIf you want to ingratiate yourself to me, give me free shipping. It's just the best. Granted, 3.0% Cash Back isn't too bad either, thanks to Ebates.

So, once they hooked me with free shipping, I looked around and realized something else: their commitment to design and a good customer experience doesn't stop at their website: their products look both comfortable and well-made, offering a great range of clothing options for kids from newborns to twelve year olds. Since I only deal with the little ones vicariously through friends and their kiddies, I don't have the critical eye that most parents do, but I will tell you this much: I would happily buy any of these outfits or items for my friends' kids in a heartbeat. Or, if I were a kid, I'd want to wear these clothes.

Check out all of our Kids Clothing options.


September 9, 2009

As you may expect, a website called "OHBaby!" carries mostly baby supplies. But there's something about this site which sets it apart from the rest, and that is what earned it a spot in this week's "Did You Know" series. Rather than going for the traditional: the binkies, the strollers, or the diapers, OHBaby stocks a number of thoughtful and creative supplies for babies and toddlers from cute outfits to toys or blankets. They also have items for the home, making baby's surroundings a little bit warmer and more cozy. They even have items for moms, from stylish tops and jewelry to fuzzy robes and soft slippers.

OHBaby couponsIf you have a little one, or are getting close to the big day, you don't have extra time and energy to go out to the stores and find these small accents, which is why it's great to shop through Ebates, where you'll save yourself the hassle of having to pack everything up and hit the shops. Plus you can earn 4% Cash Back on all your purchases. Or, if you don't have a little one to look after, don't forget that OHBaby is a great place to find unique gifts for your friend or relative's baby shower.

Find all sorts of products for the little ones in our Baby and Kids Category.


July 25, 2009

$11 Cash Back at Disney Movie Club!Considering TV has turned into one giant reality show filled with drama, drunkenness, and things best left in the bedroom, it's no wonder smart stylish women (such as myself) are turning to Disney for a lighthearted change. While I have always been open regarding my love of Hannah Montana, or Wizards of Waverly Place, there are still a few amongst us who secretly TiVo Jonas for fear of ridicule. Here at Ebates we love what you love, and in support of WFD (women for Disney) we're offering $11 Cash Back at Disney Movie Club for first time shoppers.

Aside from sitcoms, Disney Movie Club is home to classics like Sleeping Beauty (my all time favorite) Escape To Witch Mountain, and Mary Poppins to name a few. As part of  Cash Back Bonanza at Ebates, we're highlighting the best ways to earn top cash back. So whether you've been meaning to stock up on The Suite Life On Deck, or if you're looking for a great present, do it with Ebates!

Get even more cash back with our Cash Back Bonanza!


July 23, 2009

The Children's Place Coupons!
It's one thing to spend a hefty amount on clothing for yourself, but it's another to overspend on clothing for babies and kids. Between growth spurts and everyday messes, kids' clothing is more about function than form. The Children's Place offers clothing for the kiddies that's stylish and affordable, and right now they're taking an additional 40% off sale merchandise to prove it. Even without The Children's Place coupons, you'll get the most bang for your buck, and by shopping with Ebates, you'll put 3% Cash Back in your pocket too.

Carrying clothing for boys and girls from newborn to age 14, The Children's Place is a one-stop spot for everything from swimwear to school uniforms. Shop by such adorable outfits as Cabana Cutie girls, and Sporty by the Sea for boys. With a huge selection of clothing and accessories for both big kids and babies, you'll find great deals even without The Children's Place coupons!

Find more deals for the kiddies in our Baby and Kids category!


July 13, 2009

macys coupons and cash backYou all know that macys has coupons, you also should all know that you can earn 3% Cash Back from macys when you use your Ebates account. While I know this blog won't apply to everyone, I had such a flashback when I saw this macys coupon that I couldn't help but write about it.

It seems that with coupon code UNIFORM, you can get free shipping on your $50 school uniform purchase at macys. Being one of those young chaps who grew up in grey corduroy and a blue cardigan, moving on to khakis and polos in high school, if there was one thing I dreaded every summer, it was the purchase of new uniform clothes. For a person who loves jeans and t-shirts, I hated the trip to the uniform shop in July, cramming myself back into those "built to last" pants, and having my mom check if the seat was roomy enough. Plus there was the ancient cursed term "husky" that I had to hear every summer...

But I digress. My main point is, if you have a family member who needs uniform clothing for school, use coupon code UNIFORM to get free shipping on the latest back to school (required) styles of $50 or more. And earn 3% Cash Back with your Ebates account!


July 9, 2009

If you have not yet shopped all the merchants offering increased cash back, special coupons and deals for Baby and Kids Week at Ebates, now is the time. You do not want to miss out on deals like 4% Cash Back at Aeropostale with 25% off any one item with coupon code AERO25 at checkout. No matter what your taste, everyone can find something at Aeropostale from basic signature polos (who doesn't need one of those?) to girls and guys swimwear for $7.99 and up. Shop online and find extended sizes for the hottest items that you will not get in stores.
Also, the Aeropostale style you love for girls and guys is now avaliable for kids in their new department PS by Aeropostale, outfitting kids sizes 7-14. I have my eye on this stylish and Double Cash Back At Aeropostaleutilitarian messenger bag, which is now just $29.99; it will be the perfect summer bag for the city.

Get double cash back and coupons at all of our merchants or shop deals at 1,100+ online stores.


July 8, 2009

Old Navy Cash Back and CouponsIn honor of Ebates Baby and Kids Week, Old Navy has increased their cash back from 2% to a whopping 8% Cash Back for the occasion. And, when you shop at Old Navy now, through Ebates, not only will you will get more cash back but with a this limited-time Old Navy coupon, you can take 15% off orders of $75 or more with code SAVENOW at checkout. This offer ends Saturday July 11th and is for online orders only, so rack up the cash back and the 15% off coupon and save more!

Whether you are shopping for babies and kids or taking advantage of the savings for yourself, it is a great time to shop. Find ongoing deals like denim for under $30, tanks for $4, and perfect summer sandals for just $15. With these kinds of prices, you could get an entire new wardrobe for $75 and then get 15% off and cash back too!

Looking for more sizzling summer deals? Shop all of our baby and kids merchants or head over to the coupons page!


July 7, 2009

disney store cash back and couponsWhether you're buying for your little one, or just a big kid at heart, the Disney Store is the best place to find all the Disney memorabilia you could ever need. With our Disney Store coupons, you can get great deals on your favorite Disney DVDs, clothes, toys, stuffed animals, and more -- all with the added bonus of 5% Cash Back at Ebates!

Who doesn't love classics like Pinocchio, The Lion King, Toy Story, or a longstanding favorite like Mickey Mouse? Every kid should have their own little Disney collection, and if you haven't started putting together yours together, why not start today with our Disney Store coupons? While you're shopping for the little ones, you can grab something special for yourself, too. The Disney Store has great sales on jackets, adorable trinkets, and more - you never know what you'll fall in love with next!

Earn cash back on all your Disney favorites with Disney Store coupons today!


July 7, 2009

6% Cash Back at The Land Of Nod!If ever there was an easy way to categorize friends, the topic of children is it. Foregoing apples and oranges, most late twenty somethings separate their friends into those with children and those without. With more friends plunging head first into diaperville than ever before, my gift-giving abilities must also take the plunge, and where better to go than The Land of Nod. For a limited time I'll receive 6% Cash Back at The Land Of Nod, and enjoy summer savings of up to 60% discount on items for kids, baby, and mom.

The home's own anti-graffiti task force, every mom is trained to reject drawing on walls. I personally encourage artistic expression, and this Frames Wallpaper is perfect for promoting the budding artist within, but in a legal mom-friendly sort of way. At just $40, this makes a great gift for both mom and kids, and keeps me looking in the know. It's a win-win all around.

Earn cash back on Baby & Kids at Ebates!


May 23, 2009 couponsAsk any parent what their biggest gripe is about having a baby, and they will almost invariably reply "changing diapers." Well, we here at Ebates want to help you folks find a little silver lining on that task that all parents seems to hate. See, being an Ebates shopper, you're already earning 1% Cash Back at, but did you know that we also have coupons to help you save even more on those diapers that junior seems to be... soiling on such a regular basis.

The folks at don't just want to save you money on diapers - they have coupons for maternity and nursing clothes, baby carriers, and even car seats! Head over to the page at Ebates to see all the coupons you can find.

If you're looking for other chances to earn cash back or find other online savings, check out our Baby & Kids Category!


April 28, 2009

I attended a Baby Expo over the weekend with my best friend who is expecting. It was an intense display of all things baby accompanied by the soundtrack of oohs and ahhs and many overly vocal tantrums. Needless to say, I left the expo exhausted and vowed that when I am pregnant or need a shower gift, I will shop online. Not only will I shop online, I will shop at Baby Gap and get 1% Cash Back and coupons through Ebates, because babies need a lot of things and a Momma needs to save money!

Baby Gap CouponsBaby Gap has it all. They have expanded their collection of baby and toddler clothes for to include nursery furnishings, toys, strollers and accessories with a large selection of organic clothes and bedding for the eco-friendly tot. You can get everything you need; cash back and Baby Gap coupons in one easy place. So ditch the depot and go to Ebates where you can shop from the comfort of home without sacrificing discounts or selection.

Shop discount baby products in our Baby and Kids Category.


March 28, 2009

Easter is April 12 this year and my friend over at the Wild Planet Toy Store kindly agreed to give fellow Ebates shoppers a special discount on toy purchases.

It's simple - just go to the Wild Planet Toy Store, pick out a bunch of stuff that you wish had been around when you were a kid, then after checkout, enter EBATES in the Coupon Code field on the payment screen.

Click "Redeem It" and you'll receive 3% off the price of your purchase. This 3% discount is offered in addition to the 3% cash back you'll get in your Ebates big fat check.

Extra bonus: the discounts count toward the purchase of bundles, including those that are already discounted up to 15%. The only thing you can't use the additional discount for is the purchase of gift certificates (but you probably knew that already).

For those with toy buying needs beyond Easter, my buddy said he'd extend the discount and honor the code for all purchases made between now and (including) April 30, 2009. So you can stock up on birthday presents too!

What I like best about the Wild Planet Toy Store is that they carry the complete line of Wild Planet toys, so you can get everything at one place, which increases your savings on shipping.  (In case you're wondering, I don't work for the Toy Store, I work for the company that makes the toys - a  totally separate group of people.)


March 18, 2009

cute-babies.jpgShopping for moms-to-be can be quite challenging to a single late twenty something such as myself. Shopping on a budget can be nearly impossible. Luckily for me, being a member of Ebates means I have access to the best online coupon codes, including Babies R Us coupons. With several baby showers in the next few months, I'll need all the sales, discounts, and cash back I can get. Who knew something so small and adorable could cost so much money?

I always like to give gifts that reflect my own personal beliefs, like going natural. For years I've been a firm believer of using natural products, and think this is especially important for babies. Many lotions, soaps, and other skin care products contain harsh chemicals such as synthetic dyes and perfumes. These can cause irritation, rashes, even allergic reactions. California Baby is an all natural skin care line that includes bubble baths, shampoos, even sunscreens, all made for the most sensitive of skin. With several people to buy for costs can add up quick. Good thing with Babies R Us Coupons, I'll save $2 on any three skin care products, including the entire California Baby line. A great discount always makes me feel good, especially when it benefits others. Thanks Ebates!

Find More Ways To Save In Our Baby and Kids Category.


March 18, 2009

In honor of the fact that about eighty percent of the people I know have birthdays somewhere between mid-February and late March, today I write about a merchant I just discovered myself today: I looked into it a bit, and I was really impressed - they offer you the chance to sort by offers, including free shipping. They also have a Baby Registry, a section of Green nursery picks, or organic nursery picks for those of you who are a little more environmentally-minded.

giggle.gifSo if, like me, you are going to a handful of baby showers over the next few months, check out, where you can even sort by occasion for that perfect shower gift or first birthday gift. Whether you are a good friend looking for a unique gift for your friend's child, or if you are a parent or parent-to-be, the whole site is a veritable smorgasbord of baby products including furniture, decor, feeding accessories, health & safety needs, toys, clothing, and more. Plus, you can visit the information page for giggle coupon codes and other savings, and all purchases made there, from bassinets to binkies, will earn you 4% cash back.

Or, if you're more of a traditionalist, there are plenty of other baby & kids stores to be found through Ebates.


December 10, 2008

Here at Ebates we are getting geared up for Christmas, and I can speak at least for the male half of the blog team when I say that one of the things we get most excited about this time of year (in addition to all the great sales and promotions) is toys. Personally speaking, nothing says "happy holidays" like fun and goofy toys. Even as I grow well past the commonly accepted toy giving and receiving age, I still love to give and get toys at the holidays. True, the toys I give and get are a little less conventional these days (can you say "Avenging Narwhal Playset"?), but there are also some cool toys for the kids or kids-at-heart who might be on your list this year.

It's for that very reason that I am bringing Wild Planet Toys to your attention. While you might just skim on by it as "just another toy store," a little examination shows that it is much more than that. They have a vast array of creative gift ideas for the clever and curious, and a number of toys that will be just as coveted by the adults in your family as by the children.

hyper dash.jpgAmong their great toys is the game Hyper Dash, which was recently the #1 selling toy on a site which I will not mention except to say that it has a connection to a certain area of rainforest in South America. It may say that the game is intended for ages six and up, but trust me when I say that "and up" knows no limits. It can be played as a table-top game, or with great distances, and between you and me, after a couple of cocktails, this game gets very challenging.

night goggles.jpgAnother must-have toy this year is a pair of Night Goggles. There are all types in all price ranges at the moment, but few are in the sub-$20 range. This pair sold by Wild Planet is currently on sale for $19.95, and have received rave reviews from a number of users. I hope that these are strictly used by kids, and not for more taboo voyeuristic pursuits, but hey, I can't tell you how to use your present!

water baby.jpgFinally, one for the girls is the always-popular Water Babies. Just how popular are these cuddly little babies? They are the second best selling doll ever behind a lovely young blonde named Barbie. So if you want to nurture some maternal  instinct in your little girl with a doll that doesn't look like she just stepped off the runway, this is a perfect gift. They even come in a wide ethnic range as well as a variety of ages for the babies themselves.

Also, just as a note of social conscience, I am also a huge proponent of toy donation programs. So if you are out there clicking around and shopping, please take your time to shop at any toy site, Ebates merchant or not, and pick up a toy or two to donate to those who are less fortunate, because I can't think of anything sadder than a child with nothing to open on Christmas.


October 29, 2008

So last week when I wrote about, I let you in a bit on my protocol for the selection of sites to be featured in this segment. I also made a relatively important statement -- that I generally tend to warm up to the merchants I feature. This week, I just have to mention this site because I find it mildly ridiculous, but it might appeal to some of you folks with smaller children. I fully acknowledge that being a completely unattached and childless male in my late twenties, I tend to roll my eyes at sentimental child-centric products, but this one might just go another step.

As is evident from even the most cursory glance at, they make dolls to exact specifications to resemble your daughter, hence the "twin" part of the site. I will say, I can kind of understand this. It would definitely make a lasting memory for both children and parents for years to come. Their process is really quite precise, and they even request a picture of your child to make sure that the doll's look is as close as possible to the real-life child. I applaud them for that, and I think in that area of their business, they do a very good job. They also do a good job of keeping the price down - each of these are hand-crafted customized dolls with specific skin tones and an array of hair colors that cost about $150.


Here is where I have issues: they sell matching clothes. They have crossed the border from "find doll clothes to put on the doll that resemble your child's clothes" to the bizarre territory of "buy clothes for your child to match her doll's clothes. Yes, it makes for a great photo op, and it is a great way to offer a chance for return shoppers to come back and update the look, at least as far as clothing is concerned.

So, whether you love them or you hate them, give it a look. If like me, you roll your eyes at this site, go through and have a laugh. Or, if you have the sentimentality that I lack, take a gander - it looks like a good quality product for the price you pay, and you do get 4% cash back on any and all products purchased from them, whether it be a doll or a matching outfit.

Luckily, it doesn't matter to me that they don't make boy dolls at the moment... I've already had my own custom-designed action figure made to look like me :


September 15, 2008

While stopped at a red light last week, I witnessed roughly five hundred (not an exaggeration) children crossing the street in what must have been a school field trip. There I was sitting for nearly five minutes, staring blankly at the mass of uniforms and backpacks when the question popped into my head: What is going on with the youth of today? Kids don't even look like kids, they look like, they look like miniature adults. First there was the nine year old on her cellphone, followed by two boys playing on their mini computers. What does a nine year old need a cell phone for? Is she planning today's meeting in the schoolyard? Were the boys checking their outlook mail? Don't they get what it means to be a kid? You know, imagination?

Whatever happened to bringing dolls to school, or putting gum in each other's hair? You know.. the good old days? Am Lincoln_logsI even old enough to say "the good old days"? The days before computers ruled our lives, and when playtime consisted of running around outside. I used to spend hours making fantasy worlds with only a stick or a piece of paper, and when the temperature dropped I would pretend I was home on the range, building my homestead with Lincoln Logs. This set that I happily found at KB Toys is only $19.99, and it even comes with a horse-drawn wagon, not originally available found in the older version. While the famous wooden building "logs" have seen an upgrade, (window frames, one-piece roof) they remain the same memorable toy from my youth. KB Toys has four different sets to choose from, so if you're looking for a gift that will spark a child mind instead of numbing it, may I suggest this classic?


May 14, 2008

This chic little scooter is the cutest toy we've ever seen. Hand-made in England, the European Balance Scooter at FAO Schwarz hones important balance skills in your child, preparing them for a two-wheeler with pedals. Soon enough, your little one will be saying buonjurno and zipping through the streets of Rome! The durable wood frame, EVA rubber wheels and luxurious sheepskin seat make for a comfy, safe ride. For a limited time, score this scooter for only $149.99!



April 16, 2008

Hey, Nintendo fans! Get your Wii remote ready- your favorte go-kart racing circuit is finally coming to the Wii. Mario Kart for Wii will have its US release on April 27th, and it's sure to be a smash! Don't risk missing out on this hot release- preorder your copy now and it'll be shipped as soon as it's available. Choose from several Ebates stores. You'll get the game plus a Wii Wheel, all starting at just $45.49! Buy it at Circuit City or and you'll get free shipping!



April 14, 2008

Forget ducks and lambs- his diaper bag has gotta look cool! Dads on the go will dig this sleek-looking bag from The Land of Nod. Made by Fleurville, it includes two pockets on the shoulder strap, easy-wipe pockets, an insulated bottle holder, changing pad and an expansion zipper that adds 25% more storage space! For a limited time, this go-anywhere bag is 42% off. Buy it before April 30th and get free shipping on your order when you use code "Ebates" at checkout.



February 20, 2008

We all know that organic baby products are a luxury and too expensive for most parents, right? Wrong! Treat your baby to Chlorine Free Diapers from 7th Generation and pay less than the cost of Huggies when you buy them from You'll save 15% on all Seventh Generation products with the monthly discount card, free shipping on all orders over $50, a 5% credit to use on your next purchase at plus 1% Cash Back at Ebates. (Whew!) Treat your baby to the most natural diapers available, and save!



December 4, 2007

So far, we've given away a Playstation 3, XBox 360, and now we're giving away the most hard-to-find video game console of them all: the Nintendo Wii. I waited in line for four hours last year to get my hands on one of these things, and it was so worth it.Now's your chance to get a Wii of your own, whether you plan to keep it for yourself or give it to one (very) lucky recipient as a holiday gift.

Enter the Ebates Holiday Giveaway by December 10th for your chance to win a Nintendo Wii!



November 30, 2007

Forget blocks, dolls and coloring books; today's kids crave tech! Treat your little movie mogul to the Bratz Portable DVD Player, starting at $129.99. She'll love the sizzlin' hot Bratz graphics and totally trendy design. Plus, it'll make holiday travel a whole lot easier! Got a shutterbug on your hands? Kid-friendly digital cameras like the Kidizoom Digital Camera ($43.99) make photography easy and fun for tiny photographers. If your little one is a budding artist, treat her to the Digital Arts & Crafts Studio ($58.99) that connects to your PC and printer. Parental controls allow you to manage access and limit the prints per session.




November 27, 2007

112707blogps3Put a little more happy in your holiday with the Ebates Holiday Giveaway ! Once a week for four weeks, we're giving away one of 2007's hottest gift items: an XBox, a Playstation 3, a Wii and an Apple iPhone. This week's featured product is the Playstation 3. Packed with features like a Blu-ray DVD Player, Wi-Fi, flash media reader and a 40-80 GB hard drive, the PS3 is sure to please even the most discriminating gamer. Enter now for a chance to win!

If you're in the market to actually buy a PS3, 40 GB models are available from eight Ebates stores for $399.99. Check out which stores have the highest Cash Back- you can save over $12!



October 31, 2007

You'll rock out like never before with the third release of the smokin'-hot Guitar Hero game series! Guitar Hero III includes head-banging hits like Barracuda by Heart, Sabotage by Beastie Boys and Rock and Roll All Nite by Kiss. Packed with more action, more unlockable content and more rock hits, Guitar Hero III is available for Wii, XBox 360, PS2 and PS3.



September 27, 2007

Scare up some savings on your favorite ghoulish garb at the Ebates Spooky Savings Boo-Tique! Find eerily low prices on costumes, candy, makeup and wigs. Whether you fancy yourself a sexy vampiress, chilling ghoul or even a headless horseman, you'll find the perfect disguise. With these prices, you’ll have the most fang-tastic Halloween ever!



September 20, 2007

CheerleadersNow that you and your sweetie have been cordially invited to a costumed affair, what on earth are you going to wear? Never fear- the costume stores on Ebates will bedeck you and your beloved in the creepiest, weirdest or downright silliest costumes, for less! Check out Costume SuperCenter for incredible deals on costumes for couples: Spartan cheerleaders, superheroes, matadors and more! Don't forget- use code FRIGHT35 at checkout and shave 15% off your entire order of $35 or more! Hurry! This offer expires on September 30th


April 25, 2007


I am looking for a cool diaper bag for my husband.  One that definitely doesn’t look like a ‘man purse’, but maybe a backpack or something that would be convenient for him to carry around when he has the baby.  Any brands or types of bags that you can suggest?

Anna: We went through a ton of diaper bags for my husband and he finally ended up with a backpack-style. It was the most convenient for him and it was in “manly” colors so he never felt uncomfortable carrying it around. It also had insulated pockets for milk, snacks, etc. so he never had to carry anything extra baggage around. 

Larry: Any backpack will work. 

Bryan: I really like backpacks. Victorinox is a brand of backpacks that I think are nice but if you like the messenger type I would look at Timbuck2 or Define.  A diaper bag for a man usually doesn’t have to hold as much as what, say, my wife would use.

Clearly, backpacks are the top pick among Ebates staffers. Stores like Timbuk2, REI, eBags and ParagonSports carry the most rugged, durable backpacks on the market, and of course, you can earn Cash Back through Ebates. If you need a coupon for your backpack purchase on Ebates and can't find one on our Coupons and Specials page, be sure to request one at our Coupons on Demand page in the blog.

What do you think is the best bag for a baby-totin' dad?


April 11, 2007

Carseat1. Stroller

Invest in a good stroller! Imagine yourself, by yourself, walking to the car from the mall with a (#$* load of shopping bags, a diaper bag, a purse, a stroller and a crying baby. (This scenario is very close to home). The last thing you want to worry about is lugging a heavy stroller into the trunk of your car! Don’t go for the cheapest stroller out there… remember, this is an investment that should last you a few years. I love my Peg Perego Pliko P3, but my advice is to test drive some to find one that’s right for you. Push some around to see how smooth they are, see how easily you can open and close them with one hand, and see how light it is. Also look for compatibility with your car seat, a full-reclining chair and a 5-point safety harness.

Find Peg Perego Pliko P3 Strollers from $329.99. Earn 4% Cash Back!

2. Infant Car Seat

A lot of parents don’t bother with the infant car seat because it doesn’t last very long and you can use a convertible seat from birth. Our son outgrew his after only 4 months, but I highly recommend splurging on one anyways! When the baby’s asleep, you can move him/her from the car straight to the stroller or carry him/her around without waking him. I recommend the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, but again, shop around to find the right one for you. 

Find Peg Perego Infant Car Seats from $219.99. Get 4% Cash Back!

3. Dresser

I personally think a changing table is a waste of money because it only lasts a couple of years and then it just turns into an ugly piece of furniture. The positive is it’s a lifesaver on your back. My solution? Purchase a nice dresser and create your own changing table! Find one that’s long enough to hold a changing pad and a basket with diapers, wipes and toiletries on the end. If you have a son and run into “accidental squirts”, it’ll be a breeze to clean up (as opposed to changing the baby on the bed and having to wash sheets, etc.). Now that my son doesn’t need a changing station anymore, I put frames and his books on the top of the dresser. 

Shop for dressers now in Ebates' Home and Garden category!

Honorable Mentions: 

Boppy pillow

Great for breastfeeding, tummy time and a neck pillow for you!

Find Boppy Pillows from just $24.99. Earn 4% Cash Back!

Diaper champ

No need to purchase refills. This diaper disposal system works with any type of bags!

See Diaper Champs from just $28.99!


March 28, 2007

Gymdeluxe_2Sam, Design Director at Ebates, tells Hollie his top three baby must-haves:

1. Ergo Baby Carrier

We’ve tried several different baby carriers and this one seems to be the most versatile and comfortable for both Margot (she usually falls asleep within a few minutes of getting into it) and us parents. This carrier mimics the natural way you’d hold a baby close to your body - some of the other brands like the Bjorn (which we have as well) support a baby from the crotch, and can put stress on the baby’s spine. It’s a little bit complicated at first (it comes with an instructional DVD!), but once you get the hang of all of the straps and do-dads it’s pretty easy. A major plus is that it has several pockets to keep pacifiers, wallet, etc. in, and a hood for rainy days or for shade from the sun.

Find Ergo baby carriers from just $92.00 with 6% Cash Back!

2. CoSleeper

This comes in the “Original” version and the “Mini” version – we have the original version, but if I had to do it again I’d get the mini for it’s smaller size (by the time your baby outgrows the mini they’ll be ready for a real crib or bed anyway). The only advantages that the larger size has is that it can “convert” into a changing table or “play yard”, but in reality once you get this thing set up and put together you’re not gonna want to rearrange it again (very hard to put it together, and not very clear instructions!). The benefit of a co-sleeper is that your baby is right there next to you in bed, making late night feedings much easier (not to mention being more easily able to calm fussiness and give her a pacifier). And it’s great to bring her into our bed in the mornings as we all wake up together – a great way to start the day!

Find CoSleepers from just $107.99 with 4% Cash Back!

3. Tiny Love (Symphony-in-Motion) Mobile & Gymini

These seemed to be Margot’s favorite toys from the get-go, and after four and a half months they still keep her entertained and engaged. She loves the mobile and the (unfortunately for us parents) cheesy digital classical music that it plays (I now have the three “tunes” that it plays permanently burned into my brain). The Gymini is a play mat with arching struts for small toys to hang on (over the babies head). She took to it right away – again, there’s a hanging flower-pillow which plays a digital tune that she particularly loves (not great for parental sanity though).

Get your Tiny Love Mobile for just $19.99 with 7% Cash Back!

See Tiny Love Gyminis from just $54.99 with 4% Cash Back!

Honorable Mention: Grembo Sleep Sack

Once you’re through with the swaddling (after 3 months or so), this is a great way to keep a baby warm at night with a comfy cover that doesn’t fall off. Plus it’s really easy to get them in-and-out of (you’ll appreciate that after 3 month of swaddling…).

Find baby sleep sacks from just $8.99 with 4% Cash Back!


March 14, 2007


There are SO many different types and brands of maternity jeans out there.  Can anyone recommend a brand that looks like regular jeans but are still able to expand for your growing belly?  I know there are some with a low waist, some with a full panel, some with a partial panel.  What would be best for your second trimester?  I am looking for comfy yet oh-so-cool.

Wilma (Engineer): Motherhood Maternity is your best bet.

Anna (Product Manager): My theory is to never spend too much on maternity clothes because you grow out of them so quickly! Jeans in the first trimester may not last you through the end. With that said, I’ve always thought Gap jeans are comfortable, stylish and affordable!

Cath (V.P. of Finance): I love the Citizens of Humanity maternity jeans – they fit just like regular jeans and are extremely comfortable.  I also love the way the Gap maternity jeans fit for a fraction of the cost!  Mid or demi panel, in my opinion, are the best fit throughout the entire pregnancy.

Citizens of Humanity maternity jeans are available at Shopbop, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom starting at around $175. For the more budget conscious moms-to-be, Gap maternity jeans are no more than $68. In fact, they have some pairs on sale for $29.99 or less! And of course, you can earn Cash Back at all of these stores.

Readers, where do you think Hollie should buy maternity jeans?


March 7, 2007


Did you or your partner use pre-natal yoga gear during pregnancy? I see birth balls, prenatal yoga DVDs (even pilates!) and maternity yoga clothing. Did you or your partner find any of these helpful during or after pregnancy?

Our Design Director, Sam, has this suggestion for Hollie: 

I don’t think my wife used any kind of special yoga equipment during her pregnancy (but she did continue to do yoga even up to the day she went into labor!). The one special piece of exercise equipment we did get was an exercise ball (sometimes called a birth ball). This item actually proved invaluable to us – you can use it for pregnancy exercises, and for labor training (for actual labor too). The ball really came in handy for us though, after our daughter was born – holding her while “bouncing” on the ball was the ONLY sure method of calming her down and stopping her crying during the first month. Worked every time – and still mostly does today after 3 months.  

Readers, what do you think is the number one way to stay fit during and after pregnancy?


February 28, 2007

This week, our momma-to-be explores the softer side of impending motherhood. Readers, do you think body pillows are necessary for the comfort and health of an expecting mom? 

PillowI am having issues not being able to sleep on my back anymore since I have been pregnant, as that is the way I always would sleep before.  Did anyone use a pregnancy wedge or body pillow to help ease sleeping problems during pregnancy?  Did it help?  What was better, the wedge or the pillow?  How did your spouse, boys this is your turn to put your two cents in, adjust to this?  I know that some pillows are huge, like the size of another person, was that bothersome for your significant other?

Anna (Product Manager): The pregnancy wedge is the way to go! I used it to comfortably support my belly while lying on my left side (best position for the baby). My husband would then stuff pillows behind me and basically tuck me in every night, because I too am a back sleeper and would often roll onto my back at night. With our “technique”, I basically couldn’t move so it was the perfect solution!

Wilma (Engineer): No, I did not use any body pillow to sleep on my side. If I used one at all, I used a regular standard sized pillow.

Ray (Director of Operations): You need a queen sized bed or bigger for this, though the pillow does help quite a bit, and it's not especially in the way if the bed is big enough.

Sam (Design Director):My wife used something called the “Snoogle”, and she loved it! The Snoogle extends to the length of the body from a “coil” – you can also use it in several different positions as well. Towards the end of her pregnancy my wife had to augment the Snoogle with a normal pillow under the belly, and this set-up seemed to work pretty well. I must admit I was a little jealous of the Snoogle at first, but then I got used to its presence, and I actually hi-jacked it a few times 'cuz it’s very comfy!

Ready to get your hands on a pregnancy pillow or wedge? Look no further than Ebates! You can find a Mini Snoogle starting at $32.39 with 4% Cash Back at Target. For the full-size Snoogle, get the lowest price at You'll pay just $46.99 and earn 6% Cash Back! The pregnancy wedge is an even more affordable option. Anna recommends a wedge shaped like this one from Best Rest. She says that the vertical piece prevents mom from rolling onto her back, which can restrict blood flow and oxygen to the baby. At just $24.99 with 4% Cash Back, it's a great deal.

Save even more by using a coupon from Ebates! Here is a list of all of our current Baby Store offers.


February 21, 2007

This week, our resident first time mommy-to-be ponders a new question. Our staffers seem to have mixed feelings about this topic. Readers, what are your thoughts?


Has anyone ever seen or used a pregnancy journal for both the mom-to-be and the dad-to-be to do together? You cant go to any bookstore or pregnancy store without finding a gazillion for moms-to-be, but nearly none for the dads-to-be. I would love for my husband to be able to be more involved with the pregnancy, and everything that is going on with me and the bambino, any suggestions? Has anyone heard of a pregnancy journal for parents-to-be?

Larry (Engineer): My wife had a week-by-week development book,  (i.e. in Week x the heart starts beating.)  It was very neat, but it wasn't precisely a journal or calendar.

Sam (Design Director): We never used an interactive pregnancy journal or calendar (although I think this idea sounds pretty cool).

Wilma (Engineer): I would just use a normal journal for this and keep a log of your thoughts and feeling when you   were pregnant. For example, when did you feel the first flutter, kicks, etc..

Cath (V.P. of Finance): Don't know; I did not use one during my first pregnancy.

Anna (Product Manager): My sister bought me a journal as soon as she found out I was pregnant. I think she bought it at Papyrus, but you can get one at any baby or book store. It wasn’t for us as a couple, but more for Mom to track all her thoughts and emotions. It’s definitely a good investment! I can look back on my pregnancy experience and relive every joyful moment of it…or at least the parts I wrote down!

Whether you choose a plain journal or one designed just for parents-to-be, Ebates has options for any budget. You can even buy a pregnancy journal meant for moms and let dad write in it, too! Try this one from Wal-Mart for just $11.74, or see all pregnancy journals available through Ebates.

Sam also recommends Shutterfly's memory books. They start at about $43.99 and are great for documenting your pregnancy and baby's frst year in photos.


February 14, 2007

Hollieheadphones My friend Hollie is a member of the Ebates sales team, a proud southern belle, and most importantly, a newly expectant mother!  She, like all new parents, wants nothing more than to keep her baby happy and healthy (while attempting to maintain her own sanity, of course).

As a new mom, Hollie finds herself bombarded with baby buzz left and right: bathroom-stall baby harnesses, Zaky pillows, musical pacifiers...does it ever end? Let's help Hollie figure out what she'll really need, and what's better left on the store shelf!

On Wednesdays, I'll be featuring Hollie's questions on all things baby: maternity gear, household items, exercise tips and more. A group of our staffers with young children will answer her questions, and of course we'd love to hear feedback from YOU!

Hollie's Question of the Week:
I keep reading about prenatal listeners, the small recorders that allow you to listen to your baby's heartbeat, kicking and even hiccups! It sounds pretty cool, but I'm not sure if it's worth the the $19.99. Would headphones do the same thing?

Larry (Engineer): Never used them. How about a stethoscope?

Wilma (Engineer): Yes, I used one of those prenatal heartbeat listeners and a headphone for my 2nd pregnancy. I even used a Dr.'s stethoscope to listen to the baby's heartbeat. Don't bother buying it as it's a waste of money. You can hardly hear anything and you really need to be in quiet place, no distractions, etc. to hear anything. If you want really want to record your baby's heartbeat, bring a tape recorder to every prenatal appt.

Anna (Product Manager): Yes, we bought one (suckers!) and for us, it was a waste of money. I had friends who it worked for (same exact listener), but we couldn't really distinguish the baby's sounds from mom's indigestion! It would probably have been more effective later in the pregnancy, but by that time, we had given up using it!

Sam (Design Director):We didn't use a listener (again, I didn't even know they existed). It WAS a lot of fun to hear the heartbeat during visits to the doctor though.

Cath (V.P. of Finance): I did and I love mine, especially with the first pregnancy when everything was so new. Listening to my baby's heartbeat whenever I wanted to was super important to me and my husband! :-) Headphones would not work!

Admit it. You're curious. Why not give a prenatal listener a try? They range in price from $19.99 at Target to about $29.95 at!


January 18, 2007

Drmariosmall_1A few weeks ago, I posted about a condition now known  as "Wii Elbow". Gamers more accustomed to lazing on the couch were a little surprised by the exertion (seemingly) required to play a game of Wii Sports. I say seemingly because I find the Wiimote responds better to quick sharp motions of the wrist, rather than broad, sweeping arm movements.

Ebates staffer Jen pointed me toward something called the Wii Sports Experiment. In a rather Super Size Me fashion, blogger Mickey Delorenzo decided to test the fitness benefits of playing Wii. He restricted all forms of exercise from his regimen, played Wii Sports for 30 minutes per day for 6 weeks, and recorded the results. Amazingly, he lost 9 pounds, decreased his body fat percent by 2%, and lost 3.5 inches from his waist. Click here to read his story!

Mickey put together this video of his "training"...get ready to get pumped!


November 14, 2006

111406blogpiglet_1For some, it's a Bar Mitzvah. For others, their high school graduation. For those who grow up in Orange County, California, the crowning rite of passage is...working at Disneyland.

I was a cast member for three long months at the age of 17. I often get asked if I ever saw Mickey shuffling around backstage, taking deep drags on a Marlboro Red, novelty-sized plastic head clasped half-heartedly under his arm.

The answer is no, but I did glimpse dozens of  Piglet suits drooping sadly on their hangers waiting to be washed. The whimsy melted away at that moment; the costumes department looked more like a slaughterhouse than The Hundred Acre Woods!

All kidding aside, Ebates is giving Double Cash Back at today only! Get 8% Cash Back on cool Disney stuff like:

-Rhinestone Mouse Ears (Bling Bling! Imagine the Cash Back!)

-An Alice in Wonderland Divine Hoodie

-Art Deco style Steppin' Out Mickey Watch

-A cuddly Nala Bean Bag!

The possiblities are endless. Hey, go for the piglet costume if you want. I was just kidding about the whole slaughterhouse thing.

I can't believe I just used the word "slaughterhouse"  three times in a blog about Disney.



October 12, 2006

What's more overwhelming than having a new baby? Try walking into a baby store and trying to decide which products you'll need to keep your baby happy (and you, sane). As a new mom, you don’t need all the bells and whistles… just the necessities. So don’t bother with the Baby Keeper (no matter how tempting it may be at times) and leave the Zaky Infant Pillow at the store because, frankly, it’s just plain odd. Stick with the basics and you’ll get through the first few months with some of your sanity left.

101106blogbabyset A Crib – Whether its brand new or a hand-me-down, make sure it adheres to current safety standards.

Waterproof Mattress Pads – Your baby is bound to have a leaky diaper or two (or twelve) so make sure your mattress is protected! Have a couple pads handy for quick changes in the middle of the night.

Well-fitting Crib Sheets – Use sheets made specifically for cribs and make sure they fit tightly and securely around the mattress. Buy a few sheets in case you need to switch them out in a hurry.

Changing Pad with safety strap – No need to spend hundreds of dollars on a changing table, use a changing pad and the top of a dresser to create your own!       

Diaper Pail – Try a simple version that lets you use your own plastic bags. You won’t have to buy refills and you can put recycled plastic grocery bags to good use.

Plastic Bathtub – If you have a large kitchen sink, look for a tub that fits inside. It sounds odd, but your101106blogstroller back will thank you later.

Stroller Travel System – Save money on the stroller, car seat and car seat base by purchasing them as a set. Just attach the car seat to the stroller and you’ll never have to wake the sleeping baby.

Diaper Bag – Bring a change of baby clothes, bibs, diapers, wipes, a changing pad and an extra shirt for you, because you know, spit happens.

Boppy Pillow – Use it to support your baby while breastfeeding, to hold up the baby during tummy time or to rest your sleepy head when you get a chance to nap!       

Layette – As tempting as it is to buy the cutest dresses and track suits, stick with the basics for the first few months. Look for one-piece outfits, footed pajamas, cotton shirts, socks, booties, caps, bibs and mittens that are easy to get on and off.

Receiving Blankets – For swaddling and for keeping your baby warm.

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October 9, 2006

True, it's been years since I've carved a pumpkin, but when did pumpkin carving kits become so sophisticated? Isn't there a kind of stoic elegance in the 'three triangles and a mouth' model I specialized in as a child?

If you've been looking to add an air of royalty to your jack-o-lantern's visage, check out the Disney Princess Carving Kit. The lowest price can be found at and, who both sell it for $10.99 with 3% Cash Back at Ebates. There's also a Pirates of the Caribbean  Carving Kit. Come on, who wouldn't want Johnny Depp's face glowing on their front porch during the chilly autumn nights? Anyone?

For advanced pumpkin carvers, the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit is available at or Home Depot for $19.99. If, to you, 3-D pumpkin carving is akin to sculpting the next Sphinx, try the basic carving kit from Spirit. At $5.99 with 7% Cash Back from Ebates, you really can't go wrong.

Finally, because I find this hilarious, here is a pattern from which you can carve a jack-o-lantern resembling Bob Marley:


Looks like you've got some decisions to make before October 31st. Princess Jasmine? Three triangles and a mouth? A three dimensional representation of the Mona Lisa?

Thanks to for the Bob Marley image!

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September 27, 2006

092706blogspiritmonkey_1"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."

Well, maybe I'm not that serious about my Halloween costume shopping, but I sure was glad to find a great wig for my Chrissy Snow getup on Don't buy anything without the coupons and Cash Back available through Ebates. Coupon code 5alive gets you 5% off your order of $40 or more!

If you want to splurge, check out the theatrical quality costumes at Spirit! They've also got some very plush looking Lil' Animal costumes for babies. I'm in love with the Lil' Elephant and Lil' Monkey- so cute. Remember, Spirit also offers Cash Back through Ebates! 

Disney Shopping has some of the best deals I've seen on Halloween costumes for kids and adults. Not only does Ebates offer coupon code EBTIER10 that saves you $10, you can get 4% Cash Back AND get the money off discount offered by Disney. They're marking down costumes up to 50% off!

To see all stores that carry Halloween supplies, visit the costumes section on Ebates!


September 20, 2006

Elmotmxstanding_1 Remember the Tickle-Me-Elmo craze of 1996? Well, this time, you can stow your brass knuckles.

Elmo T.M.X, the tenth anniversary edition of Tickle-Me-Elmo, was just released on Monday, and, according to CNN, "Elmo fans should grab the new toy while they can, because industry  analysts are already anticipating a shortage of Elmo T.M.X. over the  holiday shopping season".

As amusing as it may be to imagine thousands of surly soccer moms pillaging the local Wal-Mart, why not give peace a chance? Buy your Elmo T.M.X now, and you'll still have enough teeth to fully enjoy your holiday desserts.

Where can you buy Elmo T.M.X? Well, Target still has them in stock, but you have to buy IN-STORE. So hurry! (Or sign up for boxing lessons. You'll be glad you did.)

Check out Elmo T.M.X's "International Debut" on Good Morning America:


Have any of you gotten your hands on Elmo T.M.X?


September 13, 2006

I'm almost too embarassed to write about this- almost. Having left the jungle gym behind years ago in favor of pilates classes and Six Feet Under marathons, I thought my days of playing Nintendo were long gone.

Boy, was I ever wrong. I'd like you to meet the Nintendo DS Lite:


Isn't it cute? It's sleek and sexy with an iPod-glossy white finish (or pink...or onyx). With the stylus that comes included, It has the ambience of a personal organizer with all the fun of smashing Goombas and diffusing Bob-ombs (which is a fancy way of saying you can get away with playing Super Mario Bros. on your subway commute even if you're wayyyy out of puberty).

This is the first Nintendo game system with a touch-screen and, get this: the microphone responds to your breathing. You can blow up balloons and make the characters float just by blowing into the mic!

Now, I understand how someone may not be interested in the DS Lite if they didn't grow up with the Super Mario Bros. series. Fair enough. But it's never too late to learn the joy of the ever-popular Madden '07.

Now, be honest: Is it weird that, as an adult, I've played DS in public? During my commute? While shouting out the occassional profanity when my Kart gets knocked out by a Cheep Cheep?

Is it weird that I use these terms so casually? It's ok- you can be honest with me.


August 8, 2006

discount clive backpackYes, it's August- those last precious weeks of cavorting with friends, staying up late and going to the beach.      Come September, it'll be the red ink on that first history exam that'll require a pair of sunglasses!

Why not look at the bright side? Back-to-School also means Back-to-School shopping, a welcome respite when you're about to dive into the books rather than the pool.

Lets  take a quick look at some of the essentials you'll need for a proper  scholastic debut, whether you're shopping for yourself or the kids:

  • A great bag: eBags and Ebates have teamed up to give you $10 off on any backpack purchase of $45 or more! They've got LiveWire bags that have an iPod holder, laptop packs, ultralight bags, as long as it's a backpack, you get a discount!
  • A new computer: For students, a great option is the Compaq Presario V2000Z. At $399.99 after a mail in discount booksrebate, it's not a huge investment and is a great machine for word-processing and web browsing.
  • New threads: For great Back-to-School bargains for the girls, try Delia*s or Alloy.  Both offer free shipping fororders of $75 or more. For guys and girls, another good pick is Old They have a flat $5 shipping rate and a ton of brand new styles in stock!
  • Books: Wal-Mart is doing 97 cent shipping on all books! It doesn't get much cheaper  than that. Barnes and Noble is having a summer clearance with some  titles up to 80% off!


July 12, 2006

Growing up, your mother probably told you, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".

Of course it's true; you shouldn't curse, would never gossip, and you certainly can't call other people names!

Until now...

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I saw Uglydolls for the first time at Kid Robot  in San Francisco, and fell in love! Sure, Barbies have computers, euro-hip rides and luminous locks , but do they have tentacles, wedge-shaped heads or chest hair? I think not!

Maybe you're wondering, "Why on Earth would I want a doll with chest hair?" The question you should be asking is "Why wouldn't  I?".

Come on, people! Uglydolls are so cute you'll want to buy the whole family. Plush, unique and  adorable, they're appealing to everyone: kids, adults, your relative  with the creepy doll collection in her living room... well, maybe not  her. Each Uglydoll has its very own story: a name, likes and dislikes, a family history... How many Barbies can say that? is offering free shipping on Uglydolls and of course, Ebates is offering Cash Back! This is one time that your mom's advice is better left unheeded.


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