May 20, 2019

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Have a 4th grader in the US? Your family gets free admission to National Parks #EveryKidInAPark


Did you know that in that fourth graders in the US and their families will be entitled to free admission to America’s national parks, federal lands and waters.

This is all part of the White House’s “Every Kid in the Park” initiative, this program is made possible by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation.


Official rules
  • The pass is for U.S. fourth graders (or home-school equivalent) students.
  • It expires August 31, 2019.
  • Students can't transfer the pass to anyone else.
  • We can’t accept electronic versions of this paper for access or to exchange for a pass.
  • There’s no way to request a refund later if you forget the pass when you visit.
  • If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
  • Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.
How it works
  • Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
  • If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
  • If your group visits a site that charges vehicle fees - The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can't use a pass to get in.
  • If you arrive at a site on bicycle— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
  • The pass doesn't cover things like camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
  • The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.
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Red,White and Blue Luminaries #MemorialDay

This is another super easy project for Memorial Day  that can be made under a couple of dollars and so easy that your child can do it or help along!     These luminaries are perfect for lining the steps on the porch or to use as a centerpiece for a holiday get together


What you will need:
  • Glass jars (I used pint sized Ball jars, but you could even reuse jars from the fridge.  Just wash out the pickle smell or the old pasta sauce and peel off the label!)
  • Small American flags
  • Mod Podge 
  • Sponge brush
  • Votive candles or tea lights
  • Jute or ribbon

The flags I used were Americana style, so they were printed in muted shades of deep red, ivory and navy.  It gives the luminaries an antique look.  First remove the flags from the sticks and then carefully remove the fabric sleeve sewed to the flag to hold it onto the stick.  Not all will have it, some brands are just stapled on to sticks.

Measure your flag against the jar and apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the area where the flag will adhere to.  You could also just cover the back of the flag if that makes it easier for you!


 Position the flags evenly on each jar and smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles that may form. Then apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of each flag to seal it to the jar.


Let the jars air dry.  I actually put ours in front of the dehumidifier in the basement

Once dry  tie some jute around the top and  place a candle in each. 
This is another easy project that your kids can do with little or no assistance.  My 11 year old daughter wanted to make some for family as gifts and did a couple sets all on her own!
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New Balance Women's Running shoe now Only $34.99 + $1 Shipping (was $69.99)

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May 19, 2019

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Favorite Spring Dresses 40% Off (As Low As $11.97) AND FREE Shipping

Right now you can score 40% OFF + FREE shipping on some of  Cents of Style's favorite skirts which make some styles as low as $11.97 and up to 65% off retail! They will be offering some TIMELESS styles and some best selling, most requested, tried and true styles! Sizes range from S-3XL and there are multiple colors and options that will be perfect for all of your spring and summer needs!





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New Balance Men's Cross Trainers, now Only $31.99 + $1 Shipping (was $64.99)

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Score K-Cups for as low as $.22 a cup

Right now Amazon has Victor Allen’s Coffee Light Roast Single Serve Coffee Pods -Morning Blend for K-Cup Keurig 2.0 Brewers, 80 Count

$17.26 ($0.22 / Count) & FREE Shipping on orders over $25 shipped by Amazon.

  • Includes 80 single serve instant coffee K Cups
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May 18, 2019

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Summer $1 Movies for the kids at Regal Cinemas

Moviegoers of all ages can catch a movie for only $1 during the Summer Movie Express  at select Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres. They will offer selected G or PG rated movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am for just a buck! See site for participating locations and movie schedule

Looks like the movies start May 29th and run until September 3rd
Below is the list of titles this summer:
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Shrek
  • Croods
  • Puss in Boots
  • Despicable Me
  • Turbo
  • Lego Batman Movie
  • House with a Clock in Its Walls
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
  • Paddington 2
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018)
  • Lego Movie 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • Smallfoot
  • Secret Life of Pets
  • Lego Movie
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • Sing
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • Boss Baby
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Lego Ninjago Movie
  • Trolls
  • Minions Madagascar
  • Shrek 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Storks

May 17, 2019

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Drive-In Movies Fun and Frugal!!! #ohio

We frequently take the  kids to the drive-ins in the summer.    I remember going to drive-ins as a child in Michigan and love sharing these memories with my children! 

When my daughter was an infant, we went to the drive in and folded down the back seats of the van and placed a pack and play back there, this way she could sleep comfortably while we were watching the movie!  Now the kids are older, we just fold down the seats of the SUV or Van  and they watch the first movie, then we  put sleeping bags in the back end and they sleep during the 2nd.  It is quiet comfortable!  The kids have a blast!  They ended up sleeping until it was time to leave!  Plus mommy and daddy get to see some movies they have been wanting too!
   


I did some searching to help the rest of you find a drive-in! Going rates are $5-$10 an adult for 2 movies.  Kid rates seemed to be $1-$5 for ages 6-12!  Instead of going out to dinner and then dropping $10 a ticket at a regular theater to see one move, we had a fun cheap night.  Here are some ways to make it fun and frugal:
  • Take a cooler with your sodas and water bottles
  • Pick up a $5 Little Caesars pizza  or head to CiCi's pizza and get 3 carry-out pizzas for $9.99!
  • Pick up some Dollar Store candy!
  • Pop your own popcorn and place it in a brown paper bag and bring with you
Please note some drive-ins have policies on bringing outside food and may charge you $4-5 for a food permit.

Totally frugal and memory lasting!!!  Don't forget the glow-necklaces!  Another fun and frugal item for the kids and if you are sitting outside, makes them easy to spot!

Here are some links to find drive ins close to you!

Springmill Drive-in (Mansfield Ohio)
Great Eastern Drive-Ins  (Ohio)
Drive-ins.com (Ohio listings)

Drive-ins.com  This lists all the drive-ins by state!  Who knew there were so many!!

Just remember BUG SPRAY and BLANKETS!  It can get quiet chilly at night and the bugs come out! 

May 16, 2019

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Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: FREE Book for you kids in grades 1st-6th

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: FREE Book for you kids in grades 1st-6th
  1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
  2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between now and August 31, 2019  Find a Store
  3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.
Just check out the books we got in a previous year:

Here are the books your kids can chose from with this reading program:

GRADES 1 & 2
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights by Malala Yousafzai
The Mount Rushmore Calamity (Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures Series #1) by Sara Pennypacker Amelia Bedelia Means Business (Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book Series #1) by Herman Parish
Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar by James Dean
Disney Junior Fancy Nancy: Chez Nancy by Nancy Parent
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
Jorge el curioso: De basura a tesoro (Bilingual) by H. A. Rey
Purrmaids #1: The Scaredy Cat by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
 Sunbeam’s Shine (Unicorn Princesses #1) by Emily Bliss

GRADES 3 & 4
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
Mistakes Were Made (Timmy Failure Series #1) by Stephan Pastis
My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet by Mo O’Hara
The Super Life of Ben Braver by Marcus Emerson Drew
Pendous and the Camp Color War (Drew Pendous #1) by David Lewman (Adapted by) Drew PendouS
Travels to Ancient Egypt (Drew Pendous #2) by David Lewman (Adapted by)
Classic Starts: The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss, Chris Tait (Adapted by)
Judy Moody (Judy Moody Series #1) by Megan McDonald
Judy Moody está de mal humor, de muy mal humor (Judy Moody) by Megan McDonald

GRADES 5 & 6
The Last (Endling Series #1) by Katherine Applegate
Friendship List #1: 11 Before 12 by Lisa Greenwald
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Treasure Hunters (Treasure Hunters Series #1) by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ellie’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron
The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff (Epic Fails #2) by Erik Slader and Ben Thompson
Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Series #1) by Roshani Chokshi
Disney after Dark (Kingdom Keepers Series #1) by Ridley Pearson
The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko
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Meijers mPerk users - #Free IAMS ProActive Healthy Dry Cat Food (3.5 pound bag)




Calling all Meijer mPerk users! Right now you can score a coupon valid for one Free IAMS ProActive Healthy Dry Cat Food (3.5 pound bag).  If it doesn't show up, you may have to type Free into search.  It may be certain regions only as well.

Store Coupon -Valid Thru 06/02/19
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Make it a Family Movie Night with How To Train Your Dragon #HowToTrainYourDragon


We love hosting family nights at our house, especially now that the time has changed and it is darker and cooler out. We have the neighborhood kids over now too, this way they are all warm and safe inside! We previously hosted a How To Train Your Dragon 2 family movie night and with the third installment coming out, you can have a fun night with all three movies. We made it a truly themed party with decorations, activities, and recipes all HTTYD themed.

Food ideas:
Dragon Feed:  Swedish Fish and Gummy Sharks 
Dragon Claws:  Buggles
Gobber Peg Legs:  Pretzel sticks 
Dragon Flames: Flaming Hot Cheetos or Regular Cheetos
Dragon Fireballs:  Atomic Fireballs or Cheeto Balls
Dragon Nuggets:  Dinosaur chicken nuggets look a lot like dragons
Dragon Scales:  Doritos
Viking Brew:  Rootbeer
Catapult Ballistics:  Meatballs 






Here are some fun activities:

Shields:  

Under a paper plate, let the kids decorate with markers and stickers. Attach a construction paper ring to the opposite side to hold it!




Adopt a Dragon:  The mini battle dragons are $1.99 each at most stores. I bought one of every HTTYD2 dragon, even the Bewilder Beast and placed them in a bowl. Each child went home with their own dragon!

Viking Hat:  Click this link to take you to a PDF for how to make your own viking hat!
  

Masks - Have a make your own mask center! Just click to enlarge:



Click for Dragon Stationary and a Hiccup cut-out!

Games
Sheep Toss:  Pick up some stuffed sheep and buckets. Line the buckets up like the Bozo Circus game. Have the kids try to toss the sheep into each bucket.

Dragon Races:  Instead of stick horses, make stick dragons and have the kids race around the yard.

Gobber Race:   Three legged race



Themed products also always add to the party. Pick up some stickers, tattoos, paper plates, napkins, cups and more to really get the theme going!
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Amazon First Reads - #Free Book for Amazon Prime Members

Amazon Prime Members can request a free book each from Amazon First Reads! Get early access to editors' picks. Choose one FREE Kindle book each month and shop hardcovers for $9.99 or less. This month there are six choices each valued at $4.99 and all books are available in advance of their official June 1st release date.

These are the Free books to chose from for Prime Members ($1.99 for non-Primers):
  • One Small Sacrifice
  • Valencia and Valentine
  • The Price of Paradise
  • Man Fast
  • Before the Broken Star
  • Thin Air - A Jessica Shaw Thriller
  • The Mask Collectors
  • Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves
Kindle First Reads is a program that offers customers early access to new Kindle books across popular genres from Amazon Publishing.  Every month customers may choose one of the books selected by our editors for $1.99. 

Joining is free with no purchase obligation. By joining, you receive a monthly e-mail announcing new Amazon First Reads picks. You can unsubscribe from the monthly e-mail at any time by visiting Amazon Local and Amazon Delivers E-mail Subscriptions in Your Account

May 15, 2019

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Game of Thrones 5-Novel Box Set for just $29.97 shipped (regularly $49.95) #GameOfThrones #GOT

Calling all GOT fans! Right now you can score the Game of Thrones 5-Novel Box Set for just $29.97 shipped (regularly $49.95)!

An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine—international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now here is the entire monumental cycle:

A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
A STORM OF SWORDS
A FEAST FOR CROWS
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. 
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New Balance Men's Running MTKYMLG1, now Only $36.99 + $1 Shipping (was $74.99)

Today's Daily Deal! Save 51% on the Men's Running MTKYMLG1, now Only $36.99 + $1 Shipping with code DOLLARSHIP at JoesNewBalanceOutlet.com! Offer valid Wednesday, 05/15.


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Our Fresh Foam Kaymin TRL men's running shoe gives you freedom to take your routine off road. Rugged materials and versatile AT Tread meets our innovative Fresh Foam cushioning for plush comfort no matter where your next adventure takes you. For more comfort on the trail, the NB Response 2.0 Performance Insert helps support your step with a molded arch and heel.
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May 14, 2019

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T-Shirt Dresses for ONLY $19.95

Cents of Style has a collection of comfy T-Shirt dresses that you can steal for ONLY $19.95 (plus free shipping!) CRAZY LOW right? That makes these dresses up to 50% OFF! These pieces are so comfortable and versatile not only will you feel amazing, but you will also be fashionably functional. With a wide range of styles and colors to choose from (sizes ranging from S-3XL),no one can resist a $20.00 dress!

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