Win a 2-night stay in popular Northwest Ohio treehouse villageRead more
Every year, McDonald’s restaurants in the Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Lima areas bring back the coveted koozie cup sleeves for their large beverages. These Sleeves retail for $5 each and all proceeds from purchase are donated back to the local Ronald McDonald House chapter. Supporting families in need at RMHC is a big priority for McDonald’s and I’m teaming up with them to help them spread the word & giving away 2 koozies cup sleeves to 5 followers as an appreciation for helping spread the word.Read more
This is a game changer! You know when you’re super tired after a long day and you realize you forgot to thaw dinner? Or when you schedule a picnic in the park with the fam but didn’t have time to run to the store? Or ya know, when your tired Tuesday happens to also fall on taco Tuesday and ya just need a break? El Vaquero has you covered! They now offer the super convenient, easy to order online, economical, and delicious family style meals to-go. The hardest part will be trying to decide which meal pack to choose from…Read more
Post your pic of you and your kiddos shopping at Franklin Park Mall to the Facebook page…winner will be randomly selected next Wednesday (8/8/18). Good luck, loves!
Know of any great deals going on around town, do tell!!
-FYI-sign up for store emails & you will often receive a coupon for 15-20% off an order. Already signed up? Sign up a family member or open a new email account.
-Gymboree…sign up to receive emails & receive 20% off your purchase Gymboree
& earn GymBucks…$25 in GymBucks for every $50 you spend (redeem bucks Sept.19th-30th)
-Payless-sign up for emails & get a coupon for 20% off
-Macy’s Backstage…offers 20-80% off of retail everyday! (Located upstairs in Macy’s)
-Uniform clothing is 50% off at JCPenny’s, Children’s Place, Crazy8…practically every store that has uniform clothing has a great deal going on now.
-JCPenny…get 15% off your entire order, 20% with JCP card, get $10 off of $50 for school uniforms, get kids cut for $10, etc. click on link for barcodes https://m.jcpenney.com/m/jcpenney-coupons/N-mpi6e5
-Aeropostale had great stuff for boys/men…polos as low as $7 also, insider rewards (get $10 off of $50, $15 off of $75, & $25 off of $100) Click Here
-Dicks has backpacks 40-50% off (for the older kiddos…if your littles are still rockin unicorns, emojis, etc. this is not wear you want to shop)
-Bath & Body Works-lots of great deals! (Hand sanitizers for book-bags are 5 for $6) Also, if you received the coupons on the mail for 20% off & 1 Free body care item don’t forget to take it with you!
-J.Crew Mercantile UP TO 60% OFF EVERYTHING! Plus: First Time Ever Friends and Family Event: get an extra 20% off your purchase of $75 or more (August 1st-7th)
-FYI parents….bd’s Mongolian Grill has $5 Margaritas
Schools almost out!! Your kiddos have worked so hard all year. They deserve to be rewarded. Why not take the entire family to an out of this world performance to celebrate the culmination of an awesome school year? OVO Cirque du Soleil will provide the perfect artistic marriage of wonderment and awe that will leave your family longing for more!
About the show
OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.
When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.
The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform.
Show times: May 31st to June 4th, 2017
May 31, 2017 Wed 7:30 PM
Jun 1, 2017 Thu 7:30 PM
Jun 2, 2017 Fri 7:30 PM
Jun 3, 2017 Sat 4:00 PM
Jun 3, 2017 Sat 7:30 PM
Jun 4, 2017 Sun 1:30 PM
Jun 4, 2017 Sun 5:00 PM
Location: Huntington Center 401 Jefferson Ave Toledo, OH 43604, United States
Ticket Information: Tickets starting at $36 for adults and $25 for children. (Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available).
Box office: 419-321-5007
Ticketmaster Charge by Phone: 1-800-745-3000
Ticket Information: Tickets starting at $36 for adults and $25 for children. (Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available).
Family Four-pack Tickets to Opening Night May 31, 2017 Wed 7:30 PM
To be entered in the giveaway simply:
1-Share this post with friends and family
2-Comment below (on Blog Page) and share what you are going to miss most about this school year.
Winner randomly selected May 26th @11:59pm and posted on Blog and Facebook page
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Picture it-Christmas tree lit, frosted window panes that give way to a winter wonderland view, Amy Grant’s Tender Tennessee Christmas on Pandora conjuring up a potpourri of childhood Christmas memories, retro Santa mug filled with fresh brewed coffee and children…children interrupting every other sip with random inquiries and requests….
“Mom, I’m hungry!”-and why shouldn’t they be it has been an entire 10 minutes since they last ate!
“Mom, can we sled down the stairs?”- Really!?! Boys!
“MOM…Mom…Toilet’s clogged!”- Fabulous!
“Mom, it was an accident…there’s blood!!”- And that will do it! End of peaceful Christmas moment. “Here I come….what size band-aide?”
Ahh…the first full day of Winter Break! lol!
How quickly one forget how beautiful and irritating Christmas Break can be, it’s kinda like childbirth, all you remember in the end is the beauty, the miracle, and magical moments. So much so that you can’t wait till the next one! And then it happens, day one of Christmas Break and just like that first contraction of the second birth, it all comes flooding back to memory. This time I am going to have a plan, and unlike my birth plan this is one I can guarantee will come to fruition.
I literally have my planner out right now and am planning at least one outing a day until Christmas. I figure after Christmas they will at least have new toys and games to play, books to read, memberships to venture out and use, etc. I should also stipulate that when planning these excursions I am keeping two things in mind, budget and the novelty of the experience. And that is where Santa at Stroh comes in…
Talk about a unique experience, when was the last time you attended a basketball game with your kiddos and got to see & get pictures with Santa for FREE before tip and/or during half time?
Here are the DEETS:
Game Dates & Times: Wednesday December 21st @ 7pm and Thursday, December 22nd @12pm
Location: 1535 E Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH 43403
Cost: $11-$13 (Kids 12 and under are FREE)
Purchase Tickets: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/bgsu
Win a family 4 pack to see Santa at Stroh (winner will determine which game).
How to enter:
- Share this post with a friend on Facebook (perhaps a friend you would like to take with you to the game? Why not make it a double (family) date! 😉
- Comment below stating what your favorite part of your kiddo’s Winter Break is (don’t let me fool you…even though I may repeat And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again! a dozen times or so, I secretly LOVE IT-ALL OF IT! )
Winner will be randomly selected Monday December 19th
Coffee cheers to LOVING IT ALL & good luck!
Go Falcons & Ho Ho Ho!
The Christmas Countdown continues in our household, day 3, Dec. 3rd Christmas activity is tickets, tickets to Disney on Ice’s Passport to Adventure!!!
We will be joining Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they travel to four timeless worlds in one fun-filled ice production! Celebrating the most memorable Disney tales with all our favorite characters! We can’t wait!! Eeek! Our Kindergartener is already planning her outfit….she has it narrowed down to Belle or Minnie?
Here are the DEETS:
-Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure, which will
Travel to the Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43604, Dec. 8-11.
-Show times are: Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
-Tickets for Disney on Ice presents, Passport to Adventure range from $15 to $50. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com/
Synopsis: You and your family will explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to meet up with Tinker Bell. You’ll also be whisked away to Arendelle for an extraordinary adventure with sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite, huggable snowman Olaf, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all. Disney on Ice presents, Passport to Adventure features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set that captures all four unique worlds. Upbeat music, lovable characters and unforgettable moments make this an experience your family will cherish forever!
Win a family 4 pack tickets to Disney on Ice presents, Passport to Adventure opening night, Thursday December 8th 7pm!
How to Enter:
1-Comment below with the answers to the following Disney Trivia Questions
2- Share this post on Facebook with a friend, & challenge them to the trivia questions too!
What is the name of Captain Hook’s assistant and only friend?
Who are Shenzi, Banzia, & Ed?
What is Ursula’s human name?
Who likes warm hugs?
Winner will be randomly selected Monday December 5th @11:59pm & announced the next morning on Facebook and the blog.
So just to recap….
The perfect gift for…..
The couples in your life:
Your four-legged family member (s):
This giveaway is still OPEN 😉
Homemade gifts for children and little girls:
Congrats Judith Schorling you are the winner of this giveaway!! (I will be in touch via email 😉 )
And that brings us to today’s Gift Guide Category and Giveaway
This is the perfect gift for kiddos (and parents)!
Tickets to Sky Zone!!! (Awesome Stocking Stuffers!!)
Why is this the perfect gift for both kiddos and parents?
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that kids should receive at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. In the summer months getting kiddos their recommended 60 minutes is no promblemo. But come winter time when the temperatures are frigid and the sun sets when the kids get off the bus forget about it! This is when Sky Zone is super beneficial, it is always sunny and climate controlled in Sky Zone which means kiddos can easily get their 60 minutes after school and on the weekend.
- Mom and Dad get a break! Kiddos can jump their little hearts out while mom and dad get some quality time in…add some pizza & pop to the mix and look who just got their date night! Or, if moms or dads are solo invite other friends to join you. Why not make it a Moms Night Out with the kiddos…kiddos can jump with friends while Moms get to chat and catch up on each other’s lives.
- You have the potential to earn money for the community. Did you know Sky Zone offers the opportunity for your school, church, sport team, etc. to have a Sky Zone Night where a percentage of the sales go back to your school, church, etc.? We go for my kiddos school and it feels great knowing the kiddos are getting exercise, I am getting some quality time with my mom friends, and giving back to the school…talk about a win-win-win!!
I realize everyone’s budget is different and Sky Zone does too which is why they offer fun discounted nights like…..Wing Man Wednesday and $10 Tuesday (both good till Dec. 13th, can’t be combined with any other promotion). More DEETS on their website; http://www.skyzone.com/toledo/promos-deals
Additional fun events Sky Zone offers:
Glow Zone! Every Friday night 9-11pm Sky Zone turns off the main lights, turns on the Black Lights, has a live DJ, and offers an awesome, safe, fun experience for kids (6+). $20 gets kids two hours of jump time and there is pizza and pop available for $4. (Again, I like the fact that they are getting a great workout while having a blast)
Enter to win FREE Sky Socks & a FREE 30 minute JUMP Time at Sky Zone Toledo
How to enter:
- Share this post via your social media of choice (FB, twitter, etc.)
- Comment below, what do you like most about Sky Zone? (My son’s fav is Ultimate Dodgeball..that’s him in the pic above)
Winner will be randomly selected Dec. 15th
My latest obsessions, headbands & literary classics! Headbands because I adore a little something that makes it look like I actually tried to do my hair, lol! It doesn’t get any better than a messy bun and a headband.
And literary classics, the kiddos and I have decided that from now on in the evenings, in addition to saying the Rosary we will be reading a chapter or two out of a classic book that has also been made into a movie. Thus, once we have finished reading said book we can have a family movie night and then discuss how the book and movie differed.
I am happy to state that we followed through and our first book we completed was The Little Prince. Last Friday we watched the movie and then discussed the similarities and differences once everyone stopped crying, yes, it was that good! As my son stated, in-between tears, “that was the best book and movie I have ever heard and seen”. I am not going to lie, that put a huge smile on this momma’s face.
Our next book, Treasure Island….
And check this out, in addition to the book and movie combo, Marzipantz Knit & Crochet Dolls has this adorable Pete the Pirate Doll that would be the perfect addition!!
This is why Marzipantz Knit & Crochet Dolls shop is my pick for the perfect Christmas Gifts (or add on/stocking stuffer) for girls and kids!
Total disclosure, I have already purchased one of Marzipantz dolls, Saint Kateri for my daughter’s birthday and it is absolutely adorable!!! I am such a sucker for a book, movie, doll combination for kiddo’s birthdays and Christmas gifts.
How lucky am I to have found a store that feeds both my obsessions, headbands & literary characters?
Luck was meant to be shared! 😉
Marzipantz Knit & Crochet dolls is giving away one of their awesome headbands (winner picks which one)! You can keep it all for yourself or use it as a Christmas gift, your choice…all you have to do to be entered to win is:
2. Share this post with a Facebook Friend.
3. Checkout the shop here, www.etsy.com/shop/marzipantz and comment below sharing what your favorite item is in the shop
Winner will be randomly selected Monday the 28th
May 2003 on our way home from our honeymoon, after being married for only one week we made the first big commitment of our married life, we became pet parents. We picked up an adorable yellow Labrador and I instantly feel hard for that little fur ball. On the drive home we decided on a name, Deuce. As Deuce lay on my lap I soaked in all his cuteness, pondered all the fun we would have, memories we would make, and then suddenly a wave of sadness took over me. My husband inquired why I was so sad, I should be happy! And he was right, though in that moment, in the beginning of that beautiful relationship, after giving my heart to that adorable puppy, I also knew that one day he was going to break my heart.
Fast forward 10 years, one house, four cars, one cat, and three kids later and our Deuce was diagnosed with diabetes. I felt horrible. It was my fault, I would just buy him whatever dog food, and treats, etc. were on sale. I never paid attention to ingredients, additives, preservatives, etc. That last year of his life was SO HARD to witness. I gave him his shots twice a day, he had so many accidents in the house, and he eventually lost his sight. It hurt my heart so bad to watch this magnificent dog who loved to run around and play fetch with his favorite ball suddenly deteriorate. My husband slept on the kitchen floor with him that last night, the next morning Deuce couldn’t even move, and we knew it was time, it was time to say goodbye, it was time to close that chapter, and I couldn’t help but think back to the beginning. The day we welcomed a yellow Labrador named Deuce into our hearts and that little fur ball lay on my lap, it felt like I blinked.
After losing Deuce I wasn’t certain if my heart could go through all that again. But, there definitely was a void without having a four-legged family member roaming the house. So we did it again, this time we welcomed a chocolate Labrador, Wyatt. Wyatt is the most energetic, mischievous, crazy, cuddly, sweet, rambunctious dog I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He has torn up our kitchen floor, chewed through the kitchen table leg, chewed chairs, torn our comforters, gotten out a couple time, and so much more, he definitely keeps us busy; there hasn’t been one dull moment since he entered our hearts and home.
And this time I refuse to have a diabetic dog. I am much more conscientious when it comes to the food and treats I purchase for him. He also has some food, skin, and environmental allergies, so finding food that works for him is a bit more complicated, which was why I practically lost my mind when I learned about Pet Wants. Pet Wants is a local pet food company, which makes fresh, sugar, gluten, dye, wheat, corn, & soy free pet food. And…and this is the best part, they deliver right to your door!!!
What’s Wrong with Name Brand Pet Foods?
Most commercial pet food is manufactured in mass quantities and sent to a series of distribution warehouses before finally making it onto the shelf at your local store. There it sits…and sits…possibly for up to 6-8 months before it’s purchased for consumption. Because pet food loses its nutritional value over time, pets can ultimately end up eating a diet that’s low in nutrition and can ultimately lead to unnecessary sickness, disease and even a shortened life.
How Are Pet Wants Products Different?
Pet Wants proprietary pet food formula that has been carefully developed over the years. Since their food is slow-cooked to lock in nutrients and is made in frequent, small batches, the result is fresh and highly nutritional food. Best of all, you can relax knowing they are providing the best possible food for your pet—delivered right to your door—for the same price as most premium commercial dog foods. It’s simple. Freshness is the key to good nutrition. You and your pet will appreciate healthy, complete and balanced pet food made from fresh, all-natural ingredients. http://www.petwantsperrysburg.com/
Wyatt loves Pet Wants food and I love the peace of mind that comes with knowing I am purchasing food that is good for him, that is fresh, and contains no fillers or by-products.
Pet Wants offers a variety of Pet foods and products, including:
- Dog Food
- Cat Food
- House Made Jerky
- Salves, Balms, & Sprays for Dogs
Pet Wants goodie bag filled with the following:
- 1 bag of Pet Wants Beef Jerky Treats (Grain Free, Single Ingredient treat, great for pups with allergies or food sensitivities)
- 1 tin of Paw Wax (helps to protect and condition pads during the cold winter months)
- 1 12-inch Odor Free, Made in the USA, Bully Stick (Easily digestible, single ingredient, natural alternative to Rawhide)
- 1 Medium Sized Split Elk Antler (Long lasting chew, perfect for puppies or aggressive chewers)
Total Value: $30
To enter the giveaway simply follow these steps:
1.) Show Pet Wants some Facebook love, click on link
2) Share this post with a friend on Facebook
3) Comment stating what feline or K9 family member you will be buying a gift for this Christmas.
Winner randomly selected Dec. 2nd