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Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash Review & Giveaway

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Escape to the tropics in your own home! My shower is my time to get away from all the chaos and busyness of daily life. It’s a luxury for busy moms, for sure, so I like to pamper myself as much as I can (and take as long as shower as possible!). But I don’t

Sovereign Grounds Coffeehouse & Indoor Playroom in Minneapolis

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I visited Sovereign Grounds Coffeehouse & Indoor Playroom in Minneapolis this week with my kids and a friend. I had heard it was a popular coffee shop in the Twin Cities for parents with young kids to visit together, and I needed to find a good, kid-friendly place to go in Minneapolis with my friend

Twin Cities area Summer County Fair List 2014

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I’ve put together a list of all the Twin Cities area summer county fairs this summer of 2014! For convenience, it can also be found as a page under the Deals & Events Calendar tab here: Summer County Fair List 2014 Like I did last year, I’ve included as much information as I could find

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America and 6 Ways to Save on Admission

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Sea turtles, stingrays and sharks – oh my! Our family was invited to visit the Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America with complimentary passes in exchange for my writing an honest review. Needless to say, our kids were super excited to visit, especially Thor, our 3-year-old, who couldn’t wait to see the sharks!

Spring Cleaning Guide for the Twin Cities 2014

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This is a list of Twin Cities area resources to help you get rid of yard waste, papers, clothing and any other type of household items you no longer need. This list will be added to and updated as needed. CLEAN UP YOUR YARD YARD WASTE COLLECTION SITES Each county offers free yard waste collection sites

Museum Day Live! Free admission to a select museum on September 27

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This is FABULOUS.

Go to http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
to sign up for TWO FREE MUSEUM TICKETS to the local participating museum of your choice for admission on Saturday, September 27th. Just fill in the form online and tickets will be emailed to you.

Each household is limited to 2 free tickets.

More than 1,500 museums are participating throughout the country.

This great deal is sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine and there are a number of participating museums in the Twin Cities area, including some I had never heard of (plus several more throughout Minnesota):

American Swedish Institute
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer & Dakota Life
Goldstein Museum of Design
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Minnesota History Center
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Oliver H. Kelley Farm
The Works

and more!

Which museum will you go to?

Coupons and Freebies – Week of August 1st

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Coupons and Freebies

Here is a compilation of this week’s great printable restaurant and retail coupons, most of which are available in the Twin Cities area.

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Between July 18 and September 1, 2014, shoppers who spend $250 anywhere in the Mall of America can receive two free unlimited ride wristbands for Nickelodeon Universe®. Two free wristbands will be distributed for every $250 spent (up to 16 wristbands per person) with redemption of their original, printed receipts at the North Guest Service Desk (Level 1). More details can be found here.

 

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Frozen Friday Cool Off With Olaf Event at Barnes & Noble Stores – Friday, August 1st

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Do you have a little one who loves Olaf from the movie Frozen? If so, check out Barnes & Noble’s special children’s event this Friday, August 1st at 7:00pm:

Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf! August 1 at 7:00 pm. Barnes & Noble is celebrating Disney’s Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, with Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf! a sing-along and Storytime event featuring In Summer. Check out all the fun things kids can do!

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This special “Get Pop-Cultured” event is taking place at Barnes & Noble locations nationwide, including many right here in the Twin Cities area. For more information visit their website.

 

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash Review & Giveaway

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Escape to the tropics in your own home! My shower is my time to get away from all the chaos and busyness of daily life. It’s a luxury for busy moms, for sure, so I like to pamper myself as much as I can (and take as long as shower as possible!). But I don’t like to spend a lot of money if I don’t have to.

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash is new and contains coconut water and refreshing mango. Coconut water is rich in antioxidants and electrolytes to help replenish hydration, and mango is known for being nutrient rich. » Read more..

Just Between Friends Coon Rapids Children’s Consignment Sale August 8-12 & FREE admission coupon

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Just Between Friends Coon Rapids will hold their Fall Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale next week, August 8-12, 2014! 

And – Twin Cities Frugal Mom readers can download this coupon for FREE admission for opening day, Friday, August 8th! (Just click on it to view and print)

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The sale is located at Northtown Village, 10 NW Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids.

The sale hours are:
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Back to School Products & Free Workshops at the Microsoft Store at the Mall of America

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I recently toured the Microsoft store at the Mall of America and chatted with Tommy, the store’s manager. He gave me so much information about great back to school buys including the new Surface Pro 3, a tablet so powerful it can replace a laptop! I got to try it out and learn about deals they offer for back to school, particularly their offering 10% off for students, teachers and staff so they can save on the latest Windows PCs, Surface, accessories, software and no-contract Windows Phones! » Read more..

Kids Eat Free List

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Though our family only occasionally eats out, when we do we use coupons and/or seek a restaurant where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.

This is a starter list of restaurants in the Twin Cities area where kids eat free. Please note that each location is different so check before you go!

Applebee’s: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location.

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Off! Product Reviews: FamilyCare Insect Repellent and Explore Bite & Itch Relief

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Off! sent me some products to review this summer: FamilyCare unscented Insect Repellent and Explore Bite & Itch Relief. I was very happy to review them as my kids are natural insect magnets when they play outside and I’ve been looking for products to help keep them bite and itch free!

The OFF!® FamilyCare Unscented Insect Repellent is  ideal for short amounts of time outdoors, like watching fireworks or playing outside. It contains deet and aloe vera, and I like that it is gentle on our skin. However, it did have a little bit of scent, but it’s milder than scented products. We’ve used it a number of times and have definitely noticed fewer bug attacks! » Read more..

Coupons and Freebies – Week of July 25th

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Coupons and Freebies

Here is a compilation of this week’s great printable restaurant and retail coupons which are available in the Twin Cities area.

Mall of America Dealmoasummerdeal

Between July 18 and September 1, 2014, shoppers who spend $250 anywhere in the Mall of America can receive two free unlimited ride wristbands for Nickelodeon Universe®. Two free wristbands will be distributed for every $250 spent (up to 16 wristbands per person) with redemption of their original, printed receipts at the North Guest Service Desk (Level 1). More details can be found here.

 

Top Restaurant Coupons:

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Passion Drive: A New Budget-Friendly Driving School in Maple Grove

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Photo courtesy of Carrie Rocha, PocketYourDollars.com

Looking for an affordable driving school option for your teen or even yourself?

There’s a new driving school called Passion Drive that’s new in Maple Grove and it’s $100 less than most everyone else.  » Read more..

Choo Choo Bob Store Family Event in St. Paul this Saturday, July 26

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thomaswoodenrailwayMy kids and I love the Choo Choo Bob Store in St. Paul – for storytimes, all the fun train tables and other train fun! (See my review!)

Well, I just found out that this month that the Choo Choo Bob Store has just been named a Thomas Wooden Railway Specialty Station – one of only a handful across the entire country! Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway is introducing LOGAN, a new, limited release engine that is only available in Specialty Stations like the Choo Choo Bob Store.

This Saturday, July 26th at 1:00 p.m., everyone is invited to a special family event welcoming Logan! Event is free and open to the public! » Read more..

Best Days of the Bakken: Free Museum Admission July 22 – 26

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Admission to the Bakken Museum is FREE this week from Tuesday, July 22 to Saturday, July 26 for the Best Days of the Bakken! The Bakken is open its regular hours (10:00 – 5:00 T, W, F, & S and 10:00 – 8:00 Th) but hours of free programming each day are 11:00 to 4:00.

We visited the Bakken Museum a couple months ago for their free second Saturday event. We had fun exploring their theme in May: Wind and Weather!

Our kids enjoyed making wind turbines and kites.

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Day Out with Thomas in Duluth 2014 – Reader Giveaway!

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Thomas the Train is coming to Duluth in August! He’s returning for a stop on his Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014. 

And I have been provided with a family 4-pack of tickets to GIVE AWAY to one Twin Cities Frugal Mom reader!

Since I have family in Duluth, I will be going with my kids and reviewing my experience on ThriftyMinnesota.com (and sharing the link here!). We’re so excited to go!

Highlight’s of this year’s event include:

  • A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and hear Thomas greet his fans!
  • Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
  • Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets.
  • Storytelling, video viewing and live music

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Coupons and Freebies – Week of July 18th

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Coupons and Freebies

Here is a compilation of this week’s great printable restaurant and retail coupons which are available in the Twin Cities area.

Top Restaurant Coupons:

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Davanni’s - On BOTH Monday, July 21 and/or Tuesday, July 22 if you bring in THREE (3) healthy, nonperishable food items you can get a FREE 1-Item Solo Pizza (thin or traditional crust). Don’t want pizza? You can also apply the $5.34 discount to any other menu item. THE Deal is only good on eat-in or take-out (sorry, not delivery).
Denny’s
 - $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
Dickey’s Barbecue - Free Kids Meal When You Buy Adult Meal (exp: 7/31/2014)
White Castle - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sriracha Chicken Sliders (exp: 8/3/2014)

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Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue 3D Movie Review

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Disney’s new movie, Planes: Fire & Rescue is now in theatres in 3D!

I was fortunate to be invited to a prescreening of the new Planes: Fire & Rescue movie in 3D this week before it was officially released. My kids and I enjoyed the movie and I’m excited to be able to finally share my review!

In “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) returns from the first Planes movie, now facing engine damage and a new life as an aerial firefighter. » Read more..