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Crunchmaster Snacks Review & Giveaway

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If you’ve heard of Crunchmaster crackers, did you know that Crunchmaster offers many varieties of crackers, chips, and crisps that are gluten-free and made with whole grain? Crunchmaster provided me with a six-pack of their yummy crackers to try, and is providing another six-pack for me to give away!

EXTENDED! Half Price Unlimited Wristbands at Como Town! (Deal Doesn’t Expire!)

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  Star Tribune Steals is currently offering a great deal: Buy one get one free Unlimited Wristbands at Como Town! The best part is – once you buy the deal, it doesn’t expire! You can use it this season or in a future season. The deal is worth $53.90 but you only pay $26.95. Plus,

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

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!

Grocery Savings & Couponing Guide for the Twin Cities

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A while back I wrote a popular post called “Three Myths about Couponing and Why Anyone Can Do It!” This is a follow-up to that post with details about grocery shopping in the Twin Cities, how to begin, and all the ways you can save at each major grocery store in the Twin Cities area!

This made my day!

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Here’s a conversation I overheard this evening between my husband and daughter that made my day!

HEIDI (age 6): Daddy, where do pencils come from?

JASON: Well, they come from trees that are cut down, then they take the trees which are brought to a sawmill and cut down into lumber. Then they put the lumber through a lathe and cut it into thin pieces which are then shaped either hexagonal or cylindrical. After that they drill a hole through the thin pieces and put graphite through the hole which is the part you write with. Finally they put the eraser on the top of the pencils and then sell them in packs which you buy in the store. After you sharpen the tips then you can write and draw pictures with them.

HEIDI: No, they come from Pencil-vania!!!

Coupons and Freebies – Week of August 29th

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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.

Printable Mall of America Coupons for Back to School!

Visit the Mall of America website for a printable PDF set of Back to School coupons to use - 45 coupons in all! These great coupons include deals for stores like DSW, Ragstock, Macy’s, Old Navy, Eddie Bauer, and many more!

These coupons will help you save while shopping enough to reach $250 for this amazing deal:

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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Free & Low-Cost Sunday Events Sept – May: Landmark Center’s 2014-2015 Schedule

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Now that summer vacation is coming to a close, are you looking for free and fun activities to do with your kids throughout the school year that are also educational?

The Landmark Center in St. Paul has announced their 2014 – 2015 season schedule of heritage festivals, musical performances, and holiday celebrations. Sundays at Landmark kick off for the year on Sept. 7 with the annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. The Sundays season runs September to May and consists of 19 Sunday afternoons of free and low cost public events. » Read more..

PHOTOS: Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Loring Park in Minneapolis on August 23rd

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I took my kids to the Chipotle Cultivate Festival this past Saturday, August 23rd in Loring Park in Minneapolis and we had SUCH a fun time!

Going through all the pictures I took and thinking about all the unique, interactive and educational activities there were, plus the many free samples we got, I’m genuinely bummed that it’s all over. I don’t feel this way about many events – but this Cultivate Festival in Minneapolis was organized so well, and offered so much for everyone, that I wish it could have been all weekend or longer! » Read more..

Coupons and Freebies – Week of August 22nd

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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.

Printable Mall of America Coupons for Back to School!

Visit the Mall of America website for a printable PDF set of Back to School coupons to use - 45 coupons in all! These great coupons include deals for stores like DSW, Ragstock, Macy’s, Old Navy, Eddie Bauer, and many more!

These coupons will help you save while shopping enough to reach $250 for this amazing deal:

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:

» Read more..

Exclusive Gordmans 20% Off Coupon (Good August 21 – 25, 2014)

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Gordmans has provided me with an exclusive coupon for 20% off your entire purchase, good Thursday, August 21st to Monday, August 25th:

CLICK TO VIEW AND PRINT HERE

Also, be sure to enter my Gordmans $25 Gift Card Giveaway, ending 8/25/14!

 

Sneak Peak Preview Tour of the NEW Hard Rock Cafe at the Mall of America!

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I had the privilege of going on an exclusive media tour of the NEW Hard Rock Cafe at the Mall of America today, and am very happy to give you all a sneak peak inside the restaurant as it prepares to open later this month!

I’m so excited about this restaurant – the only Hard Rock Cafe in the Twin Cities (there was one in Minneapolis that closed a few years ago)! It’s a fun, visually stunning collection of music memorabilia from past and present. » Read more..

No Cell Phone Day Children’s Book Review and Five Tips for Improving Quality Family Time

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Do you or does someone in your family seem to spend too much time on their cell phone?

Kids often see their older siblings and grown-ups using technology around the clock – sometimes out of necessity (for work), sometimes just because that’s how many people are communicating nowadays. While technology including cell phones has connected us on one level, it is important to remind kids today that technology can never replace the face-to-face connections we need with others, especially our loved ones.

No Cell Phone Day is a children’s picture book written by American jazz trombonist and record producer, Delfeayo Marsalis, and illustrated by award-winning Harlem artist, Reginald William Butler.

The book playfully addresses how today’s imposing technology – like cell phones – can affect our relationships with our loved ones.

In the book, Delfeayo and his daughter decide to put down their cell phones for a day to explore their hometown of New Orleans! They enjoy everything from a pancakes and ice cream breakfast at the Camellia Grill to a fun visit to the Aquarium of the Americas. Most importantly, they spend quality time TOGETHER! » Read more..

Crunchmaster Snacks Review & Giveaway

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If you’ve heard of Crunchmaster crackers, did you know that Crunchmaster offers many varieties of crackers, chips, and crisps that are gluten-free and made with whole grain?

Crunchmaster provided me with a six-pack of their yummy crackers to try, and is providing another six-pack for me to give away! » Read more..

Free Chipotle Cultivate Festival with Fun Kids Zone & More in Minneapolis this Saturday, August 23

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I’m so excited to head to Loring Park in Minneapolis with my family this Saturday, August 23rd for Chipotle’s FREE Cultivate Festival!

Chipotle Mexican Grill hosts this one-day festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will include cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, food artisans and other activities emphasizing fresh and affordable food made with sustainable ingredients.

Oh, and I did I mention admission is FREE?!?!?

Last month I got to attend a special Cultivate media preview at Parlor in Minneapolis to learn all about this fun event! Here are some of the highlights I learned about:

KIDS ZONE

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I know my kids will love the Kids Zone and all the activities including: » Read more..

Coupons and Freebies – Week of August 15th

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

Printable Mall of America Coupons for Back to School!

Visit the Mall of America website for a printable PDF set of Back to School coupons to use - 45 coupons in all! These great coupons include deals for stores like DSW, Ragstock, Macy’s, Old Navy, Eddie Bauer, and many more!

These coupons will help you save while shopping enough to reach $250 for this amazing deal:

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:

» Read more..

Juggle Bubbles Review

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My kids were excited to review a new product called Juggle Bubbles. It can be seen on TV and is advertised as a “bubble activity kit featuring a no-pop solution that will allow your child to bounce, toss and juggle bubbles without the bubble bursting.”

As soon as the boxes came in the mail my kids were anxiously opening them up so they could play with them. We received two kits to review so each of my kids had their own pair of gloves to play together (when you order you get 2 kits for the price of 1 plus extra postage and handling). » Read more..

Once Upon a Child 40% Off Apparel & Shoes Sale – Saturday, August 16th (5 locations)

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This is a sale I haven’t seen before at Once Upon a Child – 40% off all apparel and shoes this Saturday, August 16th only at 5 locations: Burnsville, Maplewood, Rochester, Roseville and Woodbury.

It’s a back to school special that sounds fabulous for getting quality clothes for your kids for less!

(Note, due to the sale they will be buying Equipment only - not apparel or toys on Saturday the 16th.)

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How to Save Money at the Minnesota State Fair 2014

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The Minnesota State Fair is almost here! I’m super bummed that summer’s going by so fast, but happy that we have a fabulous state fair to look forward to, one that was rated the #1 state fair in the nation! The 2014 Great Minnesota Get-Together runs Aug. 21 through Labor Day, Sept. 1.

You probably know how expensive the fair can be. It’s hard to spend less than $100 within a few hours just between admission, food and rides! But there ARE many ways to save with a little bit of planning. Here are some tips I gathered from my own experiences plus directly from State Fair news releases:

Before-the-Fair Savings

Admission prices have gone up this year, but you can still save on admission a variety of ways.  » Read more..

Arc’s Value Village Brooklyn Center’s Anniversary Sale this Saturday, August 16

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Great event at Arc’s Value Village in Brooklyn Center this Saturday, August 16th!

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Arc’s Value Village is celebrating 14 years in Brooklyn Center and wants to say thank you to the shoppers, donors and volunteers who have helped the store raise more than $2 million dollars to serve people with developmental disabilities and their families.

This Saturday, August 16, the fun begins at 9 a.m. with fun, games, refreshments and deals for kids and adults! Everyone gets 30% off purchases for the entire day (until the store closes at 7 p.m.) and some lucky shoppers will spin the wheel for gift card prizes and coupons (while supplies last). » Read more..