Friday, February 26, 2010

Talbots: Free $5 Gift Card Offer

While you’re heading to the mall this weekend grabbing your Bath and Body Works free items and FREE Hallmark card head into Talbots. Just for trying on a pair of pants from their spring line you’ll get a FREE $5 Talbots gift card! Valid through 3/24/10. One per person while supplies last. 

I know that I'll be heading to The Greene for my Talbots card this weekend. (After my free lunch at Noodles and Co) I'll let you know if I snag anything super cute! :) 

Ruby Tuesday: Buy One Get One Free Coupon

There is a great coupon out for Ruby Tuesday, it is for a Buy One, Get One FREE of an entree! Up to a $10 value.  This is valid until 3/2. My sister and her husband love their burgers there. 

Thanks Erinne!

Bath and Body Works: New Free Coupons

Heading to the Mall this weekend? Bath and Body Works has a new coupon out for a free Home Fragrance or Signature Collection Body Care item with a $15 purchase ( up to a $12.50 value). Valid until 3/14.

Coach Factory Store: 20% off Coupon

There’s a new Coach coupon available! Go here to print a 20% off Coach Factory Stores coupon, valid thru 2/28! Remember, you’ll be able to combine this coupon with items already reduced 25-60%– which will make for some great deals! Let us know if you find any AWESOME deals! PS- I love daisies so I had to use this super CUTE keychain picture!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hallmark: Free Kids Card

Hallmark has a new line of greeting cards for kids, they are SUPER cute.  From now until March 14th Hallmark is giving away one of their new cards to every person who stops into a Hallmark store. There are 9 different designs to choose from. What a fun way to CHEER your kids on! We got one for C for when he graduates Preschool this spring. :) 

Noodles and Co: Give a Sandwich, Get a Sandwich

Noodles & Company is hosting a Give A Sandwich, Get a Sandwich this Sunday 2/28 and Monday 3/1 ONLY. Bring in a plastic jar of peanut butter or jelly to any Dayton, Cincinnati or Columbus Metro area Noodles & Company and they will swap it for a FREE sandwich duo. All food donations will be sent to local Food Banks. This seems like a great chance to help donate possible surplus of peanut butter or jelly for a good cause.

Has anyone tried the new sandwiches at Noodles and Co yet? I love their Japanese Pan Noodles! Mmmm....

Weekend Update- 2/26- 3/4

We'd hate for you to miss a deal so here is what is coming up this next week. And don't worry all these deals are FREE!

Friday, February 26
The Mall at Fairfield Commons: Momtopia

Saturday, February 27
Target Store: Read Across America
Washington Centerville Library: Fancy Nancy Party , Family Storytime
Michael's Crafts: Free Kids Craft Event
Books and Co: Storytime

Tuesday, March 2
Books and Co: Storytime ( The Greene 10:30am)

Books and Co: Storytime Saturday

Books and Co inside of Town and Country Shopping Center has storytime every Saturday starting at 11:15am. We've never been to this one, but we often go to the storytime at The Greene on Tuesday at 10:30am (and LOVE it). They read a few books and then have a snack. We love going to storytime and if your child doesn't sit still you can always go and play with the train table.

Michael's: Free Kids Crafts

Michael's Crafts is having a Free Kids Craft event 2/27 from 10am-1pm.  Join them for some FREE Science Fair fun! There will be a demo of projects available from Scientific Explorer. Then a chance to  make a FREE Molecule project using Crayola® Model Magic. While supplies last.

Seriously how fun does that look?! Let us know if you go, what a great way to make science fun! 


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Birthday Freebies for Adults

Yeah, it is only a few more weeks until it is MY BIRTHDAY! In honor of me, I'm doing a birthday post! Several of these companies will send you a coupon just for signing up and then another one for your birthday- but it these can take a week or two to come through... so don't wait until the day before your birthday to sign up.

If you are heading out anywhere and you have kiddos don't forget to check out our Kids Eat Free post so that you can get the most for your money!

(Note- I have a few places that I just signed up for this year, and am still waiting to see what goodies I get from them)

American Eagle- Sign up for AE Rewards and get 15% off your purchase coupon. NOTE- This is a free rewards card.

Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy-Sign up for their eClub and receive a coupon for a free entrée with the purchase of entree for your birthday.

Arby’s- Sign up for their Arby’s Extras and receive a coupon for a free sandwich (with purchase of drink and fries) for your birthday. (gift can vary each year)

Auntie Anne's-Sign up for their Pretzel Perks and get free pretzel on your birthday.

Bar Louie- Sign up for their I'm With Louie Club, I haven't gotten a coupon from them yet, so I'm not sure what this one is. But when I signed up I did get a $10 off my next purchase there. I'll probably go there for $1 Burger Tuesday night! :)

Baskin Robbins-Sign up for their Birthday Club and get free ice cream on your birthday along with a coupon for $ off a birthday cake.

BD’s Mongolian Grill- Sign up for Club Mongo and get a coupon for a free stir fry on your birthday.

Benihana- Sign up for The Chef's Table and receive a dinner certificate maximum of $30 off your order. 

NEW Bonefish- They have an email club I'm still waiting to see if they send out a birthday email.

Bravo- Sign up for their Club Bravo and receive a coupon for a free appetizer for your birthday.

Brio- Sign up for their Posta Toscana and receive a coupon for $10 off your meal (with purchase of 2 entrees) for your birthday.

Buca di Beppo- Sign up for their eClub and receive a coupon for a free dessert for your birthday.

Buffalo Wild Wings- Sign up for their Buffalo Circle and receive a coupon for a free dessert with $5 purchase for your birthday. (It's under the "BE HERE" tab at the top)

Caribou Coffee-Sign up for their eNewsletter and get a coupon for a free drink on your birthday.

NEW Carrabba's- They have an email club I'm still waiting to see if they send out a birthday email.

NEW Chilis- Sign up for their email club (I'm not sure if you get a birthday gift, but you do get a coupon for free queso and chips when you sign up)
City Barbeque- Sign up for their email VIP and receive a coupon for a free dessert for your birthday.

Cold Stone Creamery-Sign up for their Birthday Club and get a coupon for a free Creation on your birthday.

dELiA’s- Sign up for their email sign-up and receive a coupon for $10 off $25 purchase for your birthday.

Don Pablo’s- Sign up for their Habaneros club (HAB Club) and receive a coupon for a free $10 meal for your birthday. (Note- you need to get Habaneros club card at restaurant to sign up)

NEW First Watch- They have an email club I'm still waiting to see if they send out a birthday email. But  I did receive a coupon for a buy one get one free entree when signing up.

Friendly’s- Sign up for their Best Friends of Friendly's Club and receive a coupon for a free ice cream for your birthday (free single ice cream cone with any food or ice cream purchase)

NEW The Great American Cookie Co- Sign up for Cookie E-mail and receive a coupon for a cookie cake slice 

Logan's Roadhouse- Sign up for the Nut e-club and receive a free dessert for your birthday.

Melting Pot- Sign up for their Club Fondue and receive a coupon for a free chocolate fondue (valid when you purchase any combination dinner or two or any four-course feature) for your birthday.

Mimi’s Café- Sign up for their eClub and receive a coupon for $10 off $20 order for your birthday.

Moe's Southwest Grill-Sign up for Moe's email newsletter and get a coupon for a free entree on your birthday.

Noodles and Company- Sign up for Noodlegram and get a coupon for a free dish on your birthday

O’Charley’s- Sign up for their eClub and receive a coupon for $5 off $20 purchase for your birthday.

Pacific Sunwear- Sign up for their e-mail, I'm not exactly sure what you get, but I believe that it's a % off coupon. (Note- I'm still waiting for this email) 

Panera- Sign up to receive emails and get a free Mini Bundt cake for your birthday, with the purchase of a sandwich salad or Your Pick Two. NOTE- This is only valid for Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton Panera locations. You can also check out the MyPanera rewards card that you can sign up for, although I don't know what the birthday gift is yet.  

PF Changs- Sign up for their email list and receive a mini dessert for you birthday. 

The Pub- Join the List for a birthday surprise ( I haven't gotten this email yet, I'll update when I get my birthday email)   

Qdoba- Sign up for The Qdoba Card and get birthday freebie. (Note- you need to get the card in store to register. I'm still waiting for this email)  

NEW Quaker Steak and Lube- Mention when you are there for your birthday and they will provide complimentary dessert. There is also an email club, but I was unable to find out if you will receive a birthday coupon.  

NEW Red Lobster- Sign up for their Club and get a coupon for a free dessert on your birthday.

Red Robin-Get a free burger on your birthday when you sign up for their eClub. 

Rita’s- Sign up for their Birthday Club and receive a coupon for buy one get one free any item for your birthday. 

Ruby Tuesday- Sign up for their So Connected and receive a coupon for a free dessert for your birthday. 

Sephora- Sign up for their Beauty Insider and receive a coupon for a free gift for your birthday. ( gift varies each year) And GUYS can sign up for this too, last year my hubby got some awesome Men's Bodywash.  

Sonic- Sign up to become a Sonic Cruisers Member and get a birthday freebie (Note- I'm still waiting for this email)   

Texas Roadhouse- Sign up for their VIP and receive a free appetizer for your birthday.  

Tropical Smoothie Cafe- Sign up for Club Tropical and receive a free smoothie for your birthday. 

Young's Jersey Dairy- Sign up for their E-birthday club and receive a special treat for your birthday.

If there are any places that we missed let us know! I just LOVE birthday deals!

Washington Centerville Library: Family Storytime

Woodbourne Library is having a free family storytime this Saturday 2/27 from 11-12pm. They will be reading books about being grumpy and learn how to turn that frown into a smile! :) They will also be doing a craft afterwards. Personally we LOVE storytime at Woodbourne Library, they always do a great job of making sure that it is age appropriate and FUN!

Let us know if you go and what GRUMPY fun you had!

Washington Centerville Library: Fancy Nancy Party

Centerville Library is having a free Fancy Nancy party this Saturday 2/27 from 2-3:30pm. This is geared towards Preschool-Grade 5. Join them in your fanciest clothes for a FANCY time of crafts and games! Registration is required.

If you go- let us know what fancy fun you had!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Guest Post: Huggies Potty Dance Party

Amy and I hosted a house party over the weekend featuring Huggies’ Pull-Ups and their new “Potty Dance” song designed to motivate toddlers into ditching the diaper. Amy and I planned this party without knowing for sure what to expect in our package from Huggies. We decided we would play the video and have a boy potty (from her boys) and a girl potty (for my girl) along with some stuffed animals and extra pull-ups to get everyone more comfortable with the idea of using the potty. We offered snacks (of course) as well as plenty of toys because we all know how long the attention span of a two-year-old is! Amy volunteered her home, and we were set.

I was excited for this party because my daughter, who is about 2 ½ years old, likes diapers, not Pull-Ups. I bought pull-ups for her in the past and she wanted to wear Mickey or Pooh Bear, which are on diapers. Pull-Ups have princesses, and I guess the princesses don’t make the cut to be seen on her rear. I was hopeful that this package we were to receive and the party would show us the way to underwear.

The package arrived about 5 days before the party. Upon opening, I was thrilled to find coupons (because we all LOVE coupons,) and the rest was a bit confusing. There were 7 DVDs that did NOT have the Potty Dance video, 15 plastic mats that were supposed to be instructions for toddlers on how to do the dance, and a nice gift to the hostess to say thank you. I was a little disappointed, but I am trying to not look a gift horse in the mouth.

Despite the lack-luster party package, we made the most of it. We cut up a plastic mat and hung the pieces up to decorate the house. (By we, that was mostly Amy. Amy even made an apron out of a mat!) We watched our kids devour grapes, apples, and cheese, and we played the song from a laptop once or twice. The kids played with the potties a bit, and the moms chatted away. 

I honestly didn’t think my little girl took anything from the party until we got home, and the diaper refusal began. Then, out of nowhere, my four-year-old son started singing the Potty Dance song he’d only heard a few times!? I was amazed; it worked. She has shown more interest in going potty, and I am hopeful that I will soon have a little girl in panties! Maybe it was backmasking or something, but that song convinced my two-year-old that diapers are passé! Thank you, Huggies! Thank you, Potty Dance!

Thanks Celia for your post! 

Panera: MyPanera Rewards Card

The Dayton area Paneras (and several others across the US) are offering a new loyalty/reward card. It is a free program, and the with surprise rewards and even birthday bonuses. You can fill the form out in store, or register online. (It is faster to register online!) Though the details are, well… not there, any reward from Panera sound GOOD TO ME! (I’m crossing my fingers for a cinnamon crunch bagel!)

Note: Only select locations are participating. All of the Dayton area locations were listed, and a lot of Cincinnati locations were included, as well. You may want to check your local store’s participation on the site.

Do any of you already have a MyPanera card? Tell us what you guys get after signing up!


Kroger:Kroger Plus Card and Benefits

If you do any shopping at Kroger, the Kroger Plus Card is a must-have. It is a loyalty card that provides you with discounted prices, and other benefits. You can find the application at the customer service desk. It is a short form to fill out, and it is completely free. To get the best use from your Kroger Plus Card, you can also load e-coupons to your card. When you have e-coupons loaded to your card, the savings comes off automatically when you scan your Plus Card at the checkout. Here are the places to get e-coupons: 

If you go to the site linked above, and register your information, you can choose various coupons to load to your Kroger Plus Card.


Cellfire is very similar to shortcuts, only you can also load coupons to your cell phone to use. You do not have to use the cell phone coupons, you can just load the e-coupons to your Kroger Card, if you want.


On Kroger’s website, you can find coupons to print and load onto your Plus Card. (Use the top link for a direct link to the e-coupons.)

Other benefits of the Kroger Plus Card:

Fuel Rewards 

If you use a Kroger gas station, scan your Plus Card to get $.10 off per gallon or more, (depending on how much you spend in store.) Kroger has also recently teamed up with Shell to offer a $.10 discount. It sounds like you have to go in and tell them you want to redeem your fuel rewards, and then scan your card. I haven’t tried it yet, but you can read more about it here.

U Promise 

U Promise is a college savings program designed for yourself or your children. You register your information, (including loyalty card numbers.) Then, you load “e-coupons” onto your cards. When you buy certain products, instead of that amount coming off your grocery bill, it is put into an account for college. (I highly recommend it!) 

Now, go load up those coupons!! 


Monday, February 22, 2010

Toy Review: Sassy The Carwash

So we are product testing a new pacifier for, and also got a really cool toy in the mail from them also! It's by Sassy and is called The Carwash- it's target age is for 9mths up. Well, as soon as we got this little B had to get a bath with his new toy! Now since B is only 7 months he's still in a baby tub, so he couldn't play with the whole toy, but he got to play with the cars in his bath. Well, when 4 1/2 year old big brother C saw what 7 month old B got in the mail he was excited to try it out too! He wasn't even taking a bath, but played with it for most of the afternoon. 

Now not only is it SUPER cute, but it lets your child use lots of different skills when playing with it. They can scoop water in one car, pour from another, one car squirts water and they can even wash the cars off with the carwash sprayer. There is a smooth road, a bumpy road, fun spinners and soft sponges to wipe the cars off. I know that both of my kids are going to love this toy for a long time. I especially love the fact that it's a floating carwash island for in the tub! Thanks eBeanstalk!

ebeanstalk is expert-selected baby and kid toys. You can even shop by specific age range to guarantee that your child is getting the perfect toy based on their age. I personally have never seen a website that does such a good job to guarantee that your child is getting something that is geared for their age perfectly. Each toy also comes with a custom instruction card with great playing ideas.

Do you have things that you love for your kids that are fun and secretly they are learning at the same time? Let us know in our comments! 

Momtopia Friday: Feb 26 Mall at Fairfield Commons

This Friday 2/26 The Mall at Fairfield Commons is having their February Momtopia.  There will be two shows filled with magic, juggling, and puppet acts at 10:30am & 11:30am. Don't forget to sign up to win the monthly gift card raffle! 

Momtopia is a free monthly event at the mall with music, dancing, prizes and fun for everyone!

Lowes: Build and Grow Clinic- LoweBot

This Saturday 2/27 Lowes is having their bi-monthly Build and Grow Clinic. At this even you and your child can build a “LoweBot” at Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic from 10am – 11am. This does require registration online, and you can see which stores are participating

Each participant  receives a free apron, a project themed patch, goggles and a certificate upon completion of their project. Although it does specify school age- as long as your child can follow instructions and handle hammering they will allow them to come. (We started going when our son was 4 yr old) This is always a great weekend activity- since this is kinda like a Transformer- I know our son is going to LOVE this one!

If you sign up for this we will be going to the Lowes on Wilmington Pike clinic- come find us and say "hello!"

Target: Read Across America Storytime

This Saturday 2/27 from 9-11am Target is having a Read Across America- Dr Seuss Story Time. There will be snacks, games giveaways and fun all around! Click here for details. We love story time AND Target! :)

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We're working!

So right now we are in the process of adding some stuff to our blog. First since we live in Dayton and have kids- most of what we see has to do with deals in the Dayton area for kids. Hey, you notice what you are interested in- right?!  We'll post stuff about other deals, but hopefully also have fun, free things to do in the Dayton, OH area. (Sometimes these deals might even be nationwide ie-Lowes Build and Grow workshops)

Since some of you may not read this every day, we would hate for you to miss out on something fun and awesome- so we are working on creating a calendar that shows you what is going on! Let us know any ideas you might have about stuff you would like to see on here. We'll review your ideas and see what we can do!

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