Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Meijer 10 for $10 Sale & Great Groupon Deal Today - Bounce Mania in Fort Wayne

Okay, I obviously spend a little too much time at Meijer, but it is our store of choice these days with my 3-year old knowing that they give a free cookie, a free slice of cheese from the deli (just learned that one today!), and the penny-horse at the end.  He loves Meijer!

For those of you who haven't seen the sale advertised, but have toddlers in the house - NOTE: Meijer 10 for $10 is this week (get your 11th item FREE), and Whole Grain Goldfish and organic baby carrots are included in the 10 for $10!   If you're like me, and you have toddlers, Goldfish are a staple in your pantry.  I stock up every time they're 10 for $10, and only buy them then!  All varieties included.  Also, organic baby carrots are part of the deal (another staple with toddlers!  ), Meijer brand Naturals Salsa & also Pasta Sauce.  All these items have a long shelf life, so stock up today!

GROUPON Deal of the Day:

Speaking of toddlers & kids - did you see today's Groupon?  Get 50% off Bounce Mania (http://www.icesports.com/fortwayne/bounce-mania.aspx) admission in Fort Wayne ($7 for $14 worth of admission) - I bought one in preparation for the long winter with my kiddos ahead!  My kids LOVE these, and I'm not going to lie - I think they're pretty fun too!  Check it out at http://www.groupon.com/r/uu5931968

Monday, November 29, 2010

Indianapolis Children's Museum - Free Days

I have not been there yet, but have heard that the Indy Children's Museum is fantastic.  Part of the reason I haven't been there is because I'm pretty overwhelmed by the cost!  I moved here from Houston, and their Children's Museum was awesome, but what was even more awesome was their weekly free days!  Turns out that the Indy Children's Museum has free days too - the first Thursday of every month is Target Family Free Night, and it is FREE for families from 4pm - 8pm.  Guess what?  The first Thursday of Dec is THIS WEEK!  Dec sort of snuck up on me...!

AND - see below, because there are a few other special free days, including Christmas Eve from 10am - 2pm.  Might be a fun Christmas Eve activity for the whole family! 

Hours & Admission
Museum Operating Hours:
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open Daily, Mar. 1, 2010–Sep. 6, 2010 (Labor Day)
Open Tuesday–Sunday, Sep. 7, 2010–Feb. 28, 2011

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Free Days:
Dec. 24, 2010—Christmas Eve (10 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Jan. 17, 2011—MLK Day
Feb. 21, 2011—Presidents Day
May 1, 2011—El Dia de Los NiƱos

Extended Hours: Target Free Family Night
Target Free Family NightsOpen free for Families the 1st Thursday of each month
       from 4 p.m.–8 p.m
Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Free Parking
Free parking is available in the museum’s parking garage on the west side of Illinois Street.

One Day Admission:
Youth (ages 2–17) $10.50
Adult (ages 18–59) $15.50
Senior (60+) $14.50

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Children's Place Sale - Free Shipping & 20% Off! ($4 Fleece Jackets!)

Now that it is finally cold/winter in Marion, fleece clothing sounds wonderful!  The Children's Place (www.childrensplace.com/) is having a fleece sale (jackets, pants, hats, all things fleece!) for $5/each.  AND I have a coupon code for FREE SHIPPING and 20% off, which means you can get a fleece jacket shipped to you for $4 TOTAL  plus tax!  Great gift for a niece/nephew/your kid at Christmas! 

  • Free Shipping Code: FSHOLIDAY (good thru 11/29)
  •  20% off Code: W3C2RU7M12A (not sure how long this is good for) , and as a last resort if those don't work than I know the 15% off code below does...
  •  15% off Code: C6C2010 (good thru 1/2/11)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Poppy Seed Projects - Creative, unique & affordable gifts you'll want to keep for yourself!

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!  

I had a posting the other day about the Crafting Chicks (check it out if you haven't... craftingchicks.com)...  and thru their blog I learned about another very cool site that is worth checking out - http://poppyseedprojects.com/

Again, I'm not crafty or cute, but I try darn hard to copy other folks who are!  This site has some really cool ideas for easy to do creative & unique gifts & things you'll want to keep for yourself!  I was inspired - you should check them out, you will be too!  Note the section on $10 & less!  I'm always looking for a deal!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Canvas People - Black Friday Deal!!! Stay home and shop online!

I learned about this from another blog.... it is a GREAT deal!  I checked out the website, and will be ordering one for myself today!

This is s limited time offer - $55 off any canvas, making their 8x11 canvas FREE.  All you have to do is pay shipping.   Turn your favorite photo into a canvas.  They can also do enhancements, turn things black & white, do "pop art", turn your kid's artwork into canvas, etc.  Check out their site www.canvaspeople.com

Canvas Prices:

8x10 $49.99 FREE
11x11 $63.99 $8.99
11x14 $64.99 $9.99
16x16 $78.99 $23.99
16x20 $88.99 $33.99
18x24 $98.99 $43.99
* Prices reflect coupon discounts.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Shutterfly Sale - Up to 50% off thru Dec 1!

Shutterfly is having an awesome sale, right in time for the holidays! 

50% off Photobooks, mugs, calendars
30% off Holiday Cards & stationary
30% off Prints & Posters (Enter Code PRINT30)
25% off ornaments, wall decals, photogifts

FREE Shipping on orders of $25 and up (enter code SHIP25)

Sale ends Dec. 1.... check them out today!  If you haven't used Shutterfly before, they have great products & customer service - I recently had a problem with an order and called, and they gave me free shipping for my trouble.  New customers get 50 free prints (click link below).  Their photobooks are my favorite!!!  Absolutely beautiful... I think they make great gifts!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Area Activities & Turkey Burn off - Thanksgiving Week

A few fun activities I found this week... what do you know about you can share?

Wednesday - Have the day off?  Help needed at the Gas City Rescue Mission to help with Thanksgiving meals for needy families in the area. Call #765.674.1011 for more info.

Thanksgiving Day - Want to get your family/company out of the house while you get the meal ready?  Put them to work doing something GOOD!  The Rescue Mission in Gas City is delivering Thanksgiving meals to families in the area, as well as serving a community meal, and they need HELP.  Volunteers needed from 9am - end of the day, to help prepare & sort meals to deliver, serve meals, and clean up!  Go for as long as you can and give back on this Thanksgiving Day!  For more info call #765.674.1011. 

Friday - YMCA Spinathon (for members AND nonmembers!) - 6am - noon
Free for members, $10 for non-members (good for the day!)
Childcare free for members, non-members pay $2/1st child $1/each addt'l child (9:30 - 11:30)
123 Sutter Way, Marion (#765.664.0544 for more info)

Wellness Center - Turkey Burn-Off! - 8:30am - 10:30am
Free for Members, $5 for non-members
Childcare provided for fee ($2.75 for 1st 90 mins for 1st child, $4.50 for multiple children)
Door prizes, refreshments, cycling, Zumba, kickboxing, yoga, Strong & Stable, Power Circuit - come and get a sampling of everything the Wellness Center has to offer. 
4411 South Adams Street Marion, IN 46953-5349 - (765) 674-4455
Sunday - REST after all that eating, shopping & exercising! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Works Cited Used Book Sale - Thru 12/18

The new bookstore/cafe downtown, Works Cited is having a book sale thru 12/18 that I just found out about!  Take your own box or bag and fill it with as many books as you can, for only $10!!  This sale is good for all USED books in the store (adult, youth & kids books).

This sale is thru 12/18, at which point they'll be closing over the holiday to finish their renovations & reopen for their grand opening 1/14.  Go, take a big box or bag, grab a cup of coffee (they serve Midwest Coffee Roasters), drop your kids in the Kids Room to read/play, and go to town!  $10 of books can make a lot of Christmas gifts... or donations to your school... the possibilities are endless!

Location:  215 S. Adams St.,Marion, IN, 46952
Hours:    Mon - Sat:  7:00 am - 9:00 pm
              Sun:  12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Crafting Chicks

I am by no stretch of the imagination a "creative" person, and I envy those who are.  It takes all my energy to just attempt to copy cute ideas... thus my love of a new blog I've discovered - The Crafting Chicks (http://thecraftingchicks.com/).  These gals are amazing - I love just about everything they do.  I suggest checking out their site and signing up for their feed. They don't just create cool things, they show you step by step how to imitate what they do (a big plus for a wanna-be like me!). See their project of the day below - how cute is this?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Meijer Turkey Deal - Good thru Thanksgiving Week! Help Families in Need in Grant County

Still haven't gotten your turkey?  Meijer has extended their turkey deal thru this week.  Get $16 off all turkeys 16+lbs or get $9 off all turkeys 10-15lbs when you spend an additional $20 on other purchases.  (This discount makes the turkeys about $.25/lbs!) 
Note: if you spend $20 in the same transaction, the discount will automatically come off when you scan your turkey. 

This is a GREAT deal you can benefit from even if you have your turkey.   Did you know that the Rescue Mission is in desperate need of meat this season for their families?  Pick up a turkey and donate it to the Rescue Mission downtown and help give a family in need in our community a happy Thanksgiving.  
Grant County Rescue Mission (Main Offices, Kitchen and Men's Shelter):
423 S. Gallatin, Marion, IN 46952
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 63, Marion, IN 46952
Phone:  765-662-0988     Fax:  765-662-1721

Open Heart Women's Shelter:
1120 S. Washinton St., Marion, IN 46953
Phone: 765-664-9625

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Better Homes and Gardens WEBSITE

Have you ever checked out the BHG.com website?  If you haven't, you should!  It is FREE & is very cool.  It gives ideas for everything from how to decorate your home to how to renovate your home or a room, to weekend projects, furniture projects, cooking ideas, etc.  Sign up for their email, and a couple times a week you'll get emails with timely advice, and most importantly (for me!) - inspiration!  It truly has a wealth of information!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Help

Thanks to the recommendation of my friend Jody, I picked up a book called The Help recently, and once I started I couldn't put it down!  This is a quick, engaging bedside read, and I highly reocommend it.  The Marion Library has 3 copies available to borrow, or pick one up from Amazon today!  It would make a great Christmas gift for any woman who likes to read! 

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

Associated Press"At turns hilarious and heart-wrenching...[A] pitch-perfect rendering. Readers are hooked."

USA Today
"Thought-provoking...[Stockett's] pitch-perfect depiction of a country's gradual path toward integration will pull readers into a compelling story that doubles as a portrait of a country struggling with racial issues...This is already one of the best debut novels of the year."

People Magazine (3.5 out of 4 stars)
"[A] wise, poignant novel...You'll catch yourself cheering out loud."

 Entertainment Weekly
"Graceful and real, a compulsively readable story. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence. A-"

New York Daily News
"[A] story with heart and hope....A good old-fashioned novel."
Atlanta Journal Constitution
"Powerful...[Stockett's] attention to historical detail, dialect and characterization create a beautiful portrait of a fragmenting world...This heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent."

Christian Science Monitor
"Compulsively absorbing"

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lowes Coupons

My husband and I have been married almost 10 years, but just bought our first house last year when we moved to Marion.  I had no idea how many trips to Lowes would be involved in owning a home!  I feel like I know the sales people there! :)

Do you know you can get discount coupons to Lowes on Ebay?  I buy a batch of 10% off coupons from Lowes every few months on Ebay - 7 coupons (7 x 10% off your entire purchase at Lowes) usually costs about $10 on Ebay, and I definitely get my money back when I use them at Lowes.  If you're a homeowner, I definitely recommend it.  My only note of caution is to make sure when you check the ebay listing you note the expiration date so you have time to use them before they expire!

Go to ebay.com, and in the search box put "Lowes coupons".  If you buy stuff from Lowes regularly, you'll be glad you did!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Area Activities Weekend of Nov 18th

What are you doing this weekend?  Here are some activities in the area you may be interested in checking out.  Don't miss the Marion Christmas City Walkway of Lights Parade on Saturday night! 

Thursday (6pm)/Friday (7pm) & Saturday (2pm and 7pm)
A Christmas Carol
First Christian Church, 1970 N. Wabash
FREE (Optional offering taken to benefit local charities, as well as donation drop-off for nonperishable food items)

Bake sale & crafts - 9am - 7pm
Grant County Rescue Mission Ladies Auxillary (Profits go to the Rescue Mission Christmas)
1552 S. Western Ave

Holiday Handcrafers' Showcase & Marketplace
Distinctive arts, crafts, collectibels, antiqures, home & personal items and holiday foods
Admission: $4 adults and children under 12 are free
Fri 2pm - 8pm
Sat 10am - 4pm
Deleware County Fairgrounds - 1210 N. Wheeling Ave, Muncie, Indiana

Striking Up Dollars for Families
10am - 2pm - CREST Lanes Bowling Alley
2014 W Second St.
Proceeds go to Family Services Society of Grant County to provide food, toys and clothing for families

Christmas City Parade!  
Starts at 7pm & the Marion Christmas City Walkway of Lights will be lit for the season right after the parade.  Bundle up & go enjoy the fun! See map below for the parade route, which starts near Hotel Marion & the City building and ends in Matter Park.

After the walkway is lit, it will be illuminated nightly from 6pm - 10pm thru New Year's Eve.  For more info: 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Meijer - Best Turkey Deal in Town!

If you haven't already gotten your turkey for Thanksgiving, head to MEIJER asap (even if you have gotten your turkey, get another one with this deal!).  They're having a special this week (through Saturday) where you get $16 off your 16lbs + turkey OR $9 off any turkey that is 10-15lbs if you spend an additional $20.  SUCH a good deal.  Each deal is limit of 1, so I split my shopping items into 2 transactions that got 2 turkeys (one for $16 off and one for $9 off), each costing me about $5 after the deal!

I figure for $5 I can freeze the smaller turkey and make at a later date! 

Have you signed up for Meijer Perks yet?  It takes a few minutes, and is free.  Go to www.mPerks.meijer.com to sign up.  You'll enter your phone number, and then "clip" coupons, which means you click the ones you want right there on that site, and they are stored in the Meijer system when you check out.  When you check out at Meijer, enter your phone number where it says "mPerks" and any coupons you "clipped" online will automatically come off.  Now thru 11/19 there is a $2/off coupon, so go sign up and clip it!  It is $2 more off your groceries!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

JCPenny Sale Today - $10 off when you spend $25/more

JCPenney (both in store, and online) is having a sale today.  They have a coupon for $10 off when you spend $25 or more.
To get this coupon
on your phone:
to 527365.
They also have free shipping & returns to the store, so you can order online in the convenience of your home, ship something to the store, and if you don't like it you can return it and you're not out anything!  AND/or they have free shipping to your home if you spend $49 or more - just enter couponcode TAPFOR49 (good thru Dec 3) at jcp.com.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Breathe - Recommended Book for Moms

As a mom of two little boys, I don't get much time to read, and when I do get time I often would rather go to sleep than try to challenge myself mentally!  It is hard for me to sit still (without falling asleep) and to focus on something other than the constant "to-do" list running through my mind. 

I picked up a book this summer, Breathe: Creating Space for God in a Hectic Life, and have been slowly working my way through it, a few pages at a time.  It has been a great read, and I recommend it for all Moms.  This book has been challenging me to not be so hurried, something I'm always doing (I've even noticed how many times I say to my 3-year old "Hurry, Buddy", even when we don't really need to hurry), and has challenged me to spend time doing more things that matter and less things that don't.  I encourage you to pick up a copy (I'm not sure if they have it at our library or not...) - I think you will find it rejuvenating for your family & for your soul. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fort Wayne Museum of Art - Free Admission Sundays & Thursdays!

Have you ever been to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art? Are you looking for something to do this afternoon?  Want to experience a little culture and expose your kids to something new? 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has FREE admission every Sunday and Thursday!  And, if you're military, the FWMoA is free every day of the week for military personnel and their families.  

Sunday, Noon – 5 pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6pm
Thursday open until 8 pm
If you can't get there on a Sunday or Thursday for free, but still want to visit, the admission prices are still reasonable and are below.

Admission to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Free to members
$5 for adults
$3 students (K-college)
$10 for families

Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 East Main Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
T: 260-422-6467
F: 260-422-1374

Saturday, November 13, 2010

30% off Nov 11-14 at GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Store

Give and Get is Here!: "Enjoy 30% off from November 11-14 at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy plus we'll make a 5% donation to a non-profit."

This promotion is good in-store and online, on sale items and regular priced items. 

Click the link to print out your coupon.
Give and Get is Here!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Toy Story 3 - This Weekend at the Globe Theatre for $2!

I posted this a couple of weeks ago when I talked about the Globe Theatre (the student run theatre on Indiana Wesleyan's campus that is open to the public), but I wanted to remind everyone with kiddos that  this weekend Toy Story 3 is playing for $2/person.  If you haven't seen it, it really is great (I may have liked it more than my 3 year old... :))!  Schedule listed below. 

The theatre is in the Student Center on Indiana Wesleyan's campus.  For a map of parking on campus, click

(As an aside, if you're looking for a Toy Story Figure for Christmas for your kiddos, I saw them on sale at Aldi's yesterday for $5.99)

Toy Story 3


Nov. 12, 13
Fri. 7, 9, 12am
Sat. 2:30, 7, 9

G, 1hr 43min.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Free Coffee on Fridays in November at Burger King!

Yes, you heard it right!  You may have seen the commercials, and it is NOT too good to be true!  During the month of November, stop by Burger King every Friday for a free cup of tasty Seattle’s Best Coffee (no other purchase necessary!!!).  You will receive one FREE 12 oz. hot Seattle’s Best Coffee per customer per visit during breakfast hours only on Fridays in November. While supplies last. Not valid on flavored shots or whipped topping.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

30% off Nov 11-14 at GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gap OUtlet and Banana Republic Factory Store

 Give & Get is Here!
Enjoy 30% Off

You're invited to our biggest holiday event—and you have the chance to do something good!

Simply click here to pick a non-profit. Send your friends their own 30% discount and share the savings on social networks like Facebook. The non-profit you choose will receive 5% of what ALL of you spend.

Choose a non-profit to get 5% CLICK HERE TO START
Share   the 30% discount with friends
Shop   4 days only, November 11–14
At   Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Store, in-store or online
With   this email or the online promo code at checkout
Everyday FREE Shipping on any orders over $50

In-Store Barcode
(for multiple uses)
Online Promo Code
(for one-time use)

It's Better to Give and Get!