Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Indiana Beach - GREAT deal through 7/31 only on 2013/2014 Season Pass

I've never been to Indiana Beach, my my kids' church group is going next week and my husband is going along since my kiddos are little.  Today, Wednesday, 7/31 until 3pm ONLY they're running a deal for $45.95 for a season pass for the rest of 2013 and all of 2014.  Included with the pass are 4 day passes for 2014.  This is a GREAT deal, as it will be $35.95 for a ONE day pass for my husband, and this way he gets to go this year and we'll ALL get to go next year with his 4 extra day passes for 2014 (which include the rides and the waterpark).  I read reviews on YELP, and it sounds like this is a quaint old-school amusement park, and I think my kiddos will be perfect ages for the next few years to enjoy. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Donate Blood, Win a Trip to Disneyland!

Donate Blood TODAY! 

You only have until Wednesday evening (7/31) to donate blood and be entered to win a trip for four to Disney World! This great vacation package includes airfare, hopper passes and your hotel.  All you have to do is donate blood and save a life.  Check on Thursday for the August promotion.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Meijer BOX TOPS Bonus Coupon - $ for your kid's school!

Does your kid's school collect BOX TOPS?  My son's school does a competition for BOX TOPS each semester - the class that brings in the most wins a pizza party.  He looks for these things everywhere!  He's yet to have his class win, even though we always seem to be collecting these things!  I'm hoping with this deal (below) we might get the pizza party this year (very exciting when you're six)!  I stocked up on yogurt tubes for his lunches (we freeze them & they're ready by lunch & still cold), ziplock bags, Greek Yogurt, etc., and got my bonus Coupon! 

Right now at Meijer, through 9/7/13, buy 10 participating products and get a coupon for 60 bonus BOX TOPS!  Items you can purchase include Yoplait GREEK 100 calorie yogurt for $.99, so if you get 10 of those, you'll spend just under $10 and your school will earn $6 in box tops from the coupon!  What a deal! 

Have 20 products?  Do them in two separate transactions and you'll get 2 coupons worth 60 box tops each!    For the entire list of products that are included, click here.  (Hint, you can pull this list up on your phone while you're shopping for extra help!)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Lowes Build & Grow FREE Kids Clinics - This Weekend (7/26-27)

This weekend at Lowe's your kids can build an RC car from Toy Story for FREE.  Lowe's has a kids Build&Grow kids clinic on Saturday at 10am or Sunday at 2pm.  Register HERE to reserve your spot, or you can show up (first come first served).

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Children's Place Sale - Jeans & Uniforms for Back to School

Children's Place is having a sale on back-to-school clothes through July 28th.  If you order any jeans or leggings, you get FREE shipping.  See codes below for up to 30% off.  They have jeans on clearance for $9.99, and with the 30% off code I got them for $6.99... a great deal for my growing men!  I got this same pair for my older son last year and they were really cute, so I went ahead and ordered a few pairs for my youngest since he's growing like a WEED!  Go to 
Buy More, Save More

Uniforms are on sale also - I highly recommend the khaki pants for boys - they are cute & sturdy and withstand a LOT of washes!  They seemed to stain less than the Old Navy ones I got for my son last year - worth the money!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins.... Yummy.

'Tis the season for zucchini, which always seems like an "all or nothin'" kind of veggie.  I either have none, or way too much!  :)  I do whatever I can with it this time of year, and then shred and freeze the rest for baking throughout the winter - it defrosts up fine for zucchini bread (I freeze it in 1 cup amounts). 

I discovered a new recipe tonight that my family loved, and I recommend, so I wanted to pass it along.  The original recipe was from, and I modified it slightly.

Original recipe makes 12 muffins - I recommend doubling it!  
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached)
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk (or evaporated milk, or sweetened condensed...whatever you have)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup chocolate chips 

Cook at 350 degrees for 20 mins in muffin tins.  Yummy. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites.... YES!

Frozen Banana Bites // neverhomemakerOkay, just made my first batch, and these will definitely become a staple in our house.  :)

Quick, easy, and yummy.  Not too terribly bad either if you use natural peanut butter & unsweetened coconut.  This recipe is from another blog I found, the "Never homemaker".  


What you'll need . . .

  • 2 large bananas
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes

Method . . .

  1. Set out a large plate or bowl with a piece of parchment or wax paper on it.
  2. Cut up the bananas into good-sized chunks. Each banana should give you around 5 to 6 pieces.
  3. Heat the peanut butter and chocolate chips in the microwave on high for about a minute. Then stir until smooth.
  4. Dip the banana pieces in the chocolate-peanut butter mixture. Lay them out leaving some space between them on the parchment/wax paper. Then when you've "covered" them all, use the remaining mixture to spoon over the tops (for even more chocolate-y goodness).
  5. Then sprinkle the unsweetened coconut flakes on top. Transfer to the freezer for about an hour until hardened.
  6. You can enjoy them like this (but they really aren't frozen yet -- and when they're frozen, the banana tastes like vanilla ice cream) . . . I suggest then covering with some plastic wrap (or really you can do all of this in some kind of Rubbermaid container) and let freeze overnight.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

ICE CREAM Day at Marion Public Library - Tues, July 23


Who doesn't love ice cream?

Marion Public Library has partnered with Indiana Members Credit Union to sponsor Ice Cream Day. Bring the family to listen to stories & make ice cream sundaes. There will also be a drawing for 10 lucky kids to win a backpack! Join us in Meeting Room B at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23. Click here for further information.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Arby's Coupon - Only $.64 for a Roast Beef Sandwich on 7/23

My husband is a huge fan of Arby's - he doesn't get it much, but with a coupon like this I can't pass it up!

On Tues, July 23, you can get an Arby's Classic Roast Beef Sandwich for only $.64 with their coupon (CLICK HERE).  Sounds like a deal for lunch!

Friday, July 19, 2013

INKGARDEN Sale on Customized Tote Bags - $3.99

My little men love anything with their name on it.  I think these might be fun to help with organization (swim lessons, soccer practice, overnight bags, etc.) on my end and theirs.

INKGARDEN is having a sale for $3.99 per bag (shipping is $4.99 for the first bag & $1.49 for each additional bag).  I've used INKGARDEN before and they make quality products that are a lot of fun.
Sale is through 7/21 and you need the code Flash.
Interested in their other products?  Before you order, sign up for their email and you'll get a coupon for 25% of your order! 

Bonus Idea:  Have any birthday parties coming up?  These would make neat gifts (that can hold another gift) for kiddos.  Try to think ahead and order several at once so you can save on shipping as each additional shipping item is only $1.49 after the first bag. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Marion Community Schools Registration

Summer has been great and flying by.  I can't believe it, but it is time to start thinking about back-to-school already!!?? :(

Registration for the 2013-2014 school year is July 22 & 23 from 7am - 7pm at ALL Marion Community Schools.  All students must be registered, even if they have attended a Marion school in the past.

If your student has attended a Marion Community School in the past, then online registration may be done in place of in-person registration by visiting  If you don't know your username and login, call your child's school to get it over the phone.

Marion Community Schools