Daily Deals and Fun Finds

Express is having a sweater sale right now. They have sweaters under $30, and for Express this is a great sale!

Living Social is having a great deal for those of you who enjoy reading magazines. Pay $12 and get $25 credit to shop for magazines at Magazines.com!

Right now you can grab Lunchskins2 as low as $6.99! After discovering that 20 million plastic sandwich bags are dumped in landfills every day, [Read more…]

Fun Finds and Daily Deals

Under the “Worth Wearing” Tab at Zulily you can snag dresses for as low as $16.99!! These dresses are up to 80% off regular price! So if you have a wedding, or special occasion of some sort you might want to check out their items up for grabs.

Plus use code: GAZU812 for $5 off all orders of $50 or more!

eBags has a rooCASE Dual View Leather Case for Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet on sale for $23.99 normally $44.99! They have other colors to choose from as well. Great for Back to School!!

Plus [Read more…]

Hanging Out with @ZylieTheBear in Central Park at #OasisDayCamps (AND #Win a Bear!)

Me and my Little spent the morning in Central Park with the makers of Zylie the Bear and Oasis Day Camp (where my son attended camp for a month this summer). The kids had a great time playing together, with lots of activities planned and of course- meeting and learning about the guest of honor- Zylie!

Zylie is a bear after my own heart- she likes to travel 🙂 Zylie the Bear, an innovative new teddy bear line that is all about fashion and adventure, has a silly little brother, likes to learn, visits a museum, and has a Panda friend from China named Shen. In her first book, which was read in parts to the kids, we learn about Zylie and what makes her so much fun. The kids, both boys and girls alike, had a great time hearing her story and playing with the bears. Then, all the “little campers” had a morning of recreational and creative [Read more…]

Great Back-To-School Clothing with @FrenchToastcom

Little Man is about to enter Kindergarten- which is both very exciting, and making me feel like a sad sack all at the same time, LOL. He will be attending a school that requires uniforms, which will make getting dressed in the morning all that much easier.

He looks like such a big boy! Everything he is wearing is from French Toast, the clothing and school uniform company. We did shop around, and I can say without a doubt that this is the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way to get his uniforms. I think it is also the best, and though this year his school is not registered with French Toast, I hope to encourage them to to so by next year. I was not thrilled having to go to a store 25 minutes away, stand in line, make my order, then wait 30 minutes more to have it filled just for a few things that needed to be embroidered. VERY annoying. French Toast does it all- plus faster, less costly, and delivers to my door with the same school uniform quality you would get in the pricey store. BLAH.

PLUS, they give participating schools 5% cash back on all orders. Why would any school that requires uniforms not [Read more…]

It’s Time For Coupons! All About Saving

The following is a guest post by Outside the Box Mom:

Last week, we discussed goals when using coupons. This week, I’ve listed some common reasons why people don’t use coupons.

I Don’t Have Time

Ten years ago, I used to do my own match-ups, clip every coupon, and check prices on every item I had a coupon for to see if I could get a good deal. That was before I was married with two children. Now, I file whole coupon inserts, check store deals blogs, make my list of best deals for the week, shop with that list, and skip some unadvertised deals I happen upon in the store (because I don’t carry all of my coupons with me). One hour a week could save you 50% on your grocery bill.

I Don’t Have Any Coupons

You could ask friends, neighbors, or co-workers to save their coupons from the Sunday newspaper for you. Or, you could print coupons online from sites like Coupon Sherpa using your own computer and printer. My friends and grandparents save their coupons for me. In addition, there is a free local newspaper in my area that includes the Sunday Smart Source coupon inserts. Each week, I have at least 6-8 sets of coupon inserts.

It’s Too Overwhelming!

Start small and slow. Pick the most expensive item or the items that cost you the most collectively (because you buy them most frequently). Then, work your way up to at least 10-15 items which you could get for much less if you used coupons. Once you begin to see your grocery bill decrease and your grocery budget stretch further, you will want to try more and more deals.

No Coupon on Products I Buy

According to moneysavingmom.com: “[t]here are often coupons available for fresh fruit, vegetables, milk, flour, baking soda, toothbrushes, razors, toilet paper, and light bulbs.”

There are even coupons on pet products, organic products, restaurant meals, hair cuts, and other types of services. Many coupon blogs maintain coupon databases where you can search for coupons by brand name or item (example: “Purina” or “dog food”). While it’s fine to be brand specific on certain products (maybe 20% of items you regularly purchase), you will save the most money if you are open to other brands on the remaining 80% of items you regularly purchase.

Next week, we will discuss how you can overcome these common obstacles by changing one thing.

What makes using coupons too challenging for you?
This is an interactive series, which will feature answers to your questions. So, ask away!

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Outside The Box Mom features quick, easy, time-saving tips and solutions to help busy, working moms find balance, easy meals, deals, and time for moms. Follow her on Twitter.


Top 10 Warren County Ohio Haunts you don’t want to miss! #tourism

This was on the Warren County Ohio’s tourism page- click to order your travel guide now! These are too good to pass up….and too good not to tell you about! So, I cross posted them here for you to see as well. This is NOT an original post from me- but I think you will love it, so I am passing it on 🙂

Top 10 Warren County Haunts You Don’t Want to Miss

As the home to Waynesville, “The Most Haunted Village in Ohio,” (according to Haunted Ohio,) and Kings Island’s famously-creepy Halloween HAUNT, Warren County’s mix of scary experiences range from historical-haunts to gruesome and gory.

Here are the top ten haunted events, tours and locations in Ohio’s Largest SCAREground:


1) Halloween HAUNT at Kings Island

According to park officials, Halloween HAUNT is the most immersive horror experience in the Midwest. The bloodcurdling horror, mind-bending terror and nightmarish madness of Halloween Haunt features more than 500 ghastly creatures lurking in the shadows searching for souls, 12 highly-intense and chilling haunted attractions and some of the most hair-raising rides on the planet including The Beast and Diamondback. Location: Kings Island, Kings Island Drive, Mason. Admission to Halloween Haunt is included free with park admission tickets and 2011 season passes. For more information click here.

2) Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog

Evenings Fridays and Saturdays, September 23 – October 29
Providing more than 20 years of jaw-dropping scares, the Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog are both award-winning attractions. The Haunted Hayride is more than one-mile of tractor-drawn, twisting terror and has been voted “Best Hayride” by Ohio Valley Haunts.
Location: 6070 Springboro Rd., Lebanon. Tickets are $12 for the Hayride, $10 for the Black Bog and $18 for a combo ticket. For more information click here.

3) HOWL-O-FEST at Kings Island

HOWL-O-FEST includes non-scary activities such as a Costume Contest, Twisted Tales Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Gigantic Hay Bale Maze, Dance Party, Foam Pit, Tractor Town, Mask Painting, Games, Food and much more.
Location: Kings Island, Kings Island Drive, Mason. This family-friendly event is included FREE with park admission tickets and 2011 season passes. For more information click here.


7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays beginning October 7
Hike through the “Forest of Lost Souls” then embark on a guided raft trip down the “Haunted Little Miami River.” Recommended for children 10 and up (under 17 must be accompanied by an adult).
Location: Morgan’s Riverside Campground, 6262 Gilmour Road, Morrow. $15 for adults, $10 children 12 and under. Reservations highly recommended. Call 1-800-932-2663 or visit www.morganscanoe.com for more information.

5) Ghostly Walking Tours of Waynesville, “The Most Haunted Village in Ohio”

7:30 p.m. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from October 12 – October 30
Experience Ohio’s most haunted village first-hand as you tour historic buildings along Main Street and throughout the Quaker Hill area of Waynesville while learning of ghostly encounters past and present. You begin at the Museum at the Friends Home, a restored boarding home which appears very much as it did when retired Quakers and single school teachers lived there around the turn of the 20th Century.
Location: Museum at the Friends Home, 115 South Fourth Street, Waynesville. Tickets [Read more…]

Great Deal if you are traveling to the Mason, Ohio area!

Great Wolf Lodge

Receive 10% off a room at the Great Wolf Lodge Mason Location.
Use LM&M Railroad code LM&M450A when you book your room.
Reservations: 800.913.9653
Hotel Direct: 513.459.8885
Don’t forget to book a ride on the LM&M Railroad- we just took a train ride with Clifford the Big Red dog, and it was a great day to be a kid! Check [Read more…]