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Our summer homecations

Boy what to do with three kids this summer has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. More so now that there is only 6 more days of school left. Usually it would be great to drive up to Wisconsin and spend the weekend at the Dells, however with the cost of gas, expensive hotel stays, food costs, we are choosing not to spend our money on that at this time. So, what is a family of 5 to do this summer? We have to get creative.

Some ideas I have that are pretty standard would include:

  • Contacting your local library to find out what special summer reading camps or incentives they have for children and get them scheduled up.
  • Get the schedule for Borders bookstore, or Barnes and Noble because they too have special reading programs as well as weekly story hour.
  • Go to your local craft store such as Michaels, or JoAnns because they have great kids craft camps at a reasonable price.
  • Check out your local pool and go there as a special treat.
  • Check with your local movie theater, most of them offer freebie days for kids. Ours offers it once a week and they are free!
  • Check with your park district as ours also offers “Movies in the Park” on Friday nights.


  • Some other fun things to do that is free or won’t cost that much, make your backyard a fun staycation getaway!

    If you enjoy camping, pitch your tent in the back yard and go all out with decorating it so you can play outside games, have a fire, eat smores, bbq on a charcoal grill, sunbathe, picnic, just enjoy the family while outside.

    If you have a swimming pool in your yard, create a beach theme with sand, umbrella’s, beach balls, eat hot dogs, chips and ice cream treats. Get new beach towels, pool toys, and make a rule that no one goes inside other than going to the bathroom!

    Let the kids have a lemonade stand or water stand. They need to earn some money to buy their own Webkinz you know! If they are really bored, let them wash your car, van, SUV. I know my kids will be doing that at least once a week!

    Hold a neighborhood chalk drawing party. Give all the kids their own chalk and let them go to town on the driveways and sidewalks and reward them with a nice cold drink or treat.

    There are many different things you can do with your kids at home that do not cost an arm and leg. The other thing you can check into is report card incentives. I remember last year Family Video was giving away one free rental for every “A” on your report card. One of the restaurants also gave away a free meal, not sure which restaurants offer that but it is worth checking into.

    If you have any fun, unique ideas for keeping the kids occupied this summer, and out of your hair, please share them. I am always looking for new things, projects and activities for them to do.

    You just gotta LUV CVS!

    The deals haven’t been all that exciting lately but I was still able to snag up some good deals yesterday. When you have a shopping addiction and a coupon addiction, it has now become a challenge for me to see exactly what I can get for the least amount of money! My best was a grocery shopping trip that totaled over $160.00 and I paid $14.00 out of my pocket! It was a proud moment for me. This trip to CVS wasn’t so bad, not the greatest I have done, but good all the same.

    Here is how it went down….

    This is what I got yesterday at CVS………

    Covergirl eyeshadow @ 1.69
    Covergirl lipstick 3 @ 2.99
    Revlon 12hour eyeshadow @ 2.25
    Dial soap @ 1.99
    Almay powder eyeshadow @ 6.99
    Aquafresh 2 @ 2.99
    CVS version of Claritin 3 @ 3.79
    Hershey’s Nugget 2 @ 1.60
    Crest Toothpaste 2 @ 2.99

    Total bill was 48.42 plus tax

    Used .60 off dial from Sunday’s paper
    used 5 / $1.00 off Covergirl
    used 2 / $1.00 off Aquafresh
    used 1 $2.00 off Almay
    used another $2.00 off something
    used a $5.00 off $25 CVS coupon and $18.96 in ECB’s

    Total due was $12.86 plus tax for a grand total of $13.95
    Used a gift card for the balance and got back….

    $23.35 in ECB’s

    That means I spent a total of $9.56 on my gift card.

    Got lots of makeup, toothpaste and candy! LOL for less than $10.00!!! Where else can you get deals like that? Don’t you just LOVE CVS!!!

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    Enjoy a free sampling of Teddy Grahams Trail Mix by following the link trail. Look at the bottom right corner for your direct link where you will be required to fill in your name, address, etc… Teddy Grahams Trail Mix

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    Take 15% off your Kohl’s order

    …when you use your credit card! That’s right, receive 15% off on all purchases when using your using Kohl’s Credit Card with coupon code: SUMMER15. Click here to start shopping! Code valid from 5/15/2008-5/20/2008

    Women That Share a Common Bond of Motherhood Support Each Other Best

    Online Parenting Community, Moms With A View, Offers Support, Friendship, Networking and Knowledge to Moms at All Ages and Stages in Life.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 12, 2008 – Whether you are a new mom, single mom, experienced mom, working mom or stay at home mom, Moms With A View lends itself to you to offer support, friendship, networking and knowledge as you share a special connection called, motherhood.

    Moms With A View provides readers with information and tools necessary for starting the motherhood journey, which includes a due date calculator, labor bag check list and layette check list. It also offers new and expecting parents with product reviews, book reviews, and new articles geared towards parenting and lives of women who juggle to balance work and home life. The products and books reviewed will primarily come from other work at home moms or mom-inventors to help promote their products to the masses. Reviews will also be provided to corporate business products as well. Past reviewed products consisted of Hanes.com products for kids, a book called, Baby Lists, What to Do and What to Get To Prepare for Baby, by Elaine Farber, and kid friendly products by Story Time Felts.

    Moms With A View will also be interviewing “Mompreneur’s” or entrepreneurial women and feature their products. They aim to offer support and networking opportunities to work at home moms, working moms, and mom inventors who can inspire, offer tips, support and encouragement to other moms in similar situations and stages of their own business careers. Interviews will also be posted on the Moms With A View blog as another way to get people to talk about their product and/or services provided. Reaching as many readers as they can, Moms With A View is on a mission to offer every woman business owner a way to promote their business.

    Celebrities are another outlet for products and inspiration, so Moms With A View has dedicated a page of information linking readers to some favorite celebrity websites, blogs, magazines and celebrity designer websites. New and expecting moms are popping up all over Hollywood, so it goes without saying, that motherhood is a journey that can be shared by any woman.

    In addition to the Moms With A View website, there is an online community that is there to add support, networking, opinions on parenting, work, school, teen years, and various stages of motherhood. You can speak freely and without hesitation as you are encouraged to speak your mind as you see fit. The administration only asks that you address situations in a mature fashion without aiming to bash or intentionally hurt other members. As adults, it is possible that you can get your points and views across without being mean or cruel to other people. Being a mom does not mean that you share the same opinions on raising children, working outside or inside the home, or even whether or not breastfeeding is better than bottle feeding. We are all entitled to our own opinions to to be able to express them in a mature manner is what makes Moms With A View special.

    If you are a “mompreneur” and/or author and would like your product or book reviewed, or if you would like to be interviewed for a spot on the MWAV website and blog, be sure to visit http://www.momswithaview.com. Their online community is free to join, all you need to do is register at http://www.momswithaview.com/forums and start expressing your opinions.
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    About Moms With A View: Moms With A View was founded as a way for women and moms to express their thoughts on parenting, pregnancy, hot topics, media, business and more. Moms can use the community to network and get their products and/or services into the public eye. The key to success is helping others in similar situations and to offer them support and inspiration and that is what Moms With A View hopes to do with all the moms it reaches out to.

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    Happy Mother’s Day!

    To all our mom friends and family, we wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day filled with love, and laughter! Appreciate the burnt toast and runny scrambled eggs this morning. Enjoy the giggles and smiles through out the day. Remember the sounds of the kids voices saying, “I love you Mom”. Don’t hold back your tears of joy when you unwrap that handmade gift that was created in school just for you. The happiness and pride in their eyes will last a lifetime! For today is a day to remember. Remember all the joyful moments of how you assumed the name, “Mom”. Without your kids, you would not be a mom. Celebrate their life too. Give them a gift. Give them a great big hug, and be sure to say, “Thank You, I LOVE it!”. And what ever you do, do not forget to tell your mom you love her too!