Sunday, May 22, 2011

Summer kid clothing sale at Babies R Us

If you're still in need of summer clothes for your kids, Babies R Us is having a sale.  Just $5 for all BRU brand graphic tees, tank tops, knit shorts, creepers and rompers.

Better, yet:

Clearance items are buy one, get one 50% off.

Might be a worth a trip to check out those clearance racks.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Elmo @ Kid-netic on Friday, May 20

Special Elmo evening at Kidnetic in Montville (2 Changebridge Rd)

Activities for Dinner with Elmo:
Open Play
Dinner with Elmo!
Structured Play & Games
Decorate an Elmo Cupcake
Lots of Fun !!!
5 pm - 8 pm
$20 for first child
$16 per sibling
Dinner: choice of pizza or hot dog.
Food for parents is also available to purchase.
To Reserve a Place
Call: 973-331 9001

Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars at CCM & in Livingston

Cole Bros, the world's largest circus under the big top has come to town.  

Follow these two quick & easy steps to save big time at the big top!

1) SAVE $5 on adult admissions purchased in advance by purchasing via:
  • Online:  Tickets.com
  • Phone:  1-888-332-5200
  • In-person:  Denville-Sweet Expressions by Karen (32 Broadway) or Heritage Bank (530 E Main St)
  • In-person:  Randolph-Heritage Community Bank (1206 Sussex Tpke or 419 Rte 10 #)
2) Then, print out a FREE pass for each child attending (limit 2 free kids per adult admission).

The dates and times for the shows are as follows:
Randolph - County College of Morris (CCM)
May 27:  4:30 and 7:30 pm shows

May 28:  1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 pm shows

Livingston Eisenhower Corporate Complex (290 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave)
May 29:  2:30 pm and 5:30 pm
May 30:  1:30 pm and 4:30 pm

Friday, May 13, 2011

Saturday - Princess Breakfast

A ROYAL Treat!!!

A Princess Breakfast!!!

SATURDAY, May 14, 2011, 10:45 a.m.

Our most popular event. A good day with royal treat! A good-morning breakfast starring your child with our very own princesses, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Belle! A special event for prince and princess alike!!! Children take home a princess favor too. Come for breakfast, a princesses experience and then stay and play all day!

I've done this before with my toddler and it is a really cute & fun thing! All of the kids there seemed to enjoy it.

Tiaras, crowns and ballgowns welcome!

Tickets are limited and spaces can fill up quickly. Click here and purchase tickets online, or call (973) 966-8000 to RSVP and save your place today Reserve your spot for guaranteed seating and special pricing!

Reservations do fill up quickly and are a must.
Call (973) 966-8000 and save your place today! - OR -

NEW!!! Purchase tickets online, 24-hours a day, 7 days a w


Price for child: $13.99
Price for adult: $10.99* Includes breakfast

*If you pay at the door, seats are not guaranteed a


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Imagine That! Thursday Deal $5/Person Admission

Follow the link below to print out a coupon for admission on 5/12 for $5 for adults and $5 for each child. Normal admission is $9.95 for each child and $7.95 for each adult, so this is a nice savings!

This museum is located on Vreeland Road in Florham Park and museum doesn't aptly describe it.

 It's an interactive, creative learning space that basically encompasses everything kids love in one space. 

 Real cars (like the ones in your driveway) to climb in and out of, a playhouse replete with a garden that can be worked on, a large train, a painting area with smocks, easels and huge cups of paint, a music room with a variety of triangles and other easy-to-use instruments and a decent sized boat that the kids can climb on. There are more, but these are the things that come to mind.

This is not an overly glossy place - it's a bit worn looking, but for good reason - everything there is touchable and amusing for kids. It's definitely worth a trip if you haven't checked it out, yet.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

TODAY- Haagen Dazs free cone day!

Today May 10th from 4 pm - 8 pm.

Local Haagen Dazs Shops:

79 South Livingston Avenue
Livingston, NJ 7039

Rockaway Townsquare
301 Mount Hope Avenue
Rockaway, NJ 07866

358 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 7041

23-12 Fairlawn Avenue
Fairlawn, NJ 7410

Short on time, but want to read?

This is a post of a different color.  Time spent wisely is a good deal in my book, so here are some reads that are definitely worth the effort.  Three books about major life changes, which I've recently undergone, since deciding to be home with my kids:

1. Bitter is the New Black, by Jen Lancaster
What happens when a young professional gets laid off from her big, corporate career?  Her husband gets laid off, too.  A memoir of how a seemingly terrible event turned her entire life in a new and better direction. Her language can be crude, but I love that she is an active participant in her own life - she is willing to make changes, change direction and roll with the punches. 

(At the unemployment office) “With my most winning Miss America-style grin, I reply, “What I’m sayin’ is I’m completely overqualified for every position I’ve come across so far. What I’m askin’ is do you have any job listings that don’t suck?”

2.  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Another memoir. A young man tragically loses both his parents to cancer.  He is forced into a parent role for his young brother.  I love Dave Eggers' language.  The book can be very sad, you can sense that he is mourning his parents and the immediate end of his own youth.  His cadence really speaks to me - it's like modern beat generation.  

"I am emboldened by youth, unfettered and hopeful, though inextricably tied to the past and future by my beautiful brother, who is part of both."

3.  In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
I'm not really a fan of chick lit and I would argue vehemently that neither Bitter (#1 on my list), nor ANY book by Jennifer Weiner falls into this category.  This protagonist of this book is a corporate-type who slowly comes into her and realizes there is more to life than work.  The book is way more evocative than the movie.  

"Rose eventually managed to fill three shopping bags with things she didn't need, with anything that caught her eye and gave her even a second's hope that her life -- that she herself -- could be repaired.""

Monday, May 9, 2011

Shrine Circus @ Mennen Arena 5/12 - 5/15

The Morris County Library just posted a "Last Call" notice that there are still some free kids ticket vouchers available in their lobby.

We have out-of-town family with us this weekend, so we might try to go earlier in the week, if we can make it.

I posted a picture of what I think would be my daughter's favorite act, since this might be her first circus.

You can order tickets online here.

Here are the dates/times:

Thursday May 12th
 11:00am & 7:00pm

Friday May 13th
 11:00am & 7:00pm

Saturday May 14th
2:30pm & 7:30pm

Sunday May 15th
1:30pm & 5:30pm

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pathmark Doubles $2 coupons to $4 this weekend!

I am a lapsed couponer, who has recently re-discovered religion.  This is not a couponing blog, it's more of a general deal blog, so I don't want to get into the ins and outs of coupons.

If you need a guide to couponing, try Living Rich with Coupons, which also provides coupon matchups by store, so you get the most bang for your coupon buck.

Pathmark is doing some crazy things lately and it's worth it to dig out your scissors and grab a circular.  This weekend they will double coupons up to and including $2 for up to 20 coupons per day.  So, conceivably, you could save $2 coupon (doubled)  = $4 x 20 coupons = $80/day.  This is great for cosmetics, since a lot of those coupons are higher value (dig through your magazines and circulars, if you have them).  '

I got free Bic razors, Pantene for around $.60 and free Motrin PM today, along with some other stuff.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Another Theater deal - Pawn Stars!

Last minute deal on tickets at the Community Theatre in Morristown - only $30 a ticket for Saturday, 5/7/11, shows @ 3 pm or 8 pm!

Everything has a story – and a price. Rick, Corey and Chumlee, the stars of History Channel’s hit series Pawn Stars, are coming to town. The Pawn Stars will negotiate directly with preselected audience members,* conduct a Q&A…and play Are You Smarter than a Chumlee?   Please do not bring any items for review.

Eligible seats are in the right and left sections of the rear orchestra and rear balcony.  Note: Seats closer to the stage and in the center section are available at full price.

Click here to watch the Pawn Stars TV Commercial!

To order your discounted tickets: Click here to buy online or call the box office at 973-539-8008, and use Promo code 11LasTix.  There is a four-seat maximum.  There are no refunds or exchanges. Previously purchased seats closer to the stage cannot be exchanged for discounted seats in the rear of the Theatre. A per order fee applies.

TGIF! Weekend Activity Round-up!

More info, including time & any fees, is available in the calendar - follow link above.

FREE Friendship bracelet making @ Michael's in Parsippany

  • FREE crafts @ Michael's in Parsippany - charm bracelet making, paper twirling, duck tape bookmarks & glass demo
  • Big plant sale @ Frelinghuysen Arboretum
  • First Baptist yard sale in Parsippany

Weekend Story Time @ Barnes & Noble in Livingston

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mom's Day Gift Idea $50 Dinner & a Play

This is an awesome deal!  The Community Theatre is a great venue, if you haven't been there before, with comfortable seating (not a bad seat in the house) and a nice bar area for refreshments. 

Enjoy dinner at The Brick Oven and a ticket to Legally Blonde The Musical on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 for $50! Seats are available in Section B.

$25 Ticket and $25 Dinner at The Brick Oven in Morristown (including Appetizer, Entree and Soda or Coffee) Price is per person.

Purchase the package at the Mayo Performing Arts Center Box Office. Reservations will be required at Brick Oven.  Note: Tickets must be purchased by Monday, May 9th!

Note: Discounted tickets are available in section B only. If you would like tickets closer to the stage they are available at full price.

Mayo Performing Arts Center| 100 South St, Morristown |
973-539-8008 | www.mayoarts.org

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Last Minute Mother's Day

Check out my Patch.com article (link to the right) for gift ideas.

Use the coupon at the left to get $3 off 3 Hallmark cards (there is a Hallmark store in the Marshall's shopping plaza in Parsippany, also at the Willowbrook and Livingston malls).  If you buy the $1.99 cards, that's just $.99/card!  Use zip code 04101 to see the coupon.

Make sure you check out my kids calendar page for some fun, free crafts between now and Mother's Day at Michael's (craft store).  And, there's a Mom's Nite Out tomorrow night at the Rockaway Mall, with some fun giveaways (also on the calendar page).

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cinco de Mayo Party for only $5 @ Imagine That! in Florham Park

Rare coupon for free adult admission and only $5 per kid for ImagineThat! in Florham Park on Thursday, 5/5.

If you haven't been there, it's definitely worth a trip. It's an interactive, playful learning experience that is perfect for the younger set.

A simulated grocery store with carts, lots of different foods and working cash registers; a good-sized railroad with push buttons that toot the horn; a paint workshop with easels and big cups of primary colored paint; real cars and trucks to climb in and a dollhouse complete with a garden, aprons and gardening gloves are some of the fun activities that quickly come to mind.

Print this coupon and bring it with you.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Kids 3 & Up Mother's Day Craft at Michael's in Parsippany on 5/3

Head to the new Michael's location at 1099 Rte 46E in Parsippany at 6 pm to make a Mother's Day card, for children ages 3 and up.

The card-making is free with the purchase of a flower.  I'm not sure what the price of the flower would be, but it sounds like a cheap and fun project.

Some totally freebie offerings from Michael's in Parsippany:
- Friday, 5/6 4 pm - 7 pm pick a pattern and make a friendship bracelet
- Saturday, 5/7 12 pm - 2 pm duck tape bookmark making (the picture in the circular is cute!)
- Saturday, 5/7 1 pm - 4 pm Wilton Cookie Decorating