30
Mar
2015

Free Children’s Activities: Week of March 30 – April 5

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Here are some free or cheap children’s activities available this week to keep the kiddos busy.  I thought posting these now will help you plan your week.

These are all the things that are free to do this week with just a few that are very inexpensive.

As always, it’s best to confirm with your local store before you make a special trip.

Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11AM-11:30AM, kids of all ages are invited to story time. Times can vary slightly from store to store so you might want to call ahead to verify.  

March 31st there will be a special Peter Rabbit storytime at 11am.  Check your local store to confirm.

Home Depot: The next event will be April 4th from 9am to 12pm. Kids will learn how to build a Chalkboard Planter Stand. The workshop is designed for children ages 5 – 12 and they do recommend registering. 

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a “Cute as a Bunny Basket”  on April 4th. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Barnes and Noble: There is a free storytime Tuesday and Thursday as well as Saturday of each week with books, a cookie and usually coloring pages and activities. Check your local store to confirm and verify time.

Bass Pro Shop: Your kids can participate in the Free Kid’s Adventures Activities- treasure hunts, crafts and more.  These are weekly activities and vary greatly by location.  You can head over here to find your local store to confirm activities and times. And just a heads up from personal experience, it is best to get in line early. These events tend to be very popular.

Many stores will offer a free 4×6 picture with the Easter bunny, Easter crafts and egg hunts. Check your local store to confirm dates and times.

REI: They offer the Family Adventure Program with various classes for children and adults.  I saw hiking and camping classes plus fun Geocaching adventures. I also saw outdoor photography lessons.

The selection and dates/times vary by location but you can check to see what your store is offering here. 

 

If you live near an American Girl Store, you might check out their events.  Times and dates vary.

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30
Mar
2015

Frozen Key Lime Pie {Perfect Spring and Summer Dessert}

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Frozen Key Lime Pie Recipe

Oh boy I have a delicious Key Lime pie recipe for you. The beauty of this pie is that it is so easy to make and so perfect for Spring and Summer weather.

You can make a standard pie with this recipe or you can do individual little pies- I have done it both ways to great results.

I love this recipe because it does not call for eggs if you are a bit squeamish about uncooked eggs in recipes.  I try to avoid them if I can.

The key to this recipe is using actual Key Lime juice. I don’t find a standard lime to have the same vibrant flavor and I always find myself disappointed with the pie.  You can for sure use standard limes but just note you won’t get the super bright and tangy freshness of key lime.

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If you don’t want to juice about a zillion little key limes, not to worry. My Safeway store carries Nellie and Joe Key Lime juice in the juice aisle and that worked beautifully in this recipe.  The last time I made this pie I couldn’t find Key Limes anywhere and when I finally spotted them at Sprouts they were so tiny- like walnuts.  I probably would have needed 30 limes to get enough freshly squeezed juice.

You can use a premade graham cracker crust for this recipe but really homemade is so fast to make and has so much more flavor. I like to add in a little coconut and it gives just a subtle hint of flavor but it is so good!

Here is the recipe we love:

Frozen Key Lime Pie {Perfect Spring and Summer Dessert}
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Quick and refreshing frozen key lime pie.
Ingredients
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup Key Lime Juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • For the crust:
  • 9 Graham Crackers
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut (optional)
Instructions
  1. To start the crust add 9 graham crackers into a food processor and grind into crumbs.
  2. Add 6 tablespoons of butter to a bowl and microwave until melted.
  3. Add the graham crackers, brown sugar and coconut and stir well.
  4. Press crumbs into a pie plate firmly.
  5. Bake for about 6-7 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
  6. Remove from oven as it is slightly golden brown and let cool completely.
  7. For the filling:
  8. Mix key lime, condensed milk and cream in a bowl.
  9. Pour into the cooled crust and either place in the fridge overnight for a pie or place in the freezer for frozen pie.
  10. Top with fresh whipped cream or serve plain.

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Here are a few tips for this recipe-  make sure you measure the butter carefully.  I have found when I use more than 6 tablespoons of butter I get a soggy crust the next day on the pie.  When I use 6 tablespoons exactly the crust holds up beautifully for leftovers.

The brown sugar and coconut are completely optional- I like the extra flavor it adds to the crust.  I used unsweetened coconut.  If you have sweetened coconut you might cut back a little on the brown sugar.

key lime pie crust

And to make individual pies, I used a popover pan that I have.  It is slightly larger than a muffin pan.  I lined the pan with cupcake liners and pressed the graham cracker mixture into the liners.  I baked and let cool and then topped with the key lime mixture.  Once the mixture was frozen, I popped them out of the pan and removed the cupcake liner.  Serve immediately from the freezer as the pie will start to melt.   You should be able to get about 9 of these larger size individual pies.  If you use a standard muffin tin you should get at least 12.

To make the whipped cream- I use the super simple recipe here.  You can dollop it on top or put it in a pastry bag with tip to get pretty swirls on top.

And that is it!  Really this is so simple to make and so perfect for warmer weather.  The only trick to this recipe is the patience to let it freeze overnight or chill enough in the fridge :)

Frozen Key Lime Pie Recipe- so easy and so refreshing!

And here are a few other recipes to consider:

Easy Watermelon Lime Sorbet RecipeWatermelon Lime Sorbet 

tPerfect Fresh Squeezed Lemonade  

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30
Mar
2015

Gap and Old Navy: Free Shipping + Up to 40% off

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There is a great deal today if you need Spring clothes.

You can save 40% off at Gap or Banana Republic plus score free 2 day shipping!

If you prefer Old Navy, get 35% off and free shipping. This is such a nice deal. Please note that you must order by 12pm PST or 3pm EST to get the 2 day shipping- so you need to hurry.

This darling floral halter dress for little girls is $22 but drops to $14 after the code at Old Navy. If you order now it will be here in time for Easter! I also ordered a pair of pants for my youngest for $15 and they dropped to $9.  I also got confirmation within one hour of ordering that my items had shipped!  Crazy right!  I will have the order on my doorstep before I can find the time to get to the store.

Click here to shop at Old Navy.

Click here to shop at Gap.

Use code: EGGHUNT at checkout. The code does not work on every single item but still a great deal. The sale is 3/30 only.

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30
Mar
2015

Walgreens: Sharpie Markers 2 ct $.49

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You can get Sharpie markers at Walgreens for a great price and it’s a super easy deal.

The 2 count pack of markers are regularly priced at $2.49.
Use the $2/1 Sharpie Marker 2pk Walgreens April Coupon Book
Final Price: $.49!

The coupon booklets are by the weekly ads at my Walgreens. Just grab one for this deal!

See more Walgreens deals here.

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30
Mar
2015

Adorable Slogan Bodysuits $15 Shipped

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If you are looking for a baby shower gift, I think these bodysuits are adorable! Plus you will have something that not every other child will be wearing!

You can grab one of these for $11.99 today.  Choose from:

  • Worth the Wait
  • I Love You To the Moon and Back
  • Dream Big Little One
  • I’m Kind of a Big Deal
  • and more

It looks like sizes range from newborn to 18 or 24 months. Sizes and styles are going quickly so I would not wait to order! Shipping adds $2.99

Click here to take a look at Jane.com.  They were about half way down for me.

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30
Mar
2015

Carter’s or Osh Kosh 50% off + Free Shipping

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There are some fantastic deals at Carter’s today plus free shipping!

You can take up to 50% off select items and then I have some coupon codes for you to use for a better deal.

They have tees, shorts and graphic body suits for $5.  Just note those are doorbusters so usually the coupon codes won’t work on those.tunic1

I think these smocked tunics for girls are so cute. They are $9.00 each- the price drops to about $7 with coupon code. They also have swimwear on sale so now is a great time to grab those.

Head over to Carter’s and use coupon code OKSP1514 for 25% off a $40 purchase or use code: MARSAVE for 15% off any order.

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If you prefer Osh Kosh- they have a similar offer running.

Tons of doorbusters like graphic tees for $5, polos starting at $7, shorts starting at $10 and more.

You can use coupon code:OKSP1501 for 25% off $40 orders or 15OFFMAR for 15% off any order.  I was actually just at an Osh Kosh last weekend and spent a small fortune.  Everything was so cute I couldn’t resist!  I got my girls these matching maxi skirts (which they loved) and they just wore them yesterday in Napa.  So cute!

Head over here to see a bunch of cute things they have!

The sale and codes are valid through 3/30 only.  Please note the codes normally do not work on clearance or doorbusters.

 

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30
Mar
2015

Crazy 8: Buy One, Get One Item for $.88

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Crazy 8 has a really good sale right now. Most items are buy one get one for $.88 and this includes new arrivals. Once you add the items to your cart, the discount will be reflected at checkout.

Plus the Visa promotion is still running I mentioned earlier. You can save $25 off a purchase of $50 or more when you use Visa Checkout. This is similar to paypal and you don’t have to actually use Visa to pay.  You just have to use Visa Checkout and then it allows you to select any major credit or debit card.

So you can score a really nice deal when you combine the sale and the additional $25 off.

The sale includes dresses, tees, swimwear and more! Plus markdowns are up to 70% off!!

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No code needed for the $.88 sale but you will need to use code: CRAZY25 at checkout for the Visa promotion. The $25 off is valid through 3/31 so don’t wait!

 Shipping is $5 or free on $75 orders.

Head over to Crazy 8 to take a look.  

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30
Mar
2015

Starbucks Monday Promotion: 50% off Frappuccino Beverages {2-5pm}

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Just a reminder that rewards members can score a nice deal at Starbucks today. The Monday promotion this week is for 50% off Frappuccino blended beverages.

Please note this promotion is valid 3/30 from 2-5pm only. You must be a Rewards Member and pay with your registered Starbucks card to take advantage of this offer.

Click here to learn more. 

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