Thursday, November 20, 2014

Home Depot: Register for Upcoming FREE Workshops for Kids {Nov 29 & Dec 6}


If you're near a Home Depot store, you can sign your kids up for the Home Depot free kids' workshops. These workshops are designed for children ages 5-12. All participating kids will get to keep their craft free, plus a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Upcoming kids' workshops at Home Depot: 


November 29th (9am-12noon) - Build a Give and Save Bank

December 6th (9am-12 noon)-  Build Holiday Yard Stakes

Go here to register now if you're interested, as spots are limited.


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Local Event: FREE Family Fun and Activities at the Smithsonian Holiday Festival {December 6-7}



Here's a fun, free family-friendly event in Washington DC worth checking out!

To celebrate the season, the Smithsonian (Washington DC) will host a two-day holiday festival, Saturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7, at the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Castle. The festival will include concerts by the U.S. Air Force's Max Impact, Silver Wings, and Celtic Aire, seasonal films (including The Muppet Christmas Carol), Mars Chocolate demonstrations, family holiday photo opportunities, trunk shows featuring apparel, jewelry and art, book signings, festive food and hours of additional family-friendly entertainment.
 
There will also be gift-wrapping at the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian Holiday Shuttle will loop the National Mall every 10 minutes, transporting festival-goers between holiday festival locations. For full details, visit the event webpage.

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I'm Back! {And Beauty Secrets From Around the World}


Me in Boracay Island, Aklan in the Philippines - November 2014

Hello, dear friends. I just got back yesterday from a two-week trip to the Philippines.  Our trip was short and yet, it was overall a fantastic travel experience. I, of course, traveled with my husband and we had such a great time visiting with my siblings who still live there. We also got to enjoy Boracay Island with its beautiful, white sand beach, fun entertainment and great Filipino food.  


Here's a photo of me and my husband enjoying our first parasailing experience in Boracay Island. This was a bit of a scary experience and yet, so much fun! I've been wanting to do this for a long time and I finally got the courage to do it on this trip. Thanks to my ever-supportive, most lovable husband who came to parasail with me even though he wasn't so sure he wanted to! (I love you sooo much, darling!) ;) 

And just in time for this posting, I wanted to share this article from Total Beauty about the best-kept beauty secrets from all over the world -- including healthy hair secrets from the Philippines! :) 


We scoured the globe for the best-kept beauty secrets ...


Beauty Secrets From Around the World
This is a TotalBeauty.com Health & Beauty article

From kajal liner used in India to gorgeous healthy hair secrets from the Philippines, we investigated the ancient, passed-down-for-generations beauty secrets that women all over the world swear by. Plus, since traveling back through time to get Cleopatra's milk bath recipe isn't an option, we included the modern-day product that helps you get the same effect.
 See the beauty secrets from around the world.   

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Monday, November 3, 2014

DIY Home Decor Idea: Framed Monogram + Coupons to Save Money on Craft Projects



I've been wanting to create a photo gallery on one of my big walls in our home office and one of the decor accents I've been seeing is a framed monogram. An initial letter or two can be made out of wood, paper or metal or simply painted on a linen or burlap fabric, then framed.

So if you're like me, I think you'll love this DIY framed monogram project from Michaels. 


Or if you've been wanting to dress up a bare wall right above your mantel or console table in your main entryway, I love this ingenious framed monogrammed idea too! 
 
Are you ready to get your craft on? Here are some craft store coupons to help you save money on this project (or any other craft project you've set your heart making on!). Enjoy! :)

A.C Moore: The coupons listed below are located in their weekly ad scan.

*50% off one regular priced item – good 11/2 -11/4
*40% off one regular priced item - good 11/5 – 11/8
*60% off full custom framing – good thru 11/8

Michaels:  Check the Michaels weekly ad scan for these coupons!

*40% off one regular priced item – good thru 11/8
*15% off regular and sale priced frames, display cases and shadow boxes – good thru 11/8
*60% off + an extra 10% off Renaissance & Classic Collections custom framing – good thru 11/8

 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores:

*30% off ONE regular-priced item – good thru 11/8
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60% off entire custom framing order – good thru 11/15

Hobby Lobby:

*40% off ONE regular priced item - good thru 11/8

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ToysRUs: FREE 2014 The Great Big Christmas Catalog



ToysRUs is offering up a FREE 2014 The Great Big Christmas Book ToysRUs catalog that includes lots of toy coupons! 

Just go here and scroll down, then look for the green button that states “Get a Copy Mailed to Your Home” to request one. You also have the option to view the toy booklet online and print the toy coupons.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Helpful Tips On Car Seat Safety + Win a Safety 1st onBoard™35 Air+ Infant Car Seat {Giveaway}


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in San Diego recently released new findings that 93% of parents leaving the hospital made at least one critical error when installing or using their car seat. While this is a troubling statistic, it’s an issue that can be easily addressed by spreading the word about car seat safety and proper installation.  


Which is why, in an effort to help raise awareness about this important topic, I’m sharing these very helpful tips from the consumer safety experts at Safety 1st on car seat safety for babies and infants. 

Car Seat Safety Tips
 
Importance of Rear Facing
In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two.  According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

Location
Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

Car Seat Expiration
Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash.  Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

Safeguard the Car
Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles.  Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.

Safety 1st, a company that's committed to child safety, innovation, quality and value, has these Child Safety Seats available:

 
·  onBoard 35 Air +Infant Car Seat: Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of the Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection.


·   Advanced SE 65 Air +Convertible Car Seat: For children from 5-65 pounds. In addition to Air Protect +, the Advance 65 Air + uses a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle. We’ve also included color-coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly.

 
·  Summit® Booster Car Seat: Forward-facing: 22-40 pounds with Belt-positioning at 40-100 pound.  Fully loaded with ease-of-use features that parents will appreciate: Like the 4-position QuickFit™ headrest which adjusts without the need for rethreading and a 5-point safety harness with Center Front Adjust.


·  Incognito Kid Positioning Seat: A new category for car seats. The goal for Safety 1st is to help educate parents that any child under 4’9” (57”) in height should still be in a belt positioning seat. The Incognito blends into the car and prevents slouching to ensure comfortable and proper positioning of the seat belt.  The introduction of this seat has helped to extending child restraints to accommodate children 60 to 120 lbs. and up to 60 inches.

For more on these car seats from Safety 1st, visit their page online at: www.Safety1st.com

*WIN IT! 

Lucky you, one Hip Mama's Place reader! One of you will win a Safety 1st onBoard™35 Air+ Infant Car Seat (St. Germain) worth $169.99! 

To enter this giveaway contest, just follow the Rafflecopter entry link below. This giveaway contest is open to U.S. addresses only and ends on 11/14/14 at 12:00 AM, EST. Good luck! 

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 *Hip Mama's Place Disclosure: "This is a sponsored post written by me for Safety 1st.  The giveaway prize is provided solely by Safety 1st. All opinions expressed are 100% my own".

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Celebrate National Deviled Egg Day: American Chef James Beard U.S. Postal Stamps + Deviled Egg {Recipe}



If there is one hors d’oeuvre that I look forward to eating at any party, it's the deviled egg.  Do you know that this popular American party food is being celebrated on Sunday, November 2nd? Yes. The day is aptly called National Deviled Egg Day. 

And to celebrate National Deviled Egg Day, I'm happy to share this yummy deviled eggs recipe with a modern twist by the iconic American chef James Beard, who famously cited the deviled egg as his all-time favorite party food.  


Consequently, the U.S. Postal Service is paying tribute to chef James Beard's contributions to American food culture (along with four other renowned chefs) by featuring him in its limited-edition Celebrity Chefs Forever® stamp series.

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Shutterfly: 99 FREE 4×6 Photo Prints, Just Pay $5.99 Shipping



Need to print your photos? Now through November 1st, you can get 101 FREE 4×6 prints from Shutterfly.com when you use the promo code 101GOODIES at checkout. Just pay $7.99 for shipping.  Now, if you chose to order 99 photo prints instead of 101, you’ll actually save $2 in shipping costs and pay as low as only $5.99 shipped to your door - so you pay only $0.06 per photo print. Awesome price for high quality prints that you can order online!

*Offer valid for one-time redemption per billing address.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Fun: Infographic About America's Favorite Halloween Fruit {The Pumpkin}



Do you know that pumpkin is a fruit? Yes, it's a fruit!

In honor or Halloween, I thought it would be neat to share this nifty, little infographic on America's favorite Halloween fruit - the Pumpkin. Check out all the cool, fun facts & figures highlighted!

For instance, given their fragile nature (they only look tough), they need to be stored properly  - Growers are advised to store pumpkins on wooden pallets in cool, dry prices, they are NOT supposed to put on concrete floors and they shouldn't touch each other, (who knew pumpkins can't get cozy?). The ideal temperature is about 50 -60 degrees, with relative humidity at 50-70%. These are just a few of the various facts you'll learn from the infographic about our beloved Halloween fruit. Check it all out on SpareFoot.com

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Suave Family Perks: Get Rewarded for Buying Suave Products at Walmart + Enter to Win a $50 Walmart Gift Card!



I grew up with Suave hair and bath products. I remember my mom used to always buy the shampoo for our family. And now that I have a family of my own, we still use a lot of Suave products. We especially love the body washes for both myself and my kids. I stock up on these items all the time! :)  

So I'm thrilled to share this fantastic new offer from Suave and Walmart! Now, exclusively at Walmart, you can get rewarded for buying the Suave products that your family knows and loves!  Just sign up for Suave Family Rewards at Suave Family Perks and every time you purchase a Suave product at Walmart, you will earn points that are redeemable for a $5 Walmart gift card!

AND even better news! Right now, Walmart and Suave want you to win a $50.00 Walmart Gift Card! To enter this fun giveaway, just fill in the form below. Good luck! 

Suave Family Perks - Resourceful Mommy

*Hip Mama's Place Disclosure: "This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Global Influence Network for Suave and Walmart. All opinions expressed are 100% my own".

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More Fun & FREE Halloween Deals, Events and Offers


Looking to score some great deals and freebies on Halloween (October 31st)? Here are some more restaurants and places to check out!


Outback Steakhouse is offering up a free kids meal with an adult entree purchase on Halloween!


Participating Sbarro restaurant locations are offering kids a free slice of either a Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza when they come in their Halloween costumes on October 31st during your local mall Halloween events. Check with your local participating Sbarro restaurant location to confirm the event details.  


McDonald's is once again offering Halloween coupon booklets for only $1! The coupons have no expiration dates so you can use them way after Halloween! Yayy! :)

Coupons included in the booklet are: 
  • 4 FREE Apple Slices
  • 4 FREE Small Cones
  • 4 FREE Milk Chugs or Juice Boxe

On October 31st, stop by your local Sonic Drive-In restaurant and score 50¢ Corn Dogs! Go here for more details.


If you're near a Bass Pro Shop store, visit them now through October 31st for fun and free Halloween-themed events for the whole family! Offers and activities include: free trick-or-treating, free 4x6 photo, free Halloween-themed crafts, Scavenger hunt, Peanuts coloring sheets and more!


From now through October 31st, Build-A-Bear Workshop stores are offering kids free snack treats!


At Chuck E. Cheese's, every kid who wears a Halloween costume in-store any time during the month of October will receive 50 free tickets. In addition to the 50 free tickets for those wearing a costume, Chuck E. Cheese’s is also offering:

  • Chuck E. Trick or Treat bags
  • 20 free tokens with any food purchase on Halloween
  • A Laffy Taffy “Candy Splash” every Saturday and Sunday in October at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30
  • Chucktober pumpkin activity sheets for even more fun
  • Plus, great prizes like store gift cards and more when you post your Halloween costume photos here
 More Halloween Offers

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Fun Home Decor: Vintage Bike Sign, Only $11.95 Shipped



Love home decor with a vintage vibe? Lucky you, as today's Style Steal from Cents Of Style is a cool Vintage Themed Wooden Bicycle Sign for only $11.95 + FREE SHIPPING!  It comes in 3 styles: Vintage Bike, Ride My Bicycle, Riding My Bike Makes Me Feel Good.

Hurry, this offer is valid TODAY ONLY, Wednesday, 10/29/14, and quantities are limited. So grab these cute vintage bike signs while you can! 

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