Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, December 8, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for download your coupon for 1 FREE Temptations® Treats for Cats (2.1-3 oz., select varieties) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates (Smith's, Fred Meyer, City Market, Dillon, Fry's, Kinger Sooper, etc) and must be redeemed by Sunday, December 24. Click here for more details.

Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The first thing most people think of when they think about stock stuffers is: CANDY. There are many other options for stocking stuffers that won't entice your kids into a sugar coma and that won't break the bank. Dollar stores often have lots of little items that can be put in a Christmas stocking. Here are some ideas:

  • Stickers
  • Balloons
  • Marbles
  • Coloring Books
  • Water-color paint
  • Applesauce Pouches
  • Crayons
  • Matchbox Cars
  • Animal Crackers
  • Socks
  • Hair bows
  • Bubbles
  • Fun Pencils
  • Paperback Books
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Play-doh
  • Mini Teddy Grahams
  • Card Games
  • Bubble Bath
  • New Toothbrushes
What are some of your ideas?


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Christmas Book Recommendations for Kids

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My kids and I love reading Christmas books! We do not do the tradition where you unwrap 25 Christmas books as an advent and read a book each day until Christmas. I like to have the Christmas books out and ready so that my kids can read them multiple times a day and pick and choose their favorites. We also tend to get a stack of Christmas books from the Boise Public Library too. Here are some of our top picks:


 
 We got Mortimer's Christmas Manger from the library and it was the sweetest story. Mortimer's looking for a new home and decides that the manger is the place for him. He kicks all the nativity figures out of the manger and does it day after day until he overhears the Christmas story. I read this a few times to my kids and each time I had tears in my eyes. To learn more about Mortimer's Christmas Manger, click here.



We own Bears Stays Up for Christmas and love it! Bear's friends help him stay up for Christmas instead of hibernating. We love the illustrations, easy-to-read story, rhyme and the Christmas message. Karma Wilson is one of our favorite authors. We own several of her books. To learn more about Bear Stays Up for Christmas, click here.



Olivia books are fun to read and are favorite of ours. Olivia decides to help with Christmas in her own unique Olivia style.  To learn more about how Olivia Helps with Christmas, click here.



Little Blue Truck's Christmas show Little Blue Truck helping his friends by delivering Christmas tree, goes over counting from 1-5 and has twinkly lights in the back of the book! My kids loved, loved the twinkly lights. To learn more about Little Blue Truck's Christmas, click here.


 
 Where Jesus Slept is a nice nativity story for young children. It's easy for them to understand and has great illustrations. To learn more about Where Jesus Slept, click here.


 
My kids love "the mouse" books by Laura Numeroff. We own several of her books. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, is the Christmas version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. I also like that has several fun ideas of things you can do to help celebrate the Christmas season. To learn more, click here.



'Twas the Night Before Christmas on Sesame Street and cookie monster ate the cookies for Santa. Luckily, Cookie Monster has several friends that can pitch in to help. We loved the Sesame Street version of the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Click here to learn more.



The Christmas Train is a little long for younger audiences, but I love the message that it shares about giving to others and doing things as Christ wants. My son loves the illustrations in this book. To learn more about The Christmas Train, click here.



Papa Bear gets all wrapped up in finding the perfect Christmas tree that he forgets that Christmas is something more than the decor. We loved this story. It was fairly long, but my kids still enjoyed it. Click here to learn more.



My kids like Disney characters. We haven't seen most of these movies, but they like reading about the characters and looking at the illustrations. We got this book from the library and we've read several stories from it. To learn more, click here.



Santa Rex shares tips on how to make the holiday festive. The text is great for little kids and the illustrations are fun too! Click here to learn more.



What are some of your favorite holiday books?


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How to Shop Smart This Christmas

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas time is about giving and celebrating Christ. Sometimes in the spirit of giving and sharing our love with others, we forget to shop smart. Here are some of my tips:

1. Set a Budget: Set a budget within your means of what you can spend on Christmas (that doesn't mean putting it on your credit card). If you set a budget and stick with it then you won't risk overspending and causing more financial stress in the new year.

2. Utilize Ebates, Coupon Codes,  Coupons, Free Shipping and Sales: If you're shopping online, utilize free shipping deals, coupon codes and Ebates. The time it takes to shop smart is always worth it. Ebates is paid a commission for sending consumers to stores and splits the commission back to you. Hundreds of stores utilize Ebates: Amazon, Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, etc. If I buy anything online, I check to see if it's on Ebates before I make a purchase. I've been a member since 2010 and have gotten over $200 back on online purchases. Ebates will also list coupon codes for you to use to save additional money on your purchases. Click here to find out more.

3. Have a Plan: I've seen many people who wander around the stores trying to find the right gift. You should make a plan of what you're going to get before you walk into the store. That way you can look for the most affordable price that fits your budget and be able to shop around. You also lower your risk of overspending.

4. Utilize Reward Programs: If a store asks you to be a reward member (and it's free) I always say yes. Reward programs will often send high value coupons and sometimes your spending may help you reach an additional perk. For example: JcPenney Rewards sent me a $10 off a $10 or more purchase over Black Friday weekend to use at their store just for being a member. Whenever they send out the coupons, I usually head straight to the kid section and can usually pick out 1 or 2 items just over $10 and get them cheaper than I would pay for secondhand clothing. Other reward programs I like: Kohls Rewards, Red Robin Royalty, Eddie Bauer Adventure Rewards.

5. Spend What You Can, Not What You Can't: Spend what you can on gifts without getting yourself into financial trouble. If you only have $10 to spend on gifts, then spend $10. If you don't have any money to spend on gifts, then spend nothing. You can always make gifts, write a note of appreciation or do something nice for someone else.

What are some of your tips?

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Things to Do in Boise: Week of December 4 - December 10, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Are you looking for fun, festive events in Boise? Check out our listing of top events:

  • Monday, December 4, 2017: Veterans Housing Outreach at the Main Library from 10:30 am -12 pm. Learn about housing and medical care opportunities for veterans. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Fit and Fall Proof Class at Library! at Collister from 9:15-10 am. Work on simple exercises to increase your balance and strength. Click here for more information.   
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: DIY Gift Wrapping from 10 am to 5 pm at Library! at Collister. The library provides the wrapping paper and bows for you to wrap your Christmas gift. Click here for more information.   
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Tasty Tales at Guru Donuts at 10 and 10:30 am. Come bring your kids to listen to a free storytime. For more information, click here
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Baby Bownders at the Library! at Bown Crossing from 1:30-2 pm. Come listen to baby storytime. Great for ages 0-2. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Preschool Storytime at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 2-2:30 pm. Fun for ages 3-5 years old. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Library Pokemon League at the Main Library from 4-5:30 pm. Come battle it out with other Pokemon fans. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Technology Basics at Library! at Collister from 3-4 pm. Learn from email to e-reader technology basics. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Build Your Own Holition at Library! at Collister from 4-6 pm. Preregistration is required. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Challenge Island: Time Machine at Library! at Cole and Ustick from 4-5 pm for ages 6-12. Preregistration is required. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Baby Bownders at the Library! at Bown Crossing from 6:30-7 pm. Come listen to baby storytime. Great for ages 0-2. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Technology Basics at Library! at Collister from 10-11 am. Learn from email to e-reader technology basics.Preregistration is required. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Toddle Tales Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, count and more! For ages 2-3. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Tiny Explorers at Library! at Bown Crossing from 11 am to 12 pm. A drop-in play time. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Mid-day Meditation from 12:15-12:45 pm at Library! at Cole & Ustick. Come relax and meditate. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Alzheimers Education Series: Know the Ten Signs at Library! at Hillcrest from 1-2 pm. Preregistration needs. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Stitch Niche at Library! at Bown Crossing from 1-2 pm.  Bring your knitting, crochet and stitch projects to the library. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Indoor Chair Yoga at Library! at Bown Crossing at 2 pm. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: DIY Cards, Newsletters and Leftover Card Exchange at Library! at Hillcrest from 2-5 pm. Preregistration needed. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6 2017: Teens Weekly Meet-up from 3:30-4:45 pm at Library! at Hillcrest. Enjoy a variety of fun activities. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: CenturyLink Hat Trick Kick-off Party at Library! at Main from 4-5 pm for ages 5-13 year olds. Meet Idaho Steelhead hockey players, enjoy a snack and story, play games and sign up for the reading program. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Teen Anime Streaming from 4-5 pm at Library! at Cole and Ustick.  Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Geeks and Gizmos from 4-5 pm at Library! at Cole and Ustick. Enjoy science and technology activities from legos to robots. For ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: After School Fun Challenge Island - Rainforest at Library! at Collister from 4-5 pm. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Build Your Own Holition at Library! at Bown Crossing from 4-5 pm. Preregistration is required. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Your Health Idaho Open Enrollment from 5:30 pm to 9 pm at the Library! Main. Learn answers to your questions about Your Health Idaho and enroll. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Homework Help with Catch! Life at Library! at Collister from 6 - 9 pm. Tutors will be available. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Following Your Muse: My Life with Dogs at Library! at Main from 6-7:30 pm. Learn about Mark Asher and his book, All That Ails You. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Winter Stargazing at Library! at Hillcrest from 7-8 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 7:30 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017: Santa at Old Boise at Old Boise Leasing Office from 5 pm to 8 pm. Take pictures with Santa. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017: City Santa at DL Evans Bank at 890 W. Main St. from 6 pm to 8 pm. Photos with Santa are free. Collection donations for the Women and Children's Alliance. 
  • Friday, December 8, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 8 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 8, 2017: Carriage Rides for FREE at the Washington Trust Bank from 4-8 pm. Click here for more information.  
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017: Carriage Rides for FREE at the Washington Trust Bank from 4-8 pm. Click here for more information.  
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017: City Santa at DL Evans Bank at 890 W. Main St. from 10 am to 2 pm. Photos with Santa are free. Collection donations for the Women and Children's Alliance. 
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017: Santa at Old Boise at Old Boise Leasing Office from 12 pm to 4 pm. Take pictures with Santa. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 2 pm and 8 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 8 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information. 
If you have an event you would like to add, please contact us here. The event must be family friendly.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, December 1, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for download your coupon for 1 FREE Jell-O Simply Good Instant Gelatin or Pudding Mix (3-3.9 oz., any variety) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates (Smith's, Fred Meyer, City Market, Dillon, Fry's, Kinger Sooper, etc) and must be redeemed by Sunday, December 17. Click here for more details.

Things to Do in Boise in December

Friday, December 1, 2017

Are you looking for fun family events to do in Boise in December? Here's a listing of some great events:

  • December 1-2, 2017: A Joy to the World: Live Nativity 8620 Goddard Rd. from 6-8:30 pm. Please bring a canned food item to share with the Idaho Food Bank. Includes musical performances, live nativity and more!
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Technology Basics at Library! at Collister from 10-11 am. Learn from email to e-reader technology basics. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Babies Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, puppets and songs (ages 0-23 months)! Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Play and Learn Time from 10:30-11:30 am at Library! at Collister for ages 0-4. Click here for more information. 
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Morning Meditation from 10:30 am to 11 am at Library at Bown Crossing. Click here for more information.  
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Tots and Toddlers from 11-11:30 am at Library! at Cole and Ustick. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and more. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Family Storytime at Library! at Bown Crossing from 11-11:30 am. Come as a family and enjoy storytime.  Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Afterschool Adventures at Library! at Hilcrest from 4-5 pm. Kids from kindergarten to 6th grades are invited to join fun science experiments, book themed parties and more. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Lego Club at Library! at Bown Crossing. Come build with legos. For kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 8 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: First Friday Square Dance Concert with Caleb Klauder and Reeb Williams from 6:30 -10 pm. Concert from 7-8:15 and then followed by the square dance. Tickets $10 at the door. Free for children under 13. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Carriage Rides for FREE at the Washington Trust Bank from 4-8 pm. Click here for more information. 
  • December 1-2, 2017: Handels Messiah at St. John's Cathedral at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 and $35 at the door. Click here for more information.
  • December 1-2, 2017: Idaho Steelheads vs. Tulsa Oilers at Centurylink Arena starting at 7:10 pm. Click here to buy tickets and learn more.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Your Health Idaho Open Enrollment from 10 am to 5 pm at the Library! Main. Learn answers to your questions about Your Health Idaho and enroll. Click here for more information. 
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Capital City Public Market from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm on 8th St. - Main to State Streets. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Family Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Come as a family and enjoy storytime.  Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Boise Farmers Market at 8th and Fulton from 9 am to 2 pm. Click here for more details.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: City Santa at DL Evans Bank at 890 W. Main St. from 10 am to 2 pm. Photos with Santa are free. Collection donations for the Women and Children's Alliance. 
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Santa at Old Boise at Old Boise Leasing Office from 12 pm to 4 pm. Take pictures with Santa. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: TubaChristmas at the Idaho State Capitol Bldg at 4 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Claws N' Paws at Zoo Boise - a free day at the Zoo from 10 am to 4 pm. Click here for more details.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Carriage Rides for FREE at the Washington Trust Bank from 4-8 pm. Click here for more information.  
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 8 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 2 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Monday, December 4, 2017: Veterans Housing Outreach at the Main Library from 10:30 am -12 pm. Learn about housing and medical care opportunities for veterans. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Fit and Fall Proof Class at Library! at Collister from 9:15-10 am. Work on simple exercises to increase your balance and strength. Click here for more information.   
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: DIY Gift Wrapping from 10 am to 5 pm at Library! at Collister. The library provides the wrapping paper and bows for you to wrap your Christmas gift. Click here for more information.   
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Tasty Tales at Guru Donuts at 10 and 10:30 am. Come bring your kids to listen to a free storytime. For more information, click here
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Baby Bownders at the Library! at Bown Crossing from 1:30-2 pm. Come listen to baby storytime. Great for ages 0-2. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Preschool Storytime at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 2-2:30 pm. Fun for ages 3-5 years old. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Library Pokemon League at the Main Library from 4-5:30 pm. Come battle it out with other Pokemon fans. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Technology Basics at Library! at Collister from 3-4 pm. Learn from email to e-reader technology basics. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Build Your Own Holition at Library! at Collister from 4-6 pm. Preregistration is required. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Challenge Island: Time Machine at Library! at Cole and Ustick from 4-5 pm for ages 6-12. Preregistration is required. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017: Baby Bownders at the Library! at Bown Crossing from 6:30-7 pm. Come listen to baby storytime. Great for ages 0-2. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Technology Basics at Library! at Collister from 10-11 am. Learn from email to e-reader technology basics.Preregistration is required. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Toddle Tales Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, count and more! For ages 2-3. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Tiny Explorers at Library! at Bown Crossing from 11 am to 12 pm. A drop-in play time. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Mid-day Meditation from 12:15-12:45 pm at Library! at Cole & Ustick. Come relax and meditate. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Alzheimers Education Series: Know the Ten Signs at Library! at Hillcrest from 1-2 pm. Preregistration needs. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Stitch Niche at Library! at Bown Crossing from 1-2 pm.  Bring your knitting, crochet and stitch projects to the library. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Indoor Chair Yoga at Library! at Bown Crossing at 2 pm. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: DIY Cards, Newsletters and Leftover Card Exchange at Library! at Hillcrest from 2-5 pm. Preregistration needed. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6 2017: Teens Weekly Meet-up from 3:30-4:45 pm at Library! at Hillcrest. Enjoy a variety of fun activities. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: CenturyLink Hat Trick Kick-off Party at Library! at Main from 4-5 pm for ages 5-13 year olds. Meet Idaho Steelhead hockey players, enjoy a snack and story, play games and sign up for the reading program. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Teen Anime Streaming from 4-5 pm at Library! at Cole and Ustick.  Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Geeks and Gizmos from 4-5 pm at Library! at Cole and Ustick. Enjoy science and technology activities from legos to robots. For ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: After School Fun Challenge Island - Rainforest at Library! at Collister from 4-5 pm. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Build Your Own Holition at Library! at Bown Crossing from 4-5 pm. Preregistration is required. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Your Health Idaho Open Enrollment from 5:30 pm to 9 pm at the Library! Main. Learn answers to your questions about Your Health Idaho and enroll. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Homework Help with Catch! Life at Library! at Collister from 6 - 9 pm. Tutors will be available. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Following Your Muse: My Life with Dogs at Library! at Main from 6-7:30 pm. Learn about Mark Asher and his book, All That Ails You. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Winter Stargazing at Library! at Hillcrest from 7-8 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 7:30 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017: Santa at Old Boise at Old Boise Leasing Office from 5 pm to 8 pm. Take pictures with Santa. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017: City Santa at DL Evans Bank at 890 W. Main St. from 6 pm to 8 pm. Photos with Santa are free. Collection donations for the Women and Children's Alliance. 
  • Friday, December 8, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 8 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 8, 2017: Carriage Rides for FREE at the Washington Trust Bank from 4-8 pm. Click here for more information.  
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017: Carriage Rides for FREE at the Washington Trust Bank from 4-8 pm. Click here for more information.  
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017: City Santa at DL Evans Bank at 890 W. Main St. from 10 am to 2 pm. Photos with Santa are free. Collection donations for the Women and Children's Alliance. 
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017: Santa at Old Boise at Old Boise Leasing Office from 12 pm to 4 pm. Take pictures with Santa. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 2 pm and 8 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 8 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 15, 2017: Carriage Rides for FREE at the Washington Trust Bank from 4-8 pm. Click here for more information.  
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017: Carriage Rides for FREE at the Washington Trust Bank from 4-8 pm. Click here for more information.  
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017: Santa at Old Boise at Old Boise Leasing Office from 12 pm to 4 pm. Take pictures with Santa. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017: City Santa at DL Evans Bank at 890 W. Main St. from 10 am to 2 pm. Photos with Santa are free. Collection donations for the Women and Children's Alliance.  
  • Saturday, December 23, 2017: Santa at Old Boise at Old Boise Leasing Office from 12 pm to 4 pm. Take pictures with Santa. Click here for more information.

December Giveaways to Enter (low to moderate)

Friday, December 1, 2017

I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog giveaways I've entered and found online. Check back often to see if I have posted more giveaways. I try and post them as I find them. If you are hosting a family-friendly giveaway on your blog and would like to see it listed here, please contact me (via email). If you have a won a giveaway that I posted, please leave a comment and share that you won.

Land of Nod Teepee or Playhouse (ends December 3, 2017)
$25 Crazy 8 Gift Card (ends December 3, 2017)
P. Duckling Prize Pack (ends December 3, 2017)
Leap Frog Ice Cream Cart (ends December 3, 2017)
Antsy Pants Doughnut Shop and Build (ends December 4, 2017)
$50 Disney Gift Card (ends December 4, 2017) 
Anne of Green Gables (ends December 4, 2017)
Holiday Picture Book Giveaway (ends December 5, 2017)
5 Little Monkeys Sleeper System (ends December 5, 2017)
Little Tikes Mini Stack N' Golf (ends December 5, 2017)
$50 JoJo Maman Bebe Gift Card (ends December 5, 2017)
OXO Glass Bakeware Set (ends December 5, 2017)
$25 Fandango Gift Card (ends December 5, 2017)
$100 Westfield Gift Card (ends December 5, 2017)
Paw Patrol Key Chain (ends December 6, 2017)
$225 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends December 6, 2017)
Simply Organic Holiday Spices (ends December 6, 2017)
$150 Orgami Owl Store Credit (ends December 6, 2017)
Saving Shadow ebook (ends December 6, 2017)
Saving Shadow ebook (ends December 7, 2017)
Saving Shadow ebook (ends December 7, 2017) 
Holiday Hydrate Gift Set (ends December 7, 2017)
Hormel Gatherings Party Tray Coupon (ends December 7, 2017) 
Dynacraft Bike (ends December 8, 2017)
Hormel Gatherings Party Tray Coupon (ends December 8, 2017)
Hormel Gatherings Party Tray Coupon (ends December 8, 2017)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends December 8, 2017)
Kinder Joy Eggs (ends December 9, 2017)
Hormel Gatherings Party Tray Coupon (ends December 10, 2017) 
Hormel Gatherings Party Tray Coupon (ends December 10, 2017) 
$50 Lakeshore Learning Gift Card (ends December 10, 2017)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card Coupon (ends December 11, 2017)
Peanuts Prize Pack (ends December 11, 2017) 
$100 Westfield Gift Card (ends December 11, 2017)
$50 Dainty Jewell's Gift Card (ends December 11, 2017)
T3 Micro Single Pass Luxe (ends December 11, 2017)
Olaf Plush (ends December 12, 2017)
Holiday Gift Guide (ends December 12, 2017)
Kodiak Pancake Set (ends December 12, 2017)
$50 7 Charming Sisters Gift Card (ends December 12, 2017)
$25 Starbucks Gift Card (ends December 13, 2017)
Tsum Tsum Set (ends December 13, 2017) 
Paris Shirt with Remy (ends December 13, 2017)
Disney Puzzle (ends December 13, 2017)
Cinderella and Elsa Toys (ends December 13, 2017)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends December 13, 2017)
$25 Fresh Market Gift Card (ends December 14, 2017) 
Hormel Gatherings Party Tray Coupon (ends December 14, 2017)
Holiday Peanuts Prize Pack (ends December 14, 2017)
Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener (ends December 14, 2017)
$25 Visa Virtual Gift Card and Children's Pfzier Medicine (ends December 14, 2017)
Hormel Gatherings Party Tray Coupon (ends December 14, 2017)
Disney Craft Books (ends December 14, 2017)
Nevermoor Prize Pack (ends December 15, 2017)
Star Wars Inspired Earrings (ends December 17, 2017)
$100 Westfield Gift Card (ends December 18, 2017)
Foster Farms Coupons (ends December 18, 2017)
Lego Ninjago Movie (ends December 18, 2017)
$50 Gymboree Gift Card (ends December 18, 2017)
$25 Outback Steakhouse (ends December 21, 2017)
Melissa and Doug Stacking Vehicle Toys (ends December 31, 2017) 
$150 Visa Gift Card (ends December 31, 2017)

New Memory and Traditions with PackageFromSanta.com

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Have you heard about PackageFromSanta.com? PackageFromSanta.com offers packages that provide personalized letters, calls and videos from Santa. Can you imagine how excited your kids would be to get something personalized from Santa? It will be something that they can remember in years to come. 

Click here to see a video to learn more about this very special Santa memory service that will be a part of my family for years to come!

The Silver Package ($24.95) comes in a red box & includes:

  • Personalized Letter from Santa
  • BONUS! Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • BONUS! Personalized Phone Call from Santa to a cell phone OR land line! (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Nice List Certificate
  • Autographed Santa Claus Photo
  • Autographed Rudolph Photo
  • Genuine North Pole Stamp
  • ...and so much more!

It also comes with a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee. There are 3 different packages offered, so you can choose a price point that works with your budget. I will be reviewing the Silver package ($29.95) on a later post.

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Cleo Madison Review

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cleo Madison offered to send me a product to review. Cleo Madison is an online modest clothing company with very reasonable prices. I chose the Veronica Floral Dress, which is currently on sale for $27. What an awesome deal! The Veronica Floral Dress has a high neck, floral pattern, long sleeves and is made out of a soft jersey material. It also doesn't have a tailored waist and has a longer length, which I love. After having two kids, I am not fond of things with waists or things that are too clingy. It's hard to find modest clothing companies that have dresses and skirts that work for moms. I have gone into stores and gotten frustrated with the sizing, options and fit. As soon as I tried it on, I knew this dress was a keeper. Cleo Madison's clothing sizing is in women's sizing. Cleo Madison offers dresses, skirts, tops, shoes and more! To find out more about Cleo Madison, click here.










Please note that I received this product for free in exchange for my review, however, I gave my honest opinion.

Saving Shadow Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

When ladies begin to mysteriously disappear in London, Lady Elizabeth Beckett knows that only one man can be blamed. As the world's most notorious spy, Shadow, she will do all she can to stop him.

Lord Sinclair worked as a spy for the Crown and was content at being the second son of a marquess. When his brother is murdered, Lord Sinclair requests special permission to work one last mission and bring his brother's murderer to justice.

Lady Elizabeth Beckett and Lord Sinclair run parallel investigations until they are assigned as partners. Can they learn to trust each other?

Saving Shadow is a clean, action-packed romance that was fun and very enjoyable to read. I loved reading it! I liked that the main character, Lady Elizabeth Beckett, was a strong female lead that showed vulnerability and a super-hero like strength. She was smart, skilled at fighting, compassionate, athletic and able to climb walls. The book deals with some weighty issues like human trafficking, finding good in a world filled with evil, and the roles of women. It also has romance and some humor. The romance with Lady Elizabeth and Lord Sinclair was quick, but I could see that happening realistically since it sometimes happens that way in real life. Lady Elizabeth Beckett didn't start letting down her emotional walls until Lord Sinclair was inside her home, a castle. The castle seemed to represent her emotions and the guarding of herself. I also liked that the author hinted at what was going to happen in her second book. It shows that she has thought through her plots and characters. Saving Shadow is Laura Beers debut novel and I can't wait to read her next book, A Peculiar Courtship (Becket Files, Book 2) (release date of December 1, 2017). To learn more about Saving Shadow, click here.

The author, Laura Beers has generously allowed me to giveaway an ebook version of Saving Shadow. I will be running three giveaways: one on this blog post, one on Instagram, and another on Facebook. That's a total of three Saving Shadow ebooks that will be given away.

The giveaway on this blog post will run through rafflecopter until December 8, 2017 at 12 am. The giveaway is open to US residents only and 18+. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond.

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Laura Beers for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Things to Do in Boise: Week of November 27 - December 3, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Are you looking for fun things to do this week in Boise? Check out this listing of great events:

  • November 23 - January 1, 2017: Winter Garden aGlow from 6-8 pm at the Idaho Botanical Garden. See the Idaho Botanical Garden glow with over 300+ lights. Click here for more information. 
  • Monday, November 27, 2017: Toddletales at the Main Library from 10:30-11 am. Storytime for toddlers 2-3. Click here for more details. 
  • Monday, November 27, 2017: Veterans Housing Outreach at the Main Library from 10:30 am -12 pm. Learn about housing and medical care opportunities for veterans. Click here for more information.
  • Monday, November 27, 2017: Family Storytime and Craft Night at the Main Library from 7-7:30 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Monday, November 27, 2017: Meditation from 12:15-12:45 pm at the Main Library. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017: Tinkertots at the Main Library from 10:30 -11 am. Enjoy a story and playtime. For ages 0-5. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017: DIY Cards and Left Over Exchange from 10-5 pm at Library! at Hillcrest. Registration is required. Click here for more information
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017: Tasty Tales at Guru Donuts at 10 and 10:30 am. Come bring your kids to listen to a free storytime. For more information, click here
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017: Preschool Storytime at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 2-2:30 pm. Fun for ages 3-5 years old. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017: Library Pokemon League at the Main Library from 4-5:30 pm. Come battle it out with other Pokemon fans. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017: Baby Bownders at the Library! at Bown Crossing from 6:30-7 pm. Come listen to baby storytime. Great for ages 0-2. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017: Bogus Basin 75 years at Main Library from 7 to 8 pm. Here the history of Bogus Basin! Click here for more information.  
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017: Fit and Fall Proof Class at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 10:30 -11:30 am. Work on simple exercises to increase your balance and strength. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Toddle Tales Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, count and more! For ages 2-3. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Preschool Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Listen to stories and learn math for ages 3-5. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Bloomin Babies Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, puppets and songs (ages 0-23 months)! Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Music and Movement at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 10:30 -11 am. Come sing and dance to music. For ages 2-5. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Storytime at Library! at Collister from 10:30-11 am. Listen to stories and more! Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Tiny Explorers at Library! at Bown Crossing from 11-11:30 am. Explore, learn and play at the library. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Mid-day Meditation from 12:15-12:45 pm at Library! at Cole & Ustick. Come relax and meditate. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Stitch Niche at Library! at Bown Crossing from 1-2 pm.  Bring your knitting, crochet and stitch projects to the library. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Teens Weekly Meet-up from 3:30-4:45 pm at Library! at Hillcrest. Enjoy a variety of fun activities. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Geeks and Gizmos from 4-5 pm at Library! at Cole and Ustick. Enjoy science and technology activities from legos to robots. For ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Weekly on Wednesday at Library! at Collister from 4-5pm. Learn from a variety of themes and activities. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Wild Card Wednesdays at Library! at Bown Crossing. Ages 6-12 are welcome to have fun at the library and enjoy arts and crafts, robots, presenters and more. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Preschool Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11:15 am. Listen to stories and learn math for ages 3-5. This is also a workshop for parents to learn these skills. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Bloomin Babies Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, puppets and songs (ages 0-23 months)! Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Storytime at Library! at Collister from 10:30-11 am. Storytime for children of all ages. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Little Logic Learners at Library! at Main from 10:30-11:15 am. Come to a fun and interactive storytime that will also introduce preschoolers to technology and math skills. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Music and Movement at Library! at Bown Crossing from 10:30 -11 am. Come sing and dance to music. For ages 2-5. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Paint, Paper and Scissors at Library! at Hillcrest from 2-4 pm. Create one of a kind multi-media collages. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Technology Basics at Library! at Collister from 3-4 pm. Learn from email to e-reader technology basics. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Tech and Games at Library! at Collister from 3:30 -5 pm. Have fun with tech and toys. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: School Age Fun at Library! at Main from 4-5 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Teen Science and Engineering Cafe at Main Library from 6:30-8:30 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Family Storytime at Library! at Bown Crossing from 6:30-7 pm. Come as a family and enjoy storytime.  Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: Teen Night at Library! at Bown Crossing from 7-8 pm. Enjoy a special program for teens.  Click here for more information.
  • December 1-2, 2017: A Joy to the World: Live Nativity 8620 Goddard Rd. from 6-8:30 pm. Please bring a canned food item to share with the Idaho Food Bank. Includes musical performances, live nativity and more!
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Technology Basics at Library! at Collister from 10-11 am. Learn from email to e-reader technology basics. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Babies Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, puppets and songs (ages 0-23 months)! Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Play and Learn Time from 10:30-11:30 am at Library! at Collister for ages 0-4. Click here for more information. 
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Morning Meditation from 10:30 am to 11 am at Library at Bown Crossing. Click here for more information.  
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Tots and Toddlers from 11-11:30 am at Library! at Cole and Ustick. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and more. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Family Storytime at Library! at Bown Crossing from 11-11:30 am. Come as a family and enjoy storytime.  Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Afterschool Adventures at Library! at Hilcrest from 4-5 pm. Kids from kindergarten to 6th grades are invited to join fun science experiments, book themed parties and more. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Lego Club at Library! at Bown Crossing. Come build with legos. For kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 8 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: First Friday Square Dance Concert with Caleb Klauder and Reeb Williams from 6:30 -10 pm. Concert from 7-8:15 and then followed by the square dance. Tickets $10 at the door. Free for children under 13. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: Carriage Rides for FREE at the Washington Trust Bank from 4-8 pm. Click here for more information. 
  • December 1-2, 2017: Handels Messiah at St. John's Cathedral at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 and $35 at the door. Click here for more information.
  • December 1-2, 2017: Idaho Steelheads vs. Tulsa Oilers at Centurylink Arena starting at 7:10 pm. Click here to buy tickets and learn more.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Your Health Idaho Open Enrollment from 10 am to 5 pm at the Library! Main. Learn answers to your questions about Your Health Idaho and enroll. Click here for more information. 
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Capital City Public Market from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm on 8th St. - Main to State Streets. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Family Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Come as a family and enjoy storytime.  Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Boise Farmers Market at 8th and Fulton from 9 am to 2 pm. Click here for more details.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: City Santa at DL Evans Bank at 890 W. Main St. from 10 am to 2 pm. Photos with Santa are free. Collection donations for the Women and Children's Alliance. 
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Santa at Old Boise at Old Boise Leasing Office from 12 pm to 4 pm. Take pictures with Santa. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: TubaChristmas at the Idaho State Capitol Bldg at 4 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Claws N' Paws at Zoo Boise - a free day at the Zoo from 10 am to 4 pm. Click here for more details.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: Carriage Rides for FREE at the Washington Trust Bank from 4-8 pm. Click here for more information.  
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: A Christmas Story Play at Boise Little Theater at 8 pm. $14 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. Click here for more information.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, November 24, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for download your coupon for 1 FREE Mentos (1.32 oz., fruit or mint flavor) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates (Smith's, Fred Meyer, City Market, Dillon, Fry's, Kinger Sooper, etc) and must be redeemed by Sunday, December 10. Click here for more details.
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