My First Farmers Market Trip 2011

Before I dash out the door to teach I wanted to show you my Farmer’s Market trip from this morning.  It had to be a quick one so I didn’t have much time to compare prices from vendor to vendor but here is a picture of my haul.  3 ears of corn, blackberries, okra, two cantaloupe, two cucumbers, two summer squash, one zucchini and two green peppers. 

It was around $13 for these items combined and they all look amazing!  I love this time of year!

What about you?  Any good finds at your local market during the summer months?

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Week 2: CrossFit Chesapeake

Did you miss week one?  Catch up here!

So Monday and Tuesday of this week I had amazing workouts at CrossFit Chesapeake.  I was feeling strong and much less sore.  I started working more protein into my diet and less carbs ( I love bread).

Then Tuesday evening right before coupon class I felt like I got hit with a ton of bricks.  So I have been doing all the things you are supposed to do when you are sick: sleeping, taking vitamins, drinking lots of water etc.  However NOT included on the list of things to do when you are sick is get up at 5 a.m. to work out. 

So Monday I will be back at the gym working out as hard as I can.  And hopefully I will have big numbers to report!

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

Looking for something to do in Hampton Roads for Father’s Day Weekend?  Charlotte at My Active Child has a lot of suggestions!

All Weekend-

Friday (4-10pm), Saturday (11am-10pm), Sunday (12-5pm)- 21st Annual Afrikan American Festival at Mill Point Park 100 Eaton Street Hampton, VA 23669 (757) 727-8311

Friday* & Saturday (12-10pm), Sunday (12-6pm)- 22nd Annual AT&T Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival at Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, VA (*Free Admission 12-4 Friday only!)

Friday, Saturday & Suday (7-11pm)- Sandstock at Virginia Beach Oceanfront 17th, 24th, 31st Streets 

Friday-

11am- Storytelling In the Park – Rainbow Puppet Productions at Blue Bird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 727-8314

5:30pm- Mad Science of Hampton Roads- Free Show! at Springhill Suites, 901 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 417-3982

5:30-9pm – T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series at Constant’s Wharf & Marina, 100 East Constance Road, Suffolk VA (757) 514-7267

8:30-10:30pm- ODU Screen on the Green: Justin Bieber Never Say Never at Kaufman Mall, the grassy lawn located in front of Webb University Center on ODU Campus

Saturday-

8-10am- Early Bird Walks at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Refuge 4510 Twin Pines Rd. Portsmouth, VA 23703

10-11:30am- Kids Fishing (ages 3-15) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

10am-12pm- March Into Summer Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, VA 23518 (757) 441-5830

10am-3pm- Butterfly Society of VA- Mini Festival & Plant Sale at Hampton Roads Agricultural and Research Center 1444 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach VA 23455

12-3pm- Summerfest! With Pic-n-paint and Ryan the Balloon Guy! Van Wyck Branch Library 1368 DeBree Avenue Norfolk, VA 23517 (757) 441-2844

5-7pm- 4th Annual Music on Monarch Way – Free family concerts on Monarch Way on the green lawn behind the Ted Constant Convocation Center along Monarch Way in Norfolk, VA

5:30-7:30pm- Zoo Grooves Summer Concert at Virginia Zoo 3500 Granby St Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 441-2374

8:30pm- Night Hike at First Landing State Park- Trail Center 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 412-2300

Sunday-

6-9pm- Groovin’ by the Bay at Buckroe Beach & Park 100 1st Street South: Hampton, VA 23664 757 727-8314

7-9pm- Big Bands On The Bay at Ocean View Beach Park 111 West Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503

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Kids Frugal Fun- Cereal Box Theater

Each week Momondealz bring you a craft that can be done with your children that is fun, educational, and frugal!

Since school is out for the summer, you may want to check out the previous crafts HERE to give you other ideas that will keep your child busy and learning for hours!

This week’s craft is one that once created, can supply fun all summer! There are a gazillion craft ideas for cereal boxes, but this is one of my favorites!

Cereal Box Puppet Theatre

Materials:
Empty Cereal Box (use coupons HERE to score some cheap ones!)
Scissors
Paint, Construction Paper 9 Inch By 12 Inch, or Wrapping Paper
Scrap Fabric or Construction Paper
Craftsticks or Straws
Glue

Directions:
1. Cut off the top of the cereal box.

2. Paint the box with the color of your choice and allow to dry. If you don’t want to purchase paint, you can also cover the box with wrapping paper or construction paper.

3. Cut a hole in the box that will be your “stage”. Be sure to leave enough space on the sides to ensure the box remains sturdy.

4. Attach your “curtain” to the box. This can be made of construction paper or scrap fabric. We have a bucket of scrap fabric in the garage that I use for dusting so we just used some of this for ours.

5. Color and design your puppets. Then attach them to either popsicle sticks or straws.

6. Have fun perfoming plays all summer!
 

Educational adaptations:
-Language Arts:
1. Create puppets that represent nursery rhyme characters. Practice nursery rhymes using the puppets. The moon above is for “Hey Diddle Diddle” practice. *Note* Research has shown that children who know at least 3-5 nursery rhymes when entering kindergarten are higher achieving readers in 5th grade!
2. Create puppets that represent characters in your child’s favorite book. Retell the book using the puppets. Be sure to include the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
3. Have your child write the directions (or dictate to you and you can write them) for making the theatre. Being able to write down steps in a process is a huge skill in school.

-Math:
1. Discuss the shapes involved in this craft. Help your child identify that the box front is rectangle, the actual box is a rectangular prism, the “stage” hole is a square, etc.
2. Use a ruler to measure the box length and width and determining the exact center to cut the hole for the “stage”. Be sure to use terms such as length and width when doing this.

 -Science:
1. Modify your theatre to make it into a habitat. Brainstorm with your child the different animals they would like for puppets (or maybe you have small stuffed animals laying around that can substitute as puppets) and then decorate your box according to the type of habitat those animals would be found. For example maybe your child loves farm animals-Paint your cereal box red with vertical stripes to represent a barn and make farm animal puppets.

-Social Studies:
1. Citizenship: Perhaps your children are not getting along or are exhibiting a trait (i.e. throwing things) you don’t like. Create a play teaching that this trait is wrong. Plays are an excellent way to show proper behavior and children are much more susceptible to learning this way as opposed to yelling.

Trying to find other activities to keep little ones busy while school is out for the summer? Check out these ideas:

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Week 1: CrossFit Chesapeake

So I have completed my first week working out at CrossFit Chesapeake. I really didn’t know what would happen my first week.  I thought of CrossFit as being really tough so I wasn’t sure what kind of people I would find.  And if I would be able to keep up.  And if they would mock me for it!

Because of my schedule I like to go to the 6 a.m. session.  It’s a small class so the instructor has time to work with each person who needs it.  And this week, since I am still learning the ropes, both the instructors and attendees have been great about helping me out to ensure I don’t hurt myself doing any of the exercises.  And the people who attend the class are fantastic.  Everyone is at a different level and they have been very encouraging as I learn things.

So five days in I can tell you that I am much stronger than I was on Monday.  I leave every day feeling energized and ready to take on the day!   And I am down two pounds! 

This week I have not been using the diet they gave me as I had food in the house that would have gone bad (I didn’t want to waste).  So I will finish my baked potatoes and rice pasta this weekend and do a big shopping trip.

But I am happy with my two pounds and am looking forward to trying to save money shopping this weekend! 

Want to come try it out?  Check out their website and see how you can work out for a week for FREE! 

Want to see some of the fun?  Check out their facebook page

And if you missed my two Healthy Alternative posts this week you can check them out here and here!

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Kid Frugal Fun: Father’s Day

Each week Mom on Dealz brings you a craft to do with your kids that is fun, educational, and frugal. Since Sunday is Father’s Day, I couldn’t let that holiday pass without a cute and inexpensive craft made just for dad! This craft is combination of 2 other crafts I have seen done before.

**Flag Day is also this week and if you’re looking for a fun craft for that holiday, visit a flag craft HERE.

Dad Rocks Business Card Holder
Materials
Cassette case
Hot glue gun (obviously for adult use only)
rocks
index card
picture
scissors

Directions:
1. Open tape case and slide the lid forward until it is sitting upright. This cassette lip will be what holds the business cards. It should click and stay up by itself but I hot glued mine to ensure it didn’t slide forward.
2. Cut an index card to fit on the back side of the cassette case. Have your child decorate it however they would like and then add the words “My Dad Rocks”. We chose to put a picture on the card instead of coloring.
3. Take your child outside for a rock hunt allowing them to pick different sizes and colors of rocks.
4. Hot glue the rocks all over the cassette case for decoration.
5. Fill with business cards.

Educational Adaptations:
Science: Discuss the rocks you and your child find on your hunt. Talk about size, shape, color, and texture. Activities like this lend themselves to teaching observation skills.
Language Arts: Have your child review steps in the process by retelling you how you made the business card holder. They can also create a nice card or poem to go along with the gift.
Math: You can have your child measure the cassette tape with a ruler to help cut the index card the correct size. You could also measure each rock when discussing the different sizes of rocks you find on your hunt.

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Our First Coupon Swap!

The 1st Hampton Roads Coupon Meet was a great success!

Not only did A Frugal Chick, The Coupon Challenge, and Momondealz have the chance to meet some of our awesome readers, but our readers also got some needed coupons! Participants were able to view different coupon organization methods, ask questions, and learn more about couponing from each other and the bloggers. Expired coupons were also gathered for military overseas!

In addition to coupon conversation, attendees were given goodie bags full of samples and coupons from our sponsors AND some were lucky enough to walk away with door prizes.

Thanks to a couple of participants everyone else received several items from a Philly House Party and free egg coupons from Target! It was a terrific time and we are looking forward to our 2nd one which will be held in Yorktown. Be on the lookout for complete details that will be posted this week!

Thanks to Debbie for the Philly Creme items and Donna for calendars!
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