A Unique Opportunity- Harris Teeter Coupon Class

Who loves Harris Teeter? Who would like to learn more about coupons and how to save money while grocery shopping? Then we have the class for you! Momondealz, The Coupon Challenge, and A Frugal Chick have teamed up to bring you an exclusive coupon class inside a local Harris Teeter store. Here are some of the useful topics we will cover:

  • Where to find coupons
  • Organizing coupons
  • Preparing to shop
  • Barcodes
  • Stockpiling
  • Saving on store brands and recipes for Harris Teeter products
  • Specific Harris Teeter coupon policy

 
There will also be some awesome door prizes distributed during class including gift certificates to Harris Teeter and surrounding businesses!

In order to better serve participants, the class size will be limited to 25 attendees so if you are interested in participating, you should register as soon as possible.

Where: Harris Teeter in Princess Anne Plaza
3333 Virginia Beach Blvd. Suite 101
Virginia Beach, Va. 23452

When: Monday, August 8th at 6:00 pm

Cost: $5 per person

Registration begins today and payment is due in order to reserve your spot. To register email your name to hrcouponclass@gmail.com and you will receive a return email with payment options.

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Kids Frugal Fun 7/12

Each week Momondealz brings you a children’s craft that is fun, educational, and frugal! This week’s craft is perfect for a rainy day and can be applied to many skills that a child should know before entering kindegarten. For the rest of the summer she will be focusing on important pre-kindergarten skills.

Materials:
1 big sheet of paper
1 sheet of sandpaper
5-10 small shells (you can draw and cut some out if you do not have any available)
Cotton balls
small amount of toothpaste
goldfish
glue
crayons/markers

Directions:
1. Have your child draw a beach scene complete with sand, water, sun, and clouds. If your child is too small for this, have them point where they would like beach features to be on the paper.

2. Cut the sandpaper and glue on the sand part of the beach.

3. Squeeze a small amount of the toothpaste and smear where the water will be. Add the goldfish.

4. Glue the cotton balls on the clouds and glue the shells along the beach sand.

5. Color/decorate to create your child’s desired scene.

Educational Activities:
Language Arts: 1. Complete the craft on a rainy day and sing the nursery rhyme “Rain Rain Go Away”. Nursery rhyme knowledge has been proven to aid in a child’s reading ability later in school. 2. Discuss the different beginning letters of objects in your scene (s for sand, c for cloud, etc).

Science: 1. If you complete the activity on a rainy day you can discuss the water cycle and add rain drops to your beach scene. The 4 parts of the water cycle are evaporation (from sun), condensation (clouds), precipitation (rain), and collection (ocean). 2. Discuss habitats with your child and that the beach provides many animals a home. 3. Discuss the 5 senses and how they can be used in this craft. Taste: Have your child taste the toothpaste and goldfish Touch: Have your child handle and tell you how each material feels (sandpaper is rough, shells are smooth, etc). Smell: The toothpaste scent. Hearing: Discuss the sounds you hear at the beach (waves crashing, seagulls, etc). Sight: Describe what you see at the beach.

Math: 1. Count the number of objects in the scene. Have your child point to/touch each object as they count. 2. Have them identify which set has more or less (there should be more cotton balls and less fish and shells). 3. Use extra materials and have your child sort them by characteristics.

Social Studies: Discuss the scene with your child using different directional words (above, below, left, right).

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Reminder: Yorktown Coupon Swap

We still have spots left for the Coupon Meet in Yorktown on August 6th. If you’re interested, please use the email address below to register. Spaces are filling up fast, so sign up now. Get a hand with your coupon organization and meet other locals.

The Coupon Challenge, Mom on Dealz and A Frugal Chick are planning another Hampton Roads Coupon Meet!

When: Saturday August 6, 2011 from 9:30am-11:30am
Where: 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union in Yorktown

Meet Objectives:

  • Meeting fellow coupon users in the area
  • Swapping coupons*
  • Mailing expired coupons to Military Families Overseas**
  • Help with coupon organization – take a peek at our organization methods!
  • Answering Questions
  • Receive exclusive coupons & giveaways

Space is limited to 25 attendees and registration is required. There is a fee of $3 to cover costs and is due upon registration.

*Bring coupons to swap (remember just because you can’t use something doesn’t mean someone else can’t!)

**We will mail your expired coupons to Military families overseas for you! Please only bring coupons expired by a month or two and sort them into categories

How To Register:
Email your name to hrcouponswap@gmail.com. In response, you will receive an email explaining payment options. Please remember that space is limited.

We look forward to meeting our readers!

We are working on more dates in other cities and hope to have a post soon.

Address:
1st Advantage Federal Credit Union
110 Cybernetics Way
Yorktown, VA 23693

Fee Covers:
Any Purchases we need to make for the event
Postage for mailing expired coupons
Location Fee (where applicable)

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 7/8

Each week Charlotte from My Active Child brings you the best in frugal local activities.

Friday

10am– Feature Reader Summer Reading Program, Ages 6-8 at Portsmouth City Park Amphitheatre, Portsmouth VA (757) 393-8481 x4125

10:30am- Watch the final Space Shuttle launch on the giant IMAX screen for FREE at the Virginia Air & Space Center 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-0900

11am- Storytelling In the Park- The Diggity Dudes at Blue Bird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 727-8314

3-11pm- Beach FamFest 2011 Summer Series at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

6-9pm- Family Karaoke Night at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 247-8950

8:30-10pm- Free Outdoor Movie- Surf’s Up! at Red Mill Commons 2181 Upton Drive Virginia Beach, VA

Saturday

10am- Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop– Tow Truck at All Lowe’s Locations

10am-12pm- Summer Tasting Tour at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation at 4510 Twin Pines Road, Portsmouth VA (757) 686-8684

12-3pm- Second Saturday Family Day- Transportation: From Here to There at The Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 664-6200

2pm- Cinderella visits Storytime! at Barnes & Noble TCC at MacArthur Center Mall, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510, (757) 625-3459

5:30-8:30pm- Hampton Heat 200 (Free event for Hampton Residents!) at Langley Speedway, Hampton VA (757) 865-7223

6:30-10pm- Saturday Nights LIVE in the garden! Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601 (757) 595-1900

Sunday

1pm- Sunday Nature Hike at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

7:30-10pm- Movie Night on the Green– Wizard of Oz at Virginia Beach Town Center 222 Central Park Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 965-5452

Click here to see the complete list!

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Week #4: CrossFit Chesapeake Challenge

So today is the end of Week #4 at CrossFit Chesapeake.  I have to be honest, getting up at 5 a.m. is not getting any easier but it does make my day alot more productive to have all those endorphins in my system.

So how am I doing?  Well, I have a new accessory I have to wear almost everywhere I go.  My belt.  My jeans are getting to that obnoxious point where they are falling down alot.  And I am thrilled with that.  I have lost about two inches on my waist and it’s enough to make my clothes a little too baggy.

But there are a few things I am not thrilled about.  I’m only down about five pounds- and after four weeks it should be more than that.  So I revisited all of the nutrition items we discussed when I first started and I think I have figured out my problem- too much fruit (which translates to sugars and carbs) and not enough veggies.

I LOVE fruit to the point where my protein and vegetable intake suffers.  But I am almost finished with the fruit I have not frozen so after another day or two I am going to lay off the melon and eat more spinach (I love spinach).  And we will see after next week if there is a difference!

Ready to lose some inches yourself?  You can workout for FREE at CrossFit Chesapeake for a week and try it out.  The staff is FANTASTIC and I have learned so much.  It’s basically just like having a trainer for every work out.  Come try it yourself!

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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:

  • 10am- 3pm (Friday-Monday) – We Love Sailors! – Support a Sailor Activity at Hampton Roads Naval Museum, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk, VA 757-322-3108 
  • 10am-5pm (Saturday), 1-5pm (Sunday)- Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Pfac) Free Admission Weekend (Kids activities from 10am-4pm Saturday only) at Peninsula Fine Arts Center 101 Museum Drive, Mariners’ Museum Park Newport News, VA (757) 596-8175
  • Friday

  • 10:30am- Summer Friday Films for Children – Peep in the Big, Wide World- Chirp Flies (Part1) at Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 333-6239 
  • 11am- Storytelling In the Park – Sheila Arnold at Blue Bird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 727-8314 
  • 3-11pm- Beach FamFest 2011 Summer Series at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront 
  • 6-9:30pm- Shore Thing Concert and Fireworks Celebration at Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk, VA 
  • Saturday

  • 10am-5pm- Annual Patriots Day at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship PORTSMOUTH  2 High Street on the Portsmouth Waterfront 757-393-8591  
  • 10:30am- A Crazy Quilt: Amazing Tales from  Around the World – Puppet Show by Fischer Sundae Puppets at Pungo-Blackwater Library 916 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA 23457 (757) 385-7790 
  • 12pm- All About Snakes! (ages 5+) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657 
  • 2pm- Toot & Puddle Storytime at Janaf Branch Library 124 Janaf Shopping Center Norfolk, VA 23502  (757) 441-5660 
  • 7-9:30pm- Free Hayrides at Newport News Park 13560 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603 757-886-7912 
  • Sunday

  • 6-10pm- 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 
  • 7:30-10pm- Independence Day Concert at The Bagley – Chesapeake City Park 900 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 382-6411 
  • 8:30-10:30pm- Stargazing and Owl Hoot at False Cape State Park, Little Island City Park, Sandbridge (757) 426-7128    
  • Monday

  • 10am-4pm- 4th of July Celebration at Lakeside Park 1441 Bainbridge Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23324 (757) 382-6411
  • 12-11pm- Stars & Stripes Explosion at 17th Street Park (Kids activities at 17th St from 12-3pm), 24th Street Park, 31st Street Park, On the beach at 20th Street    
  • 4-10pm- 4th of July Celebration at Mt. Trashmore Park 310 Edwin DriveVirginia Beach, VA 23462  (757) 473-5237  
  • 5-10pm- 4th of July Great American Picnic (Fireworks at 9pm) at Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk  
  • 7-10pm- 4th of July Stars in the Sky at Victory Landing Park (end of 23rd St at James River), Newport News VA   
  • 9:30pm- Independence Day Fireworks  view from the Seawall or along Crawford Parkway, Portsmouth VA  757-393-5111  
  • To see the complete list of activities click here!

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    Healthy Eating Alternative: Spices Not Sauces

    Thanks to CrossFit Chesapeake I have been working on trying to find some healthy eating alternatives. 

    One of the big steps has been decreasing my carb intake (I LOVE bread) and trying to increase protein.  Looking at the recipes online for chicken so many of them have sauces that have high fat content or are full of sugar.  So I have been looking at trying different spices and marinades on meat to make it taste great without the extra calorie in-take.

    Naturally I am beginning this process by searching for coupons!  Here are some of the recent ones that are available:

    $0.55/1 Bolner’s Fiesta Spices, exp. 9/30/11 (SS 06/12/11 R)

    $1/1 McCormick Recipe Inspirations AND All You Magazine (ALL YOU June 2011)

    $0.50/1 Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend, exp. 6/30/11 (SS 05/08/11)

    $1/2 Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend, exp. 6/30/11 (SS 05/08/11)

    $1 off Fresh Beef wyb Mrs. Dash Blend, exp. 6/30 (SS 05/08/11)

    $1 off Carton of Eggs wyb Kikkoman Products, exp. 7/31 (RP 01/23/11)

    $1/2 Kikkoman Soy Sauce, exp. 12/31/11 (SS 05/15/11)

    $1/2 Kikkoman Soy Sauce, exp. 12/31/11 (SS 05/15/11)

    $0.55/1 Eggs w/ Purchase of Kikkoman Item, exp. 6/30 (ALL YOU Feb 2011)

    $0.50/1 Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce or Marinade, exp. 9/25/11 (ALL YOU July ’11)

    $1/1 Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce or Marinade, exp. 8/19/11 (SS 06/19/11 R)

    $1/1 A1 Steak Sauce or Marinade, exp. 7/3/11 (SS 06/05/11)

    $0.50/1 Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce, Salsa, Lemonade, Marinade, Popcorn or Cereal, exp. 7/30/11 (RP 06/05/11)

    $1/1 Ken’s Marinade, exp. 6/30/11 (SS 05/08/11)

    $1/1 Lea & Perrins Product, exp. 8/2/11 (SS 05/22/11)

    $1/2 Select Newman’s Own Products printable

    Alot of these marinades may have high sodium or contain high fructose corn syrup so be sure to read the ingredients carefully and consider your own health concerns. 

    I’m not a doctor but I know that I feel better after I have a nice piece of grilled chicken with seasoning than after I eat chicken that was breaded and deep fried.  So maybe this weekend instead of using the deep fryer fire up the grill!

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    Kids Frugal Fun- 4th of July Edition

    Each week Momondealz brings you a craft that is educational, fun, and frugal! Since 4th of July is quickly approaching, I wanted to give you a patriotic craft. If you have missed any of my past crafts, you can check them all out here!

    Patriotic Napkin and Utensil Holder
    Materials:
    3 Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
    Red and White Construction Paper
    Cardboard
    Glue Gun with Glue
    Glue Stick
    Markers
    Glitter or other decorations you would like to add to the holder

    Directions:
    1. Cut the white construction paper into 3 pieces that will wrap around each of the toilet paper rolls.
    2. Cut the red construction paper into strips that will be the “flag stripes”.
    3. Cut out 6 stars from the white paper and color them blue.
    4. Glue red strips onto the white paper to create “flag stripes”.
    5. Glue blue stars to represent stars on the flag.
    6. Wrap the toilet paper holders with the created “flags”.
    7. Hot glue 2 or the rolls side by side and glue the 3rd roll about an inch and 1/2 away (room enough for napkins) onto the cardboard square.
    8. Fill the holders with napkins, forks, knives, and spoons (or straws like we did) for you 4th of July BBQ!

    Educational Adaptations:
    Language Arts: 1. Read books with your child before and/or after this craft that are on the topic of freedom, The Declaration of Independence, or other patriotic topics (depending on their age and skill level). 2. Have your child record the steps taken to create this project to practice writing down steps in a process-this is a huge skill in school.
    Math: Identify and discuss the various shapes used to create the project. Have a hunt around the house for other objects that are these shapes (cylinder, square, circles, etc).
    Social Studies/History: Discuss the reason we celebrate the 4th of July (signing of the Declaration of Independence).

    Activity is based on one from activity village
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    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!

    It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


    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

    It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


    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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    Eating Healthy On A Budget: Water

    ***Missed the first post in the “Eating Healthy On A Budget” series?  Check it out here.***

    Juice and soda can be expensive both in the cost of your groceries and the cost on your physical body.  (I am a BIG fan of juice but not of drinking calories.)  So I need to find an alternative when I am thirsty!

    May answer is water.  It can be very inexpensive and has many health benefits.

    I know this seems really basic but it’s an area I struggle in.  Sometimes I will get through a day and realize the only water I had was at the gym.  That’s NOT good.

    So now I am trying to drink more water.  And keep an eye on ways to have inexpensive quality water!

    I have a Brita pitcher in my house.  It has saved me thousands of dollars in bottled water since I am not crazy about my tap water.  I also keep a few extras of the Brita filters (that’s an item I stockpile) so that I am never paying full price.  My Brita pitcher is about 8 years old and still works great.

    And, of course, there are coupons for many water purification companies:

    $2/1 Brita Filter Product printable
    $5/1 Brita Water Pitcher printable
    $4/1 Select Brita Systems, exp. 6/26 (SS 04/17/11)
    $1/1 Brita Multipack Filters, exp. 6/26/11 (SS 04/17/11)
    $1/1 Brita Bottle, exp. 6/26/11 (SS 04/17/11)
    $4/1 PUR Faucet System @Target, exp. 8/15/11 (RP 06/12/11 R)
    $2/1 PUR Replacement Filters @Target, exp. 8/15/11 (RP 06/12/11 R)
    $3/1 PUR or PUR Flavor Options System, exp. 7/31/11 (P&G 06/05/11)
    $4/1 Pur Faucet Water Filter System @Target, exp. 6/15/11 (RP 04/17/11)
    $2/2 Pur Replacement Filters @Target, exp. 6/15/11 (RP 04/17/11)
    $2/1 PUR Replacement Filter @Target, exp. 6/15/11 (SS 04/17/11 #2)
    $4/1 PUR Faucet Water Filter System, exp. 6/15/11 (SS 04/17/11 #2)

    You can also snag some of these items on Amazon.  These are the ones I use:

    Brita 42629 Slim Pitcher $9.99 (FREE shipping)

    Brita Water Pitcher Replacement Filter (3 pack) $20.10

    Whether you get purified water or drink from the tap, increasing the water consumption of yourself and your family can have a positive affect both on your body and your wallet!

    Thanks to CrossFit Chesapeake for their contributions to the “Eating Healthy On A Budget” series!

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    Locals: Coupon Class Open To The Public

    Another local church has opened their doors for a coupon class!

    On Saturday July 16th Asbury-Cradock United Methodist Church (4608 Deep Creek Blvd, Portsmouth, VA) will be hosting a coupon class at 10 a.m.  The class should be finished by about 12:30.

    There are 10 spots open to the public.   You MUST RSVP and pre-pay for the class either via Paypal or check.  The cost is $10 and it is non-refundable and non-transferrable.  The spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 

    So if you have been wanting to take a coupon class but don’t want to host one, this is your chance!

    Drop me an e-mail and I will send you the payment details!

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    Locals: The Daily Press Coupon Rumors

    I don’t usually address coupon rumors but this is a very important one (for Hampton Roads readers anyway). 

    The word on the street is that The Daily Press will no longer be including coupons in any of the papers you buy at the store.  Readers are being told the only way to get coupons is to get the paper delivered.

    So I e-mailed Nicole at The Daily Press and asked her about it!   This is what she received from her contact:

    “It is absolutely true that you will not be guaranteed the same amount of coupons when you buy a single copy from the rack. However, we always try to put at least one coupon insert in the single copies when we can… we service (home delivery) customers first.

     The rumor that the Daily Press will no longer offer coupons in single copies is false. We cannot tell you how many coupons will be included in the single copies each week, because our Sunday home circulation is growing, but the intention is to include at least one insert in the single copy stand newspapers.”

    So if you want extra copies of the coupons you can still grab The Daily Press at your local store.  Just be sure to check the paper before you buy it!

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    Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

    Each week Charlotte at My Active Child puts together a list of the best fun frugal activities for you and the kids in Hampton Roads. Here is what she found for this weekend:

    Weekend

    All Weekend: Friday/Saturday/Sunday- 18th Annual COOP North American Sand Soccer Championships at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront (Kids Clinic Friday from 7-8:30pm at 29th St Beach)      ***Family Events are listed here***

    All Weekend: Friday & Saturday (12-11pm), Sunday (12-6pm)- 35th Annual Norfolk Harborfest at Town Point Park 1 Waterside Drive Norfolk VA 23510 (757) 441-2345 

    All Weekend: Friday (6-11pm), Saturday (2-10pm) – Seawall Music Festival at Portsmouth Seawall, Water Street Portsmouth VA, 23704 (757) 393-8481   

    All Weekend: Friday (5-11pm), Saturday (8:30am- 11pm) Latin Fest– On the beach at 24th Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront   

    Friday

    10:30am- Up Center Books Children’s Storytime & Craft 1011 W. 25th St. Norfolk VA, 23517 (757) 623-1119   
    6-9pm- Pizza & Movie Night (Free event)- “The Water Horse” at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 247-8950  
    6-11pm- Beach FamFest -Series Pre-party! (Justin Bieber- Never Say Never Movie starts at 9pm!) at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach
    8pm- Movie- “Gnomeo & Juliet” at Red Mill Commons Shopping Center Nimmo Pky & Upton Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23454   
    Saturday
    10am- Kid’s Build and Grow Workshop – Goofy Golf at All Lowe’s Stores
    10am-6pm- Arts in the Park & Beach Boogaloo at Buckroe Beach and Park–  End of Pembrook Avenue Hampton, VA (757) 851 1768 
    12-3pm- Second Saturday (Free) Family Day- Curious George Saves The Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey at Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 664-6200 
    6:30-10pm- Saturday Nights LIVE in the Garden! at Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601 (757) 595-1900 
    Sunday
    9am-9pm- Surviors Not Victims, Inc. Community Awareness Funfest at Buckroe Beach & Park at North First St and Pembroke Ave Hampton, VA 23664  
    7-9pm- Big Bands On The Bay at Ocean View Beach Park 111 West Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503 
    Click here for the complete list of events!
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    Locals: Running Etc 20% off Store

    If you are a runner you probably are VERY familiar with Running Etc.

    If you are thinking of running I HIGHLY recommend heading to Running Etc to get fitted for shoes.  They watch you run in the store and make sure you are in the right shoes!

    Running etc. is having their 25th Anniversary Sale and everything in the store is 20% off. Great time to get new sneakers at their locations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

    Thanks Charlotte!

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