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Free Summer Activity: Kids Bowl Free

Free Summer Activity: Kids Bowl Free

 

Kids Bowl Free is the perfect free summer activity for families across the U.S.  Participating bowling alleys offer two free games per kid per day, from May until August!

I admit I haven’t taken my kids bowling as much as they would like to because otherwise it’s just so expensive.  After paying for a couple of games for the four of us (my husband and I included because why should we miss out?) and paying for shoe rental, I am exhausted thinking of how much I spent.  But through Kids Bowl Free, I can guarantee two free games per day for my kids. 

I highly recommend heading to Walmart for a cheap pair of shoes that can serve as bowling shoes.  Buy something that has a light sole and only wear them for bowling.  You’ll save so much on shoe rental!  At $3 per kid each day we bowl, it adds up.  Instead, I bought $12 shoes for each of them and after 4 games, we would have paid that just for rental.  Now we will also have a spare set of shoes for the school year! 

Now what about the parents?  Kids Bowl Free has special deals for you too.  It’s not quite as awesome as the free two games a day, but you can get some significant discounts.  Take advantage and join in the fun with your kids – you deserve it and they will love it! 

(I also recommend buying a pair of shoes to serve as bowling shoes for you also if you plan on bowling…seriously you’ll be so much more comfortable too!) 

 

Free summer bowling for kids!

Tips for shopping thrift & consignment stores

Tips for shopping thrift & consignment stores

 

I discovered consignment and thrift shops in college when my husband and I were newlyweds.  Now that we have two little boys, saving money has been equally as important as it was then.  It took me a little while to get the most out of my shopping trips, but I finally have it down!  Here are a few tips and tricks I follow as I shop:

 

Make a list.  When trying to save money, there’s nothing worse than spending extra money on things you don’t need.  Make a list of the items you are in need of and colors to keep an eye out for (especially for home decor).  You will often find deals you have a hard time passing up, so remember your initial goal – to save money!

 

Visit often.  The selection changes on a daily basis at most secondhand stores.  And if you plan to go back for an item, don’t hold your breath because someone else may have picked it up already.

 

Keep an eye out for sales. Some of my local thrift stores have “color of the week” sales where the tags that match the color advertised are 50% off.  Another has a $0.69 sale on Saturdays, along with other unadvertised sales.  You can look up your stores’ phone numbers online or in a phone book and call ahead of time to find out what the sale is today.  Many stores often have a Facebook page or other social media they post their deals to…and even some of their favorite new items! 

 

Price check.  I have occasionally found items priced at or higher than new retail price.  If you have a smart phone, you can Google the item to determine whether that seems to be a reasonable price or not.  Consignment stores also run higher prices than thrift stores so make sure you only pay the amount you are comfortable with.

 

Check the items!  Always check for stains, holes, missing pieces or other damage.  Sometimes employees miss something that could be detrimental to the product.

 

Stay open minded. If you can make simple changes to an item of clothing that doesn’t fit absolutely perfect, don’t toss it aside.  There are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest for upcycling, mending, or modifying clothing, furniture, or other odds and ins.  There are some amazing ideas out there!

 

Have patience!  The selection depends on the donations or consignors.  Maybe you didn’t find what you wanted today, but keep trying!  The organization of many secondhand stores is also difficult to get used to as a new shopper, as each item is different and you will have to thumb through clothing and take some time to look through.

10 Kid-Friendly Pandora Radio Stations For Road Trips

10 Kid-Friendly Pandora Radio Stations For Road Trips

10 Pandora Stations that are Kid Friendly - perfect for road trips!

 

Summer’s almost here which means road trips and vacations for many! The first thing I think of when planning a road trip is how I will keep my kids entertained. Finding a good radio station is always key for my family.  Most cars have the ability to hook up to your phone for music input, or may even have internet radio built in.  My personal favorite free streaming music is Pandora Radio and here are a few of my favorite kid-friendly stations!  

  1. ABC (The Alphabet Song) Radio
  2. Baby Einstein (Children’s) Radio
  3. Disney (Children’s) Radio
  4. Family Musicals
  5. How Far I’ll Go (From “Moana”) Radio
  6. Kids Christmas Favorites (Holiday) Radio 
  7. Mozart’s Lullaby Radio
  8. Radio for Kids
  9. The Piano Guys Radio 
  10. Toddler Radio

Remember to use the thumbs up and thumbs down in order to make the station more customized for your family.  

10 Kid-Friendly Pandora Radio Stations for Road Trips

4 Common Essentials to Have Before Having a Play Date at Home for your Kids

4 Common Essentials to Have Before Having a Play Date at Home for your Kids

 

Your children are certain to bring a large amount of happiness to your life. From the time your kids are born until adulthood, you will want to encourage and be there for your family. One of the easier things to do that will enable your kids to have fun and be sociable with friends is by scheduling a play date at your home. This can be something that all the children involved look forward to attending and can be an ideal way to spend a weekend with your kids. However, there are certain things you will want to have in place beforehand and knowing some of the basic essentials is sure to be helpful in making this event both fun and entertaining for all.

 

Comfortable surroundings

Of course, you’ll want to ensure all of the children are comfortable in your home. During the summer months when the temperatures are soaring, this means relying on air conditioning to keep your home nice and cool.

The last thing you want is inviting kids over and having a house that is too hot and could even make some of the children leave. By ensuring the thermostat is set at the right number, this can prevent this from occurring at all.

 

Toys and entertainment

There isn’t anything that can make a play date more fun than having the right toys. You may want to be sure you have interactive toys that will help keep the kids entertained at all times.

Of course, if you want to step it up a notch and get the attention of the neighborhood kids, you may want to even rent out a bounce house. Studies show that you can typically rent this item for $100-$250 per day. This is one of the ideal ways to enable your child and any friends to have the best possible time during a play date.

Other ideas include making the home more festive by having balloons in it and another décor that makes it look more like a place for fun. Additionally, you could have toys with tie-ins to popular movies to keep things current.

 

Food and drinks

Kids love to snack and enjoy a variety of foods when having fun. It’s ideal to plan accordingly for this by having a vast array of food choices for all the kids that attend.

You may even want to have a specially made cake if your child is having a birthday or other special celebration. This is sure to increase the excitement of the kids and allow all of the attendees to indulge a sweet tooth for the day.

Other things you may want to serve can be simple but satisfying, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, and cookies. While this may not be the healthiest menu, it’s sure to be one all the kids will love, and it’s only for a day or two.

 

First-aid kit

While you hope there aren’t any minor incidents while having a play date, these can happen. When kids start venturing out to play it’s possible for scratches or cuts to be an unfortunate result.

This makes it a great idea to have a first-aid kit on hand that can be the best way to treat any mishaps that were to occur. Be sure to have some of the basics in the kit, such as band-aids, ointment and a mild type of pain reliever that may be suited for young kids.

Having this kit on hand is sure to give you the peace of mind you need if something was to happen.

The benefits of scheduling a play date for your kids are many. This can be the key to making your children happier and is also a very good idea when it comes to allowing your children to be more sociable in the process. This event may take a bit of planning but is sure to be worthwhile when you see the happy faces of all the kids that can attend. One thing is for sure, and that’s your child is sure to appreciate all the effort you put forth into making the play date happen!

 

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