Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities with Something for Everyone! 4/24-4/26

Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities with Something for Everyone!

If you are looking for some fun on a budget, we have compiled a list of national retailers with hands-on workshops, classes and free in-store events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon.

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Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.


:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During April, they include Grace’s Sweet Spring Break Event, Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Meal & Memories with Dad and Mom and more.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores. Call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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:: Bass Pro Shops

Friday, April 24th from 6 PM – 8 PM and Saturday, April 25t from 12 PM – 5 PM

Instructional Demonstrations, Product Discussions and showing off Product Displays to help you to Gear Up for Your Escape! Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here before you head out.


:: Guitar Center

Saturday, April 25th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Into to Ableton

More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

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:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Sunday, April 26th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM – Come Improve DIY Skills at The Home Depot

You can pre-register online here.

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:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, April 25th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Butterfly Pencil Holder. Get more information here.

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:: Michael’s Kids Club

April 25th – 10 AM – 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a decorative Mother’s Day Card. At just $2 per child, they get 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10 AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here.
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How to Throw the Perfect Avengers Themed Birthday Party

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Pull together a fun-filled, adventurous birthday party with the best team around – the Avengers! With the Avengers Age of Ultron movie in theaters starting May 1st, you’re little superhero will be super excited to celebrate with their favorite character!

Avengers Party Supplies – The first superhero strategy for throwing a party your child will “Marvel” at is to make sure you have all the important birthday supplies on hand. The Avengers Assemble Value Party Pack from Birthday Express has got you covered. It includes everything you need, including cups, plates, birthday invitations and more. Your child will be thrilled to see all of the Avengers — including Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Hawkeye — on these awesome supplies at their celebration.

Avengers Decorations – What better way to unite the whole team than by giving each guest their own Avengers Masks? Add some red, white, and blue balloons, ceiling streamers, and the Avangers Assemble Wall Decorating Kit and your superheros will feel right at home.

Avengers Games & Favors – What’s a party without games?! Pick up the Avengers Assemble Party Game. Instead of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, it’s stick the Arc Reactor to Iron Man’s chest! Whoever gets closest could win a The Avengers PEZ Dispenser And don’t forget the party favors! Birthday Express has everything a budding superhero would need, including Avengers Assemble Tattoos, paper masks, erasers, and bracelets!

Top the party off by dressing the guest of honor as their favorite Avengers hero. Birthday Express has a full assortment of Avengers costumes for toddlers, kids, and even adults!

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Depends Silhouette Active Fit #free #sample #underwareness


Did you know that 1 in 3 woman suffer from mild to moderate bladder leakage? And of these woman they are embarrassed and ashamed? I bet you didn’t know that of those 33% of woman, a majority of them are also under the age of 50. Unfortunately we live in a society where we are shamed, embarrassed and labeled as ” old” if you experience and need to care for mild to moderate bladder control leakage. The truth is, there are a wide variety of reasons many woman, as young as there early 20’s may experience this.

  • A weakened bladder during pregnancy and after pregnancy
  • Loss of control during sneezing/coughing or laughing
  • Aging
  • After surgery or hysterectomy
  • Overweight
  • Wide array of  medical conditions

Depends has released a NEW Depends Silhouette Active Fit Brief, making the briefs waist lower and giving a more natural underwear like look, fit and feel. The Silhouette design gives a close, smooth fit, that makes you feel comfortable and confident wearing and of your favorite clothes. Depends, feels so confident you will LOVE their new design that they are offering you a sample for FREE!!!!

Depends would like to break the myth…. and they want your help doing it! NOBODY should feel ashamed or embarrassed and to solve that, they have started a campaign #underwareness. For every picture or video that is posted using the hashtag #underwareness and you FREE Depends product sample, you will be helping to breakdown the social stigma and bring awareness to this social movement and charitable cause. Depends will donate $1 for every picture or post up to 3 million dollars to support research and education to bladder leakage.

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Help support a great cause, because when we come together and support one another we will become stronger because of it. Remember, if this doesn’t effect you, chances are, someone very close to you may very well be struggling. Give a shout out to #underwearness and break down those walls and barriers! For more information and to request your sample, visit

HOT #FREE Jamba Juice Smoothie Tomorrow 4/23


Pencil in a Jamba Juice break tomorrow from 9am -11am 4/23/15 and get a FREE juice or smoothie!!!!

You may select one free 12oz. Tropical Greens, Small Strawberries Wild or Caribbean Passion per person, while supplies last – WOOHOO!!!!!
Offer valid April 23, 2015 from 9am – 11am at participating stores only for one free 12oz. Tropical Greens, Small Strawberries Wild or Caribbean Passion per person, while supplies last. Product selection may vary by store. No purchase necessary. Limit four (4) offers per party per visit; must be present. No substitutions or upsize options. Offer specifically not valid at Hawaii, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Downtown Disney, Las Vegas Strip, Airport or select University Jamba Juice locations. Not valid for Jamba Juice Employees. No cash value. Promotion is not valid with online orders. For further details visit ©Jamba Juice Company 2015. TEAM MEMBER: For “Caribbean Passion” or “Strawberries Wild” use Current promotions screen, then “Free Jamba Giveaway – Free Small Smoothie” button. For “Tropical Greens” or “Kale Orange Power” use Current promotions screen, then “Free Jamba Giveaway – Free 12oz Juice” button. 

Poise Free Samples #RecycleYourPeriodPad

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Woman need to get real about their bodies and not be ashamed. We can freely and openly talk about our period but when it comes to #LBL or light bladder leakage we clam up, don’t make eye contact and pretend it never happens. The reality though is, 1 in 3 woman will experience light bladder leakage some time in their life and it is more common than we all care to admit.

LBL can show up in all forms and each woman may experience it a different way, here are just a few examples

  • During pregnancy and After pregnancy
  • Sneezing/Coughing or Laughing
  • Aging
  • After Surgery or hysterectomy
  • Overweight
  • Medical conditions


Since most of us try to sweep this under the rug, we never face it head on, with that being said, most will use period pads to control their LBL…..this is not a solution. Poise specializes only is bladder control products so you know they are designed with you in mind, they understand how uncomfortable this topic is and have created the BEST product to help you stay confident, fresh and modest. Their newest product to just hit stores, is the new Poise Thin-Shape pads feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads to help you take care of leaks with confidence. They have been designed to move with your body by making them 40% thinner than original Poise brand pads. So, it’s time to say “goodbye period pad” and “hello, new confident you”.

The question now is….. what to do with all those left over period pads???? I have been challenged to come up with a new creative idea to repurpose all those unused period pads…… behold, the garden seed started!!! I have placed 3 maxi period pads onto a cut open paper grocery bag, added enough fertilized water to saturate the pad and added seeds. within 10 days I will have perfect starts to place in a pot and enjoy!!! :)

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To help you get started, Poise has a FREE sample pack you can receive by mail as well as a high value coupon! Get your sample right away before they are gone and be done with period pads for your LBL for good!


ReelCase And #Amazon #Giveaway – 3 WINNERS

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Ever find yourself frantically patting your pockets and looking for your smartphone…just trying to capture that perfect moment before it is lost in time, only to miss it because it took you too long to get your phone out?

Maybe you like to mountain bike, or rock climb, and wish you had easy access to your phone without having to stop down and unpack to get to it’s super safe location?

Or are you an everyday mom who’s 2 year old screams bloody murder until you hand over your phone at which point they throw it at the ground and laugh at you histerically?

rescue reelcaseThis laynard design turns your smartphone from being a concern and a hassle to being an accessory and easily accessible. Wear your phone several different ways and keep it safe from being dropped but at the same time right there in your hand when you need it.

ReelCase has sponsored this giveaway in celebration of their Kickstarter Campaign! Head on over and show your support! You can contribute as little as $1 and it goes a long way, or just stop by and leave an encouraging message on the Kickstarter Wall!
3 winners will each get their own ReelCase and a $25 Amazon Gift Card! US residents only please, Ends 5/12

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Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Prizes will be fulfilled by the sponsor. Winning entries will be verified. Winners will be contacted at the email address used when signing into the Rafflecopter. Winners will have 48 hours to responsd otherwise forefitting their prize and a new winner will be chosen.

VAREKAI – CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Is Coming To Portland!!!

VAREKAI is going to be performing this year at the VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM…. for 8 shows only!! MAY 6-10, 2015. Tickets will likely sell out very fast, get yours now before they are gone.


Join the Cirque Club, membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to  

Show Schedule (May 6 – 10, 2015):
Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30pm
Thursday, May 7 at 7:30pm
Friday, May 8 at 4pm and 7:30pm
Saturday, May 9 at 4pm and 7:30pm 
Sunday, May 10 at 1:30pm and 5pm

For complete show and ticket information, please  

About Cirque du Soleil 
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from close to 50 different countries. 


Waiving Tax Penalties – Can It Be Done?

The IRS are understandably, fairly rigid when it comes to paying your taxes on time. If your taxes are filed late, or not at all, there are steep penalties and interest. Surprisingly, the IRS is actually very lenient about waiving tax penalties if you can provide a reasonable explanation for why you failed to file your taxes on time. This process is called abatement. They have an especially high amount of leeway for first-time filers or those who have a solid history of paying their taxes on time, usually at least three consecutive years. However, even if you do not fall into either of these categories, you can usually successfully waive your penalties if there is a good reason.

What Counts As a Good Reason?

Unfortunately there isn’t a complete list of what could qualify you for abatement. The key is that the circumstances that prevented you from filing properly were beyond your control or particularly unusual. The most solid case for abatement is destruction of property, such as by a fire or flood. In major natural disasters, the IRS will often offer penalty waivers to those living in federally declared disaster areas. More commonly, you can file for abatement if there were personal limiting circumstances, such as divorce, a death in the family, illness, or imprisonment. Even something as simple as the employee responsible for filing taxes quitting or receiving poor advice from an accountant could qualify. Think carefully because you might have an eligible situation that is unique.

Where Should You Begin?

If you think you qualify for penalty abatement, where do you even begin? The most important resource to have when making the appeal is physical proof. You will need to have something that backs up your story. This could be in the form of medical bills, a death or divorce certificate, or unemployment papers. If you live in a disaster zone, you will only need to provide proof that your residence was in that area. After you have gathered proof, you should write a letter to the address you received your penalty notice from, include all paperwork, and explain why you qualify to have your penalties waived. Alternatively, you can call the IRS. You should have a response within 60 days, but if you are denied, you can always appeal the decision. An appeals officer will make a final decision. This is a great opportunity to gather more information about your situation.

The IRS may often seem like a ruthless or unorganized force, but they are actually very reasonable about their penalties and interest. If you think you are within your right to waive your fees, pull together as much information as possible for the IRS to make  an informed decision about your case. 



Easy Hummus Dip


Easy Hummus Dip
1 can of chick peas
1/2 clove of garlic (minced)
1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of water
1. Drain the chick peas and dump them into a blender or food processor.
2. Add remaining ingredients but only half of the water (1/8 cup)
3. Puree until smooth, adding additional water until your desired consistancy is reached.
4. Serve with chips, crackers, veggies or crackers.

Make Mid-Week Dinner Easy with @Krusteaz Wednesday Night Breaskfast for Dinner

As a way to make sure everyone can regularly enjoy both the simplicity and fun of breakfast for dinner, Krusteaz is officially naming every Wednesday Night “Breakfast Night.”
                   With everyone’s busy schedule, it’s hard to have a sit down meal as a family. Between school, work, baseball practice, boy scouts and ballet, who has time to fix a hot meal that everyone will love? Easy answer: breakfast for dinner! It is a tradition in our family to have breakfast for dinner often as we all leave at different time in the morning for school and work and don’t usually have sit down meals for breakfast. That’s why I love making Krusteaz pancakes or waffles for dinner. It is so simple, all you have to add is water and you have a perfect batter for whatever you want to make. The light and fluffy consistency makes it a favorite for everyone in my family.
Capture                      My kids favorite thing to do it make their meal, their own, and with a meal this easy, I let them! They love to add chocolate chips or blueberries to the batter, or even make the pancakes into fun shapes. One thing we recently learned how to do, is put the batter into a squeeze bottle to create a picture. You them draw something such as a smiley face onto the pan or griddle and let it cook just a little first. Then make a full pancake around it. When you flip it over you will see the imprint of the face on the pancake as it will be a little darker than the rest! My children were so excited, it brought so many new possibilities. Krusteaz is the only brand I have been able to make it work with. All other mixes tend to be too runny, too thick, or have too many clumps to go through the squeeze bottle. Krusteaz has such a smooth consistency that its perfect for anything! 

                    I don’t only make pancakes or waffles for dinner though. I will have a day where I bake dozens of waffles and pancakes then freeze them. It’s a quick and easy way to have breakfast in the morning, all they have to do is pop them in the toaster. I like doing this opposed to buying frozen waffles, it not only saves money, but I can choose what goes in them and I feel comfortable giving them to my children. There have been many late mornings and late nights. Being able to fix a warm meal for my family that is not takeout makes me feel great, especially when I can make it fun along the way!
If you’d like to win a giveaway that includes Krusteaz mixes: Buttermilk Pancake Mix (1), Blueberry Pancake Mix (1),
Belgian Waffle Mix (1) and Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix (1) as well as Krusteaz coupons for free product. 

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Disclosure: I had received product to review ad have a successful Wednesday Dinner Night – all ideas are my own


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