Something New: Groupon Coupons #ad

Do you ever hear about something and wonder why you're just finding out about it? That's the way I felt when a friend told me about Groupon Coupons. Yes, in addition to the local deals and banana bunkers that Groupon is known for, they also offer more than 55,000 online and in-store coupons from thousands of top retailers, including some of my favorites: Target, Best Buy, and Sports Authority. Did you know about this or is it new to you too?

Now that I'm back to work full time, I feel like I do more on-line shopping than ever and it's good to know I can hop on over to the Groupon site the next time I need something.  I can see what deals are available instead of having to search all over the web for a coupon code.

Groupon has some amazing partnerships with national retailers that allow them to have some exclusive offers that you won't find anywhere else. I was surprised to see everything from deals on make-up and hotels to tires and denim. And since they offer a mix of online promo codes and mobile/printable coupons for in-store redemption, Groupon Coupons are really convenient and easy to use.

You can find Groupon Coupons on the Groupon website or check out their mobile app for iPhone and Android.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage at the Academy of Music

It's been a long winter and I am ready for a night out in the city. Luckily, one of my all-time favorite movies is on stage at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and it looks amazing!

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is going to be at the Academy of Music later this month. The staged musical of this worldwide smash-hit film arrives in Philadelphia for a two-week engagement beginning March 24 through April 5.

If you have never been to the Academy of Music, you have to go! The theater is beautiful, parking is easy and every show I've ever seen there with my husband has been wonderful.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is the timeless love story featuring heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. The stage adaptation features the hit songs “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life,” “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” and “Do You Love Me?”   

Tickets for Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, are still available by calling 215-731-3333, online at, at the Kimmel Center box office (open daily 10 am to 6 pm) or at the Academy of Music box office (Broad & Locust Sts.) during performances only. Get your tickets and get ready for the time of your life. And, remember, Nobody puts Baby in the corner.

Disney's Monkey Kingdom Trailer #MonkeyKingdom,

Last year, my kids and I went to the theater to see the movie 


on opening day. We totally loved it, and we're looking forward to seeing “Monkey Kingdom,” a new Disneynature movie about Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey. 

See the NEW trailer here:

This new film is set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya's whole family is forced to relocate, where she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

This new film swings into theaters 

April 17, 2015


For more information about the film and the conservation program, go to

Disney Planes #FireandRescue Release #ad

This is a sponsored post. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Is it me or have the past few months flown by? It seems like school just started and now we're counting down the days to Christmas already. One of my favorites things about this season is all of the movies that are released just in time for the holidays. To celebrate the release of Disney’s “Planes Fire & Rescue” on Blu-ray and Digital HD on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, I want to take a minute to talk about the Everyday Heroes in our lives - our kids.

Are my kids Everyday Heroes? Absolutely. And I hope yours are too! There are certainly enough super-powers to go around, so let's all embrace the hero qualities that our kids have.

No one is saying that you need to be perfect to be a hero. Even the best heroes have their faults. But, one thing I've noticed about my kids (and some of the coolest heroes around) is that being a hero means taking the the spotlight off of yourself and putting it on someone else instead. It means doing good things for others because you know it's the right thing to do, not because you want to be acknowledged.

There is something special about being humble and helping others. Just like Dusty, from Planes Fire & Rescue, it's important to recognize that sometimes you need to shift gears to make an impact. 

In Planes Fire & Rescue, Dusty, a world-famous air racer learns that he may never race again and he is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with a team of veteran firefighters; together, they battle a massive fire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. 

This movie is a fun high energy action-adventure story that is perfect for the whole family. And, I like the message that putting your ego to the side and working together as a team can lead to great accomplishments. 

“A real hero doesn't expect to be thanked or even recognized.” 

― Tom Collins

Now, that the weather is already getting ridiculously cold here in the Philadelphia suburbs, I know my family and I are going to be having more cozy movie nights over the next few months.  If you are too, you might want to buy Disney Planes Fire and Rescue here. It's a heroic story filled with humor and heart. 


Follow me on instagram to see some of my kids #EverydayHero moments and join in the #PlanesFireandRescueSweeps Twitter party on Thursday, November 6th, from 4-5pm PST (7-8pm EST).

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Disney Planes Fire & Rescue blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Have you heard of Jamberry nail wraps yet?

This is a guest post from Jen who is a Jamberry Nails consultant. 

Gone are the days of the single colored manicure! Jamberry nail wraps are vinyl wraps that are applied at home, to your natural or artificial nails using a hair dryer or Jamberry mini heater!

Jamberry nail wraps are available in over 300 different designs. Some are patterned, floral, sparkly, or solid. There is something for everyone! They match your style while demanding very little of your time or money. ~ Join the nail revolution, ladies! And don’t forget your little ladies… Jamberry Juniors nail wraps feature fun, trendy designs made for the littlest of hands.

Choose from a variety of styles, including ‘MOMMY & ME’ sets which feature nail wraps also found in adult sizes so you and your little one can sport matching manis!

Navy Quatrefoil and Porcelain

One regular sheet includes 18 Jamberry nail wraps. A regular sheet can be used for two to three applications, depending on the size and length of your nails. Also Jamberry nail wraps last up to 2 weeks on fingers and 4 weeks on toes.

Jamberry wraps are also chemical free and made in the USA!

Each sheet of Jamberry Juniors includes two coordinating designs. With 28 wraps of one design and 14 of the other, you can get up to five applications.

Where Can You Get Jamberry Nail Wraps?

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Jamberry wraps can be purchased at, or at a Facebook or home party.

Are Jamberry Nail Wraps Easy to Apply?

Wondering how easy it is to apply Jamberry Nails? While Jamberry sells mini-heaters like the one in the video below, you can apply with just your hair dryer! SO easy, you won’t even believe it. 

For more information about Jamberry or to request a sample,get in touch with Jen!  She is happy to answer any questions you have about Jamberry Nail Wraps.  Click here to contact her ot visit Jen's website to check out all of the latest Jamberry products. 


It's Not Too Late To Put a Label On It!

Years ago, when my son went to daycare for the first time, it was really important to me to make sure he had everything he needed to be comfortable, including: extra clothes, blankets, and his bottles. I wanted to make sure all of his things were clearly recognizable and I labeled everything!

I ordered dishwasher & washing machine safe labels so that no one could confuse his belongings with any of the other babies in the nursery. Getting these labels was one of the best things I ever did because it gave me peace of mind that my son was getting his bottles and all of his favorite things while at daycare.  



Eight+ Years Later

Now, more than 8 years later, I continue to buy these labels for all of my sons' back-to-school stuff. Mabel's Labels, who kindly sent me some of their labels to review, makes hip labels that are extremely durable. They have labels that are dishwasher/laundry safe and customizable to your needs. They are perfect for all of my kids' outerwear and pricey sports equipment too!

How I Use Mabel's Labels

My tip: Get your last name and phone number on our labels, so that anyone can track you down to return a lost item. During the change of seasons, you never know if your kids are going to keep their light jackets or sweatshirts on during recess. But, if you have your name and phone number listed right on your label, there's a pretty good chance a lost item won't end up in lost and found. I also stick a label on my cell phone too.  Better safe than sorry, right?

If you haven't heard of Mabel's Labels, they are a leading provider of personalized labels for kids and adults. Their custom labels include sticky labels for clothing, personalized stickers for tweens, school labels, name labels, iron-on clothing labels/name tags, book plates, label stickers/adhesive labels for the home, and children’s labels for look-alike items sent to school, daycare or camp.

Check out their awesome selection of labels at!

Back to School Tips

I can't believe it's time to go back to school already!  

This is my first year that both of my sons will be in school full-time and we're ready for it! We just found out who their teachers will be and now, we are excited to learn which kids will be in their classes. This is the moment they've been waiting for, and I'm excited to share it with them.

I remember back to when my eldest was entering kindergarten. He was incredibly excited, and his eagerness to get in the classroom definitely put me at ease. This year, he'll be able to guide my little guy through full-day elementary school and I think we're all looking forward to it just as much.

Three years ago, as I was anticipating my son's first day in kimdergarten, I wrote up a blog post with lots of tips based on suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics. My kids have changed so much over the past few years, but these tips have with held the test of time. 

Read more here: Back to School Advice for Parents and Kids



Art Splash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Have you heard about The Philadelphia Museum of Art's new summer program for kids? Their Art Splash program gives kids a chance to explore, create, and play through art and imagination.

Through this special program, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main building has been transformed into a special place where families can "Meet the Masterpieces" as select treasures from the Museum's collection come to life through gallery explorations, studio-art creations, and imaginative play for visitors of all ages. Upcoming events include:

Trip around the World - Now through Aug. 17, 2014

- Medieval Worlds - August 19–24, 2014

- Tea and Treasure - August 26–September 1, 2014

Do your kids like to cook?

On Wednesday August 20th, Stephen Starr Events & Catering along with Philadelphia Art Museum will host a kids cooking class as part of the museum's summer family friendly Art Splash programming.

At “Cook with Your Kids,” parents and kids will be able to participate in a fun, interactive cooking demonstration and learn tips on how to cook at home together from Executive Chef Gerald Drummond who helms the kitchen at the museum's Granite Hill restaurant.

The unique class will be located in Philadelphia Art Museum’s Cafeteria from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The class is $45, $40 for members and can be purchased online here. Children must be 6 years of age or older to participate. 

For all other Art Splash events, go to: Art Splash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Use Degree. Don't Sweat the World Cup!

On our vacation, last August, we didn't visit 1 soccer stadium. Oh, no. We went to 3!

We saw Manchester United and Stoke City play at their home fields. We also took a side trip to tour Anfield, the great home of Liverpool FC. We don't get to England very often anymore, so my husband squeezed in as much soccer as he could into a two week period. We even visited the grassy field where my husband played football with his childhood friends.

Yes, we're BIG into soccer! My family has been looking forward to the FIFA World Cup for a long time, and we've had a lot of fun watching it with friends over the past couple of weeks.

The U.S. men's soccer team put up a great fight against Belgium! Even though they didn't win, they proved that they were a force to be reckoned with. It was very impressive!

This summer Degree Men and Walgreens have been cheering on the U.S. team as well. Did you know that Degree is the Official Deodorant of U.S. Soccer? Degree wants to reward fans who Do:More with a great offer.  Hurry and get to Walgreens today or tomorrow (7/4 or 7/5) and receive 1,000 Balance Rewards points when you buy 2 Degree Men Deodorant products.

Move more, play more and Do:More this summer with Degree! 

Continue here for 5 Facts about Soccer for Kids

RIO 2 Summer Party Tour Across America!

The RIO 2 Summer Party Tour is cruising across America bringing Soccer Fever, Games, Samba Lessons, and Fun for the Whole Family.

I'm sharing this information on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment who is giving families a reason to shake a tail feather down to the tour. It is full of interactive activities for all ages including:

  •  Portable viewing stations to watch soccer games, live from Rio
  • Screenings of RIO 2
  • Samba performances and lessons
  • Customizable Carnival masks
  • Soccer challenges and much more!

You can also join in a cross country karaoke via the sing-and-dance-along photo booth.

Here's the schedule for the RIO 2 Summer Party:           




Event Times

Game Times



Tuesday, 7/1


Franklin Square

6th & Race Streets

Center City Philadelphia

12-6:30pm ET

12 & 4pm ET

Saturday, 7/5


Mall of Georgia

12-6:30pm ET

12 & 4pm ET

Tuesday, 7/8


Riverfront Park Smale Field

1-6pm CT

3pm CT

Wednesday, 7/9


Kohl Children’s Museum

1:30-6:30pm CT

3pm CT

Saturday, 7/12

St. Louis

St. Louis Galleria

1-6pm CT

3pm CT

Monday, 7/14


The Parks at Arlington

12-5pm CT


Friday, 7/18

Los Angeles

Hollywood & Highland Center

12-5pm PT



You can check out pictures from the tour, follow the GPS enabled tour bus, and find RIO 2 goodies at  Follow the tour on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #rio2summertour.  If the tour isn't stopping in your town, you can get RIO 2 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on July 15!

Dress Like a Cow Day at Chick-fil-A #CowAppreciationDay 2014

If you live near a Chick-fil-A restaurant, it's time to mark your calendar for Cow Appreciation Day! Yes, on July 11, 2014, you can get FREE food for wearing cow attire.

If you're not familiar with Cow Appreciation Day, take a look at this video to learn more:

On this special day, Chick-fil-A is giving a FREE meal to any customer who comes to the restaurant fully dressed as a cow.  If you're not quite ready to get completely decked out in cow gear, you can opt to wear "partial cow attire" for one free Entrée (like a chicken sandwich)

My sons and I have celebrated #CowAppreciationDay in the past, and we've always had a good time with it.  I'm not courageous enough to dress from head to hoof, but there are plenty of adults that stroll into the restaurant in full cow attire. 

Do you plan on celebrating Cow Appreciation Day this year?  Get the scoop on Cow Appreciation Day on the Chick-fil-A website, where you can read the F.A.Q's, check out the photo gallery and even buy cow merchandise.

What is Amazon Student? {Referral Link}

Have you heard about Amazon Student? It's a program in which college students can receive six months of FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible purchases with Amazon.  

Think about it. Time is money, so if you can save time by getting free 2-day delivery and not have to drive around to a bunch of stores, that can be invaluable. To make it even better, try to find American made products on Amazon.  That way, you can still supports U.S. companies and make life a little easier for yourself at the same time.

In addition to the free shiping, students will also receive special discounts and promotions.

  1. Join Amazon Student FREE Two-Day Shipping for College Students
  2. Students need to be currently enrolled in a college/university and have a valid .edu e-mail address.
  3. Submit the sign-up form.
  4. Click the verification link in the e-mail they send to complete the sign-up process.

Be sure to share this with anyone you know who is currently in college.  I'm sure they'll appreciate it!


Free and Cheap Movies for Kids - Summer 2014

School is out and parents everywhere are looking for fun and cheap things to do with their kids this summer.  In previous years, I put together a list of free and cheap summer movies across America.  I've updated the list for Summer 2014, and I hope you find some movies in your area!



Bow Tie Cinemas Free Sumer Film Series - Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am - Seating starts at 9:00 am Absolutely Free Admission! 

Cinema World's Summer KidFest -  Free films, seven days a week, all summer long! Every day at 10am. Children are FREE. Adults are just $2 or FREE with a donation (see site for details).

Cinemark's Summer Movie Clubhouse - Showing 10 films for $5, if purchased in advance, or just $1 per show.

Classic Cinemas - Wednesday morning movie series are just $1.  Now through August 6th.

Flagship Cinemas - Camp Flagship offers free summer movies for kids. 

Georgia Theater Company - Checkout these $1 Movies every Tuesday and Thursday Morning.

Harkins Summer's Movie Fun - Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. 

Marcus Theatres - Kids’ Dream Summer Film Series - Every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday at 10am. June 15th through August 13th. Family friendly films for just $2!

The Majestic - Vero Beach, FL - Free films, seven days a week, all summer long! Every day at 10am. Children are FREE. Adults are just $2 or FREE with a donation (see site for details).

Marquee Cinemas - Kid's Summer Movie Series - Marquee Cinemas presents a special selection of family films brought to you each week during the summer at no charge.

Philadelphia Waterfront, Screening Under the Stars – Throughout the summer, you can watch different films outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

Regal - Summer Movie Express - Family movies will play every Tuesday and Wednesday for just $1 admission.

Showcase Cinemas - Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. through August 3th, just bring a book report (see site for details) with you to the select Bookworm Wednesdays movie and that’s your price of admission!

Keep in mind, all of these summer movie listings are subject to change. I always suggest contacting your local theatre to confirm details. These events tend to be very popular and are often issued on a first come - first serve basis.  

Go to the movies and have a great summer!

Copyright 2014 Local Fun for Kids

Chick-fil-A Giveaway in Lima, PA {sponsored}

If you live in Delaware County, PA, I've got a special treat for you! Chick-fil-A in Lima, Pennsylvania is celebrating summer and they want you to join them! They are hosting the Great Grill Giveaway, which means that everyone who purchases a grilled chicken entree or meal now through June 20th, will get an entry form for their raffle drawing of a FREE gas grill.


Reasons to Love Minor League Baseball!

After a long snowy winter, I am ready for some summer fun with my kids. For us, that means, swimming, road trips, and baseball, among other things. Summer is the perfect time for a minor league baseball game, and if you've never gone to a minor league game, I urge you to check it out.

If you've been to a minor league game in the past, you might already know why these are great for families, and if not, this is a must read: Summer Fun for Kids: Minor League Baseball Games. I'll share the reasons that I love minor league baseball games, and why you might love them too!

Free Donut's on June 6th 2014

It's almost Donut Day and that means you can stop by your local Dunkin Donut and Krispy Kreme stores for FREE Donuts on June 6th!

Participating Dunkin’ Donuts stores will offer guests one free donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage.  Read more on about the Dunkin Donuts freebie here.

Also on June 6th, stop into Krispy Kreme  for a free donut. No purchase necessary here! Read more about Krispy Kreme's celebration here.

Participation may vary, so please check with your local store to see if they are offering these deals! This offer may not be combined with other offers. Check store for details.