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Good GradesWell, it’s soon going to be REPORT CARD time! I always LOVED getting good grades because I loved to see what free things I could get with my A’s! Funny how even as a kid I was always looking for deals! Here are a few places that I’ve found around the Dayton area that offer rewards for kids with good grades. (Note: some businesses only accept report cards for Kindergarten thru 6th grade)

Bagel Cafe (Kettering): FREE bagel- up to four bagels for each A (Thanks Julie!)

Cheryl and Co: FREE Cookies for every A (up to 3 cookies)

Chuck E Cheese: FREE tokens up to 15 tokens A’s- 3 tokens, B’s- 2 tokens, C’s- 1 token (food purchase required)

Cold Stone Creamery: One FREE Kids Size with one Mix In A’s (some locations require straight A’s- Call your location first)

Family Video: FREE movie rental at the end of the school year for A’s

Krispy Kreme: FREE donut for every A (up to 6 donuts at Retail Stores only)

Rita’s Ice: One FREE regular Italian Ice (limit ONE, valid only 30 days after the end of grading period

If you know of any other good grade deals please let us know and we will add them to our list.

Since we are not in constant contact with every location be sure to check beforehand that they are still participating.

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Chipolte Boo-Rito

Halloween is full of freebie both for kids and adults alike. We've compiled our list of best freebies that we know of before and after Halloween.

  1. A Boo-rito at Chipotle. Show up in costume at Chipotle between 4 p.m. and closing time on Halloween will get a Chipotle burrito, bowl or salad for only $2.
  2. Kids eat free at Outback. Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. This is for dine-in only and, Outback says, while supplies last. Be sure to look for another freebie hidden inside the drink menu. It’s a coupon for a free steak dinner, which you can redeem on your next visit to Outback between November 1 and November 29, 2012.
  3. Free donut at Krispy Kreme. Stop into Krispy Kreme in costume on Halloween, and you can get a free Halloween or pumpkin spice doughnut. No purchase is necessary. One doughnut per customer and at participating Krispy Kreme locations only.
  4. Free trick or treat bag at Subway. Kids will receive a Frankenweenie reusable bag and a glow stick, while supplies last.
  5. Halloween Spooktacular at Town and Country. On Oct 31 from 6-8pm trick or treat throughout the shopping center (bring your own bag!), play games and win prizes, guess the pumpkin weight and number of candy in the bowl! Balloon artist, face painting, refreshments, and fun!
  6. Corn dogs at Sonic. Sonic will be selling corn dogs on Halloween for 50 cents all day.
  7. Free kid’s meal at Chili’s. Bring your little ones any time between October 29 and October 31 for a free kids meal with adult entree and this printable coupon. This free meal is good for children age 12 or younger and at participating locations only.
  8. Free kid's meal at Bob Evans. Bring your littles in between Oct 24- Oct 31 in costume and this coupon (or ask for the coupon in store according to their FB page) for a free kids meal with adult entree. 
  9. Italian food at Piada. Come to Piada dressed in costume on Oct 31 and receive a Free Piada.
  10. Be crafty at Michaels. Michaels stores are featuring crafts activities, Halloween parades and face painting for kids ages three and up on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
  11. HalloWING at Quaker Steak and Lube. Kids Halloween Nite Monday October 29 from 4-8pm Join them for a pumpkin hunt, Cookie Decorating, & FREE tokens for the games!
  12. AFTER HALLOWEEN- Trade your sweets at The Filling Station- Nov 2- Bring in your unopened candy to the fall Festival at the Filling Station & you could earn $1 per pound (up to 5 lbs) or tokens for the game room, a bag filled with goodies and a chance to win something extra special.
  13. AFTER HALLOWEEN- Dr. McConnell D.D.S (at the Greene)- Will pay $1.00 per pound (up to 5 lbs per child) for your unopened candy! Candy can be dropped off: November 1st 8:15 am- 5:00 pm, November 2nd 8:15 am- 4:00 pm

If you know of any others please feel free to let us know!

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Categories: Fall, Food, Kids, Free, Stores,

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Parks & Recreation is having a Halloween in the Park event this Saturday, October 22 from 2:30-6:30pm at Sackett-Wright Park.

There are lots of events going on including: 

  • Merlin the Magician will perform at 2:45-3:30pm,
  • A presentation by Glen Helen Raptor Center will be 3:30-4pm,
  • Spooky Tales by the Winters Library
  • Get up-close with an emergency vehicle
  • “T-Birds of S.W. Ohio” car display.
  • Complimentary wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, face painting, games, crafts, and more!

Traditional “Halloween in the Park” contests will be; costumes, pumpkin decorating and scarecrow displays! Our famous “Witch’s Brew” will be served with music provided by DJ Bill Nance throughout the event. Call 848-3535 for more information.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Bring pre-decorated pumpkins to the park. May be carved, colored, painted, etc. Register from 2:30-4pm (for all ages)

Costume Contest: Judging Begins at 4:15pm SHARP! Register from 3-4pm (for all ages) - no registrations after 4pm

Scarecrow Contest: Bring your completed scarecrow to the park between 10am–12pm.

Thanks Savings Lifestyle

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Categories: Crafts, Fall, Kids, Free,

Von MaurTrick-or-Treat at Von Maur on Saturday, October 29 from 12-4pm. Calling all super heroes, princesses and spooky monsters! Trick-or-treating will be available for children in all Von Maur departments. Come make the rounds, have fun and have a Happy Halloween!

You can find this and lots of other great events on our Calendar!

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Categories: Fall, Kids, Free,

MetroParksThe Five Rivers MetroParks have two FREE family Harvest events going on this Saturday.

Possum Creek MetroPark:
Saturday, October 15 from 12-5pm
Bring the whole family to experience this free family event with music, demonstrations, displays, children's games and more! Enjoy pony rides, wagon rides and a variety of education displays! While you're here, visit the Scarecrow Convention display around the crop field.

2nd Street Market:
Saturday, October 15 from 10am-2pm
Join them for pumpkin decorating, musical entertainment and sampling of in-season fruits and vegetables will be a part of this program geared toward the whole family.


Thanks Savings Lifestyle

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Categories: Fall, Kids, Free,

KetteringThe Kettering Rec is holding their annual open house at the Ice Arena on Saturday, October 22. There is free skating from 2:35-3:30pm and skates will be available to rent.

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It's time to get your creative juices flowing! With October here I bet many of you are starting to think about Halloween costumes. But costumes can be expensive. And you might be wondering- is a costume really worth all that money? So how do you dress your kids for their trek out to beg candy from unwitting strangers without breaking the bank? Here are a few ideas and tips to dress your kids this Halloween for less.


Cheap Halloween Costume

Costume Shirts: We've all seen the tees with Batman, Superman, Captain America and the likes with their logo emblazoned on the front. Grab one of these tees or a Under Roo set that has the logo shirt and then head to the toy department and check out their selection of dress-up accessories. I've seen Captain America, Thor and even Batman accessories at Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and even Meijer. You can also purchase the accessory part of their costume at a Halloween costume store too.



Cheap Halloween Costume

Toy Department Dress Up: You might be surprised at the amount of dress-up that they carry in the toy department. They have fairy wings, princess outfits, firefighter hats and loads of superhero dress-up. The thing I like about the toy department dress-up is that it's better quality and typically cheaper than the Halloween costumes. Seriously.. Halloween costumes must be made from cheap pantyhose material!!



Cheap Halloween Costume

Family Fun's Magazine: Family Fun has several great costume ideas that are last minute, like the "Road Trip" costume pictured above. That in my book means "stuff you already have at home" which means a funny costume with little to no money being spent! Be sure to check out the latest issue there are several great ideas in their October magazine too.



Cheap Halloween Costume

DIY: There are tons of tutorials on how to make different dress-up/ Halloween clothing pieces. Here are my two favorite inexpensive, easy options:

Superhero Cape from Tee Shirt- You can use the correct color for your superhero costume (Blue- Superman/ Black- Batman)

Cheap Halloween Costume

Tutu- You can easily create a tutu with the colors of any Disney princess. (Yellow and red- Snow White / Blue- Cinderella / Yellow- Belle)



Second Hand Store/ Thrift Store: If you start looking early enough you can find several different costumes that others have discarded from their past Halloween adventures at most thrift stores.



Online: Costume Express, and Amazon all have costumes galore. You can even find a deal on some items if you search their clearance and sale sections.

And my last tip!

AFTER Halloween Clearance: Head to the store AFTER Halloween and stock up for next year.

Do you have any great tips for dressing up for Halloween for less? We'd love to hear your ideas!

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Categories: Fall, Kids,

Farmer MarketThe great thing about summer is that it brings the fun of outdoor Farmers Markets to the Dayton area. You can find locally grown produce, organic meat, bakery items and much more! They always have a great selection of food and other items. It's a great way to help support local farmers and businesses in the Dayton area. Plus if you ask any farmer's market die-hard shopper they will quickly tell you that what you can buy there is unlike anything you can ever hope to find at a grocery store. So now thanks to some of our amazing readers we have a list of several local farmer's markets. If you know of any others please feel free to leave us a comment and we will add it to the list.

2nd Street Market
Location: 600 E 2nd Street, Dayton
: Thursday & Friday 11am-3pm
Saturday 8am-3pm
Closed on Christmas and New Years

Centerville Farmer's Market
Location: 892 S. Main Street, Centerville
North of the intersection of State Route 48 & Spring Valley Road
Dates: May 26- Oct 27
Hours: Thursday 2:30-6:30pm

Greene County Farmers Market

Location: North Allison Avenue in Xenia, next to Aldi’s
Dates: Tuesday during the summer
Hours: Tuesday 9am-1:30pm

Location: Five Points Shopping Center parking lot
2239 Tarbox Cemetery Road
Dates: Thursday during the summer
Hours: Thursday 2-6pm

Location: Beavercreek Kmart shopping center on Dorothy Lane
Dates: Saturday during the summer
: Saturday 8am-12:30pm

Sugarcreek Township Farmer's Market

: 4333 Feedwire Road, Kettering
: May 20 - October 28
: Friday 3-7pm

Tippecanoe Farmer's Market
Location: 3rd and Main Street, Tipp City
Dates: June 11- Sept 17
Hours: Saturday 9am-12pm

Wegerzyn Market at Moose Lodge

Location: 2110 E. Central Ave, Miamisburg
Dates: July 5 - Oct. 25
Hours: Wednesday 1-6pm

Shiloh Church

Location: 5300 N Main St, Dayton
Dates: May 7- Oct 15
Hours: Saturday 7am-12pm

Thanks Lizzie, Brandi, Melissa, Veronica, Amber, Rebecca and Cindy!!

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Categories: Fall, Food, Stores, Summer,

20 Oct

Questing-Go on a quest for a geocache or letterbox that could be hidden practically anywhere. is a great resource to help you out if you are new to geocaching. Plus you can seach for local geocaches near your location. The Dayton Metroparks has some tips for finding geocaches in the Metropark area.

Letterboxing is very similar to geocaching, although each box typically has a stamp and guest book. Bring a notebook along and mark your notebook with the stamp and be sure to sign the guest book too. You can even search by location.

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18 Oct

Pumpkin Patch- Plan a "Pumpkin Day". Take a drive to a local farm and pick your own pumpkin, or you can head to the grocery store and buy a pumpkin there also. Let each person pick their own pumpkin, and be prepared to spend some time debating the merits of one pumpkin or another. If you need some decorating ideas be sure to check out our "J" post.

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