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Where did January go? I can't believe how fast it's went and that it's almost Valentines Day already! So I've been thinking about what I could create for my sweeties. Then it hit me- who doesn't love a homemade coupon book?! I bet even my little boys will love to receive one. I remember making one for my hubby Mark when we were dating... I  think I still have it somewhere in the basement. But I remember how excited he was to get it and how much fun it was too see him smile as he read each coupon.

Valentine's Coupon Book

So to our faithful friend Pinterest I went and wandered around and found a really cute one on Mommy by day..Crafter by night's blog. She has a SUPER cute printable that you can even customize with your own coupons plus you can make one for every sweetheart in your life whether big or small. PLUS it's so tiny it's only 1x2 inches! How fun would be fun to hide it in a lunchbox, jacket pocket or even car cupholder?!

Valentine's Coupon Book

Be sure to head to Mommy by day.. Crafter by night and get her free printable. Or you can even follow my on Pinterest and see what other fun and crafty things I find. Don't have an invite? Let me know and I'll send you one.  Do you have a great inexpensive Valentine's Day gift that you love? Please feel free to share it with us!

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26 Oct

So, for those of you who are like me and always looking for deals, let's talk about Halloween deals. Now, even if you don't celebrate Halloween, you can still score on many of the deals that are going on. There are a few restaurants that sell coupon books full of coupons to hand out to kids. These typically only cost $1 and have AMAZING coupons inside. Just remember to read the coupons carefully since many of them expire in a month and aren't valid until November 1. So don't "stock up" on them if you aren't going to use them, too much of a good deal can still turn into a waste if you aren't careful.


LaRosa's- $1 for 6 Free Kids Meals Coupons

McDonald's- $1 for 12 various Free Kids Items (I found these over at McDonalds by Best Buy at the Fairfiled Mall)

Frisch's- $1 for 8 Free Kids Meals Coupons

Skyline- $1 for 8 Free Kids Meals Coupons

Chipolte- dress up in a costume inspired by the family farm and receive burritos for $2 ( Think: cows, pig, chicken, tractors)

If you know of any other Halloween coupon book deals please let us know!!

Plus several different locations offer Halloween Trick or Treating. Be sure to come back next week and check out our other Halloween deals we have for you!

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Earth FareOkay, for all you lovers of Trader Joe's, I think you are going to like Earth Fare supermarket!

Tomorrow Wednesday, October 19 Earth Fare is having their grand opening at 8am. They are located at Cross Pointe Center, where the old Stitching Post was. While they aren't having any grand opening freebies tomorrow (see I knew what you all are were hoping) they have something better going on every week. Earth Fare has Kids Eat Free every Thursday from 4-8pm where kids eat free with an adult entree purchase of $5 or more. But here's what makes their Family Dinner Night so great, there is typically entertainment for the kids (read: clowns, balloons, crafts..etc), your kiddos get to choose what they eat and up to 6 kids can eat free with a $5 adult entree purchase! This is a great deal for those of you with larger families.

I was lucky enough to get a tour of the store today and lest you think that the parents are getting the short end of the stick with this deal there is a deli, cafe, smoothie bar, soup, salad, bakery, sushi bar and even a pizza kitchen for you to choose from!! Here are the kids options, I love how there is something for just about EVERY kid no matter how picky. (They get to choose one item from each category)

Main Dish

  • Turkey Provolone Roll-up
  • Veggie & Hummus Roll-up
  • Soy Nuggets with Ranch Dressing
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Pizza Slice
  • PB & J Roll-up

Fresh Side

  • Carrots & Ranch Dressing
  • Fruit cup
  • Fruit (Apple, Banana, Orange or Grapes)
  • Raisins


  • Cheddar Bunnies
  • Gummy Fruit Snack
  • Oatmeal Snackimals
  • Applesauce
  • String Cheese
  • Blueberry yogurt


  • Milk
  • 100% Juice
  • Water

They make their kids menu even better by having a high standard for their products. And just like everything else in their store including dairy products, snacks, wine, cheese and even dog and cat food there are certain things they don't use. So you can enjoy your favorite snacks and staples without unhealthy ingredients like High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Fats, Artificial Trans Fats, and Artificial Sweeteners.

  • NO Artificial Fats or Trans Fats
  • NO High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • NO Artificial Colors
  • NO Artificial Flavors
  • NO Artificial Preservatives
  • NO Artificial Sweeteners
  • NO Antibiotics or Synthetic Growth Hormones in our Fresh Meat or Dairy
  • NO Bleached or Bromated flour

There is a huge section of bulk food and you can even bring in your own containers, just be sure to stop by the front desk when you come in so that they can weigh it so you don't pay for the weight of your container (how cool is that?!?).

Be sure to sign up for their weekly freebies/coupons and deals. I've been receiving them for about 3 months now and I've received ones for Free 1lb of Chicken (or Veggie Burgers) with $10 purchase, free 1lb of grapes with any purchase and free Earth Fare brand cookies with any purchase.. those are just a few of the coupons that I've gotten already. So make sure you sign up and you can get these great deals too. They also have coupons in store, they hand out coupon booklets when you come in and there are even coupons on their site. For those of you that are like me, you can even show them your coupons on your electronic device so that you can save paper, or just copy down the PLU code for your coupons. Plus be sure to follow them on Facebook for events and promotions. Personally I'm really excited to actually grocery shop there, and I'm almost positive that we will be going to Family Dinner Nights on Thursday!

( Earth Fare Family Night has been added to our Kids Eat Free list)


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We'd hate for you to miss a deal so here is what is coming up this next week. We will start having a some events that are only posted on our calendar and all the details will be there for the event. So, if there is no "Link"- it's posted in the Calendar page. If you have a question about a calendar post feel free to contact us!

Friday, September 30
Chick-fil-A: Free Breakfast
Momtopia: Fairfield Commons Mall

Saturday, October 1
Chick-fil-A: Free Breakfast
Barnes & Noble: Storytime
Home Depot: Kids Workshop
Dayton Mall: Taking Care of Baby and Me Expo

Sunday, October 2
Dayton Mall: Taking Care of Baby and Me Expo

Monday, October 3
Chick-fil-A: Free Breakfast

Tuesday, October 4
Books & Co
: Storytime
Barnes & Noble: Storytime
Chick-fil-A: Free Breakfast

Wednesday, October 5
Chick-fil-A: Free Breakfast

Thursday, October 6
Barnes & Noble: Storytime
Chick-fil-A: Free Breakfast

If you are looking for even more deals be sure to follow us on Facebook! We often post exclusive "quick deals" that we find there!

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Caribou CoffeeCaribou Coffee is having Buy One Get One FREE -Thursday September 29. Just print out the coupon or show it on your mobile device and receive a FREE drink, any kind any size, with the purchase of another drink.

So grab a friend and enjoy a cup together. My favorite thing there is the chocolate covered espresso beans. I know it's not coffee, but they are so good.

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Here is our list of printable coupons and deals for retail stores and restaurants.


Banana Republic Factory Outlet: 15% off your $100 purchase exp 2/29/12

JcPenney: $10 off your $40 purchase exp 9/25

Moochie & Co: Bring your pet in the last Sunday of every month from 1:00 - 6:00 pm and receive 20% off all regular-priced merchandise

Stride Rite: 20% off your $50 purchase exp 9/27



Cinnabon at The Dayton Mall: Mention "Cinnapacks Off the Rack" and receive $3.00 of any Cinnapack 

Mimi's Cafe: Kids Eat FREE on Friday with adult purchase exp 9/30

Smoothie King: FREE small smoothie with the purchase of a Smoothie King Gladiator Meal Replacement exp 9/30

Do you know of any others? Let us know and we'll add it to the list. Happy Shopping!

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The Melting PotFor those of you that attended Ultimate Mom's Night Out, I'm sure you remember the DELICIOUS chocolate covered strawberries and  krispy treats that The Melting Pot brought for everyone to enjoy. Well, if you are looking for a reason to head there be sure to check out their latest specials.

The Melting Pot has some great new daily specials including Kids Eat Free on Sunday. My personal favorite is Thursday night when 4 people can eat for $76. Be sure to follow The Melting Pot on Facebook to be kept up to date on all their deals and specials. Be sure to sign up for their emails by joining Club Fondue so that you don't miss any deals, plus you will get coupons for your birthday and anniversary.

MONDAY – FRIDAY - Happy Hour & a Half
From 5:00-6:30 p.m., in our bar area, enjoy half price cheese & chocolate fondue, $5 select cocktails, martinis & glasses of wine, plus $2 select beers.

MONDAY – Budget Stimulus Night
Enjoy our new Four-Course Classic for $50 per couple.

TUESDAY – Military Appreciation Night
We salute our service men and women with 30% off all food with proof of military service.

WEDNESDAY - Service Industry Night
Kick back and relax on your night off with a Fondue Feast for $30 per person.

THURSDAY – Double Date Night
One couple eats free – Enjoy our new Four-Course Classic for $76 per foursome.
(Not valid during Girls’ Night Out, the last Thursday of every month)

Parties of five or more can dip into our popular Fondue Feast for $30 per person. Plus enjoy 15% off any bottle of wine ($100 or less).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY – Lunch Special
A special three-course lunch option for just $25.The special includes your choice of salad, a featured light brunch entrée and a chocolate fondue.

EVERY SUNDAY – Kids Dip Free
Every Sunday, kids eat free fondue at The Melting Pot of Dayton. For every adult-sized individual entrée ordered, you'll receive a child's entrée, including steak, chicken, shrimp and ravioli. So bring the kids out for some family friendly fondue fun.

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If you have a Twitter account, it's about to help you get $5 FREE credit on Amazon for Video On Demand. Just click on the yellow "Tweet and Get $5" button and follow the steps to redeem your credit. This credit expires on 10/31/11.

This sounds like there is going to be a cheap or free date night at home in our near future!

Thanks Freebie Shark

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Do you have some exciting outdoor projects included in your summer plans? Are you a member of Home Depot's Garden Club yet? Well be sure to sign up and receive valuable money saving offers, tips and more via mail. Join Home Depot Garden Club for Free and get exclusive members only coupons, timely regional tips and expert answers to all your gardening questions!

I've already gotten a few mailers already that have great coupons and info about taking care of your outdoor plants, so be sure to sign up so that you don't miss out! Just click on the image above to sign up.

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Ultimate Mom's Night OutThis Thursday for Things I Love Thursday the thing I LOVE is Ultimate Mom's Night Out. Last Thursday, my fabulous co-host Kate and I got to spend a few hours with several local ladies for an evening of relaxing, fun, laughter and pampering. We think that mom's deserve a night out just having fun and we all enjoyed several hours at Villas at the Pointe Clubhouse doing just that. The evening started off with registration and all the lovely mama's that brought their nursing babies even got a Teething Bling bangle to model for the evening. There was all sorts of yummy food to munch including tasty The Submarine House sandwiches, delicious chocolate fondue strawberries and krispy treats from The Melting Pot and some cute Lulee's Lollies cakepops. 

The Melting PotBut there was so much more than just food that night- we had giveaways GALORE!! Everyone received 20 tickets and could choose what giveaways they wanted to try to win. There was everything from Boogie Wipes to Underdoodles and COSI to Jenna Claire in our giveaways so that there was something for everyone to enter. I know that over half of all the moms there that night won a prize from one of our sponsors.

UMNOThere was also a fun photo booth with pictures taken by Photography by Amy McSwegin, chair massages from At Peace Massage and Wellness, manicures by Beaute Box and Satin Hands treatments by Andrea from Mary Kay. Last but not least, everyone got to take home a swag bag literally stuffed full of swag!! Thanks to all our great giveaway, food and swag sponsors. We are so thankful to have such generous sponsors at Ultimate Mom's Night Out our evening could not have happened without them.

Primary Sponsors:

Dayton Mall
Life Stages

Seconday Sponsors:

Veggie Tales
Paper Coterie

Food Sponsors:

Submarine House

Product Sponsors:

At Peace Massage and Wellness
Beaute Box

Boogie Wipes

Cake, Hope and Love
CJ's Craft Corner



Five Rivers Metropark

Jenna Claire
Lia Sophia
Lulee's Lollies
Mabel's Labels
Mary Kay
Meeno Babies
Pink, Pearls and Pigtails
Stitched In Love
Teething Bling
Thirty One Gifts

It was so great meeting so many of our readers. We always love to meet you all! It was so exciting that we had 60 tickets for sale and sold out in only 6 minutes with a waiting list of almost 80 people! We can hardly wait until our next one. Please be sure to follow Ultimate Mom's Night Out on Facebook to be kept up to date on all the fun! Plus you can check out all the photo booth fun and lots of other great pictures from Ultimate Mom's Night Out. And while you are there please be sure to follow Deals For Dayton and my fabulous co-host Savvy Little Women.

I'm linking up over at The Diaper Diaries for Things I love Thursday.

Photo credit: 3 Men and a Lady, Once a Month Mom, Photography by Amy McSwegin

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