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26 Jan

So maybe it's too cold outside, but on some days you just NEED TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE! Anybody else with me?! Cabin fever often runs rampant in my house. So to help you out and to save you some sanity we put together a list of a few locations that you can visit and let your kids run off some energy while staying indoors. So bundle up the kids and get out of the house! These locations are great places to escape the outdoors! The price and times of each activity will vary so be sure to check out their site for more information. Also be sure to check their sites for possible coupons or discount days. I know this list is not all inclusive, so if you know of some places that I haven't included please be sure to let me know.

Play Some Games

Chuck E Cheese - Chaos in a building fueled by pizza

Magic Castle - Play areas, games, soft play area for younger kids

Learn Something New

Boonshoft Museum - Nature and science center with climbing structures and live animals

Air Force Museum - Large collection of military aviation and more, including sensory exhibits

Dayton Art Institute - Art exhibits and Kids Club gallery hunts

EnterTRAINment Junction - Train displays and walk through experiences

Run Off Some Energy

Bounce U - Inflatable play area for kids

Urban Krag - Rock climbing facility geared for ages 10 and up

Kettering Rec Center Ice Rink - Ice skating rink, check drop-in schedule on right column for times and fees

South Metro Sports - Ice skating rink

Skateworld of Kettering - Skating arena

Orbit Fun Center Lebanon - Skating arena and arcade

TWIGS Kids - Open bounce at gymnastics studio

Beaver-Vu Bowling Beavercreek - Bowling lanes

Pla-mor Bowling - Bowling lanes

Poelking Bowling Dayton Mall - Bowling lanes

Woodman Lanes - Bowling lanes

Poelking Lanes South Centerville - Bowling lanes

Marian Lanes Huber Heights - Bowling lanes

Kettering Rec Center - Rec classes and open gym drop in playdates (be sure to check the current activites guide)

Washington Township Rec Center - Preschool programs and playdates

The Chaos Room - Interactive gaming facility

Laser Web - Laser tag

Laser Quest - Laser tag

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252 StaffTuesday evening I spent some quality with Tricia and the amazing staff of 252 West Salon in Centerville. We got to enjoy a few blissfully relaxing hours being pampered at 252 West in preparation for Blissdom next week. Come on what woman doesn't love a little "me" time?

The salon and spa is in a beautiful building with a very quiet and contemporary vibe. 252 West has been in their current location for about 2 years and it's a great building with GIANT floor to ceiling windows in the salon area, which lets the sun flood the room with natural light. I always hate when I go to a salon and their florescent lighting makes me look awful the whole time that I sit there critiquing myself in the mirror while my hair gets done. This is NOT the issue at 252 West, the natural sunlight filling the room makes you look b-e-a-utiful!

Ok, now down to the services they offer. I had the pleasure to experience and enjoy a few of the services that 252 West has to offer. First, I was ushered downstairs with Wendy to get my facial and brow wax. I got to relax in a nice, soft, warm bed with a snuggly blanket on me as my brows "shaped up" to their fullest potential. Then came the relaxing facial. I've never had a facial before, and it was definitely something that I would consider doing again! A warm towel was draped across my shoulders and then on my face. After my face was exfoliated came the face, arm and hand massage. As odd as a face massage sounds it was so relaxing! Next came my manicure with Brianna. Which involved another glorious hand massage, my hands being put in a little heating pad and then the polish. With my nicely manicured nails I headed back upstairs for my haircut and color with Samantha. I wasn't sure yet what color I wanted for my hair and Samantha was very helpful offering suggestions and options. So after deciding on a dark brown (adventurous I know, since I have brown hair) with red highlights she colored my hair. 252 ResultsNow typically the next step which is getting your hair washed isn't anything to write home about... but this time it was. The chairs in the room were not just any old salon chairs where you lay there and stare at the ceiling as they wash your hair. OH NO, these chairs were shiatsu massage chairs, I could not believe it when my chair started to recline and then I relaxed to a massage while my hair got washed. Samantha clipped, snipped and trimmed up my hair and although I didn't do anything drastic I was really happy with what she did. Finally came a little one on one time with Josh their makeup artist. He did a beautiful job and showed me the best way to apply my eye makeup. I had no idea that the key is lots of different types of brushes and blending. At the end of the night I felt gorgeous! What do you think?!

252 FinalIt was truly a evening of pampering and relaxing. I really enjoyed how relaxed every step was, I never felt like they were just trying to rush though what we were doing, instead they did the job with careful diligence. The staff was so attentive and knowledgeable in their areas, paying attention to details, refilling my drink and answering my numerous questions. I had an lovely time and would recommend it to anyone looking to get a little salon or spa time in. I'm also really excited to have an EXCLUSIVE coupon for $10 towards your FIRST Salon or Spa Service at 252 West for all our readers. So go and enjoy a little relaxing time of your own, print off your coupon and head to 252 West today! Want to see more pics of my makeover? Be sure to "like" 252 West on Facebook and check out all the pictures of me and Tricia! While you are there be sure to tell them what you think of my new look.

Disclosure: 252 West Salon provided me with all the salon services mentioned above. But this post and opinions are my own and not paid for or influenced by the services provided.

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252 West Salon and SpaI love being a mom. I love spending time with my two boys, playing with them, taking them to all the fun things I can, and I love watching them grow up. Although like every other mom, sometimes I just need some time to myself. At the end of some days I just want peace and quiet! No little people crying because someone took their toy, no one crying to be carried around, and no one asking me for ANOTHER snack. Now don't get me wrong there are moments during the day that I get time alone, naptime specifically. But do you know what one of my favorite times alone is? It's those few times a year that I get to go and get my haircut. Someone pampering me for a bit, and giving me a quiet moment to read a cheesy magazine, that is what I enjoy! I sometimes feel like I get so busy being a mom that when I happen to pass a mirror I seriously feel like I look so blah and I need some serious help! It's so hard sometimes to just take that time for myself to get a haircut, although I always feel so much better about how I look after I do. It's just making the time to schedule that appointment that is so hard for me.

Well, thankfully 252 West Salon in Centerville is helping me and my friend Tricia out tomorrow! We are headed to Blissdom next week in Nashville to learn a few of the finer points of blogging but before we go we are lucky enough to enjoy a few moments of bliss here in town of our own. 252 West is giving us beauty treatments, a few hours of relaxation, and help with that "blah mom" look that we all deal with at times!  But here is the tricky thing for me. Since I don't have the time to be up on all the trendiest hairstyles I don't know what to do with my hair! I love my length, I look RIDICULOUS with bangs, and with my skin tone blond or red hair would just make me look silly, but other than that I don't really care what happens to it when I get it cut or colored. So what do you think I should do with my hair? Any tips or suggestions? I need some help, give me some of your hairstyle ideas so I don't look like a tired, blah mom for Blissdom next week.


And as a thank you to my readers for helping me out... here is a coupon for you so that you can enjoy some moments of bliss of your own! 252 West Salon and MedSpa wants you to be able to relax and enjoy some "me time" also so they have generously offered an EXCLUSIVE coupon for $10 towards your FIRST Salon or Spa Service at 252 West Salon & MedSpa. So give me your ideas! And be sure to come back later this week to see how it all turned out!

But no matter what, I still get to come home to my sweet little boys (and loving hubby) that love me no matter how I look or feel. And that is worth more than anything!

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StarbucksIf you got a Starbucks Gift Card for Christmas be sure to register your card with My Starbucks Rewards! Earn stars each time you use your card and receive rewards. PLUS all registered Starbucks Card holders get a handcrafted birthday beverage of their choice. To make it even better paying with your registered Starbucks Card gets you a brewed or iced coffee or tea refill at no charge during your visit to a participating store.

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The GreeneI ran into one of my friends at The Greene a several months ago and we started talking deals at the Greene. There are several restaurants there and many of them have great deals on food, you just have to be there at the right time on the right days. So, thanks to Brooke Gillen… here they are! Let us know if you know of any others. Deals are subject to change at any time so be sure to call ahead.

Fleming's Steakhouse and Wine Bar has an exceptional menu and amazing atmosphere. Now for many of us it's a bit pricey to eat dinner there, but did you know that they have a special "5-6-7" bar menu. Their "5 For $6 'Til 7" bar menu features 5 appetizers, 5 wines by the glass, 5 cocktails and their Flemings Prime Burger. Each item is $6 and served nightly until 7pm.

BRIO brings the flavors of the Tuscan country to the Greene. You can enjoy their $2.95 Tuscan Taster Bar Menu on Monday through Friday from 3-7pm and 9pm-Close.

Bar Louie is a casual restaurant that serves specializes in over-sized sandwiches and artfully concocted signature cocktails,. Join them on Tuesday after 5pm and enjoy $1 burgers!

Choe's Asian Gourmet invites you to enjoy very best in Far East flavors  that includes Thai, Chinese and Japanese. Monday- Friday from 3-6pm you can enjoy buy one get one 1/2 off of select rolls and specialty drinks.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood has a menu with over 30 varieties of seafood available. Be sure to visit them every weeknight from 3-6pm and you can enjoy their Happy Hour Menu with bar food starting at $1.95 and daily drink specials. Tuesdays they feature $1.00 Chef’s Oysters. (Bar area only)

Mimi’s Cafe sister restaurant of Bob Evans has new Wednesday Wine specials and happy hour every weekday. Happy hour is $2 off Starters from 4-7pm and 9pm to close every Monday thru Friday. The wine special is half price on all bottles of wine all day every Wednesday.

Wine Loft has a few weekly specials. Head there on Mon-Fri from 4-7pm for their deals including $3.95 Appetizers (bar only), $4 Wine Selections, $5 Martinis, $4 Well Drinks, $2 Domestic / $3 Premium Beer.

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10 Jan

Thanks to one of our readers, Lindsay, we are writing a new post, and now a BRAND new section- check out our Places tab, that includes Free indoor places to play! So here is what I've come up with so far, if you know of any more please let us know and we will add to our list. If our location information is incorrect please let us know.

Indoor Playgrounds


1872 East Stroop Rd Kettering- computer play area

6222 Wilmington Pike Kettering- indoor/ outdoor play area

2853 Centre Dr Fairborn- computer play area

410 N Broad St Fairborn - indoor play area

1570 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd Centerville - computer play area

2757 W. Alex Bell Rd Miamisburg - indoor play area

15 N Heincke Rd Miamisburg - computer play area

5562 Merily Way Huber Heights - indoor play area

Chick-fil A

Beavercreek Freestanding - indoor play area

Centerville Freestanding - indoor play area

Dayton Freestanding - indoor play area 


Burger King

4465 Clyo Rd Kettering - indoor play area

7607 Old Troy Pike Huber Heights - indoor play area


Mall Play Areas

Dayton Mall - indoor play area

Mall at Fairfield Commons - indoor play area


Thomas Train Table Play Area

Barnes and Noble - Shoppes at Beavercreek

Barnes and Noble - Dayton Mall Area

Books & Co - The Greene

Books & Co - Town and Country

Learning Express - Cross Pointe Center

United Art and Education - Washington Park Plaza

Von Maur- The Greene

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So did you sign up for the Bath and Body Works LUV BBW club that I wrote about in Novemeber? Well, if you did yesterday was the first Thursday that you could pick up your free gift. Did you get it? I did! And guess what I got?! I was thinking it would be something like a hand sanitizer, or a travel bottle of something. NO! I got a FULL SIZE bottle of any hand soap of my choice, any hand sanitizer and a carrying clip for my sanitizer. Isn't that crazy?! So you better go and sign up so that you don't miss out on next month. If you already got your LUV BBW Club card then be sure to go next Thursday to get your January gift.

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Disney Movie Rewards

Currently, you can snag 50 FREE Disney Movie Rewards points! Just login or register here, then enter code D11M20R01NY! That’s it!

Here are a few other code that I found, so be sure to try these too!

"COOL" -50 points
"9EKSMN38SH" -50 points
"9FTMRYWEK" -50 points
"CHIHUAHUA" -25 points
"FPSNN83JX9" -25 points

If you haven’t joined Disney Movie Rewards yet, then I would highly suggest doing so now! This is a great rewards program… especially if you love Disney movies and memorabilia. Basically every time you purchase a Disney DVD or go see a Disney movie at the movie theater you earn points. Once you’ve earned enough points, you can then redeem them for a reward! They have lots of different rewards available from electronics to toys, DVDs and more!

You can also earn points from receiving the newsletter and there are free codes that come once in a while. So in reality you don't have to ever BUY Disney products to get points, but Disney items are the best way to get points quickly.

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Caribou CoffeeCaribou Coffee is now offering $.50 off your drink puchase when you bring in your own Caribou Coffee Drinkware. I don't know if you can bring in a travel mug from anywhwere or if this is specific only to Caribou drinkware. So take your cup and fill it up! (haha, I'm so clever)

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P&G has a new magazine called Rouge. This magazine is completely FREE to request and includes P&G coupons in each issue. It's a fun little beauty magazine with several coupons for P&G.

Here are just a few of the coupons that were included in the latest issue:
Get a FREE Zest bar Package (up to a $5 value) when you purchase a Venus Embrace or Breeze razor
$1 off when you buy Secret Clinical Strength
$1 off when you buy any Olay facial skin-care product
$1 off when you buy any 2 Head & Shoulders
$2 off when you buy any Natural Instincts product
$1 off when you buy any Olay body wash product
$1 off when you buy any Zest, Ivory, or Safeguard product or Old Spice or Gillette body wash product
$1 off when you buy any Perfect 10, Root Touch-up or Nice ‘n Easy Product

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