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The Melting PotWe are so excited to be working with The Melting Pot for our Mother's Day Giveaway!

Our grand prize winner will win a 3 Course dinner from The Melting Pot. The meal includes cheese fondue, their Signature Selection Entrée (for 2) and chocolate fondue! YUM!

The Melting Pot is conveniently located on 725, in The Normandy Square Shopping Center. They bring a truly unique upscale/casual dining experience to the Miami Valley. They want your time with them to be a memorable and interactive dining experience. Creamy cheese fondue and mouthwatering chocolate fondue are just two of the amazing courses that they have to offer. You can even enjoy your meal quietly secluded in their "Lover's Lane" seating area that creates a intimate atmosphere for couples. They invite you to join them and "dip into something different." The Melting Pot is always hosting Ladies Night Out and other fun events throughout the year. Plus there typically have lunch and late evening specials happening. They are active online through Facebook and Twitter, and send out special email offers which include notification of their special events and coupons for your birthday and anniversary. You can easily sign up at MeltingPot.com

Ok, here is the fun part of our Mother's Day Giveaway with The Melting Pot. Our readers get to choose what cheese and chocolate course our grand prize winner receives! How fun is this?! You can vote once a day, so if you nominated someone be sure to vote for the cheese and chocolate course they would enjoy the most.

Cheese Course:
Option 1:Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue- Gruyere and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, white wine, garlic, nutmeg, lemon and Kirschwasser

Option 2: Wisconsin Trio Cheese Fondue- Fontina, Butterkase and Buttermilk Bleu cheese with white wine, scallions and a hint of sherry

Option 3: Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue- Fontina and Butterkase cheeses, spinach, artichoke hearts and garlic (my personal fave!!)

Chocolate Course:
Option 1: Flaming Turtle Chocolate Fondue- Milk chocolate, caramel and pecans flambeed tableside

Option 2: S'Mores Chocolate Fondue- Milk chocolate topped with marshmallow cream, flambeed and garnished with graham cracker pieces

Option 3: Yin & Yang Chocolate Fondue- Half dark chocolate and half white chocolate artfully swirled for a perfect balance of flavors

Please vote only one (1) time per day. 



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I'm so excited to share our Tron party with you all! C was so excited when Tron finally came out on DVD. We had promised him that we would have a little Tron party for him, we even invited a couple friends over to make the party even more fun.

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Here are my favorite details: Grid Pretzel sticks and Identity Disc glow sticks.

Inspiration:
Tron Legacy Movie night was upon us and I wanted to make the night more exciting than just watching the movie.

Decor:
We taped bright blue strips of curling ribbon across the table to help us create the Grid, and then used our Ikea Placemats to help make the Grid look even better. Glow Sticks were made into two different size rings so when they sat on the plate stack they looked like Identity Rings. We have a few of the Light Bikes already so I cut strips of scrapbook paper to look like light streams behind them. It turned out pretty awesome! Little Slinkys were wrapped about the base of one of the food stands to look like light streams.

Food Table:
Oreos- Springtime and Mint Oreos looked like Identity Rings, I considered using regular Oreos, but found yellow springtime ones.
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods- We dipped them in chocolate and then drizzled blue chocolate on them so that it looked like the grid.
Blue Drink- We made blue raspberry Kool-aid to look like the blue drink that they have in the bar.
Not pictured: Guacomole and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

I had TONS of other ideas, but figured that since it there were just 5 of us that I didn't want to go overboard. Besides we are STILL eating Oreos and pretzel rods.

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


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DoraDo you have a kiddo that likes Dora the Explorer? Well, today I found 3 FREE episodes of Dora on iTunes. They just release Season 5 on iTunes and are offering a few episodes for FREE. Be sure to download them soon before they are gone.

Dora's Jack-In-The-Box

Bark, Bark to Play Park

First Day of School

 


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We are so excited to be working with Jenna Claire Handbag Studio for our Mother's Day Giveaway!

Our grand prize winner will win a custom designed handbag from Jenna Claire. What Mom wouldn't love a handbag that she gets to PERSONALLY design with her favorite fabrics? Do you know a Mom that needs a new custom designed handbag? Jenna ClaireBe sure nominate her for our Mother's Day giveaway and stay tuned for the other great prizes that we are giving away to our winner.

Jenna Claire is a custom designed handbag studio. but their store is full of more than just handbags. There are so many things at Jenna Claire that most people don't even realize they sell! Besides their main feature of Design Your Own handbags and accessories they also carry Baule Lulu beads, S.T.A.M.P.S. watches, FUMI purse hangers and more.
They have a simple 3-step process for all their custom designed items:
Choose your style- Pick the handbags, totes, diaper bag, accessory and more that’s fits you.
Choose the fabrics- They have over 150 different swatches for you to select from. That is way better than three color options at Target for a new purse!
Stitch and ship- Once you place your custom order, each bag is cut and sewn by local seamstresses to your specific order. A custom design order takes about 4 weeks to complete.

Jenna Claire is tucked away near Von Maur at The Greene in a spacious location. They are active online through Facebook and Twitter, and send out special email offers which include savings on their products and parties. You can sign up at jennaclaire.com. Exclusively for Deals For Dayton readers they are generously offering a 10% off discount. Just use the code DAYTONMOM for your 10% discount, enter it online or mention it in store. Valid through May 31. So now all of you can get a deal on Jenna Claire's custom designed products!

Ok, here is the fun part of our Mother's Day Giveaway with Jenna Claire. Our readers get to choose what handbag our grand prize winner receives! How fun is this?! You can vote once a day, so if you nominated someone be sure to vote for the bag they like the most. :) Keep in mind that you are only voting on the style of the handbag our winner will get to custom design their handbag with fabrics of their choice. 

Option 1: Brooklyn

Option 2: All The Rage

Option 3: Reagan and FUMI bracelet pursehook (also sold in store)

Please vote only one (1) time per day. Please remember you are only voting on the style- these images are only to show the style and shape of the handbags. Our winner will get to custom design their handbag with fabrics of their choice. 


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StevesongsWe don't have cable at our house. I'll be honest though, if we did I would be a LAZY Mama and watch way too much TV, plus I'll admit it- I'm too cheap to spend the money on it. That said, we watch PBS for most of our kid's entertainment. I really like the cute little Stevesongs in between shows, they are fun little sings about science, friends, shapes and tons of other stuff. This week I discovered that Steve Roslonek (Stevesongs) has a CD called Marvelous Day. After a little research I realized that the Washington-Centerville Library and Dayton Metro Library both have a copy of the CD. So, I packed the boys into the car (in-spite of the rain) and we trekked to the library to find the CD.

Things I Love ThursdayIt's a great CD, I had only listened to the first 5 songs with the boys they were all stuck in my head for most of the afternoon. Seriously as I'm typing this I'm singing, "the elephant left his suitcase at the station" in my head. Shh, don't tell anyone around me.. There are upbeat songs with funny lyrics and silly puns but most of them have a moral or are educational in some way. My favorite songs are "Elephant Hide and Seek" and "If You Want To Fly." Since most of the time I end up listening to the CDs too with the boys in the van I can't stand ones that have whiny kids voices on them. Hey, I'm just being honest! But the kids on this CD are TALENTED- wow! I really enjoy listening to Steve's voice and his energy in the songs even gets B clapping along. I highly recommend this CD, but I'm warning you that the songs might get stuck in your head too. But if it's for your kids' sake, well, it might be worth it. :)

I am contemplating getting his other CD Music Time with Stevesongs that has the songs that he sings on PBS. I love that "RainKeeps Falling Down" song!

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



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Michael's SalonWe are so excited to be working with Michael's Salon and Spa for our Mother's Day Giveaway!

Our grand prize winner will win a $50 Gift Certificate from Michael's Salon and Spa. Do you know a mom that deserves a new haircut and style or maybe a mani/pedi? Then be sure to nominate her for our Mother's Day giveaway and stay tuned for the other great prizes that we are giving away to our winner.

Michael’s Salon and Spa has offered the best in salon and spa services to the Dayton area for over 35 years. They offer exceptional service backed by years of professional experience. Michael’s maintains a strong commitment to education and training: each design team member has successfully completed an apprenticeship with a senior Michael’s stylist, and all salon and spa professionals participate in continuing education classes. They offer a full array of spa services including: couple's massage, facials, lash extensions, waxings, nail services, make-up application and more. Michael's is active online through Facebook and Twitter, and send out special email offers which include savings on services and products. You can sign up to receive Michael’s coupons at michaelssalon.com.

Exclusively for Deals For Dayton readers they are generously offering a coupon for $5 off a salon or spa service. Valid until July 31. So even if you don't win our giveaway you can still score a fabulous new look from Michael's!


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Cooper Big Bear HughAppy Monday folks! Sorry I've been gone for a few weeks on my hAppy Monday posts, but I'm back today. So, my favorite app today is actually a category. My boys always want to play on my phone and for the most part I don't mind. I would rather if they are doing something on it that it be a little educational if I can help it. That being the case- I have TONS of books on my phone. Here are a few of my favorite ones.

Timmy Tiptoes: This classic Beatrix Potter story with original illustrations is a great way to introduce your kids to this lesser know story. This book has been designed so that it reflects the original styling of this classic children's literature book but in a fun new way.

Three Little Pigs Storychimes: The story of the three little pigs with a few fun changes. Kids have the option to read or have the book read to them. These remind me of the books on tape I used to listen to that said "you know it's time to turn the page when you hear the chimes ring like this, 'ring.'" There are several other Storychimes book available for free.

Cooper's Big Bear Hug: This Hallmark book is meant to paired with the Cooper interactive Story Buddy. It's a tale of a sweet bear that wants to show his mom how much he loves her. You can record your voice so that you can read it to your child, even when you aren't there. The Cooper Story Buddy responds as the narrator reads key phrases in the book. We don't own the Cooper bear, but my boys like the story still. There are also Watson the Racoon and Jingle the Puppy books available right now.

Ladybug BookshelfLadybug's Bookshelf: This is from Ladybug Magazine and comes with one free book called "Three O'Clock on the Farm." You can also buy other books from them to add to the collection. This book is for 2-6 year-olds with clever animations and hidden surprises.

Snow White: This is the story of Snow White in an interactive Pop-up book. Each page can be rotated so that you can see all sides of the page. This book is currently FREE, but I'm not sure for how long. I just downloaded it today and only looked at a few pages, but was impressed with the detail on each page.

There are TONS of great kids books avaiable that you have to pay for, but there are some of my top free ones that I like. And don't forget all the free iPad book apps too.


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Centerville- Washington Park DistrictJoin Owlexander, the Park District mascot, for their grand opening on Saturday, April 16 from 10am-12pm at Grant Park on Normandy for their first Nature Literature Trail: Owlexander’s Hoot Route. Children ages 3 – 8 and their adult companions can hike along the storybook trail and learn about Owlexander’s animal and bird friends that live in Grant Park. Children can play active games, solve riddles, and more as they read the story. This is a permanent part of Grant Park. This Nature Literature Trail is a wheelchair and stroller accessible, crushed gravel/dirt path through the woods. Kids ages 3-8 with their adult companion can hike along the storybook trail and learn about the animals that live in the park.

This sounds like a GREAT way to get families more involved together on the trail and outdoors for educational fun. And plus how cute is that owl?! I just want to take Owlexander home with me!


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To all you lovely Moms out there, happy almost Mother's Day. We're so excited to present our first every Mother's Day Giveaway. Because moms deserve to be appreciated, we're excited to be working with Michael's Salon and Spa, Jenna Claire Handbag Studio, and The Melting Pot for an amazing prize package for one lucky Deals For Dayton reader.

Over the next month we want to recognize Moms in the Dayton area that deserve a bit of pampering, and really isn't that all of us?! So think about that Mom that you know deserves to be appreciated and pampered this Mother's Day and be sure to nominate them for this AMAZING giveaway!

Here's how it will work:

Michael's SalonNominations will be taken through Saturday, April 23. You may leave a comment on this post OR email your nomination to dealsfordayton@gmail.com. Your nomination should provide written detail explaining why you believe the local Mom you are nominating is a deserving mom. It can be a few sentences telling us why you think your nominee should be our winner. Your nomination should not exceed five hundred (500) words in length. Our panel of judges will narrow down the Entrants to three (3) Finalists and the public will be allowed to vote on who they believe should win. A short post will be written about each finalist. The public will be invited to vote for the Finalist they believe has the most public appeal. Limit: Each person may vote one (1) time per day. Eligibility: This contest is open only to legal residents of the Greater Dayton, Ohio area who are at least twenty-one (21) years old and have been or will be a Mother.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive these prizes:

Jenna ClaireWin a $50 Gift Certificate from Michael's Salon and Spa
Michael's offers exceptional service backed by years of professional experience. Located in Centerville, they are Dayton area's premiere salon and spa. They offer a full array of spa services including: couple's massage, facials, lash extensions, waxings, nail services, make-up application and more.

Win a Custom Designed Handbag from Jenna Claire Handbag Studio
Conveniently located at The Greene, Jenna Claire allows you to custom design handbags, totes, camera bags and more to fit your taste and personality. With over 150 fabric options you can easily custom create that bag or accessory that you've always dreamed of.

The Melting PotWin a dinner for two at The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot is a truly unique dining experience, where flavorful fondue becomes a memorable and interactive dining experience. Creamy cheese fondue and mouthwatering chocolate fondue are just two of the amazing courses that they have to offer. You can even enjoy your meal quietly secluded in their "Lover's Lane" seating area that creates a intimate atmosphere for couples. They invite you to join them and "dip into something different."

2 Finalists that will each receive:

Win a $25 Gift Certificate from Joli Boutique.
Inside the Heart of Centerville Joli Boutique offers unique, beautiful fashions in a quaint shopping atmosphere. Shop Joli for an amazing, European style shopping experience!

We have 3 sponsors and each week there will be a post about the company, what they are donating and if you are able to vote on what the winning Mom will receive. There will be a link to vote if that option is avaiable. The public will be invited to vote for the Prize Option they believe has the most public appeal. Limit: Each person may vote one (1) time per day. Sponsors: Michael's Salon and Spa, 241 E. Alex Bell Rd, Centerville, Ohio 45459. Jenna Claire Handbag Studio, 4382 Juniper Way, Beavercreek OH 45440. The Melting Pot, 453 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Centerville, OH 45459. Joli Boutique, 27 West Franklin Street, Centerville, OH 45459.

Remember nominations will be taken through Saturday, April 16. You may leave a comment on this post OR email your nomination to dealsfordayton@gmail.com.


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OrganizerDon't you love it when you meet someone new and just talk to them for hours and not even realize how long you've been talking? That's what happened with me when I met Daina the owner of Jenna Claire Handbag Studio. We had a great time talking about all the fun things that they have in their store, and honestly about 100 other things too. There are so many things at Jenna Claire that I didn't even know that they sold! Besides their main feature of Design Your Own handbags and accessories they also carry Baule Lulu beads, S.T.A.M.P.S. watches, FUMI purse hangers and more.

Jenna ClaireI was so excited when I got to "test drive" a FUMI Bracelet PurseHook. I've had a purse hanger before, but nothing like this one! It is actually a bangle bracelet and purse hook fused into one fun design. It can hold up to 25 lbs so it can hook more than one purse at a time easily. I wore mine for a few days as a bangle and it was a little clunky, but I do have little wrists and I don't typically wear big jewelry either. You can use the Bracelet PurseHook where ever and when ever you want to set your purse down. You can use it on a restaurant table, restroom stall door, school desk and then when you pull your bag away the hook nicely pulls off and closes around your straps so that you don't have to worry about taking it off and putting it back in your purse then not being able to find it next time you need it. Because really do I need ONE more thing to keep track of?!

Before purseNow I'm pretty purse loyal I have my Coach handbag and that's is really all that I use. So you might be thinking what am I doing writing about a place that makes custom designed purse if I use only one brand of purses. Well, Jenna Claire has so much more there than just handbags. Besides their top sellers like the It's a Cinch, Brooklyn handbags and diaper totes they also have lunchbags, camera bags, camera straps and my current favorite- purse organizers.

After purseI always have at toys, snacks, tissues and all those mommy things in my purse and it takes me WAY to long to find just about anything in it so, they suggested that their purse organizer would be perfect for my needs. It is the ideal solution for my messy purse but I can easily use it with any purse. When I need to switch bags all I need to do it pull my organizer out and place it in my new purse, diaper bag or gym bag. The organizer makes purse and bag changes quick and simple. It has just enough pockets for all the little things I need, a Velcro pocket and key clip. The purse organizer is sold in 3 different sizes and can be custom made with any in-store material or you can choose from their pre-made organizers. I personally picked a fun purple fabric and am very happy about how cute it turned out. It's made with stiff material so that it helps keep the shape of your purse and works like a "bra" for your bag. What I'm excited about besides helping my purse stay organized and making it easier to find things it will help keep my purse fabric stay cleaner too.

Things I Love ThursdayHere is what I think us awesome about Jenna Claire, it is a locally owned and operated store. Every item in store is cut and created by local seamstresses. To me that alone is a GREAT reason to support Jenna Claire. So next time you are at The Greene be sure to check out Jenna Claire! Want to see more pics of their custom products? Be sure to "like" Jenna Claire on Facebook and check out all their great deals and products! While you are there be sure to tell them what you think of my new organizer.

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

Disclosure: Jenna Claire Handbag Studio provided me with all the products mentioned above. But this post and opinions are my own and not paid for or influenced by the goods provided.


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