Groundhog Day Craft & Snack for February 2nd

by at February 1, 2018 in Do It Yourself, Kids

Groundhog’s Day is tomorrow, February 2nd. Here’s a few fun things to do with the kiddos to celebrate. This little groundhog pop-up is so cute. My boys loved this…pictured above my son here is now 12 and it has been a few years since we did these. My 5 year old is going to love it, so I am bringing it back this year.

Here’s the materials you’ll need:
Toilet paper roll
popsicle stick (or pencil) (or dowel)
something to color with


  1. Go here for the color version or here for the black and white version and print out.
  2. Color the pieces as appropriate and cut them out.
  3. Glue the large rectangular piece around the toilet paper tube.
  4. Glue the head onto the popsicle stick
  5. The popsicle stick may not be long enough in which case you can shorten the paper tube or you could choose to use a pencil instead of the popsicle stick.
2 ideas for a snack…is to use a chocolate cupcake and/or cup of chocolate pudding.
You can see in my above picture. All you need is some sort of longer cookie. I used a vanilla wafer above, but I’ve also used milanos in the past. Other cookies that would be good would be vienna fingers, nutter butters, etc… Make a little face on the cookie using some of the chocolate icing.
I also used the icing to place two cornflakes on the back of the face cookie to make ears. Then, simply place the decorated cookie into the cupcake. Be creative…you can add grass easily too with green icing or green colored coconut…or dirt with crushed up oreos. Anyway you make this, the kids will love it!
Photo credit: Hillary Williams
I also love this one I found on pinterest that uses brownie little bites, green icing and teddy grahams!

Michaels Back to School Makebreak Event Today, 7/29 from 1-3pm & Kids Club $2 Craft from 10am -12pm

by at July 29, 2017 in Bakersfield, Coupons, Do It Yourself

Grab the kiddos and one of their back to school items and drop on over to Michaels, Saturday, 7/29 from 1pm – 3pm local time to bling out an item.
Buy a pencil box, clutch, notebook, mirror or T-shirt and the rest of your supplies to bling them out are free.

Ages 3 and up welcome

Michaels also has a Kids Club event today, Saturday, July 29 from 10-12pm. The cost is $2 per project, supplies included. They will be making a Summer Planter.

And last, but certainly not least…while you are there…don’t forget your coupons and their sale items this week. Go here for a 50% off one regular priced item or pull it up in the app.
There is a two-day sale, 7/28-7/29 on shirts for just $2 = score! And 50% off crayola, $2 scrapbook paper…just to name a few. Check it out here.

Bass Pro Shops FREE Kids Halloween Events 10/24-10/31 – Peanuts Gang Photo, Crafts, Costume Parade & More!

by at October 23, 2015 in Bakersfield, Freebies, Halloween, Kids

Bass Pro Shops is a great place to take the kids this Halloween season.

They have several events starting, Saturday, October 24th – Saturday, October 31st.

We’ve got FREE Halloween photos with The Peanuts gang, FREE craft events and FREE Trick-or-Treat costume parade. Plus, there is also their regular FREE booklet and craft event this
Saturday, 10/24 from 12-5pm. 
10/24 from 12-5pm: 
FREE Fun Garden Tips Booklet
FREE kids coloring milk carton and take home seeds to plant.
Get a FREE 4×6 photo with The Peanuts gang at Bass Pro Shops.

Plus, a FREE flashing necklace to the first 100 kids to have a photo taken from 10/24-10/31.

There will be photo packages available for purchase as well. Click below for a coupon and get the $5 Halloween Photo Package: 1 5×7, 4 wallets and a digital download (Reg. $10).

Photo Schedule:
Saturday, 10/24: 12-5:30pm
Sunday, 10/25: 12-5:30pm
Monday, 10/26: 6-8pm
Tuesday, 10/27: 6-8pm
Wednesday, 10/28: 6-8pm
Thursday, 10/29: 6-8pm
Friday, 10/30: 6-8pm
Saturday, 10/31: 2-8pm
There are FREE craft events all week as well. 
The schedule is very close and coincides to their photo times, so it should be easy 
to get a FREE photo and craft.
Decorate a Trick-or-Treat Bag
Sunday, 10/25: 12-5:00pm
Create a Halloween decoration
Monday, 10/26: 6-8pm
Tuesday, 10/27: 6-8pm
Wednesday, 10/28: 6-8pm
Thursday, 10/29: 6-8pm
Friday, 10/30: 6-8pm
Decorate a Trick-or-Treat bucket with lid
Saturday, 10/31: 2-7pm
The events end with a special Halloween event! Trick-or-Treating costume parade for ages 12 and under. The start line up begins at 6pm. Participants will receive a FREE glow-in-the-dark bucket.
Date: Friday, 10/30 & Saturday, 10/31 6-8pm

All supplies and giveaway items are subject to while supplies last.

Join Nielsen’s Homescan Consumer Panel

by at December 29, 2014 in Making Money


The Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel has opened up again and is now taking NEW applications! You may be approved based on your zip code.

The Homescan Consumer Panel is a “mini-U.S.A.”, representing millions of Americans. By scanning the bar codes on your purchases and completing fun surveys, you can make your opinions count in the consumer marketplace. Nielsen will send you a scanner to scan your products and in turn you received valuable gift points that are redeemable for electronics, household items, jewelry, toys and lots more!

They may not have a spot available in your zip code now, but one could open up at anytime- check to see if you can get on their waiting list- this is a hugely popular panel to join. Good Luck!



Valley Plaza 16 Cinema – Kids $1 Summer Movies Schedule

by at June 19, 2014 in Bakersfield, Kids


Reading Cinemas is hosting Reel Kids Summer Movie Series for just $1! The movies are Wed and Thursdays all summer long at 10AM. Here is the current schedule:


Valley Plaza 16
2000 Wible Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 93304


June 2014


June 25 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
June 26 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


July 2 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
July 3 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


July 9 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
July 10 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


July 16 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
July 17 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM


July 23 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
July 24 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


July 30 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
July 31 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


August 6 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
August 7 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


August 13 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
August 14 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Chili’s Kids Eat FREE

by at December 16, 2013 in Coupons, Freebies, Kids, Restaurant


Chili’s is offering ‘Holideal’ Coupon offers for select days. Choose your special, including Kids Eat FREE, FREE Appetizer, FREE Dessert, or FREE Chips & Dip!

New coupons every day!

2013 SoCal Thanksgiving Turkey Deals!

by at November 21, 2013 in Holidays on a Budget, My Tips


Here are this weeks BEST SoCal Turkey Deals. These prices are good until Thanksgiving Day 11/28/13, unless otherwise noted. If there are any other deals that have not been mentioned, please let us know in the comments section below.


Fresh & Easy


F&E Fresh Turkey- $1.39/lb

no minimum purchase required


*Make sure you use your $4 off or $5 off coupons found in your ad to increase your savings!





limit 1 with additional $30 purchase


Butterball Turkey, 10-16/lbs- $10.00 each

Butterball Turkey, 16.01-24/lbs- $15.00 each
$1/1 Butterball Product printable
$3/1 Butterball Whole Turkey wyb (4) select products printable


Safeway Turkey, 8-16/lbs- $8.00 each

*as low as $.50/lb when you buy a 16/lb turkey


Safeway Turkey, 16.01-20/lbs- $11.00 each

*as low as $.55/lb when you buy a 20/lb turkey


Safeway Turkey, 20.01-24/lbs- $13.00 each

*as low as $.54/lb when you buy a 24/lb turkey


Fresh Safeway Select Turkey, 8-22/lbs- $1.29/lb


Fresh Open Nature Free Range Turkey, 9-20/lbs- $1.99/lb
no minimum purchase required




Fresh Butterball Turkey, 10-22/lbs- $1.99/lb

$1/1 Butterball Product printable
$1/1 Butterball Product printable
$3 off Butterball Whole Fresh or Frozen Turkey wyb (4) Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls, Green Giant Canned Vegetables, Betty Crocker Stuffing, or Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes, exp. 2/1/14 (SS 11/10/13 R)
$3/1 Butterball Whole Turkey wyb (4) select products printable
Honeysuckle White Turkey, 12-22/lbs frozen- $.47/lb with in ad
limit 1 turkey per coupon per transaction with additional $25 minimum purchase


Foster Farms Fresh Turkey, 12-22/lbs- $1.27/lb with in ad coupon
limit 1 turkey per coupon per transaction with additional $25 minimum purchase


Foods Co


Jennie-O Turkey, 10-22/lbs frozen- $.98/lb

limit 2


Save Mart


Fresh Jennie-O Turkey, 10-22/lbs- $.99/lb

limit 1


Smart & Final


Frozen Young Turkey, 12-22/lbs- $.57/lb

limit 1 with additional $25 minimum purchase




Butterball Frozen Turkey, 10-24/lbs- $.99/lb

limit 2

$1/1 Butterball Product printable
$3 off Butterball Whole Fresh or Frozen Turkey wyb (4) Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls, Green Giant Canned Vegetables, Betty Crocker Stuffing, or Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes, exp. 2/1/14 (SS 11/10/13 R)
$3 off Butterball Whole Turkey wyb (4) Pillsbury Items printable
$3/1 Butterball Whole Turkey wyb (4) select products printable


Market Pantry Frozen Turkey, 10-24/lbs- $.79/lb

limit 2

Ninja Ultima High-Speed Blender with Dual-Stage Technology Review!

by at October 25, 2013 in My Tips, Product Reviews




The new Ninja Ultima Blender allows consumers to live a healthy lifestyle through its versatile capabilities and groundbreaking, patent pending Dual-Stage Blending Technology, supported by 1500 watts and 2.5 peak horsepower. This blender makes whole nutrient rich juicing possible through pulverizing whole fruits and vegetables and including all of its valuable nutrients.


This hands free blender delivers unmatched silky smooth, grit free consistency and innovative technology, allowing consumers to prepare immaculate recipes, from blending perfectly smooth soups and beverages, grinding meats, chopping herbs, emulsifying dips and mixing cake batters.


Additional Ninja Ultima Blender features include:          

  • Ninja’s signature Total Crushing™ blades that work in unison with newly developed High Speed Cyclonic blades
  • PRO Variable Speed with a range of speeds from 3,700 to 24,000 RPM

Ninja Ultima™ Blender series includes:

  • One extra-large, 72 ounce multi-tasking pitcher
  • Two 16 ounce Single Serve cups with Sip & Seal™ to-go lids
  • One 8 cup capacity food processor bowl
  • Making up to two pounds of dough in 30 seconds
  • All detachable parts are dishwasher-safe and crafted of 100 percent BPA-free plastic



I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product! If you are wanting a Vitamix, I would consider checking out the Ninja Ultima High-Speed Blender with Dual-Stage Technology first!




I have had so much fun making whole fruit and vegetable juices, almond butter, soup, and even baby food! Everything I have made has turned out amazing! If you think making homemade peanut butter isn’t good because the texture is too gritty, well try making it in the Ninja Ultima! My almond butter is super smooth and tastes amazing!




Another thing I like is that clean up is a synch! All you do is rinse out the blender, add a cup of water and a tsp. of dish soap and blend for about 10 seconds. Re-rinse the blender and parts and you’re done! It’s so easy!


If you are interested in purchasing a Ninja Ultima High-Speed Blender with Dual-Stage Technology, you can because right now at Walmart for $259.99 + FREE Shipping!!! That’s way cheaper than you would pay for a Vitamix!



***Please note that I received no form of monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed in the review are my own and were not influenced in any way.***

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