Free Saturday Activity at Home Depot

If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday morning, Home Depot has a once a month Kids Workshop where the kids can use tools, glue, and paint to create different crafts.  This Saturday from 9AM-12PM, the craft at Home Depot is a wooden frame for the winter season.

I highly recommend getting there early so that you definitely get to make the craft that is scheduled for that month.  By the time we finished the craft at the last one that we attended, the kids that were showing up had to make an older craft because they ran out of the scheduled one.

It’s also super cute because the kids get their own Home Depot Apron (kids’ sized), a pin for the craft they made and a certificate of completion.  Home Depot does a really good job with this.



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Lowes Build and Grow this Saturday

This Saturday, October 27th, at 10AM, your local Lowes should be hosting a Build and Grow for kids.  Check out their website because you do have to register, and you want to register sooner rather than later to be able to make the super cute box that is the project this month.

How cute is this box.

The kids are able to do all the work.  They hammer with smaller sized hammers to fit their hands, glue, and decorate everything themselves.  It’s a lot of fun.  Hope you enjoy the adventure. 

Please stop back and let me know how you enjoyed it because we will be in NJ celebrating Rutger’s Homecoming Game with my Dad and family because he played for them and was a captain of the team in college.  We’ll be in our red this weekend for the Scarlet Knights!

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Apparently it has been almost a month since I have posted.  Whoops.  Time really seems to fly once the school year starts.  Trying to make sure my lesson plans are engaging and complete! Grading the mounds of papers that they complete. And still having time to be a good mother and wife.  I am exhausted.

We’ve been pretty busy every weekend too.  After our camping adventure, we had LittleM go Rock Climbing at Delaware Rock Gym for my niece’s birthday.  That was nerve-wracking for me.  Watching my baby (I know she’s 4 but she will always be my baby) climbing 20 feet up from the ground was a little much for me!  She had a fantastic time though and climbed up and down quite a few times in 2 hours.  Then we had a Rutgers football game the next weekend to go to.  My dad played for them in college and still has season tickets so we drove my parents up to see one of the games with them and tailgated with their friends. LittleM had a good time because she got a new football for us to play with.  We also got the pumpkins for Halloween by going to Milburn Orchards.  I was a little in sticker shock because it was $10 a person just to get in. I understand they only have a short season to make money, and Supply and Demand from economics, but I just wasn’t expecting it.  LittleM had a fantastic time and we all had a nice nap after that trip! 

This weekend we have no plans. I don’t know if we’ll know what to do with ourselves with no plans.  I’m hoping for a pj day.  It’s supposed to be rainy on Saturday, pjs, are the way to go.

Coming up though, if you have never ridden the Wilmington and Western Railroad, I highly recommend checking them out on October 28th for the Halloween Express. They have the train running at 12:30, 2, and 3:30.  You can get half price tickets for your kids if they dress up in their Halloween costume, and there are people working on the train that come around handing out candy.  Right now it is a beautiful ride on this train because of the amazing colors of the changing leaves.  Tickets are $13.50 for adults, $11.50 for kids 2-12 years (but don’t forget to wear the costume so they get half price tickets).  It’s a really great time and I hope you get a chance to enjoy it.

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Delaware Dines Out, Sept 24-30, 2012

Do you like to eat out?  Next week is your best opportunity to try out any restaurant that you might have been hesitating to try because of the price.

September 24-30 is Delaware Dines Out Week where a huge list of restaurants throughout the whole state of Delaware will be offering set price menus for lunch and dinner to try their food.  Restaurants participating in Lunch will offer a meal at $15, but not all are.  All restaurants are offering a 3 course dinner for $30 a person.

Check out the Delaware Dines Out website to see who is participating and what their dinner menu looks like.

I’m excited to talk my husband into taking me to the Melting Pot for a Cheese, Salad, and Entree course; add on the chocolate for $8 and get 10% off a bottle of wine. Or, I have not yet visited the Stone Balloon since it changed from nasty bar (which I only visited once in college) to upscale wine house because of the prices.  For $30 I can get Caprese Risotto tomato confit, fresh mozzarella, garlic foccacia crumbs, basil salad, EVOO Powder
Mixed Greens Salad pickled onions, toasted pine nuts, bleu cheese, shaved rainbow carrots, charred lemon-white balsamic vinaigrette
Smokey Cauliflower Bisque pistachio Gremolata, herb oil for my first course.

For my Second Course I can choose Country Fried Quail grilled watermelon, haricot verts, smoked onion crema, fresno pepper syrup, toasted quinoa pilaf
Shrimp a la Plancha braised greens, cheddar-scallion grits, mustard seeds, tabasco-tomato coulis, fried arugula
Zucchini Cakes roasted plantains, crispy brussel sprouts, pickled vegetable salad, romesco sauce.

And for the Third Course (Dessert, which fantastic because I have a really big sweet tooth) Angel Food strawberry custard, orange blossom syrup, buttermilk sorbet, kiwi chutney
Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie rosemary shortbread crumble, frangelico ganache, white chocolate gelato, chantilly.

Yes, Please!

I hope you can go out and try some new restaurants or order something a little different at your favorite restaurant!

Happy Eating!

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Please Touch Museum Half Price Tickets

I just found a great deal on Living Social thanks to my neighbor.

For 4 more days you can purchase half price tickets ($9 instead of $18) to the Please Touch Museum in Philly and it includes a Carousel ride.

Here the link

You do have to have an account with Living Social to purchase the deal, but it’s a free account.

You will have to use these vouchers by December of this year, so please keep that in mind if you are interested in buying the vouchers.

Have fun!

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Free Apparel Tuesday At Sears Outlet

If you guys have not checked this out yet, tomorrow may be the last Free Apparel Tuesday at your local Sears Outlet. In northern Delaware, it is located off 273 behind the Bob Evans near Burlington Coat Factory. All you need to do is print their coupon that they will post tomorrow on their Facebook page and bring your Kmart/Sears Rewards card. Really easy.

They don’t have a huge inventory, or change it that often but the past few Tuesdays I have been able to get LittleM Lands End long sleeve shirts for the fall and a few shirts for myself, including a Polo shirt for free. Can’t beat free! So if you live near a Sears Outlet, check it out tomorrow with coupon in hand and see if you can’t find something.

Happy hunting!

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$1 Tuesday’s at Delaware Museum of Natural History

Thanks to Artisan’s Bank you can visit the Delaware Museum of Natural History for only $1 a person on Tuesdays the whole month of August.

Note: It is a VERY busy event!  I have been and HIGHLY recommend getting there as soon as it opens to be able to see what you want before it gets too crazy.

Happy adventuring!

From their Website:

Every Tuesday in August, the Delaware Museum of Natural History is partnering with Artisans’ Bank to lower admission prices to just $1 per person during August Dollar Tuesdays. Visitors are invited to explore the wonders of the natural world at the Museum for just $1 on Tuesday, August 7, 14, 21, and 28, courtesy of Artisans’ Bank.

Admission includes entry to the Museum’s special exhibit, Earth from Space, where visitors can marvel at our planet through the “eyes” of a space satellite.  In addition, learn what it takes to put humans into orbit with two space suits on display, on loan from ILC Dover of Frederica, DE, the exclusive manufacturer of space suits for NASA and the International Space Station.  Also on view is the Delaware state moon rock, one of a number of lunar specimens collected on the Apollo 17 space mission.

Elsewhere in the Museum, galleries showcase Delaware’s only dinosaurs on permanent display, a life-sized model of a giant squid, a coral reef walkover, an African watering hole, and exotic mollusk and bird collections. The Larry F. Scott Nature Trail and Butterfly Garden reach their peak this time of year, and visitors can cool off inside to view a space film in the DuPont Auditorium.  So much exploring can build up an appetite, so Johnnie’s Hot Dogs, a Wilmington-area icon, will also be on-hand with their famous dogs on August 7 and 14.  On August 21 and 28, visitors can purchase fresh fruit and produce from the Point Lookout Farm Produce Stand.

Artisans’ Bank is the presenting sponsor of August Dollar Tuesdays.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the popularity of this event, admission will be first-come first-served and may be limited or restricted at peak times. The Nature Nook will be closed all day.  Artisans’ Bank August Dollar Tuesdays schedule subject to change.”
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Delaware History Museum- Free Friday

This Friday is the the First Friday of the Month of August.  Therefore, the Delaware History Museum in Wilmington, DE offers free admission from 11am-4pm. Normally admission is $6 for adults and $4 for youths (age 3-18).

It’s a really interesting Museum with the main exhibit discussing the history of Delaware and then a rotating exhibit in the front, always focusing on Delaware but on different aspects. The last time that I went it was focused on the Railroad in Delaware.

What’s great for smaller kids at the museum that is included in admission price is Grandma’s Attic.  This is a large play area with dress up clothes, kitchen area, store front, school area, and puppet show area.  Great for you to bring friends to.

Since it is located on Market Street, make sure to bring quarters for the parking meters so that you don’t get a parking ticket!

Have fun!

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Herr’s Snack Factory Tour

This morning a friend and I brought our kids to the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour.  It’s located in Nottingham, PA, so it was only about 30 minutes from Main Street in Newark to get there.  The tour takes about 45 minutes and it was like coming home for LittleM.  She can eat her weight in chips right now!

The tour is free but I recommend scheduling an appointment to make sure that you don’t have to wait too long to get on the Tour.  Even on a Monday in the summer, there were quite a few groups taking advantage of the free tour.

I called this morning and was able to get an early tour time.  They offer tours from 9-11AM and then 1-3PM Monday to Thursday, and 9-11AM on Friday, but they don’t guarantee production on Fridays (to which I say, then why bother having the tour?).

While on the tour, you get to see all the steps of potato to chip production, packaging, and boxing.  You also get to sample chips hot off the line and a bag of chips at the end of the tour.  Their souvenir store has anything and everything you can imagine to purchase with the Herr’s name of it.  I ended up buying a 10 snack bag variety pack to try some new flavors for $3.75. Creamy Dill pickle and Baby Back Ribs are just two of the options.

This is Chipper, or Chip Herr, the official mascot of Herr Foods Inc.

While we didn’t get to meet the actual mascot, he was in the video and LittleM was able to get a ring with him on it.

Overall, it was a really great time.  The girls were good, it was fun and interesting.  And of course, free chips don’t hurt either!

Hope you are having a great start to the week!

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Delaware Park Family Fun Day Today

If you’re looking for a fun adventure today, I highly recommend going to Delaware Park for one of their Family Fun Days. It’s from 12:30-3:30 and there are plenty of free activities for the kids. While it is at the track, there is nothing that screams gambling at the family area. You can bring your own picnic lunch or buy BBQ there.

Delaware Park has a big jungle gym for the kids to climb on, free pony rides, free bounce house and inflatable slides, inexpensive face painting and balloon animals, and you get to watch the race. Everything is under huge trees so you’re always under shade. It’s really fantastic.

Also, if your kid is anything like LittleM, you’re going to have to find a bathroom soon after getting to the park. Delaware Park has already thought of that and has the most amazing portable bathrooms. They are in a trailer, flush toilets, and running water to wash your hands. Not a glamorous subject, but something I always worry about with a little one!

Hope you have a great Saturday!

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