Showing posts with label FREE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FREE. Show all posts

Friday, February 1, 2013

*FREE* Youth Football Clinic


I'm always on the look-out for cheap, fun things to do with the kiddos.  So, when Ashley from the Fiesta Bowl contacted me to tell me about a *FREE* Youth Football clinic that they are putting on for boys and girls ages 9-14, I was more than happy to share it with you guys :).
Here is some information:
As one of the Valley’s most exhilarating experiences in youth football, the Fiesta Bowl Youth Football Clinic promotes more than just the fundamentals of the game. Boys and girls, ages 9-14, are invited to participate in this free, non-contact clinic led by trained athletes and experienced coaches. Young competitors walk away with the perseverance, discipline and determination necessary to achieve their maximum potential both on and off the field.  There will be two separate clinics to accommodate participants in both the East and West Valley.
The camps are from 9AM-1PM. Registration for either clinic is required, but again, it is completely free!
More information:
West Valley - February 16, 2013
Glendale Youth Sports Complex
6221 N. 91st Ave., Glendale, AZ 85305
East Valley - February 17, 2013
Benedict Sports Complex
490 W. Guadalupe Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Crazy, Colorful, Running

Calling all of my local Phoenix metro area peeps!  If you are a runner, or if you have just started running like me, or even if you just like to walk 5k distances and get covered in color there is a race coming to the Valley that looks like a ton of fun.  
The Color Me Rad 5k is on Nov 3, starting at 8am at the Peoria Sports Complex benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix.
Here is some more info from their site about the Color Me Rad race:

When Zoloft and balloon animals can't seem to raise your spirits, the best way to brighten your life is to run Color Me Rad 5K
Historically, running has only been acceptable when trying to escape the law, personal responsibility, the truth, and grizzly bears. 
Instead of running FROM something, get ready to run FOR something at this year’s Color Me Rad.  Run for the Hell of it.

Color Me Rad is coming to a town near you with a tsunami of color that'll make colored tears of joy run down your cheeks and will renew your will to live.
After 5K of color bombardment, we guarantee your outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate, your girlfriend will be less needy, the hair on your head will grow back and the hair on your back will fall out, your black and white TV will turn into 720p HD (I know you were hoping for 1080, but we organize races, we're not miracle workers), and your gray outlook will turn green like a spring morning.

You’ll start off with a shirt as pure and white as your grandpa's dentures and you'll soak up enough color while running to change your skin tone forever.  You'll wind up looking like a pack of skittles – just make sure not to “taste the rainbow.”
So cast your DYE and get red in the face from Color Me Rad, and not from the embarrassment of passing up on the run of a lifetime.

How it works:

Start out as clean as a newborn babe, and throughout the run, you'll coat your chaffing thighs with Color Bombs of bluegreenpinkpurple, and yellow until your face, shirt, and body come out silkscreened like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side.

Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color. 

What is the “color” in Color Me Rad?

You’re probably asking yourselves, “Is this really color being thrown at us or are the rainbows we’re seeing just God’s signal that it’ll never flood again?”

Well I’m glad you asked.  This isn’t just smoke and mirrors.  This is non-toxic, non-rash-inducing, Kroger branded, colored corn-starch.  Subsidized by the government and processed in the good ol’ US of A, these blasts of starch will change your color, and your demeanor, but never your level of wellness.


So, who wants to do it?!?  The Color Me Rad folks are awesomely providing me with FIVE free passes and while I would LOVE to do it, it is just highly unlikely that I will be getting myself from the SE valley to the NW valley by 8am in time to race.  So my loss is your benefit!
Don't want to enter the giveaway?  You can still save money on your entry fee!  Use the code CHEAPGREEN15 to save 15% on your registration at colormerad.com

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Get some culture in your life

I'm always on the lookout for fun, cheap, and this time of year, indoor things to do with the kiddos.  We are lucky to live in a major metropolitan area, and while Phoenix isn't exactly known for it's diverse culture, there are a few museums and things to do with the kids.  Our favorites include, the Arizona Museum for Youth in Mesa, The Children's Museum of Phoenix, downtown, the Arizona Science Center, downtown, and of course the Phoenix Zoo.

All of these things are loads of fun, but going to them can be pricey.  We all know I'm not one to shell out a ton for entertainment, so of COURSE I have an answer to that :).  Actually, a few answers :). 

1) The Culture Pass you check out the culture pass from the library and you get FREE entry into museums and attractions, how awesome is that?  This link is local to the Phoenix area, but check to see if there's something similar in your area!

2)  Take advantage of free days! Target has a programs that sponsor FREE days at museums and arts centers.  In Mesa, AZ it's called Target 3 for free that offers free admission the first Sunday of each month into select museums.  They also do free First Friday admission into the Children's Museum of Phoenix.

3)  I've said it before but I will say it again, sign up for the deal-a-day sites like Groupon, Google Offers, etc.  We got a year membership to the Arizona Science center for a little more than the cost of one day's admission for our family!  Great to have for those rainy (or in our case stiflingly HOT) days when you need to get the kids out of the house :).  I was also able to score a BOGO (buy-one-get-one) ticket into the Arizona Museum for Youth, which I just used for Zach and me to go today.

4)  I also mentioned this before but for lots of reasons experiences make GREAT gifts.  We ask for a membership to the Phoenix zoo every year for Christmas from my in-laws and we love it, and they love that they can give us something we will definitely use and enjoy every year!  We don't have to worry about more stuff cluttering up our house and we will get to enjoy time as a family, what better gift?

random picture of Z with his legos just so this post has a picture :)
What are some ways you save money on fun things to do?


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Get your crafty on: Bulletin Board

The hubs and I are BIG wine fans.  Before the kiddos came into our lives we were wine club members at a few wineries. We took trips to Napa, and Temecula and had a huge wine fridge.  So obviously we enjoyed a few bottles of wine at home ;).  And as a result we had a bunch of corks that we saved, they're interesting and I figured we could do something with them, I just didn't know what at the time.  I'm probably a borderline hoarder because I'm always saving things that I think I can do something with, BUT 90% of the time there IS something I do with that stuff!  Since I've been staying home with the kiddos I've been trying to get the house more organized.  As a result of the organization I determined we needed a bulletin board to pin all the papers that keep cluttering up my counters.  Enter: wine corks!

I'm sure you will all be shocked to learn, I did *not* get this idea from Pinterest :).   (It's ok, take a moment to pick yourself up off the ground).

It could not be simpler to make a bulletin board though.  Find a cheapy frame, This is one I found on clearance for $2, and keep an open mind, you could paint it or add embellishments if it's not what exactly what you'd like.  Remove the glass and paper, so you just have the backing and put it back in the frame.  Use your handy-dandy hot glue gun to glue the corks on to the frame backing.  
bag of corks, and the frame/backing
The pattern is up to you, I tried to mix it up a bit but only did vertical and horizontal.  Keep the corks pretty close together so you can't see the backing, it's kind of like a puzzle.

starting to arrange the corks
At the end I had to trim the tips of a few corks to get them to fit in the frame, I just did that with scissors.
the finished product!
 TA DA!!  Super easy project that looks interesting and nice as opposed to those store-bought dorm room cork boards.  You are recycling used corks, very green, and what better excuse to drink more wine?!
  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Points!

I have written about cloth diapers before, IMHO, those are the cheapest way to go.  BUT I have also written about how we used disposables with Z, and we had to use disposables with G for a short time because day-care wouldn't do cloth (that's a soap box post for a different time).  So, with that said, did you know you can earn FREE things with your diapers?
the gifts to grow program from Pampers is on the box
See the points sticker hiding there?
Pampers has a program called gifts-to-grow that earns you free things for entering codes you can find on your diaper packages.  These are usually in the form of stickers on the plastic packaging of the diapers inside the boxes, a little tricky to find.  I did this with Z and we got things like a free Diego potty seat for potty training, eco-friendly bath tub toys, a Melissa and Doug monkey toy, Shutterfly photo books, announcements, and prints, a GAP giftcard, they have tons of awesome stuff!  Browse the rewards you can earn here.

Huggies has a similar program they call Rewards, and while I haven't used Huggies to earn these rewards they look pretty cool as well.


And it's not just diapers!  You can earn rewards with Disney movies.  They have the Disney Movie Rewards program that earns you points with movies you buy, you watch in theaters, and disney cds you buy.  It's pretty easy to accumulate a lot of points, lately I've been using them for Starbucks giftcards, hey, mommy needs a reward for watching the same movie 3786 times in a row!


Check ALL your products for rewards programs and points, even Stonyfield has a rewards program, so your yogurt can earn you free things too!


Also be on the lookout, often times these companies release free points codes around holidays, or seasons, or just because, making it even easier to earn free stuff :).


Do you have any lesser known ways to make your products work for you?

Friday, July 13, 2012

She puts the lime in the coconut... (GIVEAWAY!!)

That's just what pops in my head every time I hear "coconut" mostly because I'm a cheeseball like that :).  Really, this is about coconut oil, as far as I can tell this is like the miracle substance. I recently had the opportunity to sample and review Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

As you may have read in my No-Poo posts, I have been dying to try coconut oil on my ends and I've read a lot about all the things that coconut oil is useful for, so I was really excited to try it out!  First thing I will say is that it arrived safe and sound, the folks at Tropical Traditions have their packaging DOWN, the glass jar arrived safely tucked in with no issues.  Of course because it's currently an INFERNO in Arizona it arrived (and has stayed) in liquid form, but that's perfect, it's ready to use for me :).  I tried it on my ends right away, initially I used WAY too much because I had no idea how powerful this stuff was, so my ends were a bit greasy the first day.  After I corrected though, they were super soft and very nicely conditioned.  So I was completely pleased with the results there.  I also used the coconut oil on Gavin's scalp because we've been dealing with some cradle cap and I tried olive oil, with moderate success and someone told me to try coconut oil.  It worked GREAT, cleared up his cradle cap right away and it hasn't returned!  


Next I decided to venture into food.  I was a little leery of this because the hubs is not a coconut fan.  I'll be straight up with you, this stuff is virgin coconut oil, it has an odor of coconut, not strong, but it's there and it does taste like coconut, again, not strong but it's there.  I decided to use pinterest (shocking, I know) and found a recipe for no-bake, super simple granola bars that used coconut oil, peanut butter, honey, oats, and chocolate chips.  They were freagin DELICIOUS!!  I am a fan of coconut, and there was just enough flavor in there to make the granola bars really tasty :).  And a nice and easy go-to snack for the evenings when I'm feeding G and all of the sudden I get ravenous.


So I'm officially hooked on coconut oil, I'm excited to learn more about it and try using it for other things.  


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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

Friday, June 15, 2012

It's a Com-POST




You can thank my hubs for that CORNY title :p.  He is guest posting today for me on the subject of compost.  The Friday Find is FREE or super cheap (depending on your city) compost bins from the city!

Give him some love in the comments so he does this again, he's got plenty of corny post titles ready to go ;).

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Gardening in the desert is a challenge. The soil, if you can call it that, is pretty much completely lacking in nutrients. So we started our garden in a raised bed. We bought some organic soil mix to fill the bed and had some success in growing some vegetables. But we knew we’d need to keep replenishing the nutrients so we turned to composting.
Composting has lots of benefits, but the biggest is that you can reduce the waste you send to landfill while creating nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden. Almost any organic plant material can be used to create compost. Fruit and vegetable scraps, lawn and tree trimmings, whatever you have. Ideally, you need to have a good mix of “greens” – nitrogen-rich ingredients such as vegetable scraps – and “browns” – carbon-rich ingredients like leaves and paper. But it’s not rocket science, if you can’t get a 50/50 mixture, just try your best.
Here is a list of some things you can compost:
Greens
·         - Vegetable and fruit scraps
·         - Coffee grounds and filters
·         - Tea bags (make sure you remove any staples first)
·         - Grass
·         - Horse or cow manure
Browns
·         - Leaves
·         - Paper products, including newspaper. Careful though – some colored inks are made with heavy metals and are not good for you or your garden so check the source!
·         - Pine needles
·         - Hay or Straw

We have a small ceramic container that we keep in our kitchen to collect our scraps in. As it gets full I take it out to one of our outside bins.

There are lots of options available for storing your compost. Open bins, rotating drums, and everything in between. We originally bought a plastic bin from Amazon (Achla Designs CMP-05 Spinning Composter Horizontal) that was easy to rotate. We did this for a few reasons. First, compost needs to be mixed up from time to time to help aerate the mixture and stir up the microbes that are breaking your compost down. We thought we would be more likely to keep doing this if the compost was in something easy to rotate. Secondly, being in the desert, we thought it would help keep the mix moist. If the compost dries out it won’t decompose very quickly.

As we filled the bin, we realized we would want a second one to start filling since the compost in the drum was nearly ready to use. We happened to find out that our city offers old trash bins that they have cleaned, cut the bottom off of, and drilled several holes into for aeration. Best of all, they were free!
I cleared a spot next to our rotating bin and we started throwing our waste in there. Amazingly, our new bin is working out *much* better than the drum. The drum has a tendency to hold *too* much water in it, especially if rainwater gets in there. Since it’s a fairly closed system, there is no drainage. And let me tell you, compost that gets too wet and sits for a while gets funky. I ended up having to leave the sliding lid of the drum open for a while to dry out.

The new bin has enough aeration to keep from getting too wet, while still being closed enough to retain some moisture. I have an old floor scraper that I use to mix things up (I do this every time I empty our compost into the bin, it only take a few seconds) and as a bonus, the end is sharp enough to break larger chunks of material up.

The bin from the city

our compost pile in the bin
After using the bin we got from the city for a few months, I can honestly say I regret spending the money on the one from Amazon. The modified garbage container was FREE, and the compost is breaking down much, much faster than in the rotating drum. But if you’d rather have something that’s a bit nicer looking then there’s no problem with a professionally made product.


There are a ton of good links out there about building your own bin and what you can and can’t compost. Here are some that I’ve used before:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Find

On Fridays I'm going to do something a little different, it's called "Friday Find".  I'll be featuring a product, blog, website, or place that may or may not have to do with living green, but will definitely have to do with being cheap, ahem, "frugal".  This week I'm featuring your local public library.


The public library is definitely something that gets forgotten often.  I, myself, just got a library card in the last few months, and MAN am I kicking myself for not getting it sooner.  Besides the obvious, books, did you know you can most likely rent DVDs from the library?  Like movies and stuff, FOR FREE.  I have no idea why we ever spent money on Netflix.  I got hooked on True Blood over maternity leave with G and rented ALL 3 available seasons from the library.  I am currently eagerly awaiting season 4 :).  Not to mention movies like Mission Impossible, Avatar, and TONS of others that are out.  At my library you get the checkout for a week, and you can renew if no-one else is requesting the movie.  The library also has music CDs, and e-books for check-out to your Kindle/Nook/Ipad/etc.

Also, the library can be a great place to get out with your kiddos.  Most of them have storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  And ours even has family storytime for everyone to get involved.

This is definitely a GEM, FREE entertainment thru several mediums :).  Check the website for your city's library and take advantage of this fantastic benefit!

If you have a "Friday Find" you'd like me to feature, shoot me an email!