Family Fun

It’s almost State Fair Time! If you’re a fair-goer and a money-saver, you’ll love these discounts and FREE admission opportunities coming up for the Indiana State Fair, August 5-21st 2011.

  • Midway Voucher: Before the fair starts (prior to 8/5/11), head to Walmart and pick up a special voucher to purchase Midway wristbands for just $17. Wristband holders also receive a free Pepsi and game ticket on-site at the fair.

  • Discount Tickets: As always, if you purchase your $7 discount tickets in advance at one of these retailers you’ll save on admission:  Walmart (Indiana stores only), CVS, Indian Farm Bureau, the Marten House Hotel, and the Fairgrounds box office.

  • FREE Ticket: Purchase an Indianapolis Star newspaper on Monday, August 8th. Inside you’ll find a ticket good for FREE admission on either August 10th or 11th.

  • $2 Tuesdays: Print a voucher from Turkey Hill and use each Tuesday during the run of the fair, and get in for just $2 per person. I remember last year Turkey Hill was sampling ice cream, hope they’ll repeat the treat this year!

  • Carpool Day:  August 15th is Carpool Day!  Get up to 10 people in for just $15 per vehicle, but you must print and show this voucher from IPL.

  • Kiddie Rides: Also on August 15th, you can pay just $10 per child and get unlimited kiddie rides from 12-10pm.

  • AAA Free Day: Show your AAA membership card on Thursday, August 18th and get in FREE!
  • Pepsi Can Discount: On Sunday August 21st save $2 on your admission cost when you bring a Pepsi can to the gate.

These are my favorite discount options. See the full list so you don’t miss an opportunity to save at the Indiana State Fair!

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Thanks, Ashley!

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FREE Rentals at Blockbuster Express!

by Ann-Marie on July 20, 2011

Rent movies for FREE with these promo codes from Blockbuster Express!



Each code is good for 1 night rental. Expires 7/25/11. Check details, available movies and your closest location at Blockbuster Express.

Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!

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Nature-themed Birthday Party

by Ann-Marie on July 1, 2011

My daughter turned 7 a few days ago, and we celebrated with a party at a local nature preserve. The setting was perfect, the weather couldn’t have been better, and I think all the kids had a great time.

The party package included a campfire and activities led by a nature guide, and he led us into the woods for a short walk and shared about all kinds of forest animals. This little guy above was a surprise find, and it was my daughter who noticed him (her?). We learned about left-handed snails (the opening to the shell is on the left) and right-handed snails (the opening is on the … you guessed it).

Party Favors

I am not a huge fan of treat bags full of plastic trinkets. I’ve done it before, but whenever possible I try to offer something useful, consumable and if at all possible, memorable.

I wish I could have had my mind together to snap pictures of Mallory’s party favors, but in the craziness of the afternoon it just didn’t happen. So I’ll just have to tell you about it!

I created a “Friendship Trail Mix“, consisting of Cheerios, Craisins, mini-marshmallows, Mini-M&M’s and sunflower seeds. I opted to leave out peanuts rather than having an ambulance ruin the party in case of an allergic reaction. Although I’m sure the kids would have thought that was way cool.

I scooped the trail mix into ziplock bags, and tied it up with leftover burlap cut into 15″ squares. My mom was a big help tying the ends up, and placed a red, white & blue silly straw stuck down the middle. I also found child-size butterfly nets on clearance at Hobby Lobby for just 68¢ each!  So we handed each child the Friendship Trail Mix and a butterfly net as a favor from the party. A couple of boys used their butterfly nets as light sabers, but to each his own.

While our party favors weren’t necessarily eco-friendly, I did see some cute ideas on Kiwi Magazine’s website when I was researching nature-themed party ideas.