Posts Tagged ‘freebies’
11-11-11My daughter was due on 11-11. I spent that evening at Jack’s in La Jolla sitting on a comfy couch in the bar balancing things on my belly like an entire bottle of wine.
11-11 came and went, and no baby, but I still loved that day. My first due date. And this year it’s especially special. 11-11-11 seems worth celebrating, so I am with ELEVEN giveaways.
To win, simply comment on this post with the giveaway you want to win. I will award the prizes in order of comments received until they are all gone.
Hope 11-11-11 is a lucky day for you!
Prize 1: Got a son? Win the Boy Mom Designs shirt of your choice. I’m super excited to get my green army man shirt with matching toddler version for my boy in the mail this week. Visit www.boymomdesigns.com to choose YOUR favorite shirt!
Prize 2: Need a night out? Win this 4-pack of Ultrastar movie tickets and you can enjoy a moms’ night out, a double-date or a trip to the movies with the hubby and kids. I love that Ultrastar’s Parent Movie Mornings and Baby’s Night Out means you don’t have to miss the blockbusters just because you’re a new mom!
Prize 3: Java Mama is the original kid-friendly coffee shop in San Diego, and they are especially close to my heart since they opened right down the street from my house just when I was ready to venture out with my new baby. Win this prize and enjoy 2 passes for supervised play and a tasty beverage of your choice. With free WIFI, yummy food and awesome play spaces, Java Mama is a safe, clean, friendly place for you and your little ones to visit!
Prize 4: If you don’t live in the North County, you may not have experienced the pure joy of Nothing Bundt Cakes. But with a new store opening this December in Mission Valley, all of San Diego should be able to treat themselves to the rich, dense, wonderful awesomeness of a Nothing Bundt Cake. Choose this prize and you’ll get a single-serving “bundtlet” from the Mission Valley store each month for the next year! YUMMMMM
Prize 5: My girlfriends and I love, love, love happy hour at Serenity Spa in Sorrento Valley…$30 for a 25-minute treatment that comes with the cocktail of your choice and delicious 1/2 priced appetizers. Win a 50-minute Swedish massage and visit this delightful spa during happy hour or whenever you need a stress-buster!
Prize 6: At a craft show last weekend I bought the cutest bows and headband for my daughter from BowBees. Fun styles and great quality at terrific prices = NEW FAVORITE. With Christmas around the corner, you might like to win this fancy red, green and white headband holiday bow for infants and toddlers.
Prize 7: Why pay $17 (plus tip) for a kid’s hair cut when you can get one for free? Kids’ Hair Salon is open 7-days a week at Grossmont Center Mall, and they’ve done a great job with my daughter’s hair for nearly 6 years. This gift certificate entitles you to one free child’s hair cut.
Prize 8: If 2 is better than 1, you’ll really love winnng TWO kids’ haircuts compliments of Super Cuts in Scripps Ranch! Each certificate entitles you to one free junior haircut at the Super Cuts on Hibert Street (near Java Mama!)
Prize 9: Moms on the move need this awesome, custom-designed Creative Travel Mug! Carlsbad mom, Melissa Badour,designs these high quality, environmentally friendly, stainless steel hot/cold travel tumblers with customer’s personal photos. Win this prize and choose up to 16 of your favorite photos for use in your new mug! (includes an additional sport lid)
Prize 10: If you love Christmas, save the dates of December 16 – 18 and join me for A Christmas Tabernacle at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Win these two adult admission tickets and enjoy all of the events and entertainment the Christmas Tabernacle has to offer for free. From the live nativity show, to the snow play village, to performances of the Nutcracker by San Diego Ballet…it will be a wonderland for kids and adults alike. Psst…check out Plum District on November 16th when they will feature A Christmas Tabernacle tickets for 1/2 price!
Prize 11: When I think “lucky” I think LOTTERY. No, I don’t usually play, but I will today, and so can YOU. Win this prize, and I’ll buy you $11 worth of lottery tickets. Will you split the jackpot with me if you win???
You live in San Diego, you’re blessed with children…even if you don’t win one of these prizes, you’re a very lucky lady already! 🙂 Have a great day!!!
2012 Mom’s Guide to San Diego…let’s get together!
Well, it’s nearly a month later than I had planned, but the 2012 Mom’s Guide is finally printing, and soon there will be 10,000 copies to distribute to moms like you who are looking for great deals, handy-dandy kids-eat-free and events calendars that you can keep in your car or diaper bag, terrific resource listings on places you can (and should!) go with the kiddos and helpful articles written by some of our county’s coolest moms.
I want to thank the many advertisers whose participation in this year’s guide makes it possible to print and distribute across the county. If you’re wondering who they are, just look to the right of this post and, if you’re so inclined, please click the tile ads to visit their websites!
And I want to thank the companies that contributed to our special “Life’s Better When You BOGO” section. Get your guide, and you’ll be treated to more than $50 in BOGOs at:
Mon Petit Chateau
My Kids Clubhouse
Seaport Village’s Antique Carousel
The UTC mall Kiddie Train
If you are a military mom, please check with your Fleet & Family Support Center…they will have guides in offices across the county for you beginning next week!
If you are a playgroup organizer, please use the contact form to request copies of the guide for your members.
And if you’re a mom like me who loves to be out on the town with the kiddos, then let’s meet up this month! Remember, it’s Museum Month, and that means that from February 1 through February 29th we can get into 40 San Diego museums for 1/2 price. What a great time to check out some of the family programs we’ve been eager to attend. I will bring your copies of the 2012 Mom’s Guide with me to the following events, so mark your calendar, visit Macy’s for your Museum Month Passport, and let me know if you’re coming!
Thursday, February 16th: Mac’s Kids’ Corner at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Monday, February 20th: 10-11 a.m. it’s History for Half Pints “All Aboard A Train Adventure” at the San Diego History Museum.
Thursday, February 23rd: We’re going to check out the miniature train display and pot a plant at the San Diego Botanic Garden for their Thursday toddler playdate from 10-11 a.m. That afternoon from 4-6 p.m. we’ll be at Kid Ventures in Pacific Beach with Positively Kids playing “I Choose To Be Happy Bingo” and meeting Captain Positive! Click here for more info. and, be one of the first 25 moms to give us the secret code CAPTAIN POSITIVE because you do NOT want to miss out on the fab grab bags being handed out.
Friday, February 24th: From 2-4 p.m. we’re headed to the Lux Art Institute for the Family Friday tour, nature trail walk and an artist-led art project!
Saturday, February 25th: It’s Family Science Saturday at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Join us from 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, February 26th: We’ll be hanging out with Ms. Frizzle @ the 2:15 p.m. Wacky Science Sunday show at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Hope to see you in February!
A Gift That Will Keep On Giving
I do love a company that gives back to its community. And I’ve seen first hand how teaching children to plant and grow gardens inspires healthy eating and a real appreciation of nature. (my kids have Greg’s green thumb, for sure!)
So I am happy to share with you this post about Stretch Island Fruit Company, the San Diego-based producers of FruitaBü natural fruit snacks, and the company solely responsible for “Fruit Tree 101,” a program that brings orchards to school yards.
Students were taught about the importance of fruit, healthy eating and the environment. They rolled up their sleeves, picked up their shovels and dug in, helping to plant the fruit trees that are up to seven feet tall!
The Fruit Tree 101 program is made possible by Stretch Island Fruit Co. with the help of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. This national, grassroots program addresses important issues like caring for the environment and proper nutrition by providing students with an outdoor classroom where they can foster fruit trees and shrubs – from planting to harvest.
To learn how your school can apply to participate in Fruit Tree 101, click here.
To learn more about Stretch Island Fruit Company, just reading their core values will tell you a lot…
We are optimistic: We believe in the goodness of people, real fruit and community. We envision a world of tasty fruit experiences that inspire people to celebrate nature’s goodness.
We are socially conscious: We believe the business of real fruit can help make positive changes in our world. That’s why we run our business and lead our lives in ways that we feel best benefit the health of people, communities and our planet.
We are simple: We believe in the power of nature to help nourish and sustain us, and that sometimes, less is truly more.
We are healthy: We believe in the vitality of whole foods. So we make only all-natural fruit foods that help people live their best lives. When we say our products count as USDA servings of fruit, we mean whole fruit, not fruit juice.
Free Car Seat Safety Checks
If you’re not sure about how to install your baby’s car seat, help is available.
Babies R Us and the CHP are teaming up to provide FREE car seat safety checks this weekend. A complimentary car seat safety check event will be held this Sunday, November 2nd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Babies R Us in Chula Vista.
No pre-registration is required. Just arrive at the Babies R Us located at 1860 Main Ct in Chula Vista between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and let the experts properly install your baby’s car seat.
If you are unable to attend the November 2nd event, here is a list of other San Diego organizations that provide free safety checks:
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection at Kohl’s East Lake, Chula Vista. Click link to schedule your appointment.
Central San Diego
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection at Rady’s Children’s Plaza in Serra Mesa and at the Balboa Kohl’s. Click the link to schedule your appointment.
California Highway Patrol-San Diego , 4902 Pacific Highway twice a month on Saturdays. First come first served, call 619-220-5492 for more information.
La Mesa Police Department at 8085 University Ave. Free inspection on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 9am. First come first served, no appointments needed. Call 619-667-1400 for more information.
California Highway Patrol, 1722 East Main Street in El Cajon. Tuesday mornings, call 619-401-2000 for appointment.
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection; Kohl’s of Rancho San Diego. Click the link to schedule your appointment.
California Highway Patrol, 1888 Oceanside Blvd. in Oceanside. Once a month, first come first served from 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.. Call 760-757-1675 for available dates.
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection for Encinitas and San Marcos. Click the link to schedule your appointment.
California Law (Effective 01/01/2012):
Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
Children under the age of 8 who are 4′ 9″ or taller may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.
Children who are 8 years and over shall be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt.
Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California’s Mandatory Seat Belt law.
For accurate, up-to-date car seat safety information, visit http://www.thecarseatlady.com/.
FREE Demo Day with Super Soccer Stars!
Saturday, September 20th
Carmel Mission Park – (Corner of Carmel Country and Carmel Mission Road)
9:00 – 9:40am: 2-3 year olds
9:45 – 10:30am: 3-young 4 year olds
10:35 – 11:25am: Older 4-5 year olds
9:45 – 10:45am: 5-7 year olds
10:50 – 11:50am: 8-10 year olds
Spaces are limited, so be sure to save your spot!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619.577.4009!
Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills to children 2 and older in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. Through our age-specific curriculum, we use soccer to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. Low child-to-coach ratios and positive reinforcement ensure that each child improves at his or her own pace while having a blast!
Give A Mom a Break
If you’re a mom, you probably drive a family-friendly car like a mini van or SUV, you’re probably a master at multi-tasking and you’d probably like more breaks than you usually get.
Wondering what this has to do with anything?
Well take a look at this picture. It’s me having my new Honda Pilot serviced at DCH Honda. More precisely, it’s my back being massaged by a Simply Spa staff member, while I’m waiting for an oil change…multi-tasking, taking a break…yes! This dealership actually takes the pain out of routine car maintenance by offering free chair massages and free manicures while you wait!
I love my new Pilot because it’s spacious, gets pretty good gas mileage, keeps the kids entertained on longer trips with a backseat DVD player and keeps us all feeling safe driving on the highways of San Diego.
And I love that we bought it at DCH Honda because my life got just a little bit easier by doing so. Every Tuesday the dealership offers free chair massages to its customers. Every Wednesday we can take advantage of the free manicure service provided inside the dealership. Every day there’s free wireless service and two nice computers to use if you didn’t bring yours. And for the life of my car, I can get a free car wash at this dealership. Get the car washed, get a manicure. DCH Honda knows how to give a mom a break!
What: DCH Honda of Lemon Grove
Happy FREE Birthday Party to YOU!
This year, “Bean’s” birthday came right in the middle of us moving to a new house. I was so busy with packing boxes, cleaning and loading everything up that I didn’t exactly do much planning for his big day. Luckily, I didn’t really have to because he still had a super fun party thanks to IKEA!
Ikea San Diego hosts FREE birthday parties for kids 10 and under, on the first Tuesday of every month. How awesome is that? All I had to do was call a few weeks before, and put his name on the list. I will say that I did have a little trouble reaching them on the phone at first, but a quick communication on Twitter fixed that right up.
The actual party was a blast! It took place on Bean’s real birthday so that made it even more special. He was allowed to invite two friends to come along as well as two adults. The party is held in the restaurant area of the store. Kids ate for free and everyone had free drinks. Petals the Clown did a wonderful job hosting the party. She put on a fabulous magic show, twisted animal balloons and passed out birthday cake. She painted all the kids’ faces with her impressive artistic painting skills, and then each birthday kid got a special gift from Ikea! I was pleasantly surprised with the level of thought and detail that went into the party. The gifts given were all age appropriate and fun – there were a variety of toys such as stuffed animals for the babies and toddlers, train sets for the younger children and art supplies for the older ones. Bean got a paint set, which was perfect for him since he loves to paint pictures. He absolutely loved the party and Pinga, my two year old daughter had a great time as well!
I really couldn’t believe that we got a party this fun and well planned out for FREE! I can see us making a tradition out of this. If you’re stumped for what to do for your child’s next birthday, consider a party at Ikea.
Location: IKEA San Diego restaurant
Date: The first Tuesday of every month
Call (619) 563-IKEA ext. 1330 to reserve your place at the party
Visit IKEA for more information on the birthday parties.
Lowe’s Build & Grow For Kids
This is one of the best things our family has done together lately…so simple, as much fun for Mallory and me as it was for Daddy and Gage, and completely free.
The Saturday before the Indianapolis 500, we went to a Lowe’s Build and Grow kids’ clinic to build our own race car out of wood.
Oh yes we did! We wore goggles, used hammers and created from the bag of wooden wheels, block body and nails they distributed to each child, a miniature replica of the number 48 Jimmy Johnson Nascar sponsored by Lowe’s.
Lowe’s recommends this twice-a-month clinic for children ages 7 and older, but our kids were able, with our help, to easily assemble the car and had a blast working with the wood.
Each Lowe’s is set up to accept 75 children for the clinic, and even if you pre-register, they suggest you come a bit early to line up. The registration process is super simple, a nice reminder email was sent out the day before and the staff members assisting were great with the kids.
Now, as a woman, I’m not really into hardware stores, but Lowe’s was bright and cheery. We were greeted with smiles from every employee we saw, the bathrooms were super clean and even pretty, and my kids are still enjoying racing their cars together at home.
Thanks Lowe’s for introducing our family to wood working. We’ll be back next month!
What: Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic for Kids
Where: Your local Lowe’s hardware store
When: 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month @ 10 a.m.
Who: Recommended for children ages 7 and older
Who’s going to the movies this weekend?
If you’re in the North County, why not make it an extra special night out with a visit to Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas? At Cinepolis theaters in Del Mar and La Costa, you can meet up with your friends in the cinema bar before the show starts and enjoy cocktails ranging from bottled beer to Dom Perignon.
Running late? Don’t worry, you can still enjoy that drink with your friends inside the theater from the comfort of your oversized leather recliner.
With the touch of a button on the arm of your recliner, you can order cocktails, gourmet coffees, traditional movie snacks as well as an extensive array of tasty entrees from the Cinepolis menu. It all looked wonderful during my recent visit…artisan cheese and meat plates, teriyaki skewers, grilled sliders and made-to-order sushi rolls. Desserts include cheesecake, lava cake and chocolate fondu, so show up hungry!
At Cinepolis, you’ll pay about $8 per ticket more than at a traditional theater, and in return you’ll get no sticky floors, no crying kids (in the 21 and older theaters, of course), no disgusting bathrooms and a fun variety of food and beverages that makes Cinepolis a great date night or mom’s night out destination.
Want to try Cinepolis for free? Tell us what you think about luxury theaters here to be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Cinepolis movie of your choice. One reader will be randomly selected to win just in time for Mother’s Day!
Playgroup Buddies are the Best!
If one of the things you felt thankful for this past week is the love, support and friendship that your playgroup buddies give you, then this blog is for you.
Eight years later, I still treasure the meaningful friendships that grew from my original Parent Connection playgroup.
We’ve decided that, in 2014, the mom’s guide is going to be all about honoring, rewarding and supporting San Diego playgroups. If you, the moms and kids you hang with on a regular basis would be interested in winning a playgroup party, listen up!
During the next twelve months, every registered San Diego playgroup will have the chance to win incredible in-home parties, fabulous field trips and memorable moments courtesy of San Diego’s best local businesses (and mom’s guide sponsors!).
Our 2014 prize list includes:
And that’s just what we have planned for the kids. For moms, we’re giving away…
If any of this sounds like the type of fun your group would like to have, then register your playgroup anytime for your chance to win. Here’s how:
Email to email@example.com your:
1. Playgroup name
2. Playgroup organizer’s name
3. Organizer’s phone number and email address
4. Approximate number of members
5. Age-range of children in the group
Each time a playgroup giveaway becomes available, captains will be notified and given the chance to enter to win. Each playgroup member can enter for one chance to win! Enter as many or as few giveaways as you’d like.
Here’s some fine print:
No purchase necessary. Unsubscribe from the group email at any time. Winners will be randomly selected. Prize packages are limited in quantity. Large playgroups may need to raffle tickets to certain attractions and opportunities. More details to follow each giveaway. Good luck!
I guess I’m coming to the table a little late, but I’ve just learned of the Seaworld “preschool pass.” I followed this link that a friend shared on FB, filled it out and, viola, my preschooler has a Seaworld pass.
There’s conflicting information on the website and on the link (expiration dates, how to redeem, etc.), so I’m putting a call to Seaworld for some clarification. Still, don’t wait. It only took a minute to fill out the form and, as long as it’s valid, your 3-5 year old can enjoy the shows, the character interactions, the rides and animal experiences at Seaworld San Diego — for free!
Stay tuned for more info.
Moms, sorry for the confusion. I told you in my post earlier this week that I would contact Seaworld for more information about their newest, most awesome promotion, the Preschool Pass, and here it is! Yes, you will need to visit the site and fill out a new form, but, hey, it’s worth it, right?