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Glow in the Dark Trick-or-Treat Tote for Halloween

Glow in the Dark Trick-or-Treat Tote for Halloween

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Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, and if your kids are like mine, they already have costumes picked out!

And even though it may not be part of the costume, the candy collection bag is a big deal at least for the parent.  Because if that candy bag breaks and your kid has candy all over the ground, you know there will be tears!  We have tried the plastic pumpkin buckets and foil bags with handles, but all have ended up braking.  I guess you could say that my kids get a LOT of candy when they go trick-or-treating!  So, finding a bag that won’t break is a must.  That’s where Colortime Crafts and Markers comes in!  We got this cute Halloween Tote, made out of canvas:


My oldest son didn’t actually want to dress up for Halloween this year, but did opt for one of those huge Maskimals monkey heads because he thought it was funny… tweens…
My two younger sons still wanted full Halloween costumes, so they went with a Star Wars theme: Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper


Of course, my youngest son loves to keep trying on his costume, and is so excited for all the candy!   He was thrilled to find out that I got him a glow in the dark trick-or-treat tote this year! Even my older two sons wanted to help him decorate:


The canvas is nice and thick, so it seems pretty sturdy (like it will last for several years to come!) and the fabric markers were easy to use.  They were even able to color over the marker with another color (like on the T and R, so that the piece of candy and candy apple showed up a little better).  The markers didn’t even bleed through although they do suggest putting a piece of paper towel inside.

And the real test:  Yes!  It actually glows in the dark!


One of the reasons that I love this glow in the dark tote so much is because it will help me keep track of my little guy in the dark! Every year, we always have some sort of glow sticks, bracelets, or necklace that we give the kids to wear because it is easier to see where they are at.  Might sound silly, but it is so helpful!

So, as a parent:

  • I love that it glows in the dark so I can more easily keep track of my child when the sun goes down
  • it is sturdy so it should be reliable and not break part-way through the night (like previous bag and buckets have!)
  • it was a lot of fun for the kids to decorate!



Colortime has a lot more than just crafts for Halloween though.  You can get party supplies at reasonable prices for birthday parties and sleepovers with Colortime Crafts and Markers coloring pillowcases, t-shirts, backpacks, permanent fabric markers, and more. New special glow-in-the-dark ink items available! Clean, easy, and affordable crafts activity that doubles as a unique keepsake! For savings, join our “Birthday Club” and receive 20% off and a free backpack, with your order at Colortime.


Here’s to getting no tricks and lots of treats!

Happy Halloween!


Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content.  Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

It’s mid-October.  The air is finally getting cooler ironically, we’ve had quite a warm fall!  So even though it hasn’t really felt like fall much yet, I am starting to get in the mood for some yummy fall treats.  And what better way to do that than with pumpkin and oat cookies?!

But these are even better because they are actually healthy for you too!  So, they truly are guilt-free cookies well, almost guilt-free!

I have to say, the thing that I like most about these cookies is that they are not sweetened with sugar… raw honey is used instead.  Of course, there is a bit of sugar in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you really don’t even have to add these unless you want to.  And you can even add a little glaze to the top if you really want to indulge…


Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin & Oat Cookies


  • 1/2 cup real butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free baking mix (**or for a bit of a healthy boost, replace the baking mix with Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey, melted (warm in microwave until liquid)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Glaze **optional**
  • 1 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk (add one at a time and stir until proper consistency)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cream together: butter, vanilla, sweet potato, and banana.
  4. Add egg, honey, and baking soda, stir until combined.
  5. Add in oats, baking mix, and chia seeds, stir until combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips (optional)
  7. Spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. ** Drizzle with glaze while cookies are still warm.
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These cookies truly are delicious… and it’s a sneaky way to get your kids to eat something that is actually good for them and they won’t even know it!



How Credit Score Affects Your Monthly Bills

How Credit Score Affects Your Monthly Bills

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You probably know that how you pay your monthly bills affects your credit score: on-time payments will increase your credit score, while late payments will cost you extra in fees and lower your credit score.  But did you realize that your credit score can also impact the amount that you have to pay for your monthly bills?

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What is your credit score?

Your credit score is basically a numerical way for the credit bureaus to express your creditworthiness.  Credit scores range from around 300 to 850.  The higher your credit score, the better your credit.  A higher score tells potential lenders that you are a low risk consumer and will likely payback the credit that they extend to you.  A low score tells creditors that you are a higher risk borrower.  There are several factors that go into calculating your credit score:

  • Length of credit history
  • Payment history
  • Balance of accounts as compared to credit line
  • Amount of times you credit has been pulled within a certain time period
How does your credit score actually affect your monthly bills?

Your credit score will have an impact on the rates that you qualify for when obtaining financing.  So when you apply for a new credit card, auto loan, or a mortgage, creditors base the programs and rates that they offer to you based on your credit score.  If you have a high credit score, you are going to qualify for a lower rate, which will give you lower monthly payments.  If your credit score is low, creditors will give you a higher rate because creditors look at lending you money to you as more of a risk, and this will cause you to have higher monthly payments.

What can you do to improve your score?

If you have a credit score that is less than perfect, or don’t have much of a credit history—don’t worry, there are steps that you can take to help improve your score.

Determine why you need to raise your credit score. Is it for lack of a credit history or because you have a bad credit history?

Lack of credit history

If you lack a credit history, the best thing you can do to build credit is to actually open a credit card and use it to pay monthly bills.  Because you are trying to establish a credit history, expect that the credit card that you get approved for may have a small line of credit and a high interest rate.  But that’s ok.  You don’t have to carry a balance on it from month to month, you can pay it off each month to avoid interest, but every month that you use your credit card, it will report to the credit bureaus.  Make sure that you pay the credit card bill on-time each month, and that will also report to the credit bureau—this will build a solid credit history for you.  So if you are accustomed to using cash, realize that you will have to utilize credit in order to build a credit history.

Credit repair

If you need to clean up a less-than-perfect credit history, there are several steps that you can take:

Start paying your bills on-time.  If it is at all possible, get your bills caught up and current.  Sometimes, when you are making late payments, fees may be added in and your next month’s payment isn’t fully going toward that month; in fact, it may be keeping your payments in a consistent cycle of carrying forward an unpaid amount from each month.

Close any old accounts.  If you have an old credit card that you no longer use, make sure to close it—as long as it is in good standing and has a zero balance.  If you leave old accounts open, it could be a risk for potential identity theft.

Clean up your credit report.  Sometimes old collection accounts, liens, or other derogatory information show up on your credit report.  Even though creditors are supposed to report when items have been resolved, it doesn’t always happen.  So how do you do this?  Using services from a company such as can help you identify old or erroneous items showing on your credit report, work with you to resolve those issues, and contact the credit bureaus to make sure these items are removed or updated.  Getting these incorrect items off your current credit report can increase your score quite quickly.

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Haunted Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

Haunted Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

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Fall is probably my favorite time of year.  I just love everything about it: the hayrides, apple picking, and trips to the pumpkin patch so many things that my family  enjoys together every year!  But of course, with Halloween just around the corner, taking in a few haunted Halloween activities for the whole family is a lot of fun too!

And recently, we did just that.  We took a weekend trip to Lake Erie Shores & Islands and had a blast!

Our reason for going, was for more than just a family get-a-way, this was also a celebration of our oldest son’s 12th birthday!  Instead of having a birthday party this year, Chase wanted to go to Cedar Point.  Living in Ohio, we have been to Cedar Point before, but I wanted to make this visit a little more special, since this time we are celebrating a birthday, so I started planning… that’s when I found Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center.  Even if you are familiar with this area, you may not know all of the great events and destinations that are available.  I was so glad to work with the great people at the visitor’s center to find out about other attractions that we could visit on our weekend mini vacay.  While I got a lot of the information online at, there are two visitor centers in the area as well, so we decided to stop by…

There are lots of brochures, maps of the area, and of course, very useful information from the local perspective by those working at the visitor center.


To really get in the haunted Halloween mood, we kicked the weekend off by heading to Ghostly Manor Thrill Center.  This thrill center is probably not like any other that you’ve ever been to; this family entertainment center has been featured in The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been.”  And if you are brave enough, you can journey through one of the scariest haunted houses in the country— rated one of Forbes top 10 haunted attractions (this is only recommended for ages 10 and up).

Chase wanted to go through the haunted house, so my husband went with him… and I took our two younger sons to the not-at-all scary play zone.

So in case your family has some younger ones that don’t want to be scared, there are lots of other activities too!

We watched a 3D movie in the XD Theater, played 3D black light mini golf, and the boys even went through the new laser maze!  Oh, and they also have an Escape Room that is now open!



After we had a few hours of fun at Ghostly Manor, we decided to head back to the hotel for the evening, so the kids could swim.  We don’t have a pool at home, so anytime we are on vacation, we always have to stay at a hotel with a nice pool!  The Comfort Inn Sandusky had an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a sauna, and hot tub— so the kids were in heaven!  And as great as the amenities were, the room is probably what the kids liked the best.  It was a huge open room with three double beds!  This may not sound like much, but when you have a family of five, someone is usually sleeping on a roll-away bed or a pull-out sofa— and we all know how uncomfortable those can be!  So for everyone to get to sleep in a comfy bed was really nice.  And the rates were very affordable (only $100/night this time of year)… as a money savvy mom, that was probably my favorite part!

Amusement for the day…

Cedar Point is probably the best place I can think to go for thrill rides.  Roller coaster after roller coaster awaits!  According to Golden Ticket Awards, Cedar Point has four roller coasters that rank in the top 25 steel coasters in the world!  Yes, we’ve ridden them all—and they don’t disappoint!


But the thrills don’t just stop with the coasters.  In the fall, you can visit Cedar Point for Halloweekends—and experience scary thrills as well!

During the day, you won’t really see it, but at dusk, the spooky starts to happen, as costumed cast members dressed-to-scare begin appearing throughout the park.

Halloweekends Cast Member. Photo courtesy of Joe Schaaf

If you have little ones with you or just don’t want to have a cast member jump out at you after dark, you can buy a green light-up pumpkin to indicate that you don’t want to participate in the scaring…

There are also lots of fun fall decorations and a parade in the afternoon featuring your favorite characters from the Peanuts, so there is plenty for the kids to enjoy all day long.


What haunted Halloween activities will you and your family do this year?


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Best of Fall: 20+ Fall Recipes, Activities, Crafts, & Home Decor Ideas

Best of Fall: 20+ Fall Recipes, Activities, Crafts, & Home Decor Ideas

I have to admit, fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons!  After a hot summer, it is kind of nice to enjoy some cooler temperatures along with those beautiful sunny days.  Crisp mornings are perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee on the deck or going for a jog.  So to celebrate the season, I have a compiled the best of fall that I could find! 20+ fall recipes, activities, crafts, home décor ideas, and more:

Autumn Recipes

Apple, pumpkin, and maple… oh my!  Yes, the time of year has come for all of these delicious flavors!  Here are some of my favorite fall recipes to share with you:

Frosted Maple Cookies

Maple Sugar Cookies

Apple Pie Pizza

Harvest Apple Crisp

DIY Healthy Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Healthier Apple Crisp

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes  

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Harvest Muffins

Hot Mulled Apple Cider Sangria in the Crockpot

Quick & Easy Apple Cider

Caramel Apple Cider

Fun Fall Food Ideas for Kids

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins

Carrot & Beet Cupcakes

Gluten Free French Apple Tart

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie



DIY & Crafts

Fun Crafts and DIY that you and your kids can make!

DIY Fall Hoop Wreath

Preppy Pumpkin

Fall Crafts for Kids

Fall Digi Leaves

Nature Press to Preserve Leaves


Home Décor

Do you love to decorate for fall?  Here are some fun ideas to really bring the season alive in your home!

Home décor for Fall  

Tis the Season for Fall Décor


Fall Fashion

I live in Ohio, so while we do have warm fall days, it does start to get cooler.  So I get to enjoy all the cute boots and sweaters as we head into winter, but what if you live in a warmer climate?  She Lives Vintage has some great ideas on how to wear fall fashion in warmer locations.

Autumn Activities

Looking for fun things to do this fall?  Here are some great suggestions you won’t want to miss!  I know my family looks forward to going to the same farm every year to pick pumpkins and enjoy a hayride!  It’s a great afternoon of family fun!  Even if you have activities you enjoy in the fall, you may want to check out these great ideas too:

Fun & FREE Fall Activities for the Family

Go Apple Picking  

Summer Activities for Fall

50 Fall Activities

Family Friendly Fall Activities

15 Ways to Enjoy Nature this Fall Season


Happy Fall Y’all! 


Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes

Sweet and Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes

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Fall isn’t here quite yet, but football season is already underway!  As the mother of three boys– who not only love to play football, but love to watch it too– getting ready to watch our favorite college team play is always a big event!

And we can’t have a big game day without lots of great food!  So when I want to grill up some great game day food, I turn to the brands I know and trust at my local Walmart:

  • Kingsford® Charcoal
  • RITZ® Crackers
  • Dr Pepper®
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch
  • Glad® Press’n Seal

Find these great products and more grill-gating inspiration here.

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When you think of game day and food, tailgating comes to mind, right?!  But what if you aren’t actually going to the game?  There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t “tailgate” in your own backyard and grill-gate the same great foods at home.

Time to Grill-Gate:

Let’s start the grill!  It takes a little bit of time and attention to get the charcoal going, but the wonderful taste that you get from the low and slow charcoal grilling is going to be perfect for these game day wings!

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  1. Layer your Kingsford® Charcoal on the charcoal rack.  I like to use a double layer because it helps to cook a little quicker and really get a good intense heat.
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  2. Use lighter fluid and soak the charcoal.  (If you’re like me, you may need a lot!)  Use a long handle lighter so that you keep your hand away because the fire may flame up.Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes // Money Savvy Living
  3. Once the charcoal has started to burn, you will need to let it smolder for a bit– probably at least 20 minutes until the charcoal starts to look gray on the edges.
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  4. Now you are ready to cook!  Put the grill rack on top and add your wingettes.
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  5. Look at the beautiful color and grill marks– this is going to be tasty!!

Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes

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Ingredients List:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Dr Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch


  1. Add minced garlic to butter in bowl and put in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, or until melted.
  2. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Toss grilled chicken wingettes in sauce.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

The Dr Pepper adds the perfect amount of sweet to this spicy BBQ sauce for our game day wings!  But to make the appetizer spread complete, I always like to have a veggie tray with tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden… which, of course, goes great with the RITZ crackers and Hidden Valley Ranch…

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And if you happen to have leftovers (but I don’t think you will!), you can use Glad Press’n Seal to help you store your food with spill-proof cling!

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Check out more Great Grilling Tips and Recipes:

For more great grilling tips and recipes, you can check out this website featuring Emmitt Smith.  Find out how you can join in the fall football grill-gating fun and share your photos on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag, #GrillGatingHero.  Your photo could even end up on the Grill-gating website!

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What are you going to grill-gate for the big game? 
Let me know in the comments and then share a picture on Instagram and Twitter using #GrillGatingHero

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

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It is so hard to believe the kids are going back to school already… feels like summer just started!  However, not only do my kids go back to school again this week, but my oldest son starts middle school and my youngest son starts kindergarten.  So, lots of change coming our way, and yes, there are sure to be some tears– probably mostly from me though!

Mornings can be hectic… finishing up homework, getting lunches packed, making sure the kids have a healthy breakfast before heading out the door to catch the bus… but what about my own breakfast?  I have to admit that, more than once, I have skipped breakfast because I simply haven’t had the time.  But now, that excuse is gone.  Even when I don’t have much time, I can still reach for Silk Almondmilk to help get my day started off the right way!


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I was used to getting my almondmilk in the refrigerated section before, but now, I can get shelf-stable, individual bottles of Silk Almondmilk at my local Walmart.  Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for my busy life, I actually like being able to stock up on things so I don’t have to visit the store quite as often.  And being able to stock up on this delicious almondmilk means that I have a quick breakfast-starter always available in my pantry.


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Even though I am looking for a quick breakfast, I am still health-conscious.  I really don’t want to start my day out with a donut just because it is quick and easy.  For me, making a smoothie for breakfast is a quick, easy, healthier option.  And using Silk Almondmilk as the base of my smoothie is a good choice because of how it’s made:

  • good source of calcium
  • contains NO: dairy, gluten, egg, casein, or MSG
  • NO artificial colors, flavors, or additives

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On my last trip to Walmart, I picked up the Silk Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla and the Silk Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel.  And right now, you can save on these products with a $1.00 off coupon from Ibotta!

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To make sure I get a good breakfast, and get the kids sent off to start the school year, I’m going to make a Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie:


Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie


  • 1 cup Silk Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocao
  • 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • Ice Cubes


  1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into your favorite smoothie cup.
  3. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel (**optional).
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Back to School Tax-Free Holidays 2017, Nationwide List

Back to School Tax-Free Holidays 2017

The kids will be going back-to-school before you know it… are you ready?  Every year, the kids have a long list of supplies that they need to buy for the upcoming school year, and of course, they need new clothes and shoes… so why not save a little bit of money and shop tax-free?!


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If you haven’t already, start taking a look at your local store flyers to see which stores may be running special pricing on their back-to-school items, combine it with the NO TAX holiday, and you will save even more money!


Several states nationwide are offering tax-free holidays for back-to-school items, such as school supplies, clothing, footwear, and even stuff for the dorm and home.  Here is a list of states nationwide that will be offering tax holidays in August 2017:

Arkansas August 5-6, 2017

  • Clothing – $100
  • Clothing Accessories or Equipment – $50
  • School Art Supplies
  • School supplies
  • School Instructional Materials

Connecticut August 20-26, 2017

  • Clothing and Footwear – $100 or less

Florida August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories – $60 or less per item
  • School supplies – $15 or less per item
  • Computers and certain computer-related accessories when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use – $750 or less per item

Iowa August 4-5, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100

Louisiana August 4-5, 2017

  • The Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use. The state sales tax is payable on the portion of the purchase price of any individual item in excess of $2,500.

Maryland August 13-19, 2017

  • Clothing & Footwear, each item up to $100

Massachusetts August 12-13, 2017

  • Clothing – up to $175 per item
  • Most purchases less than $2500 threshold amount

Missouri August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
  • School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
  • Personal computers – not to exceed $1,500
  • Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $1,500
  • Graphing Calculators – not to exceed $150

New Mexico August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100
  • Computers: desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook up to $1,000
  • Related computer hardware – $500
  • School supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms must be under $30 per unit

Ohio August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less

Oklahoma August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100

South Carolina August 4-6, 2017

Texas  August 11-13, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear: $100 or Less
  • School Supplies & Backpacks: $100 or Less

Virginia August 4-6, 2017

  • School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear:
    • Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
    • Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item

In addition to school supplies, Virginia is also offering additional tax-free items the weekend of August 4-6. 2017:

  • Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:
    • Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
    • Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
    • Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
    • Other specified hurricane preparedness items with a sales price of $60 or less per item
    • Detailed list of hurricane preparedness items
  • Energy Star andWaterSense Items:
    • Qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star or WaterSense label with a sales price of $2,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

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Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun

I am always looking for fun and affordable places to take the kids– and if they have fun activities for adults too, then that’s even better!  So I was pretty excited to find Make Believe, located in Parma.

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When you walk into Make Believe, there is a sign that tells you all about the world of imagination that you are entering.  Each area is set up to be an imaginary world to explore:

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For the Grown-Ups

This place is definitely set up to be fun for kids, it is also set up with adults in mind too.  While the kids are playing, parents can visit the Lollipop Bistro.

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Don’t let the name fool you… you can order wine and beer here– and the list is pretty extensive too!  There is also a lounge area by the front entrance that has massaging chairs, several televisions hanging up, and lots of sofas, chairs, and tables to sit back and enjoy your drink while your kids have fun!  Seriously, I think you could probably make a date-night out of taking the kids to Make Believe!

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So besides the cool area for adults, one of the first things that I noticed when we got there was how clean it was.  Now, I was there on a #hosted visit, so I got a tour and some behind-the-scenes info… While I was there, I found out that they really focus on cleaning, and it shows!  Make Believe feels and smells clean– even the bathrooms are clean!  If you have been to enough of these types of fun zones for kids, you know exactly what I am talking about regarding the cleanliness.  Some places have sticky floors, you just feel like your kids will get sick from all the germs that they picked up and you really don’t want to have to use the restroom.  That is definitely not the case with Make Believe.  Make Believe was Clean. Clean. Super clean.


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Lots of fun to be had climbing around in here: balls popping around, climbing in three levels of tunnels, and ending with a big slide!  Parents can even go in with small children– and that’s definitely something that you can’t do in most of these types of play zones!


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Kids big and small can enjoy the arcade games… you might even win some tickets to cash in at the Treasure Chest prize center!

High Ropes Course

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The high ropes course is suspended 15 feet in the air, above the arcade and laser tag areas.  This was definitely a favorite and the kids probably spent an hour climbing around on the ropes course.  Adults are welcome to take part in this activity as well, but don’t forget to wear your athletic shoes (no socks or flip flops allowed).  Each area has employees running the attraction, but the Make Believe employees are especially helpful in this area– if your child gets stuck or scared, one of the workers will be right there to help out.

Ninja Wall/ Rock Climbing Wall

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Scale the wall like a ninja or climb up one of the sides… this will definitely test your physical fitness.

Laser Tag

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

Laser tag is multi-level and has metal grates in the floors that you can shoot opponents through.  Glow-in-the dark paint and scenery make this a really fun area!

Bumper Cars

IMG_0925These bumper cars are easy to operate (my 5-year-old hopped right on and rode around in it with no problem at all!) and the impact is a bit softer than what you might remember from the old-style bumper cars at the county fair… these bumper cars are basically surrounded by a large inner tube to absorb the impact, not hard rubber that has no-give.

Mini Bowling

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Party Time

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

There are several sizes of party rooms and different themes, ranging from medieval times to outer space, to a room with a disco ball…click here for more information on what Make Believe offers for parties.


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We had a blast!  Plan your trip to Make Believe today…

#MakeBeleiveParma #NEOFamilyFun #familyfun

Save Everyday at 100+ Retailers with Deals from Groupon

Save Everyday at 100+ Retailers with Deals from Groupon

I just love a good deal!  I think that most of us do… so when I can find coupons to save money on the everyday things that I am going to buy anyways, that’s a win for my budget!

Save Everyday at 100+ Retailers with Deals from Groupon // Money Savvy Living

Even though I do love coupons, I seem to never have them with me when I need them.  But that is also why Groupon is so convenient… I can access the Groupon deals right from my cell phone, which I almost always have with me—either through the Groupon app or the Groupon website.

Save Everyday at 100+ Retailers with Deals from Groupon // Money Savvy Living

Here’s a few of my favorite retailers that have deals on Groupon:

Home Depot



Bed Bath & Beyond


Verizon Wireless



Victoria’s Secret

Babies R Us


Sam’s Club


New York & Company

Save Everyday at 100+ Retailers with Deals from Groupon // Money Savvy Living


For a complete list of retailers at Groupon, click HERE.

Which Groupon retailers do you shop at?  Check it out today and save on your next purchase!


*This post has been sponsored by US Family Guide and it’s advertiser.  Product review and opinions expressed in this post are mine alone. #ad

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