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Fun January activities for the kids

9 – Lowe’s make a Coin Bank 10-11 a.m.
23 – Lowe’s make a Tic Tac Toe 10-11 a.m.

Did you know the average person doesn’t wear 25% of the clothes in their closet?!  thredUP is a new service that allows you to swap clothes you no longer wear for ones that you will! The thredUP team shops in other people’s closets to find you hidden gems in your size and style that they think you will love.  Think: Netflix meets consignment.  Here’s how it works:

Let thredUP know the great items you’re no longer wearing. The team finds thredUP members who are interested in your clothes and then manages the peer-to-peer exchange. You send and receive items using our pre-paid envelopes – no trips to the Post Office, ever!  Frugal, affordable and hassle free.

That’s not all…thredUP kids is launching in February.  Marvelous Girl readers are invited to be founding members.  Click here to sign-up:  First 1,000 thredUP kids members get their first swap for free!

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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, eating dinner together as a family every night keeps the doors of communication open between parents and children.  Furthermore, family dinners are also a perfect opportunity for moms and dads to teach children about eating healthy and making good food choices.
“Although hectic schedules have made family dinners a thing of the past, there is compelling evidence that sitting down at a table to share a meal is an ideal environment for family interaction,” said Laura Olson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy International.  “In addition to discussing the school-related events, dinnertime is the perfect time to talk about healthy eating topics, such as the five food groups and the importance of having different colors of food on your plate.”
Olson notes that families should aim to sit down to a meal most nights of the week for a minimum of 30 minutes.  A home-cooked meal is not necessarily required; families can connect just fine over takeout served at the family dinner table.  For those parents wondering how they can make the most of family dinners, Olson offers the following tips:

  • Be curious – Showing an interest in a child’s likes and dislikes can result in the child feeling appreciated, respected and emotionally secure.  Ultimately, the child experiences a surge in self-confidence, which can positively shape his or her developmental progress in the classroom.
  • Get creative with conversation – Lively dialog is crucial to getting your kids to listen and share, so have all family members tell their favorite part or biggest challenge of the day.  Not only will this give everyone a glimpse into each other’s routine, but it will also help kids expand their vocabulary with new and intriguing words.
  • Be specific in your questions – Instead of just inquiring about the day at school, ask about a particular book the child may be reading or an art project he or she may be crafting.  This will help the child foster ideas and opinions about the assignment that he or she may not have previously considered.
  • Let kids plan the menu – Getting children involved in the planning aspect of dinner gets them accustomed to thinking ahead and following step-by-step directions.  Additionally, cooking is a great way to have them practice their math skills, such as adding fractions.

For more information about Kiddie Academy, visit

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Ikea is giving away free breakfast!!   (one small breakfast plate and a cup of  coffee ($1.98 value), December 26 – January 3 until 11 a.m.

After 11 a.m., Kids Eat Free ($2.49 value) and no adult purchase is required.

This is a great way to spend time with the family and save money, click here to find a location near you!

New Years resolutions usually benefit the person making them – and eating healthier and getting more exercise often top the list.  This year, why not make a mommy resolution to help your children get the nutrition and physical activity they need.

“Many of us set goals for personal improvement when the year begins.  What a perfect opportunity to also find ways to help our children to be more fit and to eat better,” says Rob Bisceglie, Action for Healthy Kids’ executive director.

Research indicates that physical activity and good nutrition are linked to better academic performance, in addition to better physical and mental health.  They can also help prevent and fight overweight and obesity, which currently affects one in three children in the U.S.

Parents and caregivers can make simple changes that go a long way in helping children of all ages learn to eat right, be active every day, be ready to learn, and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Here is Action for Healthy Kids’ Five Fit and Fantastic New Years Resolutions:

  1. Be active as a family:  Play at the park; romp in the snow; or add an after-dinner walk to your family routine.  Look for ways to make activity part of every day. If possible, walk or ride bikes to school or the store. Go crazy doing chores – turn up the music and dance til the house is clean.
  2. Be a good role model:  Show your kids how to eat healthy foods by eating them yourself.  Substitute low-fat milk or water for soft drinks; eat mostly whole-grains; fill half of your plate with colorful vegetables – and eat them!
  3. Add more fruits and veggies to your family’s diet:  Add chopped veggies to pasta sauce or mac n’ cheese; offer low-fat/non-fat dairy or fresh fruits and veggies instead of salty or sugary snacks. No fresh?  Use frozen or canned in natural juices.  Have your kids help prepare meals; they’ll be eager to eat the food they fix.
  4. Offer non-food rewards:  It’s easy to reward good behavior or deeds without food.  Play a game; dance to your kids’ favorite tunes; take a trip to one of their favorite places; offer prizes from a ‘treasure box’ of stickers, pencils and small toys.
  5. Encourage healthy practices at school:  Ask teachers and other family members to offer fruits and veggies alongside cupcakes and cookies at classroom parties.  Suggest that non-food awards, such as an extra recess period or items with the school logo, be used rather than candy or other treats. Advocate for non-food fundraisers.

Click here for information and tips to help with these resolutions.

Happy Birthday to all our marvelous readers!  Check out all the free stuff you can get just for turning one year older. Great deals and activities on your birthday:

Hollywood Video – free rental on your birthday, no sign-up necessary
Sephora – lip gloss trio or vanilla cupcake bubbles (in-store or online)

Have a sweet tooth on your Birthday…..
Baskin Robbins Birthday Club – free ice cream
Caribou Coffee – free drink
Cold Stone Creamery Birthday Club – free ice cream
Dairy Queen– free Blizzard when you buy one
Dunkin Donuts – free ice cream
Krispy Kreme– free dozen when you buy one
Marble Slab Creamery – free ice cream
Starbucks – free drink on your birthday

Great Restaurant Deals!
Arby’s Extras – free food w/purchase
Famous Daves – P.I.G. Club – free food, kids included
Fuddruckers – free shake w/purchase
Houlihan’s – free entree
Joe’s Crabshack – free appetizer w/purchase
Lone Star Steakhouse – $15 gift card
Mimi’s Cafe – free food, free breakfast with sign-up
On The Border – free food
Red Lobster – $5 coupon
Red Robin – free burger
Ruby Tuesday – free burger w/purchase
Schlotzky’s – free sandwich
Subway – free meal w/purchase
Sweet Tomatoes – free meal
The Melting Pot’s Club Fondue – free dessert with purchase
T.G.I.Friday’s – coupon 

Let’s not forget about the kidos.  Sign them up to get free stuff too!
Applebee’s – free meal for child, fill out postcard at restaurant
Burger King – free kids meal
California Pizza Kitchen – free meal (10 & younger)
Chuck E. Cheese’s – free tokens (12 & younger)
Denny’s – free meal (10 & younger)
Geoffrey’s Birthday Club – Toys ‘R Us coupon value varies (ages 2-10)
Marble Slab Kid’s Club – free ice cream (12 & younger)
Sonic Wacky Pack Birthday Club – free meal (13 & younger)
Target Birthday Club – sign-up to get some treats
The Old Spaghetti Factory Kids Club – free meal (12 & younger)

If you know of something that is not on this list, we would love to hear about it at  Happy Birthday!!

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Free Weekend Events


Saturday December 12th, 10 am – 11 am – Lowes Build and Grow Clinic, make Christmas Ornaments.

Saturday, December 12th, 1 pm – 3 pm Micheals, Bookmark Workshop
Ongoing, Bass Pro Shops Winter Wonderland begins, click here the daily schedule, free photo with Santa!

michael-jackson-kids A&E reality showIt has been reported that Michael Jackon’s three children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket, will appear on the new Jackson reality show, The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.

The show was originally intended just to follow the remaining Jackson brothers, but now it has been opened wider to encompass the most successful Jackson sibling still alive, Janet Jackson, as well as the children.

The only family member against it is the oldest daughter, Rebbie Jackson, who flat out refused to do the show and now “feels Michael would spin in his grave if he knew his kids would be on this show.”

You may be wondering where Katherine is when all of this is happening?  A source said she “is just going along with things.” 

 So sad.

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ihop kids eat freeFrom now through September, kids 12-under eat FREE everyday from 4-10p.m. at IHOP!

One free kid per adult, must be an item from kid’s menu, drinks not included unless otherwise stated on menu item, dine-in only, cannot be combined with any other specials, coupons or discounts.

To find a store near you click here.

whole wheat raspberry breakfrast bar kidsBerries may be tiny, but they’re a mighty source of nutrition and energy.  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries have been shown to improve eyesight, brain function and protect us against environmental pollutants, so it’s no surprise they’re a smart choice at any meal.
Registered Dietitian Tina Ruggiero teamed up with Driscoll’s Berries to develop a nutritious and delicious recipe that is great for on-the-go breakfasts when your kids are running to catch the bus.

Whole Grain Raspberry Breakfast Bars
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
Makes 12 servings

Raspberry filling:
1 package (6 ounces) Driscoll’s Raspberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Breakfast Bars:
1-1/2 cups regular or quick oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup walnut pieces
1/4  cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 large egg

Raspberry Filling:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. 
Combine raspberries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Simmer, stirring constantly for 2 minutes until sauce is thick and translucent. Remove from heat.

Breakfast Bars:
Combine oats, flour, sugar, walnuts and cinnamon in a food processor. Process until oats and walnuts are finely ground. Add oil and egg; pulse to evenly combine, scraping sides of work bowl.
Press half of the crumb mixture evenly on bottom of a 9-inch square pan. Spread raspberry filling evenly over crumbs. Top with remaining crumbs and pat down gently. 
Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Per Serving: 229 calories, 9.63g total fat, .94g saturated fat, 4.15g protein, 33.52g carbohydrate, 17.62mg cholesterol, 3.53g fiber, 10mg sodium

Lighten Up:

Helpful Tip:
Two minutes is the magic time it takes for cornstarch to thicken and turn clear – be sure to stir the fruit and cornstarch while simmering.

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