Saturday, July 28, 2012

Annual Back To School Cut-A-Thon

Micheline SalonSpa will conduct the Annual Back To School Cut-A-Thon on Sunday, August 19, from 2:00 to 4:30pm!

Proceeds will benefit Heartland For Children, our local community based care agency helping disadvantaged children of Polk, Highland, and Hardee Counties. Heartland For Children promotes the prevention of child abuse and oversees the provision of services for children who have been abused and/or neglected. Cash or check only; call Micheline SalonSpa at 863 644 0102 for details.

Haircuts, Adults 11 & Older $20

Haircuts, Children 10 & Younger $15

Buff & Polish Nails, Hands $15

Chair Massages, 10 minutes $10

Eyebrow or Lip Wax $10

Micheline SalonSpa • 5035 South Lakeland Drive • Lakeland FL 33813 • (863) 644.0102

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Maggiano's Kids' Cooking Class

Kids' Cooking Class

Looking for an entertaining activity for your child? Let the fun begin!

Come join us for a Kids' Cooking Class on Saturday, August 4th from 10:00am-11:30am.

Children ages 6-12 years of age are welcome.

$30 per child and one parent eats free!

Additional parents or guests are $20 per person.

The Kids will be preparing one of our classic Italian dishes, and will also receive a chef hat and goody bag to take home!

There will be food served to the adults during the class, and to the kids

Please call our Banquet Office at 813-288-0066 to reserve your child's spot.

Seating is limited, and our classes fill up fast!

Maggiano's Little Italy

203 Westshore Plaza

Tampa, FL 33609

Deborah Benanti

Executive Chef


Discovery Days at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales

Discovery Days – Great Escapes!

A literary escape into the Gardens!

Register Now

$10 per class. $55 all classes. 1 parent free per child. 10 a.m. – noon

Your child will discover nature’s joy in a whole new way with each week’s literary escape into the Gardens – all while playing outside and making new friends! We’ll take some of our favorite books outside and watch the words leap right off of the page as we explore new worlds together! Each week will feature a new book as we take a playful and informal approach to reading and nature appreciation – sure to uncover new treasures or reinvent old favorites. Readers of any level can participate whole-heartedly in all activities. Program is designed for children ages 6-12.

July 11: Holes by Louis Sacchar

July 18: The Missing Gator of Gumbo Limbo by Jean Craighead George

July 25: The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnet

August 1: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

August 8: Hoot by Carl Hiassen

August 15: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Each program begins and ends at the Olmsted House with activities taking place outside in the Gardens. Parents are welcome to join their children as they participate in each program. A light snack and beverage will be provided (please bring a reusable water bottle). Please bring sun protection and a raincoat or umbrella.

Back to school Blast 2012

FREE Family Event

for Polk County Residents

Back to School Blast 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

10 am until 2 pm

at The Lakeland Center

Sikes Hall
701 W Lime Street
Lakeland, FL

Children Pre-K through 5th grade

  • FREE Physicals and Immunizations
  • Body Mass index
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Speech & Hearing
  • Fun hands on activities
  • Get connected to resources in your community
  • School supplies for children (while supplies last)

No pre-registration required. Register at The Lakeland Center on the day of the event starting at 7:30 am.

For more info: 863-686-1221 ext 221

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kids eat free at Legoland FL on Sundays

Kids Eat Free!*

(with their Annual Pass)

Sundays - Now through August 26th

At Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet

with paying adult.

Show Your Pass and Save!

Show both the adult and child annual passes at Funtown Pizza & Pasta Buffet on Sundays (July 29, August 5, 12, 19 & 26) to receive a free child's meal with the purchase of an adult meal.


*One complimentary child's meal with the purchase of a paid adult meal. Offer good when valid LEGOLAND Florida Annual Pass is shown for both the adult and child. Offer is non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash. Offer valid at Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet on Sundays only- qualifying dates are July 29, August 5, 12, 19 and 26 only.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Get a Free Book from Scholastic and Kelloggs

Get a FREE Book from Scholastic and Kelloggs'

Here’s how

it works:

1. Purchase* specially marked Kellogg’s products available only

at Walmart, and locate the code printed inside each box.

2. Sign up for Kellogg’s Family Rewards at KelloggsFamily

and enter your codes.

3. Follow the instructions online to redeem your coupon!


You can get as many coupons as you like, so stock up on specially marked Kellogg’s products at Walmart. All codes must be entered by

July 6, 2013.

Vacation Bible School with some Back to School Freebies

Check out the link above for Vacation Bible School at Edgewood Baptist Church. To be eligible to receive the backpack with school supplies and the shoes, the child being registered must attend all five nights of the Olympics, from August 5th to August 12th. An absence on any of these nights disqualifies the child from the Olympics and receiving the shoes and school supplies.

Fun at the Bartow Library

Today we had a fun morning at the Bartow Library. We went to their Super Summer Show featuring Katie Adams' Make Believe Theater. It was a cool show with Star stories about Greek Myths using shadow puppets. I found more about her here;

Jack was once again lucky and got to be called up to be her assistant.

After the show, it looked like it might storm soon, but we wanted to spend a few minutes outside exploring. It has been raining so much lately, that we have felt cooped up at home the past few days. We actually went behind the library and saw a wild cat living below the library (too fast to get a picture of him) and we found a Memorial Garden with pretty flowers and butterflies.

Then, we stopped to throw some sticks and rocks into the lake behind the library and are pretty sure we saw some turtles sticking their heads up out of the water.

Finally, we stopped at the Statue of Liberty for a Photo opportunity and then walked along Veterans' walk where they have listed local War Heroes and the wars in which they fought for our country.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Frugal events for the week

I just realized we have nothing structured this week coming up; no Vacation Bible School or any kind of camp to keep us busy so I am researching things to do without breaking the bank.

Here are the Free or cheap kids' activities for the week:

  • Free Summer Movies at Cobb; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 am are Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Happy Feet

  • Bartow Library Free Summer Show is Wednesday, July 18th at 10:30 am; Katie Adams' Make Believe Theater

  • Events at the Mulberry Library are as follows; Tuesday, July 17th at 3:30pm-Tweens are making Dreamcatchers, Wednesday, July 18th at 10:30 am Preschoolers have song and story time, Thursday, July 19th at 1pm school aged kids are making Bad Dream spray and on Friday there is Summer Movie Day at 1 pm

  • Lakeland Library's Free Summer Show at the Lake Mirror Center is Friday, July 20th at 10 am and it is Karen Climer's Crazy Balloon Show!

Don't forget FREE Bowling at AMF and FREE Skating at Skateland!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Power Camp at St. Paul Lutheran

PCSO at Chik-Fil-A "Kids" night next Tuesday

Looking for something to do next Tuesday? From 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17th, Polk County Sheriff's deputies, members of the PCSO Dive Team, a K-9 team, and Crime Prevention members will appear at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant located at 4625 South Florida Avenue to raise money for the United Way.

Chick-Fil-A has agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds during this 3-hour event to the United Way. Tuesday is also "Kids' Night" at the restaurant, which means kids' meals are free with an adult meal purchase.

The PCSO Dive Team will be on hand to talk about the job they do and demonstrate the equipment they use; a PCSO K-9 team will also be there to do a live K-9 demonstration. PCSO Crime Prevention members will be there with a static display, giveaways, and crime prevention tips.

Bring the family! Come eat some great food and support your local United Way!

New play area at Brandon mall opening Friday, July 13

Tomorrow, July 13, Westfield Brandon shopping center will celebrate the grand opening of a new play area themed after Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Sesame Street Safari of Fun!

The grand opening will kick off at 10 a.m. when Westfield Brandon opens, and will feature animal ambassadors from Busch Gardens and Sesame Street characters until 11 a.m. and giveaways for the first 250 guests to arrive!
It's inside the mall near Dick's sporting goods and Books-A-Million.
Photo: Tomorrow, July 13, Westfield Brandon shopping center will celebrate the grand opening of a new play area themed after Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Sesame Street Safari of Fun!

The grand opening will kick off at 10 a.m. when Westfield Brandon opens, and will feature animal ambassadors from Busch Gardens and Sesame Street characters until 11 a.m. and giveaways for the first 250 guests to arrive!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Coupon Discounts for Tampa attractions

Check out this website for some discounts to a couple of Tampa attractions.

Check out what I found on the website for the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

Buy an adult ticket to the Glazer Children's Museum and get a child's admission FREE!

Lowry Park Zoo Coupon - Read to Your Baby (Starts 04-03-2012)


Please complete three short True/False questions and short survey to receive your free child ticket to LOWRY PARK ZOO with purchase of an adult ticket! After you answer these brief questions, your printable coupon will appear.

A Freebie for Mom this Friday

July 13, Noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy a free Tall (12 fl. oz.) handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers™ beverage at participating stores. No purchase necessary. Limit 1 per person. Share this offer

Cool Lime

with real lime

Very Berry Hibiscus

with whole blackberries

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pottery Barn Kids upcoming events in Tampa

Pottery Barn Kids Hyde Park

Sign up today! Call 813-253-0964 or stop by 804 South Village Circle, Tampa, FL.

Saturday, July 14th at 3 pm & 4 pm

Join us for a special crafting event designed for little readers. Kids will create their own colorful canvas tote, perfect for carrying books and more! This hands-on activity is a great way to get young ones even more excited about exploring the world of books. Reserve your spot today by calling your local store.

Cost: $10
Saturday, July 21 at 9 am - 11 am

Join us for a special preview of our fall

collection! Guests will be the first to see our latest designs for kids and babies, and can get expert design and decorating advice from our Design Studio Specialists. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cost: Free
Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us for story time. Members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first story time, and a special gift after attending five.

Your kids can practice reading anywhere and to any creature!!

Today my boys practiced reading to a neighborhood cat and she did not correct them at all!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sam's Club diaper deal

Get a $10 Sam's Club Gift Card

July 9 – July 31 only!
When you buy TWO different products (like diapers and wipes) from the brands below in a single transaction.*

No further action required.

Card mailed after valid purchases.**

Buy Online >

Cow Appreciation Day!

Join Us July 13, 2012, at Your Chick-fil-A® Restaurant

It’s back! Time to break out your cow-spotted apparel and leave your wallet out to pasture!

On Friday, July 13th, Chick-fil-A Restaurants nationwide will celebrate our annual Cow Appreciation Day event by offering a FREE meal to any guest who visits the restaurant fully... dressed as a cow!

Guests dressed "head to hoof" in cow attire will be rewarded with a FREE Chick-fil-A meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner). For those "too chicken" to wear full cow costumes, Chick-fil-A will award a complimentary entrée to customers partially dressed in cow attire, such as a cow-spotted scarf, purse, hat or other accessory.

And, starting July 13, our Best Cow Costume Photo Contest returns! Enter online, on Facebook or using the updated Chick-fil-A iPhone app for a chance to win a $100.00 Chick-fil-A gift card or other prizes!

Visit for more details including cow costume ideas and tips, downloadable cow spots, masks and other bovine-themed accessories.

Krispy Kreme 75th Birthday!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Mark your calendars!!! Free Slurpree Day at 7/11


Celebrates 83rd Birthday with 5 Million Free Slurpee Drinks and Free Online Train Concert

Just one week after our country celebrates its birthday, 7-Eleven, Inc. customers across the country will raise their free 7.11-ounce Slurpee® drinks to salute the all-American convenience retailer. That’s because Sunday is July 11 – also known as 7/11 or 7-Eleven® Day – the day when the world’s first convenience chain celebrates its birthday. 2010 marks 83 years since the company was founded in Dallas, Texas.

Participating 7-Eleven stores across America and Canada will serve 5 million free Slurpee frozen carbonated beverages in special birthday cups on Sunday (while supplies last). “Slurpee-brations” and 7-Eleven birthday parties are being held around the country with music, entertainment, prizes and food sampling. The convenience chain has been celebrating its birthday with free Slurpee drinks since its 75th anniversary celebration in 2002.

7-Eleven is also using its namesake day to kick off its second annual Slurpee® Battle of the Bands (BOTB) contest. Starting this Sunday, 12 home-grown musical groups will begin showcasing their talents and compete for semi-finalist status at four regional concerts.

The first concert takes place Sunday, July 11, at 7 p.m. in Los Angeles at The House of Blues on Sunset Strip where three of the bands will open for a performance by Train, the Grammy Award-winning mainstream rock group from San Francisco. In this virtual talent contest, fans can view all performances live online on Slurpee’s Facebook fanpage ( and vote for their favorite band at Voting is open for three days immediately after each event.

“7-Eleven Day has become so popular that people mark it as a recurring event on their calendars,” said Stefanie Olson, 7-Eleven category manager for Slurpee and Big Gulp® beverages. “Some people forget that it’s July 11th or 7-Eleven Day. They just know it as free Slurpee day. It’s a great way to create a party atmosphere at our stores. Everyone wants to celebrate!” Free Slurpee drinks aside, July, typically the hottest month in the U.S., is the top-selling Slurpee month of the year.

Every year, July 11 marks the day that the convenience retailer observes its birthday and other company milestones. 7-Eleven, the first convenience store, began its run in 1927 when a Southland Ice Company employee started selling bread, milk and eggs from an ice dock as a convenience for his customers. Since that inauspicious start, “convenience” has become a big business. That small ice company has grown into a major international retailing chain with close to 8,200 7-Eleven stores in North America and more than 38,100 worldwide.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Frugal Friday

Wow, we had a lot of fun and adventures this Friday with spending very little money!!

First, we started at The Lake Mirror Center for the FREE Lakeland Public Library Summer Show.  Here is a link to check out their upcoming shows;

The show today was The Reactory Factory. They were fun and up beat and combined learning and music. Jack even got called on stage to assist and it was really funny when they changed his voice from really HIGH to really LOW!!

About half way through the boys were loosing interest, I think The Reactory Factory is more geared to a younger crowd so we snuck out during a dance number and then, went exploring around Lake Mirror and Hollis Gardens...

After our adventures outside, we headed to Chick fil A to cool off and get some Free lunch and treats for the boys using coupons they had received for good grades from school and for reading from the Mulberry Library's Summer Program.!/events/478788562147524/

What did you do for FREE today?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Readin' & Rockin' at Babies R Us

Readin' & Rockin'

Saturday, July 7th ● 12-3PM

Bring your little ones to your local Babies ''R'' Us store and we'll read favorite children'sstories and perform sing-alongs. Plus, receive a valuable coupon, just for joining us!

Event intended for children: parental supervision required at all times. Event coupons available while supplies last and distributed to participating guests only. Limit one per guest. Quantities limited; no rainchecks.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Public Ice Skating at THE Lakeland Center

Public Ice Skating

July 3-15, 2012 - Summer Times!
Buy Now
Weekdays and Saturday


Featuring "DJ Cubis" on selected sessions!

$7 Adult, $6 Child(2-12), $5 with your own skates
Parents that are not skating do not have to purchase a ticket to sit and watch their children. 

Group Discount Rates

Save $1 per person when purchasing in advance as a group (10 or more people). Add on a special meal or snack package and save even more!

Free Parking for Everyone!

Great for birthday and holiday parties, corporate events or group outings! 

njoy a private celebration room available by reservation!
Call Lisa Parker at 834-5110 or email her at for more information and to reserve your grou