Cici’s Pizza: Yummy changes headed our way!

Today I got to enjoy some time at Cici’s Pizza learning about new changes that are on the way! Their new pizza will be in stores starting Nov. 2nd! Here is a short video I did, capturing the upcoming changes!

@cicispizza has some new updates! #BetterBelieveIt

A video posted by MyCRAZYSavings (@courtneysolstad) on

They will be adding MORE pepporonis per pizza, zestier sauce, less crust around the edges, and garlic butter on the crust! I got to try some today and it was fantastic. I also got to make a pizza for my family to enjoy! It was so easy and so much fun!

Cici’s Pizza is my husbands favorite place to take the kids when I am out of town! They go and everyone leaves happy and very full!

Make sure to sign up on their Cici’s Pizza Perks for great offers!

Huge Fall Savings at Just Between Friends Dallas

I was invited to shop the JBF Dallas sale and post about my awesome finds. All opinions are my own and are honest.


I love a good deal! I really love a good deal on consumables…you know those things that won’t be in our homes for very long! My kids are growing and changing on a daily basis and keeping them in adorable clothes that don’t cost a fortune is something that I pride myself in! I love when they look adorable and I know it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

This is one of the main reasons that I love Just Between Friends so much! Currently JBF Dallas is going on! It is open to the public tomorrow and it’s HUGE! Over 750 people are consigning their kids gently used clothes, toys, and equipment!

I got to go to the presale today and I was specifically looking for Halloween costumes for my girls. I just can NOT pay a ton for a costume for my kids to wear for ONE night! JBF Dallas had tons of choices and we ended up with with some great deals! I paid $17 total for all three of my kids costumes! Chloe is going to be Spidergirl, Emma is going to be a flapper girl, and Maci is going to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader! She is in LOVE with her costume!

I also scored a great deal on a Razer Ripstick that Chloe has been wanting. I paid just $15 and it’s selling for over $73 shipped on Amazon. I wish I had the ability to put it up and save it for Christmas…but truth be told, I want to try it out too! :)

This sale is HUGE! Massive! Seriously! Here is a short video I did to give you an idea of what to expect!


Stop in this weekend and check it out…you’ll leave with some awesome deals! They even have a half priced sale on Sunday! JBF Dallas is located at 1700 Rodeo Dr, Mesquite, TX 75149

Thursday, September 25th:
• 10am-6pm: Open to the Public:
$3 admission fee (Thursday only)

Friday, September 26th:

Saturday, September 27th:

Sunday, September 28th:


Connect with JBF Dallas by signing up on their website here. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you look under hashtag #JBFDallas you will see some of the deals I found while there today, as well as some that other DFW bloggers have posted as well!

Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere at Dallas Arboretum


This is my favorite time of year! I love all things fall, and pumpkins are the top of that list! I love pumpkin flavors, colors, and even how cute they are! I have for quite some time now! If you are like me and love fall, then you will not want to miss out on enjoying the Dallas Arboretum right now! They currently have their pumpkins out and there are over 65000 of them! Yes, seriously! The pumpkin village is the perfect place to enjoy a stroll with your family! There are so many things to look at! It’s so peaceful and the perfect setting for some quick photos!


The Pumpkin Village opened this past weekend and we got to go check it out! I love how they have decorated it and each section tells a story! You will know exactly what I mean when you see it!


Stop by from 9 a.m.-5 p.m to enjoy the Pumpkin Village which features four pumpkin houses created from 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash by the talented Horticulture team.

Deals and Coupons:

  • Discount tickets available at area Tom Thumb locations through Nov. 26.
  • Buy One Get One Free Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets can only be purchased on site.
  • C.C. Young Senior Thursdays, Sept. 25-Nov. 20. General admission tickets for $11 for those 65 and older along with a 20% discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store to those 65 and older. Tickets can only be purchased on site.
  • Discounted parking available online for $5.


Save at Just Between Friends Mckinney Sale – Sept. 17-21st

10670179_862242597119242_4674439533630227842_n Just Between Friends Sale is going live in McKinney THIS week! You do NOT want to miss out on this sale! I have sold and scored awesome deals in this resale. This year the sale will be at the Frisco Discovery Center, located at 8004 Dallas Parkway.

You get to PREshop when you volunteer!

Wednesday, September 17th
9:00pm  16hr Helper

Thursday, September 18th
10:00am  Special Sorting Shift for Sorting Helpers
11:00am  12hr Helper
12:00pm  Setup/Breakdown Shift
1:00pm  8hr Helper
2:00pm  4hr Helper
4:00pm   Consignor Presale + 1 Friend
5:00pm   Prime Time Shopping ($10 Cash Admission, available to the public)
6:30pm   Teacher Presale + 1 Friend
7:30pm    First Time Parent/Grandparent/Foster Parent Presale +1 Friend

Sale date and times are as follows:

9:00am – 8:00pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ($3 admission, or bring Free Admission Pass)

Saturday, Sept. 20th

8:00am – 5:00pm
Team Member Half Price Presale
Consignor Half Price Presale
6:30pm – 10:00pm

Sunday, Sept. 21st

8:00am – 12:00pm

7:00pm – 8:30pm
Consignor pick up of unsold items
(Items not picked up by 8:31pm will be graciously donated to charity)

Follow JBF McKinney on Facebook for more info. You can also follow them on Instagram as well!

Harkins Theatres Celebrates 81 Years of Ultimate Moviegoing

We love Harkins Theatres in our home for many reasons! Currently they are Celebrating 81 Years of Ultimate Moviegoing and are giving FREE drink upgrades and concession giveaways throughout September to thank moviegoers!

They are very current and they KNOW what moviegoers want! This is why they have kid care IN HOUSE for parents who want to watch movies while the little ones play! Seriously, one of the smartest things to do! We have been to Harkins many times and everything is top notch!

Get FREE Drink Upgrades!
Now and thru Thursday, September 25, Harkins Theatres is offering FREE drink upgrades on any size, regularly priced fountain drink to the next largest size, including one FREE refill for large and extra-large drinks.

Get FREE Small Drinks with Coca-Cola!
For the entire month of September, shoppers purchasing specially marked 20-packs of Coca-Cola products at select WalMart, Kroger and Tom Thumb stores will receive a voucher for a FREE small drink with purchase of a Harkins Theatres movie ticket.

We plan to go in the next few weeks (before this awesome promo ends!) and enjoy the drink upgrades! We also have a loyalty cup that gives you $1.50 refills thru the end of the year! We have one and love using it to save on our drinks while watching movies! (Great investment!)

Go here to find a location near you. Mine is Southlake and I can tell you, it’s super nice and is located near several great restaurants and shopping. Make a day of it. Shop, dine, and relax at Harkins Theatre!

Follow Harkins Theatres on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Run at Plano Balloon Fest 1/2 Marathon, 5K, 1K Run



Join me and my family as we run at the Plano Balloon Festival on Sept. 21st. We registered for the 5K and if they will let the kids also do the 1K, we will have them do that as well.

The Plano Balloon Festival is so much fun! Infact, if you are doing the run, come around 6:30AM get a great parking spot, then watch the 7AM Balloon’s launch before taking off!

Event Schedule

  • 6:30 AM Gates Open
  • 7:00 AM Balloon Launch
  • 7:30 AM Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon Start
  • 7:45 AM Plano Balloon Festival 5K Run/Walk Start
  • 9:00 AM Plano Balloon Festival 1K Fun Run/Walk Start
  • 10:00 AM Awards

Here is the course map incase you want to see it!

 Go here to register and use coupon code: SAVINGS which is good for 10% off registration

*On Friday, September 12th, a winner will be selected to ride in a hot air balloon and announced on Facebook. All registered participants for the 2014 Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, 5K or 1K are automatically entered into the random prize drawing.

Deals and Discounts for the State Fair of Texas

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If you are planning to go to the State Fair of Texas then you will want to grab a deal on tickets. Tickets normally run $17 for general admission, $13 for seniors and kids under 48 inches tall. is currently offering $2 off general admission and $1 for seniors and kids. Shipping costs eat up the discount though, so I wouldn’t go with this option personally…unless you are buying a ton of tickets.

You can save thru DART’s GoPass app. You’ll save $2 off and your ticket will be scanned on your phone.

Kroger sales general admission tickets for $15.50, however there are no senior or children discounts.

Take a full 20-ounce Dasani water or Coca-Cola product on opening day and get in for just $6.

Take at least three cans of food on Wednesdays and get in for $3. All food and drinks will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

Senior deals
Seniors 60 and over can save $4 off every single day. Every Thursday — October 2, 9 and 16 — is Senior Day, meaning they get in FREE.

McDonald’s coupons – check your tray liner or bag for State Fair coupons. You should see $3 off general admission any day, and ones that offer a $7 discount for kids when an adult pays full price.

Dr Pepper deals
Take your empty Dr Pepper cans and get $5 admission on Tuesdays or $8 after 5 pm any day of the week.

Coca-Cola Thursdays
Coca-Cola is offering $6 admission price for any empty 20-ounce bottle on Thursdays.

KISS-FM Fridays
Save $5 off general admission on Fridays simply by going to the KISS-FM website and printing a coupon for every member of your group. Discount does not apply to senior or children’s tickets.

Discount on Midway rides
Get your $5 Dr Pepper ticket and then save more inside, where all rides except for thrill rides and the Texas Star are only six coupons.

(Thanks Dallas CultureMap)

Enjoy a quick Tropical feast at Pollo Tropical

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Pollo Tropical just opened two new restaurant locations in Frisco. We have watched one of them from the ground up. (It’s located by Costco!) We have wondered what this new restaurant would offer and couldn’t wait to try it ourselves.

We were invited to stop by and enjoy a meal on their opening day…and so we did! It was super busy and their staff was working hard and efficiently to serve everyone is a quick and orderly manner. The ambiance in the restaurant is awesome. Bright colors, well lit and there are two stations that are self serve…the drinks and the sauces. There are ten different sauces to choose from…and we tried them all! (More on that in a bit!)

As we were in line, we could see the chicken on the grill. I love the big open window that allowed us to watch the food prep process! Pollo Tropical features tangy flavors of the Caribbean, Savory island spices, mixed herbs and citrus blends. Menu options include TropiChops, sandwhiches, salads, wraps, kids meals and family meals.


I tried the TropiChop with brown rice, lettuce, and chicken breasts. I topped it with a very creamy Cilantro Garlic sauce. Steve had a Calypso Beef Wrap that included grilled onions and peppers and he paired it with Spicy Poyo-Poyo. I also enjoyed the Mango Iced Tea. We are very excited to go back and let the kids try the kids meals!

I love that the options were healthier and made fresh to order.

If you want to try it, you can go sign up for Pollo Rewards loyalty program and you will get a coupon for either a buy one get one free quarter chicken with two sides or $3 off a family meal.


Nice Work if You can Get it at Dallas Summer Musicals

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Dallas Summer Musicals has Nice Work if You can Get It coming to Music Hall at Fair Park September 2-14.

It’s the Roaring Twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes! NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is filled to the brim with classic songs, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin.

For Dallas tickets: Single tickets, priced from $15-$85, are available at The Box Office, 5959 Preston Royal Shopping Center #542 in Dallas, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available online at or Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount and priority seating. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email [email protected]

Dining at the Music Hall serves a sumptuous buffet before each performance. Reservations are recommended, but not required; call 214-413-3940 or click here for online reservations.

The price for Dining in the Music Hall is not included in your event ticket price. Dining at the Music Hall opens 2 hours before show time, 11:30am for matinee performances and 5:30pm for evening performances at the Music Hall. The restaurant closes at show time. The buffet ranges from $21.95 – $23.95 (prices subject to change) depending on day and time. The Broadway Cafe is a lighter fare before each performance and during intermission. Sandwiches, salads, desserts, and snacks are sold from price points of $3 to $10.

Currently Dallas Summer Musicals allows beverages inside the theatre, food may not be taken into the theatre.

*Note, parking will be tricky as they are currently setting up for the State Fair of Texas. You will want to arrive early and give yourself plenty of time for parking!

Family Fun Ziplining near Dallas, Texas


We love making memories in our family and look for ways to do this around Dallas! I posted about a coupon for Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park and we went to check it out first hand!

It was SOOO much fun! We had the three hours of zipling and used every minute of the 3 hours! It was so much fun! Our youngest, Maci wasn’t tall enough but she gladly stayed on the ground and cheered us on! Our middle girl, Emma was tall enough but her nerves got the best of her. She made it up and after looking down, lost her lunch…literally. Poor thing! She joined her sister on the ground and cheered us on as well. Our oldest, Chloe, is a lot like me! She was ready to tackle it!

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We were first suited up and schooled on how to use the safety clips and such. It took a bit of practice but we caught on and were climbing to our first course within a few minutes! This is not just a zipline, it’s an obstacle course. I went thru the two kid safe ones with Chloe and I have to admit I was challenged. She pushed me to keep going and I cheered her courage. After we were done, the kids offered to take pictures while Steve and I did an adult course together. I was pretty wiped out from the two hours with Chloe, but I was excited to tackle this with Steve.  It was great to push him and him push me. We leaned on each other and cheered each other on! So much fun!

We didn’t get a chance to explore the rest of the park, as we were so wiped clean out! We do plan to go back…maybe in a few months when it’s a little cooler. Here are a few tips for those who decide to go:

  1. Take a water bottle, perhaps one that you can clip to your body. You will get thirsty and there is NO water 50 ft up!
  2. Chew gum or something else that can help you keep your mouth moist.
  3. Wear tennis shoes, work out clothes, and sunscreen.

And last, be prepared to be VERY sore for a few days afterwards!