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

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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.

BigTex.com 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)

FREE tickets to see Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day

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Want to enjoy a FREE prescreening to see Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY? Click here to get yours!

  • Date: Saturday, September 20
  • Time: 10:30AM
  • Where: Cinemark 17 in Dallas

 

Pamper yourself at Spa On The Square in Southlake Town Center

Spa on the Square invited some bloggers to come preview their services. All opinions are my own!

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If you are looking for a one stop shop then you will want to head to Spa On The Square in Southlake Town Center! They offer so many services!

I got to check out some of their services and I loved every minute of it! I had my hair straightened! (I have naturally curly hair and it’s no fun to straighten!) This was a HUGE treat for me! I ended up buying the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. I can’t wait to try it out on my hair and my oldest daughters hair!

I also got a mini massage! This was awesome! Linda, the therapist knew right where my sore spots were and she worked them over! She educated me a ton and gave me some awesome tips on how to prevent my back from getting so sore again!

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Photo Credit: Dian with GroceryShopForFree

The facial I received was a new experience for me. I didn’t know what to expect but I loved it! I could definitely tell that my skin was TONS softer. I loved that it was tailored for my skin.

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Photo Credit: Dian with GroceryShopForFree

I didn’t have much time get my nails done but did sit down and get some tips. Did you know that Moroccan oil makes a skin care line now? I didn’t either. Keeping my hands well moisturized will help keep the hang nails at bay! Who knew? (I didn’t!)

If you are looking for a place to get pampered, then check it out! I will definitely go back! Right now they are being featured on Groupon! Go grab this deal!

Back to School: Shoe Shopping at DSW (+ Fun Instore event)

*I have partnered with DSW to bring you this information, all opinions are my own and are honest!

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This weekend is Tax FREE weekend and a great time to head out and enjoy some savings! We are pretty caught up on buying school supplies for the coming year, but now we need to focus on shoes and clothes!

My girls wear flip flops most of the summer, or run barefoot. This is great for the summer and they love it…however when we try to put on shoes from just a few months ago…they don’t fit! My kids always outgrow their shoes from school year to school year.

We will be heading to a fun Back-to-Class In-Store event at DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse at Golden Triangle Mall in Denton on August 9th!

With between 75-100 choices from infants and toddlers up to youth sizes, we should find something for everyone.

As a bonus, you can earn DSW Rewards points towards certificates on all kids purchases.

Back to School Event Info:

  • Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
  • Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • Location: DSW 29211 Golden Triangle Mall
    2201 Interstate 35 East South
    Denton, TX 76205

There will be face painting, balloon artists, a popcorn machine and a fun photo booth as well!

There will be some fun door prizes and giveaways but you must be present to win (drawings at 12pm and 12:30pm) and prizes include a spa gift card, as well as two (2) $50 DSW gift cards! Who doesn’t want to win that? Here are a few other added free swag deals that you won’t want to miss out on:

1st 50 in store will receive: Shoe Lover Mug, Tote & Gift Box
1st 50 kids in store will receive: DSW Mini Footballs
1st 50 kids’ purchases at event will receive: $10 card to be applied to any future purchase

Download this coloring sheet and design your very own shoe! Judges will pick their favorites from three age groups. One (1) winner from each group will win a gift basket full of goodies perfect for the back to school season. *Be sure to add parent’s name and phone number to back before submitting.

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Girls Night Out fun at Painting with a Twist, Denton

I was invited to check out the new Painting with a Twist in Denton, TX. I knew it was going to be fun because I did a date night with my hubby at the Painting with a Twist in Grapevine.

Of course, with a few friends and a fun painting to create, it was definitely a lot of fun! I really enjoy painting and our teacher was so much fun!

Plan a girls night out and enjoy creating a fun canvas painting! Here is our finished paintings (me with Dawn from The Frugal Mom, and Arena from The Nerds Wife!)

Photo Credit: Dawn Monroe, The Frugal Mom

Photo Credit: Dawn Monroe, The Frugal Mom

Go here to see what upcoming classes are being offered and to book one for your night out! Classes run $35.

Amazing Jakes Food and Fun (+ Printable Coupon)

Plan some last minute fun before school starts in a few weeks! Head over to Amazing Jake’s in Plano. Amazing Jake’s is over 95,000 square feet of food and fun, conveniently located inside the Collin Creek Mall. They offer an Amazing Buffet of Pizza, Soups, Salads and Desserts. Practice your putting skills on our Miniature Golf Course, race your friends on the Go-Karts, take aim in Laser Tag, climb 25 feet off the ground on the Rock Climbing Wall, bump and dodge on our Bumper Cars, perfect your gaming skills and win prizes in our Mega Arcade or enjoy our various Kid City Rides!

Use this coupon to save even more! It’s good for a B1G1 FREE Buffet!

Lego KidsFest is coming to Dallas in August (+ Giveaway)

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The award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Texas – this time at the Dallas Convention Center — from August 29-31.

Those who attended the previous show can once again expect hands-on building, creative experiences and one-of-a-kind activities. Children of all ages and builders of all skills and levels are welcome. The show only makes seven North American appearances each year.

LEGO KidsFest features dozens of new activities and popular favorites on the three-acre show floor.

New activities for this year’s visit to Dallas include LEGO Chima, LEGO Friends Photo Booth, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Super Heroes and LEGO Mindstorms.
Once again, show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, the LEGO Master Builder Academy, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more.

“Any family who likes to be inspired, get hands-on and have fun together won’t want to miss LEGO KidsFest,” said Vince Rubino, LEGO events manager. “We’re bringing so many activities for Dallas-area families to showcase their creativity and building skills in what is sure to be a family event to remember.”

Five sessions – all identical – are available for the August 29-31 tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at http://www.legokidsfest.com.

Deal:

Limited OFFER! Everyone pays Kids prices! For a limited time, my followers can save $2 off each adult ticket purchased prior to August 8. These events have been selling out in past cities! Go here to get your tickets!

General Information:

The LEGO KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX from Aug. 29 – 31, 2014. This is their third event in Texas, with sell-out shows in Austin and Houston preceding this trip.

LEGO KidsFest is a hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends, LEGO Chima, LEGO Star Wars, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space.

Five identical sessions are available. Tickets are $20 for kids and $22 for adults.

For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to http://www.legokidsfest.com/tickets.html.

* LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
* LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
* LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family
* LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
* Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
* LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
* LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
* Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
* Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
* LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
* LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
* LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
* LEGO City: using the imagination to create buildings and vehicles to the urban diorama

FUN FACTS

  • More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949.
  • The LEGO minifigure represents the world’s largest population of people! More than four billion minifigures have been produced in the last 30 years. This is almost 12 times the population of the United States!
  • LEGO minifigures are out of this world, literally. The two Mars Rovers have an image of the LEGO minifigure etched into their front grill.
  • Approximately seven LEGO sets are sold each second.
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s six billion inhabitants.
  • Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the world.
  • There are 915 million ways to combine six eight-stud LEGO bricks.
  • Children around the world spend five billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.
  • With a production of about 306 million tires produced a year, the LEGO group is the largest producer of tires in the world.
  • LEGO is the contraction of two Danish words, “leg godt” which means “play well”.
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s six billion inhabitants.
  • 19 billion LEGO elements are produced every year. 2.16 million LEGO elements are molded every hour, or 36,000 per minute.

GIVEAWAY:

One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, August 29,  2014  (4-8:30pm).  I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities.    Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG on Wednesday! Go here to sign up for this giveaway!

Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park: Ziplining, Pedal Boats, and More


If you are like me, then you enjoy outdoor adventures that allow you to play and have fun with your family! Did you know that you can do this near Dallas? I didn’t either! I recently learned about The Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure park which features a fun Canopy Tour, Challenge Course and Zip Line Adventure. Totally Safe. Totally Fun!

Right next door to The Southern Cross Ranch, which offers a range of recreational activities such as Rock Climbing Walls, Pedal Boats, Bungee Trampoline, Swimming, Fishing, Wagon Rides, Pony and Horseback Rides on our Trails, as well as a 300′ Zip Line over one of the ponds. Book your ALL DAY COMBO TICKET!

Right now you can enjoy BOGO at Trinity Forest Adventure Park and BOGO at Southern Cross Ranch!

The Southern Cross is only open Thursdays through Sundays until September 1st, with a 2 pm opening on Saturday, July 26th and closed on Sunday, August 3rd!

Pay it Forward with Hawaiian Falls and Team Connor

Team Connor was started by the parents of Connor, a sweet boy who lost his four year battle with cancer in 2009. They started this foundation because they saw the toll childhood cancer took on families, both emotionally and financially.

FACT:

Cancer kills more children each year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined, yet the National Cancer Institute allocates only three percent of its budget to pediatric cancer.

TeamConnor has raised $1 million in its mission to find cures for childhood cancers. And the fight continues. All because of one inspirational little boy with a warrior’s heart.

SAVE and Pay It Forward:

Today, Hawaiian Falls has teamed up with TeamConnor to bring awareness and raise money! You can currently buy $20 tickets (good thru the rest of the year!) by going to teamconnor.org

They have a run coming up in Frisco in October. I’ll be posting more about that soon as well.