Margarita Snow Cones #PiratesCoveOhYa

Check out this deal! *best snow cones in town!*

“Ahoy Matey! Come and join us at Pirates Cove with this awesome half-priced admission offer! With this  deal you will get a full day of fun in the sun, including; a leisure  pool with a large play structure, a 25-meter, 6-lane pool, a 35-foot  slide tower with three slides, a lazy river, concessions, and more.”

Save  50% Off Admission with the ColoradoKids.com Coupon

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Easter Photos at Great Prices

For some families, it’s a tradition to have Easter portraits taken and send them out to grandparents, and if you’ve spent some time making a pillowcase Easter Dress for your daughter, you can take the opportunity to capture it…and then let her run around in the dirt hunting for easter eggs.  Our daughter doesn’t keep her clothes clean for very long, and I’m not even sure that we’ll convince her to wear the dress, ha!

So, you may be thinking that it’s just not in the budget this year to have professional photos.  Well, I want to share some of my favorite deals with you:

Portrait Innovations $9.95 includes a full package…but no photo cd. Pictures are printed in 30 minutes which is awesome if you’ve waited till the last minute.

Target Portrait Studio – $7.99 package (with coupon) + free 8×10 or $3.99 portrait sheets.

Sears Portrait Studio – $7.99 package (with coupon) + free portrait collage.

Check out the packages to see what best fits your needs.  No sitting fees apply to any of these offers.  Additional sheets may be at a price worth passing up 😉 Find a great photographer – skills vary.

Some places apply the special to the first acceptable pose, while others take several shots and let you choose.  The most challenging part of this whole process is being able to say no to the other adorable photos of your kiddos (but if you say no, you can afford to come back.)

We have some fabulously imperfect photos from over the years, and that is why I love these deals – no stress.  Because it’s affordable, I’m ok with a goofy photo shoot – we’ll just try again next time, right?  We have one of my daughter (the only shot she smiled in that day) with a teddy bear’s leg in the corner – the photographer was working hard to get a smile.  We have one of my son as a baby wearing a large glob of spit up on his shirt, but he looks darn cute otherwise!  Moms know that sometimes we just do what we have to, and I haven’t had a single grandparent complain yet (well, not to me anyway!)

Just Between Friends, Douglas County

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I had the opportunity to shop early this year at the Just Between Friends Sale in the new, larger location in Castle Rock.  The extra space is great and having the entire sale all in one room is very convenient.  Everything is sorted and well-marked, so be sure to come with a detailed list – and you’ll no doubt find a lot of extra goodies you don’t really need.  Parking was abundant and the check-out system has been revamped to flow more smoothly.  Several seasoned shoppers brought their wagons, so don’t be afraid to pull up in your moving van if that’s the kind of shopping you’re game for!

I shadow shopped with an expert this year – partly because I’m a self-proclaimed wimp at these things and because I figured I could use a good lesson from a bargain shopping authority.  My mentor loaded her wagon high, crossed off her list and snatched some great deals to stash away for her children’s birthdays and Christmas (loved this idea).  She explained that when she returns home, she sorts through her current belongings and pulls items for resale, which she will rotate between JBF sales in the area.  She has a full system, creating an art – and business – out of consignment sales.

Despite the fact that I’m still learning, I’d say I did quite well.  Some of the deals I picked up include: a floatie swimsuit for my three-year-old, Crocs for both kids, Abercrombie running pants for my son and a like-new denim Gap overcoat for my daughter.

I did notice that because consignees price their own items, there are similar items marked at various prices, so look closely.  I did see many excellent brand names and clothing in great condition – several items were brand new.  I had to bypass many gorgeous dresses, knowing that my little one would absolutely refuse to put it on (we’ll hopefully move past this stage soon).  There were also many baby items: strollers, car seats, you name it.  Definitely the place you want to shop if you’re in the market for this type of big gear!

Don’t forget your coupon! http://wineglasslipper.com/

Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock 
Friday, March 18 & a 50% off sale Saturday, March 19

Sweet Smelling Deals

A favorite of mine – Bath & Body Works 75% off clearance ends today…but the clearing of clearance items begins tomorrow!  You may not find your favorite scent, but you will find yummy lotions, body sprays, and other items for under $3 (an assortment of lip glosses are $2).  If they hang around long enough, discounts drop to 90% off.  Stock up and smell good all year long 🙂

Babysitting Co-op

This is something I wish I would have known about before now!  A good friend of mine invited me to join her babysitting co-op which is made up of about 25 moms – all living in our area.  I’ve been a member for just a few months and I love it!  Basically, a babysitting co-op is a group of friends who trade sits in exchange for coupons or points.  It’s a fabulous alternative to relying on a young sitter, and availability is not a concern with stay-at-home and homeschooling moms.  The coupon exchange is nice too – a normal date night would cost us about $40 for the sitter – add dinner and a movie and it gets expensive.  Now I can let my kids play with friends during the day and receive coupons in exchange – it’s great!

Learn more about babysitting co-ops on iVillage.com and babycenter.com or check out the templates and information at www.babysittingcoop.com.  I think moms need all the support they can get and this is a fabulous way to create a quick network.  Make sure that members invite only the friends they trust and know well so that you can rest assured that your kids are in good hands.

Denver Restaurant Week, February 20 – March 5, 2010

If you haven’t made your reservations yet, you will want to do it now!  Some of the most popular restaurants fill up before restaurant week even begins.  You have until March 5, 2010 to take advantage of the $52.80 deal!  For more information check out http://www.denver.org/denverrestaurant/.  You can find a list of participating restaurants at http://www.denver.org/denverrestaurant/Restaurants.aspx.

Estes Park, CO

At 7,522 feet above sea level, near the eastern entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park, you will find front-row seating for some of the most majestic views of our Colorado Front Range, and you can enjoy it while soaking in your private steam bath on the balcony of your suite at The Wildwood Inn in Estes Park.  This weekend only, February 20 and 21, the resort is offering a fantastic discount – not advertised on their public website, but sent out to customers on their mailing list.  With rooms as low as $22 per night – $28 for cabins with a fireplace, there’s no reason not to take your sweetheart for a snowy adventure in the mountains!  Mention CODE FEB19-1 or CODE FEB19-2 — depending on which type of cabin you choose.  Follow this link for details and online booking:  http://esteswildwoodinn.com/