Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
For details about one of the Extreme Couponers in the episode check out Krazy Coupon Lady's article here.
For a list of when the show is airing click here to check out the TLC schedule. Remember that the schedule is on east coast time, so set your DVRs accordingly!
Monday, December 27, 2010
The closest is in Pershing Square, Downtown LA. The cost is $8 for one hour of skating including rental. The rink is up until January 17. For details about skating downtown, click here.
The city of La Mirada has a rink that is up until February 21. Prices range from $6 for a 30 minute sesssion to $79 for a premium pass, all prices include skate rental. La Mirada also offers 30 minute skating lessons. For more details click here.
The November/December issue of AAA magazine listed a few more skating rinks including one in Irvine, Santa Monica, Riverside, and a couple in San Diego. To see the AAA article, click here.
TIP: If you have young kids, for the first time make sure you have a child to adult ratio of 1:1. The little ones will need a lot of hand holding!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
- I had 7 coupons for $20 off a grocery purchase. A few weeks earlier I took advantage of the gift card promotion and loaded up on gift cards. For every $100 in gift cards I got a coupon for $20 off of groceries. That's how $140 came off the total.
- I used $21.10 in my own coupons, some were as little as 35 cents off, some were $1 off.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
- Kid friendly websites: kidsnumbers.com, kidknowit.com, sesamestreet.org, bookadventure.com, pbskids.org, nickjr.com, nickelodeon.com, starfall.com, grammarblast.com
- Bake something together, cookies, cake, bread, muffins
- Drag out some toys from the garage or under the bed that the kids forgot were there
- Drape a blanket over the kitchen table to make a playhouse or fort
- Make a book: fold several plain white pages together, staple to make a binding and make a book
- Have a movie night/afternoon: darken the room, pop popcorn, and serve drinks w/ Red Vines straws
- Invite their friends over: kids usually play better with a new kid in the mix
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
last minute shopping and errands for the approaching holiday!
The daycare is run by Sylvia Cisneros, a wonderful 20 year experienced pre-school teacher licensed with the state of California to operate a home daycare center. Her home is in a quiet neighborhood adjacent to the Montebello Golf Course. She has a large front room just for the daycare, backyard where the kids can play outside, and a newly remodeled bathroom & kitchen. Every day she feds healthy homemade kid friendly meals in her kitchen and is very accommodating to parent schedules.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
They'll be stationed in front of Macy's starting this Friday December 17 all the way through Christmas Eve! The gift wrapping center will be open from 11am - 9pm and until 3pm on Christmas eve. All wrapping donations go to YMCA scholarships! For more information contact the YMCA at 323-887-9622 or stop by the gift wrap center!
- December 22 6:00-8:00pm
- January 5 from 6:00 - 8:00pm
- January 8th from 10:00am - 2:00pm
- January 12 6:00-8:00 pm
- January 15 10:00 - 2:00pm
- January 19 6:00-8:00pm
- January 22 10:00 - 2:00pm
Deadline to submit is Thursday, December 16th. Tweet (#pennyshout) or call (800-995-3333) to submit your 15 word message, include the zip code where the greeting is to appear. Greetings will be published the week of December 22nd. The best thing: it's totally free!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
A website in Santa Clarita has a list of neighborhoods not too far from here that are heavy on the holiday displays. The neighborhoods are:
For driving directions and the author's tips and information about visiting each neighborhood, visit: http://www.santaclaritaguide.com/HolidayLights.html
TIP: Check out the light displays on a weekday when it's raining. Even a little rain will keep people home, less crowds = better viewing!
Dec. 19, San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. sdparadeoflights.orgDec. 15-19, Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. christmasboatparade.comDec. 17-18, Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights and Fireworks. venturaharborvillage.comDec. 17-23, Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights. cruiseoflights.org
- Disneyland has it's a Small World set up with lights and a light show (every 15 minutes?), a decorated castle, and snowfall with Christmas fireworks Main Street.
- Legoland has fireworks, displays, and a special New Years Eve party.
- Sea World has daily holiday themed shows from December 18-31. Click here to read a previous article about an annual pass for $60.
- Universal Studios set up Whoville complete with snow from December 18-January 2.
- Knott's "Merry" Farm has the free admission with the Toys for Tots promotion through December 19 and has their annual Christmas craft fair set up in the park.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
RedBox is a self serve DVD rental kiosk found in supermarkets. There is one in Albertsons on Via Campo, two in Ralph's on Atlantic & Riggin in Monterey Park, one outside of the 7-11 on Pomona Blvd & Wilcox, and inside the Wal-Mart in Pico Rivera. It's really easy to use. You chose what you want to rent swipe your credit card, which is then charged $1.10 and you have the DVD until 9pm the next day. If you want to keep it additional days it's $1.10 per day. To return the DVD, go to ANY kiosk hit "return" on the screen, slide it in the slot and you are done. It's so easy my kid can do it.
Groupon is a website that offers daily deals for stores and services for a specific geographic region. Once signed up with the site you get a daily email for a bargain in your area. I've gotten Santa pictures and Gymboree classes for half price. If you like the deal of the day you pay online with a credit card and a code or a coupon is instantly emailed to you! It's really easy.
It's a great deal. I really like using RedBox and have had great experience and customer service with Groupon, you won't be disappointed!
Friday, December 10, 2010
534 N. Montebello Blvd, Montebello 90640
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
In the past I've taken my kids to this event and it's really fun! There are lots of local performances from vocal and band groups from the schools, craft events, and a photo with Santa opportunity for only $2! There are local vendors selling homemade crafts, they may have a snow hill for the kids to play on, and I think there is also a special North Pole mailbox so have the kids bring their letters to Santa just in case, they can put them in the box or hand deliver them in person. The Santa Fe Springs tree lighting event isn't as crowded as retail-type tree lighting ceremonies. It's a really nice local community gathering. Bring the stroller, bundle up the kids and enjoy the performances and tree lighting ceremony!
For more information about this event click here.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I usually get order my Christmas cards from Costco but this year I'm going to use Shutterfly. If you are debating which one to order your cards through here is a list of how they compare.
- Shutterfly offers nearly 200 design choices that can accommodate up to 8 photos. Costco offers 97 designs and can accommodate up to 6 photos.
- Both Shutterfly's and Costco's photo cards are printed on photo paper, but Shutterfly offers a selection of cards that print on cardstock and open like "real" cards. Shutterfly's premuim cards can be customized with photos and written text inside and out!
- Shutterfly offers two sizes of cards 4"x6" or 5"x7". Costco offers one card size 6"x7.5".
- Both come with free envelopes that require only one stamp.
- Shutterfly cards start at 32 cents per flat photo card, and you can order as few as 12. Costco cards are 30 cents each with a minimum order of 50, additional sets of 25 cards are $5.49.
- Shutterfly shipping starts at $2.49, unless you order is $50+, use SHIP50 for free shipping. Costco cards have no shipping costs because you pick them up in store. Shutterfly has a service where they will stamp and mail the cards for you, you just provide the mailing addresses!
- Shutterfly can get the cards to you in about a week. Costco cards can be picked up within hours.
TIP: If you get behind in making your Christmas cards you can always send New Years cards instead! Both Shutterfly and Costco offer "Happy New Year" cards.
UPDATE 12/15: Yesterday I got my Christmas cards from Shutterfly, there was a mistake (they said it was my error, but I disagree). I called customer service and they gave me credit to replace the cards, free 2 days shipping, and the new cards have already been shipped! All in less than 24 hours! The cards are set to arrive on the 17th and will be in the mail the same day! Like I said, I love Shutterfly!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Christmas Parades & Events: La Puente, Lancaster, Whittier, Covina, Glendora, Escondido, Pomona, Palmdale, Camarillo, South Gate! December 4 and 11
Sunday, November 28th @ 6pm. Click here for details.
LA PUENTE PARADE & TREE LIGHTING -
Friday, December 3rd@ 5:30pm. Click here for details.
ANTELOPE VALLEY BAND REVIEW - Saturday, December 4th @ 10am. Click here for details.
SOUTH GATE, CHILDREN CHRISTMAS LANE PARADE - Sunday, December 12th @ Noon. Click here for details.
PASEDENA, ROSE PARADE - Satruday, January 1st @ 8am. Click here for details.
Monday, November 29, 2010
*The mall is also offering pet photos with Santa on November 29th & December 6th, Noon - 8:00pm.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I picked up this flyer the other night at the Santa's Arrival event. It says the following:
is opening at
The Shops at Montebello
Join us for our
Grand CeleBEARation Opening
Wednesday, November 24
- 10am Ribbon cutting ceremony with a special appearance by Bearemy
- 3-6pm Family Entertainment
- FREE limited edition Birth Certificate [first 1000 guests]
- Free Grand Opening emoticon to use at buildabearville.com [first 1000
Saturday, December 4
- 10am Make a bear for FREE to be donated to a local children's charity [first
By attending this event, participant agrees that Build-a-Bear Workshop, Inc. shall have the unrestricted right and license to use his or her likeness as included in any photography taken in connection with the event. (Product availability may vary by store. Outfits and accessories sold separately.)
Gas was selling for $3.13 but with one swipe of my Ralphs card and a few seconds later the price down to $3.03 when we took the nozzle off the pump. It was really easy!
The key to redeeming this offer is to swipe your card or enter your Ralphs alternate ID before paying with a credit card or with the attendant inside the station. Don't worry if you forget the directions, the instructions are also on the pump itself. You can read details about the promotion here.
I found a great site that lists gas prices in cities nationwide. Here is the link for all the gas stations in Montebello and Pico Rivera. If you need gas prices in a different area, just change the settings at the top of the page.
One of my favorite fill up stations in South El Monte off the 60 Freeway at Peck Road is a Shell station. Today gas is $3.09 there and with the Ralph's card it's only $2.99! For more information about this station see my previous post.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The PennySaver once again is running a Free Greeting promotion. Write a 15 word message thanking your loved ones this Thanksgiving. The message will appear in the "Messages" section of next week's edition of the PennySaver, delivered every Wednesday in your US mailbox.
Deadline to submit a message is TODAY, Thursday, November 18th at 4pm!
Call (800) 995-3333, fax (760)599-1505, or tweet your message to #pennyshout. Include the 5 digit zip code of where you want your message to appear. Limit 2 ads per household. Excludes business ads, items for sale, real estate, and garage sales. Content subject to publication's approval.
I did this for Halloween and my kids loved seeing their names in print. Don't delay, submit now!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Regardless of my photo skills, if you are the type to take photos at home for your Christmas cards you may want to consider ordering cards that will impress your family and friends even if the photo of your family doesn't.
For Christmas this year, after I get a photo of the kids I will create photo cards through Shutterfly. The question is, which child will be sacrificed this year?
Photo Cards range from $.40 - $3.00, with a minimum order of 12 flat cards or no minimum on the premium cards. Shipping starts at $.99 for one card to $9.99 for 150+ cards.
TIP: If you are making a project on Shutterfly that is not time sensitive like a photo book, create it on the website but do not put it in your cart until you get a special savings code via email. Often Shutterfly will have buy-one-get-one specials, or a 30% discount off specific items. These discounts are always time sensitive and expire in a few days, have your projects ready!
Take a moment and browse through the assortment of cards here. Enjoy!
FYI: Shutterfly is sponsoring this post by giving bloggers a code for 50 free cards, it was an offer too good to pass up. I really love using Shutterfly, I hardly scrapbook anymore opting to make photo books instead. I wouldn't post if I didn't believe in the company. It's my promise to you, you will get great results with Shutterfly.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Anytime a free gift card is involved I'm all over it, so as soon as I heard about this promotion I dug into the emergency present drawer and headed over to the Citadel with my family. We met the lovely people at the Citadel Customer Service Center who after scrutinizing the value of our toy donations were more than happy to help us.
The Breakfast with Santa ticket is good for one child and one adult to have breakfast at the Citadel on December 11, 2010. Seating times are 8:30 or 10:30. Details weren't available at the time but the customer service representatives said that it probably involved pancakes catered by Ruby's Diner and served inside a conference room somewhere on site.
The second option isn't a gift card per se, but a (fake looking) voucher good for $25 worth of Good Neighbor Pharmacy Brand products. Good Neighborhood Pharmacies are the smaller independent pharmacies usually found in smaller shopping centers. A quick look at http://goodneighborpharmacy.com/ will show you the location of the pharmacies near your home. There are two Good Neighbor Pharmacies in Montebello.
The first pharmacy I vistied was the Prescription Shoppe, 1215 West Whittier Boulevard
Montebello, CA 90640 Phone (323) 728-8127. I asked if they'd honor the card and they said they are no longer affiliated with Good Neighbor Pharmacies and are waiting for their new signage to come in before taking down the signs outside the store but I was welcome to help myself to $25 worth of Good Neighbor products. There wasn't much to chose from and fortunately I don't have a need for enema kits so I said thank you and took my voucher to another pharmacy.
I had much better luck at Montebello Professional Pharmacy, 265 East Beverly Boulevard #B, Montebello, CA. Phone (323) 722-1999. After analyzing and discussing the coupon a bit they pulled out a FedEx box with a flyer from the Citadel, made a phone call to figure out how to process the sale, and said they'd accept the card.
I picked up these five items and still had $1 credit to spare. The pharmacy has lots of other Good Neighbor Pharmacy brand items such as vitamins, eye washes, adult pain medication, the aforementioned enema kits, and more. The pharmacy is two blocks east of Beverly Hospital on a corner unit of a professional building. Parking is available in the back.
If you have a few pharmacies in your area you may want to visit the larger store for a better selection of products. Before finding Montebello Professional Pharmacy I visited Bella Vista Pharmacy, 2099 South Atlantic Boulevard Suite H, Monterey Park, CA 91754. The over-the-counter storefront was so small I didn't even bother to take the kids out of the car.
I hope you are able to make your Toys for Tots donation at the Citadel!