Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs – World Series Champions!

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Chicago Cubs World Series Champions

Last night was a late night for many people, including us. It was a fantastic game 7 of the World Series and so awesome to see the Chicago Cubs win! Even though I’m not much of a sports person, I watched the World Series with my husband, kids, and friends because it brought me back to when my grandma would watch the Cubs play. You could feel how the city of Chicago (and most of the country) was really rooting for the Cubs to win and break the dreaded curse. It’s only fitting that my grandmothers were both born in 1908 (the last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series) – I know they were partying it up in heaven celebrating the win. Kudos to both teams and their fans for showing respect for one another and showing others how to be gracious in victory and in defeat. The world needed to be able to hope and believe and this was a great way to bring people together.

If you’re celebrating and want something to commemorate this very special event, check out the Cubs gear available:

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Hispanic Heritage Month – Parade, Activities & Coupons

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Hispanic Heritage Month

About Hispanic Heritage Month:

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! The observation of Hispanic Heritage started in 1968 with the creation of Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, it was expanded to a month long observation. Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th and goes through October 15th. Mexico’s Independence Day is on September 16th. Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, Chile and Belize.

Mexican Independence Day Parade:

In Chicago, there’s many ways to celebrate the rich Hispanic culture. The Mexican Independence Day Parade is this Sunday, September 11th, beginning at 11 am at 26th Street and Kostner Avenue, Chicago, IL 60623. According to the current forecasts, the weather should be great for a parade this weekend.

Activities and Coupons:

While you are out celebrating, make sure to find local coupons on Valpak.com. If you are in the Chicago area, check your Valpak envelopes for more information about Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, visit Valpak.com for activities, facts, music and more!

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Road Trip Necessity: RavPower Chargers Up To 70% Off on Amazon.com

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When we went on a road trip to Florida last month, which took about 24 hours, we wanted to make sure we were equipped with a cell phone charger that was portable, easy-to-use, can charge multiple devices and fully charge the devices before needing to be recharged itself. We decided to purchase a couple of theRAVPower 13400mAh Portable Chargers on Amazon.com after reading the reviews and when they were at a good price. It was one of the best purchases we’ve ever made! We are able to charge our smartphones and tablets with it from 0% to fully charged without the charger being completely drained. It also seems to charge a lot quicker than other chargers. We decided to get two – one to keep in the car in case of emergencies and one to take with us around Walt Disney World. It made our trip less stressful since we also used our phones as our main device to take photos. We never worried about running out of battery.

It’s on sale for 61% off on Amazon.com today with free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime. It also makes great gifts! Other RavPower chargers are also on sale for up to 70%!

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10 Reasons to Love Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa

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#10 – Characters & Kids’ Activities

Beaches is a family resort and kids of all ages will feel welcome from the minute you get there. From Sesame Street characters appearing throughout the resort to XBOX consoles in select rooms to the variety of activities available throughout the resort, your kids will not be bored.

Beaches Characters

#9 – Red Lane Spa

As if the natural scenery weren’t enough to get you relaxed and rested, there’s also the Red Lane Spa at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa. Get a manicure, pedicure, treatments and massages. They even have glow-in-the-dark nail polish for fun effects when the sun goes down!

Beaches Spa

#8 – Nightlife for Everyone

When you visit the different villages throughout the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, you’ll find there are plenty of things to do when the sun goes down. You’re able to get drinks from various restaurants and bars. One of my favorite nighttime activities is dancing at Club Liquid. There are times dedicated to teens and tweens, so they can also enjoy the nightlife scene. It’s also fun to make new friends while singing karaoke at The Cricketers Pub in the Italian Village.

Beaches Nightlife

#7 – Water, Water, Water

The beaches at Beaches are purely breathtaking. Besides sitting on the beach and taking in the view, there’s plenty to do in the water. There’s a kids’ camp, unlimited scuba diving, hydrobikes, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding, swimming, optional island excursions and my favorite, the waterslides at the Pirates Island Waterpark!

#6 – Opportunity to Give Back

With the Sandals Foundation Pack for a Purpose program, you are able to make an impact when you visit Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa. Bring school supplies when you travel and give them to the front desk to be distributed to schools in the region. You may also get involved and give back while on vacation with the Reading Road Trip through Island Routes (find out more information here). You may also make a monetary donation through the Sandals Foundation to help schools in Turks & Caicos.

Beaches Giving Back

#5 – Happy Employees

The employees I encountered while visiting Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa were all friendly, knowledgeable and had smiles on their faces. The thing that really impressed me is when asking any of them for directions somewhere, they not only tell you how to get there, they will even walk you there.

Beaches Employees

#4 – Unlimited Food & Drinks

You will never go hungry during your stay. There are over 20 restaurants with a wide range of selection. I ate American, Japanese, Southwestern, British cuisine. You also never get thirsty during your stay. Your fridge is stocked with beverages, which are all included in your room cost.

Beaches Food

#3 – Gorgeous Rooms

The rooms also vary in size and view depending on the village. All of them have great amenities. My room in the Caribbean Village was fabulous.

Beaches Rooms

#2 – Beaches

You will want to bring your camera to take photos of the miles and miles of beautiful beaches in Turks & Caicos. Every view looks like it should be on a postcard. The water is so blue.

Beaches

#1 – It’s All-Inclusive

My absolute favorite part about Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa is that it is all-inclusive. It was refreshing to not have to bring my wallet with me wherever I went since practically everything is included (including gratuities). It also made the experience even more enjoyable because I was able to try out activities and meals without having to worry about the cost. With a family, it makes the trip less stressful because you can accommodate the different tastes of those traveling with you. You can try out a new restaurant (or two) for every meal. You can make a quick stop somewhere to have a snack or drink without the added expense. Having so many activities included in the cost is also fantastic because it gives you the freedom to spend your vacation ON vacation!

I would highly recommend Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa for families, as well as for a girlfriends’ getaway. As the sign says below, I wish I could stay there forever!

Beaches Sign

Disclosure: I attended the Social Media on the Sand Conference, which was sponsored by Beaches Resorts. I paid a conference fee to attend. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions.

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Speak Like a Whale Day – June 11

#SpeakLikeAWhaleDay #FindingDory

Are you ready to speak like a whale today? Pixar Animation, Walt Disney Studios and Disney Parks declare June 11 “Speak Like a Whale Day.” As Kaitlin Olson, the voice of Destiny in Finding Dory says, “The secret to speaking whale is making the words as long and ridiculous as possible. That’s how all whales talk, right?” Watch her and Ty Burrell give tips on how to speak like a whale here:

You are encouraged to take part in Speak Like a Whale Day by speaking whale wherever you go, uploading videos of yourself and tagging #SpeakLikeAWhaleDay. You’ll also see programming related to Speak Like a Whale Day on Disney channels, including ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel, Radio Disney and Freeform.

    In addition:

– Guests of the theme parks at Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disney Cruise Line ships will receive a complimentary button to celebrate the day, while supplies last.
– At the Downtown Disney District in Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, families can dive into undersea themed activities, including a live DJ, games and giveaways. Also throughout the day, young guests can attend “Whale Speak University” and give speaking the language a try.
-At the Seas with Nemo & Friends in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort, guests can learn about the real-life counterparts of the characters from the film and see the in the massive 5.7 million gallon saltwater aquarium home. Experts from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Team will be on hand throughout the day to help guests find Dory and her friends and get a closer look at their world.
– Dory and some of her new friends from Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” have joined Crush at the Turtle Talk with Crush attraction at Epcot and Disney California Adventure park. Guests can now meet Destiny, Bailey and Hank.
– Select theater chains will give away buttons during Speak Like a Whale Day, while supplies last. Participating chains include Goodrich Quality Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Megaplex Theatres and National Amusements.

Don’t forget to watch “Finding Dory” when it comes out on June 17. I watched the first 30 minutes of the movie at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration last month and I can’t wait to see the rest of the movie! The movie is about Dory, who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo and Marlin. When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. Follow “Finding Dory” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FindingDory to find out more information!

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Earn Free Lou Malnati’s Pizza with New Rewards App

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Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria has a new free app that will help you earn rewards for even more Lou Malnati’s deliciousness! (If you’re from Chicago, you know how good it is!)

With this new program:
– There is no signup fee
– You earn 1 point for every $1 spent
– 250 points = $20 reward
– Rewards do not expire
– Redeem one reward per transaction
– Redeem rewards Monday-Thursday
– Earn points in the Lou Malnati’s app when you use your linked credit or debit card
– Manage your account in the Lou Malnati’s app or online
– PLUS, you’re able to order online right in the app!

If you were a member of Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Dough program, any points you currently have on your Deep Dish Dough card will transfer over. Your rewards dollars will NOT transfer, and you will have until October 11, 2016 to redeem any rewards you currently have on the card before they expire. If you have a stockpile of rewards, be sure to use them before they’re gone!

Use your referral link to invite your friends to the new rewards program. You’ll earn 10% progress for each friend that makes their first purchase and once you hit 100% (10 friends), you’ll get $20 off your purchase Monday-Thursday. BONUS: Each friend you refer gets $5 off their purchase!

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Free Spring Movies at Goodrich Quality Theaters

Goodrich Quality Theaters

Take your family to the movies as part of your staycation. Here are the free movies for FMG members this spring for all ages on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am. These are playing at Goodrich Quality Theaters.

3/4-3/6: Home
3/11-3/13: Goosebumps
3/18-3/20: Minions
3/25-3/27: Pan
4/1-4/3: Hotel Transylvania 2
4/8-4/10: Max
4/15-4/17: Ice Age: Continental Drift
4/22-4/24: Norm of the North
4/29-5/1: The Princess Bride (1987)

If you are not a member of their free Frequent Moviegoer Club (FMG), sign up here or at the movie theater! You’ll receive up to 6 free admissions for the shows above with your FMG card per show. Non-members will be charged $1.00 per ticket. Plus, you’ll receive points from your movie ticket and concession purchases towards rewards.

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Chicago (and Suburbs) Staycation Ideas

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What are your plans for the summer? How about taking a “staycation” in Chicago and the suburbs? Check out the free and inexpensive events and activities in the area:

Museums and Other Attractions:

– Aurora – Blackberry Farm – Illinois residents get free admission on Family Fun Days on May 19 (9:30 a.m. to noon), June 10, June 24, July 8, and August 5.

– Aurora – Red Oak Nature Center – Admission is always free.

– Aurora – Sci-Tech Museum

– Bensenville – Fischer Farm – Admission is always free.

– Chicago – Adler Planetarium – Illinois residents get complimentary general admission on June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12) and active military personnel receive free general admission which can be applied to any admission pass.

– Chicago – Art Institute of Chicago – Illinois residents get free general admission every Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Active-duty military and their families receive free admission to the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free admission is available to Illinois educators, including pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, pre-service teachers, and homeschool parents.

– Chicago – Chicago Botanic Garden – Admission is always free.

– Chicago – Chicago Children’s Museum

– Chicago – Chicago History Museum – Illinois residents get free admission on July 4, August 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, September 1, 2, and 3.

– Chicago – The DuSable Museum of African History – Illinois residents get free admission on Sundays. Children under 5 years old are always free.

– Chicago – The Field Museum – Illinois residents receive complimentary basic admission on June 4, 5, and 8. Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12) and active military personnel always receive free basic admission.

– Chicago – Garfield Park Conservatory – Admission is always free.

– Chicago – Millenium Park – Always free.

– Chicago – Museum of Contemporary Art – Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round.

– Chicago – Museum of Science and Industry – Illinois residents receive free admission from June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, September 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30. Active duty military, Illinois POWs, Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) always get free admission.

– Chicago – Navy Pier – Admission is always free. You just have to pay for the activities or meals there.

– Chicago – The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois Residents. Children under 3 years old are always free.

– Chicago – Shedd Aquarium – Illinois residents receive free general admission or discounted upgraded admission on June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, September 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29. Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd Pass by registering online. Active-duty military personnel, Chicago police officers and firefighters receive a free Shedd Pass with proper ID. Guests who present a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit, or debit card, along with photo identification, will receive one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month: June 6, 7, July 4, 5, August 1, 2, September 5, 6

– Elmhurst – Elmhurst Historical Museum – Admission is always free.

– Glenview – Kohl’s Children’s Museum

– Glenview – Wagner Farm

– Libertyville – Lambs Farm

– Naperville – DuPage Children’s Museum at Fox Valley Mall – Pay as you will admission.

– Naperville – Naper Settlement – Naperville residents get free admission with proof of residency.

– Rockford – Discovery Center Museum – Free admission for children 1 years old and younger.

– Wheaton – Cantigny Park

– There are per car parking fees.

* Borrow the Museum Adventure Pass from a participating library and get free admission to select museums and attractions.

Movies:

– Aurora – Movies in the Park – Paramount Theatre – Classic movies on Mondays for only $1 per ticket.

– Aurora – Movies in the Park – Phillips Park – Always free admission.

– Chicago – Movies in the Park – Always free admission.

– West Chicago – Cascade Drive-In – Bargain Sundays – only $15 per carload.

– Everywhere – Marcus Theatres – Two free passes to Kids Dream summer movies.

– Everywhere – Cinemark – Cinemark Movie Clubhouse – Movies for $1 per ticket or buy a pass for $5 for 10 movies.

– Everywhere – Classic Cinemas – Wednesday Morning Movie Series.

– Everywhere – Regal Entertainment Group – Movies for only $1 per ticket.

Sports:

– Everywhere – Kids Bowl Free – Sign up to receive 2 free bowling passes per day per child.

– Everywhere – Kids Skate Free – Sign up to receive 2 free roller skating passes per week per child.

– Chicago – Chicago Cubs

– Chicago – White Sox Kids Club – Sign up for a free 2015 Kids Club Slugger Membership and receive a voucher to get free tickets to one of the following White Sox game dates: 5/18, 5/19, 5/20, 5/21, 5/22, 6/8, 6/9, 6/10, 6/17, 6/18, 7/6, 7/7, 7/8, 7/9, 8/3, 8/4, 8/10, 8/11, 8/12, 8/27, 9/8, 9/9, 9/14, 9/15, 9/16, 9/17, 9/29, 9/30, 10/1, 10/2.

– Geneva – Kane County Cougars

– Schaumburg – Schaumburg Boomers – There is a Family Sunday Deal where you’ll receive 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas on any of the following dates: May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 13, July 27, August 10, and August 24.

Water Parks:

– Aurora – Splash Country Water Park – There are Twilight discount admissions.

– Des Plaines – Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center

– Gurnee – Hurricane Harbor

– Gurnee – Magic Waters Waterpark – There are many special packages, which include waterpark admission.

– Rockford – Magic Waters Waterpark

– Yorkville – Raging Waves – Children 2 years old and under are always free.

Zoos:

– Aurora – Phillips Park

– Brookfield – Brookfield Zoo

– Chicago – Lincoln Park Zoo

– Wheaton – Cosley Zoo – Free admission for birth to 17 years old.

* We’ll continue to add more to this list as we find more events and attractions in the Chicago-area to help you have a wonderful staycation! Check back often for our updates. Leave a comment for us if you have any ideas on what to add to our list.

If you are looking for staycation ideas in other areas of the country, check out the city nearest you:

A – D

Phoenix, Arizona — Saving For Someday
Fresno, California — Living A Frugal Life
Orange County, California — More With Less Today
San Diego, California — Southern Cali Saver
Denver, Colorado — Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia — Kidventurous

F – I

Disney World, Florida — The Happy Housewife
Jacksonville, Florida — Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida — Coupon Mamacita
St Augustine, Florida — Simply St. Augustine
Tallahasse, Florida — SwagGrabber
Tampa Bay, Florida — LaToyaEdwards.net
Atlanta, Georgia — Pretty Frugal Diva
Dahlonega, Georgia — Kathys Cluttered Mind
Savannah, Georgia — This Mommy Saves Money
Aurora/Chicago, Illinois — A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois — Entertaining Chicago
Indianapolis, Indiana — Chaos Is Bliss

K – P

Lexington, Kentucky — Homeschool Village
Louisville, Kentucky — The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky, Kentucky — Simply Sherryl
Carroll County, Maryland — Looking at life CreativLEI
Boston, Massachusetts — Maven of Savin
Battle Creek, Michigan — Pichea Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan — Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan — Saving Dollars and Sense
Kansas City Area, Missouri/Kansas — Redefined Mom
Omaha, Nebraska — Family Fun in Omaha
Central, New Jersey — Our Good Life
Cincinnati, Ohio — Adventure Mom
Cleveland, Ohio — Kosher on a Budget
Columbus, Ohio — Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio — Savings Lifestyle
Mansfield & Richland County, Ohio — The Traveling Praters
Miami County, Ohio — Something 2 Offer
Northeast, Ohio — Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Portland, Oregon — Frugal Living NW
Harrisburg/Central, PA — Family Balance Sheet
Erie, Pennsylvania — Growing Kids Ministry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Moms Need To Know
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — The Coupon High

R – W

Arlington, Texas — Grocery Shop For FREE
Fort Worth, Texas — Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas — Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas — Moms Confession
San Antonio, Texas — How to Homeschool My Child
Tyler, Texas — iLoveMy5Kids
Charlottesville, Virgina — How to Have it All
Norfolk, Virgina — The Talking Suitcase
Richmond, Virgina — Vacation Maybe
Seattle, Washington — Thrifty NW Mom
Tacoma/South Puget Sound, Washington — Queen Bee Coupons
Oshkosh, Wisconsin — A Little Bit of This and That

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Main Event Entertainment – Warrenville, IL Review

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the preview event, which included complimentary food and attractions. However, all opinions are my own honest opinions.

#MEWarrenville

My family and I were invited to attend a preview event before the official opening of the newest Main Event Entertainment location in Warrenville, IL. We were excited to find out more about this entertainment center. Especially with the weather getting cooler, we are always looking for more indoor activities to add to our list.

About Main Event Entertainment:

Main Event Entertainment is a state-of-the-art entertainment destination that packs in tons of fun for everyone, all under one roof with cutting-edge bowling, multi-level laser tag, Gravity ropes, games, billiards and more. Main Event is the fastest growing family entertainment center in the U.S. The new Warrenville center located at 28248 Diehl Road is the 17th location nationwide and the first location in Illinois. Main Event’s dining options include a pizza restaurant with hand tossed pizzas and gelato as well as American casual dining with classic sandwiches, burgers and entrees and a full bar. Main Event is open on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

My review:

First of all, I think they used the space very well to incorporate all of the things they have to offer. I like that there are multiple places where you can sit down and eat. On the lower level, there’s a dining area near the bar, billiards and bowling. There’s even a dining area on the side of the bowling alley, so you can catch all of the action! When the weather is nice, you can dine outside in the patio area. The food is reasonably priced, with kids’ meals starting at only $4.99. My favorite thing to eat there is the gelato – I’m partial to the chocolate one, but they have a good selection.

My family and I liked the arcade game section. There are games for all ages. Each of my kids, ages 6, 9, 10, and 11, were able to find games that were age-appropriate. My son and I battled it out in a hoop shoot game. There are even air hockey tables. You purchase FUNcards and reload them to play the games. Right above the arcade are the Gravity Ropes. This is the favorite attraction for me and my 11 year-old son. While harnessed, you can test out your balancing skills walking on a combination of ropes and steps suspended above the arcade section. I’ll admit, the first time I went up on the Gravity Ropes, I thought I would be braver, but the thought of walking on what looked like a tightrope, started to make my stomach drop a little. I ended up taking the paths with steps on them. However, my son flew through the whole course, taking a cue from Spiderman. The second time I went up, it was with my son and his friend, so I looked to them for a little guidance on how to conquer the ones I didn’t go on before and with their tips, I was able to go through the whole course. It really is a lot of fun!

Gravity Ropes #MEWarrenville

My kids did Laser Tag and they enjoyed it. They are given time slots, so it makes it easier for us to enjoy the rest of Main Event while waiting. From now through November 21st, they have a FUNbination special where you can pick your play on Sundays through Fridays. It’s only $5 for each unlimited activity and includes bowling, laser tag, billiards, mini golf, and gravity ropes. (Check here to find out the restrictions to the deal.) When you need a break, you can always visit the photo booth and have some fun photos taken. They have a wide range of backgrounds you can choose from and my family all picked different ones:

Photo Booth Pics #MEWarrenville

Main Event is also a great place to hold a birthday party or corporate event. The upstairs has multiple rooms for birthday parties. There is also a space for corporate events, complete with televisions to beam your presentations on – not to mention the separate bar area, which overlooks the Gravity Ropes and arcade area. There are also stylish lockers where you are able to store your party supplies and gifts during your party. They have packages suitable for all ages. My son is already planning to have his 12th birthday party there.

#MEWarrenville Party Rooms

Besides being fun for the guests, my favorite part of Main Event is that the staff also have fun. Periodically, they will break out into dance. During our visit, the staff started dancing to Cotton-Eyed Joe:

As you can see from the photo below, I recommend visiting the Main Event in Warrenville, IL, as a place where the whole family can have fun together.

#MEWarrenville Family Photo 2

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a Main Event Entertainment $25 FUNcard so you can experience the fun we had at Main Event!

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Crystal Light and Miranda Lambert’s Platinum Tour

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum” tour, sponsored by Crystal Light, at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheater in Tinley Park, IL. It was a beautiful night in Chicago to be with the rest of the crowd that came out for Miranda’s fabulous concert!

I’m a big country music fan, so to be at her concert was incredible! Of course, I had to take a picture in front of the sign when we came in (my cowboy hat from the Save Up conference in Austin, TX, came in handy for this concert):

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A couple of my favorite Chicago bloggers were also there:

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Samantha of >The Peanuts Gang.

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Jen of >Me, Myself, and Jen.

My date for the evening:

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My wonderful husband, Jim.

Miranda Lambert kicked off her portion by showing us her newest video with Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad:”

These are just some highlight photos from the concert:

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Before the concert, I stopped by my local Walmart to pick up some Crystal Light. I was able to find the Crystal Light selection in the “Drink Mixes” aisle:

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The varieties include:

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Liquid Drops

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Pitcher Packs

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On The Go Packs

I purchased some of each variety. We’ve made pitchers of Crystal Light at home and I use the On The Go and Liquid Drops in my water bottle when I’m out and about. I recently made a change in my diet where I have cut down on the amount of soda I drink and have replaced it with water instead. Using Crystal Light gives my water so much more flavor without adding on the calories. Even the pickiest person in my family likes the drinks. The best thing is that it does not put a big dent in your budget. In fact, I think it will cut a lot out of my beverage budget. (Just a note: don’t put too much of the Liquid Drops in your water at one time. My son learned that the hard way and it became too saturated with flavor!)

Take a look at how Miranda Lambert likes her Crystal Light:

What is your favorite Crystal Light variety?

Check out my coupon database to see if there are any Crystal Light coupons available before heading out to the store:

Coupon Database

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