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Embracing Outdoor Living: Easy Ways You Can Spend More Time In The Fresh Air

It’s no secret that breathing in fresh air and venturing into the great outdoors can do you a world of good. If you’re guilty of spending too much time indoors, maybe it’s time to embrace outdoor living. Here are some easy ways you and your kids can get out more.

Switch up the school run

Do you drive to the school gates or drop your kids off at daycare in the car? Is it only a short drive away? If so, why not ditch your wheels and walk instead? You’ll save yourself money on gas, and you’ll be doing your bit for the environment. You can also enjoy the scenery and get your body moving. You may also be able to walk instead of using public transport or your car to get to the shops or visit friends and family.

Try outdoor pursuits

If you have kids, you may think that outdoor pursuits aren’t the best idea. But there are lots of activities that are suitable for toddlers. You can go on a family bike ride, or go for a walk in the park or by the lake. If you have older kids, you could also give kayaking or climbing a go.

Family Bike Ride

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Maximize your time in the garden

Most of us associate spending time in the garden with the spring and summer months. But just because it drops cooler, this doesn’t mean you have to retreat indoors. Wrap up and play out in the snow or collect the colorful fall leaves. Snuggle up in a hammock with a blanket or research outdoor fireplaces. This will enable you to enjoy being out in the open without getting cold.

Give outdoor sports a go

When you hear people talk about exercising, you may immediately think of going to the gym. But there are lots of sports and activities you can do outside. Take a yoga mat to the beach or sign up for a running club. If you’re keen for the kids to exercise more, you could look into local soccer teams, or join a tennis club.

Girl playing soccer
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Take lessons outside

Are your kids learning about trees or insects at school? If so, why not treat them to some fun, educational lessons in the outdoors? You can follow a nature trail or take some books with you and try and spot birds and bugs. Children often learn better when they find things fun and interesting.

Try camping

Camping is one of the best types of vacation if you want to escape it all on a budget. When you go camping, you get unrivaled access to amazing beauty spots, and you can try all kinds of fun activities. Go hiking or cycling if you have older kids, or enjoy a day at the beach with younger kids. You may miss out on creature comforts for a day or two. But you can spend quality time together in some of the most spectacular settings out there.

Do you spend nearly all your time indoors? Being out in the open can do you a power of good. If you’d like to get out more, take these simple suggestions on board. You’ll be amazed at the difference some fresh air can make.

Use Groupon to find fun things to do! #Groupon #ad

Groupon is a great way to find hidden gems of things to do in your area.  What I love is searching the Groupon site when I am looking for fun things to do, especially when I don’t have a lot of money to spend.  I will go to the Groupon Things to Do page and see what they have.

Things To Do

I have found some really great activities that I did not even know existed!!  When we first moved to Florida, I was on Groupon every week checking out what new and cool things they had to do in Orlando.  We found really unique things like visiting a Citrus Farm where we got on a giant Bus/Truck and got to see the oranges on the trees, and see and feed the animals that lived on the farm, and when we were done, shop at the farm stand and have these delicious orange slushes.  If it hadn’t been for Groupon, I would have never known this place existed!  Oh and not only that- but we saved a ton of money on admission.

If you are wanting to save money on ANYTHING to do, concerts, expos, sporting events, festivals, shows, movies, classes, gym memberships, or even tickets to family activities– check out Groupon Things to do first.  Even if you know what you want to do, you can still save money!

#Back2SchoolGirard Party and Movie Night is THIS FRIDAY!

If you are looking for something fun and FREE to do this Friday, make sure you stop by Arrowhead Stadium in Girard for the #Back2SchoolGirard Party and Movie Night.  The first 150 students will receive a FREE drawstring backpack with school supplies inside and they will also have prizes to giveaway too!

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Gates open at 7:30 on Friday, August 12th, so get there early!  

There will be food available, and fun inflatables for the kiddos to burn off some energy before the movie.  Then, at sunset, find your seat and watch Kung Fu Panda 3 with your family.

kung fu panda 2

I hope everyone will stop out and enjoy this free family event put on by Liberty Assembly of God.

Check out the Facebook event for more details.

PS- You can also join us in church on Sunday at 10:30.  There is a great kid’s program, and our pastor always has an awesome sermon.  It’s right on Belmont Avenue-  6779 Belmont Ave Girard, OH 44420 :-)

 

Check out the Austintown Farmers Market MONDAYS 5-8 PM

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The Austintown Farmer’s Market is a community-service project driven by volunteers. Our goal is to bring fresh produce and unique, handmade items to Austintown and surrounding communities for purchase. The Market is from 5-8 in Austintown Township Park, rain or shine. The park also offers hiking trails, a new playground, volleyball court, splash pad, basketball and tennis courts and baseball fields. There is plenty of room for the kids to run and play.

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When you come to the Market, you will find educational classes, musicians, free kids’ crafts, local artisan goods, grass-fed meats, eggs, honey and of course, produce. The Market provides an excellent opportunity to meet your farmer and maybe try a new food or cooking technique! It definitely is a fun-filled family night out!

I personally am impressed with the variety! There is definitely something for EVERYONE! If you are wondering what kind of vendors you can find at the Austintown Farmer’s Market, here is a list:

Bandana Dogs by Nuclear Janet
Beach Glass by Tracy
Big City Tailgate
Corals & Clover
Faith Seed Farm LLC
Fancy Feet Sandals
GardenView Acres
George’s Produce
Goodness Grows
Grass N Grace Farm
Hilltop Honey Farm
Jackson Maters
JegO Headbands
Legacy Dog Rescue
Maple Leaf Acres
Moe’s Private Reserve
Quiroz Family Farm
Shaved Ice
Traveling Italian Chef
Truffle Laboratory
Vestal Concessions
Young Living Essential Oils
The Zaney Pearl – A Crazy Beautiful Farm
Zimmerman Farms

fresh raspberries

If you bring your own bag, you will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win $10 in market money and a free tote bag!  You will receive one ticket from each booth you purchase from!!  If you love giveaways, be sure to check out the Austintown Farmer’s Market Facebook Page because they also have Facebook drawings once a week for $10 in market money for liking and sharing their posts.

Kid with Shaved Ice

Are you worried you will forget about the Market? Find them on social media, @austintownfm on Twitter and Instagram, and Austintown Farmer’s Market on Facebook.  Keep an eye out, they have weekly drawings for Market Money! They post the goods available weekly and lots of other great information. You can also get text reminders about the Market by sending SUBSCRIBE to 330-439-5686 or by going HERE to sign up online.  To contact the Austintown Township Farmer’s Market with any questions or comments you can send an email to: austintownfarmersmarket@gmail.com

I personally can’t wait until NEXT Monday so we can go check out the Market and see all the goodies they have to offer!

How to have a FUN summer with little to NO Money

It is no lie- I am BROKE these days.  And when I say broke, I mean we are scraping together money for bills, gas and food.  So the budget to do fun things this summer is nonexistent.  BUT- I am DETERMINED to have a fun summer with my kids.  So far, my son has been out of school for 3? weeks and we have done a lot fun things already and I have a whole summer worth of MORE fun to be had.  Here are just a few things we will be doing to give you some ideas!

1. Visit local parks.  There are tons of parks in our area and every one of them is different.  My goal is to visit two different parks every month.

2. Check out Splash Pads. The weather is heating up and sometimes all the kids want is a day in the water.  Splash pads are either free or cheap.  In my area (Youngstown, OH) I know of 3 splash pads:
1. Austintown Park  — Small splash pad and small dry playground
2. Pearl Park in Cortland — Located at 140 Pearl Street in Cortland Ohio.  This is BRAND NEW and we are hoping to check it out soon!
3. Eagle Park in Middle Field– This one has 2 nice sized splash pads and two playgrounds, one is designed for older kids and one for the younger children.  I love this one, but it is a little bit of a drive for us.  They have pavilions and we normally pack a lunch and make a full day out of it.

splash pad

3. Join a Reading Program at the Library.  Our library is pretty awesome.  First- they have really cool programs every week, like Oh Wow!, The Akron Zoo, and even a Magician are all coming to perform for the kiddos.  My son is SUPER excited about the reading program.  Not only that but MY library had a prize for the first 100 to sign up, so he was excited to get a free book and when we signed up he got a bag of coupons and goodies and as he reads throughout the summer he will earn other prizes.  I personally am excited for library night at the Scrappers, both boys are signed up for the reading program so we got two free tickets to go to a game– all just for signing up for the summer reading program!

colton with scardy squirrel boks

4. Go Strawberry Picking If you follow my Instagram, you will see we have already done this twice.  What I have learned is the berries, experience and prices are different at every farm.  We have gone picking at Pete’s Berry Farm in Sharpesville, PA and at White House Fruit Farm in Ohio.  Both were a lot of fun- oh and not only is pick your own fun, it is CHEAPER than buying berries already picked.  White House was only $3/Quart if you pick your own.  :-)

Caleb Strawberry picking 5 June 2016

5. Go Blueberry Picking Blueberry season starts in July and we will definitely be going blue berry picking they had signs up at White House and Pete’s for this as well.

6. Go Apple Picking We have done this a few years ago at an orchard in Hartford, OH but we will be doing this again of course!

7. Enjoy the fruits of your labor While picking is fun, finding different things to MAKE with what you just picked is just as fun!  When we went apple picking we made home made pies and applesauce.  And when we went strawberry picking we had fresh strawberry smoothies when we got home and I made topping for strawberry shortcake that we ate today.  And we shared our snacks with friends (twice) so that just added onto the fun.  I definitely want to go again and find some other cool recipes to make with strawberries (maybe jam!!), but we ran out of strawberries today so we will have to go picking again if we want to make jam!

8. Find FREE things to do in your area.  I can’t tell every person every free thing to do in your area, but when I say there are cool free things to do, I am not lying because we are ALWAYS busy with activities and honestly, most are free activities that are put on by community organizations.

Example:  Saturday, we went to River Fest at B&O Station in Youngstown.  It was FREE to get in.  The Boy Scouts were there manning the Bounce House and Slide- both FREE and they had a free craft table where kids could make their own bugs.  Oh and they were making dessert camp fire style and passing it out for free.  There were about 10-15 tents set up, some were selling things, but many were organizations that were giving out free things to kids, or had an activity for the kids.  Oh Wow! was there and had an elector magnetic wand on demo, K9s for compassion was there, there was a tent that had 4 different types of birds.  There were also clowns walking around passing out balloons for the kids.  I fed my kids lunch before we went and packed snacks, juice, and bottled water in my backpack so this activity (other than the $.75 I put in the parking meter- that I am not even sure worked) was 100% free.

9. Send your kids to VBS I am not all about sending the kids away while we are on Summer Vacation because lets face it, they spend 9 months of the year away at school all day.  Summer is my time to enjoy with my kids.  BUT- VBS is another fun, free thing for your kids to enjoy.  From my experience, Colton has always had a lot of fun, been in a positive environment, and learned some new and really cool songs.  Last year he participated in two VBS programs, and both were different but he had fun and made friends at both.  And it was only a couple of hours that he was gone– so that is like running to the store and going grocery shopping without the kids lol.

10. Have a Water Balloon Fight Water Balloons are cheap ($1/100 for the ones at walmart or Bunch O Balloons, which are a little more expensive, but are WAY faster to fill) and it was awesome to see how much fun the kids had with them after school.

11. Host a playdate!!  This doesn’t have to be expensive or cost you anything.  Invite your kid’s friends (and their parents) over for a playdate.  Your kids will enjoy seeing their school friends over the summer, I promise!  We hosted a playdate after the last day of school and my son still says it was the best day ever (and his friends kept thanking me for having them over because it was SO MUCH fun- in their words).  All I did… Filled a bunch of water balloons and water guns, made chicken tenders, hot dogs and fries and asked the parents to each bring something else for the kids to enjoy (juice boxes, water, chips, snacks, fruit).  The kids pretty much self entertained for the most part :-)

12. Do a Science Experiment I know it sounds silly, but Colton LOVES it when we do science experiments, I have a bunch lined up for the next rainy day.

science experiment

Some examples of ones we have already done:
What’s the temperature?
Show how Colors Blend
Make your own Ice Cream in a Bag
How to Make Slime

13. Check out what things your local sports teams offer for FREE.  We live about an hour from Cleveland, which is not far at all and if you follow the Cavs, you know they are in the NBA Finals.  WELL… Colton is a huge fan of the Cavs and outside the arena, at The Q they have this thing called Fan Fest where you can go up and watch the game FOR FREE and they have a TON of activities for kids, and they give out free stuff to the kids.  Now- I can’t say it was 100% free, because I had to pay for gas to get up there and it was $25 to park (and that was a block away, if we parked right there it was $50… so save some money and walk a bit), but other than that, a $5 hot dog and a $6 foam finger… Everything else that was there was 100% free.  And when you are watching the game it is the same game that they show on the jumbotron inside the arena.

colton NBA FInals

The Browns also have FREE activities too.  We went up to training camp last year and Colton had SO MUCH FUN.  (We are trying to get tickets to training camp again, but I am not sure how to get them without being a season ticket holder)

14. Check out the happenings at your local community center.  We have a Multi-Generational Center right here in Girard and they are hosting a free week long sports camp that Colton is going to.   I know they do other things as well, and a lot of free things for the seniors, but I am excited for him to go to the sports camp.

15. Go Fishing If you have the poles and hooks… this is very cheap.  From what I know- kids do not need a license to fish and if you want to fish too, check out Free Fishing Weekends which is when you are allowed to fish without a license.  Also many private lakes do not require a license either.   We went and Colton had a ball :-)

colton and john

 

16. Visit Farmer’s Markets This is something free- if you choose because no one is making you buy, but it is cool for the kids to see what is grown or made right here locally.  We have a shop on the Square in Warren and they have a Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays from 3-6.  This was our first one, but it was really cool to see what everyone sold.

17.  Plant seeds and watch them grow.  We planted peas and carrots last week.  Colton will get to watch these grown and log their progress.  So far, he is enjoying watering them every day (which is also teaching him responsibility).

18. Have Breakfast for Lunch or Dinner.  This is something fun I like to do once a month (at least LOL) Colton gets a kick out of it and I just love eating breakfast any time of day.

19. Make a craft.  I know it sounds SO simple.  But if it is raining, have some stuff ready and plan a craft day.  If you keep them busy, the summer will go much smoother.

20. Check out Regal Movie Express.  They have Movies (at our theatre) Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings at 10 for $1 per person.  And- I noticed last year if you attend during these times they let you bring snacks in.  We went last year a lot and Colton really enjoyed it.  Plus it got us up and moving a bit earlier since we had to be at the theatre at 10 AM.

MORE TO COME.  I will keep adding to this list as I come up with more fun stuff to do.  :-)

Just Between Friends Sale is in the Mahoning Valley THIS WEEK!

The Just Between Friends consignment sale will be in the Austintown Plaza THIS WEEK.  Yes- that is correct- Starting Thursday if you have a pre-sale pass, you can shop one of the biggest consignment sales in this area.

JBF
October 2-4, 2015 in the Austintown Plaza (6000 Mahoning Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44515).

Pre-Sale starts on Thursday, but you must have a pre-sale pass to shop on Thursday evening.

The sale officially starts Friday at 10 AM, be there early to get the best deals and the best stuff!

Friday and Saturday 10/2 & 10/3 10 AM- 8PM
Sunday, 10/4 10 AM – 2PM

Sunday, you can find many items half off, so if you are really looking for a deal, stop in on Sunday :-)

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This sale is pretty new to our area, but is welcomed with open arms from moms, dads, and grandparents.

There is still a *LITTLE* time left if you want to get your items together to consign.  Drop off is Wednesday and Thursday, so if you want to make some money, get your items together ASAP!  You can earn up to 70% by volunteering a shift during the sale.  If you are interested in consigning, stop by their website to sign up.

Check out Just Between Friend Mahoning Valley on Facebook for updates and information!

Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express $1 Movies!

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I forgot to post about this so I apologize we are a few weeks in, but I wanted to share.  On Wednesdays at 10 AM Regal Cinemas will be showing 2 movies each week for $1.  You have your choice of which one you want to see and they do a good job with variety in the movies.

HINT:  I don’t know if all locations are doing this, but the Niles Regal is also showing the movies at 10 AM on TUESDAY… so if you want to see both movies for $1 each you can go on Tuesday AND Wednesday :-)

Here is the schedule:

  • Week 3 (June 24th)
    Paddington
    Turbo
  • Week 4 (July 1st)
    Rio 2
    How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • Week 5 (July 8th)
    Mr. Peabody & Sherman
    The Book of Life
  • Week 6 (July 15th)
    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
    Penguins of Madagascar
  • Week 7 (July 22)
    Madagascar 3
    Dolphin Tale 2
  • Week 8 (July 29)
    Muppets Most Wanted
    Alexander and the Very Bad Day
  • Week 9 (August 5th)
    The Lego Movie
    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Do you LOVE Free movies?  Check out how you can SCORE FREE MOVIE TICKETS!

SUMMER BOX OFFICE SERIES at The Amp in Warren, OH: HEY KID! + BIG HERO SIX

SUMMER BOX OFFICE SERIES: HEY KID! + BIG HERO SIX

When: July 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Where: The Amp 
321 Mahoning Ave. NW,  Warren,  OH44483

big hero 6

 

Bring the kids to a fun-filled evening featuring Hey Kid!, a parent-recommended area band, followed by a viewing of Big Hero 6, Disney’s 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy.

hey kidThis event is in partnership with the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County and The Movement church.  The event was made possible through a grant from Neighborhood SUCCESS and Leadership, a program of the Raymond John Wean Foundation and a donation from Renn Insurance Agency.