Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sun Prairie Restaurant Week – March 28-31

Sun Prairie is hosting their own Restaurant Week now through March 31. Participating restaurants will offer three menu options for only $8 (lunch) and $12 (dinner).

Baba's Supper Club was just reviewed by the WSJ. Check it out.

When you participate, fill out a comment card to enter a giveaway to receive a gift certificate to a participating restaurant. 

Participating restaurants:

  • Atlantis Taverna, 239 E. Main Street, 837-5700
  • Baba’s Supper Club, 109 W. Main Street, 318-1640
  • Beans ‘n Cream Coffeehouse, 345 Cannery Square, 837-7737
  • Buck & Honey’s, 804 Liberty Blvd., 837-3131
  • The Cannery Grill, 315 E. Linnerud Drive, 837-4999
  • Cardinal’s Nest Sports Bar, 1205 W. Main Street, 825-3347
  • Day One Pizza, 355 E. Linnerud Drive, 837-1818
  • Eddie’s Alehouse & Eatery, 238 E. Main Street, 825-1515
  • Greier’s Grill, 5109 W. Terrace Drive, Madison, 249-4220
  • Gus’s Diner, 630 N. Westmount Drive, 318-0900
  • JB’s Italian Grille, 1086 Emerald Ter, 837-6016
  • Market Street Diner, 110 Market Street, 825-3377
  • Pit Stop, 116 E. Main Street
  • Porktropolis, 1112 N. Bristol Street, 225-8074
  • Prairie Diner, 1034 Windsor Street, 837-3400
  • Prairie Lanes, 430 Clarmar Drive, 837-2586

Friday, March 25, 2011

Top 10 Family Restaurants

1. Jason's Deli (located mostly in the Mid-Atlantic South and Southeast)
2. Cosi 
 Yumm....Sweet Tomatoes
3. Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes
4. Red Lobster
5. Chipotle
Kid enjoying noodles at Noodles & Company

6. Noodles & Company
7. Red Robin
8. Mimi's Cafe (145 locations in 24 states)
9. Panera Bread
10. P.F. Chang's China Bistro

Courtesy of Parents April 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Danger of Sharing Pictures on Smartphones

I am watching The View and just learned a scary fact. You know those pictures you took with your smartphone of little Susie playing at the park? Did you know there is hidden data attached to each of those photos called metadata? This data can tell child predators and criminals where you are located. But don't worry. You can disable this feature. Learn how.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Half-Pint Resale: April 8-9

I'm sure you have heard of Half Pint. It's pretty well-known in Madison. I went to the Fall sale and was AMAZED at the stuff they had. Unfortunately, I only had about 10 minutes to race around and find things so I could be home on time for the babysitter to leave. But I walked away with some real finds---an almost-new snowsuit for $10, a hot dog Halloween costume for $5 (I think) and a Green Bay jacket for around $5 (again, this was months ago. I don't remember what I ate this morning for breakfast).

How it works 
Unlike resale/thrift stores, you set the prices! Consignors receive 70% of the sales and Half-Pint gets the other 30%. There is a $5 fee to consign items (compared to the Just Between Friends sale which is $10). The best part of all? Volunteers and consignors (who consign at least 20 items) are eligible to attend the PRE-SALE to shop before the general public!

I signed up and have already started tagging my items. I am not going to lie--it takes awhile to put everything on hangers and make price tags. But I figure it's worth the time to make a few bucks.


  • The Price is Right: I have heard some people say they didn't sell their items. I think this is because their items are priced too high. Sure, you loved that adorable pink Ralph Lauren dress your darling wore to her 3 month pictures but others won't have that personal attachment. Put yourself in the shopper's shoes: what would YOU pay for the item? I shop clearance racks ad won't pay more than $10 for NEW children's clothes. So I will be hard pressed to spend more than $5 for used clothing.
  • Launder all items: The better they look, the better chance they have to sell.
  • Get organized:  Again, this takes some time.  Start saving those dreaded wire hangers you always give back to the dry cleaner. You'll need them. If you sort and tag a little at a time it won't be so bad. The website suggests tagging over a glass of wine. Sounds good to me!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Neater Feeder for Pets-- Only $15!

If you are like me you DVR the Today Show everyday. Why wouldn't I? I learn all sorts of nuggets of information. 

I recently discovered "Jill'$ Deals and Steals", a segment every other Tuesday, that offers viewers five great deals that expire after 24 hours

Today's deals include a Neater Feeder for cats and dogs--any size is only $15 (75% off!)-- and a Vintage Havana Romper Dress for only $6!

Get today's deals

To make sure you are in the loop for future deals be sure to "Like" the TODAY Money Facebook page.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tip a Cop on March 26 at Red Robin

Local law enforcement will trade in their handcuffs and badges for aprons and gourmet burgers at participating Red Robin® restaurants in Wisconsin as part of the national Tip-A-Cop® event benefiting Special Olympics on Saturday, March 26 from 11am--3 pm and from 4pm-8pm.

In addition, Red Robin will donate 50 cents from every gourmet burger and Coke product sold  through Friday, March 25 to Special Olympics, Inc.

Participating Wisconsin locations

Kids Eat Free Day at Chili's on March 22nd!

Wanna feed the kids for FREE?
Head down to Chili's on March 22nd, and you'll get a free kid's meal with the purchase of any adult entree! Print your coupon now... and don't forget to share this with your friends!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Costco: 3 Half Gallons of Organic Milk for $9.99

My sister, Kim, just sent this little nugget.

You can get three half gallons of Kirkland organic whole milk (with DHA) for only $9.99!

Thanks, Kim!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

House for Sale on the Far East Side!

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If you know anyone who is looking for an awesome house in the friendliest neighborhood in Madison please let me know!
Turnkey 3 bedroom in quiet neighborhood on Madison’s East side (north of Cottage Grove Rd). Patio overlooks beautifully landscaped and unusually large backyard. Interior has well-designed layout with warm colors, contemporary window treatments and new carpeting throughout. Well-lit, recently finished basement has drop ceiling and ample space for entertaining and storage. Large master bedroom has private bath and lots of closet space. Walking distance to 3 parks and new Great Dane Pub! Close to interstate.

Open house: Sunday, March 20th from 1-3pm

More info

The Quest for the Perfect Jeans

When I find something I really like I tell everyone that will listen. This is one of those times. I haven't been able to find jeans that REALLY fit for awhile. Now I don't expect you to feel sorry for me, it's clearly my fault. I have some extra cushioning on my hips that makes wearing jeans difficult. They constantly fall down--even with a belt--which makes my butt look saggy.

I typed in 'jeans that fit real women' and 254,000 results returned. Apparently I am not the only woman that has this problem. Sure, I have read the magazine articles about jeans that really fit but they usually cost $300 which is ridiculous.

My sister-in-law, Nicole, told me to try Levi's 515 Boot Cut jeans awhile ago. But when I tried them on they were too tight so I forgot about them. About a month ago I went to JCPenney looking for jeans, again, and thought remembered Levi's. And voila! They fit! The style I like has a mid-rise fit meaning they sit above the hip...but not too high like mom jeans. They also have some stretch in them which is important.

So go on and try on a pair and let me know what you think by posting a message on my Facebook page!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Just Between Friends Sale: March 18-20

Just Between Friends Sale: March 18-20
MAC Sports Center, Verona


March 18     11:00am - 8:00pm     $3 admission (Get a free admission pass)
March 19
     8:00am - 2:00pm       Free admission
3:00pm - 7:00pm       Free admission; 25% off items*
March 20     
9:00am - noon            Free admission 50% off items*

* Some items will remain at full-price at the request of the consignor.

and shop before the public!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Goodwill Sale at Boston Store

The Goodwill® Sale going on now through March 23 at Boston Store/Carson Pirie Scott/Bergner's. Clean out your closet and drop off your gently used clothing to Goodwill or Boston Store to get a 20% off coupon for each item you donate! Each coupon is good for 20% off merchandise or 15% off on cosmetics and fragrances. The coupons can be used in-store or online.

You'll feel good knowing that your items will be sold in Goodwill retail stores and the proceeds will be used to fund job training programs to help individuals earn good jobs.

After you donate, go online to register and you'll be awarded with a 25% coupon!

I dropped off items at Goodwill and received several 20% off coupons. I went to Boston Store and they let me use a 20% off coupon for every item I purchased! I couldn't use it on a pair of shoes--I think they called it a "Super Value" item. But almost everything is included in the sale...including cosmetics and fragrances which are never included in sales!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

14 Things Not to Feel Guilty About

By Anna Roufos, writer for Glamour, Fitness, and Self
Article courtesy of Parenting magazine

Here are my personal favorites:

Leaving Your Child at Home
Don't feel bad about having a sitter come in for a few hours, even if it's only so you can buy lettuce in peace. It's better for everybody, really. "Many moms might not think to leave their child unless it's for an evening out. But having someone sit while you get things done on occasion is amazingly therapeutic," says Peggy Alvarado, a mom of two in Manalapan, New Jersey, and a parent coach who helps new moms and dads adjust to life with kids. 

Eating Fast Food
Hitting a fast-food joint needn't spell a diet disaster. All you have to do is choose that drive-through meal carefully. For instance, a Taco Bell bean burrito, a good source of calcium and fiber, has 370 calories and 10 grams of fat and will surely fill you up. A Wendy's Jr. hamburger? It has 270 calories and 9 grams of fat and is a source of protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. For pizza fans, two slices of Pizza Hut Hand Tossed Veggie Lover's 14-inch pizza has 400 calories and 12 grams of fat and contains calcium and antioxidants.

Logging On
You have a million things to do and yet you're e-mailing a friend? Don't stress over the "wasted" time. If something has happened to upset you (and when was a day with a baby or toddler ever a picnic from start to finish?), sending an e-mail can be a health booster. The reason: Writing forces you to organize your thoughts and helps you understand what's really going on and how it makes you feel. So vent, explain, hit "send," and then get back to your to-do list.

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OMG! I Got Great Deals at the Gap Today!

I must share the AWESOME deals I got at the Gap today.

My twin, Kristin, told me she got Gap Supersoft Enamel Button Cardigans yesterday for only $13 (with the 30% off tops sale). So I headed to the mall today with c, with reservations, since he has officially entered the whiny/meltdown stage I thought wouldn't happen until he was two. Anyway, I asked the sales clerk if I could use the $25 for $50 mobile deal with the 30% off tops sale. She said she wouldn't know until I checked out since I was the first one to come in with the mobile promotion. I asked if I got a prize for being the first one and she said 'Unfortunately, no". My awesome humor was wasted on this girl.

Well, I was in luck. Here's my receipt:

Gap Supersoft Enamel Button Cardigan: $39.50 on sale for $19.99
30% off tops discount        $6
$50 for $25 promo             $3.25
Total price:                        $10.74

Short Sleeve Favorite Tee: $14.50 on sale for $10.00
$50 for $25 promo             $2.33
Total price:                         $7.67         

In total, I got 3 cardigans and 4 t-shirts for $70. At the Gap. Awesome.

Wanna get the deal? Click here and enter your cell phone number. You will then receive a text message from Gap with a code to get $50 for $25! 

Valid 3/10 – 3/16 in-store only at Gap, Gap Kids, baby Gap, and Gap body stores.

To redeem the offer just show the cashier the code on your phone.

Thanks again to Discount Queensfor the awesome offer!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

This is Worth Re-Posting

Have you ordered diapers on Amazon using the 20% or $10 codes? I have ordered diapers a few times and have saved tons of money!

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Have you seen those 20% or $10 off Amazon.com coupons in parenting magazines? I used to get them but haven't seen them in awhile. Then I came across a deal on a blog called Discount Queens with the headline "Hot! 204 Pampers Diapers Shipped for $12.26 or less." I was hooked.

People sell their Amazon coupon codes on eBay. Once you purchase the coupons the seller will email your codes within an hour (I got mine within 15 minutes!) The deal I’ve listed below use (2) 20% off Codes and (1) $10 Off Code. You can buy these 3 codes on eBay for between $9-12. This may sound expensive when you see the total savings you'll understand this is an AMAZING deal! I bought Pampers but you can buy any brand.

Be sure you buy (1) 20% off code that starts with YJ and (1) 20% coupon code that starts with YT. Some eBay sellers tell you which code they are selling but you may have to ask.

Here's a copy of my receipt:

Item: Pampers Baby Dry Diapers Economy Plus Pack, Size 5, 156 Count    $40.88
20% off coupon                         -$8.18
$10 off coupon                         -$10.00
20% off coupon                        -$8.18
Subscribe & Save 30% off    -$12.26 
Final price: $2.26 (Plus $13.42 in codes = $11.16 (only 7¢ per diaper!)

Important notes:
  • You need to make sure you buy (1) 20% off code that starts with YJ and (1) 20% coupon code that starts with YT. You can use multiple codes on the same order!
  • Make sure you sign up for Subscribe & Save  to save 30% on your order. You can cancel it later if you wish.
  • I read you can only use the 20% off coupons and $10 coupons once per account but I have used them a few times. 
  • Check the expiration dates before buying on eBay.
A huge thanks goes out to Discount Queens for sharing this amazing deal!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Where Can You Find the Cheapest Gas?

The crazy increase in gas prices we have been hearing about have hit Madison. 

Wondering where to find the cheapest gas? Check out Gas Buddy and download the app for your smart phone!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Kids Eat...FREE!

Applebee's 660 South Whitney Way - Madison
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays : Kids get a meal for $0.99 with the purchase of an adult meal!

Byrd's Pub and Grill (both Madison locations)
Sundays: Kids under 12 eat FREE!

Denny's All Madison Locations
Tuesdays & Saturdays: Kids eat FREE between 4-10pm!

Ella's Deli 2902 East Washington Ave, Madison
Mondays and Tuesdays: Kids eat FREE with each adult meal ($7.99 value) after 5:00pm!

Tuesdays: Kids under 12 eat for $0.99 off the kids' menu between 5-8pm!

Flat Top Grill 583 N Midvale Blvd, Madison
Kids under 4 eat FREE every day
Monday and Tuesday: Kids 5-10 eat FREE!

Gus's Diner 630 N Westmount, Sun Prairie
Mondays: Kids under 10 eat FREE!

HuHot Mongolian Grill 610 Junction Rd, Madison
Monday: after 4PM, one FREE kids meal with adult meal purchase!

IHop All Locations
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays: Kids 12 and under eat FREE (1 menu item per adult entree; drinks NOT included) between 4-8pm!

JB's Italian Grill 1086 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie
Thursdays: Kids eat FREE with 1 adult meal purchase!

Joey's Seafood 6602 Mineral Point Rd, Madison
Sundays (all day) Kids under 12 eat FREE!

La Tolteca 121 E Main St, Sun Prairie
Sundays: Kids eat FREE (1 meal per 1 adult meal)!

Liliana's Restaurant 2951 Triverton Pike, Fitchburg
Sundays: Kids under 12 eat FREE!

Market Streat Diner 110 Market St, Sun Prairie
Tuesdays: Kids eat FREE with 1 adult meal purchase!

Northside Family Restaurant 1201 N Sherman Ave, Madison
Tuesdays and Saturdays: Two FREE kids' meals with an adult meal purchase!

Pancake Cafe 6220 Nesbit Rd, Madison
Kids eat FREE on Saturday nights!

Perkin's (all locations in Madison)
Tuesdays: Kids eat FREE 4-10pm!

Pizza Hut
Every Day: Kids 3 and under eat FREE on the lunch buffet!

Quaker Steak and Lube
Mondays: 5-10pm, Kids eat for FREE (1 free kids’ meal per each paying adult) and can play video games for free!

Everyday: Kids 12 and under get one FREE kids meal with the purchase of 1 adult entree!

Talula 802 Atlas Ave, Madison
Mondays: After 5:30 pm, kids eat FREE while listening to David Landau (a musical comedian) and the 3 Foot Posse!

Texas Roadhouse
Tuesdays (may be Mondays at some locations), kids 12 and under eat FREE!

TGI Friday's
Mondays and Tuesdays: Kids 3 and under eat FREE!

Thank you, Operation $40K, for this awesome list!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sign up for Pampers Gifts to Grow!

Do you love Pampers as much as I do? If so, I hope you are earning Gifts to Grow points.

No? What are you waiting for? You must sign up!

You can earn points every time you purchase Pampers diapers, training pants and wipes. Sometimes the codes are hard to find--I was mad when I realized I had thrown codes away. If you buy a package of diapers (vs. an economy box) they are located inside the wrapper.

How the program works:

1. First you have to sign up!

2. Now you can start collecting codes from all your Pampers purchases. I save them and enter several at once to save time.

3. Log on to your account and start entering your codes.

Here's a few freebe codes to get you started:
4. Once you have accumulated codes you can start browsing the rewards!

I just read they extended the program until December 2012. Whew! What a relief! A lot of these programs have been discontinued. Oh, Huggies also has a program. It's called Enjoy the Ride.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Need an Infant Carrier?

I had never heard of Britax car seats until I started asking friends what stage II they had. Now I know they are top of the line car seats that people love! And now Amazon is offering the Britax Chaperone Infant Carrier in red for only $168 (normally $229.99...that's a 27% discount!)

Thanks, Discount Queens, for passing this deal on!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Weekend Line-Up!

Parade for a Forward Wisconsin

Bring the kids, pull out the noise makers and wear a costume to change the vibe around the Capitol! Meet at the Overture Center for a parade around the Capitol!

Saturday, March 5
Overture Center (201 State Street) and the Capitol Square

International Festival

Saturday, March 5
Overture Center (201 State Street)


There's a great lineup of performers for this year's International Festival. Experience the sounds, smells and flavors of cultures from all over the world and be sure to come hungry! Food vendors from around the world will be preparing tasty treats.

This weekend take your family to Marcus Theatres for only $2 per person! This weekend they are showing Legend Of Guardians 2D.

Saturday, March 5 at 10:00am
Sunday, March 6 at 11:00am

Find a Marcus Theatre near you!

Kids' Workshops are FREE "How-to Workshops" held the first Saturday of every month at The Home Depot. Kids age 5-12 will create toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bughouse or Declaration of Independence frame kit. This week kids will make a race car (shown above).

Elementary School Carnival
Saturday, March 5
Crestwood Elementary School (5930 Old Sauk Road, Madison WI)

Cost: Games are 25¢ or 50¢

Make plans to have some good ol fashioned fun to raise money for a great cause. There will be a bouncy house, games, prizes, lunch and raffles for kids of all ages!

Questions? Email Gina at weibelfamily@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Apps for Busy Moms

A huge thanks to my awesome friend, Katie DeDominicis, for providing this fun info!

If your iPhone is connected to your hand check out these awesome apps to help keep your family organized and amused!

Health Trax (records family members health, colds, shots, etc. on a calendar)
iReward Chart (rewards kids' good behavior) 

Mom Maps (free app helps you find fun kid-friendly locations) 
Baby Activity Logger  (tracks baby's activities, feedings etc.) 
Baby Connect (similar to above) 

Food Essentials Scanner (scan products to find calories, r nutrients, allergen, etc.) 
Potty Predictor  (predicts when your child will pee!)  
SitorSquat (free app to find nearby restrooms on a map!) 
OurKids (journal to keep track of milestones etc.) 
Baby Travel  (free travel tips)  

From the Southern Marin Mothers' Club newsletter. 
Information compiled by Zana Thompson.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Take Your Husband on a Movie Date for Only $9!

Everyone says couples need to make time for date nights. For me, that means dinner and a movie. But who wants to pay the outrageous movie theatre prices? Today you can get two movie tickets for only $9 thanks to LivingSocial and Fandango.com. That's a 70% discount off the maximum value of $15 per ticket!

Get the deal!

The fine print:
  • Promo codes expire on June 6, 2011 
  • Must purchase tickets at www.fandango.com
  • Not valid on IMAX or 3D showings

  • Both tickets must be purchased for the same movie and show time in a single transaction 
Get the deal!

Head to the Museum on Thursday...For Free!

Haven't checked out the new Madison Children's Museum? Head over there on Thursday, March 3 from 5:00-8:00pm for Twilight Thursdays and enjoy free admission!

If you go
  • Parking is limited due to the demonstrations around the Capitol. If possible, consider using public transportation.
  • Don't have time to make dinner? No worries. Take the kids to Bean Sprouts, a healthy kids' cafe located inside the museum.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Advice on Fevers: Ride it Out

I just saw this on Today's website and thought you may be interested.
Parents have been told for generations that a high fever can be dangerous to kids. If you don’t get your child’s fever down, you’ll run the risk of frying brain cells, doctors have warned.

But now the American Academy of Pediatricians has turned that conventional wisdom on its head. A new report published this month in Pediatrics states that not only is there no need to bring down a fever in an otherwise healthy child, but there is a downside to treating a fever - it can prolong the illness that originally sparked the high temperatures.

The only reason to treat a fever is to make a child more comfortable, a co-author of the report said. “In a normal child there’s no set temperature at which you’d need to treat a fever,” said Dr. Janice Sullivan, a professor of pediatrics and pediatric critical care at the University of Louisville. “Our recommendation is primarily to treat discomfort associated with an illness rather than the fever itself. So, when children are uncomfortable or crying, then you should treat them with medication.”
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