Friday, April 29, 2011

Great Garage Sale--429 Jubilee Lane--Friday & Saturday

c and I just went to an annual garage sale right by our house. I bought some real finds including a soccer goal for $15 and tons of Thomas trains and Tonka trucks for only $13! Hurry on over...all this good stuff is bound to go fast.  Please be aware that several of these big items listed below are already gone! :(


*429 Jubilee Lane, Madison (Just north of the Intersection of Cottage Grove

Road and Sprecher Road)*

*Friday, April 29 and Saturday April 30 *


VERY ORGANIZED- VERY CLEAN- Something for everyone!!

  • Oodles of TOYS for ages baby-7 (Legos, Geotrax, LeapPad, puzzles, games to name a few!)
  • Lots and lots of children’s books
  •  Boys clothes: 0-18 months, 3T-6, a few bigger yet, in great shape, many name brands.
  • Girls clothes: Newborrn- 3 months, 2T-4T, also in great shape and lots of name brands 
  • Kids shoes, boots, hats, accessories  
  • Lots of jackets for various seasons  
  • Misc. Baby Items  
  • Pack n Play  
  • Crib Mattress (almost new!)  
  • Carseat  
  • Kids Inflatable Sleeping Bags (Thomas and Cars)  
  • Handmade wooden playtable  
  • Little Tikes Climber  
  • Diego Big Wheel Bike  
  • Little Tikes Slide 
  • Kids’ Outdoor Swing
  • Kids’ Basketball Hoop
  • Little Tikes Picnic Table
  • Grow to Pro Soccer Goal
  • Maternity Clothes- lots of sizes small and medium (most from Motherhood)
  • Junior/Women’ s Clothes
  • Pilates Machine
  • Mirrors and wall art
  • Picture Frames
  • Adult Bike
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Housewares
  • Home Decorations
  • Curtains
  • And much, much more!

Say Yee Haw and Head to Kids in the Rotunda!

When the weather in Madison starts to warm up our beloved, life-saving indoor activities come to an end.  Don't worry-the fun will continue in September when Kids in the Rotunda returns to the Overture Center.


KG and the Ranger

Saturday, April 30
Rotunda Stage, Overture Center
9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm

Cowboy heroes and the west come to life when KG and the Ranger sing classic cowboy songs, yodel in harmony and demonstrate trick rope-spinning.  This popular show will take families on a lighthearted and magical musical journey out west.  This dynamic duo has been performing nationally at cowboy events across the United States for almost 20 years and brings their wranglin' expertise to the Rotunda.  KG and the Ranger will have audiences of all ages toe-tapping and yelling 'Yee haw!'

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins Wednesday Night!

Thanks for passing this along, Gina Grikis!

5th Annual 31 Cent Scoop Night
April 27th from 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Baskin Robbins is paying tribute to America's firefighters and thanking their loyal customers by offering scoops of ice cream for only 31 cents! Baskin Robbins will donate $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Editor's Note:
You know I love Madison. I really do. But it's times like these that make me wonder: Why doesn't Madison have a Baskin Robbins (BR)? Or Dunkin Donuts (DD)? SERIOUSLY! I heard DD was branching out all across Wisconsin but I'll believe it when I see it.  I would give anything for a DD drivethru. Anyway, for those of you who are lucky enough to have a BR  near you please go get a scoop for me. Or two.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mother's Day Deals on Shutterfly

I just spent the last 4 hours making photo books for Mother's Day and boy am I exhausted!
If you want a one-stop shop for unique gifts for everyone on your list (don't forget your child's Godmother!) you should check out Shutterfly. They have some great deals for Mother's Day!
  • 30% off photo books (BOOK30)
  • FREE greeting card (MOMCODE)
  • FREE shipping on orders of $30 or more (SHIP30)
New to Shutterfly? Sign up and get 50 free 4x6 prints!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Great Deals from Snapfish!

Are you as behind as I am on ordering digital photos?

Snapfish is offering 365 4×6 photo prints from for just $15 shipped! Just login to your Snapfish account (or set up a new account if you don’t already have one), load 365 prints in your cart and use offer code SPRING365 at checkout.

Don't need 365? You can get 100 for $10 shipped. Use offer code MYSPRING.

Thanks, Motherhood on a Dime, for the great info!

Google & Fired Up Pottery Need Your Help!

Google is coming from San Francisco to film artists in action at Fired Up Pottery on Wednesday, April 27th from 9:00am-11:30am.

The studio is looking for 10-14 artists, age 3 and up, to be filmed doing projects. In exchange for giving your consent to be filmed by both Google and Fired Up Pottery your artwork will be half price.

c and I went there to make Christmas presents for our family. It is tons of fun and you'll walk out with some really cool pieces of art!
Call Fired Up at 608-442-9900 if you can absolutely make it!

If you go:
Fired Up Pottery
4112 Monona Drive (in the same strip mall as Happy Bambino)
Madison, Wisconsin 5376

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Legacy Academy: Our Favorite Open Gym

Madison is overflowing with open gyms for kids to run around...for a small fee of course. c and I have been visited Madison Turners, Madison Twisters, Keva Sports Center, and Fun Zone (free!) There's also Warner Park, MAC Sport Center and Kidz Place. But our favorite by far is Legacy Academy in Fitchburg. I purchased six passes through a LivingSocial promotion and have not been disappointed.

This place is truly a little one's paradise. They offer 6,000 square feet of padded fun for kids age 1-12 years old. Too cold to go to the park? No problem. They have a Rainbow Castle Playset with swings. Does your child like to bowl? Perfect, there's a little bowling ally lane. Love to pay ski ball at Chucky Cheese? Who doesn't? They have one of those too.

There are also tricycles, a tire swing, pool table, computer room, springboards, swinging ropes, basketball hoops, training bars, gymnastic mats, and much more.
They host after school programs, summer camps, birthday parties, field trips, and my favorite a Parent's Night Out event! For only $12, kids age 5-12 will enjoy pizza, soda or juice, frozen dessert and optional movie. The event is held on the last Friday of the month and is held between 5:00pm-10:15pm. 

If you go:

Open Gym (through mid-June):
10:00am-noon and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
Summer Open Gym will be available at irregular times.

Cost: $5 per child for 2 hours of fun or purchase 10 visits for $40

Legacy Academy Activity Center
2881 Commerce Park Drive, Suite G, Fitchburg
(608) 270-9977 

Monday, April 18, 2011

More Free Easter Events

Last weekend's weather was hardly worthy of an Easter egg hunt but hopefully we'll get lucky and have a snow-free Easter week!  

Details are always subject to change so please check websites/call ahead before piling the kiddos in the car.

Thursday, April 21

Easter Egg Hunt
Verona Public Library (500 Silent Street, Verona)
Time to hunt for some eggs! The egg hunt will be held in the children’s area of the library. For children ages 1-5. Bring your own basket.

Saturday, April 23
Community Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny
America's Best Flowers (4311 Vilas Hope Rd., Cottage Grove)
10:00am-2:00pm (Rain or shine!)
FREE candy. For children ages age 6 and under. Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Monona 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Winnequah Park near Dream  Park, Monona
10:00am SHARP!
If the weather makes it impossible to be outside, the event will be held inside at the Monona Community Center. There will be candy, prizes, lots of fun, and possibly a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny. The hunting grounds will be divided into separate areas for ages 1-3 years, 4-6 years, and 7-9 years.

Easter Egg Hunt
McKee Farms Park (2930 Chapel Valley Rd, Fitchburg) hosted by Fitchburg Lions Club
1:00 pm

10th Annual Easter Hat Parade
Capitol Kids (8 S. Carroll St., Madison)

Get your hat out of the closet or find your chapeau. Children and their playful adults are welcome to celebrate spring by parading around the Capitol Building in hats and bonnets.This year the day before Easter is late and we will be sharing the Capitol Square with the Farmers' Market so it should be especially fun. The festivities start at 10:30 at Capitol Kids, and culminate with the kid focused parade at noon. Highlights include hat making workshops, animal friend visits from A-Z Farm and a parade staring you!

Kid's Spring Celebration at the Great Dane!
The Great Dane (
123 E. Doty Street, Madison)

Our Annual Egg Hunt has relocated this year, and with a twist! Join us between 10am and 1pm in the Pool Hall for face painting, balloon sculpting, a caricaturist, and possibly more! As always, free of charge!

I believe the other Great Dane locations are also having a celebration but the information was not on their website.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Free Easter Events on Saturday

Thanks, Moms in Madison, for compiling this list. Details are always subject to change so please check websites/call ahead before piling the kiddos in the car.

Easter Egg Hunt
Elver Park (
1250 McKenna Blvd., Madison)

Easter Eggslposion
High Point Church (7702 Old Sauk Rd., Madison)
9:30am - 11:30am

Easter for Kids Event
Resurrection Lutheran Church (
6705 Wesner Rd., Verona)
10:00am - 11:30am

Stoughton Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt
Mandt Park (400 Mandt Pkwy., Stoughton)

Middleton Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt
Lakeview Park (East Shelter,
6300 Mendota Ave., Middleton)
:00pm – 3:00pm

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Excitng World of Being Thrifty

Check out Silly Monkeys Funky Resale in Madison

If you are like me you are still reeling from the thrill of shopping the racks at the Half-Pint Resale sale last weekend. It felt strange not to drive to the Goodman Center yesterday...circling the small parking lot waiting for someone to leave (yes, I am that person; I think I get it from my Dad) and wondering what sales I would find. I shopped the pre-sale on Friday and left sweaty and exhausted! I was shopping for c and my friend, Dana, and took full advantage of the two hour time slot. My strategy was to hit the toy tables first and boy did I hit the jackpot!  I was in Little People heaven! I found Noah's Ark, Happy Sounds Home, Racin' Ramps Garage, and a Little People Town (pictured below). This was by far my favorite was only $8 and has a cash register, phone, fire house, elevator, clock and moveable street so c and I can watch cars go in circles. I can't tell you how much I love this toy! It even plays a song that I actually like! 

You can imagine how hard it was to juggle this many 'big toys' so I called Dana to ask what she really wanted. Then I spotted the hold table which really was a god-send. I was able to leave items I was purchasing on the table until I was ready to check out. Everything was great until I had to carry/push/kick the toys to the cash register. I wish someone took a picture (or did they?)

I also scored a Sesame Street guitar, Speak-n-Say, Howdy Doody bobble head (c likes to see the head wiggle) and lots of clothes. I had a blast going through the girl clothes for little m and found adorable dresses and a Hanna Anderson pink tutu outfit! I called Dana before I bought it because of the $15 price tag. She quickly told me a t-shirt costs $30 so this was a good deal. Whether you missed the sale or can't get enough of thrift shopping you don't have to wait for the fall Half-Pint sale; there are several places in Madison to get sweet deals on clothes.

Silly Monkeys Funky Resale, located near Ella's Deli off East Washington, is one of the only kids' consignment stores in Madison. I have been there twice and have walked away with a few items. The ecentric owner is talkative and passionate about what he does. We talked about his struggles to stay in business in a saturated garage sale town like Madison. But he stays in business because he loves talking to people and believes in local businesses. His policy is to give consignors store credit instead of cash and says he is very selective on what he will take. I only shopped for toys--not clothes-and he has some fun stuff. The store is packed to the gills so if you go allow some time to look around.

Auntie Em's Boutique recently celebrated their re-opening in Verona on April 2. I read some good reviews on Moms in Madison and the store looks great on the website. Speaking of the website, it says they are still located in Middleton so I suggest calling them at 608-848-4027 before you check it out.
Savers, a for-profit thrift store, brings a unique business model to the thrift table. Unlike Salvation Army and Goodwill, the majority of the clothing and household items comes from their nonprofit alliance (including the Epilepsy Foundation and Lupus Foundation). People donate items to non-profits and the nonprofits deliver the items to Savers. Savors pays them based on the number of boxes and bags they deliver. The company also accepts direct donations from the community and pays the nonprofit alliances every time people donate. Learn more about  The Saver's Cycle.

 If you go:

Auntie Em's Boutique (408 S. Nine Mound Road, Suite A, Verona)
Silly Monkeys Funky Resale (306 N. Lawn Ave, Madison)
Savers (2002 Zeier Road and 7333 W Towne Mall Way, Madison)
Do you love shopping for kids' clothes at thrift stores?  
Tell me all about it on my Facebook page!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Half-Pint Resale this Weekend!

The Half-Pint Sale is back this weekend! You can get some awesome deals on kids toys, gently used
size 0-7 spring and summer clothes, strollers, baby carriers, kid cars and much more!

I am selling some clothes/toys we don't need and dropped off my stuff last night. The Goodman gym is PACKED to the gills! If you have time, go to this sale! You will not be disappointed!

This is not a garage sale----all clothing is inspected to Half Pint standards and the sale provides only top quality used children’s clothes.

Friday, April 8, 2-8pm

Saturday, April 9, 8am-Noon; Half-Price 1-5pm

Entry is

Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI

More info 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Get Pampered at Your Community College Salon

Did you know Madison Area Technology College has a salon? It's been open since 1963 and 
offers amazing services! Jason's aunt, Mrs. B (as she is affectionately called), has worked there for years and always encouraged me to go. I truly enjoyed my visits to Cameo Spa Salon and wasn't ready to give that place up, even to save money. But that was before I quit my job to stay home with c and my budget started to shrink.

I went for the first time a year ago for highlights and have been going ever since. I had no idea it was an actual salon. A few years ago I went to a cosmetology college to get a facial from my friend, Joanna, and was in a huge, loud room with several other women. It wasn't a tranquil experience but it was cheap and I was supporting my friend. MATC Salon isn't like this at all--it's an actual salon (see photo below) with a relaxing atmosphere. Although unlike a 'normal' salon the stylists are students who are practicing their skills. If this sounds scary to you don't fret--the instructors are constantly walking around and will stop by often to answer the students' questions. And in case you didn't bring any magazines, you can amuse yourself while watching the students braid mannequin hair. It's hilarious!

All salon services are guaranteed. If you are not satisfied simply notify the salon manager within five days and the service will be corrected or re-done. No refunds will be given. 

I can't write this post without telling you there have been a couple times when I haven't completely loved my hair. But as with anything in life, you get what you pay for, and unless they shave all my hair off anything can be fixed. I just give them guidance and let them have fun!
By law the students are not allowed to receive tips. But if you want to show your appreciation, and I encourage you to do so, you can give money that will go in a pool to cover the cost of their board exams.

In addition to salon services they also sell RUSK products at cost. I buy shampoo and conditioner for approx $10!

The downside? It usually takes 3 hours to get highlights. And the appointment times are not convenient for everyone--there's a 4 hour window Monday-Friday.

Here's a snapshot of how cheap the services are: 

    Haircut with shampoo......................................$7
    Haircut with chemical service over $15.........FREE
    Semi-Permanent color....................................$23 and up
    Full Foil Highlighting........................................$35 and up
    Manicure.......................................................... $10

Interested? Call 608-258-2404 for an appointment.  More info.

Have you been to the MATC salon? I would love to hear about your experience on my Facebook page.

If you go:
MATC Salon
211 N. Carroll Street (downtown Madison)

Open Monday-Friday (hours vary depending on class schedules)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Last Minute Half-Pint Tips

[Please accept my apology for the annoying highlighed text below.
I need to go vote and don't have time to fix it right now.]

My awesome friend, Dana, offered to watch c while I attend the pre-sale on Friday. YIPPEE!! In return, I am going to shop for her adorable daughter.

Drop-off is only two days away. Are you ready? I finished prepping last night. Again, DO NOT wait until the last minute to start tagging and sorting and takes awhile.

Here are my last minute tips:

  • Bring a dolly or wagon to transport your items on Thursday!
  • Organize your clothing by GENDER and SIZE. Consignors are responsible for putting the clothes on the floor (I didn't know that) so any prep you do beforehand will make the process go much faster.
  • Make sure your hangers are in a 'question-mark' shape, meaning all clothing are facing the same way!
  • Bring your signed consignor agreement, bin for returned items and a self-addressed stamped envelope with you on Thursday.
  • Check items again for holes and stains. Would you want to get home and find a hole in that adorable rain coat you found?
  • Bring cash or a check for your purchases.
  • Promote the sale via your Facebook and Twitter accounts. The more people that come, the better chance you will have to make some cash.  
Have fun!

Monday, April 4, 2011

100 Things to Do with Kids in Milwaukee

Check out this awesome list compliments of!

The list has fun stuff in and around Milwaukee for kids of all ages. From smelling the roses at Boerner Botanical Gardens to visiting Old World Wisconsin, this list is chock full of suggestions to keep your little ones entertained all year long.
Thanks for the tip, sister Kristin!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Send Your Kids' Boogies for a Free Sample


Yep, you read it right. Boogie Wipes is doing a study and is asking for customers to mail kids' boogies in a bag in exchange for a free sample. But act fast! This offer expires 4/2/11 at 12am.

To participate in the study click here.

Half-Pint: Last Chance to Sign Up!

Whew! I am done tagging! I had no idea it would take so long to get my items ready. And I don't even have that much stuff!

But I had fun going through everything and I'll make a little money. I'm excited. I am still trying to find a babysitter so I can go to the pre-sale Friday, April 8. I can't wait to check out the great deals.

Are you on the fence about consigning? The deadline is tomorrow, April 1st, and no that's not an April Fool's joke.