Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Sausages Are Coming! The Sausages Are Coming!

Words cannot describe how much I love the Milwaukee Brewers Racing Sausages. They are the only thing I look forward to when headed to Miller Park if the Cubs aren't playing. (Wait, you didn't know I was a Cubs fan? And from Illinois? I understand if this ends our friendship.) 

Truth be told I am sucker for all mascots, or plushies, as a friend calls them. They are so cute running around the field with their oversized heads. I was so upset when an opposing team player knocked one over a few years ago. Just shameful.

Ironically be at a Cubs game so c and I can't make it. Please go for me and tell me about it on our Facebook page.

If you go:
  • Henry Vilas Zoo (702 South Randall Avenue, Madison)
  • Thursday, June 30 from 1:00-2:00pm
  • Come out to see #1 Bratwurst, #2 Polish, #3 Italian, #4 Hot Dog and #5 Chorizo and take a souvenir photo!
This event is part of the zoo's 100th Anniversary Celebration. Download the Official Centennial Event Guide.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Have You Signed Up for Daily Deals for Moms?


If there is one thing I love more than a good deal it's a good deal at a local Madison business.

You have most likely heard about the importance of buying local. According to Dane Buy Local, it keeps money in the community, provides more jobs and helps keep Dane County original.

This is where the social couponing website
, Daily Deals for Moms, was born. The founders are committed to keeping capital local by offering busy moms 50-80% off services such as spa treatments, personal training and house cleaning. But unlike Groupon and LivingSocial, the company features local mom and pop shops.

Interested in featuring your business?
Email Ashley for more information.

Daily Deals for Moms is currently offering daily deals in Des Moines, Denver, Boston, Toledo, Chicago, Colorado Springs, and Boulder and will be launching in Madison soon!

Sign up for the Daily Deals for Moms email in your city!
Find them on Twitter @DailyDeals4Moms and on Facebook!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Iron Cupcake Challenge # 5 on Sunday!

My friend Jessica told me about this event last winter and it sounded awesome!

For $7 (cash only) hungry cupcake fans can taste 13 mini cupcakes and vote for their favorites. Proceeds will go to Literacy Network.

The theme is childrens' books: Dr. Seuss, Charlotte's Web, Curious George, Harriet the Spy, Olivia.

If you go:

Sunday, June 26
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Basie's Restaurant & Lounge (517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Haircut and Color: $23

I wanted to share yesterday's receipt for my haircut and color at MATC:

Permanent Color Retouch....................$23
OPI Suzi Loves Chocolate....................$5.50 (normally $8)
Total:                                                       $28.80

What's new: Pretend you're a celebrity and get an OPI shatter manicure (shown above)!

Have you been to MATC's salon? Visit my Facebook page and tell me about your experience!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How to Raise a Happy Child

Who doesn't want a happy kid? Here are 8 strategies any parent can use, compliments of BabyCenter.

Read on

Save-the-Date! PBS is in Madison on August 5


Wisconsin PBS Kids Open House
Friday, August 5


University of Wisconsin-Madison's East Campus Mall, right next to Vilas Hall

Martha Speaks, the Cat in the Hat, and Mr. Steve will be in Madison for a morning
of live music, activities, and hands-on fun!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

3 Day Potty Training

Ugh. The thought of potty training sounds exhausting. And what's worse, I keep hearing how much HARDER it is to train boys. Wonderful.

My friend Katie told me about 3 Day Potty Training by Lora Jensen. I need to look into it. Soon.
In case you haven't heard of it, here's the gist:

  • You spend 3 consecutive days teaching your child to recognize their body's signals.
  • All of the step-by-step instructions and directions can be found in the eBook.
  • It's not easy for the parent. No shopping, no visiting with friends and no "me" time. In one mom's opinion, "... It was hell, I won't lie..."
Check it out. And if you do, let us know what you think on our Facebook page.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fun Things to Do this Weekend

There is tons of free/cheap family-friendly events going on this weekend! I just hope the rain holds off.

Saturday, June 11

33rd Annual Breakfast on the Farm
Saturday from 7-11:00am
6868 Highway A, Belleville

Directions: From Verona, go south on Highway 69 to Highway A; turn right on A and watch for the parking entrance.
Admission: $6, ages 12 and over; $4 ages 2-11; free for under age 2

Join the rest of Dane County for a fun morning on a Wisconsin farm! Besides breakfast they are offering the Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know Show, music by The Soggy Prairie Boys, farm tours, face painting and more!

Safety Saturday

Saturday from
8 1 pm
On the Capitol Square at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Safety Saturday is an event that educates parents, children, and the public on ways to make safe decisions, prevent injuries, and to encourage the use of safety devices such as seat belts, bike helmets, and smoke alarms. Using the remarkable State Capitol Square and Dane County Farmers' Market as a setting, thousands of community members attended the Safety Saturday event each year.

Sunday, June 12

2nd Sunday Music on the Lake
Sunday from 2:00-8:00pm

Tiki Bar & Grill at the East Side Club (3735 Monona Dr, Madison)
Food will be served from 2:00-5:00pm; drinks until 8:00pm

I can't say how much I love this place. It's close to my house and my good friend Andrea runs the place. But most importantly it's a fun, relaxing place to waste a few hours. What could be better than sipping on a beer while looking at Lake Monona? Whenever I am there I feel like I am on vacation--away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Just be prepared for the fowl smell coming from the lake.
Music line-up
2:00pm - Lucky Detour-Rootsy rock with a funky vibe and a dash of country
3:30pm - Owen Mays-This Wisconsin native bleeds American Music

4:30pm- Nellie Wilson and the Hellbound Honeys-A new twist on nasty underground country

Goodman Days
Sunday from 2:00-6:00pm
The Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa Street)

Be healthy :: Be kind :: Be generous :: Be happy
Join in to celebrate the spirit of the Goodman brothers with free music, fun and festivities.

101 Ideas for Summer Fun in Madison

Dreading the inevitable "Mom, I'm bored!" this summer? Print off this list and keep it handy for ideas on summertime fun!

  1. Watch an evening performance of the Mad City Ski Team (water ski, that is).
  2. Let Rudabaga Outfitters teach your family to kayak.
  3. Spend the day getting splattered at Apocolypse Paintball.
  4. Complete the Sun Prairie Geocaching Challenge.
  5. Letterbox at Glenwood Children’s Park.
  6. Help the volunteers complete the new BMX Track in DeForest.
  7. Have a picnic at the Concord Zoo (Exit 275 on I-94).
  8. See The Young Shakespeare Players in their first performance of the season.
  9. Find a frog at Picnic Point.
  10. Splash and play at Conservancy Way (DeForest).
  11. Yell “Kastup!” at the National Mustard Museum.
  12. Shop for deals at the Mattel Store on the American Girl campus in Middleton.
  13. Earn a free ticket to the Mallard’s Game through your local library reading program.
  14. Climb Gibraltar Rock (but hang on tight to your toddlers please).
  15. Ride the Merrimac Ferry (both ways).
  16. Tour Sassy Cow Creamery and have an ice cream cone.
  17. Take in the Highway 18 drive in.
  18. Feed the cute goats at Kappell Park in Waunakee.
  19. Visit Jimmy the Groundhog at Jerry’s Apples in Sun Prairie.
  20. Brush up on your physics at the LR Ingersoll Physics Museum.
  21. Cool off and get your sluice on at Cave of the Mounds.
  22. Paint some pottery (Madison has at least two different studios).
  23. Look for the fabric fairy at the Create Studio Lounge.
  24. Ian’s Pizza by the slice.
  25. “Billet on” at Boulder’s Climbing Gym.
  26. Compare the indoor play areas at East Towne and West Towne Malls.
  27. Canoe down the Wisconsin River (Wisconsin River Outfitters can help).
  28. Coffee shops with kids areas (caffeine and crayons for everyone).
  29. Kids eat free on Tuesdays as many local restaurants (we like Market Street Diner in Sun Prairie).
  30. Visit a dream park in Deerfield, Monona, Fitchburg, Janesville, or Sun Prairie.
  31. Story time at the UW Geology Museum.
  32. Ride the train at Little Amerricka in Marshall.
  33. Ride the train at Mid-Continent in North Freedom.
  34. Make a sand castle at Maple Bluff beach.
  35. Talk to a naturalist at Aldo Leopold Nature Center.
  36. Paddle a swan on Lake Wingra.
  37. Ride the carousel at Ella’s Deli or the Henry Vilas Zoo.
  38. Open skate at Fast Forward.
  39. Bowling (many places have Kids Bowl Free all summer long).
  40. Hike on the stroller-friendly trails at MacKenzie Nature Center in Poynette.
  41. Find a horse. Ride a trail.
  42. Collect your pennies and find some fountains.
  43. Olbrich Botanical Gardens (outside or in).
  44. Frosting overload at Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery.
  45. Discounted movies at Marcus Theaters (search for “Kids Rule”).
  46. Splash, swim, and sunbathe at an aquatic center (in Madison and surrounding towns).
  47. Ice cream (and bait) at at the Monona Bait and Ice Cream Shop.
  48. Find the museum at Folklore Village in Dodgeville.
  49. Pick berries (strawberries are ready now).
  50. Migrate to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo.
  51. Fly a kite or play frisbee golf (McCarthy Park has a new course).
  52. People watch at the Memorial Union.
  53. Check out a free kids activity pack at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
  54. Make a salad (but get the vegetables from a local farmer’s market or your own garden).
  55. Learn about badgers and mining at Pendarvis.
  56. Pizza and games at Rocky Rococco or Chuck E. Cheese.
  57. Take a tour of the capitol building (get your rotunda on).
  58. Dinner and a movie at the Stoughton Cinema Cafe.
  59. Let your kids get crafty at The Glitter Workshop.
  60. Community events at The Goodman Center.
  61. Fondue for two at The Melting Pot.
  62. Shop for shoes (and see the parrots) at The Shoebox.
  63. Play mini-golf or the do the real thing at Vitense Golfland.
  64. Look for superheroes at Westfield Comics.
  65. Go on rides and see the animals at the Dane County Fair.
  66. Cool down in the Lodi Pool and look for Suzie the Duck.
  67. Take a field trip to Old World Wisconsin.
  68. Take a field trip to Circus World.
  69. Take a field trip to the Cranberry Discovery Center.
  70. Take a field trip to Palermo’s Pizza.
  71. Take a field trip to Forevertron.
  72. Finally enjoy the rooftop exhibits at the Madison Children’s Museum.
  73. Learn how cheese is made at Babcock Dairy Hall.
  74. Fourth of July parades and fireworks.
  75. Camp in your backyard, at a state park, or a private campground.
  76. Press a penny at the Wisconsin Historical Museum.
  77. Eat popcorn on State Street.
  78. Talk about the Civil War at Camp Randall.
  79. Find a 5K race and run or walk with your kids (many have 1 or 2 mile fun runs).
  80. Bike the entire “Planet Trek Dane County” (from Monona Terrace to Mount Horeb).
  81. Play inside at Legacy Academy.
  82. Be inspired at the Monroe Street Fine Arts Center.
  83. Play ball at Hitter’s Sports Complex.
  84. Bounce around at Pump it Up or Bouncy Town USA.
  85. Open tumble at Madtown Twisters or Gymfinity.
  86. Say “uff da!” at Little Norway.
  87. Open skating at the Ice Pond in Waunakee.
  88. More farms and orchards (Trienen, Hinchley, Busy Barn, Elegant Farmer, Schusters, Waldvogel or Epelgaarden, to name a few)
  89. Complete the Junior Ranger Program (pick up a booklet at Governor Dodge State Park).
  90. Shop for survival gear at the Glacier’s Edge Council store (boy scouts rule).
  91. See Sam Sanfillippo’s stuffed animal dioramas.
  92. Music programs and church camps.
  93. Swimming lessons at the YMCA or your local Parks & Rec.
  94. Visit the animals at Animart or the Humaine Society.
  95. Tour the new Discovery Center in the heart of the UW-Madison campus.
  96. Have lunch and watch planes land at The Jet Room.
  97. Hike at Devil’s Lake.
  98. Say “ommm” at Bliss Flow Yoga (kids can play while parents stretch).
  99. Register for a summer sports camp at MATC.
  100. See the Midget Racing at the Angell Park Speeday (bring old clothes and ear plugs).
  101. Unplug and relax.
Thanks, Madison Loves Kids, for sharing this awesome list!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Free Sunshine Warrior Tot Yoga Demo

Have you wondered if your little one would like yoga?
Here's your chance to check it out for free!

Happy Bambino is offering a free demo of their Sunshine Warrior Tot Yoga class on Friday from 10am – 11am.
Description from website:
Join in this movement adventure as we practice yoga poses, learn breathing exercises and participate in fun games all while building gross and fine motor skills! Using stories, music, guided imagery and interactive games, your little yogi will have the opportunity to express him or herself creatively, socialize with other children and increase their movement repertoire. Parents are encouraged to watch class from the store viewing window while their little yogi "practices." Come along as we stretch our bodies to the sky, balance like trees in the wind and play together like a whole team of downward dogs! For ages 2-3 years (2.5 year olds seem to do much better with this class than 24-month olds; but it is definitely child-dependent)
If you go:
Friday, June 10
Happy Bambino,4116 Monona Drive, Madison

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Make a Home-Made Father's Day Gift at Happy Bambino!

Get Ready for Father's Day
with Happy Bambino & Fired Up Pottery!
Saturday, June 11
Happy Bambino (4116 Monona Dr, Madison)

Choose one session: 10:15am, 11:00am or 11:45am

Create a special hand print or footprint tile for the special man
in your life for only

Fired tiles will be available for pick-up Saturday, June 18.