Enjoy Free or Cheap Fun Weekend Activities

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Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities for Everyone

If you are looking for some fun on a budget, we have compiled a list of national retailers with hands-on workshops, classes and free events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon.

Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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FREE Museum Weekend for Bank of America Customers

Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th

Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com

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American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During March, they include Grace’s Macaron French Dessert Notecard Craft, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Bright Highlights How-To, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Grace’s Travel Tags, Bunny Brunch, Meal & Memories with Mom, and more.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores. Call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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Barnes & Noble

Saturday, March 7th at 11 AM

Once Upon a Cloud storytime and activities at many B&N locations

Most stores have free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events – find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

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Bass Pro Shops

Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th

Dog Days – pet care seminars, giveaways and more.

Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here before you head out.

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Saturday, March 7th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

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Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, March 7th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids Learn How to Build Bookends ~You can pre-register online here.

 

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Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, March 7th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Hold-It-All Buggy Clip. Get more information here.

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Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, March 7th – 10AM – 12 Noon

Kids can drop in and take home a Windsock. At just $2 per child, they get 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here.

Michael’s Classes for Adults

Saturday, March 7th, 1 PM – 4 PM

Make It With MichaelsSM Party

Try fabulous springtime projects. The first 25 Customers will receive a Party Booklet full of project instructions and a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase.

Find out more information right here about creative classes happening all week long.

Pottery Barn

Create a free craft project from DIY blogger, Handmade Charlotte. find more information and your closest store right here.

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 Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, March 7th at 10 AM 

Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and events right in your hometown!  (Thanks, MoreWithLessToday!)

Super Bowl Game Day with Hormel Party Tray Coupons

Super Bowl Hormel Party Tray Coupons

 

Super Bowl Game Day with Hormel Party Tray Coupons

Hosting a Superbowl Event this Sunday?  Grab a Hormel party tray with these Hormel Coupons!

**Scenario**
-$3/1 Hormel Gatherings Party Tray Printable [28-oz.+]

* These run about $17.99 in-store, so $14.99 after the coupon

-$1/1 Hormel Gatherings Party Tray or Snack Tray from 1/4 SS
* These run about $6.99 in-store, so $5.99 after the coupon

What team are you rooting for this Sunday Super Bowl game?

Make Shopping for Health Insurance as easy as ABC and 123!

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by UnitedHealthCare. All opinions are 100% my own.

Make Shopping for Health Insurance as easy as ABC and 123!


Health Insurance
used to be something everyone dealt with very mildly. Before the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) we, like most families, were completely content with the health insurance offered within our employment. Insurance under employment plans were more cost effective than what we could purchase on our own, so we never looked elsewhere. The hardest questions we faced were “employee only, employee + spouse, or employee + family”, “PPO or HMO”, and “Medical only, medical + dental, and Medical + dental and vision”. Whew, those were tough choices right?

Now, with the Affordable Care Act, insurance is available even outside of employment plans at a rate that is comparable to what you were paying before. The main difference we have noticed is the plans are different. Very different. Last year when we enrolled with the ACA we selected a plan that was not what we needed. We selected our plan solely on cost taking very little else into consideration. The result was being under insured with a high deductible.

This year, we have decided to take a step back and absorb as much information as possible before making a decision. That means we had to learn the ABCs and 123s – and everything thereafter.

The ABCs

A. Learn. It is important for you to learn about what has changed in health care because you may now be eligible for Medicaid. The ACA has raised the Medicaid limits in some states so more families are eligible. Before you begin shopping for Health Insurance, be sure you aren’t eligible for Medicaid instead.

B. Open Enrollment? You mean I can’t just buy health insurance whenever I’m ready? Open enrollment occurs only during a certain time. Know what open enrollment and special enrollment is all about and why it matters to you. Essentially, you need to use the time of open enrollment to get the proper health plan for your family. There are only certain qualifying events that allow you to use a special enrollment period when open enrollment is no longer open.

Open-Enrollment Guide

C. Buy your plan. Find a plan between Nov 15 and Feb 15 to have coverage for 2015. The exchanges, or the marketplace, is a website that allows you to compare plans from a variety of providers. This website will be either the government Healthcare.gov website or your state’s individual marketplace website.

And 123s

I. Know what you are buying! Health plans are annual and there are only a few ways to switch so you need to know what you are buying BEFORE you pick your plan. Look at deductibles, co-pays, premiums and maximum out-of-pocket as well as the what is covered. Think about your family and what you see doctors for. What prescriptions you and your family have too. Your health insurance costs can be affected by how much coverage, deductibles, and co-pays you take. Watch these short videos for more information:

II. Help!! What does this all mean? All of this health care research can be a lot to take in. Terms such as deductible, premium, co-insurance, EOB and PPO are commonly used when discussing health care. Don’t get discouraged, maybe these short videos can help explain what all of this information actually means:

A. Health Insurance Glossary
B. What’s a Premium?
C. What’s a Deductible?

D. What’s a Co-Pay?
E. What is an Out-of-Pocket Maximum?
F. What is Co-Insurance?
G. What’s a PPO?
H. What’s an EOB?
I. Student Health Insurance

III. Costs within healthcare? The costs within health care can be daunting. Check your deductible and out-of-pockets on a regular basis to stay ahead. When deciding on a plan, look for value ads provided by the company such as nurse lines, apps, and health club discounts too! Take a few minutes to watch these short videos to learn more about saving:

Top Bloguera Retreat in Anaheim, CA #TopBlogueras2014 #LATISM14

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Top Bloguera Retreat in Anaheim, CA #TopBlogueras2014 #LATISM14

I have an exciting announcement to make! Are you ready?

This week has been a great week! I have been selected as one of the 100 Top Blogueras 2014 by Latinos In Tech Innovation And Social Media (known as LATISM)! A total of 400 applications were received. This means I will be heading to Anaheim, California on November 13th to attend the Top Bloguera Retreat at LATISM’14! Excited that this year’s conference will be held at the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel, next to the Disneyland ® Parks. YES!

What is Latism?

LATISM is a unique entity dedicated to support Latino bloggers just like me, keeps us up-to-date with issues related to Health, Technology, Business and Education. A true honor indeed, due to my influence in social media, involvement in the community, especially since the Latino community is included among the audience I promote my money saving tips. Thrilled to be returning to California again this month and with Stem Latina (my daughter!) who was also invited to experience this great event. The LATISM’14 conference is special because it is “geared toward competency building … Sponsors that choose to be a part of this event want to help our leaders develop key skills as business owners and advocates for their communities.”

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Depending on our niche, many of us Latina bloggers have struggled in the blogging world; nevertheless definitely a learning experience whether positive or negative. Attendees of the Top Bloguera Retreat at LATISM’14 will learn from speakers and businesses on how to better their blog for the benefit of their readers. We will learn how to further display our passion for societal issues and how to best use our blog to help change them.

Who Should Attend

Are you passionate about Raising a New Bilingual Generation? Nurturing future Latino Entrepreneurs? Education in your community? Using technology for the future success of Latinas? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you need to join me at LATISM’14! I would love to see you there and help you get started in your own blog business to further Latin education and success in your community. We will learn from the growing list of guest speakers on all of these topics, and more!

The LATISM’14 speakers are:

  • Fidel Vargas, CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund;
  • Susan Can, Director of Corporate Equity, Johnson & Johnson;
  • Helen Troncoso, DPT, Health & Wellness Expert/Consultant/Coach, Reinventing You, LLC;
  • Alberto Roca, Executive Director, DiverseScholar;
  • Julie Diaz Asper, Founder, GigCoin;
  • Dania Santana, Founder & CEO, Cool Communications, LLC;
  • Jessica Valle, CEO Founder, Bloggers of Health;
  • Oscar Menjivar, Co-Founder, Urban Teens eXploring Technology (UrbanTxT);
  • Felix Ortiz, Founder/Chairman, Viridis Learning;
  • Oscar Torres, Co-Founder, Minerapp.com; and
  • Jesse Bisceglia, Senior Education Officer, PreK12 Plaza

Special Thank You to Ana Roca, founder of the Top Blogueras Program, the sponsors who make this retreat a reality and to everyone involved in LATISM (Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media), for including me on their list of Top Blogueras. I am honored.

Please visit the LATISM’14 conference HERE to grab your tickets for this month’s special event. I can’t wait to see you there!

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME! Set Your Clocks FORWARD TONIGHT!

Are you behind on your sleep? Sorry to break it to you, but don’t plan on catching up this weekend.  Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. TONIGHT (on Sunday, March 11)!  Don’t forget to move your clocks forward ONE hour.  I am so looking forward to this new time!

How do you prepare for this new time? Luckily my daughter is off from school on Monday!