Comic Con 2022 is Coming!

San Diego Comic-Con will be back in town July 21-24 at the convention center downtown. If you haven’t bought or won tickets (most radio stations give away tickets in the weeks leading up to the event) don’t fret, there are tons of free and cheap events and fun to be had outside Comic-Con in the general Gaslamp area.

There is usually an area between the New Children’s Museum and the Trolley Tracks that is chock full of fun events and demos, and behind the convention center there has been movie and cartoon screenings on the grassy area.

Here are a few events that have caught my attention:

Outside Comic Con has great info on offsite events.

If you want to wear a costume, here are my tips for doing it on the cheap.  We’re not going this year, it’s very hard to navigate with inattentive kids, and really, I don’t feel safe being in crowds that size.

Regardless of your costume status, my recommendation is to wear comfy shoes, ’cause you will be walking a lot! And bring a refillable water bottle. And a snack (protein bars are great!). And a camera (or really, just your phone these days!).

Dream Dinners: Earn Free Dinners & Special Offer for your Friends!

Dream Dinners in La Mesa has a new Meal Prep Workshop program.  This is an exciting new twist on the in-store party and it’s a great opportunity for you to introduce your friends to Dream Dinners and earn fun rewards!

Here’s how it works:
As the host, you attend the workshop for free! You also have the opportunity to earn up to $75 in host rewards!

Your friends pay $50 to attend and learn about Dream Dinners. This includes three pre-prepped medium-size meals, and everyone will get to assemble the Campfire Cobbler Trio, at this private, in-store event with your friends. They’ll enjoy delicious samples of our food. They also have some exciting perks for them if they place an order at the workshop!

Call/Text 619-460-6800 to learn more and schedule your event!
If you’ve never tried Dream Dinners, it is a great meal prep company with locations all over the US. I love Marsi and her staff at the La Mesa Location. When compared to other meal prep/meal plan programs, the prices and freshness are out of this world. For more about why Dream Dinners is tops in my book, check out this post.

In-Person Dream Dinners Workshop: 2/22/22 in La Mesa, CA!

I know y’all have been waiting for this in-person event, I know I have!

You’re invited to my Meal Prep Workshop at Dream Dinners! Learn my secret to making easy, homemade meals, taste delicious appetizers and spend some time with friends. You’ll receive three delicious, medium-size meals to enjoy at home with your family for just $50.00.

Plus, you get to create our exclusive Scone Trio. Only available at the Meal Prep Workshops, these delicious scones are a fun baking activity the whole family can help with.

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 – 6:00 PM
  • Dream Dinners La Mesa: 5208 Jackson Drive Suite 116 La Mesa, CA
  • RSVP Here, Invite Code is yummy1

There are limited spaces available, and this offer is only available for guests of this event. Reserve your spot today by choosing three dinners from the menu here and completing your order!

If you are coming, please let me know!

1/15/2021 Friday Freebies and Deals!

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It’s been one helluva week friends! Between phone calls, appointments, and chasing packages all over town, I’m ready for some down time! Let’s dive into Freebies!

Most of these freebies and deals are online. I am not encouraging anyone to go into stores or go out into public. Mask up, wash your paws, stay socially distanced!

Freebies:

Free Human Rights Equality Sticker
Free #AdaptAtHome Fitness Kit for Those with Disabilities
Free Back to the Roots Mini Mushroom Kit
Free Raising Cane’s Box Combo
Free Bundoo Bundles Sample Box
Free Pizza at 7-Eleven
Free CovCare PPE Samples
Free Sample of Sol de Janeiro Hair Repair Treatment
Free Samples of Vital Performance Supplement Products
Free Catit Stainless Steel Flower Fountain
Free Core Bar at Walmart
Score FREE Children’s Board Books in English & Spanish
Free NFL Fan Packs
Free Johnny Rockets Burger for Joining & On Your Birthday
Free Special K Keto Friendly Bars Chatterbox
Free Hello Lovely! Biotin Hair Gummy Vitamins
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Free Sample of SkinCeuticals Serum
Possible Free ZoZu Natural Hydrating Papaya Facial Sheet Mask
Banfield Pet Hospital – Free Office Visit & Consultation
Free SmartyPants Multivitamins Chatterbox
Free Lane Bryant Gift Card Giveaway
Free pH Balance Skincare Skin Moisturizing Duo

 

Deals:

3 Barrel Curling Iron Wand ONLY $29.99 (Reg $40)
Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap Fresh Breeze 6-Pack ONLY $5.88 Shipped
Microfiber Sheet Sets ONLY $9.74 at JCPenney (Reg $26)
Home Expressions Velvet Plush Blanket ONLY $17.24 (Reg $40)
Insignia 6-Slice Toaster Oven Air Fryer ONLY $69.99 (Reg $150)
Buffalo Plaid Sherpa Slippers ONLY $16.99 Shipped (Reg $45)
16 Clif Bars ONLY $14.48 Shipped with Coupon
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer ONLY $28.99 Shipped
Disposable Face Masks 50-Piece ONLY $4.59 Shipped at Amazon
Dash Vegetable Mandoline ONLY $29.99 Shipped (Reg $50)
Cosmetic Case Organizer ONLY $19.98 (Reg $30)
Blackout Curtains ONLY $9.99 at JCPenney
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron ONLY $13.99 (Reg $27)
Bath Towel Room Essentials ONLY $1.80 at Target
Clorox Disinfecting Cleaning Wipes 3-Pack $11.37 Shipped
Target has Coupon for 50% Off Shoes for the Whole Family

Free Backpacks and School Supplies for 2020!

10997200_1551314338450648_5653174165881717305_nThis article contains location specific giveaways- for nationwide info, scroll to the bottom of the article.

For the past few years the great folks over at SMOAC have been doing an incredible service to the Eastern San Diego County school kids by offering free backpacks and school supplies.

And this year is no different! This year, they are hosting a drive-thru style event at two locations:

  • Rio Seco School 9545 Cuyamaca Street or Pride Academy 9303 Prospect Ave (Both in Santee)
  • August 16, 2020
  • 10AM until supplies run out
  • Kids must be present in the car
  • 1 backpack per child
  • This will be a contactless delivery event- Please Print the form here and complete it per the directions.

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And for those of you not in the immediate area, there are all sorts of other free school supply and backpack giveaways going on.

Boost Mobile is giving away backpacks and school supplies. More info is here. In San Diego County, there is 1 Boost Mobile in Oceanside that is participating.

Operation Homefront is having giveaways for military families on bases all over the US. Here is a list for 2020.

Rentacalc does free giveaways for backpacks, graphing calculators and protractors! You can learn more and enter to win here.

3/6/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

bright boxesThis weekend we’re doing prep for Big Kid’s 9th Birthday Party. I’m looking forward to some tasty Ice Cream Cake next Saturday!

I’m stoked to get this weekend kicked off with a grip of freebies and cool deals.

 

 

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Put the FUN in Fundraising with Uptown Jungle!

86723436_2767364806686857_2639936442016464896_o.jpgWhen you’ve got kids, fundraising is part of life. Wrapping paper, candy, cookie dough are just a few of the things that kids have to peddle these days.

If you are looking for a new fundraiser, check out Uptown Jungle!

Uptown Jungle provides a fast and easy way for groups, schools, churches, teams, and nonprofit organizations to raise some serious cash, just for playing around and having fun.

You keep 35% of your group’s admissions! Having done a lot of fundraising in my time, that is a great return.

There are two ways to fundraise:

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Uptown Jungle is a great place for kids of all ages to play! With a special tots area for littler kiddos, you can rest assured that your littles will be safe and have fun. Bigger kids can bounce, run, climb and explore safely. And parents who don’t want to play can chill in the parents lounge. Oh yeah, there is free WiFi.

2/21/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

bright boxesI am looking forward to this weekend! I’ve got some time to myself and I am going to go to the gym and drink coffee, although not at the same time.

This week’s selection of freebies is pretty cool! Fun events for kids too! Let’s dive right in:

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2/14/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

bright boxesFriday Means it’s time for freebies, deals, and cool free events. The bonus is that this week, Freebie Friday is also Valentine’s Day!

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2/7/2020 Freebie Friday!

bright boxesWe made it through another week! Time for some freebies, fun, and deals!

I’ve gotten some emails from readers who are interested in Freebies available outside the US, and please note that I am always keeping my eye open for them. If you are a freebie fan like I am, I recommend checking out Mysavings, as they frequently have freebies and samples available for countries all over the world.

 

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