Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Milwaukee County Transit System - FREE Rides Until 9 am Tomorrow, June 9th

The Milwaukee County Transit System is celebrating 150 years of public transportation in Milwaukee! As part of the festivities, they are giving FREE morning rides on all MCTS routes from pull out to 9 am tomorrow, June 9th!

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El Monterey BOGO Coupons on Facebook

Starting today, El Monterey frozen Mexican food is offering BOGO coupons to its Facebook page! Click here to become a fan!  Then click on “Enter the Challenge” from the “Ideas Challenge” tab. By entering the challenge, you will be awarded 10 points in the “prize vault” which can be redeemed for the BOGO coupon.

This challenge asks that you submit a video of your child cooking with El Monterey. Also, you can comment or vote on other submissions to earn points for other prizes like a $5 off coupon, trip to Six Flags® and $1,000 or an above-ground pool!

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Colace - $5 Rebate

Purchase Colace Capsules now through 12/31 and get $5 back when you submit this rebate form.
If you purchase your Colace at Walgreens use the June coupon and save $3.00.

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Outback Steakhouse - Father's Day & Rewards Program

Hurry in to Outback this Father's Day weekend, June 18 – 20, for Dad's chance to win FREE Outback For A Year & other great gifts! One Dad from every Outback location has a chance to win. For more info go here.

Also now until 6/16 Outback is giving a Dad FREE Outback for a year (every 3 days). To enter hop on their facebook site.

And last but not least, if you haven't signed up for their new Outback Rewards program, do so here. You will receive a FREE aussie-tizer and a chance to see Tim McGraw in Australia, 250 bonus points, and something special for your birthday!

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Walmart - FREE Reach Floss with Coupon

Walmart carries several varieties of Reach Floss. This one is $0.97 cents at most stores. Use these coupons and your floss will be FREE:

10/18 RP Save $1.00
1/3 RP Save $1.00
3/7 RP Save $1.00
5/16 RP Save $1.00

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Moving - Tips to Make it Easier on Your Kids

With summer right around the corner and moving season in full swing, many families are preparing for life in a new home. However, whether it's moving to a different home around the block or relocating to a new city, families face additional challenges when moving with children.

A recent Rent.com survey found that 69% of families have moved to a new home at least once during their children's lifetime and 18% of families have moved three or more times!

Here are a few tips from Rent.com to make the move easier on your kids and have some fun in the process:

  • Be Up Front: Communicate with your kids about the move as soon as possible so they have time to adjust to the idea of change. While 10% of our respondents said that they have or would tell their kids about the move over email or text message, we recommend a more personal approach such as over a meal or during a family meeting. Give your kids as much information as you can about the upcoming move and answer their questions truthfully. Involve them in the moving preparations by talking to them about the places you’re seeing and share photos or videos of potential new homes. This will help them feel valued in the process and will help you uncover what’s most important to them in a new home.
  • Take Care of Mr. Bear: Whether it’s their favorite stuffed animal, doll, toy or blanket, if you have small children, set aside special time to sit with them and make a small box of their favorite things. Make sure you keep these in a special place during the move so they don’t get lost or end up on a moving truck that might result in a long separation from your child. These little creature comforts can go a long way towards making kids feel safe and secure among new surroundings.
  • Making Space Personal: To help your kids feel truly at home in their new place, give them the freedom to decorate their own rooms and make a space where they feel really comfortable. Allowing them to choose their paint color, curtains, bedding and d├ęcor will get them more excited about the move, help them feel more in control and ultimately give them a safe haven from the stress of a new city. Before you move, visit the new home with your kids and show them where their new rooms will be. If visiting is not an option, share pictures or floor plans of the room so they can get excited about the possibilities for their new room and home.
  • New Best Friends: If your kids are nervous about making new friends, make it a point to research activities of interest to them in your new community. It’s easy to get information online about sports leagues, art classes, book clubs, parks, public pools, etc. Getting them involved with the things they already love to do will put them at ease and help them make friends that much quicker. If you live in a building or on a street with other kids their age, make an effort to introduce yourselves to those families and arrange a get together so your kids can meet.
  • Around Town: To combat the anxiety your kids might have about getting acclimated to their new neighborhood, make a point to take your time showing them around town. Whether you’re walking around the block, biking around your neighborhood or in the car about town, make it more fun with a scavenger hunt approach. Give your kids “clues” each step of the way and see if they can figure out what the next destination is. Even running errands can be fun if your kids are trying to guess what store you’re headed to next!
  • New School: If your move involves your children changing schools, see if you can find a time for them to visit their new school prior to their first day to walk the grounds. Getting around school will be one less thing they have to worry about when the halls are crowded with strangers and they are trying to fit in and make friends.

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Read It Forward Program - June Books

Enter to win one of these books from Random House through their Read It Forward program here:
- All Over the Map by Laura Fraser
- The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch
- The Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme

They offer new books every month - I'll let you know when they have new ones available.  You can enter once per book per month.  Good luck!

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