Schoola: $20 Free Credit + 50% OFF + FREE Shipping

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Have you heard of Schoola yet?  Well this is THE TIME to try them out because they’re offering  50% OFF and FREE Shipping on any order with code TIME2SHOP!

 

Schoola is an online company that resells gently used clothing and gives 40% of the proceeds to schools.  While that in itself is great – right now new members can get $10 Clothes Credit when you use this link.  

You’ll receive ANOTHER $10 credit (for a total of $20 in Free Clothes!) when you create a custom collection.

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Jamie here!  I picked up this GAP silk dress and Merona Cardigan to wear on Easter and I was very happy with the quality of both – saved myself at least $100!

Now – take your $20 and your 50% OFF Code and your Free Shipping and go get yourself some fun new stuff for Summer!

If you’re worried about buying without trying things on – pick forgiving clothes.  This is a great way to pick up new sports gear for the kids or workout wear for yourself.

Enjoy! I’ve placed several orders through Schoola and saved SO much money on name brand dresses, shoes, etc… and got my email confirmation saying $$$ was donated to some school programs.  How cool is that?

Romantic Valentine Game | Get to Know Your Spouse

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For those of us who are married with kids, a date night out can be hard to arrange, both financially and logistically.  If you are going to be staying in on Valentine’s Day or just to reconnect on a regular Friday – here’s a romantic game you can play with your spouse once the kids are in bed to help you reconnect!

It’s simple really – Just jot down questions on little slips of paper – and have your spouse do the same.

Try to think of a good mix of questions – anything from silly “Cosmo-Quiz” type questions to more serious ones that pique your curiosity.

Some examples:

  • If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be and why?
  • What super power would you choose for yourself?
  • You are forced to dye your hair – what color do you go for: Pink, Blue or Green?
  • What’s one crazy thing you would like to do before you die?

Think up questions that have to do with you as a couple as well!

  • What is one of the first things you liked about me?
  • What should be “our song” (if you don’t have one) or pick an extra if you already do!

If you’d like to take it a step further – you can make it a challenge like the “Newlywed Game”.  Try to guess your spouse’s answer – jot it down while they think about it and see if you’re correct.  Create a “prize” for whoever has guessed the most answers correctly!

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You can get more ideas for questions or silly dares in our post Free Printable Date Night Conversation Starters

I found a great list of 50 questions to ask your spouse on a date night HERE

Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

 

 

We wanted to re-post this recipe from Valentine’s – because it’s also a great way to keep from using your oven on hot days!

If you happen to be staying in on Valentine’s Day and are looking for an easy Valentine’s Day dinner, Crock Pot Lasagna is a fabulous option!

Several years ago, I found this recipe for Crock Pot Lasagna and fell in love.  I use a bottled spaghetti sauce but add additional spices to give it a homemade taste.  If you keep browned ground beef in the freezer (read more here), it will cut your preparation time dramatically.  After the recipe, scroll down as I have also included a couple of pics to answer any questions you might have.

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Valentine Restaurant Specials 2016

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Valentine Restaurant Specials

Planning to hit the town with a date this Valentine’s Day? Here are several Valentine Restaurant Specials to check out! Scroll through the list below to find coupons, kids eat free offers and heart-themed menu items – but (my favorite) are the Waffle House and White Castle Candle-Lit dinners ;)

And don’t forget, you can save money on your Valentine meal at both National chains (like the Melting Pot) and little local gems (that adorable little pizza place) when you use these fantastic sites:

 

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Bertucci’s

$35 Valentine’s Dinner for 2 (Feb 11 – 15) Includes 2 Salads, 2 Entrees and Dessert to share. More details here.

Bonefish Grill

Just $29.90 per Person for a Salad, Filet & Lobster Tail or Imperial Sea Bass Entree, and Chocolate Creme Brulee to share. More details here.

 

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BoJangles

Heart Shaped Bo-Berry Biscuits are back for Valentine’s Day again this year! You can even print some adorable BoJangles Valentine’s Cards to go with them :)

Buca di Beppo:

Dinner for 2 for $49.99 (Feb 12 – 14) Includes Heart-Shaped Lasagna salad, garlic bread and cannolli – Get more details here.

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California Pizza Kitchen

$32.99 Meal for Two – includes Appetizer, 2 Entrees and Dessert. More details here

Chili’s

$35 Cupid’s Combo for Two (Feb 8 – 14). Includes 2 Presidente Margaritas, an appetizer to share, 2 6-oz Sirloins, and a White Chocolate Molten Cake for dessert. More details here.

Dairy Queen

Red Velvet Blizzard Cake for Two only $9.99 – order HERE. Red Velvet Blizzards served upside down or your next one’s free – join the Blizzard fan club for a BOGO Blizzard Coupon to be delivered in your inbox each month.

 

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Dunkin Donuts

Heart Shaped Donuts – but no specials we know of yet.

IHOP

All you can eat pancakes through Feb 14 – unlimited stacks for

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Heart-shaped donuts that come with printable Valentine’s here. In the past they’ve done this – and may announce it again closer to time (Fingers Crossed!)

Buy a Dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and receive a sheet of Krispy Kreme Valentines coupons. There are 12 coupons good for 1 Free doughnut each.

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Outback Steakhouse

$40 Dinner for Two (Feb 8 – 14). Includes Bloomin’ Onion, 2 9-oz Sirloins and sides, 2 Salads and Cheesecake. Get more details here.

Papa John’s

Large Pizza with up to 5 Toppings for $9.99 – see more details and other specials here.

PAPA MURPHY'S HEARTBAKER PIZZA

 

Papa Murphy’s

$7 HeartBaker Pizzas make a great easy dinner for the kiddos. This heart shaped take-n-bake pizza is just $7 (although prices and participation vary) and comes topped with 3 cheeses and pepperoni or sausage. Limit of 3 per customer, good until 2/14.

Pollo Tropical

Text “LOVE2016″ to 52198 to get a coupon code for the “Two Can Dine for $9.99″ Special. Includes 2 Entrees, 2 Drinks, a side and dessert.

 

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Qdoba

Buy One Entree, Get One Free when You Share A Kiss At Qdoba On Feb. 14th – with anyone/thing! No coupon necessary – more details here.

Ruby Tuesday

Enjoy a lobster tail with any entree for $6.99. More info here.

The Rusty Bucket

Kids eat FREE all day on 2/14 only – more details here.

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Starbucks

Invite a date to try their new Molten Chocolate Latte with these Valentine date invitation GIF’s

Steak n Shake

Free Valentine Milkshake on your next visit wyb $10 in Giftcards here.

Texas Roadhouse

$36.99 Valentine’s Dinner for Two (Feb 12 – 15). Includes Cactus Blossom or Fried Pickles Appetizer, and choice of 2 Entrees. More details here.

 

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Waffle House Candlelit Dinner

Make reservations at Waffle House this Valentine’s Day for a romantic dinner with tablecloths, candles and a classic menu of breakfast items and steak.

 

White Castle Candle-lit Dinner for Two

Select White Castles are taking reservations for a romantic evening where you’ll be seated by a host/hostess and order from special menu items like “Shrimp Nibblers” and “Strawberries & Cream Waffles”.

Staying in tonight?  Check out some yummy Valentine Recipes HERE!

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If you’re staying in with your sweetie – you might ALSO want to check out this fun game of 30 Truth, Dares or Conversation Starters!  Just print out the sheet of questions and cut them apart.  Fold and put in a cute bowl and bring it out to play with your honey after the kidlets are in bed :)

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Valentine Heart Pancakes – Using DIY Tinfoil Shapes (A Tutorial!)

I wanted to make something sweet for my family this Valentine’s Day – and I wanted that sweet thing to be chocolate chip pancakes before school.  But not just ANY chocolate chip pancakes: I wanted to make them in the shape of hearts.

Just one problem…. I don’t have any heart-shaped pancake molds.  (Which, thinking back – are really not that expensive considering you can use them every year….)

 I did have some plastic heart cookie cutters though, and I figured I could somehow MacGyver something out of tin foil.   I set out to experiment and did a trial run with my all-too-willing preschooler.  Here’s how to make them!

Tutorial: Heart Pancake Molds from Tinfoil


1) Start with a plastic heart-shaped cookie cutter – even if you just have one, you can make several molds.  Do these a few days ahead, and you’ll be ready to cook up some love come Valentine’s morning!

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Valentine Gift for Teenage Son

Valentine Gift for Teenage Son

Jamie here!!

Once the kids hit the teen years, it gets a little trickier to guess what things they like or think is cool, partly because that changes on a weekly basis.

One thing that doesn’t change with my teen is his oversized sweet tooth.  He’s headed off this Valentine’s weekend to be part of a leadership team for a middle school reatreat (proud mama moment!) and Valentine’s Day gave me a chance to provide him with a goodie-stash to take with him.  I found this caddy at the Family Dollar for $1, and I filled it with his favorite candy and gum.

I’m certain he’ll share with his leadership team buddies – which is why I may have gone a teeeeensy bit overboard. ;)

I feel like he’s going to walk in from school, see this on his bed, and love me twice as much as he did this morning.  Am I above bribery when it comes to moody teens?  No I’m not!  His card, which is nothing to write home about – says “We love you *sweet* heart” – you know, just in case you needed to make your point.

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All that’s missing is a bag of Takis and some Cool Ranch Doritos (to be added later today when I make it to the store) – and he’ll be in heaven!

If you feel guilty for rotting out their teeth – feel free to throw in an electric toothbrush or a couple apples or something.  It’s really whatever kind of munchie basket you want to make it – tailor it to your child’s snacking preferences.

This is also perfect as an extra birthday gift if your teen is inviting friend over for a sleepover – a gift that doubles as party snacks.

More ways you could personalize this Valentine gift for a teenage son and make it work for other occasions:

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See more really fun Themed Gift Basket Ideas  and get creative with your gifts!

Last Minute Valentine Gifts

Looking for last minute Valentine gifts?  You really can’t lose with a gift certificate to something the LIKE, whether it’s food or pampering or a round of Golf!
Get something they’ll really appreciate (and use!) with a Groupon or LocalFlavor deal for a favorite restaurant, manicure/pedicure, spa day or massage!    PLUS – right now you’ll get 20% OFF Local deals with code GIFT20 .
Here are some handy links to the most “Giftable” local categories that are eligible for this code on Groupon:

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See more Valentine’s Day Ideas!  Especially our HUGE list of Valentine Restaurant Specials :)