Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 7/25 – 7/27

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Activities:

American Girl: July In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month includes: Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Reading Bookmark Craft, Pets Card Craft Event, Everyday Fun Doll ‘Dos, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours.

Disney Stores: Disney Stores are offering Summer Play Days every day this summer now through September 1, 2014. The fun includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, July 26th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Garage Band
  • Saturday, July 26th: 10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, July 26th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Shake Noisemaker!

Lowe’s Build and Grow:  This Saturday at 10am kids can make their own Turbo Taco Truck inspired by the movie Turbo. Pre-register online.

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, July 26th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn all about fruit and chocolate shakes! These shakes will have fruit swirls and crunchy toppings. Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 7/18 – 7/20

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Activities:

American Girl: July In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month includes: Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Reading Bookmark Craft, Pets Card Craft Event, Everyday Fun Doll ‘Dos, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours.

Disney Stores: Disney Stores are offering Summer Play Days every day this summer now through September 1, 2014. The fun includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, July 19th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Garage Band
  • Saturday, July 19th: 10:15 AM – Group Bass Ukulele Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, July 19th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Wiggly-Eyed Glitter Fish!

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids can enjoy Summer Ice Cream Fun by Perler. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 am and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Also, this Saturday, July 19th from 1-4pm, kids can make their own inspirational paracord bracelet. The workshop is free but supplies must be purchased.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, July 19th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will make spectacular summer salads with vegetables, meats, croutons, cheese and dressing. Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 7/11 – 7/13

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Activities:

American Girl: July In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month includes: Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Reading Bookmark Craft, Pets Card Craft Event, Everyday Fun Doll ‘Dos, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours.

Apple CampApple has put together a really cool kids camp for ages 8-12. Your kids can learn how to make movies or even an interactive book complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Availability is extremely limited but there appears to be more open slots for interactive storytelling.

Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp: The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features free fun games for kids, activities, and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together. Now through Sunday, July 13 at 64 Bass Pro Shops located across the United States and Canada. See more info here.

Disney Stores: Disney Stores are offering Summer Play Days every day this summer now through September 1, 2014. The fun includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, July 12th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Garage Band
  • Saturday, July 12th: 10:15 AM – Group Bass Guitar Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, July 12th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Count and Decorate Octopus!

Lowe’s Build and Grow:  This Saturday starting at 10am kids can create their very own Turbo with pullback motor inspired by the movie Turbo. Register in advance.

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids can enjoy Summer Ice Cream Fun by Perler. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 am and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Also, this Sunday July 13th from 1-4pm, kids can make their own mixed media travel journal and corkboard. The workshop is free but supplies must be purchased.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, July 12th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will have fun with a spiralizer by making pastas with vegetables. Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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Mosquito Control on a Budget

By contributing writer Laura

It’s summertime, which means the mosquitoes are wreaking havoc on backyard barbecues and other outdoor fun. Perhaps you or a family member is a mosquito magnet and constantly battling the bugs, swatting and slapping away all summer. To be honest, summer can be downright miserable if you have allergic reactions to mosquito bites and endure swelling and irritation.

Mosquito Control on a Budget at The Happy Housewife

photo credit: Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel via photopin cc

Mosquito control expert Damien Sanchez of D.C. Mosquito Squad offers a variety of services to keep mosquitoes out of clients’ properties. He shares that those on a tight budget can take a number of inexpensive, preventative measures that can drastically reduce the mosquito population in their yard. It all begins with targeting the breeding areas, finding ways to be less attractive to mosquitoes, and getting effective repellants.

After talking with Damien and doing some research, below are some simple and frugal steps you can take to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

1. Get Rid of Standing Water

Mosquitoes thrive near stagnant water, so it is important to make sure you get rid of standing water in your yard. That means tipping over yard toys, like wagons, that may collect rainwater.  Mosquitoes need only a small amount of water, say a few tablespoons, to breed. Once mosquito larvae hatch, they don’t typically fly far, so standing water on your property could lead to a load of mosquitoes.

2. Keep Landscaping Neat

Be sure to limit foliage, yard clippings, and leaf piles, where mosquitoes and other bugs like to harbor or feed. Keeping your landscaping trimmed and limiting ivy and junipers will decrease places where the mosquitoes can seek shelter.

3. Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Mosquitoes are naturally repelled by a variety of plants. Fill your garden with plants such as marigolds, rosemary, catnip. citronella, peppermint, and garlic. If you don’t have the room for a garden in your yard, try some potted plants.

4. Don’t Wear Perfume

Fragrances such as cologne and perfume can supposedly make you more appealing to mosquitoes. Avoid wearing scented fragrances when spending time outdoors for any lengthy amount of time.

5. Choose an Effective Repellant

According to the CDC, the most effective repellents on the market today contain DEET. If you’re shopping for a repellent, look at the label to see if DEET is an active ingredient. You’ll find many of the big name brands that produce DEET repellents also offer manufacturer coupons during the spring and early summer, so check online and in your local newspaper inserts to save more money using their coupons.

6. Use a Fan

Since mosquitoes are not strong flyers, having an electric fan positioned on your deck, patio, terrace, or play area is an easy solution to the bug problem. The wind circulating from the fan should blow mosquitoes away from you, so they don’t have the chance to land.

7. Try DIY Remedies

You can try your hand at creating your own citronella oil candles, which supposedly keep the bugs away for short periods of time. You can also try repurposing used dryer sheets to repel mosquitoes.

Try these free and inexpensive tips to keep the biting bugs away this summer and take back your backyard!

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