Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 3/27 – 3/29

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!

Bunny Cake

National Activities:

American Girl: March 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.) 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.

Barnes and Nobles: This Saturday, kids can come along for Duck & Goose storytime. Event starts at 11 am.

Bass Pro Shop: This Saturday join others for a free Easter event! Easter Egg hunt, pictures with the bunny and other activities. Check your local store for specifics.

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

  • Saturday, March 28th: 10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy: Intro to Ableton

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, March 28th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Changing Caterpillar Craft.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making Pom Pom Pom Baby Chick. 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, March 28th at 10 AM ~ This Saturday Junior Chefs will learn different ways to prepare eggs and some great ways to enjoy hard boiled eggs! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 3/20 – 3/22

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!

Bunny Cake

National Activities:

American Girl: March 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.) 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.

Barnes and Nobles: This Saturday, kids can come along for Edmund Unravels storytime. Event starts at 11 am.

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

  • Saturday, March 21st: 10:15 AM – Group 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, March 21st from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Feathery Friend.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making Crayon Resist Cards. 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, March 21st at 10 AM ~ This Saturday Junior Chefs will learn how to make a cake in the shape of a bunny! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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5 Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

By contributing writer Laura

Being frugal doesn’t mean you have to be frumpy. As a busy, multi-tasking mom, I’m finally starting to appreciate the importance of not only caring for my family and household, but taking care of myself. Often times, self-sacrificing moms like us have our time filled caring for our loved ones and home, but we can easily neglect taking time to recharge and pamper ourselves.

After all, going to the spa or salon isn’t cheap, and sometimes just planning a DIY pampering session can seem like more work than it’s worth. However, depending on your tastes and time, it is easy to find a little room in your budget for small indulgences to refresh and pamper yourself. To keep costs down, here are my top ways to pamper yourself on a budget.

5 Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget at The Happy Housewife

1. Paint Your Nails

Sometimes a fresh coat of nail polish is all I need for a quick pampering and to feel a little more glamorous. Taking the time to pretty up my oft-neglected finger nails or toe nails can be a treat, even during the cold winter months when my feet stay hidden and bundled up. Nail polish, nail wraps, or other nail art, can be a simple way to make your nails look stylish and get some pampering.

2. Get a Free Makeover

Head on over to the beauty counter of a local department store to sample some makeup and get a complimentary makeover. This can be a fun way to try out some new products and shades under the guidance of a skilled beautician. Typically, no purchase is necessary for a free makeup application. However, the sales person works on commission and will likely be working hard to get you to purchase all the products, so keep that in mind before approaching the counter.

3. At Home Spa or Bubble Bath

A simple way to pamper yourself is to simply enjoy a soothing at-home spa treatment or bubble bath. Consider a DIY project like homemade sugar scrub or homemade bubble bath to create the perfect bath and shower formulas. Also look for beauty supplies and product deals online or at discount and dollar stores. Be sure to check out more of my tips to score beauty products on a budget.

4. New Haircut

Something as simple as an appointment at the hair salon for a fresh haircut or new hairdo is all the pampering I need for my long locks. It seems easier for men to maintain their own hair with the barber and grooming sets available, but for women, it really is tricky going the DIY route. If you’re like me, I’d much rather leave my hair in the hands of a professional hairdresser, even if I do space out my haircuts longer than most people. Check out my post on 7 ways to save on haircuts for some ideas on how to save when going to the hairdresser.

5. Book or Movie Night

This may sound silly, but another way to pamper yourself is to allow yourself time to read that book you’ve been meaning to read for the longest time, or watch your favorite movie or TV show. Allowing time to veg out and relax your mind by immersing yourself in a good book, planting yourself on the couch to catch up on Netflix, or renting a movie from your local Redox, can help recharge a worn-out mind.

What other ways do you like to treat yourself on the cheap? Be sure to share your frugal pampering ideas in the comments below.

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 3/13 – 3/15

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!

American Girls

National Activities:

American Girl: March 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.) 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.

Barnes and Nobles: This Saturday, kids can come along for Mustache Baby, aka Baby Billy storytime. Event starts at 11 am.

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

  • Saturday, March 14th: 10:15 AM – Intro to Garage Band

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, March 14th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Lucky Catch Leprechaun.

Lowes Build and Grow: This Saturday, March 14th at 10am kids can build a Monster Jam toy truck! Be sure to register online ahead of time!

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making a tissue paper flowers. 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, March 14th at 10 AM ~ This Saturday Junior Chefs will learn how to work with healthy ingredients like coconut, walnuts and flax! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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