Sunday, August 31, 2014

Great New York State Fair Review 2014

I'm sad that the Great New York State Fair is almost over. :( I LOVE the fair so many great memories over the years. I think what I love the most is how it appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds. Doesn't matter who you are, the fair has something for everyone. From food and fun rides to shops and slushies, crafts and concerts to animals and atmosphere - everyone enjoys. Now mind you, there have been a couple times I have gone and not had the best time. 9 years ago when my ex-husband parked like 2 million miles away from the entrance and I was pregnant with our first son - I was not a happy camper that day. And last year, my sister was in town so we ended up bringing my then 3 year old twins to the fair. It was hot, my girls needed a cumbersome wagon... I was cranky. Wish it had gone better because my sister and I have such great fair memories and she rarely gets to go.

So this year I was really looking forward to going to the fair because I was headed there with a friend! It's been years since I have gone with a friend. Usually it's with family or a spouse or a date. Needless to say I was excited since I think the last time a friend and I went together Bill Clinton was in office? Yikes! So sad.

Melissa and I about to make our way to the fair gates!
Last Saturday my friend Melissa came to pick my butt up and we headed out to the Great New York State Fair. We parked, thought we noted where, and then shuttled off to the entrance. See - that's me at the entrance! We are through the gates and first thing we see are the Lost Kid Tags...Melissa asked if I needed to wear one. She knows me well! :) We grabbed a Fair Map and a schedule of events for the evening and headed to look for food. And a bathroom. (I am 27 weeks pregnant remember!) We went through an awesome air conditioned restaurant (with fabulous prices and not busy) on our way into the Center of Progress Building. Found an awesomely clean bathroom but opted to keep looking for food.

We headed down to the midway where I was pleasantly surprised to find a few games priced at $0.50 each. (Much better than the local carnival I went to where games started at $2-$3 each!)  I also noted that the rides all were either 3 or 4 tickets each and had a variety of height requirements which was nice.

Next we headed down restaurant row and found a place called Santillo's Italian Sausage where we opted to grab a burger and fries. Besides the "fake" cheese, both were pretty tasty!

Baby Got Milk :)
One thing I always loved as a kid was the 25 cent milk in the dairy building. As an adult I stupidly refused to stand in line for a little bitty cup of milk. Melissa wanted a cup so we went. And I was surprised to see that the cups weren't as little as they used to be! (or as I remembered them to be) More like a 6-8 oz size than the 4oz I remembered. Well worth the money and the line went super fast. And refreshing!

While in the dairy building I also noted some yummy looking cute cookies from Corsos Cookies that my kids  would love. I think they were priced around $3 each.

We walked around some more where I introduced Melissa to one of my fair favorites - Roasted Corn! Seriously...tell me you've had this awesome veggie treat! Roasted Ear of corn, dipped in butter and you can add whatever spices you want. At one time this delectable treat used to be $1.50.. this year it was $3 but still worth it IMO.

Next we wandered over to near the Grandstand (OK, Mr. Worldwide just happened to have just started his show) and listened for a bit before making our way back towards the midway to find The Villa. Always a tradition for me since I was a kid - Pizza Fritz (what my family calls it) is the last thing we get before we leave
the Fair. YUM! And I always love the music they blast too.

As usual, we (I) got lost trying to get back to Gate 1. The good thing is we passed a bunch of the vendors along the edge of the Fair and many were giving things away! Tim Horton's  was handing out donuts and icj cookies was passing out little bags of cookies. More YUM!

We eventually made our way to gate 1, the centro bus and after getting off at the wrong stop finally the car. I slept so good that night! We were only there for a couple of hours because this pregnant mama isn't used to that many hours on my feet. I was so sore for 2 days after going!

I have wanted to get back to bring my kids to the fair so badly! There was so much more I wanted to see. I  am hoping to make it for the last day which is the $1 day. Admission, rides and several vendors are participating in the $1 extravaganza. We'll see!

If you haven't been yet, try to go! If you missed it this year, put the Fair on your calendar for next year as
the changes made have been well received from everything I have seen and heard!

Thanks to Melissa for coming with me as we wandered through the Fairgrounds. I know her feet hurt like mine did at the end of the evening. Comfy shoes are a must!

Can't wait til next year!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

$3.00 Off "Mommy" Mugs at Kinney Drugs

Well these are cute! And maybe just what Mommy's need after school starts to drink that coffee in SILENCE! ;)

To get the coupon above, right click on the image and select print. Take into any Kinney Drugs store and Save!

Coupon Expires Tomorrow, 8/31/14.

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iPhone, iPad or iPod Charging Cable - $3.99 SHIPPED!

It's always good to have an extra  iPhone Charge Cable for home or the car!  Right now get an INCASE 6" Sync and Charge Cable for iPod, iPad and iPhone in Blue for just $3.99 (Retail $14.95) Shipped!  I thinking I am grabbing one as a spare!

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FREE Greeting Cards from Treat (by Shutterfly) - Grandparents Day is 9/7!

Oooh! Need to send out any cards right now? How about a FREE Card One from Treat (by Shutterfly)?? Head to Treat, select your card, and use code 1NEWTREAT to get it FREE! Offer ends 9/2.

Even better, right now they are running a BOGO Free on ANY cards with code SUMMERBOGO. (Sale ends 9/2). Great for Grandparents Day which is 9/7!

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WOW! $5 Tees from Old Navy Today In Store & Online!

Today only get Tees and Graphic Tees for only $5 at Old Navy for the whole family!  I am loving the graphic tees for kids!  As a bonus there are $3 tanks and the 50% Off Labor Day Sale!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Deals & Freebies! Sales start now!

Ready to do a little shopping on this holiday weekend? If so, here are some of the bargains you are going to find online along with discounts & freebies.

Retail Deals:

6PM: Labor Day Weekend Sale! Valid 08/28-09/01.

Ace Hardware: DeWalt 1/2in 18V Heavy Duty Cordless Compact Drill/Driver Kit $89.99 (Retail $119.99). Plus Free Pickup At Your Local Ace! Valid 8/27 - 9/1.

Ace Hardware: Ball 1qt Green Heritage Collection Jars - 6 pack $8.99 (Retail $12.99). Plus Free Pickup At Your Local Ace! 8/27 - 9/1

Aeropostale: Jeggings $16, Clearance starting at $3.99 + More

Amazon: Labor Day savings on movies, TV, books, music, and more.

Ann Taylor: 50% off full price and sale styles

Atlantis: Rates from $99 per night plus up to $200 Resort Credit! Book 8/27-9/3 for travel now thru 12/17.

Best Buy: Save 10%–30% on major appliances! Plus, you'll get free shipping on orders $35 and up.

BonTon: up to 40% off site wide plus extra 25% off clearance with the code: AUGLABORDAY14

Brothers – 40% off of your entire purchase with the code: 737

Canvas People – FREE 8 X 10 or 60% off all canvases

Carter's: 25% off $50 online and in-stores code: LABORDAY Valid: 8/28 - 9/1 ; 50% off Everything! Valid: 8/26 - 9/1

Checks in the Mail: Receive Free Standard Shipping and Handling on items sitewide when you enter offer code CJFREESH in the offer code box at checkout! Valid 8/27/14 through 9/5/14.

Claire's: B1G1 50% Sitewide Labor Day Sale at Claire's! Valid 8/25-9/1.

Crazy 8 – $10 basic denim plus everything $12.99 and under

dELIA*s: 40% Off Your Entire Order + Free Shipping Over $75! Use Code: RELAX. Offer valid: 8/28/14 - 9/1/14.

DisneyStore – up to 40% off toys, clothes and more

DressBarn: 25% Off Clearance + Free Shipping on Orders $75 or more! Free Shipping on Orders $75 or More! Valid 8/28-9/2.

e.l.f.: Buy 1 get 1 50% off sitewide on orders of $25 or more with coupon code BOGO50! Valid through 9/1.

Elizabeth Arden: 20% Off ALL Skin Care, Makeup, & More (+ Free Shipping) with code: LABORDAY. Valid through 9/2.

Express: 40% Off Every Single Item! Valid 8/27 - 9/1.

$5 & 50% Deals this Labor Day Weekend, Thursday August 28 through Monday September 1
Family Christian Stores: 50% off Jesus Calling, $5 tobyMac, 50% off ESV Study Bible, $5 Glass Water Bottles, 50% Off The Bible Miniseries DVD & Blu-Ray, $5 The Story Bible (NIV & KJV Versions), $5 Kirk Cameron's Unstoppable DVD, and much much more! Valid through 9/1.

33% off entire purchase of regularly-priced items with coupon code LaborDay33

Family Christian Stores: In honor of American workers, take 33% off your purchase of regularly-priced items now through Labor Day (September 1). Just use coupon code LaborDay33 to get the discount. Valid through 9/1.

Famous Footwear – BOGO + 1/2 off

Fandango: $1 off 3 Movie Tickets with code: LABORDAY14. Valid 8/27-9/1.

Frederick's Of Hollywood: Get Lingerie starting at $14.99, Bras from $9.99 and panties only $2.99! Plus, buy any $29.50 Bra and get a FREE Panty with Also, get FREE Shipping on all Orders of $25 or more! Offers valid through 9/2.

New Callaway X2 Hot Woods & Irons Now Available at!

Golfsmith: 15% off orders of $149 or more plus Free Shipping when you use code WEB435LAB. Valid through 9/1.

Gymboree: 40% off everything.

Hallmark e-Cards: Save $2 on a Yr. Subscription to Hallmark eCards! Use code ECARDSSUMMER14 at checkout. Unlimited eCards from Hallmark for less than $1 per month!

Hartstrings: Take 20% off sitewide (excluding clearance) with code 1105. Valid 8/28-9/1.

Home Decorators: Free Shipping on Everything. Valid through 9/2.

iRobot: Get a free kit with your Roomba 770/600 series robot purchase + Free Shipping! Valid through 9/1.

JcPenney: Take an extra 20% off with your JCPenney credit card or an extra 15% off with any other method of payment with online code BUYNOW. Save on select original, regular and sale-priced items. Offer valid 8.27 - 9.1.14.

Justice – 40% off of your entire purchase with the code: 737

Kohl's: Free Shipping on $50 purchase with code AUG50SHIP, 8/29 - 8/31
$10 off $25 Sitewide with code WEEKEND, 8/28 - 9/1
20% off Clearance for Women, Men, Juniors and Kids with code CLEARANCE20, 8/29 - 9/4
$10 off 1.0oz Forever Vera Fragrance with code FOREVER10, 8/17 – 9/30
$10 off $50 NCAA Adidas Team Licensed Apparel for Men with code COLLEGE10, 8/25 – 9/4

Last Minute Travel: 40% off plus $30 coupon

Lowe's: Labor Day Deals! Valid 8/20 through 9/3

Lowe's: Kingsford 2-Pack 20-lb (40-lb Total) Charcoal Briquettes $9.88 (Retail $19.99) (Limit 2 Twin Packs per Customer)

Macys – extra 25% off clearance plus 20% off and free shipping when you spend $75 using the code: DEALS

Merrell: Save up to 50% Off select sales & Free Shipping. Valid 8/25-9/1.

Mikasa: Extra 20% off your order & enjoy free shipping at $49 with code: LABORDAY! (Exclusions Apply). Valid 8/28-9/3

New Balance: Free Shipping on All Orders with code FSLBRDAY! Offer ends 9/6.

MyPublisher, Inc.

My Publisher: Get a FREE Classic hardcover photo book, a $29.99 value! Limited time only! Offer Valid thru 9/2

Neiman Marcus Last Call: Take an extra 35%-75% off Everything at! Offer valid 8am CST 8/26 - 8am CST 8/28.

Office Depot – 20% off one qualifying item

Old Navy – everything up to 50% off

Online Shoes: Labor Day Special: 25% OFF orders $100+ w/ code: LABORDAY14

OshKosh B'gosh: 50% off or MORE Event! Valid: 8/26 - 9/1

Payless - clearance up to 70% off plus an additional 20% off with the code: ZZCLEAR20

Perfumania: 20% Off Site Wide with code: LABOR20. Valid through 9/1.

Perry Ellis: Take an Extra 40% Off Sale Styles + Free Shipping & Returns. Offer ends 9/1.

PFALTZGRAFF: Additional 25% off your order & get free shipping at $75 with code: LABORDAY2014! Valid 8/28 – 9/2

PUMA: 30% off your purchase. Valid 8/28-9/1.

REI: Save up to 30% on Camping and Cycling Gear, Clothing and footwear. 8/22 - 9/1.

Robeez: Save up to 60% off on select styles. Take an additional 15% off sale items. Code: LD9114. Valid through 9/2/14.

Rooms to Go: Find savings on living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and more now through 9/1.

Rooms to Go Kids: Shop Labor Day Specials for Girls, Boys, and Teens now through 9/1.

Sally Beauty Supply: Save 25% on online orders of $50 or more with code: 555251. Valid through 8/30.

Samsonite: 20% off when you spend $100 on select products. Ends 9/1. Use Promo Code: LABORDAY

Sears: Special Savings Online and In-Store + Online Only EXTRA $35 off $300 with code SEARS35OFF300. Valid 8/28-8/30. – extra 25% off sale shoes with the code: SALE25

Shutterfly Labor Day 40% Off - 300x250

Shutterfly: ALL customers receive 40% off everything with promo code LABORDAY40. Valid 8/28-9/3.

Sierra Trading Post:  Take an Extra 25-30% off select items! Valid through 9/1

Speedo: 25% Off Entire Order 8/28 - 9/1.

SteinMart: Extra 50% Off Clearance w/Code SHOPDOT + Get FREE Shipping on $65. Valid 8/26 - 9/1.

Stride Rite: Buy One, Get One 40% Off with code: BTS2014

Target - Buy 1 get 1 50% off select items

Timberland: Take an extra 25% off sale footwear, 25% off Men's select fall clothing and get free shipping sitewide! Valid 8/27-9/1.

Tommy Hilfiger: Take 20% Off $100 or 30% Off $150.  Use code: CYASUMMER

Torrid: BOGO 50% Off Regular Price + BOGO Free All Clearance with code STYLISH50. Valid 8/27-9/2.

Vera Bradley – 40% off select colors and styles

Walgreens: 40% off everything photo

Walmart: Labor Day Online Specials.

Weight Watchers Online: Save $25 on Weight Watchers Online when you buy a 3 month savings plan. Valid 8/1-8/31.

Zulily: Labor Day Blowout Sale.

Other Deals: Open access weekend. Access to 1 billion global records for free, no credit card required to register. Offer ends 9/1.

Thanks, My Memphis Mommy!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gymboree Labor Day Sale - Boys Pants as low as $7.79!

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There is still time to get school clothes and the Gymboree Labor Day Sale has EVERYTHING 40% off right now!

Boys Pants start at $7.79! The gymster pants above are $13.17.

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