AMC Theatres: Score up to Four FREE Tickets to the Movie "Begin Again" (Aug 29th - Sept 1st) and more...


AMC Theatres: Score up to Four FREE Tickets to the Movie "Begin Again" (Aug 29th - Sept 1st)



Love Indie films? Then check out the AMC Independent Facebook page as they are offering a mobile coupon good for up to 4 FREE tickets to see the movie "Begin Again" (starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo) at a participating AMC Theatre near you. Show dates are valid for 8/29 to 9/1 only. Go here to find showtimes at an AMC theatre near you.

NOTE: The promotional tickets are limited. Your coupon will not be honored if the desired performance is sold out. Call your AMC theatre ahead to verify if the promo is still available. 


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FREE Children's & Family Activities This Week and Beyond


Here are some free children’s and family activities available this week and beyond. Note that each event may vary by location/venue, so call your local store/event venue ahead to verify the times, dates and activities being offered.


American Girl Store -  Girls ages 8 and up can enjoy various hands-on crafts, a scavenger hunt, free giveaways, and more. Next event will be on August 28th-31st celebarting the debut of the inspiring BeForever characters! At this special event, your girl can be among the first to learn about this exciting world and find a character she loves! Check your local American Girl store for specific times and dates. 

Disney Store Summer Play Days -  Everyday through September 1st, kids ages 3 can participate in the Summer Play Days at the Disney Store.  Free events include Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Every week, participants receive a free character button.  Check for the details at your local store. This week’s character button giveaway includes Marvel Super Heroes, available while supplies last. 


Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11AM-11:30AM, kids of all ages will enjoy a story time. Times can vary slightly from store to store so be sure to call ahead to verify.  Next Tuesday's theme this week will be “Grandparents Day” on September 2nd.  Children will receive a book club passport at their first story time and a special gift after attending five story times. 


Lakeshore Learning:  Every Saturday from 11am-3pm, kids ages 3 and up can enjoy free crafts.  On August 30th, they will create a Whimsical Wind Catcher. No reservations necessary.

Michaels: Check out their Kid’s Club Event on August 30th from 10am to noon. Children will make a Grandparents Day Card.  


Barnes & Noble:  Most stores offer free story times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays of each week with books, a cookie, coloring pages and activities. Some stores have back-to-school and Minecraft events, plus various story time events celebrating Grandparents Day and National Dog Day. Event times and dates vary for each store, so call your local Barnes & Noble store ahead to verify the information. 


Bass Pro Shops:  Check out your local store for tons of free family activities like treasure hunts, fun crafts, free face painting, free food sampling like hotdogs and ice cream, plus great giveaways and more!  Go here to find your local store to verify activities and times.

Kids Bowl Free:  This summer time bowling fun for the kiddos is still available through September 1st in most bowling centers participating in this program. Go register and get 2 free games everyday. This varies by location so check here to see if it's still available in your area. 



REI:  They offer the REI Family Adventure Program with various free classes for children and adults focusing on hiking, camping, backpacking, biking basics and more!  Classes and dates/times vary by location so be sure to check with your local REI store to verify.

Williams-Sonoma: Junior Chef Classes every Saturday teaches kids ages 9-13 make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way! Next Saturday, August 30th at 9:30 am, kids will learn how to make pizza dough from scratch. 

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Tips on Getting Your Kids Back On A Regular Sleep Schedule + Novosbed Silk Duvet Review



The carefree days of summer has come to an end, and as we ease into our new back-to-school routine, one thing that can get challenging is adjusting to a new sleep schedule. Children are most affected by a lack of sleep. According to Dr. Carol Ash, director of sleep medicine at Meridian Health, *kids need more sleep than adults, so it’s recommended they slumber for 9-10 hours per night, compared to 7-8 hours for grown-ups. 

To help kids get back into a school routine, Dr. Ash offered these tips:

Adjust bedtime by 15 minutes per night — this will gradually get them closer to their ideal sleep schedule. Make it a family effort.

Enforce an electronics curfew — it takes children an hour to wind down to sleep, but most now have smartphones and other gadgets that allow them to text or play games late at night. Try to have them unplug at least an hour before bed.

Apply the 4-7-8 breathing technique — to help the body relax, tell your child to breathe in for a count of four, then hold for a count of seven and release for a count of eight. Repeat four times before going to bed (and do the same in the morning).

Add fun to bedtime — read a book and create an environment that kids want to go to at night. Fun touches can include hand-painted light bulbs or glow-in-the-dark paint, which can be used to write secret messages your children will see when the lights go out.

And to help you and your kids get a restful sleep every night, Novosbed.com, the risk-free memory foam company, has just what you need with quality products like a silk duvet and memory foam pillows.



A silk duvet from Novosbed.com starts at $199 and is made of 100% Mulberry silk. The silk is hypoallergenic and great for those with allergies to feathers & down comforters but who want the luxury of a natural fiber filling.  

We were sent a queen size Mulberry Silk Duvet for our review and we were very impressed with the design and softness of this duvet! It's got a luxurious, 100% cotton 300-thread count cover and quilted pattern, which protects the silk filling from shifting or bunching. My kids love snuggling in our bed with this super soft, comfortably warm duvet too - especially my seven year old son Jaden, who loves soft blankets of any kind! This silk duvet definitely did not disappoint. :) 



Novosbed.com also offers the softest pillows that come with a zero-risk guarantee and are comparable to Tempur-Pedic quality memory foam pillows without the higher price tag! Plus a big bonus, their products are all made in the USA! :)

Opus Pillow - ($139) – perfect for side, stomach, and back sleepers!

Adagio Pillow - (149) – great for side-sleepers!

Contour Memory Foam Pillow ($109) – great for all sleeping positions!

Novosbed.com also has free two-way shipping and a 3-year warranty for all mattresses—ensuring your student is going to get a good night's sleep for many years to come!  For more on Novosbed products, visit their website at: www.novosbed.com. Right now, they are offering 2 free pillows with any Queen or King Mattress purchase! 


*Sleeping Tips Courtesy of: Today.com 
Images by Novosbed.com


Hip Mama's Place Disclosure:  "My reviews and opinions are 100% my own.  Novosbed sent me a promotional product necessary to facilitate my review".
 

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Triscuit Cups {Recipe}


Labor Day is just right around the corner. Are you planning a gathering and need help with appetizers that are easy to prepare and that need only a few ingredients?

Triscuit has shared this hassle-free appetizer to us: Roasted Cherry Tomato Triscuit Cups, created by the awesome Martha Stewart. Enjoy! :) 


Roasted Cherry Tomato Triscuit Cups
Makes 24 Triscuit Cups
Active time: 25 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:  
 
 24         Triscuit Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers (from one 9 ounce box)
 1            tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
 3            tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
               Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (recipe follows)
 24         tiny sprigs fresh thyme, optional for serving

Directions: 
 
1. Preheat oven to 400°.  Fill a 9-by-13-inch pan halfway with warm water.  Add Triscuit Crackers in 2 batches and soak, turning twice until just soft, about 2 minutes, no more than 3 minutes.  Oil two 12 cup (or one 24 cup) mini muffin tins and press a softened Triscuit into each cup, pressing and molding any cracks together.  Sprinkle each with cheese. Bake until firm and slightly more golden, about 25 minutes.
  
2. Fill each cup with a roasted cherry tomato, and drizzle a little sauce over top of each one. Serve garnished with thyme, if desired. Serve immediately.


Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce
Makes 1 cup
Active time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients:

24      cherry tomatoes, (from 10.5 ounce package)
2         cloves garlic smashed
2         tablespoons olive oil
1 ½    teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1         teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
½       teaspoon brown sugar
¼       teaspoon coarse salt

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 325º.  Arrange tomatoes and garlic in a non-reactive 9x5- inch baking dish (loaf pan). Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, thyme, sugar, and salt.  Drizzle over tomatoes and garlic.

2.  Bake until tomatoes are wilted and caramelized, about 40-45 minutes. Let cool. Store cooled tomatoes and juices in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

*Hip Mama's Place Disclosure:  "My reviews and opinions are 100% my own.  Triscuit sent me  promotional products necessary to facilitate this post".
 

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14 Best Face Scrubs


Buff your way to glowing skin with these reviewer-approved face scrubs


14 Best Face Scrubs
This is a TotalBeauty.com Skin Care article
Exfoliation is a key step in any good skin care routine. Not only does it get rid of dead skin cells, promoting smoother, more even-toned skin, it also can help your other skin care products work better. To make it easy for you to choose one, we rounded up a list of the best face scrubs, according to our reviewers.

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