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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Springtime Play: Free, But Priceless!

There's a lot of pressure these days on parents, and a big factor is keeping kids entertained. When you're on a budget, you can't just trot off to an amusement park or party center. The good news? You don't need to do that to make kids happy, especially after winter finally drops its icy hold on your neighborhood.
Rediscover the joys of a simple trip to a local playground. My kids love a video game binge (and I admit to my shame that in the winter, that can be standard), but if I mention a trip to the park, it's as if said games didn't exist. If the sun is shining, they want to be in it, and the energy is spectacular.
It's the ideal time to meet new kids in our neighborhood, and reconnect. My son says it's so nice to get to be around so many kids, instead of just his little sister. She'd probably take offense at that, but I won't tell her.

I myself enjoy the fresh air, and watching them run around with wide grins and hearing shouts of "Mom, look at me!". A nice side effect is that they usually go to bed without argument after all that running, and sleep very well, which is a treat for any Mom.
 And all you need to do to get it is open your front door and step out into the sun. Nothing out of pocket, but the memories, fun, antics and enjoyment are beyond measure.

This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Marvel Fine Art Giveaway, Hosted by Growing Up Madison!

If you love Marvel or comic book heroes, then you'll love Choice Collectibles Marvel Fine Art. The premier provider in authentic animation, out-of-print and limited edition fine art, Choice Collectibles supplies beautifully crafted rare pieces that, thanks to great partnerships, feature your favorite Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Warner Brothers characters, among many others. The full collection may be found at, but here is a featured piece from the Marvel Fine Art Program:

​Created by Marvel staff artists, ''Defenders'' is inspired by the famous live-action scene where the Avengers battle the villains in the city rubble. The Rubble Rousers crew features the characters: Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Captain America, Falcon, Nick Fury and Black Widow. This limited edition lithograph on paper is matted and ready to frame. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.

You get your chance to win you very own print. Winner will be randomly selected by PromoSimple and will have 48hrs to respond to the winning email. Failure to do so will mean forfeiting your prize and a new winner will be chosen. Prize is sponsored and will be delivered by Good luck!