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My daughter and I were lucky enough to attend a Craft Night at one of our favorite local consignment shops, KidzClozet.  We haven’t shopped there in awhile so we were so excited to drop by and check it out again.  It didn’t disappoint!  They have really expanded and have a ton more merchandise than I remembered.  They sell kids, junior and maternity clothes at great prices and everything is in great condition.  They have books and even a room with toys and other family-related things in the back of the store.  They have a kid’s play area and my daughter couldn’t get enough.  That was my favorite too since I could shop in peace for a bit!

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There’s nothing like that first chill in the air to get you excited for fall! It’s definitely my favorite season and there is so much to do! As you may know by now, I am a total geek and I love to make lists. Every season, my family and I make a list of fun things we want to do together before its over. Fall is always a long list but a very fun list. Here goes:

*Go on a hayride
*Take a road trip
*Go apple-picking

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*Carve pumpkins
*Go to the pumpkin patch

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*Visit Port Discovery in Baltimore
*Go to Sesame Place
*Donate blood
*Go to a festival
*Hike a trail
*Walk for charity
*Make stew in the crockpot

*Attend Punkin Chunkin

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*Go to a craft show
*Decorate for fall

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*Try a new recipe
*Drink cider
*Bake pumpkin bread
*Host a Halloween kids party
*Plan our Halloween costumes

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*Buy a mum
*Make a new play dough recipe
*Write a letter to a friend
*Clean out and have a yardsale
*Make pine cone bird feeders
*Go to a local football game
*Make applesauce
*Host a pinterest party
*Have a pumpkin spice frappuchino at Starbucks

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*Get a start on Christmas gifts

I think this is a good start. I try to keep costs down and do one thing per week. I got the Sesame Place tickets on Groupon, for instance. We have so many things to look forward to! What are some things that you are planning to do this fall? What would you add to the list?

If there’s one thing I love in life, it’s a quick getaway.  So when CrowdTap recently hosted a sampling trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey,  I naturally did everything in my power to be invited.  The way CrowdTap works is you answer survey questions, take photos, participate in challenges and other various activities for different companies in exchange for samples, gift cards, and prizes!  This is the first time they ever had a sampling that included a free trip!  My sister and I decided to live it up in style for one night.  CrowdTap sent an itinerary that included a cocktail hour and a night on the town, complete with a gift bag. Upon arrival, I checked into Caesars and was told that my room was upgraded to a suite!  Sweet, it was too.  The view was beautiful and the room was so luxurious.  I wish I was able to spend more time there!

 

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The cocktail hour was at H2O, a pool bar in the Golden Nugget.  I like the Golden Nugget since it still has that old Atlantic City atmosphere.  Though dated, it was so charming.  Although, I heard that they plan on doing a lot of renovations.  H2O is a beautiful pool bar with great views of the city.  They even offered a free yoga class on Thursdays to hotel guests!

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After the cocktail party, we were taken by the jitney to the boardwalk to experience the Sand Sculpting World Cup.  If you ever get a chance to go to this event, take it!  It’s FREE and the pieces are so amazing.  You’ll wonder how someone could do this with sand!  I took a photo of the rules just so you could see how structured and professional the competition is too.  I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite. My sister and I spent a good hour here just checking out everyone’s work.  Plus, one dollar gets you a vote in the people’s choice award.

 

 

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The other thing I love about the boardwalk is all the beautiful architecture.  The casinos are so extravagant and since I’m not a gambler, I just love taking in the sites.  You see all types of people on the boardwalk too so it’s a people-watching paradise!  My sister and I just sat for awhile and watched everyone.  There is also a small skate park that is interesting to sit near.  At night, there is also a pretty light show right across from the Miss America statue.  It runs pretty frequently so you will always be able to catch it.  Of course, I had to take my picture with the Miss America statue.  No trip is complete without it.  Next time, I’ll get one during the day so you can really see it!  The boardwalk offers a great variety of food, shopping and fun.  There’s something for everyone, even on a budget.

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My sister and I ended our night by getting desserts from the hotel. It’s kind of a tradition with our family.  We have to test out the desserts everywhere we go.  They were delicious, of course.  We had a hard time choosing.

In the morning, I had enough time to visit the breakfast buffet.  However, I wasn’t too impressed with that.  It was the only thing open in the hotel and it wasn’t worth the money.  I wish I had more time and I would’ve went to another hotel on the boardwalk for breakfast.

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If you live in the area, Atlantic City is a great place, full of fun, culture and excitement for all ages.  I spent less than $100 on my entire trip, including gas and tolls!

Here are some tips:

-Plan ahead.  I know I’m beating a dead horse with this one, but 9 times out of 10, if you want a good deal you HAVE to do this.

-Use Groupon, Living Social, Deal Chicken, etc for great deals when traveling.  Not only can you get great rates on hotels, plug in the zip code and find deals to restaurants too!  My husband and I recently stayed in AC at the Borgata and got 2 tickets to the Burlesque show all for $75!  It was fantastic!

-Read the fine print but don’t just settle for anything.  Online deals sometimes make you stay on ‘off days’ or follow specific rules in order to get the discount.  Be sure to know ALL details before making a purchase.  Call them up and ask questions.  Also, if you are unhappy, tell someone while you’re there!

-Get feedback.  I met a lovely lady at the breakfast buffet that had a terrible stay in the hotel and I’m glad I heard her story.  It makes me think twice about using my own money to stay at Caesars, even though I personally had a great experience.  Read online reviews and/or ask your friends on social media too!

-Set a budget.  Just like most things, be realistic and take a pre-determined amount of money.  Keep in mind, emergencies happen so always have a back-up, but losing $25 in a slot machine isn’t an emergency.

-Live like a local.  Go to the restaurants off the beaten path.  Experience the different, odd museums.  Chances are, they are really awesome and not too expensive.  Check out Lucy the Elephant in Margate.  She won’t let you down!

-Have fun!  Just remember to let loose and enjoy the time you spend there.  Here are some fun photos from our trip!

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I love Atlantic City and I would definitely return!  You can follow them on social media to plan your trip and keep up with all things AC:

http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoAtlanticCity?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VisitAC  #DoAC

Instagram: http://instagram.com/doac

Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/doatlanticcity/

 

I received a complimentary trip to Atlantic City from CrowdTap in exchange for my opinions.  I did not receive any other compensation.  All comments and/or viewpoints are my own.  Photos are my own as well.

I remember a time when Cinco de Mayo meant that my friends and I would get dressed up and go out for a night on the town.  Needless to say, my priorities changed when I had two kids in less than two years.  Now my idea of fun is having some free time between cleaning up my son’s poop-slosion  (explosive crap) and getting my daughter to leave the poor dog alone for two seconds.    I’m not complaining since I love being a mom and there is little difference between cleaning up a sorority sister’s puke or my kids’.

This year, I heard that Moe’s Southwest Grill was giving out free t-shirts to the first 100 customers and samples of their new spicy guac!  The radio station was also broadcasting live, so my entourage and I would definitively be there.  I was so excited that I had been telling my husband about it for days.  He just humors me when I do stuff like this.  I can’t resist something free, especially when there is an event involved too!  So, the kids and I packed it up and headed down to the beach for Cinco de Moes.  Clever name, right?  We are lucky to live 20 minutes from the beach so we arrived a little early in order to save our spot.

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We were second in line.  They were so awesome too and actually opened early for all of us. It was really windy this morning.  I think they felt bad for us!  haha!

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I love their burritos since you can add whatever you want to them.   They have a ton of fresh toppings like cucumber, corn, jalapenos, tomatoes, etc.   Not to mention that they are humongous!  On Mondays, they have a special where you get a burrito or burrito bowl, chips and drink for $7.  Not too shabby since I can make two meals out of that bad boy.  Plus, I had a coupon for a free kids meal from their online club.  We even got one for my husband.  All of us ate for $14.  Plus we got t-shirts, which I will wear proudly.

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The radio station was broadcasting live so we rolled out to the parking lot and met the hosts of the morning show, Petch and Amy.  My daughter was excited.  🙂

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They had this game where you could win prizes if you stuck your hand in a giant jug of mayo and found a little card.  I couldn’t resist a prize and I was the first one to try it.  I won a bunch of reward points for their loyalty program so I was a happy camper!  My hand still smells like mayo too.  All in all, we had a great time and we really enjoyed our Cinco de Mayo lunch.  We will make sure to participate again next year!  What are your plans for today?  Any Cinco de Mayo fiestas?

Find a Moes near you:  www.moes.com

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  We just enjoyed our lunch and wanted to share with you.  All comments and opinions are my own.