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Curious George at Barnes & Noble

22 Feb

Join the Arlington High School Key Club for story time and a craft with Curious George!  Saturday, February 26, at 11:00 am at Barnes & Noble in the Parks mall in Arlington.

Don’t forget your camera!

For more info, click here.

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Kindermusik at Barnes & Noble

24 Jan

Kindermusik will be coming to Barnes & Noble at the Parks mall on Wednesday, January 26, starting at 11:30 am.  Join the fun with music and movement for the kids.  Plus, get a chance to win free tuition for a Kindermusik class!

For more info, click here.

Mrs. Claus Reads The Polar Express

10 Dec

Join Mrs. Claus for a reading of The Polar Express at Barnes & Noble in the Parks Mall in Arlington on Friday, December 10 at 7 pm.  Enjoy hearing this classic tale and have some cookies!

For more information, click here.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

30 Nov

I have boarded the buying bandwagon, as my Amex statement can attest.  Our brood headed to Little Rock for Thanksgiving and on Friday morning, it was me and a whole bunch of LSU fans in the new Target off University Avenue.  (The store replaced an entire mall so there’s a ton of parking.  A bunch of Louisiana fans up for the game had parked their RVs there; hence the wave of purple rather than the expected Razorback red!)

The Wall Street Journal reported retail sales were up 9 percent over last year during the three-day holiday weekend.  That’s not counting what is sure to prove a record-breaking Cyber Monday.  I keep an email account dedicated to online shopping.  When I logged in this morning—after not checking it in almost a week—I had 43 promotional emails.  Everyone from CVS and Shutterfly to Best Buy and Lands’ End offers LOWEST PRICE OF THE SEASON!  It’s enough to make a girl’s pulse flutter!

It’s also enough to make me glad I waited this year on certain purchases.  Typically I like to finish the holiday shopping by Dec. 1.  Not so this year, in large part because of our 5-year-old fickle pickle.  One day he wants a Wii ($200), the other day he’ll die if Santa doesn’t bring him a Kung Zhu ($8).  I may just hold off until Christmas Eve to see what the flavor of the day is.

Are we going to spend more this year than last? Possibly. Some of the deals are just too sweet.

Confession: I’m a sucker for a sale.

Tips for Keeping the Joy in the Season!

16 Nov

Even the most festive mom’s holiday cheer can run low among endless to-do lists, coordinating family schedules and culinary duties.  So take a deep breath and consider the following tips from AOL Consumer Advisor Regina Lewis and me.  Here’s hoping they help you stay on track this ultra-hectic season!

1.  Holiday kid swap:  You’ve heard of the holiday cookie swap … but what about the holiday kid swap?  Gain kid-free time to make your way through your holiday must-do list by coordinating an exchange with family, friends or neighbors.

2.  Wrap it up:  Socialize and wrap up your holiday duties by inviting your friends over to chat, nosh and yes, wrap gifts.  Everyone brings a roll of wrapping paper, ribbons and other decorative elements to share with the group.

3.  Go green as you give:  Go green and get back some green with your gift-wrapping by reusing paper products you may already have around the house, like newspaper and even left-over wallpaper.  According to the Clean Air Council, in the U.S. alone, four million tons of waste is generated during the holidays from wrapping paper and shopping bags.  While you’re at it, pat yourself on the back, too!

4.  “Check in” before you checkout:  Consider splitting your bulk purchases with a friend by “checking in” before you checkout, using location-based cell phone apps like FourSquare and Facebook Places.  With the real-time location check-in, you will know when a friend is nearby to take advantage of those warehouse savings and special offers with you.

5.  Ninja shop:  I attack the mall with the stealth of a leopard stalking its prey!  First, I online shop to get a good idea of what I want.  Next, I map out a plan.  Fortunately (or not, as the case may be), I am familiar enough with the Parks, NorthEast Mall and NorthPark to know where the shops are and where I should park my car.  (Check their websites to see the exact store locations that interest you.)  Then at the dinner hour, I swoop down in sneakers and my black track suit (all by my lonesome, too; that’s key) to make quick work of the actual purchases.

Here’s my final tip for keeping a joyful spirit—and not just during the holidays.  Every morning, I spend my first few minutes awake (or mostly—depending on how the kids slept!) going through my gratitude list.  I’m thankful for my family, my home, my dear friends, work that I love, etc.  I am grateful for the class Redenta’s hosted last Saturday on container gardening.  I feel grateful the most recent issue of Real Simple magazine arrived.

I literally count my blessings.

In doing so, I promise I feel more energized for the cram-packed day ahead.

Splat the Cat Halloween Story Time at Barnes & Noble

22 Oct

Barnes & Noble at the Parks Mall in Arlington will present a special Halloween story time on Saturday, October 23, at 11 am.  Enjoy a reading of Scaredy-Cat, Splat! and other Halloween stories, wear your costume, and participate in some fun Halloween activities!

Other locations will also be hosting this special story time.  Check out the Barnes & Noble website here for details.

Cat in the Hat at Barnes & Noble

16 Sep

The Cat in the Hat will be at Barnes & Noble at the Parks Mall in Arlington on Saturday, October 2, at 2 pm.  Stick around for story time fun, and be sure to bring your camera for some great pictures!

For the full calendar of Barnes & Noble at the Parks Mall, click here:

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2342

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