Kids Summer Movie Programs 2017

It’s hot outside, and you want to treat your kids to a few hours of fun without breaking the bank, right?  It might be 100 degrees outside this Summer, but for as little as $1 we can enjoy a kid friendly movie in a nice air conditioned theater for a few hours! Here are some of the national and regional Kids Summer Movie programs and details for 2017. I will update this list as I find more.

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Check here to see what date your local Regal theater is starting their Summer Movie Express.

All movies start at 10 AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and are rated PG

Savannah, Georgia area your Summer Movie Express starts June 6th!

Movie Express 2017 Movies:

Kung Fu Panda 3
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Ice Age: Collision Course
Sing
The Boxtrolls
Ratchet and Clank
The Adventures of Tintin
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
The Lego Batman Movie
Trolls
Monster Trucks
The Secret Life of Pets
Rio 2
Kubo and the Two Strings
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Happy Feet Two
Storks

Georgia Theater Company (theaters across Georgia)

2017 Summer Kid Show Series this June and July!  The series will run from Tuesday, June 6th to Thursday, July 27th.  One feature will play each week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Features start promptly at 10:00am and doors open at 9:15am.

Admission: $1.50
Drinks: $1.50
Popcorn: $1.50

Participating GTC Locations:

– Gateway Cinemas
– Valdosta Cinemas
– Galleria Mall Cinemas
– Houston Lakes Cinemas
– Mall Cinemas
– Heart of Georgia
– Commerce Cinemas
– Pooler Cinemas
– Habersham Hills Cinemas
– Sumter Cinemas
– Danville Cinemas
– Brooksville Cinemas
– Park 12 Cinemas
– University Cinemas
– Glynn Place Cinemas
– Island Cinemas
– Evans Cinemas
– Liberty Cinemas
– Moultrie Cinemas
– Kings Bay Cinemas

Cinemark 

The Summer Movie Clubhouse is a ten-week program of recently released G and PG films for kids. The cost is $1 per person per movie at the door the morning of the program. A ten-week series punch card is available at the theatre box office or online at Cinemark.com for $5, while supplies last, at participating theatres.

2017 Movies:

The LEGO Batman Movie
The Iron Giant
Shrek The Third
Megamind
Goosebumps
Trolls
Sing
The Angry Birds Movie
The Secret Life of Pets
Hotel Transylvania 2

 

Royal Cinemas

Doors open at 9:15 am (movies start at 10 am). Both movies will play on Tuesday & Thursday of that week. $1 Admission, $2 Popcorn, 46 oz, & $2 drinks, 16 oz.

Movies for 2017 Series

5/30 & 6/1 : Storks

6/6 & 6/8 Kung Fu Panda 3

6/13 & 6/15 The LEGO Batman Movie

6/20 & 6/22 Ice Age: Collision Course

6/27 & 6/29 The Angry Birds Movie

7/4 & 7/6 Ratchet and Clank

7/11 & 7/13 Sing

7/18 & 7/20 Pets

7/25 & 7/27 Trolls

 

 

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Ways To Save Money On Easter Dinner!

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Can you believe Easter is almost here? It seems like we just got done with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations!  I love Easter dinner because it is a nice reminder of Spring and it gives me a chance to be with those I love. While Easter dinner is not usually as expensive or complicated as other holiday meals, it still can get pricey, depending on how many folks you are feeding. Here are some tips to save money on your Easter Dinner this year.

Ways to Save on Easter Dinner

Plan your menu. Planning what you will be making can help you figure out not only what you will be having and keep it organized, but you can also see where you can use ingredients from what you already have on hand and buy shared ingredients for dishes.

Make your own rolls and dessert. Buying these from a bakery is so much more costly than just making your own. You don’t have to get super fancy either. Just make a simple cake and some easy biscuits if you are stretched for time.

If the crowd you are serving is large, do a potluck style meal. Offer to buy the largest expense, the Easter ham, and have all your guests bring assigned goodies such as sides, dessert, rolls, drinks and appetizers. This way, you don’t have to spend too much time cooking and can enjoy more time with your family as well as save everyone some money.

Make your own table décor. There is no need to run out and buy expensive centerpieces. If you have some tulips coming up, a simple bunch of them in a tall glass vase with colored glass rocks looks lovely and simple. You can also find do-it-yourself inspiration by looking on blogs and Pinterest for ideas.

For your main course, think outside the box. If ham is too expensive, maybe your local supermarkets have something else on sale such as ribs or lamb. Also, don’t just shop at one place for your main course. You may be able to get a great discount from local farmers, butcher shops and even warehouse clubs.

Skip expensive wine and make punch instead. If you really want to do wine, try using sangria as it is fruity and less expensive that wine and a great addition to an Easter feast.

Buy early or late. Many times, retailers mark up prices but make them come across like bargains on things like eggs or ham this time of year. Buy as soon as you think is necessary or wait until last minute when supermarkets will be marking down their hams in order to get them sold in time. Also, be on the lookout for coupons this time of year as well for eggs.

Buy produce locally. In many parts of the country, produce is already coming to town at farmer’s markets. You can usually get great deals at these local merchant’s tables. Also, be on the lookout for farm fresh eggs as well.

Buy in season and cook your meal around that. Produce that is in season this time of year is artichokes, asparagus, morel mushrooms, spring mix salad and rhubarb.

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Halloween Party Dessert: Kitty Litter!

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I have made this kitty litter dessert a number of times over the past 12 years, and every year it is a huge hit with friends and guests. It sounds gross, but I assure you, it is delicious and it is so much fun listening to the comments from surprised friends. Not only does it look realistic but they are also putting it on their plate using a kitty litter scooper!

Halloween Party Dessert: Kitty Litter!

Ingredients

  • 10 Tootsie Rolls (Softened)
  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • 1 pk Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 1 pk Vanilla Creme Cookies

Directions

Step 1
Make vanilla pudding according to package directions, and set in fridge to chill.
Step 2
Bake both cake mixes according to package directions, let the cakes cool.
Step 3
Line NEW and unused kitty litter box (or any similar size and shape container) with small trash bag.
Step 4
Crumble package of vanilla creme cookies. Set aside 1/2 - 3/4 cup for a later step.
Step 5
Once cakes are cool, crumble them in a bowl.
Step 6
Mix in the crushed cookies,
Step 7
Add pudding to mixture, just enough to get the mixture moist.
Step 8
Pour the mixture into your kitty litter box.
Step 9
Scatter the remaining crushed cookies on the top.
Step 10
Scatter a few softened tootsie rolls throughout the mixture and a few on top of the mixture, shaping them, to look more realistic.
Step 11
Use a new and unused Kitty litter scoop, to scoop out the dessert to your guests!
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Tax FREE Back to School Shopping Days 2016

Tax free 2016

Reposted 7/23/16

Here is a list of states participating in Tax Free days around the back to school shopping season.  Each state has it’s own rules and regulations for what is exempt from taxes.  If you know of a state that is participating, that I do not have listed, let me know:

  • Alabama: August 5 – 7

clothing, computers, school supplies, books

  • Arkansas:  August 6-7

 clothing and school supplies

  • Connecticut: August 21 – 27

clothing and footwear

  • Florida: Aug.5 – 7

clothing, footwear, wallets, and bags that costs $100 or less, school supplies that cost $15 or less, and the first $750 of the cost of personal computers and related accessories.

  • Georgia: July 30 – 31

clothing, computers, school supplies

  • Iowa: August 5-7

clothing

  • Louisiana:  August 5-6

All consumer purchases of tangible personal property, other than vehicles subject to license and title and meals including to-go orders. The holiday applies only to the 4 percent state sales tax. It does not apply to sales taxes levied by parishes, municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions of the state. (from Louisiana Department of Revenue)

  • Maryland:  August 7 – 13

clothing and footwear

  • Massachusetts No dates announced yet
  • Mississippi: July 29 – 30

clothing and footwear

  • Missouri: August 5 – 7

clothing, computers, school supplies

  • New Mexico: August 5 – 7

clothing, computers, school supplies, computer equipment

  • Ohio: August 5-7

clothing, school supplies, instructional materials

  • Oklahoma August 5-7

clothing

  • South Carolina: August 5-7

clothing, computers, school supplies, computer equipment  South Carolina Department of Revenue)

  • Tennessee:  July 29 – 31

clothing, computers, school supplies

  • Texas:  August 5-7

clothing, backpacks, school supplies

  • Virginia: August 5 – 7

school supplies and clothing.

Will update this post if additional information becomes available for 2015

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Grand Trunk Single Hammock and Tree Sling Only $27!!!

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Grand Trunk Single Hammock and Tree Sling Only $27!

Now I could relax in one of these Grand Trunk Single Hammock and Tree Sling!  Super-packable nylon parachute compresses to the size of a softball, letting you easily pack it and set it up wherever you need a rest. Nylon parachute-rope hanging kit and nautical-grade carabiners allow multiple hanging options. Triple-stitched mildew-resistant 100% parachute-nylon construction. Holds up to 400 pounds and only weighs 1.2 pounds! This would make a great git for the nature lover in your life! Use promo code 16CAVE to get this great deal with free shipping!. This is only valid today!

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