4th of the July Cookie Decorating Kits- Free Delivery in the Capital Region

Sweet T’s, a locally owned baking company, has created some of the cutest cookie decorating kits for both kids and adults to enjoy. Right now, Capital Region residents get free delivery with any cookie kit purchase! 4th of July cookie kits are $25 and orders for these kits are being accepted through Saturday (7/4) morning.

What a great idea to keep the kids entertained this weekend! Order online through Sweet T’s Facebook page or on their website.

Free Online Kid’s Classes From Michaels

Michaels stores is currently offering their popular in-store classes online for free. These classes are held live via Zoom and have spots for up to 1,000 attendees!


Register for a class and order the supplies, if needed, for curbside pickup.

These hour long classes are held almost daily at 4 PM EST. Upcoming classes include:


Rolled Paper Flowers on Monday, July 6th 


Crunchy Spring Slime and Emoji Jar on Tuesday, July 7th 

You can also view past recorded classes here.

$5 off $50 Hannaford Coupon in Today’s Paper

Find a coupon for $5 off a $50 purchase at Hannaford in today’s Times Union on page A5:

Free Card at Hallmark Tomorrow (6/26)

Hallmark stores are offering a free card tomorrow (Friday, June 26th) when you shop in stores with your Crown Rewards card. Local Hallmark stores are re-opening. Find locations HERE.

Hewitt’s Store Coupons

Hewitt’s Garden Center has new printable store coupons valid through June 25th. Click HERE to print them.

Virtual Summer Camps- Part 1

Many summer camps may be canceled, but new virtual camps are on the rise to keep kids entertained. Staples has provided a list of virtual camps HERE.

Free Online Kid’s Cooking Class- Starts Today!

The Coalition for Healthy School Food is offer FREE Online Kid’s Cooking Classes for grades 2-6 starting today!


Sign up Now! Starts today, Friday, June 12, 2020 with additional sessions on June 19 and 26. Sign up for one or all 3 weeks! Class is online from 2 – 3 pm EDT

June 19 – Nutrition discussion, sweet potato pancakes
June 26 – Nutrition discussion, black bean quesadillas

Chef Darshana Thacker is the culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives and author of Flavor!: Delicious, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Cook Every Day and recipe contributor to The Forks Over Knives Family: Every Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Kids on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. Children follow along with Darshana to make an easy, healthy and delicious recipe and learn some fun and basic facts about food and nutrition. Even if you won’t be cooking with us, please join the class to watch and learn!

Recipes for cooking classes will be provided after sign-up.

$5 Amazon Gift Card When Your Buy 2 Chobani Creamers


Chobani is offering a free $5 Amazon gift card when you purchase 2 Chobani Coffee Creamers in a single transaction. I love these creamers with just a handful of simple ingredients! You may redeem this offer multiple times through June 21, 2020. Click HERE to upload your receipt for a gift card.

Family Mother’s Day Take Out Specials

A number of restaurants around the Capital Region are offering Mother’s Day family take out deals. Call or order online and pick up curbside (some may deliver). Here a is a sampling of some:



Bountiful Bread

Normanside – (Delmar)

Manhattan Exchange – (Schenectady)


Know of any others? Share in the comments!

Why You Need a Tick Spoon Now

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It’s that time of year when we’re outside and so are the ticks! Last year, I mentioned that a “tick spoon” had come in very handy for us to remove a teeny, tiny tick off my daughter’s thigh. This weekend, we used it again to get a tick off me!

What’s a “tick spoon?” It is this handy little plastic thing:


Just place the opening in the spoon around the neck of the tick and lift up until the skin tents. The tick will then release the skin and you’ll have the entire tick trapped in the spoon- head and all (which is sometimes difficult to do with tweezers.)

This is the nasty little one that came off me! We’re keeping him in a bag just in case we need to test it.

I hate ticks.

Amazon sells tick spoons in 3 packs and they are considered an “essential” item so shipping is still pretty quick! This is a different brand than I have but the same concept and only $3.95 for a 3 pack! (Free shipping with Amazon Prime)

I highly recommend everyone own these as the weather heats up and we are exposed to more ticks. The one on me I picked up in my backyard! The Tick Check brand is $3.95 for a 3 pack and the brand I have, Ticked Off, is $9.95 for a 3 pack. Definitely one of the best things I bought on Amazon!