NCAA Womens Final Four Free Family Activities

The teams are set, the players are ready, and now all that’s left to do is have fun with the NCAA Womens Final Four free family activities in Nashville this weekend!

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NCAA Womens Final Four Free Family Activities

SUPER SATURDAY

Saturday, April 5
8 a.m. – 4Kay Run Presented By Northwestern Mutual (6th Avenue & Demonbreum streets) $30 REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(THIS IS THE ONLY EVENT THAT IS NOT FREE.)

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Tourney Town Presented by Capital One (Fun free family activities inside the Music City Center, including games, indoor ziplines and more!)

1 p.m. – Broadway Bounce Refreshed by Coca-Cola (Corner of 6th & Demonbreun/Music City Center) MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE

-Free T-shirt and basketball, games and entertainment
-For participants 18 and younger

4:30 p.m. – NCAA Battle of the Bands (Watch as collegiate marching bands from the four competing schools battle for supremacy at the Music City Center)

Sunday, April 6
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tourney Town Presented by Capital One (Fun free family activities inside the Music City Center, including games, indoor ziplines and more!)

10 to 11:15 a.m. – NCAA Youth Clinic (Music City Center)

12 p.m. – AT&T Mascot Challenge (Music City Center)

1 p.m. – NCAA Pep Rally (Music City Center)

2 to 2:45 p.m. – WNBA star Lisa Leslie presented by Capital One (Music City Center)

4 p.m. – gates open (Bridgestone Arena)

5:30 p.m. – Semifinal Games begin (Bridgestone Arena) THIS IS A PAID, TICKETED EVENT

Monday, April 7
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Tuesday, April 8

FREE CONCERT WITH STARS OF NBC’S ‘THE VOICE’
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Tourney Town Concert featuring Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery (Music City Center)

7:30 p.m. – National Championship Game (Bridgestone Arena)

*all times listed are CST

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 For more information, you can visit the NCAA site.

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Lowes Build and Grow Workshop Schedule April 2014

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Are you looking for the free  Lowes Build and Grow Workshop schedule for April 2014?

You can find all the details below for the Lowes Build and Grow Worskshop scheduled for April 2014.

Lowes has cut out holding the Build and Grow workshops on Saturdays AND Sundays and has returned to just Saturday. In addition, they seem to have cut back from every other week to just once a month.

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Lowes Build and Grow Workshop Schedule 2014

The last Lowes Build and Grow workshop was on Saturday, March 8 at 10am and will be a Birdhouse.

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The next Lowes Build and Grow workshop will be on Saturday, April 12 at 10am and will be a Recycling Truck.

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Every month, kids of all ages can build a free project at Lowe’s on select Saturdays from 10a-11a (local time) during the Build & Grow workshop.

Their website says that the “clinics are free, but online registration is required”. We typically don’t register in advance, but even if you do register, you need to get there early because once they run out of kits, they’re done!

 

For more free kids workshops, check out my 2014 Home Depot Kids Workshop post for their schedule


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Home Depot Free Kids Workshop 2014 Schedule

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The next Home Depot free kids workshop for 2014 is coming up!

The Home Depot free Kids workshops are such a big hit, not only in our family, but for everyone looking to get the kids out for some hands-on, free fun! These occur on the first Saturday of every month from 9a-12p.

Typically, the Home Depot FREE Kids’ Workshops usually center around whatever holidays are happening that month and let kids build (and often paint) things like cars, napkin holders, games & more. Every participant in the kids workshops also gets a certificate, orange apron, pin and treats when they complete the project!

As I discover what the projects will be for the Home Depot workshops, I’ll list them below so you know what you’re getting into before you head out wit the kiddos.

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Home Depot Free Kids Workshop Schedule  for 2014:

*January 4, 2014: Desk Calendar
*February 1, 2014: Build a Race Car
*March 1, 2014: Trojan Horse Bank from the new DreamWorks film, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
*April 5, 2014: Birdbath/Birdfeeder from the new FOX film, “Rio 2″, in theaters April 11.
*May 3, 2014:
*June 7, 2014:
*July 5, 2014:
*August 2, 2014:
*September 6, 2014:
*October 4: 2014:
*November 1, 2014:
*December 6, 2014:

The Home Depot free kids workshops have been known to run out of supplies…so while you don’t need to make reservations for the workshops, you can register here.

I definitely wouldn’t recommend waiting until the last hour to arrive, otherwise you may have some disappointed kids! You can register for the Home Depot Free kids workshops in advance, but that does not guarantee that you will have a kit once you arrive.

Children must be present to receive a kit (stands to reason, but I suppose The Home Depot is trying to prevent people from taking extras home), as well as the certificate and pin.

For more free kids workshop fun, make sure you check out my Lowes Build and Grow Workshop Schedule 2014.

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Cheap Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make

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If you’re stopping by after seeing my TV segment on Talk of the Town, then you’re most likely looking for details on my cheap homemade gifts kids can make.

If you know anything about me, you know I’m not crafty at ALL, so believe me when I say all of these are relatively quick, cheap AND easy.

In typical Sami Cone fashion, I don’t have all the step-by-step directions ready for you, but I’ll keep updating this post with pictures and details so you too can bless someone with these special gifts this Christmas!

Cheap Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make

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1. T-shirt Scarf

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2. Paper Clip Earrings

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3. Cookie Mix Mason Jars

4. Hair Ribbon Clips

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5. Silver Washer Personalized Necklaces

6. Coasters

7. Family Photo Ornaments

8. Personalized Wooden Gift Tags

(More pics and instructions to come!)

Watch the video from my Talk of the Town segment on Cheap Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make:

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Celebrating Baby’s First Christmas with Babies “R” Us

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I don’t consider myself old, but I definitely thought my days of attending my contemporary’s baby showers was long gone!

Yet lo & behold, a ton of my friends in their mid-thirties are pregnant…again!

As the parent of two beautiful ‘babies’ who not only walk and talk, but who are now old enough to dress & feed themselves without my help, it’s hard to imagine starting over again with a newborn.

But the moment I hold one of those precious sweet babies in my arms, it makes me wish God would just drop one in my lap!

So in honor of all my friends who will be celebrating baby’s first Christmas (again) this year, I thought it fitting to hold a celebration…and who better to celebrate with than the ultimate baby destination, Babies “R” Us?

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This holiday season, Babies “R” Us has been celebrating Baby’s First Christmas by hosting a series of in-store events and online giveaways around this exciting time in a family’s life. 

In fact, this Saturday, December 7th, Babies “R” Us will be inviting fans to come shop at their stores across the U.S. each Saturday for gift ideas, holiday shopping tips, deals, giveaways and much more to help families with kids of all ages, especially those with newborns, get ready for the holidays. Not only will you be able to cross names off your list, but also meet other parents in your neighborhood!s

If you’re a Toys R Us  Rewards member, you can also continue to earn rewards dollars now through Christmas that can be used on purchases after Christmas (it’s free to become a member).

So whether you’re expecting yourself, or looking forward to the arrival of someone else’s sweet bundle of love, celebrating baby’s first Christmas can be even sweeter this year if you win a $50 Babies “R” Us gift card, right?

All you have to do to enter is share who you’d want this Babies “R” Us gift card for (even if it’s for yourself icon wink Celebrating Babys First Christmas with Babies R Us Of course, to maximize your chances of winning, take advantage of all the other ways to enter too!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Kimberly, our winner!

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And don’t forget to visit Babies “R” Us this Saturday for their free, in-store event and hopefully your winning ways will continue…

 

Thanks to Babies “R” Us who generously provided the gift card for me to give away to help make someone else’s Christmas extra special this year!

 

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Toys R Us Two Day Sale November 2013

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I just found out that the Toys R Us Two Day Sale is this Friday & Saturday!

This looks like a great preview sale before Black Friday, not to mention the fact that the Toys R Us Two Day sale is having a TON of free activities as well on Saturday from 10a-2p.

I heard that anyone who buys a LeapPad Ultra during the Two Day Sale will also get a $30 Toys R Us gift card to use on a future purchase.

If you’re a Toys R Us Rewards member, you can also continue to earn rewards dollars now through Christmas that can be used on purchases after Christmas (it’s free to become a member).

Toys R Us Two Day Sale Details

Where: Toys R Us 
When: November 15-16, 2013
What: Two Day Sale with special savings and FREE in-store activities

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Nature Bible Giveaway (& a Camping Lesson Learned…)

On our camping trip this year (yes I said camping), I learned a bit of what it was like to live in the great outdoors.

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But that doesn’t mean I wanted to sacrifice my daily routine, including mine and my kids’ devotion time in the morning.

Since I didn’t exactly sleep well in the great outdoors, it wasn’t difficult for me to wake up early and go for a walk (Notice I said walk and not hike).

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Yes, I discovered the proverbial wild animal, but what was even sweeter to me was seeing the rays of sun peeking through the clouds and falling upon an old church and log cabin in the woods.

By no means do I consider myself a photographer, much less an iPhone photography excerpt, but I couldn’t resist snapping away like I was one.

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Once back at camp, I pulled out my journal to document my thoughts and experiences from the trip. The problem came the next morning when I followed the same routine, but halfway through my walk it started to rain.

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You see where this is going don’t you…

As I hurried back, I found our small group busy packing up everything amidst heavy raindrops. Of course nothing was packed up as carefully as it was when we brought it, and we were left to wait until we got home to try to figure out where everything was.

Lo and behold, can you guess what went missing? That’s right: my journal.

I was devastated.

Even though I am a blogger and spend an obscene amount of time on my computer, nothing will ever replace the joy of my (blue) pen gliding across the paper.

And if you’ve been following along with all that I’ve been going through over the past year, you know just how much material I had to fill that journal with. (And believe it or not, if you think I share a lot on here, I do still try to filter myself and keep some things private icon smile Nature Bible Giveaway (& a Camping Lesson Learned...)

I can tell you are on pins and needles, so I won’t draw out the suspense any longer. Three days later, my husband eventually found my journal in our tent that had been wrapped up hastily and thrown on the back of a friend’s trailer.

Though warped and a little wet, it came out remarkably unscathed.

I am not ashamed to say they were tears of joy when I received the text saying he had discovered my gem.

Not that I plan on going camping again anytime soon, but it made me think about the protective cases we buy for everything else in our lives, especially things that are “precious” to us like our iPhones and iPads.

But have you ever seen a Bible made for the great outdoors?

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Kids always get all the cool stuff, right?

The Nature Bible is made for the outdoors, complete with its own zip cover to keep it protected from all the elements so you can take it with you anywhere.

Would you like to win your own copy of the Nature Bible? Just enter below for a chance to win my Nature Bible giveaway (courtesy of Tommy Nelson):
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Read all my posts as a Tommy Nelson Mommy over on FaithGateway.com

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Nashville Nutcracker Auditions: Youth Cast

Are you wondering about Nashville Nutcracker Auditions for their youth cast?
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Last year was the first year my daughter participated as a youth cast member in the Nashville Nutcracker with the Nashville Ballet and she made it on her very first audition!

She was taking classes at the Nashville Ballet at the time, but is not this year…and children between 8-11 don’t have to be Nashville Ballet students to be in the Nashville Nutcracker.

Children 12 years old and older do however need to be enrolled at Nashville Ballet this fall in order to audition.

The greatest part about the experience is that you only pay a $10 fee to audition and if selected, pay only a small fee for costume maintenance…and that’s it!

Nashville Nutcracker Auditions: Youth Cast details:

When: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Time:
Boys (7 to 11 yrs) Registration 11:00 a.m. Audition 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Girls (7 & 8 yrs) Registration 11:30 a.m. Audition 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Girls (9 to 11 yrs) Registration 12:00 p.m. Audition 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Martin Center for the Nashville Ballet
Fee: $10

(Keep in mind, children must turn 8 by December 31, 2013 to qualify to audition)

If you want to see some behind the scenes footage of the Nashville Nutcracker auditions and youth cast rehearsals, check out my Nashville Ballet Nutcracker Youth Cast videos I made as their official blogger mom last year!

 

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Kid Bargains Consignment Sale Nashville this weekend!

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If you live in TN, then you have to check out the Kid Bargains Consignment sale Nashville going on this weekend at Forest Hills Baptist Church on the corner of Hillsboro Road and Old Hickory Blvd. It starts tomorrow (Friday, 9/13) from 7am-7pm and then again on Saturday (9/14) from 7am – 2pm (Many items will be 1/2 price on Saturday!)

If you’re a new or expectant mom, you actually get to shop EARLY! Shop up between 7-9pm on Thursday, 9/12 to help you in your efforts to welcome your new bundle of love without breaking the bank.

This is a HUGE sale with great items at great prices. All proceeds benefit 2014 Youth Mission trips.

And I’ll just go ahead and say it – even though we were just out of town, I even managed to find time to tag some items and get them in for the sale, so I should mention your visit help supports the Cone Family in addition to the Youth mission trips icon wink Kid Bargains Consignment Sale Nashville this weekend!

This was the very first kids consignment sale I participated in when I moved to Nashville four years ago and continues to be one of my absolute favorites, not only for the selection and quality, but also because of the friendliness and organization of everyone involved.

Kid Bargains Consignment Sale Nashville Details

When: September 13-14, 2013 (1/2 price day on Saturday)
Where: Forest Hills Baptist Church
What: Fall, Winter & Holiday kids clothes, as well as toys, electronics, books, gear, furniture & more!


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Back to School Mishaps {with a chance to save money & your mind!}

Let’s face it, back to school mishaps happen!

Amidst all the excitement of going back to school, we’d be foolish if we didn’t admit there is our fair share of stress, confusion and yes, even times of forgetfulness.

And I’m not even going to mention all the times throughout the year I’ve asked my son before getting in the car, “Did you remember your lunch?”, only to get a phone call from the school secretary the minute I pull back into my driveway saying, you guessed it, that he forgot his lunch.

In hopes that you start your school year off on the right foot, here are 3 tips for avoiding your own back to school mishaps:

  1. Take your kids’ opinions into consideration
    Whether it comes to their lunch options or shoes they’re wearing, allow your kids to have some input into what they bring to school. (Maybe your kids are ‘losing’ their school items because they’re not proud of them icon wink Back to School Mishaps {with a chance to save money & your mind!} This doesn’t mean giving your kids free reign when it comes to making decisions, but at least consider giving them a choice between “A or B” or allowing them to do some of the back to school grocery shopping with you so they feel like they’re part of the back to school team.
     
  2. Keep a checklist by the door
    After endless times of getting frustrated when my kids would forget their lunches or important school papers, I finally posted a list by the door. After all, if I’m prone to forget, wouldn’t it make sense my little people might suffer from the same maladie? I just created a simple chart that I placed within a sheet protector so they could literally check off all the important things they needed to accomplish each morning before walking out that door. It may seem mundane, but hey, whatever works, right?!
     
  3. Label all your kids’ school items
    ​I wish you could have seen the “Lost & Found” at our kids’ school on the final day of school last year! We went down there looking for a hoodie, and instead we found what seemed to be some kids’ full school wardrobe AND locker! Seriously, I’m talking backpacks, embroidered sweaters, more t-shirts than I could imagine and yes, even the inevitable gym shorts. If only there had been name labels in these items, the rightful owners could have been identified and their parents wouldn’t have to spend a small fortune replacing school uniforms throughout the year.

One of the biggest problems I’ve found when it comes to labels is finding something that will go the distance – that won’t peel off two days into the school year or after one wash. 

And for those of us with older kids, I don’t want my kids’ labels to look like I’m sending their sippy cup into the nursery with them! 

That’s why I was grateful when I was introduced to Bright Star Kids. Not only do they have a variety of labels that (literally) cover everything from lunch boxes to shoes, but they come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes & colors so as to even appeal to those kids who don’t wish to be ‘labeled’ at school icon wink Back to School Mishaps {with a chance to save money & your mind!}

I’m partial to the Mega Name Labels Value Kit. Not only do you get over 340 labels (a savings of 35%), but you’ll also save an additional $5 off when you spend over $40. Did I mention my readers also get FREE shipping on all labels. All you have to do is enter promotional code “SCHOOL” at checkout.

Put a label on it! Kick off the school year right and prevent unnecessary mishaps. Reply below for $5 off your Bright Star Kids order. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bright Star Kids. The opinions and text are all mine.

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