September 14, 2014

Start Getting Ready for Halloween NOW!


I am totally a procrastinator when it comes to holiday decorating and cooking. I have great ideas and life gets busy and then the holiday is over and I find myself wishing I had done more.

So this year I am starting early . . . for me, at least. I am planning a big Halloween party and pulling together Pinterest boards for Halloween Treats, Halloween DIY Decor, and DIY Halloween Costumes.

Check the boards out and if you have a link you'd like me to consider adding, please leave it in the comments!!






September 9, 2014

HOT: FREE Passes to a Screening of Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Haaa-aaayyy!! My crew is going to be attending the screening of the new movie Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day a week from this Saturday on September 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cinemark 17 near 635/Forest.

If you haven't seen the preview, check it out and you're going to want to attend too:

To get your own tickets, go to See It First and enter your information. If it asks for a code, please use 249449. Print the vouchers and you're all set. Bring them with you and come a little early. Generally these are first come, first serve tickets so you don't want to be late.

Alexander and Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
September 20th at 10:30 a.m.
Cinemark 17 in Dallas (635/Forest)
http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/249449
Code: 249449

September 7, 2014

Family Movies at Studio Movie Grill


Now that my boys are a little bit older, one of our favorite things to do all together is to go to the movies. Granted my youngest one enjoys the popcorn as much or more than the movie, but still it's a great family outing.

Recently we've visited the Studio Movie Grill twice - once to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the other time to see Earth to Echo. We even got adventurous and went to two different Studio Movie Grill locations. For TMNT we went to the Spring Valley location in Richardson. That's where I grew up and before it was a Studio Movie Grill that's actually the theater I saw my first movie EVER in! LOL

They've done a good job of converting the theater over and it is equipped with a full bar and restaurant. If you remember the old days of Studio Movie Grill, you'll note that the swiveling office chairs and countertop tables are long gone. Instead, they've been replaced with plush theater seats with small table tray that can be moved out of your way when you're done. On top of that, the Ninja Turtle movie was "Excellent!" It didn't hurt that it was also a huge flashback for us adults. We all grew up on the turtles, and it was fun to share that with our kids.

When we went to see Earth to Echo we happened to be across town so we went to the SMG location in Dallas off of Northwest Highway. We were super excited to see how really nice and plush the theater was here. The seats were extra cushioned and able to lean back. We had a ton more room than what you normally have in a theater, and our particular showing we had our choice of seats. The good news is that no matter what theater you go to or what showing you attend, you get to pick your seats out when you purchase your tickets. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that I don't have to go to the theater super early and sit there with the whole crew just to get good seats.

We will most definitely be returning to the Studio Movie Grill the next time we want to go to the movie as a family  . . . or as a date.

I was provided with tickets for my family in order to facilitate this review. 

September 6, 2014

FREE Items with Coupons at #MarketStreetTX


This week I was reminded of the great coupons that come from Market Street . . . and I couldn't believe I hadn't posted about them before. But I can't find a post so here it is.

If you live anywhere near a Market Street you need to go sign up for their Rewards Program.  Once you are signed up, you will begin to receive weekly coupons in the mail. I don't mean the typical $.25 off or $1 off, but really good FREE coupons and deep, deep discounts on necessary items like milk and eggs.

In addition you can select digital coupons which are linked to your rewards card and automatically apply at checkout. Or if you're more of a traditionalist you can select and print coupons from the Market Street site as well.

Coming up later this month, you'll hear about some more new and exciting perks linked to the Market Street Rewards program as well right here on the MelissaStuff Blog.

As a Market Street blogger I have an ongoing relationship with Market Street and post about them in return for perks and financial compensation.

August 28, 2014

An Easier Way to Preserve Your Family Memories


I'm a scrapbooker - I spend hundreds of dollars and days (probably weeks) every year to preserve those family memories. I enjoy the process and it's a hobby I don't plan on giving up, but sometimes I with there was an easier, quicker and cheaper way to get those pictures put together in a way that I can share with other people. As it is, I scrapbook about four YEARS behind.

This week I was offered the chance to use the new Collage.com one-click photo book. You select the photos you want to use - from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or your computer and it instantly populates into a clean, professional layout that you can change and update further if you want.



Use this link to get 51% off an 11.5 x 8.5 hardcover book - click once and pay just $25 to have an entire album ready to go.

I'm going to try it out and let you know how easy the process is and how the end product turns out . . .