Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fortville Mama Giveaway - Getting Your Creative On

Kiddos Can't Get Enough Art?

Then this giveaway is for you!

I recently had a conversation with Justine, owner of Willing Hands Designs and my favorite face painter of all time! Pure talent and a heart of gold, peeps! She is so amazing that she and her team of artists are the face painters of Indy's newest addition - Indy Eleven! They are on-site for all home games working their face painting magic for fans!

She told me that she often asks kids while she is painting their faces, what they love about art or what kind of art projects they get to do at school. Unfortunately their answers often sadden her. Children tell her that they don't get much experience with different types of mediums during school art classes and that their projects are very basic and limited. Many of them have never experienced an out of the box art project like drawing to music and seeing where the music takes you and your art.

Their stories have inspired her and a new Willing Hands Designs program - drawing classes! The thing I love most about these new classes is that they are low cost. Kids get to experience the art of drawing and grow in their drawing skills and the parent can stay on budget while enhancing their children's creativity and imagination. It's an opportunity for a child to express himself and learn about his own style and way of interrupting the world around him. As a parent, I love it!

She is offering two class types - Beginner and Intermediate. Also, day classes for homeschoolers and evening classes for public school children and working students. This first session of classes start in May and run 5 weeks. Beginner is $3 per student per class. Intermediate is $5 per class per student. Classes will be held near New Palestine. Beginner classes Tuesdasys 10-11a.m. and Thursdays 3:30-4:30p.m. Intermediate classes Tuesdays 1-2p.m. and Thursdays 5-6p.m. More sessions are planned for July/August.

One lucky Fortville Mama fan has the chance to win a full 5 week session FREE in either beginner or intermediate. To be entered all you have to do is comment below with your kids favorite type of art projects or tell us about the most fun you've had doing art with your kids. Additional entries can be earned via Rafflecopter as well. Make sure to LIKE Willing Hands Designs Facebook page, so you can keep up on upcoming class schedules and other fun events!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MamaTipTuesday! Save at the SPRING Whale of a Sale!

It's barely SPRING and I'm already thinking FALL.

November for us will be busy!

Why you ask?

We, my husband and I, are expecting!

Baby number 3!

My husband always said two kiddos was a perfect number, but after a long talk and some convincing, I talked him into another baby. Although, he did say that if we have another girl, he would have to get another BOY dog to even things out around here. Anywho, I could not resist the baby itch! I love my girls so much and I just wanted more! For the longest time I thought we were only going to have two, and we gave away all of my maternity clothes, baby gear, baby clothes and cloth diapers, thinking we wouldn't need them anymore. Silly me! Well shopping here I come! No need to twist my arm.

And just in time, the spring Whale of a Sale! For most women after the first baby, baby showers and gifts are more of the exception rather than the norm. Therefore, we will need to get all the things for #3 at a reasonable price! Since baby stuff is only used for a short period of time and most things are gently used, you can usually find great stuff at great prices at consignment shops and sales! Sometimes you can find brand new stuff too! Seasoned mamas know that babies and kids can suddenly go through a growth spurt and all of a sudden those new clothes you just bought don't fit! 

I love to hit up the big consignment sales like Whale of a Sale! Did I mention this sale is at the Indiana State Fairgrounds?! Which means it will be HUGE! When is this HUGE money saving fabulous sale (AKA: Whale of a Sale) going on you ask?!? April 30th-May 3rd, 2014

Here is a schedule of events for the BIG sale. I always like to check big consignment sale schedules before I go to make sure when the preview days are, if there are special hours and if the last day might be a special discount day. It's always good to plan ahead. I love watching the sale's social posts in the days before too. It's fun to see what kind of items are coming through the door for the sale. Gets me all pumped for the hunt. Like the year I was helping a friend find a toddler bed. We saw it post and made it ours that first day! Score!

But wait, where do they get all the sale stuff? From you! Yes, it's true! And an awesome way to make some cash off of your gently used baby and child items that are no longer needed! Lets face it, kids, although small, have LOTS of stuff! Why not de-clutter, tag it, drop off for the sale and make some extra bucks?!

It's as simple as that! Easier than a garage sale and you can sell multiple items quickly. For more details on consigning visit the Whale of a Sale website.

To attend and shop the Whale of a Sale is free (during the public shop days and hours), but all savvy consignment shoppers know that the private PRESALE event is where it is at. If you are looking for something specific this year, this is golden and lets you be one of the first to get to shop! And we are thrilled at Fortville Mama to be able to offer you a chance to win a pair presale tickets! There are five chances to win! Good luck peeps!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fortville Mama Giveaway - The Circus Is Coming To Town

Clowns, Acrobats and Tigers Oh My!

The circus is coming town! Do you remember your first circus experience? The sugary sweet smell of the cotton candy? The energy of the ringmaster? The silliness of the clowns pouring out of the tiny car? The awe at the grace of the enormous elephants?

I remember my first circus. It was at Market Square Arena. Do you remember MSA? Wow was that forever ago! I feel really old now. I recall watching the acrobats in awe and thinking if they could do that, anything is possible. There really is a certain magically quality in the air when you're at the circus. No matter how old you are, your inner child comes out for just a bit to play.

The Fortville/McCordsville Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing a BIG TOP CIRCUS to the our area, and we are thrilled to be able to offer one lucky winner the chance to experience the magic of the circus with their family at one of two shows on May 8th in McCordsville, Indiana at The McCordsville Sports Park.

The circus fun will start the morning of May 8th at 9a.m. with a Free Public Tent Raising. The Kelly Miller Circus crew with the help of their beloved elephants will put up the big top tent. The public is welcome to attend. The first show takes place that afternoon at 4:30p.m. and the second show at 7:30p.m. Advance tickets ($10 for adults, $6 for children) are on sale currently at all Greenfield Banking Company locations - Fortville, McCordsville, New Palestine and Greenfield, or through the Fortville/McCordsville Area Chamber of Commerce. Ticket prices at the door will be $15 for adults and $7 for children.

To enter for a chance to win a family fun pack (2 adult/2 child tickets), follow the directions below. You can also, LIKE the Fortville/McCordsville Chamber of Commerce FB page. They are running their own contest as well. Once they reach 500 LIKES they will drawing a winner for a prize pack. Good luck! And a BIG thank-you to the chamber for this fun Fortville Mama giveaway contest!

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