Another Round of Free Car Seat Recycling at Target

Target Car Seat Trade-In

It’s seems like kids are in car seats forever.  First the infant seats, then one or two other seats beyond that.  Okay well maybe not forever, but it seems like it.  Thankfully there’s another round of Free Car Seat Recycling at Target coming up.

This is a great way to not only recycle any car seats you have but you can also get a coupon for 20% off another seat, stroller or select baby gear. **The coupon is eligible through Saturday, May 11, 2019.

A great way to save the seats from the landfill, plus get an awesome coupon to save some money!  This special deal is available April 22-May 4th.

Target Car Seat Recycling

Target Car Seat Recycling When & Where:

Mark your calendar: Target’s next car seat trade-in event is April 22-May 4, 2019! Most stores, including select small-format stores, are participating in the program. Find a drop-off box at a store near you.

Target will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and car seats that are expired or damaged. Materials from the old car seats will be recycled by Target’s partner, Waste Management.

You can find additional Free Car Seat Recycling at Target information here.

Textile Center’s Textile Garage Sale

Textile Center's World's Largest Textile Garage Sale

Do you have a job or hobby where you use textiles?  Or perhaps you just have a project that you are looking for something specific? We found the perfect event coming up, the Textile Center’s Textile Garage Sale.  This giant one stop shop for textiles takes place April 11-13th.  The event is taking place in connection with the University of Minnesota’s Reuse it program.  You can find the hours, location and additional information here. 

Some specifics on the sale:

Here’s how it works: Individuals and businesses donate fabric, yarn, thread, notions, kits, patterns, magazines, books, beads, buttons, sewing machines, tools, looms, specialty equipment – filling a warehouse of textile finds! These treasures are then resold at garage sale prices to YOU. Donations are tax deductible and it all benefits Textile Center’s programs.


Fine Forgiveness Week at Dakota County Libraries

If your house is like mine you probably have a special area for library books.  Even with the special area, things happen and fines happen. The fines aren’t big they are still fines and money owed to the library.  For one week, if you are in Dakota County you can have those library fines forgiven.  The Fine Forgiveness Week at Dakota County Libraries takes place April 6-13.

*This does not include fines for lost items.  Also you will need to either log into your account or visit a library to discuss your fines in order for them to be forgiven.


Spring Cleaning Madness Sale at Goodwill

It’s no secret that I love to shop at thrift stores.  Estate sales and Garage sales are also places I enjoy finding deals.  If you know which thrift store to go to, many of them have brand new items, many of which are donated by local stores.  The Spring Cleaning Madness Sale at Goodwill takes place March 29-31st.   I have found brand new sheets and even towels at my local Goodwill, this is a sale you don’t want to miss. 

Special things to note about this sale:

*Offer is valid on blue, green, pink and yellow tags only, up to $100 total purchase. Cannot be combined with other offers, promotions or used on prior purchases or gift cards. Valid at Goodwill locations listed on, (not redeemable at Goodwill Outlet, Wholesale, Gina + Will™, Second Debut™ or See store for details.

Earth Day Zip Line 40% off Sale

If you’ve been wanting to try Zip lining, we found a great 40% deal for you.  The Earth Day Zip Line 40% Sale is being offered for two different locations in MN.  You can choose between the Kerfoot Canopy Tour located near Henderson or the Brainerd Zip Line Tour.  You can purchase the 40% off deal between April 1st and April 22nd.

**The important part of this deal is that it’s good M-Th between now through October.  You will need to book your reservation by April 22nd.  So a couple important pieces of information to keep in mind.  You can find more information about each location and also purchase this deal on their website here. 

Unforgettable Adventure, Unbeatable Price

Experience Minnesota’s best zip line tours with friends or family with our biggest sale of the year! Our guests call the adventures “Absolutely Stunning” and “Over the top fun for the family!”

April 1 through Earth Day 2018 (April 22), book your spring, summer, or fall outdoor zip line adventure at Kerfoot Canopy Tour or Brainerd Zip Line Tour for 40% off. This offer is good for weekday (Monday – Thursday) adventures now through October, but you must book your reservation by April 22nd.

Dino’s Customer Appreciation Today!

Do you enjoy going out to eat?  We found a great deal for you at one of our local favorites. Dino’s is offering a Customer Appreciation Deal today, March 25th in recognition of Greek Independence Day!  From 11am-close ALL sandwiches will be $5.

We love Dino’s and they have four locations in the Twin Cities metro area including their flagship location in Falcon Heights, Edina, Coon Rapids and Woodbury.
Dino's Gyros

There’s more to the celebration too! There is a coloring contest and prizes at all locations. Join them at their flagship location (Falcon Heights) for a photo booth, prize wheel, and exclusive coupons.

Dinos Gyros Customer Appreciation

Full Of Goodness, DINO’S Mediterranean Food Strikes A Cord With Healthy Eaters.
Beyond flat bread and your choice of protein, DINO’S adds colorful veggies to our recipes in ways that enhance your dining experience and grant you a healthy dose of balanced nutrition.

Our unique blend of Mediterranean spices, fresh vegetables, Greek style rotisserie meats and other specialties such as falafel are prepared in ways that will amuse your taste buds, while the rest of your body thanks you for eating healthy.

And, if you are more into taste than nutrition, you can choose your own level of satisfaction when it comes to protein versus veggies. Our signature dressings, sauces and dips will elevate your meal to a whole new level of flavor and zesty goodness. DINO’S offers a wide range of options for everyone in the family with a wide variety of authentic Mediterranean delicacies.

If you are looking to enhance your quick-and-easy lifestyle, DINO’S provides a comfortable, clean dining environment where you can sit down, enjoy a meal and leave the dishes to us. Looking for a quick meal on the go? We package tasty meals to-go for carry out orders. If you are planning an event or party, we cater to all kinds of events including luncheons, community gatherings and family celebrations. To learn more about our to-go and catering options contact your nearest DINO’S store.

Annual Bags, Bows and Boxes Warehouse Sale


Each fall and spring I head to my favorite warehouse sale to stock up on bags, envelopes and wrapping paper.

This awesome Bags, Bows and Boxes Gage warehouse sale is located in Shakopee near Canterbury Park.   The bright yellow signs point you in the right direction when you get close.

This great sale is taking place for the next three weekends!  Having a grad party of maybe hosting a shower or event? It’s a great place to stock up on colorful napkins and plates

C L O S E O U T!  1st Quality!


Giftwrap, Jewelry & Gift Boxes
Gift Bags & Tissue
Favor Boxes, Ribbons & Bows
Paper Plates & Napkins
Basket Making Wrap & Shred
 Bakery Boxes  & Goodie Bags
Wine Bags & Boxes
Save 40-80% off retail!

The sale happens  in the spring on select weekends:


March 29-31

April 5-7

April 11-13

You can also check their FB page or website for hours and possible short notice pop up sales.

Ron’s Warehouse – Alexandria

For those of you in central Minnesota, you might already know about Ron’s Warehouse.  For the rest of you, it just might be a place you want to check out or even road trip to.

Located in Alexandria, it has moved a few times but has been in its present location for many years, so hopefully it’s done moving.  You’ll find it on the edge of town and, should you decide to visit, it’s important to note it’s typically not open on Sundays.

Ron’s has a little bit of everything. It’s almost a given that you’ll buy more than you planned.  They have everything from furniture to food, toys to household items and everything in between.  They sell things from stores that closed or had a fire or maybe some sort of disaster in their area.

Rons Warehouse Merchandise

A little more information from Ron’s: 

Ron’s Warehouse Sales has been selling discounted merchandise since 1967. Although there is something new every day at Ron’s, you will usually find groceries, toys, giftware, clothing, furniture, pet supplies, cleaning products, health and beauty aids, hardware, office supplies, sporting goods, housewares, and a whole lot more.

Ron’s specializes in liquidating stocks from insurance losses, bankruptcies, trailer upsets, closeouts, railroad salvage, and salesman samples. Whenever you hear of a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, semi rollover, and any other disaster, there is a good chance we are there buying merchandise. Ron’s then offers this merchandise to the public at 30% to 70% off original retail. Most of this merchandise has virtually no damage as most of the damage is usually to the outside package or outside building.  Ron’s also sells factory direct merchandise as well.

Ron’s Warehouse began in 1967 in a very small building on the east side of Alexandria. After several moves and expansions, we finally ended up in our current location on Hwy 27 E. Our main retail store is 34,000 square feet. Quite often we set up temporary retail stores at various locations.  In 2000 we added a 35,000 square foot distribution/processing center out by Garfield, MN.  We currently employ 35 people.



Dakota County Seed Library

If you live in Dakota County and have an interest in gardening, the Farmington Library is home to a seed Library.  The seed library is put on by a partnership between the Dakota County Library and the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners.

Checkout process

  • Select your seeds.
  • Fill out a checkout sheet.
  • Drop the checkout sheet in the lockbox located near the seed cabinet.
  • Choose up to five packets per person to help us spread this resource throughout the community.
  • Any Dakota County resident may use the Seed Library – no library card required.

Farmington Minnesota Library,

It might not be quite time to start the garden but the snow won’t be around forever, there’s dirt under there somewhere!  Do you know of other places in MN that offer free seed libraries?  We would love to let our readers know if this is a common thing!



Mike’s Discount Foods – Save BIG on Groceries!

Groceries are a huge part of the household budget, and finding ways to save money on food can make a big impact.  One of our favorite places has been sharing some great deals on FB this week, Mike’s Discount Foods

I’ve been connected to their Facebook page for quite a while.  I love that they share not just pictures but prices! The great deals this week on fresh fruits and vegetables, even blueberries and pineapple have me wanting to make a special trip to do some shopping.  For Valentines they had some great deals on flowers.  They offer some senior citizen discounts as well.

We are on the opposite side of the twin cities from it, but whenever I get near one I make a point of stopping in.  With five different locations to choose from, we’re still holding out hope one might open on the south end of the metro someday.

Mike’s Discount Foods Locations:






Mike's Discount Foods

It’s not a quite a typical grocery store, although you could certainty make your list and head there. You won’t find everything, but you’ll likely come out with more than what’s on your list.  Some of the use by and sell by dates are close and some of the canned goods might have a dent or two but there are so many great reasons to check out Mike’s!  Plus if you check out their Facebook page for the location closest to you, they often post daily and weekly specials.  Even if you aren’t on Facebook, check out their website as they also share deals on there.