Happy Friday everyone! As childcare permits today and tomorrow, I’m checking out the HEAV homeschool convention at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Last night, I had the very exciting opportunity to meet Crystal Paine (MoneySavingMom.com), whose blog I have been reading for what feels like forever, and who has been a key inspiration to my frugality and blogging journeys. I’m not one for getting giddy, but this is about as close as I get 🙂 She is as nice in person as you would expect – we chatted about kids, homeschooling and blogging, and she said everyone in Richmond has been so friendly. Her work with Compassion International (the proceeds from her book The Money Saving Mom’s Budget
are supporting a Child Survival Program) encouraged us to start sponsoring a child in the Dominican Republic – Luis, from whom we also received our very first letter yesterday!
National Parks – Saturday is another Fee Free Day at national parks, in honor of Get Outdoors Day
Pirouzan Oriental Rugs – Holding an auction on Friday and Saturday of final rug inventory remaining at the store
Virginia State Parks – Book a cabin Thursday or Friday for the coming weekend and save 25%. Reserve through 800-933-7275 only
Chick-fil-A Westchester Commons – “Christmas in July” on Friday – buy one large peppermint milkshake, get one free
Whole Foods – Friday One-Day Deal: Bone-in rib steaks $8.99/lb. (Reg. $13.99/lb) This tender, well marbled cut is from cattle raised on a vegetarian diet with no added growth hormones or antibiotics, ever! Sale valid Friday, June 8th only. While supplies last.
Richmond SPCA – June is “Adopt A Cat Month” at the Richmond SPCA! Adoption fees for all cats aged 6-months and older are reduced by 50 percent
Tip from Wes:
Free McAfee Internet Security 2012 (good for up to 3 pc’s) at Staples
June 3 through June 9
FREE after mail-in rebate,
Reg. Price $69.99 – $4.99 instant savings – $65 mail-in rebate = FREE
Tip from Michelle:
Coupons for Mexico Restaurant– One is for carry out and the other two are for dine in but they are good 7 days a week. (It’s not a no you can’t use them on a Friday or Saturday kind of thing.) Yeah!
The HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention is June 7-9 at the Richmond Convention Center. A family pass for all three days is $69, and includes admission to the exhibit hall, used curriculum sale, and LOTS of great workshops.
Featured speakers include Dr. Tedd Tripp, Dr. Jason Lisle, Mike Snavely, Hal and Melanie Young and Crystal Paine. If you follow deal blogs, you may recognize Crystal as the frugalista behind MoneySavingMom.com! I’ve been reading her blog since 2005 or 2006, when it was BiblicalWomanhood, and am thrilled she’s coming to Richmond. She has lots of great national deal info, as well as frugal living, raising small kids etc. (She’s doing a series on freezer cooking this month) Crystal will be teaching five classes:
And she’s giving away five family passes to the convention on her blog – go here to enter if you’re interested in attending.
I’ll be there! I actually qualify to attend for free this year, because my oldest is under 5 years old and it’s my first HEAV Convention (technically it’s my third or fourth, but first as a parent!). So if you have a preschooler and would like more information about homeschooling, go here for the details about the free pass for parents of preschoolers.
Let me know if you win, or if you’re going!
Colonial Williamsburg is offering special activities and pricing for homeschoolers who visit February 11-26 or September 8-23 this year during its Homeschooler Events.
With advance purchase, adults can visit for just $7.50 and kids for $5.50. Must purchase by 1/27; walk-in rates are $9.50 and $7.50. Children 5 and under are free. Special programs are an additional $5 per person.
Spring experiences emphasize domestic life and include opportunities to explore family life, education, and the apprenticeship system. Visits to trade shops encourage students to delve into sciences and math as well as history. A variety of interactive experiences exclusively for homeschoolers is featured at the Powell House.
You can view the complete itinerary here.
Some trivia for you: I was homeschooled waaaay back in the day (starting in the late 80’s) for a number of years. It was definitely less mainstream than it is today. Reading about wonderful opportunities like this really make me want to homeschool my sons. We haven’t made up our minds, but are considering it!
P.S. If anyone is an expert on homeschool discounts, etc. in the Richmond area, I would love to hear from you!