Thursday, September 3, 2015

Local Grocery Store Deals 9/2/15-9/8/15


Here are my favorite deals at local grocery stores in the river region this week. To see the entire ad or find locations, click on the links below.



AG Store
Fresh Fryer Chicken Thighs Family Pack $0.39/lb
Quarter Loin Chips $1.49/lb
Kraft Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip 30 oz $2.99
Russet baking potatoes 8 lb bag $2.50
Fresh Green Cabbage 3 lbs for $1.00
Yellow Onions 3lb bag $1.50


McGehee Road Superfoods and Renfroe's Foodland 
Ground Chuck Family Pack $2.98/lb
Boston Butt Pork Roast $1.28/lb
15 lb bag russet potatoes $3.98
Beefsteak tomatoes $1.48//lb
Seedless grapes $1.28/lb
Lays Potato Chips 10-10.5 oz BOGO
Cucumbers or Bell Peppers BOGO
Sliced Mushrooms 8oz package BOGO
Sweet Onions $1.08/lb
Sunkist Lemons 1lb bag $1.50
3 lb bag Ginger Gold or Paula Red Apples $2.48
Food Club Pinto Beans 1lb $0.78
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.49/lb
Seeded Watermelon $3.99 each
Food Club or Ideal Sandwich Bread $0.88
Kraft Cheese 5-8 oz chunk, shredded, or cube $2.28

Food Outlet
USDA Boston Butts 2 pack $0.98/lb
USDA Chicken Tenders $1.86/lb
Cabbage $0.37/lb
Sauers mayonnaise $1.98
Shurfine Sandwich Bread $0.75
Powerade 32 oz $0.64
Shurfine Milk Gallon $2.96

Piggly Wiggly/Mega Meats
Boston Butts $1.09/lb
Russet Potatoes 8 lb bag $2.99
Fresh Chicken Leg Quarters 10 lb bag $2.99
3lb bag Onions $1.89
 Fresh Chicken thighs 10 lb box $3.99
Seedless Grapes $1.99/lb
Fresh Green Bell Pepper $0.59 each












Saturday, August 22, 2015

Field Trip: Birmingham Botanical Gardens


Did everybody have a great first week back at school? I sure hope you did! We had a great first week here at River Region Family. We ended our first week this year by taking a little field trip on Friday. (I'm hoping we do more of them this year than we did the last couple of years now that the dynamic duo are getting a little older.) This could become a regular blog series: giving you info you need to know about places to visit near the river region that are good for families.

I'm gonna try out a way to share the info and you let me know what you think about it, okay? 

Here we go!

This week's field trip:
Birmingham Botanical Gardens 

Overview: 
"Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains 25+ unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths.
The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house."


"Are we there yet?" factor: It took us about an hour and half from Montgomery. Directions.
Get good directions, the BBG seems like it's off in a neighborhood and there are lots of turns to get to it. It was easy for us to find because I got turn by turn directions to get there from Children's of Alabama but when we left we were headed to the interstate and we got a little twisted around getting out of the area.

How much does it cost? FREE

When is it open? Dawn to Dusk every day of the year.

Educational value? Great for Nature Study! Flowers, trees and plants are almost all clearly labeled which makes it easy to talk about what you are looking at. 


Cacao!


Can we take a picnic? Yes! There is a big area to the right just beyond the entrance with tables and chairs and a goldfish pond and lily pads to look at while you dine. We also found another area behind the rose garden that was more enclosed that had two tables and chairs. (Better if you have little ones that you don't need to have to chase around while you are trying to eat your PB&J.) Of course, if you don't do picnics there is a cafe, but we like the cheap so I didn't investigate the cafe and don't really know if it's "kid-friendly" or not. Or you can hit the vending machines.

What if it rains? We saw a cute little glass gazebo by the lily pond. There is also a conservatory with jungle plants and desert plants that is indoors.  If you look at the map, you can also see rain shelters strategically placed around the gardens.  




Is it stroller friendly? Yes! There are probably parts that you can't access with a stroller but for the most part there are ramps and sidewalks (so much lovely sidewalk)  that are easy to navigate. 

What about diaper changes? I was pleased to find a changing station in the large stall of the ladies restroom near the entrance. (And also really good air conditioning. It was hot outside!) We never made it to the other bathroom on the other side of the park.

Our day started with a doctor's appointment at Children's of Alabama. By the time we got to the Gardens it was time for lunch. We ate our lunch and walked around for a little bit but left because it was getting hot and the children were getting tired. Looking at the map, I realize now that we only saw a tiny portion of the whole gardens. It was such a lovely place, I know we will go back. I will probably update this post with more info and pictures when we go back again.

Check out the Birmingham Botanical Garden's website for more info. Before we went, I asked a question in a message to their facebook page and got a quick reply.



What else would you want to know about our field trip? What info would you want to know about future field trips?




Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekend Roundup 8/22-8/23/15

Upcoming events this weekend. For more events happening in August check here.



Saturday 8/22/15
Lego America Roadshow

7 am-Noon Eastchase Farmers Market 

9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm Free Guided Tours of the Capitol
334-242-3935

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Marvel Thor's Chariot Build FREE 

10 am-Noon Michael's Kid's Club Pencil Topper $2



Sunday 8/23/15
Lego America Roadshow

5:35 pm Montgomery Biscuits Kids Day 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Local Grocery Store Deals 8/19-8/25/15


Is anybody else glad to see beef for under $2/lb?  Also, more cheap chicken leg quarters this week.  If only eggs would go down to a normal price.


AG Store 
Sugardale Ham $1.29/lb
Fresh Fryer Leg Quarters 10 lb bag $2.99
USDA Select Bottom Round Roast $3.59/lb
5lb bag Baking Potatoes $1.79
Red or White Seedless grapes $1.99/lb
Roma Tomatoes $0.99/lb
Green Bell Pepper $0.50
Libby's Canned Peas, Corn, & Beans $0.50

Food Outlet
10 lb bag chicken leg quarters $2.90
Tennessee Pride Sausage 2.5 lb box $5.00
Ball Park Franks $1.25
Bell Pepper $0.35 each
Shur Fine Milk $2.65
Domino Sugar 4lb bag $1.98
Bananas $0.46/lb
Double Luck canned veg $0.46
Sauer's Mayo $1.98
Shur Fine Sandwich Bread 20 oz $0.75

Renfroe's Foodland Or McGehee Road Superfoods
Boneless Skinless chicken Breast $2.48/lb
Boston Butt Pork Roast $1.28/lb
Ground Round $3.99/lb
8 lb bag russet potatoes $1.88
Iceberg lettuce $0.98
Mayfield Ice Cream Novelties BOGO (2.68)
Peru Sweet Onions $0.78/lb
California Lemons 1 lb bag $1.50
Peaches $1.18/lb
Green Onions bunch 2 for $0.98
Bell Peppers or Cucumbers $0.58
Natures Own Bread Whole Grain 20 oz $2.00
In Ad Coupon: Save $3 when you buy 5 Quaker Products (select products listed on coupon)
Milk Gallon $2.99
Ground Beef $1.99/lb
Ideal Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns $0.99
Ideal Bread 20 oz Loaf $0.99
Bananas $0.39/lb

 


Friday, August 14, 2015

Upcoming Events 8/15-8/21

Saturday 8/15/14
7 am-Noon Eastchase Farmers Market 


9 am-7 pm  Buckmasters Expo 

10 am-Noon Michael's Kid's Club Craft- Perler Backpack Dangler $2 

10 am-3 pm Family Fun Day at Paul M Grist State Park

11 am Alabama Department of Archives & History Museum Themed Tour- Alabama & World War II

1-4 pm Michael's Fun Family Craft Time Activity Chart $7

Sunday 8/16/15
 10 am-5 pm Buckmasters Expo Free admission with canned food item.

Thursday 8/20/15
5:30-7:30 pm MMFA Military Open House  
All active, reserve, and retired military personnel and their families are invited to the Museum for an evening of family fun. Guests will enjoy art making activities, music and dinner catered by Wintzell’s Oyster House. The galleries and ARTWORKS will be open for everyone to enjoy. This event is our way of saying thank you for your service and is free of charge for all military families. For more information call 240.4333
















Disclaimer: We do our best at River Region Family to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. We do our best to confirm details before they are posted here. Sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. River Region Family is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fall 2015 River Region Consignment Sale Roundup

Consignment sales in the river region. For more info (including how to consign and specific times and locations)  follow the links below. Happy Shopping!



Kids Carousel 
Receiving Starts 8/15
Public Sale 8/29-9/5

My Kids Attic 
Receiving starts 8/29
Public Sale 9/12-9/19

Children's Clothing Exchange 
Receiving Starts 8/29
Public Sale 9/11-9/14

Doodlebugs Consignment Sale
Receiving starts 9/12
Public Sale 9/24-10/3

Mom's Marketplace
TBD

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

LEGO Americana Roadshow Coming To Alabama

Mark your calendars and get ready for a little road trip! LEGO Americana Roadshow is coming to Riverchase Galleria in Hoover later this month!



 The LEGO® Americana Tour is a highly visual, educational and free traveling installation of larger-than-life LEGO® models. Replicas of iconic buildings and architectural structures will be on exhibit at various locations throughout the shopping center. 

The LEGO® Americana Roadshow: Building Across America is a traveling display of large scale LEGO models replicating some of our nation’s most well known landmarks.
Models include: US Capitol Building, The White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Old North Church

In addition to these models there will be mini-figure scale “Brickscapes” as well as a fully staffed hands-on Play Area for guests.

Riverchase Galleria is the only venue in Alabama to host the LEGO American Tour.

Riverchase Galleria lists the dates August 22-September 7.

Check out #LEGOAmericana on Twitter for a preview of the display!  








Disclaimer: We do our best at River Region Family to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, local newspapers, signs around town and word of mouth. We do our best to confirm details before they are posted here. Sometimes details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our write-ups to the source in which our information came from and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. River Region Family is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site.