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Deal: $17 for Lower Level Ticket for 2/27 Performance of “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Dragons”

The Year of the Dragon is bound to be full of legendary good times, and you want a seat close to the fire-breathing action. Myth finally meets reality with today’s deal from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Pay $17 for a lower level ticket to the February 27 performance of the Greatest Show on Earth’s spectacular “Dragons” (regularly $35) at 7 pm at the Wells Fargo Center.

Gape at the awe-inspiring skills of circus performers from around the world attempting to rouse the legendary creatures: the Chinese Shaolin Warriors with their kung fu martial arts, the charging Cossack riders with their horseback acrobatics, the Torres family with their motorcycle feats confined within the 16-foot Globe of Steel, and more.

Grab this deal HERE now! 

Remember you can also use promo code BLOGGER for $15 lower level seats for Weds & Thurs shows only. 

You can enter to win a family 4-pack HERE!

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Giveaway: Family 4-Pack to the Philadelphia International Flower Show

As you already know, this year’s Flower Show will take place March 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Visitors this year can expect to be amazed with fantastic special effects, live floral design competitions, celebrity appearances, a new floor layout, new theme nights and features, and a host of new partners for the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha”. For information and to purchase tickets for the Flower Show, visit theflowershow.com.

Enter now to win a Family 4-Pack to this year’s the Philadelphia International Flower Show!

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Event: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus Dragons returning to the Wells Fargo Center

This year the circus returns to the Wells Fargo Center on Feb 22nd – 27th with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Dragons!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Dragons is a once in a millennium event that honors The Year of the Dragon. Circus performers from the farthest reaches of the earth have assembled for Ringling Bros. ® Presents Dragons to showcase their astounding acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism.

Ringling Bros.® Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson presides over this fantastical celebratory tournament of circus champions that brings together mystic dragon lore with authentic circus feats. Dragons is a never-before-seen blend of renowned spiritual and real life legends that can be found only at The Greatest Show On Earth! For more info and to purchase tickets click HERE.

Remember to use Discount Code: BLOGGER good for $15 Lower Level seats (excludes VIP seating); processing and handling fees may apply. Does not include the venue Facility fee. Cannot be combined with any other offer and cannot be used towards previously purchased tickets. Valid only for shows Wednesday and Thursday.

Want to win a family 4-pack of tickets from me?? Be sure to enter HERE!

Deal: 1 year, unlimited 1/2 hour session Picture Pass to Lens Friends for $99!

Celebrate Lens Friends’ 1 year anniversary with this awesome deal!  Get 1 year, unlimited 1/2 hour session Picture Pass for only $99!

Limited to weekday hours only – Immediate family members only
Limited sale dates: Feb 10 thru Feb 12 during normal business hours. Phone orders will also be accepted. Just call 215-938-9801.

Lens Friends is located at 2531 Huntingdon Pike Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006.

To keep up with future events at Lens Friends be sure to visit them at www.LensFriendsStudios.com or stay connected on Facebook HERE and @LensFriends on Twitter.

Remember if you mention Frugal Philly Mom at your session, you receive a FREE 5×7! (limited time offer).

Giveaway: Family 4-Pack to an Advanced Screening of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

You gotta check out the trailer! I know you and your family family will LOVE it!! For more info and to watch the trailer please visit http://www.theloraxmovie.com. DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX will open in theaters March 2!

Enter now to win a Family 4-Pack to an Advanced Screening of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax on Saturday, February 25th at 10AM at the AMC Cherry Hill.

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Check out My Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board

Today the sign up sheet went up at my daughter’s school for their little Valentine’s Day party at school. These are the times I like to get crafty with my daughter. All I can say is THANK GOODNESS for Pinterest! I put together a Valentine’s Day board with my favorite gift ideas and simple crafts. Here are just a few ideas but click on it to see my entire board. Plus, if you haven’t yet Follow Me on Pinterest!

Also, shoot me an e-mail at linda@frugalphillymom.com if you’d like an invite to Pinterest!

Celebrate Black History Month!

Life-sized 3D characters greet visitors at The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s permanent exhibition, Audacious Freedom – African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876.  Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Life-sized 3D characters at The African American Museum in Philadelphia. Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

It’s the first the February and that means it’s the first day of Black History Month. Philadelphia is filled with African American history and culture. Here are ways to celebrate throughout the month.

Relive history with Octavius Catto and enjoy hearing stories of the past come to life at Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets with free crafts for children making silhouettes in the tradition of the well–known African American artist, Moses Williams. Octavius Catto, a black educator, intellectual, and civil rights activist, became a martyr to racism. Visitors will be enamored by Octavius as he brings to life his front line stories from the country’s first battle for civil rights. The event runs Saturday and Sunday, February 4 – 5, 2 – 5 pm. First 20 children (12 years and younger) will get to meet Catto and experience Liberty 360 in the PECO Theater for FREE. For more info please visit http://www.historicphiladelphia.org

Celebrate Black History Month in February at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating Black History Month this February with special events throughout the neighborhood branches highlighting important Africans and African Americans in history. Enjoy FREE events like crafts, movies, storytime, games and more. For a complete up-to-date schedule of events, visit freelibrary.org.

Black History Month at The National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch Street on Independence Mall, from Wednesday, February 1 – Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 10a-3p. Visitors to the Center this February can participate in a variety of events in honor of Black History Month. During the Breaking Barriers Show, visitors can examine the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and other extraordinary African Americans throughout history, in order to learn more about the issues they faced and the rights they secured for all Americans. Visitors also can take a closer look at the Center’s rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, to learn more about its history, the Civil War, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. Guests also can tour the Center’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, which highlights important moments in black history. For more info please visit http://constitutioncenter.org/

20th Anniversary African American Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 1-3pm at Gymnasium of the Community College of Philadelphia (17th & Spring Garden St). Author and illustrators will make presentations from their books; also games, prizes, promotional give-aways and reading resources will be available. A wide selection of African American books to purchase will be featured at the event. The event for children pre-school to young adult will host a book fair, games, prizes and freebies. Also featuring the NBC10 Reading Circle, PECO, and MCDONALD’S Educator’s Book Program. For more information call (215) 878-BOOK or visit http://theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org/. This event is free and opened to the public.

One Book, One Philadelphia: Running the Road to ABC at African American Museum in Philadelphia (701 Arch St) from 1-3p. Presented by the Free Library of Philadelphia, the goal of One Book, One Philadelphia is to promote reading, literacy and libraries, and to encourage the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book. Join multi-talented storyteller, artist, and historical re-enactor Carla Wiley for an engaging presentation of the young children’s book Running the Road to ABC by Denizé Lauture. Book supply is limited. Books will be distributed to visitors on a first come, first served basis. This event is Free to the public.

Celebrate Black History Month all year round at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) collects and preserves art and artifacts and, through exhibitions and programs, interprets the history and stories of African Americans and those of the African Diaspora. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology. The AAMP currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offer exhibitions anchored by one of our three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative. It is located at 701 Arch Street and is open Wednesday thru Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday: 12 Noon – 5 PM.

Receive FREE admission to these participating museums on Saturday Feb 4th and Sunday Feb 5th with your Bank of American cards. Take in the arts of other African American artists. Just present your Bank of America credit or debit card, along with your photo ID.

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • National Constitution Center
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)

For more information please visit http://museums.bankofamerica.com/

To find these events and more please visit my Events Calendar.

New Free Emergency Identification and Notification Service is now available for Philadelphia Residents

ICEdot, an emergency identification and notification service, will today launch its Yellow ICEdot program in Philadelphia. The safety service is available for free to all residents of the city. It is designed for motorists and provides identification, emergency contact information and critical health information at the scene of an accident. Under the direction of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Philadelphia is the first city in the U.S. to offer this service to all of its residents at no cost.

All Philadelphia residents should have received a Yellow ICEdot sticker and registration information in their January water bill. Residents can also secure a sticker at their neighborhood fire station or library.

ICEdot stands for In Case of Emergency. The Yellow ICEdot program refers to the yellow sticker that residents will place in the rearview window of their car to alert first responders that their emergency identification information is located in their glove compartment.

Should you or a loved one be involved in an accident, first responders can access valuable medical and personal information with ICEdot that could save your life. The City of Philadelphia’s Fire and Police Departments are working very closely with ICEdot on the launch of this program, and all of the city’s first responders are being trained to look for the Yellow ICEdot sticker at the scene of an accident.

Residents can increase their safety and take advantage of the Yellow ICEdot program in just a few easy steps:

  • Secure a Yellow ICEdot sticker in your January water bill or at your neighborhood fire station or library
  • Log onto the ICEdot website at www.icedot.org to create your free emergency response profile
  • Print out the profile and place it in the glove compartment of your car.
  • Place the Yellow ICEdot sticker on the lower-left driver’s-side corner of your car’s rear window

When first responders see the ICEdot sticker on a car’s rear window, they know to look in the glove compartment for the emergency response profile. The profile allows first responders to more quickly and accurately administer proper treatment to the injured and notify your loved ones in a timely manner. A detailed overview of how Yellow ICEdot works can be found at http://ICEdot.org/site/how-it-works/.

Residents who don’t own a vehicle can still benefit from the Yellow ICEdot program. Individuals can also place the yellow sticker on the front door of their home and post the emergency response profile on their refrigerator. This can be especially helpful for senior citizens involved in a medical emergency.

Don’t wait any longer and sign your child up now for the FREE Yellow ICEdot program HERE.

Recipe: Chicken Cheesesteak Roll

Looking for an easy and affordable meal? This is my Chicken Cheesesteak Roll, you can add anything to compliment the chicken in this roll or make it a regular Cheesesteak roll using Steak-umms.

What you’ll need:

  • 12 oz. package of thinly sliced chicken breast (Frozen)
  • 1 package of pre-made pizza dough
  • 1 8 oz. package of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 egg for egg wash

Directions:

  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  • Heat frying pan with the tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onion and pinch of salt; cook and stir until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove onions from pan and set aside
  • Cook sliced chicken breast as directed in the same pan, season with salt and pepper.
  • Drain cooked chicken and set aside.
  • Prepare pizza dough by dusting with flour and stretching to 18 inch x 12 inch rectangle.
  • Once dough is ready, prick with fork.
  • Spread thin layer of mozzarella cheese, add cooked chicken and fried onions leaving 2 inches at the bottom.
  • Starting at the edge closest to you, start to roll the dough tightly until all the toppings are enclosed in the middle, and seal the seam along the bottom and on the ends by pinching the dough together.
  • Brush generously with egg wash.
  • Score the dough with a knife.
  • Transfer the roll on to a foiled sheet pan sprayed with nonstick spray.
  • Bake in over for 45 mins or until golden brown.
ENJOY!!

Chicken Cheesesteak Roll

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: 6

Chicken Cheesesteak Roll

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. package of thinly sliced chicken breast (Frozen)
  • 1 package of pre-made pizza dough
  • 1 8 oz. package of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 egg for egg wash

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Heat frying pan with the tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onion and pinch of salt; cook and stir until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove onions from pan and set aside
  4. Cook sliced chicken breast as directed in the same pan, season with salt and pepper.
  5. Drain cooked chicken and set aside.
  6. Prepare pizza dough by dusting with flour and stretching to 18 inch x 12 inch rectangle.
  7. Once dough is ready, prick with fork.
  8. Spread thin layer of mozzarella cheese, add cooked chicken and fried onions leaving 2 inches at the bottom.
  9. Starting at the edge closest to you, start to roll the dough tightly until all the toppings are enclosed in the middle, and seal the seam along the bottom and on the ends by pinching the dough together.
  10. Brush generously with egg wash.
  11. Score the dough with a knife.
  12. Transfer the roll on to a foiled sheet pan sprayed with nonstick spray.
  13. Bake in over for 45 mins or until golden brown.

Notes

Feel free to add anything compliment the chicken like mushrooms, spinach or roasted red peppers. You can also do a regular cheesesteak with replacing the chicken with Steak-umms.

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Have Fun, Learn More, and Be Wowed at The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show

Last week I attended the Flower Show press conference where Drew Becher, President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Mayor Nutter and others unveiled an all-new Flower Show with fantastic special effects, live floral design competitions, celebrity appearances, a new floor layout, new theme nights and features, and a host of new partners for the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha”.

Getting into the Hawaiian Spirit! Photo Credit: Kory Aversa

As much as I want to say that there’s a little something for everyone, I can’t, because there’s A LOT for every one at this year’s Flower Show. From fun for the whole family, Man Caves, Theme Nights, Shopping and more! In addition to the rich Hawaii themes in exhibits and entertainment, guests will enjoy these new features:

  • Spectacular Center Feature with new motion graphics to magically transform sculptural forms into breaking waves and lava flows.
  • Redesigned show floor plan to improve access and ease flow through the exhibits.
  • Mobile Applications for Smartphones and Tablets to provide information on exhibitors, free maps, schedules, special offers, Show features, and parking advice.
  • Designer’s Studio devoted to the introduction of flower varieties and inspiring designs with daily competitions and floral design demonstrations.
  • Online Store to purchase Flower Show or PHS logo products and send conveniently to homes.
  • Man Cave with big-screen TVs, comfortable seating, sports activities, and bar for favorite beverages, including beer and wine.
  • Family Lounge with children’s activities, family crafts and the introduction of “The Lorax” movie.
  • Family Day on the final Sunday will be a great way to introduce the young ones to the world of gardening.
  • Free lectures and demonstrations on topics such as green roofs and walls, organic gardening, vegetables, edible landscapes, native plants, tree and lawn care, and ornamental horticulture.
  • Theme Nights featuring Monday’s LGBT Night, Wedding Wednesday, and Girls Night Out. Mothers and Daughters will be invited to celebrate with the Philadelphia affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Friday.
  • The Hawaii Village will offer demonstrations, crafts and merchandise in the Grand Hall that pay tribute to the people of Hawaii. Shop for handmade, natural items for home and garden.
  • The culinary experience at the 2012 Flower Show will include a new guest chef, celebrities, a Hawaii-themed VIP restaurant at the center of the exhibition hall, and special Hawaii cocktails at the beverage stations.
  • Expanded Shopping at the 180 shops at the Show Marketplace, Flower Show Shop and Meadowbrook Farm Store. A new Green aisle in the Marketplace will feature sustainable products for home and garden.

So mark your calendars! This year’s Flower Show will take place March 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For information and to purchase tickets for the Flower Show, visit theflowershow.com.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: This post is brought to you with support of the Philadelphia International Flower show. Find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @PhilaFlowerShow