Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Betsy's Couponing Class

What a great speaker Betsy was at our Sept 23, 2011 MOPS Meeting!

Be sure to check out her blog, "BARGAINISTA" to access all of the on-line couponing resources she spoke about. Thanks Betsy!! & Happy Couponing MOPS Moms!

- A link has been placed on the right hand side-bar to easily access Betsy's blog anytime from our site ...under "SITES MOPS MOMS LOVE"


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Check out this Inspiring BLOG!

The BLOG is Titled:
God Moments for MOMS...growing in God while raising littles
(Now posted on the Right Sidebar!)

here is a recent post titled: SHARING BURDENS...

God Moments for Moms: Sharing Burdens: "I was going to publish one of my drafts, which is just sitting in my draft box. There are days when I feel a burst of inspiration whirling t..."


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dan Zanes Concert!

Sunday March 27th 2011 at 2pm
Holland Center Kiewit Hall

A Hip Hootenanny For The Whole Family!

Dan Zanes is a completely crazy dance party and sing along for kids of all ages. Everyone is welcome!

Get $5 off each ticket!

Tickets start at $11 (with discount)

Call 402-345-0606 or click HERE to view details online.


Autism Conference

Presented by Future Horizons...The 2011 Omaha Autism/Asperger's Super Conference will be held March 24th-25th at The Embassy Suites Hotel in LaVista. This event will feature sessions on:
Social Skills
Sensory Issues and more!

Presentations by World Renowned Presenters:

Dr.Temple Grandin:"The Way I See It"

Dr. Jed Baker: "No More Meltdowns"

Carol Kranowitz: "The Out of Sync Child"

Call 1-800-489-0727 or check out the program details online HERE.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Exclusive Younkers Coupons from MOPS!

(Also good at BonTon, Bergner's, Boston Store, Herberger's, Carson Pirie Scott & Elder-Beerman)

Welcome to the Fremont MOPS
(Mothers of PreSchoolers)
Community Day Fundraising Headquarters!

Our non-profit organization is partnering with Younkers through the distribution of these coupon booklets, good toward store merchandise on Community Day –February 26, 2011 With 100% of booklet proceeds benefiting Fremont MOPS, you can feel good going shopping and great about giving back!

This valuable coupon booklet is now BETTER THAN EVER!

You talked - Younkers listened...and the Spring Community Day booklet is filled with even better Bonus offers, a $10 off coupon, $19.99 luggage in 5 different sizes/3 color choices and an All Day 20% off Shopping Pass-good even on Yellow Dot Clearance! Take advantage of:

* $10 off coupon
* 30% off early bird coupon
* 20% off All Day Shopping Pass
* exclusive Community Day Bonus Offers
* AMAZING web-exclusive offers

Enjoy the best prices of the season, with Pre-sell shopping available Feb 20-25 to give you the opportunity to select your purchases in advance, including,SUPER Bonus Buys

What can you do to help? Take action today and help Fremont MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) reach our fundraising goal! Click here to request your booklets via email or call 727-6901. Receive one coupon booklet with each $5 donation to our group. Thanks so much for your support!


FREE TREES available in Fremont!

Fremont NE, has received a tree planting grant for residents living within the Fremont city limits. With this grant, the city is offering five species of trees to be planted in the program FREE OF CHARGE.

The tree choices are Black Oak, Shingle Oak, Sterling Silver Linden, Sienna Glen Maple and Emerald Sunshine Elm. All species are large shade trees. These trees will be approx. 6-10 feet tall when planted. Anyone interested in having a tree planted may stop by the parks & rec office at 925 N. Broad St or call 727-2810.


Kid's Stamp Contest -Enter Today!

Nebraska Youth have an opportunity to participate in the Nebraska's Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest. Students compete in one of four age groups with prizes and ribbons going to the best in each group. The best art from each group becomes part of a traveling desplay with stops across NE. "Best of Show" is selected and goes on to the national contest held in Washington, D.C.

Entries must be postmarked by March 15th. for the 2011 Contest. Rules and Entry Forms are available by calling 308-635-7851 or visit the website HERE.


Hy-Vee Coupons have gone MOBILE!

Hy-Vee Stores are introducing NOW WOWS --The type of deals that will make you say WOW!

Text NOWWOWS to 49833
for exclusive coupons sent directly to your mobile phone.



Friday Feb 4th
Fremont's JustU-Fitness
is hosting a winter open house featuring class demonstrations, food and refreshments...and now filling adult & children's HipHop classes! View their website HERE.

Saturday, Feb 5th
33rd Annual Fremont Area Right to Life Prayer Breakfast
will take place at Midland University Dining Hall, 9th & Pebble St. The speaker will be Denny Hartford. Cost is $7.50 for adults, $5 for students and free for preschoolers. Those planning to attend are asked for RSVP to Arlene 721-3808.

Hy-Vee Wine & Food Experience
at the DC Centre in Omaha, NE. 118th & Stonegate Circle. Cost is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Enjoy a day of sampling wine, specialty foods, and cheeses from over 75 booths. Our food specialists will aslo be presenting live cooking demos. All proceeds from this event will be donated to local charities.

Sunday, Feb 6th
Private Quarters Bed & Bath products open house
at The Gallery in Valley NE. Door Prizes will be drawn.

Saturday, Feb 12th
noon til 2pm
Valentine Ladies Tea
at The Gallery in Valley Ne. $20/person. Call Wendy at 660-7040 to make reservations. Tea sandwiches & desserts will be served.

Sat-Sun, Feb 19-20
- a family festival of fun & learning at CB's Mid-America Center. Check out the show schedule HERE.

Saturday, Feb 26th
Indoor Ultimate Garage Sale
at Fremont City Auditorium. Reserve your booth today by calling 941-2527. Spaces are limited. Cost is $30 and booth space is 8x8. Deadline to register is Feb 22nd.

Friday, March 4th- June 12
Princess Diana exhibit on display at Kansas City's Union Station. 150 objects including her wedding dress can be viewed in this final opportunity to see the exhibition in the U.S. before it returns to the estate in England. View details and ticket information HERE.

Thursday, March 24th
Girl's Night Out at The Gallery
in Valley, NE. Call for dinner reservations 991-7212.

Tuesday, March 29th
Omaha Taste of Home Cooking School
at the grand ballroom of the CoCoKey convention center at 72nd & Grover. Advance tickets are $11 at Hy-Vee Stores and $13 at the door. Go HERE for more information.

Friday, April 1st
Omaha Symphony Guild's Table Art Luncheon at Georgetown Club. Tickets are $60. View the guild's website HERE.

Thurs-Sun, April 7-10th
Friends of Keene Library Used Book Sale at the Fremont City Auditorium.

Saturday, April 16th
2pm & 7pm
Harlem Globetrotters
at the Qwest Center Omaha. View details HERE.


Cooking with KIDS!

Did you know The University of Nebraska Extension Service has a website?
Check it out HERE and get great 'kid friendly' recipes.


SUPER BOWL Glazed Chicken Wings

Prep: 45 minutes
Bake: 40 minutes
Serves: 12

12 chicken wings (about 2 pounds)
1 jar (16 ounces) Pace® Picante Sauce
1/3 cup orange marmalade
2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
1 tablespoon sesame seed, toasted

Heat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut off the chicken wing tips and discard. Cut the chicken wings in half at the joint.

Heat 1 1/2 cups picante sauce, marmalade and mustard in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 40 minutes or until the mixture is reduced to 3/4 cup, stirring occasionally.

Place the chicken into a large bowl. Add the remaining picante sauce and toss to coat. Place the chicken onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, turning the chicken over once halfway through the bake time. Baste the chicken with the picante-mustard mixture during the last 10 minutes of the bake time. Sprinkle with the sesame seed, if desired.

TIP Easy Substitution: You can substitute 24 chicken drumettes (about 2 pounds) for the 12 chicken wings in this recipe.


The Best New Diet Apps!

The latest smartphone downloads take the guesswork out of losing weight with calorie counters, exercise trackers, and more more. Check these out!

- LiveStrong.com has gone mobile with the calorie tracker. Record what you eat from a database of over 625,000 foods, then check out more than 2,000 exercises to calculate how many calories you need to burn to reach your goal. COST: $2.99
Click HERE to download

-great for fast food lovers. This database covers options from Wendy's, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Popeyes, KFC, and others. Exercise is included. COST: $8.99
Click HERE to download

-with a food diary to record what you eat, a calorie database of supermarket brands (use barcode scan to download nutritional info) and an exercise tracker, this is one of the most complete programs available. It automatically syncs to FatSecret.com, where you can search for recipes and find diet buddies to connect with. COST: FREE
Click HERE to download


Get Organized with the Online Calendar!

Trying to get your family better organized? Move from a paper planner to an online shared calendar that the whole family can access fro anywhere. The benefits go well beyond saving paper: With the calendar online, It's available from any computer (and even SmartPhones), everyone is on the same page, and you spend less time reminding others about the pickup schedule or doctor's appointment.
Here are some tips:
Don't Just Record communicate and share, too. Set up reminders that get sent by email or test and have the week's agenda emailed to the family.
Use an App Try a calendar that has a companion app for your smartphone. You'll get instant updates and reminders wherever you are.
Start Small If you aren't ready to move everything online, try using it for one thing the family especially needs to coordinate, like a sports schedule or the school calendar.

CLICK HERE to go to the USA Weekend Family-Friendly FREE On-line Calendar and start getting more organized today!


Flexible Part-time Job Opportunities

Original Works
Position: Independent Sales Representative
-a company that turns children's artwork into professionally made products. The #1 Art based fundraising company in the country. View careers opportunities HERE.

Positions: Part-time SEASONAL Warehouse & Driver positions
- earn extra cash for the holidays or vacation while the kids are in school! Typical schedules available are Sept-Dec and Feb-May. Join the book fair team and enjoy an employee discount of 50% off with flexible hours and competitive pay. Contact the branch manager at the Omaha, NE warehouse for more information at 894-2287.


Keene Library Winter Children's Events

3rd MONDAY of each Month 6:30-7pm
Family Awareness Nights
Feb 21st: Dog Safety
Mar 21st: Bullying
Apr 18th: Weather
May 16th: Internet Safety

TUESDAYS 4-4:45pm (ending May 3, 2011)
GOT BOARD?...for all children up to age 13
(adult supervision required for children ages 10 and under)
- no sign-up required - Join us in the auditorium for some old fashion fun! We will provide a variety of board games and puzzles to play, some old and some new!

WEDNESDAYS 4-4:45pm (ends Feb 23, 2011)
TREASURE HUNT IN THE STACKS!...for children in third grade and older
-Have fun learning how to use the catalog to find your way around the library. Follow the clues to rind the rewards. Themes - Feb 9th: Cowboys, Feb 16th: Outer Space, Feb 23rd: Wild Animals

THURSDAYS 7-7:30pm
-don't be afraid of the dark...come on over to the library for goodnight stories.

FRIDAYS 4-4:45pm
NON-FICTION? What's that about??..for ages 4th-8th grades.
-Join us as we explore the world of non-fiction! Each week look for a fun, unique and creative program.
Feb 4th: Drawing -practice drawing your favorite characters
Feb 11th: Build a car from household products
Feb 18th: Hidden treasures in a bottle
Feb 25th: Secret codes, Secret languages!
Mar 4th: Paperclips can do so many things
Mar 11th: Card houses -how many levels can you build!


Gym & Swim Class for Toddlers

The Valley Nebraska YMCA has a great class
to give your child the 'workout' he/she needs!

Winter II Classes start: February 20th - April 9th 2011
Time: Thursdays from (9:15am to 11:15am) $36 members, $72 non-members
(financial assistance may be available -go HERE for more info)

Register now with member service center (Ph# 359-9622) -or-
online HERE.

This class is for ages 3-5 who are potty trained. Half of the class is spent playing games in the gym. The other half is spent in the water. A great way to keep your preschooler ACTIVE!


INDOOR winter Fun for Kids!

Salt Sculptures: Mix together 4 cups flour, 1-1/2 cups water and 1 cup salt. Sculpt the doughy mixture into shapes -animals, flowers, rockets or whatever your imagination inspires. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Cool and paint with acrylic paint, if desired.

Creative Hats: Decorate old baseball caps by gluing on beads, ribbons, sequins, feathers, fabric or anything else on hand. Have a contest for the prettiest or craziest cap creation.

Shiny Pennies: Kids love to make pennies look like new. Mix 4 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Drop pennies into the solution. If the pennies don't instantly become clean, stir them for a minute with a wooden spoon, then polish them with a soft cloth and a drop of vegetable oil to make them shine.

Magazine Scavenger Hunt: Grab a stack of old magazines. Make a list of 25 images to look for, such as a boy, girl, car or horse. Set a timer for 20 minutes and have children tear out the images. The one who finds the most items on the list in the allotted time wins. Recycle the magazines when finished.

Quick Pillowcase Costumes: Put old pillowcases to good use. Cut holes for the neck and arms. Use markers, paints and scrap fringe and lace to decorate the pillowcase. Ribbon or yarn can be used for a belt.

Refrigerator Magnets: Remove the metal lids from frozen juice cans. Cut a round piece of white paper to fit inside the rimmed edge of each lid. Have kids draw a design or self portrait on the paper and glue it to the lid. Glue a magnet to the back. Family members will have their own magnets to hold papers or pictures on the frig.


Winter Kid Movie Events!

Every Sat/Sun now through March 20, 2011
$2 Kid Movies at Village Point Cinema
10am Saturdays/11am Sundays
Feb 5&6: Despicable Me
Feb 12&13: Nanny McPhee Returns
Feb 19&20: Alpha & Omega
Feb 26&27: Cats & Dogs 2
Mar 5:6: Legends of the Guardians
Mar 12&13: MegaMind
Mar 19&20: Yogi Bear

Every Sat/Sun
FREE Family Movies at Aksarben Village Cinema
movies start at 10:30am first come first serve -doors open at 10am)

Feb 5&6: Alpha & Omega
going forward new movie selection for the week will be announced each wednesday on their website. Go HERE to view.


Candy Cane Kisses Cookies -YUM!

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
Recipe by Our Best Bites
note: Crystal E. brought these delicious cookies to our 2010 MOPS Xmas Party!

1/2 c. butter-flavored shortening
1/2 c. real butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
optional: 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 c. flour, lightly spooned into measuring cups and leveled with a knife
1/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
48 Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream together softened butter, shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar for 1-2 minutes on medium-high speed or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla. Meanwhile, combine the baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Add to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.

Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the centers are set but still soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes. Top each cookie with an unwrapped Candy Cane Kiss. Allow to cool completely, long enough for the Kiss to harden. If necessary, after the cookies have cooled, they can be placed in the refrigerator or freezer to re-solidify the Kiss.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Vickie's Fabulous Fall Food

Vickie brought this yummy Pumpkin Bread Pudding today to MOPS, and was sweet enough to share the recipe! Thanks Vickie.

Bread pudding
2 cups half and half
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
1 cup (packed) plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
10 cups 1/2-inch cubes egg bread (about 10-ounces)
1/2 cup golden raisins
Caramel sauce
1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup whipping cream
Powdered sugar
For bread pudding:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk half and half, pumpkin, dark brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and vanilla extract in large bowl to blend. Fold in bread cubes. Stir in golden raisins. Transfer mixture to 11x7-inch glass baking dish. Let stand 15 minutes. Bake pumpkin bread pudding until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare caramel sauce:
Whisk brown sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Whisk in cream and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth, about 3 minutes.
Sift powdered sugar over bread pudding. Serve warm with caramel sauce.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Get your Younkers Coupon Booklets!

Welcome to the Fremont MOPS
(Mothers of PreSchoolers)
Community Day Fundraising Headquarters!

Our non-profit organization is partnering with Younkers through the distribution of these coupon booklets, good toward store merchandise on Community Day -November 13th. With 100% of booklet proceeds benefiting Fremont MOPS, you can feel good going shopping and great about giving back!

This valuable coupon booklet is now BETTER THAN EVER!

You talked - Younkers listened...and the Fall Community Day booklet is filled with even better Bonus offers, longer Early Bird Hours, and a $10 off coupon with minimal exclusions! Take advantage of:

* $10 off coupon
* 30% off early bird coupon
* six additional 20% off savings coupons
* exclusive Community Day Bonus Offers
* three AMAZING web-exclusive offers

Enjoy the best prices of the season, with Pre-sell shopping available Nov 7-12 to give you the opportunity to select your purchases in advance and SUPER Bonus Buys

What can you do to help? Take action today and help Fremont MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) reach our fundraising goal! Click here to request your booklets via email or call 727-6901. Receive one coupon booklet with each $5 donation to our group. Thanks so much for your support!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Children's Health Evaluation Clinic Planned

WHEN: 1-4pm Oct 1, 2010
WHERE: Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children at 2415 North Main St in Fremont
WHAT: An important pediatric orthopaedic evaluation clinic
APPOINTMENTS: To schedule an appointment, call the Sesostris Shrine Center at 1-888-333-7764, ext 108.

Do you think your child has a bone, muscle or joint problem? Shriners Hospitals for Children-Twin Cities provides comprehensive medical,surgical and rehabilitative care for children with orthopaedic conditions.

Children up to age 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family centered environment regardless of the patient's ability to pay.




Boys... & Girls too! ages 6-10, are welcome to come to the Keene Memorial Library each month on the following SUNDAYS to participate in a LEGO filled hour of building & creating FUN! Please note: a parent must be present.

3-4pm SUNDAYS:
Oct 3 & 31
Nov 28
Dec 26
Jan 23
Feb 20
Mar 20
April 17
May 15


CELIAC EXPO AT Fremont Medical Center

Set for Oct 2, 2010, The Eastern Nebraska Celiac Seminar & Expo will take place 8am to 1:30pm at Fremont Area Medical Center's Health Park Plaza Auditorium. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jean Guest, a registered dietitian with the Celiac Sprue Assoc. Additional program highlights will include: speaker Beckee Moreland, panel discussion, and vendors on site featuring gluten free products. Pre-Registration is $10 and may be send to Fremont Area Celiac Sprue Support Group, c/o Jody Jurging, PO BOX 5, Fremont NE 68026. You may also register at the event.



Create a memorable Halloween with this fun recipe for BUTTERFINGER® Eyeballs. With the delicious taste of creamy peanut butter dipped in melted, white morsels, as well as RAISINET® candy “pupils” and gooey red “bloodshot” markings, these tricky treats create an eye-popping experience for all to enjoy.

• Wax paper
• 1 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)
• 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 1 (2.1 oz.) NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER Candy Bar, finely chopped
• 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
• 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
• 1/4 cup NESTLÉ RAISINETS Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins
• 1 small tube red decorator icing
• Wooden pick or skewer for dipping
LINE 2 baking sheets with wax paper.

BEAT peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened. Stir in chopped Butterfinger. Shape into 1-inch "eyeballs." Place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 1 hour.

MELT morsels and shortening in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute 30 seconds; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Remove one baking sheet of frozen "eyeballs" from freezer (keep other sheet in freezer until ready to use).

DIP one "eyeball" into melted morsel mixture using a wooden pick or skewer. Shake off excess and return to baking sheet. Gently press 1 Raisinet on top of "eyeball" to make a "pupil." Repeat procedure with remaining "eyeballs" on baking sheet. Refigerate until coating is set. Repeat with remaining sheet of "eyeballs" and coating. You may find it necessary to reheat morsel mixture before dipping second batch. Before serving, pipe decorator icing around eyeballs to create bloodshot markings. Store in covered container in refrigerator. Best served cold.
Remember to follow baking instructions before consuming.


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