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Make plans for Friday – The YMCA is having a BLACK FRIDAY SUPER SALE!YMCA

50% OFF the annual fee (family and adult memberships only)

First 100 new members at each location.
Re-Activate! Re-Energize! Re-Charge!
* Restrictions Apply: Must pay 50% of membership joiner fee in addition to 50% of annual membership fee. Must pay in full, cash, check, or charge. Customer will receive gift card to be redeemed for membership. Absolutely no rainchecks. Non-refundable. May not be applied to youth memberships. May not have been a Y member in past 30 days. May not be applied to or used for membership renewal. Must purchase in the facility only, no online or over the phone sales.

Perfect Christmas Gift for Loved Ones!
8 a.m.-12 p.m., or until all 100 memberships are sold at the branch!

www.springfieldymca.org

Memorial's_Festival_of_Trees_candy_cane_expressIt's here!  The Festival of Trees (FOT) is a tradition I remember from my high school days in the late 80's, and now I've enjoyed this every year with my daughters as they've grown from the train rides to being performers with area groups in the entertainment area.  We have drawers full of crafts made at FOT, and we love checking out our favorite trees and displays.  We've decorated trees for preschool, Springfield Moms, and enjoy iced gingerbread cookies year after year.  It's simply a tradition in the greater Springfield area that kicks off the holiday season. The full schedule of hours and events is here!

243-0368 FOT 2014 SpfldMoms Ad_200x120_081314Don't forget to enter their contest by sharing a photo from FOT over the years .  Submit your favorite photo and enter for a chance to win a beautiful wreath.

Rotator-AnnivSurveyWe are thrilled to celebrate our ten-year milestone with YOU, our loyal readers! We continually cater our online resources based on user analytics and feedback, and the best way to support this website is to share your feedback!   It's fast (under five minutes, we tested it!) and it's fun.  

Click here for the 2014 Springfield Moms Reader Survey.

Your feedback is valuable to us, and we look forward to hearing from you. Check out these fabulous prizes from our wonderful LOCAL sponsors!

* Giganti & Giganti: one Pandora bracelet with two charms

* Terry Farmer Photography: one free hour-long portrait sitting and free 11X14 print

* Knight's Action Park Season Pass

* Two tickets to January 7 Globe Trotters event at Prairie Capitol Convention Center

* Marine Bank: $25 AMC movie card and $25 Dairy Queen gift certificate *

* Junior Blues Hockey select game tickets. Winners will be notified by email and published in our December E-Updates.  All completed surveys received by November 30th will be entered into our fabulous Prize Drawings. Good luck!

banner-10yearsSpringfield Moms is celebrating 10 years as the area’s “Go-To” website catering to one and all who seek out hyper-local information – events, money saving coupons and helpful resources. 

            “This has been such a rewarding adventure, and we are grateful to continue the journey with the Springfield-area community” says Kim Leistner, founder and president of Springfield Moms.org. “You know that feeling when you look at your kids and wonder when they grew up? That’s how I feel about SpringfieldMoms – where has the time gone?!”

            The SpringfieldMoms.org website is devoted to providing fresh and relevant content for area readers and supporting sponsors with affordable online advertising opportunities.

The website now averages more than 30,000 unique page views a month. Additionally, nearly 3 different pages are viewed each visit, and readers spend an average of 2:27 minutes on the site. That level of reader engagement has attracted sponsors, and Leistner’s attention to customer service and understanding of her readers’ needs have led to the site’s longevity. 

            “Marine Bank has been a proud sponsor of Springfield Moms for six years,” said Christine Carrels, director of marketing for Marine. “It is important to us to support the community where we live and work, and to reach the families that live and work here, too. Springfield Moms does an outstanding job of helping us spread the word about how to make the best financial decisions for yourself and your family.”

            Over the past 10 years, SpringfieldMoms has led the way in the online revolution, providing readers with accessibility to the website’s many resources through social media. The SpringfieldMoms Facebook page has more than 6,660 fans with Twitter readers coming in at 1,300. The SpringfieldMoms Pinterest page features more than 60 boards while 3,400 subscribers receive a twice-monthly e-Update in their inboxes.

            Readers have flocked to the site’s specialty lists including theMom’s Choice Local Coupons,  Summer Camp Directory, Neighborhood Garage Sales,  Kids Eat Free listing and HoliDaze resources and more.

            “Absolutely, Springfieldmoms.org has all the best lists – neighborhood garage sales, fall festivals, Kids Eat Free,” says Springfield reader Breanne Clair. “Whether I'm looking to save time or save money, when I want to get the best of it all, they're my source of information!”

             While the 10-year anniversary is an exciting one, Leistner doesn’t plan to shake things up. She’s sticking with her original mission. 

“We always strive to provide reliable, useful and inspiring content,” she says. “When a reader shares one of our Facebook posts or thanks us in an email for pointing out a unique event or a helpful resource, we are thrilled. That’s what makes it all worth it.  We have helped build a community.”

If you're as excited as we are for Festival of Trees, take time to look through your old photos and you just might win a beautiful wreath!243-0368 FOT 2014 SpfldMoms Ad_200x120_081314
Just email a picture of your favorite Festival of Trees memory and include a note with your contact information and the year that the photo was taken to FOTcontest@mhsil.com. Then you will be automatically be entered to win the wreath. 

You can see all the rules/details on the FOT Facebook page or their website.

 

Want tips to make your own beautiful wreath? Memorial offers easy steps to decorate a holiday wreath!Memorial's_Festival_of_Trees_candy_cane_express

 

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Be inspired, not intimidated, by the beauty of the wreaths at Memorial's Festival of Trees!Christmas Wreath on Red Door

Read how to create your own gorgeous creation on the LiveWell blog, featuring a video with techniques from Trendsetters' own Megan Henley Brown! Just four simple steps!

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Veterans Day is not just a day off from school and work. It's a great day to remember and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.American Flag

There are several local celebrations this year — why not consider taking your families to pay tribute?

Saturday, November 8 at the Korean War National Museum in downtown Springfield: springfieldmoms.org/events/veterans-day-celebration/

November 11 events:

 

Want to learn more?  

Read the VA's history of Veteran's Day here.

See videos, pictures, speeches, and more information on Veterans Day on the History.com's website here.

 

 

 

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Those with juniors in high school are particular busy this time of year, but all parents with children of ANY age benefit from becoming informed about college scholarships.  Who qualifies?  What's out there for my child?  How do I get started?

Thankfully bestcolleges.com has compiled a very comprehensive guide for overviews and a search featured by type to dig into numerous scholarship options to help narrow your search on what and where you can dig in!  Feel free to share your favorite tips for other readers on how to navigate the mass of scholarship opportunities! 

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When one holiday ends, another is in full force! We're building our HoliDaze Guide. As your organizations plan their holiday events, let us know!Christmas Bells

  • Holiday Happenings
  • Holiday classes and lessons
  • Holiday arts and crafts fairs and bake sales
  • Visits with Santa, and of course -
  • Cookie Walks!

Submit your holiday events by email at springfieldmoms.org@gmail.com, or use our online form. http://springfieldmoms.org/eventslist/new-event/

What a beautiful morning we had for this year's annual Kids' Costume Contest at Halloween at the Market in partnership with ham 2014 little onesDowntown Springfield Inc.! In the nine years we have been part of this fantastics event, it was the warmest weather yet! The best part was the variety of cool costumes and the pride the kids have in dressing up in whatever fits their style! From Edward Scissorhands, to Godzilla, a sweet infant peapod or the always classic Dorothy and Toto; your costumes were fantastic!  Thank you to our judges Marilyn Schaefer from Illinois National Bank, Steve Parker from Mid-West Family Broadcasting and Rachel Thomson from the Kidzeum of Health and Science.  The judges had a VERY hard job choosing the top winners in three age groups.  We also launched a new FAMILY costume category this year, and SpMoms added some special SpMoms pick winners– there were just too many awesome ones to choose just one!

All winners received an assortment of prizes including Toys R Us gift cards, Illinois State Museum Gift shop certificates compliments of Illinois National Bank, and/or Jr. Blues Hockey Tickets compliments of Springfield Moms.

Family Category:

  • Winner:  The First Thanksgivingham 2014 family
  • Sp Moms Picks:  The Adams Family, The Lion Tamer and Lion, The Lego Movie Family and the Superhero Family.

Age Group Winners:

  • 0-2 Winners:  1. Cupcake  2. Pink Horse 3. Popcorn
  • 3-6 Winners:  1. Optimus Prime 2. Lego Guy 3. Pinata
  • 7-12 Winners: 1. Godzilla 2. Fortune Teller Machine 3. Edward Scissorhands.

 

Facebook Like Us on Facebook and check out the gallery of additional photos from this wonderful event!

 

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