Medieval Times review + giveaway!

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This giveaway has been sponsored by Medieval Times. Medieval Times provided tickets for purposes of review; however, all opinions here are my own.


Can you believe that all these years I’ve lived in Illinois, I’d never been to Medieval Times before last week? Now: I know what we’ve been missing while driving on by that huge castle off the highway all of these years! Our whole family had a blast at our Medieval Times Schaumburg outing, even the slightly jaded junior high guy. So here’s my Medieval Times review, then read on for your chance to win your own family outing to Medieval Times Schaumburg.


Mr. 8 was especially inspired — he somehow talked us into this official Medieval Times wooden axe from their gift shop, and then jazzed it up and fashioned his own knight costume out of paper the very next day. (Not bad, eh?!)


Speaking of the gift shop, fair warning: They walk you through both going in and leaving, leaving you with plenty of time to browse before the doors to the dinner show open. :)


And what a show it was: We had knights, we had jousting, we had parades and falcons and games of skill… we had a tournament and drama and the chance to cheer on “our” knight as he made his way through the tournament… to victory! Every visitor gets a paper crown in their knight’s color and a pennant to cheer him on — and the knights tossed carnations as favors to random girls in the crowd.


All this while enjoying a hearty meal — made “medieval” via pewter dinnerware and the lack of utensils, lol. Here’s Mr. 8 enjoying his “baby dragon,” and we also supped on everything from “dragon’s blood” (tomato bisque) to “dragon’s eggs” (seasoned potatoes). Medieval Times will make food substitutions for allergies (Italian ice rather than apple turnover for a gluten free, dairy free dessert for example), and has a vegetarian option available as well.


Protective screens came down during the actual jousting portion of our evening’s entertainment, which was well-choreographed with plenty of dramatic moments and sparks flying from the knights’ blades. All in all, this was super fun family entertainment, suitable for all ages.

On to the giveaway


What can you win?

  • One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win four tickets to Medieval Times Schaumburg!

How do you enter?

  • Just comment here and let me know who in your life would enjoy visiting Medieval Times, and why.

One entry per comment; each comment is an entry; a maximum of one entry per household; duplicate entries will be deleted. Only comment once on this post; your comment enters you in the giveaway. Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 7/6/15. U.S. residents only, please. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Medieval Times…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter. Email and Facebook entries will not be counted. If you are reading the Mashup Mom homepage on the web, look at the bottom of this post where it says “___ comments.” Click on that to get the box to enter your own comment.

The fine print

Prizing and information for this giveaway has been provided by Medieval Times. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on or around 7/7/15. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to email notification; if no reply is received, a runner up will be selected. Mashup Mom is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails.

No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited. Please allow 8 weeks for delivery of your prize. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time or to substitute a prize of equal value.

Popsicle coupon reset for Ultra Foods tomorrow

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The $.50/1 Popsicle coupon is back under ZIP 77477. Starting 7/1 at Ultra Foods:

  • Klondike, Magnum, Breyers Carbsmart, Good Humor, Reese’s, Mounds, York Peppermint ice cream bars 3-6 ct or Popsicle 18-20 ct, $1.99 each must buy four limit 2 offers. Look for $.75/1 Magnum blinkies or use this new $.50/1 Popsicle printable.

Reader deals 6/30/15

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Reader Deals 6/30/15: Here are the deals, heads up, and requests you shared over the last 24 hours — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

  • Email Rachel: [email protected]
  • Comment below, or on any post where it seems to fit.
  • Post on the Mashup Mom Facebook page.

*** If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.


  • Bonnie does the math on the Ziploc quart storage bags deal: “FYI on the Ziplock Bags – my best price was .084 cents per bag from a Target sale. Your deal works out to .0792 per bag. Hence a Savings of 60.5 cents better than my best deal.”
  • If you’re wondering about the Barilla Pronto Pasta, Dapper Deals shares: “It’s pretty good! I got mine at Jewel when it free too, and also more boxes since they were on sale for $1.25 each and I had a $0.75 coupon making them $0.50 each. This is awesome deal! You don’t have to wait for the water to boil. Just put the pasta in when you put the water in and set the timer for 10 minutes!”
  • And Julie says: “We got it when it was on sale at Target. My only complaint is that it really sticks to the bottom of the pan. You really need to keep an eye on it and stir it often. Made it two different times and it stuck badly both times.”
  • And letsshop concurs: “Yes agree especially when they said put it on high heat ,LOL but thought it was tasty use chicken broth instead of water (:”
  • A subscribe & save idea from kitty: “I needed a low cost item as the 5th to get my 15% off. Found some Ludens lemon cough drops in the low $2 range. Seems like we always need cough drops at some point, so figured it was a good investment.”


Dollar Tree


  • If you’re looking to post-redeem coupons at Mariano’s, Laura emailed them today about their policy and shares their reply: “I emailed them and they said “Yes, if you forgot a coupon at home and purchased the item please visit Customer Service and they should be able to help you with this. Thanks!”… They emailed back again and said “You should be able to get the adjustment for your coupon, however it would have to be the same day of your purchase.””

Family Dollar deals week of 6/29/15 – 7/5/15

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There was a Family Dollar ad in my midweek inserts today, so here are a few deals.

  • Doritos or Lay’s, buy two get one free.
  • Select Family Chef foil roasting or baking pans, $1.00.
  • 65 sq ft Reynolds foil, $2.50. Print $.75/1 here or use $.55/1 in the 5/17 RP1.
  • Some of the in-ad store coupons: 12 pack Coke $2.88, Scott 8 roll 1000 sheet or 6 mega roll towels $5.00, $1 off Clorox 81-121 bleach, $2.00 off Glad trash bags. $.75/1 Scott 6/14 SS. $1.00/2 Clorox 5/3 SS1 (exp today 6/30!).
  • 37-40 oz Tide, $4.50. Use $1.00/1 or $3.00/2 in the 5/31 PG (exp today 6/30!).
  • All detergent 46.5 oz or 24 pack mighty pacs, $3.00. Use $1.00/1 in the 6/7 RP or print $1.50/1 here.
  • All summer clothing BOGO60% off.
  • All family sandals BOGO60% off.
  • All $1.00 flip flops BOGO.
  • Igloo 48 qt cooler, $20.00.
  • Bull’s Eye 17.5 oz BBQ sauce, $.88.
  • 30 oz Hellmann’s mayo, $3.00. Use $1.00/1 in the 6/21 RP.
  • Chips Ahoy, $2.00. Use $.75/2 in the 6/28 SS.
  • Country Time, Kool-Aid or Tang canisters, BOGO.
  • 45 ct Hefty foam plates, $1.50. Use $1.00/2 in the 5/17 RP1.

Meijer deals — 4th of July ad 6/28/15 – 7/4/15

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Meijer snuck another ad in there when I wasn’t looking — so here are the deals from the 4th of July ad running 6/28/15 – 7/4/15.

  • $5/$50 in-ad coupon 7/1-7/4 only, or clip on mPerks.
  • Pork spareribs, $2.49/lb.
  • Pint blueberries, $2.50. If Driscoll’s, use survey coupons.
  • Family pack boneless skinless chicken breast, $1.87/lb.
  • Adult Americana tees, $5.00.
  • Pepsi 6 pack 16.9 oz bottles, $1.99.
  • Meijer 7-8 oz chunk cheese, BOGO.
  • Purple Cow or Meijer ice cream, Purple Cow novelties, or Bomb Pop, $2.50.
  • Doritos, BOGO.
  • Bud or Bud Light 8 pack 16 oz aluminum bottles, $7.49.
  • Ball Park hamburger or hot dog buns, 3/$5.00.
  • 75 sq ft Reynolds foil or 50 sq ft heavy duty, $2.99. Print $.75/1 here or use $.55/1 in the 5/17 RP1.

Hamilton Beach 2 way brewer coffee maker $59

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Here’s a nice deal on this Hamilton Beach two way brewer coffee maker, on rollback for only $59 shipped at Walmart! This has 4.5 stars in 571 reviews, too.

The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer is perfect for all the coffee drinkers and aficionados who despise the long cafe lines, dread the overwhelming coffee options or need a fix for those early morning caffeine pains, fear no more! There’s finally an affordable, low-maintenance coffeemaker that can brew a basic or premium roast coffee in a fraction of the time. With stainless steel durability and twice the brewing options as other leading coffeemakers, the 2-Way Brewer doubles as a compact single-serve coffeemaker for everyday personal enjoyment and a full 12-cup pot machine. Whether it’s 7:00 a.m. or a late-night indulgence, this two-for-the-price-of-one coffeemaker lets coffee drinkers decide the right size to start their day and enjoy the best convenience for their schedule. If simplifying the morning wake-up routine is top priority, then rise and shine with the single-serve side, which can brew a standard-size cup or travel mug-size cup for solo enjoyment.

ALDI deals week of 7/1/15 – 7/7/15

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Here are your Chicago ALDI deals on produce and more for the week of 7/1/15 – 7/7/15. (Also remember to bring your $5/$30 coupon from various newspapers this past weekend!) Fourth of July limited hours: 9AM-4PM.

  • Produce (and sometimes other) prices vary by location, as do ad dates; these ALDI deals are from Chicago ads.
  • These ALDI deals are from both the weekly mailed ad and the weekly in-store preview ad. To see your own weekly ads, check on the ALDI site here each Wednesday.
  • ALDI does not take manufacturer coupons. ALDI does not take credit cards, only cash or debit.
  • Bring a quarter to “rent” a shopping cart, and you get it back when you return the cart. Bring your own reusable bags; ALDI does not provide free bags.

Produce deals

  • 16 oz red cherries, $1.99.
  • Sweet corn, $.10 each.
  • Seedless watermelon, $3.49.
  • Cantaloupe, $1.49.
  • 16 oz strawberries, $.99.
  • Pint blueberries, $.99.
  • Little Salad Bar garden salad 12 oz, $.99.
  • Little Salad Bar sweet butter lettuce or spring mix, $1.99.
  • Little Salad Bar Italian or Caesar salad kit, $1.99.
  • SimplyNature 5 oz organic baby spinach or spring mix, $2.49.
  • 8 oz Little Salad Bar spinach, $1.79.

*** Click here to read the rest of this week’s ALDI deals! ***

Perdue clearance at Ultra Foods Lombard

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If you’re near Ultra Foods Lombard like… now… you might want to stop in. Tracy commented on Facebook that they had Perdue boneless skinless chicken breast on sale for $.99/lb BOGO. I happened to be right by there when I saw her message, so stopped in — this is short dated clearance (packages exp. 7/1) and mine did not ring BOGO, since they were tagged as Sanderson Farms, lol. I figured it was a good enough deal nonetheless and got six packs (about 9 lbs) for $5.99 after three of the no-longer-available $1.00/2 printables from last month. When I left about 5:35 PM they had around 20 packs left.