Not long ago my family and I were invited the the first ever VIP Blogger event at Lodi Staion Outlets(note if you do open that link it has sound that starts automatically).
This is the part where I admit to you that it was two months ago, clearly I am a PR’s persons worst nightmare when it comes to timely posts about things….sorry Nichole!!
I had gone to Lodi Station Outlets many times before as it is the closest outlet mall to my house. I admit that I wasn’t too excited about going because I really loved it when it was the Prime Outlet mall and all the construction that I encountered when it turned into Lodi Station Outlets; well, let’s just say I was plotting how close I was to other outlets.
My husband & Giggles were both working that day so The Chicken, my mother & I set out to check out the new & hopefully improved outlet mall.
The afternoon started out with me getting to meet up with a friend of mine who is the social media maven behind Lodi Station Outlets. We actually met at Blissdom this past year and realized that we grew up in the same town, went to the same school and when she and her family were moving to the country my husband and I actually looked at the house they were selling several times before we decided to go with our current home. Crazy small world.
I introduced my mom to Nichole and she gave us our goodie bag, our lunch tickets, and a $100 card to use in the outlet mall as we saw fit. I was beyond excited as I knew exactly what I needed to get and my mom & daughter were excited; you know until they realized that I knew exactly what I needed to get and it wasn’t anything for them. Sorry Mom & Chicken
Mom & I decided to take a photo to kick off our day of shopping together so I could instagram it to the masses. You’re on instagram-you don’t follow me? You should I am hdurdil. I decided to use the hashtag that Nichole suggested we use #shopLodiStation except my phone decided to autocorrect #ShopLodiStation to #Shoplifting. Nothing like proclaiming what we don’t want to be doing on my instagram, twitter and facebook feed with my mother thanks to autocorrect. After a good laugh we decided to get lunch.
Sadly I don’t remember the name of the place where we ate. I think it was the Steam Cafe (I will fix this as soon as I find out because we are going there today on my dime to do some school shopping for the girls, more specifically shoe shopping) But the food was WONDERFUL!! The staff at the Cafe were very friendly and everything tasted homemade (which I am pretty sure it was) the prices were great and the food court itself was very clean (with many choices on food) It was a great start to our shopping adventures.
Now I will admit here that I knew exactly what I wanted before I set out for our little trip. I needed to get a new pot and pan set as mine was not working so well and I am not a fan of Teflon flavored flecks in my food. So I headed over to Kitchen Collection to scope out my Paula Deen pot and pan set. When I priced it online I knew I was going to have to spend a little extra than the $100 I had been given, but not only was it on sale but because I signed up to be a Preferred Member (which is free) I got an extra discount coupon to use as well.
My super awesome pot & pan set ended up being less than $90!! I was so excited, as was The Chicken because that meant that she was able to get some adorable headbands at The Children’s Place after Grandma took her over to The Gap to get some great deals on outfits for her and her sister.
I would love to go on and on about the wonderful day I had, but I am rushing out the door to head back for some great deals on shoes for the girls, and I am sure that I will spend less than what I thought and get them (or me) and little some else too!
Photos will be added later as they are on the other computer that my girls have hijacked.
Disclosure-Lodi Station Outlets invited my family out for a day of shopping. I was provided with a $100 gift card and lunch and ice cream (as well as other assorted goodies from various stores) to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and I am happily going back to the outlet mall today to spend my
husband’s hard earned cash to get my girls school gear.