Best Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer. Raise your (potentially germy) hand if everyone at work is out of the office with the flu, a cold, or some other communicable disease? Last year I wrote another blog post comparing the symptoms of the flu, H1N1, and the common cold and being able to tell the difference between the three. While I was writing that post I learned more than I ever expected to about hand sanitizer and have been meaning to blog about it.

This blog post will include everything you ever wanted to know, and probably didn’t know about these alternatives to soap and water.

1. More Alcohol the Better

  • Should contain AT LEAST 60% alcohol (i.e. ethanol, isopropanol)
  • Studies show that are “alcohol free” are much less effective at killing germs

2. Size Matters

  • If you’re not using at least half a teaspoon of sanitizer, you might not be using enough. 3ml recommended (at least half a teaspoon)

3. Watch the Clock

  • 20 to 30 seconds of vigorous rubbing required, rub your hands until they are dry.
  • If your hands are dry before 20 to 30 seconds have elapsed you probably didn’t use enough (see 2)

And remember, NOTHING beats soap and water (with vigorous scrubbing.) Medical professionals recommend using hand sanitizers when you cannot wash with soap and water. Even with more alcohol, it’s still not as effective.

According to Consumer Search the following:

BEST Hand Sanitizer reviewed:

Best Hand Sanitizer - purell“Several store brands contain the same ingredients as Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer, but professional testers and everyday users tend to prefer the way Purell smells and feels on their skin”

Price: $4 for 8 oz

*couldn’t find official Facebook or Twitter account information

BEST Natural Hand Sanitizer reviewed:

Best Natural Hand Sanitizer - eo non-alcoholic, organic, natural“EO gets high marks for ingredient safety, environmental friendliness and social responsibility from watchdog websites.”

Price: $8 for 8 oz

Twitter: http://twitter.com/eoproducts

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/EO-Products/370792511937

Additional information about hand sanitizers can be found:

Find NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys Summer Tour

Are you excited about the reunion tour of the Backstreet Boys AND New Kids on the Block?! The NKOTBSB Tour, originally scheduled for

NKOTBSB Presale Tickets: New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys Summer Tour tickets

Below are SIX fool-proof ways to get pre-sale tickets and other incredible offers for this (OR ANY) concert or sporting event.

1 – Buy VIP

This option is not for everyone since the tickets for this range from $295-$1295! VIP Club tickets (from bronze to platinum memberships/packages) are available for early purchase.

2 – Stalk Live Nation

NKOTBSB Presale Tickets: New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys Summer Tour on live nation

This tour is being produced by Live Nation – you want tickets? Sign up for everything you can!

  1. Email Offers – by becoming a member
  2. Download iPhone App – get alerts on exclusive app pre-sales
  3. @LiveNation – follow their tweets
  4. Become a Fan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LiveNation

3 – Stalk Ticketmaster

NKOTBSB ticketmaster Tickets: New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys Summer Tour

This tour is being produced by Live Nation – you want tickets? Sign up for everything you can!

  1. Email Offers – by becoming a member
  2. @ticketmaster – follow their tweets
  3. Become a Fan on Facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/Ticketmaster

4 – Become a Fan

NKOTBSB Presale Tickets: New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys Summer Tour VIP

This option is not for everyone since the tickets for this range from $295-$1295! VIP Club tickets (from bronze to platinum memberships/packages) are available for early purchase.

5 – Charge It! American Express

  1. Sign up for email alerts
  2. Check out perks for Amex cardholders
  3. @americanexpress
  4. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/americanexpress

6 – Join the Club


One of the best ways to get presale tickets to this or ANY concert is to subscribe to email alerts from the place the venue is showing. They will normally send out special URLs for presale tickets and promo codes. That’s how I was able to get my tickets early! If you don’t sign up in time to get the presale email, follow them on Twitter and Facebook, they’ll probably post the promo codes for their fans too! There are normally additional offers in their tweet stream or on their Facebook page!

DATE LOCATION VENUE – Presale Offers TICKETS Twitter Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Thu, Jun 2 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Buy Tickets @mohegansun Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Fri, Jun 3 Washington, DC Verizon Center Buy Tickets verizoncenterpr Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Sat, Jun 4 Boston, MA TD Garden Buy Tickets @tdgarden Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Sun, Jun 5 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Buy Tickets @WellsFargoCtr Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Tue, Jun 7 Montréal, QC Bell Center Buy Tickets @evenko_en Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Wed, Jun 8 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Buy Tickets @Nassau_Coliseum Facebook
Thu, Jun 9 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Buy Tickets Twitter Facebook
Sat, Jun 11 Long Island, NY Nassau Memorial Coliseum Buy Tickets Twitter Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Sun, Jun 12 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center Buy Tickets Twitter Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Wed, Jun 15 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center Buy Tickets @consolenergyctr Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Thu, Jun 16 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills Buy Tickets @DTEEnergyMusic Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Fri, Jun 17 Chicago, IL United Center Buy Tickets @unitedcenter Facebook
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NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Tue, Jun 21 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena Buy Tickets @brdgstonearena Facebook
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NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Sat, Jun 25 Houston, TX Toyota Center Buy Tickets @houToyotaCenter Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Sun, Jun 26 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Buy Tickets @insideaacenter Facebook
Tue, Jun 28 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center Twitter Facebook
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NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Fri, Jul 1 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center Buy Tickets @STAPLESCenterLA Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Sat, Jul 2 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion Buy Tickets @hppavilionsj Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Sun, Jul 3 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center Buy Tickets @mandalaybay_LV Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Wed, Jul 6 Anaheim, CA Honda Center Buy Tickets @hondacenter Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Fri, Jul 8 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome Buy Tickets @TacomaDome Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Sat, Jul 9 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena Buy Tickets Twitter Facebook
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Tue, Jul 12 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place Twitter Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Wed, Jul 13 Calgary, AB Calgary Stampede @calgarystampede Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Fri, Jul 15 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Buy Tickets @TargetCenterMN Facebook
Sat, Jul 16 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center Buy Tickets @sprintcenter Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Sun, Jul 17 Tulsa, OK BOK Center Buy Tickets @BOKCenter Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Tue, Jul 19 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center Buy Tickets @ScottradeCenter Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Wed, Jul 20 Louisville, KY KFC YUM! Center Buy Tickets @kfc_yumcenter Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Fri, Jul 22 Orlando, FL Amway Arena Buy Tickets @amway_center Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Sat, Jul 23 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Buy Tickets @amway_center Facebook
Sun, Jul 24 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center Buy Tickets n/a Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Tue, Jul 26 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse Buy Tickets @cfh_events Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Wed, Jul 27 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena Buy Tickets @TheQGirls Facebook
NKOTBSB Tickets: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Summer Tour Fri, Jul 29 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall Buy Tickets Twitter Facebook
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Texas de Brazil San Antonio

I’ve never been one to say no to a GREAT deal so when I heard about Texas de Brazil’s special, I had to check out San Antonio’s newest Brazilian steakhouse.  The San Antonio location just opened for dinner the first time in December 28, 2010.  There are over 15 locations around the US and internationally!

January 2011 Special

Through the month of January 2011, Texas de Brazil is offering dinners the following INCREDIBLE couple’s special at $74 per couple:

  • Dinner for Two, normally $40 each
  • Dessert for Two, (choices included pies below, Papaya ice cream, and decadent creme brulee)
  • Bottle of Wine or Champagne (including delicious Chilean wine)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages (regular ice tea, soda or coffee)

6 of us went and took advantage of this incredible offer.

Texas de Brazil Steakhouse San Antonio, TX

Other Discounts

According to their website, Texas de Brazil also offers:

  • Senior Citizens Discount – 10% off regular dinner price for up to 8 guests.  65 years or older.
  • Military Discount – 15% discount off regular dinner price for military members or veterans, valid up to 8 guests.
  • E-club – sign up here and also get a coupon for 25% off your entire meal!

The Food

We loved the lobster bisque, cheesy bread rolls, incredible meats!  The traditional Brazilian seasoning style that includes covering the meat w/ rock salts while it cooked was used leaving tasty meats.  Some of the meats easily picked up the salt, if the meat is too salty, consider ordering their cooked to order steaks, done to internal preference and with or without salt.

  • Salad area included mixed greens, seasonal veggies, homemade soups, imported cheeses and bread
  • Meats included my favorite (lamb chops), everyone else’s favorite (Picanha – garlic marinated house steak), Brazilian sausage, pork ribs, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, and much more!
  • Desserts included papaya creme, bananas foster pie, chocolate mousse cake (AMAZING!), creme brulee, key lime pie, and many more options.

Parking

Had no trouble parking downtown, one couple used the valet, right next to the restaurant, the other two couples parked in the Travis parking garage next to the Majestic theater and walked less than 2 blocks to dinner.

The Wine

Below also is a picture of the wine aerialist who deftly soared through the winery, flipping around while she retrieved wines, hand picked by the staff and guests.  There was also beautiful rooms for private events as well.

Website: http://www.texasdebrazil.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/texasdebrazil

San Antonio Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-de-Brazil-San-Antonio/176878792325203

Texas de Brazil on Urbanspoon

Pike’s Place Restaurant

On our way to go horseback riding in Bandera, TX (a.k.a. “Cowboy Capital of the World“), we wanted to enjoy a nice lunch beforehand.  After going through the list of restaurants on the city of chambers’ website, we thought that Pike’s Place sounded fabulous!

We were not disappointed.  A quick 20 minutes outside of 1604, off Bandera Road (behind an antique store, Country Accent Antiques, in Pipe Creek), we were greeted by the owner, Kurt Pike.  We learned that Kurt and his wife, Suzanne (whom we didn’t get a chance to meet yet) had spent a couple months renovating the farm house they fell in love with into a cozy restaurant that opened in October of this year, 2010.  Both very experienced in San Antonio’s local restaurant scene, Kurt worked w/ Andrew Weissman for the past six years at Le Reve (which skyrocketed to success in San Antonio).  With all the pieces falling quickly into place, they sold their house in San Antonio before even finding a new place in Bandera.

Kurt prides himself on selecting the freshest seafood from Groomer Seafood and ingredients from local farmers and vendors for their Executive Chef Aaron Gonzalez’s (previously executive chef with Neiman Marcus in Michigan) creations.  This translated deliciously in the dishes we devoured, see pictures below.

You’ll fall in love with Pike’s Place as quickly as we did.  Impossible not to.

Website: http://www.pikesplacerestaurant.com

Hours: Open for lunch from 11 am until 2 pm, Wednesday through Friday; from 5 pm to 9 pm, Wednesday and Thursday, 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday; 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday; and for brunch from 11 am until 3 pm, Sunday.

Facebook Fan:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pikes-Place-Restaurant/111806992218418

NOTE: BYOB right now.

Pike's Place Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Why pictures sugar packets? At Pike's Place, no attention to detail was too small or irrelevant. Selection, down to the sugar packets on the table or made to order food is important.
Pike's Place Restaurant now open in pipe creek
Going north on Highway 16 (Bandera Road), Pike's Place was easily found on the left side of the highway behind Country Accents Antiques.
Pike's Place Restaurant steak
Fabulous and tender, flat iron steak w/ hand cut fresh fries and a garlic aioli.
Pike's Place Restaurant chicken sandwich
One of the lunch specials, chicken sandwich w/ avocado was an instant hit.
Pike's Place Restaurant kids meal chicken strips
Hearty kid's meal of chicken strips and fresh cut fries.
Pike's Place Restaurant mushroom soup
Hearty bowl of mushroom soup served w/ a crisp slice of French bread for dipping.
Pike's Place Restaurant
Restaurant filled with antiques and painting for purchase, each telling their own story..
Pike's Place Restaurant
Beautiful place for indoor/outdoor casual dining, celebrating special occasions, and private parties.

Pike's Place Restaurant

2011 Day After Christmas Sales

Last year I wrote a Day After Christmas Sales post on my blog and got over 1500 visitors that day after Christmas. Here are the deals, sales, and coupons I found for 2011 to start the post-Christmas, ready to save money season off right. As I find more deals I’ll add them to this post, check back frequently! 😀

*Post-Christmas is one of the BEST times to buy large electronics and appliances…just saying…

Crabtree & EvelynTicket now after christmas couponHancock Fabric Christmas After Christmas SaleRestaurant.com couponRed Box blu-ray couponCafe Press christmas couponhalf price books saledillards after christmas saleJCPenney After Christmas SaleSaks Fifth Avenue after christmas salenordstrom after christmas salebig lots after christmas sale

Retailer Promo Code Description
Dillard’s Sale and Clearance items in-store and online
Macy’s HOLIDAY Extra 15% off, FREE shipping w/ purchases > $99
Kohl’s HOHOHO15 Extra 15% off, FREE shipping w/ purchases > $75
Party City PCTCYM FREE next day air, > $65; 50% off New Year supplies
Big Lots Clearance, holiday sales, 20% off w/ initial email sign up!
Saks Fifth Avenue instore and online, prices increase online 12/27 and instore 12/26 at noon.
Nordstrom instore and online, double reward points and savings start 12/26 at 8am
JCPenney SHOP4FUN $10 off $25 purchase, 12/26-12/27; 75% off clearance and seasonal items
Café Press MYNEW $10 off iphone & iPad cases
Half Price Books 20% off ENTIRE purchases 12/26-12/29
Red Box BETTERINBLU 1st Blu-Ray is only $1!
Restaurant.com HOLIDAY $25 gift certificate for $2
Hancock Fabrics Online exclusives on 12/25
Tickets Now HOLIDAY10 10% off ALL tickets
Avelle 50GIFT 50% off all in-stock rentals, expires 12/26
Crabtree & Evelyn 25% off storewide plus $10 hand therapy
GAP LBKVWFXN8R4X 20% off ENTIRE purchases 12/25
Urban Outfitters 50% off in-store purchase, 12/26-27!
Anthropologie 25% off sale items
The

Limited

Up to 70% off!
New York and Company 6322 Up to 70% off w/ an extra 20% off, today!
Borders BRW9132V 25% off entire purchase, today ONLY!
Ann Taylor Loft HOLIDAY 40% off entire purchase today and tomorrow
GIVEMP3S $2 in MP3 Downloads
Express 9877; 9882 $75 off $250 purchase! 12/25-12/27

Added 12/26/2011:

Brooks Brothers – save up to 40% off
Golf Galaxy – additional 25% off (WINTERSALE)
Crate & Barrel – up to 60 % off
Bed Bath & Beyond – 50% off
Newegg – tons of electronics on sale
Sephora – extra 20% off (EXTRA)
Puma – semi-annual sale, 40% off

Give Best Gift Ever | UNICEF Charity

Did you wait until the last minute to purchase a Christmas present this year?  No fear!  UNICEF is here.

The best gift is a gift that keeps giving…and what could be better than a gift that literally saves lives, natural resources, and makes the world a better place!

A couple of Sundays ago, at my church Oak Hills in San Antonio, Max Lucado quickly showed a video of missionaries from our church sent to different parts of Africa to build fresh water wells w/ money raised from the Bibleland Children’s Sunday School classes.  Not only were the children there laughing and thanking us, they are now able to enjoy clean, fresh water without worrying about contamination, disease, and travelling many miles to fetch a tiny amount.

Check out all the ways to give back to children around the world:

UNICEF Charity gifts

About UNICEF:

Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, protection, emergency relief, and more.

22,000 children die EVERY DAY from preventable diseases.  Imagine being able to buy a gift that saves the life of one or many children in poverty stricken parts of the world!  Several, charitable organizations like UNICEF let you do just that!  Dedicate the purchase in the name of a loved one or friend and send/print notification.

Right now the featured gift is a “Winter Child Survival Pack” that includes:

  • supplies to sustain child for 6 months!!
  • vitamins and minerals to grow healthy
  • measles and polio immunizations
  • enough water purification tablets for 50,000 liters of water!!

ALL of that is possible w/ a small donation of $81.35!  And if that’s too much they take general donations of $5 and more.

help provide clean, safe drinking water for an entire community

  • Education & Play – school supplies, soccer balls, and more give these children a chance for quality educations!
  • Immunizations – vaccinations for diseases that don’t even exist in modern countries ($20 buys 412 tetanus shots)
  • Water – water pumps, purification, and family water kits
  • Nutrition – baby scales, ready to eat food, vitamin powder ($18 buys 604 individual doses of vitamins and minerals!)
  • Emergency – high energy food, water kits, tents and more to help during emergencies
  • Health – first aid kits for field workers, mother/baby packs, for $80 save 1000k from deadly diseases

UNICEF Holiday Promotions from Corporate Partners

Did you know that as you’re shopping for people on other sites you could still be helping children fight preventable diseases?!

American AirlinesCauses on FacebookDelta Air Lines
FEEDGucciH&MIKEA |  Western Union

Click on the links for more details!  American Airlines is fighting diseases w/ incentives to donate to UNICEF by offering 2 AAdvantage miles in return for EACH dollar donated.  Donate right now!

The special edition “Gucci for UNICEF” Sukey bag, designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in grey “La Pelle Guccissima” leather, is being sold in Gucci stores in over 20 countries and from April 15, 2010 through February 28, 2011, Gucci will donate 25% of the retail price!

 "Gucci for UNICEF" special edition Sukey bag

UNICEF Social Media

Teacher resources for online charity UNICEF

TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of UNICEF-focused resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Education Department for educators, afterschool instructors, and parents. The units, lesson plans, stories, and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to water and sanitation.

*Teaser for my next blog “Teach UNICEF” 🙂

Michaels Craft Challenge | Ginger Bread House

Feeling particularly ambitious for some reason, Jaden and I decided to enter Michaels’ Weekly Craft competition.  We enjoy making Gingerbread Houses in the past and thought since the 3 supplies this week were gingerbread house related, we could not pass on the opportunity!

Check out the entry on Facebook here, please take the time to view and “like”.  😀

Shape candy canesMichaels' Make Gingerbread House

Christmas Gift Card Rewards

Back by popular demand (from this article last year), here’s all the gift card purchases you can buy for loved ones (or yourself!!) that are accompanied with extra incentives to buy.  Gift cards can still be an incredibly thoughtful gift without taking up too much space or time.  Since you’re going to be getting the gift cards anyways (or if you want to save additional money when you make purchases for yourself…) check out these great seasonal offers that will not only bring a smile a friend to the person receiving the gift, but also the one giving (FREE stuff for you!!):

*For those gift cards that I missed, here’s a link to 54 more gift cards w/ a comparative checklist.

Maggianos gift card reward

Retailer/Restaurant Gift Card Reward
California Pizza Kitchen Purchase $100 in CPK Gift Cards and receive a $20 Rewards Card.
Kids Foot Locker Through 12/24, get $10 rewards card w/ gift card purchases >$50
DSW Through 12/24, get $10 rewards card w/ gift card purchases >$50
The Palm For every $250 you spend on gift cards, you’ll receive a $50 thank you card that can be used at The Palm from January 1 to April 30, 2011.
Godiva FREE $10 gift card w/ every $50 purchase
IHOP $5 rewards with every $25 gift card purchase
L.L.Bean FREE $10 gift card w/ every $50 purchase
Morton’s Steakhouse Buy $300 gift card and get $50 or buy $500 to get $100
Outback Steakhouse FREE $20 gift card w/ every $100 purchase
Hancock Fabric For every $100 or more single transaction between 12/11/2010-12/24/2010 you will receive a $20 BONUS BUCK card towards your next purchase between 12/26/2010-1/12/2011
Maggianos FREE $20 gift card w/ every $100 gift purchase
The Children’s Place Receive a $10 coupon when you purchase $40
Amazon Gift Card Spend $50, get $5
Roaring Fork, Wildfish, (Eddie V Restaurants) FREE $20 gift card w/ every $100 gift purchase
Brunswick Bowling Alley Free $5 Brunswick bonus certificate with every $25 gift card purchase
Dave & Busters Spend $25, get $5; spend $50, get $10
Chucke Cheese’s Get 20 free tokens for every $25 gift card purchased
Benihana Spend $50, get $10
Fox and Hound Spend $25, get $5
Sky Mall Spend $100, get $50

Neilmed Neti Pot

I heard about the Neti Pot from a friend, a couple months ago when I was suffering from horrific seasonal allergies (if you have not experienced Texas’ high pollen season, you have not truly suffered…)  A big support of gargling w/ salt water to prevent sore throats, I was optimistic about the sinus rinse.  (Same friend also said that true love is sharing the same Neti Pot…)

Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/neilmednetipot

Follow Tweets: http://twitter.com/NeilMed

Official Blog: http://www.neilmed.com/neilmedblog/

Website: http://www.neilmed.com

So, did it work?!  It blew me out of the water.  My daughter and I both suffer from seasonal allergies (last year she missed several weeks worth of school because it was so bad!)  This year we have looked allergens in the eye, daring them to try.  Jaden has missed NO school because of allergy related illnesses or fatigue and every night she uses the Neti Pot, she sleeps soundly, without any congestion or snoring!

Whenever I feel a cold or sinus infection coming on (i.e. tired, nasal congestion, sore throat), I tell Jaden to grab a bottle of water and pour the mixture into the container while I warm up the filtered water.  Works like magic.  Considering how much you end up paying on Zrytec (even generic!!), Benadryl, and other decongestants and antihistamines, Neti Pot is the best deal!  (And if there’s one thing I know, it’s how to save money!!)

NeilMed Neti Pot

I also have recommended the Neti Pot to my parents, both nurses, who tried it warily at first but no also rinse regularly.

Vote for Jaden – Even 7 Year Olds Love It!

Finally, if you don’t believe me, watch my 7 year (entered to win their Facebook contest – please vote Dec. 1 through Dec. 15)

…her pediatrician recommended daily usages since her seasonal allergies are so severe.

NCAA Division I Football Twitter and Facebook Pages

Start following the tweets of your favorite conference or become their fan on Facebook with this all inclusive list! Don’t search the internet; I have it all here, ready for easy following! 😀 I was curious so I found them for myself to stick in my sports tweet list:

http://twitter.com/geekettebits/sportstweeps

but you can start following from your own accounts…check back for my next round of NCAA tweeps to follow!!

NCAA Football Division I

Nickname

Twitter

Facebook

1

Atlantic Coast Conference on Twitter and FacebookAtlantic Coast Conference

ACC

@theaccchamps

@theACC

@theACCfootball

Facebook

2

Big East Conference

Big East

3

Big Ten Conference on twitter and facebook

Big Ten Conference

Big Ten

@BigTenConf

@BigTenChamps

@BigTenScott

@BigTenLaTonya

@BigTenVal

Facebook

4

big 12 conference on twitter and facebookBig 12 Conference

Big 12

@Big12Conference

Facebook

5

Conference USA on twitter and facebookConference USA

C-USA

@conferenceusa1

Facebook

6

Mid-American Conference on twitter and facebookMid-American Conference


MAC

@macsports

@MACChampionship

Facebook

*Football

7

http://www.themwc.com/

MWC

@TheMWC

Here for list of schools’ Twitter accounts.

Facebook

8

pac 10 on twitter and facebookPacific-10 Conference

Pac-10

@Pac10

Facebook

9

Southeastern Conference on twitter and facebookSoutheastern Conference

SEC

@SECSportsUpdate

Facebook

10

Sun Belt Conference

Sun Belt

11

western athletic conference on twitter and facebookWestern Athletic Conference

WAC

@WACSports

Facebook

Grand Opening of Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio TX

Join the City of San Antonio at their newest recreational park, Phil Hardberger Park, this Saturday and Sunday. I got a sneak peak this past Thursday and was incredibly impressed with the park’s walking trails, dog park, and playgrounds! Phase 2 (slated to start summer 2010) will include a permanent educational center, restrooms (portables available in the meantime…), and other enhancements!

Saturday, May 15, 2010 – 10am: Park Dedication Ceremony which will include the unveiling of the sign!

Hours of park and complimentary shuttle service schedule from both the Alon HEB Shopping Center (11503 NW Military Hwy) and Churchhill High School (12049 Blanco Rd) will be available during the following times:

Saturday, May 15: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 16: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Throughout the day, visitors will be able to go on nature walks given by local nature groups in order to see animal wildlife and Texas flora. Although the trails are only .8 miles long, they are heavily shaded with lush green trees and connect to larger wilderness trails!

Dogs are welcomed on leases!

* 2010 Educational schedule here *

*Attendees who participate in the Passport to Nature activity in the park will receive a free tree as they depart from the shuttle, while supplies last.

Celebrate Earth Day 2010 | 40th Anniversary

Earth Day originally started on April 22, 1970 when it was originally founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson – designed to educate and appreciate the Earth’s environment.


EarthDay.org

  • Follow their tweets – @EarthDayNetwork
  • Become a Fan of Earth Day Network on Facebook
  • Sign the Petition! “Demand that our leaders pass strong climate legislation that benefits all Americans
  • FREE ride to Washington, DC for Climate Rally
  • Take action by committing to simple ways to positively impact the climate!

Earth Day Climate Rally | Washington, DC

When: Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Climate Rally | Washington, DC - Earth Day 2010

More information here.

How Green are You?!

Carbon Footprint Quiz

  • Find out how large your ecological (carbon) footprint is by taking this interactive quiz including information on reducing your footprint!

    Earth Day Carbon Footprint Quiz

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EAP)

Mission: Protect human health and the environment.

EPA Earth Day links:

2010 NCAA Women’s Final Four San Antonio

Next weekend is a HUGE weekend for Women’s Basketball! Of course you should support your favorite teams by watching the games…but there’s a LOT more to be done!

Check out the 2010 NCAA Tournament Women’s Bracket here. Find out who’s left and who’s still in! Sic ’em Lady Bears!

NCAA Women’s Final Four

Next weekend is a HUGE weekend for Women’s Basketball! Of course you should support your favorite teams by watching the games…but there’s a LOT more to be done!

{ Complete Fan Guide }

Tickets

2010 Womens' Final Four in San Antonio TX tickets

Buy your tickets on Ticketmaster.com!

Events

Check out a FULL list of events for the weekend of April 2nd through the 4th!

Tourney Town

2010 Womens' Final Four Tourney Town in San Antonio TX tickets

Tourney Town is FREE to all and offers NCAA Women’s Final Four fans a chance to check out interactive basketball exhibits, music, food, contests, freebies, and more! Find more information on Facebook too!

Definitely a family-friendly festival celebrating all the greats in women’s college basketball at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Feel free improve your skills during the youth clinics, open play, and other games.

Friday, April 2 – Noon – 9:30 p.m.
Center Stage Highlights:

Family Pop Rock Concert with Kate Voegele, 4:30 p.m.
Live R&B and Soul Favorites with The Atlantics, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 3 – 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Center Stage Highlights:
Texas Talent Showdown® Refreshed By Coke Zero Finals, 1-3 p.m.
State Farm Coaches’ All America Team Autograph Session, 3:30 p.m.
AT&T Mascot Challenge, 5:30 p.m.
Tourney Town Hot Country Music Concert with Joe Nichols, JR Castillo & Unwound, and Charla Corn, 7-11 p.m.

Sunday, April 4 – Noon-5 p.m.

Center Stage Highlights:
Time Out in Tourney Town® Pre Game Party with performances by Ayla Brown, Sarah Lenore and DJMel

Social Media

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  • Follow @NCAAWomensBKB‘s tweets – written by Sue Donohoe, Vice President of Division 1 Women’s Basketball!

Directions to the Alamo Dome

Whether you’re visiting San Antonio for the first time, or just have trouble heading downtown…here are some helpful directions to the Alamo Dome:

From Interstate 35 North

Use U.S. Highway 281 South/I-37 South exit.

South on U.S. Highway 281/I-37.

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

From Interstate 35 South

Use U.S. Highway 90 East and exit U.S. Highway 281 North/I-37 North.

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

From Interstate 10 East

Use U.S. Highway 281 North/I-37 North exit.

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

From Interstate 10 West

Use I-35 North.

Exit I-37 South.

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

From Interstate 37 South

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

From U.S. Highway 281 North

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

2010 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World Conference

What are you doing this summer? Forget Disney World in Florida, head to Boston, Mass., for the hottest Open Source party in the country – Red Hat Summit and JBoss World.

2010 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World ConferenceTop 10 Reasons to Attend

Where: Boston, Massachusetts

When: June 22-25, 2010

JBoss is an open-source Java EE application server.  Now a division of Red Hat, this

2010 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World

2010 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World Agenda

At a glance, find out what’s going on – from Tuesday, 6/22 through Friday, 6/25, it’s a nonstop fast track full of dynamic topics and happy hour good times.

*MUST SEE: JBoss TCO, Performance, & Capabilities Comparison Results” on June 24 at 10:20am to 11:20am to learn:

Attendees will leave this session with an understanding about why JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is a worthy replacement for costly proprietary application servers.

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Agenda Tracks

  • Red Hat Summit – whether you’re already using open source or looking to investigate more, this track will teach you about enterprise level applications available from the open source community.
  • JBoss World – traversing this high-tech track will stimulate your geeky nerve endings and teach you about maximizing your JBoss potential!
  • Cloudoffered throughout the entire conference, the cloud computing track offers insight into open source cloud technology and how you can apply it at a huge cost-savings.
  • Labson Wednesday and Thursday, check out these interactive learning sessions

Speakers

  • Keynote – Jim Whitehurst, Paul Cormier, and Brian Stevens are headlining at this years conference!
  • Session – do you know an open source celebrity scheduled to speak? Check out this A-Z session speaker index to quickly find them!

Check out this year’s sponsors!

Conference Social Media

  • Summit Blogcheck back for the latest updates.
  • @RedHatSummit – follow their interactive tweets for the latest information about the conference, the speakers, sessions, and more!
  • Facebook Fan – become a fan on Facebook to get more information, interact with other open source fans, and more!
  • YouTube – check out the latest online videos about the event!
  • LinkedIn – RSVP to the event through LinkedIn to let them know you’re coming! (Does NOT count as registration…)
  • Flickr – pictures from last year’s and 2010!

Rates & Travel

  • Rates – make sure you register before May 1, 2010 for the early bird prices! If you went last year you’ll get an alumni savings of $600! Work for the government? There’s deals for you too! Great group rates for 3-4, and 5+ people!
  • Travel – hosted by the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, in the historic district (make reservations by June 1st to take advantage of the conference rate specials!)


SeaWorld San Antonio Coupons

Don’t forget to check out these printable coupons, deals, and events that make seeing Shamu even more worth it!  Also find out the difference between SeaWorld’s Fun Pass and their Season pass and when you should buy one over the other.  My daughter and I LOVE spending time together at SeaWorld San Antonio.  It is a LOT more personal and intimate than other amusement parks, and you just leave with a good feeling.

Fun Pass vs. Season Pass

Fun Pass

  • Purchase your 2010 Fun Card for the price of a single day admission ticket and come back all year!

Season Pass

  • Parking Included – show your season pass at the gate for FREE regular parking
  • 20% off food and merchandise – throughout the entire year (just flash your pass)
  • Pass Member Events – season pass holders get to go to special events just for them!  Keep in mind that ONLY the season pass member can attend, not one season pass per family…
  • Special rates on Behind the Scenes Tours, Camp SeaWorld, and Dine with Shamu.

SeaWorld Promotional Offers

  • Lifetime Fitness Savings – are you a member of the nationwide gym?  Save 20% off at the San Diego location and 15% off at all other Busch Garden locations.
  • Promotion Code – enter
    • SAVE” – $7 off single day pass and more!
    • McDonalds2010” –  to save at Busch Gardens Tampa, SeaWorld Orlando, and more!
  • San Antonio Attractions (Greater San Antonio Area Tourism Council) offers this coupon

Save $4 off one day admission to seaworld san antonio

March Coupons for Sea World San Antonio

  • 20% discount for Sesame Street Breakfast
  • $10 off Adult/Child one day admission ticket
  • FREE tray of fish at Sea Lion feeding (w/ purchase of 1 tray)
  • 20% off food and merchandise
  • 20% discount on All You Care to Eat and Drink All Day deal
  • $5 off Quick Queue Pass (skip lines at a discounted rate!)

MOST RECENT: Annual Pass Members Monthly Coupons/Offers – http://passMemberUpdates.com

Pass Member Advantages:

One reason to consider getting a season pass (instead of a fun pass) is to take advantage of the HUGE savings offered to ONLY season pass holders.

For example, on March 28, 2010 from 12pm to 4pm Pass Members are invited to spin for a chance to win exclusive SeaWorld merchandise or $20 gift cards to Lowe’s.  (My daughter and I spun to win at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo this past February…lots of fun…)

San Antonio Pass Member Advantages coupons at seaworld san antonio

2010 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

After being gifted with FREE box tickets to the rodeo this year I thought I should do my homework on my greatly appreciated prize!

Last year the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo was attended by over 1,300,000 poeple!!  During that time they raised almost $1,800,000 in scholarships during the Livestock and Horseshow exhibitors!  In 2009, they were also inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO.  (For more fun facts about the Rodeo check out: Fun Facts)

When: The 2010 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo will last from February 4th through February 21!

Where: 3201 East Houston Street, San Antonio, Texas   78219
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Grounds Hours & Admission Prices:

*OPEN EVERYDAY (8am until between 10pm & midnight)

  • Adult – $7.00
  • Senior Citizen (ages 60 & over) – $5.00
  • Children (2 to 11 yrs of age) – $3.00
  • Children (under 2 yrs of age) – FREE

*Season Grounds Pass (unlimited grounds admission for 18 days) – $20.00 by stopping by the ATT Center SW Box Office, calling 210.225.5851, or emailing tickets@rodeo.com (or visiting HEB business centers!)

Carnival Hours

If you’re going to enjoy the carnival, take advantage of these offers!  My daughter and I ALWAYS enjoy going to the carnival!

  • Friday, Feb. 5th (Dollar Day): 11:00am
  • Monday – Thursday: Opens at 4:00pm
  • Friday, Feb. 12th (Dollar Day): 11:00am
  • Monday, Feb. 15th (Dollar Day): 11:00am
  • Friday, Feb. 19th (Dollar Day): 11:00am
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am

Stock Show & Rodeo Family Fair

Area of the Stock Show & Rodeo grounds which provides a wide variety of interactive activities and attractions geared towards family fun, education and live musical entertainment. All venues located in Family Fair have the same hours of operation (see below).

My daughter and I really enjoy the Pig Races…I remember selecting a pig to win when I was young and the tradition has continued with her!

  • Sunday through Thursday: 10am – 9pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10am – 10pm

Helping Others

What to help someone else?  Special ticket programs!

Business charity program helped over 2000 individuals last year!  Choose your favorite charity and give generously!  Your contributions can also support the military and wounded and injured soldiers!

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Deals

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo offers an incredible time for friends and family, especially those that take advantage of THESE offers:

GREAT DEALS

Rodeo Feast!

Get tickets through Ticketmaster or call 1-877-63-Rodeo:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/San-Antonio-Stock-Show-and-Rodeo-tickets/artist/804262

4 rodeo tickets ($10 level), 4 hot dogs, 4 chips, and 4 sodas for $49!

4 rodeo tickets ($10 level), 4 hot dogs, 4 chips, and 4 sodas for $49!

Fan Appreciation Night!

February 9th and 15th, purchase two rodeo tickets and get nachos FREE!

February 9th and 15th, purchase two rodeo tickets and get nachos FREE

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Dollar Days!

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Dollar Days: Fridays ONLY (2/5, 2/12, 2/19)!

$1 grounds admission from 8am-6pm, rides, hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas in carnival $1 ALL day long!

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Dollar Days: Fridays ONLY (2/5, 2/12, 2/19)!  $1 grounds admission from 8am-6pm, rides, hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas in carnival $1 ALL day long!

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Dollar Days!

College Days Thursdays only, Feb. 4, 11, 18…free admission to grounds with current college ID!

College Days Thursdays only, Feb. 4, 11, 18...free admission to grounds with current college ID!

Free USAA Military Fridays!

Current and former military receive free grounds admission every Friday during the Rodeo, courtesy of USAA!

Current and former military receive free grounds admission every Friday during the Rodeo, courtesy of USAA!

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Text Alerts!

Get the latest San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo news alerts, exclusive offers, and event information on your mobile device!

Text RODEO to 50927!

Get the latest San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo news alerts, exclusive offers, and event information on your mobile device!  Text RODEO to 50927!

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo iPhone App in iTunes!

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo iPhone App in iTunes!

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San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo iPhone App in iTunes!

Dollar Admission: President’s Day – Feb. 15, 2010!

Monday, Feb. 15th, $1 grounds admissions!

Monday, Feb. 15th, $1 grounds admissions!

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San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Senior Day!

Free grounds admission for anyone over 55 years on Tuesdays, Feb. 9th & 16th!

Free grounds admission for anyone over 55 years on Tuesdays, Feb. 9th & 16th!

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San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Entertainment

http://www.sarodeo.com/sarodeo/rodeo_concert/2010entertainment.html

Entertainment from past rodeos: http://www.sarodeo.com/client/media/80/3608/rodeo_performers_all_time.doc

http://www.ticketmaster.com/San-Antonio-Stock-Show-and-Rodeo-tickets/artist/804262

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Rodeo Events

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Dillin the Armadillo Texas Ranger, scoot around and throw your badge at wolves, foxes, and his arch nemesis the farm truck!

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