2014 Early Black Friday Deals

2014 Early Black Friday Deals

Posting a quick sample of pre-Black Friday sales to remind people that they don’t have to interrupt their post-Thanksgiving plans if they want to tackle shopping early this year.

Make sure that you check out my other blog posts where I have already shared some of my favorite Black Friday aggregation websites (find the best deals all in the same spot!) and tips and tricks for maximizing the day.

Leave a comment with the best early deals you have found or what you’re taking advantage of!

Retailers’ Early Offers

Some of the best deals I am seeing from Walmart are their LEGO sets although a lot of them have to be picked up in-store since they have sold out online.

Newegg is offering their lineup of computer discounts.

Macy’s Super Sunday sale is going on right now too!

Amazon for all their early deals.

Best Buy

30% off at Old Navy!

New York & Company

Ralph Lauren

Feast SA Guest Chef Series Mardi Gras

Come celebrate Mardi Gras with Chef Stefan Bowers as he throws the 4th dinner in his series of guest chefs (without the traditional brick and mortar kitchen) taking over his kitchen to bring their own unique style. Perfectly timed is Chef Pieter Sypesteyn’s (WhereYAtSA.com), New Orleans’ native and food truck owner extraordinaire. His food is as big as his heart and you can feel the love he puts into his cuisine (as well as the legit crawfish from Crowley, LA that are driven in during crawfish season.)

Cost: $55/person if you call in and reserve your slot with your credit card!

When: Monday, March 3, 2014 (Cocktail Hour from 6-730, Family-style Dinner to follow.

Facebook Event here (you still have to physically call to reserve a slot!!!)

Call Feast at 210-354-1024 to confirm your slot, they’re going fast!

Address: 1024 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX78210

Phone: (210) 354-1024

Websitehttp://www.feastsa.com/

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Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

This dedicated to all the pug lovers out there, especially a special family with a pug named Misha who has a very special tongue. I came across one pug thing and it just led to another and another!

Click on these affiliate links to immediately be able to purchase in time for the holidays!  Which do you like the best?  What else would you recommend for the pug lover in your life?

Educational Insights Shelby’S Snack Shack Game

  • Develops number, counting and early math skills
  • Develops fine motor and social skills
  • Great for the whole family

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Beige Pug W/ Red Bowtie OEM Goda Mypetcase Plush Snap On Case W/ Stand For iPhone 5

  • Detachable/Washable Puppy
  • 360 Degree Rotating Stand
  • Front Legs provide extra stand and can be hooked on the inside of your pocket
  • Super soft plush material (just like a comfortable blanket)

 

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

 

Apple Iphone Custom Case 4 4s White Plastic Snap on – Keep Calm and Love Pugs

  • FITS IPHONE 4 AND 4S
  • SNAP ON BACK PLATE

 

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Keep Calm And Pug On baby one-piece infant clothing

  • Printed with water-based, eco-friendly inks.
  • Prints are super soft and permanently dyed in the fabric

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

 

Head Case Piper The Pug And Kisses Design Back Case Cover For Apple iPad Mini

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Kurt Adler 3-1/2-Inch Noble Gems Glass Ornament

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper

At work the other day, I was talking to my old manager who was struggling to think of great gifts for his grown up daughter who loves the outdoors. I’m dedicating this post to him. As someone who is not super outdoorsy, I struggled to think of any ideas on the spot but know a lot of people, especially as people shift away from everything technological and crave a closer relationship to nature, would be interested in. Creating this list almost makes me want to go camping! Almost…

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper list

Leave a comment for anything this newbie camper left off the list. What are some of your favorite tools when enjoying the great outdoors? Good luck shopping! For those last minute shoppers, I included the direct affiliate link to purchase each of these items on Amazon Prime for next day delivery. Until Amazon works out their drone situation, Prime is still the next best shipping option.

Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill

  • From Coleman, 36-inch collapsible propane grill for use at home or on the road
  • With 285 square inches cooking space, grill features porcelain-coated cast-iron grates for durability and cleaning ease
  • Meats cook over 2 10,000 BTU straight burners; requires separate purchase of a 16.4-ounce disposable propane cylinder
  • Additional features include towing handle, wheels, and detachable side tables; assembly required
  • The collapsed grill measures 36 by 22 by 13 inches with a shipping weight of 60 pounds; limited 5-year warranty

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper - Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill #Christmasgifts #Christmas2013 #2013christmas #bestgifts

Camelbak Classic 70 oz Hydration Pack

  • Nylon
  • Essentials pocket big enough for multitool or wallet
  • Stash pocket
  • Reflectivity accents for safety
  • Elastic cord system holds shed layers
  • Hydration Capacity: 70 ounces or 2 liters

 

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper - Camelbak Classic 70 oz Hydration Pack #Christmasgifts #Christmas2013 #2013christmas #bestgifts

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

  • Double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours
  • Premium grade 18/8 Stainless Steel BPA free Sports Bottle
  • High quality colorful powder-coated matte finish exterior that never sweats
  • A great way to give back Hydro Flask donates 5% back to a charity of your choice
  • The Lifetime Warranty makes Hydro Flasks the best water bottles

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Better Houseware Collapsible Tea Kettle

  • Silicone and stainless steel
  • 5-cup, 40-ounce capacity
  • For use on gas and electric stove tops
  • Collapses for storage
  • Expands for use/collapses for storage

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Gerber 30-000419 Steady Tripod Multi-Tool

  • Twelve components
  • Tripod functionally with camera and cell phone mount
  • Fine and serrated blade
  • Stand for your iPhone!
  • Micro flat. Square cross and medium flat screwdrivers
  • Bottle opener, needle nose pliers and wire cutters

Best gifts for the outdoor camper - Gerber 30-000419 Steady Tripod Multi-Tool #Christmasgifts #Christmas2013 #2013christmas #bestgifts

Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

  • The Sawyer Mini is ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
  • High performance filter fits in the palm of your hand, weighs 2 ounces and filters up to 100,000 gallons (30 times more than comparable filters)
  • Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source
  • Removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa
  • Sawyer’s certified 0.1 micron absolute filter removes bacteria and protozoa at a higher rate than accepted EPA guidelines

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper - Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System #Christmasgifts #Christmas2013 #2013christmas #bestgifts

AeroBed PakMat with Hand Pump

  • Hand pump included no batteries needed
  • 100-Percent phthalate-free, and puncture-resistant
  • Channel construction to keep you off the ground
  • Bed stores inside pump for compact storage
  • Measures 78-inch by 26-inch by 5-inch high when inflated

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Nite Ize Buglit LED Task Light

  • Available with a high visibility White LED
  • Fully bendable legs can be bent wrapped or twisted allowing the BugLit to sit stand stay or shine wherever you need it.
  • Gear Tie Technology – Tough rubber shell provides excellent grip anywhere but won’t scratch or mark
  • Be seen be safe
  • Innovation and fun all in one

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To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set in Avocado

Beautiful Bamboo Fork, Knife, Spoon and Chopstick Set Included Avocado Carrying Case Carrying Case

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Pass the Pigs

At the end of a long day hiking you might want to relax around the fireplace and play a game of “Pass the Pigs”!

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Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Light

  • Magnetic closure allows you to clip the Mini Hozuki anywhere or hang it from any stainless steel surface or hook to mini Hozuki lights together
  • Choose from 3 bright settings (low, medium, or high) so you can illuminate your whole campsite or just your tent
  • Runs on 3 AAA batteries (included) provides up to 70 hrs of operation on low and 40 hrs on high
  • Silicone rubber lantern shade diffuses light and withstands regular use while camping and traveling

 

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Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock

  • Breathable woven nylon microfiber for superior strength and wear resistance
  • High-quality aluminum wire gate carabineers and strength-tested nautical-grade line
  • Stuffs into attached compression sack, about the size of a softball

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Helinox Chair One Camp Chair

Featuring the same aluminum pole technology used by DAC in their Helinox trekking poles and tent poles, this camp chair is light, strong and comfortable.

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Places to Donate on #GivingTuesday

This morning I came across tweets on Twitter that included the hashtag #GivingTuesday.  Partnering with over 8,300 organizations in need, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for (their mission statement):

#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.

Help kick off the holidays with the truest reason for the season!

#GivingTuesday ways to help on Dec 3
Picture from #GivingTuesday

Website:  http://community.givingtuesday.org/News

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/givingtues

There are so many to help, here are a few that I came across in my follow list.  Also consider giving aid to those in the Philippines through these non-profit agencies here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2013 Tamales Festival | Pearl Brewery

The 4th Annual Tamales! Holiday Festival returns to Pearl on this upcoming Saturday, December 7th, from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Sponsored by Cadillac, Corona and White Wings La Paloma, guests will be invited to explore a Mexican streetscape full of the sounds, sights and tastes of the holiday season.

Website:  http://atpearl.com/projects/tamales_at_pearl

2013 Tamales Festival | Pearl Brewery

“We’re so excited to invite all of San Antonio to come celebrate the holidays at our fourth annual Tamales! Festival,” said Pearl’s Chief Marketing Officer Elizabeth Fauerso. “This event has become a real San Antonio tradition and it’s so great to see people from near and far get together to enjoy great food, music and to honor our San Antonio culinary traditions.”

2013 Tamales Festival | Pearl Brewery

Tamales! is a celebration of family, food and fun that so many San Antonians associate with the holidays. With more than 40 different tamale vendors, guests can explore the full range of tamales from traditional San Antonio classics to South American to sweet, vegetarian and many more. Regional amateurs, culinary students, popular restaurants and esteemed chefs will showcase a blend of innovation, experimentation and classic tamales.

Tickets: The event is free and open to the public, no ticket necessary.

COST: Food and beverage prices range from $1 to $5 per vendor and there will be ATMs available on site.

2013 Tamales Festival | Pearl Brewery

Christmas Gifts: The Pearl Farmers market will celebrate the holidays during their normal hours in a temporary location in the West Parking lot of the Full Goods building. Pearl shops along Pearl Parkway will offer special selections, trunk shows and holiday ready gifts, apparel, food and fashions for you and your home.

2013 Tamales Festival | Pearl Brewery

Pearl is located at 303 Pearl Parkway in San Antonio, Texas. For more information about events at Pearl please visit www.atpearl.com. Take advantage of easy parking in their parking garage!

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day coming up in a couple of days, I thought I would do another top 10 list of gift ideas…this time with dads in mind! If your dad is a foodie (like mine is!) be sure to check out my post about the Top 10 Best Foodie Gift Ideas. Click on any of the images for more product details or to purchase for your dad today!

Charcoal Storage Bag

America’s Test Kitchen recently reviewed the Charcoal Storage Bag by The Companion Group and were impressed with the bags ability to not only store charcoal…but store it well! They tested it by leaving it outside for several MONTHS through a horrific New England winter and the bag did the job!

Charcoal Storage Bag - Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen

Don’t let the color throw you off, it comes in 10 different colors and with 5 stars and 550 reviews it’s no wonder it’s so popular!

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas - Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen

The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries

Perfect for the All-American dad that loves a good beer and pub food! Whether he’s cooking in the kitchen or making requests, pre-order this book for Dad!

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas - The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries

Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller

Speaking of Pop and beer check out these one of a kind in-bottle beer chillers! They’ll keep dear old dad’s beer cold from the first sip to the last, simply freeze, insert into any bottled beer and drink right through the Chillsner.

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas - Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller

The Godfather Classic Quotes

Who’s dad doesn’t quote the Godfather? “Leave the gun, take the cannolis!” And this book!

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas - The Godfather Classic Quotes

Kebo One-Handed Bottle Opener

A great gift, especially for new dads who have their hands full, give them this beer opener that only requires one hand! Whether your dad is a multi-tasker, or he just likes to open his Mexican Coke with ease, this is a fun gift for Pop!

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas - Kebo One-Handed Bottle Opener

Logitech Harmony Touch Universal Remote with Color Touchscreen

Who doesn’t get frustrated with having a different remote for the TV, cable, Roku, Apple TV, PS3, Xbox 360, and everything else?! Syncs with 15 devices at a time, set 50 channel favorites, and it comes with its own charging station so you no longer have to find batteries when the remote stops working!

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas - Logitech Harmony Touch Universal Remote with Color Touchscreen

Mercedes Benz Wine Stoppers

If dad is into cars (and wine…or olive oils), get him a Mercedes Benz Wine Stoppers! (Or the car of his choice…or a gear shift stopper)!

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas - Mercedes Benz Wine Stoppers

Handcrafted Soapstone Whisky Chilling Rocks

Set of 9 stones and storage pouch, made of natural soapstone. Dad can chill whisky and spirits without diluting, all he has to do is freeze for 4-hour before using.

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas - Handcrafted Soapstone Whisky Chilling Rocks

Coleman Road Trip Grill LXE

On Amazon this puppy has four and a half stars after 462 reviews! Coleman has made a 36-inch collapsible propane grill for use at home or on the road. Easy to pull out onto the porch or tailgating before the big game.

Top 10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas - Coleman Road Trip Grill LXE

What else are you getting dad this year? Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially mine! I love you Dad! (These gifts are more for the masses…my dad is happy when I bring home a clean bill of health – literally! Showing him my health assessments is all he really wants or needs.) J

 

2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Although Black Friday normally starts on the crack of dawn the Friday after Thanksgiving (or sometime Thursday evening these days), here’s a list of retails who have already started their Black Friday sales!  Don’t forget to also check out my top 11 tips for maximizing your Black Friday shopping potential!

Click on any of the images for a direct link to the Black Friday details!

2012 Early Black Friday Sales Kohls

  • Preview Kohl’s Black Friday sale and add items to cart for immediate check out on Black Friday (I imagine this is to prevent Kohl’s annual Black Friday website outage…)
  • Promotional Code: BLACKFRI additional 15% off your order
  • Free shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent between November 21-25, redeemable November 26 through December 3.

2012 Early Black Friday Sales Kohls

Notable Kohl’s Deals (items must be in cart to see price reflected)

Ebay's 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

 

NY and Company 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Everything is 50-70% off
  • Free shipping, no minimum

 

 

American Eagle AE 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • American Eagle and ae.com is offering 40% Off Entire Purchase
  • Coupon Code 35787891.
  • Free Shipping on all orders to the United States and Canada
  • Now through Sunday, 11/25

 

Express 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Express is offering 50% off entire purchase now until noon, on Black Friday

  • $8 shipping flat rate
  • No coupon code required

 

Lands End 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • WONDERLAND with the PIN code 2126 to receive 30% off your entire purchase and free shipping with no order minimum!
  • Last through Monday, 11/26
  • Daily doorbuster deals too
  • No minimum

 

Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

 

  • Known for their VIP Tote, you can purchase for $20 with $40 purchase:
    • Valued at $111, VIP Tote includes Signature Collection Shower Gel (10 oz.) and Body Lotion (8 oz.) in the new Cashmere Glow, a Paris Amour Body Lotion (8 oz.) and a Paris for Men 2-in-1 Hair + Body Wash (10 oz.). This year’s beautiful bag also comes with a red shower sponge, a mini Cranberry Bellini candle (1.3 oz.), and our Anti-Bac Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Sparkling Pink Champagne (8.75 oz.)!
    • Promotional Code: VIP12

    Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

 

Newegg 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • 72-hour Pre-Black Friday Frenzy guaranteeing products featured will not drop lower on Black Friday

Some Deals include:

 

The Body Shop 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • get any 3 Items for $30 (up to $78 value)
  • Every $30 order, includes option to purchase the Joy in a Bag Mistletote, a 14-piece collection valued at $100, for only $30
  • Free standard shipping on orders of $50 or more, flat-rate shipping starts at $5.95.

     

The Body Shop 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

 

Target 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

 

Best Buy 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Best Buy is offering a handful of deals on sale from today through Wednesday
  • Check back daily!

Best Buy 2012 Black Friday Online Sales

 

Amazon 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Check out their lighting deals and upcoming deals!
  • Subscribe to their email, limited supplies

Walmart 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

As I will never step foot in Walmart on the actual Black Friday day, here are some great online deals to take advantage of

  • Free shipping
  • Various deals

 

Office Depot 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Save on printers, scanners, and other office supplies

 

Toys R Us 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Details about Black Friday here
  • 8pm Door Busters Thursday night
  • Check out their Daily and Flash Deals every couple of hours here

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

Although I pride myself on being a good shopper, the holidays is a hard time for even the most professional shopper. It’s one thing to be the parent of the children you’re shopping for…shopping for someone else’s kids can be even harder! What will they like? Is it age appropriate? Will it drive the parents nuts (though I find that people who don’t have children worry about this one less…) Luckily Melissa and Doug take out all the guess work with their top 20 list for great 2012 holiday gifts.

And don’t feel limited to these awesome options. I really like a lot of the games and puzzles they come up with. My daughter has the hangman game which is very cute and great for long car rides to grandma’s house this year! You’ll no longer have to deal with paper and crayons getting smashed into the car seat!

Another gift for older kids that I saw recommended on another parenting website was the Suspend Family Game which is an aerial version of Jenga!

Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page here to learn more ways that you can win one of their daily contests! And you don’t even have to go that far!

Geekette Bits Giveaway!

I will be giving away the following gift from Melissa and Doug that has been a favorite of my daughter and I for a very long time!

Not only do you get an absolutely adorable Trunki, a portable suitcase that your kids can also sit on or “ride” during long walks across airport terminals, you’ll also be able to decorate it! I picked one that I thought would be great for a boy or girl.

Enter to Win:

@geekettebits I want to win @MelissaAndDoug‘s trunki! http://bit.ly/TbU2di #TerrificTwenty

 

{ Although Melissa and Doug let me sample one of their products my opinions are definitely my own and I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t love the quality and creativity of all of their products! }

Valentine’s Day Printables

If you’re like me and LOVE printables, you enjoy these Valentine’s Day themed ones! I have found over 40 printable valentines for kids and adults, whether you’re handing them out at school or your special someone. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Download pdfs by clicking on printable’s images
  • Blog images go directly to the “printable”-related blog posts if you want to check out other printables the blogger shared
  • If it’s not a direct PDF it’s because there were multiple images to download

Don’t forget to check out my blog post on Kid’s Valentine’s Day Websites, Printables, and Crafts!

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12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways

Although the “12 Days of Christmas” normally occurs the day after Christmas, December 26 leading to the Feast of Epiphany, on the twelfth day, on January 6, the following retailers and talk show hosts are offering 12 days of giveaways, discounts, and prizes to get you in the holiday spirit!

Check back daily from now until the 12 of December (depending on the website…) and take advantage of their that day only sale or surprise. Enter to win giveaways or use special coupon codes! Online only.

FOODIES

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Godiva Chocolate

Godiva

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Starbucks

Starbucks 12 festive holiday gifts

 

RETAILERS

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Dell Computers

Dell

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Netted

Netted

CELEBRITY GIVEAWAYS

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - the Ellen Show

Ellen Show Tune in to see these fantastic prizes and watch all show long to see the names of the 25 lucky winners.

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Oprah

Oprah Twelve lucky readers will win the Favorite Things chosen by Oprah

 

TRAVEL

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Thai Airways

Thai Airways 12 days special fares

Zynga Poker Pumpkin Carving

As someone who aspires to be Martha Stewart when it comes to pumpkin crafts, I thought I would try my hand at a poker themed pumpkin!

Make Your Own Poker-themed Pumpkin

First, start with a pumpkin:

And make sure you have the right tools…obviously; this wasn’t the first time I’ve carved pumpkins. In addition to the traditional 5 piece set that includes the scoop and different serrated knives, last year I also splurged and got the linoleum cutters from Michaels (with a 40% off a single item coupon, of course!)

 

Then we thought about what we wanted to make and got inspiration from the Zynga iPad apps:

And sketched out our ideas. I normally cut the bottom of the pumpkin, instead of the top…this prevents the pumpkin from rotting as quickly and it keeps the top of the pumpkin pretty.

We got all the seeds and goup out:

With just our hands and the scoop that comes in the pack.

Since I didn’t have a pattern and it’s very easy to make a mistake and cut the wrong line, I visulized everything by cutting out my design and taping it to the pumpkin.

Then I traced on what I wanted to make:

After tracing the basical outlines with a market that could easily be wiped off, I drew in the details since I was going to be cutting around the lettering and cards.

Then with my linoleum cutter I started shaving away.

I used a lamp to sign under the pumpkin so I wouldn’t have to play with fire everytime.

Eventually I was done! I used the smaller blade to edge out the details…then I shaved away the excess pumpkin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
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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” 🙂

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

2010 Unknown Black Friday Deals

Although there are a lot of popular Black Friday websites (check out my post from 2009 to see my favorites), I wanted to post some ads that I have found that I don’t think have gotten enough attention.

Black Friday Tips

  1. Never Assume –  Although I’m a HUGE online shopper, last year there were several websites not prepared to handle the traffic generated by Black Friday.  Don’t assume the website will work, if there is something you really want, go in-person.
  2. Store Hours – Check out that link for common stores and their shopping start times.  Know if the store if offering Thanksgiving hours, Thanksgiving online hours, Black Friday hours, and Black Friday online hours.  No two stores were created equally.
  3. Research – Check out that inclusive link to the left!  Includes tons of stores and their Black Friday offers.  Know how much something is worth before you look at the discounted price.  It might not be a great deal after all.
  4. Confident Purchases ONLY! – If there is something that you have second thoughts about buying, DON’T buy it.  If you don’t know if it’s really that good of a deal, don’t buy it!  You’ll be able to get great discounts again as soon as Christmas is over.  This is not your only chance…don’t sweat it.
  5. Location, Location, Location – When planning my in-store purchases, I consider the demographic of the different store locations.  Is there going to be a bigger demand for the XBOX Kinetic at the Walmart off I-10 and 1604 or Fredericksburg, TX?  If there’s a huge deal you know is worth it, save purchase time by going to the less busy store, even if the drive’s a little longer.

Good luck and remember that there’s always post-Christmas sales!

Hot Destination Deals:

Southwest Vacations Black Friday hotels

Southwest Vacations – offers “great prices for limited time” (Black Friday through Cyber Monday) and includes Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles, Ski resorts, and more!

Southwest Air Fare – With prices starting at $59, one-way, purchase starting 11/23/10 through 11/29/10 for travel 01/04/11 through 03/09/11!  Check out the extensive list, here.

Starwood Resorts – Check out this massive hotel line’s Cyber Monday deals!

BroadwayAcrossAmericaBlackFridayDeals

Broadway Across America – Ticket deals available too!  Check out a list of shows offered at discounted prices at a theater near you!

Educational Deals:

The Scholastic Store –  Take an extra 20% off w/ FREE shipping when you use “ssbf20” at checkout, now until 11/29/2010.  Enjoy up to 75% off!

the Houston Museum of Natural Science – Save $10 off $50, $25 off $100, and $50 off $200 purchases with this printable coupon.  Offer valid 11/26–11/28.

Retailers:

Vera Bradley –  Spend over $100 at this retailer and get a FREE holiday tote!  ($48 value!)

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The Limited –  40% off EVERYTHING, in-store and online!  Don’t forget you’ll also get a FREE mini-bag w/ $75 purchase (also both online AND in-store!)

Haverty’s –  The first 50 get $50–$250 off certificates, sale starts at 8am so you’ll have time to hit a couple other stores first.

Crabtree & Evelyn – FREE shipping of orders over $25 with incredible lotions 50% off, buy one get 50% off site wide, 50% off select gifts and fragrances!

Smart Home – Ever want to completely automate your home?  Preheat your over w/ your cell phone?  Lights controlled by remote?  Take a look at their exclusive savings, NOW through the end of 11/26!

Golf Galaxy – Starts online Thursday, 11/25 at 12AM ET.  Save big on clubs, gear, and more!  $1.99 flat shipping rate!

Bed, Bath, & Beyond – Shop early and save 20% off your ENTIRE order, including clearance items!

Overstock.com – not only will you enjoy severely discounted items, you’ll save 10% off your entire purchase and enjoy $1 shipping!

Dining Deals:

Denny’s – Enjoy 20% off your entire ticket, the entire day at Denny’s!