GIVEAWAY: 35th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show

35th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show

This year’s show hosts DIYers, local experts and special guests, all sharing the latest in home and garden trends!

  • Jason Cameron, host of DIY Network’s popular shows, will be there to share secrets on the art of remodeling homes and landscapes while giving an inside peek into his hit television shows.
  • Family-friendly show also includes flavors and treats sure to fill the bill.
  • Enjoy gourmet food and wine, take home a plant or craft a stunning wreath to adorn your front door.
  • Baptist Health System is bringing a Mobile Health Screening Unit offering complimentary health screenings (valued at $25)
  • Entertained by a petting zoo and dessert decorating.
  • Home Depot will offer workshops for kids throughout the weekend
  • Pet Zone features live pet adoptions. Project Rescue Runway and Kirby Animal Care Services are back at it again, teaming up to change the lives of shelter pets. Fancy felines and dashing doggies will strut their stuff down the cat (and dog!) walk to show that adoption is the most fashionable option. 


GIVEAWAY:  35th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show




Show Times

  • Friday, Feb. 27, 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 1, 11 am – 6 pm

GIVEAWAY:  35th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show


Ticket Information

Admittance for adults 17 years and over is $9.00. Seniors 65+ admittance is $6.50. All active duty military and 16 years and under receive free admission. A single ticket is good for the entire weekend. For more information, visit

FREE Stuff!

Event attendees will also receive a free tote bag and a pack of Autumn Beauty Sunflower seeds, the perfect ingredient to start your garden! With so much in store, the San Antonio Home & Garden Show is the perfect place to make your budding home and garden ideas truly blossom.


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Show Technology is an industry leader in the production of consumer home and garden shows across the United States. The annual San Antonio Spring Home & Garden Show is one of San Antonio’s favorites with three days of educational and shopping opportunities with activities for all ages. The show features home, garden and landscape vendors with a variety of home improvement seminars with activities for everyone to enjoy. The show is presented by the Greater San Antonio Builders Association and sponsored by San Antonio Express-News. For more information, visit

Girls Inc. Made with Code

Girls Inc. Made with Code

I am very, VERY proud to be the mother of a strong, smart, and bold 11 year old girl who wears shirts with periodic tables and pi jokes. As a mom who majored in Computer Science and minored in Mathematics at college I feel very strongly about the following:

  • Empowering my daughter to feel like she can do anything with hard work
  • Giving her every opportunity to geek out as much as she wants to

People ask me all the time how I do it…and part of it is not letting one day go by where I don’t give her examples of women being strong, smart, and bold…whether it’s in the technology field or somewhere else. I actively seek out opportunities for my daughter to participate in programming, robotics, and engineering camps, activities, games, etc. Unfortunately a lot of times this can cost money and resources to make help her get back and forth in the middle of the day.

I am was so excited when Girls Inc asked me to share information about this FREE 2 hour workshop that they are offering for ANY girl, ages 12-18 to learn more about programming and pursuing opportunities in a technical field. Although it is never too late to explore your dreams, how incredible would it be to give girls the opportunity sooner than later. Let’s not let them get all the way through college before exposing them to needs our industry currently has for Computer Science majoring women.

Today, only 0.4% of female college freshmen plan to major in CS. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the time girls in middle school go to college, there will be one million more CS jobs than computer scientists to fill them. Today, only about 10% of high schools offer Computer Science classes. And when they do, the curriculum isn’t always best suited to be inclusive of girls.

For the past four years, I have attended the Grace Hopper Conference which celebrates women in computing whether in the industry, academics, or majoring in school. Four years ago was the first time I had ever been in a room with 2,000 women who also majored in Computer Science. It was an amazing feeling. Since high school I was in advanced math classes where there were more boys then I went into Computer Science at UTSA and there were only a handful of girls there too. If we encourages girls 12-18 to start actively learning about a career in code, a hobby in coding, the possibilities programming presents, there will be less girls who are the only girl in the room. There will be more diversity in the classrooms from high school on up.

I <3 Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. San Antonio presents a “Made with Code” party is open to all girls ages 12-18 to demonstrate how programming can help make any dream come true, regardless of the interest area. Technology and programming are continuing to be a huge part of people’s lives. You don’t have to have any experience programming.

Event information can be found by clicking on the image or clicking here.

To sign up contact Girls Inc. of San Antonio at (210) 212-2510.

When: Sat., September 13th OR Sat., September 20th

Time: 10am-12pm OR 2pm-4pm

Place: St. Mary’s University Campus | 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78288 { MAP }


Make sure you keep in touch with Girls Inc. San Antonio by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

Google Made with Code Initiative

Girls Inc. proudly joins Google in the Made with Code Initiative, which aims to inspire millions of girls to learn to code and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers. Girls Inc. will reach thousands of girls with an introduction to coding, building upon programming in which girls explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as part of their lives and potential career options. Girls Inc. is committed to helping girls discover how STEM and its many applications offer exciting opportunities today and for the future.

For those who want to get a head start or cannot attend one of the workshops, check out their online resources here. Activities include:

  • Animating your name
  • Making a card for friends
  • Making a meme
  • Making custom paper
  • Sewing a light up bookmark
  • Making a website
  • Make an app for your phone

There are also great resources for parents, teachers, and counselors who are excited about getting their kids involved.

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio My good friend Stacy of Kids Stuff World enjoyed my post on 2014 Summer Reading Programs for Kids where I highlight programs that incentivize kids to read over the summer so they don’t lose any of the valuable things they learned during the school year. She mentioned interest in a post about 2014 free summer movies, especially in San Antonio, so here it goes! As I was writing the post, I realized that a lot of the sites didn’t have a clear list of the movies, when they were, and where so I tried to make that a little easier. Hope you enjoy this post and let me know what other kinds of posts you would be interested in in the future!

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio regal theaters Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!

Admission to these movies during the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets must be purchased at the theater and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Search for a theater in your area to see where the Summer Movie Express is playing.

2014 Movie Schedule Includes:

  • Week 1 Hotel Transylvania The Smurfs 2
  • Week 2 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 The Pirates: Band of Misfits
  • Week 3 Arthur Christmas Despicable Me 2
  • Week 4 The Lego Movie Free Birds
  • Week 5 The Adventures of Tintin Rise of the Guardians
  • Week 6 Kung Fu Panda 2 Madagascar 3
  • Week 7 The Croods Epic
  • Week 8 Turbo Walking with Dinosaurs
  • Week 9 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Rio 2

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio regal theaters   2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio cinemark theaters Either pay $1 per film or pre-pay $5 for 10 movies! Click on your location to see what’s playing…when! For San Antonio Cinemark theaters, check out the theater at 410 and the one on New Braunfels Ave. 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio santikos theaters Santikos is offering Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am these movies are FREE!

  • The Croods – July 1, 2014 – July 2, 2014
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits – July 8, 2014 – July 9, 2014
  • Epic – July 15, 2014 – July 16, 2014

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio movies moonlight in travis park After six years of outdoor movies in HemisFair Park, the Movies by Moonlight summer outdoor film series is moving down the street, to Travis Park. Follow them on Facebook for more details and updates: All movies start at dusk.

  • July 1    Toy Story 2
  • July 8    Cars 2
  • July 15    Cloudy w/a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • July 22    The Smurf’s 2
  • July 29    Despicable Me 2

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio movies by moonlight in travis park 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio main plaza bikes MPC’s Cycle-In Cinema is one part of the bigger picture which aims to launch pedal power events and workshops at Main Plaza every year. MPC’s Cycle-In Cinema mission is to inspire and empower a wider understanding and uptake of renewable energy technologies and create a movement towards San Antonio reducing their energy consumptive habits. We will achieve this by engaging our audiences in how energy works in a fun and interesting way through this pedal powered movie series. Updates for movies are on their calendar of events or 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio main plaza bikes 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse Join Alamo Drafthouse Theaters in San Antonio to beat the heat this summer with the best family friendly movies around! All films are free and all ages are welcome! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served.

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse annie

Plays July 1st at 11am @ Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse despicable me

Plays July 1st at 11am in Stone Oak

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse rio 2

On July 8th at 11am in Stone Oak

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On July 8th at 1030am in Park North

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Plays at 11am at Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse   2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio city base cinema City Base Cinema’s is offering Summer Free Kid’s Movie Festival brought to you by ICEE. If you have a daycare, summer program, or just a bunch of kids this program is for you. Admission is FREE, but we highly suggest you call and make reservations, as last summer we had to turn people away. Website here. 2623 SE Military Drive, San Antonio, TX 78223 To make reservations, for the entire summer call now (210) 531-3000 x 7 and speak to Mr. Stewart San Antonio Public Libraries are offering all kinds of free movies for kids of all ages! Movies for kids, tweens, and elderly are featured here. Includes their Marvel Summer Movie series. 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo heights movies Free movies in Alamo Heights details here. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. and will be held next to the Nature Trails parking lot off Viesca Street. Remember to get there early for the best seats. Don’t forget your coolers, chairs and blankets!

  • July 18 – Gravity
  • August 22 – Frozen

Keep up with them on Facebook here and their website here.

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs


10 FREE Summer Reading Programs


10 FREE Summer Reading Programs

Check out 10 FREE Summer Reading Programs below some even encouraging adults to read!  In Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers book, the author highlights the main negative education difference between demographics including race happens during the summer when “learning loss” occurs.  He explains how the kids who don’t have education support, incentive, etc. to continue learning lose a lot of the material their learned during the year.  Encourage your kids and their friends to read nonstop during the summer!

 Houston Public Library

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Houston Library

REGISTEREarly registration began May 1, 2014 and continues through August 1, 2014 at any Houston Public Library location during operating hours or remotely from a computer. Receive a free book, courtesy of Rosen Publishing, upon registration!*

READ or listen to books, enter book titles or reading time online and in your Badge Log booklet (be sure to ask your librarian for one). Go to your local Houston Public Library to pick up your prizes at the various book reading levels.

ATTEND hands-on workshops, enjoy performances and take part in activities to earn your Camp STREAM sticker badges (collect them in your Badge Log booklet)! Participate in at least 5 library programs ** and read a minimum of 5 books, to receive a special prize pack: a book bag and Chipotle meal coupon!*

REWARDS for reading include:

  • Registration: one free book and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 5 books or 5 hour level: reading certificate and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 10 books or 10 hour level: one free book and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 20 books or 20 hour level: additional free book, one coupon for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 30 books or 30 hour level: one admission voucher for the Houston Zoo, and entry into a Grand Prize drawing to win a Nintendo DSi or a LEGO 8MP digital camera, and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.

Pottery Barn Kids

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Pottery Barn Kids

Books a Million

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Books a Million

Download the reading form from Books a Million here.

Borden Milk

BordenSummer reading Program Borden


Borden Milk is offering FREE books redeemable by entering the code on the milk jug.

Sylvan Learning Center

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Book Adventures

Sylvan Learning Center is offering another reading program option here.  Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Start your reading adventure! Site tour here.


10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Scholastic

Scholastic’s reading programThe Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children. Join today and let’s set a new reading world record for summer 2014! (May 5 – Sept 5, 2014).  Kids can register here.  Educators can learn more here.  Parents learn more here.

Half Price Books

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Half Price Books

Half Price Books talks about their program here.  Once of my favorites!

  1. Read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)
  2. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  3. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed log to earn HPB Bookworm Bucks for each month.
  4. We’ll award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize – a $20 HPB Gift Card!*

Barnes and Noble

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Barnes and noble

Barnes and Noble offers kids FREE books.

Step 1.  Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF).
Step 2.  Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.  Find a Store.
Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!
More activities for parents and teachers here.

San Antonio Public Library

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs San Antonio Public Library

San Antonio Public Library offers programs for non-readers, readers, and teens!

For Kids:

  • By reading 8 books this summer, you can earn a Certificate signed by Mayor Castro — and — receive a free paperback book to keep!
  • First day to turn in your log: June 15
  • Last day to turn in your log: August 31


  • Welcome to Teen Summer Reading Program where you can connect with friends via Facebook, share book reviews and comment about what’s going on at your library this summer. PLUS, you can do it all on your smartphone. Register here


  • San Antonio Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Challenge is to read 4 books, any 4 books (ebooks and audiobooks included), between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2014.
  • All adults who finish the challenge before 5pm on Aug. 31 will be eligible for a drawing for a chance to win an eReader. 
  • Beginning June 1, you can create a record here to keep track of your reading, and you can post reviews of the books you’ve completed. 


Download and print out this summer: 2014-english-summer-reading-club_heb

  • Grab a pen and fill out the form on the back side of this flyer.  Just pick out 10 books and get started.
  • After you finish reading each one, log it in the form. Be sure to have a grownup put their initials by each book you’ve read.M
  • Mailing the form to:
    • H•E•Buddy® 2014 Summer Reading Program
    • 10530 Sentinel
    • San Antonio, Tx 78217
  • Your form must be postmarked by October 1, 2014.
  • In 3 – 4 weeks, you’ll receive the cool prizes for reading all 10 books.

50+ free things for kids and families to do in San Antonio this summer

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Disney on Ice: Frozen San Antonio Early Code

From now until June 2, 2014, get your tickets to Disney on Ice: Frozen when they come to San Antonio before anyone else!

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Onsale to General Public, Tue. Jun 03 2014, 10:00 AM – Thu. Apr 02 2015, 05:30 PM…get yours between now and then by using the code: EARLY.

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Disney on Ice: Frozen

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You¿ll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let it Go.” Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets

GIVEAWAY details below!

The Nutcracker will run over two weekends from November 29-December 1 and December 6-December 8. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7 PM, and Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2 PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the San Antonio Symphony Box Office, and the Majestic Theatre Box Office.

December 6-December 8

  • Fri & Sat, 7 p.m.
  • Sat & Sun, 2 p.m.


Buy tickets online check out this link.

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets



This season’s Nutcracker also features approximately 150 children from across San Antonio and surrounding areas, the largest number of children to participate in a Ballet San Antonio production.

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets

GIVEAWAY: Family Four (4) Pack of Tickets

I am very excited to be giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to see Ballet San Antonio perform timeless Christmas classic The Nutcracker with music by the San Antonio Symphony!

As always there are several ways to win!

Winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 and tickets will be available for will-call pick up on winner’s desired date

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets

GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Symphony Halloween Spooktacular

San Antonio Symphony Presents Halloween Spooktacular

Children encouraged to dress as their favorite composer to win a prize

When: Sunday, October 27, 2013 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Alamo Heights High School Auditorium, 6900 Broadway St.
Special feature: Pre-Concert Activities for Kids and Instrument Petting Zoo, 1:30 p.m.

Critical Praise for The Composer Is Dead

“You’d be hard pressed to find a sym-phunnier crime story than this. ”  — TIME MAGAZINE

Tickets: $8 children, $16 adults

We just enjoyed the wonderful, family oriented San Antonio Symphony, “Pictures at an Exhibition”, the conductor took us through each movement with pictures and explanations of the meanings and inspirations.  I am very excited to offer FOUR FREE TICKETS!

The Composer is Dead is a riotous collaboration between composer Nathaniel Stookey and children’s author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) that combines two elements of great story-telling: music and suspense. In a special Halloween-themed concert, San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto will lead the orchestra in a gripping murder mystery where every member of the orchestra is a suspect. Originally created as an orchestral work, The Composer Is Dead was released as a book in 2009.

Family concerts are designed for children ages 4-11, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages and are a lively and informative approach to concert-going, with a variety of hands-on activities during the hour before the concert begins:

  • Instrument Petting Zoo, an opportunity to experiment with and play orchestral instruments
  • Hands-on musical arts and crafts stations
  • Visit from Count Bassie, the Symphony’s beloved mascot
  • Halloween costume contest encouraging children to dress as their favorite composer for a prize

The Composer Is Dead san antonio symphony

Win a Family-Four Pack!

As always there are several ways to win!  Winner will be announced and tickets will be available for will-call pick up:

Or purchase online here.

Video and Musical Sample

Check out a video of a similar performance and musical reviews here

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Pleygo | LEGO Netflix

As the mother a 10 year old daughter who has been obsessed with LEGO products for probably three fourths of her life, I was ecstatic when I received an email about an opportunity to experience three months of a Netflix like service, Pleygo, that allows kids to add LEGO sets to a wish list, and by a monthly subscription, receive new sets once the initial set is returned.

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Awesome Features:

  1. You’re not charged if your child loses a couple of pieces…
  2. They send a bag of common misplaced pieces
  3. If your child desperately wants to keep the set…they can for retail price!
  4. Everything is ultrasonic cleaned before shipping!


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The Phoenician Resort | Scottsdale, AZ

It seems counterintuitive that going on vacation requires a lot of work. Unfortunately, most of the time, it does. You have to research the best places to stay, things in the area to do, great places to eat. And if it’s an out of town vacation, you want to get the best bang for your buck, do everything you possibly can, and avoid at all costs the feeling of regret when you come home because you missed something. At least that’s how I normally vacation. Not so relaxing.

Enter The Phoenician. After reading what I’m about to describe, you might not believe me…but this oasis in the Arizona dessert exists! It offers everything anyone could ever want. And it’s even more fabulous in person!

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The Phoenician

6000 East Camelback Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (map)

Phone: (480) 941-8200

Location, Location, Location

Literally at the base of Camelback Mountain, this beautiful, AAA Five Diamond Resort was only 15 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and minutes from Scottsdale’s shopping districts, it was easy to get onto major highways (when we headed to my husband’s graduation).

Home Suite Home

There are almost 650 guest rooms available that come in three different types:

  • Guest Rooms – centrally located, fantastic views, large living space, beautiful restrooms
  • Casitas – doorstep parking and private entrances
  • Canyon Suites – the boutique resort within a resort, offering a secluded pool and cabanas

We stayed in the beautiful, Grand Deluxe Room, and were not disappointed! Slippers were laid out for us by the beds, three chocolates laid on the pillows every night and every morning we enjoyed a beautiful view of the pool from our private terrace.

The closets had an easy to use safe, plenty of wooden hangers, a shoe horn, luggage rack, and two fluffy robes, waiting to envelope me. So I slipped on my robe and my slippers and prepared for a relaxing soak in the massive tub (separate from the equally massive shower.)

Oh, and did I mention that housekeeping comes TWICE a day, once in the morning and once in the evening to turn down your sheets.

Fabulous Phoenician Features!

There is so much information to offer about the Phoenician, it’s hard to mention it all. (So I’ll be doing a series of posts!) Here are some fabulous features we enjoyed this past weekend:

  • A dazzling $25 million dollar art collection. Many of the late Allan Houser’s life-size Native American bronze sculptures, along with photorealist waterscapes by David Kessler, as well as rare European paintings and antiques, are prominently displayed throughout the resort.

  • A two-acre Cactus Garden. Stretching along the northern edge of the resort’s grounds at the base of Camelback Mountain, this scenic spot showcases 250 varieties of cacti and succulents. Also home to several “local residents,” including cottontail rabbits, chuckwalla, chipmunks and quail.

Phoenician Fun!

  • Grape & Grain. Retail shop offers complimentary cocktail mixology class on Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm.
  • Hoppy Hour. Kids can stop by the Funicians Club from 4-5pm daily and pick up a special gift!
  • Activities at The Park. Cnter includes a movie theatre, air hockey, foosball, board games, video games, basketball court and covered playground.
  • Koi Fish Feeding. A guest favorite, meet at the Necklace Lake Lagoon daily at 9:30am sharp as schools of exotic Koi fish surface for food.

Poolside at the Phoenician

  • Endless water. The resort boasts NINE refreshing pools and a 165-foot waterslide. The Canyon Suites offers an “edgeless” oval swimming pool covering more than 2,800 square feet and filled with nearly 74,000 gallons of water. The resort’s “signature” pool with The Phoenician logo in the center is inlaid with hand-crafted iridescent mother of pearl tiles.
  • Poolside luxury. Private cabanas feature ceiling fans, telephone, computer hook up, daily newspaper, robes upon request, lip balm, fresh fruit, bottled water, two reserved lounge chairs and two teak sitting chairs and a love seat. Cabanas at the Canyon Pool measure 200 square feet and feature a bathroom with a shower and amenities.
  • Necklace Lake Lagoon. This environmentally designed lagoon is woven throughout the casita area to create humidity for tropical plants and serve as a recirculation system for watering the resort’s landscaping. The lagoon is the home for multi-colored Koi (Japanese carp), Tilapia (small fish from Africa,) Striped Bass, Red Eared Turtles, Canadian Geese and wild Mallards.

Dining In

Although I’ll be featuring the restaurants in another post, here are some teasers about the Phoenician I found tasty!

  • Oenophiles take note: The resort employs one of only two master sommeliers in the state of Arizona.
  • Afternoon Tea. The resort’s daily afternoon tea service features “Oberon” patterned Wedgwood china. (More to come!!)

  • Toasted to perfection. In-Room Dining delivers a toaster to the room (instead of toasting breads beforehand) to ensure warmth.
  • In-house pasta and bake shops. The resort’s pasta and bake shops prepare fresh pasta, pastries and candies, as well as breads and rolls daily. Many of the resort’s artisan breads are available for retail purchase.
  • Evening treats. Belgian chocolates are provided every evening during turndown.

Disclaimer: The Phoenician offered me a media rate which I gladly accepted. All my high opinions of The Phoenician are my own.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio

A post that I have thought about writing for years, recently requested again by a couple different people, was a centralized listing of all the places parents could enjoy a meal while their children ate for FREE! (My sequel post will be Best Kid Meals in San Antonio…) Click on the image or link to visit the websites and get more details about these FREE offers! (Always double check before heading out with a quick phone call though…sometimes restaurants change!)

See any favorites that I didn’t include? Let me know and I’ll add them.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Acadiana Cafe

Acadiana Cafe

Kids under 6 eat free every day off of the kids menu, with each purchase of an adult meal.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Babes Hamburgers

Babes Hamburgers

Kids eat free, Monday through Thursday!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Dickey's Barbeque


Kids eat free on Tuesday s and Saturdays from 4pm-10pm.

Dickey’s Barbeque

Kids eat free on Sunday and Wednesday!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Double Dave's Barbeque

DoubleDave’s PizzaWorks

Kids love pizza, and parents will love the free buffet with adult purchase on weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Only children 6 and under can take part, though 11 and under can get the same deal on Sundays only. Drinks are not included in the promotion.

EZ Restaurants - Kids Eat Free San Antonio

EZ’s Brick Oven & Grill

Children 12 and under can enjoy a free meal on Wednesdays with adult purchase from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Firehouse subs

Firehouse Subs

Kids eat free from 4pm-9pm on Wednesdays.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - goomba's pizza

Goomba’s Pizzeria

One child eats free with each adult meal that is purchased. Valid Monday through Saturday after 5:00 p.m.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - grant st pizza

Grant St. Pizza

Little-known pizzeria has great food and a Monday evening 5:00 p.m. to close offer for kids 12 and under to eat free with each paying adult. Drinks are even included!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - jim's pizza

Jim’s Restaurant

A San Antonio establishment, many of the Jim’s Restaurants and Coffee Shops offer kids a free meal for each adult meal purchased from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - luby's pizza

Luby’s Cafeteria

Purchase one adult meal and one child eats free on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. until closing time.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - mama's cafe

Mama’s Cafe

Each adult who purchases a meal gets to have one kid eat free all day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - marie callender's

Marie Callenders

Kids eat free on Tues and Sat with a purchase of an adult entree.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - mcalister's deli

McAllister’s Deli

Kids eat free on Tuesdays with paying adult. Call for details!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - perico's

Perico’s on Bandera

Kids eat free on Tuesdays, call for details!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - porky's burgers

Porky’s Burgers

Kids eat free on Wednesday after 5pm, call for details!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - rome's pizza

Rome’s Pizza

Traditional pizzeria allows kids 9 and under to eat free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with each adult purchase.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - texadelphia


The adults can grab a Texas Cheesesteak, and a kid can eat free with each purchase on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - texas land and cattle

Texas Land and Cattle

Kids eat free on Saturdays before 4pm!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - the egg and i

The Egg and I

Kids eat free every day, call for details!




FREE Back to School Printables

For all of those crafty parents that love to go all out on back to school parties, breakfast messages, and other sweet surprises to hype up the new school year, this is the post for you! Here are back to school printables that I have found that are adorbs and FREE! Don’t spend time searching, while you could be spending extra time with your child (or cutting out these printables once they go to sleep with a nice glass of vino…)  Dedicated to my friends Kara and Casey who always go over the top  and give me something to craft towards! <3

For each printable, the hyperlink has the site name (with a direct link to the specific post…) and you can click on images for direct link to download.

Adorable signs for the first day of preschool through the first day of your life! Link to each year at the bottom of their post.

FREE Back to School Printables - first day of school printables from preschool through high school!
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Nice long PDF of fantastic printables! Book tags, labels, notes, circle punches galore!

FREE back to school printables - labels, notes, numbers, signs, circles
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And more

FREE back to school printables -
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And the banner

FREE back to school printables - Back to School printable banner
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FREE back to school printables - days of the week labels for clothes organization
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FREE back to school printables - morning routine and getting ready printable signs for girls
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FREE back to school printables - morning routine and getting ready printable signs for boys
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Click on the link for a full size image of each grade.

FREE back to school printables - first day of school printable sign for each grade
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TONS of printables!

FREE back to school printables - free printables include binder cover, grade for pictures, all about me card to fill out, calendar
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FREE back to school printables - labels for school lunches and notes

Lots of cute “This Belongs to:” tags.

FREE back to school printables - free book labels this belongs to me

Download a nice zip file of these super cute letters!

FREE back to school printables - zipfile of printable letters

Lots of cute backpack labels and monograms.

FREE back to school printables - free printable backpack labels

FREE back to school printables - apples, letters, and #1 teacher printables

FREE back to school printables - school supply clipartFREE Back to School Printables - free school clip art

Download adorable back to school chalkboard banner!

FREE Back to School Printables - free printable chalkboard back to school banner

Adorable water bottle labels!

FREE Back to School Printables - free printable water bottle labels

FREE Back to School Printables - envelope labels

FREE Back to School Printables - envelope labels

FREE Back to School Printables - how i'm feeling and conversation starter templates

FREE Back to School Printables - fill out information at the start of school year

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities

This post was inspired by my friends who had babies recently but are getting to the age where they’re ready to rock and roll.  Free kid events at stores!  Although I have posted about it in the past…I was going through previous blog posts and some of the links have become extinct!  Here are some oldies but goodies, posts from my past:

Stores Offering FREE Kid Activities

Wanted to have the latest and greatest, here’s my updated list.


Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lakeshore learning

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lakeshore learning

Lakeshore Learning – store offers a Saturday arts and craft activity.  Not only are the crafts cleverly designed but also very intricate and interesting.  We normally go for about an hour or so, doing the craft and then going around the store and playing with all the toys laid out on display.  We sometimes bring a friend or meet someone there.  On holidays they offer multiple things to do, perfect gifts for all the grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lowes build and grow kids workshop

Lowe’s – signup because supplies and slots go by for this bi-monthly clinic for kids…make a putting green, pirate ship, and many more fun things, again FREE!  Activities are from 10-11 and you get the Lowe’s apron on the first visit to collect pins for each craft.





Stores Offering Free Kid Activities home depot kids workshop

Home Depot – on the first Saturday of every month, visit here for another hammer and nails activity.  They’ll also get a kid-size apron and activity pin, FREE!



Stores Offering Free Kid Activities Michaels kid craft events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities Michaels kid craft events

Michael’s – Almost free, a steal at $2 an event!  They also have free kids events (adult friendly too!) frequently offered at local Michael stores.


Stores Offering Free Kid Activities disney store kids events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities disney store kids events

Visit your local store for more information. Details here. Events take place every day from July 2 – September 2. See a Cast Member to find out what times the events will be offered.


Stores Offering Free Kid Activities pottery barn kids events

Check out their activities here. Summer reading program, weekly story times, craft events! All FREE!


Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lego store kids events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lego store kids events

LEGO stores offer all kinds of fun, FREE activities! A lot end with your child receiving a mini LEGO figure! Explore the store, even if you don’t buy a new Star Wars set.



Stores Offering Free Kid Activities barnes and noble kids events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities barnes and noble kids events

There are tons of great FREE events coming to your neighborhood Barnes and Noble! Right now there are kids activities, the launch of a new LEGO architecture studio, storytime, art activities, and other fun things to do.

Pinot’s Palette | Alamo Heights

Pinot’s Palette – Alamo Heights is the franchise’s first location in San Antonio, TX and we were ready to welcome them with open arms. The fabulous Heather Hunter of The Cowgirl Gourmet arranged an incredible girls night out for some of the local San Antonio bloggers and boy did we have fun! I have never done this type of painting class before but I definitely would do it again!


One of the owners Christina welcomed our group on a Thursday night for a complimentary painting class. Artists in resident Lisa, with assistance from Sonia, were incredibly encouraging as they guided us newbies through the artistic process, starting with a completely black canvas!


We all arrived around 6:30pm so that we could unload our baked goodies, have a snack, and catch our breath with a nice glass of wine we were able to bring in. Although we brought our own wine and food, Pinot Palette provided the stemware and plastic utensils and plates, along with little bottles of water. They are also working on a menu option with EZ’s for easy catering if you throw a private, special event and don’t want the hassle of catering out.


Current Living Social Deal (purchase until 2/27!)  Purchase here!


The picture for the evening was: Deco Martini


Pinot's Palette | Alamo Heights San Antonio TX


And we all nervously glanced around the room and laughed when Lisa promised we’d be able to reproduce ourselves. We were given a blank canvas and the colors we needed to miss with two different sized brushes. Slowly our canvas turned into presentable bar art! It was a very informal environment although they did pace us a bit so that we’d have time to finish all the intricate details. But I didn’t feel rushed. We even got a couple short breaks while we waited for our paint to set.


Pinot's Palette | Alamo Heights San Antonio TX Group Painting Class


The artists have been working as such for years, often also teaching at local colleges and in the community. I would recommend this experience as a Girls Night Out, date (although it’s not for everyone’s husband…), and kids birthday parties! They are very flexible and can help you create a very memorable evening.


Pinot’s Palette – Alamo Heights

7959 Broadway Suite 402

San Antonio, TX 78209




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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! #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! }

Malibu Grand Prix | San Antonio

Malibu Grand Prix | San Antonio


Malibu San Antonio has everything you need to celebrate birthdays, have a party, corporate parties, events and team building, and for family gatherings. It’s the perfect place for friends and families to get together and cut loose with fun, games, and great food. With Bumper Boats, Go Karts, Arcade, Miniature Golf, Batting Cages, and so much more, there’s every way to play at Malibu San Antonio!


Malibu Grand Prix | San Antonio


More Information:


Malibu Grand Prix | San Antonio

  • Get $10 free game play for signing up on their mailing list here
  • Also check out incentives for kids to get rewarded for attendance, homework, and good grades here!



3330 Cherry Ridge Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78230



Here’s a coupon (expires 12/31/2012):

  • $14.99 for Three Attraction Tickets and 10 tokens or points


*And for parents worried they might get bored? Malibu offers FREE wifi! J

LEGO KidsFest | Austin Texas

If your child is obsessed with LEGO brick building…or you’re just a big kid at heart, check out the LEGO KidsFest! The LEGO® KidsFest national tour stops in Texas at the Austin Convention Center with three acres of creative hands-on LEGO building for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.  { Subscribe to my blog posts so you can win the pair of tickets I’ll be giving away before the show! }

Vince Rubino, LEGO events manager, says:

 Any family who likes to be inspired, get hands-on and have fun together won’t want to miss LEGO KidsFest. We’re bringing so many activities for Texan families to test and showcase their creativity and building skills in what is sure to be a family event to remember.


LEGO KidsFest Austin Texas



Twitter: @legokidsfest



Newsletter: Sign up here


When: Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2, 2012

Where: Austin Convention Center { map

500 East Cesar Chavez Street  Austin, TX 78701


Tickets can be purchased here!

  • Adults – $20
  • Kids – $18

Tickets are for 1 of 5 IDENTICAL sessions, sessions vary from 3-4 hours of LEGO fun!

Things to Do:

  • LEGO Model Gallery: 40 life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
  • Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
  • Race Ramps: build your own custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
  • LEGO Games Arena: roll the dice to play LEGO board games
  • Construction Zones: creative free build, play and display areas
  • LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
  • LEGO Retail and KidsFest Marketplace:
    purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
  • Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
  • Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
  • Brickscapes: fantastic displays that combine lots of LEGO and DUPLO sets


LEGO KidsFest 2012 tour stops:

  • Cincinnati (March 23 – 25)
  • Denver (April 27 – 29)
  • Milwaukee (June 15 – 17)
  • Austin (August 31 – September 2)
  • Detroit (October 12 – 14)
  • Pittsburgh (November 30 – December 2)