Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

(Disclaimer:  I was given the opportunity to take advantage of the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain with a media discount that I received.  Everything is based on my own experience.)

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

After Attending the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference for work (and the MONTHS of planning before that), I decided that it would be great to have my husband and daughter fly out at the end of the week and enjoy the luxurious backdrop that the Camelback Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona offers. Since we love to travel and don’t always go back to the same spots, we put in a lot of effort to find getaways that are different from anything else that we could experience. The last time we were in Scottsdale, a little over a year ago, we celebrated my husband’s Global MBA graduation from Thunderbird School of Global Management with his parents and sister. We had a glorious stay at The Phoenician but wanted to try something different this time.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Website:  http://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/index.html

Address:  5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Phone Number:  (480) 948-2100

Check In

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As soon as pull into the resort you realize you’re in for a new treat. You’re ushered out of your car so that you can check in at the front desk, a couple feet below. When you come back to your car, you’re asked to follow an attendant in a golf cart who gives you ice cold water and drives you to your parking spot.

 

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Casitas

There are 105 Casitas that give you a chance for private relaxation in with a beautiful backdrop. They range from 500 sqft to 1500 sqft and some include a separate seating area with a huge fireplace and private balcony (with doors leading from the living room and bedroom):

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Our Mountain Vista Suite included a huge spa tub with bath salts and a separate mosaic tiled shower as well as a kitchen alcove in the front with burners, a dishwasher, and bar area.

After parking, our attendant loaded us and our luggage into the golf cart and quickly whisked us to the front-door of our casita. It was dark when we arrived but we could see the city of Scottsdale illuminated with lights across. He opened our door and gave us a quick tour of the votive lit rooms softly flickering across the rooms. There was a bedroom (some casitas have two bedrooms) and he let us know we could contact the front-desk for turn down service for our 11 year old daughter. While we went to dinner we asked for the service and were pleased to come home to a neatly tucked away, plush bed, robe, and slippers in her size.

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Infinity and Satellite Pool Options

We stayed for three nights which was wonderful to really have enough time to unwind and enjoy the resort and city. Although the website mentioned kids being able to use the main infinity edge pool on Mondays through Thursdays, we were relegated to one of the satellite pools for guests with children under 15 years old. It was handled politely and we enjoyed the pools just as much, if not more. They were stocked with coolers of ice cold water, plush towels, and pool lounge mats and other floaties. We were able to get drinks from the bar that were golf carted up to us (15 minutes to 25 minutes wait time.) They also called for a golf cart to whisk us up the hill and the pool was maybe 50 feet from our casita. There are two satellite pools in addition to the infinity pool by the main resort and spa. We had great views from our pool too, no complaints.

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Spa

Ranked “Top 5 Hotel Spas in Continental U.S.” and “Top Spas Overall” in 2014 by Travel + Leisure’s World Best Awards, I was not disappointed during my fabulous spa experience. Always enjoying trying something new, I poured over the spa menu with a lot of deliberation. A lot of the treatments were Asian-inspired and took place in twelve indoor and outdoor treatment rooms. There is also a zen meditation garden where you can lay outside on loungers and listen to a babbling fountain. I received the following treatment which was amazing, especially after standing and greeting 8,000 women at the conference.

luk pra kope

Meaning “to massage with medicinal herbs,” luk pra kope begins with soaking your feet in a fresh lime and essential-oil bath. After your feet are cooled and exfoliated with fine, white Thai clay and fresh lime, a blend of steamy, organically grown herbs is rolled, massaged and pressed into tight muscles and onto problem areas and energy pathways. Along with Thai massage, the heated compress soothes sore and aching muscles, enhances circulation, reduces joint stiffness and refreshes the skin.

After my relaxation I soaked in their hot tub and sauna. In addition to their spa, there is also a fitness center, lap pool, tennis courts.

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Dining Options

Taste the excitement of elements’ award-winning cuisine by Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan. Savor the sunset at jade bar or on elements dining deck, and enjoy The Pour – raising the bar for Scottsdale happy hour. More details in a future blog post.

Special Offers

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain offers a range of deals to enjoy their luxurious package deals. I definitely recommend checking them out before you book.

Social Media

Connect with Sanctuary on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Thanksgiving Decoration Printables

Thanksgiving Decoration Printables

As someone who loves printables, here is a roundup of Thanksgiving printables that you can print out for the Thanksgiving feast.  The photos are from the original amazing bloggers’ websites, please check them all out!

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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

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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

 

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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

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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

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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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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.
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Website: http://balletsanantonio.org/performances/the-nutcracker

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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.

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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

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Cyber Monday has morphed from a day dedicated to post-Black Friday deals into a weeklong continuation of the shopping splurge! Here are some well known and lesser known Cyber Monday deals worth checking out this year!

 

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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!

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The Body Shop 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

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Best Buy 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

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Amazon 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

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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

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Office Depot 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

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 A lot of you know this year has been nonstop! Newly married (working on my DIY wedding blog posts!), I also switched jobs at work, moved my daughter into a new house and school, and just normal life stuff. I got married in September and have anxiously been waiting for the return of my wedding pictures from my fabulous wedding photographer, Blake Mistich of Mistich Photography! Well, I just got them back! So I began to start researching online card printing shops so I could say “thank you” with a very special and personalized card. In the past I have blogged about Vista Print, but for this I wanted to kick it up a notch without going over budget.

Tiny Prints

I asked around and went through several options before falling in LOVE with Tiny Prints! I loved how much I was able to customize and how many options they offered. It was very easy to upload pictures and drag and drop, and crop the images for the cards. I saved probably 15 different card options (which of course made the decision a lot harder for me) but I loved being able to reopen past projects. You know I don’t do anything without a coupon code and Tiny Prints offered plenty (check out my save money section below.) I am also checking out their custom stamps, I love these!

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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!

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Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips | Chevy Haul

For an entire week, I had the luxury of driving around a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, courtesy of Chevrolet’s Driving in the Heartland team, dedicated to the heartland of America! You can check out their website or follow their tweets, @ChevyTexan, for their latest adventures, offers, fantastic finds, and more.

As a savvy deal finder, I definitely wanted Chevrolet to get their money’s worth, I tweeted #chevyhaul like crazy and during Black Friday I managed to make it to 20 different stores, starting at midnight with my friend and fellow blogger Gita of the uber-fashion blog, Mimi and Chichi.

Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips

In preparation of Black Friday 2012, here are 10 things that every savvy Chevy Haul shopper should know:

1 – Do the math! It is very easy to think you’re getting a good deal on Black Friday. You wait the entire year for sales like these. The only day of the year Apple deems worthy of offering a discount…but to feel good at the end of the day, make sure you’re getting a good deal on quality items!

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

Walmart was offering an Emerson 32? 720p LCD TV for $188 but who could beat the quality and discounts offered by Best Buy’s Sharp 42” 1080p LCD HDTV for ONLY $199.99. Plus, with the Walmart horror stories on the news and talking with other shoppers in line, I doubt I’ll ever  visit Wallyworld on Black Friday.

2 – Map it out! With many stores opening at midnight (and some even opening on Thanksgiving day — too early if you ask me…) you’ll not only want to make sure you understand where you’re headed but WHEN you need to head there. Before I hit the road in my Chevy Equinox, I made a list of all the stores that opened early, in the order they opened here. There tends to be a gap between the stores that opened at midnight, and the next round that opens at 4-5am…this will keep you busy.

*Another thing to consider, visit stores more out of the way. Although the drive might be longer, the wait will be shorter and more variety will be left untangled. Especially for high demand items, go the extra 20 miles to a remote location that you know won’t be as hectic!

**Many stores open earlier but end the incredible sales before 11am or noon. Get there early if you want to get the best deals!

Click on the Foursquare image below to see the stores that I stopped at and the deals at the time.

2012 Chevrolet Equinox |  Black Friday Shopping

3 – Bring a snack! If you’re always snacking like my friend Gita and I you’ll want to bring some holiday leftovers (brusselsprouts and cookies) as well as some water and energy drinks. At every store we visited, people were complaining of hunger pains, impatiently waiting for the food courts and other restaurants to open. Crabby people make impatient shoppers who are more willing to just buy things they don’t want. Give your wallet a fair chance.

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

4 – Leave the kids at home! We were waiting in line at Old Navy, for 30 minutes outside (so many people showed up for the free digital camera, fire hazards limited the number of shoppers allowed in at one time…) and it was fairly cold for us Texans. In front and behind us were were sobbing toddlers, begging to go home. Finally, seconds before being let into the store, the mothers staggered off with their children. MAKE CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS! There are a lot of children friendly daycares, gyms, and play places that offer moms and dads Black Friday shopping drop offs, starting early in the morning until the afternoon.

*With the new midnight shopping time, I also noticed a LOT of tweens running loose at the mall. Apparently their parents dropped them off with friends, while waiting for their stores to open, you could see some inappropriate makeout sessions going on. PARENTS – shopping is not the only thing that goes on at the maul…I mean mall.

5 – Go big or go home! Some of the best deals that I saw being offered were in department stores! For all your houseware needs, Macy’s and Sear’s were the way to go!

  • KitchenAid Pro 500 Series Mixer for $199.99 at Sears
  • Macy’s offered 20% off additional Black Friday sale prices! Gita got amazing sheets, retailed at $600 for less than $250!

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

6 – Fight the Crowds! With the explosion of online Black Friday sales, who in their right mind would consider fighting the crowds when all of your shopping can be done from the comfort of your own home? I’ll give you one reason why. Every year, without fail, there are significant online outages or slowdowns because of the crazy amounts of traffic generated from the 20 million other people who want to shop from the comfort of their own homes.

I remember one year I spent 3 hours painfully fighting Kohls website, adding things to the shopping cart, trying to checkout with them, being told they were sold out or having my cart emptied prematurely. In 2.5 hours I probably could have fought the masses, tried on clothes, AND checked out! Never again!

7 – Keep it social! Above was a list of all my foursqaure check ins. Make sure you take advantage of all the social and in-store promotions being offered! Many Foursquare venues offered additional discounts to shoppers. At Old Navy, Gita won an additional coupon for being the first to bring up a nail file during a contest. Many retailers on Twitter offered their followers Twitter only coupons AND additional #hashtag contests. With everyone else busy shopping, the chances of your winning is increased greatly!

8 – Chevy-sized vehicle for haul! This year I was blessed to have a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox to haul around all our deals! Buy a new car, borrow a friends, clean out your trunk before hitting the road!

Our Equinox offered:

  • great gas mileage so we could go the distance
  • plenty of storage space for our shopping haul
  • comfy seats when we needed to give our feet a rest
  • hiding places so we didn’t get mugged (always be wary of your surroundings, don’t be sitting ducks…)

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

9 – Additional tips and tricks! Here are some more helpful tips and tricks for making the most out of Black Friday:

  • Sign up for email alerts from your favorite stores ahead of time
  • Buy the newspaper on Thanksgiving for printed coupons and tons of store ads (nice consolidated view for the last minute shopper)
  • Download a Black Friday mobile app like BF Ads that gets updated with new ads all the time, is easy to use, and works without an internet connection (mall 3g can be shady)
  • Shop the off hours! Old Navy was CRAZY and had a long line at midnight, but everywhere else we visited between 2am to 7am had virtually no lines! Traffic starts to pick back up around 7am…
  • Make sure you get a place in line. If you’re battling it out for the best Best Buy offer, get there early and get the ticket. Ask for one. You need proof you were there at 24 hours before midnight and not some random person who waltzed up when the clock struck 12.
10 – Shop with a buddy! Bring a willing and able friend (one who won’t make you feel rushed) to:
  • Stand in line while your searching for clothes
  • Run to the car to get coupons or snacks while you’re waiting to check out
  • Give you a second opinion on impulsive purchases
  • Let you borrow your phone if yours starts to die
  • Think of stores you might not have gone to
  • Keep you safe in numbers!
+1 more – BEST tip of all! I almost didn’t want to share this secret. I’m afraid that once it gets out EVERYONE will take advantage of it. But because I love my readers so much, I will share the best Black Friday shopping tip in the entire world:
This year, on the Wednesday BEFORE Black Friday, at my leisure, I went to several retailers and tried on the clothes that I wanted to buy on Black Friday. Waiting to try on clothes during Black Friday, especially at busy stores like Old Navy, Kohl’s, etc. is adding an additional hour to each store, at least. I tried on all the close that I liked, at my leisure, without them being picked over…and then I *gasp* placed them on layaway. On Black Friday, I waltzed into the store, headed straight to the counter, asked for my clothes, and walked out in about 15 minutes (the time it took to wait in the long line.) I received glares from other shoppers and looks of envy from others.
*There are some risks. Only one store that I went to had better deals the Wednesday before than the Friday of, but it did happen. Also, the people can always accidentally put the clothes back on the shelves (happened once on a non-Black Friday shopping trip…)

Driving in the Heartland invited me to:

So, what better way to ease some of that holiday shopping stress than by taking a brand new Chevy for a spin to get all of your shopping done in comfort and style? This year, Chevrolet will be giving five fabulous bloggers a Chevy vehicle to drive while they take on their holiday shopping throughout the Heartland. Three bloggers from Texas and two bloggers from St. Louis, Missouri, will be riding comfortably in Chevy cars and crossovers in the next few weeks, and you can follow along as they navigate the madness on Twitter using the hashtag #ChevyHaul.

Check out all the details here.


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

2011 Black Friday Store Hours

Don’t forget to check out my 2009 Black Friday post and my 2010 Black Friday posts for my past Black Friday shopping plans and favorite websites. I read through them and both still absolutely apply!

Based on the stores listed by Black Friday 2011, I sorted the stores by open hours (a LOT of stores are opening their doors at midnight this year!!) so that you can strategically forgo sleep and pace yourself like I plan to from midnight to 10am (at which point the major deals are mostly over…)

After spending one year fighting Kohl’s website outages (let’s performance test people!!) I have been paranoid about doing all my shopping online. Where do you plan on shopping?  The list of over 40 stores below link to their Black Friday newspaper ad.

*I’ll update this list the week of Black Friday with more stores and store hours!

2011 Black Friday Store Hours

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Black Friday Store Ad
Black Friday Hours
Bealls 12am
Best Buy 12am
GameStop 12am
Little Tikes 12am
Macy’s 12am
Old Navy 12am
Shopko 12am
Walmart 12am
Toys R Us (Holiday Express) 12am-10pm most stores
Target 12am-11pm
Kohl’s 12am-12am (open 24 hrs)
Sears 4am-1pm
Avenue 5am
Fred’s Super Dollar 5am
Gordman’s 5am
Lowe’s 5am
Michael’s 5am
Sam’s Club 5am
A.C. Moore 5am-10pm
Babies R Us 5am-10pm
Electronics Expo 5am-10pm
Burlington Coat Factory 5am-11pm
Radio Shack 6:30am
Five Below 6am
Jo-Ann 6am
Office Max 6am
Tractor Supply Company 6am
Gander Mountain 6am-10pm
Fashion Bug 8am-9pm
Walgreens 9am-6pm
La-Z-Boy 9am-9pm
Bon-Ton Sale hours: 12am-1pm
JC Penney Sale Hours: 4am-1pm
Kmart Sale hours: 5am-11am
Sports Authority Sale Hours: 5am-3pm
Menards Sale hours: 6am-11am
Cabela’s Sale: 5am-10am
Dick’s Sporting Goods Sale: 5am-2pm
Bass Pro Shops Sale: 6am-11am

 

2011 Back to School Coupons

Looking for some back to school coupons? Below are almost 50 coupons at various clothing and office retailers to help meeting all your back to school clothing needs while staying within your budget!! Let me know if you’d like to see coupons from particular stores in the future, this is a list of stores that I found currently offering discounts.

*Click on the store image to be taken directly to the offer page or coupon.

Notice that some coupons expire soon and some don’t expire until the end of the year! 😀

Retailer Discount Coupon Code Expiration
15% off + Free shipping on $50 SCHOOL 08/08/11
$20 Off $80 purchase 20SCHOOL 08/07/11
$10 off $50 | $15 off $75 | $20 off $100 Purchases KIDSBTSPrintable Coupon 08/06/11
$10 off coupons Printable Coupon 09/25/11
$10 off $50 Kids School Uniform Purchase 12DOCKERS10Printable Coupon 09/17/11
Free Amazon Prime for college students for one year Online Offer
25% off Your Entire Purchase 10071 08/07/11
Free Shipping on Any Order (No Minimum) FREESHIP711 08/08/11
20% off purchase 29756561 08/07/11
15% Off Any Order 79361031 09/01/11
20% off purchase 39456721
Printable Coupon
08/07/11
30% Off Any Order FRIENDSFB 08/07/11
30% Off Any Order FRIENDSFB 08/07/11
20% Off Entire Order AUGUST20 08/31/11
20% off $100, 25% off $150, 30% off $200 BRNEW 08/07/11
15% off entire purchase ENTXB24 12/31/11
40% off entire purchase AUGFLASH11 08/09/11
20% off entire purchase printable coupon Printable Coupon
$15 off $30, $30 off $100, $60 off $200 or $90 off $300 1605 08/07/11
25% Off Entire Purchase (Regular Priced Items) 124864343Printable Coupon 08/25/11
15% off $89 LKS1TCB3 10/29/11
$10 off $60 EXTRA60 10/15/11
30% off entire purchase 30OFF 08/07/11
25% Off Your Entire Purchase 30180 08/06/11
20% off $60+ HTA20AUG 09/02/11
10% off purchase DBGAFF10 01/26/12
20% off entire purchase CCAUG62 08/09/11
Various Michaels coupons Printable 09/30/11
$25 off $75+ purchase 1290 10/31/11
$10 Off $50 15863609Printable 08/09/11
20% off purchase 42565 08/31/11
$25 off Your Purchase of $100 or more SASV815 09/05/11
15% off entire purchase H3E2011 09/05/11
20% off + Free Shipping 465 08/18/11
$15 Off $100,$30 Off $150,$75 Off $250,$150 Off $500 FA1127349 08/15/11
$15 Off $100,$30 Off $150,$75 Off $250,$150 Off $500 DIVEIN20 08/07/11

2011 President’s Day Sales and Coupons

Ready to shop until you drop? Check out the 44 printable coupons and promotional codes for in-store and online savings at your favorite retailers! Hurry thought because more expire at the end of President’s Day although a couple don’t for a couple days, weeks!

Let me know if you’re looking for something in particular, it looks like a great time to do a little retail therapy!

Retailer Discount Promo Code Expires
presidents day sale - hancock fabric Printable President’s Day Coupon, 8am-12pm ETNZF 02/21/11
presidents day sale - walgreens Online, save $10 Off a $60 Purchase PRESIDENT10 02/26/11
presidents day sale - gap 44 styles already marked up to 44% off; save an additional 30% w/promo code GAPSALE30 02/21/11
presidents day sale - petco 20% OFF Sitewide; free shipping >$65 president65 02/22/11
presidents day sale - old navy Everything 50% off Sale; in-store printable coupon here ($10 off $50 purchase) 02/27/11
presidents day sale - ann taylor loft 25% Off Your Full-Price Purchase; Free shipping on all orders $125 or more PRESIDENT 02/21/11
presidents day sale - perry ellis Save 35% Off Your Entire Purchase; Free Shipping >$50 PRESIDENT35 02/21/11
presidents day sale - l.l. bean 15% off your Entire Purchase (online & in-store) THINKSPRING 02/21/11
presidents day sale - hp $30 Off a $150 Purchase LHD30 04/30/11
presidents day sale - justice Extra 40% off entire order (in-store,and online) 733 02/21/11
presidents day sale - new york and company $30 Off $75, $70 Off $150 + Free Shipping 3306 ($30 off $75)

3303 ($70 off $150)

02/21/11
presidents day sale - the children's place $5 Select Styles + 30% off already reduced items (Online + In-Store); free shipping >$50 FSPRESIDENTS 02/21/11
presidents day sale - borders 33% off List Price of 1 item BAX3447N 02/21/11
presidents day sale - land's end 20% off Everything; Free shipping on orders $50 or more PDAY11 & PIN 2162 02/21/11
presidents day sale - hot topic Extra 50% off clearance (online & in-store) 02/21/11
presidents day sale - tommy hilfiger An Additional 30% Off Sale Items 02/21/11
presidents day sale - old navy $5 Off your purchase of $25 or more (in-store only) 02/21/11
presidents day sale - restaurant.com 70% off Gift Certificates EAT 02/21/11
presidents day sale - american eagle outfitters 20% off Entire order & Free Ship + $10 off Button down shirts (Online) 29864001 02/21/11
presidents day sale - michaels 20% Off Entire Purchase plus 6 more coupons; 40% any one item 2/22-2/26 02/21/11, varies this week
presidents day sale - william sonoma hom Extra 25% Off All Sale Merchandise PRESIDENT25 02/22/11
presidents day sale - old navy 15% Off $50, 20% Off $75 (Online + In-Store) ONPDAY 02/21/11
 presidents day sale - american apparel 15% off Select Items makeover 02/21/11
presidents day sale - victoria's secret Extra 20% Off Clearance Boots, Coats & Sweaters 20SHOP 02/20/11
presidents day sale - banana republic Extra 25% Off Alreay Reduced Items BRPRES25 02/21/11
presidents day sale - nautica 30% off your entire order CHIEF30 02/21/11
presidents day sale - pier 1 imports $10 Off a $50 Purchase (In-Store) 02/21/11
presidents day sale - ralph lauren Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store – 20% Off Your Entire Purchase 02/21/11
presidents day sale - ann taylor loft 25% Off Your Full-Price Purchase; Free shipping on all orders $125 or more PRESIDENT 02/21/11
presidents day sale - pottery barn Extra 15% off all clearance items SAVE15 02/21/11
presidents day sale - j. crew 20% Off Women’s Items on Orders of $150+ FABFEB 02/21/11
presidents day sale - big lots 20% Off Entire Purchase 03/06/11
presidents day sale - rack room shoes 20% off $60 02/21/11
presidents day sale - sports authority $10 off $50 or $25 off $100 SAPRES10E 02/21/11
presidents day sale - aerie $10 Off a $40 Purchase 28264592 02/21/11
presidents day sale - new york and company $25 Off $75 or more (Online + In-Store) 5521 02/21/11
presidents day sale - macy's Extra 10-15% Off Regular, Sale, & Clearance (Online + In-Store) PRESIDENT 02/21/11
presidents day sale - ann taylor Extra 40% off Entire store 02/21/11
presidents day sale - the limited 20% Off Any Purchase; $15 Off Every $50 Purchase (Online + In-Store) 664; 241
presidents day sale - office depot $10 Off $50 (Online & In Store) 62601225 02/21/11
presidents day sale - guess 50% Off Sale Items + Free Shipping 02/21/11
presidents day sale - barnes & noble 20% Off Online Price for Kids’ and Teen Books A8T7C7M 02/21/11

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

The 2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo starts this Thursday, February 3, 2011!

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

Website: http://www.sarodeo.com

Twitter: @SanAntonioRodeo

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sarodeo

download 2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo schedule of eventsDownload Schedule of Events.

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and RodeoCalendar of Deals and Special Offers:

Legend

Date

Special Offer

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo start

Feb. 3

1st day of the rodeo!

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo dollar days

Feb. 4, 11, 18

Dollar Days! Every Friday, $1 admission from 8am-5pm. Rides, hot dogs, and soda only $1 all day!

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo senior day

Feb. 8, 15

Senior Day – FREE admission for seniors! 55+

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo fan days

Feb. 7, 14

Free nachos w/ purchase of 2 tickets for Monday performances. Must pick up at ATT Center Southwest Ticket Office.

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo College Days

Feb. 3, 10, 17

College days! Free grounds admission w/ college ID.

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo military day

Feb. 4, 11, 18

Military Days! Free grounds admission w/ valid military ID.

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo family day

Feb. 20

Family Day! $1 ground admissions, $5 discount parking, $25 carnival wristbands, discounted food!

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo end of the rodeo

Feb. 20

Last day of the rodeo. 🙁

*Additional details here.

Special Offers on Food:

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo rodeo feast coupons

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo special offers and coupons

Driving Directions here:

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo park map

2011 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo dust and bubbles valentines dayDust & Bubbles

Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14

Treat someone special to a VIP rodeo:

  • Dust and Bubbles includes a ticket to the Party Suite on the Terrence Club level
  • Rodeo and concert
  • Reserve parking pass
  • Brunch served in party suite catered by Levy Services
  • Premium champagnes and Sparkling wines will be served

Best Wedding Registries Offers

Congratulations! You’re getting married! Stores want to reward that as well! By taking the time to create registries in their stores or on their websites, here are some popular ways retailers want to help celebrate your wedding:

1 – Bonus gifts: If you register for a certain number of items, certain items from specific brands, etc. you’ll get gift cards or freebies! If your gifts spend a combined $200 you’ll get a $20 gift certificate (from JCPenny)! Register at Bloomingdale’s for $200 worth of Emeril Cookware and get a 2 piece set of Ramekins, valued at $39.99!

2 – Discounts for Guests: Kohl’s hit it out of the park, not only do they offer FREE announcement cards to slip into wedding invitations but they also offer wedding guests a 15% discount for purchasing items on registry! To me this is a no brainer.

3 – Discount Post-wedding: After the dust has settled from the wedding, the newlyweds are offered discounts ranging from 10-20% off the remaining items. Most post-nuptial discounts are offered through email notifications; make sure you watch out for them. Some are offered regardless of time, some expire after a month to the first year.

4 – Gift Card and other Freebies: Some companies offer $25 gift cards just for creating the registry. JCPenny also offers a free engagement portrait. Lots of retailers offer online wedding tools, free printable planners, magazine subscriptions, and other benefits.

5 – Mingle and Scan: Macy’s and a couple other companies offer events throughout the year where engaged couples can come for an evening of FREE drinks and refreshments while scanning their registry with other smitten couples.

6 – Mobile Apps: Some stores offer mobile versions of their sites or mobile apps for quick updates, checking on registries.

These were the most important aspects to notice about gift registries that I found. It’s pretty standard to offer the tools/online resources so I didn’t include the links to those. The images are links to the wedding registry home page for each retailer. Happy Scanning! Let me know if you find any others!

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for ALL your favorite retailers, restaurants, and travel sites with your anniversary. You’ll get more freebies and gift certificates then! 😀

Retailer Benefits Discounts Post Wedding Other Special Offers
Crate & Barrel Wedding Registry Bonus Gifts – register for specific items for additional freebies, list here. The Completion Certificate gives you two separate opportunities to acquire the remaining gifts on your registry for 10% less (once in-store/online).
Pottery Barn Wedding Registry
  • FREE announcement cards
  • Tuesday night registry workshops
10% off remaining items in registry

  • Add desired items registry after wedding
  • Doesn’t expire until 6 months after wedding
Traveler’s Joy is an online honeymoon registry. Friends and family visit your page and use their credit card to give a gift toward part or all of your trip.
Bottle Notes Wine Wedding Registry Sign up and create your own unique registry full of amazing wines. Email registry@bottlenotes.com after your wedding for 10% off all wine purchases.
Belk Wedding Registry $25 gift card for registering 10% off purchases + 2 events w/ 20% off in the first year (no brand exclusion)

  • 0% financing first year for purchases over $300
michael c fina Wedding Registry Offer the choice of either:

  • Traditional Registry – gifts are mailed within 2-3 days
  • Consolidated Registry – gifts aren’t mailed until requested, if you no longer desire item, exchange before item is shipped
  • 15% completion discount
  • Registry Rewards program – rewards if purchases from your registry exceed certain amounts
jcpenney wedding registry
  • $25 gift certificate w/ registries values $2500+
  • Registry Rewards program
  • FREE wedding portrait just for registering
  • Free wedding organizer
10% off remaining items in registry for up to a year!
REI wedding registry
  • Option of selecting pre- and post-event shipping addresses for gifts
Macy's wedding registry $100 giftcard from reward points program

  • Points from purchases made and gifts received
Search for local events to like this one 1/26/2011 at Macy’s La Cantera

  • FREE refreshments, drinks, and gift
  • Free monogramming
  • Bonus gifts program
  • Registry guide
  • Test drive table settings app
10% off remaining items in registry for up to 6 months after wedding date
Lenox wedding registry 10% off items purchased from store (on registry or not…) for 6 months after wedding
Williams Sonoma Registry
  • Request announcement cards for invitations
  • Vendor offers if you register for certain items
  • Facebook app
Bed Bath & Beyond Wedding Registry
  • Additional gifts if guests purchase certain items
  • Free announcement cards by request
  • Refer a friend, $25 a friend
  • Bridal book
Completion discount (amount unmentioned) once online and once in a store – anytime up to three months after your event.
Kohl's Wedding Registry 15% off remaining items on registry for up to 3 months after wedding Guests receive 15% off entire purchase
Sear's Wedding Registry
  • Give gifts as a group of people
Dillard's Wedding Registry
  • 20% off the remaining regular priced items in registry, 60 days after wedding, for 2 months
Target Wedding Registry
  • Welcome Kit
Tiffany & Co Wedding Registry

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