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.

Scholastic

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

Teens:

  • 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

Adults:

  • 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. 

HEB

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

Check out San Antonio Mom Blogs for 50 FREE things to do in San Antonio!

 

 

Tip Toe Photography | San Antonio Baby, Children, and Family Photographer

When Beth, of Tip Toe Photography, offered me a complementary mini-session (also look at her “belly to baby” and “baby’s first year” packages as well as different sessions) I knew that I would get some amazing pictures of my daughter. Little did I know though HOW absolutely fantastic they would be. With an artistic eye and quick trigger finger, she snapped up 15 of the best pictures of Jaden (and with some convincing a couple of Jaden with me). To be honest I had a couple tears in my eyes when she posted the pictures that night. They all looked very natural (even though Jaden doesn’t normally feel at ease in front of the camera.)

Tip Toe Photography | San Antonio Baby, Children, and Family Photographer

Website:
http://www.tiptoephotography.net

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

In a remote field, just outside of Boerne, with a SUV parked nearby that she transported her beautiful suede couch in, Beth captured the moments I knew existed but I never had been able to catch before. (Another plus, she delivered them without any prompting from me! She just knew!)

When I received the cd with all the pictures, it came in an adorable cd sleeve with detailed printing recommendations (see her interview below for more details!) If I haven’t convinced you to give Beth a call to book your session immediately, her interview responses will! She talks about what led her start the business she passionately loves, suggestions for keeping photo sessions natural, best outfits to wear for sessions, and much more.

Beth is very laid back, your entire family will feel at ease as she patiently the moments you’ll want to remember and cherish for forever. As someone who had never hired a professional photography, I never realized how much of a good investment you are making.

Check out her beautiful portfolios of children, families, maternity, and newborns to see the different techniques and styles she leverages during her sessions. LOVE them all!

*Click on any of the images for more detailed, related information.

Tip Toe Photography | San Antonio Baby, Children, and Family Photographer personalized photo cd

Beth pictured below with her two precious babies:

Tip Toe Photography | San Antonio Baby, Children, and Family Photographer Beth Orey

From her blog, she immediately posted sessions the day of with a couple more pictures to follow the next day of our mini session.

Tip Toe Photography | San Antonio Baby, Children, and Family Photographer

Did you grow up wanting to be a photographer? What did you originally want to do?

When I was younger, I don’t think I ever really knew what I wanted to be. I’ve always loved photography, to be honest, but never thought about making it into a career. I went to college and got my degree in business and then went to culinary school where I became a pastry chef. But then I realized I only really enjoyed baking for my family and friends, so I never made a career out of it. It was only after my daughter was born that I realized how much I truly loved photography and set out to learn as much as possible.

 

What is some “standard” advice you give people before to prepare for their first session?

Advice I give before their first session is mostly related to clothing! Nothing matchy-matchy because not many people look back on pictures where they’re all wearing the same thing and are thrilled with them. My photography is all about a family being themselves, so I don’t want anything too manicured, too perfect. I want to take the pictures that you look back on and remember just being yourself with the ones you love, so don’t worry if your baby has her hand in her mouth all the time because she’s teething or your toddler is running around crazy while I’m trying to take pictures – those are the memories you’ll want in ten years.

 

What do you think about as your photographing your clients?

As I’m photographing, I’m mostly just thinking about technical aspects of pictures. I keep reassuring people to just be themselves and don’t worry about the rest, that’s my job!

 

It must help to have a supportive husband! Does he enjoy being a model?

My husband is definitely not a model for me, lol. He much prefers being behind the camera with me to grab the attention of our less-than-cooperative children while I take their pictures. He’s a wonderful support system and I would never have come so far without him. He is my best friend and my biggest fan.

 

What outfits photograph the best?

Outfits that photograph the best definitely depend on the person wearing them. It’s completely case-by-case. If you’re a mom to a one week old and we’re doing the newborn session, I always recommend you don’t dress up in a fancy dress and put on all of your make up – there’s nothing less realistic than a well-rested new mom, lol. For newborn parents, I always strive to have them wear something very simple and comfortable – plain black or white shirts that will leave the focus on baby. For families, something coordinated but not matching. In this time of year, navy, maroon, browns and creams all go together well. Or you could change it up and go all bright, retro colors like oranges and teals. Yellow and gray is an awesome combo right now (and what we did when we had our family pictures taken in the spring!). Some people like to get dressed up for pictures, others like to wear something similar to their every day garb – it’s all about how YOU feel comfortable and how you want to remember yourself in pictures. Of course, letting your 3 year old pick out his or her own outfit is always fun and exciting too :o)

 

Thanks to the information you provided with our photo cd, I now understand that not all print developers were created equally. What are some of your favorites?

For clients, I usually recommend mpix for printing. The quality is not going to be quite the same as prints that I do for clients, but they are still good and reasonably priced. Never, ever use your drugstore or grocery store. All printers are NOT created equal.

 

With the holidays coming up, do you offer any personalized gifts for purchase with the sessions. Do you have any suggestions or favorites?

With the holidays, lots of people love giving mini accordion albums. They’re 3×3 albums that fold accordion style and have between 7 and 10 images in them. They’re adorable and make awesome little gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles. Of course my absolutely favorite idea for gifts is the Organic Bloom frames that I sell. These frames are completely awesome and make a real statement. Then there’s always the classic gallery wrapped canvas, one of my other favorites :o)

 

Some Tip Toe Photography products:

Gallery Wrap Canvas
are
dramatic, with the image printed onto a piece of canvas and then stretched over a 1.5? thick wooden frame:

Tip Toe Photography | San Antonio Baby, Children, and Family Photographer Photo Canvas

 

Check out 28 variations/examples of the Mini Accordion Albums:

Tip Toe Photography | San Antonio Baby, Children, and Family Photographer Mini Accordian photo albums

Tip Toe Photography | San Antonio Baby, Children, and Family Photographer Mini Accordian photo albums

 

Example of the Organic Bloom frames and the incredible customizations included:

Tip Toe Photography | San Antonio Baby, Children, and Family Photographer organic bloom frames

Tip Toe Photography | San Antonio Baby, Children, and Family Photographer organic bloom frames

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

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

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/BlackFridayFans

iPhone App:
http://www.blackfriday2011.com/app

 

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

 

Best Hand Sanitizer

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

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

1. More Alcohol the Better

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

2. Size Matters

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

3. Watch the Clock

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

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

According to Consumer Search the following:

BEST Hand Sanitizer reviewed:

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

Price: $4 for 8 oz

*couldn’t find official Facebook or Twitter account information

BEST Natural Hand Sanitizer reviewed:

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

Price: $8 for 8 oz

Twitter: http://twitter.com/eoproducts

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

Additional information about hand sanitizers can be found:

Best FREE Preschool iPhone apps

I don’t even need to own an iPhone to know how helpful a few strategically downloaded games can be when it comes to entertaining your child (or someone else’s!)  Here are one’s that I have downloaded on other people’s phones or that were recommended to me!

All the apps are free to download and have been kid tested and mommy approved!

*Make sure thought that before letting your child play the games, all default settings are as you expect.  Lately there have been a lot of articles about kid’s downloading full versions and automatically charging to their parent’s itunes account.  Don’t be caught with any surprise purchases!

Click Image for iTunes Link

iPhone App Description

kid iphone app - tap fish Tap Fish, you are only taps away from owning multiple aquariums where you can decide what fish to grow, to sell, and to breed!
kid iphone app - disney toy story Toy Story takes you on the adventure of a lifetime: 

A fully interactive reading experience packed with Games, Movie Clips, Coloring Pages, Sing-along Tunes, and Surprises on every page. Hear the story read aloud, record your own narration, or explore at your own pace.

kid iphone app - toddler teaser shape Approved by teachers, parents and toddlers alike Toddler Teasers Shapes teaches while it entertains. With a focus on simplicity and full voice overs, toddlers play and learn without the need for extra help. The app displays colorful quizzes and offers positive reinforcement and fun rewards. The child-safe menu allows parents to customize game play and difficulty.
kid iphone app - i hear ewe I Hear Ewe – Animal Sounds for Toddlers –Entertain and educate your toddler with this simple game full of 24 different authentic animal sounds and 12 different vehicle sounds. When your baby taps on an animal or vehicle icon, the game will verbally announce what type of animal or vehicle it is and play a recording of its real sound.
kid iphone app - balloonimals Balloonimals (MY FAVORITE!!) Beautifully rendered Balloonimals spring to life when you blow into the microphone on your iPhone or press the screen with your iPod Touch. Watch the balloon inflate and then give your phone a shake to start constructing your Balloonimal. With each shake, your animal takes greater shape until… Voila! Your Balloonimal appears and is ready to play. Pet your Balloonimal to see what tricks it can do.
kid iphone app - peakaboo barn lite Peekaboo Barn Lite Inside a little bouncing barn, friendly farm animals are waiting to pop out and surprise your little one. Try and guess who they are; tap the doors to find out!
kid iphone app - chinese for munchkins Chinese for Munchkins takes children on a journey, teaching them how to say animals and numbers in Mandarin and Cantonese – the two most common Chinese dialects in the world (there is an English option too). Whether they want to roar with the “lau fu” (tiger), munch on bamboo with a “hung mao” (panda) or count “yak, yee, saam” (1-2-3), kids will be drawn to the flashcard pictures, sounds and animations.
kid iphone app - parents flashcards The experts at Parents® magazine help moms and dads keep young children entertained and stimulate learning with Parents Flash Cards. The included card packs are Colors and Shapes.
kid iphone app - shape builder lite Shape Builder LITE – The Preschool Learning Puzzle Game – Each puzzle has 5 to 10 pieces and after positioning all of the pieces, the real image is revealed along with a professional voice recording of the word spoken by Jill Dews, a licensed speech therapist. Encourages cognitive thinking and fine motor skills plus exposes young minds to new music instruments, animals, produce, objects and the alphabet in a fun and engaging format with LOTS of fun sound effects!
kid iphone app - tangram Tangram Puzzle Pro FREE – Get 12 puzzles for free and see what Tangram Puzzle Pro is all about. Intuitive one-finger controls let you slide and spin shapes, and a convenient shape tray keeps things organized.
kid iphone app - fingerpro lite FingerPiano Lite – allows you to play the piano with your forefinger.
kid iphone app - read me stories Read Me Stories – Children’s books A fun new educational and entertaining book EVERY day helps your child develop good reading habits. Each book teaches your child new concepts, new words and how to say them.

Give Best Gift Ever | UNICEF Charity

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

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

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

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

UNICEF Charity gifts

About UNICEF:

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

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

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

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

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

help provide clean, safe drinking water for an entire community

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

UNICEF Holiday Promotions from Corporate Partners

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

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

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

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

 "Gucci for UNICEF" special edition Sukey bag

UNICEF Social Media

Teacher resources for online charity UNICEF

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

*Teaser for my next blog “Teach UNICEF” 🙂

Magnolia Pancake Haus

Tasty Byte: Magnolia Pancake Haus

Website: http://www.magnoliapancakehaus.com

Address: 13444 West Ave | San Antonio, TX 78216 { MAP }

Phone: 210.496.0828

Tasty Bytes

Also, make sure that you don’t miss the St. PJ’s Children’s Home Pajama Run, this October 2, 2010 from 8am until 1pm. During this time you’ll be able to enjoy a fun family run/walk and afterwards enjoy a pancake party catered by the Magnolia Pancake Haus! Click here for more details. Even if you don’t feel like being physically active, you can support a great cause by eating the breakfast for only $5! Event flyer here.

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Restaurant Week | San Antonio


In an impassioned attempt to support the local economy, a friend and I have enthusiastically participated in and relished San Antonio’s 1st Annual Restaurant Week which started Saturday, August 21st and lasts through Saturday, August 22nd!

2010 restaurant week san antonio

So many choices, so little time! How to choose? Check out where I ate and see mouthwatering pictures showcasing the lunches at 5 San Antonio eateries. Each post contains restaurant menus, contact information, Twitter/Facebook pages, and more reasons to attend, this week and go back subsequently!

WARNING: Pictures of food are incredibly tempting and should not be viewed if adequate meal is not forthcoming!

Sun., Aug. 22Las Canarias

Although distracted by the Sunday Champagne brunch, the lunch menu offered throughout the rest of the week looked incredible tempting!

Mon., Aug. 23The Palm

Even though it all started in 1926 in NYC, The Palm is still the place to be, with international locations! The San Antonio location kicked off Restaurant week on a high note!

Tue., Aug. 24 Boudro’s

Boudro’s is a Riverwalk gem and ammunition for anyone who says you can’t find good food on the River. Incredible lunch, left very little to be desired.

Wed., Aug. 25The Lodge at Castle Hills

A San Antonio classic, the lunch did not disappoint. The restaurant, a converted mansion nestled within two and a half acres, offered an instant mid-day escape from everything else.

Thu., Aug. 26 Tre Trattoria

Another Chef Jason Dady treasure, this Tuscan Italian restaurant offered a great ambiance and an equally scrumptious lunch!

Formally the New World Wine & Food Festival, Culinaria is sponsoring this event offering the opportunity to try some of the Alamo City’s BEST culinary masters’ finest dishes in an affordable fashion.

After this week, I’ll never view lunch the same!

Back to School Sales for Teachers | Educators Discounts

I hope that even if you’re not a teacher, you share the information in this post with one you know!  I can’t think of a more intense profession – please take the time to thank the teachers in your life!

This post is chock full of deals, reward programs, and other incentives that teachers and educators might not have the time to find.  Check out these deals for back to school, a lot of which last all year long!  Most require sign up with proof of teaching license or school code but all programs are free with rewards offered to your school!

Barnes and Noble Educator Program

B&N Educator Program

  • Educator Discount, Resources & More
  • Save 20% off the publisher’s list price on all purchases for classroom use
  • Get up to 25% off the publisher’s list price during Educator Appreciation Days
  • Receive valuable email offers and information on special Educator events
  • Listen to popular stories being read online
  • Join by filling out this application and bringing it to any location! More FAQ
  • Coupon code: B8X7U8U, Exp: 08/17/10 (save 30% off the Back to School Category)

Borders Teaching Zone Reward Program

Classroom Discount Card – savings for teachers

  • Individual teachers, from preschool through high school, as well as school librarians and homeschool educators.
  • Save 25% off the list price of books and music CDs
  • Save 10% off the list price of DVDs for professional use.
  • Applications are available at all Borders stores, and signing up is completely free.
  • Follow on Facebook for more deals and events!

Half Price Books Teacher and Librarian Discount Card

Half price Books – Educator Discount

  • Half Price Books supports educators, school teachers and librarians in the community.
  • Educator’s Discount Card saves 10% all year round!
  • Just bring in valid ID and proof of current employment such as a pay stub or employee ID card.

Crayola Gold Star Teacher Program

Crayola – Gold Star Teacher Program

  • Sign up
    for the program to get great deals, printables, and other online resources!
  • Check out these resources, templates, and other freebies!
  • FREE science lesson plan for teachers

Office Depot Star Teacher Program

Office Depot – Star Teacher Program

  • Get 10% back in Rewards on ink, toner, and paper, plus 1% back on almost everything else.
  • Get discounts with these “My Star Teacher” reward partners
  • Find out more information about smart reward programs and going green!
  • $10 off $50 (Coupon Code: 75009959)
  • $15 off $75 (Coupon Code: 63427096)
  • $20 off $100 (Coupon Code: 40124581)
  • Expires 8/21

Adobe Software Student and Teacher Discounts

Adobe Software – Student/Teacher Discounts

  • Get up to 80% off Adobe software products!
  • FREE shipping!

AT&T Wireless Teacher Savings and Discounts

ATT Wireless

PBS Teacher Program

Join PBS Teachers!

  • Exclusive Content from PBS!
  • Ability to Save, Rate and Comment on Classroom Resources (like their Activity Packs)
  • Online Discussions on Media and Technology
  • Just by signing up, you will receive a 10% discount on your next purchase at ShopPBS for Teachers.
  • Follow on Twitter – @pbsteachers

2010 office professional student discount

  • You must have a valid e-mail address at an educational institution ending with the domain suffix .EDU (i.e., leina@contoso.edu) OR have a valid email address at one of the educational institutions listed here.

Staples back to school discounts

  • 20% Off All School and Office Supplies (In-Store Only)
  • Valid 8/15/10–8/21/10

Michael's the Knack Faculty discount program for teachers

Michael’s has this program called “The Knack Faculty” which offers teachers and other educators tons of printable templates, ideas, and savings!

Make sure you take advantage of their teacher appreciation event:

Michael's the Knack Faculty discount program for teachers

What: The Knack Faculty Free Teacher Appreciation Crop Event

When: 8/27/2010 3:00 PM – 8:45 PM

“Create some fun for the classroom. Teachers and friends, join us for Teacher Appreciation Crop Event. Learn to create fun bulletin boards, bookmarks, signs and more. We provide the space and assortment of tools. Plus, we take care of the cleanup.”

Michael's 40% off regular price item

HP Teacher Experience

HP – Teacher Experience Exchange

Best Website to Upload Large Files

After coming back from an incredible vacation in San Diego and Las Angeles, California, I had a million pictures to share. Sure I immediately posted them on Facebook and Picasa but there’s not really easy to send a zip file of all the images. The file, too large for gmail, also exceeded the uploading limits of a favorite uploading site of mine, drop.io. (I like drop.io because of the easy, clean interface with advanced, customizing options.)

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Over 250 Retailers’ Twitter Names | Find Your Favorite Stores on Twitter

Tons of retailers on Twitter

Find your favorite retailers on Twitter! Follow their tweets for contests, promotional offers, great deals, and coupons! Get even more connected to the company! Contact their customer service department if you got less than stellar service! Here are the ones I follow, for the most updated retailers following my own retailers list on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/geekettebits/retail

and of course my tweets here:

http://twitter.com/geekettebits where I post a lot of coupons and deals I find!

Over 250 retailers including clothing, book stores, hardware, techie, automobiles and more!

Retailer

Twitter Handle

Retailer’s Website

1-800-FLOWERS begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-FLOWERS end_of_the_skype_highlighting.COM http://twitter.com/1800flowers http://www.1800flowers.com
3GenPrius http://twitter.com/3GenPrius http://toyota.com/prius
99 Cents Only Stores http://twitter.com/99centsstores http://www.99only.com
Abt Electronics http://twitter.com/abtelectronics http://www.abt.com
Academy http://twitter.com/academy_com http://www.academy.com
Acura Insider http://twitter.com/Acura_Insider http://www.acuranews.com
Allstate Insurance http://twitter.com/allstate http://www.allstate.com?cid=BAC-SN-Twitter
American Apparel http://twitter.com/americanapparel http://www.americanapparel.net
American Eagle http://twitter.com/american_eagle http://www.ae.com
Anchor Blue http://twitter.com/anchorbluestyle http://www.anchorblue.com
Aroma Housewares http://twitter.com/AromaHousewares http://www.aromaco.com
Arrow Sheds http://twitter.com/ArrowSheds http://www.arrow-storage-sheds.info/
Avelle/Exec VP Merch http://twitter.com/avelle http://www.avelle.com
B&N Review http://twitter.com/bnreviewer http://bnreview.com
BabiesRUs http://twitter.com/BabiesRUs http://www.Babiesrus.com
Backyard Botanical http://twitter.com/GrowYourVeggies http://www.backyardbotanical.com
Banana Republic http://twitter.com/BananaRepublic http://bananarepublic.gap.com/
Barnes & Noble http://twitter.com/BNKids http://www.bn.com/kids
Barnes & Noble http://twitter.com/BNTweetDeals http://www.bn.com
Barnes & Noble http://twitter.com/BNBuzz http://www.bn.com
Barnes & Noble eBook http://twitter.com/eBooksBN http://www.bn.com/ebooks
Barnes and Noble http://twitter.com/BNStudio http://www.bn.com/studio
Barry Judge http://twitter.com/BestBuyCMO http://www.barryjudge.com
Bass Pro Shops http://twitter.com/Bass_Pro_Shops http://www.basspro.com
BCBGMAXAZRIA http://twitter.com/BCBGMAXAZRIA http://www.bcbg.com
Beachbody http://twitter.com/Beachbody http://www.beachbody.com
Beachbody News http://twitter.com/BeachbodyNews http://teambeachbody.com/watch/bnn
Beachbody Web Team http://twitter.com/BeachbodyOnline http://www.beachbody.com/
bebe http://twitter.com/bebe_Stores http://www.bebe.com
Behr Paint http://twitter.com/BehrPaint http://www.behr.com
Best Buy http://twitter.com/BestBuy http://www.bestbuy.com
Best Buy Remix Team http://twitter.com/BestBuyRemix http://remix.bestbuy.com/blog
Black & Decker http://twitter.com/Black_DeckerUS http://www.BlackAndDecker.com
Blick Art Materials http://twitter.com/Blick_Art http://www.dickblick.com/
BLOCKBUSTER Online http://twitter.com/blockbuster http://www.blockbuster.com
Bloomingdale’s http://twitter.com/Bloomingdales http://bloomingdales.com
Borders http://twitter.com/Borders http://www.borders.com
BOSTON PROPER http://twitter.com/boston_proper http://www.bostonproper.com
Brunswick Zone http://twitter.com/BowlBrunswick http://BowlBrunswick.com
Buckle.com http://twitter.com/BuckleStore http://www.buckle.com
Build-A-BearWorkshop http://twitter.com/buildabear http://www.buildabear.com
BustedTees.com http://twitter.com/BustedTees http://www.bustedtees.com
Buzzy Seeds http://twitter.com/buzzyseeds http://www.buzzyseedsblog.com
Bway Across America http://twitter.com/BwayAmerica http://www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com
Cables Unlimited http://twitter.com/cablesunlimited http://www.cablesunlimited.com
CafePress http://twitter.com/cafepress http://cafepress.com
Callaway Golf http://twitter.com/Callaway http://www.CallawayGolf.com
Calvin Klein http://twitter.com/CalvinKlein http://www.calvinklein.com
Campbell Hausfeld http://twitter.com/Chdiy http://www.chpower.com
CarMax http://twitter.com/CarMax http://www.carmax.com
Cars_com http://twitter.com/Cars_com
Chad M and CAN team http://twitter.com/WalmartCAN http://WalmartCommunity.com
Champion AC http://twitter.com/ChampionAC http://www.championac.com/
Chevrolet http://twitter.com/chevrolet http://www.Chevy.com
Chico’s http://twitter.com/LoveChicos http://www.chicos.com
Chris @ Polar USA http://twitter.com/ChrisPolarUSA http://www.polarusa.com
Chris Hosford http://twitter.com/CHosford1
Chris Somers http://twitter.com/AccessPhilly http://www.accessphilly.com/
Chrysler http://twitter.com/Chrysler http://blog.chryslergroupllc.com
Claire’s http://twitter.com/ClairesStores http://www.claires.com/index.asp
Clinique http://twitter.com/Clinique_US http://www.clinique.com
ClosetMaid http://twitter.com/ClosetMaid http://www.closetmaid.com
CLR Cleaners http://twitter.com/CLRCleaners http://www.jelmar.com/CLRproducts.htm
CNET Car Tech http://twitter.com/CNETCarTech http://cars.cnet.com
Coach Inc. http://twitter.com/Coach http://www.coach.com
COAST Products http://twitter.com/COASTproducts http://www.coastportland.com
Coleman Campfire http://twitter.com/ColemanCampfire http://www.coleman.com
ConsumerSearch http://twitter.com/consumersearch http://www.consumersearch.com
consumersunion http://twitter.com/consumersunion http://www.consumersunion.org
Cuisinart http://twitter.com/MyCuisinart http://www.cuisinart.com
Dan Bedore PR http://twitter.com/danbedore http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dan-bedore/4/5b/a51
Danskin http://twitter.com/Danskin http://www.danskin.com
Dave & Buster’s http://twitter.com/DaveandBusters http://www.facebook.com/DaveAndBusters
Delta Faucet http://twitter.com/deltafaucet http://www.deltafaucet.com
DICK’S San Antonio http://twitter.com/DicksSportingST http://www.sportspacecommunity.com
Dicks Sporting Goods http://twitter.com/dickssportingss http://www.sportsspacecommunity.com
Dillard’s Inc. http://twitter.com/DillardsStores http://www.Dillards.com
DIRECTV http://twitter.com/DIRECTV http://www.directv.com
Discount Tire http://twitter.com/DiscountTire http://www.tires.com
DKNY PR Girl http://twitter.com/dkny http://www.facebook.com/donnakarannewyork
http://facebook.com/dkny
Dodge Autos http://twitter.com/Dodge http://www.redletterdodge.com
Dove http://twitter.com/Dove http://www.dove.com
DOVE Chocolate http://twitter.com/Dove_Chocolate http://www.dovechocolate.com
DSW Shoe Warehouse http://twitter.com/DSWShoeLovers http://www.dsw.com
eBay Inc. http://twitter.com/eBay http://www.ebay.com
EXPRESS CMO – Lisa http://twitter.com/ExpressLisaG http://www.express.com
FederalExpress http://twitter.com/FederalExpress http://www.fedex.com
FedExBlog http://twitter.com/FedExBlog
Ford Motor Company http://twitter.com/FordTrucks http://www.fordvehicles.com/2009f150
Ford Motor Company http://twitter.com/FordCustService http://www.ford.com/footer/contact-ford
Ford Motor Company http://twitter.com/Ford http://www.thefordstory.com
Forever 21 http://twitter.com/Forever21_tweet http://www.forever21.com
Frank Eliason http://twitter.com/comcastcares http://www.comcast.com
Gaiam http://twitter.com/Gaiam http://www.gaiam.com/
Gale Pacific http://twitter.com/Coolaroo http://www.coolaroo.com
GameStop http://twitter.com/GameStop http://www.gamestop.com/?&wt.mc_id=twitter
Gap http://twitter.com/Gap http://facebook.com/gap
Gap Outlet http://twitter.com/GapOutlet http://www.gap.com/
GE Appliances http://twitter.com/GE_Appliances http://geappliances.com
GHC http://twitter.com/GHChealth http://globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health
Glamour Beauty http://twitter.com/glamour_beauty http://www.glamour.com/beauty/blogs/girls-in-the-beauty-department/
GM Blogs http://twitter.com/Gmblogs http://gmblogs.com
Godiva Chocolatier http://twitter.com/GodivaChoc http://www.godiva.com
gucciofficial http://twitter.com/gucciofficial http://www.gucci.com/
guy stephens http://twitter.com/guy1067 http://www.google.com/profiles/guy1067
h&M Canada http://twitter.com/HMCanada http://www.hm.com/ca
H&M United Kingdom http://twitter.com/hmunitedkingdom http://www.hm.com
H&R Block http://twitter.com/HRBlock http://www.hrblock.com
Half Price Books http://twitter.com/halfpricebooks http://www.halfpricebooks.com
Hallmark Cards http://twitter.com/HallmarkPR http://newsroom.hallmark.com
Hallmark Mobile http://twitter.com/hallmarkmobile http://www.mobile.hallmark.com
harleydavidson http://twitter.com/harleydavidson http://www.harley-davidson.com
Hennes & Mauritz http://twitter.com/HM_News http://www.hm.com/us/press__press.nhtml
Hickory Farms http://twitter.com/HickoryFarms http://www.hickoryfarms.com
hm.com http://twitter.com/hm http://www.hm.com
hmdeutschland http://twitter.com/hmdeutschland http://www.hm.com
hmsverige http://twitter.com/hmsverige http://www.hm.com
Hollister Co http://twitter.com/HollisterCo22 http://HollisterCo.com
Hot Topic http://twitter.com/htlive http://www.hottopic.com/
Houston Galleria http://twitter.com/HoustonGalleria http://www.galleriahouston.com
Hurley Clothing http://twitter.com/HurleyClothing http://www.Hurley.com
Hyundai USA PR http://twitter.com/Hyundai http://www.hyundainews.com
J.D. Power Online http://twitter.com/JDPowerOnline http://www.jdpower.com
Jaguar News http://twitter.com/Jaguar_News http://www.media.jaguar.com
Java http://twitter.com/java http://www.oracle.com/java
Jeep http://twitter.com/Jeep http://jeep.com/experience
Jim Trainor http://twitter.com/Train816
Joanndotcom http://twitter.com/Joanndotcom http://www.joann.com
Kate Marshall http://twitter.com/marshallbooks http://www.marshallbooks.net
kate spade new york http://twitter.com/katespadeny http://www.katespade.com
Kelly C. http://twitter.com/Walmartkelly http://www.walmartstores.com
Kelly@ Quicken Loans http://twitter.com/quickenloans http://www.QuickenLoans.com
Kevin http://twitter.com/Walmartkevin http://walmartstores.com
Kmart http://twitter.com/KmartDealsnNews http://www.kmart.com
Kodak Gallery http://twitter.com/GalleryExposure http://kodakgallery.com
Kohl’s http://twitter.com/Kohls_Official http://www.kohls.com
LACOSTE USA http://twitter.com/LACOSTE http://shopapparel.lacoste.com
Lacy Simon http://twitter.com/KnorkFlatware http://www.knork.net
Lakeshore Learning http://twitter.com/LakeshoreLM
Lancome http://twitter.com/lancomeparis http://www.lancome-usa.com
Land_Rover_News http://twitter.com/Land_Rover_News http://www.media.landrover.com
LandsEndChat http://twitter.com/LandsEndChat http://landsend.com
leapfrog http://twitter.com/LeapFrog http://www.leapfrog.com
LifeWay Stores http://twitter.com/LifeWayStores http://www.lifewaystores.com
Liz Claiborne NY http://twitter.com/LizClaiborneNY http://www.lizclaiborne.com/
Louis Vuitton US http://twitter.com/LouisVuitton_US http://www.louisvuitton.com
Lowes http://twitter.com/LowesPromos
Lowe’s http://twitter.com/Lowes http://www.lowes.com
Lucky Brand – Sales http://twitter.com/LuckyBrandSales http://stylous.com/accounts/LuckyBrandSales/
Macy’s http://twitter.com/MacysInc http://www.macys.com
Masco http://twitter.com/BehrPresence http://Behr.com
Maybelline Insider http://twitter.com/MNYInsider http://www.maybellinelovesfashion.com
Melissa Payner http://twitter.com/bluefly_com http://www.bluefly.com
Miss Marm http://twitter.com/MissMarm http://community.sparknotes.com
Mohawk http://twitter.com/MohawkFlooring
Monitronics Security http://twitter.com/Monitronics http://blog.monitronics.com
MSN Autos http://twitter.com/MSNAutos http://autos.msn.com
Netflix http://twitter.com/netflix http://netflix.com
New York and Company http://twitter.com/NYStyle http://www.nyandcompany.com/nyco/
Newegg (Official) http://twitter.com/Newegg http://www.newegg.com/?cm_mmc=SNC-Twitter-_-na-_-na-_-na
Newegg.com Deals http://twitter.com/NeweggHotDeals http://www.newegg.com/?cm_mmc=SNC-Twitter-_-na-_-na-_-na
Nordstrom http://twitter.com/Nordstrom http://www.nordstrom.com
Oakley http://twitter.com/oakley http://oakley.com
Office Depot http://twitter.com/officedepot http://www.officedepot.com
official adidas shop http://twitter.com/shopadidas http://www.shopadidas.com
Official Hobby Lobby http://twitter.com/hobbylobbystore http://www.hobbylobby.com
Official Roxy http://twitter.com/Official_Roxy http://www.roxy.com
Old Navy Official http://twitter.com/OldNavy http://www.OldNavy.com
Onlineshoes.com http://twitter.com/Onlineshoes_com http://www.Onlineshoes.com
Oriental Trading http://twitter.com/OrientalTrading http://www.orientaltrading.com
Overstock.com http://twitter.com/Overstock http://overstock.com
PacSun http://twitter.com/PacSun http://community.pacsun.com
Pampers Village http://twitter.com/PampersVillage http://www.pampers.com
Patrick Robinson http://twitter.com/Patrick_at_Gap
Paul Frank Store SF http://twitter.com/pfsf http://www.myspace.com/pfsf
Payless Shoes http://twitter.com/PaylessInsider http://payless.com
PETCO http://twitter.com/PETCO http://www.petco.com
Pier 1 Imports http://twitter.com/Pier_1_Imports http://www.pier1.com
Plusnet PLC http://twitter.com/plusnet http://www.plus.net
Pocket Wireless http://twitter.com/PocketWirlessNE http://www.pocket.com
PorscheNewsWire http://twitter.com/PorscheNewsWire http://www.porsche.us
Post-it http://twitter.com/postitproducts http://www.post-it.com
ProFlowers http://twitter.com/ProFlowers http://www.proflowers.com
Promo George http://twitter.com/PromoGeorge http://www.promo-sa.com
RamTrucks http://twitter.com/RamTrucks http://www.ramzone.com
Random House Kids http://twitter.com/randomhousekids http://www.randomhouse.com/kids
Red Bull http://twitter.com/redbull http://redbull.com
redbox http://twitter.com/redbox http://www.redbox.com/
REI_CoOp http://twitter.com/REI_CoOp http://www.rei.com
Renault http://twitter.com/Renault_Live http://www.renault.com/renault_com/fr/main/index.aspx
review_centre http://twitter.com/review_centre http://www.reviewcentre.com
rubbermaid http://twitter.com/rubbermaid http://blog.rubbermaid.com
Sam’s Club http://twitter.com/SamsClubDeals http://www.samsclub.com
SanDisk http://twitter.com/SanDisk http://www.sandisk.com
SAT Word Whiz http://twitter.com/SparkNotesSAT
Scholastic http://twitter.com/Scholastic http://www.scholastic.com/
Scotts Turf Builder http://twitter.com/ScottsLawnCare http://www.scotts.com
Sephora http://twitter.com/sephorablog http://blog.sephora.com
Sephora USA http://twitter.com/Sephora http://www.sephora.com
sharperimage.com http://twitter.com/wwwSharperImage http://www.sharperimage.com
Shutterfly http://twitter.com/Shutterfly http://www.shutterfly.com
simplehuman http://twitter.com/simplehumans http://simplehuman.com
SkyMall http://twitter.com/SkyMall http://www.skymall.com
Sluggy Patterson http://twitter.com/SluggyPatterson http://vw.com/sluggy
Smarthome Inc. http://twitter.com/SmarthomeInc http://www.smarthome.com
SPARK Editor Emily http://twitter.com/SparkNotes http://www.sparknotes.com/
Sport Clips Haircuts http://twitter.com/SportClips http://www.sportclips.com
Staples http://twitter.com/StaplesTweets http://staples.com
State Farm http://twitter.com/StateFarm http://statefarm.com
Subaru http://twitter.com/subaru_usa http://www.subaru.com
T.J.Maxx http://twitter.com/tjmaxx http://www.tjmaxx.com
Target http://twitter.com/Target http://www.target.com
TeslaMotors http://twitter.com/TeslaMotors http://www.teslamotors.com
Texas Golf Tour http://twitter.com/golftexas http://www.texasgolftour.com
TexasRed Books/Quilt http://twitter.com/Texas_Red http://www.texasredbooks.com/
The Body Shop http://twitter.com/thebodyshopusa http://blog.thebodyshop-usa.com
The Childrens Place http://twitter.com/thechildrensplc http://www.childrensplace.com
The Container Store http://twitter.com/ContainerStore http://www.containerstore.com/
The Home Depot http://twitter.com/HomeDepotDeals http://www.homedepot.com/
The Home Depot http://twitter.com/HomeDepot http://homedepot.com
The Land of Nod http://twitter.com/thelandofnod http://www.landofnod.com
Things Remembered http://twitter.com/Tremembered http://www.thingsremembered.com
thinkgeek http://twitter.com/thinkgeek http://www.thinkgeek.com
Threadless http://twitter.com/threadless http://threadless.com
Tim Mulcrone http://twitter.com/Boschpowertools http://www.boschtools.com/Pages/default.aspx
Toyota USA http://twitter.com/Toyota http://www.toyota.com
ToysRUs http://twitter.com/ToysRUs http://www.toysrus.com
Tracey @ Delight.com http://twitter.com/Delight_com http://www.delight.com
Trex Company http://twitter.com/Trex_Company http://trex.com
Tumi http://twitter.com/TumiTravel http://www.tumi.com/?sourceid=TUMTWITTER
Urban Decay Cosmetic http://twitter.com/UrbanDecay411 http://www.urbandecay.com/index.cfm?LID=TWI1
Vera Bradley http://twitter.com/verabradley http://www.verabradley.com
Vibram FiveFingers http://twitter.com/Vibram5Fingers http://vibramfivefingers.com
Vistaprint http://twitter.com/Vistaprint http://www.vistaprint.com
Volvo Cars US http://twitter.com/VolvoCars_US http://www.volvocars.com/us
VSPINK http://twitter.com/VSPINK http://www.vspink.com
Walgreens http://twitter.com/Walgreens http://www.walgreens.com
Walmart Beauty http://twitter.com/WalmartBeauty http://www.walmart.com/beauty
Walmart MP3 http://twitter.com/WalmartMP3 http://mp3.walmart.com
Walmart.com Deals http://twitter.com/walmartdeals http://budurl.com/walmartdotcom
Walmartmeeting http://twitter.com/Walmartmeeting http://www.walmartstores.com
WalmartSpecials http://twitter.com/WalmartSpecials http://www.walmart.com
Weight Watchers http://twitter.com/WeightWatchers http://www.WeightWatchers.com
Weight Watchers http://twitter.com/WeightWatchers_ http://www.weightwatchers.com
west elm http://twitter.com/westelm http://www.westelm.com
WHBM http://twitter.com/whbm http://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com
Womentorz http://twitter.com/womentorz http://www.womentorz.com
Woodstream Corp http://twitter.com/WoodstreamCorp http://www.woodstream.com
Woot Off http://twitter.com/wootoff http://www.woot.com/
Woot Workshop http://twitter.com/WootLive http://wootworkshop.com/
Xena Nguyen http://twitter.com/xenabeauty http://www.xenabeauty.com
Y Vodka http://twitter.com/TheYVodka http://www.yvodka.com
Zappos.com CEO -Tony http://twitter.com/zappos http://www.zappos.com blogs.zappos.com

2010 Summer Reading Programs for Kids

This summer when your kids start to get bored, remind them that they can make money and get lots of fun free stuff, simply by reading a couple minutes each day!  We participated in a lot of these programs last year and had an incredible time!

Half Price Books Summer Reading Program - Feed Your Brain

Half Price Books Summer Reading Program - Feed Your Brain Across the nation, Half Price Books is offering their “Feed Your Brain” summer reading program from June 1,
2010
through July 31, 2010! This is a GREAT deal! If your child reads 15 minutes each day a week, you can pick up a $3 gift card! We made this a Saturday tradition, turning in our reading log and picking out a new book or two (from the children’s clearance section!)

  • Information for parents/teachers here
  • Feed Your Brain reading log (printed copies also available in-store!)
  • Official flyer to help spread the word at work!

Scholastic Summer Reading Program

Scholastic Summer Challenge

2010 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program

Barnes and Noble is also offering a FREE book for every 8 books you read this summer!

  • Download their passport and choose from a list of books for each reading level!
  • Here is a list of all the books your child can choose from
  • Educators download this reading kit
  • Parents can get additional information from this parent kit

Children can return their completed kits from May 25 through September 7th!

Borders Double-Dog Dare Summer Reading Program

Borders Summer Reading program double-dog dares you to read 10 books, record the names, and bring the printed form to any Borders store for a FREE book!

*For kids 12 and under, starts 5/4/2010 and lasts through 8/26/2010!

Pottery Barn Kids Book Club and Summer Reading Program

Pottery Barn Kids Book Club is every Tuesday from 1100am to 1130am. Visit 5 times and your children will receive a free gift!

National Amusement Bookworm Wednesdays

Bookworm Wednesdays from National Amusements is offering FREE admission to select children’s film after presenting a book report to participating Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas, or Cinema De Lux box offices! Checkout their locations. Print this form to complete the book report with your child.

HEB Buddy Summer Reading Program

HEB Buddy is also offering a summer reading program! Read 10 books and return this form by October 1st for cool prizes from HEB Buddy!

San Antonio Public Library Summer Reading Program

San Antonio Public Library wants you to join the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club! From June 15th through August 31st, you’ll get a certificate and FREE book for every 15 books you read!

Bin555 Restaurant and Wine Bar | San Antonio, TX

Tasty Byte:  Bin 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar

Another successful restaurant by Jason Dady and one of my favorites!  With a beautiful patio deck and modern inside dining, nestled among the Shops of Artisan Alley, Bin555 is a wonderful restaurant for linger over a romantic meal or celebrate with lots friends.  Not only is the atmosphere great but the food is a fun fusion of Mediterranean tapas…bring several friends like we did to share “one of everything”.  Enjoy pizza from their wood burning oven, decadent desserts, and savor the presentation of each dish!

  • Frequently offers wine dinners and special events

Websitehttp://bin555.com/

Address:  555 W. Bitters Rd | San Antonio, TX, 78216 { MAP }

Phone:  210-496-0555

FacebookFacebook Fan Page

Twittertwitter.com/bin555

Bin 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar on Urbanspoon

2010 US Census | Importance & Information

10 simple questions… Find detailed information about the questions in the form here.

According to the Constitution, a US Census is required every 10 years.  Why do we need to fill out the survey that’s still mailed to us?  (They’re currently experimenting with Internet response forms for the future; maybe by 2020 they’ll have progressed…)


$400 billion in federal funds will be allocated to different cities, based on the responses.  This money can be used for:

  • Hospitals
  • Job training centers
  • Schools
  • Senior centers
  • Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects
  • Emergency services

The 2010 Census form is just 10 questions pertaining to:

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Hispanic origin
  • Race
  • Household relationship
  • If you own or rent

Contact Us (them, not me!)

If you did not receive a form (or LOST it…), call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance center at 1-866-872-6868 unless you prefer a Spanish-speaking operator, then dial 1-866-928-2010 between 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (your local time) seven days a week from February 25, 2010 through July 30, 2010.

For the hearing-impaired, TDD 1-866-783-.

It’s against the law to NOT fill out the census form…otherwise you might be visited by the census taker.  Here’s how to prepare for a visit from them.

Check out key dates including how and when to volunteer, seek employment, turn in your form, etc.

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FREE iPhone Apps | Retailers, News, & More!

Why would someone who doesn’t have an iPhone want to write a post about iPhone apps?!  Simple, I have tons of friends who have iPhones AND I’m really good at digging up unknown things on the web – why limit myself?!  Included in this post are the things I would look up for myself, and just want to know (including 35 iPhone apps you might not have known existed!)

Apple Deals

Did you know?! Apple now offers an Out-of-Warranty Service program that allows you to bring in your iPhone that would otherwise be ineligible for warranty service (for example stopped working but physically intact, water-damaged, cracked screen, etc.)  and they’ll replace your iPhone with a new or refurbished iPhone for the Out-of-Warranty Service fee listed below:

iPhone 3GS Out-of-Warranty Service
16GB & 32GB $199
iPhone 3G Out-of-Warranty Service
8GB, 16GB $199
Original iPhone Out-of-Warranty Service
4GB, 8GB & 16GB $199

*As of 3/8/2010 – it just can’t be shattered into a million pieces

  • Clearance Section – Check out the clearance
  • Educational Deals – Apple offers educational discounts for college students and faculty and staff at all grade levels to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories at special prices.

iPhone Apps Directory (online for easy browsing)

iTunes iPhone Apps w/o iTunes complete listing

Overstock iPhone App:

Overstock.com iPhone App

Pear Analytics – Website Analyzer – iPhone App:

Pear Analytics Website Analyzer

Website Analyzer allows you to quickly run an analysis on any website within about 30 seconds. Each site is scored from 0 to 100 and color-coded for easy explanation. You get a detailed report with simple explanations of each feature of how to improve your SEO (search engine optimization) capability.

Zyrtec Allergy iPhone App:

ZYRTEC® AllergyCast
The ZYRTEC® AllergyCast gives you the allergy and weather info you need to help. LOVE THE AIR..

  • Get the allergy forecast for today and tomorrow.
  • Know the top allergens to watch out for.
  • See the hourly, daily, or 10-day weather forecast plus the relative humidity.
  • Save your favorite locations then view them on a map along with the pollen levels for each.
  • Access details for ZYRTEC® products for adults and children.

WOAI News iPhone App:

WOAI Mobile Local News
The San Antonio, TX news experience you.ve been waiting for is finally here! Catch the latest news, sports and weather wherever you go with the WOAI Mobile Local News application. Mobile Local News takes the best features from the WOAI newscast and Web site and rolls them into a mobile experience that is a must on your iPhone and iPod.

KENS San Antonio News iPhone App:

KENS 5 San Antonio
Keep up with what’s happening in San Antonio with KENS 5 San Antonio on your iPhone and iPod Touch. The KENS 5 San Antonio application gives you news updates, the latest weather forecast, video, local sports info, movie show times and more – all at your fingertips.

Sky Mall iPhone App:

Sky Mall iPhone App

bebe iPhone App:

bebe iphone app
The bebe Mobile application allows iPhone and iPod touch users to quickly browse, search and purchase products available on bebe.com using a simple, yet stylish, interface. bebe clients have full access to their existing cart, payment and shipping options.

the Fray iPhone App:

*$1.99 – but I <3 the Fray…

The Fray Live iphone app

Dragon Diction – iPhone App:

*I also use the software for my computer and LOVE it!

Dragon Dictation iphone app
Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it.s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

Skype iPhone App:

Skype iphone app
With Skype on your iPhone or iPod touch you can call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free. You can also call landlines and mobiles and send SMS anywhere in the world, at great rates. Skype is free to download and easy to use.

AT&T myWireless Mobile iPhone App:

AT&T myWireless Mobile iphone app
AT&T myWireless Mobile allows you to manage your AT&T wireless account from your iPhone or iPod Touch devices.

McCormick Recipe Finder iPhone App:

McCormick Recipe Finder iphone app
Never again be stumped for a delicious recipe idea. The McCormick Recipe Finder has a collection of over 1,000 trusted recipes, developed and tested by our kitchens.

The Weather Channel iPhone App:

The Weather Channel iphone app

The New York Times News iPhone App:

NYTimes iphone app
Take the high-quality news and information of The New York Times with you on the go.

Bloomberg iPhone App:

Bloomberg iphone app
Bring the power of the most trusted source for financial information to your iPhone, along with tools to help you analyze the world’s markets.

TV.com iPhone App:

tv.com iphone app
The TV.com application allows you to search and access millions of videos no matter where you go – now with more full episodes of shows!

Showtime iPhone App:

Showtime iphone app

Discovery Channel iPhone App:

Discovery Channel iphone app
With the FREE Discovery Channel iPhone application you.ll get new videos, daily news stories, quizzes, photos, TV schedules and more. Illustrating the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement, Discovery Channel creates the highest quality content to ignite your curiosity, immerse you in the how and why, and satisfy you with information.

IMDb iPhone App:

IMDb Movies & TV iphone app
IMDb is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information. IMDb is the leading app on the iPhone and iPod Touch to find US showtimes, watch trailers, browse photo galleries, get US TV listings, find latest DVD releases, explore popular charts and share movie info.

ABC News iPhone App:

USA TODAY iphone app
Take ABC News with you while you’re on the go! Get one touch access to Top of the Hour video news briefs, local videos and weather, daily top stories and pictures, breaking news, emergency alerts and more.

Best Buy iPhone App:

Best Buy iphone App
The current version brings you all of Best Buy’s weekly deals, and more. Visually browse or accurately search our entire inventory. Dive deeper into each product through ratings, reviews, related items and enlarged views. Fill and manage your favorites and shopping cart on your phone.

Sports Illustrated iPhone App:

Sports Illustrated iphone app
Stay current on the hot sports news and topics of the day with Sports Illustrated’s free application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. SI’s world famous writing and photography get delivered directly to your device along with the latest scores of your favorite pro and college teams.

CNN iPhone App:

*NOT Free – $1.99

CNN Mobile iphone app

Dictionary.com iPhone App:

Dictionary.com iphone app
Dictionary & Thesaurus at your finger tips!

Wikipedia iPhone App:

Wikipedia Mobile iphone app
Wikipedia is now officially on the iPhone! This is our official application and we are working hard on making the absolute best Wikipedia app out there.

NASA Official iPhone App:

NASA App
The first official NASA App invites you to discover a wealth of NASA information right on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Google Earth iPhone App:

Google Earth iphone app
Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth for iPhone and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world’s population and a third of the world’s land mass.

Urbanspoon iPhone App:

*I love this app!

Urbanspoon iphone app
Can’t decide where to eat? Urbanspoon can help. Shake your iPhone and the Urbanspoon slot machine will pick a good restaurant for you to try. Keep shaking until you find a restaurant you’re happy with.

Kayak Travel Discounts iPhone App:

KAYAK Flight, Hotel Search iphone app
KAYAK for the iPhone connects to kayak.com, the best travel search engine in the world. Compare hundreds of travel sites at once.

Southwest iPhone App:

Southwest Airlines iphone app
Traveling with Southwest Airlines is now even more convenient with our first iPhone app. Make reservations, check in for flights, and access your Rapid Rewards account directly from your iPhone. Plus, our iPhone app has DING! functionality built in, giving you instant access to exclusive, limited-time-only air fare deals.

Meebo iPhone App:

Meebo iphone app
Meebo is integrated, all-in-one instant messaging that connects you with your friends everywhere.

Target iPhone App:

target iphone app

Walgreens iPhone App:

Walmart Iphone app
With the official Walgreens iPhone app, there.s a way to order prescription refills on-the-go and prints of the photos you just took on your phone. You can also find your nearest Walgreens and the week.s hottest in-store savings on your way to the store.

Macy’s iPhone App:

Macy's iphone app

The Home Depot iPhone App:

The Home Depot iPhone App

Hope this was a helpful post!  I enjoyed finding out more about iPhone, I love my MacBook!