Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veterans Day November 11! Don't forget to Thank our troops.

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and I'm a little late in posting these since some deals have already started. First I'd like to take a moment and Thank all of our active duty, and veterans for their service. My grandfather was Navy and I married a Sailor myself. Although he is now a veteran, I do try and remember to thank him, on Veterans day, but other days as well. I am very proud of my husband and all he has done for our country and for our family. He is an amazing man!I also know many others who have served or are currently serving in the Military.
Again, Thank you for your service.

I hope many of the veterans are able to take advantage of the deals over the course of this week, and tomorrow. Although I believe in my heart that everyday should find you treated like Royal, as you have sacrificed so much for all of us.

24 Hour Fitness: Veterans, active duty or reserve military can work out for free from November 8-14.
Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a FREE entree from a special menu on Friday, November 11th. Beverages and gratuity not included.
Chili’s: Veterans and active duty military eat free with proof of military service from a special menu on November 11th.
 Dollar General: On November 11th, all veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families will receive a 10 percent discount at Dollar General.
Golden Corral: Veterans, retired, active duty military, or those serving in the National Guard or Reserves can get a FREE Thank You Dinner on Monday, November 15th.
Hooters: Veterans and active duty military eat free from a special menu (up to an $8.49 value) all day Friday, November 11th.
Hyvee: Veterans can get a free breakfast buffet at any Hyvee supermarket with in-store dining on November 11th from 7AM-11AM. Some stores even have planned programs, displays, entertainment or other activities to go along with the breakfast; check with local stores for details.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants: Veterans can get a FREE entree from their special menu on Sunday, November 7th. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended!
National Parks: Fee-free entrance day at more than 100 national parks that normally charge entrance fees on Friday, November 11th.
Outback Steakhouse: Veterans and active duty military can snag a FREE Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage (one non-alcoholic drink) on Friday, November 11th.
Sam’s Club: Veterans in need of mobility assistance can receive a FREE Hugo cane on November 10th, 11th and 12th (no Sam’s Club membership is required).
Uno Chicago Grill: Veterans and active duty military can snag a free individual pizza or entree with the purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater price. No coupon necessary; just show up in uniform or with a picture of you in uniform or with a military or veteran’s ID.

Plum District

Everyone who knows me, knows I am always out for awesome deals!  So I can't pass up letting you guys know about Plum District. Plum District is a deal site, geared towards moms (although dad's can buy too) Very similar in the way it works with other deal sites. You buy the voucher that could be over up to or over 50 percent of the retail value, and redeem it at the location (if local) or online.
Currently they have up voucher for Learning Train. 55 for 29.00. What better way to Christmas shop, in your PJ's at home.
If you are a Plum District Dallas Facebook page fan, you can head on over to their page, and snag a 5 dollar off promo code and get this deal for 24! The Learning Train also has free shipping for orders 55 and over. Please note, it will show shipping at first but as you go through the checkout, it will take off shipping if your order is 55 or over.  There are lots of great toys on their site!
Here is a book I personally think my kids would love only 3.49.
What's Wrong with Rex?

There are other deals up on Plum District if you aren't needing toys or books to mark off your Christmas list.
They also have a 50 voucher for 25 for Hip Street Online.
 Don't forget to like their facebook page for 5 off promo code!
Happy Shopping!

Halloween Hex Bugs!!

Just before Halloween, we threw our Halloween Hex bug party! I set up the event prior to everyone coming, as I know my husband had a little trouble getting it together. So he set it back up for me the night before the party.

The day we got our hexbug Halloween package was exciting! Box full of goodies to open! I have three boys and one little princess, and they went to town. My husband had put it together that evening with them. It was a little trouble getting them to snap on together for us, so I don't recommend kids doing it. The way my kids were working with them, they were likely to break the small snapping pieces off rather easily. Once together though, they were at them like they were dogs getting treats! (I know my kids are not dogs although I truly feel Babies are similar to puppies, they need to be potty trained, and told no when they climb on and get into things.)
The ages for the hexbugs are now 3 and up. I think 3 is the perfect age. My soon to be 3 year old son is in love with them, and will actually carry them around quite a bit. My older son, 8, played with it until it was old for him, which sadly, was rather quickly. Now he may be of the minority when it comes to toys like this, because he truly stopped playing with toys for the most part anyway and is more into video games these days. My 5 year old son, was more interested, although he would leave if his brother caught his attention with something else, (like video games). We had these going on our table and were all quite amused with them. I recall when the hex bugs first came out, my mother wanted to buy them for my now 8 year old. He was much younger when she mentioned it, and if I remember, at that time, they were marked as 8 and up. I really think they are for the younger crowd, especially after seeing my youngest little man playing with them literally, for hours. 
The battery life is very short, as the first night we were playing with them, batteries were dying on them and had to be changed out. The same thing happened at our party, as bugs were dying, now it would have been amusing if they had turned over as they were dying.

The set we have, glows in the dark which was a hit later in the evening when we turned the lights out and could see the bugs still crawling around.

We had also gotten three larva, which we kept one, and the day we opened it, we had a little incident, my oldest put the larva in my daughters hair, and I'm pretty sure that is NOT recommended. It was trouble to get it out,and ultimately ended up having to cut it out of her hair. So please, do not put it in any ones hair.
I'd like to mention about these little bugs, while cute, they can also be scary, especially when your son lets one crawl under the bathroom door while you're in there and of course not expecting it.

There also needs to be a disclaimer on these bugs to remind parents that when they know their child is playing with them, don't be alarmed when they crawl under the bathroom door.