Monday, January 31, 2011

The complete list of 66 freebies and discounts for teachers

Teacher discounts don't often receive the same attention as those specifically for students, but educators need not frown -- there are plenty to be had.

Along with classroom supplies and other learned goodies like books, numerous teacher discounts are offered nationwide, ranging from laptops and Photoshop to museum entry and cell phone plans. Gift Card Granny has compiled a list of 66 top-notch discounts spanning nine categories, both online and off. A sampling:
The Container Store: The organizational aficionados provide a 15 percent discount on all items through the Organized Teacher Program. Register online for a free discount card to use for in-store and online purchases. If you visit a store, be sure to have your school ID.
Borders: Register for the Classroom Discount Card, a brand-spanking-new program that entitles librarians and teachers 25-percent off most purchases. The discount is for those who teach preschool to high school and available in-store only.
The Limited: Show a school ID or valid pay stub when you shop at any The Limited location and snag 15-percent off your entire order. The offer is good for all items on the racks, walls or tables. In other words, everything.
Bose: The Bose offer is prime, particularly for those in need of sonic stimulation. Variable discounts are available on all music systems and accessories. Call the Customer Focused Development Team at 1-800-353-4027 for pricing and to place an order.
Cell Phone Companies (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile): This discount is a tad tricky to redeem but can save loads on a personal cell phone bill, sometimes up to 20 percent a month. Visit your providers business or discount portal and input your .edu e-mail address to check if your institution is registered. Example: Search "Verizon business discount" in an engine and click on the first result to check your discount or register.
National Park Service: Show a valid school ID at a slew of National Park Service visitor centers across the nation and receive 15-percent off any purchase. The discount doesn't apply to park entry or camping fees.
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art: Present a valid school ID at the box office to snag a discounted day pass at the estate-turned-gallery in Sarasota, Fla. The museum, named for John Ringling of Ringling Brothers circus fame, is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road.
The Gift Card Granny list provides information where a deal can be redeemed, how to register for certain reward programs and, of course, the extent of a discount. Rules and conditions change from store to store, yet nearly all of the 66 deals are available year-round for teachers of every brand, including elementary school, high school, university and home school. Download "The Complete List of 66 Teacher Discounts" to sooth these oft-neglected educators with something more rewarding than the routine "apple for teacher." is one of four websites operating under the brand name The Frugals and dedicated to helping consumers save money and live more frugally. Other members of The Frugals family include, and

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Best VALENTINE gift under $15

February is the month that represents LOVE, sharing gifts that bring joy and happiness to your sweetheart. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and now is the time to start planning for your loved one.

The Jordin Sparks fragrance “Because of You” is pink, flirty and no one will ever guess that you paid only $14.95 for the Eau de Parfum Spray. Made for the woman who shatters expectations, this fragrance imbues a feeling of power, a sense that she can attain whatever she wants - even the thrill of the forbidden.

A sheer, floral - oriented fragrance, it opens with a bright burst of citrus and a dangerous hint of blond woods.

The overall effect is young, stylish, and eminently wearable - a daring edge of the sexiness and sensuality that captures the essence of Jordin Sparks.

Everyone’s favorite new fragrance—Jordin Sparks “Because of You” is now available at your local Dots store or at

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Free Dove Chocolate Bar

giveaway on Twitter offering a free coupon for one Dove Silky Smooth Chocolate Singles Bar. There will be 2,011 prizes offered, and all that has to be done to enter is to send a reply including your #1 Promise to yourself in the new year and the hashtag #DOVE2011Promises to @Dove_chocolate. The contest is going on now and running through January 31, 2011.

Official giveaway rules:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

See and be seen with the Beautiful People

DIFFA/Dallas Presents:

Style Council 2011 Announcement & Collection Kick-off Party

What: DIFFA/Dallas’s social season has begun! In partnership with Modern Luxury Dallas, they are kicking off their 2011 Collection by hosting a not-to-be-missed party at the Cantoni House in Preston Hollow where they will be making their much anticipated 2011 Style Council announcement.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will abound as guests, along with the year’s newly appointed Style Council, mingle in the highly acclaimed modern architecture of the Axis Cantoni House. Dallas’ favorite, DJ Lucy Wrubel, will be spinning tunes during the stylish soiree.

Hints as to what fabulous finds await at DIFFA/Dallas’s Collection 2011, Dramatically Different, to be held on April 16th, will begin to be unveiled with further specifics released after the kick-off party.

When: Thursday, January 20th, 2011
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Suggested $20 Donation at the Door

Where: Cantoni House
5903 Lakehurst Avenue, Preston Hollow


DIFFA plays a major part in HIV/AIDS funding, awareness and prevention education in the North Texas area, having granted over $4.5 million dollars since 1988. The Dallas chapter is the Foundation’s largest and most successful in the country and has made significant financial contributions to AIDS Service Organizations in the North Texas area. The DIFFA grants process includes site visits, fiscal scrutiny, and personal interviews with potential grantees to insure that funds are appropriated where they can do the most good.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

2 free nights in any HYATT worldwide if you get their credit card

Apply for a Hyatt Credit card and get 2 nights free ANYWHERE in the world. No blackout dates. $75 yearly fee on the CC

# Park Hyatt Paris – $900 per night
# Park Hyatt Dubai – $400 a night
# Hyatt Regency London – $500 a night
# Park Hyatt Tokyo – $600 a night
# Hyatt Regency Maui – $400 a night
# Park Hyatt Shanghai – $400 a night
# Park Hyatt Sydney – $700 a night
# Hyatt Regency London – $500 a night
# Park Hyatt Buenos Aires – $500 + free tango lessons


Saturday, January 08, 2011

Today is national bubble bath day..and here is a double bubbly recipe

Daily Feng Shui Tip by Ellen Whitehurst for Saturday, January 8

Wash those cares and worries right down the drain on this 'National Bubble Bath Day.' Here's a recipe for a powerful bath that can not only rejuvenate and restore but can also bring balance, harmony and happiness!

For this particular soak you're going to need one half cup each of golden honey and milk. You'll also need to have one half cup of Epsom salts on hand and three fresh crushed mint leaves, a few sprigs of fresh parsley and a small split of your favorite champagne.

Mix the first two ingredients and then add the herbs to that blend. Run the bathwater, pour in the Epsom salts and let them dissolve.

Right before you hit the bath, add the mixture from the bowl and pour yourself a glass of the bubbly! Sit and soak for a maximum soothe of body, mind and spirit!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

HOW to save $5 on Young Frankenstein


If you enjoyed the performance we'd love for you to tell your friends and encourage them to attend an upcoming performance...and here's a special offer to share with them: Tell your friends to use promo code "FRIEND" when ordering their tickets and they will save $10 off the ticket price.* Lots of great seats are still available at or call 214-880-0202.

The real Truth about Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Tourism Company Corrects Distortions in Recent eTurbo News Article

According to Mario Gonzalez Lafuente, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, A recent article in the online publication eTurbo News concerning travel to Puerto Rico is riddled with inaccuracies, painting a highly distorted picture of the Island’s well-being.

For example, the article suggests that the Island’s economic condition is worsening, as measured by a diminution in the Island’s bond rating. Exactly the opposite is true. The Island is on the rebound. Just a little over a month ago, for the first time in nearly 30 years, Standard & Poor’s upgraded its outlook on Puerto Rico’s credit to positive.

S&P credit analyst Horacio Aldrete-Sanchez stated that “the outlook revision is based on our view of the commonwealth’s recent implementation of significant expenditure controls and revenue enhancement measures that we believe could help restore budget balance within the next two years.” Similarly, the Wall Street Journal recently opined that Gov. Fortuño’s economic program should serve as a role model for other U.S. governors.

The article also misrepresents the crime problem. Crime is a problem in many American locales and across the Caribbean. But Gov. Luis Fortuño, in office for two years, is working to ensure that lawbreakers, whatever their crimes, are punished to the fullest extent under the law.
Indeed, Gov. Fortuño has made crime fighting a major priority of his administration. Under his leadership and with federal support, corrupt police officers have been weeded out of the police force, and joint state and federal strike forces are on the offense in the fight against drug-related violence.

Finally, contrary to the author’s point-of-view, Puerto Rico has been recognized by many leading travel authorities as a premier travel destination. For example, Fodor’s has recognized Puerto Rico as the top travel destination in the Caribbean, while Arthur Frommer’s called Puerto Rico one of the top nightlife destinations in the region. Puerto Rico’s distinction as a leading destination is also confirmed by the number of leading hotel properties, such as the Sheraton Convention Center, the W Retreat and Spa in Vieques, the Condado Lagoon Villas and the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, that have opened in the past 18 months. In addition, the Condado Vanderbilt and the Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach Resort & Spa are opening soon.

Puerto Rico faces a bright future, and the article should have reflected that

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

How happy is your kitchen?

In Eastern and Oriental traditions, the fourth day of the New Year is a time reserved for cooking a wonderful and festive meal, as well as for acknowledging the kitchen, the one room that nurtures and nourishes us. Many Eastern cultures hold a deep belief that there are spirits in every room of the home.

According to ancient legend, the most influential spirit of any home is thought to reside in the kitchen, so in the cultures that believe such things, they are taught to 'talk' to their kitchens. They will greet their kitchens with a hearty and happy 'good morning' and they'll do whatever it takes to make sure that their kitchen spirits are healthy and happy. The belief goes that if the kitchen is happy, then you will be as well. So be sure to send love to the kitchen as you cook your culinary heart out today.

Also be sure to offer the scents from the fabulous food to the spirits who watch over you and yours. If you want to take this effort a step further you can also affix a small mirror behind or on the backwash of the stove. This appliance is said to be the 'cooker' in the kitchen, the one thing that makes sure that your food sustains and fills you. Placing a mirror in this particular space is said to double the abundance from the cooker and bring you health, happiness and prosperity, three things you'll want seconds and thirds of!
Daily Feng Shui Tip by Ellen Whitehurst

Birthday freebies

Birthday Freebies
Food & Restaurants
Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy – Get a coupon for a free dinner entree with the purchase of an equally priced entree.
Applebees – Free dessert. They also have a newsletter, but no word if it sends out a birthday coupon or not.
Arby’s – As of 02/10, they’re offering coupons for a free Swirl Shake with any Roastburger purchase.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – They’ll send you monthly coupons all year long if you sign up for their newsletter, so it’s pretty safe to guess you’ll get a birthday treat.
Baskin Robbins – Get a free ice cream treat if you sign up for their Birthday Club.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream – Become a Chunk Spelunker and you can get some free ice cream!
Benihana’s Japanese Restaurant – They’ll send you a $30 gift certificate valid during the month of your birthday.
BD’s Mongolian’s B.B.Q. – Signup for their Club Mongo and you’ll get a coupon for a free birthday meal.
BJ’s Restaurants – Free Pazookie!! (otherwise known as a delicious dessert.)

Boston Market – Free kids B-Day meal coupon for kids under 12 and coupons online for their various entrees.
Bruegger’s – Get a free cookie and an e-mail with a goofy looking mascot.

Buca di Beppo – Sign up for their eClub and get a free dessert.
Burger King – Free kids meal to all kids club members.
California Pizza Kitchen – Free kids meal during the month of their birthday if you register first.
Captain D’s – Join their D’s Club and get a coupon for $3 off any meal, among other freebies.

Chili’s – Free dessert if you join their club.
Coldstone Creamery – Join now and get a free creation on your birthday. (My…God…Is…This…Delicious…)
Dairy Queen – Free ice cream coupon via e-mail for kids 16 and under. They also have a Blizzard Club for adults with the same offer.

Monday, January 03, 2011


YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (January 4-23, 2011) at Dallas Winspear Opera House

Mad Genius Mel Brooks creates a show that is Scary and Funny at the same time
This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to create a monster--but not without scary and hilarious complications.

The brains behind the laughter is mad genius and three-time Tony® winner Mel Brooks himself--who wrote the music and lyrics and co wrote the book- along with his record-breaking team from The Producers: five-time Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and three-time Tony-winning writer, Thomas Meehan.

Tickets can be purchased at, by phone at 214.880.0202, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4 pm), or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 Preston Road.

And it is performed in the BREATHTAKING AT&T Performing Arts Center

The AT&T Performing Arts Center, a new multi-venue Center for music, opera, theatre and dance opened `in October 2009, completing the 30-year vision of the Dallas Arts District. Located at 2403 Flora Street, the Center serves as a gateway from downtown Dallas’s business center to the Dallas Arts District. Featuring multiple state-of-the-art facilities that are woven together by a ten-acre urban park, which creates a dynamic cultural destination that is unparalleled in the world, the Center includes:
• The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed by Foster + Partners in a modern horseshoe configuration, seats 2,200 (with capacity up to 2,300).
• The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas, seats up to 600 and uses a superfly system to rapidly change the performance hall’s configuration to proscenium, thrust or flat floor, depending on the nature of the performance.
• The Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park, designed by Michel Desvigne, is a lush urban park that unifies the AT&T PAC’s venues with the Arts District and surrounding neighborhoods of Dallas.
• The completely new Annette Strauss Artist Square, designed by Foster + Partners, is the Center’s outdoor entertainment venue. (Opening 2010.)
• The City Performance Hall, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, provides main stage production space for many of Dallas’ smaller performing arts organizations. (Opening 2011.)
• Two underground parking areas that accommodate more than 850 vehicles.

The Dallas Fort Worth Lexus Dealer Association is the title sponsor of the Center’s Lexus Broadway Series. Lexus is the official vehicle of the Center and its resident companies, the official valet sponsor and the naming rights holder for the Center’s two underground parking areas.

More information on the AT&T Performing Arts Center is available at

photo by Steven R Stack