Friday, May 21, 2010

ATTN Idaho and Utah readers: FREE shake from Iceberg

WOW-again I am missing Utah and wishing I lived there still! Iceberg Drive Inn posted an awesome deal on Twitter today! They tweeted the following:

All @IcebergDriveInn followers on 6/1/10 will be emailed a coupon for a FREE original shake! Details to come! RT!

So, if you live near an Iceberg and have a Twitter account, you should go here and become a follower! I am becoming a follower right now so I can use it when I visit home in June!!

Thanks Freebies 2 Deals.


Hy Vee Red Hot Deals May 22-23

I just realized that I never posted this blog with teh Red Hot Deals from Hy-Vee this weekend. The deals are tomorrow and Sunday (May 22-23). Here are my favorite deals:
  • 80% lean griund beef $1.49/lb
  • 5 lb potatoes $.77
  • Hamburger Helper $.68
  • Mountain Dew or Diet Mountain Dew 2 L $.69

Disney 50 Days of Music:Day 19: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Today's download is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" from  Children's Favorites Vol 1. I just downloaded mine from the link in their Facebook status!

My sister said she cannot get these downloads to work. Is anyone else having trouble? When I do it each day, there are 2 links in their status, and I click on the first link as that one will take you to the song download (the second link will take you to iTunes where you can buy the whole album if you so desire).  Once I click on it, a new window opens and because of my computer security, a yellow line appears across the top of the new window saying Internet Explorer blocked the download for my safety. I right click that and tell it to download, then I choose to save it, and put it in my mp3 folder on my desktop.  That is how it works for me. Just thought I would share in case you were all having trouble!

If you have not done so yet you can either become a friend on Facebook, a follower on Twitter or text Disney Music at 66937 so you can get your free downloads.


Friday: Weekend Warrior Daycations: Eugene T Mahoney State Park

As a reminder, I intend for this series of posts to give suggestions of good day trips you can make in and around Omaha with your family. Hopefully it will give some good ideas of things to do close to home for local readers (and for those of you visiting Omaha, it might give you some ideas of what to do while you are here). So far I have talked about The Henry Doorly Zoo here and Adventureland in Iowa here. Today I want to talk about Eugene T Mahoney State Park.

Mahoney's is a GREAT place for a day trip or a weekend getaway! There is SO much to do! There is an aquatic center with pools, lazy river, water slides, and a really fun kids area. There is (and I am quoting their website here) "miniature golf, a driving range, tennis and basketball courts, softball fields, horseback trail rides, crafts, fishing, picnicking, hiking, 70-foot observation tower, nature conservatory, the Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Theater, hiking and biking trail and beautiful waterway".

You can camp in cabins or tents and there is even a lodge you could stay in! We have as yet not stayed overnight there because we live so close that we just go home to sleep, but a lot of friends go out there for the weekend.

I think I have probably made the point that there is a lot to do there! Our family loves to go spend the day at the Aquatic Center, and it is one of our favorite Daycations to do near Omaha. You do have to pay admission to the aquatic center separately from your admission to the overall park. In fact almost everything has a fee for it, but if you carefully plan what you want to do, it can actually be a fun and fairly inexpensive getaway.

Admission to the park is $4-5 unless you have a State Parks pass. I HIGHLY recommend buying the parks pass as it is only $20 for the year and it grants you admission to all state parks for a year. It you plan to go to any Nebraska State parks 4+ times, you should buy this pass. We buy it each year.

Before you get to the park, look through the activities and choose which ones you want to pay to do. You can read about the available attractions here.

As I said we like to go to the aquatic center, then we sometimes go and play at the playground (which is free). Cost for the aquatic center, is Adults $7 and Children (12 & under) $6. Children two years of age and younger may use the swimming pools at state parks for free. You CAN buy a season pass for a Family of 2-5 people for $270 (we can use this one as our 6th family member falls in the 2 and under free area). We never go enough to make the season pass worth it, but if you go often, the pass is worth while!

I love that if you want to stay overnight at Mahoney's, you can choose what accommodations you want and reserve your spot online! It is really convenient. You can check out all their accommodation options and see how to reserve online here. I know that certain weekends (like Memorial/opening of the season/4th of July) go quickly, so you might need to reserve early for these dates!

What activities have you done and loved at Mahoney? Does your family have a favorite activity there? Please share your Mahoney's experiences with us!!


Locals: Remember this fun event tomorrow...

There is an awesome event in Omaha coming up this Saturday! It is an Omaha Adventure Family Event at Village Point This Saturday May 22 from noon until 8:30 pm. There are a lot of free and fun looking activities available. Here are a few:
  • Free Face painting 1-4pm
  • Free Balloon Art 5-8 PM
  • Create seed necklaces with help from the Lauritzen Gardens people
  • Meet zookeepers and their guests from the Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Clifford the Dog will be stopping by from the Omaha Children's Museum, you can dress up your dog for the Doggy Dress-up contest and get free doggy treats for your dog as well.
  • The Durham Museum will be doing nature experiments (volcanos, lighting...)
  • Meet Cogswell from The Amazing Pizza Machine and get a Big Fun arcade card from 1-5 pm
  • Meet Artist Deb Groesser then try your hand at sketching with the people from Joslyn Art Museum
  • Let First National Bank teach your kids about saving pennies in a fun way
  • Pick up your Omaha Adventure coupon book from the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau with over $50 in discounts to some of the most popular Omaha attractions!
Please go here to read all about it!


Remember ON Flip Flops $1 tomorrow!!

Don't forget about this sale in the morning! Tomorrow (May 22nd), Old Navy will have a "One Day Wonder" sale with $1.00 Flip Flops! They do this basically every year, and I LOVE it!! There is a limit of 5 per customer and as usual, I would call your local store to make sure they are participating!


FREE admission days for National Parks coming up

If you are a fan of the National Parks, you will want to mark your calendar for these upcoming fee-free days at over 100 National Parks:
  • June 5-6, 2010
  • August 14-15, 2010
  • September 25, 2010  (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11, 2010  (Veterans Day)
Please see the National Parks Website here for more details!

Thanks The Freebie Blogger.


Mega Swags today!!!

Remember, as with EVERY Friday, today is Mega Swagbucks day! That means more chances to earn more Swagbucks! So, makes sure to use Swagbucks for all your searching needs today! I just saw a friend of mine win 49 Swagbucks!!!

FYI-I have already made $60 in Amazon gift cards and still have 1049 points left (which is enough to get another $10 with 149 points leftover). (450 swagbucks = $5 Amazon gift card) The bucks keep building up!

If you have not joined yet, click on my referral link here and start earning Swagbucks with me! This is a GREAT time to join-with Mega Swagbucks going on today!!

If you are new to Swagbucks, please read my explaination of Swagbucks here. And my explaination of the changes to Swagbucks here.

Omaha: Half off at Barley's

Today's Omaha Groupon is $10 for $20 Worth of American Cuisine and Drinks at Barley's. This is redeemable at two locations-one in Omaha and one in Cluncil Bluffs-make sure to read the details.

As with all the deals, make sure you check out the fine print before purchasing. To sign up for Groupons, click on my referral link here (this does NOT commit you to buying any deal-you choose what you buy) and to see the Omaha page, including today's deal, click here.

Not sure what Groupons is? Then click here to read all about it!
Photobucket Syracuse or Layton: Half off at Ace Hardware

Today's Salt Lake City Groupon is $10 for $20 Worth of Supplies at Ace Hardware. Note that this is good at 2 locations and they are in Syracuse and Layton!

As with all the deals, make sure you check out the fine print before purchasing. To sign up for Groupons, click on my referral link here (this does NOT commit you to buying any deal-you choose what you buy) and to see the Salt Lake City page, including today's deal, click here.

Not sure what Groupons is? Then click here to read all about it!


Lots of fun, free events in Omaha tomorrow (Sat. May 22)

Isn't that a beautiful picture? I took it at Lake Zorinsky.

Saturday May 22 events around Omaha:

1. The Old Navy Flip Flop Sale (stores open at 7 am)

2. The Omaha City Parks and Recs department Spring into Summer celebration at Zorinsky Lake (3808 S 156th St) from 10 am - 2 pm. There will be live music and a climbing wall, and you will be able to buy Summer Swimming pool passes and register for summer programs.

3. Free Sundaes at Walmart from 11am - 4pm (or while supplies last).

4. The free hot dogs at the new Stoney Brook Hy-Vee and their Kids Club activity.

5. The Village Point events (which look awesome-and you can get the great discount book!)