3 Stargazing Apps For Every Smartphone

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Summer is a time to relax and put the schedule aside. It doesn’t always work that way, though. And at the end of the day your mind goes over the 872 things you did that day and the odometer on the car that seems to spin like you’re looking for the $1.00 space at The Price Is Right showcase. And then night falls. And the quiet settles in and you’re thinking of heading outside to just sit and look at the stars.

Here in Phoenix, being out during the day is the last thing we want to do in the summer. We all do our best to manage it, but it’s just the reality here. Come nightfall though, we’re ready to go. Even though it doesn’t get dark until well after many kids’ bed time, sometimes you just need to stay up late and look up at the sky. With days upon days of cloudless skies and no school the next day, why not see what’s going on up in the dark sky?

Having spent time with professional stargazers and their expensive equipment, it spoils you. But we all can’t run out and buy a $10,000 telescope. What we can do, though, is download a few apps, look up at the stars and see what people have been look at for thousands of years.

1. Star Chart

What’s better than point and go when it comes to looking at stars that look like a bunch of little white dots in the sky? This augmented reality app is a top educational resource and will wow kids and adults alike. You can look at the sky visible to you or anywhere in the world as you turn your phone.

Available FREE on: iOS | Android | WindowsPhone

2. Sky Map

Another “point and look” app, Sky Map has over 11,000 star points and can pinpoint your location using GPS. While this app has the same name on all three mobile platforms, each is made by a different developer. Nonetheless, it’s a top app that works anywhere in the world day or night.

Available FREE on: iOS | Android | WindowsPhone

3. ISS Locator

Have you ever seen the International Space Station zip by? During an astronomy lesson I chaperoned for my daughter’s class we not only got to see the ISS fly by, but it was releasing a cargo pack and we should see that trailing behind as well. No fancy equipment was needed to see these. If you knew what you were looking for. Luckily, there are apps for all mobile platforms that will help you spot it no matter where you are in the world. Depending on where you live you may be able to see the ISS several times a week!

Available FREE on: iOS | Android | WindowsPhone | Web

So, get your phone, download these apps, and head outside after the sun goes down and re-live those times at camp when you’d stare up at the sky and wonder if the man in the moon really existed. Doesn’t matter if you have kids, if you’re a kid at heart, or just love checking out what’s up there in the dark of night these apps will surely make you popular at home or even at those summer evening garden parties.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Insider team. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sara

FREE Kindle eBook: The Family Coach Method

My friend, Dr. Lynne Kenney, is a well-known child psychologist. She is known as The Family Coach for her methods to help families create better connections and for parents to engage in parenting that is empowering for their children as well as for the parents. Her updated book, The Family Coach Method, is available FREE for Kindle.

You do not have to have an Amazon Kindle device to get this book. You can download the free Kindle app to your mobile device or read the book “in the cloud” on your computer through the Amazon cloud service.

If you have young kids, this is a terrific book. I’ve read her prior book and found it full of useful information and helpful advice that can be immediately incorporated into my parenting.

Get The Family Coach Method FREE for Kindle.

Note: Amazon prices can change at any time. This book was free for Kindle at the time of publication. Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my site through your purchase.

Sara

FREE Kindle eBook: Keeping Your Child Safe On Facebook

Guide to Keeping Your Child Safe On FaceBook

Until January 25th, you can download the FREE Kindle eBook The Guide to Keeping Your Child Safe on Facebook from Amazon. I have not yet read it but heard about it from a very trusted source. As the top social network, it’s important to know how to protect our kids from situations they may not normally encounter. I’m also certain there is valuable information that we can use for ourselves.

After January 25th the book will be $2.99 so download it now.

Sara

Free 8 x 10 Canvas Photo Print

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, grandmas and aunties and other special women in our lives will be on our gift list. But these are likely women who have everything and don’t need another scarf or body wash or fancy lotion. We know they want pictures of the kids. So why not give them something unique? I did one of these for my grandmother and she loves it!

CanvasPeople.com is offering a free 8 x 10 canvas print (just pay shipping, aprox. $15) OR $40 off any size canvas photo (free shipping on all sizes greater than 8 x 10.

They also have 2 other promotions if an 8×10 is too small for your needs.

11×14 Photo Canvas For $27 Shipped

– can not be combined with other offer, make sure your cart is empty and open in a new browser window if you’ve opened the other offers.

16×20 Photo Canvas For $37 Shipped

– can not be combined with other offer, make sure your cart is empty and open in a new browser window if you’ve opened the other offers.

To take advantage of these offers, click on the promotion that works best for you to be taken directly to their site. I’m sure you or your family member will love this.

 

 

 

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. Clicking on it will take you to CanvasPeople.com and if you buy something I’ll get a small commission. For which I will be grateful.

Sara

Free eBook: The Unofficial Harry Potter Party Book

 

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, or have one in your household, then this is a deal for YOU!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Party Book: From Monster Books to Potions Class! Crafts, Games, and Treats [Kindle Edition] is FREE for download at Amazon!

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download Free Kindle Reading Apps for Mac, PC, and a host of mobile devices. With the app, you can download and read all types of free books!

This may be a limited time offer, so if this is a title you know you’ll like then download it now while it is FREE.

Sara

Start Your Holiday Shopping Today: Free 8 x 10 Canvas Photo

This is the back (you know how I am about showing photos of BaybGirl). Seriously, buy one!

No better way to get your holiday shopping started than with an excellent quality but very inexpensive gift for someone you love. I recently bought my grandmother one of these 8×10 canvas photos and she really liked it. Instead of it being the same ol’ kind of photo it’s something new and modern and really catches people’s eyes when they come in. Of course I did a photo of BabyGirl for her, she wouldn’t want one of me anyway. It’s all about her great-granddaughter.

These are high quality gallery-wrapped photos and grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends really do love them. No special frame is needed, there’s no glass to worry about breaking and the texture gives it such depth.

CanvasPeople.com is offering a free 8 x 10 or 40% off any size canvas photo as a special introductory deal! This coupon can be applied toward a larger size canvas, creative effects or beautiful frames!

So you want to buy one of these? OK, I’ll tell you how. Just click below and you’ll be taken to  the site.

I want to get a Canvas Photo

 

You’ll have to pay Shipping & Handling, which is about $18 for one.

For under $20 you can get a really nice gift for yourself or someone you love!

 

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. Clicking on it will take you to CanvasPeople.com and if you buy something I’ll get a small commission. For which I will be grateful.

Sara

AT&T Wireless: 1000 FREE Rollover Minutes

Awhile back AT&T Wireless ran a similar promotion and I got my free minutes. They’re doing it again, so here’s what you do:

Text YES to 11113020 and if you have a ‘qualifying’ mobile account with AT&T you’ll get 1,000 bonus Rollover Minutes.

I did it and almost immediately received a confirmation text back letting me know that I will receive a confirmation message upon validation of my mobile account. WOO HOO! I’m almost there (just waiting for that second confirmation).

So get your texting on and hopefully you’ll get 1,000 bonus Rollover Minutes too. But hurry because I don’t know how long this will last.

Sara

Free 8 x 10 Canvas Photo

You know you’ve got 80 bazillion pictures of the kids and grandma keeps asking for one. This is your perfect opportunity to not only get her a great gift but to have it be something just a little unique. And for those of you who don’t want to give it to grandma, keep it for yourself! Even better, if you have a wedding shower or baby shower coming up you could do something a little more personalized. Then again, if you have a boss you hate you can make this like a dart board and hang it in your office. Possibly even charging people to throw some darts. Hey, just giving options here!

CanvasPeople.com is offering a free 8 x 10 or $50 off any size canvas photo as a special introductory deal! This coupon can be applied toward a larger size canvas, creative effects or beautiful frames! Remember 2 canvas photos are always better than 1 and with 50% off your second canvas and 50% off shipping there’s no reason to only get one.

So you want to buy one of these? OK, I’ll tell you how. Just click below and you’ll be taken to  the site.

I want to buy a Canvas Photo

 

You’ll have to pay Shipping & Handling, which is about $18 for one and an add’l $8 for the second one if you take advantage of the 50% off your second one promotion.

For under $20 you can get a really nice gift for yourself or someone you love!

 

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. Clicking on it will take you to CanvasPeople.com and if you buy something I’ll get a small commission. For which I will be grateful.

Sara

HURRY: Five Free Cards From Tiny Prints [Expired]

I’m a snail mail person! I love sending cards to people. And what better than to have beautiful cards that were FREE! Hurry on this deal because I don’t know how long it will last.

Tiny Prints is offering 5 Free cards when you check out using the coupon code OKL5CARDSFREE. Shipping is free when you ship all the cards to yourself!

So zip over to Tiny Prints post haste and pick out your five favorite cards. Now you’ll have gorgeous cards to send without breaking the bank!

As of 930am PDT it appears this code has expired. I’ll keep looking for more good deals at Tiny Prints because I just love their cards!

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. If you click on the link and make a purchase I may get a small commission. Thank you for supporting the site!

Sara

Free Drink: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 9/14 Only

Head over to your nearest Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf TODAY (9/14) between 4pm and 7pm for a FREE Cinnamon French Toast or Classic Pumpkin latte or ice blended drink.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 4pm-7pm
Where: Participating The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf store locations*

*Only valid at participating The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf store locations in AZ, CA, NV, TX.  Offer applies to 12oz. Cinnamon French Toast or Classic Pumpkin latte or Ice Blended drinks. Limit one complimentary drink per customer. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Thank you Melissa at Saving Cents with Sense for sharing this fantastic deal! Cheers!

Sara