Educational and Fun Apps for Kids

BabyGirl has been playing Rainforest Survival Challenge for awhile. It’s a great app to help kids learn about Rainforest animals as well as the animal food chain.

Ruckus Media has a number of Apps for kids, all of them educational in some way. I wish there had been an iPad when BabyGirl was a toddler because I know she would have enjoyed using these apps. Also, I know I would have liked having audio books of classical stories for her. I mean, really, what mom wouldn’t want to listen to Denzel Washington, Robin William or John Cleese read to their child?

For a few dollars (and often free for the Lite version), we can entertain our kids while sharing with them a fun, positive and educational message.

The newest App from Ruckus Media is Chuck and Friends. Chuck and Friends is available from iTune. You can download the following:

Chuck and Friends: Friends for the Long Haul $3.99 (for iPad and iPhone)

Chuck and Friends: Friends for the Long Haul Lite FREE (for iPad and iPhone)

 

Disclosure: Ruckus Media sponsored Social Soiree. I received no compensation. As a hostess of the event I did agree to tell you about them. 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

When a Printed Invitation or Announcement is How You Roll

It’s been awhile since I’ve needed printed invitations or announcements, but that doesn’t stop me from looking at all the new designs. You can do so much with them, and they really just take the coolness factor up a notch. At Social Soiree, Storkie created post cards for the attendees so they could send to their families. It was a really unique idea and all of our guest thought it was great. I know BabyGirl was so excited when she received the one I sent to her.

I’ve never used Storkie, but Alecia at Savings and Stewardship swears by them. Personally, I think she’s talking about having another baby just so she can order birth announcement from Storkie. I could be wrong, but …. Anyway, Alecia has very nice taste in such things (I hope she doesn’t read this because it will just inflate her ego).

So if you’re in the market for quality printed invitations and announcements, try Storkie. It’s a hands-on company that will help you if you need it. I know how it is when buying something so important online. Knowing there is someone on the other end of the line really gives peace of mind.

 

Disclosure: Storkie sponsored Social Soiree. I received no compensation. As a hostess of the event I did agree to tell you about them. 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.

image credit: Storkie

Sara

Bruegger’s Free Bagel

 

I’ve mentioned Bruegger’s before because they were running a special promotion. By me, there is only one location and I’ve stopped in a few times when I’ve been nearby. I like that they’ve got an under 500 calorie menu and feature Skinny breakfast sandwiches. I wish they had that on their Facebook coupon but not everyone is in to that. But if you “Like” the Bruegger’s page you can get a coupon for a free bagel. It’s a one-time thing so if you’ve already done the liking keep your eyes out for their next promotion. They do run them periodically.

 

Disclosure: Brueggers sponsored Social Soiree. I received no compensation. As a hostess of the event I did agree to tell you about them. 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

Scout By Bungalow Coupon Code Just For You!

image by Short and Hat

Because I know you’re tired of hearing me talk about Social Soiree and those super cute swag bags, Scout by Bungalow has offered a 15% discount to anyone who went to Social Soiree, missed it, didn’t get off the wait list, went to BlogHer but didn’t know about, wished they had gone to BlogHer, glad they didn’t go to Blogher, never heard of Blogher, and all the folks who read my blog.

If you’re in the market for a cute and sturdy tote bag, check out Scout by Bungalow. They offer a variety of sizes as well as organizing options for your home or vehicle. And if you’re not that into pink, they’ve got many other choices.

Buy your Scout by Bungalow Bag!

1. Visit Scout by Bungalow on or before September 15th.

2. Pick out all the stuff you want to buy.

3. Check out using the coupon code SocialSoiree.

 

Disclosure: Scout by Bungalow sponsored Social Soiree. I received no compensation. As a hostess of the event I did agree to tell you about them. 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

When Water Just Isn’t Enough

I’m a water drinker. Gave up soda years ago. I rarely drink juice unless I fresh squeeze it myself. I can’t have much caffeine so I don’t drink coffee. But sometimes I just want something more than water. And because I like to fashion myself an athlete (in my own mind) I need to rehydrate and replenish. OK, so I’m not an athlete but that doesn’t mean I don’t need an electrolyte boost every now and then.

As I was thinking about sponsors for Social Soiree I decided I needed to find a way to involve ONE Coconut Water. After a few emails One Drinks agreed. And my plan to convert all my friends to ONE Coconut lovers was under way!

If you’ve had it before, you know of the tastiness I which I speak. If you’ve never had it, you should high-tail yourself to your nearest Whole Foods or farmer’s market-ish type store and pick up 1 or 2 or 6! While I like the regular, it’s the ‘splash of’ drinks I really like. It’s like juice, but healthier.

If you want to help, ONE will give $1 to Healthy Child Healthy World for each person who clicks that they Like ONE Coconut Water. And while you’re enjoying a refreshing drink, ONE Drinks is helping to better the world. Through it’s Liquid Revolution program, the company gives back. I’m all into that kind of corporate responsibility.

It’s pretty simple to help. It’s very tasty to drink. And because you’re also an athlete like me, you’ll want to keep your hydration and electrolyte levels at peak levels!

 

 

Disclosure: One Drinks sponsored Social Soiree. I received no compensation. As a hostess of the event I did agree to tell you about them. 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

What To Do With Gift Cards To Stores You Don’t Like?

Social Soiree introduced me to the site Plastic Jungle. I knew there was such a thing out there but I wasn’t really sure about it. If you’re like me you have gift cards to stores you don’t really shop at. Or maybe not, because you don’t suck at shopping like I do.

Evidently you can sell your unwanted gift cards at a reputable site, not just Craig’s List or online auction sites. And what’s pretty cool too is you can buy someone else’s discards – AT A DISCOUNT! Why didn’t I think of this?

So if you have gift cards in your purse (or a pile on your desk) see if you can get some money for them. Sure you might not get 100% value for it but it’s better than nothing. As I tell BabyGirl all the time – 50% of something is usually better than 100% of nothing. I know, my wisdom is mind boggling.

Of course, I could just tell you to send me the gift cards and I could sell them at the Indoor Swap Market (it’s too hot to be hawkin’ wares outdoors!) but that won’t help you save for your someday. And yes, you could always donate them, but if you were going to do that you’d have done that a long time ago.

Dial up the interwebs to Plastic Jungle and get shopping!

Disclosure: Plastic Jungle sponsored Social Soiree. I received no compensation. As a hostess of the event I did agree to tell you about them. 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

Social Soiree Recap

This is what my hotel room looked like the first nite for BlogHer. And you can’t see that the closet is full of pink tote bags – 150 pink tote bags! It got worse before it got better! All of these boxes and bags were for Social Soiree. If you’re tired of reading about Social Soiree, then you’ll just have to start blogging so you can attend next year! It really was a blast!

That craziness turned in to this sea of swag-filled bags that were transported over the The New Children’s Museum in beautiful and sunny San Diego.

What was created in a Skype chat room with 10 women turned in to one of the most talked about private events at the conference.

The goal was to find a way to connect people with brands to help them establish relationships to grow their blogs. And I think we accomplished that, and more. So much so that we’re crazy enough to say we’ll do it again next year when Blogher heads back to New York City. At least I won’t have to drive nearly all the swag to the hotel. I’ll let my frugalistas share in that fun!

But the event couldn’t have happend without the generous support of our corporate sponsors. You’ve met all of them over the past few weeks. But I will be highlighting them over the next few days too. If it weren’t for the generous support of Whole Foods and Wine Twits the event would have been lacking. For a good party you need food and wine! And we had plenty of both.

And to prove we all got dressed up and didn’t just keep all the swag to ourselves, I introduce you to my fellow Frugalistas who truly were the Social Soiree Hostesses with the Mostess.

from left to right: Tamona, Alecia, Renae, Karen, Me, KellyKristin, AnnAlli and Dian

 

Disclosure: Whole Foods and WineTwits sponsored Social Soiree. I received no compensation. As a hostess of the event I did agree to tell you about them. 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

Save Every Time You Shop Online

image courtesy of Short and Hat


If you’ve been visiting here for awhile you know that every time you shop online you should always find a way to save. Even though they’ve been around for years, I was only recently introduced to Shop at Home. They have hundreds of stores you can shop at and just by entering the store through Shop at Home you’re offered an instant savings. If you don’t have time to hunt down a coupon code, just hop on to Shop at Home because you know then you’ll be able to save something.

Disclosure: Shop at Home sponsored Social Soiree. I received no compensation. As a hostess of the event I did agree to tell you about them. 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

Social Soiree Sponsor Bruegger’s Offers Free Bagel

Bruegger’s has joined in as a sponsor for the Social Soiree event I’ll be hosting next week in San Diego. By me, there is only one location and I’ve stopped in a few times when I’ve been nearby. My daughter likes their Skinny breakfast sandwiches. I’m a traditional bagel and cream cheese gal though. But since there are no gluten-free bagels at my location I’ve gone for the non-bagel options and all have been very tasty.

Fortunately, my gluten intolerance ebbs and flows so if I’m craving a bagel I know where to get one that is like the ones I grew up on. If you’re near a Brueggers or traveling where you’ll be able to stop in to one, head over to Facebook and find the Bruegger’s page and like them to get a coupon for a free bagel. Even if you’re a die hard Bruegger’s fan you’ll appreciate a free bagel!

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. While Bruegger’s is supporting Social Soiree and will be providing something for the attendee gift bags, (of which I will get one b/c I am attending), all opinions are my own and have not been moderated by a third party.

Sara

San Diego – For Business and Pleasure

This coming week I’m heading to San Diego for the BlogHer Conference where I will be speaking. As you also know, I’m part of a group of blogging friends hosting an event to pay it forward to other bloggers and help them meet brands.

I’ve been to San Diego quite a few times and have always enjoyed my time there. On this trip I won’t be visiting many attractions. However, I will get the opportunity to learn about San Diego. One of the sponsors of Social Soiree is the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. As the official point of contact for people wanting to visit San Diego, the San Diego CVB has established relationships with businesses that will help you have a wonderful visit. Whether you’re looking for a hotel, restaurant, transportation, family-friendly attraction, romantic dining or free events, the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau should be your first stop.

Even if you just want to do some arm-chair traveling their site is full of information and beautiful photos. San Diego is beautiful all year ’round, too, if you’re thinking you might need to escape the heat or the cold.

The San Diego CVB reached out to me to be a sponsor for the Social Soiree event I’m hosting with a few friends. I look forward to learning more about how they can help with travel planning. I love their ‘Happy Happens’ phrase too. Because I remember being in San Diego with BabyGirl when she as just a few months old and that feeling of ‘Happy Happens’.

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. While these companies are supporting Social Soiree and will be providing something for the attendee gift bags, (of which I will get one b/c I am attending), all opinions are my own and have not been moderated by a third party.

Sara