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Are you a member of “The Club” at GGP Malls?

In November 2009, I posted about a $10 gift card giveaway good at a General Growth Properties (GGP) mall.

I went to the Collin Creek Mall in Richardson to collect my $10 gift card and have since collected a couple of them. I am saving them to combine with Macy’s gift cards from to buy a kitchen item – hopefully soon!

After signing up for Collin Creek Mall, I decided to sign up for every GGP Mall in Dallas and the surrounding suburbs.

This week, I received an email redeemable for a $10 gift card at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco. The other GGP malls are offering gift cards with a certain minimum purchase, so it is worth signing up for each club if you are close enough that it’s worth the effort. Some malls will also send out birthday offers, including the $10 gift card.

Find a GGP Mall near you and sign up for “The Club” to receive these special offers in the future.

Free activities and gifts at Pottery Barn & Pottery Barn Kids

My sister recently told me about Pottery Barn’s free activities in select stores. Her store was giving away a free gallon of Benjamin Moore paint to each person who attended one of their free design classes earlier this month.

The Web site did not mention the store would be giving away free paint, but it was mentioned in the email she received. If you live near a Pottery Barn, sign up for their email list so you get the inside scoop about future in-store events.

This weekend, the Pottery Barn is hosting a free, in-store event entitled “The Art of Organizing”. Check to see if a store near you is offering it.

Last weekend, I learned that Pottery Barn Kids offers a free story time called “Book Club” on Tuesday mornings.

Each participant receives a “Book Club Passport” when they first attend. After attending five story times, the participant redeems the stamped passport for a “special gift”. I don’t know if the gift will vary by store, but my friend told me her special gift was a $10 gift card to Pottery Barn Kids!

They are offering special story times this month that will feature Curious George and Batman. Both will have readings, giveaways and activities.

Learn more about the Pottery Barn Kids programs, and be sure to RSVP if you plan to go!

Ringling Bros. DFW Facebook page giveaway & free event (7/27)

Head over to the DFW Ringling Bros. Facebook page where they’re holding a random drawing for a Ringling Bros. Nintendo DS game.

Anyone who posts a circus-themed photo on the DFW Ringing Bros. Facebook Wall by 7PM tonight is eligible for the drawing.

They will be holding giveaways on their Facebook page all week (including free tickets) so check back regularly.

Also, there’s a free circus party on Tuesday, July 27 at 7PM. Join Zingmaster Alex Ramon, clowns, dancers & elephants at the AT&T Plaza (south side of AAC).

Unadvertised price changes at Central Market and Whole Foods

I was happy to see lower prices on two items I buy regularly. I am not sure if they are sale prices or new, lowered prices though.

Central Market
Organic Fuji Apples – $1.49/lb (were $2.49/lb last time I bought them there) – 4-5 of these large apples makes approximately one quart of applesauce, so I go through a lot of the apples!

Whole Foods
18 Medium Grade A Cage-free Eggs (365 brand, vegetarian-fed, no antibiotics) – 2 for $4.00 (were $2.99 each)

Check out some upcoming events at Whole Foods (these are at the Park Lane store in Dallas. Check the Web site for events in your area):

Saturday, July 31st

Summer Saturdays – Peachy Keen
1:00-4:00pm – Free
“Today we celebrate the Perfect Peach! Sweet, juicy and perfect for sooooo many dishes.”

Gluten Free Expo – Back To School
9:00am-1:00pm – Free
“Join Whole Foods Market and the Lone Star Celiac GIG for Part 2 of our Gluten Free Expo Series at Park Lane. Sheri Thompson, Celiac 101 teacher will kick-off the morning with a gluten intolerance Q and A and our guest chef, David Shaw, will follow with a back-to-school cooking demonstration on gluten-free meals. Our expo ends with a guided tour of our Gluten Free products on our grocery aisles.”

Saturday, September 18th

Whole Foods Market Turns 30!
2:00-5:00pm – Free
“Mark your calendars! It’s Whole Foods Market’s 30th Birthday and we’re going to have a party! We’ll have lots of events in the store to say “Thanks” to our guests for 30 years. We’ll have a blast! Stay tuned for more details on the b-i-g day.”

I checked out other Whole Foods store pages for stores in my area, and noticed the Richardson store is having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday at 4PM. Here are the details:

“Please join us during the Ribbon Cutting ceremony by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. There will be food and drink a plenty to commemorate this special occasion. Door Prizes and giveaways! Don’t miss the fun!”

They are also offering a free “value tour” on August 16:

“Sign up for a value tour of the store and learn how to shop Whole Foods Market on a budget. We will point out our favorite values, quick and healthy recipes and you get to sample all around the store! RSVP at”

Looks interesting! Check out what’s going on at a Whole Foods store near you.

Friday Night Lights – Extras Needed in Dallas

Are you a fan of the TV show, Friday Night Lights? If so, here’s your chance to be an “extra” during filming this weekend AND help the Dallas Chapter of the Red Cross.

For each person who participates on behalf of the Red Cross, the Dallas chapter will receive a $20 donation. It’s a 6-10 hour commitment on Friday and/or Saturday night at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park, and they will provide food and drinks and will hold prize drawings.

All you have to do is review the information at the links below, and print out the necessary documents and take them with you. Plan to show up between 4:00PM and 5:00PM on Friday and Saturday and try to wear burnt orange and or red, the shoot will end at about 12:00 AM!

Group Extras Information Sheet

Appearance Release Form – American Red Cross – Dallas Area Chapter

Note: This was originally open to the public, but now you must go through a participating non-profit.

Target Arts & Wonder Free & Cheap Events – July 16-18

I saw a banner ad this weekend for the Target Arts & Wonder free events that are taking place in several cities across the U.S. from July 16-18.

I was excited to see that the Dallas Children’s Theater is one of the participating arts organizations! They are running Giggle Giggle Quack right now, so I plan to call to see if any of the free tickets remain for this weekend. Update: I called on Monday and was able to get tickets to the Saturday show!

Check out all the free and inexpensive events by city.

Zhu-niverse Tour – now through October

My daughter doesn’t ask for specific toys too often, but one toy that she has mentioned just about every week since January is the Zhu Zhu pet.

I was able to get some of the 2009 Zhu Zhu Pets at Kroger on clearance for $4 each a few months ago and since then she’s been asking for all the accessories. Last week, while at Walgreens, I found a Zhu Zhu Pet accessory for 50% off, which is great timing since my daughter’s birthday is later this month!

The Zhu Zhu Pet company is launching a new group of pets including Kung Zhu pets, so I expect to see more of the 2009 pets and accessories on clearance in the coming months to make room for all the new items.

I attended a Twitter party on Thursday where several participants mentioned that the Zhu-niverse Tour had stopped in their cities. They said they had a lot of fun, so I checked to see if they would be coming to Dallas/Fort Worth. They are! They will be stopping in Grapevine, Texas for GrapeFest September 17-19. For other U.S. tour stops, check out the Zhu-niverse Tour site.

Road to Healthy Skin Tour

The Skin Cancer Foundation is making stops across the United States on their Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Aveeno and Rite Aid. They’ll be stopping in Fort Worth on July 20 and 21 at Cabela’s – 12901 Cabela Drive.

The tour’s 38-foot RV has two exam rooms that will make an estimated 80 stops in 24 states. The tour provides free, full-body skin exams by local dermatologists. They screen for:

Actinic keratosis (AK)
Currently affects more than 10 million Americans. AK is the most common type of precancerous skin lesion and, if left untreated, can lead to a cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
The most common form of skin cancer, affecting more than one million Americans annually.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Affects more than 250,000 Americans and claims 2,500 lives each year. Squamous cell carcinoma can sometimes metastasize (spread) quickly, so it is important to detect the cancer in its earliest stages.

The most serious form of skin cancer and has increased more rapidly than any other form of skin cancer during the past 10 years. With nearly 60,000 cases and 8,000 deaths occurring each year in the United States, melanoma has reached epidemic proportions. However, when diagnosed and removed early, melanoma is usually curable.

Whether or not you get a screening, be sure to pick up sunscreen samples and a brochure. Aveeno makes great sunscreen products – they don’t smell strongly, don’t leave me feeling greasy and they work.

Learn more about the 2010 tour.

Ringling Bros. Circus – Dallas ticket giveaway (ends 7/14)!

It’s that time again! The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus will be returning to Dallas/Fort Worth from July 28 – August 15.

The circus comes to Dallas the week of my daughter’s birthday so it has become a birthday week activity we have done four of the last six years. She noticed the circus banners as soon as they started appearing on light posts around Dallas and said she hoped we could go again this year. So, when I was contacted about hosting an opening night ticket giveaway on my blog and invited us to attend too, I jumped on it!

This year’s performance is entitled Zing Zang Zoom, and it will include aerialists, human cannonballs, high-wire walkers, Chinese acrobats, a never-before-seen Quadruple Russian Fire-Swing and daredevils on dueling Wheels of Steel. There will also be lots of animals, including Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, and Arabian and Friesian horses.

DFW Performance Schedule

Dallas’ American Airlines Center, July 28 – August 8
2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219

– Wed, Jul 28, 7:30PM
– Thu, Jul 29, 10:30AM, 7:30PM
– Fri, Jul 30, 10:30AM, 7:30PM
– Sat, July 31, 11:30AM, 3:30PM, 7:30PM
– Sun, Aug 1, 10:30AM, 2:30PM, 6:30PM
– Tue, Aug 3, 7:30PM
– Wed, Aug 4, 7:30PM
– Thu, Aug 5, 7:30PM
– Fri, Aug 6, 7:30PM
– Sat, Aug 7, 11:30AM, 3:30PM, 7:30PM
– Sun, Aug 8, 10:30AM, 2:30PM, 6:30PM

Fort Worth Convention Center, August 11 – 15
1201 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

– Wed, Aug 11, 7:30PM
– Thu, Aug 12, 7:30PM
– Fri, Aug 13, 10:30AM, 7:30PM
– Sat, Aug 14, 1:30PM, 5:30PM
– Sun, Aug 15, 2:30PM

Arrive an hour before the show starts for the all-access pre-show “Clown College” (free with your purchased ticket). And get updates about the DFW area shows on Facebook and Twitter.

Not in DFW? Check out to see the full tour schedule.

Buy Tickets

Buy tickets at a discount – either four weekday tickets for $44 or $4 off each weekend ticket! To get the discount, go to and use code MOM on the purchase page under “Advance or Promotion Ticket Selection”. You can also order by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Just mention the code “MOM” when you call. Ticket prices range from $15-$95 and can also be purchased at Ticketmaster Retail Locations, including Macy’s and Fiesta stores, or by purchasing them at the arena’s box offices.

Free Ticket for Newborns!

Ringling Bros. offers newborns (12 months and younger) in the U.S. a free ticket to Ringling Bros. circus. The free admission offer is good for one ticket that is redeemable at any time during the lifetime of the child, whether at age 2 or 92.

To receive the child’s first free Ringling Bros. ticket, parents need only complete the registration form in the “Special Offers” section of, or mail their name, address, newborn child’s name and date of birth to:

Baby’s First Circus Program
Feld Entertainment, Inc.
8607 Westwood Center Drive
Vienna , VA 22182

The parents will receive a certificate exchangeable for one admission ticket for any Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance in any city in any year. Pretty nice deal!

Win Four Tickets!

One lucky reader will win a family four pack to opening night (July 28) of the Dallas performance!

To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment below mentioning what you like best about the circus. Comments will be open until 9PM Central on Wednesday, July 14 at which time I will select a winner using The winner will have 24 hours to reply to my email, otherwise I will select a new winner.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: I received free tickets for the opening night performance in exchange for posting this blog post.

Free technique classes at Williams-Sonoma

Now that I am making all of our meals and snacks at home, I am finding it is too easy to fall into a routine of preparing what I know will work. The few times I have tried experimenting were a big disappointment. The diet is starting to get a bit boring, and I need to start experimenting again…only this time I’d like to have a little guidance so I don’t waste ingredients and my time.

I’ve been on the lookout for some inspiring cooking blogs and free local classes, so I was thrilled today to receive the July event calendar from Williams-Sonoma. I signed up for two of their free, hour-long technique classes next month:

July 11 – Farm to Table
Bring the essence of the farmers’ market into your kitchen. In this class we’ll cook with the freshest fruits and vegetables, including those beloved favorites of summer—corn and tomatoes. We’ll show you classic preparations along with some creative new recipes. You’ll also learn how to incorporate high-summer herbs, such as basil, lemongrass, oregano and dill, into seasonal dishes.

July 18 – Summer Sauces
Jazz up grilled meats, vegetables and even scoops of ice cream with delicious summer sauces. Perfect when the temperature rises, these sauces showcase fresh ingredients and require minimal prep work. From chutneys and salsas to cooling yogurt sauces and dessert sauces, they’ll add color and flavor to your summer table.

They have a third technique class on July 25 about preserving summer flavors without taking on canning, and they offer free demonstrations on a variety of topics throughout the month.

Download the Williams-Sonoma July event calendar (PDF)

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