Friday, November 18, 2016

Get Your Couponing On with Groupon Coupons #GrouponCoupons #ad

(This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

I’ve been shopping on-line more and more these days.  It’s in stock and comes delivered straight to my door.  How can one not like that?  I’m also extremely frugal and thrifty.  Our family has a monthly budget for everything.  A perfect example of this is food – we have five people and are able to sustain on $330 worth of food for two weeks.  I shop the same stores every two weeks and know the prices of what I’m buying.  I don’t seek out coupons or circulars for savings because I’ve already got it down.  
There are some things, though, that I do think I can do better at – vitamins and clothing.  I KNOW that I can be getting better deals.  Did you know that Groupon has coupons?  Groupon Coupons! Right?  I know!  

So, now I can get my kids probiotics and Vitamin D supplements for a better price by seeing what TheVitamin Shoppe has for offers (18 current offers, by the way) and shop on-line and apply the coupon codes for what I’m purchasing.  Saving more money – love it!  

Clothing is also difficult to save money on.  Especially socks.  Why are socks so fricking expensive? Ah, but now I can save money on not only socks but underwear and clothing by seeing what Hanes has to offer (58 coupons people – FIFTY EIGHT!).  

I’m loving the idea of Groupon Coupons to save more and spend less on things that I would normally by.  No circulars to flip through, no Sunday papers to buy (and then recycle) – it’s all right here at Groupon Coupons.  You can even search for local deals as well!  How awesome is that?  Shop on and get your couponing on with Groupon Coupons.   

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Illumination Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum FLASH GIVEAWAY - 2 Tickets {sponsored}

*the opinions are mine alone.  I received 4 passes to attend Illumination with my family in exchange for this giveaway and any posts I do regarding Illumination* 

It's that time of the year, again.  Illumination opens next Friday (November 18th) at the Morton Arboretum and I have two passes to give away so that you can experience this amazing event.  

From the Morton Arboretum website: 

"Returning this November to The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings exciting new features and re-imagined experiences together for a one-of-a-kind holiday event perfect for all ages. In its fourth year, Illumination ushers visitors through a magical wintertime walk in the woods, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of vivid, colored lights and surprising and delightful interactive effects. 
From November 18, 2016 to January 2, 2017, 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees will undergo a transformation as their bare branches shine in hypnotic shades of blue, purple, green and hot pink.  As visitors traverse the one-mile path, they will encounter a series of “experiences” woven throughout their journey, encouraging them to see trees in a different light.  Visitors can watch a dazzling light show play in time to classic wintertime music, hug a tree and watch as it reacts or follow beams of light as they dance across the night sky.
“Illumination transports visitors into a whimsical world filled with color and light while also highlighting the value and beauty that trees bring to our world, regardless of the season,” said Sue Wagner, vice president of education and information at The Morton Arboretum. “In just three years, Illumination has delighted more than 350,000 visitors and has become a Chicago-area holiday tradition for many.”
New for 2016
This year’s event features two brand-new experiences to dazzle and wow. Visitors can watch as projections of abstract designs splash across the Arboretum’s hemlock trees, creating a captivating experience that highlight the conifers’ elegance. In Illumination’s new dramatic grand finale, slender white rods installed between the Arboretum’s hedges will provide magical and reflective layers for pencil-thin pillars of light. Visitors can watch with delight as these synchronized beams chase over one another and extend skyward.

Returning Favorites
Many fan favorites are back for the upcoming season, with exciting enhancements for an even brighter Illumination experience.
  • Meadow Lake Magic – tendrils of light skip and ripple across the surface of the Arboretum’s Meadow Lake. Several hundred LED fixtures floating in the water offer an ever-changing experience that will be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Arboretum’s Ginkgo Restaurant as well as outdoors.
  • Tinsel Harmony – Visitors will have the opportunity to sing to strands of lit “tinsel,” then watch the lights respond in three different ways, an enhancement from last year’s experience. See lights change color, grow brighter and alter in intensity.
  • Ornament Hill – This experience will captivate the senses as visitors encounter an expanded and breathtaking vista of hundreds of giant glowing orbs nestled in the grass and surrounded by thousands of LED points of light.
Other popular highlights include Symphony Woods, which features lights dancing to “The Nutcracker” as recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the 24 luminous chandeliers that shine between the trees in Crystal Promenade. Adding to the winter wonderland experience will be music playing throughout the one-mile path as well as the chance to warm up at one of the crackling fire pits or with a gourmet hot chocolate, one of several refreshments available to walking visitors.

The Morton Arboretum thanks ComEd, Illumination Presenting Sponsor, for its support of the 2016 event.
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum is built in partnership with top experiential lighting designers Lightswitch and lighting and rigging production company Intelligent Lighting Creations (ILC).

About Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings light and nature together for a wintertime walk in the woods like no other. Illumination invites visitors to see trees in a different light on a one-mile walk surrounded by 50 acres of the Arboretum’s trees, brought to life with LED lights, interactive elements and sound. Live entertainment and warming stations add to the wintertime experience. Featured in local and national media including Condé Nast Traveler and USA Today, Illumination has quickly become a winter tradition, welcoming 356,000 visitors from throughout the United States as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany since its 2013 debut season. The event is built in partnership with noted experiential lighting designers Lightswitch, and features energy-efficient, eco-friendly LED lighting."

Details -

  • Illumination runs November 18, 2016 - January 7, 2017 *your tickets will be good to use on any day during that time-frame*
  • Doors open at 5pm with the last entry at 8:30pm.  Lights are turned off at 9:30pm. 

How to enter -

  • This is a FLASH GIVEAWAY - you have until FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th AT 11:59PM to enter.
  • You can enter one time per day (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday), for up to three chances to win.
  • To enter please tell me why you would like to experience Illumination in your comment below (you're going to have to do this via a computer, mobile devices will not comment).
  • Winner will be announced and contacted on Saturday, November 12th with the anticipated date to mail your tickets out to you on Monday, November 14th. 
  • Please, also, consider showing me some love and liking the Educational Anarchy Facebook page here. 

Good Luck!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Holiday gift giving made simple with Groupon #Groupon #ad

(This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

As many of you know, I am the only female in a home full of males.  I am definitely a “boy mom”.  But, with the wide range of ages (17, 12 & 3), holiday gift giving can be a little difficult.  Adorable matching shirts don’t exist.   Plush things for all, just a different character for each one is not going to happen.  Action figures?  Please!  A movie appropriate for all three of my boys that they will all actually enjoy - likely not going to happen.  

I’m a realist.   

One thing that all three of my boys love is music.  During the day I have a portable CD player going with our favorite kids’ music for my 3 year old.  My 12 year old listens to music while he does his homework.  My 17 year old insists on listening to music while he showers.  The problem, it’s a portable speaker that is outside of the shower.  People, my bathmat is ridiculously wet after he is done.   Like unusable.   

And then I saw this on Groupon.

Bam!  Problem solved.  

And Groupon is amazing with the goods that they offer.  So while my 17 year old can listen to music in the shower and I get a dry bathmat out of the deal, I can also relax in gratitude with the help of a new essential oil diffuser.

Ahhhh.  Life is good.  And, so are the deals on Groupon.  Head on over and check out how Groupon Goods can make your holiday gift giving even simpler. 
And, you know what?  They have bathmats, too.   

How do you plan on saving with Groupon?