4th July Military Discounts

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  • 25% off Veteran Membership — Exclusive for all members of the US Military Forces



Affinia Hotel Collection

  • Book your summertime stay at any Affinia hotel in NYC and receive up to 25% off. Plus, they will donate $10 for every reservation made to Operation Homefront

Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, Arizona

  • offers a military discount to active duty service members on general admission. Pay $14.95 on tickets at the gate instead of $29.95 and spend the day enjoying the wave pool, rides and slides


Birmingham Zoo

  • Active duty, retired military, veterans and their dependents get free admission to the zoo July 1 through 4


Blue Star Museums 

  • Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s military, from Memorial Day through Labor Day


California’s Great America

  • Current and past military men and women will be honored with free park admission July 1-4 and can bring up to 6 guests for a discounted price



  • SAVE 20% From the Leader of Camping Equipment for Military, Veterans, First Responders



  • Carowinds offers free park admission to any active, inactive or retired service men and women July 3, 4 and 5



  • Chevy offers military discounts to military members: including Active Duty, reserves, veterans, retirees & spouses


Cincinnati Zoo

  • All military members will receive free admission on July 4.  Military personnel can also purchase up to six half-price admission tickets for members of their immediate family


C.O. Bigelow

  • Save 10% on All Orders for Military, Veterans, First Responders+ stackable with 15% off sitewide!


Colonial Williamsburg

  • Active duty receive one complimentary admission ticket per year (and as many as three direct dependents). Retired military and Veterans qualify for 50% discount on Single-day tickets or on Annual Passes for up to five direct dependents



  • SAVE 15% OFF On All Orders for Military, Veterans, and First Responders!


Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering free admission and discounted Zoombezi Bay admission to military and their immediate family, July 1 – July 7


Dollywood in Tennessee

  • 30% discount on one-day admission tickets for active or retired military, disabled veterans, reservists, spouses, and dependents. Tickets can be purchased exclusively at the front gate of Dollywood and cannot be pre-purchased


Dorney Park

  • Dorney Park in Pennsylvania offers free regular admission to any active or retired military personnel July 1 through 4. Military members can also purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six)



  • Military & first Responder Discounts



  • Funderland Amusement Park in Sacramento, CA is offering military members, veterans and their families a free day of rides on July 4


Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

  • Active duty and retired military personnel get free admission to Gilroy Gardens July 1-4


Great Wolf Lodge, indoor water park

  • offers a discount to military families through their Howling Heroes program



  • offers military discounts valid for Regular Summer Operating Season, Hersheypark in the Dark, and Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. Check with your local military base for discounted admission tickets


Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana

  • offers a military discount from the start of the 2017 season until Splashin’ Safari closes for the season. Save $12 off full-price General Admission tickets


Home Depot

  • All veterans are eligible for Home Depot’s 10% military discount on July 4 with a DoD-issued ID, a DD214 or a Veterans Driver’s License



  • Military and Veterans Save 10% with Jockey


Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville

  • a military discount of $29.95 plus tax (regular price is $49.95). This offer is valid for one entry during the 2017 season, and you can purchase up to 4 tickets per ID


Kings Dominion

  • Kings Dominion is offering free admission for active duty military and veterans June 30 through July 4. They are also offering discounted tickets for dependents


Kings Island

  • Kings Island is offering active duty military members and veterans free admission July 1 through 4. They are also offering discounted tickets for up to six family members


Knoebel’s Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania

  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for military discounts any day during the season. Active duty and Reservists get a $40 book of ride tickets, and veterans get a $20 book of ride tickets. Available once per season


Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California

  • Roller coasters, family rides, water rides, games and arcades and live entertainment
  • Show your ID to purchase Knott’s Berry Farm Regular admission tickets for only $48 for adults and $45 for children/seniors. You can also visit your local base to find deals



  • offers service members complimentary admission to LEGOLAND Florida Resort & Water Park. You can also save 10% on 1 and 2 day tickets with valid military ID at the gate


Michigan’s Adventure

  • Michigan’s Adventure is offering military personnel a free admission July 4. Military personnel may also purchase up to six additional tickets for immediate family members at $26 each


Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas

  • offers $6 off entry for military personnel and their families. You must show your military ID at the park


Mystic Aquarium

  • Veterans and active duty members who visit Mystic Aquarium July 1 through 31 will receive free general admission. Dependent family members receive a discounted admission rate of $20.99 per adult, $15.99 per youth (13-17) and $13.99 per child (3-12)



  • Overstock.com 5% Cash Back Plus Free Club O Membership for Military, Veterans, First Responders


Outback Steakhouse:

  • THE MILITARY MATES® 15% OFF DISCOUNT is open to Military Personnel and their immediate family members through July 4th, 2017


Pacific Park Located on the Santa Monica Pier

  • Rides, games, ocean front specialty food outlets and seaside shopping
  • All active duty military personnel and immediate family members accompanying them get a 15% discount


Rack Room Shoes

  • Rack Room Shoes offers a 10% military discount off entire purchase with military ID on Independence Day


Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels, Texas

  • offers military rates through ITT/MWR offices at military installations. This discount is not available at the park so make sure you plan ahead


SeaWorld San Antonio

  • 30% off single day admission to SeaWorld San Antonio for veterans and service members, and up to 5 guests


Through the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment program “Waves of Honor,” military members can receive one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, or Sesame Place. Register online because the offer is not available at the parks.

You can also purchase tickets at Shades of Green, an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) in Orlando, Florida, which is a 15 to 30 minute drive from SeaWorld. (Shades of Green is also a great place to stay if you’re looking for affordable hotels in the area.)



Six Flags

Most military bases offer discounted admission tickets to Six Flags parks so check with your nearest MWR/ITT office. There are no military discounts available at the park ticket offices. Parks include Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Fiesta Texas


Stone Mountain Park in Georgia

  • Members of the military and their immediate family can purchase an Adventure Pass for $23.95 plus tax


Thompson Cigar

  • SAVE 10% OFF All Orders for Military, Veterans, & First Responders!



  • Save 18% Plus Free APO/FPO/US Shipping for Orders $50 and Over for Military and Veterans



  • $30 off your first ride for Military, Veterans, First Responders


Under Armour

  • 10% off ua.com orders for active duty service members,
    veterans, and first responders



  • Valleyfair is offering free admission during their Military Days July 1 through 4 for active duty military and veterans. Discounted tickets are available for up to six immediate family members


Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida

  • offers an exclusive military vacation package. This includes 3-night hotel accommodations, 1-day park-to-park ticket with 2 days free, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk.

Purchase discounted tickets at your MWR/ITT office or Shades of Green



Universal Studios Hollywood

  • offers a discount off general admission tickets for active duty and retired military, DoD personnel, National Guard, Reservists and their dependents. You can pre-purchase tickets at your MWR/ITT office or you can order than on the phone



  • Military Benefits include Insurance, Travel, Car Rental, Shopping, Banking, Home Security & More


Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe, the Carolinas’ Largest Water Park

  • offers a military discount at the main gate on any operating day. You’ll get $7 off each all day adult general admission ticket. Discounted tickets can also be purchased at most North Carolina military bases


Wild River Country, a 26-acre park in North Little Rock, Arkansas

  • thirteen attractions, party decks, three pavilions and a volley ball court
  • The water park offers military personnel $5 off one-day admission tickets


Worlds of Fun

  • Active duty, retired military, veterans and National Guard and Reserve receive complimentary admission to Worlds of Fun on July 4. Military personnel can also purchase discounted tickets for their immediate family




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Happy Easter


How to Host Easter Brunch


Many people would love to Host Easter Brunch but either can’t cook or simply don’t have the time or know where to start

It’s not as difficult as you might think and you don’t really even have to be a good cook or know how to

Easter is one of the Easiest Holidays to Host, so if your family takes turns in Hosting the Holidays, opt in for Easter and leave the Thanksgiving Turkey to someone else

There are so many options available to you that you barely have to cook at all

I did this Super Easy Easter Brunch one year when I really didn’t want to cook for hours and hours like I usually do

Most of it was done for me because I threw a few quick things together (that cooked themselves in the oven) and I added store bought goodies to go with them

Not that difficult to throw together at all!


I think the most time consuming thing I made was the Bacon Wrapped Chicken, which wasn’t that hard at all

The Potato bake at the front is so easy to make. See Recipe


I bought all the bakery items to save me time, Easter Eggs and put them in Mason jars around the table



  • 1 Package Frozen Dollar Pancakes
  • (3 per person ) Breakfast Sausage Links
  • Maple Syrup
  • Butter
  • 2 lbs Bacon (1 lb to cook, 1lb for Bacon-Wrapped Chicken)
  • 1lb Chicken Breasts, skinless, boneless
  • (1 per person) Potatoes
  • 1 Small Butternut Pumpkin
  • Donuts
  • Croissants
  • Tub Soft Cream Cheese
  • 1 Fruit Yogurt per person
  • Apple Turnovers
  • Mini Blueberry Muffins
  • 5 jars Stonewall Jams
  • Honey (for Croissants)
  • Fresh Fruit (optional) Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon Chunks

For Potato Bake – Super Simple to Make

  • 1 Bag Hash Brown Shredded Potatoes
  • 1 Large Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 8 oz Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 8 oz Grated extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese

At the $1 Store:

Easter Eggs, sssh i won’t tell anyone

Any decorations you may want

Panera Bread/Bakery:

Asiago Bagels

Everything Bagels


Cook Ahead & Reheat or cook for 1 hour on the Day

On the Day:

Preheat Oven 375F

While that is heating up, Set table with Jams, Pastries, Bagels, Croissants

Make sure toaster is able to be plugged in near bagels

Once Oven is Hot

Place Potato Bake,  & Bacon Wrapped Chicken on Top Shelf & Vegies in Baking Pan on Bottom Shelf

At the same time they are cooking/reheating

Start cooking Sausages & bacon

Stove Top:

Cook Sausages Med-High in Non Stick Skillet

Cut 1 lb Bacon Rashers in Half, Cook Med-High in Non -Stick Skillet



Dollar Pancakes

If you do it this way, everything will be hot and ready at the same time

While you are plating the meat and vegies, Place Croissants in hot oven, they don’t need long if the oven is already hot, by the time you have everything else out on the table, they should be ready


When you are setting the table make sure the cream cheese & jams are close to where the bagels will be

Your guests can toast the bagels in the toaster as needed (Even fancy Hotels do it this way so they are not wasted)

Make sure you have spreading knives for each of the jams, honey, butter &  Cream Cheese

If you are doing Fruit, Cut into chunks (these days you can buy them already cut up) and put tooth picks in them, you can make a mini Edible Arrangement if you want

Make sure the Yogurt is the last thing to go on the table so it is still cold

Have a Cold Food table & a Hot Buffet Station

A Drink Station


Orange Juice

Tomato Juice

Fruit Spritzers

Tea/Coffee if you want them

In the pictures shown above were bread rabbits I made from pilsbury dough & Some Gravies, but in hindsight, we really didn’t need either – I wouldn’t bother doing them again

There are a lot of Carbs with this Buffet, I will list some other buffets soon that are lighter and Healthier

Surviving Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us again.  For most of us, single or not,  it’s not filled with sweet kisses and romantic cuddles. It can be a painful reminder of losing a partner (breakup, divorce, death) or make us painfully aware we are alone when we would really prefer not to be, even married couples often feel crappy this time of the year…one person is into it, their partner is not, some have to work, some are together but have nothing in common any more or are indifferent to each other, it’s not always champagne and roses

For some who are yearning for love, or to be loved, it can be an excruciating time of year we are unable to escape, unless you are a hermit living under a rock, or an astronaut circumnavigating outer space

You just have to turn on the tv or take a trip to the mall and you are bombarded with sparklier diamonds than are ever available in a stores and retailers who are more than happy to help you part with your hard earned cash

Happy couples are everywhere you look, at the store, in restaurants, at the movies, snuggling, laughing, sneaking a kiss, holding hands… thoughts of them and your single life can reduce a normally sane person to tears and sobbing, or make you second guess yourself…

It always makes me laugh when people automatically assume single people aren’t happy, I know more miserable couples, than I know happy ones

People make judgements about you, that you need a partner, even if you are quite content and happy on your own, some will assume you are lonely when you are not or ‘need to be fixed up with someone’, when you didn’t realize you were ever broken…could this day just be over already ?


No matter how irritating it is, or what absurd things your friends and family might say to you, keep in mind, their intentions are good and they really just want you to be happy.

You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone, ever…it’s no-ones business if you are on your own, voluntarily or not

Let me tell you, being single has plenty of up sides, you don’t have to answer to anyone or put up with others idiosyncrasies, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, your time is your own, your money and resources are your own, your living space is how you like it, it’s a pretty sweet deal

Take a day to pamper yourself, catch up on some reading, get take out, wine, music, rent a movie, whatever your thing is, make it a day about celebrating you.

You don’t have to bow to the pressure society wants to impose on you, just say no thank you and treat it like any other day if you don’t even want to acknowledge it

If you are someone who would like to be in a relationship and aren’t, ask yourself why you are not…do you like yourself? Are you someone you would date?  Ask yourself why you need a partner to be happy…. if you aren’t happy with yourself, why would you expect others to be?  Happiness can  not be found externally, it comes from within, from learning to like/love yourself and appreciate the things that are great about you, once you get to this realization, that you don’t need someone else to make you happy, chances are you will exude happiness & confidence and people will be naturally drawn to you and want to be around you

Do you make it a priority to find a partner or do you expect one to come to you? Do you repeat the same habits over and over again? If you do, you can pretty much expect the same results


Maybe you need to work on a few things about yourself? Do you put time and care into taking the very best care of yourself you can?  Are your expectations too high or unrealistic?  Do you date people you know aren’t available or right for you?

Get real with yourself and start working on yourself, your priority list, visualize it happening and take steps to make it happen.  Chances are mr/ms charming isn’t going to miraculously find you and come charging into your bedroom on a white stallion

People attain what they spend most of their time and energy thinking about and acting on…if work is your only focus, start focusing on finding someone and make it a higher priority.  Be the kind, considerate loving open minded person you are hoping to find

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a bust, make it a day where you spend time doing things you haven’t had time to do that make you feel good in your own company




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