DIY Sea Glass Jars

Here's how to make these really pretty sea glass style jars!

Materials needed:

Old vases from Goodwill, Walmart sells canning jars that work well too.

Elmer’s Glue

Food Coloring

Sponge Paint Brushes.

You mix the glue with the food coloring to make your desired color. Add a little coloring to the glue, and then keep adding until you have the color you want. I put on the glue paint on around the lower part of the vase and the upper rim. Then, you do smooth strokes all the way up and down the vase. After it's dry, be sure to do one more coat for a polished finish.


30+ Teachers Appreciation Freebies

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th-10th!  

Here are the best deals for teachers! 

Bruegger’s Bagels: The bagel restaurant celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10 and is giving all teachers a free medium drip or iced coffee with any purchase and valid ID.

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: From May 6 to 10, teachers dining in can get a free appetizer with the purchase of an adult entrée. No coupon is needed.

ChipotleTeachers, faculty and other school staff with a valid school ID can take advantage of a buy-one-get-one free offer from 3 p.m. to close Tuesday, May 7. The deal is on burritos, bowls, salads and orders of tacos and for in-restaurant orders only and available for educators at all levels.

Cicis: Teachers and school staff get a free adult buffet Tuesday for National Teacher Appreciation Day with a valid school ID and a coupon.

Duffy's Sports GrillTeachers get a $10 MVP Bonus loaded directly onto their MVP accounts during Teachers Appreciation Week May 6-10 when they show their faculty ID badge. Sign up for the MVP program at

Giordano’s: From May 6 to 9, Giordano’s is offering 20% off any order with the code 656-263-214. The offer is dine-in and online and for both nurses and teachers.

The Greene Turtle: Teachers get a free $14 meal Tuesday with a valid school ID. Dine-in only.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Teachers get a 15% discount May 6-10 with their ID on dine-in and takeout orders. Not valid in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Also, through May 10, nominate a teacher to win a pizza party Winning teachers will be announced May 31.

Hopdoddy Burger BarTeachers get a free small shake Tuesday, May 7 when they show their school ID.

Luna GrillAll teachers get 20% off any order with school ID May 6-11.

McAlister’s DeliTeachers get a free McAlister’s Deli Sweet Tea during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10 with a valid school ID.

Metro DinerFrom Monday through Friday, May 10, teachers and school faculty members get 20% off their check.

MOD Pizza: On Tuesday, teachers get a buy-one-get-one free deal on MOD-size pizza or salads with their school IDs on in-store orders.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & ShakesTeachers text TEACH to 97455 and get a coupon for a free burger with purchase of fries and a drink or shake to redeem on Wednesday, May 8. School ID must be presented at ordering for this dine-in offer.

Pluckers Wing Bar: Teachers get a free appetizer and half-price glasses of wine Friday, May 10.

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers: From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, teachers and faculty get one free Box Combo when they present current school IDs.

Roy Rogers RestaurantsTeachers with a valid teacher ID get a free milkshake or dessert with any purchase May 6-10.

Scooter’s CoffeeTeachers and nurses get half off any drink May 6 when they show proof.

Slim Chickens: With valid school IDs Tuesday, students and teachers get a 20% discount and a free cookie with dine-in and drive-thru orders.

Sonic Drive-In: This Teacher Appreciation Month deal is for teachers and “those who appreciate them as much as Sonic does,” the fast-food chain says. From May 7-31, get a free Route 44 drink or slush with purchase when ordering on the restaurant’s appwith promo code TEACHERS. Download the app at

1. A.C. Moore

Get a 15% off your entire purchase discount by presenting any of the following credentials at checkout: state-issued photo ID, school ID, home school affidavit, or IHIP approval letter from the school district or your state, homeschooling certificate, or state-issued preschool/daycare facility certificate/license. Contact your store for more details about the program.

2. Adobe Creative Cloud for Education

Score over 60% off Creative Cloud All Apps. Creative Cloud is a membership that gives you access to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Adobe XD, and over 20 more apps designed to help your ideas come to life! Visit for more details.


3. Apple

Faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels – you can snag Apple’s Education Pricing on Mac computers and iPads! See the full Education Institution Discount Price List here.

4. Banana Republic

Take an extra 15% off your full-price Banana Republic purchase when you present a valid teacher ID. Note that this offer is valid in-store only with proof.


5. Barnes & Noble

Sign up for the free Barnes & Noble Educator Program and get 20% off the list price of most hardcover and paperback books, toys, games, music, movies, and more for use in the classroom!

Plus, you can save 25% off the publisher’s list price during Educator Appreciation Days, as well as 10% off Barnes & Noble Café treats, and a free tall, brewed Starbucks coffee from the B&N Café.

6. Basecamp

So long as you’re a teacher at a K-12 school or university and agree to use Basecamp only for classroom work, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial. Basecamp organizes all of your projects and internal communication in one place, making it create to-do lists, assign tasks, set due dates, and more – all so you can see what needs to be done, where to find things, and what’s going on.

7. Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop

Receive a 10% discount off of classroom materials at Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shops. Just show proof of certification/school identification to be eligible for the benefit.


8. Books-A-Million

The Books-A-Million Educator’s Discount Program is a discount card program free to all K-12 educators, librarians, and homeschoolers, so you get a 20% discount on most classroom items (please note that substitute teachers, student teachers, and University Professors are not eligible). The Educator’s Discount Card can also be used to receive free shipping on applicable online purchases.

9. Cell Phone Carriers

Verizon WirelessSprintT-Mobile, and AT&T all offer discounts if you’re a teacher! You may need to check with your school to see if you’re eligible. Call your local store for more details.


10. Cole Haan

Score 15% off full-price AND sale items with a valid .edu email address and Cole Haan account. Visit the Cole Haan website for more details.

11. The Container Store

Get The Container Store special discounts throughout the year to help organize your classroom. Their Organized Teacher Program offers you 10% off every day, but note that the program is ending December 31st, 2019.


12. Costco

Purchase Costco Membership Activation Certificates to join Costco as a new member, and receive over $60 in savings! You must enter your information to validate your status and redeem this special offer. (This offer is not valid for renewal of an existing Costco membership.) Membership Activation Certificates are offered online only and are not available for purchase at Costco locations.

13. Crayola Experience

For a limited time, receive free admission to Crayola Experience in Orlando, FL, every day with a valid school ID or a recent pay stub and a driver’s license at the admissions counter. Plus, immediate family members receive 25% off general admission!


14. GM Educator Discount Program

Looking for a new car? GM offers a special discount just for educators, but did you know that you can use it in addition to most of their other offers and incentives? Visit the GM Educator Discount website for more details.

15. Half Price Books

As part of their commitment to literacy, Half Price Books has an Educator Discount Card, so you can save 10%in-store all year round. Just bring in a valid ID or proof of current employment, such as a pay stub or employee ID card.


16. Hanes & Affiliates

Save an additional 10% off at,,, and Visit the teacher website and verify your Teacher ID to get a unique promo code (limit one coupon code per order).

*Cannot be combined with other promotional offers. $10 maximum discount allowed per order.

17. Insurance Companies

Because Farmers InsuranceLiberty Mutualesurance, and Horace Mann all offer special pricing for educators, call your insurance agent to find out if you’re eligible for any discounts!


18. J. Crew

Score a 15% discount at J. Crew when you shop in-store and show a valid school ID at checkout.

19. JoAnn Fabrics

Sign up for a free discount card to save 15% off every in-store and online purchase (exclusions apply).

Eligibility applies to currently state certified, credentialed or licensed teachers at any K-12 public, private or parochial school or higher education learning institution, authorized home school teachers with current documentation or proof of membership in an official home school organization, and current credential, license or certified childcare providers.


20. Lakeshore Learning

Join the Lakeshore Learning Teacher’s Club and receive 15% off on hundreds of classroom items every day. Plus, get special offers every month and low prices on self-serve lamination just for signing up!


If you’re a teacher from California or Florida, LEGOLAND Florida Resort, The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando are offering Florida teachers for grades PreK-12 one year of Free admission with a Florida Teacher Pass.

Be sure to check the respective websites for details and restrictions as the programs are a little different between states.


22. LOFT

LOFT offers 15% off full-price purchases, as well as special sweepstakes, grants, and teacher appreciation nights when you subscribe to the LOFT Loves Teachers email list.

23. McAlister’s Deli

Visit your local McAlister’s Deli for free McAlister’s Deli Sweet Tea with a valid teacher ID during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6th-10th!

Know a teacher who could use a little recognition? Now through April 21st, customers can celebrate the special teachers in their community by nominating them in the McAlister’s Deli “McAlister’s Loves Teachers” contest.

Three amazing teachers will be selected to receive a $1,000 prize and a catered classroom treat – plus many more teachers across the country will be recognized locally with great prizes from gift cards to free meals.Head here and submit an entry to nominate a teacher!


24. Michaels

Save an additional 15% off your entire in-store purchase every day with valid educator ID – including sale items (some exclusions do apply). See your store associate for more details.

25. Office Depot/OfficeMax

While Office Depot/Office Max doesn’t offer a general discount to teachers, they do offer 5% back to schools on qualifying school supply purchases through their Give Back to Schools program.

Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies and provide your school ID at checkout, and your designated school will receive 5% back in credits for free supplies!

Plus, Rewards members get 2% back in rewards on everything, members-only savings, and more.


26. Saucony

Sign up for Saucony’s VIP program and get 20% off your first apparel purchase, first access to new products & exclusive offers, a special birthday gift, news about local events, and a chance to win free shoes every month.Sign up on

27. Sea World

If you’re a teacher from a participating school district, you can receive a complimentary pass to SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio or San Diego to learn how to incorporate marine science education into your curriculum. Click on the location nearest you for registration details and deadlines.

28. Sesame Place

While the 2019 enrollment period has passed, K-12 teachers from PA, NY, NJ & DE can register for a free Sesame Place Unlimited Admission Teacher Pass during select times of the year. Just fill out the registration form, print your voucher, and then present the voucher along with your teaching certificate and a valid photo ID at Sesame Place to get your free admission pass.

Sign up for Sesame Place emails to be notified of the next registration period.


29. Tommy Hilfiger

Receive 15% off your entire purchase! Simply add your favorite items to the cart. Then, during the checkout process, select “teacher discount.” This will then prompt you to verify your status. Once you are approved, your discount will automatically be applied to your cart total.

30. West Elm

West Elm offers 15% off to all teachers, and faculty, year round, with a valid college or university ID. Just and fill out the form to receive your discount.



100+ Military Freebies and More


1. 24 Hour Fitness

24 Hour Fitness offers deeper discounts than ever to active and reserve military, police offers, firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics. Bring a valid ID into any club to unlock these military savings.

2. A.C. Moore

A.C. Moore offers military an additional 15% off your entire regular and sale price purchase every time you shop with a valid military ID. Visit A.C. Moore’s website for more details.

3. Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts offers 10% off regularly priced items for in-store purchases to all active-duty, reserve, retired status members of our Armed Services, or veterans receiving VA benefits – as well as to immediate family members of these service members.

One of the following credentials is required for in-store purchases:

  • U.S. Uniformed Services ID card
  • Common Access Card (CAC)
  • Veteran Identification Card (VIC)
  • U.S. Uniformed Services ID card

For assistance taking advantage of the Advance Auto Parts Military Discount for online purchases, please contact them at 877-ADVANCE.

4. Alamo Rent-a-Car

When traveling on leisure or without orders, Alamo Rent-a-Car offers federal government and military personnel offer discounted rates, including discounts for veterans. Government and military family members with dependent identification are also eligible for discounted car rental rates.

Those traveling on business or military orders also receive a Collision Damage Waiver and no additional driver fees with valid government or military ID.

5. Allen Edmonds

Allen Edmonds offers veterans and active military members a 15% discount (exclusions apply). To enjoy the discount, simply bring your valid ID card to any Allen Edmonds stores or shop online.

Once items have been added to your shopping cart, choose the button that corresponds to your ID in the promo code area to be verified through Once verified, your discount will be applied to eligible items in your bag.

6. AMC Theatres

Show your military ID at an AMC box office and save at least 10% on an evening ticket with a valid photo military ID (savings are available at the box office only).

7. Apple

Current and veteran members of the U.S. Military, National Guard, and Reserve – as well as immediate family members who reside in the same household – can get special pricing on Apple products. Just visit the Apple websiteand verify your veteran or active military status with

8. Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops is pleased to offer active military, veterans, retirees, National Guardsmen, and Reservists of our Armed Forces a 5% discount every day, year-round at U.S. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s stores (exclusions apply). To receive the discount, simply present proper ID at checkout.

9. Best Western

Veterans, military, and government personnel can enjoy discounts of 10% or more off the flexible rate at Best Western Hotels & Resorts with an official ID card or work orders. Visit the Best Western website and enter your desired destination and travel dates to find available hotel rooms.


  • All federal and state government employees with credentials.
  • Military personnel/civilian military personnel
  • Tax-funded hospital and university personnel
  • Cost reimbursable contractors

10. Birdies for the Brave

The majority of PGA TOUR tournaments offer free admission for active duty and reserve military members, military retirees, and their dependents, along with discounted tickets for veterans. For a list of participating tournaments and other military programs, visit Birdies for the Brave website.


11. Blue Star Families

Military families can enjoy art, history, children’s, and science museums, zoos, botanical gardens, and other places of culture for free from Memorial Day to Labor Day at one of over 2,000 participating Blue Star Museums.

Plus, military families can enter over 2,000 federally managed parks and lands for free through Blue Star Parks. In addition, Blue Star Theatres also provides free or discounted live theatre tickets in more than 130 locations around the country to military families.

And, if you’re a military spouse looking for something to help you get to the next place in your career journey, they provide a variety of programs to help meet you where you are at every stage of military life. Visit the Blue Star Families website to sign up and to access your military family resources.

12. BMW

Eligible USAA members can get special pricing on BMW auto leases and purchases. Visit BMW USA’s website for more details.

13. Brides Across America

Many bridal retailers and wedding dress designers work with Brides Across America to provide free wedding dresses to military brides. Special wedding dress events are held throughout the year where they give away wedding dresses. Check out their site for a listing of the next free wedding dress event in a city near you.

14. Buckle

Buckle offers active duty and veteran members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reserves, their spouses, and dependents, a 10% discount at off their entire merchandise purchase – regular and sale.

To qualify for this discount, complete the one–time verification process by selecting the “Military Discount” link on the shopping bag page. Note that some exclusions may apply.

15. Budget Truck Rental

U.S. military personnel who are traveling with orders can save 20% of your online Budget Truck rental now with discount code USMIO at checkout.

16. Build-A-Sign

Since 2008, has given away more than 337,000 Welcome Home banners and signs to military friends and families for their loved ones returning home from a deployment.

The first jumbo card, yard sign, or banner you add to your cart will be free (you’re only responsible for shipping and handling charges). Each additional 18″X24″ jumbo card or yard sign is only $7.99, and each additional 2’X4′ or 3’X6′ banner is only $9.99.

17. Cabela’s

Cabela’s is pleased to offer active military, veterans, retirees, National Guardsmen, and Reservists of our Armed Forces a 5% discount every day, year-round at U.S. Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops stores (exclusions apply). To receive the discount, simply present proper ID at checkout.

18. Carhartt

Carhartt offers verified members of the military community (e.g. active duty, veterans, retirees, military spouses, and family members) a 10% military discount on apparel and accessories. If you are shopping in a retail location, show your valid Military Identification Card at checkout.

To receive this exclusive offer, simply click on the Troop ID button during checkout and follow the steps to verify your eligibility. Once your profile is validated, the discount will be applied directly to your current order. Your TroopID account does not expire and can be used on future Carhartt orders.

19. Champs Sports

If you are serving or have served in the U.S. military, you may qualify for a 20% discount on your purchase. During checkout, under “Payment Method”, click on the “Use Military Discount link” and follow the instructions provided.

You may be asked to upload documents to help validate your service, such as orders, deployment records, or other official U.S. Military Credentials.


20. Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels offers discounts on one and two person rates at more than 2,700 participating properties. Active duty/retired military personnel, federal employees, cost reimbursable contractors, and employees of foreign governments are eligible for the Choice Hotels military discount and government hotel rate program. Government rates are available to the following with valid ID:

  • Government/Military employees on official travel status
  • Government reimbursement contractors on official government business
  • City, State, or County workers on official business in the state they work in
  • Active/retired military or their dependents on leisure travel
  • Members of certain government/military associates on leisure travel

21. Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese offers special military discount food offers. When you come in store, just ask about our specials for military families and show your Common Access Card, Uniformed Services ID Card, or Dependent ID Card to be eligible for any of their special military discount food offers.

22. Cinemark

Cinemark military discounts are available for guests who show a valid U.S. Government issued military ID, (Active Duty, Active Reserved, retired, or dependents) at the box office. Discount days and times vary at each location, so contact your theatre box office for more information.

23. Cole Haan

All active duty, reserves, guard, retirees, and veterans can get 20% off at Cole Haan once your status is verified.

24. Costco

For a limited time, members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans, and their families can join Costco as a new member and receive over $60 in savings. Just validate your status online and join Costco to receive coupons for additional savings.

25. CVS

CVS (via Veterans Advantage) offers 20% off and free shipping discounts to military members who have served in any branch of service or during any period of service, both wartime and peacetime, and next of kin — spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, son, or daughter.

26. DC Shoes

DC Shoes offers a 15% discount to military servicemen and women, first responders, and teachers – discount is valid online only. Head on to the DC Shoes website to verify your eligibility with Sheer ID.

27. Dell

Military members can save an additional 10% off PCs and electronics on by emailing to speak with a U.S. based sales agent. Visit for details.

28. Dickies

Active duty military, veterans, retirees, national guard/reservists, or military spouse/dependents can enjoy a 10% discount on your total purchase.

29. Disneyland and Walt Disney World

Disneyland Resort offers active and retired U.S. military personnel discounted Military Promotional 3-day and 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets. You can visit both theme parks each day of your ticket!

Purchase by December 18th, 2019, and receive admission for 3 days for just $178 or 4 days for $198 when purchased by December 21st, 2019. Plus, you can purchase the Disney PhotoPass Collection product for a discounted price of $49 plus tax through December 21st, 2019.

Walt Disney World also offers discounted 4-Day or 5-Day Park Hopper Tickets. Purchase 5-Day Military Promotional Tickets now through December 15th, 2019 and 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets now through December 16th, 2019. Visit the Walt Disney World website for more details.

These offers are available to active or retired members of the U.S. Military or their spouses, including the National Guard, Reservists, and the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information, please contact your participating U.S. Military base ticket office.


30. Disney Cruise Lines

Disney Cruise Line is proud to offer special military rates on select Disney cruises. Special military rates are limited to a maximum of one stateroom per military member, per sailing. Visit the Disney Cruise site for more details.

31. Eastbay

Active duty, veterans, national guard, reservists, and registered dependents of active duty or retired service members can receive 20% off most Eastbay purchases. During checkout, under “Payment Method”, click on the Use Military Discount link and follow the instructions provided. You may be asked to upload documents to help validate your service. Visit for more details.

32. El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco offers a 15% discount (maximum value of $1.50) to guests that serve the community, including police officers, firefighters, EMTs, federal law enforcement agents, and military personnel. Ask your cashier for the discount prior to payment, and show your badge if you’re not in uniform.

33. Fanatics is proud to offer a discount of 15% off all orders to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans, and their immediate families. This Military discount is valid on most products sold on, except gift cards. Visit for more details.

34. Foot Locker

If you are serving, or have served, in the U.S. military, you may qualify for a 20% discount on your purchase. During checkout, under “Payment Method”, click on the “Use Military Discount link” and follow the instructions provided. You may be asked to upload documents to help validate your service, such as orders, deployment records, or other official US Military Credentials.

35. Ford

Active military personnel and reservists serving on active duty, veterans separated within the last 180 days, retirees, spouse/surviving spouse, or other household members are eligible for a $500 Bonus Cash Offer valid toward the purchase or lease of an eligible new recent model year Ford vehicle.

36. Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer offers a 10% military discount to current military members, their families, and veterans with ID on the following items:

  • Private Brand Groceries, including Fred Meyer, Kroger, Simple Truth, & more brands
  • Apparel, Shoes, & Accessories
  • ALL Home, including Toys, Sporting Goods, Auto, & Garden
  • Most Electronics
  • Fred Meyer Jewelers

37. General Motors

General Motors offers military discounts on eligible, new vehicles available to the following: active duty members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans within three years of discharge date, and retirees of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

The discount can also be shared with military spouses and household members. To take advantage of the military discount, visit to create an account; or, if you already have one, log in with Then on the GM Military Discount landing page click “Get Authorization Number.”

Once you’ve logged onto their site through, your identity will be verified, which means you’ll no longer be required to provide proof of eligibility at the dealer. However, you must still bring your authorization number — along with a copy of your driver’s license with the license number redacted — to your dealer when you’re ready to purchase/lease a new vehicle.

38. Gold’s Gym

Gold’s Gym offers discounts on monthly dues and enrollment rates for members of the military and veterans with valid ID. Pricing and participation may vary.


39. Great Wolf Lodge

Military members (active or retired) can get 30% off at Great Wolf Lodge with valid ID.

40. Hampton Inn

State, federal, and United States military employees can get special government rates at Hampton Inn. Just search the Hampton by Hilton database by landmark and enter the name of a government building, military base, or local attraction. Click on the Government/Military rates box when checking room availability to see your rate. You must present your valid government ID upon check-in.

41. Hanes and Affiliates,,, and offer active duty, military veterans, and their dependents 10% off your order after verifying your military affiliation through Troop ID.

42. Hilton Hotel

State, federal, and United States military employees can get special government rates at Hilton Hotels. Just search the Hilton database by landmark and enter the name of a government building, military base, or local attraction. Click on the Government/Military rates box when checking room availability to see your rate. You must present your valid government ID upon check-in.

43. Hyundai

Hyundai offers active duty, veteran, or retired members of the U.S. military, and spouses a $500 credit on any new Hyundai vehicle. Ask your local Hyundai dealership for more information.

44. Jeep

If you’re active, active reserve, retired military, retired military reserve, or are an honorably discharged veteran within 12 months of your discharge date, you’re eligible for $500 Military Bonus Cash under the Jeep Military Incentive program. The offer applies to purchases and leases on select 2018 and 2019 Jeep® Brand vehicles. Visit the Jeep website for more details.

45. Jet Blue

Jet Blue offers a 5% military fare class (MIL) discount for active duty military personnel not traveling on orders. Learn more about how you can take advantage of this discount.

Those enrolled in Veterans Advantage will get a 5% discount on everyday JetBlue travel to 85+ destinations. Those enrolled in TrueBlue will also qualify to earn TrueBlue points on travel booked with the 5% off the discounted fare.Learn more about how you can take advantage of this discount.

46. Jiffy Lube

Jiffy Lube offers veterans and active duty military 25% off every day with proof of ID (excludes batteries and brakes, alignment, and diagnostic services).

47. JoAnn

Military service members and eligible family members can get 10% off your entire purchase everyday with proof of your military service, past or present, or Military Dependent ID at checkout.

48. Jockey offers a 10% off discount to active military, veterans, and their families. Visit the website for more details.

49. KIA

KIA has special military offers for active members of the United States Armed Forces, reserves, and the immediate family of participant (spouse or child) for the purchase or lease of new vehicles, as well as limited-time promotions on certified pre-owned vehicles.


50. Kohl’s

Kohl’s offers a special 15% discount every Monday in select stores with proper military ID (proper identification includes: military identification card; a state-issued identification indicating veteran status; or Form DD 214). The special discount is valid in store only for active military personnel, veterans, retirees, and their immediate family with military ID. Visit Kohl’ for more details.

51. La Quinta

La Quinta by Wyndham offers 12% off their Best Available Rate at La Quinta hotels in the U.S. and Canada with a valid military ID at check-in. Visit the La Quinta website for more details.

52. L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean wants to thank the active, veteran, retired, and reservist personnel of our brave U.S. Armed Forces for their service to our country with a 10% off discount valid on select merchandise (valid online, by phone, or at retail stores; not valid at L.L.Bean Outlets).

53. Lowe’s

Lowe’s established the 10% Military Discount to support the men and women who are currently serving our country in the Armed Services and to honor retired veterans and VA recipients. This 10% discount is also extended to the immediate family of those who are currently serving, retired veterans, or VA recipients.

To qualify for the Everyday 10% Military Discount, you must:

  • Be currently serving in, or retired from, a qualifying branch of the Armed Services or be the immediate family member of someone who is and have a valid military ID card.
  • Be a veteran who receives VA benefits and have a valid Veteran Identification Card (VIC).

54. Marriott

Marriott offers government hotel rates to qualified guests and direct access to government and military discount hotel availability. To make it even easier, their rate qualification guidelines provides increased availability and compliance to the GSA per diem rates at Marriott hotels.

55. Merrell

Merrell is proud to support the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, and their families by offering a 10% discount on every order. Verify your military status (active duty, veteran, or spouse) through our partner service, ID.Me, at checkout.

56. Michaels

Michaels offers military, veterans, spouses, and their family 15% off your entire purchase every day (including sale items) whenever you present your military ID card at the register.

57. Motel 6

Motel 6 and Studio 6 are proud to offer all active and retired military personnel and their families up to a 10% discount off their already-low rates at all of their 1,400+ locations. When you arrive at the guest check-out page, select “Military” in the drop-down menu to receive your discount.

58. National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard (and also Reserve and National Guard members) can get a free National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (costs $80/year for the general public). The pass must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).


59. New Balance

New Balance offers a 10% military discount when you create an account with a .mil email address – no exclusions. Head on over to the New Balance site for details.

60. Newegg

Military members can enjoy a free year of Newegg Premier which offers expedited shipping, exclusive deals, free returns, rushed processing, and no restocking fees. Plus, if your orders are delivered to an APO address, they’ll take 50% off the shipping cost. Visit to get started and to verify your status.

61. NFL Shop offers a discount of 15% to select customers who have served our country in the Military or as First Responders (as well as their spouses and immediate families). To receive a discount, verify your eligibility during the shopping process using the widget on the checkout page. Once you verify your First Responder or Military status, will pass the discount automatically to the shopping cart and you will receive your percentage off discount.

62. Nike

In appreciation of our service women and men, Nike offers a 10% discount to all active, reservist, veteran, and retired U.S. military personnel – as well as to the spouses and dependents of active personnel. The discount can be used and at Nike, Converse, and Hurley retail stores in the U.S.

To receive the military discount on, you’ll need to first verify eligibility. After completing the verification, they’ll issue a single-use promo code for 10% off most products. To receive the discount at Nike, Hurley, and Converse stores, simply show a valid military ID at checkout.

63. Nissan

If you are a member of U.S. Military Personnel that is active, reserve, retired, or a veteran (must be within 12 months of active duty), the exclusive Nissan Military Program helps you save between $500 and $1,000 and can be combined with all current national and regional incentives.

64. NTB

NTB offers all active duty and reserve members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard, and Coast Guard (as well as their spouses) an $18.99 conventional oil change, $54.99 full synthetic oil change, 10% off services, 10% off tires & wheels, and free flat repair on standard wheels.

65. Operation Heal Our Patriots

Operation Heal Our Patriots gives wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. They continue to support men and women after an initial stay, keeping spiritual needs and marriages a priority. Visit Samaritan’s Purse to apply.

66. Operation: Love Reunited

Operation: Love Reunited is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free professional photography sessions and photo gifts to our military families dealing with a deployment. They have photographers located worldwide, as well as a branch in Australia covering their military.

For more details about the OpLove gifts, requesting a session, and other information, visit OpLove.

67. O’Reilly Auto Parts

All O’Reilly Auto Parts stores provide a 10% discount off retail price for most items (excludes motor oil, antifreeze, sale items, and special orders). The discount is valid on in-store purchases only for active duty and reserve members of the military, retired service members, and veterans.

The immediate family members of an active duty service member or a veteran who possess a Department of Defense issued dependent ID card (DD form 1173 or 1173-1) are also eligible to receive their military discount with valid ID. Visit the O’Reilly website for more details.

68. Our Military Kids

Our Military Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports children (ages 5 – 12th grade) of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, as well as those of wounded veterans from all service branches, with grants that provide up to $300 for a chosen activity. Participation in these extracurricular activities has proven to help military children cope with stress and anxiety, as well as foster a sense of self-confidence, while parents are recovering or serving overseas.

Visit the Our Military Kids website for details and application requirements.


69. Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse offers all military personnel and their immediate family members 10% off their check every day with a valid state or federal service ID: U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card; U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card; Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES); Veterans Organization Card (i.e. American Legion and VFW); DD214 Certificate; Veteran Identification Card (VIC); or Photograph in U.S. Uniform or wearing U.S. Uniform.

70. Pep Boys

Active and retired military customers can receive a 10% discount at Pep Boys every day with proof of ID. Also, senior citizens 55+ will also receive a 10% discount with valid ID.

71. Pier 1 Imports

Active and retired military personnel and families can receive a 10% discount off their entire purchase at a Pier 1 Imports stores (excludes clearance).

72. PODS

Verified military members (active duty, retired, veterans) can save 10% with PODS. For PPM/DITY moves or storage during deployments, call PODS for more details.

73. Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn offers all active and retired military personnel and their families a 15% discount on their entire in-store purchase.

74. Project Evergreen: GreenCare & SnowCare for Troops

Project Evergreen is a needs-based program for active-duty deployed military members of the rank of E-6 and below (includes all military branches). They offer free lawn, landscape, and snow removal services. Only one residence is permitted, and the military member must reside at this location. The lot size must be less than one acre, and deployment orders are required for registration.

75. Quiksilver

Quiksilver offers a 15% discount to military servicemen and women, first responders, and teachers – discount is valid online only. Head on to the Quicksilver website to verify your eligibility with Sheer ID.

76. Rack Room Shoes

Every Tuesday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day, U.S. military personnel and their families receive a 10% discount on their entire in-store purchase. Must present valid U.S. Military ID at time of purchase. Visit the Rack Room Shoes site for details.

77. Red Roof

Government, military, veterans, and retirees can save 10% off on all stays at Red Roof on your next vacation. Visit the Red Roof site for more details.

78. Regal Cinemas

Participating Regal Cinemas offer a military discount to active or retired military veterans. A military discount is available at the box office and ID must be presented at the time of ticket purchase.


79. Sam’s Club

Active and former U.S. military and their spouses can get a free $10 gift card when they join or renew as a Sam’s Club Member for $45 or as a Sam’s Plus Member for $100. Proof of valid U.S. military service identification required. The gift card will be provided at the time membership is purchased and the card is issued. Visit the Sam’s Club website for more details.

80. San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Military discounts are valid every day of the year, including ALL holidays. Complimentary admission is reserved exclusively for active duty service members upon presenting valid ID.

Active duty U.S. Armed Forces personnel receive all the benefits of their 1-Day Pass admission to the San Diego Zooand the San Diego Zoo Safari Park upon presenting a Common Access Card (CAC) or Uniformed Services ID Card at our gates.

Military spouses and eligible dependents receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass at both the Zoo and Safari Park and do not need to be accompanied by an active duty member of the Armed Forces. Just show your valid dependent ID card at any ticket window. Visit the help center page for details.

81. Saucony

Military members can enjoy 20% off your first apparel purchase, a special birthday gift, first access to new products & exclusive offers, and other benefits. Visit the Saucony site for more details.

82. Seaworld – Waves of Honor

Waves of Honor permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Water Country USA, or Sesame Place or Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark in San Diego for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents. The offer is valid for one park and one visit only. Active duty service member must provide military ID.

83. Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams offers military members a 15% off discount on paints, stains, and painting supplies to men and women who are currently serving, are reservists, or have served in the military. This 15% off Military Discount is also extended to the spouse of such individuals.

84. Super 8 by Wyndham Hotels

Participating Super 8 by Wyndham hotels offer active and retired military members, veterans, and their families a 15% military discount off their Best Available Rates.

85. The Home Depot

All military personnel and veterans are eligible for a 10% discount at The Home Depot store locations during national holidays such as Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day with a Common Access Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Privilege and ID Card, or a VA Medical Center Veteran ID Card (must state “Service Connected”). Contact your local store to verify participation in this promotion.

Additionally, the 10% discount is available to active and reserve military personnel, retired or disabled veterans, and their spouses or dependent children, every day, upon request (may vary by location).

The maximum for both 10% discounts is $500 on a single-receipt purchase at The Home Depot U.S. stores only and cannot be applied to installation products or services, Gift Cards, special buy appliances, or in addition to any other offers. The discount is not available for online purchases.

86. Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. offers 10% off engagement rings and wedding bands for active duty, reservists, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

87. TOMS offers all active duty, retired military, and family members 10% off full priced and markdown items with promo code MILITARY10 at checkout (can’t be combined with any other offers).

88. Toyota

Any active duty or household member of eligible U.S. military personnel, including Gold Star families or U.S. military retirees/veterans within 2 years of discharge are eligible for a $500 reward from Toyota Financial Services. The reward can be used toward any new Toyota financed or leased through your dealer and Toyota Financial Services. You’ll also need to earn a qualifying salary and get credit approval from Toyota Financial Services through a Toyota dealer.

89. is a program that allows eligible students (grades K-12) and service members in U.S. military families to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-on-one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading, and more – at NO cost. is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.


90. Under Armour

Under Armour offers a 10% military discount off the entire purchase for active duty, retirees, veterans, military spouses, and military family members, as well as a 10% discount for active police, fire, and EMT customers. You can receive your discount while shopping online by verifying your eligibility with

This discount cannot be combined with other promotional codes or applied to our WWP Backpack Gift, UA Icon Customized Shoes, or any gift card purchases.

91. United Airways

To thank U.S. military veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members, and their families for their service, United is proud to provide Veterans Advantage members with up to a 5% discount on tickets for United and United Express-operated flights purchased on

92. Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood offers discounts to all active and retired U.S. military personnel all year long. To qualify, you must be active duty, retiree, 100% disabled veteran, Medal of Honor recipient, active guard/reserve, spouse/dependent ID card holder of those categories (or DOD NAF/GS employee). You must be able to access a military base in order to purchase tickets.

Tickets for these specially priced offers must be purchased in advance and can only be obtained at participating Military Ticket Offices in the U.S. These special military rates are not available at the Universal Studios Hollywood box office. A military or U.S. Government ID is required for purchase.

93. Vacation for Veterans

Vacations For Veterans is a civilian organization, with 501(c)(3) non-profit status, that seeks to provide a week of free lodgings to veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal for action in any military campaign after 2001. Since 2007, Vacations For Veterans has sent thousands of veterans and their families on free vacations. Visit theVacations For Veterans site for details.

94. Vacations for Warriors

Vacations for Warriors mission is to provide nice vacations to the medically retired, former, or active combat wounded service members and their immediate family members.

Their criteria for granting a vacation is generally an 80%-100% or greater combined disability rating with a single physical disability rating of 30% or greater for injuries or wounds sustained during combat in one of the following specific categories:

  • Blindness/loss of vision
  • Severe burns
  • Spinal cord injury/paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Loss of one limb, arm or leg, or more.

95. Veteran’s Holidays

Veteran’s Holidays is a “space available” program that offers veterans the opportunity to enjoy vacations at popular destinations around the world – for the incredibly low price of just $349 per unit, per week. Those eligible and their family and friends have access to spacious accommodations at more than 4,000 resorts, apartments, condominiums, and homes in more than 100 countries.

A membership with Veterans Holidays is free to all veterans of the U.S. military.

96. Vet Tix

Vet Tix provides complimentary tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational, and family activities across the nation. These events help reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories, and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life.

Vet Tix provides tickets to all branches of currently-serving Military and Veterans, including immediate family of troops KIA. Visit the Vet Tix website for more details.

97. Williams-Sonoma

Active duty and retired military personnel and their dependents may receive a 15% discount (10% discount on electrics) at Williams-Sonoma stores only (excludes prior purchases, gift cards, taxes, or shipping & processing fees). Please show valid military ID or family ID card.

98. Wireless, TV, & Internet Providers

Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T all offer discounts for service members and veterans. Be sure to check with your wireless company to see if you’re eligible and for more details.

99. Yankee Candle

Active and retired military can get 10% off their purchase every day in all retail stores, outlet stores, and online Plus, this discount can be combined with any other in-store or coupon discount. Visit the Yankee Candle site for more details on how to receive the discount.


100. YETI

YETI offers special pricing for the YETI Military and First Responders. With the program, military members and veterans, first responders, and government employees have the opportunity to purchase select YETI gear with special pricing. Visit for more details.


How to Host a Frugal Baby Shower

Here are some fun and frugal ways to host a baby shower! 

The Invitations

Homemade invitations are generally the least expensive way to go when it comes to making invitations for your baby shower. I plan on buying some colorful cardstock and a border punch used for scrapbooking. Other embellishments include die-cut paper (wonderful for dressing up the cardstock), die-cut ribbon, and rub-on borders. For ease of printing, plan on making two or four invitations per 8.5”x11” piece of cardstock. Lay out your wording in Microsoft Word or with a free online template (search for “free baby shower invitation templates”), print, cut, and decorate.

Other inexpensive (or free!) invites include e-mail invitations like those found on, or you can buy pre-printed invitations relatively cheaply from a site like Tiny Prints, a personal favorite of mine. Invitations on Tiny Prints start for as low as $0.59 per card.


The Venue

Baby showers are often held in the hostess’ own home, which is, of course, free. If you’re not so lucky or if you prefer to think outside the home for a baby shower venue, consider having the shower in an outdoor location like a park — just remember to keep the comfort of the guest of honor in mind before planning an outdoor shower in August! Other frugal venue choices include churches, where rental fees are generally less than banquet space at a hotel or restaurant.


The Food

You can recruit friends and family to bring a dish or check Costco for great party trays. 

Here are recipes we like:

For dessert, consider making your own cake or recruit a friend to make the cake. Cupcakes are also fun- baby shower-themed cupcakes at


The Decorations, Games, Etc.

Here are some fun and cute decorating ideas:

34 awesome baby shower themes

Wishes for Baby

Free Printable baby shower games

50 Diaper Cake Tutorials

Ready to Pop popcorn

Decorate a Block

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Baby Sprinkle Centerpiece



9 Easy and Delicious Cast Iron Recipes

Cast Iron Pizza

The cast iron pan is so versatile, here are 9 delicious recipes!

1. Pizza

You have to try this Cast Iron Pizza recipe. This is also a fun party idea.

2. Cornbread

Skillet cornbread is one of those old-fashioned treats that I love to make. Skillet Cornbread is delicious with warm butter!

3. Lasagna

So easy and simple, make lasagna in your cast iron skillet — in only 20 minutes. Here is a great recipe.

4. Brownies

Skillet brownies are a quick dessert idea. Use peanut butter, Nutella or your fave chocolate. Here is a great recipe!

5. Grilled Cheese

This delicious grilled cheese from Family Fresh Cooking is perfect for the skillet. Plus be sure to mix it up with different kinds of breads and cheeses. Yum!

6. Egg Bake

This easy breakfast, one pan meal is a cinch to make, pin this Easy Breakfast Skillet recipe.

7. Biscuits

This Skillet Biscuit recipe is like a favorite buttermilk variety. Quick and easy in the cast iron pan!

8. A Big Cookie

This has got to be the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, baked inside a cast iron skillet. Perfect for a snack on the weekend or a party!

9. Baked Mac and Cheese

Did you know you can make Baked Mac and Cheese in the cast iron pan? Only 20 minutes to baked, cheesy goodness!


Natural Ways to Clean and Organize

1. Use cloth instead of paper.  My grandma had a bucket of clean rags, that she used to wipe down everything. She rarely used paper towels. Microfiber cloths are also a great option, washable, durable and reusable. 

2.  Buy and use green cleaning products, or make them yourself! Just search on Pinterest for eco-friendly green cleaner recipes. Plus, shop for eco-friendly beauty products,  eco-friendly fashion lines and eco-friendly home decor. I really like Green Works and Method

3.  Laundry.  Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.  Line-dry when you can. There is nothing like line-dried clothing, that has dried in the sun! You will never forget that clean air smell. 

4.  Go Paperless. Pay bills online. I pay most of my bills online, along with getting paperless copies of bills. It is now so much more fun to go to the mailbox! Put a stop to unsolicited mail and sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers.  

5.  Conserve Energy - Turn off the lights when you leave the room, or open the curtains and blinds and rely on the sunlight to cut down on electricity use. Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load.  Shut down and turn off your computer completely at night. 

6.  Change your light bulbs.   Switch a few of your light bulbs to CFLs , which use about 75 percent less energy and last seven to 10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, until eventually you have all of your house switched over. This was a hard one for me because I love my old-school bulbs. Now that they are phased out of most stores, I have had to bite the bullet and buy the new bulbs. Six years ago, my 90 year old grandfather, was light years ahead of me because he used CFLs and preferred them! 

7.  Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers, bulk storage or even pretty vases. I love mason jars for this. 

8.  Buy used and donate.   Shop thrift stores and craigslist for clothing, home items and more.  Grandma was a thrift shopper, she loved a good deal. She also loved to knit, sew and crochet. While I'm not much of a thrift shopper, I donate a lot to Goodwill. 

9.  Stop using disposable bags.   Purchase reusable bags. They are more durable and don't clog up land-fills! I love, love, love my Target reusable bag. I keep one in my car and one in the kitchen. 



How to Make Tea Cup Candles

I love making homemade gifts for family and friends. So when I inherited some vintage tea cups from my grandmother, I knew they would be perfect for making these adorable tea cup candles! And this project is so easy. It was fun to customize the different types of candles and scents, matched to the perfect tea cup.  

I made several of these for bridal shower favors and they were a hit! 


Nested pans 
Partially burned candles 
Candy or candle thermometer 
New wicking 
Wick sustainers 
Wooden skewers 



In a small pan set over a larger pan of simmering water, melt down old candles; clip the thermometer to the upper pot, and keep temperature at about 185 degrees. Remove old wicks with tongs. 


Cut a piece of wicking to the cup's height plus 2 inches. Clamp one end to a wick sustainer; tie the other end around a skewer. Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat them. Remove and stick sustainer to cup's bottom. 


Pour in the wax, stopping 1/2 inch below the cup's rim. Allow wax to set, about 1 hour. The candle will harden with a well in the center. To even it out, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around the wick. Pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below rim. Cut wick. 



How to Make Water Marbles

Here is how to make these cool water marbles! 

Things You'll Need 

2 tsp. baking soda 


Make sodium acetate by combining about one teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of vinegar. Mix these two products by carefully swirling the mixture in the cup. Add one more teaspoon of baking soda and a few more drops of vinegar and repeat the mixing. 

2. Set the sodium acetate in the freezer for ten minutes then remove from freezer. 

3. Pour a half cup of calcium bicarbonate into the sodium acetate in a taller glass cup. The mixture will bubble up for a few seconds. Wait for the mixture to calm down and mix the combination by moving the glass in the same circular motion. 

4. Pour a half cup of iodized salt into the newly formed mixture and mix. 

5. Pour the mixture into a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil the mixture for seven minutes. Stir the mixture continually. 

6. Pour the mixture into a plastic container and let it sit for 15 minutes. The mixture should turn into a gel. 

7. Reach your hand in the mixture, grab some of the mixture and pull it out of the container. When the substance is in contact with the air it loses its polar ability and sticks to itself. This causes it to become small solid water spheres.