2017 Minneapolis Boat Show Ticket Giveaway

With the slight warm-up in the weather this week, it’s the perfect time to start dreaming about spring and attend the Minneapolis Boat Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center January 19-22.

As always, the event is full of education and family-friendly events including:

  • NEW! Cruising the Water with Wings Financial Credit Union, an immersive experience featuring the Minnesota Wine Experience with wine tastings from three top Minnesota cold-climate wineries and Cruisin’ Cuisine with boat cooking demonstrations from three of the Twin Cities’ most popular chefs (1/20 and 1/21).
  • Free daily seminars on a variety of topics that will help you stay safe and make the most of your time on the water, including the popular Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center for DIYers looking to learn how to repair and maintain their boats.
  • Antique Boat & Classic Boat Display, a fan favorite returning this year with an impressive display of antique and classic boats from old wooden beauties to quirky crafts from days gone by.
  • Boating Skills Virtual Trainer, which allows you to take the helm of a virtual boat and sharpen your driving, docking and other important skills.
  • Contests and giveaways each day of the show, including a chance to win a new Sea-Doo Spark!

2017 Minneapolis Boat Show Info:

When: Thursday, January 19, 2pm–9pm
Friday, January 20, 12pm–9pm
Saturday, January 21, 10am–9pm
Sunday, January 22, 10am–5pm

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tickets: Tickets are regularly priced at $14 for adults and free for children 15 and under with paid adult. Active military are free with ID. Senior Day is Thursday, January 19, where 62+ ticket price is $11. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.MinneapolisBoatShow.com or onsite the day of the show.

For more information about the Progressive Insurance 2017 Minneapolis Boat Show, visit MinneapolisBoatShow.com. You can also follow the show on Twitter, Facebook andInstagram. Look for the hashtag #MPLSBoatShow!

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win four (4) tickets to the 2017 Minneapolis Boat Show. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 1/19/17. Good luck!

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Buy $100 in Visa Gift Cards and Get a $10 Hy-Vee Card! + Reader Giveaway #HVVisa16

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It’s hard to believe that there is only about a week left of 2016!! Are you prepared for the end of the year? Have you purchased all your gifts? This end of the year always seems like such a crazy time. We’re busy making holiday plans, shopping, cooking, decorating – all while working around holiday events like school concerts and holiday get-togethers. Even though the year has almost run out, there is still time for YOU to run out to Hy-Vee to get a great deal when you buy Visa Gift Cards.

If you have some last minute holiday gifts to buy, you can get a little extra bonus for yourself or to give as an extra give when buying gift cards Visa Gift Cards at our local Hy-Vee Stores. Not only will you get the rest of your holiday shopping done (finally!), but you will get a bonus Hy-Vee gift card to use toward your groceries or for buying some delicious holiday treats.

When you purchase Visa gift cards at your local Hy-Vee store now through 12/27, you can take advantage of this special offer. Here’s how it works:

  • Buy $100 or more in Visa gift cards at Hy-Vee
  • Receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card to use toward any Hy-Vee purchase (or to give as a gift)!
  • That’s it! A total win-win situation.

 

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Looking for some fun ideas as to how to present your Visa gift cards as a present under the tree this year? Try one of these ideas:

  • Place the card in a mason jar and fill the remaining space with wrapped candies.
  • Use a small Christmas stocking to hold the card and decorate with a candy cane sticking out of the top.
  • Tape the gift card to a square candy bar or to a pack of gum.
  • Place in a cardboard takeout container (you can get them at the craft store for under $1) and fill the remaining space with ribbon shreds.

However you choose to present your gift card it’s sure to be a hit. Plus, you’ll have the added gift for yourself of spending your bonus $10 Hy-Vee gift card.

Reader Giveaway: We have teamed up with some other great blogs to host this giveaway where one lucky reader will receive a $75 Amazon e-gift card! To enter, just fill out the form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/26/16. Good luck!

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Buy Visa Gift Cards at Hy-Vee and Get a Bonus! + Reader Giveaway

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Now that we have passed Black Friday and Cyber Monday we are definitely in the BIG holiday shopping season! Did you start tackling your holiday shopping lists already? Or are you more of a last minute holiday shopper? Do you spend Christmas Eve racing to the store to grab last minute gifts? I admit I have spent plenty of December 24ths shopping myself. At this point it has almost become a tradition for me and my sister to race about doing last minute shopping on that day. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This year I vow to get things done early so I can enjoy the last days before Christmas celebrating rather than shopping.

By starting holiday shopping NOW we can also get a great deal buying gift cards Visa Gift Cards at our local Hy-Vee Stores. Not only will you get your holiday shopping done early, but you will get a bonus Hy-Vee gift card to use toward your groceries or for buying some yummy holiday treats.

When you purchase Visa gift cards at your local Hy-Vee store now through 12/14, you can take advantage of this special offer. Here’s how it works:

  • Buy $125 or more in Visa gift cards and receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card to use toward any Hy-Vee purchase (or to give as a gift)!
  • You can try the new Five Back Visa Cards for even greater savings. (More details about that below)
  • The Capital One® QuicksilverOne® Cash Rewards Credit Card offers 1.5% cash back.

If you choose a Five Back Visa gift card, it can be used anywhere Visa debit is accepted. Then, when you shop at select stores, you get up to 5% of your purchase price added back to your card! That means more savings for you if you choose to use the card yourself or a bigger gift for your recipient if you chose to give the card as a gift!

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Looking for some fun ideas as to how to present your Visa gift cards as a present under the tree this year? Try one of these ideas:

  • Place the card in a mason jar and fill the remaining space with wrapped candies.
  • Use a small Christmas stocking to hold the card and decorate with a candy cane sticking out of the top.
  • Tape the gift card to a square candy bar or to a pack of gum.
  • Place in a cardboard takeout container (you can get them at the craft store for under $1) and fill the remaining space with ribbon shreds.

However you choose to present your gift card it’s sure to be a hit. Plus, you’ll have the added gift for yourself of spending your bonus $10 Hy-Vee gift card.

Reader Giveaway: We have teamed up with some other great blogs to host this giveaway where one lucky reader will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card! To enter, just fill out the form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/13/16. Good luck!

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The Official Adventures Book Series – Set in Minnesota! Reader Giveaway

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As a parent, I love that our girls’ favorite pastime is reading.  It makes road trips much easier, when they can pass the time lost in a great story.  I especially, love it when I see them reading books that also teach valuable lessons.  The Official Adventures is a new children’s chapter book series (set in Minnesota), that has countless important lessons.  These books should even keep some of the sport fanatics interested as hockey is a main theme.

The books tell the tale of two brothers, Blaine and Cullen. On and off the ice, they have deep love for the game and also each other! Cullen is the all-star team captain and Blaine, who has Down syndrome, is the team manager and clearly the “unsung hero” of the team. The brothers join Rylee and Rosee, America’s favorite referees, in game day adventures that will have elementary and middle school aged readers laughing out loud, fist bumping the pages and cheering for more stories. Packed to the brim with laughter, love and lessons, “The Official Adventures” is sure to steal young reader’s hearts.

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The first two books in the series “Drop the Puck, It’s Hockey Season” and “Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup” are out now, with the third book “Drop the Puck, Let’s Play Hockey” set to be released later this Fall.

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Drop the Puck: It’s Hockey Season – The Official Adventures Series drops the puck with a tale of two brothers, Blaine and Cullen. On and off the ice, they have a deep love for the game and each other! The brothers are joined by Rylee and Rosee, America’s loveable, inspirational, funny, and down-to-earth referees. Together they will steal young readers’ hearts. Sharpen your skates and grab your stick! It’s time to play hockey!

Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup: The Official Adventures

Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup – Your favorite brothers, Blaine and Cullen return and are joined by Avery and Paisley, two girls who play on the boys’ team! Snowballs and fun fly high when the young friends make a ”Mount State of Hockey” snow sculpture with the faces of their hockey heroes! From high school to pee wees, from hockey hair to the game-ending handshake, Drop the Puck, Shoot for the Cup captures hockey’s best state tournament moments.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win the first three books in the The Official Adventures series. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 11/7/16. Good luck!

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Halloween at FlyOver America! Ticket Giveaway

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Have you been to the FlyOver America at Mall of America yet?  If you haven’t, their Halloween event would be the perfect time to go. What could be more fun than to be suspended in a chair, feet dangling, in front of a four-story spherical screen? Special effects including wind, mist and scents, combined with the chair’s motion, will truly make you feel like you are soaring after Broomelda through the American skies.  I know I’m excited for this event! I love rides! Halloween is such a fun holiday with the decorations and seeing all the fun costumes!.

HALLOWEEN AT FLYOVER AMERICA
October 13th – 31st

An experience like no other, FlyOver America uses the latest in flight ride technology to give you a bird’s eye view as you soar across America’s most awe-inspiring landscapes and national monuments, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty.

Halloween at FlyOver America welcomes aspiring witches, wizards and guests of all ages to experience a seasonal event featuring a Witches Academy-themed pre-show with special guest Broomelda, the Witches Academy Headmistress.

FlyOver America’s first-ever Halloween event will last between 20 – 25 minutes including:

  • The Ultimate Flying Ride, FlyOver America, a breathtaking 10-minute flight ride experience
  • Broomelda’s Witches Academy Themed Pre-Show
  • Your very own Official Witches Academy Diploma to take home
  • Spine-tingling decorations in the Haunted Hallway
  • Witches and Wizards of all ages are encouraged to dress up!

This is a fantastic family-friendly event with the ‘spook-factor’ suitable for those aged 4 years and up. Children must be at least 102cm (40″) to participate on the ride and guests 8 years and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian aged 14 years or older. Halloween event-goers will sit in a suspended chair, feet dangling, in front of a four-story spherical screen. Special effects including wind, mist and scents, combined with the chair’s motion, will truly make you feel like you are soaring after Broomelda through the American skies.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am – 9:30 pm; Sundays, 11:00 am – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12.95-$16.95.
Location: Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America, Bloomington.

For more information on FlyOver America’s Halloween event, please visit http://www.flyover-america.com/ or connect with FlyOver America on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tel: 952-853-6000.

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a pair of tickets to FlyOver America at Mall of America! To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 10/18/16. Good luck!

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Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk – The First Flight Ticket Discount + Reader Giveaway

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Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, is coming to Target Center in Minneapolis September 28 to October 2, 2016. I’m so excited to be there for opening night and one of our lucky readers will be there with me! (Keep reading to find out how to enter to win.) TORUK – The First Flight is a live immersive multimedia spectacle bringing to the stage the breathtaking world of AVATAR’s Pandora like you have never seen it before!

 

 

Through a remarkable fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft all supported by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

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This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnect- edness of all living things.
Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

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When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

Don’t miss your chance to see Toruk – The First Flight in Minneapolis! Take the whole family and save when you buy a family four pack of tickets!

Coupon Code: As a special offer for Thrifty Minnesota readers, get a child’s ticket for only $25 when you use promotional code child25 at checkout.

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets to Toruk – The First Flight on opening night. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 9/20/16. Good luck!

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Enter to Win $25 Worth of Kemps Ice Cream!

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We are in for a few REALLY hot days the rest of the week. Please everyone stay safe and stay hydrated! A really fun way to cool off though, is to sit inside in the air conditioning with a bowl of ice cream – specifically some of the newest ice cream flavors from Kemps.  If you didn’t already know, July is National Ice Cream Month and it couldn’t come at a better time!

To celebrate this special month, I tried out some of the newest ice cream flavors from Kemps and you can read all about it over on ThriftyJinxy.com where you can also enter to win $25 worth of Kemps Ice cream. Go visit us HERE and enter by 11:59pm on 7/21/16. Good luck!

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Share Your #BadMomMoment – #BadMoms in Theaters July 29th!

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Last week I was in Los Angeles for the Bad Moms press junket and I have to say it was SUPER FUN! While there we interviewed the cast including Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kathryn Hahn and Annie Mumolo, as well as Producer Suzanne Todd and writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore – who also wrote The Hangover. (Be sure to visit Thrifty Jinxy early next week for details on the interviews!)

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But, the highlight of the trip had to be the screening of Bad Moms itself. The screening was turned into a fun even with photo-ops, food and drink to start the night and then came a BIG surprise – a visit from the cast themselves and a live concert by Flo Rida! Everyone was up and out of their seats dancing.

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Then it was on to the movie itself and I just have to say it was AWESOME! It has been a while since I laughed that hard and the movie totally surpassed my expectations. Besides all of the laughs there were touching moments and a message that I’m sure all moms (and non-moms) can relate to. Heads up – the movie definitely deserves its R rating – kids and those who don’t appreciate adult humor should sit this one out. Everyone else MUST see it. I’m looking forward to watching it again with my sister.

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About the movie:

In this new comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

 

 

Throughout the event I heard a lot of first hand accounts of “Bad Mom Moments” from both the cast and from other moms in attendance. Everything from feeding kids birthday cake and soda for breakfast to the very dangerous not realizing until the car ride was over that the car seat straps weren’t buckled.

Now, it’s your turn to share your own slip-ups or iffy decision on social media with the hashtag #BadMomMoment. Browse the hashtag yourself and you’ll see you’re not the only one!

Midwest Makeup Show VIP Giveaway!

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Join us for the Midwest Makeup Show, Minnesota’s first Beauty Expo and Pop-Up Shop on Sunday, July 24 at The Commons Hotel on the U of M campus! Enjoy beauty services, demonstrations, shopping discounted products, and more!

Shop from more than 50 discounted makeup, hair, skin and nail brands. Watch beauty demos and enjoy beauty services and makeup lessons throughout the day.

The Voice Season 6 contestant, Kat Perkins, will emcee the star-studded Main Stage, which will include presentations from Emmy Award-Winning national makeup artist Kevin James Bennett, NAHA Award Winner Heath Bryant, celebrated hairstylist Charlie Brackney, and a panel of pro artists moderated by one of the bridal industry’s best, Brett Dorrian.

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a 4-pack of Midwest Makeup Show VIP tickets which includes complimentary admission, champagne, and an extra swag bag! To enter, just leave a comment below with your favorite makeup tip or trend. Enter by 11:59pm CT on 7/19/16. Good luck!

Hard Rock Cafe World Burger Tour + Reader Giveaway

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My first memory of eating at a Hard Rock Cafe, I was probably in middle school and I was with my family in Orlando.  Years later while in college, I ate at several while wandering through different countries.  I still have the t-shirts from Berlin and Paris. Fast forward to just a couple of days ago, the four of us enjoyed a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe here in Minnesota.  If you haven’t been to our local Hard Rock Cafe, it’s tucked into Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America.

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We decided to celebrate my husband’s birthday at the Hard Rock Cafe. He was excited after learning about their special World Burger Tour menu. There are lots of worldly options to choose from:

English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a portobello mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of baked beans

Java Lava Burger (Seattle, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeño

Tandoori Chicken Burger (Mumbai, India) – a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber

Jamaican Jerk Burger (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with banana pepper rings, mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk mayonnaise

ATOMIC! Burger (Las Vegas, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with Atomic beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, garlic chipotle ketchup and chipotle mayonnaise

Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with andouille sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, chips de batata, a fried egg, salsa criolla and garlic aioli

Greek Burger (Athens, Greece) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with arugula, feta cheese and a tomato slice

Aloha Burger (Honolulu, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with SPAM, Monterey Jack cheese, a grilled pineapple ring with sweet soy glaze, guacamole and pico de gallo

*World Burger Tour menus may vary by location; guests should consult their local cafe for a full list of featured burgers.

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To experience the World Burger Tour my husband ordered the Jamaican Jerk Burger, and was pleasantly surprised to find he liked it.  He likes beef burgers, but wanted to branch out and try the chicken.  He really enjoyed the combination of flavors:

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It was fun to see all the music memorabilia as well as the artwork on all the walls.   Our girls recognized some of the artists that had guitars, or clothing framed up on the walls.

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One special area that caught all of our attention, the Prince window.  It had three of his outfits, as well as a photograph of him.

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Burger Tour for the Roadie

Are you even a little more hungry?? Hard Rock is bringing its menu to life and offering a unique burger experience that will take your taste buds on an international journey! Hard Rock, in conjunction with global experience agency RPMC, is offering a World Burger Tour travel package that includes stops at iconic cities including London, England; Athens, Greece; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Seattle, United States. This four-stop, once-in-a-lifetime excursion celebrates the cities that inspired Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour

The World Burger Tour travel package is a private, 10-night trip that includes flights, first class hotel accommodations, ground transportation and exclusive dining and music experiences at Hard Rock Cafe locations in each city not typically available to the public.

Hard Rock Giveaway Prize Pack

Reader Giveaway: One lucky reader will win a Hard Rock Cafe gift pack including an apron, oven mitt and spatula. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/30/16. Good luck!

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