Friday, December 19, 2014

All Hail King Julien! New series starts today

If you're looking for some fun stuff to watch as winter break starts, I have good news for you. The first five episodes of All Hail King Julien launch today on Netflix streaming, from DreamWorks! If the character looks familiar, it's because he's from Madagascar.

According to Netflix (I haven't watched yet), this is a "totally original, totally hilarious and totally insane new series... A favorite character from the Madagascar franchise, King Julien will take on the jungle's craziest adventures in the new comedy series, along with his loyal sidekicks Maurice and Mort plus a whole new cast of colorful animals." Sneak peak here.

Watch it as soon as break starts, or save it up for a marathon night on New Year's Eve. Let me know what you think! I'm saving it up for winter break.

This post is part of the Netflix Stream Team #streamteam

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Free Shipping Day - December 18

If you've been procrastinating about holiday shopping (or really Christmas shopping, since Hanuakkah already started), today is the day. It's the 7th annual Free Shipping Day. This one-day event helps you save some bucks on last-minute holiday gifts (or other purchases) by waiving the shipping costs. You'll get delivery by Christmas eve, and there's no minimum threshold for the free shipping. More than 1,000 retailers are participating.

I already get free shipping at Target, with my Red Card, but Target rolled out free shipping on all orders through December 20, so you have a few more days to take advantage of that.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Coming UP: Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale

If you love Chronicle books (I do!) pay attention! They're having a warehouse sale Wednesday through Friday from 9-7, with 80% off everything in the store. Details in the graphic. The store is 680 Second Street, between Townsend and Brannan.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Focus Group: Insurance

Fleishman Field Research has two opinion studies coming up in San Francisco on December 22, on the topic of insurance. The first is 60 minutes and pays $125, the second is 2.5 hours and pays $150. If you're interested, fill out this qualifying survey.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Passports with Purpose - Win GREAT Prizes

We're partway through our Passports with Purpose fundraiser, and I wanted to give you a heads up about some of the awesome prizes available.But first, a very brief intro about Passports with Purpose. 

This is an fundraiser done by bloggers who are ALL volunteers. Each year, the organizers pick one charity to raise funds for - and a specific project within it. This year, we're supporting Sustainable Harvest International, and for each $5,000 raised, we'll be helping one family farmer to get the tools, resources and know-how to farm more sustainably. This benefits the entire community, not just one family. At last tally, they'd already raised enough to help three families ($15,000).  

This money is raised in $10 increments, when people like you donate. With every $10 donation (100% goes to Sustainable Harvest International), you get one raffle entry into the prize of your choice. There are a ton of prizes, ranging from hotel stays in Scottsdale (like the Four Seasons or the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess) and a dude ranch stay for 4 at Tucson's Tanque Verde (thanks for hosting Ciao Bambino!). Or five nights lodging and lift tickets at Killington (thanks for hosting, Wandering Working Mom!)

I'll highlight some of the other great prizes here:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Family Holiday Entertainment in the Bay Area 2014

It's the most magical time of the year! If you haven't started booking up your holiday shows and experiences, now's the time. Here are some great events and performances in San Francisco. Of course there are plenty of holiday activities all over the bay, but this will give you a place to start.

What: Holiday Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz-Carlton
When: November 29-30; December 5-7, 13-14, 19-23. Seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $110 per guest, inclusive of tax and gratuity for both adults and children.
Details: Children bring their favorite stuffed animals to the Ritz-Carlton Terrace Room for holiday treats and this popular family show featuring an entertaining elf and his animated sidekick and a giant Teddy Bear. Each child will receive a teddy bear gift and photo with the giant Teddy Bear to take home. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area.

What: Peter and the Wolf, Rita Moreno narrating
When: Saturday, December 14 at 1 and 4 p.m.

Thinking about alcohol abuse this holiday season - dedicated post

'Tis the season for making merry, which often includes cheerful holiday cocktails and spirits. While there are lots of parties and good times, it can be a stressful time for many, bringing up difficult family issues and other feelings of distress.

Given the number of festivities, it's a time that many people notice their loved ones' drinking habits. You may even wonder if someone you know and love is a functioning alcoholic.

In fact 7.2% of adults 18+ have an alcohol use disorder, and 10% of kids live with an alcoholic parent, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. That statistic blew me away.

If alcohol is negatively impacting your loved one's life, maybe this is the holiday season to look into treatment options, and to approach him or her with your thoughts and support.

There are a lot of ways of getting help. About 8% of those in need get treatment for alcohol use disorders each year at a specialized facility (per NIAAA).