Even the most cynical child will be won over by this holiday freebie. Get a personalized video via email sent directly to your child or any little ones in your life for FREE. It’s easy. Go to Portable North Pole and follow the step-by-step directions (which take only a few minutes) to create a FREE video personalized for any child. When we say personalized, it’s true. You can enter the child’s name (and choose the proper pronunciation), age, gender, picture, where they live, a special gift they may be wanting, and even something they’ve done a good job at this year – perhaps stopped sucking their thumb or going to bed without raising a fuss, doing their homework or other options. They also allow you to choose scenarios for those little ones that might be on Santa’s naughty list, as well as naughty and nice adults. The last step will be to enter your email address or whatever address you want the video sent to and it will arrive shortly. Thanks Heidi for telling us about this holiday treat!
With such busy schedules this time of year, we’re all dining out more often. If you’re gathering at Chili’s, be sure to check out its Holideals before heading out the door. Each day, through Tuesday, December 24, they’re offering a new daily deal. Right now, you can choose from a FREE kid’s meal, appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an adult entrée. Upcoming offers include a FREE chocolate chip cookie, chips & queso and chips & salsa with purchase. We love the gift of savings!
Kids who love playing with their food will enjoy a special FREE holiday Polar Express kids class gathering at Whole Foods Market Tamarac on Saturday, December 21 from noon to 1 p.m. Kids of all ages will learn to make train cookies and train-shaped healthy snacks. They’ll also have the chance to win conductor hats and train whistles for playing “guess this vegetable!” Each child who attends five classes (Tamarac Turnips meets monthly) throughout the year receives a FREE Tamarac Turnip t-shirt. Kiddos who wear their pajamas to the December class get two stamps on their punch card. To reserve your child’s spot, stop by or call the store’s customer service desk at 303-488-2000. 7400 E. Hampden Ave., Unit D, Denver.
Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar features an outstanding new Peruvian menu with a touch of American influence in an upscale and cozy atmosphere in Capitol Hill. The menu, inspired from a wide selection of Peruvian delicacies, is Jose “Chef Pepito” Aparicio’s pride: a culmination of over 20 years of cooking experience. And the restaurant was named one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in 2012 by Westword. Travelzoo has a new deal in which two people can enjoy a three-course dinner for $39 at Taita (an $81 value). Your voucher lets you choose from the menu: any two appetizers, such as the ceviche classico or chicken de camarones avocado, any two entrees, such as the lomo saltado with wok-sautéed filet mignon or traditional plates such as the sudado de pescado with fresh white fish, and a shared dessert, such as coffee cheesecake, orange chocolate mousse or key lime pie. Vouchers are good through February 10. 1521 Marion St., Denver, 720-708-6486. For similar offers, check our Daily Deals page.
Put down your steak knives! Those self-preserving Chick-fil-A cows are at it again, putting their own bovine twist on the American road trip to create the Greeting From The Cows 2014 calendar. Grab your bags and jump in for a ride with Angus, his wife, Sandra, and the kids Curlee Sue and Cal, as they trek across the U.S.A. Available at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants (while supplies last), the calendars are $6 (plus tax.) While the calendar will draw smiles and help anyone keep up with all of next year’s low-cost events, it’s even better because each month you’ll receive a FREE menu item – just activate your Calendar Card online and then keep it in your wallet. Here’s the 2014 line-up: January – Medium bowl of soup; February – Large Waffle Potato Fries; March – Fan-favorite classic entrée; April – Large Coca-Cola soft drink of your choice; May – Entrée salad of your choice; June – Mystery offer, plus large Coca-Cola soft drink of your choice; July – Small handspun milkshake of your choice; August – Large Coca-Cola soft drink of your choice; September – Any breakfast entrée, plus a large Coca-Cola soft drink of your choice; October – Large Coca-Cola soft drink of your choice; November – Mystery offer; and December – Spicy chicken sandwich. The calendar is really a clever, cute and “cheap” gift for any Chick-fil-A lovers in your life. If you or your family dine there often, it’s well worth it financially to pick up a few just to get the free food all year-long — just recycle the unwanted calendars.
Have room in your yard for a slackline or maybe a zipline? Climbing a passion? These and other super-cool equipment, footwear and apparel items for outdoor adventures are up to 75% off at a warehouse sale, Wednesday, December 18 to Friday, December 20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brands include Gibbon Slacklines, Life is Good, Adidas, Goal Zero, Mad Rock and Vibram. It takes place in the Gibbon Slackline facility at 385 S. Pierce Ave., Ste. E, Louisville, 303-443-0163.
Copper Mountain’s 2013-14 Snow Day Pass costs just $99 and is good for unlimited lift access any day that the mountain receives four inches of snow or more during the previous 24-hour period. The official ‘snow day’ is announced starting at 5:30 a.m. the morning of the valid day, usually time enough to get to the resort to get in a full day on the slopes. Snow Day Pass holders can sign up to receive Daily Mountain Report, check out the live Snow Stake Web Cam or follow the resort on Facebook or Twitter. Copper has received over seven feet of snow so far this season, and the weather pattern shows no signs of abating. Also, Copper offers two guaranteed bonus days to Snow Days pass holders, Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, and Closing Day, April 20. The Snow Day Pass is available for a limited time either online or in person at any Guest Services location.
Today, Wednesday, December 18, Whole Foods Market has two items discounted for its weekly Wednesday One-Day Sale: cod fillets for $8.99 per pound (reg. $12.99) and Chocolove chocolate bars for $1.50 each. To find a Whole Foods Market in your neighborhood, click here. While you’re in the store, pick up the weekly sales flyer for more deals or find the information online before you shop.
Subway is celebrating Customer Appreciation Month in December by offering two of its most popular 6-inch subs for only $2 each – Cold Cut Combo or Meatball Marinara. It’s a savings of about 50% off the regular price. However, there is an additional charge for extras, including Double Meat. (If you’re really hungry, why not order two and create your own Footlong special for $4? It’s cheaper than the regular-price of a Footlong for either sub.) The offer ends December 31 and is valid at participating locations.
We always love a discounted gift card, especially because, if you spend it wisely, you can really maximize the savings. Through Tuesday, December 24, Old Navy is selling its gift cards at 10% off — minimum $50 purchase required. For example, a $50 gift card would cost $45, a $100 gift card would cost $90 and so on. The offer is only available in-store. If your family frequents Old Navy often, now might be a good time to pick one up for summer or back-to-school clothes. Use it on sale or clearance merchandise and really rack up the savings.
If your child sent Santa his wish list via text or email this year, he isn’t alone. Most kids haven’t a clue about mailing a letter or card the “old fashioned-way” – putting pen to paper and attaching a stamp. Now, they can write and mail a postcard for FREE courtesy of SpongeBob MailPants, an educational letter-writing program co-sponsored by Nickelodeon and the United States Postal Service. Through Jan. 4, 2014, pick up a FREE postage-paid, customized SpongeBob SquarePants postcard at participating post offices. And be sure to check out a new website which also offers FREE step-by-step help on how to write a letter, with printable practice sheets and super-cute SpongeBob stationery. It’s a perfect opportunity for kids who only know about smartphones and tablets to send holiday thank you notes that won’t be quickly deleted from someone’s inbox and perhaps, even stashed way for safe-keeping the “old-fashioned way” — in a shoebox.
NYDJ stands for “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans” and their jeans retail for around $120 at the high-end department stores. But at NYDJ Factory Store they sell for much less. Through Thursday, December 26, the NYDJ Factory Store at Castle Rock Factory Outlets is running a new sale. Take an additional 40% off all clearance items, currently priced from $12.98 to $69.98. That means those $12.98 jeans will be only $7.78. The $69.98 jeans are only $41.98. According to store manager Sherry Zinth, she has a ton of clearance items that she needs to move quickly from the store and just got the go-ahead from the powers-that-be to run this sale. NYDJ stocks all sizes including petite, misses and women. 5050 Factory Shops Blvd. (1st row), Castle Rock, 877-358-6796.
We all have movies and music in our entertainment library that we were sure to watch or listen to more than once, right? Then, reality sets in and you never push play again. (Again, why did I buy Michael Bolton’s Greatest Hits?) Well, the recently opened Tradesmart in Littleton gives you an opportunity to sell your ”previously-used”, space-taking, never-played-again CDs, DVDs, books and video games. You can earn cash back or, better yet, more if you take store credit. If you’re not selling, you can find lots of great deals on used and new merchandise. Be sure to check their weekly in-store ad for specials and coupons. Open Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. 8500 W. Crestline Ave., Littleton, 303-904-2672.
It’s not too late to experience that winter wonderland Christmas or New Year’s getaway you’ve been imagining… and you don’t have to deal with I-70 traffic or Denver International Airport. Mountain cabins are still available at YMCA of the Rockies at Estes Park where families can experience a true snowy mountain winter holiday. Prices start at $119 per, a bargain and a far cry from pricey holiday hotel rates at some of posh ski resorts. The Y’s own archery, snowshoeing, guided nature hikes, campfires, skating, indoor swimming pool, arts and crafts programs and more are available either included or for a modest cost. Also, downtown Estes Park is standing “Mountain Strong,” meaning that restaurants, shops and attractions are open too. Make reservations online or phone 888-613-9622. 2515 Tunnel Rd., Estes Park.
Affordable professional skin care is available through Cathryn Ocken, R.N., an esthetician at Salon Platinum. She’s offering complete skin treatment including deep cleanse, skin analysis, custom microderm, mask and serum-infused ultrasound for $30 ($60 value). You can also purchase a package of five for $250 (a savings of $50). This is for first time clients only. For an appointment call Cathryn at 720-937-3246. 13690 E. Iliff Ave. (near I-225 & E. Iliff), Aurora.