Don`t Get Your GolfNow Online Codes from RetailMeNot

I love to play golf. I know it`s mostly a man hobby, but since I was a child I liked competing with men, so maybe that`s the reason.

Because I have golf in my blood, I tend to look for golf discounts online all the time, more specific for GolfNow online codes. I think they are great and they can offer great discounts if you find the right code. But I don`t really like getting them from RetailMeNot, and I know I`m in the minority here. But let me share you why!

Not All GolfNow Codes Are Valid

If you browse the list full of GolfNow coupon codes on RetailMeNot, you`ll find that many of them don`t work. You find details beneath their description that they have a success rate of 55%, but in fact the coupon doesn`t work. How can this success rate help me if the actual code won`t work? This happened to me a lot of times.

Even the comments for some codes confused me. The first GolfNow code on RetailMeNot, the “Save on Tee Times” one has 2 comments. One says that the code helped the guy save $5 and the other one that there`s no code, just a link. What am I suppose to understand from this?

I think RetailMeNot`s database isn`t too often updated. It`s the only logical answer for which all this happen.

The List Is Too Large

Another thing that somehow disturbs me about RetailMeNot whenever I`m in the look of some GolfNow online codes is the fact that the old coupons aren`t deleted. There`s a section somewhere below the page that is called “Unpopular Coupons” with a small description that says: “These may not work, but still, give them a try.” Various GolfNow coupons like the “$1.99/Person per Booking” code or the “25% Off Sidewide” code are available in this list with success rates of less than 10%. If the codes don`t work anymore, why they are still available on the page? Just to occupy space and confuse us when browsing the list?

If the GolfNow discount codes from the Unpopular Coupons category just confuse me a bit, the presence of the ones from the Expired Coupons category I just don`t understand. I mean there a BOGO GolfNow code that that was last tried 230 days ago and which expired on 08.31.20014. I don`t understand why is this still listed. There are 30 or 40 coupons available on the GolfNow page from RetailMeNot, many of which don`t really work.

Pop-Up Windows

One other feature I don`t really enjoy about RetailMeNot is the fact that whenever I click on a GolfNow coupon code, I get another pop-up window that opens with the code. Why can`t I just see the code on the same page? It could have been done a feature to release the code after we have clicked the “Show Coupon Code” blue button on the same page. I don`t think it would have been so hard to accomplish this. A user-friendly site is more often visited by people than one with pop-ups and different windows that open all the time. At least this is my guess.

Your Opinion Is Much Appreciated

I don`t need you to agree with me. I know not all of you have the same opinion as me. There are a lot of sites out there from where we can get our much needed GolfNow online codes. But you can at least agree I put some interesting ideas into discussion. Or don`t you think so?

Rise and Shine (and turn it up, mom!)

My daughter is a light sleeper. Around 6:45 a.m. every morning, I’m inevitably lying in bed wishing I could catch a few more winks (if only I didn’t have to pee). Instead, I tend to hold onto the last few moments of silent stillness and curse the sun for rising. My bladder can wait. I think.

Some days it’s easier to wake up than others (with a smile on my face). Take last Monday, for example. I was sluggish. It was dark and rainy outside. I felt unmotivated to go out, but we had somewhere to be. I was in the mood for popcorn and a movie and lounging in my pajamas. It was one of those days.

Parenting isn’t a part time job. From my experience I can’t just check out when I’m not in the mood for discovering a new day- the /ch/ sound, the number 9, the phrase “oh yeah.” The old saying goes: Fake it till you make it. That’s what I did.

I shuffled into the kitchen with my well-rested toddler, bright-eyed and eager to play. I switched on the iPod, turned up the volume to Disco Inferno, and at 7:30 a.m. we had an all-out dance party. Tambourines, rhythm sticks, and shakers. We started off the day laughing, and the music was just enough to give me the boost I needed to feel awake and alive.

I’ve started to think that this might be a fun ritual for kids before heading off to school. It’s a naturally energizing shared experience and everyone feels good. Sit down with your kids to make a playlist. Then, on a dark and dreary Monday morning, crank up the music. And don’t be afraid to show off those old dance moves. Your kids will laugh and love you for it!

What are mornings like in your house? Would music make a difference? What songs would be a must-have on your family’s playlist?

**This post is a part of the Moms’ 30 Minute Blog Challenge at Steady Mom**

Refresh Your Soul: Ten Simple Ideas!

Photo by tskdesign

Picture, for a moment, the perfect summer day: sunny, 80 degrees, low humidity, a cool breeze. Where I live, these days are unexpected gifts (My ruthless, curly hair can attest to that.) While the modern convenience of air conditioning serves its purpose, nothing beats opening up the windows and inviting in the fresh air.

In the Northeast, September may very well be one of the best months to enjoy the fresh air without breaking a sweat from a walk to the mailbox which, for me, is about ten feet. Below are some ideas for making the most of the outdoors with your children without changing your daily schedule, routines, or activities.

  • 1. Dine al Fresco: Much of our food originates from the soil or from animals that graze in “open” spaces. For me, it feels good to eat in the natural environment and connect to the earth, the source of good food. So, change things up a bit and serve breakfast outside. Call me a romantic, but fresh air stirs my blood and awakens my senses. What a great way to start the day!
  • 2. Drive with the Windows Down: Whenever I roll down the car windows, my daughter instinctively waves her arms and legs and lets out this giggly, contagious laugh. “Weeee!” I exclaim from the front seat, for a little extra rollercoaster effect. As the wind whips in one window and out another, it ushers in an energy that invigorates the soul. In fact, I can’t not sing when I feel so alive. And sometimes that’s just what you need when you’re running the same old errands, day after day.
  • 3. Snack with a Story: Many small children eat a mid-morning snack. This is a great opportunity for storytime. Grab your favorite books, a snack, and a blanket and recline in the shade or the sun (for a little vitamin D). Not only are you enjoying the fresh air, but you are teaching your child that reading is fun, relaxing, and worthy of a special time and space.
  • 4. Hang Your Laundry Under the Sun: Many moms do at least one load of laundry a day. I will admit, I am not one of those moms. I do, however, have a clothesline. Bring your wet clothes outside and hang them on a clothesline, letting little ones help out with an otherwise tedious chore. Breathe in clean, fresh air and smell the grass as your clothes soak up these good smells.
  • 5. Shop at an Outdoors Farmers’ Market: Support your local economy by buying fresh food from family farmers. This sure beats another trip to an overcrowded supermarket, where fruits have traveled from Brazil. I love the idea of nourishing my body with food from my own “backyard.” Indulge your senses in the fresh smells of ripe produce, grass-fed meats, local wines, cheeses, and more! Visit LocalHarvest to find a farmers’ market near you.
  • 6. Play Outside: You have all winter to play indoors. So step outside and let your creative juices flow! Grab some sidewalk chalk and reconnect with your inner artist. Or if you have a swingset, swing high alongside your child and let your imagination soar: Remember swinging over alligator infested lagoons? As you feel the wind blow past, pretend that you’re flying free. Let go of your obligations and breathe in sheer fun.
  • 7. Get Moving!: My daughter typically wakes up from her nap around 3:00, at which time I’m suffering from sleepiness (if I haven’t napped too). This is my cue to get up and get out. It’s hard to fit in exercise with kids. Grab the stroller, double stroller, or bikes (if the kids are older), and head outside for a nice brisk walk or jog. Pay attention to your breath. Notice colors and textures. Feel yourself awaken and your soul open up to possibility.
  • 8. Turn Off the TV: Trade a televised sporting event for the real deal! Again, go local! On a Saturday afternoon, pile the kids in the minivan and support your local high school athletics program. It’s cheap, fun, and gets everyone outdoors for some fresh air. This is a great opportunity to expose small children to healthy competition, spirit, and team work. Plus, there’s usually plenty of space for them to run around!
  • 9. Choose the Farthest Spot: When most people enter a parking lot, they naturally look for a spot closest to their destination. What if we parked farther away? Would it hurt to walk the extra 50 yards? Parking lots are often spaces of tension. Avoid the madness and enjoy the walk. Breathe in peace, breathe out frustration.
  • 10. Fire Up the Grill: I love the smell of charcoal on a warm summer night. I associate it with family barbecues, lightning bugs, citronella candles, and watermelon. Why heat up the kitchen when the outside temperature is mild and only calls for a sweatshirt? My feeling is this: Take advantage of the grill for as long as you can, and hold onto those memories of summer.

TV Can Be Good

Photo from ralphbijker

I watch very little television, although I have been known to say that the only good thing about winter is American Idol. And in the fall, college football. Aside from that, my TV watching is generally limited to a mindless TiVo’d sitcom before conking out on the couch.

As a parent, I limit my daughter’s TV watching to one Sesame Street episode in the evening. I’m all for turning off the TV and playing in dirt. It’s funny, though, that some of my fondest family memories include the television. I remember singing the theme song to Fame with my mom, laughing at Bill Cosby’s antics with my dad, and watching Saturday morning cartoons with my sisters while fishing for the prize inside the Cheerios box.

Is TV all that bad? Or in some instances, when used in moderation, can it actually bring families together?

If you call my house on a Saturday afternoon in the fall, you’ll get voice mail. I’m probably glued to the TV, watching Notre Dame football on NBC. With my family. For me, ND football is more than a sporting event. It’s something that rallies my family around spirit, tradition, and fun. We throw on our Irish gear, yell the cheers, and shake our car keys for a defensive “key” play. And it’s simply adorable when my 2 year old throws her arms up for a “Touchdown!”

Some families get pumped up for March Madness. For others, it’s the World Series, the Daytona 500, or the Olympics. Sports can be enjoyed by all ages, and they nurture a spirit of healthy competition and teamwork. When families get revved up together, it builds camaraderie and a shared identity. This is what stays with kids.

Maybe you’re not a sports fan. That’s okay; watch the Discovery Channel and learn about an endangered animal. Or pop in an old family favorite on DVD (I have all 8 seasons of the Cosby Show). If your children are older, tune into a family-friendly reality show with them. Whatever you choose, pick a set date and time and make it ritualistic. You’ll be glad you did.

I’m Ga-Ga over Blabla (Giveaway)

I’m thrilled to kick off the new year with a giveaway from Blabla! Two moms and best friends (of 25 years) started a company that has now evolved into something far beyond their wildest dreams!

Florence Wetterwald, designer and co-owner, says this about these knitted creations: “I always think of Blabla products as contemporary objects which reflect the inner life of children in this modern world. I love kids. Their fragility moves me. I like to believe that my designs comfort them and make them smile.”

As a mom, here’s why I’m Ga-Ga over Blabla:

The owners of Blabla have created a company that searches for “beauty, authenticity, and laughter.” Who doesn’t aspire to live a life with these?

All of the products are made of natural, high-quality fibers that make them “irresistibly soft and cuddly” for children. Prior to our discovery of Blabla, my daughter couldn’t care less about dolls. Now, well, the picture says it all!

These products make me happy; they are simple, vibrant, and fun! Just look at these finger puppets . . . I know you’re smiling :) What a great way to encourage open-ended, imaginative play in your home.

Blabla takes pride in fair trade ethics and a committment to the Peruvian artisans who knit these products. This global-minded company is based on mutual respect between designers and knitters.

I could go on forever, but you’ll have to check out the rest! Blabla’s collection also includes rattles, blankets, mobiles, and clothing. They make wonderful baby and shower gifts!

And now . . .for the GIVEAWAY! Susan at Blabla has generously offered my readers the chance to win the adorable Celeste doll pictured above. Here’s how:

1. Visit Blabla, and then leave a comment on this post, telling us your TWO favorite knitted products.

2. If you’d like to earn extra entries, you can Facebook, twitter, or write about his giveaway on your blog (please use this post’s URL). Then come back and, in a separate comment, tell me how you’ve spread the word!

On Friday, February 5th, 8 p.m. EST, one winner will be randomly selected by You must be a U.S. resident (18+) to enter. I hope it’s your lucky day!

Congratulations, Tina! (And sorry for the delay) You’re going to LOVE this doll :)