JOPLIN MISSOURI TORNADOES…WHAT’S GOING ON… HOW TO HELP… HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY IS SAFE!!

Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado
near the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo.
(Mark Schiefelbein / Associated Press / May 22, 2011)

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Tonight as I sat in my basement with my two daughters and husband I thought of the devastation that had occurred only hours from my house. A place my husband frequently has traveled for work… a place where people I know live and have lost their homes. I sat in my basement praying with my oldest for our family and for the families of Missouri who may or may not receive this same tragedy! Thankfully my home is safe, and so is my family. Please keep the families of Joplin, MO in your thoughts and prayers in the up coming days and weeks!

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I know some people are looking for how to help, if their families and/or friends are safe, or in general just what is going on so here is some information I got from the ozarksfirst.com website:

“(Joplin, MO) — At least 24 people were killed in Joplin, Missouri after a tornado tore through the heart of the town.

St. John’s hospital suffered a direct hit, as did a crowded Wal Mart in a busy section of town.

Cell phone towers were destroyed, knocking out reception to thousands, making it difficult to find loved ones.

St. John’s says it will be updating its Facebook page through the evening.
And another Facebook page has been established to help located people in the area.
(ALSO, Red Cross has a page they are running where you can check in if you are safe or check to see if your family is safe here)

Emergency officials are asking sightseers to stay away from the area while the damage is assessed. To volunteer, call 1-800-427-4626

The Red Cross says volunteers are being mobilized and a shelter has been set up at Missouri Southern State College at 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin at the Leggett & Platt Ath Center.

For nurses or doctors looking to help, call (417) 832-9500 for the Greater Ozarks chapter of the Red Cross.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking all first responders to go to Joplin to a command post at 34th & Main.

Click herefor a list of Red Cross shelters.

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 211.

The 211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 211 number is not operational.

Weather and emergency information also are available on the state of Missouri’s website, MO.gov.

Senator Roy blunt is also urging everyone to proceed safely and use extra precautions. He says to call his office (417) 877-7814 for help.
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STL LOCALS: FREE ADMISSION POSSIBILITY AT MAGIC HOUSE COMING SOON + B1G1 FREE COUPON!!

Go “like” the Magic House on Facebook! Let’s help them reach 20,000 friends by Memorial Day, so that everyone will receive Free Admission to see the latest traveling exhibit Alice’s Wonderland.

**The Free Admission will be from 5/21 – 5/30 and includes 2 adults with up to 4 children.

ALSO, don’t forget you can always get BUY 1 GET 1 FREE admission if you register for Family Attractions Card !! (after you register you will able to print the coupon!)

SAINT LOUIS LOCALS: WANT TO VACATION OR SITE SEE, BUT GAS PRICES HAVE YOU RETHINKING??! CHECK THIS OUT!!

Head over here to CoreofDiscovery! Many of the things you will find are even FREE! Saint Louis has lots of FREE things to do!!

“The Core of Discovery is a downtown St. Louis attractions district – anchored by the Gateway Arch – that offers a wealth of fun, and often surprising, activities to explore, experience and discover for out-of-town and local visitors alike, especially families.”

LOCALS: DON’T THROW OUT YOUR MCDONALD’S RECEIPTS!! GREAT SAVINGS POSSIBILITY!!!

HEARD THIS ONE THE RADIO TODAY!!

Before you toss out your next McDonald’s receipt, you might want to check out the reverse side.  They have sarted to provide discounts through a site called Road Trip Rewards

You can then check out their site for locations and venues throughout the State of Missouri.  You simply take your McDonald’s receipt with you and show it to get instant dicsounts.  Some of the locales include hotels, water parks and even museums.  You will want to check out Road Trip Rewards to get all of the details!

LOCAL READERS: $.25 DRINKS AT MOBIL! WAY TO GO CARDS!!

The Cardinals scored 6 runs yesterday, so Today (5/11) Mobil On the Run is offering 20 oz. coffee, fountain, or frozen drinks for only $.25 each!

Limit 4 drinks per customer per day. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions. Valid at participating locations only.  Go HERE for more info.

MOTHER’S DAY FREEBIE ROUND UP!

**I will post more as they become available, or as I find them! Don’t forget Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday, May 8th!

  • Take mom to dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s for Mother’s Day, and she’ll get a free red velvet cupcake for dessert. (Reservations are suggested, which you can do via the Ruby Tuesday website.)
  • Send mom a free Mother’s Day eCard through Denny’s Facebook page (you have to “Like” them first), and then you’ll get a coupon for free pancakes on Mothers’ Day.
  • Apple is offering free engraving on iPad and iPods plus fast, free shipping.
  • Jo-Ann Fabric stores are offering “Free Make It-Take It” events on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Attention dads and significant others: take the kids to Lowe’s on Saturday, May 7th, for a free “Mother’s Day Build & Grow” clinic at 10 a.m. During this clinic they can create a heart-shaped flower vase that reads “I Love You” to Mom. Did we say it was free? That’s a free gift for mom. How great is that?
  • Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 6th, with free admission to a botanical garden–an experiential gift you can give to mom instead of the same old bunch of flowers. Better Homes & Gardens magazine and the American Public Garden Association have sponsored this event. You’ll need to print out a coupon here and bring it with you to a participating botanical garden.
  • Home Depot – Saturday 9am-Noon, Free “How-to Workshop”: build a Tulip Planter for Mom!
  • On Sunday, May 8, from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm, moms are invited to spend a magical Mother’s Day at The Magic House. In honor of their special day, mothers will be admitted free of charge. The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum is located at 516 South Kirkwood Road, one mile north of Highway 44 in historic downtown Kirkwood. Regular museum admission is $8.75 per person. Children under the age of 1 are free. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE! Combine this with a “buy one get one” coupon from the Family Attractions Card (must register to be able to print coupons), and have some frugal fun with the family!
  • Gap coupon – Treat Mom to some new clothes for summer! Save 30% sitewide with coupon code GAPMOM through 05/08/2011.
  • Walgreen’s is offering a Free 8×10 Collage Printwith the promo code FREECOLLAGEat checkout!Or 50% off Posters with promo code MOMPOSTER. You can chose to pick them up at the store for Free Shipping. Offer expires Saturday May 7th.If you need to print some 4×6′s print 75 or more and they will be $.10 each. just use coupon code MOMFAVE at checkout. This expires May 7th.
  • If it’s a rainy day you could just rent a FREE movie from RedBox with code: GAMEFAN1

STL GROUPON: $25 DOLLARS WORTH OF FOOD & DRINKS AT CECIL WHITTAKER’S FOR ONLY $12!!


Head over here to Groupon to purchase $25 dollars to Cecil Whittaker’s for ONLY $12!!

** Wentzville is separately owned, so please note they are NOT included in this Groupon, and only the stores list below are included! (Thanks, Karen)

The participating locations:

  • O’Fallon – HWY K
  • St. Peter’s – Spencer Creek
  • Weldon Spring – HWY 94 & Wolfrum
  • Creve Coeur – Dierberg Heritage Ctr.
  • Florissant / Hazelwood – 557 Howdershel
  • Florissant / Black Jack – 123 Flower Valley Shopping Ctr.

TOMORROW IS EARTH DAY! HERE IS MY FREEBIE LIST!

APRIL 22 FREEBIES!:

  • Join ThredUP for Free on 4/22 and you will also receive a $13.95 swapping credit. You can use that credit towards your first swap – a box of pre-loved kids clothes, toys or books listed by other moms. (with the $13.95 credit, you get a box of clothes for $2!!).
  • Disney Store:  Bring in 5 plastic shopping bags and get a free reusable tote (while supplies last).  Find a store near you here.
  • Origins:  Bring in an empty comsetics package and you will get a free Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash or a PerfectWorld Antioxidant Cleaner with White Tea (up to a $20 value).  You can find an Origins counter near you here.
  • National Parks:  Get free admission to between April 16 – 24th.  Get more information here.
  • Starbucks Bring in your own mug and get a free cup of coffee.
  • Free download of Planet Earth on itunes.
  • Get a Free 12 page Earth Day Activities Book for Kids (PDF).
  • Get a Free download of  The Four Seasons – A Earth Day Interactive Children’s Story Book on iTunes.
  • Get a FREE Seventh Generation tote containing 20 samples when you purchase $40 or more at Drugstore.com’s Green & Natural store.
  • Free Tote Bag at Babies R Us – Print coupon and bring to any participating Babies R Us to get your free Tote Bag.
  • Join Recyclebank if you haven’t already done so. At Recyclebank, you get rewarded for being green. You can earn points for recycling, taking surveys, referring friends, and so on. You can then redeem your points for money-saving coupons, gift cards, and more!

APRIL 23 FREEBIES!:

  • Lowes:  Get one of 1,000,000 free trees that the store will be giving to customers.  Call ahead to make sure that they have them for you before you head out.
  • Many of these freebies are only FIRST COME FIRST SERVE
  • My referral link is above in ThredUp & Recycle Bank – if this makes you uncomfortable you may link to it through the main website

SAVE MONEY ON PRODUCE!! LOCAL STL READERS!

I am always looking for ways to cut down on our grocery bill because that is where it is the HARDEST to save. Toiletries and things like that are very easy once you start couponing you will notice that right away! However, things like fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, and other things that are very necessary can be pretty expensive and there is rarely if ever a coupon for these types of items! I found this CO-OP not too long ago, and I have been telling people about it off and on. Some people REALLY like it, and some think it’s OK. I REALLY like it!

I like it because:

  • It supports our local farmers in the St. Louis Greater Area
  • I love surprises!
  • It’s a great way to get a variety and try new things
  • My mom splits it with me
  • It’s always VERY fresh!
  • It’s a cheap way to get a variety of fruits and vegetables

If you are interested this is basically how the program works:

What you do is go to Community Helping Produce to register, then you will click on the left side bar to choose your location!  To order the basket you would click on the $23 basket for your location! Once you have clicked on this it should bring up an option to buy, and tell you what day pick up is on for that specific place.  For any questions or concerns you can email : tracy@communityhelpingscoop.com  or  jill@communityhelpingscoop.com  (I have contacted Tracy, and her response was quick and she was very helpful!).

You will not know what exactly is coming in your basket, however, I have been VERY happy with my baskets!! Plus, as mentioned above, I LOVE SURPRISES!

Basket pick up is every other week, and what day you pick up depends on what location you wish to pick up at! So Wednesday (April 20) was pick up day for me, and my next pick up will not be until May 4!   Orders need to be placed between Wednesday and Friday of the week prior to the pick up week, which means you would start placing your order next Wednesday.

You can add any extras you want, but there will be a charge for whatever you want to add in addition to the $23 for the large basket!

They accept Visa, Mastercard and PayPal!  I really like that they take Paypal because most of my survey sites pay via paypal, so I can use that money to buy my produce! (I have a page coming soon about Earning Money Online, and hopefully then you guys can do the same thing!)

Another thing I really like about this CO-OP is that there is NO obligation. If you want to order every two weeks you can, or if you want to order once a month, or just once you can! It’s on your terms!

**After you’ve placed your order, then on the Pick Up Day, you just head over to pick it up at your designated location between the required pick up times.  If you do not pick up your order in time, your basket will be donated!


HERE IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE PICK UP SPOTS:

  • Junction City, IL
  • Cedar Hill
  • St. Peter’s Produce Co-Op
  • Ballwin
  • Barrett Grove Subdivision
  • Cottleville
  • East Alton, IL
  • Fairview Heights Parks & Rec
  • Festus
  • Herculaneum
  • Holly Hills- South St. Louis
  • House Springs
  • Imperial
  • Lafayette Park
  • Lebanon, IL
  • Lake St Louis
  • Manchester
  • Maryland Heights
  • Maryville, IL
  • Mascoutah, IL
  • O Fallon, MO (OFF BRYAN RD.)
  • Oakville
  • O Fallon, IL
  • Pacific, MO
  • Shiloh, IL
  • South County- Hancock Middle
  • St Charles
  • Twin Chimneys – O Fallon, MO
  • Waterloo, IL
  • Wentzville
  • Troy,IL
  • Harmony Emge 175 Belleville

* It says Edwardsville, IL is coming soon

image credit : community helping coop

FREE HYDROMASSAGE! (ONLY UNTIL 4/18)

Through April 18, 2011, hundreds of locations across the country are offering free HydroMassages. Find a location in your area here and then call them to make sure they are participating and to schedule an appointment for your free HydroMassage.

Local Readers here is our closest locations & again anyone else can check the listings over here:

Missouri

  • Columbia, MO

Splashers Laundry and Tanning
PO Box 7185
Columbia, MO 65205
(573) 442-9779

  • Fenton, MO

Gold’s Gym – Fenton
635 Gravois Rd
Fenton, MO 63026
636-326-4111

  • Jefferson City, MO

Wilson’s Total Fitness
3600 County Club Dr Ste 54
Jefferson City, MO 65109
573-634-3036

  • Kahoka, MO

Kirchner Chiropractic Clinic
374 West Commercial Street
Kahoka, MO 63445
660-727-3677

  • Kansas City, MO

Fountain of Life Family Chiropractic
8335 N Congress Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64152
816-591-5992
http://www.fountainoflifechiro.com

  • Lee’s Summit, MO

Lee’s Summit Doctors Group LLC
714 SE Third St.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
816-524-1212

  • Nixa, MO

TNT Massage therapy
1787 N Middle Rd
Nixa, MO 65714
(417) 725-7975

  • Sappington, MO

Mulligan Chiropractic
11872 Gravois Rd
Sappington, MO 63127
(314) 849-3040

  • Springfield, MO

Springfield Neurological & Spine Institute
2900 S National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65804
417-882-3258

  • St. Joseph, MO

Anytime Fitness – St. Joseph
1213 N. Belt Hwy
St. Joseph, MO 64506
816-232-1315

  • St. Louis, MO

Total Rehab Concepts, INC
5000 Cedar Plaza Pkwy
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 393-3858