It’s Christmas in July!

Technically, Christmas is in December, but now might be a great time to start thinking about your annual Christmas or Holiday card you send out to your friends and family. Get yourself ahead of the busy season of gift buying, your out of state family and never ending festivities and start your Christmas in July with Basic Invite. So bust out those sweaters in this St. Louis sun and get ready to start spreading that holiday cheer!

Basic Invite has many options to choose from when it comes to capturing your perfect personalized Christmas cards. Just about any color, custom prints, foils, and even a variety of colorful envelopes! And because St. Louis Dad likes giving his readers and advantage, if you use Basic Invite today you can save 30% with this exclusive coupon code: holi30 

Almost Unlimited Colors – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

Foil – Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

Don’t forget! Right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30 

So get a jump start and make an impact with your holiday photo cards this year with Basic Invite! I know I am, because that’s what smart dads do. Actually, this will be my first year ahead of the game and it’s all thanks to Christmas in July. Check out Basic Invite on the various social media platforms for more exclusives!

This is a collaborative post with Basic Invite and St. Louis Dad

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12 Organization Tips For Your Office

The kitchen is where your body’s nourishment comes from, and your bedroom is where you get your daily dose of good night sleep. Even so, your home office is the nerve center of your entire home as it’s from where you work from so that you can finance all facets of your household. For it to maintain its function, a home office requires good organization. Good news is that you neither need to be an astute do-it-yourselfer nor have a huge budget to create a well-organized office. We are happy to share some simple, smart and cost-effective office organization ideas that will make your working space functional and dazzling.

  1. Extra Large Cork Board

Don’t let the high price tag attached to rolls of cork deter you. You can make yourself a large pin board by making use of cheap IKEA cork placemats and lattice from the local hardware store. Follow this tutorial for insights.


  1. Cover Office Chair with Fancy Fabric

Source : Little Green Notebook

Nothing does a better job at changing that dull-looking office chair to a comfy glamorous office necessity like some fancy fabric and Mod Podge. When making a pick, be sure to choose a fabric that complements your style and color scheme.

  1. Toss Routers into Decorative Paper Boxes

Source: Sweet Sanity Designs

While electronics are every home’s must-haves, they can create a mess if their cables are left lying around. Keeping them in decorative paper boxes is a sure way to keep your office space tidy.

  1. Make Printer Storage out of the Dresser

Source: PB&J Stories

Believe it or not, your dresser is one handy piece of furniture that could help get the printer out of the way. Check out this quick tutorial that gives you instructions on how to transform one of your dresser’s drawers into a perfect hideaway for your printer.

  1. Get Crafty

Source: Mod Podge Rocks

While cereal boxes and old paper towel tubes are one man’s trash, they can prove to be quite valuable to you. With glue, paint and scrapbook paper, you can easily craft your inexpensive yet alluring desk accessories from them.

  1. Kick Confusion Out with Cord Tags

Source: The Chic Site

Ever spent a couple of precious minutes trying to make out what plug belongs to which electronic device? We all have. The best way to put a stop to the confusion is to use adorable washi tape tags to each plug.

  1. Turn Simple Cans Into Glamorous Cups for Pens

Source: Creature Comforts

Do you always throw away soup cans? Don’t underestimate their worth. You can easily turn them into glamorous cups for pens and pencils. Just add metallic leather cording around the cans and secure with hot glue.

  1. Make an Office Gem Out of a Used Cabinet

Source: Two Twenty One

New metal file cabinets don’t come cheap. Sadly, they usually carry some boring look that doesn’t match their hefty price tags. If you’re on a budget, it would be wise if you obtained use-but-good ones from thrift shops. You can then add a fresh coat of paint on them to give them superior aesthetic appeal. 

  1. Adopt a Color-Coded System for Your Files

Source: A Bowl Full of Lemons

Do you have stack of files you keep meaning to put somewhere? Disorganized files make for a cluttered mess that can make it hard for you to work efficiently. Before you over-think your labeling system, think of how a simple color-coded system will do and try it.

  1. Glam up Storage Boxes

Source: First Home Love Life

Small office and craft supplies make for the most clutter in the office. Putting them in storage boxes is the sure way to get them out of the way. When painted and labeled, the storage boxes can double up as storage spaces and decorative pieces. Talk of hitting two birds with one stone!

  1. Make Use of Wall Space

Source: Style By Emily Henderson

Storage boxes can take up lots of floor space. You can free most of that space by utilizing wall space near or above your work desk. With the things you need to put away in mind, you can design simple yet stylish wall pockets to keep all that clutter off your desk.

  1. Utilize Bookcases to Store Magazines

 Source: In My Own Style

Do you have a large collection of magazines that you just can’t find it in your heart to discard? Well, instead of letting them lie around, you can tuck them nicely into bookcases. Wrap the storage boxes with pretty paper to add style. Also be sure to add labels to the boxes to ensure that you’ll retrieve any magazine issue you want with ease.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Military Discounts on Entertainment

Military Discounts and Deals on Entertainment

Members of the US military have access to different discounts in different areas of the entertainment industry whether it is cultural museums, theme parks or sports arenas. If you are a veteran or a current member of the US military, have a look at the following list of deals. It is important to note that you must present your military ID in order to access most if not all of these offers.

9/11 Memorial Museum | Active duty service persons, as well as, retirees have free admission while veterans get discounted ticket price.

9/11 Tribute Center | Here, the military discount is $5 on a regular ticket hence the pay is $10.

AMC Theatres | The theatres in a participation of this offer give military personnel discounts during certain days of the week or during different times. It is important to check with your local theatre for more detailed information.

Arizona Diamondbacks | There is a 50% discount on up to four tickets for all Sunday home games this season for active duty military, reserve, veterans, retiree and any active or retired fire and police personnel. Note however that this offer cannot be paired up with another offer and does not include all-you-can-eat tickets.

Augustine Golf Club | The golf club offers discounts to active duty military personnel and police personnel.

Baltimore Orioles | The Orioles offer a $5 discount on all tickets for military members and their families at the Oriole Park Box Office. Those who wish to get bigger discounts should get in touch with their ITT/Leisure Travel office. In addition, active duty members can receive a gift hat at the Fan Assistance Warehouse.

Blue Star Theatre| Participating Blue Star Theatres are giving discounts or complimentary admission to active duty military and their families. This offer also extends to veterans.

Bronx Zoo | Bronx Zoo offers a free regular ticket to active duty personnel or reserve members. There is also a 50% discount for up to three family members.

Busch Gardens | There is free one-day admission for active duty personnel and up to three dependents. There is also complimentary admission per year, per person to the park of their choice. Note however that this offer is not available at the front gate.

Callaway Gardens | There is free entry for active duty or retired military members and their spouse. There is a 50% discount on tickets for up to four guests granted they arrive in the same vehicle.  For Special events, military members and up to five guests in the same vehicle receive 50% discount on tickets. Veterans also receive half-price tickets.

Camelback Mountain | Discount of $10 for active military and up to 4 card-carrying dependents. Veterans with valid DD-124 or active driver’s license are eligible for this offer.

Chicagoland Speedway | Active duty and retired military personnel receive a 25% discount in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series event.

Cincinnati Reds | There are discounted tickets for select games for active military and their families. The code MLAPPR should be used when purchasing tickets online.

Cinemark Movie Theatres | Participating locations offer discounted rates. It is important to contact your local theatre ahead of time as discount days and times change.

Coronado Speed Festival | Free admission is available for active duty military and their immediate dependents. Retired military and DOD members receive discounts on adult tickets.

Crayola Experience | There is a discount of $3 on admission for military members.

Crime Museum | Discounted rates are offered for military personnel.

Del Mar Racetrack | Free admission for active duty military and their dependents every day to Stretch Run.

Detroit Mountain | 20% discount for active duty or veterans for regular price daily lift tickets and equipment only. There is no discount for already discounted offers or special offers.

Detroit Tigers | Active duty and veterans receive half-price Upper Box infield and Upper reserved tickets to all 2015 Monday-Thursday regular season home games with exception to June 9 and 10. Presentation of valid ID is necessary during a purchase at Comerica Park Box Office with a limit of 4 tickets per buyer.

Disneyland | For three days of admission at the discounted price of $132 available to active duty, retirees, National Guard, reserves and their spouses. There are also special military offers at select Disneyland hotels.

Disney World | For four days of admission at the discounted price of $177 available to active duty, retirees, reserves, National Guard and their spouses with special military offers at select Disney resort hotels.

Dollywood | 30% discount on single-day admission tickets for military personnel including veterans and reservists, their spouses and dependents. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance.

The DoSeum | Discount of $1 during the time of purchase at front desk.

Fandango | There are discounted movie tickets at different movie theatres found by looking for the ‘military discount’ category. Prior contact with your local theatre is important, as discounts are different.

Fleet Week Football Classic | Discounted game vouchers available for all military personnel and their families at the Navy MWR and Marine Corps ticket outlets.

George W. Bush Presidential Center | Free admission for active duty and discounted pricing for retirees.

Great Wolf Lodge | Free water park admission and up to 20% room discount with code HEROES for active duty and veterans. This offer is valid from 1 p.m. on the day of check-in up to closing of departure day.

Hershey Park | $20 off regular single-day tickets and $4 off up to 8 junior/senior admissions.

Houston Astros | Discounts for most games on Monday-Thursday for active duty and veterans. Up to 8 discounted tickets can be bought per person at the minute maid park box office and select Ticketmaster outlets at local military bases.

Intrepid Museum | Free admission for active duty and retirees.

Kennedy Space Center | $4 off regular tickets for active military and 10% discount on merchandise and food.

Knoebels | Free $40 book of ride tickets for active duty and reservists and free $20 book of ride tickets for retirees and veterans.

LEGOLAND parks | Free admission for active duty at LEGOLAND Florida and seasonally at LEGOLAND Waterpark.

Los Angeles Dodgers | Available discounted tickets for all military personnel. Up to four tickets per military personnel can be purchased two hours before game time.

Marathon Classic | Free entry for active duty and one guest as well as free entry for kids below 17.

Maryland National Club | 40% off for active duty and retired personnel.

McNay Art Museum | 50% off for active duty.

Miami Marlins | All military personnel receive complimentary tickets provided they receive these tickets two hours before first pitch.

Minnesota Twins | Active duty or veteran and 4 guests receive 50% discount in Home plate View seating locations.

Morgan’s Wonderland | $6 off for active duty and retirees

Mount Snow | Military personnel receive free Fanfare Card.

Museum of Modern Art | There is free entry for active duty and military families with dependent cards. Select government employees are eligible for one free ticket.

National Baseball Hall of Fame | Different discounts for military personnel and their families.

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Land Pass | Complimentary yearly pass for active duty, reserve, dependents and National Guard.

New York Aquarium | Free admission for active duty or reserve members and discount for family members.

New York Yankees | Active duty can receive one complimentary ticket for Monday- Thursday home games.

Patuxent Greens Golf Club | Military personnel, DOD civilians, active police officers, fire and corrections officers qualify for annual Hero memberships at a discount. There is also a $4 discount on daily charges.

PGA Tour | There are free and discounted rates to specific events for all military personnel.

Philadelphia Phillies | All military members and their guests get an $8 discount on regular tickets in specific locations during select games.

Pinehurst | Active duty and retirees get 20% discount on core packages and select spa therapies.

Pocono Raceway| there is a 15% discount on tickets.

San Antonio Zoo | Military personnel receive $3 off their tickets.

San Diego Padres | All military personnel and their family receive a 25% discount on select seats. Military members are also eligible for 50% off available tickets on Sunday regular season home games.

San Diego Zoo | There is a free admission of active duty, reserves and academy cadets.

Seattle Mariners | 10% discount on select seats with a limit of 4 tickets per ID.

SeaWorld | Complimentary entry to active duty, reserves and National Guard members.

Sesame Place | There is complimentary admission for active duty, reserves and National Guard members.

Showcase Cinemas | Showcase offers discounts to active duty and their dependents in most of their locations.

Sierra at Tahoe | On Sunday, there is free skiing or riding for active duty limited to one single-day ticket.

Six Flags Amusement Parks | Military personnel receive a 20%discount on a single-day ticket.

Spy Museum | Active duty receive a $6 discount on their ticket.

Squaw Mountain | Active duty personnel receive a discounted season pass.

St. Louis Cardinals | Military personnel and their family and friends receive a special all-inclusive offer.

Sugarloaf | There is a $10 discount for military personnel and one immediate family member.

Sycuan Golf Resort| Active duty and retirees get discounted prices on championship courses.

Texas Rangers | All military personnel receive discounted tickets in select seating areas.

Ticket Monster | All military personnel receive a 15% discount on tickets.

Tough Mudder | Active duty and veterans get a $10 discount on the registration price.

Universal Studios | There are discounted vacation packages and offers that begin from $299 per adult for active duty and retirees.

USGA | Active duty and retirees receive complimentary and discounted tickets.

USS Midway Museum | There is free entry for active duty and reserves as well as discounts for retirees.

Virginia Beach National Golf Club | Discounted rates for military personnel.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum | There is a $1 discount for active duty personnel.

Washington Nationals | All military personnel and their dependents receive discounted tickets.

Water Country USA | Active duty reserves and National Guard members receive 1 complimentary admission per year that covers up to 3 dependents.

Winter Park | There are seasonal discounted prices for active duty or retirees.

Witte Museum | $1 discount for active duty and their dependents.

World of Coca-Cola | There are complimentary entry tickets for active duty, reserve and retirees with regular rates applying to their family members or guests.

Yosemite National Park | The park offers a free yearly pass for active duty and their dependents.

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Military Discounts from Restaurants

To honor the services that retirees, veterans, and active military members have done for the entire nation, most restaurants, retailers, and organizations are offering discounts on products and services to the troops.

In this guide, you are going to learn more about the available military discounts that retailers, restaurants, and institutions are offering members of the National Guard, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, Navy, and Army.

The following are some of the best hotels that offer military discounts throughout the United States. 

99 Restaurant & Pub |

99 Restaurants & Pub offers a discount of 10 percent for all active, retired and veterans every day of the year. You only need to present your military ID to get served, multi-state including NH, CT, MA, RI, ME, NY, VT.


Veterans, retirees, reserves and active members are given free entry on veterans’ day as long as they have a military ID. There are also other extra-military discounts and offers throughout the year at various locations.


To get discount at Arby’s you need to present your military ID. However, the discount offers vary from one location to another.

Ben & Jerry’s

The hotel offers a discount of up to 25 percent to reserves, active duty, dependents and retirees. You need to have a military ID when visiting these locations.


Veterans and active members of the military get up to 10 percent of the total amount spent at various Bennigan’s locations when they present their military ID.

Buffalo Wild Wings

The discount rates here range from between 10 to 15 percent for members of the military with a valid ID at various outlets. Also, discounts vary from one location to another.

Burger King

Military members such as retirees, reserves, active duty, and veterans get 10 percent discount at various participating locations, as long as they have a valid military ID.

Chevys Fresh Mex

All the members of the military get 20 percent discount for any purchase they make at all the locations. To get the discount, you must either have a valid military ID or be in a uniform.

Paul Martin’s American Grill

The restaurant offers free entry to retirees, inactive, and active duty on memorial day weekend. However, you need to show your military ID.


This restaurant offers 50 percent off for every purchase on every first Monday of the month. You need to show proof of military service by providing and ID or be in uniform.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Various participating locations will give you a 10 percent off a long as you have a military ID.


All the men and women who have either worked in the forces, EMT units, fire departments, and police get a 15 percent discount. One must show military ID or be in uniform to enjoy the benefits.

Texas de Brazil

Retirees and active duty get up to 20 percent discount at participating locations. Discounts vary from one place to another.

Chick Fil- A

Chick Fil A offers 10 percent discount to members of the army that have military IDs, at various locations.

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen gives a discount of between 10 to 50 percent for all the military members as long as they have a military ID. Alternatively, you will get a discount if you provide proof of service at various locations.

Del Taco

Veteran and active duty with a military ID can enjoy discounts of up to 50 percent.


On veterans’ day, all retirees, active duties and veterans are allowed to eat free pancakes from 6am to 2pm. You need to provide a proof of military service or military ID. There is an extra 10 percent at various locations all year round.

Famous Dave’s

All retirees, reserves and active duty get a 10 percent discount when they present their military ID.


When you buy food here, you get anywhere between 10 and 15 percent discount, as long as you have your military ID or are uniform. Discounts vary from one location to another.

Golden Corral

The restaurant offers free dinner to veterans, retirees, National Guard, active duty and reserves. Discounts range from 10 to 20 percent but varies on location. You must have a military ID.


At IHOP, you get 20 percent discount for every meal that you purchase. However, you need to present your military ID, and rates vary by location.

Lone Star Steakhouse

All military personnel such as active duty, Coast Guard, National Guards, retirees and veterans get a 15 percent off. Police and firefighters get to enjoy this offer too. However, you need to present a valid ID. Discounts vary by location.

Panda Express

Panda offers up to 10 percent discount for active members of the military with ID in various locations. Discount rates tend to differ from one place to another.


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