January 8, 2017

Kroc Center Pool Renovations {Giveaway}

Disclosure: Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center is an advertiser on Oh My! Omaha and provided the passes for this giveaway. I was not compensated for writing this post and all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Fun in the pool for all ages during Inflatable Fridays at the Kroc Center in Omaha. Photo courtesy Salvation Army Kroc Center

I get serious cabin fever in the winter. One place to visit in winter has been a hit with every member in our family: The Omaha Salvation Army Kroc Center…particularly the pool. When the kids were younger, I appreciated the zero-depth entry and the cute fountains and little kid’s slide. Now they’re a little older and surer in the water, so the little lazy river and big kid’s slide are where it’s at.

The place is a great escape in the winter, but they’re going to make it even better! They will be installing a 2 1/2 story slide that takes sliders outside the building and back in again. It sounds like fun! Since they will be putting the pool under construction to complete it, I’m letting you know to get your fill of the pool NOW before the pool closes (the first week in February).

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Inflatable Fridays at the Kroc Center. Photo courtesy Salvation Army Kroc Center

The Kroc Center has a lot of weekly events, and if you time your pool visit well, you can enjoy things like Inflatable Fridays or Sunday Fundays. Check out this post about family fun at the Kroc Center.

If you go

Kroc Center

Where: 2825 Y St.

Cost: Day passes are $7 (adults, 19+), $5 (youth, ages 3-18), FREE (2 and younger)

Family recreation pool hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m. (no swimming 5 to 6:40 p.m. on Tuesdays); Fridays, 10: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Website

Giveaway!

One reader gets to go to the pool for FREE! To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter entry form. The giveaway ends this Sunday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be randomly, and contacted via email within 48 hours. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.
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Must be 18 or older to win. Prize is valued at $24. Must be used at the Omaha Kroc Center location.

September 27, 2016

5 Things To Know About Shrek The Musical {Giveaway}

“Shrek The Musical” has a special place in my heart: It was the first Broadway musical my son has seen. Though I find it impossible that he remembers any of it, he swears that he does.

So I’m super excited to see that this twisted and fun fairy tale will be staged at The Rose Theater starting this Friday! If you’ve been thinking of going, read on – there’s a chance to win tickets at the end of post!

5 Things To Know About Shrek The Musical

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1. This version of “Shrek The Musical,” which has been adapted specifically for young audiences. This version is 75 minutes long with no intermission, making it a condensed version of the Broadway version. It still has “Let Your Freak Flag Fly,” so don’t worry.

2. The familiar characters from the movie are in the musical, including Dragon, the tiny Lord Farquaad and Gingy. I bet you’re curious how costume designer Sherri Geerdes created the look for Lord Farquaad, aren’t you?

3. It has an important message for children: All of us have a place in this world.

4. Members to The Rose receive four FREE tickets to the performance – and if you’re thinking of buying a membership now, don’t wait. Rose memberships are limited, and are close to selling out. The Rose does not expect memberships to be available for purchase beyond the production of :Shrek The Musical.”

5. This show is recommended for ages 5 and older.

 

If you go

“Shrek The Musical”

Where: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

When: Sept. 30 through Oct. 16; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be additional performances on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. The 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 8, will be interpreted for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; the 5 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 8, is designated as sensory-friendly, with special accommodations made for families attending with a child on the autism spectrum.

Cost: $20; discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores. Members receive four FREE tickets. Purchase tickets online here.

Win tickets

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The Rose has teamed up with me to give one reader FOUR tickets to see any 5 p.m. performance of “Shrek The Musical.” It’s easy to enter using the Rafflecopter form below! Must 18 or older to enter.

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August 22, 2016

4 BaconFest Giveaways

I’m so excited BaconFest is back! I went last year with my family and we sampled everything from bacon lasagna to a dessert with bacon, then we played some games with the kids, and then ate more bacon.

BaconFest isn't just eating bacon, though that's the best part. There are a lot of activities for kids at BaconFest, plus live music. Photo courtesy Kroc Center

BaconFest isn’t just eating bacon, though that’s the best part. There are a lot of activities for kids at BaconFest, plus live music. Photo courtesy Kroc Center

I’m partnering with The Kroc Center to tell you about the Fourth Annual BaconFest Omaha on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. There’s entertainment, games, pony rides, shopping, face painting, and lots of bacon – in all its tasty forms – included with admission. Due to construction, all activities will be indoors. Having experienced BaconFest2015 in 90+ degree heat, I’m all for the indoors experience!

It’s a fundraiser for the Omaha Kroc Center Scholarship Program, so the money all goes to a great cause.

Bacon lovers love BaconFest. BaconFest is an annual fundraiser at the Kroc Center in Omaha. This year, BaconFest is on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Bacon lovers love BaconFest. BaconFest is an annual fundraiser at the Kroc Center in Omaha. This year, BaconFest is on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Salvation Army Kroc Center. All thoughts and opinions about my experience at BaconFest are my own.

Win tickets to BaconFest!

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I’m giving away a family four pack (2 adults, 2 children) every week on Facebook leading up to the event. Time to get a little creative with your bacon:

Week 1: Replace a word in a song title with “bacon.” For example: “Don’t Go Bacon My Heart.” One random winner will be drawn from the comments left on this Facebook post. Contest begins today, Aug. 22! I’ll tag the winner on the Facebook tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 23. Congrats to Facebook winner, LuAnn S.!

Week 2: Bacon makes everything better. What’s the oddest combination that worked with bacon? One random winner will be drawn from the comments left on this Facebook post. Contest begins on Monday, Aug. 29 – Here’s the link. I’ll tag the winner on the Facebook tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Congrats to Facebook winner, Danell T.!

Week 3: Replace a word in a movie title with “bacon.” For example: “Star Wars: The Bacon Awakens.” One random winner will be drawn from the comments left on this Facebook post. Contest begins on Monday, Sept. 5, and I’ll share the link here. I’ll tag the winner on the Facebook on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Congrats to Kaila W.!

Week 4: What’s your strategy for BaconFest? Clockwise, counter-clockwise, desserts first or whichever booth has the shortest line? One random winner will be drawn from the comments left on this Facebook post. Contest begins on Sept. 12 here. I’ll tag the winner on the Facebook on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Congrats to Melissa D.!

BONUS GIVEAWAY: One e-newsletter subscriber will be randomly drawn on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to win a family four-pack! It’s FREE to sign up for the weekly e-newsletter. Sign up here.

Family Pass is valued at $50 $30. This giveaway is not sponsored by Facebook. Winners must respond to my message on Facebook in 24 hours or I’ll draw another winner. Winners will be drawn by random.org. Good luck and enjoy the bacon!

Bacon is the star ingredient in BaconFest dishes. Sample and vote for your favorite recipe at the event, which is a fundraiser for the Kroc Center.

Bacon is the star ingredient in BaconFest dishes. Sample and vote for your favorite recipe at the event, which is a fundraiser for the Kroc Center.

If you go

BaconFest Omaha

When: Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m., 2016

Where: Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: $25, adult, general admission; There’s a construction sale going on so adult tickets are only $15 and military tickets are $10; $5, kids (ages 5-12); FREE for kids 4 and younger

SPECIAL DEAL! $50 $30 Family Value Pack includes two adult and two youth tickets.

All proceeds benefit the Kroc Center Scholarship Program!

For more information about BaconFest or to become a sponsor, volunteer, have a vendor booth or compete in the Bacon Cookoff, visit the website at OmahaKroc.org/BaconFest.

 

 

July 25, 2016

5 Ways To Save Time At Hy-Vee + Giveaway

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hy-Vee Food Stores. Hy-Vee provided the gift card, and I was compensated for writing and promoting it. All thoughts and opinions expressed are mine, since I am a long-time shopper there.

Being a mother with a full-time job and an obsessive tendency to write, I have to find ways to save time on everyday tasks like grocery shopping.

Hy-Vee Food Stores has been my go-to grocery store for more than a decade, but they’ve found a way to make it even easier for me now: Hy­VeeDeals.com. They asked if I’d write about it and of course I said yes – I use that website already!

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It’s a super easy site to navigate and it makes grocery planning easy for me. Here’s how you can use the site to save time and money!

5 ways to save time (and money) with Hy-Vee

Shopping at Hy-VeeDeals.com, you can find exclusive Fuel Saver + Perks deals, digital coupons, easy-to-create shoppings and more.

Shopping at Hy-VeeDeals.com, you can find exclusive Fuel Saver + Perks deals, digital coupons, easy-to-create shoppings and more.

 

1. Personalize your account. You can quickly sign up at Hy­VeeDeals.com, adding your preferred Hy­Vee location of your choice and syncing it with your Hy­Vee Fuel Saver + perks card. Do it just one time and your set.

2. Plan your shopping list online. I browse Hy-Vee’s ads before I make my meal plan and shopping list for the week. I’ll add stock-up items I spot in the ads and plan meals around produce that’s on sale for the week. Don’t miss the exclusive digital ads you can only find on their site. You can make your shopping list and note which items have coupons all from the HyVee website.

3. Digitally clip coupons. I have every intention of clipping coupons but I never set aside the time. I can roll that task into my online meal planning at Hy­VeeDeals.com. When your Fuel Saver card is scanned at check out, the coupons will automatically be redeemed. How easy is that?

4. Shop the same location. One time-saving tip is to shop the same store each week. The familiar layout cuts down on endless aisle wandering (and impulsive buying when you stumble upon tempting food not on your list).

5. Save even more time and pick up your groceries or better yet, get them delivered. Shop online at Hy­VeeDeals.com and then select how you’ll get your groceries. Your delivery is FREE if you have more than $100 in groceries.

Ready to shop at Hy-Vee and use Hy-VeeDeals.com to save time and money?

Giveaway!

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Hy-Vee is giving one Oh My! Omaha reader a $50 gift card! To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below. It’s quick and easy to enter, just like shopping at Hy-Vee.

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Must be 18 or older to enter. Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. Winner will be contact within 48 hours of the giveaway ending and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another winner is drawn.

June 14, 2016

10 Things Dads Should Know About Crave + Giveaway

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. Congrats to Kaila!

Disclosure: I attended a complimentary blogger sampling dinner at Crave in order to tell you about some of the dishes served at Crave. All opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own. The restaurant provided the giftcard for the giveaway. 

 

Crave at Midtown Crossing in Omaha is one of those restaurants that changes every time you visit – depending on what you crave to eat (see what I did there?).

With new executive chef, new owners and a new management team, things have changed for the better. I last visited with my parents and my kids about two years ago, and while the kids scarfed down their mac and cheese, I can’t tell you what I ordered.

I returned recently to sample a ton of dishes and I’ll be remembering the salmon for much longer.

With Father’s Day around the corner, here’s what I took away from the sampling event that dads – and those who love them – should know about Crave.

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10. Father’s Day Menu

They’ve created a special menu just for Sunday, June 19. They’re serving up prime rib, baby red potatoes, green beans, dinner roll and a Crave Salad for $23.95. I’m pretty sure I have a father-in-law who’d go for that meal.

9. Kids Eat Free On Sundays

Know a dad? Then you know someone with a kid. Kids eat free with a paid adult entree on Sundays (except Father’s Day with its special menu).

8. Half-Price Sushi Sundays & Mondays

I tried three sushi rolls at Crave recently: Veggie sushi, Bamboo Bite, and Electric Dragon. The favorite? It's close between the Bamboo Bite and Electric Dragon. Both have a kick to them - the Bamboo Bite is topped with a jalapeno slice, the other has some sriracha in it.

I tried three sushi rolls at Crave recently: Veggie sushi, Bamboo Bite, and Electric Dragon. The favorite? It’s close between the Bamboo Bite and Electric Dragon. Both have a kick to them – the Bamboo Bite is topped with a jalapeno slice, the other has some sriracha in it.

Not all dads are going to go for this one, but I know some out there who will. On Sundays and Mondays from 4 p.m. to close, Crave has half-priced sushi. Everything is hand-rolled fresh there, and if you want to substitute or omit something in the roll, you can.

7. Half-Price Wine Wednesdays

I used to work with some people who celebrated Winesday. They knew what was up. On Wednesdays, Crave has half-price bottles of wine. Dads, you’ve earned it. Time to book a babysitter.

6. Date Night Deal

Let’s say you got a babysitter for two nights in the near future – one’s a weekend night. It could be date night at Crave, then. They have a three-course meal for two plus a bottle of wine for $60. It’s available on Fridays and Saturdays. One of the entree options was one of my favorites from the sampling dinner I had – the Bamboo Bite sushi roll.

5. Best Beef Stroganoff Ever

Beef stroganoff at Crave is pure comfort food, which, I think means the calories don't count.

Beef stroganoff at Crave is pure comfort food, which, I think means the calories don’t count.

Admittedly, I don’t eat a whole lot of beef. So maybe it’s just been so very long since I had beef stroganoff. This ultimate comfort food served at Crave was rich and delicious. It’s filling for even the biggest appetite.

For something a little less heavy on the gut, go for the salmon. You won’t regret it.

4. Patio Seating

The patio at Crave has fire pit seating as well as your standard table setup.

The patio at Crave has fire pit seating as well as your standard table setup.

I love a good patio, and if you snag a seat at Crave during one of the many events at Midtown Crossing, you can enjoy a great view – and great people-watching – from a comfy seat. We’ve had a meal there during a classic car show, and loved the atmosphere. Only thing to note: No reservations for the patio. So show up early, if you’re thinking of having a meal there during Jazz on the Green this summer.

3. Discounts To Know

Know that if Dad or someone in your party works for UNMC, Creighton, Mutual of Omaha or is in the military, they get a discount at Crave. And, police officers eat for FREE up to $25.

2. The Oh My! Omaha Discount

I'm just going to leave this picture of the dessert sampler right here. Because it is good. So so good.

I’m just going to leave this picture of the dessert sampler right here.

If none of your party qualifies for any of the above discounts, I’ve got you covered. Mention Oh My! Omaha and you can get 15% off your check through July 31.  

 

1. Giveaway!

What would you order if you had $25 to spend at Crave in Omaha?

What would you order if you had $25 to spend at Crave in Omaha?

I’ve got a $25 giftcard to give to one lucky reader so they can try Crave for themselves!

UPDATE: Giveaway has closed and the winner has been contacted. Thank you for participating!

Fist way to enter: Please visit Crave’s website and browse the menus – leave a comment with what dish or drink you’d try if you won the $25. Please only comment one time with your choice.

BONUS ENTRY: In honor of the very Instagrammable (it’s a word) food at Crave, if you are an Oh My! Omaha Instagram follower, you get an entry! Just leave your handle in a second comment.

One winner’s name will be drawn using random.org on Sunday, July 3. I will contact the winner via email within 48 hours; that winner has 48 hours to reply. 

 

If you go

Crave

Where: Located in the bowl of Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 200 S. 31st Ave.

Website 

April 18, 2016

Be The Good In Omaha With TAGG + Giveaway

Editor’s Note: The giveaway ended May 1.

Having spent the last four years working in the nonprofit world, I’ve learned that Omaha is a giving community. Good news: It now easier to do good in this city.

Have you heard of TAGG, or Together a Greater Good? Organizers reached out to me recently to see if I’d share the app with you.

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I think you’ll like the app if: A) You’ve donated to a charity in the last year, B) You have a child on a team or club that regularly holds fundraisers or C) You’re a good person.

What’s TAGG?

 

 

Basically, TAGG is an app that you can download for free (App Store or Google Play). When you visit a participating business – and there are a lot of them and almost all are local – you “TAGG” your purchase. That business then donates to the cause you support. Some of my favorite restaurants participate, including Plank Seafood Provisions, eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato and Block 16. Places you’ll likely visit this summer, like Boulder Creek or Papio Fun Park, also participate.

Once you TAGG then it gets social – you share your good deed on Facebook or wherever so others know about it.

I only recently heard about TAGG when my son’s school became one of the causes to support. You’ll find schools, sports teams, nonprofits… all sorts of causes to support. All you have to do is download the app and be the consumer you usually are!

I recommend setting up notifications so the app will let you know when you’re by a participating business. I’m pretty forgetful and this reminds me to “TAGG” a purchase before I check out.

Giveaway

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended – congrats to Elise and JoAnn!

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Give this TAGG app a try! I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Karma Koffee (a participating business, by the way) to two lucky readers.

Here’s how to enter: To be considered, you have to download the TAGG app (App Store or Google Play). You have two weeks to TAGG a purchase. Leave a comment here when you do, letting me know you TAGGed. Feel free to share where, too. You’re entered to win!

Already have the app? Leave a comment and let me know where you last “TAGGED” a purchase.

Must be 18 or older to participate. The winners names will be randomly drawn using random.org on May 2. Each winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new name is drawn. Good luck and happy “TAGG”ing!