Monday, May 2, 2011

Let KeyRingThing and Ulta Help Mom Feel Beautiful

Mother's Day is coming right up (on Sunday, May 8th) and, according to Hallmark (who ought to know), 96% off Americans buy a gift to tell their Mom (or even their Mother-In-Law) how much she is loved.

While flowers are nice, why not give Mom a more lasting gift—with the help of KeyRingThing and ULTA—the beauty oasis? Sign mom up for UTLAmate Rewards (and The Club at ULTA Rewards for even more specials) and add that bar code to a KeyRingThing card for mom. It will help unclutter her wallet by putting all her loyalty, grocery and club membership bar codes on one handy card and leave her purse with more space for fabulous beauty and fragrance gifts from ULTA.

What is ULTA's awesome Rewards program?

When you sign Mom up for ULTAmate Rewards and The Club at ULTArewards, she'll enjoy:

• Free Membership

• The chance to earn and redeem points in-store and on

• Valuable coupons.

• Special offers (up to 15 a year!)

• Bonus points.
(Points balance available on her receipt and on

• Have Mom present her KeyRingThing card with her ULTAmate Rewards bar code to the cashier in-store to earn points.

Mom will earn goodies for just being loyal. Check out these great rewards:

Level 1
Spend $50

• Any Hair Accessory or Comb up to $5.00

• Joico Reconstructor 1.7 oz

• Any ULTA 10 oz Shampoo or Conditioner

• Any ULTA Nail Lacquer

• Basically U Cotton Squares 200 count

• Basically U 3 2 1 Nail Dry 8.5 oz

• Basically U Round Pads 80 ct.

• NYX Studio Liquid Liner Extreme

• ULTA Anti-bacterial hand Gels 5 oz. in Berry; Clean; Lavender; Citrus; Pomegranate; or Green Apple

Level 2
Spend $100

• Any ULTA Lip Stain, ULTA Lipstick or ULTA Lip Gloss

• Any ULTA Cream Eye Shadow, Eye Shadow single or Eye Pencil

• Any Olay Daily Facial Cloth up to $7.50

• Any Salon Nail Polish up to $8.50

• Cover Girl Clean Liquid Makeup or Pressed Powder

Level 3
Spend $150

• Any ULTA Hair Styling Product

• Any Paul Mitchell Hair Care product up to $10

• Any Hairbrush up to $8.00

• ULTA Travel Eye Lash Curler

• Any ULTA Baked Eye Shadow Duo

• Any ULTA Gel Eye Liner

• Hair Rules Wavy Mousse 1.7 oz.

• ULTA Beso Del Sol Gel SPF 4

• Any ULTA Sunless Tanning Product up to $9.99

• Revlon Custome Eyes Mascara

Level 4
Spend $200

• Olivia Garden CI-55 Ceramic + Ion Thermal Hair Brush 2"

• Murad Acne Spot Treatment

• Any ULTA Foundation

• It's A 10 Miracle Leave In Conditioner 4 oz.

Level 5
Spend $250

• Any ULTA Professional Product up to $25.00

• Any Hair Dryer up to $20.00

• Any Salon Hair Product up to $20.00

• Nioxin Hair Booster

• Nioxin Re-Charging Complex 30-ct

• Sally Hansen Simple Spa Wax Kit 3 oz.

• Ahava 32 Oz. Bath Salt Jar in Dead Sea Mineral OR Honey Herbal OR Eucalyptus OR Lavender OR Hope Blossom

• Hair Rules Curly Whip 8 oz.

• Nick Chavez Angel Drops 2 oz.

• Free Go and Glow Exfoliation at the Salon ($20 value)

• Nick Chavez Starlet Shine Spray 3.5 oz.

Level 6
Spend $300

• Any Hot Tools gold plated curling iron

or straightener (excludes ceramic)

• Any Fragrance up to $45.00

• Free Haircut and Style at the Salon ($35 value)

For Mother's Day, ULTA is offering great gifts. Mom will love like a gorgeous coverup (a $40 value) free with any $30 fragrance purchase, or free tote bag from top designers with purchases from such stellar names as Elizabeth Arden, DKNY and Jessica Simpson. It's like getting two gifts for one!

Here's even more specials going on right now, just in time for her big day:

FREE! Deluxe Sample PhotoFacials Daily Exfoliating Cleanse w/any Kinerase purchase.

Katy Perry

FREE! Purr purse spray w/any Katy Perry Purr purchase. $15.00.

Ed Hardy

FREE! Flower tote bag w/any $75 Ed Hardy women's fragrance collection $30.00.


FREE! Source Face gift with $30 Ahava purchase $30.00.

True Religion

FREE! Buddha tote bag with $79 True Religion fragrance collection purchase $30.00.

Marc Jacobs

FREE! Tote bag w/any select large spray Marc Jacobs fragrance purchase $30.00.


FREE! Clutch with $49 Rhianna Reb'l Fleur fragrance purchase $30.00.

Pur Minerals

FREE! Pur Minerals Powder Brush with any Pur Minerals purchase $21.00.

Bare Escentuals

FREE Mini Prime Time Foundation primer w/Bare Minerals foundation $14.00.

Remember, while Mom cherishes those finger paintings and breakfast in bed, today is a day to appreciate her in all ways. Hard-working moms sometimes forget to take time for themselves. Help her pause a moment in her busy life to celebrate her own beauty—with the help of KeyRingThing and UTLAmate Rewards.

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Keep Your Motor Running with KRT & AutoZone

Your KeyRingThing card comes through again. Add your AutoZone rewards barcode to your KeyRingThing card and get down to your nearest AutoZone store to get your ride ready for the warmer weather. You don't have an AutoZone Rewards card yet? Well, read on and sign up...

From batteries to brakes, tools to trim, sealants to Superchargers, if it has to do with your vehicle, AutoZone is the place to find it. In these tough economic times, more and more people are doing it themselves when it comes to minor maintenance and repairs to their cars, trucks, motorcycles --even lawn tractors--and AutoZone provides not only the parts, but the testing and expert advice to make sure you get the job done right the first time. To help you save money doing it, sign up for AutoZone Rewards here.

At AutoZone, the customer always comes first. So, as their way of saying, "Thanks for shopping AutoZone," they have developed AutoZone Rewards. It's Easy:

  • Pick up your FREE AutoZone Rewards card at any AutoZone store.

  • Present your card every time you make a qualifying purchase.

  • Check your reward status on your receipt or on-line at

  • Use your rewards to purchase any merchandise throughout the store when you visit AutoZone .

  • You get paid to shop with AutoZone and can manage your account online.

  • Track your earnings and see how much further you have until your next Reward.

  • View your transactions to keep track of purchases with your Autozone Rewards card.

  • Customize your profile updating and keeping current your address, contact information and more.

  • Get special offers and promotions - available only to registered members.

And now... Request credit! If you did not receive Autozone Rewards credit for a purchase, you can now request credit online. Simply click 'Request Credit' once you sign in and provide the required information. It's that simple.

Use your AutoZone Rewards card in the store by August 31, 2011 for a chance to win a weekly prize of $1000 and members get $10 off your next $50 purchase by registering your email address at (electronic circulars will also be sent to your inbox, keeping you on top of all sales.)

Registered users also have access to free Vehicle Repair Guides. These Guides have vehicle-specific printable repair instructions covering a large number of models from 1950-2007. Registered users can also keep track of their vehicle's service history as well as sign up to receive e-mailed information about their vehicle, including, Technical Service Bulletin titles, recall notices and service reminders. Plus, you can receive special personalized information about your vehicle, including Technical Service Bulletin titles, recall notices, service reminders, your vehicle's service history and various other vehicle related information.

Here's other reasons to love AutoZone:

Loan-A-Tool: There's nothing like having the right tool for the job.

That's the idea behind AutoZone's Loan-A-Tool service. It's the most complete selection of seldom-used, expensive-to-own specialty tools that will help you do the job right. They offer more than 60 different tools for all sorts of jobs - steering and suspension work, air conditioning jobs, engine repair, and more. Using the Loan-A-Tool service is easy. Just leave a deposit at the store when you pick up the tool. When you're through, just bring it back, and they'll refund the deposit. They loan tools dealing with Air-Conditioning Parts, Belts, Clutch, Exhaust, Heating and Cooling, Lifting, Oil Pump, Pullers (Specialized and Universal), Steering and Suspension, Tubing, Valvetrain Repair and Wheel and Axle. Stop by your local store and ask an AutoZoner for assistance.The AutoZone Loan-A-Toolservice, one more way they take care of people who take care of their cars.

Introducing... Z-net Only At AutoZone

Z-net, an exciting breakthrough in automotive technology, and available only at AutoZone, is the new electronic catalog that lets AutoZoners not only look up the parts you need fast, it also helps you get the job done right the first time, every time by providing complete job solutions, advice and information for your vehicles. Here's what Z-net provides:

Job Diagrams --Simplylook up a part to view and print the job diagram.

Key jobs and part information.

Exploded views of automotive systems.

Related text describing the operations of different components.


Part-number specific images.

Product banners that showcase all the great brands available.

Multiple product views on some products.

Vehicle-specific repair information.

Step-by-step instructions about the job you are working on.

AutoZone also offers:

Free Testing

Don't buy a part you don't need. AutoZone will test your car's parts for free. They can test your car's battery, alternator, starter and voltage regulator while they're still on your car. They can also give your car a complete starting and charging systems test. You can also take your alternator, starter or battery into our store and they'll test it. In most stores, they can also test voltage regulators, control modules, coils, throttle position sensors (TPSs) and other engine management components.

Battery Charging

AutoZone can charge your battery for free while you wait. Let's say you left the lights on in your car overnight, and your battery is dead. What should you do? Take your battery to AutoZone. They have a Duralast Fast Charger that can charge your battery for free while you wait. The fast charger charges 12-volt batteries in about 30 minutes. AutoZone also offers overnight battery charging for 6 or 12-volt lawn and garden, motorcycle and marine batteries.

Nationwide Warranty

Lose your receipt? They store your warranty purchases in their national database.They can easily access your warranties from any store when you give them your name or telephone number. Have questions about your warranty? Call or come in to one of the stores.

Oil and Battery Recycling

Who wants used oil and batteries? They do! AutoZone recycles used oil and batteries in most stores. At AutoZone, they're dedicated to protecting the environment by providing drivers with a safe and easy way to dispose of used oil and batteries. Every AutoZone store accepts used batteries for recycling and 95% of their stores accept used motor oil. Last year, AutoZone recycled more than 6.5 million batteries and 20 million quarts of oil. That's more than any other retailer in America. Get in the Zone and recycle today.

In Store Rebates and Specials Coming Right Up

  • Gabriel Ride the Savings Event 05/07/2011-05/21/2011

  • $5 Consumer MIR on the Easy Clean Spray Gun & 7 Piece Brush Value Pack 05/07/2011-06/07/2011

  • $5 Consumer Mail in Rebate on the Peak Spray Gun. 05/07/2011-06/07/2011

  • Peak Electronics Rebate Save $10 on the Peak Wireless Back-Up Sensor, $20 on the Peak 2.4" Wireless Back-Up Camera, $20 on the Peak 3.5" Wireless Back-Up Camera or $25 on the Rearview Mirror Back-Up Camera after mail in rebate.05/02/2011-06/02/2011

  • $10 Off Slime One (1) Gallon Tire Sealant 05/02/2011-05/16/2011

  • Edelbrock Big Carb Deal Free Air Cleaner Promotion 04/30/2011-05/31/2011

  • $1.50 per plug rebate on CHAMPIONEZ STARTLawn and Garden spark plugs and entry into Champion Lawn Tractor Giveaway Sweepstakes 04/30/2011-05/23/2011

  • $17.99 YOUR CHOICE VALVOLINE CONVENTIONAL OR NEW! NextGen Conventional Motor Oil And An STP Oil Filter (filters up to $4.49) Includes Your Choice Of A 5+ Qt. Oil Change Jug Or 5 Single Qts. Offer good through 5/02/11.

  • YOUR CHOICE $3.99 EACH: Black Magic Tire Wet Trigger #BM23 reg. $5.99, 23 oz. - Black Magic Tire Wet Foam #BM22145 reg. $5.49, 18 oz. - Blue Coral Upholstery Cleaner #DC22 reg. $4.99, 22.8 oz. - Westley's/Black Magic Bleche Wite #555-6P reg. $3.99, 32 OZ. Offer good through 5/02/11.

  • SAVE UP TO $20 SAVE $1.25 PER PLUG AFTER MAIL-IN Rebate Autolite Platinum Spark Plugs Good through 5/2/11.

  • SAVE $2 Gumout Regane Complete Fuel System Cleaner reg. $6.99 ea. Offer good through 5/02/11.

  • YOUR CHOICE $3.99 ALL ArmorAll Ultra Shine Products Offer good through 5/02/11. Restrictions apply to all rebates and in-store offers. Visit your local AutoZone store for details.

    If the warmer weather has you headed for the driveway to fix that old jalopy, sign up for AutoZone Rewards, put the bar code on your KeyRingThing card, and start shopping. Here's to happy motoring and safe driving.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Parents Love KeyRingThing & Babies"R" Us

April showers don't only bring May flowers. It seems as the weather warms up another crop is ready for harvest. Babies! It seems like all our young friends are having babies and all those little ones need a lot of gear. Your KeyRingThing card can help in outfitting that new arrival.

Babies “R” Us, the superstore for all things baby, offers reward cards for loyal and frequent customers and lots of special promotions for joining, too! So read on about the goodies you get with your member card, put the bar code right on your KeyRingThing card (freeing your hands to juggle the little ones) and off you go go to get all geared up for baby.

What is Rewards “R” Us: It's a program designed to reward their best guests for the purchases they make at Babies"R"Us. Guests of Babies "R" Us can enroll in the Rewards "R"Us program either in-store or online at Upon enrollment, active loyalty program members become eligible for a variety of both one-time and ongoing benefits as well as short-term promotions. They also will be eligible for Babies "R" Us Dollars certificates and all other reward certificates which can be used to purchase lots of the merchandise at the Babies “R” Us stores or online. Once you are a member of Rewards “R” Us, you can also join...

Registry Rewards

Rewards"R"Us members creating a new baby registry in-store or online will become eligible to receive credit for all qualifying purchases made off their registry from the point of registry creation through 90 days post-event date. Don't have your Registry set up yet? You can do so here:

You'll also get the latest Product Recall Notifications (great for a new parent's peace of mind), advanced notice of in-store sales (including special store hours), members-only sales and special events, as well as getting discount offers by email. You can even earn the Rewards every time family and friends make a purchase from your registry!

And here's some other specials for Rewards

  • Buy 9 Pampers® Diapers Value Boxes, Get the 10th FREE

    Rewards "R"Us members who participate in Diaper Rewards will be eligible to receive 1 Free Pampers® Value Box (64 ct. - 252 ct.) when 
9 Pampers Value Boxes are purchased.

  • Buy 9 Huggies® Diapers Value Boxes, Get the 10th FREE

    Rewards"R"Us members who participate in Diaper Rewards will be eligible to receive 1 Free Huggies Value Box (68 ct.-264 ct.) when 
9 Huggies Value Boxes are purchased.

  • Buy 9 Cases of Gerber® Good Start® Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula, Get the 10th FREE

    You'll receive 1 free Gerber® Good Start® case of 32 oz. Ready-to-Feed Formula for every 9 Gerber® Good Start® 32 oz. Ready-to-Feed cases that are purchased (with membership) within a 12-month period.

  • Buy 9 Cases of Enfamil® 32 fl. oz. 
Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula, get the 10th FREE

    You'll receive 1 free Enfamil® case of 32 fl. oz. Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula for every 9 Enfamil® 32 fl. oz. Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula cases that are purchased (with membership) within a 12-month period.

  • Buy 9 Cases of Select Similac® 32 oz. Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula, get the 10th FREE

    Offer valid for Similac® Advance™, Similac Sensitive® and
Similac Soy Isomil ® only

    You'll receive 1 free Similac® case of 32 oz. Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula for every 9 Similac® 32 oz. Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula cases that are purchased (with membership) within a 12-month period.

  • Buy 9 Cans of any Babies"R"Us® Infant Formula Powder
23.2 oz. or larger, get the 10th FREE

    You'll receive 1 free Babies”R”Us® Infant Formula Powder can 23.2 oz. or larger when 9 cans of Babies”R”Us® Infant Formula Powder 23.2 oz. or larger are purchased (with membership) within a 12-month period.

  • Buy 4 LeapFrog® Books or Games,
Get the 5th FREE*

    You'll receive 1 LeapFrog Book or Game for every 4 participating products that are purchased within a 12-month period. Offer valid for Tag™ Junior, Tag™, Leapster®2 and Leapster Explorer™ products only.

****Here's another incentive to join, but you've got to hurry:
Earn “R”Us Dollars at Babies”R”Us, in-store until April 30, 2011.

Spend $150 in qualifying purchases, get a $5 reward certificate. Receive up to $20 “R”Us Dollars per month, $60 per earning period.

And if you still need convincing--Now Rewards “R Us members get hassle-free returns. No receipt? No problem. Simply present your KeyRingThing card with the Babies “R” Us bar code and returns can be made with no receipt.

See all the terms and conditions of the loyalty programs at the Babies “R” Us Rewards site at and have fun welcoming that new little person into your life.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Swing Into Spring Part 2 With KeyRingThing & Loew's

Last week, we told all of you how your KeyRingThing card could help you get rid of clutter in your wallet and how to save money at Home Depot. Well we caused quite a kerfuffle by not detailing how you could do the same at Loew's! We heard from so many of you that we are happy to give you Spring Into Spring Part 2-For all you Loew's fans out there.

First let's talk about two types of cards that Lowe's offers it's preferred customers. Add the barcode of either to your KeyRingThing card and start shopping.

The Lowe's Credit Card offers exclusive special financing offers, low monthly payments, online account management, and a wide range of credit lines-making it perfect for everyday purchases.

The Lowe's Project Card offers you a financing option for projects and major purchases made at Lowe's. The card offers low monthly payments, and online account management. You will open a Project Window online and, after your initial purchase of $1000 or more, you'll enjoy a 6-month purchase period with only minimum payments and no interest accruing.

There's even a handy online tool to pick which card is right for you. Try it out here.

Both cards are a big help when you start to tackle your Spring projects. If one of those is to finally take care of that tired lawn, here's a helpful article from Loew's for you:

Fertilizing Your Lawn

Fertilizing is the best way to ensure that your lawn will be healthy and weed-free. It's easy to do once you determine the proper type of fertilizer to use. Lowe's has all the information you need to choose the correct fertilizer.

Why Fertilize the Lawn?

Your soil supplies some of the nutrients that turfgrass needs but most soils are not able to provide all of them during the entire growing season. A healthy and actively-growing lawn uses a great deal of energy. Fertilizer helps your lawn stay healthy by:

  • Promoting new leaf and root growth.
  • Aiding in recovery from foot traffic and pest damage.
  • Reducing and controlling weeds.
  • Replacing nutrients lost to leaching, volatilization and grass clipping removal.

Types of Lawn Fertilizer

Fertilizer is available in two main types - liquid and granular. Choose the one that meets your lawn's needs in the form that is easiest for you to use. Liquid fertilizers are fast-acting. Since they are quickly absorbed, they require application every 2-3 weeks. Most are mixed with water prior to application with a garden hose attachment. Granular fertilizers are applied with a spreader and must be watered into the grass. Granular fertilizers are easier to control because you can actually see how much fertilizer you are using and where it is being dispersed. Granular fertilizers are produced in two different formulations, quick-release and slow-release.

Quick-Release and Slow-Release Fertilizer

Quick-release fertilizer typically lasts for three to four weeks, depending upon the temperature and the amount of rainfall. For general use, these water-soluble nitrogen fertilizers (WSN) are also known as commodity or field grade fertilizers. There are two main types of slow-release fertilizers, known as water-insoluble nitrogen (WIN), available for specific applications.

Sulfur coated, which lasts for about 8 weeks and Polymer coated, lasting about 12 weeks. Both time estimates may vary depending upon the amount of rainfall. To avoid unwanted growth stimulation, do not apply slow-release fertilizer late in the growing season.

Weed and Feed

Weed and Feed is a common term which refers to fertilizer that contains weed killer for broadleaf weeds such as dandelions. Pre-emergents, such as those commonly used to prevent crabgrass, are weed killers which must be applied before the weeds germinate. They are ineffective if the weeds are already actively growing. Pre-emergent weed killers are often mixed with fertilizer and are designed to be spread in early spring. Crabgrass normally germinates when the ground temperature reaches 60ー F - the ground temperature at which dogwood trees start to bud and forsythias begin blooming.

The weed killer in post-emergent types of fertilizers are contact killers, and are effective only if the weeds are already actively growing. They will not kill weeds which have not yet germinated. Timing of the application of pre-and post-emergents is critical for success. Applying these products too early or too late is essentially a waste of time. Read the package carefully before selecting to be sure which product fits your needs.

How to Read a Fertilizer Package Label

The three numbers (often called NPK) on a fertilizer package tell you the percentage of the base elements nutrient makeup by weight. These percentages in fertilizer compounds are formulated for everything from asparagus to zinnias. The three main components are:

  • Nitrogen (symbol N) for leaf development and vivid green color.
  • Phosphorous (symbol P) for root growth.
  • Potassium (symbol K) for root development and disease resistance.

For example, a bag marked "16-4-8" contains 16 percent nitrogen, 4 percent phosphorous and 8 percent potassium. The other 72 percent is usually inert filler material, such as clay pellets or granular limestone. To know how much of each is in the bag, multiply the percentage by the size (weight) of the bag. (Example: a 50 lb. bag of 10-10-10 contains 5 pounds each of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium)

There may also be secondary elements such as calcium for root growth, magnesium for sugar formation, and sulfur for green color. The minor elements that may be present are zinc, iron, manganese, copper, molybdenum and boron. Don't feel concerned or cheated by the presence of the so-called inert material in the fertilizer bag. Its purpose is to help distribute the fertilizer evenly and prevent chemical burn.

So say adios to winter, grab your KeyRingThing card, and get out into The Great Outdoors. Loew's and KeyRingThing can help you make the most of your time there.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Swing Into Spring With KeyRingThing and The Home Depot

Though it was a long time coming, Spring is finally here and that is good news to all you gardeners. Finally, you can put away the daydreams and get started on this year's garden.

You'll need lots of flower and vegetable plants (not to mention replacing that sorry spade or rusty shovel) but before you go shopping, there's three things you should do:
1. Apply here for a Home Depot Consumer Credit card, and you'll enjoy 10% off all your purchases.
2. Unclutter your wallet by putting your Home Depot's Consumer Credit Card's bar code on your KeyRingThing card.
3. Join the Home Depot Garden Club here. It's free and let's you take your place in a community of gardeners, share regional how-to's, and receive exclusive members-only coupons and discounts delivered right to your inbox.
Then grab your KeyRingThing card and head on over to The Home Depot, where you'll find everything you need to make your garden grow.

Here are some tips from the Home Depot to help you pick out the perfect plants to create your very own Eden:

Choosing Garden Center Plants

Pro tips from Garden Center experts

One of the much-anticipated rites of spring is the mad dash to the Garden Center, where enthusiastic green thumbs will find the shelves well stocked with hard-to-resist plant temptations. Wondering what to buy? Do you covet the newest varieties or make a beeline for tried-and-true favorites? No matter what you choose, you’ll want to look for plants that will perform well in your garden.

The Home Depot Garden Center experts take extra care to bring you healthy, robust plants. Take full advantage our experts primer to help you select one that is right for you.


  • Before you head to the Garden Center, take note of the conditions in your garden. For example, are your flowerbeds in the sun or shade? Is the soil moist or dry? Do you want a garden that blooms throughout the growing season? While shopping for plants with this information in hand, you can seek the varieties best suited to your growing conditions.
  • Look for plants with lots of leafy growth and many buds.
  • Know the potential size and proportion of the plant so it fits the space you’re planning to transplant it to once you bring it home.


  • Choose short and stocky ones with dense branching, which indicates a healthy and well-distributed root system.
  • It’s better to buy plants that are still in bud rather than in full bloom. Initially, non-blooming plants spend more energy producing strong roots, which encourages better flowering throughout summer.
  • Perennials
  • Consider the shape of the plant. Select sturdy specimens with strong-looking, full foliage with multiple stems.
  • Since most perennials need at least one year before blooming, bigger is definitely better. A larger container indicates the plant has spent a winter outside and is acclimatized to the weather. Once planted in your garden, it will become established easier and bloom faster. Younger plants may not bloom the first year.
  • For low-maintenance options, ask your Garden Center expert for recommendations that will not need lots of care but will provide years of interest.

Trees and Shrubs

  • Look for plump buds in early spring, when leaves may not have emerged yet.
  • Look for even branching on all sides, with fuller rather than taller growth.
  • When it comes to trees and shrubs, size may matter to you. Larger specimens will initially make your landscape look more established and mature, but if you’re willing to wait two or three years, those in smaller containers are less expensive and can eventually outpace larger ones.
All of us at KeyRingThing wish you a Spectacular Spring!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Send The Very Best With KeyRingThing & Hallmark

With Spring having finally made an appearance, what might be called "The Celebration Season" is upon us. First Communions, Confirmations, Graduations, Passover, Easter, Baptisms and Christenings--all events to be marked with some good wishes (and the occasional check). Let your KeyRingThing card make shopping easier at the Hallmark Gold Crown store nearest you.

Hallmark has been a great American company for more than 100 years and a treasure trove of gifts for any occasion can be found at your local store. Ornaments capturing the imprint of a newborn's hand or a precious silver frame holding a christening announcement...Digital scrapbooks to which you add your own photos, music, and words to commemorate a special Easter dinner or Passover Seder with the family...a personalized photo plate, decked out with mortar boards for the graduate...True to the long-standing motto, "When you care enough to send the very best, choose Hallmark."

Become a member of the Hallmark Crown Rewards Program and shopping gets even better. Joining is free and you gain rewards and coupons with every purchase. Here's some particulars about the program:

  • Shopping Rewards
    During select months, you'll receive a Shopping Rewards coupon to use on products throughout your Hallmark Gold Crown store.
  • More Bonus Points
    The higher your level, the more Bonus Points you get for every card you buy. When you've reached a higher level within a calendar year, you'll enjoy more rewards the following year. A higher level means even more rewards.
Crown Rewards Program Member Levels:

Plan Name

Bonus Points

Shopping Rewards


Spend $100.00 - $199.99

or buy 20-29 cards

10 with every card you buy

in stores

1 Silver Shopping Reward


Spend $200.00 - $299.99

or buy 30-49 cards

15 with every card you buy

in stores

2 Gold Shopping Rewards


Spend $300.00+

or buy 50+ cards

20 with every card you buy

in stores

3 Platinum Shopping Rewards

To join and see program terms and conditions, visit

Hallmark has been the author of some of the most memorable messages of your life. Now let them help you pass along some heartfelt congratulations to a young person you know who is embarking on their future. Here's a little Hallmark help:

The Right Words To Congratulate A Grad

It's more than a cap, gown or diploma. Graduation is a milestone that marks a fresh phase of life. Whether your grad is 12, 18, 22 or 42, this major accomplishment deserves a huge pat on the back! Here are a few easy ways to make your words of congrats—whether written in a card or spoken in a toast—extra memorable.

Commemorate the noteworthy event
Cards are so much more meaningful when they include a personal message. There are six basic steps to putting together a scrapbook-worthy congratulatory note.

  1. Greet the grad. Be as formal as your relationship. (Close enough to share a nickname? Use it!)
  2. Express your congratulations clearly. This is the first sentence of your note, so be straightforward, yet warm.
  3. React to the news. Let the grad know how you felt when you received the announcement in the mail.
  4. Compliment & look ahead. Always knew the grad could do it? This is the time to say so! Take a few sentences to make the note feel extra personal.
  5. Restate your congratulations. Because, truly, you just can't say it enough.
  6. Give your regards. A "sincerely" makes for a good general closing, but consider warmer options for a closer relationship.

I'll toast to that!
A great congratulatory speech is constructed similarly to a memorable note. But toasts come with the added benefit of fewer space and time restraints. So take an extra moment to share anecdotes that the grad—and party guests—will appreciate, from humorous to heartfelt. Props are encouraged! So bring your art major-to-
be's very first refrigerator door creation, or recall a story about the law student's earliest attempts at talking his way into an extra helping of dessert.

Add the Hallmark Crown Rewards barcode to your KeyRingThing card, freeing up your wallet, and then get to your local Hallmark store and start shopping. Here are some special offers available for a limited time:


Save $15

Totally Ticklish Duck


with each purchase of three Hallmark cards (regularly $29.95). Press this little duck's foot to hear her sing. She won't stop until she's tickled under her wings—then her song changes to giggles. Valid through 4/24/11

Save $15

"Don't Pull My Ears!" Donald Duck


with each purchase of three Hallmark cards (regularly $29.95). Back by popular demand! Donald Duck sings a song and flaps his arms. But pick him up by the ears and he'll move his arms faster as he squawks "Hey! Put me down!" Valid through 4/24/11

Tossed Eggs Gift Bag


with any purchase (regularly $3.99). This colorful gift bag is perfect for holding just about any Easter surprise. Valid through 4/24/11


Free Watson and the Case of the Sneaky Stealer Book

with purchase of Watson Raccoon Interactive Story Buddy (regularly $9.95). This lovable raccoon will steal your heart! Read his adventure aloud and he'll chime in with his own responses. While supplies last.

Free Cooper's Big Bear Hug Book

with purchase of Cooper Interactive Story Buddy(regularly $9.95). Story time just got a lot more fun! Read this story aloud with your little one and Cooper will chime in with his own responses. While supplies last.

Hallmark Roll Wrap

$399 each or two for $5.99. Stock up on colorful roll wrap perfect or just about any occasion.

Let KeyRingThing and Hallmark's Crown Reward Club make this "Celebration Season" a truly memorable one.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring Break from Southwest Airlines and KeyRingThing

Fuel prices have gone up (thanks a lot, Khadafi) but you can still get some cheaper airfares to great locations for your Spring Break or Easter travel (it's late this year) if you use your KeyRingThing card and load it with some frequent flier programs like those from Southwest Airlines.

We know Southwest has undergone a lot of changes lately, so here's the latest info so you can make the most of your new Rapids Rewards membership and escape to warmer climes this spring:
Rapids Rewards New Membership Offers:
Unlimited Reward Seats: If there is a seat available, you can redeem your points for it.
No Blackout Dates: Blackout dates-banished. Your choices and possibilities are now open.
Points Don't Expire: Plan your getaway for next week or next year. Your points stay "fresh".
Earn Points With Every Dollar: The fare determines the number of points earned (& earn points for every dollar spent with our Partners.)
No Change Fee/Bags Fly Free: With some restrictions, you may change your flight for no charge and your first two bags may fly free.
Redeem for International Flights: If you get a Rapid Rewards Credit Card too, you can redeem points for international flights, hotels, car rentals and more.

Some Q&A About the changes:

How do I enroll in Rapid Rewards? The easiest way to enroll in Rapid Rewards is through the Rapid Rewards section of Quick and easy screens will walk you through the enrollment process. Once you complete enrollment, your account number will appear on the screen. Print this screen to start using it to receive points for flights and Partner use. It's that simple.

As an existing member of the Rapid Rewards program, do I need to do anything to enroll in the new program? All active Rapid Rewards Members will continue to be active Members in the new program and will not be required to re-enroll. You will retain the same account number in the new program. Additionally, if you have an online account, you will maintain your same login credentials.

What happens to my existing Rapid Rewards unused credits from the old program? If you have a credit balance in your account prior to the conversion to the new program, you will continue to see your credits in your account. Credits will maintain their original expiration date. You will have the one-time options to convert points earned in the new program back into credits from the old program at a rate of 1,200 points (= 1 credit) in order to reach a total of 16 credits and redeem them for a Standard Award.

How many points per dollar does it cost to redeem for a ticket? The number of points required to redeem for a free flight is based on which fare product is purchased. The number of points required for redemption is based on the advertised fare for a ticket. See the Redemption Rate chart at

Can I combine points and cash for a reservation? No.

Are there any inventory restrictions in the new program for points? No. Points may be redeemed for any class of service. If a seat is available, it can be redeemed for points.

Can I buy points? Yes, but purchased must be made with a credit card. Points are offered in blocks of 1,000 with a minimum purchase of 2,000 and a maximum o 40,000. Each 1,000 point block costs $25.

What Happened to My Existing Credits? Your credits are safe and secure and you can still use then toward a new flight. Simply convert enough credits from the old program (1200 points=1 credit) to reach 16 credits (enough for a Standard Award.)

What About My Existing Rewards? If you already have an award, hang on to it. You can still use it. Nothing's changed.

Exciting News:
For those who had A-List or Companion Pass members status from the old program: On March 1st your status carried over into the new program and we invented a whole new level of special recognition for you...A-List Preferred, In addition to the A-List benefits, you'll get Priority Check-in and Security Lane Access also.

And to help you get the best deal on a getaway, be sure to enter to take advantage of these two fabulous offers.Nationwide Sale on Southwest Vacations!

Spring into Summer and save up to $100 nationwide in exciting places including; Vegas, Orlando, Southern California, Florida beaches, & more. Plus, receive up to two show tickets at select Vegas resorts. Hurry! With discounts this low, supplies won't last.Win A Dream Vacation To Charleston

Soak up the southern charm of Charleston, South Carolina! There's something for everyone in this beautiful, historic city. Enter for a chance to win the ultimate vacation, and while you're at it, plan your own getaway. Don't miss out on great hotel offers, Southwest Vacations packages, cruise offers, & rental car deals!

Be sure also to sign up for Rapid Rewards emails--the easy way to receive all the latest news, information, and promotional offers from Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards and the Rapids Reward report--which gives you personalized account info, news and ways to maximize your membership.

More details on all of the above at

Whether you are headed to New Orleans or Houston or Phoenix, enjoy the balmy breezes thanks to the new Rapid Rewards program from Southwest Airlines. And don't forget to pack your KeyRingThing card and enjoy your Spring Break with an uncluttered wallet.