A Contest To Pique Your Pinterest!

We know all of you are pretty pinteresting, which is why we are holding our first-ever HomeRun Pinterest contest! Below, we've posted a smokin' hot roundup of summery deals that all the cool kids are getting in on. To enter the contest, pin any of the deal images with the hashtag, #HomeRunPins. You will receive an entry for each image you pin, and an extra entry if you are a new follower, up to a total of five entries! Pin any of the images by Monday, July 2nd at midnight, to be entered to win $15 in pintastic HomeRun money! And of course, if you aren't following our boards, here ya go:

 Happy Pinning!

Washington D.C.: $31 for 4 Tickets and 4 Hot Dogs to any Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Home Baseball Game ($62 value)

Seattle: $10 for $20 towards Quad Skates, Inline Skates or Bike Rentals at Alki Kayak Tours

San Francisco: $18 for a Presidio Coastal Yoga Hike for 2 People from Yoga with Greg ($36 value)

Denver: $59 for a Family Pack for 4 at Bowl-ero Lanes with 2 Hours of Bowling, Pizza, Wings & Soda ($129 value)


A Deal That'll Make You Zig-A-Zig-Ah

Still have no clue about what "zig-a-zig-ah" means? Well, today is the day to find out, because the Spice Girls announced that they are "going to introduce a whole new generation to Girl Power," and reunite to produce a musical based on their hit songs. Count us in. Did you know that sixteen years ago today, the fab five first came out with "Wannabe!?" Wowzas, we sure feel old now.

So to celebrate all things spicy, come and guess what next week's LA deal is! On Friday, July 6th, we are offering a deal in Los Angeles that is so much fun, our funny bones are already starting to ache. If you wannabe our best friend, tell us what the photo below has to do with the mystery deal in question, and you'll be entered to win $15 in HomeRun credits! Submit your guesses by Thursday, July 5th at midnight, on this blog post, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest, to be entered to win. Now, spice up your life, and reminisce about one of the best girl bands in the history of Girl Power!


This Contest Is Bananas

Your attempts at winning one of our blog contests is not fruitile! A week from today, we are offering a deal for an event in Denver that focuses on a certain kind of fruit, which participants will then systematically throw at each other in a local park. Sounds bananas, ay? Well now is the time to be the apple of our eye, and reap the fruits of your produce knowledge! Enter to win $10 in some very sweet HomeRun credits. Submit your guesses by Sunday, July 1st at midnight, before our deal goes live on Monday morning!

Hint #1: The name _____ comes from the Aztec word, “xitomatl”, which means “plump thing with a navel."

Hint #2:  _____ come in a rainbow of colors, including red, yellow, pink, purple, black and white.

Hint #3: Tobacco, potatoes, eggplant, and chili peppers, are all closely related to the _____.

Hint #4: Although it's officially classified as a fruit,  _____  have nutrients found in both vegetables and fruit.


Now, let us take you down to Strawberry Fields while you're getting your fruit on with us. Good luck to our fabulous fruitarians!


A Chi-town Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt!

If you're planning on visiting the Jewel of the Midwest, you need to know a thing or two about the jewels that make up lady Chi-town. Next Thursday, we are offering a walking tour deal that will make you feel all warm and Mister Rogers neighborhoody inside. If you can pin down which Chicago hood we're taking you to, we'll send $15 in HomeRun money your way! Submit your guesses by Wednesday, June 27th, at midnight to be entered to win. Come on, won't you be my neighbor?

Clue #1: In ______, the Nine-Dragon Wall is made of dragons in maroon, gold, and blue, and signifies the nine different types of dragons in the world.

Clue #2:  You can read up on your Zodiac animal's personality traits in the  ______ square.

Clue #3: This group of immigrants first arrived in Chicago's  ______ in 1869, when the First Transcontinental Railroad was finished.  

Clue #4: Nosh on coconut-stuffed buns and egg custards from a local ______ bakery.


Bugging Out In Boston

Get as snug as a bug in a rug, because we're about to bug you with some insect trivia! Next Friday in Boston, we are running a deal that will let you interact with a whole roomful of a certain kind of bug. If you can guess the identity of said insect, we'll give you $15 in HomeRun moolah. Submit your guesses by Thursday, June 28th, at midnight to be entered to win! Now, come and worm your way in, lovebugs!


Clue #1: People who study or collect ______ are called Lepidopterists.

Clue #2: For many people, a  ______ landing on their finger means good luck.

Clue #3: When  ______  migrate, they always fly together.

Clue #4:  ______  taste with their feet.

Clue #5: While  ______ weigh only as much as two rose petals, they can still fly thousands of miles.


____ Food, I Heart Thee!

Here's some metatrivia for you: The term "trivia" actually originates from the Latin term meaning the intersecting point of three roads. Therefore, in honor of our sumptuous LA meal deal launching on Thursday, we are throwing some trivia at you from a country whose language stems from Latin. If you have the foodie chops to identify the country in question, we'll sprinkle $10 in HomeRun credits on ya! Just enter before Wednesday at midnight on FacebookTwitterPinterest, Google+, or this blog post, and you'll be rarin' and ready to go!


Clue #1: Wine is seen as its own food group in this country; children as young as 12 are allowed to have a little wine diluted with water during their meals.

Clue #2: This famous export is usually baked in a wood-fired oven, and packed with fresh vegetables, thinly sliced ham, salami, artichokes and olives.

Clue #3: Pasta is such an integral part of this country's cuisine that the Pope set quality standards way back in the 13th century.

Clue #3: Most dishes coming from the northern part of the country include meat and seafood, while southern dishes always include tomatoes. 


Peace, Love, & Understanding: Happy Birthday, Sir Paul!

"I don't work at being ordinary." - Paul McCartney

The iconic Paul McCartney turns a sassy 70 today, and still rocks harder than the kids - what more could a former Beatle want? Sir Paul has sixty gold discs to his name and is considered the "most successful composer and recording artist of all time," according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Not too shabby for a boy from Liverpool...

So how to celebrate McCahhtney's day of birth? Learn how to play some of your fave Beatles hits with our $19 deal for a year's worth of online guitar lessons from Dangerous Guitar. You will learn how to play guitar with step-by-step, lesson-by-lesson courses, that will bring you to ultimate rocker-dom.

Now, time to give your ears some love! Happy Birthday to one of the greatest musicians of all time. We love you, Paul.


Flipping For National Flip-Flop Day!

If you love spelunking around in comfort, flip-flops really are the greatest invention since shoes were divided into left and right feet. Since today is National Flip-Flop Day, brush the sand off of your old flops and take them for a spin! It’s also a great day to support Soles4Souls, a non-profit that gives shoes to those in need, and makes you reflect about what it's like to take a walk in someone else's shoes. Here at HomeRun/Deem, we’ve been collecting flip-flops all week long to donate to this awesome organization. Check out more information about how you can help by visiting their website.

Since we tend to live in those little slabs of foam during the summer, what better way to celebrate National Flip-Flop Day than by donating a pair to Soles4Souls while wearing your own! That is true flip-floppery if you ask us. And now we present you with some outdoor deals that are perfect places to don your flops:

- Denver: $59 for a Fly-Fishing Class & Dinner from Kirks Flyshop ($120 Value) Learn the basics of fly-fishing in a 4-hour class, and then kick back and relax afterwards with a delicious dinner.

- Florida: $1,168 for a 4-Night Stay in Miami for 2 w/ Key West & Everglades Tours from Miami Nice Tours ($2,058 value) Enjoy a 4-night trip to the magical city of Miami, beautiful Key West, and the wild Everglades!

- Washington D.C.: $26 for a Self-Guided Farm Tour for 2 & Seasonal Pairings at Cobbler Mountain Cellars ($54 value) Hike wooded trails, listen to live music, and sip on handcrafted wines straight from the source!

- Phoenix: $20 for 2 Adult Tickets to a 90-Minute Saguaro Lake Nature Tour with Desert Belle Cruises ($40 value) See exotic wildlife and stunning desert scenery as you cruise across Saguaro Lake!


Take The Cake & Guess Our Dessert Deal!

We get weak in the knees for a certain kind of sweet confection, which we are dishing out next Wednesday, June 20th! This treat is also steeped in history, which makes getting ready for next week's deal even more delicious! Guess the dessert in question and be entered to win $10 in HomeRun dough. Simply enter by Tuesday at midnight for our random drawing that occurs on Wednesday morning, when the deal goes live. Here's to a sweet victory, sweeties!


Hint #1: The first ____ was made by accident, when a baker in Bangor, Maine, didn’t have baking powder.

Hint #2:  ____ are rumored to be named after cartoon elves, created by the author Palmer Cox in 1887.

Hint #3:  ____ is also the name of Girl Scouts who are in 2nd and 3rd grade.

Hint #4: A ____ without chocolate is typically called a blondie.


Get Dating Down To A Fine Art!

Are you drawn to art? Well, we're about to turn your date night on its head with a 2-hour BYOW painting class for two at Yi Yan Art Academy in San Francisco! Bring a friend, a bottle of wine, and some artistic magic, and you will learn the techniques needed to master a masterpiece. After the two-hour class, both of you will leave with a finished painting, perfect for framing. Painting and wine-ing is a match made in creative heaven!

To help get your creative juices flowing, name the artists who painted each iconic painting below. Enter before the deal ends on Friday at midnight to be entered to win $10 in beautiful money. Get the picture? Good luck, ahhh-tists!