I mentioned that I ended up going with DreamHost and that it was a smooth set up. Well, today when I was looking around at some different options on their site, I found out that I could offer a coupon for hosting to all my friends!
Just visit DreamHost and check out their hosting options. When you checkout, use coupon code BOOGAJ and you will get $50 off your first year of hosting!
I hope you like them as much as I do!