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Holiday Memories & Food: Save Big on Restaurant Gift Cards Now

Think about your favorite holiday memories… Most of them revolve around food, right? Big holiday dinners, birthday nights out, an anniversary event with food and drinks at your favorite restaurant. Family and food are what the holidays and celebrating are all about. For us – we do a combination of in-home and out and about… For the major holidays, we always do a big dinner at my house – Thanksgiving and Christmas we have around 50 people over here! I love having a way to give something special to all of my favorite peeps as a big ol’ special thank you each year. And it’s so much fun to see everyone in one place together – celebrating. We also love going out to eat, for breakfast. It’s awesome, in a different way – because I get to actually just sit and enjoy everyone during those times – without worrying about cooking and cleaning up!

Restaurant gift card deals

Need a last minute gift idea? Restaurant cards are a perfect pick!

So, when it comes to last minute Christmas gifts, restaurant gift cards are my fave pick! Whether they use them right away, for a great start to the new year – or wait and save them for a special birthday or anniversary – everyone makes special memories when getting together for a night out. And a really smart gift card idea is a Darden gift card – which are good as some of your favorite spots!

Olive Garden Exterior

Olive Garden is a must stop for all Italian food lovers – and has some amazing deals right now on lunch specials, as well as some super delicious limited-time dinner options. And who can resist that unlimited salad and bread sticks with every order??

LongHorn Exterior

We don’t have a LongHorn Steakhouse here in town – but boyohboy, when we find when while traveling, we always stop to visit!! Steak is pretty much Mike’s favorite food – and Longhorn gets it right, every time. {Plus, unlike some steakhouses, they have great options for non-steak lovers like myself, too.} And visit their site today to enter to win steaks for a year!

Red Lobster Exterior

Red Lobster is another HUGE fave of Mike’s – I don’t eat anything out of the ocean, and he would eat it all, in a big bowl smothered in butter, lol. But I love the atmosphere, and we go here often for big occasions to celebrate.

All of these restaurants are included in a Darden Gift Card!!!

Buy one card, and it works at ANY of these restaurants. And – what’s even cooler right now – For every $25 you spend on a card for Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, or Red Lobster – you get a bonus $5 bucks. Spend $50 – get a $60 card. Spend $100, get an extra $20 on top of that!! That is a pretty sweet bonus. If you give it as a gift, it gives you an extra bit of generosity to your gift, totally free. If you were already planning a big meal out with the family, why not plan it for one of these restaurants? Then you can buy the gift card now, and make your budget go further. Good times, good people – and good food!

 Get your Darden Gift Card today – and take advantage of this sweet bonus deal today!!

 {Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Darden. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.}


How to Make Choosing a Healthy Breakfast Simple & Delicious – #BreakfastLove

“Life is complicated, so we’re making healthy simple.” – IHOP… I am LOVING the new Simple & Fit menu from IHOP. It can be tough to make the healthiest choices when dining out, since you don’t always know how things are prepared, or how many calories a dish really has if it’s not listed. So it’s awesome when a restaurant cares enough to simplify it all, and clearly list the healthier options, and the details of what they include. Check out the new Simple & Fit line-up {and keep reading to win a $50 IHOP gift card too!}…

Simple & Fit Breakfast meals

These are just a few of the incredibly yummy choices available, you can see the rest of the under 600-calorie breakfast choices on their site. And this is NOT like most of the “healthy options” sections of a menu that you’re used to, where you’ll find a small handful of choices. No way mister – IHOP has created 30 new delicious meals for you to pick from. Want to see my personal fave?? [Read more…]


You’re Never Too Small to Make a Difference – Giveaway

BK Crown Kids Meal

Imagination is King

Does looking at that Burger King crown bring back fun memories for you, too? We were on a pretty tight budget when I was growing up, so going out for lunch was a bit of a luxury – which meant a TON of excitement when we would get kids meals at Burger King! I remember wearing that crown the whole day, pretending to be a queen….

How will your little King or Queen use their power?

Burger King wants to encourage kids to do great things – and they want to know what matters most to YOUR child! Every time you eat at Burger King, you can enter your Kids Meal packaging codes on, and let your child choose which great program to support. Choose from:

  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • Have It Your Way™ Foundation

You’ll also find tons of fun for your family on – Your kids can play games and interactive activities, and even win prizes! And, since Burger King knows that many families have tightened up their budgets, they made a fun new menu option to fill up your family without emptying your wallet.

BK Family Value Meal

The new BK™ Family Bundle

This great new value meal for families includes a WHOPPER® sandwich, WHOPPER JR.® sandwich, two small fries, two small soft drinks and a Kids Meal. How great is that? And, even better – I’m giving you the chance to WIN a couple of FREE meals! One winner will receive a $25 Burger King Gift Card to treat their own little ones like royalty!

Enter to Win

Use the easy peasy Rafflecopter form to get your entries in – and don’t forget to check my cool giveaway widget over in the sidebar, and find more awesome giveaways to enter. Good Luck!

{Disclaimer: This information, prize pack and giveaway have been provided by the Burger King Corporation through MyBlogSpark – all opinions are 100% my own.} 

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Get Today’s Top 30 Best Free Samples!

Welcome to another great edition of FAN-tastic FREEBIE Friday!!

I put together a big ol’ load of great free stuff for you guys- get ’em while they last. Some of these might go pretty quick.

And, if you have just a minute today, Abby Piper still needs YOUR votes to get a spot on the Munchkin Bunch! Click to vote, and it lets you give her 5 votes each day. She’s the first cutie pie, with a pink flower in her hair. Thanks bunches!

Have a great weekend!

Free Stuff For You:

  • Coffee: Get your choice from two free sample varieties of Joe’s Coffee. Get it here.
  • Axe: Get some great samples of Axe Touch + Hold products. Get it here.
  • Busy Moms: Get an amazing, free, tool to help organize all of your family’s info- My favorite is that it can automagically make family newsletters! Free Tool.
  • Baby Talk Magazine: Get a FULL year subscription for FREE! It always has tons of great coupons- sometimes they even do promotions with $10 off coupons for Amazon or Love it. Click Here.
  • Icy Hot: Get a free sample of Icy Hot from Walmart. Free Sample.
  • Free Computer Back-Up: This easy peasy service gives me total piece of mind- and backs up ALL of my baby girls photos, so I can’t lose them! Get it Here.
  • Samples: Get the newest free samples posted on MySavings, like Infusium 23 and Ojon. Free Samples.
  • Free LED Light: Like Ben’s Outlet on Facebook and get a free credit card sized LED light! Get it here.
  • Shout: No, not at me, silly. Get a free sample from Shout! Free Shout Color Catchers sample.
  • Dove: Get a great sample of the new Go Fresh body spray from Walmart. Free Dove Spray.
  • Coupons: Save $10 off a $25 purchase at Macy’s, and more. Print ’em here- Printable Coupons.
  • Free Mommy Cards: Get a set of 25, totally gorgeous, designer “Mommy Cards” – either to promote your business, or as play date cards! Minted Promotion, until 9/26.
  • Home Depot: Join their mailing list to get loads {seriously, I get so much good stuff!} of great coupons, offers, idea magazines, invites to events, and more! Sign Up Here.
  • Recipes: Get a free subscription to Melt Magazine, filled with yummy looking cheese filled recipes! Free Magazine.
  • Kabongo: Sign up with this link to get a FREE basic games package {worth about $10 bucks!} Then, share it with your friends, and for every 2 who sign up, you’ll get MORE free games!
  • Spark: Get a free sample of Spark Energy Drink- I’ve heard it’s amazing! Spark for Free.
  • Spot On: Another energy freebie- Because I know us mommas need them! Get a free sample of an energy patch, sounds cool. Free Patch.
  • Nutrisystem: Get your FREE body assessment! “Take an important step toward living healthier by determining your BMI (Body Mass Index) score today.” Click Here.
  • Fragrance: Get a free sample of Calvin Klein Beauty. Free Fragrance. I just got this- It is the most nicely packaged fragrance sample I’ve gotten, ever– and it’s the deluxe spray style.
  • Arthritis: Get a free guide to help manage your arthritis, plus other tools, coupons, and freebies. Join Here.
  • Puppy Chow: Join the Puppy Chow Healthy Start Program for coupons, free samples, and cool stuff. Click Here.
  • Herbs: Get a free herb guide from NCAM. Herbs at a Glance guide.
  • Note Cards: Add your children’s photos or artwork, and get them free! Click Here to design your set too!
  • Gourmet: Get a free sample from Food Storage Chef. Gourmet Sample.
  • Free Cash: Get $5 bucks free today when you join, and there are loads of ways to earn more. One cool way is that they pay you .10 cents EVERY time you redeem a coupon you print from their site. 10 coupons = $1! Easy peasy. Sign Up Here.
  • Parenting: Get a free Adventures in Parenting book- Order Here.
  • Sweetener: Get a sample of Sooo Sweet to try out at home. Get it here.
  • Free Bedtime Stories: These are from Goodnights, and you can burn ’em to a disc, get an MP3, or watch online. SUPER cute. Bedtime Theater.
  • Chili’s: Get a FREE coupon when you join the mailing list- and more each month! I just got a really awesome offer from them today. Chili’s Free Food.
  • Quizno’s: Sign up for the Quizno’s club too- get FOUR free coupons now, and they do TONS of promotions for members only. I even get dollar off coupons in my regular mail. Click Here.
  • Evolve: Get a freebie of the new Evolve energy mix! Request it here.

I love freebies!

So much better to get a mailbox filled with FUN stuff, instead of just bills. If any of you ladies come across a fun free sample today, share it in the comments!

And if you have more freebie-lovin’ friends, make sure to use the buttons to share this to Facebook and Twitter- Friends share, right? :)



Stack your Savings at 4 Restaurants: Half off Gift Cards and More!

Get some AMAZING deals from some of your favorite restaurants!

There are a bunch of ways to save: The Saveology Deal, with half off gift cards, plus use their mailing lists and rewards clubs to get extra freebies and dollars off certificates!

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Saveology is having a SWEET deal, for new sign-up’s ONLY: Get a $10 Gift Card good at Chili’s Bar & Grill, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, for only $5!! This is first come, first served, and will sell out fast. Get it by signing up here, then purchase the deal!!

Stack the Savings:

Make sure to sign up for some of these newsletters, so you can stack these savings with your half off gift card!

  • Macaroni Grill: Sign up for their newsletter and get newsletter and get a $5 off certificate!
  • Chili’s Bar & Grill: Sign up for Chili’s Club emails and get a coupon for FREE chips and queso on your next visit!
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy: Sign up for their E-Club and get $10 off your next purchase!
  • On The Border: Sign up for their Club Cantina for special offers, coupons, and exclusive updates, just for members!

Using these coupons and savings in addition to the sweet deal today from Saveology can get you an {almost} free night out!!


Join the Dairy Queen Fan Club for Frosty Freebies!

Who Loves Dairy Queen??

I do, I do!! I mean, like, L-O-V-E Dairy Queen :) And I also LOVE good deals, right?

So of course I LOVE that for this week, Dairy Queen has a promotion for Buy One Get One 50% off on all Blizzards! No coupon required. Super yum.

Join the Fan Club!

If you’re a big DQ fan like me, then sign up to join the Dairy Queen Fan Club, and get access to tons of cool stuff… Including a $1 off coupon on your next DQ treat!

You can also upload a pic of your family to their Facebook page for a chance to win prizes.

Dairy Queen always has so much cool stuff going on. Make sure to sign up for the club, so you stay updated on all the fun!

If you love free food, check out these great coupons too:

  • 4 Free Quiznos coupons including a free sub with sub and drink. See coupons for terms and conditions. Click Here to get it.
  • Join Chili’s Email Club and get access to exclusive discounts and special offers – plus a free order of Skillet Queso & Chips on your next visit to Chili’s. Click Here to get it!

Join Arby’s Rewards, Get a FREE Roast Beef Sandwich!

Get a free roast beef sandwich like the one picture here when you sign up for Arby's Extras and become an Arby's Insider.

Sign up for Arby’s Rewards = Get a FREE Sandwich!

Yep, that’s right… You get a FREE Regular Roast Beef Sandwich just for joining their rewards program that you’d want to join anyway!

Sign up for the Arby’s Extra’s Rewards program, and you’ll get to be an Arby’s Insider. That means you’ll get exclusive coupons, including more free food, and get notified when they have cool new events and giveaways.

If you love free food, check out these great coupons too:

  • 4 Free Quiznos coupons including a free sub with sub and drink. See coupons for terms and conditions. Click Here to get it.
  • Join Chili’s Email Club and get access to exclusive discounts and special offers – plus a free order of Skillet Queso & Chips on your next visit to Chili’s. Click Here to get it!

More Savings Tips

And… If you eat out a lot, do a quick Google search for a few of your other favorite restaurants. Most of them have rewards-type clubs you can join. This is a great way to get lots of money-saving coupons!