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World’s Largest Ugly Sweater Party

During the holidays, I love to entertain. But, in between all of the festive events that I host here at my house, I also love to go somewhere to grab a bite for dinner that I DON’T have to make and clean up after. So I’m totally loving this fun idea… To warm up for the holidays, Red Robin is hosting the “World’s Largest Ugly Sweater Party,” all day long on Wednesday, December 10! Any guest who visits Red Robin decked out in their most fabulously festive “ugly holiday sweater” will receive a FREE appetizer with purchase. How cool is that, right?

To warm up for the holidays, Red Robin is hosting the “World’s Largest Ugly Sweater Party,” all day long on Wednesday, December 10! Any guest who visits Red Robin decked out in their most fabulously festive “ugly holiday sweater” will receive a FREE appetizer with purchase. [Read more…]


Free Books and Cheeseburgers

In my house, eating healthy is important. Abby is starting to learn the difference between “healthy foods,” and things like candy and cookies. I have a big veggie garden, fruit trees, and am learning to can and freeze some of that delish harvest for the winter months. But, even though I am on a big mission to help my family live cleaner and greener, I still think there’s room for fun foods – things that aren’t that healthy, but sure taste good.

As with all things in life I try to live by the 80/20 rule – 80% healthy foods, 20% splurges. And one of Abby’s favorite splurges is a Happy Meal from McDonald’s. Like, it’s her F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E. You know that scene from Cinderella, where they sing the “Sweet Nightingale” song? {The video below can jog your memory if you need it…}

Well, Abby was watching this recently. And you know how little kids will try to fake sing a song? {She just turned 3 in late July.} They’ll kind of silently move their mouths, getting a word in every now and again, as they try to learn the song? Well, I’m watching Abby do that, thinking how cute it was, when suddenly she starts singing along, with her own lyrics….

“Sweet, sweet Happy Meal. Sweet, sweet, Happy Meal. I-a-a-a-aiiii, I love you….”

Seriously, I was like Ron Burgundy. I was in a glass case of emotion – so many feelings going on…. It was the most precious little moment watching her sing so incredibly serious and sweet. It was also one of the funniest things I’d ever heard in my life. I was laughing, crying, and ooh-ing and ahh-ing all at the same time. This silly girl is definitely my kid. :)

McDonald's Happy Meals have books in November

Well, we recently stopped at her beloved McDonald’s to get her favorite – a cheeseburger Happy Meal, with fries and apple slices {lucky for me, the apples are her favorite part!} – plus a low fat chocolate milk. Did you know that McDonald’s has dedicated the whole month of November to supporting the importance of reading in kid’s lives? Yep, every day this month they’ll be encouraging kids to read by including a book in every Happy Meal sold. [Read more…]


Layers of Smokehouse Brisket Flavors

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arby’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

In my house, there are two different types of cooks. I’m the casual cook – I prefer throwing stuff in a crockpot, mixing up a simple casserole or pasta dish, or tossing together a quick skillet dinner. The Mister is the meat man. We bought a fancy new grill this year from Sears – it has two sides, one for charcoal and one for propane, giving him a ton of room to work his magic. We’ve got indoor grilling gadgets, he can cook a roast like nobody’s business, and one of his favorite things is a good brisket. So when I heard that Arby’s had a new Smokehouse Brisket sandwich on the menu, I knew he’d want to check it out.

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Do You Dream of Lobster?

It’s a lobster lover’s dream… Yep, I’m talking about Lobsterfest!! It’s that time of year again… The time to head to your closest Red Lobster restaurant and dine on your fave lobster entrées from their amazing menu. This is the 30th anniversary of Lobsterfest, which means they must be doing something right if it’s been popular for this long, right? Want to know what you’ll find during this amazing fest?

 Wood-Grilled Lobster & Tacos [Read more…]