Entries from February 22, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Friday
Feb272015

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

These kind of skillet cookies are my favorite! Find out how to make them here. From Damn Delicious.

 

Friday
Feb272015

Lay's: Win a Target Gift Card

Target & Lay’s have teamed up to give away 2,100 FREE $5 Target eGift Cards in their latest sweepstakes! Simply click the “Create My Flavor” link and create a flavor, which will automatically enter you in the sweepstakes. Winners will be notified via e-mail. You can enter this one everyday, through March 7th.

Friday
Feb272015

One Pot Baked Ziti

Find out how to make this delicious one pot baked ziti! From Damn Delicious.

 

Friday
Feb272015

7 Money-Saving Restaurant Tips

1. Go for Lunch

Many fine dining establishments are also open for lunch, and while some just serve a smaller menu of the dishes they serve for dinner at the same price, others offer some real deals.

Bouley, a well-known and well-loved restaurant in New York City is known for their tasting menus. Their dinner version is six courses and costs a cool $185, while their five course lunch version is $55. It may not have all of the same flourishes, but you are still eating a fancy pants tasting menu at Bouley without having to take out a second mortgage.

Blackbird, a celebrated spot in Chicago offers a lunch prix fixe that is $25 for three courses, which is cheaper than most of their single dinner entrees. They also offer a complete lunch menu that runs half the price of their dinner menu. Check out your restaurant of choice's menus and compare lunch and dinner to see if they offer midday bargains.

2. Go on a Weeknight

Not surprisingly, Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest times at all restaurants, let alone the really nice ones. Some establishments offer discounts or special (cheaper) menus on weekdays, especially Monday through Wednesday — Tuesday is statistically the least busy day for restaurants. Call or check a restaurant's website to find out if they offer weekday deals. City publications also like to do articles about such deals, like this round-up of Weekday Dinner Deals in LA.

Little Dom's, a popular Italian spot in Los Angeles that frequently serves celebrities, offers a $15 three-course family-style dinner on Monday nights along with drink specials. Just an entree can run up to $30 on a normal night, making a Monday night reservation a no-brainer.

3. Eat at the Bar

Restaurants don't just put a bar in their upscale dining rooms so that the liquor and bartender have someplace to hang out — it also adds seating without taking up as much room as tables. To reward you for sitting elbow to elbow with your stranger neighbors, many places offer bar specials, happy hours, or even an entire menu only available at the bar.

Spago is Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in Beverly Hills and is highly regarded by eaters and critics alike. The bill can easily surpass $100-200 per person even at lunch, but luckily they have a bar with it's own "bar bites" menu. Go during happy hour from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and order a drink and some "bites" and relish in the fact that you're sitting in Spago without maxing out your credit card. Call your local fine dining spots and see if they havesimilar deals. Be sure to mention that you want to eat at the bar when making your reservation.

4. BYOB

While some fine dining spots are pushing their 15-page wine lists, others are becoming more open-minded. A surprising number of restaurants are offering BYOB now, even if they offer wine.

Goosefoot, largely hailed as one of the best restaurants in Chicago, permits BYOB with just a $10 corkage fee. The food will still cost you a pretty penny, but you'll save big bucks on your drinks while eating top-notch food. Look for articles about BYOB spots in your city, or call and ask about a restaurant's policy. Then do a little math and compare their drink prices with bringing your own plus the corkage fee. The numbers are often in your favor!

5. Don't Buy $50 Leftovers

Finally time to order? Take a look around. What are people ordering? How big are the portions for appetizers and entrees? How much food are they ordering? Pay attention to the details and it will help prevent over-ordering and a $50 leftover situation. Make a plan with your fellow diners and share dishes so that everyone can try more things without over-ordering.

6. Hold That Drink Order

All wait staff is trained to ask for your drink order immediately, or even offer you a drink while you wait for a table. While there is nothing wrong with this policy, since you might be thirsty or might actually want a drink, they also do it in hopes that you'll order more drinks as the night goes on. Start early and you can easily be a drink in before you even order your food. Alcohol charges can add up quickly, so hold that drink order until you order food and enjoy your wine with the meal. Or, if you're a digestif fan, wait for dessert. If you don't want to give up that pre-dinner drink, pregame at home or at a lower-priced bar. It can also help to make a drink limit for yourself at the beginning of the night and stick to it.

7. Skip the Extras

Or, to really save money, don't order drinks at all. Drink orders can easily double your bill since alcohol typically has the highest mark-up at restaurants. You came for the food anyway, right? Plus, more alcohol equals more spending in more ways than one: a tipsy diner is more likely to order whatever they please and be surprised at their credit card bill later. If the restaurant isn't known for their desserts, then skip that, too, and grab some of your favorite ice cream on the way home instead. It will extend your fun night and save you an extra $10-$20.

Source: Wisebread.com

Friday
Feb272015

Free Target Gift Card from Shopkick

Today only, Friday Feb.27, before heading out shopping, be sure to download Shopkick first! SIGN UP, it's totally free!

This means you will  earn a $5 gift card JUST for walking into a handful retailers like:

  • Target
  • Aerie
  • Best Buy
  • American Eagle
  • Sony
  • Macy's
  • Walmart

Get started here! I've been using Shopkick for 2+ years and have cashed in points for gift cards to Fandango, Target and more.

Not familiar with Shopkick? Shopkick is a free mobile app for your iPhone or Android mobile smart phone.  By allowing it to see your location using your GPS, it will automatically recognize when you enter a participating store, retailer, or restaurant, then reward you.  You'll earn "Kickbucks" by simply entering the store and can earn by scanning barcodes within the store.  

Friday
Feb272015

Win a Dream Nursery #UrbiniDreamNursery

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Urbini. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

 

Are you a mom to be or attending a baby shower this year? If so, be sure to enter to win this amazing Urbini Dream Nursery. 

You could win:

 

  • One Urbini Crib
  • One Urbini Changing Table
  • One Urbini 6 Drawer Dresser
  • One Urbini Cubi Play Yard

 

Plus, in addition to the Urbini furniture, the winner will receive a home visit by Urbini designer Rachel Dacks to personally outfit a newly designed nursery.

Second Prize:

  • Choice of one Urbini Crib

Third Prize:

  • One Urbini Cubi Play Yard

Sweepstakes Winners:

Each day, one Sweepstakes participant will be randomly selected to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card

Urbini Dream Nursery

Not a new mom or mom to be? You can still win Walmart gift cards!

To enter the Urbini Dream Nursery Contest to win the Grand, Second, or Third Prizes, contestants must post an Instagram photo of the room they want to redesign to their personal Instagram account tagging #UrbiniDreamNursery and #Contest. For all other entry information, including entering to win the daily $50 Walmart Gift Cards, please visit www.UrbiniDreamNursery.com.

 

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·      Urbini Instagram account:@UrbiniBaby 

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·      Urbini Twitter page:https://twitter.com/@UrbiniBaby 

·      Urbini Pinterest page:http://www.pinterest.com/urbinibaby/

 

 

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Urbini. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


Friday
Feb272015

Free Domino Sugar

Thursday
Feb262015

Oven Fried Chicken with Honey Mustard Glaze

Find out how to make this delicious Oven Fried Chicken with Honey Mustard Glaze. From Damn Delicious.