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Month: October 2013

Celebrate National Pizza Month! ~ Restaurant.com Gift Card Giveaway

I received a Restaurant.com gift card for the purpose of this review.  This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  Thoughts are my own.
We are Celebrating National Pizza Month with Restaurant.com!
The fall weather is upon us and there is nothing better than a cozy relaxing weekend afternoon with family having some amazing Pizza for dinner.
Tonight’s pizza order in our house will consist of 2 large extra cheese pizza’s.  Extra Cheese is the kids favorite type of pizza.  The hubby loves peperoni unless we’re at a Brazilian restaurant, then he’s all about the olives and corn topping.  My favorite is Chicken Barbeque Pizza.  However the kids usually win and we get Cheese!
Restaurant.com Giveaway

Restaurant.com created an interesting infographic based on a survey that asked diners; “How well rounded is your pizza eating routine?”
http://www.restaurant.com
According to diners,
81% prefer independently owned restaurants versus popular pizza chains.
Here are some other key facts that
might surprise you:
  • A majority of pizza
    eaters also seek deals or coupons for their purchase at least some of the time
    when ordering pizza.
  • Rather than choose
    delivery, 37.5 percent of diners said they dine out for pizza because of its
    convenience (accessibility, timeliness).
  • Chicago Style
    Deep Dish was one of the least preferred crusts (8.5 percent) among those
    surveyed. Thin and crunchy was the most popular crust
    among respondents in our survey (39.9 percent) followed by hand-tossed, New York
    Style crust (38.9 percent)
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Restaurant.com is the trusted and valued source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide. The company offers savings at thousands of restaurants nationwide with more than 50,000 gift certificate options. Restaurant.com brings people together to relax, converse and enjoy well-prepared and served meals at affordable prices. To date, Restaurant.com customers have saved more than $1 billion through the gift certificate program.
Connect with restaurant.com to celebrate National Pizza Month on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and through their blog!
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I received a Restaurant.com gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Caramel Apple Recipe Fun with the Kids

We had 2 huge bags full of apples from our apple picking trip so one of the ways the kids asked to use them was to make caramel apples. This is a new tradition for us, we always make apple crisp and pies but for some reason we haven’t made caramel apples before.  I was excited to try though and wanted to make it a really fun activity for the kids. 

For dipping we had:
Caramel (I melted Vanilla Caramel candy squares)
Chocolate
White Chocolate
Purple Chocolate
Orange Chocolate
Crushed Pretzels
Candy Corn
Halloween Themed Sprinkles
Crushed Butterfingers
Peanuts
 The kids had a blast dunking the apples in everything and getting as sticky as possible.  They didn’t want to stop but eventually we ran out of caramel.  We put them in the fridge to harden and I could hear little hands checking on them every few minutes.
They turned out so yummy and the kids were all so proud of their creations!
This is definitely an activity we’ll be repeating next year!

Parlee Farms ~ Pumpkin Picking in Massachusetts ~ 2013

Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Parlee Farms is one of my favorite outings of the Fall Season!  The kids always have a blast and there is so much to do that it never seems to be overly crowded in any one particular area!
The Kids Favorite part of the farm is the Hay Maze, they run around in it for about an hour each year whether we are apple picking or pumpkin picking.  Its not very big, but its still a nice size for the kids to run, jump, and get lost in.

Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
They also like the tractor training area.  Anthony is starting to outgrow this but the little ones still have a blast driving the little tractors around.  The foot pedals are still a bit hard for them to reach so Grammy had to walk around with them and push on the pedals when they would get stuck.
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Parlee Farms is hands down my favorite place to get apple cider and warm cider donuts!  You can see the donuts coming out of the fryer, dunked in the sugar, and placed in a bag right while your standing in line.  The apple cider also tastes very fresh!  Everything is so yummy we sat down outside immediately and ate up!
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Next we went over to the Animal Barns to feed the animals.  Aidan would have stayed here all day if I let him.  He loves animals more than any child I’ve ever seen!
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Then finally, the reason for our trip, The Pumpkin Patch!  We already had 2 bags of apples at home from our apple picking trip, so we had our minds on Pumpkins when we planned our Parlee Farms trip this year.  There was thousands of pumpkins to choose from and we made it out with six.  3 smaller pumpkins to paint, and 3 larger ones to carve.
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
Pumpking Picking Tyngsboro Ma
With the exception of some minor fights over who’s turn it was to push the wheelbarrow, we made it out with no meltdowns and some amazing memories!
I will always LOVE this yearly tradition!

Halloween Milkshakes! ~ TruMoo Milk Review and Giveaway

TruMoo has come out with a fun way to add some Halloween fun to your normal milk drinking experience!
TruMoo’s Orange Vanilla Milk was a big hit in our house.
 For a Halloween Movie Night Treat, Anthony and I decided to make some vanilla milk shakes with our orange TruMoo Milk.
 We had some vanilla ice cream in the freezer so we put it in the blender with the TruMoo milk and TA DA an instantly fun shake! So easy, and Anthony was thrilled!
TruMoo also has two yummy drink recipes that we’ll be trying next time we have a Movie Night, You can check them out here.
 They are also hosting a giveaway on there site!  Head over to there website or Facebook page with the code on top of the Halloween Milk caps and enter to win a Goosebumps Hollywood Vacation and also get a printable coupon for the Goosebumps DVD!
Disclaimer:  We received this product for free to review as part of a BzzAgent Campaign.  No other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

Lots of Hair Straighteners and Curling Irons on Clearence at Target! ~ I got the Remington Waving Wand!

I have been wanting to get a wand style curling iron for some time now.  However as a straightener addict who is addicted to her CHI flat iron, I didn’t know where to begin but knew I didn’t want to spend $100+ on one incase it ended up at the bottom of my hair product basket, like the rest of my curlers.

So today I was walking through the clearance section of Target (Lowell, Ma) and they had tons of wands on sale!  The clearance prices ranged from $7-$30 depending on the brand and style.  I have liked Remington in the past and considering that was the one marked down to $7.48, I grabbed it!
Most of the Remington wands were on sale, I chose the Remington Waving Wand.
I cant wait to try it out, I’ll post a review when I do!
Target Deal
Target Deal

 

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