Friday, April 27, 2012

The New #CoronaRita At Chili's

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I started something new last month that I should have been doing for the last, oh, I don't know, the last twenty years.  I sat down and made a budget for myself, that way I knew exactly how much money was going towards bills every week, and how much money I have left over to spend.  Surprisingly, I had more extra money last month than I have in a while.  I am hoping that I can do that evey month, that way, I can take the kids out more.

The first thing I want to start doing is taking the kids out to eat somewhere other than a fast food restaurant.  There are lots of places I see now that I drive all day long that I would love to try, and Chili's is one of them.  The closest one to where we live is about thirty minutes away, but after checking out the menu online, I know it's somewhere we would love to eat!

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They have a great kid's menu, which is important when taking Brandi out to eat.  She is a picky little creature, but there are several options I know she would love.  Ryan and Kasi are sure to find something they want, and I am looking forward to trying their Lighter Choice Grilled Chicken Sandwich, which comes with tomato, lettuce and non-fat honey-mustard dressing.  It is served on a wheat bun, with steamed broccoli on the side.  Sounds delicious, right?

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While I was on their website checking out their menu, I saw that they have a new drink, the CoronaRita, which is made with Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila and Corona.  I love Margarita's, so I am sure I would enjoy this drink.  I'm not sure  would drink if I had my kids with me, but I know I can convince the guy I'm seeing to take me there one night.  We don't have to go for dinner, just drinks.  And maybe dessert.  I bet the  Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie would go great with the CoronaRita at Chili's.  Heck, anything chocolate goes great with alcohol in my opinion. 

Have you ever eaten at Chili's? If so, what would you recommend I eat? What is your favorite entree or dessert?  And make sure you try their new CoronaRita the next time you are there, and come back here and let me know what you think!

Please remember, you must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages and as always, please remember to drink responsibly.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rebuilding Together And Pfister

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

Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization providing critical home repairs, modifications, and improvements for America's low-income homeowners. In the past thirty years, 3.4 million volunteers have completed work on over one hundred thousand homes across the United States. 

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For nearly 100 years, Pfister has been a leader in the plumbing industry, offering a wide variety of innovative, first to market plumbing fixtures and many additional products that have helped define the industry. They are proud to partner with Rebuilding Together with a goal to donate twenty thousand dollars in faucets to American communities in need.  Right now, when you sign up for Pfister's newsletter, you will be provided with a FREE Home Safety and Energy Saving guide from Rebuilding Together. I signed up, and the tips in this guide are awesome.  Some of them I knew.  For instance, I have known for awhile now that I need a more energy efficient washing machine and dryer.  My washing machine is pretty old, and I am really wanting a front loader, which I have heard are very energy efficient.  My dryer has seen better days, too.  I have to run it through two cycles to dry a single load.  I know tat is sucking up my power.

Check out the Friends of Pfister campaign site and sign up for yourself.  Yu can potentially save up to five hundred dollars a year by following their tips.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Help Fight Hunger

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Walmart Foundation for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Did you know that Springtime is the worst time of year for food pantries to keep their shelves stocked? 

Me either.  Thankfully, I have never gotten to the point where I have needed to reach out to a food pantry, but there are over fifty million Americans who do just hat.  I can not even imagine waking up in the morning and not knowing how I am going to feed my family.  There is something all of us can do to help make food available to those who need it.  Starting April 9th (and continuing until April 30th) you can Vote to fight spring hunger with Walmart .  Just visit that page and vote for the community you believe the money should go to.  Walmart will donate a total of $2 million to the 21 communities receiving the most support: $1 million to the winner and $50,000 each to the 20 runners-up. Winning communities will be announced May 1st. 

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I checked out the list (there are 200 on there) and was shocked to see the county where I live listed.  I live in Spartanburg, SC, and the Spartanburg SC Metropolitan Statistical Area has an unemployment rate of 11.4%. The highest rated community was in CA, with an unemployment rate of 29.7%.

In addition to voting, you can also help by purchasing select products from ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg's while shopping at Walmart. By doing so, you, the customer, can donate meals to Feeding America or Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit fighting childhood hunger. Check your local Walmart for more details.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Crafts With Tulips

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

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I think this little bunny planter is adorable, and super easy for even the littlest kids to make (as long as mom is right there to help!). All you need are a few basic craft supplies and a recycled can.

The ears and whiskers are made out of white pipe cleaners. Use the pipe cleaners to shape the ears and then glue white and pink felt to the back.  Glue them to the inside of the can. Glue on the whiskers with a mini pink pompom nose in the middle.  Add googly eyes, and you have the cutest little bunny! The perfect touch is the beautiful cut tulips filling the can.  I am sure every Grandmother out there would proudly display this as a centerpiece on the table for Easter dinner.

If you are looking for a centerpiece that is a little less childish, check this one out:

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This one is super simple to make.  All you need are two glass vases, one small enough to fit inside the other. Stuff paper Easter grass (which I love! It is so much better than the plastic strings) between the vases, fill the inner vase with water and add some tulips, matching the color of the flowers to the paper grass.  Beautiful, right?

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