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A Quick Lunch on a Busy Day with Restaurant.com

by Jennifer Wieland
A quick lunch on a busy day gets even better when you save money with Restaurant.com gift certificates! #ReviewCrew
I am part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew!

 

Yesterday my oldest was off of work and he and I were hanging out, cranking out some much-needed housework. By lunch time though we were ready for a break and some food. We decided to head to this little Mexican spot he goes to pretty regularly and grab a quick bite of food that we could bring back home with us. I checked my Restaurant.com app and realized I could ge a gift certificate so our food would not only be quick but cheap as well. 

A quick lunch on a busy day gets even better when you save money with Restaurant.com gift certificates! #ReviewCrew

Burrito Station is a local Mexican, fast food place that is frequented by a lot of the community college students (it’s right across the street from the college) and folks that want a hearty meal that won’t break the bank.

A quick lunch on a busy day gets even better when you save money with Restaurant.com gift certificates! #ReviewCrew

Burrito Station has a fairly large menu and there are a handful of tables inside to sit and eat if you want to or if you are in a big hurry you can just go through the drive-thru.

A quick lunch on a busy day gets even better when you save money with Restaurant.com gift certificates! #ReviewCrew

The quantity of the food you get is more than enough to fill you up and the taste of everything was pretty good. The ingredients were fresh and the quality was good.

A quick lunch on a busy day gets even better when you save money with Restaurant.com gift certificates! #ReviewCrew

Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal.  Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go.  Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends!  And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill.  Bon Appétit!”

 

 


Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

by Jennifer Wieland
Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates
I am part of the Resurant.com Review Crew.

 

I absolutely love a good breakfast! I am one of those people who can eat breakfast for any meal of the day. There are just so many good options. This week I got to go out and enjoy breakfast with my oldest child and was able to save money doing it with a Restaurant.com gift certificate.

Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

With our Restaurant.com gift certificate in hand we headed to the Egg & I, a popular breakfast spot near our house. The staff at the Egg & I was very friendly and nice! We were seated immediately and our drink orders were promptly taken. One of the things i liked best was that when they brought out my iced tea and my son’s soda, we not only got a glass of it but a carafe of each too so we could keep our glasses topped off. 

Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

The selection and variety of food was great! After we ordered our food was brought out quickly and came precisely as ordered. 

Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

Our waitress stopped by several times to check on us and make sure we were okay. She also brought us a frequent diner card and explained how that program worked. I will definitely be using that card more!

Enjoying Breakfast Out is Easy with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal.  Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go.  Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends!  And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill.  Bon Appétit!”

 

 


Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com

by Jennifer Wieland
Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com
I am part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew and this post is sponsored by Restaurant.com but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Last week I needed to drive out to my sister’s house after I got the group off to work and school. We are working on my youngest nephew’s first birthday party. While she has two kids in school (ages 12 & 9) she also has a set of twins that are two and the baby is almost one. Since her husband and the older ones are at work and school it is hard for her to tote three kiddos two and under around by herself. I decided I would bring them all a little treat that morning plus grab something for my group too. I was able to put a smile on three little faces thanks to Restaurant.com and their gift certificates.

Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com

What some people don’t realize is that you find hidden gems like the Donut Den on Restaurant.com. the Donut Den is an old school donut shop that smells like a sugary heaven when you walk in. The locals that visit there often (my sister’s family included) swear by this place and how great its donuts are. There was a $5 Restaurant.com gift certificate available with a $10 minimum purchase on it. This made it easy for me to grab a half-dozen for my sister’s kids and a half-dozen for my kid’s after school snack. 

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The Donut Den’s donuts are light, fluffy and perfectly glazed and iced. While super flavorful they are not overly sweet. Their glazed donut is pretzel shaped for a bit of fun and whimsy.

Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates #ReviewCrew

They do have your standard donut fair but they also have some fun and seasonal flavors like peanut butter & jelly, pumpkin and Oreo. My personal favorite was the cinnamon roll donuts. Each day they have a daily special and it’s listed as soon as you walk in. 

Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates #ReviewCrew

Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal.  Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go.  Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends!  And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill.  Bon Appétit!”


Restaurant.com is for More Than Just Dining Out

by Jennifer Wieland
Restaurant.com Gift Certificates - The CarmelCorn Shop
I am part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew and this post is sponsored by Restaurant.com but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
 
 

I have talked about how I love to use Restaurant.com so that I can dine out and try new restaurants at a discount several times on the blog before but did you know that Restaurant.com gift certificates can be used for more than just dining out? That’s right, this holiday season you may be able to find some gift certificates for places that have great gift ideas for your family and friends. I recently found and purchased a Restaurant.com gift certificate for The CarmelCorn Shop to get some gifts.

 Restaurant.com Gift Certificates - The CarmelCorn Shop

I was super excited to find the gift certificate for The CarmelCorn Shop! Popcorn is always such a great treat and something often given at the holidays. I was also excited about this because I had no idea that a short drive from my house that this shop even existed. It has been around since the 1930’s and they only use all natural ingredients.

Restaurant.com Gift Certificates - The CarmelCorn Shop

I decided to take my three youngest with me to the The CarmelCorn Shop and when we arrived it was a little shop that was unassuming. When we went inside though my kid’s faces immediately lit up! This is a perfect shop for kids! The store was filled with large glass jars of candy, lots of popcorn and ice cream. We were able to buy bags of cheese popcorn, carmel corn, candy corn & and even un-popped popcorn (they have a special variety) to pop at home. They were bagged up lovely and are going to make great holiday gifts this season for my husband’s office.

Restaurant.com Gift Certificates - The CarmelCorn Shop

My son absolutely loved the Christmas tree made from candy corn.

Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal. Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go. Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends boutique! And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill. Bon Appétit!”


Kidecals Helping to Organize and Decorate My Life

by Jennifer Wieland
Kidecals Waterproof Canning Labels
Thanks to Kidecals for providing products for me to review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Now that all of my kiddos are in school full-time I have been on a purge and organize mission in my house. I’m pretty sure that each week my garbage man curses me along with my husband who is hauling out all of the junk to the curb. I’ve been cleaning and organizing like a woman on a mission and one of the tools that has been helping me with the organization is Kidecals.

Kidecals are delightfully versatile and cray durable decals for your family, your life and your home. They have labels for just about anything you can think of and do make custom labels as well. You can get wall decals, kid’s labels, chalkboard labels, keyboard labels, bumper/laptop stickers, even canning/baking labels and many more. The labels are both dishwasher and washing machine safe. So that means you can go ahead and label your kid’s clothing, lunch boxes, book bags and toys and the labels won’t be going anywhere. It also means that you can label items around the house as well and these lovely labels will hold up.

Kidecals Waterproof Labels

Since I am on an organization kick I personally ordered some of the chalkboard labels. I am trying to store and label all of my baking supplies and these are going to be a great help.

Kidecals Waterproof Chalkboard Labels

I also ordered some absolutely beautiful, canning labels with my blog name on them and blank fields to label what the item is. These are going to come in so handy at Christmas time for homemade gifts!

Kidecals Waterproof Canning Labels

Lastly, I ordered a fun little laptop sticker. My laptop is boring old gray and when I saw the stickers on Kidecals I had to have one to make my laptop a little more personal and a lot more me.

Kidecals Waterproof Labels

Could you use some new labels and decals for the kids, yourself or your home? Then use the code ilovelabels with your order, which will give you a 15% discount on any Kidecals orders and remember that shipping is free on all orders!

 

 


Use the Perfect Pop App by Pop Secret to Pop Perfect Family Movie Night Popcorn!

by Jennifer Wieland
Pop Secret Perfect Pop #sponsored

 Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring today's discussion. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
 

It was a tradition in my house growing up to watch movies together on the weekends and my dad and mom would always pop Pop Secret popcorn for us to eat and give us some lemonade to drink. Now that I’ve been a mom these last 21 years it is a tradition with my group too. We’ll pop some Pop Secret microwave popcorn, drink some lemonade and have a family movie night. The kids always look forward to it and sometimes I feel like it’s the only time we all calm down enough to enjoy hanging out together. The only problem I have though with movie night is that my pre-programmed popcorn setting on my microwave never cooks the popcorn long enough and when I try to add time I always end up burning it and nobody, but nobody likes the smell or taste of burned popcorn. Oh to pop perfect family movie night popcorn!

I know I’m not alone in my burned popcorn experience. Everyone can relate to the frustration of burning popcorn, so Pop Secret decided to solve the problem once and for all, so you can spend more time enjoying movies and less time worrying about burned popcorn!

With your iPhone 5+ on iOS 7+, download Perfect Pop (“Perfect Popcorn”) for free on the App Store.

1. Put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave and enter suggested cooking time from the packaging. Note: Perfect Pop is optimized for the deliciousness of Pop Secret popcorn only.

2. Turn up the volume on your iPhone. Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.Pop Secret Perfect Pop #sponsored

3. Start the microwave, and then start the app.
Pop Secret Perfect Pop #sponsored

No more relying on the popcorn button or guessing how many seconds in between pops. Pop Secret is serious about perfect popcorn, so the less you have to worry about, the more time you can spend enjoying movie night with your friends & family. Perfect Pop listens to the pops, waiting for the precise moment to let you know when your popcorn is perfect.

Pop Secret Perfect Pop #sponsored

I have to say that the popcorn did come out perfect! It was so nice not to have a bag half popped or popcorn that’s a little black around the edges. The kids thought the app was tons of fun! They liked the inside the bag view that showed all of the popcorn popping away. They were also jumping up and down and yelling stop when the app said stop.

Pop Secret Perfect Pop App #sponsored

My son read every fun fact to us that the app gave.

As you can see here the kids were completely into the movie we watched and certainly went through all of their popcorn very quickly! Luckily, though I was able to pop some more perfect popcorn for the whole family to keep their popcorn bowls filled during the movie.

Pop Secret Perfect Pop App #sponsored

 

Pop Secret Perfect Pop #sponsored

 

 



 


Restaurant.com Review Crew: Beggars Pizza Review

by Jennifer Wieland
Restaurant.com Review Crew - Beggars Pizza Review

I am a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew and I have received a Restaurant.com gift certificate to help facilitate with this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I realized the other day when trying to decide where to go for my next Restaurant.com Review Crew review that I have not done a pizza place at all. I do not know how being in Chicago I could have made such an over site, especially since pizza is a staple in my house. As I’m sure everyone knows, Chicago is known for Chicago style deep dish pizza but what most people outside of Chicago don’t realize is that there are two other types of pizza found in Chicago pizza places, stuffed and cracker crust pizza. Sure we do have some places that sell New York style or flatbread pizzas too but the main ones are deep dish, stuffed or cracker crust. So for my review I decided to head to Beggars Pizza in Mokena, IL. Beggars Pizza is a pizza chain here with more than twenty locations throughout Chicago, the suburbs and Northwest Indiana. They have been around for more than 37 years and they were voted into the Top 100 Pizza Companies in the USA by Pizza Today.

Restaurant.com Review Crew - Beggars Pizza Review

I love going to Beggars for pizza because their motto is “We lay it on THICK!” and they sure do. There is always so much cheese on the pizzas that it is super gooey just the way I like it. My kids are huge pepperoni fanatics and they put tons of it under the cheese. Now I have gone to other places where I have had pizza with lots of pepperoni and it is usually a greasy mess but not here. It’s just packed full of meat and cheese or any other toppings that you may order.

Restaurant.com Review Crew - Beggars Pizza Review

Beggars has a full menu complete with appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and a large selection of pastas. I have never ordered anything from here that was not really good. Seriously, I love their meat sauce! They also offer a lunch buffet that has a selection of all of their menu items and is sure to quell any Italian cravings you may have. Another plus is that they also have catering packages available which are all reasonably priced.

Restaurant.com Review Crew - Beggars Pizza Review

Once again, it was such a great thing to be able to login to my Restaurant.com account and find a gift certificate for my family. Using the Restaurant.com gift certificates helps me stick to our household food budget while still being able to dine out when we want to and it’s even better when we get to use it at one of our favorite restaurants.

Restaurant.com Review Crew - Beggars Pizza Review

Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal. Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go. Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends! And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill. Bon Appétit!”

 


Restaurant.com Review Crew: Mindy’s Ribs Review

by Jennifer Wieland

I am a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew and I have received a Restaurant.com gift certificate to help facilitate with this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

For this month’s Restaurant.com Review Crew review I headed out to lunch with the kids on a day that they had a half day at school earlier this month. We went out to a favorite local place called Mindy’s Ribs in Mokena, IL (a Chicago suburb) as a nice treat for the kids. They absolutely love going here to eat! They have a huge menu with a large kid’s menu so each of them can always find something that they want to eat. I always like places like that because it makes it easier on me. Most of the time when we dine out there is at least one person whining about where we are going because they want something else. That never happens here and I mean how could it with standard kids foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, chicken tenders and corn dog nuggets and  different items like a sub, Italian beef, BBQ chicken and ribs as other choices for the kids to eat. I also like that I can get amazing soups and wraps there along with the 1950’s retro decor. The other thing the kids and I like is that they also have an ice cream counter where you can get cones, shakes, malts, sodas and sundaes. Even better though they sell kiddie cones for 25¢. These are a perfect incentive to get the kids to sit, eat and behave. (Note* I am totally okay with bribing my children at times.) When they are done they each get a quarter and dash up to the ice cream case to decide on the flavor they want and then get to be big kids and pay for their own ice cream. The cones are small enough that they can finish them but big enough that they think they’ve had a really good treat.

 Restaurant.com Review Crew: Mindy's Ribs

Luckily, for us going out to dine at Mindy’s is easy and inexpensive with Restaurant.com. Mindy’s Ribs is a regular restaurant on Restaurant.com so at the beginning of each month I can easily buy some gift certificates to use throughout the month for lunch or dinner. Now, with the kids getting out of school and summer coming, heading to Restaurant.com and grabbing some gift certificates for local places or wherever you are traveling will really help cut some costs this summer for you and the family.

Restaurant.com Review Crew: Mindy's Ribs

Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal. Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go. Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends! And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill. Bon Appétit!”


Cutting Boards USA Review

by Jennifer Wieland
Maple Cutting Board from Cutting Boards USA

I received a cutting board from Cutting Boards USA to help facilitate this review. All thought and opinions are my own.

Cutting Boards USA was kind enough to send me one of their arched maple cutting boards to use in my day-to-day life to see how well it works. For me this was an easy review to do because I am always chopping and dicing in the kitchen and thanks to my husband who is a woodworker I already knew the best way to care for a wooden cutting board. When you get a wooden cutting board you will want to oil it. I used mineral oil for mine but there are many other options available to use on the wood. Maple Cutting Board from Cutting Boards USA

Once my cutting board was oiled and ready to be used I gladly put it to the test with some produce. I placed a damp towel under the board to make sure that it did not slide and went to work cutting up potatoes and lemons for dinner. The cutting board worked beautifully for this and cleanup was a breeze with some soapy water and a good hand wash. The cuts to the board from the knives was minimal and I liked that this particular board has a liquid groove all the way around to catch any drippings. The size (9″x12″x3/4″) of the board was also nice without it being to large and difficult to store. With proper care and maintenance I know this cutting board will last me for years to come.

 Maple Cutting Board from Cutting Boards USA

Cutting Boards USA makes cutting boards in Maple and Walnut and in a variety of sizes and shapes. They even offer novelty boards, custom designs and engraving. Any of those would make a perfect gift for a wedding shower, house-warming or even for Mother’s Day. To learn more about the proper care and maintenance of the cutting boards and to see the products they have available head on over to the Cutting Boards USA website.

 


Restaurant.com Review Crew and Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant

by Jennifer Wieland
Restaurant.com Review Crew - Pepe's Mexican Restaurants

I am a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew and I have received a Restaurant.com gift certificate to help facilitate with this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Restaurant.com gift certificates are a great way to save money dining out at local favorites. Places you may go to all the time may have gift certificates for purchase on Restaurant.com making your next meal out cheaper than you imagined. Maybe you always hit a local burger spot for lunch. Then be sure to see if they have gift certificates available in small denominations for a cheap lunch. Maybe there is a local restaurant that your family likes to eat at on those nights when nobody feels like cooking. Then check out Restaurant.com for gift certificates in larger denominations to suit your entire family. Quite often this is my favorite way to use Restaurant.com. At the beginning of each month I like to hop on my computer and see what local spots have gift certificates available. I also like being able to do something you can almost never do when dining out… save money.

I have a large family and going out to lunch or dinner with everyone can make me want to cry. Using Restaurant.com gift certificates though can really help make this a possibility for us though on a regular basis. Now I can take my family out to places they like to go but without breaking the family bank. This came in handy when my oldest son came in for a few days at Easter. The kids were all off of school and home so we all got to have lunch together at Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant which is a local Chicago chain of franchised Mexican restaurants.

Restaurant.com Review Crew - Pepe's Mexican Restaurants

My kids are all big fans of Mexican food and all like going out to Pepe’s and since my oldest had been surviving at school on a diet of ramen and sandwiches he was glad to get a nice big meal in his belly. They do also have some American fare on the kid’s menu just in case your little ones don’t want Mexican food. I personally like going there since the prices are reasonable to begin with, the food is good and I can get a Restaurant.com gift certificate to make it an even better deal.

Restaurant.com Review Crew - Pepe's Mexican Restaurants

For more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal.  Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go.  Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends!  And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill.  Bon Appétit!”


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