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Four Food Prep Ideas for Meals That Make Dieting Easier

by Jennifer Wieland
Four Food Prep Ideas for Meals That Make Dieting Easier

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glad. The opinions and text are all mine.

Meal time can be a mad dash of trying to throw things together during a busy afternoon or after a long day of work. Add trying to follow a strict diet for health reasons while your family gets to enjoy foods you can’t and having to worry about two different meals can become a stressful nightmare. It can also lead you right down the path of failure for your special diet. That’s why these four food prep ideas for meals that make dieting easier.

Wash, Prep and Measure Produce

Getting all of your produce washed, prepped and measured is an easy thing to do. So easy in fact that it’s easy to think I can do this later. What inevitably happens for me though is that those few extra minutes at lunch or dinner can wreak havoc on my best laid plans.

Cook, Slice, Dice and Portion Out Protein

I am following a Keto diet. That means unlike most diets I get to indulge in some delicious fat and protein options. While that makes it easier to stick to the diet it also means for busy people like me is that I need convenient grab and go options for throw together meals. Cooking meats, eggs and bacon in advance, slicing and dicing them and measuring them out and packaging them up in containers makes for quick breakfasts, lunch and dinner add-ins. These make great additions to a quick salad or stir the meats and eggs together for a quick breakfast that packs a protein punch.

Measure Out Snacks for Grab and Go Convenience

One of the things that makes eating badly so easy is that most houses and every grocery store is stocked with convenience foods that are all nice and neatly packaged up in grab and go containers. Makes your life easier right? No, not when you realize your backside is expanding as a result. Instead find healthy options that work for your particular diet. Measure out individual portions and package them up in plastic containers for the same grab and go convenience. This means no falling off your food wagon when the munchies hit.

Prep Your Drinks

Prep your drinks? What? This is important. A lot of time people mistake hunger for thirst. Most people don’t get enough fluids and healthy fluid intake is a key to getting healthy. I have a water bottle system that I use. I fill up the bottles each night and pop them into the refrigerator. This does two things. It guarantees that I’ll have ice cold water to drink and I have my fluids measured out for the day. I then know and can easily keep track of how much water I’ve drank.

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Making Friday a Little Easier on Myself with Carry-out and Restaurant.com

by Jennifer Wieland
Making Friday a Little Easier on Myself with Carry-out and Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew
I am a member of the Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

The last few weeks have been really rough for me. I had a hysterectomy last month and then suffered some setbacks during recovery and have had more time added to my limitations by my doctor. I’ve had to rely on my husband, family and friends to help me a lot and that is not something I am usually comfortable with (Hello, control freak!) so now that I’m able to do some stuff on my own again I’m trying hard to not let myself over do it. So when my husband texted me earlier today that he was going to be working late I made the decision to hop onto Restaurant.com and get some carry-out to make my life a little easier.

Making Friday a Little Easier on Myself with Carry-out and Restaurant.com

When I logged into my Restaurant.com account I came across a carry-out pizza place close to my house named Pizza Mia. I bought my Restaurant.com certificate to use their and then placed my order. The prices were very reasonable and I loved the selection. Since I am on a special diet I liked that I was able to find something for myself to eat plus order two different types of pizza for the rest of the family.

Making Friday a Little Easier on Myself with Carry-out and Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

My kids absolutely loved the pizza from this place! They had asked me to order the double crust pizza and they thought it was great. They liked the amount of sauce and cheese on it. My husband who is picky and not the biggest fan of pizza unless it’s from his favorite place was surprised by how good it was. Pizza Mia definitely made my family want to go back for more. 

Making Friday a Little Easier on Myself with Carry-out and Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew

I’m so glad I read the reviews on Restaurant.com site for Pizza Mia. There were a ton and almost all of them were rated highly. When I got there to pick up my order the person in front of me and behind me both had Restaurant.com gift certificates in hand for their orders as well. Restaurant.com and Pizza Mia are definitely a great pairing!

Making Friday a Little Easier on Myself with Carry-out and Restaurant.com #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!”

What’s your favorite go to Friday night meal?

 

 

 


$3 SALE FROM RESTAURANT.COM 

by Jennifer Wieland
$3 SALE FROM RESTAURANT.COM SAVE AT MORE THAN 23,000 RESTAURANTS NATIONWIDE

 

 

$3 SALE FROM RESTAURANT.COM 

SAVE AT MORE THAN 23,000 RESTAURANTS NATIONWIDE 

 

Spring has sprung! There’s no better way to celebrate than taking the family to enjoy alfresco dining and fruity drinks. To bring in the new season, Restaurant.com is serving up $25 Certificates for only $3 with Promo Code: SALE. All their other deals are on sale too! For example, grab a $10 Certificate for just $1.20. 

 $3 SALE FROM RESTAURANT.COM   SAVE AT MORE THAN 23,000 RESTAURANTS NATIONWIDE

 

 Finding a deal has never been easier!  Search Restaurant.com by location, cuisine, price range and more, to find exactly what you want, where you want it!  

Hurry! This $3 sale won’t last. Visit Restaurant.com today for amazing deals on delicious meals. This offer ends Thursday, March 31 at 11:59 pm CT. 

Restaurant.com and Specials by Restaurant.com make great gifts for everyone on your wish list. 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!”

 

 


Rosemont| It’s All Here

by Jennifer Wieland
MB Financial Park fun for the whole family! #Rosemont #MBFInancialPark #ItsAllHere
I was part of a media event invited to experience all that Rosemont has to offer visitors. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Just northwest of Chicago is the town of Rosemont and it just so happens to be neighbors with O’Hare International Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. Rosemont sees guests from all over the world and locals as well. As a result they have strived to turn Rosemont into a place with something to entertain and delight everyone and they have achieved it with great success because it’s all here in Rosemont. The town is now celebrating its 60th birthday and it is home to the MB Financial Park, which is home to 13 venues featuring international cuisine, nightlife, live music and comedy, state-of-the-art film and bowling venues and so much more. Across the street from that is Fashion Outlets of Chicago. This indoor outlet mall houses high-end stores and amenities along with a stunning contemporary art collection. Rosemont is also home to Loews Chicago O’Hare, a gorgeous, world-class hotel.

MB Financial Park fun for the whole family! #Rosemont #MBFInancialPark #ItsAllHere

The Loews Chicago O’Hare is a decadent and contemporary hotel. What sets it apart from its competitors is the vast display of art throughout the first floor of the building. After speaking with the general manager, I learned that this specific Loews hotel has a n agreement with a local art studio. The hotel displays and advertises the art for sale from the art studio. This is a mutually beneficial arrangement since the artists get exposure to their work and the hotel improves its aesthetics. 

Loews Chicago O'Hare - #Rosemont It's All Here! #VisitRosemont #LoewsHotels

One of the great restaurants in MB FInancial Park is Hofbräuhaus Chicago. This classic Bavarian bier hall brings more than 400 years of beer brewing and dining expertise to the Chicagoland area. The German themed restaurant is home to a German micro-brewery and beer hall. Guests are offered in-house brewed beers along with a huge selection of both domestic and imported beer options.

 

Hoftbrauhaus Chicago Image by Leigh Loftus Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus www.thinkleigh.com

Hoftbrauhaus Chicago
Image by Leigh Loftus
Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus
www.thinkleigh.com

The restaurant flies in its pretzels from a bakery overseas and then bakes them fresh for each order. The staff is outfitted in fun German based Oktoberfest garments and the restaurant and staff provide for a lively outing full of genuine German cheer. 

Hofbrauhaus Chicago - Rosemont, It's all here! #MBFinancialPark #Hofbrauhaus #visitRosemont

Hoftbrauhaus Chicago
Image by Leigh Loftus
Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus
www.thinkleigh.com

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a shopping mecca that draws in locals and world travelers alike. From whimsical candy shops to high-end clothing stores this two-story mall will thrill and delight everyone. With more than 130 outlet stores there will be something there for everyone.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago #Rosemont #FOCShopping

It’s convenient indoor parking garage helps protect visitors from the elements. The artwork throughout the mall is eye-catching and a delight of form and color.Fashion Outlets of Chicago #Rosemont #FOCShopping

For more information on these and the numerous other dining, hotel and entertainment options that Rosemont has to offer visit Rosemont.com.

 

 


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!”

 

 


Restaurant.com $3 Cyber Monday Deals

by Jennifer Wieland
Cyber Monday $3 Deals from Restaurant.com

 

 

$3 DEALS TODAY!

Restaurant.com Delivers the “Better than Best” Cyber Monday Sale

Cyber Monday $3 Deals from Restaurant.com

For families who want to avoid the hours of cooking and clean-up this holiday season, Restaurant.com delivers $3 for $25 Certificates with Promo Code: CYBER today only! Find places to meet, eat and be merry from 22,000 restaurants nationwide.

And if you’re traveling, feel free to take Restaurant.com on the road with you. Their mobile app makes a primary travel companion! Search for eateries by zip code and simply use the certificate from your phone at the restaurant.

Hurry – this “Better than Best” $3 Cyber Monday Sale won’t last. Restaurant.com is the trusted and valued source for connecting restaurants and diners nationwide. This offer ends Monday, November 30 at 11:59 pm CT.

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!”

 

 


Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast

by Jennifer Wieland
Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

 

Planning a family trip to Florida’s Emerald Coast will leave your family with memories of sun, surf, sand and a whole lot of fun if you head to these five fun, family friendly places to visit in the Emerald Coast. These five locations will have your meals and entertainment covered. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Gulfarium

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

The Gulfarium is a marine adventure park that will have not only the kids oohing and aahing but the adults as well.This park is very hands on and you are able to get very close and in some cases touch marine life.

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

This is a place that any age will delight in. From their silly sea-lion show to the utterly adorable baby dolphin born earlier this year your family will enjoy themselves all while getting in a little education.

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

The Gulfarium boasts a whopping 12 interactive encounters that you can add-on to your general admission. This is a great way for any adult or child to get a really unique experience that most people will never be able to enjoy. 

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill was a very pleasant surprise for me! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out I would be going here, a place that’s part of the Bass Pro Shop family.

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

I have to say that when I walked through the doors and took a look inside it was simply, beautiful! It has all the fun and whimsy that any child or child at heart would look for in a family vacation spot to grab some food and fun. 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

When you enter it’s like being inside a fishbowl with the feel of being in water. It has a full service bar and restaurant along with a bowling alley complete with shark and alligator ball returns. A vast array of fish are suspended from the ceiling to give you the idea of them circling about the fishbowl. 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s has been steadily expanding and has finally made its way to Destin, FL. LuLu’s is a fun, open and airy restaurant where you can dine on the beach or indoors. The stage in the middle of the restaurant hosts bands to keep your dinner experience entertaining.

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Have some kids with you? Don’t worry at all. There is an area on the beach just to keep the kids occupied and having fun. 

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

The food and drinks at Lulu’s are phenomenal. As a Midwest girl it was great getting to have unbelievably fresh seafood that made we want to come back again and again. The wait staff is also incredibly nice and helpful which is always a plus with kids. Plus they have rolls of paper towels at each table instead of napkins. You ever dine out with kids? Rolls of paper towels can make or break a meal!

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone Dino Island

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone Dino Island is a place that would have my kids smiling from ear to ear. It would be one of their ideas of a perfect day.

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s attractions:

  • Redemption Arcade – Over 65 games to be enjoyed.
  • T-Rex Island Adventure Golf – 18 hole fully animatronic mini golf course.
  • Hatchling Haven Adventure Golf – 9 hole, mini golf course with baby dinosaurs. (No animatronics)
  • Tree Tops Challenge – A 5 level ropes course. 
  • 4D Movie Exxperience – Several different, short movies are shown in 3D with motion and special effects.
  • Raptor’s Revenge – A laser maze that requires concentration and skill.
  • Ptero Jump – Trampoline jumping on a whole new level.
  • Spin-o-Saurus Coaster – A roller coaster with cars that spin in circles.
  • Inflatable Zone – Kids will jump for joy in this dinosaur themed inflatable zone.
  • Boat Battles – Go head to head with others when you take the helm of a remote control Military themed boat.
Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s Food Options:

  • Salvati’s Pizza Factory – Pizza, wings, paninis and salads are all good and reasonably priced.
  • Yogo Mogos – Frozen yogurt to ensure a sweet end to your outing. 
Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

This place definitely has some sort of fun for every family member. I liked that it was clean and well maintained. It even boasted a charging station in case your device’s battery was starting to dwindle. That  way you can make sure you do miss a chance to capture pics of your family fun.

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village is the place to stay and play on your visit to the Emerald Coast in Destin, FL. This beautiful resort boasts spacious condos that have multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, living room and kitchen. It makes it easy to leave home behind when you can access the comforts of home all while enjoying the sights and sounds of a new locale. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Destin Harbor is a breathtaking site to see while escaping the everyday for some fun and relaxation. Whether you are taking it in from your balcony or while strolling along the Harborwalk Village you will know your vacation has arrived and is waiting for you. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Harborwalk Village boasts a plethora of shopping, dining and adventure options. The 30+ stores offer up something for the youngest to oldest of shoppers to enjoy. The dining at one of the nearly 20 food shops, restaurants and bars while enjoying a one of a kind view and briny air will leave you wanting to linger well after your meal. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

No fear of heights or speed? Then take a zip across a zip line or hop on a jet ski. Want something with a slower pace then try Snuba, paddle boarding or quiet ferry ride to Crab Island. If none of those are to your liking, don’t worry. There are nearly 30 attractions and activities that await your family.

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Visiting the Emerald Coast will leave you rested, refreshed, with a smile and many fond memories!

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

Have you ever been lucky enough to enjoy a trip to the Emerald Coast? If so what are your favorite places to stay and things do while soaking up the fun and sun?

 

 


Fashion Outlets of Chicago – A Girl’s Shopping Dream

by Jennifer Wieland
Fashion Outlets of Chicago - A Girl's Shopping Dream

 

 

I recently got an invite to come and check out the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, an award-winning 530,000 square-foot shopping center that’s complete with 130 designer outlets, an eye-catching contemporary art collection and high-end amenities that will leave you asking where has this shopping experience been all of my life?

Fashion Outlets of Chicago - A Girl's Shopping Dream

Walking in there is no dull and drab decorations that are standard fare at most shopping outlets. There are bright, bold and vivid displays of color and pattern found throughout to grab your attention and take your trip from just shopping to an extended visual feast. Fashion Outlets of Chicago Children's Wing

The shopping has something for everyone. From kid’s stores to high-end retailers you will find just what you are looking for at great prices. The layout of Fashion Outlets of Chicago is also unique in that they took families into consideration. Busy parents can make shopping easier by parking by and entering the mall at the children’s wing. That’s right, they have a children’s wing that has family friendly retailers that include the Disney Outlet, Oshkosh B-gosh, Stride Rite and the Gymboree Outlet to name a few. This way families can pop in and get what they need for the kids without having to trudge through an entire mall to go to a handful of stores.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Food Court

Another advantage to the children’s wing is that it is right next to the food court. The food court is a bright and clean area that is inviting and filled with a good selection of food options. Chicago Burger Company, Chicken Now, China Max, DJ’s Taco Bar, Freshii, Haagen-Dazs, Little Tokyo, Maoz Vegetarian, Sbarro, South Philly Steak and Fries and Wetzel’s Pretzels round out the food fare in the food court. The food court also houses a family-friendly area in the back where kids can ride on some coin operated ride on machines. 

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Sweet Treats

Regular food court fare not going to cut it? Do you need something sweeter or with a jolt of caffeine to see you through an in-depth shopping trip? Never fear, Fashion Outlets of Chicago has you covered with three candy stores. Lindt Chocolates, Godiva Chocolatier and Lolli and Pops can cater to any sweet tooth you may have. If caffeine is your thing you can grab a drink at Starbucks or the only Lindt Bar in the country. That’s right cover your sweet tooth and your need for caffeine with a drink made with Lindt Truffles. Fashion Outlets of Chicago Concierge Service

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes customer service to a whole new level with their Concierge Services. No basic customer service here. No, they go above and beyond by making restaurant reservations, checking coats and their “Text Concierge” program which allows shoppers to text representatives questions. Since the Fashion Outlets of Chicago is right by O’Hare airport visitors who are on a layover can pass the time shopping and dining. Through a partnership with Go Airport Express you can access shuttles between the airport’s terminals and Fashion Outlets of Chicago. The shuttles also work to transport the center’s shoppers to and from downtown Chicago hotels. TSA-certified BAGS Inc. has partnered with Fashion Outlets of Chicago so that travelers have luggage held, print out boarding passes and even get your bags checked for your flight on site at the center. Did you just fly in from overseas and want to kick off your trip by doing some shopping or grabbing a bite? No problem there, international travelers can use the currency exchange and translation services. 

Ready to do some fall shopping or maybe you need a girl’s day out. Then visit the Fashion Outlets of Chicago website for more information on stores, hours and services or use the “Text Concierge” service and ask a representative any questions you may have at 847-957-4600.

 

 


Restaurant.com Review Crew – Family Friendly Dining

by Jennifer Wieland
Restaurant.com Review Crew - Grady's Grille - Family Friendly Dining
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.
 

With the kids being on winter break from school we have had lots of chances to get out of the house together during the day and enjoy some food as one of our favorite local food places. Thanks to Restaurant.com we are able to save money going to Grady’s Grille which just happens to have amazing food, reasonable prices and best of all a family friendly dining.

Restaurant.com Review Crew - Grady's Grille - Family Friendly Dining

Grady’s Grille is a local restaurant in town and I like that when you walk in you immediately feel like you are in a swanky downtown restaurant. It gets even better though! Most restaurants have kids menus and they are usually printed out on a paper place mat and the kids are given crayons. What sets Grady’s Grille apart and makes it a local favorite is that the kids menu is like a real menu just mini and instead of a few crayons each child is given a plastic container filled with play dough. You have no idea how this entertains my kids so much more than a few crayons does. Before they know it the food is being served and it ends up being a peaceful dining experience. Pair this with the great food and you have a perfect family friendly dining experience.

Restaurant.com Review Crew - Grady's Grille - Family Friendly Dining

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!”


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