Friday, June 26, 2015

Unusual Restaurant Success Stories

While comfort foods such as hamburgers and pasta are always popular, certain restaurants are able to push boundaries when it comes to the food they offer. Sometimes people want something a little bit out of the ordinary and some restaurants thrive because they cater to diners’ curiosity. Here is a look at some successful American restaurants that have become hits giving customers dishes that feature unusual menu items:

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Restauranteur Tim Love launched the original Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in 2000 in Fort Worth, Texas. It quickly became a hit with customers for its refined takes on classic Southwestern food and for the unique meats served. Along with traditional meats such as beef and chicken, Love offered customers items made from exotic meats such as rattlesnake, boar and kangaroo. The foods were a hit with diners who wanted to try something different.

Love’s formula proved to be a success. Today the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro is one of the most popular restaurants in Fort Worth, while Love has also opened other restaurants nationally.

Barton G.

With a flagship restaurant in Miami and second one in Los Angeles, Barton G. Weiss has made a name for himself as a restaurant owner with a flair for the dramatic. The menu at his Barton G. restaurants are filled with eye-popping, oversized and unusual items. Some of the most unique items on the restaurant’s menu include lobster “pop tarts” that are baked in a large toaster at the table and a “garden salad” served in a wheelbarrow with a rake and a hoe. Barton G. meals are known for their humor and whimsy as much as their flavors.


This chain of restaurants serves fairly standard food items such as roasted herb chicken breast and filet mignon. So what makes it so unusual? The fact that diners are served their meals in pitch black conditions. The idea is to force diners to abandon their sight and use their other senses to appreciate the meal. Opaque is just one of several “blind dining” restaurants to pop up around the world in recent years.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Children's Miracle Network Partnered with Walmart and Pampers (Giveaway)

Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. To show support for the organization and the one in 10 kids in North America who are treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year, Walmart and Pampers have teamed up to donate $200,000 in the month of June.

When you visit your local Walmart and purchase products like Pampers Swaddlers, portions of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. With help from our support, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year. Did you know that 1 in 10 kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year? Kids like 6 year old Nathan, an adorable little by who reminds me of my four, only Nathan is being treated at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for Mitochondrial Disease.

“Lively” and “energetic” are common descriptors of any young boy. But Nathan’s spirited demeanor comes from deep within and with help from his hospital, as he was born with a condition that depletes vital energy levels.

Just a few weeks before his first birthday, Nathan was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a degenerative disorder that attacks the mitochondria — the source that creates enough energy for the body’s systems to sustain function and support growth. Nathan’s seven specialists ensure he stays on track with oxygen supplementation, daily medication and the placement of a gastric stimulator in his stomach — which he refers to as Ironman’s “arc light.”

While his body may not always have the proper energy, Nate’s fun-loving personality stands in stark contrast to his disease. He has no problem keeping up with his two older sisters, he loves playing on his iPad and he is the biggest Gator fan Florida has to offer.

Miracles happen everyday and you can help children like Nathan, by supporting the Children's Miracle Network. Remember throughout June, at Walmart, your purchase of products like Pampers Swaddlers will help support this amazing network of hospitals and the miracles they preform everyday.

Do you have a connection or story to share about a Children's Miracle Network Hospital? I would love for you to share.

Win It: Just for taking the time to learn more about the Children's Miracle Network and there partnership with Walmart you have the chance to win a $25 Walmart gift card! Thanks P&G. Enter below. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bring The Force to your Breakfast Table with Limited Edition Star Wars Cereal #Coupon

As a young girl, I remember my first Star Wars experience and my absolute love and obsession over Ewoks. There are few classics that have enough staying power to continuously reach out to new generations, but star Wars does just that. And with four boy you can bet we own a copy of each Star Wars movie and have watched them… well, more times than I could count. This weekend we brought back the thrill of Star Wars by bring The Force to out breakfast table with General Mills Limited Edition Star Wars Cereal boxes.

As we sat around doing a best Yoda impression we enjoyed every fruity flavored bite of Star Wars Cereal and the kids really got a kick out of the fun Star Wars themed “marbits” which included:

  • Yoda (green)
  • R2-D2 (blue and white)
  • Jedi Fighter (pink/red)
  • Stormtrooper (white)
  • Lightsaber (blue)
  • Lightsaber (red)
The corn pieces are in fun shapes too!

  • TIE Fighter
  •  X-Wing Starfighter
  • Millenium Falcon

This Limited Edition Big G cereal includes 10g of whole grain per serving, and offers a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Plus zero high fructose corn syrup! You can bring the force to your table beginning June 1st, when Star Wars Cereal will begin popping up (for a limited time) at major retailers and grocers across the country. *Save now with this $1 off coupon*

This yummy cereal can be found now in two limited edition packaging designs.The Yoda cereal box includes a quiz on the back of the package for fans to test their Star Wars knowledge. While the Darth Vader box has a board game on the back for fans to play. 

Love Star Wars? You’ll have even more opportunities to bring fun to the table and choose your side. In total, throughout the course of a year, fans will be able to collect 6 limited edition boxes featuring different characters. The boxes will come out in pairs and each will feature a “light side” and “dark side” character. Which side of the force will you choose?

Try Star Wars Cereal now available at all major grocery stores and retailers across the country. SAVE NOW! Grab your $1.00 off coupon HERE and save on Star Wars Cereal today.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Advancements Keep Coming! Redesigned First Response Pregnancy Tests #AD #IC

“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

15 years ago I gave birth to my first son, and 13 months ago, I gave birth to my last. Over the years there have been many advancements in home pregnancy testing from analog tests to digital and even week indicators. But one of the biggest advancements came when it was possible to detect pregnancy before your missed period.

For some of us the need to test early stems from excitement, anticipation, and even fear. And for those of us hoping to see those glorious words “pregnant” or those glaring two lines, testing early simply means finding out early. The first few weeks of fetal development are the most crucial, and knowing sooner allows women the benefits of early prenatal care and better self-care; like improved diet, eliminating exposure to risky habits, products, etc. 

Having 5 children it’s safe to say I’ve done my fair share of testing. The very first time I ever used a pregnancy test was the day I found out I was expecting my first. Not being too experienced in the area of pregnancy tests, along with being a ball of anxious nervousness, things were a bit awkward. It wasn’t easy not getting your fingers a bit wet, and then there was the waiting and waiting. When it was time to read the results… Well, I read them wrong! Yes, things (including myself) sure have come a long way, and First Response has redesigned their Early Detection Pregnancy Test to help eliminate those awkward and troublesome moments that come with determining pregnancy.

FDA approved, the First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test allows you test up to 6 days sooner than your missed period with more comfort and convenience. Redesigned you’ll find this test helps take the fuss out of home testing with a 50% wider tip, longer handle and curved design.

With an easy-to-read window you’ll get your results (two-lines, which do not have to be equal in darkness, equals pregnant) in 3 minutes with 99& accuracy the day of your missed period. Gone are not only the days of early morning testing and ten minute wait times days after your expected period, but thanks to the improved design of First Response’s Early Result Pregnancy Test, gone is also the awkwardness that may accompany testing – especially when testing in your bathroom at work like I’ve done!

Find the improved First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test,  available now at
at all major drugstores, mass and grocery stores for the MSRP of  $8.99- $12.99

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

How Do We Keep Our Kids Safe Online? Q&A with BGCA's Cyber Ambassadors #CyberSafe

"“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”"

As parents of the digital age we face a whole new unique set of challenges parents never had to worry about before, online safety and information sharing. As a child of the 80’s and 90’s I lived in a simpler time of technology, whose reach was just being developed. My 90lb PC screen and desktop only allowed for some basic typing, my parents had no interested in that dial-up technology that kept the phone lines clogged. My portable technology went as far as a beeper and boy did I think I was cool when I got voicemail added to my plan. Times were changing, but not so much that parents weren’t always sure how to cope. The phone would ring and they would know who was on the other line. And for punishment, I had to use the phone with the giant cord! My friends were made in school and face to face interactions were the only way.

As a mother of 5, I think, I’ve kept up with technology well. I use my cell phone and laptop as much as the next and can game like I’m still 14. But this doesn’t mean I understand any better than the next parent, the ins and outs of online safety and the different set of struggles our tweens and teens face within the new era of technology that allows you to document everything, find anything, and even track down your location.

Are you a #Cybersafe Parent?

Throughout the month of June, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in partnership with Sprint are bringing the tough topic of Internet safety to the forefront and addressing some of the problems that our tweens and teens face today in this cyber world. We’ve all seen the stories of cyberbullying, inappropriate picture sharing and online predators. So how do we, as parents, allow our kids to safety engage online, whether through their phones, laptops or gaming systems? How do we go about having the new tough “talk” of our time? Well, these are the just some of the questions the Cyber Safety Ambassadors, a panel of Boys & Girls Club teens from around the world, have been set up to answer. Because every teen deserves a #cybersafe future.

On the BGCA’s Cyber Safe Site you can find the resources you, as a parent need to tackle the tough subjects and a quick quiz to see how many issues you’ve addressed with your children. Most of us haven’t experienced the new dangers and problems that our teens are facing, and it’s OK to be unsure on how to tackle such topics with so many different areas of concern. The BGCA’s Cyber Safe site will help you through the hard questions, provide the resources needed to better understand the unique challenges our teens face, and the Cyber Saftey Ambassadors, of expert teens, are even available to address your personal safety concerns and bring to light Internet safety awareness.

Asked & Answered

We all know are kids are cyber savvy, they were born into a world where everything and anything is right at your fingertips; where playing a game with your best friend no longer involves being in the same room, house, or even country! The Cyber Safety Ambassadors want to help you become a #CyberSafe parent. Right now you can head on over to the BGCA’s Cyber Safe site and submit your personal questions to the Cyber Safety Ambassadors for real answers. And as an added incentive when you submit your questions you’ll be enter for a chance to win an iPad mini and $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of your choice!

What steps do you take to be a #CyberSafe parent? What do you want to know to help you become a better informed parent, when it comes to Internet safety?