Souplantation Sweet Tomatoes Potato Fest Month and Giveaway

February is Potato Fest Month at Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes. How many ways can you think of to cook potatoes? I bet Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes has got you beat! Besides their potato bar with baked white and sweet potatoes and all the fixings, theres these delicious menu items:

  • Roasted Potato Foccacia
  • Cream of Rosemary Potato Soup
  • Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon
  • Sweet Potato Corn Chowder
  • Bistro Potato Salad
  • And, the restaurant is even giving out the recipe for a guest favorite, Golden Yam Bisque, from February 15 – 28!

Great news about potatoes and your health –

  • Low in calories
  • Fat Free
  • Cholesterol free
  • Packed with potassium
  • High in Vitamin C if eaten with the skin

The Sweet Tomatoes near me is one of my all time favorite places to eat with my family. I love their salads, bakery items, soups and desserts. Theres something for everyone including my picky daughter. Weve made eating there a family tradition that we cherish. I love the new menu choices each month and Februarys Potato Fest sounds like it will be top of the line for me.

Did you know that you can follow Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes on Twitter? Play games and win guest passes. Same for their Facebook page and there you can learn about new store openings and promos too.

Giveaway: 3 Winners! 2 Meal Passes to Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes

The Rules:

  1. Contest starts now and ends Feb. 28th at midnight EST.
  2. Open to adults 18 and over in the US.
  3. Winners will be chosen by Random.org.
  4. Winners have 2 days to claim prize.
  5. Have fun and tell your friends.

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Snow Takes The Checker Book Review

Snow Takes The Checker combines horses, other animals and NASCAR to promote land conservation. No worries though, the book is all fun and adventure.  Follow Snow, a horse and his best friend, Tuga, a turtle as they prepare and take part in the Animal 500.

The Animal 500 is the most difficult race of the year and although Snow wants to win, he remembers to keep be a teammate. Even when another racer tries to play dirty, Snow remains polite as he was taught. The race itself through the illustrations and the writing is very exciting.

Written by Demi Knight Clark, Snow Takes the Checker! is one in a series of books about Snow. All books support Racing for Wildlife. Ryan Newman, #39 of NASCAR, has teamed with the author and the non-profit to help keep untouched spaces outdoors for animals.

My Review: Snow Takes the Checker will keep your childs attention easily. Its as if you are hearing a sportscaster talk you through the twists and turns of a race. The illustrations are colorful and inviting. Youre sure to hear, read this again! the lessons of friendship and being a team player ring throughout the story.

Purchase: Snow Takes the Checker! is available on Amazon.com for $12.55 or from the website The Snow Horse.

Disclosure: I was provided with this book for a book tour by Parent Reviewers. All opinions are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information.

Catty Wompus Book Review

Catty Wompus teaches one of the most important life lessons that children (and adults) can learn be the friend you want to be. Catty is a spoiled girl who loves things, not people. At least thats how it seems. Shes the rich girl who dresses well, has the latest toys and acts as if shes above other children.

From an adult point of view, you can see that Catty is lonely. From a childs point of view, she comes across as mean, especially when she tells a girl that her clothing was ugly. This girl, Lucy Hope,  feels sad and angry about this offense.

When she tells her mother about what happened, her mother gives her advice about Catty. She doesnt tell Lucy to avoid her or to get back at her. She says, Her heart is empty, dont you see? Lucy considers this and decides to become friends with Catty. What will the outcome be? Read Catty Wompus A Tale of Friendship to find out!

My Review: Catty Wompus should be required reading for every child! The author, Julie Howe has written about a true experience that has left an imprint on her. This story will leave an imprint on you and your child. The messages about friendship, reaching out to others, kindness in the face of meanness is something we all need to learn and re-learn.

Purchase: Catty Wompus A Tale of Friendship is available on Amazon.com for $14.50.

More Information:  Read about the author, the book and the illustrator, Chason Matthews from the Catty Wompus website.

Disclosure: I received this book as part of a book tour with Parent Reviewers. All opinions are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information.

Top Ten Family Vacation Tips

Going on a family vacation should be a fun and stress free time, not one where were upset and as parents trying to keep the peace.  Although we have flown a number of times, most of our trips are done in the car. We have a DVD player, comfy seats and lots of space to relax.

When our daughter was just an infant, we began traveling and it was so easy. She slept, we drove. She was in her stroller, was nursed, and/or ate anything we gave her and slept wherever, whenever. As a toddler, she was a happy traveler too. She loved seeing new things, having her photos taken and even sleeping in her car seat. As she grew, little issues came up, she would begin asking the age old question, when will we get there? and saying, or whining, Im bored!.

Thats when my husband and I used some of the old tricks our parents used. Heres our top ten family vacation tips:

  1. Talk, actually discuss things during the drive. Youll be surprised how much fun and laughter youll end up having. Sometimes, some serious issues may come up that your child wouldnt likely open up about otherwise.
  2. Sing together. You may need the radio to get you going with this, but theres nothing easier to bring a smile to everyones face when youre singing, Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).  You may end up singing Old MacDonald after that!
  3. Plan your trip together. Even though weve probably gone over what weve going to do in advance, its still a lot of fun to discuss last minute plans or just go over our plans.
  4. Play some games. Remember car bingo? Yes, we still play that. We also read billboards and find odd color cars, like orange. Prizes? A desert when we stop for food or a souvenir for $1.
  5. Choose a place to eat. We try to save money on our trips so we do a lot of eating in our hotel room, but we do plan on eating out a few times each trip. Each family member gets their choice of a place to eat (within some limits of course). If you dont need reservations, you can do this during the drive.
  6. Bring a camera or two. This sounds logical, but we also have our daughter bring her own camera. Its an inexpensive digital made for children. She can take the photos she wants and keep them for her memories. She even uses it in the car.
  7. Take time to soak it in. Dont schedule every minute of your vacation. Plan some down time so you can just hang out, go swimming, stop to see something unusual or interesting. This can make the most memorable moments of your trip.
  8. Dont spend too much money. Some people think that going on luxurious vacations is the only way to have a good time. This is the farthest from the truth. Some of our favorite memories are stopping at a quiet rest area and eating a picnic of sandwiches that we packed.
  9. Find unusual souvenirs. Sure theres tons of coffee mugs, key chains, stuffed animals and t-shirts, but look for things that may not even have the name of where youre visiting. Find something in the woods, or by the lake, or in an old country store. Let your children choose an item that reminds them of something you did together, like a photo that you can make a frame for at home.
  10. Go with the flow. The weather may be awful, your hotel room may turn out to be a mess, but being together is what matters most. Go to a museum, find an out of the way motel, talk to some locals and learn what they do for fun. Enjoy!

This post is being written as part of a contest at Twitter Moms.  I along with other bloggers were asked to write about our top ten ideas for a fun, distraction free family vacation. Alamo is providing $30 gas cards to the first 50 bloggers who enter. I am also entered into a contest for a $100 gas card.

(Alamo Rent A Car is a value-oriented, internationally recognized brand serving the daily rental needs of airport leisure travelers. Alamo offers low rental rates and a fun, hassle-free customer experience at the most popular travel destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific Rim.)

Chocolate Cheerios Review And Giveaway

Chocolate Cheerios is made with real cocoa and is low in fat. Its good for you with 8 grams of whole grain per serving, cholesterol free and is a good source of calcium and vitamin D. It tastes just like chocolate milk in a bowl! Another great addition to the Cheerios cereals.

There are some recipes available from Cheerios for you to take a look at and use. Surprise your family!

My Review: This was a big hit in my house. Chocolate cereal is something that I use as a treat, but with the health benefits of Chocolate Cheerios, I have no problem serving this every day. Plus, I know my daughter will drink the excess milk in the bowl.

Savings Alert! Print a 50 cents off coupon for your next purchase of Chocolate Cheerios

Giveaway: Win a Chocolate Cheerios Gift Pack which includes One Box of Chocolate Cheerio, One Ceramic Cereal Bowl, Chocolate Scented bath items and One Bath Pouf.

The Rules:

  1. Contest starts now and ends Feb. 15th at midnight EST.
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