Bonefish Grill 15% Discount and Giveaway!

Last week I took my mom to dinner at Bonefish Grill. She’s been so helpful with us staying at their house I wanted to treat her to a delicious dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Bonefish Grill.

Every Tuesday at your local Bonefish there are specials on lobster. If you love lobster this is a great way to enjoy it for less. For between $9 and $20 you can dine from the Tuesday Tales lobster menu and get a delicious dinner!

Lobster BLT

This lobster BLT is $13.99! MMM…. bacon!


You can order a cold water lobster tail for $9.90. In my opinion the best deal on the Tuesday Tales menu is the lobster sliders which are under $9! That’s a great price for lobster.

My favorite way to eat lobster is on steak! (Go big or go home, right? ) I ordered the steak topped with lobster thermador. It was absolutely delicious! It is served with whipped potatoes (YUM!) and mine had a side of spaghetti squash that was delicious. The portions are generous and if you are like me you will probably have enough for lunch the next day.

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Did you know that if you make a reservation at Bonefish you will receive 15% off your meal? This is valid through December 14, 2014 so if you would like to dine at Bonefish during the holidays you need to go in the next three weeks!

The service is always fabulous at Bonefish Grill and they always keep your water refilled which is a big deal to me! It’s the little things in life sometimes, you know? 🙂

They have a great menu selection and if you have people in your family that don’t love seafood there are several options for them on the menu including a burger, pasta, steak, and salads.

Finally, don’t forget about the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer! It is a must order at Bonefish Grill and is so delicious! I always have just enough leftover to make a salad for lunch.

Bonefish is running a special right now, if you buy $100 in Bonefish gift cards you get an extra $20 gift card bonus. I love these deals because you can stretch your holiday dollars.

Bonefish Grill gift card deal

I have a $25 Bonefish Grill gift card to give away today!

If you love Bonefish you’ll definitely want to enter. Just leave a comment sharing what your favorite item on the menu is at Bonefish Grill and you’ll be entered to win. If you’ve never been to Bonefish Grill you can enter by leaving a comment.

The giveaway is open to US residents and ends 11/ 26.


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A Simpler Season eBook on Sale Now

As the holidays are coming (less than a week until Thanksgiving), we can either enter this time of year with delightful anticipation or impending dread depending on how crazy, hectic, and time consuming our schedules become.  It’s hard to fit it all in to the calendar.  But, do we have to?  Do we have to make celebrating the holidays complicated and chaotic? Can we still enjoy them if we make them simpler?  I believe we can and so does my friend, Jessica, who wrote this book that you do not want to miss…

A Simpler Season is a guide to planning the winter holidays as it…

…provides creative ideas , time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, children’s activity sheets, planning pages, gift ideas, and step-by-step tutorials for creating homemade gifts.

A Simpler Season contains:

  • creative ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
  • over 150 pages of content: ideas, recipes, and inspiration for planning a special holiday season with your family
  • 70+ printable pages: calendars, to do sheets, inventories, and planning pages**
  • games and activities to do with the kids
  • 24+ family activity cards to print and do over the month of December
  • printable recipe and gift cards to help you make edible gifts
  • a variety of family devotional ideas to explore with your family
  • a list of children’s books to enjoy as well as extension activities to do with your children after the reading
  • family-friendly recipes for the each of the winter holidays
  • questions to get you thinking about how you really want to spend your time this year
  • easy downloadable format in pdf or on kindle

Right now, you can get A Simpler Season on sale for only $5 (reg. $9) with no coupon needed.  Sale ends November 23, 2014.

Purchase your copy of A Simpler Season today and get ready for a peaceful and more enjoyable holiday season!

**This eBook is also available on Kindle.  However, the Kindle version of A Simpler Season ($6) does NOT include the printable pages.  You’ll need to purchase those separately here for $3 or purchase The Simpler Season with the printable pages included using the link above.

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ALS #IceBucketChallenge Accepted


Today I took the #IceBucketChallenge to raise awareness and money for ALS.   I was challenged by my friend, Tabitha from  I encourage everyone to take a minute and learn more about this deadly disease for which there is no cure.  You can help by spreading the word about this challenge and donating money to the ALS Association:

According to this article on The New York Times,

As of Sunday, the association said it had received $13.3 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.7 million during the same period last year.

That shows you the amazing power and reach of social media! I’m in awe!  And, I’m honored to join in with the millions who have already donated and posted a video:

And, I challenge my amazing tech guy, Chris K from, my son-in-law, Shane, and his buddy, Christian, as well as my fantastic husband who called me a wimp for not wanting to do this.  😉

Please consider making a donation to ALS today!

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5 Tips to Keep the TV Off this Summer

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

This spring I’ve been traveling the East coast speaking at homeschool conventions. One question I’m asked every time I speak is how do I limit screen time and encourage my kids to spend more time playing and using their imagination.

The crazy thing is, this summer I haven’t had to turn off the television, because it hasn’t been on.

My kids have spent the summer playing games, making up stories, playing with their toys, building forts outside, riding bikes, creating art masterpieces, and of course, swimming.

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My girls especially have taken to drawing and creating cute outfits using products like the Barbie Purr-fect Pet Sketch Portfolio. With this sketchbook, girls can design the ultimate clothing and accessory collection for all of Barbie’s pets! If you haven’t seen these awesome portfolios you must check them out.  (See the $5 off coupon below to help you save!)

barbie purrfect pet sketch portfolio

My girls absolutely love creating fashion designs and giving them their own designer touch with color and stickers. Even if your child isn’t an artist there are templates for them to trace which helps with those fine motor skills and gives a struggling artist the confidence to create.

My girls have become so excited about creating outfits that they’ve even started sewing (or stapling) fabric together to make real outfits for their toys. They’ve also used paper, duct tape, or whatever else they can find around the house.

I love seeing their imagination sparked especially when it replaces screen time. My girls are creating instead of consuming and that makes me very happy. One of my girls has become so excited about creating outfits she’s already talking about going into fashion design when she grows up and is waiting patiently for me to teach her how to sew.

This is all because I bought her a simple sketch book with templates for Christmas last year!

So how do you encourage your kids to give screen time a break?

5 Tips for How to Keep the TV Off This Summer | The Happy Housewife

Provide them with alternatives to the television.

Over the winter my kids were always asking to watch television. I finally told them that if they wanted to watch television they could donate their toys since they didn’t seem to need them anymore.

It only took one box of toys to help them remember they had a basement full of awesome dolls, Lego’s, and art supplies they could be playing with when it was too cold to play outside.

I also realized that I needed to make their toys more accessible, so we labeled the toy bins with toy categories so even Cora could find the toys she wanted.

Play with them.

I’ll admit it, I don’t like to sit on the floor and play with dolls. But, I know if I tell my girls I’m going to play with them, they’ll give up television in a second.

I also realized that I loved creating fashions with my girls and helping them color in their creations. You’re never too old to play with toys, and the toys available today are pretty cool!

Don’t turn it on.

In my house if the television is off, it tends to stay off. Once we turn it one, someone can find something to watch or play, all day long. If the TV doesn’t get turned on during the day, the kids tend to forget about it.

This means no watching cartoons during breakfast or just one show in the morning. Sometimes this makes mornings a little crazier, but I keep baskets of books for them to read so they always have something available.

Have a plan.

I use to set out activities for my kids each day. If they didn’t have to pick what to do, or they only had to pick from one or two things, they had a much easier time making a decision.

Most kids have tons of toys, so picking out a few for each day is a great way to encourage them to actually play with them.

Make television an incentive or special treat.

My kids love family movie night and look forward to being able to eat (aka spill) popcorn all over the sofa. We’ve starting making movie night a big deal in our house, so the kids actually look forward to screen time together as a family, instead of throughout the week by themselves.

Since my boys love a certain computer game, we allow them to play during the week after they’ve completed chores or other activities and set limits as to how much time they can play.

Giveaway! {CLOSED!}

I have a great giveaway to get your kids excited about play! Once school starts again you can use this prize to encourage some imaginative play after school instead of veg time in front of the TV.


Included in the prize pack are:

● Barbie Cheer Dress with Pompoms
● Barbie Pet Sketch Portfolio
● Ever After High Watercolor Set
● Monster High Charms
● Monster High Lip Gloss

To enter the giveaway share a way you encourage your kids to create instead of consume. Giveaway ends Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8 pm EST.

Even if you don’t win the giveaway you can win at Toys“R”Us! Now you can get a free Lunch-kit up to a $9.99 value when you buy ANY backpack priced $12.99 or more. Many backpacks (including Barbie, Monster High, and Ever After High) at Toys“R”Us have reflective straps, which are perfect for those dark early mornings in winter.

You can also save $5, with this exclusive coupon, on ANY Barbie, Monster High or Ever After High purchase totaling $20 or more at Toys“R”Us. Offer valid July 21- August 2nd.

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