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October 8, 2015

Have a Candy Free Halloween with Peeps & Company® #giveaway - Ends 10/20

Does the idea of handing out candy at Halloween sometimes make you not want to participate? I know for us sometimes handing out candy means we end up with way too much candy leftover because we don't get very many trick-or-treaters. And more and more it seems like so many kids can't have candy for health reasons. That's why I was pretty excited to hear about The Teal Pumpkin Project™. It's an initiative from Food Allergy Research & Education that helps to raise awareness of food related allergies. Through the initiative they offer suggestions such as giving out non-candy treats so everyone that stops by your house on Halloween can participate. And to show that you're a participant they suggest you display a teal painted pumpkin with the words Teal Pumpkin Project on the front. Or you can also download their Teal Pumpkin Project logo to display too. I thought this was a wonderful idea and so did Peeps & Company® because they actually have several great Peeps and Mike & Ike themed products they are offering for those can't enjoy their usual candy treats for Halloween. I was actually sent a nice variety of them to share with you in my post as well as with the trick-or-treaters that visit my house on Halloween.

Information about PEEPS & COMPANY® products:
  •  PEEPS® Chick and Bunny Rectangular Magnets: Chick and bunny designed magnets.  SRP: $1.50 each.
  •  PEEPS® Rubber Bracelets: Various colored rubber bracelets.  SRP: $1.99 each.
  •  PEEPS® Witch Chick Plush: Double, Double Toil and Trouble – this PEEPS® plush Witch Chick is up to no good. Not all PEEPS® can be sweet and fluffy. This Chick is a witch busy mixing up some spells in the candy cauldron this fall.  SRP: $6.99.
  •  NEW PEEPS® Halloween Plush:  PEEPS & COMPANY® created three exclusive Halloween plush varieties to help celebrate the season. The plush items resemble the marshmallow treats and are available in a spooky brown cat, a scary ghost and two stacked jack o' lantern shapes.  SRP: $6.99.
  •  MIKE AND IKE® Fuzzy Keychain:  An orange Mike & Ike fuzzy keychain.  SRP: $2.00.
  •  MIKE AND IKE® Green Earbuds: Green Mike and Ike ear buds. SRP: $3.00.
  •  MIKE AND IKE® Drawstring Backpack: An orange Mike & Ike drawstring backpack.  SRP: $3.25.

About The Teal Pumpkin Project™:
The Teal Pumpkin Project™  is a national initiative from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) that promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies by encouraging households to display a teal pumpkin and provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
• This movement provides an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!.

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Buy it: Right now you can save 30% off your next purchase (no minimum required) through 10/31/15. Discount code: HALLOWPEEPS15

Win it:  One lucky reader will win a variety of PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® products to use as Halloween treats. This giveaway will end October 20th at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email. If no response, a new winner will be chosen.  Prize fulfillment will be made by the sponsor, I am not responsible for prize delivery or lost or stolen deliveries. Open to residents of the US.

Entry Method:  Please use Rafflecopter form to enter.

My night as a Cheddar's VIP!

Over the last few weeks as I was doing my errands I passed the sign above several times. And I kept thinking to myself I was going to have to check them out once they opened. I had heard from some people that had been to one in another town that the food there was so good and that everything is actually made from scratch! Well thanks to some really awesome people I got in touch with I was actually able to check it out before it opened to the public as a VIP! I have to say I was pretty excited when I found out, and even more excited when my personal invite arrived in the mail. I called up my best friend and asked her to join me since my husband was doing daddy/daughter date night already with our daughter. And with that I had a girl's night out planned at Cheddar's!

Upon our arrival at Cheddar's we were greeted like royalty as we approached the building. They opened the doors for us and everyone we encountered greeted us with a "Welcome to Cheddar's". It was very impressive and man did I feel like that VIP now. Just inside the doors the first thing I noticed was a huge fish tank on one wall. Right off I knew this would something my daughter would love to see so of course I snapped a photo to show her. And as you can imagine now she's begging me to take her to see it.

We were immediately taken to our table and greeted by our waitress in no time. It was all very impressive how quickly they got everyone in and to a table. All of the staff we encountered were all super friendly too. The waitress took our drink order and we ordered an appetizer upon her suggestion of the chips and queso and how good she thought it was. It may not seem like much in the photo (and to be honest I know we both ate at least a few chips before I remembered to snap a photo), but oh my I almost filled up myself eating the chips and queso it was so good.

After we ordered our appetizer and drinks we both took some time to browse over their menu. It had all sorts of different dishes on it from beef, to fish, to chicken. I'm a big fan of anything chicken so I was pretty excited when I saw that they had a lemon-pepper chicken on the menu. It came on a bed of rice with two sides. I opted for their mashed potatoes and broccoli and cheese casserole. My best friend that came with me ordered the steak and ribs meal and for her two sides also got the casserole, but she got a baked potato instead of the mashed. I have to say I was super impressed by not only the presentation of our food, but also that it was still nice and warm when it arrived to our table. Our waitress actually kept us in the loop letting us know when our food was next up from the kitchen even. It was a fantastic meal and we both ended up taking probably half of it home with us. I ate mine headed up for lunch the next day and it was almost as good as the first time I ate it.

While at Cheddar's I did some sharing on my social media accounts and of course on my personal Facebook page so everyone I knew could check out a little glimpse before they opened. And I am actually pretty impressed that since they opened Monday I've had at least four family members I know of go there and several of my best friends co-workers that went just because I had tagged her in the post and they saw it. They all came back to us and said that we were right it was wonderful food! So it's not just my opinion I have the feedback of several other people that agree Cheddar's food is something you should definitely check out if you've never been there. I'm not sure how many locations they currently have but I know they have multiple locations in several states.

We are actually hoping to make it back in to eat soon as a family so my husband and kids can also have the pleasure of trying their food. Plus when I went they didn't have dessert yet so of course I have to go back so I can try the big chocolate chip cookie with ice cream our waitress was telling us all about.

If you're a Lafayette, IN local like me you can connect with Cheddar's Lafayette on their Facebook page.

October 7, 2015

Wellness® TruFood® knows #TruLoveIs showing your pet you love them #sponsored

This post is sponsored by PetSmart & Wellness Natural Pet Food and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Wellness TruFood, but Mom in Traiing only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Wellness Natural Pet Food is not responsible for the content of this article.

Giving your pet the attention and love they deserve is the best way to show them you care. It keeps them active and happy so they can be a part of your family for many years to come. As part of that love offering them pet foods that are formulated with their specific needs in mind is something that Wellness® TruFood® strives to do. TruFood is made with whole foods blended by hand and baked in small batches to create grain-free, nutrient-rich meals, full of whole prey protein, raw produce and antioxidants. TruFood is living proof that real nutrition is the most fundamental source of health and happiness for your pets.

Wellness® TruFood® for dogs is available in wet and dry formulas as well as treats. I like that they offer a variety of flavors for our Pete to enjoy so he doesn't get stuck eating the same thing day in and day out. I think it's important to give your pet variety as well as special treats that they don't get every day like with their standard food. Like kids they enjoy having those bonding moments where you reward them with something special.

Some important things to know about TruFood:
• TruFood with whole foods from farm, field and sea. Wellness® TruFood has more
of what pets need to be vibrant and happy.

• TruFood has 70% more raw protein than most pet foods. TruFood only uses wholeprey
proteins full of natural vitamins and minerals that pets need to thrive. Also
included is kale, broccoli and green beans .

• TruFood uses Grain Free fiber such as chickpeas, flaxseed and lentils that pets may
digest better. Powerful superfoods such as beets, blueberries, and cranberries to
help maintain a healthy weight and support the immune system.

• TruFood recipes contain pumpkin, ginger and turmeric and live yogurt cultures to
help support a healthy digestive system.

We show our Pete what #TruLoveIs through a healthy diet, exercise, and of course lots of love and affection.

How would you finish this sentence when it comes to your pets?
For me #TruLoveIs .....?

The full Wellness® TruFood® line can be found at your local PetSmart® store.

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