Experience the Best of Texas Cuisine

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They say everything's bigger in Texas and no more is that evident than in the state’s diverse food offerings. Being one of the biggest states in the country, Texas has all of the dining options that you would ever need. Whether you are looking for great Mexican food, a five-star dining experience, or just need to grab a quick bite in a diner while on the road, the state of Texas has something for every food lover.
If you are in the mood for authentic Mexican food, the first (and possibly only) stop you’ll need to make is a trip to El Paso. Located in the far west of the state, El Paso sits right on the border of the United States and Mexico. It should come as no surprise then that Mexican restaurants in the city are plentiful and delicious. If you’re visiting the city, you really can’t go wrong with any of the restaurants that you choose, but make sure that you try multiple restaurants to get the full experience.
While you’re traveling through Texas you will probably end up in Austin. Austin is the capital of Texas and is known throughout the world as one of the top destinations for live music. While Austin may have all of the live music you can handle, but it also has great food options as well. If you’re looking for a great option, your best bet may be to stop in at The Emerald Restaurant. A community institution, The Emerald features the best European and Irish fare. You can also get a full, four-course dinner for only $79.
Texas is a big state and there are so great restaurants to check out. No matter what type of food you are looking for, there’s a great chance that you’ll be able to find it in the Lone Star State. So if you’re craving the best Mexican that El Paso can offer, or want to fully experience everything Austin has to offer at The Emerald, chances are you’ll find something to satisfy your appetite.


Giveaway! $70 Teleflora Bouquet

It’s a Teleflora Giveaway USA only, ends 10/18 12:00am 
Sponsored by: Teleflora's
Open to US Only ...
teleflora giveaway

Teleflora recognizes the long battle that many of our Breast Cancer Women are enduring, this is why they have created some beautiful Breast Cancer fresh floral bouquets that can be delivered right to your home! The Teleflora's Pink Grace Bouquet flowers will arrive beautiful arranged with many colors of pink.

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Giveaway! Cherry Ice Blue Denim Pillow

Win a Cherry Ice™ Blue Denim Pillow!

One (1) lucky reader will win a comforting Cherry Ice™ Blue Denim Pillow! The giveaway will end October 31st, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Read the full review over at Lynchburg Mama!

Giveaway Rules

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Open to US residents, 18+, void where prohibited.
  • Winner has 48 hours to claim his/her prize. If unclaimed, another random winner will be selected.
  • Lynchburg Mama is not responsible for prize fulfillment nor for sponsors who do not fulfill the prizes.
  • Lynchburg Mama and/or the sponsor reserves the right to cancel the giveaway at any given time.
  • Winner is responsible for reporting the value of his/her prize where required.
  • Winner agrees to provide mailing information and phone number (if applicable) to LM for sponsor/shipping purposes.
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EVOL Foods - Cups of Deliciousness

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You don't have to sacrifice taste for convenience anymore! EVOL Foods has created Scramble Cups, Fajita Cups, and Veggie Cups. With lots of flavor varieties to choose from, EVOL Cups caters to everyone's tastes.
I received a generous sampling of all three varieties and they are absolutely delicious. They store in the freezer and of the ones I've tried so far, they are ready to eat in two minutes or less. EVOL Cups are definitely not ordinary freezer foods.
Each EVOL Cup is designed for one person, so you can grab one for a quick breakfast or take one to work for your lunch. They are so easy to make in the microwave -- just remove the lid, vent the plastic on top of the cup, and cook for 2 minutes or less.
They use antibiotic-free meat, non-GMO vegetables and grains, and are gluten-free. My favorite way to enjoy them is to wrap them in tortillas, but if you eat them straight out of the package they are under 210 calories. I love them!
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Waterfall Salad Bowl Set - Wendell August

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The next few months will be filled with family get-togethers, special events, and holidays. In other words, it's time to get out the good serving-ware. If you're looking for something special or need a unique gift for someone, Wendell August is one of my top choices for heirloom-quality giftware.
The Waterfall Salad Bowl Set from Wendell August is breathtaking! It's modern and simple, yet elegant and unique. Each serving bowl is handmade by their expert craftsman right here in the USA. The set features a glass serving bowl with removable metal base and four glass salad bowls.
These beautiful bowls are made with high-quality, thick glass that has a solid weight to it. The serving bowl is a generous 9x9x4 inches and each bowl is 5.5x5.5x2.75 inches. It's a gorgeous set and is the perfect way to show off your layered salad or colored pasta salad.
I have several pieces from Wendell August and I've never been disappointed in their products. The handwrought metalworking techniques make a real statement. The artist's mark is hidden in each design and the craftsman's mark is on the back of every piece. Give an authentic original piece as a gift this holiday season!
Shop for gifts, tableware, serving-ware, jewelry, accessories, home decor, and Christmas decor at www.wendellaugust.com. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!


Giveaway! Tender Mouse - Precious Handmade Mice

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This adorable Tender Mouse is one of the most delightful products I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing! Each one is handmade by artist Sophia Kolori in Luxembourg. Her little mice are created from wool, gems, and natural fibers, with a wire armature inside each one so they can be gently posed.
Sophia Kolori is a professional illustrator with a degree in Character Design/Animation and in Textile Art, specializing in Fairy Tale themes. With over 15 years in creative design with companies like Walt Disney and Warner Bros, she's found that her love of painting and drawing comes alive in these 3-D characters.
Each Tender Mouse is made from wool art. Wool is one of the earth's most natural and eco-friendly fibers. It's dust-repellent, moisture-repellent, and 100% hypoallergenic. The painstaking process to make each Tender Mouse takes great care and time.
Sohpia uses needle felting art to sculpt the wool, stabbing the wool many times, then uses the thin fibers (much like a mouse's real fur) to create the mouse. She adds authentic little black onyx gems for a soulful eye look. It's a slow process that requires great patience for an authentic, precious result.
Every 3-4" tall Tender Mouse (girl or boy) has it's own personality and each is an original, unique gift for any occasion. You can use it to decorate any room in your home, to hold your business card at the office, as a wedding topper, or to keep you company next to your pillow. My Tender Mouse came with a removable hat and an acorn handbag. She is absolutely precious and cherished!
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Halloween Tender Mouse Giveaway!

To enter to win the Halloween Tender Mouse pictured below, just fill in the following giveaway form. Giveaway is open to ages 18+ worldwide (excluding France and French-speaking European countries). Giveaway ends on 10/20/2015. Good luck!


Weekly Giveaway Linky - Wednesday Wealth (October 7-13)

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where you can enter to win great prizes!
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Giveaway! 4-Pound Box of Old Time Candy

Hey there, have you read the review about Old Time Candy Co.?
If not you can read it here: Old Time Candy Oh the Sweet Memories
Must be a resident of the US, and 18 years + to enter.
You can enter via the widget below and Good Luck!

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That's It 2-Ingredient Fruit Bars

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With today's busy lifestyles, it's a challenge to eat healthier when it's simply easier to grab a snack from the pantry or the vending machine. Think of the last few times you (or your kids) reached into the pantry and grabbed something quick to eat - was it chips? candy? pastries? Our lifestyles demand convenience foods that can be easily transported. That's It fruit bars give us a healthy, delicious, and naturally sweet alternative!
Two ingredients - fruit and fruit - and That's It! Even better, each one is raw, vegan, all natural, kosher, gluten-free, preservative-free, fat-free, and non-GMO! These fruit bars are the perfect on-the-go companion, since they are individually wrapped. Toss them in a lunchbox, a backpack, your handbag, or your briefcase, and skip the vending machines.
With nine delicious combinations to choose from, like apple and blueberry, apple and strawberry, or apple and mango, you're sure to find flavor combinations that your entire family loves. Fill a basket full of That's It fruit bars and leave it on the counter for after-school snacking, late night munchies, or when running late might mean you'll miss breakfast.
Each That's It fruit bar has 3g of fiber and only 100 calories, so you can feel good about offering them to your family, and you can eat them with no guilt. The natural sweetness of the fruit combinations will satisfy your sweet tooth. Each bar provides two whole servings of fruit. They are delicious and satisfying. I love That's It bars!
Visit www.thatsitfruit.com for more information and find That's It at over 15,000 locations like Costco, Whole Foods, and Starbucks, just to name a few. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!


Giveaway! The Amazing Chef Cooking Set #hootinspookin #giveawayhop

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Welcome to the 1st Annual
Hootin Spookin Halloween Giveaway Hop

I have teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share some awesome giveaways with our readers. Be sure to hop around to the participating blogs listed below and enter some fabulous giveaways, all of which are worth a minimum of $25!

Also, make sure to enter the Grand Prize Giveaways - Annie B’s Popcorn Tin and a Baby Alive Travel System, Play Yard & 3 in 1 Swing/High Chair by Hauck Toys!

I'm giving away
The Amazing Chef Cooking Set
from Lakeshore Learning!
ARV $39.99
This wonderful set includes REAL cooking tools, perfect for children to learn to prepare foods. Cooking is an activity that develops math skills, science skills, and creativity. Since we all have to eat, teaching children to cook is a skill that they will use every day for the rest of their life! 
The Amazing Chef Cooking Set comes with a stainless steel mixing bowl, a clear measuring cup, colored measuring cups, colored measuring spoons, a baking pan, a whisk, a wooden spoon, a silicone spatula, a silicone spreader, a child-sized apron, and more.
There are also five laminated cards that include both basic cooking skills as well as recipes, so that children can practice those skills. Children as young as three years old (with parental guidance and supervision) can begin to learn cooking skills with The Amazing Chef Cooking Set.
Your child will love getting into the kitchen with mom and dad to create real foods and cherished memories! The Amazing Chef Cooking Set is a wonderful gift idea for boys and girls. It's a great way to introduce science and math to children in a practical, enjoyable way.
I taught young children for 25 years, and Lakeshore Learning offers learning materials of the highest quality. It was a company from which I purchased many of the items for my childcare program. I highly recommend their products!

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Win The Amazing Chef Cooking Set!
To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends on 10/20/2015. Good luck!

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Giveaway! Kid Lid Keyboard Protector

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Children of all ages are fascinated by computers. Not just the wonderful array of videos and movies they can watch online or on a disc, but there are also all those fabulous keys to click! Children watch their parents click on the keys, so naturally they are going to mimic what they see. Allowing children to watch videos on your computer can creates a host of other issues. First, pressing keys on the keyboard is going stop the video (over and over). Second, the child's banging might damage the computer, or even dislodge computer keys that could be a choking hazard. And you certainly don't want your child inadvertently posting something unintelligible to your social media accounts or accidentally loading up something inappropriate on the internet, while you're making dinner during what you perceive as a "parent's moment of peace" when they're supposed to be watching a movie. On another note, you don't want to have to hover, saying "no" constantly because you don't want your child to fear interacting with the computer as they grow. Kid Lid is the solution to all of these problems!
Kid Lid is designed to cover the entire keyboard of a laptop, so that children don't even see it. There are two Kid Lid designs - the Kid Lid Protect Board and the Kid Lid Fold-Up. The Kid Lid Protect Board is a flat board that slips over the screen and features a strap that loops under the laptop, keeping little ones away from the keyboard. The Kid Lid Fold-Up allows for access to the laptop track pad without removing the entire board. Both are available for 13" and 15" laptops, and are compatible with both Mac and PC. Kid Lid also helps keep cookie and cracker crumbs out of your keyboard!
The Kid Lid Protect Board is available in Glossy White and the Kid Lid Fold-Up is available in both black or watermelon. Both designs are BPA-free and phthalate-free. Parents will love the peace of mind knowing their child can watch videos uninterrupted, without worry about the child's safety or even the safety of your computer's files and applications. But Kid Lid isn't just for kids! Adults will love having the desk surface space while traveling on a plane, and the Kid Lid Fold-Up design makes it a compact travel companion. Kid Lid is such a great product that it made Staff Pick on Kickstarter, but now you can order it directly from the Kid Lid website!
Visit www.kidlid.com today to order! 

***Plus, save 40% off your order with discount code EXPLORING, but order now because the discount expires on 11/1/2015. The discount code also gives you reduced shipping at just $1.95.

Check out this video to see it in action and then enter below to win a Kid Lid Fold-Up!

Enter to win!
One winner will receive the Kid Lid Fold-Up (black) in either the 13" or 15" size. To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. Open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends on 10/17/2015. Good luck!

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Wholeshare - Eat Better By Shopping Together

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I don't understand why eating healthy, nutritious food costs more than junk food. When I shop at my local grocery store for great foods, my food bill nearly doubles. It's so frustrating because I really want to live a healthy life. I'm so excited to introduce you to Wholeshare.com!
Wholeshare.com is revolutionizing how we shop for healthy, nutritious foods for our families. When we shop together with neighbors, family, and friends through Wholeshare, we can get wholesale prices on great foods. It allows us to live an affordable, eco-friendly, healthy lifestyle! Wholeshare gives us access to over 13,000 healthy, sustainable products at 20-50% off supermarket prices. There are no membership fees and no subscription fees. Orders are shipped directly to you from wholesale warehouses, saving you money. Choose from organic, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, GMO-free, dairy-free, and a huge array of household and personal products.
You can either join an existing Wholeshare group in your area or start a new one. Groups range from about 5-50 members. Each group member has an account and shops separately. Along with popular brands like Kind Bars, Mrs Meyers, Annie's Homegrown, Tom's of Maine, and many more, Wholeshare works with local farmers and other regional producers to bring you the best produce, meat, dairy and pantry products in your area. You don't even have to buy in bulk, since many of the products are sold individually. When the members' orders reach the order's minimum, the order goes through and each member's account is charged individually. Orders can be delivered a home address, business, school, church, or organization. Members of the group pick up their order from the delivery spot, which is a great time to share recipes, host a potluck meal, or just get together for a bit.
As our world becomes more embedded in technology and less likely to meet our neighbors, I think Wholeshare.com is a fabulous way to help us connect on a more personal level with friends and neighbors while we save money and provide our families with better foods. Since the beginning of time, gathering together with others has almost always centered around food, and Wholeshare offers us that same opportunity with added benefits. Eat better by shopping together!
Find out more information at Wholeshare.com, join an existing group in your area, or start a brand new group. You'll be able to buy healthy, nutritious foods for your family at 20-50% savings. I think Wholeshare is a wonderful idea and encourage you to join today!