Save the Barrel Drive In – Clear Lake, IA



Save the Barrel Drive In

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Beth, Katy, Donna, Seth, Amy, and Sara

I feel like we live in a world that is quick to throw away things that are broken or leave the past behind and move on to the new and exciting future.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for technology and advancements especially when they help improve the quality of life or make daily tasks easier.  I do believe that we got to where we are though because of our past and there are things from the past that are worth saving and remembering as well as handing down to future generations. I feel that way about the Barrel Drive In in Clear Lake, IA.

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The Barrel Drive In in Clear Lake, IA

I am a newer Midwesterner and had to be schooled on the history of the Barrel Drive In, but everyone from the North Iowa area knew about it and had great stories and memories of it.

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The Barrel Drive In came to existence in 1958 and was the place to be. We had a chance to talk with the current owner, Seth Thackery. He started working at the Barrel when he was 14 and now owns the place.  He showed us pictures of the restaurant in it’s “glory days”.  They were pictures of full parking lots and a crowded restaurant living up to the stories I had heard of it’s popularity.

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Owner, Seth Thackery

Lately thought the Barrel Drive In has not been living up to it’s glory days. It’s been taking a toll os Seth also.  He has an amazing vision though and thanks to some amazing people in North Iowa we’ll be able to see those visions come to fruition in time.

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Seth spoke at our social media breakfast about his vision for the restaurant and how he was going to restore it.  It was so inspiring to hear his story and catch his vision. It’s also amazing to see a community pull together to save and restore an iconic landmark.

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Posing with Cooper

So, what can you do to help?  There are a few ways. Of course they need financial help as well as those who can contribute their skills in restoration.  You can still help though even if you’re not able to make a donation or help with the work.

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Take a Selfie with Cooper!

There is a giant chicken named Cooper that stands in front of the Barrel Drive In and you can take a pic with him and post it their Instagram or tag them on Twitter or Facebook.  How does this help? It spreads awareness. We want others to notice The Barrel and come and visit too!

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Eat at the Barrel Drive In

Since you’re already there taking your picture with Cooper, why not stop in for lunch or dinner?  The food is awesome!

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Sara putting in our order.

I had the opportunity to eat lunch with some of my awesome North Iowa Blogging buddies. We had a great time hanging out and the food was delicious.

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I had the 2 piece chicken dinner with dark meat. It came with a side salad and my choice of french fries, cole slaw or broiled potatoes. I chose the potatoes.

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I also ordered their homemade Root Beer to drink and it was amazing. I am a huge fan of root beer and this is some of the best I’ve had.

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So what are you waiting for? Head on over to and get some fried chicken! You can tell Seth that I sent you!

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Win a $100 Cariloha Bamboo Gift Card


$100 Cariloha Bamboo Gift Card Giveaway
August 20-22, 2014
Open to US/CAN

I love the Bamboo Clothing and sheets over at Cariloha Bamboo. We are celebrating just because and giving one lucky reader a $100 Cariloha Bamboo Gift Card. Read on to find out how you can win. Good luck!

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My Dad the Soldier, More than just a Clean Shave and a Uniform



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My Dad the Soldier, More than just a Clean Shave and a Uniform

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I have a lot of respect for soldiers for numerous reasons. They are brave, they fight to protect our country, they give their all which sometimes includes their very own life. I also have a special connection to soldiers, because my dad was one. He was a Marine.  He is a Marine. He may be retired, but it’s still part of him. Though he’s a soldier, he’s more than just a clean shave and a uniform.

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He signed up during the Vietnam War when he was 17. He wanted to be a soldier so much that he told them he was 18.

I can not imagine being in the middle of a war and fighting other human beings no matter what the cause. I realize it’s a part of life, but I’m too emotional. I’d probably cry and get myself shot by the enemy or someone on the front lines with me. That is one of the numerous reasons I am not a soldier.


The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.  -G.K. Chesterton

My dad is amazing. Not only can he defend our country, but he takes care of our family and even enjoys being silly.

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This may explain a lot for those of you who personally know me!  Yes, my dad is a lot of fun.  As much as we like to play and joke around he still looks like a soldier. I think it’s something that is just part of him.  He still wears the “buzz cut” and likes to be clean shaven. His clean look on the outside matches the discipline on the inside.  Yes, despite riding the shopping cart in the IKEA parking lot, he is still very polite, respectful, and well just what you would expect from a soldier.

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That clean cut look is very important to him. He shaves every day and we just found the new Gillette Flexball Razor which he really likes.  We found it at Walmart in the shaving section.

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It was hard to miss, because as I went by there was a motion detector that set off this display:

I remember being younger and cuddling with my dad. He would rock us in his big rocking chair.  One weekend for some reason he had not shaved yet that day and I remember telling him his kisses were prickly on my cheek.

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All my memories (clean shaven, prickly kisses, shopping cart races, etc) remind me of what a great man my dad was and still is today.

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His good looks on the outside represent the type of quality man he is on the inside. Yet, he is so much more than just the uniform he wore to protect our country.  He is a quality man for sure, but more than that ….

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He’s more than a soldier, more than a clean shave, and more than a uniform. He’s my Dad!

Do you have a soldier in your life? How are they more than just the uniform to you?

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Win a Sweet Debbies Organic Treats Cookbook


Sweet Debbies Organic Treats Giveaway

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I have a tasty giveaway for you!! We’re giving away a Sweet Debbies Organic Treats Cookbook to one lucky reader! Read on to find out more and how you can win. Good luck!

MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – Dancing Groot Clip Now Available



MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – Dancing Groot Clip Now Available

A new “Dancing Groot” clip from Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is now available.


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Guardians of the Galaxy Clip: “Dancing Groot”





GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is now playing in theatres everywhere!




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Genre:                                      Action-Adventure

Rating:                                      PG-13     

U.S. Release date:                    August 1, 2014

Running Time:                           121 min.          

Cast:                                        Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as

Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova   Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector

Director:                                   James Gunn

Producer:                                  Kevin Feige, p.g.a.

Executive Producers:                 Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda, Stan Lee

Written by:                                James Gunn and Nicole Perlman




From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.





Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.





From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.


Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.


James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

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First Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel’s ANT-MAN



The first look at Paul Rudd in Marvel’s ANT-MAN is now available. ANT-MAN opens in theatres next summer on July 17th, 2015!


 First Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel's ANT-MAN

Shot on location in San Francisco, Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man, in Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man, scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 17th, 2015.  






Principal Photography Begins in San Francisco

For July 17, 2015 Release



SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (August, 18, 2014) – Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.


Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.


The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).


Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”


Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.


Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.  


Director Peyton Reed’s creative team also includes Oscar® winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (“Titanic,” “21”), production designer Sheppard Frankel (“Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses”) costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (“X-Men: First Class,” “Kick Ass”), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”).  The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel’s “Iron Man”) and Colby Parker Jr. (“Lone Survivor,” “Hancock”).


Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017.  


Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2014 with more record-breaking films including the #1 releases of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which recorded the largest April opening of all time at $95 million and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which recorded the largest August opening of all time with $94.1 million. Both films were the #1 film in the world when they were released on April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively.


In 2013 Marvel Studios delivered #1 openings for Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which grossed over $640 million worldwide and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” which grossed over $1.2 billon worldwide and was the highest grossing film of the calendar year.


In 2012 the studio produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marked the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.


In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with Marvel’s “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 Marvel’s “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.


In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies Marvel’s “Iron Man” and Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk.” Marvel’s “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally donned the Super Hero’s powerful armor and starred alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success.


Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend.  On June 13, 2008, Marvel released Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.


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Tickets Are Selling Fast at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast



What are you doing the end of September? I’ll tell you where I’ll be – at the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast! I can hardly wait.  There is still time, but you should hurry.

Tickets Are Selling Fast at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast:
Popular Celebrity Chef and Vintner Seminars, Adventure Tours and Sunset at Hearst Castle Tickets Available

(San Luis Obispo County, CA) – Organizers for Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, winner of the 2014 Fame Award for Best Epicurean Event, announced today that tickets are selling fast for the popular wine and food seminars and adventure tours taking place Sept. 25-28. Limited tickets for the opening night Sunset at Hearst Castle on Thursday, Sept. 25 are still available but selling fast.

“We’re reminding SAVOR fans that the seminars, adventure tours and opening night at Hearst Castle are extremely popular, and tend to sell out weeks before the event,” said Stacie Jacob, CEO of Visit San Luis Obispo County, which organizes the event with Sunset magazine, the premier guide to the Western lifestyle. “The special events are one of the most exciting aspects of SAVOR and what truly sets this event apart from anything else out there. Plus, it’s a great chance to get up close and personal with the celebrity chefs, winemakers and Sunset editors. Year after year we see these tickets sell out and strongly recommend you get your tickets now so you can get the programs you want most.”

Located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast offers four-days of culinary immersion. By highlighting the destination’s unique Central Coast locations and active outdoor, farm-to-table lifestyle, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast has become the premier wine and food event in the West. In addition to unique evening events – such as Sunset at Hearst Castle – guests enjoy taking part in culinary and outdoor adventure tours Sept. 25-26. The tours (just $85), which are led by Sunset experts, range from creating botanical spa products and cooking farm to table cuisine to roaming with Clydesdales, winemaking in Paso Robles and a foodie adventure through Arroyo Grande.  One of the highlights of the Main Event at Santa Margarita RanchSept. 27-28are the special ticketed programs (just $25) such as celebrity chef and wine maker seminars at Chef Centraland Winemaker Central and the much-anticipated American Lamb Board’s national grand finale contest, Lamb Jam.

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is one of the most accessible, regionally authentic wine and food events around,” said Peggy Northrop, SunsetEditor-in-Chief.  “The seminars and adventure tours are a great way to discover special destinations alongside wine and food celebrities in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. They’re also a wonderful way to connect with the artisans behind the region’s fantastic wine and food, and the land where they’re grown.”

Highlights for chef and winemaker seminars include:

Chef Central:

Italian Flavors with Chef Fabio Viviani (Sept. 27-28): Perhaps best known as the “Fan Favorite” of Bravo’s hit reality series Top Chef, Chef and Restaurateur Fabio Viviani will bring his signature Italian flavor to SAVOR, from inspiring seminars to signing his New York Times bestseller Fabio’s Italian Kitchen.  On Saturday, he’ll show guests how to make their own Duck Sausage–Fabio-style, while on Sunday he’ll share his secret on creating perfect gnocchi with ease.

Tanya Holland (Sept. 27-28): San Francisco Bay Area Celebrity Chef Tanya Hollandbrings a little soul to SAVOR with her inventive take on modern soul food. Regularly featured on The Today show and The Talk, the former Food Network host will be signing her new book – BROWN SUGAR KITCHEN New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland. The book is named after Holland’s iconic Oakland restaurant, and she’ll be showing guests how to make two signature dishes from “BSK”. On Saturday she’ll show guests how to make Jerk Baby Back Ribs, switching it up to Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles on Sunday.

Lamb Jam Masters Finale(Sept. 28):  SAVOR is jammin’ with the winners of the 2014 American Lamb Jam National Tour for the battle to determine this year’s Lamb Jam Master. Winning chefs from Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. prepare their finalist dishes for guests to vote and enjoy, with commentary by Sunset Food Editor Margo True.

Winemaker Central Seminar Highlights

International Sparkling Display(Sept. 27):Discover the world of sparkling wine in this exciting seminar featuring samples of bubbles from across the world.

Grow Wild with Paso Robles Wines (Sept. 28): The stars of Paso Robles align at this seminar showcasing six wines from six top producers of Paso Robles Wine Country, recently named 2013 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.

How Well do you Know Your Wines? Test Your Blind Tasting Skills (Sept. 28): Test your ability to distinguish a Cabernet Sauvignon from a Pinot Noir in this blind tasting.

Adventure Tour Highlights:

Slots remain on the following adventure tours:

Create Botanical Spa Products with Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach (Sept. 25):  Guests get an exclusive tour of the resort’s on-site organic garden—normally closed to the public—followed by tips on making one-of-a-kind luxurious spa products and a multi-course “garden to fork” lunch, prepared by Chef Gregg Wangard.

Blend Wild Wine near Ancient Peaks at Historic Santa Margarita Vineyard (Sept. 25): Master winemakers guide guests through creating their own blend, including bottling and labeling, followed by a gourmet lunch.

Roam with the Clydesdales at Covell Ranch in Cambria (Sept. 26): See beautiful stands of native pine trees from a spectacular vantage point: a hay wagon pulled by Clydesdale horses, followed by a deluxe picnic lunch paired with local Central Coast wines.

Explore the Farm and Foodie Secrets of Arroyo Grande (Sept. 26):  This food-lovers walking tour of historic Arroyo Grande includes samples from some of the tastiest offerings produced along the Central Coast, followed by lunch in the village.

Preservation Meets Innovative Traditions at Halter Ranch(Sept. 26): Wine lovers will swoon over this fascinating walking tour at the height of the grape harvest. Learn how this historic ranch follows certified sustainable farming practices and innovative techniques, and then do a comprehensive tasting of Halter Ranch wines followed by a harvest lunch with the winemakers.

Celebrate Autumn’s Harvest at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles (Sept. 26): Guests will tour the farm at the peak of harvest season and sample an array of the farm’s signature heirloom tomatoes. Enjoy one-of-a-kind homegrown Bloody Mary’s made with local RE:FIND distillery spirits and end the tour with a farm-to-fork picnic lunch by Avila’s Ocean Grill.

Become a Balsamic Vinegar Guru in Atascadero(Sept. 26): Guests will travel to an organic garden and enjoy the finest artisan vinegars the region has to offer, followed by a trip to the elegantly renovated historic Atascadero City Hall Building for a tasting of fresh-from-the-garden vinegar flavors. The tour ends with an artisanal lunch, with each course showcasing flavorful Chaparral Gardens vinegar.

Find out the latest ticket and hotel package offerings – including  Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast VIP Getaway Packages hosted by Martin Resorts — at Check us out on our Facebook page,, or on Twitter,

Many thanks to our national and local sponsors who have helped make Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast an ever-growing success. National Sponsors: Buick, Torani and KitchenAid. Local Sponsors: American Lamb Board, Boutique Hotel Collection, GSO, Friends of Hearst Castle, KCOY, Martin Resorts, Morro Bay Tourism Bureau, Travel Paso Robles Alliance, City of Pismo Beach, City of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Sourdough, Santa Margarita Ranch, The Tribune, Vina Robles and Wine Coast Country.

About Visit San Luis Obispo County

Visit San Luis Obispo County promotes San Luis Obispo County through advertising, marketing, public relations and group sales. Its membership base is comprised of over 500 tourism industry-related businesses including lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, golf courses and retail stores. Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is produced and managed by the Bureau. For more information on Visit San Luis Obispo County, please visit

About Sunset

Sunset ( is the leading lifestyle brand in the West. Through magazines and books, events and experiences, and digital and social media, Sunset covers the West’s best flavors, destinations, design trends, and innovations. Sunset engages and inspires an audience of over five million educated, active and affluent consumers every month through its five regional print editions—Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Southwest and Mountain—as well as via all tablet devices and its website. In addition to its print and digital publication, Sunset showcases the region’s unique lifestyle and noteworthy destinations through its flagship events, established home programs, licensing partners, books and International Wine Competition. Sunset is produced by Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world.

Win a Toilet Tree Oral Irrigator and Skin Cleansing System


 Toilet Tree Oral Irrigator and Skin Cleansing System Giveaway

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 Read the full Toilet Tree Products review here.

I’m so excited to bring you another giveaway.  This time we’re giving away a a Toilet Tree Oral Irrigator and Skin Cleansing System to one lucky fan! Find out more about it and how you can win it! Good luck!

We are excited to bring to you an amazing giveaway from ToiletTree Products. The ToiletTree Products Skin Cleansing System Facial Brush & Body Care Kit is a delight to use and helps you on your way to beautiful skin! Plus, we have the Professional Rechargeable Oral Irrigator with High Capacity Water Tank to help with oral care! They are two must have items in keeping your skin and mouth in good health! [Read more...]

Win a $50 Visa Gift Card and an annual supply of Gray Away



Gray Away Giveaway

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I never dreamed I’d have to think about this.  I’m in my 30′s, I should not have gray hair.  In fact, I don’t.  I have white blonde hair – at least that’s what I tell my husband!  Read on to find out how to win a $50 Visa Gift Card and an annual supply of Gray Away.

Gray hair is a reality that most women have to deal with. Touching up roots every few weeks can get expensive and time consuming if you already have a busy schedule. It’s summer and much more fun to spend time at the beach and the park rather than wasting time getting your hair professionally colored. Gray Away by EVERPRO Beauty is the new, inexpensive and quick solution to touching up those pesky grays. You can cover your gray roots in just ten seconds.

Did you know that 70 – 80% of women over 40 color their gray hair, but that 75% of women are not using a temporary root touch-up between colorings because they are not satisfied with what is on the market?

Gray roots can pop up as soon as two weeks after coloring your hair. Gray Away is a safe, spray-on root concealer that extends the life of your color. Its unique pinpoint applicator provides targeted coverage and saves the mess. It adjusts to your hair color with self-adjusting technology and is fast-drying and sweat resistant for active, on-the-go women. Gray Away is free of harsh chemicals and dyes and contains mineral derived pigments, which are safe for pregnant women as well.

A 1.5 oz. can will cost you $12.99, which is SO much cheaper than getting your hair professionally colored multiple times per month. Visit the EVERPRO website to learn more and purchase! Follow Gray Away on Facebook and Twitter.

How many of you could benefit from using Gray Away?

One lucky reader will receive a $50 VISA gift card for some summer fun and an annual supply of Gray Away! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will end on September 1st at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please enter on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!!

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RSVP for the #FamilyFavorites Twitter Party 8/27



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Once of my favorite dinners is spaghetti squash with a bunch of fresh veggies and topped with Classico Sauce! YUM! I want to go make some right now, but there was a point to that :)  We have another twitter party coming up!  That’s right, it’s a tasty one too.  We’re talking about Classico Sauce!

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about making delicious family meals with Classico sauces! On August 27, 2014 at 2:00pm ET, please join us for the #FamilyFavorites Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the Heinz Classico Sauces Family Favorites Collection and giving you a chance to win prizes!

With multiple generations living under the roof, we enjoy quite a few family meals together. But we also have a lot of different mouths to please. I have to think about what Grambo will like and what W will like all in the same meal!

Classico Sauces offer taste that my whole family enjoys! And I don’t have to add anything to my sauce which gives me time to focus on the rest of the meal! So I hope you’ll join us to share great meal ideas and learn more about how Heinz Classico Sauces Family Favorites Collection can become family favorites!

RSVP for the #FamilyFavorites Twitter Party

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DATE: Wednesday, August 27th
TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
PRIZES: 5 – (1) $100 Walmart Gift Cards
EARLY BIRD PRIZE: 1 – $50 Walmart Gift Card
HOSTS: @formulamom@7onashoestring@MudpiesandTiara@donnahup@tsue1136
RULES: #FamilyFavorites Twitter Party Official Rules
RSVP & PARTY GRID: #FamilyFavorites Twitter Party Page

How To Participate In A Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

TIP: How to join a Twitter Party – sign in! Before party starts, click on the green “Sign In On Twitter” bar at the top of the page!
TIP: Who to follow at a Twitter Party? Follow the Party Team by clicking on the Twitter handle links on the RSVP page!
TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!
TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!
TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that options checked when you RSVP for the party!
TIP: New to Twitter parties? Watch your column and Party Team tweet columns – they are slower paced and easier to follow!
TIP: Where to find Twitter Parties? Check out the SoFabChats Twitter Party Calendar to find more fun parties to attend!

Find more helpful Twitter Party Tips on SoFabChats!

Win a Rock the Lunchbox Kit



Rock the Lunchbox Kit Giveaway

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Sponsored by and hosted by Mom Does Reviews and her fabulous blogger friends.

Here’s a fun giveaway! School time is here so we’re giving away a Rock the Lunchbox Kit! Read on to find out what it is and how you can win it.  Good luck!

What is Rock the Lunchbox?

Rock the Lunchbox is a resource for parents with hundreds of better-for-you lunch ideas and tips. Rock The Lunchbox supports The Whole Kids Foundation, an organization devoted to improving children’s nutrition and inspiring families so more kids can reach their full potential.

According to a national survey, lunch packing inspiration is needed:

  • Variety is the biggest challenge fr parents: 51% of parents surveyed struggle to come up with new ideas, making this the top challenge identified among parents.
  • Kids could use something new too: 53% of kids reported the items in their lunch are the same every day.

Have picky eaters or kids that need special diets?  Rock the Lunchbox even has nut-free, gluten-free or vegetarian creative lunch ideas!  Get coupons HERE too!

Check out Mom Does Reviews thoughts and her son’s creative lunch HERE.

What do you win?

We’ll send you a kit with:

  • Free product coupons from Annie’s Homegrown, Applegate Organic & Natural Meals, Honest Kids, Organic Valley, Rudi’s Organic Bakery and Stonyfield
  • Free lunch containers from Laptop Lunches, UKonserve and Blue Avocado
  • Free Crayons

The Giveaway:

One lucky winner will the the Rock the Lunchbox Kit as described above ($60 arv.)  Colors may vary.

The giveaway is open to US only, 18+

The giveaway ends 8/26 at 1159p est

Be sure to complete the mandatory entry.  Come back daily for more chances to win!

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Win a Soft Soap Decor Collection


Soft Soap Decor Collection Giveaway

Sponsored by: Softsoap

Hosted by : Adventures of a Nurse

Read the full review here

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We’re giving away this Soft Soap Decor Collection to one lucky reader. You can read all about it in the link above. Enter below on the rafflecotper for a chance to win it yourself. Good luck!

Open to US only and 18 years of age.
Enter the rafflecopter below goodluck!
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RetroDuo Vintage Gaming Giveaway


RetroDuo Vintage Gaming Giveaway (Value $59.99)

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brought to you by A Medic’s World

sponsored by Innex Inc.


I want to thank my special co-host Celebrate Woman Today, and all the other bloggers who are helping bring this giveaway to all of you, to enjoy and enter. Please check out the full review done by A Medic’s World here.

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This RetroDuo Vintage Gaming System looks like so much fun! We’re giving one away to one lucky winner.  I know a few munchkins as well as a big kid I’m married to that would love to win this. Good luck!

Rules: Only one entry per household/ip address, open to residents of the US only, shipping of prize is responsibility of A Medic’s World, winner be drawn by random from Giveaway Tools Widget, must be 18 years or older to enter, if winner does not respond to winning email within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected. Giveaway begins August 18th, and ends 11:59 on September 18th.



Disclaimer: This blog was not compensated for this post in any way. Giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other online entity in any fashion. A Medic’s World is responsible for prize delivery. Entering Giveaway listed above is based on understanding the giveaway rules. Any questions or concerns, please contact Tom at

Win a Calendar Key Necklace with Swarovski Crystal


Calendar Key Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Giveaway

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Sponsored by: Not Just Any Old Day Hosted by: Powered by Mom Blog and a fabulous group of bloggers

Read Powered by Mom’s review of this beautiful calendar necklace HERE

This is such a unique gift. I love things that are unusual and not the same as everyone else. One lucky reader will be winning this Calendar Key Necklace with Swarovski Crystal! Read on to find out how to enter. Good luck!

A special moment, an important anniversary, a new arrival—those things are the most important memories we cherish and celebrate through out our lives. What’s your ‘Special Day’? Your birthday? Anniversary? Engagement? Wedding? Recovery Day? Graduation? Birth of your child? The list is endless. Now you can commemorate those special moments with Not Just Any Old Day Jewelry.
One lucky person will receive a Your Special Day Calendar Key Necklace with Swarovski Crystal with the date of their choice!

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Blogging Mom of 4 has teamed up with to bring you this AWESOME BTS Giveaway! I’m so excited to be a part of it. There are some amazing prizes, read on to find out more about it. With prizes valued at over $2300! Sure to send your student back to school in style!  Good luck!

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Now take a look at the awesome prizes! One lucky reader will win all of the following!

BTS Giveaway Prizes

Free 6 Month Subscription to GLOSSYBOX!
$110 worth of free beauty samples delivered to your door!

The Body Shop
$100 worth of product from The Body Shop

Clarifying Toner & Acne Regimen Kit ($110 value)

Tommy Hilfiger
CALIFORNIA DOT COMFORTER SET (Full/Queen) Includes Comforter + 2 Shams ($130 Value)

$100.00 e-Gift Certificate to NOVICA

Vitamin Supplements & Anti Aging Serum
Supplements Value: $59.95 and Anti-Aging Serum Value: $119.00

Smart Bargains
$100.00 Gift Card to Smart Bargains to shop their amazing collection of Apparel, Sunglasses, Watches, Handbags, Shoes, Jewelry and Home Decor at unbeatable prices.

Coupon Codes for 2 Free Custom Pair of Shoes from Vans! (up to $75 each)

Gifted Living
2 $50 Giftcards to Gifted Living , your number one source for home, gift and garden favorites.

Puritan’s Pride
Vitamin & Snack Pack from Puritan’s Pride ($110 value): Childs Multi, Teen Multi, Dried Cherries, Pistachio Cranberry Bites, Peanut Butter Bars, Marshmallow Treats, B Complex, Omega 3 for Kids

$100.00 Gift Card to Danskin for all of your Dance, yoga and gymnastics apparel needs.

Your child will be the most high-tech kid on the block with the Kidizoom Smartwatch and an InnoTab Tablet Bundle from VTech Kids! (includes three games!) $120 total value.

Charlotte Russe
$100 Gift Card to Charlotte Russe for your Back To School wardrobe!

Overstock Deals
$100 e Gift Code to Overstock Deals . If the kiddies reeked havoc on your home this summer , Overstock Deals will have the fixes you need!

$100 e Gift Code to . Check them out for a great selection of apparel & accessories, electronics, Health & Beauty and much more!

Steve Madden
$100 e Gift Code to Steve Madden . Pick up some new shoes for Fall!

2 Moto E Phones from Motorola (total value: $258). Featuring the sharpest display in its class, Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection, and a water-repellent splash guard for lasting durability, and an all-day battery.

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$100 Gift Card to Carson-Dellosa Publishing Group.

$100 eGift Code to Folica . It’s all about the hair!

Giveaway starts August 18th and runs through August 29th. Open to US residents 18+ only. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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