Scary Face Pancakes Free at IHOP on Halloween!

I received an IHOP Gift Card for this post.
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What could be more fun and more tasty than a Scary Face Pancake? They are available every day thru the end of October at IHOP. But, if you go on Halloween, your child can get them for FREE! 

The Scary Face Pancake is a regular buttermilk pancake, wearing a costume of whipped cream for a mouth and eyes, and a strawberry nose. It is served with a little cup of mini Oreo’s and a little cup of candy corn, that you can use to make it look scary! Here is my attempt at making the one they brought me look as scary as I could make it:

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My Scary Face Pancake

On Halloween your kids can create their own monster masterpiece by decorating their own Scary Face Pancake at IHOP! Scary Face Pancakes come with a world-famous Buttermilk Pancake topped with whipped cream, a strawberry nose and served with a side of OREO® cookies and candy corn so your kids can let their silliness shine through with their monster creations. Scary Face Pancakes are available all month on the kids menu for , but on October 31 they are FREE for kids 12 and under from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Find an IHOP location near you!

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DISCLAIMER: Scary Face Pancakes at IHOP are NOT gluten free.

Home Chef Unboxing-What’s In The Box? And A Giveaway

I received product from Home Chef, but all opinions are my own.  

When Home Chef asked me to review one of their meal delivery boxes, I was happy to do it, because I had already been looking at their ads and their website. I absolutely hate going to the grocery store week after week. I bring the same things home every week, and we get tired of eating the same old things. Also, some days I am just too exhausted to cook. I have often thought that if all the stuff to make a recipe was already prepped, and in one bag, so that all I had to do was grab the bag out of the refrigerator and start cooking, without having to do the chopping, peeling, mincing, and all that other stuff, then I could do it, tired or not.  Take a look at my un-boxing video, and you will see that to me, this is my idea of a dream come true. Food, delivered to my front porch, already prepped, and ready to cook!  After viewing the video below, scroll on down to enter the giveaway


Here are some of the things I like about Home Chef:

Home Chef Variety:

Home Chef offers 13 new meal delivery opting each week. You can choose from gluten free, low carb, vegetar-free, and nut-free meal plans. They truly do have something for everyone. 

Home Chef Flexibility:

You can change your delivery day, change the number of meals or servings you get, or skip a week. You can also pause your account when you won’t need to make an order for a while. I love this part, because if I have plans to be out of town, I sure don’t need a food delivery sitting on the porch for days! 

Home Chef Simplicity:

You don’t have to go to the grocery store, or make a meal plan. Just order from the menu on the website, an they deliver everything you need to make home cooked meals. From Scratch. In about 30 minutes. All the chopping, dicing, mincing, peeling, done. You don’t have to buy full size bottles of ingredients you have never used before. If a recipe calls for Marsala wine, they include it, in just the amount you need. No waste. I love it. 

Home Chef Makes A Great Gift!

Home Chef Meal Delivery would make an excellent gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles, Moms and Dads, just about anyone on your holiday shopping list. I know I woud love to get this as a gift. Receiving a home meal delivery package like this would give me time because I wouldn’t have to go to the grocery store, or do all the prep for the meals, and it would give me good food. My husband really loved the meals I have made so far. 

Home Chef BUY IT: 

Enjoy 3 Free Meals with Home Chef!

If you want to try Home Chef, use my affiliate link to order, and I will get free food. It will NOT make your order cost more. As a matter of fact, you can save $30 on your first order from Home Chef

Home Chef WIN IT:

One lucky reader will win a Home Chef Delivery consisting of 2 meals for 2 people (a total of 4 servings) As the winner, you can choose which meals you want in your box. You will also be able to purchase additional meals if you wish. Use the Giveaway Tools entry form to enter. Thanks, and good luck!

Welcome A Cure Pink Ribbon Mat Giveaway!

I received product in exchange for this post. 

Carpet One Floor & Home, a cooperative of 1,000 locally owned flooring stores nationwide, sells these Welcome a Cure Pink Ribbon Mats, which help raise money for Breast Cancer research.  



The Welcome A Cure Pink Ribbon Mats feature 19 different designs, including four selections created by noted interior designers Lisa Mende, Traci Zeller, Melissa Davis and Kelli Ellis. Carpet One Floor & Home’s exclusive Welcome A Cure Pink Ribbon mats are machine washable, backed with rubber and capable for use both indoors and out. Each mat is made in the USA and proudly marked with a pink ribbon, the internationally recognized symbol for breast cancer awareness. For each $24.99 ($34.99 CDN) mat sold, 25 percent of the proceeds directly support the five-star rated Breast Cancer Research Fund, with a million dollars raised to fund a cure. 

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation ( is an independent 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. BCRF’s mission is to advance the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime.

These Welcome A Cure Pink Ribbon Mats look so nice on your front porch, or even as a mat for your pet’s food and water. One of my readers will win one of their choice from the ones shown below:


Paws For A Cause

Paws For A Cause


Melissa Leaves

Melissa Leaves


Kelli Ellis

Kelli Ellis





Traci Zeller

Traci Zeller


2015 Welcome

2015 Welcome

Enter to win a Welcome A Cure Pink Ribbon Mat using the Giveaway Tools form below.

Are You Low In Vitamin D? 5 Symptoms To Consider

Vitamin D is a workhorse in the human body.

It tackles its most well known purpose: Working with calcium to strengthen bones. But its function is much more than that. Vitamin D has been linked to disease prevention from head to toe and holds links to the management of conditions like:

·  Multiple sclerosis

·  Heart disease

·  Influenza

·  Mood regulation

·  Depression

·  Diabetes

·  Fibromyalgia and more

Despite data supporting the need for healthy vitamin D levels, nearly ¾ of American teens and adults are deficient. Often called the “sunshine vitamin,” your body does produce a certain amount of vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, but many people make the mistake of believing that sun alone is enough—or that drinking a glass of milk will keep them covered. This is especially true for African Americans whose dark skin means they need many times more sun exposure to generate vitamin D compared to fair skinned people. Are you getting enough vitamin D? To know for sure, see your doctor for a simple blood test.  And of course, remember to always talk to your healthcare provider before adding any supplements to your routine, but here are 5 symptoms of low D you should explore further:

·  You battle depression or are feeling down.

Serotonin, a brain chemical that supports positive mood rises with sun exposure and drops without it. In one study, elderly patients with low levels of vitamin D were 11 times more likely to battle depression.

·  You have bone or muscle pain/weakness.

Some types of vitamin D deficiency are misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome when the deficiency causes a defect in how your body absorbs calcium into the collagen matrix of bones—causing them to ache.

·  You are sleepy during the day.

Of course not all cases of daytime sleepiness can be linked to vitamin D deficiency, but if you’re doing other things right—sleeping at night, eating well and exercising and still battle daytime fatigue, talk to your doctor.

·  You wear out fast.

If you’re panting after a light workout or just can’t seem to endure the physical feats of the past it may not be in your head. Some studies have shown a decrease in aerobic capacity and endurance in athletes who have low D levels.

·  Your blood pressure is too high.

Vitamin D helps regulate heart health in a variety of ways. When there’s not enough vitamin D on board you may see your blood pressure rising slowly over time. However, other factors than vitamin D may be at play, so talk to your doctor.

The power of vitamin D is often overlooked. If you’ve been wondering about your levels, talk to your doctor and consider looking beyond the blood work and at your body’s unique genetic tendencies to learn more about how you process vitamins like D and others. A simple nutrigenomic test can tell you what’s happening deep inside your cells and help take the guesswork out of what your body needs to maintain optimum nutrition and fitness levels.

The Big Zombie Tour 2 with Atlanta Movie Tours Review

Our tickets were comped by Atlanta Movie Tours so that I could write this review, but all opinions are mine. 

The Walking Dead. I absolutely love that show. I love it so much that we watched all the episodes from season 1 through season 6 over the summer. I am itching to see the season 7 premiere. October 22 can’t get here fast enough! To say that I am a fan is, well, an epic statement.  So, when Fabgrandpa was in the hospital back in August, we were talking about The Walking Dead with two nurses who were in the process of removing the catheter from his leg. One of them asked me if I had been on any of the Zombie Tours yet. And I said, “No! I didn’t even know they had tours.” She said her mother works for Atlanta Movie Tours, and we talked a little bit about it. You never know what you are going to learn from talking about things you love. 

So, I got in touch with Atlanta Movie Tours, and worked out a plan for doing a review of Big Zombie Tour #2. Fabgrandpa still did not feel well enough to go, so I asked my daughter, Emily, if she wanted to go with me. Even though she is a teacher, and it was on a school day, she took the day off as a personal day so she could go. She is an even bigger fan of The Walking Dead than I am, if that is even possible! 

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Senoia, Georgia is the starting point for The Big Zombie Tour #2.

On the day of the tour, we left my house at noon, headed to Senoia, Georgia. It was a 66 mile drive from my house to The Waking Dead Cafe, the check-in point for the tour. You can also meet at the Atlanta Movie Tours office in Atlanta, and ride their bus to Senoia. There was a sign on the sidewalk in front of the cafe so it was easy to find. Inside the cafe, there were The Walking Dead posters on the walls. The coffee drinks were all named after characters in the show. 

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The Big Zombie Tour sign on the sidewalk.

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The Waking Dead Cafe sign.

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The Walking Dead posters decorated the walls in the cafe.

When all of the people who were going on the tour had checked in, we got on the bus and started the tour. The tour guide, Kent, has worked as an extra and as a Walker on the show many times. He had a remarkable amount of knowledge about the show, and kept us entertained with inside information about the show, the actors, how to get a job as an extra or a Walker on the show, and about the movie and TV industry in Georgia. The bus also had a TV, and when we were passing by or stopped at a location that was used in the show, one of the tour employees played clips from the show with scenes from that location. The clips made the places we were seeing come to life. 

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Atlanta Movie Tours bus. It was very comfortable.

One of my favorite locations was the “Pudding House”. On one of the episodes, Carl found a 112 ounce can of chocolate pudding, and sat on the roof of the porch while he ate the entire can. I loved that episode, because it showed that even though Carl was mature beyond his age due to the challenges of living in a post apocalyptic world, he was still just a boy at heart. 

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The “Pudding House”, where Carl ate an entire 112 ounce can of chocolate pudding while sitting on the roof of the porch.

The railroad was central to a couple of seasons of The Walking Dead. We saw several places along the railroad that looked so familiar because we had seen them in the show. This was the tower where Tara had to rest after twisting her ankle. 

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The railroad tower where Tara rested after twisting her ankle.

Most of the tour we were on, The Big Zombie Tour #2, was easily accessible for me. I have a disability that makes getting up from a seated position, sitting down, going up and down stairs, and walking long distances difficult. There were only two places where it was hard for me, but I managed to do it. The first place was at an abandoned factory that was the location of the “fight arena” in Woodbury, where The Governor pitted Merrell against Darrell in a fight to the death of one of them. The only way to get to the set location was via a very steep, narrow, stairway. It was harder going down them than coming back up. I’m glad I made the effort, because I volunteered to be one of the people in “Zombie School” where we learned how to walk like a Walker on The Walking Dead. Fun! That’s my daughter, Emily, on the stairs in front of me. I went last so I wouldn’t hold anyone up. 

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Very steep stairs down to the fight arena at the abandoned factory.

The fight arena location:

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The set location of the fight arena where The Governor made Merrell and Darrell fight.

The second place where I had a hard time was when we got to the place where Morgan’s Apartment was. The tour guide parked the bus, and we had to walk a couple of blocks. I was waaaay behind everyone else, because I am so slow walking, but I made it all the way to the apartment. This is what is on their FAQ page about accommodating handicapped guests:

Do you make provisions for handicapped guests?
Yes. We want everyone to enjoy themselves. There are portions of the tours that occur on foot, but all surfaces should be safe for wheelchairs. The bus is not equipped with a lift and we ask that you notify us in advance if you need to bring a folding wheelchair with you so we may make arrangements for storage.

Big Zombie Tour #2

Emily was attacked by a walker in Morgan’s apartment. She was bitten, poor thing!

You can also find information on the FAQ page about transportation to Senoia from Atlanta for the Big Zombie Tour #2 and Big Zombie Tour #3; refund policy; interpreters; and a lot more. 

Big Zombie Tour #2

Emily and me at the wall.

Tours are priced at $65 per person, which in my opinion are well worth the cost. My daughter and I really enjoyed our tour. We saw a lot of places (I didn’t even show you pictures of more than half of them!) and learned a lot about how and where our favorite show is filmed. We are planning to go on Big Zombie Tour #1 and Big Zombie Tour #3 as soon as we can!

To contact Atlanta Movie Tours, you can call them at 855-255-3456; send them an email at ; or visit them at their shop at  327 Nelson St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313. You can save $5 per ticket when you purchase them online using promo code FABGRANDMA at checkout! 


Make Your Plans Now To Attend The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

Do you like to poke around thrift shops and antique stores? Does visiting a botanical garden sound like a fun way to spend the afternoon? If so, then you need to start making plans to attend the 27th Annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville. Here is information about the show:

American interior designer, author and television personality, Nate Berkus, will headline the Keynote Program at the 27th annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville at the Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S, February 3 – 5.

Each year, the Antiques and Garden Show presents more than 150 fine antiques and horticultural dealers, making it the largest show of its kind in the country. Proceeds from the show will benefit Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and the charities of the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON).

Berkus, a renowned interior designer, who has transformed countless homes around the world through his design work, home collections, books, and television shows will present his take on the show’s theme this year – Cultivated Style – on Friday, February 3 at 11 a.m.

“Your home should tell the story of who you are. What you love most, collected and assembled in one place,” Berkus says. “Whether it’s a family heirloom, or a piece you found on your travels. Everywhere your eye goes in your home, it should land on something that resonates.”

Berkus will sign copies of his book, The Things That Matter, following his presentation.

Other notable participants at the show include:

  • Brooke and Steve Gannett, California-based design duo and authors of Patina Style and Patina Farm

  • Mary McDonald, an LA-based award-winning interior designer and star of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Decorators” and “Property Envy”

  • Robert Leleux, author and founder of the Southern Style Now Festival

  • Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, interior design power couple behind Carrier and Company Interiors in New York City and authors of Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors

  • Nathan Turner, California-based interior designer and special projects editor at Architectural Digest

  • Tara Guérard, Charleston-based award winning wedding and event planner

General Chairmen Linda Graham and Mary Smith said the line-up of speakers was chosen because of the diversity of their design backgrounds.

“From traditional architecture, landscape and interior design to wedding and event planning, the speakers this year have such unique design styles.” Graham said. ” We want attendees to be entertained and take home a few tips from some of the top designers in the country.”

This year, the show will be larger than ever and celebrate Gil Schafer of G. P. Schafer Architect, PLLC as Honorary Chairman.

“Gil has served on our national advisory board for years and has always been a loyal patron of the show,” said Smith. “We are thrilled to honor him to say thank you for all of his contributions to the show.”

Tickets are now available at For the latest show updates and speaker schedule, follow the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville on Facebook, Twitter (@antiquesgarden) and Instagram (@antiquesandgardenshow).

About the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville is an annual charity event whose purpose is to raise funds for Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON) charities, by exhibiting the highest quality antiques, landscaped gardens, and horticultural items and by offering a related educational outreach program. Learn more at