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Breakfast with Santa at Brio Tuscan GrilleBreakfast with Santa at Brio Tuscan Grille On Saturday, Dec. 6, Brio Tuscan Grille in Southlake will hold a Breakfast with Santa event at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while the kiddos see Santa and take photos with him! Cost is $5.95 for...

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Recap: What to do in FW This WeekendRecap: What to do in FW This Weekend Ready for the weekend? Here's a roundup of the fun events we've posted about this week: Friday, Nov. 21 Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops Starlight Symphony at West 7th Saturday, Nov. 22 Tree...

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Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro ShopsSanta's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops A few days ago, Bass Pro Shops in Grapevine kicked off their Santa's Wonderland event, which will run through Dec. 24. During specified times, you can visit the store and the kids can participate in lots...

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Historic St. Nick Photos @ Log Cabin VillageHistoric St. Nick Photos @ Log Cabin Village On Saturday, Nov. 22, Log Cabin Village will offer photos with a historic St. Nicholas from 1-4 p.m. This is a great option for those who are looking for out-of-the-ordinary Christmas pictures. No reservations...

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Get Bonuses With Marriott StaysGet Bonuses With Marriott Stays Planning to travel for the holidays? Right now, Marriott has a special to make your stay an even better deal: Daily hotel credits of up to $50 for stays in the U.S. and Canada. You'll receive $20 for...

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Review & Giveaway: Sunology Natural Sunscreen

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If you live in Texas, then you know: The sun can be brutal here. So I was excited when the folks at Sunology Sunscreen told me they had a product that could protect our skin from the sun, with mostly natural ingredients. They sent me a couple of packs of their SPF 50 Body Formula to check out, and I’m going to tell you about my experience here.

I’m a runner, so I spend a lot of time outside, and I really need something that provides good protection. But most of the sunscreens available out there have bad-news chemicals like oxybenzone – an ingredient that the Environmental Working Group rates as having “high” amounts of health concerns. Sunology, meanwhile, uses zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as its active ingredients – they rate much lower on the EWG’s harm scale.

So how did the sunscreen work? The first thing I noticed when I put it on was that it was fragrance-free, which is a bonus: I hate smelly sunscreen. I also noticed that it was super thick. It felt more like glue than like lotion going on, and I had to use a little extra effort to get it all over my face. No matter, though – the true test would be out on my run.

I used it on a day that was cool, but still sunny. I noticed during my run that my sweat wasn’t running into my eyes as much.  I reached up to my forehead at one point and noticed that the sunscreen had kind of mixed with the sweat and formed a kind of goo, probably because of how thick it was. It sounds gross, but it was actually good: my sweat wasn’t running into my eyes so I didn’t have any need to reach up and wipe my face with my shirt or my hands. That inevitably leads me to wipe my face with my hands, and THAT leads to my sunscreen coming off. Which usually leads to a sunburn.

When I got back, most of the sunscreen was still hanging on to my face, and sure enough, I had no sunburn. I give this product two thumbs up! And now, one lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader will be able to try Sunology for themselves. Fill out the form below – I’ll select a winner at random on Monday, Nov. 17 to receive two 0.07-oz samples of the SPF 50 Body Formula. Each one is good for about a face’s worth of application. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Spartan Race Entry

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 photo spartanrace_zpsb6ed7a80.jpgOn any given weekend, there are probably 20+ road races, 5Ks, etc. in Dallas. But this weekend, Nov. 1 and 2, are the Spartan Races – obstacle races/mud runs that truly challenge your abilities! The races take place in Glen Rose, southwest of Fort Worth. Here’s the lowdown on each one:

Nov. 2 – Spartan Sprint – a 3-mile obstacle course
Nov. 1 – Spartan Beast – a 10-mile obstacle race

These races are pretty expensive – the Beast is running about $185 right now – but if you want to register, you can visit the Spartan website and use the code SPARTANBLOGGER at checkout to get an extra 10 percent off!

Or, you can enter this giveaway. One lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader will receive one free entry to any Spartan race of their choice. You can use the code to run in the Dallas event, or use it for an out-of-town race. To enter, fill out the form below. Since online registration must be done for this race by noon on Oct. 31, entries will only be accepted until 9 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 31). I’ll send the winner an email ASAP!

Boring stuff: Must be a Texas resident, 18+. One entry per person. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Quest Protein Chips

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 photo 82A0073B_zpsa8744d9c.jpgI’m a runner – with less-than-healthy snacking habits – so I was excited when the folks at Quest Nutrition offered to send over a box of their Quest Protein Chips. Yes, we are all supposed to snack on fruit and veggies when we’re hungry – I KNOW – but every once in a while, you just need something crunchy and salty! These chips fit the bill. One snack-sized bag of Quest Protein Chips has 21 grams of protein in it – compare that to 25 grams for a 4-ounce chicken breast and 31 grams for a 4-ounce steak. Regular chips, meanwhile, have two grams of protein.

Quest sent me a box with three different flavors – Cheddar and Sour Cream, Sea Salt, and BBQ. I tried them each on days that I ran, to see how they’d do as far as restoring some of the energy that I tend to lose after exercising. They are definitely chips in every sense of the word – crunchy, salty and full of flavor. The mouth feel is a little different than a normal potato chip, but I attributed that to the fact that the chips are baked instead of fried, and their lower carb content (5 grams per bag). While I would not recommend these as a meal replacement, they served as a nice accompaniment to my lunch (usually a sandwich on whole-wheat bread along with strawberries or some other fruits). On tough running days, I tend to stay very hungry, even after a meal, and I did notice that these chips tended to help a bit with satiety. Which is good – if I’m not hungry, I’m not looking for junk food in the pantry.

You can find Quest products at several places in DFW, including GNC, Smoothie King, and 24 Hour Fitness. Check the Quest store locator for more info. And now, on to the good stuff! One lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader will win a 6-pack of Quest Protein Chips to try at home! You’ll get two of each flavor – Sea Salt, Cheddar and Sour Cream, and BBQ. To enter, fill in the form below. I’ll draw for the winner at random on Monday, Oct. 13 and notify the winner via email shortly thereafter.

Good luck!

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New Grilled Chicken Entrees from Chick-fil-A (+ Giveaway!)

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 photo chickfilanewgrilledchicken2_zps0e709ccc.jpgDid you know that Chick-fil-A has new grilled chicken entrees? Honestly, I always thought their grilled chicken was pretty good, but it seems they’ve upped their game, working for seven years to develop a new flavor. Each grilled chicken breast is now freshly marinated with a blend of sea salt, lemon, garlic and savory herbs, and cooked on a state-of-the-art, super-secret grill developed by Chick-fil-A. The technique creates a tender, juicy filet with just the right amount of smoky flavor.

And now you can try the new grilled chicken entrees for yourself! 15 lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap readers will each receive a card good for one free grilled chicken item in May, June and July. In May, you’ll receive the Grilled Chicken Sandwich; in June, the Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich; and in July, your choice of the two.

To enter, fill out the form below. One entry per person. Texas residents only. Winners will be drawn May 13 at noon. Must be 18 to enter. Good luck!

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$5 Off Color Run Race Registration + Giveaway

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 photo colorrun2014_zpsf48cb4c4.jpgSome of you know that I’m a runner – when, of course, I’m not posting deals here! So that’s why I’m excited about The Color Run and their upcoming race in Dallas on Saturday, April 12. There’s never been a better time to register for The Color Run: Right now, you can get $5 off your registration when you use the code COLOR5OFF at checkout.

Done The Color Run, or similar races, before? You’re in for something new this year with the Kaleidoscope Tour. Participants get a wide array of race gear (t-shirt, headband, wrist band and sling bag), plus new music and fun new race attractions. As always, after the race is the Finish Festival, a “larger than life party equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws.” Not a runner? Don’t worry about it. This is an untimed race and awards aren’t presented to the fastest runners. You can walk the whole thing if you want to!

But remember, the race is next weekend, so register now!

Now, on to the giveaway. The Color Run has agreed to give one lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader two free race registrations for the Dallas race on April 12. To enter, simply fill in the form below. You’ll get an extra entry if you confirm that you’re subscribed to our email list. I’ll draw for the winner on Monday, April 7 at 3 p.m.

Good luck!

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Enter to Win a Truck from State Farm

Category : contest, entertainment, Featured, free

I don’t usually post sweepstakes opportunities, but this one is just for Texas residents, so I thought I’d share! Texas State Farm Agents want to help you get to a better State®. They’re looking for the most loyal fans in Texas to fan up and show their spirit because they’re giving away a brand-new pickup truck! To enter, start here and fill out your information. The winner will be selected May 1. Five first-prize winners will be flown to a city in Texas (still undetermined at this time) and one of them will be selected to win a brand-new 2013 Ford F-150. You can see the full rules here.

You can enter once per day, so go here to file your entry and be in the running for a new truck. I know I’d love one…

 

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Cow Calendars Now at Chick-fil-A (and a Giveaway!)

Category : contest, Featured, food, free

PhotobucketNeed a last-minute stocking stuffer? A stack of gifts to keep on hand for those “uh oh, I totally forgot to get you something” moments? Consider the 2013 Chick-fil-A Calendar, now on sale at your local CFA restaurants. The theme for this year is “Royal T-Bones,” and each month chronicles the adventures of the Chick-fil-A cows, with a “noble” twist; you’ll see characters like King Alexandherd the Steak (seriously) and Emperor Napoloin Bovinapart. Best of all, each calendar comes with a Chick-fil-A Calendar Card, which you can bring in once a month for a freebie. In February, you’ll get a free large Coke; in June, a free small milkshake; in December, a free 3-pack of Chick-N-Strips, and so on. No purchase is necessary to use the coupons!

Plus, at only $6 per calendar, you can afford to buy one for everyone on your list!

Now, for the best part: Five Fort Worth on the Cheap readers will receive a free Chick-fil-A Cow Calendar, along with a coupon for a free Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake, one of CFA’s seasonal favorites. To enter, simply fill out the form below. I’ll draw for the winner on Saturday, Dec. 22 at noon and notify the winners shortly thereafter. If you are a winner, I’ll send you an email and you will have 24 hours to respond to claim your prize. Then you’ll receive your prize in the mail! Good luck!

Disclosure: Chick-fil-A provided the calendars and free milkshake coupons for me to pass on to you. I have not received any other compensation from Chick-fil-A for this giveaway.

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Giveaway: March Madness Pub Crawl!

Category : contest, drinks, entertainment, Featured

Are you caught up in March Madness? Give in to the obsession on Monday, April 2 at Camp Bowie District’s March Madness Hoops & Hops Pub Crawl, co-hosted by Rahr & Sons Brewing Company. The crawl starts at 6 p.m. You’ll be able to sample some of the best beers and pub grub in DFW at three different pubs, all while watching the final round of the NCAA basketball tournament! At the start of the crawl, you’ll pay $6 for a collectible Rahr pint glass, which comes with your first fill-up of beer. Then, at subsequent pubs, you’ll pay $3 for a refill. There will be specially-priced snacks for pub crawl attendees. Here’s the schedule and menu:

Oscar’s Pub (Pre-game)
Brew:
• Texas Red — A super-smooth, amber lager sporting a perfect balance of malt,
caramel and hops. This beer is known to pair perfectly with pizza.
Grub:
• Flatbread Pizza $5 — Garlic-infused crust with house pesto, artisan chopped salami,
crisp cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

Jake’s Burgers (1st half)
Brew:
• Rahr’s Blonde — A medium-bodied Helles Lager that features a rounded
maltiness without being too heavy.
Grub:
• Jake’s Special Sliders $3 — A Texas hit for over 25 years. Served with double
meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato and Thousand Island dressing.
• Mushroom Swiss Sliders $3 — Juicy beef patties topped with hand-cut, fresh
mushrooms, melted Swiss cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickle and mustard.

Baker Street Pub & Grill (2nd half)
Brew:
• Bucking Bock — A traditional German-Style Spring Bock that is golden in color
and mildly hopped with a smooth malty character.
Grub:
• Fish and Chips $4.99 — Crispy beer-battered Atlantic Cod served with hand-cut
seasoned fries, tartar sauce and malt vinegar.
• Shepherd’s Pie $4.99 — Just like the traditional English favorite. A baked
casserole of seasoned ground sirloin, sharp cheddar cheese and whipped
potatoes.

Are you excited yet? Well, prepare to get even more excited – one lucky Fort Worth on The Cheap reader will win a basket of Camp Bowie pub crawl items – including two Rahr pint glasses to get you and a friend started on the crawl! Fill out the form below to enter. I’ll draw for the winner at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 and contact the winner shortly thereafter. The winner will have until 4 p.m. on March 30 to claim their prize and receive instructions for obtaining it. Naturally, you must be 21 to enter this giveaway. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Cool Cuts 4 Kids

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It’s almost time for the big return to school – and that usually means haircuts! This year, I accomplished this task for one of my sons by taking him to Cool Cuts 4 Kids, a kid-friendly hair salon on Hulen St. in Fort Worth. Usually, I take my kids to a regular old sports-themed haircut place, and if there is a line, I spend most of my time trying to keep them entertained. But Cool Cuts 4 Kids has already thought ahead, and filled their salon with plenty of stuff to keep youngsters occupied while they wait for their turn. The store in Fort Worth has a train table in the lobby with plenty of trains, plus a TV playing kid-friendly shows. Older kids can enjoy the video-game systems they have against the far wall.

When our turn arrived, my son thought it was quite fun to sit in the chairs, which are made to look like fire engines and cars. They also have TVs in front of each chair, and kids can pick from a selection of DVDs. Our stylist was great, but Patrick still looked pretty unsure:

Afterwards, he was all smiles!


If you’re interested in trying Cool Cuts 4 Kids for yourself, check out this coupon for $5 off any service of $11.95 or higher. It’s good for new clients only, through Oct. 31. The Fort Worth location is at 5280 S. Hulen St., just down from Hulen Mall, next to Chili’s.

Have you done the back-to-school haircut thing yet? In an effort to help, Cool Cuts 4 Kids will provide a $25 gift card to one lucky Fort Worth on the Cheap reader. To enter, please “like” Cool Cuts 4 Kids on Facebook, and then come back to fill out this form. I’ll draw for the winner at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, and notify them shortly thereafter. You will have 24 hours to claim your prize from the time you receive your winner’s notification, or the prize will be awarded to another entrant – so please, check your email. Good luck!

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Camp Bowie District Pub Crawl Winner!

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Congratulations to Jennifer D., the winner of the Camp Bowie Pub Crawl tickets! Jennifer, you’ve got an email. Thanks to all who entered!

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