Giveaway Alert! Win a $25 Gift Card to Earth Fare in Cumming, GA

earth fare in cumming, gaUPDATE: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Denise who won the gift card!!!! Happy shopping!

The new Earth Fare opens on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 and is located at 3140 Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Cumming, GA. The Earth Fare is at The Collection Forsyth next to Jim & Nick’s.

Grand opening events begin with a ribbon cutting at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday and continue through the weekend with family friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artists, food samples, live music and more. The first 100 people in line will receive a gift card. There will be giveaways, demonstrations and much more.

Regular store hours are Mondays – Sundays from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

I went on a preview tour of the new store on Monday night and I am very impressed with this natural and organic grocery store.

Earth Fare’s grocery items are free from high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and sweeteners, and more. Their meat and poultry is free from growth hormones and antibiotics. They support sustainable and traceable seafood. They carry items for special diets such as food allergies.  Local products are marked with signage promoting the importance of community. They are Earth-conscious about everything in the store from the natural light panels in the ceiling to the recycled containers . They carry bulk items for nuts, cereal, coffee, liquids such as olive oil and even herbs. (If you bring your own container, have it weighed at customer service. Then fill it up, get the 5 digit number and take it to checkout.)

There are daily specials such as $ .99 baguettes and $5.00 sushi on Wednesdays. There are $6 daily meal deals and they offer pizzas that you can pick up or even order ahead for pick up as well.

We are giving away one (1) Earth Fare $25 gift card for one of our lucky readers!

Forsyth for Families Earth Fare Giveaway

To enter to win our Earth Fare $25 gift card giveaway, simply comment on this post with a grocery item that you are looking forward to buying at Earth Fare.

To enter, comment by midnight on Sunday, December 13, 2015. The winner will be selected by random.org. I will announce the lucky winner on Monday, December 14, 2015! (Entrants must be residents of Georgia.)

Get Earth Fare Coupons and the Tomato Bank Loyalty Program

There are many ways to receive deals. Be sure to sign up for their E-mail offers and deals at www.earthfare.com/cumming. You can also text the word “eat” to 71700 to receive specials. Sign up online for their Tomato Bank Rewards and earn rewards through the purchases of certain products.

Like their Facebook Page for promotions and new menu items.

“At Earth Fare, our food is free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. That means you don’t need to worry about Red #40 or Yellow #6 contaminating your kids’ food. We read the labels so you don’t have to!” Learn more about our Quality Standards here: https://www.earthfare.com/food/quality-standards

About Earth Fare

Founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina, Earth Fare is the authentic organic and natural healthy grocery store with 39 locations across the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food Quality Standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and a superior customer experience.

What really sets Earth Fare apart from other stores is the list of things our foods are free from
Free From high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and sweeteners.
Free From synthetic growth hormones and added antibiotics in fresh meat and dairy.

Welcome to a world of fresh, organic and healthy foods, delicious ready-to-go meals and an amazing selection of wellness products. Healthy grocery shopping has never been so easy or affordable. Earth Fare. Healthy food for everyone.

The Cumming, GA location is the 40th location in 40 years! Earth Fare is also found in these Georgia locations: Peachtree Corners, GA and Decatur, GA.

Earth Fare offers a variety of local and organic fruits and vegetables, a full-service meat, poultry and seafood department with antibiotic-free options, a cheese department and a bakery featuring made from scratch items. They also offer prepared food items including a hot food bar, sandwich counter, a salad bar, food to go, coffee, juice & smoothie bar and a health & wellness section.

Disclosure: I was given a gift card for my family and one to give away on this website. My review is my honest opinion of my experience. 

Giveaway Alert! Win a $50 Gift Card to Pollo Tropical!

Pollo Tropical giveaway in Cumming, GA*UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Our winner, Ginny, was selected on Random.org (lucky #4!) and notified by email. Congratulations!

Pollo Tropical is a fresh Caribbean-style restaurant located on Marketplace Boulevard in Cumming, GA.

Pollo Tropical currently has seven locations in the Atlanta area and is adding three more locations this year!

They are offering one lucky Forsyth for Families reader a $50 gift card and they have a coupon offer for all families if you sign up for the Pollo Rewards Loyalty Program.

We are giving away one (1) Pollo Tropical $50 gift card for one of our lucky readers!

Forsyth for Families Pollo Tropical Giveaway

To enter to win our Pollo Tropical $50 gift card giveaway, simply comment on this post with a menu item that you are looking forward to having at Pollo Tropical. See their menu here.

They also have a catering menu and an allergen menu for those with special diets and food allergies.

To enter, comment by midnight on Sunday, April 26, 2015. The winner will be selected by random.org. I will announce the lucky winner on Monday, April 27, 2015! (Entrants must be residents of Georgia.)

Get A Coupon and Enter Pollo Rewards Loyalty Program

Guests can also get a Pollo Tropical coupon by signing up for the Pollo Reward$® loyalty program.

Like their Facebook Page for promotions and new menu items.

About Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., is a Caribbean-inspired fast-casual concept known for its fresh, flame-grilled chicken marinated in a proprietary blend of tropical fruit juices and spices. Other craveable island favorites include Mojo Roast Pork and made-from-scratch sides including rice, beans, yuca with garlic sauce, sweet plantains and more. Menu items like the Tropical Citrus Chicken Salad, Guava BBQ Pork Sandwich and Create Your Own TropiChops® can be customized with 10 zesty tropical signature sauces on Pollo Tropical’s famous Saucing Island®. Founded in 1988, the Miami-based company currently owns and operates more than 125 locations in FloridaGeorgiaTennessee and Texas, plus five licensed restaurants on college campuses and more than 30 franchised locations throughout the CaribbeanCentral AmericaSouth America and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit Pollo Tropical’s website at www.pollotropical.com.

Our family recently dined at Pollo Tropical and enjoyed delicious Caribbean style chicken. My daughters had kids meals and they loved the chicken, macaroni and cheese and guava bars! I love their chicken and sauces as well as their tasty plantains.

 

Giveaway Alert! Win Free Costa Vida Once a Week for a Year!

costavida*UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Our winner, Leslie P, was selected on Random.org and notified by email. Congratulations!

Costa Vida is a brand new fresh Mexican grill opening in Cumming, GA on Monday, October 13, 2014. Our family is excited to visit this tasty Baja-inspired restaurant in Forsyth County!

We are giving away one (1) Costa Vida platinum card that is good for 52 free entrees (1 a week!)

Forsyth for Families Costa Vida Giveaway

Enter to win Costa Vida once a week for a year! To enter our Costa Vida platinum card giveaway, simply comment on this post with a menu item that you are looking forward to having at Costa Vida. See their menu here.

To enter, comment by midnight on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The winner will be selected by random.org. I will announce the lucky winner on Monday, October 13, 2014! (Entrants must be residents of Georgia.)

Costa Vida Grand Opening Monday, October 13, 2014 from 10:30 am – 

The first Costa Vida Georgia location opens on Monday, October 13 at 10:30 am! To celebrate, the first 50 guests on Monday will win FREE Costa Vida each week for one year and the next 50 guests will win FREE Costa Vida each month for one year!

First 50 will get 52 free entrees (1 a week) and the next 50 will get 12 free entrees (1 a month)!

SPIN TO WIN! They will also have a PRIZE WHEEL all week long that every guest gets 1 chance to spin and win more FREE prizes! You can also enter to win right now on Costa Vida’s Facebook page!

Costa Vida offers catering and has a rewards card program. I love that their food is made the hard way – fresh, from scratch. We are also glad they are aware of food allergens as our family has food allergies.

About Costa Vida

We serve fresh, Mexican-inspired food that offers a quick escape to the coast. At Costa Vida we live by the mantra of “excellence with every customer, every meal, every day.” We are confident that this can only be achieved by staying true to our roots and serving the most delicious food to wow every customer that comes through our doors. In an industry that continues to take shortcuts, we believe a meal made the hard way is the right way and will win the day. The Company’s first restaurant opened in 2003. Today Costa Vida has restaurants in eleven states nationwide, plus Calgary Canada, and has been recognized as one of the fastest growing restaurant franchises in the nation. USA Locations in AZ, CA, CO, GA ID, MO, NM, NV, TX, NV, UT, & WA. Canada Locations in Alberta (Airdrie, Royal Oak & Southland). www.costavida.net

Giveaway Alert: Back to School 4 Hour Dive In and De-Clutter Session for Kids Room

from payne to gain professional organizer alpharetta gaUPDATED: This giveaway is now closed.

Now that the kids have gone back to school, it’s time to organize the kids play rooms and bedrooms. I am excited to offer this fun back to school organizing giveaway!

My Auburn friend Jen Payne at From Payne to Gain Organizing will help a lucky Forsyth for Families reader dive in and declutter a kids bedroom or playroom, record items for tax purposes and donate to Goodwill.

With her 20 year background as a CPA and Professional Organizer, Jen has been helping businesses and families successfully organize their spaces, filing and systems. Need help downsizing? Just moved and need to know where best to unpack everything? Getting ready for the holidays? She can give you the tips you need to organize your life, one space at a time.

Jen also offers additional services to improve budgeting, track expenses and maximize places to save time and money in all you do.

Back to School Dive In and DeClutter Giveaway From Payne to Gain Organizing

One lucky winner will receive a 4 hour kids bedroom/playroom declutter session – (value $200.00)! Jen will help you plan, organize and sort one room, record all items for tax purposes and bag up items to donate and brought them to Goodwill.

Donating for re-use is the best kind of recycling! Every session she does includes bringing one load of items directly to Goodwill on her way home and sending the client the tax receipt. Get your closet ready for the season and give back to the community!

How To Enter

To enter the giveaway,

1) Like “From Payne to Gain‘s” FB page with a comment that Forsyth for Families sent you and

2) Add a comment below and tell us which room –  kids bedroom or kids playroom – and why it needs organizing!

The giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Winner will be notified via email. Entrants must live in the Cumming, GA or Alpharetta, GA area, must be able to schedule session weekdays between 9-2, and winner will be contacted via email.

From Payne to Gain Professional Organizing Alpharetta, GAFor organizing tips, be sure to follow Jen on Facebook or read her blog. She also has a great crock pot Mondays recipe every week.

Check out her before and after pictures of recent garage, under sink, fridge and basement clean outs!

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge 2013

scholastic summer reading challengeKids can lose a reading level if they don’t read over the summer. There are a few reading programs out there including Barnes and Noble and Forsyth County Public Library.

Here is another fun summer reading program from Scholastic for the kids. They even include a calendar app and reading timer app to help kids log their minutes read and track progress.

Scholastic Summer Challenge – a free online program designed to motivate and excite your children around reading books this summer. The Summer Challenge is an easy and fun way for kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they earn rewards and help Read for the World Record. Get your school to participate and earn rewards.

Here’s How You Can Get Involved:

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program 2013: Read 8 Books, Get 1 Free

barnes and noble summer reading programEncourage your kids to read this summer and earn rewards! Register for Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading Program Imagination’s Destination. It’s easy.

Keep track of reading progress in the summer reading journal, read eight books, bring the reading journal to a Barnes and Noble store and choose a free book from the book list on the back of the summer reading journal.

This reading program is for students in 1st-6th grade.  You can get your free book starting May 21, 2013.  The last day to redeem this offer is September 3, 2013.

Check out Barnes & Noble’s fun activity list and teaching tips in this summer reading kit!

A neat way to complete a summer reading program on a budget is to check books out at the library. It’s a cool escape from the heat of summer.

Also our Forsyth County Public Library has lots of summer programs and their own summer reading program “Dig into Reading.” Details have not yet been announced but registration begins on May 24, 2013.

Giveaway Alert: 4 Hour Closet Clean Out From Payne to Gain Organizing

From Payne to Gain Professional Organizing Alpharetta, GAUPDATE: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Stephanie Robins, our winner!

There’s no better month to spring clean your closets than April with tax day and Earth day wrapped into one month. I am excited to offer this fun organizing giveaway!

My Auburn friend Jen Payne at From Payne to Gain Organizing will help a lucky Forsyth for Families winner clean out a closet, record items for tax purposes and donate to Goodwill.

With her 20 year background as a CPA and Professional Organizer, Jen has been helping businesses and families successfully organize their spaces, filing and systems. Need help downsizing? Just moved and need to know where best to unpack everything? Getting ready for the holidays? She can give you the tips you need to organize your life, one space at a time.

Jen also offers additional services to improve budgeting, track expenses and maximize places to save time and money in all you do.

Spring Clean, Be Green Giveaway From Payne to Gain Organizing

One lucky winner will receive a 4 hour closet cleanout and seasonal switch over – (value $200.00)! Jen will help you plan, organize and sort one closet, record all items for tax purposes and bag up items to donate and brought them to Goodwill.

Donating for re-use is the best kind of recycling! Every session she does includes bringing one load of items directly to Goodwill on her way home and sending the client the tax receipt. Get your closet ready for the season and give back to the community!

How To Enter

To enter the giveaway, add a comment below and tell us all about your closet that needs organizing! The giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Winner will be notified via email. Entrants must live in the Cumming, GA or Alpharetta, GA area and winner will be contacted via email.

from payne to gain organizingFor organizing tips, be sure to follow Jen on Facebook or read her blog. She also has a great crock pot Mondays recipe every week.

Check out her before and after pictures of recent garage, under sink, fridge and basement clean outs!

Giveaway Alert! Enter to Win a Carrabba’s $25.00 Gift Card.

Carrabba's Italian Grill in Cumming, GA *UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Our winners, Paige, Felicia, Kimberly S, Heidi, Gina and Trisha, were selected on Random.org and notified by email. The lucky numbers were 5, 8, 9, 17, 22, 27. Congratulations!

I am excited to offer our Forsyth for Families readers a new giveaway – a $25.00 gift card to the new Carrabbas Italian Grill restaurant in Cumming, GA!

I recently attended a preview of Carrabba’s before the grand opening which was full of wonderful food, company and drinks! Carrabba’s has generously donated six $25.00 gift cards for our readers! The atmosphere is warm and inviting, the food is fresh and delicious and the service is always prompt and friendly.

Welcome Carrabba’s to Forsyth County!
770-292-9104
420 Peachtree Parkway (at The Avenue Forsyth)
Cumming, GA  30041

Open Daily from 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Carrabba’s in Cumming offers flavorful, handmade Italian dishes prepared to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Guests enjoy Carrabba family recipes handed down for generations including crispy calamari, homemade lasagne and a variety of fresh fish, seafood and meats cooked over our wood-fired grill.

Carabba’s offers online ordering, carside carry-out (for when the family just needs to eat at home!), catering, special events (including a private lunch in the dining room). They are open for dinner 7 days a week from 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm. You can join the Amici Club and stay informed about events, special offers, rewards and promotions.

How To Enter

To enter the giveaway, add a comment below and tell us what you would order off of the Carrabba’s menu with your gift certificate! The giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday, September 9, 2012. Winner will be selected by random.org and notified via email. Entrants must live in the Cumming, GA area and the gift card will be mailed upon notification confirmation.

Disclosure:  While this giveaway is being promoted on Facebook, it is in no way associated with, sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.  By entering this giveaway, you acknowledge this and release Facebook from any responsibility of such.  Furthermore, you acknowledge that any information provided for entry is being provided to Forsyth for Families and not to Facebook.

Summer Reading Programs 2012 in Cumming, GA – Earn a Free Book!

barnes and noble summer reading programBarnes & Noble has a summer reading program for children. Download the journal, read any 8 books and track them in your journal, and earn a free book! There is also a parent activity kit to download with fun activities and teaching tips.

The Forsyth County Public Library has a summer reading program. Sign up online or at the library. Kids set a reading goal and record their reading times on a spreadsheet and earn a book at the end of summer. Register May 25 – July 31.

From the FCPL website: Sign up for “Dream Big: READ!”and spend time reading what you love best this summer. Set a goal and when you meet it, earn a prize book of your choice. You can register until July 31. You can record books until August 17 and pick up prizes (while supplies last) until August 24.

To register: 1. Click the “Sign Up” box and then fill in your library card number and PIN. If you don’t have a full-service library card, you can find out how to get one here.  If you don’t remember your PIN, you can email it to yourself.
2. Enter your name, school, and grade in Fall 2012. The library will send Forsyth County public K-12 schools a list of all its students who sign up for Summer Reading. Your teachers will be glad you read this summer!
3. Set your personal reading goal. You can ask a grown-up to do this with you.
4. If you’re using your parent’s card to sign up, put your own name in the  “Alternate Name” box. That way, your name will appear on certificates and on the report the library sends to your school.

Giveaway Alert! Digital Copy of 100+ Free & Cheap Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids.

100 Free Things to Do in Atlanta *UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Our winner, Melinda, was selected on Random.org and notified by email.
Summer is coming and parents and caregivers are asking the age-old question: “What are we going to do with the kids this summer?” 100+ Free Things to Do in Atlanta offers frugal and fiscally-responsible families, ideas for summer fun and year-round entertainment. The book includes tips on visiting Atlanta’s favorite attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, and Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta for free. In addition, families can learn how to beat the heat with free pool time and splash fountains, escape inside for arts and crafts at local retailers or outside to experience nature. With this book, summer will be anything but boring.

Written by Atlanta resident Sue Rodman, the book is a natural extension of her popular and award-winning travel blog, Field Trips with Sue, about things to do with kids in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. The blog helps families plan outings, day trips, weekend getaways and vacations from a first-hand point of view.  More importantly, from a mom’s point of view.  Each entry in 100+ Free Things to Do in Atlanta includes the who, what, where and when with costs up front for easy viewing. Web links guide readers to specific information on the attraction; addresses make it easy to plug into the GPS on the go.

100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta is available in ebook formats such as Kindle, Nook, iPad and iPhone for $4.99. Printed books are available for $9.99. Visit www.fieldtripswithsue.com/100free to purchase your book today!

How To Enter Digital Book Giveaway:

To enter the giveaway, add a comment below and tell us what your favorite free family event is in Atlanta! The giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, May 28. Winner will be selected by random.org and notified via email. The book will be emailed in PDF or Kindle format per winner’s preference.

Disclosure:  While this giveaway is being promoted on Facebook, it is in no way associated with, sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.  By entering this giveaway, you acknowledge this and release Facebook from any responsibility of such.  Furthermore, you acknowledge that any information provided for entry is being provided to Forsyth for Families and not to Facebook.


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