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Eating out is one of my favorite things to do.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE cooking for my family and I really enjoy it, but as I’ve said before, with the hectic schedules some of us moms endure, we deserve a break from time to time.  When hubby suggests a night out for dinner, I’m all for it and I welcome it with open arms.  For me, it’s more than about the food, it’s the time spent together discovering new places and revisiting some of our favorite places. Since eating out is such a pleasure for me, I’m glad to bring you some good news you might enjoy.

For all of you busy moms out there who need a break from the kitchen, this one is for you.   Ok, I’ll be nice; dads and singles can play along too.   The nice folks at thought you’d enjoy a night out of the kitchen by offering 4 of my readers a $50 gift card.

For those of you who haven’t heard of, they are one of the best sources for finding great deals at 1000’s of restaurants nationwide.  You may find some of your favorite places and some you even haven’t the chance to discover.

About is the trusted and valued source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide. The company offers savings at more than 14,000 restaurants nationwide with more than 25,000 gift certificate options—available 24/7. brings people together to relax, converse and enjoy well-prepared and -served meals at affordable prices. To date, customers have saved more than $100 million through the gift certificate program. has operated since 1999 and is based in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Some of the online Favorites offering deals are Mrs. Fields Cookies, Spa Kist, Lobster Gram, DeLa Flowers, The Fruit Company and BBQ2You to name a few.  For those of you who enjoy a great new and discovering new places, is a great resource.

OH! One more thing, I’d like to share with you before I tell you how you can win your very own $50 gift card.

In honor of its 10 year anniversary, is toasting everyone who has contributed to the company’s success by launching the “Ultimate Dining Experience” sweepstakes. Individuals nationwide have the opportunity to enter online for a chance to win a weekend getaway to Las Vegas. The grand prize package includes an exclusive dining vacation experience, staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort and dining at Fleur de Lys, a participating restaurant.

The Ultimate Dining Experience promotion began Feb. 17, 2010 and continues until March 31, 2010. During that time, you can log on to for sweepstakes entry and to play the instant-win game




Tell me in a comment why do you think you deserve this gift card and a night out of the kitchen.

This step is required to qualify for the drawing. Be sure to leave your email address in at least one of your comments so that I may notify you in the event you are the lucky winner!

 Extra entries:

  • Subscribe to Cocktails With Mom
  • Follow me on Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar)
  • Follow Cocktails With Mom on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway! ( once Daily)
  • Blog about this giveaway then leave me the link! ( 3 entries)
  • Leave a comment on any Non Giveaway Post
  • Enter any of my other Giveaways!

Please leave a separate comment for all that you do to ensure you get all possible entries! Remember to include your email address on your comment!

Contest ends, Mar 22, 2010 at 12:00 mid CST. Winner will be chosen via Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Disclosure: I was not provided with a gift card for this giveaway and no other compensation received.  The stated opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way.

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  1. I spend 7 days a week fixing or cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for my children (and sometimes I manage to eat myself). Although I absolutely love eating out, I just don’t have the time or money (to splurge), so it’s home cooked all the time. I would love to take a break from the kitchen and enjoy a meal out for a change. I miss being waited on (instead of feeling like a waiter)!
    .-= Patricia Godfrey´s last blog ..My Baby Turned 6 Today! =-.

  2. I am already following you on twitter @mahoganymade
    .-= Patricia Godfrey´s last blog ..My Baby Turned 6 Today! =-.

  3. Merrie L. says:

    We are living on one income, so going out is a RARE treat. I cook budget meals everyday, so having a meal out for the entire family would be a real treat for all of us!

  4. Merrie L. says:

    I subscribe to Cocktails With Mom.

  5. Merrie L. says:

    I follow via Google Friend Connect.

  6. Hubby is currently gone during the week. So I cook and take care of my 6-yr-old, 3-yr-old, and 3-month-old by myself during the week. It’s exhausting!!! I LOVE to eat out but Hubby doesn’t since he eats out all week.
    .-= Messy Mommy´s last blog ..3 word wednesday =-.

  7. Trudy says:

    My hubby travels a lot for business, so it would be nice to have a gift card to use for going out when he is home:)

  8. Wendy McBride says:

    I deserve the Giveaway because I cook and wash clothes for 6 and I am tired!

    wendym at cableone dot net

  9. BG says:

    Great giveaway! I deserve the giveaway because I don’t get to go out to eat much, money is tight nowadays. Thanks!
    .-= BG´s last blog ..The Homesick Student: A Trip Down Memory Lane =-.

  10. Erica G says:

    I deserve this because I haven’t been out since I had my baby 6 weeks ago. Between her and my 20 month old, it is hard to get out and justify spending the money on us (me and hubby).

  11. Erica G says:

    email subscriber

  12. Erica G says:

    follow via gfc

  13. Judith says:

    I deserve this because I am a grandma of 7 and babysitting this week so Parents can have a vacation. And Next week I need a break

  14. Judith says:

    I follow on GFC @sodahoney
    .-= Judith´s last blog ..MARCH GIVEAWAY =-.

  15. Judith says:

    I follow on twitter @sodahoney
    .-= Judith´s last blog ..MARCH GIVEAWAY =-.

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  20. Gail Crawford says:

    I deserve to win this giveaway, because I take care of four grandchildren, and this would be nice to have.

  21. valerie mabrey says:

    I need a day out. Hubby had been laid off so have not been out for awhile

  22. joni says:

    My hubby and I really need a night out and this would be greatly appreciated.

  23. Jennifer Miller says:

    I feel like I deserve this card because I’ve worked 60 hours in the past 7 days (in a row, yes, my work doesn’t know how to schedule) and I’ve also got 3 interviews coming up. I haven’t seen my husband in about a week because his schedule is completely opposite of mine. I’d like to finally catch up with him without having to deal with the hassle of cooking and doing the dishes. Thanks!

  24. Nadine L says:

    I don’t know that I deserve it more than anyone else, but we could sure use a night out. We haven’t been out alone together in a year and has one of our favorite area restaurants on their list.

  25. Nadine L says:

    I subscribe by email (

  26. Nadine L says:

    I follow through google Friend (Nadine Larsen)

  27. Nadine L says:

    I follow on Twitter (@eyzofblu63) and tweeted

  28. debp says:

    Because I rarely go out anymore. I have been taking care of my son for the past few months after he had to have 2 surgeries to try to repair damage and remove tumors from his leg. They weren’t successful. I cook every night, and I am trying to get him as healthy as I can because the next step is either another surgery or chemo. I could really use an night out, where I don’t have to do anything.

  29. Tari L. says:

    As a Stay at home mom, I am in the kitchen for 3 meals a day plus I make lunches for my son and husband to take with them to school and work. I desperately need to get out of the kitchen ;).

  30. Tracey Byram says:

    I haven’t been able to afford to eat out in over a year. And I’m sick to death of Ramen noodles.

  31. Eileen Burke says:

    I think I deserve this card because I can not remember the last time my husband and I indulged in a night out to dinner! We have 2 small children and one on the way in May and this would make a great pre-baby dinner!

  32. Eileen Burke says:

    I follow you with GFC

  33. Eileen Burke says:

    following you on twitter and tweeted

  34. Carol says:

    I deserve a night away from the kitchen becauase we just got our power back on after 3 days, and our house had some water damage. It would be sweet to escape for a night.

  35. Carol says:

    tweeted and I follow on twitter cdziuba

  36. Carol says:

    ■Subscribe to Cocktails With Mom

  37. Carol says:

    follow on Google Friend Connect

  38. Carol says:

    entered Easter Basket

  39. Sarah says:

    I deserve this so I can take my friends out to dinner when I visit them in larger cities than mine where has offers.

  40. because we cook too much! we need to get out!
    .-= courtney´s last blog ..Win a Nook at the Greer Five =-.

  41. blog follower
    .-= courtney´s last blog ..Win a Nook at the Greer Five =-.

  42. following your twitter tweet
    .-= courtney´s last blog ..Win a Nook at the Greer Five =-.

  43. McKim says:

    We’re on a limited budget, so rarely get to eat out. I cook every night, which gets to be a chore after working full time, etc.

  44. Denise B. says:

    There are six of us, and it is really expensive for all of us to eat out.

  45. Sharon Harmon says:

    I think I deserve it because finances have been tight for quite a while and we haven’t been able to eat out at a restaurant in several months. Also, I need a break from cooking for 6! lol!

  46. I think I deserve this because I go on little mini-vacations with my son and he enjoys eating out when we are on these mini-vacations.

  47. brenda says:

    I’m the only one that cooks in my house. This is the one time someone treats me for a change

  48. brenda says:

    follow on google jemscout425

  49. allison says:

    I deserve this gift card and a night out because I have been unemployed for a year, and may be about to be employed again, but have to move out of state to work leaving my boyfriend and 3 cats behind. I need to work, but the new job circumstances SUCK!!

  50. Teresa says:

    Oh man…I want this gift card bad! For myself.

    I’m so tired of the food my spoiled family eats! They are so picky, only wanting bland everyday meals. When I’ve tried to introduce them to something new and tasteful all I get is complaints. If I win this card it’s going to be all mine and they can eat their bland foods.:)

    :) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

  51. Teresa says:

    I follow your awesome blog via Google Friend Connect!
    name (monky)

  52. Lori Hart says:

    My husband has been out of work nearly two years (economy, work injury). We rarely go out. This would be great.

  53. Sharon B says:

    We are in Month 13 of the remodel of our house. It is going to be nice when we get done, but we need a lovely break.

  54. Linda Lansford says:

    I deserve this gift card and a night out of the kitchen because I cook over and over and over. boring

  55. Alice C says:

    every parent deserves a night out of the kitchen :0)

  56. Darlene says:

    I don’t think I deserve to win this any more or any less than anyone else who is entering but I’d really like to win because who doesn’t enjoy a night out.

  57. Princess says:

    I need this because I work two jobs and come home and have to cook. I’m sure we all are deserving but I could use a night out for dinner.

  58. I’ve been stuck in the house all winter because of the snow. Now that it’s spring, we’ve had so much rain that our yard is flooded and so is our basement! My hubby and I have been so stressed out, we need a night out on the town!

  59. Princess says:

    email subscriber.

  60. Princess says:

    GFC follower

  61. Kiara says:

    I say i deserve it more than anyone else but it would be nive to take a break from cooking.

  62. Janna says:

    I deserve it because I just finished a class on byzantine history!
    Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

    Janna Johnson

  63. i would love to have this so me and my husband can finnally afford a date night out. with 3 young children and living in a new city far from home we can afford a babysiter as well as dinner out.

  64. Nadine L says:
  65. Karen P says:

    Every since my honey started working nights I haven’t had a night off of cooking I would love to have a break if even for a night.

  66. Karen P says:

    GFC Follower

  67. Mara Richardson says:

    With a 17-month-old and an extremely busy working husband, I could use a night out! @mstyle10

  68. Eileen Burke says:
  69. R Hicks says:

    We deserve this card because we rarely eat out because of a tight budget. This would be a treat for the entire family!

  70. R Hicks says:

    follow you on twitter and tweeted

  71. Daily tweet
    .-= Susan S.´s last blog ..First Giveaway- 5 hours of Family History Research (worth $50+) =-.

  72. Shelley Mitchell says:

    Great giveaway!! I love that site!! Thanks!

  73. Suzanne K says:

    Boy, how I would love a night out at a restaurant with someone cooking for ME! Single mom of very active teen here (always on the run), and with a very tight budget. Eating out went by the by a long time ago! This would be such a treat! Thanks!

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  79. Linda says:

    I’m a grandma and I’ve been cooking for many years and I would love a night out.

  80. dorothy l says:

    I would love to be able to take my daughter out for her birthday

  81. R Hicks says:
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  83. Sharon A says:

    I cook our meals seven days a week. We rarely go out. This would be such a treat. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  84. Nadine L says:
  85. Shilo Beedy says:

    I don’t have money to eat out and would love to just get out of the house once in awhile. This would be a nice break from cooking for the family.
    .-= Shilo Beedy´s last blog ..CSN Slow Cooker Review =-.

  86. R Hicks says:
  87. steven lewis says:

    being single,, I am tired of eating alone and a nite out would be welcome

  88. Nadine L says:
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  90. Barbara says:

    I do all the cooking here, and you know other people’s cooking always tastes better than your own.

    oinkmoobaa (@) yahoo (.) com

  91. Jaque says:

    I deserve this Restaurant gift card because I was the victim of a “reduction in force” right before Christmas and have not had the ability to eat out since.

    Thank you. :-)

  92. Jaque says:

    I entered your Seagate FreeAgent Theater giveaway. :-)

  93. Doug says:

    Guess being a parent to a 90 yo, and all the attendant responsibilities, makes me feel deserving, or a little crazy.

  94. Judith says:
  95. Annette E says:

    I think that my husband deserves this card because he’s the cook in the family and he deserves a break from cooking.

  96. Annette E says:

    Email subscriber.

  97. Annette E says:

    Google friend follower (AEKZ2).

  98. Jaque says:

    I was the victim of a rif right before Christmas and have been forced to eat in since then.:-( So yes, I deserve a night away from the kitchen!

    Thank you. :-)

  99. Carol says:

    entered Free Agent

  100. ky2here says:

    Because I work my butt off – and I’m HUNGRY!!!!!

  101. ky2here says:

    Twitter follower ky2here1, here’s my tweet:

  102. Tammie says:

    Someone once said, “If you love something, let it be free” – or something close to that. Well… in this case I love dining out! On a more serious note, with three kids and the economic difficulties it’s not too often we eat out, so when we do it is a special treat. ;)

  103. Happi Shopr says:

    I cook pretty much from scratch for us every night and deserve a break at my fave Mexican resturaunt in Dallas, LUNA’S

  104. Lucy Schwartz says:

    Help I am trapped in a small ranch home. It has been a loooooong winter and I need to get OOOOOUUTTTT. And to have assistance with the financial end would be great.

  105. R Hicks says:
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  107. momznite says:

    I am not unique in deserving this, but my days are busy and long. This would be a wonderful treat.

  108. momznite says:

    Commented on the Getting Back on Track post.
    Momznite at yahooo daught com

  109. Jacob says:

    My wife is in school and we rarely have extra money to eat out. It would really help!

  110. David Heath says:

    Great giveaway! I deserve the giveaway because I don’t get to go out to eat much, money is tight nowadays. Thanks!

  111. Nadine L says:
  112. Marcia says:

    It’s been a long hard winter and I cooked almost every night; I deserve a meal or two out (and not ‘take-out’ either)

  113. Jillian says:

    I deserve to win to have a nice dinner out when I start feeling better…I’m so sick!

  114. Gary says:

    We are re-doing our kitchen now and it would be a nice break to have this.

  115. Robin says:

    We need a night out and since we’re barely making ends meet, we don’t have the money to go out for dinner

  116. hazel HUNT says:

    I would love to win !!

  117. Melissa says:

    We are a one income family with a two year old and a one year old. Going out is a rare treat, so this would be enjoyable for us. Thanks!
    melsweeps775 at gmail dot com

  118. Erica C. says:

    I feel like we eat the same meals over and over. Tuesday night is spaghetti night, etc. I’d love to just go out with my man and enjoy some variety!

  119. Sonya says:

    We have two kids and another on the way! I’d love to not taste my own food for once!
    .-= Sonya´s last blog ..EcoSMART Organic Bug Control Giveaway =-.

  120. Sonya says:

    Google friend
    .-= Sonya´s last blog ..EcoSMART Organic Bug Control Giveaway =-.

  121. Rebecca says:

    I don’t get to go out to eat anymore because I can’t make ends meet each month. I’d love to take the girls out for dinner.

  122. REBECCA says:

    We rarely go out to dinner-this would be a nice treat

  123. karen says:

    I’ve been working a lot, but I have a couple of extra days off coming up soon. I deserve a night out. Thanks.

  124. Suzanne says:

    It’s rather like everyone else in these tough times. My selfish reasons for wanting the card is because I would like the time alone with my husband. Maybe this way we could afford a babysitter so we can go out. There just never seems to be enough to justify both.

  125. Suzanne says:

    Google Friend Follower!

  126. Kathy S says:

    My husband is retired, and I’ve always cooked dinner from scratch every night just shy of 39 years. I really do enjoy cooking, but a night out at a nice restaurant would be an absolute pleasure!

  127. Francine Anchodno says:

    I like cooking but it would be nice to go out to dinner.


  128. Francine Anchodno says:

    follow your blog via google connect

  129. Rebecca says:

    With three kids I deserve a night out with my hubby and to have someone else cook for me

  130. Rebecca says:

    I subscribe by email

  131. Rebecca says:

    I follow on google friend

  132. Ani says:

    I think I deserve it because I rarely get a night off from cooking since my husband works really long hours and I’ve got him & my 3 boys to feed.

  133. Mary F. says:

    I would really appreciate this gift because my husband works over 70 hours a week and gets home at 8pm daily, leaving me alone with 2 young children and no family to help me out. I often feel too exhausted to cook.

  134. Danielle says:

    I am the only one who cooks in my house. Add that to the 2hr each way commute for work and I think I could use a night where someone waits on me!

  135. Jennifer gersch says:

    i deserve this because I always cook

  136. R Hicks says:
  137. kristy says:

    I would like to have a break from the kitchen. Would be nice for hubby and I to go out for a quiet evening at a nice place

  138. R Hicks says:

    subscribe via email

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  139. R Hicks says:

    follow google friend connect


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  144. Frances Watson says:

    I would really love to win this Thank You for this great giveaway

  145. melissa says:

    I deserve this gift card because I am a college student who is very busy and spending so much on education, and a night out would work wonders for me.

  146. Terri L says:

    We are struggling with money right now and don’t get to eat out much. This would be great!

  147. Nadine L says:
  148. Trina says:

    I have the worst cold of my life for the past three weeks. I cannot seem to get rid of it. Once I am healthy and can taste food I would love a night out with the family to celebrate mommy being herself again.

  149. Trina says:

    I entered the Easter Basket Essentials giveaway.

  150. Harriet says:

    cause I’m working 3 part time jobs and could use a break

  151. pat jasmin says:

    i love to eat out but my husband is a fussey eater , so we can leave him home.

  152. Betty C says:

    Limited income means no eating out. I’d love to be able to splurge on a meal that I didn’t prepare.

  153. Susan Smith says:

    My husband deserves a night out as he works hard

  154. checkers says:

    Well I guess I deserve a night out because I treat people good and maybe something in return might be nice once in awhile, I’m also disabled and never cook , just frozen dinners

  155. Susan Smith says:

    follow you via google

  156. Aisling says:

    Eating out is always a treat and we love to take family members along, so winning a would be a real blessing.

  157. Nicole says:

    I deserve a night out of the kitchen b/c I am a stay at home mommy to a 2 yr old little girl who is driving me bonkers with teething her molars :(

  158. Nicole says:

    I subscribe to Cocktails with Mom via email

  159. Nicole says:

    I follow this blog via Google Connect

  160. Nicole says:

    I follow on Twitter @pittsy82 and tweeted

  161. Tammy says:

    We love to eat out and we take turns treating eachother it will be nice to have a free night for us both

  162. Trisha says:

    we have 2 sets of twin boys and the teenagers eat and eat and eat! so this is needed!!

  163. Julie Moe says:

    I have a two-month old and a two-year old and haven’t been out in months. My husband and I need a date!!!

  164. Julie Moe says:

    Follow on friend connect

  165. Julie Moe says:

    I subscribe

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  167. tamatha h says:

    we recently had to make the decision to trade 2 older vehicles in for a newer truck so we are a one car family. I am usually stuck at home with no transportation so a chance to go out is always welcome.

  168. Lou Lou says:

    I would like to win because I need a break from the kitchen. I cook 7 days a week most time and I could use a night out.

  169. Lou Lou says:

    I am now an email subscriber.

  170. Lou Lou says:

    Im a google friend.

  171. Shawna Stenton says:

    I need a night out!

  172. lilshuga2001 says:

    I am running out of ideas to cook for my 16 year old bro who is in cancer remission and everything tastees sooooo BLAND :(

  173. Emily R. says:

    My husband & I deserve a night out because we rarely have time to have a romantic meal together and feel like a married couple.


  174. I think I should get one because I am such a nice guy and I never seem to win anything.
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  175. Justine says:

    I feel I deserve a night out of the kitchen cause I am a very hard working stay at home mom who does a ton of things that I don’t want to do cause it’s the best thing for my family…Like cook dinner almost every single night for a decade! I don’t even have a dishwasher so cooking is an even bigger job cause before I have even gotten my dinner, my family is done and piling dishes on the counter :(

  176. Sarah C says:

    I am the sole cook in our house. Hubby can barely make grilled cheese. So if I don’t do dinner, it doesn’t get done, and we’re really trying to avoid fast food for health and money reasons. That plus a rambunctious toddler…well, let’s just say a night out to eat where I don’t have to cook would be awesome!
    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  177. Justine says:

    I’m following you via twitter and I tweeted

  178. Sarah C says:

    GFC follower
    soluckyducky at

  179. Michelle H. says:

    I cook for a large family and I could use a night out.

  180. Lily Kwan says:

    I deserve this gift card and a night out of the kitchen because I could use a break from my routine.

  181. Gianna says:

    I cook daily for everyone and haven’t been out to eat in two years. It’d be a great anniversary gift since it’s early next month. I’d love to be able to go out with my husband :)

  182. Lily Kwan says:

    I subscribed to your blog.

  183. sheila k. says:

    I have several rare medical disorders — autoimmune, collagen and now microscopic cancers. I have created non-profit organizations to help others with the same medical problems. I need a great dinner out.