Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Entertainment Book Super Sale! $19.99 Each (Reg $45) Plus Extra 15% Off with 2 or More

All books are on super sale for $19.99 (regularly $45) + get 15% OFF 2 or more books + Free Shipping! Be sure to use code GIFT at checkout (Valid through 12/18/17). If you saw my post yesterday, I used my book at When Pigs Fly BBQ and in just one pop saved $10 on my food purchase. One purchase and my book was half paid for! Use your book now all the way through the end of 2018 and get even more uses when you use your smartphone app. YOU CAN'T LOSE! I recommend buying 2 books or more to save an additional 15%. Gift one! Put the extra one in your car!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Give and Get- Holiday Gift Card Promotions

This holiday season, many businesses are enticing you to buy their gift cards as gifts by offering the buyer a bonus when they do. I will be compiling a list throughout the season and sharing with you. Please feel free to message me if you find one that I missed.  Please *be sure to check individual business web pages for gift card particulars as they may be too long and detailed to list here.*

Belly Up Tavern- Buy a gift card and get 20% added FREE.

Miguel's- Buy cards through November 30th for promotion: Buy $100 gift card, get $25 bonus card.

Far Away Hoodwill offer a $10 gift card for each $50 purchased. Cyber Monday only.

Landon's Gourmet Kitchen- Buy a $30 card, pay $20, buy a $45 card, pay $30 , buy a $60 card, pay $40.

Corner Bakery & Cafe- for every $25 gift card or Large Cinnamon Cream Cake purchased, get a $5 bonus card (can be used Jan 1-31) or

BJ's-  Give More, Get More. Buy $100 in eGift Cards, get a $25 Bonus Card or buy $50 in eGift Cards, get a $10 Bonus Card. Plus, get a 20% OFF VIP Card!

Chili's- Starting Black Friday, get a $10 bonus card when you buy a $50 gift card. This deal stands through December 31st and bonus cards cab be redeemed 1/1/18 through 2/7/18.

Chipotle- Buy a $30 gift card, get a BOGO offer for your next visit. Expires 12/31,

Glen Ivy- 
$100 gift card for $90 (free shipping with the purchase of 3 or more)
$140 gift card for $125 (free shipping with the purchase of 3 or more)
$195 gift card for $175 (free shipping with the purchase of 2 or more)

Outback Steakhouse-  Spend $50 on gift cards and get a $10 bonus card in return.

Dave & Busters-  Purchase a $75 Dave & Busters gift card,  get $10 free game play coupon to use in early 2018

Texas Roadhouse- Get a $5 gift card for every $30 in gift card purchases.

Regal Cinema- Buy $50 Bonus Pack (in theater), receive a $10 concession promotional e-gift card valid in early 2018.

Olive Garden- For every $50 in gift cards you purchase, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card to be used in early 2018

Cheesecake Factory- Get two slices of cheesecake free when you purchase a $25 gift card (Nov. 24-27).

P.F. Chang's- Buy $100 in gift cards by December 31st and get a $20 bonus reward that you can redeem January 1st through March 31st, single-use only.*

Jamba Juice- Spend $25 on gift cards and get a $5 bonus card that can be used January 1-31, 2018.

Panda Express- Give the Panda fan in your life the warm and satisfying meal they crave, and give yourself the bonus of a gift bag of fortune cookies on us with a $25 gift card purchase.

Noodles & Company- Get a $5 Bonus Card for every $25 in gift cards purchased from November 1st - December 31st*. Bonus cards are valid November 1st - January 16th. They're available in our restaurants and on

Flower Child (Del Mar)- Now through December 31st, when you spend $100 on gift cards, get a $20 gift card for yourself.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Princess Project Provides Prom Dresses to Those Who Cannot Afford Them

Check out Princess Project San Diego to get involved, donate or find a prom dress.  The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them. Our effort is made possible through invaluable volunteer, donor and community support.

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Vista-Based Online Shopping Site for Creating a Beautiful Home- Charming House Market

NEW AROUND THE TOWN GIVEAWAY! Charming House Market is a new online shopping startup based out of Vista that is a company run less like a business and more like a community. Maybe you saw them on my top 10 list of local businesses I want to support this holiday season with my shopping dollars. With its mission of “#creatinghome and helping others do it, too” they know using your life and home has to be a choice despite your circumstances. That’s why they offer quality, affordable home goods, handcrafted items and are launching an inspirational blog to help you do just that. Please take a few moments to breeze through their beautiful site and look them up on instagram at @charminghousemarket.

P.S. I hope you will along with me consider looking at this company to do some of your holiday shopping with. You will find many affordable options and you will be best of all supporting a new company and supporting local.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Solutions for Change is Successfully Addressing the Homelessness Problem in North County- Can You Help Too?

Solutions for Change is on a mission to solve family homelessness permanently-not contain it or manage the symptoms.  They differ from the traditional containment model that offers short-term shelter, food handouts, and other Band –Aids that perpetuate rather than solve the problem. They provide a hand up not a hand out. 

Lives are being rewritten as a result and they are breaking the cycle of homelessness for generations to come. They do this through a 1,000 day program that equips their participants with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to gain and maintain physical, mental, and financial health.  Their work in our community is making a real impact. You might be amazed to know that of those who graduate from their program, there is a 93% success rate! They have solved family homelessness since 1999 in San Diego County for 850 families and 2,200 children. 

They also have a unique and innovative enterprise that uses their Aquaponics Farm to generate income for the programs by selling the lettuce to the local schools and restaurants and also provides job training. Teaching the parents in the program to get up, suit up, and show up.  These are just a few reasons my family has decided to partner with Solutions For Change! You can check them out at Solutions For Change and maybe you would like to partner with them too? 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New(er) Restaurant Buzz Around Town

So most of this chitter chatter and hot news takes place on Around The Town's Facebook page. If you are not on that, you really should. I do have a few rundowns on local developments in the restaurant world. If you want to learn more I suggest checking out Facebook for more details.  Here are a few teasers:


Former La Paloma will become Wildwood. BBQ fusion will be served with jazz music.
Former El Callejon will be reinvented as Swami's and will open later in 2017.
Former Famous Dave's may be raised to bring in a drive through chicken place Raising Caines.
Leucadia Pizza has opened on S. Melrose.
Milk Organics is open in downtown, historic Vista on Main Street, serving fresh pressed juices and simple, healthy foods.
Dog Haus will soon arrive on Main Street in downtown, historic Vista.
Grand Slam Pizza set to open on Shadowridge Drive in Vista (November).
508 Tavern has opened to rave reviews on S. Santa Fe.
When Pigs Fly will open this fall in downtown, historic Vista in former Fifty Barrels location on Main Street.


Former Daphne's spot in Kohl's center on Marron Rd is now Los Tacos.
Holme Estate Cellars opened a tasting room on the Coast Hwy.

San Marcos

Urge Commonhouse Gastropub opened up to rave reviews just off the 78.
Cay Bistro fresh Vietnamese opens in San Marcos. 
Landon's Gourmet farm to table with childcare available on-site for $8 an hour!


Draft Republic- former Claim Jumper being reinvented by The Cohen Group as an upscale sports bar  and is now open.
Relm is now closed on State Street in the Carlsbad Village and had re-opened at Oak & Elixir.
Park 101 is a very cool, eclectic space to hang outdoors and people watch.
The Goods artisan doughnuts is now open on State Street.

Do you have anything to add to the list?  Send me a message at