Victory! - A Countdown, New Challenge, & Giveaway

In 7 hours Justin and I will be boarding a plane to France.

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In 15 hours we will be landing…

In ~35 hours we will be driving to Germany for a wedding.

In 1 week we will be in Venice.

In 2 weeks, we'll be on our way to Paris again.

In 3 weeks we'll be home.

And guess what? … In 3 weeks, someone will win a $100 gift certificate to Restaurant.com!

I received it as a gift, but I can't do anything with it. I couldn't find any restaurants in my area that I wanted to visit, so I decided the only right thing to do was to pass it on to my *loving* readers!

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This will most likely be my last post in the A-Z challenge. I have had a blast participating. For the month of May, as much as possible, I will be attempting to have 31 Days of Happiness (my take on 100 happy days). I will be attempting to blog something that makes me happy once a day and tweet when I can't or I am too busy to blog. This month is looking pretty busy with 2.5 weeks in Europe and a weekend in Florida, but I'm excited about being HAPPY! Will you join me? #HappyDaysAreHereAgain :)

* Participate in the A-Z blogging challenge with me! You know you want to! :)

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    1. Leave all your troubles and worries at home. Live in the moment.

      slehan at juno dot com

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  2. Nice! New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z", and I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! A-Z has been a lot of fun and a great way to find new blogs, don't you think?! :)

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  3. I would go to Pistachio Grille near my parent's house!

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    1. Sounds like a nice place. (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  4. I'd love to go to Bonsai Japanese Steakhouse!

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    1. I absolutely LOVE Japanese Steakhouses! Dinner AND a show!

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    2. That sounds like a good one! I love Japanese steakhouse food and entertainment but we only have one around here and it wasn't listed on the restaurant.com site :(

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    3. I've always wanted to go to a Japanese Steakhouse!

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    4. I could eat at a Japanese Steakhouse every single day!!!

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  5. I've never been to those places, so I really can't recommend anything. I hope you have a wonderful trip!

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  6. There's a local taco shop I'd visit.

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  7. Yogurtini!!! I'm a fro yo addict! I'd LOVE this! Do you know how much fro yo $100 would buy?! lol

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    1. D'Anthony's restaurant near me such yummy food!

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    2. I have no suggestions but I hope you enjoy some yummy food! have a wonderful time!

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    3. I wish we had a fro yo place nearby, I love it. And wow, $100 would definitely get you quite a bit!

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    4. I bet if you treated your friends they would love you. Free fro yo!! Yay! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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    5. $100 worth of fro-yo!?! Wow?! :) it certainly is yummy though!

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    6. That sure would be a lot of yogurt! Ooooo! It would make for a fantastic birthday party treat for my kiddos and their friends!

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  8. Don't overpack! Just go with the flow and enjoy!

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    1. Ugh. I always manage to overpack and then feel like an absolute idiot. LOL

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    2. That's my problem! over packing......

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    3. I agree with the tip not to overpack. Underpacking is my excuse to buy souvenirs that I love and will use!

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    4. If I win I think I would go to Ganesha Indian Cuisine, Sweets & Catering. There are many cuisines that I can cook successfully at home but Indian is not one of them!

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    5. Yes, pack as light as you can. You'll be glad you did. Make sure you have very comfortable shoes.

      slehan at juno dot com

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    6. Don't take more that 2 or 3 pairs of shoes and make sure they're all comfortable.

      slehan at juno dot com

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    7. Great advice not to overpack! I have learned that lesson many times over!

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    8. thats a mistake i always make. overpacking! lol

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    9. I don't have a suggestion of things to do other than take plenty of pictures. and have fun

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    10. I ALWAYS overpack. I'm trying to get better at not doing it though… Great excuse to go shopping! :)

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    11. For a European vac a - I would have to ponder packing three weeks ahead of time - to many decisions ...

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  9. I would go to Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, IN

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    1. It's a small world! I also live in Huntington! :)

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    2. I spent a day in Paris on a Europe trip with my family, but I've never been to Italy or Germany. We took the Eurostar from London and mostly spent the day walking around the Île de la Cité in Paris. Travel tips in general - don't leave your valuables in your hotel room (in Europe I carried my passport in my purse at all times, just wrapped the purse strap around my wrist and tucked the bag under my arm), pack lightly but don't scrimp on what you really want to bring, and keep a sense of humor and sense of adventure because when you're traveling some things go well, some things go wrong, and it's all part of the fun!

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    3. My niece lives there she said that place is yummy

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  10. I would def go to Texas de brazil. It is so yummy

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  11. I'd love to go to Ibiza, a local Tapas place!

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  12. I so want to go to Longhorn Steakhouse again! My hubby and I don't get date nights all that often and we'd use this gift card for that! :D Hooray.

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    1. Longhorn is awesome. I love their menu

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    2. Longhorn is great! I hear you on the date night...it is nice to know that others don't manage to get out that often either. Once you have kids it is tough to make the time!

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    3. It's just so hard to find a babysitter! Usually date nights are kind of spur of the moment. I feel awful asking others to give up a night so we can have one. Ah the joys. :)

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  13. Oh man. I want to go to France sooooooo badly. My husband lived in Paris for two years. He says be sure to go to the museums. They're everything they're cracked up to be.

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    1. I went to the Louvre, but I didn't make it to many others. I guess I need to plan to go back. Paris is wonderful! :)

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  14. I would go to India's House in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  15. Mmmmm bone daddy's bbq! Enjoy your trip!

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  16. I would go to The Braising Pan in West Bend, WI.

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  17. Shogun in Wilkes-Barre, Pa!

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  18. I recommend taking as many pictures as possible and really appreciate everything you'll be lucky to see!

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    1. Don't take so many pictures that you can't take the time to see what's around you.

      slehan at juno dot com

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  19. I would go to the new Village Inn in Fargo.

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  20. I would go to New York City! -Rebecca Lee

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  21. Las Fuentes
    85 S Union Blvd
    Lakewood, CO
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  22. A river cruise down the Rhein River in Germany is wonderful.

    slehan at juno dot com

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    1. Oh my goodness. That sounds wonderful! I didn't do that this time, but I may have to go back in the future for that experience. It sounds relaxing and wonderful. :)

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  23. I would use it at the Blue Herferd in Ford, KS

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    1. Funny thing, although I'm in Seattle now, I grew up partially in Bucklin. I can't believe the Blue Hereford is still open, I used to eat their 30-35 years ago! (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  24. Drink a beer for me in Germany. That's my suggestion :)

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    1. haha. I didn't, but my husband did. Does that count? :)

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  25. Our family's favorite pizza shop is listed here! I would definitely use this at Jimmy Pop's Pizza in Huntington, IN. Also, shout-out to Rebecca above who is from my hometown! It's a small world!! :)

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  26. I would use it to eat at Karyn's Cooked, a vegetarian restaurant tat I've been wanting to try for a while now.

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  27. Tracie VandermeulenMay 15, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    I would go to Puerto Vallarto Mexican restaurant

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  28. I have always wanted to go to East Bank Emporium but have never had the chance. This would be amazing, thank you for sharing with your readers. I hope you have a fabulous time in France...I am jealous!!

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  29. I wish I had specific recommendations, but I have never been to France, Italy, or Germany. Maybe someday! My favorite traveling tip has always been to bring things that do not wrinkle easily and roll them rather than folding in a suitcase. Since I have started rolling clothing I end up with far less creasing and wrinkling. :)

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    1. I just thought of another travel tip since I am packing for an extended weekend getaway right now. I always use straws to separate my necklaces so that they will not get tangled. Just slip one side of the chain through the straw and then connect the clasp. It saves me a lot of stress and time detangling!

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  30. I would so no over packing, relax and take lots of pix!

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  31. I would go to Mijo's diner and flapjacks! I've been craving a blueberry shake and they make the best!

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  32. I would go to the Melting Pot!

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  33. I have no idea where to go, I would like to see Disneyland Paris though! I hope we can take our boys there one day.

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  34. The Rodin sculpture garden in Paris is a must-see. It's so moving to see such famous and wonderful works of art outside in beautiful garden settings.

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    1. And since you're nearby - the Impressionist museum is wonderful.

      slehan at juno dot com

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  35. I would go to Piropos Restaurant in Kansas City, MO

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  36. Heath's Waterfront Grill! It's on Smith Mountain Lake near where I live! It's beautiful there. :)

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  37. Just to sight see, I'm not sure what great places are there to look at because I've never been out of the country, I would love to go to one of them places one day though!

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  38. I'd go to Bonsai Japanese Steakhouse!

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  39. I would go to the Out put grill in chicago.

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  40. I'd love to use the GC at Breaking Bread in Pensacola, FL

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  41. SEARfire Inspired American Steakhouse in Redmond, WA

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  42. Take twice the film or digital memory as you think you'll need@

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    1. So true! I took multiple memory cards and filled them up, THEN filled up my laptop. I was so grateful to have a back-up drive with me as well. So much beautiful scenery fills up the memory cards fast! :)

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  43. I'd love to go to Heath's Waterfront Grill in Huddleston, VA!

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    1. Chow baby is delicious! I didn't know they were listed on restaurant.com! :)

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  45. I would go to Shogun Japanese restaurant over near wilkes-barre, PA

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  46. Frankie's Market Cafe! YUM! Home cooked food right down the street!

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  47. I have never been, but all I could say is soak up every minute of it!

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  48. I like the German white wines. At a sidewalk cafe.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  49. I would go to Ziggie's Cafe - Sunshine in Springfield,, Missouri!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  50. For Germany, I highly recommend to go to Berchtesgaden! It is absolotely beautiful there!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  51. i would love to go to Bridges Lounge which is fairly local to me

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  52. Visit the Alps. Beautiful mountains.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  53. I would go to Queen Sheba!

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  54. The Blackstone Grille in Boston is where I would like to go. They have the best seafood and steaks.

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  55. I would go to Padella, I have heard great things about them. RC name is Denise Davis.

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  56. My only travel tip is that its better to have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it. RC name is Denise Davis.

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  57. Home Town Café in Vallejo, California is where I would like to go.

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  58. My suggestion is to pack light

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  59. I would go to Christopher eats!
    http://www.restaurant.com/christophers-eats-barboursville-pid=195122

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  60. Always take the opportunity to visit the free museums!

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  61. Governor's Fine Food and Drink right by our house.

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  62. Mary Dean's Family Restaurant
    in Anderson,Mo

    For your trip,I'd recommend eating and trying new dishes. :-)

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  63. Our local Japanese sushi restaurant!

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  64. I would go to CK's Steakhouse at Quail Hollow Resort in Painesville, OH. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  65. I would definitely say to get a travel pack so you could put your money and passport close to your body! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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    1. My husband used a jacket with 30 pockets. It was great for concealing things, and the sleeves could even be taken off and the jacket worn as a vest. I do have to say it was pretty easy to lose things in a 30 pocket jacket/vest though!

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    2. My husband always wears cargo pants with a ton of pockets when we travel. I agree, all the pockets are convenient...at least until you need to find something quickly! :)

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  66. Bacco - Italian restaurant nearby - my mom loves going there

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  67. perhaps the thai restaurant not to far from here. my mom loves thai food too! or Casablanca Restaurant - love that cuisine!

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  68. I have a dream itinerary for Paris - cooking class with dinner to follow, dinner cruise on the Seine ...

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    1. Sounds wonderful! You make me want to go back! :)

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  69. i would go to Giuseppe's NY Pizza & Italian Restaurant

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  70. My sister is a missionary in Italy and she loves the outdoor cafe's and the outdoor markets

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  71. I would want to go to Mallard's Restaurant in Nashville, TN! I have heard great things about it, but have never been able to bring myself to spend the money. I always seem to end up spending any earmarked Mallard's money on kids shoes or haircuts :)

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  72. My mother says that while you are in Italy you HAVE to try some real Italian Gellato. She says that the stuff you buy in grocery stores here is no comparison!

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    1. This is very true. Gelato in Italy is one of a kind.

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  73. I would go to Piropos Restaurant in KC!

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  74. I would like to try OBA Contemporary Japanese.

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  75. Try authentic local foods. No fast food joints!

    slehan at juno dot com

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  76. Pack less than you think you need. Your eyes are always bigger than your suitcase.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  77. The husband says "look up musee d'orsay(RER-C or 12 metro-solferino), and of course , the best view of the Eiffel Tower is at the trocadero on line 9 or 6. Also a good place to visit if you like modern art is The Pompidou Modern Art Museum which is a 2 block walk from Chaltet Le Hales metro stop.

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