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This is a sponsored post for Bonefish Grill. All opinions are my own.

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I went to Bonefish Grill for the first time ever last night, and, Oh. My. Gosh. Amazing. We used a $10 Gift to Bonefish Grill, and you can get one as well!

My oldest brother came up from central Arkansas last night to bring Mom and me presents from my family, catch up, and take us out to dinner. It was such a wonderful night – especially since Mom and I can’t travel together that often because of Mom’s dialysis schedule. And being a petsitter means I get no time off on holidays. So it’s great to see family during the holidays when we can.

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My brother asked where we wanted to eat. I said “I happen to have this $10 coupon for Bonefish Grill that I’m writing for my blog!” The rest was history. Turns out brother LOVES Bonefish and doesn’t get to eat there that often because his wife is a strict vegetarian.

Mom and I had never been to Bonefish before. The ambiance was very lovely; at night the lights are low and it has the feeling of an intimate candlelit dinner. (It also makes it really hard to get good photos, FYI.)  So at the recommendation of my brother, we ordered the Bang Bang Shrimp as an appetizer. And OMG. It was amazing.

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The Bang Bang Shrimp is a bowl of grilled shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce. While I don’t have the recipe, I would compare the sauce to the spicy mayo you would get at a sushi bar. Grab a pair of chopsticks and dig in! This was amazing!!!!

For dinner, I chose the Sea Scallops and Shrimp with mango salsa on the side. The side vegetable of the evening was spaghetti squashed, slightly sweetened and with cinnamon. I’ve never had a sweet spaghetti squash, so it was very surprising and good. I also chose a side of herbed couscous.

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As you’ll notice, the couscous isn’t normal couscous you would find in any grocery store, it’s pearl couscous, which is a different size, texture and has to be prepared differently. This couscous was in a pesto-type sauce and it was SO delicious; I would absolutely order it again.

It was AMAZING – and this season Bonefish has a lot of other dishes in its Winter Colossal Menu. Items like Lobster Stuffed Shrimp with a creamy lobster and shrimp Imperial stuffing, King Crab Legs (already cracked!), and Whole Grilled Mediterranean Branzino stuffed with citrus and served with a Mediterranean sofrito and arugula almond grains salad.

Check out Bonefish Grill’s Winter cocktails, including the Cold Snap Blackberry Frost served in a glass made entirely of ice, mixed with freshly muddled blackberries, blood orange liqueur, vodka and fresh lemon juice. There’s also the Winter White Cosmo, mixed with St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice and fresh lime.

You can get your coupon by visiting Bonefish Grill’s website – just scroll down. The coupon expires December 30, so make your dinner plans today!

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Looking for gifts for hoarders? Here are a few ideas I hope you’ll find useful.

It’s the time for giving, and many of us with people in our lives who love “collecting” have experienced the tough choice of what to give those loved ones. I have this in my family myself, and as someone who is trying to declutter, I’ve made promises to give only  gifts to these people that make zero to a low impact on the amount of clutter in their home.

Here are some tried and true gifts I have given to those in my family who just love their clutter.

All-occasion greeting cards

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Great for parents, grandparents and anyone else who LOVES sending and receiving mail. This is for your clutterbug relative who always sends you the right card at the right time. As they get older, it gets more difficult to get out and pick the perfect card. Many places sell boxes of multiple greeting cards for various occasions: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Sympathy, Get Well Soon and blank notes. I cannot tell you HOW much of a hit this is.

The one issue you may encounter is that you just might get the same birthday card a few years in a row, but you’ll know it’s in your hands and not cluttering your loved one’s home.

Crossword puzzles

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Books are great, but will they be read? If your loved one is into the daily crossword, a book of New York Times crossword puzzles, combined with a crossword dictionary, can be a great, regularly-used gift. Crosswords are great exercises for the brain, are fun, and you may get a call from your loved one asking you to think of a word for them. There’s no guarantee that these will be thrown away once they’re filled, but at least they will be put to use, and that’s what matters here!

Restaurant gift cards

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Forget about gift cards to retail or grocery stores; your loved one may be a food hoarder and just end up with cans that will be in the home in another 20 years. But a restaurant gift card or even a special dinner? That is something your loved one will remember. In order to use it, they must get out of the house and have a great meal. There’s a risk of leftovers, but hopefully they won’t stay in the fridge too long. The main goal here is making sure the gift is used, so make sure the restaurant is a favorite of the gift recipient and that it’s in close proximity.

I’m not a psychologist (and by no means an organization expert), so I can’t give you suggestions on how to deal with your hoarding relatives. When it comes down to it, you must decide if your loved one’s health, safety and well-being takes priority. Just let them know they are loved above all.

Do you have any suggestions for gift-giving to the collectors in your life? Leave them in the comments!

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This post brought to you by UPS. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Bellesouth.

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Nearly every day my dog barks out the window, and I open my door to find the UPS man has left me a package – either something I’ve purchased or someone has sent me as a gift or for review. It’s a great moment, and I think a lot of us have had that same feeling. 

Every UPS package that is delivered starts with a wish – whether that wish be for a present or for important documents. UPSers work hard to deliver wishes every day around the world, and not just during the holiday season. But this holiday season, UPS wants to share your wishes AND give back to organizations that work hard to make sure as many families as possible have a great holiday.

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For every wish submitted with the hashtag #WishesDelivered, UPS will donate $1 to one of their charity partners (Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club, or Toys for Tots) up to $100K!

Wishes can automatically be submitted to the #WishesDelivered site by simply posting the wish on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WishesDelivered, or going direct to the #WishesDelivered site and submitting there. 

Check out this video for more information:

This season, I want my #WishesDelivered to children in my community who need to know every single day that they are loved and that they matter in this world. That’s why I’m very excited UPS is donating to these organizations. My local Boys & Girls Club offers many enriching programs for at-risk children. They were brought into this world and they deserve all the support we can provide.

So, please, get on Twitter or Instagram with your holiday wish for someone else. I’ve already shared mine on Twitter. I hope 99,999 of you will join me.

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About a mile or so from my house is the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers, Arkansas. Samaritan does a number of things to help out families in northwest Arkansas – from giving Snackpacks for Kids with hunger insecurity before weekends and holidays, to having a daily soup kitchen, to providing families with food and goods through a food pantry – and even through a free dental clinic.

I cannot say enough about this organization, and why I urge you to get involved in some way – and I hope you’ll consider providing monetary or in-kind donations.

Does your home have extra things you don’t use or need anymore? Consider donating your items to any of The Samaritan Shop at Frisco Station Mall in Rogers, or at the Samaritan Community Center Thrift Store at 812 N. Thompson in Springdale.

They take all items any thrift store takes – clothing, housewares, books, furniture.

Because my mother is a dialysis patient and I am her caregiver with two jobs, we don’t have time to volunteer. However, we do regularly donate items to the Samaritan Shop. One year we purchased a new storage bed that replaced my dresser and bed. The day we called the Samaritan Shop to discuss a donation, we were told a family just lost all its furniture in a house fire and they’d be happy to accept it. Since then we have been regular donors; we took some housewares to the shop last week!

The Samaritan Market is also in need of personal care items, which you can donate to the Samaritan food pantries in Springdale and Rogers. SNAP benefits and WIC may cover food, but they don’t cover other needed items like toilet paper, dental care, diapers, deodorant and soap. The Samaritan Market serves 225 families a week, so items like these are very much in need from the community. For a more detailed list of needed items, contact Gaby Rodriguez at 479-636-4198 ext. 61, or by emailing grodriguez (at) samcc.org. You can get a list of current needs for the market here.

Might I suggest you purchase personal care items through the Samaritan Community Center’s Amazon Smile link. In addition to the value of your purchases being tax-deductible upon donation, five percent of your purchase will go to Samaritan. You can also use this link to make purchases for your holiday gifts or anything else you buy from Amazon throughout the year! As a regular Amazon shopper, I make use of this link on a regular basis so that the few things I buy can go back to my community.

There are so many other ways you can help out Samaritan Community Center. For a complete list of current needs, click here. To make a tax-deductible financial donation, click here. You can also have a look at their website at samcc.org to read more about Samaritan and how you can help ensure all northwest Arkansas families have a good holiday this year.

All the best, and remember the season of giving!

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