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Got Milk?

Ever week or so we venture out as a family and treat our kids to a night at a restraunt and me to a night of not having to worry about what to make for dinner.  When we pick a restraunt we try to go someplace kids friendly yet something that hubby and I are in the mood for.  I mean if we are going to treat attempt to eat out with the kids it has to make everyone happy.  Most times eating out is more like having a tooth removed with out any anethesia.  Don’t get me wrong, the kids start out pretty good but by the time the order is with the waitress and the crayons have lost their 3 second newness it is an evening left with threats from me to the kids to never to return again, to sit down, to behave, and just wait out food will be here soon. But recently I am noticing a new trend in the drink menus of restraunts.  Apparently not a lot of restraunts are carrying milk now days.  I am not sure if it is because of the cost of it or just the inconvience of having it in the fridge? 

So I am writing to inform everyone about 3 restraunts that I visited with my family recently that I probably will think twice about before going back to at least with my kids. 

The first one is Brann’s.  I love Brann’s, especially for kids due to the fact that after the crayons they have lost their interest the tv’s at each table will at least hold the attention span of one of my children through the duration of dinner.  Plus they have a steak for kids on the kids menu that mine really like.  And bonus on top of all this they have a coupon for their steak dinner that I usually take advantage of to save us a few bucks.  But this last time we went they were out of milk.  Ok, weird as this is a family friendly restraunt and I always think milk when I think of kids dinner.  So here we were left with the option of water or sprite because they don’t carry apple juice either.

The second restraunt is Florentines.  While they make a mean lasagna and a great spaghetti on the kids menu they offer no kid friendly drinks.  Not a drop of juice or a lick of milk.  I know water is always available but if I am going to take my kids out to dinner I want them to have something similar to what they would be drinking at home. 

So the third restraunt I want to point out with the lack of milk is On the Border.  We went there last week Sun. at 1pm, probably only 2 hours after opening and when I went to order the usual chocolate milk for my kids lunch I was informed they were out.  What????  Not again.  Did they not know this in advance?  Could someone have not run to the store to pick up a gallon or two?  I am I the only one that orders milk for my kids.  Maybe I am one of the few crazy people that venture out for a Sunday lunch with my kids. 

Whatever the case is for the missing milk at all these restraunts it has left an impression on me about the state of the milk shortage I keep reading and hearing about.

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Ikea

I played hookie took a vacation day today from work and spent the day with my two closest friends shopping kid free.  What could be better than that?  Oh, I know…  I did not have to drive 🙂

I have been wanting to go to Ikea since they opened in Canton a year and half or so ago.  Today my wish came true.  I did a little research on the Internet before I left to see if I wanted to target certain things but I really just wanted to browse everything. 

The Canton Ikea is laid out totally different than Chicago and the format is a lot different too.  Of course I have not been to Chicago in awhile either so that one might have changed too.  If you have not been there the top floor is all the design idea sets from offices, living-room, kitchens, and bedrooms.  They have really expanded everything they offer.  The only thing I think they don’t sell now is milk and eggs 😉  You can now even get Ikea appliances.  But what I was after is the famous Ikea odds and ends. 

I love their kid section and I stocked up on some pretty cool bibs that pretty much cover up from wrist to navel, a set of play pots and plans for Z, fun lamps for the boys bedrooms, makers, a can opener for camping, buckets, candles, and even some kid glasses.  I think the best deal I got was the dresser for J’s room for $99 of course I have not but it together yet so we shall see if I think it is such a great deal after that.

I would definitely go back but always on a weekday and probably not around a holiday because we got there only 20 minutes after the 10am opening and the parking lot was already filled with over 50+cars.  By the time we left around 1pm it was getting pretty crowded and the check out lines were 20 minutes waiting each. 

What a fun day!  Thanks mom for babysitting 🙂

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