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Aquarium Nashville Restaurant Review

Aquarium Nashville

Recently my family and I took a trip to Nashville Tennessee. My sister lives their and we were very excited to see her and check out a little more of what Nashville had to offer. We visited many places and I will be writing about a few of them later, this review is about Aquarium Restaurant in Nashville and my family’s experience there.

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We did not make reservations and we were a party of 11, so we knew we would have a wait. We waited about an hour for our table and that was fine, unfortunately things took a bit of a turn as we were being seated. We were seated at 2 tables, we were not asked if this was okay, they just seated us there. Now if a restaurant is really busy and that is the only way they can seat us, we have no problem with it, but this was not the case, there were at least 30 tables available in the restaurant and in the empty area was a table that could fit all of us together.

We spoke with the manager to see if we could be moved to a table where we could all eat together. The manager was great about it and our server didn’t seem to have a problem with our move, she didn’t mind that she would have to go a little out of her area to wait on us. It made me feel a bit better about the experience.

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Really that was the only issue we had with the restaurant and though I understand that they were trying to seat in the areas where they have servers, they should have at least asked to begin with if someone would be willing to wait on a large party out of their area before seating us at separate tables, this was on the hostess, who did not say a word about 2 tables. Most of my family is or has been in food service so, we do know how this works and understand when it’s busy, but this was a Monday night.  My advice would be to make reservations even if you are not going on a busy day.

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Overall we did have a really great experience. If you have never been to Aquarium restaurant it is like eating inside a fishbowl. The kids really enjoyed watching all of the fish swim around and they were able to go and look at the fish while we waited for our food. It made it such a great experience because they didn’t have to sit and wait, they could go check out all the fish. The tank is in the middle of the restaurant and it’s a good size tank, the kids had fun following the big fish all around the tank!

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The food itself was amazing. I was actually kind of surprised at how good it was. Most of the time restaurants like these have okay food, because your paying for the atmosphere, but the food really was amazing and even with the distraction of watching the fish, the kids ate really well and even said how good it was.

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I ordered the Chicken and Shrimp Bianco. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the pasta was simple but delish! Everything came out really hot and the serving size was large enough that some of us did end up taking home leftovers. The picture above was after I ate some of it as I was hungry and forgot to take a picture! They also have some really great drink deals, you get a souvenir glass with some adult beverages and they even have a cool one for the kids!

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As we finished eating our server came over and talked all about the fish and asked the kids questions about what one they liked the most and what they wanted to know more about. She really was amazing and knew much more about the fish then I would think a server would know!

After a bad start our experience really turned out to be a lot of fun and I would love to go back and eat there again. This time though, with a reservation.

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Winning it Wednesdays Giveaway Linky 8/24/16

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Welcome to my weekly giveaway linky. Here you can list giveaways, find giveaways and hopefully win something great! Good Luck!

Accepting Bloggers!

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Harvest Halloween Blog Tour

Must have a giveaway prize worth at least $25

Sign up will close on September 25th 2016 or when we reach 50 blogs!

 

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Hollybee Tells 2016 Holiday Gift Guide #PRFriendly

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The holiday season is here!  With this in mind, Hollybee Tells is currently putting together details for the  2016 Holiday Gift Guide to showcase your brand, service or products for our readers looking for the perfect gift ideas.

Please be sure to read through the information below before emailing about placement on our holiday gift guide.

Holiday Gift Guide Details:

This years 2016 Holiday Gift Guide recipient categories are:

  • Gifts For Women
  • Gifts For Men
  • Gifts For Kids
  • Gifts For Toddlers
  • Gifts For Baby
  • Gifts For Pets
  • Gifts For Host/Hostess
  • Gifts for Home

Options for being included in the gift guide:

  • Review Only (Free with minimum product value of $50) Under $50? Please contact me to discuss.
  • Review and Giveaway (Free with minimum product values of $50)
  • Giveaway Only ($50 fee made payable via PayPal)
  • Sponsored Post ($50 fee made payable via PayPal +$25 to remain on the blog for the continued extra exposure, post will remain for lifetime of blog) all links are no follow.

Items included in the gift guide will receive the following benefits:

  • Dedicated post to include detailed review (when applicable), pictures and/or video of the product, links to where the item can be purchased and your social media sites (if desired)
  • Link to the dedicated post on the Holiday Gift Guide Page, which will be linked to on the navigation bar through the end of 2013
  • Promotion on Hollybee Tells social media networks multiple times throughout the end of 2014. Advertising will start in October.
  • A 10% discount on banner advertising for a year placement on my sidebar. (Limited availability, first come first serve.)

Request for inclusion in the holiday gift guide must be made by November 1st. Products must be received by November 10th to be included. Any items received after this date may not be included. Exceptions are sponsored post I will accept  sponsored post until December 10th. They will be published on or before December 20th.

All items will be considered for the Holiday Gift Guide but all items may not be  accepted due to time constraints.  The gift guide is only life though the end of 2016. At that time it will be removed from the blog. If I am impressed with your product, I may add a review permanently to my blog or contact you about being included in another gift guide.

To inquire about having your product or brand included in 2016 Hollybee Tells Holiday Gift Guide, please email Holly @ Hollybee Tells with the subject 2016 Holiday Gift Guide so I can maximize the time your brand is being promoted.  The sooner you secure your placement, the more your advertising and exposure will be maximized!

Items must be full size product. Trial size products will not be included in the gift guide.

No items included in the holiday gift guide will be returned after the review is complete.  Any items received will be considered as payment for the time taken to review and promote your brand. Sponsor is responsible for shipping any products. Sponsor is also responsible for shipping any giveaway products to the winners of said giveaway.

Thank you so much for your consideration in participating in 2016 Hollybee Tells Holiday Gift Guide!  I look forward to working with you this holiday season!

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Go for the Gold With Swagbucks

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Do you ever wish completing tasks on Swagbucks could be an Olympic sport? Well this week, it can!
Starting Monday, August 15th, Swagbucks invites you to participate in their Go for the Gold Team Challenge. How will you earn the gold? Watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online? These activities and more will help your team get ahead. If you’ve never used Swagbucks before, it’s a site where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online. Now is a great time to join, especially if you participate in the Team Challenge because it’s an opportunity to win an extra bonus for trying out the site.

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 SB to their team’s total will receive an SB bonus in the form of a rebate on their next gift card! I can’t wait to help my team come in 1st place for that 50 SB rebate.

The games lasts until August 19th so log on or make a free account! Pre-registration is open now!

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Slave Queen Book Review

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About Slave Queen by H.B. Moore

Special Agent Omar Zagouri’s latest case is his most dangerous—and his most personal yet. The discovery of secret sixteenth-century letters unveils a plot between the sultan Suleyman and his chief wife, Roxelane, to change the course of the Ottoman Empire. A descendent of Roxelane, Zagouri learns he has an enemy whose revenge has been centuries in the making.

Targeted by an antiquities collector who’s also descended from a chief rival for the ancient throne, Zagouri soon uncovers a modern-day conspiracy that threatens the lives of his family and the security of a nation.

To expose the plot, Zagouri must team up with Naim, the son of his nemesis, who heads an international black-market operation that may have ties to the killings. From ancient Constantinople to the present-day Middle East, Zagouri is on a collision course with history. Time is running out to solve a royal mystery and stop a ruthless killer—one who has Zagouri’s name on his hit list.

My Review of Slave Queen

I was really excited to read this book. I have read many of H.B. Moors other books and this series is really one of my favorites! Omar is a complicated person and it makes for a fun character. I’m also a huge history person so throwing in history is something that makes a story even more interesting to me.

These books including Slave Queen take place in an area I haven’t learned much about, but one I want to. I have little knowledge of the Ottoman Empire, but after reading this book. I have found I want to learn more about this sultan and his wife Roxelane.

The story itself is a wonderful ride of twist and turns, it also has returning characters who you learn a little more about and who start to surprise you with how they act. I really did not see the end coming!

As you know if you read my reviews, I don’t give anything away, I hate when people do that so If you want to know how Omar and Naim’s new partnership works out you will just have to read the book!

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Celebrate the Olympics with Swagbucks

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The Summer Games are here, and Swagbucks is featuring some of the best athletes in Olympic history in their latest set of Collector’s Bills.
What better way to earn free gift cards than searching the web through Swagbucks as part of your everyday life? Well here’s a way to get a bonus while you earn! Collect all 7 Olympic Legends Collector’s Bills and you’ll earn a 20 SB Bonus!
For those of you who are wondering what Collector’s Bills are, I’m here to explain:


How Do I Get Collector Bills?
It’s simple. Search the web through the Swagbucks Search Engine (powered by Yahoo!) starting Monday, August 8th at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET through Sunday, August 14th at 11:59pm PT/Monday, August 15th at 2:59am ET, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:
  • 5 SB
  • 7 SB
  • 10 SB
  • 12 SB
  • 15 SB
  • 20 SB
  • 28 SB
What happens when I get a Collector’s Bill?
When you win a limited edition Collector’s Bill, you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bill” ledger. Collect all 7 bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB bonus!
Is it possible to collect the same Collector’s Bills multiple times?
Yes, you could collect any of the Collector’s Bills multiple times.

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Winning it Wednesdays Giveaway Linky

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Welcome to my weekly giveaway linky. Here you can list giveaways, find giveaways and hopefully win something great! Good Luck!

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At Dawn: Book Review

 

New Release….
Alex Troutt Thriller, Book #4
AT Dawn

FBI Special Agent Alex Troutt returns in a twisting, heart-pounding thriller.

Three flashes of light illuminate a dark sky. An unspeakable evil devours its prey.

The shimmering view of the sun-drenched ocean can often be nothing more than a mirage. For Alex Troutt, a trip back home for a much-needed summer vacation proves only one thing: greed rules. But how it takes root could destroy her world.

Fueled by the lust of power and money, the shadow of death envelopes her seaside hometown, including those closest to Alex. But as disconnected investigations converge into one focal point, Alex will stop at nothing to blow the entire crime ring straight to hell—even if she has to make the ultimate sacrifice…her life.

My Review of At Dawn

Every time I step into the world of Alex Troutt I get excited. These books are such a thrill ride that you really can not put them down. I’m not kidding!

This story is follows Alex to her hometown and to more of her family, we meet her father who we know was not a great father in the end, but we still have great hope for him. He seems to be doing well, but of course there is a killer on the lose, ruining Alex and her families vacation.

Alex handles things well, even though she just wants to relax and enjoy some time off the job, but of course it can’t work that way or we wouldn’t have a book! The twist and turns in At Dawn are just as crazy as every other book in this series and it won’t disappoint.

 

Available to buy from…..
"Alex Troutt is quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional characters. I love how she’s constantly having to balance her family life and her job, even though her job is continually threatening to take over." – Sonya N
 
"I simply love every single one of John Mefford’s novels. They keep you on the edge of your seat reading late into the night." – Michele B
 
"Intrigue and attempts at revenge for long held grudges – the twists and turns keeps your adrenalin pumping." – Tracy C
above reviews from the Alex Trout Series

Also available in the series…
   


About the Author

A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY
Win AT Dawn by John W Mefford ebook
4 Winners!!
Ending on Thursday 11th August at 11.59pm CST
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Get Your Bling on this Fall

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

I love fall, it’s a time for fun sweaters and cute boots. It’s also the time of year where I love to get new fun jewelry! With Stella and Dot’s new Fall line you can get your bling on this fall too! I’m going to have to contain my urge to buy everything as I have a huge addiction all things sparkly!

Fall to me is all about style and fun, once winter comes you kind of fall into the holiday blitz and glam and though it can be fun, it’s different and not as casual as fall looks are. I love pairing a sweet sweater with a long necklace and fun chunky earrings for a night out. Or maybe a cute statement necklace with a skirt and some cute boots for a more casual look.

Need some fall inspiration? Here are some of the amazing pieces from the Stella and Dot Fall Collection! What one is your favorite?

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Back to School Shopping with Swagbucks

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While the kids have been out of school, it’s like I’ve been MC Mommy: Entertainment Guru for the past month. As fun as it is, I’m ready for class to resume.
 
And although the only part of summer ending that my kids like is Back-To-School shopping, that hefty receipt hangs over my head from the start of July until the middle of September. Didn’t I buy them enough pens and binders last year?!
 
Well, I think it’s about time for Mommy to be rewarded.
 
From now until September 1st, Swagbucks is offering double cash back in the form of points (called SB) when you shop for all your back to school essentials. Plus, if you sign up to Swagbucks through this link and spend up to $25 shopping at these stores through Swagbucks, you’ll earn a $5 bonus.
 
Walmart – Up to 7 SB per $1
Target – Up to 2 SB per $1
eBay – Up to 2 SB per $1
Amazon – Up to 7 SB per $1
Macy’s – Up to 6 SB per $1
Gap – Up to 2 SB per $1
Old Navy – Up to 4 SB per $1
Priceline – Up to 10 SB per $1
Expedia – Up to 8 SB per $1
And so many more
 
Points can be redeemed for gift cards to stores like Amazon, Walmart, Target or Paypal cash so I can treat myself.
 
Who said back to school shopping is all about the kids? Swagbucks also gives you 4% Cash Back at Starbucks, so order your Java Chip Frappuccino tumbler online and treat yo’self when you pick up your kids’ back to school goodies!

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