Sharky’s Gift Card Giveaway


Sharky‘s Woodfired Mexican Grill is getting in the holiday spirit by giving to YOU if you buy a gift card for family, friends, co-workers, teachers and other special people. Guests who purchase $25 in gift cards between now and Thursday, December 24 will receive a $5 bonus card that can be redeemed from January 1 to March 1, 2016.


GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Congrats to Bernadette and Lucia!

To celebrate, Sharky’s is giving $25 gift cards to two of my readers! To enter just leave a comment on this post (one entry per person, please) by 11:59 PM on December 23. I will choose two winners by random drawing from qualified entries notify you by email.

Don’t know what to say in your comment? Well, it can be as easy as “Pick me!” or “Happy Holidays!” but I would love it if you would share with me your favorite local feature or resource. In 2016 I will be publishing Agoura Hills Mom’s Resource List – this will help people who are new to town or just visiting find the best: pediatrician, Mexican restaurant, karate studio, urgent care, hair stylist, etc. I have my own opinions after living here for 5 years but I’d love to hear and consider yours.

I’ll be asking for your input again, but why not start now, when you could win a free meal? Feel free to share this post, too.

Take the #StackedMac Challenge To Win a $50 Gift Card!


Do you love macaroni and cheese? Do you love Stacked? Well, if you visit Stacked and build your own mac & cheese dish, snap a photo and share it online! You could win a $50 gift card to go back for more!

I visited Stacked recently with my friend Charlene to make a #STACKEDMac creation of my own. But first, drinks:


Once that part was taken care of, I wanted a #STACKEDMac dish that would go with my strawberry cocktail!


At STACKED, the options are so plentiful that I had trouble decided. Lucky for us all, the menu has some pre-built combinations that you can just order in 2 seconds by selecting them on the cool iPad menu. But I was determined to be creative, so here’s what I ordered.

Gluten-free macaroni and cheese, with pulled pork, roasted red peppers, carmelized onions, and cilantro. Sort of a southern charm pot of goodness.


It was delicious.

Charlene created a bowl of mac & cheese with lobster, jalapeno, and bacon. This dish also went well with the yummy beverage!


We both sampled the restaurant’s Buffalo Chicken Mac – made with chicken nuggets, buffalo sauce, celery, ranch dressing, and scallions.


Okay, now YOUR turn. It’s easy (and fun) to enter this contest:

1. Go to STACKED
2. Build your own #StackedMac dish and make it the most amazing mac & cheese you’ve ever had
3. Snap a photo
4. Share it on Instagram and tag it #STACKEDMac and tag me! @agourahillsmom

Enter all month long, because it’s MACovember at STACKED. The winner will get a $50 gift card for STACKED, where you can enjoy more #STACKEDMac!

New Costco in Woodland Hills [Giveaway]

In celebration of the new Costco warehouse opening in Woodland Hills on September 12, Agoura Hills Mom is giving away a $100 gift basket!

Costco has been courting me with gifts. They arrive at my house in unremarkable boxes, which are filled with the most random assortment of items. Chocolate covered raisins, body wash, canned tuna, granola, freeze-dried apples and grapes, peanut butter. Each time we receive a box I am so delighted that I made a big deal of it, and the kids come running. Yesterday the big hit was an enormous plastic bin of animal crackers.

All this is to build excitement for the new Costco Warehouse opening in Woodland Hills on September 12. This location will provide all the amenities — on top of the bulk purchasing, prepared meals, discounted household items, and inexpensive pizza we know and love — that other newer buildings have. It’s big – 154,000 square feet. There will be an Optical department with an eye doctor, a hearing aid center, and a pharmacy. Plus it will have a 20-pump gas station!

As a Costco member for many years, they had me at “Hello.” However, in Agoura Hills, we have one of the nicest Costco warehouses I have ever visited close by in Westlake Village, so the bar is high for this new location to dazzle me. Gas pumps with less expensive gas should do the trick right there.

A Costco membership costs $55 year for a household, business and executive levels are also available at additional cost. You can sign up now at Nordstrom in Woodland Hills, otherwise the new location at 21800 Victory Blvd. opens at 8am Saturday, September 12.

What I didn’t know because of course before this I barely had time to pay attention — your boxes of nuts and body lotion got my attention, Costco! — is that Costco offers savings on services too, like auto insurance which I am shopping around for right now. There is also Costco travel, which I did poke around on this summer when planning a short family getaway. Costco is also focused on supplying healthier and more sustainable products and food items.


Giveaway: To get a taste of the eclectic fare they sell, enter here to win a basket of Costco items valued at over $100! Just leave a comment here by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. One entry per email address. Extra entry if you share this post on Facebook and tag Agoura Hills Mom. Winner will need to arrange local pickup Saturday, September 12 or later.

I received free products from Costco and an invitation to the VIP opening party to facilitate this feature. All opinions are my own. Follow Agoura Hills Mom on instagram to catch my pics from the party on Friday the 11th.