Giveaway: Babysitting time and dinner at Ruth’s Chris!

taradecember-09-138-1.jpgWe have a winner — Carmen Milligan of Cave Springs! Carmen and her husband, Craig, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Lauren. Carmen has lived in NWA all her life (her grandfather founded Herman’s Tire Shop in Cave Springs). She’s ready for a date night because it means somebody else will be doing the cooking. We can all relate πŸ™‚

OK, mamas, it’s time to seize the day.

A day where you enjoy a leisurely meal at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with a friend (or your guy, your choice!) while your kids play happily with people their own size at Play-Care in Bentonville.

We can help you do that. This giveaway will treat one lucky mama to four hours of FREE babysitting at Play-Care as well as a $50 gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Doesn’t that sound good? We thought so! You’ll have time to eat some delicious food, zip over to Pinnacle Hills Promenade for shopping, get a haircut or maybe just run errands in peace. (Pictured above is winner Tara Campbell Frutiger and her husband, Keith. Tara was the lucky mama who won free Play-Care childcare and dinner at River Grille in December.)

Want to win? Here’s how: Just click on the word “comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us why you’d like to win this giveaway. We’ll choose a winner at random at the end of the week and she’ll pick the dinner/babysitting day that works best for her.

playcare2.jpgAbout Play-Care: Nearly two years ago, owner Ashley Leis saw the need for convenient, drop-in childcare for moms who need a break, parents with part-time jobs – even moms and dads in desperate need of a date night.

So she created the solution: Play-Care on Walton Boulevard in Bentonville.

Play-Care is fully licensed, but its flexibility for families makes it a one-of-a-kind facility in Northwest Arkansas. Not only is Play-Care open during the day, the center is also open on Friday and Saturday nights so parents can take time to nurture their relationship on a date night! There’s even game-day childcare available. Ashley and the staff promote the development of socialization, motor skills and creativity.

At Play-Care, kids do everything from art projects to bubble blowing to music and rhythm fun.

About the food: Ruth’s Chris is famous for its steaks, of course, but the menu doesn’t stop there. Seafood, lamb chops, soups, salads and delicious sides are also an option. And then you can have some cheesecake. We definitely recommend it. (Or Chocolate Sin Cake, Carmelized Banana Cream Pie, Warm Apple Crumb Tart, Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce, Creme Brulee if you prefer.)

Thanks to our friends at for this fabulous gift certificate (check out their 50% off featured restaurant gift certificates!).


Carpe diem!


  1. pick me, Pick Me, PLEASE!!!!
    What can I say, my 2 year old needs a break from Mama and Mama needs some quality time with Dada. How perfect lunch at Ruth’s Chris!

  2. I’d love a meal out with my Husband. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a ‘date’.

  3. We really liked going to Ruth’s Chris for a date a while back, but we were only able to go because we had a gift certificate. We can’t really afford to go otherwise. It would be really cool to be able to go there again!

  4. we have a 2mo old and a three year old. we haven’t been on a date since october. a leisurely lunch at ruth’s chris would be fabulous!

  5. Wow!!! 4kids 4hours!!! Perfect!! Sign me up!! I could just sit, eat, and not be interrupted!!! WOW!! Someone will get a really nice break from this! THANKS!

  6. How exciting!! Our 2010 budget only includes 50$ for a WHOLE MONTH worth of eating out. What a treat this would be! Thanks Motherlode for such fun drawings!

  7. I can’t even remember the last time my husband and I ate a meal by ourselves! What a treat it would be to win this!

  8. My husband and I would love this! We love Ruth Chris, and only make it once a year for our anniversary…. this year is our 10th!!!

  9. My 12th wedding anniversary on January 23. This would be a wonderful way to celebrate.

  10. I’ve never been to Ruth Chris, but always wanted to go. I would LOVE to have a date night one of these days with my husband before baby #2 comes.

  11. I’d love a date night with my hubby. It’s been ages since I’ve just got out with him. I’d also love to try Ruth Chris.

  12. I would love to eat at Ruth’s Chris again! I’ve only been once & it was outstanding!

  13. We have not had a date night out for Mom and Dad since almost a year ago and there isn’t one in sight. This would be great!!

  14. I have never been to Ruth Chris before so this would be a total treat! My husband and I don’t get out much so this would be a fun time together and a good time for our daughter also playing with children her age. It would be fun!

  15. I’d love to win because this once vegetarian craves red meat while pregnant. πŸ™‚

  16. It would be absolutely awesome to win this night out. The hubbie works nights and I work days which means we don’t really see each other until the weekend, at which time we usually focus on the 4 year old instead of eachother. It’s high time we took time!

  17. My husband and I will be celebrating our 8 year anniversary in a few weeks, I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate it ( other than a tropical vacation of course) than a romantic meal with just the two of us.

  18. I have never been but my husband would love it! We could use a date night after the craziness through the holidays.

  19. I would like this because my birthday is January 23rd, I do not remember the last time I went out to eat without my son, and I have recently had my hours cut back at work and do not think we could afford to go out for my birthday.

  20. dinner? that i don’t have to cook??? and kids? that i don’t have to watch???? heck yeah!!! πŸ™‚

  21. YES! I desperately need time away for a great meal!! It would be heaven to get away for a great lunch or dinner without having to cook meals with just what I have in the house! SOUNDS GREAT!! PICK ME!!

  22. I just gave birth to our third baby and we’ve had a CRAZY month and could DEFINATELY use some Mommy and Daddy time πŸ™‚ Awesome giveaway!!

  23. We have a 10 month old boy and have been staying home to save money, so this would be soooo great!

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