School is out and now it is time for three month’s of entertaining your kids. What better way than by reading? That is by far one of my favorite activities so the summer reading programs are at the top of my kid’s to do list – and they aren’t even in school yet! Anyhow for those of you looking for some reading clubs for your young ones this break, here are a few to get you started!
Half Price Books is running a special that your child can earn $5.00 HPB bookworm bucks by finishing their reading list – you can pick up a copy at any location from now until July 31st when it ends.
H.E.B. – my favorite local grocery joint has a program that will reward your child with a fun t-shirt when you send in their finished list – you can print it out and mail it in – must by postmarked by October 1st – plenty of time!
Barnes and Noble has a program that your child can journal about their reading of 8 books and turn it in for a free book!
Scholastic offers a summer program that you can get rewards for logging time reading on their site.
You can’t leave local libraries off your reading list – they offer rewards like paperback books for finishing their lists- and even a signed certificate from the Mayor!
This is just a few of the many options available for summer reading for your children. Remember they lose a lot over the summer and reading is an engaging activity that can help grow an imagination! My kids have already started their summer reading contests, and love it! :)
This weekend me and the family went out to go find some pizza for dinner and went on over to my husband’s favorite place – Goombas. Only to find out that they have been replaced with Mattengas – a New pizza place who boasts same great service – better ingredients. So being the adventurous (and lazy) people we are we decided to stick around and try them out!
I am guessing they JUST took over recently, since they are using all of Goombas old pizza boxes, and supplies so we will have to wait and see what their decorative approach is going to be. The employees were friendly, and we were asked several times while eating if everything came out ok, which is unusual at most pizza places (like Pizza Hut) so that was pretty nice.
Anyhow we ordered regular breadsticks and a sausage, pepperoni pizza for our hopefully delicious meal.
The breadsticks came out pretty quickly and I thought they were pretty good. I like breadsticks to be a little soft and just completely drowning in garlic – these had a medium of both of those so I would say most people would find them to be yummy. The quantity was sufficient for a group of four hungry people, we each got more than two, but they are shorter than standard breadsticks. They also included plenty of marinara sauce so we didn’t have to ask for extra which is always a bonus!
The wait on the pizza was a little longer, but we were there prime dinner hour so it was pretty busy and the wait wasn’t killer long – the kids didn’t have a chance to go epic whiney. However, when they said the ingredients were different than Goombas, they were not kidding. Goombas has/had notoriously greasy pizza, like you can see a layer of shine on the top – this new Mattengas took the cake on the grease hands-down. There was sooooo much grease that my stomach YELLED before I even took a bite. Seriously. I picked up the pizza and the weight of the grease dragged it down….and my plate filled up with grease almost immediately. Super Grease. But I never let a little gallon of grease keep me from trying food out so I went for the bite!
The dough was very very thin, the pepperoni’s were almost perfection and to my palette, the sausage was just the right amount of spicy. Except that my kids HATE spicy. So they quickly took off all the sausage, which is fine with me, because I gave up on the thin, greasy mess after that bite and ate all the kids sausage lol!
I would say that I am going to miss Goombas, it was not MY favorite but this place seems to not even hit my approvable list for edible pizza. The family may disagree though, they seemed happy – of course, they may just have been starving to death too…..
One positive that I would like to note is that this was the first time I have been to a restaurant in San Antonio/Cibolo that played Spiritual music. It was lovely. It was the best part of the new Mattengas. They have a lot of work to do to bring their quality to compete with the surrounding pizza joints!
And for anyone interested in trying them out here is the Mattengas site!
Feast your eyes down,
These erratic curves.
My eclectic nature.
Watch me traverse like a fawn.
Stumbling through life,
Bringing natural appeal.
To my irregular jaunt,
A composite of incredible,
Let me mesmerize you,
With my broken movements,
Of swift juncture.
And I will not fail,
To leave an imprint,
In your brain,
That will forever,
Change your perspective,
On the true absolutes of,