Monday, December 27, 2010

Fun With Glitter Gurl

A few days ago Glitter Gurl texted me to ask if I could make her a New Years' Eve dress. As in this NYE. I told her yes, if it wasn't too complicated. Glitter Gurl doesn't sew. At all. I sew, but haven't done it well in years. I limit myself to crafty items that I can accomplish in 10 minutes or less. Zippers, button holes, gathering, and satiny shiny fabrics make me break out in hives. Sister Claudette would not be pleased. The dress Glitter Gurl had in mind would never be completed in time without a trip to the rubber room at St Joe's for me.

I did the next best thing. I started searching online for dresses that fit the description she gave me. And BINGO! I came up with several nice, reasonably priced dresses and I suggested we go to the mall to try them on.

A bit of history here...Glitter Gurl and I do not have the same flavor in fashion. I would go so far as to say she has no flavor. Shopping with her is the equivalent of stabbing myself in the eyes with hot pokers. And yet, in less than one hour at JCPenney's, she was paying for a lovely black velvet cocktail dress with this big broach in the center of the empire waist on a satin ribbon that tied in the back. On clearance and she had a $10 off coupon, so the total was under $30! The length was a little longer than she liked, but I could easily hem that.

We came back home, I pinned it where it needed to be hemmed and told her I'd get to it later that evening.

A few hours later she emails me...please tell me you haven't hemmed the dress yet.

No, why?

I found one I like better at Kohl's for $30.

Oh, OK. What does it look like?

It's black with a burgundy flower. And it has tulle, to make it poof a little.

This morning she texts me to say, what does an ear infection feel like? I feel like someone is stabbing me in the ear.

Yup, that's what they feel like. Call Kate's office and have them call in an RX. Amoxicillin at Walmart for $4 and take tylenol or ibuprofen too.*

Ughh can you just call Laura, they are such biotches at Kate's office, I hate talking to them.

Yeah ok fine.

K, Laura is calling it in now.

K thanks!

Oh and you shouldn't get stinkin drunk on antibiotics and please use back up birth control.

And don't tan!

Mom! What kind of girl do you think I am?

Just sayin, cuz that's how we got TOF.


Nooooo! On antibiotics.


Yeah and eat yogurt!

Did you hem that dress yet?

No, I told you that yesterday.

Maybe you didn't hear me...this phone is a piece of ca ca I'm not getting ur emails.

Maybe you didn't hear me! You're the one with the ear infection.

Good one! Ur jokes kill me! K luv you bye.

love you too!

*I'm Dr. Mom, I'm totally authorized to do stuff like that.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Feed It Forward 2010

Have you heard about's Feed It Forward program? In it's third year, Feed It Forward is a way for to give back to the community by giving a gift of $10 Gift Certificates. You can give up to 40 gift certificates every day through December 31st. FOR FREE!

To begin sending gifts just sign into and add the email address of each person you wish to give to—as many as 40 people every single day. If you start now you still have eight days of giving. That's 320 gifts! is a trusted and valued source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide. brings people together to relax, converse and enjoy well-prepared and -served meals at affordable prices. Search for restaurants on and learn more about them by viewing their websites with menus, wine lists, photos, chef's backgrounds and more. When you find a restaurant, gift certificates are available for a fraction of the actual value. makes a night out on the town a lot easier on the wallet and the certificates are an excellent gift for any occasion.

I've been sending the free $10 gift certificates almost every day and I've purchased additional certificates to give as as holiday gifts. Right now use the code HOLIDAY through 12/25 and save 80% off at making your $25 gift card only $2.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Disney On Ice Presents Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3

Still looking for a great stocking stuffer or a special gift for your kids, grandkids, nieces and/or nephews that just don't need anything. Or maybe you just want to chase away the winter doldrums. Newsflash! Haven't you heard? The toys are back in town!

Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3! The summer’s biggest hit movie, Toy Story 3, and memorable moments from Toy Story and Toy Story 2 are hitting the ice in this sensational live production coming to your hometown! Catch all the heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home in their most daring adventure ever. A few new faces join the fun including Barbie’s groovy bachelor Ken and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. It’s the biggest Toy Story experience on ice, jam-packed with fast-paced adventure such as Buzz’s galactic battle with Emperor Zurg and a hoe-down at Woody’s Roundup. Rediscover the humor, friendship and charm of Toy Story when Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 takes family fun to infinity and beyond!


Purchase a 4-pack of tickets for only $44 (Valid Monday-Thursday and
Friday Matinees, excluding holidays) and save $4 on all weekend shows
by logging onto and entering the coupon code:

Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 in the Chicagoland area at:

Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL

January 26-30, 2011

Wed, Jan 26 7:00PM

Thu, Jan 27 7:00PM

Fri, Jan 28 10:30AM,7:00PM

Sat, Jan 29 11:30AM, 3:30PM, 7:00PM

Sun, Jan 30 11:30AM, 3:30PM, 7:00PM+


United Center in Chicago, IL

February 2-13, 2010

Wed, Feb 2 7:00PM

Thu, Feb 3 10:30AM, 7:00PM

Fri, Feb 4 10:30AM, 7:00PM

Sat, Feb 5 11:30AM, 3:30PM, 7:00PM

Sun, Feb 6 11:30AM, 3:00PM+

Wed, Feb 9 7:00PM

Thu, Feb 10 10:30AM, 7:00PM

Fri, Feb 11 10:30AM, 7:00PM

Sat, Feb 12 11:30AM, 3:30PM, 7:00PM

Sat, Feb 13 11:30AM, 3:30PM, 7:00PM

The United Center is pleased to offer free parking during Disney on Ice Presents Pixar's Toy Story 3. Please visit their Parking Information page for details.

+ Spanish Language Shows.

*Use promotional code MOM when purchasing tickets at the Allstate Arena or United Center Box Offices, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Enter Code in the “MC Promotions Box” on Ticketmaster.

Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required. Not valid on Front Row or VIP seats. No double discounts. Service charges and handling fees may apply. Discount not valid on Front Row or VIP seats.

Disclaimer: As a Feld Family Activator, my family and I
received tickets to attend Toy Story 3.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

$25 Safeway Gift Card Giveaway

It's that time of year again! Spread holiday cheer to your friends and family with the gift of freshly baked Betty Crocker treats. From a Snowman Coconut Cake to Classic Gingerbread Man Cookies, sharing the warmth and sweetness has never been easier.

This year, why not start a new tradition? With a little help from Betty Crocker, GladWare and the Safeway Family of Stores, you can keep your loved ones' hearts and homes filled with holiday spirit and homemade goodness of Betty Crocker. Whip up a plate full of cookies using a recipe from

Once you've finished baking, share it in GladWare! Glad food storage products are the perfect solution for preparing, storing and transporting holiday goods. They're also great for gift giving too, so count on Glad products to help keep your holiday foods fresh and festive and ready to serve.

I have a “Happy Holiday Treats” prize pack that includes a package of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, a GladWare sample pack and a $25 Safeway gift card (also valid at Dominick’s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons, and Genuardi’s) to give away to one reader.

To enter to win:

Leave me a comment telling me about your holiday baking traditions.

To increase your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following.
Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry and follow all the rules or your entries will not count!
Remember to leave one comment per entry.

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This giveaway ends on Wednesday, December 29th and the winner will be notified by email.

Disclaimer: The prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me by Safeway, Betty Crocker, and Glad through MyBlogSpark.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

I Will Not Stress, I Will Not Stress, I will Not Stress

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is or should be in full swing by now. Time to get the stockings hung and to trim the tree. So much to do and so much running around. Ready or not-in less than two weeks, Christians will celebrate Christmas in all it’s glory.

As I blog hop and read Facebook updates in the early morning with my cup of hot cawfee in hand, I enjoy reading stories of elaborate holiday preparations. Some are baking and decorating dozens and dozens of tasty cookies to share with family, friends, neighbors, teachers, the doorman, the mailman and practically everyone they pass on the street.

Others are painstakingly crafting handmade gifts for everyone on their list; or perhaps selecting the picture perfect matching outfits for their annual Christmas card.

Hey, I'm on the road today, read the rest at The Chicago Moms.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

SSS Real Reveal

So I was a bit of a tease when I posted this picture last week of My SSS gifts all wrapped up and ready to send to an unsuspecting recipient.

It's been cold and snowy here on The Avenue, so I decided to share that snow across the miles.

The theme was snowmen, more specifically PINK snowmen.

Because PINK is the best color and my Secret Santa partner knows it.

Pink polka dots on mittens?


Happy Holidays!

Aha, the first clue, M&M's that look like snowflakes.

Not mittens at all, but socks to keep her tootsies warm when it snows.

Big clue here!

A snowman ornament.

A snowman pin.

And finally a chubby little snowman picture frame

I hope my Secret Santa enjoys her presents as much as I enjoyed choosing them especially for her.

Tomorrow I'll share what I received.

I apologize for this mess of pictures, I have no clue what blogger is up to :(

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

1-800 Family of Brands-$50 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Being a SAH Mema has it's advantages and disadvantages. I love, love, love being home with my grand muffins, especially when the outdoor temp dips to a bitter six degrees. I don't have to venture out if I don't want to, but there are also times that I'm prevented from attending a special event when I do want to.

One of these events recently, was a lovely blogger brunch sponsored by the 1-800 Flowers family of companies at their Chicago area headquarters.

Yes, I said companies. It's not just flowers, it's flowers, gift baskets, cookies, popcorn, candy and wine too. Check it out!

The Popcorn Factory
Fannie May

I was so distraught over not being able to attend the ball this fabuloso event, that the kind fairy godmother rep at 1-800 Flowers sent me a 2 gallon three way tin of yummy yummy popcorn and a $50 gift card to share with my readers.

Mmmm, butter, cheese and sweet, melt in your mouth caramel dancing on my taste buds. Whynot, the boys and I couldn't stop popping handfuls of the deliciousness into our mouths as soon as the package arrived and now my tin looks like this.

Oops. So much for sharing with family on Christmas Day.

The kind fairy godmother rep wants your holidays to be shiny and bright too, so one reader will receive a $50 gift card to use at any one of their family of brands' sites.

To enter to win:

Visit any or all of the websites 1800FLOWERS, 1800BASKETS, Cheryl's, The Popcorn Factory, Fannie May, or and tell me in a comment what you would choose if you won. Please leave a link to your choice in the comment and also an email so that I can get in touch with you if you should win.

To increase your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following.
Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry and follow all the rules or your entries will not count! Remember to leave one comment per entry.

  • Follow my blog publicly through Google Friend Connect.
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  • Tweet about this giveaway. Megryansmom is hosting a 1-800 Flowers $50 gift card #giveaway
  • Subscribe to my blog in your reader.

This giveaway ends on Wednesday, December 15th and the winner will be notified by email.

Disclaimer: 1-800-FLOWERS.COM provided a Holiday Poinsettia Popcorn tin for me to review and one $50 gift certificate to giveaway. I received no other compensation and the opinions shared are my own.
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Secret Santa Soiree 2010

This marks my third year of participating in Georgie of Decisionally Challenged's, Secret Santa Soiree.

There were 26 returning participants and if you're nosey you can check them all out over at Georgie's blog.

We did things a little differently this year, by blogging about our package before we sent them to our partner. I'm so excited, I really hope my partner likes her package.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Fragments

Friday, December 3rd here on The Avenue and I'm pretty sure every where else too. Well maybe not in places like Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. But my point is, it's 21 days and 8 or 9 hours til Christmas! Squeeeee!


Wanna see my tree? Really? You do? Funny thing, I'd like to see it too. #1 I can't find my camera and #2 my tree is still in a box in the utility room. Two people live in this house and one doesn't seem to be motivated to put up a tree so the other one has taken on an "I don't give a crap attitude."


Lately I feel like the Little Red Hen. I've been planting, harvesting, threshing, milling the wheat into flour, and baking the flour into bread all by myself. When it comes time to eat the bread, everyone will be in line drooling like Pavlov's dogs. And guess what? I only made enough bread for ONE this time! And I'm not sharing!


The Elf on a Shelf has returned. TOF is beyond thrilled about this little tradition we started last year. Every morning he sets out to find Tank's hiding place. His face lights up like a Christmas tree when he finds him.


Augie Dawgs and I took the boys to Portrait Innovations for Christmas pictures. Always a good time there. What a clusterfark! Unorganized and horrible wait times. We waited over 45 minutes for our appointment. The printer broke the day before, so they were back logged. I know they have no control over that, but still it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the prior day's customers can wait and they should be running the current pictures and catching up when they can. But they have us over a barrel, they are super cheap and take nice pictures. It still makes me mad.

Got the results of my blood work back. I'm not pregnant! HA! Wouldn't that be the frosting on the cake. I'm perimenopausal. NO? REALLY? Guess it's good to know there is a reason for my crazy lunatic behavior. Glucose is fine, cholesterol is fine. I guess I'll just keep eating the way I am and they can just plop me in a wheel barrow to get me places.


And now I have to scoot, because TOF is screaming his head off upstairs. Why won't that kid sleep!!??

Have a great weekend everyone!

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