• Contest,  Family Fun

    Netflix #StreamTeam Celebrates The Holidays!

    I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and will be happily sharing monthly tips and stories about how my family uses Netflix on a regular basis. (Okay, that’s an understatement. I should say CONSTANTLY. We use Netflix CONSTANTLY.) As a member of the Stream Team I was provided a voucher to apply towards my Netflix account. Naturally we on the Netflix Stream Team are celebrating this month: it’s December after all! I have a gift for one lucky reader, too: a year of Netflix! More on that in a minute. Netflix has lots and lots of holiday viewing options for families, and it’s a good thing since the…

  • Contest,  Review

    McDonald’s “Happy Meal Chefs” Contest + #GNO Twitter Party

    It was last August at the BlogHer conference in San Diego when I first heard about how McDonald’s was updating the contents of the popular Happy Meal: instead of an order of small fries, they were substituting a smaller, kids’ sized fry along with apple slices. Although my kids are years beyond Happy Meals, I completely appreciated the efforts of McDonald’s to listen to their customers’ requests for healthier options. The “new” Happy Meals are being rolled out nationally now, and to celebrate this new development the company is having a great contest that I totally wish my family could enter. (We’re all too old!) The Happy Meal Chefs Contest…

  • Contest

    The Holidays Could Come Even Earlier For You!

    I don’t usually mix info about what’s going on with my review blog over here, but this time I have a great reason: I have two major giveaways that just started, and I would love for one of my regular readers to win. (That’s you, right?) First, you can enter to win some fabulous custom-embroidered fleece blankets–SEVENTEEN OF THEM (two for you, and fifteen to share with your favorite youth sports organization). Click here for details on that. Second, I have two Hallmark prize packages that I’m giving away, just in time for the holidays. Wowzers. Click here for details on that! So good luck. PLEASE enter. It only takes…

  • Contest

    Finally…Contest Results! Woo hoo!

    I have finally, with the help of the younger boy, done the drawing for my big NYC Contest. As it turns out, we ended up having two honorable mention prizes, courtesy of the younger boy. Watch before reading on*! Isn’t my son hilarious? He’s one of the funniest people I know and believe it or not, he did each of those videos in one take, totally off the cuff. I thought they turned out excellently. He just may have a future someday in pitching amazing products. I want to thank each and every one of you for reading my blog and your high level of participation with this; I even…

  • Contest,  Tough Questions,  Travels

    You Had Questions, I’ve Got Answers (part TWO!)

    Yes, yes, I’m still filling out little strips of paper for my drawing tomorrow (twelve days of posts and comments??? what was I thinking???); here’s part two of the answers to your NYC post questions! From “The Donald Was Only There In Spirit (and on books, ties, ice cream…)”: Weaselmomma said, “So to recap, You bought luxurious little carefully wrapped soaps. Complete with gift packaging. From a high end department store that should have been a restaurant, with fantastic ‘make you feel like a celeb’ service and we get a squished penny if and only if we cat fight through 10 days of comments and win a mini lottery. Just…

  • Contest,  Tough Questions

    You Had Questions, I’ve Got Answers! (part one)

    While I’m busily getting just over 200- 1 inch by 2 3/4 inch strips of colorful paper filled out with your names on them for my little drawing on Wednesday, I want to go ahead and respond to some of your comments from all of my NYC posts since I didn’t have the time to do that day by day. There were so many that I’m splitting this into two posts. So, here we go! *clearing my throat* (not that I will be talking, but the throat-clearing thing really lets everyone know that you’re ready to get started, don’t you think?) From “This Is Not Just Any Old Blog Contest”:…

  • Contest,  Family Fun,  Travels

    Tying Up NYC In A Neat Little Bow

    Did you know I’ve got a contest going on right now, to win a little prize package from NYC? Click HERE for more info! And by the way, I’m giving everybody an extra day to catch up with reading/commenting due to the Easter holiday: your comments on any of the NYC posts must be up by 10:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, April 13 in order to enter! I have some pictures of a few other NYC sights that didn’t fit in anywhere else, so I am sharing them in this last post. We visited the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. I have to say that it was my…

  • Contest,  Family Fun,  Travels

    Good Times Square(d)

    Did you know I’ve got a contest going on right now, to win a little prize package from NYC? Click HERE for more info! I can’t thank you all enough for hanging in there while I bore the crap out of you with my vacation photos and stories. The good news is, this is the penultimate recap post! Tomorrow we reach the end (thank goodness!). On Monday I plan to do a special post that answers any questions you may have left me in the comments, since I totally sucked at making time to go back and comment in response to everyone like I normally do. Tuesday I’ll be making…