Mom’s Night Out: Paint Party

I love all things artsy or crafty so when a friend wanted to do a paint night, I was all for it. I was a total bonus that it was being held at a new-ish local restaurant we’ve been wanting to check out called the Chocolate Sanctuary. I mean does it really sound like you could go wrong there.

If you’ve never attended a paint night, there are lots of different companies that offer them now all over the country. This was the company doing the instructing for this one. They had two instructors and provide all the materials you need.
Of course, mom’s night out has to include a beverage and being held at the Chocolate Sanctuary it HAD to be a chocolate one!

Yes it was totally as yummy as it looks.

This was the end goal for the evening…

I must admit I struggled some along the way but eventually we all got something that looks at least some what as planned!!

If I could I’d do the bow over again…but over all it was a super fun night with great friends!

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We LOVE the 90s

There’s just something about the music from when you were a teenager that takes you back. So when I saw an ad on Facebook for a show practically in my backyard at a beautiful venue featuring Vanilla Ice, Coolio and Tone Loc, I HAD to go!!!!
So I rounded up the crew, made up some matching “Ice Ice Baby” t-shirts and we hit the town 90s style!!!

First we hit the bar, where I was so excited to see some themed specialty drinks…
I couldn’t resist having a Funky Cold Medina at a Tone Loc show, but the Ice Ice Baby had to be tried too…

If you’re familiar with any of these acts you’d probably wonder how they’d fill three hours (yes it was slated for a three house show). Of course they each did their big hits, they did some covers and they did some free stylin’. Mostly it was just a party. We sang along and danced the whole time. It was a total blast! SO glad we went!!

And I’m surprised this needs to be said but if you plan to see any of these guys (or similar) know that it won’t be completely kid friendly. We did see some pretty young kids and even some grown ups were slightly shocked by some of the content. That’s just your common sense PSA for the day!

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Drama Queen

I’ve probably been called a drama queen once or twice in my life. But never did I expect to called ‘assistant director,’ but I currently am. I offered to help with the drama club play this year at the middle school because last year it seemed like the teacher advisor didn’t have much help…and apparently I was right. I showed up to the first rehearsal and was declared the assistant director.
We’re running on a super short timeline with just 2 weeks of practice before they put on Death to the Drama Club. They’ve been working hard and I’m impressed with how far they’ve come, especially the lead parts, so quickly. And I’m enjoying getting to know a group of kids I mostly hadn’t met before. Hopefully I’ll have some fun photos to share of a successful show next week!!

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I don’t know about you but my phone has become an extension of my body. While I do have some safety and etiquette rules for phones in our house, for the most part my phone is always at my side.  It is my keeper of lists, appointments and memories.  With no fewer than 3 alarms set at any given time it helps get us where we need to be on time, and it OFTEN helps me know how to get there too.  And of course the photos…oh the priceless photos I am able to capture because it’s always handy.  But what ISN’T handy is contracts, rules and restrictions from cell carriers.  But thanks to Best Buy, you know longer have to worry about restrictions when it comes to purchasing your perfect new phone.  You can now purchase unlocked mobile phones from Best Buy.  If you’re not familiar with unlocked phones, they’re the same great quality phones from the brands you already love, they just aren’t tied to a specific carrier or contract.  And right now, Best Buy has an Unlocked Smartphone savings event going on with sales on Samsung, Huawei, Moto, Sony, BLU, Alcatel and ZTE smartphones.

Moto: Save $50 on Select Moto Mods with purchase of Moto Z Play, valid 10/30/16-11/5/16

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Kid President and ConAgra Making Sure #ChildHungerEndsHere ad

This post is brought to you by Child Hunger Ends Here and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

 

If you’ve never watched a Kid President video you really need to check him out. He’s funny andinspirational. And he and ConAgra teamed up this month to help raise awareness for child hunger.

It comes as no surprise that Kid President helped ConAgra meet it’s goal of donating the monetary equivalent of 100,000 meals to Feeding America, thumbtack-bigbut that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get involved and make a difference. To learn ways to fight hunger in your community visit www.childhungerendshere.com and click on the “How You Can Help” tab. The need is HUGE. The need is widespread. Kids from every state in our country face the reality of child hunger. In face, more than ONE in FIVE children may not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s over 15 million kids. That is NOT ok.

As a single mom, I’ve had to learn to pinch pennies. Some weeks we have been known to get creative with what is in the cabinets because unexpected expenses make things tighter then planned. And often the boys don’t get to toss everything they’d like into the shopping cart. But regardless of how they can occasionally feel, they’ve never truly gone without. That means they are better off then 20% of the kids in our country. If you can say the same for your family, please take the time today to do something to help those who are not as fortunate.

 

Because after all….

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Enjoy #McCafeAtHome This Holiday Season #IC #AD

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for McCafé packaged coffee. I received product samples as well as a monetary promotional incentive to thank me for my participation.

 

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I LOVE the Christmas season.  I love the sights and sounds and the time spent with friends and family.  I love ALMOST everything about it.  There are actually TWO things that cause me stress this time of year. One is the cold white fluffy stuff that falls from the sky.  I know, it’s beautiful and I don’t mind it if I don’t have to get out and drive in it…or shovel it.  Thankfully it’s only snowed once so far this season.  It was a big heavy snow that actually wrecked some havoc but it WAS gorgeous….

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The second thing that stresses me out over the holidays is simply a lack of time.  With so many things I want to do and so many people we want to see there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.  For this reason, I spend this season more fueled by caffeine then any other.  My kids have learned that most of the time when we’re out running around and our car makes that turn in to McDonald’s, more often than not it’s for a little delicious pick me up.  This is why I was super excited when I hear that I can now brew delicious McCafé packaged coffee at home in both ground and K-Cup® pods forms.

20151213_140149You can now find McCafé packaged coffee in seven varieties including different roasts and blends, such as Premium Roast, French Roast, Breakfast Blend and Colombian, and different flavors, such as French Vanilla and Hazelnut where ever you buy groceries.  But don’t worry, your favorite McCafé beverages are will still be available in local McDonald’s this is just another way to enjoy them.

So far my favorite variety is also the first I tried, the McCafé Hazelnut K-CUPS.  I am in love with the fact that I can enjoy the flavor of McCafé with the simplicity of the K-CUPS, especially in this hectic season.  And while I typically grab my coffee on the go to be able to keep moving.  I made a point to take a breather, and enjoy one cup while curled up next to our Christmas tree, focusing on the joys of this season and why any lack of sleep is completely worth it for the memories we make with those we love this time of year!

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Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event, #WinTheHolidaysSweepstakes from @BestBuy #ad

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Are you looking to ‘give like a champ and save like a boss’ this holiday season?  You need to head to BEST BUY’s  Special Holiday Shopping Event on Saturday, November 7th  from 1pm to 5pm.   Click on the this link to find a store near you under Store Locator.

Reasons YOU need to be there Nov 7th:

  • Free Tech Gift for the first 100 customers at each store!! Free tech!?!? Who can resist that!?
  • Preview and shop the Holiday Collection from the biggest brands including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Sony. Exclusive offers from these brands and more! There’s no better place to shop and compare all the latest and greatest tech gifts this season. 
  • Experts will be available to answer all of your questions and help you find the perfect holiday gift!  With all the great choices, it CAN be overwhelming.  Let the experts help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  This is seriously my favorite part of shopping in store with Best Buy.  I usually have a pretty good idea what I’m looking for but sometimes it’s hard to know just with model is the best fit and the fabulous team at my local Best Buy has always been great at helping me prioritize my needs in a single item and select the one best suited for my intended user!
  • Try out this season’s winning tech gifts like the:

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This is probably my KIDS favorite part of in store shopping.  They LOVE to get their hands on the fun new gadgets and try them out.  This is a great way to see first hand what really pulls them in if you’re still wondering what they might be wanting this season!!

  • Check out the Win the Holidays $1,000 Gift Card Sweepstakes (in-store only, visit here for full details)

 With so many great reasons, how can you NOT head to Best Buy this Saturday (11/7/15) from 1-5pm???

 

Visit Bestbuy.com for more great offers, details, vendor demonstrations and to find participating stores in your area

 

Ready, Set, Playoffs

For most, this Saturday means…Halloween. For this kid, it means first round play off game. And in true football playoff form it is supposed to be raining and in the 40s. Here’s hoping they have all the right ‘tricks’ to ‘treat’ themselves to a victory! And that we all survive without hypothermia!
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Visit @BestBuy to Check Out the Satellite Radius 12 from @ToshibaUSA #RadiusAtBestBuy #ad

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Considering a new laptop or Toshiba 1_0tablet?

 

Why not head to Best Buy to check out all the latest in mobile PB devices. While you’re there you NEED to take a look at the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 for the best of BOTH worlds. The world’s first 12.5-inch convertible laptop with a 4K Ultra HD display , the Satellite Radius 12 is now available in Best Buy stores!

 

The Satellite Radius 12 is perfect for all your needs on the go. It’s sleek, highly-mobile compact design, Gorilla Glass damage resistant screen and an LED backlit keyboard make will mean you can work safely and comfortably. While it’s Technicolor-certified wide gamut RGB display supports 100% Adobe® RGB color space reproduction mean you don’t give up color quality, making design and editing work possible while out and about.

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Dear Laurie Rizzo

 

Dear Laurie,

I wanted to take a moment and send you a heart felt note of appreciation. As a life long Cubbies fan I obviously love your talented son, Anthony for all he brought to the field this season.  In a year FULL of memories, I am certain that his wall hopping catch in the stands will forever be one of my faves.  I have spent more than a few minutes this year watching videos of him and Kris Bryant in interviews etc together, bringing the pure joy back to the professional level of my favorite sport.

But on a more personal note, I want to thank you as MOM.  As the mom of a young baseball player, I want you to know how much it means to me that there are men out there like your #44 for him to look up to.  Men who not only give their all on the field everyday because they clearly love the game.  But also who are amazing men of character off the field.  I have been equally inspired by the amazing things I have seen him doing off the field as on.  In our world today we see many athletes and celebs clearly doing their quick good deal here and there for a photo opp, while it is obvious that your family is truly passionate about the work of the Anthony Rizzo Foundation and I am always blown away with how he makes time in such a hectic schedule, even during the playoffs, to be there, making a difference and bringing smiles to the faces of children going through something so horrible.

And I KNOW that men of such character don’t just happen.  I also KNOW that athletes of such caliber don’t just happen.  Of course, there is almost immeasureable work on their parts, I also know, fellow first baseman mom, that there are countless hours spent in the car, and on the bleachers for YOU.  I know that much of who he is today is because of who was always behind him, who was there in the wins and the losses in the early days.
I can’t begin to say I understand what it was like to watch him endure his own cancer battle but I’m certain that he came through and came back to achieve such success in baseball AND life, because you’d built such a fabulous foundation.

Thank you for raising a baseball player who made THIS my favorite tweet of the entire season….anthony rizzo cubs 44 laurie rizzo baseball moms

Love and HRs.

Your son’s second biggest fan (because I KNOW you’re his biggest)

Besides, I’m already THIS first basemen’s biggest fan!

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