Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
My package from the Something Store arrived this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised.
Remember... I paid $10 (that was the total, it includes shipping) and waited for my surprise something to arrive.
I received a Sudoku Nano... which is going to make a perfect Christmas stocking stuffer for someone in my family. I have a husband and two daughters that are Sudoku obsessed!!
I did a quick internet search and found the very same game at several sites ranging in price from $10.95 to $14.95, plus shipping. So, I got a good deal and got something that I can use! Not bad! I might just try it again!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Oh my goodness... it would be hysterical if I could talk my kids in to being a Happy Meal for Halloween this year! These costumes are from Pottery Barn Kids, and while they are on sale and offer free shipping, they are still pricey... starting at $63. But they are sure cute...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is the sequel to the book, "The Kissing Hand," one of our favorites. "A Pocket Full of Kisses" is all about coping and adjusting to the arrival of a new baby in the family. We have certainly done our fair share of adding new babies... however, I think the message of the book is great for just dealing with day-to-day sibling rivalry! Chester, the older brother, asks his mom... "If you give both of us Kissing Hands, won't you run out?" Mother's answer is perfect, tender and a great way to explain to kids how our love for our kids is endless.
Who wants to win both of these books? Paperback editions. Leave a comment here by Tuesday night, September 30 and I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday, October 1! (Yikes... October is next week?)
Monday, September 22, 2008
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup minced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 serrano chili, minced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
12 flour tortillas
1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and chili and sauté until the onion has softened, about 6 minutes.
2. Add the tomato sauce, cumin, and salt and continue to cook for one more minute. Add the chicken and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
3. Taste, and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve in tortillas with toppings of your choice.
Makes about 3 1/2 cups.
Friday, September 19, 2008
I love polka dots. Love them. I don't decorate with them, and I don't wear them. But I still really love them.
And I love coasters. (I also really love place mats... weird, I know!)
Kate Spade has the cutest coasters. $20 for a set of 8! Not bad for some fun designer, but probably totally impractical, coasters!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The Random Integer Generator, selected random number 6!!!
and that winning comment is...
Carter Family...... said...
How cute! What a smart, 16 year old.
Congratulations to you...
And thank you so much to Bezales!!!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I laughed... until my cheeks hurt... when I saw this video!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Check out these adorable, insulated lunch boxes from a fun on-line store, Lunchboxes.com. They have a great selection of fun insulated bags, plus a wide selection of traditional metal boxes as well. It is a fun site, and the perfect place to find the unique lunch box for any school aged kid! The bags below range in price from $13.95 to $19.95.
Friday, September 12, 2008
On Saturday, Sept. 13 from 7 to 10 a.m., the only spot to buy LION KING tickets will be in-person at the ASU Gammage Box Office! The first ticket buyer in line will receive an autographed souvenir LION KING book, the first 100 ticket buyers will receive a free LION KING CD, and all ticket buyers will receive a LION KING t-shirt and fan (while supplies last). Online and phone sales will open at 10 a.m. tomorrow as well!
I was able to pre-buy our tickets and am so excited! This is an amazing show! We went as a family a couple of years ago to see this and it was EVERYTHING we hoped it would be.
I bought tickets for me, my ten-year old daughter and mother to see it again. ahhh... I am so excited!
Lion King will be in Phoenix (Tempe) from January 2 through February 8, 2009. I bet it will sell out! That is my predication.
Perhaps an evening that starts at Oregano's, then on to The Lion King... with dessert at JuJuBerri after, is enough to get all of you non-Arizona residing readers here!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Carry the message – because the world needs a dose
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Original Stone Style
Congratulations to Pollyanna! She is the winner of Qrazy Quandaries!
Pollyanna wrote in her comment "Oh me, me, me. This is very cool. We need to get back into playing more games together. You come up with the coolest things."
I hope you have fun playing this with your family! I'm sure you will.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Keds Studio has to be one of the coolest ideas on the web! In just under a minute, I customized these pair of Keds Mini-Slip Ons. Cool? YES!! I love the little surprise of red on the inside of the shoe.
You seriously have to check out this site... Keds Studio. Can you imagine a more fun (read: silly) way to wear a favorite photo?
Friday, September 5, 2008
One of our favorite local restaurants is Oregano's. There are six locations in the valley, plus one in Flagstaff and one in Tucson. We usually go to the one on Camelback, but have been to the one in Tempe and Scottsdale... the service and the food is high quality at each location.
So, here is what we love to order...
Everything on the menu is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. We love it!
We went today for lunch and ordered the Pesto Bruschetta, Beefstro Sandwich, Pesto Penne Pasta and then a chocolate chip pazookie for dessert! Yummo! We were stuffed... but it was totally worth it! AND we have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!!! Yea! (See the end of this entry for a description of the pazookie. You HAVE to save room for this incredible dessert. It is often imitated by other restaurants, but never will you find one that is as perfect as the Oregano's version!
We love the t-shirts that the servers wear. They are always so dang clever. Here is one of our old favorite slogans...
THE ORiGiNAL PiZZA COOKiE Now this will knock your socks off! A 1/2 pound of Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, or Peanut Butter Chocolate cookie dough, slightly baked in a 6-inch pizza pan then topped with 3 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. This baby serves 2-4. DO iT!
Sorry to everyone that does not live in Arizona. This is a strong reason to visit!!!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
- Our family loves this game. And I love to give it as a gift. In my opinion, it makes a great graduation gift, wedding gift or birthday gift. We play it in the car, or sometimes we play it for a few minutes before we tackle homework. It never grows old... it is always funny and enlightening to hear what the kids come up with to justify their answers.
- Simply Fun has great games. We love them because they are easy to learn to play and quick to play!!
- Leave a comment by midnight Tuesday September 9 to enter the drawing for a free Qrazy Quandaries game. One person will be randomly selected on Wednesday morning!!! Good luck!!!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Congratulations to Molly on winning the $100 gift certificate from Sticks and Stones. In her comment, Molly wrote...Those are so cool. I have seen them before and have always loved them!
A big huge thank you to the folks at Sticks and Stones for this gift certificate!!
Molly... watch your inbox for an email from Sticks and Stones with a code that you will use when you place your order online.
Here are your random numbers:10
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
A few months ago I was introduced to an amazing website dedicated to helping 'me' find music that I have yet to discover but am sure to love. The website is www.pandora.com and I love it! I have had fun and highly recommend giving it a shot!!
Below is how Pandora explains their radio concept!!! It is amazing!
P.S. Can you believe that I got through an entire blog entry without mentioning Prison Break's season premiere last night???
At Pandora, we have a single mission: To play music you'll love - and nothing else.
To understand just how we do this, and why we think we do it really, really well, you need to know about the Music Genome Project®.
Since we started back in 2000, we have been hard at work on the Music Genome Project. It's the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Together our team of fifty musician-analysts has been listening to music, one song at a time, studying and collecting literally hundreds of musical details on every song. It takes 20-30 minutes per song to capture all of the little details that give each recording its magical sound - melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics ... and more - close to 400 attributes! We continue this work every day to keep up with the incredible flow of great new music coming from studios, stadiums and garages around the country.
With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.
You can create as many "stations" as you want. And you can even refine them. If it's not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you.
Monday, September 1, 2008
UNBELIEVABLE discovery!!! Today, while out running errands with Kaleigh, I saw a sign for the grand opening of a new store and couldn't resist checking it out. It looked a lot like Pinkberry, which I love but does not have any stores in Arizona, so I entered the store very hopeful!
AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. It is almost a clone to Pinkberry...
The big difference is juju berri is self-serve. Another difference is that there are ten different flavors. Sample cups are provided so you can pick out your favorite, but I stuck with the Green Tea version that I loved from Pinkberry. I even did the same toppings... fresh strawberries and sliced almonds! It was so yummy!
I'm thrilled to have one so close to my home!
My only complaint... it does not appear that juju berri has a website. What is up with that? I got a business card from juju berri, but it only lists a myspace page. Weird.
So, for now, I can't even tell you if there are other locations...