Monday, January 28, 2013

Monster Truck Jam in Chicago!

It's that time in Chicago again! Time to rev up your engines and head to the Allstate Arena for some...

Monster Truck JAM!!!
I truly cannot convey to you how much my family has enjoyed attending the Monster Truck Jam these past few years. I am bummed that we may not be able to make it this time due to other scheduling conflicts (that I am desperately trying to work around, because my kids LOVE THIS EVENT) but I am happy to announce that I am still able to offer my readers 4 free tickets to the opening night show at 7:30 on Friday, February 8th! Follow the directions on how to enter below and ACT FAST because this giveaway will end on Friday, February 1st!!

For anyone else who wants to go, you can use this code for some amazing discounts. (be sure to read all disclaimers and fine print):

Save 33% on adult tickets to all shows Feb. 9-10 with code MOM.
Kids tickets are always just $10.
Offer Not valid on Opening Night.  Discount does not apply to VIP or Gold Circle seats.  No double discounts.  Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply. All tickets $2 more day of show.

To enter the Giveaway:

~ Comment below and tell me if you've ever been to a Jam before or who you would bring.

~ To earn 1 extra entry, share this giveaway on one social media site of your choosing. Be sure to link back to this giveaway and to provide a link to your share on a second comment. (i.e. 1 comment for every entry).

Each person entering has a total of 2 chances to win. You must be over 18 to enter and provide a valid email address in the comments. I will contact the winner via email by Feb 2nd. Winner must respond back within 24 hours or I will have to pass the opp along to someone else, due to the time sensitivity of this event.

Good luck! The giveaway will end on Midnight (CST) on February 1st.

(I used 1-12 entries because there were replies within comments that did not count as full entries)

Congratulations to comment #2: "aismeg"

I hope you enjoy the show!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Winner of the Novica Gift card

Winner of the Novica $50 gift card is....

#6, David Lobner.

Congratulations! I sure do hope you buy your wife something with it!

Thank you to all who entered. Remember to enter the Sears giveaway that is still open till Feb 1.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sears Gift Card Giveaway

Can you imagine the days when Sears was the ONLY choice for shopping? I love looking at old printings of the Sears catalogs that would be sent across the nation in the early 1900's. The random pharmaceuticals! The corsets that "set you free!"

It's like a history lesson in shopping.

Nowadays, there are endless choices for purchasing the products you are looking for; Online! Local Mom and Pop boutiques! A Superstore on every corner!

I find it reassuring that many of the good ole standbys like Sears still exist.

Where else can you pick up a replacement part for your lawnmower's engine, fancy nighties for your wife and a board game for the kids; all under one roof?


Sears has given me one $25 gift code to pass out to a reader! With all of the post-post Holiday Season sales coming to a close, now is the time to make the most of your money and hit the Sears nearest you, armed with $25 to spend!

To Enter: (As always, entries are open to only people age 18 and over. This giveaway is open to US citizens only. You must provide a valid email address in the comments or I cannot choose your name.)

1. Comment Below with what you'd like to buy at Sears with $25. You can use it towards something small or add it onto the price of a more costly item. Your choice!

2. Second Entry: Share the information about this giveaway on any social media site that you choose and provide a link back in the SECOND comment.

I will pick the winner via The comments are closed on Midnight, CST on Friday, Feb 1.

Good luck!!

Congratulations to #28: "debijackson" I hope you enjoy shopping at Sears!

Friday, January 11, 2013

"I Love Lucy Live On Stage"


 I do. Always have. Always will. My favorite television episodes are probably the ones where they are traveling through Europe. Something about those teeny hotel rooms and the lack of airplanes and in-room telephones just tickles me inside. In fact, there isn't a week that goes by that I don't watch at least 1 episode on MeTV around 3 am (I have recurring insomnia. Fun Times!).

If you Love Lucy too, AND if you live in the Chicagoland area, I highly recommend checking out the "I Love Lucy, Live on Stage" production at the Broadway Playhouse at the Water Tower Place in Chicago.

The actors were Spot.On. (Lucy and Fred especially made me smile with their perfection of the television characters.)

 The sets felt as though we were actually watching a live television performance and experiencing all the surprises for the first time (even though I already knew the two programs that they performed; I TOLD you I was a Real Fan!).
 And the commercials in between were authentic. My mom leaned over during the Chevrolet commercial and said "I remember that one! They ran it for YEARS!"

I swear to you that by the end of the play, I was almost convinced that these actors were the REAL Lucy and Ricky and Fred and Ethel from the 1950's.

Loved. It.

Tickets are available and the show runs through March 2013! Don't miss your chance to see this award winning show!!!

  *Photos used with permission from the Broadway Playhouse.

Novica Gift Card Review and Giveaway

I am really excited about the next item I am reviewing! I was given a $50 gift card to Novica, an online site that represents dozens of artists and artisans from underprivileged countries. The company has truly changed the lives of these people and their communities by promoting their artwork through the world. (I highly recommend reading through their Mission Statement and the Artist Testimonials. It will touch your heart.)  After searching through the site for a while and admiring the lovely items for sale; there were some beautiful necklaces that would have looked great on ME and some absolutely stunning wall artwork.

But what captured and held my attention were these necklaces made by Ralph Ashong, a carver from West Africa whose life story touched me as much as his artwork did. I carefully chose a necklace for my husband titled "Life's Questions." The artist writes about the meaning:

"Life does not provide all the answers to all the questions we face. Persevere until you get answers to your questions,"

Patrick has always had a "signature" necklace to wear. The most recent necklace was one that I purchased for him about 4 years ago for his birthday. It was a fish hook carved from coconut shell that was just absolutely awesome. When the string finally, FINALLY frayed (after 4 years of CONSTANT use) he said that it must mean that it is time for a new signature necklace. When I saw this necklace, it spoke to me and said "This one. This is for him!"

I hope that he likes this new one enough to make it The One!

I have a $50 gift card to give away to one reader to use towards a purchase through Novica. It can be used for the entire purchase or towards a larger purchase, if you find that your heart is set on something a little more expensive. There are plenty of items from the jewelry sections to choose from but don't forget to look through all of the housewares and decor, too!

To Enter: (be sure to include your email address in a comment or else I will have to choose a different winner. As always, this giveaway is open to only people 18 years or older.)

1. Simply comment and tell me which item or type of item you would choose. It's as easy as that!

2. One extra entry per person if you help to promote the Novica company online in whatever way you feel most comfortable. (i.e. if you like a necklace like I did, link to that necklace on Facebook/Twitter/Google+/etc. and tell your followers about this giveaway so that they can have a chance to win as well). Then come back here and comment again with the link to wherever you shared.

You can enter until midnight CST on January 25. I will pick one winner using on Saturday, January 26.

Good luck!!