Sunday, November 9, 2014

The B word makes me blush!


I am so thrilled to finally be getting married in the latter half of 2015. Elated doesn't even begin to describe how I feel at the thought of spending the rest of my life with my best friend. Someone whom I prayed and quietly waited patiently for.  In keeping up with my traditions I have done things gracefully backwards in life.  First having my kids; working for lucrative companies; being a SAHM; going to school; and now getting married.

 This whole process of planning a wedding is all very NEW and so exciting. Now no wedding would be complete without a generous dose of chaos, but thats a WHOLE other blog post.

I will admit I just wanted to elope with the two of us, I didn't want a wedding. After all I was more focused on planning for a marriage not a day. This was his second marriage, my first and we have kids. This will entail juggling acts that will need to be done to ensure we can blend as delicately as possible. I have been the CEO of my household and its going to be an adjustment for sure.

Now Two months in and I am ecstatic to be planing for a wedding most of all a marriage.  I love that the Future Hubs insisted that I get a day and not to elope. He wants to watch me walk down the aisle with, my our boys. I will joyfully admit I  love everything that this special day entails, down to the place cards and seating charts. This is where I can put my mad HR skills to work with doing an org chart for my guests, aka seating chart.

Now my newest obsession.....is the B word. Oh I love saying it, the way it rolls off my tongue.  Its the real life pinterest boards for Brides to be..... the word...are you ready?

BRIDAL REGISTRY
 now say the B word with me, Bridal Registry. See how beautifully that sounds?

Now like I said this is all so new and so exciting. Creating and looking at the bridal registry is kind of like the first time your friends introduced you to Pinterest, yeah its like that.

With the exception of my Vitamix, Breville juicer, and the Keurig standard coffee maker, which have  been gifts from my parents. Everything else in my kitchen/ home has been a hand me down or thrift shop finds. I have been ok with that.

Now I entered a whole new element and its fantastic, finding the need, only getting what WE need so we can live happily ever after. Need is relative?!?!?!?

A Bridal registry is amazing and you are positive you need everything on your list, yet others might say you don't. They keep you being realistic saying you  just need a few staple items and you can build from there. Your definition of what a staple item is, is your interpretation of said, wants needs.....

For example:

One staple I found was this Oggi 5 Piece Cremem Brûlée Set. I love Creme Brûlée and I was trying to tell the Future Hubs how this would be an investment to our marriage if we had this. He wasn't as enthused as I was. Before I have to delete this bad boy I have to ask;




"What is one unconventional thing you put on your bridal registry that you received, that you love and use often?" 

Remember your honest feedback will spare this item being kicked off our Bridal registry. I am beginning to wonder if he has any spontaneity in him. What happens if for our anniversary I wanted creme brûlée for breakfast....in bed?

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Real Halloween Witch

I shared my response after reading a"Dear Prudence" on Slate . This was regarding a woman who was upset about poor kids eating her Halloween candy. I dubbed her the Halloween Witch although in Prudies article she is referred to as something else, I like mine better. I wrote an open letter on my FAN page. In the hopes that she would have a little more compassion in the years to come. 


My father is the boy with the blue X. 

Dear #Prudence,

I recently READ your response to the person who didn't like the "poor" kids coming into her neighborhood for halloween candy. Thank you for being brutally honest with her. 

You see Halloween was my fathers favorite holiday when he was a little boy. He had the most authentic raggedy costume, the mothers would rave when they answered the door to hand out the candy. He really took his costume seriously, with dirt and rags.

That night he would come home and count his sweet treats and relish in moment that for once life could be so sweet.

My father grew up in an orphanage he was shuffled between two in his life. One in New York which was great, then the one in Michigan wasn't the best.

Halloween was the one time a year my father could go out and not feel ashamed. He was in his school clothes, his costume was his everyday outfit.

Now my father was fortunate to make something of himself and because of that and of my mother...I lived a very privileged life.

With that said even when my father was struggling when he was in his early 20's, he made sure he had loads and loads of halloween candy to pass out on halloween. For the child in the rags could be a reality, but for tonight it's just make-believe and reality ceases to exist.

After all on Halloween we are all pretending to be something we are not, to either stand out or fit in. Whatever the reason is it's like you said, what's another bag of candy?



Sincerely,


Adrianne 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dear Mr. Sandman,

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Welcome to the

Cariloha Softest Night's Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Cariloha
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    Want to make bedtime as amazing as possible? Make snuggling in bed that much more relaxing with super soft bamboo sheets from Cariloha! What makes these sheets so amazing? For one, they are twice as soft as 1,000 thread-count Egyptian cotton. Not only are they soft, but are 3 degrees cooler than cotton, allowing you to stay cooler and more comfortable at night. Best of all, they stay soft after washing, giving you cuddly soft sheets every time. To round them out, they are cheaper than Egyptian cotton and cashmere sheets! Who knew spoiling yourself could be eco-friendly and more cost effective? To learn more about these amazing sheets, make sure to head over to Budget Earth and read their Cariloha Bamboo Sheets review! Love the idea of owning a set of these sheets? Budget Earth and some of their favorite bloggers are excited to be giving away a set courtesy of Cariloha through this fantastic giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a Queen or King set of Cariloha Bambo Sheets in their choice of color ($179 - $199 value). To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter! Cariloha Softest Night's Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes
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Friday, October 24, 2014

$100 Target Gift Card Sweepstakes!!!!


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Have you already started planning for Thanksgiving or started your holiday shopping? We know that this time of year can be a bit stressful, so we decided to work together with some of our favorite bloggers to bring you this fantastic giveaway! One very lucky reader will have a chance to win a $100 Target Gift Card or cash if they live outside the US or in an area that doesn't have a local Target store. To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter! Saving for the Holidays Sweepstakes
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  • Sweepstakes ends November 8th at 11:59pm ET.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Here's looking at you, literally!!!


Today's Vision in Laguna Niguel offers; 

- Exams and treatment of eye diseases

- Huge 500 plus frame selection, including Prada, Troy Burch, 





Ray Ban, Tom Ford, Escada, Givenchy, Swarovski, Police and other designers for every face and occasion. 


- Customized bifocals and progressive lenses 

- Latest sun wear fashions


- Specialty contact lens fits. 



I had the privilege to get my eye exam done at Today's Vision in Laguna Niguel. 


I was very pleased and I kept saying this is the best kept secret. For busy parents you can drop your kids off to get their eyes checked (depending on age), grab a bite to eat, get your nails done or go food shopping. Dr. Unal is in a prime location. That's not all she is super friendly has a great sense of humor, most of all she is very detailed oriented. 




 Dr. Unal offers discounts for those who do not have medical insurance plans. She also accepts most insurances. Call to schedule your appointment today: (949) 716- EYES (3937).


Dr. Unal specializes both in Adult and Pediatric Eye Care.


 Ok Parents I promise you this is not a trick this is a special treat; Kids glasses are $99. Yes yes you heard me correctly, and this includes frame and clear, single vision polycarb lenses.

Choose from an array of lenses, some restrictions apply. Please let Dr. Unal know Hopscotch and Jellybeans referred you to get a Full Pair of Glasses (frames and lenses) for 20% off.




Friday, October 10, 2014

We love our fans Flash sweepstakes!!!


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Welcome to the

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  As bloggers, we are thankful every day that we have wonderful readers like you. All of us put in countless hours on our blogs, but know we wouldn't be here without fantastic, loyal readers like you. We know you are taking time away from your busy day to read our articles, try out our recipes, and enter our giveaways. Your loyalty and trust means a lot to us and we want to give back! Budget Earth and some of your favorite bloggers joined our funds together to bring you this awesome flash giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card! This giveaway will only last for one week so don't forget to enter! To make things easier for you, we kept the Rafflecopter small and are ONLY doing Facebook links. This will make it easier for our loyal readers who have been here awhile! Good luck everyone and make sure to read all the rules below, before entering the giveaway form! We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Cash (Paypal for outside US).
  • Open Worldwide.
  • Winners will be chosen at random Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends October 17th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
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  • Good Luck!
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Let it go, a guide to hosting a boys Frozen birthday party


Ever since the movie Frozen hit the big screen, it melted my sons heart. For some reason he just couldn't let it go! When it was approaching time for his 4th birthday and we asked him what he wanted. I wasn't surprised by his answer when he said Frozen. Now with that came a lot of support and with a lot of support you also get the critics. I had some acquaintances refuse to go to my sons' party because it was too girly for a boy. I felt I needed to defend my son and I asked why it was ok for a girl to be a tomboy and no one would think twice or if said girl wanted a super hero party. However a little boy wanting a party that had princesses you would have thought the Snow Queen herself gave you the cold shoulder. 

I was overwhelmed with the support from my friends and family not to mention the fans on my Facebook page, Hopscotch & Jellybeans who would email and send me links to party pages to help me plan for my son's party. 

I have to admit this was one of the best parties that I have ever put together. I couldn't have done it without my family, friends, fans and most of all NYC Cafe Catering, Donna B's Bakery , and Once upon a time character company


With that let the party begin!!!! I searched google like no other to find the cutest invites and this is what I found. I am a fusion of Forrest Gump and Rain man when it comes to scaling things down. So my friend Amber scaled this to size. Is that what you call it?


For the Venue I decided to have his party at the local YMCA. The kids would be able to go swimming with lifeguards on duty, after that they could play both inside in the wonderful air-conditioned rooms or outside and jump in the bounce houses, enjoy snow cones and the  popcorn machines, with just a few more surprises!



  It had to be the hottest day of the year so I was so glad we opted to do the swim party and I have a feeling his friends did as well. 

 


 


Next I was all over Pinterest like Olaf is for warm hugs!!! I thought this would be super cute, Olaf swimming! How hard could placing marshmallows on blue jello be?

Yep you guessed it I NAILED IT!

My Olaf looked like something from a Steven King inspired movie. I thought I was afraid of clowns, yeah nothing compares to this creature. I can't look at a marshmallow the same again. I couldn't run the hot water fast enough to make it go down the drain. 

Here is the Menu…minus Olaf's Jello. Surprisingly no asked and I didn't tell. 




This was the best pasta I have ever had in my life. EVER. HAD. IN. MY. LIFE. It was so good it was worth repeating. This is nothing like you have ever had before. The Alfredo with Penne was a crowd pleaser. The owner suggested this tray for the kids. Kids and Adults couldn't get enough of it. Creamy, thick, and really it's not your traditional alfredo sauce. It tastes like no other. 


The kids went crazy for the meatballs and pasta as well. This was delicious and satisfying however my favorite was the alfredo. Don't get me wrong I had two helpings of each like the rest of the royal guests,  they were both great in their own way. 



I did two waters; One was just cucumbers and limes. The second water had oranges, lemons and limes. 


The highlight of this party. Having Elsa, Kristoff, and Anna show up! 

They are the real deal. 

So professional and lets be honest here, their costumes are five star.

 They really make an effort and it shows. They stayed in character the whole time. Even when they texted me to let me know they were outside, the end of the text said; "Love Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff" 



I was anticipating that not all 33 children would be sitting or engaging that is why we got the bounce house. Yeah not the case. They had everyone engaged even the parents. 



















If you want the best, you need to hire the best, Once Upon A Time Character Company!









The Ice sisters even helped with singing happy birthday and handing out the cake. They made this day so magical. My son couldn't believe his luck he truly thought he was in a dream. 




                              You can't have a Royal party without having a dessert fit for a King. 
Donna B's outdid herself again!!!


This is not the first time we have used Donna B's if you recall she did my son's 2nd birthday for his Yo Gabba Gabba cake. 


The cake - Inside was chocolate cake with oreo and fudge filling. The outside was made with a whipped cream and the snowflakes were made with white chocolate and sprinkled with snow dust. The cake was delicious. It was moist, sweet and just right. If you have never had a Donna B cake or cookie, for that matter, you are missing out. 




Do you want to make a "Snow Bag?" 



My friend Theresa  made the candied apples as an added treat for the snow bags. Her caramel apples are in a category of their own!




Each Child got their own snow bag and they got to build it how they wanted. They could get one of each or just the items they wanted. They didn't need to go down the list however they could only have one of each or until the item ran out. 





                 The Prince and his royal subjects had a magical time, and they all lived happily ever after!