Grand Oroweat Sandwiches

When Oroweat Organics contacted me about doing a post based upon my favorite sandwich, I knew I should say no.  I am working way too much lately (that’s a good thing!), I hardly see the grands during the week, and my favorite sandwich is a simple PB&J.  But did I listen to myself?  Nope.  So I said Sure!  I would love to post about Oroweat Organic bread and the amazing sandwiches the grands and I will make!

Three weeks later, after many gentle reminders from the PR rep I am finally here to tell you all about our sandwiches.

Last night I had the chance to babysit the grands and give them dinner.  AHA!  We’re having sandwiches kids!  Since Oroweat Organics provided me with a $25 gift card to purchase supplies, you get to go to the market with me and pick out what you want to buy to put on your sandwiches. What the heck was I thinking?!  Seriously this whole working full-time thing and getting old and being peri-menapausal has really fried my brain.  When is the last time you tried to take 3 kids under the age of 10 to the grocery store?

oroweat_organic_breadsOroweat Organics provided me with 3 coupons good for $5.00 off a loaf of bread, and since the three grands can never agree on anything, I let them each pick out a loaf.  We ended up with Whole Wheat, Double Fiber and Country White.  None of which were the actual Organic sub category of the brand that we were supposed to be trying, but to my credit they were all actually Oroweat (Matthew walked around with a loaf of some other brand for a while and was distraught that he had to put it back and switch it for the Oroweat brand).  After threatening to leave Madilyn in the frozen food freezer to live like Olaf we finally made it back to the car and back to the apartment.  Where I proceeded to set up an assembly line of sorts for sandwich making.

I will never be someone who will stymie someone else’s pallette, but I will be damned if I ever have to try something just because you think it tastes good.  Let me preface this by saying, each kid had their own decisions and each kid ate 100% of what they made.

I divvied up slices of bread, one slice of whole wheat and one slice of double fiber for each kid (I told them if they ate their whole sandwich they could then have another of the white bread).  Then they each decided what their first layer of the sandwich would be, Caitlyn chose Spicy Brown Mustard, the twins both chose peanut butter.  So far so good.  On to the second layer, sliced cheddar cheese all around!  Wait what?!  Yup cheese and peanut butte, it brought me back to childhood of my crazy sister putting a slice of american cheese on top of her PB&J on toast.  But again, whatever floats your boat, just don’t ask me to taste it.  Next layer?  Salami for the girls and Matthew declines, his sandwich is complete.  Fo those of you keeping track, Madilyn now has Peanut Butter, Cheddar Cheese and Salami on her sandwich.  Blergh.

I repeat, they ate every single bite and then made peanut butter sandwiches with the white bread as well! (I don’t know how I managed to not get a single picture of the Country White)

Sandwiches for dinner were a rousing success!  And according to the folks over at Oroweat it was pretty balanced and healthy meal! Yay for Grandma!

Information about Oroweat® Organic Breads

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Thanks Oroweat Organics, next time I won’t take so long – oh who am I kidding.

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Disney’s Fantasia for XBox Kinect – Giveaway


 The breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s classic animated film “Fantasia,” is available worldwide for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Kinect for Xbox 360.  None of which are systems I own (Wii for me!), so when Disney Interactive contacted me about trying out the game, I declined but offered to do a giveaway instead.  Which means, this is not a review, because I have never played, but is simply a way for you to be gifted a fabulous (I am assuming) game just before the holidays!

From the press release:

In “The Neighborhood,” players will work their way through a restrained 2D urban cityscape, using music and magic to unleash a vibrant and magical 3D environment by interacting with billboards, rooftops, trains and other surprises hidden within the city landscape.  Through this mind-bending experience, players will watch and listen as their movements create bold colors and whimsical music that make “The Neighborhood” a fantastical adventure.


Some of the tracks from a range of award-winning artists that will appear in-game include:

·         Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”

·         Drake – “Take Care” (ft. Rihanna)

·         Tchaikovsky – “The Nutcracker Medley”

·         Police – “Message in a Bottle”

·         MIA – “Galang”

·         The Who – “The Real Me”

 Additionally, players will be introduced to Yen Sid’s previous apprentice, Scout, via the game’s narrative, who will guide the player as they perform, transform and create music to restore order to the world.

Featuring over 30 tracks – including contemporary hits, classic rock, classical music, and more – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways.

Some tracks for the title include:

·         AVICII – “Levels”

·         David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”

·         Antonin Dvorak – “Symphony No. 9 from the New World”

·         Fun. – “Some Nights”

·         Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”

·         Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”

·         Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”

·         Elton John – “Rocket Man”

·         Kimbra – “Settle Down”

·         Lorde – “Royals”

·         Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”

·         Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”

·         Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”

·         Modest Mussorgsky – “Night on Bald Mountain”

·         Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

·         White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

·         Antonio Vivaldi – “The Four Seasons: Winter, 1st Movement”

Although I never played I did watch others playing the game at both D23 and E3.  I have been fascinated by this game since I first heard about it back ion 2012.  I wish it were available on the Wii (but really, who am I kidding, I haven’t played my Wii since I moved).

So here it is!  Your big chance!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below and I will ship this puppy off to the winner in time for Christmas!

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Everyday is Black Friday at Children’s Place

Get ready for the biggest sale of the year with discounts to be thankful for from The Children’s PLACE.


Black Friday savings begin Wednesday, November 26! Everything in store and online is on sale – NO exclusions. Get 50% off your entire order with no coupon needed. Best of all, you get free shipping with every order—no minimum purchase required. From polar fleeces to party dresses, you’ll find something for every kid on your list with stylish clothes and accessories they’ll love.

Used is in the Eye of the Beholder

My car has died.  2001 Honda Accord (purchased new by Kathy) with 160,000 miles led a good life and may possibly be revived by someone with more money and patience than I am willing to give.  Godspeed.


Ok, technically it isn’t new.  It is a 2014 Chevy Captiva Sport LTX with 9,000 miles.  Since they are fleet and rental cars you can only buy them used.  So for the price of a “new” Basic model car I bought a slightly used LUXURY model.  Yup, this car has the works; Leather Heated seats, rain sense wipers, navigation system, reclinging rear seats (I KNOW!) etc.

I have been car shopping for a while and had planned on making a purchase decision after the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of this month.  But the death of the Accord pushed everything up.  I started vigorously looking for a used car and ended up finding a Tiguan at CarMax in San Diego.  With the clikc of a computer mouse and a reassurance from the sales rep Jenny, the Tiguan was on it’s way to me.  When the Accord died I had to rent a car.  I rented a Captiva and fell in love.  When I test drove the Tiguan it just didn’t fit.  I wasn’t as comfortable in it as I was in the Captiva and I knew I had to change my mind.  Feeling relaxed with Jenn, we talked about the beauty of St.Petersburg (she is from Moscow) and even though she had the Tiguan brought up from San Diego to Burbank for me to test drive, she in no way pressured me or made me feel bad for not choosing to buy it.

Both Marisa and Adam purchased cars from CarMax before but this was my first experience.  If I find myself in need again I will be sure to go back.  From the ease of browsing their lot (all cars are unlocked so you can climb in and around) without someone following you around or hounding you to take a test drive made this experience a smooth one for me.

Below is a slideshow of my new car.  Note the liscense plate.  Anyone recognize the letters?  Caitlyn did right away!

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All Hail King Julien

King Julien_001_S1E2The world’s biggest party animal is getting ready to ascend to the throne in DreamWorks Animation’s ALL HAIL KING JULIEN, an all-new Netflix original TV series.  The first five 22-minute episodes will be available to Netflix members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France to watch instantly beginning on Friday, Dec. 19.

Long before the Zoosters arrive on Madagascar, King Julien holds court – not to mention nightly revelries – over a colorful cast that includes fan favorites Mort and Maurice, along with a host of all-new jungle dwellers as they take on the craziest adventures and wildest parties the jungle has to offer.

Keeping tune with the dance-crazed taste of its lead character, the humor of ALL HAIL KING JULIEN is backed by a pulse-pounding original score that includes a brand-new, infectiously upbeat theme song.  The series features a talented voice cast that includes television legend Henry Winkler (Happy Days) as Julien’s regal predecessor, Uncle King Julien, alongside Emmy-winning actor Danny Jacobs as King Julien, Andy Richter (ConanArrested Development) as Mort, Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy) as Maurice, and India de Beaufort (One Tree Hill) as Clover, the king’s special-ops expert.

ALL HAIL KING JULIEN joins the hit series Turbo FAST in a growing lineup of Netflix original animated productions from DreamWorks Animation.  By the end of 2016DreamWorks Animation will debut 10 additional new series on the world’s leading Internet TV Network.

“The combination of comedy, original music and stories of simple lemur life turned upside-down and fabulous by King Julien makes this series unique,” said Margie Cohn, head of television for DreamWorks Animation. “All Hail King Julien is really a showcase for our talented artists to bring the Netflix audience the great storytelling, compelling characters and fantastic design that is the hallmark of DreamWorks Animation.”

 “We are excited to add a series focused on one of the most beloved characters from Madagascar to our growing line-up from DreamWorks Animation,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content, Netflix.  “King Julien knows how to throw a great party and we expect families around the world will enjoy spending their holidays with him.”

New 22-minute episodes of ALL HAIL KING JULIEN will debut throughout the coming year.


Attention Walmart Shoppers

I am an early shopper.  I like starting my Holiday shopping right after Halloween, if not before (yes I already have a bunch of stocking stuffers in my closet that I bought back in June).  Walmart agrees.  Below is an infographic with a ton of savings throughout the month of November


Modern Family’s Fall for All

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This Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Fox11 LA is offering Modern Family’s Fall for All, a day of family-friendly, Fall-themed event.  A unique, family-friendly Halloween event takes over The Grove. Families will be treated to a free, immersive Halloween experience complete with an interactive corn maze and pumpkin patch. The larger than life corn maze will be over 60’ long and stand 8’ tall. As guests journey through the corn maze, they will be met with several activities that allow them to test their “Modern Family” knowledge, retrieve iconic show clips through an augmented reality experience, and strike a pose before exiting into a pumpkin patch full of surprises.

The event will have numerous photo- and video-friendly opportunities for families including:

  • A 20’ Gallery Wall chronicling iconic show clips and quotes from “Modern Family.” Maze-goers are in for a treat as some pictures are loaded with app generated image enhancements!
  • An oversized, carved pumpkin sitting at the head of the pumpkin patch surrounded by hundreds of art pumpkins
  • Complimentary face painting station

Numerous partner activities, and giveaways, including but not limited to:

  • KIND‘s ‘Make-a-Flower’ wall, a fun-filled activity benefiting the local children’s hospital plus plenty of healthy snacks
  • An exclusive sneak peek at The North Face’s newest winter line of coats, because it’s never too early to start preparing for the cold
  • Hershey’s will be featuring favorite Halloween candy give-aways

Sprinting for a Sport

SamsungI participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf Influence Central for Sprint. I received a thank you item for participating in this program

A Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport that is.

Recently I attended an event at Sprint courtesy of MomCentral.  The focus was on the new Samsung Galazy S 5 Sport phone and the Sprint Fit Live app on their phones.  I was impressed.  I switched from a Blackberry to an iPhone almost 2 years ago and although I am happy enough with my phone choice, I have been considering a switch to an Android phone in the future.

Some facts about the S 5:

  • Exclusive to Sprint
  • On the new Sprint Spark super-fast network
  • Water and dust resistant (not “proof” but resistant)
  • A textured body makes it easier to hold and prevents it from slipping from the hand
  • Three hard keys so it’s easier to operate when active
  • With Samsung’s Activity Zone, users can access a variety of preloaded content, including a barometer, compass, flashlight and stopwatch from a single screen
  • Price: With Sprint Easy Pay it costs $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $27.09 OR $200 with a 2 year contract (MSRP: $649.99)
  • Other perks with purchase including:
  • Free year of MapMyFitness
  • Free Sprint Fit Live
  • Free 6 or 3 months Spotify Premium
  • $50 off Samsung Gear Fit

Gear FitWhen partnered with the Samsung Gear Fit you can get all of your data from exercise, to sleep to eating habits all together.  They were made for each other.  Literally.

Some facts about the Gear Fit:

  • Right now, you can save $50 instantly on the GearFit when you buy the Samsung Galaxy S® 5 Sport or other Galaxy smartphone .
  • NOW just $99.99
  • Track your steps. Set a personal best with real-time coaching.
  • First-ever built-in heart monitor that responds to your touch.
  • Reject phone calls and dismiss alarms with a simple tap. View emails and SMS messages.
  • Customize your own alerts – even from third-party apps.
  • Dustproof and water-resistant
  • Wear it during your workout. Take it on your walk
  • Interchangeable bands
  • The light, curved 1.83″ Super AMOLED® display rests comfortably on your wrist.

We had a fitness coach do a demonstration for us and show us how you can set up the Gear Fit as a coach to remind you when you are not reaching your goals.  It will vibrate as an incentive for you to keep moving.  It measures not only your steps and activity but your heart rate as well.  Invasive or intuitive?  Up to you.

sprint fit liveBoth devices report to the Sprint Fit Live app which is always on the front page of your phone right at your fingertips.

  • Sprint Fit Live helps customers live the healthy lifestyle they want by delivering smart, contextual health content when they need it.
  • Fitness tracking, education, and healthy living content is displayed on the lock screen, wallpaper, or a full screen experience.
  • Sprint Fit Live gives customers instant access to their favorite fitness applications and activities, delivers relevant content and information and integrates with their Spotify playlist.
  • Key features include the ability to:
    • Track, monitor, and share workout activity with MapMyFitness MVP (available through the Google Play™), which includes such premium content as customized audio coaching, training plans, live tracking and more.
    • Access Spotify Workout playlists (hundreds of hundreds of workout-themed playlists ) with free Spotify premium for six months for customers who are on Sprint Family Share Pack and $60 Unlimited and Simply Unlimited customers (up to $7.99/month for the next 18 months). Normally $9.99/month ; 3 months free for all other
    • Sprint customers Live the Healthy Lifestyle by receiving updated smart, contextual health and fitness content.
    • Customize the look and feel of fitness tracking, education, music and healthy living content displayed on the wallpaper or full screen experience.

All of these together is like having a personal trainer without having the smelly gym.  Will I switch?  I don’t know yet, my upgrade is in about 6 moths.  I have been a Sprint customer for over 10 years and I know that won’t change.


Not So Wordless Wednesday – Back To……

Most of my colleagues will show pictures about their kids going back to school, but my kids are grown and the grands have been in school for almost a month already.  So, for me it is “Back to Life, Back to Reality”.

photo (9)I’ve taken on more responsibilities at work and am now on a salary instead of hourly.  I have dropped almost all of my blog responsibilities and am concentrating solely on the rink.  So if you don’t see me around for a while this is where you can find me.



Luminasia at the Los Angeles County Fair

Usually this time of the year I tell you all about the amazing food choice that are available at the LA Count Fair.  Well this year, there is amazing food (let’s just say someone ate an entire triple decker cheeseburger on a Krispy Kreme bun) but there are also really cool new displays.  With so much to explore from Aug. 29-Sept. 28 – vibrant night life, fire dancing, superheroes, a Steampunk nightclub – visitors will want to come back again and again.


LACF lights up the night with Luminasia. A larger-than-life Chinese lantern display, Luminasia takes the ancient art form of lantern making to a whole new level. Visitors stroll through colorful replicas of iconic landmarks – the Great Wall of China, the Hollywood Sign, the Eiffel Tower – as well as giant dragons, flowers and a pagoda. The lanterns were handmade by nearly 50 artisans who traveled more than 7,000 miles from Zigong, China to transform LACF’s hillside into an evening attraction that is both breathtaking and whimsical. LACF is Luminasia’s first-ever appearance in California.



The all-new Hall of Heroes celebrates the science behind beloved superheroes of comic book and real-life fame. Enter LACF’s Metropolis and come face to face with Batman, Spiderman and Superman as well as the law enforcement officers who risk their lives every day to protect and serve.

Animals abound at Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon. LACF’s resident Weeper Capuchin monkey, Mojo, and her friends have a new home on the water and are primed to engage in some monkey business. Also catch sea lions at Beneath the Sea and read your way to adventure in America’s Kids, where we are celebrating  the  exciting worlds of children’s literature.

The Farm at Fairplex is growing – literally – with the addition of three more acres and hundreds of California specialty crops. A must-have this year at the Farmhouse Grill is the new wood-grilled flat bread filled with a variety of toppings harvested from LACF’s organic farm. Add in our Big Red Barn full of animals, and you have agri-tainment at its best.  I got to hold a baby sheep the other night (I tried calling it a lamb and the caretaker corrected me), he and his twin sister are only 2 weeks old and as yet unnamed.  I dubbed them batman and catwoman.

093I don’t know if Groupon still has a deal on four tickets and a parking pass but if they do grab yourself a pack!

Disclosure: This post was not paid for in any way other than the aforementioned food.  Oh and I received a cute bag and a free ticket.