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I’m fat.

That’s no secret.  I have never been ashamed of my body or my weight.  Most women lie about their age and their weight but for me they are just a fact, a part of life.  The other day I couldn’t remember my age, I wasn’t lying when I said I was 48, I was just wrong.  (I am 46 by the way)

I weigh 325 pounds.  Do I wish I were thinner? Sure.  Do I really like bacon and cheeseburgers and potato chips?  YES!

I don’t “diet” well.  I don’t think depriving yourself of something is healthy, in that once you reach your “goal weight” it is now ok to go back and eat whatever you deprived yourself of.  Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

But all of that is neither here nor there.  You are here because you want to enter the Nutrisystem Great Escape $40,000 Giveaway! and win $10,000 right?  ME TOO!

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To enter the Nutrisystem Giveaway simply share your best photo and weight loss story with them.  They will be choosing 4 Grand Prize Winners who will each receive $10,000!

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There is a disclosure at the top of this post about it being sponsored and blah blah blah.  But in full and complete disclosure I should let you know that while I typed this I am at work and I ate a swerving of popcorn and two slices of pepperoni pizza.  Diet what?

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A Season Full of Slacking at Knotts Berry Farm

A few weeks ago I received an email asking me to offer you readers a chance to win 4 Season passes to Knotts Berry Farm.  I readily accepted.

But then I slacked.

Now the contest ends in less than 48 hours and I hope someone from here rushes over there and wins!

When my kids were little we went to Knotts at least once a year.  I have never been much of a “rider” but I enjoy people watching and the ambiance of a fun environment.  The kids would bring a friend and I would just hang around, people watching (one of my all time favorite pasttimes!) and carrying drinks.  Even now 20 years later, I don’t balk when the grand kids want to go to Knotts.

@knotts  welcome to #campspooky

@knotts welcome to #campspooky (Photo credit: adriennevh)

This morning as we were on our way to a movie screening, Matthew asked me “where was that place that we went and I had on my cowboy outfit and Madilyn was a unicorn?”  I told him it was called Knott’s Berry Farm and he replied “I hope that’s where we are going now!”  I hated to burst his bubble but I think he enjoyed the movie anyways.

On the way home from the movie he brought it up again and we chatted about the rides he went on (and glossed over the one he had to be taken off of) and he declared that he was ready for Halloween again whenever I was.  Guess I better get ready!

When Taj and I took Caitlyn for her 7th birthday she was not satisfied with just hanging out in Camp Snoopy, she wanted to go on all the “big” rides.  Unfortunately (or fortuantely depedning on if you are her or me), she was not tall enough.  I am afraid to take her back now.  I swear she has grown three inches since then and I sure as heck am not going on those rides with her!

I am supposed to share five memories, but since I slacked and won’t be paid for this anyways I’m just gonna move on.

A season pass at Knotts can be as low as 6 monthly payments of $14 (that’s $84 for those of you that are math challanged), which is less than a one day ticket to the other park I write about sometimes, ahem.  The most expensive season pass is only 6 monthly payments of $32 ($192 total) which even includes parking and admission to ALL the Cedar Fair parks in the US!  Speaking of good times at amusement parks, I have a gajillion great memories of Cedar Pointe in Ohio growing up (except the time Karl and Janine dragged me on the corkscrew!).

If you are so inclined now that I have totaally sold you on this you can just click on over here and purchase your pass right now.  But first go over to the contest before midnight Sunday March 16 and try to win a four pack!

Disclosure, this post was due almost a week ago, if I had posted on time I would be receiving a family four pack of tickets in exchange for this post.  But I didn’t so this one is a freebie.  

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I Will Never Race for the Cure, But I Can Support #KnottsPink

This is the pin worn by employees.  I love the vest!

This is the pin worn by employees. I love the vest!

I have a lot of friends who vehemently dislike the use of the color pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. They think it “pretifies” the cause, they think it is too “feminine”. They purposely don’t participate in or support any causes that use the pink ribbon or merchandise pink items. Good for them. They have an opinion and they feel strongly about it.

What I feel strongly about is the fact that Breast Cancer is still one of the leading causes of death amongst women.  In Orange County alone one in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast cancer in their lifetime.

It is preventable, it is curable, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation is one of the hardest woring foundations in the fight.  Thanks to Komen’s funding of research, new treatments and awareness of the importance of annual mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest and most curable stages, the survival rate for breast cancer has risen dramatically over the 33 years of the organization. The Orange County Komen Affiliate provides mammograms for uninsured women and works with other organizations to bring breast health information to people throughout the county.

Knott’s Berry Farm is joining in that fight with their #KnottsPink promotion.  The promotion will provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy Knott’s world class entertainment, attractions and specially-themed “pink” décor, while supporting an important cause that touches many women. Starting February 1, through March 31, guests can purchase “Pink Tickets” for theme park admission online at www.knotts.com. A portion of the “Pink Tickets” proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Orange County.

Knott’s has kicked off the promotion with a $25,000 to the Orange County division of the Komen Foundation.

The money that the theme park has already donated will provide 400 women in Orange County with life-saving breast health services.
Guests entering the theme park during the time of the promotion will be greeted by a pink Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure display adorned with Snoopy and his pal Woodstock. Guests can purchase a commemorative limited edition magnet to place on the special display in honor of, or in memory of, someone affected by breast cancer. The magnet will be sold at select merchandise locations inside Knott’s Berry Farm and all proceeds will benefit Komen Orange County.  Kind of like the balloons sold for the Children’s Hospitals and the stars sold for something else.

Today I am attending a media release with all the details and you can follow and join the conversation by using #KnottsPink on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  By the way after the media event I will be staying and enjoying the park courtesy of Knotts (just in case you were wondering).

If you would like to enjoy the park courtesy of Knott’s all you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for a chance to win 2 tickets!

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For more information on the fight against breast cancer, please contact the Susan G. Komen Orange County office at (714) 957-9157.

For Knott’s theme park information including hours of operation please visit www.knotts.com or call (714) 220-5200.


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No Tricks Only Treats!

I have teamed up with some fantastic other bloggers to offer you a last minute Halloween treat!

A $100.00 gift card to Target!


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I’m not going to bore you with any BS just go below and follow directions on the Rafflecopter thingy and cross your fingers!

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Children’s Place Spring

I have told you before of my fortuitous opportunities to go shopping at Children’s Place, so imagine my surprise a few weeks back when I saw the hashtags #SpringPlace being bounced all over twitter and face book and I wasn’t a part of it.

Admist all the hullabaloo around my birthday I missed the email this season from the Children’s Place to go shopping and preview their amazing Spring collection and Easter finery.  Thankfully they totally understood that I wasn’t ignoring them that I was just a bit confuddled that week.

Checck out these beautiful Spring clothes perfect for an Easter celebration.

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You can easily buy one of these outfits at your local Children’s Place with the help of a $25 gift card!  Yep, I am giving one of you lovely readers a chance to win $25!  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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Macy’s #5Essentials for Spring

macyOn Saturday, March 23, 2013 @ 2PM I will be at the Macy’s Pasadena on Lake.


Because I am going to meet Daniel Musto celebrity fashion stylist and costume designer for NBC’s, Fashion Star. You can join me!  Enjoy refreshments and music while you shop, plus take home a special gift with any purchase of $75 or more.

As a bonus (and since this is giveaway week) I am offering one of you the chance to win a $25 gift card to Macy’s!  Just fill out the rafflecopter form below.

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.  Duh

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Help Mattel Save the Bunny

When my kids were little I would throw away their Halloween candy at easter and their Easter candy at Halloween.  My daughter has cut out the middle man and doesn’t give candy at all or Easter.  These are the grands baskets for this year.  Shhhhh don’t tell them!

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Mattel’s “Save the Chocolate Bunny” campaign is promoting “toys instead of chocolate” to encourage creative, healthy, sugar-free play for kids!  Check out the Mattel’s Save the Bunny website  where you’ll find more giveaways and coupons.  Speaking of giveaways, below this celebrity PSA is a Rafflecopter widget where you can win $100 worth of Mattel toys!

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Protein Makes Perfect

MPE_COR_M36126_A.R3Award-winning actress Salma Hayek gives fans a playful behind-the-scenes look at the way she and her family start each day in her latest ad with the National Milk Mustache “got milk?®” campaign. As part of the ongoing campaign, Salma’s third ad reveals her secret to fueling active successful days – starting every day with milk’s high-quality protein.

Salma knows one of the best ways to be sure her family has energy and valuable nutrients they need to take on the day is by serving milk at breakfast. An 8 oz. glass of milk is packed with nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of high-quality protein. Protein at breakfast can help power you through the morning. Milk is a delicious, easy and affordable way to send your kids out the door with what they need to start the day off right.

To celebrate this, we’re hosting a “Protein Makes Perfect” Twitter sweepstakes this week (March 18-22)! We’re inviting fans to share by tweeting their ideas and thoughts about what makes a perfect morning by using the hashtag #ProteinMakesPerfect.

BR1E3315_2Last year I had the chance to meet Ms. Hayek and see the unveiling of her first Got Milk poster.  I have been an avid milk drinker for all of my life.  Honestly not for the “health” aspects of it but because I enjoy the taste.  The fact that I receive many of my nutrients from milk is just a bonus.

One of you lucky readers will receive a Protein Makes Perfect gift basket containing:

  • Coffee mug
  • Milk frother
  • Spa robe
  • Eye mask
  • Milk Jug Vase with artificial flowers

Everything you need for a relaxing morning.  All you have to do is enter below using the Rafflecopter widget.

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Happy Birthday to ME!

Adrienne Birthday redeux

It Has Been COLD in California

Finding yourself stranded in your car due to treacherous conditions like snow, ice, poor visibility and slick roads only to discover you have junk in the trunk, rather than the necessary roadside emergency supplies, can place you and your family in jeopardy.

Pay attention to the end of the post to win these emergency materials!


According to a new survey by State Farm® and KRCResearch, more than 60 percent of drivers had some sort of “junk” (non-emergency supplies) in their trunk ranging from extra clothes and shoes to used food or drink containers. While 99 percent of drivers had at least one emergency supply in their vehicle, such as spare tire or jumper cables, a mere nine percent carried all the essential emergency roadside supplies, including:



  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire
  • Hazard triangle/road flares
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Water
  • Blanket

“Even on a relatively short trip, you can find yourself stranded for several hours. From icy waters splashing up on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to fog covering the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, it’s important to be prepared,” said Robert Medved, safety expert, State Farm. “These new findings highlight the importance of having the right emergency equipment so people can safely get back on the road faster.”

Medved also recommends drivers check at least twice a year to ensure the equipment is in working order. This means spare tires are properly inflated, first-aid supplies are current, all other supplies are fully stocked, and the cell phone charger is compatible with either a power outlet or an USB port in your car. Communication capability can be the number one lifeline in some roadside emergency cases.

How Your Junk Stacks Up:
New survey findings also revealed that sedan drivers (63 percent) are less likely to carry emergency supplies compared to SUV and truck owners (75 percent and 73 percent respectively). Also, only two in five drivers said they check that the emergency supplies in their vehicle are working at least twice a year, in line with what State Farm recommends.

Advice for Drivers:
State Farm encourages responsible driving every day of the year, and especially during cold weather months when inclement weather is more common. If you are stranded on the road, follow these tips:

  • Pull off the highway (if possible), turn on your hazard lights and use a road flare or reflectors to signal attention.
  • If you have a cell phone, call 911 and describe your location as precisely as possible. Follow any instructions from the dispatcher.
  • Remain in your vehicle so help can find you.
  • Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm.
  • Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Don’t waste your vehicle’s battery power. Balance electrical energy needs – lights, heat and radio – with supply.
  • At night, turn on an inside light when you run the engine so help can see you.
  • Keep emergency supplies like road flares, a flashlight, blanket, windshield scraper, jumper cables, spare tire and a first aid kit in your vehicle or trunk at all times.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least ½ full at all times during bad weather.
To put it simply:

I am completely guilty of having too much junk in my trunk


But somewhere under all that mess is an emergency kit – somewhere.

If you would like to win the emergency kit mentioned and pictured above just fill out the Rafflecopter form below


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For additional information and emergency roadside tips, visithttp://learningcenter.statefarm.com/safety-2/auto-2/worst-case-winter-driving-survival/

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