Watch Yourself

My sisters and I had an amazing weekend in Vegas for my birthday.  At my age I don’t expect gifts or parties, I just want a good time and that’s what I got.

IMG_3815When I got home I found a cute little box waiting for me.  I had been emailing with someone from Jord Watches before I left for Vegas but didn’t expect to find one waiting for me.

Jord is a locally owned St. Louis, Missouri company and they design/produce real wood watches from sustainable materials from all around the world.  They have concentrated on mostly male and unisex designs so far but they have several women’s series in the works.  When I checked out thier website I was dismayed to see none of their watches (not even the mens) would fit my large wrist.

I replied to the email stating my problem of being large boned and they immediately said no problem we will customize the watch to fit you.  How could I refuse?

IMG_3819Imagine my surprise when the watch arrived and it FIT!  I have a nine inch wrist.  I chose the Sidney Cherry with a Mother of Pearl face.  It is gorgeous.  My pictures do not do it justice.

As well as being a large women I am also a sensitive woman.  I breakout when I come in contact with almost everything.  I have to put nail polish on the arms of my glasses so I don’t have a rash on the side of my face all the time.

I wore the watch for an eight hour day at work and I had no reaction to any of the wood parts!  I left the clear pastic on the clasp and it did not bother me all day but the metal on the back of the face did start to irritate me near the end of the day.  Sigh.  I am sure I can counter it with nail polish.

IMG_3817Jord has so many different designs and choices there really is something for everyone.  The packaging makes it such a beautiful gift.

They have also partnered with Albert Pujols of the Angels, the Pujols Family Foundation is based out of St. Louis, and they partnered with them to create a custom watch. The wood that is used is Maple, which is what Albert uses for his bats, the face of the watch includes a baseball player with Albert’s classic swing and a red 5.  20% of each sale goes back for children with downs syndrome and the Dominican Republic.  You know I have to support something baseball related even if it is for the dreaded Angels!

 

 

These are the watches I referred to with much better pictures than I could ever take.

 

Disclosure: In case you’re dense and didn’t read, I received a free watch.  No one asked me to post a review, simply to post pictures to my social media outlets.  And if you believe for a minute that all thoughts are not my own, well then just click that little x in the corner.

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!

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

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Piece of Cake

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I love to bake.  Cookies, cakes, puddings, whatever your pleasure I enjoy making it.  Thankfully, I rarely eat what I bake.

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Treasure Trove Indeed

IMG_0383Caitlyn and I attended the DIsney on Ice Treasure Trove performance last week and I can’t begin to explain how much she loved it.  All of her favorite characters, especially the “handsome princes” were in attendance and at one point Prince Charming pointed and waved to her.  Swoon!

We sang along, we danced in the aisle and we had an amazing time.

Thank you Feld Entertainment for the complimentary tickets.

Caity looks just a teensy bit happy.

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See Dad Run

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Scott Baio, Chachi, my first “real” boyfriend was a dead ringer for him.  I should look Bryan up on face book.

This is a fairly new show where Scott plays a former television star, his role was america’s favorite dad, and now he is a stay at home dad to his three kids.

The usual hijinks occur each week with the normal kid problems, but I don’t find it “redone’.  I enjoy both Scott and Mark Curry, and all of the kids are cute and can even act (what a concept).

I just got a press release about the next episode and thought I would share with you.  If you watch let me know what you think.

 

“See Dad Get Janie Into Kindergarten” –

The Hobbs youngest child Janie (Bailey Michelle Brown) wants to start kindergarten. David (Scott Baio) submits an application and gets an unexpected visit at home from the school’s principal. Is he really ready to see his baby go off to school? Meanwhile Marcus (Mark Curry) wants to apply to be on a reality race around the world show and goes all in for the casting process.

 

Don’t miss this all-new episode of “See Dad Run” this Sunday April 14, at 8pm ET/PT on Nick at Nite.

 

“See Dad Run”  stars Scott Baio, Alanna Ubach (“Legally Blonde”), Mark Curry (“Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”), Ryan Newman (“Zeke and Luther”),Jackson Brundage (“One Tree Hill”) and Bailey Michelle Brown.

 

The series is executive produced by Baio and comes from creators/executive producers Tina Albanese and Patrick Labyorteaux with executive producers Nat Bernstein and Mitchel Katlin serving as showrunners.  Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey also serve as executive producers through their production company Bischoff Hervey Entertainment (BHE).

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Happy Birthday to ME!

Adrienne Birthday redeux

Scraps

Scraps is a new toy.  It kinda wants to be a Mr. Potato Head, but it also thinks it is an 80’s throwback.

The idea is that you can attach different body parts (eyes, limbs etc.) via buttons and if you buy more than one the parts are interchangeable and different to each toy.

That’s the catch.  The PR company was nice enough to send me one to have the grands try.  They tried it.  Caitlyn was bored within 5 minutes, she connected the body parts and walked away.  Madilyn picked it up and cradled it a bit (she loves “babies”) but it didn’t hold her attention for long.  My ever technical and analytical Matthew turned it over a few times and asked what to do with it.  I showed him that he could take off the pieces and put them back on and he looked at me like “AND?!”.  So I handed him my iTouch and he walked away.

I think if they had more than one (there are 12 available), I think they would have enjoyed it more.  But if you are only going to buy one?  Don’t bother.

 

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Epic Mickey Infographic

This graphic first appeared on the Disney Interactive Blog

Epic Mickey 2 The Power of 2

I told you all about my Epic trip to Disneyland, but I have expounded on the reason for that trip.  Epic Mickey 2 The Power of Two is one of the latest (and most anticipated) video games by Disney Interactive.  Ever since the F**ckers broke in my house last year, I no longer have a game system, but the wonderful people over at Disney Interactive sent me a copy of the new game to play and review.  I asked my friend Alan to check it out for us and this is what he had to say.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2

 

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 is the sequel to the successful Epic Mickey released in 2010.  After saving the world of forgotten characters, lead by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and discarded theme park attractions known as Wasteland, Mickey has returned to confront a new danger to the realm.  Oswald, Walt Disney’s cartoon creation before Mickey Mouse, returns as a fully fledged hero and playable character.  Together, Mickey and Oswald team up to confront the mysterious new forces threatening to destroy Wasteland.

Epic Mickey 2 has a lot going for it in terms theme, style, and fun.  The game can be played solo, or a second player can drop in or out at any time, making the transition from solo to co-op play seamless.  The art direction of the locations and characters is also strong.  The game shows a distinct Disney sensibility and inspiration from known properties with just a sense of something being a little “off,” as though created from description rather than personal knowledge.  For Disney-fan parents watching or joining in, there are many older characters and scenarios that reflect the old fashioned cartoons seen as children. Introducing some of these lost images to a new generation is a bonus.  The game play itself is solid, with the ability to use paint to create or thinner to destroy in order to solve the player’s problem creating interesting play style choices.

All is not well with Epic Mickey 2, however.  While the art of the game is great, the technical execution is not.  I played the Wii version, and there is no way around the fact that at times this game is ugly.  The hand drawn-esque cut scenes are much more interesting looking.  Controls are also frustrating at times, as it often feels that the characters are just slipping around.  The camera can has issues, but the ability to center it behind your character at any time helps.  Further, at least once I encountered a complete game breaking bug.  A quest item needed to progress fell through the game world and was unreachable.  Because the checkpoint system works so quickly (generally a good thing), there was no way to back track to a prior save point or reset the items.  I had to start from the very beginning.  Thankfully I was not too far in, but the chance of something similar happing later is a bit disconcerting.

As a final note, the game’s style is a double edged sword.  Adults and more mature children might find it to be unique and interesting, as I did.  Very young children might not be so enthralled.  The half broken, mechanical versions of known characters, turning characters into puddles with paint thinner, and the look of the ravaged, “almost” Disneyland might be slightly disturbing to particularly sensitive children.  It isn’t outright scary, but it’s enough to consider how sensitive a young child might be.  As a whole, the game is fun to play, funny, and has enough visual interest to entertain both a player and an observer.  However, the technical side of things, from controls to camera to game breaking bugs, could have used some work.  Epic Mickey 2 wouldn’t be the first game on my wishlist, but if you have a Disney nut in the house it’s definitely worth a look.  Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 is available on Wii, Wii U, XBOX 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

 

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Dancing With the Stars All Stars – Episode 1

Here we go!  Are you ready?  Obviously I wasn’t because it is now (as I type) 9:45 Tuesday evening and I am just now pushing play on the DVR for Monday’s Premiere Episode.  The judges promise to be tougher this season, since every one has been there done that.  They have also changed up the scoring system a bit, adding in half points.  I don’t understand why, really, on something as silly and trivial as a Reality Competition show if something is better than a 7 but not quite an 8 can’t you just give the “contestant” the benefit of the doubt and round up?

 

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson – Cha Cha Cha – (PYT): Beaten by one of his All Star competitors (Apolo Anton Ono) he is out for redemption.  The dance was good, not great, but good.  I adored him during his season and was rooting for him to win, I don’t think this season will be any different.  Unrelated and catty, I HATED Kym’s outfit. Score: 20.5

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough – Fox Trot – (We Don’t Even Have to Try it’s Always a Good Time): Winner of Season 8, for the record I don’t think winners should be competing so it kills me not to root for her because I adore Derek.  It makes it even harder when she dances like this.  Awesome.  I didn’t notice much actual Fox Trot, but I loved what I saw.  Score: 22

Sabrina Bryant and Louis Van Amstel – Cha Cha Cha (What Makes You Beautiful): The surprise elimination heard round the world!  It’s no secret everyone was astonished when Sabrina was voted off, but her fan base was not old enough to stay up for the show.  Now maybe a few years later, considering she won the competition of the last dancer voted in by the public, that may work to her advantage.  As for her dancing tonight, the way the judges spoke to her you would think it was terrible and yet Len finalized by saying it was his favorite so far.  wtf?  Score: 22.5

Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower – Fox Trot (Pride and Joy ): Another winner.  But I feel differently about Helio (I still don’t think he should be here or should win), I think he is here trying to unsully his reputation.  A bit of gossip if you will, he cheated on and left his wife just after he won DWTS Season 5 and lost a bunch of his new found “fame”.  I think he is here to try and win it back.  We’ll see.  A little more Fox Trot than Derek choreographed so that plays well with the judges, shame he had some technique problems.  Score: 21.5

Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus – Cha Cha Cha (You Know I’m No Good): I enjoyed Pam on her season, I think some didn’t like her because of her clothing choices but her dancing is nothing to sneeze at.  Leave your church morals at the door and just relax and enjoy the show.  I think she needs to sharpen her moves and stop trying to “act” out the song, maybe she could go pretty far.  Score: 17

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – Fox Trot (Big Spender): They came very close to the Mirror Ball last time, I think they may go all the way this time as well.  They have great chemistry together and she can dance.  That’s a winning combination.  Score: 21

Apolo Anton Ono and Karina Smirnoff – Cha Cha Cha (Party Rock): I wonder if their song of choice was intentional this week?  Since he is another winner he is at the top of my list to go home.  Personally I think the costumes were more entertaining than the actual dance.  Len disliked it and Bruno loved it, same thing different season.  Score: 22

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd – Fox Trot (Call Me Irresponsible): I love him.  I find it ironic that the show he is on (Switched at Birth) is on opposite DWTS, thankfully I DVR both and can watch.  There is a reason he made it to the finals, and I believe he will be making it there again this season.  Bruno asked for an encore, Carrie Ann dubbed him the winner already and Len said it was sophisticated.  Score: 24

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas – Cha Cha Cha (Blow Me): Not gonna lie, I don’t think she deserves to be here as an “All Star” but she is here nonetheless.  She has certainly “loosened up” since her last turn on the show, and I think improved greatly.  It will be interesting to see what Mark does with her.  Score: 19.5

Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya – Fox Trot (Love Song): Interesting partnership, Drew won Season 2 and Anna was partnered with the runner up.  Anna is a tough cookie, as a winner I don’t want Drew to go far, but I think I may be SOL on that.  As a fill in host for one season he definitely has the fan base, let’s hope he doesn’t have the judges.  Score: 21.5

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerskovskiy – Cha Cha Cha (Bang Bang): Season 1 winner, she started all of this.  She is at a disadvantage in that her season was half as long as all the others and she doesn’t know all of the dances.  But she is still a winner.  The judges loved her, but thankfully not as much as Gilles.  Score:  21.5

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerskovskiy – Fox Trot (Set Fire to the Rain): I love these two as a couple.  They are comfortable with each other and have more fun than any couple I have seen on this show.  her dress tonight was gorgeous (not just because it was purple either!) and her dancing was pretty good as well.  Score: 19

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke – Cha Cha Cha (Chain of Fools): The last of our winners.  Cheryl hasn’t won since she was partnered with Emmitt the first time, maybe he jinxed her.  let’s hope the jinx remains.  The dancing was good as you would expect it to be and the judges were all smiles and butterflies.  Len even proclaimed it the “best” dance of the evening. Score: 24.5

 

Do I sound to harsh on the winners?  Yeah, too bad.  There is a reason they won, they’re really good.  Bring back an entire season of winners to make it more fair.

Highest score of the night – Emmit Smith – 24.5

Lowest score of the night – Pamela Anderson – 17

Since I am watching this a day late, I will forgo the “update” and just let you know the results now.

Bottom 3 couples:

Pamela and Tristan

Bristol and Mark

Drew and Anna

Voted Off:

Pamela and Tristan – Sorry to see her go.  Not a huge surprise.

Give me your thoughts, do you agree with the results?  Who was your favorite?

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