Not So Wordless Wednesday – I Stir Fry You in My Wok

The illustrious Kim Prince thought it would be fun to give us an oddball phrase for this week. But I think I’m up for the challenge.

Last night I had dinner with Adam and he mentioned he had the day off and had some errands to run today so I offered to loan him my car. I figured I would call the boss and ask him to give me a ride or ask my son-in-law, somehow I would find a way to work.

At some point at the night I decided I would walk this morning. It’s 1.8 miles not really that far, some actually do consider that walking distance. Me not so much.

A good friend texted me this morning and offered me a ride after she dropped her son off at school, but I declined. I can do this I kept telling myself.

I started out shaky my ankles were weak the left one was hurting really bad. But I soldiered on. Because I favored that ankle my hip then started to hurt so about halfway through I was ready to stop.

I had already put it out to the world all over Facebook that I was going to walk and I was getting encouragement from family and friends. Humiliation kept me going I couldn’t stop because then what you can’t even walk a mile.

I made it to work in under an hour – 1.8 miles. I don’t know if that’s a good time or a bad time but all I know is I made it.

Oh yeah, I forgot I stir fry you in my wok, my face looks like it’s been stirfried after 1.8 mile walk.

adrienne van houten



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 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 or call (714) 220-5200.


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A Food Network Thanksgiving

Food Network’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Live Broadcast. Food Network All-Stars Alton Brown, Giada Delaurentiis, Bobby Flay, and for the first time Ina Garten are on-call for Thanksgiving live! Viewer Questions Answered and Advice offered in Real-Time During Live, Two-Hour Interactive Event on Saturday, November 23rd from 12-2pm ET.


During the live show, viewers can submit questions via Facebook (, Twitter (, handle @FoodNetwork, hashtag #ThanksgivingLive and Skype. 




Culinary experts and co-hosts of the upcoming daytime series The Kitchen @ Food Network Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Marcela Valladolid log-in to hang out with Alton, Bobby, Giada and Ina post-Thanksgiving Live!, continuing to dish out holiday food advice in an exclusive Thanksgiving leftover-themed Google+ Hangout on  Saturday, November 23rd at 2pm ET. Participants can join the event and interact with the cast at


In advance of the Google+ Hangout, participants can submit questions via Facebook (, Twitter (, handle @FoodNetwork, hashtag #ThanksgivingLive and Google+.


My only question is – WHERE”S REE!?!?!

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Swampy Takes Over the World

securedownloadDisney Interactive announced today the next exciting adventure with Swampy and the gang in the Where’s My Water? 2. In this free-to-play sequel to the massively popular physics-based puzzler, players will explore challenging new levels across three brand new locations including the Sewer, the Soap Factory, and the Beach.

Featuring over 100 levels and challenges to solve, players will experience the same cut and swipe mechanics pioneered in Where’s My Water? while being able to use power-ups such as Vacuum, Dropper and Absorber to “tri-duck” faster. In Where’s My Water? 2 players are also introduced to “challenge modes” for explosive level replays and quick-timed “Duck Rush” levels.

Key Features:

·         Over 100+ levels and challenges with a brand new look in the Gator universe featuring Swampy, Allie, Cranky, and Mystery Duck.

·         Introducing ‘Challenge Modes’ to replay the levels in explosive new ways

·         Players need to dig as fast as they can to get as many duckies as possible in ‘Duck Rush’ levels

·         Players can now earn and purchase hints to solve puzzles and power-ups to help earn ducks

·         Complete achievements and earn special themed duckies such as gladiator-duckie, astronaut-duckie, hula-duckie, and many more

·         Connect through Facebook to beat friends high scores and gift special items

Since launching in September 2011, Where’s My Water? has been #1 in more than 100 countries, spawned  two #1 spinoffs, Where’s My Perry? and Where’s My Mickey?, and has been downloaded more than 250 million times. The game received multiple Game of the Year awards, inspired a successful line of retail merchandise, as well as an animated web series.  It has also stolen the attention of my 4 year old grandson who has mastered levels that have made me CRY!

Players can pick up Where’s My Water? 2 now on the App Store, Windows Phone Store & Windows Store and the Amazon App Store with a launch on Google Play coming soon.

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Plans For Saturday?

culinaryI will be at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, laughing at and with Billy Crystal and John Goodman of Monsters University.

Marisa and her family will be at the Strawberry Festival in Ventura, Ca.

But you?  You have no plans?  I have something for you to do!

Saturday, May 18 at 1 PM

Macy’s South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA

Macy’s will take to the highways and back roads of America for a national food truck tour making its way across the country, serving up the best of America’s cuisine created by icons of the Macy’s Culinary Council and featuring hot dogs and ice cream.  And this Saturday, May 18th they will be in Costa Mesa Ca.

If you go send me a picture via Twitter or FaceBook.  And I will send you one of MonstersU.

In case you live under a rock, yes I am getting paid.  Did I mention I am going to Alaska in a few months?

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Piece of Cake

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Private Selection for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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

But sometimes there isn’t enough time to bake something from scratch.  Sometimes you want instant gratification.  That’s where the sponsor of this post comes in.

Private Selection is a premium private label brand carried exclusively at the Kroger stores (Ralphs out here on the west coast, Smith’s Fred Meyer elsewhere).  I’ve told you about their products before, chips, meats, snacks and now we are going to talk about cake!

Private Selection™ Upside Down Cakes make it as easy as1-2-3 to bring a gourmet experience to any meal or occasion.  Made with only the finest ingredients, they elevate dessert to the next level with rich flavors, indulgent aromas and a beautiful presentation.

Private Selection Their cakes are a premium quality without the premium price, they come in 3 flavors – Amber Honey Apple slice, Double Chocolate Molten and German Chocolate Fudge.  These aren’t your grandmother’s upside down cakes.

To help you try them you can get a Private Selection Upside Down Cakes coupon just for spreading the love.

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Once you have your llimit of coupons go to to find the store closest to you.

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Candy Crushers Anonymous

【APP遊戲】Candy Crush Saga

【APP遊戲】Candy Crush Saga (Photo credit: Albert.hsieh)

“Hi, my name is Adrienne, and I am a Candy Crush addict.”

“Welcome Adrienne.”

“I have been sober for 12 hours and am taking it one minute at a time.”


Candy Crush started out as a fun little game that hundreds of my face book friends were playing and I was getting multiple invitations to play every day.  I gave in and took the plunge.  It was simple, sort of like Bejeweled but with more additions to keep it interesting.

But, interesting comes at a price.  Yes, I have spent actual cash money on this damn game.  I am embarassed to say how much.  While at Disneyland and Legoland last week I maxed out my credit card (relax it is a VERY low amount) and that caused me to react like a crack addict begging her dealer for a front.

Because of Candy Crush I have over 100 emails that have not been answered.  I was beginning to sneak in games at work on both the computer and my phone.  I would play in the bathroom, in bed at night and the morning and anywhere I could.

I take great measures in my life to curb addictions.  I will hit my 20 year anniversary for quitting smoking next year.  I purposely do not drink alcohol.  I stick to ibuprofen for pain.  The only addiction I have not mastered is food.  When I realized the the time and yes money this “game” had claimed from my life I realized it was too much and I had to take back control.

I have deleted it from my phone and blocked it on face book.  My life is my own again.

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Poise Second Talk

Why is it that moms will tell their young daughters about the “changes” their bodies will be facing during puberty?  heck we even have special classes about it in school.  Fifth graders all over learn about the “facts of life”.

But what happens when you turn 40 (or for some of us lucky ones, 35)?  Who tells you about the “changes” you will be facing then?

Poise does.

Poise introduces the 2nd Talk, a conversation and collection of stories featuring women experiencing the same changes that happen to all women. You can help them reach their goal of rallying 1 million women to join the conversation by World Menopause Day on October 18, by simply going to their website

Their new #PoiseFab5 products can help you feel refreshed, cool and ready to go steady (damn that sounds cheesy).  Walmart even offers a coupon on their website for you.

My girlfriends and I had the opportunity to attend the Hot Flash Road Show starring Sherri Shepard and Chloris Leachman and written by Mo Gaffney.  A fun evening with women our own age all enduring the same symptoms in a theater that was as cold as a meat freezer, or what I like to call the PERFECT temperature.

Check out Poise on Twitter and Facebook and yep even on Pinterest!  You can also see my shopping trip on G+.

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Poise #CBias #SocialFabric

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Dad Advice With #HuggiesLatino

Huggies is having a Facebook chat with Poncho de Anda, TV personality and father of two, on September 20, 2012 from 12 pm EST to 1pm EST.  They have asked me to invite you all to join in and to share with you some advice that I have garnered from dad’s in my life.

Smartly, all the dads I spoke with said to listen to the mom and do what she says.  See isn’t it easy to be a dad?  Seriously, the only advice to give is to just be you and to relax, babies aren’t as breakable as most new dads think they are.

Huggies recently partnered with Mexican TV personality Poncho de Anda and his wife to create a series of webisodes offering tips and advice to parents as they navigate the challenges of parenthood.  Yes, the video is in Spanish, I apologize to my English Only readers.

Huggies es tener un chat de Facebook con Poncho de Anda, personalidad de televisión y padre de dos hijos, 20 de septiembre de 2012 de 24:00 a 13:00 EST EST. Ellos me han pedido que invitamos a todos a participar y compartir con ustedes algunos consejos que he obtenido a partir de padre en mi vida.

Inteligentemente, todos los padres con los que hablé dijo que escuchar a la mamá y hacer lo que dice. Ver no es fácil ser un padre?  En serio, el único consejo que doy es que usted acaba de estar y relajarse, los bebés no son tan frágiles como la mayoría de los nuevos padres piensan que son.

Huggies se asoció recientemente con el mexicano personalidad de la televisión Poncho de Anda ya su esposa a crear una serie de webisodes que ofrecen consejos y asesoramiento a los padres, ya que navegar los desafíos de la paternidad. Sí, el video está en español, pido disculpas a mis lectores sólo inglés.

This post is compensated and in collaboration with Huggies and Latina Bloggers Connect

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The Little Gym Launches “Big Hearts Little Shoes” Shoe Donation Campaign!

The Little Gym, the experiential learning and child physical development center for ages 4 months through 12 years, is launching a new initiative to collect used or outgrown shoes. The program, called “Big Hearts, Little Shoes,” benefits Soles4Souls, the international charity that collects shoes and distributes them to people in need around the globe.
“Big Hearts, Little Shoes” at The Little Gym is the first dedicated campaign for Soles4Souls focused on collecting children’s shoes. The program provides an interactive way for children to learn the value of charity and for parents and children to participate in a cause together.
At The Little Gym, each class begins with children removing their shoes before entering the gym floor. Beginning this fall with the 2012-2013 Season of classes, children and parents can donate shoes they have outgrown or no longer need in special Soles4Souls drop boxes located in the lobbies of The Little Gym locations. The shoes will be shipped to Soles4Souls, which is committed to collecting and distributing shoes to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters.

Children at The Little Gym donate shoes to help mark the kickoff of the experiential learning and child physical development center’s “Big Hearts Little Shoes” campaign with Soles4Soles, July 25, in New York.

“Helping parents celebrate their children’s milestones is one of the most heartwarming parts of our day,” said Bob Bingham, President and CEO of The Little Gym International. “Whether it’s sharing their first steps, or their first somersault or cartwheel, families experience special moments together as part of their children’s development at The Little Gym. The ‘Big Hearts, Little Shoes’ program provides a unique opportunity for children to make a positive impact. It’s also a natural fit with the ‘Citizen Kid’ component of our core curriculum that focuses on life skills that help children grow into well-rounded citizens of the world.”

 One hundred percent of all shoes donated to Soles4Souls are sustainable: More than 99% are used to help those in need, and the remaining that cannot be used are directed to a waste-to-energy facility where they are used to produce environmentally clean and renewable energy.

“Soles4Souls’ mission of helping people has always attracted little helping hands in the past, but The Little Gym is taking it to the next level,” said Kevin Goughary, CEO of Soles4Souls. “With the ‘Big Hearts Little Shoes’ program, we hope to rally a new group of ‘mini’ donors that will have a ‘mega’ impact on the world. It really is about kids helping kids and we’re thrilled to be a part.”

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