Friday, April 29, 2011

Now That's What I'm Talkin' About!

What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner?: The Answers to Life's Everyday Question (in 50 F*@#ing Recipes)

There's really not much more I need to say about this new book on Amazon!

Must See TV Thursday!!

Have I told you yet how much I love Thursdays?  Thursday nights have always been a great night on TV (remember Friends?  Yeah, that was on Thursdays!!)

In my house, Thursday's TV show lineup goes as follows:

8pm:  Vampire Diaries  -  oh Damon!!!!!!!!!!!  I know, I know -  it's a teenage vampire drama...but baby, Damon is NOT a teenager in real life.  Could he be any sexier?  Yum!

9pm:  Greys Anatomy - I've watched it from the beginning.  Every.single.episode has me glued to the screen.  This is my fav show on TV!

10pm: Now, here's where my DVR comes in handy.  Private Practice is on ABC, and Real Housewives of NYC is on Bravo (aka my favorite TV station!!).  I usually DVR Private Practice so I can watch RHONY in real time.

Last night's epi's did not disappoint!  Vampire Diaries was totally awesome.  Each weeks seems to add new characters  that are super hot.  I bet the casting call info reads something like this:

"Wanted, super hot, melt-in-your-mouth, manly men who are willing to bite necks or howl life werewolves"

Yes, please!

Greys was great, as usual!

Onto RHONY:  so flippin' fantastic!  Did anyone see it?  Kelly did sand angels!!  She is a total hoot and reminds me a little of my 7 year old when I am asking her to do chores.  She tunes me out.

Ramona is off her rocker this season.  Last year, it seemed like Bethenny was the villain -  causing so much drama everywhere she went, but now that she's off on her own show, Ramona is definitely the drama queen.  I love her, but she's a complete whack job!

I could go on for days about this show.  I am in awe of their lifestyle!  Do any of them have jobs outside of being on TV?  Sonja has a driver, the new housewife has 2 nannies,  houses in the Hamptons and more, oh boy!  So jealous!

I could only dream of living that life.  Well, you'll  have to excuse me now as I have to go scrub the toilet and scrape up dried bubble gum off the rug.   Happy Friday! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Giveaway Day! Enter to Win a Family 4 Pack to the Odyssey Boston Mother's Day Cruise!

After years of cooking for you, it’s time to return the favor by spoiling Mom to an elegant Mother’s Day Brunch on Odyssey Boston, filled with her favorite things, perfect for the whole family. Mom  will enjoy a flower upon arrival, live entertainment and dancing, outstanding service and the best views of Boston available. The brunch cruise is perfect for the whole family with activities for kids including a balloon artist, ice cream sundae bar and more.

Executive Chef Michael Almond has prepared a feast fit for a Queen featuring traditional breakfast options including; Scrambled Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Strawberries and Cream French Toast and House-griddled Belgian Waffles, among others. In addition to breakfast options, there will be a full offering of specialty entrees including; Maple-Glazed Chipotle Chicken, Penne Rigatta Primavera and a Smoked Salon Station served with fresh Bagels, assorted Cheese, Capers and Red Onion.  Finish of a fabulous meal with Odyssey Boston’s signature Chocolate Fountain, fresh fruits and pastries for dessert. 

Hungry yet? Me, too!  

So guess what?  I have something for you...

1 Lucky Winner will receive a Family 4 Pack to the Mother's Day Cruise, thanks to Odyssey Boston and Daily Deals for Boston Moms

Odyssey Boston will offer two Mother’s Day Brunch cruises on May 8th. Early Brunch will board at 9:30 AM and cruise from 10 AM – 12 PM. The afternoon Brunch cruise will board at 1:30 PM and cruise from 2 PM – 4PM.

I have a bunch of ways for you to gain entry.  Check em out:

2 ENTRIES EACH - For those who already follow and like Daily Deals for Moms:
  • Refer 5 friends to the Daily Deals for Boston Moms Facebook page. When the "like" the page, have them indicate your name
  • Pick a daily deal between now and the giveaway end date and post the deal details on your Facebook wall.  Be sure to tag Daily Deals for Boston Moms in the post so we can see it. 
  • Write a blog post about Daily Deals for Moms.  (I can give you info, if necessary).

Be sure to add a comment below for each thing you do to gain entry.  The giveaway will close around 3pm on May 5, 2011.  Winner will be announced around 9pm on May 5, 2011.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Extreme Couponer I Am Not...

But oh boy do I envy those who are!  TLC's Extreme Couponer is getting a ton of exposure in the blogosphere.  Most bloggers are going crazy over some of the antics (aka hoarding) on the show.  I'd, on the other hand, am completely in awe over the skillls of these moms! 

Last night's episode was off the charts exciting for me.  Now, before I get bashed, I want everyone to know that I realize some of the things they do (like buying cat food when they don't even have a cat) is a little ridiculous.  But, how can one not be super jealous over a 95% savings at the grocery store?

Hello my name is Jessica, and I have coupon envy! 

Last September, I saved my first circular from the Sunday paper.  It took some time for me to build up the coupons, but at one point in November, I actually saved about $70 on an order.  That order, though, totaled $220.  I spent way more than I typically do, just to save $70. 

I totally get the coupon match up/pair with sales concept, and I definitely have a "math brain", but this phenomenon blows my mind.  I am sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. 

Always one to enjoy a challenge, I have a renewed desire to get into couponing again -  hard core - but with baby steps (a little contradictory, but that's me in a nutshell!)

Here are a few of my lofty goals:
  • Spend $100 per week on groceries and household goods (I spend closer to $200, if not more, right now.)
  • Snag free toiletries left and right
  • Get paid to take home items from the store
  • Use overages to pay for meats and other things that I don't have coupons for
Not too crazy, huh?  Based on what I've seen online and on TV, I know this can be done.  The competitive side in me has come out.

I will win at the coupon game.  Come hell or high water, I will win.

As with most things, I'd like to get by with a little help from my friends...Is there anyone out there who can help a girl out?  You don't need to be an extreme couponer, just another mom who does a great job using coupons to save a bunch each week and wants to share her strategy. 

April Vacation Week!

Someone take note, please!  Remind me at least a week before the next vacation to not attempt to start something new!  What was I thinking:  starting a blog in mid-April? 

This vacation week particularly threw me for a loop thanks to 2/3rds of my kiddies coming down with something -  1 has a wicked cold and has sneezed about 25 times already this morning.  The other has had a temp with no other symptoms for about a week.  She even slept for 14 hours on Tuesday night. 

So, my apologies for the lack of attention to my newest baby:  Chicken Nuggets & Dirty Dishes!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Well That Didn't Go the Way I Planned

I mentioned last week that I was going to be featured in the Boston Herald.  Excited was not an accurate enough word to describe how I felt.  Well, the article was in yesterday's Herald and as great as it was, a few negative (and I mean negative) comments completely ruined the experience for me. 

My article was about Moms Saving Money.  Awesome.  I figured there would be comments about the article related to the whole Extreme Couponing debacle.  I also figured there would be comments about my choice to be a stay at home mom (work at home mom, technically).  I never, ever thought there would be comments about my appearance.  

I took the day yesterday to digest the harsh, mean, cruel comments.  My family and friends rallied.  A few moms on Twitter even attempted to comment on the article, but their comments weren't posted (hmmmm?). 

Last night I took some time to really think about the whole thing.  You know what I decided? I decided to say Screw Off to those people.  I will rise above the negativity.  After all, celebrities deal with this kind of stuff all of the time.  I'm happy to be in the company of celebs  :)

Have you ever run into a situation where people were super mean?  How did you handle it?  I'd love to  hear your take on this whole thing. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I made my own button!

It's amazing what you can find on Google!  I found a ton of info re: how to make your own blog button.

I did it!  See--------------------------------------------------->

Please let me know if you try to grab the button and it doesn't work.  That would be a total bummer.