Disney On Ice Giveaway + Keep Our Kids Warm

If you’d like to receive a free ticket voucher to Disney On Ice’s Princesses & Heroes and help Keep Our Kids Warm, check this out:

Saturday, October 11 Crayons 2 Computer‘s Keep Our Kids Warm effort will be collecting new children’s winter gloves, mittens and hats from 10am to noon at US Bank Arena. A ticket voucher redeemable for the opening night performance of Princesses & Heroes on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at US Bank Arena will be given in exchange for a new pair of kids’ winter gloves or mittens or winter hat. A limit of 200 ticket vouchers will be available, limit two ticket vouchers per family.

Also, I’m happy to be able to give away four tickets redeemable for the Wednesday, Oct. 29 or Thursday, Oct. 30 performance! Simply leave a comment on the blog by midnight Thursday, October 9. I’ll randomly choose a winner Friday, October 10. And do consider helping the effort to keep kids warm this winter by dropping off winter gear Saturday!

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” —Walt Disney

And the winner is …

Danielle S.!

Enjoy the show!

“Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sesame Street Live Giveaway!

For those of you local (or up for traveling!) I’m happy to be able to offer a Family 4-Pack of tickets to Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music at U.S. Bank Arena May 16-18. Simply leave a comment by April 30 stating your favorite (or your child’s favorite) Sesame Street character, and I will write all your names down on a piece of paper, cut them out and draw one out of a hat May 1. (And someday learn how to do giveaways in a more tech-savvy manner.)

If you don’t win I also can offer you a discount: Save $3 per ticket by using the code BLOG online at (This offer is not valid opening night or for Gold Circle and Sunny Seats.)

Also, thanks to U.S. Bank Arena, we will see you there! (This is my way of giving back to my family for all the times I’ve said “hold on!” while trying to finish a blog post when they need a glass of water/can’t find a puzzle piece/want a snack/etc./etc.)

Here are the dates and times:
Friday, May 16 7:00pm
Saturday, May 17 10:30am
Saturday, May 17 2:00pm
Sunday, May 18 1:00pm
Sunday, May 18 4:30pm

For more info, click here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Good luck!

“So, I’m on ‘Sesame Street,’ walking around with all these monsters, Elmo and his buddies, a whole bunch of chickens, a whole bunch of penguins and a number four dancing about. It was just pure joy, simple, ridiculous fun, stupid joy. There’s no irony. ‘Sesame Street’ is just a crazy great place to be.” —Feist

Shabby Apple Giveaway!

This isn’t the first time I’ve been asked to host a giveaway or write a review. I’ve always declined, though, because the products didn’t seem fitting. But when Shabby Apple, a lovely site that offers a modern take on vintage clothing, asked if I wanted to give away a dress or skirt to one of my readers, I said yes. I thought it would be a nice way to say thank you for reading and commenting all these years—plus, I’d love to own something from Shabby Apple and so I thought you would, too. Please note: I’m not receiving product or compensation for this post—I simply thought a giveaway would be fun.

To enter, please click on the links below and tell me via a comment directly on this blog which item is your favorite. The giveaway will close Friday, June 7 at noon EST. I’ll write all your names on little slips of paper and let the kids choose one from out of a hat, and I’ll post the winner no later than midnight.

Good luck!

Please choose from the following:
Heart of Me
Grand National
Cut the Cake
At last
My vow to you
Maid of honor
Together forever
Ever after
Save the date
Moon River
Ski Bop
Andes Skirt
Jetty Skirt
Boogie Woogie
Marigold Skirt
Lime Ricki Skirt
Hully Gully Skirt
Newcomb Skirt
At First Sight
Picnic Park Skirt

“Just around the corner in every woman’s mind—is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her.” —Wilhela Cushman