Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Fun Morning at Panera Bread

Getting to spend some alone time with each of my boyz is rare.  So when Mommy Niri invited me and one child to a Panera Bread blogger event in Newton, MA on a Saturday morning, I was actually kind of excited to have a morning out with just my Middle!

Trust me, I am no stranger to Panera Bread.  I eat there at least once a week.  Pre-diet, it was french onion soup in a bread bowl, and yes, I would eat the entire bowl; but now, it's usually a delicious thai chopped chicken salad (it definitely has a little spicy kick).
We were treated to some artisan bread samples paired with dipping oils and we learned about the nutrition and attention given in the Panera bakeries.  We got to hear about the Day-End Dough-Nation program (great name!) and other charitable events that Panera participates in.

And then it was time to bake our very own loaves of French baguettes!

  And decorate Easter cookies (He wanted to make one for each brother.)

This was Panera's first event in the Boston market, and without a doubt, it was a success!  Thank you to Mommy Niri and Panera for letting Middle and me spend a morning with you.

GIVEAWAY:  Want to try Panera for yourself?  Simply leave a comment below WITH A VALID E-MAIL to win a $20 gift card to Panera Bread!  (I purchased the gift card with my own money.)

Winner will be chosen on Friday, April 22nd.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fresh Produce Clothing Giveaway!

Free clothing to review?  Uhhh, yes please!

When Fresh Produce contacted me to see if I would like to review an outfit from them, at first I was hesitant.  My (obviously erroneous) notion of the brand was Old Lady Beachwear.  But then I remember that my young and fun and cool friend Shell had written about them, so I decided to give it a shot.

I was sent the Bali Wrap Cafe Dress (in Black) , the Santa Barbara Cardigan (in Tropical Punch), and the Soft Sheen Layering Tank (in Oyster):

And you guys, I really wanted to post pictures of myself wearing the clothes.  Really.  Because the dress is totally comfy and cute and will definitely be a spring/summer staple and the layering tank is awesome and I've worn it about 10 times already and am going to buy some in a few more colors.  But this is what happened when I tried:

Great shot of my knees, eh?

And I'll spare you the one that Eldest took of me that was not. flattering. and the one that Hubby took that was sideways that I couldn't edit. 


Fresh Produce definitely has a plethora of colorful dresses and comfy clothing to choose from! 

Instead of the tag line  "Fresh Fun Clothes" that they're using now, I definitely think it could also be "Not Your Grandma's Beach Wear"!

GIVEAWAY!  Want to win the exact same outfit I received???  (All 3 items are in size Medium, which I think ran pretty small for a Medium, meaning they are not Land's End size Medium.  Probably equivalent to Size 8. 

Simply leave a comment with your e-mail address!

Winner will be chosen on Friday, April 22nd.

Win a Family Four-Pack to Six Flags New England!

As a reward for my boyz' great report cards, I excitedly accepted an invitation from Six Flags New England to attend their Media Day event this week to preview their 10th roller coaster, Gotham City Gauntlet.  So I invited my friend Jodie, who, like me, had no qualms about letting her children skip school, and my Sis and my Niece to accompany us:

Having never been to Six Flags before, I had NO IDEA what to expect...

and I was VERY pleasantly surprised.  (But then again, it wasn't 95 degrees and there were no crowds.  My kind of trip, for sure!)

The park was clean, the employees were super-friendly, and the rides looked Awe.Some.  Only two were open for Media Day though, which definitely gives me (somewhat of) a desire to go back and ride them all.  Middle and I are the thrill-seekers.  Baby, sadly, is still too short, and Eldest, well, he's a chicken.  Although I was very proud that he rode both rides.  Peer pressure FTW!

They served us a nutritious deeeelicious lunch from Johnny Rockets...

...and as a gift to my readers, Six Flags has graciously allowed me to give away a Family Four-Pack of tickets to Six Flags New England!

Simply leave a comment below, with a valid e-mail address (even if you have a blog) and tell me what your favorite amusement park ride is!

Winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, April 22nd.


When you think of a Brookstone store, what pops into your head?

For me, it was luggage.  I just have always associated that brand with their airport stores.  Oh, and electronic gadgets.  That too.

Well, lemme tell you, Brookstone is much.more than that these days!

Last week, I was invited to a Brookstone store (their very first blogger event!) to peruse their new catalog and some of their best gadget ideas and to sit much longer than socially acceptable in one of their phenomenal massage chairs.

Their selection of outdoor living merchandise will blow your mind!  I had no idea that Brookstone sold patio furniture.

Below is a picture of the Zoku Quick Ice Pop Maker.  7 minutes, people!  It only take the machine 7 minutes to make an ice pop.  How fun would that be for summer?! 

And on the list of things I would never buy for my Trenches is this:
See that flat black thing floating over the girl's hand?  That, my friends, is a Drone.  Some sort of remote-controlled hovercraft.  It would be broken in 2.3 seconds in my house.  Trust.

Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of both the merchandise and the prices.  Brookstone is a store that I normally wouldn't have shopped.  Now I will.

GIVEAWAY:  Brookstone gifted me with this 4-in-1 Power Charger that I'm passing on to a lucky reader, along with a 10% off coupon!
Simply leave a comment with a valid e-mail (even if you have a blog b/c I HATE searching through blogs to find contact info) and tell me what your favorite item is on the Brookstone site.

Winner will be chosen on Friday, April 22.