Aug 132011

Rock N Roll Chicago Or Bust

It’s finally here - the Rock N Roll Chicago 1/2 Marathon! Please keep Mike and me in your prayers as we take it to the streets on Sunday at 6:30am.

B lived in Chicago for a year when C was younger, so we are going to be able to meet up with old friends and enjoy the scenery. I also get to meet one of my co-workers who lives just a mile from our hotel – working from home with people all over this great country has it’s perks, but I only know what 5 people actually look like in person.

Keep your eyes peeled for #15047, I Run Like A Mother.

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Jul 122011

Caramel Chicken

Dark brown sugar makes me happy, how about you? Tonight I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes – Caramel Chicken. Really, caramel anything makes me happy.

I posted on my Facebook page [which you "Like", right?] that one of my friends offered up her green tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers before heading out for vacation this week – this dish makes for easy incorporation of fresh veggies… perfect!

You will need:

Cucumber, julienned
Red Onion, sliced
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Short grain rice [Sushi rice]

1 pound chicken breast, cubed [pork will work too!]
1 onion, chopped
1 cup green bell peppers
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 can anchovy fillets, chopped/minced [I keep the juice for extra flavor]
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3-4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

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 Posted by at 6:00 pm
May 212011

Copperfield Bowl Groupon

Yes! I love a good bowling deal – especially with summer coming up and kids get “boooored” [you know the tone I'm using].

This deal includes three games for two bowlers, shoe rental for two and a $10 snack credit! All for only $20!

You know you want to get on this deal, and quick, because it ends at midnight, Sunday, May 22.

PS – Shop through eBates and receive 3% cash back.

The fine print: Expires Nov 23, 2011. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Non-transferable.

Finally, remember to sign up with AMF for AMF Funner Summer deals, emails start flying out next weekend!

 Posted by at 9:15 am
May 162011

On Sunday, I participated in AlternaCraft with my Remy tiles, UPcycled necklaces and accessories and I had SO much fun! My neighbors, Diana from Poisonous Legwear and Amanda from Amanda’s Naturals, were amazing and very generous with information on their success. Thanks ladies!

My set up was pretty sweet, a lot of people stopped just to give compliment and ask about my display piece, I think I might start calling her “Miss Dale”. My tiles showed well, especially the America and Dot tiles – my two favorite! Maybe I just pimped them out more? Who knows… but, they are gone now! The UPcycled necklaces and flowers were a hit; many vendors there were selling vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry, but none like my cotton jewels, so I was in a unique niche.

AlternaCraft Display

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 Posted by at 11:19 am
May 112011

AMF Funner Summer

Head over to AMF Funner Summer to register for your weekly [summer] discount coupon. The registration form asks for your name, email address, state and zip code, then you will be able chose your local AMF where you will use the coupon(s).

Every Sunday [beginning May 29] you will receive an email from AMF with a coupon, valid Monday through Friday, for shoes + two hours of bowling for only $8.99 per person.

Before heading out for your bowling trip, check the AMF website or call ahead for lane availability – some days they are packed with day-care centers or morning practices and other days they are completely empty.

Happy ALMOST summer friends!

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Apr 082011


Today is the Houston Astros 2011 Home Opener – can you take a guess at where I am right now?

This morning started out with delicious chirozo and egg tacos at Laredo Taqueria. This place is a.m.a.zing, if you haven’t been here, you haven’t lived.

Now, we are hanging out, waiting for Fan Fest to start. I am enjoying the company of my favorite second-family members and quite possibly enjoying and adult beverage. HEY, it’s Friday and its 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Don’t judge ;)

Here are a few pics from last year of my fam and me enjoying ourselves.

Happy Friday Peeps and LET’S GO ASTROS!

 Posted by at 10:00 am
Mar 242011

This weekend marks the Cy-Fest’s 7th Annual Festival.

C and I have been in the past and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with ice cream, games, fire-fighting exhibits and more games. Unlike the past, however, this year is taking on a whole new flare - “A Taste of Louisiana” – where there will be bugs galore [which I happen to like… a lot], live music [see the line-up below], and many vendors to satisfy your hours of parusing and lolly-gagging with your friends and family.

6:00pm – 7:30pm
The Zydeco Dots
8:00pm – 9:30pm
Bayou Roux
10:00pm – 11:30pm
Travis Matte                        
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Eleventh Hour
3:30pm – 5:00pm
The Silverado Band
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Luther and the Healers
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Kyle Bennett Band
9:30pm – 11:00pm
Mark Chesnutt
[Side note: I love the early 90's country, that is when my BFF and I would sing our hearts out to MC, Alan Jackson, The Tractors and that one guy... Billy Ray Cyrus?! I heard Tracy Lawrence, Texas Tornado, on the radio just this morning and remembered the time we got to go to the rodeo with her family and we had a blast walking through the carnival and we even got shirts! Oh, it was truly amazing! Too bad I don't have a pictures to share of us at this time... too. bad.]
12:30pm – 2:00pm
2:30pm – 4:00pm
4:30pm – 6:00pm
The Molly Ringwalds

This year’s events will be held on an old town Cypress street, Hempstead Highway [between Spring Cypress and Skinner], this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 25-27. $5 Adults, $3 Kids [3-12], FREE under 3.

Check out for more information and like CyFest on Facebook – they are doing a giveaway if they reach 1,000 fans!

B + Me hope to see you all out there!

PSA: Please remember sunblock if you are heading out Saturday or Sunday!

Update: As it turns out, this is apparently “not a duck”… but it sure does walk and quack like one. This is not the Annual Cy-Fest that is put on by Lone Star College, this is actually the Annual CyFest [you see, there is no hyphen?!] that is put on for profit by Acadiana Group… So, I hope you aren’t confused, sometimes hypens can do that to you. yea, hyphens.

 Posted by at 5:33 pm
Mar 112011

My sis, Sarah, came over today with a super cute craft in tow – clay ninja creation.

I created my “Big Guy” out of lime green clay and cooked him up for ~45 minutes. He has the most awesome lean and his arms are all “Sup”-like. He is fantastic. He is ninja.

I made three bead heads, I suppose they will make it to the Christmas tree this year with their glittery goodness. What says “Merry Christmas” more than three green ninjas? They will be like our three wise men, only without the gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Sarah made her beads in to dangle earrings, they are uber cute!  I should have got a picture, no use telling you if you can’t see them, right? Well, take my word for it, they are pretty amazing.

We had a really fun time being creative and I especially enjoyed our discussion over the structure and importance of same size ninja clay eyeballs… mini eyeballs are surprisingly difficult!

UPDATE: I got pictures!

See, I told you they were amazing!

 Posted by at 5:56 pm
Mar 102011

Were you able to commit to your 2011 philanthropic goals of donating to the Do Something organization?

Didn’t it feel amazing to do something good for somebody else with jeans you[r kids] would never wear again? Yes! Didn’t it feel good to get an extra 25% off jeans, which were already on clearance, because you donated? Double Yes!

This year the organization collected over 500k pairs of jeans, thanks to you. I am so proud of you for taking the time to help them out!

If you weren’t able to donate this year, start stocking up, it is going to roll around again next year and you REALLY want to be ready. Hit up your friends, sisters, brothers and neighbors; now is the time for spring cleaning, maybe watch for items along the road-side if you are feeling extremely frugal.

Happy pilanthroping fellow frugalers. [Not an alliteration, more of a tongue twister]

PS – No one sent me jeans from Minnesota, sort of a bummer, but I will survive… there is always next year!

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