27 July 2014


Congrats to Rachael W on winning the four tickets for Walking with Dinosaurs on August 6!

Enjoy the show :)

18 July 2014

Walking with Dinosaurs TICKET GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is for four tickets to the 7PM performance of Walking with Dinosaurs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on August 6.

Good luck!!

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16 July 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Me and the kids on Grandpa's boat (Jack is asleep!)

15 July 2014


I've been meaning (for probably six months now, since I just got an official reminder card in the mail from our dentist) to tell you about potassium nitrate. In a nutshell (from www.colgate.com):
What is potassium nitrate? How does it stop sensitivity?
Potassium nitrate is a chemical compound. In toothpaste, it is the anti- sensitivity active ingredient that penetrates the exposed tubules (tiny holes) of the teeth to relieve the pain from sensitive nerves inside teeth. Additionally, it is one of the ADA-approved ingredients to treat tooth hypersensitivity.

Well, what else can I say, eh? :P

Seriously. I have had a lot of sensitivity on all the teeth on the right side of my mouth for a few years now. It all started when another dentist 'recommended' replacing all of my fillings. Once he finished that, I could no longer chew on that side. Thank goodness it didn't have the same effect on the left as well.

I learned to work around it. I just chewed on the left. And I don't eat things that are harder to control, like cereal in cold milk, or gooey things like yogurt. I learned to be careful with ice cream, but no way I'm cutting that out!

I mentioned to my dentist that I'd be doing this for a while, and he told me that there really wasn't much he could do, but he did ask what sensitive toothpaste I was using. It turned out I was using another major brand that doesn't contain potassium nitrate.

Potassium nitrate is fantastic! He even suggested that I smear some toothpaste on the sensitive teeth and wait a few minutes before brushing. As I said, it's been probably six months or so, but the sensitivity hardly bothers me anymore!

If you have sensitive teeth, make sure you're using a sensitive toothpaste with potassium nitrate. It's made all the difference for me.

11 July 2014

Walking with Dinosaurs!

Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular is coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills! Don't miss it. There are eight shows between August 6 and August 10.

If you've got a large group (ten or more) you can take advantage of the Early Bird Discount Offer shown on this flyer.

You could also wait and try your luck - I'll be giving away five tickets here next week! Check back :)

Car Girl?

Hubby and I were discussing how much we (well, especially 'I') love my car. It's still stock, but as she nears 100,000 miles on the odometer, I wonder if I shouldn't look at simple modifications. There's certainly no longer any sort of warranty to worry about.

Since it already offers the performance I want, maybe I could consider something like some konig wheels and rims. I've always heard my dad and brother, and later my hubby, comment on vehicles with after-market wheels. They can really make the car that anyone can drive off the lot look like a car someone has put more thought into.

Since my car is red, but obviously not new enough to be flashy anymore, I'd probably go with a simple black wheel. While a matte finish sounds more subtle, I always thought it somehow seemed to grab more attention when hubby had them on his car. So (remembering I still am actually a girl, so this probably isn't the 'real' description), I'm thinking a black sort of brushed finish, not too matte, but not too glossy? Make sense?

If you were to do something different with your wheels, what would it be?

07 July 2014

Manic Monday

I thought about sitting down and doing a Menu Plan Monday today, but I'm somehow planning even less of a menu than ever before!

Tonight I think hubby's coming home for dinner, but they've got some major racecar drama, so he may be going to his friend's house to work on the car.

Tomorrow is his regular racecar build night, so I don't plan dinner.

Wednesday my parents are coming over to celebrate Maggie's birthday. I want to be able to relax and enjoy their company, so I think we're grabbing some carryout.

Thursday is date night! Hubby and I are going to Zoomance at the Detroit Zoo. My mother-in-law is watching the kids, so I'm sure I'll just be leaving them some variation of pizza.

Friday is possibly our first family dinner this week (well, at least that I'll be cooking...).

I totally love summer, but it sure is a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants as far as meals go :)

01 July 2014

Zoomance at the Detroit Zoo!

Check it out! Looking for a great unique date idea?

You'll find hubby and I next week at Zoomance at the Detroit Zoo.

It's an adults-only (21 and older) event offered July 10 and August 21 from 6 - 9 PM, rain or shine. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $14 at the gate that evening.

Summer Zoomance will feature cash bars so guests can enjoy an adult beverage while strolling through the Zoo, complimentary tram tours, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks, live music at Rackham Fountain and rides on the Tauber Family Railroad (additional $3 per person).

Let me know if we might see you there too!