30 October 2014

A Delicious Way to Help the Detroit Zoo - and a Giveaway!

Oh yeah. I went there. You know you want one now!
Outback Hosts Detroit Zoological Society Give Back Night Fundraiser
When: Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Where: Detroit Outback Restaurants
Time: Open until 10pm (check your local Outback for hours)

(some locations open for lunch)

Outback invites you to join them at any Detroit area Outback Steakhouse location for the Detroit Zoological Society Give Back Night fundraiser. Relax and enjoy the fresh flavors at Outback and they’ll proudly donate 15% of your total check to the Detroit Zoo!

Just say “Zoo Night!” to your server!

And to help you remember, I'm hosting a giveaway that will end on November 7.

Want your own $20 gift card to the Outback Steakhouse? Here's what you need to do:
One entry: Comment on this blog post with your favorite Outback menu item OR your favorite zoo animal. 
Additional one entry: Share this blog post either on your blog, or on your Facebook. Then come comment to let me know where you shared it.
Two more entries: Show me your love for the Detroit Zoo or Outback Steakhouse by posting a picture of yourself or your family at either location. Share your picture on my blog's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SweetlyBSquared
Five crazy entries: Eat at Outback Steakhouse on November 6 and tell your server you're there for Zoo Night! I figure you'll only have a few hours to let me know about this one. Tell me which location you visited either in the comments here, or by posting your receipt (just the top - I don't need all your personal info) on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SweetlyBSquared

29 October 2014

30 Days of Truth

Day 07 Someone who has made your life worth living.

Huh. Is the truth always this hard. As many people there are who I love to the moon and back (multiple times), I can't really say any one person has made my life worth living. That's my job, right? Other than my mom and dad, there are no other individuals who have been quite so present in my life from day one. And even they started playing a less influential role once I started living on my own. I make my own choices every day, and I'm the only one who can wholly take the blame (or credit) for them.

28 October 2014

Built to AMAZE!

The circus is coming to town! You won't want to miss the Built To Amaze! show by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. It's appearing at the Palace of Auburn Hills from November 12 - 16.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ®  Presents Built To Amaze! , the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation, anything can happen when Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze!
Circus performers from across the globe create the perfect blend of athleticism and bravery, where power meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds.  Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance.

Celebrate the tradition TODAY and experience it's modern flare of twists and turns where excitement and suspense are so intense you'll be tempted to cover your eyes. From the blueprints to the band, the crates to the clowns, the hammer to the high wire, witness the spectacle as we measure out the perfect mix of marvel and majesty in an imagination equation where the impossible comes to life. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!
I've always loved the circus and remember going from the time I was little. The clowns always delighted me, and I was in total awe of the amazing performers. The animals were majestic, and those participating in their amazing feats appeared more brave than anyone I could even know.

Maggie says her favorite acts are always the elephants, but I see her eagerly waiting for the dog show as well. I find myself more curious about the culture and living such an adventurous life based on unique skills - twirling from your hair, walking a tightrope, or even driving a motorcycle inside a giant metal ball? None of these were covered on career day!

There's still plenty of time to reserve your seats for any of the following performances:  

Show Dates/Times:
Click here to purchase tickets for a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance in your area!

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

24 October 2014

30 Days of Truth

Picking up from November 2010. :)

Day 06 Something you hope you never have to do.

In all honesty (and that is the point here), I am terrified of living without my children.

Family is vital to me. I love to spend as much time as I can with my parents when they're in town. My heart hurts every day at having lost contact with my only brother and his family. My children? I consider essential - vital - to my life going on.

I feel yucky even considering this enough to write the post. I hope I never have to go on without my children.

10 Random Things for Friday

  1. Halloween season is in full swing! We've got two events done so far, with another tonight, one tomorrow, and two next week (including 'real' trick or treating!).
  2. Save the date! If you're in the metro Detroit area, you'll want to eat at Outback Steakhouse on November 6. First, because it means you don't have to cook! And the bonus is that when you eat at Outback Steakhouse on November 6, you automatically help the Detroit Zoo! I'll remind you again, and I'll also be giving away an Outback Steakhouse gift card to use another night.
  3. Anyone have experience with the Effortless Success Mindfest? It's a Jack Canfield training. I'm listening to the first week for free and loving it.
  4. I'm looking at two tall kitchen garbage bags full of empty gallon containers. I still need to look at Pinterest and figure out what cool project I should do with them. This is what happens when you start your aquarium with distilled water. :)
  5. I think I'm feeling crafty/motivated to actually make thank-you cards to send out from Jack's birthday party. I should totally put that on the calendar for one day next week. In ink. It has to get done one way or another before the end of the month.
  6. I sort of wish Halloween was in the summer. Or that I lived somewhere warmer. Most of my costume options are not warm or cozy, and I've reached the time of year when I'm perpetually cold. Maybe next year I can dress up as a Care Bear, in a giant bear suit with no exposed skin, just lots of fluff.
  7. Anyone local want to buy pies? It's time for our school's other fundraiser. Frozen pies from $12 - $17. Order by Nov 10th, delivery November 18th.
  8. I think I have a halloween decoration from a couple years ago that I never finished making. So now I ask myself - is it a priority to make it this year, or should I just find it in my office and pack it away for next year. You know, with the halloween stuff, so it will be handy and get done next year...
  9. By the way, I'm submitting a chocolate party this weekend. Here's the link: http://www.mydcdsite.com/publicstore/event/115054/EPS/default.aspx If you're local to me, feel free to ship with the show and I'll deliver. If you live anywhere else in the 50 states, find a friend to order with - the direct shipping to your door is totally reasonable if you split it with a friend.
  10. Enjoy your weekend! I spite of the fact that I'm cold, it is very pretty outside. I always love the look of autumn! 

22 October 2014

Holiday Shopping...

The holidays are already just around the corner. I'm thinking I may do my personal wish list a little earlier this year, in honor of my attempt to shop a little earlier ;)

I always look at things like the taylor t5 for hubby, but is it really what a guy with like seven basses around the house needs? I daresay, probably not. He may even be looking at racecar parts more lately.

Maggie still has her pink starter guitar in her room, but it doesn't look like she has much interest in it. I need to hang out with her and see if this is something she wants to sell (it's still in giftable condition), and is there another instrument that's on her radar? Of course, with her being seven and all, I'd ask her on a few different occasions and compare her answers.

17 October 2014

Disney on Ice Recap

What a great show! Last night we went and saw the latest Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes show.
I tried to get a picture of the four of us (me, both kids, and my mother-in-law) before the wonderful performances began, but the three-year-old was less than cooperative. Go figure!

The show was excellent, and even the three-year-old was absolutely captivated. This was the first year that he has literally just sat on my lap watching every single second. My heart was full watching him get excited to see Mickey, Minnie and the other characters he recognized, and he clapped and waved with nearly every act.

 Ice on FIRE? Oh, yeah. But Prince Philip had it under control. ;)

The real show stealer was (of course) those beloved sisters from Frozen. In all my years of seeing Disney on Ice performances, I have never seen the level of enthusiasm the kids in the crowd expressed for Frozen. Holy. Cow. I mean, they were really going nuts! And the soundtrack was hardly even necessary, since it was augmented with a lot of spirited singing along. All of the mini-princes and -princesses knew every word and were thrilled to join in with their favorite characters.

I have to say, it's been one of my favorite Disney on Ice performances to date. There are still shows with seats available at the Palace of Auburn Hills through this Sunday, October 19. Click here to purchase tickets to a Disney On Ice show near you!

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

10 Random Things for Friday

Yes. It is Friday. Very, very early Friday. And I am antsy and not ready for bed yet, so I'll try a nice brain dump of ten random things. K? K.

  1. I am actually tired.
  2. The bad news is I'm also drinking a glass of water. So once I fall asleep, there's a good chance I'll have to wake up again to pee.
  3. Halloween season is starting with a bang at our house! We have a Halloween party tomorrow night (Boo Bash, I think this one is called), and our annual Spooktacular Stroll on Saturday. Can't wait!
  4. Oh, but since we're busting out the costumes starting tomorrow, I need to go buy the black face pencil to go with Maggie's awesomeness. I ordered it along with her wig, but they didn't put it in the box and ship it. Boo! (Get it?)
  5. And since you asked, the kids are in really close to the same costumes as last year. Jack is Thomas the Train (exactly the same...), and Maggie is another Monster High character (last year was Abby Bominable, this year is Skelita Calveras). Pictures of course to follow.
  6. My office is now about half clean. I decided to put a litter box upstairs for the cat, and my office was the only acceptable room for that. So half of the floor is cleared for that purpose. The other half actually isn't as bad, but it's business stuff, so I just need to dive in, sort it, figure out what I want to keep/use, and investigate re-purposing the rest.
  7. Jack makes me listen to the same CD in the car - ALL. THE. TIME. Now? I haven't been in the car for hours, and the songs are of course still stuck in my head. Ugh.
  8. Once I go to sleep and wake up again, I expect to be a bit befuddled. See, I totally was convinced it was Friday all day Thursday. So now I need to remember to send Maggie to school. Unless I forget? ;)
  9. I jest. Maggie is going to school Friday (today).
  10. Is it just me, or are the leaves changing color early this year? Or am I completely panicked at the thought of winter coming and watching very carefully as it makes its inevitable approach....

09 October 2014

Time for Disney on Ice!

Just one week! Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes is next week! The show is at the Palace of Auburn Hills from October 16 - 19.

Maggie is so excited! Jack will have a great time there, but he's at that age when I can't tell him beforehand, or he'll think we should be there about a billion times before we actually go.

Since I used to ice skate when I was much, much younger, I always find myself a little nostalgic watching the show. Maybe I'd still be skating, if a hundred other interests hadn't taken its place in the meantime.

Let me know if you plan to make it out - it's always fun seeing people we know. Click here to purchase tickets to a Disney On Ice show near you!  

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.