Monday, March 23, 2009

Giveaway - Win We Ski & Snowboard for the Nintendo Wii! has selected the winner: #9, Eugene from CA!!! Congrats!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered and keep checking in as more swell giveaways are in the pipeline.

WeSkiWii I've been skiing and snowboarding for years. But now that I have two toddlers, it's easier to hit the slopes in my living room by jumping on my Wii Fit Balance Board and shredding it up with We Ski & Snowboard. This game is perfect for beginners to experts. You can attend snow school to learn the ski and snowboard ropes and then you are off. Ski tricks abound including backwards riding, flips and helicopters. Snowboarding is either regular or goofy foot and you can twist, turn and flip to your hearts desire. They even have a We Ski and Snowboard Fun Park, complete with a huge half-pipe, rails and fun boxes. It really is a nice escape for me, the scenery is really nice with 7,000 vertical meters and two huge mountains. It's fun to see all the spiffy details like cottages and other skiers skiing along with you. You also pick up little pieces of conversation here and there as you zip by. So it's really a full sensory experience! There is also day, afternoon and night modes which are fun to try out.

Hey, times are tough and lift tickets are more expensive than ever. Add the cost of equipment and the fact that most people WeSkiWii2 have to drive or fly quite a distance to get to a resort. Good lord, you've blown a ton of cash. So, why not just kick it at home with friends and family? We Ski & Snowboard allows for multiple players (up to 4 players) and lots of friendly competition.

We Ski & Snowboard game has just been released this month by Namco Bandai. So here is your chance to be among the first to try it out. How to enter: Simply leave a comment, any comment and make sure you include your e-mail address. One entry per person. Entries limited to addresses within the United States. I will utilize the services of to select one winner. Contest period runs from Monday, March 23 until Midnight Wednesday, April 1, 2009. Remember, you can't win unless you enter!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Shamrock Shakes

ShamrockShake When I was in second grade, our class had a contest for St. Patrick's Day.  The student who wore the most green items would win lunch at McDonald's with the teacher and a Shamrock Shake.  I vividly recall planning my ensemble for days.  I carefully collected anything and everything that could be worn by me and was green.  I even secured green underwear.  I won--handily.  So off we went to McDonald's: Mrs. Mayo (my teacher), Cathy (the girl who won from the class next door) and her teacher.  I had my first Shamrock Shake, the year was 1977.  Jimmy Carter was the new President.  Today, 32 years later, I had my most recent Shamrock Shake.  Barack Obama is the new President. 

I was able to find solace and comfort in a childhood favorite, the minty, refreshing, creamy Shamrock Shake.  Back in '77 there was only one size shake and there was a character named Grimace who drank them.  Now McDonald's shakes come in 3 sizes, each one bigger than the '77 version and most Americans are as big as Grimace.  It used to be you could count on two things in March, the Shamrock Shake and the NCAA Tournament.  The former is no longer a given.  They are not available everywhere and are not available every year.  In 2007, they were not to be found anywhere in the Los Angeles basin.  Frustratingly.   I even recall pulling up to drive thrus and asking "Do you have Shamrock Shakes?"  The person would always respond "Yes."  Excited, I would pull up to the window only to meet someone who had only a passing command of English and was probably experiencing their first St. Patrick's Day in this country.  I would repeat "Shamrock Shake."  And they would respond, "Wha' kind o' eeee-shake, you want?"  I would ask them to get their manager, who luckily had been in the country at least a couple of years.  They would come to the window and explain that they didn't have them this year.
I'm always amazed when I meet people, fellow Americans, contemporaries, if you will, who do not know what a Shamrock Shake is.  I cannot be friends with them.  I. Just. Can't.  I don't care if you think they are disgusting.  Just that you KNOW of them.  That you are part of my tribe.  There is even a website dedicated to the Shamrock Shake.  They are only available for a limited time.  And oh-so-delicious.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Out Sick

I'm really sick. Ailing. Sooo tired. I will be back. Thanks for your understanding.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Only in a Woman's World

Only In Woman's I was very excited when Frito-Lay invited me to be a part of the Red Carpet Premiere of Only in a Woman's World this past week. It's premiering tonight on Bravo and then there will be new episodes every two weeks, viewable online at The series is about four friends named Anna, Cheryl, Maya and Nikki. Here is the trailer:

The party was held at the oh-so-wicked-hip Coco de Ville in Hollywood and was hosted by Brooke Burke, mother of 4 and winner of Dancing with the Stars. Also in attendance was Mel B., aka Scary Spice, another Dancing with the Stars contestant. I got the chance to hang out with Mel for a spell and she kindly offered to do a giveaway on my blog! Watch for an upcoming post with all the details. Mel said she really enjoyed watching the premiere of Only in a Woman's World. So of course I had to ask her about her most famous pals...The rest of The Spice Girls. She told me they are all great friends and talk all the time. Well, that was certainly nice to hear. It was fun to walk to red carpet, dodge the paparazzi and have the chance to mingle with my fellow mommy bloggers, many of whom flew in for the event. The food was yummy with the mini-cheeseburger sliders being my favorite. They had cocktails named after each of the girls, and I sampled ALL 4 of them. Tasty.

Brooke Burke & Mel B Frito-Lay had several products at the party and in our gift bags. Smartfood Popcorn Clusters in Chocolate Cookie Caramel Pecan were my friend Linda's favorite. They also had Baked Lays in the Southwestern Ranch flavor, YUM! I'm a fan of their Flat Earth line and they had a big bag of Spicy Salsa for me to take home and my family inhaled them. My favorite is the introduction of the 100 Calorie Fritos. When I was in first grade, I brought a ham and cheese sandwich with yellow mustard and a bag of Frito's and a Drake's Devil Dog every day for lunch. It had to be an actual Fritos Snack Size bag, no Fritos in a ziploc bag for me (what a little twerp I was). Heh. Anyway, you can check out all the snacks at the Only in a Woman's World site. Fun night, fun series and yummy snacks! Thanks for inviting me Frito-Lay!

Brooke & Mel B.