Monday, January 31, 2011

::UPDATED:: Monster Jam - 2011 Ticket Give-A-Way

::UPDATED:: to my prior post on the Monster Jam - 2011 Ticket Give-A-Way, I failed to mention a cut off for the contest. So since this is my blog and I make the rules I add this detail now. All comments to be considered for contest entry must be submitted by this Friday, February 4, 2011, 8:00 p.m. Utah time whatever we are on right now, saving or not saving. The tickets will be left at will-call at the EnergySolutions Arena. These tickets will be good for the Friday, February 18th 7:00 p.m. performance ONLY if you didn't catch that in the original post.

You can leave your comment on this post or my original post that I linked above and also HERE.

For more chances to win these tickets check out the other blogs I have listed to the LEFT and enter their contests too. 

Check back soon for more posts. Some with give-a-way's!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monster Jam - 2011 Ticket Give-A-Way

I have 1 family 4-pack of tickets to give away to the up coming Monster Jam event that will be held at the Energy Solutions Arena. The event is playing from February 18 - 19th.  The tickets I have to give-a-way are specifically for the Friday, February 18th 7:00 p.m. performance.  If you are unable to attend that performance I would ask that you think twice before entering my contest.  Such a great event would be sad to miss out.

I am excited to attend this event as well. I've never been to one of these and have always wanted to go. I'm looking forward to things getting all smashed up.

For complete details click to my earlier post HERE.

How to enter MY contest:  Leave me a post that has to do with something car related. Memories of car trips, car problems, favorite car, worst car, car wrecks. I will pick a random winner from the comments and your comment must be car related.

I got to drive a Chevrolet Citation 4-door in High School. The best part about this car was that it was a stick shift that you didn't really have to push the clutch in to shift it. It also had some rust spots on the sides that were random circle shapes. They kind of looked like bullet holes, which I loved. Worst car trip was with my entire family, mom, dad, and 6 kids, to California. My two oldest brothers were teenagers and wow did we have the windows open most the way there. Books, siblings, the view, and songs is all we had back then... terrible.

One more thing... for extra chances to win check out the blogs to the LEFT that are having similar give-a-way's.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Up Early

Before I had my second child I would get up about 20 - 25 minutes before I needed to get up. I was good about getting up early to get a jump on some of the things that didn't get done the night before.  I would even do a little prep work on that evenings dinner at times. This little window of time was something that I really enjoyed.

My second child will be 2 in March and I've not managed to be able to get up early much. This morning I thought I would try it again since I made a huge mess of dishes last night cooking tonights dinner. Kids bags needed to be packed as well. I set 2 alarms one for the regular time in the event I didn't hear the first one or it didn't go off due to technical difficulty experienced by the whole country thanks to a glitch on certain phones software.

20 minutes before the first one goes off I'm lying in bed thinking why am I awake? After thinking on it for what seemed at least 15 minutes, which I'm sure was really 15 seconds I checked the actual time. Okay, time to decide what to do. I didn't see any signs of going back to sleep anytime soon so I got up.

Clean and dirty dishes taken care of and now a little blogging and then its off to pack the kids bags. Husband will be up soon and we watch the news and eat our breakfast together so we can have a little non-kid conversation. Most mornings we are SO tired we can't remember what we wanted to talk about but that's okay its nice not to be interrupted every half of a second, mostly by our 4 year old. 

I hope I don't resemble this picture later today.

I'm excited to continue with this UP EARLY business since it helps me feel like I have a tiny bit better of a handle on things. This is one way I manange to keep IT together.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Make My Day

I was able to make my day and another persons day today. Well that is what they think. In reality it was a 2 for 1 deal. A co-worker/friend and I are on a committee together and we were at a meeting last Thursday. Friday I ran into her and she complimented me on my eye makeup from the day earlier and told me that it really made my eyes just pop out and it was stunning, her words. On my lunch break later that Friday I needed to run to the drug store for a few items and thought I would just see what the eyeshadow brand and kind was specifically since she asked.

The eyeshadow was not only on sale for 40% off there was a great coupon with it. With the coupon and in store deals I was able to buy an eyeshadow for myself at a good price, and got a second one for FREE. They happened to have the very shades I had been wearing. Everything lined up just right. 
When I got back to the office I tucked the free eyeshadow into my pocket and when I needed to run something that took me past her desk I got to have a little fun. I asked this woman if she knew it was her lucky day, she told me she never has a lucky day. I told her that today was different and presented her with the eyeshadow that I had found. I told her that it was hers to have.  She was so thrilled, her entire face lit up and she hugged me which is usually frowned on in offices (except women usually get away with it). She is from across the pond, England, and so she gave me a kiss on the cheek as well. She's a cheeky one as well that one so its okay right?

I really enjoy making my day by making another person's day. One more way I keep IT together.

Disney On Ice Food Drive & Ticket Giveaway

Are you still in the giving spirit from the Holiday's, or do you just like to give when you can year round, or maybe you enjoy getting the best bang for your buck. Here is a way to get a FREE ticket to the up coming Disney On Ice Show that is coming to Salt Lake on March 9th.

Next Monday January 24th, each person that donates 10 cans of food to the Utah Food Bank will receive a FREE ticket to Disney on Ice.  This event starts early at 6:00 a.m. and the tickets go fast so set your alarms and reminders and bring a friend to get more than one ticket.  One ticket per person.  For more information you can go here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mom Blogger in Need

Dawn Meehan is a mom blogger of 6 kids and lives in Chicago, IL. She got her start blogging and writing years ago when she put an ad up on ebay for some Pokemon cards that got into her cart unbeknownst to her on a shopping trip thanks to one of those 6 kids (yes she actually took all 6 kids to the grocery store). Someone that came across her ad noticed her funny and creative writing skills and started to forward her post via email.
That is where I first read her writing and after googling her I found her blog and have been following her story ever since. Dawns blog has brought me much entertainment and lightened my day and given me the laugh I've needed so many times. I can't help but to share her site and ask for help on her behalf. Dawn has fallen on very hard times with separation and pending divorce from her children's father. She has also had a few children need some special medical attention as of recent and to top it off she has received word recently that they will no longer have any medical coverage. 

Dawn needs help. There are a few ideas of ways to help, some cost little to nothing like sending a card or inspirational something her way and others are monetary. If you feel like you can and want to help I have provided a widget on the upper right hand side of my blog where you can make a monetary donation through pay pal.  Here is her blog site where you can read the other ideas that have been posted as to how to help.

If you want to more information as to the issues that she is currently dealing with she has posted about them there and I personally appreciate her candid but tactful sharing as well as all of the humor she has provided to me through out the past few years.  I will be ordering her book first thing tomorrow and seeing if I can put together some funds of some kind. It doesn't take much, many hands make light work.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Oh Sheets

Yes I said sheets... not shi.... bottom fitted sheets to be exact. I have had some sheet straps for a while now and I was just wondering how I ever tolerated my misbehaving fitted sheets before I came to know about these funny but helpful little things.

Not all sheets are created equal. before the end of the week I would be remaking the bed due to the fitted sheet being pulled out from under the mattress. A friend mentioned they used these sheet straps and what a difference. It kept the bottom sheet taught and straight and helped the rest of the bed stay tidy and less messy as well. By the end of the week the bed looked almost as good as the beginning of the week. 

I found my particular set at my local Target but am sure there are more places that stock them in their bedding sections you just need to look for them. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Monster Jam - 2011

I love to watch things get demolished if no one is getting hurt. That is why I am very excited to go and see for my first time EVER a Advanced Motor Parts Monster Jam®. This event is coming SOON for two days only on February 18 & 19, 2011.  Below is information on tickets and links for more information about the show itself. Stay tuned for a give away for some tickets to this event.

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®
Returns To Salt Lake City
February 18-19, 2011

More High-Flying, Car-Crushing Explosive Monster Truck Action
Playing Three Shows at the EnergySolutions Arena

Tickets are now on sale for the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® shows at the EnergySolutions Arena on Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19, 2011. Tickets are available for purchase at the EnergySolutions Arena Box Office, all Smith's Tix Outlets, online at, or charge by phone at (800) 888-TIXX.

One of the most popular touring family entertainment sporting events in the world, Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at just $20 for adults and only $5 for kids (advance purchase only).  In addition, Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® also offers fans the unique opportunity to enjoy unprecedented access to the drivers and their amazing machines during the “Party in the Pits” pre-show experience on Saturday, February 19.

Motor sports fans will witness 8 trucks competing at the EnergySolutions Arena in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and demolition.   Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® fan-favorite truck icons, including world champions Grave Digger® and El Toro Loco®, in addition to other truck powerhouses such as Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Michigan Ice Monster, Ground Pounder and Titan along with Maveric (driven by local Utah driver Ron Duncombe) will be electrifying crowds with the breathtaking stunts and awesome power of the world’s most popular monster trucks.

The ultimate experience for any die-hard Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® fan, the “Party in the Pits” pre-show experience on Saturday, February 19 provides fans with unparalleled access by giving them the opportunity to get a view of the trucks up close and meet the drivers of the massive monster trucks.

The event schedule for Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® at the EnergySolutions Arena is:
Friday, February 18                7:30pm
Saturday, February 19            2:00pm and 7:30pm
                                                **Pit Party scheduled from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, sanctioned by the United States Hot Rod Association®, is the most popular monster truck tour, performing to over 4 million fans in more than 325 performances annually at the most prestigious arenas and stadiums throughout the world. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® shows consist of three main fan-favorite elements – the pit party, side-by-side racing and freestyle competition.

For media requests, on-site photo opportunities or to arrange advance interviews, please contact Lulu Hart (435) 467-0833.

To learn more about Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, log on to

About Feld Motor Sports
Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy® Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Freestyle Motocross, Nuclear Cowboyz and IHRA® Nitro Jam®.  Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment.  For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit

About the United States Hot Rod Association®
The United States Hot Rod Association® originated in 1978 as a sanctioning body for truck and tractor pulling events, later expanding to produce mud and sand drag racing. The USHRA® grew steadily and within its first decade emerged as the premier Monster Truck racing organization. Today the USHRA®, together with Feld Motor Sports, produces quality events and involves coordinating competition, defining regulations and technical requirements, setting safety standards and officiating at each event. Whether the USHRA® event entails Pro Race Trucks, QUAD WARS™, or Monster Trucks, you can be sure the event will be the highest quality show motor sports has to offer, creating unmatched excitement and spectacular memories.

Money Found

I have recently found an extra $60 in my checking account. It wasn't really lost and it was really just virtual money... unless it continued to go missing and then it would feel like real money. I made a clerical error by entering 2 transactions twice. I tried searching my bank statement for the total amount off but with it being 2 transactions it didn't really work.

I had a little extra time today, so I recommitted to having a balanced to the penny checking account. It took wading through transactions for the last entire month almost but it worked. I found it... I can do the happy money dance now.. I really should go buy myself nice as a reward for hard work right? I'll think about it and probably forget. I'll be happy when that doesn't happen for another 5 years or so.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate - Donation/Ticket Exchange

A New Year Wrap Party -Disney On Ice & KSTU's Big BudahInvite the Public to Celebrate and Help the Utah Food Bank!

The public is invited to come to the the EnergySolutions Arena Monday, January 24th. Starting at 6:00 a.m. the FIRST 600 people to come to front doors at the arena on the Plaza and donate 10 cans of food will receive a free pass to the opening night performance of Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate on Wednesday, March  at the EnergySolutions Arena. There will be a limit of one ticket per person, and each donator must be present with 10 cans of food in order to receive a free pass.  This marks the sixth time Disney On Ice  has teamed up with Big Budah and the Utah Food Bank  to help in the collection of food for Utah communities.  

Local Mom Bloggers will face off in a Utah Food Bank Let's Wrap this up event, competing against each other in wrapping up food items collected during the Drive.    Timed events will include, fastest gift wrapping, prettiest gift wrapping, most unique gift wrapping, in addition to other events.
Audiences are invited to make an ordinary day extraordinary and enjoy some of the world's most popular festivities with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, including a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Mardi Gras parade with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch; a winter wonderland with everyone's favorite toys - Woody, Jessie & Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a Valentine's Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses...and more in the celebration of the century!  Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate! features more than 50 characters from 16 Disney stories live on ice, including Tiana, the newest Disney Princess from Walt Disney Pictures' The Princess and the Frog.
Location & Showtimes
EnergySolutions Arena - 301 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT  84101
·         Wednesday, March 9                        7:00 pm
·         Thursday, March 10                          7:00 pm
·         Friday, March 11                                               4:00 pm;  7:30 pm             
·         Saturday, March 12                           11:00 am; 2:30 pm; 6:30 pm                          
·         Sunday, March 13                             11:00 am; 2:30 pm; 6:30 pm          
Ticket prices for Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate! range from $13, $17, $23, $40 (VIP) and $52 (Front Row) - prices do not include service charges, handling or facility fees.  Tickets are available from the EnergySolutions Box Office and all SmithTix locations, via phone by calling (801) 355-SEAT or (800) 888-TIXX and online at or  To learn more about Disney On Ice, go to, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.
About Utah Food Bank
Utah Food Bank provides food to a statewide network of 150 emergency food pantries and agencies statewide. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 30.8 million pounds of food, the equivalent of over 24 million meals for families and individuals in need. Utah Food Bank also served 221,237 Kids Cafe meals, delivered 26,472 senior food boxes and answered 114,994 phone calls through 2-1-1 Information & Referral. For more information about Utah Food Bank call (801) 978-2452 or visit Find us on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Exciting Things Coming to Salt Lake City 2011

Feld Entertainment has informed me and some other mom bloggers about some fun things coming soon to Salt Lake City.  I will be blogging about these as well as the usual updates that I feel I need to share with you all.

- February 18-19, 2011,  Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam ®  

- March 9-13, 2011, Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate!

- September, 2011, Fully Charged by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, seen at The Greatest Show On Earth®

More information to follow SOON.

Happy New Year 2011

Hope you had a good holiday season whatever holiday's you in your house celebrate. In our house we celebrate Christmas and New Years. We had a great Christmas. Our children (almost 4 and almost 2) loved everything that Santa brought them. They have quickly loved everything Santa brought the other one as well. Isn't that the way being a kid goes. Love your toys and love your siblings toys even more. I was able to accomplish a goal of mine for the last few years as well. I was able to make a cash charitable donation. I even took my daughter and let her hand the money to the Humane Society worker. My daughter is a bit young to really know what and why but its a good start and in the future I will take both children and spit the money so they can both hand something over. Got to start them while they are young. In a perfect world I would do as my parents did and find a family that was in need and make/purchase items the could use and need. Wrap them, and deliver them even. In my world I don't have that kind of time unless I want to let the other things like meals and laundry slack even more than they seemingly already do (and that's at a non-holiday time of year). So I stick with what works for me and that is the gift of cash.

I hope you were able to accomplish something new be it more or less this holiday season or have a new resolve to change something in your life that has been tugging at you.  Best wishes.