Archive for November, 2013

Build a Bear Coupon & McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys

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Do you have a Build-A-Bear fan in the house?


I have two.  Oy!


Both little men decided they wanted to go to Build-a-Bear to build a Frosty the Snowman.  And they wanted to use their own money!


Figuring this was a good life lesson we decided to grant their request and planned to head off to BaB  on Sunday morning.

Saturday afternoon, Max wanted to see all the different options Frosty could come with.   He is a details man.



Guess what I discovered – McDonald’s was offering a coupon for $10.00 off your $30.00 order.  (FYI – your order will always be over $30.00).


Well, I always look for an excuse to head to McDonalds (even if I should know better).


However, did you know you could buy the happy meal toys without actually having to PURCHASE a happy meal?


This is one of those times this knowledge came in handy.


Not because we didn’t get a kid meal – we did.  But my boys are not fans of being the “recipient” of a girl’s toy.


(I guess the McDonald’s brass never realized that boys are Build-a-Bear fans too?).  So, for $2.50-ish I purchased two girl toys in addition to our meals and I received two $10.00 coupons.


Our boys ended up loving their Frosty’s!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving!


I am thankful for my two little boys, three crazy beagles, my husband of 10 years (today, actually), my family and friends…


This year, though, I am extra thankful.  Why?



Because a selfless person in Germany registered to be a bone marrow donor.


Because this man saw fit to fly across an ocean to donate his bone marrow to a man he will most likely never meet.


Because this man has helped save my father’s life.


Thank you to all who donate, never knowing exactly whose life you are saving.


If you want to register, head over to Be The Match to request your free swab kit.  It may be the only chance you get to save a life.

Paper Plate Gourmet : Easy Skillet Potato, Onions & Ham

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When I make Potato and Eggs I generally leave out the eggs… What? Yup, you read that right.



But it got a little boring eating only potatoes and onion.  Until one fateful day when  I got a little creative (what can I say, Ham Steak was on sale).


I would argue Denny’s makes something similar and probably calls it home fries, or hash browns or something equally exotic.


Either way, I was thoroughly excited with this simple Potato, Onion and Ham skillet sensation.


1 Honey Ham Steak

1 Small Onion

2 Potatoes (I believe I used Yukon Gold.  I got them at the farmer’s market – FANCY!)

1 TBS Olive Oil

Sea Salt (to Taste)

Pepper (to Taste)

Paprika (a heavy handed sprinkle)




1)      Cut everything up (It just makes life easier)

2)       Heat the Olive Oil in a skillet over Medium-High Heat

3)      Add the potatoes and let them start to brown, stirring occasionally (Five minutes-ish)

4)      Add the Onion, let them start to cook, stirring occasionally (Four minutes-ish)

5)      Add the Sea Salt, Pepper and Paprika, another few minutes-ish

6)      Add the Ham Steak, let it warm through



I ate a very hearty portion of this…. and then went back for more.  Doofy Dizee!

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DIY – Hot Oil Treatment for your Hair

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Fresh off my epic Went-to-the-Library-From-Home, I tried a new hair mask (or masque if that makes it sound cooler).


I had read in multiple spots that coconut oil was great for the follicles.  Interestingly enough, most sites also said Olive Oil would work equally as well to moisturize and tame my tresses.



By now, I am sure you know my motto of “Why Not”.  So, I mixed one TBS of Olive Oil and one TBS of coconut oil.


Then I popped it in the microwave.  Why?  I remember as a teenager using HOT VO-5 Hair Oil and I thought this would be cool.  I also couldn’t figure out how to get it on my hair.


My scientific approach was to microwave it at 15 second intervals until it was warm and runny.  This timed out at 45 seconds for me.


I should mention I did this when Craig was out taking advantage of Kohl’s night owl sales.


What ended up happening was comical.  I ended up with slick hair al-la Miley.  I did not rock the look like she did.


I was a little up in the air on how long I should leave the concoction in.  My first thought was to leave it on all night and shower in the morning.



One look at this face quickly solidified the fact I needed to shower immediately.  Otter, like me, has a thing for coconut oil.


In the end, I washed the oil out of my hair in approximately 20 minutes.


I will be honest – it took a lot of washing.  Overall, I think this is a once-in-a-while type of thing.  Or, maybe, if my hair was longer and more damaged.


The plus side was my hair was indeed shinier and bouncier for days.  I finally used a styling product Monday morning.


So, if you are looking for a hair masque for dry, damaged hair, I would give this one a try.


It also doubled as an awesome Baby Oil.  I tried it on my legs and it made them really smooth!

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The Library Came to Me!

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So, I just did something I deem crazy – I borrowed a book from the library.  Online.


I KNOW! How exciting, right?


Look, it’s the simple things in life that make me happy.


I went to the Nassau Digital Doorway and started searching.


When I decided on a Vegan book (something I find very interesting but also very intimidating for someone like me), I simply put in my library card number and my main library location and viola’


Boom!  It downloaded directly to my kindle (which I access through my iPhone.)


My book is good until Dec 3rd and I can access it on my kindle.


The best part – there are no books to return.


Does anyone else’s library do this?  My excitement is palpable.

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It’s a Very Boston Market Thanksgiving… again

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I know there are lots of people who look forward to cooking their Thanksgiving feast.  Maybe they break out their great-grandma’s stuffing recipe and spend hours trimming the turkey.


I give all of them a ton of credit.  A round of enthusiastic  applause.


I am the antithesis of this person.


I get my feast from Boston Market.  I know, I am not perfect….


Seriously.  And guess what – it is delicious and relatively inexpensive.


This year will mark my fourth year of using BM as my go-to Thanksgiving Day chef.  And to celebrate this special occasion, I am sharing with you my menu & cost.  (Anyone else excited?  Anyone???)



There are five carnivores who will partake in this feast.    Note the double stuffing – that stuff takes up a very big portion of my plate.   And yes, we only buy a 3 lb turkey breast.  We all agree the sides are what makes the meal.


My dad is able to attend this year (stupid cancer ruined previous years) and he will be bringing twice-baked potatoes.  Yes, the homemade kind.  Impressive, right?


And for all you skeptics – there is a chance you can still screw up the meal.  Everything is pre-cooked but it does need to be heated through (most of the sides are 30-45 minutes at 350.  I think the turkey takes 90 minutes or so).  As someone who has finally mastered the art of boiling water, I still feel some anxiety at mealtime.


And, would you really expect someone who utilizes Boston Market to use real china plates?  Yeah, me neither.  However, I do like to go a little crazy and get the clear cut Chinet plates.  It makes me feel ritzy.   (You can get a $1.00 coupon by signing up at


Clean up is a cinch too – I buy the aluminum plates from the dollar store and we just throw them out when we are done.


Don’t worry – I will post pictures of our extravagant buffet.   Hey, at least I am not claiming I cooked the whole meal from scratch!!!

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Theresa’s Broccoli Slaw Pasta

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I can take absolutely no credit for today’s recipe – it is all my pal Theresa.


This is from that wonderful little brain of hers – broccoli slaw pasta, kind of my Spaghini  (Zucchini Pasta).  Maybe we should call this one Brocslasta (Broccoli Slaw Pasta – I am creative like that….)


This is something I could totally get into and is perfect for those of you who do not have a Julienne  Peeler  (CK, I am talking to you, girl.)



Broccoli Slaw (I always see it in my Stop & Shop)

Olive Oil, 1 TBS

Minced Garlic, 1 teaspoon, more or less to taste

Red Pepper Flakes, a couple of dashes, more or less to taste

¼ cup of Water




  1. Steam the Broccoli Slaw (I would try the Microwave until soft-ish)
  2. While that is steaming, mix the olive oil, minced garlic  and red pepper flakes and heat in a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes
  3. Add the Slaw and water to the skillet to coat everything


Seems simple enough that I will have no problems with it!

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Dizee Did it Again…..

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AHHHHH!!!!  I was home yesterday with the little ones and I really thought I would get a post done.





It’s been crazy lately, but I have a plan to get back on track.




Of course, I have been saying the same thing about losing weight for years and haven’t done it…..