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Delta Dental’s Treasure Your Smile Giveaway!

I’m pleased to be pairing with Delta Dental of Colorado for this awesome giveaway! My kids are huge fans of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Real Pirates exhibit is AWESOME! In the Delta Dental’s Treasure Your Smile Giveaway, you can win tickets to the Real Pirates exhibit, a trip to Disney World® or a Sonicare® toothbrush!

Pirates weren’t known for their healthy smiles. Truth is most swashbucklers had poor oral health, and unfortunately, many children in Colorado share this same affliction. As a major supporter of the Real Pirates exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Delta Dental of Colorado, the state’s largest dental benefits provider, is hoping to educate Colorado children and families about how to keep cavities at bay.

Delta Dental of Colorado is giving one lucky LaLaGirl – Twinfinite Chaos reader a family six-pack of tickets to the Real Pirates exhibition. Enter Delta Dental’s Treasure Your Smile Giveaway at and use promo code 0977 for a chance to win the tickets and be entered into a monthly drawing for a Sonicare® toothbrush and a grand prize drawing for a trip to Disney World®. The Real Pirates ticket contest deadline is Friday, July 10th, 2011.

You can also “piratize” your picture like the one of Kayley and me!

This is a compensated post from Delta Dental of Colorado.

So Delicious!

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and So Delicious®.

You’d think, while raising five kids, my husband and I would find enough things to disagree on without having to invent things to argue about. But still, we will occasionally get ourselves all worked up over something silly. It’s almost always a product of our upbringing, too. For example, belly buttons. My husband is completely ridiculous about protecting his belly button at all times. He somehow got it in his head that you can rupture your intestines by sticking your finger into your belly button. No amount of evidence will convince this college-educated man that his information is…flawed. I am just as guilty of sticking to my guns, though. My mom wouldn’t buy us sugar cereals, so I won’t buy them for my kids, either. Even though I know there’s more sugar in the apple juice they drink than there is in the bowl of cereal. It’s weird, the way we tend to stick to our guns over the most ridiculous things.

Recently, we had a discussion about milk consumption. I am not a fan of milk. I’ve never liked it, and I really only use it to moisten my cereal. Contrast this with my husband, who not only adds milk to his ice cream, but will only eat a slice of birthday cake if it’s served in a bowl of milk. He has it in his head that I am heading straight toward osteoporosis thanks to my lack of love for dairy, and he’s convinced that our kids are going grow up with brittle bones because they don’t drink a glass of milk at dinner time. I don’t believe my kids are going to be in leg braces by their teenage years, but I do understand the importance of dairy in their diet. So when So Delicious Dairy Free offered my family a sample of their Coconut Milk, I was intrigued.

I was surprised to find So Delicious Coconut Milk directly above the generic skim milk I usually buy at my regular supermarket, and bonus, it was even on sale. I know lots of folks shop at stores like Whole Foods, but to be honest, I am much more likely to buy organic, “specialty” foods if I can find them at the store I usually shop at. The half-gallon comes in Original, Unsweetened, and Vanilla flavors. The single serve 8-packs come in Vanilla, Chocolate, and Sugar Free flavors. (Mmmm, chocolate!)

So what did we think of it? Well. One of the things So Delicous says to describe their Coconut Milk is, “Tastes Just Like Milk – Only Better!” I didn’t think it tasted like milk. Milk is nasty. This stuff is GOOD. I didn’t chug down a whole glass of it or anything, but my kids did! I served up four little glasses to my kids at dinner, and all but one asked for seconds.

We went through that coconut milk lightning fast, and my kids have been bugging me to buy more of it ever since. They loved it on their cereal, and guess what? I did, too! In fact, we found all sorts of uses for it.

Here are 7 ways to use coconut milk!

  1. Pour it in your coffee, instead of that vanilla creamer that doesn’t even require refrigeration.
  2. Dip your Girl Scout cookies in it.
  3. Add it to your mashed potatoes. YUM. (Uh, don’t use the vanilla flavor for this.)
  4. Pour it into your hot oatmeal. (Definitely use the vanilla flavor for this!)
  5. Smoothies!
  6. Throw it in a lunchbox.
  7. Make a cocktail. Hey, those kids have to go to bed eventually.

But the easiest, most satisfying way to use So Delicious Coconut Milk is to just drink it! The taste is smooth, creamy, and refreshing. It’s a good source of vitamin B12 and calcium. It’s dairy-free, soy-free, certified non-GMO, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, kosher, vegan, and hey – it’s even endorsed by Jillian Michaels.

Want to win some awesome stuff? Check out the 100 Days of Change Giveaway on the So Delicious Facebook Page, where one change-for-the-better prize will be awarded every day for 100 days from February 10th through May 20th, 2011. It’s easy to enter! You can log in with Facebook, and enter daily to increase your chances of winning the Grand Prize trip to the Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa.

And if that’s not enough for ya, So Delicious and BlogHer are teaming up in a sweepstakes of their own, from February 23rd through March 20th, 2011. You can win a $100 Visa gift card! First, Visit the Official site and then leave a comment here telling me which So Delicious Dairy Free coconut based product you’d be most likely to try. Some quick rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here: Visit the Official Rules and Visit the Exclusive Offers section for more chances to win. Good luck!

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! TICKET GIVEAWAY!! (CLOSED)


Where are my Yo Gabba Gabba mamas and daddies out there? The Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There’s A Party In My City! tour is coming to Colorado on November 7th, 2010 at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield – and the show is sold out! Fear not, Brobee lovers. Who’s got two thumbs and a Family 4-Pack of tickets for you to see the show for free? THIS GUY! I’ll draw a winner on Halloween, so you still have lots of time to get entries in. Just leave a comment on this post.

Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour debut, a headlining performance at The White House, a critically-acclaimed, chart-topping album, and an appearance at Coachella that garnered rave reviews from spectators and media alike, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of YO GABBA GABBA! are heading back on the road with YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to play to enthusiastic fans on a 60-city tour across North America. Today’s hottest live show for families will make stops at top theaters, arenas and amphitheaters throughout North America, starting August 27 in Bethel, NY and ending in Dallas, TX on December 12.

I can’t WAIT to see the live show. Haven’t seen them? Check out the Yo Gabba Gabba Official YouTube Channel.


Wake Up to the Dangers of Texting and Driving

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BlogHer and LG Text Ed

As a mom of many little ones, I sometimes feel like my life revolves around crayons, lunchboxes, and Yo Gabba Gabba. The past few years have been a whirlwind for us, as we’ve watched our two young sets of twins grow from babies and toddlers to big kids on bikes. For years, it’s been all about the little ones, and I haven’t really thought much about teenagers. Even my own teenager seemed young to me, coloring with her sisters and brother. Then we moved across town, almost directly across the street from one of the largest high schools in Colorado, and now I see teenagers all day long – walking past my house, hanging out in the park, tearing through the streets in my neighborhood, desperate to pack as much fun and freedom as possible into a 25-minute lunch break. And it seems like every one of them has a cell phone in their hand at all times. Last summer, my daughter had a bunch of girlfriends spend the night, and they spent the entire evening sitting on the sofa together, not talking to one another, but texting other people – and sometimes even texting each other, while sitting in the same room!

Now that my daughter is at the age where she’s eager to take driver’s ed and get her learner’s permit, I find myself noticing more than ever just how many people are texting while they drive. Not just teenagers, either – I see grown men and women swerving all over the road, completely focused on their phones. And this is in spite of a fairly recent Colorado law which makes it illegal to text while driving – and, which actually bans drivers under age 18 from even using a cell phone while behind the wheel.

It seems sort of ridiculous that we need laws in place to tell us that texting while driving is a bad idea. This should be common sense, right? A recent survey showed that most people believe texting and driving is as dangerous as driving drunk…so why do people still do it? That same survey found that nearly a quarter of the respondents admitted to reading email or texting while driving. Last year, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that drivers who text are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

How can we wake people up to the dangers of texting and driving? Do we need stricter laws? Let us know in the comments – each comment benefits with a $0.50 donation.