Saturday, November 22, 2014

#TheThreeDogateers DVD Giveaway

The Three Dogateers are here to save the Holidays!
Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest. All the while they are dodging a dogcatcher bent on capturing them.
The Three Dogateers is Dove “Family-Approved”!
Watch the trailer in the video below or at this link:

After watching the trailer I can already tell that my daughters will love this movie. Since it has dogs, Christmas, and Santa what more could you want? I will definitely be adding it to my gift shopping list. 
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Win a DVD of "The Three Dogateers" from Mom Among Chaos. Enter in the form below. Ends 11/29/14.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

#ThanksgivingFeast with Bobby Flay and Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Bobby Flay Joined by Katie Lee, Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Michael Symon for Turkey Day Feast With All the Trimmings 


NEW YORK - Bobby Flay hosts all-star special Thanksgiving at Bobby's this holiday season, complete with favorite recipes, delicious tips and expert culinary advice to help viewers prepare for their own upcoming feast. Along with co-host Katie Lee, Bobby welcomes his friends Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon to the party to share their favorite Turkey Day dishes, traditions and personal family memories. Thanksgiving at Bobby's premieres on Saturday, November 22nd at 12pm ET/PT.

"Thanksgiving is Bobby's favorite day of the year and it shows - he's opened up his table to our audience for a personal look at how his family and friends celebrate," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "The dishes, tips, and tricks that Bobby and his friends share will inspire everyone planning their own holiday meal."

Bobby always makes the turkey for Thanksgiving and this year he's preparing Roasted Turkey with Mustard Maple Glaze. Katie uses a little inspiration from the South to make her grandmother's Cornbread Stuffing with Herb Butter, while Sunny's Sage and Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole is an ode to her mother's sweet potatoes with melted marshmallows. Alex offers the unexpected and delicious vegetable dish Broiled Cauliflower Steaks with Parsley and Lemon and Michael finishes off the meal with a Chocolate Pumpkin Pie. Other dishes on the menu include Holiday Sangria, Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk, Black Pepper and Green Onion, along with Katie's take on a classic Deviled Eggs appetizer.

At, viewers can find all-new Thanksgiving recipes, behind-the-scenes photos and more. During the show, get your Thanksgiving questions answered live on Food Network's Facebook page and on Twitter, with hashtag #ThanksgivingFeast.

I usually make a pumpkin cheesecake, but this year I might try out this chocolate pumpkin pie. Let me know if you make it. ~ Stephanie
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Chocolate Pumpkin Pie - Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon 
Pie Crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, very cold, cut into small pieces
2 to 3 tablespoons ice cold water

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, very finely chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
One 14-ounce can pumpkin puree
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch salt
Shaved chocolate, for garnish

For the pie crust: Combine the flour, sugar, salt and butter in a food processor and pulse until coarse, with small marbles of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the ice water, then pulse until crumbly and the dough holds together when squeezed. (If too dry, add another sprinkle of water, but do not over mix.) Transfer the dough to a plastic bag, press into a disk and refrigerate for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Roll out the dough on floured surface, then press it into a deep 9-inch pie plate. Trim the edges to leave 1 inch of overhang, fold it under and flute the edges. Cut a piece of parchment or nonstick foil to the size of the pie plate and use it to line the pie crust. Fill with pie weights and bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and return the pie dough to the oven to dry out, about 8 minutes.

Lower the oven to 325 degrees F.

For the filling: In a double boiler, melt the semisweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and butter, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from the heat.

In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, light brown sugar, eggs, cornstarch, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Fold in the melted chocolate mixture. Set the pie plate on a baking sheet and pour the filling into the crust. Bake until the center of the pie has just about set but still has a slight jiggle, about 1 hour. Let cool completely before serving. Top with chocolate shavings.

Yield: 8 servings
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours

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#GivingTuesday: Giving with World Vision and Thirty One Gifts #RWMevent #Giveaway

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The Hope Kit is a Thirty-One Gift’s Cosmetic Bag filled with essential hygiene supplies such as a toothbrush, shampoo, hairbrush soap and a special note of encouragement.
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I already have fallen in love with Thirty-One Gifts.  If you missed our last review of Thirty-One check it out here.  I can honestly say that I am proud to write this review.  I love what Thirty-One Gifts is doing to help others in need.  Thirty-One Gifts is working with World Vision for the 3rd Annual Giving Tuesday on Dec. 2, 2014.

What is the 3rd Annual Giving Tuesday you might ask?  Thirty-One Gifts organization is sending out personal hygiene supplies to women in need.  On #GivingTuesday 3,100 donations will be made to World Vision.  The hope kit tote will include hygiene products for a women or a girl right here in the U.S.  The hope kit is pictured above.  
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How can you help? The donations on #GivingTuesday can be made by phone (1-888-511-6588) or online ( to World Vision on Giving Tuesday. On #GivingTuesday every donation made to the Christian humanitarian agency World Vision will make twice the impact by combating poverty in one of the 100 countries where World Vision works.  So, if you're planning on giving please try to take advantage of #GivingTuesday where your donations mean so much more.

You can visit World Vision on Facebook by clicking here.  Or, on Twitter by using the hashtags #GiftCatalog and #GivingTuesday.

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Welcome to the Holiday HOHOHO Hop!

Now is your chance to seek out some awesome prizes for those on your Christmas list, but you better hurry, the hop ends on December 5! Make sure to stop by The Review Wire for the Grand Prize, an Erin Condren Life Planner! Use it as a nutrition/exercise log, newborn sleep & peep record, work meetings & appointments, academic & social planner, keepsake journal or as a scrapbook...the possibilities are endless!

Mom Among Chaos has been lucky enough to work with Thirty-One Gifts to bring you another great giveaway.  One lucky fan will receive a Handle-It Cosmetic Bag.  The winner will have their choice of Paisley Day, Black Chevron, or Plum Chevron with the words "Hope" embroidered on it. 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cirque Dreams Holidaze in Detroit #Giveaway

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2014 holiday season when it returns to the Fox Theatre, after sold out performances in 2009, 2011 and 2013, to transform the stage into a wonderland of fantasy and disbelief Tuesday, December 16 through Saturday, December 20. Cirque Dreams, an American theatrical production company, brings its critically acclaimed entertainment brand to Detroit for seven glorious holiday performances as part of the Fifth Third Bank Theatre Series at the Fox Theatre.

Performance Schedule: 
Tuesday, December 16 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 18 8 p.m.
Friday, December 19 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Tickets (starting at $24) are on sale now and can be purchased at, The Fox Theatre, and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount by calling 313-471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

Broadway World calls Cirque Dreams Holidaze “The Perfect Holiday Gift…chock full of stupefying stunts that Cirque Dreams’ competitors aren't even attempting. This is a show that everyone will enjoy, children and adults alike. It’s colorful, festive, imaginative, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining. While they may not be as well-known as Cirque du Soleil or Ringling Bros, Cirque Dreams is certainly just as strong, and Holidaze rivals The Rockettes’ Radio City Christmas Spectacular in terms of production quality and entertainment value.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is offering one lucky Detroit star the chance to share their talent with Cirque Dreams and win a customized role as a featured performer in the Cirque Dreams Holidaze Christmas spectacular at the Fox Theatre December 16th-20th.

“Detroit's Got Cirque Dreams Talent” online casting call is being held now through Nov 30 and encourages aspiring performers, acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, dancers, singers and anyone else with a special talent who has ever dreamed of performing in a Broadway show, to audition for their chance to perform with the internationally renowned Cirque Dreams company. This will be a once in a lifetime experience, comparable to performing with a Broadway company and a chance to showcase their talent and skills to Detroit audience at the Fox Theatre. Go here for more info.

Mom Among Chaos is giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to see Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Wednesday, December 17 at 8 p.m. Enter in the form below. Ends 12/10/14.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 12th Anniversary #ChiTAGFair

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Come out and play at the 12th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), arriving in the Windy City on Saturday, November, 22, 2014 & Sunday, November 23, 2014. 

As the only fair of its kind in the United States open to the public, ChiTAG Fair returns to Navy Pier in Chicago, the world’s top city for toy and game inventors, for a weekend of fun-filled discovery, interactive events, and of course, play.

The first 1,000 attendees through the doors on Saturday, November 22, will receive a free copy of the acclaimed book, About Jenga, by author and Jenga creator Leslie Scott. Leslie Scott will also be attending the Fair and autographing copies of her book during the Fair.

Here is just a sampling of more funtabulous things to see and do at the fair!
Featured Exhibits - Robots, Rainbow Loom, dinosaurs, Star Wars characters, a truck filled with video games... and so much more! Check out the Featured Exhibitor Page:

Zoomer Dino presents Earth's Dinosaur Zoo LIVE! - (Saturday 11/22) - To quote Jurassic Park, "We have a T-Rex". One of the spectacular life-size dinosaur puppets will be making limited showings at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair on Saturday!

Young Inventor Challenge, presented by Spin Master(11/22 10a - 2p) – A fantastic opportunity for children ages 6 to 18 to showcase their own original toy & game inventions to toy & game industry professionals, members of media and the general public. We have a new workbook full of inspirations and exercises for you, and an even bigger prize package! Registration for the Young Inventor Challenge is at

Rummikub National Championship! (11/22) - The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is hosting the Rummikub National Championship! The winner of the tournament receives round trip airfare and a travel stipend to compete in the World Championship next year in Germany! More details coming soon -

Illinois State Yo-Yo Championship (11/22 10a - 4p) - A dynamic performance competition (featuring ladder climbs). Hands-on tips for all skill levels; online and day-of registration available. This immensely entertaining contest will feature multiple divisions in both the Sport and Pro categories. Contest entry is open to all ages!

Catan National Championship, US Qualifier (11/22 10:30am) - This event is already full, and a wait list has started. Mayfair is considering adding additional seats. Open to ages 18+. For more information and wait list sign up, visit

Star Wars Luncheon (11/22, 12p-1p) - Meet & eat with your favorite Star Wars characters! Plus free Star Wars Action figures! Sponsored by Hasbro.

Adventure Sandwich LIVE! - Adventure Sandwich has an area filled with cardboard for you to create your own funtastic creations, and on Sunday they will take the stage with their own unique and lively performance.

Special Programming for Scouts (11/23) - Scouts in uniform receive free admission to the fair thanks to Mayfair Games, publishers of the hit board games "The Settlers of Catan" and "Catan Junior". Mayfair Games will be providing a special workshop for boy scouts working towards their game design badge. Legoland Discovery Center will be providing a workshop for Girl Scouts oncreating their own LEGO Comic Book. For more information, visit

Meet the Inventors (11/22 & 23) - Leslie Scott, inventor of the worldwide tower stacking sensation Jenga, will be giving copies of her book "About Jenga" to the first 1000 attendees at the fair. She will be available for signings 12-2 each day. You can also meet the inventors of Rainbow Loom, Zoomer the Robot Puppy and more!

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Ticket Information - $10/adult, $5/child ages 3-13. More information, including the $2 off coupon and complimentary admission guidelines, can be found on our ticket page:

Grandparents Day - ChiTAG celebrates fun at all ages and on Sunday grandparents get in for free! Bring your grandchildren along and enjoy the fun together.

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My family is excited to attend the Fair again this year. We don't leave Michigan often, so this is a vacation for us. Last year we had a fun time enjoying the weekend with our friends. This year my whole family is going. We can't wait to try out some new toys and games, along with visiting with some of our favorite brands. 
We also plan to see the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. It includes an evening parade down Michigan Avenue
We are hoping to finally visit the SkydeckIt's a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.
This is only my 3rd time in Chicago, so any tips & advice is greatly appreciated. What is a must see or do in Chicago?

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#Santawillwrite Review and Giveaway

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Surprise your child with a personalized letter from Santa. A big shiny red envelope will arrive in the mailbox for your child containing a personalized letter from Santa, a Nice List certificate with Santa's and Rudolph's signature, a personalized letter from Rudolph, Santa's workshop stickers, a Christmas game board, a Special Delivery from the North Pole stamp, magic Christmas dust, washable Christmas tattoos, and a free phone call from Santa.

My daughter's face was just like the picture above when she received her very own personalized letter from Santa.  She has been home with pneumonia since last week and boy did this ever brighten her day.  It sure put a smile on my face to see her this happy.

The letter came beautifully wrapped in shiny red paper.  The letters allow you to customize them to your own child. It's so easy. You order it from the comfort of your own home. Even better yet, Keira and I loved the glitter on the paper.  

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Keira really loved the special letter from Rudolph.  She was so excited that she spent hours coloring pictures for Santa and Rudolph.  She even saved her very favorite chocolate bar for Santa.

Would I recommend Santa Will Write?  Yes!  The smile on my daughter's face was priceless.  It totally brightened her day when she was feeling terrible.  Santa Will Write totally rocks!

Santa Will Write packages start at $9.99.  Mom Among Chaos has a very special deal for readers.  If you use coupon code SantaCW, you will receive 15% off Santa Will Write.  It's super affordable!

One lucky winner will win a package from Santa Will Write.  Enter in the form below. Ends 12/10/2014.

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How old is the child you will order a #Santawillwrite package for?