Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review & Giveaway


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Disclosure: I received something of value from Old Factory. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Full policy here.

I was given the opportunity to check out these soy candles made by Old Factory.  I love candles.  I enjoy the wonderful scents that they fill my home with.  I usually enjoy fruity smells, but I was in the mood for something a little bit different. #oldfactory

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Old Factory soy candles come as a gift set so you don't just get one, you get three.  The hardest part was choosing which scents I wanted to try.  I knew whatever I picked it would be fabulous because they have 5 stars on Amazon.

These candle gift sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. Hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming wicks, and premium fragrance oils. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life.
Below are the list of Themes and their related fragrances. 

Fall Harvest
Pumpkin Spice
Cranberry
Autumn Leaves

Happy Holidays
Christmas Tree
Candy Cane
Gingerbread

Winter Wonderland
Hot Cocoa
Roasted Chestnut
First Snow

Romance
Rose Petals
Champagne
Dark Chocolate

Fresh & Clean
Lemongrass
Olive Blossom
Fresh Linen

Spa Day
Cucumber
Lemongrass
Green Tea

Vacation
Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei
Awapuhi

Coffee Shop
Coffee Bean
Hazelnut
Chai Tea

Man Cave
Straight Razor
Leather
Mahogany

High as a Kite
Cannabis
Incense
Bag O' Cookies

New Born Baby
Baby Powder
Baby Shampoo
First Blanket

50 Shades
Leather
Vanilla
Jasmine Bubbles



I ended up picking the Vacation gift set.  When the Michigan winters get harsh I always dream of vacation.  So, that is why I selected it.


Would I recommend Old Factory?  Yes, the fragrance is light and not overpowering.  The candles reminded me of nice smelling Paul Mitchell Awapuhi shampoo.   I also loved that these candles burn clean and are soy.  Even better yet, I adore that they are made in the USA.  These would be great Christmas gifts.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Detroit Zoo Fundraiser at Outback - Review and Giveaway

*Disclosure: I received something of value from Outback Steakhouse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Read our full policy here.
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#OutbackZooNight
Outback Hosts Detroit Zoological Society Give Back Night Fundraiser

When: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Where: Detroit Outback Restaurants

Time: Open until 10pm (check your local Outback for hours)

Store Locations: http://www.outback.com/locations (some locations open for lunch)

Outback invites you to join them at any Detroit area Outback Steakhouse location for the Detroit Zoological Society Give Back Night fundraiser. Relax and enjoy the fresh flavors at Outback and they’ll proudly donate 15% of your total check to the Detroit Zoo! This is a great opportunity to grab the family and head to Outback Steakhouse to support a good cause. For one day only, Outback Steakhouse will be donating 15% of your check right back to our Detroit Zoo.
Just say “Zoo Night!” to your server!

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Crystal & I had the opportunity to try out our local Madison Heights, MI Outback Steakhouse location. We went for lunch shortly after they opened at 11 am.
The Wallaby Darned
We asked our waiter for a drink recommendation. He suggested this popular one, The Wallaby Darned. The famous Australian peach bellini. Tickle your tongue with this frosty combination of peaches, champagne, SVEDKA Vodka and DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps.
Aussie-Tizers
We started out with one of Crystal's favorites, a Bloomin' Onion. But we also wanted to try a new Aussie-Tizer so we picked a combo called the Great Barrier Trio, which included Coconut ShrimpCrab & Avocado Stack, & Seared Peppered Ahi. I liked the Crab & Avocado stack served with tortilla chips the best.
Parmesan-Herb Crusted Chicken
For my main course I choose the Parmesan-Herb Crusted Chicken along with the Signature Baked Potato Soup and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Originally this entree came with fresh seasonal mixed vegetables, but they let me substitute a different side. I was not impressed with the soup, but the chicken & potatoes were perfect and flavorful. I saved half of it for dinner that night.
Sweet Adventure Sampler Trio
We couldn't leave without sampling the dessert menu. I had the Sweet Adventure Sampler Trio. Three fabulous desserts, Chocolate Thunder From Down Under® with pecan brownie, Carrot Cake with coconut and pecans, and Classic Cheesecake. I was surprised that they give you full size pieces of each cake. I finished the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. I took home the yummy carrot cake & cheesecake with raspberry sauce for later.
Crystal had the seasonal dessert. She said it was delicious.

Outback has the following special deals available. 

3 courses for $11.99. Soup or salad, entree, side, & dessert.
Free kid's meal on Halloween. *FREE KIDS MEAL OFFER. VALID WITH THE PURCHASE OF AN ADULT ENTRÉE ON HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014 ONLY.
Click here for more info.

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Twitter: @Outback / @detroitzoo

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Getting Styled by Stitch Fix

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My first Stitch Fix box.
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I love clothes. It's my thing. If you offered me a diamond or a new wardrobe, I would definitely pick the clothing. Clothing makes me feel good. Having a great outfit totally boosts your confidence and makes you feel terrific. When I heard about Stitch Fix, I totally became excited. I was so ready to step outside my "normal" box and be led by an experienced stylist.

Here's how it works. Go to Stitch Fix and create a style profile. This gives your stylist an idea of your taste, size, likes, and dislikes. You can also add your style board from Pinterest. This is very important. Your stylist gets a ton of information about what you are looking for from this. Make sure to comment on your pictures stating exactly what you like about what you pinned. You can check out my style board here.




You can make notes for you stylist letting them know exactly what you are looking for. I told her I was looking for comfy, everyday clothes. I also told her that I wanted a pair of jeans and that I liked flannel and cowgirl looks.

The first thing I noticed about my box when it arrived was everything was super soft. It felt just like my soft yoga pants that I love. I couldn't wait to shower and try everything on. My stylist, Stephanie, even sent me a note. I felt so in love. She decided that blues would look great with my bright red hair. Really? I would have never guessed blue.


So now I have you curious. What did I keep? What did I send back? Did I buy it all?


Here, I have on the Aiken Draped Plaid Cotton Cardigan, Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee, and Just Black Jacob High Rise Skinny Jeans. The boots are my own from Just Fab.

The moment I slipped the jeans from Just Black on, I was in love. OK, not just in love but head over heels in love. I would have never on my own purchased high rise jeans. I would have said they're dorky. They cover and compliment all the Mommy stretched out parts. This picture doesn't do them justice. They are now my favorite jeans. They are so soft and fit this short girl perfectly. They were a keeper. You would have had to pry them away from me.

When I saw the cardigan I wanted to love it. I love plaid and flannel, but I didn't fall in love with this cardigan. I loved the crochet pattern on the back (not shown). I did not like that it looked like it would need to be ironed,just kind of looked messy,and didn't show off my figure in a positive way. I sent it back.

The Sam short sleeve top was so soft. But, even with a t-shirt bra it didn't look smooth. I'm all about having everything smooth. It just wasn't going to work. I sent it back.


When I picked up the Aleah Heathered V-neck Dolman top I thought it looked huge and there is no way I was going to like it. Boy, I was wrong. I need to take another photo of it to show it off. It is v-neck and roomy, but around the waist it's fitted making a really cool silhouette. I went back and forth on this piece. I didn't love it, like I loved the jeans, but I decided to take a leap of faith and add it to my wardrobe because it's something that I have nothing else like and it can be dressed up or down.



Finally you see a close up of the Tina Checkered Infinity Scarf. I would have never picked this on my own. I admired how the blue complimented my red hair. My stylist was correct. I also ended up keeping the scarf. My whole purpose of this is to update my wardrobe and add new pieces. The great thing is you get little cards showing how to wear each piece.

So, I ended up keeping 3 out of the 5 pieces sent. Now, I have you wondering how does it work. When you sign up (you can choose how often you receive Stitch Fix). There is a $20 styling fee. If you purchase something from your box that $20 styling fee is applied toward that item. If you end up purchasing the whole box you receive an additional 25% off. It works out almost better to keep the whole box instead of what I did.

After you make your decisions you rate how your stylist did. That way each month will keep getting better. I let her know exactly why the cardigan and silver top did not work for me.

I scheduled my next box for before Christmas. I advised her that I wanted something comfy and expandable for Christmas, in red and green. I also mentioned something sparkly for New Years. I made sure I went and added what I was looking for to my board.

Would I recommend Stitch Fix? Yes, it's so nice stepping outside the box. It makes you feel pampered
 and I decided I sometimes need a little pampering. I might not love everything but you're only paying a $20 styling fee. With the new intense love I found for those jeans, it was so worth it.

How do you sign up? Click here. I will see you again in December! Let me know how your
 Stitch Fix goes.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Parents Guide to Keeping it Classy

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I have been very disturbed lately by the lack of parents keeping it classy. I in no way blame the child because they learn this behavior from the parents.  It really breaks my heart and the only thing I can do is pray.



1.  Watch the language
I'm no saint. I swear occasionally.  If I bang my toe you might hear something foul come out of my mouth. Your children imitate you. You're their first teacher and they look up to you. Bite the tongue when they are around. Or else their little mouths will be repeating what you say. I should not be hearing a third grader using the word "fricking" every other word. I know it's not the f word, but it implies the f word. 

2.  Fashion Show
Picking your child up from school is not a fashion show. You're not walking the runway. We are setting examples of how our children should dress.  Trust me I love clothes as much as the next person.  Here are two examples of what not to do. Yes, this actually happened. 

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest

You are not at the gym.  Yes, seeing big biceps is a nice treat, but not when you decide to block the sidewalk at school by showing off your manly strength doing push ups.  Also, didn't your mom teach you to put clothing on before going out?  Put on a shirt.  A little modesty goes a long way.  I was quite shocked, I tell you.  It was amusing.  I thought my eyes were deceiving me with this one.

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Yoga pants, jeans, heck even pajama pants with coffee mugs attached to the mom's hand all have my stamp of approval.   Showing every crack, crevice, thong, & dimple is two thumbs down.  We live in Michigan for goodness' sake.  It's cold most of the time, except for a few months out of the year.

3. Manners
The school parking lot boils down to a lack of manners.  There are horns blowing and people parking where they shouldn't be, because of pure laziness.  People, the drop off lane is called the drop off lane for a reason.  If you want to get out and socialize, simply park your car.  It's that simple!  I see people park in the drop off zone and then just leave their car in the drop off zone and socialize.  Hello!! Walking is good for you and I don't see a handicapped sticker on your car.

4. Protecting Your Child
This is the most important of them all.  We love our children more than anything.  Most of us would do anything in our power to keep them safe.  It broke my heart when I saw a fellow classmate of my daughter's on a motorcycle, with I'm guessing her father, and neither one of them were wearing a helmet.  I understand it's your choice if you choose not to wear a helmet.   It is the law though that your child must be wearing a helmet.  It just makes me sad that you took your child's right away.  She isn't old enough to make that decision on her own.

That completes my parents guide to keeping it classy.  I'm sure I will have new ones soon.  People never cease to amaze me.  All I am asking for is just a little class.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY Kids Halloween Costumes As Seen on TV 20 Detroit

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Mom Among Chaos on TV20.
We once again had the opportunity to be on the TV20 Detroit morning news. We brought our daughters along to show off our easy, do-it-yourself Halloween costumes. The girls are dressed up as Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie, a nerd, Elsa from Frozen, and Skelita from Monster High. Watch the video on YouTube.


Many of the items for the costumes may already be in your closet. If not, then they can be bought inexpensively at a thrift store.

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Keira as Wyldstyle.
For Wyldstyle you need a black hooded sweatshirt. This one is from Target. Then you add some pink & blue duct tape. For the final touches add freckles with eyeliner and put some streaks in her hair. These hair clips came from Meijer.


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Faith as a nerd.
For the nerd costume Faith wore a blue plaid skirt with a solid color top. The thrift store has skirts for .99 cents each. She added a mustache patterned tie and glasses from Five Below. Everything in the store is priced from $1-$5.


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Rylie as Elsa from the movie "Frozen".
For the Elsa costume there are many options. My daughter, Rylie, wanted a sparkly blue costume. You could also make it blue and white. I bought 2 rolls of plain blue tulle & 1 roll of glitter tulle from Michaels craft store. The tulle sells for $2.99-$3.99. Watch for 40% off coupons & buy one, get one free sales. I used the tulle to make a no sew skirt. You can use any size of elastic for the waistband of the tutu. 
First, measure around the waist and length of your child's legs. My 8 year old daughter needed 26.5 inches in length. Then you double that measurement before you cut the tulle. You fold the tulle in half. Next, you make a slip knot over the elastic. Keep doing that all the way around. 
If you have a sewing machine or if you can hand sew, like me, then you can attach the tutu to the bottom of a shirt.
For a cape you can sew the glitter tulle to the back of the shirt and along the sleeves. I added in snowflake ornaments from Dollar Tree.
Another option is using an already made cape. We have a nice light blue one from the Super Run in Ann Arbor, MI. It is made by SuperflyKids.
Emma as Elsa.
Here is another lovely Elsa dress that my friend, Lisa, came up with. It is a child's blue dress from the thrift store, along with the sleeves from a white lace women's shirt. Then sew a lace curtain or tablecloth on for the train.


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Katelyn as Skelita Monster High doll.
For the Skelita Monster High doll you need to wear a cute, colorful outfit. Having a bone or skull design is a plus. I found a cool skull shirt at Target for only $5.99. I also like these skeleton pjs at Target for $9.99. We purchased white opera gloves at Meijer, which my husband drew bones on. She forgot to wear them in the video. We also added bone print knee socks. Then we applied Tulip purple hair chalk. You can order it from Amazon for about $5. It works best when the hair is damp. Finally, we did her face makeup. Make a white face for the base, colored eye circles, black eyeliner designs, & a black lipstick outline.
I like this makeup tutorial for some ideas.




We had a fun time visiting TV 20 Detroit this morning.
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From Left: Stephanie, Crystal, Faith, & Katelyn. In Front: Keira & Rylie.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes Opening Night Review

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Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric as he breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Price Phillip, in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora, defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon!
Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away! 

We go to Disney On Ice every year. It has become a family tradition. My children are always curious which Disney stories will be featured in each show. This show started out with Aladdin. My daughter, Katelyn, knows all the songs because she is currently rehearsing for Aladdin Jr. with the Warren Civic Theatre. My son liked the singing as they were chasing Aladdin around the ice. He loved the dragon that breathes fire on to the ice. My daughter, Katelyn, admired the scenery. I enjoyed the acrobatics & special effects. Make sure you stay for the finale. As you can see I took a lot of photos, but I want to remember this entertaining night. You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them.




See Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt where believing is just the beginning!

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Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes
THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS

Auburn Hills, MI


DATES & SHOWTIMES:

OCT. 18 SATURDAY 
11:30 AM 
03:30 PM 
07:30 PM

OCT. 19 SUNDAY 
11:30 AM 
03:30 PM 
07:30 PM

TICKET INFO
Tickets are $60 Rinkside, $50 VIP, $28 and $23 reserved are on sale now at Palacenet.com, The Palace and DTE Energy Music Theatre Ticket Stores and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may be also charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000. Group Sales Info: 248-977-3830

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There is quite a bit of Frozen in this show. But, I'm really looking forward to the Disney On Ice Frozen show coming to Detroit March 12-15, 2015.




Mom Among Chaos Appears on the Local News


The Mom Among Chaos girls joined 7 Action News This Morning on 20 to share some ideas on do it yourself Halloween decorations.



Here is the link to the news video.

You can see the Candy Corn Decorative Bottle post here.

See all of our Fall Wreath ideas here.



Watch next week, on Thursday 10/23/14, when we bring our daughters to show off DIY Halloween costumes and face paint.