Tuesday, November 30, 2010
their Melrose Park office today. Shawn appears on Bravo's "Bethenny
Getting Married". He gave us lots of decorating tips for the holidays
including edible decor.
Disclosure: I received gift bags from 1-800-Flowers.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
hosted by Child's Play Communications two Saturdays ago at Chicago's
Navy Pier. Following/during the brunch we bloggers got a chance to
meet the sponsors.
Disclosure: received gifts and gift cards from sponsors.
blogger event in Chicago two Thursdays ago. Not pictured are two gift
cards worth a total of $50. They were promoting $5 toys at this event
so they included Hot Wheels cars and a coffeemaker in the bag.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Saturday's fragrance festival. I took a 4 question quiz and the
results show that I like oriental fragrances. Attendees picked from
floral, fresh, oriental and woodsy and received a fabric bracelet
scented with a fragrance of their choice. New fragrances highlighted
at the table included Yves Saint Laurent Belle D'Opium, an oriental.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Child's Play Communications hosted a panel discussion titled, Marketing to Moms in Social Media: How to Most Effectively Promote Your Brand, at Chicago's Navy Pier last Saturday. The panelists were Amy Mueller of http://www.parentsphere.net/, Kris Cain of www.LittleTechGirl.com, MJ Tam of www.Chicagonista.com, and Maria Ramos of www.MyChicagoMommy.com. The panel was moderated by Child's Play's Stephanie Azzarone.
After the panel Chicago and Indiana area mom bloggers enjoyed brunch, mimosas, and Cold Stone Creamery layer cakes. Bloggers also got a chance to talk with sponsors from Backyard Safari Outfitters/Zillionz, Cold Stone Creamery, In Zone beverages, Mary Kay, MEGA Brands, Playtex Baby, Restaurant.com, and Toy State. We also received gifts from the sponsors.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Oakbrook fragrance festival. I met the designers Viktor Horsting and
Rolf Snoeren when they visited Nordstrom Michigan Avenue for the
fragrance's launch a few Octobers ago.
Chicago Family Dollar blogger event last Thursday. She said she was
going for a Pottery Barn/Crate & Barrel look. I asked about fast
holiday decorating tips. She suggested using the glass hurricane and
putting a pre-decorated wreath around it. The glass hurricane and
wreath are now on my dining room table. Need to get the white pillar
candle to complete the look.
Disclosure: I received a $50 gift card, gift bag, and the glass
hurricane and wreath from Family Dollar.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
panini, bacon, egg & cheese panini, French toast, cranberry and
another scone, donuts, and fruit kabobs. The Bellini and mimosa bar
offered pear and mango bellinis (have only had peach bellinis before).
Only thing missing: coffee.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
http://www.mychicagomommy.com/ at the Family Dollar event at Hotel 71
tonight. I've met Maria at several blogger events. She'll be speaking
on a panel of bloggers this Saturday at Navy Pier.
Disclosure: received gift card of $50, gift bag and car service home
from Family Dollar.
tonight. We met with representatives from Family Dollar at Hotel 71
before going to the Family Dollar store on 2252 N Milwaukee. The event
brought a lot of bloggers (especially frugal bloggers) from the
Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area. Am going home now in the car
service that they provided.
Disclosure: Family Dollar provided me a $50 gift card, a gift bag
worth about $20, a glass hurricane and wreath, car service to my home,
and food & drink.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
(packets) of their instant coffee at Ogilvie Transportation Center in
Chicago this morning. Inside of pack says, "Real Beans - Real Flavor-
Real Value@ along with a $1.00 off coupon on any stick pack carton 20
count or larger. Flavors: French Roast, Vanilla, Hazelnut, Decaf House
Blend, House Blend, and 100% Columbian.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Sale. Enjoyed the Flirtini - we got two drink tickets with admission.
Lots of free beauty services including manicures and makeovers. Beauty
exhibitors included Pop Beauty, L'Oreal (Armani and Viktor & Rolf
Flowerbomb fragrances) and lots of salons (that sold Aveda and