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Enter to win a Smile Brilliant professional teeth whitening kit!I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I’ve always had a thing for imperfect teeth.  Now when I say “imperfect,” I don’t mean effed up.  I’ve never been turned on by missing teeth or vampire fangs (even though I had them before braces) or yellow teeth.  What I find attractive is just that little something that’s kind of unique.  Like when the top 2 teeth are a little bit longer than the rest like little rabbit teeth, or maybe when those same two teeth are ever so slightly turned in.  It’s weird, I know.  But seriously, ask any of my long-time besties and they’ll tell you — I have a thing for it. [Read more...]

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The Best Laid Birthday Plans Go Awry. #birthdayFAIL

This post is sponsored by Hallmark but, as always, the stories, thoughts and opinions are all mine.

2012 will forever be known in our household as the Year of the Preemie.  There was bed rest.  There was a 29-weeker.  There was the NICU.  There was an apnea monitor and a feeding tube taped to his face that lasted all the way to 2013.

We were so thankful, when on February 28, 2013 (over a year after his birth), Meyer passed his 4th swallow study (FAIL, FAIL, FAIL, PASS!) and we got to take out the feeding tube and let him drink from a bottle instead of dumping his milk straight into his chubby little tummy.

So you can imagine that after this 14-month ordeal where every single thing we thought or did was focused on our kids, Gabe and I were ready for a little adult-style celebration.  We chose my May 5 birthday (29th, of course) and bought tickets to Shaky Knees musical festival.  2 of my besties planned to join us for some serious festival fun.

Let me tell ya, there’s hardly any time nicer in Atlanta, Ga than early May.  The temperature is warm but not hot.  Skies are blue.  I knew my day would be celebrated with sun on my face, a beer in my hand and great live music!  Birthday heaven.

Finally!  May 5 dawned bright and sunny.

Nope.  Nope, it didn’t.  The day barely dawned at all — because thick, gray clouds were covering the entire sky and the temperature insisted it was February, not May.  To makes matters even more miserable, there was a nonstop downpour of rain.  Birthday hell.

But my friends were in town, our tickets were paid for, so there was nothing else to do but suck it up, put on a bunch of layers and rain gear and go.

I figured if I had enough birthday cocktails, I could make the weather go away.  Amirite?

#birthdayFAIL at a music festival

We tried really hard to make it work even though we looked like a wet box of crayola crayons.  See those forced smiles?  There are chattering teeth behind them.  Not even a couple of double margaritas could make me forget my wet, chilled bones.  If you’re counting, that’s 4 margaritas.  But who’s counting?

Miles of muck make for a #birthdayFAILAs good as it was to see my friends, my birthday turned out to be mostly misery.  We were freezing, dirty, wet and outta there.

Proving that sometimes the best laid birthday plans turn into a #birthdayfail.

Hallmark has some pretty funny examples of birthday fails on their Facebook page but my favorite by far is this little video from those freaking crazy Duck Dynasty guys.

You can see loads of other funny #birthdayfails on the Hallmark Facebook page here.

And after all this evidence, I’m thinking you should just go ahead and send a Hallmark card to all your closest loved ones for their birthdays because if all else fails, at least you’ve found a lasting way to say you love them on their birthday and always.

Hey, that was pretty good — I should write for Hallmark.  (Call me!)

Just to make sure you’re prepared for a #birthdaywin, I’ve got a 10-card pack of assorted Hallmark birthday cards (a $40 value) for one lucky winner.  Just leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner Wednesday, November 27th.

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This post is sponsored by Hallmark but as always, the stories, thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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Something Special for Atlanta and a #giveaway!

This post is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company but the stories, thoughts and opinions are all mine.

When I was a kid, it was either a safer, gentler time or my parents were hoping to get rid of me so they could save a little money and sanity.  After all, they did have 2 other kids who they probably thought more likely to be able to take care of them in their old age than me (ahem, I’m a writer — I can’t even support myself).

I was reminiscing with some friends about the crazy shit we used to do when we were children.  With our parents’ blessings.  Like running behind the mosquito truck.  IN THE DEADLY CHEMICALS THAT KILL BLOOD-SUCKING PESTS.  Every single night at dusk, we’d run happily screaming, waving our hands through that white mist.  In the road.  Staying about 3 feet behind a moving truck.  In the street.  In a mist.  Do you see where I’m going with this one?  I’m pretty sure I can blame all of my mental and health problems on this single activity.  Is there someone I can sue?  Besides my parents, I mean?

In the summer, I would also leave my house after breakfast and walk a good 2 miles to the public swimming pool alone, stay there the ENTIRE DAY without any communication with my parents and walk back home by myself just before dark.  Did I mention I was 10 years old?

I also got dropped off at the movie theater all the time when I was around this age.  One of my parents would just pull up to the curb, I’d hop out and they’d pick me up sometime later.  Unthinkable these days, those solo movie trips are some of my best childhood memories.  Can you tell I was always a “little” independent?

I’d go in with a crumpled up $20 bill in my pocket and soon, I’d be sitting in the theater with my favorite treats — a box of chocolate-covered almonds and a “suicide.”  You remember those, right?  You’d ask the person behind the counter to  just go from one end of the dispenser to the other putting a little bit of everything in your cup?  Ahhh, memories.

These days, I’m definitely not a kid anymore but I got to feel like one earlier this week.

Like me, you can still have your “suicides” — the modern way.  There’s an app for that.  WAIT?  WHAT?  Yep, there’s an app for that.

Coca Cola Freestyle appAtlanta is one of only 3 special markets in the country to pilot this fun, new technology.  Download the new Coca-Cola Freestyle app to your smartphone and not only can you save your favorite drinks and create your own mixes, but until December 1st, you can unlock an exclusive flavor combination, Thunder Fusion.  Just bumping your phone against the Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser (or scanning a QR code on the screen) at your favorite participating Atlanta AMC theater location (see below) will automatically dispense the super creation, a combination of Fanta Lime, Fanta Raspberry and Coke.

SONY DSCI traded in my chocolate-covered almonds for popcorn on this trip but I still had my special childhood drink and I must say, Thunder Fusion is soooo yummy.

So download the app here for iOS and here for Android, but hurry Atlantans — Thunder Fusion is only available until December 1.  And I’m telling you, it washes down the popcorn well.  Really well.

SONY DSCWant to win a $50 AMC gift card?  I’m giving one away to celebrate this trip back to my childhood and it can be all yours.  Just leave a comment below this post and I’ll pick a winner November 20th.  Winner must be a US resident.

coke.giveawayThunder Fusion available at AMC Phipps Plaza 14, AMC Southlake 24, AMC Parkway Point 15 & AMC Discover Mills 18, Altlanta, GA.

This post is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company but the stories, thoughts and opinions are all mine.

 

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Win $500 and manhandle the holidays LIKE A BOSS.

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I’m planning to make this holiday central for my kids.  They want 20 million things, including every single thing they see on TV, and there’s no way my mom-brain can remember which day it is much less the names of all those toys that are only new versions of things they already have.  Once I get it all down, all I have to do is point Santa and the grandparents to the list.  Done and done.

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