Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tooth Fairy Tips

As our family embarks on the adventures of the tooth fairy, I've discovered a few tips to add to the enchantment of the big event. 

Tooth Fairy Pillow:
In anticipation of the first missing tooth, give your child a special tooth fairy pillow or box. This ensures the tiny tooth is safe.  Chasing Fireflies has a wonderful selection. Here are some of my favorites:

Prepare for Tooth Fairy Visit
On the day of the big visit, ask your child to clean up their room. The tooth fairy likes things nice and tidy!  OK... maybe Mom has a hidden agenda on this one, but it adds to the excitement. 
My son was attentive to all the details. He was concerned the tooth fairy would set off the security alarm.  He cleared a path to his bed for the Tooth Fairy's journey. He even announced promptly at 7:00pm that he was going to bed, so the tooth fairy wouldn't pass him by!  Part of this was certainly inspired by the allure of the fairy visit, but my little one is also quite an entrepreneur. He was especially excited about the earning potential!

Personal Touches:
Help your child write a letter to the tooth fairy.  The tooth fairy loves to sign it in fancy fairy scroll, fairy stickers and sprinkles of glitter.  There are also many free downloadable tooth fairy letters and certificates on-line. Here are a few of my favorite sites:
E-mail from the Tooth Fairy:
Tooth Fairy Fun: 
Ultimate Tooth Fairy
Tooth Fairy City

Special Penny:
On the momentous occasion of the first lost tooth, the tooth fairy can include a lucky penny minted the year of your child's birth or the year the first tooth is lost.
"The tooth fairy
 has come your way
with a lucky tooth fairy penny
on this very special day."

Tooth Fairy Scavenger Hunt:
To add a fun twist, the tooth fairy tucks a note in the pillow with clues for a treasure hunt.
"This Tooth Fairy Pillow is not obsolete
But the Tooth Fairy has a different treat.
In this next clue,
your reward is waiting for you."
Creative hiding places include "In your favorite pair of shoes" or "Check your juice glass this morning"

Take of lots of photos of your little one's toothless grin. This is definitely one for the scrapbooks. 
As always, embrace the special moment, and have fun!

Embraced Chaos

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Simple Summer Meal... Cheesy Mac and Beef

What a busy Summer! I can't believe it's winding down, and school is just around the corner.  I've been juggling family with work, and it's a struggle to whip up a home cooked meal.  I host a Simple Meals Cooking Show for Publix, and this recipe for Cheesy Mac and Beef with Veggies is the perfect family dinner. It's a delicious, easy meal for busy Moms on the go! Enjoy! 

To watch the video, just click on play.
For the complete recipe, visit Publix Apron's Simple Meals.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summertime Treats... Corn-on-the-Cob Cupcakes

Sweeten your Summer cook-outs and kick off July 4th weekend with these fun corn "cobcakes".

My son proudly displays his creations!

All you need...

White and yellow jelly beans
White frosted cupcakes
Yellow Starburst candies (for the pat of butter)
Corn holders

For each ear, press jelly bean kernels onto three frosted cupcakes.
Line up cupcakes, and add a corn holder to each end of the cob.
For butter pat, microwave a Starburst for 8 seconds.
Stetch it into a melted butter shape, and place on center cupcake.

Simple, fun and easy to make. Enjoy, and have a fabulous fourth!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hair Today. Gone Tomorrow!

I've been contemplating trimming my little one's hair.  I love his head full of gorgeous, blond curls. Well, my five-year-old made that decision for me. After a long day of juggling the boys, auditions and rush hour traffic, I was exhausted.  I stepped away for a moment to take off my makeup.  When I left, the boys were contently snuggled on the bed watching TV.  For some reason, my older one was suddenly inspired to cut hair. He dug into the desk drawer and retrieved the scissors.  He chopped off the center chunk of his bangs. Then, like Edward Scissorhands, he went to town on his brother's hair. There were fistfuls of blond locks on the floor, and my little one was bald with a row of curls at the bottom. It looked like a toddler mullet. My little one had a big smile on his face. He was pleased with his new look.  My oldest one was hiding. When he finally reappeared, his lower lip was quivering, and he told me, "Mommy, don't be mad.  I left his curls."  I rushed them to the salon where they recreated my oldest son's hairstyle into a spiky do.  For my little one, the stylist just smiled and said, "It will grow back."
This photo is the night before when my little one got into a bag of marshmallows.


The moral of the story is never trust a five-year-old.  We've had many discussions about scissor safety, but you never know when inspiration might strike!  

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Run for the Roses Festivities

The 136th Kentucky Derby runs this Saturday, May 1. There's something about the cuisine, attire and history that's always appealed to me.  For years, my husband and I would stop by the local tracks and place a bet.  I used to have these amazing vibes and always pick the winner. Certain names would just stand out to me.  In the last few years, I've lost all credibility.  Since we've added kids to the mix, we now gather around the TV and pick our favorites. My boys love any excuse to cheer and shout!  Here are a few of my favorite recipes to help celebrate.  Enjoy the festivities!

Classic Mint Juleps

The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century.  Mixes are available, but I love this recipe.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
16 mint sprigs, lightly crushed
8 cups finely crushed ice
1 cup bourbon
Mint sprigs
Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove sugar syrup from heat. Cool completely.  Place 2 crushed mint sprigs in the bottom of each of 8 glasses.  Add 1 cup crushed ice, 2 tablespoons sugar syrup, and 2 tablespoons bourbon to each glass.  Garnish with mint sprigs.
8 servings

Kentucky Chocolate Nut Tartlets
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water
Cooking spray
3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons chopped, toasted pecans
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup
1 tablespoon egg substitute
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of salt
2 teaspoons bourbon (optional)

For pastry: lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup.  Level with a knife.  Combine flour, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the baking powder in a food processor.  Pulse 3 times.  Add the shortening.  Pulse 4 or 5 times or until combined.  Place flour mixture in a bowl.  Gradually, sprinkle ice water over the flour mixture.  Toss until moist.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and gently knead 3 to 4 times.  Press mixture into a 4 inch disk.  Place between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Roll the dough into an 11 inch circle. Remove plastic.  Cut dough into 18 circles.  Fit dough into miniature nonstick muffin cups coated with cooking spray.  Gently press dough into bottom and sides of cups.  For filling:  divide chocolate and pecans evenly among muffin cups.  Combine 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar and next 6 ingredients in a small bowl.  Stir well with a whisk.  Divide sugar mixture evenly among cups.  Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until pastry is lightly browned and the filling is set.  Run a knife around each tartlet.  Remove from pan.  Lightly brush tartlets with 2 teaspoons bourbon, if desired.  Cool completely. 
This recipe makes 1 1/2 dozen tartlets.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Amy Adele Stationary. Perfect Gift Idea for Mother's Day!

Looking for a unique gift for Mother's Day? 
Amy Adele creates colorful calling cards with new Summer time designs. 
Ideal for Mom to set up playdates and hand out to new friends.
Customize your card with your e-mail address or phone number. 
It sure beats looking for a scrap of paper at the playground!
Order by Wednesday, April 28 for delivery by Mother's Day. 
Standard order time and delivery is typically 8 days.

Children's Stationery & Invitations on 100% Recycled Paper


Amy Adele offers a unique selection of children's stationery products.
Over 1,000 designs of thank you notes, party invitations and t-shirts can be personalized online.
I love that every paper item is printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper.
Outstanding customer service, high quality products, and fast printing results in quick delivery and total satisfaction.

Click on the link below to enjoy Free Shipping on all orders of $50 or more.
Stock up on thank you notes, invitations, announcements, mailing labels and and waterproof stickers.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

In Honor of Mother's Day... Mommy's Sippy Cup Giveaway

It's 5 o'clock and Mommy needs her sippy cup! 

I just fell in love with the whimsical designs from Misty and Sandy's
This super cute boutique glass is ideal for Mommy's wine or margaritas... depending on the mood!   Standard wine glasses are also available. 
Select your three favorite colors, and the glass is custom designed just for you! 
A matching ribbon is added for the final touch.  
Discounts are offered on orders of 2 or more themed wine glasses. 
Fun gift for Mother's Day or Mommy-to-Be.
Please order before May 5th to ensure delivery by Mother's Day.

One lucky Embraced Chaos reader will win a Mommy's Sippy Cup in your choice of colors.

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Cheers to a Happy Mother's Day!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy 101 Award

Thank you to Ellie-Town for recognizing Embraced Chaos with the Happy 101 Award.  Stop by her lovely site for the adventures of raising two adorable girls.  I love the slices of life. Thanks again to Ellie-Town!

So here are the rules of the Happy 101 Award:
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2.  List who gave the award to you and use a link to her blog (or hyperlink)
3.  List 10 things that make you happy.
4.  Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know about the award.

It's nice to take a few minutes to appreciate the good things in life.  Here's my Top 10:
1.  The top of my list is of course my boys. They have brought a joy into my life that I never thought possible. I love their sweet faces, their laughs, and all the silly things they do.  I think I'm having withdrawals right now. I've been working on a video shoot all week, so they are out of town with Grandma and Grandad.  The house is so quiet...  not a home.  They get back today. I'm sure there will soon be moments when they won't be at the top of my happy list :) but my happiest times are with my family.

2.  As much as I adore my children, date nights with my husband make me happy.  I love sipping a martini with jazz music and adult talk.

3.  The adventures of traveling make me happy. I love trying something new and exploring "out of the way" destinations.

4.  I'm always happy at the beach.  There is nothing like sinking my toes in the sand with a Pina Colada in hand watching the sunset. 

5.  I love girl getaways.  It really makes my happy to giggle and gossip with my best girlfriends. Girls that know the real you... pre-kids and pre-husband.  Just you.  What a wonderful escape!

6.  Although few and far between, a good, uninterrupted night's sleep makes me happy.

7.  Acting and being part of a creative process makes me happy. It gives me an identity outside of "just Mom". 

8.  Happiness is getting pampered at a luxurious spa. Massage, facial, mani, pedi... the works.  Throw in champagne and a spa lunch, and I'm extra happy!

9. Shopping has to be on my Happy Top 10.  I especially love finding bargains. I just snagged two gorgeous $200 retail Juicy Couture tops for $29 each. Very happy!

10.  Any reason to celebrate makes me happy.  I love holidays and making memories with my family.  Creative parties, thoughtful gifts and lots of pictures wrap up my Happy List!

Now for sites that make me happy, I would like to award the Happy 101 Award to:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Goodie Books Review and Giveaway

Remember those little coupon books that you made as a kid?  Goodie Books takes that concept to the next level. A Goodie Book is a book of ten priceless gifts presented with observational humor and colorful illustrations. They package ten things you can do for someone that don't cost a penny into a beautiful booklet! I was so impressed with the quality of the books, and they are perfect for Mother's Day. Note to's  just around the corner on May 9th! 

Ten price-less goodie gifts including such time tested classics as promises to eat all your vegetables, clean your room and feed the pets.

Goodie gift ideas appropriate for teens like clean up your mess, cook dinner once in a while, and keep curfew.

Perfect for the love of your life, your main squeeze, and the woman who knows you only too well and loves you anyway.

There are other selections to meet all your gift giving needs: Goodie Books for Dad and Goodie Books for Him.

These days, cards cost $4 or $5, so for a little more, you get a card and gift bundled in one. The cost per book is $11.95.  Since one "goodie turn" deserves another, one dollar from each book is donated to charity. 

Your choice of one Goodie Book

To Enter:
Come back to, and write a comment at the bottom of this post.
We'd like to hear what Goodie Book you love.

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Please include your contact e-mail address in each comment for winner notification. 
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Sorta like a goodie bag, except its a book!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


For our son's second birthday, we planned a visit to the Winnie the Pooh breakfast at the Grand Floridian.  He's a big Pooh Bear fan, so it was the obvious party theme.   Kim's Stitch in Time created this adorable, Winnie the Pooh tee for the occasion. 

Kim's Stitch in Time offers unique, custom birthday tees and onesies.  From Mickey to Thomas to all of the Princesses, you'll find a cute top for your little one. She also just added fun vacation outfits.  Perfect if you are planning a trip to Disney World!  Shirts can be personalized too. 

Kim was wonderful to work with. We chatted about the theme, and she suggested a few fabric options.  Then, she custom designed the tee and mailed it in plenty of time. The shirt is 100% cotton and good quality. I would suggest ordering a size larger just to make sure it fits.  Visit her site and enjoy her creative designs.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Mess of Boys

I am amazed at the mess my boys can create.
They are miniature tornadoes that devastate a room in minutes. 
Just a typical day in our household...

My little one "fed" the fish. Have you ever tried to vacuum fish food. Not fun!

Then, he took fistfuls of dirt out of the planter... just because.

My older one created an outfit from his brother's diapers.

He unraveled a roll of toilet paper and stuffed his brother's shirt to make him look fat.

On top of that, he cut green construction paper into strips to make "grass" for our family room,

I'm cursing the Easter Bunny for putting a bath crayon in the Easter Basket.
I'm sure he thought it was a great alternative to sweet treats, but those things should be banned.
Now, I'm off to clean bath art off of the Jacuzzi tub!

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Who couldn't use free milk these days? 
Especially when it's organic and delicious! 
Horizon Organic just launched a new, low-fat chocolate milk
with DHA Omega-3.
It's an easy way to add calcium and DHA to your family's diet.
DHA Omega-3 is an important nutrient
that helps support heart, brain and eye health. 

Since 1991, Horizon has produced wholesome, organic dairy products
without antibiotics, pesticides, or cloning, from cows not given added growth hormones. 

Horizon Organic is giving away to one lucky winner:
2 Free Half Gallons of Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk (coupon certificates provided)
2 Coupons for $1 Off
1 Red Horizon Organic Branded ChicoBag
1 Horizon Organic Rubik's Cube Keychain

Two second place winners will receive 2 free coupons for a half gallon Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk and 2 coupons for $1 off.

To Enter:
Comment at the bottom of this post with your e-mail address. 
Then, click on Top Mommy Blogs button at upper left to vote for Embraced Chaos.
Just click and vote. That's it!

Giveaway ends on Friday, April 9, 2010, Midnight. 
Winners are selected via Random Org, and will be contacted via e-mail.
Please confirm winning e-mail and provide shipping address within 48 hours.
Winners must live in the US.  No PO Boxes please.

Thanks for entering, and good luck!


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Easter Best. Adorable Basket Stuffers.

Enjoy one stop shopping for Easter Basket goodies.
Browse this adorable selection of homemade Easter gifts from 

This portable bunny toss game is ideal for Spring travels.  
 The set includes 4 bunny targets, 2 carrot bean bags, and a carry bag.

Wouldn't your child love this tucked in their basket on Easter morning?
Choose your colors, prints and fabrics to custom create your bunny roll. 
The set comes with 6 crayons and ties together with a matching ribbon.

Custom design these precious bunny puppets for your little ones.
 They are made to order just for you. 
Choose 2 boy bunnies, 2 girl bunnies, or one of each. 
Then, design your bunnies from a variety of colors and fabrics.
They perfectly fit a child's hand. Suggested age 1 - 6

Kid-N Around Creations

Monday, March 8, 2010

Healthy Chef Creations Winner and Discount

Congratulations to the winner of the Healthy Chef Creations giveaway, Jennai. 
Thank you to everyone who entered. 

Healthy Chef Creations is offering a
 10% discount
for Embraced Chaos readers until March 31, 2010.
 Just use the code Chaos when placing your order.

 I just started the weight loss program, and the food is amazing. 
I feel like Oprah with my private chef! 
My menu includes organic roasted sweet potato egg skillet, Mexican fiesta salad with beef, salmon cakes, vanilla spice super grain ambrosia, tuna tabbouleh wrap, almond crusted turkey with red bell pepper sauce, and Floribbean mahi mahi. My menu is created to fit my dietary needs and meet 1200 calories per day. It's easy to lose weight when the meals are prepared for you.  Each container is color coded for the day and meal. I just reheat and eat.  I'll keep you posted on the success.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Chaos of the Day. Beep!

Just when I was thinking that my life wasn't that chaotic... today happened.  My family and I woke up to a beeping sound.  It was a wonderful mystery to solve. My boys raced around the house. We finally found the culprit... the fire alarm in the hallway.  My husband is "mechanically challenged".  There's just no other way to put it.  He balanced on a chair and put the battery in. We waited for a second, and BEEP. It didn't work. He put the battery in wrong.  When he tried to get it out, he broke the battery door.  The alarm began to beep louder which terrified my toddler. He began to scream at the top of his lungs.  My husband fiddled with it a bit, and he decided that he couldn't deal with it. He would just fix it later. What?! That is unacceptable!  I couldn't function with the constant BEEP.  I decided to take charge, and I dragged our huge ladder in from the garage.  Of course, I bashed the walls in the process, and my toddler continued to scream.  The damage to the alarm had been done, and it would need to be replaced.  I called our home warranty company only to find out that our warranty had just expired.  I sent in the paperwork, but apparently, they never processed it.  I was forwarded to another office which was closed.  BEEP!  Scream!  I frantically called a repairman that was working on our garage door opener (also broken).  He asked if he could stop by Saturday.  A big resounding NO!  I would have a nervous breakdown by then.  He finally gave in, and we set an appointment for Noon. In the meantime, my boys scattered all of their tools throughout the house. They banged on the walls and "helped fix the alarm".  What a wonderful mess.

I had to ignore the BEEP while I got ready for a Cracker Barrel audition.  On the inside I felt like chaos, but I had to look cute, happy and carefree!  I don't think I pulled it off.  For the audition, I sat at a table with three other actors.  We just had to pretend like we were eating at Cracker Barrel.  It wasn't Shakespeare.   I kicked off the scene by saying how good the chicken and dumplings were.  One of the actors responded that the last time he had chicken and dumplings at Cracker Barrel, there wasn't any chicken".  Hello?  Aren't we auditioning for a Cracker Barrel commercial?  Trying to move on, I just smiled and said that the dumplings were the best part.  Then, I suggested peanut butter pie for dessert. Another actor piped in that they didn't like peanut butter pie. What? It's called acting. Fake it. You don't really have to eat it, and if you do, you get paid well for it.  I climbed back in my car for the drive home only to realize that my air conditioning wasn't working and my tire warning light was on.  Lovely.  Now, I'm just sitting and waiting for the alarm repair man.  BEEP!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Easter Best. Chick Magnet Tee.

Easter is on it's way, and I'll be sharing some of my favorite finds. 
I love this precious tee from
 No Paparazzi Please
What a fun twist on Easter attire for boys.

The felt applique is hand stitched for a one-of a kind look.
Sizes available in 12 months - 5T.
Free shipping if you order by the end of February!
No Paparazzi Please offers a variety of adorable styles and some cute selections for Spring. 
Enjoy browsing!

No Paparazzi Please

Nickelodeon Open Casting Call for Children

This casting is a "longshot", and it will be a cattle call.
However, if you have or know a 12 - 18 year old that is serious about acting,
you might want to give it a try. 
That said, expect a long wait. 
It will probably be crazy! 
If you do attend, brings snacks, drinks and entertainment.
As always, I don't endorse the audition, just wanted to pass on the information.
Good Luck!


Nickelodeon is seeking talent ages 12 - 18 for future projects.  They are looking for funny, confident talent.  All ethnicities.  This is a general casting, and they are looking for new faces for upcoming shows.  A casting representative from Nickelodeon will be at the casting. There is no fee for the audition.

Date:  February 27, 2010
Check-in:  9am-12pm
Location: Doubletree Miami Mart
Address: 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, Florida
There is parking, but space may be limited.  There is a flat fee for all day parking.
Ages: 12 - 18. They are not seeing anyone under 12 or over 18.

All talent MUST be accompanied by an adult. No exceptions.
Wardrobe: Casual

Nickelodeon will make their best effort to see all talent that has checked in. Audition wait time may be several hours. In the event that the turnout for the event exceeds the amount of people they are able to see in one day, you may be notified by an official Nickelodeon crew member that you will need to return the next day to be seen. If this occurs, you will be given a wristband and official paperwork confirming that you were in line by noon on Saturday and have been requested to return.
Please bring 1 photo (snapshot OK).  Include all of your contact information on the back of your picture. This photo will not be returned.
Nickelodeon will provide audition material (a brief comedy scene) at the open call.  You will also need to fill out an information form at the casting.
For additional information, please e-mail

Monday, February 22, 2010

Mommy on The Bachelor

I have something to confess. I feel like a horrible parent.  My 5-year-old son loves watching The Bachelor.  Of course, we fast forward through all the kissing scenes. He thinks that's gross, but he really looks forward to the show.  On Mondays, he wakes up and declares that it's Bachelor Day.  Recently, he's been asking me to be on The Bachelor. I explained that Mommy is married to Daddy, and I don't want to be on The Bachelor.  I've already found true love.  Then, my husband piped in that he could be the next bachelor. My son thought about it for a moment.  Then, he walked over and whispered into my husband's ear, "OK Daddy, you can be on The Bachelor, but make sure you give Mommy the rose!"

Friday, February 19, 2010


Spring Savings at Polka Dot Whale

30% Discount
Coupon Code:  Spring2010
Deadline:  February 22, 2010

Coupon can not be used with any other promotion, coupon or offer.
Not valid with gift packaging.

Polka Dot Whale
is an adorable baby shopping destination. 
Choose from boutique brands like Trumpette, Best of Chums, Bla Bla Kids, Bebe Au Lait, 3 Marthas, and Jack and Lily.  

American Baby Magazine Model Search

American Baby Magazine's online photo contest is now officially open.
Proud parents can upload up to six current photos of their babies
between the ages of three months and 24 months as of the date of entry.

The five finalists of the American Baby Cover Contest will participate in a New York photo shoot,
and the grand prize winner's photo will appear on the cover of the
August 2010 issue of American Baby Magazine.

The deadline is March 31, 2010.  Visit the American Baby website for more information.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Green Treats for your Little Leprechauns from Chasing Fireflies.

Chasing Fireflies is one of my favorite boutiques for children.

Just in time for Saint Patrick's Day, they have a parade of green treats and charming apparel for your little Leprechauns.  I feel lucky to have the chance to review these adorable items.

Here's one for the lads!  It's a Saint Patrick's Day shirt with style. Shenanigans are sure to follow!  It's a super-soft, cotton knit with rockin' graphics and raglan sleeves.  Available in sizes 2T - 7.
Cost:  $38.  

Personalized Saint Patrick's Day Tutu

What could be more fitting for a wee lass? Makes me want to have a baby girl!  This personalized onesie comes with a fluffy shamrock tutu. Available in sizes 3/6 and 6/12.  It takes 2 weeks for personalization, so order by March 4 to guarantee delivery by St. Patrick's Day.
 Cost:  $64.00.

Leprechaun Treat Bag
Who needs a pot of gold? Surprise your kids with this fun-filled treat bag for Saint Patrick's Day! Your little ones will love the assortment of goodies. Each bag includes a stuffed, holiday bear, shamrock cracker, leprechaun hat and bead necklace, shamrock glasses, gumballs, chocolate coins,a tin whistle, frosted shamrock and gold coin cookies, and a glitter ball.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the felt bag.  The size is 8" x 10" x 5", and I will use it for years to come.   A lovely gift!
Cost:  $48

Next Model Search. $100,000 Scholarship!

Next Model Search

Next Direct is one of Britain's most popular brands with 650 stores worldwide.  When I'm visiting family in England, I always make a stop there. So, I'm excited that they are launching in the United States on February 18.
To celebrate, Next Direct is running a children’s modeling competition to find a 4-7 year old who will become the face of Next Direct, win a $100,000 college scholarship fund and one year contract with Wilhelmina Models.

Entry information is available on Next Direct's Facebook page.  
The search begins tomorrow at 7 am (EST).
Fifty finalists will be invited to Universal Studios on April 24th where Next Direct will choose a winner!

So if you have a cute child between 4-7 years old, dig out the best photo, and maybe you will have your child's education paid for!!

Monday, February 15, 2010


$100 VALUE.

Good nutrition is essential during and after pregnancy. 
As an expecting or new Mom, imagine having nurturing, organic meals delivered to your doorstep. 
Healthy Chef Creations is now offering

the new Momilicious Program.

It's like having a gourmet chef in your kitchen catering to your specific tastes and needs.
Experience the scrumptious taste of natural, whole organic foods prepared by award-winning spa chef, Chef Procacci.

What a fabulous baby shower gift!
In the Momilicious program, you receive breakfast, lunch, dinner, two snacks and a low-calorie mini-dessert daily.   In addition, you get customization of dietary preferences, 100% quality and freshness guaranteed, easy-to-follow weekly menus, adjustable calorie control,  nationwide delivery and nutritional coaching.  The focus is proper daily nutrition for Mommy and baby, and the service cost is $49.95 per day.

Healthy Chef Creations also creates healthy, delicious meals for the whole family. I've had the pleasure of sampling the tasty offerings.  Choose from a varied selection including banana and flaxseed pancakes, organic acai fruit and yogurt parfait, portabella wrap, spa chicken salad, grilled filet mignon, and plantain crusted chicken with papaya salsa.  One of my favorites  is the Mediterranean Plate, an array of all-natural hummus, Turkish eggplant dip and fresh quinoa tabbouleh. Customize your menu for weight loss, allergies or dietary concerns including gluten free, dairy free, vegan and no salt. Healthy Chef Creations avoids artificial flavoring, pesticide-treated produce, coloring agents, chemicals, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, trans-fatty acids and refined sugars. Organic children's meals and baby food are also available. 

The meals can be delivered anywhere in the US.  Then, just heat and eat!  I love the convenience.  The containers are microwavable and oven safe, and they come with easy-to-read instructions. They are delivered fresh on Friday and are guaranteed to stay fresh all week. 


Use the word, CHAOS, and get 10% off your next order!
Expires:  March 31, 2010

Healthy Chef Creations is giving one lucky Embraced Chaos reader a

$100 gift certificate for the Momilicious program.
Winner will revieve $100 value of healthy, organic meals delivered to you doorstep!
That's two days of breakfast, lunch, dinner, two snacks and a low-calorie mini-dessert customized to meet your dietary needs.

To enter, please visit
Come back and comment on an item that you would love to try.
We also love to hear your feedback on the new Momilicious program.
Please include a valid e-mail for winner notification.
Giveaway ends at midnight on March 5, 2010. 

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Please leave a separate comment for each entry, and include a valid email address with each comment for winning notification purposes!  The winner is randomly selected via and notified via e-mail. Winning name will also be listed at end of post when givaway ends.  Winner must confirm within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected.  Please email to confirm your winning status. Shipping addresses must be in the United States.
Good Luck!!!

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