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
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We also love to hear your feedback on the new Momilicious program.
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Giveaway ends at midnight on March 5, 2010. 

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Go for the Gold! Winter Olympics Crafts, Recipes and Printables.

Set the stage for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. 
Celebrate the opening ceremonies tonight!  
This is a great opportunity to teach your children about different countries, cultures and sports.  
Go for the gold with these simple crafts and activities. 

My son proudly displaying his torch and Olympic coloring pages.

Olympic Torch Craft
The Olympic flame was first used over 2700 years ago in Greece.  Every four years, a flame was lit for the Olympics, and it burned throughout the games. It symbolized the death and rebirth of Greek heroes.  The first torch relay took place at the 1936 games in Berlin, Germany.  For each Olympics, a new flame is started in the ancient Olympic stadium in Olympia, Elis, Greece.  This flame begins its Olympic Torch Relay by touring Greece. Then, it is taken to the country where the games will be held. The last runner lights the large Olympic torch which burns throughout the games. The flame is extinguished during the closing ceremony.

You will need:
1 paper towel roll
Paint or crayons to decorate paper towel roll
Red, orange or yellow tissue paper

Decorate the paper towel roll with crayons or paint... depending on how creative and messy you want to be!  Then, cut jagged "flames" at the top of the tissue paper.  Lay each piece of tissue paper down on top of each other. Loosely roll the tissue at the base.  Gather in together at the bottom, stuff into the top of the paper towel roll, and let the flames come out of top. 

Printable Links:

The official web site of the 2010 Winter Olympics is

Here are other links for activities and coloring pages:

Nanaimo Bars
Recipe courtesy of

Cozy up tonight with hot chocolate and a Canadian recipe favorite, Nanaimo Bars.

Stir the following ingredients in a large bowl, and set aside:
One box of crumbled graham crackers
2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup finely chopped nuts (Walnuts, almonds or pecans)

Melt the following ingredients in the top of a double boiler over simmering water:

1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa
Add: 2 large eggs, beaten

Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until mixture reaches 160 degrees.
Immediately pour over graham cracker mixture and blend thoroughly.
(Once the mixture has cooled, you may use your hands.)
Sprinkle evenly into a 12 by 18-inch jellyroll or half-sheet pan that has been buttered and lined with parchment paper and, using the bottom of a 1-cup measuring cup, press firmly into an even layer.

Beat the following ingredients with an electric mixer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Whisk the following ingredients together until dissolved:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup vanilla instant pudding powder

Add to butter mixture and beat 1 to 2 minutes.
Spread in an even layer over graham cracker mixture and refrigerate.

In the top of a double boiler over medium heat, stir the following ingredients until melted and smooth:
12 ounces (about 2 cups) finely chopped semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Cool until just barely warm but still liquid, and pour over vanilla buttercream mixture.
Spread evenly and smooth the surface.
Refrigerate until chocolate topping is firm, then cut.

Cut into the shape of Olympic rings or purchase cookie cutters at Ann Clark Ltd. ($3.99)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Face Meets Glass Scale

Oh, the joy of boys. I wanted to share our latest adventure. This evening, my older son decided (for whatever reason) to run through the house with our glass scale. My younger son was running in the opposite direction and met the scale head on. Bam! We ran into the bedroom, and my little one was laying flat on the floor. Blood was gushing from his mouth. He had two gashes on his lip and a bloody tooth. I tried to ice the cuts, but that was an impossible task. He wiggled and screamed. Within a minute, he was back to playing like nothing had happened. I ran to the corner drug store to pick up popsicles. You should have seen the pharmacist's face when I explained that my toddler was hit in the face with a glass scale. Hopefully, it will heal. I'm sure it's just one of many fat lips, cuts and bruises that we can look forward to with two boys. Happy Friday night!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Casting for Pregnant Woman in Tampa

From time to time, I will share castings for Moms and children on my site.  These are always through a reputable source, but please make sure you feel comfortable with the job.   One of my wonderful agents is casting a non-union corporate video. She is looking for a 30 - 40 year old pregnant woman.  Ideally, the woman should be 7 - 8 months pregnant.  The rate is $350 for a half day, and the video shoots in Tampa on February 15th. If you or anyone you know is interested, please email current photos of your face AND belly to Please respond by February 5th at Noon.  Good Luck!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fun Football Finds - Super Bowl Booties


How adorable are these football cleat booties?
Made in all-season 100% cotton yarn.  Available in size small (6 months, 4" sole).  

Super Bowl Special!  Whichever bootie has the most views at 9 am Mountain time on Tuesday will be marked down to $5 for one day!
Order by Tuesday, February 2 to guarantee delivery for the Big Game!

Cost:  $10

Fun Football Finds - Saints Baby Outfit by Gingersnap Giraffe

This adorable baby outfit by Gingersnap Giraffe scores a touchdown for Saints fans.

Every Saints fan needs a game day outfit!
The turtleneck has a fleur-de-lis applique in black with white dots trimmed in gold thread.
Available in 6 month and 12 month sizes.
Cost:  $24

The outfit is completed with bloomers by New ICM. They feature a coordinating fleur-de-lis applique. Who Dat? embroidery completes the look. Can be worn as diaper or panty covers.
Sizes: NB, S (3-6M), M (9-12M), L (18M), XL (24M)
Cost:  $14

There's still time to get this before the big game. Order by February 2, Tuesday at 9pm.

Fun Football Finds - Super Bowl Favor Cakes

Super Bowl Favor Cakes

These Favor Cakes are ready to ship! 
Order by February 2nd to Receive in Time for Super Bowl Sunday

 Support your team with these unique centerpieces by Favor Cakes.
Each cake includes twelve, handmade cake slice boxes and a decorative board.  
Fill with your favorite game day treats and let your party guests enjoy. 
Simply pull each cake slice out when you're ready to pass out the favor boxes to your guests. 

Perfect for your Super Bowl bash!

Cost:  $26

Football Family Fun!

Are you ready for some football this Sunday?  It's Super Bowl time!  Bring out the chips and dip!  At our house, any reason to celebrate is a good reason. I love theme parties.  Here are a few of my favorite Super Bowl ideas.

FOOTBALL TABLE RUNNER:  My boys and I are creating a football table runner.  It's a great project for him to work on his numbers, and it creates excitement for the big game.
You will Need:
Roll of green craft paper (art supply store), green wrapping paper, or astro turf (hardware store). We are using a grass table cloth from Party City.  Cut to fit your table.
1/4 inch white drafting, artist's or craft tape.
White felt adhesive numbers (craft store) or white adhesive numbers (office or hardware store)
Simply mark lines with tape and decorate with numbers to create a football field.

Score big with these simple Super Bowl snacks.  All of these classic recipes can be prepared early in the day, and then, served during the game.  If you have time to make your own wings, fantastic!  If not, try the Target brand wings in the freezer section. My husband is picky with wings, and he loves these.  Heat and serve in a crock pot for the best taste.

Two 8 ounce packages Cream Cheese, softened
One 8 ounce package shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Miracle Whip dressing
1/4 tsp. black pepper
One 3 ounce package real bacon bits
Two Tbsp. pimiento strips

Beat cheeses and dressing with mixer until blended.  Add pepper.  Mix well.  Refrigerate for several hours.  Form into a football shape on a serving platter.  Coat with bacon bits.  Add pimento strips for lacing.  Serve with crackers. 

1 can (15 1/2 ounce) refried black beans
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 green onions
1/3 cup sliced black olives
1 chopped tomato

Mix beans, chili powder and cumin.  Spread onto bottom of 9 inch platter.
Top with layers of remaining ingredients.
Refrigerate several hours or until chilled. Serve with tortilla chips.

1 package (6 ounce) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for chicken
1 1/2  cups hot water
40 fresh mushrooms (about 2 pounds)
2 Tbsp. butter
2 cloves minced garlic
One 10 ounce frozen spinach, thawed, well drained
1 cup shredded low moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix stuffing mix and water in a large bowl.  Set aside. Remove stems from mushrooms and chop stems.  Melt butter in skillet on medium heat.  Add chopped stems and garlic. Cook and stir until tender.  Add to prepared stuffing with spinach and cheeses.  Mix well. 
Spoon into mushroom caps.  Place, filled sides up in shallow pan.
Bake 20 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and filling is heated through.
Note:  I prepare mushrooms early in the day, and then stick them in the oven as needed.

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