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Murder Mystery Dinner Provides Fun and Laughs in Milwaukee (review and giveaway)

murder mystery dinner milwaukeeA few weeks ago, Jay and I were invited to attend a Murder Mystery Dinner by the Murder Mystery Dinner Co. at Serb Hall in Milwaukee.  Neither of us had ever been to one and we were curious how it would work and if we would enjoy it.  We accepted two complimentary tickets and headed off to check it out with open minds.

When we arrived, we were escorted to a large round table that seated eight, kind of like at a wedding. We noticed some interesting items on the table – one was a sheet translating all of the terms we might hear during the show. I should mention that the theme of the evening was a high school prom held in the fifties.  We also found a lot of fake money in a variety of denominations.

Shortly, one of the cast members came by our table and the next thing we knew, Jay was a character in the performance.  Even better than that, he was a suspect!  His name was “Lemme Tinkle” and his role was the class clown (can we say typecasting???).  Jay was given a binder with some clues and also some added information that no one else was privy to.

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The show began and before we knew it, sure enough – someone was murdered.  The victim turned out to be the class president and there seemed to be quite a few folks scattered around who might have been the murderer.  The audience was tasked with finding out who had committed the dastardly deed.  The audience could ask suspects questions and even pay money for additional information.  The cast stopped us occasionally and gave us added information to ponder when deciding who it might have been.

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The evening was a LOT of fun!  We had some great tablemates which definitely added to the antics. The whole experience was much more interactive than I had thought it would be.  There was very little “acting” by the cast and more interacting with the audience which made it very engaging.

The food was okay – the Salisbury steak did remind me of high school so maybe that was intentional. But you don’t attend a show like this for the food, right?  Jay and I had a blast and would definitely attend another Murder Mystery Dinner Co. production!

Have I made you curious about Murder Mystery Dinners??  Thanks to the Murder Mystery Dinner Co., I am giving one lucky Wisconsin Mommy reader two tickets to a Murder Mystery Dinner!!

I received two tickets to check out the performance in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

FastPark Makes Flying Out of Milwaukee Quick and Easy

fastpark logoI love traveling. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I love visiting other places but the actual act of getting there – the traveling – can sometimes be a giant headache.  Especially when it involves flying.  I never minded flying back when Jay and I were doing the whole New Hampshire/Wisconsin dating thing, but flying was different back then.  We could show up 15 minutes before a flight and be fine.  We could hang out down at the gate and say goodbye there.  There were usually tons of empty seats and you could stretch out and relax.

Yeah, things have changed a bit.  Flying is kind of a hassle now and I embrace anything that makes the whole experience any easier.  And that’s exactly what FastPark does! Well, at least the whole parking and getting to the terminal part (they really can’t do anything about waits at security or long layovers).  FastPark is a parking service located just outside Mitchell International, our airport here in Milwaukee.  (Have no fear if you don’t live in Wisconsin. FastPark has lots of other locations – see them all here.)

What sets FastPark apart from other parking options is their customer service! When you enter the lot (which is located just off the highway for easy and quick access), you are directed to a lettered row to locate a spot.  The FastPark shuttle follows you to your spot and the driver happily loads your bag(s) onto the shuttle. He also gives you a ticket with your row and spot number written on it so you don’t have to rely on your memory.  You are then wisked off to your airline’s terminal when your driver once again does the heavy lifting for you.

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When you return from your trip, you can catch the FastPark shuttle just outside baggage claim. You let the driver know where you are parked (by referring to that handy ticket I mentioned) and you are again driven right to your vehicle.  The driver will happily load your bags into your car and even hold an umbrella over you if it is raining.  You simply pay when you leave ( only $6.63 a day) and you are even offered a bottle of cold water on your way out.

FastPark offers lots of perks like their Relax for Rewards program where you earn points toward free parking every time you use the service.  Many locations even offer emergency assistance should you encounter any car trouble.

I had the opportunity to try FastPark & Relax on my recent trip to Arkansas for SoFabCon and loved it!  I was going to have to have Jay go in late for work in order to drop me off at the airport and being able to drive myself was much more convenient.  The shuttle had me from my car to the terminal is just minutes and I actually walked much less than if I had parked in the adjacent parking structure!.(Which was good since I think I packed waaay too much!)

The next time you are flying out, give FastPark & Relax a try – I know you’ll be as sold on it as I am!!

I was given 5 days of complimentary parking to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are my own and FastPark has earned my future business just by the fabulous customer service they provide.

Fun with Chef Boyardee Little Chefs

I’ve been working with Chef Boyardee over the past few weeks on some really cool projects.  They are all based around getting kids involved in the cooking process.  Personally, this is something I really believe in, as I know it definitely helps to get my picky eater to, well, eat.  I also love using time in the kitchen to reinforce the concepts LJ is learning at school.


My own Little Chef!

The first project was an e-book.  I got to contribute some ideas about how to support school lessons in the kitchen (and maybe even make them a little more fun as well.)  I’d love if you’d check it out and let me know what you think!! 


I also got to do some cooking with LJ.  I had plans to create some artichoke mac and cheese, but once LJ found out there was a make your own pizza option, he couldn’t be convinced to try anything else.  The make your own pizza at a local restaurant is a favorite treat, so doing it at home was super special.


I loved how easy it was!  The Chef Boyardee Pizza Kit comes with the crust, sauce and cheese right in the box.  You simply add warm water to the crust, let it rise for about 5 minutes and then create your pizza however you’d like it.



You can make a taco pizza with ground beef, Mexican cheese, and a few peppers.  You could add pepperoni or sausage or veggies.  Being a true Wisconsin boy, LJ decided he would make an extra, extra cheese pizza.  There was a lot of cheese involved!

Want to get involved in all the fun yourself?  Consider yourself invited to a Cook Along tomorrow!!  Here are the details: 

What: A virtual Cook-Along called Teachable Moments, part of The Little Chefs Project series on The Motherhood. 

The Little Chefs Project series consists of live chats called Cook-Alongs taking place every Thursday at 2 p.m. ET until November 15, and each Cook-Along covers a different topic around cooking with kids. Teachable Moments addresses how you can use the kitchen as a fun, practical classroom to teach anything from math to culture.

When: Thursday, October 18, at 2 p.m. ET.  It will last 30 minutes.

Where: The Motherhood – here is the link to the page where the class will be held: http://bit.ly/QNWJP7

About the class: 
Let your recipe box and cooking supplies help you make learning fun for your kids! And the best part: at the end of the lesson, you can all enjoy the meals you created together. Find out how you can work math, science, culture, and even history into kitchen time with your Little Chefs.

To participate, just click the link above, log into The Motherhood using your member ID (if you don’t have one, it’s easy and free to sign up), and chat away in the text-based comments. We’ll also have a video feed running during the half-hour Cook-Along, so you’re welcome to show up simply to watch if you’d like!

The Cook-Along is sponsored by Chef Boyardee, and it is hosted by The Motherhood.  You can visit Chef Boyardee online at http://www.chefboyardee.com/ or on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/chefboyardee.
I’ll be there with several other bloggers to co-host the class, and I hope you’ll join us!  The fabulous people who will be co-hosting with me are:
   
 Amee, Madame Deals http://www.madamedeals.com Caroline, Smarty Pants Mama http://smartypantsmama.com Janene and Christine, More Than Mommies http://morethanmommies.net Mel, MamaBuzz http://www.mamabzz.com Monica, Mommy Maestra http://www.MommyMaestra.com Tiffany, Sweet Phenomena 
http://sweetphenomena.com 


This post was brought to you in partnership with The Motherhood and Chef Boyardee. 

Save Money on Gas *Giveaway*

It’s great to see the gas prices fall a little bit, even though we are still paying through the nose for each tank fill up.  How would you like to save a bit the next time you fill up your gas guzzler?  What if I could tell you I had a magic code that would take 50 cents a gallon off of your next fill-up?

Well, I can!!  The nice folks at BP have sent me a few codes to hand out to you.  When you are done reading, scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter.

In the mean time, hop on over to sign up for the free BP Rewards card – you will earn rewards to save big at the pump, even when you are paying full price!  Learn more and sign up at PumpRewardsMilwaukee.com! (You can still sign up even if you aren’t in the Milwaukee area!)

Okay, okay – you want to know how to enter to win the $.50 off code, don’t you…Here you go!!


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I was given a BP Discount code as a thank you for my time and effort.

Are you registered??? #MatchJake

After partying way too late for several nights at Type-A Parent Conference, I was thrilled to sleep in my own bed last night.  Four consecutive nights of very little sleep apparently don’t sit with me as well as they used to and I turned in shortly after LJ went to bed.  I woke up this morning fresh, about as perky as I get, and ready to tackle the day with a big smile.


I turned on Good Morning America and started getting ready for the day. One of the stories caught my ear as they made a reference to Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin.  I rewound the DVR and sat down to listen more closely.  The story was about Jake, an adorable little boy whose bone marrow stopped working and needs to be replaced with a transplant.


The story showed footage of  kindergartner Jake being examined at Children’s and suddenly images of our own time within those walls when LJ was in kindergarten came flooding back.  We were so lucky to have had our story turn out with a positive result and my heart ached wanting the same for Jake’s family.  Looking at Jake’s sweet face brought me to tears. The story continued with the details about what could be done to help, just one simple step.


Register as a bone marrow donor.


The reporter went on to say that people of Irish decent were especially encouraged to be tested as they might have the most chance of being a match.  I decided then and there that I wanted to help somehow.  Being Irish myself (with a name like Maureen Fitzgerald – who would have ever guessed right?) I will of course register and be tested asap, but I also want to help in the only other way I knew I could –  help spread the word.


Many folks register to be organ donors (which you know is also a cause near and dear to my heart) but the great thing about bone marrow donation is that you don’t have to wait until you are gone to help.  Yet, I suspect far fewer people register for bone marrow than put the little orange stickers on the driver’s licenses.


Be The Match runs drives all over the country that allow folks to quickly and easily register with the bone marrow donation registry. You can even do it from the comfort of your own home with a cheek swab.  A quick search showed that a drive is being held in my area tomorrow.  I plan to go and hope that, if you cannot make tomorrow’s drive, you will find one that fits your location and schedule and will register as well. 


You could be the person who saves Jake’s life.

To find a live registration event near you, simply enter your zip code on the Be The Match Live Event page.

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