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Merry Christmas from LJ, Wisconsin Doggy and all of us here at Wisconsin Mommy!!!

Spend New Year’s Eve with the Harlem Globetrotters #GlobieFamily

New Year’s Eve was never a night I particularly thought of as a “family night” until I had a family of my own.  Since LJ is only 8, we aren’t looking for a place to go clubbing or stay up until the ball drops. 

A few years ago, we started a tradition of going to see the Harlem Globetrotters play in Milwaukee as part of our New Year’s Eve tradition.  The Globetrotters have been playing in Milwaukee on NYE for as long as I can remember and provide the perfect entertainment for families of all ages!

The Globetrotters game is a great way to spend time as a family in an environment that is action-packed, funny, AND family-friendly. That is a hard combination to find these days! 

Last year, we had a chance to meet some of the players as well as see a special pre-game show and LJ LOVED it! He still has his official Harlem Globetrotters basketball signed by the players on his dresser.


The Harlem Globetrotters love seeing families laugh together during our games, and would love to see your family when we come to a city near you.  If you’re looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy, get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters “You Write the Rules” tour.  Your family’s smiles will start before you even get to the game because this year, your family can vote at harlemglobetrotters.com, and decide rules for the game like two balls in play at the same time that could affect the final outcome. 

After the game, Globetrotters will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids.  The only thing better than finding an event the whole family will enjoy, is getting a great deal on it.  Save $7 per ticket* by using the promo code “TOGETHER“.  Get ready to experience a show your family will remember for a lifetime!  *Discount available on select ticket levels


I am a #GlobieFamily Affiliate and received product and/or compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Avoid the Shipping Nightmare with RetailMeNot!

Since most of my relatives live on the East and West Coasts, gift giving usually includes shipping presents to both ends of the country.  When I first moved to Wisconsin, I was pretty organized and had my gifts ready and shipped by mid-December.

Once I had LJ, my life started getting a little more hectic and my packages were often not ready to ship until much later in the month.  Last year, I made the huge mistake of waiting until that day where more packages are shipped than any other throughout the whole year.  I pulled up to the post office and wondered why there were so many folks hanging around outside.  It was cold and didn’t seem like great weather to be standing around and visiting.

Turns out, they weren’t standing around, they were standing in line. And I soon joined them.  For over 90 minutes.

It seems that, while most stores have extra staff on hand when they know they are going to be busy, the post office does not believe in such things. They also believe that a person’s scheduled break supersedes the need to actually have two people working the counter.  But I digress…

So what have I learned from my many years of procrastinating and standing in post office lines??  Come closer..I will share a secret.

It is totally worth it to find places to shop online that offer free shipping and have the packages mailed to the recipients. I know, it seems like common sense, but it’s only taken me (how long since I moved here???)  twelve years to figure this out.

To help you in your quest to save money and time, be sure to check out RetailMeNot.com, which is the largest online coupon site in the US.This is the place this holiday shopping season for thousands of coupons and offers for your favorite retailers! Plus, if you shop now you will receive free shipping on most orders and they’ll be delivered by Christmas Eve.

AND,… RetailMeNot is hosting a daily countdown giveaway! Click here to enter the “12 Days ’til Free Shipping Day Giveaway” and enter for a chance to win prizes like a $1,000 shopping spree at Kohl’s, a vacation for two and much more! Check out all the details here.

This post is brought to you in partnership with One2One Network and RetailMeNot.com. All opinions stated are my own

See’s Candies – A Yummy Tradition in Our House

LJ looks so young!!

I had never heard of See’s Candies until I began taking LJ to get his picture taken with Santa at our local mall.  Part of the visit consisted of each child receiving a “gift bag” of sorts with a coloring book and a coupon to get a lollypop form the See’s kiosk in a different part of the mall.  The nice people at See’s would not only give a lollypop to the child, but also to the frazzled mom.

This quickly became one of my favorite parts of the Santa visit tradition. II’m probably sounding like a really bad mom here..) Yes, the look on LJ’s face as he told Santa what he was hoping to get was priceless, but those lollypops were something else! They were not like your typical suckers, they came in different flavors – vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch, and latte and slowly melted in your mouth. I was in love.

Fast forward to this year when the folks from See’s contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing some of their products. Um, is the mall crowded the weekend before Christmas? Heck yeah!!

It was a very happy day at our house when that particular package arrived.  We received not only a HUGE box of my favorite lollypops…



But also a Festive Favorites Gift Pack. This contained a box of assorted chocolates, truffles, peppermint patties, and peppermint balls (these are like the delicious buttermints that dissolve quickly, not the hard candycane-like ones).  This would be a great gift for a co-worker, hostess gift, or even a corporate gift from your company!  The chocolates and mints were just as amazing as See’s lollypops!!



Be sure to check out the Countdown to Christmas Sweepstakes See’s is running right now!
Can you imagine winning a LIFETIME OF CHOCOLATE?????

“Countdown to Christmas” Sweepstakes Details
·         U.S. residents only
·         Start Date: 11/23/12
·         End Date: 12/25/12 @ 11:59pm PDT
·         The sweepstakes is only available via online – including mobile/tablets.
Description
·         Set-up like an Advent calendar, it includes multiple daily “Instant Winners” & one “Grand Prize” at the culmination of the sweepstakes.
·         Once a basic registration form is filled out to enter, visitors will be directed to the Advent calendar to click on the current day to see if they’ve won.
·         Instant winners will be awarded gift card prizes varying from $5 to $100.
·         If the visitor does not “win”, they receive a “treat” such as dessert recipes or crafts that can be printed or shared on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
·         The grand prize drawing will be held at the end of the promotion. The grand prize is a “Lifetime of Chocolates” – i.e., 30 years’ worth of approximately 1 pound of chocolate per month.

See’s provided me with the mentioned items to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

How to Keep Flowers Looking Fresh – Tips from a Pro

I am a sucker for flowers. I guess maybe I am just a typical girl, I don’t know. The one thing that probably isn’t so typical is that I actually prefer just about any color roses over red ones.  Pink, yellow, sterling, or cinnamon – I love them all.

The only thing that bums me out is how quickly they go by. I guess that is part of  what makes them so precious – if we had them all the time, we wouldn’t appreciate them as much. I recently had the chance to try out ProFlowers.com and got to order a gorgeous cinnamon rose bouquet to review.  The flowers were delivered just when they said they would be and were packaged so carefully that nothing was crushed and not a single petal fell off.

The bouquet was absolutely gorgeous and looked perfect with the fall decor in my home.


I loved that ProFlowers.com included tons of “flower food” and clear directions on how to keep my roses looking their best.  So what tips did the pros at ProFlowers share?  Here they are:

  • Cut at least 1 inch off of all of the stems.
  • Add room temperature water and a packet of flower food to a clean vase.
  • Be sure to remove any leaves that fall below the water line – this will cut down on any bacteria.
  • On the 3rd day, recut each stem and change the water. Add another food packet.
  • Put your flowers in a spot away from direct sunlight, heat, and drafts.
I hope these tips help you enjoy any flowers you might receive.  I was thrilled that mine lasted more than a week (I’m pretty sure that’s a record for me).

An added bonus of ordering through ProFlowers.com was that, since I found a rocking online coupon (just Google “ProFlowers coupon code” and you’ll find a ton!) I saved enough off of the flowers to order a spa basket as well!!

Both flowers and spa baskets make great gifts if you are looking for a special gesture for the holidays or as a way to say “thank you” after being a guest at someone’s home!!  ProFlowers also offers tons of yummy treats you can send along as well.

I was given a credit to spend at ProFlowers.com in order to facilitate this review.  All opnions are my own.



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