Saturday, December 12, 2009

"Give a Day, Get a Disney Day"

From Disney website:

BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2010, when you sign up here to volunteer a day of service with a participating organization (and your service is completed and verified) you'll get one day admission to a Walt Disney World® or Disneyland®theme park, FREE! We want to inspire one million people to volunteer a day of service. Sign up now to receive reminders and exciting updates about the "Give a Day. Get a Disney day."program by clicking on "Get Email Updates" above. See complete Program Terms & Conditions and FAQs.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


On October 16th, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will be giving out free 12 oz pumpkin lattes or ice blended drinks from 4-7PM!

Offer is available at participating locations in CA, AZ & TX only (excluding Ralph’s locations).

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Free Night of Theater

"Theatre Communications Group'sFREE NIGHT OF THEATER program is celebratingits 5th anniversary and returns to theatres acrossthe country on October 15, 2009. "

There are still seats available for the free night of theater promotion! Click here to find a production in your area.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Free Photobook for Walgreen's Facebook Fans

Become a fan of Walgreens on Facebook by Friday, October 2nd to receive a free (+ shipping) 5″x7″ photo book.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Reunited... Temporarily anyhow.

Yes, I finally got to see my husband! It seemed to take forever to get from L.A. to South Carolina and by the time I got on the base on Family Day I couldn't contain my excitement any longer knowing we were just moments from seeing eachother. After a very cool field demonstration and some announcements we were released onto the field to find our soldiers (and you better believe I was the first one out there!). It took me a minute to spot him but when I did I grabbed him and held him so tight I didn't think I could let go.

We spent the day exploring his base as there were many places he hadn't even been during BCT. It went by so fast, but the following day he got an off-post pass and got to come back to my hotel with me. After dinner we visited a shopping mall which I only mention because it was amusing to see how excited he was to be off of the base for the first time in weeks! I thought we might stay up and talk for hours after being limited to letters and 5 minute calls but after getting back to the room we just cuddled up and fell asleep. Something I used to take for granted, I think.

The next morning came too quickly, but he had to return to the base and I had an early morning plane to catch. It was harder to say goodbye this time, I think because I knew how hard separation would be. But it was wonderful to get to spend some time with him, no matter how brief.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Feed your family for a week with $30

The Treasure Box is an organiztion that is looking to help families during this recession by offering a box of food that will feed a family of four for one week for $30. Visit their website to find locations near you, pay with a credit card and pick the box up on the designated pick up date. Everyone qualifies and the items are name brand.

"Each Treasure Box contains between 21-25 pounds of high quality, frozen foods, including chicken, pork, beef, or seafood, as well as vegetables, fruit, a side dish and a dessert. One Treasure Box is enough food to nutritiously feed a family of four lunch and dinner for almost a week or a senior citizen for nearly a month."

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Back to School Deals

Head to Office Depot for these deals (good through Aug 8):

$0.00 Limit 25: Free Single-Sided Resumé Copies (Resumés may also be faxed to up to 5 domestic numbers)

$0.00 Limit 3: Scholastic 4-Oz. School Glue (With $5 Minimum Purchase)

$0.05 Limit 3: Office Depot Pencil Pouch

$0.10 Limit 3: Tug Pencil Sharpener

$0.25 Limit 3: Paper-Mate #2 Pencils (10-Pack)

Click HERE to visit the Office Depot website, then click the Weekly Ad link.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Counting Down...

One month from today I will be seeing my husband's handsome face for the first time since he left for Basic. It may not seem like it's been that long but to me it's felt like an absolute eternity. It's been tough but the experience has just strengthened my love and respect for him. He is my husband, my best friend and my hero. I cannot wait to see him!!

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Box Tops for Education with Pillsbury and Totinos

It's that time again! Time to prepare to go back to school. Are we ever really ready? Well the great people at My Blog Spark have helped make it a little easier with this awesome Top This Prize Pack which includes a 3 ring binder, highlighters, glue sticks and snacks from Pillsbury Toaster Strudel and Totino's Pizza Rolls. The pack also includes a certificate worth 10 Box Tops for Education! Wow! Some great stuff to kick off the school year. And right now you an enter to win 5000 bonus box tops for your school here from Totino's and Pillsbury!

Now's your chance to win your own Top This Prize Pack! There are four ways to win. One lucky winner will be chosen. Here's how to enter:
1) Comment to this post telling me what your favorite thing about the first days of school are.
2) Follow LA Mama on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway including "@anlamama" in your tweet! Leave a separate comment to this post with a link to your tweet URL.
3) Post about this giveaway on your blog and leave a separate comment to this post with a link to your blog post URL.
4) Follow the L.A. Mama blog and leave a comment to this post telling me you did so or already do.
This contest will end at 12:01 PM on August 10, 2009. One winner will be chosen via Good luck to all!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Keep Kids Safe with SafetyTat

This summer has been all about the outing for us. There is so much to do in L.A. and we've been taking full advantage. But let's do the math here- with my husband in Basic Training that leaves one me + 3 kids + crowds... Yeah, I'm outnumbered. That's why I love these child safety ID sticker "tattoos" from SafetyTat. Genius. I'm able to write in my contact information on the tattoo just in case one of my little guys (or girl) wanders off, making me just a phone call away. The great thing about them is they come in lots of cool kid-friendly designs so my children are actually eager to put them on (and my 3-year-old is reluctant to take them off).
Right now SafetyTat is offering L.A. Mama readers 15% off an order of $15 or more with code LaMama (case-sensitive). AND they have very generously offered a sample pack of SafetyTat Quick Stick Write Ons to 3 L.A. Mama readers. Here's how to enter:
1) Head over to SafetyTat and leave a comment to this post telling me which SafetyTat sticker you and your children would like to try and how you would use it.
2) Follow LA Mama on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway including "@anlamama" in your tweet! Leave a separate comment to this post with a link to your tweet URL.
3) Post about this giveaway on your blog and leave a separate comment to this post with a link to your blog post URL.
4) Follow the L.A. Mama blog and leave a comment to this post telling me you did so or already do.
This contest will end at 12:01 PM on August 6, 2009. Three winners will be chosen via Good luck to all!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Give a Day, Get a Night

Sage Hospitality is offering a free room at their 53 hotels across the country to anyone who can prove they have completed 8 hours of community service. To be eligible you must provide a letter from a nonprofit organization/registered 501(c)3 verifying service. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance and taxes apply. Offer ends December 20, 2009. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Free Fish Taco at Long John Silver's Today (7/14)!

Wondering what's for lunch? Stop into Long John Silver's today for a free Baja Fish Tacos until 2:30! Limit one per customer, no other purchase necessary. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Free Photo Package from The Picture People

Kids grow up so fast that it seems like if you blink they shoot up an inch. That's why I like to take lots of pictures to preserve precious memories. And when a deal like this comes up, I'm on it! Call or visit The Picture People to schedule a studio session at through July 25th, and receive a free portrait package that includes one 8 x 10, two 5 x 7s, and eight wallet-sized portraits (you must use the same image). Click here for details.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Oh Thank Heaven...

It's 7-Eleven's 82nd birthday but YOU get the gifts! Stop by a 7-Eleven store today for a free 7.11oz Slurpee! And this year, the world's first convenience retailer is adding a little something extra: "As an extra birthday bonus, this year’s colorful “Happy Birthday!” cups feature a Slurpee Nation rewards code worth 2 rewards points, enough to enter the 7-Eleven Day instant win game online at" Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

We Had Him by Dr. Maya Angelou

Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing
Now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind
Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace
Sing our songs among the stars and and walk our dances across the face of the moon
In the instant we learn that Michael is gone we know nothing
No clocks can tell our time and no oceans can rush our tides
With the abrupt absence of our treasure
Though we our many, each of us is achingly alone
Piercingly alone
Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him
He came to us from the Creator, trailing creativity in abundance
Despite the anguish of life he was sheathed in mother love and family love and survived and did not more than that
He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style
We had him
Whether we knew who he was or did not know, he was our's and we were his
We had him
Beautiful, delighting our eyes
He raked his hat slant over his brow and took a pose on his toes for all of us and we laughed and stomped our feet for him
We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing
He gave us all he had been given
Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana's Blackstar Square, in Johannesburg, in Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama and Birmingham England, we are missing Michael Jackson
But we do know that we had him
And we are the world.

Happy 70th Birthday, Old Bay!

Old Bay Seasoning has been a staple in my family's kitchen for as long as I can remember. We've used it on catfish, chicken, crab legs, shrimp- you name it and Old Bay probably seasoned it. Today, in my kitchen, nothing's changed. Old Bay adds incredible flavor to family recipes handed down and some I've picked up along the way.

For over 70 years Old Bay has been blending 12 herbs and spices to create it's zesty signature flavor. While my favorite is still the original seasoning, the line has expanded to include Blackened, Lemon & Herb, and 30% Less Sodium seasonings. Whichever you like, I've found that you don't need to add too much else, which makes my life easier- love that!

To celebrate Old Bay's 70th birthday, I'll be giving away an Old Bay gift bag (including seasoning, seafood steamers, beach bag, towel, and keychain/bottle opener) to one lucky reader!
There are 4 ways to enter, but only one of each entry method will be allowed per person for this contest:
1) Head over to Old Bay and leave a comment to this post telling me what recipe you would love to try or have tried and love.
2) Follow LA Mama on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway including "@anlamama" in your tweet! Leave a separate comment to this post with a link to your tweet URL.
3) Post about this giveaway on your blog and leave a separate comment to this post with a link to your blog post URL.
4) Follow the L.A. Mama blog and leave a comment to this post telling me you did so or already do.
This contest ends at 12:01 PM on Thursday, July 16, 2009. One winner will be chosen via Good luck to all!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Free Stuff

I needed this...

Last night I dreamt that Kenya and I had visited a water park. He got a call he had to take so I went to the restroom. When I came back he was gone. I walked up to the slide we had planned to go on, but he was not there. So I went on it anyway, thinking I'd just catch up with him afterwards. But instead of having fun as everyone else seemed to be, I only felt scared and alone. To make matters worse, when I got off the slide, Kenya was still nowhere to be found.
It doesn't take a genius to analyze that dream at all. I woke up in tears, missing K more than ever. But I stumbled upon this prayer today and so glad I did. It helps to know that other women have been through this and understand my feelings.

Blog Hop!

Welcome to An L.A. Mama, blog hoppers. My name is Bree and I am an Army wife and mother of three. This is my newest blog but I also run Pink Green Chick. Here you will find family-oriented product reviews, giveaways, things to do in and around Los Angeles with the kiddos and my own adventures in and around L.A. (with and without my husband, but always with my kids).

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Day 9

I think yesterday was the hardest yet. I know it's only been a week and some change, but I think it's starting to sink in that this is not a vacation with the boys/see you in a couple of days kind of deal. I haven't heard his voice since Friday and I'm missing it like you would not believe. Which is funny considering how irritated I used to get with his late night recording sessions. Isn't it crazy what you miss when people aren't around?

Ok, enough of that. Let's talk progress. So far I have stayed true to my word! Every day this week the boys and I (Ajani is at her father's for the week) have spent at least one hour at the gym followed by lunch at the park. The routine is out working great. By the time we get home everyone is nice and tired which gives me time to get things done around the house. Busy is a good thing!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Day 6

I've been going through a nasty custody battle for my 8 year old daughter ever since I filed for child support last year. That's a story for another day. However, just when I think it couldn't get any worse, it seems that since her father knows my husband is away that now is the easiest time to break me. It's been a rough few days. I am spent and I really just wish Kenya was here to reassure me that everything is going to be okay and that the truth will reveal itself in the end.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Day 4

It's been 4 days since my husband, Kenya, left for Basic Combat Training. So far I haven't pulled my hair out or run screaming into the streets like I thought I might. The kids and I have been keeping busy with our blogging, taking walks and whatnot. Anything to keep our minds off of missing him.

Yesterday we joined the YMCA! I figured since Kenya is sure to come back looking extra fit, I may as well get in shape too. I was once pretty active, but it's been months since I've set foot in a gym. Anyway, I go straight for the elliptical cross trainer (my chiropractor says that's best for my back) and after just 15 minutes there was no way you could have convinced me I wasn't dying. Can you say out-of-shape?? Well, I didn't die, and quite honestly, I never want to feel that way again. Starting Monday I will begin a regular exercise routine and stick to it- you all are my witnesses!