super mulch day : mulching as therapy

My lack of work is a blow to my pocket book, a boon to my daughter’s school.  I love being asked my “schedule”.
I don’t have one.  Save shuttling and feeding my children.  A few meetings to try and find new locations for The Tar Pit.
I just had to give up my beloved spin class.  I can’t afford it.

The kitchen is going to be seeing more as well as I attempt to make more food at home and employ more of the knowledge I have gleaned from Chef Peel.
But, today is Super Mulch day.

mulch

I’m dressed like crap and ready to scoop up free mulch the city gives away in order to spruce up our underfunded public school. I’m the head of the landscape committee.  I’m basically the whole committee.

Living the dream.

Italian Movie star: Vivien’s turn

It’s been a tough week. month, 4 years. I haven’t been rushing to blog/vlog because there has been so much stress I think I’ll just whine and complain.  Who wants that?  ( um, well, apparently that can make for a successful blog) so, perhaps my penchant for humor is keeping my site down!

Nonetheless, when the going gets tough I need a laugh.  Sometimes I have to look for others for it.  When the going gets tough I always, always can rely on my children to take me out of the depths of depression, self loathing and ennui.

So, while I have shown before my utter adoration for Rex, how he is like an Italian Movie star from the 1960’s, I haven’t given my love for Vivien the same due.  Mostly cause she is usually in school when I do my vids.

So, here to lighten, my mood and yours is the return of this persona.

I love Vivien so much.  Although, I fear with this vid I have frightened her.  Maybe that’s partly why it works to have Rex in more vlogs. He doesn’t know yet that mom is mad as a hatter.

Getting Kids into cooking : Give-a-Way!

WINNER PICKED!  Brenna WON! THANKS FOR GETTING BACK TO ME RIGHT AWAY. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTIICPATED

I want my kids to like to cook.  I want them to know that things, let’s call them “ingredients” go into something they eat. It’s why I like them to go pick things from our garden. It’s why, even though it takes longer to get the oatmeal out, I like when they “help” me. I like that they know, yes, this is a raw piece of meat we are going to season and then eat. Food doesn’t come from a box.
toast tite

It’s also why I said, Yes, send me that sandwich press thingy to review.  It’s Toas-Tite.
toast tite
They say it’s a replica of the original from the 1940’s. ( you had me at the slogan “we are so yesterday”)).  I guessed my kids would be into making sandwiches with it.
I guessed right.  We had to make two sandwiches so they could each make their own, even though they can’t finish a full sandwich.

See how they love it? And they are ready if we have an intruder
toast tite
How we did it:
1) butter or oil the inside of the pan
2) place bread on one side of toast tite, then the ham, cheese, whatever.  Here is an example of a Rueben.
sandwich
3) squish together. The kids like the assembly part, but they really like the smash, squish part.  The outside edges of the bread are now no longer needed.  I suggest cutting them off.  If you don’t they will catch fire, no big deal, but maybe your smoke alarm will go off.
4) Adult person hold the “grill” over the flame.  The instructions said 30 seconds each side.. no, longer.  We liked it when we did about 2 minutes each side.  Then you get the crispy rings on the outside like the picture and it’s melty inside.
5) pop it out and slice in half.
6) Eat.  Minimal clean up.

So, here is the deal You, yes you!  Can win a Toas-tite.  I just ask that you “like” my Facebook page coolmomdotcom.  If you are one of the few ( like my sisters) that aren’t on FB follow me on twitter or leave me a comment here telling me what is your favorite sandwich.  Actually, I want to know what all your favorite sandwiches are and I need you to comment below so if you win I have an email to notify you.
This is ironic considering my husband presides over an famous night in LA restaurantdom, Campanile’s grilled cheese night.

He doesn’t use a Toas-tite, but he thinks it fine if we do.
Winner announced MONDAY am.  ( note: if you win you have 48 hours after I email you to respond. If you don’t I will pick another winner)  Good Luck!

Cool Mom Awards Sweepstakes Official Rules

Cool Mom Awards

SWEEPSTAKES

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

1. HOW TO ENTER: The Cool Mom Awards Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:01am (Los Angeles Time) on February 21, 2011 and ends at 11:59pm (Los Angeles Time) on February 28, 2011 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Any person who goes to www.coolmom.com (the “Website”), provides his or her active email address and submits a comment as indicated on the Website, during the Sweepstakes Period, will automatically be entered into this Sweepstakes. Incomplete entries, failure to follow the instructions, procedures and/or these Official Rules shall render the entry invalid. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person during the Sweepstakes Period. If multiple entries are received from any one person, only the first entry will be considered and subsequent entries will be disqualified. All entries must be actually received by 11:59pm (Los Angeles Time) on February 28, 2011, regardless of the date or time entered.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Only legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older as of February 21, 2011 are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes and win a prize. Employees, officers, directors (and their immediate family members and members of their same households) and agents and representatives of the “Sponsor” named in Section 10 below or any of its parents, affiliates and subsidiary companies (collectively, “Sponsor Entities”), and employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of Digital Entertainment Corporation of America (“Prize Supplier”) or any advertising or promotion agencies that do business with Sponsor, are not eligible to win.

3. PRIZE/ODDS OF WINNING: One (1) winner will be selected to receive a PackIt brand freezable personal cooler, valued at $19.95, unless the winner does not meet the eligibility requirements or claim the prize by March 31, 2011. The prize awarded is subject to the restrictions and limitations noted in these Official Rules, on the prize and/or included with the prize, and the winner must abide by all such limitations and restrictions, including expiration dates. No substitutions or cash equivalents of the prize (or portion thereof) are permitted except at the sole discretion of Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute the prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole discretion. The prize is nontransferable. There is no cash equivalent for the prize. The winner agrees to accept the prize “as is.” Odds of winning the prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. If the winner is found to be ineligible, or if he/she cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected.

4. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION: The winner of the Sweepstakes will be randomly selected from all eligible entries received in accordance with these Official Rules throughout the Sweepstakes Period. The random drawing will be conducted by Sponsor, using randomization methods selected at its sole discretion on or about March 1, 2011. The winner will be notified by e-mail using the contact information given at the time of entry. If the winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been exerted, or if he/she is found to be ineligible, or if he/she cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. If there is still no confirmed winner of the prize in question after such attempts have been made, the prize may go unawarded.

5. GENERAL CONDITIONS: The winner is solely responsible for all taxes as they relate to his or her prize including applicable sales and income taxes. The winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and (where legal) a Publicity Release (“Affidavit/Release”) and provide valid photo identification (i.e., driver’s license, passport) before receiving his/her prize. A winner may pick up his/her prize at Sponsor’s address set forth in Section 10 below during business hours. If the winner requests the prize be delivered, the winner must provide in writing an address where an authorized person can sign for the prize. If applicable, allow 8 weeks for delivery of prize following completion of notification process. The prize will only be delivered to an address within the United States.

Except where prohibited by law, by accepting his or her prize the winner grants Sponsor, Prize Suppliers and their respective partners, licensees, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, related companies and successors, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, attorneys and agents (collectively, the “Sponsor Entities”) the universal and perpetual right and license to use, exploit, print, publish, reproduce, display, distribute and broadcast, and to grant others the right and license to use, exploit, print, publish, reproduce, display, distribute and broadcast the winner’s name, actual or simulated likeness, photograph, image, voice, portrait, picture, personal characteristics, biographical information and other personal identification in any and all languages, formats, and media now known and hereafter developed, in connection with the Website, the Sweepstakes and/or any Sweepstakes-related activity and any and all advertising, promotion, marketing, and/or publicity thereof, including all ancillary and subsidiary rights therein, without additional consideration.

Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or, as applicable, the operation of the Website or who is otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Such a person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate, suspend or modify any sweepstakes, game or drawing not capable of completion as planned, including because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical or other failures of any sort, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor.

6. OFFICIAL RULES: The Sweepstakes is subject to these Official Rules and the Privacy Policy, both of which will be available via a link on the Website throughout the Sweepstakes Period. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in the Official Rules of the Sweepstakes, or the Sweepstakes itself, and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by all decisions of the Sponsor, whose decision is binding and final in all respects.

7. DISCLAIMERS: Sponsor Entities are not responsible for lost, late, damaged, incomplete, stolen, illegible, misdirected, deleted, destroyed or altered entries; or for any mail, computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, errors, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays, connections, availability or garbled or jumbled transmissions, service provider/Internet/Website/use net accessibility or availability, traffic congestion, or unauthorized human intervention or access to the Website, as applicable. Proof of entering information at the Website or of deposit into U.S. mail, as applicable, is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. Sponsor Entities are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information.

By participating, entrants on behalf of themselves and their heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns hereby knowingly and voluntarily release, discharge, waive and relinquish, and agree that they will not assert or maintain against the Sponsor Entities, those involved in the development, production (including prize suppliers, contractors, service providers), implementation and distribution of this Sweepstakes, and their designated agents and any other person or entity associated with such entities and/or this Sweepstakes, and any of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, attorneys, or agents (collectively, “Sponsor Related Entities”), any claim, action, suit or demand of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown now or in the future, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, arising out of or in connection with their participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize in any way (including any tax liabilities). Entrants hereby further agree that Sponsor Related Entities are not responsible or liable for, and that entrants will indemnify, defend, release, and hold Sponsor Related Entities harmless from and against, any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, injuries, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) of any nature whatsoever whether known or unknown now or in the future, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, arising out of or in connection with their participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize in any way (including any tax liabilities). Entrants hereby acknowledge that they may hereafter discover facts different from or in addition to those which they now know or believe to be true and agree that this release will remain effective notwithstanding.

If by reason of any error, more prizes are claimed than the number set forth in these Official Rules, all persons making purportedly valid claims will be included in a random drawing to award the advertised prizes. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded.

8. WINNER LISTS/RULES: The names of the winner may be obtained after March 1, 2011 and before March 31, 2011 by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: “Cool Mom Awards Sweepstakes”, Winners List, Cool Mom, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

A copy of the Official Rules may be obtained before February 28, 2011 by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to to “Cool Mom Awards Sweepstakes”, Official Rules, Cool Mom, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

9. GOVERNING LAW: Except to the extent pre-empted by federal or other applicable state law, this Sweepstakes shall be governed by the laws of the State of California (without giving effect to any conflict of law provisions thereof). By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between entrant and Sponsor, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this promotion, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively, before a court located in the City of Los Angeles, California having competent jurisdiction, which Court shall apply the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any conflict of law provisions thereof.

10. SPONSOR: Cool Mom, LLC, a California limited liability company, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

11. PRIVACY POLICY: By entering the Sweepstakes you agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy concerning the collection and use of your personal information. Click here to view Privacy Policy.

Cool Mom / Box-O-Mania Sweepstakes Official Rules

Cool Mom / Box-O-Mania

SWEEPSTAKES

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

1. HOW TO ENTER: The Cool Mom / Box-O-Mania Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:01am (Los Angeles Time) on April 11, 2011 and ends at 11:59pm (Los Angeles Time) on April 17, 2011 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Any person who goes to www.coolmom.com (the “Website”), provides his or her active email address and submits a comment as indicated on the Website, during the Sweepstakes Period, will automatically be entered into this Sweepstakes. Incomplete entries, failure to follow the instructions, procedures and/or these Official Rules shall render the entry invalid.

There is a limit of one (1) entry per person during the Sweepstakes Period. If multiple entries are received from any one person, only the first entry will be considered and subsequent entries will be disqualified. All entries must be actually received by 11:59pm (Los Angeles Time) on April 17, 2011, regardless of the date or time entered.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Only legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older as of April 11, 2011 are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes and win a prize. Employees, officers, directors (and their immediate family members and members of their same households) and agents and representatives of the “Sponsor” named in Section 10 below or any of its parents, affiliates and subsidiary companies (collectively, “Sponsor Entities”), and employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of Digital Entertainment Corporation of America (“Prize Supplier”) or any advertising or promotion agencies that do business with Sponsor, are not eligible to win.

3. PRIZE/ODDS OF WINNING: One (1) winner will be selected to receive a Box-O-Mania Play Box, valued at $99.95, unless the winner does not meet the eligibility requirements or claim the prize by May 30, 2011. The prize awarded is subject to the restrictions and limitations noted in these Official Rules, on the prize and/or included with the prize, and the winner must abide by all such limitations and restrictions, including expiration dates. No substitutions or cash equivalents of the prize (or portion thereof) are permitted except at the sole discretion of Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute the prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole discretion. The prize is nontransferable. There is no cash equivalent for the prize. The winner agrees to accept the prize “as is.” Odds of winning the prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. If the winner is found to be ineligible, or if he/she cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected.

4. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION: The winner of the Sweepstakes will be randomly selected from all eligible entries received in accordance with these Official Rules throughout the Sweepstakes Period. The random drawing will be conducted by Sponsor, using randomization methods selected at its sole discretion on or about April 18, 2011. The winner will be notified by e-mail using the contact information given at the time of entry. If the winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been exerted, or if he/she is found to be ineligible, or if he/she cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. If there is still no confirmed winner of the prize in question after such attempts have been made, the prize may go unawarded.

5. GENERAL CONDITIONS: The winner is solely responsible for all taxes as they relate to his or her prize including applicable sales and income taxes. The winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and (where legal) a Publicity Release (“Affidavit/Release”) and provide valid photo identification (i.e., driver’s license, passport) before receiving his/her prize. A winner may pick up his/her prize at Sponsor’s address set forth in Section 10 below during business hours. If the winner requests the prize be delivered, the winner must provide in writing an address where an authorized person can sign for the prize. If applicable, allow 8 weeks for delivery of prize following completion of notification process. The prize will only be delivered to an address within the United States.

Except where prohibited by law, by accepting his or her prize the winner grants Sponsor, Prize Suppliers and their respective partners, licensees, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, related companies and successors, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, attorneys and agents (collectively, the “Sponsor Entities”) the universal and perpetual right and license to use, exploit, print, publish, reproduce, display, distribute and broadcast, and to grant others the right and license to use, exploit, print, publish, reproduce, display, distribute and broadcast the winner’s name, actual or simulated likeness, photograph, image, voice, portrait, picture, personal characteristics, biographical information and other personal identification in any and all languages, formats, and media now known and hereafter developed, in connection with the Website, the Sweepstakes and/or any Sweepstakes-related activity and any and all advertising, promotion, marketing, and/or publicity thereof, including all ancillary and subsidiary rights therein, without additional consideration.

Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or, as applicable, the operation of the Website or who is otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Such a person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate, suspend or modify any sweepstakes, game or drawing not capable of completion as planned, including because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical or other failures of any sort, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor.

6. OFFICIAL RULES: The Sweepstakes is subject to these Official Rules and the Privacy Policy, both of which will be available via a link on the Website throughout the Sweepstakes Period. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in the Official Rules of the Sweepstakes, or the Sweepstakes itself, and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by all decisions of the Sponsor, whose decision is binding and final in all respects.

7. DISCLAIMERS: Sponsor Entities are not responsible for lost, late, damaged, incomplete, stolen, illegible, misdirected, deleted, destroyed or altered entries; or for any mail, computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, errors, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays, connections, availability or garbled or jumbled transmissions, service provider/Internet/Website/use net accessibility or availability, traffic congestion, or unauthorized human intervention or access to the Website, as applicable. Proof of entering information at the Website or of deposit into U.S. mail, as applicable, is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. Sponsor Entities are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information.

By participating, entrants on behalf of themselves and their heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns hereby knowingly and voluntarily release, discharge, waive and relinquish, and agree that they will not assert or maintain against the Sponsor Entities, those involved in the development, production (including prize suppliers, contractors, service providers), implementation and distribution of this Sweepstakes, and their designated agents and any other person or entity associated with such entities and/or this Sweepstakes, and any of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, attorneys, or agents (collectively, “Sponsor Related Entities”), any claim, action, suit or demand of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown now or in the future, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, arising out of or in connection with their participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize in any way (including any tax liabilities). Entrants hereby further agree that Sponsor Related Entities are not responsible or liable for, and that entrants will indemnify, defend, release, and hold Sponsor Related Entities harmless from and against, any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, injuries, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) of any nature whatsoever whether known or unknown now or in the future, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, arising out of or in connection with their participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize in any way (including any tax liabilities). Entrants hereby acknowledge that they may hereafter discover facts different from or in addition to those which they now know or believe to be true and agree that this release will remain effective notwithstanding.

If by reason of any error, more prizes are claimed than the number set forth in these Official Rules, all persons making purportedly valid claims will be included in a random drawing to award the advertised prizes. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded.

8. WINNER LISTS/RULES: The names of the winner may be obtained after April 18, 2011 and before May 30, 2011 by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:“Cool Mom / Box-O-Mania Sweepstakes”, Winners List, Cool Mom, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

A copy of the Official Rules may be obtained before April 18, 2011 by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to to “Cool Mom / Box-O-Mania Sweepstakes”, Official Rules, Cool Mom, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

9. GOVERNING LAW: Except to the extent pre-empted by federal or other applicable state law, this Sweepstakes shall be governed by the laws of the State of California (without giving effect to any conflict of law provisions thereof). By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between entrant and Sponsor, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this promotion, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively, before a court located in the City of Los Angeles, California having competent jurisdiction, which Court shall apply the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any conflict of law provisions thereof.

10. SPONSOR: Cool Mom, LLC, a California limited liability company, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

11. PRIVACY POLICY: By entering the Sweepstakes you agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy concerning the collection and use of your personal information. Click here to view Privacy Policy.

Cool Mom / Bikini Thief Sweepstakes Official Rules

Cool Mom / Bikini Thief

SWEEPSTAKES

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

1. HOW TO ENTER: The Cool Mom / Bikini Thief Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:01am (Los Angeles Time) on July 25, 2011 and ends at 11:59pm (Los Angeles Time) on July 29, 2011 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Any person who goes to www.coolmom.com (the “Website”), provides his or her active email address and submits a comment as indicated on the Website, during the Sweepstakes Period, will automatically be entered into this Sweepstakes. Incomplete entries, failure to follow the instructions, procedures and/or these Official Rules shall render the entry invalid.

There is a limit of one (1) entry per person during the Sweepstakes Period. If multiple entries are received from any one person, only the first entry will be considered and subsequent entries will be disqualified. All entries must be actually received by 11:59pm (Los Angeles Time) on July 29, 2011, regardless of the date or time entered.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Only legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older as of July 25, 2011are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes and win a prize. Employees, officers, directors (and their immediate family members and members of their same households) and agents and representatives of the “Sponsor” named in Section 10 below or any of its parents, affiliates and subsidiary companies (collectively, “Sponsor Entities”), and employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of Digital Entertainment Corporation of America (“Prize Supplier”) or any advertising or promotion agencies that do business with Sponsor, are not eligible to win.

3. PRIZE/ODDS OF WINNING: Two (2) winners will be selected to receive a Bikini Thief swimsuit, valued at $130, unless the winners do not meet the eligibility requirements or claim the prize by August 31, 2011. The prize awarded is subject to the restrictions and limitations noted in these Official Rules, on the prize and/or included with the prize, and the winners must abide by all such limitations and restrictions, including expiration dates. No substitutions or cash equivalents of the prize (or portion thereof) are permitted except at the sole discretion of Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute the prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole discretion. The prize is nontransferable. There is no cash equivalent for the prize. Each winner agrees to accept the prize “as is.” Odds of winning the prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. If the winners are found to be ineligible, or if they cannot or do not comply with these Official Rules, the winners may be disqualified and alternate winners may be selected.

4. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION: The winners of the Sweepstakes will be randomly selected from all eligible entries received in accordance with these Official Rules throughout the Sweepstakes Period. The random drawing will be conducted by Sponsor, using randomization methods selected at its sole discretion on or about August 1, 2011. The winners will be notified by e-mail using the contact information given at the time of entry. If the winners cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been exerted, or if they are found to be ineligible, or if they cannot or do not comply with these Official Rules, the winners may be disqualified and alternate winners may be selected. If there is still no confirmed winners of the prize in question after such attempts have been made, the prize may go unawarded.

5. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Each winner is solely responsible for all taxes as they relate to his or her prize including applicable sales and income taxes. The winners may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and (where legal) a Publicity Release (“Affidavit/Release”) and provide valid photo identification (i.e., driver’s license, passport) before receiving his/her prize. The winners may pick up his/her prize at Sponsor’s address set forth in Section 10 below during business hours. If the winners request the prize be delivered, the winners must provide in writing an address where an authorized person can sign for the prize. If applicable, allow 8 weeks for delivery of prize following completion of notification process. The prize will only be delivered to an address within the United States.

Except where prohibited by law, by accepting his or her prize the winners grant Sponsor, Prize Suppliers and their respective partners, licensees, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, related companies and successors, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, attorneys and agents (collectively, the “Sponsor Entities”) the universal and perpetual right and license to use, exploit, print, publish, reproduce, display, distribute and broadcast, and to grant others the right and license to use, exploit, print, publish, reproduce, display, distribute and broadcast the winners’ name, actual or simulated likeness, photograph, image, voice, portrait, picture, personal characteristics, biographical information and other personal identification in any and all languages, formats, and media now known and hereafter developed, in connection with the Website, the Sweepstakes and/or any Sweepstakes-related activity and any and all advertising, promotion, marketing, and/or publicity thereof, including all ancillary and subsidiary rights therein, without additional consideration.

Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or, as applicable, the operation of the Website or who is otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Such a person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate, suspend or modify any sweepstakes, game or drawing not capable of completion as planned, including because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical or other failures of any sort, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor.

6. OFFICIAL RULES: The Sweepstakes is subject to these Official Rules and the Privacy Policy, both of which will be available via a link on the Website throughout the Sweepstakes Period. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in the Official Rules of the Sweepstakes, or the Sweepstakes itself, and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by all decisions of the Sponsor, whose decision is binding and final in all respects.

7. DISCLAIMERS: Sponsor Entities are not responsible for lost, late, damaged, incomplete, stolen, illegible, misdirected, deleted, destroyed or altered entries; or for any mail, computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, errors, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays, connections, availability or garbled or jumbled transmissions, service provider/Internet/Website/use net accessibility or availability, traffic congestion, or unauthorized human intervention or access to the Website, as applicable. Proof of entering information at the Website or of deposit into U.S. mail, as applicable, is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. Sponsor Entities are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information.

By participating, entrants on behalf of themselves and their heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns hereby knowingly and voluntarily release, discharge, waive and relinquish, and agree that they will not assert or maintain against the Sponsor Entities, those involved in the development, production (including prize suppliers, contractors, service providers), implementation and distribution of this Sweepstakes, and their designated agents and any other person or entity associated with such entities and/or this Sweepstakes, and any of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, attorneys, or agents (collectively, “Sponsor Related Entities”), any claim, action, suit or demand of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown now or in the future, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, arising out of or in connection with their participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize in any way (including any tax liabilities). Entrants hereby further agree that Sponsor Related Entities are not responsible or liable for, and that entrants will indemnify, defend, release, and hold Sponsor Related Entities harmless from and against, any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, injuries, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) of any nature whatsoever whether known or unknown now or in the future, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, arising out of or in connection with their participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize in any way (including any tax liabilities). Entrants hereby acknowledge that they may hereafter discover facts different from or in addition to those which they now know or believe to be true and agree that this release will remain effective notwithstanding.

If by reason of any error, more prizes are claimed than the number set forth in these Official Rules, all persons making purportedly valid claims will be included in a random drawing to award the advertised prizes. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded.

8. WINNER LISTS/RULES: The names of the winners may be obtained after August 1, 2011 and before August 31, 2011 by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: “Cool Mom / Bikini Thief Sweepstakes”, Winners List, Cool Mom, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

A copy of the Official Rules may be obtained before July 29, 2011 by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to to “Cool Mom / Bikini Thief Sweepstakes”, Official Rules, Cool Mom, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

9. GOVERNING LAW: Except to the extent pre-empted by federal or other applicable state law, this Sweepstakes shall be governed by the laws of the State of California (without giving effect to any conflict of law provisions thereof). By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between entrant and Sponsor, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this promotion, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively, before a court located in the City of Los Angeles, California having competent jurisdiction, which Court shall apply the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any conflict of law provisions thereof.

10. SPONSOR: Cool Mom, LLC, a California limited liability company, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

11. PRIVACY POLICY: By entering the Sweepstakes you agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy concerning the collection and use of your personal information. Click here to view Privacy Policy.

Cool Mom / Clorox – O You! Sweepstakes Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

1. HOW TO ENTER: The Cool Mom / Clorox Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:01am (Los Angeles Time) on October 4, 2011 and ends at 2:59pm (Los Angeles Time) on October 7, 2011 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Any person who goes to www.facebook.com/odetothecommode, “likes” the Ode to the Commode Facebook page and then posts a comment on the October 4, 2011 Cool Mom blog entry entitled Win a trip to “O you!” (sponsored) reflecting the actions taken, during the Sweepstakes Period, will automatically be entered into this Sweepstakes. Any person who, during the Sweepstakes Period, follows @OdetotheCommode on Twitter and tweets the message “Ditch the ick w/ #cloroxtoiletwand to #win a trip to #OYou2011 w/@coolmomdotcom & @odetothecommode” and then posts a comment reflecting the actions taken will receive a second entry into the Sweepstakes. In addition, any person who, during the Sweepstakes Period, logs onto http://svy.mk/entersweepstakes and follows the Sweepstakes entry directions, will be entered into the Sweepstakes. Incomplete entries, failure to follow the instructions, procedures and/or these Official Rules shall render the entry invalid.

There is a limit of two (2) total entries per person during the Sweepstakes Period, one via Facebook and one via Twitter, or two (2) via the free entry method described above. If multiple entries are received from any one person via either method, only the first of those entries will be considered and subsequent entries will be disqualified. All entries must be actually received by 2:59pm (EST) on October 7, 2011, regardless of the date or time entered.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Only legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older as of October 4, 2011 and are not residents of New York or Florida are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes and win a prize. Employees, officers, directors (and their immediate family members and members of their same households) and agents and representatives of the “Sponsor” named in Section 10 below or any of its parents, affiliates and subsidiary companies (collectively, “Sponsor Entities”), and employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of Digital Entertainment Corporation of America (“Prize Supplier”) or any advertising or promotion agencies that do business with Sponsor, are not eligible to win.

3. PRIZE/ODDS OF WINNING: One (1) winner will be selected to receive coach class airfare for one (1) to Atlanta, Georgia on October 15, 2011, two (2) nights’ accommodation at the W Hotel, one (1) $500 American Express gift card to cover meals and ground transportation, and one (1) entry to “O You! The Oprah Magazine event” on October 15, 2011 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, valued at two thousand and twenty-five dollars ($2,025.00), unless the winner does not meet the eligibility requirements or claim the prize by October 31, 2011. Winner will be responsible for all other travel expenses. The prize awarded is subject to the restrictions and limitations noted in these Official Rules, on the prize and/or included with the prize, and the winner must abide by all such limitations and restrictions, including expiration dates. No substitutions or cash equivalents of the prize (or portion thereof) are permitted except at the sole discretion of Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute the prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole discretion. The prize is nontransferable. There is no cash equivalent for the prize. The winner agrees to accept the prize “as is.” Odds of winning the prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. If the winner is found to be ineligible, or if he/she cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected.

4. DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION: The winner of the Sweepstakes will be randomly selected from all eligible entries received in accordance with these Official Rules throughout the Sweepstakes Period. The random drawing will be conducted by Sponsor, using randomization methods selected at its sole discretion on or about October 10, 2011. The winner will be notified by e-mail using the contact information given at the time of entry. If the winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been exerted, or if he/she is found to be ineligible, or if he/she cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. If there is still no confirmed winner of the prize in question after such attempts have been made, the prize may go unawarded.

5. GENERAL CONDITIONS: The winner is solely responsible for all taxes as they relate to his or her prize including applicable sales and income taxes. The winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and (where legal) a Publicity Release (“Affidavit/Release”) and provide valid photo identification (i.e., driver’s license, passport) before receiving his/her prize.

Except where prohibited by law, by accepting his or her prize the winner grants Sponsor, Prize Suppliers and their respective partners, licensees, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, related companies and successors, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, attorneys and agents (collectively, the “Sponsor Entities”) the universal and perpetual right and license to use, exploit, print, publish, reproduce, display, distribute and broadcast, and to grant others the right and license to use, exploit, print, publish, reproduce, display, distribute and broadcast the winner’s name, actual or simulated likeness, photograph, image, voice, portrait, picture, personal characteristics, biographical information and other personal identification in any and all languages, formats, and media now known and hereafter developed, in connection with the Website, the Sweepstakes and/or any Sweepstakes-related activity and any and all advertising, promotion, marketing, and/or publicity thereof, including all ancillary and subsidiary rights therein, without additional consideration.

Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or, as applicable, the operation of the Website or who is otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Such a person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate, suspend or modify any sweepstakes, game or drawing not capable of completion as planned, including because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical or other failures of any sort, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor.

6. OFFICIAL RULES: The Sweepstakes is subject to these Official Rules and the Privacy Policy, both of which will be available via a link on the Website throughout the Sweepstakes Period. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in the Official Rules of the Sweepstakes, or the Sweepstakes itself, and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by all decisions of the Sponsor, whose decision is binding and final in all respects.

7. DISCLAIMERS: Sponsor Entities are not responsible for lost, late, damaged, incomplete, stolen, illegible, misdirected, deleted, destroyed or altered entries; or for any mail, computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, errors, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays, connections, availability or garbled or jumbled transmissions, service provider/Internet/Website/use net accessibility or availability, traffic congestion, or unauthorized human intervention or access to the Website, as applicable. Proof of entering information at the Website or of deposit into U.S. mail, as applicable, is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. Sponsor Entities are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information.

By participating, entrants on behalf of themselves and their heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns hereby knowingly and voluntarily release, discharge, waive and relinquish, and agree that they will not assert or maintain against the Sponsor Entities, those involved in the development, production (including prize suppliers, contractors, service providers), implementation and distribution of this Sweepstakes, and their designated agents and any other person or entity associated with such entities and/or this Sweepstakes, and any of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, attorneys, or agents (collectively, “Sponsor Related Entities”), any claim, action, suit or demand of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown now or in the future, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, arising out of or in connection with their participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize in any way (including any tax liabilities). Entrants hereby further agree that Sponsor Related Entities are not responsible or liable for, and that entrants will indemnify, defend, release, and hold Sponsor Related Entities harmless from and against, any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, injuries, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) of any nature whatsoever whether known or unknown now or in the future, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, arising out of or in connection with their participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize in any way (including any tax liabilities). Entrants hereby acknowledge that they may hereafter discover facts different from or in addition to those which they now know or believe to be true and agree that this release will remain effective notwithstanding.

If by reason of any error, more prizes are claimed than the number set forth in these Official Rules, all persons making purportedly valid claims will be included in a random drawing to award the advertised prizes. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded.

8. WINNER LISTS/RULES: The name of the winner may be obtained after October 10, 2011 and before October 31, 2011 by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: “Cool Mom / Clorox Sweepstakes,” Winners List, Cool Mom, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

A copy of the Official Rules may be obtained before October 31, 2011 by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Cool Mom / Clorox Sweepstakes”, Official Rules, Cool Mom, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

9. GOVERNING LAW: Except to the extent pre-empted by federal or other applicable state law, this Sweepstakes shall be governed by the laws of the State of California (without giving effect to any conflict of law provisions thereof). By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between entrant and Sponsor, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this promotion, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively, before a court located in the City of Los Angeles, California having competent jurisdiction, which Court shall apply the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any conflict of law provisions thereof.

10. SPONSOR: Cool Mom LLC, a California limited liability company, 1299 Ocean Avenue, Ste. 410, Santa Monica, California 90401.

11. PRIVACY POLICY: By entering the Sweepstakes you agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy concerning the collection and use of your personal information. Click here to view Privacy Policy.

Jaw locking sandwich

I used this story as my launching off point. The attached article makes a good point that at least the guy didn’t see an opportunity to sue the sandwich maker, or the sandwich.

Years ago when I was  on a streek of dating Australian and British guys ( cute and the accent, growl) I enjoyed hearing their take on the difference between the US and their country.  US got high marks for the friendliest service, freedom to be whatever you want to be, but low marks on our personal largesse.

“look at this” one of my accented lovers would exclaim point to a plate of food in a restaurant.  “it’s too much, this is a serving for 2 or 3 people.”

“really?” I said as I shoveled part of my meal into a take out container, thinking that lunch for tomorrow was in the bag.

But, maybe they have a point.

moving to higher ground

Rex is now standing and NEARLY walking.  And we know what that means?  He clears everything in his path.  I’d like to think that the shelves in my office cubby at home would have been organized if not for Rex clearing the lower shelfs causing us to move our papers and such out of Rex reach. But, truth is, it would still be a mess, just a mess on more shelves.  So that’s cool Rex, have at it!giving me the raspberry