Friday, September 19, 2014

WIN With The Red Gold Slow Cooker Promotion and ChiIL Mama #giveaway #recipe


It's that time again! Red Gold Tomatoes is taking a closer look at slow cooker recipes to celebrate harvest season with tomatoes. 

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is happy to be an official Red Gold Blogger (and I have the spoon to prove it). We have been sent samples for review purposes, promotional items, and items for our giveaway. It's our pleasure to partner up with Red Gold once again. As always, all opinions are our own.



Red Gold will be hosting a promotion starting Sept. 17 
during which they will give away two slow cookers a day for three weeks on their facebook page — that's 44 Crock-Pots!!!! 


Just go to https://www.facebook.com/RedGold to enter!



ChiIL Mama is also excited to offer a Red Gold Kit to one of our lucky readers. Enter RIGHT HERE for your chance to WIN:

A variety-pack of tomatoes plus an apron, wooden spoon and recipes from family-owned and Indiana-based Red Gold. 

*(Winner receives 2 cans crushed tomatoes, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can diced w/ green chills, 1 diced with lime juice and cilantro and 1 diced with garlic and olive oil, plus a Red Gold apron, wooden spoon and recipes, such as Pulled Pork Sliders, Sausage & Sweet Potato Chili)

ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama and focus on slow cooking this fall. Crock Pots are an easy, time saving way to fit in a healthy, hot meal during busy school & work days. Using tomatoes in soups, stews and casseroles may also offer more nutrition than fresh. 

Did you know? When tomatoes are heated, the antioxidant lycopene (linked to several health benefits) is released.

Red Gold has been around since the 1940s growing tomatoes in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, where true seasons positively impact flavor — with just the right angle of the sun, perfect temperature, and soil that seems made for growing tomatoes.

Here's one tasty dinner that's perfect for late summer into fall:



Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese

Servings: 8    |    Preparation Time: 15 minutes    |    Cook Time: 240 minutes



2
cups pasta of choice, uncooked
2
tablespoons butter
8
ounces processed American cheese, cut into cubes
8
ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
1
teaspoon Dijon mustard
1
cup low fat milk
1/2
cup whipping cream
1
(12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1
(14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes With Green Chilies, drained or 2 (10 ounce) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies , drained

  • Place the uncooked pasta in the bottom of a 3.5-qt. crock pot that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Add the remaining ingredients, except RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES, to the slow cooker and stir until well combined. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  • Just before serving add RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES; stir to combine.


Click here to check out the main Red Gold Website for more tasty recipes for fabulous fall meals that are nutritious and delicious.

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is happy to be an official Red Gold Blogger (and I have the spoon to prove it). We have been sent samples for review purposes, promotional items, and items for our giveaway. It's our pleasure to partner up with Red Gold. As always, all opinions are our own.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NETFLIX NIGHT: Who's Down for Pizza & A Movie? #NetflixKids #Streamteam

Ahhhhh zaaaaaah. Four of the sweetest words in the English language: 

PIZZA AND A MOVIE.

Now that my kids are in 6th and 8th grades, their weeks are busy with gymnastics team, yoga, mentoring, ultimate frisbee, & Anime Club, not to mention school work and homework. My husband and I are both busy freelancers, who work quirky hours, so it's a special treat when we all manage to land on the couch together. One thing we can all get on board with is a family night of pizza and Netflixs movies. 



Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is a proud member of the Netflix Stream Team. We've been compensated for sharing monthly posts with our readers.  As always, all opinions are our own.


Fall is the perfect time to start a Family Movie Night Tradition and make some memories with Netflix. 


I love the tween age and teen years because the kids are still young enough to get a kick out of new animated offering, like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and give me a great excuse to relax and watch with them. I'll admit it. I'm not too mature for kid flixs. 



They're also old enough to "get" classics from our teen years including iconic Chicago flixs like Ferris Bueller's Day Off. They've chosen it twice already and love seeing the city they were born and raised in on screen. Hopefully they're not getting too many devious ideas, but we sure have had a lot of laughs rediscovering old favorites from our own teen years, and enjoying the kids seeing the movies we loved, for the very first time. It's one of my favorite things about parenting... getting to introduce your kids to pop culture you dig and enjoying it anew WITH them.



Check back with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often for great nationwide giveaways & Chicago tickets. We gave away complete seasons of DVDs of H2O to some of our lucky readers as well as loads of advanced screening tickets to Free Birds when it played in theatres, and more. Of course now you can see these movies and shows any time you want, with Netflix!




Netflix Titles for Family Movie or TV Night

For your little kids:











For your big kids:











For teens (and you!):










Before you sit down to watch one of these titles - or your own family favorite - check out these tips from Common Sense Media on how to make family movie or TV night a success.



Disclosure: Once again, ChiIL Mama is a proud member of the Netflix Stream Team. We've been compensated for sharing monthly posts with our readers.  As always, all opinions are our own.

WIN PROPS FROM how I met your mother Out on DVD 9/23

“HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER” THANKS FANS WITH A CHANCE TO WIN SOME “LEGEND…WAIT FOR IT…DARY” PROPS INCLUDING THE ACTUAL BAR FROM MACLAREN’S


“The Prop-Erty Vault” Tumblr Page Will Showcase Incredible Items From The Show’s History and Allow Fans To Take Home Some Memorable Props from Seasons Past

“The Whole Story” Featuring All 208 Episodes of the Legendary Series, Including The Highly Anticipated Alternate Ending Comes Home on DVD September 23


It’s time to suit up for a virtual trip down memory lane as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment launches the ultimate destination for “How I Met Your Mother” fans and a chance for them to take home some of the most iconic props from the show’s nine season run. Over the course of the next five weeks the all-new HIMYMProps.com website will feature props you can enter to win each with an official certificate of authenticity, including such unforgettable items as “Robin’s Vancouver Jersey,” ”Ted’s Hot Dog Costume,” “The Goliath National Bank Hard Hat,” “The Parking Meter” ripped from the street by Barney's father and many more surprises. One lucky fan will have a chance to win the ULTIMATE prize – the actual bar from MacLaren’s complete with bar stools!

That’s not all. Tune-in to the site each Monday night at 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST through October 20 for the “Flash Sweepstakes,” which gives fans a chance to win one amazing prop within a limited three-hour window of time. The first item up for grabs on September 22 is the “Robin Sparkles Pink Boom Box” from Season Two featured in her infamous “Let’s Go to the Mall” music video.

““How I Met Your Mother” has always belonged to the fans,” said show creator Carter Bays. “You guys rooted the show on, made it a part of your life, and spent every Monday night with us for nearly a decade. We will always be grateful for that. As a way of saying thanks, we'd like to give you the opportunity for a piece of “How I Met Your Mother” to actually, physically belong to you. From all of us at “HIMYM,” thanks for watching, and good luck!”

Show creator Craig Thomas added, “We hope that you treasure and enjoy these beloved pieces of “HIMYM's” soul, or that you at least don't sell them on eBay."

The HIMYMProps.com website allows fans to revisit some of the most recognizable and memorable items from the first two seasons through images, shareable memes and interviews with prop master David Baker and costume designer Reiko Kurumada. Simply find the props that say “Win Me!” on the site and enter for a chance to take them home. First up, fans can enter to win “The Great Lakes Plates” hand-painted by Marshall’s mom from Season One, with the site being updated each Monday with more props and items for fans to learn more about and potentially take home! A complete schedule of when the site will be updated can be found below.

With its limited-edition Bro Code Playbook packaging, “How I Met Your Mother” - The Whole Story is available September 23 and makes the perfect gift for the holidays. The collection includes all nine seasons of the Emmy® Award winning show along with the show’s alternate ending fans have been eager to see. A brand new bonus disc comes loaded with featurettes including a complete series retrospective documentary of the series, a piece focusing on the casting of the infamous mother, a look back at how the Mosby kid sequence from the finale was shot back in 2006, the San Diego Comic-Con introduction and panel from 2013, a live table read of the touching series finale and an in-depth look at “The Pineapple Scene” where the mystery of the pineapple is FINALLY revealed!

HIMYMProps.com Update Schedule
Tuesday, September 16 – Seasons One and Two
Week of September 22 – Seasons Three and Four
Week of September 29 – Seasons Five and Six
Week of October 6 – Seasons Seven and Eight
Week of October 13 – Season Nine

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

Friday, September 12, 2014

ChiIL Mama's Adventures With Sassy Moms In The City Back To School Soiree #Sassymomsbts

Ah yes. THAT time of year again. All the kidlets are finally back to school. Thanks to our friends over at Sassy Moms in the City we have some pretty, practical products to make your life easier. And it's not all about the kids either. Chauffeurs, personal shoppers, chefs... AKA: MOMS deserve fun boots, new frames, killer scarves, and fantastic finger foods too!

Sassy Moms In The City Back to School Soiree was a fabulously fun chance to network, see old friends and check out some seriously sweet products to bring put the fun back in functional for back to school.  

Disclosure: Here at ChiIL Mama we love to partner up with the uber organized and always lovely Alison Ray from Sassy Moms in the City, and all the sponsors for this excellent event. We came home with not one but two goodie bags full of great samples for review purposes!




Check out ChiIL Mama's full set of photos in the slide show here and our favorites throughout the post below:



First off, the location was great. I dig blog and press events at Chopping Block. Their cooking demos are excellent and delicious. 









My daughter, Sage, is so stoked with her new favorite self filtering water bottle from Refresh2Go that she's taking to school daily now. We're working on partnering up with them for a giveaway for our readers, so check back with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often!







It was great to get the scoop on comfortable bedding from Dacron, pediped Footwear, air freshners from Fresh Wave, and funky fun frames from Iristocracy









Here are a few Instagram shots of ChiIL Mama chiILin' with IristocracyWe even got to keep the sweet scarves! 








Check out the official event photos from Kevin Hammett Photography right here.

Disclosure: Once again, here at ChiIL Mama we love to partner up with the uber organized and always lovely Alison Ray from Sassy Moms in the City, and all the sponsors for this excellent event. We came home with not one but two goodie bags full of great samples for review purposes!







Saturday, September 6, 2014

TONIGHT: Catch Broadway Favorites at the Chicago Venetian Night Boat Parade at Navy Pier #BroadwayinChicago #ChiILPicksList

 Play Locally: ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks for Family Friendly Fun 

ChiIL Picks List: CHICAGO’S “BROADWAY ON PARADE” VENETIAN NIGHT

TO FEATURE A ROCKIN’ CAST BOAT APPEARANCE FROM…




WHO:  Broadway In Chicago and the company of DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE

WHAT:  DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE themed boat at 

WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 8:30 PM

WHERE: Navy Pier (600 E Grand Ave)

Here at ChiIL Live Shows & ChiIL Mama, we are already super stoked for DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE coming to Chicago this November 4th-January 4th. Catch a sneak peek at the cast tonight, at the ever popular Venetian Night Boat Parade. 

ABOUT CHICAGO VENETIAN NIGHT
A longtime favorite festival in Chicago that started in 1958, Venetian Night makes an exciting return to Navy Pier on Saturday, September 6.  Gather at Navy Pier’s East End for one of the best areas to watch these illuminated boats decorated in the theme of your favorite Broadway musicals including WickedAnnieChicagoGrease and The Phantom of the Opera, take to the water in a stunning aquatic parade, set to music. A spectacular Navy Pier fireworks display marks the conclusion of the parade. Judges will award prizes for first, second and third place winners, scoring them in these categories: adherence to the overall theme; originality; and lighting and sound.

DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are LONG over.  This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams!  But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols.  Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit.  

Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family’s holiday and twist your Christmas.

DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) Nov. 4, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015.  For tickets, visit BroadwayInChicago.com.



Saturday, August 30, 2014

WIN 4 Tickets to Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes 9/10 or 12 #DisneyOnIce #giveaway

ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama and lots of your Disney friends this September when Disney on Ice returns to Chi, IL at the United Center September 10-14th with 52 CHARACTERS in 10 JAMPACKED SCENES! Join the magical pixie Tinkerbell and seven of Disney's most beloved princesses - Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White - and their princes in a collection of celebrated tales wonderfully told through artistic skating and jaw-dropping, on-ice acrobatics! 


Disclosure: It's been our pleasure here at ChiIL Mama, to partner up with FELD for years now, to shoot and review their shows, and to offer free ticket giveaways to our readers. Thanks to FELD for giving us complimentary tickets for review purposes and for our giveaways. As always, all opinions are our own.

Click HERE for your chance to WIN.
Entries accepted through midnight on August 31st. Tickets will be under your name at the box office for the show of your choosing betweenWednesday, Sept 10 @ 7pm OR Friday, Sept 12 @ 7 pm. *Note: You must choose a show date and enter under the name of an adult who will be present at the box office.


Believing is Just the Beginning! Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt
Comes to Chicago
Tinker Bell Whisks Audiences through Classic Moments from some of Disney’s most Beloved Stories of 
Beautiful Princesses and their Daring Heroes 

Believing is just the beginning in Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Local dreamers will have the chance to witness the magic, Sep. 10-14, when Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White all make their wishes come true at Chicago’s United Center.


With the help of the magical pixie Tinker Bell, the Disney Princesses embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this collection of celebrated tales wonderfully told through artistic skating and acrobatics. Jasmine discovers a whole new world with Aladdin after meeting her unlikely hero in the marketplace. Prince Philip defeats the evil fire-breathing dragon Maleficent in a race to save his true love Aurora. Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s spell so that Ariel can remain part of his world. Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella, Belle and Snow White also find happiness in this beautifully imagined ice show.




All ChiIL Mama's readers are winners:

Two Great Savings offers:
**FREE PARKING IN ALL OFFICIAL UNITED CENTER LOTS WITH TICKET PURCHASE.**


“Before dreaming up this edition of Disney On Ice, we reflected on what makes Disney’s princesses and heroes so special,” said Producer Kenneth Feld.  “It didn’t take long to realize that every princess had one thing in common: each embarked on an adventure to find their heart’s fondest wish, and through believing, they come true.  We wanted to share that inspirational message with our audiences by celebrating the stories of these enchanting princesses and their heroic princes.”

Click Image for a Printable Coloring Sheet:


Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes features an incredible display of special effects, stunning set design and breathtaking choreography on the ice.  United Center performances are scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sep. 10, Thursday, Sep. 11, and Friday, Sep. 12, and 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 13, and Sunday, Sep. 14.  Tickets, starting at $13, are available at the United Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, on the web at www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at (800) 745-3000. 

Parking is FREE with ticket purchase in all official United Center parking lots. Service charges, facility and handling fees may apply.

For additional information, log on to www.disneyonice.com, or visit Disney On Ice on Facebook and YouTube.


About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 70 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information on Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.


Disclosure: Once again, it's been our pleasure here at ChiIL Mama, to partner up with FELD for years now, to shoot and review their shows, and to offer free ticket giveaways to our readers. Thanks to FELD for giving us complimentary tickets for review purposes and for our giveaways. As always, all opinions are our own. 

HELP OUT: First Annual MAC & CHEESE FEST Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities


Saturday, October 4 at the UIC Forum, Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana

The first annual Mac & Cheese Fest will be held on Saturday, October 4 at the UIC Forum from noon to 3 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.



“Mac & Cheese Fest is a celebration of the dish! With roots dating back to the 14th century, recipes that span continents to entice aficionados galore, the Festival is a time to explore every variety of this beloved food,” says Cece Gonzales, President of Cece & Melinda of Raymi Productions. The event will feature a mind-blowing variety of macaroni and cheese entrees, appetizers and sides served with craft beers, wine and soft drinks.

Mac & Cheese Fest will feature approximately 50 Chicago chefs featuring their versions of Mac and Cheese, inspired from cultures, family traditions and their restaurant’s menu. Chefs will be asked to use any kind of pasta with any type of cheese as the primary ingredients. One lucky chef, recognized by attendees and a panel of foodies, will take home “The Golden Noodle.”


WHERE: UIC Forum
725 W Roosevelt Rd,
Chicago, IL 60607
www.macandcheesechicago.com
@macandcheesefst


About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI):
RMHC-CNI is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing a ‘home away from home’ while their child is being treated in the hospital.  Every night, up to 140 families heal together because of the comfort, compassion and community at four area Ronald McDonald Houses® and Ronald McDonald Family Room®.  Annually 40,000 nights are provided where RMHC-CNI families are able to stay close to their child, helping them to heal faster and saving them over $7 million in hotel costs.  We are located near Advocate Children’s Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center,University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Edward Hospital in Naperville and the Cadence Health – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) Campus in Winfield which will open in 2015.  For more information visit www.RonaldHouseChicago.org.  Stay connected - FacebookTwitter,YouTubeInstagram.  
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