Tuesday, May 25, 2010

$25 Cold Stone Creamery Giftcard Giveaway!

Cold Stone Creamery wants me to giveaway a $25 giftcard to one of my lucky readers in honor of their "Gold Cone" flavor of the month.

Here are the entry rules:

PRIMARY entry:
1. "Follow" my blog publicly if you haven't already.
2. Like Coldstone Creamery's Facebook page.
3. Post a comment stating what your favorite Coldstone creation is.

Counts as TWO BONUS entries:
Tweet this contest, tinyurl.com/3yup84h, on Twitter and leave a link to your tweet as your comment.

This contest is open until Sunday June 13, 2010. I must have a valid way to reach you, so leave me your email address in your comment OR be sure your profile has your email address visible. No duplicate comments will count. This giveaway is open to US residents. Winners will be selected via random.org and must respond within 48 hours of being notified by me or I will select a new winner.

Good luck!!!


Monday, May 24, 2010

The PishPosh Carryall and Whole Foods Winner is...

Megryansmom!!! Congrats and thanks you to all my readers for entering my giveaway!

Check back to see what my next giveaway will be.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Disney Interactive Game Night

I love attending Disney events for two reasons. First, they always make it family-friendly which is great because I get to share the experience with my husband and daughter. Second, the events are always AWESOME!!! The Disney Interactive Game Night at the Vantage Room on Hollywood and Highland was no different. We got an exclusive look at some of Disney's video games which are perfect for the whole family.

One of the favorites was Sing It! The players get to choose which Disney songs, ranging from "Winnie the Pooh" to "The Little Mermaid" they get to sing along to. I love the fact that the words are right on the monitor along with the characters while you are belting out the tunes. Once the singing starts the fun doesn't stop.

I then moved on to "The World of Cars Online". The great thing about this game is that you don't have to purchase anything you simply log on and play it online. The object of the game is to acquire points by playing games and then use the points to purchase accessories to customize your car. If your kid likes cars or enjoyed the movie this is the perfect interactive game for them.

Next was "Pixie Hollow" which is also available online. This video game allows the player to create their own pixie and choose different things from their powers to their stylish pixie-gear. I couldn't believe all the options for their clothes, shoes and even their pets. Yes pets! I chose a little firefly and named it Petunia Blossom. This game is great for encouraging creativity and even responsibility for your little gamer.

The last game I got to sample was "Guilty Party" , which came highly recommended by the host and after playing it I could tell why. I loved this game because it gave me an opportunity to play private detective. I chose Phoebe as my persona then interrogated all the suspects to help me collect clues which ultimately helped me figure out that the Commodore was actually thee Guilty Party! If you enjoy suspenseful mysteries this a definite must have for the entire family.

That's my Guilty Party persona Phoebe

I worked up an appetite with all that gaming which was a good thing because there were so many goodies available. The sliders and shrimp sandwiches were dee-licious along with my favorite sides, french fries and onion rings! Although I think the most popular section of the buffet was probably the dessert. There were home-made ding dongs and twinkies along with snow cones and creamy banana pudding! I couldn't resist trying a bite of everything which was totally worth the calories.

By the smile on everybody's faces it was apparent that this was, once again, a fun-filled successful Disney event.

Thank you Disney for allowing me and my family to participate in your "Interactive Game Night"!

Disclosure: I was not not paid for this post and my opinions on the company and what I write about my experience are my honest opinions.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

cin3029 is the NEW Kodak Frame Winner!!!


You MUST email me your full name and mailing address BY May 15, 2010 midnight at bernadette@bernadettelive.com. If cin3029 fails to do this another winner will be chosen and announced Sunday May 16, 2010.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pishposh Organizer and $10 Whole Foods Giftcard Giveaway!!!

I am giving away a PishPosh Organizer which allows you to use your favorite purse as a diaper bag! I know, GENIUS!!! I wish I had thought of it then I could be sipping a fruitty drink with an umbrella somewhere in the Carribean...sigh.

Back to reality, PishPosh wants me to giveaway an organizer to one of my readers!

Here's how:

1. Become a "follower" of my blog, if you haven't already done so.

2. "Like" PishPosh on Facebook

3. Comment, in English, on what you NEVER leave the house without. (i.e. keys, wallet, sunglasses, your kids.)

Then click on PishPosh to view the carryalls and include in your comment which ONE you would like as your prize in case you win!

Here's a photo of MY personal carryall, the Quick Zip Soma Chic

It came in SO handy on my trip to Indiana. Lots of room for diapers, snacks, sunglasses etc.

I'm also throwing in a $10 Whole Foods Giftcard so that you can "fill-up" that carryall with some goodies.

Good luck follow, like and comment away!!!

One entry per person and contest ends on Sunday May 23, 2010.The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced by Tuesday May 25th.

Monday, May 10, 2010

And the Kodak winners are...

for the digital camera


and the digital frame is My World!!!

Congratulations to Judi and My World!!!

Thank you to everyone for entering my giveaway. I will post another giveaway soon so make sure to follow my blog.

To the WINNERS: Please email me your full name and mailing address at bernadette@bernadettelive.com by midnite THIS Friday (May 14,2010) so that I can have your prize shipped to you. In the event that the winners fail to email me by the deadline I will choose another winner by using random.org.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Loo Hoo's Asian Comfort Food

I love Asian food, especially if it's home-made, so when I was invited to attend Loo Hoo's tasting party at the home of creator and chef Cindy Liu I had to say "YES!"

Cindy's idea of comfort food consists of dumplings, noodles and hearty soups- the stuff she grew up on. Her father was a chef who owned and operated restaurants so I can see how the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Over the years, she has created her own dishes along with learning family recipes and enjoyed cooking as a passion but never as a profession...until now.

Our dinner started off with lychee martinis which were very refreshing. I am not much of a cocktail person but it was just sweet enough and had the perfect amount of vodka which game me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Yummmm!

Served in my "sexy" glass.

Feeling very "Sex and the City" with my cocktail

For appetizers we had vegetarian and pork dumplings with some "magic" sauce. I call it magic because if you put this sauce on anything it would be DEE-licious!

The sauce.

After the carnage.

After the appetizers she brought out a fresh cold-noodle salad with chicken and fresh crisp vegetables.

As if the first serving of dumplings weren't enough, she made us her specialty recipe which was kimchi pork dumplings. I have never even heard of such a dish and that's because it's Loo Hoo's own original creation. I just want to say that dumplings plus kimchi equals a party in my tummy. (No photo available, it was so good they flew right off the serving plate.)

My favorite dish had to be the Thai Red-Curry noodles. It had a generous portion of chicken and crunchy vegetables tossed in a delicious creamy sauce that was to die for! It took everything inside me to keep from finger-licking the sauce off my plate. Yeah,...it was THAT good!

The meal ended on a perfect note with mango and sticky rice drizzled with coconut sauce. I know, rice for dessert?! It might sound crazy but it's actually delicious!!!

It isn't an Asian party unless you have a to-go container when you leave. Sure enough, she gave us plenty to take home and share with our families.

Loo Hoo's makes their food with simple and premium ingredients. They source from local farmers and producers to ensure fresh, high quality ingredients while keeping price and value in balance.

You're probably wondering how can "I" sample some of this delicious Asian comfort food?! You can check them out every week at the Thousand Oaks Farmer's Market on Thursdays and College of the Canyons on Sundays. If you are interested in catering you can check out their themed menu for your next event.

Thank you to Cindy Liu for being the hostess with the mostest!