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Saturday, October 23, 2010

CSN Stores ~ $35 Give Away

October is coming to a close and stores are going crazy with their holiday decor & sales, all trying to allure the buyer into purchasing their wares...

Life is hectic enough for me some days, which is why I have taken so much of my shopping online these days. One of my favorite places to shop is -

With over 200+ stores to choose from, you can get anything from Contemporary Coffee Tables, to kid sized furniture to kitchenware! They truly do have something for everyone!

Want to see for yourself?

The generous folks at have offered a $35 gift card to one of the readers of the Gust Gab...

With so many of their items offering FREE SHIPPING - you can do some Holiday shopping and not spend a cent! Or perhaps it's time to do something for you?

Replacing that old favorite frying pan, some fresh new bed sheets? How & what will you choose?

To be entered in the drawing for a $35.00 gift certificate for - simply leave me a comment.

Your bonus entries...
Do you like Gust Gab on Facebook? If so - leave me a comment saying so -
Do you follow this blog? (Comment = entry)
What about my *review blog* ? Follow it publicly for another entry (Comment = entry!)

There you have winner will be selected via next Monday 11/1.

As a preferred blogger for CSN Stores, I'd like to thank them for the opportunity to give away a gift card to one of my readers!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Monster Jam - A Give Away!

My little boy loves all things truck...if it's got wheels...awesome.
If it's got BIG wheels...all the more awesome!
THIS is why I am soo very excited about the upcoming MONSTER JAM Monster Truck show at the Metrodome Saturday November 13th, 2010!
Featuring USHRA Monster Trucks including: Grave Digger driven by Dennis Anderson, Maximum Destruction driven by Tom Meents, Advance Auto Parts Grinder driven by Lupe Soza, Air Force Afterburner driven by Damon Bradshaw, Blue Thunder driven by Linsey Weenk, and more! Also featuring Pro Stadium Trucks and Democross!
Subject to change without notice.
Have you ever taken your kids to a Monster Truck show? Did you bring noise cancelling headphones or ear plugs? This will be our first show - I should do both right? (Where can I even GET noise cancelling headphones?)
You can purchase tickets online by clicking here - but wouldn't you just love to WIN a set of four tickets to this show?
That's right!
I've got four tickets to give away to one lucky winner!
The fine folks at Feld Entertainment are giving away four tickets to Monster Jam to one lucky reader of the Gust Gab!
Simply leave me a comment on this same post on my MAIN blog and you are entered! (You can leave one comment per day until Monday November 1st when a winner will be selected via

** Bonus entry - *like* Gust Gab on Facebook, and then leave a comment saying you did (or that you already do!)
*** Blog follower? that's another entry...
Another thing that I think is TOTALLY cool and will help our somewhat reserved little girl be more excited about the Monster Truck show?
If you stop by your local Subway you can pick up tickets for the FREE pit party that runs from 2:00-5:00 pm. That's right folks...FREE!
Who doesn't love a free outing?
This is your chance to get up close and personal with the Monster Trucks and the Dare Devils who drive them!
Our son is going to go NUTS!!
One winner will be chosen via The tickets are compliments of Feld Entertainment. My family will be attending this show via complimentary tickets in exchange for hosting this contest.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Staying in and going all out ~ review & give away

Wanchai Ferry and Macaroni Grill through MyBlogSpark recently asked me about my first date...
I tried thinking back to my first date with my hubby...

Is it bad that I don't remember exactly when it was?
~ Do you remember your first date with your partner?

I mean really...We met in a group and went out as a group...

in fact...I when I really really think about it - I think our first REAL date was going to be a Final Five hockey game with our home state and his Alma mater the UND Fighting Sioux playing here in town...and then all of a sudden a bunch of friends were coming along - that was typical back then!

Everybody goes - or nobody goes!

I did some digging around to see if I could find any pictures of us from around our first date era, but a recent computer crash has me and my photo collection discombobulated...

but I did discover these - which I am confident were taken within the first year of us meeting and falling in love...

Here we are - ten and a half years later - I relish the quiet time with my hubby.
We don't get a lot of quiet time around these here parts...
We also don't get out much - so when I was asked to 'stay in and go all out' & have date night at home, I jumped at the opportunity.
Restaurant inspired meals at home...
Does it get any better?

The thing is...I don't cook. Well, I do...but not very well and I do not find it enjoyable...

Imagine my surprise when I opened up the box to find everything I would need!

Well, almost everything...
I did have to take out some chicken breast, slice it into strips/cubes and fry it up in a pan for approximately 3 minutes...

Then I simply added the remaining packets one by one...
seasoning, creamy sauce, sun dried tomato!

So how did it taste?
We LOVED it!
The hubs said 'This is really good! I'd have this again!' - That's awesome! Now I can add another dish to my repertoire of 5 revolving things I make around here!

Not only was this quick and easy to prepare (20 minutes from start to finish!) but it really did taste awesome.

Rich in flavor and easily restaurant quality at home!
Have you tried any of the dry dinner kits from Wanchai Ferry or Macaroni Grill?
Now is your chance!
The kind folks at MyBlogSpark have generously offered to give one of the readers of Gust Gab their own Date Night Prize Pack! The prize pack includes one Wanchai Ferry dry dinner kit, one Macaroni Grill dry dinner kit, and a $25 Visa Gift Card that you can use to create a magical date night at home!!

If you are interested in staying in and going all out - simply leave me a comment! Tell me about your first date...or maybe your favorite date? Or how long it's been since you've HAD a date?

One winner will be chosen via on Sunday, November 1st.
Bonus entries?
Like my new page on Facebook, then come back and leave me another comment saying that you did (if you already like me - leave me a comment saying so!
Following this blog will net you a 2nd bonus entry - again, leave a comment so can do it's thing!

For more information and dinner tips, visit and, and be sure to follow Macaroni Grill on Twitter and “Like” the Facebook page to keep up with all of the latest news on your MacaroniGrill favorites!

Click here for a coupon!!

Disclosure statement - The opinions expressed are, as always, 100% my own. The date night dinner kit provided to me & additional prize pack to give away are from from Wanchai Ferry and Macaroni Grill through MyBlogSpark.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Abracadabra! Disney Live!

A winner has been selected...
If it wasn't you - don't's not too late!

Come on over and check it out!
There are many chances to win this time!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

White Glove Cleaning & Restoration...A Review

Don't judge me...

So - this month marks nine years since we bought our house.
Nine. Years.

That's about 5 years longer than we thought we'd be here...

Turns out time flies...especially when you are having fun!

So much fun, that we just never got around to getting our carpets professionally cleaned. Oh, we've talked about it. We've talked about replacing the carpet too...
But with a couple of little kids around...and a 93# dog...

Well...I said don't judge me.

Taking advantage of a recent groupon - I got a deal from these guys -

White Glove Cleaning & Restoration.

What did I have to lose?

The groupon was for 2 rooms, up to 500 square feet, so I planned on doing our two main living areas...

Dear Lord.
This. is. embarrassing.
(You aren't judging me are you?)
This is the *during* shot ~ Seriously...I cannot believe I'm even showing you this.

Our house isn't large, so I was thinking that that would cover my two main carpeted areas with the groupon. Then I got to thinking about it - you can't possibly do the carpet and not do the stairs right? Especially stairs in a split entry house...And after seeing how Mike did on my living room carpet, let's face it, a good 10 shades lighter...

I decided to have him keep working...

On to the stairs...(These ran me $5 each)
Amazing isn't it?
Have you been thinking about having your carpets cleaned?
Can I recommend Mike from White Glove Cleaning?
Visit their website here or their facebook page here...
Not only did he do an AMAZING job. A. MAZING!!
But guess what else?
He told me that he started this company 17 years ago - when he was just an 18 year old kid!Family owned and operated.
I LOVE doing business with family run companies!!
If you are in the market for having your carpets cleaned - Please consider this company...
** I was not paid for this review. These thoughts and opinions are mine, and sadly, so are the photos! In fact, I not only used my groupon but also spent a couple hundred more dollars to have my stairs done, some deodorizer added to help eliminate the doggie scent and who all knows what else **
All I know is, the carpet not only LOOKS different, it FEELS different too!
Why did we WAIT so long? ACK!
I think this is going to be a yearly thing from now on...

We had our stairs going downstairs done too -although with zero natural light in our house - it's impossible to tell...(and no, the walls are not pink...what is WITH that lighting! sheesh!)

While we don't love the blue carpet - it does hide some of the everyday traffic a little better than the upstairs...
And on a side note -
While you are here...
Any thoughts on what to do with this goofy space? It previously held our desk/computer, etc - but since our computer died and we moved out all of the furniture for the carpet cleaning crew...
We're debating what to do with this area....

It sits to the left of our fireplace...

And the sectional that sits opposite the fireplace actually fits in this space...but it looks rather large and well, stupid...there...
So what should go there? A couple of chairs and a nice end table for a reading nook?
The little tikes kitchen and play food along with some of the larger toys we have around here?
What would you do with this space if you were stuck in this house this was your home?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pssst - Chex it out!

Recently I was contacted by Pssst & General Mills about hosting a get together featuring...
Chex Mix!

They didn't have to ask me twice!
I was sent 3 bags of Chex Mix to share with friends - along with some plates, napkins & coupons to share!

And it was fun to see who liked which flavor best!

I know which flavor is my favorite...but I'm not telling...
(Did you know Chex Mix comes in 13 different flavors? Me either! Until now!)

I love that Chex Mixes offer healthier alternatives to potato chips or other not-so-great snack & party options for kids...

And the big kids - well, they seem to like it too!

Thanks again to Pssst & General Mills for sending me the supplies (3 bags of Chex Mix, 1 bowl, paper plates and napkins & coupons for sharing) so that I could successfully host this get together!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Disney Live - Mickey's Magic Show!

So ever since we left Disney last winter - I've been wondering when we could make it back there again...
Sooner the better if you ask me. With two kids at not-quite-school-ages yet, they are the PERFECT ages for all things Disney...Wide eyed and totally believing in the magic that is Disney - though I hope they will always believe in the Magic...

Well, our next trip to Disney isn't in the cards anytime soon hasn't been planned yet, which is why I am so. so. excited about...

Abracadabra! It’s Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show! Mickey, Minnie and a host of Disney friends come together with world-class magicians to perform magic from legendary Disney films right before your eyes. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the spectacular levitation of Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine; and the enchanted dancing brooms of Fantasia. Join Donald and Goofy, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and many more for a one-of-a-kind stage show you’ll never forget. Mickey’s Magic Show is a whole new way to experience Disney Magic with your family!

This show is coming to town for a ONE DAY ONLY EVENT on Sunday, October 24th for two shows only - one at 3 pm and one at 6 pm.

Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show
Xcel Center - St. Paul, Minnesota
October 24, 2010
Tickets go on-sale this coming Monday October 4th and range from

Front Row $56 /VIP $42/ $26 / $22 / $18

Want to save $4 per ticket?

I've got coupons!! (You know me and my coupons!!) If you are ordering online - simply use the code FRIEND to save $4.00 per seat on your tickets to Disney Live - Mickey's Magic Show.

Want to know a little secret I learned JUST LAST NIGHT? If you take said coupon to the box office to buy your tickets - you won't pay the obnoxious ticket master fees! Huh! Who knew? Certainly not me when I bought our tickets last year! So, do you plan to head to the box office and pick up tickets? I've got coupons in hand that I'm happy to send you! Just let me know! (1 coupon is good for up to 6 tickets!)

And what is more exciting than the coupon above for the awesome upcoming show?


Thinking about taking in the show but haven't balanced your budget yet?

Well, the fine folks at Feld Entertainment have generously offered to give one of my readers a FOUR PACK OF TICKETS TO THE SHOW!! (YES! I'M SHOUTING! A FOUR PACK OF TICKETS TO SEE DISNEY LIVE - MICKEY'S MAGIC SHOW! SO AWESOME!!)

So...What do you have to do?
Simply leave me a comment on this post here on my main blog (sorry, makes it easier for to do it's thing if you are all in one place!) telling me who is your favorite Disney Character and why!

*** Want a bonus entry?
Do you follow my main blog? If you do, leave an extra comment saying that you do...If you don't - start following me and then leave me a 2nd comment telling me so. (This makes it much easier for selecting the winner via!)

That's it! One winner of four complimentary tickets will be drawn on Sunday, October 11th, 2010. Good luck you guys...this might be my best give-away EVER!
The winner will be picking up their tickets at Will Call and will need a valid ID to do so.


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