Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday Shorts - Who's That Girl?

Marilyn Monroe has come to Chicago bigger than life...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday Shorts - WTF??

I have fun friends on facebook, which is the reason I stay...

This is a post from Thursday when the heat index in the 
Chicago area was 110 - 115...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

52 Weeks of Happiness - Week 20

This week of Happiness brought to you by the Hershey Store in downtown Chicago...which we try to visit each time we go...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Sky Dive!

I knew having to get up at 6am for this was probably not a good idea considering I don't work anymore and can sleep in with the kids being off school till about 9ish on average. I know, lazy summer in deed - I am lucky my kids have never been early risers.  So it probably goes without saying I was not quite awake or anywhere near my optimum coffee intake at 6:50 when I was pulling out of the garage and about took my mirror off with the side of the garage. Crunch!  STRIKE ONE

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Athens Grill in Lowell, IN - The Real Story

So while family is in from out of town, we always share lots of meals.  My Iowa family comes in always jonesing for White Castle and GYROS since they can't get either in their part of the woods.  We happen to have a little Greek place here in town - Lowell IN - called ATHENS GRILL.  We decided to try it this time instead of going closer to Chicago for a greasy spoon. This had everything we were looking for.

Athens Grill in Lowell, IN

Why it's worth it:

  • GOOD FOOD: We ordered a couple of gyro platters that fed 5 adults and I gotta say it was as good if not better than any I've tried, very authentic.  They even serve breakfast all day - we will have to try this!
  • GREAT SERVICE: the service was more than outstanding.  We ordered soup but realized when we got home we didn't get it, I called the place to see if I could get a credit and he (who sounded like he may have been the owner) told me it would be delivered to my house within minutes.
  • GREAT PRICES: You can see by the menu below, it's relatively easy on the pocketbook depending of course on how many people you have to feed.
  • I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a good Greek place

Athens Grill Menu

Athens Menu

When I first called to see if there was a menu online that we could look at, sadly they do not have a website. The lady went through a whole schpeel about how difficult the menu was to find, I had to go to NWI something and that would lead me somewhere else...

I did find what I was looking for after a longwinded search so I decided to put it here, on a local blog with an easy name that ATHENS GRILL can tell people to look when they want the menu online.

Next time I will try some of the breakfast choices and see if their quality of coffee matches their quality customer service!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

52 Weeks of Happiness - Week 19

My son the snorkeler...

He spent most of his time at the beach with his face 
in Lake Michigan...

He was searching for something and came up with treasured half shells..

If ever we couldn't spot him, we just had to look for the snorkel sticking out of the water...

AAhhh Summer! 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

20 Second Fitness The Real Story: Week 6 Done!

We have as a family completed the 20 Second Fitness Six Week Program, and I will say that it has become a habit now - even if some are less enthusiastic about it. Enjoy a fun little taste of the full 12 minute workout in less than three minutes... 

(music brought to you by They Might Be Giants)

You can see The Real Story journey from the beginning:

{Sorry I didn't post for Week Five}

I am proud to say they all stuck with me!  I enjoy that we are spending another hour and a half a week doing something as a family, however, doing these workouts 6 days a week every week has been a test of discipline and endurance - both of which have been built up to a higher level in the last six weeks.  I am happy I didn't have to do this alone, it really helps to have others to help encourage or challenge you.  We have already started doing the last week over again, my husband has bought 15 pound weights so we are committed and plan to cycle through the entire program again. 

I will be posting after pictures from the first six weeks this week once I retake mine..I wore different shorts in the second one and it's just not right.  My husband has had a dramatic change just from looking at the picture - I will have him step on the scale before I post and have all the details then.  In the meantime, you can look at my recent MEASUREMENTS (from 7-1)  


If you are interested in purchasing 20 Second Fitness with their 60-day money-back guarantee and hassle free returns, I have a special coupon code for you to use to get FREE SHIPPING in the Continental United States and a $15 discount for orders to Canada and overseas.

20 Second Fitness coupon code: 'coffee lovin mom'.

Here is what is included in the 20 Second Fitness Program:

  • 40 Workouts on 6 DVDs
  • Set of Gym quality resistance bands
  • Food Guide to Smarter Eating
  • Wall calendar to track progress and success
  • Adjustable jump rope

It Builds Character

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Getting the URL for a Tweet - 3 Easy Steps

With all the giveaways I am doing this month and friends who have asked about finding a link to a specific tweet just this week, I am going to share with you the big secret.  You will probably kick yourself for how easy a task it really is to get your tweet link URL - I know I did when I finally found out about it a couple months ago, if you can click, copy and paste, you can totally do this!


Grabbing your URL for your tweet is as easy as clicking the date/time of tweet in the lower left hand corner here ----->>

Which will then result in a page of your tweet all by itself which will look something like this and your URL can be copied and pasted into a comment or wherever you want it to go!


So there you have it, the easiest tutorial that doesn't come in the Twitter manual - in three easy steps!  Now you can enter my contests (or you know, the ones you wanted to enter) and tweet your little heart out!

Gevalia 1853 Heritage Blend Coffee GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}

I was recently approached by Gevalia to sample and review their Special 1853 Heritage Blend live on Bean Chat which is a live chat every Thursday on Facebook at 10am ET.  I will be doing my review at the end of the hour and would love if you decided to join!  I'm not really sure what to expect being that I've never really done a live chat like this before so I would appreciate all support you wanna give!

I will be talking about my review of the coffee which is quite smooth in taste and mild flavor being a medium roast which my husband liked because he's not into strong tasting coffee with a bitter aftertaste at all.  It is full bodied but less acidic than you would expect from such a rich flavored coffee.  I have not met a coffee I didn't like so I enjoyed every sip of the nutty background and caramel undertones.  I normally prefer a stronger coffee so I would consider this mild unless of course I was more liberal with how much coffee I use which happens quite often around here.

Being a coffee addict and already a member of the  Gevalia Continuation Club, I am excited to be a part of this promotion they are doing  - their gift to you -  this Special 1853 Heritage Blend and the commemorative tin for not one but TWO LUCKY READERS!!! As an extra bonus, and to complete the Coffee Giveaway Trifecta with a bang, I will be giving a THIRD winner 2 BONUS MUGS!  All prizes combined value over $50 so be sure and tell all your friends!

About 1853 Heritage Blend
~ Inspired by coffees procured over 150 years ago in Sweden by coffee pioneer and Gevalia founder, Victor Theodore Engwall.
~1853 Heritage Blend is a 100% Arabica blend.
~Medium roast coffee with subtle flavor notes of caramel.
~Roasted and blended in Gavle, Sweden.

About Gevalia
Part of the family of KRAFT Foods, Inc. brands, Gevalia is founded on the idea that people are entitled to a premium cup of coffee (or tea) brought straight to their door, on their schedule for a more fulfilling experience. (That's what I'm talking about!) Gevalia seeks out, blends and roasts, some of the finest coffee available anywhere, and is widely known for its variety of over 40 coffees and teas with a unique automatic door to door delivery system for the ultimate at home coffee experience. Gevalia is excited to share with you the new limited availability 1853 Heritage Blend, a Gevalia exclusive!  You can also go to to check out their Sizzling Summer Deals or become a member of the continuation club.

HOW TO ENTER (required):
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Leave a comment here with your favorite coffee ritual or routine, or just let me know you are a reader...


Must complete required entry in order to qualify for extra entries.
•Follow @coffeeluvinmom on Twitter - 1 EXTRA
•Follow me on Twitter and Tweet the following or something similar (leave the link to each new Tweet each day) – 1 EXTRA PER DAY

GEVALIA COFFEE GIVEAWAY: Enter to win the new 1853 Heritage Blend and bonus mugs with @coffeeluvinmom!

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  • Please leave a separate comment for extra entries. Provide links to Tweets, posts, etc. as required for the entry.  The prizes are limited to the US and Canada.  3 winners will be randomly picked on July 20th before noon CST and be contacted by email - please be sure I can access this easily.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    52 Weeks of Happiness - Week 18

    We have made it part of our summer family tradition to make at least one Railcats game if not a good handful.  The tickets are way cheaper than any pro game and at this point, the kids don't really know the difference.

    The Railcats are a minor league out of Gary, Indiana and the kids love the whole thing, the cheering, the snacks, the dancing, the singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame in the seventh inning and of course running the bases at the end of the game, which my daughter came in third running in her flip flops!

    Their ultimate favorite part by far are the mascots that are a couple of crazy cats named Rusty and Rascal who have a great time competing against each other between innings and playing tricks on each other.

    Also they like to ham it up!

    Each of the kids acquired a ball at the last game we went to over the holiday weekend - one has only Rusty's autograph and the other has only Rascal's if that says anything about their love of daughter also wanted to know if Rusty was wearing his underpants.

    I'm linked up with Leigh vs. Laundry for 52 Weeks of Happiness

    Saturday, July 2, 2011

    Saturday Shorts - Can We Talk?

    My husband thinks she looks like Joan Rivers!

    Good Old Wax Lips
    I swear I didn't photochop this..

    Have a great Saturday - I'm still up - it's still Saturday!

    Starbucks Giveaway! {CLOSED}

    AND THE WINNER IS #50!!!


    Blogger jerseygirl137 said...


    July 8, 2011 6:35 AM

    I know it's highly anticipated since the first in the
    I am giving away more free coffee!  
    I wanted to give back to my followers and this is the second in three Giveaways I am doing this month:

    I have a friend on Twitter who agreed with no coercion what so ever to help me out with this Giveaway Extravaganza and donated 5 POUNDS of WHOLE BEAN coffee for one lucky winner - WOO HOO!!!  This is one of those Giveaways I wish I could enter myself!  Being able to grind your own beans for each pot makes it so much fresher..

    The Robot Mommy has a great blog AND she works for Starbucks.  She said she may be able to donate for future coffee Giveaways so go follow her now!  
    Kristi has been a great sport - go say Hi and thank her for the lovely coffee!

    HOW TO ENTER (required):

    Become a fan of my blog (or let me know you already are!)

    Leave a comment here with your favorite coffee flavor or favorite Starbucks drink.


    EARN EXTRA ENTRIES (optional):

    Must complete required entry in order to qualify for extra entries.

    STARBUCKS COFFEE GIVEAWAY: Enter to win with @coffeeluvinmom  #coffee #giveaway #starbucks

    GOOD LUCK!!! 

    PLEASE NOTE: This is my own personal giveaway which includes 5 pounds of Starbucks whole bean coffee (Breakfast blend, Kenya, Italian and French roasts and Shade Grown Mexico) and I was not given anything by Starbucks for this post.  The end date for this contest will be the 11th of July.