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Meet Rachel Michaud and S-Cubed a York Comedy Troupe

by admin on January 7, 2013


I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Rachel Michaud, a 17 year old York High School student who has managed to accomplish quite a bit for someone her age.

Over a year ago Rachel managed to start the first Sketch Comedy troupe of suburban York High School. All she needed was 20 interested students and some determination. She had both and S-Cubed (Super Sketch Suburbanites)was born. They haven’t looked back since!

Rachel who has been involved with comedy through 2nd City since the 7th grade defines sketch comedy as “a bunch of different vignettes based on outside experiences pulled from real life”.

Given their age her troupe tries to stay away from hot topics and puts together skits from their every day lives. They try to come up with sketches that other kids in her age group can identify with.

She says when she started the troupe at York, directing her peers was a concern for her. Rachel says it took some getting used to and she now feels comfortable directing her classmates. She feels that sketch comedy is a group effort and although she leads the troupe all have input.

When I asked her if she felt directing the troupe is something that is preparing her for life after high school, she readily agreed.  She stated that sketch comedy “helps you learn how to think on your feet” and that directing the troupe has her taught her about maintaining “balanceed relationships and friendships”.

When asked what inspires the sketches of her troupe she said everyone in the group draws from their everyday lives. When they meet each week Rachel assigns the troupe a topic to think during the week and expects them to come ready with some funny ideas for the following week.

Want to catch their show? S-Cubed will be performing at the Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival taking place January 3rd – 13th for the 2nd year next Sunday January 13th.

S-Cubed in fact has been so successful they have formed 2 off-shoot troops with some overlapping members, Just Bust a Move and the Department of Homeland Obscurity, both of which will also be also be performing at the festival!


Head over here —> for a chance to win a (4) pack of Tickets to the Chicago Sketch Comedy Fest Sunday January 13th!

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Starbucks is offering a Free Starbucks eGift coupon good for a Tall Blonde Roast or Vanilla Blonde Brewed Coffee at a participating Starbucks via a Facebook Coupon!

  1. Just head over here
  2. Enter your ‘email address
  3. and an e-Gift coupon will be emailed to you ($2.60 value)
  4. Just print out the coupon or load it to your registered Starbucks Gift Card and take it to your local participating Starbucks
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#Chicago 12th Annual Sketchfest Ticket #Giveaway!

by admin on January 5, 2013

Now that the Holiday’s are over we need little “comic relief”! It’s again time for the 12th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, an annual event that celebrates the best in local, national and international sketch comedy, runs January 3 – 13, 2013. All performances take place at Stage 773 located at 1225 W. Belmont.

The festival’s performance dates and times are:

Thursdays at 8, 9 and 10 p.m.
Fridays at 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 p.m.
Saturdays at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 p.m., and
Sundays at 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 8 and 9 p.m.

Tickets are $14 each Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and $15 each on Saturdays. Tickets may be purchased at www.Stage773.com, by phone at 773.327.5252, and in person at Stage 773 box office.

The complete schedule for the 12th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival can be viewed and information on ticket purchase can be found here.

About Stage 773

Stage 773 celebrates off-Loop Chicago performing arts and artists.  Formerly known as Lukaba Productions, Stage 773 is a non-profit Chicago company that produces The Cupid Players, Bri-Ko, The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and other programs, as well as offering subsidized theater rental space to the hundreds of itinerant off-Loop companies and performers.


Want to win a (4) pack of  tickets for the January 13th 2 pm performance? Just follow the directions below to be entered!


To qualify to win just head to the Fun Facts page on the Chicago Sketch Comedy Website and comment below with your favorite Fun Fact!

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Disney on Ice is back in Chicago with a NEW show: Rockin’ Ever After. If you read my blog then you know we’re a big fan of Disney on Ice! We always have a great time and my daughter grins from ear to ear during the entire performance. I can’t wait to see Merida, I loved the movie Brave and she’s definitely my favorite Disney Princess!

Show Description:

Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After! Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney•Pixar film, Brave, competes to win the heart of headstrong, sharp-shooting Merida, making her ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this superstar line-up to your hometown!

If you are in the Chicago Area, Disney on Ice Presents Rockin’ Ever After is going to be at the Allstate Arena and United Center!


Allstate Arena Jan. 23-27, 2013
United Center Jan. 30 – Feb. 10, 2013

** The shows on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7 pm and Sunday, Feb. 3. at 3 pm are specialty Spanish performances.

Ticket prices: $13-$70. Tickets for opening night can be purchased at only $12! You may purchase tickets from Ticketmaster online.

Save 20% on weekend shows and 40% on weekday shows with code: MOM

Plus, get even MORE value with FREE PARKING in all official Allstate Arena and United Center parking lots.

Connect with Disney on Ice:

Website :: Facebook :: Twitter


Want to win a 4 pack of  tickets?

Dates available:

January 23 at 7:00 PM (Allstate Arena)

January 24 at 7:00 PM (Allstate Arena)

January 25 at 10:30 AM (Allstate Arena)

January 31 at 7:00 PM (United Center)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure:I will be receiving tickets for my family and I to attend the show in exchange for sharing this information. All comments and opinions are my own.

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Cooking.com FREE Shipping NO MINIMUM! Great Deals!

by admin on January 5, 2013

Head over to Cooking.com they are offering FREE shipping with NO MINIMUM. Just use promo code C92247 during checkout!

Check out their clearance section for the best deals! I found the Brownie Bar Maker pictured above priced at $14.99. The same unit is priced at $21.49 over on Amazon so definitely a great deal!

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Is your tree still hanging around? If so you may want to take it to Grant Park on January 5th!

The first 50 Chicago families to drop off a Christmas tree to be recycled at Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Dr., starting at 10 am this Saturday, Jan. 5, will receive (4) complimentary tickets to the newest Disney On Ice skating spectacular, Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, appearing Jan. 23-27 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., and Jan. 30 – Feb. 10 at Chicago’s United Center. Go Green and Get your Disney On Ice tickets this Saturday!

Chicago’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program is an initiative of the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), in partnership with the Chicago Park District. In an effort to reduce the amount of waste deposited in landfills, DSS and Chicago Park District forestry crews will be accepting Christmas trees from January 5-18, 2013, at 23 locations throughout the City. Trees dropped off will be ground into fragrant mulch and made available to residents at no cost at the same locations beginning Friday, Jan. 11.

Since the program began in 1990, more than 157,700 trees have been kept out of landfills. More than 14,300 trees were recycled last year alone.

For more locations go here —>


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Well, I received my New Years motivation recently and it came packaged in a super cute draw string bag from a company called DryDudz.

My resolution this year is to get toned and these hybrid boardshorts (all boardshorts are a two-in-one including shell and attachable bikini bottom) and bikini top are just the dangling carrot I need to do so!

Dry Dudz is a new, premium performance swimsuit company that produces patented, hybrid boardshorts and bikini tops.

What I love best is the DD Quick Dry wikTec fabric liner. This highly breathable, quick-dry material wicks away moisture from the inside out, wetness is pulled away from your skin, leaving you feeling dryer and more comfortable.

They are also perfect for those who are active as the QMS tab easily attaches to the hybrid boardshort and provides security when you are being moving around, but detaches just as easily when you’re not.

We live on a lake and are in and out of the water quite a bit, it’s nice that I won’t have to feel “soggy” in between dips and I like knowing the shorts are securely attached. We also like to frequent indoor waterparks where you don’t have the benefit of the sun to dry your suit, so the quick-dry feature really makes for a more comfortable experience!

I also love that the halter style bikini top has some slight padding to it as it adds some shape and additional coverage.

DryDudz are made with the lightest material on the market which makes them super comfy and easy to move around in, and they are antibacterial treated to protect against odor and helps reduce wash time!

DryDudz are not just for women. They also sell Men’s boardshorts which are available in 5 different progressive graphic designs.

Just like the Women’s Boardshorts Dry Dudz men’s boardshorts come outfitted with technical features like the QMS™ attachment system, DD wikTec fabric, and 4-Way Stretch fabric designed to keep you comfortable not to mention fashionable!

You might want to bookmark this site as these would make a great Father’s Day gift! The liners for both the women’s and men’s suits can be purchased separately  so you can mix and match or quickly change into another pair of boardshorts.

All in all I’m very happy with the Lucy Boardshorts with liner and Lucy Bikini Top. They’re very hip looking and the quality is exceptional. I felt they were reasonably priced. The Lucy Top retails for $40 but is now on sale for $25, the boardshorts for $85 but are now on sale for $65.

Buy Them:

If you’re interested in learning more about DryDudz or purchasing them just visit their web site.


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I was sent products for this post, though all comments and pinions are my own.

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New Years Eve for Kids Ideas

by admin on December 29, 2012

I’ve been poking around the internets looking for cute ideas for a kid friendly New Year’s and here’s what I came up with and what we’ll be doing:

Idea and picture courtesy of How Does She?

Make a baloon for each hour. Pop the balloon at the specified hour to reveal a fun activity!

Idea and picture courtesy of ???

Make a cookie clock. We’ll be using Pillsbury Sugar Refrigerated Cookie dough as a short cut..shhh!

Idea and picture courtesy of Hoosier Homeade

We’ll be making these countdown goody bags the day before. Inside I will be placing noisemakers and confetti for the finale!

Idea and photo courtesy of Hip Hip Hooray

New Years Eve Bingo (find PDF here)

Idea from Pinterest

We’ll be using my handy dandy ancient Hamilton Beach Milk Shake mixer to make Chocolate Banana Milk Shakes with whip cream & sprinkles!

Idea and photo courtesy of Teach Mama

Each family member will be filling out a New Years Interview sheet with questions such as :

  • What is your favorite toy?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • How do you like to spend your time?
  • What is your favorite book?
  • Who is your best friend?

I think we’ll make this a yearly tradition! I’ll be adding a section for Wishes and Goals for 2013

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Target: La Dee Da Dolls as low as $.98 after Rebate

by admin on December 27, 2012

If you’re headed to Target keep an eye out for these La Dee Da Dolls. I found them clearanced down to as low as $8.98 and there was an $8 tear pad display of rebates on the shelf with them. Would make for some very inexpensive dolls.

It’s for purchases made between 12/02/2012 and 01/05/2013.

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FREE Sample of (4) Airborne Products!

by admin on December 27, 2012


Click the graphic above to receive one free sample pack containing Airborne Plus Energy, Airborne Hot Soothing Mix, Airborne Chewables, and Airborne Effervescent!

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