First Ever D³ Giveaway! (or “WinterFest pitch, take 2”)

Hello Friends,

Influencers, bloggers and vloggers give stuff away all the time through their sites and I have decided to give it a try. The first ever D³ Giveaway will be connected with the St. Viator WinterFest to try to boost attendance to both the Dad’s Diaper Detour website and the school’s festival. The event organizers and school staff are working hard to make it a fun, successful weekend, so I thought I would put forth this effort. Here’s the deal:

Tomorrow night, from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00P.M., I will be working at the outdoor hot chocolate tent at WinterFest. If you come up to the tent and say that you want the “Dad’s Diaper Detour Deal” then you will get a…(wait for it) free cup of hot chocolate! Amazing, right?!? Okay, it’s no iPhone, but hey, what could be better than enjoying a great cup of hot cocoa while strolling around a winter festival, complete with a skating rink, caroling, and market? Keep in mind that this is an exclusive deal. Although WinterFest runs Friday through Sunday, I will only be at the hot cocoa tent tomorrow night. Here’s the flier again in case you  missed the last post.

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So maybe we’ll meet tomorrow night. Wife and the girls will be around too – it is a family affair. But again, please don’t ask anyone else for free hot chocolate at any other time during the weekend. People will think you’re weird (the event is a fundraiser) and my whole publicity stunt will be junked.

But seriously, it would be great to see you all there. Remember, the cocoa is on me. Marshmallows, anyone?

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Winter Festivities

Hello Friends,

We are trying hard to keep the girls focused on November and being thankful all month-long, not just on Thanksgiving Day (Momstar chided me a bit this morning because I had carols playing when we parked for drop-off). So this is not a pitch for a “Christmas” event, as much as it is for a “winter” event.

The weather is getting colder here in Chicago, so winter is coming. And just in time is the St. Viator Winterfest!This is a Friday through Sunday event with a variety of winter activities. Check the flyer:

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Winterfest is free to attend, and then essentially “pay as you play”.  Some of the events are outside while others are in the warm, dry rec center. There are also meals prepared and served by various groups from the church and school. Wife and Sweetie are already committed to working a fundraising table for the Daisy Scouts, and the Cricket and I are sure to be over there at some point.

November is moving quickly, so I wanted to get the word out. Hope to see you there!

Accidental Craft Outing

Hello Friends,

The girls’ and I were out-and-about this past rainy Saturday afternoon and we stumbled into a great little activity. Not that I need more reasons to dig Home Depot, but they nave a monthly craft event for the kiddos. And before I launch into the story, you should know this is not a sponsored post (but it could be Home Depot-hint, hint).

So that green blob on the plate is actually a wooden humvee model. The girls had to assemble and secure, with nails, the top half and grille piece. Of course I didn’t snap a photo of that-I was too busy aligning nails, making sure my fingers didn’t get whacked, and cheering the girls. We pick up here at step two, the paint job. You could paint your humvee any color, as long as it was green. After the paint dried it was time to hammer the wheels into place! Last came the included sticker set, which I post-poned until we got home.

We lucked out, as you are supposed to register for the craft events. Thanks to the weather the attendance was low and we were able to join the fun. And burn up a half hour doing something (sitting in front of the television came later that afternoon!). The girls thought it was great and walked away with their humvees, a certificate of completion and a lapel pin. Thanks Addison and Kimball Home Depot!

November is a special month as they have a second event coming up, an ornament craft I think. Check out the Home Depot website for details and registration information. Here’s to a monthly craft activity – hopefully your local store offers the same events!

Hey, can I tell people my girls are little makers now? Maybe makers-in-training!

We Got the (Piano) Keys

Hello Friends,

We are dialing in the girls’ activity schedules and have worked piano lessons back into Sweetie’s mix. There was a little age-class-registration cross-up in May, so she took an unplanned break. But now she’s back at it.

So class is a once-a-week, one hour deal at our favorite Old Town School of Folk Music. We can boogie over right from school, then head straight home for dinner. Overall, not too disruptive, very workable. We’re glad to add piano lessons to Daisies and swim lessons and vary her activities.

The Cricket is ecstatic.