Jewish Christmas is not to be confused with that bastardized holiday "Chrismukkah," a word that to me sounds like nails on a chalkboard. Jewish Christmas is about movies and Chinese food on Christmas Day or maybe cooking up the turkey or, yes, the ham, you got at the office in lieu of a greener holiday bonus and spending the day with Jewish friends and other non-observers because everything else is closed.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
|Let me eat cake!|
Well, it's not just that blogging has changed. I've changed. My kids have grown. I'm a legitimate work-from-home-because-my-family-counts-on-my-income gal instead of a chasing-two-young-kids-telling-stories-on-my-blawg-and-getting-a-few-sweet-invitations-and-some-swag kind of gal.
Because of my paid work/need to make money and the lack of kids to escape from (though really, some days I do need to get away from our puppy much as I love him--of course, I loved my little kids too), I rarely go to blogging events these days.
If the timing and the topic are right (not to mention the location and expected crowd), I might go. Most of my blogging energy is directed toward The Maker Mom and their aren't a whole lot of maker or science and tech events that pass through town (side note: while it's fine that several Chicago museums are running blogger reviews though organizations like the Clever Girls Collective, it'd be nice to be recognized as a local blogger whose target audience matches theirs. See? I told you I'm a crabby old lady.).
At this stage of the game, I don't have patience for crowds. Dear brand, if you are hosting a public event and there's nothing special or exclusive for bloggers and (God forbid) you expect me to wait in line with everybody else and pay for my own parking then just leave me off your list.
(Note to self: I was on a trip with OnStar a few weeks ago and though I blogged about the Buick, I still need to write more about the my experience with the brand. They were totally worthy.)
Despite my increasingly hermit-like ways, I did make it out to two outstanding blogger events recently. The fact that I won major door prizes at both was icing on the delicious bloggy cake as you'll see above.
And there was delicious bloggy cake as well as other excellent food.
The first event was sponsored by Red Tricycle Chicago, a where-to-go/what-to-do online destination with site in nine major metropolitan areas across the US. It was interesting to meet with and hear founder Jacqui Boland talk about how she turned her digital city guide into a national presence over the course of seven years.
The event was sponsored by the Microsoft Surface 2, a piece of technology I was interested in learning about (and won!). I liked that it was a luncheon event that promised not to take up my entire day. Bonus: I got to drive in with Stacey and we enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Little Goat.
The Surface2 demo was seamlessly integrated into a cooking demo. There was an intimate crowd of friends and new faces and it took place on a sunny day in Chicago. Even if I hadn't won the Surface2, I would have called the event a win.
The other event was put on by some of my early blogging peeps, MJ Tam and Beth Rosen. I wanted to see and support them, but honestly, I was a bit twitchy about the fact that it required me to essentially take a full day out of the office (and arrange doggy daycare). However it was a fun and informative event.
The food was delicious--almost a mini taste of Chicago-- there was a factory tour involved and I got to be in the studio audience while they recorded an episode of Chicagonisa Live.
Capannari Ice Cream was also part of the event. They are a hike away from me in Mount Prospect, IL. We've never made it out for treats despite their tours, movie nights, and being named both a Chicago Parent and Red Tricycle favorite. They are now closed for the season, but thanks to a gift card in the swag bags, we'll definitely be heading out in 2014.
North Shore Distillery served up beverages. What? They offer factory tours on Saturdays? I'm so there. Also, I won this super cool History of Gin artisan spirits set from them.
I'm not sure who provided what, but both Bent Fork Bakery and the French Pastry School were credited with providing delectable desserts and artisan sandwiches.
There was also a melange of PR folks working behind the scenes on the event.I'll give a shout-out to Savor Agency because I've known them the longest, but we only got in a quick hello (and we've both worked with Mrs. Prindables). But I'm sure the Chicagonista gals- MJ, Beth, Nancy and Duong- played a huge role in shaping the logistically complex event so that it would resonate with the bloggers in attendance. It did. I'm sorry I had to run home
And now, I crawl back into my cave, now with a lovely vanilla scent, until the sun in shining and the average temperature is in the 50s.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
What? You missed my TV appearance highlighting this great STEM gifts for kids? No worries, you can take a look here. I'm always amazed and how tiny I look compared to the WGN anchors so let me say, not only are they tall, but Robin wears heels.
This is something like my fourth TV appearance and I feel like I've got it down to some degree. Even though I made it to the studio on time, they didn't have me set up until just before the segment and I wound up being very rushed at the last minute. So rushed then I didn't get to put the littleBits Korg Synth Kit on display because it was blocked by the regular kit (though I was quite fond of the sound-sensitive rocking Santa I created).
I felt (still feel) horrible about this because I'm a big littleBits fan and the Synth Kit is a really cool addition to their line. And I was pretty psyched to have it show off before it went on sale.
Here's the kind of thing I had hoped to demonstrate. I had my keyboard and oscillator ready to go and planned to play a killer rendition of "Do-Re-Mi."
So the TV segment wound up being pretty stressful, but I think I came off okay in the end.
Many thanks to the awesome, patient and helpful Drew Fustini of Element 14 for setting me up with the BeagleBone Black project and serving as my onsite tech assistant/roadie. Given my rush, I might not even even unboxed it all without him.
Because I can't resist, here are a few more useful STEM and STEAM gift lists. And whatever you buy this season, make sure it's not one of these.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Be sure to click over to The Maker Mom blog to learn more about my product picks and enter some great giveaways in the coming days!
In the meantime, take a look at last year's picks, which I still stand by.
Posted by Kim Moldofsky at Wednesday, December 04, 2013 ******
Monday, December 02, 2013
Last night as we lit candles,still not as a complete family as one teen was too tired and
The boy who was present handed us a present-- a homemade card. On the bottom of the card, there were two coupons: one says it's good for one free sidewalk shoveling, something that is normally a paid chore. The other coupon is good for one clearing of our driveway.
As we're thanking him he tells us to read the back of his coupons.
The free sidewalk is good with the purchase of a paid driveway shoveling and the free driveway shoveling is free with the purchase of paid sidewalk shoveling.
We should have just had him buy us something.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|A 2008 creation. Glassblowing: harder than it looks.|
At any rate, keeping with this year's theme of looking back on my archives-I've been blogging since 2005, yo- this originally appeared in February 2008 on the Chicago Moms Blog.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Each owl looked a bit different than the others, but I promise you, there was not a bad looking one in the bunch! I recently used some of the samples I got to take with my Science Olympiad team. Edutainment and hands-on learning at its best.
One of the best parts of the Wilton tour was getting to seeing some of the amazing creations the staff made. There was some truly jaw-dropping stuff. I'd like to hone the decorating skills I developed as a teen, but I need to pair up with someone who will A) bake the cakes and B) eat the cakes. When you work at home, you don't have in-house co-workers to feed, which is maybe why I used the Treatwich pan to make dog treats before putting it away for the day.
At any rate, I was grateful to brush up and try new decorating techniques at Wilton; it was a lot of fun. I got skillz, people.
Monday, November 11, 2013
|I'd have taken better pics of the car if I'd known they'd be public.|
|We started a hike at Capitol Reef National Park just before the rangers shut the park on October 1, 2013.|
|At three points during our trip we had to steer around steer. In other news, check out that luxe interior.|
- Adaptive cruise control (it senses the speed of the car in front of you and adjusts your car's speed--even stopping and accelerating- in reaction)
- Intellink infotainment System with touch commands or voice control
- USB port
- Auxiliary port
- 6 month free trial of OnStar Directions and Connections (i.e. hit your blue button to find the nearest Starbucks, access to vehicle diagnostics and stolen vehicle slowdown)
- Remote start and remote keyless entry
- 3-month trial of SiriusXM radio
- and more
My trip to Detroit was sponsored GM and Onstar and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, but I was not required to post about it.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
My friend Holly from Culture Mom had the opportunity to visit St. Jude and see their good works firsthand. I learned a lot through her. I'm going to snip a few facts about the hospital from her blog:
- No family ever pays St. Jude for anything. Not one single dime. Nothing.
- Daily operating costs are 1.7 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions.
- In 1962 – the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic Leukemia- the most common form of childhood cancer- was 4%. Today.. .survival rate 94%.
- St. Jude is the FIRST AND ONLY National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children.
- The Flu vaccine was developed at St Jude.
- St Jude accepts patients up to 18 years of age and cares for them for a lifetime.
- Although there are only 78 beds in the hospital for in-patient care, they still see close to 7800 patients a year on an out-patient care basis.
Posted by Kim Moldofsky at Wednesday, November 06, 2013 ******
Thursday, October 31, 2013
And then I bought him another one--they totally go on sale if you wait long enough. I only spent about $10 per costume if you average them out. Which is to say, I spent more than $20 on Halloween costumes for my dog.
Who am I?!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
At Sylvan Learning's Mom-Minded blog I shared a bunch of fun ideas for adding excitement and science to your party with dry ice.
I also posted on ideas to add STEAM (STEM + Arts) to your celebration with a few simple activities.
And look, I finally made something! A DIY Meme-friendly Portable Photobooth! )That's Veronica from Viva La Feminista and her "partner in mime" below.)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
|BlogHer13. All that and more.|
But I will offer a few excuses. First I was catching up from the conference, then my mom had a medical mishap and then as memory of this post, put in draft on 7/27, began to fade my dad had knee replacement followed by a few eventful weeks in a rehab facility where he died and was brought back to life (but the staff later decided maybe he just fainted and they kinda rubbed his chest instead of doing full-on CPR to revive him) and then I was madly preparing for one of the best vacations of my life, then I took that vacation, caught up from that and now I don't have any more excuses.
So here are my hits and misses of BlogHer13 as first recorded on July 27, 2013 in a rather loose manner.
I was invited to an official pre-conference event from Wilton. It was a fun day and I will write about that soon.
Misses. The big miss was my friends! A lot of them skipped this year. However, it was wonderful seeing the friends that were at the conference.
I attended a lovely brand lunch with US Cellular featuring a panel with Melisa Wells, Donna Mills and Jenna Hatfield where we talking about cell phones and technology bringing families together.
I was part of a private dinner with Boks, a before-school program designed to gets kids physically active and get their bodies and brains ready for a day of learning.
It was disappointing walking the expo floor with most brand reps looking at me blankly when I said that I mainly blog about STEM or science and technology for families. 0_0
However, a man at the canned food booth mentioned that one of his agency's other clients might be a fit for me. So then I was all, hey everyone go to the Cans Get You Cooking booth to get your face on a can. It was a cute promo. My promo can is still sitting on my window sill. (Note to self: it probably needs to be dusted at this point.)
The two brands I was most looking forward to meeting, Intel and Petsmart, both listed on the BlogHer sponsor page (also both brands I tweeted to prior to the event who never responded to me), hosted private events and had no presence at the expo.
Note to BlogHer: it's great that companies are officially partnering with you for these special events, but please let attendees know not to expect them at the expo. "Meh, it's not like they were giving out computers," said one friend of Intel. I don't need any more computers, I just wanted to talk about #STEMchat or maybe connect with some people to interview for my video series when Geeks Grow Up.
As for Petsmart, well, I've spent a fortune for puppy toys that sometimes last for as few as 15 minutes (true story), so yeah, I was just grasping fro bones there.
Big time miss: Who thought it would be a good idea to include approximately 5 pounds of liquid products in the swag bag? No really, who?
Admittedly, my memory is a bit fuzzy on some of this, but the full-value coupon from Kozy Shack was pure awesome, even the cashier commented on it when I redeemed it. We still use the mug from that brand, too and miraculously we can still locate the accompanying little spoon and it's in one piece.
My memory needs to be jogged on the other stuff. (I'm trying to forget the Jockey Bra fitting thing. I know they must've focus-grouped the hell out of that thing before bringing it to market but no. Just no. My friend Jen sums it up.). July feels like it was so long ago.
And that's why you don't wait three months to recap a conference.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
|Capitol Reef National Park on 10/1. We we up earlier than the ranger.|
Goblin Valley State Park is a showcase of geologic history. Exposed cliffs reveal parallel layers of rock bared by erosion. Because of the uneven hardness of sandstone, some patches resist erosion much better than others. The softer material is removed by wind and water, leaving thousands of unique, geologic goblins. Water erosion and the smoothing action of windblown dust work together to shape the goblins.
Bedrock is exposed because of the thin soil and lack of vegetation. When rain does fall, there are few plant roots and little soil to capture and hold the water, which quickly disappears, in muddy streams without penetrating the bedrock.
And again, trouncing over delicate formations hardly fits into BOA's Leave No Trace philosophy.
Mr. Hayes, your own park literature noted that you are examining the long-term effect of visitors on these natural wonders. I feel like you have your answer now and it's an unfortunate one.
I sense that you'll be reigning in the crowds at Goblin Valley now. Hopefully they won't be confined to viewing the crazy hoodoos from the parking lot with a pair of binoculars, but maybe the valley needs to be set up more like an art museum than a school playground. It stinks when the whole class loses recess privileges because a student or two can't play nicely. The well behaved among us want to play in the state parks.
Thanks again for an amazing park system. Utah is full of natural wonders, plenty of which can be experienced outside the national parksl.
I wish you patience and wisdom in your quest to preserve and protect some truly special areas of your state.
Friday, October 18, 2013
|Don't be fooled by his innocent look.|
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Parenting babies and toddlers is hard work. Man, I get tired just thinking about those early years. But that saying, "little people have little problems and big people have big problems" is true. It's not that my boys didn't get into trouble or have problems when they were younger, it's just that as they gain independence and near adulthood, the stakes are higher, the consequences graver. Parenting teens is not for the faint of heart.
Moving into the high school years, your former little people change. Whereas physical development occurs in a linear fashion (they get taller for example), their emotional growth is more like a roller coaster. There is a whole lot going on in their brains. Indeed, brain studies indicate that the frontal cortex, the part of the brain that helps us think before we act, may not mature until the mid-twenties.
Heaven help us parents of teens.
This roller coaster of emotional growth and developing decision-making skills can lead to experimentation in everything from hairstyles to dress to drugs. Thanks to Miley Cyrus a lot of us old fogies recently learned about molly, a dangerous new form of ecstasy. And, of course, most parents are aware of alcohol and drugs like marijuana. However, most of us don't give a second thought to things like prescription and over the counter (OTC) drugs sitting around our house, but those can be a danger as well.
Teens abusing cough medicine is a thing. Yeah, about 1 in 3 teens knows someone who has abused cough medicine, with about 1 in 20 teens report abusing cough medicine to get high through the ingredient DXM or dextromethorphan. ("Dextromethorphan? What's that?" you think if you're older enough to recall circa 1978 commercial.) DXM is a cough suppressant found in many OTC cough medicines. Though safe under normal, recommended use, when abused DXM can lead to side effects like vomiting, stomach pain, slurred speech distortions of color and sound, hallucinations, and loss of motor control.
The Stop Medicine Abuse website shares additional information like slang terms for DXM (robo, skittling, velvet syrup, to name a few), and helpful resources for parents. It'd good to be aware of warning signs like finding empty cough medicine boxes or bottles in your child's backpack, the trash, or for those with sneakier children, just sitting in the medicine cabinet. Some warning signs are trickier. For example, "hostile or uncooperative attitude" is part of the daily existence of many teens I know.
Communication is key when it comes to preventing any kind of drug abuse. Part of that communication include the talk, sitting down with your kids to see what they know or are hearing from their peers and sharing information and your concerns despite their eye rolls. Seriously, research indicates that teens who learn about the risks of drug use from their parents are 50% less likely to use drugs.
But ongoing conversation is also key. Open communication can be tricky with teens when a lot of conversation is brief and to the point, centering around the teen's needs (like more money, a ride to the movies or the mall) and your teen's attention span moves as quickly as his fingers do when he texts his friends.
Dear parents, persevere!
Whether it's insisting on a technology-free family meal a few times a week, arranging 1:1 time with your child, or sharing a hobby (or trying to), taking time to connect and create a space for conversation is key even if the conversation doesn't go as planned. Keep in mind that the big conversations are going to happen with they're ready, not when you hope to have them.
The really cool thing about raising teens is that every now and then you get glimpses of the fabulous, sharp young adults they're becoming and as a parent, you know you want to do your best to get them there.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
|Oh, the wide open spaces!|
Erm, sort of. You've probably heard that on October 1, major components of the federal government, including the national parks, shut down. So although my general outlook remains cynical, that didn't stop me, us, from having a fantastic time in Utah. It was an amazing trip and thanks to the state park system and other federally managed lands that didn't lock their doors (though they did lock their bathrooms) we got up close and personal with a variety of the Utah's geological gems, just not on the grand scale of the national parks.
It's no surprise that Utah's state parks have been hosting record crowds since the federal government closed. In fact, I just read that they will currently honor national park passes, though their typical state park entry fee is only $6 per car.
The government shutdown stinks on so many levels. I'm not going to get into here, but I will say that there are thousands and thousands of international tourists who come to see the area stretching from the Grand Canyon in Arizona to Arches National Park up in Utah. We were disappointed after traveling just a few hundred miles. Can you imagine booking a two to three week trip from halfway around the world only to find out your tour was cancelled? We talked with a handful of such tourists, apologizing for and embarrassed by our government.
We also talked with locals concerned about what the shutdown means for an area thick with services catering to such tourists, not to mention the number of folks who work directly with the federal lands in some capacity. We're talking rural towns too small for stoplights in some cases, let alone a McDonald's or Starbucks. (We saw more stoplights than fast food joints, for the record.) These communities lost on out the last weeks of their big tourist season and they're hurting.
On a related note, if you're planning on touring this area of the country either make sure you have Verizon phone service or a plan that includes roaming allowances. Out in the country, our Sprint phones wavered between roaming service and no. service. at. all. It was kinda nice in some ways, but I did miss texting my boys, which I couldn't do in roaming mode (thank goodness we didn't bring the children with us; can you imagine the horror of no texting to internet service?).
I did grab some photos on my phone, though, so it had some use. DH got some shots on his, too, and we brought a camera, but I don't have access to those photos right now. Still, this gives you a taste of the trip.
We arrived at Capitol Reef National Park around 4:40 PM on 9/30/13. We didn't realize we'd lose an hour driving from Nevada. We stopped in the visitors center where rangers warned us about the likely shut down. We had about 15 minutes to explore the exhibits before the park center closed its doors OR to run down the park's scenic road to the Gifford Homestead and grab some pie. Pie from the homestead was on my bucket list of this bucket-list trip. It's a testimony of my husband's love that we hurried into the car to pick up a pastry.
Only two or three pies from the day's supply remained when we got there. I bought a small pumpkin pie and, honestly, it wasn't spectacular, but the view while eating it couldn't be beat. We drove along the scenic route during sundown as the light reflected beautifully on the walls of the water pocket fold.
Indeed, on October 1, the pie shop, the visitor's center and the scenic drive were all closed. However, an early morning drive indicated that some of the hiking trails off the state highway remained open. DH and I pulled into the Chimney Rock Trail parking lot around 8:15 AM and hoped that the rumor we'd heard about trails near public roads staying open would be true. Alas, from our view atop Chimney Rock, we saw a park ranger blockading the parking lot.
The folks at La Quinta preempted their guests' disappointment over the park closure by handing out a list of alternate hikes just outside of Zion. We took an old wagon route near a 19th century cemetery. The printed information we were given said the trail has not been maintained for nearly a century. The trail was so rocky and steep, it was hard to believe an wooden-wheeled wagon powered by a team of mules or horses could possibly navigate the route. Or maybe we took a wrong turn? It was another fairly isolated hike, with the only glimpse of other people being a group up on the mesa. That said, the route is known as one of the premiere area trails for technical mountain biking and we saw plenty of tire tracks (400 or more vertical feet up on the trail!) to prove it. I'm pretty sure that sport is more dangerous than skydiving.
Our last stop in Utah was Snow Canyon State Park on the outskirts of St. George, near the Arizona border. We visited on a Sunday and it was quite crowded, at least compared to our earlier hikes. Snow Canyon has it all- volcanic rocks (which we also saw on our drive out to Cedar Breaks), red hoodoos and spires, pink sand, scenic view points, and a couple of slot canyons, to boot. What the park lacked in isolation, it made up for in variety.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
I'm on a social media hiatus for the next week(ish), so I'm bringing in one of the loves of my life to entertain you with his skills on the bongo drums. My husband bought me these for my birthday (on request) a long, long time ago. I still haven't gotten around to taking lessons. But I'm hoping that by immersing myself in the present in real life (which sounds more pleasant and less zombie-like than, say, the flesh and bones world), I can think a bit more about my plans and goals instead of getting distracted by emails, tweets and status updates.
What a concept.
Maybe I'll finally sign up for bongo drum lessons or the yoga class I planned to take the year I turned 40, a number that is now a distant memory, or get organized because I'll be able to reflect without the many and constant distractions that are always just a tempting click away.
Wish me luck.
In the meantime, enjoy the crazy cool beats.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By the way, we are changing his name to Tesla K. The K represents the first thousand dollars of doggy expenses. What a milestone!
Tesla had an anaphylactic reaction to his first round of vaccines in late July, as in he almost died, but that's a post for another day. Let's just say about half, 4/8 of our expenses have gone to the vet, who I hear is now planning a lovely winter vacation with his family, 3/8 has gone to Petco and the remaining 1/8 has been spread around to other pet sources like Costco and the doggy food dude at the farmer's market.
Our local Petco has a free, drop-in puppy socialization group on Wednesdays. Let me tell you, it's no accident this takes place on hump day, because that's a recurring theme of this little gathering. They simply block off an aisle to let the puppies run and play...and hump each other while the owners watch on the sidelines...and pulling their dogs apart now and again.
Last week there was a dog named River (name changed to protect the innocent) at puppy playdate. He was some kind of spaniel with saucer-like eyes and long, floppy ears. He looked like a girl. It's hard to say that about a dog, but he really did. Apparently the male dogs got that message because the they dogs gave poor River the old Humpty Dumpty whenever he tried to make his way into the small crowd. Even the tiny, adorable boxer with the shiny coat got in on the action and he's only 12 weeks old.
At any rate, it's crazy puppy mayhem.
Tesla is in obedience class now, so he gets to socialize there, and he's met a few other dogs on personal playdates. Everyone tells us it's SO important to socialize our dog with other dogs, so I'm glad we have the puppy playdate option and I think we'll be regulars especially once the weather turns. As it is, we pop in now and again and are getting to know some of the regulars and by regulars of course, I mean the cashiers because we're spending a lot of money attending this free group. It's marketing genius.
But it's also like a ringside seat to the Puppy Bowl.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Twelve years ago I was going about my typical media-free breakfast with my boys (then 1 and 3) when my husband called blabbering some ridiculous story about airplanes an the World Trade Center. I turned on the radio (we didn't have TV service) and couldn't find any news at that moment. Was he kidding me? Finally I caught NPR where I heard, for the first time I can remember, fear and confusion in the voices of their reporters. I stuck in a tape into the boom box to record it (I know, old skool!). I didn't see video footage until that night.
It was one of those rare Chicago days where the weather was just perfect. We had a morning playdate with a cousin and an afternoon playdate with friends we met at the local pool that summer. The sky was eerily empty and silent especially that we are often in the flight path for planes from O'Hare airport.
Life has never been the same.
Posted by Kim Moldofsky at Wednesday, September 11, 2013 ******
Friday, September 06, 2013
Just a few days later I became a paying customer.
As the name implies, Nothing Bundt Cakes Skokie offers bundt cakes* that come in several sizes from teeny bundtinis, sold by the dozen, to the bundtlets which, like large cupcakes provide a generous single serving or can be shared, and their full-on bundt cakes. They typically have ten flavors on hand-standards like chocolate chocolate chip (yum!), lemon, white chocolate raspberry, and carrot to name a few. They also offer a monthly seasonal favorite.
Their bundt cakes are moist without being too dense and their signature cream cheese frosting is heavenly. You should know there's always a bundtini available for sampling in their bright, airy store.
They've got a few things planned in honor of their grand opening:
Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10 AM
The first 50 paying customers will receive a card for a free monthly bundtlet for the next 12 months.
From 10-11 there will also be "abundant cake sampling," a balloon artist and a raffle.
Thursday, September 12 from 5-8 PM
Ribbon cutting with the Skokie and Evanston Chambers of Commerce
Friday, September 13
Benefit Day for Les Turner ALS Foundation. 20% of proceeds will go to this great organization. We have a friend with ALS, "the Stephen Hawking of Hollywood," and I'm sure if you know anyone with ALS, you know how much needs to be done to support those affected by it.
*They also sell candles, a few party accessories and hostess gifts.