YOU’RE INVITED: HALL’s Cabernet Cookoff, St. Helena – Saturday April 29, 2017 | Pop a Corn & Grab Your Fork

My fellow Northern Californians — if you’re looking for something fun to do in April, come join us at the 8th annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff on Saturday, April 29th at HALL St. Helena from 11am to 2pm.

This event is hosted by Vintner Kathryn Hall and HALL Wines and will feature an impressive lineup of renowned Chef teams vying for a chance to win proceeds for a charity of their choice by participating in a food and wine pairing competition.


100% of ticket proceeds benefit Napa Valley non-profit organizations, so come eat, drink and donate for a good cause.
If you love people, great food and Cabernet, I encourage you to be there.

Chef Teams present perfectly paired seasonal bites with HALL Cabernet to an all-star panel of celebrity Judges who vote for the top dish. Chef teams are also judged by the guests in attendance who select the top two pairings for the title of People’s Choice Award.

Participating Chef teams include The Grill at Meadowood, One Market, Harvest Table, The Patriot, Ca’ Momi, Winery Chefs Napa Valley, Goose & Gander, Paula Le Duc Fine Catering, Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ, Shakewell Oakland, Harris Ranch, Feast Catering, Brix, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, Kara’s Cupcakes and Sift Dessert Bar.

The Judges

The 2017 panel of judges include Celebrity Chef Duff Goldman from Food Network’s Ace of Cakes; 12-Time Olympic Medalist and Dancing with the Stars Alumni, Natalie Coughlin; Wine Enthusiast Critic, Virginie Boone; Michelin-rated Chef, Ken Frank of La Toque.

Tickets

Two ticket options are available for guests: General Admission as well as a VIP Sky Loft Ticket. The VIP Ticket allows guests early access to a VIP Media Preview from 10a.m to 11am featuring all four Judges and Kathryn Hall sharing insight into what they will be looking for in a food and wine pairing dish during the event. The VIP Sky Loft Ticket also includes full access to the historic Bergfeld Building during the entire event featuring HALL Artisan Cabernets, hosted small bites, and cheese boards prepared by Cypress Grove.



WHAT:
8th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff

WHO:
HALL Napa Valley

WHEN:
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10a.m. – 11a.m. (Media/VIP Ticket Preview feat. Kathryn Hall + Judges)
11a.m. – 2p.m. (Main Event)

WHERE:
HALL St. Helena – The Great Lawn
401 St. Helena Hwy. S
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-2626

TICKETS:
General Admission: $90 (Early Bird Ticket: $80 before 3/31/2017)
VIP Sky Loft: $150 (Includes Media/VIP Preview)
Tickets Available: www.hallwines.com/cabernetcookoff

The 2016 HALL Cabernet Cookoff drew more than 750 attendees for a sold-out crowd and raised $59,000 for local charities. The 2016 Judges took on the impressive task of choosing a runner-up and first place winner from dishes like “Cherry Marinated Skirt Steak with Broccolini, Point Reyes Blue, Chive Blossom” or “Black Currant and Rose Macaroon with HALL Cabernet infused Geleé”. Mark Dommen from One Market Restaurant in San Francisco took first place with his mouth-watering “Pancetta Wrapped Passmore Ranch Sturgeon Du Puy Lentils, Smoked Garlic, Thyme Jus” benefiting non-profit Collabria Care of Napa. Ca’Momi placed runner-up with a delectable “Heirloom Pork & Veal Agnolotti, Savoy Cabbage, Napa Valley Cabernet Pan Jus and Parmigiano Reggiano” aiding the organization Do It For The Love of Napa. Restaurants also had the opportunity to raise money for their charity through People’s Choice, a voting system with corks serving as the tallies. First place for People’s Choice was Napa restaurant, Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ, preparing “Fried Chicken with Spring Succotash” with the winnings benefiting Napa Humane. Paula LeDuc Fine Catering of San Francisco took runner up of People’s Choice with the “HALL Cabernet Roasted Strawberries with White Chocolate Crumble and Mascarpone Cream,” partnering with non-profit St. Helena Hospital.

Since inception in 2011, the HALL Cabernet Cookoff has raised $300,000 for Napa Valley charities. For more information, please visit www.hallwines.com/cabernetcookoff or via social channels using #cabernetcookoff.


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Monster Energy AMA Supercross is Coming to Oakland 2/4/17

Join us at Oakland Supercross!
I know some of you are Supercross fans and hope you will join our family in Oakland on February 4th.  We are long time fans of Supercross and have been to quite a few races in the past.  These races are exciting, visually stimulating and great for the entire family.  And don’t forget to walk around the Pits where you and your kids will have a blast getting to meet your favorite racers, snag some freebies and more.

For more than 40 years Monster Energy Supercross has thrilled audiences of all ages, continually positioned as one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Nearly one million fans fill the seats of North America’s most well known stadiums annually, while millions more from across the globe watch the action unfold via international live streams and an exclusive broadcast partnership with FOX Sports. Spectators are captivated by the spectacle of Monster Energy Supercross, which serves as the preeminent showcase of these uniquely talented and fearless world-class athletes doing battle in the most physically and mentally demanding sport on the planet. Competitors from at least nine different countries have chased their Supercross dream onto U.S. soil for 2017, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of victory by putting in countless hours both in the gym and on the motorcycle for the chance to be called the best in the world.


Monster Energy Supercross is part aerial excitement and part high-speed chase, with riders launching 225-pound motorcycles upwards of 30 feet in the air at heart-pounding speeds. Competitors toe the line of control and chaos, with All-American superstar Dungey destined to continue his gripping rivalry with German sensation Ken Roczen, while hotshot Eli Tomac looms just behind them in his continued ascension to the top. In this winner-take-all environment, only one rider will be rewarded for pushing his body and his bike to the absolute limit, basking in the glory of a championship.

At the pre-race Monster Energy Pit Party fans are fully immersed into the world of Monster Energy Supercross, given unprecedented access to the athletes, teams, and supporting sponsors. Annually, more than 350,000 attendees converge at this all-day festival-like, behind-the-scenes complement to the on-track excitement, with exclusive opportunities to meet the riders, see the bikes up close, hang with the Monster Energy Girls, and more. Entry to the Pit Party costs just $10 at the gate – guests can obtain FREE access by recycling an empty can of Monster Energy Drink (valid race event ticket required for entry).

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Pit Party/Gates open at 9:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies at 3:30 PM
Racing starts at 4:00 PM

WHERE: Oakland Alameda County Coliseum – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

TICKETS: Ticket prices start as low as $15!
Pit Party passes are priced at just $10 (available in advance or at the gate)

Tickets & Pit Passes are now on-sale and available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.

*ticket prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply



For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, please log onto www.SupercrossLive.com

Oakland race event details can be found at:
http://www.supercrosslive.com/tickets/events/2017/feb/04/oakland-monster-energy-supercross

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‘Win Everything But The Baby’ | Giveaway Event

Parenthood is quite a journey, isn’t it?  Remember the days before you had kids when you thought you knew exactly what kind of parent you were going to be?  Those ideas have probably somewhat changed, haven’t they?  The truth is, you don’t really know what type of parent you will be until you actually have a child – and any preparation you have done leading up to that moment will never feel like enough.  How can you know what to prepare for if you have never been a parent before?

Parenting resources like The Naptime Reviewer, Simply Real Moms and BIBB Magazine work hard to keep you in-the-know with the latest and greatest products and happenings in the baby and kids world, and offer advice from moms and dads just like you.  From product reviews, freebies and giveaways, recall announcements to health advice, travel trips and beyond, these parenting sites cover it all.  As far as preparing emotionally, we try to help with that, too, with our social communities.

Join our conversations on our social media pages!  Connect with like-minded parents, get/give some great advice and learn about some really cool new products!

Join Some of our Social Parenting Communities: 

The Naptime Reviewer’s Private Facebook Group
Simply Real Mom’s Instagram page
BIBB Magazine’s Pinterest page

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Win Everything But The Baby Giveaway Event (7/25/16 – 8/8/16)

Didn’t get much at your baby shower?  Looking for some new, innovative products for your little one?  Need some gifts for a friend?  We’ve got you covered!

The Naptime Reviewer has put together a HUGE baby product prize pack courtesy of 30 lovely and very generous sponsors.

 

How to Enter

  • One winner will receive the entire list of prizes value at approximately $1374.09.
  • This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • This giveaway begins on July 25th, 2016 at 12:00am PST and will end on August 8th, 2016 at 12:00am PST.  
  • The giveaway winner will be notified via email once all entries have been verified and will have 48 hours to respond claiming their prizes.
  • See full giveaway Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the giveaway form.
  • Enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Mom's Week Sampler Event Timeline – Mark Your Calendars

This is part of a sponsored event for Sampler and the below listed brands.  As always, all opinions are my own.

If you’ve been following us since the beginning, you may remember some of the Sampler events we’ve done in previous years on our other blog, The Naptime Reviewer.  Remember the Ultimate Online Baby Shower events?  These were super fun, fast-paced Sampler events that allowed you to try to win tons of great prizes and send samples to your friends from some amazing brands; all for FREE.

This year, The Bucket List Mom has teamed up with Sampler and nine other influencers to reward all the amazing moms out there.  This is a time to spoil yourself and toot your own horns, ladies!

Roll your sleeves up, put your hair in a messy bun and mark your calendars for the following timeline of events.


Your To-Do List Before Mom’s Week (May 2nd – 6th)

To get a head start on the events, make sure you visit our sponsors and participating influencers on Facebook.  I made it easy for you to do — just visit my Facebook post here (or see below) to quickly visit each of our sponsors and influencers..  This is, of course, not required to participate in the events, but will certainly give you an advantage as far as seeing their posts first.  Consider this being one step ahead.

Another really important step is to make sure that you turn on post notifications for our brands and influencers.  This is essential for making sure you don’t miss the events coming up next week.

  • To turn on post notifications click the LIKED button on each brand or influencer’s Facebook page.  In that dropdown menu, make sure SEE FIRST and ALL ON are checked.  That’s it!


Must Do –> RSVP to Win

If you plan on participating in the Mom’s Week flash giveaways or sampler events, you must RSVP here or click the banner above.  Just for RSVP’ing, you will be entered to win a gift basket full of goodies from our fabulous sponsors.  This process gives you a head start for the sampler events so that you have a minimal amount of work to do once the events begin — plus it’s how the sponsors know where to send your free gifts.

Tip:  Team Up With a Buddy

From personal experience, I can tell you that teaming up with a friend for these Sampler events is the way to go.  Once a brand begins their individual product sampling event, the samples are gone in about a minute.  Your friend can send you a product and you can send her a product simultaneously once the sampling begins.

Wish For Your Favorite Products

From now until the events begin, you have the ability to submit a hint to your friends on social media for each brand.  List below each product photo below, I have posted the link to each brand’s “wish for it” page.

Participating Brands

I have done a little homework for you and sacrificed my time (ha!) to test out some of the products from our sponsors.  This is hardly a sacrifice because these brands and products are awesome, but I wanted to give you a heads-up as far as what kind of goodies you will have the opportunities to try to win or give away to your friends.
My new Danskin Now Women’s Active Fitspiration Graphic Racerback Tank fits in well with my mommy wardrobe.  Between preschool drop-offs/pick-ups, diaper changes, grocery shopping, meal prep and squeezing in a workout, I live in activewear.  What I love about this super cute “It’s Go Time” tank is that it’s under $5 at Walmart.com.  They also sell them in bundles of two for $9.50.
Other sayings include:
Earn It.
In The Zone
and I Can and I Will.
Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-DAN

Buddha Teas

You may have noticed friends’ social media posts with inspirational sayings hanging out of their tea cups — well, this is that tea!  Buddha Teas offers lots of unique flavors of teas including their Organic Turmeric Ginger Tea which has virtually no caffeine.  This exotic blend of flavors is great when you have an upset stomach or after dinner.
Where to Buy:  www.buddhateas.com
Wish For This on Facebook:  http://smpl.ly/MW-BT

Perfect Bar

I’ve been a little hooked on my Perfect Bars this week.  I’m particularly loving the Almond Butter and Peanut Butter flavors.  They are loaded with protein and you can really taste each ingredient with each bite. The Perfect Bars are the freshest nutrition bars ever created and require refrigeration since they don’t contain preservatives. 
Where to Buy: Natural, specialty and conventional retailers, including Whole Foods, Kroger, Safeway, Costco and Sprouts Farmer’s Market
Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-PB

MyChelle prides itself on being a clean, conscious and comprehensive skin care company, which is why they have so many beauty product fans.  If you are looking for natural sun care products that are free from toxins, you’ll have to check out their Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF 50, their Sun Shield Clear Spray SPF 30 and their Cucumber Cooler Soothing Spray.
Where to Buy:  www.mychelle.com
Wish For This on Facebook:  http://smpl.ly/MW-MYC




FATCO is a brand that I was unfamiliar with going into this week.  Their hand made skincare products feed your skin with ingredients it needs to thrive, like Tallow (aka fat) from grass-fed beef cows, essential oils and magnesium oil.  Their line includes natural deodorant for men and women, baby moisturizer and body butter.
Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-FA


Solves Strips is also a brand that was unfamiliar to me prior to this event.  They offer pediatric electrolyte strips that melt away in your mouth.  They are loaded with sodium and potassium that helps restore your child’s electrolyte levels to prevent dehydration.
Where to Buy:  www.solvesstrips.com
Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-SS



These organic Smart Crackers are so good that you can’t even tell they’re loaded with healthy stuff.  They are geared towards kids, but I have been sneaking them by the handful all week.  In fact, my husband and I finished off a box of the Sweet Potato Cinna-Grahams while watching a movie this weekend.  They’re that good.
Where to Buy:  Target
Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-BB

One of my biggest struggles when looking for a good protein powder is finding one that isn’t loaded with sugar.  The Healthy Skoop brand of vanilla protein powder only contains about three grams of sugar per serving and has a really nice flavor to it.  It’s good mixed with your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk or added to your favorite smoothie recipe.
Where to Buy:  www.healthyskoop.com
Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-HS



DeVita Skincare offers a collection of 100% vegan, natural skincare products that are paraben free.  I’ve been using their revitalizing eye life creme all week and I’m loving it.  It doesn’t have a harsh smell to irritate my allergies and doesn’t burn my eyes.  This eye cream layers well under make-up, is feather light and is loaded with vitamins and amino acids.

Where to Buy:  devitaskincare.com/store
Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-DEV

When I became a mom, my hormones went crazy – and by crazy I mean that my facial hair grew in darker (eww, I know).  Thank goodness for wax, though, right?  I usually go in to get my brows and lip done which ends up being about $22 each visit.  The Parissa wax strips for your face and bikini area are the perfect must-have for the upcoming summer season and are a money saver!


Where to Buy:  In Canada: Shoppers Drugmart, Pharmasave, Rexall Superstore and Walmart
In the US: Fred Meyer, Harmon, Ulta, Whole Foods, and select Walgreens locations
Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-PA

Kiju Organic offers a line of organic fruit juices from concentrate loaded with organic natural flavors.  Their juices contain no added sugar, they are certified organic and are non-GMO.  Some of their flavors include apple, pomegranate cherry and mango orange.
Where to Buy:  Natural Food Stores, and natural sections of most major retailers
Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-KO

eureka! Organic Bread offers a variety of certified USDA organic breads that contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, are made with sustainable packaging and are certified vegan.
Some of their flavors include:
Grainiac Seeds the Day
Saaa-Wheat
Smoooooth Wheat
Top Seed
and Sweet Baby Grains
Where to Buy:  Visit www.eurekabread.com to find a retailer near you.  (My local Target carries it)
Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-EUR

Are any moms out there guilty of sneaking healthy ingredients into not-so-healthy foods?  The Apricot Power Superfood Mix is the perfect nutritional add-in to brownies, cakes, smoothies – you name it!  It’s basically just a bunch of healthy foods ground up into a powder to make it easier for you to squeeze them into your daily diet.

Where to Buy:  Amazon or www.apricotpower.com

Wish For This on Facebook: http://smpl.ly/MW-AP

Stevia is a 100% natural sugar substitute that is free from Sucralose, aspartame, dextrose, saccharine, maltodextrin and insulin and is great for cooking or adding to your favorite foods or drinks.  Greeniche’s individual Stevia sachets are perfect for adding a little sweetness to your coffee or tea and are great to take on-the-go.

Where to Buy:  www.greeniche.com

Wish For This on Facebook:  http://smpl.ly/MW-GN

Questions or Comments?

I understand that these events can be a little overwhelming, especially when I drop all of this information on you at once.  If you have any questions or would like any tips from me, feel free to leave me a comment below.  I will respond as soon as I receive them.

Macy's Spring Style Show

Last week I attended the Macy’s Spring Into Style fashion show hosted by Kachet Jackson-Henderson from The Lipstick Giraffe blog.  It was a short and sweet event at the Roseville Galleria Macy’s with about 30 or so attendees.  Kachet did a fabulous job picking out practical outfits for women like you and me from all price ranges.  Here’s a look at some of my favorite looks from the event:

Which look is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments section!!
Take a look at my previous post to check your local Macy’s Spring fashion show event times: http://www.thebucketlistmom.com/2016/04/macys-spring-into-style-events.html