Lady’s Favorite Things 2014

I can’t believe it’s time for this but apparently Christmas is in 2 1/2 weeks!!

So I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the local mall where we normally visit Santa had been bombarded with little brats singing “Let it Go,” due to the Frozen themed palace in place.

Someone had mentioned that our local Stew Leonard’s store had a Santa so I thought that seemed like a quick fix.

If you are not familiar with Stew Leonard’s it is a local grocery store chain that is known for fresh delicious prepared foods and also it has lots of attractions for children so they don’t torture you while you are shopping.  

For example when we are at Stop and Shop I have to squeeze my kids’ arms and discretely whisper in their ears that I am going to go home and light all of their toys on fire several times before I can get my shopping done.

At Stew's they can press the cow button and listen to this guy moo really loud, and somehow this is enough entertainment for me to shop without wanting to kill them....
At Stew’s they can press the cow button and listen to it moo really loud, and somehow this is enough entertainment for me to shop without wanting to kill them….

1 – This year the first item on my list of faves is STEW LEONARDS!

As we walked into the store I saw all of the Christmas trees and told Mr. Gaga we should just grab a tree because we would have no time to get one later in the week.  We entered into the tree area and I promptly made one of the tree workers show me every single tree in the entire lot before settling on one.

He didn’t get annoyed or snippy with me like many retail workers do at this time of year and was pleasant and delightful.  They tied the tree to our car for us and the whole encounter was quick and delightful.

I basically made him untie every single tree here and hold each one up and spin it around slowly.....
I basically made him untie every single tree here and hold each one up and spin it around slowly…..

We headed inside to find Santa.  I wasn’t expecting much since we were in the middle of a grocery store.

But as we wandered over to see him where he sat in the floral department.  I had to just stare at him.  I am not an expert but if ever you were to want to see the REAL Santa – this would be the guy.

So the kids walked right up to him because there was NO LINE!  They said “hi” and told him what they wanted…the usual drill.

But then Santa stopped and said “Well we need to talk about a few things.”  There faces were ghostly as Santa started talking about how they fight and use their hands on each other, and how their rooms were a mess, and how they listen at school but the minute they get off the bus they don’t listen anymore.  He went on and on and told them that until they started behaving a little better he was on the fence about the Xbox and the bike they were requesting.

I listened in slack-jawed.  Was this the real Santa? How did he know all of that?

The kids and I walked away in shock that we had just a real live chat with the one and only Santa. I looked for Mr. Gaga to see what he thought but I didn’t see him.

“Where’s your father?” I asked the kids.

They shrugged.

He then sauntered over casually chewing on a sausage bread sample, “Do you want me to get some guacamole?”

“No! Where were you?” I screeched. “We just had an amazing encounter with the real Santa and you’re eating samples?”

He stared at me like I was nuts. “Um..yeah – pretty much.” he answered incredulously.

While I understand the lure of a hot cider doughnut sample or a pull-apart cheesy garlic bread sample – he had just missed an amazing moment.  My anger dissipated when we passed by the lobster bisque sample area.  The creamy delicious soup made me forget to be mad at Mr. Gaga and we finished the rest of our shopping, wandering through the store collecting samples along the way.

The best part is at the end of the trip if you spend more than $100, which is inevitable, you get a free ice cream!  We get the pistachio soft serve and just talk the whole way home about how much we love it.

And today because I told Stew Leonard’s how much I LOVE them – they decided to give one of YOU! a $25 gift card!!!!!  

TO ENTER – LIKE LADY GOO GOO GAGA ON FACEBOOK, SHARE THIS POST ON FACEBOOK AND TELL ME WHAT YOU WILL BUY IF YOU WIN THIS GIFT CARD FROM STEW LEONARD’S!!

#2 – MOROCCAN OIL

I have mentioned several times over the years that my hair is frizzy and a horrific burden in my life.  When our power went out for weeks during Storm Alfred I walked around looking like Gilda Radner and almost had a nervous breakdown.

This is the famous picture of me before I started doing keratin treatments....
This is the famous picture of me before I started using moroccan oil…

One product that I discovered a couple of years ago has significantly changed the texture of my hair for good and it’s Moroccan Oil.

It is like no other hair serum.  Your hair will strengthen and become more manageable.  I don’t know how it happens but it’s like a miracle.  It smells delightful and your hair won’t become greasy and stringy like it might with other inferior products.

I am telling you – this product has changed my life.

The full size retails for $43 and I am offering one lucky winner a travel size bottle!!

To enter to win this please LIKE LADY GOO GOO GAGA,  share this post on FACEBOOK and leave me a comment with your favorite hair product or tip!

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3 – Waterproof Eye makeup:

I said this last year and the year before!!!

So somewhere between the lack of sleep, the aging, the hurried getting ready in the morning and the horrible weather in Connecticut, there comes a need for waterproof eye makeup.

I totally had it together before the kids.  I had my cosmetics routine down pat.

Somehow the new wrinkles and puffs that children brought to my eye area, as well as the lack of time to do nice eye makeup – resulted in a black smudged mascara and liner all around my eyes on the daily.

If you think looking like a heroin addict is a cute look for volunteering at the bake sale, you are mistaken.

The worst is when you don’t even realize you look like a lunatic until you get back into your car and you have already chatted it up with 5 moms and the school principal.

Sure, I would love to set up a playdate! Your house or mine??
Sure a playdate would be great! Your house or mine?
Last year Laura Mercier invented the best eyeliner in the history of eyeliners.  It actually can be worn for days at a time without a smudge!!!  It is gel, it is waterproof and it is the best invention since the DVR.
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I am giving one of you a Laura Mercier Gel Liner in Violet ($20) this week and I am throwing in a Laura Mercier gift with samples including a Blush Lip Glace just because I love you…(see below for details!)

This is the one week a year I spread good cheer on this blog – Don’t worry I will be back to regular business of calling children assholes next week for sure!!!

LIKE LADY GOO GOO GAGA AND SHARE THIS POST ON FACEBOOK!!! AND LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW TELLING ME YOUR ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMETIC!!  THIS WILL ENTER YOU TO WIN the LAURA MERCIER Violet Eyeliner that will change your life and ensure that you don’t look like Marilyn Manson the next time you are stuck in rain running errands…..

#4 – Old Factory Christmas Candles

Are there any smells better than the smells of Christmas?  I am obsessed with filling my home with Christmas soaps, lotions, sprays, and candles.  Is there anything better than walking into your house and smelling fresh gingerbread?  What’s better than going into your bathroom and smelling hot chocolate and candy canes?

So when OLD FACTORY offered to send me their HAPPY HOLIDAYS SOY CANDLE SET I was thrilled!!

I burned the gingerbread candle and it filled my whole kitchen with the smell of joy and happiness.

I am going to give the Candy Cane and the Pine Tree candles to one of you fabulous and lucky people.

LIKE LADY GOO GOO GAGA AND SHARE THIS POST ON FACEBOOK – AND TELL ME YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY SCENT TO ENTER TO WIN THESE TWO VOTIVE CANDLES!!!

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1 -IN ORDER TO WIN ANY OF THE PRIZES – YOU MUST LIKE AND SHARE THIS POST ON FACEBOOK!

2 -YOU MUST ALSO LIKE LADY GOO GOO GAGA ON FACEBOOK!

3 – YOU MUST ALSO COMMENT ON WHATEVER I ASKED YOU TO COMMENT ABOUT!

4 -YOU CAN ENTER MORE THAN ONE COMMENT TO WIN MORE THAN ONE ITEM!

 

Winners will be picked randomly (US AND CANADA ONLY) between now and Sunday December 14th at 5 PM!

All of the opinions and mentions are my own opinion and nobody gave me anything!!! (as usual) and I’m just telling you to use these things because I like telling people what to do.

GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!  

XO, LADY GOO GOO GAGA

 

13 thoughts on “Lady’s Favorite Things 2014

  1. We love the Stew Leonard’s Santa Clause as much as we love Stew Leonard’s! We visit him each year and he always scares the crap out of the kids enough for them to be kind to each other for a few days.

    I would use the gift card to buy some of their delicious prepared food, so I don’t have to cook. Maybe some soup and stuffed bread.

  2. I can’t live without my new Bareskin Brightening Serum foundation by bare minerals. Stumbled upon it (literally) during a drunken casino trip-husbands were off gambling so my girlfriend and I headed into the store for midnight makeovers and bought an outrageous amount of products. The serum is amazing-smooths and brightens, hides my sun spots and I swear takes 5 years off my face and hides the fact I’m exhausted from my 5 kids! I’d love eyeliner and lipgloss to go with it!!

  3. Liked & shared!! I’ve never heard of Stew Leonard’s so I’m assuming we don’t have any in California, although if we did I feel like I would never leave & would want to buy ALL THE THINGS based on your description!! So I guess I won’t enter for that one, but I will say my can’t-live-without cosmetic is the Creamy Concealer Kit from Bobbi Brown, it completely made me feel like a new person when I first experienced the magic of concealing my under eye circles!! Amazing product!!

  4. Liked & Shared as I said above, but I wanted to enter for the candle as well, so my favorite holiday scent is “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Bath & Body Works…makes my whole house smell like cinnamon & pine trees & magic & Christmas joy, it’s truly amazeballs!! & I don’t want to waste another comment on this half-reply but would love to win that oil as well, so I’ll just say that my only hair tip since becoming a Mama 6 years ago is the good-old wash, braid & wake up wavy routine that some days makes it look like I really try! Otherwise good-ol’ Aqua-Net never ceases to amaze me when I need to make a pathetic tease attempt look sexy! SO happy I discovered you recently btw, you’re hilarious!!!

  5. I have curly/frizzy hair as well. I have tried a couple of hair oils with some luck, though haven’t tried the one you mentioned. One of my favorites is from Melissa at Pixie Pants Designs who makes her own soaps/hair oils/bubble baths. I am always looking for a good eyeliner as well. Even when they say waterproof, sometimes it still runs. Thanks for the tips!

  6. I would buy some delicious baked good, like their awesome chewy cookies ( and some fruit to balance it out!) And yes, Stew’s Santa is the best!!!

  7. As stated on Facebook, I would use my Stew Leonard’s gift certificate on wine. I live in NY and that’s all we can get from Stew Leonard’s!

  8. We adore Stew Leonard’s! It’s awesome. I don’t facebook but if I was to participate and win I’d get some stuffed bread, chicken salad & some yummy seafood (I’d have to shell out some of my own cash though, lol).

    I’m fairly certain I know what town you live in so I’m going to take a stab here and ask if you went to the SL in Newington on the Berlin Turnpike? That would be my closest one too & I’m curious if I should make my monthly run this weekend and hope that Santa is readily available!

  9. I would love to win the Laura eyeliner/lip gloss, and my must have cosmetic item is my Giorgio Armani foundation, can’t live w/out it! Ok, while I’m at it I also want the Moroccan oil! And my favorite hair care product is dry shampoo, it allows me to wash every 3 days or so! I like Oscar blandi (sephora) Ok, let’s go for the candles too! I love Christmas tree scent, there is nothing better!!!!

  10. Ok I’m entering to win the Laura eyeliner/lipgloss, and my must have cosmetic item is Giorgio Armani foundation! I can’t live w/out it! Would also like the Moroccan oil, so here’s my favorite hair care product/tip: Oscar blandi dry shampoo. It allows me to wash every 3 days or so, which is great for busy moms!! And ok let’s try for the candles too! I LOVE Christmas tree scent- there’s nothing better!!!!!

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