Mar252013

BrickArms: because even LEGOS need toy guns

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Every now and then I come across a really cool toy, that I just have to share with you. This weekend, I made it out to my local gun show and found a real gem- BrickArms.

My daughter’s BrickArms and LEGO Friends Collection

BrickArms is a small, family owned toy company specializing in original, custom designed LEGO compatible weapons and custom mini-figures. All toys are original, and they produce high quality, low cost toys that fit perfectly within the LEGO world. They truly are a “mom and pop shop”. The owner of the company, Will Chapman (based out of WA) has the help of his wife, 3 sons and his parents Robert and Sharlain, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the gun show. Robert Chapman is a charming retired USAF fighter pilot and teacher, and Sharlain (M’s very own personal shopper), is a retired Occupational Therapist. They travel all over the country to sell their son’s fantastic and innovative toy accessories.

They sell (almost) exclusively at gun shows in the US, bringing over five dozen different Brickarms products to see, touch, play with and buy. And since Brickarms products are designed and manufactured in the USA, you can’t go wrong. They’re an inexpensive toy, that lets your child’s imagination soar!

If you’re interested in BrickArms, be sure to check out their website, Facebook page and Twitter! You can also catch them selling at the Tidewater Gun and Knife Show, at the Norfolk Scope, in Norfolk, VA, April 5th and 6th.  They will also be at Dayton, OH’s, Hara Arena the weekend of April 13th & 14th.  They will have an extensive line of Brickarms LEGO compatible weapons and mini-figures.  Custom figures will include Rambo, a SWAT policeman, desert terrorist, American soldiers in both green and tan uniforms, and German soldiers in a variety of uniforms.

 

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Mar212013

My dreams are (almost) coming true- and I need your help!

Domestic Debacle has been invited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference and needs your help! For those that don’t know, the Disney Social Media Moms Conference is a very popular and the most exclusive and informative event for bloggers to network, socialize, build stronger online communities and form lasting relationships. Being able to attend the conference with the assistance of sponsors not only helps me build new relationships and strengthen existing ones, but it’s an excellent way to get your business, product or service noticed by the internet’s most influential social networkers and bloggers in the world! By sponsoring me for the conference, you would be hiring someone who will work her butt off to get your name out there and who will properly represent your company and brand.

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring my attendance, please contact me at katie(at)domesticdebacle.com to discuss advertising and sponsorship rates.

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Mar182013

Mattel’s Save the Chocolate Bunny Rafflecopter Giveaway!

Every Easter, I always dread the giant sugar over-load that happens in my house. I am not a “sweets eater” at all, so I have a hard time loading my daughter’s Easter Basket with a ton of candy. Typically, our family gives small gifts like Barbies and Monster High dolls and accessories, which is right in line with what Mattel’s doing this year!

SAVE THE CHOCOLATE BUNNY!

Mattel’s “Save the Chocolate Bunny” campaign is promoting “toys instead of chocolate” to encourage creative, healthy, sugar-free play for kids! Which is exactly what my family stands for.  Click here to check out Mattel’s Save the Bunny website where you’ll find more giveaways and coupons!

Now for the giveaway: Win one grand prize Easter gift basket full of toys, plus 10 second prizes consisting of either a Hot Wheels multi-pack or Barbie Madison!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for being a Domestic Debacle reader, and good luck!

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Mar32013

Oh yeah, it’s broken.

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“Oh yeah, it’s broken”

The words, straight from the ER doc’s mouth.

As it turns out, I am NOT cut out for physical activity.

On Tuesday, I went to a self-defense class held at an affiliate Taekwondo studio. Needless to say, it was disastrous. The class started out great, I had friends come and even one of my bosses was there to assist in the training. I was SO excited, because I had wanted to take a Taekwondo class for ages. We were given a quick run-down of what to expect, and then were asked to get into groups so we could start. I was 4th in line to do some kicking (in 10 seconds we were to kick the instructor’s padded board thingy as many times and as hard as we could). I was doing a great  job (or so I thought) and the instructor told me to kick just.one.more.time.

I did.

I put my right foot down (the kicking foot),

and down I went right on top of it.

I saw nothing but white. The pain was the most awful thing I’ve ever experienced, worse than labor. I knew something was wrong, but wanted to wait until J got there- but then started to feel like I was going to pass out.

So they called the ambulance. The paramedics were the NICEST people ever. We chatted the whole way to keep my mind off the pain.

We got in, and I was crying like a baby. The ER crew was awesome though, and moved quicker than lightening. I had x-rays and had seen a doc within 45 minutes. I think that’s come kind of record!

The x-rays showed that I had fractured my ankle, but the ER doc was not a specialist, so he referred me to another hospital and an ortho from a local university.

The ortho translated the x-ray for us: I chipped the bottom of my tibia and fractured my ankle. Here’s the copy they gave me:

I really have no idea how they tell anything from these things.

Because of where the break/fracture is the ortho said nothing could be done so I was put into a boot, given some crutches, given directions to stay off of it for a few weeks and sent on my way. I can’t drive which totally stinks and am having a pretty rough time with stairs.

This is where I was yesterday. The swelling has gone down quite a bit, but it still hurts like a mo-fo! This morning, I woke up to my foot black, blue and red all over. It’s pretty gross, so I’ll spare you the picture of that. I just hope and pray that I heal quicker than what they expect me to! My sweet husband has be doing my job and his, and I appreciate him so much! I am so blessed to have him take care of me like he has. So if I’m a little behind on things, that’s why. I’m pretty much stuck on the couch resting!

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