Fresh Thyme Comes to Chicago!

Get excited Chicago, there is a new store opening at 2500 N Elston October 14!

Are you familiar with Fresh Thyme? I have not been, but I've heard about it, and I'll be shopping with excitement when they open. In a nutshell, their mission is to improve the way communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing values. That sounds great to me.
Their grand opening is October 14 (Ribbon cutting is at 6:45am.), BUT you'll want to check out the #FreshThymeChi Twitter party from 5-6pm, October 13. Giuliana Rancic will be a special guest at the Lincoln Park store during the party!!

The first 250 customers on Grand Opening Day will receive a FREE Bag of Groceries valued at $50 or more. I'm told you'll want to get in line early to reserve a place in line.

 Keep up with everything going on with Fresh Thyme at freshthyme.com. Or, keep in touch by checking them out on Facebook and Twitter.

*While I was compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.


Spooky Buddies and Deep Dish Pizza #StreamTeam

It is actually turning into fall in the city. I love it. Long weeks into relaxing weekend nights with the kiddos and Netflix.

While I love a good deep dish pizza (I am in Chicago ya know.) I also LOVE a good homemade deep dish pie! Turns out, if you have a cast iron skillet, this is NOT a tall order.
Really, it is SO easy it's ridiculous.

Here's what you need:
-premade pizza dough of your choice (I like Trader Joe's)
-Pizza sauce (I like a lot)
-mozzarella cheese (again...a lot)
-toppings of your choice (I like pork sausage, cooked first)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Coat the entire pan sides and all with olive oil. Press dough into the pan, be sure to press the sides up about an inch.
Add toppings of your choice and pop it in the oven. Cook 20-30 min. Done and done!

While the pizza cooks, the kids and I choose a family movie. I don't know what it is about The Buddies, but my son just loves them. Those little pups have him rolling on the floor every time. While they are not my daughter's cup of tea, she does love a good Halloween movie, and Spooky Buddies fits the bill! (I mean, cute puppies in Halloween costumes!)
Seriously...look at how cute they are!

If The Buddies are not your cup of tea, there are some other really fun Halloween movies perfect for the family. You might want to check out:
-Escape to Witch Mountain (Showing my age, LOVED this movie!)
-The Munsters (Series...LOVE.)
-Mummy I'm a Zombie (My daughter is all over this one.)
-The Nightmare Before Christmas (Again. LOVE.)

And that's just a few. I'll admit, I'm too scared to watch the horror movies. What are you streaming coming into Halloween?


Matt Kenseth First Race Of The Chase In Chicago!

Race cars are cool, there's just no getting around it. I remember when I was a little kid, my dad would take us to the Indy time trials and it was just, THE coolest thing.

I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to meet Matt Kenseth at the Citizen Press Luncheon at Chicago’s Sports Museum/Harry Caray’s.
Matt Kenseth
Two time Daytona 500 Champion and Citizen Brand Ambassador was on hand to discuss his upcoming race at Chicagoland Speedway on September 20, and to present a donation from Citizen watch to the 100 Club Chicago.

I even got a close up of Matt in the race simulator. SO cool!
Citizen Watch Brand Ambassador
Even though I am NOTORIOUSLY bad at racing games...I gotta tell you, I'd jump in this in a heartbeat. It looked fun!

Citizen has just launched the Satellite Wave World-Time GPS. It is a GORGEOUS watch that features a GPS timekeeping system with worldwide reception area, world time in 27 cities (40 time zones), perpetual calendar, daylight savings time indicator, power reserve and light level power indicators, day and date.
Citizen Ecosphere Watch
Are you ready for the best part? I get to give away a Citizen Ecosphere watch to one of my readers!

Drop your name in the comments and tell me if you'll be watching Matt in the first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at 3 p.m. ET, Sunday, Sept. 20. I'll pick a winner randomly at 5pm Chicago time on Monday. Good luck...and GO MATT!

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