livingsocial with gourmet ingredient boxes

unnamed (2)You love getting into the kitchen and whipping up gourmet recipes — but finding quality, small-batch ingredients in the supermarket can be a challenge. Luckily, this deal from Hatchery delivers a chef-curated selection of artisan items to your door each month:

• $20 ($25 value) for a one-month subscription
• $60 ($75 value) for a three-month subscription
• $120 ($150 value) for a six-month subscription

a few pix from Holiday Magic

Last night DH, PITA and I went to Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic.  We went during last year’s Polar Vortex and boy, let me tell you it was a huge difference to be able to walk around without hats and able to feel your face!  Tons of people – the zoo must have run out of snacky food! – and it was just beautiful!  Here are a few of the pictures DH took.  If you haven’t already gotten tickets, here’s the livingsocial link – they’ve sold over 10,000 of these already!


livingsocial @ the Ball Factory in Naperville

unnamed (1)The kids will love the Ball Factory in Naperville – it’s a great place for them to enjoy healthy play on hot, cold or rainy days. Parents will love the pool table, Wi-Fi, TV, and healthy food options in the cafe:

• $14 ($28 value) for an indoor play pass for two kids
• $21 ($42 value) for an indoor play pass for three kids
• $28 ($56 value) for an indoor play pass for four kids
• $180 ($230 value) for a birthday party package for up to 10 kids and 10 adults

and you have no idea of how hard it was to keep ball jokes out of this post…

livingsocial with online yoga classes!

unnamedTurn your living room into a bona fide yoga studio, and you’ll add convenience and skip the intimidation of practicing poses in a large group. Check out more than 600 yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes to watch online, complete with helpful reviews:

• $18 ($60 value) for the Beginner’s Journey Program
• $29 ($90 value) for a one-year Elite membership
• Each class description specifies intensity, skill level, and any props you’ll need

I’ve read about these online yoga classes – apparently they’re fantastic for all levels – people rave.

livingsocial with American English: 2 tickets, 2 drinks $17

10245516_10152770243303478_6759408143700619960_nwhat you get:   2 Tickets + 2 Drinks 4 $17

If a tribute band can impress former Beatles promoter Sam Leach enough to manage them, it’s safe to say they’re the cream of the mop-top crop. Get your tickets to see American English on Friday, December 19 at Mojoes in Joliet.

Famous for putting on an unbelievably detailed depiction of the Beatles’s entire career — complete with various costumes, vintage instruments, and chronological track selections — American English is the full package. Witnessing their unmatched image, vocals, and musicianship, you’ll wonder if the Fab Four have reappeared on the scene.

more deals from livingsicial

A few more interesting offers over on livingsocial…

unnamed (1)Step out in personal style that’s all your own, right down to the letters, with this subtle but stunning silver necklace:

$19 ($70 value) for a sterling silver name necklace
• Each chain necklace is 16 to 18 inches long
• Personalize it with necklace with one capitalized letter (measuring 9 mm tall) and up to nine lowercase letters

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This unique gift holds a surprise that’s sure to bring a smile — as you fill this simple black mug with hot liquid, a custom photo chosen by you is revealed:

$7 ($34.99 value) for an 11-ounce Magic Mug
• Upload your own photo, or choose from a vast library of images
• Watch the Magic Mug in action

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Create a unique collage and emblazon it on a one-of-a-kind blanket with this deal from

$35 ($109 value) for a personalized 50″ x 60″ fleece blanket
• High-quality, durable fleece blanket is machine-washable
• Featured on the Today show and Good Morning America

unnamed (4)Give your classic memories a modern feel by having them printed on an industrial-chic aluminum metal sheet, which resists fading, watermarks, and peeling:

• $5 ($69.99 value) for one 7″ x 10″ photo-to-metal print
• $10 ($89.99 value) for one 11″ x 14″ photo-to-metal print
• $15 ($139.99 value) for one 16″ x 20″ photo-to-metal print
• $59 ($679.98 value) for two 20″ x 24″ photo-to-metal prints

Unlimited month of boot camp…or will it only seem like it

unnamed (1)Certified personal trainer Damon Burrell leads a team of fitness experts at this Naperville establishment, and they all have one goal: Get you in the best shape of your life. The high-intensity workouts they lead change daily, but they’ll help you build strength, cardio endurance, and agility, as you’ll see with this offer.  Choose from the following two options:

• $25 ($69 value) for one month of Heaven & Hell boot camp
• $59 ($159 value) for one month of Heaven & Hell boot camp and a massage
• Morning, afternoon, and evening classes are held throughout the week

This is the guy who runs the Lisle location next to where I get my nails done. Does that count, since I’m almost there?