Miss Lori wants to send your family to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair

If your children are like mine then their wishlists for the holidays are probably already in their second or third drafting. Wish lists are important tools for navigating through toy stores at holiday time. Talk about sensory overload. But I am not a big fan of holiday giving turning into an order and delivery event for my kids. I still want to bring magic and surprise to the experience. But to do that I need help. That’s where the Chicago Toy and Game Fair comes in. Every year for the last 10 years the ChiTagFair has come to town at Navy Pier to ignite, inspire, and intrigue. [Read more…]

Miss Lori is donating to Toys For Tots and you can too!

I woke up this morning and turned on the news as usual, hoping for some great holiday cheer, but instead I heard a terrible story that goes against the spirit of the holidays. The Chicago affiliate of the wonderful organization Toys For Tots was robbed. $25,000 is missing from their coffers. [Read more…]

Miss Lori’s guide to saving Christmas one giveaway entry at a time

Our economy has been circling the drain for a couple of years now taking its’ toll on the wallet, future, and psyche of parents all across the country. As we approach another holiday season, a time when cheer is being sold on every street corner, we have to realize that not everyone has the price of admission to experience holiday joy. What does a parent do when they don’t have the means to make their children’s holiday dreams come true? How do you explain to your wide eyed child that Santa doesn’t have the same toys for every kid? That our station in life does effect what Santa brings down the chimney. How do you inspire their dreams when you don’t have the finances to back them up. [Read more…]

Miss Lori says the best gift she ever gave was the best gift she ever received

SWAGG is a free mobile app (download here) that lets you shop smarter using your mobile phone. Buy, send or swap SWAGG GIFTS and organize your old school plastic gift cards.

For every download of the app between now and Dec. 31, 2010, SWAGG will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) , up to $125,000.

Clever Girls Collective and SWAGG are sending a pair of movie fans to the Sundance Film Festival! Download the SWAGG app and then visit the Ultimate SWAGG Getaway Sweepstakes site to enter to win a trip for two to the Sundance Film Festival. Entry deadline is January 3, 2011, 11:59pm, PST.

I gotta tell you, I took Christmas present giving for granted most of my life, and I didn’t even know it. I always assumed that I would have the ability to buy at least a modicum of what I wanted to for the people that I care for. Nothing outrageous mind you. I’ve never enjoyed a limitless bank account, but I have always been able to provide, or be provided for. That is until last Christmas. [Read more…]

Miss Lori lists 5 #bluesbusters to combat your holiday blues

The holiday’s are big, they’re bright, they’re loud and they are expensive. Which is making things a little less festive for many people who are struggling in this down turned economy. So what do you do when the World is celebrating red and green and you are feeling blue? Here are 5 things that I do to kick start my spirits when reality is weighing them down. [Read more…]