Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bittersweet Danville is no more *sob*

I am saddened to report that Bittersweet Cafe in Danville is no longer with us. The saddest part is how I found out: It was a busy, errand-filled Mother's Day with tons of work to do (it's like Christmas Eve for my org). And I said to Derek, "Let's stop at Bittersweet for a treat!" And we were in the car and the kids were BOTH asleep at the very same time, so we could sit in the warm car and have our little chocolates or milkshakes and have a conversation.
Chocolate Dessert

And I even got a parking space right in front. I jumped out of the car and walked right past the empty store, looking for the bustle and the bench and the warm chocolate scent.  And then I stopped and turned around, having walked too far.  And then I stopped and turned around again.

It was GONE. The empty store was where Bittersweet had been. I tell you, the deep East Bay is a little bit less fabulous for this loss.

Happily, there is still Rockridge, SF and 4th Street for our fix enjoyment. Happily, there is still online shopping.

There's even a See's shop in our town, which I think would do in a pinch. See's is a different kind of charm from Bittersweet, though. I would have thought the world is big enough for them both.

Friday, May 07, 2010

ModCloth! How did I not find you before?

I love ModCloth. This is a clothing and accessories (including home accessories) store that seems perfectly edited to a funky/elegant/modern/retro style. Eclectic, perfect. I wouldn't wear eeeevery piece they have but if you told me to close my eyes and point, I'd feel confident about getting lucky.

An Extra Face

In addition to clothes, shoes, swimwear, home decor, they have a very cool "Be The Buyer" page where you can vote on potential items to be put in production.  That's democracy in action in fashion. I like it.

I even like their backstory. This is a small operation with a focused vision.

WordyDoodles brings you the cool.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

MomsRising Mother of the Decade Announced!

I am thrilled to share news of the winner of the Mother of the Decade!!! This is not a glitter blog, but if it were, I would sparkle that.

You have to click here to see the news coverage and learn who the winner is.  I think you'll be very pleased.

I can tell you that Michelle Obama thanks the winner:

America Ferrera professes her admiration:

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton shares her diplomatic view of the winner's achievements:

Betty White even makes a statement. It's pretty exciting.  Looking forward to hearing what you think of the Selection Committee's choice!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Children's Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl Recall Info

From the McNeil website:

Product Coupon/Refund Request
To receive a coupon good for future purchase or a refund for product affected by the recall, please complete this form in full with the required information. A representative from our Consumer Care Center may call you to verify your information.

If you have more than 6 affected products, please complete a second form with the remaining products or call the Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036 We understand that this may cause some inconvenience at this time and appreciate your patience. Our Consumer Care Center is available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

There may be more of the active ingredient than specified, or metal particles from the manufacturing process, according to the New York Times article.

I've seen friends on Facebook post that you can take bottles you've got to CVS for a replacement with the CVS brand generic.

Sigh. This is mildly worrisome but mostly a pain in the butt.  Must find time to replace the bottles.  Will try not to take them for a refund and then spend the refund on lip gloss, chocolate or other much more fun products.

What is up with springtime?  This year I actually HAVE Benadryl in the cabinet because of allergies.  I want the colds and misery to stay well ensconced in autumn and winter thankyouverymuch.  But I suppose I have to replace. Gah.