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McDonald’s Recalls 12 Million Shrek Glasses

If you have any of the McDonald’s “Shrek Ever After” Glasses at your house  THROW THEM OUT!!!  Yesterday, McDonald’s recalled 12 million of these due to potentially dangerous levels of the metal cadmium which have been detected in the paint on the decorative images. Per the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), consumers should stop using the glasses immediately and the Web site cautions that long term exposure to cadmium can cause adverse health effects.  You can read the CPSC recall report here. On Monday, McDonald’s is supposed to announce how you can obtain a refund of these glasses.  You can visit their Web site for more information. 

Happy Meals aren’t so “happy” in this California county

This week Santa Clara County, California became the first in the nation to ban toys from fast food kids’ meals high in calories, fat, salt and sugar.  The ordinance will ban restaurants from giving away toys with meals that have more than 485 calories, more than 600 milligrams of sodium, or high amounts of sugar or fat. County supervisor Ken Yeager was quoted as saying the ordinance “prevents restaurants from preying on children’s love of toys to peddle high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium kids’ meals,” and would help fight childhood obesity.

According to county officials, this ban would affect restaurant giant McDonald’s who is famous for their Happy Meal toys.  The limits are said to include all of the chain’s Happy Meals — even those that include apple wedges instead of French fries.

Personally I am not sure how local politicians decided to make themselves the toy police.  I don’t think the exclusion of a Happy Meal toy is going to stop kids from eating at McDonald’s either.  I am interested to know what you think.  Do you think this move will help curb childhood obesity or have local lawmakers gone too far?

Weigh in your opinion!

The “Man Your Man Could Smell Like” Commercial

I think this new Old Spice commercial is hilarious! The “Old Spice Guy” as he is called, tells women that anything is possible with Old Spice body wash, and that their man might not look like him, but they could smell like him if they would stop using lady-smelling body wash and switch to Old Spice. The “Old Spice Guy” is actually former football player – now actor – Isaiah Mustafa who was on Oprah last week. During Oprah’s show, Tyler Perry revealed that he was giving Mustafa a part in an upcoming movie.

I think this commercial is SO Will & Grace.  If you haven’t seen it out check it out here.  I am sure Jack McFarland would approve. 😀 

Attention Walmart Shoppers

walmartI am very proud to be a part of the Walmart More Than Eleven Moms group, and we need your help in completing a Walmart survey.  This survey is being presented at an officers’ meeting at Walmart this Friday and they need your feedback to continually improve the products and offerings at your local Walmart store.  The survey is short with only 7 questions; it only takes  just a few minutes to complete.  You can participate by clicking on the link here:

Thanks for your help!

Macy’s Go Red Campaign & Gift Card Giveaway (CLOSED)

Macy’s GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign is celebrating National Wear Red Day on February 5th. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power of women to join together and wipe out heart disease, the #1 killer of American women and men. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, Macy’s is committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is largely preventable. Since 2004, Macy’s customers and employees have contributed more than $21 million to the Go Red For Women movement.  You can learn more information by visiting

Want to participate in the Go Red Campaign?  Don’t forget to wear your red on February 5th.  Additionally, check out these ways you can help:

Macy’s $25 Gift Card Giveaway

In celebration of this important campaign, Macy’s is giving away a $25 gift card a reader of the Write Gal’s blog! 

Main Entry

To enter, tell me in a comment why you want to win.  Maybe you need to purchase a little red dress or a new pair of shoes. Whatever you want to spend your gift card on, let me know. That is all you have to do to enter. 

Extra Entries

  • Follow me on Twitter @writegal and tweet my contest – 10 extra entries per day. After tweeting this contest once per day, please let me know by leaving 10 comments on this post for that day.
  • Subscribe to the Write Gal blog by clicking on that nifty little purple button in my sidebar (Current subscribers just let me know you already subscribe) – 10 extra entries

Please leave one comment per entry as the winner will be chosen randomly. The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. EST on February 15th. to residents of the United States only. The winner will be notified via email and will have 72 hours to respond back to me. If no response is received another winner will be drawn.

Good Luck!




 This article was written with information provided by Macy’s and M80. The $25 gift card giveaway is being sponsored by Macy’s. The opinions expressed in this article are my own, and I was not compensated for writing this post.

I hate my new gray hair

I am a natural redhead and often get asked what “color” I use for my hair.  Well the color I have you can only get from my parents!  I LOVE my red hair and always have.  The last few weeks I have been noticing at first what I thought were blonde streaks in my bangs and at my roots.  A friend of mine pointed out by yanking one out that these are not blonde hairs I have noticed, they are GRAY!!  OH NO!!!!!!!!!!  I thought it wasn’t possible to go gray before you turned 40.  Well apparently not because I am gray and I have a while to go before I hit 40.  And whoever said redheads go gray last were WRONG!  What I hate is the coarse texture and how the gray hairs are all wiry. 

I guess wrinkles are next.  😦  I HATE getting old.  Dear Santa this is NOT what I wanted for Christmas.

Macy’s BELIEVE & Giftcard Giveaway (CLOSED)

Macy’s once again this year is making a difference with its BELIEVE campaign which will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Come to any Macy’s store and drop off your letter to Santa and show your support.  For every letter received Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Foundation up to $1 million.  For the closest Macy’s location to you click here.

This year Macy’s is adding to the spirit of “Believe” with a national Santa Tour, an honorary National Believe Day, a “Yes, Virginia” animated special, and a new TV commercial featuring Queen Latifah.

Macy’s “The Trek” TV Commercial – The new national television spot called “The Trek” features Virginia making the trip from her home to Macy’s, where Queen Latifah helps her mail her letter to Santa.

Macy’s National Santa Tour – Following his celebratory kickoff of the holiday season in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa will embark on a whirlwind tour across America, greeting young boys and girls and spreading holiday joy.

National Believe Day / “Yes, Virginia” Animated Special – On Friday, December 11th, Macy’s will celebrate the first National Believe Day to recognize and reward acts of kindness and generosity from coast to coast. Also that day, CBS will premiere a new original animated special called, “Yes, Virginia.” on Friday, December 11, at 8 p.m. ET.

Click here for more information about this campaign.

My friends at Macy’s are very generously giving one lucky Write Gal reader a $25 Gift Card to spend at any Macy’s store or at Macy’ Here are the details:

Main Entry

Leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to win.

Extra Entries

  • Tell me in a comment something you learned from visiting the Macy’s Believe Web site (5 extra entries).
  • Subscribe to my blog (5 extra entries).  Current subscribers just let me know you already subscribe.

Please leave one comment per extra entry as the winner will be chosen randomly. The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. EST on December 12, 2009 to residents of the United States only. The winner will be notified via email shortly thereafter and will have 72 hours to respond back to me. If no response is received another winner will be drawn.

Good Luck!

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