Amanda Bickell

A Fetching Affair

Get your cocktail attire ready because the highly anticipated “A Fetching Affair” is back and you don’t want to miss it! The must-hit event will take place on Saturday, remedy February 28th at the luxurious Drake Hotel in Chicago. Enjoy drinks tended by Chicago Blackhawks players, patient hors d’oeuvres and one of a kind auction items while raising funds to benefit the Bryan & Amanda Bickell Foundation and its programs for “pit bulls” and abused children.

The fabulous emcee for the night is none other than Kathy Hart, sovaldi co-host of the “Eric and Kathy Morning Show” on 101.9 The Mix. We all love her morning humor on our drives to work, so we can’t wait to hear what she has in store for the crowd. Music entertainment will be provided by special guests, Ear Candy. Make sure to wear your dancing shoes!

Tickets can be purchased individually or per table. You can even bring your furry pooch as your date – that’s right! Tickets are available for purchase for your best friend just make sure he/she is leashed, neutered or spayed, updated on shots and has excellent manners and behavior. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Bick’s Pits 2015 calendar is also available for purchase. Celebrate each month with lovable Pits and sexy Blackhawks players. Now doesn’t that make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Tie in the calendar and a pair of tickets to A Fetching Affair and you’re golden!

SDI caught the action last year, and knows what a fantastic event it is. So get your tickets today! Make sure to share all of your favorite moments on social media using #AFetchingAffair. We can’t wait to see your stylish pups!

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As the Blackhawks prepare to defend the Stanley Cup and face the St. Louis Blues in their latest return to the playoffs, the loyal and lovely wives of the men in red and black have been very busy in the community giving back, driving awareness to charitable causes, and preparing to bring babies into the world (more on that later).

Last Saturday (yes, the one that was 65 degrees) I had the chance to attend the latest fundraiser hosted by the the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation, a foundation devoted to raising awareness around Pit Bulls.  Hosted at legendary Lakeview pub, Durkins, fans were encouraged to bring along their pups and to come out to watch to Blackhawks take the ice in the Music City against the Nashville Predators.

My friend Margaret and I made our way to Durkins around 7:00 p.m. (dog-less) and were immediately surprised by how many guests had brought their dogs out with them. Throughout the night around 100 guests and 20 or so pups gathered to watch the Blackhawks in their final game of the regular season. The $40 cover included an open bar and yummy treats from Duffys down the street. Our furry friends also received Pup WOOFers, delectable peanut butter and oatmeal doggy cookies for them to munch on during the game.

Pit Bull Love

Pit Bull Love

Much to my surprise, all of the pups in attendance were so well behaved, and many were decked in their favorite Blackhawks gear, along with their owners. The tail-waggin’ attendees were so incredibly friendly, and seemed very excited to be out on the town as they greeted guests passing by with a kiss or nudge.

One of the main guests of honor was Deke, the featured Bick Pit of the month who was just adopted this week and is going home to a loving family! The bubbly pup was enjoying all the attention, but still graced his presence to pose for a great photo with me.

There was plenty of swag to purchase with proceeds benefitting the Foundation: Bick’s Pits t-shirts were on sale for $25, and the event’s special pint glass for $10 or a pair for $18. The popular Bick’s Pits calendars, that feature members of the Blackhawks alongside Pit Bulls, were available for purchase as well.  And what would a fundraiser be without a raffle table?  Ranging in prizes from a wine lover’s dream basket, to a Bryan Bickell autographed hockey stick, to a special doggy basket, there was something for everyone. Doggyloot sponsored the raffle and goody bag donations.20140412_192415

Fans were also put to test with a fun photo contest. Participants had to use their doggy knowledge to pick out which dogs on the sheet were true Pit Bulls, and out of the whole bar, only six fans correctly answered each question, demonstrating just how important it is to raise awareness about the lovable breed, which is Amanda Bickell’s number one priority.

SDI's Monica with the beautiful hosts Alicia and Amanda

SDI’s Monica with the beautiful hosts Alicia and Amanda

I had the chance to talk to Amanda, who looked just stunning, baby bump and all (Amanda and Bryan are expecting their first child, a girl, on August 16). Amanda mentioned that the biggest challenge the foundation faces is spreading the word about the Pit Bull breed, and educating people on how lovable and loyal these dogs are.

Many people already have pre-conceived opinions about Pit Bulls based on what they hear in the media, and from the public stories of Pit Bulls attacking humans.  We often don’t consider the fact that other dogs cause harm too. For example, last year a Chihuahua and a Cocker Spaniel both harmed young children but never caught the attention of the media. Amanda stressed that we have to be open minded, and understand how compassionate Pit Bulls truly are, something that was clearly visible at the event. Each pup was so lovable that I almost took little C.T. home with me because he was just so precious.

The magnetic little pup, C.T.

The magnetic little pup, C.T.

Since it’s inception, the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation has helped roughly 20 Pit Bulls find a place to call home and become a part of a loving family with seven of those pups being the featured Pit Bulls models in Bick’s Pits calendar. Yet, despite the impressive strides the Bickells have made, there is so much work to do. Volunteers are always needed. If interested in volunteering, contact the Bickell Foundation at info@bickellfounation.org to learn how you can help give these pups a voice. The Foundation will continue to create programs to drive awareness and fundraising for Pit Bulls with their next initiative, Paws for Strength, coming soon. To learn more about the organization, and their current programs, visit the BickellFoundation.org.

Puppy Kisses

Puppy Kisses

Despite the outcome of the game (the Hawks lost, 7-5) Pints for Pits event was a success, from the cheerful fans to the adorable pups, everyone had a great time while driving awareness to a formidable cause and generating money throughout the night from ticket sales, merchandise, and the raffle.

Hats off to Amanda and Bryan for their continued success in driving awareness to a cause so near and dear to their hearts, and for giving fans the unique opportunity to come together with their four-legged friends. We a-PAW-laud (sorry, had to) the gracious hosts and all those who continue to donate their time to help make the Bickell Foundation events such a success. Follow the Foundation on Facebook to stay on top of all the upcoming events as well as adoption opportunities and general Pit Bull awareness. We’ll see you at the next one. Until then, go HAWKS!

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The Chicago athlete baby boom continues and thanks to SM, cheap we are updated regularly as big news is broken, baby bumps grow, and first photos are taken.

Jett Bennett made her beautiful debut recently and we couldn’t be happier for the Bennett family. I mean, look how adorable she is in her dinosaur outfit! “Like father, like daughter #yearoftheorangedino Photo by @najalerusphotography”

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It looks like Martellus is getting used to being out-numbered by the girls. He shared this picture of his beautiful wife and baby girl Jett, “Girls chilling.”

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Kristin Cavallari has been staying incredibly busy balancing being a mommy, her pregnancy, and her new show on E! As if that wasn’t enough, Mrs. Cutler also graces the cover of this month’s Fit Pregnancy.

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This morning she shared this picture from the set of The Fabulist. She looks absolutely flawless! “All new @thefabulist airs tonight on E! 830ET 730CT don’t forget to watch!!!”

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And oh baby! Look at Elina Cassel Hjalmarsson’s bump! The soon to be mom is still looking fabulous. “New blogpost up link in bio. #fashion #sheinside #shopping #devote #blogger #chloe #spring #pregnant #ootd”

And last, but certainly not least, Amanda and Bryan Bickell shared their big news this morning over Twitter…the couple is expecting their first baby soon, and it’s a girl.

Amanda Bickell is pregnant

We guess Amanda won’t be throwing back too many pints next Saturday at the “Pints for Pits” fundraiser.  Congrats to the Bickells!

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Mark your calendars for an exciting event that will definitely get your tails wagging that includes drinks, decease Blackhawks and your furry sidekick.

“Pints for Pits”, the latest fundraiser from Chicago Blackhawk couple, Bryan Bickell and wife Amanda, will be hosted on Saturday, April 12 at Chicago’s oldest North Side establishment, Durkin’s. Fans are invited to come out and watch the Blackhawks take on the Nashville Predators in a heated match with an unlikely companion…attendees are encouraged to bring their pooch along to the bar to catch all the action with them!

Complimentary “Pints for Pits” glasses were already awarded to the first 50 ticket holders and will be sold at the event, so you can still snag one, along with their cool event t-shirts. We also heard at the local fire hydrant from the other pups in town that the adorable calendars will make an appearance too – so make sure to fetch one while your there!

Plenty of treats and drinks will served as you chow down while watching the ferocious Blackhawks in the company of the lovely Amanda Bickell, founder of the Bickell Foundation, and wife of Bryan Bickell.

So get your tickets today -$40 for each human and $10 per lovable pup. All proceeds benefit the Bickell Foundation, a non-profit foundation with the mission of creating awareness for Pit Bulls.

Note from the organizer: Dog tickets are limited, so grab yours soon! Your pup must be spayed/neutered, on leash at all times (no retractable leashes), updated on shots, and human and dog friendly. No exceptions! If you break the rules, you’ll be asked to leave – we definitely don’t want any droopy tails, so play by the rules!

Beers and Blackhawks – all with your favorite pooch? It’s the perfect combination! We’ll raise a glass – and a paw, to that!

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Hello, sickness divas! It’s been a couple weeks since my last SM roundup (school and life got the best of me), and to say our favorite Chicago athletes have been active during my little break, is an understatement.

In the last two weeks we’ve witnessed new babies, birthdays, debuts and much, much more. So, let’s get to it…

One of our favorite Chicago couples, Martellus and Siggi Bennett, welcomed their first child and bundle of joy, Austyn Jett Rose Bennett on March 15. This little beauty’s first name is Austyn, but she goes by Jett.”#jettlife” #LOVE

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Siggi has been posting pictures of the beautiful little nugget since Day One, and we’re so happy she’s openly sharing these first precious moments with all of us.

 

I mean, how adorable is this picture of the Bennett family leaving the hospital?! “Me + @martysaurusrex + Jett = Heaven #jettlife”

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“Twinsies”

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Martellus looks like such a happy daddy! “Morning tummy time with Daddy”

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Speaking of babies, KCav has been looking fantastic throughout these past couple of weeks. This pregnancy hasn’t slowed Kristin down one bit. Her new show The Fabulist on E!debuted on March 14th and airs on Mondays at 7:30pm CT.  KCav has been showing off her pregnancy looks on the set and hasn’t missed a beat in getting back behind the camera. “This is how excited I am for the premiere of @thefabulist tonight!!! E! 830pm ET 730pm CT”

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“Hair by @johnnyfavoy makeup by @williamrmurphy styled by @jessiecohan_stylist dream team baby!!!!!”

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“Make sure to check out @thefabulist tonight 830 pm ET 730 pm CT we have the hilarious @juneambrose and charming @jeremiahbrent on!!”

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We’ve also kept our eye on Elina Casell Hjalmarsson. She recently posted this picture from her blog, and she’s looking flawless as ever. “New outfit post up on blog #zebra #blog #blogger #devote #pregnant #fashion”

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On the 23rd, Brandon Marshall celebrated his 30th birthday. It looks like Michi and Brandon enjoyed a romantic evening on the water.

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Stephen Paea’s adorable triplets are getting so big! He shared this picture of his three adorable babies. “Lil iPhone photo-shoot with the babies.”

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Kyle Long is still working on his “daddy” with his bulldog Walter. Kyle shared this picture of Walter’s doggy training progress….”Walters first report card…. Explains a lot”

Amanda Bickell tweeted a picture of their pup sporting a Bickell Hawks jersey for the game on the 18th.

 

That’s all we have for you this week divas. Have a great week and you can catch us back here next Monday!

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The Blackhawks are back, try and along with the rest of the city (and Blackhawk nation), we couldn’t be happier. Our city can’t stop buzzing about our Stanley Cup Champs, and Saturday night’s Stadium Series at Soldier Field was a fine welcome home for the guys.

On Saturday, the Hawks dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stadium Series at Soldier Field, winning 5-1 in their first matchup with the East-leading Penguins this season. It was incredible to see the Hawks play through the snow and cold in the home of the Bears. Despite all the action over the weekend, the Hawks kept the posts coming on social media and shared some of their favorite moments with all of their adorning fans.

Andrew Shaw shared this picture (above) of some of our favorite Hawks via Instagram. He posed with Toews, Leddy and Saad. We must say, nice legs boys…. “What a great experience had a lot of fun!”

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On Friday night the Hawks spent the evening with their families out at Soldier Field. Bryan Bickell posted this picture with his dad from the family night. “Had to help the old man with his skates yesterday. #funwiththefamily”

 

Here are some of our favorite Twitter pics from the Hawks and their WAGs on Friday night:

Typically we have a separate section for our WAGs and their posts, but this week we’re keeping them together. Our WAGs shared some great pictures and Tweets from the Stadium Series, starting with some advice from Amanda Bickell:

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Elina Casell Hjalmarsson who sat inside a toasty suite at Soldier Field (can’t blame her) on Saturday night, posted this picture of her view at the game. “Feel so bad for everyone outside in the snow! #snowing #soldierfield #chicago #outside #game #blackhawks”

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Elina also shared this picture of her game-time snack. “I got all I need here. #popcorn #hockey”

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The @NHLBlackhawks instagrammed this picture of pre-game Kaner. “Patrick Kane (he’s that guys behind all the snowflakes) takes part in warmups. #stadiumseries”

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Brandon Bollig shared this awesome picture of himself at the game. “#StadiumSeries”

 

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Before we move on to the Bears, we had to share this picture of Elina and her baby bump and daddy’s sliver medal. “SO proud of baby daddy for winning the silver in the Olympics. Baby’s first medal pic #olympics #sochi2014 #hockey #sweden”

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Moving on, our Bears have been enjoying their off-season, and certainly picked the right time to escape the cold and snow in Chicago. Stephen Paea ditched the snow for a trip to Cabo. “Destination: Cabo San Lucas #Mexico”

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Brandon and Michi Marshall spent some time with the Bible this week. “Cool Bible study at Starbucks… @mrsmichmarshall”

Meanwhile, Kyle Long and Matt Forte are making plans for next season….

And Kyle Long is already starting to plan rules for his future daughter…we wonder what his beef is with Lululemon? Anyone know?

Our Bulls usually leave us hanging, as they continue to dominate offensively and defensively on the court, but Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah finally shared some tweets this week.

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We might as well add a K-Cav section to the weekly roundup. The beautiful Kristin Cavallari isn’t letting her pregnacy slow her down. She shared this adorable picture with Camden and Jay earlier in the week. “Been having a beautiful, relaxing family va-cay. Thanks @mikoh_ for the perfect preggers bathing suit”

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On Sunday, Kristin looked stunning while helping E! with the pre-Oscar coverage. “Had a great time helping countdown to the Oscars on E! I loved my Alexander McQueen dress.. felt like a princess”

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Then later changed up her look for the after party. “Changed into Balmain for the Elton John party”

Alexander McQueen and Balmain? K-Cav definitely gets our vote for Chicago’s best dressed at the Oscars. Thanks for representing, K-Cav.

 

That’s all we have for you this week divas. Have a wonderful week and catch us back here next Monday!

 

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