Music Mama Approved: The Bartule (giveaway!)

It’s time for back to school, and you know what that means, don’t you?

Cocktails.

Okay, fine, maybe not—but in a perfect world, back to school at my house would mean a party on the patio with my besties, the pool a glimmering jewel that offsets the spread of h’ors d’ourves and drinks that the hot, young waiters are circulating through the crowd as we discuss our summer spent traveling the world while we compare our new jewelry and expensive shoes. Yeah, I think someone’s been watching a few too many episodes of the Housewives of places that are not here.

In reality, back to school means that I will be trying to get everyone out of the house in the morning, on time, so I can get home and enjoy a cup of coffee in silence before the day’s activities commence. And daydreaming about planning an actual back to school party where the pool is inflatable and the discussions include how relieved we are the kids are back in school and the school shopping is done.

Maybe a back to school party for moms isn’t such a bad idea; we could serve food that kids don’t like, discuss subjects that are inappropriate for kids and have a vast selection of adults-only beverages.

Enter the Bartule. It’s a one-stop cocktail making machine. The Bartule is a metaphor for how I see myself: a thousand uses and still aesthetically pleasing when not in use. A combination ice bucket, bottle opener, corkscrew, jigger, juicer and salt-rimming dish, how can you go wrong? Any music mama would be proud to display and use this piece of bar finery whilst whipping up some cocktails. The only thing missing is a shaker … however, I’ve found that the ice bucket + lid makes an effective vessel for shaking up a big old batch of awesome, well, awesomesauce!

How’s that for a garden party still life?!

So tell us, Music Mamas, how would you use the Bartule? Listen to the Back-to-School Party Playlist below and then tell us in the comments what songs are on your playlist and what you would whip up in the Bartule. The best part? We’ll pick a random winner from all the comments and that winner will win a Bartule of their very own. So leave a comment! And tell your friends.


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Disclaimer: the Bartule was provided free-of-charge for us to try out. Winner will be selected at random and the Bartule will be shipped to you. Contest will remain open for 1 week past posting date, multiple entries allowed.

27 Responses to Music Mama Approved: The Bartule (giveaway!)
  1. Melisa
    August 22, 2011 | 7:27 am

    Are Music Mamas eligible to win this?

    Just asking. :)

    And kidding.
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    • Mari
      August 22, 2011 | 4:09 pm

      You are always a winner in my book, Melisa!
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  2. Momo Fali
    August 22, 2011 | 8:05 am

    You had me at liquor.

    • Mari
      August 22, 2011 | 4:09 pm

      Funny, you had me at liquor too. ;)
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  3. oh_pook
    August 22, 2011 | 9:06 am

    Wouldn’t match a thing in my home… but would definitely be fought over the most in our annual Rob-Your-Neighbor game with my besties.

    (I believe it would even beat out the smoker that was fought over last year!!) Who doesn’t love a kitchen gadget!?

    • Mari
      August 22, 2011 | 4:08 pm

      I love the “rob your neighbor” game idea! But yeah, hopefully everyone is on board before you start playing (lol)! PS it comes in 5 (count ‘em) FIVE colors.
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  4. Ri
    August 22, 2011 | 9:12 am

    As I am just coming off a week of “staycation” in which entertainment with guests included lots of things mixed with rum, vodka and tequila (but not all mixed together)…I can absolutely say with much conviction that the Bartule would be a MOST welcome addition to our home!

    (And, naturally, as Head Music Mama in Charge, I cannot win one. Story of my life. *sigh*)
    Ri´s last [type] ..Free Play

    • Mari
      August 22, 2011 | 4:07 pm

      I think we need to have a bourbon-infused skype one of these days!
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  5. sashalyn
    August 22, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    Oh- this thing is AWESOME!

    I’d be using it to mix up some margaritas & listening to “Summertime Rolls”- because Jane’s Addiction is definitely not toddler appropriate!

    Bartule me, please!

    • Mari
      August 22, 2011 | 4:06 pm

      margaritas + Jane’s Addiction = perfect way to spend an afternoon, IMHO.
      ;)
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  6. Aspiring
    August 22, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    Would love one of these! But red really isnt my preference.. STILL. A free one would be great for entertaining here! What a great combo set and so easily stored! Great selection Ri!

  7. Aspiring
    August 22, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    Oh! Also… “That’s Not My Name” by the TingTings is on my playlist and I love listening to it when I get revved up for a workout! ;)

    • Mari
      August 22, 2011 | 4:05 pm

      Love that song! In the car or at the track or in the club or in the living room, it’s awesomesauce.
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  8. Babybloomr
    August 22, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    Playlist? White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes. Maybe I need to invent a cocktail with the Bartule and name it after that song… The White Winter… Mojito?
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    • Mari
      August 22, 2011 | 4:03 pm

      That? Sounds divine! What would go in a White Winter Mojito? Maybe some vanilla rum or vodka in lieu of the normal?
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  9. Jenn
    August 22, 2011 | 5:04 pm

    One stop cocktail making machine? Sign mama up! What would I do with it? I would do everything it was made for and then come up with new uses for it. I’m good that way. It would be the perfect companion to keep my coffee pot company.

    As for a playlist:
    Raise Your Glass (duh!)– P!nk
    Alcohol – – Brad Paisley
    Brass Monkey – – Beastie Boys
    It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – – Alan Jackson
    All I Wanna Do – – Sheryl Crow

    Wait. I am sensing a theme. ;)
    Jenn´s last [type] ..A carpool PSA because you’re probably doing it wrong

    • Mari
      August 22, 2011 | 7:10 pm

      Jenn, I think I love you. For reals.
      Or, as Alan Jackson would say, “I’m in love with you honey & I don’t even know your name.”
      Your blog is my new happy place.
      Thanks for your comment!
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  10. Tiffani
    August 22, 2011 | 9:40 pm

    Oh, I love it! Too bad I can’t win it.

    Thanks for Hump de Bump … love that song. Others on my list:

    Don’t Turn Out the Lights – NKOTBSB
    Young & Free – Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights
    Thunder Road – Bruce
    I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – Bon Jovi
    Summer Love – Justin Timberlake (release another album already, JT!)
    Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean
    Brick House – The Commodores
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    • Mari
      August 23, 2011 | 5:15 pm

      Ooh, Tiff! Great playlist!
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  11. Christina
    August 23, 2011 | 2:06 am

    A one-stop cocktail making machine sounds divine. I’d love to whip up some lemon drop martinis with that kit while listening to my current playlist, including Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

    Or just drink without a soundtrack, if necessary. :)
    Christina´s last [type] ..The Mid-August Meltdown (of mine)

    • Mari
      August 23, 2011 | 5:15 pm

      The way I look at it, if you drink with a soundtrack you’re not drinking alone! :)
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  12. Michelle
    August 23, 2011 | 11:06 am

    I am singing along to Blondie’s Dreaming while I whip up some margaritas because I’m having my own little summer party now that the wee ones are back in school. Right after I go get that mani/pedi I desperately need ;)
    Michelle´s last [type] ..This Is Their Theme Song

    • Mari
      August 23, 2011 | 5:14 pm

      You paint quite the perfect picture, there! Sounds like a grand day :)
      Mari´s last [type] .."Hipster."

  13. Amy Rouse
    September 12, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    In my play list?
    Raise Your Glass (Pink)
    Keep your Head Up (Andy Grammer)
    One Day (Mat….uh….Matisomebody, can’t remember)
    all songs I use during my Zumba workout.
    After which, I think I need the Bartule to make myself an “after Zumba” relaxer!!! ;} Not sure what I’d whip up but I’d put in some pomegranate juice so I’d only feel 1/2 guilty. LOL

  14. Jenny
    October 18, 2011 | 10:58 pm

    Wonderful I really enjoyed the site hear. I’m sure I,ll be capable to put it to great uses. Thanks :)
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