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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Leap Movie Review

Have you always known what you were meant to do?  Or felt like you have a calling for something specific?
Thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for hosting our family for an advance screening.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Sometimes you do not have to know exactly where life is going to take you.  You have to take chances.  An adventure is just that, an adventure.
I started out my blog almost ten years ago.  I was a single mom that took a leap into the future not knowing where it would lead me.  It may look like my fairy tale story was planned but it was not at all.  I jumped and fell hard, many times.  I kissed a lot of frogs before I found my prince.  And who knew I would be blessed with a little beauty too.  It all came after taking one leap after another.

I am teaching my kids not be scared to try.  Life does not come with a safety net.  You must learn to trust that you will land on your feet.  And even if you fall, guess what?  You get back up.

When we were invited to check out Leap, I was happy to find out that Félicie is a big dreamer who will not take no for an answer.  

Synopsis:
11-year-old orphan, Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer.  Her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own - to become a famous inventor.  In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But – there’s a catch, Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris.  And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler) and her wicked mother Régine (Kate McKinnon).  Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen) who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

We all loved Leap.  It was a great story that is family friendly.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Urban Harvest Farmers Market Houston

Have you ever been to a farmer's market?  I have always wanted to go, experience it, and see what it is all about.  Growing up in the city or suburbs, you do not have a farm in your backyard.

Have you ever heard of The Urban Harvest Farmers Markets?  It is a place where the garden comes to the city.  Growers offer locally produced vegetables, fruits, farm products, dairy products, prepared foods, cut flowers and plants. 

With the recent weather in Houston, local farmers have suffered.  Crops were completely wiped.  My blogger friend Pilar from En Mi Cocina Hoy volunteers at Urban Harvest and she put the call out.  We need to support our local farmers and help our community get back on track.  As our family continues to find healthier things to put on our table, a visit to the Urban Harvest Farmers Market was perfect for our us.  

We sprinkled the love on several booths:

Bee Wilde - Bee & Honey Farm - Montgomery, Texas
She had me at allergy relief (1 tablespoon/per day).  Whenever I have a sour throat, my mom always gave us a teaspoon of honey with a little lemon.  A home remedy that has been passed down.  I have no complaints from our daughter, who asks for honey every night.  People have used honey forever.  I have recently started substituting honey for processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.  I add it to my oatmeal, tea, and biscuits.  
Pure - Raw - Unfiltered - Wilde  - Check out www.beewilde.com for honey recipes.

Lightsey Farms - Mexia, Texas
Since 1918, locally grown fruits and vegetables that are picked at the peak of ripeness with locations in Austin, Houston, Temple, and Waco.  Coming soon to Dallas.

What’s in Season-
Peaches, Persimmons, Pears

For their locations, go to www.lightseyfarms.com.

Space City Farms - Houston, Texas
A nutrient-dense produce without harmful chemicals like pesticides and herbicides.   A unique way of growing produce using 90% less water and 90% less land than conventional growing, while providing delicious natural foods.

What your own seedlings?  Go to www.spacecityfarms.com.

Garden Dreams Houston - Houston, Texas
Have you seen the movie Paddington Bear?  He eats marmalade all day long.  Have you ever tried marmalade?  I have not.  Well, you can sample anything you want here.  What is available?  It is locally grown, chemical free, handmade jams, jellies, marmalades, salsas, and pickles.  We love pickles.  

Wanna try this award winning jam?  Go to www.gardendreamshouston.com.

Hatterman Eggs - Weimar, Texas
These are farm-fresh, cage free, ungraded-yard eggs with omega 3 from flax.  My husband is one of those that is iffy about things that he is not familiar with.  I made breakfast on Sunday.  Blueberry pancakes, bacon, and scrambled eggs, yum.  My entire family ate it all up.  Everyone gave these eggs two-thumbs up.  Now to try the green eggs.

Yes, green?  

These are just a few of the spots we stop and purchased from.  We will continue to support because who doesn't want chemical-free, pesticide-free, local, organic; fruits, vegetables, and so much more.


Urban Harvest Farmers Market is open on Saturdays-

Eastside Farmers Market
8am - 12pm, 
Year round, rain or shine

3000 Richmond
Houston, Texas 77098

See you there! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Flick Friday-The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

Happy Fri-Yah!  How is Summer treating you?  How many fun things have you done with your family?  We have not been able to get out on a vacation but Fridays are always movie nights for us.
My family was invited to an advanced screening of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal opinion.

Summers are crazy sometimes.  Schedules change.  School is out.  But one thing we do not change is our movie nights.  It is one constant with our family.  We are movie buffs.  We get excited when we see new movies coming out.  We get most excited when sequels to our favorites are filmed.

Sypnosis The Nut Job 2:  Nutty by Nature-
Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back.  We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place.  Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.  NUT JOB 2 also features the voice talent of Katherine Heigl (The Nut Job), Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3), Peter Stormare (Penguins of Madagascar), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life), and Maya Rudolph (The Angry Birds Movie).

As you know I hate when people spoil the movie for you before you get to watch.  I won't spoil it for you but what I will tell you is that we laughed the entire time.  The movie was hilarious.  Humor that we all enjoyed.  You will like it too.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature comes on today.  So get ready.  Get set.  Get nuts!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

First Annual Hispanicize Topgolf Tournament

Last month, I celebrated another year of life.  I had a few things on my birthday list.  One of the things I have had on my list was to try Topgolf.


Thanks to Topgolf for hosting the First Annual Hispanicize Topgolf Tournament.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My husband, son, and I were invited to participate in this friendly competition between influencers as part of one of the events for Hispanicize Texas 2017.  One thing our family loves to do is partake in competitions.  Win or lose, we were up for the challenge.

First, we had to pick a team and a team name.  The three of us from my family partnered with Cynthia from Grasstainz.  We could not come up with a team name but my husband threw out the name Too Much Pressure and it stuck.  Each team selected a bay to play at.  There are over 100+ climate-controlled hitting bays to choose from.


We hit some practice rounds to get the feel of things.  Three of our team members, including me, were newbies.  We really did not know what we were doing at all, but we had nothing to worry about.  Miguel, certified pro instructor at the Katy location, was available to help us and gave us great tips and tricks for us to use.

Topgolf 101 - Blue = Ladies Black = Men (kids clubs are available too)


The black clubs are slighter longer than the blue clubs.


FORM-It is important to pay attention to your stance just like in any sport.  Buttie out, knees bent.


FOCUS-Keep your eye on the ball.  Even when you are about to swing.


FOOD-No worries.  Topgolf has a full service restaurant and bar.


FUN-You do not have to be a pro.  From the smallest member of your family to the most veteran golfer, you will all have fun.  Topgolf is a great place for family and friends to hangout and have fun.


Oh and about that competition, wanna know where we placed?


Too Much Pressure won 2nd place.  Not bad for three newbies.  Yeah, I told you the tips Miguel gave us really did help us out.  You too can book golf lessons with one of the certified pros starting at $29.


For more information, go to topgolf.com.

Again, thanks to Topgolf for hosting not only our family but all the other influencers, families, and friends.  Thanks to the DiMe Media and Hispanicize team for planning such a great event in Houston.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hispanicize Texas 2017

In 2011, I attended my very first Hispanicize event in California.  Little did I know that after that I would have a little surprise in my oven.  With me almost losing Lil Bit and my near death experience after birth, I truly cherish my family time.  Traveling without my family for work or conferences went to the back burner.  This is why I appreciate when conferences come to Texas.


Even better when they come to my home town of Houston.  According to census reports, Houston is the biggest metropolis city in Texas.  It is the 4th most populous city in the United States.


Thanks to the all the people that made this happen.  Especially Manny Ruiz, founder of Hispanicize.  Hispanicize Texas 2017 was hosted at Silver Street Studios with a full schedule of panels, brand/creator meet and greets, and unlimited opportunities.  A wonderful event that gathered creators, influencers, and entrepreneurs all under one roof.


And if you know Latinos, we go everywhere with family.  So nobody gets left behind.  This includes our Latinitos who are paving their own way.  Sessions were available for the tween/teen creators.


It is also a conference that celebrates our culture.  You know it is not a Latino event unless there is music and dancing because wherever we go, there is always a party.

(Thanks to United for helping celebrate our culture)

(Thanks to Kroger for the delicious treats)

One of my most favorite things is seeing the comadres/compadres.  It is like a family reunion.  We come from far and wide.  It is crazy how many friendships I have made online through social media.


And did I tell you, there is always an after party.

(closing night reception - Henke and Pillot featuring Valerie Ponzio from The Voice, Team Blake)