Friday, December 9, 2016

A Caribbean Christmas #LoveGalveston

Christmas break is coming.  Your kids get 2 weeks off.  What are your plans?  How about a Caribbean Christmas with the family? 
Thanks to the Galveston Island CVB for sending my family complimentary passes to Moody Gardens.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Last year, Moody Gardens Ice Land was fun, whimsical and took you on a trip to Bikini Bottom on an adventure with Sponge Bob.  This year they are bringing the Caribbean to you.  See ice transformed into creations that include schools of beautiful tropical fish, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, hammerhead sharks.
Iceland highlights:

Ice Slide-My daughter's favorite was the slide.  You can slide as many times as you want.  My daughter slid with each of us and finally braved it, and slid on her own.
  She is not the only who liked the slide.  My son captured this fun moment of me coming down.
Photo Op-Are you still looking for the perfect Christmas photo?  Have fun posing with the family or taking selfies.

Shivers Ice Bar-Girls' Nite, Guy's nite, or Date nite? 
November 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Adult: $26.95
Senior (65+): $21.95
Child (4-12): $15.95

Children 3 and under do not require a ticket.

Value Days:
Sunday - Thursday: Nov 13 - Dec 15, Jan 1 - 5
Adult: $21.95
Senior: $16.95
Child: $10.95

Add this stop to you Christmas break list, your kids will have a blast and so will you. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Discover The Elissa #LoveGalveston

There is so much beauty everywhere.  Sometimes small treasures are all around us.  Stop to smell the roses, close your eyes and open them to see all the things you never noticed before.
Thanks to the Galveston Island CVB for sending my family VIP passes.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

There is a tall ship from 1877 over on Pier 21.  ELISSA is not a replica, it is the real deal. 
Fun Facts about this beauty:

1)  ELISSA is fully-functional and still sails today.

2)  ELISSA's name was taken from the epic Roman poem The Aeneid, a Phoenician Princess.

3)  ELISSA was dramatically rescued from the scrap yard.

4)  ELISSA has and is on going restoration by volunteers.

There are hundreds of volunteers who keep her seaworthy and train each year to sail her, ELISSA.  You should see them in action.  You can go on deck, go down below, see the captain's quarters, and even ring the bell.  Which apparently means break time and is pretty loud.

Admission includes self-guided tours of the Texas Seaport Museum and Elissa, a theater presentation and access to the Galveston Immigration Database. 

Adult [Age 19 yrs and up]: $12
Youth [Age 6 through 18]: $9
Child [Age 5 and under]: FREE

Hours of Operation
Summer Hours:
Open daily: 9am - 6pm
Last ticket sold at 5 pm

Winter Hours:
Open daily: 10am - 5pm
Last ticket sold at 4pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and during annual Sea Trials.

Note: Hours may be seasonal and subject to change.

Galveston Historical Foundation is committed to bring history to life.  It is so worth seeing.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Healthy Fall Guide

I love the fall weather but I do not like how it makes me feel.  It makes me just want to curl under my blankets and watch television.  How does it make you feel?

Don't let Fall get you off track.  Stay focused on your goals and find things that can help.
1)  Red Ace-They are beet juice shots that are a quick, healthy, and delicious way to get long-lasting, clean energy.  Beat the slump by having energy without those mid-day crashes. 

2)  Mediterra Nutrition-These are loaded with fiber, nutrients, and vitamins.  Remember it is better to make lifestyle changes versus binging on diets.  Perfect snacks that all are natural, Non GMO, and Gluten-Free for your salty or sweet cravings.

3)  Ozarka Sparkling Water-Say no to sodas and yes, to sparkling water with 0 calories, 0 sweeteners, and 0 sugars.  I cannot say this enough hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  This is a great option for those that don't like plain water.  Or like me, need a little help burping.

4)  G Organic-Gatorade’s new USDA certified organic sports drink, G Organic is made with just 7 organically sourced ingredients and no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.  I love to run when the weather gets cooler.  Usually I am in training for the Aramco half marathon in January and I need to stay hydrated and fueled to get my mileage in.

5)  Lala Yogurt Smoothie-Made from real fruit and is packed with protein, vitamin A, vitamin D and calcium.  These are great for on the go.  The perfect any time snack.

Disclosure-Sample products were received for review.  All products have been Independentmami tested and Independentmami approved.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Poster My Wall Offer

I love to chronicle the life of my children.  Growing up my parents didn't have money or time to.  If you ask me for pictures on Throwback Thursday, there are only a handful that I can pull out.  So it was important to me to make sure, I cherish those moments in my children's lives.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with USFG and Poster My Wall.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

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#HelloHouston Welcome Dick's Sporting Goods

Sports and outdoors is a big part of our life as a family.  I am so glad that I found a person to share my life with that shares a passion for exercise, fitness, and adventure.  I am glad that we have instilled this in our kids as well.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Dick's Sporting Goods.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

We are always gym ready and could practically live in our workout gear if allowed.  In the past few years I feel Houston is coming up in the world when it comes to fitness, exercise, and family fun.  There are so many running groups, bike rides, and fun runs.  There is no longer an excuse not to get out.  But of course, you need the right gear for the selfie shot because if it is not on social then it doesn't really count, right? 
Have you seen this blimp flying around the Houston?  Houston, the wait is finally over.  Dick's Sporting Goods has come to Houston.  They opened six new stores in Baybrook, The Shoppes in Parkwest in Katy, Willowbrook Mall, Deerbrook Mall, Woodlands Mall, and First Colony Mall in Sugarland.  Dick's Sporting Goods celebrated their grand openings at each store by throwing unbelievable celebrations.  I attended the grand opening of the Dick's Sporting Goods at The Shoppes in Katy.  I even got to meet and greet Troy Landry from Swamp People. 
Though that was awesome because that's Troy....."shoot'em, shoot'em Lizbeth", what I really was geeking about was this brand new store.  It is three stores in one; Field & Stream, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Golf Galaxy.  There was everything and anything you can think of. 

They brought it because of course, everything is bigger in Texas.  This store fits in perfectly.  There were three things that impressed me the most:

1)  Help Button-I hate being in a store and no associates can be found.  Or being in the back of the store with a small child wanting to be in and out but guess what, no one tries to help you even though you obviously need help.
There are need help buttons all over the store in every area.

2)  The Pros-We are amateurs at everything but hello, that is how everyone starts right.  There are Pros and technicians available in-store for Lacrosse, Golf, Skate, Guns, Fishing, Racquet, Glove, Bike, Bowling, Archery, and CO2 filling.  So even if you don't know what you are doing, they do. 

This could have came in handy when my son started playing Tennis and I had no clue where to start.  Really would have save me the million trips to several stores looking for the perfect bike for me or when we were searching for a bike rack for our car.  Sports equipment is not like clothes that you can just try on in the fitting room.  Most of the time you buy it taking a chance because once you walk out the door it is yours and you can't return it once you try it.

3)  Product Selection-There was so much selection to choose from.

Just check out the Bike and Cycling section that has a wide selection of gear and equipment available for you to choose from.  It is like Dick's knew about all the cycling groups in the Houston area. 

Have you been to one of their new stores?  You should.  They have great deals and sales throughout the store.  Check out the weekly ad at  

Thanks to Dick's Sporting Goods two (2) lucky readers will each win a $50 gift card.  Enter below: 
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