Monday, December 22, 2014

Birthday Chalkboard Sign

Remember when I redid my kitchen, Kitchen Makeover  in 2012.  Well doing my chalkboard wall has been the best DIY idea.  It has a great purpose.  I use it for everything.  I use it for notes to the family.  I use it to decorate for parties.  I get good use out of my wall.  And it looks like this is the new trend this year to have chalkboard signs at parties.  So this is the sign I did for my daughter's birthday, today!
The great part about it was that if I messed up, I could start all over.  I personalized it with information about my daughter.  I used colors she likes.  It was the perfect backdrop for her party.  I also cut out a picture to add because I was not about to try and draw a princess.  It turned out great and I really had fun coming up with things to fill up the wall.
Happy 3rd Birthday to our little Princess Lil Bit!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Inside Out Official Trailer

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INSIDE OUT opens in theaters everywhere on June 19, 2015!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Strange Magic Coming January 2015

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STRANGE MAGIC opens in theatres everywhere on January 23rd!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Flick Friday-Disneynature’s MONKEY KINGDOM

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MONKEY KINGDOM opens in theatres everywhere on April 17th!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tasty Thursday-Pollo Tropical

***Disclosure-I was invited to a preview event to this restaurant opening.  All opinions stated are my own based on my own personal experience.

Just recently I was in Florida.  I love visiting there so I can enjoy the food.  Florida is like Houston, both being melting pots of different culture.  In Houston, we get the hispanic/latino flair of food.  A new restaurant has hit Houston that comes with its distinctly Caribbean flavors.
Pollo Tropical has opened 2 restaurants in the Houston area, one in Pearland and one in Tomball.  It serves handcrafted food based on the islands’ melting pot of culinary cultures. These flavors, displayed in Pollo Tropical’s rubs and marinades, enhance fresh vegetables and meats such as pork, beef and Pollo Tropical’s signature chicken dishes.

And now, they are opening a new location in the Houston area at Westheimer and Voss.

Pollo Tropical’s signature island-inspired offerings, include:

·         Pollo – fresh, citrus-marinated and grilled over an open flame. Order a whole grilled chicken for the family, make a single meal out of a half or quarter chicken platter or enjoy a boneless, skinless pollo
·         Plantains – a staple of the Caribbean diet, are cooked to a golden caramelized finish
·         Yuca (pronounced YOU-kah) – a root vegetable that’s like a potato with a tropical kick, served boiled or fried and are excellent paired with curry mustard or cilantro garlic sauce
·         Mojo Roast Pork – slow-roasted for four hours in a versatile mojo marinade - a blend of tangy citrus juices, crushed garlic, olive oil and island spices
·         TropiChops® – bowls with flame-grilled chicken, pork or beef, with a base of rice, mashed potatoes or lettuce, then topped off with choices like beans, corn or sautéed onions and peppers (vegetarian is totally an option here)
·         Saucing Island – where any dish can be personalized with one of 10 signature sauces, including Curry Mustard, Guava BBQ, Pineapple Rum and Cilantro Garlic
There is a wide variety of food to choose from.  I like the variety that is offered.  The beef tips are delicious!!  Thinking of the new year, we need to find places where we can eat as a family that we can all enjoy.  But also, places were the food is healthy to eat as well.  

Pollo Tropical offers a Nutritional/Allergens tab.  You can always look up the ingredients to your meal.

Pollo Tropical offers a 21 Healthy Meal Plan that offers a nutritious approach to better living.  You select your region and it pulls it up lunch and dinner.  It has the calories and protein.  They offer tips and suggestions.  You can also join a walking club in your region.  It is never too late to start.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Giveaway-Men's Skincare Tips

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Skincare is for men too.  It is important for the men in our lives to take care of their skin too.  We are all rushing and with the crazy schedules for holidays, skincare can be forgotten.  We need to remind our loved men how to care for their skin.  Or like in my case, teach our young men or babies, how to start a good routine.

Here are some quick and easy tips from Neutrogena® to keep the men in your life looking their best during the holiday season.

·  Neutrrogena® Men Invigorating Face Wash
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o    A nickel sized dab is all you need for a complete clean.

·  Neutrogena® Men Sensitive Skin Shave Cream
o Specially formulated to help calm, soothe and protect skin from shaving irritation.
o  Contains Pro-Sooth™ technology which provides protection against razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

·  Neutrogena® Men Triple Protect Face Lotion
Soothes razor irritation, helps heal dry skin, and helps reduce the signs of aging in one simple step.

Independentmami wants all our men to have great skin.  So I am giving away a Neutrogena prize pack with these products.  Enter below.

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Miercoles Mudo - Encuentro con Pinguinos

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seaworld Al Rescate

***Disclosure-Yo soy parte del progama de Wildsiders.  Estas son mis opiniones.

Por mas de 50 anos, Seaworld a estado rescatando animales por todas partes.  El programa se llama Animal Rescue (Rescate de Animal).  Los animales que estan  en su ambiente no tienen a nadie quien les ayude.  Gracias a programas como este, animales que necesitan rescate son ayudados y despues regresados a su ambiente.

Ase tres semanas, un manati llego a Houston, Texas.  Se perdio y estaba atrapado en Trinity Bay.  El grupo de Texas contacto a Seaworld San Antonio.  Rapido agararon un grupo de voluntarios para ir a rescatar al manati.
Este es Trinidad, el manati que fue rescatado.  Pobre manati tiene cortadas por su cola de los barcos.  Cuando lo rescataron no queria comer.  Voluntarios estubieron cuidandolo por 24 horas, cada dia.  Siempre notando cual quier cosa que hacia.  Ya esta comiendo Trinidad.  Come lechuga.

Y cuando este aprobado por el estado va hacer regresa a Florida de donde viene este manati.

Este programa ha beneficiado a 24,000 animales.  Seaworld toma la vida silvestre en crisis bien serio y se compromete en ayudarlos diad tras dia.  Ellos trabajan con las agencias estatales, locales, y federales.  EL quipo esta listo para cual quier llamada las 24 horas al dia, los 7 dias a la semana.

Siempre asistiendo a los animales que estan heridos, enfermos, quedan huerfanos, o que necesitan atencion experta.  El objetivo es rehabilitar.  El gropu tiene experiencia, son apasionados, y creativos.

Esta es Estrella, fue rescatada de NASA.  No puede ver de un ojo y por eso se quedara a vivir en Seaworld.  Ayi le estan ayudando a poder usar un ojo, y sobre vivir.  Si no lo hubieran rescatado se viera murido.  Esate animal esta protejido por la ley.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Toddler Photo Shoot with Girls Costumes

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I love dress up time with my daughter.  She loves to pretend she is a princess, and sometimes I don't think she is pretending.  She, like most little girls her age, love to play dress up.  Do you have a little girl or boy who loves to play pretend?  Of course, when playing pretend you need to be in character. 
Costumes can also be used for great photo shoot options for birthdays, holidays, and everyday pictures.  We recently decided to take our daughter to a new play land that has a castle, dragons, and beautiful landscapes to take pictures.  Who would of thought that the play land in the mall would be a perfect place to take pictures of your kids?  When thinking photo shoot, think about just letting your kiddo have fun and you capturing those moments.
-I have learned that with our daughter it is just better to let her do her thing than asking her to pose and smile.
-With any toddler, be prepared for all things going wrong.
-Bring help.  Mamis, papis, big brothers, and sisters can all join in the fun too!  But they can also be a helping hand when needed.
-Don't get frustrated when the shot your are looking for isn't working.  You can always edit the pictures later.  Just keep the camera shooting, one shot might come out great out of all the outtakes.

We let our daughter just run around this play land and I just shot pictures of her all over.  In some pictures there were kids or parents in the way.

-Remember to pick a time that works out good for you, your kid, and the place you will be using.  I thought showing up early would be perfect but this place is popular as it was already full at opening time.

Everyone loved seeing my daughter in her costume at the play land.  No one else was dressed up except for her.  But her costume was so cute and it went with the castle play land.  We have a poised, little girl who loves the camera, dress up, and the attention!

We had not done a photo shoot with our toddler.  It was fun until it was time to go.  She did not want to leave the onsite location.  But who would want to leave a beautiful play land like this one.  Makes pretending to be a princess so much more real than playing at your house.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gift Idea for a Holiday Host or Hostess

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The holidays are here.  Time for all the holiday parties we attend.  Do you have your schedule booked with parties to attend?  There is always something going on everyday on the weekends and sometimes on the weekdays.  As a guest of a party do you take a gift for the host/hostess?  We haven't really been invited to any adult parties lately, so I wasn't sure what to take to an adult party for the host/hostess.  A suggestion was made to take some wine.  Wine, ok?

Fat Louis - Greetings from France

2011 French White Wine

Description-Beautiful gold shade with nostalgic aromas of fresh fruit. Subtle pear, apple, and orange blossom are complemented by friendly acidity and a balanced finish.

Grape Varietals-50% White Grenache, 30% White Carignan, 20% Sauvignon

Gastronomic Companion-As an aperitif, with shellfish or grilled fish

Vinification-Fermentation at low temperature for 15 days to allow the full expression of flavors

Maturation-In steel vats

I like fruity drinks, so my choice will always be for some fruity.  Curious Cork Wines offers unique, premium, and authentic wines from Europe.  They have a variety of wines to chose from. 

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