Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thirsty Thursday-Don Julio Farm to Shaker Dinner

When you hear the word tequila, what do you think about?  shots, shots, shots, shots....right? 
Thanks to Don Julio for inviting my husband and I for dinner.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

The word Don kinda translates to the word Sir.  But it is a title in Hispanic culture that is earned not just given.  Don Julio Gonzalez's passion is what created this tequila.  It has now become the high end, best of the best, to locals and around the world. 

We were invited to come and experience Don Julio's tequila.  Yes, I said experience.  Not a dance club passing out shots but a behind the scenes learning experience about what makes Don Julio tequila great!
From left to right-

Blanco-

Color:           Clear
Nose:            Crisp agave aromas blended with hints of citrus notes - lemon, lime and grapefruit
Taste:            Light, sweet, agave flavor
Finish:          Clean and dry with a touch of black pepper and grassy undertones
Best Served: Mixed drink

Reposado-

Color:           Straw-like color
Nose:            An inviting aroma of mellow lemon citrus notes and spice layers with touches of ripe stone fruit
Taste:            Incredibly soft and elegant hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and light cinnamon
Finish:          Silky, warm finish with an essence of dried fruit, nuts and a touch of caramel apple
Best Served: Neat

Añejo-

Color:            Light amber
Nose:             A fresh blend of lime, grapefruit and mandarin citrus aromas with a rich touch of caramel
Taste:            Full-bodied and complex with expressions of cooked agave, wild honey and oak-infused butterscotch
Finish:          Bright and lightly spiced finish with the essence of wild honey
Best Served: On the rocks

70-

Color:Clear
Nose:Crisp with traditional hints of Añejo
Taste:Smooth in character with highlights of vanilla, honey and toasted oak
Finish:Lingering hints of oak followed by a clean, warm finish
Best Served:On the rocks

After we learned a little more about the different types of Don Julio tequilas, dinner was served.  Each entrée was paired up with a drink for the tasting.

We got a behind the scenes with the Chef Jean-Philippe Gaston before dinner even started.  We learned about the local ingredients and flavor that were to be used for our dinner.

Tequila Don Julio Agua Chile paired with Abejita

 Tequila Don Julio Asado de Churrasco y Chimichurri paired with Añejo Martinez
Brigadeiros y Platanos Calados paired with Tequila Don Julio 1942

The food was very delicious.  The drinks were good too.  The pairings, I would not have ever tried.  When I thought of tequila, I thought of shots not tasty cocktails like I was served.  Great creations by Mixologist Omar Villacencio.  Before dinner, Omar demonstrated how to create El Macho, El Diablo, and La Ultima Palabra (The Last Word).

My favorite drink of the night was the Abejita.  It was sweet and tasty.  I could drink this all night.  Even my husband liked it.  His favorite drink of the night was El Macho.  It was a beautiful creation. 
It was a night of delicious food, tasty drinks, and a great time along with good company.  Salud!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Travel Tuesday-Wet N Wild Splashtown

It is getting hotter and hotter.  How are you cooling off this summer?  What plans to do you have for you and your kids?  We like to cool off at waterparks.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with USFG and Wet'n'Wild Splashtown.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience. 

Thanks to Wet'n'Wild Splashtown for inviting my family for a visit to come check out the multi-million dollar transformation which includes the new look, the new attractions, the updated facilities and so much more.


One of my favorite areas was Wet 'n' Wild Jr.  It has an expanded kid's area that includes eight water slides, including a body slide and triple track racer, an extreme gushing spray tower, a continuously drenching waterfall as well as jumping spray fountains.  There are seats along the walls so you can be close to your kiddos.  There is a toddler-only play zone with additional shading, floor bubbler, and a clam shell toddler slide. 





We had an awesome time.  This was the perfect way for our family to cool off.  This is a great place for the entire family to enjoy this summer.

For more information, go to www.wetnwildsplashtown.com.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Chuck E Cheese Father' Day Specials-2016

My brothers and I have 10 kids together.  When ever we need to get together we all agree we need a place where we can eat, kid friendly, and close to home.  We recently celebrated my nephew's birthday.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Chuck E Cheese.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience. 

In celebration of Father’s Day, Chuck E. Cheese’s is offering exclusive offers and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy together, including:

· Father’s Day Deal: 1-Topping Large Pizza, 4 Soft Drinks, 30 Tokens and FREE Small Wings for $29.99.  Expiration Date: 6/21/16.

· Ticket Blaster: On Father’s Day, dads can enter their names for a special chance to go in the Ticket Blaster.  Random drawings will occur every hour all day!

· In-Store Tournament: Chuck E. Cheese’s wants families to celebrate the biggest kid in the family by having their own gaming tournament.  Ask your store for a tournament scorecard to join in on the fun!

· Father’s Day Sweepstakes: Dads can enter for a chance to win a trip to Great Wolf Lodge.

o Use the hashtags #DadHacks and #Sweepstakes for a chance to win a family vacation to Great Wolf Lodge, along with other summertime fun prizes!

o The “Dad Hacks” Sweepstakes will run from June 6-30th; Grand Prize, First Prize and Second Prize winners will be announced on July 1st

o Grand Prize (valued at $3,000): getaway vacation for Dad, courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge

o First Prize (ARV $750): (1) GoPro Hero Silver Edition and (1) Drone

o Second Prize (ARV $200): (1) $200 Chuck E. Cheese’s Gift Card

So if you are looking for something to do on Father's Day or just want dad to have some, head on over to Chuck E. Cheese.  Where dad can be a kid again! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

At Home Back To Campus

My son was a Junior this year and will be a Senior next year.  Oh how time has flown.  I can't believe he will be leaving for college next year.  I have one last year to help him get ready to leave the nest.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with BSM Media and At Home Stores.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experiences.

As a mother of a teenage boy, I keep trying to get him to clean his room.  It has been a never ending battle.  As he gets closer and closer to leaving for college, I have been trying to help him learn a thing or two about budget, stretching his dollar, and independence.  Mami will no longer be there to nag him about his room being dirty and everything else mami nags about.  I mean I am not nagging for no reason, check out his dirty room:  (by the way, I have his permission to post.  He got a kick out of me taking a picture of his mess.  I would have been embarrassed but he was too cool.)
This is with him already having removed the tons of clothes from his bed and sorting some stuff out.  I am helping him sort out and get rid of items he does not need.  I have to keep reminding him he will be leaving for college.  In college dorm rooms, he will have to share a room, keep his mess contained, and/or never need to let it get this bad.  His bathroom is no exemption either:
Both rooms have been cleaned out, now we can talk décor.  We took a trip to our At Home Store. 
At Home Stores has been my favorite store for home décor, seasonal, and party items.  This store has so many selections at great prices.  No need for a coupon or to wait for a sale.  But they do have sales and mark downs that make their prices even lower.  Bargains you cannot say no to.

When you first walk in, there is always the most current seasonal products displayed.  Our At Home Store was having a going, going, gone sale which meant many items in each section of the store were 50% off their original low price.  Also, if you have never been, the previous holiday season items can be found on clearance as well.  Currently, Easter is 75% off.  I always walk every aisle. You never know what you will find.  As we walked each aisle, I showed my son different items he could use now and when he goes to college.  I showed him how to shop when on a budget.  We found several items he could use to decorate his room and bathroom.  There was so much to choose from.  He wanted it all.  He found the perfect bedroom décor for his room and bathroom.  He wasn't the only one that found some items too.  Check out what we bought:
 All of these items were marked down from their regular price.  This shopping trip was a great lesson on budget, shopping must haves, and do/don'ts.  Here is what he found:
After this shopping trip, we started to decorate his bathroom.  For his bathroom, we purchased a three piece set.  This set goes well with the colors in his bathroom.  It is not kiddie and it expresses his personal style.  The transformation really was inspired by these 3 items only.  We repurposed previously purchased items to finish out the look.



We are still currently working on his bedroom, but here is a sneak peek at his progress:
He is so happy with his bedroom transformation.  His bedroom reflects his style.  I want, when he goes away for college, for him to feel like he is at his "home away from home"  These items he can take with him.  He also learned how to decorate his own space and make it his own.

Check out the At Home Back to Campus page: athome.com/back-to-campus
Your college bound kids can start selecting the items they will need to be move-in ready.  At Home has created a move-in checklist for college students and their parents.  You can download the move-in checklist: AtHomeBackToCampus.  Download it or print it to have with you when you go to the store.  My son said he will be asking for At Home gift cards, so he can finish decorating his room.