Monday, May 6, 2019

Wellness Wake Up Call

Ever suffer from a really bad headache that does not go away for days.  Now imagine, your face swelling, eyes twitching, and much more symptoms for over a month.  Yeah, that was me.   It hit out of nowhere and nothing helped.  I went to urgent care and then followed up with my doctor.  My doctor then ordered a slew of tests and specialists visits to try and find what was wrong with me. 

Things are never what they seem.  Little did I know that I was functioning but not really functioning.  You know that saying, listen to the body.  Well, I should have paid a little more attention.  My body was trying to tell me that something was wrong.  I did not listen.  I have been living a couple of stressful months.  And the more I suppressed it, the more I strained my body.  And this was the result.  After seeing the ophthalmologists, allergist, neurologist, therapist, and dentist; we finally have an answer.  STRESS

To be honest, nobody knows what is going on in my head.  Behind my smile, my mind is working a million miles.  Women carry a lot on their shoulders.  We worry for our children.  We pray for our loved ones.  We are strong for our partners.  We are there for our parents.  We do it all at work and at home.   I fall in this description and then some. 

I give until there is no more to give.  Nothing left for me.  But who carries me, who will tag in when i'm too tired to give, and too worn out to try? 

I continue to fail at taking care of me because I leave me for last.  I do not learn my lesson of putting me first.  How selfish of me to even think to do that! 

The FOMO is real.  The fear of dropping the ball on all who need me and all who depend on me.  But I am not realizing that is will be missing out if I don't take care of myself.

How many wake up calls does it take us to realize that we are needed?  To be present for the moments in life that matter, not for those that won't matter. 

So take a half day, take a full day, heck the week... enjoy the weekend, make memories, and laugh a lot.  Laugh til it makes you cry.  Cry til it makes you smile.  Let it all out, whatever and however it needs to come out.  And love and be loved.

P.S.  My stress caused me to grind my teeth while I slept which caused TMJ.  My jaw bone was jammed into my check bone causing all of my symptoms.  While trying to find a cure, I meditated, I relaxed, and I unwinded.  Taking it a MOM-ent for me.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Giveaway-The Lego Movie-The Second Part

Everything is awesome....because Batman, Lucy and Emmett are back!  And we are so excited that we are hosting a giveaway thanks to our sponsor.

Thanks to Warner Bros. for sending a review copy.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Synopsis-It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a galaxy filled with fantastic planets, strange characters and catchy new songs. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.
Rules are simple:

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Good luck.  This giveaway ends on May 9, 2019.  One winner will be selected.  Fulfillment will be done by sponsor.  US only.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.

Flick Friday-UGLYDOLLS

I hope that I am a good example for my children.  We can not guarantee that they will always do what is right, we can only hope that everything we teach them, is in there somewhere.  Also, I cannot protect them forever.  I wish we could.  The world can be cruel at times. 

Thanks to Allied and STXfilms for inviting my family to the advance screening of UGLYDOLLS.  All opinions stated are my own and based on my personal experience.

Synopsis - In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weird is celebrated, strange is special and beauty is embraced as more than simply meets the eye.  Here, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDoll friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss, letting their freak flags fly in a celebration of life and its endless possibilities.   In this all-new story, the UGLYDOLLS will go on a journey beyond the comfortable borders of Uglyville.  There, they will confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don't have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.

And isn't that the best message we can teach our kids. 

Perfection is just an illusion.  Busting that bubble sooner than later is just what I did with my kids.  At times, some topics are harder than others to talk about or bring up.  UGLYDOLLS can be a great conversation starter. This movie not only has a great message but it a good movie for the entire family to enjoy.

The film is inspired by the unique and beloved global plush toy phenomenon launched in 2001 and features all new original songs from the cast of popstars.  Unconventionality rules in the new animated musical adventure starring the acting and singing voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle MonĂ¡e, Blake Shelton and Pitbull.  Also starring in the voice cast of UGLYDOLLS are Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, Wang Leehom, Emma Roberts, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX and Lizzo.

UGLYDOLLS is directed by Kelly Asbury and is in theaters on today, May 3, 2019.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Discovering Backyard Wilderness

How connected are your kids?  I do not mean to the WiFi but to the outdoors.  We are a society that has a schedule for screen time but do you schedule outdoors time too?  Do you?  No judgement from me remember that I am the mom who decided to make this year's resolution to be outdoors more.

Thanks to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for inviting our family to a screening.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My daughter recently was assigned a science fair project.  Remember those?  You were given a topic, you have to do research, and then you have to present all your findings.  Every the projects were different.  My daughter is in the first grade and this year they were assigned different animals.  She was so excited to be able to make her selection.  My daughter loves animals.  She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.  She came home with her assigned animal and I was  ready to hit the library.  You know, to do our research from inside a book.  Just then we received the special invitation to watch the new 3D documentary - Backyard Wilderness: The Wild Around You at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  

Synopsis-In Backyard Wilderness: The Wild Around You, follow a young girl who discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden close to her front door.  Absorbed by electronic devices, young Katie and her family are blind to the natural splendor all around them—until Katie uncovers a new world.  This stunning film reveals animal inhabitants in rare and breathtaking detail, inside dens and nests, and moving along forest floors and pond bottoms.

When I was younger, I was not encouraged to get outdoors.  Research was done in the library, inside the books.  When my son was in school, he was encouraged to do his research in the web.  The internet is a plethora of information.  But I have always encouraged my kids to be hands on, explore, and be creative.  I liked that this 3D movie invites you to step outside because you never know what you will discover.  There is a whole other world, if you stop and pay attention.  Disconnecting from our electronics and connecting with the environment. 

Our family recommends this movie.  We think it is perfect for families and it is for all ages. 

For tickets and more information on Backyard Wilderness, visit or call (713) 639-4629. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Crated with Love

February is upon us.  Did it creep up on you like it did with me?  I bearly remember celebrating the New Year.  How do you greet month two of this year?  Is it the month of LOVE for you?  or not?

Thanks to Crated with Love for providing sample for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My mother in law gave me the best advise recently.  She said that marriage is about two people who are willing to fight for each other.  If it was easy everyone would stay married for ever.  It takes work from both, each giving an equal amount of love, passion, and devotion.  Not one giving more than the other.  She reminded me how in the beginning when we first are dating, boyfriends and girlfriends work hard to impress and win each other over.   Is it that simple?

My husband and I were having a conversation about the beginning of our relationship.  We talked on the phone for hours, daily.  We went on dates, weekly.  Month by month our relationship grew.  Thinking back, we realized how special those times were.  We both realized that over the years we had lost some of that.  Our focus went from each other to the schedules, routines, and deadlines.  Many with long lasting marriages have told us, that life is not about those things but about the one that stood by you.  I am thankful for those that continue to remind us that we have to nurture our relationship.

Do you and your partner go on date nights?  My husband and I do.  I try to get as creative as possible so that it is not the same ole, same ole thing we do every time.  But coming up with ideas can get hard at times.  Wish I had a little help...

Put it out in the world and the world answers, right?  Heard of Crated with Love?  It is a subscription box service that sends couples at-home date nights that focus on strengthening their relationship through activities and games created by a team of experts.

Sounds fun and super easy.  So, what's in the box? 

Every box shipped includes 4 or 5 date night challenges or activities along with all the items needed.  The goal being to help inspire laughter so that couples can reconnect and create quality time together.

We enjoy our one on one alone time.  It is our time to rekindle our relationship and remember how it all came together.  My husband and I love playing games.  This is what happened with our box.  

Unboxing was a mystery within itself.  Our box was cute and so perfect for us.  The challenges were so much fun for he and I.  We talked, we laughed, and talked some more.  We were able to unwind and have fun.  Play a game that had us working together.  Suddenly we were not talking about work or the kids, we were in our own space.  

This month, how about trying something different?   

Crated with Love offers a monthly date night box delivered right to your door!  It makes the perfect gift for a love one.  For more information, go to