Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Travel Tuesday-Keeping Kids Entertained and Parents Sane On the Road

***Disclosure-Sample products were provided for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my experience.

This Summer we traveled the most we have ever traveled in our entire lives.  It was a learning experience for us as parents.  As a single mom, I rarely traveled when my son was younger.  And since my daughter was born, we had not travel too far.  But this year we took a family road trip from Texas to Florida, and what a road trip it was. 

For kids, you have to pack things to keep them busy on the road.  I get board sitting in a car for a long time.  I play with my phone, we karaoke with the radio, and play I Spy or other games.  But with kids and some adults have short attention spans.  I received a Travel Pal and Stow and Go to review.  These 2 came in handy.  My teen and my toddler packed their snacks, games, and drinks.  These are perfect for everyday too.  My toddler likes to keep her favorite car items in them.  We use to have to pack items and unload them but now they stay in the car.  Whether it is a long trip for vacation or short trip to the grocery store, the Travel Pal and Stow and Go can really help with the organization.

Travel Pal™
Designed to keep books and toys neat and organized, it has a deep cargo bin for toys and lots of pockets for smaller things, too. It also has insulated drink holders and the entire cargo area is waterproof - just in case. Travel Pal fits between two child car seats and it's big enough to hold everything for both children.
Stow 'n Go™
Keeps everything organized and easy to find when you need it. Our seat back organizer does it all with seven full sized pockets and two drink holders in a washable, waterproof fabric.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Moño de Princesa #NoMoreTangles

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Last week, I shared how to do an Elsa from Frozen braid.  But if your daughter does not want to be that princess it is ok.  Try this look:

1. Empieza el peinado partiendo el cabello verticalmente en el centro.

2. Luego comienza en la sien y divide una pequeña sección de cabello. Divide esa sección de cabello en dos partes y cruza la parte de abajo por encima de la parte de arriba.

3. Agrega cabello a la parte de abajo y crúzala por encima de la parte de arriba. Continúa agregando cabello y cruzándolo hasta que llegues a la nuca.

4. Haz una trenza estilo espiral con el cabello restante y asegúrala con una gomita. Repite el proceso en el lado opuesto.

5. Envuelve cada trenza en un moño flojo y asegúralo con ganchos según sea necesario. Y para el toque final agrega un lazo de color favorito.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Trenza Holandesa Estilo Cascada #NoMoreTangles

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Halloween is next week.  Are you ready?  What does your princess want to be?  Elsa from Frozen?  One of the most recognizable things from Elsa is her hair.  That braid.  I love to braid my daughter's hair.  It is one thing I actually know how to do, not well on her.  So I am always looking for tips to help me get better at styling and fixing her hair.  One issue, tangles.

Check out how Romina, from Mama XXI learned how to create the perfect princess look on her little one.  Also, learn about the NO MORE TANGLES® 3- step regimen.

Paso 1: Lavar
Obtén más información sobre el champú & acondicionador JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® y cómo puede limpiar delicadamente el cabello de tus niños visitando la página de JOHNSON’S ® Baby:

Paso 2: Nutrir
Obtén más información sobre el Acondicionador sin Enjuague JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® el cual controla que el cabello se encrespe y se enrede dejándolo sedoso y brillante, visitando la página de JOHNSON’S ® Baby: http://es.johnsonsbaby.com/productos/...

Paso 3: Embellecer
Obtén más información sobre el Spray Desenredante de JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® el cual desenreda instantáneamente los nudos para que sea más manejable y fácil de peinar visitando la página de JOHNSON’S ® Baby::
If Elsa is what she wants to be, now her costume will be complete with this braid.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

La Trenza Estilo Princesa con Pelo Suelto #NoMoreTangles

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Estoy aprendiendo nueveos peinados para mi nena.  Gracias a los videos de JOHNSON'S® NO MORE TANGLES®. 

Comienza el peinado, haciendo un partido en el lado, Luego, parte de
oreja a oreja. Envuelve el cabello hacia la mano de la izquierda y
temporalmente agárralo. Después envuelve el cabello en el lado derecho y
une ambos lados en la parte de atrás. Asegura el cabello envuelto con
una gomita y agrega un lazo.

Friday, October 17, 2014

#Giveaway-Wings Over Houston 2014

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Wings Over Houston is back November 1 and 2!  Remember our giveaway last year, you can read about it here2014 is the 30th year for the WINGS OVER HOUSTON AIRSHOW.  This is an awesome experience, and not only a show.  It is a great event for the entire family.  We love planes.  The sky looks so majestic when they are flying high.  Our kids love this.  It is like being on a field trip with them.  There is always so many things to do and see.
Some of the fun includes:

- U.S. Navy Blue Angels- Headlining Team
- U.S. Navy “Fat Albert” C-130 Demo
- MV-22 Osprey- USMC
- Vietnam Demo
- Air Force Heritage Flight
- F-86 Demonstration
- MIG-17F- Randy Ball/Fighter Jets Inc
-MIG-17F- Randy Ball/Fighter Jets Inc
- Tora! Tora! Tora! Commemorative Air Force  
- WW II Airpower Demo
-U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Dolphin MH65D   
Sean D Tucker - Team Oracle
-David Martin/Breitling Air Shows
- Matt Chapman Air Shows
- Debbie Rihn-Harvey

But the fun is not all in the air, I can't wait to see the Shockwave Jet Truck.  I also want to see the RE/MAX Skydive Team.  Sky diving is on my bucket list, one day. 

(all images and video providedby Wings Over Houston)

Buy your tickets online now at www.wingsoverhouston.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.  You can get updates of all the fun waiting.

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Giveaway Prizes 

-Grand Prize: Eagle Squadron Sunday VIP tickets (pair of 2) and Ride in vintage aircraft (subject to restrictions)
-Friends and Family Fun Prize Pack - 2 Adult General Admission and one Family 4 pack and one Ride in aircraft.
-Friendly Fun Prize Pack:  4 adult general admission tickets and one aircraft ride
-VIP Prize: Eagle Squadron Sunday (VIP tickets) 1 pair
-Family Fun Prize Pack: Family Pack of tickets 2 adults and 4 children

Please read all the terms and conditions for the giveaway.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Motivational Monday-When Calls the Heart, The Dance

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

In June, I told you about the Hallmark Channel's New series, When Calls the Heart-Lost and Found
When Calls the Heart, Produced and directed by Michael Landon Jr. and inspired by the best-selling books by Janette Oke, tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young high society woman, working as a teacher in a prairie town in the Western Frontier.  When Calls the Heart is back with The Dance.

There are new miners that have arrived in Coal Valley.  Everyone is preparing for the reopening of the mine.  One of the new miners, BILLY HAMILTON, takes a special interest in Elizabeth and Jack becomes suspicious of Billy’s intentions.  Meanwhile Coal Valley is abuzz regarding the annual “Miner’s Games” as Jack continues to worry about the budding relationship between Elizabeth and Billy.  During all the festivities pregnant widow CARLA NOONAN has complications arise in her pregnancy. 

Motivational Monday-When Calls the Heart, Lost and Found

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- See more at: http://www.independentmami.net/2014/06/motivational-monday-when-calls-heart.html#sthash.1uJCH1CF.dpuf

Motivational Monday-When Calls the Heart, Lost and Found

***Disclosure-Sample copy was received for review.  All opinions expressed are my own based on my personal experience.
- See more at: http://www.independentmami.net/2014/06/motivational-monday-when-calls-heart.html#sthash.1uJCH1CF.dpuf

I love all the drama.  And if you liked Lost and Found and wanted the story to continue, here it is.  Is someone stealing?  What is going on in Coal Valley?  I love the era, and time of this series.  All this rainy weather here just makes me want to curl up and watch these series over and over.
When I became a single mother I thought I had been dealt that hand and I just had to deal with it.  I was a mom and a dad, a provider, caregiver, and nothing more than 100% dedication to my son.  But we, mothers, are people and we need to DANCE!  Go to dances.  Accept invitations.  Stop and listen to the music of life.  A little enjoyment for a brief second does not make you a bad mom, and you should not be guilty of the time you set aside for yourself.  You deserve it!  Again, you deserve it.  No one told me this.  Make time for yourself.  Set an appointment in your schedule of things to do.  And Have fun!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Travel Tuesday-Howl-O-Scream @SeaworldTexas #Wildside14

***Disclosure-Back in April, I announced I was a Seaworld Wildsider for 2014.   I told you I would be going on some amazing adventures throughout the year as part of me being a Wildsider.  This is one of the many adventures I have been on this year.  Thanks to Seaworld San Antonio, I received a special invitation which included Fright Feast dinner show ticket, and a Fear Pass for myself and my guest.  And now to tell you about my adventure...

I have never been to the park in the Fall.  Normally we only visit during the Summer time when the kids are out of school.  But every year, the kids get a Fall holiday which is in the beginning of October.  Seaworld will be our destination, next Fall holiday.

Things to know about Seaworld this Fall:

1)  SeaWorld San Antonio Howl-O-Scream Fright Feast
 Looking for a place to take a date to dinner.  How about dinner and a show? 

Menu to Die For:
  • Iceberg Wedge Salad with Candied Pumpkin Seeds, Heirloom Tomatoes and Spiced Pumpkin Ranch Dressing
  • Seared Tenderloin
  • Mushroom Crab Ragout
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Roasted Baby Carrots
  • New York Style Cheesecake with Sweet Mascarpone and Cognac Macerated Mixed Berries
  • Tea, Coffee and Water
  • Beer and Wine are available for purchase at the Cash Bar. The bar accepts cash only.

You do have to buy a ticket to reserve your spot for dinner.  For more information and ticket cost, click here.

After the show, how about some scary fun?  Last year was my first year attending haunted houses.  It was so much fun.  Seaworld San Antonio has 5 scary mazes and it is included in the price of admission.

2)  Seaworld Fall Ticket Sale

Purchase your tickets to Howl-O-Scream 2014 - Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights from September 26 - October 31.  Pay for a day and come back to SeaWorld all fall for FREE, plus spring & summer 2015!  SeaWorld San Antonio Fun Card includes:
  • Unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Antonio on regularly scheduled operating days through September 7, 2015.
3)  SeaWorld San Antonio Howl-O-Scream Fear Pass

 Fear Pass includes one-time priority entrance to each of the 5 major mazes of Howl-O-Scream.  For more information on this fear pass or the other fear pass options, click here.

The fear pass was great.  We drove in from Houston to San Antonio and we wanted to do it all.  The fear pass allowed us to jump ahead of the line to the scary mazes.

ICU: Intensive Cursed Unit - NEW! 
Prey: Where the Hunter Becomes the Hunted™
Frightmare Forest
Den of the Departed: Zombie Takeover! Sea Oddities Sideshow: Clowns in Control
 dare enter their realm of terro
4)  Seaworld app
Don't forget to download the app.  It can answer any questions you have, right at the palm of your hand.

5)  Vampire Bar
There alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available to purchase.

6)  Photo opps
There are so many places to have photo opps with some of the scariest things around.  You never know when one will pop out to scare.  Seaworld is scarier after 7 pm.  I know I won't be torturing my toddler to any of the scariness but I know my teen will love all the fun!  If you do Halloween cards, this is a perfect place for the kids to wear their costumes, but remember only the kiddos are allowed to wear masks.  But no worries...

7)  Get Fanged

There are artist that can fang you, make you look like the walking dead, or add something cute but not so scary so you can join in the fun!

8)  Shamu's Rockin' Creepshow

A show like no other, right at 9:30 pm.

9) Jack is Back

Don't miss this show at 11 pm when the park is closing!

10)  FEAR NOT!

Have fun!  We had a blast with the Wildsiders.  Can't wait to go back and have more fun!  This time we might just have our costumes on!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Makeup Monday-Cleansing on the Go

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review purposes.  All opinions stated are based on my own personal experience.  All other information is for informational purposes.

If you have been worried that your skin is not flawless, I hope last week's beauty tutorial brought to you by Neutrogena help out?  Thanks to Neutrogena Celebrity Makeup Artist, Elizabeth Ulloa for sharing her tips on how to achieve a quick, easy and fabulous look this back to school season.

In need of a mid-day refresher?  

There is no excuse to not look fabulous on everyday... I hope these quick and easy tips will help you feel refreshed, confident and ready to face your days!