Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

First let me start by saying, thank you for being such great listeners. Every time I had to say something, someone on the other side was listening. And just when all hope was gone yall gave me strength over and over. I have learned so much and hope I have passed along great information, or whatever.

Next, I will go on to say that the holidays are about family. And in our family it is like a movie or a show. Christmas can't happen without a little chaos but that is what makes us who we are. Got to love them.

So to good times, and great food with all your family and friends. Be safe and enjoy yourselves wherever you may be this Christmas. Merry Christmas from my family to yours. I hope Santa brings you want you asked for. I know I have all I need already. Thanks to my family for being there for me and thanks to you for being there for me too.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mom Central Holiday Giveaways

This week's giveaways include:

•Things Remembered pearl bracelet
•Conair Ultimate Fabric Steamer
•Carson-Dellosa game pack
•Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire toy
•Busted Tees for kids
•Louise Wine Decanter
•Off Road Radio Control Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
•Hershey's Holiday Candy
•LEGO Builders of Tomorrow
•The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks from Nintendo
•Robeez shoes
•The Child King DVD
•Spy Gear kit for kids
•PoshTots Red and White Tutu
•Little Pim foreign language immersion program
•Wild Planet games
•Crayola Art Bundle
•Cooks 3-in-1 Grill
•Company Kids pajamas
• membership
•Cavichi Napmink Nap Mat
•Astro Boy
•Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker and Milk Frother
•Oceana Adopt-a-Creature Kit

Win $5,000 with DOLE's "Share the Goodness" Contest!

Who wants to win some money? I know I do!! Do you like to help the needed or less fortunate? I do. I volunteer almost every month in different organizations and programs in and around my community. Here is a contest were you are a winner and you can also help your local food bank.

About the contest:

You could win $5,000 for yourself, plus $5,000 for your local food bank.

It is as easy as 1,2,3!

1. Click Upload Photo to submit your favorite photos of holiday memories and you’ll be entered to win the $5,000 Grand Prize for yourself and $5,000 for your local food bank*.

2. Share the news about this promotion by sending up to 3 eCards a day to your family and friends to receive additional sweepstakes entries. If the $5,000 Grand Prize winner is a friend that you referred, YOU'LL WIN $2,000!

3. Share the great taste of DOLE by visiting our Recipe Gallery where you’ll find exciting new ways to incorporate DOLE Canned Fruit and Juice into your holiday meals.

Click Upload Photo now to submit your favorite holiday photos and receive a sweepstakes entry toward the $5,000 Grand Prize!

For the official rules and regulations, head on over to Dole Shares. Have fun posting about your holiday memories. I know I will.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Buzzed Driving is DrUnK DriVinG

Did you know.....

In 2008, nearly 12,000 people in the U.S. were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - and during the periods around Christmas and New Year's, this number was particularly high, with 316 people killed in alchol-impaired driving crashes. In 2007, 162,493 women were arrested for a DUI, an increase of almost 29% since 1998. You can't help but wonder if lives could have been saved if people thought twice before getting behind the wheel. With the holidays approaching, it's important that drivers be reminded about the dangers of buzzed driving. Who could save a life.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Ad Council are asking everyone to drive smart this holiday season and to pledge not to drive buzzed.

Want to learn more...

Follow Buzzed Driving on Twitter (@buzzeddriving) and Facebook ( to get the latest updates and news. You can also visit the Buzzed Driving website ( where you can sign a pledge to not drive buzzed, play an interactive game which demonstrates the difference between buzzed and drunk, and hear personal stories from people who have driven buzzed.

Be safe this holiday season. Have fun, eat alot, and be safe!!

America's Cutest Last Minute Tax Deduction Contest

Here is a contest for all the new mommas.... having a December baby??

TurboTax® the nation's No. 1 rated, best-selling tax preparation software from Intuit Inc. is conducting its third annual nationwide search for America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction. The parents of one lucky baby, born in December 2009, will win $5,000.

To enter, parents or legal guardians should submit a photo of their baby born between Dec. 1-31, to . The deadline for submissions is January 7, 2010. Judges will select 10 finalists, and America will determine America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction and the $5,000 grand prize winner.

So head on over and get your cute bundles of joy entered.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Talkin' Sid the Science Kid Giveaway

(Ages 3 years & up/Approx retail price: $24.99/Available Now)

Now kids can bring their friend SID home with the lively TALKIN' SID THE SCIENCE KID plush character. This soft and loveable plush SID is 12 inches tall and comes ready to play and learn with his iconic "microphone." Squeeze his belly to hear seven different popular phrases from the series. Requires two "AA" batteries, included

An exclusive offer for Independentmami readers: a $3.00 off coupon for purchase of the TALKIN’ SID THE SCIENCE KID plush at Toys ‘R Us. Simply go to Once you are there you need to click on the "Toy and Game" link on the left of the page.

Are you done with your Christmas shopping? This will make a perfect gift. My boys love Sid. They love the show and now they have Sid at home. Make your kids wishes come true this toy they will fall in love with.

Would you like to win a Talkin' Sid the Science Kid plush character? Here is how to enter:

1) Tell me who you would like to win this for. Name and age. (1 entry)
2) Follow me on blogger. (1 entry)
3) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)
4) Tweet. (1 entry for every tweet, tweet as many times as you like)

This giveaway will end on December 28 at midnight. Please leave an email address in your comment. The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Thank you for entering and good luck.

California Raisins Basket Giveaway

So who is ready for Christmas dinner? I am, I am. I was not able to eat for more than a week. My stomach is just now getting better with food and drinks. So I am excited about Christmas dinner.

Do you eat raisins? Do you cook with raisins? Growing up my parents always incorporated fruits and vegetables in all our dishes. I am not a great cook but I love to try new recipes. California Raisins has now put together a blog with videos and recipes for us. Check out this new blog love your raisins.

Quien esta listo para la gran cena de Navidad? Yo si, yo si. Despues de estar enferma del estomago por mas de una semana ahora si me estoy sintiendo mejor. Y estoy antisipando la cena de Navidad.

Comes pasas? Cocinas con pasas? Mis papas siempre cocinaban con fruitas y vegetales. Yo no soy una cocinera manifica pero me gusta tratar nuevas recetas. Las pasas de California hay hecho un blog con videos y recetas para nosotros. Chequa este nuevo blog quiere a tus pasas.

Here is the recipe of the month: (esta es la receta del mes)

Orange Blossom Raisin Tarts
from: Christine Dohlmar, FL
Honorable Mention - Desserts and Baked Goods
Wise Choices Recipe Contest « Go Back
Print Recipe

A tasty, quick dessert with California Golden Raisins and tart shells from the freezer.

•2/3 cup California golden raisins, coarsely chopped
•2 tablespoons lightly salted dry roasted sunflower kernels
•1 teaspoon very finely grated orange peel
•1/16 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•3 tablespoons orange blossom honey
•1 package (2.1 ounces) fully baked mini-filo shells, 15 count
•1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
•Orange peel curls; for garnish
Prehet oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, combine raisins, sunflower kernels, orange peel and cinnamon; drizzle with honey and mix thoroughly. Divide and spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture into each of 15 prebaked filo shells. Bake at 350°F for 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds while still hot. Cool; garnish with orange peel curls and serve.

Yields: 15 mini tarts
Serves: Show Imperial Measures Show Metric Measures

Recipe Times
Preparation: 10 min.
Cooking: 3 min.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Calories 190 (29% from fat); Total Fat 7g (sat 1g, mono 1g, poly 4g);
Cholesterol 0mg; Protein 2g; Carbohydrates 33g; Fiber 2g; Iron 1mg; Sodium 60mg; Calcium 13mg;

View Similar Recipes In These Categories
•Pies and Tarts
•Low Cholesterol
•Low Sodium

Thanks to California Raisins for sending me a wonderful baskets full of California Raisins and more goodies.
Not only did they send me a gift basket but they want you to have one too. Independentmami readers can have a chance to win 1 of 2 baskets. Here is how to enter:

1) Visit the Words of Wisdom Blog. Tell me your favorite recipe or one you would like to try. (1 entry)
2) Follow my blog. (1 entry)
3) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)
4) Tweet. (1 entry per tweet, tweet as many times as you like)

This giveaway ends on December 28 at midnight. 2 winners will be picked. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Please leave an email address in your comment. Thank you and good luck.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Spy Next Door Giveaway


Studio: Lionsgate

Release Date: Friday, January 15, 2010

Rating: PG


Synopsis: Lionsgate’s family action comedy THE SPY NEXT DOOR stars Jackie Chan as Bob Ho, an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-

door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian (Amber Valletta). But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids.

When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval. But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob’s archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!

Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan is joined by an talented supporting cast featuring Amber Valletta (PREMONITION, TRANSPORTER 2, HITCH), George Lopez (BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA, SWING VOTE, "George Lopez"), Billy Ray Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"), Magnus Scheving (LAZYTOWN), Madeline Carroll (SWING VOTE), Will Shadley ("Dirty Sexy Money"), and Alina Foley. THE SPY NEXT DOOR is directed by Brian Levent (ARE WE THERE YET?, SNOW DOGS, THE FLINTSTONES) from a screenplay by Greg Poirier (NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS). The film is produced by Robert Simonds and Ryan Kavanaugh.

En THE SPY NEXT DOOR Jackie Chan es Bob Ho, un agente secreto de la CIA y superespía que decide dar por finalizada su carrera en el espionaje para asentarse en la casa de al lado de su novia y ahora vecina Gillian (Amber Valletta); pero Bob tiene una misión que realizar antes de que Gillian acceda a casarse con él: ganarse a sus tres obstinados hijos.

Cuando de pronto Gillian tiene que marcharse de la ciudad, Bob accede a cuidar a los niños, y así poder ganar su aprobación, pero cuando uno de los niños se descarga por error un código secreto en el ordenador, el archienemigo de Bob, un terrorista ruso, aparece para atacar, y obliga a que Bob vuelva a meterse en el papel de espía y futuro padrastro en la misión más difícil de su carrera!

El superestrella del las artes marciales, Jackie Chan, colabora con un elenco talentoso empezando por Amber Valletta (PREMONITION, TRANSPORTER 2, HITCH), George Lopez (BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA, SWING VOTE, "George Lopez"), Billy Ray Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"), Magnus Scheving (LAZYTOWN), Madeline Carroll (SWING VOTE), Will Shadley ("Dirty Sexy Money"), y Alina Foley. THE SPY NEXT DOOR fue dirigida por Brian Levent (ARE WE THERE YET?, SNOW DOGS, THE FLINTSTONES) del guion de Greg Poirier (NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS). LA pelicula fue producida por Robert Simonds y Ryan Kavanaugh.

There will be screenings in Los Angeles, New York , Miami , Houston and Chicago , on January 9th at 10:00AM. Theatre locations TBD, as the client is booking the theater.

Giveaway- 5 winners from each location will win an admit 4 pass

TO enter:

1) Watch the trailer and tell me what catch your attention, and why you want to win these passes. ( 1 entry)
2) Follow me on blogger (1 entry)
3) Follow me on twitter (1 entry)
4) Follow me on facebook (1 entry)
5) Tweet. (tweet as many times as you want)

MANDATORY-Please leave an email in your comment and which location you are wanting the passes for.
The giveaway ends on December 28 at midnight. The winner will be posted and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Good luck.

I do apologize

First let me apologize for not posting regularly. I have been sick for almost a month now. And my life has been upside down since before September. I lost my assistant at work and I know for many of you, you may be thinking so. Well I have been doing so much at work. I have been bringing work home, and the stress of having so much on me. I have gone thru 3 temporaries that have made my life worse than better. Also we are installing a new system and have been in training and installation since October. And on top of that I got sick. I suffer from asthma so when I get sick of course that hits me too. So it took me a while to get better. I didn't even have time to go to the doctor. Yeah who gets sick and doesn't have time to go see a doctor. Me. One week I couldn't even eat. It was so bad I have actually lost weight. And just when I got better last week, I got my fiancee sick. But now we are getting better and I'm back. So to make up for me being missing I feel like giving things away. Check out the giveaways coming today. Thanks for understanding. Even though I still haven't hired an assistant, and my life is still upside down I am getting things back on track.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Celebrating the Holidays at SeaWorld Orlando

With the holidays around the corner, the year ending and so much going on I can't even think of the vacation we never took this year. But I am already thinking and planning for next year. This is a place I have always wanted to visit with my family. I never thought about visiting in the winter time but look at all the wonderl, fun things that can be done.

Guests can take an exciting trip to the North Pole aboard The Polar Express Experience. Plus, enjoy three all-new shows:

·Winter Wonderland on Ice – The ice-skating spectacular debuts November 27 at SeaWorld’s Bayside Stadium and continues select nights through January 3. Christmas comes to life with towering water fountains, magnificent fireworks and some of the most talented skaters in the world as they dazzle and delight families this holiday season.

·Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas, a holiday-themed comedy featuring loveable sea lions Clyde and Seamore, along with a few mischievous otters and a jolly walrus or two. Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas runs on select nights November 27 through January 3.

·A Sesame Street Christmas, even the little ones can celebrate the spirit of the season with Elmo, Big Bird and other Sesame Street friends during the all-new festive and fun musical celebration. Following the show, families can create wonderful memories with their friends from Sesame Street during character meet-and-greets. Families can also enjoy a unique dining experience for the whole family: Elmo and Friends Christmas Breakfast.

Que Rica Vida Concurso

Bisquick te invita a disfrutar de un desayuno de ensueño junto a Karla Martínez en un famoso parque de atracciones en Orlando. Una persona ganara un viaje magico a Orlando, FL. Y tendras la opportunida de salir en la television y ser entrevistado.

¡Participa del concurso y tendrás chances de ganar! Consulta las Reglas del Concurso .
Llena la forma en esta pagina

One lucky winner will win an all-expense paid trip for four to a famous and magical theme park in Orlando, FL. To enter log on to where you'll find complete instructions and rules or you can text the word PANCAKE to 47201 and a receive a text message response that will ask you in for your family's favorite breakfast moment. To enter by regular mail, send your family's favorite breakfast moment on a 3"x5" card, with your name, address and phone number to: "Win A Breakfast With Karla Martinez and a Magical Trip to Orlando," P.O. Box 72982, Rockford, MN 55572. So why the opportunity for Spanish-speakers? The winner will be featured in Spanish-language television broadcasts and interviewed by other Spanish-language media.

Le Receta de mi cocina Cooking Contest

Es el tiempo para cocinar y comer mucha comida deliciosa. Tienes una receta fabulosa?

It is that time for cooking and eating great food. Do you have a delicious recipe?
Then why not enter it in a contest. Go to for more details

•Deadline is Dec. 31, so get cooking! LOL

•Recipes can range from main courses and side dishes to desserts, with each entry using at least one of Que Rica Vida's 14 priority brands, plus additional ingredients and serving ideas.

•No worries, the products are things we use everyday and list of them can be found in quericavida .com or

•Grand prize winner will receive a complete dining room makeover including a new dining room table, dining chairs and area rug, plus an elegant set of china and silverware for eight plus a trip to General Mills headquarters in Minneapolis, where they will receive a personal tour of the famous Betty Crocker Kitchens, and its Cocina Hispana.

•Second and third place finalists will also be awarded $500

Good luck!


So I just got a heads up on a new movie coming soon. It is a Jackie Chan movie. I love Jackie Chan. It will be at the theaters on January 15, 2010. George Lopez who I think is hilarious is in this movie too. This is a movie the whole family will be able to enjoy. Check it out and watch the trailer
Lionsgate’s family action comedy THE SPY NEXT DOOR stars Jackie Chan as Bob Ho, an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-

door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian (Amber Valletta). But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids.

When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval. But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob’s archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!

Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan is joined by an talented supporting cast featuring Amber Valletta (PREMONITION, TRANSPORTER 2, HITCH), George Lopez (BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA, SWING VOTE, "George Lopez"), Billy Ray Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"), Magnus Scheving (LAZYTOWN), Madeline Carroll (SWING VOTE), Will Shadley ("Dirty Sexy Money"), and Alina Foley. THE SPY NEXT DOOR is directed by Brian Levent (ARE WE THERE YET?, SNOW DOGS, THE FLINTSTONES) from a screenplay by Greg Poirier (NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS). The film is produced by Robert Simonds and Ryan Kavanaugh.
The Spy Next Door trailer

Stay tuned Independentmami might just be giving away movie screening passes and prize packs.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hellmann’s “Real Holiday Helpings” Program and Giveaway

The holidays are here. Just this past Friday it snowed in Houston. Yes, crazy weather we have here. But it was an eye opener that it is that time again. I had a holiday get-2-gether with my close friends. But before the party could begin I went into crazy mode. What is the one thing that I worried about the most, food? Yes, food. With this economy, you have to think of ways to save money and get creative.
One of my favorite people to watch and learn from is Bobby Flay. I love watching his show.

Bobby Flay has joined the Hellmann’s “Real Holiday Helpings” Program. Check out the great tips, videos and recipes that can be made from simple ingredients. I love that they have a left over recipe section. I never know what to do with all the left overs. I hate throwing them out. Now I can get creative. You can print out a coupon. You can register to win groceries for a year. Play the real food matchup games where there are winners daily. And if that is not enough chances for you, win a $25 American Express gift card here.

Here is how to enter:

1) Mandatory: Go to Hellmann’s “Real Holiday Helpings” Program and tell me your favorite recipe. (1 entry)
2) Follow me on blogger. (1 entry)
3) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)
4) Tweet this giveaway. (daily tweet)
5) Follow me on facebook. (1 entry)
6) Post it on facebook. (1 entry)

This giveaway ends on December 18, 2009 at midnight. Please leave a contact email and name in your comment. I have the right to disqualify any entries. Winners will have 24 hours to claim prize.
Good luck.

Disclosure: I will receive a $25 American Express gift card as part of my participation in this program. Thanks to BSM Media for this great opportunity.

Winner of 16 X 20 Poster

Cookie said...
I want to print a photo calendar for the grandparents. I also need photo cards to mail out... great giveaway!

December 2, 2009 11:45 PM

She will be getting this...
Enter now to win this great prize, Online Poster Printing Rolled Canvas Giveaway:

Giveaway Prize: (1) 16x20” Rolled Canvas for One Lucky Winner

Size: 16x20 rolled canvas

Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping in the US

Eligibility: Limited to US Residents due to shipping costs. We will negotiate better shipping rates soon.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Recetas Y Consejos para Navidad

Para todos los que le gustan recetas, fiestas, y mas este webinario es para ti. En Deciembre 16, va haber un webinario con mucha informacion para nosotros. Todo sera gratis. Sigue las instruciones que siguen para poder ingresar en el webinario.

Para participar sigue estos dos pasos sencillos: Marca gratis al 1-800-747-7409 y pulsa el código 7642591. Mientras esperas a ingresar al webinario por vía telefónica, haz click aquí: y sigue las instrucciones.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mom Central Holiday Gift Guide

Week 1 reviews and prizes: (You must enter to win by Tuesday, December 8)

'Irving Berlin's White Christmas' DVD

A copy of ''Twas the Night Before Christmas'

Hallmark DVD Greetings

Mouse-ke-TAG game

The Popcorn Factory

Press Dough Deluxe Cookie Factory

SkinGlow Pillow Cover

ZipperBack Gloves

Eco Touch Car Care Kit

Lil' Ol' Me Onesie and Autism Awareness Bracelet

Pandora Bracelets

What are you waiting for? Head on over to MOm Central and enter.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

16 X 20 Canvas **CLOSED**

Just in time for Christmas. Are you looking for a great present to give someone but just don't know what to get them? A picture tells a story. It saves a memory. Why not give a canvas to someone you love. Or win one. This is one is going fast so hurry and enter. Learn more about the details of the prize.

Enter now to win this great prize, Online Poster Printing Rolled Canvas Giveaway:

Giveaway Prize: (1) 16x20” Rolled Canvas for One Lucky Winner

Size: 16x20 rolled canvas

Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping in the US

Eligibility: Limited to US Residents due to shipping costs. We will negotiate better shipping rates soon.

Check out Canvas Prints , Online Poster Prints , Reviews

Here is how to enter:

1) Leave a comment describing what photo gifts you want to have printed for your family and loved ones. (1 entry)

2) Blog about this giveaway. (5 entries)

3) Follow me on twitter and post this giveaway on Twitter. (1 entry)

The winner will be chosen on December 5, 2009 at midnight. Please leave your contact email information in the comment. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Thank you and good luck. As past of me providing this great giveaway, I will be receiving an appreciation canvas too!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Winner of the 50 Custom Thank You cards giveaway

And the winner is:

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
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Result: 3

Terra H. said...
I follow you on Twitter, partymix25

November 18, 2009 11:35 PM


What a great prize to win:

Prize Offered: (50 ct.) 7 x 5" (folded to 3.5 x 5") Custom Thank You Cards with plain envelopes
Shipping: Free UPS Ground within United States
Eligibility: Limited to US Residents due to shipping costs. We will negotiate better shipping rates soon.

Thanks to for sponsoring this giveaway.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving with Sandra Lee and Joshua Bell**CLOSED**

“Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bring everyone together to celebrate a year of blessings. Serve savory and decadent dishes such as Savory Bread Pudding and Praline Sweet Potato Casserole on an inviting table, filled with rich colors and seasonal textures. Simple, time-saving shortcuts to create a meaningful feast can be found in my new book Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cocktail Time. Give your gracious gathering a heartwarming start with my personal favorite, Joshua Bell’s album, At Home With Friends and greet guests at your door with a vibrant cocktail, such as a Peach and Apricot Cider or Pumpkin Pie Martini . The main attraction is food, so try turning your Turkey or Pork Roast into a colorful centerpiece, served with a side of cornbread stuffing or cranberry sauce. For a quick and easy dessert try Semi-Homemade Glazed Spice Donuts with Pecans or a Sweet Potato Cake with Citrus Glaze, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating with your family and friends.” Sandra Lee

A Few Tips from Sandra,

“Re-name your cocktails for a signature touch and serve them in an array of glasses in different shapes and sizes for a glamorous effect. If you have a special album playing, review your song list and allow the song titles to inspire your cocktails, ie. Peach Cider can be turned into “Cinema Paradiso” to match the beautiful duet of the same name on Joshua Bell’s new album At Home With Friends. Brilliant!”

“If you’re facing a time crunch—pick party foods that are delicious and impressive, without being fussy. I recommend, Savory Bread Pudding and Fig and Port Tartlets—both of these tasty treats can be prepared before your guests arrive and served at room temperature.”

“Sometimes you need the culinary equivalent of a big warm hug. Praline Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic, comfort food creation that is baked to perfection."

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Mission #3 Talent-Independentmami does Magic

Independentmami will now be doing Magic.
Let me tell how I found and discovered, I could do magic. Going back, magic comes from a long line of great mothers, housekeepers, and caretakers in my family passed down from generation to generation. I think all men, or maybe just my men, think that the house is a magic kingdom for them. I have sprinkled my picksy dust on it, and things just happen by magic. My featured magic tricks today will be doing the dishes and doing the laundry. I have not mastered my talents, and am no expert. No precious animals were hurt in any of these tricks. Warning this video may not be suitable for all eyes to see. It was 5 am in the morning, and we know how we look and feel at that time. Again magic happens at all hours of the day, especially when my guys are sleeping. When my sleeping beauties awake in the morning, their clothes is hanging in their closets, ready for them. The dishes are back in the cupboard ready for them to be used. These are not all the magic tricks I can do, I have more up my sleeve.

Thank you to everyone who voted for me. I really appreciate the support I have out in the blogging world. For those that are just tuning in I entered a contest, Bloggers & Tiaras over at MomDot. This is the 3rd entry into the competition. I hope you get a kick out of the things i do during this time. Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jolly Mom is giving away a HP Touchsmart 600

Microsoft and HP collaborated to create best-in-class touch technology that melds the power of Windows 7 with HP’s revolutionary TouchSmart PCs. The HP TouchSmart 600 showcases this technology within its sleek design, HD widescreen, BluRay, adjustable webcam and more. It offers limitless potential for enhancing life at home.
Retail value of $1,497!

Starting on Nov 23, Jolly Mom will be doing a give away where you could win this. She is one of 9 blogs. I want to WIN!
Learn more here

Monday, November 16, 2009

November is National Adoption Month
The mission of AdoptUsKids is to recruit and connect foster and adoptive families with waiting children throughout the United States.

You can make a difference is our future by adopting today. There are many children just waiting to be adopted. If you know someone looking for information on being a foster parent or adopting, please encourage them to visit

This campaign is brought to you by Global Influence, the former Momfluence network.

PBS to Air Special on Grandparents Raising Kids - November 16, 2009

I know from experience how a grandparent can play an important role in kids lives. My mom has helped me raise my son. I became a single parent when my son was 6 months old. And my mom was there for me. And now that I am on my own and no longer under her roof, she is still there like she was before for support. I know many people in this situation for many reasons know to them that this has happened to.

I love PBS. They are so full of information for our kids and us as parents. It is not just about entertainment, and they understand that.

"A Place of Our Own" is the English-language ("Week in Review") companion to the Spanish-language ("Recuento Seminal") series "Los Niños en su Casa." Both series are designed for parents and anyone else who takes care of young children: grandparents, nannies, babysitters and home daycare providers. The series covers subjects such as tantrums, literacy, preventing obesity, as well as speech and language delays. These Peabody Award-winning programs combine an entertainment format. The daytime talk/demonstration show features solid educational information on how young children learn, and what adults need to know to help them be prepared for kindergarten and beyond. This show will be airing today. Check you local listing for times. And if you are looking to see it in Spanish it will be coming out on Thursday, Nov 19.

Las series premiadas de PBS, A Place of Our Own y Los Niños En Su Casa, presentarán un programa titulado “Grandparents Raising Kids” (Abuelos que Crían a sus Nietos) el lunes 16 de noviembre y el jueves 19 de noviembre. El programa muestra cómo los abuelos pueden manejar esta situación, que suele ser abrumadora, y ofrece ideas para ayudar a los abuelos a brindar un futuro prometedor para su familia.

A Place of Our Own y Los Niños en Su Casa son series informativas en inglés y español que se transmiten por televisión todos los días, y están dirigidas a padres, abuelos y proveedores de cuidado de niños pequeños. Este episodio aborda el tema de la responsabilidad de criar nietos que los abuelos deben asumir en forma permanente, muchas veces de una manera inesperada, y trata sobre cómo ellos pueden obtener la ayuda que necesitan para su bienestar mental, físico y emocional.

“A veces se producen circunstancias muy duras en las familias que pueden cambiar para siempre el rol de los abuelos, pasando a ser guardianes permanentes de sus nietos. En todo el país, más de seis millones de niños menores de 18 años viven con sus abuelos”, comentó Joyce Campbell, Productora Ejecutiva de KCET-TV, Los Angeles. “Si bien la situación a veces puede resultar abrumadora, estos abuelos no deberían sentirse solos en esta experiencia tan desafiante para ellos”, agregó Campbell.

El programa titulado “Grandparents Raising Kids” (Abuelos que crían a sus nietos) se transmitirá a través de las estaciones PBS de todo el país los días 16 de noviembre (A Place of Our Own) y 19 de noviembre (Los Niños en Su Casa). Consulte la guía de programación local.

La información sobre los programas está disponible en y, e incluye videos, vínculos a recursos y tableros de mensajes.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

50 Custom Thank You Cards Giveaway ***CLOSED***

It's a giveaway you dont want to miss. Thank you cards, who doesn't want some. I want them so I can use them to thank all the wonderful people that will come to my wedding and share in those moments with me and my fiancee. I could also use them as a way to thank those who send us wedding gifts. Check out their greeting card page, Digital Room page and UPrinting Reviews on

Here is what you can win.

Prize Offered: (50 ct.) 7 x 5" (folded to 3.5 x 5") Custom Thank You Cards with plain envelopes
Shipping: Free UPS Ground within United States
Eligibility: Limited to US Residents due to shipping costs. We will negotiate better shipping rates soon.

Thanks to for sponsoring this giveaway.

1) Tell me how you would use these if you won. (1 entry)
2) Tweet this giveaway, #giveaway, @uprinting. (1 entry)
3) Follow me on blogger. (1 entry)
4) Follow me on facebook. (1 entry)
5) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)

This giveaway ends Nov. 21 at midnight. Please leave a contact email in your comment. Winner will have 24 hours to claim prize. Good luck.
*disclosure-I will be receiving fifty (50) thank you cards from for hosting this giveaway.

Mission #2 Comment Love

Around around the web sharing comment love to my followers. It was so much fun reading about my followers, their lives, and picking up some good pointers. I spent all weekend sharing the love to my followers. I also visited the blog I follow. Around the blog world. Here is the list of blog I visited:
1)Mama De Alta Demanda
2)A Scrapbook of Inspiration
3)Manda Bogs About
4)Little Diva Tutus
5)The Real Estate Mama
6)Dealectible Mommies
7)Mama Al Dia
8)Virgin Marathon Mommy
9)Simply Shanzie
10)Six Feet Under Site
11)My Four Monkeys Product Reviews
12)Our Shallow City
13)Kristens Contemplations
14)2 Toddlers and Me
15)Dealightfully Frugal
16)Holli Ramblings
17)The Electic Element
18)The Amazing Life of Zakiah Camille
19)The Suburban Jungle
20)Salad Bowl of Thoughts
21)Two Little Monkeys Plus Hubby
22)Only Parent Chronicles
23)Thoughts of a Mommy of Three
24)Hippie Mommy
25)Woman and Mom
26)Cins Outnumbered and Loving It
27)Baby Making Machine
28)2 Sets of Twins
29)My Not So Hurried Life
30)Of Mice and Ramen
31)Waddlers and Toddlers
32)My COnfessions of a First Time Mom
33)Four Apples
34)Lunch Box Limbo
35)Beginning Fresh
36)Momma Michie
37)New England Nanny
38)The Hall experiment
39)Mommy Words
40)Sheila Cakes
41)Ruthie Live
42)Mamas Money Savers
43)Frugality in the Making
44)If Evolution Works
45)Loca Loba
46)Stretching A Buck
47)Looking Well 2009
48)Shades of Green
49)Ms Giveaway
50)Clever Mamas
51)Beccas Backyard
52)Here All Along
53)Multiple Blessings
54)Saving Money for a Wedding
55)Psych Mommy
56)Texas Couponers Anonymous
57)Mom Spark
58)My Red Apron
59)Planned Improvisation
60)Night Owl Mama
61)A Pocket Full of Buttons
62)Money Saving Maineac
63)Contests and Giveaways
64)A Nut in a Nut Shell
65)The Penny Pinching Mama
66)The Fabulous Finds
67)A Day in the Life
68)A Few of My Favorite Things
69)Annie are you Okay
70)Aubut Family

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Disney's Magic Your Way Special Offer and Giveaway

I have always wanted to go to Disney World. In my earlier post, we just went to Disney on Ice here in Houston. I love Disney and their characters. Growing up these were the great characters in my life, and now my son's life. We are planning our family vacation and i think we found our destination. I was contacted with this great offer and I wanted to share it with you.
Travel to Disney World from November 1-December 24 or January 3-March 27 and get free nights at your Disney Resort. Stay at a Disney Value Resort for 5 nights and get 2 nights for free and 2 days of tickets for free. Stay at a Disney Moderate Resort or Disney Deluxe Resort for 4 nights and get 3 nights free and 3 days of tickets for free.

Disney's Magic Your Way Package includes:
*Accommodations at a Walt Disney World Resort
*Disney World Tickets
*Free Disney's Magical Express transfers (to and from the Orlando International Airport)
*Free Disney's Magical Express baggage handling (Disney will pick up your luggage from Baggage Claim and deliver it to your room about 2-3 hours after you check in)
*Free $15 voucher for food and non-alcoholic beverages at Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney
*Free souvenir from Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney
*Free voucher for a round of miniature golf at a Disney Miniature Golf Course
*Free "I'm going to Disney World" pack with vacation planning information, Must See Must Do Guide, and Disney themed luggage tags
*Free voucher for 30 minutes of Sea Raycer boat time when you rent 60 minutes. Offer is valid up to 5 people at Disney marinas
*Free $10 Disney Game Card to use on arcade games at your Disney Resort
*Free Extra Magic Hours at the Disney Theme Parks
*Free transportation around the Walt Disney World Resort� to the Disney Theme Parks, Water Parks, Downtown Disney, and other Disney Resorts

For more information or to book your trip now, go to

Now to the giveaway, Win a set of 4 Disney Parks Lithographs Featuring Tinker Bell and Mickey Mouse with a value at over $75. And if you want one of them can be autographed by Mickey Mouse himself. This will be a perfect Christmas present for your kids or a Disney lover.

To enter:

1) Follow me on blogger (1 entry)
2) Follow me on twitter @independentmami (1 entry)
3) Tweet this giveaway. (1 entry daily)
4) Enter any of my other giveaways. (1 entry)

SOrry for the confusion to those who have already entered. Voting was closed and therefore I made changes. Please feel free to entered these entries as well.

This giveaway ends on November 29, 2009 at midnight. Please leave your contact information in your comment. (1 winner) Thank you and Good Luck!!

Disney on Ice Review and coupon code

We attended opening nite of Disney of Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Let me tell you how magical it was. The characters we grew up seeing on tv were there before our eyes. It was great to see all the characters we love from from all the Disney stories. The kids didn't want to miss any part of this magical show. Everything was ooohhh and aaahhhhh. It was such a beautiful presentation. The costumes were great. Our kids loved the show and did not want it to end. My son's favorite part of the show was The Incredibles. The girls said their favorite part was when the princesses all came out from Pocahontas to Cinderella. My favorite part was Lion King. I love Lion King. My bestfriend's favorite part was Toy Story.

Now you and your family can come experience Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic at Reliant Stadium.

Purchase a 4‐pack of tickets for only $44 for weekday shows
or receive $4 off weekend tickets by logging onto and entering the coupon code: MOM**

Show Dates:
Thursday, Nov. 12: 7:30pm
Friday, Nov. 13: 10:30am, 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 14: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 15: 1:30pm, 5:30pm

**Get 4 tickets for $44 Monday‐Friday matinee, or $4 off weekend tickets by entering the code “MOM” in the promotion code box on ticketmaster. Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required, additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Offer not valid on Rinkside or VIP or VIP Dining seating. Cannot be combined with other offers. Service charges and handling fees will apply.

**Disclosure-Thank you to Mom Central and the Feld Family for the tickets my family received. We enjoyed the showed. **

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

THE BLIND SIDE Prize Pack Giveaway***CLOSED***

THE BLIND SIDE will be hitting movie theaters on Friday, November 20, 2009. It is a Drama. It is rated PG-13. So perfect for you and the family to hit the movies to watch. We will be watching this movie and we can't wait for it to come out. We love football. This movie is an inspirational movie. I love these kind of movies, especially with this being a true story. Watch the Blind Side trailer. Here is more information about the movie.

Synopsis: Sandra Bullock (“The Proposal”), Tim McGraw (“Friday Night Lights”) and Oscar®-winner Kathy Bates (“Misery,” “ Revolutionary Road ”) star in Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Blind Side,” which depicts the remarkable true story of All-American football star Michael Oher

A homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, Oher (Quinton Aaron) is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential on and off the football field. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.

Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

“The Blind Side” is directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Rookie”), who also wrote the screenplay based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, by Michael Lewis. Gil Netter, Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove are producing the film with Molly Smith, Erwin Stoff and Tim Bourne serving as executive producers.

Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw star as Leigh Anne and Sean Touhy, and Kathy Bates stars as one of Michael Oher’s dedicated tutors, Miss Sue. Quinton Aaron is introduced in the central role of Michael Oher. The film also stars newcomer Lily Collins and Jae Head (“Hancock”) as the Touhys’ children, Collins and S.J., respectively.

The behind-the-scenes creative team is led by director of photography Alar Kivilo (“Year One,” “The Lake House”), two-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“Apollo 13,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Frost/Nixon”), editor Mark Livolsi (“Marley & Me,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) and costume designer Daniel Orlandi (“Angels & Demons,” “Frost/Nixon”).

Win The Blind Side Prize Pack. The prize packs include a mini poster, a branded t-shirt and a branded hand towel. (2 winners)

To enter:

1) Go to
Mom Dot and vote for me, Alba (Independentmami). Come back and leave me a comment once you have voted with your voting number.

Vote for me here

Bonus: Email your friends to vote for me at
Mom Dot. 1 extra entry per friend. Remember to copy me:

This giveaway ends on November 18, 2009 at midnight. Please leave your contact information in your comment. (2 winners) Thank you and Good Luck!!

**disclosure-I will be receiving my own prize pack.**

Happy Veteran's Day

Thank you to all those who have served, and those that are serving. We appreciate everything you do. We have rights and freedoms because you stand at the line protecting it. To the land of the free, and the home of the brave, today we salute you great men and women.
T H A N K Y O U !

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Vote for me-Peoples Choice Award

As in the previous post, I have entered a beauty pageant for mommy bloggers over at Mom Dot. Not sure why I entered but it seemed like fun. I would like your support.

Vote for me:

Mom Dot-People's Choice Award

Voting has started and ends on Nov 29, 2009.

Mission #1-Beauty

The question is-
what do I find beautiful about me? I believe beauty comes from within. It is what is in your heart that makes you beautiful. I have never been one to wear alot of makeup. Ask any of my co-workers, friends, or family. To me less, is better.
Now I think a beautiful mom is one who worries about her family before her. One who carries many titles which are badges of honor on her shoulders. Her beauty comes from everyday challenges and successes. She who enters a daily pageant against all other mothers and is crowned by her loved ones at the end of the day. A beautiful mother is you and me.

Don't forget to head on over to MomDot to vote for me Alba @independentmami

MADD Blog Tour

Two years ago I had to go to a funeral of a mother leaving behind 3 kids and a husband. She got hit by a drunk teenage driver on her way home from buying milk for her baby. All I remember is her kids asking their mom to wake up. "Mommy wake Up" We as parents need to be responsible enough to talk to our kids. There are so many resources out there for us to use. My son is only 10 going on 11 soon. I think about his friends and his influences. All the peer pressure I faced.
We went out this weekend. And we saw first hand so many underage kids drinking. All along I wonder if their parents talk to them. My mom told us no drinking was allowed. We are Christian we are not suppose to drink. blah, blah, blah, is all I and my brothers heard. But as I walk out and saw all those kids thinking that holding a cup and drinking it made them look cool. I wondered what am I going to tell my son. How am I going to handle this situation?
I was glad that there is information for us. Have you heard of MADD? Take a look and learn more. Let's be educated, so we can educate our kids.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has a lot of parents. MADD is committed to helping parents, especially those with high schoolers, to navigate talking to teens about alcohol. This blog is dedicated to the passionate MADD staff and volunteers that have a lot to say about the Power of Parents (It's Your Influence) by MADD.
For more information:
MADD Blog:
Twitter: @maddparents
Facebook: MADDs Power of Parents Its Your influence
Safety Quiz: Test your High School Students Now
Support 21: Show your support, pledge today

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of MADD. A donation was made to MADD in my name to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Monday, November 9, 2009

And the Winner is...

COngratulations to:

atout said...
So awesome. I'd love to use them to create our wedding programs.

October 30, 2009 11:32 AM

She is the winner of:

Giveaway Prize: 100 Brochures for One Lucky Winner
100 8.5 x11" Brochure / Flyers on 100lb gloss text paper ; 4 color printing on both sides
Folding Choices: Half fold; Trifold/Letterfold; Z-fold; Accordion (4 panels) Roll Fold (4 Panels)
Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping
Eligibility: Limited to US Residents due to shipping costs. We will negotiate better shipping rates soon.

Thanks for entering.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs Olivares

On this day I watched my bestfriend marry the love of her life. Robert and Evelyn have been through so much but now I know how love really affects me and you. Have you ever thought about your vows you took that day, or are going to take?
Read this:
In the name of God, I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my (husband/wife/spouse), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.
My bestfriend walked down the aisle with her fiancee by her side walking with a cane. While we all held our breaths, hoping he wouldn't fall. She alone was there to support him all the way down that long aisle. Just as in life, she will be his partner for life. He sucked up all the pain he was feeling, used all his strength, and was strong for her. As the years to come, when all seems to go wrong. Robert and Evelyn said these vows to each other. And everyone knew that their love is so true.

At the reception he danced away the night with his bride. Whether on the dance floor with his cane, or on his wheel chair, the night was theirs. I wish them the best for their future together.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tiger's Milk Review

Throw away all the kids Trick or Treat candy. Yes, you heard right. Ok, maybe not throw it away let's all donate it to charities, or churches for the under privileged. Our kids are not getting the nutrition they need. They fill up with empty carbs and calories like candy. Now that we have gotten rid of all that junk (candy) let's introduce our kids to something good to replace it with.

Have you ever heard of Tiger's Milk? Tiger’s Milk bars are an excellent alternative to candy bars and other sweeter snacks. They taste great, and are an excellent source of protein and nutrition. Schiff Nutrition, the maker of Tiger's Milk bars, has been one of the most trusted and respected companies in the nutritional supplement industry for more than 70 years. Schiff® makes sure that each bar is loaded with 16 vitamins and minerals and contains up to 10 grams of protein - with zero grams of trans fat.
Do your kids ever get the peanut butter and want to eat it with a spoon? Growing up in a house full of boys, they did, and so does my son. He loves peanut butter. Tiger's Milk bars were perfect for my family because now they don't have to take the full bottle. They now have a grab and go snack bar. They are perfect for all the field trips my son is going on this year. He recently went on two different field trips. He said all the kids were asking him what his snack bar tasted like. He told them it was like peanut butter on a spoon. I have always known that kids watch what the others eat. I now know that my son is sharing a good eating habit with him fellow classmates.
In a recent taste test in my house, the votes were cast and we all loved Tiger's Milk bars. Let me tell you where you can find Tiger's Milk bars:
These bars retail price is $1.00. YOu can't beat that

*Disclosure-My family received samples for this review. These are our honest opinions about this product. Others may not have the same opinion. But if you are peanut butter or chocolate lover, you will love them. Plus they are nutricious!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Diabetes is a leading cause of vision loss among Americans, and committing to getting a diabetic eye exam annually is an important step in preserving your sight. Ninety percent of severe vision loss from diabetes can be avoided by visiting your ophthalmologist annually and by controlling your diabetes. More than 24 million people in the United States have diabetes and less than half are not getting a recommended dilated eye exam. Among the Hispanic/Latino America population, 2.5 million (9.5%) have diabetes. Furthermore, nearly half of all adult Hispanic/Latino individuals in the United States with diabetes have some type of diabetic retinopathy.

Twitter Party-Thursday

To enter, please become a Fan of IMAX on Facebook and then comment on this post. Please leave name, and email address where to be contacted.

(enter to win a prize pack that consists of one Disney’s A Christmas Carol poster and one book, “Disney’s A Christmas Carol: Movie Storybook)