Sunday, February 28, 2010

I signed on the dotted line...

I am so excited. On Saturday, we officially signed on the dotted line. I will become Mrs. Garza on September 25, 2010. This day will be a historic day in my life.
Once someone described my life to be like a roller coaster. I never understood why this was said about me. And of course I took it the wrong way. 15 years later I realize that I am like the Texas Cyclone. The Texas Cyclone was the biggest ride at Astroworld. A themepark here in Houston. You could see it from the freeway.

It was larger than life at one time. That big scary roller coaster was so much fun. I remember standing in line waiting to get on. And afterwards it was such a rush. I loved it. That's me. Either join me or don't, but I promise that we will have fun. Life is about having fun. We work so hard in life and we just don't stop sometimes. I guess i am just a rebel and want to enjoy every moment.
Life sent me that rider that will stand in line time after time. He loves the rush, the lows, highs, and all that the Alba's cyclone has to offer.

One thing is you needed a partner to ride, if not you would be partnered with a stranger and that so could ruin the ride. I have found my partner. My partner for life. I think this whole time I had been partnered with strangers and the ride was just not the same. And now, no matter how scary it can be on top of the highest point our life, we are about to do it together.
This is it....stay tuned

Friday, February 26, 2010

Special Offer from Martina McBride

I wanted to share this with you. I love Martina McBride. I have seen her in concert at the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo. If you haven't seen her and haven't heard her music, check her out.

All information provided from MomSelect (I am a member)

Martina McBride is a working mom who's always juggling the demands of home and a successful career that takes her out on the road with her SunnyD Shine All Night Tour. In this fun new video, she has every woman's fantasy: a REWIND button she uses to make her day turn out a little more like she'd like it. The video features her new hit single, "Wrong Baby Wrong."
What would you use it for if you had a REWIND button for your everyday life? If I had a rewind button I would want to use it. Lately somedays seem not to end right. Or I stick my foot in my mouth. Either way it would be nice because you could go back to the moment you messed up and start all over. But I think the things that happen to us make us who we are. Though it would ve nice to have one, if it doesn't kill me, it will make me stronger.

SunnyD Shine All Night Tour

Wrong Baby Wrong Live Video
Martina Moment #25


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Business Card giveaway Update

Please note I have just been notified by my sponsor that I need to move the end date for this giveaway to February 28, 2010. If you have not entered you still have 3 more days to do so, click Card Giveaway

Giveaway Prize:

500 Business Cards for One (1) Winner

Sizes: 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 3”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.5 x 3.5” (skinny card)

Paper: 14 pt gloss cardstock, 14 pt matte cardstock or 13 pt recycled uncoated cardstock

Specifications: Full Color Both Sides; Offset Press; 3 Business Day Printing

Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping

Eligibility: Limited to US Residents only

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Rainbow Brite RocKs

Did you ever play with Rainbow Brite when you were younger? I did. She was cool. All my friends and I loved Rainbow Brite. And now she's back with her friends for the next generations.
Thanks to MomSelect and Hallmark for sending me a Rainbow Brite package-interactive cd's which include Rainbow Brite animated short, Games & puzzles, Rainbow Brite's theme song, and much, much more. The Rainbow Brite Adventure Pack cd was handed out to my girls and they were just so thrilled.

Visit Rainbow Brite online at to view 4 new Rainbow Brite animated mini episodes. When you are there you can join Rainbow Brite, Moonglow, Tickled Pink, Starlite, Shimmer, and Sunriser on their adventures through Rainbow Land. By the way, moms, Rainbow Brite dolls are now available at Target and Toy R Us. Check online for availability.

No compensation was received for this post. These are my opinions only. Thank you to MomSelect and Hallmark for sending cds for me to pass along to all my girlies. They loved them!! Thanks again!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Give a Day. Get a Disney Day!

Have you seen the commercials with the muppets? I love those muppets. Ms Piggy is my favorite. Do you volunteer? I do. I make a point to volunteer and take my son along with me. This teaches him great values he will pass along to others. He also gets to learn and meet many different people. We volunteer for no compensation. We give our time and don't expect anything back. We are just glad that we are blessed. Now you can get a little compensation and help out a great cause. Many of you know I love to support great causes.

Here are the program details:
We want to inspire one million people to volunteer a day of service to a participating organization in their communities. So we're celebrating these volunteers' good works by giving each of them a 1-day, 1-theme park ticket to the Disneyland® Resort or Walt Disney World® Resort, free. There's no better time to make a dream come true for others and let us make a few come true for you.
For more information click here.

So what are you waiting for? Register. Volunteer. Go have some fun!! Card Giveaway

Business cards are great not only for those who have work at companies or for themselves. They can serve many purposes. Are you starting your own business? Are you a new blogger and need to spread your name around? I started blogging in 2008 and have been amazed at how much a business card can really do. I pass them out at events. I sent them in my giveaway packages. I pass them out to friends. would like for you to experience what business cards can do for you too. Enter to win 500 business cards.

Giveaway Prize:

500 Business Cards for One (1) Winner

Sizes: 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 3”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.5 x 3.5” (skinny card)

Paper: 14 pt gloss cardstock, 14 pt matte cardstock or 13 pt recycled uncoated cardstock

Specifications: Full Color Both Sides; Offset Press; 3 Business Day Printing

Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping

Eligibility: Limited to US Residents only

Go online now and check out all the wonderful options there are to choose from:

At UPrinting use the Business Cards Online to create any kind of business card. But UPrinting has much more, go to Print Online to see all the other available products.

Here is how to enter:

1) Tell me how you would use the business cards. (1 entry)
2) Follow me on blogger. (1 entry)
3) Follow me on twitter. (1 entry)
4) Tweet, make sure you put @uprinting on your tweet. (1 entry per hour)

This giveaway ends on February 28, 2010 at midnight. The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Independentmami has a right to disqualify any comment that does not follow the rules. Please leave an email in your comment. Good luck.

This is a sponsored giveaway. Thank you to I will be receiving an appreciation prize. No monetary compensation was received for this post. This is my opinion only.


I love Kelly Ripa! She supports great causes and I love to pass the word along. Here is another great cause. Please visit and support. You can make a difference too.
Go to

When you decorate and send a virtual cake to a friend, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.*

Electrolux and Kelly Ripa are proud to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund whose mission is to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for Ovarian Cancer. Electrolux has committed to donate $500,000 to this worthy cause.

And each day you send a cake you'll be entered to win a new Induction Range from Electrolux - every baker's dream. Electrolux is donating $100 to OCRF for every range purchased this month.**
Click Here to go there now.

Also, if you watch the cake boss, Buddy is sharing his top tips.

This is a great cause to support. You get tips on cake making and much, much more. Visit online now and you could win a new range too!! All that by the click of one button.

New Giveaways I have entered...

UPrinting Stickers/Labels giveaway 2/26

win up to 6 personalized letters from The Present Place 3/3

win a Drawstring Sports Bag 3/2

The Loca Loba Win & Give Laptop Giveaway 2/21

Retro Cereal Prize Pack & Atari Flashback 2 Console Giveaway!

@Nightowlmama Enter to win 18x24 Poster Print #Giveaway

Win a body bar 3/5

K'Nex giveaway 3/3

Win $25 Eden Fantasys gc 3/5

WIn Ice Age Trilogy 3/3

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Around the web...giveaways i found....

Enter this Giveaway and win Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion ends 03/08

Sprout DVD Give away! ends 2/20

Win Bare Escentuals Bare minerals 2/28

Fiber One 90 Calorie Chocolate Snack Bars Review & Giveaway (Ends 3/2)

Enter to win Shape ups 2/20

Mommy filesEnter to win Subway gift card 2/23

Win Dockers @ Hip Mamas Place 2/19

I watched the commercial on Superbowl Sunday and waited to click and some online for my honey but didn't win any:(. Hopefully I can win here. Check it out

Dancing Hot Dogs win Shape ups 2/24

Night Owl Mama Kroger gift card 2/20

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Caress Evenly Gorgeous Review

It Valentine's weekend! You are home about to jump in the shower. You are getting ready for that special date. And everything starts with you taking that shower. On Valentine's day you want everything to be perfect and flawless. Starting it all with yourslef. When I jump in my shower, I want to not only be clean but smell good too. Caress Evenly Gorgeous is what you should grab. The body wash exfoliates your body. The beauty bar well must I say more. Jump out of the shower feeling great and smelling wonderful. It gives you an even glow on your skin. Have I told you how great it smells? My fiancee loves the scent.

So tonight when I am getting ready for our Valentine's dinner, I am grabbing my Caress Evenly Gorgeous.

I received a free sample of this product to review. I received no compensation. These are my opinions only. Thank you to my sponsor and Caress for the free sample.

Soft Scrub News....

I am a Soft Scrub Captain. Guess what? Soft Scrub® Total™ hit store shelves. If you have not seen it or tried it, you should. I just got a heads up that there will be a tv ad- check it out when it airs during The Bachelor on Monday, February 15, from 8-10 pm EST on ABC. I have gotten a sneak peek at the commercial. Don't miss it! Sorry I can't mess it up for you, you will have to just watch it yourself.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Progresso High Fiber Soup Review and Giveaway

You know I am trying to lose weight and get fit. I am not just doing this for my wedding in September but for my health. It is a lifestyle change. I am learning how ingredients in some foods may cause us to gain weight. I am learning how others help your body. Fiber can help relieve constipation, prevent certain diseases, and keep your weight under control. I have added more fiber to my diet and have been looking for food that has more fiber in it.
Progresso is a can soup I buy in bulk. I keep some at home and at work. They are easy to just grab, and eat. And now they have improved my wonderful Progresso soups by adding more fiber.

Progresso soup’s new High Fiber line includes four varieties: Chicken Tuscany; Creamy Tomato Basil; Hearty Vegetable and Noodles; and Homestyle Minestrone – all with no added MSG*, no artificial flavors and seven grams of fiber per serving.

Would you like to win a Progresso Prize Pack? Enter now to win:

1) Leave a comment telling me if ever have tried Progresso soups, and if you have which is your favorite.
2) Follow me on blogger.
3) Follow me on twitter. (leave your @name)
4) Follow me on facebook.
5) Tweet this giveaway.

Leave a separate comment for each entry. Leave your email address in the comment. You will have 24 hours to claim your prize. Contest ends February 15, at 8 a.m. Thank you for entering and good luck to everyone.

I received a Progresso Prize Pack from My Blog Spark. No compensation was received. These are my opinions only. Information was used from Progresso. Find out more by visiting their site The product, prize pack, information, and giveaway have all been provided by Progresso through MyBlogSpark.
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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Covergirl Clean for Clean Water Campaign

I was born in El Salvador but was raised in the USA. About 6 years ago when I went home for the first time, I saw how blessed I am to live here. My son and I were told not to drink the water. I always thought they were just exagerating but they weren't. The water there is not filtered and cleaned as it is here. I made the mistake of drinking the water one time. I was sick for the entire week. I was so weak and feverish. I threw up everything I ate. Anything that made it passed came straight down too. I couldn't move. I couldn't eat. I just laid in bed between hot and cold sweats. Now this was from one time of drinking the water. I would not want to imagine the water in many places around the world. I would not allow my son to drink this water. This is why I am so glad I was asked to pass this information along to you. Covergirl a major make up brand, I use has now join forces with a great program I fully support.

The brand kicked off 2010 with COVERGIRLs Dania Ramirez and Queen Latifah who announced the charitable partnership between its Clean brand of makeup and the Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) program, an organization dedicated to addressing the critical, global need for clean, safe drinking water. In celebration of the millions of loyal Clean Makeup users, COVERGIRL launched the campaign, “COVERGIRL Clean Makeup for Clean Water,” with a one-time $500,000 contribution to CSDW.
Dania returned to her native Dominican Republic in September to help kick off the campaign by delivering a year’s supply of clean drinking water to villages in need. Watch the video here Dania returns home.
In addition, COVERGIRL is making it possible for you to join the global effort to supply clean, safe drinking water to children in need.
You can enter an online contest by submitting a short video explaining how you give back to make the world a better place and why this makes you beautiful, inside and out. For every entry received, COVERGIRL will provide one week’s worth of clean drinking water to a child in need. Entrants also have a chance to win a humanitarian trip to Africa as part of the next Clean Makeup for Clean Water mission.
You can help by visiting and enter to help provide safe drinking to children in need and also learn more about the COVERGIRL Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign.
The Children's Safe Drinking Water Program provides clean drinking water to developing nations.
Every day more than 4,000 children in developing countries die from diseases due to unsafe drinking water.
Contaminated drinking water is a major problem, especially in developing nations. More than one billion people worldwide do not have access to safe water.
Diarrhea caused by drinking contaminated water remains a leading cause of illness and death among infants and children in the developing world.
About 1.8 million children die every year due to diarrheal diseases.
More children die from diarrheal illnesses like cholera and dysentery than from HIV/AIDS or malaria combined.
Beginning in 1995, P&G collaborated with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to develop the PUR Purifier of Water, a safe drinking water system that people can easily use in their homes.
Simple, low-cost interventions at the community level can improve the quality of household water and greatly reduce the risk of diarrheal disease and death.
Simply providing safe, clean, drinkable water can significantly help reduce deadly diarrhea and other devastating diseases.
With your help, we can make a difference.

To learn more visit

COVERGIRL Clean Makeup Review

Have you found a make up that has been with you for years? I have. Since I first started wearing make-up I have always picked the same brand. Cover Girl. I, at times had very sensitive skin, and everything would break me out. I don't like wearing too much or thick make up. Cover Girl has always been there for me.
Cover Girl now has the Clean Makeup line. It is lightweight coverage, perfect for me. I love the way my face looks as if I have nothing on. It is great coverage that lasts.
If you don't know what shade you are, you can take a quiz. I wear 120, Creamy Natural in the liquid. Classic Beige in the pressed powder. Take the test here.

Frigidaire "Spin & Win" Campaign

Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner are teaming up once again to support Save the Children's U.S. Programs, dedicated to helping children living in poverty in the United States.

Go to for more details.

While you are there check out the new Spin & Win game. It gives you the opportunity to win gift cards for spending quality time with your kiddos - whether it's curling up with some new books, starting a craft project or taking in a family flick. They're giving away a prize every day. Plus, you could also win a brand new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer, with time-saving features that give you more time for the important things in life. Best of all, every time you play, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, as part of their $250,000 commitment to support Save the Children's CHANGE program, dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Progress Report month#1

So many of you know I have been engaged. And due to many circumstances like money, work, my weight etc....we have not planned our wedding. But this year I am getting married. On December 31, I made the decision that I was waiting any longer. This year was not passing us by. I made many decisions from that one decision. One of the decisions was to start doing something about my weight. My sister in law and I went to our local YMCA that we use to be members of. We reopened our accounts and updated our membership. That was the first step. The next step was actually sticking to what I said. So I talked to my wonderful fiancee, and we worked out a schedule. He is being so supportive. I have had so many excuses like I have to stay late to get catch up, or my son and school work. I will no longer have any excuses because rain or shine I am in that gym working out. I will tell you that this month did not start as smooth as I thought it would have been. The first week I did have to work late and never made in to the gym. Luckily there was a mix up in the paperwork and I would off not been able to get in anyways. But I worked out at home and started eating better. I lost 6 lbs. Week two I made it. The first day I worked out was the begining of my committment. That day I worked out and came home. I actually was in so much pain that night I did not sleep. Day two was not as good either. I was so sore from day one. I didn't sleep day 2 either. But I kept going and it kept getting better. I take breaks when I have to, stop when I can't go any further, but keep pushing to make it through every class. I work out for two hours every day, Monday-Friday. I pack my clothes, and after I leave work, I go straight to the gym. No u-turns, no pitt stops. Trust me, when I say, it is not as smooth as it sounds. Leaving work with stuff plied on top of other stuff, people trying to talk to me, emergencies coming up, etc... is has to do. But I am a happier person ever since I started working out my stresses in the gym. I actually have fun. And I am not alone. I have a great support system. My bestfriend and sister in law workout with me. And I have great trainers ready to kill me and get me back in shape. For two hours I belong to them. There are days that I have to workout on my own and those days are long and hard. But I keep seeing me walking down the aisle in my dress and i keep pushing it harder. No pain, no gain right, or something like that. I lost 3 lbs. I made it to week 3 and I hit a slump. So my fiancee took me to a place called My Fit Foods. It is like Nutrisystem. They have cooked food to help out in your diet and healthy eating. I went in openend minded because I felt I was eating right already. Well I wasn't. I am up from 6 am get hom until 8 p.m. and I only was eating in the bottom half of my day. I signed up for the 21 day program and I love it. The food taste great. This week I lost 4 lbs. Yeah I made 1 month. This will be 8 day on My Fit Foods and I lost another 3 lbs. I am happy with my progress. I am eating better. I am getting healthier. I am losing pounds. I can't see it yet but others can. My fiancee saw it two weeks ago. But I guess I am pushing for more. My goal is to lose 30 lbs before my wedding in September. Month 1 is over and I am committed to finish. I have had many temptations but I keep focused. It is hard to just say No sometimes but it was saying Yes that made it this bad. This is my progress report.
Do something.
Start today.
Grab a friend.
Do it for yourself.
Set a goal.
Achieve that goal.