Monday, March 31, 2014

Motivational Monday-Jim McIngvale's Gallery Furniture

Last year I attended Blog Elevated 2013, I had so much fun with all the attendees here in Houston.  One of the fun things we got to do was enter raffles to win different prizes.  One of those raffles was a gift certificate to Gallery Furniture, and I was a lucky winner.
So we headed to Gallery Furniture to see what we could find.  We did not know an adventure awaited us inside.

-An indoor playground for the kiddos
-Exotic birds greet you outside and inside the store in a cages
-Sports Memorabilia and many interesting items on display-like the biggest chair
-Fresh baked cookies
-fresh pop corn
-ice cream
It is a wonderful shopping experience.  You can get lost and spend the day in there.  We did not know exactly what we were looking for and of course I fell in love with so much.  The deals were all great but I was looking for something to pop right out at me.  I had no worries about the kids being unhappy with a trip to the furniture store since we had all of the above, even we the adults were content.  After walking around several times, I finally found what I did know I wanted to buy.  It was off in a room I had totally missed, this place is huge.  It was marked down and in our budget.  Sold!  But my story does not end there, the real story is the man behind the crazy commercial.  Mattress Mac, Jim McIngvale is the guy who made all this happen.  I met him for the first time when I was in 5th grade and I will never forget it.  He told us a monkey story that I did forget but since then he has inspired me and continues to inspire me.  See this guy does so much for our community.

He is a philanthropist, donating money for scholarships, needy families, disaster relief, and supports our military.  I personally remember going to his store as a single parent.  He hosted a giveaway at Christmas time for families, and each kid got a toy.  The kids in line were so happy and grateful.  And so was I.  I had nothing to give my son at the time but Jim gave him something.  This guy is great.  Even after a 4 alarm fire destroyed his store, he rebuilt.  This past February, he gave away furniture after several customers picked the winning team.  There are always great deals in his store and of course great furniture.  But the man behind the story is what is the real story!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Skincare Sunday-Johnson's Reformulation

A couple of months ago I got to make a trip to NYC to visit with the JOHNSON'S® Baby Brand Team.  Thanks to their invitation I got to visit the big apple for the first time, if you missed it read all about it here

Recently they completed a global reformulation of JOHNSON’S® Baby products to remove certain preservatives. The reformulated products have been rolling out globally since early 2013.  But what does that mean exactly?  To me it means that they continue to back up their promise.  It’s also why they continue re-evaluating ingredients to be responsive to the latest scientific developments and to our feedback.  So they are always listening.  That is what I got to see in my experience on my trip.

I got to talk to the scientists.  And they explained the science behind the big words they use, the terminology on the back of packages, and discussed the facts about the reformulation.

-No ingredients were removed due to safety concerns.

I was glad to hear this but even happier to see the real product not be affected by the change.  

This is a product we use at home.  I use this on my family.  We have been using this brand for many years, and will continue using this brand. 

Did you know these products are formulated to work for a certain amount of time?  This is for those that stock pile.  I did not realize that the ingredients use in the products may separate after sitting our our shelves over 2 years.  I checked all my bottles when I got home, check your dates on your products.

Johnsons is not only living a green footprint on our planet by the changes they are making, but they are using they resources to help all around the world.

They are creating a healthier world, one community at a time.  They support many programs, Baby Cares, that save and improve the lives of women and children.  They are helping get education out to prevent disease in vulnerable populations.  So many programs that continue to help all over.
All mothers want better for their children, and that motherly heart makes us want to help all children. 

Do you have a Johnsons baby?
 While in NYC, we had the opportunity to walk on the set of the Today Show and Orange Room. 

Have you heard of the TODAY JOHNSON'S® Baby of the Week?  Share the precious cutey, ans they could become the TODAY JOHNSON'S® Baby of the Week!  TODAY picks a handful of baby photos every week to feature on Kathie Lee and Hoda and online. Families whose babies are featured on air receive a JOHNSON’S® Baby gift basket and a $50 CVS/Pharmacy® Gift Card courtesy of JOHNSON’S® Baby — those 15 minutes of fame from birth-lol! Good Luck!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Pirate Fairy Movie Review

***Disclosure-My family was invited to a special screening.  Any opinions stated are based on our own experience.

Do you have any fairies in your house?  Any kiddos that love the adventures of Tinker and the fairies?  Well did you kinow the fairies have a new adventure, The Pirate Fairy.

Trailer - The Pirate Fairy on Disney Video
From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbucklingnew adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, “The Pirate Fairy” sets sail April 1, 2014.

My daughter did not blink, move, or leave her seat the entire time.  This has been the 1st movie ever that has done that.  She loved this movie.  She loves the fairies.  My husband, son, and I also enjoyed it.  My husband our Lil Bit is a combination of Tinker and the New character Zarina.

We recommend it for the entire family.  Add this to your little ones, Easter baskets.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Makeup Monday-Jennifer Gardner 2014 Oscars

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It is Make up Monday and today's look is Jennifer Gardner at the 2014 Oscars:
 Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles Inspiration We were inspired by Jennifer's silver Oscar de la Renta beaded column gown which had a modern flapper feel.  For easy glamour to compliment Jennifer's hair, which was polished but not fussy, we wanted to keep her cosmetic look really modern for a universal feel from head to toe.  I also wanted to play off of her dusty rose burgundy nails for inspiration. - Fiona Stiles

Friday, March 21, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted Movie Review

***Disclosure -My family attended an advance screening.  All opinions stated are my own based on my own personal experience.

Muppets are back.  Did you watch the trailer?

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted”  hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

The Muppets have always been a favorite with me.  I am a muppets baby.  I was so excited to take the family to see this movie after having seen the trailer.   Tina Fey is so funny, love her.  I have been looking forward to Ms Piggy and Kermit - the wedding?  But is there a wedding?  I won't tell.  You have to watch it yourself no spoilers here.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Miercoles Mudo-Mi Caballo y Yo

Miércoles Mudo” es un carnaval de blogs o blog hop iniciado por Maybelline de Naturalmente Mamá y participar es muy fácil, solo debes publicar los miércoles una foto (s) sin escribir nada para explicarla (s) (de ahí viene lo mudo). Luego no olvides enlazar en el linky que está debajo y dejar un comentario en cada uno de los blogs que decidas visitar. Para conocer como nació el Miércoles mudo y sus reglas, puedes hacer click aquí.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Michelle Obama Y Muppets Most Wanted

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La Primera Dama Michelle Obama y el Jefe de Estado Mayor Conjunto de EE. UU., el General Martin Dempsey, le dieron la bienvenida a Kermit the Frog (conocido también como la rana René) en Washington, D.C., para un estreno adelantado de la nueva película MUPPETS MOST WANTED juntos a niños y familiares de militares como parte del programa “Joining Forces Initiative” de la Casa Blanca.

MUPPETS MOST WANTED estrenará en cines el 21 de marzo y ha sido clasificada PG por la MPAA.

First Lady Michelle Obama with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey and Kermit the Frog deliver remarks during a special screening of Disney's Muppets Most Wanted for a group military children and their families put on by the Joining Forces Initiative at the White House on March 12, 2014 in Washington DC. Photo by Kris Connor/Disney

Monday, March 17, 2014

Doc McStuffins Mobile Clinic

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Noticias si tienen chiquitas en casa como yo.  A mi chiquita le encanta el show de Doc McStuffins.

¡Nuevo lanzamiento en DVD! Cinco episodios cargados de diversión de “Doc McStuffins”, la aclamada serie animada de Disney Junior 


El DVD de "Doc McStuffins: Doc Mobile" se estrena el martes 18 de marzo y viene con cinco episodios llenos de canciones e incluye un bolso de mano reutilizable GRATIS de "Doc McStuffins". 

Sinopsis: Doc McStuffins regresa para ayudar a todos y esta vez ¡es móvil! Después de construir una clínica ambulante con su papá, Doc puede hacer visitas a domicilio para ayudar a los juguetes que lo necesitan cuando está lejos de la clínica que tiene en el patio de su casa. El Doc Mobile está equipado con todo lo que necesita para arreglar a los juguetes y dejarlos como nuevos.
Doc McStuffins goes mobile! After building a mobile clinic in the backyard with her dad, Doc can now make house visits to help the toys in need when they are far from the clinic.  The DVD will be available to own on March 18, 2014!

Makeup Monday-Kerry Washington 2014 Oscars Look

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.

It is Make-up Monday's look is the beautiful, glowing Kerry Washington at the 2014 Oscars:
Step by Step with Makeup Artist Carola González:

Preparation: To prep Kerry's skin I always use Neutrogena® Shine Control Primer on her face and Neutrogena® Revitalizing Lip Balm on her lips for hydration before lipstick application. It really helps to keep lips moisturized and diminish the appearance of dryness on the lips. Leave for at least 20 minutes before lipstick application. For flawless glowing skin, I applied foundation all over Kerry's face to even it out of any imperfections

Cheeks: I highlighted her cheekbones with Neutrogena® Healthy Skin Blends in Sunkissed. This added radiance and the perfect shade of color to Kerry's cheekbones for this specific look.
Eyes: I used Neutrogena® Crease Proof Eye Shadow in Stay-Put Plum all over Kerry's eyelids and blended on crease. I only used one shade to keep eyes to a bare minimum. Next, I used Neutrogena® Nourishing Eye Liner in Cosmic Black to line the upper lash line, right where the lashes connect with the skin, and diffused it with a brush to soften the liner. I then applied 5 coats on top lashes with Neutrogena® Healthy Volume Mascara in Carbon Black to add lots of volume, and two coats on the lower lashes. I really like this mascara because it adds the right amount of volume and you can build a lash without clumps.

Lips: Dark lipstick topped with Neutrogena® MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Rich Raisin to add a bit of sheen.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Skincare Sunday-Bella Thorne Neutrogena Ambassador

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NEUTROGENA®, the #1 dermatologist recommended skincare brand, is thrilled to introduce a fresh face to its roster: multi-talented teen actress  Bella Thorne.

Bella Thorne - the New Face of Neutrogena  

The half-Latina young star is the brand's newest ambassador 

Known for her role on Disney's Shake It Up,Bella has always been an avid Neutrogena fan, and has the beautiful skin to show for it. 

"I am super excited to be joining the Neutrogena family because I have always truly loved this brand," said Bella. "Beauty to me means beautiful on the inside. Fresh faced when you wake up in the morning. That is beautiful."

A perfect example of a NEUTROGENA® girl, Bella balances her multi-faceted entertainment career while making her skin health a number one priority. The teen star, who is half-Cuban, sees her new role as a great opportunity to serve as a role model for other Latinas.

"I identify 100% with Neutrogena's philosophy of clear, fresh and natural skin and being an ambassador is a true privilege. It makes me very happy to be able to share a positive message of skin health with Latinas everywhere!" said Bella.

Bella joins fellow NEUTROGENA® Brand Ambassadors including: Jennifer Garner, Julie Bowen, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Kristen Bell and Sandra Echeverria.

Most Latinas are not growing up putting importance on skincare.  I know my mother did not have this on top of her priority list.  It is good that we can have more Latinas bringing this to the younger generation's attention.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Giveaway-The Biggest Loser RunWalk

I am so excited to tell you all that I will be taken a part of The Biggest Loser RunWalk.  Yes, you heard right-Biggest Loser!  I have received a complimentary entry to the race and you could win one too.  Do I have your attention now?
The Biggest Loser RunWalk is hosting a fun and inspirational Half Marathon/5K/Kids 1 mile Fun Run in Beaumont, TX on May 3, 2014.

Remember Dan & Jackie Evans from Season 5?  Join me and them.  No matter what your fitness level, if you are trying to set a new PR (personal record) or if this will be a first time experience for you.

I love The Biggest Loser.  I watch every season.  I have my favorites.  I am #teamjillian all the way.  I love #teambob too.  But Jillian is my girl.  If you like the show as much as I do, you could have a chance to meet former contestants from the show.  This will be an awesome experience.  Haven't you ever wished they would pick you for the show?  I have.  I would love for Jillian to train me.  This is your at home chance to train and join us at this fun run.  

Each registered participant and finisher will receive the following: 

• The Biggest Loser Finisher's Medal
• Commemorative Technical T-Shirt
• Drawstring Backpack
• Free Downloadable Race Photos
• Award Divisions for Runners and Walkers 

Online registration is open for this event through the evening of April 30th, 2014. If the race has not sold out, walk up registration at Packet Pick-up will be available May 2, 2014.

Half Marathon Registration:
$75.00 through 3/31/14
$85.00 through 4/30/14
$99.00  @ Packet Pick-up Registration (if available)

5K Registration:
$35.00 through 3/31/14
$40.00 through 4/30/14
$45.00  @ Packet Pick-up Registration (if available)

I would love for you to be there with me!  Register now, using this code INDEPENDENT20 for 20% off on your entry.

Challenge yourself today...need help.  Go to  Thanks to  BodyMedia FIT you can get training.  Click on the training tab to get your training started.  It is time for all of us to get off the couches, because The Biggest Loser is not on right now, hit the pavement and achieve our fitness goals.  This is a lifestyle change, remember that.  So are you with me?
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Giveaway-Debby Ryan Meet & Greet

Have you entered my McDonald's Houston Childrens' Festival giveaway?  Click here to enter to win  Family 4 Pack of Admission tickets, good for either Saturday or Sunday.

Now how about a giveaway for a meet and greet with Debby Ryan?

DEBBY RYAN, star of Disney Channel's hit series, JESSIE on SUNDAY,  March 30th, 2014 on the McDonald's Dream Discovery Stage at 4:00pm


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Need for Speed Movie Review

***Disclosure-My son and I attended an advance screening we were invited to.  Any and all opinions stated are based on our personal experience only.

Have I told you how much of a tomboy I really am?  I love cars and if I have not told you, use to collect them.  My little brothers messed them all up but that was a long time ago and we have let that go, lol.  When I found out about the Need for Speed movie, my first thought was another racing movie trying to copy that other famous series of movies.  But when I watched the trailer, I was hooked and I was ready for this movie to come out.

DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes  one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, "Need for Speed" captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey's shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out west.

Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge  but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

Check out the trailer:

So I am not going to be the one to ruin the movie for you, you just got to go watch it.  If you are looking for something to do this Spring Break weekend this is the perfect movie to take those teens to.  Or if they are bored at home begging you to drop them off at the movies, this is the movie they are gonna want to see.  In case, you didn't know, this movie is based on the video game series.  Who will be the cool mom (or dad)?  I know I was.  My son and I really enjoyed the movie.  There is action, and funny moments.  There is heartfelt drama too.  Lots of action, and plenty of fast cars!  My son now wants a Ford Mustang.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Contest-Ready to #RockYourVacation in Kissimmee?

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Have you ever wanted to visit Kissimmee, Florida?  Do you know they are a hop, skip, and a jump away from the greatest place on Earth-Disney?  Imagine the ultimate vacation, you, and FREE!!

Well here is how this can come true, enter the “Rock Your Vacation” Instagram contest.  You can win a VIP getaway for you and five of your closest friends, you can invite me if you are needing a friend.  I can clear my schedule.

Film it, Filter it, Rock it!!!

How do you enter?  Well all you need is your smart phone and a creative video.  Enter that video into the Experience Kissimmee’s “Rock Your Vacation” video contest on Instagram.  Show how you and your “entourage” would Rock a Central Florida vacation and you could have the opportunity to enjoy adrenaline-pumping attractions and heart racing adventure, just moments from Orlando’s world-famous theme parks.  I mean, I like to party so if you need me to guest appear, again-I am available.

HURRY ends March 16, entrants with an active and non-private Instagram account will be able to create and post an original 15-second video.  In order to qualify, entrants must follow @ExperienceKissimmee and use the #RockYourVacation hashtag on Instagram.  Once the submission has been approved, Experience Kissimmee will post a comment on the Instagram video with a link. The user will go to that link to “verify” their entry and the video will appear in a video gallery on

Submissions will be judged based on overall creativity and general knowledge of the destination.  From among those, the top 8 videos will be narrowed down throughout a public voting period of 3 weeks using a bracket system.  If you enter, come back and let me know.  I will vote for you ;), remember I will clear my schedule to be one of the lucky friends to go with you when you win!!

The grand-prize winner and their entourage of five will receive a 6-day, 5-night VIP trip, during which they will have the chance to experience the destination in a way they may have never done before. Their getaway will include a stay at an amazing vacation home provided by All-Star Vacation Homes, an SUV car rental for a week and a number of exclusive experiences.

This could be the best vacation of your life!

Rock your heart rate by flying over hungry alligators on Gatorland’s Screamin’ Gator Zip line or during a rock concert at House of Blues. Meet your knight in shining armor at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament or get carried away on a hot air balloon taking in the sunrise and sights of Kissimmee from the air. Glide across the headwaters of the Everglades on an airboat tour at Wild Florida Airboat Rides or get soaked at SeaWorld Orlando.

All this and more can be done when vacationing in the popular Central Florida destination which hosts more than 6.5 million travelers annually. For more information on all the excitement, visit

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Travel Tuesday-Fort Worth Stock Yards

One thing I want to do more of this year is TRAVEL.  Travel as a family.  Growing up our parents were always working and could not afford for us to travel.  But it is one thing that my husband and I enjoy.  We were taking a short trip to Fort Worth for a Quinceanera and while there decided to visit the Stockyards.  This place is so much fun.  It is like from an old western.  The kids really enjoyed themselves.  There is so much to do here, like:

-Petting Zoo
We quickly found out we were not dressed to be in this old western.  My daughter wanted a hat so we did some shopping.

Next, we headed to check out more of the animals.  We visited the Longhorns.  There is always educational opportunities wherever you go and this was one of them for both the teen and toddler.


The kids had a lot of fun trying to identify and match each one.  We then ventured around.  Check out this trail.  We did not have time to go take a hike, walk, or jog it but it is on my list when we come back next time.
All the sightseeing, having fun, and shopping made us all a bit hungry.  My husband and I like to find places the the triple D has visited.  No need here because all of this food was smelling so awesome, we made a fast decision and decided hamburgers was the winner.
We even had time to watch the cattle drive.  It only happens twice a day so make sure you add this to your schedule.  The kiddos love it!
We will be back to the stockyards.  This weekend happened to be super cold.  So we will come back when the weather is much warmer, and this time I will bring my hat and boots.  Yee Haw!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Giveaway-Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap (spon)

***Disclosure-Sponsored post.  Purex Insider.  I received a free sample to review and was provided coupons for giveaway.  Any opinions expressed are my own based on my opinion.

With this artic blast hanging around until who knows when, it is good to try and stay as healthy as possible.  Just yesterday I saw on the news a story about our beach having bacteria in it, gross.  And they were talking about the flesh eating bacteria.  Now, when was the last time you washed your hands?  Did you do a quick rinse or did you sing a song, lol?  I remember when I was little they told us to sing the alphabet as we washed our hands in order to washed them really good.  That always worked for me.

Let me introduce to Dial® Deep Cleansing Hand Soap-

NEW Dial® Deep Cleansing Hand Soap is the latest Dial® Brand hand soap bringing luxury to your hand washing experience. These premium soaps feature vibrant scents, a gentle micro-scrubber formula that smooths and moisturizes the skin, and a completely new design that adds personal style to your home.

I received these to try in my home and I got to tell you I cannot choose a favorite.  But if I have to pick I would pick the Water Blossoms.  They are both scents I have not smelled before, different combinations.  And a plus is that they go well with the colors of my house.  One is in our master bedroom and the other in our guest restroom.  Already we have gotten compliments and questions.  

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Friday, March 7, 2014

NaBloPoMo March Day 5-Me and My Blogging

NaBloPoMo March 2014
Today's Topic-What have I learned about myself through my blogging?

The funniest thing...I started singing an old song but changed the words.  I do that a lot.

"My blogging...
My blogging..
My blogging and Meeeeeee"

Remember the buddy song, buddy the bear.  Yeah, I didn't have one but that song popped into my head.  Ok, back to the topic.

I have learned that I like to write.  Remember a few days ago I told you I disliked English.  I hated Writing.  I took the classes because I had to not because I wanted to.  Writing has become an outlet for me.  I like it.  I learned that I am not the only one, and someone out there could be going through the same thing, thinking the same thoughts.  Blogging helped me find a place to express myself.  So I learned to be more open.  I now take my time and reread what I write as I have a problem typing too fast.

I am still learning.  This is the main reason I decided to do this NaBloPoMo.  We will see what else I discover about myself.

Fitness Friday-Steps 4 Students 5K

I have a new found love for running and I know I sound redundant when I keep writing that but I do love to run.  But what I enjoy the most is that I get to do this with my family.  This hobby helps me keep up with my healthy lifestyle.  I try to find races that are available in my city that are cost effective so that we all can participate.  In February, we participated in the Steps for Students 5K for the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese.  My friend's children attend and so it is great that we can help them with this fundraiser.  

What is a 5K?  5K = 3 miles

You do not have to run.  Most of these are fun runs that include family walks.  Everyone can participate and you can even push strollers that is what is so fun about this.  You can go online and find tools to help you get to where you want to be.  I am not where I want to be but I try, try, and will keep trying.  

This is the route of the 5K we did.
 The day was not too hot or too cold for a run.  I like when the route is a straight shot and not a lot of curves.  This even when through some streets with a lot of shade so it was perfect.  So how did we do, you ask?

1st Place-MJ 27 minutes
2nd Place-Dad 28 minutes
3rd Place-Mami 35 minutes

We had fun and that is all that counts.  I will tell you that none of us wanted to wake up this morning.  We had a lot of things on our plate this day.  But we made no excuses and went out there.  A practically 30 minute run and we were done.  Look I burned 355 calories in that 5K run, we had family time, and we helped a great cause.

Finding a race in your area can be as easy as goggling- Run/Walk in _____ city  

I challenge you to do your first 5K by the end of this month.  Good luck! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Giveaway-McDonalds Houston Children's Festival, Benefiting Child Advocates

***Disclosure-My family will be receiving complimentary entrance to the McDonalds Houston Children's Festival, Benefiting Child Advocates.

Have you ever attended a children's festival?  If you have not, and you have littles, you should.  Houston hosts the largest children's festival in the U S of A!!
The McDonald's Houston Children's Festival is happening on the weekend of March 29-30 in Downtown-Houston.   What to expect:


Who? Special Appearances:

-and Sid the Science Kid

Admission:  $12.00 per person; under 3 years free 

For special admission offers, visit

Remember McDonald's Houston Children's Festival benefits Child Advocates:

-Served more than 21,000 children in Harris County since 1984
-Is not a United Way agency 
-thus relys heavily on donations for more than 75% of our budget
-provided critical advocacy for 2,018 abused and neglected children
-Trained 1219 new court appointed advocate volunteers
-Worked on 1,300 cases, and 740 volunteers collectively gave more than 60,000 hours of their time
-Raised $38,000 dollars
-The cost for Child Advocates to serve a child in 2013 was $1,700

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