Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Travel Tuesday-La King's Confectionery

Have you ever traveled to Galveston, Texas?  It is beautiful.  Hurricanes come and go but this place keeps surviving it all.  This weekend I, along with 200+ people, traveled to Galveston for Blog Elevated 2014 conference.  I live in Houston and visit Galveston often.  Galveston is beautiful.  But there was a side of Galveston I had not visited before The Strand.  A big group of Blog Elevated attendees decided, since we were on our own for dinner, to head to the Strand.  But before dinner we found a very neat place we just had to go into, La King's Confectionery.
This place takes you back to a time where you went to the confectionery to go get candy and ice cream.  I love these times.  I was amazed by this place and loved the feel of it. 
(On weekends and through the summer, people gather around to see taffy being 'pulled', 'spun out', and packaged, right before their eyes. A special treat is in store as the candy maker tosses out samples for EVERYONE! Nothing beats fresh, warm, taffy.  You can even get one of the girls to dip a pound or two right out of the catch basket.)
Check out the candy cases and all they have to offer, I was a big kid in a candy store:
There is candy everywhere.  You can find something for everyone.  You just want to buy it all.  But the candy is not all there is to see, the ice cream parlour is awesome:
This is a great place for old and new friends to gather.  This was so much fun to see, tasted, and grab some goodies to go.

I brought treats for my family to enjoy.  And thanks to the nice candy guy who helped me, my daughter got the entire alphabet in gummies.  She loved them.  I brought my teen taffy.  For the hubs and I, I brought the chocolate covered sunflower seeds.
So if you are in town, Meet Me at La King's.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Makeup Monday-Flawless Complexion

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

So is your beauty routine getting better?  I am learning so much from the Neutrogena Back to School Beauty tutorials, I hope you are too.  We have now learned about our lips, eyes, and now our complexion is next.

Stayed tuned our final video is next week. You don't want to miss the final beauty tutorial video brought to you by Neutrogena on how to cleanse on the go.

I need this.  My face gets oily.  I have a T zone.  It is super HOT here in Houston.  Walking out at lunch time makes me feel dirty sometimes from all the sweat on my face.  Cleansing on the go is so needed for people on the go from school to practice, or from work to the gym, etc.  We all have busy lives.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

#BlogElevated 2014 Conference Recap - Day 1

Just in case you missed Day 1 of Blog Elevated, here is my recap from today!  Hello, my name is ....

First things first, make sure you stop by the REGISTRATION table to get your name tag, lanyard, conference folder, and swag bag.
This year I am volunteering.  I said hi to about 75 conference attendees at the registration table when they checked, and will be at the registration table again tomorrow.  I had a lot of fun working the registration table today meeting and greeting everyone as they came in.  This was a great way to meet bloggers, sponsors, speakers, and of course friends I already know.

The welcome party got started and thanks to Imperial Sugar I was able to make some scrubs to take home:

If you would like to learn how to make these or check out more recipes, go to  These sugar scrubs are a great DIY idea to make for the upcoming holidays.  You can even personalize and print labels.
 Day 1 was a lot of fun, we even had 'Smores !  Not to mention the perfect night breeze, glow lights, and great company all around.
I cannot wait for the break out sessions.  If you are not at the conference, follow the conference
hashtag, #blogelevated.  Day 2 is sure to BE an awesome day!

Thirsty Thursday-SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and White Peach

***Disclosure-Sample product was provided for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.  Recipes are provided as informational post only.

Football season is here.  Football watch parties have already begun.  Most parties are not like before where the women were in the kitchen and the men were the only ones watching football.  We, ladies, love football too.  What is a party without food and drinks?  Drinks anyone? 

Introducing New SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and White Peach, who says the men get all the fun!

 Infused with natural and fresh-tasting fruit flavors including intense ripe strawberry and juicy sweet peaches, SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry and White Peach. These are only 78 calories per 1.5 oz. serving, no more worrying about calories. 

Tasting Notes:                                          
SMIRNOFF SORBET Light Summer Strawberry
Nose: Hints of fresh green notes and deep, dark berries
Taste: Intense ripe strawberry flavor
Finish: A cool and refreshing hint of mild tartness

Nose: Sweet orange aroma
Taste: Juicy and fleshy sweet white peach
Finish: A cool, refreshing tartness

Strawbasil Splash

       1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF SORBET® Light Summer Strawberry
       4 oz. Diet lemonade
       Fresh basil



       1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF SORBET  Light White Peach*
       1.5 oz. Diet lemonade
       1.5 oz. Cranberry juice

The Porch Sipper
       1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF SORBET® Light Summer Strawberry
       3 oz. Diet citrus soda