Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thirsty Thursday-Ultimate Margarita Showdown

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

The first day of Summer this year is going to be June 21.  Summer means BBQs with the family and fun in the sun.  My husband's birthday always kicks off Summer for us.  This year Father's Day kicks off the first day of Summer.  And what is a get-2-gether without some drinks?

I received the Parrot Bay Ultimate Margarita Showdown party kit.  A blind taste test of two ready-to-drink margarita flavored beverages, which included instructions.
step 1-Salt the rim
step 2-Pour the Margarita
step 3-Take in the Aroma
step 4-Taste

1-A was a darker yellow, while B was a lighter color.
2-A had a stronger lime smell versus B.  B has more of a margarita mix smell.
3-A tasted more lime taste while B had a coconut base taste.

After tasting both, I enjoyed B more.  My husband said B was different than what he has tried before because of the coconut taste.  After revealing what each can was, I learned that B was:

Parrot Bay® Margarita with Coconut Water
-Only 150 calories per serving 
-8 oz. slim line can
-ready to drink
-hint of lime
-splash of coconut water

In case you are wondering, A has 220 calories.  Important information for those that are counting calories, like I am.  I don't like or want to drink my calories.  
By the way A was Bud Light Lime-A-Rita.  
I was surprised that I picked B as I love lime.  But after drinking A and then drinking B, Parrot Bay Margarita with Coconut Water won me over!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ScarAway Scar Repair Gel Review

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

Have you ever had a boo-boo?  A then came the ugly scar....  I know I have.  My daughter is just like I was when I was little, a Tom Boy!  She is always getting cuts and scrapes.  There goes her modeling career, just kidding.  No, but really.  She is only 3 1/2 and already has scars everywhere.  Check this boo-boo out:
 She fell at the playground at daycare.  She runs and tumbles.  She scrapped her knee, not once but twice in the same week.  I received ScarAway Scar Repair Gel and put it to the test.

It is a transparent, silicone gel.  It works on old and new scars.  It relieves the itching and the pain. It can be used on all ages, even sensitive skin.  It is even odorless.  This little tube is enough for 90 days of treatment.

I tried it on my daughter for a couple of weeks now and check out the results:
I had to hold her leg and actually look for the scar.  It is healing so well.  You can see all the different scraps she has gotten before but the ScarAway is working on removing those as well.

I am going to try it on my C-section next.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Girl's Night at Katy Wellness Center

I was invited to the The Wellness Centre in Katy & Well Polished for a Girl's Night Out.  It was a fun night with food, drinks, and mini spa treatments.  

(photo credit: Nicki Evans Photography)

Down the street and around the corner in Katy, Texas is this oasis.  From the street it looks like 2 houses, and inside, you feel at home.  The Wellness Centre offers several services including some we were able to try:

Hot Stone Foot Treatment
Neck and Shoulder Treatment
Chair Massage
Chiropractic Adjustment

I had never had a spa day but I sure did need one.  It was my first time to try many of these services.  But why?  I didn't know I needed my body adjusted until I had it adjusted.  Everything went pop, crack, and snapped back to where it belonged.  The employees are great because they know what they are doing.  They were great at answering all my questions, and any health concerns I had.  It was more than just a massage.  It was about ME.  Each person worked their craft and trust me, they have magical hands.  I was so relaxed, I even slept right through my morning alarm the next day. 

(photo credit: Nicki Evans Photography)

Well Polished Spa smells heavenly.  Not like a nail salon, but a wonderful place you want to be at.  Well Polished Spa offered us a sample at:

Eye and Lip Treatments
Hand Treatment
Skincare Consultation

Being a mami is hard.  Our schedules are so full.  But we need to take a break, for ourselves.  
Give yourself 1 hour, that is not selfish at all.  

For more information or to book your appointment, go to  Follow them Well Polished and Katy Wellness Centre on FB or Katy Wellness on Instagram.

Thanks to The Wellness Centre, Well Polished, Agave Brothers, Luke's Locker, and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Travel Tuesday-Schlitterbahn Water Park Safety Tips

***Disclosure-This is a sponsored post through USFG.  I received complimentary tickets for my family.  All opinions expressed all my own based on my personal experience.

It is hot outside.  Are you heading to a water park anytime soon?  We head South every Summer to Schlitterbahn Galveston.
 It is important to talk to your children before you head to the park.  Once you get to the water park it is important to go over Water Safety.  We recently took our first trip this year.  Here are some tips we went over with our kids:
1)  Meeting Spot.  If this is your first time to the water park, check out the map with the kids.  Even if your kids will be with you the entire time, it is a good idea that you talk with them in case they get separated from you.  While we ate lunch, we noticed a little boy around 4-5 years old who was being carried to Guest Services.  He lost his parents.  He was crying.  He looked so scared.  The employee was reassuring him that they were looking for his mommy.

Do you know where kid's are taken when an employee finds them?  Kids wander off.  Imagine losing your baby in a crowded water park.  They will panic and you will too.  Talk to them about what to do if they get lost.  I have a 3 year old.  I don't take my eyes off of her but you never know.  I would freak out.

Back to the lost little boy, they found his mommy.  Shortly after being taken to Guest Services, his mother came to find him there.

2)  Buckle Up.  There are life jackets all over the park.  You can find the right one for your child's size.  Life jackets are recommended for children under 48" or for weak swimmers.
3)  To tube or not to Tube, that is the question.
Go over tube safety with your children before they get on the water.  The tubes have handles for them to hold on to.  The tubes also are labeled telling you how to be in them.  If you have smaller children, they can ride along in the double tube that has a clear seat.  They have the double tubes that don't have the seat too.

Schlitterbahn has tubes all over the park for your use, free of charge.  If you need help finding the right one for you, find an employee and they will show you where to get one.  I have found that if you head up the ramp towards the castle, on the left, that is where we always find the double with the seat tubes.
  4)  Supervise your children.  The life guards are not paid to babysit your kids.  They are there in case of an emergency to save a life, or prevent someone from drowning.  They can also help if someone in your family gets hurts.

While we were in the Treasure Island Play area we noticed how fast, a life guard came to aid a hurt child.  A little girl scrapped her foot and was bleeding.  The life guard was quick to get First Aid to assist.  I had noticed an employee walking around checking on the life guards.  He was carrying around a First Aid kit.  He assisted the parent with their hurt child and the other life guard was back at his post.  Always be aware of the nearest life guard.  Just in case.

Remember things are going to happen regardless.  They will just be stories to tell later, right.  The point is to prevent something bad from happening.

Last tip:

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Last Unicorn:The Enchanted Edition

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

Are you traveling this summer?  What is on your kid's car DVD list?  My daughter loves to watch movies so pass the time away.  The road can be very boring at times for the kiddos.  A new movie on my son's play list is The Last Unicorn: The Enchanted Edition.  

The Last Unicorn Synopsis
Upon hearing that she may be the very last of her kind on Earth, a Unicorn (Mia Farrow) goes in search of others like her.  Her quest won’t be easy, as it leads her straight to the evil King Haggard (Christopher Lee) and his infamous Red Bull!  And the journey is made even more complicated when, to protect her from the envious wrath of Haggard, a spell is cast to turn the Unicorn into the Lady Amalthea, a young, beautiful, human woman.  But with this new body comes new thoughts and feelings, such as love for Haggard’s son, Prince Lir (Jeff Bridges).  Will the Unicorn get lost inside this new body?  Will she meet the fate of the other Unicorns?  Or will she be able to defeat Haggard and his Red Bull with the aid of her friends, Schmendrick the bumbling magician (Alan Arkin) and Molly Grue (Tammy Grimes)?

My daughter loves unicorns.  This movie took me back, way back.  I loved unicorns when growing up too.    Let it take you back, take a glimpse:

It is being released June 9.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

***CLOSED-Giveaway-General Mills Star Wars Prize Pack

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

Are you a Star Wars fan?  Did you know that General Mills and Star Wars are teaming up to offer exclusive vintage movie posters in every specially marked box of General Mills cereals?

Star Wars and cereal fans alike can collect all six classic posters in each participating brand of General Mills cereals, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cookie Crisp and Reese’s Puffs. The specially marked boxes of Big G cereals hit store shelves this month, for a limited time only.

General Mills is once again connecting fans with what they love. Hidden inside each box, you will find one of six timeless movie posters featuring your favorite Star Wars films.

Check out the #CerealWars Tumblr page that launched this week for more fan fun surrounding the General Mills and Star Wars partnership.

Want to win this General Mills Prize Pack?  Here is how to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
1 winner will be randomly selected.  US only.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Motivational Monday-H.O.P.E.

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

This school year cannot come to end fast enough for me.  Not because I cam ready for Summer but because of all we have had to face this year.  Our kids are facing different issues than we did growing up.  Life for them seems to be harder.  I don't know if technology like social media has hurt them instead of help them.  This year our family faced such a hard year.  I am not trying to push religion on you.  Whatever you believe in or don't, that is your choice.  We believe in God.  The church has been our friend.  I am so glad that my son has been able to count on his Youth pastor for guidance.  I am so glad that he has a great group of friends from church to call on when needed.  His school friends may change on a year to year basis but the church youth has always been there for him.  And that gives me hope for him and his future that everything will be alright.  In God's hands I have left everything.

But you know our kids are not the only ones that need hope.  So do the parents of the kids.  This year I learned how much a support system we can all be to each other.  Not only did I need a friend but so did other mothers from my son's school.  We needed each other to lean on.
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Remind them of the one thing that IS certain… God hears our prayers!! Give them H.O.P.E.

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