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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Leap Movie Review

Have you always known what you were meant to do?  Or felt like you have a calling for something specific?
Thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for hosting our family for an advance screening.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Sometimes you do not have to know exactly where life is going to take you.  You have to take chances.  An adventure is just that, an adventure.
I started out my blog almost ten years ago.  I was a single mom that took a leap into the future not knowing where it would lead me.  It may look like my fairy tale story was planned but it was not at all.  I jumped and fell hard, many times.  I kissed a lot of frogs before I found my prince.  And who knew I would be blessed with a little beauty too.  It all came after taking one leap after another.

I am teaching my kids not be scared to try.  Life does not come with a safety net.  You must learn to trust that you will land on your feet.  And even if you fall, guess what?  You get back up.

When we were invited to check out Leap, I was happy to find out that Félicie is a big dreamer who will not take no for an answer.  

Synopsis:
11-year-old orphan, Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer.  Her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own - to become a famous inventor.  In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But – there’s a catch, Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris.  And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler) and her wicked mother Régine (Kate McKinnon).  Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen) who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

We all loved Leap.  It was a great story that is family friendly.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Urban Harvest Farmers Market Houston

Have you ever been to a farmer's market?  I have always wanted to go, experience it, and see what it is all about.  Growing up in the city or suburbs, you do not have a farm in your backyard.

Have you ever heard of The Urban Harvest Farmers Markets?  It is a place where the garden comes to the city.  Growers offer locally produced vegetables, fruits, farm products, dairy products, prepared foods, cut flowers and plants. 

With the recent weather in Houston, local farmers have suffered.  Crops were completely wiped.  My blogger friend Pilar from En Mi Cocina Hoy volunteers at Urban Harvest and she put the call out.  We need to support our local farmers and help our community get back on track.  As our family continues to find healthier things to put on our table, a visit to the Urban Harvest Farmers Market was perfect for our us.  

We sprinkled the love on several booths:

Bee Wilde - Bee & Honey Farm - Montgomery, Texas
She had me at allergy relief (1 tablespoon/per day).  Whenever I have a sour throat, my mom always gave us a teaspoon of honey with a little lemon.  A home remedy that has been passed down.  I have no complaints from our daughter, who asks for honey every night.  People have used honey forever.  I have recently started substituting honey for processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.  I add it to my oatmeal, tea, and biscuits.  
Pure - Raw - Unfiltered - Wilde  - Check out www.beewilde.com for honey recipes.

Lightsey Farms - Mexia, Texas
Since 1918, locally grown fruits and vegetables that are picked at the peak of ripeness with locations in Austin, Houston, Temple, and Waco.  Coming soon to Dallas.

What’s in Season-
Peaches, Persimmons, Pears

For their locations, go to www.lightseyfarms.com.

Space City Farms - Houston, Texas
A nutrient-dense produce without harmful chemicals like pesticides and herbicides.   A unique way of growing produce using 90% less water and 90% less land than conventional growing, while providing delicious natural foods.

What your own seedlings?  Go to www.spacecityfarms.com.

Garden Dreams Houston - Houston, Texas
Have you seen the movie Paddington Bear?  He eats marmalade all day long.  Have you ever tried marmalade?  I have not.  Well, you can sample anything you want here.  What is available?  It is locally grown, chemical free, handmade jams, jellies, marmalades, salsas, and pickles.  We love pickles.  

Wanna try this award winning jam?  Go to www.gardendreamshouston.com.

Hatterman Eggs - Weimar, Texas
These are farm-fresh, cage free, ungraded-yard eggs with omega 3 from flax.  My husband is one of those that is iffy about things that he is not familiar with.  I made breakfast on Sunday.  Blueberry pancakes, bacon, and scrambled eggs, yum.  My entire family ate it all up.  Everyone gave these eggs two-thumbs up.  Now to try the green eggs.

Yes, green?  

These are just a few of the spots we stop and purchased from.  We will continue to support because who doesn't want chemical-free, pesticide-free, local, organic; fruits, vegetables, and so much more.


Urban Harvest Farmers Market is open on Saturdays-

Eastside Farmers Market
8am - 12pm, 
Year round, rain or shine

3000 Richmond
Houston, Texas 77098

See you there! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Flick Friday-The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

Happy Fri-Yah!  How is Summer treating you?  How many fun things have you done with your family?  We have not been able to get out on a vacation but Fridays are always movie nights for us.
My family was invited to an advanced screening of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal opinion.

Summers are crazy sometimes.  Schedules change.  School is out.  But one thing we do not change is our movie nights.  It is one constant with our family.  We are movie buffs.  We get excited when we see new movies coming out.  We get most excited when sequels to our favorites are filmed.

Sypnosis The Nut Job 2:  Nutty by Nature-
Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back.  We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place.  Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.  NUT JOB 2 also features the voice talent of Katherine Heigl (The Nut Job), Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3), Peter Stormare (Penguins of Madagascar), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life), and Maya Rudolph (The Angry Birds Movie).

As you know I hate when people spoil the movie for you before you get to watch.  I won't spoil it for you but what I will tell you is that we laughed the entire time.  The movie was hilarious.  Humor that we all enjoyed.  You will like it too.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature comes on today.  So get ready.  Get set.  Get nuts!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

First Annual Hispanicize Topgolf Tournament

Last month, I celebrated another year of life.  I had a few things on my birthday list.  One of the things I have had on my list was to try Topgolf.


Thanks to Topgolf for hosting the First Annual Hispanicize Topgolf Tournament.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My husband, son, and I were invited to participate in this friendly competition between influencers as part of one of the events for Hispanicize Texas 2017.  One thing our family loves to do is partake in competitions.  Win or lose, we were up for the challenge.

First, we had to pick a team and a team name.  The three of us from my family partnered with Cynthia from Grasstainz.  We could not come up with a team name but my husband threw out the name Too Much Pressure and it stuck.  Each team selected a bay to play at.  There are over 100+ climate-controlled hitting bays to choose from.


We hit some practice rounds to get the feel of things.  Three of our team members, including me, were newbies.  We really did not know what we were doing at all, but we had nothing to worry about.  Miguel, certified pro instructor at the Katy location, was available to help us and gave us great tips and tricks for us to use.

Topgolf 101 - Blue = Ladies Black = Men (kids clubs are available too)


The black clubs are slighter longer than the blue clubs.


FORM-It is important to pay attention to your stance just like in any sport.  Buttie out, knees bent.


FOCUS-Keep your eye on the ball.  Even when you are about to swing.


FOOD-No worries.  Topgolf has a full service restaurant and bar.


FUN-You do not have to be a pro.  From the smallest member of your family to the most veteran golfer, you will all have fun.  Topgolf is a great place for family and friends to hangout and have fun.


Oh and about that competition, wanna know where we placed?


Too Much Pressure won 2nd place.  Not bad for three newbies.  Yeah, I told you the tips Miguel gave us really did help us out.  You too can book golf lessons with one of the certified pros starting at $29.


For more information, go to topgolf.com.

Again, thanks to Topgolf for hosting not only our family but all the other influencers, families, and friends.  Thanks to the DiMe Media and Hispanicize team for planning such a great event in Houston.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hispanicize Texas 2017

In 2011, I attended my very first Hispanicize event in California.  Little did I know that after that I would have a little surprise in my oven.  With me almost losing Lil Bit and my near death experience after birth, I truly cherish my family time.  Traveling without my family for work or conferences went to the back burner.  This is why I appreciate when conferences come to Texas.


Even better when they come to my home town of Houston.  According to census reports, Houston is the biggest metropolis city in Texas.  It is the 4th most populous city in the United States.


Thanks to the all the people that made this happen.  Especially Manny Ruiz, founder of Hispanicize.  Hispanicize Texas 2017 was hosted at Silver Street Studios with a full schedule of panels, brand/creator meet and greets, and unlimited opportunities.  A wonderful event that gathered creators, influencers, and entrepreneurs all under one roof.


And if you know Latinos, we go everywhere with family.  So nobody gets left behind.  This includes our Latinitos who are paving their own way.  Sessions were available for the tween/teen creators.


It is also a conference that celebrates our culture.  You know it is not a Latino event unless there is music and dancing because wherever we go, there is always a party.

(Thanks to United for helping celebrate our culture)

(Thanks to Kroger for the delicious treats)

One of my most favorite things is seeing the comadres/compadres.  It is like a family reunion.  We come from far and wide.  It is crazy how many friendships I have made online through social media.


And did I tell you, there is always an after party.

(closing night reception - Henke and Pillot featuring Valerie Ponzio from The Voice, Team Blake)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer Essentials 2017

Are you enjoying your Summer?  How has it been treating you?  Pool, beach, lake, what has been your fun in the sun poison?


Disclosure-Products provided by sponsors for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Here are some Summer essentials whether you are traveling or staycationing:

1)  Amope-Let your feet breath this summer.  Before you dip your toes into a body of water, have you check your status of your feet?  Let Amope help you get your toes ready for any exposed activity.

2)  Skinerals-If your feet have not seen daylight, I can just imagine the rest of your ghostly self.  No problem, get your glow on with Skinerals self tanner.  It’s made with many organic and natural ingredients for bronze healthy skin, without without exposing it to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

3)  Neutrogena Hydro Boost-Having so much fun in the sun, are you a little dehydrated?  The Hydro Boost Skin Care Line replenishes water and helps improve your skin’s moisture barrier, resulting in smooth, hydrated skin.  The entire line includes a Hydro Boost cleanser, moisturizers and cosmetics together in a regimen for ultra-hydration.

4)  Mouthwatchers-I know you will be taking lots of selfies.  Say cheese!  Oh wait, did you forget your toothbrush?  Flash a healthy, glowing smile with help from Mouthwatchers®, the revolutionary Antimicrobial Toothbrush! With dual action Flossing Bristles™.

Enjoy your Summer!

My Little Pony Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night

Do you have a My Little Pony lover in your home?  We have a pony lover in our house.
My daughter received a copy of My Little Pony Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night for review.  All opinions stated are our own based on our personal experience.


Full-time students and part-time magical pony-girls, the Equestria Girls are always ready to save the day with the Magic of Friendship! So, gather round for three mystical adventures:

Dance Magic
With the Camp Everfree fundraising deadline looming, the Equestria Girls realize they need a new plan to raise more money and are ready to try new things. Rarity finds out about a music video competition, with a huge cash prize, and she’s eager to convince her friends at Canterlot High to enter the contest. However, the girls soon learn that Crystal Prep Academy is also interested in participating in the contest. The students at CPA have many more resources and are better dancers! The girls learn that sometimes coming together instead of competing is the best plan of all!

Movie Magic
The Equestria Girls have been specially invited by A.K. Yearling to go on the set of the upcoming Daring Do movie and they are overjoyed. For super-fan Rainbow Dash, watching behind the scenes as her favorite heroine comes to life is a dream come true. However, when a rare and important prop from the set goes missing, putting the movie on hold, Rainbow Dash’s dream becomes a nightmare. The Equestria Girls take it upon themselves to track down the missing prop and end up trotting into a real-life Daring Do adventure!

Mirror Magic
As the pages in her journal run out, there’s only one thing for Sunset Shimmer to do: return to Equestria as a pony to get a new journal! There, she meets new pony Starlight Glimmer and agrees to bring her back through the mirror portal to experience life as a human girl at Canterlot High. However, while Sunset Shimmer is away, a revenge‐seeking Juniper Montage finds a beautiful hand mirror enchanted with Equestrian magic. Not only can it provide a window into another land, but if you push the right button, It can also make things disappear into limbo, trapped between the two realms! Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer return to find the Mane 6 missing and Juniper Montage acting extremely suspicious. Will Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer save the girls, or are the Mane 6 lost in limbo for good?

My Little Pony Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night comes to DVD on today from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

Your pony won't want to miss these next adventures.  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Giveaway-Disney Descendants 2

Does your family watch the Descendants?  Descendants is a 2015 American musical fantasy television film of the teenage daughters and sons of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil. The film serves as a continuation after the Disney Animated Classics series.

We love everything Disney.  Are you get hooked?  

Synosis-Decendants 2

The story deepens in the music-driven sequel to the global smash hit "Descendants," as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains -- Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as Villain Kids or VKs) -- try to find their place in idyllic Auradon.

When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook's son Harry and Gaston's son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.

Decendants 2 will be released on DVD on August 15.  To celebrate our sponsor would like to give one lucky Independentmami reader their own copy.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer Luau Planning

Have you ever hosted a Luau?  Summer time is the best time to host one in your own backyard.
Thanks to Latina Home Party for sending me a Palm Breeze party kit.  All opinions are my own based on my personal experience.

What do you think of when you think of a Luau?  Leis, grass skirts, palm trees and the breeze.  You do not have to fly to Hawaii to host a Luau.  If you ever wanted to host one, they are so much fun.

Let me help you plan your next Summer Luau.  Here is what you need:

Atmosphere-Backyard parties are the best.  Set the scene with tiki torches, lanterns, and don't forget to add lights - who knows how long the party with go.

Buffet-Set table with grab and go food and drinks, this way you don't have to be serving every time someone wants food.  Don't forget the BACON!


Costumes-Who does not love to dress up?  Tell you friends to grab their grass skirts and coconut bra.


Drinks-It gets hot in the Summer.  You can ask your guest to B.Y.O.B. or you can supply the drinks.


Make sure everyone gets LEID before they leave.


And what is a Latina Home Party without a pinata?


For more information on how to access products like Palm Breeze, go to latinahomeparty.com.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File with Diamond Crystals

Summer, summer, summer time. 

I received a product sample to review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.
Are your feet ready for summer?   Do you get regular pedicures or are you too ashamed for them to see your feet? 
No worries. There is a product that can help you with your problem.  Amopé is designed to buff away thick and stubborn skin effortlessly, leaving feet touchably soft and visibly smooth and beautiful.

Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File:

-Refillable Extra Coarse roller head with Diamond Crystals that spins 360 degrees for quick results on thick, calloused skin
-Safe and effective to remove dead skin from feet for the perfect pedicure at home
-Battery operated electric foot file with four AA batteries (included)
-Ergonomically shaped soft touch handle for an effortless, perfect pedi

It will leave you with silky, smooth feet you’ll want to show off all summer long!
For more information, go to amope.com.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Giveaway-Despicable Me 3

I have been missing my family a lot this past 9 months of traveling for work.  Being a grown up comes with lots of responsibilities.  How do you balance time with your minions?

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My minions and I like to have a lot of family time.  Due to all my travel, we have been trying to catch up on all the loss time.  One thing that we do enjoy together is watching movies.  Did you know Illumination has brought back to the screen our favorite characters from Despicable Me?

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.  Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.  

To celebrate family time and the release of Despicable me 3, we have a giveaway.  Enter below to win the Despicable Me 3 prize pack:

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  • Official Motion Picture Soundtrack



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The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wordless Wednesday-Cars 3: Road to Races Houston

 Alamo Rent A Car street art booth 
Coppertone tire-changing activity
Mattel interactive play area
Sneak Peek at Cars 3

Sypnosis-Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short), “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Rub a Dove, Dove #HEBBabyDove

With a splish and a splash, I get a flash of my beautiful dove of when we welcomed her to the world.
This is a sponsored post by Mirum Shopper.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience. 

No one ever tells you all their tips, tricks, and secrets on how to get through the first year.  Some lessons you just have to learn on your own.  What works for one parent may not be the same that works for others. 

Tell me about it.  I have two totally different babies.  One hated baths and the other hates to get out.  But you know what happens when a water baby stays in the water too long, your skin prunes up.  Sitting in the bathtub in warm water for long periods of time everyday can cause your babies skin to dry up.  If you have a sensitive skin baby like I do, this is not good.
Dove-the personal care brand we trust for our skin now has a new line for our babies.

Did you know baby’s skin loses moisture up to 5 times faster than yours?  Baby Dove goes beyond mild and gentle to replenish essential moisture & nutrients.  

Whether it’s tear-free tip to toe wash during baby bath time, or a soothing lotion afterwards, Baby Dove gives you confidence that you’re providing the best care for your baby's skin. 

Keeping your baby's skin moisturized is as easy as with Baby Dove.

The wash is both tear free and moisturizing so it doesn't deplete your little one's skin like other soaps.  It's always a good idea to apply lotion after every bath to help lock in moisture.


Baby Dove is now available at H-E-B. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Giveaway-Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Have you seen Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST?
This is a sponsored post.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

In celebration of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST coming out on Digital HD and Blu-ray on June 6, I am hosting a giveaway.  Thanks to the sponsors for sending me 2 digital copies to giveaway to 2 lucky readers of Independentmami

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