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Monday, April 10, 2017

#KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities

Have you ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show?  Are you curious to see what is inside the big top?
Thanks to Cirque du Soleil for inviting my husband and I to opening night.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Cirque du Soleil is famous for their shows all over the world.  My husband and I have never been to a show so we were excited to see all the costumes and were wondering what all we would see in the big top.  Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities defies the laws of time, space, and dimension. 
Even before the show started, we had fun with some of the cast at the preshow right outside the tent.
 (Hanging out with Yvonne from faithcoffeeandlove.com)
Some of my favorite parts of the show where the ones that wow us the most.  At one point I could not believe what I was seeing.  I thought it was a hologram.  But that is just how mind blowing this show is.  There is so much going from one side of the stage to the other.
 The fun goes on during intermission as well on the stage and in the crowd.  It was so interactive.
What can you see?  My favorites were the Contortion, Upside Down World, the Acronet, practically the entire show. 

What was different?  The live band throughout the show.  I really love a good show with great music.

Tips-

1)  Get to the show early.  You do not want to miss anything.
2)  Parking is CASH only.  ($12)
3)  Restrooms are available outside of the tent.  There are plenty but don't wait until you have to really go, to go.  There is an intermission, if you can wait, hold it.  But remember everyone else is thinking the same thing.  We went before the show started, no lines.

Get ready to be amazed.

For ticket information, go to cirquedusoleil.com/kurios.

Friday, April 7, 2017

No Salesman Car Shopping #HOULovesAutos

Have you ever dared to go to a dealer to just to look around?  There is no such thing.  The salesmen make you feel like fresh meat from the minute you drive in.  They are ready to pounce on you.
Thanks to the Houston Auto Show for inviting me to the Preview Party.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I have had some horrible experiences at dealerships and have ended up just leaving disappointed.  Why?  A really pushy salesman or salesmen can really ruin your experience to walk around, look, and check out all that is available on the lot. Also, the selection.  If you are like me, you may not know what you want until you see it, feel it, touch it and drive it.
The 2017 Houston Auto Show is back at NRG.  A mall of cars under 700,000 square feet with the latest autos from the world’s top automakers under one roof.  And trust me, there are no pushy salesmen trying to sell you cars. You can walk around, get in the cars, and even test drive.
Why ride and drive?  Take the autos out for a spin.  Try them all. Get comfortable.  Ask all the questions from the knowledgeable people available at each test drive who are not salesmen.  The car facts are there for you to see the real numbers.  If you decide you want more information, sign up to receive the information you want and even receive exclusive auto show offers.
Knowledgeable car representatives are available in each area.  You can connect with your favorite brand.  Don't have a favorite?  You do not have to have a favorite.  Put them all to the test.

Get in the cars.  Heck, get the entire family in.  How do like the vehicle?  Do they fit comfortably?
 Is there enough room for you and your needs? Is there trunk space?  Be realistic about your needs.
 Find out the facts.  What does this vehicle have that the others do not?  Is it a smart vehicle? 
How safe is this vehicle?  Are there extra features available?  What is the latest and greatest?
Get all your questions answered.  Don't need a new car.  You are just a car enthusiast.  There are beautiful classics to drool over and there is even an auction to partake in.



The Houston Auto Show is family friendly.  Bring your walking shoes because there is a lot to cover from one side to the other side, indoors and outdoors.  Don't forget your driver's license if you want to do the ride and drive. 

APRIL 05 - 09, 2017

WED - FRI : Noon - 9.30 pm
SAT : 10 am - 9.30 pm
SUN : 10 am - 7 pm
Adult - $12.00
Kids - $5.00 (6-12 yrs old)

Tickets are available at houstonautoshow.com.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Saturday - Sunday - Brunch Day!

What are your plans for the weekend?  I am a planner.  I keep a very tight schedule but on the weekends we kinda sleep in on some weekends.  So we totally miss Breakfast, the most important meal of the day.
Thanks to Maggiano's Little Italy at Memorial City Mall for hosting us for Brunch.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Maggiano's Little Italy serves Italian-American cuisine.  They have family style dining like eating at grandma's house.  They have full menu, everyday of the week, whether you are vegetarian, gluten-free, or vegan.  In this kitchen like most kitchens, it all starts with the chef.  Let me introduce you to Chef Philippe, Executive Chef.
His background has a lot of influence on his menu and ingredient choices.  Can you believe he started cooking when he was six?  He makes cooking look so easy.  You can tell he enjoys what he does.
We were invited to come sample some items from the new Brunch menu at Maggiano's Little Italy. 
VEGETABLE FRITTATA-Shiitake Mushrooms, Spinach, Roma Tomatoes, Smoked Mozzarella, Crispy Vesuvio Potatoes
CRÈME BRÛLÉE FRENCH TOAST-Cranberry Raisin Focaccia, Maple Syrup, Strawberries, Choice of Side

Am I making you hungry yet? 
Do you like Eggs Benedict?  Maggiano's has plenty of choices for you and these are not your typical dishes.  Get passed the names, and give them a try.  You palette will thank you.

The Meatball

We even got some tips as Chef Philippe made pancakes for us from the Brunch menu.  Do you use an electric mixer?  Chef Philippe is all about hand mixing and the flick of your wrist.  He also said patience is key.  Do not mess with that pancakes, leave it alone.
 Beautiful, nice and fluffy.  He made it look so easy.  The perfect sized pancake every time. 
LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES-Whipped Cream, Maple Syrup, Blueberries, Choice of Side

Don't let allergies stop you.  Chef Philippe will personally take care of your order.  Everything is cooked from scratch when you order.  He will cook your dish in a separate kitchen area and even go off the menu.  Make sure you tell your waitress before ordering. 

For more information, go to maggianos.com/brunch.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Happy 10 Year Anniversary To The Mister

Social media has changed my life.  Ten years ago, I took the chance of sending the Mister a message on social media.  Ten years ago, he replied back. 
We became inseparable from the minute we started hanging out.  We actually have known each other since we were younger.  We went to school together but we didn't even have each other on our radars.  I never thought one quick hello would lead to many future hellos that followed with kisses.
The Mister and I had more than our old schools in common.  Who knew that a nerd and cool cat would ever end up together?  They say opposites attract, right?  But we actually had many things we do both like.  We share the love of music, baseball, and many more things. 
Funny thing is time has flown by and we feel like we have been together longer.  Like our wedding song said, "God bless the broken road that led me straight to you!" 

In any relationship, it is all about give and take.  You both have to participate.  You both have to communicate.  Some lessons have been harder than others.  But the one thing I know, is that together we stand facing it all.  It is not all fairytales.  Life throws you curveballs.  Our team got a little bigger along the way.  We have gone from three to four.  I thought all was complete until our daughter was born.  I never knew something was missing until we were blessed with her in our lives. 

You never know where life will lead you.  You have to be willing to try.  We never thought this is where we would be but we are both happy this is where we are. 
Happy 10 year anniversary to the Mister.  Ready for many more seasons to some.  And in case you are wondering, today is the Houston Astros opening day which is one of our traditions we celebrate together. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Flick Friday-The Boss Baby Movie Review

One of our favorite past times is watching movies.  Every Friday night, we sit as a family and watch movies.  When we do not sit at home, we head to the theaters.


My family and I were invited to an advanced screening of The Boss Baby.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Have you seen the trailer for The Boss Baby?
Synopsis-DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby.  He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby.  The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.  With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

My daughter begged us to go watch this movie.  It was on our list.  When we got to the movies, she was so excited.  The movie was funny.  It has a cute plot that the whole family will enjoy.  It is good for all ages.  The kiddos will love all the funnies and of course, the cute babies. 

The Boss Baby hits theaters today and check it out for yourself.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Eggs-straordinary Easter Basket Gift Ideas

Are you looking for ideas on what to fill your kiddos basket with? I try to fill the baskets with different things every year from small things to big things. It brings me joy to see how their eyes light up with joy.

Here are some items that made it into this year's basket:

Candy most likely ends up in all of our baskets.  We just recently had an emergency visit to the Dentist for a baby root canal.  So this year, there will be less candy and more essentials. 

ELECTRONIC TOOTHBRUSH:  The Poseidon Children’s Sonic LED Toothbrush features a brush head that lights up with a rainbow of bright LED colors that will make brushing fun.  Kids are actually excited to brush their teeth!  The Sonic Toothbrush also features an automatic turn off after 2-minutes, ensuring children are meeting the dentist recommended brushing time.  Available in pink or blue, batteries included, and free shipping in the US.

For more information, go to:  toilettreeproducts.com

FLOSSER:  Plackers® Kids Flossers turn the difficult task of getting your kids to floss regularly into a fun and simple part of their everyday routine.  Each Kids Flosser is designed with a dual grip handle and angled head, making it easy for kids of all ages to use. With the fruit smoothie swirl flavor and bright colors, your kids will actually look forward to cleaning their teeth.

For more information, go to:  plackers.com



PERSONALIZED BOOKS FOR KIDS:  Grab your favorite character and jump into a personalized book for kids. The stories are filled with princesses, pirates, and messages of love that will keep kids company on a lifelong journey of loving to read. Your kiddo will never forget how fun it is to learn and play with a cool personalized children’s book.

For more information go to: putmeinthestory.com


Happy Egg-hunting and basket filling!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Educational AGventure HLSR

Every year, we look forward to the rodeo coming to Houston.  Why?  Because it is more than just a rodeo. 
My family received complimentary ground passes and carnival books, thanks to USFG and HLSR.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

One of our favorite places to visit is the AGventure kids zone.  We got to see baby chicks hatch in the poultry exhibit.  We learned about all the new animals that were born in the birthing center.
My daughter loves to get her hands dirty in the horticulture exhibit while digging for worms and learning about the importance of soil composition, vegetation and water conservation in urban and rural agriculture.  She loves planting the sunflower seeds in a cup to take home and chatting with the volunteers.  She talked to the volunteer about the tomatoes she has planted in her garden at home. 
This is the perfect place where kids can get up close to animals.  There were 12 interactive and educational exhibits.  The bunny rabbits were one of my daughter's favorite.  She got to see lots of bunnies and pet them as well.
There was a fully-functioning milking parlor where we were able to see where milk comes from and learn how it is transported to our local grocery store.  We also attended a live demonstration from some local farmers.

It is always a great learning experience for our kids.  I like how interactive this kid's zone is.   

We then headed out to the carnival for some thrills on the rides.
There was also a big outdoor stage where performers took the stage.  We sat and learned about animals.
But my most favorite thing about the rodeo is how much they do for education.  HLSR provides scholarships every year to deserving students.  It has been awarding scholarships since the first one in 1957.  Nearly 17,000 scholarships.  Now that shows how committed they are to the youth and their education.  

For more information, go to rodeohouston.com.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Springing into a Healthier Me #LALAChallenge

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with LALA® Yogurt Smoothies and #WeAllGrow Latina Network.

Are you as happy as I am that Spring is finally here?  The air is different.  The flowers start to bloom.  But that is not the only thing blooming around here.
This year I decided on making myself my New Year's Resolution.  Over the years, I have put others before me.  Not this year.  I'm being a little selfish.  I am taking the attitude - me before you.  Thanks to some of my changes, I'm springing back like an old, used coil. 

Here are tips on how SPRING can help you get healthy too:

Self-You matter.  It all starts with the person you look at in the mirror everyday.  Take a moment and stand in front of the mirror.  Seriously.  It does not matter how people see you, it matters what you see.  What do you see?  Is this a happy person?  Don't look for flaws/scars but look at the glass full.  I see an able body that has so much potential.  It is like an art piece waiting to be sculpted.  You are the artist behind this vision.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

Prioritize-What is your goal?  Do you want to get healthier?  Do you want to lose weight?  Break it down.  Interview yourself.  Define your needs versus wants.  Pick a reachable goal, timeframe, and give yourself milestones.  I want to be healthier, so that is my ultimate long term goal.  It is a lifestyle.  One of my biggest issues was doing good during the week and messing it up over the weekend.  My first small goal was to be the same weight or less on Mondays.  Then it was to continue to maintain the weight loss throughout the month.  Baby steps are helping me get to the ultimate goal.

Rotate-Don't let the routine stop you.  Rotate, revolve, change your schedule.  One of my trainers told me it takes 21 days for us to build a habit.  But some people get bored real easily or things happen in your life.  If you don't like the gym, find a park.  If you can't make it to the park, have a dance party at home.  Start with doing 30 minutes of exercise whenever you can fit it in.  I started out being able to go to the gym at 5 am, then I had to go during my lunch hour to the park, sometimes I can make it after work. 

Ignite-Light a fire and get closer to your goal.  Find a piece in your closet that you have not worn in a while and would like to get back into.  Buy yourself an article of clothing one size smaller.  I have all different sizes of clothes that no longer fit in my back closet.  As I am losing weight, my smaller sizes are coming back into my closet.  The clothes I am no longer fitting is going out the door.

New-Try something you have never done.  Crossfit, yoga, cycling, dancing, but try something.  You never know if you are going to like something unless you try it.  I tried running years ago and found that I loved it.  I never thought I could to Crossfit but after I tried it, I found that I could.  Cycling is hard but guess what, once you get the hand off it you will want to do it too.  Indoors and outdoors.  Currently, I am trying to get one hour of physical activity into my day.  It doesn't matter what it is as long as I get it done. 

Go-We live our lives always on the go.  That should not be the reason why we cannot keep ourselves healthy.  I plan ahead for my non-stop lifestyle.  This is why our HEB grocery list always includes LALA® drinkable yogurt smoothies.  

They are great tasting, nutritious, and healthy.   The perfect on-the-go snack for my on-the-go life.  Made with real fruit and has 5g of Protein.  We keep our refrigerator stocked up.

  • I can grab a LALA® Yogurt Smoothie as I run out of the door.  This way I am not missing meals, my body is getting fueled, and I am staying on course with my goals.

  • Did you know LALA® Yogurt Smoothies is proud to be a sponsor of the H-E-B Slim Down Challenge?   Earlier this year, H-E-B invited Texans to apply online at heb.com.  Though only 28 were selected for the competition, you can follow their journey along from home.  Not only will you be following their journey but you can access workouts and recipes, and read contestants’ blogs for inspiration.  The Slim Down Showdown is part of H-E-B Health & Wellness, a comprehensive, long-term commitment to improve the health of Texans.  H-E-B aims to inspire Texans to adopt and stick to a healthy lifestyle through special offers on healthy food, nutrition labeling, events, competitions and educational opportunities.  Winners will be announced April 1 at the H-E-B Alamo Health and Fitness Expo in San Antonio. 

    Are you ready to SPRING into a healthier you?

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LALA Yogurt Smoothies and WeAllGrow Latina Network. The opinions and text are all mine.