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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One (1) winner receives
  • $25 Visa gift card to see Despicable Me 3 in theaters June 30
  • Two (2) Colgate® Minions™ Talking Battery Powered Toothbrushes
  • Two (2) Mineez Despicable Me Surprise Packs
  • Official Motion Picture Soundtrack

About the Colgate® Minions™ Talking Battery Powered Toothbrushes

The Colgate® Minions™ Talking Battery Powered Toothbrush features voice instructions to help teach your child how to correctly brush their teeth so they can become the coach of family brush time. The small oscillating head has extra soft bristles that clean teeth and gently sweep away plaque. With the loveable Minions congratulating your child after two minutes of brushing, learning the right way to brush teeth has never been so fun!

Moose Toys Mineez Despicable Me Surprise Pack Prizing Details

Kids will love to search for the Mineez Despicable Me characters and collect them all while they’re small! They can get a little taste of Mineez Despicable Me with this Blind Box Pack. Kids can pop open the capsule to find 1 hidden Mineez inside. There are over 75 to collect. They better make sure to look out for the Limited Edition Golden Minions. Mineez- Big Fun Made Mini!

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

Enter below.  Good luck.  2 winners will be randomly selected.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

G H Cretors Movie Night

I have been traveling over the past few months more than I would have liked for the year.  One thing we have done is try to keep a normal schedule as possible with our kids.  Friday nights are our favorite because it is the day mami comes home and movie night.
Thanks to G. H. Cretors for sending me a home movie night kit.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I love all the hugs and kisses when I come home.  All I wanna to do all weekend is snuggle with my kids and not let go of them.  The weekends go by so fast.  We love Friday night, movie nights.  And what goes good with a good movie?
Popcorn.  We love popcorn. 

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul Review

Being a kid can be so hard, parents just don't understand.  Heard that line before?
My family and I attended an advanced screening of this movie for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

When we are kids, we do not care what our parents are telling us.  They just do not understand.  When we grow up, we realize our parents were right all along the way.  My wish for my kids is always to find a happy medium.  I am their mother.  Some lessons are hard to learn.  As parents sometimes we want to catch our kids every time they are about to fall, but we cannot always be there.  We hope that all the lessons we teach will stick with them on the times we cannot be there.

Road trips always start of as great ideas but sometimes are they? 

SYNOPSIS-In DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course--thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid-The Long Haul comes out today.  Grab your kids and make them go to this movie.  'Cause it is oh-so-good.  Hits it right on the nail.  Perfect for the family to unwind.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hats Off-It Is Graduation Day

It is finally here.  This day we have been working so hard for.  12 years of school and it is all celebrated in one day, Graduation Day.
Thanks to Papyrus for sending sample products to review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Times have changed but some things have not.  Graduations are a tradition that we use to celebrate and mark the end of a great accomplishment.  Graduations are celebrated everywhere.  It is a moment in our times that mean a lot to us and everyone around us.  The struggle was real.  Celebrating the accomplishment of the graduate has not changed much.  Every year when I get invited to a graduation I always look for a great card to give to the graduate.  This year is no different.  My niece graduated this year.  As times have changed, they decided to host their graduation on the field where they gave all, all year long.  It was a very emotional day.  The last day they would set foot on that field as individuals and as a team.  It was a great moment for these ladies.

PAPYRUS has awesome products to make the celebration more memorable this year which include  the best in wrap, ribbon and bows so you can adorn your gift for the grad.  And full gift wrapping services are available in stores and online.
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Congrats to all the Class of 2017 graduates including my Senior, MJ.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Who Done it? The Murder Mystery Co

My husband and I were invited to attend a murder mystery party by one of our good blogger friends, Lisa Carey from Money Saving Parent.  Have you ever been to a murder mystery party?
Thanks to Money Saving Parent, The Murder Mystery Company, The Star Hotel, Andalucia, and Mia Bella.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Invitation check.  Now what?  Time to find an outfit.  Our murder mystery party was themed in the 1920s, so it was only fitting that we find the perfect costumes.  Sequin, feathers, and all that jazz.
The Star Hotel was the great place to host this party.  The reception area was spacious.  I loved the colors of their décor.  It was the perfect backdrop for all our pictures. 
Obviously a dinner party is not complete without the main course.  It was very delicious.
I thought I was going to show up to see people acting out in front of me and me guessing, who done it?  But that was not the case.  All the attendees are part of the act.  You get assigned a character you portray throughout the night.  You get assigned a top secret folder with your profile.  As the night unfolds, someone gets murder, and everyone is a suspect.  You could be the killer, da da da da......
We had a blast.  It was a lot of fun.  And guess what couple solved the murder mystery?

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tips to Hosting a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate

Have you ever had to host a party and you did not know where to start?  Let me get you started.
I received free products in order to host a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate.  Thanks to American Tourister, Pop Secret, Softsoap, Pillow Pets, HP, MyPrintly, Disney Parks, and Disney.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Throwing a party does not have to break the bank.  You do not need to pull out your hair to plan the perfect party.  The first thing I do is pick a theme.  Once you decide what the theme is, look for items in your house that go with your theme.  We love Disney and have many items already in our house.  It can be a scavenger hunt for you and your kids.  The more you look, the more you find.  Anything can be turned into décor.

Decorations-Create the perfect space with some décor.
My gameroom walls are red.  The perfect color for a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Party.  Last year, we hosted an Disney @Home Celebration where we used these Mickey faces for pin the smile on Mickey.  I saved it and added it as a hidden Mickey behind these Friends Quote because we love when friends come over and play. 
Décor can also create great photo op spaces.  The kids loved hanging out with Nemo pillow pet Under the Sea.  This was a backdrop we used for my daughter's Ariel birthday party

Food-Playdates call for finger foods. 
I set up all the kid's food on small tables for them to grab and go at their leisure.  I used all of my daughter's play tables including her picnic table.  One recommendation I learned was to make sure and ask all the parents for their kids' allergies before planning your menu.  I kept it simple and let my daughter pick some of her favorite foods.

Activities-You don't to over plan and you don't even have to have a schedule.  I have learned the best thing is to let the kids tell you what they feel like doing.  I had different activities set up for the kids.  Our gameroom was open for them to do as they pleased.
 Karaoke-Who doesn't love to sing catchy Disney songs?
Dress up-Photo Ops were set up all over the gameroom.  We have different hats, crowns, and so much more.  They laughed pretending to be princesses or pirates.
Sorcerer's Hat decorating, Mickey and Friends coloring sheets, stickers, etc...  It was not hard to keep them entertained.
We had a wonderful time at our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate.  The best part of all was that all the kids had a lot of fun.  You can find Mickey and Friends decorations and paper good at the Dollar store also. 

Here are more pictures from our party:
 We watched Moana and we all sang along.  It was a fun time.  Everyone left with all smiles.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Clean & Clear Acne Triple Clear #BubbleHappy

What is the first thing people notice when you walk up to them?  Your face.  What does your face say about you?
Thanks to Clean and Clear for sending sample products to review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I do not know about you but I want people to be able to see me and not focus on anything else.  I want my face to be clean and clear.  If you thought you would out grow acne after your teen years, you were wrong my friend.  There is such a thing called adult acne.
Acne Triple Clear with polymeric cleansing technology is specially designed to wash away dirt and oil, while helping preserve skin's natural barrier and protecting against future breakouts.  It is formulated with 2% salicylic acid and refreshing aloe and mint to leave the skin softer and smoother, while fighting breakouts in 3 ways:

-Removes bad pore-clogging oil
-Treats breakouts (pimples) while soothing skin
-Helps prevent new acne breakouts and pimples
The Clean & Clear acne triple clear bubble foam cleanser is specially formulated to use 22% less water.  It's unique upside down squeeze foamer bottle produces a cool oil-free bubble foam.

The bubble foam is so gentle on my face.  My face is oily enough, I do not need my cleanser to  be oily too.

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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
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.


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.

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