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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!