Sunday, March 18, 2018

Giveaway-Star Wars-The Last Jedi

Did you know that STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI will be available in Blu-Ray and DVD on Tuesday, March 27?  Have you seen the movie?  If you have not, here is the trailer:

Synopsis:  In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Thanks to our partnership with Allied and Disney, two lucky readers will win their very own copy before you can buy it.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Houston Axe Throwing

When your kids get older, the kiddie adventures are no longer fun.  We have been there and done that.  Are you looking for a family fun activity or outing for your older kids?
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with USFG and Houston Axe Throwing.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.   

In our family, we are very competitive.  We love sports.  You know that saying a family that plays together, stays together.  I love playing fun activities that we can all enjoy.  But once the kids get  older, it gets hard to come up with things to do that they have already not done a million times.  Have you ever heard of axe throwing?  Obviously if you live in the city or the suburbs, you don't have to chop wood.  So why would you need to know how to axe throw?
This is why!  The thrill of a bulls eye.  I released my inner lumberjill.  It is an AXEperience you will never forget and get hooked to try again.
Houston Axe Throwing is Houston's first indoor urban axe throwing range and the first axe throwing club in Texas.  Our axe throwing session was run by a trained Axepert who showed us how to safely handle an axe and chuck it..  We received tips and tricks on how to hit the illustrious Bullseye!
You get to pick really cool names like Blades of Glory, Axe-actly, Woodie, and Absentree.  Learning the technique, mastering it and releasing our inner lumberjack/jill that was AXEsome.  We played several games Hang man, Tic Tac Toe, and we also competed in a Tournament against each other.
I did tell you this was a family friendly activity.  Children ages 12+ can participate with a parent/guardian if they are with a parent/guardian at all times, and it is a 1 adult to 1 child aged 12+ ratio.  NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 WILL BE ALLOWED ON SITE AT ALL.  Obviously you can see why this is not a place for younger kids.  Axe throwing is safe.  

You can bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and napkins.  You could even host a party.  There is plenty of room.  There are games in the lounge sitting area.  You can also play your own music.  

For more information, go to Houston Axe Throwing.  Thanks to USFG you can take $5 off admission to a 2.5 hour session using the offer code USFAMILY at checkout expires May 1, 2018.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Self Care Kit - Reviving Me

This year I am focusing on me.  Self love starts with self care.  I have not been taking care of myself like I needed to be.  Turning forty has me refocusing my energy on myself.

Sample products received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

One of my challenges is relaxing.  I mean who has time to relax when they are running a household and trying to conquer the world.  Moms do it all.

I continue to realize that doing it all is hard work.  I have to continue to remind myself to relax.  I am making myself turn in earlier.  I am creating a quite zone.  My mind goes a million miles per hour so it gets hard to unwind.  Laying in bed, turning everything off, and making it as dark as possible.  (Clean & Clear night relaxing jelly eye mask helps me relax after my busy days.)  I know I am better when I am well rested.  When I am not I am grumpy, moody, and do not want to be bothered.  No relaxing can take a toll on our bodies and I am not getting any younger.  I am trying to reduce the stress and tension.  Cue the zen music, namaste.

As I count down to my forty, I am reminded that a little smile goes a long way.  Reflecting on how blessed I am has me smiling a lot.  (I am feeling a little bolder with my Rimmel London Stay Matte Lip Colours in Heartbeat and Firestarter.)  Did you know you can burn ten to forty calories a day by laughing for at least 15 minutes?  You got jokes?

So what are you waiting for, smiles are free gifts you can hand out?  Crack more jokes, make light of things, and laugh more.

Another way I am brightening up my life this year is by getting out of my comfort zone.  Through blogging I have made several connections that have turned into friendships.  And it all starts with that scary handshake.  Sometimes it is hard to be the first person to say hello.  We are afraid of rejection.  Chances are the other person is feeling exactly the same way.  So why not just extend that hand?  (Got to have my hands insta-ready with Sally Henson Insta-Dri® Nail Color.)

Forty is a milestone number.  I remember coming into my thirties on high on life.  Everything was lining up perfect for me in my world.  I hit many bumps on my road to forty.  This me needs a little tune up of self care.  Like an oil change and tire rotation for a vehicle, routine maintenance is also needed by our bodies.

If you miss me lately, I will be in the shop.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cirque Italia - Water Circus

What activities does your family enjoy doing together?  In these days of technology it is great when you can disconnect, enjoy each other, and just have fun.
I’ve partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas and Cirque Italia to share the Katy tour stop with my readers, and am being compensated for this partnership.  All opinions expressed are my own based on my personal experience.

Technology is great.  I know cannot live without my phone.  And now, our six year old daughter cannot either.  I remember when I was younger the television was my muse.  My brothers and I  fought for the remote controller and now we have a tv in every room.  Times have changed though.  Family time now involves making sure all devices are completely turned off.

Have you ever heard of a water circus?  Cirque Italia visited Katy, TX this past weekend.  Under the big top, there were lights, entertainers, and even dinosaurs.  Yes, you heard right.  

This is not your regular circus you have previously attended.  It is European styled entertainment.  From the music to the performances.  The aerial acts were so mesmerizing my daughter would not even blink.  The butterflies were favorite.  She even got a rainbow butterfly painted on her face.

Little did she know that the person painting her face would soon be performing some crazy acrobatic poses.  I mean can you do a handstand on stilts and strike a split pose, can you?

These performers are legit.  I am always amazed at how strong performers are.  I mean if hanging from a rope is not hard enough but to carry another person while hanging upside down. 

But the best part of all for me as a mom is seeing my kiddos amazing reactions.  This nontraditional aquatic spectacular was breathtaking.

For more information, visit and make sure to follow the tour to see if they are coming to a city near you:

Twitter: @CirqueItalia
Instagram: @cirqueitaliashow 
Facebook: @cirque.italia

Friday, March 2, 2018

Hey Katy-Texas-It's Cirque Italia

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I am excited to attend Cirque Italia at Katy Mills.  Cirque Italia now has two traveling shows and for the Silver Unit is coming to Katy, TX!  With it's state of the art technology, it's sure to be a show you won't want to miss!  Keep reading through and I will share how you can get your children's tickets FREE!

Event Info for Cirque Italia at Katy

When: March 1-4 Where: 5000 Katy Mills Cir, Katy, TX 77494-4402 At: Katy Mills Near: Burlington Coat Factory Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent!
  • March 1- Thursday: 7:30pm
  • March 2- Friday: 7:30pm
  • March 3- Saturday: 1:30pm, 4:30pm, & 7:30pm
  • March 4- Sunday: 1:30pm, 4:30pm, & 7:30pm

Here's a bit more about the show:

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Aquatic Spectacular”? Water, entertainment, excitement……? You can expect all these things and so much more from the brand new themed Cirque Italia production with its perfectly fitting new title. After six years of enhancements, a rigorous casting selection, and countless performances nationwide, this newest form of Cirque Italia’s innovative and unique “traveling circus” spectacular production is set to be its finest to date. Aquatic Spectacular came to life all thanks to its imaginative creator Manuel Rebecchi, along with invaluable direction and production management by Chanté DeMoustes. Cirque Italia’s brand-new theme show is an artistic blend of human abilities, technology and the element of water. This one-of-a-kind production combines water fountains, jet-skis, pirates, and more in a fun filled atmosphere all ages are sure to enjoy.

  Performers from all over the world have been brought together under the enchanted spiral of the white and blue big top.  The merging of their astonishing skills with the poetic element of water has led to the creation of a truly unforgettable experience.  Cirque Italia has managed to create a beautifully unique theatrical production by combining the gracefulness of the human body with the calming fluidity of water, along with bursts of power and excitement as well.  Aquatic Spectacular offers two hours of high-end entertainment.  Beautiful aerialists dazzle and shimmer on a chandelier high above the ground, but they aren’t the only ones that will draw your eyes toward the sky.  You can expect to see contortion in a bubble, a Venetian aerial duo, and even someone hula hooping while in the air.  Don’t worry about getting your eyes checked, you aren’t seeing double; there are TWO lasermen.  Duo jugglers, duo roller-skaters, the always breathtaking wheel of death………the list goes on and on.  It is even possible for a pre-historic dinosaur to make an appearance. Let your imagination wander, because anything is possible in this new whimsical production.
One might be concerned that such a spectacular entertainment opportunity is out of his/her price range, but Cirque Italia is committed to bringing a Las Vegas quality production to your hometown at an affordable price.  They also feature many special offers and promotions.  Cirque Italia continues to contribute to the modernization of the performing arts and the circus industry by abiding by a strict animal free policy.

Now Get Your Tickets

Tickets can be purchased now, starting at $10.00 through$40.00 depending on availability. You can purchase tickets through their website (;;) or by phone: (941) 704-8572.  They also respond to text messages.  Of course, you can also purchase them at the box office.

Box office hours: The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.

Non-show days: 10am – 6pm On show days: 10am – 9pm FREE Child Admission

Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3, using the code in the image below.

This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or deals.

For more information visit and make sure to check all of their social media accounts below.

Get Social with Cirque Italia

Twitter: @CirqueItalia
Instagram: @cirqueitaliashow 
Facebook: @cirque.italia

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas & Cirque Italia to share this upcoming tour stop with my readers, and am being compensated for this partnership.   All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dating My Husband Diaries-Perfect Gift

My husband and I have been together for over 10 years now.  We are thankful everyday to have found each other.  Dating my husband has never been hard.  But buying him gifts, now that is another story.
Thanks to TheBroBasket sending sample product for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I have a great husband who loves to surprise and buy me things for no special reason.  He always finds the perfect gifts.  He buys me things I never would have bought myself that I find I cannot live without.  When we first started dating I always got him the perfect gifts.  I think I have lost my touch, though.  I have a couple of gift fails under my belt.  I like to get everyone the perfect gifts.  But what do you get the guy who has everything?
TheBroBasket is the perfect gift for any guy in your life.  My hubby does not like chocolate, he is not into the mushy stuff, and I'm tired of wasting my money on gift fails.  TheBroBasket has a variety of guy-friendly gift baskets like Viva Tequila, The Junk Foodie Party Package, The Cali Craft Beer Sampler and A Bite of Bourbon.  What guy would not want this delivered to them?

You can create custom baskets where you choose all the cool stuff you want in your guy's BroBasket and make it one awesome drinkable arrangement.  From whiskey samplers, craft beer, fine wines and all kinds of snacks, TheBroBasket is sure to please. There are lots of non-alcohol baskets to choose from too! and its breezy online shopping experience means no more stress at the mall!  Especially if you are busy and can't get away.  This gift is perfect for birthdays or for no reason at all.  Make your guy's day, any day of the week by sending him a surprise to his door.

Got a golfer in your life, check out the Golfer Gift BroBox.  Fitness buff no worries, the Fitness BroBox is perfect for them.  The College Care BroBox is perfectly filled with yummy snacks.  There are several options that are reasonably priced and under $50.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® Nail Color Review

Who has time to go get their nails done?  Better question who does not like to have their nails done?
Thanks to Sally Henson for sending samples for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® Nail Color’s newly upgraded 3-in-1 formula with built-in base and top coat offers shiny, extended wear in a single step.  The revamped formula delivers an extra day of wear and chip resistance.  One stroke, one coat, and you’re done!
Shades shown: Watermelon Wizz, ASAP Apple, Peppy Le Fuchsia, Rapid Red

We are all about insta-NOW everything.  Who has time to schedule a manicure?  I know I do not have time but I love to have my nails looking good.  My daughter also loves to have her nails done.  So when I saw insta-dri, I had to give it a try.  I decided to try the one stroke, one coat and see if it really did INSTA-DRI on my six year old daughter.  You know little girls at this age are restless and cannot sit still.  So if her hands could dry before her patience would give out, then I might be a believer.
Sally Henson does it again.  One stroke worked and One coat looks great.  I love the colors.  My daughter's hands look so pretty.  Now who is ready for some insta-dri?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


We are celebrating the release of Disney - Pixar COCO.  Did you and your family watch this movie?
***Sponsored giveaway.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.***

If you have not gotten a chance to see it, check out the trailer now:

Synopsis: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. 

A pesar de que su familia ha prohibido la música desde hace generaciones y sin ninguna explicación comprensible, Miguel (voz del actor principiante Anthony Gonzalez) sueña con convertirse en un músico experto como su ídolo, Ernesto de la Cruz (voz de Benjamin Bratt). Desesperado por probar su talento, Miguel se encuentra en la asombrosa y colorida Tierra de los Muertos después de una misteriosa serie de eventos. En el camino, conoce al encantador embustero Héctor (voz de Gael García Bernal), y juntos, se embarcarán en un viaje extraordinario para descubrir la verdadera historia detrás de la historia de la familia de Miguel. 

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Taco Tuesday - Shrimp Tacos #TCTacoTasting

Who does not love tacos?  What are your favorite kind of tacos?  My husband loves shrimp tacos. 
***Hosted Event.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.***

Taco Cabana hosted a Taco Tasting for their new Loaded Grilled Shrimp Tacos.  My husband and I were invited guests to sample the three delicious recipes. 

-Piña-Seasoned shrimp in a fresh flour tortilla, topped with warm, sweet pineapple pico de gallo (pictured above)

If you like pineapple and are looking for something sweet, this taco is for you.  Do not let the pico de gallo scare you off, if you are not into the spicy, this taco is sweet and flavorful.

-Diabla-Seasoned shrimp drizzled with a spicy chipotle diabla sauce in a fresh flour tortilla, topped with a sweet and spicy jalapeño-pickled red onions, crumbled queso fresco and fresh chopped cilantro

If you like spicy, this taco is for you.  All the flavor and the spice are the perfect blend in this taco.

-Rancho-Seasoned shrimp in a fresh flour tortilla, topped with TC's creamy jalapeño ranch, fresh lettuce and handmade pico de gallo

I love ranch dressing.  Add a little jalapeño and oh yeah, this was my favorite taco!  My husband does not like ranch but  I had him try this taco and he liked it.  He said the combination was great.

Just in time for Lent Season.  No meat?  No problem! 

You can mix-and-match any three tacos for $7.99. These are only available for a limited time from now until April 1, 2018.

Monday, February 26, 2018

PDQ - Sneak Peak Menu Tasting

I like trying new places to eat.  Especially when in Houston, we have so many new restaurants popping up everywhere.  You have to try everything at least once.
***Hosted event.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.***

Thanks to PDQ for inviting me to a VIP exclusive tasting of the new menu items and queso featuring rice bowls, premium sandwiches and salads.  Who is PDQ?  

People Dedicated to Quality's menu includes recipes made with ingredients typically found in fine casual restaurants with the value, speed and convenience of fast food. 

The new unique chef-inspired menu items are:

-Queso Crunch Bowl (Delicious.  Perfect crunch in every bite)
-Pimento Crunch Chicken Sandwich
-Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich (love the pineapple)
-Thai Peanut Bowl 

Really good food.  The menu options are great tasting.  The staff was wonderful.

They also have a wide selection of delicious sauces and dressings that are made from scratch every day.  Do not be afraid to try them all.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Confessions from Independentmami - Then and Now

I have been very distant as a lot of things are going on here in our house.  I want to thank all of my dear readers that have been following my story for almost ten years now.  Ten years ago, I was a single mom just looking to share my story with other moms maybe facing the same trials and tribulations as I was. 
Let me bring you up to speed to all that has happened.  My baby boy is not so little any more.  Life has not been so easy as you can imagine there are several issues that come up when you are both mom and dad.  But I feel that what did not kill us only made us stronger.  They say boys are momma's boys, right?

The school years were long and hard for both of us.  Sometimes the finish line seemed impossible. 
But we made it.  My baby boy accomplished something many people take for granted.  Many kids get lost throughout the middle school and high school years.  They get overcome, overwhelmed, and just get over it.  Years later they realize that this accomplishment is one they wish they could go back to.

I am proud to say that baby boy graduated from the first energy high school in the US.  He has decided he would like to become a Mechanical Engineer.  After high school, we had a serious conversation of where he wanted to go from this point and what his next goal would be.  I have always told my son that the one thing I regret is not finishing college.  We both talked about his options and we enrolled him in community college.  He wanted to stay close to home and was not ready to leave far away just yet.

Fast forward to this winter.  My son asked to speak with me.  His tone was very serious.  I did not know what to think.  The conversation went deep.  My son told me he had decided to join the Navy.  Errrrrrrr..... freeze time.  What did he just say?  Don't get me wrong back when we had our conversation about goals and his future, we talked about the military being an option.  (1) one option out of the many options presented.  unfreeze time....

He had gone to the recruiters, taken the ASVAB, and signed on the dotted line.  There were lots of emotions going through my head.  I was so taken back because of the news.  Of course, i was proud.  My eighteen year old son was now taking on adult decisions without mom.  Very proud.  Scary because I mean, you know why.  I feel as time flew by from the time he told me to this past week. 
His ship day.  There are dates the get stitched in your head for some reason or another.  My son's ship date is one of them.  See the picture above, in this room, in this building, many men and women say good bye to family members to take on the commitment to serve our country, protect our freedom, and lay down their lives.  There is a swear in ceremony and shortly after, you say your see you laters.  They are bused over to take their flights and away they go to their boot camps. 

Woosaahhh..... I feel like life punched me in the gut just one good time right before I entered this room.  When we were asked were we ready, I started balling?  All my emotions hit me all at once.  Remember this is my baby boy, it has been me and him against the world for nineteen years now.  He will always be my baby boy no matter how old he gets or how many things he accomplishes.  The weekend before he left I was dying in bed with the flu.  I had a whole memorable weekend planned for us to share.  Because I was quarantined, we did not get to spend the last few precious moments together.  I did get to say my see you later to him, watch his ceremony, and hear his voice one last time once he landed.  This past week flew by and then this weekend came.  It finally caught up with me.  Something is missing.  There is an emptiness.  He has been gone before a week at a time but never for several weeks straight, much less months. 

My only comfort is that I know he will be able to call home, write letters, and this too shall pass.  Time will go by and soon enough we will be at his graduation. 

There you have it.  I have been absent minded trying to stay focused on the things that matter the most to me-FAMILY.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Houston Axe Throwing

As a couple, do you look for new ideas on how to spend time with each other? What are your date nite ideas?

***This is a sponsored post in collaboration with USFG. All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Houston, I have a new date nite for you....

Learn how to handle an axe. Compete and see who can handle it better, you or your partner? Laugh, play, and reconnect.

Houston Axe Throwing Purchase tickets at Take $5 off admission to a 2.5 hour session using the offer code USFAMILY at checkout. exp May 1, 2018 @usfg

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Giveaway-Early Man Prize Pack***CLOSED

Are you one who handles change well?  How about when the rug gets pulled right from under your feet?  Do you think you would resist the fall, get back up, or just give up and stay down?

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

Synopsis-Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how one brave caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pamper, Caress, and Self Care Talk #CaressLovesTX2018

Turning the BIG FOUR - OH has me doing a lot of thinking.  In previous years I have made New Years resolutions, but this year I am reevaluating.  Not a one year resolution but more about what am I doing for my entire life.  I seem to feel like I have been moving in the right direction.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mirum.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Let's talk about Self Care.  What does that even mean?  I stopped to think about the last few years.  I realized that even though I have been promoting others to self care as part of my nurturing character, I sort of became too busy for myself.  Don't get me wrong, I tried but others always came first.  But self care is important.  Did you know most moms put themselves last?  That is even if we make our own lists.  We put others first.  It is in our nature.  Think about this-You cannot take care of others, if you fall ill or have a mental breakdown.  Ok, I may be exaggerating a little bit but really do not let yourself get to the point of no return.  So how do we do it?  Reevaluate.

Let's start with pampering yourself.  How often do you pamper yourself?  Never, wow.  That does not shock me.  Some may say sometimes, and rare few will say that they always do.  Pampering does not have to be hard, time consuming, or costly.

1)  Bath-How often can you say you were able to just take a warm bath?  It helps me relax not just my body but also my mind.  I always make the excuse that I do not have time, though.

2)  Shower-Ok, I know you shower.  But are you always in a rush?  Do you jump in and just give the major parts a rinse.

I am guilty.  Just like most moms, I make several excuses.  I have a lot of things to do and never have enough time.  Not enough time for ME.  I am changing my mindset.

Baths aren't just to relax the kids before bedtime.  They can also be for this mami to relax after a hard day of mommy duties, work, and life.

Instead of getting the kids ready first and leaving myself for last, I will go first.  That way I can get up, take my shower, take my time as I get ready, and be able to smell the flowers.  Be selfish and take an extra 10 minutes to yourself.  You deserve it. 

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What fragrance or scent relaxes you the most?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Giveaway-Paddington 2 Prize Pack #FotoConMiOso ***CLOSED

How is the New Year treating you?  We are starting the year with a fun giveaway.  Do you remember Paddington bear?
This is a sponsored post.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Did you watch the Paddington movie?  Paddington bear is back in a new movie, Paddington 2 that comes out on January 12, 2018.

We have a fun photo contest for you to enter to win a Paddington 2 prize pack which inludes four movie tickets to see the movie after its release, a Paddington figurine, and activity books.

How to enter-

Share photos of your children with their beloved teddy bears using the hashtags #Paddington2 #fotoconmioso

Every post is an entry.  You must come back and leave a separate comment with each link.

Contest ends 01/12/2018.  1 winner will be randomly selected.  US only.

Tag @independentmami and Don't forget the hashtags! #fotoconmioso #Paddington2

For more information on the movie, go to:

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Paddington 2 Advanced Movie Screening Passes

That loveable bear is back.  You know the one who loves marmalade sandwiches.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Warner Bros.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Synopsis-Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.  While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it.  But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Tras el éxito mundial "Paddington", una de las películas familiares más exitosas de todos los tiempos, esta secuela tan esperada encuentra a Paddington (Ben Whishaw) felizmente asentado con la familia Brown en Londres, donde se ha convertido en un miembro popular de la comunidad local, difundiendo alegría y mermelada donde sea que vaya. Mientras busca el regalo perfecto para el cumpleaños número cien de su amada tía Lucy, Paddington ve un libro pop-up único en la tienda de antigüedades del señor Gruber, y se embarca en una serie de trabajos extraños para comprarlo. Pero cuando el libro es robado, le toca a Paddington y a los Browns desenmascarar al ladrón. 

Hey Houston, wanna to go to an advanced screening?  

Sunday, January 7 @ 2:30 PM

AMC Studio 30

2949 Dunvale Rd.

Houston, TX 77063

Click link below, print your passes, and make sure to be there early:

First come, first served. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Will You Take a LEAP This Year

Happy New Year!  Hello, 2018!
Did you make a New Year's resolution? Are you hoping for big things?  It is the start of a new year.  I do not know about you but I always say, I would like a fresh start.  Wipe the slate clean.  That is what a new year feels like to me.  My blank slate ready for me to fill with memories, with goals, with laughter, and joy!  This year, I turn the big 4 - 0.  2017 was a year of trials for us.  The storm lingered around but like they say, there is always a rainbow after the storm.  We are learning to adjust, reassess, and most of all...
leaping!  Wherever this takes us, we are taking it with eyes wide open.  Life does not always go our way.  Things happen that are out of our control.  You have the choice.

This 2018, what will you make of it?  Do you need a little inspiration?
Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience. 

Synopsis-Eleven-year-old orphan Félicie has one dream — to go to Paris and become a dancer.  Her best friend, Victor, an imaginative, exuberant 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.  Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Jepsen), who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

We all loved this movie.  What a way to get the entire family ready for 2018!