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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Teen Titans Advanced Movie Screening

Get the kiddos out of the house and take them to an advance movie screening.
SYNOPSIS: It seems to the Teens that all the major super heroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

 

RELEASE DATE: July 27, 2018

RATING: PG

SCREENING DETAILS

Tuesday, July 24 @ 7:30 PM

Print your passes:

LINK: http://www.wbtickets.com/TTGTTMINDMAMI

Advanced movie screening passes do not guarantee seats.  First come, first serve.

Eight Grade Advance Screening Passes

Who wants to go to a advance movie screening?

Written and Directed by Bo Burnham

Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, and Jake Ryan

Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year — before she begins high school.


Check out www.EighthGradeYearbook.com and share your memories!

RATED R

EIGHTH GRADE Houston Screening

Thursday, July 19 @ 7:00 PM

Print your passes:

http://screenings.a24films.com/eighth-grade/promo/independent-mami/city/houston/

Advanced movie screening passes do not guarantee a seat.  First come, first serve.

Monday, July 2, 2018

DIY Popsicles

Summer is a perfect time to DIY with the kids.  Their little hands love to be hands on.  Some projects can vary depending on their age.  I love mixing food and fun with DIY. 


Thanks to Zipzicle for sending samples for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My daughter loves to get in the kitchen.  She is always asking to help.  She grabs her step stool and get right in there.  I love that she wants to learn.  Today's lesson is how to make DIY popsicles.


Our first step was to gather our fresh ingredients.  In the summer, we love to make cucumber water and agua de pepino.  Both make refreshing drinks.  It also happens to be one of my daughter's favorite.  Did you know by definition that a cucumber is considered a fruit?

Ingredients-

1 cucumber
2 cups of water
2 limes
sugar

Wash your cucumber.  Cut cucumber into smaller pieces.  I usually cut them into 8 long pieces.   Throw the cucumber in the blender.  I do half of the cucumber with 1 cup of water at a time.  My blender is not that big.  Blend all cucumber pieces and water.  Place the juice in a pitcher.  Cut lime in half and squeeze lime juice into the pitcher.  Add sugar to your liking.  I added to sugar and kept tasting.  I only add enough to give it a small sweet taste.  Mix all ingredients.

  
Now you are ready to fill the Zipzicle ice pop molds.  Make sure to continue to mix your juice so that you can an even blend of juice when filling each pouch.  I recommend using a pitcher with a small spout enough to be able to fit around the opening of the pouch.


My daughter loved being the taste-tester.  She was able to push buttons and make the blender go wild.  She also enjoyed mixing and pouring.  But what she enjoyed most was the final product.  It is the perfect way to stay cool this summer.


For more information, go to zipzicles.com.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Tips for Feeling Fresh with Caress

I am a sponsored blog partner with Mirum.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Oh boy, it is gonna be a hot one.  This summer has already started to shows its true colors.  With temperatures roaring into the 100s, it is impossible to get anywhere feeling fresh.


But do not let the heat stop you from enjoying summer, instead beat the heat with these tips:

1)  Hydration-Lack of water can cause fatigue to your mind and body.  Water cools your body off and cleanses it from toxins.  Stay hydrated by drinking water all throughout your day and not waiting until your body is thirsty.

2)  Clothes-Access your day.  Will be outside or indoors?  Can you wear sleeveless or short sleeve?  Can you wear shorts, skirts, or dresses?  Wear loose fitting clothing when possible.  I sweat easily, so I like to carry a spare shirt.


You can feel "out-of-the-shower-fresh" any time of day with NEW Caress® Botanical Body Sprays.

Caress Pink Peony Botanical Body Spray - Top note: White Orchid, Heart note: Pink Peony, Base Note: Tonka Beans

Caress Sweet Violet Botanical Body Spray: Top note: Tangerine, Heart Note: Sweet Violet, Base Note: Musk

Caress Mediterranean Lotus Botanical Body Spray: Top note: Bergamot, Heart note: Mediterranean Lotus, Base note: Amber

A body spray for every side of summer you will be in, leaving you feeling fresh any time of day.


3)  Mood-Don't let heat ruin your mood, instead jam to the Caress-inspired Pandora playlists.  Your state of mind can make or break your day, embrace each note as it hits you.  Smell good and feel even better.  So pick up Caress at H-E-B and get down with the freshness.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Celebrating 25 Years Under The Big Top - UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul Circus is back in Houston from now until June 24th.  They are celebrating their 25th year Anniversary.
Thanks to UniverSoul Circus for inviting my family and providing complimentary tickets for us to come join the celebration.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

There is a giant party under the UniverSoul Circus big top.  I love the music and all the performers.




It is a circus that not only has been bringing joy to our communities but also has helped it.  UniverSoul Cares has several initiatives:

-free show for homeless families

-help bring awareness and register potential donors of bone marrow

-recognizing and awarding humanitarian leaders

-helping stock food banks

For more information, go to universoulcircus.com/cares

Monday, June 11, 2018

A Hat for Every Dad - Tenth Street Hats

Father's Day is right around the corner.  Did you do your shopping already or are you still looking for the perfect gift for the dads in your life?
Thanks to Tenth Street Hats for sending sample product for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Do your guys love to wear hats?  Head wear to guys is like accessory for ladies.  There are several types of hats.  Most of my guys love to wear ball caps.  Looking for the perfect hat for my guy could be easy to do because Tenth Street Hats has such a wide variety to choose from. 


Tenth Street Hats have the perfect hat for every dad this Father’s Day, including:

All-American Dad: A high quality, American-made Biltmore Collection includes classic, colonial styles in materials ranging from luxurious fur to breathable straw. 

BBQ King: For all the dads in the backyards this 4th of July and every BBQ this summer, the Sun Protection hats with UPF50+ will keep them protected while their grilling (so they don’t roast too). 
 
Cool Dad: From the fedoras to their bold prints, the Staff Picks are perfect for cool dads who aren’t afraid to make a statement and accessorize.

Whether they’re cool, reserved, or a culinary king, they've got dads covered.  Tenth Street Hats is the perfect gift this Father’s Day!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Giveaway-Peter Pan

Summer is a time for exploring.  What do you have planned for your kiddos?  For us, it is the perfect time to let our kids unwind, let loose, and be free.


This post is in collaboration with Disney and Movies Anywhere.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Let your kids imagination soar past "the second star to the right and straight on till morning" as Peter Pan makes it debut into the Walt Disney Signature Collection.

All it takes is faith, trust, and a dash of pixie dust, and this timeless classic will launch you on epic adventures in Never Land as it sparkles with legendary animation and extraordinary songs!

Wanna win your own digital copy?  Enter below:


This is a US only giveaway.  Three (3) winners will be randomly selected and will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Good Luck.

Giveaway-A Wrinkle In Time

School's out, school's out, one and all, school is out for the summer.  Now what will your kids be doing?

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Movies Anywhere and Disney.  All opinions posted are my based on my personal experience.

Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” from acclaimed director Ava DuVernay, is now available everywhere on Digital HD, Movies Anywhere, Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD™, DVD and On-Demand.

The stunning story of an ordinary girl’s extraordinary adventure through time and space offers exhilarating entertainment and positive messages for the whole family—encouraging self-confidence, inclusion and pushing imagination to the next level.

The Heart-felt, Inspirational Story of the Timeless Classic starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and breakout star Storm Reid ­­take viewers on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery, then behind the scenes through exciting extras!

Thanks to our sponsor, in celebration of this movie coming home, we would like to give (3) lucky winners a digital download code.

How to enter:

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This is a US only giveaway.  Three (3) winners will be selected randomly and will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Good Luck.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Travel Tuesday-Chicago Navy Pier

We traveled to Chicago to go see my son graduate but he ended up leaving us there.  So what do we do?  I decided to take the family back to another Chicago landmark, Navy Pier.  


My daughter was wishing to see snow.  When we left our hotel in Great Lakes, it was snowing.  She was so upset because we did not let her play in the snow.  I told her there would be snow in Chicago too.  It was in the forecast.  He headed towards the Willis Tower but due to the clouds, there was no visibility.  So we headed to Navy Pier earlier than scheduled.  The windy city sure did test us.  Luckily for us, Navy Pier has an indoor area that has food, shopping, and entertainment.

Here were some of our favorite indoor attractions:

Amazing Chicago - funhouse maze with tunnels, mirrors, and glow in the dark fun.


Crystal Gardens - botanical garden with cool, shooting water fountains.


Chicago Children's Museum - three-floors of fun that we just had to check out.  Do you know the story of the great Chicago fire?


We could not visit the pier without actually seeing the pier.  It was a cold 32 degrees outside.  





And my daughter actually got her wish to see it snow...  

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

#DEADPOOL2 Sip and Paint Workshop

Were you the kid in the corner with a comic book or several just minded your own?  I never really liked reading until I was introduced to comic books.  Something about those characters and story lines caught my interest.  When you become a fan, you kinda become a fan for life.  The kid can grow up, but there is always that inner child.


This post is in collaboration with my brand Partnership with Allied Integrated Marketing.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I, along with several local influencers, were invited to The Rustic Brush-West U.  If you have never been, it is a social crafting experience.  A DIYers hangout spot, lol.  You pick your project and then you get hands on.  For this project, we use the Deadpool 2 movie that is coming out on May 18th as inspiration.  We have two different templates to choose from:


Well got started creating our art work.  Building our canvas.  Then we get to paint and we can use what ever colors we want to.  Each person had a really cool vision of what they each wanted to do.  That is what is so much fun from creating this type of art with your own hands.  I actually used the above flash dance pose as my inspiration to my piece.  

Check out the pieces everyone created:



Don't forget to check out Deadpool 2, it comes out on May 18.  Watch the trailer below:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Travel Tuesday-Exploring Past Chicago Millennium Park

I have been to Chicago before.  My first time in this beautiful city, I looked up at all the skyscrapers and wished my family could one day see all of this.  Little did I know that one day, I would revisit with them. 


Of course, our first stop had to be to Millennium Park to check out the Cloud Gate sculpture.  But when you are traveling with a six year old, sculptures are not on their things to do.  This great idea soon turned into a bad idea.  Until we decided to explore Millennium Park a little.  There are many visitors mostly tourist in this park.  It can be overwhelming.  If you walk east towards the Grant Park lawn, over the BP pedestrian bridge, you will find the Maggie Daley Park.




We went to visit the bean and ended up finding the most whimsical park ever with slides, rock climbing, towers, and so much more.  I have learned that sometimes you just got to go with it.  This trip was not about sightseeing in Chicago but I am glad that we were able to actually venture out a little and discover this gem in downtown Chicago.  One pit stop turned into a day of fun. 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Navy Mom Diary-Boot Camp Graduation

Back in February I posted Confessions from Independentmami-Then and Now telling you about my son's decision to join the Navy. 
The goodbye was hard but the waiting was even harder.  The time did not fly by.  I had a routine for sending my son letters.  I only heard from him a whole three times;

-when he arrived for a short few seconds
-halfway point...The best call a mother can receive.  I got to hear my baby's voice again and that he was alright.
-when he passed battle stations...I actually missed this call while I was at a training for work.  I almost died when my husband informed me later.  I was so devastated that I did not get to congratulate him, hear his voice, and tell him - I love you!

Graduation could not come soon enough for me.  His graduation date was our countdown.   Family adventure we soon won't forget.  The emotions going through me while waiting to get to him and having him in my arms again.  And finally, the day was here....


No longer a seaman recruit but a U S Navy Sailor.


Of course you know you are a mom, when you notice how skinny he is, that he has no color, and how hoarse his voice is.  But you also notice his new posture, a different kinda confidence about him, and the beautiful ear to ear smile that I missed so much. 

Reality sets in when out of my son's mouth came out that he had received his orders and was leaving the next morning.  My heart sank again.  Another goodbye, sooner than I had wanted.  We made the best of it and the next day hung out with the boys at the airport.  It was a wonderful experience of how the USO receives the sailors.  Military music played as they entered the airport.  We stayed with our son until he had go through security to board his flight.  I enjoyed the precious moments I had with him.  I will take a few hours after missing him so much the past few months.


See soon my love.  Until next time.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Up Up and Away-Kid Travel Tips

Our first family trip this year happened to be my daughter's first flight ever.  What can I say, we are a family that enjoys road trips.  This time would be a different experience for our family.  Planning a trip with a small child is hard.  When you go on road trips, you can over pack as much as you want.  Not when you are flying.  This trip took a little planning ahead.  
But no matter how much planning, don't you always manage to leave something behind.  My daughter left her coat on the couch.  I wanted to have it out so that when we landed, it was ready to be put on.  That did not happen.

Here are some things that I did plan right for traveling with children:

1)  Tablet-We fully charged my daughter's table and did not forget her charger.
2)  Phone-We have an extra phone for my daughter to be able to use apps, watch video, etc while her tablet is charging as back up.
3)  Chargers/Power banks-We had enough power banks and chargers just in case.  Our plane actually had power outlets.
4)  Snacks-Not only because I know food is an arm and a leg a the airport but also because kids.  Moms know that snacks a must.  At the airport, we did have to pull food items out at the security check.  Once these went through, we place them back in my daughter's bag.
5)  Gum-You know you hate when your ears pop.
6)  Pillow/blanket-Airplanes can be very uncomfortable.  Familiars things can help your kids with comfort in an uncomfortable, tight situation.


7)  Head phones-Do not forget the head phones. Our plane had a free movies playing but none of us could hear the movie, except my daughter who enjoyed watching one of her favorites, Coco. 
8)  Coloring Book/colors-The dollar store has small activity books.  And for the crayons, I actually had gotten an extra box at a restaurant that I packed in her bag. 

Now, packing her luggage was even harder.  My daughter is always hot and remember the whole thing about her forgetting her coat.  Luckily this mami planned ahead, here is how:

1)  Undershirts-Since our trip was to Chicago, long sleeve was our choice.  I even brought some turtlenecks.
2)  Leggings/jogging pants-Jeans can be restricting, thick, and sometimes hot.  Elastic bands or non-restricting waist can be more comfortable.

It is always good to wear your most comfortable pair of shoes.  So remember that when you pack your kids luggage too.  This may not be the best time to break in new shoes.

All in all we had a great experience.  My daughter was like a seasoned pro.  She had many questions a long the way and I was happy to answer all of them.  I was an adult when I took my first flight anywhere.  I am glad that my kids get to travel from a small age.  My daughter is already asking when are we going back to Chicago.  And Paris is on her wish list, too.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Giveaway-Maya The Bee 2: The Honey Games

Did you kiddo watch Maya The Bee Movie?

Maya, the little bee with a big heart, is back for another adventure. Sequel to the wildly popular feature film Maya The Bee Movie, Maya The Bee 2: The Honey Games makes its buzzworthy debut on DVD and Blu-ray on May 1, 2018 from Shout! Factory Kids.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shout Factory.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Maya The Bee 2: The Honey Games is based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia and offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world.  A must-have for fans of all ages, the film is an instant classic that delivers wholesome family entertainment— emphasizing the importance of friendship, responsibility and courage.


Can Maya and Team Poppy win and secure her hive’s future?  Only if Maya is able to gain new friends and learn about teamwork, accountability, and overcoming preconceived notions!

If your kiddo loves adventure, they will want to add Maya The Bee 2: The Honey Games to their collection.

Thanks to Shout Factory, one lucky reader will win their own copy.  Enter below:


This giveaway is for US only.  One winner will be randomly selected.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Good luck.

Giveaway-Stride Rite #FitTopia Tour Spring 2018

The perfect fitting shoe can be hard to find.  I know when my daughter was little we wondered what shoes would be best for her.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Stride Rite.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

There is no doubt about it that my daughter's first pair of shoes where Stride Rite.  Stride Rite has been a favorite for comfort, style, and design since she took her first steps.
It is important as our kids continue to grow that we fit their little feet with the healthiest fitting shoes.  Our kids have growth spurts which includes their feet.

Stride Rite made their first stop in their Fit-Topia Spring Tour at the McDonald's Children's Festival in Houston.   A family friendly event that includes a hands on lei making station,
an Instagram-able swing photo experience, light-up displays, and goody bags.  This tropical tour is bringing you the latest Stride Rite styles for you to check out and your little can get fitted by an on-site expert.

Fit-Topia is headed to nine more cities across the US...

April 25, San Jose, CA - Santana Row Pop Up
  • April 28-29, San Diego, CA - Kids Expo
  • May 5, Charlotte, NC - MommyCon
  • May 13, Boston, MA - Friends of the Public Garden Duckling Parade
  • May 17, Chicago, IL - Navy Pier Pop Up
  • ...and a surprise location to be announced!

      Don't forget to check the Phibian Lighted-the sandals are the first to market for kid’s water-resistant and machine washable shoe with light up technology that glows with every step. The new fashions feature a more athletic inspired silhouette.  Available in sizes 11-3 for $46

    Thanks to Stride Rite, one lucky reader will be able to win (1) Stride Rite pair of shoes.  Enter below:

This giveaway is US only.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Good luck.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Giveaway-Star Wars-The Last Jedi***CLOSED***

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.

Enter below:
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This giveaway is US only.  The winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Fulfillment will be done by the sponsors.  Good luck.

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.