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!

Thanks to our sponsor one lucky reader will win an Early Man Prize Pack!  Enter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

For more information about the movie, follow the conversation:

Official site:

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. 

Caress beauty bars and body washes can help keep us pampered.  Caress body wash and beauty bar fragrances are crafted by the world’s best perfumers to transform your daily shower into an indulging experience that will make you feel special every day.

  • Save $1 when you buy any ONE (1) Caress® Body Wash or Bar Soap. “Look for H-E-B Yellow coupon in-store and digital coupon. Redeem in store. Offer valid 1/17/18 – 1/30/18”
On your next trip to H-E-B stop to check out all the fine fragrances of Caress' body washes and beauty bars, so you can get pampered with your favorite scents.

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!