Two new shows coming on ABC this Fall: Cristela and Black-ish

There are a few new shows coming out on ABC this fall. WFAA in Dallas will have both of these on their network. After a long day and the stresses of life, it’s fun to kick back and watch a good comedy. Thanks to ABC there are two new ones to check out this fall!

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Cristela – Premieres Friday, October 10th 7:30pm on ABC

In her sixth year of law school, Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She’s stuck straddling the old culture she’s trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she’s trying to embrace in her professional career. Breakout comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in this hilarious comedy about laughing your way down the path of the new American dream.

You can preview some clips from the show here or follow them on Twitter or Facebook for more info!

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Black-ish – Premieres Wednesday, September 24th 8:30pm on ABC

Andre ‘Dr’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids and a colonial home in the ‘burbs.  But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.

You can preview some clips from the show here or follow them on Twitter  or Facebook for more info!

Escape and Relax at LaTorretta Resort and Spa

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This past weekend my family and I got to escape city life and enjoy the weekend at LaTorretta Resort and Spa. It was a short 3.5 hour drive from our house and we were excited to enjoy the quick get away.

LaTorretta Resort and Spa is located just west of Huntsville off of I-45. It was super easy to find and the check in process was very easy too! We were given a list of events for the weekend, as well as a map.

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Our room was located on the 18th floor of the tower. There are four elevators leading upto the rooms, so we didn’t have to wait long to head up. Our one bedroom suite was very nice. The bathroom was HUGE! There is a shower, as well as a bathtub. We liked having the two beds in one room, separate from the living room area. This worked great for our family because we could hang in the living space while others slept in the bedroom.

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If you are looking for a place to relax at the pool…then this is the place for you! There are several pools, a hot tub, baby/toddler area, slides, and even a lazy river! We were first in the pool and it was so quiet and nice. By mid day it filled up. LaTorretta provides towels for you to use, so no need to pack those. They also have a grill/bar area at the pool for easy access to food/water.

Other things you can do while at LaTorretta include: play tennis, mini golf, arcade games, and you can rent paddle boards for $20/hr to play on as well. Check out their website here for more information and activities.

Savings:

20% off for staying 2 nights – Plus, save 20% on 2 rounds of Golf or 2 Spa treatments.
30% off for staying 3 nights – Plus, save 30% on 3 rounds of Golf or 3 Spa treatments.

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Discount applicable to the Best Available Rate plan. Cannot be combined with any other offers. One night deposit required at the time of booking. 72 hour cancellation policy applies.​ ​Stay from 4/1/14 – 12/31/14​.

Upcoming Events:

The 40th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival is coming quickly.  Stay at LaToretta, located just 30 minutes from the festival, as they are offering two weekend packages, including one with tickets to the festival’s all-new King Midas Masquerade Ball,. The resort’s King Midas Masquerade Ball Retreat, starting at $199, includes king suite accommodations on a Saturday night during the festival, two tickets to the festival’s all-new King Midas Masquerade Ball (held every Saturday during the festival) and best of all, transportation to and from the event.

La Torretta’s Texas Renaissance Retreat offer, starting at $309, includes king suite accommodations and two festival tickets.

Both packages are valid October 10 through November 30, 2014 and can be booked at www.latorrettalakeresort.com or by calling (877) 286-9590.  Use the promo code RENFEST or RFVIP for the Ball Retreat offer.

You can also book round-trip shuttle service to the Texas Renaissance Festival for $20 per person.

 

Straight Talk with Invisalign® for Teens

This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Does your teen need straighter teeth? Where I live in Frisco, my dentist told me that 90% of teens will have some sort of dental work to help straighten their teeth. As common as that sounds, most teens will frown at the idea of having braces or wires in their mouths.

That is why Invisalign was invented. It is a great alternative to braces and is available for pre-teens and teens. Being clear, most people who have Invisalign feel confident about their smile…during treatment. Let’s be honest, if kids are embarrassed to wear braces and retainers, then they won’t. In the end the treatment will be ineffective.  This is another great reason to why Invisalign Teen is a great option. Do your kids play sports or instruments? If so, you won’t want balls flying at their faces and busting up their lips due to the braces and wires in their mouths… again, Invisalign Teen clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it. (Great solution!) I also personally love that there are NO food restrictions with Invisalign. My 9 yr old loves popcorn and hates that she can’t eat it since she currently has a spacer in.

Now for the good part… Invisalign Teen costs about the same as braces! Invisalign Teen is covered by most dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. How cool is that? Also, you can use your Flexible Spending Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) to pay for Invisalign, making money go farther with pre-tax dollars.

Now let’s bust a myth: If my child loses their aligners, it’s going to cost me an arm and a leg to replace. NOPE! Not true! Setting it Straight: Invisalign knows kids lose things, even their aligners! That’s why you get up to six FREE replacement aligners with Invisalign Teen.

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I took the #NotBabyFoodChallenge

I was challenged to take the Not Baby Food Challenge and I gotta say, I was very surprised. I fed my kids jarred baby food and felt guilty watching them make horrible faces as they choked it down. I must admit that I did not taste stuff before giving it to them. The smell was horrible and I didn’t want to put that stuff in my mouth… well fast forward 6 years and now I am very conscious at what my kids are putting into their mouths. I want them to have whole foods and to make healthy choices.

This is why I took the Not Baby Food Challenge. I wanted to try the 100% Fruits or Veggies and see if they taste good! The veggies I tasted, then mixed into smoothies for my kids (and they never noticed!) The apples I ate in one setting! Don’t judge, it was GOOD!

Will you take the Not Baby Food Challenge? If so, use hashtag #NotBabyFoodChallenge so Beechnut can see your review!

You can check out this video to see more about this challenge!

Getting rewarded for setting and achieving Healthy Goals

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias

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The kids are finally back in school this week and I am so thankful because I now have more time to focus on ME! I do great with routine and this summer has really thrown me off. I need goals to help me stay focused. So this week, I made a promise to myself that I was getting back on track. Back to clean eating and working out! Time to make healthy choices and set healthy goals again!

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I went to Walgreens and picked up a few items to help me stay connected to my goal! I bought a case of bottled water, some raw almonds, and some Silk Almond milk to start making my smoothies again. When I have those three things, I tend to do better! I start my morning off with a smoothie made with spinach, strawberries, greek yogurt, and almond milk. I then use the raw almonds as a snack when I feel hungry. Drinking water, instead of soda or other items, is best for my body. In fact, I recently read that I should be drinking half of my weight in oz. So if I weigh 130 lbs (I wish) then I should be drinking 65 oz of water a day.healthysnacks

Another awesome way to keep myself accountable is to register with Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices. This feature helps keep me living a healthy life easy by setting health goals, tracking progress, and connecting it to my Ftbit app on my phone to keep up with it all! I have several apps on my phone to help keep me moving, but the Walgreens Balance Rewards app is the only one what rewards me for my healthy activity! (I love that it pulls info from Fitbit and MyFitnessPal to reward me!)

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Here is how it works:

Simply sign up for a Walgreens Balance Rewards Account, then connect your devices and watch the rewards pile up! You can also get rewarded for setting healthy goals, getting shots, filling prescriptions, and more! 5000 points gives you $5! So you get paid to live a healthier lifestyle! BONUS! Just pull up the app and you can use the money at check out! So simple to use!

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Each day you can see your points! The app is so easy to use and I love being able to manage another part of my life via smart phone!

What are you doing to continue to make Healthy Choices for yourself? What keeps you motivated?

 

 

 

Family Fun with Scholastic Parent and Child KidQ App

This is a sponsored post that I have written in partnership with Scholastic Parent & Child. All opinions are mine and are honest.

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I love how kids can be so inquisitive. They always seem to ask questions that are inspired by the world around them. Mine are constantly soaking in information and are hungry for more. I was recently introduced to an App that is so fun for parents and kids! Scholastic Parent & Child has a new KidQ app for iPhone and Android that facilitates conversation via fun Q&A’s about the things that kids (and parents!) are the most curious about, like Why is the sky blue? And Why do we say “ears” of corn? Each day, users are notified of a new playful question that serves as a conversation starter along with the official answer.

We’ve been playing on it a few days and the questions have me stumped! I am just as excited to learn the answers as they are! We play it at stop lights or while we are waiting for our meals! It’s a great conversation starter!

You can download the free KidQ app from Scholastic Parent & Child for FREE!

Here are a few of the questions we got:

  • Why do some things smell really good,…and some really bad?
  • Why do yummy smells fill the house when food is cooking or baking?
  • What ocean animal is related to the elephant: the manatee, the sea lion, or the whale?

Most of the questions are answered and then fun facts are also offered on the subject! This creates even more open doors for fun conversations. My oldest, Chloe, thinks she knows it all…and this has stumped her. I love that she is learning fun facts from a trusted source.

Go check it out! You’ll love it and since it’s free, your wallet will love it too!

Getting ready for Back to School Routines

I was invited to participate in a fun Sponsored California Raisins #SnacktoSchool party. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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We have one more week before the girls go back to school. I’ve got to admit, I am excited about routine again! It’s been nice to sleep in and not have to wake at any given time, but there is something about routine that is soothing! Here are a few things that come to mind when I think back to school:

1.) Quick and Easy Breakfasts

2.) Packing healthy lunches

3.) After school snacks

These three things all are struggles for me. I wish I were more prepared, but often times I am not. As we start this school year, I want to plan a little better. For breakfasts, I am going to try to bounce between these four items: yogurt/toast, cereal, waffles, and homemade muffins. Muffins are easy to make the day before and my girls seem to do well with them. I made a test run of Cinnamon Raisin muffins to see if the girls like them. Super simple to make and they DID enjoy them. Here’s the recipe:

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Cinnamon Raisin Muffin Recipe

Incredients:
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar (Can sub splenda)
1 egg
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup California Raisins

TOPPING:
1/2 cup sugar (can sub Splenda)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, melted

  1. Mix shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk until well combined. Last, fold in California Raisins.
  2. Fill greased muffin cups half full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  3. Last, Melt butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip muffin tops in butter, then in cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Super simple! For lunches, I like to pack easy and sometimes prepackaged items. A normal days lunch includes:

sandwich, chips, fruit, yogurt, and a drink.  The fruit is usually one of the following: apple sauce, mixed fruit, an apple, or raisins. Changing it up is key!

And last, I love having a snack for my hungry girls when they come home. They always ask for something on the walk home. With a little planning, I can have snacks prepped and ready to go. I love offering healthy options. One thing that they really enjoy is applies with peanut butter. To mix things up, I sometimes stir raisins into the peanut butter before giving it to them to dip.

We recently attended a fun #SnacktoSchool party and here are a few of my favorite pictures!

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California Raisins are a great addition to any snack on meal and are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids as they head back to school or offering as an after-school snack. The ingredient list says it all: Raisins.

Both convenient and portable, California Raisins are a great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking. They are a great value, too. According to the USDA, raisins are the most economical dried fruit. They have Zero fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar. Plus, raisins offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving).

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Giveaway:

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Sweaty kids and Stinky Shoes

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Going back to school reminds me of the fun after school routines we have. The kids love to go to the park and play for a bit on our way home. I let them. They need the physical exercise and I love rummaging thru their backpacks while they play. They don’t normally play long before one asks for a snack or has to use the bathroom.

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We make the short 10 minute walk home and they are so hot and tired. And they stink. The odor is piercing. It makes me nauseous. Then one of the kids kicks off their stinky shoes and that odor hits me. It’s bad! I make them put the shoes up quickly and gag for a few more minutes from the nasty kid sweat smell.

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I am armed with a plan of action this year. I will no longer have to breathe thru the stinky smells. I was sent a few Febreze items to conduct a NoseBlind test with some friends and here is what that looked like:

1.) Inital smell in the house, that I don’t smell, but my guests do
2.) Popped popcorn smell in the house, everyone smells this
3.) Febreze sprayed
4.) No one smells popped popcorn

Until I participated in this fun NoseBlind test, I had no clue that Febreze worked so quickly to neutralize odors. I thought finding something to mask odors was key. Nope, neutralizing them is key!

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So I will have Febreze on hand to spray when sweaty kids and stinky shoes try to take over with their unpleasant smells. What do you use to keep these odors at bay in your home.

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Enter to win by leaving a comment on this blog post sharing what smell you are most #noseblind to. You can get additional entries if you tweet your answer and use #noseblind in your tweet. Drop your link in the comments for that to count as well! Giveaway ends on 9/1 at 5PM CST.

Six Fashion Tricks to make you appear Taller

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I’m a shortie! Every woman desires to be taller. But when you get to a certain age when growth hormones suddenly stop doing their job, it’s up to you how you create that illusion of longer legs or a more body. Believe it or not, simple fashion pieces such as chunky heel shoes, high-waist shorts and maxi skirts could do the trick for you. How can you use these simple pieces to make you look taller? Here are 6 tricks!

1. Go high with heels and wedges.

It’s so pretty how taller girls can wear mini skirt or shorts with flats or sneakers without getting self-conscious about their look. But for shorter girls, always remember to pair a short dress or bottom with high heels or wedges. And when we mean mini skirt, go for a piece that would make your legs look really long by showing off more skin. Technically ankle straps make your leg shorter because these seem to chop off the length, but you can wear shoes with ankle straps when paired with mini skirt or shorts (Soda Hat-h Buckle Strappy Wedges).

2. Don a maxi skirt in a solid color.

People think shorter ladies simply cannot rock a maxi skirt. Ultimately, Rachel Zoe proved this wrong. She’s always out looking sophisticated and chic in her maxi skirt, oversized sunglasses and hat wherever she goes. The best way to wear a maxi skirt for shorter ladies is to pick a solid color and a simple cut – no prints, pleats or layers. Tuck in a tank top, basic shirt or pick a crop top (BCBGMAXAZRIA Maxi Skirt – Jaymee Wide Banded).

3. Appreciate high waist shorts.

Taller girls enjoy low waist bottoms, especially when they want to emphasize their upper torso or show off their abs. However for shorter girls, your job is to make your legs look longer by wearing high waist shorts. Similar to wearing a maxi skirt, your top should be tucked in or you can just opt for a crop top (Triangle Checkered High Waist Shorts).

4. Pick vertical stripes.

Stripes never run out of style and when you see one, make sure to get a vertical striped pattern. It’s one of the oldest tricks to make you look longer because of the lines which seem to go on forever. Again, elongating your body should be your target for a taller you (Deco Stripe Jacquard Knit Sheath Dress).

5. Work the magic of pointy flats.

We know you can’t wear short bottoms all the time and we also know that pants are your go-to comfy bottoms. When wearing pants of any material, the best way to look tall is by wearing a pair of pointy flats. Try wearing a pair with jeans and you’ll notice how your leg lines instantly become elongated (Breckelle’s Talia-01s Pointy Suede Flats).

6. Score thin or skinny belts.

In fashion, belts become accessories rather than utilities. And when you’re trying to accessorize a dress, make sure to pick a skinny belt rather than a thick one. You want to define your waist rather than cut your torso in two, which is what a thick belt can do. The illusion of cutting yourself in half accentuates the short parts of your body (Simple Leatherette Skinny Belt).

Do It Yourself Party Decor

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You do not have to spend tons of money on pre made party decor to make a celebration feel special. You can often make items yourself, and cheaply. I have a few staple items on hand and use them along side a few add ons to personalize my parties.

Here are a few staples that I like to have for parties:

  1. White square or rectangular serving places in various sizes
  2. Mason Jars in various sizes
  3. Ribbon in various colors
  4. Brown paper bags
  5. Chalkboard Paint

Here is an example on how you can use simple items to create a fun festive, do it yourself party decor!

I normally add a splash of color to each party I throw by purchasing $1 disposable table clothes at Dollar Tree, as well as fun colored napkins. A little bit of color goes a long way.

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The hanging banner is made from brown paper bags cut into triangles, and ribbon. Super easy! From a distance, it looks really nice and it was so easy, and not to mention cheap to make!

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I like to dress up things with ribbon, twine, burlap. The jars, and such have a little extra fun and it was so easy.

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Chalk board paint is really in these days! I love it because it’s very versatile. You can personalize chalkboards with anything! I picked up the letter “M” on clearance for $1 and painted it black to write on. Super simple, yet very personal. Also making smaller signs to label the fool gives it a fun pop. I made my own fun chalk board plate. I bought the plate at IKEA for $5 and painted it. Super simple to do.

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Get inspired, get craft, and SAVE MONEY on your next party!

My daughters birthday party is this weekend and I’ll be doing a post next week showing how we saved on decor by doing it ourselves! The theme of that party is Frozen…so you won’t want to miss out on reading that post and seeing those picts!