GiveForward and rally for tolerance #Love>Hate

Love is greater than hate #Love>Hate |

**Full Disclosure: This post is sponsored by GiveForward.  All opinions are my own. I've watched my share of ALS Ice Bucket challenge videos.  I am grateful no one ever tagged me in the dare.  But one 14-year old boy in Bay Village, Ohio wasn't so lucky.  Three of his classmates challenged the Autistic boy to have a bucket of ice water dumped on his head.  Except the three teens didn't dump ice water, they poured a tub full of urine, spit and feces on the boy. I saw this revolting story on a local news station and immediately wished there was something I could do to help.  Have you ever had that feeling about a news story? This time, we can help! GiveForward, the world’s #1 fundraising site for helping people in need, is doing something.  When they heard about this horrendous prank, they started a fundraiser with the goal of raising $5,000 for the boy and his family.  GiveForward wants “to show him love, rather than hate, and to teach him that he is a hero for knowing … [Continue]

Pollo Tropical: Healthy Caribbean Inspired Food {Restaurant Review}

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**Full Disclosure: I was invited to a media preview at Pollo Tropical.  I was not asked to write about my experience.  All opinions are mine. My husband would tell you that I don't like to try new things.  For the most part, he would be right.  However, I have been trying to get better and push myself to experience things out of my comfort zone.  When I was asked to attend the media preview at San Antonio's newest restaurant, Pollo Tropical, I was intrigued and said yes! When I walked into the restaurant, immediately I noticed how bright the atmosphere was.  As I started looking at the menu, I was really impressed by the price points.  Everything is reasonably priced with the most expensive thing being the Family Meal. At the media preview, employees brought out a little of everything from the menu.  It was a ton of food!  The Caribbean-inspired dishes you'll find at Pollo Tropical are definitely not Tex-Mex but the food is phenomenal!  Everything Pollo Tropical serves … [Continue]

San Antonio Spotlight: Briscoe Western Art Museum

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**Full Disclosure: I was able to experience the Briscoe Western Art Museum at no cost to me.  All opinions are my own. Until last weekend, I'd never been to the Briscoe Western Art Museum.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but I figured I'd see horses and cowboys.  And you know what?  I was right!  Everything in the museum is about life west of the 100th meridian. My husband and I started our self-guided tour on the third floor and worked out way down. There was so much to see and learn … [Continue]

Turn Up Your Look for less with Tresemmé® and Dollar General


There are mornings when I have {fairly ugly} breakdowns and tell my hair that I want to shave it all off because it just does not want to cooperate.  You don't want to be around for those mornings!  Of course, I don't shave my head and then my hair ends up in a pony tail.  I am pretty sure my friends think I don't know how to style my hair. I am slowly learning that you don’t need to spend like a celebrity to look like one.  Thanks to Tresemmé® and Dollar General, you can get all of the looks … [Continue]

Wordless Wednesday: Frank

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Pizza and a Movie Night with Netflix! #StreamTeam

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**Full Disclosure: As a member of the Stream Team, I was provided a Netflix subscription, ROKU 3 and an HDMI cable.  No compensation was received.  All opinions are my own. It's no secret that family and I really enjoy pizza and movie nights.  We pull out pillows and blankets to get cozy on the couches.  I serve the pizza (and napkins!) and start a movie.  With school is back in full swing, taking the time to relax and laugh together is vitally important. Netflix has a wide selection … [Continue]

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day {#Giveaway}

Alexander Prize Pack

**Full Disclosure: I received the same prize pack in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day looks like a movie I can relate to!  I'm sure you'll agree that we've all had days that range from fantastic to awful.  While I much prefer marvelous days, I think the unpleasant ones make us stronger. About Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Follow the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander … [Continue]

Kids in the Kitchen: Pumpkin Rice Krispies

Pumpkin Rice Krispies |

I was scrolling through Pinterest when I saw a pin with super cute Pumpkin Rice Krispies. I immediately knew I wanted to make them so I picked up all the ingredients while my kids were at school.  After we ate dinner Tuesday evening, Colin and I got to work! I threw the butter and marshmallows in a pot.  Colin stirred until they were melted.  Then Colin added in the food coloring (we only used 2 drops of red and 4 yellow so it wasn't a strong orange color) and the cereal.  I finished mixing … [Continue]

Tailgating Essentials for Football Season!

Tailgating Essentials |

**Full Disclosure: Thank you to Sam’s Club for sponsoring today’s post and helping me get ready for tailgating this Football Season.  All opinions are my own.  It's officially football season!  While my husband and I like football, we don't have favorite teams.  I pick teams to cheer for based on the color of their uniforms and he roots for everyone on the field!  And, even though we don't have a favorite team, my husband and I think tailgating parties are fun because we get to spend time … [Continue]

Back to School with Mabel’s Labels {#Review}

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**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own. Back to school is the craziest time of year.  My kids like to pick out all the items on their lists.  But selecting those necessities is pain-staking and tedious so the last thing I want to do is replace them two weeks into the school year.  Lucky for me, Mabel's Labels has the perfect solution: the Ultimate Back to School Combo pack! About:  Mabel’s Labels started in 2003 with  four moms … [Continue]

Craft: Spppooookkkyyy Halloween Rag Wreath

Sppppppooooooookky Rag Wreath |

Halloween can be a fun holiday - but it's not fun for me when it's all skulls and scary.  I like the cute, artsy side of Halloween.  A Sppppoookkyy Rag Wreath is a great way to infuse cute into Halloween. This rag wreath has one set of eyes kind of semi-hidden in the fleece to show it's 'spooky' side.  (You could add more eyes to make it even more creepy, too!)  And I used tulle to give it the feel of a spider web. I hope you like it as much as I do! You’ll Need: Five colors of … [Continue]

Kids in the Kitchen: Cupcakes!

KITK Cupcakes |

I know I haven't been keeping up with Kids in the Kitchen and I'm sorry for that!  It's been hard finding time for the kids to help me in the kitchen with our new back-to-school routine. But we are back this week (and hopefully for awhile)! James helped me make cupcakes yesterday - mostly because he was not supposed to be looking at the television and he couldn't NOT look - but he assisted nonetheless.  We just used a box mix, but replaced the water and oil with heavy whipping cream and … [Continue]

Back to School with Balance Bar #balanceisinthebag

Balance Bars - On-the-Go Snacks |

**Full Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Balance Bar.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.   My kids went back to school three weeks ago but their after-school activities started this week so we are still working on finding our groove. These tips from Jenny Ingram are really helping me stay on top of things! Keep Smart Snacks within Reach. Back to school isn’t only exhausting for kids. Moms and dads get worn down too so smart snacking is important. … [Continue]

Schoola turns outgrown clothes into money for school programs!

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**Full Disclosure: I received a gift card in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own. I want to tell you a secret ... I didn't buy my kids back to school clothes!  You see, my boys' drawers are overflowing with clothes.  They didn't need anything.  Additionally, we live in South Texas and it doesn't cool off until October (if we are lucky!) so James and Colin are able to wear their summer clothes until then. With October only a few weeks away, I am ready to buy … [Continue]