Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pre-Black Friday Holiday Sale!

As a pre-Black Friday warm up, Swagbucks is offering big cash back for shopping online at several of your favorite retailers right now! Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping. 

Affordable Holiday Photos with Portrait Innovations & Giveaway

It's that time of year, family food and holiday photos. Looking for the best affordable option can be daunting but let me tell you about my family's recent session.

I was thinking of getting holiday photos for our Christmas cards when I received an opportunity to have a complementary session at our local Portrait Innovations! When we arrived, there were a few families already getting pictures taken. We had a minimal wait after check-in, and met our photographer. We started in the first of 2 studio rooms, where we took our Christmas themed photos. There was a Christmas tree with fireplace background. Our family poses, as well as a storybook pose and individual child poses were taken there. Prince C was a little grumpy at first though. The photographer was AMAZING at getting a smile out of him and snapping at the same time.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bargain Watching Christmas 2017

I just scored an amazing deal on one of Princess A's wishlist items! How? I follow bargain blogs. And the easiest way to view them all is using Feedly.com. Basically, you follow all the blogs you'd like and it allows you to see individual posts in one place. I check it throughout the day looking for the best deals, especially around this time of year.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Express your creativity with ShowMyCoco!

When I was a little girl, I loved charm bracelets. Each one showing something personal about me. Even today, I love expressing myself by personalizing my things! And since it seems like our lives revolve around our cell phones, why not personalize that too?! That's where ShowMyCoco comes in. 

ShowMyCoco is a new brand created by three sisters. "CoCo" is that crazy way to express yourself.  Their goal? To help you express yourself with your phone. They are like charms in a phone case! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Double Cash Back!

Swagbucks is offering double cash back at dozens of different stores (like Macy's and Target) during their 2017 Holiday Sale. Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping.

In order to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set! Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Swago Time

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating Thanksgiving early with another big "Swago" promotion starting Monday, November 6th at 9am PT and running until Monday, November 13th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Our Halloween

It...was...RAINING!! Not like a sprinkle but a full downpour. Luckily our local stores provided a Plan B for our disappointed kids.

Walgreens had candy for Trick-or-Treaters at checkout while H-E-B had trick-or-treat stations all over the store. It was Prince C's first time really experiencing Halloween and he enjoyed it, even though it was inside a store.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Big Bounce - Update

Remember my post about the largest bounce house ever?!

Over the weekend, me, the kids and our friends went to experience The Big Bounce America, aka, the largest bounce house ever! It was chilly outside but so worth it.

We made the drive from the suburbs into Houston and were amazed when we saw how massive the bounce house was. We arrived about 15 minutes earlier than our bounce time, got our wristbands and waited in line. I can't tell you how excited everyone was, kids and adults alike. While we waited there were games to play as well as a HUGE setup for pics.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jelly Bean Pumpkins Craft & Treat

Looking for a yummy craft to make with your little pumpkin, try making Jelly Bean Pumpkins! Super simple and simply yummy, you can make these in a matter of minutes and they are sure to be a hit. 

We were inspired by the Gimbal's Gormet Jelly Beans for this project. 

Gimbal’s Gourmet Jelly Beans is the perfect treat for crafts and parties during this haunted holiday. The jelly beans are free of a lot of major allergens including gluten, peanuts, dairy, tree nuts, egg and soy, making it safe for many to enjoy. With just tulle, pipe cleaners and delicious jelly beans, you can create yummy pumpkins that are sure to bring a smile to your trick-or-treater this Halloween season. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bingo w/Swagbucks!

The holidays are close and the online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save while you spend. 

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bridgelands' 9th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest!

Are you local and looking for something to do this Saturday? 

Bridgeland, a master-planned community located in Cypress, TX will be holding their annual fall festival on October, 21 from 10am-4pm. The 9th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest in Bridgeland®  is a dog-centric event and this year will feature headlining act The Super Collies, contestants on the latest season of America’s Got Talent.  Led by Sara Carson, one of the top dog trick instructors in the world, the talented group has also been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Carson and The Super Collies will be joined by the Dynamo Dogs, Houston Disc Dogs and The Amazing Blake. All four groups will be part of a lineup that features new acts performing every 30 minutes.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October Swago (Bingo)

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating the fall with another big "Swago" promotion starting Monday, October 9th at 9am PDT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Locals: The Largest Bounce House Ever - Houston, TX

Are you a Houston-Metro area local? Let me tell you about an exciting event that my moms group found. It's called The Big Bounce America, aka the World's Biggest Bounce House and it's coming to Houston October 27th-29th! I was SO excited when I was contacted about blogging for this event! 

Halloween Sale!

Now that Halloween is almost here, Swagbucks has increased cash back at a big group of their Halloween-related stores, so you can earn cash back while getting costumes, decorations, and more for the end of the month. Just click here to see the deals, and sign up for Swagbucks (if you haven't already) to start earning cash back in the form of SB points, which you can exchange for gift cards or PayPal cash.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

$200 Million Milestone

The digital rewards Swagbucks just hit a major milestone – they have given their members over $200 million in cash and free gift cards since 2008! I use Swagbucks all the time to get free gift cards doing stuff I already do online, like shopping, answering surveys, watching videos, discovering great deals, and searching the web. To demonstrate how big a number 200 million really is, here are some fun facts:

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I may earn for things like referrals, purchases, etc. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

When Daddy's Away, the Kids Go Cray!!

It never fails. NEVER.

When King J is out of town the kids go crazy or as we still like to call it...CRAY. There must be some sort of receptors in a kids brain that knows when Daddy is far out of the perimeter, with no chance of coming home that evening and punishing them.

And guess what?!! Within 6 hours of him leaving this time, it began. The kids are cray, and mom is almost Bat-Crap CRAY!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

$13 Walgreens Haul!

Yesterday, I found an unbelievable deal. Most items on the clearance section were 75-90% off!! From spring and summer items, back to school items and novelties.

Here is my haul and the breakdown.

  • Pink/Navy backpack 
  • Minion backpack with lunch box 
  • Tinkerbell Solar Light
  • 3 Mirrored jewelry boxes
  • 2 Plush Minions
  • Minions Pencil Pouch 
  • 3 Minions Coiled Notebooks 
  • 3 Minions Composition books  
  • Me to We Composition Book 

That's 16 items for less than $1 each!

You should take definitely look at the Walgreens stores around you ASAP. Each store may have markdowned items differently, so check around for the best deals.

Swagbucks Swago + Spin & Win

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is nearing $200,000,000 in cash and gift cards given back to it members. Since 2008, they've rewarded members for things we all do online, like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals, answering surveys, and searching the web.

$200,000,000 is a huge number, and to celebrate they're holding a "Swago" promotion starting Monday, September 11th at 9am PDT!

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it. Here are a few tips:

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Week of Birthday Freebies & Discounts

"Go girl, it's your birthday." Actually it was my birthday and I wanted to share the freebies I scored and how you can get them too on yours! I felt like a little girl on her birthday, and even sweeter, I got to pick and choose which gifts I received.

I'm devoting a whole weeks worth of posts to this. Here's how it goes:

  • Day 1: Sephora
  • Day 2: Vera Bradley
  • Day 3: Charming Charlie
  • Day 4: Ulta & NYX
  • Day 5: Yummy Freebies and More

Come back tomorrow for Day 1!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Get Paid to Subscribe to Hulu!

If you're a TV lover, Hulu is running a special on their offer through Swagbucks this weekend only: You'll get $30 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $22 on the deal!  
Hulu has tons of current and classic programming, movies, brilliant original series, and more. Here's how you do it:   

Pampers Rewards App - Up to 150 Free Points!

I've been writing about how much I love Pampers Rewards (Formerly Gifts to Grow) since Princess A was in diapers! Did I mention, she's 8 now?!

Pampers has launched a new version of their popular Pampers Rewards app (for Android & iOS), designed to make life simple for parents and babies. It’s still free to download, easy to use and parents will earn points every time they purchase any Pampers product including diapers, training pants and wipes.

Here's the best part - existing AND new members will get 100 bonus points just for downloading the new Pampers Rewards app and registering/signing in. Plus you’ll get 50 bonus points when you scan their your first product code.

Monday, August 14, 2017

BOGO FREE at Chuck E. Cheese!

Can you believe that summer will officially be over soon?! For many of us, that means the vacations and trips are over and were in back-to-school mode. You can still savor these last summer days with Chuck E. Cheese. 

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Swagbucks Luau Team Challenge

Put on your lei, enjoy some Slack-key guitar, and get ready to eat some Kalua Pork, because Swagbucks is holding a Luau Team Challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 

If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! The challenge, begins Monday, August 14th at 8am PT, but you can pre-register now!

Cash Back for Back-to-School Shopping!

Who's ready for Back to School Shopping?! Let's be real, school clothes and supplies can be expensive. How about getting back some of your hard earned money while you're shopping this time of year? Um, yes PLEASE!!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cars 3 Board Games from Spin Master!

How often do our kids ask us to play a game but we parents dont want to because:

  1. It's too long
  2. It's too boring
  3. Or, It's too much to set up.

Princess A and myself were excited to test out Spin Master's Cars 3 Risky Raceway! I secretly set up the game before I called her to play with me. It only took a matter of minutes to assemble the 3D elements to the game and to pop out the die-cut tokens. And so we began...

But first let me tell you that we are competitive in this family...REALLY COMPETITIVE. My first date with King J was a basketball game one on one. Our kids have taken this characteristic on as well.

She chose Jackson Storm and I was Cruz Ramirez. We spun the wheel and moved our cars across the board, cheering as we got a high number and pouting when it low. Princess A loved it when she would pass me. There may have been a short-lived dance.

We talked about all kinds of stuff as we played, oblivious of the time, the television or my cell phone. It was a nice break to be unplugged and happy about it.

Remember when I said her dance was short-lived?! Well, guess who won the Piston Cup and the Risky Raceway game. This girl right here! The big girl, I mean woman, mom, yeah.

And now King J is home from traveling so we have our third player. I imagine it will be even more fun.

Spin Master Games – Cars 3 toys are available now at Walmart and Toys''R''Us.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Spin Master. A Complimentary product was sent for pupose of review.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ready for July Swago?!

Swagbucks is holding their Swago promotion starting Monday, July 24th at 9am PDT! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We Watched the #GirlsTrip Movie!

On Friday me and My Girls went to see the new movie, Girls Trip. It stars Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish!!! And who could forget the one and only Larenz Tate (and yes, he's still got it!)

We LOVED the movie and were each treated to this beauty served on a platter as we excited the theater.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Zimbabwean Sculptures in Dallas

Dallas is about 3 hours away from us. We decided to take a trip and do some of the touristy attractions, with one being the Dallas Arboretum. They have a special art showing of Zimbabwean sculptures and they are breathtaking! Here's some of my favorites.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Help Your Child Avoid Summer Tantrums with These 5 Tips from Brain Balance

Confession time: I absolutely hate summer sometimes. I know—summer is supposed to be full of blue skies, popsicles, and sprinklers. But it can be a lot of pressure to keep the kids occupied when school is out. It's hard for me to set the kids up with activities that keep them learning and engaged.

It can be particularly tough for parents of kids with behavioral, social, or learning difficulties. My mother is currently a single parent of a young son with Autism and ADHD. The diagnosis was hard and since then I am constantly trying to learn more ways to help them.

So I partnered with Brain Balancea drug-free, holistic approach to addressing the challenges of behavioral, social, or learning disabilities—to try some of their summer activities, and to share a little bit about their philosophy. And let me tell you, their activities actually work, even with Princess A who doesn't have a learning difficulty (just tween hormones - yikes).  I'm so excited to keep this momentum going into the summer and beginning with my brother!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Save $.50 on Any SUPERPRETZEL® Product

Princess A and I love soft pretzels! My love started in elementary school in New Jersey. For fundraisers we would sell fresh made soft pretzels. I still miss those.

These days I can get my soft pretzel fix with SuperPretzel®. There are different varieties and have been a hit with Princess A who loves one after school.

For a limited time you can print a coupon to SAVE $0.50 on any ONE (1) SUPERPRETZEL® Soft Pretzel Product!

Get your coupon here (affiliate link).

Friday, April 28, 2017

Save 15% on Gift Cards!

If you love Steak 'N Shake, you can get a 15% cashback when you purchase Steak 'N Shake gift cards from MyGiftCardsPlus, which is a site that gives you cash back when you buy gift cards to your favorite retailers.

The cash back is paid in the form of SB points on Swagbucks, which you can turn into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal. You can take advantage of this deal by clicking here, and if you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you can create one there so you get your SB points for your purchase!

This is a limited time offer that's good through this April 30th or until supplies run out, whichever happens first!
Disclosure: I am a longtime user of Swagbucks. This post contains affiliate links. For more information visit my Disclosure Policy.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Earn $13 w/Swagbucks

Swagbucks has one more bit of April fun - it's the return of Swago! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online.

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash!

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 700 SB ($7) bonus!

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before May 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

With all these promos, new users can earn up to $13!! (I like converting mine to Amazon gift cards.)

Disclosure: I am a longtime user of Swagbucks. This post contains affiliate links. For more information visit my Disclosure Policy. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Do you feel Uninvited?

Did you know that even when you’re overlooked by others, you are handpicked by God. In her new book, Uninvited, New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst will help you live like you really believe that truth! I am delighted to be reviewing it today.

The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.

In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.

I feel like as women this is something most of us struggle with, especially introverts like myself. I didn't realize how much my past rejections have affected my relationships today. Through reading this book readers will become more aware of these feelings and
  • Release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt. 
  • Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence. 
  • Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging. 
  • Stop feeling left out and start believing that "set apart" does not mean "set aside." 
  • End the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue
The book is easy to read, filled with bibcal truths and Lysa's wonderful sense of humor. This is a book that I'd give to any of my girl friends (and probably read with my daughter when she's a bit older.)

Free book resources:
5-Day Challenge uninvitedbook.com/challenges
Assessment uninvitedbook.com/assessment
More on www.uninvitedbook.com

Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of 19 books including The Best Yes. She is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina. She still has a crush on her husband Art who she’s been married to for 24 years. They deeply treasure every minute they can get with their 4 married kids and one teenager who keeps the whole family very entertained! Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, April 14, 2017

Egg-cellent Team Challenge

Easter is bringing with it another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 
If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the "Egg-cellent" Team Challenge, begins Monday, April 17th. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Into Shopping Deals

Spring has sprung and at Swagbucks, the deals are in full bloom. They're giving back BIG Cash Back on your favorite merchants. If you haven't heard of Swagbucks, when you shop there you get cash back in the form of SB points for every dollar you spend. Then you redeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, and more! Sign up here to get started!  
The weekend is upon us and the weather is warming up, so now’s the perfect time to do a little shopping! Need to update your wardrobe for the new season? Check out all the great Cash Back deals you can earn at:  

Spring Into Deals

To celebrate the beginning of Spring, Swagbucks is offering HUGE SB on Discover offers, so now’s the time to try out some of these products and services! If you're not familiar, Swagbucks is a site where you earn points (called SB) for checking out deals and products from different companies. Then you redeem those SB for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, and many more. You can also earn SB for things like shopping online, taking surveys, watching videos, and searching the web!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Recovering from the Holidays

Hey Everyone!!

I hope that you had a great holiday season. We're slowing recovering from our road-trip and, Christmas spending shopping. I meant Christmas shopping. ๐Ÿ˜„

Did you find yourself spending a little more than you had anticipated over the Holidays?
It's easy to do, especially when you want to give all your friends and family the perfect gifts. Well, I have an easy way for you to recover from your holiday spending from the convenience of your cell phone. 

Swagbucks is the web’s most popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. Whenever you shop, watch videos or search the web, Swagbucks gives you points called SB. You can use your SB to redeem gift cards to hundreds of your favorite stores. Quite a few of my presents were purchased using Amazon gift cards I earned using Swagbucks.

With the Swagbucks Mobile and SBTV apps I can use my spare minutes to earn free gift cards on my phone! Like the Swagbucks website, I can rack up SB by shopping, answering surveys and watching videos. 

While you wait for the coffee to brew, download free games and other apps through the Discover tab: 20 SB

During commercial breaks, take a featured survey or fill out your survey profile: 60 SB

While standing in line at the grocery store, answer the daily poll: 1 SB

When you’ve finally made it to the gym, watch style, tech and celeb news through the SBTV app: 2 SB for every 10 videos

Just as you’ve put dinner in the oven, your Swagbucks app tells you there’s a new Swag Code!: 3 SB

Before you go to sleep, use the Swagbucks app to shop from your favorite stores. You deserve it!: 100 SB 

By downloading the Swagbucks mobile app, I can earn a free $10 gift card by the end of my week. Who knew playing on my phone could be so productive!

Invite your friends to download the Swagbucks Mobile app so they can start earning their way to free gift cards. It's 100% free to download and 100% easy to use. Its available for both iPhone and Android devices.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I am a longtime user of Swagbucks. For more information visit my Disclosure Policy

Monday, January 9, 2017

Home for the Holidays

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