Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pregnancy 2.0 Mommy Party

As you guys know by now I am expecting our first little miracle and a couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to host a Pregnancy 2.0 Party through Mom Select.

The party was generously sponsored by Britax and Baby Plus Prenatal Education System and we had the opportunity to review the products below:
  • Travel System Compatible with other major infant car seat brands, including Graco, Chicco, and Peg Perego, when used with BRITAX infant car seat adapter (sold separately)
  • Lightweight aluminum frame (16.5 lbs total weight) 
  • One-Hand, Quick Fold with automatic chassis lock
  • CLICK & GO integrated adapter system works with BRITAX CHAPERONE and B-SAFE infant car seats
  • No re-thread, adjustable, five-point harness and head pad with reflective binding 
  •   Side Impact Protection distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, and contains the head and body
  • Tangle-Free, Five-Point Harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit
  • Four Harness Heights and Two Buckle Positions for your growing child
  • 30-pound Weight Capacity for safety and comfort through the first years
  • Lightweight and travel-friendly for vehicle and stroller compatibility
  •  CarryLong System with padded waist belt and shoulder straps, distributes weight across shoulders, back and hips for maximum extended wear comfort
  • Removable Infant Insert ensures a comfortable, natural sitting position for smaller babies
  • Multiple Carrying Positions offer parent versatility to face baby inward or outward
  • Simple Slip On & Off Design makes use quick and effortless
  • Weight Capacity infants from 8 pounds to toddlers up to 32 pounds
 The BabyPlus curriculum is a series of 16 naturally derived sounds that resemble a mother's heartbeat. The rhythm of the sounds increases incrementally as the pregnancy progresses. The BabyPlus sonic pattern introduces your child to a sequential learning process, built upon the natural rhythms of their own environment.

This "auditory exercise" strengthens learning ability during the developmental period when the advantages will be most significant and enduring for a child. BabyPlus is the first educational tool designed for prenatal use that has been proven effective. BabyPlus children have an intellectual, developmental, creative, and emotional advantage from the time they are born.


My thoughts: 
Britax products are very user friendly and easy to use. The stroller, car seat and baby carrier come assembled already. All you have to do it take the products out of their packaging, read the instructions and familiarize yourself with the product. Before I was given the opportunity to review their products I had been shopping around for the perfect car seat/stroller that offered my newborn the safety needed and gave me the lightweight comfort. I did not find many in the market. Some were too bulky and heavy, others were made very cheap and did not give me the confidence and security I needed for my baby.
 
 As soon as I took out the B-SAFE Infant Car Seat I could tell that it was a great quality car seat and once I carried it I fell in love with it! Lightweight, easy to attach and detach from the base as well as the stroller.
 The stroller is also lightweight, with enough space at the bottom to carry a diaper and more. Easy to fold and store in your trunk or closet.
 We had no trouble at all installing the base in our car. With the easy instructions on the base you can easily install and adjust the base in your car.
 The lightweight carseat fits perfect in our car. It goes in and out with no hassle and with the touch of one button you can detach it from the base without disturbing your baby.
 The stroller took very little space in our trunk, living enough room for groceries and much more.
 Here you can see where the baby carrier will adapt with an older infant or a newborn. The white flap you see in the front folds up and down to give head support for smaller infants.
 

 
My thoughts: 
Baby Plus is prenatal learning system that helps your baby learn a sequence of patterns in your womb. I was a little skeptical and consulted my doctor before putting Baby Plus to the test. Once I got the ok from my doctor and he said it does not bother or harm my baby I started using it as instructed. Within a couple of days I noticed my baby started moving more when I will turn on baby plus, I got a little worried and thought maybe the sound it's too loud and it's bothering him. Once again I was reassured the sound was ok and it did not bother him. 
So far I have been using baby plus for 4 weeks and we are on lesson 4 out of 16. I cannot guarantee it works but I can guarantee more fetal movement when using baby plus and according to my doctor it does not harm your baby.

 I want to thank Britax and Mom Select for allowing me to host this party and for the extra goodies(nasal spray, tooth gel & gum) sent for my guest. 

Disclosure - No compensation was received for this post. I was sent the above mentioned products to facilitate my review. This are honest and true opinions.

Monday, November 28, 2011

COVERGIRL 2012 Products

(Cyber Monday, November 28, 2011) – COVERGIRL is thrilled to finally unveil its newest product lineup for 2012!

These beauty products won’t be available in stores till January 2012, however, in honor of Cyber Monday, P&G is launching them on Facebook today by offering an exclusive online Pre-Sale with Free Shipping! This pre-sale kicks off today & the free shipping promo (in partnership with retailers such as Target, Walmart, eStore, & Drugstore.com) ends on December 31st.

I am so excited to share this with you guys, I love COVERGIRL because they offer great quality products at affordable prices. Making it earsy for every woman to have the essential beauty products one needs. Hurry and check out the new 2012 products and special offers below.
SHOP: http://www.facebook.com/covergirl?sk=app_131977193574848
RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191788490905489

2012 Products (so far):
o -Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation
o -Blast FlipStick LipColor
o -LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara
o -LineBlast 24 Hour Eyeliner


Disclosure - No compensation was received for this post.  





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Healthy Choice Café Steamers

Healthy Choice offers more than 60 varieties in the frozen food aisle that are convenient, tasty and offer something exciting for every craving. This year, Healthy Choice teamed up with Bravo’s Top Chef, www.bravotv.com/showdown, introducing an exclusive line of eight Healthy Choice Top Chef Inspired Café Steamers.

- The Healthy Choice Top Chef Inspired Café Steamers bring an all-star lineup of bold, modern and exciting flavors to give you exactly what you want – food that is both healthy and delicious.

- The line of great-tasting dishes features quality ingredients such as slow roasted garlic, asparagus and grilled eggplant.
- The unique steaming technology separates the sauce from the rest of the entree to steam the meal in the microwave, allowing for crisp vegetables, tender meats and al dente pastas.
- The exclusive new line includes eight delicious varieties that utilize proprietary steaming technology that produces a fresh-tasting meal in minutes.

Varieties include:
Barbeque Seasoned Steak with Red Potatoes
Chicken Fresca with Chardonnay
Chicken Linguini with Red Pepper Alfredo
Chicken Margherita with Balsamic
Grilled Chicken Marinara with Parmesan
Grilled Chicken Pesto with Vegetables
Grilled Vegetables Mediterranean with Rice
Roasted Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms

My thoughts:
I had the opportunity to review two of the varieties above, Grilled Chicken Pesto with Vegetables & Chicken Fresca with Chardonnay. 


Grilled Chicken Pesto with Vegetables


This deliciously inspired dish pairs chicken tenderloins with rotini pasta, zucchini and spinach and tops it off with a basil pesto sauce. Top Chef inspired quality and only 310 calories.










Chicken Fresca with Chardonnay


Chicken tenderloins with redskin potatoes and vegetables in a chardonnay wine sauce. A Top Chef inspired dish that delivers 4 grams of fiber and 16 grams of protein. All for only 240 calories!





Being a full time employee, wife, soon to be mother, and in between all that find me time to blog... I LOVE options like Café Steamers. Unlike other brands of low calorie frozen food, with Café Steamers you do NOT sacrifice flavor! You get a variety of crispy vegetables and tender meats perfectly cooked in a variety of sauces to bring your family a meal that tastes like it's coming straight from your kitchen. The meals are not only delicious but they are also low in calories. With the wide variety available in the frozen section  there is something for everyone.

I am currently 6 months pregnant and I have gained a little more weight than what I thought I would my whole pregnancy. Once I give birth to my baby boy I plan on working hard at loosing this weight and with all the low calorie options Healthy Choice offers they will be on top of my menu options!

The packaging features a Top Chef mark, along with a description on why each entree is inspired by Top Chef. The meals are starting to appear in grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $2.75 - $3.50.

For more information, visit www.healthychoice.com or www.bravotv.com/showdown.


D
isclosure - I received the above mentioned meals to facilitate my review. I have also been compensated to write this review and promote Healthy Choice. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Get the Look of Sofia Vergara at the Latin Grammys

The charismatic and beautiful Sofia Vergara sizzled at this year’s Latin Grammys, shining in a silver, glittery Reem Acra dress.


Her makeup artist Kayleen McAdams, shares her secret behind Sofia’s look:

“I wanted the palette to be different shades of chocolate browns and mauves. Sofia has such beautiful warm toned skin and I used those shades to show it off!”

· First I used COVERGIRL & OLAY Simply Ageless Serum Primer for her makeup to last longer, and then I applied COVERGIRL’s NatureLuxe Foundation (#360)

· Then I used COVERGIRL Clean Oil Control Pressed Powder in Warm Beige (# 145) to reduce the brightness of the skin and have her camera ready.

· Afterwards, I used COVERGIRL’s Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush in Refined Rose (#230) to add a soft rosy color to her already beautiful skin tone.

· Like I mentioned, I wanted to use different shades of brown, so I used COVERGIRL Queen Collection 1-Kit Eye Shadows in Hot Toffee (# Q130), mainly on her crease.

· To finish her eyes with a sexy look I used COVERGIRL Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Black/Brown and COVERGIRL LashBlast Fusion in Very Black.

· I finished the look with a nude lip color with COVERGIRL Lip Perfection in Rich (#295)

To learn more about COVERGIRL and it's products visit their website here. No compensation was received for this post. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The final face-off between good and evil is finally upon us as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released on DVD November 11, 2011, just in time for the holidays! Join Harry, Ron and Hermione as they do battle against Voldemort in the epic conclusion to the film series everyone is talking about!
Take The Harry Potter Trivia Quiz! Are you an expert in all things Potter? Test your knowledge in the trivia quiz! Discover if you are an expert or a novice by challenging your skills! The results might surprise you!


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ONE winner will receive a copy of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 DVD.

Mandatory Entry:
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Extra Entries:
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FyrFlyz Light Up the Night


FyrFlyz are easy-to-use precision balance lighted toys. By simply swinging two strings and applying tension or allowing slack, you can create a continuous movement of multi-color light shapes from small and large orbits, to flywheels, fyrewheels and more! Each FyrFlyz has its own unique color combination to create color-coordinated craziness.

Recently we had the opportunity to host a party and review FyrFlyz. There are three varieties: Blue Angel - blue and multicolor madness, Cyclone - white and green rays of streaming light, and NytFyr - red and white streaks. My favorite is Blue Angel  and the kids loved all 3 of them. It only took them a few minutes to figure out how to use them and they were entertained for hours.


Before hosting our party we took them out to light up the streets for Halloween. Instead of the glow in the dark sticks the kiddo used his FyrFlyz and was turning heads through every street he passed!

FyrFlyz is the most have toy for every kid this Christmas! They are small, easy to use and can will keep your child entertained for hours. Hurry and get yours because they are flying off the shelves. FyrFlyz retails for under $10 each and are collectible for ages 8 & up. They are available at Toys 'R Us, CVS, Rite Aid & Amazon.

Some specialty retailers also carry FyrFlyz to find out which ones in your area do go to http://fyrflyz.com/find-a-retailer

Disclosure - No compensation was received for this post. We only received product to review and share with our friends.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

DISNEY●PIXAR’S CARS 2 RACE INTO PEARLAND1

In addition to the Thursday, November 10th Discovery Green® stop the Cars 2 
State Farm Tour is making in Houston, the tour will also be making a stop in 
Pearland on Wednesday, November 9th at the H-E-B Plus! parking lot. 
DISNEY●PIXAR’S CARS 2 LIGHTNING MCQUEEN, BEST FRIEND MATER AND 
THE VERY SAVVY BRITISH SPY FINN MCMISSLE RACE INTO H-E-B Plus! in Pearland

WHAT: Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissle from Disney●Pixar 
CARS 2 stop at H-E-B Plus! in Pearland

WHO: Disney●Pixar CARS 2, State Farm, GES & H-E-B

WHERE: H-E-B Plus!, 2805 Business Center Drive, Pearland, TX 77584

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 / 2:00 PM – 6:00PM
You're invited to join Disney●Pixar CARS 2 and State Farm as Lightning 
McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissle race into H-E-B Plus! Photo opportunities will 
be available with life-sized replicas of Lighting McQueen, Mater and Finn 
McMissile as well as taking in some special agent training missions and 
thousands of promotional item giveaways provided by State Farm®. Various 
“missions” will be available for families to participate in, such as the 
“special agent search and find” station, “special agent memory testing” station 
and an inflatable training course.

About CARS 2
Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their 
friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete 
in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the 
road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and 
hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his 
own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting 
Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret 
mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile and the stunning 
rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell. Mater’s action packed journey leads him on an 
explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends 
and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new 
all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing 
competitors.

ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD, MOVIE DOWNLOAD AND 3D NOW!

No compensation was received for this post. Informational only. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour Houston, TX

This past Saturday thanks to COVERGIRL I was one of the lucky 42,000 attendees at the SOLD OUT Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour concert. What's even better than attending the concert??? Meeting Taylor Swift! 


An hour before the concert started I was escorted to the Diamond Club in the Minute Maid Park and met with Taylor Swift in person, took the picture you see above and got her autograph!
I always wondered how she really was in person? Well she is a sweet as she seems on TV! She welcomed me with open arms, literally. She hugged and thanked me for spending my Saturday night at her concert.

Saturday I learned how talented Taylor really is. She is not only an amazing singer, she also plays so many different instruments. She told us she learned to play the guitar and wrote her song all in one day when she 12 years old. Since that moment she knew she wanted to do what she does for a living. She thanked all of her fans for supporting her work and allowing her to fulfill her dream.

She is an energetic, talented singer and she put on a great show. It is nice to see that thousands of little girls have a role model like her to look up to. 

Through her songs she tells her personal stories and encourages her fans to follow their heart and reach to fulfill their dreams just as she is doing.

Thanks to COVERGIRL the sponsor of the Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011 for sending me to the SOLD OUT concert! 


You can follow COVERGIRL and Taylor Swift on Twitter and Facebook. 


Lucero's Olay Commercial and Skin Regimen

Mexican Telenovela star and songstress, Lucero, who is also the face of Olay recently shot a commercial on her beauty regimen which incorporates Olay Total Effects and I thought her beauty tips and tricks might be of interest to you guys. The commercial begins airing this month. Like so many of us Lucero has a busy schedule and needs a regimen that is easy and effective. 

Olay Total Effects offers 7 anti-aging benefits in one easy step including:  

-Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
-Smoothes skin texture – visibly and to the touch
-Evens skin tone for younger looking more balanced skin color
-Improves surface dullness, giving skin a radiant, healthy glow
-Minimizes the appearance of pores 
-Visibly reduces the appearance of blotches and age spots 
-Soothes dry skin, hydrating with Olay moisture

Here are a few of Lucero's beauty tips and tricks:

Cleanse: Lucero starts her day with a cleanser like Olay Total Effects Moisturizing Cleanser - it does a wonderful job of exfoliating, while keeping skin smooth and fighting the signs of aging. 
Moisturize: She follows up with Olay Total Effects plus SPF 15.  It’s lightweight, fragrance free and provides the benefit of 7 anti-aging therapies in 1 essential product plus protection against sun damage. 
Treat:  Balancing her family and career is hectic so her nighttime skin care routine has to be simple.  She needs a multi-tasker that works just as hard as she does—that’s why she loves Olay Total Total Effects Night Firming Cream.  It’s 7 anti-aging therapies in 1 product reduces appearance of fine lines, keeps her skin moisturized for a radiant healthy glow, balances color and reduces the appearance of age spots, and minimizes the look of pores.  

To learn more about Olay and their skin care products please visit their website http://olay.com/Pages/DefaultFlash.aspx. No monetary compensation was received for this post. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy Feet Two Special Screening (Houston)

Happy Feet Two Special Screening


Synopsis: Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals—to put things right... more Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals—to put things right.Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals—to put things right. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals—to put things right.


Release Date: Opens in Theaters Friday, November 18, 2011
Rating: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested

Screening Info:
November 10, 2011 at 7:00PM
Houston, TX

Special Instructions
This screening will be in 3D. Arrive early. This screening is overbooked to ensure a full house and to compensate for "no shows." Passes do not guarantee admission.

If you would like to print a pass to attend this screening visit go to http://www.gofobo.com/rsvp/promotion/433cd7c5b015428a4f4f9290f64385e6 .

Thursday, November 3, 2011

DISNEY AND DISNEY*PIXAR FAVORITES POISED TO RETURN TO THEATERS IN 3D

The Walt Disney Studios Logo-02_USE THIS ONE

DISNEY AND DISNEYPIXAR FAVORITES POISED TO RETURN TO THEATERS IN 3D
‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Finding Nemo,’ ‘Monsters, Inc.’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’ Will Make 3D Theatrical Debut in 2012 and 2013  

BURBANK, Calif. – October 4, 2011 – On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D – which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office today – The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:
·         Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
·         DisneyPixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
·         DisneyPixar’s Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
·         The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “We’re thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3D – and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen.”

Originally released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast is a classic “tale as old as time” that follows the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman imprisoned in the castle of a mysterious beast and his enchanted staff, who must learn the most important lesson of all – that true beauty comes from within. Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture, earning an additional five Oscar® nominations and winning two. It has grossed $380.4 million worldwide.
First released in 2003, Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo takes audiences into a whole new world in this undersea adventure about family, courage and challenges. When Marlin, an overly cautious clownfish living in the Great Barrier Reef, helplessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a forgetful but relentlessly optimistic fish, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero in a seemingly impossible land-and-sea rescue. Finding Nemo won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for three others. With a total of $867.6 million worldwide, it was the second highest-grossing film of 2003. 

In 2001, DisneyPixar released Monsters, Inc. Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it’s up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home. Monsters, Inc. shattered every DVD-era home entertainment sales record when 11 million DVD/VHS copies were sold during its first week of release. It won an Academy Award® for Best Song and has grossed $526.9 million worldwide.

Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid, stars Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula. One of the most celebrated animated films of all time, The Little Mermaid was nominated for three Academy Awards®, winning two. It has grossed $228.9 million worldwide.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel; and Touchstone Pictures, which includes the distribution of live-action films from DreamWorks Studios. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!.  For more information, visit www.waltdisneystudios.com.

- Disclosure no compensation was received for this post. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: 22 weeks down... 18 more to go!


A day at Discovery Green Park. 22 weeks pregnant, only 18 more to go! 

Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissle race into Discovery Green!

DISNEY●PIXAR’S CARS 2 LIGHTNING MCQUEEN, BEST FRIEND MATER AND 
THE VERY SAVVY BRITISH SPY FINN MCMISSLE RACE INTO HOUSTON'S 
DISCOVERY GREEN®

WHAT: Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissle from Disney●Pixar 
CARS 2 stop at Discovery Green®

WHO: Disney●Pixar CARS 2, State Farm, GES, KKHH-FM, KHMX-FM & Radio 
Disney

WHERE: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
 
WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2011 / 3:00 PM – 7:00PM

The public is invited to join KKHH-FM, KHMX-FM and Radio Disney as Lightning 
McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissle race into Discovery Green®. Photo opportunities 
will be available with life-sized replicas of Lighting McQueen, Mater and Finn 
McMissile as well as taking in some special agent training missions and 
thousands of promotional item giveaways provided by State Farm®. Various 
“missions” will be available for families to participate in, such as the 
“special agent search and find” station, “special agent memory testing” station 
and an inflatable training course. A few lucky fans will even have the chance to 
win copies of the DVD and Disney Store® shopping cards awarded by KKHH-FM, 
KHMX-FM and Radio Disney.

About CARS 2
Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their 
friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete 
in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the 
road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and 
hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his 
own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting 
Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret 
mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile and the stunning 
rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell. Mater’s action packed journey leads him on an 
explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends 
and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new 
all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing 
competitors.

DISNEY●PIXAR’S CARS 2 ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD, MOVIE DOWNLOAD AND 3D NOW!
 
-Disclosure no compensation was received for this post, informational only.  

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado , flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades.

It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.

In order to celebrate, the families make altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.

Death is laughed at in its face. Many euphemisms are used for death, La calaca (the skeleton), la pelona ("baldy"), la flaca ("skinny"), and la huesada ("bony"). There are refranes, sayings, and poems that are popular with day of the dead. These sayings are cliches and lose meaning when translated. For example "La muerte es flaca y no puede conmigo" means "Death is skinny/weak and she can't carry me." Calaveras (skulls) are decorated with bright colors with the name of the departed inscribed on the head. Children carrying yellow marigolds enjoy the processions to the cemetery. At the cemetery, music is played and dances are made to honor the spirits.


Sine the Mexican Celebration El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), is today and tomorrow, I wanted to share this amazing Kermit the Frog coloring sheet on behalf of THE MUPPETS with you guys!
THE MUPPETS opens in theaters everywhere on November 23rd!

-Disclosure - No compensation was received for this post. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Witches, Zombies & HEXBUG Nano!


HEXBUG Nano is the robotic creature that behaves like a real bug, and last weekend we had the opportunity to review their Halloween Edition. This creatures were the hit of our Halloween Party!


This micro robotic creature can go across a room in a matter of seconds and the coolest thing is that their Halloween Edition glows in the dark! They also have their own habitat and it is so amazing how well they maneuver, twist and turn to find it's way around.

We played lots of games and the kids seemed to be having fun... But once this tiny creatures started to crawl around our party the kids went crazy! They spent hours following the creatures around the house and many kids were amused as they did not know what a HEXBUG was. The best part is that thanks to HEXBUG and MommyParties I was able to provide the kids with a HEXBUG of their own to keep.

HEXBUGS will make a great birthday or even better a Christmas gift. They are very entertaining and the kids spend hours following/playing with this tiny creatures.

-Disclosure no compensation was received for this post, we were only provided with the product for review.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Winnie The Pooh DVD Giveaway


Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, for the latest adventure featuring the world’s beloved bear, Winnie The Pooh!  Join Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Christopher Robin, Owl, Kanga, Piglet, Eeyore, and all of the classic characters you know and love when Walt Disney Pictures releases Winnie The Pooh on DVD and Blu-Ray NOW!
 
Check out the widget below for fun games and activities!
  • Take The Pooh Personality Quiz!  There are two different quizzes one for you and one for your child! Now you can see which character best fits your personality!
  • Pooh Activities and Downloads!  The Winnie The Pooh widget has an awesome assortment of games and activities so you and your family can have your own adventure!  Download coloring sheets, exclusive “Pooh” cooking recipes, party ideas, crafts, games and more!



WIN IT!
ONE winner will receive a copy of the Winnie The Pooh Blu-ray/DVD.

Mandatory Entry: 
1. Take the personality quiz and share which Winnie the Pooh best fits your personality! 

Extra Entries:
2. Follow me n Twitter @corellana86 (1 extra entry)
3. Repost this giveaway on your blog (2 extra entries). Please leave link to the post in your comment.
4. Follow me via Google Friend Connect (2 extra entries)
5. Tweet daily about the giveaway (1 entry per tweet) #Win Winnie the Pooh DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack giveaway from @corellana86 http://tinyurl.com/4xp43ha ends 11/09 

- Disclosure: Make sure to leave a comment below per entry and include links to verify tweets. All entries will be verified before choosing a winner. Winner will be randomly chosen at random.org and will have 48 to claim their prize. Please make sure to include you email in your comments. US only, giveaway ends 11/09/11. Good luck!

Monday, October 24, 2011

New Disney Store - Galleria Mall

Disney Store and DisneyStore.com are The Walt Disney Company's premier retail destination. With more than 300 Disney Store locations worldwide, complemented by DisneyStore.com, an enchanting Disney shopping experience is available 24 hours a day.



In 2010, Disney Store unveiled an innovative, highly interactive new store design set to deliver the best 30 minutes of a child's day. DisneyStore.com also has a new look and feel, while continuing to offer a comprehensive assortment of exclusive Disney merchandise at a great value. When a family visits Disney Store or DisneyStore.com they will find unique, high quality Disney product and enjoy a magical shopping experience.

This Wednesday, October 26, 2011 the Galleria Disney Store will have an opening ceremony and unveil their new design. Also a lucky child will “Unlock the Imagination” and the first 250 guests will receive FREE Mickey Mouse ears!
 



 
Disclosure - No compensation was received for this post.

The Winner is...

The winner of The Reel Steel giveaway is:

Robin Quick said... 

Follow Reel Steel on Facebook

mnrquick at yahoo dot com
October 7, 2011 10:31 PM

Congratulations! Please respond to my email within 48 hrs to claim your prize.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The winners are...

The winner for the Sea-Band Giveaway is:
Erin said... 2

newest GFC follower


I love music, and i love to dance...as well as this movie! I can watch the original movie over and over, and I can't wait to see the remake of footloose.....I will love it twice as much as the original one.

Laurencoto2008@gmail.com

Lauren

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Bellies & Babies Pregnancy Spa and Ultrasound Center Review

Bellies & Babies is a pregnancy spa designed to cater to mothers-to-be, and dads-to-be also! Bellies & Babies caters to the unique needs of every pregnant women, offering a variety of services like therapeutic massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, belly imprinting, waxing, gender determination ultrasounds, 3D/4D ultrasounds, and much more. For a complete list of all their services please please their website here.

 Bellies & Babies was designed by Kim Stanley, a wife and mother of three. Kim and her husband came up with the wonderful idea of this pregnancy spa when she was pregnant with twins. Kim says, "Everybody always focuses on babies, baby showers, this and that and we just thought we could do something for the pregnant mom or thereafter."



Kim's idea of luxurious essential care before and after baby is just what every mommy-to-be needs! Bellies & Babies only uses 100% natural products, you do not have to worry about harsh chemicals endangering the life of your fetus. The staff is very attentive and courteous, they make sure you are comfortable at all times. Expect to be greeted with a smile and leave with an even a bigger smile after you receive their wonderful services. 

I had the privilege to spend a complimentary morning at Bellies & Babies and this are the services I received: 
  • 50 minutes Perfect Pregnancy Massage: Our Texas Department of State Health Services certified massage therapists have gone through intensive prenatal training and can provide a safe full body massage through ALL stages of pregnancy. They'll also help you choose the 100% natural massage oil best for your symptoms.
  • 50 minutes Get That Glow Facial: This intensive facial nourishes and replenishes, resulting in healthy looking skin. Enjoy a massage of the face, neck and shoulders, followed by steam to open the pores, extractions, and exfoliation, concluded by a treatment mask and moisturizer chosen specifically for your skin's special needs. And, of course, you'll get a relieving foot massage too!
  • Bellies & Babies Signature Hot Stone Pedicure: Sit back and relax in our comfy chairs while you will experience a luxurious pedicure that begins with a therapeutic foot soak and gentle exfoliation with your choice of aromatherapy. Once your feet have been groomed and smoothed, we'll apply a calming Arnica gel to help reduce swelling. You'll then be treated to a relaxing hot stone foot and leg massage followed by an application of our Peppermint Tea Tree Foot balm to reduce achiness and leave your feet softer than they've been in ages! Select your favorite pregnancy-safe Zoya nail polish shade for the finishing touch. 

  • Aromatherapy Spa Manicure: Experience a luxurious aromatherapy manicure that exfoliates, nourishes, relaxes and beautifies hands and arms. Select your favorite pregnancy-safe Zoya nail polish shade for the finishing touch.

My thoughts: 
My first service was the Perfect Pregnancy Massage, the licensed massage therapist made sure I was comfortably positioned and before she started working her magic she asked me what my problem areas were. For me it has to be my lower back and heels, she worked as much as she could on those areas making sure baby boy and I were comfortable and safe at all times. By the end of my perfect massage my aches and pains had vanished!

My second service and my favorite part out of my morning was the Get That Glow Facial! I can't tell you much about this service because the esthetician's hands were so soft that soon after she started working on my face I fell asleep! I think I even scared myself because I was so comfortable and deep in my sleep that I snored! Embarrassing!! I'm only sharing this to show you how great their services are, I was so relaxed and felt so pampered I took a siesta. :) All I know is that after my facial my sking looked so rejuvenated and I had "That Glow." 

Last but not least a mani/pedi. A girl's best friend, specially if you're pregnant and like me cannot reach your toes. At Bellies & Babies you don't get that harsh, toxic odor you will get at an ordinary nail salon. Instead you get an aromatheraphy of lavender from their 100% natural products. Sarah the nail technician is well trained in various techniques, to make sure your hands and feet get the rest and pampering they desperately need.

From the soothing music and classy decor, to the friendly staff and wonderful services, Bellies & Babies is the perfect day Spa for any mommy-to-be. I recommend Bellies & Babies to all my friends, family and readers. I myself will be back, next on my list are the Belly Imprinting and 3D Ultrasound.

Located at: 479 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058 with convenient hours, please visit their website for a complete list of services, hours of operation, special offers and much more. http://www.belliesandbabiesspa.com/

You can also find Bellies & Babies on facebook, like their page to find out about special offers, contests and product recalls. http://www.facebook.com/belliesandbabiesspa#!/belliesandbabiesspa


-Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I only received the services listed above for review. These are my honest opinions.










































Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reel Steel Giveaway

A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.



Trailer courtesy of Dream Works Pictures', Reel Steel hit teathers in the US October 7th, 2011. 

I have another fun giveaway for you guys! 

Giveaway: One lucky reader will win...

- REAL STEEL t-shirt in adult  sizes of S, M, L, XL
 - REAL STEEL stickers
 
 - REAL STEEL bottle opener


 - REAL STEEL temporary tattoos
 

Mandatory Entry:
Simply leave me a comment below letting me know why you would like to win this giveaway.
 
Extra Entries - after you have completed mandatory entry.

Follow me on Google Friend Connect = 2 extra entries

Follow Reel Steel on Facebook here = 1 extra entry

Follow Reel Steel on Twitter here = 1 extra entry

Follow me and Reel Steel on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway: "Win a Fan Pack ! Enter here " = 1 extra entry if you follow me and Reel Steel on twitter and 1 extra extra entry per tweet(can be done daily).


- Disclosure: Make sure to leave a comment below per entry and include links to verify tweets. All entries will be verified before choosing a winner. Winner will be randomly chosen at random.org and will have 48 to claim their prize. Please make sure to include you email in your comments. US only, giveaway ends 10/19/11. Good luck!

Footloose Giveaway

Writer/Director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, "Footloose." Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.


Footloose movie trailer courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Just like Ren our generation faces many challenges, we also have to take a stand for what we love and believe. One of those challenges is bullying. 
We have seen many innocent kids/teenagers lose their lives because of bullying, so lets take a stand for what we believe just like Ren! 
 
If you love dancing as much as he does you don't want to miss this film! Footloose hits theaters in the US October 14, 2011. 
In the meanwhile I have a giveaway for you guys!
Giveaway: One lucky ready will have the change to win a Footloose Fan package, that includes buttons, sunglasses, posters, magazine, t-shirt, tie and a tote! 

Mandatory Entry:
Simply leave me a comment below letting me know why you would like to win this giveaway.
 
Extra Entries - after you have completed mandatory entry.

Follow me on Google Friend Connect = 2 extra entries

Follow Footloose on facebook here = 2 extra entries

Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway: "Get Loose with #Footloose and this fun #giveaway! Enter here http://tinyurl.com/3aqcl4b" = 1 extra entry if you follow me on twitter and 1 extra extra entry per tweet(can be done daily).


- Disclosure: Make sure to leave a comment below per entry and include links to verify tweets. All entries will be verified before choosing a winner. Winner will be randomly chosen at random.org and will have 48 to claim their prize. Please make sure to include you email in your comments. US only, giveaway ends 10/15/11. Good luck!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Put the Pressure on Morning Sickness So You Can Enjoy Being Pregnant! Review/Giveaway

Morning sickness may be considered a right of passage for pregnant women, but the nausea can cause your life to be temporarily put on hold. Studies show morning sickness affects nearly three quarters of all pregnant women; however, the only problem (despite the name!) is that it doesn’t always come in the morning. It can happen anytime – morning, day or night – making it difficult and sometimes impossible for pregnant women to carry on with their everyday responsibilities like working, caring for other children, etc. Here’s where FDA approved Sea-Band Drug-Free Nausea Relief Bands can help!

How Sea-Band Works…
Approved by the FDA, Sea-Band is the leading drug-free remedy for morning sickness, motion sickness, chemotherapy nausea and post-operative nausea.
Sea-Band works by exerting constant, gentle pressure on a point on the inner wrist known as the Pericardium 6 (P6) acupressure point. It brings effective relief within five minutes of being applied and can be used before or after the onset of nausea. The all-natural, drug-free, latex-free Sea-Band does not cause the side-effects often associated with anti-nausea medication such as drowsiness, disorientation, dry mouth or possible interactions with other drugs. It’s safe for pregnant women, children, and patients taking prescription medications.
Click here to watch an informative video about how Sea-Band wristbands work.  In addition, the company also offers Sea-Band Anti-Nausea Ginger Gum, for fast nausea relief with fresh, uplifting flavor.
 
Sea-Band products are available in the U.S. in Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, as well as in Canada in Overwaitea, IDA, Familiprix, Guardian and other independent drugstores or pharmacies throughout North America or online at drugstore.com and at http://www.sea-band.com/shop.
Suggested retail price is $10.99 per pair in the US, and $12.99 in Canada.
To learn more and to take advantage of special giveaways, connect with Sea-Band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/seaband.  


My Review: 
For years I have suffered from motion sickness, and now that we're expecting things just got worst. In the  car, truck, boat I cannot do anything but sit still and enjoy the ride. A few days ago I was in the car rushing to make it to a dinner date, we were just on time so I had to do my make-up in the car. 18 weeks pregnant + motion sickness + husband rushing = a bad case of motion/evening sickness! I was half way done with my make-up so I couldn't just stop, I remembered I had just received my Sea-band to review and I put them to the test. A few minutes after I put them on my sickness magically disappeared! I couldn't believe how fast and effective they were. Every time I get in the car the first thing I put on are my Sea-bands. I recommend them if you're pregnant and suffering from "morning sickness" or you're like me and you're suffering from morning/motion sickness you MUST try this great drug free nausea relief. 

Giveaway: One lucky ready will win a pair of Sea-Band wristbands and a pack of the Sea-Band Anti-Nausea Ginger Gum
 
Mandatory Entry:
Simply leave me a comment below letting me know why you would like to win this giveaway.


Extra Entries - after you have completed mandatory entry.

Follow me on Google Friend Connect = 2 extra entries

Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway: " put pressure on morning sickness to enjoy her pregnancy & u can 2 with -band! " = 1 extra entry if you follow me on twitter and 1 extra extra entry per tweet(can be done daily).

Follow Sea-Band on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/seaband = 1 extra entry


- Disclosure: Make sure to leave a comment below per entry and include links to verify tweets. All entries will be verified before choosing a winner. Winner will be randomly chosen at random.org and will have 48 to claim their prize. Please make sure to include you email in your comments. US only, giveaway ends 10/15/11. Good luck!