American Forests works to Restore Trees and Wildlife Habitats

Trees are important. They help remove pollutants from the air. They release life- giving oxygen for the Earth’s inhabitants. They Provide cover for many species of animals and they offer shade from the hot sun. Trees are critical to environment stability in countless ways and one non- profit organization working on behalf of trees is… [Continue Reading]

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Light Up the Night to fight cancer

Talking about the 6 letter “C word” isn’t easy for some. It has caused havoc in their lives, took loved ones and most of all gave them the fight they never wished they fought. The 6 letter “C word”… Cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Go Gold for a great cause, show your support… [Continue Reading]

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Getting ready to party like a rock star with Pura Vida, Godsmack and UpRoar!

  We may be parents but even parents need to have fun! Fun is just around the corner and Money Saving Parent and Great Beer Now get rocking and rolling with the Pura Vida Tequila Bus tour! I first told you about Pura Vida when I had the opportunity to test it out on some… [Continue Reading]

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YMCA Project Backpack Helps Students Get the Supplies They Need

Today is back to school day for students in the greater Houston area. Summer break has come to a close and children from preschool through high school are back in the classrooms, ready to pursue the academic goals that lie ahead. For some, back to school time can be a struggle due to lack of… [Continue Reading]

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Average cost to raise a child approaches a quarter million dollars

It costs a lot of cash to raise those adorable little newborns from the early days in the crib through high school graduation. According to official data just published on August 18, 2014 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the total price tag for bringing up junior is now $245,000. This is the total price… [Continue Reading]

How to fulfill your travel bucket list through timeshare ownership

Family vacations are important. They offer a time for family bonding, relief from day to day stress, and a means to create amazing memories. Many of our fondest memories are, in fact, those of vacationing with the family to a large city, natural wonder, sandy beach, or historic site. As time passes, many of us… [Continue Reading]

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Action for Healthy Kids is Awarding School Breakfast Grants

Action for Healthy Kids is a great non- profit organization that works to promote the health of children on multiple levels. Many of its programs are aimed at schools and one of the many ways this charity helps promote health is through breakfast. Now, schools can apply for grants through the Action for Healthy Kids… [Continue Reading]

The $25 Backpack Back to School Challenge

  Back to school time can be expensive and when the budget is already tight it can be a real problem to pack up those backpacks with all the school supplies that your children need. This year I once again participated in the $25.00 Pay It Forward Backpack challenge. The challenge? To buy as many… [Continue Reading]

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Tips for talking to your teens about alcohol and underage drinking

One of the greatest compliments my children have ever paid me is that they can talk to me about anything, and I do mean anything. They aren’t the only ones, but their friends come to me to discuss at sorts of hot topics from clothing to dating, drugs to alcohol. While I encourage them to… [Continue Reading]

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Fun in florals with this dress from Cable and Gauge

I like maxi dresses. I’m sure some of it has to do with my size and height. So, it’s no surprise that my daughter’s would also like to wear a maxi dress.  I received the opportunity to review an item from Cable and Gauge and my daughter begged for this one.  How could I say… [Continue Reading]

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Run for the House and Support Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House has been serving communities across the United States for a long time, offering comfort and counseling to grieving families. Houston’s Ronald McDonald House has been in operation since 1978 and continues to serve the local area through four separate facilities. Not everyone has the means to help a great charitable organization like… [Continue Reading]

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Interview with expert, pediatrician and best selling author Dr. Scott Cohen on toddler nutrition and DHA

I recently had the opportunity to talk withDr. Scott Cohen, practicing pediatrician and bestselling author of the book: Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year  about  building awareness about the DHA nutrition gap as he  offers parents advice on how they can maximize healthy brain development.   Our interview discusses: What are… [Continue Reading]

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Retail Credit Cards: High Interest Adds Up

Store credit cards often make shopping more convenient, but this convenience carries a high interest price tag that could easily wipe out any advantage of opening up an account. Based on official data released by CreditCards.com earlier today, August 7, 2014, the average interest rate on retail credit cards is 23.23%. This rate is more… [Continue Reading]

Crazy Craisin Cole Slaw recipe

  We love cole slaw and with this easy 3 ingredient recipe makes it easy to make and delicious to eat. But even more importantly in the how summer months it doesn’t involve any mayo so it’s easier to take to cook outs and on picnics. 1 lb of cole slaw mix – shredded cabbage… [Continue Reading]

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Print your passes to the screening of The Giver

I have some tickets to The Giver to giveaway! There’s only a limited number of them available but it’s easy to do. Details: THE GIVER Screening Date, Time and Location: Wednesday, August 13th at 7PM at Edwards Marqe,7600 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 Head over to GOFOBO and print out your tickets. Did I mention that there is… [Continue Reading]

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Run for the House and Support Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House has been serving communities across the United States for a long time, offering comfort and counseling to grieving families. Houston’s Ronald McDonald House has been in operation since 1978 and continues to serve the local area through four separate facilities. Not everyone has the means to help a great charitable organization like (Continue Reading…);

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Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United

Both large and small Avengers fans can get excited about the release of the latest animated movie featuring Iron Man and Captain America! In Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United ,Iron Man and Captain America join forces to battle against Red Skull, who has quite an ingenious plan to take over the world and (Continue Reading…);

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Family Campout with the Sugar Land Skeeters

Houston’s Sugar Land Skeeters baseball team has some great family fun in store for this Friday evening, August 1, 2014. Constellation Field, home to the Sugar Land Skeeters, will play host to an evening of baseball and more this Friday evening as the Skeeters host their first ever Family Campout Night at Constellation Field. The (Continue Reading…);

Planes Fire and Rescue rescued us from summer boredom

It was with a whole lot of anticipation that the kids and I headed to the screening of Planes: Fire and Rescue. The girls had been talking about it for months!  I was so happy to see it didn’t disappoint. Disclosure: I was able to attend a screening of Planes along with guests from BackstageOL (Continue Reading…);

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Iron Man and Captain America Heroes United

Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United

Both large and small Avengers fans can get excited about the release of the latest animated movie featuring Iron Man and Captain America! In Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United ,Iron Man and Captain America join forces to battle against Red Skull, who has quite an ingenious plan to take over the world and (Continue Reading…);

Planes Fire and Rescue rescued us from summer boredom

It was with a whole lot of anticipation that the kids and I headed to the screening of Planes: Fire and Rescue. The girls had been talking about it for months!  I was so happy to see it didn’t disappoint. Disclosure: I was able to attend a screening of Planes along with guests from BackstageOL (Continue Reading…);

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The Hundred Foot Journey shares secret to the perfect Onion Soup

Onion Soup is one of my favorites.  I know that it’s hard for me to resist whenever I am at a restaurant and it’s available. Even on our cruise I had to order it more than once that week!  But I’m looking forward to trying this recipe from “The Hundred Foot Journey and I thought (Continue Reading…);

Maleficent

5 Things I want my daughters to learn from Maleficent

We just left the Maleficient screening. It’s no secret that we are a Disney loving family but I think I just feel in love with it all over again. Whatever you thought or think about the movie Maleficent, throw it away. Maleficent is going to blow you away. It did us. All, I could think (Continue Reading…);

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Going Green

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American Forests works to Restore Trees and Wildlife Habitats

Trees are important. They help remove pollutants from the air. They release life- giving oxygen for the Earth’s inhabitants. They Provide cover for many species of animals and they offer shade from the hot sun. Trees are critical to environment stability in countless ways and one non- profit organization working on behalf of trees is (Continue Reading…);

Vote for the Green America People & Planet Award

Green America is a non- profit organization that works to empower people and business to do their part for a sustainable and healthy planet. The organization frequently recognizes individuals and companies for their hard work and Green America is about to award three exceptional businesses for their efforts to go green. The award is the (Continue Reading…);

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Green America: Economic Empowerment for the Planet and its People

Sustainability, clean energy use, recycling- these and other topics like them form the foundation for many of the “green” organizations in existence. Each has its own mission and goals, but one that encompasses a broad swath of causes revolving around consumerism and ethics is Green America, a non- profit member organization. Economic Power Matters Once (Continue Reading…);

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Cucumber Mint Infused Water

  I’ve been trying to find ways to get the kids (who am I kidding – and myself) to drink more water. I admit I just don’t care for the taste.  But I’ve found that I can use my Brita Water Filter and some fruits and vegetables to create delicious infused water recipes that save (Continue Reading…);

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Print your passes to the screening of The Giver

I have some tickets to The Giver to giveaway! There’s only a limited number of them available but it’s easy to do. Details: THE GIVER Screening Date, Time and Location: Wednesday, August 13th at 7PM at Edwards Marqe,7600 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 Head over to GOFOBO and print out your tickets. Did I mention that there is (Continue Reading…);

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Polder’s Old World Market review and giveaway

  With all the stainless steel and color in my kitchen, I can’t help but miss some of my favorites from my grandmother’s kitchen like beautifully crafted wooden utensils and seasoned cast iron skillets. That’s one of the many reasons I was thrilled to discover Polder’s Old World Market and now even more excited to (Continue Reading…);

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Tyent Twitter Party Prizes

    I recently had the chance to tell you about Tyent , who are hosting a comment contest with some amazing prizes for your team. All you had to do was nominate your sports team for a chance for them to win the Grand Prize of: $500 cash and a Tyent Water Ionizer… but that’s (Continue Reading…);

Crazy for the Cookoo Watch Giveaway

I noticed the other day that I really need a watch. It’s so annoying to pull out my phone every time that I want to know the time. I’m hard on them though, which is why I currently don’t have one. I wanted to find one that is sturdy, stylish and goes with just about (Continue Reading…);

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YMCA Project Backpack Helps Students Get the Supplies They Need

Today is back to school day for students in the greater Houston area. Summer break has come to a close and children from preschool through high school are back in the classrooms, ready to pursue the academic goals that lie ahead. For some, back to school time can be a struggle due to lack of (Continue Reading…);

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Run for the House and Support Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House has been serving communities across the United States for a long time, offering comfort and counseling to grieving families. Houston’s Ronald McDonald House has been in operation since 1978 and continues to serve the local area through four separate facilities. Not everyone has the means to help a great charitable organization like (Continue Reading…);

Print your passes to the screening of The Giver

I have some tickets to The Giver to giveaway! There’s only a limited number of them available but it’s easy to do. Details: THE GIVER Screening Date, Time and Location: Wednesday, August 13th at 7PM at Edwards Marqe,7600 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 Head over to GOFOBO and print out your tickets. Did I mention that there is (Continue Reading…);

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Family Campout with the Sugar Land Skeeters

Houston’s Sugar Land Skeeters baseball team has some great family fun in store for this Friday evening, August 1, 2014. Constellation Field, home to the Sugar Land Skeeters, will play host to an evening of baseball and more this Friday evening as the Skeeters host their first ever Family Campout Night at Constellation Field. The (Continue Reading…);

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Parenting

Average cost to raise a child approaches a quarter million dollars

It costs a lot of cash to raise those adorable little newborns from the early days in the crib through high school graduation. According to official data just published on August 18, 2014 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the total price tag for bringing up junior is now $245,000. This is the total price (Continue Reading…);

Action for Healthy Kids is Awarding School Breakfast Grants

Action for Healthy Kids is a great non- profit organization that works to promote the health of children on multiple levels. Many of its programs are aimed at schools and one of the many ways this charity helps promote health is through breakfast. Now, schools can apply for grants through the Action for Healthy Kids (Continue Reading…);

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Tips for talking to your teens about alcohol and underage drinking

One of the greatest compliments my children have ever paid me is that they can talk to me about anything, and I do mean anything. They aren’t the only ones, but their friends come to me to discuss at sorts of hot topics from clothing to dating, drugs to alcohol. While I encourage them to (Continue Reading…);

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New School Lunch Mandates Gain Acceptance

A report published on July 30, 2014 suggests that students are more accepting of healthier school lunch foods than many expected. The study, conducted by researchers at Boise State University, involved surveys about school lunch and student responses to them. The researchers sent the surveys to schools across the nation and 482 responded back. Schools (Continue Reading…);

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