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Monday, September 24, 2018

Need a Break From Cooking? Visit Pei Wei for a BOGO Wei Better Orange Chicken Deal!

One of the best things about living in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro is that we have an amazing selection of restaurants, including many that occasionally offer family-friendly specials!   Let me share the hottest deal in metro right now:
  • What: Pei Wei's BOGO - Pei Wei is treating guests to a FREE regular-size Wei Better Orange Chicken with the purchase of any regular entrée, when guests dine-in, order online or order using the mobile app. (*Purchased entrée may not be Wei Veggie Orange Chicken or Wei Better Orange Chicken).
  • Where: Pei Wei restaurants
  • When: September 24 - 30, 2018
My family loves the Wei Better Orange Chicken. It's so amazing that even my picky 2 year old eats it!  Here is the description:
Wei Better Orange Chicken is an original recipe artfully crafted by Pei Wei’s culinary team. Each craveably delicious dish is made-to-order with fresh, not frozen, house-cut and battered crispy tempura white-meat chicken, wok-seared in orange sauce and tossed with freshly sliced oranges.
Download the Pei Wei mobile app to place orders faster, find your nearest Pei Wei restaurant and earn My Wei Rewards points that can be used towards free dishes.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

It's National Dog Week - The Best Halloween Costumes for Dogs are at zulily!

In honor of National Dog Week (9/24-9/30), Halloween, and pet-obsessed people everywhere, zulily has unveiled the top pet costumes for 2018 and they are sure to bring a smile to any ghoulish bash or trick-or-treating adventure.  In today's post, we'll focus on pets and then I'll share the best Halloween costumes for dogs this year. 

Is Rover the new fave of the family? Almost all millennials (84 percent) experience separation anxiety from their pets, more than half (51 percent) are buying gifts for their pet(s) at least once a month, and 71 percent would take a pay cut if it meant they could bring their pet(s) to work with them every day – it’s no wonder pet owners are on the hunt for Fido’s coordinating costume this Halloween!

For those who find it too “ruff” to be away from Fido this All Hallows’ Eve enter zulily – the online retailer known for its unique and fun assortment of pet and animal-themed merchandise, has rounded up this year’s top selling pet Halloween costumes! From Ewok-adorable to mythical mania, we’re not “lion” around when we say these are must-have styles for your furry friends for Halloween and beyond.

Now, let me share The Best Halloween Costumes for Dogs. They are all available at zulily!

Lion Mane Big Dog Costume
Ranging in size for both large and smaller dogs/cats, your furry friend will be the true King of the Jungle in this costume.
Unicorn Cat & Small Dog Costume 
Unicorns are all the rage, and they aren’t just for tweens – from Tiger to Sparky – your furry friend can be bursting with mythical magic! 

Panda Bear Deluxe Walking Pet Costume Set
This full-coverage jumpsuit costume provides a safe way to include your devoted companion in the dress-up fun. Who doesn’t love a cuddly Panda?
Pirate Pet Costume Set 
Your pup can swab the deck and walk the plant in this adorably whimsical get-up – no boat or booty necessary!

Star Wars Ewok Pet Costume
Star Wars fans don’t just come in human form – make Fido part of the fun in a coordinating “family” Star Wars costume!

We hope that you have the opportunity to create happy memories with your dog during National Dog Week!  We also hope that you find the perfect costume to celebrate Halloween with your family pets!
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Recipe: Turkey Breast and Stuffing in a Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker (Dinner in an Hour!)

Recipe: Turkey Breast & Stuffing in a Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker

  • 1 frozen turkey breast (Optional: We used a seasoned turkey breast)
  • 3/4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of instant stuffing mix 
1. Add the water and frozen turkey breast to the Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker.

2. Close the lid and cook the meat for 1 hour.

3. Carefully release the steam and lid to check whether the turkey breast is done. If not, add approximately 20 minutes and then check again until ready.  (Our 3 pound turkey breast took 1 hour, but the time may vary based on size.)

4. Carefully remove the turkey breast and carve it, leaving the drippings in the Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker.

5. Add the instant stuffing mix to the drippings and carefully stir. Allow the stuffing mix to absorb the liquid for approximately two minutes before moving it to a serving bowl.  (Optional: You may need to add more or less stuffing mix depending on the size of your turkey breast and the amount of liquid. It's easier to start with less stuffing mix and then add more as needed rather than the other way around.)

6. Optionally serve with cranberry sauce.

The Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker is available on Amazon here: 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Now Accepting Submissions: Our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide Project is In Progress!

Trendy Mom's Holiday Gift Guide is our biggest project of the year. We spend three months working on this project.  We try our best to identify the biggest trends for the new holiday season so that we showcase the perfect collection of products for families.    The categories that we are focusing on this year include:

  • Gifts for Moms
  • Gifts for Dads
  • Gifts for Children
  • Gifts for Babies and Toddlers
  • Gifts for Teachers
  • Holiday Family Activities

If you have a product or family activity that you would love for us to consider, please email us: 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Why I Chose Laser Hair Removal Over Waxing

If you follow regularly, you know that I have been achieving fantastic results with laser hair removal at spa810 Dallas. In today's post, I'll reflect on how I've tried both waxing and laser hair removal, but decided, without a doubt, that laser hair removal was the best option for me.

Let me start by telling you something that happened over the weekend. I attended a pool party and met another mom who brought up the topic of laser hair removal.  I was excited that she volunteered to share this information.  I wanted to know about her experience since I am halfway through my sessions. She told me that she completed her laser hair removal sessions 20 years ago and that the results were life changing.  She only shaves once every few months for stray hairs.  She felt that it was one of the best investments that she has ever made.  Not only is it nice for her day-to-day life, but the results were a lifesaver when she was pregnant and didn't have to worry about shaving much. She was also grateful for the results when she was on crutches for a few weeks and didn't have to worry about shaving. She was excited for me because she knows that I will appreciate the results on a daily basis.

Now that I shared this story, let me share several reasons why I chose to pursue laser hair removal over waxing.

Why I Chose Laser Hair Removal Over Waxing
1. I am a perfect candidate for laser hair removal.
The way that laser hair removal works is that the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicles. As someone with fair skin and dark hair, I am a perfect candidate.  I really like spa810 Dallas because my aesthetician is very knowledgable and has been wonderful about explaining the process, what to expect, and helping me to have realistic goals. I appreciate that we discuss the results that I noticed after each visit and that she customizes my treatments. The results have exceeded my expectations so far. (Read about my first few visits here.)

2. I have a low pain threshold.
I've tried waxing several times and it was painful each time. I tried an at-home kit that I couldn't finish because it was too painful.  I still remember how my hopeful attempt turned into a nightmare where my husband had to run to the store to get baby oil to remove the wax to avoid further hurting my skin.  I also visited a salon to have my legs waxed, but it was very painful.  I finished the session, but never returned.  Due to my fear of waxing, I chose to visit spa810 Dallas for my laser hair removal treatments because they use the Alma Soprana ICE laser which has a reputation for being comfortable in comparison to some of the other lasers. In hindsight, I wish that I would have skipped the waxing experiences and went straight to laser hair removal for multiple reasons, including that laser hair removal with the Alma Soprana ICE laser at spa810 Dallas has been much less painful than waxing.  I feel quick laser pulses during the treatment, but it has been very tolerable. In fact, as a mom of a toddler who doesn't sleep that well, I started to fall asleep during my last session.  

3. Only laser hair removal may provide life long results.
Not only was waxing more painful for me, but the results were short lived.  While the results vary by person, typical results from waxing last 3 to 6 weeks. On the other hand, laser hair removal often provides longer term results. Our bodies are complex, so it is impossible to give an exact number to the amount of hair removal for each individual to expect. Even factors such as pregnancy or menopause hormones may later kick hair back into growth. While no one has a crystal ball to give a definitive answer, laser hair removal has been amazing for many people and may remove up to 84% of hair for a lifetime for some people. The laser targets hair that is in an active growth stage. Many people need approximately 8 sessions to remove the majority of their hair because hair grows in different cycles.  There are three stages of hair growth: anagen (active growth phase), catagen (transition phase), and telogen (resting phase).  Each laser hair removal session may remove up to 10% to 30% of the hair depending on the amount of hair that is in the active growth phase.  Personally, I am an optimist and look forward to my own results, especially after hearing success stories from other moms!

4. I do not like growing out body hair for waxing.
Another reason that laser hair removal is nicer than waxing is that you are able to shave in between appointments.  Waxing requires you to grow hair to at least 1/4" to 1/2" in length before your appointment. On the other hand, you are encouraged to shave before laser hair appointments which allows you to feel cleaner in between appointments. 

5. The cost of shaving and waxing adds up over decades.
Let's not only consider the inconvenience of shaving and waxing for decades, but also the costs.  I looked up stats on different websites to get an idea of the costs.  Let's start with a baseline that spa810 Dallas offers a full body laser hair removal package for $2,999. (There are also other packages for small, medium, large, and extra large areas if you have particular areas of concern.) Now let's consider the cost of waxing.  I found an article that I really liked, "Wax Vs. Laser Hair Removal" where they estimate the cost of waxing as $23,000 over a lifetime and that laser hair removal saves $20,000. While this is just one estimate that I found on the web and results may vary by person, it reminded me that small things add up quickly over the years! I am an optimist and look forward to tracking my results in the coming years.

Finally, we all know that the results will vary by person. This is why I am always excited to hear about other experiences and to share my own.  I recently finished my fourth visit and am thrilled with the results so far.  If you want to learn more, consider visiting spa810 Dallas.  I've had a fantastic experience with them! They even offer a complementary laser hair removal session on a small area so that you are able to try it before committing to a package.  I love that they do this because it shows that they want clients to be happy. 
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Products that Have Helped Me with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

Products that Have Helped Me with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria
If you don't know what Chronic Urticaria is, then consider yourself lucky.  According to WebMD, approximately 20% of people get hives - you know, welts that are either the same color as your skin or red and itch like no other.  It's often caused by an allergy such as from food or a drug. In some unlucky people like me (probably <1% of the population), the hives occur for 6 weeks or longer.   It's most common during ages 20 to 40, but it also occurs to people outside of this age range (like me).  They may be triggered by a variety of things.  Mine are triggered by heat and stress. (Who knows, maybe there are other causes and I haven't completely narrowed it down yet.) According to the WebMD link above, they last for 1 to 5 years.  Personally, mine have come and gone for longer than this.   Let me start by saying that if you have hives, you should see your doctor. There are so many different triggers, types and severities of reactions, and many other variables that vary from person to person. So please, visit your doctor and share your symptoms in order to find the best treatment for you.

Personally, I'll share some products that have helped me with the itching. I sometimes have days where I feel a sense of never-ending itchiness.  I want to scratch and have to work hard to avoid doing so.   As I share the products below, again, they work for me and you should discuss them with your doctor.  I have no medical training, so seriously, talk to your doctor and feel welcome to take the list below to ask if they may help you too.

The first is the Aveeno Baby Eczema Oatmeal Bath.  There are a few variations of this product, but this specific one helps me the most.  I've found that if I take a bath in our guest bathroom (largeer bathtub), I am able to use a 1/2 packet to save some money so that I don't go through it as quickly.  That said, I try not to bathe too often because hot water triggers my urticaria. I use cool water. (Of course, some people's urticaria is triggered by cold, so they probably don't want cool water!)

The next issue is body wash. I cannot use anything with fragrance.  I either wash without soap or use the fragrance-free Aveeno Body Wash below.

The next product is the Sarna Anti-itch cream.  It feels cooling to me and is nice on contact, but I reapply it frequently when I use it.

I've also tried adding a dozen drops of peppermint essential oil to an 8 oz. spray bottle. I like the products above better, but this is another option that I like too.

Calamine lotion is another option. I use the Johnson & Johnson brand one and it helps, but it is messy. It's pink. Very pink, but feels so cooling at times.  I use it at home due to the mess factor. (OK, which came first, the chicken or the egg? I sometimes I stay home because I really want to use Calamine lotion.)

If you have Chronic Urticaria, I sympathize. I hope that you work with your doctor to find ways to minimize the impact that it has on your life. I know how truly uncomfortable it is to have hives.  

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