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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Fun Idea: Paper Pumpkin Subscription Kits

We hope that you are enjoying our series of posts with ideas of fun things to do with your children this summer. In today's post, I'll share one of our family's favorite activities -  working on Pamper Pumpkin kits from Stampin' Up!

Paper Pumpkin is a trendy subscription service that delivers a project for you to work on each month. The kits include everything that you need for the monthly project, so you are set to go from the moment that open the box.  I actually intended the Paper Pumpkin subscription for myself, but it turns out that my entire family enjoys working on the projects. Since everyone is home for summer, it's a fun activity to share my kit with them.

This month's Paper Pumpkin kit for June 2017 is called, "One in a Melon". The kit includes:
  • One in a Melon Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Spot
  • Melon Mambo  Classic Stampin' Spot
  • 6 printed card bases
  • 4 printed bags
  •  6 white envelopes
  • 4 sheets printed cotton paper
  • 2 sheets watercolor die-cut pieces
  • 2 sheets white die-cut pieces
  • 1 sheet laser-cut leaf stickers
  • 4 yds. pink baker's twine
  • 4 green mini clothespins
  • 100 dimensionals 
  • 100 adhesive dots

We enjoyed working with this trendy watermelon-themed kit!  It makes cute little cards and gift bags. Here is an example of a colorful card and gift bag that we made!

We hope that you are enjoying the summer break.  It's always nice to find indoor activities during the summer here in Texas.  We really enjoy spending time in the air conditioning and working on projects together. The June 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit was a fun project. We look forward to next month's surprise! 

If you want to learn more, click here to visit the Paper Pumpkin website.
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Summer Recipe: Gaea's Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs, Orange Segments and Citrus Dressing

Gaea's Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs, Orange Segments and Citrus Dressing
  • 6 small cucumbers
  • Sea Salt
  • For dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh mint

Wash cucumber and oranges well. Peel oranges, remove white membrane and cut fresh in thin slices. Thinly slice cucumber with a mandolin. Combine salt and two kinds of pepper in glass or stainless steel bowl and add lemon juice. Slowly add olive oil while stirring constantly with wire whisk. Combine dressing with orange slices and fresh herbs. To serve: Arrange cucumbers in dishes and pour over prepared dressing. Sprinkle with a little coarse salt.

Thanks to Gaea for providing this trendy recipe and photo!
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Monday, June 19, 2017

(Win it!) Summer Fun Idea: Join the MOOYAH 10th Anniversary Festivities on July 10th! #MOOYAH10 @MooyahBurgers

We hope that you have enjoyed our series of posts that share fun ideas of activities to do with your children while they are home for summer break.  As a mom of energetic little boys that always seem to be hungry, I love activities that involve food! (Don't we all have energetic children that love to go out to eat?!) In today's post, I'll tell you about trendy activities that are going on for MOOYAH'S 10th Birthday Party on July 10th. You won't want to miss it!

The MOOYAH team has created a fantastic 10th Birthday Party for all of the MOOYAH locations across the country.  Mark this on your calendar:

  • What: MOOYAH'S 10th Birthday Party
  • When: July 10, 2017 
  • Where: Visit your favorite MOOYAH restaurant or use the store locator if you haven't visited one yet
This will be a memorable visit as MOOYAH is offering a day of freebies, festivities, and philanthropy.  Here is the overview:
  • In-restaurant party decorations
  • Free t-shirts to the first 100 transactions
  • Free cake pop with any shake purchase
  • Day-long fundraiser for No Kid Hungry (10% of sales)
  • 10-patty cheeseburger eating event at 5:10pm at all participating locations

Let me share more details. First, you and your children will enjoy the trendy atmosphere with special party decorations.  If possible, arrive early for lunch because the first 100 transactions receive a FREE t-shirt.   Plan to order a shake because they will give you a free cake pop when you purchase a shake. (Mmmm.... the Oreo Milkshake is our personal favorite!)

You will also want to sign up and/or observe the 10-patty burger eating event at a participating U.S. location.  Really, what's a birthday party without an enormous burger?  This event is sure to create memories for your family!  Let me share the details and a tip for trying to get onto the burger eating competition roster:
  • A max of 10 participations at each location will have the opportunity to try to finish a free 10-patty cheeseburger in 2 hours
  • Takes place at 5:10pm on July 10 at all participating locations  (See if your local Mooyah is participating here.)
  • Entrants sign up for the contest via a form on
  • 10-person limit for each restaurant, with a 5-person waitlist
  • Secret Tip for Trendy Mom Readers: Get the Rewards App because users can sign up before the general public by using the app!
Finally, MOOYAH is partnering with the No Kid Hungry organization. Did you know that  1 in 6 children faces childhood hunger?  It's really sad.  Kids aren't able to be their best if they lack good nutrition.  We can all help to make a difference.  One easy way to make a difference is to plan to visit MOOYAH on their 10th Birthday. Not only will your family have fun at their special event, but they will donate 10% of sales to No Kid Hungry.  I'm really excited about this because they set the goal to provide 120,000 meals for hungry children.  

Let me share a personal story of why the MOOYAH and No Kid Hungry partnership means a lot to me.  I used to live in Las Vegas.  There is a lot of poverty there. The wife of a casino owner donated backpacks filled with food to children in a low income school.  They refilled the backpacks for the kids on Fridays so that they would have food over the weekend.  Well, not only did attendance improve for many of the children, but the behavior and academic performance dramatically improved for many students.  I remember seeing this on the news and feeling emotional that those little kids had such a rough childhood and that this woman started a program that transformed their lives.   Similarly, I think that MOOYAH'S goal to provide 120,000 meals for hungry children will have a large impact.  Good nutrition for children is so critical for little ones to live up to their potential.  I'm looking forward to visiting MOOYAH on July 10th so that we contribute to their great cause.  

In addition, you will also help to raise money for the MOOYAH and No Kid Hungry partnership by positing pictures to your social media pages with #MOOYAH10. They will donate $.10 to No Kid Hungry for each public post with the hashtag #MOOYAH10.  I hope that your family will have fun supporting this great cause!

Get the App!
As I mentioned earlier, you should download the MOOYAH app and try to get onto the 10-Patty Burger Eating Contest roster.  Plus, the app is really nice because it's easy to use and you receive points for each purchase. For every $100 that you spend, you receive $10 off a future purchase.

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One lucky winner will receive two $25 MOOYAH gift cards - one to keep and one to give to a friend. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. The winner will have 72 hours to respond to use with their mailing address. Otherwise, a different winner will be selected. Good luck!

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Our Amazing Experience with British Swim School (Swim Classes in North Texas)

As a mom of two energetic boys here in Texas, we often visit water attractions to escape the heat. My children are several years apart in age and pull me in different directions. It's important to teach them basic water safety skills. In today's post, I'll tell you about our amazing experience with the British Swim School.

Let's start by telling you the basics about this trendy program. The British Swim School is available at numerous locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  There are several locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro. (Click here to find a location near you.) British Swim School is the pioneer of gentle, non-traditional water safety programs. British Swim School has made it their mission to help prevent tragic water accidents with a two-step curriculum that teaches children and adults of all ages water safety and survival skills first, swimming skill development second.  

The British Swim School offers year round swim lessons that can benefit children for a multitude of reasons. Not only will it benefit children physically, but according to scientific studies at the German Sports College Cologne, kids who swim year-round fared better academically, particularly in problem-solving skills. A swim instructor will teach you the step-by-step procedures to prepare your child for the water, as well as provide an explanation of the top five water safety tips that will help save the littlest of lives.

We participated in lessons at the LA Fitness location in Grapevine, TX.  This location is across the road from Grapevine Mills and is easily accessible since it is right off of the highway. The facility is very nice, especially the pool area that is clean.

As a mom of two children who are several years apart in age, I have been impressed by the curriculum and excellent instructors for both of them. My children have had a lot of fun at the lessons while gaining valuable skills.  My younger son is a Tadpole and my older son is a Minnow. The class sizes are quite small.  The Tadpole class is never larger than a 1:6 instructor to parent/baby pair ratio. The Minnow class is never larger than a maximum of a 1:4 instructor to student ratio.  This allows the instructors to give the children a lot of attention.  The group classes are nice because I have found that the children giggle a lot and serve as examples for each other. 

The British Swim School rocked my baby's world!  He had a look of "serious business" during the lesson.  I wasn't quite sure what he was thinking, but was proud of him for going with the flow during the lesson.  Once we got to the car, he smiled and cooed. It was amazing. He was clearly trying to tell us about his swim lesson!  We've never heard him try to talk so much and with such enthusiasm. It was a wonderful feeling to see our baby learning new skills and glowing from the experience.

Let me share a few photos that show highlights.  The Tadpole class includes parents with their babies.  We started by slowly immersing our baby into the water by dipping his toes, then his waist, and eventually his shoulders.  The instructor had a baby doll to show us different moves that we did with our baby. It was really interesting because the instructor was very good at keeping our baby's attention.

We also sprinkled and squirted water to help acclimate him with the water.

Another highlight was when he crawled around on a float that had holes in it.  This was adorable! I could see his mind at work as he curiously explored the float, including the holes with water flowing through them.  

The swim lessons for our baby were a huge success!  We look forward to continuing his swim lessons.  (In hindsight, I wish that I would have enrolled my older son in these lessons when he was a baby.)

Let me share a few photos from my older son's Minnow class.  There are a few things that really stood out about this class: (1) the instructor was fantastic with children, (2) the instructor acclimated them to the water well by having them sing a song while splashing and giggling, (3) the children took turns practicing different skills and were a good influence on each other, and (4) there was a strong emphasis on water safety.

As I mentioned, the instructor was fantastic because he was well trained, enthusiastic, and knew how to motivate the children.  I was surprised that my son was almost instantly comfortable in the class.  The children each sat in their special area and sang the Hokey Pokey song and splashed. My son thought that this was a lot of fun. The activity bonded him with the instructor and other children.

They then focused on safety skills such as how to get into the pool and how to climb out. It took my son a few tries, but he was a pro by the end of the class. They also practiced floating on their backs.  This was very useful for my son.  One of the activities was a bit challenging for him, so I appreciated that they helped him to practice a few times.  It was called torpedo and involved rolling over and floating on his back. The instructor made it so much fun that my son wanted to practice more when we got home.  I really liked that our son was excited about his lesson and that he wanted to practice more and show off his new skills at home.  

Our son also raved about the free play at the end of the lesson.  They had a bin full of pool toys for the children.  It was fun to see them practicing their new skills and having fun.  I'm a big believer in making learning fun, so the British Swim School definitely exceeded my expectations in making their experience fun!

Learn More
The British Swim School offers year round lessons. Visit the British Swim School here.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jason's Deli is Making a Difference this Month for National Cancer Survivors Month

Did you know that June is National Cancer Survivors Month?  If you follow regularly, you know that this is an issue that affected me personally.  Cancer is a devastating disease that is estimated to cause the 1,500 deaths per day. That is approximately 564,800 Americans that may die of cancer this year.  Fortunately, some people survive cancer and have positive outlooks on life. In today's post, I'll tell you about how Jason's Deli has teamed up with MD Anderson Cancer Center to not only donate $726,000, but also to help with nutrition education. Jason's Deli has a new Salmon Pacifica Salad that is nutrient dense and for which 50-cents from every sale of this menu item goes to MD Anderson.

As I mentioned earlier, June is National Cancer Survivors Month. I encourage each of you to do something nice for a Cancer Survivor this month so that they feel special and loved.  Cancer survivors are lucky to survive, but they still carry the burden from the past and often wonder how long they will stay in remission or even if a different type of cancer will develop. It's tough. However, the love of family and friends with the knowledge that researchers are working hard to find cures makes a big difference. I encourage all of you to do something nice for a cancer survivor this month so that they are reminded that nice surprises happen in life too.  

If you are looking for a thoughtful idea, consider buying Salmon Pacifica Salads from Jason's Deli for your Cancer Survivor friends and family.  It's a healthy meal and 50-cents from the purchase of each salad will go to the MD Anderson Cancer Center. This trendy entree salad was created in collaboration with MD Anderson's dietitians and cancer prevention researchers. This 450-calorie salad is packed with nutrients, including:
  • Wild-caught Alaska sockeye salmon with Omega-3 benefits
  • Avocado filled with more potassium than bananas
  • Grape tomatoes full of lycopene 
  • Fire-roasted Piquillo peppers, cucumbers and pickled red onions add to the variety of plant-based ingredients
  • USDA-certified organic field greens free of pesticides
  • New cucumber-dill vinaigrette
Personally, when I saw this Jason's Deli campaign to support the MD Anderson Cancer Center, I was excited to share.  Every contribution - large and small - makes a difference.  I hope that there will be a painless cure for every type of cancer in my lifetime. While a cure may or may not be found soon, there is always hope when people pitch in to try to make a difference.  I hope that each of you will find a way to help during National Cancer Survivors Month. 

Win it!
Jason's Deli is also running an Instagram contest. Use #mysalmonpacifica for a chance to win a $50 gift card. One gift card will be awarded each day during the month of June!
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(Win it!) Summer Recipe Ideas with Stubb's Bar-B-Q Brisket

Have you tried Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Brisket and some of their side items? As a Texan, Stubb's is one of my go-to brands when it comes to summer grilling and parties. This trendy brand started in Lubbock and is now a statewide and nationwide favorite. You have probably seen Stubb's products at Whole Foods, Kroger, Super Target, and other grocery stores. (Click here for a store locator if you haven't found them yet.)  I recently made Barb-B-Q sliders for a potluck picnic and they were the most popular item at the event. My secret was that I used Stubb's Original Barb-B-Q Sauce!  In today's post, I'll share a few recipes that use Stubb's Bar-B-Q Brisket.

Here are five recipes that are perfect for Fourth of July and other summer celebrations!

We hope that you enjoy some of these trendy recipes at your upcoming 4th of July and summer celebrations!

Win it!
One lucky winner will win a Stubb's prize pack that is valued at $50. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. No P.O. boxes.  The winner will have 72 hours to reply with their shipping address or else a different winner will be selected. Good luck!

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