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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Will you Follow Along as I Experience Laser Hair Removal?

Today's post is unique. I have decided to try laser hair removal and am going to share my experience with all of you over the next several months. I will visit spa810 Dallas at the Preston Center for monthly sessions and let you know how things progress. (They also have the trendy Uptown location.) This is a learning experience for me that I want to share because I think that many moms are curious about laser hair removal. The idea of lifelong results is appealing, especially as a mom that knows the precious value of time. In today's post, I'll share my thoughts and experiences that have led to my excitement about having laser hair removal.

If you follow regularly, you know that I've had ups and downs as a mom. Despite sharing how I struggled with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (extreme morning sickness) during my pregnancy, I never discussed some of the more personal things such as how I struggled with basics such as shaving my legs or bikini area during my last trimester.  When someone tells you that they are on bedrest, what you may not realize is that simple things that you take for granted are a challenge. One of the challenges that I experienced was that showering, let along shaving, was difficult. I could not stand for very long and had to have my husband nearby in case I got sick in the shower.  Of course, in addition to that, my large baby belly made it difficult to see my legs or bikini area very well to shave.  I remember thinking that I should have had laser hair removal many years ago so that this wasn't an issue.  I decided that I would eventually have laser hair removal once I was done with pregnancy and breastfeeding so that I wouldn't have to worry about shaving when I was in a nursing home one day.  It would be a luxury to no longer have to worry about shaving!   While this may have seemed like an extreme reaction in that moment, I have had over a year to think about it and my mind is still made up that I want to have the smoothest legs in my nursing home one day and not have to worry about shaving in the future!   

In addition to my pregnancy experience where I struggled to shave my legs and bikini area, I have also heard other moms rave about how laser hair removal changed their lives in terms of the time savings and the freedom to wear whatever they want without worrying about whether they had time to shave.  I am stretched thin, so the lifestyle change of no longer having to shave my legs a few times a week sounds like a luxury. Plus, being able to forget about razor burn and small cuts sounds wonderful. 

Another perk that I look forward to is being able to go swimming with my children on short notice without worrying about whether I shaved my legs and bikini area well enough to go out in public. 

I have thought a lot about laser hair removal over the years and am excited to take this step of self improvement.   I hope that you'll follow along as I share my experiences over the next several months.  

Finally, if you are interested in trying laser hair removal too, check out spa810 Dallas at the Preston Center or Uptown as they are offering a complementary laser hair removal session on a small area for first time clients. If you have ever considered laser hair removal, this is a great opportunity to try it without commitment! 

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Visit the New Sea Turtle Rescue Center at the SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium

SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium is pleased to announce Sea Turtle Rescue Center, a new interactive rehabilitation experience opening Saturday, May 5. 

The new permanent exhibit lets guests of all ages learn about the threats turtles face in the wild and experience first-hand the process of successfully rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing sea turtles.  Upon entry, guests will become a bonafide turtle rescuer as they collect a mock turtle from the beach, name and weigh their patient, then begin a virtual rehabilitation journey.  After using an x-ray machine to diagnose and remedy injuries, guests nurse their turtle back to health at the feeding and hydration station then release them back into the wild.

Check out this quick video for a sneak peek on the SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium Facebook page:

In addition to observing non-releasable sea turtles in a display tank, guests can also view aquarists through a glass window working with real injured patients in the aquarium’s new rehabilitation facility and hospital.  The Grapevine aquarium is the first SEA LIFE in the U.S. to be permitted to rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles and release them back into the wild through partnerships with Animal Rehabilitation Keep(ARK), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other Texas coast sea turtle hospitals. 

“Our new interactive rehabilitation exhibit profiles real-life endangered sea turtle rescues that our dedicated SEA LIFE team have been involved in.  Since our opening, we’ve rescued seven non-releasable sea turtles.  With our new permit and hospital, in addition to rescue, we can now care for sick or injured turtles until they’re well enough for release back into the wild,” said Karen Rifenbury, Curator, SEA LIFE Grapevine. “Visitors will be able to learn about new patients and the medical team working that day through our patients-in-residence display board.”

“Along the Texas coast, many turtles are found injured or sick each year. There are only five sea turtle rehabilitation facilities, so every facility has to work very hard. ARK is very excited to welcome SEA LIFE Grapevine to sea turtle rehabilitation and look forward to continuing our collaboration to save sea turtles. With the addition of their rehabilitation center, each sea turtle will be given even more attention while in rehab,” said Alicia Walker, Program Coordinator, ARK.

“Already a tremendous partner in sea turtle conservation, SEA LIFE Grapevine is now stepping up to do even more.  Recent freezing temperatures in South Texas filled our coastal rehabilitation centers to capacity with cold-stunned sea turtles.  It is reassuring to know they are there to help if needed next time,” said Mary Kay Skoruppa, Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Coinciding with the opening of Sea Turtle Rescue Center, the aquarium welcomed a non-releasable green sea turtle named Thalassia.  “Sea Turtle Rescue Center also houses non-releasable sea turtles creating a turtle sanctuary not found anywhere else in DFW. Efforts like these are what make SEA LIFE Grapevine so much more than an average mall aquarium,” said Kelly Schwartz, General Manager, SEA LIFE Grapevine.

SEA LIFE Grapevine is located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051.  For more information visit www.visitsealife.com/grapevine or call 469-444-3050.

About SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium:
SEA LIFE Grapevine transports you into the amazing underwater world.  Prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays and powerful sharks.  With an amazing 360° ocean tunnel, 30 display tanks and thousands of sea creatures the aquarium is the perfect stop for family fun.  To get any closer you would have to get wet!  Admission is $20.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 3 to 12.  For more information visit www.visitsealife.com/grapevine.  SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium is located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051. Phone: 469-444-3050. Follow us on Facebook: @sealifegrapevine Twitter: @sealifegrpevine and Instagram: @sealifenorthamerica.
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The Best Mother's Day Gifts at zulily!

If you follow regularly, you know that we love zulily.  This trendy online store has the best curators that find unique and stylish products.  It's always fun to browse their website because they update it daily.  They are the ultimate Mother's Day shop!  Whether you are shopping in advance or at the last minute, they are fantastic. For instance, if you are shopping at the last minute, look for the yellow rocket icon on items as they ship in 2 days, or you can exclusively shop the Ready to Ship page. Whether you’re spending $5 or $50, zulily launches thousands of products daily that are sure to surprise & delight.

Here is a list of some of my favorite items on zulily for Mother's Day: 

  • The Makeup Maven – from fragrances, to bath bombs to must-have makeup brands, she’ll beautiful inside & out…
  • The Social Butterfly – Does she love to get out of the house and experience new things? Check out our daily selection of tickets to live shows, sporting events and concerts!
  • The Style Icon – From trendy tops to must-have staples, we’ve got her covered…
  • The Trendsetter – Launching dozens of new brands daily, she’ll stay ahead of the trends with our unique zulily debuts!
  • The Fur Baby Fanatic – Fur baby moms count! Get something quirky to help bond with their animal companion…
  • The Adventure Seeker – Whether she’s hiking through the woods or just camping in the backyard, we’ve got the basics and the bizarre to help her outdoor explorations…
  • The “Fixer Upper” Fan – Is a mom in your life longing to be the next Joanna Gaines? She’ll love our diverse selection of home d├ęcor finds…from contemporary to farmhouse, we’ve got it all!
  • The Chef – Whether she’s Julia Child or just making a fun mess, we’ve got essentials to extraordinary when it comes to kitchen & cookware!
  • The DIY Queen – Crafty, clever and creative? Check out our hundreds of DIY kits and personalized items to make your gift truly unique. 
  • The New Mom – Is there a woman in your life about to celebrate their first Mother’s Day? Make it extra special with a gift for her, or baby.
We hope that you have a lovely Mother's Day!
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Celebrate Earth Day with Calico Critters

In today's post, I want to tell you about the Calico Critters Nursery Collection.  This trendy line includes the sweetest little play sets that will warm your heart. Nothing is cuter than watching children play with these adorable baby critters.

There are several items in the The Village, including the Baby Tree House, Baby Castle Playground, Baby Choo-Choo Train, and the Red Roof Cozy Cottage. They are all adorable! For instance, here is the Baby Tree House.

Here is the Baby Choo-Choo Train.

The baby critters add more fun to this set. They have Blind Bags of the Baby Brand Series.  These are a lot of fun.  We were surprised that the bags included both an adorable figure and an accessory. For instance, Shiloh the Yellow Labrador also came with a little xylophone and Henry Sweetpea Rabbit came with a little drum!  It's cuteness overload!

Finally, the line also includes trendy Calico Critters Aquabeads.  This set of 600 jewels and solid beads offer hours and hours of fun!

We hope that you have the opportunity to incorporate trendy Calico Critters into childhood memories for your children. Their values of “Nature, Family and Love” are perfect for little ones!
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Sunday, April 22, 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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Recipe: Toffee Fruit Dip

Recipe: Toffee Fruit Dip
This recipe is great for after school snacks, play dates, and parties. It is a great way to entice everyone to eat their servings of fruit for the day. 

  • 8 oz. of whipped cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of crushed toffee candy bars
  • Optional: 2 Tablespoons of crushed toffee candy bars for garnish
  • Optional: Serve with apples, grapes, and your favorite fruits
1. Add the 8 oz. of whipped cream cheese, 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/2 cup of crushed toffee candy bars to a medium size bowl or container and stir until thoroughly mixed.

2. Serve the Toffee Fruit Dip with your favorite fruit. 

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