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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Enjoy Eating on the Patio at the Trendy Cafe Express in Southlake #DFW

We recently visited the trendy Cafe Express in Southlake because we thought that it was a great day to enjoy a meal on their patio in the nice weather.  As you can see in the photo above, my little boy was very happy about our visit.  Good food always puts him into a good mood!

We love that Cafe Express offers a large variety of healthy menu items. Everyone in our family is always happy to visit since we each have our favorites.  For instance, I had the Grilled Chicken & Vegetable. This includes grilled chicken breast drizzled with basil pesto sauce, and your choice of vegetable. I chose Sweet Potato Fries for my choice of vegetable. They also have other great vegetable options such as French green beans, fresh leaf spinach, roasted Brussels sprouts, and more.  The meal is shown below.


Cafe Express offers a fantastic area with toppings to add to your meal. They always exceed my expectations as they provide complementary gourmet items to add to your meal such as sun dried tomatoes, sweet pickles, roasted garlic, crunchy bread sticks, and more.  I added sun dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese to my grilled chicken and sweet potato fries.  


My husband had the Southwestern Chicken which includes grilled chicken breast with black beans, fresh guacamole, roasted tomatoes, melted monterey jack cheese & spicy southwest habanero sauce with crispy tortilla chips, and cilantro.  He has ordered this menu item on our past three visits. He always says that he will try something different, but then can't resist his cravings for this specific meal.  The chicken is really moist and the combination of fresh ingredients is really good.

Finally, my son will tell you that the Chocolate Lava Cake was the best part of our visit. This is a dark chocolate cake with cream cheese filling & chocolate ganache.  We shared this decadent dessert that is amazing. Similar to the other menu items, Cafe Express uses the best ingredients which is obvious when you taste this trendy lava cake.

What is your favorite menu item at Cafe Express?

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Read the full menu for Cafe Express here.  

Ten Easy One-Minute Cleaning Tips for Family Bathrooms #Cleaning

Each of the following tips takes one minute or less. If you complete all ten tasks, it will take you only ten minutes.  Here are our quick and easy tips for maintaining family bathrooms.

1. Use a Squeegee to wipe down after you use the shower.
This will help to prevent residue buildup on shower walls and doors.

2. If you use a shower curtain, keep it open after you use the shower.
Shower curtains that are closed and bunched will promote the growth of mold. Open your shower curtain fully to help it air out better.

3. Use matching colored towels for your family and wash them each week.
We use a rotation schedule with different colored towels so that I am able to keep track of washing everyone's towels each week.  My husband and I take turns doing laundry and are not very coordinated. We don't have a specific schedule, but rather washed laundry as the baskets fill.  Sometimes we would both wash everyone's towels in the same week and then other times neither of us washed towels.  Our new system makes it easy to avoid this coordination problem.  We alternate between two sets of different colored towels. For instance, all of our family members use slate colored towels one week and then cream colored towels the following week.  This makes it easy for us to remember if we need to wash everyone's bathroom towels.

Each of our family members has matching Aspiree Bath Sets. We really like these towels because they are heavy and good quality.  The ribbed style looks nice too. Let me share the product description because they are really good towels and they have a great price: 
"This 3-pc. bath towel set comes with every piece you need. Wrap yourself in the rich feel of our super soft and extra thick ribbed design while adding a luxurious touch to the bathroom.
  • 704 grams of combed ring-spun cotton per sq. meter (GSM)
  • machine wash/dry
  • imported
  • shop our full range of bath accessories, as well as personal care solutions for everyday uses."

4. Open the windows.
Allow natural air to circulate through the bathroom.

5. Wash your shower liners.
Our shower liners develop a pink mildew residue if we aren't careful. Purchase shower liners that are easy to wash to prevent this buildup.

6. Have each family member complete a one-minute cleaning spree.
We ask each family member to spend exactly one minute cleaning as much as they can in the bathroom each day. This really does add up! If nothing else, at least your children will stop leaving their clothes on the bathroom floor.

7. Sweep or vacuum the floor.
We use a cordless vacuum to quickly clean the bathroom floors once or twice a week. For us, we notice a lot of hair that builds up on the floor.

8. Stay organized and toss empty products.
If you have family members that love their beauty products, you may have several partially used products in your shower or on the side of your bathtub.  Try to enforce a quota of the maximum number of bottles that are allowed before new products are purchased.

9. Use a shower caddy.
There are many different shower caddies out there.  There is a lot of flexibility on what you choose, but be sure to select once that has enough room to store your items and drains easily.

10. Clean off the counters.
Remove clutter from counters and wipe counters.  Place all beauty products in drawers or cabinets so that they are hidden from view.

Do you have any bathroom cleaning tips that take one-minute or less?

Sneak Peek: Trendy Mom's Holiday Gift Guide

The Trendy Mom Holiday Gift Guide is almost ready!  The list above gives you a sneak peek at the fantastic brands that will be featured this year.  We can't wait to share with all of you, so check back soon for our post next week!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sneak Peek into our Holiday Gift Guide: Trendy Crocs Shoes for the Family #HolidayGiftGuide

I'm sure that you are familiar with the trendy Crocs brand and their iconic clogs that everyone purchased when they first hit the market.  The Crocs line has grown over the years to include the trendiest styles and signature dedication to comfort. Their latest shoes are sure to filter to the top of everyone's wishlists. In this post, I want to highlight several styles that we anticipate will be hot this holiday season.

For Kids
Nothing is more adorable that the classic Crocs clogs on children.  This year, my son is wearing a trendy pair of Baya Lined Kids' Clog and the trendy Kids'CrocksLights Star Wars Darth Vader Clog.  The Baya Lined Kids' Clogs are lined with a furry fleece for winter. The lining is incredibly soft and warm.  We also added a couple of trendy Star Wars Jibbitz that he swaps between his different Crocs Clogs. For instance, you'll notice the Yoda Sound Jibbitz that talks when you push the button and the Yoda Jibbitz.  These Jibbitz make the shoes extra fun for my son and attract a lot of attention at school because they are so trendy!


The trendy Kids'CrocsLights Star Wars Darth Vader Clog ups the excitement level as they light up when my son walks or runs. The force is strong in my son and he loves the soft and comfortable feel of these shoes in addition to the trendy Star Wars features.  We added a Darth Vader Sound Jibbitz and Snow Trooper Jibbitz that he loves. The Darth Vader Sound Jibbitz makes creepy sounds when you push the buttons which completely rocks my son's world!  These clogs with the trendy Jibbitz are the ultimate footwear for little boys!


In addition to the iconic clogs, my son wears Crocs brand sneakers.  The Dawson Easy-on Sneaker is perfect for preschoolers like him as they have an easy-on hook-and-loop closure.  If you have a little one, you know how important it is to put them into situations where they can empower themselves. My little boy can't tie laces yet, so we love these shoes that empower him to put his own shoes on and take them off.  These shoes offer a trendy look, comfort, durability, and are child-friendly with the hook-and-loop closure.


For Men
My husband is in love with the trendy Men's Stretch Sole Loafer. You'll instantly notice the trendy style, but the standout feature of these shoes is the comfort. My husband raves about how comfortable these shoes are and that they are his go-to shoes. He wears them all of the time.   The shoes are stretchy so that they adjust to a perfect fit.


For Women
The Women's Mammoth Flat is perfect for winter. These fuzzy flats have have a soft and warm liner to keep you comfortable during the upcoming cold winter months. People rave about how comfortable these shoes are in reviews. I completely agree that they are worth raving about!


The Women's Angeline Flat provides a relaxed and easy-going look that is extremely comfortable. These flats are fantastic because the Croslite material used in the foot bed cushions gives support and comfort.  I frequently go on walks in these shoes because they are so stylish and comfortable.


The Women's Duet Busy Day Mary Jane combine stretchy fabrics and a removable Croslite comfort foam foot bed for incredible comfort.  These versatile shoes offer all-day comfort. The soft-shell is breathable.  We love the trendy Mary Jane style and the comfort that these offer. 


Learn More
Visit Crocs for trendy shoes that the entire family will love. They have a trendy selection of winter footwear that make perfect holiday gifts!

Visit the trendy Crocs Winter Look Book
http://www.pinterest.com/crocs/crocs-outfit-inspiration/

Sneak Peek into our Holiday Gift Guide: Vitabath Holiday Gift Sets #HolidayGiftGuide

Vitabath Holiday Sets made it to the top of our list because we love their products that are (1) loaded with a nourishing blend of Vitamins A, B3, B5, C and E, as well as an antioxidant superfruit blend and (2) come in fantastic holiday fragrances such as Sweet Pink Peppermint, Spice is Nice, and more! For instance, check out the poster below that shows the trendy scents and different sized gift sets that are perfect for different people on your holiday shopping list.



Personally, I am hooked on the Sweet Pink Peppermint set shown below. The playful scent is perfect for cold mornings where the combination of pink candy cane, cheery vanilla, and sugary musk help to awaken my senses.  The little gift set below comes in cute packaging that is ready to go!


We also love the trendy Refresh & Renew Holiday Set. This trendy set also contains fantastic products that are loaded with vitamins and fragrance for a luxurious experience. It's the perfect gift for moms, teens, teachers, co-workers, or friends! After all, the cold and dry winter months are rough on everyone's skin.  Good quality bath products make a world of difference, so it's fun to give trendy gifts like this for others to pamper themselves.


 Do you know anyone that would love Vitabath products for the holidays?

Sneak Peek into our Holiday Gift Guide: Basics from Johnson's Baby and Band-Aid #HolidayGiftGuide



Band-Aid: We have a tradition of adding Band-Aid bandages with fun prints to stockings. For instance, you can see in the photo that we have camouflage bandages for Dads and Boys.  These bandages not only look cool, but each purchase results in a donation to help support our veterans. Here in Texas, many of our family, friends and community members have served in our military. We love that this purchase helps to support our veterans! 



You’ll also notice fun bandages with heart patterns for girls. Sometimes a trendy bandage with hearts can cheer someone up. We love them! 

 

Finally, fun cartoon prints are must-haves in our house. My son loves the Monster’s University and Jake and the Neverland Pirate bandages. These often help to “ease his pain” when he has a boo-boo. It sometimes helps him to take his mind off of his pain when he is sifting through the different bandage options that have his favorite characters.


Johnson & Johnson: We have used Johnson & Johnson products for many years. We love their products for new moms and children. For instance, we love their Baby Lotion, Baby Head-to-Toe Wash, Baby Shampoo, Baby Shampoo & Conditioner, and Baby Soothing Vapor Bath. 

While you are probably already familiar with these iconic baby products, something that may be new to you is that they have more varieties than ever.  For instance, they have Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Curly Hair or for Straight Hair. They even have a Lavendar scented Baby Shampoo. (This is my son's favorite!)  They are all Tear-Free formulas. The Baby Soothing Vapor Bath is also a fantastic product that we love.

We love the variety of trendy Johnson's Baby products.  These make great gifts for other moms as they are products that are used on a day-to-day basis. 

Do you love trendy versions of basics for holiday gifts?

Sneak Peek into Our Holiday Gift Guide: The Spirit of Christmas: A Giving Tradition

We love giving children books for holiday gifts. Personally, my four year old has a favorite book for Christmas - The Spirit of Christmas: A Giving Tradition. This trendy book has a great story about a little boy that received a special "Giving Bag" from Santa.  It encourages children to think about others during the holidays and encourages them to fill a "Giving Bag" with clothing, toys, and other items for less fortunate children. We love the message in this book and the fun extras such as an actual "Giving Bag" and jingle bell to bring the story more to life and let children follow through on the story.

Here are the details on this box set:
The Spirit of Christmas: A Giving Tradition
By  Nicky Benson; illustrated by Jason Cockcroft
   
It’s Christmas! There will be carols, candy canes, and sparkling presents under the tree!  But what about children whose families have no presents to give?  Kind hearted Drew want to help them – but how?  A magical story of how one little boy received a very special Giving Bag from Santa and how his Christmas wish came true…

Join in this charitable holiday tradition while enjoying and teaching your child the true meaning of Christmas!  This set includes a beautiful giving bag for your child to fill with donations, and a keepsake bell from Santa to hang on your Christmas tree.

BOXED GIFT SET w/ picture book, bell & giving bag
PUB DATE: September 2014          
Full-color illustrations
Ages 3-7
32 pages
10-3/4 x 10-3/4” x  1-1/8”

ISBN-13: 9781589255302 
ISBN-10: 1589255305

Price: $24.99 US       
Initial Printing: 65,000 copies

Do you know a little one that would enjoy this book and filling up a "Giving Bag"?
  

Tips for Relieving Lower Back Pain without Medication



In this post, I want to share tips for relieving lower back pain without using medication.  This involves a combination of short-term and long-term approaches for minimizing lower back pain. Personally, I try to use strategies that do not involve medication whenever possible. These are my tips:

1. Rest
Avoid exerting yourself with heavy lifting or other activities that may add to your lower back pain. Also be sure to get plenty of sleep at night on a comfortable bed.

2. Massage
Massage often helps my lower back. I use a trendy HoMedics Dual Shiatsu Cushion with Heat. The Dual Shiatsu that offers 12 massage nodes that move up and down the back for a relaxing massage. The massage cushion not only offers up and down movements, but also 2 massage styles, kneading and spot, for a deep and focused massage. The chair targets the three main massage zones (upper back, lower back and full body) allowing you to always reach your deepest aches and pains.  Personally, I use the full body zone massage for a few minutes and then focus on the lower back zone to help easy my back pain. I feel like a new person after using it.  It's only $99 which is more convenient and practical for me than scheduling an expensive massage.  The photo below shows how easy it is to attach to a chair.



3. Heat
Hot baths, water bottles, heating pads, or heated massages can offer some relief for lower back pain. The HoMedics Dual Shiatsu Cushion with Heat that I mentioned makes it easy to add heat to a massage with the touch of a button. I love this feature , especially to help with lower back pain. 

 

4. Posture
Bad posture can contribute to lower back pain. For instance, I spend a lot of time sitting at a computer. It's important to have good posture to prevent neck pain, muscle strains, compressed nerves, and back pain.  Be sure to pay close attention to your posture if you have having lower back pain.

5. Exercises & Stretching 
Light exercise such as walking may help in many cases of lower back pain. Carefully stretching is another way to help. For instance, I use cat stretches that I learned in yoga class to stretch my back.


Do you have tips for relieving lower back pain?

Learn More
The HoMedics Dual Shiatsu Massage Cushion retails for $99.99 and is available for purchase at Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy’s and HoMedics.com


Disclosure: These tips are based on our personal experience. They may not work for everyone in every situation. Be sure to consult your doctor.

Sneak Peek into our Holiday Gift Guide: Calphalon Cookware #HolidayGiftGuide

Trendy Calphalon Contemporary Cookware is at the top of our list because this high quality cookware is a gift that will be used year round. In my opinion, Calphalon has perfected cookware with their Contemporary line as the pots and pans are ergonomically designed, heat evenly, and even have the outstanding feature that they are dishwasher-safe on the top rack! The gift of good quality and dishwasher-safe cookware is a gift that everyone will appreciate!

We personally use the trendy cookware on a regular basis. 

Here are a few recipes with different items from the trendy Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 8-piece Cookware Set. This trendy set contains the essentials:
    • 8-in. Fry Pan
    • 10-in. Fry Pan
    • 1.5-qt. Sauce Pan & Cover
    • 2.5-qt. Sauce Pan & Cover
    • 8-qt. Stock Pot & Cover
Here is the quick overview of features for this set:
  • Now dishwasher safe for easy cleanup, Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick is created with multi-layer nonstick for ultra durability. The stunning, contemporary design looks beautiful in the kitchen, and heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum ensures even heating. A great starter set, this collection includes pans for searing, simmering and more.
  • Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick combines durability and performance with fast clean-up and easy low-fat cooking.
  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
  • Durable, cast stainless steel loop handles.
  • Full lifetime warranty.
  • Heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum for even heating.
  • Oven safe to 450°F / 230°C.
  • Triple layer, PFOA-free nonstick for lasting release
Personally, we love that this high quality set seems sturdy and is backed up by a Calphalon full lifetime warranty.  Having good quality pots and pans makes a big difference when it comes to cooking.  The nonstick surface is perfect for us as we generally prefer easy low-fat cooking. We can't go back to hand washing pots and pans after using this trendy cookware set. We love the convenience of having a cookware set that is dishwasher safe.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes that we have prepared in this cookware:
This set is perfect for trendy moms this holiday season!

Is there anyone on your holiday shopping list that would love trendy cookware?


We appreciate the complementary products that we received. All opinions are honest and our own.

Recipe: Easy Ginger Oatmeal #HolidayRecipes

Recipe: Easy Ginger Oatmeal
This recipe was inspired by our new Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 8-piece Cookware Set. This  cookware is perfect for pancake art because it heats evenly and the nonstick surface makes it easier to handle the pancakes. While the pans in this set are particularly nice for pancake art, a bonus is that cleanup is easy since they are dishwasher safe on the top rack. 

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped crystallized ginger
1. Chop crystallized ginger into small pieces that are similar to the size of dried cranberries or other dried fruits that you would typically add to oatmeal.


2. Bring water to a boil.

3. Add the steel cut oats and simmer for approximately 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes.


4. Remove from heat, stir in the chopped crystallized ginger, and allow to cool for 5 minutes. 


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