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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Father's Day Gift Idea: Organize Dad's Closet, Bathroom, and Other Areas!

Father's Day is just around the corner! My husband jokes that that our children are messy and that he looks forward to an organized home when they are older. Similar to many others, he finds it chaotic and stressful when our house is messy. The reality is that we both have full time jobs, our children are young and not fully capable of helping a lot with housework, and we often have to compromise on how we spend our time. We spend time cleaning daily, but accept imperfection.  When I came across Lifewit Storage and their great organizational products, I instantly realized that I should create a post that focuses on organizational supplies for Father's Day! In today's post, I'll share some of our favorite products that I hope will resonate with you!

Let's start by sharing that Lifewit Storage has an amazing storefront on Amazon with dozens of organizational products. I really like the large variety of products that they offer.  Personally, I found them to be a one-stop shop for everything that I needed for this Father's Day project!

The products that I used include:

These products were all eligible for Amazon Prime and arrived quickly.  While we lucked out with the quick shipment and delivery, you have plenty of time before Father's Day. We still recommend ordering your supplies sooner than later! 

Here is a quick photo of our starting point with the supplies.


I love all of the supplies that I mentioned above, but my favorite is the Lifewit 5-Shelf Hanging Closet Organizer. Something that stands out from other hanging closet organizers is that the individual compartments are generously sized and yet it maintains a sleek look.  I showed a couple of examples to highlight that they are great for storing everything from shoes to clothing!

The Lifewit Storage Bag set came with two large storage bags. My husband was thrilled that they were large enough to store our winter blankets and holiday throw pillows.  We love the transparent stripes on the front of the bags for viewing contents.  They also have nice handles on the side. These would also be great if you need to store winter bedding.

Similar to many other families, we have a lot of shoes, sandals, and boots for different seasons.  We also have very lightly worn shoes that we are saving for our younger son. It may sound strange, but our older son had some growth spurts that left us with shoes that he only wore a couple of times. We decided to save them and needed somewhere to store them. In addition, I have some shoes that I store because I don't wear them often. The Lifewit Under Bed Shoe Storage Organizer Set was perfect for this organizational task. It's nice that the top is transparent so that you are easily able to view the contents. The handles on the sides make it easier to access if you store these under a bed.


The Lifewit Under Bed Storage Bag Organizer is nice for storing many types of items under a bed. For instance, we stored our son's winter clothing in the container below.


We love the transparent top so that it's easy to view the contents.


It's also nice to have handles so that it's easier to slide these out from under a bed.


Finally, the Lifewit 25 PCS Drawer Organizer Set is nice for organizing drawers and countertops. I love that they are easy to clean too!  You'll notice that they come in four sizes that provide great versatility.


Here is an example of different sized storage containers in a bathroom drawer.


Here is an example of a storage container that I keep in a cabinet and pull out when I need it. 


There is a combinatorial explosion when it comes to different ways to use these nice storage containers! While we used them in bathrooms, I'm sure that they would be great in kitchens, offices, and other locations too.


We know firsthand that life is very busy. It's often challenging to stay organized when you have young children. We hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into our Father's Day gift idea that makes it easier to stay organized in different parts of your home!




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Visit The Perot Museum and the "Becoming Jane" Exhibit! (Open Now!)

 

If you follow regularly, you know that I am a mom and an engineer. I think that it's important to expose children to fun and interactive learning experiences. One easy way to excite children and encourage learning is to visit The Perot Museum of Nature and Science. My family has been lucky to have opportunities to visit this fabulous museum many times over the past decade.  This museum has been an incredible part of many childhoods for children in north Texas. This highly interactive museum has inspired children's curiosity on many topics such as dinosaurs, gems and minerals, space, robotics, and more. In today's post, I will tell you about the current exhibit which is my personal favorite in the history of the museum -- "Becoming Jane!" As a mom and an engineer, I want every child to believe that they are capable of changing the world and Jane Goodall is one of my personal heroes who changed the landscape for women in science. She also helped the world to understand that animals have skills that were initially beyond our understanding. There used to be a time when people didn't realize the intelligence of many animals and the importance of conservation. Jane Goodall shifted our views during her decades long career!  I encourage everyone to visit the fabulous exhibit that is dedicated to her life and incredible contributions.


Let's start with a quick overview of the exhibit location, dates, hours, and ticket details.

Plan Your Visit!

What: Special Exhibit - Becoming Jane

When: Becoming Jane is available on May 21 to September 5. The Museum is open daily (except Tuesdays). Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. From Memorial Day-Labor Day (May 30-Sept. 5), the Museum will open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Member-only mornings provide exclusive access from 9-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10-11 a.m. every Sunday. 

Where: The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For parking information and other details, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.

Tickets: Museum general admission is $25 for adults (13-64), $15 for youth (2-12) and $18 for seniors (65+). Museum general admission is free for members. Children under 2 are always free. “Becoming Jane" requires an additional ticket of $8 for adults (13-64) and seniors (65+), $6 for youth (2-12) and free for children under 2. Member tickets for “Becoming Jane” are $5 for all age levels. Tickets are timed entry and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To avoid sellouts, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase advanced tickets at perotmuseum.org. 

Let's move on to an overview of the exhibit that the Perot Museum shared.

"In celebration of its 10th Anniversary and continued commitment to STEM workforce development, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” running May 21-Sept. 5, 2022. World-renowned conservationist and ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall – who has famously studied chimpanzees in the wild for more than 60 years – is celebrated in this special exhibition, produced in partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Jane Goodall Institute. 

“As we continue to commemorate our 10th Anniversary, we are committed to bringing world-class exhibitions, such as ‘Becoming Jane,’ to the Museum because experiential learning is essential to building the most talented and diverse STEM workforce,” said Dr. Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “This exhibition and its exploration of Dr. Goodall’s legacy offers enriching educational experiences to inspire minds of all ages.”

Dr. Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace, dedicated her career to studying the lives of chimpanzees. Widely known for her innovative approach to animal behavior research, Dr. Goodall traveled to what is now Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park and immersed herself in observing chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Rather than seeing the animals as subjects, she came to regard them as individuals with personalities and emotions – a notion once rejected by the scientific world, yet now considered revolutionary. A woman ahead of her time, Dr. Goodall’s story – one of fearless determination, curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and a passionate love of the natural world – has resonated with generations of people around the globe.

“Becoming Jane” explores Dr. Goodall’s life, from her early years as an intrepid young woman with a dream to learn about animals in Africa, to establishing herself as a renowned scientist in Gombe, Tanzania, to her present role as an activist and mentor for creating a better world for life on Earth. 

“What’s remarkable about Dr. Goodall is how young she was when she began her research in Africa, and with little scientific training in a male-dominated industry,” said Dr. Silver. “She is an exemplary role model, specifically for young women in science. Visitors to this exhibition from all backgrounds will be impacted by her unprecedented accomplishments and bold tenacity.”

As guests enter the exhibition, they embark on a journey to the jungles of Africa via a multiscreen experience that introduces Dr. Goodall’s extraordinary work, alongside surprising encounters with virtually rendered chimpanzees. Nearby, a life-size replica of Dr. Goodall’s research tent provides a hands-on experience where visitors can envision themselves as scientists jotting down observations in their field journals. In addition to an immersive projection of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park, the exhibition features a variety of interactive augmented reality (AR) activities, including one where visitors can test their skills at matching the “chimp chat” of a chimpanzee. 

A makeshift campsite beckons guests to gather around as they hear from a hologram-like projection of Dr. Goodall who shares her memories of Gombe and recalls her thoughts, feelings, impressions and lessons learned while living among chimpanzees. Guests can also get updates on the current state of Gombe Stream National Park and the chimpanzee range in Africa, along with the work of the innovative scientists and conservationists who are following in Dr. Goodall’s footsteps.

“Jane Goodall has been inspiring National Geographic audiences, young and old, for over half a century,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of public programming at the National Geographic Society. “This exhibition allows us to experience her amazing life story in a highly personal and powerful way. Through immersive media, authentic scenic and interactives, this exhibition takes visitors into the field and around the world with Jane, walking in her shoes and experiencing her powerful message of hope firsthand.”

The exhibition concludes with a call to action from Dr. Goodall to join her, the Jane Goodall Institute and National Geographic in an effort to ensure a more sustainable future for all. Visitors to the exhibition can join Dr. Goodall in her efforts to conserve the natural world by pledging to make a positive change in their daily routines and contributing to the Tree of Hope. 

“Becoming Jane” is supported locally by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District and, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture. "

We hope that you are able to visit this wonderful exhibit that provides a unique and memorable interactive experience!



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(Win it!) Celebrate Women's Health Month with Superior Source Vitamins!


Women's Health Month is the perfect time of year to think about opportunities to improve your health. As moms, we are often stretched thin and make many sacrifices.  It's important to stop and think about whether some of our choices have health consequences. Personally, taking vitamins and supplements in consultation with my doctor is an area that I have improved after giving birth to my son.  In today's post, I'll tell you about Superior Source Vitamins and how their proprietary Microlingual technology makes it easy for me to quickly absorb their amazingly tiny pills. I will also point you to incredible deals on Superior Source Vitamins and host a giveaway for one lucky winner to receive a bundle of Superior Source Vitamins.


Let's start with the sales because they are so good that you will want to stock up during this opportunity to save on your vitamins!

Let's start with the Amazon sale because this is my favorite. Right now, you'll save 25% on these Superior Source Vitamins!
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You won't want to miss these deals!

Now that I've shared information about the hot sale going on, let me share more details about why my family loves  Superior Source Vitamins.  You may think that we just love high quality vitamins, but there is more to their products and a very family friendly angle thanks to their proprietary technology that makes them easy for all family members to consume their tiny dissolvable pills!


Let's start with a quick overview of why every parent should know about Superior Source Vitamins.  These vitamins are a lifesaver because the vitamins dissolve under the tongue. My kids don't fuss about having to swallow these vitamins and oddly love their vitamins. (Score!) It's the best mom hack out there when it comes to vitamins. However, this brand is not just for children and there are other reasons that we prefer Superior Source Vitamins! It is nice that my kids enjoy taking these vitamins but there is another perk to their MicroLingual technology -- many of the supplements that you swallow lose as much as 50% of the potency in the high acid environment of the stomach.  The Superior Source Vitamins dissolve sooner as shown in the figure below. While my husband and I are old enough to handle swallowing pills, we prefer Superior Source Vitamins because of how they are quickly absorbed. Superior Source Vitamins are a win for our family!  


Some of the other features that I love about these vitamins include:
  • No pills to swallow
  • Non-GMO, Gluten-FREE, Sugar FREE
  • 90% smaller than regular vitamins
  • No chemical binders, No excessive fillers
  • Preservative FREE, Dye FREE
  • No water necessary 
  • No coatings, No additives
  • No magnesium stearate or silica
  • Dissolves under the tongue for better absorption

We recommend taking advantage of the Women's Health Month deals on Superior Source Vitamins!  You'll also find their vitamins at many stores online and nationwide at the stores listed below.

Win it!
One lucky winner will receive a fabulous bundle of Superior Source Vitamins ($85 retail value). This includes:
  • Zinc Plus: Zinc is an essential mineral required by more than 300 enzymes for the support of multiple systems and functions in the human body. In addition, studies have indicated that zinc promotes recovery from the common cold and supports immune health. Our Zinc Plus tablets are formulated with vitamin C and Elderberry as added protection for your health.* 
  • Just Women’s Iron: Superior Source Just Women's Iron helps maintain optimum levels of iron in women. Ferrous fumarate helps restore iron levels in the body when levels are low. The ferrous fumarate salt may help reduce the chances of getting gastro-intestinal problems which are sometimes associated with other iron salts.*
  • B12 Quick Energy Burst: Get the natural energy you need to keep thriving! Quick B-12 Energy Burst, a Superior Source MicroLingual® product, is specially formulated with Vitamin B-12, herbs and energy boosters to support your active lifestyle and overall vitality.*
  • Extra Strength Melatonin: Melatonin acts as a natural aid for healthy sleep regulation and the promotion of normal sleep cycles during travel. Chamomile is an herb that works together with melatonin to promote calmness and restfulness.* 
  • Vitamin D 5000: Vitamin D works in conjunction with calcium to promote the development and maintenance of strong bones and teeth.*
  • Biotin: Biotin helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, promotes nail and hair strength and supports cell growth.*
Enter for a chance to win this Superior Source Vitamins bundle using the Rafflecopter below. The winner will have 4 days to respond to our message with their shipping address and phone number (for shipping purposes only). Otherwise, we will select a new winner. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. No P.O. boxes. You are not eligible to win if you have won Superior Source Vitamins within the past year (2021). Good luck! 



Thank you to Superior Source Vitamins for sponsoring this post and giveaway. 
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Sunday, May 15, 2022

(Win it!) National Geographic Kids - Dinosaur Books for #DinoMAYnia!

 


Tuesday, May 17th is National Dinosaur Day! Even better is that we plan to celebrate dinosaurs all month long during -- DinoMAYnia!  In today's post, I'll share some fabulous dinosaur themed books that make learning fun for children.  Personally, my boys love these dinosaur themed books that are generously packed with engaging content! We'll start with books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Then we'll work our way up to books for older children.


Little Kids First Board Book; Dinosaurs (ages baby - 3, hard cover, $7.99)
The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic in this colorful book for the very youngest dinosaur lovers! Each spread in this sturdy book features a different dinosaur, along with super simple facts and lively, age-appropriate language to keep babies and toddlers--and their grown-ups--fascinated by every colorful page. Not only will readers learn about a variety of dinosaurs--and how to say their names, they can also find recurring shapes and patterns in the art, while adults can keep their eyes open for occasional funny commentary from the animals. Sidebar text offers additional learning for older siblings or those ready for more complex information.  The Little Kids First Board Books mirror the beloved First Big Books while taking a fresh new approach to excite a baby's sense of wonder and make learning about nature and science fun.


Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (hardcover, ages 4-8, 128 pages, $14.95) - A #1 best seller on Amazon! The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic, with stunning illustrations. Bursting with fun facts and age-appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids. Young dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will appreciate tips to help carry readers' experience beyond the page.



So Cool! Dinos (hardcover, ages 3-5, $6.99)
Those sharp, pointy teeth! Those terrifying claws! Those long necks and pointy spines! Let’s face it ... dinosaurs are SO COOLBlending dinosaur art with silly quips and Informational fact boxes about when dinosaurs lived on Earth, stats about dinos, dinosaur feathers, and more, this is the perfect little reader to get kids’ brains buzzing and keep them laughing while learning.


National Geographic Readers: T.Rex (ages 4-6, paperback, $4.99)
Giant teeth! Crushing bite! Slicing claws! And … feathers? Scientists have unearthed new knowledge about the king of the dinosaurs, and now you can, too. Travel back in time to the Mesozoic forests to meet the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Learn how their bodies were perfectly adapted for hunting, how T. rex parents guarded their nests, and just how much meat they could guzzle down in a single bite. Then explore some of the fascinating fossils―including Sue and Scotty―that have helped scientists make important discoveries (for example, T. rex may not have roared at all!). National Geographic Readers’ combination of expert-vetted text, brilliant images, and a fun approach to reading have proved to be a winning formula with kids, parents, and educators. This level 1 text provides accessible information for kids just beginning to read on their own, perfect to encourage the scientists and explorers of tomorrow!

Ultimate Dinopedia, 2nd ED (hardcover, ages 7-10, 296 pages, $24.99) - Big, beautiful and gift-worthy! The new edition of the popular Nat Geo Kids Dinopedia includes all the latest species and is the most complete, up-to-date dinosaur reference available. Find favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi. Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field.



Weird But True! Dinosaurs (paperback, ages 8-12, 208 pages, $8.99) - 300 dino-mite facts to sink your teeth into! Perfectly sized for back seat boredom busting, this new addition to the wildly popular WBT series is taking on the jaws and claws that ruled the Mesozoic world.  Calling all dino dynamos!  Did you know that the T. rex had vision 13 times better than the average human's? Or that people collect fossilized dino poop? And get this: There's a dinosaur named after Hogwarts--Harry Potter's wizarding school! Get ready to meet dinosaurs with horns and feathers, razor-sharp claws and gigantic teeth. You'll encounter the places they lived, the bizarre art they inspired, and the amazing paleontologists who discovered them.

We hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into our favorite dinosaur themed books and that you are excited about #DinoMAYnia! National Geographic Kids always does an amazing job with their books. These whimsical books are sure to inspire the imaginations of many children that are lucky to read them!

Win it!

Thanks to National Geographic Kids Books, one of our lucky readers will win one copy of each book featured above.  Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. The winner will have 72 hours to respond to our email with their shipping address. Otherwise, we will select a different winner. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. No P.O. boxes. Good luck!

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Learn More

National Geographic Kids has an amazing DinoMAYnia website packed full of games, video shorts, facts, and even a dinosaur personality quiz!

Visit National Geographic Kids Books on Twitter - @NGKidsBks

Check out the DinoMAYnia video featuring Nat Geo Explorer Nizar Ibrahim!

Visit Disney for one-stop shopping here:  https://books.disney.com/dinomaynia


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Monday, May 2, 2022

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

(Mark Your Calendar) Don't Miss the Cinco de Mayo Specials at Chuy's!

If you follow regularly, you know that one of our favorite things about being Texans is Tex-Mex food! We are lucky to live near a Chuy's!  This iconic restaurant is popular among Texans. (They also have 96 locations in  17 other states.) We love their made-from-scratch dishes, fresh-squeezed margaritas, and eclectic atmosphere.  Many people look forward to the Chuy's Cinco de Mayo specials each year. In today's post, I'll tell you about the exciting specials that you'll find at Chuy's for this year's Cinco de Mayo celebration!

If you aren't familiar with Chuy's, I'm excited to be the person to recommend that you visit one of their restaurants! They have the best made-from-scratch dishes.  I know many people who have moved away and request dinner at Chuy's when they come back for visits. It's a go-to restaurant for many Texans! Whether it's your first visit or 100th visit, Cinco de Mayo is one of the best days to visit Chuy's!  

Here is a summary of the special for the day:

What: Cinco de Mayo at All Chuy's locations!  (Click here for a restaurant locator.)

When: Cinco de Mayo - Thursday, May 5, 2022.  (Hours of operation vary by location. Visit www.chuys.com/locations for more info.)

Details: Chuy’s is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with all-day Happy Hour. Get discounts on Domestic Beers, House Texas Martinis, and their Famous Margaritas, both rocks and frozen, made with fresh-squeezed lime juice. Order a Grande 'Rita and keep the commemorative Cinco cup! These are the deals that you won't want to miss:

  • $5 Queso Appetizers (a new addition to their Happy Hour offerings)
  • Frozen Blackberry ‘Ritas made with real blackberry purĆ©e and silver tequila. For a twist, swirl it with lime or strawberry – their other signature frozen margarita flavors. 
  • $1 floaters to top off your margarita with an extra pour of your favorite tequila.
  • Chuy’s Meal Kits – pick from fajitas, enchiladas, tacos and nachos. Each kit comes with chips, salsa, queso and Creamy JalapeƱo.

Whether you want to eat at the restaurant or enjoy take-out, Chuy's has you covered for Cinco de Mayo!  Personally, our family loves the Chuy's Meal Kits throughout the year. They are especially nice if you want a take-out option for your family because everyone is able to build their own meal.  The kits are also great for office parties.  You can choose from fajitas, enchiladas, tacos and nachos. Each kit comes with chips, salsa, queso and creamy jalapeƱo so you can celebrate big on Cinco de Mayo. Order your Tex-Mex favorites online at order.chuys.com

We hope that you are able to visit for a fun and memorable Cinco de Mayo! 

Learn More
Visit Chuy's website or restaurant locator.
Follow Chuy's on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


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