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Monday, December 5, 2022

Enjoy a Magical Experience at Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas! #MySixFlags #SixFlagsOverTexas #HolidayinthePark #SixFlagsMemories

The holiday season is my favorite time of year! In today's post, I'll tell you about one of the best holiday events that you'll want to visit - Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over TexasThey have something for everyone this holiday season!   The park has been transformed into a winter wonderland that provides a whimsical experience for families enjoy the beautiful lights, ride the train, shop at the holiday market, enjoy hot cocoa and s'mores, watch the incredible show at Southern Palace, write and mail letters to Santa while chatting with his friendly elves, take photos with Santa, enjoy the rides, and more! Six Flags Over Texas has generously packed the park with many rides, shows, and activities that will keep you busy and help you to create happy holiday memories. Walk down Peppermint Path, Merry Lane, and other sparkling areas to get the fun rides, shows, restaurants, and shops.  I'll share some highlights from our recent visit so that you are able to see the incredible value that they pack into admission and how they make the world feel more magical!

Let's start with the basics:

We visited on a Saturday and arrived around 2pm.  We had plans to go straight to Santa, but were derailed because there were so many fabulous decorations, attractions, and activities along the way! For instance, the Singing Reindeer in the Blacksmith shop were so delightful that we couldn't help but stop to watch the performance!

The Singing Reindeer, Johnson's Creek Critter Corral, street performers, and hot cocoa stops made our stroll to find Santa extra magical! When we finally reached Santa and his elves, they were wonderful! We wrote our child's name on a ticket before we entered so that Santa could welcome him by name when he was ready.  I think that Six Flags Over Texas has the best Santa in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro. The photographer is fantastic too. They offer a variety of photo packages for sale. Santa's jolly presence was magical to our son! If you have a shy child, the Santa at Six Flags Over Texas was especially kind and talented to make our shy little boy feel more at ease. It was a nice touch that Santa called him into the room by name and that he was patient when he noticed that our son was nervous to meet the real Santa! Our son was a man of few words. He forgot to tell him what he wanted for Christmas because he lost his words during the magical experience. It was very sweet. Luckily, Six Flags Over Texas had us covered with another lovely area to write and mail letters to Santa! 

Santa's elves set up a beautiful room for children to write and mail their letters!

There is plenty of space for little ones to practice their best handwriting!

My son was thrilled to write his letter!

He was also excited to mail the letter. Again, I don't want to spoil too many surprises, but he was lucky that a couple of elves taught him yo-yo tricks.  What's amazing is that this "Special Letters to Santa" experience was included in the cost of admission! You don't have to pay anything extra to write and mail a letter and hang out with friendly and energetic elves!  The room, actors, and everything was truly magical to my little guy! 

Bugs Bunny Boom Town is also ready to welcome children for the holiday season. All of their iconic rides were running when we visited. They also had a nice hay maze with festive decor! 

Every turn revealed new festive statues! Again, this is all included with your admission!

My favorite part of our visit was the Christmas show at Southern Palace. This dazzling show was included in admission! 

I want to highlight the incredible value that this is included with your admission.  The show included all of my favorite Christmas songs and great choreography. 

Of course, another highlight is that they put a special Texas twist on the show to make it near and dear to our Texan hearts!

After a couple of hours, the sun went down and we were able to enjoy the sparkling holiday lights!  There must be millions and millions of twinkling lights throughout the park!  While this may be controversial, I think that the best way to enjoy the magical lights is to take the train ride. We were able to see many different views of the park.  (When my boys are older, I may join the thrill seekers in reconsidering my preference because I bet that the lights look incredible from some of the high rides!)

I'll always treasure the memories of getting hot cocoa and hopping on the train with my husband and boys! It felt wonderful to see their reactions and excitement as we rode the train!  

My kids also love the Silver Star Carousel near the park entrance. The view is beautiful in the evening with the holiday lights!

The Chaparral Antique Cars offer a family friendly experience to slow down and drive an old fashioned car on a track that guides you through beautiful holiday lights. Of course, we have a rule that our youngest child gets to drive which makes it extra exciting for him to take a turn of driving us all around!

I thought that you may like to know that there are thousands of twinkling lights and holiday decor to make this ride extra special for the holiday season.

They even have a light tunnel that is incredible when you are there in person!

This year, Six Flags created their first ever Holiday Market.  We loved strolling through the Holiday Market for festive food and shopping! The Holiday Market is sure to get you into the holiday spirit!

We visited JB's Smokehouse Barbeque for dinner. This is our favorite restaurant at the park. I took a photo of this sign because I wanted to highlight that Six Flags paid meticulous attention to detail when it came to holiday decor. Notice that even this restaurant sign has JB with a Santa hat! The holiday decor is everywhere! 

My oldest son loves the BBQ Brisket Sandwich and waffle fries! He always looks forward to this meal!  He paired it with hot cocoa for the holiday season!

My youngest son loves their Kid's meal that comes with chicken nuggets, apple juice, a fruit cup, and Goldfish crackers.  Both of their meals were great!

For dessert, we enjoyed S'mores! Six Flags has fire pits distributed around the park for you to purchase S'mores kits to roast. The kits are $5/each and include everything that you need to make your dessert!

My family loved these warm, rich, and gooey S'mores!  I think that we'll always remember walking around the park in the cool winter air with hot cocoa and S'mores!

The Holiday Market also offers many other holiday menus. Some examples include a traditional meal with ham, special mac-and-cheese, bread bowls with soup, peppermint fudge, elaborate hot cocoas, and more! (Visit here for a long list of dining options!)  

The Six Flags Over Texas Holiday Market also offers many shops that are stocked with festive items!

They have plenty of items to keep you festive and warm!

They have many shirts to make you smile!  (I can't help but sing the song in my head when I see these shirts!)

They have plenty of holiday stuffed animals for little ones to love!

They even have silly hats to make your kids giggle!

Of course, when you stroll through the Holiday Market, you'll enjoy thousands and thousands of sparkling lights and decor!

You may also come across the Merry Carolers as you stroll through the Holiday Market! Again, the beautiful lights, decorations, and watching the carolers is all included in your admission.

Six Flags over Texas truly put a Texas twist on the holidays. My family will always treasure the special memories. If you are lucky to live in Texas, consider gifting your children the experience of Six Flags Holiday in the Park! The park provides many opportunities to create happy childhood memories.  I also think that it's worthwhile if you have holiday visitors and want to share a special holiday experience together!

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Visit the Six Flags Over Texas website to learn more and order your tickets in advance.

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Tips for Buying a Wine Cooler Refrigerator + Why We Chose the NewAir Shadow Series Wine Cooler (NWC034BK00)

The holiday season is here! This is the time to eat, drink, and be merry! Whether you plan to host holiday parties or enjoy quiet dinners at home, a wine cooler refrigerator can keep your bottles of wine organized and at the perfect temperature. In today's post, I'll share tips for buying a wine cooler refrigerator while also weaving in my personal experience with the wine cooler refrigerator that we personally use and love - Newair® Shadowᵀᴹ Series Wine Cooler Refrigerator 34 Bottle, Freestanding Mirrored Wine Fridge with Double-Layer Tempered Glass Door & Compressor Cooling for Reds, Whites, and Sparkling Wine, 41f-64f Digital Temperature Control! I'll also share a 10% off NewAir coupon in case you like the same model!

Tips for Buying a Wine Cooler Refrigerator

1. Choose a size that will grow with your wine collection.

Consider the size of your current wine collection and whether you want room to grow. Personally, we felt that the NewAir Shadow Series Wine Cooler (NWC034BK00) was the perfect size as it holds 34 bottles.

2. Choose a model that is quiet.

Some brands have better compressor technology than others. Our wine cooler refrigerator is in a room that is off to the side of our living room, so we wanted a quiet solution.  The NewAir Shadow Series Wine Cooler (NWC034BK00) has impressive compressor technology to run quietly with a noise level of 41dB. We hardly notice that it's there!

3. Make sure that your wine cooler refrigerator provides UV protection.

Over time, sunlight may cause damage.  It's a similar concept to our skin. Sunlight may harm wine and break down flavor.  Choose a wine cooler refrigerator that offers UV protection. Many glass panes will not provide protection. We chose the NewAir Shadow Series Wine Cooler (NWC034BK00) because the double pane glass provides UV protection to protect wine's flavor and aroma. It also looks beautiful!

4. Consider whether you need a child lock.

This feature may or may not be necessary depending on your season of life.  If you have children, grandchildren, or other little ones, look for a wine cooler refrigerator that has a lock mechanism.

5. Choose a style that matches the look of your home and that will look stylish for years.

We wanted a frameless mirrored glass door that is fingerprint and smudge resistant for a simple and classy look. The  NewAir Shadow Series Wine Cooler (NWC034BK00) perfectly matched our dream style.  This is a beautiful and classic design that looks beautiful in most homes!

6. Consider a model that includes nice organizational shelving.

In addition to the capacity of wine bottles that the wine cooler refrigerator will hold and how the outside of the unit looks in your home, you will also want to consider the organizational shelving inside of the unit. The  NewAir Shadow Series Wine Cooler (NWC034BK00) is shown below. We are big fans of the organizational shelving!

7. Look for free shipping and coupons.

The cost of shipping for a wine cooler refrigerator is expensive. Look for a brand that offers free shipping. Even better, look for coupons! For instance, we asked Newair for a coupon for our readers! If you are considering the model that we have, the code TRENDY_10  will give a 10% discount on model NWC034BK00

8. Look for a brand that provides good customer service.

We had other products from Newair in the past, so we were familiar with this brand and the high quality customer service.  This made it an easy choice to go with Newair! They offer support through email, phone, and chat.

In addition to the tips above, I realize that you may have some different preferences than us.  That's why I also want to highlight that the NewAir Shadow Series Wine Cooler (NWC034BK00) is only one wine cooler refrigerator from the NewAir Shadow Series. If you love our wine cooler refrigerator but have slightly different preferences such as size or dual capacity, NewAir probably has you covered with another model in this sleek line!

We hope that you have fun shopping for your wine cooler refrigerator and that our tips and experience help with your decision!

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Visit NewAir to learn about the Newair® Shadowᵀᴹ Series Wine Cooler Refrigerator 34 Bottle, Freestanding Mirrored Wine Fridge with Double-Layer Tempered Glass Door & Compressor Cooling for Reds, Whites, and Sparkling Wine, 41f-64f Digital Temperature Control

Use the coupon code TRENDY_10 to save 10% on model NWC034BK00

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(Win it) “Immune-ize” This Holiday Season with Superior Source Vitamins!

The holiday season is my favorite time of year!  We have a busy month planned and don't want to miss a beat which is why my family is "Immune-izing" with Superior Source Vitamins!  In today's post, I'll tell you why we love this dissolvable, no-swallow brand of vitamins, share our list of Superior Source Vitamins products that we personally use, point you to the 10% off SUPER sale on iHerb, and host a giveaway for one lucky winner to receive a bundle of some of our favorite Superior Source Vitamins!

Let's start with the Superior Source technology in which their vitamins dissolve under your tongue instead of having to swallow them. Did you know that by swallowing supplements, as much as 50% of the potency is lost in the high acid environment of the stomach!  When I learned that, I was surprised and couldn't help but think about how much I disliked swallowing vitamins in the first place.  When I learned about Superior Source vitamins that have“Under the Tongue Technology”, I quickly tried them and was hooked. I love that their tiny little vitamins are so easy to consume. They are approximately 90% smaller than many other vitamins. Even better, you don't have to swallow them whole since they dissolve under your tongue. I love them for myself. I also love them for my teen who doesn't like to swallow vitamins, but enjoys taking relatively tiny Superior Source vitamins that dissolve quickly!

Now that I've told you about how the Superior Source MicroLingual Instant Dissolve Tablets work, you'll want to check out this video.

Superior Source provides dozens and dozens and dozens of different vitamins. Currently my favorite vitamins to "Immune-ize" for the holiday season are are listed below. (Spoiler alert - I'll point you to a sale to order my favorite Superior Source Vitamins from iHerb for 10% off during a quick sale that lasts until 12/7/22!)

Zinc Plus
Zinc Plus is an immune support lozenge. 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 related symptoms. Our Zinc Lozenjets are formulated with vitamin C, D3 and Elderberry as added protection for your health.* 

Sleep & Immune
Our Sleep & Immune is formulated for better sleep and for cold and flu protection. Zinc promotes recovery from the common cold and related symptoms. Vitamin D3, C, and elderberry are added for enhanced immune system support and Melatonin for a restful night’s sleep.*

Vitamin C – Cherry Melts
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that cannot be produced by the body, therefore, it must be replenished daily. Vitamin C helps develop and maintain healthy skin and bones, to form collagen and also enhances the absorption of iron from plant-based foods we eat. Vitamin C also provides support to the body's immune system. Our Melts has NO sugar added; only sweetened with a little stevia. This is preferable to most “chewable” vitamin C products that typically are loaded with lots of sugar.
Extra Strength Vitamin D3 – 10,000 IU 
Vitamin D works in conjunction with calcium to promote the development and maintenance of strong bones and teeth. Our Vitamin D products are D3, the finest source of Vitamin D available.*

Advanced Zinc 
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 related symptoms. Our Zinc tablets are formulated with vitamin D3 as added protection for your health.*

K-2 (MK-7) with D3  
The benefits of Vitamin D (maintaining strong bones, immune system support, healthy muscle function, etc.), are well known but many don’t realize that Vitamin D requires vitamin K-2 to maximize its benefits. If you’re supplementing with vitamin D, it is a good idea to take vitamin K-2 as well. Vitamin D3 helps your body absorb calcium, and Vitamin K-2 (as MK-7, a form with high bioavailability) directs the calcium to your bones instead of your joints and arteries, where too much calcium could be problematic. Just one MicroLingual® Tablet per day provides 100 mcg of K-2 (as MK-7) and 5,000 IU of D3 which helps support strong bones, a healthy cardiovascular and immune system.*

As I mentioned earlier, iHerb has a SUPER Sale for you to save 10% on all Superior Source vitamins from now until 12/7/22.  This is a great time to stock up and "Immune-ize" for the holiday season!

Win it!
One lucky winner will receive a Superior Source Vitamin 6-pack featuring the vitamins listed above! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner will have 72 hours to respond to our email with their mailing address. Good luck!

Learn More
Visit the Superior Source Vitamins website and list of online retailers.  Follow on social media on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Tips for Buying an Outdoor-Rated Refrigerator + Why We Love the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00)

Tips for Buying an Outdoor Rated Refrigerator 

If you are in the market for an outdoor-rated refrigerator for your backyard oasis, there are many factors to consider for your big purchase. In today's post, we'll (a) share tips that we found in our research for choosing an outdoor refrigerator for our patio in north Texas and (b) weave our personal experience into the post as we decided on the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00).

1. Consider the size of your space.

Personally, we think that it's important to be able to easily slide the outdoor refrigerator in and out of the space as needed for cleaning and maintenance.  You'll want to measure your space twice and narrow your search by the outer dimensions of the outdoor refrigerator. The second step is to assess how much usable space is in the outdoor fridge.  For instance, while two outdoor refrigerators may have the same outer dimensions, the amount of usable space may differ based on the design, compressor technology, and other parts that take space.  We love that the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) provides 5.3 cubic feet of generous space! 

2. Find space that does not have direct sunlight.

Outdoor refrigerators typically work harder than indoor refrigerators, especially during Texas summers!  Make sure that you have space that shades the outdoor refrigerator to avoid direct sunlight.  If you are renovating an outdoor patio or other area, this is an important consideration that you shouldn't overlook when you work with your design team!

3. Make sure that the outdoor refrigerator is rated for indoor and outdoor food storage.

During my research, I learned that large swings in outdoor temperatures cause engineering challenges. It makes sense when you think about it, but I guess that I never gave it enough thought until I started to research tips for buying an outdoor refrigerator! You'll want to make sure that the outdoor refrigerator is rated for outdoor food storage. Our Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) is rated for both indoor and outdoor use. 

4. Look for an Energy Star rating.

The Energy Star rating gives you insight into the efficiency of the unit. This also helps you to estimate the cost to run your outdoor refrigerator throughout the year. Remember that this will vary based on factors such as how much you store in it, how often the door opens, and the ambient temperatures throughout the year.  Since we live in north Texas where summers are usually hot and humid, the Energy Star rating was important to us and is part of why we love the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00).

5. Choose a finish that is durable and weather resistant.

The outdoor elements are tough on everything in Texas! An outdoor refrigerator is no exception. The heat and humidity is a big challenge for us. That's why we looked for a 430 stainless steel body for durability and relative weather resistance. We also have kids, so as a bonus, we love that our  Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) has a fingerprint-resistant door to resist smudges and smears!

6. Look for a nice organizational layout and flexibility for the inside of the fridge. 

We generally store drinks and may occasionally store food platters. We love that the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) has a highly customizable interior with 3 adjustable shelves and 24 possible levels.  The ultimate flexibility allows day-to-day usage and is easy to adjust to store different items for parties!

7. Consider the warranty.

An outdoor refrigerator is an expensive purchase.  One consideration that we had was that we wanted a brand that we recognized. Newair was the perfect choice.  We've loved the quality of other products by this brand. For the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00), they offer a 30-day no-hassle return policy which is nice so that you are able to make sure that it's perfect for your space.  They also offer a one year warranty. You'll want to look at the specific details for the item that you order, but here is a link to their general warranty information that I found helpful.

8. Look for an outdoor refrigerator that locks.

We have young children, so we lock our outdoor refrigerator when we are not using it for safety reasons. As parents,  we always think about our children's safety, so this was a feature that we wanted. The Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) has a lock on the bottom and comes with two keys.

We hope that these tips help as you work on your plans that involve an outdoor refrigerator! I spent many hours learning about outdoor refrigerators. I have no training in this area, so you'll want to contact a licensed contractor and electrician for your own project, but I hope that some of my tips help you to better communicate with your team now that you know some things to look for in an outdoor refrigerator! The Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) turned out to be our dream outdoor refrigerator!  

Save with this Newair coupon!

If it happens to be your dream refrigerator too, we contacted Newair to ask if we could offer a discount for the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00). They offered us a coupon to share -- use the code TRENDY10 for 10% off!

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