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Monday, June 17, 2019

Zulily Thrill Fest Starts Tomorrow (Spoiler Alert - I Consider it to be the Summer Version of Black Friday!)


If you follow regularly, you know that Zulily is one of my favorite stores. I love that they offer the trendiest items at heavily discounted prices year round. However, there is one week that really outshines the rest of the year and it starts tomorrow -- Zulily Thrill Fest!  You will want to mark this on your calendar because there are deals that you won't want to miss.  Personally, I consider this to be the summer version of Black Friday, but without the crowds. They have the most amazing deals. Let me share a quick overview and some examples. 


What: Zulily Thrill Fest
When: June 18 - 20
Where: Online at zulily.com
Details: Incredible deals across a variety of categories:
  • Kitchen – up to 60% off
  • Toys – up to 56% off
  • Women’s – up to 78% off
  • Home – up to 70% off
  • Men’s – up to 77% off
  • Baby Gear – up to 60% off
Zulily keeps things exciting as they launch a new store every day featuring thousands of products at brag-worthy prices. However, they are going over-the-top during June 18 – 20 by offering fantastic deals across the categories mentioned above.  The deals include trendy and popular brands such as KitchenAid, NYDJ, Crayola, Ergobaby and more.

Some of the highlights during the event include:

  • Dash for the Thrills: Unbelievable offers only available for a few short hours (including some items for only 99 cents!)
  • 24-Hour Thrills: “Say what?!” steals available for that day only
  • Social Exclusive Deals: For-the-thrill-of-it items only available to Zulily social media fans
Here is a quick video about Zulily Thrill Fest:


Shoppers will also have the opportunity to win prizes through an App-Only Sweepstakes – new this year - where they could win a $5,000 Zulily shopping spree or Cuisinart 18-Bottle Compressor Wine Cellar, valued at $1,170.  Could you imagine a $5,000 Zulily?  

Finally, as promised, let me share a few photos of trendy items that you will find on sale during Zulily Thrill Fest. Let's start with a couple of examples from the 24-hour Thrills. My favorites are the deals on playground equipment and baby gear.


I'm also excited about the trendy jumpsuit below for $12.99, but there are plenty of other Thrills too!


They will also have some nice bedding on sale such as the set below.  If you are looking for a weighted blanket for your children, they also have you covered! (Pun intended, but seriously, the weighted blankets are an amazing deal!)


There is a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker that will make your summer more fun!  I love homemade ice cream, especially at this time of year.

  
I also love that Zulily has top beauty brands such as Perricone MD.  This set is definitely a highlight of Zulily Thrill Fest!



We hope that you are able to find exciting deals and even enter for a chance to win during  Zulily Thrill Fest!  This is an event that every mom will want to add to their calendar!


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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Report for Duty at the All-New LEGO City Experience at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Grapevine


We had a memorable evening at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Grapevine yesterday.  Their new LEGO City attractions are fantastic, especially the new 4D movie.  It's a fun and memorable experience for little ones who have big imaginations and lots of energy!  In today's post, I'll share the details while also trying not to spoil surprises.  You'll definitely want to take your children to create happy childhood memories that your family will treasure.



Here is a quick overview:
Coinciding with the LEGO City event, the attraction is releasing another animated 4D film based on the popular LEGO® City building sets.  Complete with high impact special effects, LEGO City 4D - Officer In Pursuit!” appears exclusively at LEGOLAND Discovery Center starting June 15.  Watch as a hapless LEGO City police officer patrolling the streets bumps into a mischievous wanted criminal on the loose and sets in pursuit to capture him through the bustling LEGO metropolis, calling upon his fellow LEGO City police officer and firefighter to help.  Become part of the action in this chaotic pursuit full of water, wind and bubble effects as the pair get into all sorts of trouble.



Personally, my children loved the new LEGO City experience and had an evening filled with smiles and giggles.  There was a lot of excitement and no shortage of fun things to do. It's amazing the LEGOLAND packs so much into the admission fees -- all of the activities are included in the ticket price, including the movie, indoor activities, and outdoor splash pad.  The LEGO City event adds extra fun with the following "LEGO City: Report for Duty" event activities that are also included in the price of admission:
§  Build Your Police Badge - The Police Chief needs a hero, and that hero is you! Create a police badge and show-off your bricktastic build in the hero’s gallery.
§  Build A Super Rescue Helicopter & Take It On A Test Flight - Families can work together or compete to build their best LEGO Helicopter, then dash it into action for the rescue by speeding it down the zip line.
§  Direct and Film Your Own LEGO Chase - Be the LEGO City Hero and create your own amazing police chase mini movie. Create a personalized police pursuit scene out of LEGO and chase down a burger burglar, rabbit robber, or even a big brother – it’s all up to you!
§  Character Meet & Greet - Get a perfect picture with a LEGO Policewoman costume character in between rescue missions.
§  "LEGO City 4D - Officer in Pursuit!" - Be the first to check out the bricktastic new movie in the LEGO® 4D Cinema.


We hope that you are able to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center soon while all of the LEGO City activities are here! For a list of planned activities, attraction hours and ticket prices visit here.


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Friday, June 14, 2019

The Father's Day Gift Guide (UPDATED!)


Father's Day is on Sunday, June 16th.  In today's post, I'll share trendy Father's Day gift ideas that are sure to be popular this year.


A subscription to the Grill Masters Club is a trendy gift idea that is perfect for summer. Dad will love monthly grilling related surprises, especially during the upcoming summer months. For instance, the box that we received this month includes gourmet wood chips, Raging Rooster Chicken Rub, Ghosted Jalapeño BBQ Rub, and Zoe's Anything Sauce.  It also included a recipe card that makes it easy for dad to create a special dinner.  Visit Grill Masters Club here.




LockLaces are a nice surprise for athletic dads! We love these trendy laces that are favored by runner, triathletes, and other athletes who want good quality laces that are easy to fasten and release. They are convenient and easy to use. Surprise dad by lacing his favorite running shoes with LockLaces on Father's Day!



Bare Republic sun care products are a nice Father's Day Gift, especially since many dads and families spend time outside.  We love that their products are clean and simple, but also come in sparkling varieties. The Silver Surfer sunscreen stick is perfect for my husband for Father's Day! The sunscreen sticks also come in neon colors that are fun to wear to events. I love that the sticks offer SPF 50 protection!  We also love the Sunscreen Sprays that come in scents such as Coco Mango, Citrus Cooler, and Vanilla-Coco.  If you are at an event and don't want to spray sunscreen around other people, they also have fantastic Face & Body Lotions that come with or without shimmer.  The Moisturizing Aloe Vera & Seaweed After-Sun Spray is a soothing product to apply at the end of the day.  Visit now to stock up for summer while they have free shipping on orders of $25 or more!



Spy's Helm 2 sunglasses are perfect for dads in Texas, especially at this time of year. These trendy sunglasses have a modern flat-front style with refined brow line. They come in trendy color combinations that look great with many different looks. Of course, we love them for dads because they not only look stylish, but are also made with ultra-durable Grilamid material and sturdy five-barrel hinges. The discrete non-slip rubber temple inserts help them to stay in place. They have therapeutic, long-wave blue light harnessing HD+ lenses with Happen Lens tech! The fantastic design, quality materials, attention to detail, and special lenses makes these perfect for dads who love to spend time outside with energetic children! Visit SpyOptic here.
Salonpas products are great for dads like my husband who have occasional aches. My husband runs 35+ miles each week and sometimes overdoes his workouts. He loves Salonpas products.  He also travels for work and sometimes complains about aches after sleeping on hotel beds. These topical treatments have been fantastic for him. There are a variety of options as shown below, including Salonpas Pain Relief Patch LARGE, HOT, Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream, Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid, Lidocaine Pain Relieving Gel-Patch, Pain Relieving Patch, DEEP Relieving Gel, Pain Relieving Gel-Patch Hot, and Pain Relieving Jet Spray.  Add some of these products to a gift basket and pair them with running accessories or travel accessories for dad. Salonpas products are available nationwide at many major retailers, including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, Amazon, and more. 




Hip bottles are a trendy gift for dads because they offer stylish designs and help a good cause.  We love the beautiful designs of their bottles that encourage people celebrate the joy in reducing and reusing. Plus, each purchase supports a good cause. For each of these bottles purchased, the company provides 2 days of clean drinking water to people in need.  Visit Hip here




Skinny Fizz and deMossa Premium Mimosa are nice for Father's Day, especially if you are hosting a Father's Day party with family and friends. Both come from the Valencia region of Spain. Skinny Fizz stands out because it contains only 59 calories per 4 ounce serving (which is 40% fewer calories than most wines) and no sugar is added. Skinny Fizz is vegan and gluten-free.We love that Skinny Fizz is dry and crisp with a delicate complexity. It is lightly aromatic with notes of apricot, apple, and pear.  deMossa stands out because this is the only bottled mimosa that uses the Champagne Traditional Method.  Tastings.com gave a "Highly Recommended" rating and 89 points for deMossa.



Happy Yummies Gourmet Gummies are a fun treat for dads to share with their little ones.  My husband loves all of the flavors in the Super Bear Assortment, especially the Pink Grapefruit, Mango, and Watermelon.




Finally, let's conclude with a funny gift from UglyChristmasSweater.com.  We love the Home Alone Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Lounge Pants as a funny gift for dads.  These pants are light weight and comfortable for this time of year.  I think that many dads will appreciate this funny gift. Plus, the UglyChristmasSweater.com store has other funny pajamas and onesies!




We hope that these gift ideas help as you try to find the perfect gift!  We wish all of you a Happy Father's Day!
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The New Original ChopShop in Plano Opened TODAY!


The new Original ChopShop opened in Plano today and we are obsessed with their healthy menu and attention to detail.  In today's post, I'll share the address, link to the menu, and a few photos of the menu items that we enjoyed. 


The new location is at 2408 Preston Rd, Ste. 704c, Plano, TX 75093. If you are familiar with the Whole Foods and Trader Joe's on Preston Road, it's located in the same area. It's in the parking lot of Trader Joe's on the side of the plaza with REI.



The Original ChopShop started in Scottsdale, Arizona. As a former Arizonan, one of the things that I miss is the wide variety of healthy restaurants.  When we moved to Texas, we found that burgers and bbq seem to dominate the region. We missed many of our favorite restaurants from Scottsdale.  The Original ChopShop is a perfect example of a restaurant that makes our west coast hearts happy!  They offer many clean food options that are unique and delicious! The menu is packed with healthy options, including salads, protein bowls, yogurt parfaits, juice, and more.  


We tried a few items. The first is the Beet Salad with house greens, arugula, golden beet, sour apple, goat cheese, cashew, golden raisin, and red wine vinaigrette. I added steak to the salad. This salad was amazing! I paired it with the Slim Squeeze juice that contains pear, strawberry, orange, apple, kiwi, lemon, and mint.


My son ordered the Teriyaki Chicken Bowl which is one of the most popular menu items. It is generously packed with colorful veggies that offer a variety of nutrients. Every grilled protein bowl contains a based of roasted broccoli, cauliflower, onion, carrot, and mushroom. The Teriyaki Chicken Bowl then adds chicken, avocado, Brussels sprout, sesame seed. My son paired his meal with the Cool Down juice that contains watermelon, pineapple, apple, lime, and ginger.



My husband had a grilled protein bowl, but with Thai Coconut Chicken with peanut and cilantro.  He paired it with the Cold Buster juice that contains carrot, orange, ginger, turmeric, and lemon.  It was a fantastic meal!



Finally, we had the Chocolate Mint Greek Yogurt. This trendy dessert includes non-fat Greek yogurt, stevia, dark chocolate shavings, fresh mint, pistachio, and granola.  It was the perfect ending to our healthy and nutrient-dense meals!



We hope that you are able to visit the Original ChopShop soon for a healthy and nutrient dense experience that feels great!  As former west coasters, we are so happy to find this trendy restaurant that makes it easy to eat healthy!
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Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Season 2 Premiere of Big Little Lies is Tomorrow on HBO + Equinox Big Little Lies "Best Stretch Ever" Classes


HBO's award-winning series, Big Little Lies, is back for another season. In today's post, I'll give a quick overview of the popular series and tell you about their partnership with Equinox gyms for special Big Little Lies themed “Best Stretch Ever” classes at Equinox locations across the U.S.
Last night, I attended a trendy event at the Equinox in Highland Park, TX to celebrate the second season of Big Little Lies.  We enjoyed mini HydraFacial treatments, nail polish changes, and quick massages before the highlight of the event - a sneak peak of the Season 2 Premiere of Big Little Lies!  I won't spoil the episode for you, but I will share a quick overview of the series and tell you that this episode is dark, funny, and makes me excited about the rest of the season.

Here is a quick overview:
What: The seven episode season of Big Little Lies
When: Sunday, June 9 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Where: Exclusively on HBO and will be available to stream anytime on HBO GO and HBO NOW, in addition to HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
This is a quick summary of the show that doesn't spoil any surprises:
On the surface, in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, everything seems the same. The mothers continue to dote, the husbands support, the children remain adorable and the houses are just as beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the “Monterey Five” — Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata and Bonnie — bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. The darkly comedic drama will continue to explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Multiple characters will be dealing with Perry’s death, and the prospect of moving past a life-altering event.
The all-star cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Nordling, Laura Dern, Kathryn Newton, Sara Sokolovic, Crystal Fox, and more.   They do an amazing job in this series!

As I mentioned, HBO and Equinox teamed up to offer Big Little Lies themed “Best Stretch Ever” classes at Equinox locations across the U.S. on 5/30. Members can check their respective club’s fitness Class Schedule via the Equinox website or app to see if the “Big Little Stretch” class is offered at their location. The “Big Little Stretch,” HBO’s take on Equinox’s cult favorite class will feature iconic music from the BIG LITTLE LIES soundtrack paired with the class’s posture-improving, stability-increasing, body-awareness-enhancing stretching. Class attendees will receive limited edition BIG LITTLE LIES swag after each class while supplies last.


We hope that you enjoy the new season and are able to try the "Best Stretch Ever" class at an Equinox location near you!

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Family Movie Night Pick: Wonder Park


If you are planning an upcoming Family Movie Night, we have the perfect movie - WONDER PARK. This trendy movie is filled with whimsical scenes and characters that will warm your heart. Personally, as a Mom and Engineer, I love that this movie encourages children to dream big and that anything that they imagine could possibly be created.    Let me share a quick overview of the movie. 
WONDER PARK is the animated story of a young girl named June with a big imagination who makes an incredible discovery—the amusement park of her dreams has come to life. Filled with the world’s wildest rides operated by fun-loving animals, the excitement never ends. But when trouble hits, June and her misfit team of furry friends begin an unforgettable journey to save the park. Action-packed and brimming with laughs, WONDER PARK is a ride the whole family will love.
Here is a quick preview of the movie.



This is the perfect movie to watch after the school year ends.  My son started to create his own theme park after watching the movie.  It's on paper now, but he plans to use cardboard and other craft supplies to make a 3D mockup of his theme park.  It's a fun way to start summer as this movie and project inspire creativity and Engineering skills.  You'll definitely appreciate the multiple layers of entertainment that this movie inspires!


You'll find the movie at stores nationwide. Here is a direct link to order it on Amazon.


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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Tips for Preparing Water Balloons for a Pary


1.  Flush warm/hot water out of your hose.
If you live in Texas and keep your hose outside, you should consider running water through the hose until it feels cool.  If the hose is hot, you want to cool it off before filling the water balloons. 

2. Fill a large bucket with water.
If you are filling a bucket with water balloons, fill it with water first so that the water balloons have some buoyancy instead of putting as much pressure on each other and popping.

3. Use Bunch O Balloons Self Sealing Water Balloons.
When we were kids, we used to tie water balloons. I think that is a thing of the past. Several years ago, ZURU released self sealing water balloons that make it possible to fill as many as 100 balloons in 60 seconds. This is not a typo!  You really are able to fill 100 balloons in as little as 60 seconds. You don't have to waste time tying water balloons.  It's so easy too. Let me share a few photos.

You attach a pod of balloons to the end of your hose.



You turn the water on to fill the balloons. We recommend doing this in a bucket of water for a couple of reasons. First, we want to avoid the weight of the balloons from popping each other. Second, it's easy to shake the end of the hose to let heavier balloons fall off into the water.



It takes less than a minute to fill up 100 balloons.



They have many different colors, so it's easy to match the water balloons to a party theme or to have different colors for teams.

4. Buy water balloons in different colors.
It is always fun to organize teams for water balloon games.  Buy water balloons in different colors for teams. The packs of ZURU Bunch O Balloons that we used include pods with three different colors!


5. Avoid storing filled water balloons in UV light.
Bunch O Balloons are convenient and easy to fill on the spot for a party.  I remember that old school water balloons took forever to tie, so we would prepare them in advance.  When you are able to fill 100 self sealing water balloons in 60 seconds, there isn't a need to start so far in advance. However, if you do, keep in mind that storing filled water balloons in UV light may cause any water balloons to pop.


I hope that these tips help! If you would like to learn more, visit ZURU here.

Check out these fun ZURU Bunch O Balloons products on Amazon. They are also available at many stores nationwide. 


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You Will Be Blown Away with ZURU Bunch O Balloons Self-Sealing Party Balloons + DIY Alien Balloons!

As a mom of two boys with a large age gap, I have blown up my share of balloons, inflatable swords, swim wings, and pool floats.  I won't lie - blowing up balloons, inflatables, and pool toys is one of my least favorite tasks, even if it's only a few at a time, so I was happy to find a new product that steps in to take the lead for me - Bunch O Balloons Self-Sealing Party Balloons! This game changing product actually makes me excited to blow up balloons and inflatables!  In today's post, I'll tell you about this easy-to-use and versatile product.  I'll also share a fun DIY project to create Alien Balloons for space-themed parties!


The way that it works is that you use the special Bunch O Balloons Self Sealing Party Balloons that come with stems attached to them.  You attach the stems to the unit. (You may attach more. I just used one set of 8 balloons so that it's easier for you to see how it works it's magic.)  



You then push the button and the party pump quickly fills the balloons.  It is able to fill up to 40 balloons in 40 seconds.  Each balloon already has a ribbon attached to it too!  (Yes, class parties!!  I'll volunteer for balloons now that I'm able to handle an entire class in 40 seconds.)



There is literally no more blowing, no more tying and no need to add ribbon or string! You simply attach the balloon stems to the Electric Party Pump and press go! Within seconds, ZURU Bunch O Balloons Party Balloons will fill and self-tie with ease and convenience.  Check out the video below:



The party pump is versatile as it is also comes with the attachments shown below so that you are able to use it to blow up inflatables and pool floats.  I feel like it's an amazing deal. Not only do we use it to blow up balloons, but we also use it to blow up all kinds of kids stuff such as beach balls, pool floats, and more.




The ZURU Bunch O Balloons Party Starter Pack comes complete with the Electric Party Pump, 48 Self-Sealing Party Balloons, helium tank adaptor and fast-fill hose attachment for other inflatables, priced at $29.99 plus postage and is available now at walmart.com




Finally, it's possible to hook the balloons up to a helium tank with the special attachment.  The ZURU Bunch O Balloons Party Pump Starter Pack with attachment accessories and two balloon stems (16 balloons) will be available for SRP $14.99 and ZURU Bunch O Balloons 3 stem (24 Balloon) packs including a helium adaptor will be offered in various colors for SRP $9.99 each.   If you have an upcoming space-themed party, try the easy DIY Alien Balloons as shown below. 



To create these alien balloons, just fill your Bunch O Balloons Self-Sealing Party Balloons with a helium tank and the special Bunch O Balloons attachment.  Then draw faces on them with a black marker!



Learn more
Visit Zuru Bunch O Balloons here.
If you noticed our trendy little Pets Alive Booty Shaking Lllama (battery powered dancing robotic toy by Zuru) and want to learn more about her, visit here.  She is the cutest little llama. My children love her!
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Home Décor Tips for Homes and Apartments (Summer 2019)



Home is where the heart is.  We live in the Dallas area and love to shop for home décor. Apparently, we are not alone because I recently learned that Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington is ranked #1 on the list of Savviest Stylish Cities in the U.S. (Read the full report here.)  Whether you live in the heart of Texas or beyond, I'm excited to share home décor tips with you today since this is a fun topic that many people love. In particular, I'm excited to team up zulily to share home décor tips from their Lead Editorial Stylist for Home, Ashley Bowen.


Housing trends have changed over the years. The "American Dream" is no longer constrained to getting married at a young age and having 2 to 3 children in a house with a white picket fence. Gen Z and Millennials now marry and buy homes later in life than previous generations. Personal goals have broadened and many people focus more on happiness and living their #bestlife. I love the shift in demographics because there truly are many different ways to live life and to find happiness.  



Another trend that I love is that many Gen Z and Millennials believe that home décor is an important part of living their #bestlife.  As mentioned earlier, home is where the heart is. It doesn't matter what stage of life you are in, creating a home environment that you love is important.  A recent survey by e-tailer zulily, found that whether renting (42.5%) or owning (40%), the majority of Americans agree they would spend the most money on home décor for their living room (over other rooms in their home). 



Whether you are designing your living room or another room, zulily should be your first stop for designing your spaces! The reason that I am obsessed with zulily is that they launch a new store every day, featuring thousands of products, and their in-house creative studio team builds 100+ different “scenes” or “sets” every day, across 54 photo sets to help showcase products to our millions of customers. With expertise styling and staging hundreds of pieces of furniture, ranging from chairs to vintage tubs…not to mention their assortment of home décor merchandise - zulily is an expert resource when it comes to revamping any room. As someone who live is the #1 City on the list Savviest Stylish Cities in the U.S., I'll also add that zulily's prices are fantastic. I love the feeling of finding a good deal!

 

As promised, here are tips from Ashley Bowen, Zulily’s Lead Editorial Stylist for Home, on creative ways to decorate a home cost efficiently and effectively:
1. Freshen up your home with plants – living or faux, plants can add color and life to any space! 
2. Bold colors and patterns are in! Spruce up your space with an accent wall- choose a bold color or wallpaper that speaks to you. 
3. For a cost effective seasonal or holiday update, switch up your throws and accent pillows with on-trend prints and textures!


Finally, while I have focused a lot on how Gen Z and Millennials have changed the home décor landscape, I also want to share that home décor makes a difference for all generations.  My children are growing up quickly. Our home décor is in the background of most of our family photos. This includes photos on birthdays and holidays.  This includes videos of their first steps and opening gifts from Santa.  I love that zulily has the latest trends and great prices on items that make our home stylish and comfortable.

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