Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Little Diva

As many of you know, I have a toddler who is going to be turning three in just a few weeks and lately I have been noticing some changes in my little girl.  She has recently started twirling her hair, standing with her hand on her hip and picking out her own clothes to wear.  The funny thing about this is that I have never twirled my hair and I don't think that I pose.  Where does she learn these things?  My little princes not only has her own little attitude but I am finding that she also has her own sense of style.

My daughter seems to gravitate towards anything that has butterflies on it.  She loves bright girly colors like pinks, yellow and oranges.  She won't leave the house without her Sketchers Flip Flops that light up.  She loves the flashing look of them.  In fact she has gravitated toward anything "blingy.' What I can say about my daughter is that she loves to stand out!

Samantha picks out clothing that is always on the rack.  She really enjoys shopping with mommy in the store and when I am looking for my clothing she will tell me that it is Sammie's turn to shop and we immediately have to go to the toddler section.  She really enjoys wearing clothes that have her favorite characters on them she prefers stores like JCPenney's and Kohls because there are lots of these types of outfits there.   Some of  her favorite characters are Hello Kitty, Sponge Bob, Elmo and Dora.  When she isn't looking for certain people, she gravitates towards the outfits that are very colorful and coordinated.  Her favorite outfit was purchased from JCPenneys and is a purple tu tu sparkly skirt with a fun purple spray painted looked shirt with hearts on it.

I look at my little princess and see how she is the complete opposite of her mother.  I was always a tomboy complete with a plain t-shirt, jean shorts and a pony tail to keep my hair out of my face.  I always wore gym shoes and usually was playing dodge ball with the other boys in the neighborhood.  Samantha loves tiaras, accessories and looking pretty.  She demands to wear hair bows and they must match with a color that she is already wearing.  She loves bracelets, necklaces and purses and enjoys dancing.  She has her own style that is uniquely hers and I truly enjoy learning about preferences and passions daily.   I think she is growing up so quick and well in a few weeks my two year old will be three.  God really blessed me with a little angel that is the highlight of my life.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and jcpenney blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Surviving the School Year

Can you believe that back to school sales are already showing back up in our mailers?  Well even though I minds might still be on summer vacation the calendar shows the beginning of school is only a month a way.  Now that I have three children that will be going to school this fall I really need to figure out how I am going to get everyone everywhere then need to be and on time.  The best piece of advise that I can give both parents and students alike is to plan ahead.  Pick out outfits the night before, get all of the lunches set and ready to be assembled and get all homework, projects, band equipment, backpacks etc, all by the front door and ready to go so there are no last minute running inside.  Master Lock also has some fun going on to help out students and family members alike.

Master Lock® has hired a new specialist on student life to help students safely and securely navigate this school year in style. The Master Mind, a suave and funny college grad, is staring in a humorous online video series on in which he, along with his clever Little Sister, are setting out to answer students’ most frequent, awkward and perplexing questions on

Check out this really cute video from Masterlock that might help getting some of your college students ready for their college experience and remember some important dates.

I have been using Masterlock since I was in junior high and playing sports.  I have to say that I am super excited about their new line.  They actually made a padlock cute and fun!  Take a look for yourself!

I wrote this post because I am entering a contest for a Master Lock back-to-school prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Chili's Triple Dipper Review and Giveaway

Sometimes I think that I have some strange palate but I love to make a variety of combinations on one plate.  When I was given the opportunity to create my own dream plate, I really had to sit and think about it.  I mean think of all of the amazing combinations of delicious food out there.  I think that if I was able to choose a plate of all of my favorite food it would consist of one part lox and bagle, one part dragon roll and one part teriyaki steak.  It may sound weird to you, but well these are some of my favorites.

Have you been to Chili's lately?  I am a HUGE fan of their fajitas.  Most of you know that I live just outside of Houston and we have more Mexican food in this town than any other restaurant type and still my favorite fajitas here come from Chili's.  Well they have a new opportunity where you can choose your own three favorites and put them on a plate.  It is called a Triple Dipper and being a 'tapas' kind of person myself, the thought of eating three different appetizers for dinner sounds heavenly.    There is a large variety of choices that you can choose to create your own little piece of appetizer nirvana.    I ended up ordering the Big Mouth Bites, Southwest Eggrolls and Boneless Buffalo Wings.

I love that you don't have to choose just one.  You get to try a variety and the portions are plentiful.  I was super full and ever kept part of it for tomorrow's lunch.  My buffalo boneless chicken wings were just so juicy and the burgers yummy!  We always order the southwestern egg rolls.  They are kind of a "Chili's Treat" in our house.  Now on to the fun part.  Would you like to try your own Triple Dipper?  I have a 20.00 Chili's Gift Card to giveaway so that you can try your own Triple Dipper.

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 This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. However the thoughts are my own. I was given a sample of this product in exchange for my opinion

One winner  will be randomly selected from all valid entries using, and that winner will have 48 hours to respond to their prize winner email notification.  If winner fails to respond, within that time period, a new winner will be selected.  Contest ends July 8, 2011 at 11:59 pm CT.  Open to US residents, age 18+.