Saturday, October 29, 2011

Baby-G & Ke$ha = Fab watches for any occasion!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Baby-G for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm someone who typically prides myself on current trends. Fashion-forward brand Baby-G has done it once again! This time partnering up with Ke$ha to create two watches that couldn’t tie in any better with her hit song “TiK ToK.” Launched in September, the Baby-G and Ke$ha collaboration watch models display the head-turning style that make both Ke$ha and Baby-G unique to loyal fans. Ke$ha tackles two of her most signature themes in the design of her timepieces – animal print and All-American. Both watches are also adorned with Ke$ha's signature "Ke$ha" logo.BGA-200KS-1E_JR_DR_CR_ER.tif

To date there are two Ke$ha watches that are currently available:

1) Red White & Blue watch: Inspired by the American flag because it's a recurring theme in Ke$ha’s aesthetic and also represents freedom of speech which is a right she passionately exercises in her life and music. Ke$ha created the patriotic BG5600KS-7 model, which features the colors and shapes of the American Flag's imagery with red, white and blue complete with stars.

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2) Leopard Print: Ke$ha enjoys wearing leopard as it brings out the animal that is inside of her. Ke$ha hopes when people wear her watches they express themselves and never lose the animal inside of them. The BGA200KS-1E harkens to Ke$ha's wild side, as well as what is arguably the most identifiable theme in Ke$ha's music, imagery and style, by using an animal print. She designed this watch with a leopard print pattern on the watch's face and also its black resin strap.

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The attention-grabbing watches also have the functionality that sets the Baby-G brand apart. The BGA200KS-1E is shock resistant and 100M water resistant and is equipped with an LED Light, world time from 48 cities and 29 time zones, a daily alarm, 1/100th second stopwatch, countdown timer, 12/24 hour formats and a mute function. The BG5600KS-7 features 100M water and shock resistance, EL backlight with afterglow, 48-city world time, four daily alarms and one snooze, countdown timer, 1/100 second stopwatch, mute function and 12/24 hour formats. Check out images on the watches here.

The watches are available at Tourneau, Nordstrom, select Macy's stores and fashion boutiques, with an MSRP of $120 for the BGA200KS-1E and $99 for the BG5600KS-7. Check out the collection on baby-g.com for more information. I personally love the leopard print watch! I typically wear a lot of black and this watch would look great with jeans, t-shirts, flats, skirts, shorts-basically anything. I also love big watches. The bigger the better! 

I encourage everyone to check out the watches themselves and enter the Baby-G sweepstakes! Please comment on this post and tell me which watch you love and why! For more information about the Baby-G sweepstakes please visit the contest rules page. You could win a Baby-G watch! Please also be sure to check out Baby-G's photo shoot below.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Do you want to cut your cell phone bill in half? Try Straight Talk today!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Feel Richer with Android

If you're like most people these days, you try to figure out ways to cut back or cut out bills altogether. Cutting back doesn't necessarily mean you have to sacrifice good service. I'd like to tell you a little about Straight Talk:

Straight Talk offers two No-Contract plans:

1) The “ALL YOU NEED” plan for $30 a month to receive 1000 minutes, 1000 text or multimedia messages, 30 MB of data transfer for data phones and 411 calls at no additional charge.

2) The unlimited plan for $45 a month to receive unlimited talk, text and data Nationwide anytime with calls to 411 at no additional charge.

•  All the apps and games you need.

•  A smart phone with a smart plan, and as always, no contract.

• The power of Android phones, at only $45/month for unlimited use.

• Imagine unlimited calls, text, picture messaging and web for a whole year, for only $499.00!

• 411 calls are included at no extra charge.

• Free from activation, reactivation, or termination fees

International Long Distance:

Straight Talk also offers an International Long Distance Service, which is a flexible prepaid calling service that enables you to make international calls from your home, cell or office phone at low rates. 

Free from activation, reactivation, or termination fees. There are no contracts, no surprise bills and no credit checks. Great nationwide coverage and excellent reception/connectivity. Amazing smart phones; touch screen phones, and app capable phones with features like voice navigation, camera, video recorder, music player, instant messaging, and Bluetooth®. Reconditioned phones are available from $10.00 with camera, mp3 player, mobile web access, and blue-tooth capability. Great for young users! Finally, Straight Talk only uses trusted phone manufacturers like LG, Motorola, Kyocera, Nokia and Samsung.

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I love how Straight Talk enables people to cut their cell phone bills in half. You have to be crazy to be on a contract these days when you can get everything you need without one. Imagine the amount of money you could save switching to Straight Talk. What would you buy with the extra money you save?

Straight Talk is a service provided by TracFone Wireless Inc., America’s largest no-contract cell phone provider in the U.S., with over 18.8 million subscribers. TracFone Wireless is a subsidiary of América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V. ("AMX") (BMV: AMX; NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV; LATIBEX: XAMXL), the 5th largest cell phone company in the world with more than 236 million cell phone subscribers. 

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So what are you waiting for? Their phones have all the apps and games you need, a smart phone with a smart plan, and as always no contract! Ditch your carrier and your high monthly phone bill and check out Straight Talk today! You'll be happy you did!


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Now I know better so I'll do better!


Most people who know me aren't aware how much I love Oprah's new OWN television network. I started watching shows on her network when the network first started. I'm not even into tv, but I love, love, love the OWN network.

Oprah just started a new show about two weeks ago called Oprah’s Lifeclass. I love this show so much. I am DVR'ing all episodes and watching them when I'm laying in bed at night.

Last night, Oprah was talking about people who have made mistakes in their life and how most everyone has regrets or wishes they could go back and do things. I myself have so many regrets. I had some really rough years in my teens, twenties and into my early thirties. There are situations I wish would have never happened, relationships I wish I would have never gotten involved in, people I wish I would have never come in contact with or known. There are certain things about myself or my life which I wish were different. Wishing I would have taken a different path for myself, gone to college sooner, etc.. Oprah mentioned at one part in the show last night that her friend, the great Maya Angelou told her one time, "Now you know better so you'll do better". That really hit home with me.

Life is a lesson to be learned. We learn new bits and pieces every day. Our lives are like puzzles. We need to get the right pieces to make us a whole puzzle. A finished puzzle. I'm not finished with my puzzle yet. Are you?


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween craft ideas....Family fun!


In the spirit of Halloween season, I searched online for some easy handmade Halloween craft ideas just for you!


The first idea was found at Martha Stewart.com. Spiderwebs made from cheesecloths. What a cheap, cute way to get into the holiday spirit! For more info and what supplies you need to make these spiderwebs, visit here.


The next item is a cute halloween evil googly eye pom-pom wreath found at Dollar Store Crafts.com. Total cost for this cute lil' wreath is $6 and you get to make it yourself! For info and supplies click here.


If you have kids, you know how much they like to make stuff and help out when you're making stuff. This last craft would be a fun, perfect way to spend family craft time together. I found this idea at Family Fun.go.com. This looks like a super easy craft. They are called spirit jugs. You could use them inside or outside your house. Please click here for supplies and more info.




Work It in Business Suits from Express!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

From the Executive to the Professional and even the Creative Professional, Express has the suits that every man/woman needs! I visited Express earlier today and took a look at their women's suits. My son started pre-k full time last month and I've been contemplating going back to work. I used to be a recruiter and was required to wear a suit and/or jacket daily. Express has some really great stylish suits! 

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I absolutely love the Studio Stretch Jacket and Editor Pant. It's available in fours colors including earth, charcoal, taupe and black. It's sophisticated style and shape is a wear-to-work must-have. It has stretch fabric that hugs your curves for a flattering fit. You can pair with the Editor Pant for a chic office look. This suit is perfect for work as well as going out after work. Some of the features of this suit are:

  • 64% Polyester/31% Viscose/5% Spandex
  • One-button front closure
  • Long sleeves with 4-button detail at cuffs
  • Two flap pockets
  • Lined
  • Dry clean only
  • Imported

Since I'm considering going back to work, I think I'm going to go to Express and try on some of their suits. They are perfect for interviewing and will make you look as polished as can be! For a limited time, enter Express sweepstakes everyday for a chance to win a $500 suiting makeover! Be sure to visit today! You never know, you may win! 

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Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me which suit/suits you love and why! What are you going to use your suit for? Work, networking events, job interviews? I want to know! 

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

My favorite handmade things on Etsy today

Light Bulb Terrarium $20

Vintage look waxed leather tote bag in brown $179

Platinum Micro Pave Diamond Engagement Ring $1960

Handmade Paper Journal $28.25

Sleeveless Wrap Cardigan Top $68



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Discovery Green park has putt putt golf!

(photo credit: taken from Discovery Green's website)

We've had amazing weather in Houston for the past few days. We decided to go to Discovery Green park this past Sunday. For those of you who don't live in Houston, Discovery Green park is an amazing park that was built a few years ago. It's smack dab in the middle of downtown Houston near the convention center.

Discovery Green park is a great family park with tons of stuff to do. They offer yoga, zumba, live music, have a few restaurants and cart vendors. They even have a Houston public library branch. Click here for their calendar.

Dominic and Justin decided to play some putt putt golf. I just watched and took photo's.
 It was a great day for all of us!
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yummy, yummy frittata! You won't be disappointed!

I occasionally make Frittata’s. I like them because they're pretty healthy (can be made healthy) and super easy to make. If you've never had one, it's sort of like a quiche minus the crust. Last night, we didn't have a lot of food in the house, but we had eggs, broccoli, cheese, onion, garlic, tomatoes and turkey sausage. I thought a Frittata was in order. You can use whatever you want or like in terms of veggies and you can even use egg beaters or egg whites if you don't want to use the whole egg.
Turn your oven to 375 or 400 degrees. Mix your eggs together (I used six) and I also added a bit of cream to the mixture.
Next, you'll want to prep all of your veggies. I washed my broccoli and cut it up:
You'll probably want to add some olive oil to a pan and heat the oil. Start adding each ingredient one by one until you've added everything:
When you're finished Sautéing everything, pour all of the items into the egg mixture. Stir gently.
You'll want to get out a baking dish, lightly grease it (I use non-stick spray stuff) and add your entire mixture into the pan. I also added a tiny bit of jack cheese on top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until the cheese looks golden brown.
I plated a piece of Frittata with some mixed grapes and I added picante/salsa to the top. Yum!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Flattened curry chicken with panko breadcrumbs and smashed broccoli!

I decided to cook dinner tonight. I don't cook every night like I should. I bought some organic chicken breasts at the store a few days ago and needed to cook them before they went bad.

I turned my oven to 400 degrees. I decided to take my kitchen mallet and I flattened the chicken breasts. I took an egg out of the refrigerator and whipped it up. I took another plate out and poured some panko bread crumbs and milled flax see onto the plate:
Don't ask why I added flax seed because I have no idea, but it has a sort of nutty taste and I thought it would be good. After flattening the chicken, I added salt, pepper, curry power and garlic powder. I then dipped the chicken breasts into the panko and flax mixture. I took out a baking pan and put some olive oil into the pan.
I put both chicken breasts into the pan and put the pan in the oven to bake. I originally set my cooking timer for 20 minutes, but decided they needed another five minutes (I always do that).
I decided we were going to have broccoli with our chicken. I had some broccoli in the refrigerator that also needed to be consumed. I boiled some water and added the broccoli:
When the broccoli was finished, I drained each piece and put in a bowl. I sort of mashed the broccoli, added olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and almonds slivers.
When I finished the broccoli, the chicken was ready to be removed from the oven. I plated our food and here's the final result:
Yummy, yummy healthy goodness!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In a hurry? Try TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRESemmé for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you're a busy mom like me, you're always in a rush, running around wishing there were more hours in the day. I always feel like I have a million things to do every day and the last thing I want to think about is washing, drying and styling my hair. My hair is a short bob, but It's thick and takes forever to dry. It can take a full 20 - 30 minutes to dry my hair. I have a solution for those of you who are like me. TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo is uniquely formulated to absorb excess oil and remove odor, the full line of dry shampoos rejuvenates hair without a drop of water. It offers a renewing burst of citrus extracts infused into every product, it leaves hair with a clean, fresh scent. It's uniquely formulated to absorb excess oil and remove odor, the full line of dry shampoos rejuvenates hair without a drop of water. So, instead of shampooing your hair every day, you can shampoo one day and use TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo in between washes. It's not meant to replace your regular shampoo by any means, but it is designed to freshen up your hair and remove oil.

If you're in college, working on projects or studying a lot and have don't have a lot of time to wash your hair every day, TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo is one of the Top Hair Products for School. YouTube Celebrity Elle Fowler (http://www.youtube.com/allthat…) has teamed up with TRESemmé and created a tutorial to teach people how to use TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo properly. Please visit the following video to learn more about this great product:

To get the best results from TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, here are some tips:

- Do shake vigorously before use and in between spray bursts for best results.

- Do lift sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots

- Do spray in short bursts, holding 8-12 inches from head

- Don’t spray it like hair spray (all over and continuously)

- Do leave in for 1-2 minutes

- Do use fingertips or a brush to distribute product evenly

- If clogging occurs, remove nozzle and rinse the nozzle under warm water, then reattach

The full line includes:

Strengthening Dry Shampoo, Volumizing Dry Shampoo, Smoothing Dry Shampoo and Moisturizing Waterless Foam Shampoo. TRESemme' has a dry shampoo product for whatever type of hair you have.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Full, busy weekend.

This weekend was no different than most of our weekends. I try to keep Dominic busy because he's such a spaz if we sit inside all day. Friday evening, we went to Chuy’s for dinner. I ordered their Baja taco's, which is their version of fish taco's. Yum!
Saturday, Justin had to work (he's a hair stylist and Saturday's are normally his busy day). Dominic and I walked Hana and then we went to eat breakfast at Empire Cafe. Empire Cafe is a coffee house/restaurant/place to chill. It's been open for a very long time and I think it used to be an old gas station or something. Anyway, I ordered their Migas for breakfast. I tend to think I'm a Migas connoisseur, but I was truly not impressed with their version. I think it needed more eggs or something. Looked really good though:
Dominic was a spaz all throughout breakfast. We were sitting on the patio and he would get up from his seat and start chasing the poor pigeons around. He makes me really upset when he does that. Ugh! We were going to go to the park after we ate, but it started to rain. We ended up going to Blockbuster video and renting some movies.

The rest of the day was pretty chill. We didn't do anything yesterday. I love weekends!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tired of paying an arm and a leg for cell phone service? Try Straight Talk!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you're like most people these days, you try to figure out ways to cut back or cut out bills altogether. Cutting back doesn't necessarily mean you have to sacrifice good service. I'd like to tell you a little about Straight Talk:

Straight Talk offers two No-Contract plans: 

1) The “ALL YOU NEED” plan for $30 a month to receive 1000 minutes, 1000 text or multimedia messages, 30 MB of data transfer for data phones and 411 calls at no additional charge. 

2) The unlimited plan for $45 a month to receive unlimited talk, text and data Nationwide anytime with calls to 411 at no additional charge.

Straight Talk also offers an International Long Distance Service, which is a flexible prepaid calling service that enables you to make international calls from your home, cell or office phone at low rates. Call a friend

Free from activation, reactivation, or termination fees. There are no contracts, no surprise bills and no credit checks. Great nationwide coverage and excellent reception/connectivity. Amazing smart phones; touch screen phones, and app capable phones with features like voice navigation, camera, video recorder, music player, instant messaging, and Bluetooth®. Reconditioned phones are available from $10.00 with camera, mp3 player, mobile web access, and blue-tooth capability. Great for young users! Finally, Straight Talk only uses trusted phone manufacturers like LG, Motorola, Kyocera, Nokia and Samsung. Android on Straight Talk

I love how Straight Talk enables people to cut their cell phone bills in half. You have to be crazy to be on a contract these days when you can get everything you need without one. Imagine the amount of money you could save switching to Straight Talk. What would you buy with the extra money you save? 

Straight Talk is a service provided by TracFone Wireless Inc., America’s largest no-contract cell phone provider in the U.S., with over 18.8 million subscribers. TracFone Wireless is a subsidiary of América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V. ("AMX") (BMV: AMX; NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV; LATIBEX: XAMXL), the 5th largest cell phone company in the world with more than 236 million cell phone subscribers. Hook, line and sinker

So what are you waiting for? Ditch your carrier and your high monthly phone bill and check out Straight Talk today! You'll be happy you did!

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Express Jeans For Her: Born to Rock the Sidewalk, Bred to be Epic.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Many western films were made in Hollywood in the 1930's and many stars wore denim jeans. In the 1950's, denim became popular again and people called them jeans from that point on. Since the 1950's, jeans have been incorporated into what people wear on a daily basis.

Express jeans came on the scene in 1980. The store was originally called Limited Express. I remember going into the Limited Express stores in junior high and thinking they had the most amazing clothing. I started high school in 1986 (wow, I'm dating myself) and also remember all the popular girls in high school always had clothing from the Limited. I was only lucky enough to get 1-2 items from The Limited.

For as long as I can remember, http://www.express.com has had great jeans. They offer a variety of women's jeans styles including boot cut, barely boot cut, flare, skinny, straight, skyscraper, wide leg to the ever so popular jean leggings:

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I personally love the crop Zelda jean legging:

The Zelda cropped jeans resemble cropped pants from the 1950's. The denim is dark, which gives a slimming appearance and they are made of a cotton/spandex blend. They look like the fit in all the right places. They're so cute!

No matter what type of jeans you like or wear, you can find what you are looking for at http://www.express.com.

Express has women's jeans and denim essentials you need! For a limited time, enter for a chance to win free Express jeans! Express will be giving away 50 free pairs that you could possibly be rockin’ on the sidewalk!

I encourage everyone to visit Express giveaway to learn more about this great jeans giveaway opportunity. What Express jeans are your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite pair is and why.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missoni for Target. Was it worth all the hype?

Yesterday was the first day the Missoni line for Target was released.
There were many discussions on Facebook as well as Instagram about the line and how all stores were sold out and the Target website was even down. Come to find out, Target had created a virtual line for their website and the front page would refresh every thirty seconds and open up when it was your turn.
I kept my browser open and finally got my turn to get into the website. While I thought the items were cute, I don't think this line was certainly worth the hype. What do you think?