Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gatti's Pizza ~ San Antonio, Texas @usfg

Great food, fun games and good family times all under one roof! Find an unlimited buffet filled with pizzas, pastas, a full salad bar, desserts and more fill the buffet. So much food! Plus, there's plenty of space to eat with the family in multiple themed dining rooms. 

Then it's on to the game room - which is huge! Video/arcade games, Bumper Cars and more! My readers receive these special offers: $10.99 - One Kids buffet, drinks & $10 game card - valid anytime - $39.99 - 2 adult buffets, 2 kids buffets, drinks, 2 $10 game cards - Valid anytime @usfg

Note: This post may contain a sponsored/affiliate/referral link. Thank you for supporting this site! My family and I will receive a buffet and a game card in exchange for a review. Review coming in a later post.

#BlueBeePals are available at Toys ‘R Us

It’s that time of year where kids are making their holiday wish lists and moms are searching for unique gift ideas. We’re excited to introduce you to a new revolutionary toy that will receive a seal of approval from moms and kids! Moms, meet Bluebee Pals, a new Interactive Bluetooth® Enabled Plush Companion and Learning Tool from Kayle Concepts.

Bluebee Pals is a huggable plush toy that sings, reads and answers phone calls. The advanced technology includes lip synchronization allowing the animal’s “mouth” to move while singing and reading your child’s favorite storybooks or learning apps. You can even surprise and entertain your family and friends when you use your Bluebee Pal as a wireless speaker phone! Bluebee Pals are available in 5 adorable characters: Leo the Lion, Lily the Lamb, Winston the Puppy, Riley the Zebra and Sammy the Bear. You can find Winston the Puppy at Toys ‘R Us this holiday season and the whole gang is available on

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

#RSVPInStyler Review:)

I was so excited when I learned I was going to be part of the Vocalpoint Instyler program! As part of this program, I was given the chance to review 3 AWESOME styling tools from InStyler!

The styling tools I received to review were the TULIP Auto Curler, 
MAX 2-way Rotating Iron and the Ionic Styler Pro!

 Tulip Auto Curler

Curling your hair has never been so fast and easy. With the tap of a button, you can have perfect curls and waves every time. With the unique open barrel design of the TULIP, your hair is visible and exposed at all times, preventing hair from getting tangled in the unit.
The Tulip Auto Curler is great for soft curls, beachy waves and Striking tight curls.
~open ceramic barrel is designed with anti-angle technology
~safety guard for burn-free styling
~2-way rotation with 3 rotation settings to curl left, curl right or alternate
~ 3 heat settings to achieve a variety of looks
Works great with
~Naturally straight/wavy hair
~thin/medium texture
**Naturally curly hair must be blown straight prior to use
The TULIP auto curler retails for $99.99 and is available in white

MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron

#1 styling tool for straightening, volume, shine, controlling frizz, texture and speed
Preferred for Straighting, Volume, Shine, Controlling Frizz, Texture and Speed~ Can be used for texture and waves
~2-way heated rotating barrel smoothes and polishes as it styles
~Black tourmaline ceramic plate smoothes without crushing, flattering or damaging hair
~Ionic bristles separate the hair and emit negative ions to close the cuticle, locking in moisture and creating healthy, shiny hair
~Wrap hair around the barrel to create beachy waves and texture
~ four heat setting up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
The MAX is great for all hair types and textures
Most trans formative looks for thick and curly hair

The MAX retails for $99.99 and is available in colors of black, pink or purple and the sizes of 1 and 1/4 inch for longer hair and 3/4 inch for shorter hair.

Ionic Styler Pro

Ceramic hot brush and flat iron with cool touch ionic bristles and dual ionic ceramic technology.
Hot Brush for smoothing and ceramic flat iron for straightening All in one!
~Open to use as a flat iron
~Close to use a hot brush to smooth hair and create volume at the roots
~Cool to the touch ionic bristles add shine and allow you to style without burning
Good with~
~Flat iron works for all hair lengths and naturally straight, wavy or curly hair
~Hot brush works best for medium/short length hair and medium/fine texture
~Use to create beachy waves for short to medium length hair
The Ionic Styler Pro retails for $79.99 online and is available in purple

My daughter likes the Ionic Styler Pro the best!
She has used it every day since I have received them in the mail!
She has owned other straighteners but she loves the Ionic Styler Pro! She has been experimenting with many different styles! Her hair looks great and has so much more volume and shine since she has been using the Ionic Styler Pro! She rates the Ionic Styler Pro a MUST have!!! That's a 5+ stars in teenage
The great folks from Instyler and VocalPoint have a great deal for you "my readers" until Jan 31st of 2015 ~You can Visit and enter the code SAVE30 for the 30% discount on the line of InStyler tools. This code is good for up to 2 tools!! These tools would make a great gift for any teenager this Holiday Season! With this code you can get a great tool valued at $99.99 for ONLY $69.99!!
Giveaway~Has ended:)
Winner is Mary M!

 Note: This post may contain a sponsored/affiliate/referral link. Thank you for supporting this site! Disclosure~ I received the 3 tools mentioned above from Vocalpoint and InStyler in order to complete my review and giveaway of the products. Some images are from the sponsoring site.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#makeupby1D Limited-Edition Beauty Collection @brandbacker

Hi gang!
I would like to introduce you to The NEW line of make up developed by Mark Wins Beauty. It is the One Direction limited~edition beauty collection!
It was created for and inspired by fans of the worlds biggest band, the limited edition beauty collection is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, just like ONE DIRECTION.
The collection includes ~

1. A tin with a member of the band on the front.
each tin contains eye shadow, eye pencil, lip gloss, lip gloss top coat and nail varnish
The eye shadows have names like~ I would, Nobody Compares, Summer Love and Tell Me a Lie
The lip glosses are named ~ Loved you First, One Thing, Heart Attack and Irresistable
The colors are bold and great for teenagers. I like that the tin is hard and holds are the products in a handy place:)

2. One Direction Liquilights UV Lip Gloss Set
Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night. Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look.
  • Set includes:
  • Through the dark - Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
  • Kiss you - Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
  • Taken - Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light
The colors are called: Kiss YouThrough the Dark,Taken. My daughter tried the Kiss You color in the above picture. I like the tint of the Kiss You color and the sparkle it gives her lips. They are suppose to make a cool look in UV light but I don't have one to test it out! I think these colors are great for any teenager! 

3. One Direction Electroglam Colored Mascara 
Give your look a jolt of electric colour, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colours.
  • Set includes:
  • Why don't we go there - Shock of blue
  • Does he know? - Pinkest hot pink
  • Story of my life - Amped canary yellow
  • FOR LASHES: Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better!
AS A HAIR MASCARA: Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.
My daughter Jessica tested the blue Why dont we go There. It looks great on her. 

4. One Direction Rock Me Nail UV Set
Rock Me Nail Kit, featuring Neon UV-reactive Nail Varnish and UV-reactive glitter nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night. Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!
  • Nail Varnish:
  • Happily - UV iced blue
  • Moments - UV neon pink
  • Diana - UV 3D holographic
  • Glitter Toppings:
  • Kicks - UV snow cone blue glitter
  • Not afraid - UV electrified pink glitter
  • Star - UV holo glitter
I had a member of my family try the nail varnish. We tried the Happy nail varnish and the Kicks glitter! I think it is really cute! The glitter makes it sparkle so pretty. 
Makeup by One Direction will hit the follow stores November 15th!
Stage Stores
Beauty Brands
For more info about Make up by One Direction please check out their face book page 
Info about MarkWinsBuilding upon a 30-year history of industry leadership and innovation, Markwins International is synonymous with high-quality cosmetics at an unbeatable value. Markwins’ portfolio of brands includes Wet n Wild, Physicians Formula, The Color Institute, and a range of licensed collections. Founded in 1984, the vertically-integrated company pioneered the concept of the all-in-one cosmetics compact, and has received numerous awards for product safety and its commitment to cruelty-free practices.

Disclosure~ I received the items listed above FREE from Brand Backer and Mark Wins Beauty in order to use and write up my review!  Info about products have been furnished by the sponsors and websites the products are available for sale on. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014


In an effort to shake things up and step out of her musical comfort zone, Mary J Blige spent a month in London writing and collaborating with some of the most exciting and popular artists in the UK – including Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sandé. The result is her highly anticipated album The London Sessions – which will be released on December 2, 2014.

An inspirational and powerful performer, Mary J Blige knows the ups and downs of life. If you've ever seen her perform, you know the passion she brings to her everything she does. The London Sessions is full of meaningful moments and uplifting messages. Get ready for some "Therapy" in the form of a new Mary J Blige album!

pre-order/order sites on iTunes and Amazon
* iTunes :
* Amazon:

*Official Mary J Blige Website:
* Twitter - @maryjblige
* Facebook -
* YouTube -

London Sessions includes these song titles
1. Therapy
2. Doubt
3. Not Loving You
4. When You're Gone
5. Right Now
6. My Loving
7.Long Hard Look
8. Whole Damn Year
9 .Nobody But You
10. Pick Me Up
11. Follow
12. Worth My Time

My favorite song from this album is My Loving :)

If you are a MJB fan then you will love London Sessions! Its a great album to listen to and the soulful music shares her stories of how to get thru the struggles! I give this album a 5 stars!! The album will drop December the 2nd! Be sure and pick up your copy!

I participated in the Mary J Blige The London Sessions album review program as a member of bLink Marketing Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gattitown - Corpus Christi

Great food, fun games and good family times all under one roof! Find an unlimited buffet filled with pizzas, pastas, a full salad bar, desserts and more fill the buffet. So much food! 

Plus, there's plenty of space to eat with the family in multiple themed dining rooms. Then it's on to the game room - which is huge! Video/arcade games, Bumper Cars, Mini Bowling and more! 

My readers receive these special offers: 
$10.99 One Kids Buffet, Drinks and $10 Game Card - valid anytime and $4.99 - One adult buffet & drinks - valid Monday-Friday
Click HERE @usfg

disclosure~ My Family and I will receive FREE all-you-care-to-eat pizza, pasta, salad, dessert buffet and drink, PLUS a $50 game card from GattiTown to write up a review. Review will be posted at a later date.

Star Kids Products ~ Snack and Play

Star Kids Products is an innovative children's product manufacturer that specializes in making fun and safe products for busy, traveling families. We specialize in safe and easy-to-clean products to make life easier when traveling with children whether via car on road trips, railroad or by plane. 

The Snack & Play Travel Tray is ideal for short and long trips. Use the Travel Tray anywhere you go with your car seat, even airplanes! Travel tray makes a great gift. Snack & Play Travel Tray can be purchased through our retail network.

The Snack & Play Travel Tray is made of a soft, durable, 100% Nylon. It includes buckles either around the child or the stroller, has large mesh storage pockets on the side and a 2 inch wall to stop food and toys form falling to the floor.

disclosure~ I will receive a Snack & Play Travel Tray to review. Review will be posted in a later post:) 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Schlitterbahn South Padre Island #BeachHoliday

Experience the Valley's premier entertainment destination on Texas' island jewel. This beach paradise features a 221 room resort hotel, indoor waterpark, full service restaurants and more. Enjoy 11 world-class attractions, roar down twin water slides, feast at the Shrimp Haus full-service restaurant or kick back and relax on the beach. 

Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark and Resort is the perfect combination of family adventures and state-of-the-art attractions, right on Texas' favorite beach. Experience the beach atmosphere, unique mix of attractions including a great carousel and the award-winning Torrent river system. 

Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark and Resort is the perfect Beach Holiday. 
Book Yours Today! @usfg

Disclosure~My family and I will Enjoy a weekend at Schlitterbahn South Padre Island waterpark and resort, Which will Included are two nights accommodations and tickets for my whole family for their indoor park. HERE is our review Of Schlitterbahn South Padre Island.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Show Me The Kwan Game

It's not quite a board game, definitely not a video game, and a whole lot of fun! It plays very quickly and works for any number of players (ages 10+ - can be slightly younger if simple spelling of words is not frustrating).

Show Me the Kwan is a fast-paced, dice rolling, word game. Given the chosen category the players must call out fitting words where either the first, second or last letter correspond to the lettered dice that were rolled. Each dice has an assigned point value. At the end of the 1 minute round, all players must count their points on the dice they collected. and use the codes FREESHIP for free shipping on Kwan ONLY, or code 10FORME for 10% off their entire order.

Note: This post may contain a sponsored/affiliate/referral link. Thank you for supporting this site! disclosure~ I will receive a free game in exchange for my post. Review of game will be in later post.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Time in a Box by FoxMind Games

FoxMind Presents the Gift No One Else Can Give

What does every child want? An I Pad? Xbox? Maybe, but what is the one thing that every child wants, needs and deserves? At FoxMind Games they believe they know the answer and today announced the international availability of its new Time in a Box.

The new product, the brainchild of child psychologist and writer Rute Moreira, is more than its contents. It's a gift of dedicated time; an opportunity to try new things; a way to explore art and science; a chance to plan for the future and to consider the past; and a way to tell a child in your life that they matter to you - more than anything!

David Capon, President of FoxMind, explained, "The benefits of Time in a Box extend beyond the product itself because it creates uninterrupted quality moments with the family and reinforces social-emotional connections. It also aims to reinforce the child's feeling of connection to a larger community such as the neighborhood or the town where he or she lives."

When you give Time in a Box, (MSRP $17.95 for 2 players ages 6 and up) you are offering a child you care about the gift no one else in the world can give them: your time. Inside the box you'll find 96 activity cards that allow a child to momentarily shift your priorities and focus on doing a special activity together, such as playing a board game; solving a puzzle; starting a family tree; making a blanket fort; or carrying out an act of kindness that will bring a smile to a stranger's face. Time in a Box includes a simple written agreement between you and the child that sets the ground rules by which you'll both abide. Adults should switch off their smart phones and get ready for some quality time!

"Season-by-season, Time in a Box is a gift that inspires activities that provide a wealth of ways to make memories together and the unique and beautiful box can serve as a memory chest where pictures and notes can be collected and treasured," Capon said.

Order yours today!
FoxMind social media

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All Things Christmas and

All Things Christmas And More is a family business for over 5 years now. We pride ourselves on offering the best Christmas products around at an affordable price. We stock over 2,500 items year round and expand our catalog every year. This year new Was Halloween next year we are looking to expand and a carry a Spring and Summer Catalog. This Holiday Season we are proud to offer FREE shipping on all order placed November 1st thru December 11th.

Free Shipping on all orders at Use code UFG

Note: This post may contain a sponsored/affiliate/referral link. Thank you for supporting this site! disclosure~ I will receive $25.00 gift certificate redeemable for any items at the Holiday Store for review.

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates

Time was when Marie Cavanaugh spent hours in her South Dakota farmhouse each Christmas season making pecan rolls and homemade chocolates for holiday gifting.

"It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe," Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. "I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea.'" 

Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets.

...In 1972, the family moved to Utah, leaving good friends and their beloved cattle ranch. 

"It was a difficult decision, especially for George," Mrs. Cavanaugh said. "He was excited about making our new venture, which we chose to call Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies, a great success. We felt Utah was blessed with good chocolates and that we would enjoy - and could compete with - those who pride themselves on making excellent chocolates."

Millions of pounds of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh's candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence....
Ask chocolate aficionados. They will direct those seeking the best chocolates to the popular Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies. 

My readers receive Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates use promo code: usfamily14

Note: This post may contain a sponsored/affiliate/referral link. Thank you for supporting this site! disclosure~ I will receive a pound of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates - the World's Best Chocolate for reveiw. 

The #BouqLove Giveaway ~ Winners choice~ ends 11/10

 The Bouqs co. is a new floral company. 
What really makes them unique and different is that their South American flowers are picked from the side of an active volcano!! 
YES, you read that right an ACTIVE VOLCANO! 

The Bouqs Co offers over 40 different arrangements for a 
FLAT rate of $40 with FREE shipping! 
Here are just a few examples of the beautiful Bouqs that you can choose from 
at The Bouqs Company! 
This is the Above and Beyond~ 
Pink Roses accompany white accents for a real expression of love and gratitude. 
This is Confetti ~ they use every color of the farm-fresh premium roses to create this Bouq. 
This one is called Dawn! They are orange premium roses! How neat is that!

Just look at this BEAUTIFUL BOUQ I received!!.  
Ordering was simple and easy via the online form. Took just a few clicks to order exactly what I wanted:) I was able to include a special note and set the date that I wanted them delivered! My Bouq arrived right on time the day I requested:)
My bouq was named Hot Lava!
I was able to keep my Bouq alive for almost 2 weeks! 
I sent my mom This Beautiful Bouq for her birthday!!
I love the Bold RED and WHITE roses:)

My daughters Orange roses arrived for her Birthday (10-31)
The Orange is just amazing!!
She got so many that I only took half the Bouq to her at
There are so many more lovely Bouqs to choose from! 
Check out all the different Bouqs from the Volcano collection HERE!
The Bouqs Co flowers are fresh because they're sent straight from sustainable Equadorian farms, where they're grown in sun-drenched, mineral-rich volcanic soil, the flowers arrive just four days after being cut. 
You can order a BEAUTIFUL BOUQ for yourself or a loved one by 
Clicking here to get the Dnbuster's Place special
$10 off your first order!! That's only $30 for a Beautiful Bouq~
Or you can WIN a FREE Bouq!!
The Bouqs co. has very generously offered to give one reader of  
MY BLOG their very own BOUQ from their Volcano Collection!! 
That's right! The winner PICKS which bouq they want !!
Value of $40! 
The winner can choose to keep it or send it send to someone special!

To enter use the rafflecopter form below! 
The winning entry will be verified.
giveaway ends 11/10 at 12amCST
This gives the winner plenty of time to choose a beautiful Bouq from the collection and 
have it delivered and be enjoying it before Thanksgiving:)

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue #MiHeroeFavorito

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Studios. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue is available November 4th on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere:

Kids often hear about ‘super’ heroes- the kind that fly through the air and can carry trucks and break through buildings. But the conversation of ‘everyday’ heroes isn’t always as popular. People like  teachers, fire fighters, police officers, nurses and everyday folks in our communities often go unnoticed for their small heroic acts. Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue celebrates our everyday heroes in a story filled with humor and heart available for the first time ever on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 4, 2014. An exciting adventure for the entire family! 
My family has its own "set" of heroes. A few years ago, My youngest son Andrew was out playing with his friends on a street near a local drainage system  and got in some trouble. He and 2 of his friends got swept away by the fast rushing rain water.  They were sucked into the cities drainage system by fast flowing rain water. 2 of the children had came out exits of the drainage pipes and were just fine.(other than having shredded clothing and a few cuts and bruises) but my Andrew was still missing. Andrew's male friend crawled out of a drainage hole after just a few minutes and had flagged down a passing car. That car just happen to have an off duty firefighter in it. His friend told the firefighter about what just happened and the firefighter jumped into action and called for additional help to locate the 2 still missing children. Andrew's female friend was found a few minutes after the call for help by an elderly couple. She had come out the drainage system behind the country club area! Andrew was still missing thou. During the time he was missing the local news channels had texted and broke in with reports of my missing child. The citizens of this city are awesome. They jumped into action right away. Divers and and citizens with boats had begun to search for Andrew at all the exits of the drainage systems. After 45 minutes Andrew just walked out of the same spot that he was sucked into!! Other than being wet and in shock he was just fine!
You can read the newspaper report HERE
You can view the news report HERE
Our heroes of that day are many but they start with the off duty firefighter, the elderly couple, the PD, the divers, the boat operators and every one who searched for my son that day! More than 17 units of the Fire department, police department, sheriff's office, city workers and countless citizens all were looking to find him.

because they cared about my son he has grown and become my little cook


To celebrate the release of Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue available on Blu-ray and Digital HD Nov 4  I invite you to join the #MiHeroeFavorito ‘Who’s Your Hero & Why’ Twitter Party featuring Eric Estrada LIVE on 11/4 from 9-10 pm EST. Register HERE
Here are some great activity sheets to go along with the release
Giveaway~ Enter my #MiHeroeFavorito “Who’s Your Hero & Why?” #Giveaway for a chance to win the Planes Fire & Rescue DVD Combo pack! Giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. Ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends 11/7 at 12AM CST. Winning entry will be verified.

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