Our Dixie Chicks Staycation at The Embassy Suites The Woodlands

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We love staycations.

Taking a one or two night stay somewhere not too far from home has become our solution when we start climbing the walls and need a change of scenery. We love to travel, but time and money prevents us from taking a full week trip somewhere far away more than we’d like. And with a soon-to-be high school freshman who is in band and plays sports, our time and …. gulp, money are going to become even harder to come by.

We’ve taken several staycations at The Woodlands. It’s only 30 minutes from our house in Northwest Houston, but if feels like we have truly gotten out of town. When I heard that The Dixie Chicks were coming to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on August 6th, I knew I had to get tickets and make it a last summer vacation outing for our family.

We were very excited to be invited as guests to stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton The Woodlands at Hughes Landing for an evening so we could see the new property (they opened last December 2015). It was perfect to combine our stay with our concert plans so we could relax and not have to make a late night drive home after the show.

We’ve stayed at several different Embassy Suites hotels over the years…most recently at The Embassy Suites Irvine when we took an Orange County vacation earlier this summer. We love that all the Embassy Suites hotels offer large, comfortable 2-room suites, complimentary drinks at a reception in the evenings and free made-to-order breakfast in the morning.

The Embassy Suites in The Woodlands is just minutes from the The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and within walking distance of Restaurant Row. After we checked-in at 4:00 p.m., we walked down the street and had appetizers at Del Frisco’s Grill and macarons at Macaron by Patisse. Other restaurants right by the hotel include California Pizza Kitchen, Escalante’s, Starbuck’s, Blue Fish, Local Pour and Fogo de Chao. While we were there we noticed they have free evening movies overlooking the lake. A fun family activity within walking distance of the hotel – but we already had plans!

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Back at the hotel, the kids wanted to take a quick swim – Because – hello infinity pool!

Located on the third floor, the pool is small but elegant and it wasn’t crowded. A glass wall over looks the lake and restaurant row and they had several lounge recliners that we hung over the side of the pool so we could relax in the water. The kids didn’t want to leave, but we had to head to the room to get ready.

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While many of the Embassy Suites hotels (and all the ones we’ve previously stayed at) have a large atrium in the middle of the hotel in which all the rooms overlook, The Woodlands location is designed like a traditional hotel. Our room on the 9th floor was on the corner and had a living room and bedroom with large, beautiful windows and a balcony.

Seriously.

Look at this view.

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While standing on our balcony, we saw some people kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Woodlands  (wait – what? We LOVE to SUP!). You can rent them at the near-by Riva Row Boat House and we will definitely be back to do this when it cools off in the fall.

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Before going to the Pavilion, we stopped by the lobby for free drinks (a glass of wine for mom and soft drinks for the kids!) and snacks…we weren’t the only Chicks fans there. While the Pavilion isn’t far, it’s a bit long for a late night walk. Many people took a cab or called Uber, but you can also drive. We were “Dixie Chicks Serious” about getting to the show on time!

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photo courtesy of Ken O’Quinn, Storyteller Communications

The concert was so crazy, fun. This stop on the DCX MMXVI World Tour is the first time they’ve been back to Houston in nearly a decade.

They’ve been a long time gone.

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photo courtesy of Ken O’Quinn, Storyteller Communications

Annie plays the violin so she loved watching Martie fiddle. I’ve been a fan for a long time. I used to sing Godspeed to the kids when they were babies to help them drift off to sleep at night. The crowd went crazy when they played a tribute to Prince (Nothing Compares 2 U), Wide Open Spaces and Cowboy Take Me Away – but we lost our collective minds with Goodbye Earl and their first encore, Not Ready to Make Nice.

We had a great time, but were hot and tired and so thankful we only had to travel 2 minutes to get to our comfy beds at the Embassy Suites. The next morning we had our complimentary breakfast in the lobby. Scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, french toast, bacon, sausage and biscuits with gravy. They also offered made to order eggs and omelets and had fresh juice and coffee.

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In addition to the water fall in the lobby in the picture above, check out this fountain in the courtyard by the restaurant. I love water features like these. So calming.

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We talked to several people in concert t-shirts about the show before heading to the pool for another swim. While we hated to leave, work and Jackson’s all day band practices that started the next day were calling us back to reality. But we’ll be back to The Embassy Suites to SUP on the lake or when another band comes to town we want to see.

Or when we just want to live life on the edge…. relaxing in the pool.

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We were guests at The Embassy Suites and received a free night stay in order to review the property. No other compensation was received and all thoughts, opinions and sore throat from singing too loud at the concert are my own!

 

 

 

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Surf City USA Day Trip – 7 Family Friendly Things To Do in Huntington Beach

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While you can definitely fill a full week relaxing in Huntington Beach, California, if you only have a limited amount of time to play in Surf City USA, no worries. We have the perfect itinerary for a full day of family-friendly fun in this casual and cool Pacific Coast community.

My family and I stayed in the beautiful Irvine and Costa Mesa areas while visiting Southern California this summer, the perfect home base for a vacation in Orange County. The Costa Mesa Marriott is 10 minutes from Huntington Beach, so we had just a short, 20-minute drive back to the hotel after a full day of fun. For information about things to do in the Irvine and Costa Mesa areas, be sure to visit my post: Family Travel – Fun Things to Do in Irvine, California #OrangeCounty.

Our friends at Visit Huntington Beach hosted our visit for the day and helped us coordinate a schedule that included a combination of water sports, good food and relaxation that was perfect for me, my 10-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son. If you are planning a girl’s getaway, romantic weekend or vacation with younger kids, they have a lot of other ideas about things to do in the area – so be sure to check them out for ideas before you arrive.

A DAY IN HUNTINGTON BEACH

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1. Learn to Surf – When in Surf City USA, you gotta surf! After all, Huntington Beach has the most consistent waves on the West Coast. If you don’t know how to hang 10, surf lessons from Toes On The Noes is the perfect thing to do in Huntington Beach.

Located at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in the Retail Courtyard, Toes On The Nose offers lessons for those of ages 6 and up with any level of experience. As first timers – we were so excited about the opportunity to hit the waves with a little help from the pros. 

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After putting on wetsuits (provided by Toes On The Nose), we walked across the street from the hotel to the beach with our two instructors, Brock and Paul. Our 2-hour morning lesson started with a brief explanation about technique and we practiced going from the paddling position to standing on our surf boards while we were still on the sand.

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Then we hit the water. Jackson went up immediately and Annie was soon to follow. It took a few more tries for me – but it turns out you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I wasn’t going to win an award for style, but I had a blast riding a wave all the way in to the beach.

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Brock and Paul were so patient and nice. They’ve both been surfing for a long time, especially Brock who started surfing when he was just a little one in preschool. It’s clear they are in their happy place when in the ocean. Even though they are clearly very experienced, they seemed to really enjoy surfing with us rookies and were excited for us when we got up on our boards. We all enjoyed getting to know them…it’s always awesome to meet people who are living their dream.

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After a while, it was clear that Jackson was really progressing quickly. Brock took him out to work one-on-one with him so he could experience as much as possible before the end of our lesson. It was so fun to watch Jackson feel the thrill of catching waves on his own. While Paul and I watched him from the beach, Paul told me that he could tell he had the bug. Paul got it when he was 13 years old and has been hooked on surfing ever since. He could tell Jackson was heading there.

Jackson stood a little taller when Brock and Paul asked him to come see them next time we visited Huntington Beach so they could go surfing together again.

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While surf lessons are a bit of a splurge – it’s totally worth it if you’ve never done it before. I also felt so much more comfortable knowing the kids had experienced surfers with them who knew about rip currents and how to be safe while having fun. Our instructors really maximized our time in the water, giving us the chance to catch waves immediately by telling us when to pop up…timing is everything.

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Many thanks to Brock and Paul and Toes On The Noes for an epic morning.

Jackson said it was lit.

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2. Ride Bikes Down the Boardwalk – After your surf lessons, rent bikes at Toes On The Noes (they also offer hourly and daily bike rentals) and cruise down the Boardwalk. There’s an 8.5 mile paved beach path perfect for pedaling around. It’s a great way to soak in the sun, the views and the relaxing vibe of Huntington Beach and the Pacific Ocean. We worked up an appetite after hitting the waves, so we rode our bikes from the Hyatt to Sandy’s Beach Grill for lunch. Bike rentals come with locks and you’ll find bike racks all along the paved path, so you can stop to shop or eat or just relax on the sand.

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3. Have Lunch at Sandy’s Beach Grill – While on your bike ride down the boardwalk – stop in Sandy’s for a bite to eat. This casual restaurant serves authentic California cuisine and is right by the iconic Huntington Pier. We had delicious scallops and mushroom flatbread at a table with a great view of the ocean. It was so yummy and relaxing and we were able to lock our bikes up on a bike rack right outside the restaurant. Check out my full review of Sandy’s Beach Grill in the post, 8 Great Restaurants in Orange County.

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4. Stand Up Paddleboarding at Huntington Harbor with OEX Sunset Beach. We fell in love with Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) last year in Florida. So much so, that we bought our own paddleboard before we left Sandestine! We don’t get the chance to go out as often as we’d like in Houston, so whenever we are by the water – we always try to squeeze in some time to SUP. OEX Sunset Beach, a kayak and SUP rental shop only a short drive down the Pacific Coast Highway from Sandy’s Grill, is a great place to grab a board and get on the water.

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Since we’ve been stand up paddleboarding before, we each got our own paddleboard – but two people can easily fit on one board if you are new to the sport and have younger kids. OEX Sunset Beach also offers lessons if you want to learn before you head out on your own, but SUP is really easy…you just have to find your balance. While it’s a lot of fun, relaxing and a great way to explore – it’s also a great workout. We went out around 3:30 p.m. so we had two hours to play. OEX Sunset Beach closes at 5:30, so all kayakers and paddleboarders have to be in by then.

The harbor is beautiful and there were a lot of kayakers and paddleboarders out on the water. We had fun exploring the area and looking at the boats and homes along the way. Paddleboarding is very calming to me. I love falling into the rhythm of paddling as I glide across the water. The kids love it, too. It’s a great way to see the water from a different perspective and while we didn’t talk a lot – it’s fun to experience SUP together with your family.

We went pretty far out, around several bends in the Harbor and before we knew it, it was time to head back. It was a little windier then we anticipated and because we were going against the wind on the way back, we made it back with only about 10 minutes to spare! With tired arms, tighter abs and full hearts – we turned in our equipment.

Tip: Parking is limited in their parking lot but you can park for free along the highway. You can also store your valuables in the shop (car keys, etc.) so you don’t have to worry about taking things on the paddleboard.

5. Shop at Pacific City If you have time and want to do some shopping, Pacific City is a fun place to visit. Right on the Pacific Coast Highway – they have big stores like Free People and LUSH (our favorite bath products!) as well as smaller specialty shops. We went after we finished SUP and before dinner and really enjoyed CherryHills Market. They also have restaurants and live entertainment. While we just visited for an hour, we could have been here much longer.

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6. Eat Dinner at Cucina Alessa – Just a short drive from the Boardwalk to Main Street is a delicious Italian restaurant, perfect for dinner. While you don’t want to wear a bathing suit or cut offs, it’s not too fancy. We were very comfortable. Jackson got lasagna, I ordered lobster ravioli and Annie had pasta with grilled shrimp and everything was delicious. We heard that all their handmade pastas are yummy – especially the Butternut Squash Ravioli. For a full review about Cucina Alessa, see my post: 8 Great Restaurants in Orange County.

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7. Bonfire on the Beach – While there are several public fire pits available for use on a first come, first serve basis on the beach each evening, there’s a special area across the street from and between the Hilton and Hyatt hotels where you can reserve a private bonfire. Waterfront Adventures, part of the The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, allows you to enjoy watching the sunset on the beach and making s’mores by the fire without any of the fuss. They provide the beach chairs, fire pit, wood, soft drinks and water, and all the fixin’s for s’mores.

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This was an amazing way to end the day. We just showed up on the beach and checked in with the attendant at about 8:30 p.m. Our private fire pit was already set up. During the evening he continually checked on us and kept the fire going so all we had to do was get comfortable and curl up by the fire. We loved visiting together about our Huntington Beach adventures in such beautiful surroundings.

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Tip: Be aware that the beach closes for everyone at 10:00 p.m. Starting at about 9:45 p.m. police vehicles begin to patrol the beach – so be prepared to pack up or pay a fine!

The kids happily dozed off during our ride back to Costa Mesa after the Bonfire. Before they were out like a light, both of them smiled and said…”Today was the best day. Ever.”

So, yeah. This mom’s kinda loving Huntington Beach.

What is your favorite thing to do in Orange County?

As guests of  Visit Huntington Beach our meals and activities were provided in order for us to experience Surf City USA area attractions. No other compensation was received and, as always, all opinions expressed are my own or taken from input received from my kids.

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8 Great Restaurants in Orange County

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When planning a family vacation, I pack our itinerary with fun things to do, but don’t always have a lot of ideas about where to go eat. Dining can be an event in itself and is a great way to soak in the local scene as well as fuel up – so I try to find fun restaurants that are different, offer food and drinks that are unique to the region and/or are where the locals like to go, but if we wait too late to make a decision – we end up going somewhere “safe” like a chain restaurant that we have back home.

You don’t want to be around me when I’m hangry!

How to find a good restaurant when you are on vacation:

1. Before leaving for your trip, ask friends who have been to where you’re going (or those that live there) where they recommend going.

2. Look online. I got a lot of great dining ideas from the folks at Destination Irvine and Visit Huntington Beach/Surf City USA who also helped coordinate some of our activities in Orange County. Other great resources that were helpful while I planned my Orange County vacation were Travel Costa Mesa and Visit Laguna BeachI highly recommend visiting these sites to prepare for your perfect Southern California family vacation as well as blogs and travel review sites specific to Orange County, California.

3. Ask those you meet during your trip. When we were in Laguna Beach, we stopped in the Visitor’s Center to get some ideas about when low tide was that day and where the best tide pools were. While talking to Peggy, we mentioned that we were going to dine at a well known restaurant overlooking the ocean. She said that it was good, but always busy, very expensive and a little more formal than what we were looking for. She suggested we go to The Cliff Restaurant, which was more casual, less expensive and great for kids…with the same awesome view.

If you are going to Orange County, here are a couple ideas to get you started. These were our favorite restaurants we visited during our 6-day family vacation to Southern California.

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1. Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails – Irvine

We LOVE this restaurant. Located just 1/2 mile from the Embassy Suites Irvine and the John Wayne Orange County airport, Andrei’s Executive Chef Yves Fournier uses fresh, local and organically grown produce and naturally raised meats and sustainable seafood to create a “Conscious, California Cuisine” menu with Mediterranean flair.

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You can’t go wrong with any menu item – but you must…I repeat…YOU MUST start with an order of the homemade chips.

Heaven.

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For lunch, I had the Pacific scallops with organic yellow corn goat cheese risotto, avocado emulsion and oven roasted baby carrots. I just can’t even describe how yummy this dish was. I swear it wasn’t Andrei’s Summer In Provence cocktail talking (champagne with lavender essence and white grape juice).

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Which was also…Amazing.

Jackson ordered a new dish to the menu – the Quail Ravioli: free range quail, ricotta and sage ravioli, sundried tomato, pancetta, fava beans, burley buss cheddar and braising jus. I was pretty impressed that my 14-year-old ordered this… and he loved it. My 10-year-old picky eater who is slightly less adventurous was as happy as a clam to see a kid’s menu with items she knows and loves (if you happen to have a “I only like pizza and chicken nuggets” eater – you know what I mean!)

Then there’s dessert.

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Andrei’s had me at Warm Beignets.

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But then they brought out the accompanying tray of homemade chocolate and caramel sauces with whipped cream and I suddenly understood why locals went loco when they tried to remove this item from the menu a while back.

In addition to outstanding food and comfortably sophisticated surroundings (I just came up with that description. I’m feeling like a J. Peterman catalog writer!), what makes this restaurant truly unique is the story behind it. After the owner’s son, Andrei, was diagnosed with a retinal eye disease, he embraced a healthful diet comprised of organic and locally sourced food. He dreamed of opening a restaurant, but he passed away after being involved in a car accident in his 20’s. To honor his memory, Andrei’s was opened in 2009 and 100% of the restaurant’s net profits benefit The Andrei Foundation, which supports many charitable causes and organizations.

What a beautiful way to honor his life.

When you visit Andrei’s, ask for Rob (he’s orginally from Liverpool). He was our server and was absolutely fabulous and fun. If you ask – he’ll send out Chef Yves so you can gush over the meal (and you will). Chef Yves, who is from Paris, is pretty fabulous, too. In addition to a great regular menu…he also whips up some fun offerings. For example, from July 8 – 16th, they had French Week with several special entrees and desserts that looked tres bien. We were sorry to miss it.

After talking to Rob and Yves together with their accents and stories from home, we felt like quite the international travelers. My kids and I agreed that if we lived in Irvine, we would be great friends with both of them and their families.

Seriously – go to Andrei’s and tell them we said hello and we miss them. And eat a beignet for me.

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2. 85 C Bakery and Cafe– Irvine

If you like pastries, then get yourself to Diamond Jamboree, a multicultural dining plaza in Orange County, and visit 85 C.  We fell so hard for this delicious Taiwanese bakery, we went back twice for breakfast on the go. When you enter, you grab a tray and tongs and serve yourself to the huge selection of goodies like sponge cakes, mango and chocolate breads and egg custard tarts. Jackson and Annie loved the iced chocolate milk drinks as well. If you are anywhere near Irvine, visit 85 C Bakery.

Just do it.

Unfamiliar with the different pastries? Just grab a couple that look good…you can’t go wrong. You’ll thank me later. Now that I’m hooked, I’m so sad we don’t have one in Houston.

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3. Honey & Butter Macarons – Irvine Spectrum Shopping Center

Rob at Andrei’s told us to be sure to grab a macaron from Honey & Butter and we were so glad we listened to him. They were as cute as they were delicious. Annie was THRILLED to score the last pig-shaped macaron (she’s crazy for micro pigs). Check out my previous post about fun things to do in Irvine for more about Honey & Butter.

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4. Cucina Alessa – Huntington Beach

I can’t wait to tell you all about our adventures in Huntington Beach. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about what to do in a day at Surf City USA. We had the best day. EVER.

(Spoiler alert) – Eat at Cucina Alessa. We had dinner at this quaint Italian restaurant on Main Street just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Boardwalk. What a great way to end a day in the sun…relaxing with a glass of Pinot Grigo, delicious food and my kiddos.

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We started out with the Nodini – fresh Mozzarella, aromatic focaccia breadcrumbs, lightly fried, served with pomodoro basil sauce.

I had the Ravioli D’Aragosta (Lobster, fennel, sherry reduction stuffed ravioli, vodka cream sauce), Jackson had Lasagna Napoletana (Original recipe, ricotta cheese, mini-meatballs, ragu’, mozzarella, and basil) and Annie had pasta with grilled shrimp.

Tip: We were all so thrilled with our selections, we didn’t leave room to enjoy dessert. Be sure to pace yourself (and package leftovers to enjoy for lunch the next day) so you can get the tiramisu or creme brulee.

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5. Sandy’s Beach Grill – Huntington Beach

After learning how to surf at Huntington Beach – we rode bikes we borrowed from Toes on the Nose (located at the Hilton) to grab a bite to eat for lunch at Sandy’s Beach Grill. Just a short bike ride down the boardwalk, Sandy’s offers authentic California cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. Located right by the Huntington Pier and below Duke’s, we ate outside with a great view of the beach. It was so relaxing and yummy.

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Jackson loved the mushroom flatbread. I devoured the seared scallops with yam medallions and sage brown butter and Annie ordered the kid’s cheese pizza (I’m telling you – she is nothing if not consistent!)

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We loved this casual restaurant because of the great service, super location and yummy food.

Tip: Try Sandy’s Surf Burger (shrimp and tuna cake instead of beef). We hear it is to die for!

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6. Medieval Times – Buena Park

While staying at the Costa Mesa Marriott, we visited Buena Park to attend a 7:15 p.m. dinner jousting show at Medieval Times. We live in Houston and there is a Medieval Times in Dallas that we’ve always wanted to go to, but never had the opportunity – so we were really excited.

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This 2-hour jousting tournament complete with horses, knights and a falcon also includes a 4-course dinner. When we arrived, we were assigned a table and knight to cheer for (the green knight) and given green paper crowns. We got our picture taken with the Queen (you can purchase photos at the end of the show) and while we waited for the doors to the arena to open, we walked around the Hall of Arms where you can see the weapons, coat of arms, horses and the falcon up close. They also have a bar where you can purchase refreshments in souvenir cups as well as a gift shop with all things medieval.

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Trumpets sound, the doors open to the 11th-Century, European-Style Castle, and you are escorted to your table in the color coded area that matches your knight. As a guest of the King, we watched knights engage in a jousting competition using weapons including a sword, lance, alabarda and mace. We also experienced a falcon flying over our heads and a dressage show performed by Andalusian horses.

We had a great time. While you know that the sword fighting is rehearsed, they take great care to make sure the show is authentic while protecting the performers and animals.

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I’ve heard great things about the show, but didn’t know what to expect from the meal itself since the same thing is served to everyone. We were pleasantly surprised! It included tomato bisque soup with garlic toast, roasted chicken with buttered corn on the cob and potatoes and an apple turnover for dessert. The chicken was really good (my picker eater cleaned her entire plate!) and we liked dipping our garlic toast in the tomato bisque. The old school apple turnovers reminded me of when I was younger and I may or may not have stolen a couple bites from Annie’s dessert (I mean – it was dark in there so no one actually SAW me eat anything!)

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Tip: Arrive early to get your seat assignment and walk around the garden and castle. A lot of families upgraded their tickets (there are several packages to pick from) which include a group photo, premiere seating and a flag to wave in honor of your knight. Even though we had the standard tickets, we were able to buy a green knight flag for $5.00 so we could join in and show our “green” support!

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7. ChocXO – Irvine

While not a restaurant, we definitely ate a lot of great chocolate during our tour of ChocXO. Check out the details in my earlier post, Family Travel – Fun Things To Do In Irvine, California. We loved learning about how chocolate is made and sampling all the yummy goodness. You could probably count a visit here as a meal.

Or two.

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8. The Cliff Restaurant – Laguna Beach

We loved Laguna Beach so much, we went back on the last day of our trip to say goodbye to Shaw’s Cove and stop by a few shops in town. Peggy at the visitor’s center had recommended The Cliff Restaurant to us when we visited earlier in the week, so we stopped in and had a wonderful brunch by the ocean.

The Cliff is located within walking distance of Main Beach – so it’s a popular place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had tried to go for dinner once earlier in the week, but the wait was too long. We were happy to have some time on our last day to enjoy the good food and fabulous view.

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Jackson had eggs and bacon, Annie ordered waffles and I got the California Benedict with crab meat. Everything was really yummy and the portions were generous, so Annie had plenty of waffles to share with me and Jackson!

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It was so peaceful to overlook the Pacific Ocean while we talked about our fantastic week together in Orange County. We had such a great time and The Cliff made our vacation even more memorable,

Tip: The Cliff doesn’t accept reservations, but you can call ahead to get your name on the waiting list. I highly recommend doing so – especially for dinner.

What are your favorite restaurants in Orange County?

As a guest of Destination IrvineSurfCityUSA, and Medieval Times some of our expenses were covered in order for us to experience Orange County area restaurants and attractions. We also happily paid for some of our own travel, food and activities during our journey. No other compensation was received and, as always, all opinions expressed are my own or taken from input received from my kids.

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Hydrating with BODYARMOR SuperDrink

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My kids participate in a lot of sports. Lacrosse, soccer and swim team are a few outdoor sports they are involved with right now. Living in Houston, where it stays hot and humid most of the year, we have to be mindful about keeping hydrated during these activities. It’s an ongoing challenge for all of us.

I have a hard time keeping down fluids when I run, so I struggle with finding a balance between staying hydrated and keeping cramps and nausea at bay. My kids…well – they are just lazy! They get pretty warm at lacrosse games, especially my son who wears chest pads and a helmet, but “forget” to drink fluids. I’m usually on the sidelines screaming “Hydrate!” as much as I’m yelling “Go team!”

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We usually stick to water because I’m not a big fan of all the artificial ingredients in some sports drinks and my kids really don’t like the way they taste. I mean, if I’m going to the trouble of working out to keep healthy – I’d rather not load up on a bunch of chemicals while I’m actually doing it! Sometimes water just isn’t enough though. During one a sprint triathlon last summer when it hit record high temps in H-Town….heat was a real issue. I realized during that race that I needed electrolytes in a big way so I alternated between drinking water and the sports drink they gave out at all the water stations.

I was recently given the opportunity to try out a new sports drink line by BODYARMOR. SuperDrink by BODYARMOR has natural flavoring (no artificial sweeteners or color) and provides hydration with a combo of potassium blended electrolytes, 10% coconut water and B vitamins. Sounded good to me, but would the kids like it?

At last weekend’s swim meet, my son and daughter both gave them a try. BODYARMOR SuperDrink comes in 8 flavors. We tested 6 of them: Strawberry Banana, Mixed Berry, Orange Mango, Fruit Punch, Blackout Berry and Tropical Punch. The verdict? They loved the taste (and I did, too!)

They are light and refreshing. Sweet…but not too sweet. After I drank one I felt – well…hydrated! My daughter’s favorite was Strawberry Banana. Jackson liked all the berry flavors. I’m partial to the Orange Mango.

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I don’t always say this after trying out a new fitness related product, but BODYARMOR SuperDrink is going to become a staple in our house. The 16 oz bottles are perfect for throwing in the gym bag and I think it’s cool that they are also gluten free and don’t contain caffeine. I did a search online at DrinkBODYARMOR.com and they carry these sport drinks at Kroger, Target and HEB, all places close to my house. Check out the site to see where to get them by where you live. And while you’re online, be sure to print this BODYARMOR coupon (I did!) so you can save some cash while keeping cool this summer.

Be well. Be safe. Be fierce.

I was given samples of BODYARMOR SuperDrink for free in order to review. I received no compensation for this post and all opinions stated are my own. 

 

 

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My #StickaPic Craft Party – HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper @Staples with Special Discount

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I love to make things, especially during the holiday season. It’s fun to give homemade gifts and when I use photos in my DIY projects, it makes them extra special.

As an HP Smart Mom Panel member, I have been able to give HP insight into what a small business owner, blogger, mom and DIY/crafter likes about products such as printers and photo paper.  I’ve also been able to try out new HP products first hand. Recently I travelled to San Diego for the HP Print and Pamper Retreat where I was able to visit HP headquarters and meet with executives to give my input about product development.

During the trip, we also were treated to a craft night. I was in DIY heaven when I walked into the conference room at the Rancho Bernardo Inn and saw tables and tables of make and takes. I was inspired by the projects and couldn’t wait to get home to share what I learned with my friends! These projects and more can be found online at MyPrintly.com.

Taking an hour or two during the day to get creative with good friends is such a gift. Even though we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving, I put on some Christmas music and lit some cinnamon candles as we visited and snacked on some pumpkin goat cheese and scones. As my friends arrived, they printed photo “name tags” on HP Social Media Snapshots sticky photo paper with their favorite hashtag. It was fun to see what word they each picked to describe themselves.

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Other friends picked love and awesome. I chose brave.

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My friends loved using the free HP Snapshots app to access and print photos straight from their social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook as well as their smartphone’s photo stream. HP Social Media Snapshots 4×5 sticky back photo paper is perfect for creating projects. We made three easy and fun photo projects perfect for gift giving.

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1. Tile Coasters

How to make yourself: Get some stone tiles in the bathroom section of Home Depot. You can also use ceramic tiles for a more polished look. Print a photo onto HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper from Instagram using the free, HP Snapshots app. You can pick a white or black frame for your photo, or trim the border off completely, like I did. Peel off the protective backing from the back of the photo and adhere it to your coaster. Cover the top of photo and coaster with Mod Podge. After it dries, put four, small felt pad dots on the back of the coaster, one in each corner, to protect your coffee table.

2. Photo blocks

How to make yourself: You can buy wooden blocks from a craft store like Michaels, but I had my husband cut them from wood. The HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper is 4 x 5 but the image will be smaller when you trim off the bottom portion that contains the message below the photo from Instagram. I left a border on my photo and trimmed it down to a perfect square – 4 1/8 x 4 1/8. You’ll need 9 equally sized square blocks to fit together to make a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 square.

After printing a photo onto the HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper using the HP Snapshots app, trim your photo. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the blocks, then adhere your photo to the blocks. Let dry then use an exacto knife to cut the photo along the lines of the blocks so they can be separated. Sand the sides of the blocks for an even finish. Repeat on all or any of the remaining 5 sides. You can also paint some of the sides with acrylic paint.

3. Christmas Ornaments

How to make yourself: Purchase a glass ornament at a craft supply store like Michaels. You can get a round glass ornament with a flat front and back surface which works well for adhering a photo. Print a photo onto the HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper using the HP Snapshots app. A smaller image works best for this craft. Punch out the image you want with a circle punch. Peel back the protective backing and adhere to the ornament. Using Mod Podge, cover the entire photo as well as a small border around the photo. Sprinkle glitter on the exposed Mod Podge (you can cover photo or just the border like I did). Tie ribbon around the top to match the colors in the photo and/or the glitter.

While in San Diego, I met the creator of the PicCollege app. You can make the coolest photo collages on your phone with their grids and templates that include themes for holidays and events. They even have templates for phone cases and greeting cards.

This is a PicCollage I made of my guests working on their projects. So cute! If you haven’t used this free app, be sure to give it a try.

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Deal Alert!

Now through November 30th, HP Social Media Snapshots are Buy One Get One Free at Staples when you use this link bit.ly/snapshotsbogo and click “redeem now”.

What are you making for the holidays?

As an HP Smart Mom Panel member, I received free products in order to host the HP #StickaPic Party. All opinions expressed are my own.

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My Chat with Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee and Dylan Minnette from Goosebumps

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I had the chance to meet with Jack Black along with the other lead actors in Goosebumps (Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee and Dylan Minnette) while they were in Houston promoting the film.

AHHHH!

Be cool, Jenn. Be cool.

For a detailed movie review (in summary – it’s great!) check out my previous Goosebumps post.

I wanted to share some of the other highlights I learned during our visit. First, let me just tell you – Jack Black is awesome and  just as cool off-screen as he is on. He makes you feel like you are friends and you could really just hang out. He walked into the room singing and then said he was excited about the Tex Mex (“a delicious blend of Texas and Mexican cuisines” he explained to actor Minnette who plays Zach Cooper in the movie) waiting for them on the jet.

I was kind of surprised he didn’t invite me to join them after the interview, but it was probably because it was a small jet. And maybe they didn’t get enough food for another person. Anyway, that’s how down to earth he is…you think he might actually invite you to hang with them.

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Rush (who plays his daughter, Hannah, in the movie) said that she was initially nervous about acting with Black because she’s a big fan of his work, but “he puts everyone at ease immediately because he’s so approachable,” she said. “He makes fun of himself and made us feel so comfortable every single day, that you kind of forget what a huge star he is, because he’s so down to earth.”

Lee agreed, saying he grew up watching Black’s movies so when he met him during a Super 8 press junket, “it was so cool.  I never thought I’d get to work with him!”

Black’s natural ability to spin a yarn might be one of the reasons why he is so authentic in his movies and so likable to so many people. I posted about meeting with him on my personal Facebook page and 200 family and friends immediately commented about how much they love him!

Black said his sons (who are seven and nine years old) don’t want him to tell them his stories now because they just want to go to straight to sleep, but for a long time he would make up adventures to share with them before bedtime. “I would tell them ‘this is the story of the Lord of the Rings’ and then I would just make up stories about hobbits and dragons and adventures and I’d leave it with a cliff hanger – ‘and tomorrow you’ll find out what happened with the Dragon of Algernon,’ ” Black said, pronouncing”Algernon” in that rocker way that he often does with regular words.

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Black’s sons loved the movie after screening it at their school in L.A. with their friends (which is not the School of Rock, by the way). Black knew when he read the script that they would “dig” the movie (even though they have not yet started to read the Goosebumps books) because they like “scary stuff”.

Black has a drum set in his basement for his sons, but has not yet pushed formal music lessons because he doesn’t want to demand – “You have to be a rocker!” or else they might rebel. He’s just going to let it happen naturally. Black is obviously a natural musician himself and in the band, Tenacious D, but did you know that Minnette is a rockstar as well?

Minnette is singer/guitarist for The Narwhals, a classic rock band that plays frequently in L.A. venues. During breaks while filming for Goosebumps, Black and Minnette had guitars on set and played together in Black’s trailer. And when The Narwhals played a show in Atlanta last year during filming, Minnette said “Black did an epic introduction and sang a song on stage from Nacho Libre…a very proud moment for me.”

“I love talking music with (Minnette) because he’s super knowledgable about music happening today and I have an encylopedic mind of old school rockers, said Black. “It was interesting to find what bands we both liked… we came together on The Strokes, Arcade Fire and RadioHead.”

Black spoke highly of working with Rush, Lee and Minnette in the movie, referring to them as “the most talented kids in town” to work with. “They are real…they are really good actors and you don’t get that hot blast of cheese,” said Black. “If there’s even a whiff of insincerity with these scenes the whole movie collapses. The relationship here is powerful. It hooks you in and you root for them…you might even shed a tear at the end because it really works…it resonates,” he said. “And they are fun to hang out with. Goofing off on set…translated to great stuff on camera.”

The end of the movie is set up nicely for a sequel, but will there be one? Black said, “It all depends on how this movie does and how well the script turns out for the next one. There should have been a School of Rock 2, but that never happened.”

Truth.

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I had the opportunity to visit with Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Dylan Minnette and Ryan Lee in order to gain perspective in the making of the movie Goosebumps but did not receive any compensation for this post (Tex Mex on the jet would have been nice, though). All opinions expressed are my own. Except that Jack Black is awesome. Because that’s a fact.

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Goosebumps Movie Review & The Inside Scoop from Lead Actors Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Dylan Minnette and Ryan Lee

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As a huge* Jack Black fan, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to screen Goosebumps as well as interview Black and the other lead actors from the movie, which will be released nationwide in 3D on October 16, 2015….just in time for Halloween.

Goosebumps (rated PG) stars Jack Black as author R.L. Stine, Dylan Minnette as Zach (who also appeared in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), Odeya Rush as Hannah (The Giver and The Odd Life of Timothy Green) and Ryan Lee as Champ (This is Forty and Super 8).

The movie is about teenager Zach Cooper who is upset about moving from NYC to a small town in Delaware. Shortly after moving in, Zach meets his beautiful neighbor, Hannah and her father who he later finds out is Goosebumps series writer, R.L. Stine. Stine is a prisoner of his own imagination because the monsters from his books come to life if not kept locked within their pages. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah along with Champ (Zach’s likable but easily frightened new friend) to get all of them back in the books.

Since 1992, author R.L. Stine has written nearly 200 Goosebumps books featuring monsters of all shapes, sizes and varying degrees of scariness. I read books from the Goosebumps series to my son when he was younger and we’d both liked the stories that struck a balance between fear and funny that made the books enjoyable for both kids and adults.

According to Black, that was the main thing R.L. Stine wanted to come across in the movie as well. “R.L. told me to be conscientious of his audience,” said Black. “There are a lot of kids that will come to the movie so don’t go too terrifying. You can scare, but don’t traumatize. Keep the laughs and the scares coming and make it more like a thrill ride then a nightmare inducing horror fest,” said Black. “Like there’s no blood in the movie….we rode that line.”

It’s this balance that director Rob Letterman (who also produced and worked with Black on Gulliver’s Travels) and the actors worked to create in the movie and they definitely nailed it.

“I sat next to him (Stine) when we watched it (the movie) in New York and he was super stoked,” said Black. “That was the most important audience member to me, more than any of the critics, it was ‘What does R.L. think?’ – the fact that he loved it was gold to me.”

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One example when humor breaks up the intensity of a scary scene is when they are in the middle of a car chase and Lee (whose character, Champ, is a big fan of the author Stine) tries to take a selfie with him to post on Instagram. Black (as Stine) throws his smartphone out the car window and Lee is crushed.

The struggle is real, Lee! I tried to control any possible Black fangirling in an effort to act professional during our meeting, but couldn’t resist getting a selfie with him and the rest of the gang which immediately (obviously) went up on Instagram!

Goosebumps the movie is based on the books written by R.L. Stine but not adapted from any one story. In fact, you’ll be happy to see dozens of the monsters you loved to hate from the series including the infamous Slappy the Dummy who leads the monster’s revolt against Stine. “He’s like the Hannibel Lecter or Darth Vador of all the characters because he’s the mastermind, he’s the smartest and the most sinister, he represents the darkest part of R.L.’s psyche,” said Black.

Black is the voice of Slappy and Avery Lee Jones was the puppeteer.

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In the beginning of the movie, Jack Black is downright mean…but after the monsters are released and he begins to work with Minnette, Rush and Lee to save the world, he’s very funny and extremely likable.

Black visited the real R.L. Stine while preparing for the role; however, the movie’s character does not depict the real R.L. Stein’s personality who is actually very funny and down to earth. “He’s an amazing guy,”  said Black. “He’s a brilliant writer so I kept that in mind while I was playing him. But the character in the movie is a lot darker…he has this sinister quality about him and is an antisocial guy who has locked out the outside world and that couldn’t be further from the case with the real R.L. Stine,” he said.

Stine didn’t mind the major departure. “He understood that’s the way we needed to play it,” said Black. “And he loved the movie.”  Black gave the character a bit of an Orson Wells type accent with a taste for the finer things and a bit of vanity and pride about his writing track record. There are several funny mentions of a rivalry between him and Stephen King.

Look for the real R.L. Stine who appears at the very end of the movie, albeit very briefly, as the new drama teacher named Mr. Black.

There are Easter Eggs throughout the movie including during the kitchen scene when the garden gnomes attack Black. They tie him up much like what was done to him in Gullivers Travels. There’s also a nod to the Cuckoo Clock of Doom in Stine’s basement. “Every monster that was ever in a Goosebumps book is in the movie somewhere,” said Black. “Sometimes they’re way in the back ground, so it’s fun to look for them – like a Where’s Waldo!”

You’ll see characters like The Ghouls from Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls, Snake Lady from Escape from the Carnival of Horrors, Bog Monster from You Can’t Scare Me! and others such as Cronby the cave troll, The Evil Clown, Vampires, The Witch Doctor, The Werewolf and The Abominable Snowman (who is the first to be accidentally released).

The Bug-Eyed Aliens, Praying Mantis and Blob were key monsters in the movie and the visual effects were cool. “The blob was entirely computer generated, so it was all imagination and the director painting the picture for us,” said Black. When it sucks Black into his body in the movie, Black was actually just standing on a table pretending like he was in jello.

Given the film’s rating and how comedy offsets the darker side, I do recommend the film to families with children. Yet, Slappy can be a little disturbing. Dolls that come to life and want to destroy the world can be a little creepy, so know your kids and what they can handle. I won’t have a problem taking my 9 year-old daughter and 14 year-old son. But I’ll probably cover my eyes when Slappy is on screen. He gives me (wait for it) goosebumps!

Check back on Still Living The Dream for a post about other fun things I learned during my visit with Jack Black and the other cast members!

*For clarification, when I say “huge” I’m referring to the amount of admiration I have for Jack Black not my actual size. I mean, I do have some weight to take off – but I’m only 4’10” which is actually quite small!

Disclosure: I was invited to a movie screening and given the opportunity to interview the actors as a member of the press for review purposes. I did not receive any compensation and all thoughts and opinions and fear of ventriloquist dummies are my own!

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PediaQ (Pediatric Urgent Care House Call) is coming to North Houston!

Thank you, PediaQ, for giving me the opportunity to share this wonderful service with my readers. While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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These two. They are my loves.
And when they don’t feel well, I will do anything I can to help them feel better.

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Have you heard about PediaQ? It’s a pediatric urgent care house call service that started in Dallas, but it is coming to North Houston next month!

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After contacting PediaQ through the free APP, a nurse practitioner comes to your house in the evening or on weekends to diagnose and treat your child for symptoms and illnesses including strep & the flu, vomiting & diarrhea, UTIs,  stomach ache, ears & sinus problems, eye infections, asthma & allergy related problems, Pneumonia & RSV, cuts, bites & burns, and sprains & strains.

I love this concept because of how convenient it is for parents. As a mother of two children, I understand how difficult it can be…especially for those who have younger kids, to have a child get sick in the evening or on the weekend when the doctor’s office is closed. This can be especially difficult if your spouse isn’t home.

Several months ago a friend of mine had a sick child. Her husband was out-of-town on business and it was after the pediatrician’s office had closed. She knew it was probably an ear infection as her son often gets them; however, he was in a lot of pain and she didn’t want to wait another 12 plus hours to get him in to the pediatrician’s office. She didn’t want to wake up her two younger children to take them with her and her son to the urgent care center because while the wait at an urgent care center is much shorter than an emergency room, you just don’t know how long you will be there. Plus – it’s not ideal to take healthy kids into doctor’s office/hospital to be exposed to germs.

Luckily, her mother was able to watch the younger kids while she took her older one to urgent care. But it was still a while before her mom could get there. Two hours later…she was back home with her son and she was right – it was an ear infection. With antibiotics in hand, her son slept well that night but it would have so much more easier (and quicker, too) if she could have kept her son at home, comfortable in his bed, and had a PediaQ nurse practitioner come to their house to diagnose him and prescribe antibiotics. They even pick up prescriptions for patients!

So what’s the skinny about PediaQ?
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How does it work? 
1. Download the free PediaQ app and request a nurse practitioner visit.
2. Receive a phone call from the nurse practitioner within 10 minutes to discuss your child’s symptoms.
3. Your nurse practitioner will arrive within one hour AND he/she will stay with you a minimum of 30 minutes to properly diagnose and treat your child!What does it cost?
Whatever your regular urgent care co-pay is! Your insurance is billed as if you drove to an urgent care center. Their is an additional convenience fee of $50 if you call before 10:00 p.m. and $100 after 10:00 p.m. BUT the convenience fee is waived for a limited time right now during their back-to-school special!If you don’t have insurance, or don’t want to use it, PediaQ’s cash pay pricing is very competitive compared to pediatric urgent care centers, and much less then the ER for common illnesses. Check them out online for more information about PediaQ’s insurance policy.
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Seven days a week – weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to midnight and weekends from 8:00 a.m. until midnight.You can check them out on Facebook to learn more and read some of the reviews left by people who have used the service.PediaQ is so excited to offer those in The Woodlands area this service starting next month (October 2015).  Personally, I can’t wait until it’s available every where!

I was compensated for this post; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Massage Envy Spa (Giveaway for 1-hour massage in Cypress, Texas!)

Did you happen to see my Sprint Tri recap post last year? I talked about how a massage helped me prepare for the race. I’ve competed in several triathlons since then, and massages are such a huge benefit to help me prepare and recover from these athletic events.

But I’m learning that massages are really a good thing for me to experience on a more consistent basis. I was reminded recently why I love Massage Envy and how I need to sign up as a member so I can take advantage of the therapeutic benefits (relieve stress, relax muscles and improve range of motion) at a cost so much more wallet-friendly then other spas.

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The Massage Envy Cypress location off of 290 invited me to see their newly renovated space and treated me to a fabulous hour-long massage. It was incredible. They recently moved a stone’s throw from their previous location into a much bigger facility; a 15-room, 4200-square-foot spa which includes four upgraded spa rooms, two couples’ rooms and a large tranquility room.

When I arrived, I filled out paperwork so my therapist, Jessica, could understand exactly what I needed and wanted to get out of the session. My wellness coordinator, Kathy, asked further questions to be sure I knew all my options. I wanted a deep tissue massage with some stretching. Kathy suggested the Deep Muscle Therapy, warming and cooling thermal products to provide deep muscle pain relief from injuries and chronic conditions or limited mobility due to athletic training, to enhance my experience. 

I was relaxed the minute I walked in, so I didn’t take many photos – but I did get a couple of the tranquility room. Look at that beautiful stone wall.

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Jessica brought me back almost immediately and the session was amazing. The Deep Muscle Therapy was wonderful and so worth the extra $12.00. She made sure the pressure was comfortable and immediately found the spots on my neck that needed to be worked out and helped stretch my legs and arms. I felt like a million bucks when I was finished and I can’t wait to go back to see Jessica again. I felt like she really cared about my health and both Kathy and Jessica were so helpful and caring…it was like I had my own wellness team!

Massage Envy offers members a great rate of just $59.99 for a monthly massage and additional massages during the month are only $39.99. They also offer Murad Healthy Skin Facials, which I would love to get sometime soon!

Do you leave in the Houston/Cypress area? Want to win a free one-hour massage at Massage Envy to try it out for yourself? Be sure to enter the giveaway! For more information about Massage Envy in Houston, check them out on Facebook!

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I was given a complimentary massage in order to write a review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Salata Eat Light at Night Promotion (free salad or wrap!)

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I’ve shared with you my love of Salata before.

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Salata, The Next Generation Salad Bar, offers over 50 toppings including my favorites: grapes, strawberries, black beans, crab and the absolute best fat-free mango dressing EVER (which is 0 Weight Watchers PP – BTW!) They also have wraps, soup and some of the best iced-tea and lemonade flavors.

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So naturally, I was thrilled when Salata recently invited me to enjoy a complimentary meal to learn more about their current Eat Light at Night Promotion and awesome offers for free food items for their mobile club members.

I often visit Salata during the day to eat, but salads aren’t just for lunch. In fact, a good salad with lean protein makes a great dinner.

A recent article on Healthline.com recommends eating lean proteins, veggies and fruits in the evening and specifically avoiding starchy carbs three hours prior to bedtime to maintain weight. Melissa Lanz, founder of The Fresh 20, said in a HuffPost Healthy Living article that “nutritionally, dinner should be a light, well-proportioned meal that is under 500 calories.”

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On September 8th, Salata began offering mobile club members  in participating Texas, California and Illinois locations a coupon every other week for free items, complimentary protein upgrades and add-ons.

I know, I know, it’s way past September 8th….but it’s not too late to get in on the deals. 

How to become a Salata Mobile Club Member

To join – just text “Salata” to 777111. You’ll get a a coupon that’s good for a week. New members will also receive a buy one, get one free salad or salad wrap offer immediately!

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Do you love Salata? What are your favorite toppings?

I was given a complimentary meal at Salata in order to review and share news about their Eat Light at Night promotion. I didn’t receive any other compensation and all thoughts and opinions (and favorite salad toppings!) are my own!

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