Aflac Duck falls short as a stylist, but not at one day pay Promise #ConnectAflac #SalonDuck

This review and giveaway was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and Aflac. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. #ConnectAflac #SalonDuck #ad

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Have you ever had a multitude of bad hair days and before you know it you’re sitting with your hairdresser and cutting off over 10 inches? That was me in June. I had this urge to chop off my hair off and let me tell you short hair for me has been way more maintenance than long hair.  Short hair has to be maintained and not even a headband can hide my bad hair days. So I end up having to embrace bad hair days.

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And enjoy the better ones.

#HEBBeauty

I do know one duck who’s gig as a hair stylist falls short! The Duck Salon reminds me my bad hair days could be so much worse. The Aflac Duck is a horrible stylist, but, he’s the best at paying claims fast. Aflac’s new One Day Pay will pay cash benefits in as little as one business day. Policyholders eligible claims get processed and approved the same day they’re submitted. Aflac is dedicated to helping policyholders when they need it most.

Aflac is different from health insurance; it’s insurance for daily living. Aflac helps with out-of-pocket expenses when you’re sick or hurt. The benefits are predetermined and paid regardless of any other insurance you have. Supplemental insurance policies such as accident, critical illness and cancer help protect workers from high out-of-pocket costs that major medical insurance was never designed to cover. Many supplemental insurance policies pay cash benefits that can be used for everyday living expenses like groceries, child care, rent or parking at the hospital. If supplemental insurance policies are not part of your health plan, it may be worth approaching your employer to ask for them.

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Denny’s Value Menu Can we dine for under $20? #DennysDiners

Disclosure: I am a Denny’s ambassador, all thoughts expressed are my own. #DennysDiners #ad

Can we really eat for under $20? In all fairness, this does not include the tip, but seriously y’all we never have a bill under $30 when we all go out to eat.  We headed to Denny’s the other morning to have a go at the $2, $4, $6, $8 value menu and [happy dance] it was a hit.
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Summer home with the kids has been ah-mazing! My only complaint is that a family of five can get expensive when you are constantly trying to stay entertained. On Wednesday, we headed out to grab a hearty Denny’s breakfast and visit the children’s museum. My four-year-old has yet to finish a meal without having leftovers, so we opted to share the slam breakfast plates with him.

Our total order

  • $2 pancake stack (six-year-old)
  • $4 all you can eat pancakes (teenager)
  • $4 value slam (mom)
  • $8 Grand Slam Breakfast (dad)
  • 2 kids drinks and 3 water’s

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Denny’s $2, $4, $6, $8 value menu is more than just breakfast. Try the value menu all day long with meals like the $6 Baja Quesadilla Burger, and the $2 Strawberry Pancake Puppies Sundae.

Check out the full menu and more about Denny’s.

 

 

11 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer #NewPetPartner

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Petsmart #NewPetPartner.

It’s the dog days of summer and Tex has been feeling the heat right along with us. As a seasoned pet mom I am sharing my tips to keep your pet safe this summer. In a blink of an eye our puppy turned into a gorgeous big guy. He loves unconditionally and we would do anything to keep him safe this season. We have learned just how important it is to treat your pet just like you would a toddler who is full of energy, but still can’t fully communicate.

11 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer #NewPetPartner

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Keep your pet cool 

1. Avoid outings during the scorching heat as much as possible. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best time to enjoy the outdoors.

2. Keep a pet pool outdoors with your pet if they will be spending time outdoors.

3. Hydration is key even indoors, always have fresh water available.

4. Never leave your pet alone in the car. Even the quickest errand can prove to be fatal. Avoid it and leave your pet home in a cool place.

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Keep your pet occupied

5. Pet toys are good distractions for a bored pet who is stuck indoors. We also have  a couple of pet beds to keep Tex from using the furniture as a comfortable spot.

6. Keep shoes and other chewable items out of reach from your pet. You don’t want your favorite shoes missing a strap or worse obstructing your pets insides.

7. Go on plenty of potty breaks to avoid accidents and bored pet syndrome. Just a five-minute walk every so often will curb boredom.

8. Avoid using crates for long periods during the day. Short trips away will help your dog learn to crate train. More importantly you want to avoid an ramped up pet who is full of energy from sitting in a crate all day.  We use dog gates and contain our big guy to one room when we are away for long periods.

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Keep your pet safe near water

9. Always use a life vest when your pet will be in the water. Even if your pet is the best swimmer.

10. For play in the water use brightly colored floating toys that can be found easily.

11. Don’t feed your pet for at least an hour after swimming and playing outdoors. Allow him time to calm down, cool off and  hydrate.

Find more great Summer tips for new pet parents on the Petsmart site.

Do you have any new pet parent tips to keep your pet safe this summer? I’d love to hear them.

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Dare to Dream Disney Princess Cosmetic Bags #DisneySide

Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this post

Have you been to Walgreens lately? I am smitten with the Dare to Dream makeup Disney collection which features my favorite Disney princess’s. Walgreens has teamed up with LONDON SOHO NEW YORK® to offer the Disney Collection on cosmetic bags. Find your favorite Ariel, Mulan and Pocahontas princess in six new bags. The gorgeous Dare to Dream Disney Princess Cosmetic Bags are available exclusively at Walgreens.

LONDON SOHO NEW YORK® teams up with Walgreens Disney collection of cosmetic bags

I got my hands on the matching Ariel cosmetic bags. The smaller version is perfect for my purse and the larger bag is great for weekend trips. The watercolor designs are an adorable addition to my Disney collection.

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Dare to Dream Disney Princess Cosmetic Bags

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Shop the Dare to Dream collection weekender, organizer, clutch and round top purse kit. The collection retails between $7.99 and $11.99  and exclusively at Walgreens.

Maximize your savings at San Marcos Premium Outlets

Disclosure: I was invited to San Marcos Premium outlets to preview the latest summer trends.

It’s no secret that I am constantly on the hunt to maximize my savings, after all a family of five during back-to-school can get insane. We made a day out of heading to the San Marcos Premium Outlets last week to start gearing up for the new school year. San Marcos Premium Outlets are located south of Austin and north of San Antonio with 140 designer and name-brand outlet stores all in one place.

Maximize your savings at San Marcos Premium Outlets 

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Before you head out to San Marcos Premium Outlets join the VIP Shopper Club. This will gain you free online access to The VIP Lounge, plus exclusive online coupons, voucher for a Free VIP coupon book, deals around town, insider info, and sales & special events emails.

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Shopping San Marcos Premium Outlets doesn’t mean you are getting lower-quality items or even last-years looks. Take advantage of in-store deals that are usually in the ballpark of 25-60% off the retail price and use a VIP coupon on top of that.

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Looking for high-end luxury brands? San Marcos Premium outlets offer designer fashions for everyone, shoes, fine leather, luggage, jewelry, housewares, home furnishings and more. Check out the full list of Premium Outlets stores.

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Innovative Play at the DoSeum in San Antonio

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets in exchange for this post.

The DoSeum opened its doors in San Antonio last month and I finally had an opportunity to sneak over. If you are looking to entertain the family the DoSeum is the place to be for kids. It’s packed with over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor hands-on exhibits for kids. A museum focused on education, science and learning through doing.

Innovative Play at the DoSeum in San Antonio 
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DoSeum Hours Monday – Saturday: 9am-6pm and Sunday: Noon-6pm.

DoSeum Cafe: Monday – Saturday 10am -4pm and Sunday: 11am -4pm.

I went at peak time right after lunch and it was a bit crowded.  If you want to avoid the crowds I would suggest early or later in the day.

Little Town 

The Little Town exhibit is strictly for children ages 5 and under.

  • Veterinary Clinic
  • Frost Bank
  • HEB market
  • Molly the Trolley
  • Airport
  • Construction
  • Props
  • more

Imagine It

Imagine It is a reading and writing based exhibit. Make your own real life story time complete with costume, play and more.

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Spy Academy 

The Spy Academy exhibit engages math, logic and reasoning by taking you on a covert mission to unlock clues and complete assignments.

Sensations Studio

The Sensations Studio is a way to explore light and sound with everyday objects.  doseum glasses

 

doseum kids playInnovation Station

The Innovation Station exhibit is a place to create and build.

Explore

Explore the environment around you while exploring all around the globe.

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Big Outdoors

The Big Outdoors is 39,000 square feet of interactive outdoor space. All with age appropriate activities.

 

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DoSeum Price

Under 1 years old: Free
1 year +: $11

Military: Active duty military personnel $1 off admission with a valid military ID.

Educators: Teachers and educators $1 off admission with valid educator’s ID.

H-E-B Free Family Night beginning in September offered twice a month!

Family Memberships $120 – $175 Members enjoy FREE admission year round.

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I took the entire family out to the DoSeum in San Antonio for some summer fun. My 4, 6 and, 14-year old all agreed this is the perfect place to spend a day indoors while having fun. We spent two hours and still didn’t explore everything there was to offer. The DoSeum will be a huge part of our homeschooling hands-on fun this school year. Stay tuned as we navigate adding the DoSeum into our learning experiences.

Learn more about the Doseum.

Bob’s Steak & Chop House Celebrates Best of Award of Excellence

Bob’s Steak & Chop House celebrates their 2015 Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator Magazine. The award-winning wine list at Bob’s Steak & Chop House is composed of 550 wines strong and earned Bob’s this top honor for the second year in a row. Bob’s Steak & Chop House opened its doors in San Antonio, Texas at The Rim in 2013.

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The dining experience at Bob’s Steak & Chop House sets the bar high. I sampled the menu by Executive Chef Derek Lomax and wine pairings by director Shawn Wright to celebrate the award.

As an appetizer we had mouth-watering fried Maine lobster paired with Dickson “Petard Blanc” Texas Hill Country, 2012 (this is a magnificent dry white out of the Canyon lake area). The fried lobster is presented open-faced on a lobster tail, every bite is as savory as the last. This is an off the menu item so make sure to ask for it.

fried maine lobster and texas hill country wine at bob steak and chop house

The mixed green salad with apples and champagne vinaigrette paired with Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc Napa, 2011. This gorgeous salad is refreshingly crisp. The sweet apples and candied pecans paired with the champagne vinaigrette is  a refreshing palate treat.  Paired with the Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc is one of the best light wines I have had.
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The main course of Prime Filet Mignon Trio is definitely the star of the night. Wet Aged, Bleu Cheese and Wagyu paired with Inglenook “Cask” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2011. Entrees come served with a complimentary signature glazed carrot that is to die for and smashed potatoes. You can’t go wrong with any of these three Prime Filet choices. My  favorite of the night was the Wet Aged cut. The natural flavor and simple seasoning made the Wet Aged a hit. The Bleu Cheese is savory and packs a ton of distinct flavor you would expect from Bleu Cheese. The Wagyu beef would fall into my second favorite of this trio, it fared exceptionally well. The filet choices are all about preference all three have that melt in your mouth experience.

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Dessert was a delicious Bread Pudding with Brandy Butter and Candied Nueske’s Bacon paired with Justin “Obtuse” Red Dessert Wine, Napa, 2011. A refined bread pudding drenched in Brandy butter sauce is taken up a notch with candied Nueske’s bacon.

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View the menu and make a reservation at Bob’s Steak & Chop House online.

Look Beautiful with P&G at Walmart [Giveaway]

  Disclosure: The Walmart Gift Card and information have been provided by P&G.

  We all know that I am a huge fan of beauty products and it’s no secret that I shop at Walmart weekly because I can sneak through the beauty aisles and pick up necessities all in one trip. I regularly shop for P&G brands like Olay and CoverGirl at Walmart because the prices are so good.

Find beauty items from P&G brands like Olay and CoverGirl at your Walmart’s everyday low prices.

During our regularly scheduled Walmart trip, I picked up a few necessities and want to highlight three items that are perfect for any beauty enthusiast.

CoverGirl® LashBlast Volume Mascara

My very first makeup was CoverGirl. I clearly remember my mom letting me purchase CoverGirl mascara and pressed powder. I carried that compact with me at all times like it was worth a million bucks. CoverGirl® LashBlast Volume Mascara is designed to max-out each and every lash. Big volumizing lashes are with you all day. Patented volume-boosting hypoallergenic mascara formula

CoverGirl® Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner pencil is self-sharpening and glides on easily so you get the perfect line every time. With a smudger tip to soften and add a smoky effect.

Find beauty items from P&G brands like Olay and CoverGirl at your Walmart’s everyday low prices 2

Olay® Ultra Moisture Beauty Bar

I grew up with Olay being a staple brand in my mom’s powder room. The minute I unbox a beauty bar I am reminded of that refreshing scent that lingered on my mother’s side of the room. I played in there as a little girl and would go through her makeup drawers and imagine all that beauty stuff was my own. The Olay® Ultra Moisture Beauty Bar is specially made with shea butter. It makes a creamy moisturizing lather that is gentle enough for your entire body, including your face. The moisturizing lather leaves your skin soft and smooth.

Find beauty items from P&G brands like Olay and CoverGirl at your Walmart’s everyday low prices. 4

Find beauty items from P&G brands like Olay and CoverGirl at your Walmart’s everyday low prices Giveaway

GIVEAWAY $25 Walmart Gift Card

Giveaway ends July 29, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST. Open to U.S. residents only.

1. Mandatory Comment on this post telling me your favorite Covergirl or Olay product.

2. Optional entry: Tweet this (no need to comment that you tweeted)

 

Hershey’s S’mores Summer Fun Traditions #VeranoHersheys #MVculture

This is a compensated post for MarketVision and its advertiser Hershey’s. All opinions are mine alone. #VeranoHersheys #MVculture #ad

Well hello summer, nice of you to show your sunny face. It rained for 8 hours straight today. We have had a brutally rainy last couple of months with the rain intruding our summer fun traditions. We battled the rain for lunch today and took my gorgeous husband out for a father’s day steak, came home to relax in our steak coma and then the glorious skies opened up just in time for some Hershey’s S’mores out on the back porch.

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If I had to label summer with one thing it would be Hershey’s S’mores. Our summer fun traditions are pretty typical, but oh so memorable. In our family chocolate, marshmallow-ey goodness and crunchy graham crackers scream summer fun. From the moment we get the grill going we are transcended into our traditional summertime s’mores.

We absolutely love our smokey joe grill, it travels with us just about everywhere. After all the lake is so much more fun when you can end with a campfire of Hershey’s S’mores. And it’s perfect for an impromptu backyard summer fun evening of Hershey’s S’mores.

#VeranoHersheys #MVculture #ad

GIVEAWAY: Summer Grilling Prize Pack

Prize: Weber® Smokey Joe® Charcoal Grill with HERSHEY’S Brand Logo and one (1) Extension Fork.

Enter: Here at VeranoHersheys.com

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The Best Deal on the Stylish Quinny Zapp Xtra Stroller

Great deal alert! The high-end European stroller brand Quinny, is making the luxurious Zapp Xtra stroller available at select retailers for a fantastic price.

Quinny Zapp Xtra

The Zapp Xtra not only has a stylish design but is also lightweight and compact for easy transport. The reversible seat option is perfect for allowing baby to face mom or the world. Accessible from birth use the adapters to attach the Maxi-Cosi infant car seat and keep your newbon safe.

The luxurious Zapp Xtra stroller is now $299 on price drop from the $349.99 price tag. Retailers include Albee Baby, PishPosh Baby, BuyBuy Baby and more. Shop The Quinny Zapp Xtra near you and online.

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