THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: Sponge Out Of Water Twitter Party! #SpongeBobMovie

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#SpongeBobMovieI’m super excited to tell you I will be Co-Hosting the #SpongeBobMovie Twitter Party! Please join Bloggin’ Mamas & @SpongeBobMovie, as we host the #SpongeBobMovie Twitter Party on Weds, 02/04/15 at 9pm EST! We’ll be celebrating the new movie & talking about all your fave SpongeBob SquarePants characters! (Mine’s Patrick, how about you?!)

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Time: 9:00-10:00pm EST / 6:00-7:00pm PST

Hashtag: #SpongeBobMovie

Presented by: @SpongeBobMovie, @AlliedHispanic and @BlogginMamas

Moderators: English- @HeLoEnterprises Spanish- @BBabushka

Co-hosts: @EnzasBargains, @MamasMission, @CaringMom, @EileenCCampos, and @MommyPowers! <– that’s Me!

Synopsis:

SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.

Prizes:

During the Twitter Party there will be a chance to win one of the following prizes by answering various SpongeBob Trivia. Winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries.

Grand Prizes

2- $100 Giftcard + Imaginext Assorted Character + Megabloks Spongebob Movie Assortment

First Prize

1- $50 Giftcard + Accutime Watch

Prizes

2- $25 Giftcard + General Mills Fruit Snacks

RSVP Prize

1- $50 Giftcard

 

U. S. Residents age 18 and over are eligible to enter. For complete rules and to RSVP, please visit: http://bit.ly/spongebobmovieparty

Dis­clo­sure: Blog­gin’ Mamas is compensating me for co-host­ing this Twitter Party. All opinions are my own. The spon­sor is respon­si­ble for prize ful­fill­ment. Any ques­tions or wish to host a Twitter Party for your brand, please con­tact Blog­gin’ Mamas.

 
 

Detroit Michigan Offers Diverse Dining Choices {Guest Post}

My first guest post, and it’s none other than my blogging buddy, The Kitty Bradshaw (http://kittybradshaw.com/), thanks, Kitty! Hope y’all enjoy what she has to say. 

Detroit and my taste buds collided during a recent trip to the “Comeback City” that was filled with adventure, and of course, food!  Prior to my arrival, I both researched and asked friends that are native to Detroit, what their favorite eating locations were and I was pleasantly surprised at what they came up with.  In all honesty, I didn’t picture Detroit as a destination that was diverse in their restaurant culture.  For example, I am a huge fan of Middle Eastern food, and have been to major cities where that category was not represented at all.  Say yes to Greek Town, because I almost OD’d on Stuffed Grape Leaves and Filo Dough (Don’t Judge lol).  Today, we are going to discuss three of the many restaurants I visited during my trip.

My time in Detroit was spent with my friend Michelle during her birthday weekend.  We decided upon Brazilian food at Texas de Brazil, which did not disappoint.  From the Brazilian caipirinha drinks to the endless rotation of meat being delivered to our table, it was both a feast and trip defining experience.  My personal favorite portion of meat was the Lamb Chops, WOW!!!  There was an assortment of various cuts of beef, chicken, and sausage brought out to the table. 

photo credit Texas de Brazil website

photo credit Texas de Brazil website

Three words: Red Velvet Pancakes! Hudson Cafés reputation proceeded them.  The word on the Detroit streets was to try the pancakes or else!  Our group shared a plate of pancakes that delivered me into foodie oblivion.  Between the three of us, we had the corn beef hash, eggs, bacon, and an omelet. The Hudson Café is guaranteed to fulfill all your breakfast needs.

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Al Ameer serves up fresh Lebanese food. This family owned restaurant has been serving the community since 1989.  Sticking with the previous breakfast trend, Al Ameer serves authentic Mediterranean breakfast in addition to the lunch and dinner staples such as kabobs, humus, and stuffed grape leaves, to name a few. 

photo credit Al Ameer website

photo credit Al Ameer website

The restaurants mentioned in this post are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many Detroit establishments to choose from spanning across the globe.  When visiting Detroit be sure to ask a local what their personal favorite is; they might lead you to somewhere unexpected and gratifying.

 

This article was written by Kitty Bradshaw | Website | Instagram | FaceBook | Twitter

 

 

 

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage – Commuter’s Dream!

A one week vehicle loan was provided to facilitate this review, no monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine. 

IMG_19222015 Mitsubishi Mirage – Prices start at $12,995 – MPG 37/44 – Seats 5

My first car review! This cutie is the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage, in Sapphire Blue. It’s a 4-door hatchback. The first thing I noticed, was that the interior was much roomier than I thought it’d be, considering it’s a subcompact car. Our 7 year old’s car seat fit in the back seat with no problem.

Here’s a little peek at the inside, including the One Touch Stop/Start Engine Switch & the optional Navigation Screen & Rearview Camera. 

   

The car handled well, and had enough pep for me to be able to take it on the highway with no problems. (I wasn’t putt-putting along, like a few other compact cars I passed on the road!) I went to the grocery store and did my weekly shopping, kinda worried that all my bags wouldn’t fit in the back. I was pleasantly surprised when they did! (12 plastic grocery bags).

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The gas mileage was crazy good! I drove around all week & the needle barely moved. In fact, the 2015 Mirage is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered non-hybrid in America. 

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage What Hubby Liked: Gas mileage, hands down! He thought the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage was perfect for the commuter. He also really liked that it comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. 

What I Liked: Gas mileage and the fact that I could pretty much park wherever I wanted to! (I can’t do that in my Minivan). I was able to slip into the tiniest parking spaces with ease…and I was a Parallel Parking Queen in this car! I also really liked the Rearview Camera.

What Our Little Liked: He was fascinated with the Rearview Camera and thought the car was cute because it’s small like him. 

What We Didn’t Like: I’m the only one adding something to this category this time around. Whenever I made a turn, it didn’t feel like the steering wheel came all the way back to the original position once the turn was completed. Hubby didn’t have a problem, so maybe it was just me…still thought I should mention it. 

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San Francisco’s Steinhart Hotel Offers a Glimpse into the Past

I was invited to stay at the Steinhart Hotel to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and no monetary compensation was received. 

1166860_36_yI’m a big history buff. I’m fascinated by stories of how things used to be back in the day. I enjoy watching old movies and seeing the fashions, automobiles, and architecture of days gone by. 

On a recent visit to San Francisco, CA, I got a chance to stay at the Steinhart Hotel, which was built in 1910. The Steinhart is a boutique hotel/apartment that also offers long-term accommodations…great for business trips! I’d always wanted to experience ‘city life’ in San Francisco & the Steinhart afforded me the opportunity to do so.

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Going up? Step back in time in this lift (elevator).IMG_1390IMG_1395We stayed in the Deluxe 1 bedroom apartment, located on the 2nd floor, facing Sutter St. Our one bedroom had a queen bed, living room with full-sized (Murphy) bed, dining area, full kitchen and bathroom. Our room was spacious, and I felt like I was in one of my favorite classic movies. We even had a walk-in closet! This desk near the window was just my style, I enjoyed hearing all the sounds of the city below.  IMG_1380 Our bed was all decked out in purple, it’s like they were expecting me or something! IMG_1128IMG_1131 Our little one was so excited to have his very own Murphy bed- Daddy Powers lowered it for him. (It was my first time seeing a Murphy bed in person, I’d only seen them in old films.)IMG_1074IMG_1377 I liked that I could see our little one’s bed from ours, he really liked it too. Staying in a new place can often be a bit overwhelming for children. Being able to see our bed from his helped put him at ease. The sheer size of the parlor (that’s what I called the living room the entire time we were there) was remarkable.IMG_1132IMG_1071IMG_1069IMG_1077 We had a fantastic view of Sutter St. from our windows…IMG_1383 The Steinhart is just a 10 minute walk from Union Square, excellent if you wanna go shopping. We walked over to Macy’s, then stopped at one of the nearby restaurants. Great location. 

I really felt like I was livin’ the City life while at the Steinhart. With the windows open, we could hear all the hustle & bustle of the city…and I loved it! IMG_1401IMG_1386-001IMG_1400 I had wi-fi access, the bed was comfy and I got to step back in time for a bit…what’s not to like?! IMG_1402The Steinhart
952 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
1.415.928.4631

FOR RESERVATIONS 1.800.553.1900
or email at reservations@personalityhotels.com

 

#DIY Air Freshener – Make Your Home Smell Delicious!

I visited  a friend yesterday, and before I left; she asked me if I wanted to take some lemons home with me. She has a Lemon Tree in her backyard. Being a fan of all things lemon (lemonade, lemon pound cake, lemon cookies, lemon bars), I took her up on her offer and came home with a bag full of fresh lemons! (Thanks, Becky!) 

This morning I decided to make my home made Air Freshener, at least that’s what I call it. (Or is it potpourri?) Either way, I’m trying to cut down on the chemicals & toxins in our home, and this all-natural concoction makes the entire house smell yummy.

10487432_917870798252994_4297997138054364233_n This recipe is super easy, you’ll need:

1 Lemon, cut into quarters

1 teaspoon Cinnamon (give or take- I just eyeballed it)

10 whole cloves 

Fill a small pot with water & add your ingredients, put the pot on the stove and turn the heat on low…just let it simmer. Within minutes, your house will begin to smell fantastic. Be sure to check the water level in the pot frequently, and refill as needed. 

I used to be addicted to air fresheners & plug-ins, now I just use this. Give it a try & let me know what you think! #MommyPowersDIY

 

 

Changes to Mommy Powers in 2015

It’s a new year, happy 2015 everyone! When I first began blogging, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and why I wanted to blog… to inspire and help women & children. 

As my blogging journey unfolded, I was faced with many choices. As a blogger, I want to help others, but I also want to be able to help my family. I’ve accepted many sponsored posts in the past, some paid well-while others were just reviews. Typically a review post is just that, you are sent an item to review and write about-that’s it…no money exchanges hands. 

I never intended for Mommy Powers to become a “Review Blog”. Yes, I enjoy trying new products and sharing them with you guys, but I want this space to be so much more than just that. I want to write about important topics, I want to share my journey as a Biracial Latina raising children that are half African American. I want to help women that are being battered in their homes, women that have suffered miscarriages, kids that are being bullied at school, moms that face discrimination because of their skin color or socio-economic status, parents of special-needs children. I want to be a voice for Mother’s of brown-skinned boys-boys that are prejudged the moment they step foot outside their homes. All of these topics are important to me. 

In addition, I’m considering merging my Food/Travel blog This Mama Can Cook, with Mommy Powers. (That will probably be much later down the road.)

For the time being, be ready for a new, sleek updated look – I hope you’ll like it.

Thank you for always supporting me. It’s gonna be a great year! 

 

Amazing Flower Co To Try Right Now! The Bouqs Co!

I’m a Bouqs Ambassador, & received a bouquet to facilitate this review. Post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own. 64382_874956235877784_421982331940088902_nAre you a flower person? Do you like having fresh-cut flowers in your home or office? I am, big time! I believe my love of flowers was inherited. Growing up, my grandparents (on both sides) had flower gardens…as did my Mom. My Grandfather’s roses were beautiful and he took such good care of them, they lined the sidewalk in front of his home. My Mom had roses in her garden, I remember she bought a purple rose bush one year & planted it right outside my window. She knew purple roses would be a hit with me. 

Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the Bouqs booth at the BlogHer Conference. I was drawn in by the amazing floral bouquets on display in the booth, colors so vibrant I thought the flowers were fake! jpg (1) After I touched them, to make sure they were real, I was told the Bouqs story. The flowers are grown in Ecuador, near a volcano! Gotta admit, you don’t hear that every day! Another thing you don’t hear every day is the price… just $40, with FREE shipping! You know my frugal ears perked right up when I heard that bit of money-saving info. Check out this video to learn more about The Bouqs Co. 

After seeing the flowers for myself and hearing the price- I knew this company was for me. I’m one of those people that has ordered flowers online, only to be shocked when it’s time to pay because of all the ‘hidden’ fees! It’s crazy! I don’t have to worry about that with Bouqs, $40 out the door and I’m done. 

I decided to order a bouquet and here’s what I received. 10430887_879275728779168_9165329754681261873_n My bouquet was a wee bit too large for one vase, so I had to use two! I ordered the “Desperado” Bouq. The flowers were large and hardy, no wimpy buds here. My roses were stunning. 1471271_879274202112654_3640894341542607265_n

The Bouqs Co. always runs specials, like their Bouq of the Month Club. You can save 10% this month with code JANBOUQ10. But wait, it gets better! You can also earn a FREE Bouq for every 2 friends you refer to Bouqs! FREE FLOWERS, people! 

I’m really glad I ran into The Bouqs Co. at BlogHer, ordering flowers for special occasions (or just because) is so much easier (and more affordable) now. 

Go check ‘em out! 

 

Top 2 photos via Bouqs website. 

Say Goodbye to 2014 & Gray Hair with eSalon.com! (50% off code)

I participated in the eSalon hair color campaign as a member of The bLink Marketing Network. I was provided a free hair color to review but all opinions are my own.


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It’s almost time to ring in the new year, out with the old & in with the new, right? As the New Year’s Eve Party invites roll in, I’m on the hunt for the perfect outfit to wear. One thing I won’t have to worry about is my hair, make that my GRAY hair. I don’t have a lot of grays, but the ones I do have are all up front…and I don’t like it. I dye my hair once every few months. I used to go to the hair salon to get it done, but the price was outrageous and y’all know I’m frugal-so that wasn’t working for me. I usually just buy whichever hair dye is on sale, sometimes I like the end result, sometimes I don’t. 

With eSalon.com, I can have a customized hair color created just for me. How exciting is that?! The future of hair color is here. eSalon gives you salon color at home, for a fraction of the price. Upload a photo, answer a few questions, and like at a salon, an expert colorist will create the perfect custom color just for you. I love this concept!

made-for-you-bottles._ts1418404759 I signed up online & sent the eSalon colorists a recent photo showing them what my hair looked like, and let them know I wanted to kick up my color and cover up my grays. Here’s a pic of my grays…

10802023_902937939746280_9178262345289442807_n See, I really don’t have a ton, but the ones I do have are all front & center. I was so excited when my box from eSalon arrived in the mail, I quickly took everything out and read the instructions. 

esalon-order-box._ts1418404759all-products._ts1418404759 I was impressed that eSalon included a packet of stain guard & a stain remover pack, 2 items I definitely need when dying my own hair. I also really liked all the natural ingredients in the eSalon hair dye. 

  • VITAMIN E helps condition dry hair & scalp
  • PROVITAMIN B5 moisturizes hair
  • KERATIN gives hair strength & flexibility
  • SILK AMINO ACID strengthens & conditions the hair
  • SOYBEAN PROTEIN improves hair body & texture
  • ALOE VERA moisturizes, adds shine & helps manageability
  • CHAMOMILE moisturizes
  • WHEAT PROTEIN replenishes & strengthens the hair
  • LOVE adds brilliance & boosts happiness

Another thing that popped out at me, was that the applicator bottle already had a hole in it…every single hair dye I’ve purchased required that I snip the end of the applicator off with scissors- but not the eSalon bottle! Take a look for yourself…10897098_902940939745980_4626970890465736455_n Pretty awesome, huh?! (It’s the little things!) Once I had everything opened & ready, it was time to say goodbye to my grays with the hair color eSalon had prepared especially for ME! 10898052_902941756412565_9116757212264476287_n-001 I applied the color and left it in for 35 minutes. In the past, I’ve only left hair color in for 20-25 minutes…and even that was too long for my tender scalp. The other dyes would always start to burn and I’d be forced to wash it out. I did not experience any burning whatsoever with the eSalon dye, even though I left it in longer than any other dye I’ve ever tried. 

After I washed the dye out of my hair, then rinsed out the color-safe shampoo; I blow dried it and took a close-up pic of the area where all my grays had been…10896883_902938889746185_586344094265878837_n As you can see- NO MORE GRAY! Not only are the grays all gone, but my hair is super shiny now. Score! 


Here’s a side by side, before & after comparison for you…10881691_902945703078837_2712472857109804875_n I really like my new color, and all the shine my hair has now…my gray is gone and I’m ready to face 2015 head on! 

Now it’s YOUR turn! The fantastic folks over at eSalon have provided me with a 50% off discount for my readers. That means you can order your very own custom hair color kit for just $10! Here it is: 50% off code. eSalon offers a complete satisfaction guarantee or your money back. 

Whether you want a new color or just need to cover your grays, eSalon has what you need.

Happy New Year! 

 

 

I participated in the eSalon hair color campaign as a member of The bLink Marketing Network. I was provided a free hair color to review but all opinions are my own.

 

Close5 Is A Thrifty Gal’s Dream!

 

This is a sponsored conversation, in collaboration with Bloggin’ Mamas & Close5. All opinions are my own. 

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Close5 is a new free app that lets you buy & sell items locally. By now, y’all KNOW that I love a good bargain! I’m a thrift shop queen. I also find lots of goodies via Craigslist, BUT it never fails…I’ll see something I really like, only to call & find out the folks selling it live way too far away. I can’t tell you how many times my heart has been broken after finding an amazing item at just the right price, then realizing there’s no way I’m driving 100 miles to pick it up. (I love my San Francisco Bay Area, but that doesn’t mean I want to drive all over it looking for a bargain!) Close5 will never break my heart.

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With Close5, I can buy items that my neighbors here in the Bay are selling. I can buy & sell items from 5 to 50 miles away. 

Close5 makes local buying & selling safe, easy and fun. I can find deals on home goods, fashion, baby/kids items, and more in my area. (I even found a couple of cars for sale!) If I extend my search radius, I can scope out items in new areas.

close5 (1) 10343482_901193516587389_393201595078049967_nOnce I find an item, I can ask questions about it to determine if it’s the one for me.

When you’re ready to move forward, make your offer to negotiate a fair price. The in-app Chat feature allows you to securely interact with community members while keeping your personal information private. Public profiles ensure you know who you’re dealing with before you meet up.

I found some cool succulents for sale, that I just had to have for my garden. Here’s the pic the seller, Kat, placed on Close5. 

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I contacted Kat through the app, made her an offer, then waited for her to get back to me. It was just that easy! For just $4, I have some terrific new succulents for my garden- and I didn’t have to travel 100 miles to get them! SCORE! 

Now I have my eye on something else, a cute pair of kid’s shoes. Here’s a pic of the shoes, made by See Kai Run. They look brand new, and these shoes retail for $50! 
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What will YOU find when you type in YOUR Bay Area city?! There’s just one way to find out-sign up for your FREE account and start bargain hunting TODAY!

   
Website: www.close5.com
 
●        Twitter: @Close5
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●        Instagram: @Close5app
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●        App Store link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id910559026
 

I look forward to not only buying more items from my neighbors, but to selling them some of my treasures too! CH-CHING! 

 

First photo via iTunes website.

 

I Lost My Friend To Domestic Violence

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I’m a very private person, I don’t let just anyone into my life. About a year ago, I met someone very sweet. We shared a few similarities, both of us are biracial-both of us have kids that are the same age, both of us are kinda quiet. At the time we met, I had no idea we also shared something else: we are both victims of domestic violence.

Many years ago, I was in an extremely abusive relationship. It was so abusive, that to this day, I still have nightmares about it. I got out of that relationship, and never looked back.

When I met my new friend, I could tell she was a good person, with a good heart. I enjoyed our conversations and just hanging out with her. Her significant other though, I wasn’t so sure about him. You see, once you’ve been in an abusive relationship, you are quick to pick up on things in others. At least that’s how it is for me.

Every time she’d visit me, he’d text her, asking where she was & telling her to get home. I could see if this happened one or two times, but not every single time she came over. There were other clues, the way he spoke to (rather ‘at’) her, the looks I’d see her give him sometimes as he was speaking, just little things that someone who’s been through that type of relationship would pick up on. 

Then it happened: he struck her one too many times and she decided to leave. I was very proud of her for taking a stand and packing up and leaving. I cried as she left – knowing I’d probably never see her again. But I was wrong.

My friend returned a week later- but not before unfriending me- something she was probably forced to do. I have not spoken to her, although I have seen her a few times since her return. I’m quite sure she’s been told not to talk to me, how I’m a bad influence on her, etc, etc. All the same things my abuser used to tell me about the two friends I had. 

Her child is no longer allowed to play with my child. My child doesn’t know about the abuse his friend’s mother has endured. He asked me the other day, “Are Susan’s* parents mad at me? Is that why Susan* can’t play with me? What did I do wrong?” I reassured my son that he had done nothing wrong, no one was mad at him and Susan* probably couldn’t play because of the weather. 

I’m pretty sure nothing has changed for my friend. If things had, she’d be over here, with her significant other-telling me they were going to try to make things work. He would have apologized to her (in front of me) for hurting her and to me, for hurting my friend. He would have thanked me for being there for her. He would have told me that she could come over to my house as often as she wanted to, because he trusts her and knows she wouldn’t do anything behind his back. But none of that has happened-so I know things haven’t changed for her. And that makes me really sad.

I want my friend to be safe, I want her to be in a loving relationship. I want her family to get the help they need. I also want her to know that I’m still here for her- and I always will be… because that’s what real friends do for one another. 

If you know someone that’s being abused, or if you yourself are being abused, please get help! Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (or have someone call it for you!) at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). There is a way out-there are people willing to help you. 

 *Names & locations have been changed to protect the innocent.