#FamilyTravelChat Twitter Party Launch! Prizes! Feb 26th!

 

I Love Family Travel Launch Party #FamilyTravelChat 2-26-15 at 9p EST

Join Blog­gin Mamas as we host the I Love Family Travel Launch Twit­ter Party #FamilyTravelChat on Thu, 2/26/15 at 9p EST! We will be celebrating the launch of our sister site dedicated to all things Family Travel.

Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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

Hash­tag: #FamilyTravelChat

Pre­sented by: @BlogginMamas & @ILvFamilyTravel

Sponsored by: @BeachesResorts, @Travel _Tubes, @Pawdpet @shavetech @zerowaterfilter #Arganesse

Mod­er­a­tors: Eng­lish– @HeLoEnterprises Span­ish– @BBabushka

Co-hosts: @TravelWitBender @Enzasbargains @MamasMission @RuralMoms @MakeItAllWork

Prizes:

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Beaches Prize Pack, including: One (1) beach bag, One (1) Beaches-branded sunglasses, One (1) coffee mug, One (1) t-shirt, One (1) koozie and One (1) notepad

PawdPet Prize Pack, including One(1) Small PawdPet (any animal of your choice) and One (1) Tablet PawdPet (any animal of your choice) – ARV $95.

Two sets of 2 Travel Tubes for one (1) winner.- ARV $36

Two (2) Prize Packs, each including One (1) ZeroWater Tumbler and One (1) Shavetech Razor- ARV $45

RSVP Prize: One(1) Bottle of Arganesse- ARV $99

18+ US and CA

RSVP: http://bit.ly/famtravelchat

Black History, Soul Era Style Fashions with Macy’s #BlackHistoryMonth

  I’m a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

10991635_1048608281821264_2275979566430202846_o#SanFrancisco Bay Area, what are you doing this evening? At 6pm, I’ll be in the City helping Macy’s celebrate Black History Month!  I hope you can make it over to Union Square Macy’s for “The Soul Era” panel discussion, with celebrity fashion stylist June Ambrose and costume designer, Johnetta Boone. They’ll be discussing Soul Era Style and its influence on today’s runways.

Following the discussion, there’ll be a special reception and fabulous fashion… you know how Macy’s does it! 

Don’t miss this entertaining look back at the fashion, accessories and attitude that rocked the runways of the ’60s & ’70s and had an undeniable effect on the way we look and dress today. 

But wait- that’s not all! Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth in style! Enter for a chance to win an NYC shopping spree & makeover with June Ambrose! Contest ends Feb 28th, so enter today!  http://mcys.co/1DYgBsz 10978695_10152730665948037_4024352956299325894_n Hope I see you tonight! Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco) – February 25, 6pm

For all my #LA friends, you can catch the show tomorrow:
Macy’s Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – February 26, 6:30pm

 

6 Tips for a Happier Life #BigHero6Sweeps

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

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Happiness, it’s something we all want…right?! I mean no matter what race, religion, or nationality we are- we all share that one thing in common- we all want to be HAPPY. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles and stumbling blocks in this thing called life that sometimes robs us of our happiness and steals our joy. 

I, for one, have experienced many devastating events in my life that have left me anything but happy. I’m sure you can all relate, I’ve never met anyone that hasn’t been through something bad in their life. I recently had a breakthrough, after finding out my Mom was suffering from Dementia, that has me looking at life completely differently than I did before. You see, we don’t know what tomorrow holds- so we need to start making the most of each and every day we are blessed with. That’s what life is- a blessing. 

Here are a few ways I am helping my family to live a happier, healthier life:

1. Be mindful of what you say. Words can and do have the power to hurt. Really think about what you say, especially to your kids. Words can leave emotional scars that linger far longer than physical ones. 

2. Get outside! Just a few minutes outside can really improve your mood and turn your whole day around. The fresh air and sunshine (not to mention all that Vitamin D) will have you smiling and happy in no time. 1922116_858920220814719_2100115146116067363_n

3. Eat a balanced diet. I know it’s just common sense, but really try to avoid excess junk foods. All that sugar, and artificial ingredients can wreck havoc with your body. Come comida that’s good for you. 

4. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Seriously, don’t get upset about petty stuff that really doesn’t matter- life’s too short. 

SONY DSC5. Try to enjoy meals together, as a family. The dinner table is a great place to reconnect with everyone after a long day. Share the day’s events and engage con tus hijos, they want and need your attention. 

6. Enjoy Family Night! Plan to celebrate at least one night a week together, the whole familia. Whether you go out to your fave restaurant, go bowling or stay in for movie night…just enjoy each other! Remember you’re creating memories your children will cherish for years to come. 

We love Movie Night in our home – it’s something we all look forward to. Some of our favorite family movies are Disney Classics, the latest is Big Hero 6. This action-packed comedy adventure is about Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. Our little guy loves Big Hero 6 and was so HAPPY to watch it. Big Hero 6 is now available on Disney Movies Anywhere & on Blu-Ray Feb. 24, 2015! BigHero_MemeA

7 Day Instagram #BigHero6Sweeps Photo Challenge!

I’m participating in a #BigHero6Sweeps photo challenge and I’d like to invite all of you to take part in it too. The theme is “Happiness & Health to Live A Better Life Everyday” – and takes place between Feb. 22-28th. There are great prizes, including a $500 Disney Store GC & Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray Combo Pack.

You can also join us on Feb. 24th, from 9-10PM EST for the #BigHero6Sweeps Twitter Party!

BigHeroPhotoChallengeSweeps (2)Here are the prompts for the Instagram Challenge: #BigHero6Sweeps But I’m not done yet! I have a sweet GIVEAWAY for you guys! That’s right I’m giving away a Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray Combo Pack to one lucky reader!! Good luck! 

 

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The prize was provided by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and I have been paid to blog and promote the film.  Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own. 

Blog Changes & Redesign!

 

Changes are coming soon! With the growth of my blogs, I have decided not only to merge Mommy Powers & This Mama Can Cook (my Food/Travel blog) – but I will also be rebranding! This will be my last post for Mommy Powers. 

261664_225192470854167_5739544_n-1Next week, I will have a big unveil and introduce you to my new Mixed Blessings Blog! 

They’ll be balloons, and confetti, glitter … and of course, Giveaways! 

I’m so excited to share my new blog with you, see you all next week! 

Valentine’s Day Recipe – Sexy Floral Sangria

I shared this recipe with an online publication some time back, now I’m sharing it with all of you! 

Valentine's day sangriaValentine´s Day is a time set aside to celebrate your love for that someone special in your life. Most people go out to dinner to celebrate, I prefer to make a nice romantic meal at home. There´s just something about cooking a meal for your loved one that resonates with me. Nothing says “I Love You´´, quite like a home-cooked meal! But don´t stop with the meal, add a romantic beverage to go along with that plate of food. Instead of giving a bouquet of roses to your sweetie, why not use those roses to create this sexy floral Sangria! Rose petals are one of the ingredients in this delicious drink, sure to impress your honey. What special things do you like to do for your love on Valentine´s Day?

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (0.750 l) red wine
  • 1 /2 bottle (0. 375 l) brandy or cognac
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 /4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 4 limes
  • 1 cup chopped apple
  • 1 cup chopped orange segments
  • 1 cup chopped cantaloupe
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup rose petals

Instructions

  • In punch bowl, combine wine, brandy or cognac, orange juice, grapefruit juice and cranberry juice.
  • Slice 3 limes in half and squeeze the juice into punch bowl.
  • Cut remaining lime in slices, and add them to the bowl.
  • Stir in apple, orange, cantaloupe, strawberries and rose petals into sangria.
  • Pour yourself a glass – Happy Valentine´s Day!

If you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, just omit the wine & brandy (cognac), it’ll taste just as good! 

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 (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. 

This car would be great for a commuter, excellent for the first time car buyer, and is extremely affordable.IMG_1913-001

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.

I loved all the architectural details. IMG_1398IMG_1394IMG_1385-001

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