Saturday, September 21, 2019

Everything You Need To Know About The Instyler 7X Smart Dryer



Everything You Need To Know About
The Instyler 7X Smart Dryer

Recently I was lucky enough to be chosen to try the new InStyler 7X Smart Dryer. BzzAgent and Instyler gifted me this hairdryer, in exchange for my honest review. Initially, when I applied for this campaign, I didn’t know anything about this smart dryer. Right from the beginning, I am excited to see the hands-free auto-pause mode. This is the first time that I have ever heard about this feature. Have you ever heard of BzzAgent? BzzAgent is a company that sends you products (for FREE) to try out, in exchange for your honest reviews. It's free to sign up and you just need to answer a few questions about your interests to get started. Interested in signing up and trying cool new products just like this smart dryer? Click this link here: BzzAgent Signup


Before I tried everything out. I make a quick unboxing video. Check it out here:





I tried this smart dryer for several days before writing this review. I was shockingly surprised at how well this hairdryer performed. I have never tried an Instyler product so I didn’t know what to expect. My opinion about this dryer is that it delivers a salon-quality blowout, at home. More specifically, after using this dryer, my hair is softer and I can’t stop touching it.




Here is a breakdown of the 7X Smart Dryer’s features and how they held up to the test:


  • QUIET: Yes, this hairdryer was definitely quieter than most hairdryers’. However, it’s still a hairdryer and definitely sounds like one. Don’t expect to be able to style your hair while the baby is sleeping. Watch my unboxing video if you want to hear it in action.

  • SHINE: Your hair will, like Rihanna said, ‘shine bright like a diamond.’ This definitely lives up to the hype about shine. I noticed a significant difference between my current dryer and the InStyler 7x. In fact, my second-day hair was still impressively shiny.

  • FAST: I definitely thought I was going to bust this myth. I don’t understand how this magical dryer gets your hair dry quicker than other dryers, but it does. This was one of the best features in my opinion. If you always in a rush, then this dryer is for you.

  • LIGHTWEIGHT: This smart dryer weighs less than your cell phone. This claim definitely holds true. You won’t have tired arms from doing your hair with this smart dryer. 

  • POWERFUL: Powerful is an understatement. I think InStyler also meant HOT. The hottest setting on this dryer is hotter than any dryer I have ever used. If you have really curly hair that you are trying to get straight, this is going to be the dryer for you. Don’t worry, if you don’t need the powerful heat, you can turn it down.
  • SMOOTH: I purposely didn’t use any conditioner before trying out this hairdryer. I am excited to report that my hair is super smooth. I typically have half straight/ half wavy hair. I just gave my hair a rough dry and didn’t use a round brush. Typically this would result in a giant ball of frizz. Not this time! This dryer left my hair straight and smooth. Added Bonus: My second-day hair looked like I walked straight out of the salon with a fresh blow-out. MIND BLOWN.
  • ADVANCED: This is the only dryer that I have ever heard of having a hands-free auto-pause feature. Every time you place this hair dryer down, it pauses. Pick it back up and it turns back on. It also has an auto shut off feature. Another unique feature is the ability to control the fan speed. This smart dryer is truly customizable experience.


Overall, this is the most customizable hairdryer that I have ever used. I only ran into one glitch while using the smart dryer. Sometimes it turns off if you hold it low because it thinks that you have set it down. Sometimes I have to hold it up high to get it to restart. I didn’t have this a problem very often which leads me to believe that it could be user error.

I would highly recommend the Instyler 7X Smart Dryer. My hair is now smoother and shinier. Plus, my arms don’t hurt from holding up a heavy hairdryer. Most importantly, it's not a chore to put down my dryer to pick up a brush or check my phone. Smart is an understatement.



Interested in trying the Instyler? Check it out here: Instyler 7X Smart Dryer





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Monday, March 11, 2019

Flash Back To Retro Commercials | A 90s Television Throwback



Television shows from the 90s have become so iconic but so have the commercials. Nearly 30 years later and we can still sing the jingles from these classic 90s commercials.  Lets take a quick walk down memory name with these 8 classic 1990s tv commercials.


1. The Duracell Battery Commercials | The Puttermans: 

This plastic robot family was the cast of a long-running Duracell Batteries commercial campaign from the 90s. They became the new face of Duracell after the drama that surrounded their previous bunny commercials. You may not know but Duracell created the first "energizer bunny" but after a decade, accidentally let the trademark lapse.  Energizer battery seized the opportunity and stole their mascot. You can read more about that, here.  Duracell, needed a fresh face for their commercials so the Puttermans were born. 

 Fun fact about the Putterman cast: Many people don't know that the son, Zack, was played by a female actress named Debi Derryberry. You might not remember Debi's face but you might recognize her voice from some popular 1990s cartoons.  Debi was the voice of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Wednesday from the Addams Family cartoon and Jackie in Bobby's World.  Want to learn more about the Puttermans'? Check out their Wikipedia page, here.




2. The Mentos Commercials | "The FreshMaker" Fresh Goes Better In Life: 

Debuting in 1991, these cheesy commercials included a catchy jingle and strangely optimistic behavior.  Characters would run into a problem that would typically ruin someone's day.  Then they eat some Mentos and are inspired to creatively solve their problems.  This video shows a man who sits on wet paint in his nice suit.  After eating Mentos, he rolled around on the bench to create more stripes on his suit.  When life gives you wet paint, make a pinstripe suit. 

Shut up! It's realistic, okay?

The rumor about this commercial is that the song lyrics don't really make sense because it was written by two German men and then translated into English. I am not sure if that is true but "Fresh Goes Better In Life", makes very little sense.
You can read more about this fresh and full of life story, here.





3. The Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Commerical | The Wassup (Wazzup) Guys: 

Although these commercials debuted in 1999 and ran through 2002, they are iconic enough to mention.  They had adults and kids everywhere saying wasssssupppppp, on a regular basis. It instantly became a pop culture catchphrase. 

Fun fact about these commercials, they were actually based off a short film that was named True. It was written by Charles Stone III, who actually ended up starring in the wassup commercials.  (he is the guy on the couch, below) You can read all about this cinematic story, here.

This series of commercials were so popular that they were parodied several times over the years.  Most famously, the movie "Scary Movie" did an iconic wasssupp parody. 









4. The California Raisins Commercials | "I Heard It Through The Grapevine":

The wildly popular California Raisins were a last-ditch attempt to advertise raisins for the California Advisory Board.  These claymations, blues singing raisins were a household hit in the 90s.  You can read a lot about them, here, on their Wikipedia page.  

In 1997, the raisins became so popular that they won Entertainment Weekly's "Best 50 Commercials Of All Time".  The California Raisins were more successful than most real like people.  These raisins produced 6 hit albums, had their own Nintendo video game and have starred in the Simpsons.  

Don't even get me started about their swag television series that you can see here.



5. The Toys R Us Commerical | "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid" :

 The original Toys R Us jingle was actually written in the 1980s and used from then on.  The commercials ran straight through the 90s, burning the lyrics right into all of our childhood brains. None of us ever wanted to grow up because if we did, we wouldn't be Toys R Us kids. 

This Devastatingly glorious jingle was written by Linda Kaplan Thaler.  It was her first big marketing campaign and she didn't think the song was good enough. She was encouraged by her boss to pitch her jingle anyway.  He even noted that the jingle was instantly stuck in his head too. 










6.  The Bagel Bites Commercials | "When Pizza's On A Bagel, You Can Eat Pizza Anytime":

The Pizza Bagel company wasn't joking around when they were trying to compete with Tostinos Pizza.  What better way to smash the competition than with a commercial with a catchy jingle.   They adapted this jingle from a song from 1957 called "Sugartime" by the McGuire Sisters. You can check out the song, here.  

It is such a well-known commercial that it has been parodied by Jimmy Fallon and Meatloaf.  They sang their original song, "Ode to Bagel Bites".





7. The Pizza Hut Commercials | The Pizza Head Show:

The Pizza Head show was a spoof commercial that Pizza Hut came up with to parody an SNL skit called "Mr. Bill Show". 

(check out the Mr. bill show here)

Pizza head was always put in harmful situations in these commercials and his nemesis was a pizza cutter.  The episodes were meant to convey the message that pizza hut was weird but fun and I think it worked.








8. The Pillsbury Commercials | The Pillsbury Doughboy :

I bet there is a pretty good chance, that if you grew up in the 90s, that you have poked someone'ss belly and they have shouted "hoo hoo". That's because the Pillsbury Dough Boy became a baking icon in the 90s.  

There are a lot of cool facts about the doughboy but one great one is that he has starred in over 600 commercials for 50 different products.  You can read more facts about him here.

Michael Cera and Kirsten Dunst both starred in commercials with the Poppin Fresh Doughboy, in the 90s.  He was so popular that they even made a Doughboy doll and t-shirts. 




Remember a classic commercial? Drop a comment and tell me which one! 





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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Back To Basics VoxBox Review




 I was one of the lucky people that were chosen to receive the Back To Basics VoxBox from Influenster.   I received these products complimentary in exchange for testing and my opinions.  


Are you familiar with InfluensterInfluenster is an online community of bloggers and sample fanatics.  They have an online reviewing platform that is comprehensive. Once you sign up, you answer a bunch of questions about you and what you like.  Then Influenster sends you different things to try that are tailored to your likes and concerns.  


So far they have sent me Water Wipes (baby wipes) for my daughter, L'Oréal Revitalift Triple Power, Armani 'Stronger with you' 'Because of you' (cologne and perfume) and the Sparkle VoxBox. This is my second VoxBox that contained multiple items. Influenster has been a game changer for me and if you want to sign up, you can use my referral link: www.influenster.com/r/3051764


The 'Back To Basics' VoxBox contained a few things that I have tried before and a few that were new to me.  I had already tried the classic Sunny D, Eva-Nyc's Mane Magic 10 in 1 Primer and had a subscription to Bark Box.  However, Suave's Cherry Blossom Deodorant, Dove's Men's Care Deodorant, Crisp Green Apple Chips, and Simple's Hydrating Booster were all new products to me.


Suave Wild Cherry Blossom Spray Antiperspirant Deodorant: This deodorant is a dry spray that lasts 48 hours.  It totes a claim that it dries instantly but I don't agree with that.  It does dry rather quickly though and it lasts a long time.  This particular scent isn't for me (very sweet) but the overall protection was impressive.  My biggest complaint about this product was the scent. I would definitely consider buying this but in a different scent. 


Dove Men's Care Mineral + Sage Spray Deodorant: This one I passed off to my man for his review. He was happy to report that it kept him dry and smelling great all day.  Unlike the women's deodorant, this one DID dry instantly.  I highly recommend this scent that is very reminiscent of men's cologne. This also sprayed on clear and didn't transfer onto clothes at all.  I even sprayed it on my arm and tried to wipe it on a black shirt. Not even a single mark!!! This one really impressed me. 


Sunny D:  Can you can think back to what Sunny D tasted like in the 90s? It tastes exactly the same right now.  Not quite orange juice and not quite a soft drink.  I was sent the "Tangy Original" Flavor and it was definitely tangy! This drink will probably always remind me of being a kid so I really enjoyed this little snack sized drink. This citrus fruit drink is delicious and still contains 100% vitamin C.



Bark Box Painter's Palette Dog Toy: Bark Box is the greatest thing to ever happen to dogs. It's a monthly subscription box for your dog.  The box is loaded up with treats, toys, and chews for your favorite furry friend. In this VoxBox, my dog was sent a really cute painters squeak toy.  The toy was great quality and even held up in the washing machine.  I already had a Bark Box subscription so I was familiar with their excellent quality.  My dog has never disliked anything from her Bark Box.  If you are interested in trying Bark Box, use my referral code: http://www.barkbox.com/r/M3CJ67Z5FF  For each person that you refer, you get a Bark Box for free! Your dog will thank you.




Crisp Green Apple Chips: These tasted great and my toddler absolutely loved them.  My favorite quality about this product is that it only contains 1 ingredient. I like snacks that are simple and healthy. These apple chips fit the perfect mold of being simple, healthy and doesn't contain added sugar.  My only complaint is that its made in China.  I would have liked it to have been made in the USA but this product still gets five stars from me. 

Eva-Nyc Mane magic 10 in 1 Primer: I have received this product at least 4 different times this month and I am NOT complaining. This primer has completely changed the overall texture of my hair.  You spray it on your damp hair, right out of the shower and then brush it through your hair.  This product does an entire list of things like defrizz, strengthen, nourish and repair.  My favorite part about using it is that it cuts your hair drying time in half.   It's just an added bonus that it protects your hair from heat. I think Costco runs a pretty good deal on this product too.



Simple Hydrating Booster: This 'hydrating booster' arrived just in time for my winter skin.  You can either apply this before your moisturizer or mix it in with your moisturizer.  I chose to mix it into my moisturizer and I really liked it.  My forehead gets really dry in the winter and this smoothed out my skin well.  I had an overall good experience with this product but it felt like an unnecessary step.  I don't think I would get good use out of this product.  However, if you get really dry in the winter and don't want to completely switch moisturizers, then this could work for you. 



If you liked this review then check out my review of L'Oréal Revitalift Triple Power that I also received from Influenster.













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Thursday, July 12, 2018

What Deals To Expect on Amazon Prime Day 2018





It's that time of year again. Amazon Prime Day is approaching (July 16th, 2018) and everyone is hoping that the deals don't disappoint. If you are a Prime member then Prime day is a lot like Black Friday for you.  If you aren't a prime member, you won't be able to partake in the great deals.  However, Amazon is offering a 30 day free trial of Prime and this would be a great opportunity to try it out.  Besides the fact that Amazon has great lightening deals daily, most of the items have free 2-day shipping. 

Want to read up on Amazon Prime's Benefits? Read about it here.  


This year, Prime day will last 36 hours and has been expanded globally.  It isn't shocking that Amazon has upped the ante this year with longer hours and millions more shoppers.  The deals have already been rolling out.  Have you seen any of the sneak peek deals yet?  If not, lets dive right into it:






.99 Dash Buttons
Last year, .99 Dash Buttons were a huge hit. So it is no surprise that Amazon rolled them out again this year.  If you need an easy button for something, you can find them here.  If you don't know, a Dash Button is Button in your home that you press and your desired product is automatically ordered and delivered to you.  For example, if you need Tide Pods and then you would just press your Tide Dash Button.  Two days later, you have Tide Pods!! It's really that easy. 

$100 off the Echo Show
Originally selling for $229, the Echo Show is on sale from now until Prime Day for $129.   Echo Show is basically Alexa with a video screen.  The Show has got all of the awesome Alexa features but you can also video chat, watch security cameras and baby monitors and much more.  If you want to read up on all the cool features or check out the astonishingly low price, check it out here.

Prime Day Launches
This year, Amazon decided to do something called Prime Day Launches.  This is launches of new, special edition limited product that is exclusive to Prime members.  So far, these are my favorite launches that have been released:




Kindle Paperwhite
Last year the Kindle Paperwhite was dirt cheap and I would be lying if I said that I didn't regret getting one.  Hopefully this year they are a similar price.  I prefer a Paperwhite because it's easy to read in the sun and on the beach!  I can't give you an exact price for this e-book but if you are interested in reading about it or purchasing one, check it out here.


Kenmore Front Load Washers

I didn't even know that Amazon carried washing machines. Did you?  Well they do and Amazon keeps teasing about a really good deal on a Kenmore washer.  If you need a good washer, the Kenmore Elite has a 4.5 star review and is currently priced at $1,451. Add this bad boy to your wish list and stalk out the price!  You can find this specific front loading washer here.


Google Wifi System
Dead spots and constant buffering on the home wifi? Ditch the router and switch to the Google Wifi System.  This device replaces your router and speeds up your connection.  One device will cover up to 1,500 sq ft. and you can connect multiple devices around your home.  For a closer look at the features, you can find the Wifi System here.


Blink XT Camera System
Blink is a new Amazon company that sells home monitoring cameras.  The Blink XT is a multi-camera system that is waterproof for indoor and outdoor use.  This motion sensor camera runs off 2 AA batteries and your home wifi. (If you get this, you are obviously going to want the Google Wifi System).  It comes with free cloud storage and is controlled by your smartphone. Interested in reading a little more about it?  You can find the Blink XT system here.


Jibo Robot
Described as the world's first social robot for the home. Creepy or nah? Although currently unavailable, this expensive device is a fan favorite.  This social robot will learn your mannerisms and control your devices.  It can even act like your friend and tell you some jokes. He will even remember other people's voices and faces that you introduce to him.  Its definitely worth reading the reviews on this device.  You can find them here.





Are you ready to get shopping yet?  Well before you do, be sure to change your notification settings on your Amazon App.  This year, Amazon is sending out Sneak Peeks through the app notifications.  If find out the exact steps that you need to take, visit this link right here.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Reasons El Paso Is America’s Best Home Flipping Market


El Paso, Texas is a city that often gets overshadowed by larger Texas cities like Dallas or Houston.  With delicious Tex-Mex food, beautiful scenery, and a low crime rate, there’s no reason El Paso should be discounted as one of the best cities in Texas.  Something else many people may not know about El Paso is that the city is full of house flipping opportunities. In fact, last year El Paso was voted the number 1 best place to flip houses by WalletHub.  

With the influx of house flipping TV shows like Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop and Rehab Addict, house flipping has never been more popular, and more and more people are vying for their own piece of property with potential.  Here are just a few reasons El Paso is America’s best home flipping market.

Inexpensive Housing Market

El Paso’s inexpensive housing market is one of the biggest reasons house flipping is so popular in the city.  El Paso real estate is significantly less expensive than the national average, making it an attractive choice to people looking to purchase properties to flip.  People who live in El Paso praise the city as a great place to live, and home buyers and real estate experts are beginning to notice.  Homes for sale in other parts of Texas are significantly more expensive than homes in El Paso, prompting people to shift their focus towards the more western part of the state.  

Location, Location, Location

El Paso’s accessibility to bordering state New Mexico is just one of the reasons so many people are setting their sights on the city.  Having the option to quickly travel back and forth between both states is a game changer for many people, and something that isn’t as easily accessible in other parts of Texas.  El Paso also has some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable, and residents can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including walking, hiking, and biking. The Franklin Mountains State Park is one of the most popular scenic areas in El Paso, and visitors can view the beautiful Franklin Mountains from anywhere in the park.  El Paso’s prime location definitely lends to why house flipping is so popular in the city.

Family-Friendly

El Paso’s crime rate is lower than many other U.S. cities.  In fact, El Paso continues to rank on lists of the safest metro cities in America, making it an ideal place to raise a family.  Being that El Paso borders Mexico, many people may think that El Paso would be unsafe for that reason, but that is not the case.  Security at the border is extremely tight, and most El Paso residents say they feel safe in their city. In addition to safety, another thing that makes El Paso family-friendly is the city’s school system.  Not only does El Paso boast four public school systems and several private preparatory schools, but the city is also home to a great community college system, as well as the University of Texas at El Paso.

With an inexpensive housing market, safe location, and family-friendly appeal, it’s no wonder so many people are setting their sights on flipping homes in El Paso!
  


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Friday, March 30, 2018

What To Expect At A Kickee Pants Sample Sale




This year, I was a sample sale first timer and I didn't know what to expect. Have you ever heard of the Kickee Pants sample sale? If not, let me tell you a little about what it is like to attend the sale.  Every year, this cash only sale, takes place in a different city. Last year it was in Oklahoma, so I did not attend but I saw their totes and wanted one in a bad way.  This year, on St Patrick’s day, I got luck and they held it in Dallas TX. I was so excited that I could barely contain myself. ( I didn't contain myself.  I called my husband, freaking out.)  I bought a ticket almost immediately, once they went up for sale.  I didn't have to travel very far for the sale, like some of the other amazing Kickee fans that I have met.  I took a 54 mile drive from Aledo, TX because I am newly obsessed with the Kickee Pants brand.  If you haven't heard much about the brand, I talk a little bit about it here: All Roads Lead To Kickee. For the rest of the Kickee tribe that is dying to get their hands on prints like Calypso Ballerina or Camping Fox, you already know what I'm talking about.  For most of us, these prints hold sentimental value and are much more than just a pair of pajamas.  These sales, bring forward an opportunity for us to dress our kids in the limited prints that we brought them home from the hospital in.  Girl Musical Stripe was my daughters first footie, 2 years ago. So, I woke up on Saturday March 17, 2018 with extreme intent to find all the musical stripes I could. (spoiler alert, I didn't bring home a single item in Girl Musical Stripe.) If you are curious about what the annual sample sale is like or just love the brand, you came to the right spot.    



I started writing this post from the 12th row of the Kickee Pants Sample Sale at the Sheraton Hotel, in the San Antonio room.  This is the line for a wrist band to get into the sale that starts at 8 am.  I left my hotel room, on the 32nd floor of the center tower, at 2:55 am.  By the time I made it to the back of the line, it was already 200+ people deep.
I instantly had mixed emotions of regret and excitement.  The things I regret is that I didn't get to sleep more and I didn't bring a pillow (rookie move).  My daughter (who is normally a very good sleeper.) was up all night from the excitement. We were staying over night at the Sheraton so she wasn't happy about sleeping in a new place. I slept for about 2 hours, the night before the sale and I’m completely exhausted. However, I’m on the hunt for cheap toddler blankets and musical stripes galore so I pushed forward and started documenting my adventure.  I was a sample sale first timer and I didn't know what to expect. I quickly learned that we would get a wrist band that would group us into a time slot.  Everyone around me was here early to try to get into the first time slot.  No one wanted to walk into a picked over room, which had some people already in a frenzy. 

By this time, it is 4 am here and hundreds of us are desperately awaiting the complimentary coffee, that is on it's way.  This is around the time I got to meet Nick, Aerin's husband who co-owns Kickee.  Just like everyone had told me, he was friendly and talkative.  It was the crack of dawn and Nick was buzzing around like it was the middle of the afternoon.  He went around meeting and greeting all the people in line, asking each one where they were from.  Nick was definitely a pleasure to meet but we all had our eyes open for Aerin, the co-owner and creator herself.  I got to see her many times but never ended up getting to talk with her.  (I was star struck)  

The San Antonio Ballroom was now 3/4 of the way filled with Moms, Dads, Grandmothers, little children and the Kickee Pants staff.  (haven't seen any grandfathers yet. C’mon Grandfathers, step it up! Haha j/k). All of the munchkins that were there were adorned in natural peony, natural gumball machine, and many other classic KP prints. The mommas are in their matching shirts and draped in their Kickee toddler blankets, as they lay across the conference room floor awaiting their chance to get a wristband for an early time slot.  The floor is filled with carefully taped off lines.  However, in true Kickee fashion, they used Kickee scraps instead of tape.  I can’t help but think, as I lay on the floor with my diaper bag as my pillow, I have found my tribe! Except I’m the girl in the tribe that forgot her toddler blanket, snacks and coffee at home.  In fact, I’m so inexperienced at these sales that I didn’t even bring a pillow. (I know, idiot alert) 

By 5am a mom walks past me wearing a midnight stripe Swaddle as a cape, so I just want to shout out that she looked like a true Kickee hero.  #MOMGOALS.  Rumors were starting to swirl, on Facebook, that if you weren't in this room at that very moment, then you will miss the sale entirely. (aka everything would be purchased before you even arrived.)  I predict that there is little proof to this rumor but I have my fingers crossed that I make it into the first group.  At this point, I had met a lot of awesome moms in the line.  Just as I had made a few friends and talked about strollers vs. swaddle sizes, the line began to stir.  It was now 5:34 am and the line was standing up like something was happening.  Sure enough, they were starting to hand out wrist bands! To my surprise, the line moved very quickly.  I attribute the fast line to the fact that shoppers were following the pre-set out rules and the staff was extreme efficient.  That being said, we had a hand full of people that were trying to get bands for their family members who weren't in line with them.  They were pulled out of line and people were allowed to get bands before them.  It is important that everyone follow the rules and be respectful, so everyone can have an enjoyable experience.  The basic rules were: no lining up before 3 am and only the people that wait in line get a wrist band.  Sound simple right? Wrong. 

At 6:15 I received my wrist band and I was number 226, in the second time slot.  I didn't think that was too terrible of a number, considering the people before me clearly woke up earlier than me.  I went back to my room and ate breakfast, fed my kid and packed all of our things.  Once my family was on their way to run up and down the halls, I headed back to the San Antonio room to wait for my group to be called.  Nick had told me to come back a little earlier than my time slot, just in case they let people in earlier.  
I was back to waiting by 8 am but the other mommas and Aerin made it more enjoyable.  Aerin and her son were handing out candy from their pot of gold. Sorry to say, that I dropped the ball on getting a photo of that precious moment between her and her diehard customers. I sat and chatted with a grandmother who didn't know what she was getting herself into. (her husband went to do his own thing while she waited.)  She had told me that her daughter lived in Houston and had asked her to attend the sale in her place.  The poor lady had no idea how serious this was and she thought she was just going out for a day of shopping.  She asked me about the brand and we chatted about what they sold. My time slot was called at 9 am so I said goodbye to the lovely woman that I had been talking with.  I told her she would love how soft the pjs were and I set out to shop.  I hope she had a blast but it still makes me laugh that she thought she was going to just walk in at 8 am and buy some clothes. (her time slot was around 1 pm.)  
Cubby Picks
Between 9 am and me leaving the sale, most of what happened was a completely chaotic blur.  I am going to try my best to depict my, less than one hour, shopping experience.  Right when I walked into the sale, we were being handed giant bags.  Some might say that everything is bigger here in Texas, even the bags we shop with. I was naturally really excited about filling up this bag. Too bad for me, the last bag was handed out to the girl in front of me.  This made me pretty sad but quickly forgot about it as I approached the brightly filled room before me.  Boys clothes were set up on one side and girls clothes on the other.  The center of the two rows were filled with crib sheets, swaddles, stroller blankets, training pants and socks.  Women's clothing were closest to check out on the girls side and the same went for the Men's clothing.  I was 26th person in the second group and there already were NO toddler blanket and barely any 2T clothing. I was buying a large range of sizes and although I was looking for certain prints, I wasn't incredibly picky on what I brought home.  The walls were plastered with images of kids in Kickee and the price lists we needed to shop.  The tags were color coded and certain colors stood for certain prices.  I was clearly in a fog and forgot to take a photo of this too.  I reached out to my Kickee mommas though and they donated this image for me: 


Everything was very organized and clean, inside of the sale room.  There were, however, a lot of people spreading out huge piles of clothes on the floor and sorting through them. Many members of the KP team were going around and putting back any clothes that were left around. Aside from people hoarding sizes, these piles irritated me because of one incident I saw.  Two newborn babies were camouflaged into one of the piles. Sounds cute right? Wrong. Someone almost stepped on one of the babies because they were so well hidden on the floor. So if you attend the next sale, be aware of your surroundings and watch your step. The room wasn't very crowded but it was definitely a hectic atmosphere.  Someone even tried to pull a 2T footie right out of my very full hands.   I waddled towards the line with a crib sheet on each arm and as many items as I could carry forward.  I was very thankful for a KP employee that saw me struggling and brought me a bag.  (she also wanted all the hangers I was hoarding!) I gave her all my hangers and she traded me a huge Kickee bag that I longed to photograph.  I was so disappointed that I wasn't able to keep it, but they did give me a Dallas sale tote bag. (complete with unicorns!!!) Inside the bag was even a 3 pack of bibs.  Also, KP gave me a gift credit, for one of the many Texas retailers, to use towards more Kickee. (talk about generous!!)  Before I packed it in, I took a quick photo of my haul.
Overall, It was a great experience and I can't wait to attend another sale again.  Everyone I met was kind and friendly.  If you have something nice to say or you just want to comment about how wrong I was, leave a comment for me!  

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

4 Reasons Why Everyone Is Moving To Austin Texas

 

Did you know that Austin, Texas is the 'Live Music Capital of the World'?  It's true, but there is so much more to Austin than just its rich music culture.  Austin, and its surrounding cities, is a great place to raise a family, eat delicious BBQ and experience 14,000 square miles of the beautiful hill country. These are just a few reasons why everyone is moving to ATX.


Here are some of my favorite aspects of Austin:


The Food:

  I love that Austin has some really diverse food choices.  When I am wanting to eat like I am back on the east coast, I go to Home Slice.  They are serving up authentic NY style pizza and addicting signature cocktails.  Home Slice is located in the heart of the infamous South Congress stretch.     If pizza isn't Texas enough for you, then I suggest you head over to Franklin's BBQ.  Just be sure to get on line during breakfast hours, if you are interested in eating lunch at this smoked meat sanctuary.   Franklin's BBQ is known for having the best brisket you've ever tasted and I wouldn't dare disagree.  If the wait doesn't chase you away, this prized smoked brisket is located on Austin's historic east side.  When you live in Texas, BBQ is basically a staple.  However, we already know that ATX is far from being basic.  The food truck phenomenon that has swept Austin has proven that The Capital City's cuisine is culturally diverse.   According to the Austin Texas Visitors Guide, it has been estimated to  be  over 1,000 food truck vendors in the Bat City.  There is a little something for everyone in this city, especially in regards to food.


The Music:

 Whether you are trying to visit the oldest Texas dance hall for two-step lessons, listen to hip-hop over drinks or kick your boots up to some country tunes, Austin has it all.  If you thought that the food was diverse, wait until you get an earful of the music.  If you are looking for an experience that will leave you with goosebumps, visit The Continental Club.  All genres of live music have been playing at the venue since 1955. There is a piece of Texas history in those walls and you can feel it as soon as you walk inside.  I could talk for hours about all the music venues because there is just music in the air, in the Hippie City.  If you are looking to hear legendary, awe inspiring and emotionally moving music, just take a walk down South Congress.  


The Real Estate:

 Much like the food and music in ATX, you have the most diverse real estate options.  You can live on a lake, on a ranch or in the busy city because the Austin area has a lot to choose from.  If you have kids, you might be interested to know that the Eanes Independent School District, in Austin, is ranked the number two school district in Texas.  ATX's impressive school systems will only add value to your home, even if you don't have children.  Rental property is also surprisingly reasonable, in comparison to other major cities, so the cost of living won't leave you stressed.  It's not shocking that the economy, in this city, is on the rise.  People love living in Austin and the increase of business, in Austin, has decrease unemployment rates considerably.  Overall, the low cost of living and high quality living, is what is driving many people to move to Austin.  


The Outdoor Activities:

 When I think of a high quality of life, I think about about being outdoors and staying healthy.    Austin was ranked the 14th fittest city in 2014 due to its large selection of outdoor activities.  ATX and their surrounding cities, make it easy for you to be fit and healthy.  Cycling, Water Sports, Walking Parks, Hiking Trails, Secret Swimming Holes (not that secret) and Water Tubing are just a small variety of options that are available.  If you haven't floated down the San Marcos, Comal, or Guadalupe river with a cooler then you haven't lived.  (don't forget the bottle of sunscreen and a waterproof speaker!!!)  Check Pinterest for images of swimming holes in Austin, if you want to have swimming hole envy.  These little water nooks, adorned with rope swings, are beautiful little spots to cliff jump and relax amongst friends.  (Strangers in Austin will immediately become your friend.  It's a really friendly city.) So don't delay, get your bike and cycle over to America's most bike-friendly city.  Your body will thank you for all the physical activity, I promise.   


 If you are interested in living in Austin, Texas than I suggest you take a look at Redfin.   Redfin is the easiest and most efficient way to find Austin Real Estate.  I happen to think Redfin is superior, compared to other real estate websites.  Specifically, it has a few features that seem unique to their site.  Redfin will tell you a transportation rating for each location that you are looking at touring.  So it will tell you if its a car, bike or transit heavy city.  Once you find a place that fits your needs, (maybe its a bike heavy location! Go Green!) you can instantly set up a tour online.  Responses are listed on the website as being as quick as 13 mins!!  (I hate having to wait for an email back.)  You will also be able to see how many times the location was toured and when.  Lastly, I love their 'tour insights' that tell you specifics about the home or apartment.  The insights, will tell you the great aspects about the property.  For example, insights will list if that property has a great view, large backyard, local bike trails and so much more.  Redfin has got real estate figured out, because they made it easy to find a place to live.  


Do you already live in ATX?? Comment below with all your Austin recommendations.


 Y'all come back now.  ;)


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