Sweaty, Gritty Houston Summers Call for Mosaic Dermatology Houston

We’re wrapping up a long little league season and it’s been three months of sweaty boys in my car.

As they piled out last week, I realized something awful.  They were out of the car, their equipment was with them, the windows were open… and I was the one that stunk.

And not only that, but the same red dirt that stains our white baseball pants had coated my sweaty face.  I was gritty and stinky… and summer had just begun.

I love summer break in Houston, but man, it sure is something special.  Baseball games, beach trips and even running to the car take a toll on my skin and my clothes!

This is where our sponsor Mosaic Dermatology Houston comes in.  Not only do they have cosmetic services from Botox to under arm sweat and odor reduction but the have a new gentle cleanser!

This cleanser is aggressive on acne but gentle on skin.  To learn more, check out this FREE Benzoyl Peroxide guide from Mosaic.  You can also get FREE shipping on Mosaic Cleanser to use as a wash for the face and other affected areas.

Mosaic also has an unique non-invasive underarm treatments that can produce immediate results. A significant reduction to near elimination of armpit sweat and odor is achieved in many patients… which is great for Houston summers!

Dr. Rashid of Mosaic Dermatology Houston has urgent walk-in appointments AND has Saturday hours for those that cannot miss work or school. More than this, he is thorough, caring and gives patients enough time to answer all their questions.

See for yourself… HERE are hundreds of 5 Star Reviews from verified patients!

Check out the Mosaic Clinic Dermatology offices in Upper Kirby and Tanglewood.  Learn more on MCDermatology.com or by calling 281-941-5556.

 


The steakhouse where families fit in… Longhorn Steakhouse!

Address: 26805 Interstate 45 N, Spring, TX 77380

We really like going to restaurants.  We’ve been lucky to go to all kinds of places, from hole-in-the-walls to super fancy restaurants… and as far as steakhouses, Longhorn Steakhouse is where we fit in best.

It’s warm and inviting, has friendly staff, good service and great food… and kid’s menus.

The Longhorn Steakhouse in The Woodlands invited us out and did not blink (or choke) when I said I’d be bringing four kids.

As soon as I walked into Longhorn Steakhouse, with my entourage, we knew we were in the right place for lunch.  The decor was cool, there were highchairs, coloring sheets and there were no white tablecloths for us to ruin.

And even better, at lunch there were lots of options for under $10.

We had the Wild West Shrimp, Chicken Tender Salad, Avocado Chicken Sandwich, Potato Soup, Beef Sandwich, Kids Meal with Chicken Tenders… and Banana Cream Pie. There was NO shortage of food at our table(and we had it all for dinner too)… and it was all from the lunch menu and kids menu. See the pictures below!

So if you are looking for a family friendly steakhouse, check out Longhorn Steakhouse!

AND, if you want to make your own but want tips from the pros… check out the Grill Us Hotline!  This connects you directly with top Grill Masters. Experts will be standing by on the days leading up to summer’s biggest grilling holidays to help you prepare for cookouts with family and friends. Get the details HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Stay-cation at The Woodlands Resort… Tips for Visiting with Kids!

Every year when school starts to wind down, my kids start to ask about The Woodlands Resort.

They get thoughts of the lazy river, water slides, splashpad, under water music, smores and poolside movies in their heads… and it’s all they can talk about.  In fact, three years in a row, they have opted to visit the resort instead of hosting birthday bashes at home.

Lucky for all of us, the resort invited us out again this year and the kids got to spend two days hoping between pools, slides and poolside activities.  AND I finally figured out the best time to go to The Woodlands Resort.

We had been to the resort on the busy weekend and we had been on an empty rainy weekend… but this year we went on sunny, not-at-all-crowded, have-the-pools-to-yourself, weekdays.

During the summer, The Woodlands Resort has activities by the pool.  I thought these were scheduled only on the weekends… but there are activities ALL week long!

Each day there are crafts and games poolside and each evening their are smores and dive in movies.  On the weekends, they add more like face painting and balloon artists.  (Find the schedule for 2017 HERE.)

Every trip to the resort has been great, but going on a weekday was AMAZING.  There were fewer activities, but there were also fewer people.  The kids went down the slides at least 100 times, with no waiting in line.  We went around the lazy river dozens of times, saying hello to just a couple other families along the way.

We would play, grab (free) water from the cafe, run to the room for sunscreen and a rest and do it all again.  The resort was all ours, so we could do what we wanted, when we wanted!

So, what is new this year?  Well, we have a new baby so we spent a lot of time at the baby pool and splashpad.

While we were here, the big kids were in the nearby big pool, diving down to the treasure chest (at the bottom of the pool) and listening to the underwater music.

I should also mention that it is much easier to watch multiple kids at The Woodlands Resort than at a big water park.  You have to pay attention but there is a lot to do and it’s not too huge.  (That said, all my big kids can swim, but I make the 5 year old wear a vest so I am more comfortable with 4 kids at the pool.)

Also new this year, it looks like the resort has made a few changes for adults.  There is a second poolside cafe… and you must be over 12 to enter.  (There is still the main Cool Water Cafe for everyone!)  Also, the hot tub now says “Adults Only”… which is probably good because I had seen a lot of canon balls in the past.

 

At The Woodlands Resort, all of the activities are included in the price of the room (which starts at $199 in the summer)… hotel room, pools, crafts, activities, face painting, s’mores and movies.

Also, The Woodlands Resort keeps the pools open during the rain and will only close them because of lightning or really severe weather.  And since the point of swimming is to get wet, the scattered showers were really no big deal.

 

If you plan to visit the resort, here are some quick tips to help you plan your trip… 

  • The resort will close the pools for very severe weather… but will stay open in the rain.
  • If it is too wet, the crafts, activities and movies will move in to the ballroom.
  • There a lot of activities on weekends… but weekdays in the summer still have games, smores and dive in movies!   Check with the resort when you are booking your trip.
  • The pools include a lazy river, shallow baby pool, splashpad, giant waterfall pool and the big pool with beach entry, palm tree island, underwater music and water slides.  All around the pools are lounge chairs and poolside food and drink service.
  • If you want a quieter/less busy spot, walk along the Lazy River.  Even on busy days, these lounge chairs are often open and the “secret” water slide has fewer kids in line.
  • There are no lifeguards on duty.  The staff is great with helping you enjoy your trip, but you must plan to watch your kids in the water.
  • Floaties and toys are allowed.  Feel free to bring noodles and small water toys, but no balls or water guns.
  • Tubes are provided for the lazy river.  My 5 year old slipped through (often on purpose)… so if yours truly want to float down the river, bring a small innertube.
  • Bring your life vests if you need them… but if you forget, ask the staff.  Some might be available behind the bar.
  • Wear sandals when it’s sunny!  The sidewalks can be super hot in the middle of the day.
  • To use the slides, kids need to be 42″.  Depending on the staff on duty, this can be 42″ with spiky hair or a solid 43″.
  • No outside food is allowed by the pools… but we brought our own groceries for snacks and a light lunch to eat in the room (which has a mini fridge).  We also brought in gallons of water to be sure we stayed hydrated.
  • The poolside restaurant has coolers of ice water for everyone to drink.
  • Bring lots of sunscreen and run back to your room every hour to reapply, get a drink and eat a snack.
  • Mornings are very quiet at the resort.  If you want the pools to yourself, try going at 8:00am, when the open.
  • Weekdays are AMAZING, but weekends are great too.  There is a buzz at the resort with all the activity… so if that is the only time you can go… do it!
  • If you have multiple swimsuits, bring them!  If you run to the room for a rest, you might like a dry (warm) suit to put on!
  • For more tips from our last sunny visit, go HERE!

Find more pictures below… and if you go, tell us about it!  If you are looking for more easy roadtrip ideas, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GAME ON! 2017 Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is open NOW!  From now through August 1, 2017, you register, read, record your hours, earn rewards… and it’s all FREE.

And the rewards are AMAZING! Astro Tickets, Train Tickets, Meal Passes and more!  Plus, anyone with a Texas drivers license can have a Houston Public Library MY Link card as well as participate in the program!

All you need to do is:
1. General Registration begins June 1, 2017.  Just go HERE.
2. Log in anytime to track the minutes and titles you’ve read.
3. Unlock badges by logging minutes and attend attending programs – don’t forget to stay for the secret code!
4. Some activities require registration; check the online calendar.

 

So what are the rewards??

Summer Reading Program Prizes (while supplies last):

Level Babies, Toddlers & Pre-K (0-4) Children 5-10 Teens 11-18
May Early School Registration (only for students who register at school) Alley Theatre tickets, first 250 to sign up (no children under 6) Alley Theatre tickets, first 250 to sign up (no children under 6)
Registration Free Book Free Book Free Book
5 Books/Hours Read Sunglasses & certificate Sunglasses & certificate
10 Books/Hours Read Finger Puppets Chipotle meal Chipotle meal
20 Books/Hours Read Rice University Athletics ticket Rice University Athletics ticket
30 Books/Hours Read Mario Brothers bibs, baby teethers (babies 0-2)Mario Brothers meal set (toddlers 3-4) Astros ticketsPixelated bag Astros tickets
Pixelated bag
Top Readers
(2 per location)
Retro game gift set (Pac-Man connect, Pattern Play 3D) Retro game gift set (Pac-Man connect, sticky note art)
5 Programs Attended Children’s Museum Family Pass Children’s Museum Family Pass Alley Theatre tickets
Family Completion Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal

Also,families (1 adult + 1 child) who complete the Summer Reading Program and write reviews for Summer Reading for Grown-Ups will be entered into a drawing to win a Family Prize Pack.

So go HERE and get to reading!!


Get Rewarded Just for Reading… GAME ON! 2017 Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program

One of my favorite things about summer is the Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program!  From now through August 1, 2017, you register, read, record your hours, earn rewards… and it’s all FREE.

And the rewards are AMAZING! Astro Tickets, Train Tickets, Meal Passes and more!  Plus, anyone with a Texas drivers license can have a Houston Public Library MY Link card as well as participate in the program!

All you need to do is:
1. General Registration begins June 1, 2017.  Just go HERE.
2. Log in anytime to track the minutes and titles you’ve read.
3. Unlock badges by logging minutes and attend attending programs – don’t forget to stay for the secret code!
4. Some activities require registration; check the online calendar.

 

So what are the rewards??

Summer Reading Program Prizes (while supplies last):

Level Babies, Toddlers & Pre-K (0-4) Children 5-10 Teens 11-18
May Early School Registration (only for students who register at school) Alley Theatre tickets, first 250 to sign up (no children under 6) Alley Theatre tickets, first 250 to sign up (no children under 6)
Registration Free Book Free Book Free Book
5 Books/Hours Read Sunglasses & certificate Sunglasses & certificate
10 Books/Hours Read Finger Puppets Chipotle meal Chipotle meal
20 Books/Hours Read Rice University Athletics ticket Rice University Athletics ticket
30 Books/Hours Read Mario Brothers bibs, baby teethers (babies 0-2)Mario Brothers meal set (toddlers 3-4) Astros ticketsPixelated bag Astros tickets
Pixelated bag
Top Readers
(2 per location)
Retro game gift set (Pac-Man connect, Pattern Play 3D) Retro game gift set (Pac-Man connect, sticky note art)
5 Programs Attended Children’s Museum Family Pass Children’s Museum Family Pass Alley Theatre tickets
Family Completion Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal Hermann Park Train & pedal boatsRaising Cane’s meal

Also,families (1 adult + 1 child) who complete the Summer Reading Program and write reviews for Summer Reading for Grown-Ups will be entered into a drawing to win a Family Prize Pack.

So go HERE and get to reading!!


CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus at Jones Hall on June 9-11, 2017 + 50% Off Discount Code!

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A new circus is coming to Houston, June 9-11, 2017!

The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus.

Sensational puppetry puts elephants back in the ring and there is a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, high wire and much more!

This show is family friendly and is meant for all ages. PLUS, I have a 50% off discount code! Just use the code peanut !

Circus 1903 is at Jones Hall, June 9-11, 2017. Learn all about it HERE… and purchase tickets HERE. Don’t forget to use the discount code: peanut !


CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus at Jones Hall on June 9-11, 2017 + 50% Off Discount Code!

Sponsored Post

A new circus is coming to Houston, June 9-11, 2017!

The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus.

Sensational puppetry puts elephants back in the ring and there is a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, high wire and much more!

This show is family friendly and is meant for all ages. PLUS, I have a 50% off discount code! Just use the code peanut !

Circus 1903 is at Jones Hall, June 9-11, 2017. Learn all about it HERE… and purchase tickets HERE. Don’t forget to use the discount code: peanut !

 


Give Away: Admission to the Houston Zoo + Nature Connects LEGO Bricks + Wildlife Carousel + Giraffe Feeding!

Reliant has once again teamed up with the Houston Zoo to help families have a fun summer, with an unforgettable experience in the heart of Houston!  AND they have provided tickets for our give away!

The Houston Zoo has a new exhibit for the summer –Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks! You’ll be able to see 12 of your favorite animals unlike ever before, built with more than 770,000 LEGO bricks!

These unique art sculptures will be on display starting May 27 through September 4.  (This usually costs $19.95 – Includes Zoo admission, all-day Nature Connects entry, a conservation bracelet, and UNLIMITED Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides OR, for members, $3.95 UNLIMITED Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel & Nature Connects All-Day Pass exclusively for Zoo Members.)

Plus, the Giraffe Feeding Platform is open daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (depending on weather and giraffe participation). You’ll have a unique opportunity to closely interact with the giraffe family while offering them a crunchy lettuce leaf snack! (This is usually $7.)

AND thanks to Reliant, we are giving this all away!

You can win Four (4) all-day passes to the Houston Zoo, which includes admission, all-day Nature Connects LEGO exhibit entry, a souvenir conservation bracelet and UNLIMITED carousel rides for kids AND four (4) Giraffe Feeding Platform vouchers.

To win, register below.

Congratulations to Christal W!

Contest Rules: Monday, May 29, 2017
Official Rues:  https://goo.gl/MTyFws


Discount Code for the Harlem Globetrotters at NRG or Berry Center, July 8-9, 2017!

The Harlem Globetrotters are playing NRG Arena on July 8 and Berry Center on July 9, 2017… and I have a discount code!!

The games are:
NRG Arena (Houston)
Sat., July 8, 2017 @ 2pm
Sat., July 8, 2017 @ 7pm

Berry Center (Northwest Houston/Cypress)
Sun., July 9, 2017 @ 3pm

SAVE $7 with Code: COURT! Find tickets HERE.


CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus at Jones Hall on June 9-11, 2017 + 50% Off Discount Code!

Sponsored Post

CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus is coming to Jones Hall, June 9-11, 2017!

Sensational puppetry puts elephants back in the ring and there is a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, high wire and much more!

This show is family friendly and is meant for all ages. PLUS, I have a 50% off discount code! Just use the code peanut !

Circus 1903 is at Jones Hall, June 9-11, 2017. Learn all about it HERE… and purchase tickets HERE. Don’t forget to use the discount code: peanut !

 


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